Blogs for Spies
Retired intelligence analyst Herb Ely argues that it would be a good idea for analysts to have their own blogs, aggregated on InteLink, as a means around current stovepiping:
It would be much less expensive than our currently efforts at intelligence reform. Blogs are a means of confronting denial. They contain self-correcting mechanisms that tend to prevent “crying wolf” in order to attract attention.
My guess is that it will happen, with or without, the approval of Intelink managers. The Intelligence community will have about as much success resisting blogs as the institutional church had resisting the printing press.
Obviously, there would have to be strictures in place to prevent the release of classified information to the public. But the ruthless pecking order that the blogosphere has naturally created would push respected IntelBloggers to the top of the chart and force higher-ups to pay attention.