How a Malaysian Playboy Controlled the Most Powerful Naval Force on the Planet
It was the middle of September 2013 and the U.S. Justice Department had laid a trap. Its target was the Malaysian millionaire defense contractor Leonard Glenn Francis. But no one called him by his real name. At six feet tall and more than 300 pounds, he earned the nickname... Read more
Let’s Fix Ferguson by Giving Cops More Military Gear
David Trachtenberg is president and CEO of Shortwaver Consulting. He served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy and as a professional staff member of the House Armed Services Committee. In this op-ed, Trachtenberg responds to events in Ferguson, Missouri by advocating an increasing in... Read more
Police With Non-Lethal Weapons Can Be Militarized, Too
This is a response to David Trachtenberg’s op-ed advocating for more non-lethal weapons for cops. We have a problem with police. For years, surplus military equipment has filtered into domestic law enforcement agencies across the country. Up-armored vehicles, assault rifles and a smorgasbord of non-lethal zap, shock and spray... Read more
The Ferguson Police Have No Idea How to Deal With Journalists
Just after 1:00 A.M. on Aug. 19, 2014, there was a moment of panic when law enforcement on West Florissant Avenue—the flashpoint of the protests in Ferguson, Missouri—corralled journalists into their designated “playpen.” Protesters seeking cover from the cops fled into the swarm of photographers. A standoff followed as,... Read more
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