[govinfo] GovInfo News 10-11-2007

  • From: "Patrice McDermott" <pmcdermott@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2007 16:50:49 -0400

Patrice McDermott, Director
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- U.S. Intelligence Officials Will Probe Leak of Bin Laden Video
By Joby Warrick
Wednesday, October 10, 2007

U.S. intelligence officials will investigate allegations that the government 
improperly leaked a secretly obtained Osama bin Laden video, alerting al-Qaeda 
to a security gap in the terrorist group's internal communications network that 
it was able to shut, an intelligence spokesman said yesterday.
Ross Feinstein, a spokesman for the director of national intelligence, said 
officials are looking into the leak allegation by the SITE Intelligence Group, 
which passed the video on to the White House and the director of national 
intelligence's office before its leak.     ...SITE founder Rita Katz told The 
Post that her company covertly obtained an early copy of a bin Laden video 
message in early September, then shared the video with senior administration 
officials on Sept. 7 on the condition that it not be distributed or made public 
before its official release.      Soon afterward, the video was downloaded by 
dozens of computers registered to government agencies. Within hours, SITE's 
copy of the video was leaked to television news networks and broadcast 
worldwide.  more [WPost]

- When the price for protection is too high
By William Jackson

Word is getting around about what appears to be another foray by the government 
into domestic intelligence gathering. According to news reports, the National 
Security Agency is making plans to take the lead in a federal initiative to 
monitor and protect the control and communications networks that serve the 
nation's critical infrastructure.     Under the plan that NSA and DHS 
reportedly are developing, government would take the lead in monitoring 
networks to detect threats. The plan conceivably gives agencies carte blanche 
for the kind of network access that historically has required a warrant. ...    
 The government has a legitimate interest and a valid role to play in 
protecting the nation's critical infrastructure. But except in the government's 
own networks, that role is not active surveillance or control. Rather, it is a 
regulatory role, in which it sets standards for the private sector, enforces 
compliance, funds research and development into security technology, and helps 
make that technology available where needed.     Allowing unfettered government 
access to the contents of the nation's communications networks is too high a 
price to pay for a sense of security that could, in the end, prove false.  more 


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