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Alt-right extremists helped design facial recognition software being used by federal law enforcement: report

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On Tuesday, the Huffington Post reported that far-right extremists helped develop the facial recognition software of Clearview AI — a tech company that is partnering with federal, state, and local law enforcement and which has raised red flags among civil liberties organizations.

“Clearview is the most powerful form of facial recognition technology ever created, according to [The New York Times],” wrote Luke O’Brien. “With more than 3 billion photos scraped surreptitiously from social media profiles and websites, its image database is almost seven times the size of the FBI’s. Its mobile app can match names to faces with a tap of a touchscreen. The technology is already being integrated into augmented reality glasses so people can identify almost anyone they look at.”

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Additionally, “Clearview has contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, BuzzFeed reported earlier this year, and FBI agents, members of Customs and Border Protection, and hundreds of police officers at departments nationwide are among its users.”

“Exclusive documents obtained by HuffPost reveal that … several people who have done work for the company, have deep, longstanding ties to far-right extremists,” wrote O’Brien. And the ties go all the way up to the CEO and founder, 31-year-old Australian-born hacker Cam-Hoan Ton-That.

“By 2015, [Ton-That] had joined forces with far-right subversives working to install Trump as president,” wrote O’Brien. “They included Mike Cernovich, a Trump-affiliated propagandist who spearheaded the near-deadly Pizzagate disinformation campaign; Andrew ‘weev’ Auernheimer, a neo-Nazi hacker and the webmaster for The Daily Stormer; and Pax Dickinson, the racist former chief technology officer of Business Insider who went on to march with neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia.”

“In this far-right clique, two of Ton-That’s associates loomed larger than most thanks to their close connection to billionaire Peter Thiel, a Facebook board member and Trump adviser: Jeff Giesea, a Thiel protégé and secret funder of alt-right causes, and Charles ‘Chuck’ Johnson, a former Breitbart writer and far-right extremist who reportedly coordinated lawfare against media organizations with Thiel,” continued O’Brien.

According to HuffPost, when it reached out to Clearview for comment, the company stated that “it had immediately parted ways with some of these people.”

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Trump delivers dangerously false medical claim: Children are ‘virtually immune’ from coronavirus — which is ‘going away’

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President Donald Trump is making dangerously false medical claims once again, this time to advance his agenda of forcing the nation's schools to re-open despite the coronavirus pandemic, which is growing worse in many parts of the country.

On "Fox & Friends" Wednesday morning Trump said that children are "virtually immune" from contracting the coronavirus, which is false.

"It doesn't have an impact on them," Trump told the Fox News morning team. "And I've watched some doctors say they're 'totally immune,' I don't know I hate to use the word 'totally,' the news will say, 'Oh, he made the word totally and he shouldn't have used that word.' But the fact is they are virtually immune from this problem, and we have to open our schools."

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Historian who predicted Trump’s upset 2016 win now says he’s going to crash and burn in 2020

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Allan Lichtman, a political historian who teaches at American University in Washington, D.C., became famous for correctly predicting President Donald Trump's upset win four years ago.

But in a new interview with The New York Times, Lichtman makes the case that Trump appears very unlikely to win a second term as the country has been racked for months by the coronavirus pandemic, high unemployment, and civil unrest.

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Trump rants about ‘Marxist’ Black Lives Matter group on Fox News: ‘If I’m wrong I’m going to lose’

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President Donald Trump made clear he's pinning his re-election chances on opposing Black Lives Matter.

The president attacked the movement as a "Marxist group" during a Wednesday morning appearance on "Fox & Friends," but insisted he's done more for Black Americans than almost anyone else in history.

"With the possible exception of Abraham Lincoln, it’s true," he said.

Trump then complained that the movement had gained "respectability" and bashed athletes for kneeling in silent protest during the national anthem.

“If I’m wrong, I’m going to lose an election, okay?" Trump said. "And that’s okay with me."

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