Inequality For All?

Inequality - Aegis Academy - Unequal TreatmentWith the constant media blitz of violent crime, racist cops, transgender harassment, and corporate scandal, you would think America had completely derailed. While there is room for improvement on many fronts, America is by almost any measure one of the more tolerant, opportunity-laden and transparent nations on the face earth. You certainly would not believe that if you picked up any major newspaper or turned on the network news, but compared to the racial divisions, class divisions and risk faced by citizens in other societies, America is exceptional. Conversely, our national perception (According to Pew Polling) is that we are less safe and face more risk than previous generations. The exact opposite is true. We have somehow transitioned national interest to focus on a perception that we are the land of the oppressed.

The real tragedy of the media’s fixation on violence, crime, scandal, and bigotry is the national reputation … Read more »

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What Cyber Attacks Say About Our Values

Two weeks ago we saw United Airlines grind to a halt for well over an hour due to technical challenges with the booking system, so severe that at one point they were forced to issue tickets by hand.  New-York-Stock Exchange
This ultimately led to many being people having travels delayed, missing flights, and having to be rescheduled. Later that same day, trading was halted on the NYSE due to a “technical glitch”. The nations pundits started screaming “We’re under Cyber Attack!”

Last week it was the Office of Personnel Management. They are a government agency that investigates people’s backgrounds for eligibility for security clearances. My personal data and literally everyone who has ever held a clearance since 2000 was compromised – most likely by China. This week it seems to be that Ashley Madison (the online dating site for people looking to cheat on their spouse) is the latest victim of an … Read more »

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The Reality of Economic Collapse

Are there Implications for America in the Economic Collapse of Greece?

“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury. After that, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits with the result the democracy collapses because of the loose fiscal policy ensuing…”Elmer t. Peterson - Economic Collapse

~ Elmer T. Peterson

 

With the Greek financial debacle starting to unwind, we will see yet another nation forced to make some very tough choices about which promises they will fail to honor. Whether it is default to the International Monetary Fund, the slashing of the pensions of government retirees, or running the printing press until the currency is valueless on the international stage, these are not simple complications with clean answers. Regardless of how they choose to deal with the issues associated … Read more »

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Did America Torture Prisoners – Part 4

At what point does negative reinforcement become torture?

Activists rally for U.S. President Barack Obama to close down Guantanamo Bay prison while in WashingtonWe will start with a review a few concepts from the previous articles. The first is that interrogation is different from an interview where the other person is willingly providing information. Interrogation is systematic process of creating an environment where cooperation (truthful answers) are rewarded, and falsehoods punished. Without a system of incentives, both positive and negative, you don’t have the ability to manipulate a person to achieve the end state of obtaining accurate, timely information from anything but a willing subject.

Second is that terrorists are generally not willing subjects. Committed extremists are as unlikely as U. S. service members to betray their core beliefs. It generally takes coercion at some level. While some are simply willing to tell all, they are the exception and not the rule. The question we are evaluating is; are enhanced interrogation techniques beyond an “acceptable” … Read more »

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Did America Torture Prisioners – Part Three

How enhanced Interrogation Techniques were Applied:

Abu Zubaydah

Abu Zubaydah - Aegis Academy - Interrogation Abu Zubaydah was a Saudi born terror suspect captured in a joint raid in Pakistan in 2002. He was shot in the leg during the raid. He was initially interviewed by ISI, CIA and the FBI in what appears to be cooperative means. He was later transferred to a U. S. detention facility where a joint CIA / FBI began interviewing him. That evening his medical condition deteriorated and he was placed into a hospital facility. During his stay he was periodically interviewed by the interrogators from the FBI and CIA. According to the reports, he was cooperative, informative and appeared not be withholding information. At this point the FBI is described as the lead in the interview process in the report. The senate report goes into some detail about the CIA headquarters determining an interrogation plan and effectively cutting the FBI … Read more »

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