Daily Archives: September 17, 2019

2019-09-17: News Headlines

Staff (2019-09-17). Headlines for September 17, 2019. democracynow.org Iran Rejects Talks with U.S. Following Disputed Drone Attacks in Saudi Arabia, Israelis Head to Polls to Decide Netanyahu's Fate, Afghanistan: Blast Near Presidential Rally Kills Dozens Amid Mounting Violence, Massive Blackout Hits Four Central American Nations, 2 Italian Officials Indicted over Migrant Deaths from 2013 Shipwreck, 2019 Was Northern Hemisphere's Hottest Summer on Record, Auto Workers Continue Strike with Support from Dems, Environmental Activists, Manhattan DA Subpoenas Trump Tax Returns, Acting Intelligence Dir. Refused to Turn Over Whistleblower Complaint That Could Involve Trump, House Dems Inv…

teleSUR (2019-09-16). Three Men Accused of Torturing Migrants Are Arrested in Italy. telesurenglish.net Three men were arrested Monday in Italy over accusations of rape, torture and human trafficking of migrants at a prisoners camp in Libya after several witnesses recognized them in Sicily, as reported by The Guardian. | The three men allegedly ran the notorious Zawiya prison, a former military base where they retained those trying to sail through the Mediterranean until they could pay a ransom. | RELATED | Rwanda to Take in Refugees Trapped in Libya's Detention Centers | The ac…

Karen Kwiatkowski (2019-09-16). Why Is Julian Assange Being Tortured to Death? globalresearch.ca I think we already know the answer. We need to go further and try and understand what this partially veiled, but completely serious, US and UK destruction of a modern journalist means for all of us. | Assange is an advocate …

Maryam Saleh (2019-09-16). A Top Joe Biden Staffer Is a Supporter of India's Authoritarian Leader Narendra Modi. theintercept.com A new adviser to Joe Biden's presidential campaign, the director of outreach to the Asian-American Pacific Islander community, is a strong backer of extreme right-wing Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. | Amit Jani took to Facebook in May to celebrate the authoritarian leader's reelection. | Jani, whose hiring as AAPI national vote director was announced last week, comes to Biden's campaign from New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy's office. He worked on AAPI outreach on Murphy's 2017 campaign and…

David Hearst (2019-09-16). Iranian Drones Launched from Iraq Carried Out Attacks on Saudi Oil Plants. globalresearch.ca The strikes which paralysed the Saudi oil industry on Saturday morning, forcing it to halve its output of crude oil, were made by Iranian drones launched from Hashd al-Shaabi bases in southern Iraq, a senior Iraqi intelligence official has told …

RT (2019-09-15). SPY PIGEONS & KILLER CIGARS: Weird ways CIA tried to win the Cold War. rt.com The CIA has declassified documents revealing its Cold War spy pigeons program, the latest revelation of the truly bizarre lengths the US went to, which included killer cigars, trained dolphins, and acoustic kitties. | Pigeon spies: | The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has declassified details of its secret spy-pigeon mission during the Cold War, named 'Tacana'. It used the birds to secretly photograph sites inside the Soviet Union. The avian species was chosen because of their ability to navigate their way back home, and they apparently flew their missions while expensive cameras were strapped to th…

Aaron Maté (2019-09-15). Outing of CIA's Kremlin mole echoes Iraq WMD hoax. thegrayzone.com The outing of a CIA informant inside of the Kremlin raises new questions about the Russia investigation and the intelligence…

Ryan Devereaux (2019-09-14). How the FBI Increased Its Power After 9/11 and Helped Put Trump in Office. theintercept.com Former FBI agent Mike German recounts the transformation of the FBI from a law enforcement agency into a dangerously powerful domestic intelligence force.

ACLU (2019-09-11). Being Black is Not a Crime: Yunek's Story of Police Brutality. aclu.org A personal story of police brutality at the hands of the police in Peoria, Illinois. | My name is Yunek Moore. I am a Black woman, a college graduate, and a survivor of police brutality. I'm choosing to tell my story because, sadly, this wasn't the last time something like this happened to a person of color in Peoria, Illinois, and that must change. | On June 4, 2013, I was a happy 17-year-old looking forward to attending college at Millikin University. I had just graduated high school, where I was ranked 11th in my entire class and spoke at graduation as one of my final duties as Senior Class President. | That n…

Daniel DeFraia (2019-09-11). Harrowing Cables Detail How the CIA Tortured Accused 9/11 Mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Jeopardizing the Case Against Him. theintercept.com Thirteen recently declassified cables reveal interrogators' attempts to turn detainees into collaborators in the war against Al Qaeda.

Brett Barrouquere (2019-09-04). Rift Exposed: A Desertion Robbed League of the South of Its Longtime Headquarters and Hints that a Member Chose His Real Estate Holdings over Southern Culture. splcenter.org League of the South (LOS), a neo-Confederate organization that advocates for Southern secession, has been roiled by a key defection that resulted in the group losing its headquarters in Wetumpka, Alabama, about 20 miles north of Montgomery.

Intelligence Report Staff (2019-09-03). Spurned & Burned: Anti-Muslim Extremists Rebuff Prominent Chapter Leader. splcenter.org Images of the World Trade Center in flames exposed a schism between a notable hate group's activists and its aspirations, leading to a prominent member's resignation.

splcenter (2019-09-03). No' Money, Mo' Problems: Militiaman's Fundraising Plea Devolves into Lawsuit and Mistrust. splcenter.org The jailed militiaman had an interesting fundraising appeal.

Keegan Hankes, Intelligence Project (2019-09-03). The Last Word: When Dollars Matter 
More Than Decency. splcenter.org As America's technology and financial giants struggle, or refuse, to curb hate on their platforms, far-right extremists leverage them to build war chests that promote bigotry and violence.

splcenter (2019-09-03). Identity Unmasked: Meet the Proprietors of the Internet's Largest Neo-Confederate Propaganda Machine. splcenter.org A small Facebook campaign predicated on keeping Confederate monuments in place has morphed into a group of more than 200 ardent, secretive separatists planning to make the South a separate nation.

splcenter (2019-09-03). Resolute: The Battle Against Hate Demands Vigilance. splcenter.org Hate persists. It's relentless.

splcenter (2019-09-03). Hatewatch: Brave in the Dark. splcenter.org Using fake names and fictional avatars, wannabe killers and hatemongers exude courage and commitment to their hateful causes.

Intelligence Report Staff (2019-09-03). Out of the Darkness: Conversion Therapist Quits 'Ex-Gay' Movement. splcenter.org According to Truth Wins Out, Matheson's fellow ex-gay leader Rich Wyler announced his exit in a post to a private Facebook group. TWO "goes undercover to expose 'ex-gay' conversion leaders as hypocritical frauds that have not actually changed their sexual orientation," its website states.

Intelligence Report Staff (2019-09-03). A Church Divided: Sex Worker Scandal Exposes Fault Lines in Anti-LGBTQ Church Network. splcenter.org An anti-LGBTQ pastor's admission to "sins" that included prostitutes, marijuana and gambling set off a series of events that roiled his congregation and caused a split in a satellite church in another state.

2019-09-17: Social Media Postees

Three Men Accused of Torturing Migrants Are Arrested in Italy
telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-16
Three men were arrested Monday in Italy over accusations of rape, torture and human trafficking of migrants at a prisoners camp in Libya after several witnesses recognized them in Sicily, as reported by The Guardian. | The three men allegedly ran the notorious Zawiya prison, a former military base where they retained those trying to sail through the Mediterranean until they could pay a ransom. | RELATED | Rwanda to Take in Refugees Trapped in Libya's Detention Centers | The ac…
telesurenglish.net/news/accused-torturing-migrants-arrested-italy-20190916-0009.html

Why Is Julian Assange Being Tortured to Death?
Karen Kwiatkowski | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-16
I think we already know the answer. We need to go further and try and understand what this partially veiled, but completely serious, US and UK destruction of a modern journalist means for all of us. | Assange is an advocate …
globalresearch.ca/why-julian-assange-tortured/5689298

A Top Joe Biden Staffer Is a Supporter of India's Authoritarian Leader Narendra Modi
Maryam Saleh | theintercept.com | 2019-09-16
A new adviser to Joe Biden's presidential campaign, the director of outreach to the Asian-American Pacific Islander community, is a strong backer of extreme right-wing Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. | Amit Jani took to Facebook in May to celebrate the authoritarian leader's reelection. | Jani, whose hiring as AAPI national vote director was announced last week, comes to Biden's campaign from New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy's office. He worked on AAPI outreach on Murphy's 2017 campaign and…
theintercept.com/2019/09/16/joe-biden-campaign-narendra-modi/

Iranian Drones Launched from Iraq Carried Out Attacks on Saudi Oil Plants
David Hearst | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-16
The strikes which paralysed the Saudi oil industry on Saturday morning, forcing it to halve its output of crude oil, were made by Iranian drones launched from Hashd al-Shaabi bases in southern Iraq, a senior Iraqi intelligence official has told …
globalresearch.ca/iranian-drones-iraq-carried-out-attacks-saudi-oil-plants/5689363

SPY PIGEONS & KILLER CIGARS: Weird ways CIA tried to win the Cold War
rt.com | 2019-09-15
The CIA has declassified documents revealing its Cold War spy pigeons program, the latest revelation of the truly bizarre lengths the US went to, which included killer cigars, trained dolphins, and acoustic kitties. | Pigeon spies: | The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has declassified details of its secret spy-pigeon mission during the Cold War, named 'Tacana'. It used the birds to secretly photograph sites inside the Soviet Union. The avian species was chosen because of their ability to navigate their way back home, and they apparently flew their missions while expensive cameras were strapped to th…
rt.com/usa/468865-cia-cold-war-desperate-plots/

Outing of CIA's Kremlin mole echoes Iraq WMD hoax
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-09-15
The outing of a CIA informant inside of the Kremlin raises new questions about the Russia investigation and the intelligence…
thegrayzone.com/2019/09/15/outing-of-cias-kremlin-mole-echoes-iraq-wmd-hoax/

How the FBI Increased Its Power After 9/11 and Helped Put Trump in Office
Ryan Devereaux | theintercept.com | 2019-09-14
Former FBI agent Mike German recounts the transformation of the FBI from a law enforcement agency into a dangerously powerful domestic intelligence force.
theintercept.com/2019/09/14/fbi-mike-german-book/

Being Black is Not a Crime: Yunek's Story of Police Brutality
aclu.org | 2019-09-11
A personal story of police brutality at the hands of the police in Peoria, Illinois. | My name is Yunek Moore. I am a Black woman, a college graduate, and a survivor of police brutality. I'm choosing to tell my story because, sadly, this wasn't the last time something like this happened to a person of color in Peoria, Illinois, and that must change. | On June 4, 2013, I was a happy 17-year-old looking forward to attending college at Millikin University. I had just graduated high school, where I was ranked 11th in my entire class and spoke at graduation as one of my final duties as Senior Class President. | That n…
aclu.org/blog/criminal-law-reform/reforming-police-practices/being-black-not-crime-yuneks-story-police

The FBI Was Deeply Involved in CIA Black Site Interrogations Despite Years of Denials, Guantánamo Defense Lawyer Says
Margot Williams | theintercept.com | 2019-09-11
The word haunting the austere courtroom was torture. Torture not only tormented the perpetrators; it has delayed justice for the families of 9/11 victims.
theintercept.com/2019/09/11/fbi-cia-black-site-guantanamo/

Harrowing Cables Detail How the CIA Tortured Accused 9/11 Mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Jeopardizing the Case Against Him
Daniel DeFraia | theintercept.com | 2019-09-11
Thirteen recently declassified cables reveal interrogators' attempts to turn detainees into collaborators in the war against Al Qaeda.
theintercept.com/2019/09/11/khalid-sheikh-mohammed-torture-cia/

Rift Exposed: A Desertion Robbed League of the South of Its Longtime Headquarters and Hints that a Member Chose His Real Estate Holdings over Southern Culture
Brett Barrouquere | splcenter.org | 2019-09-04
League of the South (LOS), a neo-Confederate organization that advocates for Southern secession, has been roiled by a key defection that resulted in the group losing its headquarters in Wetumpka, Alabama, about 20 miles north of Montgomery.
splcenter.org/fighting-hate/intelligence-report/2019/rift-exposed-desertion-robbed-league-south-its-longtime-headquarters-and-hints-member-chose

Spurned & Burned: Anti-Muslim Extremists Rebuff Prominent Chapter Leader
Intelligence Report Staff | splcenter.org | 2019-09-03
Images of the World Trade Center in flames exposed a schism between a notable hate group's activists and its aspirations, leading to a prominent member's resignation.
splcenter.org/fighting-hate/intelligence-report/2019/spurned-burned-anti-muslim-extremists-rebuff-prominent-chapter-leader

Spurned & Burned: Anti-Muslim Extremists Rebuff Prominent Chapter Leader
Intelligence Report Staff | splcenter.org | 2019-09-03
Images of the World Trade Center in flames exposed a schism between a notable hate group's activists and its aspirations, leading to a prominent member's resignation.
splcenter.org/fighting-hate/intelligence-report/2019/spurned-burned-anti-muslim-extremists-rebuff-prominent-chapter-leader

The Last Word: When Dollars Matter 
More Than Decency
Keegan Hankes, Intelligence Project | splcenter.org | 2019-09-03
As America's technology and financial giants struggle, or refuse, to curb hate on their platforms, far-right extremists leverage them to build war chests that promote bigotry and violence.
splcenter.org/fighting-hate/intelligence-report/2019/last-word-when-dollars-matter-more-decency

Out of the Darkness: Conversion Therapist Quits 'Ex-Gay' Movement
Intelligence Report Staff | splcenter.org | 2019-09-03
According to Truth Wins Out, Matheson's fellow ex-gay leader Rich Wyler announced his exit in a post to a private Facebook group. TWO "goes undercover to expose 'ex-gay' conversion leaders as hypocritical frauds that have not actually changed their sexual orientation," its website states.
splcenter.org/fighting-hate/intelligence-report/2019/out-darkness-conversion-therapist-quits-ex-gay-movement

No' Money, Mo' Problems: Militiaman's Fundraising Plea Devolves into Lawsuit and Mistrust
splcenter.org | 2019-09-03
The jailed militiaman had an interesting fundraising appeal.
splcenter.org/fighting-hate/intelligence-report/2019/no-money-mo-problems-militiamans-fundraising-plea-devolves-lawsuit-and-mistrust

Hatewatch: Brave in the Dark
splcenter.org | 2019-09-03
Using fake names and fictional avatars, wannabe killers and hatemongers exude courage and commitment to their hateful causes.
splcenter.org/fighting-hate/intelligence-report/2019/hatewatch-brave-dark

Identity Unmasked: Meet the Proprietors of the Internet's Largest Neo-Confederate Propaganda Machine
splcenter.org | 2019-09-03
A small Facebook campaign predicated on keeping Confederate monuments in place has morphed into a group of more than 200 ardent, secretive separatists planning to make the South a separate nation.
splcenter.org/fighting-hate/intelligence-report/2019/identity-unmasked-meet-proprietors-internets-largest-neo-confederate-propaganda-machine

Resolute: The Battle Against Hate Demands Vigilance
splcenter.org | 2019-09-03
Hate persists. It's relentless.
splcenter.org/fighting-hate/intelligence-report/2019/resolute-battle-against-hate-demands-vigilance

A Church Divided: Sex Worker Scandal Exposes Fault Lines in Anti-LGBTQ Church Network
Intelligence Report Staff | splcenter.org | 2019-09-03
An anti-LGBTQ pastor's admission to "sins" that included prostitutes, marijuana and gambling set off a series of events that roiled his congregation and caused a split in a satellite church in another state.
splcenter.org/fighting-hate/intelligence-report/2019/church-divided-sex-worker-scandal-exposes-fault-lines-anti-lgbtq-church-network

A Church Divided: Sex Worker Scandal Exposes Fault Lines in Anti-LGBTQ Church Network
Intelligence Report Staff | splcenter.org | 2019-09-03
An anti-LGBTQ pastor's admission to "sins" that included prostitutes, marijuana and gambling set off a series of events that roiled his congregation and caused a split in a satellite church in another state.
splcenter.org/fighting-hate/intelligence-report/2019/church-divided-sex-worker-scandal-exposes-fault-lines-anti-lgbtq-church-network