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Rubber Tanks and Sonic Trucks: The Ghost Army of World War II

Winston Churchill once told Joseph Stalin “In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies”. During World …

What Makes an Electric Guitar Sound Like an Electric Guitar

A series of happy accidents and analog technologies led to the weird sound effects of the 1950s and beyond. An Object Lesson.<p>There’s an old joke in the technology industry: If a product has a problem, simply sell it as a feature. The electric-guitar-effects industry is no different. Music has often …

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LA Gang Members in Syria: Organized Crime, Terrorism ‘Converge’

Two Los Angeles gang members appear to have emerged armed and dangerous in the middle of Syria’s civil war, a senior counter-terrorism official …

Plastic Guns Made With 3-D Printers Pose New Security Concerns

Technology helps police solve crimes every day. But some innovations can also present new public safety concerns — and such is the case with guns built using 3-D printers.<p>Agents at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have spent months testing plastic weapons. And in findings …

Russia's Surveillance State

(<i>Subscribe to</i> World Policy Journal <i>here</i>)<p>From the Fall Issue "Secrecy + Security"<p><b>By Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan</b><p>MOSCOW—In March 2013, the Bureau …

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Snowden's email provider Lavabit fought government surveillance with ultra-tiny font

Earlier this summer, a few weeks after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden's leaked documents on the agency's surveillance practices were published, the encrypted email service provider he used, called Lavabit, shut itself down. At that time, Lavabit's founder Ladar Levison said he was shuttering …

James McCormick's fake bomb detectors 'still used in Iraq'

Fake bomb detectors are reportedly still being used in Iraq, months after a British conman was jailed for selling them.<p>James McCormick was told by Judge Richard Hone that he had blood on his hands as he was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in the ruse.<p>The former policeman, of Langport, …

Silk Road website was Internet's 'most sophisticated criminal marketplace'

The US authorities have shut down an alleged drugs selling website named Silk Road, which they described as "the most sophisticated and extensive criminal marketplace on the Internet today".<p>The anonymous website sold illegal drugs such as heroin and cocaine as well as offering advice and contacts …

Remembering the terror the Luftwaffe's butterfly bombs brought to the North

It was due to the sheer destructive efficiency of the Luftwaffe air raids on the Grimsby and the Humber region that the government often censored the …

Gun Control, Yemen-Style

<i>The war-torn Arab country is second only to the U.S. in gun ownership -- and second to none in weapons culture.</i><p>SANA'A, YEMEN -- With shops lining the main road and hard bargaining merchants abounding, Jihana appears to be your average Yemeni market. But instead of shopping for food or clothes, …