Canadian Police (led by the RCMP
) have arrested at least 17 people that were plotting to "launch attacks
against targets in Southern Ontario", apparently in large part by monitoring Internet co-ordination and communication
. This days after the CSIS
deputy director warned of "homegrown extremists" plotting "large scale attacks"
Imperial Grunts: With the Army Special Forces in the Philippines and Afghanistan—laboratories of counterinsurgency. Robert Kaplan's
has been excerpted over the last while in the Atlantic Monthly, and it's an amazingly relevant and enthralling book. It draws several parallels that are perhaps underrepresented in the media, such as the the similarities between the Iraqi and Afghani insurgency and the the Philippine-American War
. It's also an incredible look at the logistics and tactics involved in fighting wars, both at the forward-operating Special Forces level and within the macro "Big Army" bureaucracy. The focus of the book is the status and abilities of American "empire", its use of power and its goals.