In my future work, I need to look more deeply at how extremist actors trigger crises of legitimacy intentionally in order to escalate radicalization. It's a behavior common to both political and terrorist extremists.
A certain someone @WashInstitute (...I think his name is @PhillipSmyth ...🤔)just wrote an analysis about Asaib Ahl Al Haq cleaning up in #Iraq 's elections...oh and aren't the PMUs a legal security branch? So there's now a gov-backed #Iraqi force targeting the USA in #Syria ?🤔
A mother from Guatemala whose 7-year-old son was taken from her after they were detained for crossing the border illegally is suing the Trump admin., saying officials will not tell her where her son is, even though she has now been released from custody. nbcnews.to/2yomgy1
Excited to share a new working paper co-authored with the talented @JaneEsberg (on the CP market this fall!). We investigate why, despite decades of falling crime rates, so many Americans believe crime is on the rise. Paper: tinyurl.com/yc9rf6ug SI: tinyurl.com/y7e9djnu
Recklessly pumping stupid conspiracy bullshit is totally harmless, right up until a guy shows up at a major hydroelectric dam and national landmark with weapons in an armored vehicle demanding the release of a report that had already been released anyway.
An armed man blocked a highway near the Hoover Dam with an armored truck on Friday and demanded the release of the Justice Department's internal report on the Hillary Clinton email probe, which had already been released. cnn.com/2018/06/15/us/…
Things not looking good for quick legislative fix to keep families together at border. GOP in House and Senate divided on strategy and policy, while Senate Dems don't want to negotiate. Lawmakers on both sides say Trump can fix it himself, but WH won't and says it's up to Hill
Really can't emphasize this enough: Russia won the World Cup hosting rights under such questionable circumstances that it sparked a massive U.S. criminal investigation, and now Putin is loudly thumbing his nose at FIFA and the rest of the world by inviting Blatter to attend.
Prominent al-Qa'ida supporters/members are furious at a HTS news video segment criticizing the updated US designation of HTS, since HTS explicitly say Tandhim Hurras al-Din is AQ in Syria, and not them.
AQ profiles view this as basically saying: "Don't attack us, go after them!"
It may be useful to ask what is the goal of the Trump presidency, an answer that varies among administration members. Some of them, at least, are or have been more interested in radicalizing people in large numbers than in governing.
To the extent this is talked about in DC, the response tends to be more about how to manage it rather than why it is happening and what it means. There have been some studies, but we don’t have clear answers yet and as a security issue I believe is quite urgent.
Reminder that DHS is also supposed to be helping secure the midterm elections and is also in charge of preventing hacking of US entities generally and the leadership seems a little, I dunno, distracted
It's complicated because these two things are correlated, but the hypothesis that Trump won the election because he stoked racial anxiety has a lot more evidence behind it than the hypothesis that he won because of immigration policy per se.
How Congress can begin to redeem itself: Pass clean legislation (some version of Cruz or Feinstein) that stops the separation of kids from parents and moves to reunite families. Do so this week. With veto-proof majorities.
As for the Trump administration: It can’t redeem itself.
Trump has been suspicious of news coverage of sad children in cages because he has been shown pictures by White House advisers of detained children smiling, exercising outside & playing video games. Miller, others telling POTUS to keep course. washingtonpost.com/politics/trump…
Texas detention officer charged with "super aggravated sexual assault" of a 4-year-old girl after authorities say her mother, an undocumented immigrant, was being blackmailed to stay silent about the abuse — or face deportation. nbcnews.com/news/latino/te…
If anything, I think it shows how incredibly weak the US position in Iraq is right now. Sadr is no reformed radical who loves the US military in Iraq/apple pie/wants a Ford plant in Basra. In fact, part of his lauded Iraqi nationalism has anti-Americanism incorporated into it.
This is absolutely unbelievable corruption. It would probably qualify as the single biggest cabinet scandal of the prior three administrations—though hard to say if it elbows out Pruitt in this one. It's barely a blip in the news today, such is the horror of this moment.
In a media universe consumed by the outrage of children torn from their parents, the FORBES Magazine reporting of the flat-out scandalous financial deeds of Commerce Sec. Ross is going to slip under the radar. It shouldn't. forbes.com/sites/danalexa…
.@BenSasse: "The administration’s decision to separate families is a new, discretionary choice. Anyone saying that their hands are tied or that the only conceivable way to fix the problem of catch-and-release is to rip families apart is flat wrong."
Last night I was up cuddling at 2AM when my son had a nightmare. This morning I sucked boogers out of my daughter's nose with a gross contraption. Being "taken care of" and being cared for aren't the same thing. Kids need the people who love them.
"It's important to understand that these minors are very well taken care of. Don't believe the press." says DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in New Orleans, LA, discussing minors separated from their parents and detained in chain link cages.
After moving from social media to paper print, I understand that @KarlreMarks is planning to continue by releasing his tweets on papyrus scrolls next year, to be followed by an updated cuneiform version on clay tablet, and, finally, as chanted oral lore in a dead language.
This is interesting…. Shin Bet identified the cell as being part of the Hamas terror group, but the idea to carry out the attacks began after 1 operative spoke to a member of the Al-Nusra Front in Syria, now known as Tahrir al-Sham, using the Telegram messenger service
Kelly: We need to do it for security, but the kids will be fine, don't worry.
Trump: We're only doing this cause Democrats made us do it.
Sessions: The Bible told us to do it.
Miller: Hell yeah we're doing it.
Nielsen: We're not doing it! Fake news!
The Trump supporters who get the most media attention tend to be economically anxious laborers in economically depressed factory towns. But in Florida, economically secure retirement meccas like the Villages are the real reason Trump won in 2016: politi.co/2yr3h6a
I deliver for Amazon. Where there is no consistent pay. Money is taken out my check to pay for their vans insurance. No benefits. Work 60 plus hours. Once you finish you can go home but they map out your route to try and keep you late and get mad when you get done early.
I've seen these emails. When I found out that LeaveEU may be passing on FBI and campaign intel to the Russian embassy, I reported it to MI5 and NCA. US intelligence knows too. Brexit looks like it was part of a coordinated Russian operation. theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/j…
This is on point by @hanaalkhamri . Many Arabs complain about racism they experience in the West but fail to see that the West has tried to institute laws to combat it. There civil society orgs actively working to fight it. Try being Bengali Pakistani or Sudanese in the Gulf.
LeaveEU have lied and lied and lied about their relationship with the Russian government. I’ve followed the lies & a trail of evidence for 18 months...but I was shocked & chilled by what I found out this week theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/j…
I’m not surprised but still disgusted that @facebook has banned my public page for a 3rd day (as in none of my new posts can be seen by the public) for demanding men be held accountable for violence against women. While tolerating daily hate speech against women on their platform
Anonymous sources are considered as acceptable when they're providing verifiable information the public has a strong right to know that could not be obtained otherwise. Printing obviously motivated lies from proven liars does not meet that standard.
We maybe should spend less time arguing about whether journalists should call Trump's lies "lies" and more time talking about whether they should be *reporting* them when there's no news imperative (i.e. "sources say" vs. "the president tweeted").
There has been a lot of Trump-fueled angst about the decline of the "liberal world order." But few have stood up and explained what the order is, why it was built, and what about it remains so valuable. No surprise: @KoriSchake did it for us. nyti.ms/2JOXyIl
Whatever the case, it is beyond absurd that captured ISIS fighters are being released. All decent people should be absolutely outraged by this. And, where western citizens are involved, our governments should be pressured to prosecute them! It’s really not that hard!
This should be a HUGE scandal. Here we are, having caught deadly and vicious ISIS fighters, only to watch them being released. Western governments have a lot of blame here - they’ve shown a complete unwillingness to prosecute these guys. Everyone buried their heads in the sand.
UK’s allies in Syria have released European #ISIS suspects back to terror group through secret prisoner swap deals, the Telegraph can reveal, raising concerns that jihadists are returning to the battlefield and could re-enter Europe telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/06/1…
Trump's central insight is that in the post-truth age, it's no longer necessary to achieve anything in order to claim a victory. You can just say that you’ve accomplished your goals—and a lot of people will believe you even if it’s just not so. Me: wapo.st/2yeWxYU
@monkeycageblog is hosting a Pre-APSA workshop for new contributors, Weds 8/29. Selected participants will receive a $1500 stipend to defray travel costs. Please apply &/or share this link with colleagues. bit.ly/TMCatAPSA
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