• ELECTION INTERFERENCEArtificial Intelligence Is Game Changer for Election Interference: FBI

    By Jeff Seldin

    U.S. security officials are bracing for an onslaught of fast-paced influence operations, from a wide range of adversaries, aimed at impacting the country’s coming presidential election. FBI Director Christopher Wray issued the latest warning in a meeting with security professional Thursday, saying that technologies such as artificial intelligence are already altering the threat landscape.

  • IMMIGRATIONFederal Judge Blocks Texas Law Allowing Police to Arrest Migrants Suspected of Being in Country Illegally

    By Uriel J. García

    Senate Bill 4 was Texas’ latest attempt to deter people from crossing the Texas-Mexico border amid a surge in migration. SB 4 was scheduled to take effect Tuesday. “SB 4 threatens the fundamental notion that the United States must regulate immigration with one voice,” Judge David Ezra wrote.

  • IMMIGRATIONNew York Appeals Court Strikes Down Law Allowing Non-Citizens to Vote

    By Christian Wade, The Center Square

    The law, pushed through the Democratic-controlled Legislature last year, was expected to add another 800,000 new eligible voters in New York City, which has a population of nearly 8.5 million. “As there is no reference to noncitizens, and thus, an irrefutable inference applies that noncitizens were intended to be excluded from those individuals entitled to vote in elections,” the court said.

  • EU ASYLUMEU Asylum Applications at 7-Year High

    By Jack Parrock

    Official figures reveal that the EU received more than 1.14 million asylum applications in 2023, the highest number since 2016. Far-right parties could capitalize on the influx in June’s EU elections.

  • DISATSER PREPAREDNESS & RECOVERYDisasters Expo USA: The Latest in Disaster Preparedness and Recovery

    Disasters Expo USA will be held at the Miami Beach Convention Center on 6-7 March 2024. Leading disaster mitigation experts will share with the thousands of participants the latest information and insights on the most innovative, cost-effective, and efficient solutions which aim to help communities prepare for, cope with, and recover from destructive and costly disasters.

  • GUNSNYC Ranks Safest Among Big U.S. Cities for Gun Violence

    New York City ranks in the top 15 percent safest of more than 800 U.S. cities, according to a pioneering new analysis, suggesting the effectiveness of the city’s efforts to mitigate homicides there.

  • NUCLEAR DETERRENCEEnhancing Preservation of Nuclear Deterrence System Designs

    By Kenny Vigil

    A new team at Sandia is helping to more consistently track why and when important changes are made during the design and development of nuclear deterrence systems. It takes an average of 10 years to develop a system from design to production. That means a lot of decisions and changes are made along the way.

  • FLOODSHow Sponge Cities Work?

    By Aditi Rajagopal

    With concrete and asphalt covering areas once given over to grass and soil, the water from heavy rains has nowhere to go. Too often, that results in flooding, and cities around the world are now exploring ways to reverse this kind of urban development. And they are doing it by turning themselves into urban “sponges.” In other words, they are creating spaces and infrastructure to absorb, hold and release water in a way that allows it to flow back into the water cycle.

  • FLOODSAir Pollution Hides Increases in Rainfall

    By Lauren Biron

    For much of the last century, the drying effect of aerosols has masked increases in rainfall from greenhouse gases – but as aerosol emissions diminish, average and extreme rains may ramp up.

  • OUR PICKSThe Man Who Now Controls the U.S. Border | Potential Security Threats from Connected Cars | Is There a Cyber Arms Race?, and more

    ·  How the Biden-Trump Border Visits Revealed a Deeper DivideTheir approaches to immigration represent a test of voters’ appetite for the messiness of democracy, pitting the president’s belief in legislating against his rival’s pledge to be a “Day 1” dictator

    ·  US Investigating Potential Security Threats from Connected Cars
    Actions may be necessary to ensure that cars driving on U.S. roads do not undermine the country’s national security

    ·  Hackers for China, Russia and Others Used OpenAI Systems, Report Says
    Microsoft and OpenAI said the A.I. had helped groups with ties to China, Russia, North Korea and Iran mostly with routine tasks

    ·  Elon Musk’s Lawsuit Against a Group That Found Hate Speech on X Isn’t Going Well
    X alleges that the Center for Countering Digital Hate cost it millions by showing that hate speech was spreading on the platform. In a hearing Thursday, a federal judge sounded skeptical of those claims

    ·  Is There a Cyber Arms Race?
    A review of Max Smeets, “No Shortcuts: Why States Struggle to Develop a Military Cyber-Force” (Oxford University Press, 2023)

    ·  It’s Time for Congress to Protect the Classified Records of Former Presidents and Vice-Presidents Because They Won’t
    Simply put, the Presidential Records Act was not written with classified information in mind

    ·  The Man Who Now Controls the U.S. Border
    Mexico’s president gets to determine whether an immigration crisis dominates headlines in a U.S. election year

    ·  Why Is Trump Trying to Make Ukraine Lose?
    The former president isn’t in office—but is still dictating U.S. policy

    ·  The Real Reason Trump Loves Putin
    A new book explores the American right’s tendency to admire and want to emulate foreign dictators

  • WORLD ROUNDUPThe Brutal Logic to Israel’s Actions in Gaza | China Has Thousands of Navalnys, Hidden from the Public | How Germany’s Most Wanted Criminal Hid in Plain Sight, and more

    ·  The Brutal Logic to Israel’s Actions in Gaza
    The Biden administration’s delicate, much criticized line recognizes the lack of a coherent alternative strategy

    ·  In Britain, Shockwaves from Israel-Hamas War Are Jolting Domestic Politics
    The United States and several European nations have been caught up in toxic debates that have altered election campaigns and led to eruptions of inflammatory language over the conflict.

    ·  Russia Attacked Ukraine’s Power Grid at Least 66 Times to ‘Freeze It into Submission’
    Several of the strikes occurred far from the front lines of the conflict, indicating possible war crimes. Researchers say the attacks likely had devastating impacts on civilians

    ·  Biden Calls Chinese Electric Vehicles a Security Threat
    The president ordered an investigation into auto software that could track U.S. drivers, part of a broader effort to stop E.V. imports from China.

    ·  The UK’s GPS Tagging of Migrants Has Been Ruled Illegal
    The UK’s privacy regulator says the government did not take into account the intrusiveness of ankle tags that continuously monitor a person’s location

    ·  5 Convicts Familiar with Navalny’s Prison Confirm Hellish Conditions
    The brutal cold, revolting food and beatings aren’t the worst part of being imprisoned at IK3, where Aleksei Navalny died. Rather, it’s being inside a system meant to break the human spirit.

    ·  China Has Thousands of Navalnys, Hidden from the Public
    China has no dissident with the kind of public profile that Aleksei A. Navalny had. The government has many critics, but they all disappear from view.

    ·  China Wants to Weaken, Not Replace, the U.S. in the Middle East
    Beijing doesn’t want the costs of being a regional hegemon

    ·  How Germany’s Most Wanted Criminal Hid in Plain Sight
    Daniela Klette, a militant from the Red Army Faction, was on the run for decades. Yet with publicly available digital recognition tools, German police could probably have found her much sooner.

    ·  Chinese Space, Nuclear Development Is ‘Breathtakingly Fast,’ DOD Officials Warn
    Heads of STRATCOM, Space Command discuss growing nuclear, space dangers

  • ELECTION SECURITYTop Lawmaker Warns U.S. 'Less Prepared' for Election Meddling

    By Jeff Seldin

    Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Mark Warner said that the prevalence of artificial intelligence could also make Russia’s interference with the 2016 presidential election look “like child’s play.”

  • NUCLEAR RISKSRaging Texas Wildfires Force U.S. Main Nuclear Weapon Facility to Evacuate, Temporarily Shut Down

    Raging wildfires in the Texas panhandle have forced the evacuation and temporary closure of the Pantex plant, the U.S. premier nuclear weapons assembly facility. The Pantex plant said that “All weapons and special materials are safe and unaffected.”

  • NUCLEAR RISKSDecades After the U.S. Buried Nuclear Waste Abroad, Climate Change Could Unearth It

    By Anita Hofschneider

    A new report says melting ice sheets and rising seas could disturb waste from U.S. nuclear projects in Greenland and the Marshall Islands

  • EXTREMISMBerkeley K-12 Schools Accused of "Severe and Persistent" Antisemitic Bullying

    A complaint filed with the Department of Education charges that the Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) for failing to take action to end nonstop bullying and harassment of Jewish students by peers and teachers since Oct. 7. According to the complaint, Berkeley administrators have ignored parent reports and knowingly allowed its K-12 schools to become hostile environments for Jewish and Israeli students.

  • EXTREMISMFarrakhan Responds to Israel-Hamas War with Antisemitic Conspiracy Theories

    The Nation of Islam (NOI) held its annual Saviours’ Day conference at the Huntington Place convention center in Detroit, Michigan, on February 22–25. As in years past, the event featured significant antisemitism, including from longtime NOI leader and keynote speaker Louis Farrakhan.

  • INFORMATION ENVIRONMENTTucker Carlson, Vladimir Putin and the Pernicious Myth of the Free Market of Ideas

    By David Wroe

    The so-called free market of ideas asserts that if we encourage all points of view into the digital town square and let them thrash it out according to the natural laws of competition, good ideas will flourish, and bad ones will sink. The wrongheadedness of this idea needs to be called out.

  • LAW-ENFORCEMENT TECHNOLOYChicago Is the Latest City Rethinking Disputed Technology That Listens for Gunshots

    By Matt Vasilogambros

    More than 150 U.S. cities use ShotSpotter, but now Chicago has joined a growing list of cities that have cut ties with the controversial company that tries to reduce urban gun violence with 24/7 technology that listens for the crack of gunshots and immediately notifies police.

  • LOW-LEVEL BLASTS’ RISKSLow-Level Blasts from Heavy Weapons Can Cause Traumatic Brain Injury − Two Engineers Explain the Physics of Invisible Cell Death

    By Alice Lux Fawzi and Christian Franck

    When the force of a blast shoots a round out of a large-caliber rifle, howitzer or M1 Abrams tank gun, the teams of people operating these weapons are exposed to low-level blasts that can cause traumatic brain injuries. Low-level blasts do not cause visible trauma, yet, these blasts can cause physical changes in the brain that lead to a host of neuropsychiatric symptoms.

  • OUR PICKSIntegral Cyber Security | Shield Americans' Sensitive Data from Foreign Foes | Trump’s International Fan Club Descends on Maryland, and more

    ·  Killing of Georgia Nursing Student at Center of US Immigration Debate
    The arrest of a Venezuelan man who entered the U.S. illegally and was allowed to stay to pursue his immigration case put the tragedy at the center of the 2024 presidential campaign

    ·  Biden Issues Executive Order to Better Shield Americans’ Sensitive Data from Foreign Foes
    Biden’s move targets commercial data brokers, the shadowy companies that traffic in personal data and that may sell information to foreign adversaries or U.S. entities controlled by those countries

    ·  Suspicious Powder Sent to Offices of Trump Judge and Attorney General
    An envelope with white powder was found at a courthouse where Justice Arthur F. Engoron has offices. A similar letter was received at the offices of Attorney General Letitia James.

    ·  Supreme Court Appears Split Over Ban on Bump Stocks Enacted Under Trump
    In a wide-ranging argument, the justices wrestled with the mechanics of gun triggers and the larger implications of the ban both for bump stock owners and the public

    ·  Trump’s International Fan Club Descends on Maryland
    The annual CPAC event has become an obligatory stop for the global far right

    ·  Integral Cyber Security
    Comparing the world of George Orwell’s “1984” and Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New Word”, Neil Postman concluded that the present reality leans toward Huxley’s dystopia

  • WORLD ROUNDUPIsrael Is Losing Its Greatest Asset: Acceptance | Reviving a Critical Minerals Mega-Railway Through Africa | Russia Prepared for Nuclear Attack on China, and more

    ·  Why Authoritarians Like Saddam Hussein Confound U.S. Presidents
    Hussein’s case offers a rare, well-documented study of why authoritarians often confound American analysts and presidents

    ·  Israel Is Losing Its Greatest Asset: Acceptance
    When so many civilians die in a retaliatory invasion that was launched by an Israeli government without any political horizon for the morning after, both Israel and its supporters have a problem

    ·  Russia Prepared for Nuclear Attack on China, Leaked Papers Reveal
    Military documents reveal a strategy of ‘fear inducement’ and describe criteria for the use of tactical weapons — including plans for invasion by China

    ·  CIA Builds 12 Secret Spy Bases in Ukraine Along Russian Border
    US agency has trained and equipped Kyiv’s intelligence officers in underground bunkers, some of which are buried in thick forest

    ·  Washington Wants to Revive a Critical Minerals Mega-Railway Through Africa
    The move comes straight out of China’s Belt-and-Road playbook

  • TERRORISMFar-Left Fugitive German Terrorist Arrested

    The RAF (Red Army Faction) is the official name of the leftist Baader-Meinhof gang, which terrorized West Germany from the late-1960s to the early 1990s. RAF member Daniela Klette, 65, was on the run for more than 30 years. She was arrested in Berlin over the weekend.