Yearly Archives: 2010

27C3 – Tag 1 – don’t lost the war

Rop Gonggrijp und Frank Rieger verkündeten in ihrem Vortrag “We lost the war” (Videomitschnitt) am 22C3, dass der Kampf gegen staatliche Überwachung, für das Recht auf Privatsphäre und für starke Bürgerrechte verloren ist. Fünf Jahre später gibt Rop in seiner … Continue reading

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27C3 – Tag 0 – Vorbereitungen

Als erstes eine Mitteilung in eigener Sache: ich begrüsse alle Benutzer, die von trust-us.ch bzw. chscene.ch nach offiziere.ch umgeleitet wurden (Erklärungen zu offiziere.ch). Trust-us.ch konzentrierte sich auf die Archivierung von Texten, Audio- und Videomitschnitten aus dem Tätigkeitsbereich des Chaos Computer … Continue reading

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Mein Weihnachtsgeschenk an die Leser

Wie jedes Jahr gibt es ein kleiner, nicht ganz ernst zu nehmender Videoclip um den Weihnachtsstress etwas zu vergessen. Dieses Jahr greife ich damit den Wikileaks-Hype auf: Wer kann sich schon alles merken, was in diesen Botschaftsdepeschen steht? Wer behauptet … Continue reading

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America’s All-Volunteer Force: The Right Choice, Despite Stress of Two Wars (Part 3 of 3)

The following is the final portion of a three-part series on the All-Volunteer US military. Please read Parts One and Two. The Constitution and the Draft:  A Brief History America’s attitudes towards standing armies, reserve and militia forces, and the … Continue reading

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Expert: “We’re Not Getting Anywhere” with Somali Pirates

Nineteen years after the collapse of the Somali government, a decade since impoverished Somali fishermen began arming themselves to ward off foreign fishing vessels and around two years since NATO, the E.U. and the U.S. Navy all formed counter-piracy forces for the Indian Ocean, sea banditry off the Somali coast continues unabated. By some measures, the problem has grown worse, with more pirates striking farther from the Somali coast — as far north as the Indian coast — and taking more hostages and holding them longer. To gain a sense of the progress, or lack thereof, of the international “war on piracy,” Offiziere.ch spoke to Dr. Martin Murphy, a Virginia-based piracy expert and author of the forthcoming book Somalia, the New Barbary? Continue reading

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Nachschlag 21 – Wikileaks (again)

Allgemeine Erklärung der Menschenrechte der Vereinten Nationen, Artikel 19: “Jeder hat das Recht auf Meinungsfreiheit und freie Meinungsäusserung; dieses Recht schließt die Freiheit ein, Meinungen ungehindert anzuhängen sowie über Medien jeder Art und ohne Rücksicht auf Grenzen Informationen und Gedankengut … Continue reading

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Wikileaks – Cablegate

ATTENTION READERS FROM THE USA: in this article, some links refer directly to diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks. Reading the article below have no consequences to you, but clicking a link and reading the diplomatic cable itself could maybe endanger … Continue reading

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America’s All-Volunteer Force: The Right Choice, Despite Stress of Two Wars (Part 2 of 3)

Advocates for the draft can, rightly, point to democratic nations which implement the draft. A RAND Corporation found that most European nations still practiced some form of conscription in the year 2000. However, we will limit ourselves to a handful of examples for the purposes of this monograph, primarily Denmark, Switzerland, and Israel. Each of these three nations has its own form of conscription, and are the product of unique geo-political phenomena, and have social issues which often differ vastly from those in the United States. These should be examined when arguing for or against the draft. Continue reading

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America’s All-Volunteer Force: The Right Choice, Despite Stress of Two Wars (Part 1 of 3)

In America, proponents of the draft point to the conscript force America fielded during the 1950s and 60s, as well as the policies of democratic nations such as Switzerland, Israel, Denmark. Yet, for America, the draft is completely unfeasible for both the military and the nation it serves. Successful drafts, such as that in Switzerland, or as seen in the US during the Second World War and the early Cold War period, are the product of of distinct social, political, and strategic phenomena which do not exist in America today. Continue reading

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NATO Gipfel in Lissabon

Am Freitag, 19.11.2010 fand der NATO Gipfel in Lissabon statt. Bereits im Vorfeld hiess es, dass es sich dabei um eines der wichtigsten NATO-Gipfeltreffen handle, weil dabei das neue strategische Konzept der NATO abgesegnet werden sollte. Neben diesem wichtigen Traktandenpunkt … Continue reading

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