Bob Drogin

Drogin, Bob. CURVEBALL: Spies, Lies and the Man Behind Them -- How America Went to War in Iraq. New York: Random House, 2007.

A particularly knowledgeable reviewer, Zebatto, Intelligencer 16.1 (Spring 2008), calls this a "readable and generally accurate depiction of the problematic reporting" from the source known as Curveball. However, the author "overstates [the source's] importance in terms of the U.S. decision to invade Iraq." In addition, Drogin does not appear to have had access to either the lead analyst on Curveball or to analysts in other agencies and the NIOs familiar with Curveball's information.


Drogin, Bob. "NSA Blackout Reveals Downside of Secrecy." Los Angeles Times, 13 Mar. 2000. []

"[T]he blackout of the world's most powerful collection of supercomputers is hard evidence of the vast problems facing America's largest and most secretive intelligence agency. By all accounts, the NSA has lost its lead -- and perhaps its way -- in the information revolution it helped create.... Intelligence experts blame NSA's woes on budget and staffing cuts since the Cold War, tougher targets and countermeasures and, most important, a hidebound bureaucracy that remains wedded to telex technology in the e-mail age."


Drogin, Bob. "School for New Brand of Spooks." Los Angeles Times, 21 Jul. 2000, A1.

On Sherman Kent School for Intelligence Analysis.


Drogin, Bob. "Secrets, Science Are Volatile Mixture at Los Alamos Lab." Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 1999. []

"[F]or all the high-tech hardware used to protect 7 million classified documents from spies, Los Alamos increasingly is under attack by critics in Congress and elsewhere who fear security is left behind when some scientists meet their peers overseas, especially in China."


Drogin, Bob. "2 Top U.S. Spymasters Deny Illegally Snooping on Americans." Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2000. []

On 12 April 2000, DCI George J. Tenet and DIRNSA Lt. Gen. Michael V. Hayden fervently denied to the HPSCI that their agencies "illegally snoop on U.S. citizens at home and abroad.... Both repeatedly insisted that their services have stayed within legal limits set by Congress and executive orders over the last two decades."

[CIA/DCIs/Tenet; NSA/Echelon/00]

Drogin, Bob. "U.S. Scurries to Erect Cyber-Defenses." Los Angeles Times, 31 Oct. 1999. []

"[H]ow can an increasingly wired America best defend itself from hostile nations, foreign spies, terrorists or anyone else armed with a computer, an e-mail virus and the Internet? And how can America fight back in the strange new world of warp-speed warfare? The answers so far are not encouraging."


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