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Michael van der Galien

The DNA Problem in American Spying

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Posted on January 6 2010 8:00 am
Michael van der Galien was born in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden in 1984. For as long as he can remember, he has been obsessed with the United States. When he was 17 years old, he started blogging - of course about America. His articles have been published at Big Hollywood, Pajamas Media, Hot Air (the GreenRoom) and Right Across The Atlantic. He's also an editor for the Dutch conservative blog, De Dagelijkse Standaard.
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This time, at least, disaster was averted. But the parallels between Christmas Day and Sept. 11, 2001, were inescapable: a radical Islamist, an airplane, explosives that came close to destroying innocent lives.

And — perhaps most alarming — the apparent failure of American intelligence to uncover an imminent terrorist attack despite what seemed ample clues.

So why were signals missed? Why can’t intelligence agencies communicate better with each other? Those questions hint at a puzzle that has been at the center of modern intelligence-gathering since it took shape, early in the cold war.

Read the whole thing at the New York Times.

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