This word, unknown to me, just came up in former CIA director, George Tenet’s interview on a US Sunday evening newsmag (60 Minutes). I didn’t get it very well as it passed by, but I thought he was saying something like, “Our agents understood it with great granularity.” I think the “it” had something to do with the details surrounding the data leading up to our entrance into the Iraq War.
Anyway… Any hints as to the meaning of this? My wife thinks “details.”
On googling, it may have come out of the IT world:
This term is used in astronomy, photography, physics, linguistics, and fairly often in information technology. It can refer to the level of a hierarchy of objects or actions, to the fineness of detail in a photograph, or to the amount of information that is supplied in describing a person’s age. Its meaning is not always immediately clear to those unfamiliar with the context in which it’s being used.
edit: found the text of tonight’s interview: It seems to be about the two 9-11 hijackers who were on the CIA terrorist “watch list” that never made it out of Langley to the FBI or other agencies’ databases
“Scott, they don’t. And honest people doing honest work, for whatever you know, all of these people who are doing the best that they can, and understand this in great granularity, understand all of this and feel this pain, we all know this. I can’t dress this up for you,” Tenet replies.
edit: plural possessive on “agencies’”