2004-12-19

US-Milit�r soll besser spionieren d�rfen

--- Das US-Milit�r soll nach Pl�nen des Pentagon eine st�rkere Rolle im pr�ventven Anti-Terrorkampf und bei der Kontrolle von Massenvernichtungswaffen spielen, berichtet die New York Times: Among the ideas cited by Defense Department officials is the idea of "fighting for intelligence," or commencing combat operations chiefly to obtain intelligence. The proposal also calls for a major expansion of human intelligence, which is information gathered by spies rather than by technological means, both within the military services and the Defense Intelligence Agency, including more missions aimed at acquiring specific information sought by policy makers. The proposal is the latest chapter in the fierce and long-running rivalry between the Pentagon and the C.I.A. for dominance over intelligence collection. ... General Boykin, who attracted controversy last year for saying in remarks to Christian groups that Muslims worship "an idol" and describing the battle against Muslim radicals as a fight against Satan, has been the prime architect of the proposal, which has been under review at the Pentagon since January 2004. Rumsfeld will damit auch die gegenw�rtige Reform der US-Geheimdienste nutzen, um mehr Aufkl�rungsmacht zu bekommen. Erst vor einer Woche hatte die New York Times zudem vermeldet, dass das Pentagon bei seinen internationalen Desinformationsbestrebungen weiter schwer aktiv ist.