Trump admin to sell $12b in arms to ‘funder of terrorism’ Qatar

"The nation of Qatar, unfortunately, has historically been a funder of terrorism at a very high level," U.S. President Donald Trump said last week, after several countries including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen and Bahrain cut ties with Qatar over alleged connections to extremist groups. Announcements of decisions to cut diplomatic ties … Continue reading Trump admin to sell $12b in arms to ‘funder of terrorism’ Qatar

Key federal jobs vacant under chaotic Trump administration

As tweet-storm controversies and allegations and investigations of Russian meddling in the U.S. election continue, President Donald Trump is having trouble -- for reasons both self-made and external -- filling vacancies in top jobs throughout the federal government. Trump has recently announced a few nominations. These include Richard V. Spencer (not to be confused with … Continue reading Key federal jobs vacant under chaotic Trump administration

Govt. wants face recognition for ‘non-cooperative’ subjects ‘in the wild’

The U.S. spy world's high tech research agency, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity or IARPA, has launched a new face-recognition challenge, as Atlantic Media's government tech news site NextGov reports this week. Unlike the procession of so-called "artificial intelligence" algorithms that have emerged in recent years for the purpose of identifying faces in photos … Continue reading Govt. wants face recognition for ‘non-cooperative’ subjects ‘in the wild’

Trump, Russia, Bilderberg and the Logan Act

  As usual, the exclusive Bilderberg Meeting, an annual gathering of the rich and powerful of North America and Europe, has released its list of discussion topics and meeting participants – and precious little else about what will go on at the four-day conference, which is run under the “Chatham House Rule” ensuring participant anonymity … Continue reading Trump, Russia, Bilderberg and the Logan Act

A tale of two FBI bosses, Trump-Russia ties, deception and the media

Following President Donald Trump's surprise firing of FBI Director James Comey last week, major developments in the Russia investigation story have been unfolding almost too quickly to follow. Wednesday's appointment of former FBI director Robert Mueller as the new Justice Department special counsel to investigate election interference allegations, however, provides an opportunity to reflect on … Continue reading A tale of two FBI bosses, Trump-Russia ties, deception and the media

U.S. looks into setting up biometric surveillance system for Mexico

During last year's election campaign, President Donald Trump famously promised to build a wall on the United States' southern border, and make Mexico pay for it. Now, however, it appears that U.S. taxpayers may end up paying not only for the border wall, but for a whole biometric surveillance system for the Mexican government. "The … Continue reading U.S. looks into setting up biometric surveillance system for Mexico

U.S. airstrike civilian deaths escalate, no end in sight

  While former President Barack Obama recently left office with a much higher approval rating than his predecessor, George W. Bush, his dramatic escalation of drone strikes around the world remains an undeniable and controversial component of his legacy -- and one that, like his healthcare reform law, appears to be continuing under the new … Continue reading U.S. airstrike civilian deaths escalate, no end in sight

After Twitter outrage, Trump rewards biggest defense contractors

Back in December, following his election win but prior to his inauguration, President Donald Trump made headlines with tweets criticizing America's largest military contractors, Boeing and Lockheed Martin. If investors were spooked, however, recent developments should ease their fears, as these same companies are set to profit handsomely if Trump's newly proposed budget is approved. … Continue reading After Twitter outrage, Trump rewards biggest defense contractors

Trump accuses Obama of wiretaps, pushes to renew unaccountable wiretapping authority

  President Donald Trump kicked off yet another news cycle via Twitter this weekend with allegations that former President Barack Obama had his "wires tapped" at Trump Tower in October. Yet Trump's concern about whether he was personally monitored  comes as his administration is reportedly looking to reauthorize two of the National Security Agency's biggest … Continue reading Trump accuses Obama of wiretaps, pushes to renew unaccountable wiretapping authority

‘The science of resistance’ and the Trump administration

Ever since Donald Trump's election win took the national media and much of the country by surprise, much has been written in the press and on social media about "The Resistance" to his presidency. The phrase has been embraced by the likes of comedian Sarah Silverman and former ESPN anchor Keith Olbermann, who has adopted … Continue reading ‘The science of resistance’ and the Trump administration