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Unpacking the New CIA Leak: Don't Ignore the Aluminum Tube Footnote

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emptywheel
Just hours after Obama announced he was going to ask for a formal review of what Russia did in the election, the CIA and/or Democratic Senators leaked to the WaPo what they want the outcome of the review to be.
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The Game of Telephone about the Election Hacking Review

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emptywheel
Comparing reports on what the White House announced review of election cycle hacking will include only makes me more confused about what the review will include.

Does Dark Marketing Have a Function in Trump's Mobs?

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emptywheel
Trump has made it clear he plans to bully any individual who criticizes him on TV. That makes questions about what he will do with his data targeting all the more scary.

DISTANTFISH and Correlations

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emptywheel
A SIDToday newsletter on DISTANTFISH explains why identifying all known session identifiers of a given target is so important.
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The Bible Still Outperforms Facebook in Delivering Fake News

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emptywheel
Just 16% of people recall and read some of the most inflammatory fake news from the election period. Yet in recent years, 42% of people still believed in creationism. Maybe the latter remains a far more pervasive issue in our politics than fake news.
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Wednesday: Tick-Tock Stock

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Rayne
In this post: A short film depicts a failed love story in electronic debris and a tick-tock behind yesterday's stock market's scramble.
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The #FakeNews about Iraqi WMD Got Hundreds of Thousands Killed

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emptywheel
Dana Milbank, who once had a fake news podcast in which he accused Hillary of preferring Mad Bitch beer, wants average news consumers to stop chasing fake news.

9th Circuit Rules that Mohamed Osman Mohamud Might Have Killed Like a Bunch of White Mass Killers Had the FBI Not Intervened

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emptywheel
The 9th Circuit said that Mohamed Osman Mohamud, like a bunch of young white mass killers, might have committed the crimes even without FBI inciting him to do so. Of course, those young white mass killers would not have been discovered because they were not speaking internationally.
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Show Us Where the Bad Men Touched You, Jason

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Rayne
What happened in that room when they were alone, out of the public's eye? How and where were GOP Congresspersons touched?

Two Lessons of the Robin Raphel Case

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emptywheel
The blockbuster WSJ story on Robin Raphel offers two key lessons in dragnet spying: first, it shows how innocent Americans can be picked up off their "incidentally collected" communications with targeted foreigners. And it shows how some of that information may be deemed classified even if developed independently.

Our Syrian Rebels Are Issuing Threats Via WaPo

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emptywheel
The people who want to keep backing rebels in Syria are lobbying through the WaPo again.
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SOS Trash Talk, College and Pro

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bmaz
So, having been completely bullied into this by our own beloved Roving Reporter, the one and only Rosalind, here we go. Okay, the most "urgent" thing this weekend is the conference championships and seeding in the NCAA. Yes, the football…

DOJ Still Claiming Its Kid Glove Oversight of Prosecutors Is Adequate

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emptywheel
DOJ's Inspector General is making its perennial complaint that it cannot investigate DOJ's lawyers. What explains the timing of this complaint?

MI AG Bill Schuette Is Always on the Wrong Side of History -- So I Now Enthusiastically Back MI's Recount

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emptywheel
Prior to today, I was not opposed to Jill Stein's recount of MI's election. But now that MI's Attorney General, Bill Schuette, has come out against it, I enthusiastically back it, because Schuette is always on the wrong side of history.
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Our Industrial Policy Is the F-35

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emptywheel
Trump's deal to save Carrier jobs may be a gimmick. But now that he has federalized state industrial policy decisions, it is also an invitation to consider our existing industrial policy -- the F-35 and similar programs -- and seek to improve it.

CYBERCOM versus NSA: On Fighting Isis or Spying on Them

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emptywheel
Maybe the really secret information in that article on firing Admiral Mike Rogers is that CYBERCOM wasn't really targeting ISIS for sabotage until the last month?

Vox Media, Where You Can Make $15 an Hour to Insinuate Fight for $15 Is Just about Alliteration

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emptywheel
Vox thinks if workers fight for $15 an hour -- a living wage -- they're doing it just out of poetic license. Maybe that's why they're only paying their fellow on race and identities $15 an hour?
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Seven Democrats Write Obama Asking Him to Declassify More Information on Russian Involvement in the Election

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emptywheel
Ron Wyden just sent another of his cryptic letters, this one suggesting that Obama should release information on the Russian government and the election.

King Arthur Slays Internet Traffic to UK's Tax Haven with Tons of Steel

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emptywheel
A liquified petroleum tanker has cut the Isle of Jersey off from most Internet connection by severing three underseas cables.