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The South’s Great Intelligence Miscalculation

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes South Carolina seceded from the Union on December 20, 1860. Within a few months, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana Texas, Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina followed them. The seceded [...]

Illegal Immigrants Raise Havoc on the US Border

The Mexican/American War, Part I By Intelligence Operative Jay Holmes* In 1820, the Mexican government offered a land grant to Moses Austin that encompassed an area about half the size of modern-day Texas. In return, Austin was to finance the [...]

Veteran’s Day things-to-do. Show your spirit.

Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens November 11, 2012. Mount Vernon, Virginia. Special activities include a patriotic community concert by the all-veteran barbershop chorus at 11 a.m., at 2 p.m. wreathlaying at the tomb of our first commander-in-chief, [...]

DOUBLE CROSS: The True Story of the D-Day Spies

DOUBLE CROSS – Review By Intelligence Operative Jay Holmes* I recently read and re-read DOUBLE CROSS by Ben MacIntyre, writer-at-large and associate editor of the Times of London. This is a remarkable book and I enjoyed it thoroughly. [...]

Mata Hari, Anna Chapman, and Booty Spies

Mata Hari, Anna Chapman, and Booty Spies By Intelligence Operative Jay Holmes* It’s a common saying that prostitution is the oldest profession. I wasn’t there so I can’t be sure, but if prostitution was the first paid profession, then [...]

ARGO Movie Review by Bayard & Holmes

ARGO Review By Author Piper Bayard and Intelligence Operative Jay Holmes* ARGO movie poster ARGO is a movie thriller based on Operation ARGO, a CIA undertaking lead by CIA employee Tony Mendez to rescue six US Embassy employees who avoided [...]

Iran’s Present is Iran’s Past – Part VIII, Crossing the Nuclear Rubicon

As an intelligence operative, I need a good foundation in history to do my job. After all, if we don’t understand what happened in the past, we can’t understand what is happening today or why. This series outlines Iran’s past as we move [...]

Iran’s Present is Iran’s Past – Part VII, The Hostage Crisis and Operation Eagle Claw

As an intelligence operative, I need a good foundation in history to do my job. After all, if we don’t understand what happened in the past, we can’t understand what is happening today or why. This series outlines Iran’s past as we move [...]

Iran’s Present is Iran’s Past – Part VI, Rise of the Ayatollahs

As an intelligence operative, I need a good foundation in history to do my job. After all, if we don’t understand what happened in the past, we can’t understand what is happening today or why. This series outlines Iran’s past as we move [...]

We Drank Champagne and Remembered

Today marks the eleventh anniversary of 9/11. The journey between the Islamist attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon and the elimination of Bin Laden is one that changed America forever. Today, to mark that journey, we are reposting the [...]