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James Clapper on Donald Trump, Russia, and the First Line of His Obituary
As director of national intelligence, James Clapper was charged with protecting America's secrets. But now he's unwilling to keep silent-speaking out about Russia's role in our politics and about Donald Trump, whom he calls "downright scary and disturbing." James Clapper met Donald Trump for the fir
Daily Reads: GOP Tax Plan Sparks Wall Street Recession Fears; Facebook, Google Won't Safeguard Democracy
We produce this news digest every weekday. You can sign up to receive these updates as an email newsletter each morning. Closing in? ->Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team "has now directed the Justice Department to turn over a broad array of documents," writes Mike Levine for ABC News, who adds th
SHOULD THE PRESIDENT BE LEERY OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY?
Since President Trump took office, there have been multiple reports of friction between the President and the Intelligence Community (IC). This is disconcerting because the President needs the community especially in the tough times we are currently facing, North Korea, Iran, and terrorism. If the p
US intelligence can't break vulnerability hoarding habit
US intelligence agencies are, according to the White House, about to become more "transparent" about the process they follow in deciding what to do with software vulnerabilities they find. That is, deciding whether to notify vendors so the vulnerabilities can be patched, or keep them secret so they
The Illusion Of Freedom In The Digital Age
Mark Leonard Over the last few weeks, media around the world have been saturated with stories about how technology is destroying politics. In autocracies like China, the fear is of ultra-empowered Big Brother states, like that in George Orwell's 1984. In democracies like the United States, the conce
The fight brewing in Congress over how to reauthorize a key surveillance tool
A view of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. AP Nearly a decade ago, FBI agents arrested a 24-year-old legal permanent resident from Afghanistan in the U.S. who was charged with conspiracy to bomb the New York City subway system. A tool approved by Congress
Leaving Russia: A mother's love prevails over politics
AN ALASKA STATE SENATOR SMUGGLES HER ADOPTED DAUGHTER OUT OF RUSSIA Editor's note: In November of 1994, Sen. Drue Pearce had just been re-elected to represent Anchorage, and had been chosen as president of the Alaska Senate. Caucus meetings were beginning. Yet she had one big mission to fulfill befo
From the right: Betraying America's secrets had minimal consequences
During the Obama administration we watched an Army soldier, Bradley Manning (now Chelsea Manning), release 750,000 classified or sensitive military and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks in violation of our Espionage Act. Manning, a declared trans woman, was convicted of 17 of the original charges an
It's time to stop pointing fingers and take action
We the people, in order to form a more perfect union -- point fingers. Every time a mass shooting happens like the one in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Nov. 5 you see the tweets from both sides. This situation just so happened to give both of them talking (or tweeting) points. For the Democrats, a p
Releasing the Unreleased: A Prisoner Artist Sets 'Prisoners Free'
I always wondered how and why art in its different genres and forms does set me free in a powerful, unquestionable, and sometimes indescribable manner. In Shakespeare's masterpiece "Hamlet," Hamlet the hero of the play makes sure to ask his best friend Horatio to tell his story so that history and m
US Senators endorse renewing NSA's most controversial spying powers
Senators are pushing to reauthorize some of the US Intelligence agencies' most sweeping and controversial spying abilities exposed by whistleblower Edward Snowden with some token 'improvements' as privacy advocates are already crying foul. Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Ve
Russian investigative journalist: Snowden is 'a sort of ghost'
Russian investigative journalist Andrei Soldatov, who co-wrote the definitive books on the post-Soviet security services and the history of the Russian internet, has kept tabs on National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden's ongoing exile. "He is a sort of ghost," Soldatov told a recent Lawfa
Senators propose 'USA Liberty Act' to reauthorize NSA surveillance
Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Adm. Michael Rogers appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill June 7, 2017 in Washing
John Raines, antiwar activist who evaded capture in FBI break-in, dies
Published 12:14 pm, Saturday, November 18, 2017 One day in May 1971, John Raines, a religion professor at Temple University, had just returned to his home in Germantown, Pa., from playing tennis when two FBI agents knocked on the door. For weeks, hundreds of agents had been combing Philadelphia fo
How I didn't shoot Kim Jong-un
Our reporter, Dawid Krawczyk, flew to the southern American state of Georgia to better understand the people who pushed Trump to the presidency. Who are these people? How do they imagine their future? Is Trump's America the country of their dreams? And most importantly, what caused pious southerners
How Jared Kushner's Newspaper Became a Favorite Outlet for WikiLeaks Election Hacks
The New York Observer, owned by Trump's son-in-law, was a friendly outlet for the 2016 Russian hackers. White House senior advisor Jared Kushner at a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Nov. 9 in Beijing, China. (Thomas Peter-Pool/Getty Images) In the fall
Late Night Sad Trombone Open Thread: Speaking of the Reverse-Midas Touch...
EXCLUSIVE: The Freedom of the Press Foundation has routed half a million dollars to WikiLeaks. But Julian Assange's embrace of Trump split the group's board, which includes Edward Snowden, and now it's on the verge of a major break https://t.co/sF5yLn2jh0 - The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) November
Asking members to support its journalism (no prizes, no swag), The Guardian raises more reader revenue than ad dollars
Instead of using tote bags, tickets to live events, or other swag, The Guardian's membership program has grown to 800,000 supporters a year and a half after doubling down on its membership initiative. The key? A shift from a commercially focused plea to an emotional, service-based request, the two w
Big Tobacco. Big Pharma. Big Tech?
Everyone's talking about "Big Tech" these days. They're talking about it on Capitol Hill, where according to an Oct. 25 New York Times headline, "Big Tech's Rivals Pounce at Chances to Win in Washington." They're talking about it on Wall Street, where Bloomberg recently compiled "Five Numbers That S
Here's What Was Happening While Donald Jr. Was Egging On Julian Assange
What was happening while Wikileaks was trying to get Donald Trump Jr. to help with the press rollout of Democratic officials' hacked emails? Amid the questions of what Donald Jr.'s messages to Wikileaks "prove," it's worth looking at when exactly they fall in the summer 2016 sequence of theft and di