U.S. National Intelligence Director John Negroponte walks past a video screen during a visit by U.S. President George W. Bush at the National Security Agency (NSA) at Fort Meade, Maryland, January 25, 2006. President Bush visited the ultra-secret National Security Agency on Wednesday to underscore the importance of his controversial order authorizing domestic surveillance without warrants. REUTERS/Jason Reed


Is the new Patriot Act making us safer?

June 21, 2015, John McLaughlin

While we are now more educated about how the NSA’s programs work, the new Patriot Act makes surveillance more cumbersome and time-consuming, writes John McLaughlin. Trading some security for a bit of privacy is a dubious bargain, and these changes will hamper the efforts of intelligence officers to work effectively to protect national security, McLaughlin argues.

  • In the News

    Taiwan has taken small but significant steps toward clarifying that its claims are from land and in accordance with UNCLOS and international law. It has also adopted a more conciliatory position by advocating that the spirit of the East China Sea Peace Initiative, which calls on parties to shelve disputes and promote joint exploration and development in the disputed East China Sea, be applied in the South China Sea as well. It should continue promoting President Ma Ying-jeou’s plan for the East China Sea in the South China Sea. This should encourage other parties to support Taiwan’s inclusion in negotiations and cooperative activities relating to the South China Sea.

    May 22, 2015, Lynn Kuok, Want China Times
  • In the News

    Taiwan's participation in negotiations aimed at resolving territorial disputes in the South China Sea will be beneficial for the parties concerned.

    May 19, 2015, Lynn Kuok, Focus Taiwan News Channel
  • In the News

    [North Korea's economic changes] suggest it is not under as much pressure from sanctions as before, and that the [Kim] regime has proved to be very good at adapting to international financial pressure.

    April 21, 2014, Sheena Chestnut Greitens, FoxNews
  • In the News

    Methadone is an opioid and [meth] amphetamine is a stimulant — they are made with different materials and have different effects — so you could easily have a situation in which both are popular. Medicine shortages and lack of availability of health care in North Korea also contribute to the popularity of illicit drugs.

    March 26, 2014, Sheena Chestnut Greitens, Global Post
  • In the News

    The overwhelming preponderance of evidence for years pointed to official North Korean involvement [in international drug trade]. The triads, the Yakuza in Japan — the question was one of control...It was an arrangement for mutual benefit, and it lasts as long as is convenient for both sides. These were high-quality, chemically pure shipments that were professionally packaged and shipped in large quantities. That was the defining trait of North Korean meth seizures from the late ‘90s to around 2005.

    March 18, 2014, Sheena Chestnut Greitens, Vice News
  • In the News

    [Methamphetamine] is a product you can make in bathtubs or trailers. You have a wide range of people involved in production and trafficking [in North Korea].

    January 27, 2014, Sheena Chestnut Greitens, Los Angeles Times
  • Interview | WTOP News Time

    Amazon Announces Drone Delivery

    December 6, 2013, Peter W. Singer

  • In the News

    [In Australia] what we have happening in the political space is an attempt to demonize and criminalize asylum seekers so that the general public sees them as a problem, as a threat, and as criminals, rather than as people who are in need of protection and have a right to seek it. Asylum seekers aren't doing something that is illegal by a matter of international law.

    October 30, 2013, Jane McAdam, ABC News Australia
  • Interview | Small Wars Journal

    Gangs, Slums, Megacities and the Utility of Population-Centric COIN

    October 5, 2013, Vanda Felbab-Brown

  • Podcast

    Much of What We Think about Privacy, Liberty, Security and Threat Is Wrong

    August 30, 2013, Benjamin Wittes and Fred Dews

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