Rogue FBI Twitter Bot dumps months of FOIAs, causing controversy

On Oct. 30, a long-quiet FBI Twitter account began releasing a torrent of links to documents on the bureau’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) library server. Among the documents were several from the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server and a decade-old investigation into the Clinton Foundation over a pardon given by President Bill Clinton at the … Continue reading Rogue FBI Twitter Bot dumps months of FOIAs, causing controversy

U.S. Support for the War in Yemen Is Indefensible

‘Deference to Saudi Arabia has cost America its moral footing’ Not even funerals are sacred in a time of war. Last Saturday, as hundreds of Yemeni mourners waited to pay their respects to a beloved elder, warplanes obliterated the funeral hall they were gathered in killingmore than 140 people and wounding more than 525. This is not an isolated incident but rather the latest tragedy … Continue reading U.S. Support for the War in Yemen Is Indefensible

The Fed needs to encourage savers to become spenders

Dear John: Inflation is rapidly getting out of control. Real estate prices and rents have exploded. Health care costs are going through the roof. Food is rising. Education and services of all kinds are rising rapidly. We are solidly in the 6 percent to 8 percent inflation range right now. Something’s gonna give. J.B. Dear J.B. Sorry, but I don’t see it. Sure, some parts … Continue reading The Fed needs to encourage savers to become spenders

Eye in the sky: the billionaires funding a surveillance project above Baltimore

Thousands of runners will sweat their way past the scenic highlights of central Baltimore in the city’s marathon on Saturday, but the action will not only be at ground level. An aircraft equipped with advanced cameras is set to circle high above their heads, as part of a secretive surveillance programme funded by Texan billionaires. Last year, Radiolab, a public radio show, featured a company … Continue reading Eye in the sky: the billionaires funding a surveillance project above Baltimore

Want to Know Julian Assange’s Endgame? He Told You a Decade Ago

AMID A SEEMINGLY incessant deluge of leaks and hacks, Washington, DC staffers have learned to imagine how even the most benign email would look a week later on the homepage of a secret-spilling outfit like WikiLeaks or DCLeaks. In many cases, they’ve stopped emailing altogether, deleted accounts, and reconsidered dumbphones. Julian Assange—or at least, a ten-years-younger and more innocent Assange—would say he’s already won. After … Continue reading Want to Know Julian Assange’s Endgame? He Told You a Decade Ago

The Russian Hack of U.S. Election Systems is About Delegitimizing, Not Changing, the Result, and It Feeds Trump Vote-Rigging Claim

The headlines over the last few weeks are suggesting Russian “hacks” of U.S. election systems. But the kinds of election systems hacked are not the ones that would change election results (at least so far). Instead, I think the Russians are playing a different, also dangerous, game involving misinformation and disruption. Let’s start with what we know. We know that it is Russia behind the … Continue reading The Russian Hack of U.S. Election Systems is About Delegitimizing, Not Changing, the Result, and It Feeds Trump Vote-Rigging Claim

Donald Trump Faces Accusations Of Inappropriately Touching Women

After a video surfaced last week showing Donald Trump boasting in 2005 how he would kiss and grope women without consent, the GOP nominee insisted in Sunday’s presidential debate that it was just “locker room talk” and, pressed repeatedly by CNN’s Anderson Cooper, finally said that he had never actually taken the action he described. But on Wednesday evening, the New York Timespublished a report … Continue reading Donald Trump Faces Accusations Of Inappropriately Touching Women