Here it is, after ten o'clock in the evening; and although it's been more than 32 years since I worked in military intelligence I can vividly imagine
the maximum effort now taking place on the part of every analyst, cryptologist and linguist at the National Security Agency and its subordinate military commands: the Air Intelligence Agency, the Army Security Agency and the Naval Security Group.
Politicians (and hence the journalistic media who don't know any better) love to blame "failure of intelligence" for anything which goes wrong as the result of failed political policies. What better scapegoat can be imagined? After all, nobody in the intelligence community can reveal what was known! One takes an oath to keep secret everything one does in that line of work; and violating that oath brings the Federal Bureau of Investigation to one's door â€” not to mention the military (if one is in military service).
The policy-makers decide whats politic, but "failure of intelligence" is such a red herring as to be almost laughable â€” almost, but not quite. No, today's events at New York and environs were incomprehensible tragedies. My comrades in the intelligence community work too damned hard
and produce way too much
excellent spot-on intelligence to be blamed for the failure of politicians to enact legislation which could have prevented this awful loss of life. (Think: skyscrapers, airline security, foreign policy.)