Archive for the ‘Executive’ Category

The Spy Who Came Home

2018/05/02

(New Yorker::A Reporter at Large) – Ben Taub:

Why an expert in counterterrorism became a beat cop …

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Patrick Skinner

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The Cops Have Not Always Been This Bad

2018/04/20

(FTB stderr) – Marcus Ranum:

Americans my age grew up to imagery in LIFE Magazine, of cops beating black protesters. Oddly, I think of desegregation as something that happened, and Jim Crow was a bad period we mostly grew out of.

That’s completely wrong, unfortunately.

The cops have gotten worse, not better. Back in the 60s they beat people with impunity, today, they kill them. …

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CSI Is a Lie

2018/03/24

(Atlantic Politics) – Conor Friedersdorf:

Forty years ago, Bob Dylan reacted to the conviction of an innocent man by singing that he couldn’t help but feel ashamed “to live in a land where justice is a game.” Over the ensuing decades, the criminal-justice system has improved in many significant ways. But shame is still an appropriate response to it, as the Washington Post made clear in an article that begins with a punch to the gut: “Nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000,” the newspaper reported, adding that “the cases include those of 32 defendants sentenced to death.” …

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TLA Computer Security

2017/05/23

(FTB stderr) – Marcus Ranum:

There are many agencies that have some degree of charter for computer security – but “defense” has been a bit of a hot potato. Meanwhile, the NSA (and now we know CIA, and probably every other Three Letter Agency) used to go to security conferences like DEFCON and advertise that they were hiring hackers. Of course they were.

If you know anything about how the US empire operates, you’d predict right away that the effort in computer security has been pretty much all offense and no defense – like our Department of “Defense” and you’d be pretty much right. …

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Marcus J. Ranum: The Myth of Homeland Security

Better Call Bob!

2017/05/20

(The Intercept) – Trevor Aaronson:

When Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III as special counsel to investigate possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, he called on Washington’s consummate clean-up man. …

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Trolling GCHQ

2017/05/14

(indy100) – Harriet Marsden:

While the effects were felt all over the world in almost 100 countries, the NHS was the most terrifyingly significant target for us in Britain – literally, the lifeline of the UK.

Malicious ransomware called ‘WannaCry‘ infected thousands of computers, holding patients’ medical records captive via encryption and demanding a BitCoin payment for their release.

In other equally important news, it was also National Limerick Day. …

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Twitter trolling GCHQ

Walking Back The Cat

2017/04/24

(FTB stderr) – Marcus Ranum:

The origin of the expression “walking back the cat” is lost in the early cold war, but it refers to the process of decompiling and recompiling intelligence after a breach, usually caused by a mole.

I’m quite sure that nowadays it’s got a lot to do with computer forensics; it’s probably a tremendous amount of fun for anyone who hasn’t got a stake in the outcome. For anyone who does, historically, it’s a slice of hell. …

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Reforming Government First Requires Understanding It

2017/03/30

(Atlantic Politics) – Elaine Kamarck:

Jared Kushner’s new initiative promises to tap the expertise of the business community – but government isn’t a business. …

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Bill Clinton and Al Gore examine stacks of paperwork at a National Performance Review event in 1993

The George W. Bush White House ‘Lost’ 22 Million Emails

2016/10/30

(Newsweek) – Nina Burleigh:

For 18 months, Republican strategists, political pundits, reporters and Americans who follow them have been pursuing Hillary Clinton’s personal email habits, and no evidence of a crime has been found. But now they at least have the skills and interest to focus on a much larger and deeper email conspiracy, one involving war, lies, a private server run by the Republican Party and contempt of Congress citations—all of it still unsolved and unpunished. …

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FBI’s Focus Questionable

2016/06/13

(The Intercept) – Trevor Aaronson:

Mateen’s mass shooting is an example of how dangerous men slip past the FBI’s watch while federal agents focus on targets of questionable capacity. …

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Police press conference in Orlando, FL