Daily Archives: November 25, 2013

Private firms selling mass surveillance systems around world, documents show

[Translate] Private firms selling mass surveillance systems around world, documents show One Dubai-based firm offers DIY system similar to GCHQ’s Tempora programme, which taps fibre-optic cables Nick Hopkins and Matthew Taylor The Guardian, Monday 18 November 2013 16.42 EST Advanced … Continue reading

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Boys and Toys and Budgets

[Translate] Boys and Toys and Budgets By David Isenberg The future challenges facing the U.S. national security establishment was the subject of a conference held November 14 in Washington, D.C. The conference, sponsored by the four month old online publication … Continue reading

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SHADOW REPORT LAUNCH: Montreux Five Years On: An analysis of state efforts to implement Montreux Document legal obligations and good practices

[Translate] SHADOW REPORT LAUNCH: Montreux Five Years On: An analysis of state efforts to implement Montreux Document legal obligations and good practices Presented by the Initiative for Human Rights in Business, Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Tuesday, December … Continue reading

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The Mercenary, His Ghosts, and the CIA: The Legal Feud Behind Blackwater Founder’s Memoir

[Translate] The Mercenary, His Ghosts, and the CIA: The Legal Feud Behind Blackwater Founder’s Memoir By Drake Bennett November 25, 2013 Despite his formidable resources, nothing seems to go smoothly with Erik Prince, the auto-parts heir and former Navy SEAL … Continue reading

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How one inspector general is fighting fraud and waste in Afghanistan

[Translate] How one inspector general is fighting fraud and waste in Afghanistan By D.B. Grady November 22, 2013 7:01 AM The Week View gallery U.S. war planes destroyed this village in 2010 and now the U.S. government is footing the … Continue reading

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Were Blackwater’s ‘Civilian Warriors’ Unfairly Maligned?

[Translate] Were Blackwater’s ‘Civilian Warriors’ Unfairly Maligned? November 24, 2013 8:00 AM Erik Prince, a military contractor during the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, says the Blackwater firm was unjustly pegged as the face of military evil. Prince joins host Rachel … Continue reading

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WANTED: A Company Willing to Help Destroy Syria’s Chemical Weapons

[Translate] Marina Koren National Journal November 22, 2013 WANTED: A Company Willing to Help Destroy Syria’s Chemical Weapons The organization in charge of dismantling Syria’s chemical-weapons program is rushing to find a country willing to host the destruction of the … Continue reading

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The Return of the Soldier of Fortune

[Translate] The Return of the Soldier of Fortune Nov 19, 2013 In 2000, a band of semi-trained young men in a rubber dinghy blew a hole in the U.S.S. Cole, a multi-billion dollar ship of war, shocking the world, killing … Continue reading

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Pentagon SESers Really Need a Course on How Their Department Works?

[Translate] Pentagon SESers Really Need a Course on How Their Department Works? Defense Department file photo A Defense Department contract to educate new members of the Senior Executive Service on how the department works should definitely win an award for … Continue reading

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