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The Snowden Effect

Abraham R. Wagner | Posted 03.13.2017 | Politics
Abraham R. Wagner

For well over half a century the U.S. has depended on its Intelligence Community as the first line of defense in meeting important national security o...

Shouldn't We Be Asking About Donald Trump's Involvement With 'The Mike Flynn Russia Phone Call?'

Richard Greene | Posted 02.13.2017 | Politics
Richard Greene

Instead of focusing on Michael Flynn or if he lied to Mike Pence or Donald Trump, shouldn't we be asking Donald Trump if he told his National Security Advisor appointee to speak to or reassure the Russians about President Obama's sanctions?

The Cambridge Spies: The Quest for Stalin's Englishman, Guy Burgess

Thought Matters | Posted 11.30.2016 | Home
Thought Matters

Why had privileged young men agreed to work for a country they hardly knew and a system which even then was known to be totalitarian? So began a fascination with The Cambridge Spies which has lasted to this day.

Texas Businesswoman Charged With Espionage In China

Reuters | Nina Golgowski | Posted 08.30.2016 | Home

An American businesswoman held in China since March last year has been charged with spying, China’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, the latest dev...

When Friends Spy on Friends: The Case of Israeli Spy Jonathan Pollard

ADST | Posted 08.10.2016 | Politics

Former Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Jay Pollard delivered over 800 highly classified documents to the Israeli government over a 17-month period....

The Name is Trump, Melania Trump

Lev Raphael | Posted 08.10.2016 | Comedy
Lev Raphael

Picture this. The Russians have a long-range plan to take over the American Presidency, but indirectly. Just make it toothless on the world scene, a...

Jason Bourne

Dwight Brown | Posted 07.29.2016 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

There's something missing in actor Matt Damon and director/writer Paul Greengrass' return to the Bourne action/spy/thriller franchise. It's hard to pu...

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

ADST | Posted 06.03.2016 | Home

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 01.27.2017 | Home

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 03.20.2017 | Home

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 03.25.2017 | Home
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 03.17.2017 | 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 02.20.2017 | 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...

Russian Journalist Suspected Of Espionage Will Leave Poland

AP | Judah Robinson | Posted 01.12.2017 | Media

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Russian journalist who has come under suspicion of espionage in Poland — but who has never been confronted with specific s...

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

ADST | Posted 11.13.2016 | Home

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 08.27.2016 | 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 07.29.2016 | 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 07.28.2016 | Home

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 | Home
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 | Home
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.