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The Real Threat to Our Government Is Tech Illiteracy

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In February 2016, two months after Rizwan Syed Farook killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California, FBI director James Comey spoke before the Senate Intelligence Committee to discuss the global threats facing the US. “The growing use of encryption,” Comey testified, was “overwhelmingly affecting law enforcement.” As an example of this technical imposition, Comey informed the legislators […]

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The Urgent Challenge of Replacing Comey Amid a Firestorm

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James Comey’s ouster as director of the FBI on Tuesday raises plenty questions about why Donald Trump fired him, the timing of the Trump administration’s decision, and the extent to which it might all stem from the FBI’s investigation into potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. But it also prompts a more practical question: Who takes his spot? […]

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FBI Boss Comey Finally Explains His Infamous Clinton Letter

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FBI Director James Comey would like you to travel back in time with him for a minute. It’s Friday morning, October 28. The day prior, members of his staff told Comey that they had found thousands of Hillary Clinton’s private emails stored on Anthony Weiner’s laptop, and needed a warrant to read them, thereby reopening […]

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The US Strike on Syria Underscores Trump’s Media-Fueled Worldview

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On Thursday night, two US Navy warships fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase after President Bashar al-Assad’s regime used chemical weapons earlier this week against civilians. For months, Donald Trump has espoused a hands-off approach to intervening in the Middle Eastern country’s six-year-long civil war, yet it took just 24 hours for […]

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Trump & Co. Just Picked the Wrong Fight With Twitter

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Christie Hemm Klok/WIRED Another week, another eruption of abuse on Twitter. This time, it was Breitbart writer and self-anointed “supervillain of the Internet” Milo Yiannopoulos, whom the company finally banned after he stoked his followers into flooding Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones with hateful and racist messages. Yiannopoulos went so far as to tweet out fake screenshots of things […]

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Sorry, But Susan Rice Is Not Your ‘Smoking Gun’

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This week, multiple news outlets reported that Susan Rice, former national security adviser to Barack Obama, had made several requests to “unmask” the names of Trump transition team members from intelligence reports, in order to reveal their redacted names. But while several politicians and pundits have called conspiracy, the reality is likely much more mundane. […]

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American Spies Now Have Their Very Own Smartphone App

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Chris Rasmussen is an evangelist, and his message is crowdsourcing. As a career analyst inside the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Rasmussen’s sermons have been limited to a closed top-secret community. But this week, he’s going public with his most radical idea to date, in the form of a smartphone app for senior US intelligence officers. Called […]