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No Huawei! US Spy Chiefs Reverse Course on Phone Spying

No Huawei! US Spy Chiefs Reverse Course on Phone Spying

  by Thomas L. Knapp If it seems like only a year ago that the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation was telling us how dangerous it is for Americans to have encrypted smart phones that make it hard for the FBI to poke around in our data, that’s because yes, it really was […]

A Korean Spring after the Winter Olympics is Unlikely. Here’s Why.

A Korean Spring after the Winter Olympics is Unlikely. Here’s Why.

  by Thomas L. Knapp Peace between the Republic of Korea (South Korea) the the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) suddenly seems closer than ever as the 2018 Winter Olympics open in Pyeongchang on February 9. The North is contributing athletes to a bi-national team with the South, and also sending a delegation […]

The Census for Dummies (Including the US Department of Justice)

The Census for Dummies (Including the US Department of Justice)

  by Thomas L. Knapp “Uncertainly is swirling over whether the Census Bureau will be able to get an accurate population count for the 2020 census,” The Hill reports. The Department of Justice wants the bureau to ask respondents about their citizenship status, which could result in people avoiding the census altogether. There’s a simple […]

Veterans in Politics: It’s Not About Honor

Veterans in Politics: It’s Not About Honor

  by Thomas L. Knapp The Atlantic’s Ronald Brownstein reports that a new political organization, With Honor, “has launched a major effort to elect to the House more recent military veterans who commit to working across party lines. … a bipartisan core of House Members who are inclined to seek common ground, whatever their personal […]

Bye, Bye, FBI? The Case for Disbanding the Federal Frankenstein’s Monster

Bye, Bye, FBI? The Case for Disbanding the Federal Frankenstein’s Monster

  by Thomas L. Knapp The Federal Bureau of Investigation is always under fire for something. As of late January, that something is destruction of evidence. Text messages between agents involved in the Bureau’s investigations of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, from a key time frame during the presidential transition,  are missing. Congress, the Bureau, […]

A Crowdfunding Proposal: UFOs Deserve Better and More Public Investigation

A Crowdfunding Proposal: UFOs Deserve Better and More Public Investigation

. by Thomas L. Knapp Between 2007 and 2012, the New York Times reports, a secret US Department of Defense program received $22 million to investigate reports of unidentified flying objects (UFOs). Although it no longer receives dedicated funding, the program apparently continues as a part-time effort pursued by personnel with other duties. Among the […]

US Foreign Aid: Bad for America, Bad for the World

US Foreign Aid: Bad for America, Bad for the World

. by Thomas L. Knapp Ahead of a vote in the United Nations’ General Assembly on a resolution condemning US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital,  President Donald Trump and UN ambassador Nikki Haley threatened states voting for the resolution with the loss of US financial aid. “We’re watching those votes” said Trump. “Let them […]

SESTA/FOSTA: The Real Internet Censorship Threat

SESTA/FOSTA: The Real Internet Censorship Threat

  . by Thomas L. Knapp In a particularly Orwellian example of the arguments for “Net Neutrality,” the editorial board of the Los Angeles Times preemptively complained that the Federal Communications Commission’s December 14 repeal of the two-year-old rule “sacrifices the free and open Internet on the altar of deregulation.” In fact, the “free and […]

The Moore You Know …

The Moore You Know …

. by Thomas L. Knapp It’s hard to be objective about Roy Moore. Ever since his days as circuit judge of Etowah County, Alabama, he’s been a hero to religious conservatives and the bane of civil libertarians. The former powered his two elections to the office of Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, on his […]

Google to Employees: Feel Safe Sharing Your Opinions, as Long as They’re Our Opinions

Google to Employees: Feel Safe Sharing Your Opinions, as Long as They’re Our Opinions

. By Thomas L. Knapp Former Google engineer James Damore is suddenly between jobs. He’s been fired, Bloomberg reports, for writing “an internal memo blasting the web company’s diversity policies.” Google has long cultivated a reputation for hiring smart people, turning them loose, and listening to them. This firing puts a giant dent in that […]

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