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November 09, 2004

Which One Of Us Is The Doppleganger?

So, I was putzing around looking for stuff about "open source intelligence." Open source intelligence means intelligence from non-secret sources -- ie, journalism, books, snide websites, etc. -- and it's far more useful than you'd think. In fact, it's probably much more accurate than non-open source intelligence. For instance, I didn't have a Top Secret security clearance when I bet someone $1000 that Iraq had no WMD. I just had an internet connection, a phone and a library card.

The US government would probably have a much better picture of the world if we got rid of our expensive intelligence apparatus and used 1% of that money to hire people to sit around reading newspapers and books from all over the planet. Of course, that would require the US government to want a much better picture of the world. Unfortunately, accurate information would interfere with more important priorities, like attacking countries that pose no threat to us.

One article I found was this one by Charles Cameron. I liked Cameron's article so much I followed the link to his website.

At this point I became... unsettled. Cameron's view of the world is EXACTLY THE SAME AS MINE. I briefly asked myself: do I have a split personality, and does my other personality have a website of its own? It is possible that when I think I'm sleeping, I'm actually awake as "Charles Cameron," busily saying the same things Jonathan Schwarz does? Or is it the other way around, and when Charles Cameron goes to sleep he transforms into "Jonathan Schwarz"? And... is either one of us a superhero?

I then discovered the strangest thing of all. It turns out that unbeknownst to me (or "me"), Cameron was already aware of this website, and had linked to it twice.

So I recommend Cameron's site. I myself look forward to following it and his work. But he better not start hitting on my girlfriend, because she might like him exactly the same amount as me.

Posted at November 9, 2004 12:48 PM | TrackBack

Does he manufacture soap, perchance?

Posted by: James J. Dominguez at November 10, 2004 04:59 PM


The first rule of grumpy websites is: you do not talk about grumpy websites.

Posted by: Jonathan Schwarz at November 11, 2004 04:35 AM