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World Wide Webs: Obama's top spy. Your teen's tweets.

   In today's Buffalo News Opinion section:

- Spying trouble - Buffalo News Editorial
   The Senate now has a good excuse to take a serious look at whether it was really so intelligent to create a position called the national intelligence director.
   Last week Dennis C. Blair
[right], the third person to hold the post since it was invented in the post-9/11 Blair upheaval of the American spy apparatus, announced that he was resigning. ...
   It is fair to question whether Obama was right to have hired Blair or, having done so, whether he gave the retired admiral the budget, staff and clout necessary to do his job. ...
   But more important now for members of Congress, as they consider not only Obama’s nomination for a
replacement but also the whole intelligence structure, is whether any president and any national intelligence director can do their jobs properly with the current structure — a structure mandated by law and only changeable by an act of Congress.
   Related:
- US intelligence chief out; who's next in hot seat? - Kimberly Dozier/AP/Buffalo News
   For months, National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair has been a dead man walking - and he knew it. So constant and vicious were the leaks from the White House and Congress of his imminent departure that he opened a recent speech on intelligence reform with a joke that his replacement would be Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb.
-  The Politics of National Intelligence - Marc Ambinder/The Atlantic
   A final variant of a reinvigorated DNI would turn the position into a -- wait for it -- czar, with a small staff, who would coordinate conflicts among executive agents and who would be more or less a problem-solver. This person would not testify before Congress. He or she would not make public appearances. He or she would remain in the shadows.
- Obama's plan seeks security through peace - Associated Press/Buffalo News
   President Barack Obama's new national security strategy says armed conflict should be a last resort but doesn't repudiate the Bush administration's doctrine of pre-emptive war or its call for the U.S. to go it alone in defending against foreign threats. 
- Dennis Blair erred -- but he had an impossible job - David Ignatius/Washington Post
- An intelligence chief who gets it - Los Angeles Times Editorial
- Intel post becomes 'wicked problem' for W.H. - Josh Gerstein/Politico
- Searching for intelligent life - Tom Foreman/CNN
- While President Obama dreams of utopia, the world gets rougher - Kevin O'Brien/Cleveland Plain Dealer
- Industrial Espionage: How the CIA got the world to buy American during the Cold War - Ray Fisman/Slate

- Some support for texting - Buffalo News Editorial
   There may be many different words to properly describe a teenager who is plugged into Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and texting, seemingly all at the same time. But, according to some reassuring new Facebook research, “alienated” is not one of them.
   In fact, the suggestion made by some of the small but growing amount of scientific research done on the subject is that today’s plugged-in teens and tweens may be better emotionally adjusted than previous generations of passive couch potatoes whose only technological accomplishment was to change the channel.
   Related:
- The real reason Facebook changed its privacy rules - Peter Lauria/The Daily Beast
- Teen Tech Use: Too Much Too Soon? - CBS News [complete with links to CBS' Facebook and Twitter pages]
- Killer used Facebook to lure teen girl - New York Post

-- George Pyle/The Buffalo News  

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