National Security and the North Korean Crisis

  Several friends and associates have contacted me in recent days, asking about the emerging crisis with North Korea, and the implications for national security. I thought I’d pass along some of the things that I’ve told them, plus a … Continue reading

Why Accepting Refugees is Crucial to National Security

By Sheldon When Trump released his ill-conceived and poorly-executed immigration order that stopped the flow of refugees from seven Muslim countries, he justified the action based on “national security,” claiming that it would keep out the “bad people” who were … Continue reading

Making a Source Deck

By Sheldon The world of intelligence and intelligence analysis is very different from that of the usual scholar or knowledge worker, with the possible exception of the investigative journalist. The difference is that the intel professional has to work with … Continue reading

Privacy Under a Trump Administration

Well, the unthinkable has happened. The most powerful and sophisticated Intelligence apparatus in the history of the Second Oldest Profession has fallen into the hands of a President-elect known for a vindictive streak a mile wide, and who is considered … Continue reading

Tried and True Media Bias Detector

For many years I have been an enthusiastic collector of files off the web, saving them on my local machines. My reason for saving them is simple: web sites go away. Content gets lost. Better to keep your own private … Continue reading

The Takedown of Sony Entertainment and it’s Implications

On November 24th, Sony Pictures Entertainment had their cybernetic head handed to them by a shadowy group known only as “Guardians of Peace.” This past year has seen numerous attacks on various major companies, with embarrassing data breaches resulting in … Continue reading