Sunday, January 29, 2006

Intelligence Failure

Six years after it was started, a $1.2 billion National Security Agency program that was supposed to help protect the U.S. from terrorists still doesn't work, Siobhan Gorman reports in today's Baltimore Sun. In "System Error," Gorman describes the stalled Trailblazer program, which was supposed to be able to pick out crucial pieces of information from the vast wave of digital communications the agency receives. To report the story, Gorman used documents obtained using the Freedom of Information Act and interviews with intelligence experts, many of whose names aren't used in the article. I usually don't endorse the use of anonymous sources, but because the program is classified and NSA officials refused to respond on the record, it makes sense for the reporting of this important story.,1,1444424.story?page=1&coll=bal-home-headlines


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