Posts by Mary Cirincione

Longest-serving female member of ‘The President’s Own’ to retire

(Jul. 06, 2015)

The Marine Band was in a state of transition when clarinetist Master Gunnery Sgt. Ruth McDonald auditioned 30 years ago. Continue reading

FAA considers support of commercial drone use, with exemptions

(Jun. 03, 2015)

What exactly are people hoping to do with drones, and how is the government planning to regulate it? Continue reading

Aviation lawyer: Gyrocopter stunt pilot probably ‘doing time’

(Jun. 03, 2015)

WASHINGTON — It’s a balloon! It’s a kite! It’s a … gyrocopter? The Secret Service completely mistook a blip on their radar systems for an innocent toy last month until it landed on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Then … Continue reading

The drone debate: Does the coming swarm of flying gadgets require new privacy laws?

(Apr. 23, 2015)

Noticeably missing from the recommendations unveiled earlier this year were any privacy oversights. For the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), the plaintiffs in the suit against the FAA, that was inexcusable. The advocacy group’s website site is full of unnerving … Continue reading

ISIS beheading videos used as clickbait to draw ‘frustrated achievers’ to its ranks

(Apr. 14, 2015)

Gap between aspirations and expectations leaves Western Muslim youth open to radicalization WASHINGTON—The global reach of ISIS has left an indelible mark on the media worldwide, providing cautionary tales on the susceptibility of western Muslim youth as some young people … Continue reading

Retired officer: US let ISIS gain foothold in Iraq

(Apr. 13, 2015)

Whatever headway the U.S. gained in Iraq following the 2007 surge has for the most part come undone — paving the way for the rise of the self-described Islamic State. That’s the assessment of retired Army Col. Peter Mansoor, who … Continue reading

FAA backed away from proposing privacy regulations for drones – but that might be a good thing, experts say

(Mar. 20, 2015)

WASHINGTON—When the Federal Aviation Administration released its proposed “framework of regulations” for governing the commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems last month, people were surprised. After years of failing to act on a 2012 congressional order to develop regulations, … Continue reading

Get savvy about password safety

(Feb. 23, 2015)

WASHINGTON—We’ve all seen the guidelines: Eight or more characters. Eight or more characters, one of which must be a number. Eight characters exactly, containing at least one capital letter, one or more number and one or more special character (like … Continue reading

Google says it can’t ‘go it alone’ when it comes to combating video terrorism

(Feb. 01, 2015)

Dozens of beheading videos and a great many more propaganda videos have all come to light in one popular place on the internet: YouTube, Google’s video-sharing website. So Google’s got a problem—a big one, legally and in terms of its … Continue reading

(Un)Reasonable expectations of privacy?

(Jan. 27, 2015)

WASHINGTON—When Edward Snowden leaked more than a million classified documents to which he had access while working as a credentialed contractor for the National Security Agency, Americans were shocked. Debate ensued: Was Snowden a traitor or a patriot? Were the NSA’s … Continue reading