Sunday, October 11, 2015

Intel & Counterterrorism News

Victory / Defeat Not Always Final. An intelligence professional, using setbacks such as the Snowdon treachery or China's downloading of every one's SF-86, says that defeats are not always final and cites some historical examples to put us at ease. Read "Rome, Carthage, and Counterintelligence: Why No Victory or Defeat Has to Be Final", Real Clear Defense, October 2, 2015.

Internet, Cookies, and Law Enforcement. A research on computer security at the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley, California explains how the National Security Agency (NSA) and law enforcement agencies can subpoena Google and others for your Internet activities. Read "Law Enforcement and the World Wide Web of Spies", Lawfare Blog, October 5, 2015.

Radicalization in Afghan Schools. "There is widespread political activism, including an extensive presence of radical activists among high school students in Afghanistan", according to a new study by Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU). Read more in "Study Finds Radicalization on the Rise in Afghan Schools", Tolo News, October 7, 2015.

Booz Allen Contract - $937 Million. Booz Allen Hamilton is receiving a huge contract for "global threat mitigation". Learn more about this 'secretive' contract. (Washington Business Journal, October 8, 2015).

Insurgents - Rational and Emotional. Thomas Zeitzoff, an Associate Professor at American University, has penned an article entitled "Calculated or Emotional? How Insurgents Are Both Rational and Ideological", Political Violence @ a Glance, October 9, 2015.

ToA - 303rd MI Bn Now in Country. The 319th MI Bn is heading home after a Transfer of Authority ceremony at Bagram Air Field.

U.S. Spy Agencies "Caught Off Guard". It is now being described as another intelligence failure - the inability to predict that Russia would "go all in" with Syria. Read "US spy agencies were 'caught off-guard' by Putin's sudden dramatic escalation in Syria", Business Insider, October 8, 2015.

Torture, CIA, and "the Dark Side". In a riveting story we learn about aspects of torture that we probably would rather not know about. Caution: graphic photos in "A Former CIA Interrogator on Death, Torture and the Dark Side", Newsweek, October 7, 2015.

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