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Intelligence forecast sees a post-coronavirus world upended by climate change and splintering societies

Intelligence forecast sees a post-coronavirus world upended by climate change and splintering societies

U.S. intelligence officials have little comfort to offer a pandemic-weary planet about where the world is heading in the next 20 years. Short answer: It looks pretty bleak.On Thursday, the National Intelligence Council, a center in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence that creates strategic forecasts and estimates, often based on material gathered by U.S. spy agencies, released its quadrennial .Looking over the time horizon, it finds a world unsettled by the pandemic, the ravages of climate change — which will propel mass migration — and a widening gap between what people...

April 8, 2021
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Nashville bombing is a potent reminder that communications systems remain at risk from attack

Nashville bombing is a potent reminder that communications systems remain at risk from attack

ADThe outside an AT&T facility in downtown Nashville on Christmas triggered a cascade of technological failures that disrupted daily life and imperiled emergency services, offering a sobering reminder of the fragility of the nation’s critical communications systems, according to national security experts.AT&T’s building on Second Avenue is a connection point for regional Internet services as well as local wireless, Internet and video. Battery power kept local service running in the hours that followed the bombing, but subsequent damage from water and fire overwhelmed backup power...

December 29, 2020
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Officials fear Trump could reveal secrets

Officials fear Trump could reveal secrets

WASHINGTON - As president, Donald Trump selectively revealed highly classified information to attack his adversaries, gain political advantage and to impress or intimidate foreign governments, in some cases jeopardizing U.S. intelligence capabilities. As an ex-president, there's every reason to worry he will do the same, thus posing a unique national security dilemma for the Biden administration, current and former officials and analysts said.All presidents exit the office with valuable national secrets in their heads, including the procedures for launching nuclear weapons,...

November 10, 2020
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Volunteer lawyers will advise military personnel who question the legality of orders during protests, election disputes

Volunteer lawyers will advise military personnel who question the legality of orders during protests, election disputes

A group of lawyers is offering advice to military and National Guard members who worry they may be given unlawful orders if deployed during protests or disputes over next month’s elections. was formed in response to the use of force against protesters this summer in , two of the founders said in an interview Friday.The protests, which followed the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, prompted confusion among law enforcement and National Guard leaders. Some officials said they had no warning that the U.S. Park Police, which commanded the operation, planned to move against...

October 9, 2020
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Bernie Sanders briefed by U.S. officials that Russia is trying to help his presidential campaign

Bernie Sanders briefed by U.S. officials that Russia is trying to help his presidential campaign

U.S. officials have told Sen. Bernie Sanders that Russia is attempting to help his presidential campaign as part of an effort to interfere with the Democratic contest, according to people familiar with the matter. President Trump and lawmakers on Capitol Hill have also been informed about the Russian assistance to the Vermont senator, according to people familiar with the matter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence. It is not clear what form that Russian assistance has taken. U.S. prosecutors found a Russian effort in 2016 to use social media to boost...

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February 21, 2020
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