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Oct. 6: American Intelligence Reform

A “debate” between FBI special agents and John Clark

When: Thursday 6 October, 3:00-4:30 PM

Where: Glendale Mall OASIS 6101 North Keystone Ave Indianapolis

The report of the 9/11 commission and questions of pre-Iraq-war intelligence have placed unprecedented attention on the workings of U.S. intelligence agencies. Are U.S. intelligence agencies out of date with dealing with post-cold-war realities? Are the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission adequate for reforming U.S. intelligence?

For more information… read the report of the 9/11 commission and the report on Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the US regarding WMD for all the background you need for this discussion. Yahoo does a good job of collecting recent news articles about intelligence reform.

If you like this event, check out … a couple of events that address civil liberties aspects of intelligence reform are the ICLU conference and a panel discussion of the United Nations and lessons the US can learn from other democracies’ efforts to fight terrorism.

For what promises to be a dazzling overview of how intelligence reform fits into the new patterns of foreign and military challenges facing the US, attend the talk by defense guru and iconoclast Thomas Barnett.

This event Oct. 6 is part of the OASIS "Great Decisions" series. Let me know if you would like to attend by e-mailing john@sipr.org.

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