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13.01.2020 - 20:33 [ theHill.com ]

Fox’s Wallace presses O’Brien on contradiction between Trump threat claims, briefing

“It does seem to be a contradiction. He’s telling Laura Ingraham [about imminent attacks], but in a 75-minute classified briefing, your top national security people never mentioned this to members of Congress. Why not?” Wallace asked O’Brien on “Fox News Sunday.”

“I wasn’t at the briefing, and I don’t know how the Q&A went back and forth. Sometimes it depends on the questions that were asked or how they were phrased,” O’Brien said.

13.01.2020 - 19:44 [ theHill.com ]

Esper: Gang of 8 ‚did not think‘ further intelligence on Iranian threat should be shared with Congress

Esper said that he was not in the room briefing the top intelligence lawmakers, but said he spoke to one of the briefers afterward.

“His assessment was …

04.01.2020 - 13:34 [ Daily Beast ]

Trump’s Biggest Fox News Boosters Suddenly Stop Railing Against ‘Deep State’ Intelligence

Incessant Fox griping over the “deep state” has been replaced by sober pleas that the U.S. intelligence community’s findings should be taken seriously.

31.12.2019 - 23:55 [ theGrayzone.com ]

The spooks’ choice: Coup plotters and CIA agents fill Pete Buttigieg’s list of national security endorsers

Why are so many intelligence veterans throwing their weight behind a young Indiana mayor with such a thin foreign policy resume?

18.12.2019 - 16:11 [ theHill.com ]

The Memo: Trump era flips script on views of intelligence agencies

Republicans — historically the strongest defenders of the national security apparatus — complain about abuse of power and the malignant influence of a so-called ‘Deep State.’

Democrats — traditionally more skeptical of the intelligence community — insist that the agencies are virtually beyond reproach.

On Monday, President Trump retweeted someone who called the FBI and the media “a criminal organization” and “tyrants.”

18.12.2019 - 15:22 [ Fox News / Youtube ]

Nunes: Democrats have put people in ‚tremendous danger‘

(15.12.2019)

California Congressman Devin Nunes, Republican ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee demands Schiff to call on IG Horowitz to testify before House Intelligence Committee.

18.12.2019 - 15:01 [ Fox News ]

FISA court slams FBI over surveillance applications, in rare public order

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has dealt with some of the most sensitive matters of national security: terror threats and espionage. Its work, for the most part, cannot be examined by the American public, by order of Congress and the president. Its work has been mostly secret, its structure largely one-sided.

„The most unusual thing is that there is a body of law that the court has created, but as a practitioner that is part of that law, we have between zero and some very limited knowledge of what that law is,“ Michael Sussmann, a former Justice Department prosecutor and current private attorney in the consumer and computer-privacy field, told Fox News. „But, it’s the fact that there is a secret law and a secret body of law that makes it the most vexing.“

18.12.2019 - 13:20 [ Donald J. Trump, President of the United States / Twitter ]

So, if Comey & the top people in the FBI were dirty cops and cheated on the FISA Court, wouldn’t all of these phony cases have to be overturned or dismissed? They went after me with the Fake Dossier, paid for by Crooked Hillary & the DNC, which they illegally presented to FISA…

(today)

….They want to Impeach me (I’m not worried!), and yet they were all breaking the law in so many ways. How can they do that and yet impeach a very successful (Economy Plus) President of the United States, who has done nothing wrong? These people are Crazy!
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18.12.2019 - 12:49 [ Washington Post ]

Surveillance court demands answers from FBI for errors, omissions in Trump campaign investigation

(today)

The inspector general concluded that central to the FBI’s court applications for surveillance of Page were a set of allegations provided by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele. The Steele dossier, as it came to be known, contained allegations against Trump, Page and other Trump associates, and those allegations have been the subject of intense political fighting since they became public in early 2017.

18.12.2019 - 12:30 [ New York Times ]

A Surveillance Net Blankets China’s Cities, Giving Police Vast Powers

The authorities can scan your phones, track your face and find out when you leave your home. One of the world’s biggest spying networks is aimed at regular people, and nobody can stop it.

18.12.2019 - 06:18 [ theHill.com ]

Judge blasts FBI over misleading info for surveillance of Trump campaign adviser

„The FBI’s handling of the Carter Page applications, as portrayed in the OIG report, was antithetical to the heightened duty of candor described above,“ Rosemary Collyer, presiding judge with the FISC, wrote in the order released by the court.

The judge gave the FBI until Jan. 10 to provide the court a sworn statement detailing how it plans to overhaul its approach to future surveillance applications.

15.12.2019 - 18:04 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson plans radical overhaul of civil service to guarantee ‚people’s Brexit‘

Boris Johnson is plotting a dramatic overhaul of Whitehall after his landslide election victory, in a drive to demonstrate that the Government “works for the people”.

Dominic Cummings, Mr Johnson’s chief aide, is to spearhead plans for radical reforms to the civil service, including a review of the processes for hiring and firing officials, to ensure Whitehall delivers the Prime Minister’s agenda.

12.12.2019 - 09:21 [ New York Times ]

We Just Got a Rare Look at National Security Surveillance. It Was Ugly.

At more than 400 pages, the study amounted to the most searching look ever at the government’s secretive system for carrying out national-security surveillance on American soil. And what the report showed was not pretty.

The Justice Department’s independent inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, and his team uncovered a staggeringly dysfunctional and error-ridden process in how the F.B.I. went about obtaining and renewing court permission under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, to wiretap Carter Page, a former Trump campaign adviser.

10.12.2019 - 16:40 [ theGrayzone.com ]

Russiagate media smears against Corbyn brought to you by US and UK military-intelligence apparatus

Days before Britain’s historic election, the UK’s military-intelligence apparatus is turning to the corporate media and US government-funded NATO cut-outs to smear Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn with evidence-free Russiagate allegations.

13.11.2019 - 08:05 [ MSNBC ]

Biden endorsed by 133 former national security officials from 7 different administrations

Former VP Joe Biden and his campaign are touting the endorsement of over 130 national security, foreign service and military officials who have served across seven different administrations.

19.10.2019 - 10:25 [ Daily Mail ]

Pentagon DELETES files about Osama bin Laden raid after transferring them to CIA where they can’t be made public

(08.07.2013)

– Military files about the Navy SEAL raid on Osama bin Laden’s hideout have been purged from Pentagon computers
– Associated Press requested information on the raid some 20 times in 2011 but requests were rejected
– A line in an inspector general’s draft report states the files were purged from the defense department to another government department to prevent certain information about the raid being made public
– The sentence was removed from the final report released weeks ago

03.10.2019 - 11:55 [ LA Times ]

The ‘deep state,’ Trump’s go-to enemy, fights back

President Trump has spent nearly three years trying to bend the vast federal bureaucracy to his whims and demands, pushing out dissenters at the top levels while molding a Cabinet that caters to his obsessions as well as his political agenda.

The whistleblower complaint that helped launch the impeachment storm engulfing Washington is the starkest example yet that Trump has not prevailed.

At least some of the civil servants who make government work — law enforcement officials, intelligence operatives and others he derisively calls the “deep state” — are fighting back.

01.10.2019 - 16:17 [ Korea Times ]

Yoon abolishes prosecution’s special investigation units

President Moon pledged to reform the prosecution to reduce its power during his election campaign.

While Cho was tapped as the justice minister to carry out the reform, the prosecution launched a massive investigation into allegations involving him and his family. The investigation has been seen by Cheong Wa Dae as a show of resistance to reform.

28.09.2019 - 10:26 [ Washington Post ]

‘Almost a spy’: Transcript and video of Trump’s remarks at private U.N. event about whistleblower

„So the whistleblower came out and said nothing. Said: ‘A couple of people told me he had a conversation with Ukraine.’ We’re at war. These people are sick. They’re sick. And nobody’s called it out like I do. I don’t understand. People are afraid to call it out. They’re afraid to say that the press is crooked. We have a crooked press. We have a dishonest media. So now they’re devastated, but they’ll always find something. I’m sure there’ll be something they’ll find in this report that will suit their lie. But basically that person never saw the report, never saw the call. Never saw the call. Heard something, and decided that he or she or whoever the hell it is — sort of like, almost, a spy.“

28.09.2019 - 09:48 [ Washington Post ]

I listened to dozens of Obama’s calls. Trump knows that’s perfectly normal.

As a former intelligence officer who was detailed to the White House Situation Room, I listened to more of President Barack Obama’s calls with world leaders than I can remember. I would often joke with friends about trying to make small talk with German Chancellor Angela Merkel while she waited for Obama to come to the line. More somberly, I remember speaking with Zelensky’s predecessor, Petro Poroshenko, moments after he learned of the downing of the Malaysia Airlines passenger plane in Ukraine in the early days of his government. Sometimes, our foreign counterparts would put us on the line with their chief executives before Obama was ready; we’d greet them and explain why there was a delay.

28.09.2019 - 08:53 [ PRI.org ]

Spies and the White House have a history of running wild without congressional oversight

For decades now, the evolving role of congressional oversight of US intelligence has involved major clashes and scandals, from the Iran-Contra affair of the 1980s to the intelligence abuses that led to the 2003 war in Iraq.

Central to all of these clashes are attempts by intelligence agencies, the president and the executive branch to withhold damning information from Congress. Another common element is the use of civilians to carry out presidential or intelligence agency agendas.

25.08.2019 - 07:43 [ Telegraph..co.uk ]

Boris is serious about a deal, but the Brussels Eurocrats still want to punish the British ‘deserters’

Even the civil servants seem suddenly to be standing straighter. After three years of immobilism, dreariness and funk, the Government is again exuding purpose.

19.08.2019 - 16:59 [ Ansa.it ]

Salvini ‚unreliable‘ says M5S

The next formal step in the government crisis is Premier Giuseppe Conte’s address to the Senate Tuesday, after which he may go to President Sergio Mattarella and resign rather than facing a League no confidence motion, which may not now be filed. Meanwhile two-time former centre-left premier Romano Prodi, a PD grandee, called for a „long-lasting coalition government“ possibly also including Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right Forza Italia (FI) party.

09.08.2019 - 14:47 [ Ansa.it ]

Italian economy minister hails ‚historic‘ banking deal

A proposed new agreement on dealing with failing banks, hammered out in a lengthy meeting of finance ministers, was headed for a summit of European leaders on Thursday. Described as an „historic achievement“ by Italian Economy Minister Fabrizio Saccomanni, the single-resolution mechanism (SRM) agency is designed to prevent failures like the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008. Ban

29.07.2019 - 19:24 [ Military.com ]

US Troops Want to Keep Deploying to Afghanistan, Enlisted Leaders Say

Other senior enlisted leaders at the briefings echoed Metheny, stating that the chance to deploy overseas in the nation’s defense is a motivating factor for those who join.

Army Command Sgt. Maj. John Troxell, the senior enlisted adviser to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said troops in Afghanistan are committed to bringing stability to a region in turmoil, even after 18 years of war. „They’re still executing the mission they’ve been given,“ he said.

27.07.2019 - 11:11 [ Telegraph ]

To call the EU’s bluff, Boris Johnson must grasp he is dealing with a bureaucratic psychopath

Great strategists are unpredictable strategists. So it has been exhilarating to watch Boris Johnson hurl the lightning bolts of shock-and-awe regime change through Britain’s May-grey political skies with such unexpected ruthlessness. Since becoming PM, he has surprised everyone from paranoid Brexiteers to complacent centrists by forming a serious no-deal Cabinet and bellowing for the “abolition” of the backstop from the despatch box.

Of course, such unpredictability is anathema to homo bureaucratus, that snarling, slow-witted behemoth in Brussels that Mr Johnson must take on.

24.04.2019 - 16:59 [ Irish Times ]

Top Sri Lankan officials withheld intelligence on attacks -minister

He said information on possible suicide attacks on churches, hotels and politicians were received from Indian intelligence on April 4th and a Security Council meeting was chaired by president Maithripala Sirisena on April 7th, but the information was not shared more widely.
“Somebody is controlling these top intelligence officials,” the minister said. “The Security Council is doing politics. We need to investigate into this.”

08.12.2018 - 12:21 [ Paul Embery, firefighter. Trade union official. Socialist. Pro-Brexit ‏/ Twitter ]

A European Spring is what we need. Against austerity. Against globalism. Against technocracy. Against liberal elitism. Bring a yellow vest.

28.10.2018 - 15:08 [ France24.com ]

Syria rejects UN plan on constitution committee: envoy

The special envoy has been working since January on the make-up of a committee to thrash out a new constitution and which would have 150 members: 50 proposed by the Syrian regime, 50 by the opposition and 50 by the UN, to include representatives of civil society and technical experts.

28.10.2018 - 14:58 [ waarmedia.com ]

Russia, Germany, Turkey, France leaders meet discussed constitution, victory, return, vote in Syria

I think that an increasing number of participants in the settlement process serves this well. In essence, it was initially a proposal by the French president to join efforts of the Small Group and Astana process. That was actively supported by the Turkish president who initiated today’s meeting. I think it has served well,” Putin said.

Asked about chances for a second summit of Russia, Germany, France and Turkey on Syria, Putin answered that the sides “has not negotiated this yet, but everything is possible.”

23.08.2018 - 09:49 [ Consortium News ]

US Intel Vets Dispute Russia Hacking Claims

(12.12.2016) we draw on decades of senior-level experience – with emphasis on cyber-intelligence and security – to cut through uninformed, largely partisan fog. Far from hiding behind anonymity, we are proud to speak out with the hope of gaining an audience appropriate to what we merit – given our long labors in government and other areas of technology. And corny though it may sound these days, our ethos as intelligence professionals remains, simply, to tell it like it is – without fear or favor.

We have gone through the various claims about hacking. For us, it is child’s play to dismiss them. The email disclosures in question are the result of a leak, not a hack.

23.08.2018 - 09:46 [ CBS News ]

FBI, DNI back CIA judgment that Russia meddled in election and favored Trump

(16.12.2016) “Earlier this week, I met separately with (Director) FBI James Comey and DNI Jim Clapper, and there is strong consensus among us on the scope, nature, and intent of Russian interference in our presidential election,” Brennan wrote, U.S. intelligence sources confirmed. “The three of us also agree that our organizations, along with others, need to focus on completing the thorough review of this issue that has been directed by President Obama and which is being led by the DNI.”

24.07.2018 - 13:40 [ Washington Post ]

TOP SECRET AMERICA: National Security Inc.

(Juli 2010) The Post investigation uncovered what amounts to an alternative geography of the United States, a Top Secret America created since 9/11 that is hidden from public view, lacking in thorough oversight and so unwieldy that its effectiveness is impossible to determine.

It is also a system in which contractors are playing an ever more important role. The Post estimates that out of 854,000 people with top-secret clearances, 265,000 are contractors. There is no better example of the government’s dependency on them than at the CIA, the one place in government that exists to do things overseas that no other U.S. agency is allowed to do.

(…)

Most of these contractors do work that is fundamental to an agency’s core mission. As a result, the government has become dependent on them in a way few could have foreseen: wartime temps who have become a permanent cadre.

29.05.2018 - 12:04 [ Arirang News / Youtube ]

Delegations from North Korea, U.S. in Singapore for talks on potential summit

Meanwhile, as North Korea and the U.S. work to set up their summit next month, tentatively set for June 12th in Singapore, officials from both sides are said to now be in the city-state… for talks on the practicalities of the summit — things like protocol and logistics. Our Lee Ji-won has the latest.

28.05.2018 - 17:19 [ Seattle Times ]

Ex-IMF official tapped to head Italy firmly backs euro

The man tapped to head a neutral government in Italy after two populists failed in their bid is a former official at the International Monetary Fund who is a firm believer in the euro and in the necessity of Italy cutting its stubbornly high-debt load.

28.05.2018 - 16:43 [ Ansa.it ]

No one contemplated euro exit-Salvini

„No one ever thought about quitting the euro,“ Salvini told Radio Capital.
„It wasn’t in our programmes, it wasn’t in Savona’s programme.
„There was just the revision of the banking system and the taxes“.

28.05.2018 - 16:38 [ Ansa.it ]

Salvini gives no comment on impeachment

„I’m not speaking about that,“ Salvini said when asked about a possible impeachment.

28.05.2018 - 16:36 [ Ansa.iit ]

Impeachment talk irresponsible-Berluscon

„At a time like this, everyone’s first duty is to defend the savings of the Italian people, safeguarding our country’s families and companies“ Berlusconi said.

28.05.2018 - 16:31 [ Ansa.it ]

PD backs Mattarella

The centre-left Democratic Party (PD) on Sunday backed President Sergio Matterella after his controversial rejection the nomination of Paolo Savona as economy minister.
„The League and the 5-Star Movement are using unheard of words and unprecedented threats,“ caretaker PD leader Maurizio Martina said via Twitter.

28.05.2018 - 16:20 [ Bloomberg ]

Italy’s Establishment Vetoes the Populists

Italy’s two populist leaders forged a coalition from very different policy platforms. They found a prime minister that both could accept. Then President Sergio Mattarella vetoed their finance minister and their bid for power foundered, unleashing chaos and rage in equal measure in Rome.

28.05.2018 - 16:19 [ Euractiv.com ]

Technocrat PM to take over in Italy as President steps in to protect the euro

Shortly afterwards, he summoned former International Monetary Fund (IMF) senior official Carlo Cottarelli for a Monday morning meeting — an indication he may be considering asking him to head a government of unelected technocrats.

28.05.2018 - 16:09 [ Ansa.it ]

Impeachment Mattarella – Di Maio

5-Star Movement (M5S) leader Luigi Di Maio said Sunday that President Sergio Mattarella should be impeached after he rejected the nomination of Paolo Savona as economy minister.
„(What) if we have elections and we win and the we go to the president’s palace and they say we cannot form a government?“ Di Maio said on a telephone interview with RAI show ‚Che Tempo Che Fa‘.

07.05.2018 - 19:56 [ Reuters ]

Italy’s 5-star says will not back technocrat government

Speaking to reporters after meeting with President Sergio Mattarella, Luigi Di Maio said if it is not possible to put together a government based on a political deal between 5-Star and the far-right League, then a snap repeat election should be held.