CIA Director Michael Hayden talks up Open Source Intelligence

Thanks to Dave Kellogg for calling my attention to CIA Director Michael Hayden’s remarks at the DNI Open Source Conference 2008.

Here’s a choice excerpt:

Secret information isn’t always the brass ring. In fact, there’s something special about solving a problem or answering a tough question with information that others are dumb enough to leave out in the open.

Given my academic training and exposure to the culture of peer review, I’ve always been skeptical of folks who rely on secret information to justify their conclusions. Perhaps I’ll feel differently when I have security clearance.

By Daniel Tunkelang

High-Class Consultant.