Spy hard

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This piece, “Do you trust your computer?” is my latest for Al Jazeera English. The world has loved to read about the American intelligence apparatus “run amok.” Well, code breaking and spying has been the key to power for thousands of years, and computers have been key to that power for the past 62 years. Computer spying was a major …

Joshua Foust on Manning, Snowden and National Security Reform

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In this episode of The Garland Report (please contact me if you can think of a better name!) I talk to Joshua Foust, independent journalist and analyst on geopolitical affairs about what the leaks by Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden mean for national security reform. It’s a broad-ranging discussion that moves the debate away from simple bombast about this or …

The French have their own version of PRISM

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OK kids, let’s dust off our high school French texts and discover why the “revelations” of the “US” “spying” on Europeans did not result in a full-blown diplomatic crisis. Because the French – and most countries – are practicing similar surveillance, although without the same pretenses about a Bill of Rights. Si la France n’a que mollement réagi aux dernières …

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 …