I have just been re-read­ing Edward Behr’s mem­oir of life in journ­al­ism. Its account of the war in Alger­ia has this numb­ing tale of journ­al­ist­ic beha­viour, which must rank as one of the gravest pro­fes­sion­al out­rages ever com­mit­ted: …for sheer cal­lous­ness, it was dif­fi­cult to beat the French freel­ance pho­to­graph­er, with excel­lent OAS con­nec­tions, who […]


Journ­al­ism sounds worthy and old-fash­ioned. But rela­bel it Open Source Intel­li­gence (OSINT) and it holds a new fas­cin­a­tion for gov­ern­ments. There’s an excel­lent report (avail­able here) by Richard A.Best Jr and Alfred Cum­ming, about how intel­li­gence agen­cies over-value secret intel­li­gence and some­times miss OSINT — or what journ­al­ists would call “the bleed­in’ obvi­ous.” But the big […]


The IPCC’s Stock­well 2 report is undoubtedly the best account of the man­age­ment con­fu­sion sur­round­ing the killing of Jean Charles de Menezes. Well, it’s the only one. There is a key prob­lem. The cent­ral claim in all police com­mu­nic­a­tions was that de Menezes was chal­lenged, refused to com­ply and was then shot. This, Stock­well 2 tells […]

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I’d love to see the dif­fer­ence between a US Defence Dept Video News Release and the piece Frank Gard­ner presen­ted tonight on the BBC 10. Go view it. The pay-off to his online copy notes: …until ter­ror­ists actu­ally det­on­ate a dirty bomb, the fund­ing for cop­ing for one [sic] is thin on the ground. Some equip­ment is now […]