December 11, 2005

Domestic Military Intelligence On The Rise

This is directly from the Federation of American Scientists.

The military role in domestic intelligence collection appears to be rapidly shifting in subtle and profound ways, as new missions are assigned to little-known military organizations and most congressional overseers are silently acquiescent or actively supportive.One of the public manifestations of the changing landscape is a newDefense Department Instruction that "establishes procedures, and assigns responsibilities ... for the conduct and administration of DoD counterintelligence (CI) collection reporting activities."See "DoD Counterintelligence Collection Reporting," DoD Instruction5240.17, October 26, 2005:

The Instruction was issued by Stephen A. Cambone, the Under Secretaryof Defense for Intelligence. His authorities and responsibilities are themselves defined in the updated DoD Directive 5143.01, dated November 23, 2005:

The expansion of domestic military surveillance was reported in the Washington Post on November 27, and was elaborated with new details by William M. Arkin in his Washington Post blog. See "DomesticMilitary Intelligence Is Back," November 29:

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