A former head of
German counter-intelligence recently confided: "The best piece of
intelligence is the one that only I possess." That spymaster's emphasis
on exclusivity and withholding information even from his friends is,
alas, the watchword among intelligence chiefs worldwide. And it
threatens to undermine efforts to globalize the hunt for terrorists and
their bad works.
Timely and credible intelligence - often the merest scrap - can be as decisive in foiling1
terrorist plotting as any police action, cruise missile, or bomb.
That's why the American Congress and the White House are focused on
improving information sharing between the CIA and FBI. But the debate
has so far overlooked another chronic intelligence failure: the
inadequacy of the CIA's liaison with other intelligence services.
One reason for urgent reform is that even though the United
States far outstrips other countries in its technical intelligence
gathering, many other nations often have better human intelligence, or humint - real live spies.
1foil - to prevent (someone or something) from being successful.
Gerald Livingston. Internet: <http://www.ndol.org/ndol_ci.cfm?kaid=
450004&subid=900020&contentid=250680> (with adaptations).
Based on the text, judge the following item.
Believable and opportune intelligence can decisively replace the action of the police, even cruise missiles, and bombs.