Zoombombing Harms the Alcoholics Anonymous Community

Philip McGrade was attending an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting over the videoconferencing service Zoom when a message suddenly appeared on the screen. “Hitler did nothing wrong,” it read. Next, scenes from Leni Riefenstahl’s Nazi propaganda film “Triumph of the Will” started playing. A person yelled “Allahu akbar,” and pornography popped into view. He logged out, joined a different AA meeting and …

Hard Ball and a Soft Landing

By Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow   APRIL 2020—The following is the second of a two-part series celebrating President Reagan’s central role in winning the Cold War, describing his means and methods in pursuit of that goal, and refuting a recent essay that argues otherwise. Among other things, that essay made the eyerolling case that: Gorbachev was opposed to increasing …

Trump tries on a fourth chief of staff in the middle of a devastating crisis

President Donald Trump’s fourth chief of staff relinquished a safe seat in Congress and agreed to join the White House in early March, when the unemployment rate sat at a historic low and Trump’s team appeared confident about his reelection. A month later, Mark Meadows is now presiding over a vastly different West Wing, which is under siege like never …

Why China is Developing Military Vessels at the Center of its Coronavirus Outbreak

As China continues to recover from COVID-19, the city where the now global disease began is stepping up ship production for military and commercial purposes as part of its broader economic recovery, domestic media and experts say.  A state-owned builder of ships and submarines in Wuhan has worked overtime since March 3, the Chinese state-controlled Global Times news website reported last week. The facility of the China State Shipbuilding …

Iraqi military: 3 rockets target US oil company in south

At least three rockets hit near the site of an American oil field service company in southern Iraq early on Monday, Iraq’s military said, the first such attack in recent months to target U.S. energy interests in Iraq. The rockets targeted the site of Halliburton in the Burjesia area in the oil-rich Basra province, the military statement said. Two Iraqi …

Afghan Spy Agency Captures Regional IS Chief

Afghanistan’s spy agency announced Saturday that it had arrested Islamic State’s regional leader, along with 19 key operatives of the terrorist group. The National Directorate of Security (NDS) identified the militant chief as Abdullah Orakzai, a Pakistani national also known as Aslam Farooqi. He was detained along with others in a “complex operation” by Afghan special forces, it added. The …

Telework forces unexpected cybersecurity changes at TSA

The need for telework due to the spread of the new coronavirus resulted in several unanticipated changes in cybersecurity policy and controls at the Transportation Security Administration, according to the agency’s top cybersecurity official. As TSA employees started to work from home, the agency changed some policies and security controls that “we hadn’t really thought about” before telework started, said …

‘How we hold leaders accountable’: Esper defends firing of Navy captain who raised coronavirus alarm

“The Navy has a culture of swiftly and decisively removing captains if they lose confidence in them,” the Pentagon chief said. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Sunday defended the firing of the Navy captain who sounded the alarm about a coronavirus outbreak aboard an aircraft carrier, characterizing the commanding officer’s ouster as an “example of how we hold leaders accountable.” On CNN’s …

Google Offers User Location Data to Health Officials Tackling Coronavirus

Google will help public health officials use its vast storage of data to track people’s movements amid the coronavirus pandemic, in what the company called an effort to assist in unprecedented times. The initiative, introduced by the company late Thursday, uses a portion of the information that the search giant has collected on users, including through Google Maps, to create reports …

Extremists see global chaos from virus as an opportunity

Both the Islamic State group and al-Qaida see the coronavirus as a threat, but some of their fighters also see the upheaval from the pandemic as an opportunity to win over more supporters and strike harder than before. Messages from the Islamic extremist groups show concern about the virus mixed with bravado, asserting that it is punishment for non-Muslims while …