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  • Retirement
    We have retired and will shortly take down this blog. We hope you have found it useful over the years.
  • Information Vs. Actionable Intelligence & the PI
    I see many courses for Private Investigators (PIs) about using the Internet for Open Source Intelligence (OSINT). These courses are predominately about Internet sites that...
  • OSINT & Zombie Journals–Part 5
    To improve your evaluation skills, develop three abilities: Maintain a skeptical mind-set. Learn which sources are most trustworthy. Learn to identify reporting errors and inconsistencies....
  • Economic & Political Wisdom
    Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime. Steal...
  • OSINT & Zombie Journals–Part 4
    Always keep in mind that, as the old pessimist philosopher Arnold Schopenhauer stated, “The truth will set you free–but first it will make you miserable.”...
  • OSINT & Zombie Journals—Part 3
    Understanding the Need for Evaluation Methods & Citations The basis of your evaluation method is understanding that you cannot know what you don’t know. However,...
  • Jamming Remote Controls
    The range of issues I get involved in always amazes me. I recently had a client ask me for solutions to garage door and gate...
  • A Brief History of Open Source Intelligence
    An article with the above title appeared on the bellingcat site. It is an excellent article even if I don’t agree that OSINT went into hibernation...

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