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Old 10-30-2005, 07:40 PM
peragro peragro is offline
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I gathered from reading the article that the veracity of both open sources and secret intelligence is key. Too many policymakers make poor choices by relying on poor quality "secret" sources yet underutilise higher quality "open" sources. The mistake is that one assumes that "secret" is more reliable than "open".

The rub occurs in how to define or judge the quality of the report, whether it be open or secret. As evidenced by the many things the CIA has gotten "wrong" over the years. Not to ignore the media as exemplified by thier Katrina coverage. It's an interesting hypothesis and I'd love to learn another language on the goverment's dime. You must then make a policy decision based upon your information - not always an easy thing to do.
-livin' in the terminally flippant zone