In the Media


National Journal Online-- National Security Experts Blog

The Reality Based Community (occasional blogging)

New York Times online blog about CIA's declassification of the Family Jewels, June 26-27, 2007

Media Coverage



Once A Critic, Obama Now Embraces Commissions

Prisoner Abuse and National Security

The Inspector General's report describes CIA interrogators menacing suspects with guns and power drills and threatening to rape their wives and kill their children. Did Bush White House officials authorize torture? What's next for the CIA, the FBI and efforts to protect America's national security? Also, President Obama nominates Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke to a second term, and we hear from Scotland about the political consequences of releasing the Lockerbie bomber.

Amy Zegart: Spying Blind

A professor of public policy offers her analysis of why the CIA and the FBI failed to adapt to the growing threat of terrorism before 9/11 and why, more than six years later, our country's intelligence systems remain inadequate.

The Origins Of 9/11

In her new book, Spying Blind, National Security expert, Amy Zegart attributes the intelligence failures that preceded the September 11th terrorist attack to our intelligence system itself. Larry talks with Zegart who argues that longstanding organizational weaknesses prevented the CIA and FBI from opportunities to disrupt the September 11 plot.

Intelligence Post Seen as Thankless Job

The number two job in U.S. intelligence has been vacant for more than a year. During that time, a number of potential candidates have been approached for the job, but there is still no word that it has been filled. Intelligence watchers say the perception that the job is a thankless one may be the reason for the delay.

Negroponte's Departure Shows Pressure of the Post

This week, administration officials announced that John Negroponte would be leaving his position as the Director of National Intelligence to become Deputy Secretary of State. Negroponte became DNI less than two years ago. Professor Amy Zegart of UCLA talks with John Ydstie [on NPR] about what the change may mean for the intelligence community.

Other Radio Shows

Radio show link: Culture Shocks, June 28, 2007

On YouTube

National Security expert Amy Zegart - Part 1 of 3

Part 1 of California Connected's interview with national security expert Amy Zegart. She says that human intelligence is critical in fighting terrorism and that we should still fear Osama Bin Laden. She also described how this enemy is different from any other we have known and why it's important to address the root causes of terrorism. 04:37

National Security expert Amy Zegart - Part 2 of 3

Part 2 of California Connected's interview with national security expert Amy Zegart. She discusses the deficiencies and realities of U.S. intelligence, and the feelings of frustration within the intelligence community. 05:12

National Security expert Amy Zegart - Part 3 of 3

Part 3 of California Connected's interview with national security expert Amy Zegart. She talks about the potential of California as a terrorist target -- specifically the Ports of Los Angeles & Long Beach -- the ineffectiveness of airport security, a need for better strategic intelligence, emergency preparedness and our fears. 05:2

Other Media

Truthdig interview