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1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites): Brooklyn Eagle: Like his father before him, Bushwick assemblyman to face socialist challenger

Brooklyn Assemblymember Erik Martin Dilan is poised to face his first primary challenge since winning the office in 2014 in a possible rematch between the borough’s Democratic old guard and a growing Democratic Socialist base, the Brooklyn Eagle has learned.

Dilan’s challenger in Assembly District 54 is 28-year-old Boris Santos, a Williamsburg native and Bushwick resident. Santos, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, currently serves as chief of staff to freshman State Sen. Julia Salazar, a DSA member who beat Dilan’s father, Martin Malave Dilan, in the 2018 primary.

District 54 covers parts of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Bushwick, Cypress Hills and East New York and is majority black and Hispanic. The median household income is $41,000.

Santos is currently seeking the endorsement of New York City DSA, a chapter of the national socialist organization with more than 5,000 members who have fought for immigrant, tenant and worker rights citywide. Their increasingly formidable electoral strategy helped elect Salazar, as well as U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

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“We are doing candidate interviews this week and next week,” said DSA steering committee member Cea Weaver. “It’s super early in the process, and we are not anticipating endorsing anyone for at least six to eight weeks.”

Santos told the Eagle that his brief time in Albany this year inspired his run. Despite progressive reforms championed by newly elected Democratic legislators, “There’s still backdoor negotiations, a lack of transparency, and lobbyists ruling the scene at the end of the day,” Santos said, adding that he wants to be the “left option” in the district.

Like Salazar and other progressive Democrats, Santos says he will not accept corporate or for-profit real estate donations. He told the Eagle that he would champion tenant rights and push for good cause eviction, a Salazar priority that faltered this year but would expand tenant protections to those who do not live in rent-stabilized housing. Santos would also support the New York Health Act and HALT Solitary Confinement Act (Dilan is a cosponsor of both); the repeal of 50-a, which protects police officers’ disciplinary records; and raising the age of criminal responsibility from 18 to 21.

“I think that Boris is a super dedicated public servant,” Salazar told the Eagle. “I also in general am supportive of another Democratic Socialist running for office.”

Dilan, 45, is Bushwick native and Cypress Hills resident of Puerto Rican and African American descent. He served 12 years on the City Council, where he chaired the Housing and Buildings Committee, before winning the assembly seat in 2014.

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Dilan was also allied with the late, disgraced Democratic Party boss Vito Lopez, who died in 2015 after resigning from the assembly over credible allegations of sexual abuse. Lopez backed Dilan’s failed primary challenge to incumbent congresswoman Nydia Velázquez in 2012.

Any Dilan challenger should pressure him to answer to Lopez’s legacy, said Democratic strategist Alexis Grenell. “There’s a throughline between him, his supporters, and the survivors of abuse,” she said.

“Erik Dilan delivers for his constituents,” said George Arzt, a spokesperson for the Brooklyn Democratic Party Organization. “He has a distinguished record in the assembly, including fighting to pass the Dream Act, historic rent laws to keep New Yorkers in their homes, and crucial reforms to the criminal justice system.”

Michael McKee, treasurer of Tenants PAC (which backed Salazar in 2018), said that Dilan’s record of accepting real estate money shouldn’t be overlooked. “Since he went to Albany, he has basically voted the right way, but he has not been a real advocate for tenants,” McKee said.

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Santos is the son of working-class immigrants. His mother, a home attendant, is from El Salvador. His father, from the Dominican Republic, is a security guard at Woodhull Hospital. Santos is on the Brooklyn Democratic County Committee and is a member of New Kings Democrats, which launched in 2008 to bring reform to the local party organization from within. From 2013 to 2016 he worked for Councilmember Antonio Reynoso as a community organizer in Ridgewood and Bushwick.

Santos is a familiar face in the district, according to Julie Dent, former chairperson of Community Board 4 in Bushwick. A Dilan ally, Dent is also executive director of the Audrey Johnson Daycare Center, operated by LIFE, Inc., a nonprofit that received funding from Dilan when he was on the City Council.

“I personally think that Erik Dilan is doing a fine job as our assembly person, and that he has brought a lot of funding to Bushwick,” Dent said. “And then again, I do have high respect for Boris as well. I do.”

Martin, Dilan’s father, beat Salazar where his district overlapped with the 54th, albeit by a small margin: 53 percent of 10,621 votes cast. “I presume Erik will not take anything for granted,” said political consultant Jerry Skurnik. “It’s a real race, just based on those results in the 54th Assembly District.”

CUNY Graduate Center Political Science professor John Mollenkopf noted that Dilan’s district encompasses a larger section of Cypress Hills than Salazar’s, which “hasn’t been the same target for gentrification” as the neighborhoods to the west where she dominated in 2018. In a low-turnout district, he said, the hurdle for Santos will be registering new voters.

Emily Hoffman, vice president of political affairs for New Kings Democrats, said any endorsement in the 54th District is months away. “It’s definitely a district we watch closely,” she said, adding, “there are at least a couple of other people seriously considering the race. They would be running against Dilan’s record.”

Dilan campaign spokesperson Tom Musich provided the Eagle with a written statement, emphasizing Dilan’s votes for the new rent law package; criminal justice bills like bail reform; and the Dream Act. He also noted that Dilan voted for stronger sexual harassment protections this year.

“He continues to focus on serving his constituents and delivering for them in Albany in the coming year and beyond,” Musich said.

Emma Whitford is a freelance reporter based in Brooklyn. You can follow her work on Twitter

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(SRINAGAR, India) — The main city in the India-administered part of the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir has turned into a vast maze of razor wire coils and steel barricades as drones and helicopters hover overhead.

Wearing flak jackets and riot gear, paramilitary soldiers carry automatic rifles and shotguns to control the network of checkpoints and barricades across roads, lanes and intersections in Srinagar. The few vehicles and pedestrians allowed through are regulated through this maze.

Although the 4 million residents of the Kashmir Valley, where an insurgency has simmered for decades, are used to blockades, the one imposed after the Indian government’s surprise move last week to strip the region of constitutional privileges is something residents say they’ve never seen before. Amid the labyrinth whose entry and exit points are changed frequently, people find themselves disoriented in their own city, and struggle to memorize its frequently changing street map.

“This is so vast, so expansive,” resident Zameer Ahmed said as he prepared to enter one barbed passageway. “The entire Srinagar city has been knitted in razor wire to seek our silence and obedience.”

The lockdown in the Muslim-majority valley, the restive heart of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, has been in place since last week, when New Delhi scrapped the disputed Himalayan region’s special constitutional status, taking away the final vestige of the political autonomy and privileged rights to land ownership and public sector jobs it was granted when the region joined the newly formed republic of India after independence from the British in 1947.

Since then, India and Pakistan have fought two wars over rival claims to Kashmir, with each left controlling a part of the region.

The Indian side has seen several uprisings, including a bloody armed rebellion launched in 1989 to demand independence or a merger with Pakistan. About 70,000 people have been killed in that uprising and the subsequent Indian military crackdown that left Kashmiris exhausted, traumatized and broken.

Even before India’s Parliament voted Aug. 5 to strip Jammu and Kashmir’s statehood and split it into two union territories, the central government imposed a curfew, suspended telephone and internet services and deployed tens of thousands of additional soldiers to the region — already one of the world’s most militarized zones.

At checkpoints throughout Srinagar, police politely gave directions to a labyrinth whose entry and exit points are changed several times a day.

Mohammed Maqbool, an engineer, marveled at the blockade system, the most intricate he said he’s seen in 30 years in Srinagar.

“This time they’ve put in place the smartest blockade ever,” he said. “They aren’t aggressive compared to the public uprising of 2016. If you must, they also allow you to venture out of home, yet they’ve throttled our voice by such a sophisticated blockade.”

Razor wire divides neighborhoods, discouraging people from assembling. Some roads are blocked by perpendicularly parked armored vehicles or private buses. Because of the complexity of the security forces’ one-way system, it is impossible to use the same route and return home from any particular destination, even if it is within sight.

“They’ve changed the road map of our city, trying to make us like strangers in our own neighborhoods,” said Bashir Ahmed, a resident of downtown Srinagar.

“This is a drill about disciplining and regulating people’s movement. This is to psychologically break people and teach them that they’re not in control of their own bodies,” said Saiba Varma of the University of California, San Diego, who is in Srinagar for post-doctoral research in medical anthropology.

“In Palestine, the (Israeli) blockade has restricted food and medicine. But here it’s different. They’re letting people eat but trying to control Kashmiri bodies, minds and spirits,” Varma said.

Some of the restrictions have been lifted elsewhere in the region, such as the Hindu-majority area of Jammu, where people were seen cheering the move by the government in street celebrations last week.

Authorities have refused to share any details about the checkpoints or new methods used for the latest blockade. Government officials maintain that the situation is returning to normal, and that no one has died or been seriously injured in any of the sporadic protests that have broken out since the blockade began. Because of constraints on movement and communication, it was not possible to verify their claims.

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Though China is demanding the U.S. stay out of the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, the demonstrators who’ve stormed one of the world’s busiest airports this week resemble those who dumped tea into Boston Harbor more than two centuries ago, according to retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Robert Spalding.

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P.M. Edition for August 13: Protesters tied up Hong Kong’s airport for a second night, with the occupation descending into violence. We hear from the Wall Street Journal’s Mike Bird. Plus, WSJ’s Josh Zumbrun tells us about President Trump’s decision to delay tariffs against China until December 15th.

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The state commission investigating Con Edison for massive blackouts in Brooklyn and Manhattan responded on Monday to a request from 22 City Council members to study the feasibility of revoking the utility company’s monopoly — and the lawmaker leading the charge is less than thrilled with the response.

The Public Service Commission, the state’s regulatory arm for public utilities, said in its letter that its investigation will include “analyzing the root causes of the outages, how Con Edison communicates with its customers, before and during times when de-energization may be required to prevent larger scale outages, and whether any underlying issues or practices had a negative impact on Con Edison’s preparation and response to the recent outage events.”

Signed by commission CEO and Chairperson John Rhodes, the letter does not address the request to consider less traditional solutions such as microgrids, or even a publicly run system, as the 22 city lawmakers demanded.

“Con Edison and the other New York investor-owned utilities are held to the highest standard possible regarding their provision, maintenance, and restoration of service each and every day,” Rhodes wrote.

Councilmember Mark Treyger, who led the push for the investigation, fumed that the limited scope of the commission’s examination does little to address ongoing outages, such as those in the southern Brooklyn neighborhoods he represents.

“We are left without a satisfactory commitment that the inquiry will specifically find out why Southern Brooklyn neighborhoods were targeted for preemptive service shutoffs without sufficient notification to its customers. We continue to have power outages, most recently this past weekend in Bath Beach and Gravesend, with no explanation from Con Edison,” Treyger told the Brooklyn Eagle.

Treyger is the primary signatory on the letter sent July 30 to the Public Service Commission. Twenty-one other councilmembers, representing communities in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and the Bronx, also signed on.

Without studying alternatives to Con Edison that could solve the ongoing disruptions, the commission must push the utility company on its plans to provide better services to communities like Treyger’s, the councilmember said.

“I am renewing my call for the PSC to hold the leadership at Con Edison accountable and find out why the neighborhoods of Bath Beach and Gravesend have outages occurring so frequently, and what they plan to do to prevent future power outages,” Treyger told the Eagle in a statement.

James Denn, a spokesperson for the commission, said that southern Brooklyn is being investigated as part of the larger probe but wouldn’t say if the smaller, ongoing outages in Brooklyn were being looked at.

“Governor Cuomo directed a comprehensive, independent investigation into the recent outages in New York City, which includes Southern Brooklyn, and DPS immediately began that investigation. Once complete, we will take any justified steps to punish and remedy Con Ed’s failure,” said Denn in a statement to the Eagle.

The ongoing battle to have all of Con Edison’s power issues studied comes following a series of public calls by local and state officials to take a deeper look into the massive Brooklyn blackout  and West Manhattan power outage including state hearings, legislation and a proposal for government-run power delivery.

Early in August, State Sen. Kevin Parker, who serves as the senate’s committee chair on energy told the Brooklyn Eagle he is expecting to convene a hearing alongside other state energy legislators this fall.

Parker, a Democrat, represents the neighborhoods of Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood, Ditmas Park, Kensington, Windsor Terrace and Park Slope — all affected by the massive Brooklyn outage.

Meanwhile, Councilmember Alan Maisel, who represents southeast Brooklyn communities also affected by the outage, is drafting legislation aimed at protecting seniors and disabled adults during blackouts. Two assisted senior centers in his district lost power late last month due to a lack of generators, leaving dozens of residents with health and developmental disabilities at risk.

Maisel’s measure would require any facility that is a residence for seniors and vulnerable populations to have generators or other backup power in the case of a power outage. A spokesperson for Maisel’s office said the legislation is still being drafted.

“We want to get to the bottom of all of this … we want to know what is going on. We had no power for almost four days and hundreds of customers were pushed out of service,” Parker told the Eagle. “We want to understand the problems they are having when it comes to resiliency and preparing for these problems.”

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Every president for the last 20 years has faced the threat, the reality, or the devastating consequences of genocide. While terrorism, trade, and great-power competition tend to dominate foreign policy on the debate stage, questions about preventing genocide and other mass atrocities have appeared during every U.S. presidential election cycle since 2000. A review of debate records during that time demonstrates consistent public interest in how presidential candidates plan to respond to mass atrocities.

So the 2020 candidates can’t expect to dodge questions about mass atrocities, as became evident in the first Democratic primary debate in Miami last June. A member of the public identified as “John in New York” submitted two questions for the candidates, asking:

“Does the United States have a responsibility to protect in the case of genocide or crimes against humanity? Do we have a responsibility to intervene to protect people threatened by their governments even when atrocities do not affect American core interests?”

Presidential hopefuls and their running mates have repeatedly been asked to debate if, when, or how the United States should respond to mass atrocities — large-scale, systematic violence against civilians, including genocide, ethnic cleansing, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. Each candidate should be prepared to answer questions like these.

A search for references to atrocities and genocide in every presidential, vice presidential, and primary debate in The American Presidency Project database from the University of California-Santa Barbara yielded excerpts from nearly 50 transcripts from 1999 to 2016. In those debates, the word “genocide” alone was mentioned more than 75 times. This analysis specifically cites 16 different questions about mass atrocities from 14 of those debates, representing each election period, debate type, and political party at least once. These illustrate two common types of questions that have shaped the presidential debate over mass atrocities.

Questions about Mass Atrocities in Country X

The first type of question asks how the United States should respond to specific cases of ongoing or recent mass atrocities. The former Yugoslavia dominated the debates during the election of 2000. At question was whether to remove then-President Slobodan Milošević, who was later indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia for mass atrocity crimes in Bosnia, Croatia, and Kosovo. Then in 2004 and 2008, debates turned to Sudan and what to do about the genocide in Darfur. By 2012 and 2016, the focus was on Syria and how to respond to the Assad regime’s siege of Aleppo.

Taken together, these case-specific questions seem nearly formulaic, combining estimates of civilian deaths and a tone of urgency with language signaling the nature and brutality of the violence. Here are just two examples, across election years and political parties:

“I would like to address the crisis in Darfur. At this time as many as 400,000 people have been killed, millions are…without food and shelter. If you were elected president, what role do you think the United States should play in addressing this terrible tragedy?”

– Audience member Jeff Turiel, psychologist, during the 2007 Democratic primary debate in New Hampshire 

“Now, in Syria at the hands of Bashar al Assad, it’s estimated that some 5,000 people have been killed. The country appears to be sliding into civil war and Arab League peace monitors seem to be failing. How would President Santorum deal with this international crisis?” 

– Moderator Brett Baier from Fox News, during the 2012 Republican primary debate in South Carolina

Sometimes, moderators add analogies to connect present mass atrocities to past cases and U.S. policies. In 2007, a Democratic primary debate question compared the situation in Darfur to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. The same thing happened in 2012 at a vice presidential debate, only that time applying U.S. policy in Libya to the Syrian case.

Questions about Using Force to End Mass Atrocities 

The second type of question asks if and when America should use military force in the world, especially for ending mass atrocities. The following example exhibits three themes common in these questions:

“Reverend Sharpton, your Iraq policy calls for immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops. And as a human rights advocate, is there anywhere in the world today where you would send troops, or use military force, to combat government-sponsored killing, genocide, or oppression? In effect, what is the Sharpton doctrine of foreign policy?”

– Moderator John DiStaso from the New Hampshire Union Leader, during the 2004 Democratic primary debate in New Hampshire

Questions like this force candidates to confront the perceived tradeoffs associated with the use of force for humanitarian aims. Often this tension is between promoting American values—like human rights and democracy—and preserving national interests. For example, in a 2000 vice presidential debate, the moderator asked, “Should U.S. military personnel be deployed as warriors or peacekeepers?” Similarly, in a 2008 presidential debate, the candidates were asked their opinion on the use of force “in situations where there’s a humanitarian crisis, but it does not affect our national security.”

These questions may also refer to past examples of America’s use of force (or the lack thereof) and its implications for policy on atrocity prevention. As illustrated in the question above, Iraq became a popular point of reference for debating the use of force after the 2003 invasion. It even inspired a question in 2007 about whether a U.S. withdrawal could lead to genocide. Candidates have also been asked to account for past failures to end mass atrocities, such as whether it was a “mistake not to intervene” (2000) in Rwanda or if inaction in Darfur affected the U.S. “claim to moral leadership” (2007).

Finally, these questions require candidates to articulate clear policies for if and when they would put “boots on the ground” (2008) in atrocity scenarios. Whether it be outlining their general “doctrine” (2008) for deploying troops in response to humanitarian crises or stating their “criteria for intervention” (2012) worldwide, candidates have been asked to determine the conditions under which they would commit U.S. forces to end mass atrocities as commander-in-chief.

The Next Questions

Two types of questions — asking about a specific country context or a broad use-of-force policy — have guided debates on the national stage about the U.S. role in atrocity prevention and response, but they raise a few questions themselves.

Do the 2020 candidates have answers? Are they prepared to say how they would respond to ongoing atrocities in places like Burma or South Sudan? Are they ready to tell America when they would deploy U.S. troops to prevent another genocide during their term?

Based on their responses in Miami, it doesn’t look promising. Saying that the United States should be ready to respond to genocide is not enough. The American people demand more than vague references to taking action with allies and partners or seeking congressional approval for humanitarian intervention. These are important considerations, but such answers fail to specify what the United States will actually do to respond to mass atrocities — Impose sanctions? Support peacekeeping missions? Create no-fly zones? Presidents need policies.

The candidates should have more precise and detailed answers on how to respond to mass atrocities, not only because history suggests they will be asked for them on the debate stage, but because the future president will almost certainly be confronted with this question while in the Oval Office.

IMAGE: Yazidi women hold up pictures of missing relatives during a ceremony in Stuttgart, Germany, on Aug. 3, 2019, in which the country’s Central Yazidi Council commemorates the 5th anniversary of the genocide that killed thousands of Yazidis in August 2014 by fighters of the Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS). United Nations investigators determined in 2016 that the mass killings and other atrocities by ISIS against the Yazidi people constituted genocide. (Photo by THOMAS KIENZLE/AFP/Getty Images)

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It’s now been a full year since Gartner introduced its inaugural “Magic Quadrant for Unified Endpoint Management.” Before we dig into the newly released 2019 report, let’s quickly review how we arrived at unified endpoint management (UEM) and what drove the need for this new category.

It all began with mobile device management (MDM). MDM has traditionally provided information and operations professionals with the ability to quickly enroll, manage and enforce compliance policy by leveraging APIs on mobile devices such as iPhones, iPads and Androids.

Enterprise mobility management (EMM) was soon introduced to fill these gaps through the addition of secure containers — encrypted sandboxes for data leakage prevention (DLP) installed on an end user device — as well as APIs for laptop management.

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So, why UEM? As Gartner notes, “Adoption of Windows 10, Google Chrome OS and Apple macOS will drive the need for a combined endpoint management console in greater than 70 percent of organizations by 2024.”

Charting a Course to Unification

Various vendors have responded to customers’ need for UEM by combining three major management strategies: high security to mitigate device and user risk, digital workspaces for a consistent user experience across all devices and an open ecosystem to tie into existing organizational infrastructure. How well do these shifts line up with Gartner’s definition of UEM in 2019?

In this year’s report, Gartner once again evaluated vendors against a strict set of criteria. For this report, it was determined that a successful UEM must:

  • “Provide a single console to configure, manage and monitor traditional mobile devices, PCs and device management of Internet of Things (IoT) assets.
  • Unify the application of data protection, device configuration and usage policies.
  • Provide a single view of multidevice users for enhancing efficacy of end-user support and gathering workplace analytics.
  • Act as a coordination point to orchestrate the activities of related endpoint technologies such as identity services, security infrastructure and CMTs.”

From Coexistence to Simply Existence

UEM is not only the next step in the evolution of MDM and EMM. While currently the goal of a UEM is to bridge the management gap and coexist with a CMT, Gartner notes that “organizations are reporting to Gartner that their reliance on CMT-native functions such as device imaging, centralized patch management and the ability to deploy traditional application payloads (.EXE, .MSI packages) and interpret existing policy schemes (via GPOs) are key features a UEM product must offer to aid in their transition to UEM.”

Gartner continues, outlining the belief that “the need to migrate from CMTs is a starting point that most organizations face.” However, complications can arise for organizations aspiring to make the complete jump to UEM as the single point of management. It can be difficult to offboard from legacy processes, and some organizations are reliant on Win32 applications. Factors such as these give rise to the current coexistence model.

UEM Is the Future of Security and the IoT

While the primary focus of this year’s Magic Quadrant centered around a UEM solution’s ability to coexist with or assist in the migration away from CMTs, Gartner also outlined additional functionality that helps identify a Magic Quadrant Leader in the UEM space.

As the business landscape trends toward automation and technological innovation, nontraditional device deployments continue to multiply. These deployments include a mixed bag ranging from the IoT and IoT gateways, to wearables and ruggedized devices, to augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) platforms.

In the world of UEM, managing and securing these endpoints can be just as mission-critical as provisioning a Windows 10 laptop to a new employee. From industrial and manufacturing factory floors, banking kiosks, pharmaceutical cleanrooms and beyond, new device technology will continue to be implemented, requiring endpoint management providers to support increasingly complex environments.

With increased complexity comes increased risk. Each new machine is a potential point of failure when an end user interacts with it. A UEM tool’s inclusion of or ability to integrate with identity-as-a-service (IDaaS) and related identity technologies ensures that any user interaction — through appropriate conditional access checks — can be verified as safe.

IBM Named a Magic Quadrant Leader in Unified Endpoint Management

IBM was named a Leader in the “2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Endpoint Management” for its ability to execute and completeness of vision.

IBM MaaS360 with Watson UEM provides a security-centric approach to endpoint management, striking a balance between high security and end user productivity. By incorporating tools such as MTD and IDaaS, MaaS360 takes a holistic approach to endpoint security, managing the entire user.

From data, apps and devices to the network itself, MaaS360 provides a pathway to zero trust by regularly ensuring that users do not pose a risk to their organization and verifying whether those users are authorized to access corporate data in the first place. This is accomplished with minimal end user interaction to avoid interruption and inconvenience as employees go about their working day.

This entire approach is enhanced through the inclusion of AI analytics for administrators—surfacing real-time risk and opportunity insights specific to a customer’s deployed devices, apps, and operating systems—as well as a voice-enabled AI Assistant for end users that quickly addresses support issues and app questions, and assists with a range of tasks from scheduling meetings to searching through email.

Beyond these capabilities, IBM is developing deep integrations with existing CMT tools to enable the much-needed coexistence organizations are currently striving to accomplish.

To learn more about MaaS360 and Gartner’s overall assessment of the UEM industry, download your complimentary copy of the “2019 Magic Quadrant for Unified Endpoint Management.”

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There is no legal bar to President Donald Trump being indicted if he leaves office in January 2021, but that does not mean that Congress or the American people should rely on the criminal justice system to police presidential misconduct. When the practical impediments and prudential considerations that could stand in the way of prosecuting a former president are factored in, the chances that Trump will face criminal consequences for his actions could, in fact, be quite slim. These considerations counsel strongly in favor of the House of Representatives proceeding with a full impeachment inquiry of the president. Failure to do so could risk an outcome that is repugnant to constitutional democracy: a president who has engaged in multiple episodes of potentially criminal and impeachable conduct may never face a formal accusation of wrongdoing.

If there is one lesson to draw from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report and congressional testimony, it is not that the president has been exonerated. Mueller compiled compelling evidence that the president engaged in conduct that likely could have been charged as obstruction of justice or witness tampering. However, the special counsel did not consider whether Trump should be indicted for obstructing the Russia investigation because he was bound by Department of Justice policy stating that a sitting president cannot be indicted. Similar calculations reportedly factored into the decision by federal prosecutors in New York to close an investigation into potential campaign finance crimes and related offenses that directly implicated the president. In that case, the publicly available evidence also does not exonerate the president. Instead, there is compelling evidence that the president personally committed up to eight federal criminal offenses while participating in and covering up a scheme to suppress negative stories about him from impacting the 2016 election.

The Justice Department’s policy that a sitting president cannot be indicted rests on the assertion that prosecuting a president would so impair his ability to perform the duties of his office that it would amount to an unconstitutional violation of the separation of powers. To be clear, the courts have not gone that far. In previous instances where sitting Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton challenged whether they could be forced to participate in civil litigation or grand jury proceedings, courts have acknowledged that while sitting presidents must be afforded special accommodations, they are not immune from federal or state judicial proceedings. There are good reasons for subjecting a sitting president to the jurisdiction of the courts. One is that granting a president full immunity could also violate the separation of powers by undermining the courts’ constitutional authority to hear and try criminal cases. Another is that if Congress is disinclined to impeach a president for serious misconduct, the judiciary could be the sole forum in which a president can be held accountable to the rule of law.

Even if there are reasons to question the legitimacy of DOJ’s policy, it is unlikely to change anytime soon. Instead, it’s more important to focus on the policy’s most significant limitation and when it is lifted: whatever protection from prosecution a sitting president enjoys comes to an end when he or she leaves office. That makes the president’s circumstances very different from cases where DOJ is bound to a decision not to prosecute. When a prosecutor grants a witness immunity in exchange for her cooperation and testimony, or when a prosecutor agrees not to prosecute a company in exchange for factual admissions and promises to take corrective actions, the government is bound by that agreement as long as the potential defendant holds up her or its end of the bargain. That is not so for an individual who no longer holds the public office that DOJ deems to be constitutionally protected from prosecution.

Attorney General Bill Barr’s conclusion that the evidence compiled by Mueller is insufficient to prosecute the president for obstruction of justice would not be binding on a future administration. Indeed, DOJ made this very point in a recent court filing. “[I]n all cases in which prosecution is not otherwise barred,” DOJ asserted, “the Department is not precluded from bringing such charges in the future, were evidence developed that supported the principles of federal prosecution governing the standards for initiating criminal prosecution.” (Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, the nonpartisan ethics watchdog I work for, has filed an amicus brief in this litigation.)

Not only is Barr’s determination not binding, a subsequent attorney general or prosecutor would be justified in reaching a different decision. A side-by-side comparison of the statements from Barr and Mueller reveal near complete contradictions on the law of obstruction and the evidence against the president. It should also not be forgotten that Barr has engaged in a pattern of conduct that calls into question his objectivity on criminal matters that implicate the president. That conduct includes Barr’s drafting, prior to his nomination, an unsolicited 19-page memo to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (who oversaw Mueller’s investigation at the time), arguing that the investigation into the president’s obstruction of justice was premised on a “novel and legally insupportable reading of the law.” Barr’s decision that the evidence of obstruction is insufficient does not reflect an accurate understanding of the law or the evidence, and even if it did, his decision would not bind his successor.

Instead, the most important potential obstacle to reversing course on prosecuting the president is the statute of limitations, which precludes the prosecution of offenses after a certain amount of time has elapsed. If Trump left office in January 2021, the five-year statute of limitations applicable to the crimes in question will not have expired on any conduct that occurred after January 2016. That means that the president could still be prosecuted for potential crimes committed in the scheme to commit and conceal campaign finance violations or the president’s obstruction of the Russia investigation.

The statutes-of-limitation analysis gets more complicated if you assume Trump wins a second term. By January 2025, the default statute of limitations will have run on the president’s apparent campaign finance violations and episodes of obstructing justice because they occurred prior to January 2021. But that wouldn’t necessarily preclude him from being prosecuted: part of DOJ’s justification for its policy of not indicting a sitting president is that a court could “toll” (suspend) the statute of limitations while a president is in office and therefore permit his prosecution after he leaves office. There is a strong rationale for “equitable tolling” in these circumstances–we would avoid a regime in which the president can violate criminal laws with impunity–but the precedent for its application is hardly ironclad.

Assuming the statute of limitations either hasn’t expired or is tolled, the most significant obstacles to prosecuting Trump after he leaves office are practical and prudential. Several of these obstacles are mentioned in a remarkable memorandum that aides to Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski penned on the day that Nixon resigned. The piece begins from the premise that “Nixon should be indicted and prosecuted” because of a “presumption (which in the past we have operated upon), that Richard M. Nixon, like every citizen, is subject to the rule of law,” and goes on to list five factors mandating against prosecution and five mandating in favor of it.

Some of the factors mandating against indictment of Nixon are–at least for the moment–not applicable to Trump. Resignation was a form of punishment that Nixon experienced but that Trump seems unlikely to. Nixon was subjected to an impeachment inquiry that resulted in the endorsement of articles of impeachment by the House Judiciary Committee, but Trump has yet to be formally accused of wrongdoing. The other three factors are harder to distinguish. The arguments that “[p]rosecution might aggravate political divisions in the country,” that “the times call for conciliation rather than recrimination,” and that “[t]here would be a considerable difficulty in achieving a fair trial because of massive pre-trial publicity” could hold as true in Trump’s case as they were in Nixon’s.

Nevertheless, Jaworski apparently felt compelled to prosecute Nixon after also considering the five factors that weighed in favor of prosecution: the principle of equal justice under the law; the need for final disposition of charges of criminality outstanding against Nixon “to forestall the belief that he was driven from his office by the erosion of his political base” and “to preserve the integrity of the criminal justice system and legislative process”; the fact that the Constitution explicitly states that impeachment and removal from office does not provide immunity from subsequent criminal prosecution; the inadequacy of removal from office as a punishment for criminal offenses; and the unacceptable precedent of appearing to immunize “all future Presidents for their actions, however criminal.” These factors could of course tip the scales in favor of prosecuting Trump after he leaves office.

Nixon’s story, as we all know, did not end with his indictment and trial. Instead, his successor, President Gerald Ford, issued a controversial pardon to the former president–a precedent that would be complicated to apply in Trump’s case. A president considering executive clemency has even broader considerations to weigh than a prosecutor, especially if we imagine that Trump’s successor would be a political rival rather than an ally.

On the one hand, there would be a tremendous irony to Trump’s successor absolving him of criminal liability since Trump shattered long-established norms by calling for his 2016 opponent to be jailed and later asking his attorney general to prosecute her. But there are also reasons to think that exercising forbearance might be the best way to repair the norms that Trump has so callously flouted. On the other hand, if Trump continues to escape formal accusations of wrongdoing, Nixon is an imperfect analogue, for he was named in an indictment as an unindicted coconspirator and formally accused of impeachable conduct by the House Judiciary Committee. A pardon of Trump that preempted his official condemnation would set a terrible precedent for our democracy.

Which brings us back to impeachment. Impeachment inquiries and criminal prosecutions have different processes, standards, and purposes, but when applied to a president, they share a common purpose: policing the bounds of acceptable executive branch conduct. In a world where indicting a sitting president is not possible and prosecuting him after he leaves office raises practical and prudential concerns, impeachment could very well be the only way for our polity to express repugnance for the president’s actions. To shrink from that responsibility and hope that Trump will face criminal prosecution at some later date is to risk inviting his successors to flout the law with impunity, safe in the knowledge that no one is above the law–except the president.

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