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Russia 'busts satellite spy ring': space commander
""Very recently, specialists of the department of space intelligence centre uncovered a newly created group of space satellites... made for radio-technical reconnaissance of equipment on Russian territory," said the commander of Russian Space Command, Oleg Maidanovich."
space  war  pol 
april 2015 by warrenellis
Preparing for Trench Warfare in Ukraine - The Intercept
"The conditions are rough, but not dismal, and reflect the battalion’s motto, “Nobody But Ourselves,” a nod to the reality that Ukrainians — and particularly members of this volunteer battalion — have to rely on their own resources to defend their country."
pol  war 
april 2015 by warrenellis
Is it Really Better to be Dead than Blind? | Just Security
"Late last year, the U.S. Navy announced that it’s $40 million laser weapon is finally ready for combat aboard the special operations staging ship USS Ponce. The laser, which “zaps and burns” at the cost of just 59 cents a shot, is designed for use against aircraft and small ships which “cannot outrun” the concentrated beams of light."
weapons  war  pol  crime 
january 2015 by warrenellis
Secretive Mexican police unit questioned over 3 murdered Americans | Fox News Latino
"The men threatened witnesses not to talk and identified themselves as members of the Hercules Group, an elite security unit newly formed by the mayor of Matamoros, Leticia Salazar, in charge of protecting her."
war  pol  mexico 
october 2014 by warrenellis
Yoda Has Left the Building
"In fact, when Marshall argued that an arms race with the Soviets was inevitable, he meant there was no choice as long as the two countries existed. For example, remember that picture of Marshall, Wohlstetter, and friends, palavering late into the night? They were discussing "recovery" models -- as in, whether the United States or Soviet Union would recover more quickly after a nuclear war, gaining a head start in the inevitable rearmament race. Remember that joke in Dr. Strangelove about the "mine shaft gap"? That was, in fact, what Marshall was discussing."
war  pol 
october 2014 by warrenellis
The Isis leader's vision of the state is a profoundly contemporary one | Jason Burke | Comment is free | The Observer
"What Baghdadi has done is fuse the political Islamists' aim of seizing state power with the neo-traditionalists' more global vision to create a recognisable if rough-edged state that is simultaneously supposed to be a launchpad for greater expansion. This unprecedented combination is a powerful one."
pol  war 
august 2014 by warrenellis
BBC News - Mong La: Myanmar's lawless region where anything goes
"Special Region Number Four - also known as Mong La - is one such strip of land on the border between China and Myanmar.

It has existed entirely outside central government control for more than 25 years."
cities  pol  war 
august 2014 by warrenellis
Blacklisted: The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a TerroristThe Intercept
"The rulebook, which The Intercept is publishing in full, was developed behind closed doors by representatives of the nation’s intelligence, military, and law-enforcement establishment, including the Pentagon, CIA, NSA, and FBI. Emblazoned with the crests of 19 agencies, it offers the most complete and revealing look into the secret history of the government’s terror list policies to date. It reveals a confounding and convoluted system filled with exceptions to its own rules, and it relies on the elastic concept of “reasonable suspicion” as a standard for determining whether someone is a possible threat."
pol  surveillance  spook  war  crime 
august 2014 by warrenellis
As caliphate declared, Iraqi troops battle for Tikrit | Reuters
"Alarming regional and world powers, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed universal authority when it dropped the local element in its name and said its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as leader of the Islamic State, was now caliph of the Muslim world - a mediaeval title last widely recognized in the Ottoman sultan deposed 90 years ago after World War One."
pol  war 
june 2014 by warrenellis
Privacy under attack: the NSA files revealed new threats to democracy | Technology | The Guardian
"What if every book for the past 500 years had been reporting its readers at headquarters?"
surveillance  pol  comms  war  crime 
may 2014 by warrenellis
Open the Future: Watching the World through a Broken Lens
"This is not a dilemma without a solution, however. Professional Foresight (aka Futurism) also went through a period where specialists would offer up a single prediction of a certain future. In more recent decades -- arguably since Hermann Kahn's On Thermonuclear War in 1960, but more generally since the advent of Shell-derived Scenario Planning in the 1990s -- futurism has been more comfortable with uncertainty, and more willing to offer multiple rival forecasts of possible outcomes instead of singular, certain predictions. Multi-scenario foresight has evolved various iterations since then, but they all come down to a core idea: you can't predict the future, but you can see the shape of different possible futures."
future  pol  war 
march 2014 by warrenellis
Transnistria: The Next Crimea?
"For its part, Russia can use its staging ground in Transnistria to exert continued pressure on Ukraine through Odessa, a major Ukrainian seaport. Protests here have mirrored protests in Ukraine as a whole, with contingents of both pro- and anti-Russian demonstrators taking to the streets."
war  pol 
march 2014 by warrenellis
Can We Avoid a Surveillance State Dystopia? - Charlie's Diary
"Yearly reminder: unless you're over 60, you weren't promised flying cars. You were promised an oppressive cyberpunk dystopia. Here you go."
war  pol  comms  intel  spook 
february 2014 by warrenellis
Island of Terror: Don't Get Mad, Get Murderous
"Britain’s own The Angry Brigade took a gentler approach, trying to avoid hurting anyone if possible but, ultimately, they proved to be utterly ineffectual and got caught and imprisoned, so it was not a massively successful policy. I’m glad that they didn’t kill anybody, of course, but they might have got further if they had."
pol  crime  war 
february 2014 by warrenellis
Karl reMarks: The incredible story of how Putin used secret KGB chess tactics to outwit the US
In the KGB for example, only agents promoted to the prestigious X2, nicknamed the steel professors

THE STEEL PROFESSORS
spook  pol  war 
november 2013 by warrenellis
ISVG - Welcome to the VKB
violent extremism knowledge base
war  pol  intel 
november 2013 by warrenellis
How Inspire Magazine Motivates Acts of Terrorism | Analysis Intelligence
"The Boston bombing investigation continues to reveal new information on the two primary suspects, but quietly reported last Friday was the discovery of jihadi propaganda Inspire Magazine - produced by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) - on a computer belonging to the elder Tsarnaev brother’s widow. The publication, particularly its first issue containing instructions for building a pressure cooker bomb, was spotlighted as a possible resource immediately after the bombings."
crime  pol  war  magazines 
may 2013 by warrenellis
Meet Cody Wilson, the anarchist behind the world's first 3-D printed gun
"Yes, it's undetectable, but more importantly it's unobservable by institutions and countries and sovereigns.... This might be a politically important object."
crime  war  fabbing  pol 
may 2013 by warrenellis
The Syrian Civil War comes to Iraq, as 8 Iraqi and 48 Syrian Troops are Killed on Iraqi Soil | Informed Comment
"So on Saturday, Syrian rebels in the east of the country attacked another government checkpoint along the Iraqi border, al-Ya`rabiya, and took it. Some of the besieged Syrian troops, many wounded, escaped to the Iraqi side and were being escorted by Iraqi troops south when they were ambushed early on Tuesday and 48 were killed, along with 8 Iraqi border guards. The attackers had rocket propelled grenades and left three vehicles burning. It is not clear if the attackers were Syrian rebels in hot pursuit across the border or if local Sunni Iraqi clans, who are related to the largely Sunni insurgents in Syria, struck for themselves."
pol  war 
march 2013 by warrenellis
How the British Gov't Stripped Alleged Militants of Citizenship before they were Droned to Death | Informed Comment
"The government has secretly ramped up a controversial programme that strips people of their British citizenship on national security grounds – two of whom have been subsequently killed by US drone attacks."
pol  war  drones 
march 2013 by warrenellis
Iran Leader: Having Nukes is ‘Crime Against Humanity’ – US Sanctions Actually Target Fuel Enrichment
"Long-time readers know that I think Iran wants nuclear latency or ‘the Japan option,’ i.e. they don’t want to make or stockpile nuclear warheads, but do want the deterrence of invaders that comes with the known ability to put one together in short order"
pol  war 
february 2013 by warrenellis
NASA study finds that Middle East's water is disappearing fast | FP Passport
"...the Tigris and Euphrates basins -- which are ripe with border disputes, conflict over Kurdish minorities, and now major conflicts in Syria and Iraq -- might be more prone to the insidious effects of water instability than other places around the globe."
eco  war  pol 
february 2013 by warrenellis
Senate Puts Brakes on Defense Clandestine Service
"The Senate moved last week to restrain the rapid growth of the Defense Clandestine Service, the Pentagon’s human intelligence operation."
war  spook  intel  pol 
december 2012 by warrenellis
5 Things the Pentagon Isn't Telling Us About the Chinese Military - By Trefor Moss | Foreign Policy
"Here are the five most important questions about Beijing's defense strategy that remain stubbornly unanswered."
war  pol 
may 2012 by warrenellis
Police Find 49 Bodies by a Highway in Mexico - NYTimes.com
"Forty-nine mutilated bodies were found dumped along a highway on Sunday near Monterrey, Mexico’s third-largest city, according to officials."
crime  drugs  war  pol 
may 2012 by warrenellis
The Jet That Ate the Pentagon - By Winslow Wheeler | Foreign Policy
"Claimed to be near invisible to radar and able to dominate any future battlefield, the F-35 will replace most of the air-combat aircraft in the inventories of the U.S. Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and at least nine foreign allies, and it will be in those inventories for the next 55 years. It's no secret, however, that the program -- the most expensive in American history -- is a calamity."
war  tech  money  pol 
may 2012 by warrenellis
Israeli Security Elite Slams Netanyahu, sidetracks War on Iran | Informed Comment
"Not only are high officials and former officials of the Israeli security establishment pushing hard back against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s seeming rush to war with Iran, they appear actually to be attempting to unseat him, as it becomes possible that Israel may go to early elections in September."
pol  war 
may 2012 by warrenellis
Sudan bombs South Sudan as Bashir vows not to negotiate | FP Passport
"South Sudan announced last week that it was withdrawing from the disputed Heglig border region in order to avoid all-out war, but the scope of the current attacks seem to go beyond Heglig, and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has vowed not to negotiate until all South Sudanese troops are out of Sudan since southern leaders “do not understand anything but the language of the gun and ammunition." Last week, he referred to the South Sudanese leadership as "insects" and vowed to drive them from power."
pol  war 
april 2012 by warrenellis
Julian Assange's TV debut
"Things got a bit odd with Assange's last question, in which he asked the reglious extremist, "Isn’t Allah, or the notion of God, the ultimate superpower? Shouldn’t you as a freedom fighter also seek to liberate people from the totalitarian concept of a monotheistic god"
tv  pol  war  culture 
april 2012 by warrenellis
BBC News - Confusion over Guinea-Bissau PM after 'coup'
"Guinea-Bissau, an impoverished former Portuguese colony, has been plagued by a long series of coups since gaining independence in 1974 - and has recently become an important staging post for gangs smuggling drugs from Latin America to Europe."
pol  war 
april 2012 by warrenellis
The Syrian Army's outlaw Executions (Serle) | Informed Comment
"‘When I got to Bab Dreib, there were 16 corpses, all women and children. Some of the children had been hit on the head with sharp objects. The brain was outside the skull’"
war  pol 
april 2012 by warrenellis
The Pivot to the Pacific, and More from CRS | Secrecy News
“Underlying the ‘pivot’ is a conviction that the center of gravity for U.S. foreign policy, national security, and economic interests is being realigned and shifting towards Asia, and that U.S. strategy and priorities need to be adjusted accordingly,”
pol  war 
april 2012 by warrenellis
BBC News - Mali coup leader Amadou Sanogo 'in complete control'
"Cap Amadou Sanogo told the BBC he overthrew the government on Wednesday in order to restore security."
pol  war 
march 2012 by warrenellis
How secret renditions shed light on MI6's licence to kill and torture | World news | The Guardian
"Section 7 of the 1994 Intelligence Services Act offers protection not only to spies involved in bugging or bribery, but also to any who become embroiled in far more serious matters, such as murder, kidnap or torture – as long as their actions have been authorised in writing by a secretary of state."
war  pol  crime 
february 2012 by warrenellis
Guernica / Russ Baker: Is Israel Really Iran’s Main Adversary? The West Doth Protest Too Much
"The battle between the Prime Minister and the former spymasters got so intense that Netanyahu ordered an investigation into leaks about an impending Israeli attack on Iran, which he believed had been perpetrated by the retired spooks. How do we know about this secret leak investigation? The Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz picked up a report from a Kuwaiti newspaper which cited an unnamed Israeli source. Such arcane telegraphs reek of covert struggle. The public is the last to know what’s really going on, or why."
pol  war 
february 2012 by warrenellis
North Korea Developing UAV Based on U.S. Drone | sUAS News
"The North Korea drones are based on Raytheon’s MQM-107D Streaker target drones, which are used by the U.S. Army, and imported from a Middle East nation believed to be Syria, Yonhap news agency reported."
drones  war  pol 
february 2012 by warrenellis
Doyle McManus: U.S. targeted killing program needs discussion - latimes.com
"We needed a court order to eavesdrop on him," Hayden notes, "but we didn't need a court order to kill him. Isn't that something?"
drones  war  pol  crime 
february 2012 by warrenellis
Yemen’s State Within a Failed State - Photos By Tom Finn | Foreign Policy
"The Arab uprisings, however, have shifted the dynamics of the struggle. With the regime's firepower focused on dissenters in the major cities, Saada quietly slid out of its control. A mini-state has sprung up, run almost entirely by the Houthis, who have taken on the responsibilities of government. They have appointed their own governor (a notorious arms dealer), police the streets, and rebuilt schools and houses destroyed in the war. Despite their efforts, Saada remains a destitute city, filled with sprawling graveyards, bullet-pocked mud-brick houses and lean-looking children on crutches hobbling frantically alongside lines of moving traffic, begging for food and money."
pol  photography  war 
january 2012 by warrenellis
Paddy Ashdown: The global power shift | Video on TED.com
"Paddy Ashdown claims that we are living in a moment in history where power is changing in ways it never has before. In a spellbinding talk at TEDxBrussels he outlines the three major global shifts that he sees coming." Also, a quote: "Mao described (WW1 and WW2) as 'the European Civil Wars.'"
pol  war 
january 2012 by warrenellis
Disruption Example: Open Source Protest + Flash Mob
"The Occupy Network/Brand is a perma protest against the future. ". interesting characterisation of Occupy, with many facets to it, some presumably unintended by the author.
pol  war 
january 2012 by warrenellis
Next Year's Wars - By Louise Arbour | Foreign Policy
"When Foreign Policy asked the International Crisis Group to evaluate which manmade disasters could explode in the coming year, we put our heads together and came up with 10 crisis areas that warrant particular concern."
war  pol 
january 2012 by warrenellis
Guernica / Nick Turse: Obama’s Arc of Instability: Destabilizing the World One Region at a Time
'In his book The One Percent Doctrine, journalist Ron Suskind reported on CIA plans, unveiled in September 2001 and known as the “Worldwide Attack Matrix,” for “detailed operations against terrorists in 80 countries.” '
war  pol  pmeth 
september 2011 by warrenellis
The WELL: John Robb on War, Peace, and Resilient Communities
"My students were former child soldiers. Let me say that after the
schools had been out of business for more than 10 years, say starting
around 1990, the wars were more like Lord of the Flies with pickup
trucks, automatic rifles, light and heavy machineguns, and mortars...

"...Illiterate 20-somethings leading uneducated armed bands of teens and children across the countryside, enticed by rice and magic. And some drugs, it's true, but chiefly rice and magic. These were hungry children empowered by an AK-47 and some sadistic charismatic leaders.

"...Funny how quickly a new generation will believe in the power of magic in as few as 10 or 12 years after the schools close."
war  pol  cult  magic  edu 
september 2011 by warrenellis
BBC News - S Korea holds North defector 'in poison-needle plot'
"South Korean officials have arrested a North Korean defector on suspicion of plotting to kill high-profile activist Park Sang-hak, reports from Seoul say."
crime  pol  war 
september 2011 by warrenellis
Guernica / Joanna Eede: Brazilian Indians Demand Shell Leave Their Land
"Indians of the Guarani tribe in Brazil have demanded that energy giant Shell stop using their ancestral land for ethanol production."
war  pol  crime  energy 
september 2011 by warrenellis
Guernica / Majed Neisi: The Heroin Lab of Darayem
"“Since the Taliban moved in, we can plant the poppy. The people are not starving anymore, because they have opium. And if the government tries to bully us, we have weapons.”"
war  pol  crime  drugs 
september 2011 by warrenellis
Guernica / Joanna Eede: “Trucks of Men” Brutally Attack Indigenous Brazilians
This is one of a series of attacks on these Guarani since the beginning of August 2011. It follows attempts by the Indians to reclaim their ancestral land, which was seized by ranchers in the 1970s and has been occupied ever since.
war  pol  crime 
september 2011 by warrenellis
Bodies hanging from bridge in Mexico are warning to social media users - CNN.com
Two posters left near the bodies declared that the pair -- a young man and woman -- were killed for posting denouncements of drug cartel activities on a social network.
crime  pol  drugs  war 
september 2011 by warrenellis
Cable reference id: #06NEWDELHI4667
"an "encounter killing" -- an extrajudicial execution framed to look like the police foiled a bona fide terrorist attack. In some cases the victim is killed while in custody or after having been unofficially arrested, and brought to a (usually) isolated location where the officers later announce they had prevailed in a shoot-out with a hardened criminal or hard-core terrorist."
crime  war  pol 
september 2011 by warrenellis
Turkey suspends military ties with Israel | World news | guardian.co.uk
Turkish prime minister warns further sanctions likely after Israel refuses to apologise for 2010's deadly raid on aid flotilla
pol  war 
september 2011 by warrenellis
Inside the spy unit that NYPD says doesn't exist - Yahoo!
Working with the CIA, the New York Police Department maintained a list of "ancestries of interest" and dispatched undercover officers to monitor Muslim businesses and social groups, according to new documents that offer a rare glimpse inside an intelligence program the NYPD insists doesn't exist.
pol  crime  war 
august 2011 by warrenellis
Guernica / Noam Chomsky: Drug Cartels and the Growing Border War
..."about 80% of the businesses in Mexico are involved in one manner or another with the drug racket. Now once you start publishing things like that and looking into it, you’re getting to the power centers of Mexican society, and they’re simply not going to want to be exposed." If they can use the drug assassins to stop it, they will.
drugs  war  crime  pol 
august 2011 by warrenellis
The Internet of Elsewhere » Blog Archive » Iran announces ‘halal Internet,’ new cyberdefense study programs
"“Iran will soon create an internet that conforms to Islamic principles, to improve its communication and trade links with the world,” he said, apparently explaining that the new network would operate in parallel to the regular Internet and would possibly eventually replace the open Internet in Muslim countries in the regions."
net  war  pol 
april 2011 by warrenellis
SAS and MI6 officers released by Libya's rebel commanders | World news | The Guardian
"Libya's rebel commanders have freed two MI6 officers and six SAS soldiers captured by farm guards on Thursday morning, after the British government vouched for their identities."
pol  war  embarrassing  incompetent 
march 2011 by warrenellis
Beijing to track all mobile phone users' movements | China News Watch | Latest Hong Kong, China & World News | SCMP.com
"Every Beijing mobile phone user will be tracked through the use of the latest global positioning technology, the municipal government announced on Tuesday."
comms  security  war  pol 
march 2011 by warrenellis
Jihadi who helped train 7/7 bomber freed by US after just five years | UK news | The Guardian
"An American jihadist who set up the terrorist training camp where the leader of the 2005 London suicide bombers learned how to manufacture explosives, has been quietly released after serving only four and a half years of a possible 70-year sentence, a Guardian investigation has learned."
pol  war 
february 2011 by warrenellis
BBC News - Pakistan issues arrest warrant for Pervez Musharraf
"A Pakistani anti-terrorism court has issued an arrest warrant for former military ruler Pervez Musharraf over the assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto in 2007."
pol  war 
february 2011 by warrenellis
BBC News - Burma media warns of 'tragic end' for Aung San Suu Kyi
"Burma's state media have published their first direct criticism of the democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi since her release from house arrest. The commentary said she and her party would "meet their tragic end" if they continued to endorse Western sanctions."
pol  war 
february 2011 by warrenellis
Predicting political hotspots: Professors' global model forecasts civil unrest against governments
"The model, named the Predictive Societal Indicators of Radicalism Model of Domestic Political Violence Forecast, is currently five for five in predicting which countries will likely experience an escalation in domestic political violence against their governments within the next five years..."
pol  war  comp 
january 2011 by warrenellis

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