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By Brian Harvey. 2019
An adventure story set against the backdrop of a son trying to understand his fatherAfter a 25-year break from boating,… Brian Harvey circumnavigates Vancouver Island with his wife, his dog, and a box of documents that surfaced after his father’s death. John Harvey was a neurosurgeon, violinist, and photographer who answered his door a decade into retirement to find a sheriff with a summons. It was a malpractice suit, and it did not go well. Dr. Harvey never got over it. The box contained every nurse’s record, doctor’s report, trial transcript, and expert testimony related to the case. Only Brian’s father had read it all — until now.In this beautifully written memoir, Brian Harvey shares how after two months of voyaging with his father’s ghost, he finally finds out what happened in the O.R. that crucial night and why Dr. Harvey felt compelled to fight the excruciating accusations.
By Jonathan Manthorpe. 2019
Claws of the Panda tells the story of Canada’s failure to construct a workable policy towards the People’s Republic of… China. In particular the book tells of Ottawa’s failure to recognize and confront the efforts by the Chinese Communist Party to infiltrate and influence Canadian politics, academia, and media, and to exert control over Canadians of Chinese heritage. Claws of the Panda gives a detailed description of the CCP’s campaign to embed agents of influence in Canadian business, politics, media and academia. The party’s aims are to be able to turn Canadian public policy to China’s advantage, to acquire useful technology and intellectual property, to influence Canada’s international diplomacy, and, most important, to be able to monitor and intimidate Chinese Canadians and others it considers dissidents. The book traces the evolution of the Canada-China relationship over nearly 150 years. It shows how Canadian leaders have constantly misjudged the reality and potential of the relationship while the CCP and its agents have benefited from Canadian naivete.
By Charlie Savage. 2015
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charlie Savage s penetrating investigation of the Obama presidency and the national security stateBarack Obama campaigned on… a promise of change from George W Bush s global war on terror Yet from indefinite detention and drone strikes to surveillance and military tribunals Obama ended up continuing-and in some cases expanding-many policies he inherited What happened In Power Wars Charlie Savage looks inside the Obama administration s national security legal and policy team in a way that no one has before Based on exclusive interviews with more than 150 current and former officials and access to previously unreported documents he lays bare their internal deliberations including emotional debates over the fates of detainees held on torture-tainted evidence and acts of war that lacked congressional authorization He tells the inside stories of how Obama came to order the killing of an American citizen preside over an unprecedented crackdown on leaks and keep a then-secret National Security Agency program that collected records of every American s phone calls Savage also pieces together the first comprehensive history of how American surveillance secretly developed over the past thirty-five years synthesizing recent revelations and filling in gaps with new reporting And he provides lucid explanations of legal dilemmas in a way that non-lawyers can understand Highlighted by new information about the pivotal aftermath to the failed Christmas underwear bombing and the planning for the Osama bin Laden raid Savage s own eyewitness reporting at Guant namo and detailed accounts of closed-door meetings at the highest levels of government Power Wars equips readers to understand the legacy of Obama s presidency
By Jeff Pegues. 2018
A timely and essential book from the CBS correspondent who has led their coverage of Russia election interference and the… FBI counterintelligence investigation into whether the Trump Campaign coordinated with the Russians In this compelling account of how the Russians hacked the 2016 election CBS News Justice and Homeland Security Correspondent Jeff Pegues reveals how far the Kremlin poked into voter databases and why it happened He also investigates the steps taken to shore up election systems in states across the country ahead of the 2018 midterm and indeed the 2020 Presidential election Based on exclusive interviews with officials from the FBI Department of Homeland Security and cybersecurity experts Pegues takes readers behind the scenes and into the minds of investigators following the case He delves into the shadowy world of Russian spies unraveling the complicated web of contacts between Russian operatives and Trump representatives during the campaign In one chapter he focuses on Valeri Gerasimov widely believed to be the mastermind behind a Russian cyber strategy designed to influence and disrupt democracies Evidence is presented showing that the Russians infiltrated not only Democratic Party computer networks in the US but networks in the Ukraine and Europe as well Consulting with representatives of top cyber security firms the author discusses what states are doing to protect voting systems in the next midterm elections and beyond Fascinating and chilling at the same time Kompromat opens a window into the murky world of espionage digital warfare and a newly aggressive Russia brazenly inserting itself into U S politics
Top cybersecurity journalist Kim Zetter tells the story behind the virus that sabotaged Iran s nuclear efforts and shows how… its existence has ushered in a new age of warfare--one in which a digital attack can have the same destructive capability as a megaton bomb In January 2010 inspectors with the International Atomic Energy Agency noticed that centrifuges at an Iranian uranium enrichment plant were failing at an unprecedented rate The cause was a complete mystery--apparently as much to the technicians replacing the centrifuges as to the inspectors observing them Then five months later a seemingly unrelated event occurred A computer security firm in Belarus was called in to troubleshoot some computers in Iran that were crashing and rebooting repeatedly At first the firm s programmers believed the malicious code on the machines was a simple routine piece of malware But as they and other experts around the world investigated they discovered a mysterious virus of unparalleled complexity They had they soon learned stumbled upon the world s first digital weapon For Stuxnet as it came to be known was unlike any other virus or worm built before Rather than simply hijacking targeted computers or stealing information from them it escaped the digital realm to wreak actual physical destruction on a nuclear facility In these pages Wired journalist Kim Zetter draws on her extensive sources and expertise to tell the story behind Stuxnet s planning execution and discovery covering its genesis in the corridors of Bush s White House and its unleashing on systems in Iran--and telling the spectacular unlikely tale of the security geeks who managed to unravel a sabotage campaign years in the making But Countdown to Zero Day ranges far beyond Stuxnet itself Here Zetter shows us how digital warfare developed in the US She takes us inside today s flourishing zero-day grey markets in which intelligence agencies and militaries pay huge sums for the malicious code they need to carry out infiltrations and attacks She reveals just how vulnerable many of our own critical systems are to Stuxnet-like strikes from nation-state adversaries and anonymous hackers alike--and shows us just what might happen should our infrastructure be targeted by such an attack Propelled by Zetter s unique knowledge and access and filled with eye-opening explanations of the technologies involved Countdown to Zero Day is a comprehensive and prescient portrait of a world at the edge of a new kind of war
By John Nagy. 2016
George Washington was America s first spymaster and his skill as a spymaster won the war for independence George… Washington s Secret Spy War is the untold story of how George Washington took a disorderly ill-equipped rabble and defeated the best trained and best equipped army of its day in the Revolutionary War Author John A Nagy has become the nation s leading expert on the subject discovering hundreds of spies who went behind enemy lines to gather intelligence during the American Revolution many of whom are completely unknown to most historians Using George Washington s diary as the primary source Nagy tells the story of Washington s experiences during the French and Indian War and his first steps in the field of espionage Despite what many believe Washington did not come to the American Revolution completely unskilled in this area of warfare Espionage was a skill he honed during the French and Indian war and upon which he heavily depended during the Revolutionary War He used espionage to level the playing field and then exploited it on to final victory Filled with thrilling and never-before-told stories from the battlefield and behind enemy lines this is the story of how Washington out-spied the British For the first time readers will discover how espionage played a major part in the American Revolution and why Washington was a master at orchestrating it
By Steven T. Usdin. 2018
Brings to light the long history of spies posing as journalists in Washington.Covert intelligence gathering, propaganda, fake news stories, dirty… tricks--these tools of spy craft have been used for seven decades by agents hiding in plain sight in Washington's National Press Building. This revealing book tells the story of espionage conducted by both US and foreign intelligence operatives just blocks from the White House. Journalist Steven T. Usdin details how spies for Nazi Germany, imperial Japan, the Soviet Union, and the CIA have operated from the offices, corridors, and bars of this well-known press center to collect military, political, and commercial secrets.As the author's extensive research shows, efforts to influence American elections by foreign governments are nothing new, and WikiLeaks is not the first antisecrecy group to dump huge quantities of classified data into the public domain. Among other cases, the book documents the work of a journalist who created a secret intelligence organization that reported directly to President Franklin Roosevelt and two generations of Soviet spies who operated undercover as TASS reporters and ran circles around the FBI. The author also reveals the important roles played by journalists in the Cuban missile crisis, and presents information about a spy involved in the Watergate break-in who had earlier spied on Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater for then-President Lyndon Johnson.Based on interviews with retired CIA, NSA, FBI, and KGB officers, as well as declassified and leaked intelligence documents, this fascinating historical narrative shows how the worlds of journalism and intelligence sometimes overlap and highlights the ethical quandaries that espionage invariably creates.
By Ronald Kessler. 2014
Since publication of his New York Times bestselling book In the President s Secret Service award-winning investigative reporter Ronald… Kessler has continued to penetrate the wall of secrecy that surrounds the U S Secret Service breaking the story that Secret Service agents who were to protect President Obama hired prostitutes in Cartagena Colombia and revealing that the Secret Service allowed a third uninvited guest to crash a White House state dinner Now in The First Family Detail Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents Kessler presents far bigger and more consequential stories that will make headlines about our nation s leaders and the agency sworn to protect them Kessler widens his scope to include presidential candidates and former presidents after they leave the White House In particular he focuses on first ladies and their children and their relationships with the presidents From seeing reckless behavior that threatens the country s safety to overhearing First Lady Michelle Obama s admonitions to the president to watching their own agency take risks that could result in an assassination Secret Service agents know a hidden world that Ronald Kessler exposes in The First Family Detail From the Hardcover edition
By Cass R. Sunstein, Richard A. Clarke, Geoffrey R. Stone, Peter Swire, Michael J. Morell, The President's Review Group on Intelligence, Communications Technologies. 2014
"We cannot discount the risk, in light of the lessons of our own history, that at some point in the… future, high-level government officials will decide that this massive database of extraordinarily sensitive private information is there for the plucking. Americans must never make the mistake of wholly 'trusting' our public officials."--The NSA Report This is the official report that is helping shape the international debate about the unprecedented surveillance activities of the National Security Agency. Commissioned by President Obama following disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward J. Snowden, and written by a preeminent group of intelligence and legal experts, the report examines the extent of NSA programs and calls for dozens of urgent and practical reforms. The result is a blueprint showing how the government can reaffirm its commitment to privacy and civil liberties--without compromising national security.
By John Nixon. 2016
In December 2003, after one of the largest, most aggressive manhunts in history, US military forces captured Iraqi president Saddam… Hussein near his hometown of Tikrit. Beset by body-double rumors and false alarms during a nine-month search, the Bush administration needed positive identification of the prisoner before it could make the announcement that would rocket around the world. At the time, John Nixon was a senior CIA leadership analyst who had spent years studying the Iraqi dictator. Called upon to make the official ID, Nixon looked for telltale scars and tribal tattoos and asked Hussein a list of questions only he could answer. The man was indeed Saddam Hussein, but as Nixon learned in the ensuing weeks, both he and America had greatly misunderstood just who Saddam Hussein really was. Debriefing the President presents an astounding, candid portrait of one of our era’s most notorious strongmen. Nixon, the first man to conduct a prolonged interrogation of Hussein after his capture, offers expert insight into the history and mind of America’s most enigmatic enemy. After years of parsing Hussein’s leadership from afar, Nixon faithfully recounts his debriefing sessions and subsequently strips away the mythology surrounding an equally brutal and complex man. His account is not an apology, but a sobering examination of how preconceived ideas led Washington policymakers—and the Bush White House—astray. Unflinching and unprecedented, Debriefing the President exposes a fundamental misreading of one of the modern world’s most central figures and presents a new narrative that boldly counters the received account.From the Trade Paperback edition.
By Michael R Ronczkowski. 2018
The ability of law enforcement agencies to manage and act upon intelligence is the key to countering terrorism. Likewise, a… critical foundation of intelligence-led policing is the proper analysis of all information gained. Terrorism and Organized Hate Crime: Intelligence Gathering, Analysis, and Investigations, Fourth Edition demonstrates how to recognize the indicators of an impending act of terrorism or mass violence, how to deter an attack, and how to transform information into intelligence to meet community demands for safety and security. The Fourth Edition has been completely updated and expanded to cover numerous topics facing those tasked with investigating and thwarting terrorism and the terrorist acts throughout the world today. Many investigators have sought to understand the growth of the radical extremist and terrorist organization ranks. The Fourth Edition dedicates an expanded new chapter to the concerns and processes centering on radicalization and recruitment. This new chapter covers such in-depth topics like: criminal roots, gang connection, conversion, causes of extremism, models of recruitment and radicalization including self-radicalization, recruiting in the digital age, social media, youth targeting, prison radicalization and recruitment, legal concerns, case studies and groups, as well as what can be done to prevent recruitment. In addition to the new chapter, there is a new guide to sources of information for investigators and expanded discussion on IRA tactics and ISIS. Using techniques applicable to the private and the public sector, the book combines academic, research, and practitioner perspectives to establish a protocol for effectively gathering, analyzing, investigating, and disseminating criminal intelligence. Additional overage includes the role of fusion centers, terrorism financing, the handling of classified materials, the National Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative as well as pre-incident indicators and behavioral traits associated with terrorism. A one-stop resource for the homeland security, intelligence analyst, and investigative professional, the book arms those tasked with protecting the public with a solid blueprint for combating and investigating crimes associated with terrorism and hate. Also widely used as a core text, Terrorism and Organized Hate Crime, Fourth Edition teaches practical applications to those students enrolled in such courses as Terrorism and Hate Crimes, Violence and Terrorism, Domestic Terrorism, Terrorism and Political Violence, and Terrorism and Homeland Security. Accompanying PowerPointTm slides and a Test Bank are available to professors upon qualifying course adoption.
En 1967 le Canada f tait le centi me anniversaire de son existence avec une f … te spectaculaire et tout le monde a t invit L Expo 67 de Montr al tait la premi re exposition internationale avoir lieu au Canada et c tait une grande r ussite qui a attir plus de 50 millions de visiteurs Le site de 405 hectares a t construit sur deux les artificielles dans le fleuve Saint-Laurent et incorporait 90 pavillons d aspects futuristes cr s par les meilleurs architectes et concepteurs dans le monde Plus de 60 pays y ont t repr sent s ainsi que des pavillons priv s corporatifs et th matiques Tous ont fait partie du th me Terre des Hommes Avec des artistes de tous les secteurs des restaurants des attractions culturelles des expositions et un parc d amusement de classe internationale l Expo 67 tait en r alit la f te du si cle et elle a d pass toutes les attentes
By Harold E. Wright, Joseph Goguen. 2013
In the 1850s lumber mill owner W Kilby Reynolds with engineer Edward R Serrell succeeded… in building the first suspension bridge to connect divided Saint John This operated as a toll crossing until 1858 when it became a government-owned structure From then until the present there have been two vehicular-pedestrian bridges and two rail bridges serving travelers crossing Saint John Harbour at the gorge at the Reversing Falls By the third quarter of the 19th century there was talk and plans for a second bridge one which would cross at Navy Island to the North End It took about 80 years before this plan came to fruition and the Saint John Harbour Bridge opened in 1968 Through this rich collection of photographs Bridging Saint John Harbour clearly shows the importance of the varied connector bridges over Saint John Harbour and how they came to be built
By David Goss, Fred Miller. 1999
Saint John West Volume II adds to and continues the story of the West Side s struggle for existence … Always dependent on seasonal industry initially fishing and shipbuilding and later the railway and seaport the area has seen high and low points in its 200-plus years of existence At one time residents imagined times would become so prosperous that King Street would be transformed into a major boulevard paved with gold and Courtenay Hill would be the site of a huge decorative cathedral dedicated to the inner spirit In reality the fish have stopped coming the wooden ships are no longer built and the Canadian Pacific railway that provided hundreds of jobs and promised such hope has left the Maritimes Changing trade patterns and political favours to keep the St Lawrence open to Montreal has devastated the winter-port operations Many Saint John West residents have had to close their businesses and move on Others were displaced when the construction of the Harbour Bridge tore three full blocks out of the heart of the community in 1968 Still others have chosen to remain and today though little industry exists the area is still vibrant and working hard to hold together some vestige of the pride of former times
In 1967 Canada celebrated the 100th anniversary of its founding with a spectacular party and the whole world… was invited Montreal s Expo 67 was the first world s fair held in Canada and it was a huge success attracting over 50 million visitors The 1 000-acre site was built on two man-made islands in the St Lawrence River and incorporated 90 futuristic pavilions created by some of the world s greatest architects and designers Over 60 countries were represented along with many private corporate and thematic pavilions all brought together under the theme Man and his World With performers and entertainers of all varieties restaurants cultural attractions exhibitions and a world-class amusement park Expo 67 was literally the party of the century exceeding all expectations
By Kenn Thomas. 2011
In 1947 six flying saucers circled above a harbor boat in Puget Sound near Tacoma, Washington, one wobbling and spewing… slag. The falling junk killed a dog and burned a boy's arm. His father, Harold Dahl, witnessed it all and brought his partner, Fred Crisman, down the next day to see yet another UFO. The Maury Island incident became the first UFO event of the modern era. In 1968 New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison subpoenaed Fred Crisman as part of his investigation into the JFK assassination, which became the subject of Oliver Stone's 1992 movie JFK. Garrison believed that Crisman was the infamous grassy knoll shooter. He's also the central figure in the "Mystery Tramp" photo of the Dallas rail yard hobos. Illustrated with rare images, JFK & UFO interconnects the lingering mysteries of America's most notorious assassination and its weird ufological subculture. It examines the denizens of the bizarre, semi-spook underground reflecting a stranger and more true history than offered by the mainstream.
By Eric Lucas. 2011
"Consistently rated the best guides to the regions covered...Readable, tasteful, appealingly designed. Strong on dining, lodging, and history."—National Geographic Traveler… More than a million people visit Vancouver Island by air and sea each year, three quarters of them from outside Canada. Besides detailed coverage of Victoria, Eric Lucas gives wide-ranging context to the island’s culture, cuisine, and arts. There’s also a wealth of practical information to help you plan your stay in this land of natural wonders.
By Robert H. Latiff. 2017
An urgent, prescient, and expert look at how future technology will change virtually every aspect of war as we know… it and how we can respond to the serious national security challenges ahead. Future war is almost here: battles fought in cyberspace; biologically enhanced soldiers; autonomous systems that can process information and strike violently before a human being can blink. A leading expert on the place of technology in war and intelligence, Robert H. Latiff, now teaching at the University of Notre Dame, has spent a career in the military researching and developing new combat technologies, observing the cost of our unquestioning embrace of innovation. At its best, advanced technology acts faster than ever to save the lives of soldiers; at its worst, the deployment of insufficiently considered new technology can have devastating unintended or long-term consequences. The question of whether we can is followed, all too infrequently, by the question of whether we should. In Future War, Latiff maps out the changing ways of war and the weapons technologies we will use to fight them, seeking to describe the ramifications of those changes and what it will mean in the future to be a soldier. He also recognizes that the fortunes of a nation are inextricably linked with its national defense, and how its citizens understand the importance of when, how, and according to what rules we fight. What will war mean to the average American? Are our leaders sufficiently sensitized to the implications of the new ways of fighting? How are the attitudes of individuals and civilian institutions shaped by the wars we fight and the means we use to fight them? And, of key importance: How will soldiers themselves think about war and their roles within it? The evolving, complex world of conflict and technology demands that we pay more attention to the issues that will confront us, before it is too late to control them. Decrying what he describes as a "broken" relationship between the military and the public it serves, Latiff issues a bold wake-up call to military planners and weapons technologists, decision makers, and the nation as a whole as we prepare for a very different future.
By British Special Operations Executive. 2015
During World War II, training in the black arts of covert operation was vital preparation for the "ungentlemanly warfare” waged… by the Special Operations Executive (SOE) against Hitler’s Germany and Tojo’s Japan. In the early years of the war, the SOE set up top secret training schools to instruct prospective agents in the art of being a spy. Soon there was an international network of schools in operation in secluded locations ranging from the Scottish Highlands to Singapore and Canada. Reproduced here is one of the most comprehensive training syllabi used at SOE’s Special Training Schools (STSs) instructing agents on how to wreak maximum havoc in occupied Europe and beyond. A staggering array of unconventional skills are covered--from burglary, close combat, and silent killing, to utilizing propaganda, surveillance, and disguise--giving an unprecedented insight into the workings of one of WWII’s most intriguing organizations. These files, released from the British National Archive, put covert history in readers’ hands. Uncover an exciting, little-known part of WWII history and delve into the inner workings of a real spy network. Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in history--books about World War II, the Third Reich, Hitler and his henchmen, the JFK assassination, conspiracies, the American Civil War, the American Revolution, gladiators, Vikings, ancient Rome, medieval times, the old West, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
By Albert Lulushi. 2014
In 1949, a newly minted branch of the CIA (the precursor of today's National Clandestine Service), flush with money and… burning with determination to roll back the Iron Curtain, embarked on the first paramilitary operation in the history of the agency. They hatched an elaborate plan, coordinated with the British Secret Intelligence Service, to foment popular rebellion and detach Albania, the weakest of the Soviet satellites in Europe, from Moscow's orbit. The operation resulted in dismal failure and was shut down by 1954.In Operation Valuable Fiend, Albert Lulushi gives the first full accounting of this CIA action, based on hundreds of declassified documents, memoirs, and recollections of key participants, including Albanian exiles recruited for missions and their Communist opponents. Up till now, the story of the operation has been obfuscated and even distorted. Some blamed the Soviet mole Kim Philby for sabotaging it; the communists credited the prowess of their secret police; and CIA memoirs were heavily sanitized. Lulushi documents a range of factors that led to the failure, from inexperienced CIA case officers outsmarted in spy-vs-spy games by their ruthless Stalinist opponents; to rivalries between branches of the CIA and between the agency and friendly intelligence services; and conflicts among anti-Communist factions that included Albania's colorful exiled leader, King Zog.The book also shows how this operation served as the proving ground for techniques used in later CIA Cold War paramilitary actions-involving some of the same agency operatives-including the coup d'états in Iran and Guatemala and the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.