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Reuters Confirms Krebs' Supposition on Russian Treason Charges

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emptywheel
Reuters confirms what Brian Krebs had already supposed: the treason charges against some FSB officers and a Kaspersky employee stem (in part) from an old grudge from the spam marketing days.
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When "They" Go Low, The WHCA Grovels In The Gutter With Them

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bmaz
So, Trump accused the American press of being "enemies of the state": "A few days ago I called the fake news the enemy of the people, and they are — they are the enemy of the people," Trump told the annual Conservative Political Action…
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Democrats Should Propose Susan Collins Serve as Acting Chair for Russian Hack Investigation

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emptywheel
Democrats should demand that Susan Collins serve as Acting Chair for the SSCI investigation into the Russian hacks.
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Open Thread: Angst

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Rayne
We're suffering from a collective existential dread. Offload some of it here in this open thread.

A Modest Proposal: Ban the Interstate Travel of Kansans

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emptywheel
Following Trump's logic, the rising number of terrorist attacks in Kansas suggests we should wall the state off, to prevent any terrorists from escaping and causing havoc outside of Kansas.

Trump's Muslim Ban Forces IC to Conduct Actual Assessment of Terror Threats

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emptywheel
Trump is now attempting the impossible: fluffing the numbers sufficiently to justify the countries selected for his Muslim ban. Let's hope it is a failed effort that results in a rethinking of the actual terrorist threat.

The Undie Bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, Life Coached "Who Moved My Cheese" Weeks before Jihad

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emptywheel
Two months before setting off to Yemen to pursue jihad, the undie-bomber was still trying to coach an associate back in Nigeria the principles laid out in the pop-business book, Who Moved My Cheese.

Anwar al-Awlaki: Two Days from Finalized 302 to OLC Authorization for Execution

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emptywheel
Because of the delay in writing up the FBI record of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's interrogations, the OLC memo authorizing Anwar al-Awlaki's killing was written just two days after the FBI memo it was partly based on.

Susan Collins Implies She Could Be a Swing Vote in SSCI's Investigation of the Russian Hack

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emptywheel
On both torture and drone memos, Susan Collins has been willing to be a swing vote on the Senate Intelligence Committee. Today, she implied she could be so again on the inquiry into the Russian hack.

Robert Eatinger Brags that CIA Complies with Law Passed 2 Years Ago -- But Will It Really Limit CIA?

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emptywheel
Over two years after Congress mandated that intelligence agencies destroy bulk EO 12333 data that contains US person data after five years, CIA finally adopted procedures implementing that requirement. In a new column, former CIA lawyer Robert Eatinger seems uncertain CIA will abide by the restriction.

Ask Uncle Ed 3A

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Ed Walker
What do you say when you quit a group because it's full of Trumpists.

Ask Uncle Ed 3B

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Ed Walker
How do you talk to Trump voters you have to cooperate with?

The Tripartite (At Least) Structure of the Russian Hack Investigation

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emptywheel
As Reuters recently reported, the investigation into Russia's ties to Trump has split into three investigations. That raises interesting questions about why the investigations are taking place where they are.

Why We Should Remain Skeptical of the Five (!!) Congressional Investigations into the Russian Hack

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emptywheel
Contrary to what you might believe, there are five congressional investigations into the Russian hack. But that doesn't mean they're designed to find out what happened.
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Stephen Miller's and Trump's Gross Re-Politicization of DOJ

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bmaz
There was some legitimate concern about inappropriate machination of the Department of Justice when Trump named and confirmed Jeff Sessions as his Attorney General. Typical discussion followed this by Isaac Arnsdorf at Politico: Donald Trump…
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Open Thread: The Scream

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Rayne
If you can't think of something that made you want to scream this week, count yourself a lucky person. This is an open thread -- scream away.

Of Spies and Casinos

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Rayne
A look back at the case of Russian spies arrested in the U.S. -- the ones looking into market destabilization, recruiting from college students, and investing in casinos.

Long Island Iced Tea

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Rayne
What an interesting coincidence that a Russian spy vessel didn't 'loiter' near any of more than a dozen naval sites along the east coast. Instead, it picked a spot near Long Island. Iced tea, anyone?

David Ignatius' Curious Role in the Mike Flynn Story

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emptywheel
Say, did you notice that David Ignatius has not been bylined on the series of bombshell reports that his own report kicked off?
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Four Details about Surveillance and the Flynn Ouster

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emptywheel
Even Devin Nunes is squawking about what a privacy violation it must be for the FBI to have listened to Mike Flynn's call with the Russian Ambassador. Here's why it's not.