UFOs and the Strategy of Affirmative Uncertainty

June 28, 2021

In recent months, the build-up has been accelerating. In recent weeks, the media would hardly let a day go by without whetting the appetites of those who expected everyone’s favorite truthteller, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, to reveal the long-awaited truth. Analyzing the...

Who Doesn’t Love the Sacred Freedom to Spy?

August 18, 2020

In July, Yahoo News revealed that US President Donald Trump issued a secret order in 2018 authorizing the Central Intelligence Agency to conduct offensive cyber operations against various nations deemed to be adversaries of the US. Trump generously invited the CIA “to both conduct cyber...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: CIA Nominee Upholds “American Values”

May 16, 2018

Gina Haspel has been nominated to lead the CIA, and the question of American values and torture is on the table. Senator Martin Heinrich of New Mexico, while questioning Gina Haspel at the confirmation hearing after her nomination to be head of the CIA, asked her about whether she considers the...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Assassinating “High-Value” Targets

April 24, 2018

Targeted killings are an original way to create value by destroying it. In an article for Al Jazeera examining the process of decision-making behind the killing in Malaysia of Fadi al-Batsh, a Palestinian scientist, journalist Ali Younes compares the methods used by Israel’s Mossad for...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Infiltration” in America

February 13, 2018

The only thing worse than being threatened and infiltrated is not being threatened and infiltrated (apologies to Oscar Wilde). One of the key concepts of the Cold War was “communist infiltration.” As both the Democrats and Republicans appear to believe that the best way to “make America...

Politics Makes Strange Bedfellows

September 28, 2017

Over history, Muslim clerics have shared common interests with Western intelligence agencies. The 1953 coup in Iran is a key example. In June, the US Department of State declassified documents about the 1953 coup d’état that led to the collapse of Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh’s...

America Last: Will Trump Set a Record for the History Books?

July 03, 2017

When we look back, it is likely that President Trump will be seen as having given a tottering system that necessary push. In its own inside-out, upside-down way, it’s almost wondrous to behold. As befits our president’s wildest dreams, it may even prove to be a record for the ages, one for...