Clinton Comey?

[ by Charles Cameron — with a side dish of Tzipi Livni ] . photo credit: Greg Nash via The Hill I’ll be socratic here, asking questions to illuminate my hunches. ** I’m seldom fully convinced by anything that comes from the left and reads the way I’d expect the left to read, and seldom […] Read more »

Susan Hasler on Trump & Cruz, Yeats on 1916

[ by Charles Cameron — the self-examining word ] . Hasler‘s Getting the response to terrorism completely wrong — which goes after Trump and Cruz by name — was published tomorrow — it’s 11.58pm Sunday here in California. Yeats‘ poem remembers the Easter of 1916, a hundred years ago today. Read more »

Two serpent-eats-tail views of the Brennan email hack

[ by Charles Cameron — spy vs spy as delicate moral balance ] . There are two sentences in When The Hackers Become The Hacked: Why Reading John Brennan’s Emails Feels Wrong, Ali Watkins‘ HuffPo piece a couple of days ago, that feature a neat sense of paradox, and what’s most interesting about them is […] Read more »

Analysis, and the question of trust

[ by Charles Cameron — who was taught to think of “longer term” as extending to our children of the seventh generation ] . Here’s the problem: ** In the Introduction to Cyber Analogies (Feb 2014, 133 pp., Emily Goldman & John Arquilla, eds) we read: The project was conceived and carried out to help […] Read more »

How to fake a Mahdi and / or create a New World Religion

[ by Charles Cameron — conspiracy is stranger than scripture, partly bcoz supercomputers! ] . Hey, we can pick a face out of a crowd: track the numberplates of individual cars around a city: follow individuals by tracking their cell phones: and see who’s in a room by their reflection in the cornea of an […] Read more »

The Tortured Debate about Torture

If rhe torture was all so legal, why did it have to be done in far away places—and in secret? Why was the practice denied long beyond the time when denial was anything but laughable? The secrecy is the fatal clue that these guys weren’t proud of what they were doing. They knew it was shameful. They cowered under a flimsy legal cover—think of wet tee shirt contests—and then, in many cases, they didn’t even do it themselves. They gave the dirty work to sub-contractors. Maybe they thought that not being in the torture chamber themselves would shield them from culpability should anyone have the courage, eventually, to prosecute them for crimes against humanity. Read more »