10:43 AM 10/27/2017 – Cambridge Five, Cambridge Analytica, Cyberwars, Cyberlinks, and The Cyber-Collusion – 2017 | M.N.: The missing link appears to be found: Cambridge Analytica’s software system…

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M.N.: The missing link appears to be found: Cambridge Analytica’s software system…

If the Cambridge Analytica’s software system was based on the Russian (or any other: German, Israeli, etc.) designed algorithms, which it appears to be likely (cease and examine it ASAP), or had the ability to connect and “consult” 0nline with the special websites – sources providing such the algorithms, and on the other hand, was fed the voter data information from the RNC, then it was, and maybe still is, the major connection link in the hidden Trump Campaign – Russia communications chain, and indeed, the major and the entirely “legal”, on a surface of it, “the communications hub”. 

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“We as a campaign made the choice to rely on the voter data of the Republican National Committee to help elect President Donald J. Trump,” Michael Glassner, executive director of Donald Trump for President, said. “Any claims that voter data from any other source played a key role in the victory are false.”

But campaign filings show that the campaign paid Cambridge Analytica $5.9 million for data management services between 2015 and 2016.

A former GOP source said that Cambridge Analytica primarily fit into the digital operations of the campaign and used data produced by the RNC for marketing on social media and other platforms. 

“[The RNC] provided the data to Cambridge, and they used that for marketing,” the source said, adding that the company had roughly 12 to 15 employees on the ground in San Antonio, where Trump digital director Brad Parscale’s company is located. 

Parscale met with members of the House Intelligence Committee behind closed doors on Tuesday as part of its Russia probe. – Scrutiny mounts for Trump digital operation – The Hill 

The Case Study of Donald Trump for President: “A Full-Scale Data-Driven Digital Campaign”

Let’s return to the case study of CA’s data collection and analysis for the Donald Trump presidential campaign. Let’s try to figure out what CA did that was different — and how The Guardian‘s expose was so controversial that it led to a lawsuit.

CA built 20 custom data models to forecast the voter behavior of 180,000 individuals. Their digital marketing efforts led to a large-scale operation with 8-figure ad budgets and an infrastructure that supported all aspects of the campaign, “influencing voters where and when it counted.”

Dr. Jonathan Rust, director of Cambridge University’s Psychometric Centre, says,

“The danger of not having regulation around the sort of data you can get from Facebook and elsewhere is clear. With this, a computer can actually do psychology, it can predict and potentially control human behavior. It’s what the scientologists try to do but much more powerful. It’s how you brainwash someone. It’s incredibly dangerous.

“It’s no exaggeration to say that minds can be changed. Behavior can be predicted and controlled. I find it incredibly scary. I really do. Because nobody has really followed through on the possible consequences of all this. People don’t know it’s happening to them. Their attitudes are being changed behind their backs.”

So, CA influenced voter intention, and it also inspired people to take specific actions. What were the results? “Donations increased, event turnouts grew, and inactive voters who favored Trump were motivated to get out and vote on election day.”

In the final months, reports based on the new data that emerged from polling were sent daily to the Trump campaign. Those reports demonstrated how voters might be shifting their perceptions of issues and candidates. What might that have looked like? Well, with CA’s ability to assess state-by-state reactions to any political event, they were able to understand any unexpected shifts in voting intention. The constant FBI Director Comey announcements about Secretary Clinton’s emails come to mind. – Trump Campaign Used Social Media Manipulation, Says The Guardian | CleanTechnica 

“What has now been made clear is that Russian trolls and automated bots not only promoted explicitly pro-Donald Trump messaging, but also used social media to sow social divisions in America by stoking disagreement and division around a plethora of controversial topics such as immigration and Islamophobia.

And, even more pertinently, it is clear that these interventions are continuing as Russian agents stoke division around such recent topics as white supremacist marches and NFL players taking a knee to protest police violence.

The overarching goal, during the election and now, analysts say, is to expand and exploit divisions, attacking the American social fabric where it is most vulnerable, along lines of race, gender, class and creed.

“The broader Russian strategy is pretty clearly about destabilizing the country by focusing on and amplifying existing divisions, rather than supporting any one political party,” said Jonathon Morgan, a former state department adviser on digital responses to terrorism whose company, New Knowledge, analyzes the manipulation of public discourse.

“I think it absolutely continues.” –  10.14.17 – How Russia used social media to divide Americans | US news | The Guardian

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Cyberspace, cyber control, cyber wars – 10.26.17

The E-Curtain And Control of The Cyberspace – Google Search
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11:00 AM 10/25/2017 – The E-Curtain | Michael Novakhov – In My Opinion
11:49 AM 10/25/2017 – A common link is a sharp contrast to the opinion polls, pre-election, and pre-referendum… | Michael Novakhov – In My Opinion
2:52 PM 10/25/2017 – Did foreign paid social media ads affect the outcome of elections 2016? Do the high quality and high power statistical study. | Michael Novakhov – In My Opinion
10:07 AM 10/24/2017 – This is the attempt to control and manage the electoral system, not just to undermine trust in it. – M.N. – 10.24.17 | Global Security News
5:41 PM 10/19/2017 – The Impact of Russia’s interference in the 2016 American presidential election and its outcome – Trump Investigations Report
4:16 AM 10/22/2017 – This appears to be solvable in principle by good statisticians and other researchers, which will address the dilemma… – Trump Investigations Report
Russia is in alliance and in tandem with Germany, just like in their previous anti-American shenanigans! | Michael Novakhov – In My Opinion
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Russian Facebook ads made no difference in the election
How Facebook, Google and Twitter ’embeds’ helped Trump in 2016 – POLITICO
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Andrew Weissmann, Robert Mueller’s top prosecutor, known for hardball tactics – Washington Times
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Cambridge Analytica – 10.25 – 21.17

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M.N.: The missing link appears to be found: Cambridge Analytica’s software system…

If the Cambridge Analytica’s software system was based on the Russian (or any other: German, Israeli, etc.) designed algorithms, which it appears to be likely (cease and examine it ASAP), or had the ability to connect and “consult” 0nline with the special websites – sources providing such the algorithms, and on the other hand, was fed the voter data information from the RNC, then it was, and maybe still is, the major connection link in the hidden Trump Campaign – Russia communications chain, and indeed, the major and the entirely “legal”, on a surface of it, “the communications hub”. 

10:02 AM 10/27/2017

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“We as a campaign made the choice to rely on the voter data of the Republican National Committee to help elect President Donald J. Trump,” Michael Glassner, executive director of Donald Trump for President, said. “Any claims that voter data from any other source played a key role in the victory are false.”

But campaign filings show that the campaign paid Cambridge Analytica $5.9 million for data management services between 2015 and 2016.

A former GOP source said that Cambridge Analytica primarily fit into the digital operations of the campaign and used data produced by the RNC for marketing on social media and other platforms. 

“[The RNC] provided the data to Cambridge, and they used that for marketing,” the source said, adding that the company had roughly 12 to 15 employees on the ground in San Antonio, where Trump digital director Brad Parscale’s company is located. 

Parscale met with members of the House Intelligence Committee behind closed doors on Tuesday as part of its Russia probe. – Scrutiny mounts for Trump digital operation – The Hill 

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4:16 AM 10/22/2017 – This appears to be solvable in principle by good statisticians and other researchers, which will address the dilemma… – Trump Investigations Report
Russia is in alliance and in tandem with Germany, just like in their previous anti-American shenanigans! | Michael Novakhov – In My Opinion
I DO NOT LIKE YOU, FACEBOOK!  | The World News and Times
Russia is pushing to control cyberspace. We should all be worried. – The Washington Post
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Russia’s Favored Outlet Is an Online News Giant. YouTube Helped. – The New York Times
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Campaigning in the Age of Facebook – Bloomberg
The U.S. and Global Security Review: “I am your robot! Meh, eh, eh…”: Tishe, tishe, tishe, malchishi-kibalchishi! – By Tom Jones, a marine adviser at Hampton Watercraft and Other Underwater Witchy Crafts Facilities
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9.25.17 – Here’s What Trump-Linked Cambridge Analytica Knows About iPhone Users
9.15.17 – Did Jared Kushner’s Data Operation Help Select Facebook Targets for the Russians? | Vanity Fair
9.15.17 – Cambridge Analytica Darren Bolding says Donald Trump Facebook
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May 26th, 2017 by Carolyn Fortuna


Trump campaign data may be directly tied to social media manipulation, according to an investigation at The Guardian. If that is the case, then take a back seat, fake news, because what we could have is a deliberate right-wing propaganda machine that is altering the way that voters perceive candidates and issues. It could be much more detrimental to our democracy than any fake news.

The Guardian has revealed that extreme conservative ideology is cycled through popular social media sites through algorithms so it becomes pervasive, dominant, and constant.

Social media manipulation is trouble for democratic society everywhere.

Cambridge Analytica’s Data Mining and Trump’s Victory

One company that drives data, Cambridge Analytica, goes so far as to take credit for Trump’s election win through its ability to manipulate media messages targeted at persuadable voters. According to the homepage of its website, Cambridge Analytica (CA) uses data to change audience behavior. If you click on the “Political” tab, you can eventually find a description that says,

“CA Political’s industry-leading data services help you to find, understand, and engage with voters more effectively. Our services can be purchased individually and tailored to your needs, but combined they offer a fully end-to-end campaign package. CA Political provides clients with a truly quantifiable approach to campaigning.”

It is a company that openly brags that the “expertise and intelligence” it provided to the Trump campaign spurred his election win. How did CA’s data analysis lead to what CA describes as the “most remarkable victory in modern U.S. political history?” Why is CA now suing The Guardian for a 2017 article titled, “Robert Mercer: the big data billionaire waging war on mainstream media?

That article now has a subtitle, “This article is the subject of a legal complaint on behalf of Cambridge Analytica LLC and SCL Elections Limited.”

What exactly happened with the Trump campaign data, according to The Guardian‘s inquiry? And do the forces behind his win continue to use data manipulation to influence the US government today?

How Trump Campaign Data Links to Google Searches

How does a 21st century data-driven campaign for an unlikely candidate for President of the USA work? By designating three integrated teams — research, data science, and digital marketing — CA was able to move millions of data points into targeted messages directed at “the most persuadable voters and the issues they cared about.” The purpose? Hit them with messages at key times to get them to take action to vote for Donald Trump.

Doesn’t really sound like anything different than any other contemporary campaign, does it? Just wait.

Data mining to target voters is only one aspect of the controversy around CA and The Guardian. In December 2016, writer Carole Cadwalladr chronicled how some topics, when searched on Google, resulted in responses that “were being dominated by right wing and extremist sites.”

In an interview, Jonathan Albright, professor of communications at Elon University, North Carolina, says that his research reveals that right-wing news sites attempted to do what most commercial websites try to do: find tricks that elevate their placement on Google’s PageRank system. They try to “game” the algorithm. Albright’s mapping of the news ecosystem has divulged that millions of links between right-wing sites were “strangling” the mainstream media during the 2016 Presidential election.

CA was cited by Albright as a company that sites like Breitbart could use to track people as they surf the web, including their visits to Facebook. They wanted to direct specific ads to their advantage. According to Albright:

“They have created a web that is bleeding through on to our web. This isn’t a conspiracy. There isn’t one person who’s created this. It’s a vast system of hundreds of different sites that are using all the same tricks that all websites use. They’re sending out thousands of links to other sites and together this has created a vast satellite system of right wing news and propaganda that has completely surrounded the mainstream media system.”

Ordering of search results does influence people, says Martin Moore, director of the Centre for the Study of Media, Communication and Power at King’s College, London. He explains,

“There’s large-scale, statistically significant research into the impact of search results on political views. And the way in which you see the results and the types of results you see on the page necessarily has an impact on your perspective.”

The results of Albright’s research that a vast network of right-wing sites feeds Google searches make me a little sick to my stomach.

The Case Study of Donald Trump for President: “A Full-Scale Data-Driven Digital Campaign”

Let’s return to the case study of CA’s data collection and analysis for the Donald Trump presidential campaign. Let’s try to figure out what CA did that was different — and how The Guardian‘s expose was so controversial that it led to a lawsuit.

CA built 20 custom data models to forecast the voter behavior of 180,000 individuals. Their digital marketing efforts led to a large-scale operation with 8-figure ad budgets and an infrastructure that supported all aspects of the campaign, “influencing voters where and when it counted.”

The responses from each individual polled by phone or online were matched with existing data in CA’s database. They analyzed numerous topics — “from their voting history to the car they drive.” As they did so, CA correlated individual behaviors with voting decisions. These models allowed CA to predict the way individuals would vote, even without the backdrop of knowing their specific political beliefs.

In essence, consumer and personal behaviors led to data organization and predicted which candidates the polled individuals would most likely prefer when it came time to vote.

Then CA organized voters into different categories and determined the best way to influence them through marketing. With these audience segments identified, CA created and implemented a marketing strategy for Trump fundraising. Get Out the Vote programs, heavily laden with persuasive motifs, included targeted advertisements in key battleground states that were directed to the most persuadable voters.

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What’s essential to understand here is that CA collaborated with “30+ ad tech partners.” Cadwalladr at The Guardian wrote that “Google’s search results on certain subjects were being dominated by right wing and extremist sites.” CA’s marketing operation utilized a number of platforms, including social media, search engine advertising, and YouTube. By using the social media that polled individuals tended to frequent most often, CA was able to appeal to voters using language and imagery in ways very familiar to this audience — ways they would understand and to which they would respond strongly.

“We used our data infrastructure to target voters who could be influenced in the most meaningful way. For example, if they cared about healthcare, targeted adverts directed them to websites explaining Trump’s views on the matter.”

Trump’s views on healthcare, according to a October 9, 2016, Business Insider article, were criticisms about the Affordable Care Act as having “resulted in runaway costs, websites that don’t work, greater rationing of care, higher premiums, less competition, and fewer choices.” Words like “runaway,” “don’t work,” “rationing,” “higher,” “less,” and “fewer” worked to demoralize persuadable voters who may have already been struggling with health care costs in addition to other living expenses.

If, as Albright’s research indicates, millions of links between right-wing sites were responsible for “strangling” the media, CA’s data mining and categorization during the Trump campaign may have worked as triggers to persuade undecided voters that the Trump Republican narrative was normal, sensible, and fiscally responsible.

CA kept polling and assessing the Trump campaign progress in an real-time basis, with 17 states pinpointed as essential battleground states and 1500 people polled weekly in those key areas. More important than any other element, CA could also identify which voters were likely to support Donald Trump. Through social media portals that rerouted right-wing messages in deeply complex cycles, potential voters viewed right-wing rhetoric so frequently that it became a familiar message.

Dr. Jonathan Rust, director of Cambridge University’s Psychometric Centre, says,

“The danger of not having regulation around the sort of data you can get from Facebook and elsewhere is clear. With this, a computer can actually do psychology, it can predict and potentially control human behavior. It’s what the scientologists try to do but much more powerful. It’s how you brainwash someone. It’s incredibly dangerous.

“It’s no exaggeration to say that minds can be changed. Behavior can be predicted and controlled. I find it incredibly scary. I really do. Because nobody has really followed through on the possible consequences of all this. People don’t know it’s happening to them. Their attitudes are being changed behind their backs.”

So, CA influenced voter intention, and it also inspired people to take specific actions. What were the results? “Donations increased, event turnouts grew, and inactive voters who favored Trump were motivated to get out and vote on election day.”

In the final months, reports based on the new data that emerged from polling were sent daily to the Trump campaign. Those reports demonstrated how voters might be shifting their perceptions of issues and candidates. What might that have looked like? Well, with CA’s ability to assess state-by-state reactions to any political event, they were able to understand any unexpected shifts in voting intention. The constant FBI Director Comey announcements about Secretary Clinton’s emails come to mind.

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With great pride, CA argues that its “work informed the campaign strategy and meant key voters, who might otherwise have stayed home, were reached in their own backyards. This ultimately contributed to the extraordinary victory of Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.” CA’s efforts toward the Trump campaign, with data-driven marketing techniques, changed behavior in target populations. In other words, CA assisted the Trump campaign to use technology platforms to give voice to racists and xenophobes, according to Cadwalladr in another story in The Guardian.

And the results continue to snowball. Trump boasted that Apple CEO Tim Cook called to congratulate him soon after his election victory. “And there will undoubtedly be pressure on them to collaborate,” says Moore at the Centre for the Study of Media, Communication, and Power.

There are other reasons to be really concerned over and above Google right-wing search domination and CA’s 30+ media technology partners that have contributed to social media manipulation.

What if one person has donated $45 million to different Republican political campaigns and another $50 million to right-wing, ultra-conservative nonprofits? Is he, as Cadwalladr suggests, “trying to reshape the world according to his personal beliefs?”

Hedge Fund Billionaire Robert Mercer: The Man behind the Trump Data Mining & Manipulation

He’s a brilliant but reclusive computer scientist. He made his fortune in language processing science that fed into today’s AI. Afterward, as joint CEO of Renaissance Technologies, a hedge fund that makes its money by using algorithms to model and trade on the financial markets, he became a billionaire.

What has Mercer done to single-handedly promote right-wing agendas? He:

  • funded the Heartland Institute, renowned for its climate denial and across-the-board fight against regulation;
  • donated to the Media Research Center, which has a mission of “correcting liberal bias;”
  • propped up Steve Bannon with $10 million for Breitbart; and,
  • reportedly holds a $10 million stake in Cambridge Analytica (CA), which was spun out of a bigger British company called SCL Group.

The Guardian claims that, “with links to Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, and Nigel Farage, the right wing U.S. computer scientist is at the heart of a multi-million dollar propaganda network.” And we are its tools: our social media conversations and interests are being redirected to win votes through ideological mechanisms that are invisible to us. Maybe it’s a coincidence that Greg Gianforte, a Republican technology executive who was charged with assault, defeated Rob Quist, the Democratic candidate, in a special election for Montana’s at-large House of Representatives seat. Or maybe not.

Emma Briant, a propaganda specialist at the University of Sheffield, says that CA and other data mining sites like it have the technological tools to effect behavioral and psychological change. The social media sites where we go for leisure and relaxation are a new space where international geopolitics is being played out in real time, and we’re pawns in the game.

It’s a new age of persuasion and social media manipulation, and, if Cadwalladr’s research stands up in court, we need to be hypervigilant about the sources we believe and the inferences we make based on those sources.

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“The extent to which they were helping candidates online was a surprise to us,” said co-author Daniel Kreiss, from UNC Chapel Hill. He called the assistance “a form of subsidy from technology firms to political candidates.”

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The study was published Thursday in the journal Political Communication.

Kreiss and the University of Utah’s Shannon McGregor interviewed tech company liaisons to the Trump and Clinton operations as well as officials from a range of campaigns, including those of former Gov. Jeb Bush and Sens. Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.

The researchers’ findings add to the many questions surrounding the part that the country’s biggest tech companies played in the 2016 election. Facebook, Google and Twitter already face heavy criticism for allowing the spread of disinformation, “fake news” and divisive advertising during the campaign — much of which targeted Clinton. All three companies are set to testify at congressional hearings beginning next week on Russian use of their platforms to interfere with the election.

The idea that the tech companies were so deeply enmeshed in the efforts to elect Trump in particular could also complicate the companies’ reputations as political actors. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is among those in liberal-leaning Silicon Valley who have roundly condemned Trump’s actions as president on topics like LGBT issues and immigration.

As Trump emerged as the likely Republican nominee, staffers from each of the three companies set up shop in a strip-mall office rented by the Trump campaign in San Antonio, Texas, home to the campaign’s lead digital strategist, Brad Parscale, the study reports. It attributes that information to Nu Wexler, a Twitter communications official at the time, who is explicit about the value of the arrangement for Trump.

“One, they found that they were getting solid advice, and two, it’s cheaper. It’s free labor,” Wexler said in the study.

While the paper does not detail the specific tasks Facebook carried out for Trump, it describes the sort of work the company did generally for 2016 candidates, including coordinating so-called dark posts that would appear only to selected users and identifying the kinds of photos that perform best on Facebook-owned Instagram. Twitter, meanwhile, would help candidates analyze the performances of their tweet-based fundraising pushes to recommend what moves the campaigns should make next. Google kept tabs on candidates’ travels to recommend geographically targeted advertisements.

Digital experts interviewed by the researchers concluded that the tech company employees, who would work in San Antonio for days at a time, helped Trump close his staffing gap with Clinton.

The White House referred questions to the Trump campaign, and Parscale did not respond to requests for comment. Parscale said in an Oct. 8 episode of “60 Minutes” that he actively solicited the companies’ support, saying that he told them: “I wanna know everything you would tell Hillary’s campaign plus some. And I want your people here to teach me how to use it.”

A source close to the Clinton campaign rejected the notion that her team failed to take advantage of a valuable resource, arguing that her operation was in regular contact with the tech companies to tap their expertise. The source, who would only speak anonymously because of the sensitivity around attributing causes of Clinton’s defeat, said there would have been no advantage to having tech company employees sitting at desks at Clinton’s Brooklyn headquarters.

One unnamed tech company staffer is quoted in the study as saying, “Clinton viewed us as vendors rather than consultants.”

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Asked about the arrangement with Trump, the tech companies were quick to point out that they make their services available to all political players regardless of party.

“Facebook offers identical levels of support to candidates and campaigns across the political spectrum, whether by Facebook’s politics and government or ad sales teams,” a spokesperson for the social network said in a statement.

That sentiment was echoed by Twitter, which said it offered help to both the Clinton and Trump campaigns, and by Google, which stressed that it is up to each candidate to determine how extensively to work with the company. During the primary season, Google made available to each candidate an eight-hour session with the company’s creative teams, but only Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul’s campaign took them up on it, according to the study.

But at least one tech veteran said he can see how it would raise alarms that the bulk of Silicon Valley’s hands-on campaign support went to Trump rather than to Clinton.

“It can be confusing from the outside looking in when it appears one campaign or another is getting more support,” Adam Sharp, a former Twitter executive who led the company’s elections team from 2010 to 2016, said in an interview. But while the companies strive to be balanced, they cannot inform voters “when a candidate doesn’t heed the help,” he said.

An intimate relationship between tech companies and candidates has considerable upside for both. The campaign gets high-quality advice and advance notice on cutting-edge products. The company gets national exposure for its products and builds relationships with politicians who might be in a position to regulate it once they get to Washington.

Silicon Valley had additional considerations during the 2016 campaign. The big tech companies were eager to fight the perception they were unfair to conservatives — and few in the liberal-leaning industry expected Trump to win, with or without their assistance.

Kreiss and McGregor recount one interview in which a pair of Facebook reps struggled to come up with a shorthand way of describing the support they provide candidates. Katie Harbath, head of Facebook’s elections team, suggested “customer service plus.” Ali-Jae Henke, who as an account executive at Google worked with Republican campaigns, including Trump’s, described the role as “serving in an advisory capacity.”

The history of the tech companies’ campaign outreach dates back to the 2008 presidential contest. That year, Randi Zuckerberg, sister of Facebook’s CEO, traveled to both the Democratic and Republican conventions to pitch the political utility of the then-4-year-old social network. Around that same time, the company began offering congressional offices one-on-one guidance on how to use Facebook.

The outreach didn’t always work at first. “I was, like, begging people to meet with us,” Randi Zuckerberg said of the GOP’s 2008 convention. But as political spending on Facebook’s ad products and elected leaders’ dependence on the platform skyrocketed over the years, so too did the company’s close work with politicians.

One constant in the dynamic: The companies break down their political outreach teams along party lines. Facebook’s point of contact to Clinton’s 2016 White House run, Crystal Patterson, was a veteran of Democratic politics, and Henke — Google’s liaison to the Trump operation and other 2016 Republican bids — was once the director of operations for the Western Republican Leadership Conference.

That partisan matching is needed, company representatives say, to allow all involved to speak freely when providing advice. Caroline McCain, social media manager for Rubio’s White House bid, is quoted in the paper saying that when tech company staffers have a similar political background as the campaign they’re assigned to, it raises the campaign’s comfort level in working with them.

“When you realize, ‘Oh yeah, the person I’m working with at Google, they actually worked on Romney back in 2012,’ like, ‘Oh, okay, they actually might have our best interest at heart,’” McCain said. After the campaign, McCain took a position at Facebook.

Kreiss, the paper’s co-author, said the symbiotic relationship between Silicon Valley and political campaigns demands further examination.

“It raises the larger question of what should be the transparency around this, given that it’s taking place in the context of a democratic election,” he said.

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The president has previously promised to declare a national emergency, which would have triggered federal funding to help states combat the drug scourge.

The move instead redirects grant money to be used in dealing with the crisis.

Mr Trump said on Thursday at the White House: “More people are dying from drug overdoses today than from gun homicides and motor vehicles combined.

“These overdoses are driven by a massive increase in addiction to prescription painkillers, heroin and other opioids.”

He added: “The United States is by far the largest consumer of these drugs using more opioid pills per person than any other country by far in the world.”

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  • The Department of Health and Human Services will hire more people to address the crisis, particularly in rural areas
  • Allows states to shift federal funds from HIV treatments to opioids, since the two are linked as drug users often share infected needles

Proponents suggest Mr Trump’s announcement is a critical step in raising awareness about the nationwide epidemic, while some critics argue the move does not go far enough.

“The lack of resources is concerning to us since the opioid epidemic presenting lots of challenges for states’ budgets,” Michael Fraser, executive director of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, told Politico.

“My hope is people will realise with no new money the ball is going to be in Congress’s court,” he added.


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Addiction to painkillers and heroin has blighted so many communities across the US – both urban and rural.

As I travelled the country reporting on last year’s election, I remember the hairdresser in Arkansas whose ex-husband died from medicines he’d been given for his bad back, the family in New Hampshire who’d lost a teenage daughter to an overdose and heard stories of doctors who’d become hooked on the very pills they’d prescribed.

President Trump has stopped short of declaring this crisis a national emergency, despite earlier indications he would.

Instead his public health emergency is more of a short-term measure which doesn’t allocate as much funding. Recovering addicts and charities I’ve talked to say more investment in round-the-clock rehab and treatment is what is needed to make a difference.

But while today’s announcement is welcome, many will now be looking to Congress to take more action and secure more money to deal with this crisis.


Since 1999, the number of deaths involving opioids have quadrupled, reaching 33,000 deaths in 2015, according to the Presidential Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, citing data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC first declared opioids, a class of pain medications as well as some street drugs, to be an “epidemic” in 2011.

Mr Trump first announced his intention to declare opioid abuse a “national emergency” in August.

“The opioid crisis is an emergency, and I’m saying officially right now: It is an emergency. It’s a national emergency,” he said at the time.

Experts had urged Mr Trump to use his presidential power under the Stafford Act to declare a national emergency, which would have given states access to money from the federal Disaster Relief Fund.

States would have had immediate access to funding, much like they would after a natural disaster.

But senior officials told reporters that declaring that sort of emergency was not a good fit for an ongoing crisis.

The announcement comes after Mr Trump’s pick for drug czar withdrew his nomination following a report that he helped neuter government attempts to tackle the opioid crisis.

Pennsylvania congressman Tom Marino pushed a bill that reportedly stripped a federal agency of the ability to freeze suspicious painkiller shipments.

Health Secretary Tom Price also resigned last month after it was revealed he was using expensive private planes for official business.

As a candidate, Mr Trump frequently pledged to tackle the drug crisis, and often campaigned in the hardest-hit states.


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This week Donald Trump and the Republican Party have gone into all out panic mode, inventing one absurd phony scandal about Hillary Clinton and President Obama after another, in an attempt to distract from what they seem to think is coming. Now one respected national security expert says that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is mere weeks away from dropping the hammer on Trump and his co-conspirators.

Juliette Kayyem is a national security expert who regularly appears on cable news. This time around she appeared on Boston public radio (link) to discuss the Trump Russia scandal. Here’s what she had to say: “I think it is safe to say that before Thanksgiving … something’s going to drop with Mueller. The pace is too much right now. Every 12 hours we’re now dealing with a piece of this story at a pace we haven’t seen.”

Thanksgiving is just four weeks away from today, so she’s talking about Mueller being weeks away from the kind of breakthrough that will turn the Trump Russia scandal on its head and shatter the Trump administration. Some have misinterpreted her words to mean that the Mueller investigation will be finished by Thanksgiving. But that’s not remotely possible, because Mueller’s plan is to bring indictments against nearly everyone involved in order to pressure them to flip on Trump.

So what we’re talking about by Thanksgiving is the kind of indictment or indictments, or deals cut with Trump co-conspirators, that will bust the scandal open and leave Donald Trump in an impossible position. It’s why Trump and the Republicans in Congress are suddenly scrambling in such buffoonish fashion to try to distract from what they know is coming. They know Trump will be taken down by this; they’re just trying to prop him up long enough try to ram through some toxic legislation in the meantime.

 

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The Kremlin knows a bargain when it sees it.

We are supposed to believe that it bought the American presidential election last year with $100,000 in Facebook ads and some other digital activity. Frankly, if American democracy can be purchased this cheap — a tiny fraction of the $7.2 million William Seward paid to buy Alaska from the Russians back in 1867 — it’s probably not worth having.

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The latest obsession in the Russian collusion story, the Kremlin’s digital activity has generated headlines and put Facebook and all of Silicon Valley on the defensive, although this looks to be one of the most overhyped stories of the year.

The Russians, as far as we know, bought more than $100,000 in Facebook ads between June 2015 and May 2017. A little more than half was spent after last November, when, obviously, Donald Trump had already won.

The scale here is singularly unimpressive. A serious House campaign might spend $100,000 on digital. In a presidential campaign, the amount is a rounding error. The Trump campaign spent around $90 million on digital in 2016. Hillary Clinton employed a considerable digital staff, and announced she was spending $30 million on digital the last month of the campaign alone.

If tens of thousands of dollars was decisive amid this tsunami of tens of millions, the Russian trolls working somewhere in St. Petersburg should strike out on their own and start a political consultancy or an internet publishing company. They are geniuses.

It doesn’t appear that much of the Russian material was explicitly advocating for Trump’s election, and some of it wasn’t even right-wing. One Russian Facebook page highlighted discrimination against Muslims. Another promoted anti-police videos for a Black Lives Matter audience. A pro-gay-rights page was called LGBT United.

Other pages were on the right and supportive of Trump. But much of the Russian Facebook activity was peddling online tripe indistinguishable from indigenous American online tripe — in fact, it was ripped off from content produced by Americans. If the Russians are going to decide our elections on social media, one assumes it will require at least a little originality.

One suspicion has been that the Trump campaign helped direct the Russian online effort. What we know about the Russian activity so far makes that doubtful. Why, if the Trump campaign was running its own digital campaign that was magnitudes larger, would it bother with a tiny Russian effort that wasn’t always focused on Trump or his message?

The Daily Beast ran a story last week with the headline “Trump Campaign Staffers Pushed Russian Propaganda Days Before the Election.” This referred to Kellyanne Conway and others associated with the Trump campaign retweeting posts from a Twitter account that masqueraded as a project of the Tennessee Republican Party, when it was really operated by Russian trolls. Conway tweeted a post from the account once, according to the story. And the report adduces no evidence that the Trump supporters knew the origin of the account.

It is outrageous that Russians meddled in our democracy at all, and if there are ways to lock them out of our social media going forward, we should do it. Let’s not pretend, though, that the Russian online activity was the key to the election. This is classic conspiracy thinking — that some small secret cabal is responsible for a world-historical outcome that had much more obvious causes (Hillary Clinton’s poor campaign, for one).

There may yet be truly damaging Russia revelations. Trump’s campaign manager during a decisive phase of the primary campaign, Paul Manafort, worked with shady characters from that part of the world. The notorious Don Trump Jr. meeting with Russians promising oppo on Clinton spoke of a willingness to cooperate with anyone who might be useful. The Trump family’s business dealings could always produce a nasty surprise.

But all the focus on Facebook serves, for now, as a substitute for a smoking gun in the absence of a real one.

Rich Lowry is editor of National Review. Twitter: @RichLowry.

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“We as a campaign made the choice to rely on the voter data of the Republican National Committee to help elect President Donald J. Trump,” Michael Glassner, executive director of Donald Trump for President, said. “Any claims that voter data from any other source played a key role in the victory are false.”

But campaign filings show that the campaign paid Cambridge Analytica $5.9 million for data management services between 2015 and 2016.

A former GOP source said that Cambridge Analytica primarily fit into the digital operations of the campaign and used data produced by the RNC for marketing on social media and other platforms. 

“[The RNC] provided the data to Cambridge, and they used that for marketing,” the source said, adding that the company had roughly 12 to 15 employees on the ground in San Antonio, where Trump digital director Brad Parscale’s company is located. 

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“The extent to which they were helping candidates online was a surprise to us,” said co-author Daniel Kreiss, from UNC Chapel Hill. He called the assistance “a form of subsidy from technology firms to political candidates.”

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The study was published Thursday in the journal Political Communication.

Kreiss and the University of Utah’s Shannon McGregor interviewed tech company liaisons to the Trump and Clinton operations as well as officials from a range of campaigns, including those of former Gov. Jeb Bush and Sens. Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.

The researchers’ findings add to the many questions surrounding the part that the country’s biggest tech companies played in the 2016 election. Facebook, Google and Twitter already face heavy criticism for allowing the spread of disinformation, “fake news” and divisive advertising during the campaign — much of which targeted Clinton. All three companies are set to testify at congressional hearings beginning next week on Russian use of their platforms to interfere with the election.

The idea that the tech companies were so deeply enmeshed in the efforts to elect Trump in particular could also complicate the companies’ reputations as political actors. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is among those in liberal-leaning Silicon Valley who have roundly condemned Trump’s actions as president on topics like LGBT issues and immigration.

As Trump emerged as the likely Republican nominee, staffers from each of the three companies set up shop in a strip-mall office rented by the Trump campaign in San Antonio, Texas, home to the campaign’s lead digital strategist, Brad Parscale, the study reports. It attributes that information to Nu Wexler, a Twitter communications official at the time, who is explicit about the value of the arrangement for Trump.

“One, they found that they were getting solid advice, and two, it’s cheaper. It’s free labor,” Wexler said in the study.

While the paper does not detail the specific tasks Facebook carried out for Trump, it describes the sort of work the company did generally for 2016 candidates, including coordinating so-called dark posts that would appear only to selected users and identifying the kinds of photos that perform best on Facebook-owned Instagram. Twitter, meanwhile, would help candidates analyze the performances of their tweet-based fundraising pushes to recommend what moves the campaigns should make next. Google kept tabs on candidates’ travels to recommend geographically targeted advertisements.

Digital experts interviewed by the researchers concluded that the tech company employees, who would work in San Antonio for days at a time, helped Trump close his staffing gap with Clinton.

The White House referred questions to the Trump campaign, and Parscale did not respond to requests for comment. Parscale said in an Oct. 8 episode of “60 Minutes” that he actively solicited the companies’ support, saying that he told them: “I wanna know everything you would tell Hillary’s campaign plus some. And I want your people here to teach me how to use it.”

A source close to the Clinton campaign rejected the notion that her team failed to take advantage of a valuable resource, arguing that her operation was in regular contact with the tech companies to tap their expertise. The source, who would only speak anonymously because of the sensitivity around attributing causes of Clinton’s defeat, said there would have been no advantage to having tech company employees sitting at desks at Clinton’s Brooklyn headquarters.

One unnamed tech company staffer is quoted in the study as saying, “Clinton viewed us as vendors rather than consultants.”

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Asked about the arrangement with Trump, the tech companies were quick to point out that they make their services available to all political players regardless of party.

“Facebook offers identical levels of support to candidates and campaigns across the political spectrum, whether by Facebook’s politics and government or ad sales teams,” a spokesperson for the social network said in a statement.

That sentiment was echoed by Twitter, which said it offered help to both the Clinton and Trump campaigns, and by Google, which stressed that it is up to each candidate to determine how extensively to work with the company. During the primary season, Google made available to each candidate an eight-hour session with the company’s creative teams, but only Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul’s campaign took them up on it, according to the study.

But at least one tech veteran said he can see how it would raise alarms that the bulk of Silicon Valley’s hands-on campaign support went to Trump rather than to Clinton.

“It can be confusing from the outside looking in when it appears one campaign or another is getting more support,” Adam Sharp, a former Twitter executive who led the company’s elections team from 2010 to 2016, said in an interview. But while the companies strive to be balanced, they cannot inform voters “when a candidate doesn’t heed the help,” he said.

An intimate relationship between tech companies and candidates has considerable upside for both. The campaign gets high-quality advice and advance notice on cutting-edge products. The company gets national exposure for its products and builds relationships with politicians who might be in a position to regulate it once they get to Washington.

Silicon Valley had additional considerations during the 2016 campaign. The big tech companies were eager to fight the perception they were unfair to conservatives — and few in the liberal-leaning industry expected Trump to win, with or without their assistance.

Kreiss and McGregor recount one interview in which a pair of Facebook reps struggled to come up with a shorthand way of describing the support they provide candidates. Katie Harbath, head of Facebook’s elections team, suggested “customer service plus.” Ali-Jae Henke, who as an account executive at Google worked with Republican campaigns, including Trump’s, described the role as “serving in an advisory capacity.”

The history of the tech companies’ campaign outreach dates back to the 2008 presidential contest. That year, Randi Zuckerberg, sister of Facebook’s CEO, traveled to both the Democratic and Republican conventions to pitch the political utility of the then-4-year-old social network. Around that same time, the company began offering congressional offices one-on-one guidance on how to use Facebook.

The outreach didn’t always work at first. “I was, like, begging people to meet with us,” Randi Zuckerberg said of the GOP’s 2008 convention. But as political spending on Facebook’s ad products and elected leaders’ dependence on the platform skyrocketed over the years, so too did the company’s close work with politicians.

One constant in the dynamic: The companies break down their political outreach teams along party lines. Facebook’s point of contact to Clinton’s 2016 White House run, Crystal Patterson, was a veteran of Democratic politics, and Henke — Google’s liaison to the Trump operation and other 2016 Republican bids — was once the director of operations for the Western Republican Leadership Conference.

That partisan matching is needed, company representatives say, to allow all involved to speak freely when providing advice. Caroline McCain, social media manager for Rubio’s White House bid, is quoted in the paper saying that when tech company staffers have a similar political background as the campaign they’re assigned to, it raises the campaign’s comfort level in working with them.

“When you realize, ‘Oh yeah, the person I’m working with at Google, they actually worked on Romney back in 2012,’ like, ‘Oh, okay, they actually might have our best interest at heart,’” McCain said. After the campaign, McCain took a position at Facebook.

Kreiss, the paper’s co-author, said the symbiotic relationship between Silicon Valley and political campaigns demands further examination.

“It raises the larger question of what should be the transparency around this, given that it’s taking place in the context of a democratic election,” he said.

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This week Donald Trump and the Republican Party have gone into all out panic mode, inventing one absurd phony scandal about Hillary Clinton and President Obama after another, in an attempt to distract from what they seem to think is coming. Now one respected national security expert says that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is mere weeks away from dropping the hammer on Trump and his co-conspirators.

Juliette Kayyem is a national security expert who regularly appears on cable news. This time around she appeared on Boston public radio (link) to discuss the Trump Russia scandal. Here’s what she had to say: “I think it is safe to say that before Thanksgiving … something’s going to drop with Mueller. The pace is too much right now. Every 12 hours we’re now dealing with a piece of this story at a pace we haven’t seen.”

Thanksgiving is just four weeks away from today, so she’s talking about Mueller being weeks away from the kind of breakthrough that will turn the Trump Russia scandal on its head and shatter the Trump administration. Some have misinterpreted her words to mean that the Mueller investigation will be finished by Thanksgiving. But that’s not remotely possible, because Mueller’s plan is to bring indictments against nearly everyone involved in order to pressure them to flip on Trump.

So what we’re talking about by Thanksgiving is the kind of indictment or indictments, or deals cut with Trump co-conspirators, that will bust the scandal open and leave Donald Trump in an impossible position. It’s why Trump and the Republicans in Congress are suddenly scrambling in such buffoonish fashion to try to distract from what they know is coming. They know Trump will be taken down by this; they’re just trying to prop him up long enough try to ram through some toxic legislation in the meantime.

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Trump declares opioid crisis a public health emergency

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US President Donald Trump has declared the nation’s painkiller-addiction crisis a public health emergency.

Calling the epidemic “a national shame”, Mr Trump announced a plan to target the abuse of opioids, which kill more than 140 Americans each day.

The president has previously promised to declare a national emergency, which would have triggered federal funding to help states combat the drug scourge.

The move instead redirects grant money to be used in dealing with the crisis.

Mr Trump said on Thursday at the White House: “More people are dying from drug overdoses today than from gun homicides and motor vehicles combined.

“These overdoses are driven by a massive increase in addiction to prescription painkillers, heroin and other opioids.”

He added: “The United States is by far the largest consumer of these drugs using more opioid pills per person than any other country by far in the world.”

Mr Trump is signing a presidential memorandum directing his acting health secretary to declare a nationwide public health emergency and ordering all federal agencies to take measures to reduce the number of opioid deaths, according to senior White House officials.

The order will also ease some regulations to allow states more latitude in how they use federal funds to tackle the problem.

But the White House plans to fund the effort through the Public Health Emergency Fund, which reportedly only contains $57,000 (£43,000).

The Trump administration will then work with Congress to approve additional funding in a year-end spending package, senior officials said.

Other elements of the directive include:

  • Allow patients further access to “telemedicine” so they can receive prescriptions without seeing a doctor
  • Make grants available to those who have had trouble finding work due to addiction
  • The Department of Health and Human Services will hire more people to address the crisis, particularly in rural areas
  • Allows states to shift federal funds from HIV treatments to opioids, since the two are linked as drug users often share infected needles

Proponents suggest Mr Trump’s announcement is a critical step in raising awareness about the nationwide epidemic, while some critics argue the move does not go far enough.

“The lack of resources is concerning to us since the opioid epidemic presenting lots of challenges for states’ budgets,” Michael Fraser, executive director of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, told Politico.

“My hope is people will realise with no new money the ball is going to be in Congress’s court,” he added.


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Addiction to painkillers and heroin has blighted so many communities across the US – both urban and rural.

As I travelled the country reporting on last year’s election, I remember the hairdresser in Arkansas whose ex-husband died from medicines he’d been given for his bad back, the family in New Hampshire who’d lost a teenage daughter to an overdose and heard stories of doctors who’d become hooked on the very pills they’d prescribed.

President Trump has stopped short of declaring this crisis a national emergency, despite earlier indications he would.

Instead his public health emergency is more of a short-term measure which doesn’t allocate as much funding. Recovering addicts and charities I’ve talked to say more investment in round-the-clock rehab and treatment is what is needed to make a difference.

But while today’s announcement is welcome, many will now be looking to Congress to take more action and secure more money to deal with this crisis.


Since 1999, the number of deaths involving opioids have quadrupled, reaching 33,000 deaths in 2015, according to the Presidential Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, citing data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC first declared opioids, a class of pain medications as well as some street drugs, to be an “epidemic” in 2011.

Mr Trump first announced his intention to declare opioid abuse a “national emergency” in August.

“The opioid crisis is an emergency, and I’m saying officially right now: It is an emergency. It’s a national emergency,” he said at the time.

Experts had urged Mr Trump to use his presidential power under the Stafford Act to declare a national emergency, which would have given states access to money from the federal Disaster Relief Fund.

States would have had immediate access to funding, much like they would after a natural disaster.

But senior officials told reporters that declaring that sort of emergency was not a good fit for an ongoing crisis.

The announcement comes after Mr Trump’s pick for drug czar withdrew his nomination following a report that he helped neuter government attempts to tackle the opioid crisis.

Pennsylvania congressman Tom Marino pushed a bill that reportedly stripped a federal agency of the ability to freeze suspicious painkiller shipments.

Health Secretary Tom Price also resigned last month after it was revealed he was using expensive private planes for official business.

As a candidate, Mr Trump frequently pledged to tackle the drug crisis, and often campaigned in the hardest-hit states.


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Expert: Robert Mueller to drop the hammer on Donald Trump within weeks

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This week Donald Trump and the Republican Party have gone into all out panic mode, inventing one absurd phony scandal about Hillary Clinton and President Obama after another, in an attempt to distract from what they seem to think is coming. Now one respected national security expert says that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is mere weeks away from dropping the hammer on Trump and his co-conspirators.

Juliette Kayyem is a national security expert who regularly appears on cable news. This time around she appeared on Boston public radio (link) to discuss the Trump Russia scandal. Here’s what she had to say: “I think it is safe to say that before Thanksgiving … something’s going to drop with Mueller. The pace is too much right now. Every 12 hours we’re now dealing with a piece of this story at a pace we haven’t seen.”

Thanksgiving is just four weeks away from today, so she’s talking about Mueller being weeks away from the kind of breakthrough that will turn the Trump Russia scandal on its head and shatter the Trump administration. Some have misinterpreted her words to mean that the Mueller investigation will be finished by Thanksgiving. But that’s not remotely possible, because Mueller’s plan is to bring indictments against nearly everyone involved in order to pressure them to flip on Trump.

So what we’re talking about by Thanksgiving is the kind of indictment or indictments, or deals cut with Trump co-conspirators, that will bust the scandal open and leave Donald Trump in an impossible position. It’s why Trump and the Republicans in Congress are suddenly scrambling in such buffoonish fashion to try to distract from what they know is coming. They know Trump will be taken down by this; they’re just trying to prop him up long enough try to ram through some toxic legislation in the meantime.

 

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Russian Facebook ads made no difference in the election

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The Kremlin knows a bargain when it sees it.

We are supposed to believe that it bought the American presidential election last year with $100,000 in Facebook ads and some other digital activity. Frankly, if American democracy can be purchased this cheap — a tiny fraction of the $7.2 million William Seward paid to buy Alaska from the Russians back in 1867 — it’s probably not worth having.

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The latest obsession in the Russian collusion story, the Kremlin’s digital activity has generated headlines and put Facebook and all of Silicon Valley on the defensive, although this looks to be one of the most overhyped stories of the year.

The Russians, as far as we know, bought more than $100,000 in Facebook ads between June 2015 and May 2017. A little more than half was spent after last November, when, obviously, Donald Trump had already won.

The scale here is singularly unimpressive. A serious House campaign might spend $100,000 on digital. In a presidential campaign, the amount is a rounding error. The Trump campaign spent around $90 million on digital in 2016. Hillary Clinton employed a considerable digital staff, and announced she was spending $30 million on digital the last month of the campaign alone.

If tens of thousands of dollars was decisive amid this tsunami of tens of millions, the Russian trolls working somewhere in St. Petersburg should strike out on their own and start a political consultancy or an internet publishing company. They are geniuses.

It doesn’t appear that much of the Russian material was explicitly advocating for Trump’s election, and some of it wasn’t even right-wing. One Russian Facebook page highlighted discrimination against Muslims. Another promoted anti-police videos for a Black Lives Matter audience. A pro-gay-rights page was called LGBT United.

Other pages were on the right and supportive of Trump. But much of the Russian Facebook activity was peddling online tripe indistinguishable from indigenous American online tripe — in fact, it was ripped off from content produced by Americans. If the Russians are going to decide our elections on social media, one assumes it will require at least a little originality.

One suspicion has been that the Trump campaign helped direct the Russian online effort. What we know about the Russian activity so far makes that doubtful. Why, if the Trump campaign was running its own digital campaign that was magnitudes larger, would it bother with a tiny Russian effort that wasn’t always focused on Trump or his message?

The Daily Beast ran a story last week with the headline “Trump Campaign Staffers Pushed Russian Propaganda Days Before the Election.” This referred to Kellyanne Conway and others associated with the Trump campaign retweeting posts from a Twitter account that masqueraded as a project of the Tennessee Republican Party, when it was really operated by Russian trolls. Conway tweeted a post from the account once, according to the story. And the report adduces no evidence that the Trump supporters knew the origin of the account.

It is outrageous that Russians meddled in our democracy at all, and if there are ways to lock them out of our social media going forward, we should do it. Let’s not pretend, though, that the Russian online activity was the key to the election. This is classic conspiracy thinking — that some small secret cabal is responsible for a world-historical outcome that had much more obvious causes (Hillary Clinton’s poor campaign, for one).

There may yet be truly damaging Russia revelations. Trump’s campaign manager during a decisive phase of the primary campaign, Paul Manafort, worked with shady characters from that part of the world. The notorious Don Trump Jr. meeting with Russians promising oppo on Clinton spoke of a willingness to cooperate with anyone who might be useful. The Trump family’s business dealings could always produce a nasty surprise.

But all the focus on Facebook serves, for now, as a substitute for a smoking gun in the absence of a real one.

Rich Lowry is editor of National Review. Twitter: @RichLowry.

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Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices: Today’s Headlines and Commentary 

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On Wednesday, Wikileaks leader Julian Assange confirmed that the head of a data analytics firm working with Trump’s campaign contacted Assange last year, the Daily Beast reports. Alexander Nix, the head of Cambridge Analytica, admitted that he sent an email to Assange seeking to assist Wikileaks in finding and releasing Clinton’s 33,000 missing emails. According to unnamed sources, Assange declined the request. This connection is the closest reported between Wikileaks and the Trump campaign during a time when Trump fervently admonished Clinton and publicly requested Russia’s help to recover Clinton’s lost emails.

Sen. Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,  articulated his frustration with the Trump administration on Wednesday over the administration missing its Oct. 1 deadline to implement Russia sanctions, according to Politico. Trump signed the bipartisan sanctions bill in August, but his administration has yet to penalize certain Russian entities. Sens. John McCain and Ben Cardin have also expressed concern over the sanctions delay. Corker notably did not accuse the administration of purposeful delay, but intends to “check into it.”

Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived in Seoul on Thursday for his annual meeting with South Korean military officials, the Washington Post reports. Dunford will discuss, among other things, improving South Korea’s ballistic missiles and upgrading their military networks. Defense Secretary James Mattis will head to Seoul next week following Dunford’s departure.

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s sentencing proceedings continued yesterday with emotional testimony from James Hatch, a former Navy SEAL whose military service dog was killed in a mission to retrieve Bergdahl, according to the Washington Post. Hatch’s testimony is part of an ongoing process to determine whether the consequences, often deadly, that followed Bergdahl’s abandonment of his post should factor into the sergeant’s punishment. Hatch, who suffered career-ending injuries during the mission, delivered the tattered harness of his deceased military dog as evidence in the sentencing proceedings.

In an interview with several U.S. publications, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi urged the U.S. and Iran not to involve Iraq in growing conflicts over the nuclear deal and U.S. sanctions, the Wall Street Journal reports. Abadi reiterated his support for U.S. forces in Iraq fighting the Islamic State group, but that any attacks on coalition forces in Iraq, including those that U.S. officials believe are Iran proxies, would be considered “an attack on Iraq, on the sovereignty of Iraq, the sovereignty of the state.”

President Donald Trump admitted that he did not authorize the mission in Niger resulting in the deaths of four U.S. special forces members, according to the Hill. Trump stated that his generals had the authority, clarifying that he “gave them authority to do what’s right so that we win.” On Monday, Gen. Dunford said that the soldiers were on a reconnaissance mission that did not require the president’s authority.

 

ICYMI, Yesterday on Lawfare

Ashley Deeks, Sabrina McCubbin and Cody Poplin considered what the U.S. could learn from Cold War anti-propaganda strategies.

Ian Hurd discussed why both liberal and realist theorists incorrectly interpret the international  laws of war.

The Lawfare Editors flagged the next Hoover Book Soiree with Susan Landau on Nov. 1.

Bobby Chesney and Steve Vladeck posted this week’s National Security Law podcast.

Garrett Hinck summarized the European Commission’s privacy shield review.

Matthew Kahn posted the live stream of a House hearing on the risk that Kaspersky Labs products pose to the federal government.

Kahn also posted the Oct. 24 executive order to resume the U.S. refugee admissions program.

 

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The Recruitables: Why Trump’s Team Was Easy Prey for Putin

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By now, it should be clear to anyone following the news that Russian intelligence made a formidable effort to approach the Trump campaign and assess the potential to manipulate its members. As a former officer of the CIA’s Directorate of Operations, I can tell you that Russian security services would have been derelict not to evaluate the possibility of turning someone close to Trump. While the question of collusion remains open, it’s beyond dispute that Russia tried to get people around the president to cooperate. The June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower is indication enough, but other encounters bolster the argument.

How do you get someone to do something they should not do?

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Generally, an intelligence officer looks for a person’s vulnerabilities and explores ways to exploit them. It usually comes down to four things, which—in true government style—the CIA has encompassed in an acronym, MICE: Money, Ideology, Coercion, Ego. Want to get someone to betray his country? Figure out which of these four motivators drives the person and exploit the hell out of it.

It is important to note, too, that a person might not know he is doing something he shouldn’t do. As former CIA Director John Brennan testified in May, “Frequently, people who go along a treasonous path do not know they are on a treasonous path until it is too late.” Sometimes, such people make the best assets. They are so sure in their convictions that they are acting in their own best interest or in the best interest of their country that they have no idea they are being completely manipulated.

The Russians know all this, too.

From an intelligence point of view, the people surrounding Trump, and Trump himself, make easy targets for recruitment. This is not to say these people have definitely been recruited by Russian intelligence—and they’ve all denied it repeatedly—but you can be sure that Russia’s intelligence services took these factors into consideration when they approached the campaign.

So, what pressure points might Russian intelligence officers have used to get their desired outcome with Trump’s Recruitables?

Paul Manafort: Money
Anyone who has lobbied on behalf of leaders ranging from Zaire’s Mobutu Sese Seko to the Philippines’ Ferdinand Marcos to Equatorial Guinea’s Teodoro Obiang likely has no set ideology or moral compass and is motivated primarily by making money. People like this make very good targets. There is no emotion involved. Getting the person to do something is a fairly straightforward transaction. For example, getting someone to buy real estate to help launder Russian funds, in return for a handsome fee, would be a pretty simple transaction. As soon as the person has done it one time, it is much easier to get them to do something else for you.

A real opportunity came when Manafort went to work on the campaign of Viktor Yanukovych for president of Ukraine. Yanukovych was close to Russian leader Vladimir Putin and was corrupt. By being willing to play in these circles, Manafort signaled his willingness to look the other way as long as the payoff was right. A ledger found in Yanukovych’s abandoned palace showed he was paid $12 million (Manafort denied taking such payments, but the AP has confirmed that two of his companies did indeed receive part of this money). Putin pal Oleg Deripaska reportedly paid him $10 million a year to push Putin’s agenda. Press reports also state he received loans of up to $60 million from Deripaska.

Was he in debt, which made him vulnerable to coercion? Or were these loans not actually loans, but payments that Manafort was never expected to pay back? Either way, money was clearly Manafort’s weakness, and Russian intelligence would have known that, given his demonstrated willingness to work for just about anyone with deep pockets.

Michael Flynn: Money, Ideology, Ego
Flynn was at the top of his game as director of intelligence at JSOC, the Joint Special Operations Command. During his tenure, JSOC became a lean fighting machine, able to execute a hit on a target in a war zone and immediately process any actionable intelligence in order to hit the next target immediately, before the bad guys could move on. He moved up the intelligence ladder and landed the top spot at the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2012. Here, the Peter Principle quickly set in. Castigated for his lack of vision for the agency, his inability to manage a large organization, his unconventional approach to counterterrorism, and his “Flynn facts,” it became evident in Washington circles that Flynn was over his head. President Barack Obama fired him.

Oh, how the mighty had fallen.

A top military figure, with a large ego, who felt slighted by Obama, the intelligence community and the military, Flynn was down. From the heights of JSOC to being fired—wrongly fired, no less, in his view—Flynn at this point would have made any foreign intelligence officer salivate. The man was vulnerable on several levels. His ego had taken a massive, public blow. He also firmly believed he was right, that he knew better than the president how to save the country from Islamic terrorists. Add to the mix that so many other military men had gone on to make millions in the private sector, cashing in on their military careers, their time in war zones, their connections to people both in government and in large defense companies. Flynn launched his own security consulting company and certainly might have thought: Where is mine?

This would have been a good moment for the Russians to send in a clever operative, stroke his ego, and tell Flynn how smart he was and how ridiculous Obama was for firing him. We’ve got a lot of people at RT who agree with you, the person might have added, while making it clear, “Our president agrees with you.” Payments, made through speaking fees and consulting contracts, would have helped smooth the deal.

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Does this mean Flynn was recruited as a traditional asset, fully under Russian control? No. The Russians are concerned with being able to influence people only as much as they need to. And with Flynn, who reportedly developed an obsession with collaborating with the Russians against ISIS and even defended RT as no different than CNN, had readily demonstrated his willingness to follow and promote the Kremlin’s agenda in return for a certain amount of ego stroking (which, in turn, might have helped him actually believe what he was saying).

Felix Sater: Money, Coercion, Ego
In an article in the Atlantic, titled “Why Didn’t Trump Build Anything In Russia?” Julie Ioffe painted a picture of Trump’s former real estate partner as someone who really wanted to be part of the rich Moscow club but who lacked krysha, or “roof”—the political protection, Ioffe explains, to act as insurance should a deal go wrong—to be able to do it. “He tries to create the impression of someone who is extremely well-connected and very busy,” a source who had worked with Sater told Ioffe. Sater made a few forays into Moscow business circles but could never convert and was unable to win the trust of anyone who would have mattered. As Ioffe wrote, Sater was worried about his image. So worried, in fact, he looked into hiring a PR firm to help build up his reputation. He was, in the end, an outsider who really wanted to be an insider.

Give this person the chance to say he is wheeling and dealing with Very Important People, and he will bend to your will. Russian security services could offer at least the appearance of “roof,” even if they never intended to help Sater make money. His increased cachet would have been worth it to someone so image-conscious.

Jared Kushner: Money, Coercion
Kushner had a rocky entrée into Manhattan real estate. His purchase of 666 Fifth Ave. at $1.8 billion in 2007—that is, just before the market tanked—was perhaps not the strongest display of business acumen. And now, with payments due and business going badly, he was in a pickle. Perhaps the Russians had a great way for him to get out of that pickle. So they introduced him in December 2016 to Sergey Gorkov, the head of the Russian state investment bank Vnesheconombank, or VEB, who would have made it clear that he was in a position to help.

Donald Trump Jr.: Money, Ego
Junior is a lot like dad in his need to feel important. He was certainly a target because he manages access to his father, and his arrogance makes him easy to read. There is probably quite a bit of insecurity behind the smugness. Sure, he’s done a few international deals, but it’s going to take more than that to please daddy (Junior certainly could see that his dad never really pleased his father; Junior didn’t want to repeat that). Access to deals and money would certainly be a way to manipulate him, but mostly it would be stroking the Trump ego. The most important thing for Junior was that daddy win, at any cost. The perks and business deals would be a nice bonus, but I don’t think Junior even equated those perks with aid to his father’s campaign. Why wouldn’t he accept help for his father’s campaign? He likely didn’t even realize there was anything wrong with a foreign adversary lending a hand. As he wrote when approached with derogatory information on daddy’s opponent, “I love it.”

Donald Trump: Ego
A lot has been made of the possible existence of a peepee tape that Putin could lord over Trump to make him do Putin’s bidding. (Trump denies it.) But the president has been revealed time and again as a deadbeat who does not pay his bills, a serial philanderer and a confessed sexual predator. He has bragged about walking in on women at the Miss America contest and grabbing women “by the pussy” whenever he likes. Would anyone really be surprised or shocked by such a tape? This is not to say such a tape does not exist, only that its role as kompromat is limited.

Ego is clearly the best way to get Trump to do anything. The Saudis certainly understood this, feting him with gold and orbs and displaying his enormous portrait on the side of a hotel, right next to the king’s portrait. The Saudis had this man in the palm of their hands, hence Trump’s pro-Saudi stancesince the trip, despite his campaign rhetoric shouting down the kingdom.

Trump’s ego wanted to win and, he figured, everyone else wanted him to win, too. He was under the impression that everyone loved him and appreciated his greatness. Of course everyone wanted to help him win. If he accepted help from Russia, it’s possible he didn’t realize there was anything wrong with doing so. Why wouldn’t they help him win, he might have thought, and why shouldn’t he accept that help? For an experienced chekist like Putin, manipulating his ego is almost too easy.

Alex Finley is the pen name of a former CIA officer and author of Victor in the Rubble, a satire of the CIA and the war on terror. Follow her on Twitter: @alexzfinley.

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“Remember when Barack Obama would go on TV to brag about being able to read a name off a chart?”

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The FBI Is Facing A Credibility Crisis

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More than a year after the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) seized on the Russia collusion narrative, the agency has still found nothing of consequence.

That’s right: Despite the liberal media fanning the flames, there is still no evidence for the oft-repeated claim that President Trump and the Russian government somehow colluded to win the 2016 election. It comes as no surprise to the nearly 63 million people who voted for the president, despite the Left’s insistence they were somehow influenced by the Kremlin. But the FBI’s lack of progress speaks volumes nonetheless.

Recent weeks have raised, however, serious questions about the FBI’s own credibility. It starts at the top, with Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Look closer at Mueller’s probe and you’ll find a purely partisan witch hunt. Several members of Mueller’s team have ties to the Democratic Party. Not only did Jeannie Rhee donate to a Hillary Clinton super PAC, but she also represented the Clinton Foundation in a 2015 racketeering case and Clinton herself in a lawsuit seeking access to her emails. Andrew Weissmann donated six times to Obama-affiliated groups. James Quarles gave to more than a dozen Democratic PACs since the 1980s.

As Sidney Powell, a longtime federal prosecutor who served both political parties, recently explained: “The Mueller investigation has become an all-out assault to find crimes to pin on [the president]—and it won’t matter if there are no crimes to be found.”

Even worse, the FBI’s diminishing credibility transcends the current Trump probe. Earlier this month, government documents and interviews revealed the FBI had knowledge of Russian misconduct long before the Obama administration—and one Hillary Rodham Clinton—approved the controversial 2010 uranium deal. Before the Obama-Clinton team agreed to give Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the FBI had already gathered substantial evidence linking Russian nuclear industry officials to bribery, kickbacks, extortion, and money laundering—all in an attempt to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business on our soil.

Moreover, the FBI found out the Russian officials had routed millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation during the time then-Secretary of State Clinton signed off on the uranium deal.

And the agency still did nothing. Rather than bring immediate charges in 2010, Eric Holder’s Department of Justice (DOJ) continued investigating the matter for nearly four more years. In other words, the DOJ sat on the information for political reasons. This essentially left Congress and the American people in the dark about Russian nuclear corruption on U.S. soil.

And we’re now trusting federal prosecutors to probe the Trump administration fairly? Mueller’s vendetta resembles anything but “justice.”

Perhaps the FBI should focus on its Las Vegas investigation, which has yielded no real insight into the shooter’s motives or the sequence of events. The agency refuses to release any information concerning the investigation of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history—which tragically claimed 58 innocent lives—even as evidence is continually released and then changed within days. The liberal media, meanwhile, has moved on from the Las Vegas shooting to undermine the Trump agenda at every turn. Coverage of the FBI’s investigation has largely subsided, even though countless Americans demand answers.

In lieu of an explanation, Robert Mueller will give them more of the same anti-Trump witch hunt. Don’t buy any of it.

Given the FBI’s history of corruption and cover-up, there’s no reason to trust Mueller or his liberal accomplices. Don’t be fooled by a crooked cop playing a good guy.

Ted Harvey is chairman of the Committee to Defend the President.


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  • The reports that the data research firm Cambridge Analytica tried to reach out to WikiLeaks is significant, 

demonstrating potential collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian interference, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said yesterday. Julia Manchester reports at the Hill.

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The F.B.I. will comply with requests to hand over documents related to the dossier which was compiled by former British Intelligence officer Christopher Steele and alleged ties between Trump and Russia, the House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said yesterday, saying that Congress has been asking for the documents by next week. Scott Wong reports at the Hill.

Twitter has banned the Russian media outlets Russia Today (R.T.) and Sputnik from buying advertising, the social media company saying in a statement yesterday that the decision was based on the retrospective work that it has been doing around the 2016 U.S. election and the U.S. intelligence authorities findings that the outlets act as a platform for Kremlin messaging. The BBC reports.

Russia would respond to Twitter’s decision, the Russian Foreign Minister said yesterday according to the R.I.A. news agency, Reuters reports.

Facebook has stepped up its lobbying efforts amid talk of potential federal regulation as a consequence of the revelations about Russian political ads on its platform, Julie Bykowicz reports at the Wall Street Journal.

Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee have expressed frustration with the panels Russia investigation, saying that the probe has been going slowly and that the work has of the committee has been delayed by offshoots from the main Russia investigation. Katie Bo Williams reports at the Hill.

  • The issue of the budget for special counsel Robert Muellers investigation into alleged connections between Trump and Russia is set to cause partisan division, Darren Samuelsohn reports at POLITICO.

 

  • The reports that the data research firm Cambridge Analytica tried to reach out to WikiLeaks is significant, demonstrating potential collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian interference, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said yesterday. Julia Manchester reports at the Hill.

Top Democrats in the House sent letters to data research firms yesterday to ask if they had communication with Russian entities during the 2016 U.S. election campaign, Olivia Beavers reports at the Hill.

The recent revelations about opposition research firm Fusion GPS and the Steele dossier raise plenty of further questions, including whom Steele worked with and who paid for the research. The firm’s attempts to avoid releasing the names of its clients suggests that much more is to come from the saga and further bombshells are also yet to come in relation to the F.B.I., its role in the dossier and its investigation into Trump campaign teams alleged links to Russian operatives. Kimberley A. Strassel writes at the Wall Street Journal.

Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein comments that American citizens are pretty savvy I dont think theyd be influenced by ads posted by foreign governments earlier this week, do not accord with reality as oftentimes we dont realize the factors that are influencing us, and it is unclear why Rosenstein made the comments. Aaron Blake writes at the Washington Post.

The ability of Russian operatives to approach Trump campaign officials was due to their ability to exploit the vulnerabilities and motivations of individuals close to Trump. Former C.I.A. officer Alex Finley writes at POLITICO Magazine, setting out the how an intelligence officer might approach various characters.


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This week Donald Trump and the Republican Party have gone into all out panic mode, inventing one absurd phony scandal about Hillary Clinton and President Obama after another, in an attempt to distract from what they seem to think is coming. Now one respected national security expert says that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is mere weeks away from dropping the hammer on Trump and his co-conspirators.

Juliette Kayyem is a national security expert who regularly appears on cable news. This time around she appeared on Boston public radio (link) to discuss the Trump Russia scandal. Here’s what she had to say: I think it is safe to say that before Thanksgiving … somethings going to drop with Mueller. The pace is too much right now. Every 12 hours were now dealing with a piece of this story at a pace we havent seen.

Thanksgiving is just four weeks away from today, so she’s talking about Mueller being weeks away from the kind of breakthrough that will turn the Trump Russia scandal on its head and shatter the Trump administration. Some have misinterpreted her words to mean that the Mueller investigation will be finished by Thanksgiving. But that’s not remotely possible, because Mueller’s plan is to bring indictments against nearly everyone involved in order to pressure them to flip on Trump.

So what we’re talking about by Thanksgiving is the kind of indictment or indictments, or deals cut with Trump co-conspirators, that will bust the scandal open and leave Donald Trump in an impossible position. It’s why Trump and the Republicans in Congress are suddenly scrambling in such buffoonish fashion to try to distract from what they know is coming. They know Trump will be taken down by this; they’re just trying to prop him up long enough try to ram through some toxic legislation in the meantime.

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US President Donald Trump has declared the nation’s painkiller-addiction crisis a public health emergency.

Calling the epidemic “a national shame”, Mr Trump announced a plan to target the abuse of opioids, which kill more than 140 Americans each day.

The president has previously promised to declare a national emergency, which would have triggered federal funding to help states combat the drug scourge.

The move instead redirects grant money to be used in dealing with the crisis.

Mr Trump said on Thursday at the White House: “More people are dying from drug overdoses today than from gun homicides and motor vehicles combined.

“These overdoses are driven by a massive increase in addiction to prescription painkillers, heroin and other opioids.”

He added: “The United States is by far the largest consumer of these drugs using more opioid pills per person than any other country by far in the world.”

Mr Trump is signing a presidential memorandum directing his acting health secretary to declare a nationwide public health emergency and ordering all federal agencies to take measures to reduce the number of opioid deaths, according to senior White House officials.

The order will also ease some regulations to allow states more latitude in how they use federal funds to tackle the problem.

But the White House plans to fund the effort through the Public Health Emergency Fund, which reportedly only contains $57,000 (£43,000).

The Trump administration will then work with Congress to approve additional funding in a year-end spending package, senior officials said.

Other elements of the directive include:

  • Allow patients further access to “telemedicine” so they can receive prescriptions without seeing a doctor
  • Make grants available to those who have had trouble finding work due to addiction
  • The Department of Health and Human Services will hire more people to address the crisis, particularly in rural areas
  • Allows states to shift federal funds from HIV treatments to opioids, since the two are linked as drug users often share infected needles

Proponents suggest Mr Trump’s announcement is a critical step in raising awareness about the nationwide epidemic, while some critics argue the move does not go far enough.

“The lack of resources is concerning to us since the opioid epidemic presenting lots of challenges for states’ budgets,” Michael Fraser, executive director of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, told Politico.

“My hope is people will realise with no new money the ball is going to be in Congress’s court,” he added.


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Addiction to painkillers and heroin has blighted so many communities across the US – both urban and rural.

As I travelled the country reporting on last year’s election, I remember the hairdresser in Arkansas whose ex-husband died from medicines he’d been given for his bad back, the family in New Hampshire who’d lost a teenage daughter to an overdose and heard stories of doctors who’d become hooked on the very pills they’d prescribed.

President Trump has stopped short of declaring this crisis a national emergency, despite earlier indications he would.

Instead his public health emergency is more of a short-term measure which doesn’t allocate as much funding. Recovering addicts and charities I’ve talked to say more investment in round-the-clock rehab and treatment is what is needed to make a difference.

But while today’s announcement is welcome, many will now be looking to Congress to take more action and secure more money to deal with this crisis.


Since 1999, the number of deaths involving opioids have quadrupled, reaching 33,000 deaths in 2015, according to the Presidential Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, citing data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC first declared opioids, a class of pain medications as well as some street drugs, to be an “epidemic” in 2011.

Mr Trump first announced his intention to declare opioid abuse a “national emergency” in August.

“The opioid crisis is an emergency, and I’m saying officially right now: It is an emergency. It’s a national emergency,” he said at the time.

Experts had urged Mr Trump to use his presidential power under the Stafford Act to declare a national emergency, which would have given states access to money from the federal Disaster Relief Fund.

States would have had immediate access to funding, much like they would after a natural disaster.

But senior officials told reporters that declaring that sort of emergency was not a good fit for an ongoing crisis.

The announcement comes after Mr Trump’s pick for drug czar withdrew his nomination following a report that he helped neuter government attempts to tackle the opioid crisis.

Pennsylvania congressman Tom Marino pushed a bill that reportedly stripped a federal agency of the ability to freeze suspicious painkiller shipments.

Health Secretary Tom Price also resigned last month after it was revealed he was using expensive private planes for official business.

As a candidate, Mr Trump frequently pledged to tackle the drug crisis, and often campaigned in the hardest-hit states.


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Juliette Kayyem is a national security expert who regularly appears on cable news. This time around she appeared on Boston public radio (link) to discuss the Trump Russia scandal. Here’s what she had to say: “I think it is safe to say that before Thanksgiving … something’s going to drop with Mueller. The pace is too much right now. Every 12 hours we’re now dealing with a piece of this story at a pace we haven’t seen.”

Thanksgiving is just four weeks away from today, so she’s talking about Mueller being weeks away from the kind of breakthrough that will turn the Trump Russia scandal on its head and shatter the Trump administration. Some have misinterpreted her words to mean that the Mueller investigation will be finished by Thanksgiving. But that’s not remotely possible, because Mueller’s plan is to bring indictments against nearly everyone involved in order to pressure them to flip on Trump.

So what we’re talking about by Thanksgiving is the kind of indictment or indictments, or deals cut with Trump co-conspirators, that will bust the scandal open and leave Donald Trump in an impossible position. It’s why Trump and the Republicans in Congress are suddenly scrambling in such buffoonish fashion to try to distract from what they know is coming. They know Trump will be taken down by this; they’re just trying to prop him up long enough try to ram through some toxic legislation in the meantime.

 

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The Kremlin knows a bargain when it sees it.

We are supposed to believe that it bought the American presidential election last year with $100,000 in Facebook ads and some other digital activity. Frankly, if American democracy can be purchased this cheap — a tiny fraction of the $7.2 million William Seward paid to buy Alaska from the Russians back in 1867 — it’s probably not worth having.

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The latest obsession in the Russian collusion story, the Kremlin’s digital activity has generated headlines and put Facebook and all of Silicon Valley on the defensive, although this looks to be one of the most overhyped stories of the year.

The Russians, as far as we know, bought more than $100,000 in Facebook ads between June 2015 and May 2017. A little more than half was spent after last November, when, obviously, Donald Trump had already won.

The scale here is singularly unimpressive. A serious House campaign might spend $100,000 on digital. In a presidential campaign, the amount is a rounding error. The Trump campaign spent around $90 million on digital in 2016. Hillary Clinton employed a considerable digital staff, and announced she was spending $30 million on digital the last month of the campaign alone.

If tens of thousands of dollars was decisive amid this tsunami of tens of millions, the Russian trolls working somewhere in St. Petersburg should strike out on their own and start a political consultancy or an internet publishing company. They are geniuses.

It doesn’t appear that much of the Russian material was explicitly advocating for Trump’s election, and some of it wasn’t even right-wing. One Russian Facebook page highlighted discrimination against Muslims. Another promoted anti-police videos for a Black Lives Matter audience. A pro-gay-rights page was called LGBT United.

Other pages were on the right and supportive of Trump. But much of the Russian Facebook activity was peddling online tripe indistinguishable from indigenous American online tripe — in fact, it was ripped off from content produced by Americans. If the Russians are going to decide our elections on social media, one assumes it will require at least a little originality.

One suspicion has been that the Trump campaign helped direct the Russian online effort. What we know about the Russian activity so far makes that doubtful. Why, if the Trump campaign was running its own digital campaign that was magnitudes larger, would it bother with a tiny Russian effort that wasn’t always focused on Trump or his message?

The Daily Beast ran a story last week with the headline “Trump Campaign Staffers Pushed Russian Propaganda Days Before the Election.” This referred to Kellyanne Conway and others associated with the Trump campaign retweeting posts from a Twitter account that masqueraded as a project of the Tennessee Republican Party, when it was really operated by Russian trolls. Conway tweeted a post from the account once, according to the story. And the report adduces no evidence that the Trump supporters knew the origin of the account.

It is outrageous that Russians meddled in our democracy at all, and if there are ways to lock them out of our social media going forward, we should do it. Let’s not pretend, though, that the Russian online activity was the key to the election. This is classic conspiracy thinking — that some small secret cabal is responsible for a world-historical outcome that had much more obvious causes (Hillary Clinton’s poor campaign, for one).

There may yet be truly damaging Russia revelations. Trump’s campaign manager during a decisive phase of the primary campaign, Paul Manafort, worked with shady characters from that part of the world. The notorious Don Trump Jr. meeting with Russians promising oppo on Clinton spoke of a willingness to cooperate with anyone who might be useful. The Trump family’s business dealings could always produce a nasty surprise.

But all the focus on Facebook serves, for now, as a substitute for a smoking gun in the absence of a real one.

Rich Lowry is editor of National Review. Twitter: @RichLowry.

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On Wednesday, Wikileaks leader Julian Assange confirmed that the head of a data analytics firm working with Trumps campaign contacted Assange last year, the Daily Beast reports. Alexander Nix, the head of Cambridge Analytica, admitted that he sent an email to Assange seeking to assist Wikileaks in finding and releasing Clintons 33,000 missing emails. According to unnamed sources, Assange declined the request. This connection is the closest reported between Wikileaks and the Trump campaign during a time when Trump fervently admonished Clinton and publicly requested Russias help to recover Clintons lost emails.

Sen. Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,  articulated his frustration with the Trump administration on Wednesday over the administration missing its Oct. 1 deadline to implement Russia sanctions, according to Politico. Trump signed the bipartisan sanctions bill in August, but his administration has yet to penalize certain Russian entities. Sens. John McCain and Ben Cardin have also expressed concern over the sanctions delay. Corker notably did not accuse the administration of purposeful delay, but intends to check into it.

Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived in Seoul on Thursday for his annual meeting with South Korean military officials, the Washington Post reports. Dunford will discuss, among other things, improving South Koreas ballistic missiles and upgrading their military networks. Defense Secretary James Mattis will head to Seoul next week following Dunfords departure.

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahls sentencing proceedings continued yesterday with emotional testimony from James Hatch, a former Navy SEAL whose military service dog was killed in a mission to retrieve Bergdahl, according to the Washington Post. Hatchs testimony is part of an ongoing process to determine whether the consequences, often deadly, that followed Bergdahls abandonment of his post should factor into the sergeant’s punishment. Hatch, who suffered career-ending injuries during the mission, delivered the tattered harness of his deceased military dog as evidence in the sentencing proceedings.

In an interview with several U.S. publications, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi urged the U.S. and Iran not to involve Iraq in growing conflicts over the nuclear deal and U.S. sanctions, the Wall Street Journal reports. Abadi reiterated his support for U.S. forces in Iraq fighting the Islamic State group, but that any attacks on coalition forces in Iraq, including those that U.S. officials believe are Iran proxies, would be considered an attack on Iraq, on the sovereignty of Iraq, the sovereignty of the state.

President Donald Trump admitted that he did not authorize the mission in Niger resulting in the deaths of four U.S. special forces members, according to the Hill. Trump stated that his generals had the authority, clarifying that he gave them authority to do whats right so that we win. On Monday, Gen. Dunford said that the soldiers were on a reconnaissance mission that did not require the presidents authority.

 

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Ashley Deeks, Sabrina McCubbin and Cody Poplin considered what the U.S. could learn from Cold War anti-propaganda strategies.

Ian Hurd discussed why both liberal and realist theorists incorrectly interpret the international  laws of war.

The Lawfare Editors flagged the next Hoover Book Soiree with Susan Landau on Nov. 1.

Bobby Chesney and Steve Vladeck posted this weeks National Security Law podcast.

Garrett Hinck summarized the European Commissions privacy shield review.

Matthew Kahn posted the live stream of a House hearing on the risk that Kaspersky Labs products pose to the federal government.

Kahn also posted the Oct. 24 executive order to resume the U.S. refugee admissions program.

 

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The recent revelations from Silicon Valley giants FacebookGoogle, and Microsoftrevelations that Russia likely spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on politically targeted advertising that spread disinformationillustrate how Moscow is pursuing long-standing foreign policy goals while adapting to changing technology. The political ads appeared to address both sides of the U.S. political divide, reaching millions of Americans. The goal of these ads appears to be the widening of domestic divisions and amplification of existing fears. Some Facebook ads, for example, supported the Black Lives Matter movement, while others aimed to paint the organization as a danger to society. Some ads appeared to highlight support for then-candidate Hillary Clinton, while others attempted to alarm potential voters by showing her popularity with Muslim women. In a number of cases, the ads were targeted directly at key demographics in Wisconsin and Michigan.

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Palmer Report: It was always going to get this ugly just before Donald Trumps end

What, you thought Donald Trump was going to take his impending ouster lying down? You thought the Republican Congress was going sit back and allow Trump to be busted like a piñata before it had a chance to take its last best shot at passing its most corrupt legislation? As we’ve all had to remind ourselves one too many times during this saga, few things work in politics like one would hope. The good news: it was always going to get this ugly near the end. In fact, it’s how we know we’re finally near Trump’s end.I’ve said from the very start of Trump’s reign that it was going to have to get worse in order to get better because the things he does that harm America are also the things that harm Trump himself. He’s had to put on a prolonged display of dangerous mental instability just to scare a mere twoRepublican Senators into forfeiting the remainder of their own careers so they can help with his demise. He’s had to be every bit as horrid as his most cynical detractors predicted, just to drive his approval rating this low. So in the most morbidly perverse sense possible, the more he’s screwed up, and the more he’s screwed us in the process, the closer he’s marched himself toward the door. But now we’re looking at something far more tangible.

Yesterday, one national security expert predicted that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is just weeks away from delivering a stunning blow to Trump (link). If you’re looking for confirmation of that, just take a look at how Trump and his remaining loyal Republicans in Congress are suddenly acting this week. They’re trying to invent fake new scandals about Hillary Clinton that read like science fiction. They’re desperate to fend off what they know is soon coming, which is that Mueller will poke such a gaping hole in the side of Trump’s presidency, it’ll no longer be tenable.

This is what happens when a wounded animal senses that a fatal blow is coming. Donald Trump is the dictionary definition of a maniac; of course he was going to start acting like this once he sensed that Mueller was about to jack him. The current Republican Congress is the dictionary definition of corrupt; of course they’re willing to go to any dishonest length to prop up Trump just long enough to pass their corrupt tax giveaway to their wealthy donors. It’s just who these people are.

It was always going to get this ugly once we got near the end and it’s going to get even uglier as he’s being marched toward the door, because it’s the only way this was ever going to play out. The good news: it’s now getting so ugly, so frantically, it’s how we know we’re near the end. Contribute to Palmer Report

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Will Trump lose GOP majorities in 2018 if he keeps fighting with Republican lawmakers?

President Trump has been publicly arguing with Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) for some time. This week, Trump tweeted calling Corker a lightweight Senator and saying he couldn’t get elected dog catcher. In the hallways of the Capitol building, Corker told reporters that he believes Trump is debasing our country. Corker has already announced his retirement. […]

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White grievance is on the rise around the world even in the non-real world, as criticism of the latest instalment of the Wolfenstein game demonstratesWolfenstein has been around longer than Ive been alive. What began as two innovative anti-Nazi stealth video games for the Apple II and Commodore 64 became id Softwares famous first-person anti-Nazi shooter. The game popularised the first-person shooter, giving rise to household names like Doom and Call of Duty. The latest iteration is released this week and, for the first time, some peopleare offended by its opposition to Nazis. How on earth have we got here?Related: Is there a neo-Nazi storm brewing in Trump country?

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Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Heres todays news.

TRUMP-RUSSIA

The WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was approached by chief executive Alexander Nix of the data firm Cambridge Analytica, which carried out work for the Trump campaign during the 2016 election, Assange said yesterday, saying that he could confirm that he rejected the request from Cambridge Analytica for help. Nicholas Confessore reports at the New York Times.

Nix asked Assange about Hillary Clintons 33,000 missing emails and help to release them, according to sources familiar with the congressional investigations into alleged Trump-Russia connections, Betsy Woodruff reports at The Daily Beast.

The Democratic National Committee (D.N.C.) were unaware that the national party helped to fund the salacious dossier compiled by former British Intelligence officer Christopher Steele which alleged connections between the Trump campaign and Russia, current and past leaders of the D.N.C. have said, following revelations this week that the Clinton campaign and the D.N.C. partly funded the research. Jonathan Easley reports at the Hill.

A U.S. District Court judge has given the opposition research firm Fusion GPS until today to answer a subpoena issued by the House Intelligence Committee earlier this month. Fusion GPS hired Steele to compile the dossier and Republicans in the committee have been seeking information about the firms bank records, Mark Hosenball reports at Reuters.

Documents from Hillary Clintons 2016 presidential campaign are expected to be received by the Senate Intelligence committee next week, according to two sources familiar with the matter. The documents could provide greater detail about the Democrats response to Russias interference campaign and the Democrats role in funding for the Steele dossier, Ali Watkins reports at POLITICO.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has fractured into competing agendas, with Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) focusing on the Obama-era uranium deal with Russia and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) drafting legislation on foreign influence in U.S. elections. Elana Schor and Kyle Cheney report at POLITICO.

It was legal to publish apparently hacked emails from the D.N.C., lawyers from Trumps presidential campaign argued in a court filing yesterday, saying that WikiLeaks qualifies as an online service immune from legal liability. Josh Gerstein reports at POLITICO.

The key points explaining the background of the dossier and the implications of the latest revelations about funding are set out by Kenneth P. Vogel at the New York Times.

There should be a full investigation following the revelation that the Democrats partly funded the salacious dossier alleging links between the Trump campaign and Russia, congressional investigators should focus on the role of the D.N.C., the Clinton campaign, and the possible role played by the F.B.I., and it would be wise for Mueller to resign from his role. The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes.

The F.B.I. has been so thoroughly implicated in the Russia meddling story and calls for special counsel Robert Mueller to recuse himself from the Russia investigation are not just fanciful partisan grandstanding, Holman W. Jenkins Jr. writes at the Wall Street Journal setting out the connections between the dossier, the Obama administration, the F.B.I. investigation into the Trump campaign, Mueller, the Obama-era deal to expand U.S.-Russia nuclear business, the Clinton Foundation, and the F.B.I.s role in the nuclear business deal.

NORTH KOREA

The U.S. should take literally North Koreas threat to test a nuclear weapon above ground, a senior North Korean official warned in an interview yesterday, adding that Pyongyang has always brought its words into action. Will Ripley reports at CNN.

China is helping us and maybe Russias going through the other way and hurting what were getting, President Trump said in an interview with Fox Business Network yesterday, stating that Russia has undermined efforts to rein in North Korea and that the threat posed by the regime could be more easily resolved if the U.S. had a better relationship with Russia. Reuters reports.

I solve problems, Trump also said in the interview, lamenting the fact that the North Korea problem had not been resolved earlier, but saying that he would deal with the crisis. Olivia Beavers reports at the Hill.

Well, Id rather not say, but youll be surprised, Trump said yesterday in response to a question whether he would visit the Demilitarized Zone (D.M.Z.) between North and South Korea during his 12-day tour of Asia at the beginning of next month. Jordan Fabian reports at the Hill.

The leader of South Koreas conservative opposition party has called on the Trump administration to reintroduce tactical nuclear weapons to South Korea in the face of the threat posed by Pyongyang, the possibility of this option was also raised by South Koreas Defense Minister Song Young-moo during a meeting with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis last month. Felicia Schwartz reports at the Wall Street Journal.

North Koreas extensive re-education camps have been revealed by satellite images and a report by the U.S.-based Committee for Human Rights in North Korea due to be released today. Anna Fifield reports at the Washington Post.

IRAQ

The U.S. and Iran should not bring their trouble inside Iraq, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi urged yesterday, saying that he would like to work with both countries, that U.S. forces should remain in Iraq after recapturing the last of the territory in the hands of the Islamic State group, and that Iranian-backed militias would be disbanded if they did not come under the control of the Baghdad government. Yaroslav Trofimov reports at the Wall Street Journal.

We wont accept anything but its cancellation and the respect of the Constitution, Abadi said in a statement today, saying that the Kurdistan regions offer to freeze the result of the controversial Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum held last month was not enough to open negotiations. Reutersreports.

Iraqi federal forces and Iranian-backed Iraqi militia attacked Peshmerga positions in Nineveh province, the Kurdistan Region Security Council (K.R.S.C.) said today, also calling on the Baghdad government to accept the offers for unconditional talks and adding that the U.S. should stop Iraqs reckless behavior. Reuters reporting.

The clashes between Iraqi federal forces and Kurdish Peshmerga have impeded the movement of coalition military equipment inside Iraq and Syria, thereby undermining the campaign against the Islamic State group, the spokesperson for the U.S.-led coalition Col. Ryan Dillon said today. The APreports.

The U.S. has sought to defuse tension between the Iraqi government and the Iraqi Kurds, the two U.S. allies have been involved in clashes since last months Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum, the Iraqi Kurds yesterday offered to suspend the results of the referendum which returned an overwhelming vote in favor of independence, however this has fallen short of Baghdads demand that the result be annulled. Isabel Coles, Ali A. Nabhan and Yaroslav Trofimov report at the Wall Street Journal.

Abadi is set to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani today in Tehran for talks on regional security, Ted Regencia reports at Al Jazeera.

Abadis approach to the Kurdistan independence referendum has won praise from even his traditional critics, and his increased popularity as a consequence of his decisive actions have seemingly cemented his reelection next year, however difficulties remain. Tamer El-Ghobashy and Mustafa Salim observe at the Washington Post.

Abadi has managed to keep Iraq unified despite the predictions of an inevitable breakup, taking a tough stance against the Iraqi Kurdistan has seemingly paid off and Abadi is in a stronger position to lead the country out of the shadow of war and work with regional powers. Ishaan Tharoor provides an analysis at the Washington Post.

NIGER

My generals and my military had authorization over the U.S. mission in Niger, Trump said yesterday when asked whether he authorized the mission, making the comments after the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford said earlier this week that the U.S. special forces members were on a reconnaissance mission. Rebecca Kheel reports at the Hill.

The confused information amid the Niger ambush on Oct. 4 led the White House to believe that several U.S. soldiers might have been missing, the White House did not receive information that three bodies had been recovered and one soldier remained missing until at least eight hours after the attack began, according to an official familiar with the matter. Greg Jaffe and Karen DeYoung report at the Washington Post.

The Trump administration has been putting in motion plans to allow lethal drone strikes in Niger, according to U.S. officials, and the plan had been under consideration long before the deadly Oct. 4 attack. Ken Dilanian, Courtney Kube, William M. Arkin and Hans Nichols report at NBC News.

IRAN

Israel would act militarily by itself if international efforts led by Trump do not help stop Iran attaining nuclear capabilities, Israels Intelligence Minister Israel Katz said today. Tim Kelly and Nobuhiro Kubo reporting at Reuters.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has embarked on efforts to increase financial pressure on Iran and target the financing of terror in the Middle East, launching a new anti-terror finance center in Saudi Arabia yesterday. The efforts come following Trumps refusal to certify Irans compliance with the 2015 nuclear agreement last month, Ian Talley and Margherita Stancati report at the Wall Street Journal.   

The House of Representatives voted for new sanctions against the Iran-backed Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah militia group yesterday, today the House will vote on another bill calling for additional sanctions aimed at Irans ballistic missiles program. Al Jazeera reports.

A bipartisan plan for a tougher approach on Iran is being crafted by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) along with his Democratic counterpart Ben Cardin (Md.), Corker said yesterday. Elana Schor reporting at POLITICO.

SYRIA

Pro-Syrian government forces have seized an oil pumping station in the eastern Deir al-Zour province, a Hezbollah-run news service reported today, the report saying that the position constitutes a launch pad for an offensive on what is believed to be the last remaining Islamic State stronghold in Syria. Reuters reports.

The outcome is not in doubt, the U.S. commander of the international campaign against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, said yesterday, saying that the militants were on the run and they cannot hold territory, but noting that the coalition would continue to pursue foreign Islamic State fighters before they can return to their home countries and there is a real problem that the virtual caliphate continues to recruit. David Zucchino reports at the New York Times.

The U.N. envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura will meet with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Geneva today, the AP reports.

U.S.-led airstrikes continue. U.S. and coalition forces carried out seven airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria on October 24. Separately, partner forces conducted three strikes against targets in Iraq. [Central Command]

RUSSIA

Top Senate Republicans have vowed to press the White House on delays to imposing new sanctions on Russia and whether this has been done intentionally, the legislation for the sanctions was passed three and a half weeks ago and were in response to Russias interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Kevin Liptak, Ted Barrett and Sara Murray report at CNN.

Democratic members of House Foreign Affairs Committee have also demanded answers from the Trump administration on delays to sanctions against Russia in a letter to the president yesterday. Andrew Desiderio reports at The Daily Beast.

Germanys President Frank-Walter Steinmeier met with Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday to discuss key issues, such as Ukraine, Syria, economic ties, the Iran nuclear deal and the crisis on the Korean Peninsula. The AP reports.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FOREIGN POLICY

Trumps son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner is expected to take a low-profile role during Trumps visit to China next month, with some speculating that Kushners diminished position has been a consequence of chief of staff John Kellys efforts to standardize practice at the White House. Annie Karni and Andrew Restuccia report at POLITICO.

The relationship between the most senior U.S. officials at N.A.T.O. headquarters is described by David M. Herszenhorn at POLITICO Magazine.

The challenges facing the Trump administration did not start with Trump and the White House must grapple with the most challenging foreign-policy environment in modern history due to threat, organizational and cognitive complexities. Amy Zegart writes at The Atlantic.

Secretary of State Rex Tillersons visit to Pakistan this week shone a spotlight on the difficulty U.S.-Pakistan relationship, it is difficult to understand the U.S. position due to its inconsistent messages and Tillerson should not have lectured Pakistan without recognizing Pakistans legitimate security interests.  The DAWN.com editorial board writes.

Tillerson achieved a rare diplomatic victory by bringing Saudi Arabia and Iraq closer together last weekend, marking a potentially significant development between the two countries who have been traditional adversaries. Rhys Dubin writes at Foreign Policy.

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

The House of Representatives held a series of hearings focused on the Trump administrations knowledge of Kaspersky Lab anti-virus software and Russias ability to access U.S. National Security Agency (N.S.A.) classified information through Kaspersky Lab products. Morgan Chalfant reports at the Hill.

The U.S. and Gulf Arab allies sanctioned eleven Yemeni individuals and entities suspected of financing the Islamic State group and al-Qaeda, the U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin praising the designation by Gulf Arab allies, the measure demonstrating a rare moment of coordination, especially amid the Gulf crisis which began on June 5. Aya Batrawy and Abdullah Al-Shihri report at the AP.

A former F.B.I. informant has been cleared to testify before Congress over the Obama-era nuclear business deal with Russia, a Justice Department spokesperson confirming that the informant would not be subject to a confidentiality agreement. John Solomon reports at the Hill.

The Senate Armed Services Committee has expressed confidence that it will finish work on the annual defense policy bill soon, the chairman of the committee John McCain (R-Ariz.) saying that it can be done in the next few days. Rebecca Kheel reports at the Hill.

I havent seen any hard evidence on the delivery of weapons from the Russians to the Taliban, the chairman of N.A.T.O.s military committee Gen. Petr Pavel told reporters yesterday, making the comments amid concern from Pentagon officials that Russia has been increasingly involved in the conflict in Afghanistan. Rebecca Kheel reports at the Hill.

The position of military generals at the top of the Trump administration carries risks and perhaps they are in over their heads. Mark Perry writes at POLITICO Magazine.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to propose strategic dialogue between the leaders of the U.S., India and Australia to counter Chinas expansionism. Reuters reports.

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Addressing Russian Influence: What Can We Learn From U.S. Cold War Counter-Propaganda Efforts?

Microsoft and Google have joined Facebook in revealing that Russia may have purchased ads in an effort to manipulate the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Reactions to this news have been a mix of bewilderment and alarmbut perhaps we should not be so surprised. The fabricated news stories and click-bait headlines that dominated social media throughout the 2016 campaign are not a new tactic for the Russians. They are simply the latest iteration of a practice Moscow has used for nearly a century.This type of operation is known in the intelligence community as disinformation, an Anglicization of the Russian term dezinformatsiya. Disinformation has taken many forms across the decades, from funding communist newspapers to orchestrating the publication of news stories based on forged documents. During the Cold War these tactics were at the forefront of the Soviet Unions strategy to discredit and undermine the United States. In light of this history, it is perhaps useful to look at how the United States countered Soviet tactics and consider whether any U.S. countermeasures drawn from the past can be adapted to address the situation today.

 

The Soviets Historical Use of Propaganda

Early Soviet disinformation focused on softening Josef Stalins image in Europe and easing concerns that the USSR had expansionist ambitions. In the 1930s, Moscow orchestrated the dramatic escape of defectorsdiplomats such as Grigory Besedovsky, who very publicly escaped the Soviet embassy in Paris, and Sergei Dmitrievsky who did the same in Stockholm. Both initially spoke out against the USSR and later, after gaining credibility, began disseminating disinformation about the regime, portraying Stalin as tough but honest, pro-Western and strictly Russia-oriented.

After World War II, the Soviets shifted their focus to the United States. Two years after the surrender of Nazi Germany, in 1947, Soviet leadership created the Committee of Information to run undercover operations to influence public opinion. In the 1950s, a specialized intelligence unit was establishedspecifically to disseminate disinformation. In the 1970s, as disinformation became a larger part of the Soviet strategy, the unit was upgraded to a full service and placed under the command of a KGB general.

The Soviets created several avenues for disseminating disinformation. Moscow covertly fundedcommunist newspapers and radio stations around the world, particularly in Africa and Latin America, where they especially hoped to exert influence. They also funded communist parties in Western countries, and established frontssuch as the World Peace Council, World Federation of Free Trade Unions, and the World Federation of Democratic Youthto spread communist ideology.

One of the most popular methods of disseminating disinformation targeted legitimate news outlets. By anonymously sending forged documentssuch as embassy communications or military memorandato credible publications, the Soviets attempted to create well-timed fake news stories that the public accepted as true. Once the stories caught on, they were reprinted extensively in Soviet-controlled papers in the hopes that the story would be picked up by more mainstream sourcesand would gain credibility in the process.

Disinformation often highlighted unattractive aspects of American culture, exaggerating real problems and imagining non-existent ones. A particular object of disinformation campaigns was the very real systemic racism and discrimination in the United States. When the truth had the potential to be damaging enough on its own, the Soviets simply aimed to direct attention to the story. The arrest and trial of the African-American communist academic Angela Davis, for example, was widely publicized by Soviet outlets, particularly in Africa. Davis was accused of providing a handgun to militants, who then used the weapon in a courtroom shooting. The propaganda pieces about her trial described the proceedings as racially and ideologically driven, and they predicted an unjust outcome. Soviet efforts, at least in this instance, were ultimately undermined when Davis was acquitted by an all-white jury.

Stories from the emerging civil rights movement were distorted to create an exaggerated picture of the racial divide in the United States. Many Soviet citizens believed that lynchings were commonplace and legal, that broad swaths of American society accepted the KKK, and that most schools were segregated. More often, however, disinformation stories were simply pure fabrications. Following President Jimmy Carters boycott of the Moscow Summer Olympics in 1980, the KGB forged letters from the Ku Klux Klan that threatened athletes from African countries and mailed them from Washington, D.C., to the countries Olympic committees. Although none of the countries succumbed to this intimidation, the attorney general and FBI Director were forced to deny U.S. involvement and point the finger at Moscow.

Though fake news was a popular tool during the Cold War, it was much more effective in developing countries where journalistic standards were lower. In Latin America and Africa, forged documents tended not to be investigated thoroughly prior to publication, and, as a result, Soviet disinformation campaigns successfully soured public opinion of the United States. In the West, success was more elusive. Journalists were more careful; they were more likely to follow up on suspicious allegations and less likely to publish a story with a single, anonymous source of evidence.

A better-known disinformation campaign, the ominously named Operation INFEKTION, sought to exploit international fears of U.S. military expansion by sowing the narrative that AIDS had been created as the result of American biological weapons experimentation. The story, based on an anonymous letter from an American scientist, was initially published in a communist Indian newspaper, but at the time it was largely ignored. It was revived three years later, howeverthis time, in an East German paper and with the additional backing of a pseudoscientific report published in East Berlin. The story spread quickly, primarily through publication in Soviet and other communist or leftist papers around the globe, and entered the public discourse to the point that U.S. officials were forced to repeatedly address and refute the story. It only disappeared from headlines after the United States threatened to cut off scientific cooperation with the USSR in the field of AIDS research.

Other forgeries also tried to paint an unflattering picture of the United States, depicting a government eager to use assassination, coups, and election manipulation to achieve its ideological goals. A forged telegram attempted to link the killing of Afghan leader Hafizullah Amin to a CIA plot. A separate forged letter appeared to show American support for the conservatives in the 1981 Greek elections and plans for a coup if Socialist leader Andreas Papandreou won. Fake documents in 1983 seemed to show plans to overthrow the Ghanaian regime. A forged Presidential memorandum to the Departments of State and Defense and the CIA appeared to order those agencies to establish a U.S. military force called the Permanent Peace Forces that would be used to intervene in Latin Americathus inflaming nationalist and anti-American sentiment in the region.

The disinformation campaigns also attempted to portray the United States as an untrustworthy ally, though these campaigns were largely unsuccessful. A forged letter published in a left wing Belgian newspaper, for example, appeared to show retired NATO Commander Alexander Haig and NATO Secretary General Joseph Luns discussing a nuclear first strike and planning a sensitive operation to jolt the faint hearted in Europe. A separate forged letter from President Ronald Reagan to Spanish King Juan Carlos appeared to show the United States putting pressure on Spain to join NATO, while a forged speech purportedly for U.N. Ambassador Jeanne Kirkpatrick appeared to show U.S. support for the balkanization of India.

These campaigns also, somewhat ironically, attempted to demonstrate that the United States was engaging in disinformation campaigns of its own. Fake telegrams from the American Embassy in Rome purportedly showed plans to blame the 1981 attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II on the Soviets. Another attempt used a forged letter from a United States Information Agency (USIA) official to a senator, in which the official suggested the use of false statements and exaggerations about the Chernobyl disaster to damage perception of the Soviets, althoughunder this Soviet narrativethe plot was uncovered before the letter could circulate.

If all of this sounds eerily familiar, it should: The goals and tactics of Putins Russia are not far removed from the goals of Soviet era propagandists. Putins Moscow has continued the strategy of using disinformation to take advantage of and further sow civil discord in the United States, to undercut the United States directly and to undermine U.S. foreign relations.

The recent revelations from Silicon Valley giants FacebookGoogle, and Microsoftrevelations that Russia likely spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on politically targeted advertising that spread disinformationillustrate how Moscow is pursuing long-standing foreign policy goals while adapting to changing technology. The political ads appeared to address both sides of the U.S. political divide, reaching millions of Americans. The goal of these ads appears to be the widening of domestic divisions and amplification of existing fears. Some Facebook ads, for example, supported the Black Lives Matter movement, while others aimed to paint the organization as a danger to society. Some ads appeared to highlight support for then-candidate Hillary Clinton, while others attempted to alarm potential voters by showing her popularity with Muslim women. In a number of cases, the ads were targeted directly at key demographics in Wisconsin and Michigan.

Russia still uses its own overt propaganda machine to spread disinformation, particularly through the television station Russia Today and the news agency Sputnik. These outlets disseminate misleading and fabricated information about the United States and NATO members, often relating to those actors foreign policy objectives and military operations. Sputnik and Russia Today, for example, reported on a fire at a NATO base in Izmir, Turkey, alleging that the fire was the result of intentional sabotage after the failed Turkish coup. Although there had been a fire, it was blazing some distance away in a nearby forest and did not appear to have been the result of arson. Stories like these are often not intended to influence American voters, but instead to affect Russian citizens and sympathetic foreign nationals by fostering the perception of the United States as a war mongering, expansionist nation.

 

U.S. Counter-Propaganda Efforts

During the Cold War, the United States utilized a range of strategies to push back against Soviet active measures. These can be categorized in three groups: First, the United States centralized its response and coordinated a strategy in order to utilize the power of its example; second, it responded directly to Soviet efforts, cultivating thought leaders around the world and spreading American narratives globallyover a variety of mediums; and third, the United States acted to inform the public and embarrass Soviet officials by calling out Soviet propaganda while strengthening allies, media outlets and public officials in a position to prevent the spread communist propaganda.

Efforts like the Marshall Plan, the space race, the civil rights movement, and international development efforts all can be viewed as attempts to respond through the power of example. The United States also responded directly to Soviet efforts, empowering the CIA to cultivate and develop foreign thought leaders while creating the United States Information Agency (USIA) and authorizing it to push an American narrative to the world. Later, after these efforts dwindled, the Reagan administration would create the Active Measures Working Group (AMWG)perhaps the most successful counter-propaganda effort of the entire Cold War.

Sensing that it was losing the battle for the European intelligentsia, in 1953, President Eisenhower established the United States Information Agency (USIA), which became the chosen instrument for ideological operations during the Cold War. At its height, the USIA had the most extensive overseas presence of any Washington agency. USIAs activities included publishing magazines, pamphlets, leaflets and establishing a global library network. In the Soviet Union, the U.S. Embassy distributedcopies of magazines and books to officials and other prominent people. One such official was none other than a young party-secretary named Mikhail Gorbachev.

Perhaps most importantly, USIA produced Voice of Americaa network broadcast heard by over 100 million people and in over forty languages during the Cold War. It is hard to judge how effective programs like Voice of America were in changing public opinion, but Soviet officials disliked them enough to invest significant resources into building a vast network of jammers that emitted noise on frequencies used by Western broadcasters. The jamming program was massive, and its total power was estimated to be three times that of all Western radios combined. In the face of such resistance, however, Western programmers simply targeted smaller cities and rural areas where jammers were less concentrated. Through underground networks, Soviet dissidents made copies of broadcasts, distributing them throughout the country.

USIA programs were only one part of official efforts to influence the rest of the world, however. Other federal bureaucraciesin particular the Department of Defense and the CIAmatched, and often surpassed, the USIAs operations.

In Europe, military intelligence planners stockpiled large polyethylene balloons full of propaganda notes. The balloons would then rise 30,000-40,000 feet, follow the prevailing wind, and break open at predetermined coordinates, scattering leaflets across the land below. This operation lasted from October 1951 until November 1956, and for its duration, the skies of Central Europe were littered with more than 350,000 balloons carrying over 300,000,000 leaflets, posters, books and other printed matter.

Beginning in 1950, the CIA covertly established and funded the Congress for Cultural Freedom. At its peak, the Congress had offices in 35 countries, employed dozens of personnel, published over twenty prestige magazines, held art exhibitions, owned a news and features service, organized high-profile international conferences, and rewarded musicians and artists with prizes and public performances. Its mission was to nudge the intelligentsia of Western Europe away from its lingering fascination with Marxism and communism towards a view more accommodating of the American way.

The United States engaged in less idealistic measures as well. The Operations Coordinating Board, an ideological warfare planning team within the National Security Council, was tasked with creating integrated country plans to manage communism. These plans generally followed the standard lines of containment: for example, plotting and executing an intervention in Philippine elections to ensure a pro-Western result and facilitating anti-communist activity by trade unions in order to destabilize the government of Arbenz Guzman in Guatemala. The CIA also used U.S. corporations to funnel money to non-communist political parties and trade unions. Private publications, such as The International Herald-Tribune received money to reprint pro-U.S. news.

 

The Active Measures Working Group

U.S. attempts to counter Soviet disinformation eventually fell out of favor in Washington and had virtually disappeared by the late 1970s. Yet in 1981, with the election of Ronald Reagan, the United States re-energized its efforts, creating the Active Measures Working Group (AMWG). AMWG was an interagency committee chaired by the Department of State and included representatives of the CIA, USIA, the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, and the Departments of Defense and Justice. Operating under its methodology of Report-Analyze-Publicize (RAP), AMWG officials monitoredSoviet disinformation campaigns, issued regularly updated reports, talked to Western press, personally called editors of newspapers that ran Soviet-sponsored disinformation stories, and occasionally confronted Soviet officials directly about particular active measures.

By limiting the scope of its activities to countering Soviet influence operations that could be exposed in a compelling way, the AMWG was able to significantly undermine the effectiveness of Soviet disinformation campaigns. The group published its first report, State Department Special Report 88 in October 1981. The document was simple, containing a four-page overview of Soviet disinformation techniques and themes. Yet over 14,000 copies of the report were distributed to news organizations, federal agencies and allies. Six years later, the document would find its hands into none other than Mikhail Gorbachev, who waved a copy at then-Secretary of State George Shultz, complaining that the information was damaging the Soviet Unions reputation. Simply exposing Soviet acts of disinformation proved an extremely powerful tool.

 

Lessons from U.S. Counter-Propaganda Efforts

The current Russian strategy of active measures, of which disinformation is one part, appears largely the same as that utilized during the Soviet period. However, significant changes in the media landscape have made those active measures more effective in todays United States. From the late 1940s until the fall of the Berlin Wall, Soviet agents had difficulty utilizing active measures against Western countries; well-trained journalists and editors were generally suspicious of too-good-to-be-true claims and they thoroughly vetted stories before publication. Those outlets where the Soviets found success in placing disinformation tended to be outlets that were discredited by their very nature: party magazines, tabloids, or well-known pro-communist publications with small readerships. Writing in 1983 for the U.S. Army War Colleges journal, Ambassador Dennis Kux, former director of the Active Measures Working Group, noted:

Disinformation appears to fare poorly in Western Democracies with their free press. With a few exceptions, disinformation has largely surfaced either in sensationalist or pro-communist journals, where it has little impact on public opinion. Responsible journalists and journals check out suspicious sounding allegations or anonymous documents. They do not generally publish stories lacking evidence and sourcing.

Today, the media landscape is vastly different: No longer do major media outlets dominate limited information streams. Reflecting the broader disintermediation of American society, technology has given rise to many more media organizations and information platforms, not all of which share the same editorial standards or capacity as top publications. Moreover, websites can be created cheaply and easily, and each one carries with it the potential to reach vast audiences, based not on long-term credibility and accuracy, but instead on displaying the right headline and click-bait story at the right time. Whereas Soviet agents would plant disinformation in Indian or Nigerian media and wait for it to bubble up to major outlets, Russian propagandists today have to worry less about getting disinformation past pesky editors and can instead inject it directly into the mainstream of democratic discourse.

Even so, there may be lessons that the United States can learn from its Cold War competition with the Soviets, particularly from the later success of the AMWG.

To do so, it is important to distinguish between two related, but analytically distinct, Russian active measure tactics. The first involves the hacking of governmental and private computer systems and selectively leaking sensitive information in order to create a desired misperception of reality. A second tactic consists of deliberate distortion, outright manipulation and active lying in order to create a false understanding of the world.

We have noted throughout this piece that the strategy associated with active measures and disinformation is substantially the same as before, but that because of changes in media technology and Russian tactics, it now seems to be more successful in the United States. We posit that this is because until very recently, free speech had a set of natural regulators. Producing a widely read newspaper or a well-watched television show was capital intensive. Moreover, top publications with large readerships had sophisticated editors who viewed it as their ethical responsibility to separate fact from fiction. This ethical responsibility was supported further by a professional duty to ensure that the paper maintained its credibility with its audience. After all, that long-term credibility was a business asset. Today, that appears to no longer be true, especially as Facebook impression algorithms distort economic incentives.

The question then is how to replicate those regulatorsthe guardians of the marketplace of ideasin a rapidly disintermediating society.

The first step may simply be to create a new AMWG-like working group tasked with tackling Russian disinformation directly, publicly and deliberately. This group could coordinate policy and platform solutions with major technology companies, review and propose legislative solutions, and empower, strengthen and educate the press, diplomatic officials and the public at large in order to combat Russian active measures.

Transparency is key. The AMWG found success when it took the time to publicize what Soviet propagandists were doing and why. According to Dennis Kux, [t]he best means of rendering the ground less fertile is to ensure that people . . . are fully aware of attempts to deceive them. An interagency group that focuses on credibly highlighting Russian activity could potentially replicate that success. At the moment, some non-governmental groups have taken on this project. For example, the German Marshall Fund recently launched Hamilton 68. a project led by Clint Watts, J.M. Berger, Andrew Weisburd and Jonathon Morgan that seeks to expose the effects of Russian online influence networks in real time and to inform the public of themes and content being promoted to Americans by foreign powers. A new AMWG could launch similar efforts or help insure that non-governmental efforts are adequately funded.

This work may seem duplicative at a moment when both special counsel and congressional committees are actively investigating Russian activity. But that interest will not prove sustainable over the long term: Mueller will end his investigation and Congress will move on at some point. High-profile institutional actors cannot sustain intense focus on a single issue forever. Russia, by contrast, will remain a persistent threat. Reestablishing a lean interagency committee to coordinate counter-narratives and responses to Russian active measures has value. That work, in fact, could not be more important.

Throughout its tenure, the original AMWG repeatedly noted that Russian propaganda rarely had a substantial impact inside the United States because credible media outlets usually weeded out fake stories and false headlines, preempting them from reaching large audiences. Today, the flow of information no longer appears to permit the United States such refuge. As part of its work, then, this new AMWG should coordinate with technology companies to find solutions that effectively disrupt Russian activities.

But tech companies need not wait for the creation of such a group. Leading social media platforms and major news outlets should start by providing a forthright account to the American people about what has happened and what they see happening today. They could also begin by implementing the most apparent solutions, two of which we outline below.

One solution is that journalists should adopt a norm against publishing hacked material until they are able to fully contextualize and verify it. This was precisely the approach that major news outlets in France took in early 2017 when, just a few hours before the end of the French presidential campaign, thousands of internal documents attributed to Emmanuel Macrons campaign were published on the internet. Le Monde, in explaining its decision not to publish the leaked material, noted these files were published 48 hours before the vote, with the clear goal of harming the validity of the ballot. American outlets should adopt a similar norm. Many leaks have not been used to inform public discussion, but are instead a form of weaponized organization doxxing. And the New York Times and Washington Post have been more than content at times to parrot Wikileaks content without reflection in a race to publish.

Skeptics will assert that this will not solve the problem. Even if major U.S. outlets choose not to publish hacked material, foreign outlets, with no allegiance to the security or integrity of the United States, may choose to publish them online. Once on the internet and in English, they can easily ricochet around the internet with abandon. And of course, blogs, social media pages and other non-traditional media can easily pick up stories neglected by major outlets. Many of these concerns have merit.

Yet even so, there is reason to believe that a strategy of self-policing by major outlets could depress the success of Russian active measures. Most Americans continue to receive the majority of their news from established news outlets. According to Pew, only four in ten Americans regularly get their news online. Further, of those that do consume news online, roughly twice as many people receive their news from major news organizations than from social media. In this way, major media outlets can and should still play a regulating effect.

Online platforms also have a role to play in regulation. Already, some are stepping up. For example, Google has reconfigured search algorithms in an attempt to prevent conspiracy sites from populating search functions. Similarly, YouTube determined that flagged videos that contain controversial … content will be put in a limited state where they cannot be suggested to other users, recommended, monetized, or given comments or likes. And Facebook itself has taken steps to tamp down the amount of disinformation on its platform, first by allowing users to flag purportedly fake news and second by providing users with additional information about publishers and related articles with a new I buttonon news feed links.

Paradoxically, these outlets should no longer be paralyzed by concerns of censorship. Free speech has always relied on credible regulators to inform the public and prevent the marketplace of ideas from collapsing into a cacophony of chaos, misinformation, and manipulation. Today, those regulators are no longer experienced editors or producers but must instead be the platform managers and users of online social media. In this way, we may even view this type of free speech regulation as more democratized.

 

Conclusion

The potential solutions we outline above are likely only the start of a conversation regarding what is required to push back against Russian active measures. Throughout the struggle for supremacy during the Cold War, the United States actively battled Soviet active measures and disinformation campaigns designed to discredit the United States abroad and undermine social cohesion at home. In recent years, Russia has renewed that fight, and while many factors have changedsome of which favor Russian efforts more than American responsesthere is still a great deal that the United States can learn, both positive and negative, from its experience. The fight then was iterative and often experimental, and that dynamism and flexibility will likely be necessary today.

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The Washington Post broke the story Tuesday night that the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped pay for that now-famous dossier of research on President Trump. The Post’s Adam Entous, Devlin Barrett and Rosalind S.
Clinton Campaign and Democratic Party Helped Pay for Russia Trump DossierNew York Times
Trump-Russia dossier research was originally funded by the Clinton campaign and the DNCCNBC
The Trump dossier was Clinton’s dirtiest political trickNew York Post
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#TrumpDossier: It’s Not a ‘Bombshell’ You Moronic Hypocrites
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Ok, so maybe I got a little bit carried away with the title of this piece, but as I watched conservative news last night, I counted at least seven times that I puked a little bit in my mouth. As the largest investigation into a sitting President, that 
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Anthony Weiner Will Do Prison Time In Massachusetts – Forward
 

Anthony Weiner Will Do Prison Time In Massachusetts
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Anthony Weiner will reportedly be spending his prison time for sexting minors at a federal medical center in Massachusetts. The disgraced ex-congressman has been assigned to the Federal Medical Center, Devens, a federal medical center with an adjacent … 

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Trump Was Showered With Russian Flags by a Protester Shouting ‘Treason,’ Video Shows
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The incident came as Trump deals with the investigation into his campaign’s alleged links to Russia, as well as the Trump administration blowing past a deadline to sanction Russians over meddling in last year’s election. Trump has repeatedly beenand more »

‘Trump Is Treason!’: Protester Throws Russian Flags At President

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Launch probes! Congressional GOPers try desperately to take focus off Trump
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To be clear: House Republicans are totally within their rights to open these probes. Doing so is one of the luxuries of being in the majority in the House (and Senate). (Related: The ability to open these sorts of congressional investigations is why 
House GOP launches probes into Obama-era uranium deal, Clinton email inquiryWashington Post
House GOP opens probe into DOJ’s Clinton investigationPolitico 
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GOP opens investigation into Obama Justice Department
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The lack of charges remains a lingering grievance for Trump, who for months has held it up as an example of a riggedcriminal justice system that shielded his Democratic opponent from punishment for her use of a private server for government business.
White House: Justice Department should ‘look at’ prosecuting ComeySTLtoday.com 
As Panel Questions Trump Associates, GOP Launches New ProbesNBC 7 San Diego
Satire: Russia Investigation Will End Trump PresidencyLiberty Nation (satire) (blog)
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During his October 19 appearance at the Valdai Club, Russian President Vladimir Putin focused on the past to a disconcerting degree, reiterating Russia’s long-standing complaints about the US and exhibiting a conspiratorial mindset, but provided no 
Hillary Clinton Says This Political Adversary Was ‘a Pretty Clear Exhibit of Sexism in Motion’CNSNews.com (blog)
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Today’s Headlines and Commentary

The Trump administration will allow refugee admissions from all countries to resume and will put in place stricter screening measures, the Wall Street Journal reported. The refugee program was put on hold this summer as part of the administrations travel ban for a 120-day period that expires on Tuesday. The increased vetting measures will include more extensive collection of biographical data and investigation into applicants social media history.Senator John McCain called for a new congressional authorization for the use of military force for U.S. military operations overseas, Politico reported. McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Forces Committee, said the recent deaths of four U.S. soldiers in Niger called into question the extent of U.S. military operations around the globe. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis will testify at a Senate hearing on the authorization for the use of military force next week.

Pakistans prime minister pledged to support U.S. counterrorism efforts during a meeting on Tuesday with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Reuters reported. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi affirmed Pakistans continued support for the war against terror and said the country had produced results in efforts against Al Qaeda and the Taliban.

The State Department warned Myanmars military leadership that it held them accountable for atrocities committed against the Rohingya ethnic minority, Reuters reported. A spokesperson for the State Department said on Monday it is considering targeted sanctions measures against officials that have facilitated human rights abuses. More than 600,000 Rohingya have left Myanmar as refugees since the crisis began.

Michael Cohen, a former attorney for President Trump, will speak with congressional investigators from the House and Senate intelligence committees this week, NBC News reported. In August, NPR reported that Cohen contacted Russian government officials to get assistance with a permit for a Trump real estate deal in Moscow.

The U.S.-led coalition in Syria denied striking Syrian-government held positions in Deir al-Zour city, according to Reuters reported.  Syrian state television accused the coalition of carrying out airstrikes that killed at least 14 people on Monday. A coalition spokesperson said its air forces had not conducted any strikes in the Syrian-government held parts of the city.

The Department of Justice will allow tech companies to alert their customers to law enforcement requests for their personal data, Ars Technica reported. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in a memo last week that the department would drop its practice of requiring gag orders for companies that surrender customer data to legal authorities. In response, Microsoft dropped a lawsuit against the Department of Justice challenging the gag orders.

British lawmakers asked Facebook for information about Russia-linked advertisements on its platform during the Brexit vote and 2017 parliamentary elections, Reuters reported on Tuesday.  Damian Collins, the head of a parliamentary inquiry into false and misleading news stories, made the request as part of an effort to understand the impact of foreign actors on social media.

A military judge ordered the civilian defense team for Rahim al-Nashiri back to the military court after the lawyers quit last week over ethical conflicts, the Miami Herald reported. Judge Vance Spath contradicted militarys chief defense counsel Gen. John Bakers order to dismiss the civilian members of al-Nashiris defense team. Baker had dismissed the lawyers after they brought up an ethical conflict of interest over a classified matter. Judge Spath ordered the attorneys to appear at the next court hearing in two weeks.

Iraqi militias launched an offensive against a Kurdish-held oil pipeline hub near the Turkish border on Tuesday, Reuters reported. Kurdish forces pledged to defend the area, which is a conduit for oil exports that provide vital revenue to the Kurdish Regional Government.

A bipartisan group of senators will introduce a bill that would require the FBI to obtain warrants to search data collected under the authority of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, Reuters reported. Senators Ron Wyden and Rand Paul said their bill to reauthorize the intelligence communitys surveillance authorities under Section 702 would include more transparency and oversight mechanisms. It would allow individuals to more easily challenge surveillance in court and would expand the role of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.

 

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Matthew Kahn analyzed the legislative history behind the 25th Amendment and its applications in cases of presidential disability.

Josh Blackman argued that the Hawaii District Courts injunction against the most recent travel ban order does pass the rational basis test.

Vanessa Sauter posted a letter from a group of former national security officials urging the reauthorization of FISA Section 702 surveillance authorities.

Sabrina McCubbin summarized pre-trial motions in Smith v. Trump, a case challenging the application of the 2001 AUMF to the Islamic State.

Rick Ledgett argued that the only way for Kasperksy to regain users trust would be for it allow independent monitoring of all its anti-virus activities.

Matthew Kahn flagged a draft Section 702 reauthorization bill from the Senate intelligence committee.

Garrett Hinck described a strange sequence of events related to exiled Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui and the Trump administration.

 

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Michael Bloomberg: Brexit is stupidest thing any country has done besides Trump

Exclusive: Billionaire media mogul says it is hard to understand why a country doing so well wanted to ruin itMichael Bloomberg, the billionaire media mogul and former mayor of New York, has said Brexit is the single stupidest thing any country has ever done apart from the election of Donald Trump as US president.

Bloomberg The 75-year old argued that it is really hard to understand why a country that was doing so well wanted to ruin it with the Brexit vote, in a series of outspoken remarks made at a technology conference in Boston a fortnight ago.

Related: With evidence of a failing Brexit, who needs prophecy? | Rafael Behr

Related: Trump won’t stop Americans hitting the Paris climate targets. Here’s how we do it | Michael Bloomberg

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“We don’t know what these Facebook ads looked like, we don’t know who they were targeting, and we don’t know how many millions of Americans may have been exposed to them.”

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Trump anxiety – Google News: Trump solidifies his grip on GOP with the exits of Flake, Corker – AZCentral.com
trump under federal investigation – Google News: White House: Trump to declare opioid crisis a public health emergency – The Hill
Donald Trump | The Guardian: Trump to declare health emergency over opioids but no new funds to help
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Twitter bans Kremlin-backed outlets RT and Sputnik from advertising over election meddling – USA TODAY
Twitter Bans Russia’s RT and Sputnik From Advertising Following US Election Probe – Variety
Twitter bans ads from Russian-sponsored news sites – CNET
Russian Intelligence services – Google News: How Robert Mueller’s investigation could end – The Economist
11:25 AM 10/26/2017 The Recruitables: Why Trumps Team Was Easy Prey for Putin
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Donald Trump | The Guardian: Late-night hosts call Trump ‘the crazy old guy yelling on his front lawn’
Google Avoids Spotlight During Russia Investigation – Newsmax
russia helping trump – Google News: Clinton lawyer linked to Russia dossier not allowed to testify at Menendez trial – New York Post
Trump – Google News: Trump again tweets on Virginia’s governor’s race, says Gillespie will protect our great statues/heritage – Washington Post
donald trump racketeering – Google News: Founder of opioid maker Insys indicted for fraud, racketeering – Financial Times
Twitter bans ads from two Russian media outlets, cites election meddling – Reuters
Trump’s and Putin’s connections with organized crime – Google News: New meaning for ‘Russian leaks’ – Durango Telegraph
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putin won US 2016 election – Google News: Twitter bans ads from Kremlin-funded RT and Sputnik, but they can still tweet – Los Angeles Times
Donald Trump: Stephen Colbert Imagines The Outcome Had Obama Given Press Conferences Like Trump
roger stone – Google News: Trump ally Roger Stone denies collusion with Russia – TRT World
Donald Trump: Seth Meyers Slams GOP For Being Engulfed In A Civil War Of Its Own Making
2016 elections and mental health – Google News: The Identity-Politics Death Grip – National Review
2016 elections anxiety – Google News: The Identity-Politics Death Grip – National Review
Trump and the Mob – Google News: Catherine Rampell: Donald Trump, our first millennial president – Chippewa Herald
Trump FBI file – Google News: FOX NEWS FIRST: Ex-FBI informant cleared to testify about Obama-era uranium Russia deal; Law broken in Clinton … – Fox News
trump authoritarianism – Google News: America’s military won’t save us from Trump’s fascism – Salon
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trump and intelligence community – Google News: Trump taps JFK files to distract from the file Mueller is building – The Olympian
Donald Trump – Google News: Donald Trump, Fats Domino, Houston Astros: Your Thursday Briefing – New York Times
Senate Committee Escalates Russia Probe, Digs Into Finances Of Nearly 40 Individuals And Businesses – BuzzFeed News
roger stone – Google News: Trips to Mexico City, plots to kill Castro: What the JFK records are likely to reveal – New York Daily News
calls for Comey’s resignation – Google News: Who Knew Trump Would Be a Weak President? – New Republic
trump and intelligence community – Google News: A Chance to Control Domestic Spying – New Republic
trump russian candidate – Google News: The Trump wing of the GOP is winning battles. But will it lose the war to keep the Senate in Republican hands? – Los Angeles Times
Russian Facebook ads made no difference in the election – Standard-Examiner
Trump Investigations Report: 6:51 AM 10/26/2017 Russia is pushing to control cyberspace. We should all be worried. The Washington Post
Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices: Getting Encryption onto the Front Burner
Trump’s and Putin’s connections with organized crime – Google News: Fights in Russia: Putin’s Acolytes Are Determined to Crush Navalny’s Opposition, One Activist at a Time – Newsweek
trump russian candidate – Google News: Orange County is turning blue. Can Dana Rohrabacher survive his chumminess with Trump? – Los Angeles Times

 

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Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices: Today’s Headlines and Commentary

On Wednesday, Wikileaks leader Julian Assange confirmed that the head of a data analytics firm working with Trumps campaign contacted Assange last year, the Daily Beast reports. Alexander Nix, the head of Cambridge Analytica, admitted that he sent an email to Assange seeking to assist Wikileaks in finding and releasing Clintons 33,000 missing emails. According to unnamed sources, Assange declined the request. This connection is the closest reported between Wikileaks and the Trump campaign during a time when Trump fervently admonished Clinton and publicly requested Russias help to recover Clintons lost emails.Sen. Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,  articulated his frustration with the Trump administration on Wednesday over the administration missing its Oct. 1 deadline to implement Russia sanctions, according to Politico. Trump signed the bipartisan sanctions bill in August, but his administration has yet to penalize certain Russian entities. Sens. John McCain and Ben Cardin have also expressed concern over the sanctions delay. Corker notably did not accuse the administration of purposeful delay, but intends to check into it.

Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived in Seoul on Thursday for his annual meeting with South Korean military officials, the Washington Post reports. Dunford will discuss, among other things, improving South Koreas ballistic missiles and upgrading their military networks. Defense Secretary James Mattis will head to Seoul next week following Dunfords departure.

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahls sentencing proceedings continued yesterday with emotional testimony from James Hatch, a former Navy SEAL whose military service dog was killed in a mission to retrieve Bergdahl, according to the Washington Post. Hatchs testimony is part of an ongoing process to determine whether the consequences, often deadly, that followed Bergdahls abandonment of his post should factor into the sergeant’s punishment. Hatch, who suffered career-ending injuries during the mission, delivered the tattered harness of his deceased military dog as evidence in the sentencing proceedings.

In an interview with several U.S. publications, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi urged the U.S. and Iran not to involve Iraq in growing conflicts over the nuclear deal and U.S. sanctions, the Wall Street Journal reports. Abadi reiterated his support for U.S. forces in Iraq fighting the Islamic State group, but that any attacks on coalition forces in Iraq, including those that U.S. officials believe are Iran proxies, would be considered an attack on Iraq, on the sovereignty of Iraq, the sovereignty of the state.

President Donald Trump admitted that he did not authorize the mission in Niger resulting in the deaths of four U.S. special forces members, according to the Hill. Trump stated that his generals had the authority, clarifying that he gave them authority to do whats right so that we win. On Monday, Gen. Dunford said that the soldiers were on a reconnaissance mission that did not require the presidents authority.

 

ICYMI, Yesterday on Lawfare

Ashley Deeks, Sabrina McCubbin and Cody Poplin considered what the U.S. could learn from Cold War anti-propaganda strategies.

Ian Hurd discussed why both liberal and realist theorists incorrectly interpret the international  laws of war.

The Lawfare Editors flagged the next Hoover Book Soiree with Susan Landau on Nov. 1.

Bobby Chesney and Steve Vladeck posted this weeks National Security Law podcast.

Garrett Hinck summarized the European Commissions privacy shield review.

Matthew Kahn posted the live stream of a House hearing on the risk that Kaspersky Labs products pose to the federal government.

Kahn also posted the Oct. 24 executive order to resume the U.S. refugee admissions program.

 

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putin won US 2016 election – Google News: Twitter bans ads from Kremlin-funded RT and Sputnik, but they can still tweet – Los Angeles Times
 


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Twitter bans ads from Kremlin-funded RT and Sputnik, but they can still tweet
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Twitter Inc. said Thursday that it will no longer accept advertising from Sputnik and Russia Today, pointing to the U.S.intelligence community’s conclusion that the two Kremlin-funded news organizations were part a Russian government operation to 
Twitter Is Banning Ads From Russian Media Outlets RT And Sputnik Because Of Election MeddlingBuzzFeed Newsall 75 news articles »

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Donald Trump: Stephen Colbert Imagines The Outcome Had Obama Given Press Conferences Like Trump

“Remember when Barack Obama would go on TV to brag about being able to read a name off a chart?”

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roger stone – Google News: Trump ally Roger Stone denies collusion with Russia – TRT World
 

Trump ally Roger Stone denies collusion with Russia
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Republican political consultant Roger Stone, a longtime ally of President Donald Trump, flatly denied allegations of collusion between the president’s associates and Russia during the 2016 US election in a meeting with lawmakers on Tuesday. In a 47and more »

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Donald Trump: Seth Meyers Slams GOP For Being Engulfed In A Civil War Of Its Own Making

The late-night host called out Republican senators for failing to take concrete actions to stop President Trump.

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The Identity-Politics Death Grip
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Last June, despite being outspent by nearly $10 million, Republican Karen Handel won Georgia’s sixth congressional district in a special election to fill the vacancy left when Tom Price became secretary of Health and Human Services (a position from and more »

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The voting map of the 2016 election, with its vast expanse of Trump-supporting counties, suggests how pervasive this anxietyis. Once, the Democrats were the party of the middle class, attentive to how it might be lifted up or at least, kept from and more »

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Trump and the Mob – Google News: Catherine Rampell: Donald Trump, our first millennial president – Chippewa Herald
 


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Catherine Rampell: Donald Trump, our first millennial president
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During the presidential campaign Trump encouraged mob violence against critics, and pledged to open up our libel laws against journalists covering him. Since taking office, he has attempted to use government power to turn the entire country into his …and more »

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Trump FBI file – Google News: FOX NEWS FIRST: Ex-FBI informant cleared to testify about Obama-era uranium Russia deal; Law broken in Clinton … – Fox News
 


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FOX NEWS FIRST: Ex-FBI informant cleared to testify about Obama-era uranium Russia deal; Law broken in Clinton …
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WHAT’S INSIDE JFK FILES? The classified files on the assassination of former President John F. Kennedy will be released today, President Trump announced on Twitter … The move to release the government documents on the 1963 assassination could …
DOJ gives FBI informant green light to testify on Russian uranium effortsCNNall 460 news articles »

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trump authoritarianism – Google News: America’s military won’t save us from Trump’s fascism – Salon
 


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America’s military won’t save us from Trump’s fascism
Salon
According to a new survey from the Military Times, it appears that despite Donald Trump’s disdain for American democracy and his embrace of authoritarian and fascist principles, he enjoys a high amount of support among the country’s enlisted ranks:.

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1. Trump Circles: Elections from mikenova (16 sites): Putin Trump – Google News: The Recruitables: Why Trump’s Team Was Easy Prey for Putin – Politico
 


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The Recruitables: Why Trump’s Team Was Easy Prey for Putin
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By now, it should be clear to anyone following the news that Russian intelligence made a formidable effort to approach theTrump campaign and assess the potential to manipulate its members. As a former officer of the CIA’s Directorate of Operations, I  

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The Recruitables: Why Trump’s Team Was Easy Prey for Putin
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He tries to create the impression of someone who is extremely well-connected and very busy, a source who had worked withSater told Ioffe. Sater made a few forays into Moscow business circles, but could never convert and was unable to win the trust  

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felix sater – Google News: The Recruitables: Why Trump’s Team Was Easy Prey for Putin – Politico
 


Politico
The Recruitables: Why Trump’s Team Was Easy Prey for Putin
Politico
He tries to create the impression of someone who is extremely well-connected and very busy, a source who had worked withSater told Ioffe. Sater made a few forays into Moscow business circles, but could never convert and was unable to win the trust  

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trump and intelligence community – Google News: Trump taps JFK files to distract from the file Mueller is building – The Olympian
 

Trump taps JFK files to distract from the file Mueller is building
The Olympian
Releasing these files allows President Trump yet again to distract the nation from his inability to govern effectively. Further, it gives him another shot at undermining an American intelligence community he deeply distrusts by exposing CIA and FBI and more »

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Donald Trump – Google News: Donald Trump, Fats Domino, Houston Astros: Your Thursday Briefing – New York Times
 


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Donald Trump, Fats Domino, Houston Astros: Your Thursday Briefing
New York Times
Our chief White House correspondent, Peter Baker, reports: This past summer, the Trump administration debated lowering the annual cap on refugees admitted to the United States. Should it stay at 110,000, be cut to 50,000 or fall somewhere in between?and more »

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Senate Committee Escalates Russia Probe, Digs Into Finances Of Nearly 40 Individuals And Businesses – BuzzFeed News
 


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A congressional committee investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election has stepped up its probe over the past month, requesting that an agency that combats financial crime turn over confidential banking information on nearly 40 …and more »

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Trump Investigations Report: 6:51 AM 10/26/2017 Russia is pushing to control cyberspace. We should all be worried. The Washington Post

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Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices: Getting Encryption onto the Front Burner

Im happy to be wrong, but I dont expect the Deputy Attorney Generals recent speech to spark productive engagement in the standoff over encryption. Federal, state and local authorities will keep highlighting their increasing inability to obtain critical data (in motion and at rest) by means of legal process and will try to demonstrate the critical public safety price they (meaning we) pay for warrant-proof platforms. Tech firms, for their part, will continue to focus on customer and shareholder value, which is both completely natural and consistent with widespread libertarian preferences in that sector. Recent calls for a congressional commissionusually a tactic for kicking a can down the roadappear to have receded. Apparently a decision has been made that this can will kick itself.In the meantime, the range of data and communications inaccessible to law enforcement and other regulators without the cooperation of customers and users will increase by leaps and bounds. We are fast moving from a world in which both the platform provider and the customer could access data to one where only the customer can. Its not just that Apple moved from an iPhone operating system that allowed the company to retrieve data from the device to one for which only the customer has the key, or that end-to-end encrypted messaging platforms like WhatsApp have become common. Its also the steady move to customer-controlled cloud encryption. Smartphone and user data that used to be backed up to cloudreducing, though not eliminating enforcers need to access the devicewill still be in cloud, but with access controlled by the consumer. The corporate data previously stored on company owned and controlled services, and thereafter moved to the cloud, will continue to reside these, but cloud providers will soon disable themselves from accessing it, even during computation.

We are thus moving to a world in which customers and users of all stripes become the exclusive gatekeepers of their own data and communications. For a range of customers and users, this state of affairs may not impede the many public safety and regulatory projects we rely on government to pursue. When presented with a warrant or other appropriate legal process, many firms and individuals will comply. Investigators, particularly in white collar investigations, frequently use subpoenae rather than search warrants, working through lawyers and firms and trusting that those on whom they serve process will comply. But when pursuing not just terrorism, violent crime, and child exploitation cases, but also many white collar ones, law enforcers justifiably lack this trust, and regularly fear the obstruction that ensues when a data request tips a target off, or some combination of partial compliance and deletion.

In an effort to avoid refighting the Crypto Wars, and recognizing the value of innovation and the problem with top-down mandates, Rosenstein, like former FBI Director James Comey, took pains not to demand any particular solution, looking only for some key management technique or other arrangement that the government could require the provider to draw on. Such access already exists when a providers business model requires a product to have itfor, say, key recovery (for devices), content scanning, or updatesand the Justice Department wants this to occur even absent that business model.

Perhaps because neither this White House nor Congress is ready to do anything, the DAG didnt quite call for legislation or regulation. Indeed, he quickly limited his proposal only to mass-market consumer devices and services that enable warrant-proof encryption by default and was pretty vague about how even those platforms would be addressed. He doubtless hopes that this move will spark some sort of voluntary compliance by industrythe specific consideration of public safety and other social costs.

If history is any guide, however, only actual legislative or regulatory proposals will spark constructive engagement. Signals from the Obama White House that the private sector took as meaning legislation was off the table helped ensure that nothing happened during the past administration. But one has only to look to the story of the Symphony messaging platform to see the effect of credible threats. When, soon after the prosecution of several banks for a foreign exchange bid-rigging conspiracy accomplished through chatroom conversations, a consortium of several large financial institutions started their own platform that touted end-to-end encryption and “guaranteed data deletion, New York States Department of Financial Services used its considerable regulatory power to intervene and demand that Symphony retain message data for seven years and that individual banks agreed to store decryption keys for the messages with independent custodians. They agreed, and Symphony flourishes, backed by a number of investors, including Google.

As my colleague Steve Bellovin regularly reminds me, crypto is hard, and any efforts to engineer access in the public interest might well add cybersecurity risks beyond those facedand rarely eliminatedby firms trying to engineer systems for their own purposes. Yet I would expect firms to build and deliver only those products their engineers tell them can be made securely and within the context of their own processes. And I question why we should normalize the risks firms take as they roll out products to serve their customers while problematizing those they would face if they were required to take social costs into account. Proofs of concepts for addressing the engineering challenges are beginning to circulate, and need to be carefully considered, even if they are not perceived as singular or complete solutions to these complex challenges.

The systems design challenges are even greater because of the international dimensions of any voluntary or compelled regime of exceptional access. Regulating devices sold around the world alone would be hard enough, as we need to consider the competitive disadvantage a U.S. mandate would place on firms. But at least obtaining data from a device with lawful process can be limited to the jurisdiction with control of that device. This is why, although the deputy attorney general lumped access to stored data on devices with access to in-flight encrypted real-time communications and messaging, progress (legislative or otherwise) may require dealing with the two on separate tracks. For no such restrictive principle can easily organize which jurisdiction has access to dat