So many, many problems with the past few weeks. But folks intentionally blurring FBI special background checks--which are always for and whose terms are always set by the WH--from the rest of the FBI's work is going to suuuuuuck so bad for everyone.
Here's the thing: when you say "the FBI is a partisan political organization", that makes it easier for politicians to say "the things it does that I don't like are just partisan, and we should make it do more partisan things I do want, and that's fine because it was always thus"
Oct 5, 2018 • 6 tweets • 1 min read
Nothing says independent impartial judge like writing a badly edited piece for the opinion section of a conservative-aligned newspaper
On the plus side if he is confirmed we can at least rename oral argument "scotus bar fights"
Oct 4, 2018 • 12 tweets • 3 min read
DOJ to indict GRU officers relating to attempted hack of OPCW later today, (per Dutch govt).
Thread on the conference
Former NSA Employee Nghia Hoang Pho, 68, Sentenced to 5½ Years in Prison After Pleading Guilty to Willful Removal and Retention of Classified National Defense Information justice.gov/opa/pr/former-…
According to the plea agreement, Pho was a developer at NSA's Tailored Access Operations (TAO) hacking group from April 2006, and began unlawfully removing and retaining TS/SCI material from 2010 thru March 2015 including tools and documents in both hardcopy and digital form.
Sep 24, 2018 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
I guess if you freak out at every weekly pre-scheduled rosenstein meeting at the WH eventually one of them has to be the one where he gets fired
1. "Come on Andy, what are you going to do? Wiretap the president? Get real"
2. "OMG look he said he was going to wiretap the president!!!!11!1eleventy-one!!"
Sep 19, 2018 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
Here is a copy of the letter from Sen. @RonWyden's office. It identifies a solvable root problem: the Sergeant at Arms asserts he cannot use funds appropriated for securing government accounts to help legislators and staff secure their personal accounts. documentcloud.org/documents/4906…
This is a good example of a rule constructed for laudable reasons -- the strong firewall to stop legislators using govt money for campaigning and personal things is there for a reason -- ending up with bad consequences on edge-cases like defending high-value accounts from hackers
Sep 14, 2018 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
Sep 13, 2018 • 23 tweets • 6 min read
Should probably do a thread on this. But holy moly they go out of their way to make this case more confusing than it is.
E.g. one of the third parties is *called* "Article 19", not to be confused with Articles 8, 10, 14, 6 which are the law of the case. Nor should you confuse section 8(4) as being anything to do with Article 8 even when they appear in the same sentence.
Thanks, ECtHR. V helpful.
Sep 8, 2018 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
Interesting Q, but I don't see why not. OLC's opinion on presidential immunity here says his role is unique, and while sfaict it's never came up for justices, I don't see why it would be constitionally different to congressmen who can be indicted in office
"And I say to you, the jury, this is obviously money laundering. Nobody can possibly be so stupid to pay that kind of cash and still look so bad without something super sketch going on. And so, on behalf of the United States, I ask that you return a verdict of guilty as charged."
Jul 31, 2018 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
Lots of fun aspects to this story. computerweekly.com/news/252445769…
Fun fact: the first piece they did was specifically a whole post of disinformation *about me*. But also these are the folks who invented the whole nonsense "network speed" theory of why the DNC hack couldn't have been hackers.
Jul 28, 2018 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
This thread is garbage, but for the record there are *dozens* of these types of stories that don't make it into real newspapers because real journalists talk to real professionals and the eventual considered opinion of both is it's wrong and unreportable.
This story wasn't new. Real journos looked at it back when it was on even tinier conspiracy blogs, and asked experts about it. I know. I was one of them. By multiple journos at different places. And not just this story. Dozens.
Jul 25, 2018 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
Here is the Articles of Impeachment just filed to try and remove Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein by House Republicans Rep. Jim Jordan and Rep. Mark Meadows assets.documentcloud.org/documents/4618…
I: For failing to appoint a 2nd special counsel to investigate DOJ and Clinton for alleged misconduct during 2016 campaign and the signing of the Carter Page FISA application.
II: Refusal to comment on or turn over FISA documents against other Trump or Clinton associates
By contrast, a lot of Nunes' supporters this morning are at the "ctrl+f for claims unsupported by context of the document and hope nobody notices before the news cycle has moved on" stage of proceedings