Ethics, Intelligence, and Security

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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Changing Contexts of Security and Ethics: You Can’t Have One Without the Other – for New Paradigms in Security Workshop 2008

September 27, 2008

CHANGING CONTEXTS OF SECURITY AND ETHICS: YOU CAN’T HAVE ONE WITHOUT THE OTHER by Richard Thieme Because implicit ethical and moral dimensions emerge from new social and cultural structures as a result of technological transformations, any discussion of ethics in relationship to the implementation of new technologies must take into account a heightened awareness of […]

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Executive Secrets: Covert Action and the Presidency by William J. Daugherty

May 22, 2008

Executive Secrets: Covert Action and the Presidency by William J. Daugherty “Executive Secrets” reviews the history of covert action since WW2 and provides information the general reader might not have had (contrary to other reviews, there are no “secret” secrets in this book, since the author limits his examples to declassified data approved by the […]

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A Review of Mind Wars: Brain Research and National Defense By Jonathan D. Moreno

June 22, 2007

Dana Press (The Dana Foundation: New York and Washington DC) 2006 Richard Thieme “What we don’t know is so much bigger than we are.” — A Haitian Proverb Oh, how I wish that reviewing a book like this were simple and straightforward! That would mean we live in a world of transparency, government accountability to […]

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Is a Police State a Local Matter? an op ed rant

February 2, 2007

One of the questions raised by a blog like this is, how local is local? Is local restricted to stories about the Slowy Slowertons in Whitefish Bay moving through molasses to frame a plan at last for responding to the Bayshore Town Center? When concentric circles of interest intersect – Fox Point, Wisconsin, the Midwest, […]

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Oath Betrayed: Torture, Medical Complicity, and the War on Terror by Steven H. Miles, M. D. (Random House. New York. 2006)

December 26, 2006

Oath Betrayed: Torture, Medical Complicity, and the War on Terror by Steven H. Miles, M. D. (Random House. New York. 2006) Reviewed by Richard Thieme ThiemeWorks PO Box 170737 Milwaukee WI 53217-8061 414 351 2321 rthieme@thiemeworks.com www.thiemeworks.com We all come to big issues like torture and terror from our own biographies. We cannot be  dispassionate […]

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Entrevista con David MacMichael, ex analista de la CIA: vaqueros, indios y denunciadores

May 9, 2006

Entrevista con David MacMichael, ex analista de la CIA, marine usamericano e historiador La CIA: vaqueros, indios y denunciadores Richard Thieme CounterPunch Traducido del inglés al castellano por Germán Leyens, miembro del colectivo de traductores de Rebelión y asimismo de Tlaxcala, la red de traductores por la diversidad lingüística (transtlaxcala@yahoo.com). Esta traducción es copyleft David […]

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Interview with David MacMichael, former CIA Analyst, US Marine and historian

February 13, 2006

Interview with David MacMichael by Richard Thieme David MacMichael is a former CIA Analyst, US Marine and historian.  He was a senior estimates officer with special responsibility for Western Hemisphere Affairs at the CIA’s National Intelligence Council from 1981 to 1983. He resigned from the CIA rather than falsify reports for political reasons and testified […]

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Zero Day: Roswell

February 2, 2006

[Published originally in Porcupine as a “literary” story, subsequently reprinted in Zahir, a lovely science fiction magazine edited by Sheryl Tempchin.  It has been critiqued, too, as an “essay.” So there you have it – life in the 21st century. I received a telephone call from a former intelligence analyst for one of the agencies […]

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A Quiet Betrayal

January 26, 2006

I was speaking recently with a historian at one of our intelligence agencies. I asked if there was a period of time we could discuss openly and he said he would talk about anything that happened up to the Second World War. Since I was born in 1944, he was saying, in effect, that if […]

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