The report, which warned that the crippled economy and the election of the first black president were “unique drivers for right-wing radicalization and recruitment,” described the rise of “lone wolves and small terrorist cells embracing violent right-wing extremist ideology [as] the most dangerous domestic terrorism threat in the United States,” according to a copy reviewed by The Center for Public Integrity. … [Read more...] about Gabrielle Giffords Shooting: The Missed Warning Signs
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MOSCOW—Not much has changed in Russia since Soviet authorities hid the truth about the nuclear catastrophe in Chernobyl more than three decades ago. At the time, Soviet military commanders, KGB generals, and Communist Party leaders were terrified they’d get sacked or end up in the Gulag if the truth came out, so they preferred to lie to the public, delaying the evacuation when radiation equivalent of 500 Hiroshima bombs was released into the atmosphere. … [Read more...] about A Missile Explosion, a Radiation Spike, and Kremlin Secrecy Bring Back Memories of Chernobyl
But money for the clean-up aside, Potanin is unlikely to face real repercussions for the spill. Earlier this month Putin’s inspector, Radionova, flew to Norilsk to calculate fines for the factory—but, according to Transparency International, she flew there on Potanin’s own Bombardier Challenger private jet, instead of taking a regular flight. Radionova has also been accused of corruption by the foundation of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, which revealed documents for luxurious real estate in Moscow and Nice that suggest Radionova is the owner. “Such wealth cannot be explained. It is so outrageous,” Navalny said in his report on YouTube, viewed by more than 3 million people. … [Read more...] about Putin’s Got Big Problems in Russia’s Provinces
In theory a hypersonic glide vehicle can carry a conventional explosive warhead, a nuclear warhead or no warhead at all, instead relying on sheer kinetic force to destroy its target. Its low altitude and high maneuverability compared to a traditional intercontinental ballistic missile could make it harder to intercept. But ICBMs already are capable of blasting through normal defenses. The United States and Russia both possess missile-interceptors they claim can hit incoming ICBMs, but experts question the interceptors’ effectiveness against such fast targets. … [Read more...] about Putin Claimed His Hypersonic Missiles Were Invincible. Then He Jailed the Developers.
Loren Culp, the Republican police chief who advanced the week to the November ballot to face off against Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, the Democrat, said in an interview published Thursday that the incumbent is vulnerable due to his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. … [Read more...] about Inslee challenger to try and exploit governor’s coronavirus response