Social media as an intelligence asset is of growing value to special operations forces, but there are legal issues and controversy surrounding its use.

It was in the 1873 bookOn War,” that Prussian military scholar Carl von Clausewitz give birth to the term “fog of war,” writing that “war is the realm of uncertainty; three quarters of the factors on which action in war is based are wrapped in a fog of greater or lesser uncertainty. A sensitive and discriminating judgment is called for; a skilled intelligence to scent out the truth.”

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