Public Intelligence. Collateral Murder. Cryptome. Defending Human Rights Worldwide. Spinwatch. Redefining the Media. SourceWatch. Koch Spy Agency Led by Voter Fraud Huckster The Kochs have been complaining about a "lack of civility in politics" as they seek to boost their public image--but one of their top operatives helped propel perhaps the most egregious case of race-baiting voter fraud hucksterism in recent years.
At the same time that the Kochs have been on a PR blitz, publicly spinning an image of themselves as well-intentioned patriots trying to make the world a better place and decrying "character assassination," they've been quietly ramping up a clandestine surveillance and intelligence gathering operation focused on their perceived political enemies, Ken Vogel reports at Politico. At the helm of this "competitive intelligence" operation is a man named Mike Roman, Vice President of Research for Kochs' Freedom Partners and who was paid $265,000 last year, according to Freedom Partners' recent tax filing.
Read the rest of this item here. Wisconsinites Reject the "Eric O'Keefe Session" of the Legislature Rep. Global Guerrillas. Tesla's autopilot went live a couple of weeks ago (it's one of the first car brands to do this).
Unlike the autopilots and cruise controls of the past, it's an autonomous system. This means it isn't limited to the capabilities you get when you pop it out of the box. It gets better as you train it and provide it with experience. Tesla's AP Here's some first hand feedback from Tesla drivers on how fast the autopilot is learning: So far I have a little over 300 miles on autopilot, mostly 20 miles at a time on my commute to and from work. Here's another driver training the autopilot to navigate tight S turns: I noticed that on sharply curved ramp connecting I-80 west with CA-113 north in Davis, the first time it took the curve at full speed and wasn't able to stay in lane resulting in a "take control immediately" alert.
Here's another: AP is definitely is learning. These drivers aren't alone. WikiLeaks. Site Directory. The Black Vault. Open Source Intelligence. It’s been a while since we last weighed in on Libya, but recent events warrant an updated look at the future of the conflict.
Two events in particular raise questions worth exploring. First, a recent New York Times piece interviewing Seif al-Islam Gaddafi suggests the family has found an ally in Islamist groups. This news was followed shortly by reports from rebel fighters suggesting that Khamis Gaddafi, son of Muammar and the head of a prominent military division, was killed by NATO airstrikes. I’ll start with the second issue and work back to the claims of state ties with Islamist groups.
As for reports of Khamis Gaddafi being killed by airstrikes, it’s worth noting that similar rumors emerged from the fighting earlier this year and remain unconfirmed (something mentioned in our coverage of Gaddafi’s inner circle). Timeline of Gaddafi's son Khamis killed in Libyan fighting Treemap of ties drawn up through scanning Gaddafi and Islamist Examples of this include:
Cryptome. Secrecy News. The number of chronically homeless persons in the U.S. dropped from more than 120,000 in 2008 to around 84,000 in 2014, a new report from the Congressional Research Service notes.
The federal government has undertaken to end chronic homelessness by 2017. “One of the reasons that federal programs have devoted resources to ending chronic homelessness […] Read More The national census in 2020 will be the first to rely primarily on the Internet for collecting census data, thereby creating new avenues for fraud and disruption. A new report from the JASON scientific advisory panel describes the problem and outlines some solutions. Read More Employees of the U.S. intelligence community are expected to be bold, innovative and imbued with moral courage. Read More Read More A newly updated Department of Defense publication affirms the importance of public outreach, not simply as a gesture towards democratic governance, but also as an instrument of operational utility.