National Security Council

Lies from Papadopoulos harmed Russia investigation, special counsel says

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III urged a federal judge to sentence George Papadopoulos to up to six months in prison, saying in a court filing Friday night that his lies harmed the Russia investigation.<p>“The defendant’s false statements were intended to harm the investigation, and did so,” …

Politics

Erik Prince is launching a cable news tour to convince Trump to privatize the war in Afghanistan

Mercenary troops would report to a US envoy under Trump's direct command.<p>Growing impatient with the conflict in Afghanistan as it stretches into its …

Liberal View

Trump administration to pull back funding for Syria reconstruction efforts

The State Department will pull back funding it had allocated to rebuild parts of Syria once held by the Islamic State, saying Friday that other countries will now provide $230 million in planned spending.<p>Most of the U.S. money was first announced in January by then-secretary of state Rex Tillerson …

Middle East

U.S. cuts to Syria stabilization funds jeopardize a fragile recovery

The Trump administration announced Friday that it will not spend some $230 million in stabilization assistance that had been slated for U.S. civilian …

Politics

The Memo: For Trump, this week has been anything but sleepy

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBrennan fires new shot at Trump: ‘He’s drunk on power’ Trump aides discussed using security clearance revocations to …

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International Affairs Fellowship - Council on Foreign Relations

The Program<p>Established in 1967, the International Affairs Fellowship (IAF) is the hallmark fellowship program of CFR. It aims to bridge the gap …

Foreign Policy

McRaven's Rousing Protest: Are Civil-Military and Democratic Norms in Tension?

President Donald Trump withdrawing the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan has set off a cascade of former professionals from the …

National Security

Taking Away John Brennan's Clearance Threatens National Security

In a move that has shocked career national security officials, President Trump stripped former CIA Director John Brennan of his security clearance …

National Security

It’s time for Turkey and NATO to go their separate ways

<i>Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.</i><p>“If the internal stress in the U.S. goes on like this, the possibility of another 9/11 is not all that remote,” wrote columnist Abdurrahman Dilipak in <i>Yeni Akit</i>, a paper close to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his …

Geopolitics

Stop calling them 'Russian troll farms'

<b>(CNN) —</b> The phrase "Russian troll farms" has become ubiquitous. It's on network television. It's in leading newspapers. It's on the lips of US senators.<p>But it's a misleading phrase — dangerously misleading.<p>The Russian actors who, through the Internet, interfered with America's 2016 presidential …

Opinion

Blackwater founder Erik Prince is pushing to privatize America's costly war in Afghanistan — and going on cable TV to persuade Trump

Billionaire Blackwater founder Erik Prince has a vision for America's war in Afghanistan, one that the former Navy SEAL and businessman claims will turn around the conflict the US has been fighting for 17 years with no end in sight.<p>After Blackwater, a controversial security contractor that was …

National Security

ANALYSIS: Syria in Gaza, without the Russians

The Gaza Strip is a microcosm of what is happening throughout the region - a reflection of the broader conflicts throughout the Middle East.<p>><br>• ><p>File …

Middle East

Trump’s cyber call: ‘Not just a normal war’

A classified Obama-era directive known as PPD-20 signed in 2012 and leaked by Edward Snowden in 2013, mandated an intricate inter-agency legal and …

Cyber-attacks

Here's three Trump officials whose security clearances should have been revoked before John Brennan's, experts say

President Trump stoked outrage Wednesday when he revoked former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance and threatened to pull clearances for …

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Trump, Seeking to Relax Rules on U.S. Cyberattacks, Reverses Obama Directive

Administration has faced pressure to show that it is taking seriously national-security cyberthreats<p>President Trump has reversed an Obama-era memorandum dictating how and when the U.S. government can deploy cyberweapons against its adversaries, in an effort to loosen restrictions on such …

National Security

Pentagon Whistleblower Questioned FBI Informant Stefan Halper’s ‘Outrageous’ Contracts

9:41 PM 08/16/2018<p><b>A Pentagon whistleblower complained in October 2016 about “outrageous” contracts that were provided to Stefan Halper, the FBI</b> …

Conservative View

What are security clearances and why do some former officials still have them?

President Trump abruptly revoked the security clearance of former CIA director John Brennan this week, and he threatened to strip a bevy of other former national security officials of theirs as well.<p>The president said he has a “unique, constitutional responsibility to protect the nation’s …

Security

Trump Reportedly Swaps Obama’s Cyberattack Rules for Mysterious New Ones

In a sign that the U.S. will be taking a more aggressive approach to cybersecurity, President Trump has reportedly reversed Obama-era guidelines that …

Cyber-attacks

Trump scraps Obama rules on cyberattacks, giving military freer hand

President Donald Trump has eliminated rules governing the process for launching cyberattacks, giving the military freer rein to deploy its advanced hacking tools without pushback from the State Department and the intelligence community, an administration official told POLITICO.<p>Trump’s decision, the …

National Security

Trump's full statement about why he revoked Brennan's security clearance

President Donald Trump's statement, released by the White House:<p>As the head of the executive branch and Commander in Chief, I have a unique, Constitutional responsibility to protect the Nation’s classified information, including by controlling access to it. Today, in fulfilling that responsibility, …

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Criticized For Racism, Trump Goes After Black Former National Security Adviser

Susan Rice’s name is included on a list of officials who have criticized Trump, even though she has kept a relatively low profile.<p>WASHINGTON ― As President Donald Trump’s White House struggled with accusations of racism over his attacks on African-American former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, on …

News (U.S.)

The U.S. can’t afford to lose Turkey

<i>Matthew Bryza is a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and worked on Turkey policy at the National Security Council and State Department.</i><p>President Trump’s decision to double steel and aluminum tariffs on Turkey — and reports that broader sanctions are being considered — mark a …

Middle East

After dozens of children die, Trump administration faces mounting pressure over Yemen war

Lawmakers increased pressure on the Trump administration over the war in Yemen this week after an airstrike killed dozens of children, urging officials to explain and possibly adjust U.S. support for nations waging war against rebels there.<p>Democratic members of the House and Senate have sent three …

Middle East

U.S. Energy Chief Still Trying to Get to ‘Yes’ on Coal Bailout

The Energy Department is still trying to reach an agreement on a plan to keep uneconomic coal and nuclear plants online, more than two months after …

National Security

Did Omarosa break the law when she recorded her firing then played it for America?

Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman shocked many over the weekend when she revealed that she had secretly recorded White House chief of …

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Let’s toast: “confusion to the enemy”. - Blogs - Jerusalem Post

It is just one of those weeks when nothing seems the way it was or should be. There is a fine line between love and hate and sometimes it is not …

South Asia

Just say no to hard and fast rules about Trump appointees being at universities

By Daniel W. Drezner<p>PostEverything Spoiler Alerts<p>Many people are saying that higher education is a zone of political correctness, intolerant to conservative points of view. I would respond that this is a GOP talking point in the War on College that has a small grain of truth and a healthy dollop of …

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QAnon is just the latest in a long line of right-wing conspiracy theories

By Hannah Gurman<p><b>Correction: An earlier version of this piece incorrectly listed Celerino Castillo’s first name as Celero. It is Celerino.</b><p>Could Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and George Soros really be planning a coup, the climax of their corrupt criminal enterprise, which includes the operation of a …

Whistleblowers

Overnight Defense: Bolton heading to Geneva for Putin summit follow up | Pentagon spokeswoman under investigation | Trump statement on defense bill objects to Russia, Gitmo measures

<b>Happy Tuesday and welcome to</b> <b>Overnight Defense</b>. I'm Rebecca Kheel, and here's your nightly guide to the latest developments at the Pentagon, on …

National Security

Trump Doesn't Consider Time Zones When Phoning World Leaders & It Speaks Volumes — REPORT

For those who have family or friends on the other side of the world, communication often comes with a constant check of the time; after all, there …

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