The Decline and Fall of the Cyber Security Unit

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Here was the big news Sunday morning:

This is sort of like setting up a Carrot Security unit with Bugs Bunny, which is why it was almost universally mocked all day. Not in a “this is bad policy” kind of way, but in a “Donald Trump is the world’s easiest mark” kind of way. Twelve hours later Trump finally figured out that everyone was laughing at him, and the whole thing was sent unceremoniously down the memory hole:

It’s impenetrable! It will guard against negative things!

No, wait. It’s out of the question. Let’s talk about the Syrian ceasefire instead.

Until that goes south, of course. Then it will be time for another rant against the Fake News media. Look, Halley’s Comet!

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Corrupt leaders the world over can (and will) try to shut down the truth, but when the truth has millions of people on its side, you can't keep it down for good. And there's no more powerful or urgent argument for your support of Mother Jones' journalism right now than that. We need to raise about $450,000 to hit our online fundraising budget in these next few months, so please read more from Monika and pitch in if you can.

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