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Leaks from both sides of mouthIn a fresh Insights column, NSZ's Josh Meyer explains that when it comes to leaks, the Obama administration plays both sides, "acknowledging the need for highly sensitive and even classified information to get out to the public when it is expedient and beneficial to its approval ratings, and trying to prosecute those who release information that it doesn’t like." Read more.
Tips from a Military InsiderIn one of our newest "NSZ 101" how-to guides, Nolan Peterson , a former special operations pilot and a combat veteran with multiple degrees in political science, French and journalism, offers his insights, suggestions and recommendations from an insider perspective on how to most effectively and successfully cover the military. → Read the story.
Missing Journalist James Foley now thought held by Syrian government, report says
U.S. Journalist James Foley, missing in Syria since Thansgiving 2012, is now thought to be being held by the Syrian government."With a very high degree of confidence, we now believe that Jim was most likely abducted by a pro-regime militia group and subsequently turned over to Syrian government forces,” GlobalPost CEO and President Philip Balboni said on May 3 during a speech marking World Press Freedom Day. (Full story) This is the second time in 18 months that the 2008 Medill School of Journalism graduate has been taken captive in a war zone.
“The family appeals for the release of Jim unharmed,” his relatives said on a web site focused on getting him freed. He was kidnapped in northwest Syria on Thanksgiving Day, the family said.
Watch video archive of May 3 World Press Freedom Day event in Boston: “Silenced Voices: When Conflict Journalists Go Missing.”
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The war in Iraq is officially over, but the winners of this year’s Military Reporters & Editors journalism contest didn’t let up in their diligent reporting as the conflict drew to a close. They shifted attention to the surge of troops in Afghanistan, continued to dissect the impacts of war felt in their home communities, and dug deep into military information to reveal little known facts about under-the-radar anti-terrorism operations. Judges, from the Medill National Security … (Continue reading . . .)
A new book from Josh Meyer of the Medill National Security Journalism Initiative is “a gripping tale of international intrigue and a compelling portrait of one of the most evil men in history,” its publisher promises. “The Hunt for KSM reads like a thriller but is all too real. It provides a window into the deep dysfunction that plagued the intelligence community before and after 9/11.” Meyer and co-author Terry McDermott say Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, … (Continue reading . . .)
National Guard, Reserve not adequately served by military health care system, Medill students find in 3-month investigation(Feb. 09, 2012)
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A three-month investigation by a team of Medill student reporters has found significant gaps between the health care and support for the 665,000 National Guardsmen and Reservists who have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan and their active-duty counterparts. The project, called Hidden Surge, found that many have been hastily channeled through a post-deployment process that has been plagued with difficulties, including reliance on self-reporting to identify health problems. These service members face unique challenges … (Continue reading . . .)