It seems that “a lot of people are saying” that Trump is a traitor, and that his actions in Helsinki (and prior) constitute treason. That’s quite a statement. How well does it hold up? Well, here are some definitions: Merriam Webster definition of traitor: (1) one who betrays another’s trust or is false to an … More Treason Summit?
Yesterday, the ACLU celebrated the anniversary of Ed Snowden’s “revelations” in 2013. I’m normally on board with the ACLU, but not in this case. Ed didn’t use legal channels to bring his perceived issues to anyone’s attention, so he was and is not entitled to whistleblower protections. He was indiscriminate in his collection and release … More Ed Snowden Reboot
With Gina Haspel’s nomination to lead the CIA, the issue of torture and its euphemistic term “enhanced interrogation” has resurfaced. Haspel ran one of the CIA’s secret prisons in Thailand in the wake of the September 11 2001 attacks. We’ve written about the legality and efficacy of coercive interrogation and torture before. Some, like Lindsay … More Gina Haspel & “Enhanced Interrogation”
Previously we discussed a few deception detection methods based on biometric and behavioral indicators. To recap, we established that such methods are not independently reliable for knowing when a subjecting is lying, but that they can be successfully employed to help with development of approach strategies. While it is important to know when someone is … More Deception Detection Part Two: Control through Questioning
For people concerned with the trajectory of the US it is becoming ever more difficult to key the proverbial eye on the ball. Whether out of strategic intent as some postulate or out of near-deranged narcissism or dementia, Trump and company keep the hits coming to the point that journalists, pundits, and armchair bloggers can … More Distraction
Illegal wiretapping by former President Obama is one hell of an accusation. Even with no evidence offered, such an allegation needs to be taken seriously and investigated. It’s important to note that a President cannot unilaterally order such an intrusion. The Foreign Intelligence Security Act of 1978 (FISA – Public Law 95-511, OCT 25, 1978) … More Obama Wiretapped Trump???
It seems that many would like to equate the recent deluge of stories that appear to be anti-Trump as a more petulant version of the standard out-group response to a presidential election. The out-group is called snowflakes and told to just get over it, and the media is demonized for its role in this unwarranted … More The Presidential Assault on Truth
I’d like to share this piece from Foreign Policy – “Trump is Showing how the Deep State Really Works” – that details how information related to Mike Flynn’s calls came to be public, and the implication with regard to when the White House knew and how they chose to handle the news. This does not … More Foreign Policy on Trump and the “Deep State”
A few days ago President Trump decided to make two standard attendees of the National Security Council Principals Committee – The Director of National Intelligence (DNA) and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) – into “as needed” attendees. At the same time he established his Chief Strategist – a wholly political position … More National Security Council Principals… and Bannon
The Intelligence Community has released more information regarding the Russian hacking and attempts to influence the 2016 election, coming shortly after their briefing to President-Elect Trump. While Trump has been dismissive of the assessment and has been tweeting a barrage of ad-hominems against the US intelligence agencies, his tone seems to have softened after the … More Russian Hacking Update