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Biden: Trump’s belittling of U.S. intelligence agencies is ‘dangerous,’ ‘mindless’


PBS Newshour, 5 Jan 2017:  Judy Woodruff interviews VP Joe Biden:

JUDY WOODRUFF: Come back to foreign policy. Have you seen now the report by the intelligence community on Russian hacking?

VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: Yes I have. Yes I’ve read it.


VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: There’s overwhelming consensus in the community and overwhelming evidence supplied by the community that Russia did engage in an effort to impact on the elections. There is no evidence that they actually tampered with voting booths, or tampered with voting rolls. But there is clear evidence that they, in fact, they were engaged in activities designed to try to impact in the outcome of the election.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Evidence of any American cooperation with the Russians in doing that?

VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: I’m not going to comment on that Judy. I don’t want to comment on any of the detail of the report. There will be an unclassified version that will be released very shortly, and it will lay out in bold print what they know.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Will the American people learn something new from this?

VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: I think it will probably confirm what a lot of the American people think. But, it will — it will state clearly that the Russians did, as a matter of policy, attempt to affect and, three things. One, it attempted to discredit the U.S. electoral process by implying that or laying the foundation for it is not on the level. Two, it — there’s evidence that — they — is there was an attempt to hurt Mrs. Clinton. But there’s also evidence that there was wider hacking than some people thought. So, the idea that the Russians were not involved in an effort to engage in our electoral process is simply not able to be sustained. They were.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Excuse me. In connection with that, the criticism by the president-elect of the intelligence community in this country, belittling of the intelligence community. Do you think that’s just politics or do you think it’s dangerous?

VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: I think it’s dangerous. I hope, some very smart people around like General Mattis and some others. For a President not to have confidence in, not to be prepared to listen to the myriad of intelligence agencies from defense intelligence, to the CIA, etcetera, is absolutely mindless. It’s just mindless. How would you — now can you disagree? Can you ask for more detail? Can you question whether or not there is a disagreement among the various intelligence agencies? That’s all legitimate. But the idea that — that you know more than the intelligence community knows, it’s a little like saying, I know more about physics than my professor. I didn’t read the book, I just know I know. I mean, it’s — it’s not a, it’s — it’s worrisome. I’m assuming it will change.

JUDY WOODRUFF: If — if what the Russians did is so serious, should there be more retaliation than what the administration has just enacted?

VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: I, when the question was would we respond to the hacking over a month ago, I said at our — our time and choosing, we would. Some of what we did you will know and some you will not know. And we’ve done both. Things you do not know and things that are known, like expelling —

JUDY WOODRUFF: that weren’t in


JUDY WOODRUFF: Will we know those things that weren’t —


Internet history is fragile. This archive is making sure it doesn’t disappear

PBS Newshour: 2 Jan 2017:
What’s online doesn’t necessarily last forever. Content on the Internet is revised and deleted all the time. Hyperlinks “rot,” and with them goes history, lost in space. With that in mind, Brewster Kahle set out to develop the Internet Archive, a digital library with the mission of preserving all the information on the World Wide Web, for all who wish to explore. Jeffrey Brown reports.

Source: Internet history is fragile. This archive is making sure it doesn’t disappear | PBS NewsHour

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Hear the breaking news report from Pearl Harbor, 75 years later

PBS Newshour, 7 Dec 2016:

In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, listen to how an NBC journalist in Honolulu reported on a surprise attack by Japanese bombers on Pearl Harbor, 75 years ago today.

Source: Hear the breaking news report from Pearl Harbor, 75 years later | PBS NewsHour

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HARI SREENIVASAN: Now to our NewsHour Shares, something that caught our eye, that might be of interest to you, too.

As we noted earlier, today marks the 75th anniversary of Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. The ensuing battle claimed the lives of more than 2,400 Americans, and triggered U.S. involvement in World War II.

An unknown NBC reporter in Honolulu spoke by telephone that day in a dispatch that was broadcast live across the nation.

Here’s an excerpt:

REPORTER: One, two, three, four.

Hello, NBC. Hello, NBC. This is KGU in Honolulu, Hawaii.

I am speaking from the roof of the Advertiser Publishing Company building. We have witnessed this morning a distant view of a brief full battle of Pearl Harbor and a severe bombing of Pearl Harbor by enemy planes, undoubtedly Japanese.

The city of Honolulu has also been attacked, and considerable damage done. This battle has been going on for nearly three hours. One of the bombs dropped within 50 feet of KGU tower. It is no joke. It is a real war.

Oil still leaks at the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. Photo by James Martin
Oil still leaks at the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. Photo by James Martin

The public of Honolulu has been advised to keep in their homes and await results from the Army and Navy. There has been fierce fighting going on in the air and on the sea. The heavy shooting seems to be — one, two, three, four. Just a moment. We’ll interrupt here.

We cannot estimate yet how much damage has been done, but it has been a very severe attack. And the Navy and Army appear now to have the air and the sea under control.

JUDY WOODRUFF: It certainly brings us back to that terrible day.

HARI SREENIVASAN: Yes, I wonder what it was like to hear that on the radio everywhere. I’m sure it was one of those moments where everyone knew exactly, if they were alive at that point to hear it.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Seventy-five years ago this day.