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The U.S. Capitol Police Are Ill-Prepared for Another Assault

The U.S. Capitol Police Are Ill-Prepared for Another Assault

BARRING SOME unforeseen and dramatic changes in the dynamics of American politics,  we are headed for another wave of violence pivoting on the 2020 and 2024 elections, when Trump-Republican state and local officials are widely expected to protest Democratic victories at the polls and move to nullify the results. In place after place, according to...

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Israel Threatens War to Block Biden’s Iran Diplomacy

Israel Threatens War to Block Biden’s Iran Diplomacy

It is clear that President Biden wants to rejoin the international nuclear agreement with Iran. President Obama negotiated the pact and Biden regards it as a key part of the Obama legacy. President Trump trashed the agreement with support of Israel. Now Israel is seeking to sustain Trump’s policy. The Israelis, in league with Mohammed bin...

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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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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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MuckRock on Transparency and the Transition Away from Trump

MuckRock on Transparency and the Transition Away from Trump

MuckRock is a collaborative news site that gives you the tools to hold the government accountable. From our friends at MuckRock. MuckRock wants to help you prepare for the coming administration and the deep reflection we’ll need to give to the current one. Let us know what questions you have. Check out our FOIA 101: Tips and...