Sunday, January 23, 2005

What are your thoughts about the US Secretary of Defense taking authority over a new secret spy unit?

8 Comments:

At 7:35 AM, edawg611 said...

Since I just heard of it, from this question, I have no thoughts....

 
At 8:55 AM, Samantha said...

I have no doubt the government is up to no good. They havent been for the past 4 years, after all.

 
At 1:45 PM, Anonymous said...

From Steve:

Since we're discussing it I really think they need to improve information security guards.

 
At 9:01 PM, Lisa said...

I wasn't aware that this was happening. I dont have a strong opinion going either way right now.

 
At 7:17 AM, Tam said...

I havent heard of this either...no opinion.

 
At 10:39 AM, Jane said...

It sounds like an urban legend.

 
At 8:09 AM, Jill said...

As yet this possibility is mostly rumor. I know we've had small spy units in the past accountable to the Pentagon. Advance spying seems like a necessary part of warfare.

 
At 10:50 AM, Anonymous said...

I hadn't heard anything about it. After reading this question, I researched it for a few minutes on the internet and googled several articles, including one from Washing Post Staff Writer Barton Gellman intitled "Secret Unit Expands Rumsfeld's Domain
New Espionage Branch Delving Into CIA Territory". This article is dated Sunday, January 23, 2005.

This is big news. A new branch of our govenment. According to the article, it's been operating in secret for two years already.

I have two immediate thoughts.

1) Is this another response to 9/11/01?

The article says Rumsfeld's efforts were launched in October 2001 and that one of the goals is "to find new tools to penetrate and destroy the shadowy organizations, such as al Qaeda, that pose global threats to U.S. interests in conflicts with little resemblance to conventional war."

2) The government is already huge. Is adding another branch worth the money spent to add it? Is this cost effective?

I don't know.

 

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