Did We Forget the Russian Counterintelligence Agent? No? Great!

Curiouser and curiouser… It’s not enough that Junior and company met with what they believed was a Russian government representative with information that might help their campaign, but now it seems that there was a Russian intelligence agent present. Oh, begging pardon… A former Russian counterintelligence officer. He’s not involved in Russian intelligence anymore. He … More Did We Forget the Russian Counterintelligence Agent? No? Great!

More Distractions

In the wake of revelations that Donald Trump Jr and others may have run afoul of 11 CFR 110.20, “Prohibition on contributions, donations, expenditures, independent expenditures, and disbursements by foreign nationals” (52 U.S.C. 30121, 36 U.S.C. 510), POTUS and his surrogates are pushing “news” of seemingly related events that are meant to distract from the … More More Distractions

US Policy via Twitter

I’m not a professional pollster, but I suspect that Trump’s approval ratings would go up by 10 points if he would stop his daily Twitter rants. One might suppose that attending the G20 would preclude our POTUS from hitting the tweets with great frequency, or that he might be discouraged from focusing on his typical … More US Policy via Twitter

Happy 4th of July!!

If you have the opportunity to stay home to celebrate the birth of the USA tomorrow (assuming you are a US citizen and give a hoot about July 4th), please be sure to enjoy yourself safely. Here’s a handy safety reference, pilfered from the interwebs: Fireworks injuries are no joke. For example, someone in my … More Happy 4th of July!!

The Difference between CNN and Fake News

News agency CNN retracted a story on Friday, and subsequently accepted the resignations of three employees associated with its publication. The POTUS jumped on the opportunity to point out the errant reporting as evidence that CNN publishes “fake news,” as he has been claiming since co-opting the term. So, is this fake news? Does this … More The Difference between CNN and Fake News

SCOTUS Allows Travel Ban to be Partially Implemented

The Supreme Court issued a disappointing decision today with respect to the proposed “travel ban” targeting six majority Muslim countries. The court agreed to hear the case, and partially stayed the lower courts injunctions against implementation, allowing those with no articulable ties to the US to be denied entry. This will largely impact Syrian and … More SCOTUS Allows Travel Ban to be Partially Implemented

Deception Detection Part Two: Control through Questioning

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