Wednesday, December 1, 2010

WikiLeaks Secrecy Breach May Prompt U.S. to Reverse Post-9/11 Data Sharing

According to Bloomberg News, in response to WikiLeaks, the U.S. government began “rolling back years of efforts to internally share information on terrorists and other threats.”

U.S. government agencies began sharing more information with each other in the wake of 9/11. Prior to the attacks, the U.S. government had more than enough information to prevent the attacks. But, according to the official line, the government agencies that had the information didn’t share that information with other agencies who could have done something to prevent the attack (e.g. the CIA knew that two of the hijackers, Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi, were coming to America, but didn’t tell the FBI that they were coming).

I have a feeling that the U.S. government wanted to reduce its intelligence sharing and decided to use WikiLeaks as an excuse to do this. Most likely, the government wanted to reduce intelligence sharing because the government wanted its intelligence agencies to break the law but it did not want other people to find out about it.

Boy are they going to be disappointed.

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