2019-01-13: Social Media Postees

FBI Investigated Whether Trump Secretly Worked for Russia: Report
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-12
WASHINGTON–Law enforcement officials became so concerned by President Donald Trump's behavior in the days after he fired FBI Director James Comey that they began investigating whether he had been working for Russia against U.S. interests, The New York Times reported Friday. | The report cites unnamed former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the investigation. | The inquiry forced counterintelligence investigators to evaluate whether Trump was a potenti…
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The Border Patrol Has Been a Cult of Brutality Since 1924
Greg Grandin | theintercept.com | 2019-01-12
Since its founding in the early 20th century, the U.S. Border Patrol has operated with near-complete impunity, arguably serving as the most politicized and abusive branch of federal law enforcement — even more so than the FBI during J. Edgar Hoover's directorship. | The 1924 Immigration Act tapped into a xenophobia with deep roots in the U.S. history. The law effectively eliminated immigration from Asia and sharply reduced arrivals from southern and eastern Europe. Most countries were now subject to a set quota system, with the highest numbers assigned to western Europe. As a result, new arrivals to the Uni…
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Trump's Wall With Mexico Follows in the Footsteps of Authoritarian Leaders Throughout History
Nina Khrushcheva | commondreams.org | 2019-01-11
Celebrations on the Berlin Wall after the government announced people could cross the border freely in Germany on Nov. 12, 1989. (Photo: Chute Du Mur Berlin / Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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CIA Director Gina Haspel may have run 'black site' at Guantánamo Bay, court docs reveal
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-11
CIA Director Gina Haspel, confirmed by the Senate last year amid accusations of involvement in torture, may have run a so-called 'black site' at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Haspel did not mention this role in her confirmation hearing. | …
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Public Citizen: Frightening Prospect If an Authoritarian Like Trump Declares State of Emergency
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-10
President Trump says that he will likely declare a national emergency over the border wall if negotiations over the government shutdown continue. We speak with Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen. "The Congress has given the president quite a bit of authority to declare emergencies with terms that are almost unbounded," Weissman says. "Congress has always expected, and society has always expected, that presidents wouldn't abuse that authority recklessly, declaring emergencies just because they want to. We obviously have a president now who has no such constraints."
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New Documents Reveal a Covert British Military-Intelligence Smear Machine Meddling In American Politics
Max Blumenthal | grayzoneproject.com | 2019-01-09
The Integrity Initiative has mobilized an international disinformation campaign across Europe. Now, with government and right-wing foundation money, this massive… | The post New Documents Reveal a Covert British Military-Intelligence Smear Machine Meddling In American Politics appeared first on Grayzone Project.
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Venezuela: Suspected Plotters Tortured
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-01-09

| January 9, 2019 Video | Video: Venezuelan Military Officers and Families Detained, Tortured: | Venezuelan intelligence and security forces have detained and tortured military personnel suspected of plotting against the government. |

| (Washington, DC) — Venezuelan intelligence and security forces have detained a…
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Kurdistan Region of Iraq: Detained Children Tortured
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-01-08
Exterior of the Women and Children's Reformatory in Erbil, where several dozen children are held in pre-trial detention or are serving sentences for alleged ISIS affiliation. | © 2018 Jo Becker/Human Rights Watch | (Beirut) — The Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq is torturing children to confess to involvement with the Islamic State (ISIS), Human Rights Watch said today. | Children told Human Rights Watch tha…
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See No Evil: Pentagon Issues Blanket Denial That It Knows Anything About Detainee Abuse in Yemen
Alex Emmons | theintercept.com | 2019-01-07
A U.N. panel found that detainees in prisons controlled by U.S. allies were beaten, electrocuted, hung upside down, and raped. | The post See No Evil: Pentagon Issues Blanket Denial That It Knows Anything About Detainee Abuse in Yemen appeared first on The Intercept.
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#SaveHakeem — Stop deportation of Bahraini refugee
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2018-12-21
Bahraini refugee Hakeem Al-Araibi has been held in detention in Thailand since November 27, facing the terrifying prospect of deportation to the country where he was tortured. | Al-Araibi fled to Australia in 2014 and was accepted as a refugee. In November, he travelled on UN travel documents to Thailand for a short holiday with his wife. When he arrived at Bangkok airport, Al-Araibi was arrested under an Interpoll "Red Notice" (an international arrest warrant) issued by the Bahrain government. | Interpol is not meant to issue red notices for refugees, so this red notice should never have been issued for Al-Araib…
greenleft.org.au/content/savehakeem-%E2%80%93-stop-deportation-bahraini-refugee

Occupied Western Sahara: A rare look inside Africa's last colony
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2018-12-13
In an exclusive broadcast, US-based independent news outlet Democracy Now! broke the media blockade and visited the occupied Western Sahara in the northwest of Africa to document the decades-long Sahrawi struggle for freedom and occupying power Morocco's violent crackdown. | Morocco has occupied the territory since 1975 in defiance of the United Nations and the international community. Thousands of Sahrawi people have been tortured, imprisoned, killed and disappeared while resisting the Moroccan occupation. A 1700-mile wall…
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