It’s become a little too common a story: police thugs beating the hell out of a citizen (who may or may not have done anything) citizen with camera takes pictures or video […]
Emergence of Islamic State an embarrassment for national security community
The Islamic State remains a puzzle to U.S. policymakers and analysts. The national security community in the United States and the West neither predicted the Islamic State’s rise, nor has been able […]
Security vs privacy: RadioLab and the case for the surveillance state
We all love freedom and the Constitution. But is it really that simple? I’m a huge fan of a good debate. And by “debate” I don’t mean the sort of ginned-up scream-lie-and-spinfests we […]
George HW Bush and the Deep State
Let history be our guide One of the few things I agree with the whackadoodle Right about (a very specific subset of the right more generally speaking) is this whole idea of […]
If you’re young, what does national security mean to you?
If you don’t like what it means today, do something about it. In the early 1950s, I stumbled and bumbled my way through elementary school. The Cold War had begun, and we […]
What about poor Scott Pruitt and his delicate security detail?
Apparently snowflakes melt and fade away when they can’t stand the heat. “But Barnet said that Pruitt’s travels grew so tense that by May the agent in charge of his security detail […]
Let’s talk, America…and let’s start with the so-called Deep State, because why not?
But first, a word from our sponsor Hi. You might know me from such…no. No, you wouldn’t. I’m nobody. I’m just some rando on the internet. Or maybe I’m a Dem apparatchik. […]
American vs. unAmerican values, according to the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States
When it comes to the Second Amendment, only the extreme positions of banning all firearms or allowing unrestricted access to all firearms are unAmerican.
Chill, baby, chill: Arctic oil exploration and climate security
My wife’s engagement ring contains a marquis cut diamond appraised at $2000. I bought it at a pawn shop for $600. The pawn broker was ready to shoot me dead if I […]
What to expect from 2015 State of the Union address: no surprises at all
If you want to know what President Barack Obama will discuss in his 2015 State of the Union speech, there is no need to wait until Tuesday when he delivers his annual […]