Sacrebleu, You Mean You Spy?
General Directorate for External Security facility in domme, France. Wikipedia photo Sacrebleu, You Mean You Spy? France’s outrage to NSA revelations is a bit too rich by JOSHUA FOUST Over the weekend, the French newspaper Le Monde published a new set of documents from Edward Snowden that show the... Read more
Drones: Scary, but Good for Peace
chinese drone near senkaky. japanese ministry of defense Drones: Scary, but Good for Peace Japan’s new anti-drone law is a harbinger of what’s to come Last month, a small observation drone, piloted from China, flew over the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea. The flight prompted outcries... Read more
NSA Outrage Machine Misfires on Drone Kills
Drone effigy at protest. compfight NSA Outrage Machine Misfires on Drone Kills This is a story about drones, not the NSA by JOSHUA FOUST The Washington Post has a killer story today about how the NSA helps drones kill. Based on documents provided by NSA leaker Edward Snowden, the... Read more
In Africa, a Glimpse of Obama’s New War on Terror
US Navy seals. wikipedia In Africa, a Glimpse of Obama’s New War on Terror But the shutdown might undermine his new love of commandos by JOSHUA FOUST Back in May, Pres. Barack Obama gave a landmark speech at National Defense University, where he said “the use of force must... Read more
Revenge of Meatspace: Reality Bites for Web Drug Kingpin
Tor infographic. eff Revenge of Meatspace: Reality Bites for Web Drug Kingpin Lessons from Silk Road’s Ross William Ulbricht by JOSHUA FOUST On Wednesday, the FBI announced a fascinating arrest: they had nabbed Dread Pirate Roberts, or DPR, the founder of Silk Road, a black-market Website famous for selling... Read more
Leaks and Consequences
Yemeni soldiers on motorbikes. bbc world service Leaks and Consequences It’s never easy balancing transparency and security by JOSHUA FOUST When Pres. Barack Obama closed 19 embassies around the Middle East last August, a miniature firestorm erupted: what sort of threat could spark such a massive response? While there... Read more
The Syrian Civil War Is Entering a Second, Darker Phase
Syrian military aircraft. Flickr The Syrian Civil War Is Entering a Second, Darker Phase The Obama administration wants Assad to lose, but doesn’t want the rebels to win Sunday, the Wall Street Journal wrote a long overview of President Barack Obama administration’s winding, head-spinning path to its current Syria... Read more
Five Things Obama Should Say About the Syria Deal
Free Syrian Army militant in Aleppo. Wikimedia Commons Five Things Obama Should Say About the Syria Deal The deal with Russia to secure Syrian chemical weapons is appealing. Here’s how President Obama can sell it Pres. Obama’s deal with Vladimir Putin over Syria is headed to the U.N. Security... Read more
Did Sloppy Intel Doom Syrian Civilians?
Funeral for sarin gas victims outside of damascus. Shaam News Network Did Sloppy Intel Doom Syrian Civilians? The government needs to reconcile with its misuse of intelligence In his speech urging the country to support U.S. Pres. Barack Obama’s decision to strike the regime of Bashar Al Assad, Secretary... Read more
Face It: Everybody Spies
Protests in Brazil, June 2013. Flickr User chicow Face It: Everybody Spies Why is there outcry only over American spying? Over the weekend Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald leaked more top secret National Security Agency documents to “Fantastico,” a TV newsprogram that airs in Brazil. The documents, which detail successful... Read more