Domestic Drones: Plugging the Last Remaining Loophole In a World of Mass Surveillance

Domestic Drones: Plugging the Last Remaining Loophole In a World of Mass Surveillance

The contemporary proliferation of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) by the USand UK law enforcement agencies has been an inevitable reality for quite some time. After all, postulations regarding the increasingly powerful potential of these new darlings of law enforcement in the prevention of imminent danger to life, serious damage to property and the surveillance or […]

Covert Wars: Hezbollah’s Outsmarting of the CIA

Covert Wars: Hezbollah’s Outsmarting of the CIA

If the most important instruction of a clandestine intelligence organization is to remain anonymous, at least in terms of operational practice, then Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement recently had a field day by virtue of its almost inside-out exposure of the world’s most formidable intelligence machine: the CIA. The politico-religious movement, which maintains a militia/guerrilla force complete […]

Arab League: The Argot of Feud Diplomacy

It is very difficult to discern when, if you are feuding, you actually relinquish friendship.  That is, if you actually can.  The 22-member Arab League, which was created in 1945[1]in order to safeguard and promote both Arab values and member state sovereignty, amongst other things, has today become rendered to epitomizing the failure of Arab […]

Jordan’s Mukhabarat: Inside the Snakepit

There is an old saying in the Arab world: An individual must be very naïve if he believes in the concept of ‘voluntary admissions’ by political prisoners—admissions which are extracted following a bout of torturous interrogation by the dreaded Mukhabarat (Secret Police). In the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, there’s a rumor about Mukhabarat investigators once […]