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19 Years On

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bmaz
Next year it will be twenty years on. A few minutes ago it was exactly 19 years to the minute. The first plane hit the North Tower at 8:46 am EST. We now suffer a 9/11 every couple of days in the US thanks to Trump's bungling of the Coronavirus…
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No Honor Among Troll Faces: The Latest Lawfare against Prigozhin's Trolls

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emptywheel
In a complaint targeting the cryptocurrency work supporting Yevgeniy Prigozhin's trolling operation, the government may have provided evidence that two of his employees are transferring funds from official accounts into their own personal accounts.
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Racism and Russia: The Topics Brian Murphy Claims He Was Ordered to Lie About

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emptywheel
A whistleblower retaliation complaint from DHS intelligence official Brian Murphy crystalizes Trump's policy of racism and Russia.
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Devout Catholic Bill Barr Stakes the Credibility of His Institution on Shielding an Accused Rapist

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emptywheel
Yesterday, Bill Barr did what hundreds of Catholic Cardinals have before him, throw the institutional weight of the bureaucracy he leads behind hiding the corruption of the institution itself.

This is Impossible, Part Two: Loving From a Distance

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Quinn Norton
I began writing this in the Munich airport, waiting at a quiet, bright airport gate that was the liminal space between one life and another, between being mother, and being wife. My face was red and sore from wearing an n95 mask for 12 hours.…
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Who, What, When, Why: Trump Has Paid $500K to Silence Keith Schiller

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emptywheel
Keith Schiller, who witnessed some of the calls between Roger Stone and Donald Trump that Trump is so desperate to keep secret, has been paid $500,000 since he left the White House.
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Julian Assange's First Witness, Journalism Professor Mark Feldstein, Professes to Be Unfamiliar with the Public Record on Assange

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emptywheel
The Julian Assange prosecution presents risks to journalism. But none of those excuse shoddy journalism -- a failure to even consult the public, official record -- in support of his case. That's what Assange's first witness is planning to do.
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The US Government Formed a New Understanding of WikiLeaks after 2016

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emptywheel
Multiple public records make it clear that the understanding the US government had about WikiLeaks changed after 2016, in large part arising out of investigations not predicated on journalistic activity. That has been left out of the debate about the dangers of his Julian Assange's extradition.
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The Latest Stinky 702 Opinion Bodes Poorly for the Next One

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emptywheel
Because the FBI has been so slow in implementing the rules the FISC imposed on their back door searches, we're likely to see more bad news about them when the reauthorization currently being prepared is released months from now.
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Dead Flowers On Kentucky Derby Day

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bmaz
Hi there Trash Talk fans and fannettes, we are back. Personally, I think opening up B1G and SEC football is a declaration of pandemic war on society, especially in some seriously at high risk areas without the ICU resources to cover in a mass…
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Interpol Drops Red Notice against Yevgeniy Prigozhin Even Though US Charges Remain

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emptywheel
Some days ago, Russian outlets reported that Interpol had dropped its Red Notice for Yevgeniy Prigozhin, even though US charges against him remain.
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Rayne
The White House can put all the spin on their "Zapuder tape" they want. It won't change the fact they have chosen to kill hundreds of thousands of Americans.
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Treasury Threatens to Prosecute Reporters Trying to Reveal What Rod Rosenstein and Richard Burr Would Not

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emptywheel
WikiLeaks supporters like to claim the May 2019 superseding indictment against Assange uniquely threatens journalism by treating routine journalistic activities -- such as requesting sensitive information -- as part of a conspiracy to leak.*…

Why Read Old Books?

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Ed Walker
Why do we change our minds?
[Photo: National Security Agency, Ft. Meade, MD via Wikimedia]
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Basaaly Moalin Wins His Appeal -- But Gets Nothing

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emptywheel
The 9th Circuit just declared the Section 215 dragnet exposed by Edward Snowden violated the Fourth Amendment.
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Andrew Miller Was [Probably] Questioned about Someone He Knew Under a Different Name

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emptywheel
In what appears to be Andrew Miller's FBI 302, the witness explains that he didn't know of one Stone associate via the name the Agents first asked about, but did know of the person under a different name.
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It's Not the Four Year Old Counterintelligence Investigation intro Trump We Need to Be Most Worried About -- It's the Ones Bill Barr May Have Killed

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emptywheel
Mike Schmidt's publicity tour has set off a debate about what happened to the counterintelligence investigation into Trump back in 2017. A far more urgent question is what Bill Barr did to counterintelligence investigations implicating Trump this year.
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Billy Barr Released Someone with a History of Conspiring from Prison to Home Confinement

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emptywheel
Manafort's ties with Russian intelligence (described in the Senate Intelligence Report) and his persistent efforts to communicate covertly from jail make Bill Barr's decision to release him to home confinement even less defensible.
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Billy Barr Signs a Memo That Wouldn't Have Helped Carter Page

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emptywheel
Bill Barr released a memo purporting to add to FISA oversight. There's nothing obviously offensive about this memo. But it would do little to prevent a repeat of the Carter Page problems. And it's not clear that it adds anything to the very real efforts to improve the FISA process at DOJ. Indeed, it may well be an effort to pre-empt more substantive concerns about the role of NSD (as opposed to FBI) in this process.
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Three Things: Breathing, Thinking, Mating and COVID-19

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Rayne
At least one of these three things are important to you, no matter your age. COVID-19 can affect one or more of them, and we don't yet know to what extent.
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