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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Shadow of Conscience

The intelligence world lives and breathes by secrecy, perhaps more so than is necessary. Knowledgeable observers suggest that as much as 80 percent of the intelligence required to support informed policy-making is available via open-source channels, and that the habits of secrecy, bureaucracy and "stove-piping" are all that stand between us and greater access to those sources. In a world that's shifting in a thousand ways from the hierarchical to the distributed, from the top-down to the bottom-up, and -- gasp -- from the authoritative to the democratic, a more transparent approach to intelligence may be the wave of the future, and open-source intelligence may be the key to that effort.

link: OJR article: Flinging Open the Doors toIntelligence Gathering


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