Intelligence

U.S. launches drone strikes against Al Qaeda targets in Yemen

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WASHINGTON — Prompted in part by a recent video that showed Al Qaeda leaders in Yemen openly taunting the United States, the CIA launched lethal drone strikes over the last three days that marked a sharp acceleration of the Obama administration’s shadow war against the terrorist group. Yemeni officials, who said their counter-terrorism forces carried out ground raids in conjunction ... Read More »

Researchers use Twitter to predict crime

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Hidden in the Twittersphere are nuggets of information that could prove useful to crime fighters—even before a crime has been committed. Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-04-twitter-crime.html#jCp Researchers at the University of Virginia demonstrated tweets could predict certain kinds of crimes if the correct analysis is applied. A research paper published in the scientific journal Decision Support Systems last month said the analysis of geo-tagged tweets can ... Read More »

Japan to arm remote western island, risking more China tension

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(Reuters) – Japan is sending 100 soldiers and radar to its westernmost outpost, a tropical island off Taiwan, in a deployment that risks angering China with ties between Asia’s biggest economies already hurt by a dispute over nearby islands they both claim. Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera will break ground on Saturday for a military lookout station on Yonaguni, which ... Read More »

Finding freedom in a ‘sousveillance’ society

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Photo: The act of capturing something takes away its freedom. (Banksy image: supplied) In a world where everything is recorded by everyone, what is left of our freedom when the state collects this information? Mark Pesce writes. Cameras have become a commonplace phenomenon at protests of all sizes. No longer just the lenses of the mainstream media, high-definition cameras are ... Read More »

Entwining Tales of Time, Memory and Love

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The Magus of magical realism, Gabriel García Márquez — who died on Thursday at his home in Mexico City, at the age of 87 — used his fecund imagination and exuberant sleight of hand to conjure the miraculous in his fiction: plagues of insomnia and forgetfulness, a cluster of magical grapes containing the secret of death, an all-night rain of yellow ... Read More »

Saudi intelligence chief Bandar bin Sultan removed

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Saudi Arabia’s intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, has been removed from his post “at his own request”, state media report. Prince Bandar, King Abdullah’s nephew and a former ambassador to the US, recently returned to Riyadh after two months abroad for medical treatment. The 65 year old has been replaced by his deputy, Gen Youssef al-Idrissi. His departure comes ... Read More »

Privacy fears over FBI facial recognition database

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Campaigners have raised privacy concerns over a facial recognition database being developed by the FBI that could contain 52m images by 2015. The civil liberties group Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) obtained information about the project through a freedom of information request. It said it was concerned that images of non-criminals would be stored alongside those of criminals. The FBI say ... Read More »

Is There Any More Privacy in the World? VICE Podcast 010

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The VICE Podcast is a weekly discussion which delves inside the minds of some of the most interesting, creative, and bizarre people within the VICE universe This week, we speak with Christopher Soghoian, a former boarding pass hacker and FBI person of interest, who is now principal technologist of the speech, privacy, and technology project at the American Civil Liberties ... Read More »