IC in the News

IC in the News

Stephanie O’Sullivan became Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence (PDDNI) in February 2011. She met with Trajectory in March to discuss the foundational nature of GEOINT, the President’s Daily Brief, new technology, and much more.

Of the roughly 323 million citizens of the United States, more than four million hold federal security clearances. An even smaller number of these individuals hold the highest clearances. They are simultaneously the most trusted—and some of the most scrutinized—individuals in the world. Until now, that scrutiny generally stopped where the real and virtual worlds coalesce: social media.

Thursday, 28 April 2016 13:08

The Fourth Amendment in the Information Age

To badly mangle Marx, a specter is haunting Fourth Amendment law—the specter of technological change. In a number of recent cases, in a number of different contexts, courts have questioned whether existing Fourth Amendment doctrine, developed in an analog age, is able to deal effectively with digital technologies.

Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence Stephanie O'Sullivan is the top deputy to DNI James Clapper. She said her role, "similar to a chief operations officer," means that there's no telling from hour to hour what her work will entail. "My job is unpredictable ... every day is different; you just don’t know when you walk in every morning what will be next," she said.

At the age of 12, while staying with his grandparents in Philadelphia, James Clapper stuck a toothpick in the television dial to pick up the signal between channels four and five.  He then was able to reconstruct the police districts and boundaries in the city. And from there, he figured out the various call signs and police codes.  When his father, an intelligence officer for the Army, asked him what he'd done all summer, Clapper began briefing him on how the police department worked.  "My dad was dumbstruck. 'My god, I've raised my own replacement,' you know," Clapper recalled.