Monthly Archives: August 2012

Drone Debate Update for August 31, 2012

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A Grey Ghost in Norfolk

(Source: author’s collection) I’m a “Boomer”, which means I grew up reading a steady stream of books about World War II, “the Greatest Generation”, etc. With the passage of the years came a greater understanding that a lot of what … Continue reading

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McRaven, Free Speech & Secrecy

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Preventing Vet Suicides: One Proven Program

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Remember All That NYPD Spying On Muslims?

It took some

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NYPD’s Domestic Spying Megafail

From the opening paragaph of today’s AP story: In more than six years of spying on Muslim neighborhoods, eavesdropping on conversations and cataloguing mosques, the New York Police Department’s secret Demographics Unit never generated a lead or triggered a terrorism … Continue reading

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Defining “Terrorism”

(Source: National Archives) There’s been some debate on Twitter of late about the origins & use of the word “terrorism” and it’s definitions. I thought this USAID study from 1967 was instructive about how the USG had seemed to define it in … Continue reading

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Whistleblowing: Then and Now

Roughly two years ago, I was asked by a reporter whether it seemed that the Obama administration had gone after more whistleblowers than any previous Administration. Since then, it’s become clear that the “most transparent Administration in history” is anything … Continue reading

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Drone Debate Update for August 17, 2012

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Thursday Follies: Assange, Ecudaor and the UK

So much for another sleepy Thurday in August. I’m not going to spend any time in this post villifying or valorizing the man in question. For me, the issue today is a simple one: does Ecuador’s granting of asylum to … Continue reading

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