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Intelligence Gathering Goes Beyond Government

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Intelligence Gathering Goes Beyond Government

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Intelligence Gathering Goes Beyond Government

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Government agencies aren't the only ones collecting intelligence these days. Now, private companies like SITE Intelligence Group also are conducting surveillance.

Last month, SITE got a copy of a new video by Osama bin Laden days ahead of its scheduled release. The company notified two government intelligence officials and allowed them access to the video, but warned them not to make the information public prematurely because it would jeopardize the company's surveillance contacts and methods. However, within hours, word leaked out. The White House says it is investigating.

Mark Lowenthal, president of the Intelligence and Security Academy, which trains intelligence professionals, and a former deputy director of the CIA for analysis and production, talks to Scott Simon about intelligence gathering outside of the government.

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