Despite its name, there are no covert operations at the National Intelligence Council. It is a sober, cautious US government agency more akin to a university faculty club or a think tank than the spy agency its name suggests. The council issues reports - some of which are top secret - that integrate information from other intelligence agencies to help government officials and other policy makers take a long view of coming problems. So, it was odd that this conservative organization would issue a top secret, and then partially declassified, report with the provocative conclusion that the world is entering into a prolonged water crisis.
- From Let There Be Water: Israel's Solution for a Water-Starved World by Seth M. Siegel