Why would you think that Counter-Intelligence Analysis is so important in fighting the War on Terror?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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In the end, if one accepts that there is a "war on terror," I think that one has to rely on intelligence gathering methods and the substantiation of these channels becomes vitally important.  Understanding not only the need to gather intelligence, but recognize what "the enemy" knows about our operations is a critical element in this process.  When we examine what measures are needed in the war on terror, it is often forgotten that the collection and analysis of intelligence and counter intelligence is vital in this process.  Successful moments in this process have been rooted in the analysis and data collection of intelligence and counter intelligence.  When United States Armed Forces end up cornering and killing Osama Bin Laden, much of it resides in collecting intelligence on the ground and fully understanding what al Qaeda knows about us.  Many analysts point to the "treasure trove" of digital data obtained in the operation as important as the killing of Bin Laden.  In the end, "enhanced interrogation" and torture can be debated and discussed.  Yet, I don't think there can be much debate about how important it is to both collect intelligence and understand and analyze the nature of counter intelligence in the war on terror.

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