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Backchannel Chatter: DHS badges don’t get no respect

More than seven years after 22 agencies were squished together to create the Department of Homeland Security, togetherness remains a dream. Take security badges. Early last year a study showed that most agencies had just begun to implement Homeland Security...

By Jeff Stein  | September 29, 2010; 9:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Backchannel chatter, Homeland Security, Intelligence  
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Gimigliano departs, CIA has a new top ‘voice’

CIA spokesman Paul Gimigliano is turning over his megaphone to his deputy, he announced Thursday afternoon. “I am delighted to report that Director [Leon] Panetta has asked George Little to head the Office of Public Affairs here at CIA,” the...

By Jeff Stein  | September 23, 2010; 5:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Backchannel chatter, Intelligence  
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Backchannel chatter: CIA bikers deep in the woods

Amazing who you can run into on the bike trail. Here’s a report from Rob and Kim Richer, two former CIA officials peddling across the country to raise money for survivors and dependents of agency personnel killed in the line...

By Jeff Stein  | August 26, 2010; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Backchannel chatter, Intelligence  
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War on terrorism’s price tag: $1 trillion

Military operations since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks have cost over $1 trillion, according to a Congressional Research Service report, making the "war on terrorism" second only to World War II in cost to U.S. taxpayers. “CRS provided its...

By Jeff Stein  | July 19, 2010; 3:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Backchannel chatter, Financial/business, Intelligence, Military  
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Backchannel chatter: Chapman's Moscow tweets

Imagine my surprise Saturday night when my laptop goes beep! and it’s Anna Chapman friending me on Facebook. Or maybe someone pretending to be her -- her handlers in Moscow Center, maybe. Whatever: I’d pinged the very real Facebook page...

By Jeff Stein  | July 12, 2010; 6:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Backchannel chatter, Intelligence  
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Sleeper spies: Tinker, tailor, soldier ... who?

The problem with long term, deep cover agents, the late East German spymaster Markus Wolf once remarked, is that you can forget they exist. Considering the puzzle over whether the 10 Russians expelled Thursday ever found a secret here --...

By Jeff Stein  | July 8, 2010; 7:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Backchannel chatter, Intelligence, Lawandcourts  
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