Intelligence

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 »

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 The 65 year old has been replaced by his deputy, Gen Youssef al-Idrissi.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 »

The more intelligence I read, the more conservative I become

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Despite the best efforts of some within the gullible self-loathing left and the anarcho-libertarian right to romanticise Edward Snowden, he’s not a folk hero. He’s a traitor. Jump to comments As is true of every generation, today the threats to freedom come from many sources. And there is none more pervasive and insidious than terrorism. It has become commonplace to ... Read More »

Sy Hersh Reveals Potential Turkish Role in Syria Chemical Strike That Almost Sparked U.S. Bombing

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Was Turkey behind last year’s Syrian chemical weapons attack? That is the question raised in a new exposé by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh on the intelligence debate over the deaths of hundreds of Syrians in Ghouta last year. The United States, and much of the international community, blamed forces loyal to the Assad government, almost leading to a U.S. ... Read More »