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Month: April 2017

FISA Statistics for 2016

FISA Statistics for 2016

These data were derived from the mandatory report by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts to the Committee on the Judiciary of the U.S. House of Representatives. They indicate decisions taken by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Courts (FISC) in 2016 on applications for surveillance under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). It is important to note that this does not provide insight into how 2016 compares to other years, or how the approval rate of FISA applications compare…

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Congratulations, Erdoğan?! Seriously?!

Congratulations, Erdoğan?! Seriously?!

U.S. President Trump apparently called Turkish President Erdoğan on Monday to congratulate him on his victory in Turkish referendum that took place on Sunday. Setting aside the fact that observers have called the freeness and fairness of the referendum into question (not an insignificant fact); it is the actual substance of the victory for Erdoğan, how it changes the trajectory that Turkey was on not so long ago, and the fact that Turkey is a NATO ally, that makes this…

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RSI Global Does Mind the Gap!

RSI Global Does Mind the Gap!

Significant changes are underway in world affairs. Nationalism is on the rise, while global freedom is declining. Authoritarian leaders are consolidating power, some while holding onto the visual and verbal trappings of democracy. As is so often the case, the ramping up of nationalist sentiment is constructed upon a deeply internalized foundation of militarism – particularly in the most powerful states. Several flashpoints create ripe conditions for an onset of the first major war that the world has seen since…

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Welcome to RSI Global!

Welcome to RSI Global!

Welcome to RSI Global! RSI Global provides information and analysis; based upon systematic and rigorous employment of data, a deep understanding of strategy, leadership, and world affairs; and a commitment to critically questioning common assumptions. This page is intended to inject these analytical principles and habits of the mind into discussions of important events and trends; to provide a forum for thoughtful engagement and learning; and to promote more sensible strategies that benefit our communities, from the local to the…

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Bombs are not Beautiful!

Bombs are not Beautiful!

In floating between networks and the coverage of the strikes the other night, I was watching MSNBC to see Brian Williams gush about delivering the Pentagon’s propaganda video feed. At that moment Arwa Damon was providing some actual analysis of the strikes. Williams cut her off because we all just HAD TO WATCH missiles shooting from Navy ships. We were cut off from informative and relevant to spectacle. The latter superseded the former so much that Damon just had to…

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Last Night’s U.S. Strike on Syria

Last Night’s U.S. Strike on Syria

I posted the following statement on Facebook yesterday, as it seemed highly likely to me that a U.S. airstrike would be forthcoming quickly. When the question of whether or not to bomb the Syrian regime came before the Obama administration in 2013, I believed that such a strike would be a mistake. He had already made the error of placing the credibility of the United States on the line in hopes of deterring Assad’s use of chemical weapons. American credibility…

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