Tag: National Security

WTF Has Donald Done Now

There have been numerous concerns raised about Donald Trump’s handling of sensitive information since his election. We already know he disclosed sensitive intelligence from the Israelis to the Russian government representatives in May of 2017 which prompted the removal of a high-level CIA source within the Putin government, fearing for his safety. Last Friday, we …

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The Spy Who Loved US

I have a very skeptical and cautious view of of the US intelligence community (IC), like Charlie Pierce at Esquire Politics, for very good reasons: I’d watched as revelation after revelation demonstrated how badly the activities of what was originally supposed to be an information-gathering system turned into a covert-operating, coup-engineering, assassination-arranging, Constitution-shredding, self-perpetuating behemoth. …

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The Russian Connection: Unprecedented Power

Donald Trump has demanded that the Justice Department under attorney General William Barr investigate the intelligence agencies over the the Russian involvement in the 2016. In order to do that, on Thursday, he gave Barr unprecedented new powers to unilaterally declassify documents of the 15 intelligence agencies. President Trump took extraordinary steps on Thursday to …

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Traveling Through Times Zones Once Again

For the next couple of weeks business and family will once again take me through several time zones. It affords me a different perspective on events here in the US and how the rest of the world perceives them and us. While I was putting the final details of my packing this morning. I happened …

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Former DNI Clapper Speaks

Tuesday night’s “Rachel Maddow Show” was dedicated to interviewing former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper who has written a book, “Facts and Fears.” Rachel reads some excerpts from the book between her interview with Clapper, a retired lieutenant general in the United States Air Force and career intelligence officer for over 50 years. She …

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Cool On China Trade

Trade sanctions are only for us not for Trump, Trump Orders Help For Chinese Phone-Maker After China Approves Money For Trump Project A mere 72 hours after the Chinese government agreed to put a half-billion dollars into an Indonesian project that will personally enrich Donald Trump, the president ordered a bailout for a Chinese-government-owned cellphone …

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The Russian Connection: It’s Not A Witch Hunt

The Robert Mueller’s office dropped a 37 page indictment of 13 Russian nationals for interfering in the 2016 election. The scheme began in 2014 and involved “unwitting” American citizens and Trump campaign officials. This is the report from The Guardian Mueller’s office said 13 Russians and three Russian entities, including the notorious state-backed “troll farm” …

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The Russian Connection: The Real Problem

While the question of whether Donald Trump and company conspired with the Russians to influence the 2016 election is serious, it is not the most pressing problem. The fact that all the intelligence agencies and the FBI agree that Russian interference in our elections is continuing. The severity of the issue became even more evident …

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The Russian Connection: House Rules

Last week Donald Trump released the un-redacted Nunes Memo over the objections of the FBI and Department of Justice. On Friday he refused to allow the release of 10 page Democratic response which had been vetted by the DOJ and FBi, probably because it would make Trump and Nunes look like the fools they are. …

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National Security: Classified 101

Who knew who Rob Porter was or, even, how important his job was? Porter’ job as White House Staff Secretary entailed handling the most classified information from the military, intelligence community, as well as, the Justice and State Departments. The job requires the highest of security clearances. Possibly, as long as a year ago White …

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The Russian Connection: Obstruction – What If It Works?

Late yesterday afternoon, the House Intelligence Committee voted along Republican party lines to release the four page memo that was compiled by the committee’s chair, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and the staff to discredit the investigation into the allegations that Russia interfered with the 2016 election and the Trump campaign conspired …

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Who Thought This Was A Good Idea?

If there ever was doubt that the Trump administration is Russian President Vladimir Putin’s play toy, this has to be it. From the International Business Times: Putin’s Former KGB Boss Heads Security For US Embassies In Russia A company headed by the former chief of KGB counterintelligence will provide security for U.S. embassies in Russia. …

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