Why Benedict Arnold Turned Traitor Against the American Revolution

The psychology of Benedict Arnold. This article appeared in the May 2016 Smithsonian magazine: He was short, solidly built (one acquaintance remembered that “there wasn’t any wasted timber in him”) and blessed with almost superhuman energy and endurance. He was handsome and charismatic, with black hair, gray eyes and an aquiline nose, and he carried himself with the…

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New Deal for Insider Spies Could Have Prevented Snowden Case

Article by Bernie Reeves in American Thinker, September 8, 2014: In the espionage business, uncovering secrets passed on to the enemy by a captured insider spy is critical to resuming normal operations. Until a thorough damage assessment is completed, intelligence agencies don’t know what data are secure, or if agents in place are safe. And while…

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A Psychological Perfect Storm: The Jeffery Delisle Case, Part I

By John Irvin NOIR Team By all accounts, there’s nothing exceptional about former Canadian Navy Sub-Lieutenant Jeffery Delisle, certainly nothing that would suggest a future as a convicted insider spy. A high school friend described him as the “sort of person who just blended into the background.” [1]  If he was notable in high school for…

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The Average Joe Accused of Trying to Sell Russia Secrets

The psychology of Gregory Allen Justice, a Boeing satellite engineer with a top secret security clearance passed over for promotion. This article appeared in the Daily Beast in August 2016: . . . . Among those satellites were sensitive military systems that Justice himself had worked on at Boeing for more than 15 years. Concealed in…

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David Charney on Fox News

Fox News “The Foxhole” interview with David Charney

Dr. David Charney, author of the white paper, NOIR: A White Paper – Proposing a New Policy for Improving National Security by Fixing the Problem of Insider Spies, was recently interviewed by James Rosen, host of the Fox News program, “The Foxhole.” The interview is about 30 minutes. Dr. Charney said this was the best interview…

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The Ideological Spy: Ana Montes and the Havana Starbucks

By John Irvin, NOIR Team On 17 December, 2014, President Obama ordered restoration of diplomatic relations with Cuba and the opening of a US embassy in Havana for the first time in more than 50 years. The announcement was met with both favorable and critical responses from a variety of interested parties. Of the many…

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Sad fate of a man who decided to commit espionage

Arthur Walker, who was part of the Walker Spy Ring that got caught in 1985, recently died in jail at the age of 79. He was a month away from a parole hearing. Unlike the notorious members of the ring, spy ring master John Walker and Jerry Whitworth who passed damaging highly top secret information…

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Inner Espionage: Grey Matter Does Matter

By John Irvin and Dr. David Charney [NOTE: An edited version of this article was published by POLITICO on 25 March 2014 under the title, “Stopping the Next Snowden: The problem isn’t that he could. It’s that he wanted to“ The story is often told of how, during the height of the US/Soviet space race,…

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Article about NOIR in Newsweek

Building a Better Mole Trap By Jeff Stein, Newsweek 6 September 2014 The continuing leaks of National Security Agency material by Edward Snowden so dominate the news that you don’t hear much these days about Cold War–style moles burrowing through the CIA, FBI and Defense Department on behalf of foreign spy services. Yet they keep surfacing,…

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NOIR Benefit: Weakening of Spy - Handler Relationship

Predomination: Taking Advantage of an Advantage

Examining the critical Spy-Handler relationship and why a NOIR can alter it to our advantage and create the opportunity for predomination  By John Irvin “There are more spies in the United States today from foreign nation states than at any time in our history — including the Cold War,” stated former Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.)…

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The Causal Nexus of Insider Espionage, Part I

By John Irvin NOIR Team In True Psychology of the Insider Spy, Part One of NOIR: A White Paper, Dr. David Charney postulates that the core psychology of the insider spy is an intolerable sense of personal failure, as privately defined by that person.  It is this subjective experience that allows the would-be insider spy…

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Management lessons from the espionage of Ana Montes

This excellent article was written by Anthony N. Bishop and published in CSO (Chief Security Officer) magazine in September 2016: The best IT security is not enough to protect against the determined insider The most important lesson American businesses can learn from the Montes case is that IT security measures will not be enough to prevent…

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