2019-04-13: News Headlines

WSWS (2019-04-13). German interior minister tables Intelligence Services "Enabling Act" wsws.org The new law would provide the three intelligence agencies with almost unlimited powers to monitor and spy on domestic and foreign citizens.

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-04-13). Assange Has Been Arrested for US Extradition. indybay.org Extradited for journalism. In a blur, everything that Assange and WikiLeaks have been warning about for years has been proven correct, contrary to mountains of claims to the contrary by establishment loyalists everywhere. The same government which tortured Chelsea Manning is in the process of extraditing her publisher so that they can silence him forever.

WSWS (2019-04-13). Spain seeks rebellion charges against Catalans for complaining of police violence. wsws.org In the Orwellian atmosphere being stoked up by the ruling class in the run up to the April 28 general election, it is the victims of police brutality that are denounced aggressors.

WSWS (2019-04-13). Australian intelligence chief says no need for "reset" after New Zealand fascist attack. wsws.org The ASIO director-general's testimony raises further questions about how the violent plans of an Australian fascist supposedly went unnoticed by the state agencies.

Jonathan Cook (2019-04-12). After 7 Years of Deceptions About Assange, the US Readies for Its First Media Rendition. counterpunch.org For seven years, from the moment Julian Assange first sought refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, they have been telling us we were wrong, that we were paranoid conspiracy theorists. We were told there was no real threat of Assange's extradition to the United States, that it was all in our fevered imaginations. For More

Jonathan Cook (2019-04-12). After 7 Years of Deceptions About Assange, the US Readies for Its First Media Rendition. commondreams.org From the moment he sought asylum, Assange was cast as an outlaw. (Photo: newsonline/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-04-12). Roaming Charges: Tongue-Tied and Twisted. counterpunch.org The main difference between the anonymous leaks from US intelligence officials about RussiaGate peddled nightly on MSDNC, CNN, the NYT and the Washington Post and Julian Assange's exposure of US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan is that what Wikileaks published turned out to be true. In this system, you're only held accountable for exposing the truth about imperial power. More

South Front (2019-04-12). Video: Turkey Aims to Seize Tell Rifaat after Russian Forces Withdrawal. globalresearch.ca On April 11, the Syrian Military Intelligence Directorate prevented a terrorist attack in the city of Homs. Local sources said that intelligence agents dismantled a remotely-controlled heavy improvised-explosive device, which was attached to a civilian vehicle near the Akramah al-Makhzomeh …

Michelle Chen (2019-04-12). Women Will Face Disproportionately Negative Consequences from AI. thenation.com Women Will Face Disproportionately Negative Consequences from AI…

commondreams (2019-04-12). ICC Refuses to Investigate Crimes in Afghanistan, Including U.S. Torture. commondreams.org ______________________________…

True Publica (2019-04-12). Rogue State? Britain Railing Against International Norms and Laws. globalresearch.ca Leaving aside Britain's past, most particularly that of empire, the country is not just continually moving towards authoritarianism it is beginning to demonstrate all the early signs of a rogue state. These are strong words but the actual definition of …

STAFF (2019-04-12). Is 'Dictator' the Media's Most Insidious Code Word? truthdig.com Let's start with a quiz: Quick! Name some dictators! | I'm willing to bet most of you responded with just a few of the same names: Assad, Putin, Castro, Kim Jong-un, Gaddafi, Maduro. This is not because they are the only dictators in the world (far from it), or that all of them even necessarily qualify for the title, but precisely because these are the figures most constantly labeled as such by our media. | "Dictator" is a very powerful moniker to give someone. There is a hard-to-define but very important distinction between a government with authoritarian tendencies or a poor human rights record, on the one hand…

Derrick Broze (2019-04-12). The US Government is Still Fighting to Keep the Truth About CIA Torture Secret. theantimedia.com The U.S. government is still afraid to reveal the full extent of torture used on terror suspects in the years following the 9/11 attacks, but do the American people even care anymore? (TMU) — A recent report by The New York Times explores the case of Majid Khan, a prisoner of the United States who plead …

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-04-12). Threatening 'Swift' Retaliation if US, Israel, or Allies Probed, Trump Celebrates ICC's Rejected War Crimes Probe as 'Major International Victory'. commondreams.org Victims' advocates called the court's decision "a grave disappointment for survivors of war-on-terror era torture who have waited nearly two decades for justice" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Nafeez Ahmed (2019-04-12). Former Commander Reveals Turkey's Close Ties with ISIS in Syria. mintpressnews.com In an explosive interview, a former ISIS commander has claimed that the terror group cooperated directly with Turkish state intelligence agencies for years on areas of "common interest". | The source said that senior Turkish government officials had numerous meetings with ISIS representatives to coordinate activities and that this also involved providing support and safe harbour to foreign fighters in the country. President Erdogan "was working hand in glove with ISIS" according to the US government counter-terrorism consultants who interviewed the ex-ISIS official. | The relationship raises questions about Turke…

Eds. (2019-04-11). The U.S. Government has been monitoring Venezuela's electricity system for over a decade. mronline.org The North American intelligence agencies and their government's attention and monitoring of the electricity situation in Venezuela is long-standing. This was confirmed by more than 1,000 documents released by Wikileaks which mention the status of the National Electric System in Venezuela and the Simón Bolívar Hydroelectric Plant located in Guri. | Source

Consortiumnews (2019-04-10). RAY McGOVERN: Unaccountable Media Faced with Dilemma in Next Phase of Deep State-gate. consortiumnews.com Now that the media has been exposed for wrongly siding with the intelligence agencies, how will it handle Devin Nunes's criminal referrals in Deep State-gate?, asks Ray McGovern. By Ray McGovern Special to Consortium News Readers of The Washington Post on… Read more →

RT (2019-04-10). 'Spying did occur' by intelligence agencies on Trump campaign — AG Barr. rt.com Attorney General William Barr told a Senate committee that he believes FBI "spying did occur" on the Trump campaign in 2016. Trump himself has called on Barr to investigate the FBI's counterintelligence probe. |

Michael Edison Hayden, Intelligence Project (2019-04-05). Twitter locked me out of my account for reporting on extremists. splcenter.org Twitter temporarily suspended my account this week after I posted a tweet that opposed far-right extremism.

Kevin Gosztola (2019-04-03). Supreme Court Deems Torture Of Prisoners During Executions Permissible. shadowproof.com The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Missouri may use lethal injection against a prisoner with a medical condition that will cause him to choke to death on his blood.

splcenter (2019-03-28). Solitary Confinement: Inhumane, Ineffective, and Wasteful. splcenter.org Around the world and increasingly in the United States, there's a growing consensus that solitary confinement of incarcerated persons is, at best, an ineffective and inhumane practice with little or no carceral benefit and, at worst, outright torture.

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