2020-07-22: News Headlines

Vijay Prashad (2020-07-22). Time is not on our side in Libya. mronline.org Haftar, who was once an intimate of the United States' Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), is now prosecuting a seemingly endless and brutal war against the United Nation's recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) based in Tripoli and led by President Fayez al-Sarraj.

RT (2020-07-22). 'Nothing lawful in those barracks': 7 Italian police officers arrested over drug trafficking & torture. rt.com Italy has been shocked by a massive scandal in the wake of the arrest of seven Carabinieri officers suspected of being involved in a series of crimes ranging from drug trafficking to unlawful arrests and torture. | In an unprecedented move, prosecutors in the northern Italian city of Piacenza closed down and sequestered the local Carabinieri barracks as part of an investigation against officers operating from it. Six local officers were taken into custody and one put under house arrest. | "Nothing that was going on in those barracks was legal," Piacenza Chief Prosecutor Grazia Pradella told journalists. Only o…

Jason M. Thornberry (2020-07-22). Junior Murvin's Vision of Police Brutality. dissidentvoice.org Despite the sustained protests and pleas for justice and peace, demonstrations, and riots, George Floyd's murder continues to resonate because it accompanies an interminable chronicle of shame connecting it to other recent events. It becomes another tragic entry in the Book of Disgrace. In this sense, Floyd becomes other victims of the police. He becomes …

_____ (2020-07-22). The Russia Report — What this Whitewash really says. truepublica.org.uk TruePublica Editor: The main thrust of this whitewash of a report was this — and I quote — "the security services actively avoided looking for evidence." This long-awaited and hugely redacted report was, by any stretch of the imagination deplorable in every sense. If this is the best that the Intelligence and Security Commission of …

Collective 20 (2020-07-22). What Would the NHS Look Like if it Took Health Promotion Seriously? zcomm.org Authoritarian decision-making is another way in which social inequalities are maintained within the NHS…

yenisafak (2020-07-22). Israel raids two cultural centers in Jerusalem. yenisafak.com Israeli forces raided two cultural institutions in east Jerusalem on Wednesday, according to local residents. | Police and intelligence agents stormed the Yabous Cultural Centre and the National Conservatory institute in the city and confiscated several files and documents, residents said. | The reason for the raids remains unclear. | Israeli police took the directors of the two cultural institutions into custody, residents said. | There was no comment from the Israeli authorities on the report. | According to Palestinian figures, Israel closed more than 32 cultural and society institutions in Jerusalem since 200…

Staff (2020-07-21). Portland Protests Grow Despite Violent Crackdown from Militarized Federal Agents & Local Police. democracynow.org Heavily armed federal officers without name tags have carried out nightly attacks on antiracist demonstrations in Portland, Oregon, and snatched people off the streets into unmarked vans, sparking widespread outrage. "What we've seen is a continuous escalation in violence against our protesters," says Lilith Sinclair, an Afro-Indigenous local organizer in Portland. They note the federal violence follows many years of "severe police brutality" from local police. "It's left the people of Portland not only worried about their safety, but, even more so, justified in the fight that we're engaged in."

Jefferson Morley (2020-07-21). The Pro-Trump CIA Man: QAnon Madness and Upward Failure. counterpunch.org Michael Scheur is a pure product of the CIA. A career operations officer, he ran the first agency task force that hunted Osama bin Laden. Scheur authored the agency's rendition program, which kidnapped suspected terrorists (and sometimes innocent people) and tortured them. He combined a deep knowledge of Islamic jihadist movements with a willingness to use illegal methods to fight them. In that regard, he was in the mainstream of the CIA.

Matt Sedlar (2020-07-21). Kamala Harris' Deep History Of Letting Facebook Off The Hook. cepr.net Sludge See article on original site Senator Kamala Harris was heralded as a possible president from the day she arrived in Washington. The pundits and consultants of the Democratic establishment loved her youth, clear intelligence, and charisma. She was a prosecutor, and she wanted you to know it. Yet the 2020 primary did not play …

Yanis Iqbal (2020-07-21). Financialization of Copper Mining in Chile. zcomm.org As Chile gets convulsed by the aggravating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, the structural brutality of copper mining is being starkly outlined…

Marlee Kokotovic (2020-07-21). Oregon Senator promises to block Trump from sending armored federal law enforcement to US streets. nationofchange.org "We won't let these authoritarian tactics stand."

commondreams (2020-07-21). Center for Constitutional Rights Denounces Federal Forces in U.S. Cities, Militarized Crackdowns on Protesters, Rising Authoritarianism. commondreams.org ______________________________…

_____ (2020-07-21). Protesters Attacked By Police Are Suing To Vindicate Their Constitutional Rights. popularresistance.org Protesters demonstrating against white supremacy and police brutality in the wake of George Floyd's public lynching have been met with illegal repression by law enforcement. Police have utilized toxic chemical and sonic weapons, dangerous projectiles, intrusive surveillance, physical violence and "kettling" to trap demonstrators after dispersal orders are given. People are suing to protect their constitutional rights.Plaintiffs allege that police misconduct resulted in the violation of their First, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights. They charge that the LAPD used "indiscriminate and unreasonable force agains…

West Coast United Against Authoritarians (2020-07-21). Saturday 7/25: Solidarity with Portland! Bay Area March Against Fed Occupation of Portland and Repression. indybay.org Oscar Grant Plaza…

RT (2020-07-20). 'Joker' malware toys with victims by lurking in apps on Google's Play Store, tech experts warn. rt.com A prolific malware called 'Joker' has once again found its way onto Google's app store, hiding in legitimate-looking software and subscribing its unsuspecting victims to premium services without their consent. | Research by cyber threat intelligence service Check Point has When downloaded, Joker subscribes users to premium…

RT (2020-07-20). Italian police bust major 'psycho-sect' that practiced child sex abuse for over 30 YEARS. rt.com Police in Italy have raided what they called a "very powerful" sect, said to be entrenched in several cities across the country, which preyed on young women — many of whom were minors — subjecting them to sex abuse and torture.

RT (2020-07-20). Democrats cry 'foreign meddling' in 2020 election in letter to FBI, reportedly over probe of Biden dealings in Ukraine. rt.com A probe into former VP Joe Biden's dealings in Ukraine is reportedly the 'foreign interference' in US elections that prompted Democrats to demand an urgent defensive briefing from the FBI for all members of Congress. | "We are gravely concerned, in particular, that Congress appears to be the target of a concerted foreign interference campaign, which seeks to launder and amplify disinformation in order to influence congressional activity, public debate, and the presidential election in November," says a letter by four Democrats on the congressional 'Gang of Eight' that deals with intelligence matters. | The let…

_____ (2020-07-20). Israel's Secret List Of Officials Who May Stand Trial At International Court. popularresistance.org Israel is drawing up a secret list of military and intelligence officials who might be subject to arrest abroad if the International Criminal Court in the Hague opens an investigation into alleged Israeli war crimes in the Palestinian territories. | Haaretz has learned that this list now includes between 200 and 300 officials, some of whom have not been informed. The great secrecy surrounding the issue stems from a fear that the mere disclosure of the list's existence could endanger the people on it. The assessment is that the court is likely to view a list of names as an official Israeli admission of these offic…

Tom Coburg (2020-07-20). These claims about Johnson and his cronies must not be excluded from the ISC's 'Russia report'. thecanary.co The Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) report on Russia was

Fight Back (2020-07-20). Hundreds take to the streets in Salt Lake demanding community control of police. fightbacknews.org Salt Lake City, UT – Hundreds gathered at the Utah Capitol building Saturday, July 18, to demand community control over the police and demand Governor Gary Herbert call a special session of the legislature to repeal a recent law that bans community control in Utah, known as HB 415. | Utah Against Police Brutality (UAPB) organized the event in response to the day of protest called by the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. It was the latest of the near-daily protests in Utah since the police murders of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal in Salt Lake. | "We need to r…

_____ (2020-07-20). Why Our Analyses On Powell And Iraq Matter Today. popularresistance.org We are still living with the consequences of the Iraq War brought on, in part, by the testimony of Colin Powell before the UN. Iraq is still an unstable country. Extremist groups such as the Islamic State arose because of Iraq's instability. The invasion of Iraq is now universally seen in the U.S. as the nations' worst foreign policy blunder perhaps in history. To prevent another such crime of aggression, this needs to be repeatedly stated. | As Ray McGovern pointed out in his piece, the politicization of intelligence in the lead-up to the Iraq invasion manifested itself again in the Russiagate affair, when DNI J…

yenisafak (2020-07-20). US officials defend Portland crackdown: 'We're not going to apologize'. yenisafak.com U.S. Homeland Security officials said on Monday they had no intention of pulling back in Portland, Oregon, after a federal crackdown on anti-racism protests that included the use of unmarked cars and unidentified officers in camouflage.Weeks of protests in Portland over police brutality and systemic racism intensified as federal officers began cracking down on crowds last week, using tear gas to disperse protesters and taking some into custody without explanation.The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sent law enforcement units to Portland to help guard U.S. government facilities after receiving intelligence a…

West Coast United Against Authoritarians (2020-07-20). Solidarity with Portland! Bay Area March Against Fed Occupation of Portland and Repression. indybay.org The Bay Area stands with the people of Portland against Federal occupation and against all forms of state repression…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-07-20). 'Moral and Intellectual Bankruptcy': Trump Seizes on Bush-Era Torture Memo Author John Yoo's Call for Extralegal Executive Authority. commondreams.org "There is a lot of continuity between the Bush and Trump administration, including an almost limitless view of executive power." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/yoo.jpg

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-07-20). Trump Threat to Unleash Secret Police in Other US Cities Slammed as Scheme to 'Steal the November Election'. commondreams.org "The exercise also has the advantage for Trump of entrenching a new form of secret police and of turning federal agents into instruments of his authoritarianism." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/police_7.jpg

sputniknews (2020-07-19). Nailed It! 'Science Guy' Bill Nye 'Just Ended Racism' in Viral Video. sputniknews.com Racism contributes to uncountable conflicts around the globe. Recently, the topic of racism saw a sharp resurgence in the wake of the killing of an unarmed African-American man, George Floyd, by white police officers in the United States in May, sparking a wave of anti-racism and anti-police-brutality protests around the world.

RT (2020-07-18). CBP says Portland protester in viral 'kidnapping' clip was assault & vandalism suspect, denies officers wore no insignia. rt.com The US Customs and Border Protection agency has taken credit for a Portland protester's hot-button arrest this week, saying the man was a criminal suspect, while refuting claims he was 'kidnapped' by agents wearing no insignia. | The CBP sought to address the incident in a statement on Friday, noting that the protester arrested one day prior was suspected of vandalism and attacks on agents amid anti-police brutality demonstrations, which it said were organized by "violent anarchists." | "CBP agents had information indicating the person… was suspected of assaults against federal agents or destruction of feder…

_____ (2020-07-18). We Reviewed Police Tactics Seen In Nearly 400 Protest Videos. popularresistance.org As protests denouncing police brutality against unarmed Black people spread to thousands of cities, it was videos of police violence — this time, directed at protesters — that went viral. Clips showed officers launching tear gas canisters at protesters' heads, shooting pepper spray from moving vehicles and firing foam bullets into crowds. | ProPublica looked at nearly 400 social media posts showing police responses to protesters and found troubling conduct by officers in at least 184 of them. In 59 videos, pepper spray and tear gas were used improperly; in a dozen others, officers used batons to strik…