not since February 2003 have we seen a war as telegraphed as the likely attack on Iran by an outgoing Trump administration, and yet
it's literally the same playbook but without even pretending to go before the UN first
Pompeo really, really, really wants a war with Iran

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11 Jan
Not sure this whole "at my old job, we hired two fascists to do webby spectacle and they used those skills to do webby fascism instead of webby journalism" story is as thoughtful and detached as it aims to be.…
"Still, it’s not clear what Mr. Gionet actually believes, if anything" is a weird line to include after he "was standing inside the trashed office of Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon, streaming from one of the few platforms yet to ban him, alongside other Trump loyalists."
It's weirder still to say "I don't know what he believes" after mentioning that he switched jobs to do fascism in 2016 for a known fascist.

His actions speak! He is comfortable being paid to do media for fascists. Concrete evidence here outweighs quibbles over interior belief.
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8 Jan
The national security state quietly yet assertively filling the void between the insurrectionist outgoing president and the executive-elect, at the behest of Congress, is also not a great precedent
the soft coup of the now
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7 Jan
There's probably an urgent piece to be written on this as insurrection vs terrorism, and especially the legal implications of both, but the terminology debate obscures the greater problem: police forces in DC had the tools, information, and power to stop this, and chose not to.
One of the more immediate remedies is statehood: if DC were a state (the federal district shrunk to the White House & the Capitol), it's Governor-Mayor could have called in its own national guard.

But also: Mayor Bowser downplayed the risk, & didn't deploy against it beforehand.
There's ample video evidence of Capitol Police not only falling back, but opening barricades and taking selfies with the insurrectionists inside. The slight number of arrests, combined with some deployment of teargas & a shooting, muddles it, but this was an acquiesced-to breach.
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4 Jan
CIA's new branding looks like the launch of an Interpol cover band several photos from the CIA...
The Coup? Can neither confirm nor deny that we've heard of them
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23 Dec 20
I published stories with 12 publications this year. Here's some of the highlights.
In February, back when both travel and staff jobs were a thing, I traveled to the never-finished Satsop nuclear reactor outside Elma, Washington and watched as robots autonomously navigated a DARPA-designed obstacle course under ground…
Here's a second story on that, a longer look at the specific ~implications~ of designing autonomous robots for the military to use in places where signals struggle…
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23 Dec 20
This is, I think, a decent place for people on the left to start with thinking more holistically about civilian control of the military. We are especially fortunate that 19+ years of continuous war has failed to produce hero generals (admirals, etc)…
I got at this a little in my thread on defense secretary nominees, but the concentrated power of the Pentagon and the waiver requirement for a general (or admiral, etc) to run it comes from the same moment, the 1947 birth of the Permanent NatSec State
by creating a superstructure on top of the Department of War and the Department of the Navy, the US for the first time ensured that the chain of command led to a person besides the president. A lot of power, and a lot of fancy generals and admirals to contest it all at once.
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