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Friday Morning Linkage

June 7, 2013


The PRISM slides:  two nice touches you may have missed (Someone put some real thought into presentation — this is not your grandparents’ NSC-68):

  • Top secret, code word, art work.  There’s a special seal for “Special Source Operations” that has an eagle lifting a bundled globe — very impressive; and,
  • Great product placement — special advertising in a top secret document.  The slides prominently feature the companies’ trademarked logos in the header. But, I wonder if this drew NSA analysts to the products or away from them?  I’d like to see the market research on this one.
  • Steve Walt asks the real question on whether the USG really needs to collect all this data.
  • Former general counsel for the NSA says not to worry.

More in contested politics from the week:

And, this week in academia:


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Jon Western has spent the last fifteen years teaching IR in liberal arts colleges at Mount Holyoke College and the Five Colleges in western Massachusetts. He has an eclectic range of intellectual interests but often writes on international security, U.S. foreign policy, military intervention, and human rights. He occasionally shares his thoughts about professional life in liberal arts colleges. In his spare time he coaches middle school soccer, mentors the local high school robotics team, skis, and sails.