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Extending NOIR Concepts to Other Domains

By Dr. David Charney I have a friend who is a senior executive in an important Intelligence Community agency who commented on my latest white paper focusing on Prevention. Here’s what he wrote: “I am very intrigued with the “broadness” of the psychology as you described. I am finding that the “psychological perfect storm” and…

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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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An Ounce of Prevention

By John Irvin The popular axiom “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” – attributed to none other than Benjamin Franklin – attests to the fact that taking action beforehand to prevent a problem from arising is considerably more cost-effective than being forced to dedicate greater resources toward fixing the problem in…

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Who Said “Forgiveness”? Dismantling Criticisms of the NOIR Concept

By John Irvin One of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century, American journalist H. L. Mencken, once wrote, “For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.” Decades have passed since Mencken offered that insight, yet we continue to address complex issues with self-assured opinions that are somehow…

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Insider Spies and Terrorists: The Case for Disillusionment and Regret

By John Irvin NOIR Team On the face of it, insider espionage and terrorism would seem to have little in common.  The insider spy and his or her handler (traditionally, but not necessarily, a foreign intelligence service) strive to keep their activities as hidden as possible, while the definitive purpose of all terrorism is to…

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Dr. Charney interviewed about NOIR in Psychology Today

Dr. David Charney, creator of the NOIR concept and author of  NOIR: True Psychology of the Insider Spy and Proposing a New Policy for Improving National Security by Fixing the Problem of Insider Spies, was recently interviewed by the magazine, “Psychology Today” about NOIR. – (Psychology Today, November 2014) . . . . Of course,…

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Insider Spies: What is Appropriate Punishment?

By John Irvin “If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.” —Albert Einstein While this is a genuine Einstein quote, he is often misquoted as having said, “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a…

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Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? – Who will Guard the Guards?

By John Irvin, NOIR Team When the Roman poet Juvenal wrote the line “Who will guard the guards themselves?” he was referring to marital fidelity. In common parlance it refers to the issue of ensuring the accountability of those already in power. However, the phrase also applies to problems facing the US government’s Insider Threat…

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NOIR: A White Paper – Proposing a New Policy for Improving National Security by Fixing the Problem of Insider Spies

White Paper Now Available in Book and E-Reader Formats

Dr. David Charney’s new white paper, NOIR: A White Paper – Proposing a New Policy for Improving National Security by Fixing the Problem of Insider Spies, is available not only in PDF form on our website, but you can also buy a nicely formatted printed book on Amazon or read it on your Kindle or on…

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Recruiting a Spy

New documentary shows the psychology behind recruiting a spy

(Newsweek/Jeff Stein) . . . Based on a best-selling memoir by Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of a founder of Hamas, The Green Prince is an engrossing documentary on how Israel’s counterintelligence agency, Shin Bet, managed to turn him into a spy against his fellow Palestinians—and his own father. It opens with a re-enactment of…

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Detection on Steroids: Techno-utopianism vs. Insider Spies

By John Irvin It seems a part of US culture to believe there are technological solutions to virtually all of our problems. That belief has a long history dating back at least to the Nineteenth Century; and who could argue that our individual lives haven’t been extended and our quality of life improved by technology?…

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