Surveillance is a culture not just a technology. That's a core idea behind my latest story for @theintercept, which examines a somewhat disgruntled NSA staffer who described himself as the "curmudgeon" of signals intelligence. theintercept.com/2018/08/15/nsa…
Rahe Clancy, who worked for the NSA for more than three decades, wrote a series of articles for the agency's in-house newsletter. The articles, published by @theintercept today, are from the cache leaked by Edward Snowden. Clancy believed the NSA had become too corporate.
The agency, Clancy believed, was drowning in corporate jargon and losing sight of its mission. In his last article before retiring, he wrote about a meeting in which he could barely understand what was being said; the "corp-speak" was nearly unintelligible.
Should news organizations publish videos that show executions by terror groups or state forces? The Intercept today is publishing a horrifying video from Cameroon that other news outlets have refrained from sharing. Here's why we're doing it. theintercept.com/2018/07/26/cam…
It's a hard call and what we decided is not a criticism of others. I'm writing this thread to explain our reasoning, and to draw attention to what happened. The executions were apparently carried out by military forces from a key U.S. ally, Cameroon.
Three factors coalesced for us: the horrifying execution of women and children, its connection to the United States, and the fact that an authenticated and translated version of the full video was not available to the public.
Alas, at their World Cup celebration in Zagreb, the players of Croatia invited a far-right singer onto the stage, Marko Perkovic, who is nicknamed after the machine gun (Thompson) he used in the Balkan wars. ft.com/content/73b55b…
Perkovic is regarded as a supporter of Croatia's fascist World War II regime, the Ustase. At his concerts, Ustase slogans are shouted out. A few years ago, he sang at a concert to support Croat generals convicted of war crimes in Bosnia. balkaninsight.com/en/article/fas…
During the World Cup, I tweeted that while Croatia itself should not be portrayed as a plucky fairy tale, its players, most of whom weren't alive during the Balkan wars, should not be held responsible for what happened back then. I spoke too soon.
Tearing down or defacing monuments/murals/signs is not graffiti, strictly speaking, but it is an act of aesthetic destruction and creation (in the sense of creating a new monument by altering the original).
Kudos to Croatia but please, @FranklinFoer and other sports writers, don't turn its complex role in the Balkan wars into a fairy tale. Franjo Tudjman, Croatia's president back then, would have faced war crimes charges if he hadn't died first. theatlantic.com/international/…
In 2013, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia ruled that Tudjman was part of a "joint criminal enterprise" that led to the rape and killing of Muslims and Serbs in Bosnia in 1992 and 1993. nytimes.com/2013/05/30/wor…
I covered the Balkan wars and reported on the Croatian militia controlled by Tudjman, the HVO, as it seized control of a swathe of Bosnia. In 1999, I wrote this op-ed about Tudjman for the Times. nytimes.com/1999/05/31/opi…
With the leaders of the two Koreas meeting today, it seems a good moment to post this photo from 1988, the year of the Summer Olympics in Seoul, when I carried the Olympic flame for a mile during its relay around the south. This was outside Kwangju, and yes, it was a spectacle.
Backstory: I was one of the few foreign journalists living in South Korea at the time, and the Olympic committee thought it would be good publicity for some of us to run with the flame. Athletic ability, how you looked in vintage shorts -- it did not matter, obviously ;)
The white uniform was obligatory, including the headband and gloves.
1) My reaction too. When Michael Anton was named to the NSC, I reported on an array of anti-Muslim and anti-diversity comments he had made over the years. My story got a lot of attention and feedback from readers, but virtually none from political reporters in DC.
2) About Islam, he wrote on an obscure bulletin board (styleforum.net) that "“I look at the world and I see a whole movement of people who want to kill me, destroy my country, and end my civilization."
1) The Trump news in James Comey's book is important but has overshadowed a number of startling and problematic passages the former FBI director wrote on law enforcement. I published a story today about the errors and biases in the @Comey memoir. theintercept.com/2018/04/18/jam…
2) Comey wants Americans to live in what he plainly describes as real fear of the machinery of law enforcement. Here's how he describes it on page 62, in the context of his long-ago prosecution of Martha Stewart.
3) The title of his book, "A Higher Loyalty," refers to what he portrays as an altruistic devotion to the rule of law. But it's a type of devotion that veers into ruthlessness. Here's what I wrote on that:
184) Everything that was doomed, tragic, wrong about the U.S. invasion of Iraq became apparent in the days before the statue of Saddam Hussein was toppled in Firdos Square. On April 6, 2003, the Marines who would tear down the statue arrived at the Diyala Canal outside Baghdad.
185) More than two weeks ago, I tweeted a photo that I took of an Iraqi corpse on a bridge, and said I would tell its story. The story begins today.
186) The bridge at the Diyala Canal was about 9 miles from the center of Baghdad. When McCoy's battalion approached the bridge, Iraqi soldiers shot at the Americans with RPGs and small weapons. I got into an open-backed Humvee that drove toward the fighting.
1) I'm not sure how to make people remember or care that 15 years ago the United States invaded Iraq, setting off a war that continues to this day, with several hundred thousand Iraqis dead, millions turned into refugees. I covered the invasion for the New York Times Magazine.
2) Though I'm a writer, I shot photos during the invasion as I drove a rented Hyundai SUV from Kuwait into Iraq via Safwan, then up the spine of the country to Nasiriya, Diwaniya, Hilla, Kut and finally Baghdad. Here's the Hyundai on March 19, 2003. It's clean--that will change
3) The photographer I worked with, Laurent vander Stockt, drove his own SUV. After several failed attempts to get into Iraq, one time turned back at gunpoint by U.S. soldiers, we finally got through, via what we guessed was a minefield (I followed Lauren tracks). Here's Laurent.