Isiah Holmes looks at the questions raised by the new deployment of drones to Afghanistan.
A massive surge in British and American forces is foreshadowing alleged preparations for an equally massive offensive. What exactly they’ll be doing is unclear, as most are special forces. The move invokes ongoing frustrations related to the blackening out of Iraq’s third war. Now, citizens worldwide unanimously question the role of special forces in Iraq and Syria.
Washington announced the recent deployment of over 600 American forces to “assist” indigenous fighters.They’ll arrive in time for a rugged offensive aiming to retake Mosul from the Islamic State.
Recently, hackers breached the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) servers, making off with political opposition files. Although initial reports outed a collective of Russian hackers, a lone infiltrator now claims full responsibility. What the files reveal, as well as the drama surrounding their identities, offers an unusual view of modern digital espionage.
It began with the infiltration of the DNC’s servers by adept virtual spies, and the confidential files they downloaded. Hackers, noticed a month ago, first accessed DNC data for over a year. Their breach of communications was described as “unimpeded” by New York Times, requiring outside intervention. Cyber-security firm CrowdStrike, founded in 2011, was then recruited to expel and identify the hackers.
The 2008 election was notable for many things, particularly for it’s collection of candidates. While America’s attention beamed on the spectacle, as it turns out, foreign intelligence agency’s occupied the background. According to a recently declassified document, 2008 attracted unprecedented levels of foreign covert interest. One must wonder, if they were interested eight years ago, what’s keeping them from 2016’s political time bomb?
Painstaking briefings are a reality of any incoming presidential administration, and Obama’s was no different. During their presentation, the intelligence community reputedly issued an ominous warning to all incoming personnel–foreign intelligence agents were, and probably still were, watching them.
Entitled “Unlocking The Secrets: How To Use The Intelligence Community”, the newly disclosed document details these operations’ nature. Released by the office of the director of national intelligence, it spoke of foreign spying in 2008’s election “like no other.”