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          Duh! Buat Mahasiswa Asal China Menghilang, Pria Ini Ditahan FBI    
Seorang pria bernama Brendt Christensen harus berhadapan dengan setelah membuat seorang mahasiswa asal China menghilang.
          Sanders Blames Trump for FBI Investigation into His Wife and Burlington College   
    HAYES: “Senator, I want to ask you about some news that you’ve been involved recently that you’ve been involved and your wife, about ...
          FBI probes Tallahassee real estate projects   
The FBI has started an investigation into real estate redevelopment projects in Tallahassee that could affect the 2018 race for governor. Federal grand jury subpoenas were issued to obtain records from Tallahassee’s municipal government and the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency, or CRA. Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, a candidate for governor, is not named in the subpoenas, which seek records from the city and the CRA on high-profile developments in the city and the individuals and ... [more]
          Special Counsel Robert Mueller Had Been On White House Shortlist To Run FBI   
The Trump White House had been considering Robert Mueller as a top candidate to lead the FBI before the deputy U.S. attorney general changed course and tapped Mueller to serve as special counsel investigating Russian interference in last year's election, two sources familiar with the process told NPR. Mueller had gone so far as to meet with Justice Department leaders and White House officials about the FBI job, which opened after President Trump fired Director James Comey on May 9. But that idea went by the wayside after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein instead reached out to Mueller to run the politically sensitive Russia probe, which is examining ties between Russians and Trump campaign aides, the sources said. Mueller has long been considered one of Washington's most indispensable men. He served in top roles at the Justice Department and became President George W. Bush's FBI director only days before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks devastated the country. President Barack Obama
          Countdown Clocks, Morning Cocktails As Former FBI Director Prepares To Testify   
TV networks have deployed countdown clocks. People are tweeting about places to watch and whether they'll offer morning cocktail specials. Congressional aides report that demand for seats inside the Senate hearing room has reached levels not seen for decades. Anticipation is building for testimony from fired FBI Director James Comey, not least in the White House, where the president and his aides worry the telegenic former law enforcement leader could inflict both political and legal wounds. What Comey might say Friends and associates of the former FBI director described Comey as shocked that news of his firing came from a television screen, while he was speaking to agents in California last month. Just three years into a 10-year-term, Comey's associates said he had no inkling he was on the verge of losing his job, especially not while the Bureau was in the middle of investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential contest. Comey did, however, have an uneasy feeling about
          Top White House Lawyer Donald McGahn Sits At The Center Of Controversy   
Four months into the Trump administration, the president's lawyer needs a lawyer. Intensifying investigations into Russian interference in last year's presidential election and ties between Russians and the Trump campaign have a lot of high-profile people in search of legal advice, if only out of an abundance of caution. And, two sources tell NPR, one of them is White House counsel Donald McGahn. Experts said it is natural that McGahn would seek out legal expertise; he served as the lawyer for President Trump's campaign, which has come under scrutiny from the FBI and Congress. This week, Trump himself reportedly enlisted New York lawyer Marc Kasowitz , a self-described "tough guy" corporate litigator, to help him with legal issues related to Russia. Several other figures inside and outside the White House have been lawyering up, expecting to be called as witnesses, even before the Justice Department named former FBI chief Robert Mueller to be special counsel for the agency's Russia
          Who Is Robert Mueller, Special Counsel Overseeing Russia Investigation?   
Robert Mueller, who has been appointed to handle the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, took the reins as FBI director a week before the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. That day would influence his entire 12-year run leading the agency. Mueller oversaw arguably the most significant changes the century-old FBI had gone through, and he received praise from lawmakers from both parties on Wednesday for his commitment to justice. "I had been a prosecutor before, so I anticipated spending time on public corruption cases and narcotics cases and bank robberies and the like," he told NPR in 2013 . "And Sept. 11 changed all of that." Mueller overhauled the agency to prioritize, first, the threat of terrorism from groups like al-Qaida and the Taliban and then, later, the threat from individuals not affiliated with any particular group, like the Tsarnaev brothers , who were behind the Boston Marathon bombing. He moved thousands of agents from criminal investigations into
          'It's Falling Out Of The Trees,' Former Prosecutor Says Of Obstruction Evidence   
Hours after a news report that President Trump had asked the FBI director to back away from an investigation, Democrats seized on the information to accuse the White House of a serious crime. "We are witnessing an obstruction of justice case unfolding in real time," said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., a former state attorney general. "On its face, this is a textbook prima facie case of an attempt to obstruct justice," concluded Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., a former U.S. attorney. He added: "Whether there are mitigating circumstances remains to be seen." It's far too soon to make a definitive judgment about whether any laws have been broken in connection with the president's contacts with James Comey, the FBI director he fired a week ago. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has demanded memos, recordings and other materials that Comey may have prepared, with a deadline of next week. Lawmakers from both political parties said they want to hear Comey testify in
          Cornyn Drops Out Of Running For FBI Director Job; Merrick Garland To Remain A Judge   
Updated at 2:44 p.m. ET Neither Merrick Garland nor Sen. John Cornyn of Texas will be the new FBI director. Two friends of Judge Merrick Garland who asked not to be named say he loves being a judge, and he intends to remain on the bench. This comes after word that Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell recommended Garland to President Trump as a candidate for FBI director. Garland was nominated to the Supreme Court by former President Barack Obama after Justice Antonin Scalia's death, but never received even a hearing from the GOP Senate that McConnell runs. Cornyn pulled himself out of the running Tuesday, saying he believes the best way to serve the country is as a senator. "Now more than ever the country needs a well-credentialed, independent FBI Director," Cornyn said. I've informed the administration that I'm committed to helping them find such an individual, and that the best way I can serve is continuing to fight for a conservative agenda in the U.S. Senate." NPR's Domenico
          'This Was A Colossal Screw-Up': A Close Look At A Case Dismissed For Misconduct   
Standing at the kitchen counter in his spotless town house near the Baltimore airport, Reddy Annappareddy heated up some water to make his lawyer a coffee and contemplated his hard fall from grace. Annappareddy once presided over a pharmacy delivery business that stretched across six states — until one day in July 2013, when the FBI raided his operation and prompted him to attempt suicide. Alone in a hotel room in Las Vegas, as his employees frantically called him to report the bad news, Annappareddy downed some scotch and Benadryl pills, went to the bathtub and slashed both his wrists. Hours later, he awoke, alive but weak, and headed for the hospital. Thus began a dark legal odyssey that would last more than three years. "It's a constant," Annappareddy said. "It's like a knife on my throat. You don't know what's tomorrow going to bring." Annappareddy lost his ability to sleep through the night. He lost his house on 3-and-a-half acres. He lost his Bentley and a garage full of other
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          Call to reopen Oklahoma bomb case   
A former FBI man involved in the Oklahoma bomb investigation is calling for the case to be reopened.
           FBI employees reportedly wear shirts supporting Comey    
The shirts supporting fired FBI Director Jim Comey appeared at the Friday event in Washington, DC, according to a report in the Huffington Post that could not be independently confirmed.
          Sanders investigation: A look Bernie's wife, Jane, who's subject of FBI probe   

Sen. Bernie Sanders' wife is under federal investigation for allegedly making fraudulent claims and promises while trying to secure financing for the now-defunct college she led. From marrying the Vermont senator to heading Burlington College, here's a look at who Jane O'Meara Sanders is.


          101 ways to annoy people   

    1. Sing the Batman theme incessantly.
    2. In the memo field of all your checks, write "for sensual massage."
    3. Specify that your drive-through order is "to go."
    4. Learn Morse code, and have conversations with friends in public consisting entirely of "Beeeep Bip Bip Beeep Bip..."
    5. If you have a glass eye, tap on it occasionally with your pen while talking to others.
    6. Amuse yourself for endless hours by hooking a camcorder to your TV and then pointing it at the screen.
    7. Speak only in a "robot" voice.
    8. Push all the flat Lego pieces together tightly.
    9. Start each meal by conspicuously licking all your food, and announce that this is so no one will "swipe your grub".
    10. Leave the copy machine set to reduce 200%, extra dark, 17 inch paper, 98 copies.
    11. Stomp on little plastic ketchup packets.
    12. Sniffle incessantly.
    13. Leave your turn signal on for fifty miles.
    14. Name your dog "Dog."
    15. Insist on keeping your car windshield wipers running in all weather conditions "to keep them tuned up."
    16. Reply to everything someone says with "that's what YOU think."
    17. Claim that you must always wear a bicycle helmet as part of your "astronaut training."
    18. Declare your apartment an independent nation, and sue your neighbors upstairs for "violating your airspace".
    19. Forget the punchline to a long joke, but assure the listener it was a "real hoot."
    20. Follow a few paces behind someone, spraying everything they touch with Lysol.
    21. Practice making fax and modem noises.
    22. Highlight irrelevant information in scientific papers and "cc:" them to your boss.
    23. Make beeping noises when a large person backs up.
    24. Invent nonsense computer jargon in conversations, and see if people play along to avoid the appearance of ignorance.
    25. Erect an elaborate network of ropes in your backyard, and tell the neighbors you are a "spider person."
    26. Finish all your sentences with the words "in accordance with the prophesy."
    27. Wear a special hip holster for your remote control.
    28. Do not add any inflection to the end of your sentences, producing awkward silences with the impression that you'll be saying more any moment.
    29. Signal that a conversation is over by clamping your hands over your ears.
    30. Disassemble your pen and "accidentally" flip the ink cartridge across the room.
    31. Give a play-by-play account of a persons every action in a nasal Howard Cosell voice.
    32. Holler random numbers while someone is counting.
    33. Adjust the tint on your TV so that all the people are green, and insist to others that you "like it that way."
    34. Drum on every available surface.
    35. Staple papers in the middle of the page.
    36. Ask 1-800 operators for dates.
    37. Produce a rental video consisting entirely of dire FBI copyright warnings.
    38. Sew anti-theft detector strips into peoples backpacks.
    39. Hide dairy products in inaccessible places.
    40. Write the surprise ending to a novel on its first page.
    41. Set alarms for random times.
    42. Order a side of pork rinds with your filet mignon.
    43. Instead of Gallo, serve Night Train next Thanksgiving.
    44. Publicly investigate just how slowly you can make a "croaking" noise.
    45. Honk and wave to strangers.
    46. Dress only in clothes colored Hunters Orange.
    47. Change channels five minutes before the end of every show.
    48. Tape pieces of "Sweating to the Oldies" over climactic parts of rental movies.
    49. Wear your pants backwards.
    50. Decline to be seated at a restaurant, and simply eat their complimentary mints by the cash register.
    51. Begin all your sentences with "ooh la la!"
    52. ONLY TYPE IN UPPERCASE.
    53. only type in lowercase.
    54. dont use any punctuation either
    55. Buy a large quantity of orange traffic cones and reroute whole streets.
    56. Pay for your dinner with pennies.
    57. Tie jingle bells to all your clothes.
    58. Repeat everything someone says, as a question.
    59. Write "X - BURIED TREASURE" in random spots on all of someone's roadmaps.
    60. Inform everyone you meet of your personal Kennedy assassination/UFO/ O.J Simpson conspiracy theories.
    61. Repeat the following conversation a dozen times: "Do you hear that?" "What?" "Never mind, its gone now."
    62. Light road flares on a birthday cake.
    63. Wander around a restaurant, asking other diners for their parsley.
    64. Leave tips in Bolivian currency.
    65. Demand that everyone address you as "Conquistador."
    66. At the laundromat, use one dryer for each of your socks.
    67. When Christmas caroling, sing "Jingle Bells, Batman smells" until physically restrained.
    68. Wear a cape that says "Magnificent One."
    69. As much as possible, skip rather than walk.
    70. Stand over someone's shoulder, mumbling, as they read.
    71. Pretend your computer's mouse is a CB radio, and talk to it.
    72. Try playing the William Tell Overture by tapping on the bottom of your chin. When nearly done, announce "no, wait, I messed it up," and repeat.
    73. Drive half a block.
    74. Inform others that they exist only in your imagination.
    75. Ask people what gender they are.
    76. Lick the filling out of all the Oreos, and place the cookie parts back.
    77. Cultivate a Norwegian accent. If Norwegian, affect a Southern drawl.
    78. Routinely handcuff yourself to furniture, informing the curious that you don't want to fall off "in case the big one comes".
    79. Deliberately hum songs that will remain lodged in co-workers brains, such as "Feliz Navidad", the Archies "Sugar" or the Mr. Rogers theme song.
    80. While making presentations, occasionally bob your head. like a parakeet.
    81. Lie obviously about trivial things such as the time of day.
    82. Leave your Christmas lights up and lit until September.
    83. Change your name to "AaJohn Aaaaasmith" for the great glory of being first in the phone book. Claim it's a Hawaiian name, and demand that people pronounce each "a."
    84. Sit in your front yard pointing a hair dryer at passing cars to see if they slow down.
    85. Chew on pens that you've borrowed.
    86. Wear a LOT of cologne.
    87. Listen to 33rpm records at 45rpm speed, and claim the faster speed is necessary because of your "superior mental processing."
    88. Sing along at the opera.
    89. Mow your lawn with scissors.
    90. At a golf tournament, chant "swing-batabatabata-suhWING-batter!"
    91. Ask the waitress for an extra seat for your "imaginary friend."
    92. Go to a poetry recital and ask why each poem doesn't rhyme.
    93. Ask your co-workers mysterious questions, and then scribble their answers in a notebook. Mutter something about "psychological profiles."
    94. Stare at static on the TV and claim you can see a "magic picture."
    95. Select the same song on the jukebox fifty times.
    96. Never make eye contact.
    97. Never break eye contact..
    98. Construct elaborate "crop circles" in your front lawn.
    99. Construct your own pretend "tricorder," and "scan" people with it, announcing the results.
    100. Make appointments for the 31st of September.
    101. Invite lots of people to other people's parties.

          Encryption - Why It Matters to You   
Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Much ado has been made about encryption lately. And on some level, you probably understand it. Sort of. You might know, for instance, that the FBI and Apple have tangled over it. (Apple won.) Most large companies like Google and Facebook support Apple's position. And that encryption keeps your "stuff" safe from prying eyes. The problem is that the idea of privacy is just that these days -- an idea. "The way technology is woven into our daily lives, you can't do without it," Amy Danker, an employee at Epic Wines and Spirits, told the Oakland Tribune in a recent interview. "So what's your other option? Are you gonna go back to a pager? I just assume that all my private information is already available through my IP ad-dress. You don't even think privacy exists, because it doesn't anymore, right?" Natalie Plotnikova agrees, saying the arm of the law is getting too long. "I don't really like it," Plotnikova told the Oakland Tribune as she waited to be cleared through security at the Federal Building in San Jose. "I don't want the government to be able to use my phone to see my information." This, say experts, is why encryption is necessary and important -- especially in our current mobile, on-the-go environment, where everything you do is done on smartphones. By having your information scrambled so that only the person you are sending it to can see it, your privacy is maintained and your information remains secure. To that end, technology from a company called VirnetX -- which created an app called Gabriel, that uses encryption technology derived from a CIA national security program -- may be the answer. The Gabriel app, available at the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store, was designed and built with personal privacy and security as a foundational principle. For just $10 to $15 per year, users can take advantage of the Gabriel app and benefit from uncompromising encryption security when they talk, video chat, text, email or share photographs or documents. No one will be able to see, hear or intercept your communications except for the party you're in contact with because Gabriel does not transmit or store data with any third party. It's person-to-person, end-to-end encryption that all but eliminates hacking possibilities. Other benefits include: * Making free voice or video calls or sending instant messages to other Gabriel members. * Receiving spamless email. * Sharing pictures or files that can't be intercepted. For more information, or to download Gabriel, please visit www.gabrielsecure.com.
          Encryption Technology for Your Privacy   
Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Encryption and controversy seem to go hand in hand lately in the technology community. Case in point: When The FBI sought to compel Apple to assist in unlocking a cell phone in the case of the San Bernardino shooter last December. Ultimately the FBI was denied its request by a California district court. This type of technology can be a gray area, yet one that tech companies take seriously. On the one hand, the government insists it needs access to technology in which crimes have been perpetrated, noting that encryption also allows terrorists to communicate in ways that agencies can't track -- all the while, using encryption to secure its own communication. Privacy advocates argue that if the government is using it, private citizens should be allowed to as well, without prying eyes looking over their collective shoulder. To that point, one company that has come down firmly on the side of citizens and their right to privacy is VirnetX. The software and technology company said it believes in personal privacy and that strong encryption is imperative in protecting those rights. VirnetX has been so focused on providing secure communications using encryption that it designed an app called Gabriel. Gabriel uses encryption technology derived from a CIA national security project, and is one of a kind. "Gabriel has been designed and built with personal privacy and security as a foundational principle," says Dr. Robert Short, VirnetX chief technical officer and chief scientist. To that end, the program currently provides uncompromising data security, which means that users do not have to transmit data to, or store data with, any third party, including VirnetX. Users can therefore have peace of mind that their data is stored only on their devices, be it phone, tablet or computer. Gabriel is a product unto itself and can be found in Apple's App store, the Google Play store or gabrielsecure.com. This set of integrated applications allows for secure messaging, secure voice and video calling, secure mail and secure file sharing -- all encrypted. Other benefits to using Gabriel's encrypted apps include: * Making free voice or video calls or sending instant messages to other Gabriel members in your network. * Receiving spamless email. * Allowing for person-to-person messages that disappear once the session has ended. * Sharing pictures or files that can't be intercepted. Gabriel transmits person-to-person with end-to-end encryption to further eliminate hacking possibilities. For more information or to download Gabriel, go to www.gabrielsecure.com.
          Judge Napolitano: Loretta Lynch Could Be Facing 5-10 Years in Prison: ‘It’s a Felony’   


Fox News legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano said Monday that former Attorney General Loretta Lynch could face a lengthy prison term if found guilty of “misconduct in office” for intervening in the FBI’s criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

Former FBI Director James Comey testified under oath to the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this month that while his bureau was in the midst of their investigation into Clinton, Lynch, who at the time was the attorney general, instructed him to publicly refer to the Clinton investigation as a “matter” instead of an investigation.

According to Napolitano, whose comments came on Fox Business, that “terminology may be indicative of a mindset on the part of Attorney General Lynch that she was going to do whatever she could to prevent Mrs. Clinton from getting indicted.”

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          Republican Congressman Calls for Robert Mueller To Recuse Himself From Russia Probe   

Why is there just one Republican? There should have been dozens on our side calling for Mueller to recuse himself when it was clear he could not be impartial and because of his close relationship for years with James Comey.  Even after news broke that Special Prosecutor Mueller was hiring lawyers who had contributed exclusively to Hillary Clinton's campaign, Republicans were silent. 


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A freshman member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus is calling for special counsel Robert Mueller to recuse himself from the Russia investigation because he has brought on "highly partisan" lawyers to help with the probe.

"Special Counsel Robert Mueller should recuse himself because the integrity of his appointment is in question due to former FBI Director James Comey's manipulative leaks and the relationship between Mr. Comey and Mr. Mueller," Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., said in a statement Friday. "His ability to be impartial is doubtful because he has surrounded himself with highly partisan lawyers who make a special practice to line the coffers of Democrats."

News outlets have reported at least three lawyers Mueller has hired to help conduct his investigation have donated almost exclusively to Democrats. Also, Mueller and Comey are friends and former colleagues.

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          From Cyborgs to Hacktivists: Postfeminist Disobedience and Virtual Communities   
by
Carolyn Guertin
2005-01-27

For many the term postfeminist might call to mind the vanilla pleasures of metrosexuality, webcams, online soaps, and blog culture, but, for me, a 40-something cyberfeminist scholar, curator and some time activist, the politically-minded feminist texts I work with are in fact dyed-in-the-wool postfeminist ones that occupy a different place on the postfeminism continuum from those more loudly-lauded, lighter confections. Usually given a bad rap by the media, postfeminism has been accused of being antifeminist, whereas it is instead what the next wave of second wave feminism has become. Its name is not a marker or movement that intends to imply that feminism is dead and gone, any more than Donna Haraway’s “postgender” and N. Katherine Hayles’ “posthuman” mean the death of those old shoes. As Ann Brooks puts it in Postfeminisms, “the concept of `post’ implies a process of ongoing transformation and change” (1). Postfeminism is that indicator that shows us the organism formerly known as feminism has grown into something far more complex than its liberal origins would lead us to expect.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, second wave feminism, which had spoken predominantly from and to a position of white middle class privilege, began to fracture to include a broader chorus of voices, classes, and races. Postfeminism or, more exactly, postfeminisms have expanded to include a multitude of situated perspectives within the context of postmodern thinking, and have swelled to embrace the new emphasis on what Michèle Barrett identified in 1992 (the year that the World Wide Web was born) as “fluidity and contingency” - features that are the trademark stock in trade of the cyber age. Barrett believed feminism’s paradigm shift to be the result of a new interest in culture that in turn gave rise to a whole new collectivity of subjectivities. It is no accident that this shift coincided with the advent of a technology that foregrounded networked communications. It was only a few years earlier, in the fledgling days of the personal computer back when the Internet was still a vehicle predominantly for hackers and technogeeks, that Haraway first articulated a politics of connectivity for women in the context of these new technologies. In her “Cyborg Manifesto” Haraway’s half-woman, half-machine revels in the confusion of body boundaries and fractures all sense of an originary unity or simplex gender through embracing the cyborg as a model: a being who revels in discursivity, multiplicity, hybridity, and perversity. As the Web has evolved, it has become something of a gene pool for creative explorations of sexualities, subjectivities and identities - and has proved to be as liberating for men as for women in that regard. Cyberfeminist scholar Sadie Plant even argues for the feminizing influence of technology in a connected age. Without a doubt, though, this new technology’s most important role has been that of facilitating communication.

 “cyberfeminism is post-feminist” (76) Cyberfeminism was born at a particular moment in time, 1992, simultaneously at three different points on the globe. In Canada, Nancy Paterson, a celebrated high tech installation artist, penned an article called “Cyberfeminism” for Stacy Horn’s Echo Gopher server. In Australia, VNS Matrix (Josephine Starrs, Julianne Pierce, Francesca da Rimini and Virginia Barratt) coined the term to label their radical feminist acts and their blatantly viral agenda: to insert women, bodily fluids, and political consciousness into electronic spaces. That same year, British cultural theorist Sadie Plant chose the same term to describe her recipe for defining the feminizing influence of technology on western society and its inhabitants.

-Judy Wajcman

Connectivity has been called the genius of feminism by theorist Robin Morgan (53), and this genius is being realized in electronic spaces and texts in more complex ways than in any other medium to date. Connectivity is the poster child of the postfeminist universe, which is why the first cyberfeminist collective, VNS Matrix, chose the image of the matrix - the cosmic womb - as its symbol The Australian collective VNS Matrix announced its inception with a rallying cry called the “Cyberfeminist Manifesto”:
__________
We are the modern cunt
positive anti-reason
unbounded unleashed unforgiving
we see art with our cunt we make art with our cunt
we believe in jouissance madness holiness and poetry
we are the virus of the new world disorder
rupturing the symbolic from within
saboteurs of big daddy mainframe
the clitoris is a direct line to the matrix
VNS MATRIX
terminators of the moral code
mercenaries of slime
go down on the altar of abjection
sucking the visceral temple we speak in tongues
infiltrating disrupting disseminating
corrupting the discourse/we are the future cunt
(http://www.obn.org/reading_room/manifestos/html/cyberfeminist.html)
__________
Its separatist nature bears a resemblance to philosophies put forward by hackers.
. Another cyberfeminist collective, the Old Boys’ Network, defined its local chapters as “nodes” that “collide, disintegrate, regenerate, engage, disembody, reform, collapse, renew, abandon, revise, revitalize, and expand” (OBN FAQ 7). These structural and mechanical concerns are not accidental. Postfeminisms do not inhabit a network; they are the network of feminist discourse in virtual space and they are at their best when they are helping to forge communities of practice. In its incarnation most familiar to ebr ‘s readers, the electronic, hyperlinked text is both a narratological structure and the means of navigation in space and time. In the webbed space of hyperlinked fiction, the pregnant gaps between the nodes are at least as important as the textual nodes themselves. The nodes exist in conjunction with the dynamic space of the journey and cannot be discussed in isolation. So with the newest literary forms of the postfeminist universe. They cannot be separated from the communities and material praxes that they both engender and nurture on and off the Web.

In the cyberfeminist corner of the postfeminist universe, girl gamers such as Brenda Laurel and Mary Flanagan immediately spring to mind; so too do techno-performers such as Laurie Anderson and Coco Fusco, and new media artists such as Mez or Olia Lialina, but the most important and distinctive Web-native postfeminist form is, I would argue, hacktivism. The term was first coined in 1998 The rallying cry of hackers has long been “information wants to be free.” to describe an emerging hybrid form that united the best attributes of peaceful social protest - activism - and tech-savvy online civil disobedience - hackerism The term “hacktivism” has been attributed to a Toronto-based hacker who goes by the handle of Oxblood Ruffin.. It is a solution-oriented form of political action that inserts bodies and media-based dissent into real time material concerns. It should not be confused with its adolescent and illegal cousins, cractivism - code cracking, vandalism, data blockades (DDos) and the loss of digital data - or cyberterrorism - acts and agents of wanton destruction including worms and viruses. One of its trademark features is that the Web cannot contain hacktivism’s flows, allowing it to spill out into the world in the form of political protest at WTO and G8 events, for example, and in books, pamphlets, net.art, and performance art.

Hacktivism as a praxis was born in December 1997 when Critical Art Ensemble Critical Art Ensemble has been very much in the news lately since one of its members, Steve Kurtz, a professor in the Department of Art at SUNY Buffalo, was arrested on 12 May 2004 and charged with bioterrorism under the American Anti-Terrorism Act. These trumped up and widely protested charges have resulted in the FBI appropriating CAE’s materials and equipment used for testing for the presence of genetically- modified DNA - the tools CAE uses in creating their political art. member and software engineer Carmin Karasic was so appalled by the events of the Acteal Massacre - 45 Zapatistas were murdered at the hands of the Mexican government - that she set out to create a Web interface that would perform political protest as an aesthetic act. Three other Critical Art Ensemble members joined her in forming a new collective they named the Electronic Disturbance Theatre. (The group’s name is drawn from the concept of civil disobedience first proposed by Henry David Thoreau.) Their electronic civil disobedience engine is named FloodNet; funded by RTMark and launched in September 1998, it is Karasic’s brainchild in her war against injustice. Filling the browser page with the names of the dead, this activism tool “would access the page for Mexico’s President Zedillo seeking bogus addresses, so the browser would return messages like “human_rights not found on this server” (Cassell). Unlike the attacks launched by cracktivists, no damage is done by this software agent. When the Electronic Disturbance Theatre alerts its “online activists to `commence flooding!’” they visit EDT’s website and click on FloodNet’s icon (Harmon). The software then directs their browser to the target, and cues the same page to load over and over again.

As a postfeminist work, it is no accident that FloodNet must function as a community-based performance:

FloodNet’s action only drew its validity from the number of people showing support. “It was only actualized through thousands and thousands of participants,” she remembers. “It was meaningless without the masses.” Popular support transforms a random act of vandalism into a show of presence, Karasic argues. “This is an important difference between the single hacker/hacktivist who takes down a server with a single script” (qtd. in Cassell).

Similar to the disruptive aestheticization of codework by the Dutch trio jodi.org, Karasic sees her collectivity interface as something more closely akin to “conceptual art” than to cyberterrorism (Harmon). No one and no data are harmed in these `attacks,’ but websites are effectively shut down while the protest is being transmitted.

Advancing human rights through the electronic media is also the purview of another collective, a cyberfeminist one called subRosa. It is currently comprised of Laleh Mehran, Hyla Willis, Steffi Domike, Lucia Sommer, and Faith Wilding. It was also formed in the fall of 1998 - around the same time that Karasic was vowing to respond to Mexican excesses with FloodNet. Donna Haraway was the first to identify science as one of the most insidious cultural forms women needed to address to regain control of their bodies; subRosa follows in that tradition. subRosa uses its art to critique “the relationships between digital technologies, biotechnologies and women’s bodies/lives/work” (Griffis). The goal of these hacktivists, akin to the Electronic Disturbance Theatre’s, is the creation of communities, what they call “female affiliations that respect difference and create productive projects in solidarity with others who are working on similar ones” (Griffis).

Embracing bell hooks’ definition of feminism as that which seeks to eradicate ideologies of domination (qtd in Griffis), subRosa undertakes projects of activism and public education on topics as wide-ranging as eugenics, Frankenfoods, stem cell and cloning research, and Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART). Seeing their purpose as a pedagogical one, they launch inclusive electronic campaigns, publish pamphlets and books, and travel out into (particularly third world) communities to perform their topical art. These are what they call resistant projects, tactical cyberfeminist ones, and situational information theatre: “As cyberfeminists and artists we are using the framework of participatory performance as an information theatre of pedagogical art that models various tactics for intervening and commenting on the seductive representations of the flesh machine” (subRosa). One of the keys to their successful distribution of information is their willingness to mix media and cross boundaries, producing their art and materials in a plethora of formats contextually situated for their audiences. Like FloodNet’s participatory form, subRosa’s mode of information distribution is reproducible, for it argues “[i]n the digital age, resistant cultural producers can embrace recombinance for subversive ends” (subRosa).

All of this may seem somewhat removed from the electronic book and literary traditions, but when postfeminisms meet the new media they encourage these kinds of pleasures in the confusion of boundaries between bodies, texts, technologies, politics, and cultures. In a hyperlinked age when the only true path through a text is a personal journey, the many roads of postfeminism show that comminglings of radical politics and material concerns are alive and well in both the virtual and real worlds. How effective these hacktivist actions are is difficult to measure, but they are remarkable as tools for global mobilization and peaceful protest. It is clear that they are very effective at allowing women’s voices to be heard.

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Postfeminist Artists and Groups

Electronic Disturbance Theatre. http://dpa.ntu.ac.uk/dpa_search/result.php3?Project=290

Flanagan, Mary. The Adventures of Josie True. http://www.josietrue.com/

Fusco, Coco. Coco Fusco’s Virtual Laboratory. http://www.thing.net/%7Ecocofusco/

Karasic, Carmin. FloodNet. http://www.thing.net/~rdom/ecd/ZapTact.html, http://www.xensei.com/users/carmin/wlajfa/pledge1.htm, and Karasic’s Homepage: http://www.xensei.com/users/carmin/

Lialina, Olia. http://art.teleportacia.org/

Mez. The Data][h!][Bleeding Texts. http://netwurkerz.de/mez/datableed/complete/index.htm

subRosa. http://www.cyberfeminism.net

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Works Cited and Consulted

Barrett, Michèle and Anne Phillips, Eds. Destabilizing Theory: Contemporary Feminist Debates. Cambridge: Polity Press, 1992.

Brooks, Ann. Postfeminisms: Feminism, Cultural Theory and Cultural Forms. London and New York: Routledge, 1997.

Critical Art Ensemble. http://www.critical-art.net/

Critical Art Ensemble Defense Fund. http://www.caedefensefund.org/

Cassel, David. “Hacktivism in the Cyberstreets.” AlterNet. 30 May 2000. 16 June 04. http://www.alternet.org/story/9223

Griffis, Ryan. “Tandem Surfing the Third Wave: Part 3, interview with subRosa.” YOUgenics. 2003. 16 June 04. http://yougenics.net/subRosaInt.htm

Haraway, Donna. “The Cyborg Manifesto.” Simians, Cyborgs and Women. New York: Routledge, 1991. [1985] 149-181.

Harmon, Amy. “`Hacktivists’ of All Persuasions Take Their Struggle to the Web.” New York Times on the Web. 31 Oct 1998. 16 June 04. http://www.thehacktivist.com/archive/news/1998/Hacktivists-NYTimes-1998.pdf

Hayles, N. Katherine. How We Became Posthuman. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1999.

jodi.org. 17 June 04.

metac0m. “What is Hacktivism?” thehacktivist.com. Dec 03. 16 June 04. http://www.thehacktivist.com/hacktivism.php

Morgan, Robin. Demon Lover: On the Sexuality of Terrorism. London: Methuen, 1990.

Old Boys’ Network (OBN). “FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions.” 16 June 04 http://www.obn.org/inhalt_index.html

Plant, Sadie. Zeros and Ones. New York: Bantam, 1997.

subRosa. “Tactical Cyberfeminism: An Art and Technology of Social Relations.” 16 June 04. http://www.artwomen.org/cyberfems/subrosa/

VNS Matrix. “Cyberfeminist Manifesto.” 1992. 17 June 2004. http://www.obn.org/reading_room/manifestos/html/cyberfeminist.html

Wajcman, Judy. TechnoFeminism. Cambridge and Malden, MA: Polity Press, 2004.

Wray, Stefan. “Electronic Civil Disobedience and the World Wide Web of Hacktivism: A Mapping of Extraparliamentarian Direct Action Net Politics. Nov 1998. 16 June 04. http://thehacktivist.com/archive/edt/wwwhack.html

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          Cruising the Web   
For all those people who think that Trump's tweets are brilliant at reaching the public and throwing his opponents off balance or whatever other bit of analysis used to show that somehow he's playing three-dimensional chess while the rest of the world can't even set up the checker board, is this really a set of tweets that makes you proud that he's your president?




These morning tweets follow other tweets touting ones supporting policy actions by his administration and the GOP. Does he think anyone will pay attention to any of that when he's tweeting comments on a morning show's appearance and the show's ratings? It's as if he's taken a master a class on self-sabotage.

Isn't he supposed to be in the middle of trying to help a GOP repeal of Obamacare?

Remember when conservatives ridiculed Obama interview talking to GloZell, the woman who is mainly known for eating cereal while sitting in a bathub of milk or going on Between Two Ferns? Well, was any of that less respectful of the office of the presidency than such tweets? I have come to regard Trump's tweets as a verbal expression of his id. That is the level he operates at and we get a glimpse at what impulses control him through Twitter. All his advisers urging him to focus on policy and presenting an image of gravitas are the ego trying to mediate between those impulses and reality. They might win out for hours, even days sometimes, but the id is there ready to take over.

There used to be a time when Republicans claimed that character mattered in the presidency. Today...not so much.

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Canada thinks it can control the Internet.
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled against Google on Wednesday in a closely-watched intellectual property case over whether judges can apply their own country's laws to all of the Internet.

In a 7-2 decision, the court agreed a British Columbia judge had the power to issue an injunction forcing Google to scrub search results about pirated products not just in Canada, but everywhere else in the world too.

Those siding with Google, including civil liberties groups, had warned that allowing the injunction would harm free speech, setting a precedent to let any judge anywhere order a global ban on what appears on search engines. The Canadian Supreme Court, however, downplayed this objection and called Google's fears "theoretical."
Charles C. W. Cooke comments,
That amusing episode of The I.T. Crowd notwithstanding, “the Internet” is not a single black box somewhere in London, but a massively decentralized network of networks that, while conforming to a few agreed-upon technical specifications, gives new meaning to the word “diffuse.” Or, put another way, “the Internet” is a patchwork quilt of cables, satellites, switches, service providers, cell phones, desktops, laptops, web-servers, and protocols that, taken together, forms the sprawling web to which we are all so accustomed. The beauty of this arrangement is that anybody can participate. Want to be the next Facebook? To start with, at least, all you’ll need is a domain name, an internet connection, and a computer, and . . . that’s it. Though there are certain breakpoints (IP allocation, root DNS, etc.), there is no central permission structure that newcomers have to navigate. It’s open. It’s wild. It’s wonderful.

Now, this is not to say that censorship is impossible. It’s not. If a government wishes to block access to a particular site within the physical borders over which it has jurisdiction, it can do so. Likewise, websites and services that contradict local law can be legally removed, and, if it so wishes, a government can demand that any organization operating on a network within its borders must conform to its rules. What it can’t do, however, is export those judgments abroad.

Suppose that I, a permanent resident of the United States, were to host a website that contained speech that was banned in, say, Germany. Certainly, the German authorities could prevent Germans from seeing my site. And, if anyone chose to mirror my site on server inside Germany, they could shut that person down quite quickly. But they couldn’t have me shut down in America, and they couldn’t prevent people in other countries from accessing my site over the web. My server would be in America, connected to a network in America, subject to the law in America, and guaranteed the protections to which Americans are entitled. The German government, annoyed as it might be, would have to accept that....

And that, ultimately, is why the Canadian Court’s decision is so hilarious. I understand why people are worried about the idea — if taken seriously, it would give any less-free-than-America country an effective veto over the First Amendment. But they shouldn’t fret too much: The judges can say what they like, but their edict is simply unenforceable. If it wishes to do so, the government of Canada can prevail upon Google to abide by its rules within Canada. In addition, it can regulate the web in Canada to prevent access to sites it dislike. But it can’t force Google in America or France or Australia or Singapore to do a single goddamned thing. And thank goodness for that, eh?
I hope that he is correct, but we've seen the EU slapping a $2.7 billion fine on Google because the EU thinks it violates antitrust for Google to promote Google Shopping sites over other shopping sites. I'm not sure what there is about a FREE service like Google that the Europeans don't understand. Are European citizens actually hurt by Google giving them a free shopping search engine and then putting their items at the top? Would they prefer to pay for their search engines? Please, just keep your hands off Google. As more countries try and figure out ways to make money off of fining Google, they should consider the unintended consequences.
“The EU has effectively decided that some companies have become too big to innovate,” Robert Atkinson, president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a Washington-based think tank, said in a statement following the Google Shopping decision. “The EU’s actions have created a cloud of uncertainty that will make large tech companies overly cautious about making changes to the user experience and service offerings that would benefit consumers.”

Jonathan Tobin applies Occam's Razor
to explain why Obama didn't do more about Russia's attempts to interfere in our election last year.
But the real problem here is not so much Barack Obama’s failure to act as the most plausible reason for his inaction: Vladimir Putin’s capers didn’t impact the election results.
Despite the efforts by Democrats to blame Russia for Hillary Clinton's loss and their frustration that Obama didn't do more about it, there really is no evidence that the WikiLeaks revelations from John Podesta's emails had any effect on the course of the election.
But there’s a simpler, even more plausible explanation for Obama’s inaction: The president saw that the hacking was having almost no impact on the course of the campaign and thus wasn’t going to mess with the results. Far from the crime of the century, it was, at worst, a minor annoyance to Clinton that Obama obviously felt didn’t warrant a major dustup with Putin.

It’s true that Russia’s actions were outrageous and deserved a strong US response, both then and now. It can also be argued that the public had a right to know about it. But it was only after Clinton lost and she and her supporters began searching for excuses that Russia’s actions were considered an important factor in the outcome.

While Putin was way out of line, the impact of the WikiLeaks document dumps on Clinton’s candidacy was marginal at best.

The contents of the Democratic National Committee e-mails were embarrassing to Podesta and then-DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who wound up losing her job after proof of DNC collusion with Clinton against Bernie Sanders was produced. But there was almost nothing in those documents that related directly to Clinton, let alone being enough to influence voters.

Every WikiLeaks story was also almost immediately overshadowed by other, more damaging gaffes or revelations about Trump, such as his attack on a Gold Star family or the release of the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape. Nothing the Russians did matched the damage done by either of those Trump disasters.
Instead of looking for some external events or action, just admit that Hillary was a lousy candidate. That should actually be comforting to the Democrats. With such a compromised candidate whom so many Americans just never liked, they still won the popular vote and came really close to winning the states that put Trump over the top. If they can pick a better candidate in 2020, and can make an appeal for the voters they lost in the Rust Belt, chances are pretty strong that they'll win that year. They should be more concerned about forging a message that doesn't repel independents and those voters they lost in 2016. That's their real challenge and focusing all the time on Russia, Russia, Russia won't help them achieve that goal.


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Tell your friendly environmentalist activist. But they're not really interested.
The benefits of fracking far outweigh its costs not only economically, but environmentally, a Stanford University geophysicist said Friday.

After teaching geophysics at Stanford for 30 years Mark Zoback took the helm of Stanford's new Natural Gas Initiative three years ago, he said, because of gas's environmental benefits.

"We did it because there were so many important and obvious environmental benefits to the utilization of natural gas," Zoback said. "So it’s somewhat ironic to be asked to argue for the notion that these benefits outweigh the environmental costs, when it’s the environmental benefits that got me into this business in the first place."

Zoback's remarks opened the annual debate at Stanford's Silicon Valley Energy Summit, and were swiftly challenged by representatives of the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Counci
Zoback argued that natural gas can replace coal and "dirty diesel" at significant scale throughout the world, supporting economic growth while slashing carbon emissions. (When burned, natural gas emits about half the CO2 that coal does).

The Senate has some really dumb rules. And the minority party can use them to slow everything down to a standstill. Chuck Schumer is taking advantage of every tool that the rules provide.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer used an upper chamber procedure Wednesday to block a national security briefing hosted by the Senate Judiciary Committee, irritating Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley.

The rule that Schumer had invoked, which he has been exercising the use of over the past two weeks, blocks Senate committee business from happening two hours after the Senate convenes session for the day. Schumer has consistently used the procedure as a way to delay business in Senate to make demands on Republicans on the health care bill.

The rarely-used tactic has cut short a committee hearing on free speech, stopped a hearing on Russian meddling in the U.S. elections and blocked a mark-up to advance bipartisan anti-human trafficking legislation....

Grassley had sent a joint letter with subcommittee judiciary chairman Lindsey Graham to the FBI Tuesday requesting all documents related to the FBI FISA surveillance requests on the Russia investigation.

“Today, the Judiciary Committee was set to hear from senior intelligence officials about highly sensitive intelligence gathering authorities that will soon require action from Congress. It’s disturbing and reckless for the Minority Leader to block the briefing. We’ve seen too many recent reminders of how unsafe the world is today. This is no time to play politics with our national security,” he said.
If they could use the nuclear option to get rid of a much more prominent rule concerning filibusters of Supreme Court nominees, why not use it to get rid of this stupid rule. If it's a "rarely-used tactic," no one except the angry members of the minority party will miss it.


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I had so much fun last night. I'm visiting my daughters in D.C. and we went to the Nats-Cubs game. I haven't seen a live baseball game in about 50 years since I was a kid and we'd go to the Cubs games. So I scheduled my trip to catch the game. After falling behind in the seventh inning, I thought it was pretty hopeless for the Cubs based on the way they've been playing this year. But they rallied in the ninth inning to go ahead on a triple by Jon Jay. It was so exciting and I could celebrate with all the other Cubs fans in the stadium including a cute little girl, about 10 years old, sitting with her family of Cubs fans in front of me who told her parents that John Jay had written five of the Federalist Papers. Exactly right and the Cubs' Jon Jay was a hero tonight. Go Federalists!


What a blast! And then as walked out of the stadium and came back on the Metro and hear all the Nationals fans complaining about the Nationals' bullpen. Eh, they're still doing well. I'm just hoping that the Cubs are recovering their mojo. At least their closer, Wade Davis, another historically relevant name on the Cubs roster


          Episode 48.0: "An Alien of Extraordinary Ability"   
0:00 Welcome to the show, here's what we're talking about today 4:19 Housekeeping: Email, Twitter, Facebook, that kind of crap 6:28 Emails! 47:47 Prospects off to weird, but good starts: Montero, Hosmer, Altuve 58:34 The Cleveland Indians . . . really? 1:07:49 More Pitching Talk: Fastballs are more than just velocity 1:22:43 Listener Of The Week: Kent, the FBI guy 2:11:25 The return of Not Jim Tracy on the first month of the 2011 season 2:13:31 Music Guest: Jon Langford 2:15:52 What Are You Drinking? 2:17:44 Pop Culture Moment: Portal 2 2:22:33 That Just Happened: Theater, Improve, and Immigration 2:27:35 The week ahead, and wrapping this up, bonus Matt Szczur argument
          FBI ondervraagt medewerkers Russisch softwarebedrijf Kaspersky   
NieuwsReporter.nl - Rechercheurs van de Amerikaanse federale politiedienst FBI hebben deze week gesproken met medewerkers van de cyberbeveiliger Kaspersky Lab. De ...
          PGR compró software de espionaje por 32 millones de dólares, revela contrato   
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El noticiero En Punto, de Televisa, dio a conocer esta noche una copia del contrato de compra mediante el cual la Procuraduría General de la República pagó 32 millones 16 mil dólares a la empresa mexicana Grupo Tech Bull por el programa NSO Pegasus, que de acuerdo con el diario New York Times, fue usado para espiar a periodistas, defensores de derechos humanos y activistas.

De acuerdo con el documento, la PGR firmó el contrato el 29 de octubre de 2014, mediante el cual compró 500 objetivos del programa y los empezó a utilizar a finales de 2015.

El contrato está firmado por el entonces director de la Agencia de Investigación Criminal (AIC), Tomás Zerón de Lucio, y por el apoderado del Grupo Tech Bull, Luis Armado Pérez Herrero.

Cabe destacar que de acuerdo con la empresa israelí NSO Group, creadora de Pegasus, por la naturaleza del programa, sólo realiza ventas directas a gobiernos y sin intermediarios.
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El pasado 19 de junio el periódico estadounidense The New York Times reveló que el gobierno mexicano había adquirido un software para investigar a criminales y terroristas, pero que se habría usado para espiar a periodistas y a activistas anticorrupción, quienes hicieron la denuncia correspondiente.

Según información del contrato, Pegasus funciona a través de un software malicioso que envía un mensaje o un link a correos electrónicos y teléfonos celulares, que al abrirlo da acceso a la información del equipo de la persona infectada.

Computadoras

De esta manera, quien opera Pegasus puede acceder a mensajes de texto, fotografías, contactos, corremos electrónicos, historial de llamadas telefónicas, historial de navegación en internet y redes sociales, ubicación, capturas de pantalla y grabaciones de la persona que está siendo espiada.

La empresa proveedora del servicio es el Grupo Tech Bull S.A. de C.V., fundada el 10 de octubre de 2013. 

De acuerdo con información pública de la PGR, el Grupo Tech Bull es una compañía mexicana que vende inteligencia y seguridad al Gobierno de este país. Además describe que es una subsidiaria de una compañía llamada Balam Seguridad Privada S.A. de C.V., donde también trabaja Luis Armado Pérez Herrero, quien firma el contrato con la PGR.

El pasado 26 de junio la PGR informó que solicitó ayuda del FBI para investigar el caso de los periodistas y activistas que fueron espiados, además las víctimas tendrán que entregar sus equipos a la PGR.

Redacción--tlayuda/sdpnoticia

          The FBI Kept A List Of Dungeons & Dragons Players As They Hunted The Unabomber   

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I used to think religious zealots and talk show hosts trying to make a name for themselves were the only people who thought Dungeons & Dragons was a threat to America, but back in 1983 the FBI believed D&D was bad news too.

But their reason didn't involve Satan or the corruption of souls- it involved cocaine trafficking, and they even had the game's creator Gary Gygax on their list as a possible suspect:

The first, dated 1983, has to do with “significant cocaine traffickers in the Lake Geneva, Wisconsin area.” The birthplace of D&D was, and still is, a sleepy lakeside town just over the Illinois border. An FBI agent rooting around there for drug traffickers seems pretty far fetched, but the report appears to be genuine.

D&D co-creator Gary Gygax is named in the document, but whatever the FBI’s interest in him was has been redacted. It ended with a note that the FBI would proceed to “review corporate records for TSR, Inc. in effort to identify corporate officers and attorney of record.” A second document, dated March 1984, seems to show the FBI doing its due diligence to make sure that TSR was a publishing company and not a front for cocaine trafficking.

Twelve years later TSR, the makers of D&D, were the focus of another FBI investigation, but this time Dungeons & Dragons players were investigated in connection with The Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski:

The document also mentions an FBI visit with a gaming group in Fresno, California. Members of the group were shown pictures of one of the Unabomber’s explosive devices and asked if they recognized an individual from a “composite drawing.” This is likely the iconic image of the man in a hood circulated for more than a decade prior to Kaczynski’s arrest.

The final document, the most heavily redacted of the bunch, is dated April 1995. It seems to focus on an interview with a single individual at TSR, and centers around that person’s relationship with another individual in their gaming group.

“Many of the members of the group became paranoid,” the agent writes, “and began pointing fingers at one another. [The interview subject] indicated that he believes this is based on the suspicious nature of the individuals that were in the gaming group [and] indicated that he is quite sure that some of the members of the group fantasized about the possibility that maybe one of their members was responsible for the bombings.”

Read The FBI Kept A List Of D&D Players As Part Of Its Hunt For The Unabomber at Polygon


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          Aug 24th: Scottish Government Have Done Us Proud Over Lockerbie But They Need To Go Further   


I'm proud that Kenny MacAskill and the Scottish government stood firm against US threats and bullying (albeit muted threats, and perhaps relief paraded as "outrage" that Megrhai's legal appeal against conviction has been stopped in its tracks before the conviction was overturned in court).

But the Scottish government have only done half the job. If there is no public inquiry into the 1988 Lockerbie bombing then the real bombers of Pan Am Flight 103 will have got away with it, the victims families will have been conned, and the Scottish government will have given in to the US/UK governments pressure to cover up what really happened.

The hidden agenda that led to the UK and US intelligence services framing of Al-Meghrahi and Libya is still being suppressed in the mainstream Scottish media. The real culprits - which most independent investigations have named very specifically as a Palestinian terrorist cell based in Germany and headed by Hafez Dalkamonim (part of Ahmed Jibril's PFLP group as it was back then) have never stood trial for this inhuman crime. Its about time they did if justice is to be done.

I hope the Scottish government press on and bring out the truth in court. It will mean embarrassing the UK and British governments for their complity in fabricating evidence and putting on a show trial in the Netherlands with a pre-arranged verdict. It will also mean putting the CIA and FBI in the dock and unmasking some fairly sordid power games being played out in the Middle East in the late 80/early 90s.

Have the SNP's minority government got the guts to do that in the teeth of international pressure? PLus relentless hostility from the entire Scottish, British and American corporately-owned media? I suspect not but the Scottish government have shown some remarkable resilience and independence of thought this last week so you never know.

A QUESTION...

Why has this important news story in yesterday's Scottish Sunday Mail- which exonerates Megrahi and Libya - been given almost no coverage by BBC Scotland, STV News, and today's Herald and Scotsman?

CIA spook says Megrahi was freed before appeal humiliated justice system (Sunday Mail, 22nd Aug 2009)

Even Murdoch's flagship Sunday smelled a rat: US blamed Iran for Lockerbie bomb (Sunday Times, 16th Aug 2009)

An excellent insightful column today from one of Scotland's best (of a bad bunch admittedly) political analysts: Open season on MacAskill after Megrahi’s release (The Herald, 24th Aug 2009)
          House panel approves yanking money for new FBI headquarters   

A House panel Thursday approved stripping money from the proposed new headquarters for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, an ominous sign for a project that is already facing challenges under the Trump administration.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers has been putting aside money for the headquarters...


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          FBI says grad student charged with kidnapping missing Chinese scholar had visited 'fantasy abduction site'   
The FBI says the suspect had recently visited a 'fantasy abduction site.'
     
 
 

          U.S. warns businesses of hacking campaign against nuclear, energy firms    

By Jim Finkle

TORONTO (Reuters) - The U.S government warned industrial firms this week about a hacking campaign targeting the nuclear and energy sectors, the latest event to highlight the power industry's vulnerability to cyber attacks.

Since at least May, hackers used tainted "phishing" emails to "harvest credentials" so they could gain access to networks of their targets, according to a joint report from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The report provided to the industrial firms was reviewed by Reuters on Friday. While disclosing attacks, and warning that in some cases hackers succeeded in compromising the networks of their targets, it did not identify any specific victims.

"Historically, cyber actors have strategically targeted the energy sector with various goals ranging from cyber espionage to the ability to disrupt energy systems in the event of a hostile conflict," the report said.

Homeland Security and FBI officials could not be reached for comment on the report, which was dated June 28.

The report was released during a week of heavy hacking activity.

A virus dubbed "NotPetya" attacked on Tuesday, spreading from initial infections in Ukraine to businesses around the globe. It encrypted data on infected machines, rendering them inoperable and disrupting activity at ports, law firms and factories.

On Tuesday the energy-industry news site E&E News reported that U.S. investigators were looking into cyber intrusions this year at multiple nuclear power generators.

Reuters has not confirmed details of the E&E News report, which said there was no evidence safety systems had been compromised at affected plants.

The activity described in the U.S. government report comes at a time when industrial firms are particularly anxious about threat that hackers pose to their operations.

Industrial firms, including power providers and other utilities, have been particularly worried about the potential for destructive cyber attacks since December 2016, when hackers cut electricity in Ukraine.

U.S. nuclear power generators PSEG , SCANA Corp and Entergy Corp said they were not impacted by the recent cyber attacks. SCANA's V.C. Summer nuclear plant in South Carolina shut down on Thursday due to a problem with a valve in the non-nuclear portion of the plant, a spokesman said.

Another nuclear power generator, Dominion Energy , said it does not comment on cyber security.

Two cyber security firms said on June 12 that they had identified the malicious software used in the Ukraine attack, which they dubbed Industroyer, warning that it could be easily modified to attack utilities in the United States and Europe.

Industroyer is only the second piece of malware uncovered to date that is capable of disrupting industrial processes without the need for hackers to manually intervene.

The first, Stuxnet, was discovered in 2010 and is widely believed by security researchers to have been used by the United States and Israel to attack Iran's nuclear program.

The U.S. government report said attackers conducted reconnaissance to gain information about the individuals whose computers they sought to infect so that they create "decoy documents" on topics of interest to their targets.

In an analysis, it described 11 files used in the attacks, including malware downloaders and tools that allow the hackers to take remote control of victim's computers and travel across their networks.

Chevron Corp , Exxon Mobil Corp and ConocoPhillips , the three largest U.S. oil producers, declined to comment on their network security.

(Reporting by Jim Finkle; Additional reporting by Timothy Gardner in Washington and Ernest Scheyder in Houston; editing by Grant McCool and Tom Brown)


          U.S. warns businesses of hacking campaign against nuclear, energy firms    

By Jim Finkle

TORONTO (Reuters) - The U.S government warned industrial firms this week about a hacking campaign targeting the nuclear and energy sectors, the latest event to highlight the power industry's vulnerability to cyber attacks.

Since at least May, hackers used tainted "phishing" emails to "harvest credentials" so they could gain access to networks of their targets, according to a joint report from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The report provided to the industrial firms was reviewed by Reuters on Friday. While disclosing attacks, and warning that in some cases hackers succeeded in compromising the networks of their targets, it did not identify any specific victims.

"Historically, cyber actors have strategically targeted the energy sector with various goals ranging from cyber espionage to the ability to disrupt energy systems in the event of a hostile conflict," the report said.

Homeland Security and FBI officials could not be reached for comment on the report, which was dated June 28.

The report was released during a week of heavy hacking activity.

A virus dubbed "NotPetya" attacked on Tuesday, spreading from initial infections in Ukraine to businesses around the globe. It encrypted data on infected machines, rendering them inoperable and disrupting activity at ports, law firms and factories.

On Tuesday the energy-industry news site E&E News reported that U.S. investigators were looking into cyber intrusions this year at multiple nuclear power generators.

Reuters has not confirmed details of the E&E News report, which said there was no evidence safety systems had been compromised at affected plants.

The activity described in the U.S. government report comes at a time when industrial firms are particularly anxious about threat that hackers pose to their operations.

Industrial firms, including power providers and other utilities, have been particularly worried about the potential for destructive cyber attacks since December 2016, when hackers cut electricity in Ukraine.

U.S. nuclear power generators PSEG , SCANA Corp and Entergy Corp said they were not impacted by the recent cyber attacks. SCANA's V.C. Summer nuclear plant in South Carolina shut down on Thursday due to a problem with a valve in the non-nuclear portion of the plant, a spokesman said.

Another nuclear power generator, Dominion Energy , said it does not comment on cyber security.

Two cyber security firms said on June 12 that they had identified the malicious software used in the Ukraine attack, which they dubbed Industroyer, warning that it could be easily modified to attack utilities in the United States and Europe.

Industroyer is only the second piece of malware uncovered to date that is capable of disrupting industrial processes without the need for hackers to manually intervene.

The first, Stuxnet, was discovered in 2010 and is widely believed by security researchers to have been used by the United States and Israel to attack Iran's nuclear program.

The U.S. government report said attackers conducted reconnaissance to gain information about the individuals whose computers they sought to infect so that they create "decoy documents" on topics of interest to their targets.

In an analysis, it described 11 files used in the attacks, including malware downloaders and tools that allow the hackers to take remote control of victim's computers and travel across their networks.

Chevron Corp , Exxon Mobil Corp and ConocoPhillips , the three largest U.S. oil producers, declined to comment on their network security.

(Reporting by Jim Finkle; Additional reporting by Timothy Gardner in Washington and Ernest Scheyder in Houston; editing by Grant McCool and Tom Brown)


          U.S. trade group says no nuclear power plants have been hacked    

(Reuters) - No U.S. nuclear power plant has been penetrated in a cyber attack, an industry spokesman said on Saturday, when asked to comment on a U.S. government warning last week about a hacking campaign targeting the sector.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a report dated Wednesday that nuclear sector was among those targeted in a hacking campaign data back to at least May.

Hackers used "phishing" emails to obtain credentials to gain access to networks of their targets, according to a report from the two agencies, which Reuters reported on Friday.

“None of America’s 99 operating nuclear plants have been penetrated by a cyber attack," said John Keeley, a spokesman for industry trade group Nuclear Energy Institute.

If a plant's operations had been breached, that would require mandatory notification to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which would notify the public, he said.

Those requirements do not cover cyber intrusions on business networks of firms that operate nuclear power plants, said Keeley. He said had no information as to whether such attacks had occurred.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman Victor Dricks declined to comment on the joint report, saying the agency does not comment on security-related issues.

The report from the FBI and Homeland Security, which was reviewed by Reuters on Friday, did not identify any victims or describe the impact hackers had on targeted networks.

It did say that cyber attackers have historically "targeted the energy sector with various goals ranging from cyber espionage to the ability to disrupt energy systems in the event of a hostile conflict."

Homeland Security and FBI officials did not respond to requests for comment on the report, which was dated June 28.

(Reporting by Jim Finkle in Toronto. Additional reporting by Tim Gardner; Editing by Marguerita Choy)


          U.S. trade group says no nuclear power plants have been hacked    

(Reuters) - No U.S. nuclear power plant has been penetrated in a cyber attack, an industry spokesman said on Saturday, when asked to comment on a U.S. government warning last week about a hacking campaign targeting the sector.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a report dated Wednesday that nuclear sector was among those targeted in a hacking campaign data back to at least May.

Hackers used "phishing" emails to obtain credentials to gain access to networks of their targets, according to a report from the two agencies, which Reuters reported on Friday.

“None of America’s 99 operating nuclear plants have been penetrated by a cyber attack," said John Keeley, a spokesman for industry trade group Nuclear Energy Institute.

If a plant's operations had been breached, that would require mandatory notification to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which would notify the public, he said.

Those requirements do not cover cyber intrusions on business networks of firms that operate nuclear power plants, said Keeley. He said had no information as to whether such attacks had occurred.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman Victor Dricks declined to comment on the joint report, saying the agency does not comment on security-related issues.

The report from the FBI and Homeland Security, which was reviewed by Reuters on Friday, did not identify any victims or describe the impact hackers had on targeted networks.

It did say that cyber attackers have historically "targeted the energy sector with various goals ranging from cyber espionage to the ability to disrupt energy systems in the event of a hostile conflict."

Homeland Security and FBI officials did not respond to requests for comment on the report, which was dated June 28.

(Reporting by Jim Finkle in Toronto. Additional reporting by Tim Gardner; Editing by Marguerita Choy)


          Comment on California’s Gun Control Efforts Suffer Two Legal Setbacks by DarkSoul Racing   
You know what else the citizens of California voted on and PASSED, was Prop 8 banning gay marriage, and the courts also found that to be a stupid law that failed constitutional muster and was subsequently repealed. These antigun laws are purely political currency being used by our state legislators to only push their agenda of simply getting re-elected. I genuinely believe that anyone that does a little research on the topic will realize that, in the most simplest of terms, criminals do not follow laws. You can ban certain guns based on as arbitrary things such as color (which they are), you can ban magazines based on the amount of bullets they hold, or ban a certain class of rifle because they have aesthetic features that have no performance value but look "scary". None of these laws change anything, criminals will still do bad things. Violence against another (assault) is still illegal, murder is illegal, robbery is illegal, the mechanism of these acts is sort of irrelevant. In 2006, over 10000 people died as the result of driving while impaired (drivers and victims) where's the outrage? Where is the call for banning cars? and the comedy there, is driving is a privledge, not a constitutionally guaranteed right. REALITY is, is that gun violence is at a historic all time low nationally, and if you don't run in violent circles, I.e. you're not a gang banger, and if you are mentally stable, and don't plan on committing suicide, your chances of being a victim of gun violence are approaching zero. And before you huff and puff cause this hurts your feelings, I encourage you to do 2 things, first, do some factual research, the FBI database compiles all this information, I think you will be surprised to find out that more people are killed a year by fists and hammers, over guns, and second, find someone local to take you to a shooting range, and experience shooting and the law abiding culture of gun owners before you judge something you may know absolutely nothing about.
          Fyre Festival’s Billy McFarland Arrested For Wire Fraud   
Fyre Media founder Billy McFarland, who organized the disastrous Fyre Festival alongside poor Ja Rule, has been arrested by the FBI on charges of wire fraud. Variety reports that McFarland was taken into custody yesterday and is expected to face a judge today.
          Comment on But, in the end, isn’t it kinda funny? by Hank Thomas   
The only problem with the "Triumph of the Corporate Will" scenario you lay out for the last 50 years is that it has been accompanied in lockstep by the triumph of every cause progressives hold dear: civil rights, women's rights, LGBT rights, disabled rights, animal rights, environmentalism, health and safety laws, Medicaid, Medicare, the ACA, Food Stamps, the War Powers Act and restructuring of the intelligence agencies, gun restrictions, drug decriminalization, Roe v. Wade, etc., etc. The biggest problem of the left is not failure, but that its agenda has succeeded beyond its wildest imagining. What's left to be done, really? Body cameras on cops? Check. Immigration reform? Inevitable, the business class will insist on it. Meanwhile, suburban Republicans acquiesced to all this in the name of fairness as long their taxes came down, and the Yahoos in the hinterlands came to depend on their food stamps and long-term disability. "Deficits don't matter," Darth Vader assured everybody and who was going to argue with him? Yes, Trump did tap into the same racism and cultural hatreds as Nixon, and they both got elected doing it, but the lessons from that shouldn't be drawn too broadly. Nixon wouldn't have had a prayer without RFK getting his head blown off, and there's no way Trump would have won without the transgender bathroom controversy on top of FBI and Russian interference in the election on his behalf. And you're right, we now get to enjoy the delicious fun of watching this circus clown and his homeless wino Svengali trying to run the country and the world out of their asses before the left AND the right tire of the act and throw them back out into the streets. Like · Reply · Just now
          Hayatın Benim   
Güzel FBI ajanı Illeana Scott, özellikle çözülemeyen cinayetler konusunda uzmanlaşmış bir analizcidir. Suç araştırması konusunda sıradan yöntemlere güvenmemekte ve kendi yöntemleriyle en zor dosyaları bile çözüme kavuşturmaktadır.Montreal polisi bir seri katilin işlediği cinayetlere engel olamayınca, dışardan birinden, Ajan Scott’tan yardım isterler. Montreal’e gelen Scott, yerel polisten dedektiflerin de yardımıyla araştırmaya başlar. Seri katil, bir tür […]
          Comment on Moveable Feast Cafe 2017/04/30 … Open Thread by Anonymous   
We have seen that the Mainstream Media Admitted that they have No evidence that Candidate Donald Trump colluded with a foreign Country during the Election, and while the Lie that Candidate Trump colluded with Russia with was Needed to justify the Improper Surveillance on a Republican Presidential Candidate, to try to gain Electoral Advantage, and to have what is a ‘plausible’ Excuse if ever this matter was investigated or Leaked to the Media, it was Not anticipated by the Clintonites that some Democrats Would Leak to WikiLeaks, and so other Lies to Wrongly blame another Country would Need to be Invented by the Clintonites to try to manage that, as is explained in this updated comment. It was Obvious to Many People that there No collusion between Candidate Donald Trump and Russia, for the Obvious reasons, because there are Only a few ways that such a thing could happen, and None of them occurred during the Election. Those reasons would be that a foreign Country would rig the Votes, or that they would give Money to a Political Campaign, or that they would be the Political campaign strategist and speechwriter for a Candidate. There has been too much time elapsed, and too many statements have been made on this, for the American Shadow Regime to make up new Lies to suggest any type of collusion to those who have been paying attention to this matter. All Countries Know that the American Shadow Regime Selects their Puppet for President a long in Advance, and that it is futile to try to influence that, regardless of what the Majority of Americans may think otherwise, and Many Presidential Elections in America have been Staged events. It was Obvious to All foreign Countries that Hillary Clinton was Selected by the Shadow Regime to be President, but Candidate Donald Trump was Elected. The Reason for that was that the Less Establishment Candidate Always had the Advantage in that Election, and Hillary Clinton Usurped the Democratic Party nomination from Senator Sanders, and Hillary Clinton was the Most Establishment Candidate ever in American History, and also the Most Corrupt Candidate for President ever in American History, but this was Not known by any Country or even by Most Americans until after the Election and we now Know that it was Entirely because the Establishment Selected the Corrupt and Untrustworthy Hillary Clinton to be their Puppet. We Know that foreigners did Not rig the Voting, and this was mentioned several times. It appears that the Only Alleged complaint is that a foreign Country was Allegedly responsible for gaining information. That information was the Clinton and DNC Emails, but the DNC Servers have Never been examined by anyone Unbiased, and furthermore there is No way to prove who hacks a Computer these days, and those who wanted to help Senator Sanders become the Democratic Party nominee might think to Leak to WikiLeaks so that it would help Senator Sanders become President, and WikiLeaks said that Russia did Not give them those Emails, and Kim Dotcom wants to testify under Oath that Seth Rich was involved in the DNC Leaks, and Robert Mueller has had Plenty of time to Reply to the Lawyer of Kim Dotcom in Writing Only so that it does Not cause confusion, ambiguity, or a lack of accountability regarding arrangements for him to Testify under Oath regarding his Knowledge of Email Leaks to WikiLeaks, and a former British Ambassador Craig Murray said that it was an Intermediary for Democratic Party whistle blowers who gave him the Emails in Washington DC where it appears that this occurred in September of 2016, where he was a Master of Ceremonies for a Conference, and so unless it is better researched, then it does Not appear that this Person was Seth Rich or Shawn Lucas, and then that material was then given to WikiLeaks, and this is why the DNC Servers were Not examined by the FBI or by any other Intelligence or Law Enforcement Agencies, because it was a Leak, and the Clintonites and their Puppet Obama Administration did Not want Americans to Know that, and so they Invented this Lie of Russia Allegedly hacked the DNC, and meddled in the Election. We heard that President Barack Obama was Allegedly informed in August of 2016, that Russia was Allegedly meddling in the Election and Allegedly trying to rig the Votes, and that was after WikiLeaks Published in July of 2016, more of the Clinton and DNC Emails. This would mean that the NSA and the FBI and the Others Would have Investigated these things concerning these Allegations of meddling by a foreign Country in America’s Election, and they Would have told these things to President Barack Obama, and someone would have Leaked to the Media Why the think that a foreign Country meddled in the Election, but there were after Election Lies Specifically Invented to try to justify Spying on an opposition Political Party. It is interesting what Candidate Barack Obama said in the 2008 Presidential Election Campaign, that both major Political Parties Rig Elections, and the Video is Titled: Obama Admits To Rigged Elections Back In 2008 at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsVNKmb6jEc , and Obama said that he was a Lawyer working on Voting Rights Law, and Obama is an Example of a Presidential Candidate who discredited the Elections and the Election process before Voting had taken place, and so it was Not unprecedented for Candidate Donald Trump to mention possible Election Rigging in 2016, and Obama did Nothing to Reform the Electoral System, and Many Americans want Electoral Reform, and if there is No Substantial Electoral Reform proposed by (S)Elected Representatives, then we Know that the Corrupt System likes its Lies and Corruption. Months later, Obama continued to Deny any Election rigging or meddling on October 18 of 2016, where he said that the Election would be Free and Fair, and that was 3 weeks before the Election and the Video is Titled: Obama To Trump: Stop Whining About A Rigged Election at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPpt7-QOGKc , and President Obama said that it would be a Free and Fair Election, because he Knew that Russia did Not meddle in the Election, and Obviously Obama Lied regarding the matter that the Clintons and the Democrats would not try to commit Election Fraud, because the Democrats are the Specialists for Election Fraud with their Electronic Voting Machines, but Russia did Not meddle in the Election, and Further tailor made Lies had to be Manufactured to try to justify the Spying on an Opposition Political Party by the Clinton Campaign, by means of their Partisan Puppet Obama Administration, and President Barack Obama said that Candidate Donald Trump and his Vice Presidential running mate along with Candidate Hillary Clinton and her Vice Presidential running mate Received Daily Top Secret Information during the Election Campaign, and we Know that Hillary Clinton Could Lie if she was asked if President Barack Obama told her that Russia was trying to rig the Election for Candidate Donald Trump. I think that if President Barack Obama had Proven to Candidate Donald Trump that the Russians were rigging the Election for him, then I think that Candidate Donald Trump would have tried to lose that Election, by promising Tax Increases, and some other Democratic Party Policies. This is because President Donald Trump is a Patriot, and I do Not think that Hillary Clinton is a Patriot, and she would have Accepted help from anyone to become the President, even if it was in a Treasonous and Undemocratic way, and we saw that with how she Usurped the Democratic Party nomination and with the Actions of the Democratic National Committee, and the Bias in much of the Mainstream Media. The Republican National Committee spent 600 million Dollars on their Presidential Campaign, and Hillary Clinton spent over one Billion Dollars on her Campaign, and if a Country wanted Candidate Donald Trump to win the Election, then they would have Secretly suggested to him, that he Should spent one Billion Dollars or more of his own Money on top of what the Republican National Committee provides, and that he would be Reimbursed after the Election, regardless of the result, and if a President Hillary Clinton had to be Bribed to look the other way for the Reimbursement, then there is also Money for that, and we Know that this did Not happen, and the other way to collude is to be a Political campaign strategist and speechwriter, and the Republican Party have Many of their own, who Understand Political matters in America Much Better than a foreigner, and it was Alleged that Russia was the speechwriter for Marine Le Pen of France, and she received approximately a third of the Votes, and we Know that the Experienced British Politician Nigel Farage wanted Candidate Donald Trump to become President, and People can hear his speech in Mississippi at a Trump Rally, and he gave his Advice on how Candidate Donald Trump could win the Election. I do Not think that Obama had any evidence that Russia was rigging the Election, because Russia was Not doing that, and any such Lying ‘evidence’ was Manufactured by Clintonites after the DNC Leaks and after the Election, and this is Why I think that President Barack Obama did Not mention that to the Public, or to Candidate Donald Trump or to the Congress or the Senate before the Election, because it was thought that the Election would be Rigged for Hillary Clinton, and so there was No demand for such Lies at the time, until after the Leaks and after the Election, and if some Government Documents say this or that, then we Need to remember how it was with the Iraq Lies, and it is because it was Known that they were Spying on Candidate Donald Trump, and so they had to write down some Lies to give themselves Excuses if someone ever Investigated the matter, and Documents can be backdated to Deceive some People. It has been suggested that President Barack Obama did Nothing to prevent a foreign Country from meddling in America’s Election, and I am Skeptical on that, because I do Not think that there was any foreign meddling in that Election, but if that is true, then there has to be a reason for that, and it Could be that Secretly and Subtlety that President Barack Obama did Not want Hillary Clinton to become President. It has been suggested that President Barack Obama did not mention that, because it Allegedly or Supposedly would be evidence to Candidate Donald Trump that the Election was being rigged, but that it would Really be Lies and Slander that could have been debunked during the Election Campaign, and it would have help Candidate Donald Trump, and it was President Barack Obama’s Responsibility to Ensure that Government Departments and Agencies made the Elections Free and Fair, Especially because Obama Knew that Elections are Rigged at times, and he Knew that before he became President, and the Shadow Regime likes to be able to Rig Elections for their Puppets, and unless there are Paper Ballots and Voter Identification, then the Democrats and Lying Bribed and Corrupt Puppet Mainstream Media will always claim Election Fraud if their Candidate does not win, and it Could be that another reason for these Lies was for the Shadow Regime by means of their Puppet Barack Obama to remain as President and call for Fresh Elections, where both Presidential Candidates will be Establishment Puppets, because we Know that there were Demonstrations in America because there had been an Election, and it looks like the Shadow Regime wants a Soft Coup by means of special counsel Robert Mueller to make up something for an Impeachment, and if it is managed properly, then the Money that Mueller spends could be Free Electioneering Finance for either major Political Party, and if Senator Sanders had became President, then the Shadow Regime would have tried to Impeach him on False charges, and that is Why Most of the Senator Sanders Supporters Know that President Donald Trump has to Unrig the Rigged System for them, and while they may not Vote for the Republicans until that Task has been Accomplished, they may Vote for other Political Parties other than the Democrats, and there are Americans who think that if they want a Political Revolution, then they will Need their own Political Party, because we see what the Democrats are Responsible for with the Biased and Corrupt and Illegal Mueller appointment, to try to install a Puppet of the Establishment, with trying to undermine a Non Establishment President who wants to keep the Promises he made during the Election Campaign, and we can see that if Senator Sanders had become President, then he would have been Impeached on False charges in the current Corrupt American Political System. There are People who think that the Proper thing for Robert Mueller to do is to recuse himself from this Conflict of Interest, or for him to Voluntarily ask for a restricted scope of Relevant investigation as a Proper course of action, given that Mueller is a Good and Close Friend of James Comey, and as such it is Illegal, because it Violates the Law, which Specifically and Unambiguously states that a special counsel is Disqualified because of Personal or Political Relationship, and also on the Clause of Conduct and Accountability, and this Sham and Illegal investigation is there to try to impeach President Donald Trump, and it has been suggested that a Special Prosecutor Should Investigate Mueller and his team while they are conducting their Illegal Sham investigation, and to Recommend Criminal Charges if Appropriate. We Know what was found on the laptop Computer that Anthony Weiner was using, and that was connected to Hillary Clinton’s Unauthorized Clandestine Secret Email Server that contain Classified Information, and this Adversely Affected the Clinton Campaign, and was Available for hacking, because People Knew that it was Anthony Weiner, and he has been Convicted of Criminal Activity, and we Know that James Comey had to Investigate these Classified Emails only days before the Election, and there are People who think that Mueller should investigate this. We Know that President Barack Obama said that Libya was his greatest mistake, but Hillary Clinton thought it was very good, and this is Why I think that President Barack Obama was Hillary Clinton’s Puppet for Libya, and Perhaps Barack Obama Secretly and Subtly did Not want Hillary Clinton to become President, because he was the Clintons’ Puppet. A News Article dated 13 December 2016, and which was over a month after the Election, and where James Clapper said that Russia did Not influence the Election, and there is a News Article dated 14 December 2016, where James Comey said that Russia did Not influence the Election, and Comey Assured the President Elect that there was No credible evidence that Russia influenced the outcome of the recent Presidential Election by (Allegedly) hacking the Democratic National Committee and (Allegedly) hacking the emails of John Podesta, and Comey told President Elect Donald Trump that James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, Agreed with that FBI Assessment at http://townhall.com/columnists/edklein/2016/12/14/comey-to-trump-the-russians-didnt-influence-the-election-n2259827 . The same James Clapper would have been associated with one of those Alleged 17 Intelligence Agencies, and only 4 of those 17 Intelligence Agencies think that there was collusion with a foreign Country in the Election Campaign, and that means that any such ‘evidence’ is Not evident, and it was these who then Allegedly informed President Barack Obama, and James Clapper said weeks after the Election on December 13 of 2016, and he said that Russia did Not influence the Election, and then a few weeks after that, James Clapper said the Lies on January 5 of 2017, which are: “The Russians have a long history of interfering in elections, but I do not think we have ever encountered a more aggressive and direct campaign to interfere with our election process than we have seen in this case”, and in May of 2017, the same James Clapper said that he has not seen any evidence of any kind of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian foreign nationals, and Unbiased Investigators said that there is No evidence that Russia hacked those Servers, and Umbrage Vault 7 hacking tools which other Countries now have, prevents detection of who hacked a Computer, and Furthermore, there was No hacking of those DNC Computers, but it was a Leak by one or more Democrats to WikiLeaks, and a former CIA Intelligence Officer has provided Irrefutable Proof that Russia did Not interfere with or influence or meddle in the Election at http://phibetaiota.net/2016/12/robert-steele-the-dhs-fbi-report-against-the-russians-is-absolute-crap/ . If Russia Allegedly had this Alleged long history of Allegedly interfering in American Elections, then Why was no commentary of this occurring during the Election Campaign, similar to Weather announcers saying that there is a long history of it snowing in Winter, and then daily commenting on the amount of snowfall during Winter on their Weather News, but we Know that the Allegations of Russian meddling are Lies to try to distract from the Fact that it was Democrats Leaked to WikiLeaks, and to try to justify Spying on an Opposition Political Party by the Corrupt Clinton Campaign, which Did Corrupt collude during the Democratic Primaries, to Usurp the Democratic Party nomination, and Many Americans want Electoral Reforms that Restore Integrity back to the Voting, and Electoral, and Democratic System in America.
          Police search for man after three dead bodies discovered on his property   

Gerald "Mike" Bullinger could be anywhere.

Authorities say they have a felony warrant for the arrest of the 60-year-old outfitter with a pilot's license who has been on the lam for nearly three weeks.

The felony, no bond, extradition warrant is for failure to report to law enforcement the deaths of three women whose bodies were found covered up in a shed on Bullinger's property in Canyon County, Idaho, on June 19.

Bodies were badly decomposed

Canyon County Sheriff's office spokesman Joe Decker says the bodies were badly decomposed and appeared to have been in the shed for one to two weeks prior to their discovery.

"We discovered the people during a welfare check. Based on the decomposition, it has taken us 10 days to identify one of the victims and we had to do that through dental records," Decker said.

That victim was identified Friday by the Canyon County Coroner's Office as Cheryl Baker, who according to CNN affiliate KSL was Bullinger's wife.

In a news conference last week, Canyon County Sheriff Chief Deputy Marv Dashiell said they were "aware [that] the three deceased females appear to be similar in age and physical stature as [the females] reported to have been living at the location."

"Their age ranges from mid-teens to mid-50s," he said. It's unclear how or if the two unidentified victims were related to Bullinger.

Decker says all three of the victims died of an apparent single gunshot wound.

Multi-agency search for Bullinger

Decker said the sheriff's office is working with local and federal authorities both inside and outside of Idaho to track down Bullinger.

He was last spotted on June 11 in Ogden, Utah, approximately four to five hours south of Canyon County.

Sandra Barker with the Salt Lake City division of the FBI says their office is assisting and will provide support as needed.

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          Senate Intelligence panel will see Comey Trump memos   
 Leaders of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee said on Wednesday they had reached an agreement that would allow them to see memos written by former FBI Director James Comey about his meetings with President Donald Trump. Comey’s relationship with Trump has been central to ongoing investiga...
          FBI arrests man in disappearance of Chinese grad student - CNN   

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          ΗΠΑ: Ένοπλη επίθεση σε νοσοκομείο με έναν νεκρό και 6 τραυματίες   

Ένας άντρας, που φέρεται να ήταν γιατρός στο Bronx Lebanon Hospital της Νέας Υόρκης, άνοιξε πυρ εντός του νοσοκομείου, με ένα όπλο το οποίο έκρυβε κάτω από τη λευκή εργαστηριακή ρόμπα του, σκοτώνοντας τουλάχιστον έναν και τραυματίζοντας άλλους έξι, πριν όπως φαίνεται αυτοκτονήσει, σύμφωνα με την Αστυνομία.

Δράστης είναι ένας πρώην γιατρός του νοσοκομείου Lebanon, στο Μπρονξ της Νέας Υόρκης εισέβαλε με πυροβόλο όπλο και πυροβόλησε κατά τουλάχιστον 6 ανθρώπων στις 14:50 τοπική ώρα.

Ο 35χρονος Χένρι Μπίλοου εισήλθε στους χώρους του νοσοκομείου από το οποίο είχε απολυθεί πριν από μερικούς μήνες με ιατρική περιβολή και το πυροβόλο όπλο καλά κρυμμένο και, αφού ανέβηκε στον 17ο όροφο του νοσοκομείου, άνοιξε πυρ κατά τουλάχιστον 6 πρώην συναδέλφων του.

Αστυνομικοί ακροβολίστηκαν στη στέγη του κτιρίου, με τα όπλα παρατεταμένα ενώ όσοι ήταν εντός του νοσοκομείου έλαβαν εντολή να κρυφτούν. Το FBI ανέφερε, τις πρώτες ώρες τουλάχιστον, πως το περιστατικό δεν φαίνεται να έχει σχέση με τρομοκρατία.

«Πίστευα ότι θα πεθάνω» είπε ο Renaldo Del Villar, ένας 55χρονος ασθενής που ήταν σε δωμάτιο του 3ου ορόφου δεχόμενος τις πρώτες βοήθειες για χτύπημα χαμηλά στην πλάτη. Χτύπησε ο συναγερμός και η αστυνομία έκανε λόγο για ένοπλο «εν ενεργεία». Κάποιος στο μεγάφωνο ανακοίνωσε «Code Silver» (σ.σ. κωδικός για ένοπλο ή κατάσταση ομηρείας).

Ο άνδρας φέρεται να αποπειράθηκε να αυτοπυρποληθεί κάποια στιγμή, ενώ όταν η αστυνομία εισέβαλε τον βρήκε να έχει αυτοκτονήσει με το όπλο του, σύμφωνα με τους αξιωματούχους που επικαλέστηκε το Ρόιτερς.


          Fyre Festival founder arrested for wire fraud   
The FBI uncovers wire fraud executed by Fyre Festival founder Billy McFarland, arresting him on June 30.
          Trump:  "He's a leaker and a freaker and a bathroom peeker!"   
In a tweet last night and again this morning in a written statement President Donald Trump called former FBI director James Comey... "a leaker and a freaker and a bathroom peeker!"    Trump went on to say in his written statement that it was a mat...
             
There's lots of September 11 "news" in the news. Memorial Day. The FBI thing. And they're finishing up at Ground Zero (I actually thought that had already happened). Anyway, there was a report on NPR this morning about a woman who lost her husband in the disaster. They found his car, it was parked in the garage, and was mostly undamaged. They called her, and she came down, for a ceremony to open the trunk. There was a present in the trunk. September 11 is her birthday.
          Blindspot. The complete second season.   
cover imageA beautiful woman is found naked in Times Square, her memory erased, her body covered in a series of coded tattoos. But as 'Jane Doe' and the FBI team who discovered her work to decipher, investigate, and solve the complex treasure map of her body, an ever-widening web of conspiracy and corruption is revealed, as is the truth behind Jane Doe's real identity and the identity of the people who sent her to the FBI in the first place.
          Comment on U.S. Senators seek military ban on Kaspersky Lab products amid FBI probe by applecynic   
You are indeed a blissful person!
          Comment on U.S. Senators seek military ban on Kaspersky Lab products amid FBI probe by Cochise   
We just got rid of one those from the WhiteHouse.
          'I never felt like I was this terrible person' - Kiwi wanted by FBI and Interpol for a decade   
For a man who spent more than a decade on Interpol's most-wanted list, Tim Molteno is pretty easy to find. 
          Manning Marable, 1950 - 2011, dies days before publication of his biography of Malcolm X   
African American historian Manning Marable passed away on Friday, April 1 at the age of 60, just days before the publication of his life’s work, a monumental biography about Malcolm X. Two decades in the making, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention is described as a reevaluation of Malcolm X’s life which provides new insights into the circumstances of his assassination, as well as raising questions about his autobiography. Manning Marable has been one of the few historians who has had access to the three missing chapters from "The Autobiography of Malcolm X" that he says paint a very different picture than the book with Alex Haley and Spike Lee’s film. Marable has also had unprecedented access to Malcolm’s family and documents that shed new light on the involvement of the New York Police, the FBI and possibly the CIA in Malcolm X’s assassination.

Manning Marable on Malcolm X:

I think that Malcolm X was the most remarkable historical figure produced by Black America in the 20th century. That’s a heavy statement, but I think that in his 39 short years of life, Malcolm came to symbolize Black urban America, its culture, its politics, its militancy, its outrage against structural racism and at the end of his life, a broad internationalist vision of emancipatory power far better than any other single individual that he shared with DuBois and Paul Robeson, a pan-Africanist internationalist perspective. He shared with Marcus Garvey a commitment to building strong black institutions. He shared with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a commitment to peace and the freedom of racialized minorities. He was the first prominent American to attack and to criticize the U.S. role in Southeast Asia, and he came out four-square against the Vietnam War in 1964, long before the vast majority of Americans did. So that Malcolm X represents the cutting edge of a kind of critique of globalization in the 21st century. In fact, Malcolm, if anything, was far ahead of the curve in so many ways. - an excerpt from a 2005 DemocracyNow! interview. See also Democracy Now!'s Complete Interviews with Manning Marable.
          Edward Herman and David Peterson on Julian Assange and Luis Posada Carriles   

By an historical coincidence, both Julian Assange and Luis Posada Carriles were brought before Western courts around the same time in late 2010 and early 2011—Assange in Britain and Posada in the United States. The contrast in their treatment by the U.S.-Anglo system of justice and in their handling by the Western establishment media is enlightening.

Posada, now 82, is a self-confessed terrorist, Bay of Pigs veteran, School of the Americas graduate, and CIA operative who has been credibly placed at two meetings where the plan was hatched for the October 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner that killed all 73 civilians aboard. He also has been implicated in numerous other terrorist acts in which people were killed or injured and property destroyed, and he played a role in the United States' arms-smuggling network in Central America that eventually came to light in the Iran-Contra investigations.

"The CIA taught us everything," Posada told the New York Times in 1998. "They taught us explosives, how to kill, bomb, trained us in acts of sabotage." Posada was a star pupil. But as a longtime CIA asset and, until the past decade, the "most notorious commando in the anti-Castro underground," the U.S. justice system has never charged Posada with a crime related to terrorism or the death of civilians, even though a former FBI counterterrorism expert who investigated the Cuban airliner bombing claims that Posada was "up to his eyeballs" in its planning. Surely this is because his killings and bombings were carried out against targets of U.S. policy, and because he almost certainly would have implicated the CIA.

In fact, the U.S. justice system never charged Posada with any kind of offense until early 2007, when a federal grand jury indicted him with the ludicrously lesser charges of making false statements during his naturalization interview two years earlier. After Posada had slipped into Miami's anti-Castro Cuban-exile community in March 2005, he filed for political asylum but then quickly withdrew his application when he recognized that in the aftermath of 9/11 and Bush's "War on Terror," his past activities made him a "hot potato."

But before he could disappear again, he held a news conference in Miami, and Department of Homeland Security agents grabbed him—and ever since he has faced a series of on-again-off-again perjury charges related to his original interview.

With his current trial now underway in a U.S. District Court in El Paso, things have not moved beyond this point, leading one observer, Jose Pertierra, a Washington D.C.-based attorney who represents the Venezuelan government, which since 2005 has sought Posada's extradition to stand trial for the Cuban airliner bombing, to conclude that "all parties are waiting for a biological solution to this case.”

As U.S. prosecutor Timothy Reardon told the court at the start of this trial, Posada "can do anything he wants to the Cuban regime." But he lied during his naturalization interview, and one "must play by the rules and tell the truth to become a citizen."

Julian Assange, by contrast, has not killed anybody, or so far even broken any law, and key U.S. military officials have denied claims that information released into the public realm via WikiLeaks has resulted in anybody's death...

- an excerpt from Mixed Media: Assange and Posada in the Propaganda System by Edward S. Herman and David Peterson. Herman and Peterson are coauthors of the new book The Politics of Genocide published by Monthly Review Press.

          Boondock Saints director Troy Duffy to helm The Blood Spoon Council   
The Boondock Saints director Troy Duffy has signed on to helm the thriller The Blood Spoon Council, his first film since 2009’s The Bookdock Saints II: All Saints Day. The film will follow a vigilante group known as The Blood Spoon Council, who hunt down and execute serial killers. The FBI commissions a young, rogue profiler […]
          章瑩穎案 FBI地毯式搜索嫌犯租住公寓   
在FBI 6月30日將涉及綁架香檳伊大中國女學者嫌犯克利斯汀森(Brendt Christensen)逮捕後,負責調查全案的幹員,1日上午再度前往嫌犯租住公寓進行檢查,才剛搬進這棟名為石門公寓(St…
          Police charge man with kidnapping visiting Chinese scholar who is feared dead - New York Daily News   

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Police charge man with kidnapping visiting Chinese scholar who is feared dead
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Police said the FBI is investigating the disappearance of Yingying Zhang, a Chinese woman from a central Illinois university town, as a kidnapping. (AP). THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. Saturday, July 1, 2017, 9:54 AM. A man was charged Friday with kidnapping ...

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          Comment on Donald Trump is NOT under investigation by the FBI by sifi   
She wasn't a favorite when I read comics as a kid. I just remember she got her start in the U.S. Army. I hate the way they toned down the costume. No stars, eagle emblem, or bright colors. That's the way Hollywood is going. I guess world appeal sells more tickets. You're right, to enjoy a movie you have to park critical thinking at the door.
          Comment on Donald Trump is NOT under investigation by the FBI by JPTravis   
Huh? Oh, you mean her boyfriend. He was an American attached to the Brits and it was World War I, not II. And yeah, you're correct, they just HAD to have them run into a Native American pal in Belgium (I mean, WTF was he doing in Belgium?) who said his people had everything taken away from them by his people, a gratuitous dig at America that was completely unnecessary. Fuckin' Hollywood, they're so stupid. I was watching a Longmire episode the other night and he and his deputy drove to Arizona to question someone, then drove back. Arizona from Wyoming. The idiots in Hollywood don't have maps they can look at? That's practically a thousand miles! One way! THEY'RE IDIOTS.
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          Comment on Donald Trump is NOT under investigation by the FBI by sifi   
Haven't seen it yet, but reviews say they toned down the red, white, and blue WWII hero she was born out of and made her more globally appealing. I think I'll wait for rental.
          Former House intel staffer: The Trump-Russia probe is the 'successor to Watergate'   

Donald Trump

Michael Bahar, a former top Democratic aide on the House Intelligence Committee, said the panel's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and President Donald Trump's campaign's possible role in it is the "successor to Watergate." 

Bahar's comments were published in a Politico report on Saturday, which said that Bahar had had "unparalleled" access to the committee's most sensitive deliberations and inner workings. He recently left the committee to take a job at the law firm Eversheds Sutherland. 

Bahar said that although his leave was planned far in advance, he found it difficult to depart because of the Trump-Russia probe's significance at this time.  

"This is in a sense having to step aside from history," he said. 

A breakdown in bipartisanship

Bahar said the deterioration in the relationship between committee chairman Devin Nunes and ranking member Adam Schiff was difficult to watch for staffers who had taken pride in the intelligence committee's reputation for bipartisanship. 

"For those people that had been around the longest, I think there was — I would describe it as sadness through this, because this is not what we're used to," the former staffer told Politico. 

Nunes initially spearheaded the House Russia probe but was forced to step aside following his decision to bypass the rest of his committee and brief Trump on classified documents he said showed that members of Trump's transition team had been swept up in government surveillance. Reports have indicated that he received the documents from White House officials. 

Following Nunes' departure from the Russia investigation, Republican Rep. Mike Conaway of Texas took over leadership. But because he remains the committee's chairman, Nunes is still somewhat involved in the Russian probe — The Washington Post reported last month that after his recusal, Nunes approved five to six "unmasking" requests to US spy agencies related to Russia's election interference. The Post added that the requests were made with respect to both the Trump campaign and the Hillary Clinton campaign. 

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The Post's report drew Nunes into the spotlight once again, and one Democratic committee aide told Business Insider in an earlier interview that Democrats felt the chairman had "gone rogue." The aide added that Nunes and other Republicans on the panel were trying to make unmaskings the focal point of the investigation to divert attention from the growing Trump-Russia controversy.  

Bahar, the former Democratic staffer, told Politico that the partisan fraying of relations between panel members had left staffers "shaken." But he added that Conaway's leadership after Nunes' recusal had somewhat mended the problem, saying Conaway was "truly trying to follow the facts wherever they lead." 

The question of collusion comes down to one thing

Bahar told Politico that the question of whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to hand Trump the presidency comes down to intent. 

Since the Russia investigations have gained momentum, executive branch officials such as Attorney General Jeff Sessions, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and senior adviser Jared Kushner have come under scrutiny for their contacts with Russia. Sessions recused himself from any current or future investigations involving the Trump campaign when it emerged that he had failed to disclose contacts he'd had with Russia's ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak. 

Flynn was forced to resign as national security adviser when it was reported that he had spoken to Kislyak about US sanctions during the presidential transition period and lied to Vice President Mike Pence about it. Former acting attorney general Sally Yates later revealed that she had warned the White House that Flynn could be vulnerable to Russian blackmail weeks before he resigned. Since then, Flynn has increasingly emerged as a central figure in the investigation and he has since been subpoenaed by both the House and Senate intelligence committees. Flynn is also under a separate FBI investigation for failing to register as a foreign agent when he did lobbying work for the Turkish government. 

Jared Kushner

Kushner dominated headlines when The Washington Post broke a bombshell report in May which said Kushner had proposed setting up a back channel of communication between Trump and Moscow using Russian facilities. Kushner's reported request alarmed national security experts and former intelligence officials, who were baffled by the request and balked at the suggestion to use Russian facilities. 

"We know that there were people who didn’t fully disclose meetings with a foreign power," Bahar told Politico. "We know that there are people who didn’t reveal the sources of their income, foreign sources of their income. Was that because of a lack of memory, inability to fill out forms, disdain for the forms, or was it something else?"

Bahar's assessment has been echoed by legal analysts across the spectrum, and the question of intent has also been raised in the ongoing debate over whether Trump obstructed justice by firing then-FBI director James Comey, who was leading the FBI's own investigation into Russia's election interference and the Trump campaign's possible role in it. 

Following Comey's removal, Trump told NBC News' Lester Holt that "this Russia thing" had been a factor in his decision. It later emerged that one day after firing Comey, Trump told Russian officials in an Oval Office meeting that Comey was "a real nut job" and that firing him had taken "great pressure" off of him. The controversy gained steam when Comey revealed, in a memo and later in his testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee, that Trump had personally asked him to drop the FBI's investigation into Flynn.

Trump's statements don't individually rise to the level of obstruction of justice, said Jens David Ohlin, an associate dean at Cornell Law School and an expert on criminal law. "The obstruction of justice would flow from the entire landscape of Trump's behavior: telling Comey to back off on the Flynn investigation, firing him when he wouldn't, and then admitting on national television that he dismissed Comey because of the Russia investigation," Ohlin said.

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He added that Trump's statement to the Russians in the Oval Office added weight to the inference that Trump used his executive authority to fire Comey to stymie a federal investigation. "His statement to the Russians is indirect evidence of Trump's corrupt intent when he fired Comey," Ohlin said. "It's very significant in that regard." 

Overall, however, legal experts agree that intent is difficult to prove, both in Trump's case and in the case of his campaign advisers and executive branch officials. And it's likely the question won't be answered anytime soon. 

"I know there's a perception that things sort of stopped," Bahar told Politico, referring to speculation that the House intel committee's investigation stalled after Nunes' recusal. "But to be honest with you, it really didn't, just because there was so much information coming in, so much information to absorb." 

He also said the investigation may run into next year. "There are so many tentacles and so many rocks to look under," he said. "And every time you look under another rock, you find some more rocks. I don’t think there’s a quick resolution to this."

In addition to the House and Senate intelligence committees' investigations, the FBI's investigation is also ongoing and led by special counsel Robert Mueller, who was appointed to spearhead the probe following Comey's dismissal. 

SEE ALSO: The Trump administration is skirting the biggest question about Kushner-Russia ties

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          'I was recruited to collude with the Russians': An unexpected player has added a new layer to the Trump campaign's Russia ties   

Michael Flynn

Hackers believed to be Russian discussed how to steal Hillary Clinton's emails from her private server and transfer them to Michael Flynn via an intermediary, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, citing reports compiled by US intelligence agencies investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

One of those intermediaries, according to The Journal, may have been a GOP operative named Peter Smith — an 80-year-old opposition researcher who assembled a team of technology experts, lawyers and a Russian-speaking investigator in September to track down hacking groups with access to the 33,000 emails Clinton deleted from her private server that she said were personal in nature.

While Smith cited a working relationship with Flynn's consulting firm, Flynn Intel Group, when trying to recruit new team members, the Journal could not verify whether Flynn knew what Smith was doing, or if he knew him at all.

But one of the people Smith appears to have tried to recruit, Matt Tait, relayed his interactions with Smith in a first-person blog post for Lawfare published on Friday night — and noted that  "it was immediately apparent that Smith was both well connected within the top echelons of the [Trump] campaign and he seemed to know both Lt. Gen. [Michael] Flynn and his son well." 

Tait, a cybersecurity researcher and former information security specialist at Britain's Government Communications Headquarters, was an unnamed source for the Journal's first article about Smith and a named source for the second.

The second, published on Friday, described how Smith listed top Trump advisers Kellyanne Conway, Steve Bannon, and Sam Clovis as part of a group he had formed to conduct opposition research on Clinton — research that involved asking hackers, Russian or not, whether they had her missing emails. 

"A few weeks into my interactions with Smith, he sent me a document, ostensibly a cover page for a dossier of opposition research to be compiled by Smith’s group, and which purported to clear up who was involved," Tait recalled for Lawfare.

He continued:

"The document was entitled 'A Demonstrative Pedagogical Summary to be Developed and Released Prior to November 8, 2016,' and dated September 7. It detailed a company Smith and his colleagues had set up as a vehicle to conduct the research: “KLS Research”, set up as a Delaware LLC “to avoid campaign reporting,” and listing four groups who were involved in one way or another. The first group, entitled “Trump Campaign (in coordination to the extent permitted as an independent expenditure)” listed a number of senior campaign officials: Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, Sam Clovis, Lt. Gen. Flynn and Lisa Nelson."

Tait said that he didn't view this as "merely a name-dropping exercise."

"This document was about establishing a company to conduct opposition research on behalf of the campaign, but operating at a distance so as to avoid campaign reporting," Tait said. "Indeed, the document says as much in black and white...the combination of Smith’s deep knowledge of the inner workings of the campaign, this document naming him in the 'Trump campaign' group, and the multiple references to needing to avoid campaign reporting suggested to me that the group was formed with the blessing of the Trump campaign."

FILE PHOTO: - U.S. President Donald Trump (L-R), joined by Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Vice President Mike Pence, senior advisor Steve Bannon, Communications Director Sean Spicer and then National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, speaks by phone with Russia's President Vladimir Putin in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. on January 28, 2017.     REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo

Smith apparently contacted Tait after seeing his Twitter account, where Tait had spent a "great deal of time" analyzing the Clinton emails released by the State Department in response to Freedom of Information Act requests throughout 2015.

"Smith implied that he was a well-connected Republican political operative," Tait recalled on Lawfare, and had contacted him because he believed "that Clinton’s private email server had been hacked—in his view almost certainly both by the Russian government and likely by multiple other hackers too."

Smith mentioned that someone on the Dark Web had contacted him claiming to have Clinton's emails, Tait wrote, and wanted Tait to help him verify if they were real.

Tait went along with it, he said, because he wanted to find out more about this "dark web" figure — was it a hoax, or was it a Russian intelligence front trying to use Smith as the "intermediary" the US intelligence community later described?

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Tait never found out, and, to this day, there is no evidence the hackers infiltrated Clinton's server. But Tait soon realized that, to Smith, it didn't matter if the hackers were Russian. 

"In my conversations with Smith and his colleague, I tried to stress this point: if this dark web contact is a front for the Russian government, you really don’t want to play this game," Tait wrote. "But they were not discouraged."

Conway and Bannon told the Journal that they had never met Smith. Conway said she had heard of him in Republican circles but never interacted with him directly; Bannon said he'd "never heard of KLS Research or Peter Smith."

Still, Tait's story and the Journal's reporting will likely be of interest to special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the FBI's investigation into whether any of Trump's associates colluded with Russia to undermine Clinton during the election.

Conway and Bannon are not under FBI investigation. But Flynn's potential ties to Russia have been of particular interest to the bureau and the congressional intelligence committees because of his conversations with Russia's ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak, that eventually led to his ouster.

Russian officials bragged about their close relationship to Flynn last year, according to intercepted communications described to CNN, and boasted that they could use him to influence Trump. The way the Russians were talking about Flynn "was a five-alarm fire from early on," a former Obama administration official said.

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          Comment on "Flights Rotting in the Airfields" by Steve Sailer   
Off topic, but the link to the BBC news story Bill Jones provided @38 is unintentionally hilarious. The link is to a September 23rd, 2001 story stating that some people with the same names as the list of 9-11 hijackers the FBI released were contacting officials and the media stating they were not the hijackers....
          Ride the Pink Horse (1947) Robert Montgomery, Thomas Gomez, Wanda Hendrix, Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller   
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          Raspberry Pi - Daily Deviations Picture Frame   


I have been following the progress of the Raspberry Pi with keen interest for a while now and I’ve finally got one of my own to play with. Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been tinkering with it in the evenings and I’m absolutely blown away by this little device. With a $35 dollar price tag, the RPi is a surprisingly capable computer. You obviously won’t be doing some of the CPU intensive tasks you would be used to on your PC, but its a great way to tinker and learn and maybe find a great practical use for it along the way. After a little trial and error I’ve found an interesting application for it that I wanted to share.

I’ve seen a few people contemplating using the Raspberry Pi to power a photo frame for the living room. One of those digital picture frames that cycles through a bunch of pre-loaded jpgs of your friends and family. This gave me the idea of having a piece of art hanging on the wall, with a nice wooden frame, that actually downloads new art everyday and cycles through it. So I’ve come up with a fairly simple way to do this all without ever starting X.

I would just like to clarify a few things first. This solution relies on a few bash scripts, and this is my first experience making them. I’ve really been piecing together bits of commands that I have found all over the web. I am by no means an expert and this method is probably not the best way to achieve the end result. In saying this, if you know of a better way to get this job done, by all means leave me a comment as I would love to hear your ideas.


What it does

When the RPi is turned on it boots up, deletes all jpg’s and png’s in the directory /home/pi/deviant/, downloads the daily deviations from deviantart, deletes any that aren’t a jpg or png (gifs and other files don’t work yet) and begins a slideshow using the framebuffer. At midnight the slideshow is halted, the RPi is rebooted and the cycle starts over.

What I used

Raspberry Pi Model B
8GB SD Card
Rapbian Wheezy

How it works

After you have a fresh install of raspbian wheezy on your SD Card, pop it into your RPi and boot it up. There is a little wizard at the beginning that walks you through a few simple startup options. I chose to expand root partition to fill SD Card, changed the keyboard layout to us, changed my timezone to Edmonton and changed start desktop at boot to no. After a reboot the RPi will take a few minutes to resize the root and then it will ask you to login. The username by default is pi with a password of raspberry. Every time the device is turned on it will ask you to login, and for our purposes this is not ideal. We want the user pi to be automatically logged in upon boot. Here is how we do that:
  • sudo nano /etc/inittab


This will open nano as root, which is a terminal based text editor. Scroll down until you find the following line:

  • 1:2345:respawn:/sbin/getty --noclear 38400 tty1

Add the pound sign to the beginning of this line to comment it out and add the following to the line beneath it:

  • 1:2345:respawn:/bin/login -f pi tty1 </dev/tty1 >/dev/tty1 2>&1

Please note that I've used the default user "pi". If you are using a different user name use that instead. Press ctrl+x to exit, type Y to save and enter to confirm filename. Now type

  • sudo reboot

The RPi will reboot and if you did everything right, it will now automatically login as user pi. The next thing we will need to do is install fbi (Linux FrameBuffer Image Viewer). To do this type the following:

  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install fbi

The next thing we have to do is create the scripts that will do the work. Make sure you are in the home directory and type

  • mkdir deviant

This will create a new directory within your home folder called deviant. Change into this newly created directory and type

  • sudo nano getart.sh

Once nano is open we will enter the commands to remove any images from the deviant directory.

  • rm *.jpg *.png
  • rm aa.*

The aa.* will make sense later. Next we will enter the commands to download the daily deviations from deviant art:

  • wget -U 'SomeUserAgent/1.0' -O- 'http://backend.deviantart.com/rss.xml?q=special:dd' 2> /dev/null |

  • grep -Po 'http://[^.]+\.deviantart.com/art/[^"]+-\d+' |

  • sed -r 's/.+-([0-9]+)/http:\/\/www.deviantart.com\/download\/\1\/aa/' |

  • wget -U 'SomeUserAgent/1.0' -i-

This will download the files and name them aa.1, aa.2, aa.3, etc. sequentially so we need to now go through each file and rename it or delete it depending on its file type:

  • FILES=~/deviant/*
  • count=0
  • one=1

  • for f in $FILES

  • do

  • file -b $f

  • echo "Checking file number $count"
  • count=$(($count + $one))

  • if [ "$(file $f|grep JPEG)" ]; then
  • mv ${f} ${count%.*}.jpg



  • elif [ "$(file $f|grep PNG)" ]; then
  • mv ${f} ${count%.*}.png

  • elif [ "$(file $f|grep ASCII)" ]; then

  • echo ”Skip Script file”

  • else
  • rm ${f}

  • fi
  • done

This will go through each file in the directory and either rename, skip or delete it depending on if it is a jpeg/png, script, or anything else. The last line will execute the slideshow script we will write next:

  • bash /home/pi/deviant/slideshow.sh

Now type ctrl+x to save. Next we will create the slideshow script. Type the following:

  • sudo nano slideshow.sh

Once nano has opened enter the following command:

  • fbi -noverbose -m 1920x1080 -a -t 10 /home/pi/deviant/*.jpg /home/pi/deviant/*.png

Now type ctrl+x to save and the slideshow script is done but there is one problem. My screen resolution is 1920 x 1080 so I have set the mode to 1920x1080 but this probably won’t actually work right until we add this mode to the system. You can customize this part to whatever works best for your set up. Type the following to add a mode:

  • sudo nano /etc/fb.modes

Now scroll to the end of the page and enter the new mode:

  • mode "1920x1080"
  • geometry 1920 1080 1920 1080 32
  • timings 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  • accel true
  • rgba 8/16,8/8,8/0,0/0
  • endmode

Now type ctrl+x to save the file. There is one more script to create before we move on. This one is a simple reboot script. Type the following:

  • sudo nano rboot.sh

Once you are inside nano enter the command:

  • sudo reboot

Crtl+x to save and now we have to make these three scripts executable. Type the following commands:

  • sudo chmod +x getart.sh
  • sudo chmod +x slideshow.sh
  • sudo chmod +x rboot.sh

The purpose of the rboot script is to reboot the RPi at midnight everyday. To accomplish this we are going to use cron which is a handy tool for scheduling tasks. First we must start cron at every bootup. Enter the following:

  • sudo nano /etc/rc.local

When the script opens in nano we want to add the following two lines on the line above exit 0.

  • /etc/init.d/cron start
  • bash /home/pi/deviant/getart.sh

Ctrl+x to save. This will start cron and execute the getart script every time the RPi is booted up. Now the final step is to schedule the unit to reboot at midnight everyday. To do that type the following:

  • crontab -e

We need to enter the following command in nano:

  • @midnight /home/pi/deviant/rboot.sh

Again Ctrl+x to save and we are done. Type:

  • sudo reboot

The system is now up and running. So as I mentioned before, there is probably a better way to do some of this stuff and I’ll keep tinkering with it, but it should give you at least a starting point for creating a really simple image viewer.
          NYT Finally Retracts Russia-gate Canard   

NYT Finally Retracts Russia-gate Canard

 

Exclusive: A founding Russia-gate myth is that all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies agreed that Russia hacked into and distributed Democratic emails, a falsehood that The New York Times has belatedly retracted, reports Robert Parry.

By Robert Parry (Updated on July 1 with new NYT deception)

The New York Times has finally admitted that one of the favorite Russia-gate canards – that all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies concurred on the assessment of Russian hacking of Democratic emails – is false.
New York Times building in New York City. (Photo from Wikipedia)
On Thursday, the Times appended a correction to a June 25 article that had repeated the false claim, which has been used by Democrats and the mainstream media for months to brush aside any doubts about the foundation of the Russia-gate scandal and portray President Trump as delusional for doubting what all 17 intelligence agencies supposedly knew to be true.
In the Times’ White House Memo of June 25, correspondent Maggie Haberman mocked Trump for “still refus[ing] to acknowledge a basic fact agreed upon by 17 American intelligence agencies that he now oversees: Russia orchestrated the attacks, and did it to help get him elected.”
However, on Thursday, the Times – while leaving most of Haberman’s ridicule of Trump in place – noted in a correction that the relevant intelligence “assessment was made by four intelligence agencies — the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency. The assessment was not approved by all 17 organizations in the American intelligence community.”
The Times’ grudging correction was vindication for some Russia-gate skeptics who had questioned the claim of a full-scale intelligence assessment, which would usually take the form of a National Intelligence Estimate (or NIE), a product that seeks out the views of the entire Intelligence Community and includes dissents.
The reality of a more narrowly based Russia-gate assessment was admitted in May by President Obama’s Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Obama’s CIA Director John Brennan in sworn congressional testimony.
Clapper testified before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee on May 8 that the Russia-hacking claim came from a “special intelligence community assessment” (or ICA) produced by selected analysts from the CIA, NSA and FBI, “a coordinated product from three agencies – CIA, NSA, and the FBI – not all 17 components of the intelligence community,” the former DNI said.
Clapper further acknowledged that the analysts who produced the Jan. 6 assessment on alleged Russian hacking were “hand-picked” from the CIA, FBI and NSA.
Yet, as any intelligence expert will tell you, if you “hand-pick” the analysts, you are really hand-picking the conclusion. For instance, if the analysts were known to be hard-liners on Russia or supporters of Hillary Clinton, they could be expected to deliver the one-sided reportthat they did.

Politicized Intelligence

In the history of U.S. intelligence, we have seen how this selective approach has worked, such as the phony determination of the Reagan administration pinning the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II and other acts of terror on the Soviet Union.
Hillary Clinton at the Code 2017 conference on May 31, 2017.
CIA Director William Casey and Deputy Director Robert Gates shepherded the desired findings through the process by putting the assessment under the control of pliable analysts and sidelining those who objected to this politicization of intelligence.
The point of enlisting the broader intelligence community – and incorporating dissents into a final report – is to guard against such “stove-piping” of intelligence that delivers the politically desired result but ultimately distorts reality.
Another painful example of politicized intelligence was President George W. Bush’s 2002 National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq’s WMD that removed State Department and other dissents from the declassified version that was given to the public.
Since Clapper’s and Brennan’s testimony in May, the Times and other mainstream news outlets have avoided a direct contradiction of their earlier acceptance of the 17-intelligence-agencies canard by simply referring to a judgment by “the intelligence community.”
That finessing of their earlier errors has allowed Hillary Clinton and other senior Democrats to continue referencing this fictional consensus without challenge, at least in the mainstream media.
For instance, on May 31 at a technology conference in California, Clinton referred to the Jan. 6 report, asserting that “Seventeen agencies, all in agreement, which I know from my experience as a Senator and Secretary of State, is hard to get. They concluded with high confidence that the Russians ran an extensive information war campaign against my campaign, to influence voters in the election.”
The failure of the major news organizations to clarify this point about the 17 agencies may have contributed to Haberman’s mistake on June 25 as she simply repeated the groupthink that nearly all the Important People in Washington just knew to be true.
Even after the correction, the Times quickly returned to its pattern of deceiving its readers regarding the U.S. intelligence assessment. On June 30, a Times article reported: “Mr. Trump has repeatedly cast doubt on the unanimous conclusion of United States intelligence agencies that Russia sought to interfere in the 2016 race.”
The phrasing “unanimous conclusion” again suggests that all 17 intelligence agencies are in accord, albeit without specifically saying so, a journalistic sleight of hand that raises further doubts about the objectivity and honesty of the Times on this issue.
The Times’ belated correction — and its new deceptive formulation — underscore the growing sense that the U.S. mainstream media has joined in a political vendetta against Trump and has cast aside professional standards to the point of repeating false claims designed to denigrate him.
That, in turn, plays into Trump’s Twitter complaints that he and his administration are the targets of a “witch hunt” led by the “fake news” media, a grievance that appears to be energizing his supporters and could discredit whatever ongoing investigations eventually conclude.

Investigative reporter Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. You can buy his latest book, America’s Stolen Narrative, either in print here or as an e-book (from Amazon and barnesandnoble.com).



          Tiroteio em clube nos EUA termina com 28 feridos   
Pelo menos 28 pessoas ficaram feridas, duas delas em estado crítico, na madrugada deste sábado (1º), durante um tiroteio em uma boate no estado americano do Arkansas (sul), informaram as autoridades.

“Não se trata de um ato de terrorismo, mas de uma tragédia. Não parece ter havido premeditação”, disse o prefeito da localidade de Little Rock, Mark Stodola, em uma coletiva de imprensa.

Stodola apontou que o incidente começou com uma briga durante um show no clube noturno Power Ultra Lounge de Little Rock.

“As rivalidades e a presença de armas” agravaram a situação, que derivou em um tiroteio por volta de 02h30 (04h30 no horário de Brasília), disse.

O chefe da polícia, Kenton Buckner, disse que todas as vítimas são negras e têm entre 16 e 35 anos de idade. Duas se encontram em estado crítico.

As autoridades já abriram uma investigação, que conta com a colaboração do FBI e da Agência de Álcool, Tabaco, Armas de Fogo e Explosivos.

“O problema da criminalidade em Little Rock parece estar se agravando”, lamentou o governador do Arkansas, Asa Hutchinson, que repudiou essa “tragédia absurda” e prometeu ajuda por parte do estado.
Fonte: Istoé 

          Grassley: Why hasn't acting FBI chief recused himself on Flynn?   
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is demanding to know why Andrew McCabe hasn't recused himself from a probe into former Trump adviser Michael Flynn, arguing the acting FBI director is creating the "appearance of political bias." Grassley sent...
          SHERIFF BACKS CLAIMS OF FBI-LAWBREAKING IN OREGON STANDOFF   

In a stunning development a year after the standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, where two-dozen armed supporters gathered to protest the courts’ extension of sentences for two ranchers, a sheriff has backed claims of FBI misbehavior.


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          NEW ANTIMULLAH POSTS - CHANGE IN FOCUS   

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 “The News You Need Today…For The World You’ll Live In Tomorrow.”


WITH SO MANY OVERWHELMINGLY CORRUPT AND BASICALLY ILLEGAL AND HIDDEN ANTI-CONSTITUTIONAL ACTIONS BY OBAMA, BRINGING THEM OUT INTO THE OPEN REQUIRES      
A CHANGE IN FOCUS AT ANTI-MULLAH.

FOR INSTANCE, WHILE WE RECEIVE INFORMATION THAT THE OBAMA (PRO-ISLAMIC) MOVEMENT TO INFILTRATE SUPPORTERS OF ISLAM  CONTINUES INTO THE MOST SENIOR AND CRITICAL/SENSITIVE POSSIBLE REGIONS HE HAS NOW PROPOSED

JOHN BRENNAN
A CONVERT TO ISLAM

AS HIS NEXT
HEAD OF THE CIA!!!

Brennan converted during an assignment to Saudi Arabia

THE OTHER INFILTRATOR FROM OBAMA

IS HIS  STAUNCHLY AND VOCALLY PRO-IRAN, FERVENTLY ANTI-ISRAEL CHOICE FOR SECRETARY OF DEFENCE. A MAN THE IRANIAN MULLAHS (UNDENIABLY OUR ENEMIES) STRONGLY ENDORSE AS THEIR PREFERENCE TO HEAD OUR MILITARY!!!

TO CREATE A BROADER INSIGHT INTO THE WORLD STAGE WE SHALL BE POSTING INFORMATION FROM SOCHA FAAL AND WHILE SHE INCLUDES DETAILS THAT FALL INTO THE EDGES OF SPECULATION, YOU SHOULD "DISCOUNT" THE "PSYCHIC" ASPECTS WITHOUT THROWING OUT THE BABY WITH THE BATHWATER.

YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO SELECTIVELY FILTER ONE FROM THE OTHER AND NOT IGNORE TRENDS OF REALITY WOVEN INTO THE DETAILS SHE PRESENTS BUT WHICH HAVE STRONG POINTERS FOR THOSE WHO CAN DISCERN THE DIFFERENCE.

NOTE THAT SHE RECEIVES INFORMATION "AND DISINFORMATION" FROM THE RUSSIAN SECRET SECURITY SERVICES, WHICH HAVE THEIR OWN AGENDAS NOT ALL OF WHICH ARE CONTRARY TO AMERICAN INTERESTS.

READ, ABSORB SORT AND EVALUATE
you will quickly be able to note and compare the Obama treacherous and even treasonous anti-American activity among what she reports.

TAKE YOUR TIME TO AVOID JUMPING TO CONCLUSIONS WHILE LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE DESTRUCTIVE ATROCITIES OBAMA IS DUMPING ON OUR HEADS AT EVERY TURN.

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 “Conspiracy theorists concentrate their time on transmuting the "base matter" of current events, official stories, propaganda and public relations into the gleaming golden truth buried within. They do this through the very right-brained activity of uncovering and inventing connections between disparate elements.
They create story-systems to understand and explain events - essentially a religious activity. For whatever reason, it’s much easier for us to deal with our internal contents by projecting them into the world around us. These outward signs inevitably become carriers of the archetypal content and psychodrama latent in the seeker.
Conspiracy theory also overcomes the strictures of literalism and the problems of simplistic thinking by experimenting with multiplicity of meaning. Ordinary events, people and signs become symbols bristling with complex, malleable, even contradictory meanings. Mystery is revived and idealized. Facts become more than the sum of their parts. Theory becomes poetry and even theology.”
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Top World News Now                 
February 9, 2013


United States
Hundreds of thousands already without power, buried under snow from ongoing blizzard
Obama: 'No reason' for automatic Pentagon cuts
Obama to propose 1 percent pay hike for federal employees
White House won't comment on Brennan's waterboarding dodge
Clinton more popular than Obama, polls show
White House Delivers Dire Warning About Automatic Cuts
Lawmakers test legal waters for regulating drones
Christopher Dorner manhunt: Search for ex-LAPD cop goes on amid California snowstorm
Cop-killer on the run: Largest manhunt in LAPD history spreads to three US states and Mexico
US Air Force veteran added to no-fly list after visiting sickly mom
FBI Sting: California man arrested trying to blow up Oakland Bank of America branch with "Taliban help"
Health Officials: Worst of Flu Season May Be Over
KKK promises the largest rally in the history of Memphis after Confederate parks are renamed
Ohio Amish beard-cutting ringleader gets 15 years  


Russia
Putin: Countering extremists key task for law enforcers
Forward Russia: Grand Sochi project highlights Putin ambition
Migrant workers suffer for Putin's Olympics
Putin presents presidential awards to young scientists
Russia targets Uganda as big market for weapons
Retired intelligence officer gets 13 years for coup plot
New Russian citizens to get call-up for military service
‘I solemnly swear!’ – Russian citizen’s oath considered
Married couple, forced apart in communist Russia, reunite by chance and remarry
Russia, US in Hasid books brawl: Moscow wants recourse over $50,000 daily penalties
In Russia, brazen murder of Chernovik founder is unsolved
Russia's Black Earth Farmers Switch to Corn, Oilseeds for Profit
Reform Quickly or Lose Deals, EU Tells Ukraine
Fascism rehabilitated in Ukraine?


China
Xi Jinping says he welcomes criticism; critics aren’t so sure
Xi Jinping promises a cleaner, greener energy future in China
Chinese leaders send greetings for Lunar New Year
China Denies Directing Radar at Japanese Naval Vessel and Copter
Dangerous dance around disputed islets is becoming ever more worrying
PLA Navy to conduct training drills in western Pacific over Lunar New Year
China threatened by overseas hackers
Former Guangdong official stripped of Party membership
China retrieves defaulted payments for migrant workers
China jails Tibetan man for inciting secession
HP Directs Its Suppliers in China to Limit Student Labor
After Myanmar Violence, Almost 6,000 Rohingyas Arrive in Thailand
North Korea nuclear test may cause volcano eruption near Chinese border
South Korea in 'first strike' alert over tests


United Kingdom
Cameron savors EU budget win as battles loom
Cameron: 'Horsemeat story is shocking'
Britain opens criminal probe of horse meat contamination scandal
Clegg faces a fresh attempt to oust him as Liberal Democrat leader
2.3 million deprived kids absent from UK poverty data
UK investigating allegations of child sex abuse at former RAF base in Germany
Border agency backlog keeps Britons and their foreign spouses in limbo
Experts say DNA crime-fighting in UK 'lagging behind'
New evidence of UK complicity in Libya torture
Tax Rules Waived in Britain to Lure Athletes
Saga of Speeding Politician Rivets Britain
Whitehall spies could already be operating in Scotland
Refuelling and rendition: Ireland's role in the war on terror

European Union
EU budget cut ushers in austerity for first time in union's history
EU leaders agree to push for US trade deal
EU may force banks to help set Euribor to keep it clean
EU Court Strikes Down Swift's Blockade Against Iranian Banks
Greece gets silver lining to budget plans for coming years
Growing Police Brutality in Greece: The Hidden Face of the Crisis
Armenia holds 2 in attack on presidential candidate
Anarchists Claim Responsibility for Attempted Bombing in Spain
Moroccan suspected of being terrorist arrested in Spain
Cyprus Presidential Candidate Wary of EU Bailout Terms
Italy Vote Seen Inconclusive as Risk of Second Ballot Grows
Birth Defects In Multiples On The Rise In Europe


Germany
German Shale-Gas Fracking Rules Sought by Merkel Coalition
Germany Warns on Currency Depreciation
Germany posts second highest trade surplus in 60 years
Topless activists denounce female circumcision at Berlin film festival
German weapons case pits man against gun clubs
Minister's Heritage Sparks Racism Debate
New doubts cast on Holocaust account Nazi child mascot
Swiss Unemployment Returns to a 2.5 Year High
Gun control debate rages in Switzerland
Switzerland Justice Minister Returns Home
Taipei Ministry to ask Switzerland to arrest Zain Dean
Global warming to bring more rain to hydro-dependent Norway
EON Plans Hundreds of Megawatts of Wind Power in Norway, Sweden

France
Illegal Roma evictions in France continue under Hollande
Ayrault says no current plan for Peugeot stake
Ex-US envoy: $17M French ransom funded al-Qaida
France plays down report of ransom paid for Niger hostages
Europe Is Watching as France Weighs Options for Peugeot
French charge north in Mali, Bamako shooting kills two
Symbol of French Republic defaced in art attack
Hollande Eschews Monarch-Style Presidential Monument in Crisis
War For Global Energy Supremacy-World War III
Jets roar over Pacific skies as US military gathers allies in drills, to keep ahead of China
Shooting erupts amid reports of mutiny in Malian capital
Suicide bomber blows himself up near Mali soldiers, first attack of its kind
French intervention 'will cost Mali its independence'
Rebel push into Damascus raises fears of long fight coupled by mass exodus
Syria says 'no truth' Israel targeted convoy
UN Says 5000 Syrians a Day Are Now Fleeing War
Syria military factory blast kills 54
Jihadist group Jabhat al-Nusra is taking over Syria's revolution

Insight Into Today’s News
US Media Yet Again Conceals Newsworthy Government Secrets
Now We Know: War Is Murder
It Can't Happen Here?
The Andromeda Strain, Yes. Jesus, No. Your Tax Dollars at Work.
Remember 1994
Morningland Dairy destroyed by feds, $250,000 inventory stolen by government thugs during armed raid
Department of Homeland Security Targets Gun Collector
CIA Adviser Warns of 'Financial Weapons of Mass Destruction'
Debtors Prisons In The US Are Rapidly Filling With People Who Can’t Pay Bills

Israel
Netanyahu's coalition-building efforts are guided by suspicion and skepticism
Livni will be appointed as minister in charge of peace process
Defense Ministry suspends ties with six firms over alleged fraud
Tel Aviv Hepatitis A outbreak may stem from open-air markets
Abbas to Ahmadinejad: Talk more about Palestine, less about destroying Israel
Palestinian jailed for Abbas Facebook 'insult'
Abbas Meets With Leader of Gaza Terror Group in Cairo
Hamas Weighs Options For Recognizing Israel
Palestinian prisoners in Israel 'smuggling out sperm'


Turkey
Despite US opposition, oil trade with Iraq is legal, PM Erdoğan says
South Cyprus condemns Erdoğan's remarks calling him a 'bully'
Turkey says has spent $600 million on Syria refugees
No strong EU without Turkey, says Italian envoy
Turkey-US Tension Develops Over Al-Qaeda Member  
Ailing ex-general fights for survival after sentence delay
Cargo ship crashes into a passenger seabus in the Bosphorus
Protests grow in Sunni areas in Iraq
Iraqi Kurdistan presses on with oil pipe to Turkey

Egypt
Morsi: Egypt, Turkey to establish joint chamber of commerce
Clashes in Egypt as anti-Morsi camp demands change
Egypt Slams US Senator's 'Morsi Is Our Enemy' Comments
          OUR ENEMY WITHIN   


Iran’s Revolutionary Guard is alive and well in the U.S. and the country’s law enforcement officials ignore them at their peril, according to former U. S. Air Force officer Steven O’Hern.

O’Hern says that the Revolutionary Guard, long an influential factor in the radical Islamic regime in Iran, does most of its surveillance and intelligence gathering through its proxy force, Hezbollah, considered by many to be a terror group.

“In the United States, the Revolutionary Guard uses more than one approach. Hezbollah operatives and sympathizers are present in large numbers in many parts of the United States and actively conduct reconnaissance missions that develop information, photographs, and diagrams of federal buildings, and infrastructure targets,” O’Hern said.

“Those targets include such things as water utilities or electrical substations, and other potential targets to give the Guard the ability to quickly order a terrorist strike in our homeland,” O’Hern said.

He explains that the Revolutionary Guard is working through Shi’a mosques around the United States as well as the nation’s Lebanese immigrant communities.

WND previously reported that a former Iranian official who has knowledge of Iran’s terror network estimated there are more than 40,000 of the regime’s security, intelligence and propaganda forces in the West, largely in friendly South American nations.

And WND has reported that Muslims are using mosques, including some in the United States, as terror command centers.

It is the Guards’ intelligence office that runs financing, recruiting and other strategies through Islamic centers and mosques, including some in New York and Ohio.

And as early as several months ago, the Guard threatened to bring its war to the shores of the United States.
O’Hern, who has written “Iran’s Revolutionary Guard,” about the issue, said the primary mission of the Iran Revolutionary Guard and its Hezbollah proxy is to weaken the U. S. national security.

“In the United States, the Revolutionary Guard and Hezbollah have a long-term mission of gathering intelligence on homeland targets and maintaining the capability to deliver multiple terrorist attacks if the IRGC chooses to do so,” O’Hern said. “I say ‘maintain’ because the Guard has already developed it.”

He said attacks could be ordered in retaliation if Iran’s nuclear program is hit, or, “Sleeper cells could even be ordered into action if economic sanctions were so successful that the regime was in danger.”

“Attacks against the U.S. homeland are only one place where the IRGC can strike – it also can attack U.S. troops and facilities in Afghanistan, Africa, Europe, all of which are closer,” O’Hern said.

O’Hern’s findings are affirmed by the analysis of a former Defense Department analyst who has asked not to be named for security reasons. The analyst points to the major Arab-American communities in the major cities, especially in Dearborn, Mich., and the San Francisco Bay area.
“It is my sense that IRGC will rely more on Hezbollah in the U.S. than having their own operatives here. The reason for that is Hezbollah presence is primarily through the concentration of the Arab-American communities, mainly Lebanese, throughout the U.S., such as in Michigan and elsewhere,” the source said.

Former FBI counterterrorism officer and Islam analyst John Guandolo agrees that the Revolutionary Guard has a presence in the United States, and it operates through the major Shi’a communities.

“This is the Iranian government’s military activity in the U.S,” he said.
Guandolo, who established Guandolo and Associates in 2012, says that when it comes to working to undermine non-Muslim countries, Shi’a and Sunni Muslims work together.

“We do know the Sunni and Shi’a groups that are hostile to the United States are working together. In Lebanon, Iraq, and other places we see Hezbollah, by Iran, and Hamas with al-Qaida, working together on the ground,” Guandolo said.

“In the United States, the largest Muslim Brotherhood organization, the Islamic Society of North America, put forth the ISNA Code of Honor which says Sunni Muslims will not challenge other Muslims, the Shi’a, on their Takfiri, their legitimacy,” Guandolo said.

“All Muslims are focused on a similar goal. In other words, the Muslim world is working towards one goal right now and they have written agreements and are working on the ground around the world together,” Guandolo said, “So, yes, Hamas, CAIR works with Hezbollah, which is basically the IRGC.”

The former Defense Department analyst says the Revolutionary Guard operates the same way worldwide.

“That is similar in Africa and Latin America. Like Iran, Hezbollah is mainly Shi’a, although it will have some Sunnis and even some Christian Lebanese who are sympathetic here,” the former Defense Department analyst said.

“There is a major Hezbollah contingent, for example, in Canada. It would be much easier for Iran to work through them and the extensive Lebanese communities throughout the U.S. than to seek to establish a major independent presence,” the Defense Department analyst said.

Still, he said, it’s possible that the IRGC itself may have operational units working in the United States.

“However, I don’t doubt that IRGC may have some operatives here acting as liaison with the Hezbollah elements here. In Lebanon, the IRGC presence is more open with representatives working out of the Iranian embassy in Beirut,” the Defense Department analyst said.

A former CIA station chief agrees, concluding that in the final analysis, Muslims will work together in combating their major enemy, the United States.

“Like al-Qaida in Sunni mosques, any Lebanese Shi’a or Hezbollah member here is a de facto Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps terrorist. Some 20 percent of all mosques in the U.S. are Shi’a, therefore they are de facto representatives of the Revolutionary Guard,” the former CIA station chief said.

O’Hern says that the IRGC and Hezbollah fund their operations through a set of illegal activities.

“Hezbollah harvests large amounts of money from the United States to support its operations – millions of dollars from criminal enterprises such as narcotics trafficking, the sale of counterfeit goods, and financial crimes are sent back to Hezbollah from our country every year,” O’Hern said.

WND reported in September 2011 that IRGC proxy Hezbollah had been suspected of funding operations by raising money through the network of U.S. Shi’a mosques located in cities with large Lebanese immigrant populations.

Former Air Force and State Department security officer Dave Gaubatz says it appears the reason for raising money is to give money to Hezbollah.

The FBI and the IRS were unavailable for comment on this story. Congressional representatives and federal regulatory agencies also contacted about the issue either referred WND to another office or refused comment.

OBAMA, IN HIS BIASED PRO-SLAMIC FERVOR HAS FORBIDDEN THESE AND OTHERS IN HIS ADMINISRATION FROM LINKING ANY FORM OF ISLAM TO TERRORISM OR EVEN MENTIONING IT IN TRAINING MANUALS, SO THOSE CHARGED WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT HAVE LITTLE OR NO ABILITY TO RECOGNIZE LET ALONE OPPOSE TERRORISM. OR IMPLEMENT COUNTER-MEASURES WITHOUT RISKING THEIR JOBS!



          'Nothing remarkable' about former doctoral student charged with kidnapping Chinese scholar at U. of I. - Chicago Tribune   

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'Nothing remarkable' about former doctoral student charged with kidnapping Chinese scholar at U. of I.
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          McCabe’s FBI Hosts Gay Pride Summit   
Accuracy in Media The FBI may not be able to detect and prevent left-wing violence directed at Republicans playing baseball. But it sure knows how to pander to and entertain the LGBTQ community with a full-blown conference featuring discussions about the oppressive “identity hierarchy.” In an amazing development, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, whose wife […]
          By: Carl Nemo   
Thanks Doug for discussing the republican's last great hope for a victory in four years...NOT! Bobby Jindal’s performance was so amateurish for a politician that’s made it to a state governorship that I’m left hushed as to the caliber of people that inhabit Louisiana, a state known for its propensity for government corruption from the lowest to highest levels. About 20 years ago the state was put on the AAA alert list with a warning to travelers not to leave the main highways to do their sightseeing. It seems that sheriff’s departments throughout the state were stopping folks driving motor homes to search for drugs. After many motor home confiscations it was finally corroborated via sting ops that the deputies in many parishes were planting “sneak bags” of drugs in the vehicles during their searches causing the victims to lose their expensive motor homes. “Looky see here Jethro wut we found here”…Sheriff to one of his depitees… /:| Over the years, more than once, I’ve witnessed the FBI and the U.S. Marshal’s service personnel leading entire Louisiana sheriff’s departments away in leg irons and cuffs for having been caught at their dirty game in one form or another. I also recall that hundreds of “Nawlins” police officers went AWOL during Katrina, most never to be seen again. Unless they could be shaking down the good citizens, they saw no purpose in defending or protecting the city. Senator Vitter was caught in a call girl scandal. The dikes failed because it was discovered that much of the money earmarked for the upgrades over the years had been pilfered by crooked city level politicians. It seems that Louisiana politics is the perfect model for the rebirth of the “rethug” party. It also demonstrates how bankrupt they are in terms of values and morals of any kind. My unsolicited advice to party apparatchiks is to keep people like Jindal and Palin in the forefront so you can sink evermore into the oblivion you so richly deserve. Carl Nemo **==
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          What Happens If Trump’s White House Invokes Executive Privilege?   
Trump doesn't believe the rules apply to him.

Donald Trump’s presidency has been defined by a central theme: Trump’s belief that ordinary rules and laws do not apply to him.

Trump has made clear that he believes it is up to his personal discretion to order torture – even though torture is illegal under all circumstances. In ordering a military strike against Syria in April, Trump brushed aside constitutional requirements that Congress approve such action unless the U.S. faces imminent attack. And he has defended his presidency by falsely claiming that the president is incapable of having conflicts of interest.

I have argued in the past that Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama showed there is reason to be concerned about post-9/11 presidents testing the legal limits of their power. The stakes are even higher now with Trump. He has demonstrated authoritarian tendencies and contempt for the rule of law that goes beyond anything Bush or Obama did.

The issue may be coming to a head with investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible obstruction of justice. As the nation has watched witnesses appear before congressional committees and read Trump’s tweets about Department of Justice officials, the key question to ask now is whether Trump will refuse to let any investigation continue. If he does so successfully, Trump will effectively place himself beyond the reach of the law.

The rule of law

The various ongoing investigations are all, in theory, governed by legal rules. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s task is to speak to witnesses, review documents, gather evidence and decide whether there is any basis for prosecution under federal law. Congressional committees, meanwhile, hear from witnesses who testify under penalty of perjury if they lie under oath.

But such legal rules are not self-enforcing. When the rules are violated or flouted, someone has to act in order to give them force and meaning.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recent testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee is a case in point. Sessions refused to answer a number of questions about communications he’d had with the president. By itself, that is not extraordinary. If the communications were protected by executive privilege or involved classified information involving national security matters, there may have been a legitimate basis for Sessions to decline to answer senators’ questions. After all, the Supreme Court has recognized that the Constitution implicitly allows the president to invoke executive privilege in some circumstances in order to protect the confidentiality of discussions with close advisers in the executive branch.

But Sessions, the top lawyer for the U.S. government, did not point to any legal grounds for his refusal to respond. He simply said he could not speak about private conversations he’d had with the president, and that he was protecting Trump’s ability to claim executive privilege, if he later decided to do so.

Sessions was not the first. A week earlier, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats similarly declined to answer questions involving conversations he’d had with the president. Like Sessions, Coats did not invoke privilege, conceding that he wasn’t sure there was any legal basis he could rely on.

As Sen. Martin Heinrich noted during the hearing, that’s not the way executive privilege is supposed to work. If the administration wants to invoke the privilege, it must do so expressly. In that case, the matter would be worked out either in negotiations between the executive and legislative branches or (less frequently) through review by the federal courts.

Former President Richard Nixon points to the transcripts of the White House tapes. AP Photo

The most famous example of a court weighing in on executive privilege was the Supreme Court’s 1974 decision in U.S. v. Nixon. President Richard Nixon’s administration refused to hand over Oval Office tapes, claiming recorded conversations were protected by executive privilege, as defined by the president. The court rejected this view, observing that constitutional separation of powers depends on checks and balances that prevent any one branch from self-policing. The court found, in this case, the need for checks on power outweighed the executive branch’s interest in keeping discussions confidential. With the specter of impeachment looming over him, Nixon was forced to hand over the tapes. He resigned from office a few weeks later.

At the close of Sessions’ testimony, Sen. Richard Burr instructed Sessions to “work with the White House to see if there are any areas of questions that they feel comfortable with you answering…” That’s not good enough: If the legislative branch is to enforce the rule of law, witnesses must be compelled to answer legitimate questions under oath.

Will Congress act?

Special Counsel Mueller may be investigating the president to determine whether his actions amount to an obstruction of justice. Trump has already fired former FBI Director James Comey, and there is speculation that he might also fire Special Counsel Mueller in an effort to bring the investigation to a close. Sen. Ron Wyden has warned that, if Trump fires Mueller, it would be an attack on the rule of law itself. The onus would fall squarely on Congress to either initiate impeachment proceedings or else acquiesce in a presidential power grab.

As Sen. Heinrich noted, when witnesses refuse to answer questions but fail to provide any sufficient legal reason for doing so, they are obstructing investigation – preventing Congress from carrying out its inquiry. If other senators agreed, they could vote to cite the witness(es) for contempt, which could lead to criminal prosecution.

Congress could also threaten to hold up Trump’s nominations to key positions such as federal court judges, or refuse to move on the administration’s legislative priorities like tax cuts for high earners (it took some similar actions in response to Nixon). Congress could even begin impeachment proceedings if it decided presidential misconduct rose to the constitutional level of “high crimes and misdemeanors” – for instance, if Mueller’s investigation concluded that there is evidence to support this conclusion.

The ConversationOf course, since Republicans are members of the same party as the president, none of this is likely – yet. But if Trump administration officials continue to make investigation difficult, and if Trump escalates an already tense situation by continuing to question Mueller’s legitimacy or even by firing the special counsel, Republicans may face a crucial test on behalf of American constitutional democracy.

Chris Edelson, Assistant Professor of Government, American University

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

 

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          Re: Trump's voter commission already stirring criticism   
I have a premise about voting in elections. The Constitution begins with "WE the PEOPLE... I see that as the first cornerstone of the Constitution; as my first civil right and yes, duty. Anyone who causes a vote to be cast, for any office, for any person, for any party, for any referendum, for any measure when that person does not meet the requirements to vote in that election, precinct, county (parish), or state (commonwealth) has feloniously diminished the power or feloniously increased the power of every legal voter's vote. Thus an illegal vote is a violation of the civil rights every citizen with a legal right to vote, whether the citizen decides to vote or not. I do not want anyone, not a single person, who is eligible to legally vote in our country to be kept from enjoying that basic Constitutional civil right, once per election.

It is, "WE the PEOPLE..." not, "I the people..." not "me the people..." not us people who know better than the rest of the people..." It is the attempt to subvert the will of the people to select their representatives. I don't care if the illegal vote cast is the one vote which would seat the candidate of my choice - I want that illegal voter to go to prison for an attempt to overthrow our basic governmental principle. It would be, "Too Bad Granny, but I'll visit you whenever I'm near the Federal Prison!" With that said...

My lifelong profession caused me to move around the country on many occasions. I always registered to vote and voted wherever I became a new resident. It never occurred to me until the 2012 presidential election that my registrations going back to my first one in 1964 were never cancelled by me when I moved out of that jurisdiction.

I wrote to each of the fourteen registrars with whom I had registered and asked for my voter participation history. Eleven replied. The other three were the earliest and may not have any records still on file, but, gee, it would have been nice to hear something from them.

The eleven replies were interesting. In five instances complete voter participation histories were provided and corresponded with my actual voter participation history. Six replies provided more information than I expected.

Here is what I really did not expect and hoped I would not find. My voter registration was used in six elections after I had moved out of those states, registered in another state and voted in another state in the same election. I guess I committed voter fraud six times or, more accurately, someone used my registration to commit voter fraud in six presidential elections!

My father just complained but never registered to vote. My mother would not miss an election. As her executor and holder of her unrestricted Power of Attorney, I wrote to her last registrar for her voter participation record. I knew she was a diligent citizen, but I was dismayed to find she had risen from the dead to vote in the two presidential elections following her funeral.

That is eight violations of the civil rights of every person who is legally eligible to vote in U.S. national elections and I am damn pissed about it. I only checked on two legal voters, my Mother and I, and found eight illegal votes. I am not the person anyone should try to convince that illegal voting is not a real problem. These eight instances don't even have a home where they can be tallied to create a national database. The FBI Agent I talked with about this just told me straight out - "This would be a lot of paperwork and would not be filed under anything but the legal voter's names. The suspects walked in where there were no cameras, pushed buttons or handled ballots that several hundred other people have probably handled. There is no chain of evidence." I took that to mean that my civil rights might have just as well been violated by a tornado or some other Act of God, except I know this was done by the act of people bent on committing the perfect crime. And because it is a perfect crime, how many times have each one of them done it and how many others have done it? We just don't know!

Running for the President of the local high school's senior class is better regulated.

Each of the Registrars provided me with instructions on how to cancel a voter registration in their jurisdictions in the future and assured me that my registrations in each of the jurisdictions had been nullified before my initial letter to them after they had followed their "normal procedures" to keep the registrations accurate.

None of them replied when I wrote back to thank them, suggest they develop "normal procedures" which would work a little faster and ask who I should see to get those illegal votes purged from the vote tally.
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Ken Starr?

The Ken Starr the The Crook had dropped in after they set up the first Special Prosecutor with a phoney corruption charge? The one that harassed a witness for months on end for refusing to change his story on the Vince Foster caper?

Patrick Knowlton stopped in the park for a rest room break before a long trip home... he parked directly beside Foster's car, got a very good look at it, and had owned Honda's and was familiar with the 3-4 year model versions. He testified beyond any doubt that the car was not Fosters as it was an older model... later proven through Honda paint chips identifying the color that was not available in the model year of Foster's car. So, he was harassed by Starr (that enemy of the Clinton's) AND 12 NAMED FBI Agents and later humiliated in a Grand Jury set up to discredit him. His testimony was given the back page treatment and dismissed as just plain wrong.

Patrick Knowlton sued Starr and all 12 FBI agents by name... the case was of course never allowed to get to trial, so they sent the entire Legal Brief to the 3 Judge Appeals Court Starr was working under. After reviewing the 20+ pages of evidence the court ORDERED Starr to append the entire Brief to his report to document the abuse heaped on a citizen for reporting what he saw that day in the park!

Starr sent copies to all the media WITHOUT the attachment but it is still a formal part of the report. The media have never reported on this amazing miscarriage of justice... and so much for Ken Starr making any effort to investigate Clinton crimes... he was a plant!

The last 21 pages of this PDF of the Starr Report tells the entire story... that the media whores still will not report a word of!!!

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Sad part is... doesn't this all seem so familiar to what's going on in Washington today, with The Clinton Slime Machine and all their captured minions going after Trump!
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          Five Eyes Unlimited: What A Global Anti-Encryption Regime Could Look Like   

This week, the political heads of the intelligence services of Canada, New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States (the "Five Eyes" alliance) met in Ottawa.  The Australian delegation entered the meeting saying publicly that they intended to "thwart the encryption of terrorist messaging." The final communiqué states more diplomatically that "Ministers and Attorneys General [...] noted that encryption can severely undermine public safety efforts by impeding lawful access to the content of communications during investigations into serious crimes, including terrorism. To address these issues, we committed to develop our engagement with communications and technology companies to explore shared solutions."

What might their plan be? Is this yet another attempt to ban encryption? A combined effort to compel ISPs and Internet companies to weaken their secure products? At least one leader of a Five Eyes nation has been talking recently about increasing international engagement with technology companies — with a list of laws in her back pocket that are already capable of subverting encryption, and the entire basis of user trust in the Internet.

Exporting Britain's Surveillance Regime

Before she was elevated to the role of Prime Minister by the fallout from Brexit, Theresa May was the author of the UK's Investigatory Powers bill, which spelled out the UK's plans for mass surveillance in a post-Snowden world.

At the unveiling of the bill in 2015, May's officials performed the traditional dance: they stated that they would be looking at controls on encryption, and then stating definitively that their new proposals included "no backdoors".

Sure enough, the word "encryption" does not appear in the Investigatory Powers Act (IPA). That's because it is written so broadly it doesn't need to.

We've covered the IPA before at EFF, but it's worth re-emphasizing some of the powers it grants the British government.

  • Any "communications service provider" can be served with a secret warrant, signed by the Home Secretary. Communications service provider is interpreted extremely broadly to include ISPs, social media platforms, mail services and other messaging services.
  • That warrant can describe a set of people or organizations that the government wants to spy upon.
  • It can require tech companies to insert malware onto their users' computers, re-engineer their own technology, or use their networks to interfere with any other system.
  • The warrant explicitly allows those companies to violate any other laws in complying with the warrant.
  • Beyond particular warrants, private tech companies operating in the United Kingdom also have to respond to "technical capability notices" which will require them to "To provide and maintain the capability to disclose, where practicable, the content of communications or secondary data in an intelligible form," as well as permit targeted and mass surveillance and government hacking.
  • Tech companies also have to the provide the UK government with new product designs in advance, so that the government can have time to require new "technical capabilities" before they are available to customers.

These capabilities alone already go far beyond the Nineties' dreams of a blanket ban on crypto. Under the IPA, the UK claims the theoretical ability to order a company like Apple or Facebook to remove secure communication features from their products—while being simultaneously prohibited from telling the public about it.

Companies could be prohibited from fixing existing vulnerabilities, or required to introduce new ones in forthcoming products. Even incidental users of communication tech could be commandeered to become spies in her Majesty's Secret Service: those same powers also allow the UK to, say, instruct a chain of coffee shops to use its free WiFi service to deploy British malware on its customers. (And, yes, coffee shops are given by officials as a valid example of a "communications service provider.")

Wouldn't companies push back against such demands? Possibly: but it's a much harder fight to win if it's not just the UK making the demand, but an international coalition of governments putting pressure on them to obey the same powers. This, it seems is what May's government wants next.

The Lowest Common Privacy Denominator

Since the IPA passed, May has repeatedly declared her intent to create a an international agreement on "regulating cyberspace". The difficulty of enforcing many of the theoretical powers of the IPA makes this particularly pressing.

The IPA includes language that makes it clear that the UK expects foreign companies to comply with its secret warrants. Realistically, it's far harder for UK law enforcement to get non-UK technology companies to act as their personal hacking teams. That's one reason why May's government has talked up the IPA as a "global gold standard" for surveillance, and one that they hope other countries will adopt.

In venues like the Five Eyes meeting, we can expect Britain to advocate for others to adopt IPA-like powers. In that, they will be certainly be joined by Australia, whose Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull recently complained in the Australian Parliament that so many tech companies "are based in the United States where a strong libertarian tradition resists Government access to private communications, as the FBI found when Apple would not help unlock the iPhone of the dead San Bernardino terrorist." Turnbull, it seems, would be happy to adopt the compulsory compliance model of the United Kingdom (as would, he implied at the time of the Apple case, would President Trump).

In the meantime, the British authorities can encourage an intermediary step: other governments may be more likely to offer support for a IPA regime if Britain offers to share the results of its new powers with them.

Such information-sharing agreements are the raison d'être of the Five Eyes alliance, which began as a program to co-ordinate intelligence operations between the Anglo-American countries. That the debate over encryption is now taking place in a forum originally dedicated to intelligence matters is an indicator that the states still see extracting private communications as an intelligence matter.

But hacking and the subversion of tech companies isn't just for spies anymore. The British Act explicitly granted these abilities to conduct "equipment interference" to more than just GCHQ and Britain's other intelligence agencies. Hacking and secret warrants can now be used by, among others, the civilian police force, inland revenue and border controls. The secrecy and dirty tricks that used to be reserved for fighting agents of foreign powers is now available for use against a wide range of potential suspects.

With the Investigatory Powers Bill, the United Kingdom is now a country empowered with a blunt tools of surveillance that have no comparison in U.S. or any other countries' law. But, along with its Five Eyes partners, it is also seen as a moderate, liberal democracy, able to be trusted with access and sharing of confidential data. Similarly, Australia is one of the few countries in the world (and the only one of the Five) to legally compel ISPs to log data on their users. Canada conducts the same meta-data surveillance projects as the United States; New Zealand contributes its mass surveillance data to the shared XKEYSCORE project.

While such data-sharing may be business as usual for the Cold War spies, the risk of such unchecked co-operation have been barely considered by the judicial and legislative branches.

In the world of law enforcement, the UK has for the last year conducted a sustained lobbying campaign in the United States Congress to grant its police forces fast-track access to American tech companies' communications data. The UK would be permitted to seize the contents of Google, Facebook and other companies' customers' inboxes without a U.S. court warrant. In return, the U.S. would gain a reciprocal capability over data held in the U.K.

The danger is that, by forging broad agreements between these five countries, all will end up taking advantage of the lowest privacy standards of each. The United Kingdom will become the source of data obtained through the Investigatory Powers Bill; the United States will launder data taken from UPSTREAM and other programs through the United Kingdom's legal system, and so on.

Secret "Five Eyes" is not the venue for deciding on the future of global surveillance. Intelligence agencies and their secret alliances are no model for oversight and control of the much broader surveillance now being conducted on billions of innocent users of the public Internet. The Investigatory Powers Bill is no "gold standard.” Britain's radical new powers shouldn't be exported via the Five Eyes, either through law, or through data-sharing agreements conducted without judicial or legislative oversight.


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          The Mad Chase For Russia-gate Prey   

Authored by Daniel Lazare via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

 

June turned out to be the cruelest month for the Russia-gate industry.

The pain began on June 8 when ex-FBI Director James Comey testified that a sensational New York Times article declaring that “members of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials” was “in the main … not true.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses UN General Assembly on Sept. 28, 2015. (UN Photo)

Then came Republican Karen Handel’s June 20 victory in a special election in Georgia’s sixth congressional district, sparking bitter recriminations among Democrats who had hoped to ride to victory on a Russia-gate-propelled wave of resistance to Trump.

More evidence that the strategy was not working came a day later when the Harris Poll and Harvard’s Center for American Political Studies produced a devastating survey showing that 62 percent of voters see no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, while 54 percent believe the “Deep State” is trying to unseat the President by leaking classified information. The poll even showed a small bounce in Trump’s popularity, with 45 percent viewing him favorably as opposed to only 39 percent for his defeated Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

The mainstream news media also came in for some lumps. On June 23, CNN retracted a story that had claimed that Congress was looking into reports that the Trump transition team met secretly with a Russian investment fund under sanction from the U.S. government. Three days later, CNN announced that three staffers responsible for the blooper – reporter and Pulitzer Prize-nominee Thomas Frank; Pulitzer-winner Eric Lichtblau, late of the New York Times; and Lex Haris, executive editor in charge of investigations – had resigned.

Adding to CNN’s embarrassment, Project Veritas, the brainchild of rightwing provocateur James O’Keefe, released an undercover video in which a CNN producer named John Bonifield explained that the network can’t stop talking about Russia because it boosts ratings and then went on to say about Russia-gate:

Could be bullshit, I mean it’s mostly bullshit right now.  Like, we don’t have any big giant proof. But … the leaks keep leaking, and there are so many great leaks, and it’s amazing, and I just refuse to believe that if they had something really good like that, that wouldn’t leak because we’ve been getting all these other leaks. So I just feel like they don’t really have it but they want to keep digging. And so I think the president is probably right to say, like, look, you’re witch-hunting me, like, you have no smoking gun, you have no real proof.

Project Veritas also released an undercover video interview with CNN contributor Van Jones calling the long-running probe into possible collusion between Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia a “nothing-burger,” a position similar to the skepticism that Jones has displayed in his on-air comments.

True, the Bonifield video was only a medical reporter sounding off about a story that he’s not even covering and doing so to a dirty-trickster who has received financing from Trump and who, after another undercover film stunt, was ordered in 2013 to apologize and pay $100,000 to an anti-poverty worker whose privacy he had invaded.

Good for Ratings

But, still, Bonifield’s “president-is-probably-right” comment is hard to shake. Ditto Van Jones’ “nothing-burger.” Unless both quotes are completely doctored, it appears that the scuttlebutt among CNNers is that Russia-gate is a lot of hot air but no one cares because it’s sending viewership through the roof.

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow

And if that’s what CNN thinks, then it may be what MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow thinks as she also plays the Russia card for all it’s worthIt may also be what The Washington Post has in the back of its mind even while hyperventilating about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “crime of the century, an unprecedented and largely successful destabilizing attack on American democracy.”

The New York Times also got caught up in its enthusiasm to hype the Russia-gate case on June 25 when it ran a story slamming Trump for “refus[ing] to acknowledge a basic fact agreed upon by 17 American intelligence agencies that he now oversees: Russia orchestrated the attacks [on Democratic emails], and did it to help get him elected.”

The “17-intelligence-agency” canard has been a favorite go-to assertion for both Democrats and the mainstream news media, although it was repudiated in May by President Obama’s Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and CIA Director John Brennan.

So, on June 29, the Times apparently found itself with no choice but to issue a correction stating: “The [Russia-hacking] assessment was made by four intelligence agencies — the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency. The assessment was not approved by all 17 organizations in the American intelligence community.”

This point is important because, as Consortiumnews.com and other non-mainstream news outlets have argued for more than a month, it is much easier to manipulate a finding by hand-picking analysts from a small number of intelligence agencies than by seeking the judgments and dissents from all 17.

Despite the correction, the Times soon returned to its pattern of shading the truth regarding the U.S. intelligence assessment. On June 30, a Times article reported: “Mr. Trump has repeatedly cast doubt on the unanimous conclusion of United States intelligence agencies that Russia sought to interfere in the 2016 race.”

The Times’ phrase “unanimous conclusion” conveys the false impression that all 17 agencies were onboard without specifically saying so, although we now know that the Times’ editors are aware that only selected analysts from three agencies plus the DNI’s office were involved.

In other words, the Times cited a “unanimous conclusion of United States intelligence agencies” to mislead its readers without specifically repeating the “all-17-agencies” falsehood. This behavior suggests that the Times is so blinded by its anti-Trump animus that it wants to conceal from its readers how shaky the whole tale is.

Holes from the Start

But the problems with Russia-gate date back to the beginning. Where Watergate was about a real burglary, this one began with a cyber break-in that may or may not have occurred. In his June 8 testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey conceded that the FBI never checked the DNC’s servers to confirm that they had truly been hacked.

Former FBI Director James Comey

COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN RICHARD BURR: Did you ever have access to the actual hardware that was hacked?  Or did you have to rely on a third party to provide you the data that they had collected?

 

COMEY: In the case of the DNC, and, I believe, the DCCC [i.e. the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee], but I’m sure the DNC, we did not have access to the devices themselves.  We got relevant forensic information from a private party, a high-class entity, that had done the work.  But we didn’t get direct access.

 

BURR: But no content?

 

COMEY: Correct.

 

BURR: Isn’t content an important part of the forensics from a counterintelligence standpoint?

 

COMEY: It is, although what was briefed to me by my folks — the people who were my folks at the time – is that they had gotten the information from the private party that they needed to understand the intrusion by the spring of 2016.

The FBI apparently was confident that it could rely on such “a high-class entity” as CrowdStrike to tell it what it needed to know. Yet neither the Democratic National Committee nor CrowdStrike, the Irvine, California, cyber-security firm the DNC hired, was remotely objective.

Hillary Clinton was on record calling Putin a “bully” whose goal was “to stymie, to confront, to undermine American power” while Dmitri Aperovitch, CrowdStrike’s chief technical officer, is a Russian émigré who is both anti-Putin personally and an associate of the Atlantic Council, a pro-Clinton/anti-Russian think tank that is funded by the Saudis, the United Arab Emirates and the Ukrainian World Congress. The Atlantic Council is one of the most anti-Russian voices in Washington.

So, an anti-Putin DNC hired an anti-Putin security specialist, who, to absolutely no one’s surprise, “immediately” determined that the break-in was the work of hackers “closely linked to the Russian government’s powerful and highly capable intelligence services.”

Comey’s trust in CrowdStrike was akin to cops trusting a private eye not only to investigate a murder, but to determine if it even occurred. Yet the mainstream media’s pack journalists saw no reason to question the FBI because doing so would not accord with an anti-Trump bias so pronounced that even journalism profs have begun to notice.

Doubts about CrowdStrike

Since CrowdStrike issued its findings, it has come under wide-ranging criticism. Cyber experts have called its analysis inconsistent because while praising the alleged hackers to the skies (“our team considers them some of the best adversaries out of all the numerous nation-state, criminal and hacktivist/terrorist groups we encounter on a daily basis”), CrowdStrike says it was able to uncover their identity because they made kindergarten-level mistakes, most notably uploading documents in a Russian-language format under the name “Felix Edmundovich,” a reference to Felix E. Dzerzhinsky, founder of the Soviet secret police.

Couple walking along the Kremlin, Dec. 7, 2016. (Photo by Robert Parry)

“Raise your hand if you think that a GRU or FSB officer would add Iron Felix’s name to the metadata of a stolen document before he released it to the world while pretending to be a Romanian hacker,” wisecracked cyber-skeptic Jeffrey Carr.

Others noted how easy it is for even novice hackers to leave a false trail. In Seattle, cyber-sleuths Mark Maunder and Rob McMahon of Wordfence, makers of a popular computer-security program, discovered that “malware” found in the DNC was an early version of a publicly available program developed in the Ukraine – which was strange, they said, because one would expect Russian intelligence to develop its own tools or use ones that were more up to date.

But even if the malware was Russian, experts pointed out that its use in this instance no more implicates Russian intelligence than the use of an Uzi in a bank robbery implicates Mossad.

Other loose threads appeared. In January, Carr poured cold water on a subsequent CrowdStrike report charging that pro-Russian separatists had used similar malware to zero in on pro-government artillery units in the eastern Ukraine.

The Ukrainian ministry of defense and the London think tank from which CrowdStrike obtained much of its data agreed that the company didn’t know what it was talking about. But if CrowdStrike was wrong about the Ukraine case, how could everyone be sure it was right about the DNC?

In March, Wikileaks went public with its “Vault 7” findings showing, among other things, that the CIA has developed sophisticated software in order to scatter false clues – which inevitably led to dark mutterings that maybe the agency had hacked the DNC itself in order to blame it on the Russians.

Finally, although Wikileaks policy is never to comment on its sources, Julian Assange, the group’s founder, decided to make an exception.

“The Clinton camp has been able to project a neo-McCarthyist hysteria that Russia is responsible for everything,” he told journalist John Pilger in November. “Hillary Clinton has stated multiple times, falsely, that 17 U.S. intelligence agencies had assessed that Russia was the source of our publications. That’s false – we can say that the Russian government is not the source.”

Craig Murray, an ex-British diplomat who is a Wikileaks adviser, disclosed that he personally flew to Washington to meet with a person who was either the original source or an associate of the source. Murray said the motive for the leak was “disgust at the corruption of the Clinton Foundation and the tilting of the primary election playing field against Bernie Sanders.”

Conceivably, such contacts could have been cutouts to conceal from WikiLeaks the actual sources. Still, Wikileaks’ record of veracity should be enough to give anyone pause. Yet the press either ignored the WikiLeaks comments or, in the case of The Washington Post, struggled to prove that WikiLeaks was lying.

Unstable Foundation

The stories that have been built upon this unstable foundation have proved shaky, too. In March, the Times published a front-page exposé asserting that Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort “had regular communications with his longtime associate – a former Russian military translator in Kiev who has been investigated in Ukraine on suspicion of being a Russian intelligence agent.”  But if the man was merely a suspected spy as opposed to a convicted one, then what’s the problem?

President Donald Trump being sworn in on Jan. 20, 2017. (Screen shot from Whitehouse.gov)

The article also noted that Jason Greenblatt, a former Trump lawyer who is now a special White House representative for international negotiations, met last summer with Rabbi Berel Lazar, “the chief rabbi of Russia and an ally of Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin.” But an Orthodox Jew paying a call on Russia’s chief rabbi is hardly extraordinary. Neither is the fact that the rabbi is a Putin ally since Putin enjoys broad support in the Russian Jewish community.

In April, the Times published another innuendo-laden front-page story about businessman Carter Page whose July 2016 trip to Moscow proved to be “a catalyst for the F.B.I. investigation into connections between Russia and President Trump’s campaign.”

Page’s sins chiefly consist of lecturing at a Moscow academic institute about U.S.-Russian relations in terms that The New York Times believed “echoed the position of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia” and, on another occasion, meeting with a suspected Russian intelligence agent in New York.

“There is no evidence that Mr. Page knew the man was an intelligence officer,” the article added. So is it now a crime to talk with a Russian or some other foreign national who, unbeknownst to you, may turn out to be an intelligence agent?

Then there is poor Mike Flynn, driven out as national security adviser after just 24 days in office for allegedly misrepresenting conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak – exchanges during the Trump transition that supposedly exposed him to the possibility of Russian blackmail although U.S. intelligence was monitoring the talks and therefore knew their exact contents. And, since the Russians no doubt assumed as much, it’s hard to see what they could have blackmailed him with. [See Consortiumnews.com’s “Turning Gen. Flynn into Road Kill.”]

Yet the mainstream media eagerly gobbled up this blackmail possibility while presenting with a straight face the claim by Obama holdovers at the Justice Department that the Flynn-Kislyak conversations might have violated the 1799 Logan Act, an ancient relic that has never been used to prosecute anyone in its entire two-century history.

So, if the scandal is looking increasingly threadbare now, could the reason be that there was little or nothing to it when it was first announced during the final weeks of the 2016 campaign?

Although it’s impossible to say what evidence might eventually emerge, Russia-gate is looking more and more like a Democratic version of Benghazi, a pseudo-scandal that no one could ever figure out but which wound up making Hillary Clinton look like a persecuted hero and the Republicans seem like obsessed idiots.

As much as that epic inquiry turned out to be mostly a witch-hunt, Americans are beginning to sense the same about Washington’s latest game of “gotcha.”

The United States is still a democracy in some vague sense of the word, and “We the People” are losing patience with subterranean maneuvers on the part of the Democrats, the neoconservatives, and the intelligence agencies seeking to reverse a presidential election.

Like Benghazi or possibly even the Birthergate scam about President Obama’s Kenyan birthplace, the whole convoluted Russia-gate tale grows stranger by the day.


          Comment on Sunday Open Thread || July 1, 2017 by srdem65   
About the Joe&Mika story - well, that sure went off into the weeds of a Nat'l Enquirer hit piece, the Pres's son-in-law, and a weak attempt to accuse the President of blackmail. Blackmail! - Joe wanted a potential story of his affair with Mika killed, Jared is said to suggest Joe apologize to the President and all will be well. The "blackmail" (according to Joe) was apologize or else. Good grief. What a big honkin' mess of bruised egos that show all parties to be petty and silly. Putting together some pieces of information has brought some interesting facts to light about MrTrump, GenFlynn, and the FBI Comey. 1. Joe&Mika's constant verbal attacks on MrTrump were personal grievances meant to hurt him for not stopping an embarrassing story about their sneaky affair. 2. GenFlynn's problems started when he intervened into a sexual harassment charge brought by a friend against someone in the FBI. 3. Comey was pressured by the Dems to keep the phony story of Russian collusion alive even though there was nothing to it. He rebelled with his "memo" about Loretta Lynch's interference into the Clinton emails by outing her to the Congressional committee and forcing the appointment of a special consul who will eventually charge members of the Obama administration with multiple violations - not the Trump people or even MrTrump. This is better and more fascinating than the tales of the Borgias or the court of Henry VIII. Heads will roll, but whose?
          FBI investigating Chinese hack of FDIC computers   
Russia isn’t the only source of cyber attacks the US is facing recently. The FBI has opened an investigation into the breaches of Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) computer systems by Chinese hackers for several years starting in 2010. According to Reuters, it’s believed that these attacks were sponsored by China’s military, and resulted in the compromise of dozens of … Continue reading
          One of the copyright's scummiest trolls loses his law license   

For more than four years, we've chronicled the sleazy story of Prenda Law, a copyright troll whose extortion racket included genuinely bizarre acts of identity theft, even weirder random homophobic dog-whistles, and uploading their own porn movies to entrap new victims, and, naturally, an FBI investigation into the firm's partners' illegal conduct. (more…)


          Trump Renames FBI ‘Female Body Inspectors’, Appoints Self As Head   

FBIThe ongoing saga between President Trump and the FBI has taken yet another shocking turn. It has been reported that Donald Trump has dismissed Christopher Wray as head of the FBI, mere days after appointing him. The move is apparently part of a range of sweeping changes the president has planned for the ostensibly non-partisan […]

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          'Nobody saw this coming': Arrest in Chinese scholar's disappearance stuns U. of I. community - Chicago Tribune   

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          Review: True Love Lost - Morgan Kelley Blog Tour   
Today on the blog we have a review of Morgan Kelley's True Love Lost, book three in her FBI Romance series. 

Callen Whitefox has a new lease on life. The choice to join the FBI was an easy one, and he has no plans on looking back. After all, he wanted off the Rez and into the world his brother now calls home. With the prospects of a new career and a chance at love, he is on cloud nine. Once could say invincible.

Then comes death.

On his first day back from Quantico, he takes an assignment with the unique Desdemona Adare. It’s supposed to be an easy job. Go in, assess the situation and keep an eye on the new ME as she starts processing the crime scene.

The killer has other plans. Someone believes that the men in town need to die, and the killer is doing a damn fine job at leaving a trail of bodies. Each victim missing one part, and then left discarded. Callen Whitefox gets his wish of working side by side with his family, and the distracting Doctor Adare. Soon he sees that things are rarely what they appear to be, and it becomes a race to survive the snowy town and a killer that needs ‘just one more piece’… 


And now the review, written by Carla Rogers*

This book begins with the reintroduction of our favorite three characters - Elizabeth, Ethan and a returning Callen. He’s been away at the FBI getting certified to be Liaison to the Native American Community.

In the last Books, Sacred Burial Grounds, we get an inkling that Callen is already in love with Elizabeth, but because of his betrayal, he’s terrified to cross a line.

In comes Desdemona Adare, as the FBI West Medical Examiner. She’s not your average ME. Morgan Kelley made her a little ‘Abby’ from NCIS and a little ‘Temperance Brennan’ from Bones (in my opinion). She’s awkward and a little gothy all rolled into one. She immediately has a connection with Callen, and he does with her.

The only problem for them is, all through the book you get this sense that she’s just not the woman for him and as you’re reading you want to keep warning both of them that they shouldn’t be together! (Read the letter from the author at the end of the book!)

I won’t tell you what happens at the end, because it will ABSOLUTELY ruin it, but I will tell you that the killer is a homicidal lunatic and Elizabeth once again takes care of business when her family is threatened.

It’s a fast paced book with one hell of a twist at the end that will make you sit there and shout ‘OMG!’ as you hit the last few pages. I never saw it coming and loved every second of it! It makes me think the author is a little sick and twisted herself!

Morgan Kelley doesn’t disappoint with the killer, the romance, the family connection or the emotions in this book. This book is going to leave you hooked. It made me immediately download the next one in the series and start reading it. I was up until three a.m. on a work night and paid dearly for it the next day, but it was so worth it!

True Love Lost is a really solid, fun, and enjoyable book that keeps you wanting more. By the third book in the series, sometimes the author starts to get weak with the action, romance and writing. Not this one.

Trust me, the sex is spectacular, the twists and turns unpredictable, and the storyline is excellent.

Morgan Kelley is one of my new favorite authors.

Morgan Kelley lives in the beautiful Pocono Mountains with her husband and two children. After attending college at Penn State University and studying Criminal Justice, Morgan knew here only true passion in life would be murder and books. She put them both together and began her career as a writer. Other than books and writing, you can find Morgan hanging out in her garden and digging in the dirt.

Her other works include: The Junction, Serial Sins, The Killing Times (book 1), Sacred Burial Grounds (book 2), True Love Lost (book 3), Deep Dark Mire (book 4), Fire Burns hot (book 5) The Blood Betrayal, The Blood Redemption, The Blood Vengeance, and The Blood Retribution.
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Darkness Of Truth (6) Out summer of 2013
Home Sweet Evil (7) Out for Halloween 2013 
 
Please feel free to visit Morgan at her website: www.morgankelley.com, drop her an email at author.m.kelley@gmail.com, or pop into her blog at www.morgankelley.blogspot.com

*This review was written by a third party and in no way reflects the opinions of the blogger.

          Black Mass Review   

black mass reviewRemember Jack Nicholson’s gangster in The Departed? Well, you’ll be interested to know, that he is sort-of-not-really based on real-life criminal Whitey Bulger. You’ll be equally interested to know, that Bulger was also an FBI informant, who used his lawful connections to eliminate the competition, thus rising to the top of Boston’s crime empire. Black […]

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          Sicario Review – 5 Stars   

sicarioAmerica likes to declare war on things. The War on Slavery. The War on Poverty. The War On Terror. Sicario is set in The War on Drugs. Along the Mexican border, the FBI do their best to crack down on crime, but their efforts are futile. It’s like trying to put out a forest fire […]

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          “A substantial expansion of the FBI’s power to monitor innocent Americans”   
Julian Sanchez on the changes to the FBI’s domestic rulebook: The change in the rules will remove a crucial deterrent for any of the 14,000 FBI employees who might be tempted to use their government access to all kinds of databases for improper personal ends, or to flout rules prohibiting religious, racial and political profiling. […]
          Industrial espionage, Chinese style   
Another good post at Strategy Page on the recent uptick in detection of Chinese industrial spies in the United States, and how this may not be a result of more successful anti-espionage efforts by the FBI or CIA — it may just be a by-product of stepped up efforts by China’s intelligence services: For over […]
          Man charged in kidnapping of visiting Chinese scholar   
iStock/Thinkstock(CHAMPAIGN, Ill.) — An Illinois man was arrested and charged Friday with kidnapping a visiting scholar from China, who authorities now believe to be dead after she disappeared three weeks ago. Brendt Christensen, 28, of Champaign, Illinois, has been charged in a federal criminal complaint with abducting Yingying Zhang, who vanished shortly after she stepped off a transit bus near the University of Illinois campus in July. The complaint, which was filed in federal court on Friday, alleges that Christensen’s cellphone was used in April to visit an online forum entitled “Abduction 101,” including sub-threads called “Perfect Abduction Fantasy” and “Planning a Kidnapping.” Zhang, the 26-year-old daughter of a working-class factory driver from China, was reported missing by a University of Illinois associate professor on June 9, just weeks after she arrived on the Urbana-Champaign campus as an international scholar researching photosynthesis and crop productivity. According to a 10-page affidavit filed by FBI Special Agent Anthony Manganaro, Christensen was caught on an audio recording while under law enforcement surveillance on...
          Former House intel staffer: The Trump-Russia probe is the 'successor to Watergate'   

Donald Trump

Michael Bahar, a former top Democratic aide on the House Intelligence Committee, said the panel's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and President Donald Trump's campaign's possible role in it is the "successor to Watergate." 

Bahar's comments were published in a Politico report on Saturday, which said that Bahar had had "unparalleled" access to the committee's most sensitive deliberations and inner workings. He recently left the committee to take a job at the law firm Eversheds Sutherland. 

Bahar said that although his leave was planned far in advance, he found it difficult to depart because of the Trump-Russia probe's significance at this time.  

"This is in a sense having to step aside from history," he said. 

A breakdown in bipartisanship

Bahar said the deterioration in the relationship between committee chairman Devin Nunes and ranking member Adam Schiff was difficult to watch for staffers who had taken pride in the intelligence committee's reputation for bipartisanship. 

"For those people that had been around the longest, I think there was — I would describe it as sadness through this, because this is not what we're used to," the former staffer told Politico. 

Nunes initially spearheaded the House Russia probe but was forced to step aside following his decision to bypass the rest of his committee and brief Trump on classified documents he said showed that members of Trump's transition team had been swept up in government surveillance. Reports have indicated that he received the documents from White House officials. 

Following Nunes' departure from the Russia investigation, Republican Rep. Mike Conaway of Texas took over leadership. But because he remains the committee's chairman, Nunes is still somewhat involved in the Russian probe — The Washington Post reported last month that after his recusal, Nunes approved five to six "unmasking" requests to US spy agencies related to Russia's election interference. The Post added that the requests were made with respect to both the Trump campaign and the Hillary Clinton campaign. 

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The Post's report drew Nunes into the spotlight once again, and one Democratic committee aide told Business Insider in an earlier interview that Democrats felt the chairman had "gone rogue." The aide added that Nunes and other Republicans on the panel were trying to make unmaskings the focal point of the investigation to divert attention from the growing Trump-Russia controversy.  

Bahar, the former Democratic staffer, told Politico that the partisan fraying of relations between panel members had left staffers "shaken." But he added that Conaway's leadership after Nunes' recusal had somewhat mended the problem, saying Conaway was "truly trying to follow the facts wherever they lead." 

The question of collusion comes down to one thing

Bahar told Politico that the question of whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to hand Trump the presidency comes down to intent. 

Since the Russia investigations have gained momentum, executive branch officials such as Attorney General Jeff Sessions, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and senior adviser Jared Kushner have come under scrutiny for their contacts with Russia. Sessions recused himself from any current or future investigations involving the Trump campaign when it emerged that he had failed to disclose contacts he'd had with Russia's ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak. 

Flynn was forced to resign as national security adviser when it was reported that he had spoken to Kislyak about US sanctions during the presidential transition period and lied to Vice President Mike Pence about it. Former acting attorney general Sally Yates later revealed that she had warned the White House that Flynn could be vulnerable to Russian blackmail weeks before he resigned. Since then, Flynn has increasingly emerged as a central figure in the investigation and he has since been subpoenaed by both the House and Senate intelligence committees. Flynn is also under a separate FBI investigation for failing to register as a foreign agent when he did lobbying work for the Turkish government. 

Jared Kushner

Kushner dominated headlines when The Washington Post broke a bombshell report in May which said Kushner had proposed setting up a back channel of communication between Trump and Moscow using Russian facilities. Kushner's reported request alarmed national security experts and former intelligence officials, who were baffled by the request and balked at the suggestion to use Russian facilities. 

"We know that there were people who didn’t fully disclose meetings with a foreign power," Bahar told Politico. "We know that there are people who didn’t reveal the sources of their income, foreign sources of their income. Was that because of a lack of memory, inability to fill out forms, disdain for the forms, or was it something else?"

Bahar's assessment has been echoed by legal analysts across the spectrum, and the question of intent has also been raised in the ongoing debate over whether Trump obstructed justice by firing then-FBI director James Comey, who was leading the FBI's own investigation into Russia's election interference and the Trump campaign's possible role in it. 

Following Comey's removal, Trump told NBC News' Lester Holt that "this Russia thing" had been a factor in his decision. It later emerged that one day after firing Comey, Trump told Russian officials in an Oval Office meeting that Comey was "a real nut job" and that firing him had taken "great pressure" off of him. The controversy gained steam when Comey revealed, in a memo and later in his testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee, that Trump had personally asked him to drop the FBI's investigation into Flynn.

Trump's statements don't individually rise to the level of obstruction of justice, said Jens David Ohlin, an associate dean at Cornell Law School and an expert on criminal law. "The obstruction of justice would flow from the entire landscape of Trump's behavior: telling Comey to back off on the Flynn investigation, firing him when he wouldn't, and then admitting on national television that he dismissed Comey because of the Russia investigation," Ohlin said.

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He added that Trump's statement to the Russians in the Oval Office added weight to the inference that Trump used his executive authority to fire Comey to stymie a federal investigation. "His statement to the Russians is indirect evidence of Trump's corrupt intent when he fired Comey," Ohlin said. "It's very significant in that regard." 

Overall, however, legal experts agree that intent is difficult to prove, both in Trump's case and in the case of his campaign advisers and executive branch officials. And it's likely the question won't be answered anytime soon. 

"I know there's a perception that things sort of stopped," Bahar told Politico, referring to speculation that the House intel committee's investigation stalled after Nunes' recusal. "But to be honest with you, it really didn't, just because there was so much information coming in, so much information to absorb." 

He also said the investigation may run into next year. "There are so many tentacles and so many rocks to look under," he said. "And every time you look under another rock, you find some more rocks. I don’t think there’s a quick resolution to this."

In addition to the House and Senate intelligence committees' investigations, the FBI's investigation is also ongoing and led by special counsel Robert Mueller, who was appointed to spearhead the probe following Comey's dismissal. 

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          'I was recruited to collude with the Russians': An unexpected player has added a new layer to the Trump campaign's Russia ties   

Michael Flynn

Hackers believed to be Russian discussed how to steal Hillary Clinton's emails from her private server and transfer them to Michael Flynn via an intermediary, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, citing reports compiled by US intelligence agencies investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

One of those intermediaries, according to The Journal, may have been a GOP operative named Peter Smith — an 80-year-old opposition researcher who assembled a team of technology experts, lawyers and a Russian-speaking investigator in September to track down hacking groups with access to the 33,000 emails Clinton deleted from her private server that she said were personal in nature.

While Smith cited a working relationship with Flynn's consulting firm, Flynn Intel Group, when trying to recruit new team members, the Journal could not verify whether Flynn knew what Smith was doing, or if he knew him at all.

But one of the people Smith appears to have tried to recruit, Matt Tait, relayed his interactions with Smith in a first-person blog post for Lawfare published on Friday night — and noted that  "it was immediately apparent that Smith was both well connected within the top echelons of the [Trump] campaign and he seemed to know both Lt. Gen. [Michael] Flynn and his son well." 

Tait, a cybersecurity researcher and former information security specialist at Britain's Government Communications Headquarters, was an unnamed source for the Journal's first article about Smith and a named source for the second.

The second, published on Friday, described how Smith listed top Trump advisers Kellyanne Conway, Steve Bannon, and Sam Clovis as part of a group he had formed to conduct opposition research on Clinton — research that involved asking hackers, Russian or not, whether they had her missing emails. 

"A few weeks into my interactions with Smith, he sent me a document, ostensibly a cover page for a dossier of opposition research to be compiled by Smith’s group, and which purported to clear up who was involved," Tait recalled for Lawfare.

He continued:

"The document was entitled 'A Demonstrative Pedagogical Summary to be Developed and Released Prior to November 8, 2016,' and dated September 7. It detailed a company Smith and his colleagues had set up as a vehicle to conduct the research: “KLS Research”, set up as a Delaware LLC “to avoid campaign reporting,” and listing four groups who were involved in one way or another. The first group, entitled “Trump Campaign (in coordination to the extent permitted as an independent expenditure)” listed a number of senior campaign officials: Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, Sam Clovis, Lt. Gen. Flynn and Lisa Nelson."

Tait said that he didn't view this as "merely a name-dropping exercise."

"This document was about establishing a company to conduct opposition research on behalf of the campaign, but operating at a distance so as to avoid campaign reporting," Tait said. "Indeed, the document says as much in black and white...the combination of Smith’s deep knowledge of the inner workings of the campaign, this document naming him in the 'Trump campaign' group, and the multiple references to needing to avoid campaign reporting suggested to me that the group was formed with the blessing of the Trump campaign."

FILE PHOTO: - U.S. President Donald Trump (L-R), joined by Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Vice President Mike Pence, senior advisor Steve Bannon, Communications Director Sean Spicer and then National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, speaks by phone with Russia's President Vladimir Putin in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. on January 28, 2017.     REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo

Smith apparently contacted Tait after seeing his Twitter account, where Tait had spent a "great deal of time" analyzing the Clinton emails released by the State Department in response to Freedom of Information Act requests throughout 2015.

"Smith implied that he was a well-connected Republican political operative," Tait recalled on Lawfare, and had contacted him because he believed "that Clinton’s private email server had been hacked—in his view almost certainly both by the Russian government and likely by multiple other hackers too."

Smith mentioned that someone on the Dark Web had contacted him claiming to have Clinton's emails, Tait wrote, and wanted Tait to help him verify if they were real.

Tait went along with it, he said, because he wanted to find out more about this "dark web" figure — was it a hoax, or was it a Russian intelligence front trying to use Smith as the "intermediary" the US intelligence community later described?

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Tait never found out, and, to this day, there is no evidence the hackers infiltrated Clinton's server. But Tait soon realized that, to Smith, it didn't matter if the hackers were Russian. 

"In my conversations with Smith and his colleague, I tried to stress this point: if this dark web contact is a front for the Russian government, you really don’t want to play this game," Tait wrote. "But they were not discouraged."

Conway and Bannon told the Journal that they had never met Smith. Conway said she had heard of him in Republican circles but never interacted with him directly; Bannon said he'd "never heard of KLS Research or Peter Smith."

Still, Tait's story and the Journal's reporting will likely be of interest to special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the FBI's investigation into whether any of Trump's associates colluded with Russia to undermine Clinton during the election.

Conway and Bannon are not under FBI investigation. But Flynn's potential ties to Russia have been of particular interest to the bureau and the congressional intelligence committees because of his conversations with Russia's ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak, that eventually led to his ouster.

Russian officials bragged about their close relationship to Flynn last year, according to intercepted communications described to CNN, and boasted that they could use him to influence Trump. The way the Russians were talking about Flynn "was a five-alarm fire from early on," a former Obama administration official said.

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          House panel approves yanking money for new FBI headquarters   

A House panel Thursday approved stripping money from the proposed new headquarters for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, an ominous sign for a project that is already facing challenges under the Trump administration.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers has been putting aside money for the headquarters...


          Fyre Festival Organizer Arrested for Wire Fraud, Faces 20 Years in Prison   
An FBI Investigation has turned up that Billy MacFarland allegedly defrauded investors by claiming the Fyre Festival had taken in more money than it had. Continue reading…
          Man held in Chinese scholar's kidnapping was grad student - Washington Post   

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          FBI Investigating 1,000 ISIS-Related Threats in All 50 U.S. States   
Days after Charlotte-area ISIS sympathizer Justin Sullivan was sentenced to life for planning mass murder..
          Neil J. Welch, 90, FBI agent who oversaw Abscam investigation   
Neil J. Welch, who during a storied career in the FBI defied J. Edgar Hoover, oversaw the infamous ABSCAM public corruption investigation, and ran the bureau's Philadelphia field office, died Friday after a short illness. He was 90.
          Comment on NYT Finally Retracts Russia-gate Canard by TWenner   
And the NSA only had medium confidence when they made their conclusion, while the FBI never looked at the DNC servers.
          Bill Would Bar Pentagon From Business With Russian Cyber Firm Kaspersky - NBCNews.com   

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          Administrative Assistant to Superintendent and Board of Directors (DO) - GRESHAM-BARLOW SD 10J - Gresham, OR   
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          Sony Hack Highlights The Global Underground Market For Malware    
There are global underground markets where anyone can buy and sell all the malicious code for an attack like the one North Korea is accused of unleashing on Sony Pictures. These underground markets not only make it more difficult to trace who is responsible for any given hack — they also make launching a sophisticated attack against a global company much easier. Marc Rogers, a principle researcher at the computer security company, CloudFlare, has been tracking the attack on Sony for weeks and analyzing the code the hackers used. "This is Windows malware. It's fairly sophisticated, it's very complex, and it's modular," Rogers says. "It's made up of lots of different bits." The attackers took one piece of code from one place, one piece of code from another and snapped it together like a Lego set. Some of this code is malicious, and some is legitimate. Now the FBI believes that the attack was carried out by North Korea because some of those bits of nasty code have been used by North
          Helping A Sister Writer   
One of the amazing things about being a Christian fiction writer is the community that surrounds you. I have witnessed so many beautiful examples of "rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn." Sadly, today's post is about the latter. A sister writer, Sara Mills, lost her husband last week. He was only 40 and died suddenly of a heart attack. Sara, who is left with young children, was about to launch promotion of her second book, and now won't be able to do that. So members of American Christian Fiction Writers are doing what they can to help her.

This interview ran the day before her husband's death. I'm reprinting it here to give you a taste of her books in the hope that you will consider purchasing them. Miss Fortune and Miss Match are delightful books set in NYC in 1947. Please follow the link at the end to buy the books.

Q: Tell us how you got the idea for Allie and these books.
A: I got the idea for Miss Fortune in the middle of the night, when all good ideas come to me: One sleepless night I was watching The Maltese Falcon and I started to wonder how different the story would be if Sam Spade had been a woman. She'd never have fallen for Miss Wunderly's charms and lies. She'd have been smart and tough and she would have solved the case in half the time it took Sam because she wouldn't spend all of her time smoking cigarettes and calling her secretary Precious. The thought of a hard-boiled female detective got my mind whirling. I paused the movie and sat in my darkened living room thinking about how much fun a female Sam Spade could be. Intrigued but not yet ready to dash to my computer, I changed disks and put on Casablanca (my all time favorite movie ever). The sweeping love story, a tale full of hard choices and sacrifice was what finally made the whole idea click in my mind. If I could just combine the P.I. detective story of the Maltese Falcon with the love story from Casablanca, and make Sam Spade more of a Samantha, I could have the best of all worlds.
Q: These books are so good, I wish I'd written them. How did you set the stage to capture that gritty PI feel without being dark?
A: I find that a lot of PI stories are gritty and dark, focusing on the worst of the humanity, and while I wanted the Allie Fortune mysteries to be exciting and tension-filled I didn’t want them to be stark and hopeless. One of the things I tried to do to counteract the darkness was to give Allie a multi-layered life. She has cases, relationships, friends and family, all of which I hope combine to make the stories textured, rich and full of life.
Q: Allie is a character I'd love to have coffee with. What did she teach you while you wrote these books?
A: Allie was a great character to write. One of the things I learned from her was that human relationships (man/woman, mother/daughter, friends) are complicated and full of unspoken rules and expectations. Allie is a rule-breaker at heart and it complicates her life on a regular basis. One of the storylines I loved most is Allie’s relationship with her mother and how it grows and changes and how it’s shaped her. Another dimension of Allie’s character that really taught me a lot was her willingness to do whatever was needed to help those she loves. There is no price on that kind of friendship and it’s a characteristic I’d like to see more of in myself. Okay I admit it, I’ve got a bit of a friend-crush on Allie. LOL.
Q: One last question: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would that be and who would you take with you?
A: If I could go anywhere right now I’d head to Monterey, California (I’m writing a book set there right now) and I’d plant myself on the beach with a notebook, writing my story as the waves crashed. Sounds like my idea of heaven on earth. There’s something about the wind-shaped Cypress trees and the crash of the surf in Monterey that calls to me. I don’t know why, it just is.


Miss Fortune, Allie Fortune Mystery Series #1 By Sara Mills / Moody Publishers
In 1947 Allie Fortune is the only female private investigator in New York City, but she's kept awake at night by a mystery of her own: her fianci disappeared in the war and no one knows if he's still alive. Until Allie finds out, she will have no peace. When there's a knock on her office door at four in the morning, Allie suspects trouble as usual, and Mary Gordon is no exception. Mary claims someone is following her, that her apartment has been ransacked, and that she's been shot at, but she has no idea why any of this is happening. Allie takes the case, and in the process discovers an international mystery that puts her own life in danger.
Meanwhile, the FBI is working the case as well, and she is partnered up with an attractive, single agent who would be perfect for her under other circumstances-if only she knew whether her fiance was still alive.

Miss Match, Allie Fortune Mystery Series #2 By Sara Mills / Moody Publishers
FBI agent Jack O'Connor receives a letter from Maggie, a woman he used to love, saying she's in trouble in Berlin. The FBI refuses to get involved, so Jack asks Allie Fortune to help him investigate. Allie and Jack pose as a missionary couple who want to bring orphans back to the United States.
A child finds important documents that everyone in the city - Soviets and allies alike - want for themselves. Maggie refuses to tell Jack what the documents are, saying if things go wrong, they are better off not knowing. Through the course of the search, Allie's past is brought back to her, half a world away from home.

To learn more about Sara, go to http://www.saramillsbooks.com/.
          Trump: 'I Did Not Make, And Do Not Have' Recordings Of Comey    
Updated at 1:59 p.m. ET President Trump gave a straight answer on Thursday about whether he has recordings of his private conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey — No. The question of the existence of tapes arose on May 12, when shortly after firing Comey, Trump tweeted that the former FBI director "better hope that there are no 'tapes' of our conversations." That tweet appeared to come in response to a New York Times article that said that during a private dinner at the White House, Trump asked Comey for "loyalty." Comey testified to the Senate Intelligence Committee that he told the president he would be "honestly loyal" and that the conversation made him "uneasy." He also said he orchestrated a leak of information from memos he wrote about his recollections of private conversations with the president to trigger the naming of a special counsel, which did follow. At one point during his Senate testimony on June 8, Comey memorably said, "Lordy, I hope there are tapes." He
          Who Are The Lawyers Investigating Russia's Meddling In U.S. Elections?   
Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: President Trump has brought on a team of outside lawyers to help him navigate the various investigations into Russian meddling in the election. Special Counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly now also looking into possible obstruction of justice by the president in his firing of former FBI Director James Comey. NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith has this look at Trump's lawyers and what their past experience can tell us about what the president is preparing for. TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: Shortly after former FBI Director James Comey finished testifying before a Senate committee, a white-haired man in a suit walked up to a lectern at The National Press Club and faced reporters. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) MARC KASOWITZ: I'm Marc Kasowitz, President Trump's personal lawyer. KEITH: Kasowitz has represented Trump and his businesses for 15 years. On the day of Comey's testimony, he read from a statement and took no questions
          How Trump Is Reacting To Sessions' Testimony   
Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: President Trump is promising an announcement today, something to do with job training and apprenticeships, although the details are scant. The White House would much rather focus on things like that than the investigation of Russian influence or the president's recent firing of FBI Director James Comey, although it's hard to keep the focus away from those subjects. NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith is here. Hi, Tam. TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: Hi. INSKEEP: So the president's own allies have been shifting focus back to the investigation. A friend of the president's, as we reported yesterday, suggested the president is considering firing the special counsel, Robert Mueller, the person in charge of the investigation. Is that a serious possibility? KEITH: Well, the White House still has not disputed the idea that the president is considering it. So on Air Force One last night, we asked Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who's a
          Trump Arrives In Saudi Arabia To A Warm Welcome, Despite Troubles At Home   
President Trump arrived in Saudi Arabia on Saturday carrying baggage — namely, a swirl of controversy stemming from his firing of FBI Director James Comey and the ongoing Russia investigations . But his hosts in Riyadh aren't likely to be bothered by it all. Trumpeters played and jets flew overhead with red white and blue smoke trails decorating the sky as Trump emerged from Air Force One in Riyadh. He was greeted by Saudi Arabia's King Salman and children bearing flowers. A long red carpet led from Air Force One to the airport terminal. Middle East expert Ilan Goldenberg is just back from a trip to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which included meetings with high-level government officials. "I think they were very optimistic about President Trump," says Goldenberg, who runs the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. That might be surprising considering some of the ways Trump disparaged Saudi Arabia as a presidential candidate. A check of his
          5 Objectives To Watch For During Trump's First Overseas Trip   
President Trump will try to leave his troubles behind as he departs on the first foreign trip of his presidency. It's an ambitious itinerary with stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican and two meetings with European leaders. Here are five objectives to watch for as Trump goes overseas. 1. Will the cloud of controversy follow? There has been one "bad news" headline after another involving the Trump administration breaking every day this week. But if the president is looking for a reprieve, recent history indicates he might be disappointed. The White House press corps is going on the trip and will no doubt try to press him on why he really fired FBI Director James Comey, whether he leaked classified information to the Russians in an Oval Office meeting, and why he hired former national security adviser Mike Flynn even after Flynn notified the transition team that he was under investigation by the FBI. And there are likely to be more developments back in Washington even as he's
          Despite Recusal Pledge, Sessions Interviewing Candidates For Interim FBI Director   
Updated at 3:15 p.m. ET Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein were interviewing four candidates Wednesday to serve as interim FBI director, following the firing of James Comey. Through the normal line of succession , Comey's deputy Andrew McCabe became acting director after President Trump fired Comey, but now, according to a Justice Department official, the attorney general is considering other people to do that job until Trump names and the Senate confirms a new FBI director. According to the official, Sessions spoke with McCabe Tuesday night and he is "also under consideration." But statute allows the president to choose an interim FBI director outside of the standard order of succession, and that process is underway. Trump was hotly critical of McCabe during the 2016 presidential campaign. On Oct. 23, Trump tweeted out an article in the Wall Street Journal about McCabe's wife, Jill, who in 2015 ran for state Senate in Virginia. She received a
          Veteran Amputee Softball Team Ready to Take on FBI, Walter Reed Staff, Annapolis Sailing Team   

Following a history making All-Veteran-Amputee softball game hosted by the University of Arizona in Tucson, the Vets will take the field against an able bodied softball team from the FBI on May 6. Read the full story

Disabled men practicing softball
          The FBI Kept A List Of Dungeons & Dragons Players As They Hunted The Unabomber   

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I used to think religious zealots and talk show hosts trying to make a name for themselves were the only people who thought Dungeons & Dragons was a threat to America, but back in 1983 the FBI believed D&D was bad news too.

But their reason didn't involve Satan or the corruption of souls- it involved cocaine trafficking, and they even had the game's creator Gary Gygax on their list as a possible suspect:

The first, dated 1983, has to do with “significant cocaine traffickers in the Lake Geneva, Wisconsin area.” The birthplace of D&D was, and still is, a sleepy lakeside town just over the Illinois border. An FBI agent rooting around there for drug traffickers seems pretty far fetched, but the report appears to be genuine.

D&D co-creator Gary Gygax is named in the document, but whatever the FBI’s interest in him was has been redacted. It ended with a note that the FBI would proceed to “review corporate records for TSR, Inc. in effort to identify corporate officers and attorney of record.” A second document, dated March 1984, seems to show the FBI doing its due diligence to make sure that TSR was a publishing company and not a front for cocaine trafficking.

Twelve years later TSR, the makers of D&D, were the focus of another FBI investigation, but this time Dungeons & Dragons players were investigated in connection with The Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski:

The document also mentions an FBI visit with a gaming group in Fresno, California. Members of the group were shown pictures of one of the Unabomber’s explosive devices and asked if they recognized an individual from a “composite drawing.” This is likely the iconic image of the man in a hood circulated for more than a decade prior to Kaczynski’s arrest.

The final document, the most heavily redacted of the bunch, is dated April 1995. It seems to focus on an interview with a single individual at TSR, and centers around that person’s relationship with another individual in their gaming group.

“Many of the members of the group became paranoid,” the agent writes, “and began pointing fingers at one another. [The interview subject] indicated that he believes this is based on the suspicious nature of the individuals that were in the gaming group [and] indicated that he is quite sure that some of the members of the group fantasized about the possibility that maybe one of their members was responsible for the bombings.”

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          FBI Hacked Darknet Buyer Who Wanted To Purchase Mail Bomb   

According to a plea agreement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation hacked a dark web user who tried to purchase a mail bomb from an undercover investigator in the United States. The plea agreement, filed on April 28, 2017, states that Clinton Scott Bass of Georgia in the SE United States, was using two different pseudo […]

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          It was encouraged   
Alan Gilman (WSWS) observes:

For the past nine months, the Democratic Party and what passes for the liberal media have been spearheading a neo-McCarhtyite campaign backed by powerful sections of the US intelligence apparatus and based on unsubstantiated allegations that the Russian government and President Vladimir Putin interfered in the US presidential election.
Trump is being presented by these forces as a political stooge of Putin, with Moscow routinely labeled a “hostile foreign power.” This contrived scandal has been bolstered by FBI and congressional inquiries organized to investigate claims that the Trump election campaign colluded with the Russian government to damage the campaign of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and tip the election to Trump.

Behind this political witch hunt is a ferocious struggle over US imperialist foreign policy, centering on opposition to Trump’s inclination to seek improved relations with Russia and shift, at least for the present, from the virulently hostile and aggressive policy toward Moscow carried out by the Obama administration.

So true and it's hard for me not to blame the media and the DNC for what took place today with the Republican Congress member, Steve Scalise, being shot.


I have never seen the media so biased in my life.

They went off the rails in 2016 -- Paul Krugman and other loons cheering it on.

They are responsible.

They need to take accountability for the environment they created.


"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):
Wednesday, June 14, 2017.  The Mosul Slog continues, the use of White Phosphorus gets a little  attention, and much more.




Yesterday, the world learned Mosul refugees in a camp were suffering from food poisoning.  Song Lifang (XINHUA) explains:

A woman and a child died of food poisoning on Tuesday after hundreds of displaced people fell ill on Monday when they ate food during Ramadan breaking fast meal at al-Khazir-2 refugee camp near the city of Mosul, a medic and a Kurdish official said.
"Unfortunately, a woman and a female child died out of more than 800 cases of food poisoning among the displaced people after eating their Ramadan breakfast the day before," the medical source told reporters.


Emma Graham-Harrison (GUARDIAN) adds, "The food handout was funded by UK-based Help the Needy Charitable Trust, which said it raced doctors and other medical support to the camp as soon as it was told of the poisoning outbreak."




A mass food poisoning at a camp for displaced people near Mosul, Iraq, kills at least 2 and sickens hundreds





Mass Food poisoning kills two, affects hundreds at Iraq refugee camp






While little is known, accusations are being hurled.  Balint Szlanko and Sinan Salaheddin (AP) report:

Irbil Gov. Nawzad Hadi said the food was prepared in an Irbil restaurant by a local NGO, Ain el Muhtajeen, and funded by a Qatari charity known as RAF. In Saudi Arabia, which has been leading a recent campaign to isolate Qatar, state media quickly seized on the issue with coverage that implied Qatar was poisoning refugees deliberately.
On Twitter, Saudi state television accused RAF of supplying tainted meals and posted images it said showed the camp's children "poisoned by the terrorist Qatari RAF organization."
An Iraqi lawmaker who visited the camp overnight also accused the Qatari charity of providing the tainted food.



The refugees are the product of The Mosul Slog -- an operation that's supposed to liberate Mosul which was seized by the Islamic State three years ago.

But the operation was also supposed to last only a few days and it's day 238 of The Mosul Slog.


Its 11 Am is Old city extremely fierce clashes on the southern front and the smoke continues to cover the sky.






Smoke?

From what?


Recently, it's been from White Phosphorus.

This morning, Human Rights Watch notes:


The use of artillery-delivered white phosphorus by the United States-led coalition fighting Islamic State (also known as ISIS) forces in Syria and Iraq raises serious questions about the protection of civilians, Human Rights Watch said today. This multipurpose munition should never be used as an incendiary weapon to attack personnel or materiel in populated areas, even when delivered from the ground.
“No matter how white phosphorus is used, it poses a high risk of horrific and long-lasting harm in crowded cities like Raqqa and Mosul and any other areas with concentrations of civilians,” said Steve Goose, arms director at Human Rights Watch. “US-led forces should take all feasible precautions to minimize civilian harm when using white phosphorus in Iraq and Syria.”
White phosphorus munitions can be used for several purposes on the battlefield: as an obscurant or smoke screen, for signaling and marking, and as an incendiary weapon. US forces are using white phosphorus in both Mosul, in Iraq, and in the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa, in Syria. But the rationale for its use by US-led coalition forces is unclear as the coalition does not comment on specific incidents.
Human Rights Watch was not able to independently verify whether the use of the munitions resulted in any civilian casualties. A Raqqa resident living in Beirut told the New York Times that an internet cafe in Raqqa was recently hit by white phosphorus, killing around 20 people.
[. . .]

Footage shot in Mosul, Iraq on June 3 also shows the use of ground-fired projectiles containing white phosphorous. Smoke from ground fires is also visible in the video, but it is unclear if these were ignited by white phosphorus or caused by something else. Since mid-February, Iraqi forces supported by the US-led coalition have been engaged in an offensive to retake densely populated west Mosul.
The purpose of this use of white phosphorus is unclear, but Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) stated on June 4 that it was used to create a smoke screen. According to a US-led coalition comment to media on the use that Human Rights Watch obtained: “While protecting civilians fleeing from the Jamouri Hospital the Coalition used smoke and precision munitions to suppress the enemy and provide cover for fleeing civilians. In conjunction with Iraqi Security Forces, the Coalition used appropriate munitions to suppress and obscure ISIS snipers so that the civilians could reach friendly forces.”
In both Mosul and Raqqa, the US-led forces are using US-made M825-series 155mm artillery projectiles containing 116 felt wedges impregnated with white phosphorus, which ignites and continues to burn when exposed to the air. This is the only type of 155mm white phosphorus projectile in US stocks that can be air-burst. Neither ISIS nor Syrian government forces are known to possess or have used these US-made munitions.
The US-led coalition states that as a matter of policy it cannot publicly discuss the use of specific munitions, but admits to using white phosphorus in its operation in Iraq and Syria. US Army Col. Ryan Dillon, a spokesperson for the US-led coalition in Iraq and Syria, told international media on June 9 that, “in accordance with the law of armed conflict, white phosphorus rounds are used for screening, obscuring and marking in a way that fully considers the possible incidental effects on civilians and civilian structures.”
In the Mosul incident, the projectiles burst very close to the ground in what seems to be an attempt to minimize the footprint of the effects. In Raqqa, videos appear to show the munitions bursting higher in the air, spreading the white phosphorus over a much wider area.
White phosphorus ignites when exposed to atmospheric oxygen and continues to burn until it is deprived of oxygen or exhausted. Its chemical reaction can create intense heat (about 815° C/1500° F), light, and smoke. White phosphorus can thus be used for marking, signaling, and obscuring, but it can also be used as a weapon to set fires that burn people and objects.
On contact, white phosphorus can also burn people, thermally and chemically, down to the bone as it is highly soluble in fat, and therefore in human flesh. White phosphorus fragments can exacerbate wounds even after treatment and can enter the bloodstream and cause multiple organ failure. Already dressed wounds can reignite when dressings are removed and they are re-exposed to oxygen. Even relatively minor burns are often fatal.

Attacks using air-delivered incendiary weapons in civilian areas are prohibited under Protocol III of the Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW). While the protocol contains weaker restrictions for ground-launched incendiary weapons, all types of incendiary weapons produce horrific injuries. Protocol III applies only to weapons that are “primarily designed” to set fires or cause burns, and thus some countries believe it excludes certain multipurpose munitions with incendiary effects, notably those containing white phosphorus.



Jack Moore (NEWSWEEK) notes:


The U.S-led coalition, responding to Newsweek ’s request for comment, said it was “looking into” the accusations. But a general, New Zealand Brigadier Hugh McAslan acknowledged late Tuesday that the forces had used the munition in Mosul, but not to target combatants. “We have utilized white phosphorous to screen areas within west Mosul to get civilians out safely,” he told NPR.


Of that admission, Alison Meuse (NPR) notes, "Coalition spokesmen previously have confirmed the use of the incendiary substance in less-populated areas of northern Iraq in the fight against ISIS. But this is the first confirmation that white phosphorus has been used in Mosul."


In the US, media attention has gone to the efforts to round up and deport Iraqi Christians.  Nahal Toosi (POLITICO) explains:

President Donald Trump is facing anger and potential political blowback as his administration ramps up efforts to deport Iraqi Christians, a group he’d pledged to protect from what the U.S. calls a genocide in the Middle East.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents over the weekend detained dozens of Iraqi Christians and others to send back to Iraq. Many of them were picked up in Michigan, a swing state that Trump barely won in 2016 and the home of a sizable number of Christians from Muslim-majority countries who backed Trump during the presidential campaign.


We noted the Detroit round ups in yesterday's snapshot.

Round ups are taking place elsewhere as well.  Ariana Maia Sawyer (USA TODAY) reports:

Bayan Taro thought the 6 a.m. knock was a neighbor asking her or her husband to move their car.
Had she known who was actually at the door, she wouldn't have sent her husband to open it.
Sarkaut Taro, a 53-year-old Nashville filmmaker, padded out in his pajamas, his wife said in an interview on Monday. After a few moments, he called out for his wife.
When she came to the door, she said she saw her husband in handcuffs surrounded by unidentified men and unmarked vehicles.
He was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement — just one of at least 12 Iraqi nationals who've been taken into custody over the past week.
[. . .]
In Nashville's Kurdish community, Drost Kokoye, of the American Muslim Advisory Council , said officers have been knocking on doors and asking questions without warrants, surrounding people with vehicles and going to their workplaces.


The following community sites -- plus Jody Watley and BLACK AGENDA REPORT -- updated:





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  •           Still with the Russia hysteria?   
    Patrick Martin (WSWS) explains:

    Has your electric garage door stopped working? Does your dog wake up in the middle of the night and begin howling? Is the weather unseasonably hot, cold, windy, dry or wet? Has your television set (or refrigerator, or sound system or home alarm) inexplicably turned on, or off?
    If one uncritically viewed the corporate-controlled media and accepted at face value the statements of much of official Washington, especially the Democratic Party, one could easily draw the conclusion that the Russians did it.
    A paranoid frenzy is gripping the US political and media establishment. A ruling elite that commands the world’s largest economy ($18 trillion, 24.3 percent of world GDP), the world’s largest military, and the most technically sophisticated spying apparatus is obsessed with the supposedly omnipresent tentacles of a government that oversees the world’s twelfth largest economy (1.8 percent of world GDP, or one-fourteenth that of the US), and which entered the computer era a generation later than Silicon Valley.
    By one estimate, the United States has 3.6 million computer programmers, about 20 percent of the world’s total, compared to just over half a million in Russia. The US is home to the most powerful software, hardware and Internet companies in the world. No Russian IT company ranks in the world’s top 100. Yet, according to the narrative peddled by the American media in its campaign over alleged Russian hacking during the 2016 US presidential election, Russian cyber warfare operations have cut through US IT systems like a knife through butter.
    Thursday’s appearance by fired FBI Director James Comey before the Senate Intelligence Committee has raised the anti-Russian hysteria in the US media to a new level. The former head of the US political police denounced supposed Russian interference in the US elections as a dire threat to American democracy. “They’re going to come for whatever party they choose to try and work on behalf of,” he warned. “And they will be back… they are coming for America.”


    Coming for America?

    Ay-yi-yi.

    Maybe he meant to say COMING TO AMERICA?

    We can all agree that was a funny movie, right?

    Comey and his ilk are hideous.

    They will not accept the truth that Hillary Clinton was a lousy candidate who lost.

    So day after day, we have to indulge their crazy.

    Hillary is a disgrace and she needs to go away.

    She won't.

    That encourages her rabid fan base.

    She needs to go away.

    Her fans?

    They need to accept that she lost, that she's a loser.



    "Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):
    Monday, June 12, 2017.  The Mosul Slog continues, Donald Trump still has no new approach for Iraq, and much more.



    We're starting with news from last week


    Poverty and the poor were not addressed in last year's presidential campaign.

    We can't expect the media that ignored the topic or the duopoly candidates who refused to talk about the issue to bring it up now.


    So let's do our part to break the silence by again noting Senator Patrick Leahy's opening remarks at last week's Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on the proposed HUD budget:



    Senator Patrick Leahy: I am very concerned about President Trump’s budget for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This budget would leave low-income, elderly and disabled Americans out in the cold.  It would deny shelter to victims of domestic and sexual violence.  It would bring to a screeching halt programs that spur economic development and help ensure that safe, sustainable and affordable housing is available in our communities.
    Bluntly, Secretary Carson, this budget is a travesty.  It slashes $7.3 billion from the work of your Department.  It decimates Section 8 rental assistance grants that help keep very-low-income families, as well as elderly and disabled Americans, in decent, safe housing.  It eliminates the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the HOME programs, which help drive economic development in more than 1,200 American cities, including in Vermont.  Eliminating these programs doesn’t just eliminate a Federal investment; these projects leverage other public and private sources to make them a reality.  For every dollar we invest in CDBG projects $3.65 is leveraged in other public and private resources.  And, while I recognize that this does not fall under the jurisdiction of your Department, the administration’s attack on housing programs is only amplified with the elimination of NeighborWorks, which in one year alone provided affordable housing for more than 360,000 families, created and maintained more than 53,000 jobs, and leveraged its appropriation at a ratio of 91 to 1.  Let me repeat that leverage ratio:  91 to 1.  Under this budget, all of those dollars disappear.  Secretary Carson, where are the people who rely on these programs supposed to go?
    The President’s budget fails to include tenant-based rental assistance for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.  In 2013, Senator Crapo and I worked together to strengthen, expand and reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.  Too often, victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or stalking remain in dangerous living situations simply because they have nowhere to go.  That in and of itself is devastating, but all too frequently families have to make the tragic decision between becoming homeless with their children, or staying in a house where either they and/or their children may be subject to physical abuse.  Your Department should be working hand-in-hand with the Justice Department, which administers the successful transitional housing assistance grant program, to find effective ways to support these survivors and ensure they have access to safe and affordable housing.  Secretary Carson, what will you tell these victims since you fail to support these programs in this request?
    Poverty is “no state of mind.”  Housing is not a political issue; it is a moral one. In Vermont, we know that housing people first is key to helping them step out of poverty.  With the help of Federal investments like Homelessness Assistance Grants, states like Vermont have reduced chronic homelessness by 45 percent, but this is only possible with help from your Department.  Communities across the country know that, instead, your budget will close emergency shelters and put people back on the streets.  Secretary Carson, how will this budget help the Department meet its mission?
    Now is the time to invest in our Nation’s affordable housing infrastructure – not to decimate it.  This budget will eliminate the investments and hands-on efforts that help families succeed.   This isn’t a “foundation for greatness.”  This budget is a travesty.



    Poverty's become the forbidden word in the US media (unless they're speaking of conditions in another country).


    Meanwhile, Day 236 of The Mosul Slog.


    Joint Operations officially announce that Army 9th Division have stormed Bab sinjar district north Old city.
     
     







    map update. Green= completely liberated. Orange= frontline clashes. White= control.
     
     




    Yes, the slog continues.

    Maybe today it will be concluded?  Maybe tomorrow?  Who knows.

    But it's been 236 days so far -- an operation that was supposed to take mere weeks has taken 236 days.


    And what comes next?

    Apparently more of the same.



    (643)Iraqi men and children have been missed after kidnapping by Hashd Militia one year ago;we ask the PM :where are they?
     
     



    643 'liberated' are missing.


    It's exactly this sort of crime that gave fuel to the rise of ISIS in Iraq to begin with.

    Nabih Bulos (LOS ANGELES TIMES) reports:

    The corpses had been tossed on both sides of a virtually deserted side road leaving the village of Hamam Alil, 15 miles south of Mosul. Shriveled and discolored by the summer sun, they barely registered a glance from drivers rumbling past.
    But all seven corpses had three things in common: Their hands had been tied behind their backs; they had been blindfolded; and, though they were decomposed, one could still make out the rictus of pain imprinted on their faces.
    The gruesome remains were among at least 26 blindfolded and handcuffed bodies found in government-held areas in and around Mosul, Human Rights Watch said in a report last week, in what it concluded were extrajudicial killings probably carried out by government forces since the start of the operation to retake the city from Islamic State in October. 


    These are the problems that created the platform for ISIS to rise in Iraq.

    These problems have not been addressed to this day.


    In other news, Liam Quinn (DAILY MAIL) reports:

    Donald Trump is yet to meet or speak with his top commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan almost nearly five months in office.
    Military.com, a veteran membership organization, detailed Trump's lack of contact with arguably the two most important US officials in the region. 
    The president does not communicate directly with the commanders - Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend in Iraq and General John W. Nicholson Jr. in Afghanistan - because they are 'three or four echelons below' him, a White House official told the website.
    'The president does respect the chain of command and he gets the vast majority of his information from the top echelons of his national security teams,' the official said.

     

    Oh, goody, a month later the press shows up.  From May 2nd's "Editorial: The conversation that didn't take place..." at THIRD:

    Control will now be placed in the hands of those who are more familiar with the military since they are a part of it.

    But isn't this delegation also thwarting civilian control?

    Isn't that the whole point in the president of the United States being commander in chief and not some general: Civilian control.

    There are pluses and minuses to the issue -- both in terms of a President Donald Trump (who seems to alarm many) and in terms of the power structure itself.

    But, strangely, it was one of last week's least noted and explored issues.

    On PBS' gabfest WASHINGTON WEEK, it didn't even get a mention.

    Worse, CBS' FACE THE NATION had a sit down with Trump yet failed to ask about the above.

    Failed to ask about Iraq at all,

    (Saturday night would bring news of another US military fatality in Iraq.  In fairness, John Dickerson interviewed Trump on Saturday before that news broke.)


    Setting aside that Trump has done this, if any other person in the White House had turned over this power to the military, wouldn't we see it as shirking responsibility?



    Thanks for catching up (finally), DAILY MAIL, and aren't we lucky that MILITARY.COM raised the issue so DAILY MAIL could pretend this was current.

    Let's steer the press to the next place it will be in a month or so.

    Douglas A. Silliman:

      Douglas A. Silliman is the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Iraq. He arrived in Baghdad on September 1, 2016.
    He served as Ambassador to Kuwait from 2014 until July 2016. In 2013-2014, he served as a Senior Advisor in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs in the Department of State in Washington, D.C., working on Iraq issues and the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. He was Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq from 2012 to 2013 and Minister Counselor for Political Affairs in Baghdad from 2011 to 2012. He was the Deputy Chief of Mission in Ankara, Turkey from 2008 to 2011. He joined the Department of State in 1984 and is a career member of Senior Foreign Service.
    Ambassador Silliman earlier served as Director and Deputy Director of the State Department’s Office of Southern European Affairs, as Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan, and as the Regional Officer for the Middle East in the Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism. Ambassador Silliman worked as political officer in Islamabad, Pakistan, in the Office of Soviet Union Affairs, as Lebanon Desk officer, and as Staff Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs. He began his career as a visa officer in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and a political officer in Tunis, Tunisia.
    Ambassador Silliman received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science summa cum laude from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where he was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He earned a Master of Arts in International Relations from the George Washington University in Washington, DC.
    He has received numerous awards from the Department of State, including the Secretary’s Award for Public Outreach in 2007 and senior performance awards. The American Foreign Service Association gave Ambassador Silliman its Sinclaire Language Award in 1993 and the W. Averill Harriman Award for outstanding junior officer in 1988. He speaks Arabic and French. 


    Let's review: Chris Hill, James Jeffrey, Robert Beecroft, Stuart E. Jones and Douglas Silliman.

    Those are Barack's confirmed US Ambassadors to Iraq.  Five in eight years -- part of the reason for the instability in Iraq.

    Obama also nominated Brett McGurk but Brett's nomination sunk.

    Trump was sworn in back in January.

    It's now June.

    When does he plan to name a nominee for US Ambassador to Iraq?

    Or is he farming out that duty as well?

    The Mosul operation is going to end at some point.

    And then there won't be anymore excuses for not doing anything about the root of Iraq's problems.

    Where's the diplomacy addressing that issue?

    There's not even a new team in place.

    Is there a strategy?

    As it is, Donald's using Barack's last ambassador as well as special envoy Brett McGurk.

    For someone who wasn't happy with Barack's approach to Iraq, Donald has yet to propose any alternative.




    New content at THIRD:











              A very difficult time   
    1. What's up with the Comey love? Did people forget about COINTELPRO? How the movement was crushed? F*ck Comey and everybody else from the FBI.
    2.   Retweeted
      Comey and FBI are new champions of liberal left. And you wonder why it's so difficult to build a real progressive opposition in the U.S.


    It is such a challenge to be on the left these days.

    You're pressured to support the stooges who have violated our rights -- stooges like Comey.

    Or you're expected to worship the CIA or the FBI or both.

    Which requires amnesia, let's be honest.

    It's a very difficult time.


    "Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):
    Thursday, June 8, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue and is greeted with so much silence.



    Day 232 of The Mosul Slog.

    What's been accomplished?


    🔞🔞In a series of serious violations by US-backed forces, new vid emerge of Iraqi soldiers torturing a man to death:






    That is an accomplishment.

    It's not a good one, it's not an honorable one.

    But it's been accepted and normalized -- including by the US government.

    And it will have a huge impact on Iraq's future.

    Torture is okay.

    That's the message.

    That and justice is made by our hands and not by any court.

    Do you fear yet for Iraq's future?

    Because you should.

    A message has been sent.

    Just like one was sent after Nouri al-Maliki lost the 2010 election but wouldn't step down and Barack Obama, then-US president, went around the Iraqi people to give Nouri a second term via The Erbil Agreement.

    Within two years, Barack had turned on Nouri.

    After Barack won the 2012 election, Nouri called to congratulate him and Barack refused to take the call, palming it off instead on Joe Biden.

    It would be two more years (2014) before Barack would publicly rebuke Nouri.

    Those millions Barack's going to get for his superficial tract on his life in the White House should warrant a little honesty on Iraq and especially on Nouri.

    By 2010, Nouri's use of torture and secret prisons were well known.

    But Barack chose to give him a second term.

    ISIS would most likely never have gotten a foothold in Iraq were it not for Nouri's second term.

    (Nouri's responsible for the rise of ISIS but I say "most likely" because Nouuri's far from the only despot in Iraq and someone similar to Nouri could have also precipitated the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq.)

    When Barack's door step is finally released, Nouri al-Maliki should figure prominently in it.

    As should Barack's sleight of hand with regards to the Iraq War.

    A bunch of silly fools enlisted into The Cult of St. Barack.

    They believed he'd end the Iraq War.

    That's on them.

    Barack didn't end it.

    And they're still in denial.

    I can understand being temporarily fooled.

    Elaine and I met him when he was trying to get into the US Senate.

    And the hype laid down had us both excited.

    But all he had to do was say that the US was already in Iraq and blah blah blah for us to realize he wasn't anti-war and that embarrassing and sparsely attended 'big' speech of 2002 didn't matter.

    If Barack was honest about ending the Iraq War, I would have supported his Senate run.

    If he were honest, I would have turned this site, in 2007 and 2008, over to non-stop Barack -- one long running infomercial.

    But he was a liar.

    And it's amazing that eight years later, as the Iraq War continues, his Cult still can't get honest.

    And I've been kind enough.  Stop pretending you couldn't have known.

    Here's a piece we did at THIRD:

     NYT: "Barack Obama Will Keep Troops In Iraq"

    The story you should have seen Friday.

    The New York Times
    Friday, November 2, 2007
    "Barack Obama Will Keep Troops In Iraq"
    by Michael R. Gordon and Jeff Zeleny

    Presidential candidate and US Senator Barack Obama who is perceived as an 'anti-war' candidate by some announced that he would not commit to a withdrawal, declared that he was comfortable sending US troops back into Iraq after a withdrawal started and lacked clarity on exactly what a withdrawal under a President Obama would mean.

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    Declaring that "there are no good options in Iraq," Senator Obama went on to explain that even with his 16 month plan for withdrawal, he would continue to keep US troops in Iraq, agreeing that he would "leave behind residual force" even after what he is billing as a "troop withdrawal."

    "Even something as simple as protecting our embassy is going to be dependent on what is the security environment in Baghdad. If there is some sense of security, then that means one level of force. If you continue to have significant sectarian conflict, that means another, but this is an area where Senator Clinton and I do have a significant contrast," Senator Obama offered contrasting himself with his chief opponent for the Democratic presidential nomination. "I do think it is important for us not only to protect our embassy, but also to engage in counter-terrorism activities. We’ve seen progress against AQI [Al Qaeda in Iraq], but they are a resilient group and there’s the possibility that they might try to set up new bases. I think that we should have some strike capability. But that is a very narrow mission, that we get in the business of counter terrorism as opposed to counter insurgency and even on the training and logistics front, what I have said is, if we have not seen progress politically, then our training approach should be greatly circumscribed or eliminated."

    The Senator insisted, "I want to be absolutely clear about this, because this has come up in a series of debates: I will remove all our combat troops, we will have troops there to protect our embassies and our civilian forces and we will engage in counter terrorism activities. How large that force is, whether it’s located inside Iraq or as an over the horizon force is going to depend on what our military situation is."

    The positon of the majority of Americans in poll after poll is that all US troops need to be brought home by 2008. Senator Obama's strategy calls for bringing some troops home, should he be elected president, in his first sixteen months; however, he is not, by his own words, an advocate of a "Out of Iraq" strategy.

    While maintaining that he would remove all combat troops in sixteen months he did agree that the forces left behind to fight "terrorists" would be performing "a combat function."

    He also spoke of deployment, and presumably bases, "in places like Kuwait" in order "to strike at terrorist targets successfully."

    Returning the topic of leaving US forces in Iraq even after what he's billed as a "withdrawal," the Senator delcared, "As commander in chief, I’m not going to leave trainers unprotected. In our counterterrorism efforts, I’m not going to have a situation where our efforts can’t be successful. We will structure those forces so they can be successful. We would still have human intelligence capabilities on the ground. Some of them would be civilian, as opposed to military, some would be operating out of our bases as well as our signal intelligence.

    The senator also admitted that he was comfortable with sending troops back into Iraq after what he's terming a "withdrawal" though he wanted to split hairs on what constituted "armed force."

    In what will be seen as a blow to his Democratic-center-slightly-left admirers such as the editor and publisher of The Nation, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Senator Obama touched on the topic that led to a brief flurry of disappointment when he refused to take all options off the table regarding Iran. In the interview yesterday, he repeated, "I don't think the president of the United States takes military options off the table." In addition, he also endorsed the Bully Boy's unproven claim that the Iranian government is equipping the resistance by declaring, "Iran has shown no inclination to back off of their support of Shia militias as a consequence of the threats that they've been receiving from the Bush and Cheney administration."

    All in all, a candidate our readers can rest assured will not rock the boat or fundamentally change the current direction of the country.

    ----------
    That's the story they could have written based upon the interview conducted by Michael Gordon and Jeff Zeleny. As C.I. noted in Friday's "Iraq snapshot," the interview the reporters conducted hit harder than the sop they wrote up on it that ran on Friday's front page of the paper.





    November 4, 2007.

    So stop pretending you couldn't have guessed, drop your Condi Rice pretense.

    Barack did a drawdown (not a withdrawal) and then started sending troops back in (in 2012) and then amplified that in 2014.

    And the Iraq War continues, it drags on.

    I don't have a lot of respect for the rank and file members of The Cult of St. Barack but I especially have no use for the lieutenants in the Cult (who daily prepared the Kool-Aid) and the master of ceremony.

    Norman Solomon?

    I used to love Norman.

    Now that whore needs to get honest or go away.

    Clearly, he can't get honest.

    Norman -- a pledged delegate for Barack in 2008 (a detail he forgot to mention in his radio appearances until he was repeatedly called out) -- pretended to care about the Iraq War.

    When's the last time Norman wrote about the Iraq War?

    Exactly.

    He writes these days, in a very ineffectual manner.

    Take this from his piece at COUNTERPUNCH this week:


    The Trump administration has already done enormous harm to the United States and the planet. Along the way, Trump has also caused many prominent progressives to degrade their own political discourse. It’s up to us to challenge the corrosive effects of routine hyperbole and outright demagoguery.


    Norman's become ridiculous.

    Trump has also caused many prominent progressives to degrade their own political discourse.


    Accountability, it's a word Norman's allergic to.

    So he writes garbage like that: "Trump has also caused many prominent progressives to degrade . . ."

    No, they are responsible for their actions.

    Of course it would be a man, right?

    Of course it would be a man who would insist that one's actions were the responsiblity of others.

    'She was asking for it'?

    Isn't that the 'legal' foundation for Norman's sentence?

    Those embracing Russia-hysteria are doing so.

    That's on them.

    It's not on Trump.

    They are making a choice -- and doing tremendous damage -- and they can't hide behind Donald Trump.  They need to be called out and they need to take accountability.

    But pledged delegate for Barack Obama never took accountability, did he?

    Grand standing as only Norman could, he sold the lie throughout 2008 that Barack was peace and Barack would end the Iraq War.

    He had so much to say back then about Barack and Iraq but now he pretends it never happened.

    Barack didn't cause Norman to write and say what he did.

    Norman made the decision to.

    And it's past time that Norman took accountability.

    He's far from the only one who needs to, to be sure.


    June 7, conducted 38 strikes consisting of 75 engagements against terrorists in & . MORE:
     
     




    Again, the Iraq War continues.

    The guilty -- like Norman Solomon -- now think they can escape accountability by pretending the war isn't taking place.


    The suffering continues -- even in Norman Solomon's silence -- and it's not going to end while large numbers turn their heads away.


    Use of air-dropped & ground-launched explosive weapons in causing unnecessary civilian suffering -
    Almas Siniestras

    Sinopsis: June, una joven estudiante que se dedica a limpiar escenarios de crímenes violentos, empieza a tener pesadillas sobre horribles asesinatos. Al mismo tiempo, un agente especial del FBI investiga a un despiadado asesino en serie que imita los salvajes crímenes de otro psicópata ya muerto, Judas. Cuando sus sueños se empiezan a mezclar con la realidad, June se da cuenta que existe un vínculo entre ella y el espíritu de Judas.
    Descripción

    Título Original: The Pact II
    Genero: Terror
    Duración: 01:37:00
    País: EE.UU.
    Director: Dallas Richard Hallam, Patrick Horvath
    Actores: Caity Lotz, Camilla Luddington, Scott Michael Foster, Patrick Fischler, Amy Pietz, Haley Hudson, Nicki Micheaux, Mark Steger, Suziey Block


      TRAILER

              El Silencio de los Inocentes   
    El Silencio de los Inocentes

    Sinopsis: El FBI busca a "Buffalo Bill", un asesino en serie que mata a sus víctimas, todas adolescentes, después de prepararlas minuciosamente y arrancarles la piel. Para poder atraparlo recurren a Clarice Starling, una brillante licenciada universitaria, experta en conductas psicópatas, que aspira a formar parte del FBI. Siguiendo las instrucciones de su jefe, Jack Crawford, Clarice visita la cárcel de alta seguridad donde el gobierno mantiene encerrado a Hannibal Lecter, antiguo psicoanalista y asesino, dotado de una inteligencia superior a la normal. Su misión será intentar sacarle información sobre los patrones de conducta del asesino que están buscando.
    Descripción

    Título Original: The Silence of the Lambs
    Genero: Thriller, Crimen
    Duración: 01:55:00
    País: EE.UU.
    Director: Jonathan Demme
    Actores: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn, Ted Levine, Anthony Heald, Diane Baker, Brooke Smith, Tracey Walter, Kasi Lemmons, Chris Isaak, Charles Napier, Roger Corman, Frankie Faison, Paul Lazar, Daniel von Bargen, Cynthia Ettinger


      TRAILER

              (Video) Bernie refuses to answer if his wife is under FBI investigation   
    When socialist Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders was on CNN yesterday--in a brief respite from its Trump-Russia coverage, he was asked if his wife is under FBI investigation in regards to an attempted land deal she orchestrated while president of since-closed Burlington College.

    Not mentioned in this video clip is the alleged role Sanders' Senate office may have played in seeking loans for the college.




              First Petya, now Ukrainian state power firm hit by second cyberattack 'similar to WannaCry'   
    Shortly after suffering a major cyberattack linked to Petya ransomware on Tuesday 27 June, beleaguered Ukrainian state power company Ukrenergo was targeted yet again by a second cyberattack two days later.
    The attack on Thursday 29 June reportedly used a completely different strain of malware from Petya, the malicious piece of software that ripped through tens of thousands computers in the region before spreading across the world earlier this week.
    "The virus was slightly different, of a different nature, similar to WannaCry," Ukrenergo's acting director Vsevolod Kovalchuk told a press conference on Friday 30 June, as reported by Reuters.
    WannaCry was a ransomware which caused chaos in May across the British national healthcare system, before eventually infecting computers across 150 countries.
    However, the multiple attacks indicate hackers remain highly interested in targeting Ukraine's critical infrastructure. Indeed, on the day of the second Ukrenergo incident, a researcher known as MalwareHunterTeam found evidence that a "WannaCry clone" was active in Ukraine.

    Ransomware spread like wildfire


    On 27 June, Windows computers in Ukrainian banks, business, airports and government departments were hit by an infectious ransomware which encrypted hard drives and demanded $300 worth of bitcoin, a cryptocurrency, for their return.
    The variant of Petya, it emerged, was super-charged by two exploits stolen from the US National Security Agency (NSA) titled EternalBlue and EternalRomance. Microsoft, after conducting analysis of the ransomware, reported that it boasted a slew of sophisticated capabilities.
    During the Friday press conference, Kovalchuk said evidence suggested the initial Petya infection was caused by a software update. This matches findings of numerous cybersecurity experts, who discovered a widely-used accounting software called Medoc had been hacked to spread the virus.
    Researchers now believe the hackers never intended to make money.

    No luck in decrypting files

    One expert, Matthieu Suiche, found Petya's internal code contained "disk wiping" capabilities which meant it was purposely designed to destroy computers. Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab found it lacked the ability to decrypt victims' files.
    This is not the first time Ukraine has been targeted in a major cyberattack. In December 2015, a separate power firm suffered a blackout that cut the electricity of more than 200,000 citizens for several hours. Law enforcement found that hackers – possibly of the nation state variety – had tampered with its systems.
    Ukraine was the most impacted country in the latest Petya ransomware attack. This has resulted in speculation that Russia may be responsible for the outages. The investigation is ongoing, with the FBI and its British equivalent, the National Crime Agency (NSA), now involved.

              FBI Employees Sport ‘Comey Is My Homey’ T-shirts   
    Wow.
              What we know about the 14 people charged in Lakewood benefits fraud case   

    Friedman-courtroom.JPG William Friedman seems in Superior Courtroom in Toms River by video convention on Wednesday after being arrested Tuesday night time. Friedman is considered one of 14 Lakewood residents suspected of defrauding authorities-help packages. (Patti Sapone | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com) Since FBI brokers and county detectives started knocking on doorways within the township Monday morning, Lakewood residents have been roiled by what has been describe as a multi-company probe of alleged advantages fraud. Up to now, 14 individuals have been accused of wrongfully amassing almost $2 million in public help by underreporting their incomes. 5 couples have been charged

    The post What we know about the 14 people charged in Lakewood benefits fraud case appeared first on NB.


              Illinois man charged in disappearance of Chinese scholar   

    Brendt Christensen, 28, was arrested by FBI agents in Champaign on Friday. The arrest came a day after hundreds marched in support of Zhang, a scholar in photosynthesis and crop productivity who came to...

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              CAMPAIGN SERVICES PRO ARRAIGNED FOR CAMPAIGN FINANCE CRIMES IN SAN DIEGO RACES   
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    Ravneet Singh Allegedly Facilitated Nearly $300,000 in Illegal Foreign Contributions to Campaigns in San Diego, including D.A. Bonnie Dumanis, ex-Mayor Bob Filner and a federal candidate

    As part of conspiracy, Former SDPD Detective Ernesto Encinas Allegedly Sought to Fire Sam Diego’s Chief of Police and Pick His Replacement

    January 23, 2014 (San Diego)--Ravneet Singh,  proprietor of Washington, D.C.-based ElectionMall, Inc., was arraigned January 21 on charges that he conspired to finance political campaigns using money from an illegal foreign source. Singh was arrested by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents on Friday, January 17,  pursuant to an arrest warrant.

    According to the complaint, filed by an FBI Special Agent and unsealed by U.S. Magistrate Judge William V. Gallo, Singh conspired with former San Diego Police detective Ernesto Encinas and others to funnel more than $500,000 of illegal foreign money into San Diego municipal and federal campaigns, primarily in 2012 and 2013. Singh’s company, ElectionMall, Inc., was also charged as a defendant.

    The complaint indicates that Singh, who styled himself the "campaign guru," was the President, Chief Executive Officer and founder of ElectionMall, Inc., a company that provided social media services and other campaign and election products to political candidates throughout the world. Encinas was the owner of a private security and consulting business in San Diego who oversaw the protection detail of a person identified in the complaint only as "the Foreign National."

    Between approximately 2011 and 2013, Singh and Encinas helped the Foreign National donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to a series of candidates for elective office. UT San Diego reports these included District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis and  former Mayor Bob Filner during the 2012 San Diego mayoral election, and an unnamed 2012 Congressional candidate that the UT speculates was likely Juan Vargas.  Azano also tried to helkp Nathan Fletcher, mayoral candidate in the special election, though there is no evidence that Fletcher knew about the effort. No politicians have been implicated in wrongdoing at this time.

    Despite the foreign national’s willingness to contribute funds, he could not legally donate to any of these campaigns. Under federal law, "foreign nationals" are prohibited from making any contributions or expenditures in connection with any American electoral campaign—whether at the federal, state or local level. Knowing this, Singh and Encinas allegedly used a series of increasingly complex techniques to hide the fact that the Foreign National was the true source of these illicit campaign funds. According to the complaint, Encinas—among other devices—helped mask the Foreign National’s contributions through the use of shell companies.

    Similarly, according to the FBI, Singh used his expertise to facilitate the donation of social media services to political candidates that the Foreign National favored. The complaint alleges that these contributions—sometimes classified as "in-kind contributions"—were not reported in any campaign filings and totaled nearly $300,000. According to the complaint, the Foreign National’s illegal contributions included:

    • A $100,000 contribution to a SuperPAC

    • $100,000 in unreported compensation for campaign services

    • A $30,000 contribution to a political party committee

    • Another $190,000 in unreported compensation for campaign services

    • A $150,000 contribution to another SuperPAC

    • A $30,000 contribution to another political party committee

    • The promise of a "mill" in additional contributions

    According to the complaint, Encinas wanted the next mayor to fire the Chief of Police and replace him with a person of Encinas’s choosing in exchange for the Foreign National’s financial help.

    Singh could face up to five years in prison for conspiracy to commit offenses against the United States.  The FBI, SDPD, and the Internal Revenue Service all investigated this case.


              35 must-watch films in 2017   
    Ryan Lambie Simon Brew Kirsten Howard
    Jun 30, 2017

    Have a look and see which big new movies made our annual list of must-see flicks. We'll be adding our reviews throughout the year.

    We'll be the first to admit that drawing up a list of potentially great forthcoming movies is far from an exact science. But with 2017 so chock full of promising films both large and small, we've at least made an attempt to sort through the crowded schedule, pick out the ones we're looking forward to, and sort them into some kind of order.

    When the films are released we'll also add our reviews, so that you can find out if we hit the jackpot, or were left a little disappointed.

    With that in mind, then, here's our pick of the must-see movies of this year, which, as ever, run the gamut from expensive superhero flicks to smaller dramas to mid-budget, high-concept sci-fi pictures. Some of the following will almost certainly wind up falling short of our expectations, but there's also the fighting chance that one or two will turn out to be modern classics.

    So, to get things rolling, let's start with a disaster movie directed by the guy who produced Independence Day, and starring Gerard Butler...

    35. Geostorm

    We can imagine that some might already be describing Dean Devlin’s upcoming sci-fi movie, Geostorm, as a guilty pleasure. We don’t do guilty pleasures. This one simply looks a hoot.

    It’s a two plots for the price of one by the looks of it. There are climate controlling satellites on the one hand, that try and prevent storms that could destroy the planet. And in the midst of that, there’s a plot to assassinate the president. Gerard Butler, no stranger to films with such plots, leads a cast that also features Abbie Cornish, Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris and Andy Garcia.

    The film marks Devlin’s big screen feature directing debut, and hopefully it lives up to its B-movie presence, and gives us one of 2017’s most fun nights out at the pictures. We’ve got until October to wait for it, though.

    34. Beauty And The Beast

    Having proven that it can make a success – both critically and commercially – of a live action take on The Jungle Book, Disney’s reworking of its animated hits in live action arrives at another cherished movie: Beauty And The Beast.

    The first animated film to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, the 1991 original is regarded as one of the very finest Disney animated features. For the live action take, Bill Condon (the last two Twilight movies, Dreamgirls, Gods And Monsters) directed, and quite an ensemble was recruited. Emma Watson and Dan Stevens were in the title roles, whilst – deep breath – Ewan McGregor, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Stanley Tucci, Emma Thompson, Sir Ian McKellen, Kevin Kline and Josh Gad headed up the support. Alan Menken – who penned the music (with the late Howard Ashman) to the original film – was on board as well.

    Review

    33. A Cure For Wellness

    Gore Verbinski's last film was Disney's unfeasibly expensive western The Lone Ranger, but with A Cure For Wellness, he returned to the creepier, smaller-scale territory he explored in his Ring remake. The movie starred Dane DeHaan, who headed to a remote clinic in the Swiss Alps to find the whereabouts of his company's missing boss. That sounded not unlike Bram Stoker's Dracula to us, albeit with a modern, medical twist: everyone at the clinic has some kind of illness, and it's discovered that DeHaan's Mr Lockhart also has the same mysterious affliction. Jason Isaacs (hello) and the brilliantly-named Mia Goth also starred.

    Review

    32. Murder On The Orient Express

    Kenneth Branagh’s last three films have been blockbusters of varying sizes – Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Cinderella, Thor – but now he’s trying something a little smaller, and potentially a lot more playful. He’s directing and taking the lead role of Poirot in an adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder On The Orient Express.

    Michael Green has penned the screenplay, and the cast includes Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Josh Gad, Penelope Cruz, Michael Pena, Dame Judi Dench and seemingly half of RADA. 

    31. The Greatest Showman

    Founder of the Barnum & Bailey Circus, politician and all-round showman PT Barnum's getting his own movie, which stars Hugh Jackman as the 19th century impresario. Bill Condon co-wrote this one, and he's the bloke who brought us the magnificent Gods And Monsters - one reason why we're looking forward to this musical biopic. That, and the sight of Hugh Jackman singing and waving his arms in front of an elephant, of course.

    30. It

    They all float down here. We have to admit, we were more in a lather when Cary Fukunaga was involved in this new, big-screen telling of Stephen King's It, but the story's such a magnetic one that we're looking forward to the new treatment anyway. We'll have to wait and see whether Bill Skarsgard can come close to matching Tim Curry's legendary turn as Pennywise the terrifying clown, but with the director of the scary Mama behind the camera (that's Andres Muschietti) the new It could still be good for a few shudders this summer.

    29. Molly’s Game

    Aaron Sorkin makes his directorial debut, having adapted Molly Bloom’s memoir himself. Bloom was a young skier who found herself the target of the FBI as she established a very rich international game of poker. Jessica Chastain will be playing her in the movie, leading a cast that also includes Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera and Chris O’Dowd.

    The movie isn’t due to appear until the back end of 2017. It’ll be interesting to see whether Sorkin – who landed an Oscar for writing The Social Network – translates effortlessly to the director’s chair.

    28. The Book Of Henry

    Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow is moving from dinosaur theme parks to more personal territory with The Book Of Henry, a drama about a young boy (Henry, played by Jaeden Lieberher) who plots to rescue his neighbour (Maddie Ziegler) from her abusive cop father (Dean Norris). Even if you weren't entirely convinced by Jurassic World, Trevorrow's debut, Safety Not Guaranteed, was a great demonstration of his dramatic skill. If you haven't seen that film yet, do seek it out - it'll give you a good idea of why we're so looking forward to The Book Of Henry.

    27. Ghost In The Shell

    Overshadowed though it was by the controversy surrounding its casting, Ghost In The Shell had some rich storytelling to draw from. Based on Masamune Shirow's manga series and leaning heavily on the 1995 anime classic by director Mamoru Oshii, it's a cyberpunk fable about the migration of souls to machines, and what that might mean for the future of humanity. Director Rupert Sanders said there'd be more action in his movie than the more philosophical anime movies and series. Scarlett Johansson, Takeshi Kitano and Juliette Binoche made up a sterling international cast.

    Review

    26. Tulip Fever

    Anyone who collected comics in the early 90s will know what an asset bubble is: everyone goes nuts and buys into the next sure-fire deal, only to see the value of what they're buying collapse as the market becomes over-saturated. Well, centuries before investors were frantically buying copies of X-Force, a similar air of fervour surrounded tulip bulbs, of all things.

    Tulip Fever, written by Tom Stoppard and directed by Justin Chadwick, tells the story of a 17th century couple who buy into the exploding market for tulips - which the Dutch were punting out all over Europe for inflated prices in the 1630s - only to see the sales plummet like a piano down a mineshaft. Word is that Harvey 'scissor-hands' Weinstein's been fiddling with the cut of Tulip Fever, but Chadwick and Stoppard's previous work leaves us hopeful that the movie will survive the tinkering. Once again, the cast is also tip-top: look out for Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan, Christoph Waltz and the ubiquitous Cara Delevingne among the blooms.

    25. The Circle

    Dave Eggers' novel of the same name is a high-tech, Orwellian dystopia for our times: a drama-thriller about a Google-like internet company and its gradual encroachment on its users' privacy. The movie, written and directed by James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now) stars Emma Watson as the new employee who watches as the tech firm quietly takes over the planet. Done right, The Circle could be genuinely disturbing.

    Unfortunately, and presumably off the back of a disappointing run in US that saw it only gross $20m, the movie of The Circle is heading straight to Netflix in the UK at the end of June. As no UK cinema release is planned, it looks like we'll have to tick this one off at home.

    24. The Dark Tower

    This one's been a long time coming. Based on Stephen King's formidable collection of eight novels, it promises to be the sci-fi horror fantasy western we've all been waiting for. Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey will star as the gun-toting Roland Deschain and the evil wizard Walter Padick respectively, and they're both on a quest to reach the magical Dark Tower of the title - a place that could decide the fate of their reality. Think The Neverending Story but with more guns and fewer luck dragons, and you're somewhere close to The Dark Tower. If the movie's a success, expect further movies and a TV series to continue King's epic saga.

    23. The LEGO Batman Movie

    Was everything still awesome? It had been three years since The LEGO Movie by the time The LEGO Batman Movie landed in cinemas. Warner Bros still has plans for several LEGO features, with Ninjago also due later in 2017. But it was the return of Will Arnett’s wonderfully wry Dark Knight that got us the most excited.

    Chris McKay, who co-directed The LEGO Movie, helmed this one. In his voice cast were Michael Cera as Robin, Zach Galifianakis as The Joker, Jenny Slate as Harley Quinn, Ralph Fiennes as Alfred, Rosario Dawson as Batgirl and Mariah Carey as Mayor McCaskill.

    The plot sees Bruce Wayne fighting villains whilst trying to raise his newly-adpoted orphan Robin...

    Review

    22. The Founder

    Who made the Golden Arches? Who invented Hamburglar? We expected to get answers to those questions and lots more in this biopic about the founding of world-conquering burger chain McDonalds. Michael Keaton plays Ray Kroc, a salesman who helped turn a small chain of burger restaurants into a fast-food empire. This one's directed by John Lee Hancock, who previously brought us Saving Mr Banks, the soft-focus story of Walt Disney's fraught relationship with the writer of Mary Poppins, so we expected The Founder to be like The Social Network with a side-order of milkshake and fries...

    Review

    21. Justice League

    The pressure’s on now, Zack. Following the middling responses to DC’s two big movies of 2016 – Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and Suicide Squad – this is a movie where director Zack Snyder really needs to deliver. It’s the one that brings together Batman, Superman, Aquaman, The Flash, Wonder Woman and more, and Snyder has already been making noises that lessons have been learned from the relentless darkness of his Batman V Superman movie.

    Originally set up as the first of two movies, Justice League Part 2 has disappeared off the schedules, leaving this one to pick up the threads left behind from the DC movies to date, and provide a springboard for what’s being called the DC Extended Universe. Warner Bros needs this one to work, and it’d be fair to say there’s plenty riding on it.

    20. Alien: Covenant

    For any Alien fans who were a little disappointed with Prometheus' somewhat kitsch space operatics, the trailers for the follow-up film Covenant made a tantalising suggestion: that the series would be returning to its sci-fi horror roots.

    A new crew of explorers - including Katherine Waterston and Danny McBride - head to a distant planet, where the erstwhile android David (Michael Fassbender) has been up to no good. The place looks like a lush paradise, but there are nasty, Giger-esque creatures waiting in the wings. Yeah, we could all guess what happens next, but we also heard that Covenant would answer some of the questions left over from Prometheus, so we were intrigued to see how this new Alien would mesh with everything that came before.

    Here's our review.

    19. Logan

    It’s the final hurrah for Hugh Jackman in the role of Wolverine, as he retires his character in Logan. An adaptation of the Old Man Logan comic book story, the film sees him reunited with Patrick Stewart as Professor X. The Wolverine director James Mangold returned for this one, too.

    Review

    18. Spider-Man: Homecoming

    In some respects, Marvel's already done the hard bit: Tom Holland's introduction as Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War was widely regarded as one of the film's highlights, so the studio can at least rest assured that it has that piece of the puzzle safely in place. The broader question is whether this new Web-Slinger movie, the first collaboration between Marvel and Sony, and the big-budget debut of Cop Car director Jon Watts, can succeed where the most recent Spider-Man movies faltered.

    Our hope? That Homecoming avoids the mistakes of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which heaped its basket with so many villains and plot-lines that it often felt more like a series of trailers than a coherent movie. The word that Homecoming will be as much a high-school comedy-drama as a superhero flick is a great sign, though, and with Michael Keaton starring as the feathered nemesis Vulture, this could well prove to be the return to form Spider-Man deserves.

    17. American Made

    The stories that emerge from the sets of Doug Liman's productions are often as entertaining as the films themselves. During filming of The Bourne Identity, Liman reportedly paid the crew to stay late so they could all play paintball in the French countryside. While making Edge Of Tomorrow, Liman spent so long working out how to shoot a beach scene that the scheduled two-week shoot stretched on for two months.

    Liman's a unique filmmaker, alright, and few would deny that, when he's on the top of his game, his movies are great: Edge Of Tomorrow being a case in point. That movie's star, Tom Cruise, is reuniting with Liman for the forthcoming American Made, the true(ish) story of a former airline pilot who became a drug smuggler and then a undercover operative for the US government in the 1980s.

    Cruise will play that pilot, smuggler and operative - a role which, we hope, allows him to ride motorcycles and run with his fingertips outstretched like in all his other films. Domhnall Gleeson and Jesse Plemons also star. We're really looking forward to this one.

    16. Wonder

    R J Palacio’s Wonder is a book we’ve written about before on this site, a tremendous piece of work aimed primarily at younger readers. The focus is on a boy called Auggie, whose life is heavily affected by a facial deformity. The book managed to explore this from his perspective, as well as those around him, and how that structure translates to film remains to be seen.

    The Perks Of Being A Wallflower director Stephen Chbosky is wielding the megaphone on this one, and he’s working from a script by Steve Conrad and the brilliant Jack Thorne. Jacob Tremblay (Room) takes on the role of Auggie, with Julia Roberts his mum. Owen Wilson and Mandy Patinkin are also in the cast.

    15. Kong: Skull Island

    A team of explorers start sniffing around King Kong's back garden in this spin-off from (and reboot of) the classic monster series. Anyone who's seen the other King Kong films will know that Skull Island isn't the friendliest of places: there are angry locals, giant spiders and dinosaurs as well as a big, libidinous ape. Kong: Skull Island is directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who sports an extraordinary foot-long beard and previously directed the superb coming-of-age drama Kings Of Summer. Like so many young filmmakers, he was moving up to a huge $190m blockbuster with the weight of an entire franchise on his shoulders, so no pressure there.

    He had a cracking cast to order around, though, including Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L Jackson, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Terry Notary and John C Reilly. 

    Here's our review.

    14. John Wick: Chapter 2

    In CG-dominated times, pure action movies on the big screen are harder to find than they should be. What a massive breath of fresh air 2014’s John Wick was, then. Keanu Reeves headlined the film, as the ex-hitman (with a dog) who comes out of retirement. But under the stewardship of co-directors Chad Stahelski (who was one of the stunt doubles who helped complete 1994’s The Crow after the death of Brandon Lee) and David Leitch, John Wick proved a physical, quality slice of action.

    For the sequel, only Stahelski directed, with a cast led by Reeves - the man who never ages - once again. Also on the call sheet were Ruby Rose, Bridget Moynahan, Ian McShane, Laurence Fishburne and John Leguizamo, amongst others.

    Review

    13. Trainspotting 2

    Choose life. Choose a job. Choose to make a belated sequel to Trainspotting, which catches up with the original cast - Ewan McGregor, Johnny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, Ewen Bremner - 20 years on. Much has changed since director Danny Boyle and his cast took on the Irvine Welsh's novel, but while Renton and his friends are slightly less drug-addled than they were in the 90s, their lives are still as messy as ever - thanks in no small part to Begbie (Carlyle), who's fresh out of prison and still a complete sociopath. Anyone who's read Welsh's Porno, the basis for Trainspotting 2, would know they were in for a wild ride here.

    Here's our review.

    12. Wonder Woman

    It may have had a slightly lower profile than the Justice League movie, but of the pair of DC movies scheduled for 2017 (well, outside of The LEGO Batman Movie), Wonder Woman was the one that held the most intrigue.

    Gal Gadot reprised the role she debuted in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, and Patty Jenkins – who was at one stage set to direct Thor: The Dark World for Marvel – called the shots. She was working from a screenplay by Allan Heinberg and Geoff Johns.

    Joining Gadot in the cast were Chris Pine, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, Ewen Bremner, Lucy Davis and Danny Huston. The plot is set to fill in the origin story of Diana Prince, and explore how she became Wonder Woman in the first place. 

    Here's our review.

    11. Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

    It seems a long time ago now that Marvel and director James Gunn’s Guardians Of The Galaxy was regarded as a big risk (see also: Doctor Strange). But gleeful reviews and equally gleeful box office returns on the first film, and its sequel, have secured the franchise's place in the MCU.

    As well as key returnees – Gunn, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Karen Gillan – there was a sizeable new signing in the form of Kurt Russell. He played Star Lord’s father, and that’s part of the story that underpins the new movie.

    With talk already ongoing about a Guardians Of The Galaxy 3, the cosmic adventures of these Marvel characters are set to continue long after this one. But Guardians Of The Galaxy Volume 2 was rightfully one of the most eagerly-awaited Marvel movies on its roster.

    Review

    10. Kingsman: The Golden Circle

    Disappointingly delayed for a few months to September, director Matthew Vaughn tackles a sequel for the first time – having come close at one stage to making Stardust 2 – and he’s re-recruited Taron Egerton for Kingsman 2.

    In fact, Vaughn has been doing a lot of recruiting. This is as eclectic an ensemble for a big movie as you’ll see in 2017, with Julianne Moore, Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry and Mark Strong alongside the likes of Vinnie Jones and Elton John. Vaughn reunites with regular collaborator Jane Goldman for the screenplay, and the story is set to see the Kingsman team working side by side with their American equivalent, the Statesman. Expect some serious mayhem.

    9. Hidden Figures

    Hidden Figures brought to the screen a little-heard story from the history of NASA and the space race. The film starred Taraji P Henson, Octavia Spender, Janelle Monae and Kirsten Dunst, and it told the tale of the team of women who provided the mathematical data behind the mission to launch John Glenn into space.

    Their story has – as the title of the film suggests – been tucked down the back of American history's sofa until now. It was brought to the screen by St Vincent director Theodore Melfi, who also recruited support from Kevin Costner and Jim Parsons.

    Review

    8. Paddington 2

    The gang returns for the eagerly-awaited follow-up to the delightful Paddington. The original movie was the highest grossing family movie to not be made in America, and for the follow-up, Paul King is directing again, having co-written the screenplay with Simon Farnaby (from the mighty Yonderland).

    The cast is being led by returnees Ben Whishaw (as the voice of Paddington), Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Peter Capaldi and Julie Walters. New additions this time include Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson, the latter playing the beautifully named ‘Knuckles’ McGinty.

    The film is set for release on November 10th, and it looks like being the family movie to beat thus far.

    7. Baby Driver

    For the first time since 2013, we’ve got a new film from Edgar Wright. The story has long been told about how he was supposed to direct Marvel’s 2015 hit Ant-Man, with Peyton Reed eventually taking over after Wright departed late in the day. But then he started developing Baby Driver, a terrific-looking movie that features Ansel Elgort as a getaway driver who relies on his tunes.

    There’s a doomed heist in the midst of the film too, and a cast that features Lily James, Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, Jon Bernthal, and Jamie Foxx, amongst others.

    You’d take it as a given that an Edgar Wright film would have a killer soundtrack. In the case of Baby Driver, music is even more integral than usual, so we didn't just get one of the best films of the year, but one of the best soundtrack albums too.

    Here's our review

    6. Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    A less bold studio might have gone with a safe pair of hands when it comes to writing and directing Star Wars: Episode VIII, so it's refreshing to see a filmmaker like Rian Johnson handed the keys to the (former) Lucas-verse. At present, we know little of where the follow-up to The Force Awakens will go, other than it stars much of the previous film's cast, including Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Mark Hamill, while various interviews with those returning actors have hinted at a darker direction for the story.

    In many respects, Johnson has a tough task ahead of him with Episode VIII; The Force Awakens relied heavily on resurrecting the icons from the original trilogy - Han Solo, the Millennium Falcon and so on - but its sequel arguably needs to move things forward if this new series of movies is going to develop its own distinctive voice. Here's hoping that Johnson's indie sensibility - see Brick, The Brothers Bloom, Looper - will add a touch of the unexpected to this firmly re-established space opera.

    5. Dunkirk

    In the spring of 1940, thousands of allied troops found themselves surrounded by German forces as France fell to the Nazis. As some 400,000 allied soldiers were forced to withdraw from mainland Europe, the resulting Evacuation of Dunkirk was one of the major turning points in World War II. The evacuation, code-named Operation Dynamo, has been told on screen before - the 1940 version starred Richard Attenborough and John Mills, fact fans - but this new telling of the story's coming from director Christopher Nolan, which is exciting enough all by itself.

    Shot on 65mm film and using largely practical effects - including real destroyers and warships, we've learned - Dunkirk promises to be the kind of Hollywood war epic we seldom see anymore. Warner's boldly releasing the movie in the balmy summer month of July, placing it alongside the likes of Spider-Man: Homecoming, War For The Planet Of The Apes and Valerian. Will the allure of Nolan, Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh and Harry Styles out of One Direction tempt audiences away from the month's lighter, more escapist entertainment? Time will tell.

    4. Valerian

    A full 20 years after he made the eye-popping sci-fi film The Fifth Element, French director Luc Besson's returning to similar territory with Valerian, based on the comic series of the same name. It stars Dane De Haan and Cara Delevingne as special agents who carry out missions through space and time, and their travels take in gigantic cities, exotic aliens and Rihanna in a bowler hat.

    With a starry supporting cast (look out for John Goodman, Ethan Hawke and Rutger Hauer among all the visual effects) and a budget that's huge by European standards, Valerian could be a triumph or - lord forbid - a calamity of Jupiter Ascending proportions. It's that very sense of the unknown that leaves us so intrigued by Valerian. We can't wait.

    3. The Death Of Stalin

    Armando Ianucci’s single film as director to date, In The Loop, remains one of the best British comedies of the last decade. For his second, he’s adapted – with David Schneider - Fabien Nury’s graphic novel The Death Of Stalin. It follows the days after Stalin’s death, and the jostling for power and battles that ensue. As the poster teases, “everybody wants a piece”.

    Ianucci’s sharp eye for political satire needs little introduction – The Thick Of It and Veep speak for themselves – and his film will feature Olga Kurylenko, Rupert Friend, Andrea Riseborough, Hello To Jason Isaacs, Steve Buscemi, Jeffrey Tambor, Michael Palin and Paddy Considine. That’s just a flavour of the cast list, and it can take pride of place already amongst 2017’s most impressive ensembles.

    Ianucci is a rare talent, and we’ve got everything crossed that The Death Of Stalin meets his very high standards.

    2. War For The Planet Of The Apes

    For us, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes was the Godfather Part II of summer sequels: a visually spectacular, operatic expansion of 2011's Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes - a movie that was itself surprisingly excellent.

    Director Matt Reeves set himself a high bar with War For The Planet Of The Apes, which follows ape leader Caesar and his comrades in an intensifying conflict with an army of humans. With much of the same cast and crew from the previous film returning - writer Mark Bomback, ape actors Andy Serkis and Terry Notary - we were cautiously confident that War would be one of the smartest, most emotionally satisfying summer movies of 2017. Were we right?

    Here's our review

    1. Blade Runner 2049

    What a difference approximately 35 years make. If, back in 1982, you'd asked anyone involved with Blade Runner whether they thought there'd be a sequel, they'd probably have asked you to get off their lawn. But here we are, worryingly close to the year in which Ridley Scott's sci-fi thriller was set (that's 2019), and along comes its belated follow-up.

    We have to admit, one of the things we loved about Blade Runner is that it stood all by itself, unsullied by sequels, prequels or remakes, its bleak future world undimmed by the numerous movies, TV shows and games that have freely borrowed from it. But if the laws of Hollywood economics dictate that a sequel has to happen, then at least we can rest assured that it's in the hands of a great director. Denis Villeneuve's spent the past few years building up an incredible body of work, including Incendies, Enemy, Sicario and the sci-fi drama Arrival.

    When you place Villeneuve next to returning writer Hampton Fancher, a cast which includes Harrison Ford (returning as a much older Rick Deckard), Ryan Gosling and Robin Wright, plus photography by Roger Deakins and music by Johan Johansson, and you have an exciting-sounding genre recipe.

    We know little more about the project other than its pedigree right now, but that pedigree is what leaves us clinging to the hope that Blade Runner 2049 will be that rarest of things: a belated sequel that complements what came before it.


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              TIME FOR TRUMP TO DEMOLISH THE DEEP STATE   
    Good things come to patient people with guts and intuition. Trump is one of those--despite his Tweets-even the nastier ones.He takes Shiite from none and gives it out in Trump-Tower loads. No swamp animal, our President operates with planning and timing. Example: He connived a scheming FBI Director to the truth by implying he was taped while telling The President he was NOT under investigation—THREE TIMES.Yet this snowflake of a bureaucrat, J. Edgar Comey refused to release this stress-relieving
              Russiagate, ex direttore Fbi Comey accusa Trump: ha mentito su di me. E Russia ha interferito su voto   
    Durante la sua testimonianza davanti alla commissione Intelligence del Senato l’ex direttore dell’Fbi, James Comey, ha dichiarato che 'non ci sono dubbi' che la Russia abbia interferito nelle elezioni presidenziali statunitensi dello scorso anno
              Russiagate, il genero di Trump coinvolto nell'inchiesta   
    Ora non è più un'indiscrezione di stampa: Jared Kushner, il genero 36enne e consigliere di fiducia del presidente americano Donald Trump, è tra le persone coinvolte nell'inchiesta dell'Fbi sulle ingerenze russe nelle ultime elezioni presidenziali statunitensi
              Russiagate, la vendetta di Rosenstein   
    Ieri, ha preso una decisione contro la Casa Bianca, portando il «caso Russia» a un nuovo livello, molto pericoloso per Trump, con l'affidamento delle indagini sull'interferenza di Mosca nelle elezioni presidenziali statunitensi e sui possibili legami tra lo staff del presidente e funzionari del Cremlino a un procuratore speciale, Robert Mueller III, capo dell'Fbi dal 2001 al 2013.
              Russiagate, Trump sceglie Mueller come procuratore speciale per l'inchiesta   
    Il Dipartimento di Giustizia ha nominato l'ex capo dell'Fbi Robert Mueller procuratore speciale per l'indagine sul Russiagate. Una scelta apprezzata da tutti (per una volta)
              Usa, nuova bufera su Trump: avrebbe chiesto a Fbi di non indagare su Flynn   
    Mentre si viene a sapere che le fonti delle informazioni passate da Donald Trump ai russi erano israeliane, una nuova bufera si abbatte sul Presidente Usa
              Democrats maintain pressure on Trump over Comey firing   
    Democrats kept up the pressure on Donald Trump Sunday over his firing of FBI director James Comey, as members of both parties said the president must turn over any secret recordings of the two men's conversations.
              Trump alla Nbc: chiesi tre volte a Comey se sono indagato, e non lo sono   
    Il presidente degli Stati Uniti, Donald Trump ha rilasciato, in esclusiva all'emittente televisiva americana Nbc, la sua prima intervista dopo il licenziamento del capo dell'Fbi James Comey. Ecco cos'ha detto
              Lavrov negli Usa incontrerà Tillerson, dopo Washington va in Alaska. Occhi puntati sull'Artico   
    Il viaggio del ministro degli Esteri russo Sergej Lavrov negli Usa giunge appena dopo il licenziamento di Comey, il numero 1 dell'Fbi che indagava sul Russagate. E non è un caso che, subito dopo la visita a Washington, Lavrov andrà in Alaska
              Usa, Trump licenzia il capo dell'Fbi Comey, che indagava sulla Russia   
    James Comey è stato licenziato e ora Donald Trump potrà nominare a suo piacimento il nuovo capo dell'Fbi. Con una decisione a sorpresa la Casa Bianca ha rimosso Comey, che stava indagando sui rapporti tra lo staff del presidente e la Russia
              Joe: Why is GOP complaining about leaks now?   
    Top Talkers: The House Intel Committee issued seven subpoenas in its investigation of Russian meddling. Four are related to Trump's inner circle while the other three went to the NSA, FBI and CIA.
              Opponents of sentencing reform   
    Jacob Sullum points out a few misconceptions about sentencing reform: Anderson, with Sessions’ help, manages to pack at least half a dozen serious misconceptions into a 375-word post. Let’s consider them one at a time. Is “crime rising in America”? As Jesse Walker noted here last month, the latest FBI numbers show that violent and […]
              New York Prosecutor Joining Mueller's Team   
    A top New York federal prosecutor is joining the team of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the former FBI director leading an investigation into alleged Russian interference in the presidential election. ... [Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew] Goldstein was former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's top public corruption prosecutor and kept the same role under Acting U.S Attorney Joon Kim. He's known for multiple successful prosecutions of New York lawmakers on corruption charges. He's also highly regarded in the Southern District and across Justice for those prosecutions, his thoroughness in investigations, and high level of success.
              Business Game Changers Radio with Sarah Westall: Nobel Prize Nominee Robert David Steele discusses Trump, Comey, Rebuilding Integrity   
    EpisodeRobert David Steele rejoins the program to provide insight into Trumps firing of FBI director James Comey. We also discuss Trump’s foreign policy decisions, the current situation in Washington, how to rebuild integrity into a broken system, and other timely issues.    See the full show description at: http://sarahwestall.com/nobel-prize-nominee-robert-david-steele-discusses-trump-comey-rebuilding-integrity/
              Business Game Changers Radio with Sarah Westall: Part 2: PizzaGate and Child Sexual Abuse Realities w/ FBI Spokesman & Special Agent, Jeffrey Van Nest   
    EpisodeFBI spokesperson and special agent Jeffrey Van Nest joins the program. He explains the role that the FBI plays in taking down pedophiles and sex traffickers. He also addresses my questions on whether the FBI will aggressively pursue powerful criminals as well as all potential traffickers. An important question many in the media are grappling with.    See the rest of the article here: http://sarahwestall.com/pt-2-pizzagate-fbi-spokesman-sex-trafficking-targeting-powerful-ordinary- ...
              Business Game Changers Radio with Sarah Westall: Ex FBI Deputy Assistant Director for Software on the Realities of the Information Age and Solving Cybersecurity   
    EpisodePerhaps if computing did not create a psychology distance between people and the work being accomplished, people would be much more nervous about the realities we are facing with cybersecurity. After all, the “Cloud” is an abstract concept that most people don’t really understand. Trillions of dollars of transactions each year and a countless number of important actions, such as drone strikes, satellite repositioning, and communications, are conducted over the internet or & ...
              Fyre Festival Organizer Arrested, Charged With Wire Fraud   

    Billy McFarland, one of the organizers behind the disastrous Fyre Festival, was arrested by the FBI on Friday (June 30) on one count of wire fraud. The US Department of Justice announced his arrest in a statement released Friday night. “As alleged, William McFarland promised a ‘life changing’ music festival but in actuality delivered a disaster,” said […]

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              Tiroteio em clube nos EUA termina com 28 feridos   

    Pelo menos 28 pessoas ficaram feridas, duas delas em estado crítico, na madrugada deste sábado (1º), durante um tiroteio em uma boate no estado americano do Arkansas (sul), informaram as autoridades.

    "Não se trata de um ato de terrorismo, mas de uma tragédia. Não parece ter havido premeditação", disse o prefeito da localidade de Little Rock, Mark Stodola, em uma coletiva de imprensa.

    Stodola apontou que o incidente começou com uma briga durante um show no clube noturno Power Ultra Lounge de Little Rock.

    "As rivalidades e a presença de armas" agravaram a situação, que derivou em um tiroteio por volta de 02h30 (04h30 no horário de Brasília), disse.

    O chefe da polícia, Kenton Buckner, disse que todas as vítimas são negras e têm entre 16 e 35 anos de idade. Duas se encontram em estado crítico.

    As autoridades já abriram uma investigação, que conta com a colaboração do FBI e da Agência de Álcool, Tabaco, Armas de Fogo e Explosivos.

    "O problema da criminalidade em Little Rock parece estar se agravando", lamentou o governador do Arkansas, Asa Hutchinson, que repudiou essa "tragédia absurda" e prometeu ajuda por parte do estado.

    * AFP


              Comment on FBI Investigations Into ISIS-Related Threats Are Underway In North Carolina by Betty s   
    Arrest, round them up and chop their heads off on the court house lawn. Don't send them to jail to be free in 2 years.
              Scores How I Opened the Hottest Strip Club in New York City   

    Scores How I Opened the Hottest Strip Club in New York City

    Scores: How I Opened the Hottest Strip Club in New York City, Was Extorted out of Millions by the Gambino Family, and Became One of the Most Successful Mafia Informants in FBI History by Michael D. Blutrich
    English | January 31st, 2017 | ASIN: B01M3NUAEN | 328 pages | AZW3 | 1.16 MB
    Meet Michael D. Blutrich, founder of Scores, the hottest strip club in New York history. A resourceful lawyer at one of the city's most respected firms, Blutrich fell into the skin trade almost by accident, but it was his legal savvy that made Scores the first club in Manhattan to feature lap dances and enabled him to neatly sidestep a law requiring dancers to wear pasties by instead covering their nipples with latex paint. Soon Scores, the club Howard Stern called "like being in a candy shop," was a home away from home for everyone from sports superstars and Oscar-winning actors to pop singers and political notables alike.


              Comment on SILENT MASSACRE / ELECTRONIC STALKING AND MIND CONTROL IN THE USA by PAM T. PARK FOREST IL USA   
    YES I HAVE NAMES some addresses, some photos and License plate numbers. I just document and document.. the POLICE AND FBI PARTICULARLY jUST WOULDNT TAKE THE REPORTS.... and the woman hired that is the neice of organized crime into the FBI. Changed my REPORTS INTO HER AUNTS NAME.. I REPORTED THAT TO FBI HQ in WASHINTON DC they never recontacted me either.. the guy I think who KNOWS IT TRUE was just fired too.. if youre fired by the PRES OF THE USA.. who in the GOVT Advising him.. has it in for people who WANT TO STOP THIS STUFF? july 1 2017
              Comment on SILENT MASSACRE / ELECTRONIC STALKING AND MIND CONTROL IN THE USA by PAM T. PARK FOREST IL USA   
    My perps were IL born out of RACKATEERING STate OF IL employees and cops that are friends with people in Organized crime taking pay offs OR FREE CARS CASH OR PROPERTY TO NOT DO THEIR JOBS.. I call the ring leader woman like a MA BARKER except her crime activity underminded a terrorism investigation.. I think the FBI kNEW it. they cant find me but they HIRED MA BARKERS NEICE INTO THE FBI OFFICE IN SCHAUMBURG IL after a NSA agent who worked with me sent me an email w a link to apply for a terrorism analyst job.. I wonder since 2007 do you think the HEAD OF THE FBI NSA AND CIA dont know I WASNT HIRED? I just wonder.. and I WROTE AND ASKED FOUR TIMES. I never even got a response back.. I just want to know.. WHY DIDNT THEY CONFISCATE THE STOLEN NSA COMPUTER I located and gave them the address. THE CHICAGO SYNDICATE (MOBSTERS ) have access and use of a FEDERAL COMPUTER THAT SATIELLITE REMOTES INTO ANYTHING THEY WANT.. only the mob is using it..and persons associated w an ISIS group.. NOT COUNTER OP BUT THE REAL DEAL . july 1 2017
              Comment on SILENT MASSACRE / ELECTRONIC STALKING AND MIND CONTROL IN THE USA by PAM T. PARK FOREST IL USA   
    I am PAM and want to elaborate on one more issue. I called it without any input from anyone "MEDICAL TERRORISM" where persons in the medical profession either Did put the implants in me without my consent and then my medical file was either lost or stolen or the long term Dr or Dentists office closed up. FOUR OF MY LONG TERM treating DRS literally disappeared. I mean they arent to be found anywhere.. their partners DENIED TO MY FACE THEY WORKED IN THE OFFICES I Was a patient at.. THAT IS FUCKING SCAREY. I also CAN TELL the authorities names and identies of perpetrators. I found from my experience at Dentists offices that LOWER PAID employees such as the receptionist not the DR or Dental assistant gets the implant on the Dentists tray .. I even TOLD FOUR DENTISTS I dont want ANY KIND OF IMPLANT OR DEVICE PLACED IN ME, ,... no matter who gave it to you.. I DONT WANT IT.. I was in fact implanted .. and when I complained BACK TO THE DENTIST. the CIA came out and hired the dentist and told HER NOT TO TREAT ME ANYMORE.. even though I was a regular patient.. They do shit to you and then TELL YOU THEY CANT TREAT YOU.. when you go to get your medical records the treatment dates and charges are altered . My black neighbors spend thousands of hours breaking into my apt and stealing my MEDICAL RECORDS DOCUMENTS BILLINGS AND FINANCIAL STATEMENTS. I complained to my insurers and DEPT OF PROFESSIONAL REGULATIONS and PROVIDED EVIDENCE to STATE SENATORS US SENATORS FBI HOMELAND SECURITY AND WOULD GLADLY HAVE given CIA anything they needed.. yet I was deceived and ripped off.. and terrorized when I TRIED TO GET MEDICAL CARE. I WAS DENIED ANTIBIOTICS painkillers Abuterol treatments by black security guards at URGENT CARE CENTERS AND ERS and DRS offices.. I couldnt get the regular staff to treat me. IN FLOSSMOOR IL. I went to an URGENT CARE CENTER and received MEDICAL BILL FROM THE DR FROM KENTUCKY.. I asked the billing dept about that.. They told me we dont have any contract DRs from KENTUCKY.. these are bits of prooff and evidence although it seems insignificant. I was an emergency room and couldnt breathe. .they locked me up and transferred me to a psych ward and never treated the respiratory issue cause I was ASSAULTED WITH TOXIC CHEMICALS. they didnt take blood tests or urine as REQUESTED TO PROVE IT.. the police were USELESS. The FIRE DEPT had three trucks come to my apt complex and SIT IN THE TRUCKS OUTSIDE IN THE PARKING LOT but REFUSED TO COME INTO MY APT with equipt to test for it.. THIS IS NOT A JOKE I AM BEING ATTACKED TARGETED AND STALKED AND I DO KNOW WHOSE DOING IT.. THEY ARENT HARD TO FIND THEY LIVE RIGHT HERE. NOT KIDDING YOU.. the hospitals CAUGHT THREE PHONY MEDICAL PERSONNEL Including a woman posing as an athesiologist PREP NURSE prepping my mom for surgery.. I DID EVERYTHING I COULD AND WENT TO EVERYONE AND REPORTED IT. SHE WAS ARRESTED SECRETLY and turns out shes a relative of a mobster who embezzled me. WHO LET HER INTO THE SURGICAL PREP AREA>? ALSO THE ANTHESIOLOGIST didnt work at that medical center!! THERE HAVE BEEN ARRESTS but I was NOT CONTACTED CAUSE THE FEDS DENY I WAS THE VICTIM OR REPORTER OF THOSE INCIDENTS . DATED JULY 1 2017.. LEARN FROM THIS. GET WITNESSES AND EVIDENCE.. AND KEEP EXTRA COPIES ELSEWHERE CAUSE THEY COME TO STEAL IT ALL BACK!
              Comment on GANG STALKING VIGILANTISM RUN BY U.S. GOVERNMENT, SAYS EX-FBI OFFICIAL by Jessica   
    Please leave this good info
              Comment on GANG STALKING VIGILANTISM RUN BY U.S. GOVERNMENT, SAYS EX-FBI OFFICIAL by pitsnmutts   
    Your last 2 messages showed up in my email but aren't showing up on the blog. Anyway, I did start my own business, and I'm having the time of my life! It's great. And since I left the satanic hospital (Shands in Gainesville FL), my health has much improved. Even before the gangstalking started, I was constantly harassed at work for being a hard worker and being a whistle-blower on people who were not treating patients correctly. So glad to be out of that hell-hole. God works in mysterious ways and is working miracles for me!
              Democrats Behind ‘Dossier’ FBI Used to Justify Spying on Trump Associates   
    The ‘Trump dossier’ that emerged last year was the catalyst for the entire Russian collusion angle; an angle that has now been thoroughly disproved. The mainstream media of course, taking a cue from their Deep State masters used the dossier to fuel the anti-Russian hysteria that has taken over the left. The dossier itself has of course been proven …
              年齢と肌について   
    なるべく食材のアップやサプリメントでお肌の再生や形成をサポートするための栄養素も摂るようにしましょう。だけどとりあえず、皮膚に刺激をあたえないようにやさしい手入れを長く維持することでOKです。それから、敏感肌の方の洗顔料は、わりと合成界面活性剤が入っていない無添加石鹸を選定するとよいでしょう。化粧はにきびにとっていざこざのもとですが、現在はニキビ向けに開発されたコスメがあるので、利用してきっちり手入れすればオーケーです。
    また、年を重ねるとだんだん女性ホルモンの分泌量が低下するので、常に女性ホルモンの運動を手助けする化粧品の利用をおすすめします。女性にとってスキンの悩み事はつきものですね。流行しているコスメ用品はたいていは優良ですので、レビューを参考に選択してください。
    それとたいていは、色々ななやみはわりに手軽に脱却することができます。このごろ、余計な肌のかたがいっぱいいることから、専用のメイク用品も多く出回るようになりましたね。
    Brendt Christensen criminal complaint | News-Gazette.com
    1 day ago ... The criminal complaint issued for Brendt Christensen, 27, of Champaign, who
    was arrested late Friday on a federal criminal complaint charging him with
    kidnapping University of Illinois scholar Yingying Zhang.(続きを読む)

    Who Is Brendt Christensen? FBI Arrests Man Charged With ... - Yahoo
    18 hours ago ... A 28-year-old man named Brendt Christensen was arrested Friday by the FBI
    and has been charged with the kidnapping of a visiting Chinese scholar,
    Yingying Zhang, 26, at the University of Illinois, according to the U.S. ...(続きを読む)

    Chinese student's disappearance: Man arrested by FBI - CNN.com
    5 hours ago ... The FBI has arrested Brendt Christensen of Champaign, Illinois, in the
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              Fyre Festival founder arrested for wire fraud   
    The FBI uncovers wire fraud executed by Fyre Festival founder Billy McFarland, arresting him on June 30.
              Jeffrey Archer - Tökéletes másolat - Jelenlegi ára: 2 792 Ft   

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              Sobre la vida y la muerte de algunos asistentes a la exposición La tecnología nos #aliena.   
    Un artista contemporáneo inaugura una exposición que tiene el siguiente título: La tecnología nos #aliena. La exposición del artista contemporáneo consiste en una serie de impresiones de grandes dimensiones de fotografías donde se ve una serie de SMS que el artista contemporáneo se envía a sí mismo, preguntándose cosas como “qué comemos hoy” o “tq mucho, llego en un rato” (sic).
    Va mucha gente a la inauguración. Un niño llora frente a una de las obras, pero luego queda claro que la razón de su llanto no es el SMS que lee (“comprar orégano, no tnms mas”) sino simple cansancio. El niño está cansado y llora. Es pequeño y parece ser bastante caprichoso y acostumbrado a que le digan que sí a todo. El artista se decepciona levemente, porque por un momento pensó que el niño había captado la esencia de su obra. No fue así. Ninguno de los asistentes captará la esencia de la obra. Un anciano toma una fotografía de una de las piezas y se la envía por WhatsApp a su hijo, que vive en Connecticut. Un guardia de seguridad del museo se acerca y toca amablemente el antebrazo del anciano. Sin mediar palabra, le señala un cartel que indica que está prohibido tomar fotografías. El cartel tiene una cámara tachada. Alguien podría interpretar el cartel de manera literal, si tuviera una inteligencia limitada o dañada. Podría interpretar el cartel como “se tachan cámaras”, o como “se fotografían líneas rojas en diagonal”. El hijo del anciano, el que vive en Connecticut, recibe la foto al día siguiente, porque en ese momento duerme y ha puesto el teléfono en modo avión. Recibe la foto mientras desayuna cereales con leche imperceptiblemente pasada, es decir que la leche es saludable pero técnicamente ha pasado ya su fecha de caducidad. La obra no le gusta, y el hijo no quiere mucho a su padre, lo cual influye en la opinión sobre la obra del artista. Las razones de este desamor son inciertas. El guardia de seguridad regresa a su rincón contento de haber hecho bien su trabajo. Tiene várices en la pierna derecha porque pasa muchísimo tiempo de pie. La razón de esto no es incierta: es la normativa del museo, que no permite a los guardias de seguridad tomar asiento ni contar con un taburete o un banquito o una protuberancia en la pared para apoyar las nalgas y aliviar el peso en las piernas. Ni siquiera está permitido apoyarse en ningún lado. Las várices no duelen, pero estéticamente son desagradables, son feas de mirar. Los fines de semana, el guardia de seguridad disfruta de ir a la playa y broncearse, es casi lo único que de verdad disfruta, pero ahora que tiene varices está acomplejado, inseguro, se pasa horas frente al espejo odiando el mapa azulado de sus piernas, y hace casi un mes que no va a la playa. Su piel de a poco pierde ese tono dorado que tanto le costó conseguir. El hijo del anciano tiene hongos en el pie derecho, porque ese pie transpira más que el izquierdo, tiene una sintomatología rara, una relación inusual entre la sudoración y el estrés, una relación inusual pero innegable, innegable en el sentido de que está ahí, ocurre, el estrés del hijo hace que uno de sus pies transpire más de lo normal. El niño finalmente se queda dormido en un banco, ha llorado hasta dormirse. El guardia de seguridad lo sacude amablemente. Sin mediar palabra, le señala un cartel que indica que no está permitido dormir. Lo expresa a través de un dibujo de una cabeza de perfil, horizontal, y tres Z sucesivamente más grandes surgiendo de su boca. Todo eso tachado por una línea en diagonal. Alguien con la inteligencia dañada podría interpretar eso como “aquí se respiran zetas” o “lo que estaba fotografiando la cámara no era una línea en diagonal, sino lo que estaba detrás, que es el hombre que exhala zetas”. La novia del artista no ha venido a la inauguración. El artista, que tiene mucha imaginación y además es muy inseguro y tiene muchísimos celos, se imagina a su novia en la cama con otro hombre. En realidad la novia ha tenido su primer ataque de narcolepsia, el primero de muchos que tendrá durante el resto de su vida, y está dormida sobre la alfombra de la casa que comparte con el artista. Duerme insonoramente, pero un hilito de saliva le brota de la comisura de los labios, cae sobre la alfombra e inflama las hebras imperceptiblemente, o sea algunas hebras del material que compone la alfombra se han hinchado tras la absorción de la saliva de la novia fiel pero narcoléptica del artista. El niño, aún somnoliento, busca a su padre, pero no lo encuentra. Tiene mucho sueño. El doctor le ha dicho al guardia de seguridad que debe considerar seriamente cambiar de trabajo y pasarse a un protector solar de factor 30 o superior. El artista ahora charla con una estudiante de arte y le propone que vaya a visitarlo a su estudio un día para que puedan discutir el paradigma artístico de ella y-por-qué-no conocerse un poco mejor, pero la estudiante se da cuenta de las intenciones coitales del artista y aunque le dice que sí, que irá, sabe secretamente que no lo hará, porque ella tiene muy clara la línea que divide el amor de la admiración de la atracción y en este caso ella admira la obra del artista pero no quiere ni ama al artista y tampoco se siente atraída por él, ella quiere basar su carrera en su obra y está dispuesta a establecer lazos laborales que le permitan por ejemplo preparar una exposición o participar en alguna subasta pero no quiere convertirse en alguien que ha conseguido su éxito a través del sexo, de ninguna manera. El anciano nota que el guardia de seguridad está distraído y consigue tomar otra fotografía. Se siente rebelde y sus ojos brillan. Por un nanosegundo, por una fracción imperceptible de tiempo el anciano viaja de manera espiritual a sus años de adolescencia. El anciano morirá treinta y siete segundos después de que su hijo por fin reciba la foto, al día siguiente. Morirá de un ACV, que es algo que puede pasarle a cualquiera en cualquier momento. Podría pasarle a usted ahora. El guardia de seguridad eventualmente se operará las várices, pero tendrá las piernas vendadas durante varias semanas más, y para cuando se las saquen el verano ya habrá acabado, con lo cual no será necesario ni cambiar de trabajo ni comprar otro protector solar. El niño se hace pis en el viaje de vuelta a casa, en el asiento trasero del Ford de sus padres. El pis del niño huele sumamente a pis de adulto, huele muy fuerte. Eso es porque el niño envejece a una velocidad superior a lo normal. No mucho, nada como para que te investigue la NASA y te secuestre el FBI y te pases el resto de tu vida en una jaula de cristal con cámaras y gente que te observa y toma notas, pero por ejemplo a los 30 años el niño tendrá todo el pelo blanco y algunas manchas en la piel que a otra gente no le salen hasta los 50/60 años, y a los 30 años tendrá crisis espirituales más propias de los 50/60 años, a los 30 años el niño se verá invadido por ánimos crepusculares, purpúreos, de despedida, de tarde-noche, de en-nada-se-acaba... Pero ahora mismo este envejecimiento acelerado se nota solamente en el olor adulto de su pis y poco más. Quizás si su madre le observara las manos con atención notaría cierta protuberancia en las venas y unos nudillos filosos y arrugaditos, y quizás si su madre le observara los ojos con atención notaría en su mirada una cierta sabiduría improbable, una vejez desfasada. Pero es difícil que lo haga porque tendría que sentir ciertas emociones maternales y afectivas que la madre no siente. De hecho, la incontinencia del niño no tiene nada que ver con su envejecimiento prematuro. Tiene raíces psicológicas. Es un llamado de atención dirigido a su madre. El niño tiene 7 años. Mientras el niño vacía su vejiga, sus padres comentan la exposición. A él le ha parecido espectacular la manera minimalista, sencilla y directa de captar el zeitgeist de nuestra generación. A ella le ha parecido pretenciosa no solo la exposición sino la observación que su marido acaba de hacer. Agrega que la generación que el artista intenta captar —suponiendo que ese sea el caso, y la mujer lo duda— en todo caso no es la generación “nuestra” (la de ellos dos), sino por lo menos la siguiente, o incluso la otra [es decir la que viene después de la que viene después de ellos, o lo que es lo mismo, la que viene después de la generación que ocupa el niño dormido y meado en el asiento trasero]. Y agrega, la mujer, que no hacía falta decir zeitgeist. El guardia de seguridad pasa todo el otoño trabajando en el museo y en sus días libres visita un salón de bronceado. El artista vende varias obras por bastante dinero. No siente culpa. Tampoco lo hace por el dinero. Planea su próxima obra, y convence a un estudiante de que lo visite el domingo siguiente en su estudio para que puedan conversar sobre la obra de Jeff Koons y paradigmas y enfoques y cosas. El artista es bisexual. El estudiante es gay y no enfrenta la vida desde un punto de vista similar al de la estudiante, sino que tiene más bien ganas de acostarse con el artista que admira y piensa que hasta quizás exista la posibilidad de que el sueño postcoital del artista le permita al estudiante curiosear su estudio y tal vez, por qué no, robar alguna pieza que luego pueda vender por Ebay o esperar a que el artista muera y subastar por Sotheby’s. Ambos están al tanto de los planes copulatorios y esperan con ansias el domingo. El artista, sin embargo, sigue preocupado por la posibilidad de que su mujer esté ahora mismo desnuda y excitada en los brazos de otro hombre No sospecha de nadie en concreto, pero su cabeza se ve invadida por imágenes de una silueta masculina sobre su mujer moviendo las caderas en un claro vaivén sexual, en un claro in and out de penetración fornicatoria. Se descubre que el salón de bronceado trabaja con máquinas que no están aprobadas por los estándares internacionales de calidad y de seguridad, por los ISOs correspondientes, y no supera los controles de calidad subsiguientes por las fugas de radiación nociva. El guardia de seguridad desarrolla un cáncer de piel severo pero no mortal. Se somete a varios tratamientos de transplantes, injertos y relocalización del tejido, transplantes que en un par de décadas serán carísimos pero que a los que el guardia accede de manera gratuita en su calidad de conejillo de indias. Los doctores usan tecnologías experimentales y de ultimísima generación, rayos RXZ, vibraciones espasmoeléctricas, rayos gamma, neoradiología y materiales de todo tipo, entre ellos: piel sintética, piel de hamster, encía de ballena, paladar de aborto y mucha, muchísima baba de caracol. El guardia sobrevive, pero no puede tomar sol nunca más, y su cuerpo desnudo ahora es un collage de infinitos matices y texturas, y pasar la mano sobre el cuerpo del guardia es como acariciar un Muestrario de la Vida. Eventualmente el guardia se deprime mucho —la razón de esto no es solamente que le encanta tomar sol (casi lo único que le gustaba en su vida era tomar sol y ya no puede) sino también la falta de vitamina D (por no exponerse nunca al sol), de cuya carencia una de las consecuencias es una modificación súbita de los estados de ánimo y una tendencia a la depresión, y esto no deja de ser muy irónico, le dirá a su grabadora el doctor que practique la autopsia del guardia de seguridad cuando finalmente el guardia de seguridad no aguante más y salte a las vías del tren y se vaya de este mundo. La sudoración del pie derecho del hijo del anciano, que tiene una conexión rara con el estrés, no se explica nunca. De hecho nunca la nota nadie, ni siquiera él. El hijo del anciano muere muchísimos años después, y durante toda su vida nunca hay ni un solo intervalo de no-tener hongos en ese pie, lo cual significa que durante toda su vida el hijo del anciano ha usado la cantidad total de 4.762 botellas de desodorante de pie y 3.211 frascos de talco antitranspirante y todo eso no ha bastado para que siempre, en todas las situaciones en las que el hijo del anciano tiene que interactuar socialmente descalzo, siempre que tiene que descalzarse en público salga como una especie de fanasma hecho de olor que no es visible pero que es instantáneamente olible por todos los que están en la misma habitación, y eso es evidentemente un trauma. Pero ni la relación, ni el estrés, ni el trauma se explican. Por lo demás, la vida de este señor es normal y el hijo del anciano muere relativamente contento y sintiendo dolores más que tolerables de un cáncer poco agresivo pero aún así terminal, y el hijo del anciano muere sin la ayuda de calmantes de ningún tipo, aunque fuma un poco de marihuana de vez en cuando para poder dormir mejor y en la fase final se mete unos tranquilizantes que le trae de contrabando su hijo -esto es, el nieto del anciano. El niño muere a los 59 años, pero aparenta 78. Sus padres, por algún acuerdo extraño del universo que a veces compensa las cosas de esa manera, viven hasta los 109 años y mueren el mismo día y con una diferencia de 34 minutos. Mueren después de una tos rara que los mata. La tos no es síntoma, es causa. Mueren de toser tanto que se les colapsa el sistema pulmonar. La tecnología nos #aliena se expone durante 22 días y luego sale de gira por Europa. El artista consigue un éxito relativo de crítica, con algunas muy duras y otras ligeramente favorables, y sin embargo vende todas sus obras por precios bastante altos y puede vivir muy lujosamente. Por ejemplo, tiene muchísimas tortugas en su casa de verano en Beverly Hills, muchas de las cuales son especies en riesgo de extinción que sólo pueden adquirirse en el mercado negro de tortugas. Ese domingo, el siguiente al de la exposición, el artista se acuesta con el estudiante, pero ninguno de los dos llega al orgasmo y los dos lo fingen y los dos saben que el otro lo finge. En esos días, entre la exposición y el adúltero domingo, la mujer del artista ha tenido ya otros tres ataques narcolépticos, lo cual, muy  irónicamente (como le dirá a su grabadora el doctor que hace la autopsia de la pareja, cuatro años después) desencadena un insomnio crónico en el artista. El estudiante no alcanza el orgasmo porque la noche anterior ha tenido una larguísima sesión de anfetaminas y sexo, y está extenuado. Sin embargo, saca provecho de esa cita al robarle una pequeña escultura de un teclado con ojos en lugar de teclas que se llama Arroba@puntocom.com y venderla en Ebay años después. El estudiante muere a los 67 años en un accidente automovilístico que no lo incluye. O sea chocan dos taxis y de uno de los taxis salta una astilla del espejo retrovisor y le atraviesa la garganta al estudiante, que esperaba pacientemente el semáforo. El artista insomne y su mujer narcoléptica mueren también en un accidente automovilístico, cuatro años después, porque su mujer se queda dormida y cae sobre los brazos débiles de su marido. La razón de la debilidad de los brazos del marido es el insomnio y también un síndrome extraño que hace que los brazos no desarrollen masa muscular y a veces fallen. Los brazos débiles pierden el control del Chevrolet y se caen a un precipicio y mueren, los brazos, con el resto de toda la pareja (los brazos y los ojos y las piernas y todo el tejido y todo lo que era la mujer del artista (que no se despierta durante el accidente y conecta directamente, sans interrupción, el sueño con la muerte) y también los hombros y la panza y las rodillas del artista y todo él. No mueren por el impacto, mueren dos minutos después, cuando ocurre la explosión. En esos dos minutos, el artista consigue escupir varios dientes y una pequeña cantidad de sangre y logra finalmente decir sus últimas palabras: «¿Me engañaste alguna vez?». Su mujer escupe a su vez dos incisivos y otra cantidad de sangre y le dice, desde un sueño en el que está conversando con una cabra periodista que está haciendo un profile sobre su carrera en termodinámica, y la cabra le pregunta «¿se imaginó alguna vez descubrir ocho leyes más de termodinámica?» y ella le contesta a la cabra que no,  que nunca, le dice que jamás, y que cómo puede ni siquiera preguntar eso, de repente en el sueño ella está muy enojada con la cabra y le dice que cómo se le ocurre siquiera plantear la posibilidad de que alguien espere conscientemente descubrir ocho leyes nuevas de termodinámica, y se lo plantea en forma de pregunta: «¡cómo puedes siquiera preguntarme eso!», y todo esto la mujer lo verbaliza claramente en la vigilia, y es la respuesta que escucha el marido, el artista, y en el sueño ella se calma y le dice a la cabra «¿Y tú?» y el artista (aliviado porque su mujer le ha dicho que nunca lo ha engañado aunque en realidad sí lo ha hecho, un día, con un golfista) verdaderamente intenta responder con la verdad, pero no puede hablar porque tiene toda la traquea y la boca llenas de sangre y un momento después ocurre la explosión y los dos mueren. La estudiante que detectó, hace muchos años, en la exposición, las intenciones coitales del artista y fingió aceptar la invitación sabiendo que en realidad no iría nunca, esa estudiante fue el cuerpo, fue la carne, fue el receptáculo de la SEGUNDA VENIDA DE CRISTO, que tuvo lugar exactamente 81 años después (es decir, cuando la estudiante ya tenía exactamente 100 años). Un domingo por la tarde la estudiante estaba tejiendo una bufanda para su bisnieto que estaba por nacer pero que ya sabían el sexo y sería un thrulon —en el 2072 apareció un nuevo sexo/género y además del hombre y la mujer existen los thrulons, que son algo así como hermafroditas bisexuales de tez rosada e infértiles— y si finalmente hubiese llegado a nacer se habría llamado Albert⁂ (todos los thrulons están obligados por ley a tener el símbolo⁂del asterismo al final del nombre, y esta no es, desde luego, la única ni más ofensiva de las desigualdades y discriminaciones de la que son objeto, pero sí quizás la más inesperada y la más gratuita) y la estudiante estaba tejiendo la bufanda para su bisnieto el nonato Albert⁂ cuando de repente el Espíritu Santo le habló y le dijo que ella había sido elegida como receptáculo atemporal para la segunda venida de Cristo. Acto seguido Cristo entró en su cuerpo y empezó a hacer milagros, y la conciencia de la estudiante fue degradada a la posición de acompañante en el cuerpo de la segunda venida de Cristo (que se llamó Áxel, no Jesús) y desde esa posición de acompañante la estudiante pudo ver los distintos milagros de Áxel —multiplicación de los panes, liberación de los presos, sanaciones varias, levitación— y también aprender que la invitación sensual del artista en la exposición había sido una prueba para ver si ella estaba a la altura moral y espiritual de lo que se exige para ser el receptáculo de la segunda venida de Cristo, llamado Áxel. Un tiempo después se acabó la vida humana en la Tierra. De hecho se acabó la Tierra. El planeta se plegó sobre sí mismo como un origami raro y precioso y desapareció, con las esperadas y terribles consecuencias para el sistema solar cuando toda una fuerza gravitatoria y electromagnética desaparece del esquema, y todos fueron a un no-lugar-no-tiempo de paz eterna aunque no carente de cierta sensación de aburrimiento crónico y existencialismo moderado y un je ne sais quoi de insatisfacción omnipresente.



              "Reiderstvo", el método criminal con el que los inversores rusos arruinaron Zed   

    Reiderstvo, o en inglés, raiding. Es el nombre del "método criminal" que usaron los inversores rusos de Zed WorldWide para hundir la empresa y hacerse con su control pagando un precio irrisorio. Al final consiguieron arruinar la compañía y los hermanos Pérez Dolset, Javier e Ignacio, creadores del videojuego Commandos, tuvieron que solicitar el concurso de acreedores en 2016.

    Su pecado, el que dio origen a la estrategia de derribo, fue denunciar que sus socios rusos estaban pagando cantidades ingentes de dinero al hijo de un ministro de Vladímir Putin.

    Así lo describen los fiscales de Anticorrupción José Grinda y Carlos Yáñez en la querella de la Operación Hanta, en la que han trabajado junto a los especialistas de la Policía en tramas de Europa del Este y los delitos económicos. El escrito de 99 páginas dedica una parte a relatar el derribo planeado de Zed por parte de los socios rusos de la empresa, molestos por una investigación interna que llegó a alertar al FBI. Sus agentes interrogaron a los hermanos Pérez Dolset en una investigación sobre sus conexiones con magnates próximos al presidente ruso.

    El FBI y la Fiscalía Anticorrupción española empezaron a colaborar tras una denuncia de Javier Pérez Dolset. El empresario describió "una serie de actuaciones personales, societarias y empresariales" que los investigadores identificaron como reiderstvo. Los fiscales describen esta práctica del "entorno criminal ruso" como las "actuaciones de distinta intensidad, ejecutadas en diversas líneas y que culmina con una situación de bloqueo institucional y económico de la compañía". El objetivo final es "incautarse" de la sociedad, adquirirla casi a coste cero.

    La denuncia inicial les llevó a descubrir el ataque de los rusos para hundir la compañía, pero también cómo los dueños de Zed estaban desviando dinero y ocultando su capital ante la previsible quiebra. Javier Pérez Dolset ha sido enviado este viernes a prisión sin fianza acusado de fraude e insolvencia punible. Los fiscales creen que oculta más de 100 millones de euros en Panamá.

    Pérez Dolset contactó con los rusos en 2008. Vipelcom, la compañía del magnate Mijaíl Fridman, había encargado a una filial (TEMA) un contrato de "agregación de contenidos" para móviles al que no podía hacer frente. Ahí empezaron los contactos con Zed, líder en ese sector. Vipelcom y Zed se asocian para controlar TEMA, lo que supuso para la empresa de Pérez Dolset que los rusos se convertían en su principal fuente de ingresos con el 43% de su facturación.

    Sobornos al entorno de Putin

    Cinco años más tarde empezaron los problemas para Zed, cuando sus responsables descubrieron que los socios estaban desviando dinero a la empresa de Vladimirovich Kolokoltsev, hijo del ministro del Interior ruso. Su compañía, proveedora de Vipelcom, se sentía "injustamente tratada". La respuesta de Fridman -que contó siempre la colaboración de su mano derecha, Vage Engibaryan- fue incrementar los pagos sin justificación, que sumaron 30 millones de euros.

    Un trabajo de la auditoria PWC para Zed desveló que los pagos al hijo del ministro ruso, quien había creado las empresas como pantalla para canalizar los sobornos. Pérez Dolset quiso cerrar el grifo por "no existir una razón comercial" para esos pagos. La reacción de sus socios rusos, con Fridman a la cabeza, fue inmediata y radical: cancelaron todos los contratos con Tema, le provocaron un perjuicio de 30 millones de euros y diseñaron una estrategia para "asfixiar" Zed.

    Sin motivo, comunicaron a la empresa que rompían todas las relaciones comerciales, cortando de esa manera el flujo principal de ingresos de Zed. Además, en 2014 denunciaron a los Pérez Dolset en Holanda por administración desleal y solicitaron un arbitraje. En ese país tiene su sede el holding internacional creado por los hermanos. Para resolver las diferencias entre los socios, las autoridades holandesas designaron al abogado Peter Wakkie como administrador.

    Durante los primeros meses, Wakkie desarrolló su labor "con imparcialidad", según Pérez Dolset, pero a partir de marzo de 2015 "su conducta comenzó a ser totalmente contraria al interés empresarial, con lo que se agravó la situación económica y financiera del grupo". Detrás de ese movimiento los investigadores sitúan a los rusos, porque "el cambio de actitud coincide en el tiempo" con la constitución de una compañía que nombra a Wakkie presidente ejecutivo. La empresa, Highland Marine Stichting, está controlada por Fridman.

    Según la denuncia de la Fiscalía Anticorrupción, durante su etapa como administrador en medio de un arbitraje, Wakkie no comprobó el desvío de fondos al hijo del ministro del Interior ruso, estableció un sistema de préstamos ficticios que agravó la situación económica de Zed y llegó a bloquear ofertas de posibles compradores. Un "agotamiento económico" que obligó a los Pérez Dolset a solicitar el concurso de acreedores.

    El magnate Fridman había culminado su reiderstvo, su "método criminal" para hundir a quienes se habían opuesto a los sobornos al entorno de Putin. En octubre de 2016 los inversores rusos presentaron una oferta por Zed WorldWide de 20 millones, un precio "irrisorio". Era el punto final de la estrategia, que no fraguó. La empresa española dueña del videojuego Commandos se resistió a la venta pero acabó quebrando en medio de una investigación de Anticorrupción y el FBI que ha llevado a su fundador a prisión.


              Will Republicans Dump Trump for Pence? – Ep. 249   
    Summary: Republicans face chaos around Trump's political difficulties, causing some to consider potential advantages of a President Pence.  Market volatility has not yet brought the DJIA below pre-Trump numbers while the dollar index slides and gold moves up. Meanwhile, household debt is higher than 2008 levels even as fewer Americans own homes. It looks like I picked a very volatile week to go out to Las Vegas, although I didn't pick this week; the week picked me I have two conferences that I am attending here: the Las Vegas Money Show and the SkyBridge Alternatives Conference  otherwise known as SALT A lot is going on, certainly the political chaos in the United States, the Dow was down 365 points yesterday based on new revelations with respect to why Donald Trump may have fired FBI Director James Comey Was he doing it because Comey refused to give up on his investigation of Trump's Russian ties? Now you've got Congress members on both sides of the aisle questioning whether the allegations are true Apparently Comey has some contemporaneous notes of conversations he had with Donald Trump Donald Trump may have asked him to give up the investigation Although from what I've heard President Trump said it would be nice if Comey gave up the investigation - was that some kind of idle threat? Did that mean "You'd better do it, or you're fired." I have no idea, but this obviously is creating concerns for the Trump Administration The market, as far as I'm concerned, is really not down very much at all, given how much it had rallied based on nothing but the optimism surrounding expectations for all the good things that would happen as a result of a Trump Presidency We were going to get tax reform, we were going to get regulations; we were going to have all this stimulus Not only has none of these things materialized yet, even before the scandals broke, it was obvious that even if we got any of the promised legislation Of course I've always said it would not even help the economy But regardless, people actually think it it is going to, which created the big stock market rally Even before this controversy it was obvious that the expected improvements were going to take a lot longer than people thought Now this is going to delay Trump's agenda even more Because now, rather than concentrating on tax reform or repealing ObamaCare, or stimulus, now they've got to deal with damage control to hold on to the Presidency and fend off these calls for impeachment Now they've got to get a special prosecutor and all of this is going to add additional delays Of course, a lot of momentum we had in Q1, in spite of weak GDP, you had all this confidence, all this enthusiasm on the part of Republicans and Trump voters And it was all this confidence that was supposed to lead to extra economic growth Businesses were going to have more confidence to invest and hire And consumers were going to have more confidence to spend Well certainly, what is happening now in the White House is going to shake some of that confidence Some of the people who were so enthusiastic about Trump don't even know if Trump is going to be there anymore And to the extent that is is there, he is politically damaged Now he has to use a lot of his political capital just to secure his position rather than to advance his agenda Whether or not that agenda would actually help the economy Despite that, the drop in the stock market is not very large Look at what's happening in Brazil Maybe one of the reasons the U.S. stock market is not getting crushed today is because the Brazilian market is getting obliterated Brazilian stocks today are down around 10-20% based on the Brazilian political scandal Where they have an audio recording of the President of Brazil offering a bribe Their market is crashing because they are calling for resignation or impeachment
              Fiscal Stimulus Impossible Without Monetary Stimulus To Finance It – Ep. 210   
    What a difference a day makes Between Tuesday evening, when the markets first began to realize that Donald Trump was going to win the election and the predictions of collapsing stocks and soaring gold prices appear to be taking hold Because at one point the Dow was down about 800 points and gold was up about $60 All of a sudden, the sentiment started to shift and by the time the U.S. markets had opened for trading Gold had lost its rally, the stock market had recovered its losses And we began a huge rally, in fact, the Dow was up about 1,000 points this week This was one of the biggest up weeks in the Dow since 2011 Also the gold market ended up down, I think it was down about $70 on the week Better than $100 below the high it hit on Tuesday night Silver also down about $1 Gold & silver stocks down closer to 20% The opposite was going on in the bond market, it had its worst week since 2013 It looks like a lot more carnage can come if we really start to break down; yields are still low The yield on the 10-year is just above 2.1 and on the 30-year it's just above 2.9 These are still low yields, but they're not nearly as low as they were What's more important is the momentum in this move and how much higher interest rates could potentially go As this bond bubble deflates What is responsible for this change of heart? Everybody was so convinced that the markets would tank if Trump was elected that we had a 300+ point rally on Monday, the day after the FBI decided that they weren't going to do anything about the Clinton email scandal And the market rallied because people thought, "Oh, OK, this means that Hillary is a shoe-in." And then Trump became President and the market rallied even more And the opposite on gold; gold sold off when it looked like Hillary would win, and it had a big rally when it seemed that she wouldn't After we got Trump, the metals went the other way What is responsible for this change of heart? Remember, I always said if didn't make sense that people thought Hillary was good for the stock market What did Hillary mean for business? More regulation, more government, higher taxes What was Donald Trump promising? He was promising tax cuts, tax reform, repatriation, regulatory reform, repeal Dodd-Frank, repeal Obamacare So he's saying, we're going to take away the regulation, we're going to take away the taxes That has got to be good for the economy, so why were people so excited about Hillary When Trump was talking about a pro-growth, pro-business agenda?
              Will A Trump Win Rain On Stock Market’s Clinton Victory Parade? – Ep. 209   
    It's not going to be a new record as far as the consecutive days of declines for the U.S stock market The 9-day losing streak ended today in a huge pre-relief Clinton victory rally The markets had been factoring in a higher probability of a Donald Trump victory ever since the FBI announced that they were re-opening the email investigation Thanks to a treasure trove of 650,000 emails on Anthony Wiener's (a.k.a. Carlos Danger) laptop computer Apparently they have now gone through all 650,000 emails in under a week and yesterday, on a Sunday afternoon Comey made the announcement that the FBI had completed their investigation of these additional emails and that nothing had changed with respect to the FBI's original recommendation Which was, if you forget, that despite recklessness and carelessness on the part of Hillary Clinton to have set up this private server, and to have used it to send out classified emails That they found no evidence of deliberate wrongdoing, that Sec. Clinton just made an "honest mistake". That she had no idea that it was a bad idea to send classified emails out of a private server I remember at the time, I said, if this is true, she's too incompetent to be President, if she's really that naive If she really thinks that she doesn't have to handle classified data with any kind of care Then she's not competent to be President Either she is incompetent or she's dishonest Of course there is plenty of evidence that Hillary Clinton lied about the fact that she did, in fact send classified information out of her private server She claimed that she did not and then the FBI found them Also, she engaged in a cover up, obstruction of justice As soon as she knew that she was under investigation, she destroyed evidence that she was ordered to preserve
              FBI employees support sacked director by wearing 'Comey is my homey' T-shirts to bureau's Family Day   
    Former director sacked in May for his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails
              Graduate student arrested in University of Illinois scholar’s disappearance, FBI presumes her dead   
    CHAMPAIGN, Illinois– An Illinois man has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of a University of Illinois graduate student, last seen June 9th. The FBI has arrested Brendt Christensen, 28, and charged him with kidnapping student Yingying Zhang, 26. Zhang had been missing since June 9th, but investigators now say, they don’t believe she is alive. RELATED: Search for missing U of I student now considered a “national priority” by FBI Christensen was under surveillance Thursday when agents overheard […]
              FBI digs deep in probe of Philly labor leader Dougherty   
    Philadelphia electricians union leader John Dougherty is the subject of an FBI investigation



    Almost a year after FBI agents raided the offices of Philadelphia labor leader John Dougherty and his electricians’ union, the sweeping scope of its investigation is becoming evident.

    Search warrants and the recent disclosure of long-running wiretaps make clear that the federal inquiry extends to virtually every aspect of the union’s operations, as well as Dougherty’s personal finances.

    Along the way, it has touched a broad swath of Philadelphia’s political class and even reached into the office of Mayor Kenney, whose voice, like scores of others, was picked up on wiretaps placed on the union leader’s phone.

    Federal prosecutors are examining everything from the campaign donations that have made the union a political powerhouse and Dougherty a kingmaker, to the union’s turbulent and sometimes violent relationship with nonunion contractors. They also are exploring the union’s dealings with the Kenney administration.


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              Judicial Watch Demands FBI Recover Records Unlawfully Removed by Former Director James Comey Warns of Lawsuit   
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              Former House intel staffer: The Trump-Russia probe is the 'successor to Watergate'   

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    Michael Bahar, a former top Democratic aide on the House Intelligence Committee, said the panel's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and President Donald Trump's campaign's possible role in it is the "successor to Watergate." 

    Bahar's comments were published in a Politico report on Saturday, which said that Bahar had had "unparalleled" access to the committee's most sensitive deliberations and inner workings. He recently left the committee to take a job at the law firm Eversheds Sutherland. 

    Bahar said that although his leave was planned far in advance, he found it difficult to depart because of the Trump-Russia probe's significance at this time.  

    "This is in a sense having to step aside from history," he said. 

    A breakdown in bipartisanship

    Bahar said the deterioration in the relationship between committee chairman Devin Nunes and ranking member Adam Schiff was difficult to watch for staffers who had taken pride in the intelligence committee's reputation for bipartisanship. 

    "For those people that had been around the longest, I think there was — I would describe it as sadness through this, because this is not what we're used to," the former staffer told Politico. 

    Nunes initially spearheaded the House Russia probe but was forced to step aside following his decision to bypass the rest of his committee and brief Trump on classified documents he said showed that members of Trump's transition team had been swept up in government surveillance. Reports have indicated that he received the documents from White House officials. 

    Following Nunes' departure from the Russia investigation, Republican Rep. Mike Conaway of Texas took over leadership. But because he remains the committee's chairman, Nunes is still somewhat involved in the Russian probe — The Washington Post reported last month that after his recusal, Nunes approved five to six "unmasking" requests to US spy agencies related to Russia's election interference. The Post added that the requests were made with respect to both the Trump campaign and the Hillary Clinton campaign. 

    devin nunesPablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

    The Post's report drew Nunes into the spotlight once again, and one Democratic committee aide told Business Insider in an earlier interview that Democrats felt the chairman had "gone rogue." The aide added that Nunes and other Republicans on the panel were trying to make unmaskings the focal point of the investigation to divert attention from the growing Trump-Russia controversy.  

    Bahar, the former Democratic staffer, told Politico that the partisan fraying of relations between panel members had left staffers "shaken." But he added that Conaway's leadership after Nunes' recusal had somewhat mended the problem, saying Conaway was "truly trying to follow the facts wherever they lead." 

    The question of collusion comes down to one thing

    Bahar told Politico that the question of whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to hand Trump the presidency comes down to intent. 

    Since the Russia investigations have gained momentum, executive branch officials such as Attorney General Jeff Sessions, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and senior adviser Jared Kushner have come under scrutiny for their contacts with Russia. Sessions recused himself from any current or future investigations involving the Trump campaign when it emerged that he had failed to disclose contacts he'd had with Russia's ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak. 

    Flynn was forced to resign as national security adviser when it was reported that he had spoken to Kislyak about US sanctions during the presidential transition period and lied to Vice President Mike Pence about it. Former acting attorney general Sally Yates later revealed that she had warned the White House that Flynn could be vulnerable to Russian blackmail weeks before he resigned. Since then, Flynn has increasingly emerged as a central figure in the investigation and he has since been subpoenaed by both the House and Senate intelligence committees. Flynn is also under a separate FBI investigation for failing to register as a foreign agent when he did lobbying work for the Turkish government. 

    Jared KushnerREUTERS/Carlos Barria

    Kushner dominated headlines when The Washington Post broke a bombshell report in May which said Kushner had proposed setting up a back channel of communication between Trump and Moscow using Russian facilities. Kushner's reported request alarmed national security experts and former intelligence officials, who were baffled by the request and balked at the suggestion to use Russian facilities. 

    "We know that there were people who didn’t fully disclose meetings with a foreign power," Bahar told Politico. "We know that there are people who didn’t reveal the sources of their income, foreign sources of their income. Was that because of a lack of memory, inability to fill out forms, disdain for the forms, or was it something else?"

    Bahar's assessment has been echoed by legal analysts across the spectrum, and the question of intent has also been raised in the ongoing debate over whether Trump obstructed justice by firing then-FBI director James Comey, who was leading the FBI's own investigation into Russia's election interference and the Trump campaign's possible role in it. 

    Following Comey's removal, Trump told NBC News' Lester Holt that "this Russia thing" had been a factor in his decision. It later emerged that one day after firing Comey, Trump told Russian officials in an Oval Office meeting that Comey was "a real nut job" and that firing him had taken "great pressure" off of him. The controversy gained steam when Comey revealed, in a memo and later in his testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee, that Trump had personally asked him to drop the FBI's investigation into Flynn.

    Trump's statements don't individually rise to the level of obstruction of justice, said Jens David Ohlin, an associate dean at Cornell Law School and an expert on criminal law. "The obstruction of justice would flow from the entire landscape of Trump's behavior: telling Comey to back off on the Flynn investigation, firing him when he wouldn't, and then admitting on national television that he dismissed Comey because of the Russia investigation," Ohlin said.

    james comeyDrew Angerer/Getty Images

    He added that Trump's statement to the Russians in the Oval Office added weight to the inference that Trump used his executive authority to fire Comey to stymie a federal investigation. "His statement to the Russians is indirect evidence of Trump's corrupt intent when he fired Comey," Ohlin said. "It's very significant in that regard." 

    Overall, however, legal experts agree that intent is difficult to prove, both in Trump's case and in the case of his campaign advisers and executive branch officials. And it's likely the question won't be answered anytime soon. 

    "I know there's a perception that things sort of stopped," Bahar told Politico, referring to speculation that the House intel committee's investigation stalled after Nunes' recusal. "But to be honest with you, it really didn't, just because there was so much information coming in, so much information to absorb." 

    He also said the investigation may run into next year. "There are so many tentacles and so many rocks to look under," he said. "And every time you look under another rock, you find some more rocks. I don’t think there’s a quick resolution to this."

    In addition to the House and Senate intelligence committees' investigations, the FBI's investigation is also ongoing and led by special counsel Robert Mueller, who was appointed to spearhead the probe following Comey's dismissal. 

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              Feds: Missing Chinese scholar feared dead, suspect charged in kidnapping   

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- A central Illinois man was charged Friday with kidnapping in the disappearance of a visiting Chinese scholar who authorities believe to be dead after last being seen three weeks ago.

    Yingying Zhang, the daughter of a working-class factory driver from China, disappeared on June 9, just weeks after arriving at the University of Illinois where she was pursuing studies in agriculture sciences.

    Federal authorities say Brendt Christensen, 27, of Champaign, Illinois, is charged in a criminal complaint with abducting Zhang shortly after she stepped off a bus near the university campus. Video show her getting into the front seat of a black Saturn Astra.

    According to the affidavit filed in federal court by FBI Special Agent Anthony Manganaro, Christensen was under surveillance Thursday when agents overheard him explaining he kidnapped Zhang. Authorities say based on that and other facts uncovered during the investigation, agents believe Zhang is no longer alive.

    Asked Friday night if authorities had any leads on where Zhang's body might be located, the spokesman for the FBI Springfield office, Bradley Ware, declined comment.

    Illinois Chancellor Robert Jones said in a statement the campus community is saddened by the news Zhang is believed dead.

    "This is a senseless and devastating loss of a promising young woman and a member of our community," Jones said. "There is nothing we can do to ease the sadness or grief for her family and friends, but we can and we will come together to support them in any way we can in these difficult days ahead."

    According to Manganaro's affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Champaign, investigators determined there were 18 vehicles similar to the one Zhang got in that were registered in Champaign County.

    The vehicle belonging to Christensen was first observed June 12 in an apartment complex parking lot, and investigators questioned him. The affidavit stated that investigators noted Christensen couldn't recall what he was doing on the day Zhang disappeared.

    Christensen told investigators he saw Zhang looking lost and offered her a ride, CBS Chicago reports. He initially told the FBI he let her out a few blocks away. Christensen said the woman panicked after he apparently made a wrong turn and he let her out in a residential area.

    They searched the vehicle but didn't remove anything. Investigators later determined the car in the video had a sunroof and cracked hubcap, like the vehicle belonging to Christensen, according to the affidavit. When investigators interviewed Christensen again, he admitted to driving around the University of Illinois campus and giving a ride to an Asian woman who said she was late for an appointment.

    The court document indicates a search of Christensen's car indicates the area where Zhang was believed to have been sitting had been cleaned.

    Christensen was placed under continuous surveillance on June 16, and on June 29 he was captured on an audio recording explaining how he took Zhang to his apartment and held her against her will. The affidavit says the woman remains missing.

    Some 5,600 Chinese enrolled at U of I, more than at any U.S. college, according to government data. There are more than 300,000 Chinese students in the U.S. in all. Some parents in China wondered if Zhang's disappearance meant it wasn't safe to send their children to the United States.

    Those who knew Zhang described her as bright and outgoing. She played guitar and sang in a band called "Cute Horse" in China. One of her favorite songs was "The Rose," a hit in 1980 for American singer Bette Midler.

    Zhang's boyfriend has said that she was also cautious and wouldn't normally get into a car with a stranger unless duped or forced.

    Zhang graduated last year with a master's degree in environmental engineering from one of China's elite schools, Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School. She had been doing research on crop photosynthesis, which included using drones to study fields, the university's communications office has said.

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              The Mad Chase For Russia-gate Prey   

    Authored by Daniel Lazare via The Strategic Culture Foundation,   June turned out to be the cruelest month for the Russia-gate industry. The pain began on June 8 when ex-FBI Director James Comey testified that a sensational New York Times article declaring that “members of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated […]

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              The Mad Chase For Russia-gate Prey   

    Authored by Daniel Lazare via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

     

    June turned out to be the cruelest month for the Russia-gate industry.

    The pain began on June 8 when ex-FBI Director James Comey testified that a sensational New York Times article declaring that “members of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials” was “in the main … not true.”

    Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses UN General Assembly on Sept. 28, 2015. (UN Photo)

    Then came Republican Karen Handel’s June 20 victory in a special election in Georgia’s sixth congressional district, sparking bitter recriminations among Democrats who had hoped to ride to victory on a Russia-gate-propelled wave of resistance to Trump.

    More evidence that the strategy was not working came a day later when the Harris Poll and Harvard’s Center for American Political Studies produced a devastating survey showing that 62 percent of voters see no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, while 54 percent believe the “Deep State” is trying to unseat the President by leaking classified information. The poll even showed a small bounce in Trump’s popularity, with 45 percent viewing him favorably as opposed to only 39 percent for his defeated Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

    The mainstream news media also came in for some lumps. On June 23, CNN retracted a story that had claimed that Congress was looking into reports that the Trump transition team met secretly with a Russian investment fund under sanction from the U.S. government. Three days later, CNN announced that three staffers responsible for the blooper – reporter and Pulitzer Prize-nominee Thomas Frank; Pulitzer-winner Eric Lichtblau, late of the New York Times; and Lex Haris, executive editor in charge of investigations – had resigned.

    Adding to CNN’s embarrassment, Project Veritas, the brainchild of rightwing provocateur James O’Keefe, released an undercover video in which a CNN producer named John Bonifield explained that the network can’t stop talking about Russia because it boosts ratings and then went on to say about Russia-gate:

    Could be bullshit, I mean it’s mostly bullshit right now.  Like, we don’t have any big giant proof. But … the leaks keep leaking, and there are so many great leaks, and it’s amazing, and I just refuse to believe that if they had something really good like that, that wouldn’t leak because we’ve been getting all these other leaks. So I just feel like they don’t really have it but they want to keep digging. And so I think the president is probably right to say, like, look, you’re witch-hunting me, like, you have no smoking gun, you have no real proof.

    Project Veritas also released an undercover video interview with CNN contributor Van Jones calling the long-running probe into possible collusion between Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia a “nothing-burger,” a position similar to the skepticism that Jones has displayed in his on-air comments.

    True, the Bonifield video was only a medical reporter sounding off about a story that he’s not even covering and doing so to a dirty-trickster who has received financing from Trump and who, after another undercover film stunt, was ordered in 2013 to apologize and pay $100,000 to an anti-poverty worker whose privacy he had invaded.

    Good for Ratings

    But, still, Bonifield’s “president-is-probably-right” comment is hard to shake. Ditto Van Jones’ “nothing-burger.” Unless both quotes are completely doctored, it appears that the scuttlebutt among CNNers is that Russia-gate is a lot of hot air but no one cares because it’s sending viewership through the roof.

    MSNBC host Rachel Maddow

    And if that’s what CNN thinks, then it may be what MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow thinks as she also plays the Russia card for all it’s worthIt may also be what The Washington Post has in the back of its mind even while hyperventilating about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “crime of the century, an unprecedented and largely successful destabilizing attack on American democracy.”

    The New York Times also got caught up in its enthusiasm to hype the Russia-gate case on June 25 when it ran a story slamming Trump for “refus[ing] to acknowledge a basic fact agreed upon by 17 American intelligence agencies that he now oversees: Russia orchestrated the attacks [on Democratic emails], and did it to help get him elected.”

    The “17-intelligence-agency” canard has been a favorite go-to assertion for both Democrats and the mainstream news media, although it was repudiated in May by President Obama’s Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and CIA Director John Brennan.

    So, on June 29, the Times apparently found itself with no choice but to issue a correction stating: “The [Russia-hacking] assessment was made by four intelligence agencies — the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency. The assessment was not approved by all 17 organizations in the American intelligence community.”

    This point is important because, as Consortiumnews.com and other non-mainstream news outlets have argued for more than a month, it is much easier to manipulate a finding by hand-picking analysts from a small number of intelligence agencies than by seeking the judgments and dissents from all 17.

    Despite the correction, the Times soon returned to its pattern of shading the truth regarding the U.S. intelligence assessment. On June 30, a Times article reported: “Mr. Trump has repeatedly cast doubt on the unanimous conclusion of United States intelligence agencies that Russia sought to interfere in the 2016 race.”

    The Times’ phrase “unanimous conclusion” conveys the false impression that all 17 agencies were onboard without specifically saying so, although we now know that the Times’ editors are aware that only selected analysts from three agencies plus the DNI’s office were involved.

    In other words, the Times cited a “unanimous conclusion of United States intelligence agencies” to mislead its readers without specifically repeating the “all-17-agencies” falsehood. This behavior suggests that the Times is so blinded by its anti-Trump animus that it wants to conceal from its readers how shaky the whole tale is.

    Holes from the Start

    But the problems with Russia-gate date back to the beginning. Where Watergate was about a real burglary, this one began with a cyber break-in that may or may not have occurred. In his June 8 testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey conceded that the FBI never checked the DNC’s servers to confirm that they had truly been hacked.

    Former FBI Director James Comey

    COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN RICHARD BURR: Did you ever have access to the actual hardware that was hacked?  Or did you have to rely on a third party to provide you the data that they had collected?

     

    COMEY: In the case of the DNC, and, I believe, the DCCC [i.e. the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee], but I’m sure the DNC, we did not have access to the devices themselves.  We got relevant forensic information from a private party, a high-class entity, that had done the work.  But we didn’t get direct access.

     

    BURR: But no content?

     

    COMEY: Correct.

     

    BURR: Isn’t content an important part of the forensics from a counterintelligence standpoint?

     

    COMEY: It is, although what was briefed to me by my folks — the people who were my folks at the time – is that they had gotten the information from the private party that they needed to understand the intrusion by the spring of 2016.

    The FBI apparently was confident that it could rely on such “a high-class entity” as CrowdStrike to tell it what it needed to know. Yet neither the Democratic National Committee nor CrowdStrike, the Irvine, California, cyber-security firm the DNC hired, was remotely objective.

    Hillary Clinton was on record calling Putin a “bully” whose goal was “to stymie, to confront, to undermine American power” while Dmitri Aperovitch, CrowdStrike’s chief technical officer, is a Russian émigré who is both anti-Putin personally and an associate of the Atlantic Council, a pro-Clinton/anti-Russian think tank that is funded by the Saudis, the United Arab Emirates and the Ukrainian World Congress. The Atlantic Council is one of the most anti-Russian voices in Washington.

    So, an anti-Putin DNC hired an anti-Putin security specialist, who, to absolutely no one’s surprise, “immediately” determined that the break-in was the work of hackers “closely linked to the Russian government’s powerful and highly capable intelligence services.”

    Comey’s trust in CrowdStrike was akin to cops trusting a private eye not only to investigate a murder, but to determine if it even occurred. Yet the mainstream media’s pack journalists saw no reason to question the FBI because doing so would not accord with an anti-Trump bias so pronounced that even journalism profs have begun to notice.

    Doubts about CrowdStrike

    Since CrowdStrike issued its findings, it has come under wide-ranging criticism. Cyber experts have called its analysis inconsistent because while praising the alleged hackers to the skies (“our team considers them some of the best adversaries out of all the numerous nation-state, criminal and hacktivist/terrorist groups we encounter on a daily basis”), CrowdStrike says it was able to uncover their identity because they made kindergarten-level mistakes, most notably uploading documents in a Russian-language format under the name “Felix Edmundovich,” a reference to Felix E. Dzerzhinsky, founder of the Soviet secret police.

    Couple walking along the Kremlin, Dec. 7, 2016. (Photo by Robert Parry)

    “Raise your hand if you think that a GRU or FSB officer would add Iron Felix’s name to the metadata of a stolen document before he released it to the world while pretending to be a Romanian hacker,” wisecracked cyber-skeptic Jeffrey Carr.

    Others noted how easy it is for even novice hackers to leave a false trail. In Seattle, cyber-sleuths Mark Maunder and Rob McMahon of Wordfence, makers of a popular computer-security program, discovered that “malware” found in the DNC was an early version of a publicly available program developed in the Ukraine – which was strange, they said, because one would expect Russian intelligence to develop its own tools or use ones that were more up to date.

    But even if the malware was Russian, experts pointed out that its use in this instance no more implicates Russian intelligence than the use of an Uzi in a bank robbery implicates Mossad.

    Other loose threads appeared. In January, Carr poured cold water on a subsequent CrowdStrike report charging that pro-Russian separatists had used similar malware to zero in on pro-government artillery units in the eastern Ukraine.

    The Ukrainian ministry of defense and the London think tank from which CrowdStrike obtained much of its data agreed that the company didn’t know what it was talking about. But if CrowdStrike was wrong about the Ukraine case, how could everyone be sure it was right about the DNC?

    In March, Wikileaks went public with its “Vault 7” findings showing, among other things, that the CIA has developed sophisticated software in order to scatter false clues – which inevitably led to dark mutterings that maybe the agency had hacked the DNC itself in order to blame it on the Russians.

    Finally, although Wikileaks policy is never to comment on its sources, Julian Assange, the group’s founder, decided to make an exception.

    “The Clinton camp has been able to project a neo-McCarthyist hysteria that Russia is responsible for everything,” he told journalist John Pilger in November. “Hillary Clinton has stated multiple times, falsely, that 17 U.S. intelligence agencies had assessed that Russia was the source of our publications. That’s false – we can say that the Russian government is not the source.”

    Craig Murray, an ex-British diplomat who is a Wikileaks adviser, disclosed that he personally flew to Washington to meet with a person who was either the original source or an associate of the source. Murray said the motive for the leak was “disgust at the corruption of the Clinton Foundation and the tilting of the primary election playing field against Bernie Sanders.”

    Conceivably, such contacts could have been cutouts to conceal from WikiLeaks the actual sources. Still, Wikileaks’ record of veracity should be enough to give anyone pause. Yet the press either ignored the WikiLeaks comments or, in the case of The Washington Post, struggled to prove that WikiLeaks was lying.

    Unstable Foundation

    The stories that have been built upon this unstable foundation have proved shaky, too. In March, the Times published a front-page exposé asserting that Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort “had regular communications with his longtime associate – a former Russian military translator in Kiev who has been investigated in Ukraine on suspicion of being a Russian intelligence agent.”  But if the man was merely a suspected spy as opposed to a convicted one, then what’s the problem?

    President Donald Trump being sworn in on Jan. 20, 2017. (Screen shot from Whitehouse.gov)

    The article also noted that Jason Greenblatt, a former Trump lawyer who is now a special White House representative for international negotiations, met last summer with Rabbi Berel Lazar, “the chief rabbi of Russia and an ally of Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin.” But an Orthodox Jew paying a call on Russia’s chief rabbi is hardly extraordinary. Neither is the fact that the rabbi is a Putin ally since Putin enjoys broad support in the Russian Jewish community.

    In April, the Times published another innuendo-laden front-page story about businessman Carter Page whose July 2016 trip to Moscow proved to be “a catalyst for the F.B.I. investigation into connections between Russia and President Trump’s campaign.”

    Page’s sins chiefly consist of lecturing at a Moscow academic institute about U.S.-Russian relations in terms that The New York Times believed “echoed the position of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia” and, on another occasion, meeting with a suspected Russian intelligence agent in New York.

    “There is no evidence that Mr. Page knew the man was an intelligence officer,” the article added. So is it now a crime to talk with a Russian or some other foreign national who, unbeknownst to you, may turn out to be an intelligence agent?

    Then there is poor Mike Flynn, driven out as national security adviser after just 24 days in office for allegedly misrepresenting conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak – exchanges during the Trump transition that supposedly exposed him to the possibility of Russian blackmail although U.S. intelligence was monitoring the talks and therefore knew their exact contents. And, since the Russians no doubt assumed as much, it’s hard to see what they could have blackmailed him with. [See Consortiumnews.com’s “Turning Gen. Flynn into Road Kill.”]

    Yet the mainstream media eagerly gobbled up this blackmail possibility while presenting with a straight face the claim by Obama holdovers at the Justice Department that the Flynn-Kislyak conversations might have violated the 1799 Logan Act, an ancient relic that has never been used to prosecute anyone in its entire two-century history.

    So, if the scandal is looking increasingly threadbare now, could the reason be that there was little or nothing to it when it was first announced during the final weeks of the 2016 campaign?

    Although it’s impossible to say what evidence might eventually emerge, Russia-gate is looking more and more like a Democratic version of Benghazi, a pseudo-scandal that no one could ever figure out but which wound up making Hillary Clinton look like a persecuted hero and the Republicans seem like obsessed idiots.

    As much as that epic inquiry turned out to be mostly a witch-hunt, Americans are beginning to sense the same about Washington’s latest game of “gotcha.”

    The United States is still a democracy in some vague sense of the word, and “We the People” are losing patience with subterranean maneuvers on the part of the Democrats, the neoconservatives, and the intelligence agencies seeking to reverse a presidential election.

    Like Benghazi or possibly even the Birthergate scam about President Obama’s Kenyan birthplace, the whole convoluted Russia-gate tale grows stranger by the day.


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    From American Thinker:
    Even Obama’s Democrat supporters are now acknowledging he knew about Russia’s hacking of the DNC and Podesta emails. They are acknowledging that he did nothing but are not acknowledging the reason why – that he thought Hillary Clinton was going to succeed him and he wanted to do nothing to offend the Russians to whom he had once famously promised more “flexibility.”As Fox News Politics reported:
    President Trump criticized his predecessor for allegedly doing “nothing” about reports that Russia interfered in last year’s presidential campaign, in a recent interview.“I just heard today for the first time that (former President) Obama knew about Russia a long time before the election, and he did nothing about it,” Trump said in the interview set to air Sunday on “Fox & Friends Weekend.” “The CIA gave him information on Russia a long time before the election. … If he had the information, why didn't he do something about it?”
    Even Rep. Adam Schiff, ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, acknowledged that President Obama’s refusal to embarrass his Russian friends by doing nothing was a mistake:
    President Obama’s decision to not act sooner on Russian election interference last year was “a very serious mistake,” says California Rep. Adam Schiff. “I think the administration needed to call out Russia earlier, and needed to act to deter and punish Russia earlier and I think that was a very serious mistake,” Schiff said in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. Schiff, the top ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said that Obama was hesitant to confront Russia over its active measures campaign for fear of being seen as helping Hillary Clinton and of fueling Donald Trump’s allegations that the election was being “rigged” against him.
    That is the excuse made by those caught with their hands in the cookie jar. What happened to our democracy being at stake, the sanctity of our electoral process being violated? It was okay to jeopardize our national security through inaction as long as it was thought it might embarrass Hillary? But when Trump won, suddenly it became an issue for which he was responsible? As noted, Obama’s collusion with the Russians began years earlier when he conspired to gut U.S. missile defense efforts in Europe. As Investor’s Business Daily noted over a year ago, President Obama had other plans and his betrayal of our allies was exquisitely ironic:
    Yet within hours of Medvedev's election as president in 2008, the Russian announced that Moscow would deploy SS-26 missiles in his country's enclave of Kaliningrad situated between our NATO allies Poland and Lithuania. He wanted the U.S. to abandon plans to deploy missile interceptors in Poland and warning radars in the Czech Republic designed to counter a future threat from Iran. What did President Obama do? He caved in and notified the Poles in a midnight phone call on Sept. 17, 2009 — the 70th anniversary of the Soviet Union's invasion of Poland — that we were pulling the plug on that system due to Russian objections. Putin then watched in 2012 as Obama promised Medvedev at the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, South Korea, that after his re-election he would have more "flexibility" to weaken missile defense, which would help him fulfill his dream of U.S. disarmament.
    Hillary Clinton herself was not above colluding with the Russians, as she did in the Uranium One Deal in which Clinton Foundation donors benefited from her enabling the transfer of 20 percent of our uranium supplies to Russia.  That deal was one reason Putin was probably rooting for Hillary, not Trump.
    Instead of investigating Team Trump for collusion and its business dealings with Russia, how about a special counsel to investigate the Uranium one deal? How about a special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton’s illegal email server and destruction of emails under subpoena? Instead of President Trump obstructing justice by firing an FBI Director he was constitutionally empowered to fire, how about a special counsel to investigate Loretta Lynch’s collusion with the Clinton campaign and obstruction of justice, starting with her meeting with Bill Clinton on the tarmac? We know from Comey’s testimony that Lynch advised him to call the Clinton investigation a “matter” as the Clinton campaign was calling it. We know that Lynch met on the tarmac with the husband of the subject of a federal investigation. We know that after that meeting, Comey usurped the power of the attorney general and announced that despite all the evidence he himself cited, Hilary would not be prosecuted. (Read more.)

              Madeleine McCann - Parental Murder Identified Through Statement Analysis   
    Richard D Hall brings in Statement Analyst Expert Peter Hyatt who works with Institutions like the FBI and Law Enforcement all over the US to determine when people are lying.  If you haven't...

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              The Comey-Trump Saga: How We Got Here   
    With news like this, who needs “House of Cards”? If ever there was a Super Bowl of public affairs events, it happened on Thursday. That’s when recently ousted FBI director James Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee. He pulled no punches, seizing the opportunity to air a formidable list of grievances against President Trump … Continue reading The Comey-Trump Saga: How We Got Here
              Administrative Assistant to Superintendent and Board of Directors (DO) - GRESHAM-BARLOW SD 10J - Gresham, OR   
    This employment is considered probationary pending return of the criminal records check from the FBI and Oregon State Police through the Oregon Department of... $79,419 - $87,685 a year
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              Comment on A SPECIAL REPORT ON THE CASE OF DARREN WESLEY HUFF! by FBI Mum on "Domestic Terrorists" When it Comes to the Radical Left - The Post & Email   
    […] interview segment is a continuation from Part 4 focusing on the FBI’s 2010 arrest and prosecution of Darren Wesley Huff and its failure to apprehend congressional shooter James T. Hodgkinson, now […]
              Comment on While Trump Kills 4,000 Civilians, the Fake-Left is Triggered Over a Tweet About a Facelift by Greg Bacon   
    Bernie shows his true face. Money, money and more money. <b>Sen. Sanders’ Wife Tried Evicting Disabled Group Home Residents after Closing Shady College Deal Under FBI Probe</b> In reality, the acquisition of that property bankrupted the College, and Sanders is now being investigated for bank fraud by the FBI for misrepresentations she made on loan documents to purchase the land for the campus. http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2017/06/sen-sanders-wife-tried-evicting-disabled-group-home-residents-closing-shady-college-deal-fbi-probe/ Think he'll feel the 'Bern' or just retire to that 600K lakeside cottage the DNC bought for this quisling?
              Vesti online: Tačijev bliski saradnik švercovao oružje za meksičke mafijaše, uhapšen sa saradnikom "Koza nostre"   
    Kako su preneli mediji u Njujorku, Veliju je uhapšen pošto je FBI prisluškivao njegove telefonske razgovore tokom kojih je sa meksičkim mafijašima dogovarao prodaju 15 automatskih pušaka AK-47 i ručnog bacača "zolja". Tokom tih razgovora on je puške nazivao patikama, a "zolju" patikom poznatog [...]
              Latvija oglobila banke zaradi kršenja sankcij proti Severni Koreji   
    Latvijski finančni regulator je ta teden oglobil tri tamkajšnje banke v skupni vrednosti več kot 600.000 evrov zaradi kršenja evropskih sankcij proti Severni Koreji. V sodelovanju z ameriškim FBI so ugotovili, da so prek podružnic v tujini pretakale...
              Les Experts, FBI Portés disparus,... Jerry Bruckheimer, le midas d'Hollywood   
    Depuis des décennies, il est l’un des producteurs les plus influents du cinéma US. Rencontre avec Jerry Bruckheimer.
              Comment on Sanders: FBI investigation of his wife and him. ‘It’s Trump’s fault’ by VIDEO Sen. Sanders’ Wife Tried Evicting Disabled Group Home Residents, FBI Probe – Funneled daughter $500,000 | Reclaim Our Republic   
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              Comment on Will Trump end up causing the downfall of Bernie and Jane Sanders? by VIDEO Sen. Sanders’ Wife Tried Evicting Disabled Group Home Residents, FBI Probe – Funneled daughter $500,000 | Reclaim Our Republic   
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              Comment on Bernie and Jane Sanders College corruption? Funneled daughter $500,000 by VIDEO Sen. Sanders’ Wife Tried Evicting Disabled Group Home Residents, FBI Probe – Funneled daughter $500,000 | Reclaim Our Republic   
    […] Does Bernie really believe we will drink his Kool-Aid? After doing two posts which clearly show a nasty business he blames Trump now? The College was in better shape at the time she left? And why did she leave? She was fired and took $200K on the way out the door. No, Bernie, when you run as a candidate, people look into your affairs. Your not off the hook either. Turn about is a tough. You are quick to go after Trump. In case you missed my posts..a refresher.Bernie and Jane Sanders College corruption? Funneled daughter $500,000 […]
              Internet regulation: is it time to rein in the tech giants?   
    Fake news and Isis propaganda have raised concern about the power of the web. But with cyberspace controlled by a handful of giant firms, can governments ever hope to curb them – and is that even desirable?

    “Enough is enough,” said Theresa May outside 10 Downing Street after the London Bridge attack last month. “When it comes to taking on extremism and terrorism, things need to change.” And one of those things was the behaviour of internet firms, which should not allow extremism a place to breed. “Yet that is precisely what the internet – and the big companies that provide internet-based services – provide,” she continued.

    May’s speech was only the latest example of the frustration among governments with the way that the internet, and internet companies, seem to elude and ignore the rules by which everyone else has to live. From encrypted apps used by terrorists (but also by peaceful activists) to online abuse, and fake news to hacking and radicalisation, the friction between the two sides is growing. France and Germany have implemented fines for companies that allow Nazi content to remain online, while in the US the FBI demanded that Apple write software to hack into an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino killers, and took the firm to court when it refused.

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              Bill Would Bar Pentagon From Business With Russian Cyber Firm Kaspersky - NBCNews.com   

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    Bill Would Bar Pentagon From Business With Russian Cyber Firm Kaspersky
    NBCNews.com
    A provision in a Senate spending bill that is likely to become law would bar the Defense Department from doing business with Kaspersky Lab, the Russian cyber-security company whose employees were interviewed at their homes this week by FBI agents.
    Are you using Russian software for your computers cyber security?WWL First News
    US government is reviewing whether to use Kaspersky software, because RussiaBetaNews

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               Lo paranormal entró al salón    
    Mulder y Scully debían resolver casos relacionados con el más allá. Los agentes del FBI nos convencieron de que la verdad estaba ahí fuera y de que un montón de criaturas extrañas merodeaban a nuestro alrededor
              Detective Conan Vol 49 Ch 003   
    Black Organization vs FBI
              Detective Conan Vol 49 Ch 004   
    Black Organization vs FBI 2
              2 Arrested In Lancaster Teen Kidnapping Case   
    Lancaster police and the FBI arrested two people Saturday in the case of a kidnapped teenager who has been missing since Wednesday.
              Cyber-terrorism targets nuclear?   

    Reuters is reporting that nuclear is being targeted by a hacking campaign. The article is exceedingly ambiguous and truncated and simply indicates that the US Dept of Homeland Security and FBI warned businesses across sectors of a hacking campaign aimed at "harvesting credentials":
    Jim Finkle (2017, June 30). U.S. warns businesses of hacking campaign against nuclear, energy firms. Reuters, http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-cyber-energy-idUSKBN19L2Z9

    Hackers used tainted "phishing" emails to "harvest credentials" so they could gain access to networks of their targets, the joint analysis report seen by Reuters late on Friday said.
    I had thought US nuclear plants weren't connected directly to the Internet and therefore were not susceptible to external system hacks. Seems that is not quite true because nuclear "control" systems are apparently connected and vulnerable

    Chris Shipp and Jonathan Pollet (February 3, 2015). Hacking control systems are not immune. Valve Magazone, http://www.valvemagazine.com/magazine/sections/features/6480-hacking-control-systems-are-not-immune.html

    In January 2003, computers at the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant were infected with the Slammer worm2—a piece of malicious code that spread faster than any before or since. This particular infection is noteworthy for two reasons: 
    First, the code was only able to spread because computer owners did not apply security patches in a timely manner. (Microsoft had released a security patch to mitigate the vulnerability six months before Slammer began its historical spread). 
    Second, during the ensuing investigation, personnel at the plant indicated they thought they were protected from such attacks because they had a firewall. Unfortunately, this lack of understanding with respect to cyber­security is still prevalent—especially in the control system community.

              Trump has a lot more business in the former Soviet union than we knew   
    Trump has a lot more business in the former Soviet union than we knew

    by digby




    I wrote about a couple of Russia stories that dropped yesterday for Salon:

    Well, Thursday was a lot of fun, wasn’t it? We got to spend the day wallowing in presidential misogyny, a treat we haven’t been able to savor since we heard Donald Trump brag about getting away with random crotch grabbing because he is such a “star.” No one can be surprised. We knew he was a snake before we let him in.

    As much as the president’s grotesque tweets served as a grim reminder of his true character, Trump did manage to do the one thing he has been dying to do for weeks: move the press off the Russia story. Sadly for him, it only lasted a few hours before yet another late-breaking Russia scoop hit. The Wall Street Journal’s Shane Harris published a story that links former national security adviser Michael Flynn to a longtime right-wing operative named Peter W. Smith, who told Harris he had engaged with Russian hackers to obtain the so-called “missing emails” from Hillary Clinton’s private server. Smith also claimed he was in touch with Michael Flynn and possibly his son, both of whom he knew through some earlier business dealings.

    Harris also reports that “investigators have examined reports from intelligence agencies that describe Russian hackers discussing how to obtain emails from Mrs. Clinton’s server and then transmit them to Mr. Flynn via an intermediary.” That would be quite a coincidence if there were two different operations described exactly that way. As they say, stay tuned. There’s no way of knowing if this man was just blowing smoke about Flynn or whether it represents the first evidence that there was some collusion between the campaign and Russia, in this case through an outside intermediary steeped in right-wing opposition research for decades.

    Smith died in May, but his history suggests it’s at least plausible that what he told Harris is true. Murray Waas wrote in Salon way back in 1998 about Smith’s role as the instigator of “Troopergate,” which led to the Paula Jones lawsuit against Bill Clinton (with which Kellyanne Conway’s husband George was intimately involved) and the rest was history. Smith is exactly the kind of man who would have involved himself in a nefarious scheme like this.

    That story will undoubtedly be picked over quite a bit in the coming days. Unfortunately, another big Russia story, arguably even more significant, landed yesterday and few people seem to have noticed. Kevin G. Hall and Ben Weider of the McClatchy Washington bureau reported that Trump’s business dealings in countries of the former Soviet empire were much more substantial than he’s let on and his ties to bankers, oligarchs and politicians in the area are much more consequential. They write:
    McClatchy’s investigation reveals how Trump sought a foothold not just in Russia but across the former Soviet empire. Not known before, the Trump Organization in 2012 negotiated with then-Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Massimov for an obelisk-shaped tower to be built near the presidential palace, designed by architect John Fotiadis, who also did the Batumi project and lists offices in New York and the Ukrainian capital of Kiev. Trump Diamond lost out to a rival project in Astana for the tallest building in Central Asia, the 75-story Abu Dhabi Plaza.
    That’s the tip of the iceberg. The Trump Organization was involved in dozens of deals throughout the region with money traced back to Russian sources, in some cases including the big oil company Rosneft. Once again, Trump’s close relationship with Bayrock CEO Felix Sater, a known mob associate with ties to the CIA, the FBI and the Russian government, was implicated along with another controversial company called the Silk Road Group. Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen, who has strong personal and business ties to Ukraine, was also involved with many of these negotiations. (Cohen was recently served with a subpoena by the House Intelligence Committee.)

    What’s most interesting about all of these deals is their recent vintage. Indeed, the big tower project in Georgia mentioned in the McClatchy report wasn’t canceled until Jan. 6, 2017, two weeks before Trump took office. Trump said it was solely for business concerns (since he believes that it’s impossible for a president to have conflicts of interest) but the company he was involved with, Silk Road, said it was because of the massive publicity that was sure to follow, which hardly seems like convincing.

    More likely the project was ditched because of the company’s relationship with Russia and Iran, two countries under U.S. sanctions. That would have been a bit of a problem for a sitting U.S. president, even one who believes that nothing is illegal if the president does it.

    McClatchy reports that “none of this is revealed in Trump’s financial disclosure statements. And since he hasn’t released his tax returns, these sorts of relationships are not apparent.” We don’t know how many more situations like this exist that are still quietly percolating with Trump’s full knowledge while the country is kept in the dark.

    There is a reason why Trump has been so desperate to end the Russia probe, and Occam’s razor says this is probably the reason. A G-Man with an unlimited mandate looking into all his dicey business dealings undoubtedly has him waking up in a cold sweat in the middle of the night.

    Meanwhile, the president has prevailed against all advice and will sit down with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the upcoming G-20 meeting. Trump’s political advisers tried to impress on him just how bad it will look to be glad-handing with Vlad, while his policy advisers are surely petrified that he will make a major error. Trump’s vaunted negotiating skills have turned out to be hype, and nobody know if he’s going to give away the store.
    According to the Guardian, Trump has tasked his staff to come up with some “deliverables” for his pal Putin, with no plans to ask for anything in return. One thing we know he won’t be doing is broaching the subject of cyber attacks. According to this report by CNN, his team cannot get him to devote any time or attention to the problem:
    “I’ve seen no evidence of it,” one senior administration official said when asked whether Trump was convening any meetings on Russian meddling in the election. The official said there is no paper trail — schedules, readouts or briefing documents — to indicate Trump has dedicated time to the issue.
    He is simply not interested. But then, in Trump’s worldview, if the Russians helped him get elected why would he do anything to stop them from doing it again? What he does want is to stop the investigation from delving too deeply into his relationships and business dealings in the region. It turns out there are a lot more of them then he’s admitted up until now.

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              The master negotiator myth   
    The master negotiator myth

    by digby





    I wrote about Donald Trump's allegedly legendary salesmanship for Salon this morning:


    Last year on the campaign trail, Donald Trump made a lot of promises, almost always adding that he planned to fulfill them “quickly.” He would say, “We will defeat ISIS and we will do it very, very quickly,” or “We’re disrespected right now all over the world. But that will change very, very quickly.” (He was right about that one. It changed very quickly, but not for the better.)

    Just before the election in November he said this:
    I will ask Congress to convene a special session so we can repeal and replace and it will be such an honor for me, for you and for everybody in this country, because Obamacare has to be replaced. And we will do it and we will do it very, very quickly.
    No one understood why Trump would need to convene a special session of Congress but it sounded very forceful and “strong” (another word he uses constantly). He got so grandiose in his promises to act quickly that at one point he pledged to get nearly his entire agenda done on the very first day.

    What his followers truly loved about him, of course, was that he was saying out loud all the politically incorrect things they felt inhibited from saying in polite company, for fear of someone thinking they aren’t nice people. His candidacy, especially the rallies, provided one gigantic safe space for people to cheer for things that liberals hate. But when you asked people why they thought he would make a good president, it was always because he was a successful businessman who knew how to get things done.

    Trump’s entire pitch was based on his supposedly legendary ability to negotiate. He flogged “The Art of the Deal” like it was the Bible, signing it on rope lines for his adoring fans and constantly calling it the bestselling business book of all time. This was the myth underlying his reality TV “Apprentice” persona, which was inspired by the book.

    Trump was supposed to be a master negotiator who would singlehandedly cut new global trade deals to favor U.S. businesses and leave the rest of the world happily promising to pay more and get less. He would stare down world leaders and they would respect him for his manly strength and determination. He would bring Democrats and Republicans together in a room and bang their heads together until they came to an agreement. He was that good.

    Do I even need to say it? None of that has worked out. The Republicans can’t seem to get any legislation to Trump’s desk, and he has proven to be counterproductive whenever he gets involved. Not only hasn’t he lived up to the hype, he’s actually much worse at negotiating than any president in modern memory.

    Glenn Thrush and Jonathan Martin, reporting for the New York Times, examined why Trump can’t seem to make any deals as president, and found that much of it is because of his terrible relationships with many Republican officials. Issuing crude threats against Republican senators who come out against him, as a Trump-allied Super PAC did this week when Sen. Dean Heller announced he wouldn’t vote for the Senate health care bill, has been called “beyond stupid” by none other than Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell himself.

    But the larger problem for Trump is that he simply lacks the knowledge one needs to be able to negotiate successfully. Thrush and Martin note:
    A senator who supports the bill left the meeting at the White House with a sense that the president did not have a grasp of some basic elements of the Senate plan — and seemed especially confused when a moderate Republican complained that opponents of the bill would cast it as a massive tax break for the wealthy, according to an aide who received a detailed readout of the exchange.

    Mr. Trump said he planned to tackle tax reform later, ignoring the repeal’s tax implications, the staff member added.
    It is widely understood, including by its Republican authors, that the bill was a massive tax cut disguised as health care legislation. That the president didn’t know that means he clearly hadn’t read the bill in any depth nor had he read the news media reports about it.

    Washington isn’t the real estate and brand licensing world that Trump is used to. It’s clear that he’s in way over his head. But it’s worth remembering that there’s a lot of evidence that he was never very good at making deals.

    Tony Schwartz, Trump’s ghostwriter on “The Art of the Deal,” came forward during the campaign to confess that most of what he’d written in that book, which is the basis for the Trump myth, is just that — a myth. Trump inherited a lot of money from his father, who had political juice in New York and co-signed Trump’s deals for years. He struggled for years, through bankruptcy and failed entrepreneurial ventures, managing to survive by finding new and novel ways to fund his lifestyle (some of which are being investigated by the FBI and the special prosecutor right now). The “Trump brand” was slapped on any cheap consumer product he could persuade to take it.

    Trump’s particular problem in politics is that he has an extremely short attention span, which means that the learning curve for the presidency, which is steep for anyone, may just be too much for him to master. Schwartz told the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer that this problem has left Trump with “a stunning level of superficial knowledge and plain ignorance,” explaining, “that’s why he so prefers TV as his first news source — information comes in easily digestible sound bites.”

    It’s impossible, Schwartz said, “to keep [Trump] focussed on any topic, other than his own self-aggrandizement, for more than a few minutes, and even then … if he had to be briefed on a crisis in the Situation Room, it’s impossible to imagine him paying attention over a long period of time.” Schwartz described Trump as not a dealmaker at all but merely a self-promoter who craves “money, praise, and celebrity” and never gets enough of it. These are not unusual traits among leaders, but they are not sufficient or even necessary for the job he has now.

    Trump seems to have thought being president was a performance, like the fantasy role he played on “The Apprentice.” There’s a lot more to it than just holding photo-ops sitting behind a desk announcing something that you haven’t read and don’t really understand. So far he hasn’t shown any evidence whatever that he’s up to the task.
    .

              Russian interference in election a political Pearl Harbor   

    Fewer than two months ago, on May 10, President Trump invited two Russian diplomats into the White House to celebrate his firing of FBI Director James Comey. Having boasted on national TV that he'd removed Comey as a means of relieving pressure from the "fake news" investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, Trump greeted Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak like old friends.


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              El opio, ¿el pretexto real de la guerra en Afganistán?   
    Por Vicky Peláez para Sputnik. 28/6/2017

    Desde tiempos antiguos, la guerra siempre ha sido un negocio, así como sucede con la invasión de EEUU a Afganistán y que se ha convertido en la campaña militar más larga de la historia norteamericana.

    "Lo que es obvio no requiere de explicación" (proverbio afgano)

    Iniciada en el 2001 como 'Operación Libertad Duradera', lo único que aporta a la sufrida Afganistán, además de caos y destrucción, es la libertad para el tráfico de opio, morfina y heroína. Se repite la historia de los años 50, cuando EEUU se encargaba del tráfico de opio a través del Triángulo de Oro en el sudeste de Asia, cubriendo 350.000 kilómetros cuadrados.

    El opio es, en realidad, una de las causas principales de la decisión del Gobierno de Barack Obama de seguir manteniendo las tropas norteamericanas en Afganistán después de anunciar oficialmente en el 2014 que la guerra había concluido. Sin embargo, dos años antes de esta declaración, en 2012, Washington había firmado con Kabul el acuerdo 'The US/Afghan Strategic Partnership Agreement' (SPA), que permite a las tropas estadounidenses quedarse en Afganistán hasta el 2024. Actualmente, están estacionados en el país unos 8.400 militares y cerca de 30.000 contratistas. También están presentes no menos de 1.000 soldados de la OTAN. Igualmente, el actual presidente de EEUU, Donald Trump, declaró recientemente que piensa enviar unos 4.000 soldados adicionales a Afganistán para dar "mayor estabilidad al país".

    El repaso breve de las últimas dos décadas de Afganistán nos indica claramente que la invasión de EEUU y de sus aliados hizo revivir el mercado de opio, que fue prácticamente erradicado en vísperas de la guerra por el régimen talibán bajo el liderazgo del mulá Omar. De acuerdo al estudio realizado por la Oficina de Naciones Unidas contra la Droga y el Delito (UNODC) en conjunto con el Ministerio de Lucha Contra el Narcotráfico de Afganistán (MCN) 'Opium Survey 1994-2016', la adormidera, de cuyo fruto se extrae el opio, fue un cultivo tradicional en el país. Hasta el año 2000, la amapola se sembraba en una área de 50.000 a 80.000 hectáreas. El régimen talibán, para congraciarse con EEUU y así evitar la invasión, hizo reducir esta extensión a 8.000 hectáreas.

    Sin embargo, la decisión de entrar el conflicto, apoyada en el pretexto de 'Guerra contra el Terrorismo' y 'Guerra contra la Droga', ya estaba tomada por Washington mucho tiempo antes. Bastó un año de permanencia de las tropas estadounidenses y las de sus aliados de la OTAN para que el área de cultivo de adormidera se extienda a unas 75.000 hectáreas. En 2008, la amapola se cultivaba ya en 193.000 hectáreas y, en 2016, esta planta abarcó 201.000 hectáreas. Con esto, la producción de opio creció de 185 toneladas en 2001 a 3.400 toneladas en 2002, y a ente 5.000 y 7.000 toneladas en 2016, aunque se considera extraoficialmente que la producción anual de opio ronda las 9.000 toneladas. Actualmente, Afganistán produce un 95% de opio y de sus derivados, morfina y heroína, a nivel mundial.

    Se calcula que, hoy en día, el valor total del mercado de la heroína a nivel mundial es de unos 65.000 millones de dólares; el de opio es de unos 10.000 millones; y el de morfina alcanza los 20.000 millones de dólares. Es decir, el valor total de opio y sus derivados alcanza unos 95.000 millones de dólares, de los cuales 90.000 millones se originan en Afganistán. De esta cantidad, solamente 3.300 millones de dólares (el 3,5%) se quedan en su tierra nativa, lo que aporta un 19% al Producto Bruto Interno (PBI).

    El destino del resto del valor total originado en Afganistán —86.700 millones de dólares— constituye una incógnita. En una entrevista con la publicación Drug Forum, la exparlamentaria afgana Malalai Joya declaró que "EEUU y sus aliados están obteniendo el máximo de ganancia en el negocio multimillonario de opio. Sin su ayuda y apoyo, Afganistán nunca habría podido producir 8.500 toneladas de opio al año" (16 de octubre 2009). Según esta luchadora por los derechos humanos, "la narcoeconomía de Afganistán es un proyecto diseñado por la CIA y apoyado por la política exterior de EEUU. Hay informes en Afganistán que indican que incluso el Ejército estadounidense está participando en el tráfico de opio".

    A tal extremo ha llegado el tráfico de opio afgano que hasta el cuidadoso en sus declaraciones Ministro de Relaciones Exteriores de Rusia, Serguéi Lavrov, declaró que "durante la guerra de EEUU y la OTAN en Afganistán, el narcotráfico prosperó y hay evidencias de que algunos destacamentos militares de la OTAN cerraron los ojos al tráfico de drogas, si es que no estaban envueltos en los carteles criminales". En realidad, la CIA y otros servicios de inteligencia, incluyendo a la misma DEA, siempre han estado involucrados en el tráfico de estupefacientes y en Afganistán están llevando a cabo, según el periodista norteamericano Dave Gibson, de NewsMax, "su negocio favorito, como lo hicieron durante la guerra en Vietnam".

    Y no resulta nada extraña la participación de EEUU en el negocio de los narcóticos. De hecho, después de las armas y el petróleo, las drogas son el tercer producto comercial más importante en términos de ingresos. Existe una larga historia de involucramiento de la CIA, la DEA, el FBI y otros servicios de inteligencia y seguridad en el tráfico de droga. El político norteamericano Ron Paul, en referencia al caso Iran-Contra, aseveró: "El tráfico de droga es una mina de oro para la gente que quiere obtener dinero para el gobierno clandestino (Deep State) para financiar los proyectos que no podrían llevar a cabo legítimamente. Sin duda alguna, la CIA estaba envuelta en el negocio de droga. Lo vimos en la televisión".

    El conocido caso del cartel Sinaloa involucra también al FBI, la DEA y el Departamento de Justicia de EEUU, que permitieron al cartel llevar droga a suelo estadounidense a cambio de información sobre otros carteles. El Congreso norteamericano investigó la 'Operación Rápido y Furioso', organizada por el Departamento de Justicia, la FBI, la DEA y la AFT (Agencia de Alcohol, Tabaco, Armas de Fuego y Explosivos), que pasaron más de 2.000 sofisticadas armas de fuego al cartel de Sinaloa entre 2006 y 2011. Fue la CIA la que convirtió a México en el principal corredor para pasar cocaína desde Perú, Bolivia y Colombia a EEUU. Los periodistas que se atreven a denunciar la participación de la CIA en el narcotráfico son frecuentemente asesinados misteriosamente.

    Así pasó con el periodista de investigación Gary Webb, que escribió el libro 'Alianza Oscura', en el que evidenció cómo la CIA dirigía la venta de crack en Los Ángeles en los vecindarios afroamericanos para conseguir dinero para la Contra nicaragüense. El periodista fue asesinado con dos balazos en la cara, lo que fue calificado por la investigación como un suicidio. Y estos ejemplos abundan. En el caso de Afganistán, no se descarta también la participación de los contratistas que, supuestamente, gastaron más de 8.000 millones de dólares en los últimos 10 años para erradicar el opio en el país.

    Sin embargo, su producción está en aumento y, según la investigación realizada por el programa de TV ruso Vesti, la heroína afgana sale a bordo de aviones militares estadounidenses de carga de la base turca de Incirlik y muchas veces, como lo escribió en The Guardian la periodista afgana Nushin Arbabzadah, la heroína se oculta en los ataúdes que llegan a EEUU repletos de droga. Parece que a nadie de las autoridades norteamericanas le interesa que la heroína sea la causante de la muerte de unas 10.000 personas en EEUU.

    Los intereses de Don Dinero se imponen implacablemente sobre la salud incluso de los ciudadanos estadounidenses. Para esto se ha creado desde hace ya mucho tiempo un sistema amparado por el Código de la Regulación Federal, Título 21. Esta regulación determina que los récords de investigaciones de la Food and Drug Administration, los secretos comerciales, la información financiera y comercial obtenida durante la investigación por los funcionarios encargados de hacer cumplir la ley, estarán exentos de divulgación pública. Eso se traduce en que nunca se sabrán los nombres de los responsables reales o padrinos del narcotráfico que involucra a Estados Unidos y a sus aliados de la OTAN.

    Pero, como dicen los afganos, "el sol no podrá ser ocultado por dos dedos". Algún día, según el periodista Eric Margolis, de The Huffington Post, "la participación de EEUU en el tráfico de opio afgano será uno de los capítulos más vergonzosos" en la historia del país.

    Fuente: Sputnik
              Trump: 'I Did Not Make, And Do Not Have' Recordings Of Comey    
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              Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 23930067)   
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    FBI agent Joseph Astarita, a 40-year-old Hostage Rescue Team member, was indicted this week and faces a five-count indictment, charging him with three counts of making a false statement and two counts of obstruction of justice. He is accused of lying to cover up his role in the shooting death of “LaVoy” Finicum, a militia […]

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              FBI: Kidnapping Suspect Researched the ‘Perfect Abduction’   
    A man charged Friday with the kidnapping of a visiting Chinese scholar at the University of Illinois allegedly researched the "perfect abduction" before the crime, the FBI says.  Brendt Christensen, 27, was arrested on a criminal complaint for the kidnapping of Yingying Zhang on June 9, authorities said.  According to an affidavit filed by the FBI in federal court Saturday, Christensen used his phone to scan a forum on the website FetLife called "Abduction 101." The forum included sub-threads called "abduction fantasy" and "planning a kidnapping" according to the statement, and the FBI alleges that Christensen looked over both forums.  Zhang, 26, was about a month into a yearlong appointment at the University of Illinois' Urbana-Champaign campus when she vanished June 9, the Associated Press reported at the time. Her friends told police she had gone out to sign an apartment lease.
              Thư giãn chủ nhật:   

    “ANH VÌ NƯỚC VÌ DÂN HƠN TẤT CẢ”: CHỨNG VĨ CUỒNG CỦA TRUMP

    Trần Ngọc Cư

    Trong buổi họp nội các ngày 12 tháng Sáu, Tổng thống Mỹ Donald Trump đã dàn cảnh để các thành viên nội các bày tỏ lòng biết ơn sâu sắc đối với POTUS (viết tắt của President of the United States, thường xuất hiện trên các tweets).

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    Trong khoảng 10 phút đồng hồ, “các thành viên nội các đi quanh phòng họp ca ngợi và cảm ơn Tổng thống, trong khi Trump nở nụ cười rạng rỡ như một chủ nhân nhìn con Yorkie của mình trổ tài tại trường dạy chó vâng lời” (Matt Bai’s Political World).

    Reince Priebus, Chánh văn phòng Phủ Tổng thống, cảm ơn POTUS: “về cơ hội và diễm phúc mà Ngài đã ban cho chúng tôi để phục vụ nghị trình của Ngài,” một nghị trình Trump chưa bao giờ công bố mạch lạc, ngoại trừ một quyết tâm nhất quán, trường kỳ và là một nỗi ám ảnh của ông là phải triệt hạ cho bằng được sự nghiệp chính trị của Obama, từ việc bác bỏ giấy khai sinh của vị tổng thống da màu đến việc rút khỏi TPP, và hủy bỏ chương trình bảo hiểm Obamacare…

    Phó Tổng thống Mike Pence cảm ơn Trump về “đặc quyền lớn nhất của đời tôi,” trong khi Bộ trưởng Tư pháp Jeff Session lên tiếng ca ngợi thông điệp của Trump đã nhận được “sự hưởng ứng ngoài sức tưởng tượng” (fabulous response) của “người Mỹ chân chính” (real Americans), nghĩa là khoảng 35% dân số đồng tình với những gì Trump đang theo đuổi - phần lớn thuộc giai cấp trung lưu và lao động da trắng.

    Cảnh tượng này làm nhiều người liên tưởng đến hình ảnh quen thuộc tại Bắc Triều Tiên. Chỉ khác là, thuộc hạ của “Lãnh tụ kính yêu” Kim Jong Un biết rằng nếu họ không tuyên thệ trung thành, họ có thể bị xô xuống một hầm chó dữ hay bị tắm bằng các virus hiểm nghèo.

    Tôi không nghĩ Priebus, Pence, hay Session là những nịnh thần, điều mà nhà thơ Việt Nam Hữu Loan mô tả trong bài “Cũng những thằng nịnh hót”[1], nhưng chỉ buồn là họ bị Trump đạo diễn trong một màn kịch vụng về với mục đích xoa bóp tính ngã mạn của ông.

    Từ việc Trump đòi thuộc cấp tuyên thệ trung thành với mình, như từng gợi ý với nguyên Giám đốc FBI James Comey, đến việc hình của ông trên một tờ báo Time giả mạo được treo trên tường một số hội quán của ông, đến việc Trump gọi Mika Brzezinsky, đồng chủ tọa chương trình “Morning Joe” của MSNBC, là “Mika IQ thấp và điên khùng … mặt mày đầy máu me vì sửa sắc đẹp,” Tổng thống Mỹ cho thấy ông chưa ra khỏi chứng vĩ cuồng (megalomania) cố hữu của ông.

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    T.N.C.

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    [1] Trích đoạn bài thơ Hữu Loan:

    Những mồm

    không tanh tưởi

    Ngậm vòi đu đủ

    Trợn mắt

    Phùng mang

    Thổi vào rốn cấp trên

    “Dạ, dạ, thưa anh…

    Dạ, dạ, em, em…”

    Gãi cổ

    Gãi tai:

    … anh quên ngủ

    quên ăn

    nhiều quá!

    Anh vì nước

    vì dân

    hơn tất cả

    từ trước đến nay

    Chân xoa

    và xoa tay,

    Hít thượng cấp

    vú thơm

    như mùi mít

    Gặp cấp trên chủ quan

    Mũi như chim vỗ cánh

    Bụng phềnh như trống làng:

    Thấy mình

    đạo đức

    tài năng

    hơn tất.

    Tác giả gửi BVN.


              Q: Could U.S. Prosecute Reporters For Classified Scoops? A: Maybe   
    Could the U.S. Justice Department prosecute reporters for publishing stories based on classified material? That once-tangential question briefly took center stage during Monday's House Intelligence Committee hearing. As several Republican lawmakers stressed the possible criminality of leaking to the press about the activities of President Trump's advisers and associates, South Carolina GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy went a step further, asking, "Is there an exception in the law for reporters who want to break a story?" FBI Director James Comey demurred. "That's a harder question, as to whether a reporter incurs criminal liability by publishing classified information," Comey said, calling the matter "probably beyond my ken." Gowdy was clearly trying to deflect attention from the investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia. But the issue he raised is central to the practice of journalism. Legal protections far from clear Inside most American newsrooms, the matter might seem closed. There is a
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              לכל אלו שגנבו פוד סטעמפס איך להינצל מחקירות ה-FBI   
    שלום לכבוד הרב העוסק בצרכי ציבור גודר גדר ועומד בפרץ מדברנא דאומתיה וכו' הרב חיים שאולזון שליט"א

    הנה בנוגע לגניבות שהיו באמריקה מהמענקים של המדינה ב"פוד סטעמפס" וכן ב"מעדיקעייד" , שבוודאי הוא איסור גניבה. וכמו שכותב רבי חיים פלאג'י שמה שמרוויחים באיסור גזל עכו"ם , שאף שאיסור גזל מגוי הוא רק מדרבנן, בכל אופן כל מה שירוויח מהגזל העכו"ם יפסיד במקום אחר, ובוודאי שלפי זה לא כדאי בכלל לגנוב מהממשלה , כי לא מרוויחים מזה כלל. וכנ"ל.

    אמנם בכל אופן אלו שכבר גנבו. הרי מדין פדיון שבויים צריך ללמד אותם איך להתחמק מהחקירות של ה-FBI . ובוודאי הוא שכמו אצלינו בארץ ישראל כשהשוטרים רוצים לחקור על מישהו הם מאזינים לו לטלפון ולפלאפון שלו, כך גם באמריקה כשה-FBI רוצה לחקור על הגניבות האלו הוא מאזין לטלפונים של האנשים בלייקווד ובקרית יואל ובמונסי ובבורו פארק. לפי דעתי הרי פשוט שהשלטונות באמריקה מאזינים ומקליטים שיחות טלפון של כמה וכמה מאות יהודים שם. ולכן לא כדאי לדבר בטלפון דברים בסגנון "גם אני לקחתי שלא כיושר, ואני מפחד שיתפסו אותי" או כל מיני תחבולות איך להימנע מתפיסה. ובוודאי שלא לדבר בטלפון על הנכסים שרשומים על שם אחרים. כי " אוזן שומעת" , ה- FBI שומע הכול.

    ובוודאי אלו שכבר תפסו אותם, אזי לפני שתפסו אותם עשו האזנות לטלפונים שלהם. 

    ועל כל פנים מעכשיו ייזהרו מלדבר בטלפון.

    וזה הסיבה שתפסו בלייקווד ולא בקרית יואל, כי בלייקווד מדברים באנגלית, ואז ה-FBI מבין מה שהוא שומע בהאזנות סתר לטלפון. אבל בקרית יואל מדברים באידיש, והסוכנים של ה-FBI לא מבינים דבר...

    אמנם לכתחילה רצוי מאוד לא לפטפט על הגניבות בטלפון גם לא ביידיש.

    רבי חיים היקר. אם תפרסם זאת אני בטוח שהרבה יהודים יבינו מהיום והלאה איך לא להיתפס. ותזכה במצוות "פדיון שבויים".

    בברכה

    יחזקאל רוזנברג
    בני ברק ישראל

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              The Mad Chase For Russia-gate Prey   

    zerohedge.com / by Daniel Lazare via The Strategic Culture Foundation / Jul 1, 2017

    June turned out to be the cruelest month for the Russia-gate industry.

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    The pain began on June 8 when ex-FBI Director James Comey testified that a sensational New York Times article declaring that “members of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 [...]

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              Sanders Suggests Republicans to Blame for FBI Investigation Into His Wife   
    No, Bernie, your wife is behind it by her actions, not Republicans. You lost because the DNC and Hillary Clinton threw you under the bus. They could care less about you now.
              FBI Employees Wear ‘Comey Is My Homey’ Shirts To Family Day   
    A dozen out of how many? Via HuffPo: Some FBI employees and their guests wore “Comey is my homey” T-shirts to the bureau’s Family Day in Washington on Friday in what appeared to be an unofficial show of support for former FBI Director James Comey, who was fired in May by President Donald Trump. At […]
              Tiroteo deja muertos y heridos en hospital de NY   
    Un médico con un fusil oculto bajo una bata de laboratorio disparó ayer dentro de un hospital de la ciudad de Nueva York en el que solía trabajar, matando a una persona e hiriendo a otras seis, para después quitarse la vida, dijo la policía. El incidente comenzó a las 2:50 p.m. dentro del Bronx Lebanon Hospital, que muy pronto se vio rodeado de policías con las armas desenfundadas. Los empleados del hospital se atrincheraron en los cuartos para escapar de la violencia. “Creí que iba a morir”, dijo Reinaldo del Villar, un paciente de 55 años de edad que estaba en el tercer piso recibiendo tratamiento para una lesión en la espalda baja. Dijo que una alarma se activó y que la policía dijo que había un tirador en el hospital. Alguien en el altavoz anunció “código plata”. Los agentes revisaron piso por piso el hospital en busca del atacante y reportaron poco después de las 4 p.m. que el hombre estaba muerto. Un funcionario del orden le dijo The Associated Press que el pistolero se había suicidado. Había disparado en los pisos 16 y 17, dijo la policía. Oficiales de policía identificaron al atacante como el doctor Henry Bello, quien era descrito en el portal web del hospital como médico familiar. No se sabía por el momento por qué Bello ya no trabajaba en el hospital. Los oficiales no estaban autorizados a discutir la investigación en curso y hablaron bajo condición de anonimato. El FBI tuiteó que no hallaron “nexos con el terrorismo” hasta ahora. Los socorristas no habían tenido acceso al hospital mientras el atacante seguía suelto.      El hospital de 120 años de existencia asegura que tiene casi 1.000 camas distribuidas en varias unidades. Su sala de atención de emergencias está entre las más activas de la ciudad de Nueva York.      El hospital se ubica aproximadamente 2,6 kilómetros (1,5 millas) al norte del Yankee Stadium. Descartan terrorismo “Gracias a Dios no fue un acto de terrorismo”, afirmó el alcalde de Nueva York, Bill de Blasio, en declaraciones a los periodistas frente al lugar del tiroteo, el hospital Bronx-Lebanon, en el distrito del Bronx. De acuerdo con sus informes y de otras autoridades de la ciudad, un médico entró al edificio a las 14.55 hora local (18.55 GMT) armado con un fusil de asalto y se dirigió a una de las plantas para comenzar a disparar. La víctima mortal es una doctora que no fue identificada. Además, hay cinco heridos graves y uno más recibió un disparo en una pierna, informó el jefe de la Policía de Nueva York, James O’Neill. VÍCTIMA ES UNA DOCTORA DEL CENTRO ASISTENCIAL Los equipos policiales que ingresaron al hospital encontraron al autor de los disparos en una de las plantas del centro médico, muerto por un disparo que aparentemente se hizo con el arma que utilizó en el ataque. Según el responsable policial, el atacante, que no fue identificado oficialmente, estaba vestido con una bata médica. Medios locales identificaron al autor de los disparos como Henry Bello. Empleados del hospital dijeron que el médico prestó servicios en ese hospital hasta hace dos años, pero se desconoce si renunció o fue despedido.
              The Islamic State’s Married Ideology: Something Borrowed, Something New    

    Editor’s Note: The Islamic State and al-Qaeda are often, correctly, portrayed as bitter rivals: They compete for recruits and money, and in Syria their forces have repeatedly turned their guns on each other. Yet the line is blurrier when it comes to international terrorism. Prachi Vyas of GWU's Program on Extremism examines an array of American jihadists and describes how many Islamic State enthusiasts are inspired by al-Qaeda ideologues.

    ***

    In late June 2015, 18-year-old Akram Musleh arrived at Chicago O'Hare Airport, obtained a boarding pass, and went to the international terminal. Before he could board his flight to Turkey—a common thoroughfare for individuals attempting to join the self-proclaimed Islamic State—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials pulled Musleh aside for questioning. He explained to officials that he was going to Turkey to marry his fiancée, but FBI agents found no record of friends or family in the region. What they did find, however, was a journal in his baggage filled with quotations from Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Abdullah Azzam, Anwar al-Awlaki, and Osama bin Laden.

    In theory, one would expect Islamic State leaders guiding the group’s development—living and dead—to be glorified, even immortalized, by sympathizers of the self-proclaimed Caliphate. As the group itself contends, its ideological underpinnings derive legitimacy from a strand of zealous religiosity that departs from their predecessor, al-Qaeda, in both ideology and methodology.

    The ideological strain that compels Islamic State sympathizers to act in furtherance of the group’s objective is a fluid one, infused with ideas and philosophies long established by al-Qaeda leaders of the past.

    In practice, however, emerging evidence refutes the logic in such thinking, painting a more nuanced portrait in which Islamic State ideologues share the stage with al-Qaeda. Take the aforementioned Musleh case, for example. Though he identified with the Islamic State, Musleh carried around a journal in which he had copied down excerpts of sermons and lectures given by three prominent ideological leaders of al-Qaeda: Awlaki, bin Laden, and Azzam. The ideological strain that compels Islamic State sympathizers to act in furtherance of the group’s objective is a fluid one, infused with ideas and philosophies long established by al-Qaeda leaders of the past.

    On Twitter, Facebook, and Telegram (a messaging app), references to Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born cleric and senior official in al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula killed in 2011, are commonplace in the feeds of known and alleged Islamic State sympathizers. Adnan Farah, part of the 10-person network of Islamic State sympathizers in Minneapolis, posted pictures of Awlaki to his Facebook page. Abdi Nur, another member of the Minneapolis cluster who left for Syria and remains at large, quoted Awlaki on social media well before leaving the United States to join the Islamic State.

    One of the most deadly examples of this remains the December 2015 mass shooting in San Bernardino, California. The attackers, Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik, were a married couple who, Bruce Riedel notes, “marinated in extremist ideology” long before pledging allegiance to the Islamic State, back when Farook was deeply immersed in Awlaki’s teachings. Although the shooting, which killed 14 people and injured 22 others, is widely viewed as Islamic State-inspired, the federal indictment sheds light on an al-Qaeda-enamored Farook, who listened to Awlaki’s sermons, read his writings in al-Qaeda’s magazine, and carefully studied the al-Qaeda “playbook” while planning an attack.

    Another space where this phenomenon clearly manifests is in the court documents of individuals in the United States charged in connection to the Islamic State. In the Program on Extremism’s database of U.S.-based Islamic State-related offenses, 42 cases between March 2014 and April 2017 referenced at least one ideologue belonging to either the Islamic State or al-Qaeda. Upon closer examination, these documents divulge a surprising degree of overlap between the two groups. Specifically, ideologues belonging to both are mentioned—even idolized—and, in the most vexing of cases, their respective ideas meshed together by an Islamic State-aligned, al-Qaeda-inspired individual.

    In examining the criminal complaints, affidavits, indictments, and search warrants in these 42 cases, it becomes apparent that studying the personal effects documented in these records—items like CDs, journals, pictures saved to computers—can help counter-extremism researchers fill the gaps in understanding an individual’s radicalization process. In this context, they show the continued relevance of al-Qaeda, despite the Islamic State’s ideological divergence.

    Take, for instance, 31-year-old Dayne Atani Christian, who was arrested in July 2016 on charges of conspiracy to provide material support to the Islamic State. Evidence from the criminal complaint and affidavit show that Christian was attempting to radicalize another individual by encouraging him to watch Awlaki’s lectures and sermons. During a discussion with his co-defendant around the time of the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, Christian used a sermon praising bin Laden to justify the attack; quoting the sermon, Christian proclaimed it was a time of “war with the kuffar [non-believers],” and as such, the deaths of the club-goers was simply “blood for blood.”

    Perhaps the Islamic State, aware of its commonalities with al-Qaeda, is happily borrowing from its predecessor’s prestige to buttress the credibility of its own agenda. Many of al-Qaeda’s leaders have the benefit of their martyr-status legacies, which may afford them a rose-colored appeal and better visibility with aspiring American jihadists. While it isn’t shocking that the Islamic State relies on al-Qaeda figureheads and their propaganda in order to mobilize its own sympathizers, it is important for evidence of this trend to come to light to better understand the Islamic State’s ideology and recruitment strategy.

    Perhaps the Islamic State, aware of its commonalities with al-Qaeda, is happily borrowing from its predecessor’s prestige to buttress the credibility of its own agenda.

    References to the aforementioned six leaders containing a distinct ideological undertone occurred a total of 61 times. Of those references, 59 percent belonged to al-Qaeda and 41 percent to the Islamic State. From CDs and journals to social-media posts and text messages, the majority of the 42 individuals reference al-Qaeda ideologues—Anwar al-Awlaki, Osama bin Laden, and Abdullah Azzam. In a purely numerical sense, mentions of Islamic State ideologues—in this case Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi—trailed those of al-Qaeda.

    The vast majority of al-Qaeda references were in alignment with Islamic State ideology, particularly in matters of justifying attacks on the West, what constitutes a kuffar and various methods for killing them, and the duty of Muslims to partake in jihad. Given the schism between the two groups, the alignment was at times tenuous and clearly forged in order to suit the individual’s frame of reference.

    Mufid Elfgeeh, 32, came under FBI scrutiny when he tried to recruit and send two individuals (who were cooperating with the FBI) to Syria in order to fight alongside the Islamic State. According to the affidavit, Elfgeeh opined to the individuals that the Islamic State was above the need to take credit for attacks, despite the fact that the group frequently claims attacks in the absence of any corroborating evidence. Elfgeeh further elaborated that Osama bin Laden himself said that the Islamic State “is the only group who takes action based on truth without consideration for recognition,” a swaggering mischaracterization of the Islamic State’s record.

    Thirty-four percent of references involved Awlaki, owing mainly to YouTube videos of his sermons and CDs of his lectures—two mediums through which jihadi ideology has been articulated and disseminated with ease. Awlaki was a highly charismatic Islamic preacher, and his enduring popularity can be at least partially attributed to his dual accessibility: His arsenal of English-language videos are still easily accessible in virtual circulation, but perhaps more importantly, Awlaki was able to make religious doctrine digestible for Westerners who understood Islam only on a surface level. As Jarret Brachman and Alix Levine point out, Awlaki seamlessly repackaged al-Qaeda’s message using “colloquial Western references” and “folksy stylizing,” transforming it into something his followers could individually recognize and replicate.  

    On the other hand, just 28 percent of ideological references within the cases pertained to Baghdadi, the globally recognized leader of the Islamic State—and those instances predominantly occurred when an individual had pledged bay’ah (an oath of allegiance) to the Islamic State. Ideology does not play a role in bay’ah; it is merely a reflex that accompanies membership in the group, and requires only a binding subscription to the “prophetic methodology” put out by the Islamic State’s official press and pronouncements, not a careful dissection of Baghdadi’s own Salafi-jihadi musings.

    Arafat Nagi, a 44-year-old New Yorker, exemplifies this trend. Nagi accounted for the highest number of references made to Baghdadi (six), but notably, not one bore any substantive relevance to Islamic State ideology, suggesting a shallow ideological grounding at best. Four were tweets praising Baghdadi, one was a bay’ah to him, and the sixth was Nagi expressing his desire to meet Baghdadi if he made it to Syria. According to a media report, Nagi engaged in verbal altercations about his jihadi beliefs, a topic on which he was effusive, but it is difficult to determine the extent to which such views are rooted in his admiration for bin Laden as opposed to Baghdadi.

    In fact, the former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden came in third behind Awlaki and Baghdadi, garnering 20 percent of mentions. Adnani, the spokesperson and chief propagandist of IS until his death last August, trailed after him with 11 percent of mentions. In last place were Azzam (5 percent) and Zarqawi (2 percent), the respective ideological forefathers of al-Qaeda and the Islamic State.

    Of course, a survey of 42 individuals does not represent a large sample of Islamic State sympathizers, but a smaller scale does not render the phenomenon irrelevant. Evidence shows that sympathizers in the United States still revisit the teachings and philosophies espoused by al-Qaeda leaders as a touchstone in their trajectory toward radicalization.

    With so much of the national-security spotlight on countering the Islamic State, it is important to note that jihadists in the United States have shown a tendency to simplify their ideological consumption by fusing the most accessible aspects of the Islamic State and al-Qaeda. In the case of these 42 individuals, the majority pursued ideological inspiration in the teachings of Awlaki, and in al-Qaeda as a whole. Reconfiguring counter-narratives to specifically address al-Qaeda propaganda—such as targeting Awlaki’s popular The Hereafter Series, or the group’s English-language magazine Inspire—could be an effective countermeasure.

    With so much of the national-security spotlight on countering the Islamic State, it is important to note that jihadists in the United States have shown a tendency to simplify their ideological consumption by fusing the most accessible aspects of the Islamic State and al-Qaeda.

    In the digital arena, policymakers and organizations focused on counterterrorism should place increasing pressure on Internet companies like Google, which announced in 2016 that it would not censor search results for Awlaki’s name, to reconsider its censorship policies. They should also urge YouTube to revisit what truly constitutes “content that incites violence” and follow through on its promise (made back in 2010) to remove some of Awlaki’s videos. In both instances, policymakers and academics can point to sound, credible research linking exposure to online extremist content to the larger radicalization trajectory.

    The Islamic State owes much of its appeal among sympathizers to its stringent adherence to, and entrenched ideological grounding in a range of Islamic texts and treatises that the Islamic State has dubbed the “prophetic methodology.” But when those serving in an Islamic State leadership role are not the only ones providing ideological guidance to the thousands of followers the group has recruited, a potential Achilles heel emerges. Islamic State sympathizers will naturally retreat to al-Qaeda in the event that the former dwindles; as U.S. intelligence officials observed to the Washington Post, radicalized individuals will often ascribe loyalty based on the “most ascendant brand” among extremist groups, rather than measured ideological preference. As such, the latent threat from al-Qaeda, even in the era of the Islamic State, must be addressed head-on.

    Actively undermining al-Qaeda in conjunction with the Islamic State may prove to be quite damaging to the latter’s recruitment strategies. In a climate in which the Islamic State has been struggling to stanch increasing losses of territory, foreign fighters, and funding, it is crucial that policymakers, law-enforcement officials, and academics exploit this trend to erode the Islamic State’s allure among U.S.-based sympathizers.


              Comment on Jesus is fiction, Nnamdi Kanu is real – Biafra supporter says by Fortune Emzor KhamLatt   
    KANU is a scammer!!!! Nemesis will soon catch up with him. FBI is looking for him.
              Business Game Changers Radio with Sarah Westall: Nobel Prize Nominee Robert David Steele discusses Trump, Comey, Rebuilding Integrity   
    EpisodeRobert David Steele rejoins the program to provide insight into Trumps firing of FBI director James Comey. We also discuss Trump’s foreign policy decisions, the current situation in Washington, how to rebuild integrity into a broken system, and other timely issues.    See the full show description at: http://sarahwestall.com/nobel-prize-nominee-robert-david-steele-discusses-trump-comey-rebuilding-integrity/
              Business Game Changers Radio with Sarah Westall: Part 2: PizzaGate and Child Sexual Abuse Realities w/ FBI Spokesman & Special Agent, Jeffrey Van Nest   
    EpisodeFBI spokesperson and special agent Jeffrey Van Nest joins the program. He explains the role that the FBI plays in taking down pedophiles and sex traffickers. He also addresses my questions on whether the FBI will aggressively pursue powerful criminals as well as all potential traffickers. An important question many in the media are grappling with.    See the rest of the article here: http://sarahwestall.com/pt-2-pizzagate-fbi-spokesman-sex-trafficking-targeting-powerful-ordinary- ...
              Business Game Changers Radio with Sarah Westall: Ex FBI Deputy Assistant Director for Software on the Realities of the Information Age and Solving Cybersecurity   
    EpisodePerhaps if computing did not create a psychology distance between people and the work being accomplished, people would be much more nervous about the realities we are facing with cybersecurity. After all, the “Cloud” is an abstract concept that most people don’t really understand. Trillions of dollars of transactions each year and a countless number of important actions, such as drone strikes, satellite repositioning, and communications, are conducted over the internet or & ...
              Bill Would Bar Pentagon From Business With Russian Cyber Firm Kaspersky - NBCNews.com   

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              Limitless 1° Temporada Completa   
    Status de Atualizações do Post: HDTV + Legenda Sinopse : Um homem médio de 28 anos que ganha a capacidade de usar toda a extensão das capacidades do seu cérebro é contratado pelo FBI como consultor. Trailer: Assistir Curta a Gente no Facebook: Imagens | Posters | Capa | Cartaz | Fotos: Informações Técnicas : […]
              Sanders on FBI land deal probe: It's pathetic   
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) says the controversy around the land deal his wife made while she was president of Burlington College is fueled by partisan politics.

              News in Slow Spanish Latino - # 118 - Spanish grammar, news and expressions   

    Comenzaremos nuestro noticiero hablando de la renuncia del presidente de Guatemala, Otto Pérez Molina, tras ser acusado de corrupción. Hablaremos también de la crisis migratoria en Europa, del espionaje que hizo el FBI a Gabriel García Márquez y, para finalizar, del cuarto “Maratón de la Pizza” realizado en Buenos Aires.

    - Pérez Molina renuncia y Guatemala elige nuevo presidente

    - Europa responde a la crisis migratoria

    - El FBI espió a García Márquez

    - Maratón de la pizza en Buenos Aires

     

    En nuestro diálogo gramatical estudiaremos los Adverbios del Tiempo. Cerraremos la emisión con la frase: Hacerse agua la boca.


              Comment on Donald Trump is NOT under investigation by the FBI by flashingscotsman   
    Of course, this useless page format put this down here, when it's a reply to something about inappropriate dreams by JP. Hey, as long as she keeps her pits shaved, I'm OK.
              Guest Post: Decorating a New Home + Giveaway! by C.J. Miller   
    My family and I recently moved to a new home and I feel like I have a blank canvas to start with. Or maybe since I'm a writer, I should say I have a blank document in front of me.

    Unlike when I write, I don’t know where to start with furnishing and decorating the house. I've never been big into decorating and I don’t know a thing about coordinating colors and textures. When I like something, I start to wonder how it will look with everything else in the room and if it's something I want to look at day in and day out. I could burn hours on jossandmain.com and wayfair.com. Both sites are filled with cool ideas.

    My brother is a great decorator. He coordinates, he changes color schemes and his place just works. Walking from room to room, I feel like I am in a home, not a series of random spaces with clashing colors and piles of mess. I'm planning to invite him for dinner and then pump him for ideas.

    I have two young children, so my home will not be filled with vases and glass, but I like comfortable furniture and pretty things! Have any decorating tips? What's your favorite place to shop for home and décor items?

    Share your thoughts and leave your email address (or email me at cj AT cj-miller DOT COM with the subject line HPT Giveaway) for your chance to win a copy of Protecting His PrincessGiveaway limited to US mailing addresses only, adults aged 18+.


    In this kingdom, not even the royals are immune to danger

    With a sexy FBI agent posing as her suitor, Princess Laila of Qamsar is home for the wedding of her brother the Emir. In truth, the beautiful royal and Harris Truman are on an undercover mission: to find the infamous terrorist her brother is suspected of aiding.

    But once the festivities begin, Laila faces a bigger threat than Al-Adel. Her secret meetings with Harris pose a danger to her safety­—and her heart. To gain his love and live in freedom as his equal is her ardent desire. But will she betray her traditions for a man whose kisses are part of a charade?

    Protecting His Princess, the third and final book in the Truman brother miniseries, is out this month from Harlequin Romantic Suspense and is available in print and e-book.

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    About C.J. Miller:
    A 3rd generation Harlequin reader and the 1st in her family to write professionally, C.J. published her first book with Harlequin Romantic Suspense in 2012.

    She lives in Maryland with her family. When she isn't writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and reading. C.J. believes in first loves, second chances, and happily ever after.


              Rapper arrested after 28 people hurt in Arkansas club shooting   

    Underground rapper Ricky Hampton, also known as Finese2Tymes, was arrested on an unrelated charge early Sunday -- one day after 28 people were injured when gunfire broke out at his performance in an Arkansas club.

    U.S. Marshal Cliff LaBarge initially had said Hampton was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault with a weapon in connection with the shooting at Power Ultra Lounge in Little Rock.

    LaBarge later clarified that statement to say that Hampton was arrested on an unrelated gun charge out of Forrest City, Arkansas.

    Several agencies including U.S. Marshals, FBI and ATF were involved in the arrest, which occurred outside of a nightclub in Birmingham, Alabama, said LaBarge.

    It is unclear if the rapper will be extradited to Arkansas.

    Gang activity suspected

    Of the injured in the Power Ultra Lounge shooting, all but three had gunshot wounds, and the others suffered related injuries. Two people are listed in critical condition, Police Chief Kenton Buckner said Saturday afternoon, and the others had injuries that are not life-threatening.

    Victims ranged in age from 16 to 35, he said.

    Officials believe the shooting is related to gang activity, Buckner said.

    "We do not believe this was an act of terror," he said. "Some sort of dispute ensued."

    College student Khalid Stewart said he was visiting the club when the shooting took place.

    'At least 50 shots'

    "It was during the performance and very unexpected," he said in a Twitter message to CNN. "After the first few shots everybody was laying down. It was more than just a few shots too ... it had to be at least be 50 shots and I'm not exaggerating."

    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will be assisting the Little Rock police with an investigation into the shooting, officials said.

    Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola said Saturday the city plans to shut down the Power Ultra Lounge.

    "This activity downtown is going to cease," he said. "We're going to be extra-vigilant."

    The club has two levels, with a restaurant on the first and a lounge on the second, according to a description on its Facebook page.

    Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson issued a statement following the shooting, expressing sympathy for the victims and vowing action.

    "Little Rock's crime problem appears to be intensifying. Every few days it seems a high-profile shooting dominates the news, culminating with this morning's event," Hutchinson said in a statement.

    Chaos at the scene

    "We are still gathering facts, but it is clear that we need to have a comprehensive enforcement strategy in place that helps take the violent threats off the streets."

    Stewart said it was chaotic inside the club because people didn't know where the shots were coming from.

    "People didn't know whether to run or stay down cause you couldn't see where he was. You could just hear the gunshots. As soon as you saw people trying to run you see them run right back in," he wrote.

    "It was crazy."

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              Swamp critter alert! The whole Russia fairy tale apparently began as a personal vendetta by FBI’s Andrew McCabe against General Flynn   

    "McCabe, the second highest ranking FBI official, emphatically declared at the invite-only gathering with raised voice: 'Fuck Flynn and then we Fuck Trump.'"

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              BREAKING: FBI Takes Unprecedented Action To EXPOSE Trump   

    Trump’s decision to fire James Comey as the FBI Director has caused him to garner many enemies in the Bureau. Kick a good man down and other good men will come to pick him up.  It would [...]

    The post BREAKING: FBI Takes Unprecedented Action To EXPOSE Trump appeared first on Learn Progress.


              Bejvali Čechové, statní jonáci!    

    Zdeněk Hrabica
    2. 7. 2017
    Vyprahlo na duchu. Poezie se téměř nečte, povinně oslovuje zejména mládež školou povinnou a vymezenou sociologickou skupinu čtenářů. Většinou však zájem o poezii odešel neznámo kam, za lesy. Jako odcházejí zemřít staří sloni do buše. Aby nepřekáželi, aby nezacláněli.
    Do slovníku se derou anglikanismy – ve srovnání s rusismy předešlého režimu – nesrovnatelně houšť a ve větších kapkách. Před chvíli na mne padly dva termíny z vlny Českého rozhlasu – „High tech“ – „Red line“, v obou případech bylo možné použít českého výrazu.


    Pokud to ještě jde, dopisuji si s moudřejšími, ubývá jich v řadě. Svět se změnil. Porovatel přírody mi včera napsal, že spatřil na konci Prahy v Točné, jak se chtěly slepice povozit na hřbetech ovcí. Můj moudrý tchán, odchovaný u ševcovského verpánku, selským rozumem a drilem tyranie nacismu v káznici Breslau, hleděl dopředu.

    „Člověk si ani neuvědomuje svou vlastní záhubu, nemyslí na to. Hubí nejmenší živočichy, podařilo se mu skoro zlikvidovat zajíce polního, koroptve, bažanty, motýly, vrabce, vysazuje bez rozmyslu monokultury - řepku a kukuřici, hubí malé ryby, přemnožuje chovy divokých prasat, postupně příjdou na řadu další - živočichové. Než příjde na řadu sám člověk.“

    Země je zabetonovaná.

    Na mnohé otázky našeho života neznáme odpověď, nebo ji těžko hledáme.

    Téměř neslyším z úst žádného českého politika hlubší myšlenku, jakou jsme si dříve opisovali do svých deníčků. Od Masaryka, ale před ním od Mistra Jana Husa, Karla Havlíčka Borovského, od Jana Kolára.

    Jednu dobu chtěli kormidelníci žalostného stavu, kdy se moudrosti nedostávalo - tuto mezeru nahradit myšlením Velkého Vůdce, jeho následovníky, nepodařilo se! Pak si zvolili Velkého mesiáše, vydávali nám Letní přemítání, Dopisy Olze, hráli předtím zakázaná nebo nebo nedovolovaná dramata, obestřená pověstí o rajském ovoci.

    Než definitivně zmizela pro nezájem ze scény a byla odnesena z knihkupeckých pultů a v knihovnách byla uložena do depozitářů

    Živili lidskou duši teorií o nenahraditelné a neviditelné ruce trhu; krédem, že k rozkradení všechno, co bylo vytvořeno, stačilo zhasnout na minutu a nakrást si - zkrátka nahospodařit si.

    Kam se vše, co bylo - podělo? Kdo nám pod rukama a před očima tak rychle všechno rozkradl?

    Co bylo ukradeno, musí být zase vráceno!

    Jsme na stupni nula.

    Změnou sametoví tvůrci dokázali, co jiní neuměli. A jako zázrakem přitom nekápla ani kapka krve. I když pár obětí bylo nalezeno v zanýtovaných sudech na dně Orlické přehrady.

    Poúnorový režim, zejména v padesátých letech, připravil o život přes dvě stě lidi, tisíce jich nepřežili jinak.

    Nebohý Jan Palach se upálil!

    Vše způsobila nespravedlivá minulost.

    K Hitlerovi bylo připojeno rovnátko Stalina.

    Máme za sebou 100 let od památné bitvy u Zborova,máme za sebou 75 let od nanejvýše hrdiného skutku, od atentátu na Heydricha, pak už téměř nic.

    I na Lidice a na Ležáky se jednu dobu skoro zapomnělo!

    Jako z flašinetu jsme ústavičně krmeni neustálým obracením se ke zlému včerejšku.

    Byl hanebný. Nic se nevykonalo – ani v ekonomice, ani v kultuře, umění, vzdělání.

    Ani film, ani televize, ani literatura nám skoro nic nezanechaly.

    O dnešku se stydlivě mlčí.

    Mnozí jednotlivci se narodili teprve 17.listopadu 1989! České divadlo vzniklo podle jednoho herce, jménem Postránecký, teprve s Václavem Havlem. Potvrzeno na tiskové konferenci v pražském Mánesu, před udělením Cen Thálie.

    Žije se nám všem vespolek jako nikdy předtím.

    Dědicům Václava M. Havla byl navrácen Palác Lucerna a Barrandovské terasy. Karlu Schwarzenbergovi byl vrácen zámek Orlík a rozlehlé lesní hospodářství.

    Potomci husitů a poražení na Bílé hoře se bez studu a červeně ve tváři vyrovnali s církvemi, nejvíce s církví katolickou.

    Oko za oko – zub za zub!

    Pomsta za zločiny na sebe nenechala dlouho čekat.

    Lustrace. Kuponová privatizace. Amnestie. Dekorace kamarádů. Bezpečnostní – skoro koloniální prověrky. Kamery. Bratr znovu začal udávat sestru. Došlo ke zřízení kanceláře FBI v Praze.

    Příběh doby. Paměť národa. Ústav pro studium totalitních režimů. Knihovna Václava Havla.

    Nový Quislingové, nový Emanuel Moravec.

    „...Když nakladatelství Melantrich zrušilo smlouvy na vydání Benešových knih, uzavřené s paní Hanou Benešovou, věnovala se uspořádání pozůstalosti a korespondence. S nástupem ´normalizace´ a také pro svůj pokročilý věk se paní Hana snažila zajistit bezpečnou úschovu zbytku písemnosti a dalšího dokumentačního materiálu dr. Ed. Beneše, který ještě ve vile zůstal. Na doporučení prezidentova archiváře dr. Bohuslava Matouše se obrátila na dr. Aleše Chalupu, pracovníka archivu Národního muzea. Když – díky jemu byla uzavřena dohoda o uložení pozůstalosti v archivu Národního muzea, byly oba fondy po částech, aby transport nevzbudil pozornost, přestěhovány do depozitáře v Křinci u Nymburka. Zde byly bezpečně uloženy, označeny fingovanou prozatimní signaturou a uzavřeny. V tomto úkrytu přežily nedotčeny až do převratu roku 1989. Poté byly převezeny do Prahy a odborně zpracovány dr. Alešem Chalupou a dr. Alenou Šubrtovou. Záchrana této pozůstalosti byla provázena tragickou smrtí statečného dr. Chalupy. Tento archivář, který při záchraně pozůstalosti riskoval vlastní bezpečnost, byl po roce 1989 označen ve vydaných tzv. Cibulkových seznamech za spolupracovníka Státní bezpečnosti, pod krycím jménem Aleš. Toto obvinění, které zpochybňovalo jeho osobní i odbornou čest, neunesl. Bohužel dr. Aleš Chalupa nebyl jedinou obětí lustračních štvanic po 17.listopadu 1989.“

    (Pavel a Zdeněk Hrabicovi: Vila pana prezidenta, Nakladatelství Erika Praha 2005, str. 117 – 118)

    Oko za oko, zub za zub. Mohl bych pokračovat. Kdo stál u kormidla?

    Bejvali Čechové, státní jonáci.
              ‘Twin Peaks': All the Big Questions We Have Through Part 8 (Photos)   

    (SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not watch the first eight episodes of Showtime’s “Twin Peaks: The Return.”)

    At just under 18 hours long, the “Twin Peaks” revival is the longest David Lynch movie ever, so it’s only natural that we’re gonna have a whole lot of questions four hours in. There are, of course, lingering questions from the original series — but for now let’s focus on the many new questions we have so far.

    Near the end of Part 5, we see a creepy man (Eamon Farren) at the Roadhouse hand someone a cigarette pack filled with money and then assaults a girl who asked him for a light. In part 6 he appears to be trafficking cocaine, and he runs over a child with his truck. The credits list this character as “Richard Horne.” So he’s part of the Horne family, but what’s his connection? Is he Audrey Horne’s son?

    In Part 7, Sheriff Truman calls up Dr. Hayward to ask him about the night Evil Doppelganger Coop came out of the Lodge at the end of season 2. Dr. Hawyard says he took Coop to the hospital for a work-up, and then later found him in Intensive Care with that “strange face” (presumably when BOB shows through). He speculates that Coop was checking on Audrey, who was in a coma after the explosion at the bank. Might that imply that Bad Coop sexually assaulted Audrey? Could Richard Horne be Bad Coop’s son?

    In Part 6, Hawk took apart one of the bathroom stall doors and discovered three missing pages from Laura Palmer’s diary — including the page on which she wrote the supernatural message from Annie from “Fire Walk With Me.” Hawk speculates in Part 7 that Leland Palmer hid them there when they brought him in for questioning for Jacques Renault’s murder. But where’s the other missing page, and what does it say?

    So where the hell is Annie now anyway? Heather Graham has said she wasn’t returning for the “Twin Peaks” revival, which could be misdirection — or it could mean she’s dead or missing or some other nefarious “Twin Peaks” thing. We’ve had multiple reminders of her important role in the past, though, which would seem to imply she’s still important now, in some way.

    What’s going on with that magic drug dealer (Balthazar Getty)? This character, credited as Red, showed up at the Roadhouse in Part 2, where he shot a finger gun at Shelly. Then, in Part 6, he reveals himself as the person Richard is working for — and he does a bizarre magic trick with a dime that freaks Richard out something fierce. What in the world is all this?

    What is this black box sitting in an ashtray in Buenos Aires? In Part 5 we see it twice, first when the assassins trying to kill Dougie Jones report in to a woman named Lorraine, who then calls the box. Then, later, Bad Coop seemingly also calls the box from prison, after which it morphs into a small piece of metal. Also, Phillip Jeffries (David Bowie) is said to have disappeared from Buenos Aires in “Fire Walk With Me.” And Rosenfield says Bad Coop and Jeffries worked together on a thing together in Colombia at some point? So what does all this mean and how do the dots connect?

    Somebody, meanwhile, seems to want to kill everybody who wears Coop’s face. The who and the why are way up in the air, though the black box in Part 5 would seem to imply a connection between Bad Coop and the assassins going after Dougie. What kind of connection that is remains unknown, however. Are the people trying to kill Dougie even the same group as whoever wants to kill Bad Coop?

    Who does Duncan Todd (Patrick Fishler) work for? In part 6, Duncan receives some sort of signal that causes him to pull a file out of his office safe — a file that later ends up in the hands of a hitman called Ike “The Spike.” Ike murders Lorraine, which implies the “her” that Duncan hired in Part 2 was Lorraine. Which in turn implies that Duncan is the one sending hitmen after Dougie. But we still don’t know why.

    In Part 6, Albert (Miguel Ferrer) finally caught up with the woman Gordon Cole had wanted him to find to help with the mystery of the Coop doppelganger, and it’s none other than the Diane that Coop had been sending his case notes to in the original series (portrayed by Laura Dern). In Part 7, Diane seems to hate Coop something fierce, and when she meets Bad Coop in prison she asks him about the last time they were together — when something apparently bad happened. So what’s that bad blood between Coop and Diane all about, and what happened the last time they were together?

    What was that weird hum/ringing sound that Ben Horne and Beverly Paige heard in the Great Northern in Part 7? It seems to be coming from everywhere and nowhere — could this be Josie Packard continuing to haunt the place? Remember, Ben Horne previously saw her face in a drawer pull in season 2 after she died.

    Does the Linda the Giant mentioned live at the Fat Trout Trailer Park? In Part 6, someone else from the trailer park tags along with Carl Rodd into town because he needs to get the mail from the post office for a woman named Linda, who he mentions has to use a wheelchair to get around. Is that the Linda?

    While Carl is in town, he has a sort of encounter with Richard Horne, when he witnesses Richard plows over a young boy with his truck. In a weird way, we could consider this Carl’s “Richard and Linda” day, though that could be a reach. Also, Carl seemingly saw the boy’s soul float away after he died — we know that Carl likely was taken to the Lodge when he was young, but why would a Lodge-related vision manifest for him now?

    What will finally bring Coop out of his funk? In Part 6 we see some positive signs, as his detective instincts kick in as he marks up some insurance paperwork with what initially seems like nonsense — until his boss takes a look and totally gets what Coop was doing. Then in Part 7, Coop reflexively disarms Ike the Spike when he comes to kill Coop, his FBI training seemingly kicking in at the right moment. MIKE appeared again in Part 6 to try to wake Coop up, so it would seem there’s a meaningful amount of urgency to this.

    The visit by Navy personnel in Part 7 to visit the decapitated body found in Part 1 seems to confirm that it belongs to Major Briggs. But how could a body that’s only been dead for a few days be the same age that Briggs was in the original series?

    Why was Dougie’s wedding ring inside Major Briggs’ body in Part 5?

    Speaking of Matthew Lillard, who we haven’t seen since Part 2. That character’s wife seems to know Evil Doppelganger Coop — who later murdered her. What does this have to do with Dougie and anything else going on?

    Late in Part 5, we see Agent Preston apparently comparing the fingerprints of Coop from back in the day to those of Evil Coop from prison. All but one of the fingers has the same print — Albert notes in Part 7 that the print for Bad Coop’s left ring finger is reversed. Gordon Cole notes that that finger is the “spiritual finger,” and reminds us that when Bad Coop greeted Gordon and Albert in Part 4 he reversed the word “very.” What does all that mean?

    So while everybody thinks the real Coop is somebody named Dougie Jones, the real Dougie Jones is gone now, having been turned into a ball bearing after taking the real Coop’s place in the Black Lodge. MIKE says Dougie was “manufactured” for the purpose of that swap, but by whom? And why?

    As Agent Cooper was journeying out of the Black Lodge toward reality in Part 3, he encountered the spectre of Ronette Pulaski (Phoebe Augustine) in some new extra-dimensional space. She warned him that he needed to hurry because “my mother is coming” — possibly implying a new major paranormal force. And another thing the giant said was, “It is in our house now,” which maybe could be referring to that “mother.” But what is it?

    In Part 8, we saw a floating woman with what looked like an umbilical cord coming out of her face — and an image of BOB appearing on the cord. So is this “Mother” the one responsible for BOB’s creation? And what did the first atomic bomb test in New Mexico have to do with all that?

    Who is the woman in the evening gown (credited as “Senorita Dido” and played by actress Joy Nash) with the Giant in Part 8? They live on some part of the spectral plane and appear to have been monitoring that mysterious Mother somehow — and they apparently created Laura Palmer in response to seeing BOB’s face in the umbilical cord. So… what’s all that?

    What’s the deal with the hobo ghosts? We’d seen them a couple times in the “Twin Peaks” revival in random spots, but they were front and center in Part 8, seemingly resurrecting Bad Coop and then showing up all over New Mexico in the 1940s and ’50s. But what did they actually do? And where did they come from? Did the atomic bomb test bring them into this world from the Lodge?

    There have been a couple mentions of “blue rose” in the new season — first by the ghostly visage of Major Briggs floating through space and later by Agent Rosenfield. The blue rose refers to a type of FBI investigation — the Teresa Banks case in “Fire Walk With Me” was a blue rose, as was the whole Laura Palmer situation. The question, then, is why did Major Briggs’ ghost say it to Cooper? And how, specifically, is the “blue rose” defined? That symbol seems to have some deeper meaning beyond just being a categorization, but what it is remains unclear.

    Bad Coop has a lot of weird scenes like that, in which he seems to be setting the stage for something. That something, though, is still totally unknown at this point. Which leads to probably the biggest question in the revival: After 25 years in the real world, what exactly is Bad Coop trying to accomplish?

    And then there’s this box in New York. When Coop tried to leave the Black Lodge he landed on it, was sucked into it and floated through it before ending up in some other weird dimension. Nobody knows who put the box there and paid some kid to stare at it all day, or what exactly it’s supposed to do. So, yeah, what’s that about?

    In that other dimension with Ronette and the woman (listed in the credits as “Naidu”) whose eyes were covered in flesh, we see a couple of strange machines — one labeled 15 and the other, which transported Coop to the real world, labeled 3. Later, Coop finds a hotel key from the Great Northern in Twin Peaks for room 315, which is the room Coop stayed in during the original series. So what does all that mean?

    We finally get to meet the kid Lucy was pregnant with all through the original series, and he’s a weirdo named Wally Brando played by Michael Cera who makes this really bizarre speech to Sheriff Other Truman (Robert Forster). Somehow this scene is weirder than everything else in the show thus far. What the hell?

     

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              Comment on Zwarte man in auto by daan   
    @Henk, ik heb je link bekeken. Het valt me op dat het blijkbaar bijna niet te doen is om een correct cijfer te produceren, want: De Wikipedia baseert zich waarschijnlijk op cijfers van de FBI, die noteert 181 doden in 2016. De Washington Post noteert in 2016 963 doden en The Guardian noteert in 2016 1093 doden. Het lijkt me aannemelijk de getallen die Wiki levert niet serieus te nemen:"The FBI and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention log fatal shootings by police, but officials acknowledge that their data is incomplete. In 2015, The Post documented more than twice as many fatal shootings by police as had been recorded by the FBI. Last year, the FBI announced plans to overhaul how it tracks fatal police encounters." Het verschil in cijfers tussen beide kranten is extreem met grofweg een foutpercentage van 15 procent. Maar als we het gemiddelde nemen komen we inderdaad uit op de aantallen die Karin noemt. Bedankt Henk voor je link.
              DISORDER ARISES SPONTANEOUSLY:   
    The Short, Unhappy Life of a Libertarian Paradise : The residents of Colorado Springs undertook a radical experiment in government. Here's what they got. (CALEB HANNAN, July/August 2017, Politico)

    For a city, like the country at large, that was hurting economically, Steve Bach seemed like a man with an answer. What he promised sounded radically simple: Wasteful government is the root of the pain, and if you just run government like the best businesses, the pain will go away. Easy. Because he had never held office and because he actually had been a successful entrepreneur, people were inclined to believe he really could reinvent the way a city was governed.

    The city's experiment was fascinating because it offered a chance to observe some of the most extreme conservative principles in action in a real-world laboratory. Producers from "60 Minutes" flew out to talk with the town's leaders. The New York Times found a woman in a dark trailer park pawning her flat screen TV to buy a shotgun for protection. "This American Life" did a segment portraying Springs citizens as the ultimate anti-tax zealots, willing to pay $125 in a new "Adopt a Streetlight" program to illuminate their own neighborhoods, but not willing to spend the same to do so for the entire city. "I'll take care of mine" was the gist of what one council member heard from a resident when she confronted him with this fact.

    That's where Colorado Springs was frozen in the consciousness of the country--a city determined to redefine the role of government, led by a sharp-elbowed businessman who didn't care whom he offended along the way (not unlike a certain president). But it has been five years since "This American Life" packed up its mics. A lot has changed in that time, not least of which is that the local economy, which nearly drowned the city like a concrete block tied around its balance sheet, is buoyant once again. Sales tax revenue has made the books plump with surplus. Enough to turn those famous streetlights back on. Seven years after the experiment began, the verdict is in--and it's not at all what its architects planned.

    One of the lessons: There's a real cost to saving money.

    Take the streetlights. Turning them off had saved the city about $1.25 million. What had not made the national news stories was what had happened while those lights were off. Copper thieves, emboldened by the opportunity to work without fear of electrocution, had worked overtime scavenging wire. Some, the City Council learned, had even dressed up as utility workers and pried open the boxes at the base of streetlights in broad daylight. Keeping the lights off might have saved some money in the short term, but the cost to fix what had been stolen ran to some $5 million.

    "Sometimes the best-laid plans don't work out the way you'd hope," says Merv Bennett, who served on the City Council at the time and asked officials at the utilities about whether the savings were real.

    There has been a lot of this kind of reckoning over the past half-decade. From crisis came a desire for disruption. From disruption came, well, too much disruption. And from that came a full-circle return to professional politicians. Including one--a beloved mayor and respected bureaucrat who was short-listed to replace James Comey as FBI director--who is so persuasive he has gotten Colorado Springs residents to do something the outside world assumed they were not capable of: Five years after its moment in the spotlight, revenue is so high that the same voters who refused to keep the lights on have overwhelmingly approved ballot measures allowing the city to not only keep some of its extra tax money, but impose new taxes as well.

    In the process, many residents of Colorado Springs, but especially the men and women most committed to making the city thrive, have learned a few other lessons. That perpetual chaos can be exhausting. That the value of the status quo rises with the budget's bottom line. And that it helps when the people responsible for running the city are actually talking with one another. All it took was a few years running an experiment that everyone involved seems happy is over.