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16.02.2020 - 14:14 [ John Panzer, Silicon Valley & California native / Twitter ]

“The DNC ordered and paid for a security audit of the software, which was completed by NCC Group, a Britain-based cybersecurity firm.

Out of the review, which also involved threat assessment conducted with the national party as well as officials in Iowa… … and Nevada, came directions to guard the name of the vendor, and to take the software live as late as possible to prevent it from getting into the hands of hackers, according to multiple people who participated or had knowledge of the exercises.”

16.02.2020 - 14:09 [ Washington Post ]

How the Iowa caucuses came ‘crashing down,’ under the watchful eye of the DNC

The DNC ordered and paid for a security audit of the software, which was completed by NCC Group, a Britain-based cybersecurity firm. Out of the review, which also involved threat assessment conducted with the national party as well as officials in Iowa and Nevada, came directions to guard the name of the vendor, and to take the software live as late as possible to prevent it from getting into the hands of hackers, according to multiple people who participated or had knowledge of the exercises.

14.02.2020 - 15:12 [ ABC News ]

Pompeo makes 1st trip to Africa in bid to reassert US as leading partner

„The challenge that Pompeo’s facing in Africa is explaining the contradictory messages coming from Washington,“ said Witney Schneidman, a fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Africa Growth Initiative. „It’s the lack of attention that’s been paid. It’s the fact that (former national security adviser John) Bolton rolled out this Africa strategy 14 months ago, and since then, very little has been accomplished where many other nations have moved forward.“

14.02.2020 - 13:27 [ Washington Post ]

EU officials push for bloc to enforce Libya arms embargo

One European diplomat said there was agreement among the bloc’s 27 members to strengthen U.N. monitoring of the embargo, but not on the issue of dispatching naval assets.

The diplomat, who was not authorized to speak publicly, said Austria has objected to putting naval ships back into the Mediterranean, and issue that would likely come up at the annual Munich Security Conference over the weekend.

13.02.2020 - 17:51 [ Wired.com ]

U.S. Military Taught Officers: Use ‚Hiroshima‘ Tactics for ‚Total War‘ on Islam

(18.05.2012)

International laws protecting civilians in wartime are „no longer relevant,“ Dooley continues. And that opens the possibility of applying „the historical precedents of Dresden, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Nagasaki“ to Islam’s holiest cities, and bringing about „Mecca and Medina[’s] destruction.“

Dooley’s ideological allies have repeatedly stated that „mainstream“ Muslims are dangerous, because they’re „violent“ by nature.

13.02.2020 - 17:22 [ FiveThirtyEight.com ]

Americans Were Already Primed To Distrust Elections. Then Came Iowa.

When the Iowa caucuses went to hell in a handbasket last week, they probably took some of Americans’ last morsels of trust in the political system down too. But when I asked political scientists and psychologists about the impact of the bungled caucuses on overall political cynicism, they, by and large, weren’t particularly concerned. The vast majority of voters probably won’t care all that much, they said;

13.02.2020 - 15:24 [ Spectator ]

Sajid Javid quits as No. 10 takes control

Sunak has long been seen as a rising star and is the person in the Treasury who No. 10 preferred to deal with. Sunak will be helped by the new No. 10/No. 11 special adviser unit. Sunak is a Brexiteer who has good relations both with the Prime Minister and his team. One insider suggests that their relationship will be a friendly one similar to that of David Cameron and George Osborne. What’s clear is that today’s changes mean No. 10 has taken control.

13.02.2020 - 15:12 [ Daily Mail ]

Sajid RESIGNS after refusing to let Dominic Cummings sack his staff: Javid quits saying he won’t be ‚Chancellor in name only‘ during extraordinary showdown with Boris Johnson

Although Mr Cummings was not in the room during fraught discussions with Mr Johnson, sources said it was ‚obvious‘ who was behind the move.

Following more than an hour of frantic wrangling, Mr Javid finally resigned in protest.

‚The prime minister said he had to fire all his special advisers and replace them with Number 10 special advisers to make it one team,‘ a source close to Mr Javid said.

13.02.2020 - 15:00 [ The Telegraph / Youtube ]

Sajid Javid resigns as Chancellor amid Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle

Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid has resigned from his role in Boris Johnson’s cabinet.

It is believed Mr Javid was asked to stay on in his role, but resigned in protest at being asked to fire all his advisors.

Rishi Sunak has been appointed as the new Chancellor.

13.02.2020 - 12:30 [ MSNBC ]

Experts warn democracies facing autocracy: Protect your institutions

Rachel Maddow looks at what has turned out to be prescient advice from Masha Gessen and Timothy Snyder about the necessity of institutions in preserving democracy, and the necessity of engaged citizens in protecting those institutions from a threatening autocracy like the Donald Trump presidency.

05.02.2020 - 00:10 [ theGrayzone.com ]

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

(30.12.2019)

These questions continue to loom large over the 2020 Democratic primary field: Who is Pete Buttigieg? And what is he doing here?

Seemingly overnight, the once obscure mayor of Indiana’s fourth-largest city was vaulted to national prominence, with his campaign coffers stuffed with big checks from billionaire benefactors.

27.01.2020 - 07:46 [ theGrayzone.com ]

Woke wonk Elizabeth Warren’s foreign policy team is stacked with pro-war swamp creatures

Of the 35 people listed as advising Warren, including Baker, nine have spent time at the Pentagon and 13 at the State Department.

Most others have spent time at the big four Democratic foreign policy think tanks, with six from the Center for American Progress (CAP), three from the Century Foundation, five from the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), and five from the Truman Project. Meanwhile, three members of the team worked at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) or the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Washington’s two main vehicles for funding regime change activity.

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 …

09.01.2020 - 16:21 [ NBC News ]

Pence says sharing intel with Congress could ‚compromise‘ sources

On NBC’s „TODAY,“ Pence told Savannah Guthrie that the administration could not provide Congress with some of the „most compelling“ intelligence behind the administration’s decision to kill Soleimani because doing so „could compromise sources and methods.“

09.01.2020 - 16:00 [ Bloomberg ]

As Mideast Tensions Flare, Trump Finds Solace in New Adviser

(06.01.2019)

O’Brien was celebrating the holidays in Pasadena, California, more than two thousand miles from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. Other key aides including Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney consulted with the president remotely, but a government jet was dispatched to fetch O’Brien and bring him to Palm Beach for the strike on Qassam Soleimani.

09.01.2020 - 15:57 [ Washington Post ]

How Trump decided to kill a top Iranian general

(03.01.2019)

Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in a meeting with reporters Friday that Soleimani was killed after U.S. officials recently became aware of intelligence that showed the “size, scale, scope” of what he was planning, which led them to conclude that there was a greater risk in not taking action than in doing so.

09.01.2020 - 15:08 [ MSNBC ]

Pres. Trump, advisers face mounting pressure to justify Soleimani attack intel

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that no lives were lost after Iran fired ballistic missiles at two Iraqi bases housing U.S. and coalition forces overnight. Trump said the U.S. would add new sanctions on Iran, but seemed to seek de-escalation. Meanwhile, Trump and his advisers are facing more pressure to provide justification for the airstrike that assassinated Iranian Gen. Soleimani. Senators and congressmembers found a Wednesday intelligence briefing to be wholly insufficient.

06.01.2020 - 18:37 [ Politico.com ]

Defense secretary’s chief of staff to step down

He joined the Pentagon in 2017 as deputy assistant secretary for industrial policy from McKinsey & Company, a management consulting firm where he specialized in the aerospace industry.

Then-acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan tapped Chewning as his chief of staff in January 2019 after the departure of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. Chewning continued to serve in that role when then-Navy Secretary Richard Spencer stepped in temporarily as acting Pentagon chief while Esper, who was serving as Army secretary, awaited confirmation from the Senate. Chewning then stayed on when Esper took over in July.

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?

22.12.2019 - 19:10 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Stav Shaffir preparing to run on her own in Green Party

“I am calling for open primaries for the list, which would bring new energy to the camp and enable setting the list according to the will of the public and not a political deal among political hacks. I will continue to fight for our constituents who believed in our path to be represented in the Knesset.”

But just in case, Shaffir hired campaign staff in order to run independently as head of the Green Party, which would also include former Zionist Union MK Yael Cohen-Paran.

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 - 20:04 [ Politicshome.com ]

Dad of London Bridge victim says Boris Johnson ‘didn’t see tragedy, he saw opportunity’

The father of one of the London Bridge terror attack victims has accused Boris Johnson of using his son’s death as „an opportunity to score some points in the election“.

10.12.2019 - 19:54 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

General Election 2019: Jeremy Corbyn victory would bring ‚Hamas-backing, IRA-supporting‘ prime minister, says Boris Johnson

A victory for Jeremy Corbyn on Thursday would see the UK led by a „Hamas-backing, IRA-supporting, anti-Semitism condoning appeaser of the Kremlin,“ Boris Johnson has declared.

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.

27.11.2019 - 09:55 [ theHill.com ]

Ex-Clinton strategist met with Trump to talk impeachment

“I am not working for Donald Trump in any way and I would never do so — either paid or unpaid. I’ve been dozens of times on TV about events of the day and that was the extent of my comments,” Penn continued. “I think the country needs all our leaders to focus on governing.”

Penn reportedly encouraged Trump to focus on the substance of the allegations against him related to his interactions with Ukraine, which are the focus of the House impeachment inquiry.

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

15.10.2019 - 18:46 [ CNN ]

Interstellar comet fits right in with our solar system

At the end of August, amateur astronomer Gennady Borisov spotted a new comet while at the MARGO observatory in Crimea. The amateur astronomer used a 0.65-meter telescope he built and saw something that resembled a comet with a short tail.

Observations by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Solar System Dynamics Group have supported that …

12.10.2019 - 01:52 [ Reuters ]

Top aide to U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo resigns

“I protect every single State Department employee,” Pompeo said. “When the State Department employees are doing things right, when they’re behaving in ways that are consistent with the rule of law and working on President Trump’s and America’s mission, I’ll always stand with them; I’ll always have their back.”

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 - 17:46 [ Sputnik ]

Israeli Defence Engineer Reveals Why Saudi Defences Failed to Repel Aramco Attacks

He elaborated that no „fancy“ systems are needed for this and that the quite simple and battle-proven Russian Pantsir S1 (NATO reporting name SA-22 Greyhound) systems with dual 2A38M 30 millimetre automatic cannons equipped with infrared direction finders would do the trick. Russia has been successfully using Pantsirs to repel frequent massive drone attacks on its Hmeymim base in Syria carried out by local militant groups.

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.

22.09.2019 - 13:32 [ New York Times ]

An Abrupt Move That Stunned Aides: Inside Trump’s Aborted Attack on Iran

Why Mr. Trump suddenly latched onto the estimate at this point rather than when casualties were discussed at the earlier meeting remains a mystery to many officials. Some assumed he was influenced by Mr. Carlson or other allies that his re-election would be jeopardized and was looking for cover.

But when the decision came, Mr. Pence, Mr. Pompeo and Mr. Bolton were all out of the White House, and the president did not call them for input. Instead, he told the Pentagon to call off the attack.

01.09.2019 - 08:04 [ New York Times ]

A Very German Idea of Freedom: Nude Ping-Pong, Nude Sledding, Nude Just About Anything

“It’s all about freedom,” said John C. Kornblum, a former United States ambassador to Germany, who has lived here on and off since the 1960s, and was once shouted at by a naked German for not taking off his swimming shorts in a whirlpool.

“Germans are both afraid of freedom and deeply desire it,” Mr. Kornblum said. “But hierarchy and rules are so embedded that direct political or social dissonance is simply not thinkable.”

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.

30.06.2019 - 09:21 [ H.M. So / Twitter ]

Tucker Carlson? Yes it is! Fox News‘ @TuckerCarlson spotted at historic meeting between US President Trump, North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and South Korea’s Moon. #trump #northkorea #dprk #southkorea #korea #Panmunjom

22.06.2019 - 17:37 [ ELINT News ‏/ Twitter ]

#BREAKING: President Trump says he’s going to Camp David for ‘consultations’ on Iran

22.06.2019 - 16:38 [ Spectator ]

WATCH: Tucker Carlson calls John Bolton a ‘bureaucratic tape worm’

„This is Washington in a nutshell: Blunder into obvious catastrophes, refuse to admit blame, and demand more of the same. That’s the John Bolton lifecycle. In between administration jobs, there are always cushy think-tank posts, paid speaking gigs, and cable news appearances. War may be a disaster for America, but for John Bolton and his fellow neocons, it’s always good business.“

22.06.2019 - 09:10 [ New York Times ]

Urged to Launch an Attack, Trump Listened to the Skeptics Who Said It Would Be a Costly Mistake

“The president got some additional information that the Iranian national leaders were frustrated or furious with the tactical commander who made the decision to shoot down the American drone,” General Keane said in an interview. Among those who were said to be angry, he said, was Qassim Suleimani, the powerful commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force.

General Keane said it was unclear whether the commander who ordered the downing of the drone was operating within his authority or was a rogue figure. But either way, he said, it impressed upon Mr. Trump that he would be risking a dangerous escalation over what was not intended to be an attack by Iran’s top leaders.

20.06.2019 - 01:35 [ U.S. State Department ]

United States Special Representative for Iran and Senior Advisor to the Secretary Brian Hook Travels to the Middle East and Europe

Special Representative Hook will then travel to Europe for consultations with the E3 on June 27. He will meet in Paris, France, with counterparts from the United Kingdom, Germany, and France to discuss a range of issues concerning the Iranian regime.

16.06.2019 - 14:12 [ rt.com ]

Could John Bolton soon be SACKED? Will it avert Iran war? Former CIA agent Kiriakou positive on both

Hawkish National Security Advisor John Bolton has steered the Trump administration towards multiple conflicts. However, CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou tells RT he’s learned that Bolton’s days in the White House may be numbered.

14.06.2019 - 08:41 [ Regierung des Vereinigten Königreichs - gov.uk ]

Iran: statement on expert talks from E3 Ambassadors

The British, French and German Ambassadors to Iran welcomed representatives from INSTEX and E3 technical experts to Tehran this week for discussions with the relevant Iranian experts and counterparts. These discussions, funded by the EU TAIEX instrument, have helped to advance our collective efforts to ensure trade with Iran that is compliant with EU and international law can continue, including through the special purpose vehicle “INSTEX”.

We understand the economic pressure the Iranian people are facing. We are committed to working with Iran to deliver INSTEX’s first transaction as quickly as possible.

11.06.2019 - 14:37 [ The Sudan Tribune ]

U.S. administration to appoint special adviser for Sudan

Former U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan Donald Booth will be appointed as Special Adviser on Sudan to Tibor Nagy the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, reported The Foreign Policy Magazine on Monday evening.

01.06.2019 - 08:39 [ Cas Mudde / Twitter ]

Stephen Miller is 100 times more important than Steve Bannon (ever was), yet Steve Bannon gets 100 times more media attention than Stephen Miller. The explanation? Bannon approaches the media, Miller does not. Lazy journalism has political consequences!

01.06.2019 - 08:36 [ Washington Post ]

Before Trump’s purge at DHS, top officials challenged plan for mass family arrests

(13.05.2019)

Senior Trump adviser Stephen Miller and ICE Deputy Director Matthew Albence were especially supportive of the plan, officials said, eager to execute dramatic, highly visible mass arrests that they argued would help deter the soaring influx of families.

01.06.2019 - 08:32 [ Washington Post ]

Trump defies close advisers in deciding to threaten Mexico with disruptive tariffs

The arguments against the tariffs — voiced internally by Kushner, Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin — did little to dissuade Trump, and Kushner was asked to call Mexican officials to inform them of the impending threat.

After the Wednesday night meeting in the Oval Office, the tariff order was finalized by the White House counsel and the office of Stephen Miller, a senior White House adviser and immigration hard-liner who oversees domestic policy.

26.05.2019 - 07:19 [ Liam Fox / Telegraph ]

We need a clearout of No 10 to replace advisers harbouring doubts over Brexit

The Conservative party is to have a new leader and the UK is to have a new Prime Minister. Theresa May behaved with dignity, good grace and honour in pursuing the national interest. Her successor will face many of the same obstacles but they will also have huge opportunities.

10.05.2019 - 17:16 [ CNBC ]

What trade war? China stocks jump after tariff hike

Acknowledging that continued talks on Friday stateside will be „positive,“ Nick Marro, analyst at the Economist Intelligence Unit, said …

09.05.2019 - 12:08 [ Spectator ]

Train your brain: How to keep your mind young

in the past decade, with the help of MRI scans and experiments on mice and monkeys, neuroscientists have demonstrated comprehensively that the human brain remains plastic throughout life. Like Victorian cartographers, they have mapped the landscape of the brain to show that old dogs can learn new tricks — and in fact they must, to keep in shape.

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.”

29.03.2019 - 10:50 [ Metro.co.uk ]

There is mysterious ‘undocumented technology’ hidden on Intel computer chips, researchers say

Computer experts have claimed that the chips which power most of the computers in the world are hiding mysterious and ‘undocumented’ technology.

Analysts from Positive Technologies alleged that Intel chips and processors contain an enigmatic ‘logic signal analyser’ capable of reading ‘almost all data on a computer’.

The claims are likely to alarm conspiracy theorists …

27.03.2019 - 02:40 [ Metro.co.uk ]

Petition to revoke Article 50 rejected after hitting 5,750,000 signatures

The Government has rejected a petition calling for Brexit to be stopped, which has gathered more than 5.75 million signatures.

27.03.2019 - 02:39 [ BBC ]

Why bots probably aren’t gaming the ‚Cancel Brexit‘ petition

The BBC spoke to three cyber-security experts about how likely it is that a number of the 3m signatures gathered so far are not genuine.

They all agreed that the petition’s email validation process would be a deterrent.

23.03.2019 - 07:24 [ Guido Fawkes ]

‘Revoke Article 50’ Petition Creator Threatened May, Discussed How to Buy “Legal” Guns and Take Them to Commons

Remainers and Leavers alike have been getting a little too excited about the Revoke Article 50 Petition. Yes, you can sign it as many times as you like with made up email addresses and whatever name and country you care to put in. Yes, there are videos online explaining in detail how to use bots to hijack Parliamentary petitions – exactly what happened with the second referendum petition immediately after the referendum. Is it actually going to stop Brexit? No, that will be MPs…

23.03.2019 - 07:17 [ @NorthropGrumma1 / Twitter ]

Replying to @philiphaggis @JuliaHB1: Oh rite So just make millions of email addresses Simple

23.03.2019 - 07:11 [ Metro.co.uk ]

Is the revoke Article 50 petition being hijacked by bots? Unlikely, say experts

Over three million people have signed the petition to revoke Article 50 and cancel Brexit. But are they all real?

In recent years, automated programs known as bots have come to be used for artificially inflating Instagram follower counts, mining bitcoin or swaying online polls.

13.02.2019 - 18:19 [ Financial Times ]

Huawei accuses US of ‘political’ campaign against telecoms group

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“Some say that because these countries are using Huawei equipment, it makes it harder for US agencies to obtain these countries’ data,” he added.

Mr Xu also revealed that Huawei would spend more than $2bn to restructure the code used in its telecoms services worldwide after a series of “confrontational” meetings with Britain’s cyber security agency over the issue.

13.02.2019 - 18:01 [ sdxcentral.com ]

Huawei Works With Arm, Not Intel, on New CPU

(7.1.2019) William Xu, director of the board and chief strategy marketing officer of Huawei, noted that Huawei had worked extensively with Intel. But he said a diversity of applications and data is driving varied computing requirements. “Huawei has long partnered with Intel to make great achievements,” said Xu in a statement. “Together we have contributed to the development of the ICT industry. Huawei and Intel will continue our long-term strategic partnerships and continue to innovate together.”

13.02.2019 - 17:56 [ theVerge.com ]

Don’t use Huawei phones, say heads of FBI, CIA, and NSA

During his testimony, FBI Director Chris Wray said the government was “deeply concerned about the risks of allowing any company or entity that is beholden to foreign governments that don’t share our values to gain positions of power inside our telecommunications networks.” He added that this would provide “the capacity to maliciously modify or steal information. And it provides the capacity to conduct undetected espionage.”

13.02.2019 - 12:23 [ Wikipedia ]

Out-of-order execution

The high logical complexity of the out-of-order technique is the reason that it did not reach mainstream machines until the mid-1990s. Many low-end processors meant for cost-sensitive markets still do not use this paradigm due to the large silicon area required for its implementation. Low power usage is another design goal that is harder to achieve with an out-of-order execution (OoOE) design.

A vulnerability in some microprocessor manufacturers‘ implementations of the out-of-order execution mechanism was reported to the manufacturers on June 1, 2017, but which was not publicized until January 2018, …

13.02.2019 - 12:03 [ zdnet.com ]

New Spectre attack variant can pry secrets from Intel’s SGX protected enclaves

(2.3.2018) The so-called SgxPectre side-channel attack affects programs with sensitive components protected by Intel’s SGX or Software Guard Extensions enclaves.

SGX is available in newer Intel Core chips and allows developers to selectively isolate sensitive application code and data to run in their own execution environment.

13.02.2019 - 11:59 [ Jennifer Fernick ‏/ Twitter ]

From “FORESHADOW: Extracting the Keys to the Intel SGX Kingdom with Transient Out-of-Order Execution”: Leaky chip, side channel leakage, and hostile OS = decrypting ~100% of the data, ~100% of the time. #realworldcrypto

(10.1.2019)

13.02.2019 - 11:55 [ Arxiv.org ]

Practical Enclave Malware with Intel SGX

(8.2.2019) Modern CPU architectures offer strong isolation guarantees towards user applications in the form of enclaves. For instance, Intel’s threat model for SGX assumes fully trusted enclaves, yet there is an ongoing debate on whether this threat model is realistic. In particular, it is unclear to what extent enclave malware could harm a system. In this work, we practically demonstrate the first enclave malware which fully and stealthily impersonates its host application. Together with poorly-deployed application isolation on personal computers, such malware can not only steal or encrypt documents for extortion, but also act on the user’s behalf, e.g., sending phishing emails or mounting denial-of-service attacks.

18.12.2018 - 01:25 [ thebrexiteer / Twitter ]

Chris Green MP – „Gavin Barwell is on record after the referendum decision, calling it a racist, divisive decision in a tweet. „Barwell is the problem in heart of No 10 Downing Street. I don’t know what he is doing behind the scene, but he is driving a 2nd referendum,“ #Brexit

18.12.2018 - 01:22 [ Peter Arnott ‏/ Twitter ]

Corbyn and his senior adviser Seumas Milne have backed away from putting down a “proper” motion of no confidence in the government because they do not yet want the final apocalyptic battle to begin between Keir Starmer and Unite over a referendum

(17.12.2018)

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.

29.11.2018 - 11:52 [ theGuardian.com ]

Fresh row looms as No 10 refuses to publish full Brexit legal advice

Downing Street has refused to commit to publishing the full legal advice given on the Brexit deal despite a unanimous resolution by the House of Commons, in a move likely to spark a major new process row with Labour and Tory Brexiters.

No 10 has only agreed to publish a “full, reasoned position statement” – a summary of the legal advice rather than the full text – which Labour said would not comply with the terms of the Commons vote.

18.11.2018 - 19:00 [ theTimes.co.uk ]

Sack Theresa May’s advisers for betraying Britain, says former Brexit minister

Steve Baker, a former Brexit minister, accused Oliver Robbins, May’s chief civil service negotiator, and her most senior political aides of conspiring to bind Britain into a customs union with the EU in perpetuity.

Baker, who is now vice-chairman of the hardline European Research Group, led by Jacob Rees-Mogg, said May’s Europe advisers Denzil Davidson and Ed de Minckwitz should be dismissed because they ignored the advice of elected ministers.

12.11.2018 - 19:31 [ OttawaCitizen.com ]

Military contractor received $1.6 billion to advise Afghans but results unknown

(31.10.2018) The U.S. government’s Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) found that since 2010, the U.S. Department of Defense has awarded four contracts, worth $1.62 billion U.S., to DynCorp International to provide contract advisors at Afghan MOD and MOI. Two of these contracts, worth $421 million, are ongoing and expected to end in November 2018.
And the results?

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.

24.06.2018 - 16:52 [ Tasnim News Agency ]

American Analyst Calls Trump’s Advisers ‘War-Loving Psychopaths’

An American political commentator deplored the US government’s propaganda campaigns against Iran and North Korea as “xenophobic” and said President Donald Trump’s advisers are “all war-loving psychopaths”.

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.