FROM Steven Aftergood
Top Intelligence Official De-Classifies Surveillance Program Details America's top intelligence official has given a Texas newspaper new information about court-approved wiretaps of terrorist suspects, but he left it up to the El Paso Times to decide how much to reveal in the interests of national security. National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell told the Times that fewer than 100 people in the United State are subject to court-approved wiretaps. He said agents are listening to "thousands" of people overseas. He also confirmed that telecommunications companies are assisting in surveillance for which courts are not asked for warrants. Steven Aftergood is the director of the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
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Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.