Feeds

Bill Clinton creates counter-intelligence Czar

Meet 'Little Brother'

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Lame duck US President Bill Clinton has spent his final days in office appointing as many federal bureaucrats as he can and drafting Presidential Decision Directives (PDDs) which, if he were facing a long political haul ahead, he would not risk doing.

Friday it was revealed that the Gigolo-in-Chief has established a cabinet-level counterintelligence Czar by means of a new PDD, who will be charged with overseeing the disposition of sensitive information among the several branches of the federal bureaucracy, the military and private industry.

This is a dream come true for FBI Director Louis Freeh, who has strained hard to move federal law-enforcement into the mainstream of the nation's professional (read 'military') spook cadres, and stick his nose deeper in the doings of such private-sector businesses as defence contracting and heavyweight high-tech. Freeh is said to be a big supporter of the scheme.

The office is desperately needed, we are told, to address the breakdowns of inter-agency intelligence communication which botched the investigation into Los Alamos researcher Wen Ho Lee, and most recently prevented the captain of the USS Cole from receiving timely threat assessments as he chugged into Yemen, only to have his ship attacked by a suicide bomber and seventeen of his sailors needlessly killed.

The Czar, who may well be named before Clinton leaves office, will have a board of advisors including the FBI director, the deputy secretary of defence, the deputy director of Central Intelligence, and a representative from the US Attorney General's office. The new Czar will report to the White House National Security Council (NSC), and his office will operate out of CIA headquarters.

Sounds like a positively Nixonian blend.

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media
Yanked footage featured British-accented attacker and US journo James Foley
Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE
Can't face sea of wobbling fondle implements. What happened to lighters, eh?
Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media
No Mr Fuzz, don't ask a crime victim to be your pal on Facebook
Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls
From Clippy to Clippers: Hi, I see you're running an NBA team now ...
Amazon takes swipe at PayPal, Square with card reader for mobes
Etailer plans to undercut rivals with low transaction fee offer
Microsoft exits climate denier lobby group
ALEC will have to do without Redmond, it seems
Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy
Press conference: ME ME ME ME ME ME ME (cont'd pg 94)
Call of Duty daddy considers launching own movie studio
Activision Blizzard might like quality control of a CoD film
US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo
Now all that remains is for gov't offices to ban the boxes
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.