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Espionage

"Never get into an elevator with a Polish blonde" and Other Advice from the Cold War

ADST | Posted 06.03.2016 | World
ADST

During the Cold War and beyond, Western diplomats had to constantly keep their wits about them when serving in the USSR and the Eastern bloc as they w...

My Friend Sherry Chen

Frank H. Wu | Posted 05.16.2016 | Education
Frank H. Wu

I have become friends with Sherry Chen. I have watched her become famous. The New York Times has written about her plight, facing trumped up charges o...

Racial Profiling: Doing Science While Asian American

Frank H. Wu | Posted 05.14.2016 | Education
Frank H. Wu

May happens to be Asian American Heritage Month. Even as we celebrate the contributions of the fastest growing racial minority in the nation, we are w...

How China Is Using Mr. Bean And Other Pop Culture Icons To Safeguard State Secrets

Quartz | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 04.16.2016 | World

Superman. Mr. Bean. The Joker. Jack Ma. Spongebob Squarepants.These icons of pop culture are the latest figures to be drawn into the bizarre world of ...

A Crack in the Iron Curtain: Freeing Sharansky

ADST | Posted 04.28.2016 | World
ADST

I remember, it was 6:00 am and I got a telephone call. It was a bright, shiny day in June. "Bill, somebody here would like to talk to you." Sharansky came on the phone, "Hello Mr. Woessner. I want to thank you. I want to thank the American people. I want to thank the American President. Thank you very much."

If Apple Is Forced to Unlock the iPhone, It Will Weaken Our Ability to Fight Cybercrime

Richard Clarke | Posted 03.24.2016 | World
Richard Clarke

I sympathize with the FBI's desire to have access to everything, in order to prevent crimes. But compelling U.S. companies to weaken their data security will ultimately make cybercrime even worse, and it will strengthen the ability of hostile nations to undermine both our economy and our national security.

Your Cliffs Notes Guide to The Americans Season Four Premiere

Janet Turley | Posted 03.16.2016 | Entertainment
Janet Turley

What do you have when you take two KGB agents, trained as shadowy assassins, groomed to blend in with American suburbia, and drop them into Reagan-era Washington D.C.?

Arrival: The Post(Modern) University, Secret Agents, and the Value of Discretion

John Stroup | Posted 02.22.2016 | College
John Stroup

Last time I described the predicament I face as a 21st-century historian of Christianity. I welcome students wanting a more nuanced curriculum, and I...

The Other Side of "Bridge of Spies": The Trial of Francis Gary Powers

ADST | Posted 11.13.2015 | World
ADST

On May 1, 1960, an American U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union and its pilot, Francis Gary Powers, was captured. The Eisenhower adminis...

EU Court Issues Landmark Data Ruling

Reuters | Chloe Angyal | Posted 10.06.2015 | Business

BRUSSELS/LUXEMBOURG, Oct 6 (Reuters) - A deal that allows thousands of companies to transfer data from Europe to the United States is invalid, the hig...

All Americans Not Equal: Mistrust and Discrimination Against Naturalized Citizens in the U.S.

Alev Dudek | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics
Alev Dudek

Approximately 13 percent of the U.S. population is foreign-born, of which about six percent are naturalized U.S. citizens. Given the image associated with immigrants, one would assume that all Americans in the U.S., natural born or naturalized, have equal worth as citizens. This, however, is not necessarily the case.

Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation

Dwight Brown | Posted 07.30.2015 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Credit McQuarrie for crafting colorful antagonists, even if the plot line is not all the impressive and the dialogue is only intermittently memorable. At some point you won't care.

A Spy Flap in Ghana

ADST | Posted 08.04.2015 | World
ADST

Relations between the United States and Ghana were strained in the early 1980s. Enigmatic former Flight Lieutenant Jerry Rawlings had seized power in Ghana in a coup in 1979 and installed the Provisional National Defense Council (PNDC), a military-led government.

Tom Clancy 'Under Fire,' a Conversation With Grant Blackwood

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 06.15.2016 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Grant Blackwood co-authored Dead or Alive with Tom Clancy, The Kill Switch with James Rollins, and The Fargo Adventure Series with Clive Cussler. Under Fire is Grant's first solo Tom Clancy book in the Jack Ryan, Jr. series.

History and Experience: Revisiting My Childhood in a File from the FBI

Boria Sax | Posted 06.21.2015 | Books
Boria Sax

When experience has been ordered, processed, edited, and cataloged, we call it "history." That bears about the same relation to the chaos of events in progress as a stack of boards and a bag of leaves does to a wind-battered tree in August.

Espionage, by Any Other Name

Scott Ritter | Posted 05.25.2015 | Politics
Scott Ritter

While much has been made about the so-called "treasonous" actions of 47 members of Congress, led by Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas, in penning an ill-advised letter to the Government of Iran aimed at undermining the ongoing nuclear negotiations, there is a stark difference between political stupidity -- which the act of writing such a letter represents -- and espionage, which is what those members of Congress who have aided and abetted the Government of Israel in its efforts to collect and disseminate classified U.S. information to unauthorized persons have engaged in.

Ayoub Qanir Takes Time to Cannes

Ann Reynolds | Posted 05.05.2015 | Arts
Ann Reynolds

What do you get when you mix a finance manager, artist, industrial designer, and a nanotechnologist? A film writer and director that knows how to steal Time.

Academy Award Winning Screenwriter of The Imitation Game on Oscars, Research, and Discrimination Against Gay Men and Women

Quora | Posted 04.25.2015 | Entertainment
Quora

Doing research on the history of discrimination against gay men and woman was both horrifying and fascinating. One of the things I wanted to show in the film was that discrimination and prejudice were not simply the result of a few bad apples, but rather an institutionalized system of oppression.

Please Let Me Join Your Spy Scandal!

Eliot Borenstein | Posted 03.29.2015 | Politics
Eliot Borenstein

Once again, New York faces a Russian spy scandal whose participants really should have taken the title Get Smart literally. But as the movie tag lines go: This time, it's personal. Because it apparently involves a university very close to home.

The Image of Paranoia

Boria Sax | Posted 04.10.2015 | Books
Boria Sax

Mainstream society, especially on the Internet, has taken an enormous amount from the culture of espionage. We now routinely use multiple passwords, aliases, and disguises. We also employ a vast arsenal of techniques for both identification and deception

New Snowden Findings Suggest Cyber-Espionage Program Used By Several Countries

Reuters | Posted 01.27.2015 | World

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 27 (Reuters) - A program used by U.S. and British spies to record computer keystrokes was part of sophisticated hacking operations ...

50 Years Ago Today: First Flight of the SR-71 Blackbird

Keith Thomson | Posted 10.23.2015 | Technology
Keith Thomson

The first SR-71 to enter service was delivered to the 4200th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing at Beale Air Force Base in January, 1966. A total of thirty-two Blackbirds served until 1998, never succumbing to enemy action.

Corporations Spy on Nonprofits With Impunity

Ralph Nader | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Our democracy can't function properly if corporations may spy and snoop on nonprofits with impunity. This espionage is a despicable means of degrading the effectiveness of nonprofit watchdogs and activists.

'I'm At The End Of My Life And I Want To Clear My Name'

Reuters | Posted 10.12.2014 | Crime

By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK, Aug 12 (Reuters) - A 98-year-old retired New Jersey math teacher implicated in a Cold War atomic espiona...

U.S. Spying and Europe's Disillusioned Pro-American Elites

Stephan Richter | Posted 09.21.2014 | Politics
Stephan Richter

Spying scandals, the systematic erosion of privacy. A corporate sector that makes mincemeat of American democracy. To understand why Europe's normally pro-American elites are so disillusioned now, it is important to look at the days of their youth a few decades back -- specifically the late 1970s and early 1980s.