Knight Of The Mind

I'll do my best to present a philosophical and generally conservative look at current events and life, the universe and everything. Readers are invited to take all that's posted herein with a grain of salt. or if they prefer, a grain of salt, a slice of lime and a shot of tequila.

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Greetings and welcome. My name is Steve, I'm 35 years old and I work for the US Army as an Operations Research Analyst. Hence my blog title Knight Of The Mind.

Saturday, July 31, 2004

Kerry Makes Terrorism Go Away

In response to the first attack on the Twin Towers in 1993, Kerry had the following suggestion for improving America's intelligence gathering.

SEC. 301. RESCISSION OF FUNDS FOR INTELLIGENCE AND INTELLIGENCE-RELATED ACTIVITIES.

Of the funds made available in the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 1994 (Public Law 103-139), $1,000,000,000 is rescinded, to be derived from programs and activities of the National Foreign Intelligence Program and the Tactical Intelligence and Related Activities.

Kerry's response to terrorist threats seems to be this. If the American people aren't aware of terrorism, maybe the issue will go away....

Oh, and to make sure it stays gone, Kerry offers the following addendum to his rescission.

SEC. 1301. FUTURE APPROPRIATIONS FOR INTELLIGENCE AND INTELLIGENCE-RELATED ACTIVITIES.

The total amount authorized to be appropriated for each of fiscal years 1995 through 1998 for the National Foreign Intelligence Program and for Tactical Intelligence and Related Activities may not exceed the amount (adjusted for monetary inflation after fiscal year 1994) that is made available for fiscal year 1994 for such program and activities (taking into account the rescission in section 301).

So he cuts $1bil from the 1994 Intelligence Budget and then attempts to add a proviso that that $1bil will stay cut every year thereafter. In the evolving world of net-centric warfare, we would be reduced to a warning system of 1 if by LAN and 2 if by C.

PS: I figured all of this would be fun to share with the Lean, Mean, Lycopine Machine over at TAM...

"Reciprocals"

As you may or may not already be aware, members of the Watcher's Council hold a vote every week on what they consider to be the most link-worthy pieces of writing around... per the Watcher's instructions, I am submitting one of my own posts for consideration in the upcoming nominations process.
Here is the most recent winning council post, here is the most recent winning non-council post, here is the list of results for the latest vote, and here is the initial posting of all the nominees that were voted on.

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