A collection of 17 posts
The Entirely Predictable Subversion of the US IC
I hear a lot of people saying that "the warning lights are blinking red" this week but the truth is that they were blinking in late 2015. The dismantling of institutions and norms has been systematic and if you think this is bad - it's just getting started.
Motherboard: The Bots That Are Changing Politics
Jigsaw, the Google/Alphabet think-tank, recently invited me and a handful of others to spend a day in New York City thinking about how to build a taxonomy for political bots. It was a productive day and a month or so later we made some of that work public in this essay at Motherboard.
Understanding the Pace and Scope of Technology Driven Change with Andrew Trabulsi
Andrew Trabulsi, entrepreneur, consultant, and co-editor of Warlords, Inc.: Black Markets, Broken States, and the Rise of the Warlord Entrepreneur, joins me again for a discussion about the inherent challenges in understanding and forecasting technology-driven change.
Russia, Trump, and Hillary: What a Debate
In episode 62 I look at what may have been the most bizarre presidential debate in U.S. history. Covert Contact regular William J. Tucker joins me later in the show to discuss the U.S. government’s formal acknowledgement that Russia is meddling in the U.S. election. You
Inside the President’s Daily Brief with David Priess
Dr. David Priess delivered the Presidents Daily Brief during the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations and has produced the definitive history on the subject with The President’s Book of Secrets: The Untold Story of Intelligence Briefings to America’s Presidents from Kennedy to Obama [https://www.amazon.
Talking Russia, Trump, and the 2016 Election with William J. Tucker
Regular Blogs of War and Covert Contact contributor William J. Tucker joined me on Covert Contact Sunday evening to dig into the 2016 election insanity from a counterintelligence perspective. The DNC email hacks and Donald Trump’s deep policy alignment with Putin have caused a great deal of (completely legitimate)
Russian Hackers Run Wild on the DNC
Regular Blogs of War and Covert Contact contributor William J. Tucker joins me to discuss the apparent Russian state-sponsored hack of the DNC. We also spend quite a bit of time discussing the sorry state of security. We’re talking about cyber issues constantly but the intrusions, threats, and vulnerabilities
The Senate Torture Report
It is always disheartening when America does not live up to the standards many of us expect and in the adoption and execution of enhanced interrogation we have failed to do that on many levels. The primary failure is that our elected officials and the people who serve them strayed