Penny-pinching intelligence in the run-up to 9-11

Atrios thinks that one of this year’s Presidential candidates has some explaining to do about budget-cutting that weakened the nation’s capacity to combat terrorism. Guess which one?

Note that $1.5 billion over 5 years is something less than 1% of the intelligence budget. Fred Kaplan deconstructs Bush’s dishonest attack on Kerry’s proposal, which was actually about recapturing $1.5 billion in unspent funds (mostly from the National Reconaissance Office) as part of a larger budget-balancing effort.

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: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com