Reality Sets In
I find it humorously interesting that people that rode the wave of how bad the past Administration was running intelligence operations, once the curtain is pulled back, suddenly realize that all their third-hand knowledge and dated outlooks really didn't serve them well.
Part of the problem of critiquing intelligence activities is that unless you've done it, you don't really know what it's all about. Unless you've done it recently your opinions are even less valid. Sources may provide good info but in what context? It takes one who has done it to know when another who has done it is talking out their fourth point of contact.
Not that everything that was done was flawless (clearly, see my last post), but let's be honest: intelligence law, policy and practice were not crafted in the age we live in today (technically, socially, geo-politically). For the most part those who are in positions to interpret and execute said law and policy aren't exactly in tune with the world outside of Washington. It takes a proverbial wake-up-call for people in such positions to realize just how delusional things were; and to simultaneously realize that they don't have time to have the sorts of discussions they would like to have when totally retooling how the IC does business. At the moment of impact even the best of us can hit a slice.
I am confident that more changes to how the IC does business are coming, but I am equally confident that such changes will be more in line with what modernity advocates are promoting and less what the privacy and civil liberty crowds are asking for.