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Passionate anti-Semitism

Ricin in the mail

Poodle leaves sinking ship

Army criticises Terror War strategy

Iraq's WMD:  Case Closed

Asymetric War in Iraq

Information Operations

Bad news for Bush

Stripping Plame of cover

Terrorists and Terrorism Experts

Polycentric Iraqi Nationalism

Bush flight suit mystery

Thinking about the Iraqi resistance

Public Baffled by Terror Alerts

Normal Failures

Bush in Free Fall

INC and Blowback

Google finds Weapons of Mass Destruction

More Polls

The Timothy McVeigh Finishing School

Reinforcing an opinion

Legitimacy

Borderlands

Orwellian Centenary

Cognitive Dissonance

Heaven and other things

Polls, Polls, Polls

Where are they now: Eugene Hasenfus

More Mass Delusions

WMD Trailers NOT

NRA rules in Iraq:  Gun confiscation flops

About that Anthrax...

Another Fine Mess

Chaos in Iraq

Books:
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Charlie Wilson's Betrayal

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Charlie Wilson's Betrayal
Wednesday, June 2, 2004


Feature stories

Turning point in Iraq
Monday, January 19, 2004 
The screw is finally turning in Iraq.  We've seen the prolog of the runup to war with now-disproved hysteria over WMD, a lightning invasion, a premature declaration of "mission accomplished," the failure to establish a secure occu-liberation, the withdrawal of international participation due to the inability of the occupying powers to secure the country, the capture of Saddam Hussein and finally the failure to establish an orderly process for forming a permanent government.  Now what?  More...

Code Yellow and a Half
Tuesday, January 13, 2004 
What's the deal with the Homeland Security threat levels?  It's a hall of mirrors that amplifies images of our fears.  The latest security scare reveals some interesting aspects of the information war.  More...

Futurist Markets
Wednesday, August 6, 2003 
The recently blasted "terrorism futures" market isn't as bad an idea as it's been made out.  DARPA's highly ideological embodiment was modeled on the commodities market, a questionable implementation that turned a means of measuring shared knowledge into an instrument of psyschological warfare.  But the underlying idea consensus knowledge mining has been around for quite a while.  And it's not a bad idea.  As a matter of fact, I'd like to propose an entire society based on the principle. More...

Looting or Sabotage?
Friday, June 20, 2003 
Reports from Iraq don't properly distinguish between looting and sabotage.  The continuing security problem is not getting better -- indeed, it may be getting worse.  But as long as perceptions are cloudy as to what is actually going on, the initiative will remain in the hands of the attackers.  More...


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Passionate anti-Semitism
Wednesday, March 10, 2004 
It's not up to the level of the notorious anti-Semitic forgery of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, but Mel Gibson's movie, The Passion, reiterates themes of classic religious anti-Semitism.  Religious anti-Semitism is an uncomfortable subject.  Confronting it reinforces the value of freedom of expression and freedom of conscience.  It also casts light on the enslavement of bigots to their beliefs.  More...

Ricin in the mail
Wednesday, February 4, 2004 
Three ricin incidents show problems with anti-terrorism policies and programs.  The initial surge of news reports contain very strange statements about terrorism.  Like sending powerful biotoxins through the mail and shutting down the Senate isn't terrorism.  And the curious case of the Secret Service intercepting an earlier ricin attack and not bothering to tell anyone.  And the mysterious silence from Homeland Security.  More...

Poodle leaves sinking ship
Sunday, January 25, 2004 
Ahmad Chalabi, once the US' hand-picked successor to Saddam Hussein, has now joined Ayatollah Sistani in calling for Iraqi elections.  More...

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Book reviews:
Currently Reading

Charlie Wilson's Betrayal
Wednesday, June 2, 2004 
Charlie Wilson's War:  the Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History is  two books in one.  The outer story is a quasi-mythological tale of red blooded American boys and girls killing commies in Afghanistan.  The inner story is one of treason, betrayal and the most successful foreign intelligence operation waged against the United States since the Russians penetrated the Manhatten Project More...