Tag: Massachusetts

Is the NSA actually making us worse at fighting terrorism?

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The head of the British electronic spy agency GCHQ, Robert Hannigan, created a minor flap last week in an article he wrote for the Financial Times. In effect, Hannigan argued that more robust encryption procedures by private

NPR Is Laundering CIA Talking Points to Make You Scared of NSA Reporting

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On August 1, NPR’s Morning Edition broadcast a story by NPR national security reporter Dina Temple-Raston touting explosive claims from what she called “a tech firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.” That firm, Recorded Future, worked together with “a cyber expert, Mario

Big Data Firm Says It Can Link Snowden Data To Changed Terrorist Behavior

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For nearly a year, U.S. government officials have said revelations from former NSA contract worker Edward Snowden harmed national security and allowed terrorists to develop their own countermeasures. Those officials haven’t publicly given specific examples — but a tech firm

Looking back in anger: One year of Snowden’s leaks

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One year ago, Russia granted Edward Snowden temporary asylum after a 39-day stay for the NSA whistleblower in the transit zone at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. Snowden had become stranded there while trying to flee to Latin America, where several countries

Secret Service Agent Opens Up About JFK Assassination

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DALLAS — President John F. Kennedy’s trip to Dallas on November 22, 1963 was intended to boost support in Texas for his 1964 re-election campaign.  But an assassin’s bullet ended his life, an event still shrouded in controversy.  Since that

CIA ‘admits’ to having file on Chomsky, might have destroyed it

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After years of denials, the Central Intelligence Agency has revealed that it did keep a file on Noam Chomsky, an eminent American linguist and anti-war academic, in the 1970s. But the files may have illegally been destroyed, report American media.

Colombia asks Kerry to explain NSA spying

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BOGOTA — Secretary of State John F. Kerry faced questions about National Security Agency spying here Monday as the government of Colombia asked for an explanation of reports that the United States has collected telephone and e-mail data in this

REVIEW: Fighting The Nazis. French Intelligence and Counterintelligence 1935-1945

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Fighting the Nazis: French Military Intelligence and Counterintelligence 1935-1945 By Colonel Paul Paillole. New York, NY: Enigma Books, 2003. 492 pages, photos, charts, index.   Originally published in France in 1975 this interesting work provides a remarkably detailed account of

REVIEW: KEEPING THE EDGE. Managing Defense for the Future

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By Ashton B. Carler and John P. White, eds., MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2001, 326 pages, $24.95. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Keeping the Edge: Managing Defense for the Future is a collection of essays published by the Preventive Defense Project, a research collaboration

British MI6 chief briefs visiting US presidential contestant Romney

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In an extreme rare briefing for foreign politicians not in power, Sir John Sawers, head of the British spy agency, was closeted with visiting Mitt Romney Thursday for a discussion on Syria, Iran, Tunisia, Libya, Pakistan and Afghanistan. It was