Bombers on Xmas, hey lets use CIA resources for fake global warming After the al-Qaeda attack on Xmas Day and the intelligence failures that allowed the Underwear Bomber to board the plane, many wonder how our intelligence agencies could have protected and should be protecting the US. I believe Papa Obama and his "crack team" have hit upon the right strategy. It must be more of that "smart power" Hillary is always talking about NYT: The nations top scientists and spies are collaborating on an effort to use the federal governments intelligence assets including spy satellites and other classified sensors to assess the hidden complexities of environmental change. They seek insights from natural phenomena like clouds and glaciers, deserts and tropical forests. The collaboration restarts an effort the Bush administration shut down and has the strong backing of the director of the Central Intelligence Agency. In the last year, as part of the effort, the collaborators have scrutinized images of Arctic sea ice from reconnaissance satellites in an effort to distinguish things like summer melts from climate trends, and they have had images of the ice pack declassified to speed the scientific analysis. The monitoring program has little or no impact on regular intelligence gathering, federal officials said, but instead releases secret information already collected or takes advantage of opportunities to record environmental data when classified sensors are otherwise idle or passing over wilderness. Secrecy cloaks the monitoring effort, as well as the nations intelligence work, because the United States wants to keep foes and potential enemies in the dark about the abilities of its spy satellites and other sensors. The images that the scientific group has had declassified, for instance, have had their sharpness reduced to hide the abilities of the reconnaissance satellites. Controversy has often dogged the use of federal intelligence gear for environmental monitoring. In October, days after the C.I.A. opened a small unit to assess the security implications of climate change, Senator John Barrasso, Republican of Wyoming, said the agency should be fighting terrorists, not spying on sea lions.