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The New Energy Era: The Impact of Critical Minerals on National Security. A future powered by renewables is not in the distant horizon, but rather in its early hours.

The New Energy Era: The Impact of Critical Minerals on National Security

This new dawn comes from a global awareness of the environmental impacts of the current energy mix, which relies heavily on fossil fuels and their associated greenhouse gas emissions. Technologies such as wind, solar, and batteries offer renewable and clean alternatives and are leading the way for the transition to clean energy. However, as with every energy transition, there are not only new technologies, but also new material demands. Copper: A Key Piece of the Puzzle This energy transition will be mineral intensive and it will require metals such as nickel, lithium, and cobalt. Today’s infographic comes to us from the Copper Development Association and outlines the special role of copper in renewable power generation, energy storage, and electric vehicles. Why Copper? The red metal has four key properties that make it ideal for the clean energy transition. Copper in Wind Copper in Solar.

Flooding's national security risk - Axios. Bases of Confrontation: the US Military Empire. On 26 October the New York Times carried an intriguing commentary about spying.

Bases of Confrontation: the US Military Empire

Its front page headlined a 1200 word report which included the statement that “Russian submarines and spy ships are aggressively operating near the crucial undersea cables that carry almost all global Internet communications, raising concerns among some US military and intelligence officials that the Russians might be planning to attack those lines in times of tension or conflict.” Church Committee, White House and CIA. Washington, D.C., July 20, 2015 - Forty years ago this year, Congress’s first serious inquiry into CIA abuses faced many of the same political and bureaucratic obstructions as Senate investigators have confronted in assessing Intelligence Community performance since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Church Committee, White House and CIA

A Conversation With CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou. John Kiriakou is widely known as the former CIA case officer who, in an interview with ABC News in late 2007, confirmed that the CIA had tortured al Qaeda prisoner Abu Zubaydah on the waterboard.

A Conversation With CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou

A Private Tour of the CIA's Incredible Museum. A chill wind whipped off the Warnow as a retired railroad worker shuffled through the streets of the port city of Rostock one winter night in 1956.

A Private Tour of the CIA's Incredible Museum

He wore the drab clothes typical of East German residents. Declassification Engine. FBI Admits It's Not Really About Law Enforcement Any More; Ignores Lots Of Crimes To Focus On Creating Fake Terror Plots. A couple years ago, it was revealed that the FBI noted in one of its "counterterrorism training manuals" that FBI agents could "bend or suspend the law and impinge upon the freedoms of others," which seemed kind of odd for a government agency who claimed its "primary function" was "law enforcement.

FBI Admits It's Not Really About Law Enforcement Any More; Ignores Lots Of Crimes To Focus On Creating Fake Terror Plots

" You'd think that playing by the rules would be kind of important. However, as John Hudson at Foreign Policy has noted, at some point last summer, the FBI quietly changed its fact sheet, so that it no longer says that "law enforcement" is its primary function, replacing it with "national security. " Of course, I thought we already had a "national security" agency -- known as the "National Security Agency.

" James Clapper: Spying On Leaders Not Significant Enough To Tell Congress. WASHINGTON -- It is "unrealistic" for the White House to know about reported United States eavesdropping on foreign leaders, and perfectly reasonable for intelligence officials to have neglected to tell Congress, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper argued Tuesday.

James Clapper: Spying On Leaders Not Significant Enough To Tell Congress

Clapper was among a clutch of officials who trouped to Capitol Hill to testify to Congress about the ongoing surveillance programs revealed over the summer by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. But their appearance came after revelations that the U.S. monitored the phones of other leaders, including allies such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Clapper suggested such activities were not particularly remarkable and didn't rise to the significance meriting explicit notification to Congress or the White House.

He said trying to figure out what foreign leaders are thinking is a mainstay of his job. Greenwald: Is U.S. Exaggerating Qaeda Threat to Silence NSA Critics? How the NSA’s High-Tech Surveillance Helped Europeans Catch Terrorists. NSA Director Gen.

How the NSA’s High-Tech Surveillance Helped Europeans Catch Terrorists

Keith Alexander testifies before the House Select Intelligence Committee on the NSA's PRISM program during a hearing in Washington, D.C., on June 18, 2013. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Aroud later returned to Europe, remarried and started an Islamist website that attracted a group of French and Belgian extremists. Led by her second husband, Moez Garsallaoui [2], half-a-dozen of them went to Waziristan, where they joined several thousand al-Qaida fighters, including a Latino convert from Long Island, learned to make bombs and plotted against the West with terrorist kingpins. Bill Moyers & Glenn Greenwald on the High Cost of Government Secrecy. People visit a make-shift memorial on Boylston Street on April 20, 2013, near the scene of the Boston Marathon explosions.Photo Credit: AFP April 27, 2013 | Like this article?

Bill Moyers & Glenn Greenwald on the High Cost of Government Secrecy

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