There will not be an Occupy Wall Street for the NSA

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The revelations of mass surveillance by the National Security Agency now stretch on into the second month. The response from the American government has been awesomely inchoate, ranging from simply not showing up at work to kinda-pretty-much lying to Congress in front of everybody, to…lookie!, it’s Bolivia with the guy who did all this…aw never mind. For those of you …

Dear Intelligence Community – Cut the Crap

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Hello esteemed member of America’s Intelligence Community, member of Congress, or more likely, the summer interns for some ancient Senator, My name is Eric and I have been writing about intelligence for some years now. Given the last few weeks, I would like to address the strategic needs of the intelligence community in light of the Cirque de Soleil of …

The fragility of the security state

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There are nearly five million Americans with some form of security clearance. Approximately 1.4 million Americans are cleared for top secret. This week, just one single person, Edward Snowden, broke ranks to expose programs at the NSA to which he was privy. A public relations pandemonium has ensued, causing the US Intelligence Community, the Congress, multiple news outlets, and much …

Incompetent scandal defense, in a modern style

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There sure are a lot of scandals these days, and I wonder if the field of public relations has simply fallen apart. Executives don’t seem able to make convincing excuses any more. It’s a new age of incompetent scandal defense. Look – no matter what has happened, nobody expects organizations to come clean in a blubbering mess in front of …

media ate from the tree of knowledge

The media industry ate from the tree of knowledge

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In the Garden, there was the tree that was off limits. It was not the Tree of High Cholesterol, nor the Tree of Puns, neither that nor the Tree of Methamphetamines (though all of these should probably be avoided as well.) It was the Tree of Knowledge. (עֵץ הַדַּעַת טוֹב וָרָע) G-d knew that man could not be trusted with …