05 Jan 2006

Data Mining/OSINT on the Cheap

Very clever. Makes me wish I’d kept up my script-writing skillz. http://www.applefritter.com/bannedbooks

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04 Jan 2006

On Sources

Thomas Joscelyn writes in the Weekly Standard about James Risen and his sources: On NBC’s “Today” show this morning, New York Times scribe Jim Risen told Katie Couric that he hopes he will not have to reveal his sources to a grand jury and declared his story to be the

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04 Jan 2006

Drip, Drip, Drip

Given my background I may be slightly biased, but I’ve never been a big fan of leakers of classified information. The whole point of keeping stuff classified is that it isn’t supposed to be out on the front page of the NY Times. That we tend to over-classify things is

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04 Jan 2006

Dangers of GI Blogs

From Newsday: Letters home filled with tales of death and danger, bravery and boredom are a wartime certainty. And now, as hundreds of soldiers overseas have started keeping Internet journals about the heat, the homesickness, the bloodshed, word speeds from the battlefront faster than ever. More and more, though, U.S.

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04 Jan 2006

Pshaw!

And they said that no one from the JTF would ever amount to anything:   The spookiest venture capital firm on the planet has hired a new CEO. In-Q-Tel – the CIA’s venture capital unit – has tapped Amit Yoran as the successor to Gilman Louie, according to a report

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04 Jan 2006

Post Holiday Catch-Up

Such an effort is almost a waste of time (almost) since you’re starting long after the gun has gone off, but it is a nice way to reboot the mental OS out of hibernation and get back into the swing of things. So, where to begin?This gem from Reuters is

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04 Jan 2006

2006 Projections for Homeland Security Intelligence Fusion and Capabilities; Domestic Preparedness

As a conduit for implementing portions of the 2003 Department of Justice (DOJ) National Criminal Intelligence Sharing Plan (NCISP) and Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative?s (Global), several states in 2005 have established ?Intelligence Fusion Centers,? and many more are considering doing so. Additionally, the Homeland Security Advisory Council?s (HSAC) Intelligence

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04 Jan 2006

2006 Projections for the Conflict Zones

Iraq The future ferocity and durability of Iraq?s ongoing insurgency, its national cohesion and stability, and its overall renaissance center on the following key drivers: (1) the degree of commitment from the ethno-religious communities?Sunnis, Kurds, and Shia?to an ?Iraqi? pluralist and civic nationalist identity and political project; (2) the degree

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04 Jan 2006

Key Legal Issues in Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security for 2006

Terrorism is not a threat to the national security, strictly speaking. That is, the use of terrorist strategies against the US, per se, do not directly threaten the political or territorial integrity of the Republic (a generally accepted way to define ?national security?). What does threaten the fabric of the

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04 Jan 2006

2006 Projections on the Evolution of Al-Qaeda

Since the terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001 , al Qaeda the organization has evolved into a global jihadist movement from the more discrete terrorist vanguard network and operational and support corps of al Qaeda?s earlier years. Reports of al Qaeda-associated terrorist operations indicate that this evolution, and the attendant attacks from

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