Significant numbers of Transportation Security Administration agents have not been coming to work, either because of financial hardship or to underscore their opposition to being forced to work without pay. Three major airports — Atlanta, Houston and Miami — are operating under contingency plans.
James Wolfe, longtime security director for the Senate Intelligence Committee, was given a two-month prison term and a $7,500 fine for lying to FBI agents who were investigating leaks to the news media.
The ability to distort reality has taken an exponential leap forward with ‘deep fake’ technology applied to videos, says a California Law Review paper. The authors say so-called ‘deep fake’ videos have already moved from the world of porn to politics.
Three defendants were dropped in the lurid case of a New Mexico compound when prosecutors failed to schedule a court hearing. Two others remain charged. Prosecutors said they found a document called “Phases of a Terrorist Attack.”
Attorneys for Mariia Butina asked a court to release her while her case is pending. They argued that the government’s claims rely “on innuendo and undefined phrases, soundbites and alarmist buzzwords.”
Reality Winner of Georgia received a record-setting prison sentence — five years and three months behind bars — for leaking a top-secret government report about Russian meddling in the 2016 election. The plea deal avoided a trial that might have revealed sensitive government information.
Federal air marshals closely monitored about 5,000 U.S. citizens on domestic flights in recent months under the controversial “Quiet Skies” program, but none was deemed so suspicious that they required further scrutiny, the Transportation Security Administration told a congressional briefing.