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LESSONS FROM THE ZIMMERMAN TRIAL

 

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George Zimmerman was carrying a permitted concealed Kel-Tec PF-9 pistol when he shot and killed Trayvon Marty. What’s happened to him, however, demonstrates the risks people take when they chose to legally carry a firearm.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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AFRICAN-AMERICAN REPUBLICANS

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African-American Republicans are the key to saving the Republican Party; it just needs more of them. State Representative Elbert Guillory, an African American from the 24th district of Louisiana, recently switched from the Democratic to the Republican Party. He released a video explaining his decision that every Republican and every black American should watch. It provides the rationale for black Democrats becoming Republicans. (African-American Republicans)

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VINCE FLYNN

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Vince Flynn was a novelist. He Wrote fiction about a CIA assassin named Mitch Rapp. Many great novelists have come and gone; among those writing today, Flynn was one of the best. Novel readers all have their favorite writer. Vince Flynn was mine. If you are a fan of Flynn’s Mitch Rapp books you know what I am talking about.

I worked in the clandestine intelligence world for seven years during my U.S. Army career. I had the honor and the privilege of working with many of America’s finest intelligence operatives. Flynn had a way of capturing their qualities and synthesizing them into his characters.

What also endeared Flynn to his fans is the way he interacted with them. He published there letters and their pictures of where they were when they read one of his books. He invited them to help him build a list of all the characters that he had referred to in his books. He cared about his fans.

I only hope that Flynn’s books make it to the big screen with the right script, actors and director.

RIP Vince and thanks for everything.

You can read my column about Mitch Rapp (here).

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IS GOVERNMENT SURVEILLANCE FUNDAMENTALLY TRANSFORMING AMERICA?

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For those who oppose President Barack Obama, it’s easy to make him the force behind what’s transforming America. I suspect, however, that history will view him as a bit player. What historians more likely will highlight is the evolving role of government surveillance.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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DETERRING CHINESE CYBER-ATTACKS: MUTUALLY ASSURED DESTRUCTION

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When I was an analyst in the Defense Intelligence Agency in the early 1980s we used to say that if grains of sand on a beach were bits of intelligence information Moscow would send a large bulldozer onto the beach and scoop up as much as it could. Beijing, on the other hand, would send a million Chinese and each person would put a handful of sand in their pocket. The Chinese, for all their progress, haven’t changed; that’s how they hack into U.S. networks and steal U.S. military and trade secrets.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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