U.S. Anti-ISIS Recruitment Videos: Why They Don’t Work

By: Friday November 7, 2014 8:35 am

The U.S., via the State Department, is spending considerable effort and money producing anti-ISIS videos and other media (actual example, left), the goal of which is to convince American and other would-be jihadis not to join ISIS. The efforts won’t work, almost can’t work. They fail to understand the way ISIS recruits and as such, [...]

US Air Travel Snarled by One Guy Not a Terrorist

By: Monday September 29, 2014 11:13 am

Luckily ISIS has never thought to employ psychotic contractors in a bid to mess with America. ‘Cause that apparently works. O’ Hare Meltdown The problems in America’s creaky infrastructure started Friday morning when Brian Howard, an FAA contractor, wandered into the radar facility in Aurora, Illinois that serves Chicago’s O’Hare airport, one of the busiest [...]

Technology and the End of Privacy

By: Thursday June 5, 2014 8:31 am

The self-created end of privacy in the United States was brought about as much by technology as desire. Those who claim there is little new here — the government read the mail of and wiretapped the calls and conversations of Americans under COINTELPROfrom 1956 to at least 1971 – do not understand the impact of [...]

Homeland Security Committee Hearing on DHS Monitoring of Social Media (Live Blog)

By: Thursday February 16, 2012 8:28 am

11:35 AM – Meehan concludes the hearing and mentions how state fusion centers in Pennsylvania conducted monitoring operations and sent information not just to agencies but private entities. He thanks the witnesses for being at the hearing but says the subcommittee will continue to ask questions. The meeting is adjourned. 11:33 AM – Committee member [...]

Gaddafi Hired International Firms to Spy on Libya Uprising

By: Tuesday August 30, 2011 12:13 pm

Muammar Gaddafi (photo: BRQ Network) The Wall Street Journal has a report in today’s newspaper on how Muammar Gaddafi hired firms from around the world to help his regime spy on Libyans. The article that appears in the newspaper is behind a paywall but other news organizations are publishing details in their own posts. Here’s [...]

The Significance of WikiLeaks’ Recent Release of Diplomatic Cables

By: Saturday August 27, 2011 1:52 pm

(photo: WikiLeaks-Movie) Over the course of the past three days, WikiLeaks has been making headlines again. This time the headlines actually have to do with the work the organization aims to do as opposed to drama media organizations sometimes have played a role in instigating. The media especially news blogs and aggregator web sites have [...]

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