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, it 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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Retired NSA Technical Director Explains Snowden Docs

I had an opportunity to attend a presentation by a retired technical director at the NSA, William Binney, which provided context for some of the published documents released by former NSA contractor, Edward Snowden. Because of the public value of Binney's expertise on the subject, I decided to publish his presentation and comments on my website. Binney also mentions how the current NSA mass surveillance regime differs from aspects 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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[UPDATE] UN confirms Mossad kidnaps Gaza’s chief power plant engineer, Dirar Abu Seesi, from Ukraine, suspects Ukrainian help

[2011-03-10 UPDATE] According to the AP, the UN has confirmed that Israel's Mossad kidnapped Gaza's chief power plant engineer and illegally rendered him to an Israeli torture center and then prison, where he is currently held. Maksim Butkevych, spokesman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Ukraine, said the agency "suspects Israeli and perhaps Ukrainian security forces had a hand in his disappearance and imprisonment in Israel." (Source:…

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Public health disaster looms in Gaza

On Sunday, the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza warned of an impending 'public health disaster'. In a press release on the organization's Web site ), the Ministry states that the situation could include the death of hundreds of people, including cancer patients, those with tumors, and those in need of both kidney dialysis and intensive care. Gaza War Gaza's long-suffering has increased exponentially since Operation Cast Lead in December 2008,…

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Food Crisis in Egypt

Analysts are warning of a food crisis in Egypt. Stratfor reports that, in the best-case scenario, the country has less than 40 days demand left. Year round irrigation channels that crisscross the Nile valley and delta "massively restrict the movements of trucks that could...distribute wheat. Egypt has hardwired into its infrastructure literally hundreds of thousands of potential supply disruptions." (Source:Stratfor) Egypt imports roughly 60 percent of its wheat needs. (Source:…

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Egypt’s Military jockeys to maintain Longstanding Grip on Power

Since 1981, President Hosni Mubarak legally affected a 30 year-old state of emergency to avoid appointing a vice president. His unwillingness and distrust of sharing power, may be due in part to his experience as vice president during Sadat's assassination. Egyptian Succession Rumors Like an Egyptian version of an Elizabethan engagement, rumors of vice presidential appointments, were evident as far back as 2005. U.S. State Department Cable 05CAIRO04534 cites Omar…

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Arab Totalitarians want Tech for National Security Emergencies

Information technology as 'development' has been central to Egyptian economic policy since 1999, when Mubarak appointed Ahmed Nazif, the recently resigned Prime Minister, to a newly created post, Minister for Communications and Information Technology. As the former Minister of CIT, Nazif established Egypt's free internet connectivity plan and improved public access to computers (Source: Wikipedia ). But, as Prime Minister, Nazif extended the application of Egypt's thirty-year old state of…

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Structured content and the Internet

Structured content is hyper-commoditizes content. The content is hyper-commoditized to to mitigate the inherently high-cost and high-risk of producing creative content in the media industry. Content creators not only need to capture a market, they also need to retain their audience across multiple platforms. This requires 'stickiness'. Stickiness can come from talent, but I believe stickiness will also occur when someone successfully merges the structure of serialized television story-lines with…

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Cultural-crossover content

Cultural-crossover content incorporates and exploits the narratives and styles of the emergent regions of the world (Southeast Asian, Chinese, Indian, and the Middle East) and repackages them for mainstream Western audience made up primarily of members of the game generation (age thirty-five and under). The phenomenon was largely brought about by the explosion of international markets for indigenous and emigrant media audiences; the proliferation of world-wide cable; and global distribution…

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Entertainment Superpower

U.S. broadcasters benefit from their economies of scale, and the United States dominates cultural copyright exports to Europe with a sizable trade surplus. In fact, the U.S. media and entertainment sectors are the only American sectors that boast a surplus balance of trade with nearly every nation in the world. Military surveillance, targeting, and weapons systems use technology that was developed primarily for motion pictures and entertainment software or the…

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Evolution of the below-the-line training cycle, culture of tradespeople vs culture of technicians

The older cusp of the game generation (now in their mid-thirties) have entered their productive years as journeyman technicians and content creators. These technicians and artists came up in an infrastructure and training cycle married to film but sleeping with video; an infrastructure and training-cycle that is infiltrated more and more by electronic acquisition and digital post. The phenomena is the result of the explosion of world wide cable and…

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Creatonomics

The older cusp of the game generation (now in their mid-thirties) have entered their productive years as journeyman technicians and content creators. These technicians and artists came up in an infrastructure and training cycle married to film but sleeping with video; an infrastructure and training-cycle that is infiltrated more and more by electronic acquisition and digital post. The phenomena is the result of the explosion of world wide cable and…

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Year of the Chicken

Dear Google: When negotiating with a tyrant, do not insert a dog fetching newspaper written in blood into your logo. Also, at Party meetings avoid remarking to the Chinese bureaucrat in front of you that, "If ***holes had wings, this place would be an airport." This statement does not translate into Mandarin picture-words. The global runway may have more wings than New York to Fort Lauderdale non-stop, but Oslo has…

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The absurdist

Like dissident antipoliticians from the former Czechoslovakia, who used satire and absurdity to highlight the fact that in a postmodern consumer society the "line of complicity runs through each of us," this new American generation distrusts political grandstanding and even traditional forms of organized politics. Hence, the popularity of so-called no brow satires like South Park, The Colbert Report, and The Daily Show. The political blackout is partly a reaction…

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The anonymous is personal

There is a freedom of movement in the field of archetype and symbol that enables both artist and audience to observe without disclosure, absorb without acquisition, and create without demand for conclusion. The repetition of archetypical representation uncovers both artist's and audience's collective mythologies, thereby revealing: The anonymous is personal.

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