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    From this morning, a video where the Bucket List Bandit action took place.

    Posted 24 May 2019 at 13:15 PM by Truthissweet Truthissweet is offline
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    Physics Did Them In ......


    It's the facts you mix(ed) in that make it a good read for me.

    I actually look forward to the final product and would be delighted to purchase a copy!

    I might even go as high as $2.25, lol!

    (...OK, I'd pay more... )
    Posted 10 Nov 2016 at 17:44 PM by griff griff is offline
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    Physics Did Them In ......


    If you act now, you can buy two for $1.75. It is fiction mixed with real events.
    Posted 9 Nov 2016 at 09:24 AM by Truthissweet Truthissweet is offline
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    Physics Did Them In ......

    I must admit that I'm not much for fiction, but I thoroughly enjoyed that read, please continue!

    Posted 8 Nov 2016 at 18:37 PM by griff griff is offline
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    Not bad getting your name associated with the local college who harbors forensic pathologists covering up Shanksville.

    Introducing the Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences

    University announced today that its pioneering intelligence studies program will take the name of the nation’s first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, 43rd governor of Pennsylvania and Erie native, Tom Ridge.

    “Intelligence studies,” which educates students for careers in national security, law enforcement and business, is the university’s top major and leader in distance and online learning initiatives, drawing students from across the nation and abroad. From its European headquarters at Mercyhurst Ireland in Dungarvan to its role in educating partner nations of the U. S. Department of State in intelligence analysis, its reach is global.

    In recognition of its growth and as a vehicle by which it can best structure bold new objectives, the department recently reconfigured to become the university’s seventh school, incorporating not only intelligence studies, but mathematics, computer systems and communication. The new school will be known as “The Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences.”

    “We are deeply honored and grateful to Gov. Ridge for lending his name to an innovative program that has helped catapult Mercyhurst University onto the world stage, and we look forward to graduating individuals who aspire to combine keen analytic skills with a commitment to genuine human flourishing in the manner of Gov. Ridge,” said Mercyhurst President Tom Gamble, Ph.D.

    The opportunity to name the school after such a prominent figure in national security as Gov. Ridge, whose archives, and those of his wife Michele, are now housed at the university, seemed only fitting.

    “From his days as governor of Pennsylvania and as a U.S. Cabinet member representing Homeland Security, Tom Ridge has demonstrated a global mindset, not to mention he’s a native son,” said James Breckenridge, Ph.D., dean and architect of the new school.

    “Gov. Ridge has always been a big supporter of ours and we admire his interest, commitment and practice in and around the intelligence studies discipline,” Breckenridge said. “I might add that as keynote speaker, he was instrumental in the success of our first Global Intelligence Forum in Ireland.”

    Today, Ridge is CEO of Ridge Global, an international provider of security and risk management services worldwide and, as such, the ideal face of a new school that aims to develop intelligence and information management leaders for the 21st century work environment. Ridge is also partner of Ridge-Schmidt Cyber, an international consultancy helping leaders in business and government solve complex cyber security challenges.

    “Graduates of Mercyhurst’s intelligence studies program are well known and highly regarded inside the walls of our nation’s intelligence and defense agencies in Washington,” said Gov. Ridge. “I am honored that Mercyhurst University, an institution with which I have enjoyed a long and proud affiliation, would choose to attach my name to this new school. The young men and women who will leave with degrees will play a critical role in defending our nation’s safety and securing our freedom.”

    Breckenridge said the new school will stress critical thinking, collaborative decision-making, the application of technology to assist in information management and knowledge transfer (big data). Multi-media and social media as communication platforms will also be emphasized while courses to address the demand for homeland security and cyber security professionals will be integrated. Further, he said, the school will serve as a Center of Excellence for distance and online learning, and take the lead in exploring, designing and developing new ways to deliver professional education.

    “In marrying intelligence studies, mathematics, computer systems and communication, along with distance learning and online education, Mercyhurst is well positioned to exploit the new higher education environment,” Breckenridge said. “Currently, no higher education institution in the United States has developed an equivalent initiative.”
    Posted 17 Feb 2016 at 14:25 PM by Truthissweet Truthissweet is offline
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    The rewards of playing the game in Shanksville:
    Mercyhurst University Institute for Intelligence Studies
    The Institute for Intelligence Studies Mercyhurst University (IIS-MU), located on the campus of Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania, offers undergraduate and graduate studies programs in intelligence analysis. The program also offers graduate certificates in Applied Intelligence, Counterintelligence and Law Enforcement Intelligence. IIS-MU "promotes the study of Intelligence in higher academic settings, while seeking to identify, promote, and employ best practices in the study and application of intelligence studies throughout its various disciplines (national security, law enforcement, business intelligence and academia)."

    IIS-MU was founded in February 2004, thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE). For a dozen years before the opening of the institute, Mercyhurst College offered an undergraduate degree in intelligence studies as part of its ground-breaking

    Research/Intelligence Analyst Program (RIAP, or R/iap). Nestled within Mercyhurst College's Department of History, RIAP was the first non-governmental initiative of its kind in the U.S. The program began in 1992 with only 14 students, but the competence of graduates eventually attracted the attention of the U.S. Intelligence Community.

    The intense public debate in the U.S. following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, focused on U.S. intelligence analysts and their need for training, which directed attention to Mercyhurst's already-growing program. RIAP's success at the undergraduate level led to the offering of a graduate program by 2004. The Federal Bureau of Investigation instituted a sabbatical program in 2005, through which senior analysts began to attend IIS-MU for advanced training.

    For many years, no other school in the United States offered a degree designed specifically for intelligence analysts.

    Robert J. Heibel, a retired FBI agent, founded the undergraduate program in 1992 and is now Executive Director of IIS-MU.

    James G. Breckenridge, a retired US Army officer and former member of the faculty at West Point, chairs the undergraduate Department of Intelligence Studies.

    IIS-MU founded and sponsors the Global Intelligence Forum each year in Dungarvan, Ireland. The conference seeks to find the best practices in intelligence analysis and see how they can be applied to other industries and companies.

    IIS-MU Press opened as a publishing house in 2005. IIS-MU cited the need for additional textbooks in the field as its reason for getting into publishing. Four books have been published as of February 2009 and others are in the works.

    In February 2009, Assistant Professor Stephen Marrin presented two papers at international conferences. The first paper, entitled "Reconceptualizing the Relationship Between CIA's Analysis and Decisionmaking: The Case of Pre-9/11 Terrorism Intelligence" was presented at a conference in Dublin, Ireland on The CIA & US Foreign Policy: Reform, Representations and New Approaches to Intelligence. The second, entitled "The Intelligence-Policy Interface and Iraq in Britain and the United States" was given at a workshop on Intelligence, Policy and Comparative Politics in London.

    Six IIS-MU students won the first-ever ODNI-sponsored 2008 Open Source Challenge which gave the students one week to thoroughly research, document and convincingly answer the question: "Is Al Qaeda a cohesive organization with strong and centralized control, intent and direction?" The team's answer surpassed those of more than 20 other competitors, some veterans of the U.S. intelligence community. Another team shared the first prize with Mercyhurst after it answered the second question option in the contest. That team, from iJET Intelligent Risk Systems, had two members who graduated from IIS-MU's graduate program.

    As of 2014, there are approximately 300 students enrolled in the undergraduate program. This includes students from across the United States as well as international students. The students primarily come from the Ohio-Pennsylvania-NY area.

    The Masters of Science in Applied Intelligence is a thirty-four or thirty-six-credit two-year program designed to prepare graduates to pursue analyst careers in law enforcement, national security and competitive intelligence. As of 2009, there are approximately 53 graduate students in the Applied Intelligence program.

    The 2007-2008 school year includes nine faculty and six adjunct faculty. Current professors include retired or former members of the Los Angeles Police Department, the National Drug Intelligence Center, the US State Department, the United States Army, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
    Posted 15 Apr 2015 at 15:34 PM by Truthissweet Truthissweet is offline
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    An Open Letter to Dr. Dirkmaat and Dr. Adovasio

    Dear Sirs,

    Last September I requested a meeting with Dr. Dirkmaat so he could explain to me what transpired at Shanksville related to his duties as part of DMORT. I expanded that request somewhat hastily to include a debate concerning what I feel 'actually happened' versus the 'official story'. As has been shown in this blog, there was no attempt by Dr. Dirkmaat to respond to my request which was outstanding for six days. After such time, I dropped my request to meet.

    I would like to once again ask if you will meet with me to explain your duties at Shanksville and to provide any type of documentation to include working notes and pictures. As a tax paying citizen of this country that provides your DMORT income, you should be forthcoming in explaining the official story not only to me, but also to the readers of this blog and others who have an interest in the subject. In that sense, you work for us. I realize my request has little chance of being granted but I feel the question has to be asked once again.

    I can't speak for everyone on this forum, but I would like to think that it is not your decision to avoid speaking about Shanksville and that most here would understand your situation. You know where to meet with me and at what time period. If anything, just acknowledge to me stating you can not talk about the subject. That is much better than totally avoiding me. I represent a lot of good people here and around the world who want answers. Answers to legitimate questions concerning the many discrepancies in the official story. I respectfully await your reply to my question.



    Posted 14 Feb 2015 at 08:59 AM by Truthissweet Truthissweet is offline
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    Added links and pics

    Thank you Bucket List Bandit

    Pittsburgh plane crash anniversary article

    Dr. Dirkmaat (Bat in hand. I sent him email)

    Hopefully his favorite movie isn't 'Walking Tall'

    Dr. Adovasio, head of department

    My first picture of Adovasio

    I am seated to his right about where third window from left begins

    Second picture

    In the back of his mind he wants to waterboard me

    Third picture

    'Ladies and Gentlemen...Elvis has left the building'

    I wish the ipod had zoom lens capability.
    Posted 2 Feb 2015 at 09:45 AM by Truthissweet Truthissweet is offline

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