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April Fool — Beware: FBI has no sense of humor… [UPDATE — NETFLIX : The Trial of the Chicago 7]

“You would think those [FBI] idiots would understand that [April Fool] letter. They are really nuts.” William M. Kunstler — US most famous civil‐rights attorney April 1 2021 — In its 1970 April Fool’s issue, The Spectator — Columbia University’s … Continue reading

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Robert Levinson — Forensic Analysis of Audio File Could Reveal Clues [UPDATE : Is there a second video?]

“I need the help of the United States Government to answer the requests of the group that has held me for three and a half years. And please help me at home. Thirty three years of services to the United … Continue reading

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25 Years Ago — FBI agents arrest Ted Kaczynski [Ethics & The Trolley Thought Experiment]

“Crowding, rapid change and the breakdown of communities have been widely recognized as sources of social problems. But we do not believe they are enough to account for the extent of the problems that are seen today. If the system … Continue reading

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GCHQ — Play the TURING Challenge! [Answer to Puzzle #2 & Clue to Puzzle #3]

“We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done.” Alan Turing (23 June 1912 – 7 June 1954) APRIL 3 2021 — To celebrate Alan Turing featuring on the new … Continue reading

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John Le Carré Dies Aged 89 — “And how would I like to be remembered?” [UPDATE — John le Carré died an Irishman]

“Reading and thinking about Palme makes you wonder who you are. And who you might have been, but weren’t. And where your moral courage went when it was needed. You ask yourself what power drove him – golden boy, aristocratic … Continue reading

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April Fool — Beware: FBI has no sense of humor…

“You would think those [FBI] idiots would understand that [April Fool] letter. They are really nuts.” William M. Kunstler — US most famous civil‐rights attorney April 1 2021 — In its 1970 April Fool’s issue, The Spectator — Columbia University’s … Continue reading

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On This Day — UN Security Council Nominates Dag Hammarskjöld for Secretary-General (March 31 1953) [2021]

“It will be necessary to find some way of pulling Hammarskjold up short.” UK Prime Minister Harold Macmillan (September 13 1961) “Hammarskjöld was at the point of getting something done when they killed him. Notice that I said ‘when they killed … Continue reading

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40 Years Ago — Reagan assassination attempt (March 30 1981) — [Sheer Luck & The Fifth Bullet]

“I looked up at the presidential box above the stage where Abe Lincoln had been sitting the night he was shot and felt a curious sensation … I thought that even with all the Secret Service protection we now had, … Continue reading

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Remembering CIA Barbara A. Robbins (July 26, 1943 – March 30, 1965) — The Enduring Mystery of the Anonymous 1965 Star [2021]

“To this day, Barbara Robbins is the youngest officer memorialized on our Wall. She was the first American woman to die in Vietnam and the first woman in our Agency’s history to make the ultimate sacrifice.  Nine women since then … Continue reading

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70 Years Ago — Julius And Ethel Rosenberg Are Convicted of Espionage (March 29 1951)

“If the English want a king, it is their business. If the Russians want communism, it is their business. If the Americans want our form of government, it is our business.” “This death sentence is not surprising. It had to … Continue reading

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