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 ...

Quoted in the Verge

I’m quoted in this story in the Verge about reforming the NSA. I issue a challenge to Congress to follow through on some of its rhetoric about the Obama administration. But if Congress decided to crack down on the NSA, there’s plenty more they could do. Joshua Foust is a former intelligence analyst turned freelance ...

Leaks Are Not Trivial

British Prime Minister David Cameron is threatening some serious action against the Guardian: Cameron told the Commons during a statement on the EU Council: “We have a free press, it’s very important the press feels it is not pre-censored from what it writes and all the rest of it. “The approach we have taken is 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 ...

Interviewed: To the Point with Warren Olney

Earlier this week, I was interviewed on To the Point, with Warren Onley on NPR. We talked about the NSA and about Edward Snowden, and whether any of it makes sense from a high level. Audio is here.

Quote of the Day

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 ...

Quoted in Time

I’m quoted in Time about two new reports out by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch about the U.S. drone program. While the reports provide devastating details and draw attention to the debate, stories of innocent people hurt in drone strikes “don’t add substantively to knowledge of the drone program nor do they alter the ...

Could Drones be Good for Peace?

Over at Medium, I wonder if drones, when used outside of targeted killing programs, might actually be good for peace. The example I chose is the showdown between Japan and China in the Senkaku Islands. Though relatively expensive to develop and operate, drones allow for a much longer flight time over sensitive areas, and the ...

The Edward Snowden Snow Job

Over at Beacon (subscribe here!) I lay out the long history of Edward Snowden and his closest allies lying about his history, motivations, behavior, and intentions. An excerpt: It is difficult to square the known details of Snowden’s circumstances in Russia with the statements made by interested outsiders on his behalf. Snowden has contributed to ...

Quote of the Day

77. If used in strict compliance with the principles of international humanitarian law, remotely piloted aircraft are capable of reducing the risk of civilian casualties in armed conflict by significantly improving the situational awareness of military commanders. – From the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, Ben ...