Mark Hosenball

Iran's Mullahs In a Losing Battle Vs. Technology

Iran's mullahs are finding out the hard way that medieval methods of control are no match for 21st--century technology. According to several current and former U.S. and European security officials, Iran is too thoroughly wired for its government's efforts at disabling Facebook, Twitter and text messaging to hold back the tide of dissent. "[The Iranians are] not good at doing it," says a former senior U.S. intelligence official, who asked for anonymity when discussing sensitive subjects, adding...

Despite Fallout, Tracking Far-Right Terror Threats

In February, the Missouri Information Analysis Center, one of several "fusion" centers created after 9/11 to share intelligence among local, state and federal agencies, issued a "strategic report" warning about a resurgence of the "modern militia movement." Last week, on the same day that white supremacist James von Brunn allegedly killed a guard at Washington's Holocaust Memorial Museum, Missouri's police chief informed legislators that the fusion center had suspended production of such...

New Details About Somali Pirate Rescue

The navy seals who rescued Capt. Richard Phillips from the Somali pirates on April 11 were more than good shots. According to three senior intelligence officials who declined to be identified discussing operational secrets, the SEALs aboard the USS Bainbridge shortened the tow rope to the covered 18-foot lifeboat containing the captain and his captors until the boat was tossing and wallowing in the ship's wake.