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The Lesson Trump Has (Thus Far) Not Taught Us: Civilian Casualties

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emptywheel
Many US policies that have gotten worse under Trump are being delegitimized. But not, yet, increased civilian casualties as a result of American bombs.
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Republicans Prepare to Accuse Hillary of Russian Ties

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emptywheel
On Monday, Devin Nunes suggested some private citizens might have evidence of Russian attempts to cultivate Hillary's campaign. Since then Republicans get closer to offering up such allegations.

FBI Is Examining Possible Coordination with Russia, Not Collusion

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emptywheel
When discussing the potential case against Trump's affiliates, it's worth remembering that FBI is thinking in terms of coordination, not collusion.

Wikileaks Permadrip: "Other Vault 7 Documents"

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emptywheel
Is Wikileaks sitting on its most up to date files targeting Apple products?
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Which Came First, the Failed Ideology or the Spiking Mortality Rates?

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emptywheel
One of the things that drives me nuts about the obsessive focus on Russia right now is the claim that Vladimir Putin is the biggest risk to America, to the EU, to western civilization. That claim ignores that -- to the extent Putin is engaged…
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The Temporal Feint in Adam Schiff's Neat Narrative

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emptywheel
Many people were impressed with Adam Schiff's seemingly tight presentation of a quid pro quo on Monday. Only, the timeline of events doesn't support Schiff's case.
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When a White Republican Gets Spied On, Privacy Suddenly Matters

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emptywheel
Tom Rooney and Trey Gowdy are very concerned the leak of details of Mike Flynn's incidental collection will make it harder for them to reauthorize Section 702. But in the process of expressing that concern, they made it clear they have zero understanding of how FISA works -- or how easy it is to access US person content, particularly at the FBI.
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FBI Delayed Telling the Gang of Four about Trump-Related Investigation Because It Is So Serious

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emptywheel
Very early in today's Russia hack hearing, Jim Comey confirmed there was a counterintelligence investigation into Russia and Trump associates. It wasn't until close to the end of the hearing, however, when Elise Stefanik elicited the detail that FBI had delayed briefing congressional leaders because of the seriousness of the investigation.

After Three Suggestions of Doctored Data, Alfa Bank Claims They're Being Framed

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emptywheel
Amid accumulating evidence that the Trump-Alfa Bank story was a hoax, Alfa Bank now claims hackers are trying to perpetuate that hoax.
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Why Would FSB Officer Dmitry Dokuchaev Use a Yahoo Email Account to Spy for Russia?

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emptywheel
While it's true that Russia needs to hack US tech companies to obtain foreign emails, there are a lot of reasons to believe that the Yahoo hack wasn't conducted as official FSB business.
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How Was Karim Baratov Paid?

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emptywheel
The Yahoo indictment provides some details on how the Kazakh-Canadian hacker got paid. But the numbers involved only raise more questions about who funded this operation.

Open Thread: Arcs and Sparks

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Rayne
A second Polish artist — this time a 19th century Symbolist — and some other non-art stuff. This is an open thread.

Ron Wyden's Complaints about Section 702

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emptywheel
Ron Wyden raised a number of concerns about how Section 702 can affect Americans, some of which have gotten relatively little attention.
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Ron Wyden's History of Bogus Excuses for Not Counting 702 US Person Collection

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emptywheel
In a speech this week, Ron Wyden reviewed the history of the IC's refusal to admit how many Americans are surveilled under Section 702. The history adds to the case that the IC refuses to come up with this number because if they do so, a great deal of what they're collecting will be deemed illegal.
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Day 33: Happy Some Saint's Day

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Rayne
It's some saint's day, one associated in the U.S. with green beer and whiskey with an e. It's also Day 33 in our countdown to Tax Day.
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Day 34: Frankly, We Have a Lot Right Now

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Rayne
A lot of evidence or a lot of nonsense — we haz one of them. Bring yours to this open thread. It's also Day 34 in our countdown to Tax Day.

Dianne Feinstein Discovers Its Not "Just" Metadata

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emptywheel
Back when Dianne Feinstein was defending the phone dragnet she authorized, she claimed that so long as no content got collected, it didn't count as surveillance. "This is just metadata" she said after the first Snowden leak. She's not saying that anymore.
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The Yahoo Indictment: Erectile Dysfunction Marketing, Plus Stuff NSA Does All the Time

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emptywheel
Most of the things alleged in an indictment against two FSB officers and two other Russian hackers are things the NSA does all the time -- and things the US has not charged in similar cases. So why did they charge it the way they did?

Count Them: Thirty. Five. Days.

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Rayne
It's March 15 — you have 35 days until Tax Day deadline for your annual filing. Donald Trump has 35 days to come up with yet another "dog ate my homework" excuse.