When Tom first told me he was working on a checklist for investigators to use at crime scenes, I knew he had a winner. I flew aircraft in the Army in the Vietnam War and airborne surveillances during my 21 years with the F.B.I. From those experiences, I learned the real value of a checklist to ensure that critical, sometimes lifesaving, tasks are performed correctly. The C.S.I. Checklist is a terrific tool that will be of great benefit to investigators and prosecutors at all levels of American law enforcement. Unfortunately, the C.S.I. Checklist and smartphones came too late for me to use on the terrorist bombing and assassination cases I worked during my F.B.I. career. That said, this checklist will be of enormous value to today’s law enforcement professional, and since my youngest son is now a deputy sheriff in Virginia, he will benefit from its usefulness.CSI Checklist App Intro
Another view of the complex issue involving misconduct by police officers, prosecutors, and the courts. It would be helpful if the statistics showed how many of these cases that ended in cash settlements for the victims or their families involved miscarriages of justice by prosecutors and the courts as in the one case they do site involving Anthony Wright. Nonetheless, this Wall Street Journal article focused my attention on the problem from a viewpoint about which I knew little.Police Rethink Policies as Cities Pay Millions to Settle Misconduct Claims
Our colleague, Army MG Tom Needham, has made comments on this distribution list several times over the years. Tom ran the DOD operation in South East Asia to locate, identify and bring home the bodies of US servicemen missing in the Vietnam War and still has contacts in the Vietnamese government. Over the last several months I have forwarded to you numerous documents and analysis on the disputed Spritely Islands and asked Tom for his comments from the perspective of the Vietnamese. He agreed to reach out to his old associate and was able to get some limited feedback from him, which I thought you might find of interest. Thanks, Tom, for taking the time to gather this.
I heard from my contact in the Vietnamese government. Remember that all his messages to us are monitored. He is brief as always.
1. Vietnam was doing very well economically thanks to our help on rice from MIT and our heavy farm equipment. They are now getting four rice crops a year and are the world’s largest rice exporter. Their economy is also assisted by factories of large multi-national companies like IKEA, Nike.
2. They are not afraid of China and are happy with their share of the oil-rich Spritely Islands.
3. Their infrastructure, mostly built by us during the War, is doing well except for roads which they are working on.
3. Their main problem still exists. His code word for corruption!
He is a good man and we accomplished a lot while I was in Hanoi.
Hope this answers your questions.
An article from today’s NY Times that may be of interest to you. I wonder how long parents will be willing to pay current tuitions for classes that have gone online which their children are attending from home? Education and training, universities and colleges are in the midst of a sea change from in-person classes to virtual. It seems likely we won’t recognize the landscape in the next decade, nor will the nation’s teachers.Freshman enrollment drops significantly at U.S. universities and community colleges-NY Times
I thought this article in Time magazine might be of interest because of its focus on parallels in US history with the current event. As you well know by now, I believe that an understanding of our history is critical to making informed decisions today. In my class on the evolution of intelligence and its impact on our national security, we focus last night on the anarchist movement from the late 1800s to its present form, Antifa. We also looked at “active measures” conducted by the Soviets during the Cold War and by Russia today. I chose to look at these issues to give students and a better understanding of the cycles of history and that we have been able to navigate those challenges.
In my experience, it is important to understand that we are not seeing things for the first time today, that the violence of the 1960s and 70s is similar to the riots, property destruction, and plots to kidnap governors we’ve seen in the last 6 months. And perhaps most importantly, that the US made it through the 1850s and 60s, the 1960s and 70s, and our democracy and Constitution survived.A Plot Against an Embattled Governor. Militias Disrupting Elections. It Happened in the 1850s