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Should the United States pass intelligence to help Anonymous go after ISIS?

Best of Best Defense: Number 23 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on November 16.

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Best of Best Defense: Number 23 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on November 16.

I mean, we helped Stalin during WWII. And Anonymous can do things that are (I think) forbidden by American law.

 

Best of Best Defense: Number 23 in our list of the most viewed posts of 2015. This post ran originally on November 16.

I mean, we helped Stalin during WWII. And Anonymous can do things that are (I think) forbidden by American law.

Aiding the hacktivist group would be a sign of seriousness, I think.

Photo credit: Steven Guzzardi/Flickr

 

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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