Defense One Podcast Interview on new Airwars Report

Chris Woods, the founder/director of Airwars, and I had a great conversation with Ben Watson at Defense One Radio on the new Airwars report that I authored about US media coverage of civilian casualties in the war against so-called Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. You can listen to the podcast on Sticher: You can also listen to it Google Play, Spotify, iTunes, and Overcast.

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Defense One Op-Ed: ‘Where is the Coverage of Civilian Casualties in the War on ISIS?’

You can read my op-ed about the findings of the news Airwars report that I authored about US news media coverage of civilian harm in the war against so-called Islamic State at Defense One. "Airpower-dominated conflicts, especially when they are conducted without large contingents of U.S. ground forces, should get greater scrutiny and more consistent oversight by major media institutions, not less. U.S. involvement in conflicts in places like Niger…

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Airwars Report Launch at New America in Washington, D.C.

The report that I researched and authored for Airwars was unveiled on July 16 at New America in DC. To discuss the report and its findings, I was joined by Chris Woods, executive director of Airwars, a not-for-profit organization which tracks civilian harm claims in Iraq, Syria, and Libya; as well as by Azmat Khan, an ASU/New America Future of War Fellow and author of The Uncounted, a New York…

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Airwars Report: News In Brief

For the last seven months, I researched and authored a report for Airwars, the London-based international military conflict monitor. The report is about US media coverage of civilian harm in the war against so-called Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. You can read the report here. This report addresses U.S. media coverage of civilian harm in the war against so-called Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria and Iraq, with the aim…

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‘Ethics of Applied Intelligence in Military Conflict’ in the International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence:

Today, the International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence published an article that I co-authored with fellow students from Georgetown University's masters program in applied intelligence. It appears in Vol. 32, Issue No. 3. The article explores the ethics of applied intelligence in modern conflict with a focus on preemptive war and precision guided weapons:   "Intelligence is essential to modern statecraft in times of war and peace. As such, its…

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The Shadow Brokers: a Grammatical Analysis – August 1, 2016 Post

Reading the Shadow Brokers' postings, I made a cursory note that there appeared to be a systematic way they employed The English language (even if it also appeared to changed within and between separate posts). I read a few analyses, primarily focused on computational linguistics, but felt they didn't provide enough substance regarding how the posts were constructed (to avoid detection or to communicate an intended message to the intended…

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FVEY partnerships with IC and U.S. institutions of higher education.

From active shooters, to counter-terrorism, to counter-proliferation, and counter-intelligence, the U.S. Intelligence Community and law enforcement are actively partnering with U.S. institutions of high education. The partnership extends to FVEY country counterparts. In 2015 and 2016, William M. Arkin and I published a multi-month investigation into the most 'militarized' universities in the United States, outlining the entities that comprise the national security partnerships between U.S. institutions of higher education and…

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Update No. 4: My @YouTube account was suspended for uploaded/embedded portions of AQ vids used for analysis for U.S. v Pfc. Manning. It appears my Google account is also slated for deletion.

Update No. 4: Just found out Google/Youtube re-instated the third (and the most central portion of the 2011 AQ video) that they had banned. I hope these events further Google/YouTube's and the public's learning curve about these complex issues. I have placed a thumbnail to visually provide context for the three portions of the 2011 Al Qaeda video that I had uploaded to YouTube, and embedded in my 2015 analysis…

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Criminal theories against WikiLeaks that survive Manning court-martial.

Just going to quickly write this up, because I have had several conversations (and despite my attempts to tweet information to save time, that doesn't work). There are several criminal theories that survive the Manning court-martial in re a possible USG case against WikiLeaks for the 2010 releases of classified information: 1.) The Garani Airstrike Video. Manning was acquitted of this criminal conspiracy, and it was central to the USG…

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Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Report and Cost Study by Collins, Hickman, Boruchowitz

In 2016, I worked at The Constitution Project in Washington, D.C. as a staff researcher and writer on an independent commission studying Oklahoma's death penalty. The commission was co-chaired by former Oklahoma governor Brad Henry. The commission offered 42 recommendations, but the overall recommendation was: "In light of the extensive information gathered from this year-long, in-depth study, the Commission members unanimously recommend that the current moratorium on the death penalty…

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Previously unknown search warrants and electronic comm orders tied to WikiLeaks criminal investigation.

I have had this list for many years, and have shared it with various journalists from time to time. I am now publishing it. This is a list of all search warrants and electronic communications orders related to the WikiLeaks investigation that I have found. I spent a lot of time in the clerks office in the Eastern District of Virginia and Southern District of New York (long before it…

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Doctors of Doom: What a PhD Really Means in the US National Security Community: A VICE News Investigation

A follow up to Bill Arkin's and my ranking of the VICE News: Most Militarized Universities in America, Doctors of Doom reveals: Online for-profit schools currently dominate the awarding of doctoral degrees to intelligence professionals, with four for-profit online schools Capella University, Walden University, the University of Phoenix, and Northcentral University awarding the most degrees, almost 15 percent of the total. 1 out of 50 doctoral degrees in the US…

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The Most Militarized Universities in America: A VICE News Investigation

The Most Militarized Universities in America: A VICE News Investigation After months of work with VICE News, Bill Arkin and I have produced a definitive list of American colleges and universities with the greatest number of students who are employed by the Intelligence Community (IC), have the closest relationships with the national security state, and profit the most from American war-waging. Our research offers unprecedented insight into the make-up of…

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‘What happens to society in the absence of an alternative, counter-narrative to that of the national security state?’ (My presentation at the Center for Investigative Journalism in London)

Below are a few of the questions that I raised in a recent presentation that I gave at The Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ)​ in London (video below): Five years after Manning's leaks are we capable of deliberation and thoughtfulness? Are we capable of human agency in the age of leaks and myriad weak social ties? What happens to society in the absence of an alternative, counter-narrative to that of…

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The Cairo Review of Global Affairs: The Trial of Chelsea Manning

A military judge found the U.S. army private guilty on twenty espionage and other charges related to the leaking of military field reports and diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks. But the lack of transparency in the proceedings raises questions about the legitimacy of the verdict and the harshness of the sentence. Rather than achieving justice, the conviction highlights President Obamas war on whistleblowers. Read The Trial of Chelsea Manning in The…

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Harpers Magazine, Some Assembling Required

Nathan Schneider mentions me an article about Occupy Wall Street in this month's Harpers Magazine. 18th century philosophy, 19th century institutions, 20th century outlook, and 21st century problems I don't trust Schneider's language of betrayal, when he writes (as he has in previous articles): "Reports about the planned occupation trickled out slowly, though, and mostly online. They betrayed the biases of the Internet: much discussion of Adbusters, U.S. Day of…

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