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Is it something we should worry about? Or just a volcano?

MASINT, my dear reader, refers to “Measurement and Signature Intelligence.” Whenever you read a thermometer, you are learning some MASINT. The degree of temperature is the “measurement.” The coldness or heat causing that degree (the a...
by on Mar 1, 2014

Double Your Spying, Double Your Money

This post is about espionage during the American Revolution. It is also about the bad guys, for during that conflict that created the United States, one particular spy operating against the Patriots provided to his Royal employers hundreds of reports...
by on Feb 15, 2014

Does counter-intelligence cancel intelligence?

What is an official seal? An official seal is a logo of officialdom that a government agency affixes to its reports as a colorful symbol of its bureaucratic existence and, therefore, of its excellence. Once upon a time, one of America’s intelligenc...
by on May 10, 2012

Washington Spy Tourism: The Octopus Is Utterly Delicious

Washington, D.C., has long attracted unto itself colorful bureaucrats and blank politicians, lobbyists and lobby-doormen, lawyers and the attorneys of lawyers, party hacks and party animals, journalists and spin-meisters, scandal-mongers and power-sm...
by on Apr 16, 2012

Cows, Boys, and Indians

In India, the practice of espionage dates back to ancient times, at least as far back as an ancient book entitled the Arthashastra. The title translates roughly as The Science of Worldly Wealth. The book’s author called himself Kautilya — a p...
by on Apr 1, 2012

Washington Spy Tourism: The Security of the Slum

When I was first hired as a spy, I didn’t know where our secret Headquarters was located. (Imagine that: a secret Headquarters which really is secret.) Fortunately, I had a mentor who walked me there. “You know, Reggie,” he said as we walked th...
by on Jul 30, 2011

Trivia about trivia isn’t trivial

At this point in our relationship, my dear reader, I already know you to be a person of supremely admirable qualities. I know because you are reading this blog. You are rare indeed. Really. Do you know that fifty percent of human beings — a stagger...
by on Jun 15, 2011

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