When ‘Fact Checking’ Fails, There’s Always Conspiracy Theories and Misinformation

The media likes to lecture Americans about the increasing threat to democracy posed by ‘conspiracy theories.’ The term, historically relegated to UFOs and the JFK assassination, has picked up steam in recent years as it seems to have obtained some political usefulness. Early examples include the Hillary Clinton private email server, spying on the Trump 2016 Presidential campaign, and the contention that Trump-Russia collusion was a product of the Clinton campaign’s opposition research. In each of these instances, dismissing allegations of wrongdoing as conspiracy theories proved more useful than trying to dispute what later turned out to be reality. The response proved so effective for politicians and campaigns that now mainstream media and technology companies have adopted it as a key tactic to suppress politically damaging stories. But what happens when these conspiracy theories turn out to be true? It seems to be happening more often and consistently in one ideological direction.

Playing Politics With National Security is Never A Good Idea

CASA Director Adam Turner’s op-ed at Townhall After more than two years it appears to still be too much to ask for consistency with federal COVID policies. While on the one hand, the Biden Administration continues to fight in court to protect its federal employee vaccine mandates and extends mask mandates on airplanes, on the …

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A Nuclear Deal at Any Cost

CASA Director Adam Turner’s op-ed at Townhall The recently-released Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Annual 2021 Report disclosed that ICE “significantly disrupted IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps) and QF (Quds Force) funding through the sale of Iranian crude oil, resulting in the seizure of 2.6 million barrels of IRGC-QF fuel and crude oil, $64 million …

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Is Gain of Function Research a National Security Threat?

Exclusive to WND: Adam Turner poses questions about U.S.-funded labs in Ukraine, Wuhan, elsewhere The Russian invasion of Ukraine has exposed many challenges facing the West and particularly the U.S. One rather unexpected challenge is the revelation that U.S.-funded biological research facilities in Ukraine may be targets of Putin’s military strategy. Conspiracy theories aside, statements …

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Answers and Accountability for Afghanistan Should Remain a Top Priority

It has been six months since the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. While the American public is currently focused on another foreign policy crisis, the need for answers and accountability into last year’s events in Afghanistan should remain a top priority. Luckily, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFR) has stepped into the breach. This past month, this Committee issued a report critical of the federal government’s actions in Afghanistan. SFR criticized both the Biden administration’s failures that allowed for a quick Taliban takeover of Afghanistan and a botched withdrawal that left thousands of Americans (according to the report) and tens of thousands of Afghan partners behind.

Should military readiness include these 3 woke concerns?

While the Ukrainian state is fighting for its very life against the Russian juggernaut, it was reported that the U.S. military was conducting mandatory training on gender pronouns and coaching officers on when to offer soldiers gender transition surgery. All Army personnel, from soldiers to commanders and supervisors, are required to participate in the training by Sept. 30, 2022.

In Pursuit of a Bad Deal: The Iran Deal Redux

Even as the Russian invasion of Ukraine draws strong condemnation from the Biden administration, in other venues the administration’s foreign policy representatives sit side-by-side with their Russian counterparts, as well as those of China, another hostile regime, asking for their help with a new Iran deal.  If that sounds like a bad idea, well, when it comes to the Iran deal, as the old saying goes, you ain’t seen nuthin’ yet!