Author Archives: espionneanalyst

Nada Bakos: How Zarqawi Went From “Thug” To ISIS Founder

From PBS FRONTLINE, THE SECRET HISTORY OF ISIS   What if the rise of ISIS could have been prevented — with just one airstrike? That’s a question that Nada Bakos, a former CIA analyst, has had to grapple with ever since the terror group’s brutal rise to power. In the run-up to the U.S. invasion of […]
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What News, The Daily Show and Intel Analysis Have in Common

    The question I am most often asked isn’t, ‘how did you get into the CIA’ or ‘what was it like working in counterterrorism at the CIA’ or ‘did you have to have sex to get secrets’ (yes that is really a question, and, no, I did not). Rather, in the top two questions […]
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Football’s Top Men Balance Body Image With Ambition

(Please note this post was inspired by the ridiculous NYTimes article on women’s bodies and tennis.  Calling all women: we have got to stop doing this to ourselves before others will follow.  Not lift weights for fear of not being feminine? ai yi yi.  For full effect, read the NYTimes article first….) While most celebrities […]
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Terrorism v Hate Crime-It’s a National Security Problem

In 2009 DHS published a study on right-wing extremism; Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization.  I would argue, as I did in this piece, that we still haven’t built a strategy to ‘deal’ with this problem given the resurgence. Again, terrorism is defined in the Code of Federal Regulations as “the […]
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Nada Bakos is a highly-regarded national security expert with 20 years of in-depth knowledge base in global intelligence. As a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) analyst, she was a key member of the team charged with analyzing the relationship between Iraq, al-Qaeda and the 9/11 attacks. Subsequently, during the war in Iraq, Ms. Bakos was asked to serve as […]
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Fighting The Islamic State In Iraq and Syria?

Originally posted on The Dish:
by Dish Staff The border between Iraq and Syria is meaningless to ISIS, and may soon become meaningless to the US as well, with administration officials dropping hints right and left that the air campaign against the “caliphate” might eventually cross it. The hints began with deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes…

Why Jenny McCarthy and Her Followers Might Actually Be Worse Than ISIS

I am not a medical Doctor nor have I ever pretended to be one I remember having chicken pox as a Sophomore in high school. I found out the day after a school dance that my date was diagnosed with it and a few hours later I was exhibiting my first symptoms. By the third […]
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Guest Post by Doug Patteson: A primer on US Intelligence Vocabulary

A primer on US intelligence vocabulary for the press In the wake of all the Snowden reporting, stories about the White House naming of the Kabul Chief of Station and other recent articles, many of us active or former intelligence folks have become increasingly annoyed by sloppy reporting and vocabulary by the press. So herewith […]
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Female interruptors on Iraq

Originally posted on fp interrupted:
OK, time to interrupt the Men-Talk-War fest. We’ve compiled a working list of female interruptors who should be on your radar for a wider, fuller conversation on Iraq: Emma Sky: Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute, where she lectures on Iraq and Middle East Politics Meghan O’Sullivan: Former deputy national security advisor…

On Free Lunches, and Free Markets

Remember that  hackneyed  Economics, Friedmanite, maxim  that goes :’there’s no such thing as a free lunch’? How could you not? It’s cited ad nauseam in virtually all media – not least by those who have had nothing but free lunches /gratis dinners all their lives. You know  of whom I speak: the kind who bail […]
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Is al Qaeda as it stands today a threat to the US? 60 Words And A War Without End

I keep hearing the question over and over on whether al Qaeda, as it stands today, is a threat to the United States. Analysts disagree on whether AQ is fragmented or still under some control from al Qaeda central.  One thing is true, it’s different than it was on 9/11.  As Gregory Johnson so aptly […]
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Sat down with Loopcast to talk about Manhunt Documentary, CIA and Counterterrorism.