The Beautiful, Hilarious, Cartoon Sociopathy of House of Cards

The Beautiful, Hilarious, Cartoon Sociopathy of House of Cards

From the Archives: The Most Bizarre Jihadist Trial You’ve Never Heard Of

From the Archives: The Most Bizarre Jihadist Trial You’ve Never Heard Of
This was my last post before I stopped writing about national security issues for Beacon. However, in light of the ACLU’s lawsuit on behalf of Jamshid Mukhtarov, I’m re-posting it in full, outside the paywall this in the hopes of helping to contextualize some of the debate. The ACLU is bringing their suit because Mukhtarov may ...

Pugs, Even When Golden, Are Awesome

Kazaxia, the wonderful blog about Kazakhstan, is giving out its Golden Pug Awards for 2013. And I won! The Golden Pug Lifetime Achievement (Central Asia) Award This year’s Golden Pug Lifetime Achievement (Central Asia) Award goes to Joshua Foust, who has strode the world of Central Asian analysis like a colossus for many years. Now ...

Moving to Something New

As of Monday, I will no longer be a freelance journalist. I won’t be writing much, if ever, about national security issues, either. In fact, I won’t even be in national security at all. I’ve decided to take a job as the communications officer at the Eurasia Foundation, a fantastic NGO that does education, civil society, ...

The Complete Sarah Harrison Statement: Analysis

In case you (understandably) don’t want to click on Wikileaks. Analysis to follow. Tidbits, misstatements, and lies to follow: Do we know she’s really in Germany? There are no photos of this, only a statement posted to Wikileaks’ website. Was this meant to distract from the German parliament declining to interrogate Snowden earlier today? Harrison, ...

Quote of the Day

Stroebele said Edward Snowden appeared healthy and cheerful during their meeting at an undisclosed location in Moscow. The German television network ARD, which accompanied Stroebele, said the Germans were taken to the meeting by unidentified security officials under “strict secrecy.” – on the pilgrimage to Edward Snowden, living secretly and under secure guard arranged by ...

The Most Worrying NSA Revelation Yet

It’s no secret I’ve shrugged at most of the revelations brought about by the documents Edward Snowden stole: most described legal programs doing things you’d expect the NSA to do — and in many cases exposed completely legitimate programs that should never be exposed. Now, however, Bart Gellman and Ashkan Soltani have published something truly ...

Quote of the Day

“And yet, the American media refuses to understand what American citizens understand quite well: particularly as to matters of American national security, the fact that people in other countries are opposed to what we are doing does not mean that what we are doing is misguided or wrong. That seems like a simple concept to ...

Quote of the Day, II

None of this damage is due to the NSA programs that are the subjects of the leaks. All of the damage comes from the leaks themselves. Even if a foreign government somehow were to learn through its own capabilities of U.S. collection of signals intelligence aimed at its agencies or leaders, its response would be ...

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This is not just because of the obvious charge of hypocrisy, although that is there too. Many of those who shout the most about casualties from U.S. drone strikes rarely condemn so loudly the many more deaths of civilians as a result of Pakistan army operations in FATA or Taliban violence. Nor are they particularly ...