Intelligence

Erdogan’s perpetual quest for an enemy

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Over the weekend, a crisis erupted between Turkey and the Netherlands after Dutch authorities refused to allow Turkish ministers to address a rally in Rotterdam in which the ministers were going to urge expatriate Turks to… Michael Rubin AEI Apparently because of permitting issues, Dutch authorities did not allow the Turkish ministers to address the rally, a slight which Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan escalated sharply: crowds held anti-Dutch rallies in front of… Erdogan’s perpetual quest… Read More »

Book Review: Vanguard of the Imam: Religion, Politics, and Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

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One of the biggest holes in scholarship about Iran has been a deep, detailed analysis of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) since the 1993 study, Warriors of Islam by Kenneth Katzman, a Library of Congress specialist. Michael Rubin AEI That has now changed, first with Danish scholar Ali Alfoneh’s 2013 Iran Unveiled and then with Vanguard of the Imam by Ostrovar, a long-time Iran analyst, now at the Naval Postgraduate School. Ostovar traces the… Book Review: Vanguard… Read More »

WikiLeaks says it releases files on ‘CIA’s cyber spying tools’

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Anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks published on March 7 what it said were thousands of pages of internal Central Intelligence Agency discussions about hacking techniques used over several years, renewing concerns about the… Hurriyet The discussion transcripts showed that CIA hackers could get into Apple Inc. iPhones, Google Inc. Android devices and… WikiLeaks says it… Read More »

‘Civil war’ over Homeland Security push

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Sky News has confirmed ASIO and the Australian Federal police have recently advised against creating a US-style Department of… Sky News with AAP The government is considering a proposal to merge at least half a dozen relevant federal agencies from two departments into a… ‘This proposal is very controversial in the government and… ‘Civil war’ over… Read More »

IS supporters free to return to Australia despite tough law changes

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AUSTRALIA faces the return of some of the world’s most radical terrorists after tough laws to keep them out of the country… SHARRI MARKSON, The Daily Telegraph The Herald Sun Intelligence experts have warned the federal government nothing is stopping more than 100 homegrown terrorists — including those who have been fighting with Islamic… IS supporters free… Read More »

Britain attempts to brand journalists as spies

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The UK government is considering new laws that target journalists who obtain or share state secrets. Jim Killock Al Jazeera News British journalists could be treated as spies, and given up to 14 years in prison for handling state secrets, if proposals by the UK’s Law Commission become law. In 2015, the Commission… Britain attempts to… Read More »

Invasive spyware’s odd targets: Mexican advocates of soda tax

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San Francisco: Last northern summer, Dr Simon Barquera’s phone started buzzing with a series of disturbing text messages from unknown… The Canberra Times New York Times One said his daughter had been in a serious accident. Another claimed to be from a friend whose father had died – with a link to funeral… Yet another message informed Barquera, director of… Invasive spyware’s odd… Read More »

The age of hyper-terrorism and ‘low cost’ terrorism

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On February 13, 2016, while speaking at the Munich Security Conference, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls reflected on the terrorist attacks in Paris over the previous year. Michael Rubin AEI “We have entered…a new era characterized by the lasting presence of ‘hyper-terrorism,’ he declared, adding, “There will be attacks. Large-scale attacks… The age of… Read More »

Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence commuted by Barack Obama

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The whistleblower, who has been imprisoned for six years for leaking state secrets, is now set to go free on 17 May Ed Pilkington in New York and David Smith and Lauren Gambino in Washington The Guardian Chelsea Manning, the US army soldier who became one of the most prominent whistleblowers of modern times when she exposed the… Chelsea Manning’s prison… Read More »

CIA chief calls Trump Nazi Germany comparison ‘outrageous’

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‘There is no basis for Mr. Trump to point fingers at the intelligence community for leaking information that was already available publicly,’ John Brennan… By CRISTIANO LIMA Politico CIA Director John Brennan on Sunday said President-elect Donald Trump’s comparison of the intelligence community’s handling of… CIA chief calls… Read More »

 Trump, Russia, and the Return of Scapegoating, a Timeless American Tradition

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Our bipartisan tendency to blame others for our own failures will be the cause of American decline. By Patrick Lawrence The Nation Now that the intelligence chiefs’ report on alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election is available in expurgated form—and… Trump, Russia, and… Read More »

In War on Intel Agencies, Trump Is Hurting Himself

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Donald Trump, once he’s president, has every right, indeed obligation, not to take the Intelligence Community’s assessments at face value. Gary J. Schmitt AEI But it’s problematic to do so before becoming president and do so, so publicly and aggressively. There is plenty of history to… In War on Intel… Read More »

U.S./UK Paid “White Helmets” Help Al Qaeda Blocking Water To 5 Million Thirsty Syrians

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The blockade of water from Wadi Barada to 5 million people in Damascus is taking an interesting turn. Global Research The U.S. and UK financed White Helmet organization seems to be directly involved in it. This increases the suspicion that the… U.S./UK Paid… Read More »

Czechs launch anti-propaganda unit with close eye on Russia

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Kremlin-friendly president Milos Zeman criticises new ‘hybrid threats’ centre Daniel McLaughlin in Prague The Irish Times The Czech Republic has launched a special government unit to counter terrorism and “hybrid” threats such as fake news and… Czechs launch anti… Read More »

Berlin attack: security intelligence has limits in preventing truck-borne terror

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The Christmas market truck assault in Berlin, which has left 12 dead and dozens injured, is a disturbing echo of the truck-borne attack on Bastille Day celebrants on the Nice promenade in July. The Conversation John Blaxland How could such events be allowed to happen? Why weren’t intelligence agencies in Germany and France able to stay one step ahead of the perpetrators? After all, we have become used to… Berlin attack: security intelligence has… Read More »

Now, America, You Know How Chileans Felt

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DURHAM, N.C. — It is familiar, the outrage and alarm that many Americans are feeling at reports that Russia, according to a secret intelligence assessment, interfered in the United States election to help Donald J. Trump become president. The New York Times By ARIEL DORFMAN I have been through this before, overwhelmed by a… Now, America, You… Read More »