Killing Castro, and finding a lock-picker for Howard Hunt

Some high-class dumpster diving: a bunch of national-security geeks pore through the CIA “family jewels.”

Whether or not the CIA released the “family jewels” as a way of distracting attention from its failure to release its internal assessment of what went wrong in the run-up to 9/11, the jewels themselves turn out to be pretty sparkly. Amy Zegart and other intelligence geeks are poring through the documents looking for the interesting bits, and posting the results here.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: