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First Look: NSA Role In US Assassination Program

First Look: NSA Role In US Assassination Program

* UPDATE: As of 0956, I started getting 503 errors on First Look / The Intercept.  My bet is on a DoS. * Pierre Omidyar (billionaire of eBay fame) and Glenn Greenwald (former Guardian journalist who aided the Snowden Op) launched a news media venture called First Look.  And what […]

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Automated OSINT

Automated OSINT

In the Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) portion of a course a couple weeks ago, a student told me about a website called If This, Then That (IFTTT).  I signed up for an account, and I’d encourage y’all to do the same. The first thing I did was create an email […]

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The Dispatch

The Dispatch

Here are several articles that I found interesting over the past couple weeks, along with commentary.  This will be typical news faire for Forward Observer Dispatch but with more analysis and links, and updated throughout the week.  If this information interests you, then please consider signing up with us.  If […]

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Blue Yellow Freedom

Blue Yellow Freedom

I’ve updated the training page to reflect a course in the Houston area for 01-02 March.  I may be able to hold one more course in the Tampa, FL area. Please get in touch with me if you’re interested. Here’s an interesting map of Ukraine that shows areas currently ‘held’ […]

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“Validated Learning” & Intelligence

“Validated Learning” & Intelligence

I’ve been reading a great book about startups in which the author talks about validated learning.  (As an aside, each of your intelligence preparations should be treated as a startup company.  Instead of input costs you have study time, and instead of revenue you have information.  Is your study time […]

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Soup: Assorted Notes on Chapter Three, Part One

Soup: Assorted Notes on Chapter Three, Part One

First of all, Fleming comes on BBC America.  It’s a great show.  Just started, so catch it on Wednesday nights (caught the re-run of Episode One), or anytime at the website.  I’ve always been mesmerized by Bond flicks, so if you’re a fellow fan, Fleming certainly won’t let you down.  […]

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How Russia Would Exploit Snowden

How Russia Would Exploit Snowden

PREFACE: The Snowden Op does matter. We know what our government is doing; that definitely matters. But this post is more concerned with what we can learn from these events, and should not be understood as a distraction against the machinations of the regime.  We’re looking at MICE/RC motivators. The […]

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Running the Numbers: Syria

Running the Numbers: Syria

This evening, I was reading over the transcript of the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on national security threats.  Chief among their terrorism concerns was the situation in Syria, where Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper estimated that the number of fighters in Syria ranged from 75,000 to 110,000; 26,000 […]

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Judging Single Source Information

Judging Single Source Information

Several people requested that I start a collection of links where I find Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) information.  I’ll include a tab on the menu and start linking some pages for you. I briefly took part in a discussion on WRSA a week or two ago about the topic of […]

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Tarantino’s Canary Trap

Tarantino’s Canary Trap

I read this article linked from Drudge this morning, and thought that there was some intelligence value in it. From Deadspin: Learning today that his script The Hateful Eight leaked after he gave it to a small circle of actors, Quentin Tarantino tells me that he’s so upset that he […]

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