Go spy on yourselfHere's your latest, go-to, textbook example of the difference between modern mainstream journalism and journalism that provides actual, solid political context. It's the difference, in this particular case, between the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Madison's Progressive magazine.
Start with the Journal Sentinel, which on Oct 2 ran an Associated Press story concerning the federal Homeland Security office's intelligence "fusion" centers. The AP story, quoting a US Senate report, summarized the shoddy, even dangerous performance of the fusion centers:
A multibillion-dollar information-sharing program created
in the aftermath of 9/11 has improperly collected
information about innocent Americans and produced little
valuable intelligence on terrorism, a Senate report
concludes. It portrays an effort that ballooned far beyond
anyone's ability to control.
What began as an attempt to put local, state and federal
officials in the same room analyzing the same
intelligence has instead cost huge amounts of money for
data-mining software ..., investigators found. (See the URL below for more)