Rachel Marsden

Posted August 20, 2014

A cyberattack on Community Health Systems Inc., a private hospital network, in April and June resulted in the theft of non-medical data of 4.5 million Americans, including names, addresses, birth dates, phone numbers and Social Security numbers, according to a new Securities and Exchange Commission filing. The attacks were attributed to Chinese hackers. There's justification for alarm, but not for the reasons you might think.

Posted August 13, 2014

?Despite its military supremacy, the U.S. under the command of President Barack Obama is at risk of having an upstart group of Islamic terrorists take over Iraq -- all because politically straitjacketed American military might has struggled against unrestrained guerrilla warfare, and the president has failed to absorb the lessons from America's past mistakes.

Posted August 06, 2014

The more we know about technology, the more we should see vulnerabilities rather than simply assume safety, as many of us do. However, average users are prone to getting spooked by either an attack or the mass publicity around one. It's easy for paranoia to flood in and fill a knowledge vacuum.

Posted July 29, 2014

?Barack Obama's foreign policy disasters are about what one might expect from a leftist community organizer elected to be leader of the free world.

Posted July 23, 2014

Here we go again with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry leveraging a tragedy to make another "strong case" based on limited evidence. We have already seen this in the case of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and chemical weapons. Now it's Russian President Vladimir Putin's turn for the global smear treatment.

Posted July 16, 2014

We've all received emails purporting to be from our bank or email service provider, with instructions to click legitimate-looking links that would no doubt compromise our computer systems. If government intelligence services are just getting into the same game now, then the lack of return on the intelligence budget investment should be of more concern than the potential for abuse.

Posted July 09, 2014

Humanitarianism and charity can't always be taken at face value, if only because there is no better front for less-than-altruistic endeavors. Most people simply assume that charity automatically equates to goodwill.

Posted July 02, 2014

The Islamic terrorist army often referred to as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has made a faster womb-to-superstardom ascension than Justin Bieber.

Posted June 25, 2014

PARIS -- The irony of recent U.S. foreign interventions is that despite Uncle Sam's best efforts, the ultimate benefactor ends up being America's primary economic rival in the area in question. It should come as no surprise that the two economic rivals who usually benefit are China and Russia, both absolute masters of subversion.

Posted June 18, 2014

The fact that U.S. President Barack Obama is putting hundreds of boots back onto the ground in Iraq to protect American interests is the result of some bad decisions and missed opportunities to correct course. Except that Russian President Vladimir Putin had already staked out the proper course -- and the Obama administration seems intent on turning every action into a political spitball aimed at getting Putin's attention.

Posted June 11, 2014

On June 6, the Central Intelligence Agency joined the social media platform Twitter with its first tweet: "We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet." Presumably this is an attempt by the agency to develop its "brand." Here's why this is a really bad idea:

Posted June 04, 2014

U.S. President Barack Obama recently agreed to the release of five Taliban leaders from Guantanamo Bay prison in exchange for an alleged U.S. military deserter.

Posted May 28, 2014

PARIS -- An intriguing social phenomenon prompted a horrific killing spree in Santa Barbara, California, last week, and the same phenomenon might help explain the surprising results of last weekend's European Parliament elections.

Posted May 21, 2014

The U.S. Justice Department filed charges this week against five Chinese military officers, accusing them of hacking American companies to steal secrets, including the nuclear energy company Westinghouse.

Posted May 14, 2014

As a chronic immigrant, I'm loath to support immigration policies that might make life difficult for anyone seeking to legitimately integrate into and contribute to an adoptive nation. Nonetheless, as the Obama administration attempts to reform U.S. immigration policies, there needs to be some standard of selection for immigrants.

Posted May 07, 2014

The good news is that the Obama administration plans to create a lot of new jobs. The bad news is that those jobs will mostly be in Asia.

Posted April 30, 2014

A Cold War is purely an intelligence war. If you go on a Ukrainian geopolitical bender in front of a former KGB chief like Russian President Vladimir Putin without having a firm grasp of the opposition's mind-set, you risk launching yourself into a wall like some kind of drunken frat bro on a Slip 'n Slide.

Posted April 23, 2014

The day after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met for Ukraine crisis de-escalation talks in Geneva with his Russian and European counterparts in an attempt to stabilize the country, Kerry's department released a statement that undermined America's own economic and national security -- again.

Posted April 17, 2014

Russia and the West are both warning of the risk of escalation to a civil war in Ukraine between pro-Russian and pro-Western factions. Rhetoric is heating up, with each side referring to members of the other's ground team as "terrorists," setting the stage to justify any potential opposition force.

Posted April 09, 2014

While America was busy providing Cubans with baseball stats and the sort of cultural softballs that surely Cuba's ruling enemies of freedom would never permit, the Chinese telecommunications company Huawei was busy upgrading Cuba's Internet infrastructure, and China was working with Venezuela to build an underwater broadband linkup for the island.