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The Deep State Is Very Real

Of course there’s a Deep State. Why wouldn’t there be? Even a cursory understanding of human nature tells us that power corrupts, as Lord Acton put it; that, when power is concentrated and entrenched, it will be abused; that, when it is concentrated and entrenched in secrecy, it will be abused in secret. That’s the Deep State.

Read Here – The National Interest

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Trump Won’t Allow You To Use iPads Or Laptops On Certain Airlines. Here’s Why.

It may not be about security. Three of the airlines that have been targeted for these measures — Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways — have long been accused by their U.S. competitors of receiving massive effective subsidies from their governments. These airlines have been quietly worried for months that President Trump was going to retaliate. This may be the retaliation.

Read Here – The Washington Post

The Multibillion-Dollar U.S. Spy Agency You Haven’t Heard Of

Despite its lack of name recognition, the NGA’s (National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency) headquarters is the third-largest building in the Washington metropolitan area, bigger than the CIA headquarters and the U.S. Capitol. Completed in 2011 at a cost of $1.4 billion, the main building measures four football fields long and covers as much ground as two aircraft carriers.

Read Here – Foreign Policy

The Deep State Goes To War With President-Elect, Using Unverified Claims

In January 1961, Dwight Eisenhower delivered his farewell address after serving two terms as U.S. president; the five-star general chose to warn Americans of this specific threat to democracy: “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.”

Read Here – The Intercept

India’s 007, Former Super Spy, Is Shaping Modi’s Foreign Policy

He spent seven years undercover in Pakistan, recruited rebels as informants in disputed Kashmir, and once disguised himself as a rickshaw driver to infiltrate a militant group inside India’s holiest Sikh temple. Now some consider Ajit Doval the most powerful person in India after Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Read Here – Bloomberg

Russia, China, And Cyber Espionage

Cyber operations are also an essentially asymmetric tool, in that they level the playing field between nations that may have wide disparities in terms of the effectiveness of their conventional forces. However, this cuts both ways, as the United States also conducts a considerable number of cyber operations in support of intelligence collection. This leads into the third primary advantage of cyber as it relates to espionage, which is that cyber-capabilities make exfiltrating large volumes of information much, much easier than would be the case otherwise.

Read Here – The Cipher Brief

What Donald Rumsfeld Knew We Didn’t Know About Iraq

A new document reveals gap of intelligence on WMD. Why didn’t the chief of Pentagon share it with others?

Read Here – Politco

What Obama Wishes He Could Say About ISIL

President Barack Obama has more he could say in response to the questions about ISIL he’s getting pummeled with since the Paris attacks. They’re just not, according to people familiar with his thinking, things that he wants to say out loud.

Read Here – Politico 

Digital Armament

Besides the shiny world of social media, hard information technology work has been part of the U.S. governments for decades, but critics believe that the way the government deals with cyber issues is outdated or doesn’t even exist appropriately. Recently, the White House published the long-awaited Cybersecurity Strategy and Implementation Plan (CSIP), which aims to strengthen and protect the federal networks and systems.

Read Here – The European

Oops! Someone Just Leaked The Price List For Cyberwar

On Monday, the Italian company Hacking Team, which produces secret cyber weapons for law-enforcement and government clients around the world, became the victim of an embarrassing public disclosure: more than 400 gigabytes of internal data made its way online in a widely shared torrent file.

Read Here – Defense One

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