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Five Pound Mini-Nukes

March 18th, 2017

Via: CNBC: As for the mini-nukes, Del Monte expects they represent “the most horrific near-term nanoweapons.” Nanotechnology opens up the possibility to manufacture mini-nuke components so small that they are difficult to screen and detect. Furthermore, the weapon (capable of an explosion equivalent to about 100 tons of TNT) could be compact enough to fit […]

Rex Tillerson: Military Action Against North Korea Is ‘On the Table’

March 17th, 2017

Via: NBC: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned Friday that military action against North Korea was “on the table” if the country continued to develop its weapons program. “If they elevate the threat of their weapons program to a level that we believe requires action then that option is on the table,” he told a […]

Toy Drone Shot Down with Patriot Missile

March 15th, 2017

Raytheon doesn’t mind. Meanwhile, in France: French Military Trains Eagles to Hunt Drones Via: BBC: A Patriot missile – usually priced at about $3m (£2.5m) – was used to shoot down a small quadcopter drone, according to a US general. The strike was made by a US ally, Gen David Perkins told a military symposium. […]

How Police Departments Use Civil Forfeiture to Collect Billions

March 15th, 2017

Whenever you hear about tips to the police from confidential informants or “concerned citizens,” etc. keep this in mind: U.S. Communications Intelligence Secretly Shared with Law Enforcement for Use Against Americans in Criminal Investigations. So, mass surveillance and civil forfeiture: Is there a link? “It is the height of naivete to think that once collected […]

NSA Routinely Monitors Americans’ Communications Without Warrants

March 15th, 2017

Are They building electronic dossiers on as many of us as they can? I don’t know, but it sure looks that way. —Cryptogon, 2007: NSA, AT&T and the NarusInsight Intercept Suite In Open Thread: Trump Wiretap Claims, I wrote: Where is the uproar over the spook’s data center in Utah? Man, if you think that […]

Thousands of Upcoming Nuclear Weapons Shipments During $1 Trillion Nuclear Arsenal Upgrade

March 12th, 2017

Via: Los Angeles Times: The unmarked 18-wheelers ply the nation’s interstates and two-lane highways, logging 3 million miles a year hauling the most lethal cargo there is: nuclear bombs. The covert fleet, which shuttles warheads from missile silos, bomber bases and submarine docks to nuclear weapons labs across the country, is operated by the Office […]

Vault 7: CIA Hacking Tools Revealed

March 7th, 2017

If you have an active U.S. Government security clearance, you probably shouldn’t click on this. Via: Wikileaks: Today, Tuesday 7 March 2017, WikiLeaks begins its new series of leaks on the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Code-named “Vault 7” by WikiLeaks, it is the largest ever publication of confidential documents on the agency. The first full […]

Lithium Ion Like Battery with 3X the Energy Density, Sodium Glass Electrolyte

March 1st, 2017

Disclosure: I sell solar power systems in New Zealand. — I’ll reiterate the usual warning when posting about battery technology “breakthroughs.” Laboratory experiments have virtually nothing to do with finished products that you and I can buy. Indeed, DO NOT hold your breath waiting for this. That said, it’s VERY interesting, if you’re like me […]

Congress Told to Brace for ‘Robotic Soldiers’

March 1st, 2017

In other news: Via: The Hill: House lawmakers were warned Wednesday that artificial intelligence could soon be used by potential adversaries in military operations. Jason Healey, a senior fellow on the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative, told members of a House panel with oversight of the Pentagon that he expects the capabilities to be developed […]

Trump Open to Legal Status for Some Undocumented Immigrants in Sharp Departure from Campaign Stance

February 28th, 2017

Just after the election, I wrote, “What’s he going to do? Deploy the U.S. Marines to places like Santa Ana and wide swaths of Los Angeles County? Good luck with that.” Maybe someone finally convinced him that mass roundups would go very badly. Via: CNBC: President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is open to legal […]

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