Research

Research

While FALSE POSITIVES is a work of fiction, this book owes its inspiration to real world events. The below represents a non-exhaustive list of references for information unearthed while researching this project.


ACLU. 2010. Spy Files [Online]. The American Civil Liberties Union.  Available: http://www.aclu.org/spy-files.  The ACLU maintains a blog about illegal domestic spying on Americans and related topics.

ACMCU. 2011. Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Christian-Muslim Understanding [Online]. Georgetown University. Available: http://cmcu.georgetown.edu/.  The ACMCU is a real organization.  It’s mission is to improve relations between the Muslim world and the West and enhance understanding of Muslims in the West.

AYRES, I. 2007. Super Crunchers : why thinking-by-numbers is the new way to be smart, New York, Bantam Books.  A good source on data mining and the impact it has on our lives.

BBC NEWS. 2006. Thousands join pro-Islam protest [Online]. BBC News. Available: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/4700482.stm.  There are lots of protests, but a quote from this one got me thinking:  “We have the right to be angry.”  1.3 billion angry people can be a very formidable force.

BUTLER, S. D. 1935. War is a racket, New York, Round Table Press, inc.  This is U.S. Marine Major General, Smedley D. Butler’s publication on how business interests commercially benefit from warfare.

COWELL, A. 2006. West Beginning to See Islamic Protests as Sign of Deep Gulf [Online]. The New York Times. Available: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/08/international/europe/08islam.html.  A good article that describes suspicion and miscomprehension with which we (or at least many Americans) regard Islam and vice versa.

ESPOSITO, J. L. 2002. Unholy war : terror in the name of Islam, New York, Oxford University Press.  While John X. Vendetti is fictional,  John L. Esposito is not.  This book answered a lot of questions about why Americans are hated by certain Islamic groups.

ESPOSITO, J. L. 2007. Want to Know About Islam?  Start Here [Online].  The Washington Post.  Available:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/20/AR2007072002137.html.  A fantastic primer on Islam for the uninitiated and the inspriation for the creation of John X. Vendetti.

KAGAN, R. 2008. Neocon Nation: Neoconservatism, c. 1776 [Online]. World Affiars Journal, Spring.  Available: http://ow.ly/7dbl8.  A great article that inspired the final scene in the Oval Office.

KLEBNIKOV, P. 2003. Millionaire Mullahs [Online]. Forbes. Available: http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2003/0721/056.html. Mohammed Kahn was a millionaire mullah.

KPFA. 2010. Guns and Butter – “Vietnam, Star Wars, and 9/11” with Dr. Robert Bowman [Online]. KPFA & Pacifica. Available: http://www.kpfa.org/archive/id/63529.  A radio interview filled with some wonderful conspiracy theory, much of which sparked the creation of Lt.Col. Andrew Milas.  But not all of it.  The “real” Andy lives in Thailand last I heard from him.

LERNER, K. L. & LERNER, B. W. 2004. Encyclopedia of espionage, intelligence, and security, Detroit, Thomson/Gale.  This is a great all-around reference for just what the title says.  In here are some seeds on war games and computer simulation that bore the fruit for Mark’s penchant for computer games and the birth of Project X.

NAVARRO, J. 2009. Unmasking Terrorists – Two Critical Characteristics! [Online]. Psychology Today. Available: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/spycatcher/200912/unmasking-terrorists-two-critical-characteristics.  Keen phychological insight on how terrorists begin their decent and ultimately reach the point of no return.

NPR. 2011. Looking Back 10 Years:  President Bush’s Address to the Nation [Online]. National Publich Radio. Available: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/09/11/140374567/looking-back-10-years-president-bushs-address-to-the-nation.  “None of us will ever forget this day.”

PAVYAND IRAN NEWS. 2007. US Imposes Financial Sanctions Against Iran’s Martyrs Foundation [Online]. NetNative. Available: http://payvand.com/news/07/jul/1278.html.

PRICE, D. H. 2003. Prosrate to the Patriot Act:  Librarians as FBI Extension Agents [Online]. counterpunch.org. Available: http://www.counterpunch.org/price03062003.html.  Yes, your reading habits are known by the F.B.I. via your local librarian.

REDD, J. S. 2007. Yes, We Do Have a Clue [Online]. The Washington Post. Available: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/12/AR2007071201199.html.

SCHNEIER, B. 2009. Data Mining for Terrorists [Online]. Schneier.com. Available: http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2006/03/data_mining_for.html.  Bruce Schneier is considered by some to be the Chuck Norris of security.  This article is what got me thinking about technology going seriously wrong.  The idea is where Junior was born and inspriation for the title, FALSE POSITIVES.

SLAVIN, B. 2008. Mullah, Money, and Militias:  How Iran Exerts Influence in the Middle East [Online]. United States Institute of Peace. Available: http://www.usip.org/files/resources/sr206.pdf.

SYMONDS, P. 2007. Is the Bush administration behind the bombings in Iran? [Online]. World Socialist Web Site. Available: http://www.wsws.org/articles/2007/feb2007/bomb-f17.shtml.  An article regarding alleged, covert activities by the U.S. in Iran.

USC. 2011. Institue for Creative Technologies [Online]. University of Southern California. Available: http://ict.usc.edu/.  Great things being done here with interactive digital media.

WIRED. 2007. Pentagon Forecast:  Cloudy, 80% Chance of Riots [Online]. Condé Nast Digital. Available: http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2007/11/lockheed-peers.  Wired’s Danger Room has some great articles related to technology and national security.  This one in particular describes how the Pentagon uses computer modeling technology in hopes to predict world events.