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Capitol Debacle: Politicization Undermines Intelligence

Was the Capitol Security Breach an Intelligence Failure? Former CIA Analyst Lisa Ruth Says No The melee at the US Capitol on 6 January 2021 was a shocking example of mob violence and mentality, and shows just how bad things can go wrong when security is unprepared and overwhelmed. It is also, sadly, a textbook illustration of the dangers of politicizing intelligence. Full disclosure: I was not privy to any classified intelligence briefings for any law enforcement entity ahead of the attack. But as a former intelligence officer, I do know how [...]

By |2021-01-11T19:23:57-05:00January 11th, 2021|Security, Uncategorized, World News Round-Up|0 Comments

Why Putin Would Poison Opposition Leader Navalny

There are some things Vladimir Putin just can't abide. Threatening personal financial assets and seeking to undermine the entire house of cards Putin and his cronies have built are two of those things. Although Putin has never had much love for Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, the Russian leadership had largely managed to contain Navalny’s impact through quasi-legal methods and subtle intimidation. That changed last month, when Navalny became ill after drinking tea in Siberia. His supporters immediately suspected poison, but Russian police found no reason for investigation and dismissed the claims. Then, after he was airlifted [...]

By |2020-09-03T10:21:07-04:00September 3rd, 2020|International, Russia|0 Comments

Beirut Explosion: Accident or Israeli Intervention?

The massive blast that rocked Beirut earlier this week is being billed as a tragic accident that left hundreds dead and thousands wounded. The explosion also severely damaged the country’s infrastructure and left many residents without power in the sweltering Beirut summer heat. But former intelligence officers intimately familiar with the region caution that Israel, concerned about the explosive stockpile and the impotent Lebanese government, may have ignited the ammonium nitrate to deny terrorist group Hezbollah access to the chemicals. Ammonium Nitrate Explosion Beirut was devastated on 5 August, after 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate stored [...]

By |2020-08-11T11:19:04-04:00August 8th, 2020|Governments, Security, World News Round-Up|0 Comments

Impact of Closing China/US Consulates

Does it really matter that the Chinese Consulate in Houston and the US Consulate in Chengdu closed? It looked like a scene from a spy thriller: Chinese diplomats frantically burning documents in the courtyard of the Houston Consulate hours before they were being evicted from the building. Five days later, in Chengdu, the American flag outside the US Consulate was lowered and Chinese soldiers protected officials wearing hazmat suits as they entered the building. The tit-for-tat closures of the consulates comes as tensions between the US and China reach new highs. While the closures may seem [...]

By |2020-08-03T08:31:15-04:00August 3rd, 2020|Business, Espionage, Governments|0 Comments

Yes, Social Media Can Get You In Trouble

Social media has become a valuable asset for investigators. Before you post that social media statement, meme, or commentary, be aware of the consequences. Colleges are revoking admissions letters based on social media posts, businesses are watching what employees are saying, and spouses are monitoring comments for information. The New York Times reported in July that "at least a dozen schools have revoked admissions offers to incoming students" after they identified racist comments on social media. The Times goes on to note, "In this digital age, when social media posts can ricochet across the [...]

By |2021-01-05T01:53:31-05:00July 29th, 2020|PI|0 Comments
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