Caveat utilitor: Satellite phones can always be tracked
By Frank Smyth, April 10, 2012, The Comittee to Protect Journalists

The Telegraph in London was the first to report that Syrian government forces could have “locked on” to satellite phone signals to launch the rocket attacks that killed journalists Marie Colvin and Rémi Ochlik…

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Murdering with Impunity: The Rise in Terror Tactics Against News Reporters
By Frank Smyth, November 14, 2010, Harvard International Review

More journalists were killed last year than ever before. No doubt the world has become a more dangerous…

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Tunisia Caucus Co-Chair Calls Despot Moderate and Wise
By Frank Smyth, July 25, 2008, Blog

Betty McCollum told her constituents she was going to honor the dead. “Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) will spend the Fourth of July holiday visiting the North African Cemetery and Memorial in Tunisia to pay tribute to American troops, including 138 Minnesotans, who lost their lives in World War II,” reads a July 1 statement on her website…

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Israel’s future could be on the line in Iraq
By Frank Smyth, January 20, 2007, Newsday

For all the talk about Iraq and whether we should send more troops, one subject seems almost too delicate to bring up: Israel. What happens to America’s closest ally in the Middle East if the Bush administration loses Iraq to a wider war marked by more anarchy and violence?

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Time for Hard Choices on Leaving Iraq
By Frank Smyth, August 9, 2006, Newsday

While the unexpected crisis involving Israel and Lebanon rages on with no end in sight, the United States needs to stay focused on the Iraqi crisis of its own making. Lately, even the most articulate supporters of that war have finally declared that our efforts there are…

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A war ‘shock and awe’ didn’t win
By Frank Smyth, March 21, 2006, Newsday

Remember when the Bush administration launched its “shock and awe” campaign across Iraq? Even hardened critics were left starstruck watching the bombs rain down on Baghdad and other targets three years ago this week. It was as if the United States were flaunting its firepower while saying to hostile states and forces around the…

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Iraq: No Consensus, No Constitution
By Frank Smyth, August 19, 2005, Newsday

Iraqi negotiators are as likely to agree on a constitution by Monday’s new deadline as American troops are likely to leave Iraq anytime soon. If leaders ultimately fail to reach a consensus, however, we could end up occupying Iraq for years…

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