2004 Kaplan (US) The Saudi Connection: How billions in oil money spawned a global terror network

09 Terrorism, Government, Historic Contributions, Law Enforcement, Media
David Kaplan
David Kaplan

GOLDEN CANDLE AWARD: Mr. David Kaplan

OSS ’04: To Mr. David Kaplan, for his extraordinary exploitation of legal and ethical sources of information in the pursuit of investigative journalism on behalf of U.S. News & World Report.  His studies of North Korean government corruption and of Saudi Arabian government sponsorship of terrorism, represent the best practices in his field.

Today he is Editorial Director for the Center for Public Integrity, one of our Righeous Sites (click on Cover Photo to go to the Center).   In addition to overseeing the Center’s editorial work, he serves as director of its International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

Below is the core story as he told it personally at OSS ’04.

David Kaplan
David Kaplan

2001 Rotheray (UK) New Risks of Crisis: Fresh Perspectives from Open Source

Historic Contributions, Media
Brian Rotheray
Brian Rotheray

Brian Rotheray is one of the “Dissident Majority” at BBC who have objected, among other things, to terrible management and a rather loose grasp of the truth, including teams that are so biased against any sembalnce of Western intervention as to be considered propaganda elements of the indigenous insurgent elements.

To the left, one of Brian Rotheray’s current discourses.  To the right, Frog Right, a Pro-Veritas interview at BBC, which is very heavily subsidized by the Foreign

Pro-Veritas on BBC
Pro-Veritas on BBC

Broadcast Information Service (FBIS), and therefore much in need of liberation from those bonds.

Below are the slides and text, respectively, for Brian Rotheray’s very thoughtful presentation to OSS ’01.  We stand firmly with the Dissident Majority at BBC, and look forward to their future empowerment.

Brian Rotheray
Brian Rotheray

It merits comment that among BBC, Agence France Presse, Associated Press, Reuters, Dow Jones, and so on, there has never been a serious effort to organize an open (that is to say, transparent, legal, ethical) network to assure Global Coverage.  Neither has any government made a serious effort to leverage Amazon and citation analysis to achieve holistic coverage across all disciplines, both human and scientific.  Brian Rotherey is the kind of manager we would seek to pursue such an endeavor.

Brian Rotheray
Brian Rotheray

2000 Politi (IT) The Birth of OSINT in Italy

Government, Historic Contributions, Law Enforcement, Media, Military
Alessandro Politi
Alessandro Politi

Alessandro Politi was “present at the creation” in 1992, and on that occasion, while not a speaker, coined the term “intelligence minuteman” over dinner, and was instantly recognized as a thought leader.  he went on to pioneer modern OSINT within Italy as well as the Western European Union.

Golden Candle Award: Mr. Alessandro Politi, Western European Union OSS ’93: Mr. Alessandro Politi, developer of “Intelligence Minuteman” concept and one of the leading advocates of open source intelligence within the Western European Union.

Click on the Frog to connect to his article about the “intelligence minuteman” concept as ultimately published in the International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence.

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Politi in IJIC on Intelligence Minuteman

1997 Botbol (FR) The Open Source Revolution: Early Failures and Future Prospects

Government, Historic Contributions, History, Media, Policy
Maurice Botbol
Maurice Botbol

Maurice Botbol was among the first professional observers to notice the conflict between the secret intelligence world’s view of open sources as “Open Sores,” and the competing view of open sources as both complementary and often sufficient.  Below is his presentation to OSS ’97.  His most trenchant observations are regretably not included in the document.  Click on his photo to reach his publishing company.

Early Failures
Early Failures