Today is the 30th anniversary of the opening of the film Goodfellas. In my view, Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas is one of the greatest crime films ever made.
Saturday, September 19, 2020
FBI: Combating The Iranian Cyber Threat: Republic At The Center Of Cyber Crime Charges In Three Cases
The FBI released the below information:
Criminal charges announced this week against multiple alleged hackers in Iran show the breadth of the cyber threat emanating from that country and the FBI and partner agency efforts to neutralize it and hold the individuals accountable.
Thursday, September 17, 2020
I came across an interesting piece online about the late, great writer Hunter S. Thompson, one of my favorite writers.
Flashbak.com offers a letter that Hunter Thompson sent to an editor in 1958.
Like his journalism, the query letter is uniquely Hunter Thompson.
In 1958, Hunter S. Thompson was looking for work. He wrote to the newspaper.
TO JACK SCOTT, VANCOUVER SUN
October 1, 1958
57 Perry Street New York City
I got a hell of a kick reading the piece Time magazine did this week on The Sun. In addition to wishing you the best of luck, I’d also like to offer my services.
Since I haven’t seen a copy of the “new” Sun yet, I’ll have to make this a tentative offer. I stepped into a dung-hole the last time I took a job with a paper I didn’t know anything about (see enclosed clippings) and I’m not quite ready to go charging up another blind alley.
By the time you get this letter, I’ll have gotten hold of some of the recent issues of The Sun. Unless it looks totally worthless, I’ll let my offer stand. And don’t think that my arrogance is unintentional: it’s just that I’d rather offend you now than after I started working for you.
I didn’t make myself clear to the last man I worked for until after I took the job. It was as if the Marquis de Sade had suddenly found himself working for Billy Graham. The man despised me, of course, and I had nothing but contempt for him and everything he stood for. If you asked him, he’d tell you that I’m “not very likable, (that I) hate people, (that I) just want to be left alone, and (that I) feel too superior to mingle with the average person.” (That’s a direct quote from a memo he sent to the publisher.)
Nothing beats having good references.
Of course if you asked some of the other people I’ve worked for, you’d get a different set of answers.
If you’re interested enough to answer this letter, I’ll be glad to furnish you with a list of references — including the lad I work for now.
The enclosed clippings should give you a rough idea of who I am. It’s a year old, however, and I’ve changed a bit since it was written. I’ve taken some writing courses from Columbia in my spare time, learned a hell of a lot about the newspaper business, and developed a healthy contempt for journalism as a profession.
As far as I’m concerned, it’s a damned shame that a field as potentially dynamic and vital as journalism should be overrun with dullards, bums, and hacks, hag-ridden with myopia, apathy, and complacence, and generally stuck in a bog of stagnant mediocrity. If this is what you’re trying to get The Sun away from, then I think I’d like to work for you.
You can read the rest of the letter via the below link:
Ronn Blitzer at FoNews.com reports on the FBI director testifying about Antifa.
Director Chris Wray made clear that is not a made-up, right-wing conspiracy theory and that the FBI has cases involving those connected to it. Appearing at a House Homeland Security Committee hearing Thursday, Wray explained that while Antifa is not an organization in the traditional sense, it is a movement and there have been suspects who claimed to be a part of it.
You can read the rest of the piece via the below link:
You can also read my Counterterrorism magazine piece on Antifa via the below link:
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Caution Against Ranking
The U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of Pennsylvania released the below:
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Monday, September 14, 2020
Counterterrorism magazine published my Q&A with former police chief Mike Chitwood.
You can read the interview above and below:
Counterterrorism magazine published my piece on the threat from Antifa.
You can read the piece above and below:
Sunday, September 13, 2020
Saturday, September 12, 2020
The Washington Times ran my On Crime column on Ian Fleming’s Inspiration.
Friday, September 11, 2020
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Rachel Donadio at the Atlantic offers a piece on the Italian organized crime group the ‘Ndrangheta.
Diana Rigg, Star Of ‘The Avengers,’ 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service,' and ‘Game of Thrones,’ Dies at 82
“She was a beautiful kind and generous human being that enhanced the lives of all that knew her as well as a great actress. She leaves a great void in my heart,” said Lionel Larner, Rigg’s longtime friend and talent agent.