From 1968 until 1973, the U.S. military spent about $1 billion a year on a new computer-powered initiative intended to end the war in Vietnam. Monday marked the 60th anniversary of that program known as Operation Igloo White. Despite being a high-priced technological failure for the U.S. military, Igloo White was the first real-time, computer-driven surveillance operation … [Read more...] about Spy History: Operation Igloo White and the early days of border surveillance
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Bond preferred vodka martinis. But for many a spy, the drink of choice is Scotch. Neat. Perhaps with a cigar. Usually the Scotch in question is merely a means of enjoyment or relaxation. Recently, it became the subject of an outcry one would have thought was in response to straight espionage or outright betrayal. To be given the moniker of Scotch whisky, a very specific … [Read more...] about Arguments over scotch whisky finishing process, anything but neat
Chinese venture capital firms and technology giants are increasingly moving in on Canada’s technology scene, with an eye on artificial intelligence, advanced machine learning, and autonomous systems. Canada is already a favorite spot for the Chinese diaspora to live, work and dabble in espionage. As well as the research capabilities, the lower valuations of Canadian technology … [Read more...] about Chinese tech acquisition continues to gain momentum
The Great Firewall of China is the figurative expression coined to describe the PRC's efforts to restrict domestic access to various Internet content. For example, Facebook is banned as a platform in China as are pornography sites, some foreign news outlets, and sites seen to serve as communication hubs for dissident activity. In 2016 Beijing began to clamp down on virtual … [Read more...] about Plugging holes in the Great Firewall of China
PRC State media confirmed for the first time on Monday that China was building its first carrier-borne early-warning plane called the KJ-600. Military observers in the region say the surveillance plane is probably designed for launch from China's newest aircraft carrier and will be outfitted with a stealth sensing radar system capability. The U.S. mounted a significant … [Read more...] about China confirms airborne early warning to rival US
On Monday the Senate voted to reopen the government -- after three days of a shutdown affecting US military readiness -- thanks in large part to what appeared to be political miscalculation on the part of Democrats. Sources say calls began flooding into Congressional offices over the weekend, demanding a deal be made to reopen the government. Many Republicans blamed Democrats … [Read more...] about Does congress owe Putin a thank you for helping end shutdown?
At noon, the Senate voted to end the shutdown and reopen the government, with Senate Democrats and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer accepting a deal with Majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) McConnell promised to take up a separate immigration bill to replace DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) in February that would protect an estimated 800,000 … [Read more...] about BREAKING: Senate votes to reopen the government
Reports surfacing in mid January of a potential bombshell classified report created by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence launched a social media campaign asking the committee to #releasethememo. Even Edward Snowden jumped on the bandwagon, tweeting out the hashtag from wherever his Russian overlords have him stashed at the moment. The memo alleges … [Read more...] about #ReleasetheMemo lights fire under allegations of intelligence community misconduct
For years, the principal narrative has been a world attempting to keep China’s maritime ambitions in check in the South China Sea. With one-third of the world’s global trade carried upon these sea lines-- estimated at roughly 5 trillion USD annually-- it is an understandable concern. But there is another conflict brewing in the region that might become an even more volatile … [Read more...] about Return to conflict for the Mekong River Delta?
In response to a question about the impact of a potential government shutdown, Defense Secretary James Mattis said "Our maintenance activities will probably pretty much shut down... over 50 percent, altogether of my civilian workforce will be furloughed... we do a lot of intelligence operations around the world and they cost money, those obviously would stop.” This all comes … [Read more...] about What a government shutdown could mean for the military
Wendi Deng Murdoch was born Deng WenGe during the height of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Her birth name in fact is translated as "Cultural Revolution." Deng Murdoch changed her own name to rid herself of those Chinese communist ties but recent allegations call into question whether or not she has been an intelligence darling of the Motherland all along. The Wall Street … [Read more...] about Former Mrs. Rupert Murdoch a Chinese spy?
On Tuesday, former CIA Officer Jerry Chun Shing Lee, was arrested on charges of unlawful possession of classified information. Those charges only scratch the surface of the damage Lee's betrayal inflicted on U.S. intelligence operations in China. Lee's arrest is based on a 2012 FBI search that found him to be in possession of two notebooks containing the true names of CIA … [Read more...] about Chinese Aldrich Ames arrested