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An Open Source Intelligence Agency?
An Open Source Intelligence Agency?
 
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SECRECY NEWS is an email publication of the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) Project on Government Secrecy. It provides informal coverage of new developments in secrecy, security and intelligence policies, as well as links to new acquisitions on the Federation of American Scientists web site. It is published 2 to 3 times a week, or as events warrant.

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July 28, 2004


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In its recent report, the 9/11 Commission adverts to the possibility of establishing a new "Open Source Agency" within the U.S. intelligence community (see the chart on page 413). But the Commission does not otherwise discuss the role or function of the proposed agency.

The barest mention of such a new agency has already prompted some debate and conflict, beginning with a dispute over where the hypothetical agency should be housed, inside or outside of the CIA.

Robert Steele of the private Open Source Solutions, who has been advocating increased appreciation of open source intelligence for over a decade, takes the position that the new agency should be completely independent of the existing U.S. intelligence community. See his assessment here:

http://tinyurl.com/5pet7

2004, Federation of American Scientists. All opinions expressed in this article are the author's and do not necessarily reflect those of Military.com.
 



 



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