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Where Does the Eavesdropping End?

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This piece continues a series of commentaries on the National Security Agency (NSA) scandal of 2013. It shows how the statements of senior intelligence officials continue to be misleading, while attributing the damage to U.S. national security to the leak of this abusive eavesdropping rather than to the surveillance activities themselves. It also discusses the widening damage to American diplomacy resulting from the NSA scandal. Continue reading More Info »
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Through a Prism Darkly

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This was the first of the series of commentaries I offered on the intelligence abuses revealed by leaks from the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden. It discussed how the NSA surveillance program had evolved from the Bush administration into that of Barack Obama, and how the legality of this intelligence eavesdropping was highly questionable. Continue reading More Info »
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The Working Class General

The Working Class General
The Working Class General
This article explores the career of General Marcel Bigeard, a French Army officer who rose from bank clerk to army chief of staff, along the way fighting in World War II and the conflicts in French Indochina and Algeria, where he was accused of ordering torture much as did the More Info »
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The NSA Watch

The NSA Watch
The NSA Watch
This long-form collection of commentaries profiles the evolving National Security Agency scandal over its domestic spying and dragnet eavesdropping through the fall of 2014 and into the spring of 2015, when President Barack Obama proclaimed that reforms would be made. Twenty pieces are included. The analyses cover the most prominent features More Info »
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The Mouse That Roared

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State Department Intelligence in the Vietnam War The smallest U.S. intelligence agency is the Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR) at the State Department. Tiny compared to the CIA, NSA, and other agencies, INR nevertheless played a key role in U.S. intelligence on Vietnam. This article explores the origins of INR, tells about some of its key personalities, details its arrangements to compile reports on Vietnam; and discusses its contributions on central issues, including whether the war was being won, the probability of Chinese intervention, effectiveness of U.S. bombing of North Vietnam, the Gulf of Tonkin Incident, the Tet Offensive, and North Vietnamese use of Cambodia. Continue reading More Info »
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The Fires That Led to FISA

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A commentary dating from as far back as 2007, this piece shows how the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which is supposed to safeguard citizens from abusive eavesdropping on the part of the National Security Agency (NSA), had actually been created to close the door on past intelligence abuses. The entire More Info »
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The Absolute Weapon and the Unwinnable War

The Absolute Weapon and the Unwinnable War
The Absolute Weapon and the Unwinnable War
The United States never used nuclear weapons in the Vietnam war but American leaders did think about it. This article brings together for the first time the evidence regarding when, where, and why presidents and generals mulled over using these ultimate weapons, and how this never happened. The 1968 Battle More Info »
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Resistance War : Bibliography

Resistance War : Bibliography
Resistance War : Bibliography
This bibliography provides a very detailed profile of the sources available on the Western European Resistance to German occupation in World War II. It sows the source material utilized both in creating the game design for Set Europe Ablaze and in compiling the historical studies which accompany that publication. 
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Reflections on KANEV

Reflections on KANEV
Reflections on KANEV
Here I discuss the history of the game Kanev:Parachutes Across the Dnepr, September 23-26, 1943. The piece describes the evolution of the game through two editions and provides errata questions and answers.
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PANZERKRIEG Variant

PANZERKRIEG Variant
PANZERKRIEG Variant
This is a game variant for the boardgame Panzerkrieg that permits players to add a level of play, injecting the element of Intelligence Deception into game strategy. Using this game variant the player can mislead the opponent into diverting forces in useless missions. For the Six Angles edition of the More Info »
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Panzerkrieg Rules Errata

Panzerkrieg Rules Errata
Panzerkrieg Rules Errata
This is a consolidated set of the boardgame Panzerkrieg's latest rules clarifications plus the errata that emerged from earlier editions of the game.
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Panzerkrieg Photo: Game in Play

Panzerkrieg Photo: Game in Play
Panzerkrieg Photo: Game in Play
A photo showing the boardgame Panzerkrieg in play. The view here reflects the situation during the second turn of the game. This is the post-Kursk situation of 1943, but using the "Manstein's Alternative" scenario, which is an alternate history version that provides for Hitler not having insisted on the German More Info »
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PANZERKRIEG HISTORICAL NOTES

PANZERKRIEG HISTORICAL NOTES
PANZERKRIEG HISTORICAL NOTES
These sidebar-style short pieces serve to introduce and provide commentaries for the scenarios in the strategy boardgame Panzerkrieg.
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PANZERKRIEG Designer's Notes

PANZERKRIEG Designer’s Notes
PANZERKRIEG Designer’s Notes
In the course of working with Masahiro Yamazaki on the Six Angles edition of the boardgame  Panzerkrieg I realized that in none of its several publications had this game been provided with Designer's Notes. So I briefly created a set which you can download as a product here.
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Nuclear Weapons in Korea, 1968

Nuclear Weapons in Korea, 1968
Nuclear Weapons in Korea, 1968
This May 1968 paper prepared within the Pentagon provided for the use of nuclear weapons in the event of renewed hostilities on the Korean peninsula in the wake of North Korea's seizure of the U.S. spy ship Pueblo. President Lyndon B. Johnson was unlikely to have approved such an action More Info »
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NSA Scandal - The Morass Deepens

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One of a series of commentaries about the evolving 2013 scandal over National Security Agency (NSA) eavesdropping on telephone conversations and the internet, this piece shows that internal agency audits reveal that abuses of the eavesdropping capability are widespread, that Obama administration claims of adequate oversight are misleading, and that the damage to U.S. foreign policy interests resulting from this scandal are growing worse. Continue reading More Info »
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Kennedy Withdrawal

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Among the more intriguing historical debates over the Vietnam war is the question of whether President John F. Kennedy, had he not been assassinated in Dallas in November 1963, would have gone on to withdraw U.S. forces from South Vietnam. Here I look at the evidence and give my own view on the issue. Continue reading More Info »
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Intelligence Oversight: A Mess

Intelligence Oversight: A Mess
Intelligence Oversight: A Mess
This essay reviews the story of congressional oversight of intelligence back to the 1960s and shows there has been an ebb and flow in the monitoring of CIA and NSA operations. The cycle has repeated itself since the early days and oversight today reflects excessive deference to intelligence agency attitudes. More Info »
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Hot Documents: Circusmaster Cheney and the Church Committee

Hot Documents: Circusmaster Cheney and the Church Committee
Hot Documents: Circusmaster Cheney and the Church Committee
Dick Cheney worked for President Gerald R. Ford as his deputy assistant, under Donald Rumsfeld. Cheney became the point man in responding to the spy scandals of 1975, when a public firestorm, ignited by revelations of CIA domestic spying, led to investigations of U.S. intelligence agencies in both the Senate More Info »
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Hot Documents: Church Committee Access to CIA Records

Hot Documents: Church Committee Access to CIA Records
Hot Documents: Church Committee Access to CIA Records
March 15, 2014--Amid the swirling allegations of whether Dianne Feinstein and the Senate intelligence committee took a CIA document, or whether they had a proper right to it, the hidden central issue is what terms Feinstein's committee and the CIA agreed upon for their access to agency records. The important stakes involved More Info »
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