Daily Archives: September 18, 2019

2019-09-18: News Headlines

RT (2019-09-18). Big Brother is watching you (from afar): US spies seek long-range facial recognition capabilities. rt.com US intelligence agencies are looking to enhance their facial recognition capabilities with technology that can identify people from hundreds of meters away, potentially transforming drones into biometrically accurate spy cameras. | The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) wants any and all information that could help current biometric surveillance tech overcome the inaccuracy that comes with distance, according to a request for information posted by the In…

RT (2019-09-17). US sues Snowden for violating 'CIA & NSA non-disclosure pact' with his new book, but it also wants the proceeds. rt.com The US government has filed a lawsuit against the National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, alleging that his newly-published memoir 'Permanent Record' violates nondisclosure agreements he signed with the CIA and NSA. | The civil lawsuit, filed on Tuesday, claims that Snowden violated these agreements by not sending a draft of the book to the spy agencies for review — and presumably redaction — before publication. It also alleges that the whistleblower's public speeches on "intelligence-related matters" violated the agreements. | Rather than pull the book from the shelves, the government…

teleSUR, LA (2019-09-17). US Sues Edward Snowden Over New Book, Seeks to Sale Profits. telesurenglish.net The U.S. Department of Justice announced on Tuesday that they were suing NSA data leaker Edward Snowden over his new book "Permanent Record". | RELATED: | Snowden Hopes France Will Grant Him Asylum | "The United States today filed a lawsuit against Edward Snowden, a former employee of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA), who published a book entitled Permanent Record in violation of the non-disclosure agreements he signed with both CIA and N…

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, Autoworkers 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 Inve…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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.

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.

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). 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). 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.

2019-09-18: Social Media Postees

Big Brother is watching you (from afar): US spies seek long-range facial recognition capabilities
rt.com | 2019-09-18
US intelligence agencies are looking to enhance their facial recognition capabilities with technology that can identify people from hundreds of meters away, potentially transforming drones into biometrically accurate spy cameras. | The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) wants any and all information that could help current biometric surveillance tech overcome the inaccuracy that comes with distance, according to a request for information posted by the In…
rt.com/usa/469045-facial-recognition-height-surveillance-iarpa/

US sues Snowden for violating 'CIA & NSA non-disclosure pact' with his new book, but it also wants the proceeds
rt.com | 2019-09-17
The US government has filed a lawsuit against the National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, alleging that his newly-published memoir 'Permanent Record' violates nondisclosure agreements he signed with the CIA and NSA. | The civil lawsuit, filed on Tuesday, claims that Snowden violated these agreements by not sending a draft of the book to the spy agencies for review — and presumably redaction — before publication. It also alleges that the whistleblower's public speeches on "intelligence-related matters" violated the agreements. | Rather than pull the book from the shelves, the government…
rt.com/usa/469017-snowden-book-cia-nsa/

US Sues Edward Snowden Over New Book, Seeks to Sale Profits
teleSUR, LA | telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-17
The U.S. Department of Justice announced on Tuesday that they were suing NSA data leaker Edward Snowden over his new book "Permanent Record". | RELATED: | Snowden Hopes France Will Grant Him Asylum | "The United States today filed a lawsuit against Edward Snowden, a former employee of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA), who published a book entitled Permanent Record in violation of the non-disclosure agreements he signed with both CIA and N…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Sues-Edward-Snowden-Over-New-Book-Seeks-to-Sale-Profits-20190917-0016.html

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/

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/

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/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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