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The President under investigation

I have continued to watch the news with regard to the Russian intelligence operations against the US elections in 2016, part of which included cyber operations but also clearly included good ol’ human intelligence operations. I’ve continued to watch, in part for the sadness over how this is continuing to impact our country, our House and Senate, and our new administration, but also out of professional curiosity – I am these days teaching counterintelligence to undergraduates and graduate students. One thing that continues to amaze me is the Trump’s obsession with being told that he isn’t under investigation, even


The Clinton Email Investigation

Back in July, I read with great interest the statement from James B. Comey, the Director of the FBI, regarding the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, their cyber analysis in support of their investigation, and his ultimate decision to not recommend that she or others involved in this series of events be brought up on charges or prosecutes. I read this with interest because, unlike others, I am not a self-described political blogger. I am a retired intelligence officer. I spent a lifetime living, eating, breathing these exact types of classified information, for 25


Explaining the Hillary Rodham Clinton emails

In his statement to the press today (here), FBI Director James Comey laid out what he described as the background of the FBI efforts associated with their investigation of the emails on and security for the email server maintained by and for Bill and Hillary Clinton, primarily while she served as Secretary of State. As background, it seems that Clinton wanted to be able to use a Blackberry as her primary means of communications – for voice and email – and both the Department of State and the National Security Agency were against this, specifically on the basis of


Apple and the FBI: Trailblazing

The FBI has asked Apple to develop the means to unencrypt the iPhone of Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the participants in the 02 December 2015 shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California. Farook had a county-issued iPhone 5C, with which he used the iOS included advanced encryption options available to every user meant to serve as a safeguard to the data physically on the phone. Farook also backed up some of his data to an iCloud account – typically address, calendar, to-do list types of information – but the FBI asserts that it cannot access all of


Movie: Traitor

Tess and I went out to the movies tonight. Needed to sneak one more in, before we head out tomorrow to see about putting her on a boat to Hawaii. We went and saw Traitor, because Sarah said to. Sarah — good call. Traitor is a modern day thriller. It stars Don Cheadle as Shamir, an America on the run with the bad guys and being chased by the FBI (Guy Pearce plays the lead FBI chaser). Shamir is Muslin, born in Yemen and at least for a while raised by his Muslim-cleric father, until his father is killed.