On October 26, 2007, it was announced that DNI Mike McConnell will no longer release summaries of National Intelligence Estimates (NIEs). The ostensible reason is that they give information to our enemies. If you have ever read one of these summaries and the oracular language they are written in, you know that they mostly state the obvious. Their importance lies in at what point the intelligence community is willing to put into writing what is mostly common sense for an Administration that doesn’t want to hear it. Besides another step in McConnell’s descent into paranoia and obsession with keeping us uniformed, the speculation is that Dick Cheney was unhappy about the most recent NIE’s failure to beat the drums of war on Iran.