Latin America Needs Reminding, Russian Meddling Not Welcome

Last week Russian officials bragged about it how Russia defense industries since 2001 have sold more than $10 billion in weapons systems to several nations in Latin America. Assuming that figure is correct, and considering the region, that is $10 billion too high. This week Newsweek reports that Russian defense agencies are targeting several South American …

Time to Designate WikiLeaks a Foreign Terrorist Organization, Or Create a New Targeting Category to Make It So

During a speech last week at a Washington, D.C. think tank, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the Director of Central Intelligence Mike Pompeo shot an excellent political broadside at WikiLeaks: It’s time to call out WikiLeaks for what it really is, a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia. …

Around Town

From the Editors: Best statement from a cabinet secretary, in years:  “North Korea launched yet another intermediate range ballistic missile. The United States has spoken enough about North Korea. We have no further comment,” Secretary of State Tillerson. 23 words. Excellent. A fellow who would know a thing or two, and yes three, about intelligence …

Venezuela Falls Deeper in the Rabbit Hole

A once influential, regional oil-producing nation, Venezuela fell deeper in the political rabbit hole. Yesterday an illegitimate court, upon instructions from Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro, dissolved the legislature. Despite being a hopelessly deadlocked institution, it was the only thing that was left of an official opposition. Cuban dictator Raul Castro, Venezuela’s regional minder and Mad Hatter, is grinning …

New U.S. Economic Sanctions on Iran in the Legislative Pipeline

While the mainstream focused on healthcare reform this week, the Trump administration and both chambers of the U.S. Congress were busy moving new regulatory and legislative product on Iran. If you guessed sanctions, you’d be right. By way of follow up to new economic sanctions announced March 21, the Trump administration blacklisted yesterday several foreign entities …

Congress Seeks to ‘Beef Up’ CFIUS Review Process, Add Food Security

United States Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) are supposed to introduce legislation today that will add food security to a process used by the federal government to review foreign acquisition of U.S. companies. Had this variable been in effect in 2013, the Chinese acquisition of the Virginia-headquartered Smithfield Foods Inc – …

Catch the Leakers, Hold Them Accountable

According to documents published yesterday by WikiLeaks, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has, possibly had, the capability to hack, exploit software vulnerabilities, and so much more. Why is that news? Taxpayers, I hope, expect that after they invest billions in intelligence that entities such as the CIA have the best tools at their disposal to do their …