Bill Barr keeps issuing statements condemning the insurrection yesterday. But he bears part of the blame for it, since last year he treated incitement to such violence a technicality.
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Marcy Wheeler is an independent journalist writing about national security and civil liberties. She writes as emptywheel at her eponymous blog, publishes at outlets including Vice, Motherboard, the Nation, the Atlantic, Al Jazeera, and appears frequently on television and radio. She is the author of Anatomy of Deceit, a primer on the CIA leak investigation, and liveblogged the Scooter Libby trial.
Marcy has a PhD from the University of Michigan, where she researched the “feuilleton,” a short conversational newspaper form that has proven important in times of heightened censorship. Before and after her time in academics, Marcy provided documentation consulting for corporations in the auto, tech, and energy industries. She lives with her spouse in Grand Rapids, MI.
We are not yet out of the woods. Trump, even while stating he will leave office, nevertheless has promised to sustain his insurgency. On top of everything else President-Elect Biden has to deal with, he now has to think of ways to coup-proof the US government.
Appointing Merrick Garland as Attorney General is better than you think.
Trump’s attempt to burn the Constitution to the ground creates an opportunity for Democrats given the division it has created among Congressional Republicans.
Last night, Georgia made it clear that John Lewis has indeed passed on his torch to future leaders.
Judge Vanessa Baraitser just ruled against Julian Assange’s extradition based on human rights grounds.
Georgia’s Secretary of State made a tape of President Trump threatening him in an attempt to overturn the vote.
Unless the GOP breaks out of its Donald Trump spell, the United States still faces an uphill battle at protecting democracy.
The US probably would have been far better off had Assange’s December 2017 attempt to flee to Russia succeeded. That would have made clear even to the dead-enders that Assange had become little more than a Russian tool, and thereby diminished WikiLeaks’ allure and efficacy as a cover for leaks going forward. Instead, they’ve made of Assange a martyr about whom most journalism organizations in the world are enthusiastically repeating false propaganda.
Four years ago today, the Russian Ambassador secretly spoke to Flynn and told him that Russia and Trump had both been targeted, together, by the US government. That comment explains a lot of what happened since.