Ethics, Intelligence, and Security

November 20, 2016

Trump Trauma by Richard Thieme November 11, 2016 Op Ed in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – a USA Today Publication A younger colleague, a brilliant guru in the security world, said of the impact of “the Trump event” on his family, “Well, on the galactic scale, none of this matters one whit.” That was […]

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Richard Thieme Def Con 24 on “Playing Through the Pain: The Impact of Dark Knowledge and Secrets on Security and Intelligence Professionals

September 15, 2016

Richard Thieme at Def Con 24 August 2016 on “Playing Through the Pain: The Impact of Dark Knowledge and Secrets on Security and Intelligence Professionals” Dismissing or laughing off concerns about what it does to a person to know critical secrets does not lessen the impact on life, work, and relationships of building a different […]

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Are there any ethical constraints on bodyhacking?

August 11, 2016 2016 BDYHAX speaker Richard Thieme on YouTube Watch as Richard Thieme discusses ethics in bodyhacking – and life – in “Where we’re going there aren’t any roads: Are there any ethical constraints on bodyhacking?”

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Giving terror events less frightening names may ease fears

October 19, 2014 Giving terror events less frightening names may ease fears by Richard Thieme Acts of terror are primarily intended to 1) degrade trust by a people in the ability of their government to defend and protect them and 2) deliver blows to the economy and bleed critical resources into protecting against attacks. By that measure, […]

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Remembering Gary Webb Ten Years Later

October 16, 2014

Seeing “Kill the Messenger” reminded me that I wrote this ten years ago. Webb and his example meant a lot to me. But it also prompted an endless echo in my mind. If we don’t tell the truth, then they win, he said, and after they stripped him of his reason to live – more […]

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It’s Identity, Stupid

March 1, 2013

It’s Identity, Stupid by Richard Thieme   Published n Cyber Defense Magazine at RSA March 2013   We know that identity is a critical issue for security practitioners, but have we really grasped that identity has become THE existential issue for life in the early 21st century?   Academics write scholarly tomes on morphing personas […]

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A Review of “Intelligence” by Susan Hasler

December 6, 2010

Intelligence by Susan Hasler (Thomas Dunne Books. St. Martin’s Press: New York 2010) A review by Richard Thieme There is enough white-hot rage in this book to steam a skunk. Take that as a compliment. Twenty-one years at the CIA in diverse capacities would generate post-traumatic stress in anyone, but not many can pen a […]

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Northward into the Night

April 1, 2010

Old men sometimes try to tell the truth. But no one listens. No one listens because no one wants to know.  People prefer to sleepwalk through life. They use the trance logic of a hypnotic subject, walk around chairs they insist are not there. Old men’s words fall to the ground like birds hitting windows. […]

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Less Than the Sum of the Movable Parts

February 11, 2009

Published by The Future Fire (2008.14), dedicated to “Social, Political, & Speculative Cyberfiction. An experiment in and celebration of new writing.” It’s s always a treat to be published in a magazine that you also like to read! The story was illustrated nicely by Chris Cartwright of Digital Design. See it at FutureFire. This story […]

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An Interview with Steven Miles: The torture-endangered Society

February 5, 2009

Steven Miles is a professor of medicine and bioethics at the University of Minnesota. His forthcoming book, which has the working title Oath Betrayed: Military Medicine and the War on Terror, stemmed from his attempt to learn why the U.S. medical staff in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay did not report or intervene to stop […]

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