Antechinus: CIA Killed OSINT at Birth — 80% of “OSINT” Studies are Bullshit

Antechinus

Antechinus

Further to the Phi Beta Iota comments on the mistaken limitation of OSINT to passive monitoring of web sites and such….

Prevalent approaches to countering ‘radicalisation’ ineffective, conceptually flawed

“A lack of research based on primary sources has been one of the major impediments to progress in the field of (counter-) terrorism studies… As numerous leading experts have warned, the consequences of an overreliance on secondary sources of information, such as newspapers, has led to a great amount of theorising based on a perilously small empirical foundation.”

More extracts, 2 cartoons, comment by Robert Steele below.

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Sep 19

Stephen E. Arnold: LinkedIn Censorship — Blocking Post on The Madness of Hillary Clinton

Stephen E. Arnold

Stephen E. Arnold

Instance of the LinkedIn Blue Pencil

Steele says:

Yesterday I was censored by LinkedIn when I tried to post a story [by someone else] on “The Madness of Queen Hillary.” Coming as it does in the aftermath of Google manipulating both search and spam results in favor of Hillary Clinton, Facebook blocking YouTubes from Alex Jones, and Twitter censoring trending results associated with Hillary Clinton’s health, I have realized that the major social media enterprises have become part of a police state where the opinions of we “unredeemable deplorables” are easily censored.

Why I asked myself would LinkedIn censor a member’s essay about a campaign that is dominating the news cycle in just about every form of media I check out? I asked Steele this question, and he writes:

Eric Schmidt is on record as saying that he has the right and the ability to control “hate speech” online. The “digital innovators” in the White House are all committed to Hillary Clinton in part so they can keep their jobs and continue to play with new means of manipulating the information environment. This happened because the White House ignored my 1994 letter calling for major investments in the integrity and security of the cyber domain (and actually allowed NSA to gut what security existed, with the complicity of IT CEOs, for the convenience of our mass surveillance program), and because in the absence of legitimate oversight in the public interest, social media enterprises will trend toward the abuse of their power, much as banks and corporations have in the material world.

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Sep 15

Mongoose: Sugar Industry Manipulated Heart Studies US Government Let Them Get Away With It…

Mongoose

Mongoose

Sugar Industry Manipulated Heart Studies, Review Finds

A sugar industry group paid for studies that underplayed the role that added sugars play in heart disease, researchers reported Monday. Studies paid for by the lobbying group helped set the U.S. on a policy course that focused almost exclusively on fat as the main cause of heart disease, leaving out the considerable role that sugary foods play, the researchers said.

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Sep 14