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Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)

Self Description

July 2007: The Director of National Intelligence (DNI) serves as the head of the Intelligence Community (IC). The DNI also acts as the principal advisor to the President; the National Security Council, and the Homeland Security Council for intelligence matters related to the national security; and oversees and directs the implementation of the National Intelligence Program. The President appoints the DNI with the advice and consent of the Senate. The Director is assisted by a Senate-confirmed Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence (PDDNI), appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate.

Third-Party Descriptions

December 2012: '“The guidelines provide rigorous oversight to protect the information that we have, for authorized and narrow purposes,” Alexander Joel, Civil Liberties Protection Officer for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, told the paper.'

February 2007: A spokesman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said yesterday that he could not comment directly because McConnell has yet to be confirmed. But, as part of transforming the old DCI directives into the new 'intelligence community directives,' the spokesman said, 'the issue of first-generation access will be addressed.'


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Organization Feb 8, 2007
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) Organization May 12, 2008
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) National Intelligence Council (NIC) Organization Jun 23, 2006
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) National Security Agency (NSA) Organization Feb 8, 2007
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Adm. Dennis "Denny" C. Blair Person Jan 31, 2010
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) General James R. Clapper Jr. Person Aug 17, 2013
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Vice Adm. John "Mike" M. McConnell Retd. Person Jul 9, 2007
Organization Executive (past or present) I. Charles McCullough III, Esq. Person Jan 2, 2015
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) John D. Negroponte Person Jan 13, 2006

Articles and Resources

Date Resource Read it at:
Dec 13, 2012 Attorney General Secretly Granted Gov. Ability to Develop and Store Dossiers on Innocent Americans

QUOTE: In a secret government agreement granted without approval or debate from lawmakers, the U.S. attorney general recently gave the National Counterterrorism Center sweeping new powers to store dossiers on U.S. citizens...Earlier this year, Attorney General Eric Holder granted the center the ability to copy entire government databases...

Nov 12, 2009 Welcome Home, War!: How America's Wars Are Systematically Destroying Our Liberties

QUOTE: surprisingly few Americans seem aware of the toll that this already endless war [on terror] has taken on our civil liberties.

Oct 19, 2009 Exclusive: U.S. Spies Buy Stake in Firm That Monitors Blogs, Tweets (Danger Room)

QUOTE: In-Q-Tel, the investment arm of the CIA and the wider intelligence community, is putting cash into Visible Technologies, a software firm that specializes in monitoring social media. It’s part of a larger movement within the spy services to get better at using ”open source intelligence” — information that’s publicly available...

Sep 06, 2009 Administration Seeks to Keep Terror Watch-List Data Secret

QUOTE: The Obama administration wants to maintain the secrecy of terrorist watch-list information it routinely shares with federal, state and local agencies, a move that rights groups say would make it difficult for people who have been improperly included on such lists to challenge the government.

Washington Post
Aug 16, 2007 Domestic Use of Spy Satellites To Widen: Law Enforcement Getting New Access To Secret Imagery

QUOTE: Administration officials say the program will give domestic security and emergency preparedness agencies new capabilities in dealing with a range of threats... [But civil liberties advocates] said the government is crossing a well-established line against the use of military assets in domestic law enforcement.

Washington Post
Jun 01, 2007 The corporate takeover of U.S. intelligence: The U.S. government now outsources a vast portion of its spying operations to private firms -- with zero public accountability.

QUOTE: The federal government relies more than ever on outsourcing for some of its most sensitive work, though it has kept details about its use of private contractors a closely guarded secret. Intelligence experts, and even the government itself, have warned of a critical lack of oversight for the booming intelligence business.

Feb 07, 2007 Incoming Intelligence Chief Plans To Ease Hiring of Arab Americans

QUOTE: The incoming director of national intelligence, retired Navy Vice Adm. John M. McConnell, plans to change security rules to make it easier for intelligence agencies to hire first-generation Arab Americans for highly sensitive jobs.

Washington Post
Sep 08, 2006 The Long Intelligence Haul: Real reform doesn't take five years. It takes a generation.

QUOTE: there is near-universal agreement today that political pressure corrupts intelligence analysis...But overhauling U.S. intelligence to better prevent false negatives represents a much greater challenge.

Sep 06, 2006 Bush Transfers 14 Key Suspects to Guantanamo: President Acknowledges Covert Detention Program

QUOTE: President Bush yesterday announced the transfer of the last 14 suspected terrorists held by the CIA at secret foreign prisons to the military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and said he wants to try them before U.S. military panels under proposed new rules he simultaneously sent to Congress.

Washington Post