Democracy in the dark : the seduction of government secrecy by Frederick A.O. Schwarz Jr.

By Frederick A.O. Schwarz Jr.

From Dick Cheney's man-sized secure to the nationwide defense Agency's great intelligence accumulating, secrecy has too usually captured the yankee government's modus operandi larger than the beliefs of the structure. during this very important new ebook, Frederick A.O. Schwarz Jr., who was once leader suggestions to the U.S. Church Committee on Intelligence—which exposed the FBI's attempt to push Martin Luther King to dedicate suicide; the CIA's enlistment of the Mafia to attempt to kill Fidel Castro; and the NSA's thirty-year application to get copies of all telegrams leaving the United States—uses examples starting from the shedding of the 1st atomic bomb and the Cuban Missile drawback to Iran Contra and Sept. 11 to light up this vital query: how a lot secrecy does strong governance require? Schwarz argues that whereas a few keep watch over of data is critical, governments are inclined to fall prey to a tradition of secrecy that's eventually not only detrimental to democracy yet antithetical to it. This heritage presents the fundamental context to fresh instances from Chelsea Manning to Edward Snowden.

Democracy within the Dark is a normal spouse to Schwarz's Unchecked and Unbalanced, co-written with Aziz Huq, which plumbed the ability of the administrative branch—a strength that regularly depends upon and derives from using secrecy.

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Executive Intelligence: The Leader's Edge by Irving H. Buchen

By Irving H. Buchen

Executive Intelligence zeros in on management smarts and notes that during all lists compiled through management specialists, head hunters, and forums of administrators the single and merely trait that looks in all is intelligence. noticeable? No, simply because in general management savvy usually trumps smarts. that's unlucky since it obscures the cultivation and improvement of ways leaders imagine, speculate, conceive, and challenge resolve their very own companies and how they lead. government intelligence like emotional intelligence acts like a complicated scout sizing up occasions, deciding on mine fields, growing contingencies, constructing final minute methods out, after which performing just like the crafty dodger. within the procedure, the chief develops a different form of intelligence tied to and defining the sort if chief she or he is; and that finally generates the leader's facet and comparative advantage.

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Intelligent Video Surveillance: Systems and Technology by Yunqian Ma, Gang Qian

By Yunqian Ma, Gang Qian

From the streets of London to subway stations in manhattan urban, thousands of surveillance cameras ubiquitously acquire thousands of video clips, frequently working 24/7. How can such titanic volumes of video information be saved, analyzed, listed, and searched? How can complicated video research and platforms autonomously realize humans and observe detailed actions real-time? Collating and providing the newest info Intelligent Video Surveillance: platforms and Technology explores those concerns, from basics precept to algorithmic layout and process implementation.

An built-in dialogue of key study and applications

Written and edited via a suite of specialists, the e-book offers cutting-edge applied sciences and structures in clever video surveillance. The ebook integrates key examine, layout, and implementation topics of clever video surveillance structures and know-how into one accomplished reference. The chapters hide the computational rules in the back of the applied sciences and platforms and contain method implementation concerns in addition to examples of profitable functions of those applied sciences.

Builds a beginning for destiny developments

Changing visual appeal as a result of altering viewpoints, illumination, expression, and move, self/cross physique occlusion, modeling of cluttered history in a position to effective history subtraction for item detection, and spatial and temporal alignment of a number of cameras are only a number of the demanding situations that stay in extra constructing and refining clever video surveillance expertise and platforms. absolutely illustrated with line artwork, tables, and images demonstrating the gathered video and effects acquired utilizing the similar algorithms, together with a colour plate part, the publication presents a high-level blueprint for advances and insights into destiny instructions of the sector.

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Intelligence and Strategy: Selected Essays (Studies in by John Ferris

By John Ferris

John Ferris' paintings in strategic and intelligence history is greatly praised for its originality and the breadth of its study. eventually his significant pioneering articles are actually on hand during this one unmarried quantity. In Intelligence and procedure those crucial articles were essentially revised to include new proof and knowledge withheld by means of governments after they have been first released. This quantity reshapes the learn of communications intelligence via tracing Britain's improvement of cipher machines offering the context to extremely and Enigma, and by way of explaining how British and German signs intelligence formed the wasteland warfare. the writer additionally explains how intelligence affected British approach and international relations from 1874 to 1940 and international international relations throughout the Nineteen Thirties and the second one global conflict. ultimately he strains the roots for modern intelligence, and analyzes intelligence and the RMA in addition to the function of intelligence within the 2003 Gulf War.This quantity finally brings new mild to our realizing of the family members among intelligence, technique and international relations among the top of the nineteenth century and the start of the twenty first century.

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MI6 and the Machinery of Spying: Structure and Process in by Philip Davies

By Philip Davies

Philip H. J. Davies is certainly one of more and more British educational students of intelligence, however the in basic terms educational to procedure the topic when it comes to political technological know-how instead of historical past. He wrote his PhD on the college of studying at the subject 'Organisational improvement of Britain's mystery Intelligence provider 1909-1979', and has released commonly on intelligence and defence concerns. After finishing his PhD he taught for a yr and a part at the collage of London exterior measure programme in Singapore sooner than returning to the united kingdom to lecture on the college of examining for 2 years. He was once previously affiliate Professor of foreign and protection reviews on the college of Malaya in Malaysia the place he not just carried out his examine yet supplied a number of education and consultancy prone to the Malaysian intelligence and overseas prone. he's now dependent at Brunel college, united kingdom

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Spy Dust: Two Masters of Disguise Reveal the Tools and by Antonio and Jonna Mendez, Bruce Henderson

By Antonio and Jonna Mendez, Bruce Henderson

From the writer of the Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominated Argo, a true-life mystery set opposed to the backdrop of the chilly struggle, which unveils the lifetime of an American undercover agent from the interior and dramatically unearths how the CIA reestablished the higher give up the KGB within the intelligence war.

From the writer of the Golden Globe winner and Academy Award winner Argo...

Moscow, 1988. The twilight of the chilly battle. The KGB is at its so much ruthless, and has now certainly won the higher quit the CIA within the intelligence conflict. yet not anyone understands how. Ten CIA brokers and double-agents have long gone lacking within the final 3 years. they've got both been performed or they're unaccounted for.

At Langley, numerous theories stream as to how the KGB turns out all at once to became telepathic, predicting the CIA's each stream. a few blame the defection of Edward Lee Howard 3 years sooner than, and suspect that there are extra high-placed moles to be unearthed. Others speculate that the KGB's surveillance successes were heightened by means of the discovery of an invisible electromagnetic powder that permits them to maintain tabs on a person who touches it: secret agent dust.

CIA officials Tony Mendez and Jonna Goeser come jointly to move up a group of technical wizards and operational experts, decided to unravel the secret that threatens to overshadow the chilly War's ultimate act. operating opposed to identified and unknown opposed forces, in addition to a few unfriendly components in the CIA, they invent debatable new operational equipment and methods to foil the KGB, and exhibit the extreme lengths that US intelligence is prepared to visit guard a resource, then rescue him whilst his global begins to break down. even as, Tony and Jonna locate themselves falling deeply in love.

During a desirable odyssey that started in Indochina fifteen years sooner than and leads to a breathtakingly bold operation within the center of the Kremlin's Palace of Congresses, Spy Dust catapults the reader from the Hindu Kush to Hollywood, from Havana to Moscow, yet can't really finish until eventually its protagonists are competently wedded in rural Maryland.

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Understanding Computational Bayesian Statistics by William M. Bolstad

By William M. Bolstad

A hands-on advent to computational statistics from a Bayesian element of view

Providing an effective grounding in records whereas uniquely overlaying the subjects from a Bayesian point of view, Understanding Computational Bayesian Statistics effectively courses readers via this new, state of the art strategy. With its hands-on remedy of the subject, the e-book indicates how samples might be drawn from the posterior distribution whilst the formulation giving its form is all that's identified, and the way Bayesian inferences might be in line with those samples from the posterior. those principles are illustrated on universal statistical types, together with the a number of linear regression version, the hierarchical suggest version, the logistic regression version, and the proportional dangers model.

The e-book starts off with an summary of the similarities and alterations among Bayesian and the possibility techniques to stats. next chapters current key concepts for utilizing software program to attract Monte Carlo samples from the incompletely identified posterior distribution and appearing the Bayesian inference calculated from those samples. issues of assurance include:

  • Direct how you can draw a random pattern from the posterior via reshaping a random pattern drawn from an simply sampled beginning distribution
  • The distributions from the one-dimensional exponential family
  • Markov chains and their long-run behavior
  • The Metropolis-Hastings algorithm
  • Gibbs sampling set of rules and strategies for dashing up convergence
  • Markov chain Monte Carlo sampling

Using quite a few graphs and diagrams, the writer emphasizes a step by step method of computational Bayesian facts. At each one step, vital points of software are distinct, corresponding to find out how to select a previous for logistic regression version, the Poisson regression version, and the proportional risks version. A similar website homes R features and Minitab macros for Bayesian research and Monte Carlo simulations, and unique appendices within the e-book advisor readers by using those software program packages.

Understanding Computational Bayesian Statistics is a wonderful e-book for classes on computational information on the upper-level undergraduate and graduate degrees. it's also a priceless reference for researchers and practitioners who use desktop courses to behavior statistical analyses of information and resolve difficulties of their daily paintings.

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My Father the Spy: An Investigative Memoir by John H. Richardson

By John H. Richardson

As his father nears dying in his retirement domestic in Mexico, John H. Richardson starts off to solve a lifestyles packed with drama and secrecy. John Sr. was once a Cia "chief of station" on many of the preferred assignments of the chilly conflict, from the again alleys of occupied Vienna to the jungles of the Philippines—and specially Saigon, the place he grew to become a pivotal participant within the turning element of the Vietnam struggle: the overthrow of South Vietnamese president Ngo Dinh Diem. As John Jr. and his sister got here of age in unique postings internationally, they struggled to deal with themselves to their pushed, far away father, and their clash opens a window at the tumult of the sixties and Vietnam.

during the day-by-day happenings at domestic and his father's activities, reconstructed from declassified records in addition to vast interviews with former spies and executive officers, Richardson unearths the innermost workings of a family members enmeshed within the chilly War—and the deeper struggle that turns the realm of the fathers into the area of the sons.

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