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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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‘Eyes in the Sky’: The Scary Realities of Wide Area Surveillance

‘Eyes in the Sky’: The Scary Realities of Wide Area Surveillance

“Someday most major developed cities in the world will live under the unblinking gaze of some form of wide-area surveillance,” writes Arthur Holland Michel in Eyes in the Sky, a startling, disturbing, and deeply reported account of the powerful new technologies that promise safety and imperil privacy on an unprecedented scale. Imagine an aerial video...

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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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Dan Jones: How ODNI Nominee Avril Haines Whitewashed Torture

Dan Jones: How ODNI Nominee Avril Haines Whitewashed Torture

Spencer Ackerman of Daily Beast calls it “a proxy war.” The nomination of Avril Haines to serve as director of the Office of National Intelligence (ODNI) has set off a power struggle between the center-left and center-right factions of the Democratic policy world. This is a consequential fight, the ODNI overseees–but does not actually run–17...

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