So it turns out that the intelligence community knew about the underpants bomber’s strange behavior – his father phoned it in – but never told TSA. Â This, once again, makes Amy Zegart’s point: Â the Cold War world, where the key thing was keeping secrets and the key principle was need-to-know, Â is behind us. Â Now the key thing is figuring out what the bad guys are doing, and the key principle has to be need-to-share. But the agencies are still fighting the last war.
The underpants-bomber case once again illustrates that information doesn’t flow freely enough within the network of agencies concerned with terrorism.