23 May 2006

Now THIS Creeps Me Out

So the other day I tried to use my credit card to buy something, and it was denied even though I knew perfectly well my credit card was just fine. So I called my credit-card company to find out what was up with all this, and it turned out I

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23 May 2006

Spies in the Shower

From InfoWorld: I don’t want to alarm you, but a reader just sent me evidence showing that a large and secretive organization is tracking some surprising information about us. No, not the National Security Agency. We’re talking about a really secretive organization: Proctor & Gamble. The sender hits the nail

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22 May 2006

BOHICA

Personal data, including Social Security numbers of 26.5 million U.S. veterans, was stolen from a Veterans Affairs employee this month after he took the information home without authorization, the department said Monday. The INFOSEC practitioner in me wants to beat some GS-half-wit @$$ . . . the ex-GI in me

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19 May 2006

Of Privacy and Security

Most of the critics of IC activities fall into one of two camps (with some cross-pollination). The first are almost not worth discussing since the main thrust of their arguments center on the words “Bush” and “lied” and it gets no more robust than that. The second camp likes to

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19 May 2006

WWDD?

Over the last several years we have been fortunate enough to not have been subjected to another September 11th-scale attack. Further more, we have not had the misfortune of suffering anything on a smaller scale like the attacks in London or Madrid. There are a number of potential reasons why

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18 May 2006

Mid-Hearing Assessment of Hayden Confirmation (Update)

No way I can blog this full-time, but am catching bits and pieces on the radio. Some good, hard questions, very good and solid answers. I am particularly fond of the statement reference the “80-90” people briefed at the start of the terrorism surveillance project; NOT a small cabal of

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17 May 2006

Not Serious XIII

The Homeland Security Department has not yet submitted a strategic plan to Congress on how it intends to improve border security and immigration enforcement, prompting House appropriators to cut funding in the department’s fiscal 2007 budget. I don’t want to be seen as piling-on given the report from Hugh Hewitt

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17 May 2006

RCMP Commissioner says organized crime and terrorist working closely

The convergence of terrorism and transnational organized crime (TOC) has begun finally to receive attention from national governments and international organizations. Although a nexus is not an entirely new phenomena, the growing preponderance of linkages has attracted the attention of both US and Canadian intelligence communities. However, as discussed in

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17 May 2006

Civil War Looms After Sri Lanka Sea Battle

Having created a navy comprised of an estimated 5,000 to 6,000 rebel sailors, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) Sea Tigers of Sri Lanka are arguably the largest non-state maritime force in the world. With the LTTE’s development and deployment of its Black Sea Tiger squadron, the waters off

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17 May 2006

Error frees Madrid bombs suspect

Moroccan Saed el Harrak, one of the 29 suspects, nine of whom are Spaniards, indicted in the March 11, 2004 rail bombings in Madrid, Spain , was released from police custody due to an “error in legal proceedings.” El Harrak will be permitted to travel within Madrid province where he

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