by Julia Buckley
The Internet is an amazing place. It reminds me of those stores you can wander into, looking for one item, and then become distracted by endless other items which fascinate for various reasons. And of course you spend more money than you intended to spend.
As I wandered through the amazing information store that is the Internet, doing research for a recent project, I ended up learning some interesting things and taking them away with me (but at least these tidbits were free).
1. On the CIA Website, students interested in a career in the CIA can find ways to become involved early, with internships available to "the best and brightest." I was also pleased to note that the CIA tells students up front that they need excellent writing and communication skills (foreign language is even better), and that they have to be free of drug or alcohol habits.
I'm glad that young people who might think the CIA seems glamorous as a career choice might also realize that agents are held to rigorous standards.
2. The FBI Website offers up the ol' "Ten Most Wanted" list, and Osama bin Laden (they spell it "Usama") is in the SECOND position. Ahead of him is Eduardo Ravello, a notorious drug trafficker. Interesting that one would precede the other.
3. All of the people on the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted" list are men.
4. Of the 500 "historical" most wanted, twelve are women.
5. Of their "Most Wanted Terrorists," all are men of Middle Eastern descent, except for Daniel Andreas San Diego, who is from Berkeley, California.
6. Information about the Most Wanted fugitives is available in many languages.
7. On the NSA Website, I learned that the NSA was named Employer of the Year by BWI Business Partnership, "an association that focuses on economic development and transportation issues in the Baltimore-Washington corridor."
8. The first part of the NSA's strategic plan is "to dominate global cryptology."
9. The NSA provides explanations of common terms and acronyms. So, for my last note, I'll ask if you know what some of them stand for!
10. Can you identify these NSA acronyms?
How did you do? I knew none of them. I'll post the answers at 5:00 Central Time today!