The 9/11 anniversary seems like a good time to thank the intelligence professionals--blue and green--who've helped prevent another 9/11. (And you guys are the largest readership of this blog, FYI.) I know that your successes usually go unrecognized and the media is quick to point fingers at your failures and presumed failures, but seeing the German bomb plot unfold last week was a good reminder that it's the dedication of so many professionals who are able to make the intelligence system work--despite its many flaws.
An Exceptional Performance Award should go to whomever convinced al-Qaeda that 1500 lbs of peroxide were a swell idea for a bomb. Same goes for whoever got bin Laden talking about global warming, among other diversions, and not the old nonstop rantings about attacking America.
(I'm the last person to believe my own conspiracy theories, but those two events from last week are sure making it appear that OUTSOURCED's plot might cut even close to the bone than I realized.)
And congratulations to longtime reader Alice Marshall of Presto Vivace, who is a publicist specializing on technology firms and national security contractors. In an informal survey of editors in the government trade press, she was cited for excellence and one editor called her the best he had worked with.