The standard justification for the continued existence of the mysterious and unaccountable $55 billion-plus juggernaut called “the intelligence community” is that it gathers important information for decision-makers, and presents it to them in hush-hush circumstances. There’s an alternative to this proposition: people could try supporting the news media.

In a May 5 New York Times article, we are treated to the insights of a Taliban member who spoke to Times personnel over the period of six months, and produced insight after insight. This fellow is knowledgeable, and was, ultimately talkative. And he did not even need to be waterboarded.

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