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The bombing of a mosque and community center in suburban Minneapolis 10 days ago and the horrific events in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend are just the most recent examples of hateful violence that has become all too common in America.
Yesterday, President Trump took a break from his 17-day vacation to threaten North Korea. His words:
North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. He has been very threatening beyond a normal state. And as I said, they will be met with fire, fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before.
Thomas Wright is the director of the Brookings Institution’s Center on the United States and Europe, and a senior fellow at Brookings. His new book, “All Measures Short of War: The Contest For the 21st Century and the Future of American Power,” looks at the prospects for the United States in a world where other countries are increasingly disaffected from the global order that America built. I interviewed him about his book by email.
The last two days have seen two major developments regarding Russian hacking. First, Russian President Vladimir Putin tacitly admitted that Russian hackers might have influenced the U.S. election, but claimed that any hackers were just patriots, acting independently of the Russian government. Then The Intercept published a leaked NSA report stating that Russian military intelligence had tried to penetrate U.S. voting systems.
U.S. President Donald Trump can be accused of having many faults, but hypocrisy is not one of them. To be sure, Trump is wildly inconsistent. His critics have found great sport digging up old tweets in which he condemns political rivals for doing something that he himself blithely does today. But hypocrisy requires a minimal degree of self-awareness.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel told a crowd Sunday in southern Germany that Europe can no longer rely on foreign partners.
Merkel on Sunday declared a new chapter in U.S.-European relations after contentious meetings with President Trump last week, saying that Europe “really must take our fate into our own hands.”
The Republican chair of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes has just said that Donald Trump’s communications were likely picked up by US intelligence agencies through “incidental collection.” Before Nunes’ statement, I interviewed Jennifer Stisa Granick, the director of civil liberties at Stanford University’s Center for the Internet and Society, about her new
"“Words have power and words spoken by the president have power,” says Neil Richards, a constitutional law professor at Washington University. “The medium by which those words are expressed is irrelevant.”
"“The Congress that tried to destroy net neutrality once would only weaken it with legislation that fails to adequately protect those it is meant to serve,” says Malkia Cyril, the executive director of the Center for Media Justice. She noted that the civil rights groups that signed the letter are now calling for putting the future of the internet “into the hands of a GOP Congress that just appointed white supremacist Jeff Sessions to be attorney general.”"
"“The tech industry has been increasingly active in recent years in cases that involve the civil rights of their customers or, like in this case, their employees,” says Neil Richards, a professor at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. “Courts do take the views of industry seriously in these cases, particularly when those views seem broader than merely guarding the bottom line.”"
"But standing up to a president also carries risks, especially for publicly traded companies, which face a legal obligation to put profit ahead of protest. “For companies that are acting in their self-interest, the process is sitting down and looking at this matrix, and trying to figure out how to be effective,” says Andrew McLaughlin, a venture partner at Betaworks and deputy chief technology officer of the United States under President Obama."
"The upcoming letter will be another show of unity for the industry, said Andrew Bridges, a lawyer at Fenwick & West who is not involved in the drafting of the letter but has worked with many of the same companies on unrelated matters. "My fear is that the ban, both literally and secondarily as a reflection of broader policies, is going to threaten the American economy in the most fundamental way," Bridges said, adding that given Trump's recent proposals, "Why would any global company want to have its headquarters in the U.S.?""
"University of Washington robotics law expert Ryan Calo said via email that while Homeland Security has “amazing and dedicated" people, “I'm not going to organize another workshop for them or advise as an expert if it turns out the agency defied a lawful court order.”"
"Now the Supreme Court, which will hear arguments in this case in February, must decide whether constitutional rights apply across US borders. That’s where things get interesting for tech firms who store data on servers all over the world. “It sounds like it has nothing to do with technology, until you think about cloud,” says Neil Richards, a professor at Washington University Law School."
"“We will see technical assistance to decrypt communications or facilitate access find its way to the court,” Albert Gidari, the director of privacy at Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society, told BuzzFeed News. “Trump spoke to this issue during the campaign, and I think there are a number of cases in the works for the Department of Justice that would be good candidates.”"
"If Trump or his aides insist on carrying commercial-grade phones, they should never be taken into high-level meetings, since there are known exploits that can power on the device’s microphone, Tom Lowenthal, a digital security technologist at the Committee to Protect Journalists, told Recode."
""The idea that you just sort of throw up your hands and say, 'nothing can ever be secure so why try,'—that's a really dangerous posture and it's really a fundamental challenge to how cybersecurity has been handled in the United States and in other countries across the world for the last several decades," Eichensehr says."
Join Just Security for a fireside chat on the current state of U.S. surveillance and a celebration of Jennifer Granick‘s new book, American Spies: Modern Surveillance, Why You Should Care, And What to Do About It. Opening remarks by Senator Ron Wyden.