The Intelligence Science Board (ISB), which was established in 2002 to provide independent scientific advice to the Director of National Intelligence, has been disbanded by the new DNI, James R. Clapper Jr., as part of a process of reorganizing and streamlining the ODNI organization.

„My understanding is that the Director will be disbanding all 20 of his advisory boards, which includes the ISB,“ one participant in Intelligence Science Board studies told Secrecy News.

DNI Clapper „did a zero base review of all outside advisory boards as part of an efficiency review,“ an ODNI official said.  „The new strategy is to have one Senior Advisory Group and then convene Task Forces on specific issues as needed.“  The Task Forces in turn „may have expiration dates.“  The membership of the new umbrella Advisory Group is now in formation, the official said.

The overall contribution of the Intelligence Science Board is difficult for an outsider to assess, since little of its work has been made public.  But the Board’s 2006 report on „Educing Information“ (pdf), which authoritatively explained that there was no empirical justification for the use of coercive interrogation (or torture), remains a milestone in the field.  It demonstrated independent judgment as well as immediate policy relevance.

An ODNI spokesman said the move to eliminate the Board should not be seen as a rejection of science advice, but as a step toward a smaller standing bureaucracy and increased efficiency.

„One of the things I’m doing is… essentially restructuring the Office of the Director of National Intelligence“ said DNI Clapper at an October 6 speech (pdf) to the Bipartisan Policy Center.

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  1. juo
    März 13, 2013 um 8:19 pm

    WIKILEAKS-Former Dutch State Secretary:
    Kosovo messy affair, run by criminals

    – 01.31.2011- Former Dutch State Secretary for European Affairs Frans Timmermans warned the U.S. in late 2007 that Kosovo was „run by people who live off crime“.This has emerged in a leaked U.S. diplomatic cable obtained by the Wikileaks whistleblowing website.

    „Timmermans was concerned about the future implications of the EU`s outreach to Kosovo: Kosovo is run by people who live off crime…(they have) no other means to support themselves,“ Timmermans said, reported U.S. officials who met with him in The Hague.The meeting took place in November 2007, ahead of the February 2008 unilateral declaration of independence made by the province`s ethnic Albanians.

    According to this, Timmermans „noted that Russia was creating havoc in the Balkans, and Kosovo will be a messy affair.“ He was also quoted as saying that the Russians „will react strongly, and the European reaction will be all over the place,“ once the proclamation has been made in Priština.The leaked cable comes as the reputation of Kosovo`s Albanian leaders has been dealt a series of blows, including the human organ trafficking report put together by Council of Europe Special Rapporteur Dick Marty.

    The Guardian newspaper published what it said were leaked NATO documents, that named Kosovo Albanian Prime Minister and former KLA leader Hashim Thaci as one of the „biggest fish“ in organized crime in Kosovo.

    James R. Clapper Director of US National Intelligence
    Western Balkans:Principal challenges to stability in Europe

    Washington (February 2011) – „The Balkans -Bosnia-Herzegovina‟s continuing uneasy inter-ethnic condominium and unresolved issues regarding Kosovo, including the future of Serb-majority areas in northern Kosovo, Belgrade‟s efforts to re-open the question of Kosovo‟s status, and Pristina‟s weakness in rule of law and democracy remain sources of tension requiring Western diplomatic and security engagement. Bosnia‟s multi-ethnic state institutions are in disarray. While neither widespread violence nor a formal split is likely, we judge that ethnic Serb rhetoric about seceding from Bosnia will continue to inflame passions. Ethnic agendas still dominate the political process, and wrangling among the three main ethnic groups impedes the process of building institutions. Renewed US-EU efforts to broker compromises on constitutional reforms and other agreements needed to advance Bosnia‟s NATO and EU membership prospects have met with little success thus far.

    More than 70 nations, including 22 of 27 EU members, have recognized the state of Kosovo. However, in the coming years Pristina will remain dependent on the international community for economic and development assistance, as well as for diplomatic and military presence to foster further consolidation of its statehood. Kosovo‟s institutions remain weak, and crime and corruption are rampant. Belgrade openly supports parallel Kosovo Serb institutions. Serbia has used political and diplomatic means to challenge Pristina‟s independence. NATO‟s presence, although reduced, is still needed to deter violence, and its mentoring of the fledgling Kosovo Security Force is crucial to theforce‟s effectiveness and democratic development.

    Serbia‟s leaders espouse a European future and President Tadic desires quick progress toward EU membership, but at the same time they are unwilling to abandon Belgrade‟s claim to Kosovo to achieve that end. Serbia has increased cooperation with NATO, but maintains it will not actively seek membership in the next few years“.

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