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In the Face of the Right-Wing Threat, an Epic US Intelligence Failure

In the Face of the Right-Wing Threat, an Epic US Intelligence Failure

The failed coup of January 6, writes journalist Joe Conason, “illuminated the national landscape like a flash of lightning. It is now clear even to those who have pretended otherwise that Trump himself represents a grave danger to national security.” And yet as this danger gathered, U.S. domestic intelligence agencies–namely  the Department of Homeland Security...

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Former U.S. Defense Secretaries Warn Against a Military Coup  

Former U.S. Defense Secretaries Warn Against a Military Coup  

The statement, published in the Washington Post, is a symptom of America’s imperiled democracy. Ten former Secretaries of Defense, including Dick Cheney, vizier of the George Bush’s presidency, are denouncing President Trump’s efforts to overturn his electoral defeat. Although they don’t use the phrase, they say the danger is a military coup, As senior Defense...

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Inside The Five Eyes: ‘Like a Moon Base’

Inside The Five Eyes: ‘Like a Moon Base’

[Inside the Five Eyes series: Part 1 |Part 2 | Part 3 is below] The technological assets that the Five Eyes can bring to bear on surveillance activities are astonishingly powerful. The Five Eyes have added approximately 130 advanced quasi-parabolic multibeam antennas since 1995, according to a 2015 report by the Nautilus Institute, a diversely...

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RIP: Jerrold Post, CIA Profiler Who Said Trump Was a ‘Malignant Narcissist’

RIP: Jerrold Post, CIA Profiler Who Said Trump Was a ‘Malignant Narcissist’

From Peter Eisner at SpyTalk. A veteran Washington reporter, Eisner interviewed Post for his podcast (with Jonathan Winer) Unconventional Threat. The Q&A with Post, reprinted in the SpyTalk piece, is well worth reading Here is guide to understanding how an intelligence agency assesses a political leader. Post had created the Center for the Analysis of Personality...

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