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  • Ex-C.I.A. Officer Suspected of Compromising Chinese Informants Is Arrested

    01/16/2018 9:25:27 PM PST · by keat
    The New York Times ^ | January 16, 2018 | ADAM GOLDMAN
    WASHINGTON — A former C.I.A. officer suspected by investigators of helping China dismantle United States spying operations and identify informants has been arrested, the Justice Department said on Tuesday. ... The counterintelligence investigation into how the Chinese managed to hunt down American agents was a source of friction between the C.I.A. and F.B.I. ... Mr. Lee had previously traveled to the United States in 2012 to live with his family in Virginia. It was during that trip that F.B.I. agents searched his luggage during hotel stays in Hawaii and Virginia and found two small books with handwritten notes that contained...
  • US Senator Cardin releases report of two decades of Putin's attacks on democracy(yada yada barf)

    01/16/2018 8:29:46 PM PST · by John S Mosby · 10 replies
    "“Putin’s Asymmetrical Assault on Democracy in Russia and Europe: Implications for U.S. National Security,” finds that President Trump’s refusal to publicly acknowledge the threat posed by the Russian government has hampered efforts to mobilize our government, strengthen our institutions, and work with our European allies to counter Putin’s interference in democracies abroad. Never before in American history has so clear a threat to national security been so clearly ignored by a U.S. president, and without a strong U.S. response, institutions and elections here and throughout Europe will remain vulnerable to the Kremlin’s aggressive and sophisticated malign influence operations."
  • Nets Ignore New Bribery Indictment in Uranium One-Clinton Scandal

    01/16/2018 7:43:00 PM PST · by Enterprise · 15 replies
    https://www.newsbusters.org ^ | January 15, 2018 | Nicholas Fondacaro
    In an official statement on Friday, the Department of Justice announced the indictment of former Maryland executive Mark Lambert on “11 counts related to foreign bribery, fraud and money laundering scheme.” The indictment effectively tied Lambert to the Uranium One scandal because his alleged illicit activity involved JSC Techsnabexport (TENEX), an arm of Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation which now owns both TENEX and Uranium One. Despite the importance of the new indictment, the major three networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) had been dead silent.
  • Turkish attack on US-backed Kurds in Syria believed imminent

    01/16/2018 7:37:40 PM PST · by Lera · 9 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 1/16/18
    Turkish troops and tanks near the Syrian border are making final plans to attack the US military’s Kurdish partners inside northern Syria as tensions between Ankara and Washington near unprecedented levels. Ahead of a widely expected incursion, the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, threatened to “destroy all terror nests”, a reference to Kurdish forces that the US has used as proxies in the fight against Islamic State (Isis) and Turkey views as a subversive threat.
  • $260 billion ‘cryptocalypse’ as cryptos plunge 30 per cent amid fresh China, South Korea fears

    01/16/2018 7:33:09 PM PST · by RightGeek · 32 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 1/17/2018 | Frank Chung
    THE cryptocurrency market has lost $US206 billion overnight in what traders are describing as a “cryptocalypse”, with bitcoin heading back towards its $US10,000 milestone first reached last November. But it was smaller currencies including ripple, ethereum and bitcoin cash that were the hardest hit in the latest sell-off, which was sparked by fresh fears of a crackdown on virtual currencies by governments in South Korea and China. At the time of writing, ripple was down nearly 50 per cent on the previous day, ethereum had lost nearly 34 per cent of its value, bitcoin cash was down nearly 37 per...
  • Pakistani Access Congressional Computers

    01/16/2018 7:32:56 PM PST · by hardspunned · 3 replies
    Daily Caller | Luke Rosiak
    https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B6EYykewEtgvRVpvRGthaVVNeGIzVDRVaThISWpuc0JIVEln
  • ARMED FEDERAL AGENTS ENTER WAREHOUSE IN PUERTO RICO TO SEIZE HOARDED ELECTRIC EQUIPMENT

    01/16/2018 7:15:29 PM PST · by Enterprise · 31 replies
    https://theintercept.com ^ | January 10 2018 | Kate Aronoff
    ON SATURDAY, A day after becoming aware of a massive store of rebuilding materials being held by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, the U.S. federal government — the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, along with their security detail — entered a Palo Seco warehouse owned by the public utility to claim and distribute the equipment, according to a spokesperson for the Corps. Rumors of a tense standoff had been circulating on the island, but the encounter was confirmed to The Intercept in a statement from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Asked if the...
  • 'Damn … I missed': incredible story when the Queen was nearly shot in New Zealand in 1981.

    01/16/2018 6:16:24 PM PST · by apoliticalone · 18 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | 1-13-2018 | Eleanor Ainge Roy
    The Queen had just stepped out of a Rolls-Royce to greet 3,500 well wishers when a distinctive crack rang out across the grassy reserve. According to former Dunedin police det sgt Tom Lewis (no relation to the shooter), police immediately attempted to disguise the seriousness of the threat, telling the British press the noise was a council sign falling over. Later, under further questioning from reporters, they said someone had been letting off firecrackers nearby. According to Tom Lewis, the then prime minister Robert Muldoon feared if word got out about how close the teenager had come to killing the...
  • UNRWA: U.S. cut 'threatens regional stability'

    01/16/2018 5:08:06 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 22 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/1/18 | Ben Ariel
    UNRWA, the UN agency for “Palestinian refugees” on Tuesday responded to the U.S. decision to cut the funding it provides to the organization by half. "Given the long, trusted, and historic relationship between the United States and UNRWA, this reduced contribution threatens one of the most successful and innovative human development endeavors in the Middle East," said UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krahenbuhl in a statement. “The reduced contribution also impacts regional security at a time when the Middle East faces multiple risks and threats, notably that of further radicalization," he warned. .....
  • Navy files homicide charges against commanders of 2 ships in deadly crashes

    01/16/2018 4:49:47 PM PST · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 16, 2018 | Elizabeth Zwirz
    Two Navy commanders will face negligent homicide charges related to the deadly crashes of two ships off Asia last year, the Navy announced Tuesday. The decision to file charges against service members of the USS Fitzgerald and the USS John S. McCain were decided by Adm. Frank Caldwell, who was given the authority and examined the evidence of what caused the collisions, according to Navy spokesman Capt. Greg Hicks. Former Cmdr. Bryce Benson of the USS Fitzgerald and former Cmdr. Alfredo J. Sanchez of the USS John S. McCain are among those charged...
  • 'We risk our lives for €1.5k a month': French prisons on edge over radicalized inmates

    01/16/2018 4:43:20 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 16 January 2018 15:26 CET+01:00 | AFP/The Local
    Assaults by inmates linked to Islamic extremism prompted a second day of strikes by prison guards across France on Tuesday, casting a spotlight on the challenges of handling radicalized prisoners. The attacks come as French officials test a range of preventive measures after a string of jihadist attacks over the past two years that have left more than 240 people dead. Some of those responsible were involved in Islamist networks in jail. They include Cherif Kouachi, one of the gunmen who attacked satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in January 2015, and his friend Amedy Coulibaly, who killed four at a Jewish...
  • UN chief 'very concerned' over American cut to UNRWA

    01/16/2018 3:49:44 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 51 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/1/18 | Elad Benari
    MainAll NewsMiddle EastUN chief 'very concerned' over American cut to UNRWA UN chief 'very concerned' over American cut to UNRWA Antonio Guterres says UNRWA is "an important factor of stability" in the Middle East. Contact Editor Elad Benari, 17/01/18 00:06 Share Antonio GuterresAntonio GuterresReuters UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Tuesday he was "very concerned" by reports that the U.S. had cut its funding to UNRWA, the UN agency for “Palestinian refugees”, by half. According to AFP, Guterres said he had not been informed of Washington's decision. "I strongly hope that in the end, it will be possible for the...
  • Former CIA officer arrested for keeping classified records

    01/16/2018 2:49:42 PM PST · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 16, 2018 | Jeff Mordock
    Jerry Chun Shing Lee, 53, also known as Zhen Cheng, was arrested after arriving at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York. A naturalized U.S. citizen, he began working for the CIA as a case officer in 1994 and maintained a top-secret clearance, according to a Justice Department announcement. The department alleges that Mr. Lee and his family left Hong Kong to return to the U.S. While traveling back to the United States, Mr. Lee’s family stayed in hotels in Hawaii and Virginia, where FBI agents conducted court-authorized searches of Lee’s room and luggage, the Justice Department said.
  • Obama’s ICE Didn’t Follow Procedure For Checking Illegal Immigrants’ Ties to Terrorism

    01/16/2018 2:36:43 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 16, 2018 | by Elizabeth Harrington
    During the Obama administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement was not following proper procedures when checking if illegal aliens were known terrorists, jeopardizing national security, according to an audit. The office of inspector general found that between 2013 and 2015, ICE was not screening illegal immigrants who had been released for terrorist ties. Every single case of a suspected terrorist reviewed by the inspector general included errors. "ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) faces challenges in implementing the Known or Suspected Terrorist Encounter Protocol (KSTEP) screening process, which is used to identify aliens who may be known or suspected terrorists," the...
  • ‘I wish I had killed more of the mother-------,’ says illegal immigrant accused of killing two cops

    01/16/2018 12:51:34 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 40 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | January 16, 2018 | by Sam Stanton
    Accused cop killer Luis Bracamontes repeatedly interrupted the opening day of his murder trial Tuesday with a barrage of insults and profanity, prompting Sacramento Superior Court Judge Steve White to remove the jury briefly. “I wish I had killed more of the mother-------,” Bracamontes boasted to the jury as prosecutor Rod Norgaard described the 2014 crime spree that killed two area deputies. “I will break out soon and I will kill more, kill whoever gets in front of me...There’s no need for a f------ trial,” he added. That was the latest of several outbursts from the defendant Tuesday, who has...
  • DHS boss hit with 's---' load of questions about President Trump's language [Trump didn't say it.]

    01/16/2018 12:36:24 PM PST · by familyop · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 16, 2018 | Joseph Weber
    “Sir, respectfully, I have answered this question repeatedly,” Nielsen finally told Connecticut Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who was at least the third lawmaker to raise the issue.“I have nothing further to say about it.” She acknowledged several times that the meeting, aimed at reaching a bipartisan immigration deal, was “very impassioned” and said several of the lawmakers including Trump used “tough language.” However, she said she did not hear Trump use the racially-tinged word or words attributed to him.
  • Hungarian Patriots & An Internationalist Betrayal of America

    01/16/2018 12:19:13 PM PST · by Ohioan · 5 replies
    Truth Based Logic ^ | January 15, 2018 | William Flax
    Last November, Breitbart reported that a State Department Charge' d' Affaires, David Kostelancik, had awarded $700,000 to Hungarian media hostile to their Conservative Government, in order to promote "democracy and human rights programming," ahead of next spring's Hungarian election. The obvious intent, in the arrogant intrusion, being to punish Hungarians for refusing to allow their country to be invaded by "immigrants" with no ties to traditional Hungarian values. The report detailed the logical anger, of the Hungarian Government, at Kostelancik's flagrant attempt to meddle in their internal affairs. It also described the same rogue diplomat's previously expressed attack on President...
  • Northwest Immigrant Activist Says She Faces Deportation

    01/16/2018 12:04:43 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 55 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | January 16, 2018
    SEATTLE - A longtime activist for illegal immigrants in the Northwest says she herself is now facing deportation. Maru Mora-Villalpando, a native of Mexico City who has been in the U.S. for more than 25 years, said Tuesday that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has given her a notice to appear before an immigration judge. She says she believes ICE is targeting her because of her activism. She leads an organization called Northwest Detention Center Resistance, which was created in 2014 when detainees at the privately run immigration detention facility in Tacoma began a series of hunger strikes to protest...
  • U.S. oil industry set to break record, upend global trade

    01/16/2018 11:46:58 AM PST · by BeauBo · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | JANUARY 16, 2018 | Liz Hampton
    Surging shale production is poised to push U.S. oil output to more than 10 million barrels per day - toppling a record set in 1970 and crossing a threshold few could have imagined even a decade ago. And this new record, expected within days, likely won’t last long. The U.S. government forecasts that the nation’s production will climb to 11 million barrels a day by late 2019, a level that would rival Russia, the world’s top producer.
  • Dear President Trump: Churchill would have been a climate leader

    01/16/2018 11:08:23 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 65 replies
    CNN ^ | January 16, 2018 | By Sir Nicholas Soames
    There could be no starker illustration of the profound differences that exist between Washington and London -- despite alignment on many other issues -- than comments this week by our two leaders on climate change and the environment. For President Trump, the Paris Agreement is a bad deal that will close US businesses -- perhaps even has closed some already. Meanwhile, in London last week, Prime Minister Theresa May was launching the UK's 25-year Plan for Nature. Its flagship pledge is to "leave the environment in a better state than we found it". The evidence is entirely against the world...