August 22, 2014
Press coverage of the horrific execution by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria of photo-journalist James Foley has focused on the terrorist group’s claim that it killed him in retaliation for recent U.S. airstrikes. But the most important reason ISIS cut off Foley’s head was likely to score a propaganda victory to recruit radicalized Muslims from around the world to join its fanatical Islamist cause.
ISIS Looks for Propaganda Coup From Beheadings
American journalist James Foley, just moments before he was beheaded by a member of ISIS who spoke English, in a video posted to Twitter, with a London accent. (Twitter)
Five Lies in Controversy Over CIA ‘Spying’ on Congress
August 4, 2014
by Fred Fleitz

CIA Director John Brennan’s apology last week for monitoring computers used by Senate Intelligence Committee staff members for an investigation of the Bush-era enhanced-interrogation program has fueled new criticism that U.S. intelligence agencies are out of control. There has been a feeding frenzy over the last few days by the news media and some politicians accusing the CIA of unprecedented constitutional violations and undermining congressional oversight of intelligence by spying on the legislative branch of government. This story is more complicated than the American people are being told.
The Smarter Investor Shreds His Irrational Fear of Loss
August 4, 2014
Special Economic Analysis
by Peter Warburton, PhD

More than 30 years ago, two behavioral scientists blew a massive hole in conventional beliefs about rational human reaction in the face of risk and uncertainty. By conducting simple experiments, they discovered that individuals had inconsistent preferences regarding potential gains and losses on investments. Remarkably, although this result is well-documented in the study, human behavior has not adapted. The profit opportunity remains.

US Court Sees North Korea-Iran-Hezbollah Terrorist Link
August 1, 2014
Israeli victims of rocket attacks won an important legal victory in federal court last week, when a U.S. District Court judge found Iran and North Korea liable for damage caused by Hezbollah strikes on Israel in 2006.
Ukraine Sought US Aid Against Russian Rockets, Got Socks
August 1, 2014
When the Obama administration refused Ukraine’s request for radar-jamming technology in July, the White House once again took a military option off the table just when it could have helped Ukraine turn the tide in the war against pro-Russian rebels.
US Diplomacy Disrupted Consensus Against Isolated Hamas
August 1, 2014
The cease-fire agreement cooked up by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in consultation with two of Israel’s worst enemies in the Middle East, Turkey and Qatar, was predictably turned down flat by the Israelis, who are proceeding with military operations in the Gaza Strip to destroy Hamas’ terrorist tunnels and degrade its other military infrastructure.
Showdown in Aruba: US Drops Ball in Keystone Cops Affair
July 31, 2014
A former Venezuelan spymaster was arrested in Aruba last week on a U.S. warrant that accused him of aiding drug smuggling from Colombia through Venezuela and into the United States. But four days later Hugo Carvajal, a retired general, was released and returned to Venezuela to a hero’s welcome.
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