Retroactive classification is the government’s favorite tool for silencing whistleblowers.
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About Jim White
Many years ago, Jim got a BA in Radiation Biophysics from the University of Kansas. He then got a PhD in Molecular Biology from UCLA and did postdoctoral research in yeast genetics at UC Berkeley and mouse retroviruses at Stanford. He joined biosys in Palo Alto, producing insect parasitic nematodes for pest control. In the early 1990’s, he moved to Gainesville, FL and founded a company that eventually became Entomos. He left the firm as it reorganized into Pasteuria Biosciences and chose not to found a new firm due a clash of values with venture capital investors, who generally lack all values. Upon leaving, he chose to be a stay at home dad, gentleman farmer, cook and horse wrangler. He discovered the online world through commenting at Glenn Greenwald’s blog in the Salon days and was involved in the briefly successful Chris Dodd move to block the bill to renew FISA. He then went on to blog at Firedoglake and served a brief stint as evening editor there. When the Emptywheel blog moved out of Firedoglake back to standalone status, Jim tagged along and blogged on anthrax, viruses, John Galt, Pakistan and Afghanistan. He is now a mostly lapsed blogger looking for a work-around to the depressing realization that pointing out the details of government malfeasance and elite immunity has approximately zero effect.
As pointed out first by Nick Watson in the Gainesville (Georgia) Times and then fleshed out further by Chris Joyner in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, US District Judge Richard Story on September 21 dismissed a charge of possession of the deadly poison ricin against William Christopher Gibbs. Gibbs had been identified after his arrest by the […]
Volunteering for Operation BBQ Relief to help feed flood victims in Wilmington, NC prompted some thoughts on whether it is too late for empathy and compassion to ever reunite a country riven by opposing ideals.
In a new trick following on its previous attempt at retroactive classification, the Department of Defense has now decided that the war in Afghanistan is going so badly that even unclassified data now can not be released.
After a victim of child rape by Afghan forces killed three Marines in Afghanistan in 2015, Congress asked SIGAR to investigate how Afghan units continue to receive funding in light of known human rights abuses. Congress has enabled violation of the Leahy laws that prevent such funding by stating that funds to Afghan forces can be provided “notwithstanding any other provision of law”.
Interactions between George Papadopoulos and Joseph Mifsud focused on arranging high level meetings between the Trump campaign and Russia. When we learn who worked to bring Papadopoulos and Mifsud together, we may learn who wanted the meetings to occur. There appears to be an ongoing effort to hide those who orchestrated these events.
War crimes are being committed on a daily basis in Yemen and the world barely takes notice. The Saudi bombardment of Yemen, enabled by the US, is now 1000 days old, has forced millions of Yemenis into starvation and caused a million cases of cholera.
Last night, Joby Warrick put up a dutifully transcribed article in which the intelligence community is warning us to be very afraid that North Korea suddenly has bioweapons capability. Let’s hope North Korean anthrax capabilities don’t become the next aluminum tubes.
Michael Flynn has a demonstrated history of doublecrossing everyone he deals with.
What’s really behind the push to diversify the Saudi economy through the construction of nuclear power plants?