2019-05-07: News Headlines

Tyler Durden (2019-05-07). CIA's Former Counterintelligence Chief on FBI in 2016: "I'd Call That Spying" on Trump. theantimedia.com (ZH) — The FBI's use of "confidential human informants" to obtain information from Trump campaign officials under false pretenses was straight up spying, according to the CIA's former head of counterintelligence, James Olson, a 30-year agency veteran who served under six presidents, and who once conducted an undercover overseas mission with his wife. "It does sounds …

Consortiumnews (2019-05-07). How US and Foreign Intel Agencies Interfered in a US Election. consortiumnews.com The evidence is plain—there was a broad, coordinated effort by the Obama Administration, with the help of foreign governments, to target Donald Trump and paint him as a Russian stooge, writes Larry Johnson By Larry C. Johnson Sic Semper Tyrannis … Read more →

Paul Street (2019-05-07). Step Right Up to the Quadrennial Extravaganza! counterpunch.org STEP Right Up! Step Right Up! It's Uncle Sam's Authoritarian Carnival, Featuring the Amazing American Quadrennial Electoral Extravaganza, the Greatest Show in the World! Narrow Spectrum Big Money Corporate Parties and Candidates! Malevolent Narcissists and Wall Street Sell-Outs Masquerading as Champions of the Middle and Working Classes! Elitism Masquerading as Populism! Plutocratic Puppet Shows! Dazzling More

Consortium News (2019-05-06). 10 Questions the Mueller Report Doesn't Answer. theantimedia.com (CN) — In January 2017, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper issued a report about Russian interference co-signed by three other agencies — the National Security Agency, the FBI, and the CIA — that was so evidence-free that even The New York Times said it was "unlikely to change the minds of skeptics who … remember the intelligence agencies' faulty assessments on …

Democracy Now! (2019-05-06). Ex-Blackwater CEO Erik Prince Makes a Comeback Under Trump Selling Mercenary Armies Around the World. democracynow.org The House Intelligence Committee has sent a criminal referral to the Justice Department for Erik Prince, founder of the mercenary firm Blackwater. House Democrats are accusing Prince of lying to Congress during his November 2017 testimony before the Committee, when he described a meeting in the Seychelles with a Russian banker before Donald Trump's inauguration as a chance encounter. According to the Mueller report, the meeting was an attempt to establish a backchannel between the incoming Trump administration and Russia, and may have been arranged by the Trump team. The move is one of the latest actions placing…

Staff (2019-05-06). Ex-Blackwater CEO Erik Prince Makes a Comeback Under Trump. truthout.org The House Intelligence Committee has sent a criminal referral to the Justice Department for Erik Prince, founder of the mercenary firm Blackwater. House Democrats are accusing Prince of lying to Congress during his November 2017 testimony before the Committee, when he described a meeting in the Seychelles with a Russian banker before Donald Trump's inauguration as a chance encounter. According to the Robert Mueller report, the meeting was an attempt to establish a backchannel between the incoming Trump administration and Russia, and may have been arranged by the Trump team. The move is one of the latest action…

Consortiumnews (2019-05-06). Top Ten Questions About the Mueller Report. consortiumnews.com Daniel Lazare examines some of the missing pieces in the special counsel's 448-page tome on Russian interference. By Daniel Lazare Special to Consortium News In January 2017, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper issued a report about Russian interference co-signed… Read more →

susan_p (2019-05-03). Venezuela: Another coup fails. greenleft.org.au "Interim President" Juan Guaido and right-wing opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez spearheaded an unsuccessful coup attempt in Caracas on April 30. | The thwarted uprising started in the early morning hours when renegade military and intelligence officers reportedly released Lopez from house arrest. Lopez then joined Guaido and a handful of soldiers on the Altamira overpass in east Caracas, outside the Francisco de Miranda airbase, known as La Carlota. | Lopez and Guaido released videos on social media, call…

Linda Ford (2019-05-03). Black Women Political Prisoners of the Police State. dissidentvoice.org The Rev. Joy Powell says she was "raped, railroaded and bamboozled" by police. Her crime? Being a poor black woman who faced off against the police—protesting their violent brutality against black people in Rochester, NY. Once she defied them, she was warned, then targeted and framed for serious crimes. A few weeks ago, Australian Julian …

Keegan Hankes, Researcher, Intelligence Project (2019-05-02). SPLC: Facebook and Instagram ban far-right and extremist figures, but still have more work to do against hateful content. splcenter.org Facebook and Instagram announced today that they have banned several far-right, antisemitic and extremist figures and organizations for being "dangerous," a sign that they are more aggressively enforcing their hate speech policies under pressure from civil rights organizations, including the SPLC.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-01). Ilhan Omar Speaks Out Against U.S. Sanctions & Bipartisan Support for Regime Change in Venezuela. democracynow.org Amid an ongoing coup attempt in Venezuela, we speak with Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, who questioned U.S. special envoy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams on Capitol Hill in February about his record. Abrams is a right-wing hawk who was linked to the 2002 coup attempt in Venezuela that tried to topple Hugo Chávez. In the 1980s, Abrams defended Guatemalan dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt as he oversaw a campaign of mass murder and torture of indigenous people. Ríos Montt was later convicted of genocide. Rep. Ilhan Omar says that there is a direct correlation between this type of detrimental U.S. foreign policy in Lati…

Robert Mackey (2019-05-01). New House Bill Would Bar Israel From Using U.S. Military Aid to Detain Palestinian Children. theintercept.com Rep. Betty McCollum's bill seeks to ban Israel from using U.S. funds to detain, interrogate, or torture Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank.

Staff (2019-05-01). Baltimore Activist Threatened With Legal Action Over Participation in Hopkins Protests. therealnews.com Tawanda Jones, a noted anti-police brutality activist, says she won't be deterred from continuing to fight for justice for her brother Tyrone West, and other victims of police brutality…

unitedEditor (2019-04-29). FBI: The greatest danger comes from Beijing. uwidata.com Recently, FBI Director Christopher Wray declared that the greatest danger to the US is from Beijing, not Moscow. Director Wray: No country poses a broader, more severe intelligence collection threat than China. China has pioneered a societal approach to stealing innovation in any way it can, from a wide array of businesses, universities, & organizations. …

ACLU (2019-04-26). Social Media Blackouts Are an Authoritarian Power Move. aclu.org When Americans see governments shutting down Internet communications, they should see nothing but counterproductive, authoritarian exercises of power. | In the wake of the terrible Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, that government shut down access to Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube, and other social media services. The shutdown garnered praise from some within the United States and other democratic countries, but as tragic as the circumstances may be, Americans must never come to see social media or other Internet shutdowns as anything other than an authoritarian power move and/or a mistake. | Some commentators …

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