Surf’s Up: Mexican Drug Cartels Shift to California Coast
The United States is far and away the world’s largest consumer of illicit drugs. If you were a drug cartel billionaire, would you let a border build-up stop you? Of course not. Despite a build-up of agents, fences and surveillance towers along the land border between Mexico and the... Read more
America Wants to Spy on Terrorists’ Bodily Fluids
Building a chemical or biological terror weapon is dangerous work, because obviously. But even terrorists who take all the necessary precautions leave tell-tale signs of their work inside their bodies. Now the U.S. military wants to be able to detect those signs. On Dec. 5, the Intelligence Advanced Research... Read more
U.S. Navy Feared Crappy Russian Aircraft Carrier Might Sink
In December 2011, the Russian navy’s aging, poorly-maintained aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov departed from its northern base on the troubled vessel’s fourth deployment to the Mediterranean Sea. True, the full-size carrier—which displaces 55,000 tons fully loaded—has a history of mechanical troubles since she entered service in 1991. But her... Read more
Seriously, Don’t Worry About the Pentagon’s Giant Planet-Sucking Octopus
Late Thursday night, the United Launch Alliance—a consortium of Lockheed Martin and Boeing—launched a whopping 13 satellites into orbit aboard an Atlas V rocket. One of the satellites, given what we know, is very likely a highly classified spy sat operated by the military’s National Reconnaissance Office. The logo,... Read more
Pope Francis Hosts Syrian War Boosters
Vladimir Putin and Pope Francis at the vatican on Nov. 25, 2013. Russia state media photo Pope Francis Hosts Syrian War Boosters The Vatican is disturbingly friendly with allies of the Middle East’s bloodiest regime On Nov. 25, the head of the Roman Catholic Church hosted Russian Pres. Vladimir... Read more
To Recruit Afghan Troops and Police, the Taliban Turns Pro
Afghan National Army Special Forces in June 2013. Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan photo To Recruit Afghan Troops and Police, the Taliban Turns Pro But it might not overcome bad blood The Taliban is depending more heavily on recruiting former Afghan police and soldiers into its ranks—while corrupting... Read more
A War Journalist’s Worst Case Scenario: The Kidnapping of Michael Scott Moore
Michael Scott Moore in September, 2013. Photo via kismayo net A War Journalist’s Worst Case Scenario: The Kidnapping of Michael Scott Moore Journalist taken by Somali gangsters has been forgotten by the world They came in the night. Jan. 25, 2012. 3:30 in the morning. A dozen members of... Read more
Mexico’s Drug Kingpins Have Kids Who Tweet Guns and Stacks of Cash
photo via @AlfredoGuzma Mexico’s Drug Kingpins Have Kids Who Tweet Guns and Stacks of Cash Narco-Twitter accounts show glimpse inside cartel If you’re a wealthy and wanted Mexican drug cartel boss, it might be a bad idea for your kids to tweet photos of the family business. Take, for... Read more
This Year, Far-Right Terror Went Global
Pavlo Lapshyn. West Midlands police photo This Year, Far-Right Terror Went Global But few have paid attention On April 25, a 25-year-old Ukrainian doctoral student named Pavlo Lapshyn arrived in the British city of Birmingham as part of a work-study arrangement with a software company. A shy, hard-working man,... Read more
The Military’s New Space Plane Could Be a Spy
Xs-1 concept. darpa illustration The Military’s New Space Plane Could Be a Spy XS-1 to conduct first flight test by 2018 The future of spaceflight includes lots of little shuttles—and the military wants to use them for spying. Tomorrow’s space-traveling shuttles will also launch from earth without the humans... Read more

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