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“We cannot enter into alliances until we are acquainted with the designs of our neighbors.”

Sun Tzu
The Art of War

“I'd assumed only famous surfers rode Waimea. But now I saw that local fathers rode it too. And in time perhaps their sons would as well. These people never appeared in mainland magazines. And there were many families like the Kalakakuis in Hawaii, multi-generational surfing families, Ohanas rich in talent and tradition, known only to one another.”

William Finnegan
Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life

“I watched the story that night on the evening news. The blackout episode helped me better understand what was ahead of me. I had been cautious. NSA was a national treasure and my first task had been to do no harm. Now it was clear to me that no course of action I could set out on would be as dangerous to the agency as standing still. Had I known what awaited me and America a year and a half down the road, I might have been even bolder. But the broader lesson stuck: caution isn't always a virtue, not if you're serious about doing your duty.”

General Michael V. Hayden, U.S. Air Force ret., former Director of NSA and CIA
Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror