During the holidays I watched a Great Courses video about American history. The professor in that course adamantly stated that history DOES NOT repeat. For him, it is a great misconception to think it does. He made the valid point that a lot of what turns out as “history” is the unintended outcomes of certain… Read More Does History Repeat?
Intelligence agency says hostile forces trying to deceptively curry favour with parliamentarians and their staffers Source: Foreign spies could target Australian politicians using ‘unwitting’ loved ones, Asio warns | Australian security and counter-terrorism | The Guardian Opinion: What do you think? Could it happen in a university? I always feel partially vindicated when I see… Read More Foreign spies could target Australian politicians using ‘unwitting’ loved ones, Asio warns | Australian security and counter-terrorism | The Guardian | Opinion
Dread and paranoia had settled over Prague like smog. Dissent was brutally crushed by the Communist regime, suspected traitors executed on the flimsiest of pretexts. Source: How Czech double agent snared BBC security editor Frank Gardener’s MI6 spy father | Daily Mail Online Opinion: Here’s a weird one. I can hardly follow the convoluted details of… Read More How Czech double agent snared BBC security editor Frank Gardener’s MI6 spy father | Daily Mail Online | Opinion
MICHELLE Grattan asks if the Feds have the legal authority to oversee state agreements with foreign governments like China’s. The short answer: yes. “Universities, however, are another … Source: The university as nursery for espionage? Nah. Couldn’t happen. | Catallaxy Files Opinion: The writer of that comment is being satirical. They mean to say that… Read More The university as nursery for espionage? Nah. Couldn’t happen. | Catallaxy Files | Opinion
In February 1970, students occupying the registry at Warwick University discovered dozens of incriminating documents. The university, at the behest of the business interests that dominated its governing council, was apparently spying on its lecturers and students and keeping files on their political activities. Source: Academic freedom is precious – so why have UK universities… Read More Academic freedom is precious – so why have UK universities sold out to China? | Peter Wilby | Education | The Guardian | Opinion
While the country celebrates lifting of lockdowns, the Kremlin is cracking down on critics. Source: Russia’s corona euphoria – POLITICO Opinion: While the US seems far more concerned about the China threat to intellectual property and all that goes with that, Mother Russia is happy to work on its Canada occupation with the Canadian PM… Read More Russia’s corona euphoria – POLITICO | Opinion
Western models of spycraft are failing… we must examine several philosophical nuances of this intelligence revolution, based on the premise that the Western way of spying is indeed losing out to oftentimes less sophisticated but more effective adversaries, who possess fundamentally less fragile models of spycraft than do Western counterparts. Source: Western spies are failing… Read More Western spies are failing against Russia and China: time for a spycraft revolution | SOFREP | + Opinion
Australia’s domestic intelligence agency would have the power to forcibly question foreign spies for up to 24 hours, under a plan by the Morrison government to overhaul national security laws. Source: ASIO’s counter-terrorism powers to be widened to catch foreign spies Opinion: While writing an introduction to a recent article about terrorism, I was somewhat… Read More ASIO’s counter-terrorism powers to be widened to catch foreign spies | + Opinion
» Skip intro and go directly to Rabbi Maller’s article » Terrorism is a topic you won’t see too often at earthpages.org. My reasons are simple. For many years I have been under the impression that the mind of the terrorist is so thoroughly conditioned – possibly possessed – that no reasonable arguments against his or… Read More A Muslim And A Jewish Voice Against Terrorism | Rabbi Allen S. Maller | Introduction by Michael Clark, PhD.
One day his superiors caught him studying German vocabulary instead of guarding a checkpoint in the snow. They marched him to an upstairs office where he expected disciplinary action. Instead he was introduced to two members of Statni bezpecnost – the Czechoslovak secret State police. The StB was a shadowy spy agency that reported directly… Read More Pocket – The Spy With No Name | + Opinion