Spencer Ackerman · @attackerman 🚶 153.5K 🚶
National security reporter for the Daily Beast. Writing a book, REIGN OF TERROR, for Viking, spring 2021. spencer.ackerman@thedailybeast.com
RT @RossBarkan: The New York Times is right to recognize that 100,000 nationwide will have died from COVID-19. We must remember this traged…
Looking at the data giants thru a prism of political grievance — rather than their corporate interests, their relationships with the Security State & the ideology *that* creates — is a noxious distraction. @evan_greer shows how FB & the rest will define & police “disinformation.”
Ref-working in the age of surveillance capitalism: “Facebook isn’t broken. It’s working exactly as intended. The product that FB has built is fundamentally incompatible w basic human rights & democracy -– & begging [Zuckerberg] to take down things we don’t like won’t change that” https://twitter.com/evan_greer/status/1264246219628478465
RT @attackerman: Because 2020 was missing a nuclear detonation https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/trump-administration-discussed-conducting-first-us-nuclear-test-in-decades/2020/05/22/a805c904-9c5b-11ea-b60c-3be060a4f8e1_story.html
Because 2020 was missing a nuclear detonation https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/trump-administration-discussed-conducting-first-us-nuclear-test-in-decades/2020/05/22/a805c904-9c5b-11ea-b60c-3be060a4f8e1_story.html
All of New York is with you. https://twitter.com/coachewing33/status/1263964626271776769
https://twitter.com/dellcam/status/1263908792040914945
Not trying to jump to conclusions here or anything
This doesn’t sound great!
RT @mattduss: Very Serious People: “Stop all this fear mongering about a ‘new Cold War.’ No one’s proposing that. Total straw man!” Trump…
RT @attackerman: NEW: Emails from @fema show the government instructing state health officials to give Coronavirus-tracking data directly t…
RT @attackerman: NEW: Emails from @fema show the government instructing state health officials to give Coronavirus-tracking data directly t…
Read this thread immediately. https://twitter.com/jialynnyang/status/1263536790893465600
RT @attackerman: NEW: Emails from @fema show the government instructing state health officials to give Coronavirus-tracking data directly t…
RT @woodruffbets: Icymi, SCOOP w/ @laraseligman and @AndrewDesiderio: Senior officials opposed emergency arms sales to the Saudis, which th…
NEW: Emails from @fema show the government instructing state health officials to give Coronavirus-tracking data directly to Palantir, despite the company saying publicly that it doesn’t handle this potentially lucrative information at all. https://www.thedailybeast.com/fema-tells-states-to-hand-public-health-data-over-to-palantir?ref=home
RT @EoinHiggins_: Imagine believing this in a world with a Reagan Airport
RT @attackerman: “When told by The Post that the name was never masked in the Dec. 29 communication, a Graham aide said the committee would…
“When told by The Post that the name was never masked in the Dec. 29 communication, a Graham aide said the committee would still like the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s ‘written answer’ to its question.” https://twitter.com/hayesbrown/status/1263214218138071040
RT @DanielDenvir: People who think the left must embrace cultural conservatism and nationalism to win elections seem entirely unaware that…
RT @woodruffbets: Scoop: Multiple US Attorneys Offices, including the Southern District of NY, wanted to handle investigations of lawmakers…
RT @stephenwertheim: Ambassador Rice (rightly) blames Trump for playing the “China card” to fear-monger — but then plays the China card aga…
Asked her what she was doing & she said she was making a “quarantine calendar. This is today and this is my birthday”
RT @mattduss: "We got useful counterterrorism intel off the phone of the terrorist who was linked to the terrorist group that thrived as a…
DAUGHTER: Maybe when you’re older and you grow more, you will be a painter! ME: I’m afraid I’ve grown as tall as I’m going to grow. DAUGHTER: 🎶 Nooooooo🎶 you have more to grow! You will be super old!
RT @jimantle: Was there ever a TV show with a more totalitarian theme song than Charles In Charge?
RT @AndrewDesiderio: BREAKING: Marco Rubio is the interim Senate Intelligence Committee chairman, McConnell announces.
Fun times as a fake teacher: daughter comes to me with a collection of letters she writes & asks me what word it is. When I say it’s not quite a word but I can help her learn to write words, she gets frustrated & demands I let her do it by herself. In conclusion pay teachers more
Many amazing quotes in this must-read story but this is my fave: “Perhaps the authors should have spent more time testing their analysis rather than working out how to crop the eye of Sauron into a logo copy-pasted from the internet.” https://twitter.com/arawnsley/status/1262186483454263296
RT @swin24: Your Sunday am read, from @LachCartwright @lachlan @attackerman me. This may also be the first time I’m on the byline with two…
RT @DanielPAldrich: Where did the wealthiest New Yorkers flee as #COVID19 pandemic surged? https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/05/16/nyregion/nyc-coronavirus-moving-leaving.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage
RT @LachCartwright: NEW: Billionaire MAGA Fan Peter Thiel Has Had It With Trump’s COVID-19 Response. https://www.thedailybeast.com/billionaire-maga-fan-peter-thiel-has-had-it-with-trumps-covid-19-response with @swin24 @…
RT @harrysiegel: 73 days ago
Katz is quoted here talking about herd immunity on March 10 and now he’s in charge of contact tracing. *Twenty thousand* of us are dead in New York since Katz sent this email. Yesterday I got a city notice from my kid’s school talking about PMIS. https://twitter.com/obsoletedogma/status/1261067623548280836
Seems like the sort of Justice Department you should trust with the overwhelming surveillance authorities both Democrats and Republicans keep on granting it. https://twitter.com/dnvolz/status/1261057192918159369
The creatures outside looked from Deep State haters to Trump haters, and from Trump haters to Deep State haters, and from Deep State haters to Trump haters again; but already it was impossible to tell which was which https://twitter.com/jsccounterpunch/status/1261011632827723778
*Nods in Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi* yes, just beautiful https://twitter.com/amerindependent/status/1261009511621558272
Godsmack https://twitter.com/iankarmel/status/1260750449545605121
DOJ attorney: “Burr’s reversal on the DNI nomination of Ratcliffe—who he knows is grossly unqualified—appears to be the product of Burr’s recognition that he’s in hot criminal justice water, & he, like Flynn, might soon find himself dependent on Trump...” https://www.thedailybeast.com/senator-richard-burr-to-step-down-from-senate-intel-committee-while-fbi-probes-stock-trading
RT @AdamSerwer: The Atlantic is doing a series on conspiracy theories, so I wrote about birtherism, less a conspiracy theory itself than an…
REIGN OF TERROR // Spring 2021 // Viking
Or for that matter, when Flynn gets asked why cultivating Russia is important, his answer is: they’re a partner against Radical Islam. These are lessons drawn from the war on terror by someone who fought it more directly than most anyone; and we don’t tend to reckon with that. https://twitter.com/jeremyscahill/status/1260916122435584001
The “news cycle” is a harmful concept because it obscures the active decisions of editors, reporters, producers and in the background owners, as if what appears in the news is akin to the weather rather than the aggregate of choices https://twitter.com/chuckwendig/status/1260011617644802051
So about the John Durham probe that seems designed to yield the “Obamagate” narrative. https://www.thedailybeast.com/barrs-prosecutor-hasnt-grilled-key-russiagate-witnesses?ref=author
RT @dunksalot: @attackerman Burr voted for the Patriot Act renewal today in a twisted act of irony.
Attack people and I’m terrible at it and die horribly and none of this could ever have been worth it https://twitter.com/chuckeechaves/status/1260673914440683524
The chairman of the Senate intelligence committee got his phone taken by FBI search warrant! https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2020-05-13/fbi-serves-warrant-on-senator-stock-investigation
Here are some statistics from last month’s @ODNIgov transparency report that give a sense of the scope of unmasking requests over the last several years. https://www.dni.gov/files/CLPT/documents/2020_ASTR_for_CY2019_FINAL.pdf
Very tough day for surveillance reform ends with this. I’ve been reporting a different story today but my understanding is McConnell didn’t put up his amendments today because he didn’t have the votes. I could be wrong but I think the final vote on the bill is tomorrow. https://twitter.com/demandprogress/status/1260675098153025542
RT @noahShachtman: Sens. Dianne Feinstein, Joe Manchin, Tim Kaine, Mark Warner, Sheldon Whitehouse, Sherrod Brown, Tom Carper, Bob Casey, J…
RT @arawnsley: If we're looking for people who would be good candidates for home confinement from Loretto in addition to Manafort, David Ba…
Senate vote on PATRIOT renewal is today... https://twitter.com/aclu/status/1260593854320910336
RT @AdamSerwer: Stop being afraid of everything, but also I need five guns on me at all times in case I see a black teen doing something su…
 
 
 
 
 
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