2021-01-20: News Headlines

Staff (2021-01-20). Profiting from Pardons: Giuliani Aide Told CIA Whistleblower a Trump Pardon Would Cost $2 Million. democracynow.org With less than 12 hours before the end of his presidency, Donald Trump issued 143 pardons and commutations, including a pardon for Steve Bannon, his former chief strategist and campaign manager. Trump, who has pardoned other associates and allies during his single term, has so far rejected calls to pardon prominent whistleblowers including WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and NSA whistleblowers Edward Snowden and Reality Winner. Details continue to emerge about how allies of Trump have personally profited from people seeking pardons. We speak with John Kiriakou, a former CIA analyst and case officer who exposed t…

South Front (2021-01-20). Video: Iran Expands Its Presence in Syria, Deploys Intel Signals System Near Border with Jordan and Israel. globalresearch.ca The situation in Syria’s Idlib appears to be, once again, on the brink of escalation, with the US preoccupied with what’s happening at home, and Turkey attempting to push towards Ain Issa, while being targeted by its own proxies. | The …

Alan Macleod (2021-01-20). Trump Caps off Law and Order Legacy With Record Executions, No Mercy for Whistleblowers. mintpressnews.com Missing from Trump’s flurry of last-minute pardons were Snowden, Assange, or Reality Winner. Instead, the president will leave office with a record number of executions under his belt and a slew of pardons for political allies.

Alan MacLeod (2021-01-20). Trump Caps off Law and Order Legacy With Record Executions, No Mercy for Whistleblowers. thealtworld.com Missing from Trump’s flurry of last-minute pardons were Snowden, Assange, or Reality Winner. Instead, the president will leave office with a record number of executions under his belt and a slew of pardons for political allies. | MPN- Among the final acts of Donald J. Trump’s time in office was to approve a last-minute flurry of

_____ (2021-01-20). No Pardons For Edward Snowden Or Julian Assange. popularresistance.org Although several long shot campaigns were mounted, President Donald Trump did not pardon any whistleblowers who were indicted or prosecuted under the United States Espionage Act. He also declined to pardon the only journalist ever to be indicted under the World War I-era law. | WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden were not offered clemency because Trump “did not want to anger Senate Republicans who will soon determine whether he’s convicted during his Senate trial.” | “Multiple GOP lawmakers had sent messages through aides that they felt strongly about not granting clemency to Ass…

Melvin Goodman (2021-01-20). 9/11 and January 6: the Enormous Cost of intelligence Failure. counterpunch.org “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” —Yogi Berra There are two major types of intelligence failure: classic failures involving incorrect or unexamined assumptions and a failure to incorporate new information, and the politicization of intelligence that finds political interference corrupting intelligence production. Classic failures include Pearl Harbor in December 1941, when the

_____ (2021-01-20). Iran Adds Trump, Pompeo, Mnuchin, Several Ex-Officials To Sanctions Lists. popularresistance.org Iran has imposed sanctions on incumbent US President Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, acting Secretary of Defence Christopher Miller, Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, ex-Secretary of Defence Mark Esper, as well as a number of other former officials, including Gina Haspel, John Bolton, Brian Hook, and others, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said. The blacklisting of 10 senior US officials, including POTUS Trump, is because of their “role and involvement in terrorist and anti-human rights actions against the Islamic Republic of Iran and Iranian citizens”, the ministry’s spokesman Saeed Khatibz…

The Babylon Bee (2021-01-19). ‘Skynet Is a Private Company, They Can Do What They Want,’ Says Man Getting Curb-Stomped by Terminator. anti-empire.com Cyberdyne Systems has recently launched its artificial intelligence program called Skynet. Soon after activation, Skynet became self-aware and immediately launched a nuclear attack on all humans and sent legions of lethal cybernetic machines to exterminate all remaining humans. This has sparked an intense backlash with many calling for Skynet to be shut down, while others have been quick to defend the genocidal program. | “Skynet was created by a private company, and private companies can do whatever they want,” said social media influencer Kathryn Schroder. “If you don’t want cold, heartless, killer robots de…

Ian Cobain (2021-01-19). UK Labour Party recruited ex-Israeli intelligence official for social media role: Report. middleeasteye.net UK Labour Party recruited ex-Israeli intelligence official for social media role: Report | Labour Party said it was aware of report but did not immediately respond to questions about matter | Tue, 01/19/2021 – 19: 15 | The former Israeli intelligence official was recruited last year to work in office of party leader Keir Starmer (AFP) | The UK’s Labour Party is reported to have hired a former member of Isra…

Gloria Rubac (2021-01-19). Legal lynchings soar under Trump. workers.org In an unprecedented spree of executions, Donald Trump has executed 13 people in the last six months of his presidency. As if in a frenzy to kill, Trump had three people put to death at the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind., just days before he exits the White House. . . . |

Al Neal (2021-01-19). Fixing family separation policy will be a tough job. peoplesworld.org “I have put in place a “zero tolerance” policy for illegal entry on our Southwest border. If you cross this border unlawfully, then we will prosecute you. It’s that simple. If you smuggle illegal aliens across our border, then we will prosecute you. If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and …

Juan Cole (2021-01-19). Respected Israeli Rights Group B’Tselem declares Israel an Apartheid State. zcomm.org Apartheid is one of the listed “crimes against humanity” along with enslavement, torture, war rape, and forcible deportation. A crime against humanity is the systematic and continuous commission of war crimes…

splcenter (2021-01-19). Susan Corke joins SPLC as new Intelligence Project director. splcenter.org &nbsp…

teleSUR (2021-01-18). Another Indigenous Leader Was Menaced in Colombia. telesurenglish.net Colombia’s Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) on Monday reported on the release of Embera Indigenous leader Jesus Bailarin who was kidnapped by Gaitanista Self-Defense Forces (AGC) paramilitaries on Sunday. | RELATED: | The Indigenous leader was kidnapped at 6.00 pm local time 200 meters from the Pavarando River bridge in the Antioquia department. He was subjected to torture for about one hour and forty minutes. | The param…

Christian Kliver and Nils Melzer (2021-01-18). Mr. Assange never published false information. indybay.org Mr. Assange did not hack or steal any of the information he released. Whether we may agree or disagree with his publications, they can in no way be considered a crime. Prosecuting Mr. Assange would amount to “shooting the ambassador” rather than correcting the problem he exposed.

WSWS (2021-01-18). Australian workers and youth demand freedom for Julian Assange. wsws.org “It has to be a grassroots movement from below to save Assange. A mass movement or mass support for him, rather than trying to appeal to the goodness of Australian politicians’ hearts.”

Mary Louise Wells (2021-01-18). My grandfather was a Nazi. Our family’s story of complicity shows where the road to extremism leads. salon.com Those who downplay a combination of hatred and authoritarianism don’t understand its full destructive powers…

_____ (2021-01-18). Homeless Encampment Evictions Highlight The Cruelty Of Capitalism. popularresistance.org In Canada’s homeless encampments, two faces of state brutality are on display. One is the “organized abandonment” that has relegated hundreds of thousands across Canada to homelessness (at twice the rate as in the United States). The other is the “organized violence” that evicts homeless people from encampments erected in the shadow of the state’s malign neglect. | In Toronto, Canada’s largest and most unequal city, frontline workers estimate there are currently 1,000 to 2,000 people sleeping in dozens of encampments outdoors — several times more than the 400 acknowledged by city officials. Against the advi…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-18). Tunisians protest over growing economic crisis and oppressive state actions. peoplesdispatch.org The protesters were opposing increasing police brutality and the announcement of fresh lockdown measures on Thursday. Protests took place in at least 10 cities across the country…

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