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DepartmentofNothing532 karma

  • What do you think are the best (open) news sources these days? Any particular bylines you follow?

  • Did local operations officers on the ground have a good sense of the big strategic picture? How in your experience does bias affect what/how people report to Langley?

  • Where do you fall on the CIA militarization vs intel-gathering spectrum? Too much militarization or too little?

  • Can you talk about your opinions of foreign intelligence services you've worked with? Any foreign services of which you think highly?

DepartmentofNothing129 karma

Thanks for answering. I hope you're ok with a follow-up:

If my newspapers of choice are bullshit, then what can I, some random guy with better things to do, do to keep up with the world with any sense of accuracy?

What do you think Americans should know about what's happening in Syria, given the last few days, and where should we find it?

DepartmentofNothing25 karma

  • Do you have any insight into the Iranian government regarding their response to the 2016 incident? Do you see parallels with the ongoing one?

  • You've written several pieces about military readiness and equipment. Does the 'hollow force' label ring true to you? Are these systemic problems within the Navy or DoD as a whole?

  • Do any of you have military experience? Why choose this particular topic?

  • Did you encounter any pushback either from officialdom or potential sources as you worked the story?

  • This is not a popular AMA. Are you disappointed at the turnout? What do you think about Reddit and other social media and the future of investigative reporting, given the relative lack of interest?

DepartmentofNothing5 karma

I am not a computer-security-literate guy, but I do find this stuff interesting when it's explained in regular-person language. So, like you're explaining it to your dumb cousin, what's the cleverest attack method you've seen?

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Can you talk a little more about China's relations with non-state Myanmarese?