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THE 800 POUND GORILLA IN THE IC’S LIVING ROOM

The struggle for me this month is deciding what Intelligence Community (IC) centric topic is worthy of your time.  I could regal you with what I heard from the IC leadership at the DoDIIS Worldwide Conference in San Antonio (24-26 August) and the AFCEA/INSA Intelligence Summit in Washington D.C. 1,045 more words

MAZZ-INT

The story of Isis vs al-Qaida

This long read in The Guardian sketches the turbulent relationship and complex power dynamics between al-Qaida and the group now known as ISIS:

Since its effective creation in 2003, under the leadership of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, ISI had been happy to use al-Qaida’s brand name and its money, but often ignored pleas for closer communication with central command – even when they came from Bin Laden himself.

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Bulk NSA Phone Surveillance Exposed by Edward Snowden Ruled Illegal

The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled the mass collection of telephone metadata unlawful in a landmark decision that provides a foothold for a full legal challenge to the National Security Agency. 263 more words

Civil Liberties

POST CHICAGO POLICE COMMANDER JON BURGE 20 YEAR TORTURE SAGA

The purpose of the prior 5 blog  series about Chicago’s past proven claims of detainees being tortured  by Chicago police, is to explain why residents cannot take the word of the Chicago police or their mouth pieces that the allegations of detainee abuse by police, as reported in the 2/24 and the 2/25/15 Guardian news outlet, are false. 1,906 more words

Justice

Too Bad to be True

One nasty attribute of U.S. exceptionalism in this era of perpetual war is the endless exemptions America gives itself from the constraints of international law. 494 more words

War Culture