Because despite every evident intention, this creates a dangerous incentive for security services to harass them or extremists to target them.

… General Petraeus’s September order is focused on intelligence gathering — by American troops, foreign businesspeople, academics or others — to identify militants and provide “persistent situational awareness,” while forging ties to local indigenous groups.

Don’t hold your next academic summit in the Middle East or South Asia.

Spencer Ackerman

Spencer Ackerman