March 25, 2016

WAIT, ISN'T SECURITY THE POINT?:

If secrecy is the whole point, how do you make intelligence agencies share? (David Wise, March 25, 2016, Reuters)

In the wake of the horrific attack on Tuesday at the Brussels airport and a metro station, there were immediate calls for more information sharing and greater coordination among the world's intelligence agencies to detect terrorist plots before they can be executed.

It is an obvious and desirable goal. The only problem is that it runs counter to the deep-rooted culture of the spy agencies. Intelligence agencies exist to steal secrets of other countries and protect their own. Few outsiders can appreciate how deep that instinct for secrecy runs.

Intelligence agencies in democracies ought to be required to open source everything, so it can be tested in the maketplace of ideas.

Posted by at March 25, 2016 6:03 PM

  

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