2020-05-19: News Headlines

Melvin Goodman (2020-05-19). How the New York Times Enhances Trump's Propaganda. counterpunch.org The mendacity of Donald Trump is without parallel in the history of American presidential politics. His lies, as tabulated by the Washington Post's fact checker, number in the thousands. U.S. truth tellers have become Trump's favorite targets as Inspectors General, federal judges, intelligence officers, and the nation's media face constant punishment and harassment from the White

WSWS (2020-05-18). Britain's covert operations to overthrow Syrian government exposed. wsws.org Sarkha is one of many programmes in a vast network of fake news activities carried out by the intelligence arms of the US and European powers.

WSWS (2020-05-18). Trump fires State Department inspector general. wsws.org Over the past six weeks, Trump also has removed the inspectors general of the Intelligence Community, Defense and Health and Human Services.

Andrew Emett (2020-05-18). Senate Intelligence Chairman steps down amid investigation probe. nationofchange.org Richard Burr spent most of his time as Intelligence Committee Chairman suppressing intelligence reports and public knowledge of government misconduct.

Adriaan Alsema (2020-05-17). Operation Baton: Colombia's most epic military corruption probe in history? colombiareports.com Colombia's army is so corrupt, one general was even selling classified information to guerrillas, a counterintelligence operation discovered before its findings mysteriously disappeared. Operation Baton was meant to purge the…

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-05-16). Revolutionary Boiling Point, And Other Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix. thealtworld.com Still mad at China's brutal authoritarian government for imprisoning Julian Assange after his journalism exposed Chinese war crimes. | ~ | Arresting people for future crimes is called "pre-crime", and it's the stuff of dystopian horror fiction. | Violently dominating an entire planet because another country might hurt yours in the future is called "US foreign policy", and it's the stuff of mainstream news punditry. | ~ | Saying a US politician is bad on foreign policy but good on domestic policy is a bit like saying "Yeah my boyfriend murders hitchhikers, but he cooks." | ~ | Dominant revolutionary thought…

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-19). Turn Out the Lights, Russiagate Is Over. strategic-culture.org The possibility that Trump will not chicken out this time, and rather will challenge the Security State looms large since he felt personally under attack. | Ray McGOVERN | Seldom mentioned among the motives behind the persistent drumming on alleged Russian interference was an over-arching need to help the Security State hide their tracks. | The need for a scapegoat to blame for Hillary Clinton's snatching defeat out of the jaws victory also played a role; as did the need for the Military-Industrial-Congressional-Intelligence-Media-Academia-Think-Tank complex (MICIMATT) to keep front and center in the minds of Ame…

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-16). Techno-Tyranny: How the U.S. National Security State is Using Coronavirus to Fulfill an Orwellian Vision. strategic-culture.org Whitney WEBB | LAST YEAR, A GOVERNMENT COMMISSION CALLED FOR THE US TO ADOPT AN AI-DRIVEN MASS SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM FAR BEYOND THAT USED IN ANY OTHER COUNTRY IN ORDER TO ENSURE AMERICAN HEGEMONY IN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE. NOW, MANY OF THE "OBSTACLES" THEY HAD CITED AS PREVENTING ITS IMPLEMENTATION ARE RAPIDLY BEING REMOVED UNDER THE GUISE OF COMBATING THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS. | Last year, a U.S. government body dedicated to examining how artificial intelligence can "address the national security and defense needs of the United States" discussed in detail the "structural" changes that the American economy and socie…

The Canary (2020-05-17). Harry Dunn's mother says UK is on 'road to ruin' if 'bully' US wins extradition row. thecanary.co The mother of teenage motorcyclist Harry Dunn has said Britain will be on the "road to ruin" if it backs down in its diplomatic row with the "bully" US government.Charlotte Charles said "we have to stand up to them" as it emerged the UK has agreed to extradite two fugitives to the United States, which refuses to hand over suspect Anne Sacoolas, the wife of a US intelligence official.Washington officials are reportedly "furious" that UK police have issued an international wanted notice for Sacoolas, who was charged with causing the 19-year-old's death by dangerous driving in December.Dunn was killed when his motor…

RT (2020-05-19). German Constitutional Court limits power of BND spy agency's overseas internet surveillance. rt.com The Constitutional Court in Germany ruled on Tuesday that, in monitoring the internet traffic of foreign nationals abroad, the BND intelligence agency has partly breached the constitution. | The ruling said that internet surveillance of foreigners abroad violates the freedom of the press enshrined in the country's constitution. | It is the first time the court has ruled that the BND is subject to Germany's constitution even for its activities overseas. | The ruling also means that complaints brought by foreign journalists and Reporters Without Borders were largely successful, Reuters said.

RT (2020-05-19). Top Ukrainian journalist comes out as INTEL AGENT after interviews with 'enemies of the state' kindle protests. rt.com A prominent Ukrainian media personality has stirred public anger by interviewing controversial Russian figures regarded as fugitives by Kiev. His explanation? It was all part of an elaborate sting operation. | It wouldn't be unprecedented for a popular reporter or editor to moonlight as an intelligence officer. But Dmitry's Gordon's explanation – that he was carrying out espionage while many of his viewers accused him of treason – would certainly stand out as an unusual example of the genre. | Gordon, an influential Ukrainian journalist and video blogger, first sat down with Russian MP Natalia Poklonskaya, who…

RT (2020-05-17). DHS & FBI fear more attacks on 5G infrastructure fueled by Covid-19 conspiracies. rt.com The Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies are worried that conspiracy theories, bizarrely linking the Covid-19 pandemic to the 5G technology rollout, could inspire more vandalism and violence in the US. | The DHS, FBI and the National Counterterrorism Center issued a joint warning to US law enforcement officials about the growing threat this week, while a separate DHS intelligence report,

sputniknews (2020-05-19). Snowden Lauds Court's Ruling Curbing German Intelligence's Spying on Foreigners Abroad. sputniknews.com BERLIN (Sputnik) – Edward Snowden, former Central Intelligence Agency employee who exposed illegal spying by US intelligence agencies, welcomed on Tuesday the ruling of the German Federal Constitutional Court declaring the country's BND foreign intelligence service's surveillance of foreign citizens outside Germany unconstitutional.

yenisafak (2020-05-19). German spy agency's global surveillance unconstitutional. yenisafak.com German spy agency's mass surveillance of global communications and internet traffic is unconstitutional, the country's top court ruled on Tuesday.The Federal Constitutional Court's ruling said the Federal Intelligence Service's (BND) current surveillance powers, which allow it to conduct mass surveillance on foreigners in other countries, violate fundamental rights enshrined in the country's constitution."German state authority is bound by the fundamental rights of the Basic Law not only within the German territory," the court stressed in its ruling, and added: "Protection against telecommunications surveillance…