Fires engulfing Australia. Friendly fire on the 2020 campaign trail. Government forces firing on protestors in Hong Kong, Iran and Iraq. The fire of rocket attacks and enemy infiltrations hitting our troops from Kenya to Kabul. Tense protests in Richmond, Virginia continue to raise the heat–but thankfully, no fire. This time. And in Washington, the political fires of the last few years have grown to a roar– and now, the political fires engulf the entire capital–and the entire country. The impeachment trial of Donald J Trump has begun. It feels like it’s all closing in. And the walls of our country are being tested from outside–and from within. But even when the enemies are at the gates–and especially when the enemies are at the gates–there are guardians that hold the line. Standing watch on the ramparts of America–literally and ethically.
And in this episode, we hear candidly from one of the most impactful guardians of our democracy–who is now taking on the most powerful forces in technology and politics. Yael Eisenstat served courageously as a CIA officer for almost two decades. She now serves on the front lines of some of the most important issues of technology, national defense and protecting democracy in America. After leaving the CIA, Yael was named Global Head of Elections Integrity Operations at Facebook–a role she quickly left after facing deep resistance to change inside the tech giant. She would go on to reveal her CIA experience in a powerful and historic oped in The New York Times, blasting President Trump for politicizing her and her colleagues–including some that have died in the line of duty. She’s taken on Al-Shabaab militants, Mark Zuckerberg and Donald Trump.
Paul Rieckhoff artfully draws out Yael’s fascinating story–and breaks down the latest news on the impeachment trial in the Senate, Trump’s outrageous comments dismissing Traumatic Brain Injuries facing hundreds of thousands of troops, why people love Andrew Yang and previews the upcoming Super Bowl clash with his trademark independence, experience, and wit.
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