It's not just about terrorism or nuclear proliferation any more. Now the Central Intelligence Agency is also briefing president Obama on potentially dangerous fallout from the global financial meltdown. From McClatchey News:
The CIA this week began sending the White House a new classified daily briefing on the worldwide economic crisis, CIA Director Leon Panetta said Wednesday, underscoring growing concern that the global financial meltdown could topple governments or lead to sharp swerves in the foreign policies of hard-hit nations.
The report for President Barack Obama and other top officials, called the Economic Intelligence Brief, is an effort "to make sure that we aren't surprised by the implications of the worldwide economic crisis," Panetta said in his first meeting with reporters since being sworn in Feb. 13.
"It's beginning to have impacts not only in China and . . . countries throughout Europe," but also increasingly in Latin America, where there are fresh signs of economic instability, Panetta said. He specifically cited Argentina, Ecuador and Venezuela.
Great, with everything else destabilizing the world - climate change, overpopulation, fundamentalism, nuclear proliferation - now we get to add Wall Street to the mix.