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  • Al-Qaeda Infiltrator’s Cover Blown…But Where Is The Media Hysteria?

    05/17/2012 8:02:22 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 11 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-16-12 | Curt
    Do you recall a time, a few years back, when the media wouldn't shut up about a supposed outing of an agent? Yup, the left and the media were pissed. I bet you could just imagine the firestorm of coverage that would result if instead of a former Secretary of State leaking a name it was our President....right? Guess not: Just a week ago the establishment media was aflutter with news that a CIA double-agent had thwarted a new type of underwear bomb attack targeting U.S. flights in a plot devised by al-Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula. But as...
  • Why Terrorist Attacks Have Quadrupled Since 2001

    12/05/2012 5:24:09 AM PST · by SJackson · 4 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 5, 2012 | Kerry Patton
    Terrorism is a tactic used by individuals with specific ideologies. Killing an ideology is nearly impossible. The war on terror is a complete misnomer. A war cannot be waged against a tactic. And proving to be an ideological war, evidence demonstrates that today, the tactic of terrorism is actually growing world-wide. Since 2001, the United States and our allies have been engaged in a complex war fighting against an ideology. Many people have been killed while many more have been maimed. Today, it is known via the University of Maryland’s Global Terrorism Database, deaths caused by terror have decreased yet...
  • Bitter Harvest (Oliver North)

    08/16/2012 5:47:42 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 17, 2012 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON — In December 2009, our commander in chief went to West Point and proclaimed that he would withdraw all U.S. forces from Afghanistan by 2014. Since then, he has proudly emphasized that "We are on a course to end this war responsibly." Now U.S. and NATO troops and loyal Afghan soldiers and police officers are reaping the bitter harvest of the seeds that Barack Obama planted with those words. Over the last 10 days, in five separate incidents, seven American military personnel were killed in what used to be called "green on blue attacks" — where Afghan soldiers or...
  • Bin Laden Was Found at Luxurious Pakistan Compound

    05/02/2011 3:14:56 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 92 replies
    Reuters via CNBC ^ | May 02, 2011 | Reuters
    U.S. forces finally found al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden not in the rugged mountains of Afghanistan's border, but in a million-dollar compound in an upscale suburb of Pakistan's capital, with his youngest wife, U.S. officials said early on Monday. They were led to the fortress-like three-story building after more than four years tracking one of bin Laden's most trusted couriers, whom U.S. officials said was identified by men captured after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. "Detainees also identified this man as one of the few al Qaeda couriers trusted by bin Laden. They indicated he might be living with...
  • Leaked cable suggests American diplomats told to gather intelligence (The Obama lovefest is over)

    11/29/2010 3:48:49 AM PST · by tobyhill · 32 replies
    cnn ^ | 11/29/2010 | Kevin Conlon
    A 2009 cable sent from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to American U.N. missions and embassies around the world ostensibly directed American diplomats to engage in intelligence-gathering. The 8,358 word National Humint Collection Directive (Humint being Human Intelligence) "reflects the results of a recent Washington review of reporting and collection needs focused on the United Nations," according to the document made public by the whistle-blower website Wikileaks Sunday. The information Clinton directed the diplomats she oversees to ascertain ranged from basic biographical data such as diplomats' names and addresses to their frequent flyer and credit card numbers, to even "biometric...
  • Afghan Suicide Bomber Killed C.I.A. Operatives

    12/30/2009 9:27:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies · 1,013+ views
    NY Times ^ | 12/30/09 | ALISSA J. RUBIN and MARK MAZZETTI
    KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest killed at least eight American civilians, most of them C.I.A. officers, at a remote base in southeastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, according to NATO officials and former American intelligence officials. The attack at the C.I.A. base, Forward Operating Base Chapman, in Khost Province appeared to be the single deadliest episode for the spy agency in the eight years since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. It also dealt a significant blow to the often insular, tight-knit organization, which has lost only 90 officers in the line of duty since its founding in...
  • Attacks kill 8 purported CIA employees, 5 Canadians in Afghanistan

    12/30/2009 6:21:12 PM PST · by 82ndABNOfficer · 20 replies · 1,983+ views
    CNN ^ | Dec 30 2009 | Alta Abawi
    Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- A senior U.S. official tells CNN that the attack at a military base in eastern Afghanistan by a suicide bomber Wednesday killed eight Americans believed to be CIA employees.
  • Israel, Obama, Iran, and Journalism (Obama Ignores Israeli Intel on Iran, "CIA Exasperated")

    05/26/2009 12:49:13 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 20 replies · 1,387+ views
    Global Politician ^ | May 26, 2009 | Sam Vaknin, Ph.D
    "During Netanyahu's visit, Israel shared intelligence with the CIA regarding the potential for a terrorist attack which will dwarf 9/11 if Iran is allowed to continue with its nuclear designs and share its outcomes with allies such as Hamas and the Hizbullah. Iranian proliferation is a direct threat to US National security. Obama's staff is ignoring the intel (HUMINT) because they believe that it is intended to manipulate the Administration into accepting Israel's planned bombing of two facilities in Iran. They are also ignoring intel regarding a Hamas cell in Cairo that is bent on mischief. The Israelis are shunned....
  • HUMINT: Unconditional Love

    12/08/2007 7:56:18 PM PST · by humint · 5 replies · 210+ views
    human intelligence ^ | 08 December 2007 | anonymous neural network
    Unconditional love can be expressed in many ways. I think of unconditional love as the emotional expression of a part for its whole. A mother and her newborn are emotionally inseparable. That’s an expression of unconditional love. Brothers may share it, if they’re close confidants. Soldiers may feel a version of unconditional love for those they risk everything for. A priest may feel unconditional love for his parishioners and vice-versa. Unconditional love is usually detached from materialism but it can indeed exist over purely material relations. A zealous store owner may feel a version of unconditional love for their most...
  • HUMINT: Satire as Philosophy

    11/28/2007 2:19:07 PM PST · by humint · 2 replies · 93+ views
    human intelligence ^ | 28 November 2007 | anonymous neural network
    Satire: a manner of writing that mixes a critical attitude with wit and humor in an effort to improve mankind and human institutions. Philosophy: the rational investigation of questions about existence and knowledge and ethics. Cynicism: originally the philosophy of a group of ancient Greeks called the Cynics; believing the worst of human nature and motives. Political theater in the form of satire makes introducing taboo subjects relatively easy. Good satire has real power. Introducing a subject in the form of a joke is like adding a giggly escape hatch for all of a conversation’s participants. But comedic reprieves...
  • HUMINT: Mental Models

    11/16/2007 3:56:08 PM PST · by humint · 1 replies · 137+ views
    human intelligence ^ | 16 November 2007 | humint
    Seductive: tending to entice into a desired action or state. Successful: having succeeded or being marked by a favorable outcome. Solar Flare | Earth's Magnetic Field Survival depends on a clear conception of how the world works. You can be wrong but it always has consequences. Your personal understanding of the world and its mechanics is a model of reality. Your model transcends your personality. It transcends your nationalism. It transcends your religion. It’s is true no matter what threatens the survival of your model or what threatens your reality. Understanding our history in the context of world history helps...
  • HUMINT: American Empiricist

    11/13/2007 3:49:45 PM PST · by humint · 108+ views
    human intelligence ^ | 31 October 2007 | humint
    Imperialism: any instance of aggressive extension of authority. Empiricism: an iterative approach that argues for study of events through observation and the formulation of new policy based on lessons learned. Locke | Hume | Aristotle | Archimedes | Plato | JeffersonHow long should the American People wait before they start taking foreign policy matters into their own hands? Indeed they already have! There is a domestic backlash against an absurd narrative that claims “the United States is an empire”. The United States is definitely not an empire, but few Americans are willing to state the obvious. Even fewer are willing...
  • HUMINT: Unconscious Design

    11/13/2007 3:40:48 PM PST · by humint · 69+ views
    human intelligence ^ | 09 November 2007 | humint
    Conscious Design: The product of an individual or engineer who formulates mechanisms based on tangible environmental constraints. Unconscious Design: An individual’s consumer choice made to satisfy real or arbitrary requirements they imagine exist. ANALOGY: Abraham is to Isaac as GM is to the electric car the Impact In the film, Who Killed the Electric Car there is a conclusive scene near the film’s end, where the vehicular hero of the film, the Impact, is side by side with the vehicular villain, the Hummer. The scene is as dramatic as it possibly can be. The two automobiles are shiny and clean;...
  • HUMINT: Chemically Neutral

    11/13/2007 2:35:48 PM PST · by humint · 4 replies · 374+ views
    human intelligence ^ | 13 November 2007 | humint
    Entropy: A measure of the disorder or randomness in a system. The second law of thermodynamics states that entropy of a closed system always increases over time. This means that energy is being transformed by the mechanics of the universe into uniformly-distributed heat energy. What this means is that even a chemically neutral process will increase entropy. There is no way around entropy… no matter how green or chemically neutral mankind intends to become. Quote 1: Is it better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both? --- Niccolo Machiavelli Quote 2: War is an extension of politics...
  • HUMINT: Internet Savant

    10/26/2007 1:40:24 PM PDT · by humint · 4 replies · 101+ views
    human intelligence ^ | 26 October 2007 | humint
    What would ancient philosophers think if they had access to the internet? Imagine Aristotle surfing the web… what would he Google? Thinking about philosophers and the Internet creates an opportunity to explore the philosophical origins of the Internet. Interestingly, the imagery of ancient philosophers surfing the WWW is particularly helpful. It will help us forecast the emergence of a group of hyper-aware individual internet users we should expect to enter adulthood in the next decade or so. Internet Savants, if I may coin a phrase, will eventually emerge as the intellectual progeny of Aristotle, Plato, Archimedes, Locke and Hume among...
  • HUMINT: Mendeleev Sleep

    10/22/2007 2:06:41 PM PDT · by humint · 3 replies · 162+ views
    human intelligence ^ | 22 October 2007 | humint
    MENDELEEV SLEEP: The development of the periodic table of the elements was a leap forward in the chemical sciences. Although not responsible for discovering the elements he knew existed, Mendeleev organized the information available to him like no one else before him. It was his organizational skills that revealed something critically important to the advancement of mankind. What he discovered was new! Mendeleev noticed patterns in the properties and atomic weights of halogens, alkali metals and alkaline metals. According to the legend, Mendeleev had written what he knew about existing elements on the equivalent of flash cards and organized, reorganized...
  • HUMINT: Interpretive Theology

    10/17/2007 2:41:16 PM PDT · by humint · 54+ views
    human intelligence ^ | 17 October 2007 | humint
    For a society to guard against malicious ideological threats, it must at least recognize and respect the fact that some citizens will invariably believe in the power of God as a cohesive force separate from the power of the state. This is particularly true for any government run by militant atheists or militant theocrats. But why would any society believe they need to protect themselves from malicious ideas? To be sure, I’m not talking about recruiting a division of thought police to guard against threats to social morality. Free societies recognize freedom of religion as sacrosanct --- either consciously or...
  • HUMINT: Free Fuel

    10/16/2007 1:40:20 PM PDT · by humint · 6 replies · 46+ views
    human intelligence ^ | 16 October 2007 | humint
    ENERGY IS INHERENTLY VALUABLE: There will never be such a thing as free fuel, however, energy is now and will forever be the most important commodity in human society. Energy is valuable because it can be converted into virtually every other commodity. With enough cheap energy, civil engineers could create land – so there would be no need for feudal systems of land owning lords or renting serfs as was witnessed in history when people and energy were synonymous. Automation and mechanization has liberated mankind from most of the backbreaking labor of our ancestors, yet machines and automation still require...
  • HUMINT: Ambassador McDonald

    10/12/2007 12:52:55 AM PDT · by humint · 1 replies · 208+ views
    human intelligence ^ | 12 October 2007 | humint
    Many years ago on a long back country hike I was following a winding trail that loosely traced the path of an old creek. Every mile or so, the path would cross the creek and I’d get another chance to wade through the cool mountain water. I’d been hiking that trail since sunrise and had crossed the creek at least thirty times. It was getting late in the day and some angry looking clouds were rolling toward me overhead. I could hear cracks of thunder in the distance. It wasn’t easy to see the sky through the thick canopy of...
  • HUMINT: Drunken Style

    10/08/2007 6:17:08 PM PDT · by humint · 1 replies · 538+ views
    human intelligence ^ | 08 October 2007 | humint
    As a student of Chinese culture and war, I seldom mention my preference for Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching over Sun Tzu’s Art of War. Why? I’m not sure, but it’s certainly not to hide my love of universal wisdom in order to emphasize my learned theories of war. On the contrary, my favorite moments are spent with enlightened souls who appreciate consuming and producing contemporary versions of ancient wisdom. Ancient Chinese philosophy and superstition is unique in its ability to condense knowledge, history, lust, love and experience into snappy little phrases. Ancient Chinese texts are fascinating. They tend to...
  • HUMINT: Secret Transcript

    10/09/2007 2:18:47 PM PDT · by humint · 1 replies · 121+ views
    human intelligence ^ | 09 October 2007 | humint
    SATIRE: The following are transcripts of recorded conversations between chess pieces conspiring to check mate their opponents. To understand the jargon, let’s review chess pieces and the chess board. The players on each side include 1 King, 1 Queen, 2 Rooks, 2 Bishops, 2 Knights and 8 Pawns. The board, or battle field as it is aptly named by the pieces, is broken down into eight rows labeled 1-8 and eight columns labeled a-h. To designate the location of a piece, the notation is as follows, [ROW,COLUMN] for example, 1a indicates the far left and closest square on the white...
  • New human intelligence center in business on post (Ft Huacuca)

    10/02/2007 6:37:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 1,095+ views
    FORT HUACHUCA — For the next three decades the United States will be needed in the Middle East as the war on terrorism continues, one of the most senior Army intelligence officers said. And, providing the needed intelligence will be troops and civilians trained at a special Department of Defense facility on the fort, Maj. Gen. John Custer said Monday. He was speaking about the DoD Human Intelligence Training Joint Center of Excellence, which provides not only training but certification in interrogation, debriefing and military source operations in support of worldwide operations. “There are many people in the nation’s intelligence...
  • HUMINT: New Glory

    09/20/2007 6:20:56 PM PDT · by humint · 7 replies · 138+ views
    human intelligence ^ | 20 September 2007 | humint
    The flag of the United States of America is a powerful symbol. It is known by many names. The Stars and Stripes and Old Glory are just a few. The flag as we know it today is the product of our nation’s evolution. The number of white stars on a blue background in the upper left corner represents the number of states in the Union at any given moment in the nation’s history. Originally, there were thirteen states and thus, thirteen stars. There have been 27 permutations of the official American flag. The red and white stripes represent the...
  • HUMINT: The “Why?” Gene

    09/17/2007 9:14:32 PM PDT · by humint · 1 replies · 210+ views
    human intelligence ^ | 18 September 2007 | humint
    Double Helix Nebula Do you believe the root cause of human behavior is the result of an individual’s genetics or is behavior a product of an environment? Is there a gene that makes us ask, “why?” or is curiosity about interacting with our environment and having access to good answers? In determining the success or failure of an individual in their environment, we now know the “nature versus nurture” debate is bunk. The question is misleading. It implies the influence of nature can be isolated and subsequently separated from the influences of nurture. The entire purpose of the “nature...
  • HUMINT: 9-11 Ideas

    09/10/2007 2:15:52 PM PDT · by humint · 2 replies · 177+ views
    human intelligence ^ | 9-10-2007 | humint
    The 9-11 attack plan was a satanic idea perpetrated by demons on earth, supported by those who have taken the idea of Allah hostage to use as weapon against free people. Tomorrow marks the sixth anniversary of 9-11-01. Most of America will be prompted to relive the attack by a free American press. The images of that day are some of the most dramatic scenes ever recorded. Like the Hindenburg Disaster or the assassination of John F. Kennedy, generations beyond our own will get a glimpse of that day. The images of 911 dwarf every shocking image that preceded it....
  • HUMINT: Human Software

    09/06/2007 10:43:54 PM PDT · by humint · 175+ views
    human intelligence ^ | 07 September 2007 | humint
    Considering the similarities between computers and human beings, both are analogous in that they have hardware and software. The first is made of metal, silicon and code – the second is made of neurons, nerves, and experience. Computer hardware has evolved dramatically since its initial invention. According to Moore’s Law, transistors have consistently shrunk by half - approximately every two years since the 1960s. If we were to compare the size or processing power of a single neuron to a single transistor, we might say our brain “power” would have increased more than 2 million percent since Moore announced...
  • HUMINT: Pro-Victory

    09/05/2007 10:59:33 PM PDT · by humint · 1 replies · 174+ views
    human intelligence ^ | 06 September 2007 | humint
    In every free society throughout the history of mankind, citizens charged with the responsibility of war returned from the front with the truth; “War is Hell!” They always have and they always will. Free minds have no compulsion to lie about the horrors of mortal combat. It requires a disturbed kind of sickness to glorify the carnage of war. Only fascist dictators and supreme leaders revel in the blood of their dead. Dictators and fascists embrace genocide as the answer to their problems. Stalin said, “Death solves all problems. No man, no problem”. For example, during the Iran-Iraq War...
  • HUMINT: Honesty Wins

    09/04/2007 3:39:04 PM PDT · by humint · 4 replies · 288+ views
    human intelligence ^ | 04 September 2007 | humint
    Judaeo-Christian values are considered by many in the West to be what separates modern civilization from intellectual, moral and spiritual chaos of the societies that threaten and denigrate the West. Honesty and fidelity are indeed the Judaeo-Christian values on record. While these traits observably exist among Western-Western relations, do not credit Westerners for the invention of honesty and fidelity. Instead, Westerners discovered the success of such behavior through the trials and tribulation of disease, famine and war. The genius of Western Civilization is not contained in individual piety found among Western prophets but instead derives from a collective genius, repeatedly...
  • HUMINT: Counter Insurgent

    08/30/2007 6:26:09 PM PDT · by humint · 3 replies · 256+ views
    human intelligence ^ | 30 August 2007 | humint
    The United States “is not good at counter insurgency and never has been”, according to George Friedman, Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Forecasting. He also calls for an end to the limitedly successful Surge in order to redeploy troops to Kuwait or the uninhabited south west of Iraq, so that they might “flank” any expansive Iranian moves toward Saudi Arabia (for example). First and foremost, the lessons of 2003 to 2006 in Iraq show Iraqi and foreign resistance/insurgency is inversely proportional to the size of the U.S. or U.K. footprint. Dr. Friedman’s analysis calls for a reversal of successful policies...
  • HUMINT: Tech Tyranny

    08/15/2007 7:54:26 PM PDT · by humint · 3 replies · 193+ views
    human intelligence ^ | 15 August 2007 | humint
    What keeps you busy? With all of our so called “technological” advances, you don’t really have more time for yourself, do you? Admit it! None of us do. Most of the blessings of Western Civilization don’t feel like blessings. When your boss calls you on your cell phone on a Saturday for a status report, you flinch at your caller ID. When the “self checkout kiosk” at your local Home Depot can’t seem to read the bar code on your new ceiling fan, you sigh at the clerk. “A little help over here!” you say, with a tone of superior...
  • HUMINT: Non-Confrontation [Our Long War]

    08/13/2007 7:29:58 PM PDT · by humint · 3 replies · 1,207+ views
    human intelligence ^ | 13 August 2007 | humint
    HUMINT: In the Long War we are all in; a new religion is emerging. I call it Non-Confrontationalism. The disciples of Non-Confrontationalism preach abstinence. Not premarital or extramarital “sexual” abstinence, but “conflictual” abstinence. The best thing to do, so they say, is nothing. They seek segregation, appeasement and flawed compromises to solve fundamental disagreements – because they believe the West cannot afford a decisive victory in the Long War. Non-confrontationalists pervade politics and war. It’s always been that way, but never before did they have so many converts. As their movement grows stronger, the United States is made weaker. Ironically,...
  • HUMINT: Freedom 101

    08/06/2007 2:11:50 PM PDT · by humint · 4 replies · 198+ views
    human intelligence ^ | 06 August 2007 | humint
    HUMINT: This course has no official curriculum. It has no Professor or TA. A list of references may help you pass; however, the value of each reference is largely dependent on your own interpretation of the material. While there are no prerequisites for this course, consider taking World History 101 and Economics 101 concurrent with Freedom 101. Course materials consist of this essay, your personal experience, your community and your government. RULES Tests are not schedule but they will occur. No letter grade will be given. Freedom 101 is strictly PASS/FAIL. If you fail, you are obligated to take this...
  • HUMINT: Democratic Deterrence

    08/03/2007 12:40:51 PM PDT · by humint · 2 replies · 136+ views
    human intelligence ^ | 8/03/2007 | humint
    What kept the Cold War from spinning dangerously out of control was a bilateral foreign policy developed around Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) of civilian population centers. MAD worked because it developed out of a mutual experience. The Soviets, Americans and almost everyone else caught in between experienced the devastation wrought by WWII. Deterrence from war meant ensuring both sides were evenly balanced in the art and supplies of conventional and non-conventional warfare. The Cold War had a relatively clear set of rules that sprung from the shared experience of WWII. When they talk about terrorism today, politicians and an international...
  • HUMINT: War’s Objects

    06/11/2007 5:13:35 PM PDT · by humint · 3 replies · 201+ views
    human intelligence ^ | 11 June 2007 | human
    HUMINT: When at war, it’s best to objectify your enemy. A few wars ago, an American might’ve expected their government to dehumanize their enemies for them. Not anymore America. Your government isn’t willing to objectify your enemies any longer. The reasons for the shift are many, but that’s not the point of this piece. The point of this piece is to acknowledge the shift and introduce a, “do it yourself” attitude to objectifying your nation’s enemies during war. But be careful, if you screw up the objectification process, you’ll probably end up making a symbol out of your enemy and...
  • HUMINT: Units of Grievance

    06/04/2007 9:38:31 PM PDT · by humint · 4 replies · 350+ views
    human intelligence ^ | 05 June 2007 | humint
    HUMINT: In terms of economics, a dollar is a unitized reference for value. Think about it; we trade value everyday in the marketplace; not widgets, services or currency but value. If you’re like me however, you seldom stop to think about the fact that a product’s price is just a reference of its actual value. In a truly free market, Adam Smith philosophically asserts “price is set by what consumers are willing to pay”. Beyond supply and demand, we can see value being traded in the market place when, for example, a customer chooses one tomato over a less appealing...
  • HUMINT: Permanent Press

    06/01/2007 3:25:13 PM PDT · by humint · 3 replies · 528+ views
    human intelligence ^ | 01 June 2007 | humint
    REPORTERS PRODUCE STORIES: The international press is a permanent force in modern warfare. Journalists and their crews crawl over the battle space looking for the latest “story”. Lest we forget, stories are a commodity. Each story’s singular purpose is to attract and keep the attention of an audience sufficiently long enough for the audience to watch commercial content. Never forget, advertisements are priority one. No citizen should assume the responsibility of the press is to inform the public. It isn’t. Only on rare occasions does the press inform American citizens. As a citizen, you are solely responsible for your own...
  • HUMINT: Genius is Bliss

    05/18/2007 5:52:23 PM PDT · by humint · 5 replies · 401+ views
    humint ^ | 18 May 2007 | humint
    True pleasure comes from finding things out. Acquiring knowledge is like a zero dollar investment that can pay its owner dividends for the rest of their life. If you’ve ever experienced the feeling of breaking new intellectual ground, you know it’s transcendent. Discovery is a form of renewal, more revolutionary than any war or politics. Having experienced epic revelation is like being born again; renewed through cognitive baptism. When you know you’ve learned something [so extremely] important, it consumes you, that’s Shangri-La! Learning has an extremely spiritual dimension to it which makes it deserving of its own religion. Learnianity, for...
  • HUMINT: Paging Ness

    05/16/2007 8:38:13 PM PDT · by humint · 10 replies · 179+ views
    humint, USGAO, wiki ^ | May 16, 2007 | humint, USGAO, wiki
    Corruption is killing Iraq’s future. In a recent report released by the U.S. Government Accountablity Office entitled; REBUILDING IRAQ, Integrated Strategic Plan Needed to Help Restore Iraq’s Oil and Electricity Sectors, the section detailing corruption is particularly disturbing. As a conscious member of the human race, I am unashamedly concerned about the black market trade in petroleum. Why? Because hundreds of millions of dark dollars are going to projects unlikely to benefit U.S. national security, or the security of America’s allies. Under the circumstances, these illicit funds are more than likely funding America’s enemies. A reasonable solution would be to...
  • HUMINT: Political Illusion

    05/12/2007 7:45:36 AM PDT · by humint · 9 replies · 1,644+ views
    humint ^ | 12 May 2007 | humint
    POLITICAL ILLUSION: When the supportive architecture of a democratic society is misinterpreted and subsequently portrayed to be tyrannically suppressive. POLITICAL VISION: The empowerment of officers in society to protect and serve all citizens’ liberties without infringing on existing democratic architecture. ESSAY: Optical illusions are visually perceived Images that trick our senses into seeing what may or may not exist. For example, Rubin’s Vase is a popular, two dimensional illusion. Indeed, it’s a perfect specimen to illustrate the major premise of this essay. For the uninitiated, the curves of Rubin’s Vase double as a silhouette of two opposing human faces. If...
  • HUMINT: Worth Fighting

    05/10/2007 5:54:59 PM PDT · by humint · 2 replies · 363+ views
    humint ^ | 10 May 2007 | humint
    INTRODUCTION: This is a short story called “Worth Fighting”. It relates to America’s Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. If this piece works, it will not need further explanation. If it doesn’t work, I’ll try a different approach. The point being, America’s wars in the Middle East are justified and should therefore be popular among Americans and Middle Easterners. What appears to be lacking in America today is the appropriate context to defend any military conflict under any circumstances. While I can understand anti-War emotion, Americans should not be paralyzed by it. Pacifism belies a universal truth. Some causes are worth...
  • HUMINT: Crowd Theory

    05/09/2007 8:57:26 PM PDT · by humint · 1 replies · 1,047+ views
    humint ^ | 09 May 2007 | humint
    CROWD THEORY: If you want to understand crowds, you’ve got to immerse yourself in them. Not just one kind of crowd, but all kinds of crowds. There are a number of cross cultural similarities between crowds. As an observer, I’ve always enjoyed watching crowd mechanics in action. Concerts, demonstrations, games in stadiums, lines, speeches and parties are just a few examples of situations where crowds coalesce. Why study crowds? Why not? We move through them every day. Every crowd is a microcosm of society. Case in point, your government represents an institutionalized manifestation of crowd control theory. CROWD MEMBERS:...
  • HUMINT: Resignation Please

    05/03/2007 1:14:25 PM PDT · by humint · 2 replies · 284+ views
    humint ^ | 03 May 2007 | humint
    For high crimes and misdemeanors, proceedings resembling impeachment are long over due. Start the process now! If it cannot be done domestically then Americans must turn to the international community. The United Nations Security Council must be compelled to authorize action. Everyone in the United States knows it, but surprisingly few will stand up to support it. None of this is secret. The leadership of this regime is guilty of inciting and committing terroristic violence. Add to that; its flagrant abuses of spirituality to consolidate power, institutionalized misogyny, racism and sectarianism. This administration does not respond to its people....
  • HUMINT: Follow us Home?

    05/02/2007 3:51:45 PM PDT · by humint · 2 replies · 351+ views
    humint ^ | humint | humint
    HUMINT: If we quit our wars now, will terrorists follow us home? In other words, will terrorists attack Americans in the United States, IF the U.S. Army precipitously withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan? It’s a simple, YES or NO question. If YES, the U.S. Army should stay to win the wars we’ve started. If NO, we have already won our wars; let’s end the fighting by bringing the troops home now. Sounds simple, right? But it isn’t that simple. The repercussions of wars are never simple. Indeed, the question is terribly misleading. By asking it, the inquisitor creates two faux...
  • PBS: America at a Crossroads - Review

    05/01/2007 9:19:08 AM PDT · by humint · 5 replies · 385+ views
    humint ^ | 01 May 2007 | humint
    Muslim Americans are free to practice Islam in the United States whenever and however they choose. These are not just high-minded ideals. Freedom of religion is practiced in the United States precisely because it is guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Amendment 1 - Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression. Ratified 12/15/1791. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. The PBS broadcast of America...
  • HUMINT: Khomeini’s Script

    04/27/2007 12:20:08 PM PDT · by humint · 6 replies · 335+ views
    humint ^ | 27 April 2007 | humint
    For the sake of this essay, liken Hezbollah’s operational doctrine to a geopolitical script. It was written as high drama by one of the most ambitious men of the 20th century. While most Westerners remain oblivious to this virulent Middle Eastern narrative, the author’s infamous name is highly recognizable. His name is Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. To his follower’s dismay, few scenes have lived up to Khomeini’s script. In hindsight, it’s clear his plot was intellectually corrupt and spiritually bankrupt. Oddly, when Khomeini’s actors took the world stage, performing their first dress rehearsal, their actions were not dramatic at all. Instead...
  • HUMINT POLICY: Sustainable Peace

    04/26/2007 1:32:12 PM PDT · by humint · 2 replies · 296+ views
    humint ^ | 26 April 2007 | humint
    America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are hell on earth. All wars are. Every sane person in America wants to see them both come to an expedient end. Unfortunately, the quest for peace cannot and should not overshadow America’s relentless pursuit of sustainable peace. Sustainable peace throughout the world is not only a legitimate American foreign policy; it is the only legitimate foreign policy. Irrespective of the violence we are witnessing in Iraq and Afghanistan today, the pursuit of sustainable peace is the ultimate American foreign policy objective. It is a fact that the United States Government is working hard...
  • Center opens on fort: Offers intelligence training for civilians, military personnel

    04/11/2007 7:22:51 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 357+ views
    FORT HUACHUCA — The Intelligence Center has added another top facility to its list of accomplishments — the Department of Defense’s Human Intelligence Training Joint Center for Excellence. “Fort Huachuca is the natural place for the joint training,” said Army Lt. Gen. Michael Maples, the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Although a class has completed a course at the facility in Tallmadge Hall, the official ceremonial ribbon-cutting opening for the facility was held Tuesday, with a number of senior intelligence officials — military and civilian — in attendance. Maples said the facility is needed because it will enable America’s...
  • HUMINT: Smile for Effect

    03/04/2007 10:56:04 AM PST · by humint · 1,605+ views
    humint ^ | 04 Mar 2007 | humint
    SMILE FOR EFFECT, A PREQUEL TO “THE AMERICAN STREET”. Months ago I wrote a post about the American Street. In it, I describe a verbal exchange I had with a communist propagandizer. Despite the obnoxious T-Shirt this snake oil salesman was wearing, and despite the fact he was trying hard to attract attention – almost everyone around him was doing a good job of ignoring him. I however could not ignore him. You might be asking, why did humint notice a subversive newspaper salesman among an ocean of busy bodies, shuffling diligently from point “A” to point “B”? The answer...
  • U.S. Should Use Counterinsurgency Methods in War on Terror, General Says

    03/01/2007 3:56:27 PM PST · by SandRat · 19 replies · 815+ views
    ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 28, 2007 – The United States should approach the global war on terrorism as it would an insurgency, a senior military official said today at the 18th annual Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict Symposium here. “If we look at is as terrorism, we have a tendency to think that the solution is to kill or capture all the terrorists. That’s a never-ending process,” Army Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin, undersecretary of defense for intelligence and warfighting support, said. “We’ll never be successful, we’ll never get there, if we think that’s the primary solution,” he said. “But...
  • HUMINT: Contagious Behavior

    01/20/2007 4:41:13 AM PST · by humint · 181+ views
    humint ^ | 20 Jan 2007 | humint
    The best economic theory of the day suggests human behavior is contagious. It follows logically that what the article "IRAQ's NATURAL STATE" says about human nature is that "empowering figures" build self sustaining societies whereas "power consolidators" slowly descend into hell, taking every body else with them. The idea that Iraqis will reject violence sooner if more of them have jobs is a legitimate argument only if those jobs are sourced from free market investment. The entire country needs some version of Milton Freidman's Negative Income Tax. If on the other hand, tribal chieftains and theocratic oligarchs are put in...