Does Possible Political Misuse of Intel Tools Deserve Greater Scrutiny?

Investigations into admitted violations seem lackluster to date. Nobody has been publicly held responsible for breaches acknowledged last October. Is the intel community withholding information on “unmaskings”? The following is a news analysis and commentary Many politicians, pundits and members of the press are consumed by Russia’s alleged attempts to interfere in our election. Recent testimony by […]

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Congress’ maddening, secretive quota system

As cynical as you may already be about Washington D.C., you might still be surprised by our exclusive cover story Sunday that details the shocking quota system members of Congress are under to raise money in order to advance. We’re talking big money. The quotas, set by their respective parties, have grown so large, insiders say members […]

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Obama-era Surveillance Timeline

You can find many timelines that follow allegations of Russia tampering in the U.S. election and alleged involvement of Trump officials. But I couldn’t find any comprehensive timelines cross-referencing Obama-era surveillance of whistleblowers, journalists and other U.S. citizens with Russia surveillance allegations. So I built one. Please note: temporal proximity of events doesn’t necessarily imply a connection. January 21, […]

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Eight Facts on the “Russian Hacks”

Above Image: The Kremlin, the Russian government’s power center This story was first published on Dec. 31, 2016 There’s no standing allegation by U.S. officials that the Russians (or anyone else) “hacked” into our elections system or altered vote counts. So what are the allegations and facts as we know them? The FBI and DHS […]

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12 times Dems, Repubs said no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion; 10 times people claimed there was

To date, scandalous accusations of treason against Trump haven’t borne out Incendiary claims unsupported by public evidence after 10 months of probes The following is a news analysis Ten months after questions were first raised, there’s no evidence that Donald Trump “colluded” with Russia, according to prominent Democrats and Republicans who have reviewed information or received briefings. […]

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Inside “The Resistance”

Inside the Resistance: Sunday on Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson, we’ll take you inside the resistance that’s promised to fight every syllable that comes out of President Trump’s mouth and every move that he makes. They’re borrowing a page from the enemy–the Tea Party, which emerged in a big way in 2009, disrupting Congressional town […]

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Massive increase in searches of NSA data on U.S. citizens during election year

Under President Obama, U.S. officials vastly expanded their searches of sensitive data captured about Americans during NSA surveillance of foreign targets. Read Circa’s report Recently, the website Circa.com broke this major story. A few years ago, the same story would have made big international headlines. But today’s news environment is highly-managed, and the reporting didn’t […]

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When the feds won’t give up information the public owns

There’s no better example of our broken system than the partial Freedom of Information (FOI) response I just got. It’s from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regarding an Obamacare FOI request I made several years ago when I was at CBS News and investigating the failed launch and serious security risks surrounding the Affordable […]

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