Episode 29

Cyberattacks, Energy Dependence, Campus Free Speech, Work Police Chief

In today’s show, the hosts discuss the U.S. and Europe’s reliance on Russian energy, how the war in Ukraine is affecting gas prices, potential Russian cyberattacks in response to Western sanctions, Ilya Shapiro’s controversial tweet and the dramatic reception he got at a UC Hastings Law School event, and the hiring practices that got Fort Lauderdale’s police chief fired.


Cory touches on record-high gas prices here in the U.S. and how it will only get worse from here with the White House’s decision to ban Russian oil imports. Ravi elaborates on a key piece of nuance: while the U.S. is technically energy independent, much of the country still relies to some extent on Russian imports. (01:07)

The hosts discuss the political rhetoric pinning soaring prices solely on Biden and what that narrative leaves out or just gets flatly wrong. (03:06)

Rikki explains why the U.S. will likely stand alone in sanctioning Russian energy and why that is. Cory and Ravi discuss how the White House is reportedly looking at Saudi Arabia to help fill the shortfall and why that might not work out as planned. (07:16)

Cory introduces the potentially imminent danger of a retaliatory cyberattack from Russia. Ravi explains why experts believe the U.S. is unprepared for attacks on critical infrastructure, which Rikki qualifies with analysis tabbing the U.S. as the world’s top cyber power. (12:54)

Rikki gives a timeline of what happened with Ilya Shapiro and his controversial tweet regarding Biden’s pick for SCOTUS, as well as the resulting backlash at both Georgetown’s and UC Hastings’ law schools. (19:02)

Ravi argues some critics of Shapiro are applying double standards, and Rikki offers other ways to show your disapproval of a given speaker without resorting to shouting them down. (21:55)

Cory explains why Fort Lauderdale recently fired its police chief: for purportedly giving preferential treatment to minorities as he gave out promotions. Ravi discusses why he can sympathize with the chief’s intention to create a more representative police force while criticizing his flawed pursuit of that ideal. (25:03)

Rikki offers that departments could focus similar efforts on recruitment rather than promotions already within the force, and Cory notes that Scirotto was a pretty obviously political pick who thought he had a mandate to do what got him fired. (32:25)

Cory wraps up the show with an update on how TikTok has suspended all posts and live streams in Russia due to a highly restrictive new law banning so-called “fake news.”  (35:45)

U.S. and U.K. Poised for Ban on Imports of Russian Oil Today (Yahoo!News, 03/08)
What countries are the top producers and consumers of oil? (U.S. Energy Information Administration, 12/08/2021)
Qatar says it cannot unilaterally replace Europe’s gas needs in case of shortage (Reuters, 02/01)
U.S. may act alone to ban Russian oil imports, sources say (Reuters, 03/07)
How Oil Could Hit $150. It’s Not Just About Russia. (Barron’s, 02/14)
Biden outpaces Trump in issuing drilling permits on public lands (The Washington Post, 01/27)
Scoop: Biden advisers weigh Saudi Arabia trip for more oil (Axios, 03/06)
U.S. gas prices hit a high: $4.17 a gallon. (The New York Times, 03/08)
CIA concludes Saudi crown prince ordered Jamal Khashoggi’s assassination (The Washington Post, 11/16/2018)
From where do we import energy? (Eurostat, 2019)
Blinken: U.S. and EU allies eyeing Russian oil ban (Axios, 03/06)
Top shale oil boss warns US can’t replace any Russia shortfall (Financial Times, 03/04)
Crude Oil Prices – 70 Year Historical Chart (MacroTrends, 2022)
Where Does the U.S. Get Its Oil? (U.S. News, 02/28)
Percent Of U.S. Oil Imports From Russia Highest In Decades — At 3.5% (Forbes, 03/05)
Russia Is United States’ Top Source Of Imported Gasoline (Forbes, 02/24)
Oil and Petroleum Imports from Russia Explained (AFPM, 02/25)
Oil and petroleum products explained (U.S. Energy Information Administration, 04/13/2021)
U.S. Discussing Ban on Russian Oil Imports, Blinken Says (Wall Street Journal, 03/06)
Europe’s Sleeping Giant Awakens (The Atlantic, 03/01)
EIA expects annual U.S. crude oil production to surpass pre-pandemic levels in 2023 (U.S. Energy Information Administration, 01/11)
The clumsy effort to criticize Biden on Ukraine using Keystone (The Washington Post, 02/28)
The United States buys “206,000 barrels of oil a day” from Russia but “shut down domestic oil production a year ago.” (Politifact, 02/19)
The U.S. Oil Supply Is Still Out Of Balance (Forbes, 10/22/2021)
U.S., other world powers to tap strategic oil reserves in bid to ease gasoline prices (The Washington Post, 03/01)
More oil now, less oil later: Biden’s tricky message on energy (The Washington Post, 11/23/2021)
OPEC sticks to plan of gradual output hikes as crude soars (AP News, 03/02)
US is running out of time to prepare for a Russian cyber attack (Fox News, 03/08)
I’ve Dealt With Foreign Cyberattacks. America Isn’t Ready for What’s Coming. (The New York Times, 03/04)
U.S. tells CEOs to ‘empower’ chief information officers in preparation for Russian cyberattacks (Fortune, 03/04)
Scoop: Top senator warns Putin cyberattacks could trigger bigger war (Axios, 02/23)
Ukraine’s parliament says it is “dealing with a cyberattack” on its website (CNN, 02/23)
Ukraine crisis: ‘Wiper’ discovered in latest cyber-attacks (BBC, 02/24)
DHS Designated as the Lead Federal Agency to Respond to Russia-Related Impacts to the United States (Homeland Security, 02/24)
As Tanks Rolled Into Ukraine, So Did Malware. Then Microsoft Entered the War. (The New York Times, 02/28)
The 5×5—Cybersecurity and the 117th Congress (Atlantic Council, 10/07/2020)
US on high alert for Russian cyberattacks (ABC News YouTube, 02/25)
Toward a Collaborative Cyber Defense and Enhanced Threat Intelligence Structure (Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, 08/2021)
U.S., U.K. blame Russian military for “destructive” cyberattack (CBS News, 02/15/2018)
The Untold Story of NotPetya, the Most Devastating Cyberattack in History (Wired, 08/22/2018)
Scope of Russian Hacking Becomes Clear: Multiple U.S. Agencies Were Hit (The New York Times, 09/09/2021)
Who can match the US as a cyber superpower? No one (C4ISRNet, 07/28/2021)
UC Hastings Law Students Silence Conservative Speaker, Demand Anti-Racism Training (Reason, 03/02)
Ilya Shapiro Shouted Down At UC-Hastings Law (Legal Insurrection YouTube, 03/02)
Full Video Shows Law Students Heckling, Shouting Down Ilya Shapiro for 45 Minutes (National Review, 03/02)
Georgetown BLSA Response Tweet (Twitter, 01/28)
Incoming Georgetown Law official placed on administrative leave for tweets about Supreme Court pick (The Washington Post, 01/31)
Georgetown Law provokes backlash by suspending lecturer over tweets (FIRE, 02/01)
Faculty Letter in Support of Ilya Shapiro, January 31, 2022 (FIRE, 01/31)
Statement from Nadine Strossen on Ilya Shapiro and Free Expression at Georgetown, January 30, 2022 (FIRE, 01/30)
US Hastings Student Leaders condemn Mr. Ilya Shapiro’s presence on campus (Instagram, 03/01)
Georgetown Law students staged a sit-in to demand firing of academic who said Biden would name a ‘lesser Black woman’ to SCOTUS (Insider, 02/02)
Commentary: Sotomayor pick not based on merit (CNN Politics, 2009)
Florida police chief fired over discriminaton issues (AP News, 03/04)
Retired cop from Pittsburgh tapped to lead Fort Lauderdale Police Department (SunSentinel, 06/29/2021)
Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Rick Maglione removed as officers face scrutiny over protest brutality (SunSentinel, 06/09/2020)
Fort Lauderdale police chief fired over minority-first practices in hiring and promotions, report says (CNN, 03/05)
Investigation Related To Fort Lauderdale Police Department (Scribd, 02/25)
Fla. police chief fired over discrimination complaints after six months on the job (Police1, 03/04)
Fort Lauderdale fires Chief Larry Scirotto (Local10, 03/04)
Fort Lauderdale police chief responds to questions about fired auditor’s investigation (Local10, 03/01)
TikTok’s Tweet (Twitter, 03/06/2022)