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Now Monitoring: CIA Director Nominee John Brennan

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This monitor tracks mentions of John Brennan and to the position that he’s likely to hold. Subscribers can find the monitor under “People” on the main menu.

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Introducing the Widescreen Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Monitor

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Jordan has some serious challenges ahead. It is struggling with growing internal unrest, dangerous radical elements, and conflict on its borders. All of this makes it worthy of a comprehensive widescreen monitor.

This monitor is tracking mentions of Jordan and Amman, discussions about the government and royal family, the Jordanian military and security forces, Jordanian intelligence, radical elements inside the country, issues related to Syria (both the government and rebels) and Iran, and incidents of violence and protest.

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DIA to Greatly Expand HUMINT Role

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A significant, but not unexpected, realignment seems to be occurring within the US intelligence community:

The Pentagon will send hundreds of additional spies overseas as part of an ambitious plan to assemble an espionage network that rivals the CIA in size, U.S. officials said.

The project is aimed at transforming the Defense Intelligence Agency, which has been dominated for the past decade by the demands of two wars, into a spy service focused on emerging threats and more closely aligned with the CIA and elite military commando units.

When the expansion is complete, the DIA is expected to have as many as 1,600 “collectors” in positions around the world, an unprecedented total for an agency whose presence abroad numbered in the triple digits in recent years.

The Defense Intelligence Agency Monitor is capturing the reaction to this weekend’s story quite well with live streams for the DIA, the broader intelligence community, and the Defense Clandestine Service.

The US Intelligence Community Monitor is also tracking these developments. It features live streams covering the community, defense intelligence, and intelligence leaks.

Subscriptions to Covert Contact’s array of hundreds of global security live streams are available for only $10 per month.

Now Monitoring – Acting CIA Director Michael Morell

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Morell has been named Acting Director following today’s resignation of former Director Petraeus. This isn’t his first go at this sort of thing:

Once again, Michael Morell is being called on to fill in as acting director of the CIA, this time after the resignation of David Petraeus on Friday.

It was only last year, during the two-month gap from the time Leon Panetta left the CIA until Petraeus took over the helm, that Deputy Director Morell oversaw the agency.

The career intelligence officer joined the CIA in 1980. Much of his early career focused on Asian issues, and he has had a steady climb up the career ladder.

He served as then-CIA Director George Tenet’s executive assistant and presided over the daily intelligence briefing for President George W. Bush. After a three-year overseas assignment in the mid-2000s, he returned to headquarters, where he became the associate deputy director responsible for the day-to-day operation of the agency.

After spending two years as the director of intelligence, overseeing the work of analysts, he was appointed to his current position as Deputy Director in May 2010.

Subscribers will find a monitor dedicated to Michael Morell under “People” on the main menu. It monitors any mentions of his name, the acting director role, and any discussions about the C.I.A. director (past or present).

Subscriptions to Covert Contact’s array of over 140 topic monitors and 400 live social media streams are available for only $10 per month.

CIA Director Petraeus Resigns – Cites Extramarital Affair

President Obama accepted the resignation this afternoon. Petraeus issued a short statement:

Yesterday afternoon, I went to the White House and asked the President to be allowed, for personal reasons, to resign from my position as D/CIA. After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair. Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours. This afternoon, the President graciously accepted my resignation.

As I depart Langley, I want you to know that it has been the greatest of privileges to have served with you, the officers of our Nation’s Silent Service, a work force that is truly exceptional in every regard. Indeed, you did extraordinary work on a host of critical missions during my time as director, and I am deeply grateful to you for that.

Teddy Roosevelt once observed that life’s greatest gift is the opportunity to work hard at work worth doing. I will always treasure my opportunity to have done that with you and I will always regret the circumstances that brought that work with you to an end.

Thank you for your extraordinary service to our country, and best wishes for continued success in the important endeavors that lie ahead for our country and our Agency.

With admiration and appreciation,

David H. Petraeus

The Petraeus Monitor has been updated to reflect these events. Subscribers will find it under “People” on the main menu.

Subscriptions to Covert Contact’s array of over 140 topic monitors and 400 live social media streams are available for only $10 per month.

Jordan Live Streams Added

Subscribers will find the new Jordan Monitor in their “Locations” menu. It is currently monitoring the Jordanian government, military, security, and intelligence activities, and discussions about the country’s Salafi movement.

Subscriptions to Covert Contact’s array of over 140 topic monitors and 400 live social media streams are available for only $10 per month.

VP Rumors Swirl – Then Fizzle – Around CIA Director General Petraeus

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Social media has been buzzing about Romney grabbing Gen. Petraeus as a running mate but a CIA spokesman has spoken:

“Director Petraeus feels very privileged to be able to continue to serve our country in his current position and, as he has stated clearly numerous times before, he will not seek elected office.”

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/david-petraeus-not-vice-president-cia-spokesman-2012-8#ixzz22tqE603e

He may not have eyes on the White House but the General still deserves his own Covert Contact monitor. We just rolled one out to subscribers that looks for any discussion about Gen. Petraeus, mentions of him along with President Obama or Mitt Romney, and mentions of his work at CIA. Subscribers should Look for the General David Petraeus Monitor under “People” on their menus.

Subscriptions to Covert Contact’s array of over 100 topic monitors and 350 live social media streams are available for only $10 per month.

Monitoring Drones, Drone Surveillance, and Drone Strikes

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Drones are a hotly debated topic and the Covert Contact Drone Monitor captures a lot of that debate. This monitor tracks general discussions about drones, issues related to drone surveillance, and discussions about drone strikes. The “Drone Strikes” live stream is one of our favorites – it’s always surfacing something interesting.

Subscriptions to Covert Contact’s array of over 100 topic monitors and 350 live social media streams are available for only $10 per month.

Monitoring Saudi Intelligence Chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan

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Depending on who you read Prince Bandar has either been assassinated in some joint Syrian-Iranian operation or he’s personally orchestrating the war in Syria from an underground bunker – with Kim Kardashian at his side.

Rumors about the Prince are flying and facts are pretty scarce so take what you see on this monitor with a grain of salt. Accurate information may be difficult to come by but speculation is plentiful and often pretty interesting.

This monitor tracks mentions of Prince Bandar, discussions about Saudi Intelligence, and discussions about Syria-Saudi connections. Subscribers will find the Prince Bandar Monitor on their “People” menu. Enjoy!

Intelligence Leaks – Updates from Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Covert Contact

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Some fairly blunt talk from the Senator on the issue of intelligence leaks:

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Monday that someone at the White House was responsible for the recent leaks of classified information.

“I think the White House has to understand that some of this is coming from their ranks,” Feinstein said in an address at the World Affairs Council, The Associated Press first reported.

Covert Contact has something to add on this issue as well. The Covert Contact Intelligence Leaks Monitor pictured above has been updated this morning to include an “Executive Branch” stream that focuses on the White House and the Obama administration. The change has been rolled out to all subscribers.