WSJ's Noonan: Intel, National Security Operations Need Revisions

Image: WSJ's Noonan: Intel, National Security Operations Need Revisions The shadow of Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency, is seen as he delivers opening remarks at the the fourth annual Cybersecurity Summit on Sept. 25.

Tuesday, 29 Oct 2013 06:23 AM

By Elliot Jager

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America's security apparatus has become "too big, too dark, too impenetrable" for the country's own good, says Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan.

However, Noonan did not suggest nefarious intent — only the unchecked growth of a bureaucratic and banal colossus:

"Our intelligence and security agencies, which are so vast and far-flung in their efforts that they themselves don't fully know who's in charge and what everyone else is doing," she said.

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama appears to have shifted from "someone who doesn't quite know what's going on" to "someone who doesn't really want to."

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Noonan says, America should obviously not be listening in on the conversations of Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel. The intelligence apparatus, however, doesn't factor concerns about America's standing in the world.

And Noonan has no patience for the "everyone does it" line.
 
There needs to be a national conversation about the "deep state" — and if there hasn't been, maybe it is because the president decided "a few years ago to blow up the U.S. healthcare system," Noonan concludes.
 
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