SharksWithLasers -- Seth Cooper

A CUTTING-EDGE BLOG FOR THE WORLD OF THE 21st CENTURY, Currently operated by Seth L. Cooper, a 27 year-old attorney in Seattle (sethlcooper at comcast dot net)

Monday, April 18, 2005

AN INTELLIGENT GUY TACKLES INTELLIGENCE REFORM. Today’s Wall Street Journal contains an article by WaPo’s James Hoagland, briefly discussing Chief Judge Richard Posner’s forthcoming book “Preventing Surprise Attacks : Reforming Intelligence in the Wake of 9/11.” According to Hoagland, Judge Posner provides a blistering critique of the post-9/11 reform efforts, including those recommended by the 9/11 Commission. Apparently, Judge Posner criticizes the makeup of the 9/11 Commission entire approach toward intelligence reform.

The bottom line for Hoagland: “You can't read this book and come away believing that Congress has fixed the problem.”

Having previously read some materials related to the 9/11 attacks—including the Report of the 9/11 Commission, I look forward to purchasing and reading Judge Posner’s book for an additional perspective. One need not always agree with Judge Posner—and one can certainly have strong disagreement with his utilitarianism—but he has a sharp mind and likely has some very interesting things to say about bureaucratic reform and the American intelligence community. And when it comes to national security, one should NEVER have sacred cows or be afraid of re-examine EVERYTHING.

Judge Posner comprises one half of the Becker-Posner Blog. Speaking of blogs, at present there is little mention of Posner’s new book on the blogosphere. A Technorati search left me coming away empty-handed. (UPDATE [5:02pm]: I did find a brief mention of the book at NRO's The Corner.) This would largely be due to the fact that the release date is not until July. But one should expect to hear plenty about Preventing Surprise Attacks—in both the old and new media--once it finally hits the shelves.

(Downtown Seattle, WA)


  • At 1:21 PM, Blogger James B. said…

    Hey, no access for us non-wsj subscribers. Looks interesting, although I am always suspect of people who have never worked in intel coming up with magic theories on how to fix things. Of course conversely people who do work in intel often can't talk about it anyway, or are too deeply immersed in the bureaucracy that they are part of the problem. I posted some articles on my blog which I think address this issue in a perceptive manner (shamless self promotion.


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