2019-12-10: News Headlines

WSWS (2019-12-10). The Reiss Center at NYU's Law School: A think tank for the national security establishment and the Democratic Party. wsws.org The Reiss Center embodies the convergence of the interests of finance capital, the Democratic Party and the military and intelligence apparatus.

John Grant (2019-12-10). American Culture Loves a Good Killer. counterpunch.org Donald Trump's narcissistic, authoritarian instincts and the man's clear admiration of Vladimir Putin's gangster-capitalist leadership style makes me think of archetypal killers. During his campaign for president he spoke often of killing; he would anonymously refer to some of his business friends as "real killers," which was meant as a compliment on their skills and effectiveness. There was the remark he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and get away with it. Lately, it's his public intervention in military discipline issues lionizing Seal Team Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher, who's accused of being an ov…

WSWS (2019-12-09). America's torturers and their co-conspirators must be prosecuted. wsws.org Five years after the release of the Senate report on CIA torture, the gruesome drawings contained in the Seton Hall Law School paper on "How America Tortures" are a powerful indictment of the entire US political establishment.

Emily Apple (2019-12-09). The Sun deleted its latest Jeremy Corbyn smear after being caught using neo-Nazi sources. thecanary.co On Saturday 7 November, the Sun managed to plunge to a depth even we didn't think was possible. It published a smear about Jeremy Corbyn headlined: Ex-British intelligence officers say Jeremy Corbyn is at the centre of a hard-left extremist network.The story itself is laughable. These supposed intelligence officers have basically just scribbled a load of coloured lines on a website and added some names and links to back up their claims. But it's much worse than just another dodgy Sun story, because the researchers of this network used neo-Nazi and antisemitic sources to back up its already incredibly dodgy points:…

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2019-12-09). Will Artificial Intelligence Destroy Us or Simply Make Humans Irrelevant? globalresearch.ca Artificial Intelligence is generally seen as a great advance and benefit for mankind. Smart humans, however, see it as our undoing and even possibly our extermination. | Much of modern technology has far more prospect for harm than for good. | Consider …

Jeet Heer (2019-12-09). Michael Bloomberg Has an Anti-Democratic Streak. thenation.com Michael Bloomberg Has an Anti-Democratic Streak…

RT (2019-12-09). Former CIA director Brennan lied to Congress about Steele Dossier, IG report reveals. rt.com A dossier of salacious anti-Trump gossip was used to pad out the intelligence community report on supposed Russian election interference, and CIA Director John Brennan may have misled Congress about it, a new report reveals. | According to the Justice Department Inspector General's report into the FBI's surveillance of the Trump campaign, the information contained in the now-infamous 'Steele Dossier' was used to inform the Obama administration's Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) on Russia's "Activities and Inte…

RT (2019-12-09). FBI surveillance 'an embarrassment to our country', Trump says, after Justice Department report released. rt.com President Donald Trump has slated the FBI's surveillance operation against him, calling it a "disgrace" and "an embarrassment to our country," after a Justice Department report found "mistakes" in the agency's conduct. | "This was an attempted overthrow and a lot of people were in on it, and they got caught," Trump told reporters at the White House on Monday, hours after the Justice Department's Inspector General released a report on the origins of the FBI's 2016 counterintelligence probe against the Trump campaign. | "It's a disgrace…it's incredible, far worse than I would have ever thought possible. It's a…

Alan Macleod (2019-12-09). UPS Joins Media Chorus In Thanking Police For Murder of Frank Ordonez. mintpressnews.com In a clear example of a US establishment shielding police from brutality, UPS released a bizarre statement thanking police for killing their driver, while CNN and NBC obscured officers from any wrongdoing.

Ben Norton (2019-12-08). Russiagate media smears against Corbyn brought to you by US and UK military-intelligence apparatus. thegrayzone.com Days before Britain's historic election, the UK's military-intelligence apparatus is turning to the corporate media and US government-funded NATO cut-outs…

Ryan Cristián (2019-12-07). US Claims "Fresh Intelligence" Of Iran Attacks Yet Provides Zero Evidence — MSM Blindly Regurgitates. thelastamericanvagabond.com Here we go again with "fresh intelligence" to justify the continued sanctions and destabilization of Iran. It's a plan that has been well documented even by their own writings (See Which Path to Persia? — 2009). Of course, complicating U.S. foreign policy is the involvement of Israel. The Last American Vagabond covers the latest political posturing, distortion, and general …

Susan Price (2019-12-07). October uprising breaking down sectarianism in Iraq. greenleft.org.au uprising Firass HaddadIssue 1248 Iraq 2019 Iraq protestsDecember 7, 2019Since protests began in Iraq in early October, more than 400 people have been killed and thousands have been injured. | The uprising has escalated, despite the cruelty and brutality used by security fo…

Michael Steven Smith and Heidi Boghosian (2019-12-06). Inside the Organized Crime Syndicate Known as the CIA. dissidentvoice.org Douglas Valentine is an investigator and author with a rare and tenacious approach toward research. His writing results in uniquely incisive and revealing books on the dark side of U.S. intelligence activities and the National Security State. His latest book, The CIA as Organized Crime: How Illegal Operations Corrupt America and the World, draws parallels between CIA operations …

Alan Macleod (2019-12-06). Study Reveals How UK Intelligence Works with Media to Smear Jeremy Corbyn. mintpressnews.com The United Kingdom goes to the polls December 12 in a pivotal vote that will decide the future of the country. Like in 2017, the Labour Party, under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, is surging towards the ruling Conservative Party in the last weeks of campaigning. But he will not become Prime Minister if the UK's security services have anything to do with it. Corbyn, frequently compared to Bernie Sanders in terms of ideology, spent decades in the political wilderness, a lonely leftist voice among a party embracing neol…

Cora Currier (2019-12-05). Filmmakers Sue to Shield Visitors to U.S. From Social Media Vetting. theintercept.com A filmmaker working on a documentary that's critical of U.S. policies. A writer who operates a pseudonymous Twitter account to evade an authoritarian regime in their home country. An activist who uses Facebook to organize protests at the U.S.-Mexico border. | These are the kinds of people who might not want U.S. immigration agents poring over their social media profiles before deciding whether they should be allowed into the country. Yet that's exactly what the State Department now requires as part of the Trump administration's "extreme vetting" of millions of visa applicants. As of May, people who need a visa to…

Ryan Cristián (2019-12-05). CNN Says US Has "Fresh Intelligence" Of Iran Prepping Attack But Can't Show It & More NYT Propaganda. thelastamericanvagabond.com Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (12/4/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Staff (2019-12-05). Aminatou Haidar Honored For Decades of Peaceful Resistance in Western Sahara, Africa's Last Colony. democracynow.org In Stockholm, Democracy Now! sat down with one of the winners of this year's Right Livelihood Award: Sahrawi human rights leader Aminatou Haidar. For over three decades, Haidar has led a peaceful campaign to resist the Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara, which is often called Africa's last colony. Morocco has occupied Western Sahara — a small region just south of Morocco in northwest Africa — since 1975. Thousands have been tortured, imprisoned, killed and disappeared while resisting the occupation. Peaceful protesters, led by women, are routinely beaten in the streets. Despite this violent repress…

Alex Emmons (2019-12-04). Seventeen Years After His Arrest, Alleged USS Cole Plotter Is Still Fighting to See Records of His CIA Torture. theintercept.com Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri's lawyers say that details of his torture are essential to defending him against death penalty charges.

Staff (2019-12-04). Headlines for December 4, 2019. democracynow.org House Impeachment Report Accuses Trump of Soliciting Foreign Interference in 2020 Election, Report: Europe Could Face Annual Extreme Heat Waves Due to Climate Change, Kamala Harris Ends Her 2020 Presidential Campaign, ProPublica: McKinsey Helped Trump Speed Up Mass Deportation Program, Detained Asylum Seekers Protest in Winnfield, Louisiana, House Votes for Bill to Punish China over Mass Imprisonment of Muslims, ICC Begins Hearing over Alleged U.S. Military Torture in Afghanistan, Rikers Island Officers Stood By as Teenager Attempted to Hang Himself, Today Marks 50th Anniversary of Assassination of Fred Hampton…

Fight Back (2019-11-28). Read Friedrich Engels on Engels's birthday. fightbacknews.org To mark the Nov. 28, 1820 birthday of the revolutionary Frederick Engels, Fight Back News Service is circulating the one of his writings — On Authority. | On Authority | A number of Socialists have latterly launched a regular crusade against what they call the principle of authority. It suffices to tell them that this or that act is authoritarian for it to be condemned. This summary mode of procedure is being abused to such an extent that it has become necessary to look into the matter somewhat more closely. | Authority, in the sense in which the word is used here, means: the imposition of the will of anoth…

Christine Harrison (2019-11-16). Weekend Read: The importance of documenting racism in the White House. splcenter.org Earlier this week, the SPLC's Intelligence Project released the first two installments of an explosive four-part series examining more than 900 leaked emails between White House senior adviser Stephen Miller and an editor at the Breitbart News Network, a far-right website that its co-founder once dubbed the "platform for the alt-right."