This just in – Iran’s reverse-engineered RQ-170 drone flies

Iran has released video of what it claims to be a reverse-engineered version of a captured RQ-170 Sentinel unmanned aircraft. The jet — pretty loud jet at that — is seen flying overhead multiple times. The two-minute thirteen second video then shows numerous air-to-air views of the aircraft, apparently from a helicopter chase plane. The…

NSA Doesn’t Scoop Up Facial Recognition info on US Citizens – On Purpose

The head of the National Security Agency insisted today that contrary to recent reports, his organization does not collect facial recognition data on US citizens – on purpose. “We do not do this in some unilateral basis against US citizens,” insisted Adm. Michael Rogers. “We have very specific restrictions when it comes to US persons.”…

FBI Wanted Posters for Accused PLA Hackers

The US Justice Department took the unprecedented step of charging five members of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) with 31 criminal counts of hacking and cyber espionage against six American companies. That means they each get their own FBI wanted posters (see above and below). The announcement comes just days after Gen. Fang Fenghui, the PLA’s chief of the General Staff,…

The CIA is Stalking Me…Online

Everywhere I go she’s there, folded arms, smartly dressed in a blazer and white button-down, keeping an eye on me. Just a hint of a wry smile crosses her face as she lurks. She’s there representing the CIA, and the National Clandestine Service. Maybe I’m being paranoid, but she’s around when I’m taking a look…

Alexander Sits Down with Comedian to Talk NSA, Kittens

Former NSA and US Cyber Command chief retired Gen. Keith Alexander made an appearance Sunday on John Oliver’s new show, Last Week Tonight.  The first couple of minutes involve domestic surveillance.  Alexander, looking relaxed in retirement having concluded his controversial tenure last month, seemed to handle the questions calmly and attempted to provide standard talking…

Is Obama ‘A Day Late And A Dollar Short’ On Foreign Policy Matters?

Spend enough time observing and interacting with politicians, and one quickly can differentiate those focused exclusively on politics from those interested in getting some things done. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., falls into the latter category. And that makes his take on the Obama administration’s handling of foreign policy worth mulling.