DeYoung, Karen. "Spy Agencies Say Iraq War Hurting U.S. Terror Fight." Washington Post, 24 Sep. 2006, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
A National Intelligence Estimate (NIE), entitled "Trends in Global Terrorism: Implications for the United States," says that "[t]he war in Iraq has become a primary recruitment vehicle for violent Islamic extremists, motivating a new generation of potential terrorists around the world whose numbers may be increasing faster than the United States and its allies can reduce the threat." The NIE was completed in April 2006.
Mark Mazzetti, "Spy Agencies Say Iraq War Worsens Terror Threat," New York Times, 24 Sep. 2006, adds that the NIE "was overseen by David B. Low," NIO for transnational threats. It was commissioned in 2004 after Low joined the National Intelligence Council.
Mary Louise Kelly, "White House Releases Portion of Security Report," NPR, 27 Sep. 2006, reports that on 26 September 2006, the White House declassified the "Key Judgments" of the NIE entitled "Trends in Global Terrorism: Implications for the United States."
The declassified "Key Judgments" are available at: http://www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awcgate/dni/declass_nie_key_jdgmnts06apr.pdf. A heavily redacted version of the NIE is available at: http://www.governmentattic.org/5docs/NIE-2006-02R.pdf.
DeYoung, Karen. "Terror Database Has Quadrupled In Four Years: U.S. Watch Lists Are Drawn From Massive Clearinghouse." Washington Post, 25 Mar. 2007, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
The Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment (TIDE) is the nation's central list of terrorists and terrorism suspects. It "is a storehouse for data about individuals that the intelligence community believes might harm the United States. It is the wellspring for watch lists distributed to airlines, law enforcement, border posts and U.S. consulates." But in addressing the problem of information sharing, "TIDE has spawned others. Ballooning from fewer than 100,000 files in 2003 to about 435,000, the growing database threatens to overwhelm the people who manage it.... TIDE has also created concerns about secrecy, errors and privacy. The list marks the first time foreigners and U.S. citizens are combined in an intelligence database."
1. "U.S. Shares Fault in Peru Incident: Probe Blames Procedures in Shootdown." Washington Post. 31 Jul. 2001, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
According to sources familiar with the findings of a State Department investigation into the shootdown of a civilian aircraft carrying American missionaries over northern Peru in April 2001, both "Peru and the United States were undisciplined and 'sloppy' in the way they conducted" the joint drug-interdiction program.
2. "Report Issued in Plane's Downing: Lax Procedures Are Cited in Peru Shoot-Down." Washington Post. 3 Aug. 2001, A2. [http://www. washingtonpost.com]
The report of the joint U.S.-Peruvian investigation into the April 2001 shootdown in Peru of a plane carrying American missionaries was released on 3 August 2001. "The report does not assign blame for the incident.... But its description of the program under which the United States helped Peru to shoot down drug planes is of a tragedy waiting to happen."
DeYoung, Karen. "White House Tries for a Leaner National Security Council." Washington Post, 22 Jun. 2015. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]
NSC Chief of Staff Suzy George said in a statement posted on a White House blog on 22 June 2015 that "[t]o ensure the NSC staff is a lean, nimble, and policy-oriented organization, we are reversing the trend of growth ... to align our staffing with our strategic priorities.... Much of the staff growth came early in Obama's first term, when Bush's homeland security council ... was merged with the NSC. A technical staff that responds to a news cycle that has accelerated with digital media and the Internet also has grown significantly."
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