‘Information warfare’ is a scare term sent to kill free speech

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill this week heard testimony about the U.S.’s failed efforts to defend democracy against “information warfare” the government alleges is being waged against the nation by countries like Russia.

On Thursday, lawmakers in the Senate hear testimony from cyber-security experts who lamented that the U.S. has failed to keep up with the pace of technology in keeping outside propagandists from leveraging the power of social media to manipulate American opinions.

“Today, cyber and other disinformation-related tools have enabled Russia to achieve operational capabilities unimaginable to its Soviet forbear,” said Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.)

Rounds serves as the chair of a brand new Senate subcommittee overseeing Pentagon cyber-security efforts.

The lawmaker added: “Ultimately, we will continue to struggle with cyber-enhanced information operation campaigns until we address the policy and strategy deficiencies that undermine our overall cyber posture.”

Liberals hate her…

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The American left has a nasty habit of pretending that conservatism is somehow inherently anti-woman, anti-immigrant and anti-youth. And when a candidate like the latest potential GOP entrant into the New York mayoral race comes along, they lose all credibility.

Super liberal New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, a middle aged white guy. has endeared himself to the social justice crowd with an anti-corporatism facade and attempts to restructure the city’s government to make the Big Apple a friendlier place to people committing “quality of life” offenses, such as living in the country illegally or taking a dump on the sidewalk.

While not encouraging New York cops to take so-called broken window policing to insane extremes certainly isn’t a bad thing, de Blasio’s New York certainly has its critics.

And rightly so.

If Trump bungles the wall, will he kill the GOP?

The construction of a massive border wall was one of President Donald Trump’s biggest and most contentious campaign promises. And its materialization, or lack thereof, could make or break the Republican Party’s future, according to Republican National Committee Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel.

Trump, early in his campaign for president, suggested that the construction project would begin on “day one.” The president also famously promised that he would somehow orchestrate a plan to have Mexico pay for the massive project.

The president said during a rally last February: “We are going to have borders nice and strong. We are going to build a wall. You know that. Going to build the wall…. Mexico is going to pay for the wall. Right? It’s going to happen. Going to happen. They know it. I know it. We all know it.”

Assange: CIA has declared war on the truth

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says the federal government’s renewed interest in bringing charges against him for publishing leaked material is the latest development in a growing war on free speech in the U.S.

Earlier this month, CIA director Mike Pompeo accused WikiLeaks of acting as a “non state hostile intelligence service,” arguing that Assange should face charges in the U.S.

The WikiLeaks founder said in a recent Washington Post piece that the CIA’s war on WikiLeaks is a threat to all investigative journalism outlets.

“The ‘Pompeo doctrine’ articulated in his speech ensnares all serious news and investigative human rights organizations, from ProPublica to Amnesty International to Human Rights Watch,” he wrote.

The WikiLeaks founder added: “When the director of the CIA, an unelected public servant, publicly demonizes a publisher such as WikiLeaks as a ‘fraud,’ ‘coward’ and ‘enemy,’ it puts all journalists on notice, or should.”

Trump comparisons to Ronald Reagan aren’t always a good thing

Two recent stories comparing President Donald Trump to Ronald Reagan bear a little careful observation.

The National Rifle Association is celebrating that President Donald Trump will be the first sitting commander-in-chief to attend its annual convention since Ronald Reagan.

That’s great. But, as Guns.com pointed out, it’s also worth noting that Reagan wasn’t a fan of the type of 2nd Amendment rights most conservatives expect today.

“The gun group put out a video Monday touting the comparison. Conservatives love to talk about Reagan. The only problem could lie in the fact that while Reagan was a Second Amendment supporter, he also backed background checks and an assault weapons ban, items the NRA vehemently opposes,” writes the website’s Jared Morgan.

Before he ran for president, so did Trump.

Here’s a little more on the complicated history of gun control, including some information on Reagan’s relationship with the NRA:

Americans are being primed for war

On Monday night, President Donald Trump had dinner with war weasels Senator Lindsey Graham and John McCain to talk about North Korea. McCain and Graham came away from the affair enthused, meaning the rest of us should be wary of things to come.

Both McCain and Graham championed Trump’s decision to bomb a Syrian airbase earlier this month despite the president’s previous insistence that he had no intention of further involving the U.S. in that country’s ongoing civil war.

The hawkish duo continues to urge Trump to intensify U.S. action against the Assad regime—and, no doubt, it’ll happen.

But on the table Monday were discussions of another world belligerent: North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

Here’s what the Associated Press reported about the affair:

More war drums, and a big Russian threat

Defense Secretary James Mattis vowed on Monday that the U.S. would “confront” Russia for providing weapons and material support to Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.

The top official’s remarks came during a press conference in Kabul.

“We’re going to have to confront Russia where what they’re doing is contrary to international law or denying the sovereignty of other countries,” Mattis said. “For example, any weapons being funneled here from a foreign country would be a violation of international law.”

Army Gen. John Nicholson, the top American commander in Afghanistan, told a Senate panel last year that the Russians had increased support for Taliban in the Afghan region in an effort to undermine U.S. and NATO efforts.

Russia, the Associated Press reported, denies the allegations, saying that its limited contact with warring factions in Afghanistan is focused only on eliminating Islamic hardliners in the region and bringing fundamentalists in line with the nation’s government.