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22.09.2018 - 13:36 [ orf.at ]

Trump-Absetzung: US-Vizejustizminister dementiert Ideen

Dem jetzigen Bericht der Zeitung zufolge soll Rosenstein im Mai vergangenen Jahres in internen Diskussionen auch vorgeschlagen haben, dass Trumps Äußerungen hinter verschlossenen Türen mitgeschnitten werden könnten – und zwar mit dem Ziel, das „Chaos“ im Weißen Haus offenzulegen. Das Blatt zitierte mehrere anonyme Quellen, die über Rosensteins Äußerungen in Kenntnis gesetzt worden seien.

22.09.2018 - 13:28 [ New York Times ]

Rod Rosenstein Suggested Secretly Recording Trump and Discussed 25th Amendment

The deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, suggested last year that he secretly record President Trump in the White House to expose the chaos consuming the administration, and he discussed recruiting cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Mr. Trump from office for being unfit.

22.09.2018 - 13:18 [ Sueddeutsche.de ]

Stellvertretender US-Justizminister Rosenstein soll Abhöraktion gegen Trump vorgeschlagen haben

Der amerikanische Vize-Justizminister Rosenstein gerät in Bedrängnis: Er soll 2017 vorgeschlagen haben, Trump abzuhören.
Rosenstein dementiert den Abhörplan. Es gibt Debatten, ob seine Äußerung damals ernst oder sarkastisch gemeint war.
Rosenstein verantwortet die Russland-Ermittlungen von Sonderermittler Mueller.

11.09.2018 - 08:15 [ Radio Utopie ]

15 JAHRE TERRORKRIEG UND 11. SEPTEMBER: „Stehen die Befehle noch?“

(11.9.2016) Der Verkehrsminister (wörtlich: Transportminister, „Secretary of Transport“) Norman Mineta sitzt an diesem Morgen des 11. September zusammen mit Vizepräsident Dick Cheney im „Situation Room“, also der Zentrale des PEOC Bunkers. Minetas Aussage vor der 9/11-Kommission zufolge – die untenstehend in der Dokumentation als Aufzeichnung zu sehen ist – betritt mehrfach ein Mann den „Situation Room“ und berichtet Vizepräsident Dick Cheney über die Entfernung eines sich Washington nähernden Flugzeugs.

„Das Flugzeug ist 50 Meilen entfernt“, dann: „Das Flugzeug ist 30 Meilen entfernt.“ Als der Mann schließlich dem Vizepräsidenten meldet: „Das Flugzeug ist 10 Meilen entfernt“ fragt der Mann den zu diesem Zeitpunkt amtierenden Oberkommandierenden der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika, Dick Cheney:

„Stehen die Befehle noch?“ („Do the orders still stand?“)

Laut Mineta wendet Cheney dem Mann nun den Kopf zu und sagt:

„Natürlich stehen die Befehle noch! Haben Sie irgendetwas Gegenteiliges gehört?“

Minuten später erfolgt der Einschlag im Pentagon.

11.09.2018 - 08:04 [ Radio Utopie ]

DER 11. SEPTEMBER: Langer Marsch eines Molochs

Entgegen der heutigen Wahrnehmung rauschte die Regierung der USA Anfang des 21. Jahrhunderts keineswegs unvorbereitet in die Attentate des 11. Septembers.

06.09.2018 - 05:56 [ Lauren Scott ‏/ Twitter ]

Bruce Ohr (a former associate deputy attorney general) says Christopher Steele (former British intelligence officer with MI6) told him Russian intel believed they had Trump ‚over a barrel‘

(31.8.2018)

03.09.2018 - 07:51 [ New York Times ]

Agents Tried to Flip Russian Oligarchs. The Fallout Spread to Trump.

(1.9.2018) The timeline sketched out by Mr. Ohr shows contacts stretching back to when Mr. Ohr first met Mr. Steele in 2007. It also shows what officials said was the first date on which the two discussed cultivating Mr. Deripaska: a meeting in Washington on Nov. 21, 2014, roughly seven months before Mr. Trump announced that he was running for president. (…)

Mr. Steele served as an intermediary between the Americans and the Russian oligarchs they were seeking to cultivate. He had first met Mr. Ohr years earlier while still serving at MI6, Britain’s foreign spy agency, where he oversaw Russia operations.

03.09.2018 - 07:44 [ Wall Street Journal ]

What Bruce Ohr Told Congress

(30.8.2018) To believe most media descriptions of Justice Department lawyer Bruce Ohr, he is a nonentity, unworthy of the attention President Trump has given him. This is remarkable, given that Mr. Ohr spent Tuesday confirming for Congress its worst suspicions about the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s abuse of its surveillance and sourcing rules.

03.09.2018 - 07:41 [ theEpochtimes.com ]

British Ex-Spy Lobbied for Russian Oligarch While Writing Anti-Trump Dossier

(12.8.2018) The communications raise further questions about Steele’s objectivity as an intelligence source, and about Ohr’s motives for maintaining contact with a foreign ex-spy about a Russian billionaire, despite being assigned to a wholly unrelated line of work at the DOJ. Congressional investigators expect Ohr to appear for a closed-door interview on Aug. 28.

03.09.2018 - 07:37 [ WashingtonExaminer.com ]

Emails show 2016 links among Steele, Ohr, Simpson — with Russian oligarch in background

(8.8.2018) Emails in 2016 between former British spy Christopher Steele and Justice Department official Bruce Ohr suggest Steele was deeply concerned about the legal status of a Putin-linked Russian oligarch, and at times seemed to be advocating on the oligarch’s behalf, in the same time period Steele worked on collecting the Russia-related allegations against Donald Trump that came to be known as the Trump dossier. The emails show Steele and Ohr were in frequent contact, that they intermingled talk about Steele’s research and the oligarch’s affairs, and that Glenn Simpson, head of the dirt-digging group Fusion GPS that hired Steele to compile the dossier, was also part of the ongoing conversation.

03.09.2018 - 07:23 [ Newsweek.com ]

Report: Bruce Ohr and Christopher Steele Helped Try and Turn an Oligarch Into an Informant

(1.9.2018) Bruce Ohr, a Department of Justice official who has become a frequent target of Trump’s ire at the ongoing investigation into his links to Russia and whether they helped influence the election, and Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence operative who compiled a dossier of reporting on Russian influence on Trump, were both involved in the effort, the New York Times reported.

03.09.2018 - 07:03 [ FoxNews.com ]

DOJ’s Bruce Ohr kept Mueller deputy ‚in the loop‘ about anti-Trump dossier, sources say

(30.8.2018) The sources said Ohr’s outreach about the dossier – as well as its author, ex-British spy Christopher Steele; the opposition research firm behind it, Glenn Simpson’s Fusion GPS; and his wife Nellie Ohr’s work for Fusion – occurred before and after the FBI fired Steele as a source over his media contacts. Ohr’s network of contacts on the dossier included: former FBI agent Peter Strzok; former FBI lawyer Lisa Page; former deputy director Andrew McCabe; Weissmann and at least one other DOJ official; and a current FBI agent who worked with Strzok on the Russia case.

03.09.2018 - 06:49 [ Daily Mail ]

FBI tried to flip Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska to get potentially damaging information on Trump’s alleged ties to the Kremlin, claims new report

– FBI and the United States Justice reportedly tried to flip Russian oligarch, Oleg V. Deripaska but he told them they had their story wrong
– Sources say in September 2016 Deripaska labeled investigators‘ claims about Paul Manafort’s links to Russian government as ‚preposterous‘
– However the New York Times reports the investigation involving Deripaska began before Donald Trump announced he was going for the presidency
– Justice Department official, Bruce G. Ohr worked with former British spy Christopher Steele to get six rich Russians to talk
– Trump has used leaked documents as evidence they were plotting against him to form a dossier in the Robert Mueller-led investigation and called Ohr ‚a joke‘

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.”

16.08.2018 - 07:33 [ Washington Post ]

Comey cautions Democrats against ‘socialist left.’ Democrats pounce.

(23.7.2018) James B. Comey, the former FBI director and a registered Republican most of his adult life, is trying out a new role: armchair strategist for the Democratic Party.

Days after urging voters to paint the country blue in the midterm elections this fall, Comey took to Twitter on Sunday to caution Democrats not to move too far to the left.

28.06.2018 - 10:43 [ wsws.org ]

USA: Technologiekonzerne diskutieren mit Geheimdiensten über Internetzensur

Die New York Times und die Washington Post veröffentlichten diese Woche Berichte über ein privates Treffen zwischen acht großen Technologie- und Social-Media-Konzernen und den amerikanischen Geheimdiensten, das letzten Monat stattfand. Dabei wurde über die gemeinsamen Zensurbestrebungen im Vorfeld der kommenden Zwischenwahlen im November 2018 diskutiert.

Das Treffen fand am 23. Mai im Hauptsitz von Facebook in Menlo Park (Kalifornien) statt. Unter den Teilnehmern waren Vertreter von Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Snap, Twitter und Oath, ein 2017 gegründetes Unternehmen, zu dem auch Yahoo und der Telekommunikationskonzern Verizon gehören, sowie Agenten des FBI und des Heimatschutzministeriums.

26.06.2018 - 09:27 [ Washington Post ]

Maxine Waters’s cringe-worthy explanation for her 180 on James Comey

(24.4.2018) Democrats have been confronted with an uneasy choice regarding former FBI director James B. Comey. He’s the guy many of them believe cost them the 2016 presidential election, but they would also very much like to believe the things he’s saying about President Trump. That means threading a needle between the horrible things you might have said about his character and actions in 2016 and maintaining that he should be trusted now.

Or, in the case of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), snapping the needle in half and declaring that you believe Comey when he says things you like.

24.06.2018 - 09:38 [ Pulse.com.gh ]

The DOJ has turned over additional FISA records to Republicans, and former intelligence officials say the implications could be ‚catastrophic‘

The immediate concern, according to the former CIA operative Glenn Carle, is that turning over information related to FISA records could compromise sources and methods.

„Congressional oversight is not operational control, it’s policy control,“ Carle said. „So it’s not really appropriate for an oversight body and its members to have detailed knowledge of sources and methods, because they are not trained in how to handle that.“

20.06.2018 - 10:25 [ CNN ]

FBI agent Strzok escorted from FBI building Friday

He had a central role on the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified information. He later worked on the investigation into connections between Trump campaign associates and Russia and briefly worked for special counsel Robert Mueller before text messages between Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page disparaging President Donald Trump were discovered.

15.06.2018 - 14:33 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Damning report condemns FBI’s Comey over handling of Clinton email investigation

„Then-Director Comey … engaged in his own subjective, ad hoc decision making,“ the report written by the inspector general of the Justice Department reads. „In so doing, we found that Comey largely based his decisions on what he believed was in the FBI’s institutional interests and would enable him to continue to effectively lead the FBI as its Director.

15.06.2018 - 14:31 [ NZZ.ch ]

Untersuchung zur E-Mail-Affäre Hillary Clintons: FBI-Direktor Comey handelte ungehorsam

Der frühere FBI-Direktor James Comey hat sich bei der Untersuchung der E-Mail-Affäre Hillary Clintons zwar «unbotmässig» benommen. Er ist «klar und in dramatischer Weise» von lange etablierten Normen abgewichen und hat damit dem Ruf des FBI und des Justizministeriums Schaden zugefügt. Allerdings liegen keine Hinweise vor, dass es für dieses Verhalten ein politisches Motiv gab.

02.06.2018 - 17:20 [ The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity ]

Yes, the FBI is America’s Secret Police

(11.12.2017) Politifact delivered a “pants on fire” slam to Fox News on Friday because one of its commentators asserted that the Federal Bureau of Investigation “has become America’s secret police.” The FBI has legions of new champions nowadays among liberals and Democrats who hope that its probes will end Donald Trump’s presidency. This is a stunning reversal that may have J. Edgar Hoover spinning in his grave.

In order to boost the credibility of the FBI’s investigations of the Trump team, much of the media is whitewashing the bureau’s entire history. But the FBI has been out of control almost since its birth.

02.06.2018 - 17:17 [ New York Times ]

F.B.I. and States Vastly Expand DNA Databases

(18.4.2009) starting this month, the Federal Bureau of Investigation will join 15 states that collect DNA samples from those awaiting trial and will collect DNA from detained immigrants — the vanguard of a growing class of genetic registrants.

The F.B.I., with a DNA database of 6.7 million profiles, expects to accelerate its growth rate from 80,000 new entries a year to 1.2 million by 2012

02.06.2018 - 17:11 [ CNN ]

DNA that led to Golden State Killer suspect’s arrest was collected from his car while he shopped

When the suspected Golden State Killer drove into a Hobby Lobby parking lot in April, investigators were waiting nearby. As he walked into the craft store, it gave them a perfect chance to collect a secret DNA sample.
Police swabbed the driver’s side handle of Joseph James DeAngelo’s car, according to arrest and search warrants released Friday.

02.06.2018 - 17:06 [ Washington Post ]

The ingenious and ‘dystopian’ DNA technique police used to hunt the ‘Golden State Killer’ suspect

(28.4.2018) They tracked their suspect through his family tree.

Police said they checked the crime scene DNA against one of the genealogy sites that have lately become popular — databases filled with the profiles of people who have volunteered their genetic codes in the hope of discovering their relatives and ancestors. GEDmatch, a free service, confirmed that police used it to identify DeAngelo.

23.05.2018 - 19:45 [ CNN ]

Donald Trump turned a rumor into a full-blown government conspiracy in just 5 days

Within the span of five days, Trump went from having just heard about FBI’s use of a confidential source to rendering the judgment that this was a purposeful — and political — attempt by the Obama Justice Department to install a „spy“ within his ranks.
And deciding that this was a) a scandal and b) one of the biggest scandals in American history.

23.05.2018 - 11:19 [ Techdirt ]

Real Security Begins At Home (On Your Smartphone)

There’s a lot to unpack here, and one key question is whether „capabilities available to national security programs“ — that is, technologies used for FBI’s counterintelligence programs — can and should be used in pursing criminal investigations and prosecutions. (If such technologies are used in criminal cases, the technologies may have to be revealed as part of court proceedings, which would bother the counterintelligence personnel in the FBI who don’t want to publicize the tools they use.) But the case against Apple Inc. was based on a blanket assertion by FBI that neither its technical divisions nor the vendors the agency works with had access to any technical measures to break into Farook’s company-issued iPhone. (Farook had destroyed his personal iPhones, and the FBI’s eventually successful unlocking of his employer-issued phone apparently produced no evidence relating to the terrorist plot.)

Was the problem just bureaucratic miscommunication?

22.05.2018 - 14:43 [ ABC News ]

White House says Rosenstein agrees to Trump ‚demand‘ DOJ investigate whether campaign ‚infiltrated‘

President Donald Trump met Monday at the White House with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray a day after he tweeted that he would „demand“ the Justice Department investigate whether his 2016 presidential campaign was improperly „infiltrated or surveilled“ for political purposes by an alleged FBI informant.

Neither Rosenstein nor Wray spoke after the meeting.

21.05.2018 - 17:59 [ calcalistech.com ]

Israeli Company Investigated by Robert Mueller’s Team Shuts Down

Psy-Group, the company headed by the Israeli media specialist Joel Zamel, who is reportedly being investigated in connection with the alleged illegal intervention in Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, has shut down, according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke to Calcalist on condition of anonymity.

21.05.2018 - 17:48 [ Times of Israel ]

As election probe spreads to Israel, Trump protests ‘witch hunt’ has gone global

US president slams New York Times over report on son’s meetings with an Israeli media specialist, Arab emissaries and a private military contractor ahead of 2016 election

21.05.2018 - 17:31 [ NBC News ]

DOJ seeks probe of FBI conduct in 2016 campaign after Trump ’spy‘ claim

„If anyone did infiltrate or surveil participants in a presidential campaign for inappropriate purposes, we need to know about it and take appropriate action,“ Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said.

21.05.2018 - 16:32 [ Donald Trump, Präsident der Vereinigten Staaten / Twitter ]

I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes – and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!

21.05.2018 - 16:23 [ Creators.com ]

Could the FBI and MI6 Have Planted a British Mole in Trump Campaign?

The entire allegation of collusion with Russia may have been dreamed up by MI6. Consider (reprinted from „Rogue Spooks“):

1: It was Government Communications Headquarters — Britain’s NSA — that first warned the U.S. that the Russians had hacked the Democratic Party’s computers. Back in September 2015, long before the FBI and CIA knew anything about it or showed any interest in it, GCHQ was waving warning flags about Russian hacking. For a long time, the U.S. did nothing about it.

2: During the campaign and even after, both MI6 and GCHQ routinely passed along classified intelligence information to the U.S. intelligence community about Trump’s associates.

3: It was Christopher Steele, an ex-MI6 spy, who says he wrote the dossier that contained all the unsubstantiated and unreliable but nevertheless explosive material about Donald Trump. Was Steele only a former MI6 agent? Bear in mind what the Russian embassy said: „MI6 officers are never ex.“

21.05.2018 - 16:08 [ Basler Zeitung ]

Trump vermutet FBI-Informant in seinem Team

Trump legt seit Tagen nahe, dass es sich um eine von der Regierung seines Vorgängers Barack Obama platzierte Quelle in seinem Wahlkampfteam gehandelt haben könnte. «Wenn das der Fall ist, ist es grösser als Watergate», twitterte Trump am Donnerstag in Anspielung auf die gleichnamige Affäre, in deren Verlauf der damalige Präsident Richard Nixon 1974 wegen des Skandals um einen Lauschangriff auf die Demokraten zurückgetreten war.

21.05.2018 - 14:29 [ Reuters ]

Malta court rejects bid to stop FBI testimony in journalist murder case

Maurizio Cordina, a lawyer representing Malta’s Attorney General, said the case was “a desperate maneuver by Mr Degiorgio to delay, if not block” the trial, adding that Bajada had simply gathered evidence and had not worked with the FBI.

The case against Degiorgio is built mostly around intercepts of mobile phone data compiled by the FBI and Bajada.

20.05.2018 - 10:14 [ New York Times ]

Code Name Crossfire Hurricane: The Secret Origins of the Trump Investigation

(16.5.2017) The F.B.I.’s thinking crystallized by mid-August, after the C.I.A. director at the time, John O. Brennan, shared intelligence with Mr. Comey showing that the Russian government was behind an attack on the 2016 presidential election. Intelligence agencies began collaborating to investigate that operation. The Crossfire Hurricane team was part of that group but largely operated independently, three officials said.

20.05.2018 - 10:10 [ wsws.org ]

Die Rolle der politischen Polizei in den US-Wahlen 2016

Am Dienstag erschien in der New York Times ein ebenso ausführlicher wie bemerkenswerter Bericht über die Rolle des Inlandsgeheimdiensts FBI bei den US-Präsidentschaftswahlen 2016. Die Motivation der Autoren und Redakteure ist unklar, aber sie zeichnen das Bild eines politischen Systems, in dem den Geheimdiensten, insbesondere dem FBI und der CIA, eine gewichtige, bisweilen sogar die entscheidende Rolle zukommt.

16.05.2018 - 10:43 [ Techdirt ]

Bill Introduced To Prevent Government Agencies From Demanding Encryption Backdoors

The FBI continues its push for a solution to its „going dark“ problem. Joined by the DOJ, agency head Christopher Wray has suggested the only way forward is a legislative or judicial fix, gesturing vaguely to the thousands of locked phones the FBI has gathered. It’s a disingenuous push, considering the tools available to the agency to crack locked devices and obtain the apparently juicy evidence hidden inside.

The FBI hasn’t been honest in its efforts or its portrayal of the problem. Questions put to the FBI about its internal efforts to crack locked devices are still unanswered. The only „new“ development isn’t all that new: Ray Ozzie’s „key escrow“ proposal may tweak a few details but it’s not that far removed in intent from the Clipper Chip that kicked off the first Crypto War. It’s nothing more than another way to make device security worse, with the only beneficiary being the government.

The FBI’s disingenuousness has not gone unnoticed. Efforts have been made over the last half-decade to push legislators towards mandating government access, but no one has been willing to give the FBI what it wants if it means making encryption less useful. A new bill [PDF], introduced by Zoe Lofgren, Thomas Massie, Ted Poe, Jerry Nadler, Ted Lieu, and Matt Gaetz would codify this resistance to government-mandated backdoors.

13.05.2018 - 15:51 [ Techdirt ]

Court: FBI Agents Can Be Held Accountable For Tossing Immigrants On The No-Fly List Because They Refused To Be Informants

The Second Circuit Appeals Court has revived a lawsuit brought by a group of Muslim men who allege the FBI placed them on the „no fly“ list after they refused to become informants. This is not unusual behavior — on the part of the FBI. Documents obtained by The Intercept show the CBP and FBI routinely pressure immigrants and visitors to become informants, threatening them with deportation or adverse decisions on visa requests.

04.05.2018 - 08:11 [ Washington Post ]

To search Michael Cohen’s home and office, the FBI had to clear a higher-than-normal bar

Here’s what we don’t know: We don’t know specifically what the FBI was looking for when it raided the office of Michael Cohen, high-profile attorney for the Trump Organization. We don’t know what they found; we don’t know what investigations might be bolstered or curtailed by the evidence they seized.

What we do know, though, is interesting enough. The raid, which covered Cohen’s office and, according to the Wall Street Journal, his home and a Manhattan hotel room, included the seizure of information about the payment made to porn star Stormy Daniels shortly before the 2016 election and it included communications between Cohen and President Trump — meaning it included communication between an attorney and his client.

04.05.2018 - 08:08 [ diePresse,com ]

Ermittler hörten Trumps persönlichen Anwalt ab

(3.5.2018) Vor dreieinhalb Wochen durchsuchten Beamte der Bundespolizei FBI seine Büro- und Privaträume in New York. Dabei beschlagnahmten sie tausende Dokumente und Daten sowie 16 Handys. Laut NBC News ist unklar, über welchen Zeitraum sich der Lauschangriff auf Cohen erstreckte. Seine Telefongespräche seien jedoch in den Wochen vor den Durchsuchungen abgehört worden

03.05.2018 - 20:26 [ NBC News ]

Feds tapped Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s phones

It is not clear how long the wiretap has been authorized, but NBC News has learned it was in place in the weeks leading up to the raids on Cohen’s offices, hotel room, and home in early April, according to one person with direct knowledge.

At least one phone call between a phone line associated with Cohen and the White House was intercepted, the person said.

03.05.2018 - 20:21 [ theHill.com ]

Rudy Giuliani sets off a firestorm

University of Michigan Professor Barbara McQuade, a former prosecutor, said that Giuliani “may just be building the case against [Trump]. Even demanding that Comey make a public statement that Trump is not under investigation would itself potentially be obstruction of justice.” Likewise, New York Magazine observed “many pundits were quick to note that firing Comey because he wouldn’t say what Trump wanted about the Russia investigation, sounds like the very definition of obstruction of justice.”

17.04.2018 - 07:08 [ tagesschau.de ]

Warnung aus Washington und London: Cyberattacken aus Moskau?

Es soll unter anderem um Router gehen, die Datenpakete in verschiedene Netzwerke weiterleiten, und um Firewalls, die eigentlich vor Hackerangriffen schützen sollen. Das Britische Nationale Zentrum für Cybersicherheit (NCSC), das FBI und das US-Ministerium für Heimatschutz veröffentlichten dazu eine gemeinsame Erklärung.

16.04.2018 - 07:51 [ Donald Trump, Präsident der Vereinigten Staaten / Twitter ]

The big questions in Comey’s badly reviewed book aren’t answered like, how come he gave up Classified Information (jail), why did he lie to Congress (jail), why did the DNC refuse to give Server to the FBI (why didn’t they TAKE it), why the phony memos, McCabe’s $700,000 & more?

13.04.2018 - 09:53 [ NBC News ]

JFK Files: J. Edgar Hoover Said Public Must Believe Lee Harvey Oswald Acted Alone

(27.10.2017) „There is nothing further on the Oswald case except that he is dead.“

FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover dictated that line in a memo he issued on Nov. 24, 1963, the day Jack Ruby killed Lee Harvey Oswald as the gunman was being transported to the Dallas County Jail after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

The memo is one of at least 52 records never previously made public that were included in the release Thursday of about 2,800 unredacted government documents related to Kennedy’s murder in Dallas two days earlier. President Donald Trump approved withholding an undisclosed number of other documents pending a 180-day national security review.

13.04.2018 - 09:43 [ New York Times ]

The F.B.I. Deemed Agents Faultless in 150 Shootings

(18.6.2013) from 1993 to early 2011, F.B.I. agents fatally shot about 70 “subjects” and wounded about 80 others — and every one of those episodes was deemed justified, according to interviews and internal F.B.I. records obtained by The New York Times through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

The last two years have followed the same pattern: an F.B.I. spokesman said that since 2011, there had been no findings of improper intentional shootings.

In most of the shootings, the F.B.I.’s internal investigation was the only official inquiry.

13.04.2018 - 09:14 [ Junge Welt ]

FBI deckte Mordpläne

(11.2.2013) Bereits einen Monat nach der Gründung der »Occupy Wall Street«-Bewegung, die ab Herbst 2011 in den USA landesweit Proteste gegen betrügerische Banken und korrupte Politiker organisierte, wurden in Kreisen, die dem Sicherheitskomplex nahestehen, Mordpläne ausgeheckt. Schlüsselfiguren sollten identifiziert und im Rahmen eines koordinierten Angriffs mit Scharfschützengewehren exekutiert werden. Das zeigen offizielle Dokumente, deren Herausgabe im Rahmen des Informationsfreiheitsgesetzes der USA von der Bürgerrechtsorganisation »Partnership for Civil Justice Fund« (PCJF) gerichtlich erzwungen wurde.

13.04.2018 - 09:10 [ Zeit.de ]

James Comey: „Dieser Präsident ist skrupellos“

„Dieser Präsident ist skrupellos und nicht an die Wahrheit und institutionelle Werte gebunden“, zitiert die New York Times aus dem Buch. Auch sei Trump eine „Art Mafiaboss“, der die Grenzen zwischen Polizeiarbeit und Politik habe verwischen wollen. „Donald Trumps Präsidentschaft bedroht vieles von dem, das in dieser Nation gut ist“, schreibt Comey laut US-Medien.

13.04.2018 - 09:01 [ New York Times ]

Hoover’s F.B.I. and the Mafia: Case of Bad Bedfellows Grows

(25.8.2002) The documents show that officials at F.B.I. headquarters, apparently including Mr. Hoover, knew as long ago as 1965 that Boston agents were employing killers and gang leaders as informers and were protecting them from prosecution.

“J. Edgar Hoover crossed over the line and became a criminal himself,“ said Vincent Garo, Mr. Salvati’s lawyer.

13.04.2018 - 08:56 [ Sueddeutsche.de ]

Gefeuerter FBI-Chef: Comey vergleicht Trump mit der Mafia

Trump lebe in einem „Kokon einer alternativen Realität“, in den er die Menschen in seinem Umfeld hineinziehen wolle, zitierte die Washington Post aus dem Buch. Treffen mit Trump hätten ihn an seine „frühere Karriere als Strafverfolger gegen die Mafia“ erinnert, schreibt Comey demnach und bezeichnet Trump der Nachrichtenagentur AP zufolge selbst als eine „Art Mafia-Boss“. „Dieser Präsident ist skrupellos und nicht an die Wahrheit und institutionelle Werte gebunden“, schreibt Comey laut New York Times.

13.04.2018 - 08:51 [ The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity ]

Yes, the FBI is America’s Secret Police

(11.12.2017) The FBI has legions of new champions nowadays among liberals and Democrats who hope that its probes will end Donald Trump’s presidency. This is a stunning reversal that may have J. Edgar Hoover spinning in his grave.

In order to boost the credibility of the FBI’s investigations of the Trump team, much of the media is whitewashing the bureau’s entire history. But the FBI has been out of control almost since its birth.

13.04.2018 - 08:49 [ Nashvillescene.com ]

Amid Comey Chaos, Lessons from the History of America’s Secret Police

(10.6.2017) “I was worried very much of being in kind of a — kind of a J. Edgar Hoover-type situation,” Comey said, referring to the legendary director — you might say dictator — of the FBI for half a century.

It was remarkable to hear Comey talk this way about the man more associated with the bureau than anyone else — but he had good reason: It helps us contextualize what is happening now, because things were even more fucked up a century ago, and that should make us feel a little better.

13.04.2018 - 08:43 [ Bloomberg ]

Comey Likens Trump to Mafia Boss in Excerpts of Tell-All Book

ABC and other news organizations said they had obtained copies of the book, which does not go on sale until next week.
According to ABC, Comey writes that when Trump demanded loyalty from him at a White House dinner, “The demand was like Sammy the Bull’s Cosa Nostra induction ceremony.” That was a reference to the mobster Salvatore “Sammy the Bull,” whose testimony helped convict John Gotti, the leader of New York’s Gambino crime family.

10.04.2018 - 14:23 [ Blick.ch ]

FBI-Razzia bei Trump-Anwalt Michael Cohen

Am Montag hat das FBI das Büro, die Wohnung und das Hotelzimmer von Trumps persönlichem Anwalt, Michael Cohen (51), gestürmt. Das berichtet die «New York Times». Die Beamten beschlagnahmten unter anderem Dokumente, die mit den Anschuldigungen von Porno-Starlet Stormy Daniels (39) zusammenhängen.

10.04.2018 - 03:29 [ Washington Post ]

Trump’s tirade after the Michael Cohen raid, annotated

TRUMP: So I just heard that they broke into the office of one of my personal attorneys — a good man. And it’s a disgraceful situation. It’s a total witch hunt. I’ve been saying it for a long time. I’ve wanted to keep it down. We’ve given, I believe, over a million pages‘ worth of documents to the Special Counsel.

They continue to just go forward. And here we are talking about Syria and we’re talking about a lot of serious things. We’re the greatest fighting force ever. And I have this witch hunt constantly going on for over 12 months now — and actually, much more than that. You could say it was right after I won the nomination, it started.

And it’s a disgrace. It’s, frankly, a real disgrace. It’s an attack on our country, in a true sense.

10.04.2018 - 01:29 [ CNN ]

FBI raids Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s office, seizes Stormy Daniels documents, bank records

One source familiar with the matter told CNN that included in the documents authorities seized was information related to Stephanie Clifford, better known as porn actress Stormy Daniels, who alleges she had an affair with Trump in 2006 that the White House has denied. A source familiar with the matter said the search warrant was very broad in terms of items sought, and another source said the search included bank records.

08.04.2018 - 20:24 [ Radio Utopie ]

Wag the Russki

(11.4.2017) Am Abend des 6. April streut die U.S.-Regierung höchstselbst Gerüchte über mögliche Luftangriffe gegen die syrische Regierung und ihr Militär.

Offensichtlich für diese ein Grund von den nun kommenden Ereignissen total überrascht zu werden, genauso wie die Russische Föderation.

Noch in der Nacht zum 7. April starten U.S.-Luftangriffe von Kriegsschiffen im Mittelmeer aus gegen den syrischen Luftwaffenstützpunkt Al-Shayrat. (Luftangriff: U.S.-Imperium nimmt Einladung Russlands und Syriens dankend an)

Von den vom Pentagon vermeldeten 59 Marschflugkörpern treffen bemerkenswerterweise angeblich nur 23 das Ziel und haben bei ihrem Einschlag nach Angaben vom russischen Verteidigungsministerium eine „extrem niedrige“ Effektivität, was Landebahnen, Zubringer und Stellplätze des syrischen Luftwaffenstützpunktes in Takt lassen.

Vor dem Angriff informierte das Pentagon den russischen Generalstab. Nach Angaben des syrischen Generalstabes, der nichts darüber sagt ob auch er vom Angriff vorab informiert wurde, sterben bei dem U.S.-Angriff sechs syrische Soldaten.

Anschließend sondern die Propagandaschleudern „Sputnik“ und „RT“ allerlei Erklärungen für ihre offensichtlich irritierte Kundschaft ab, was es denn mit der Vorabinformation vom „massiven“ Angriff der vermeintlichen Gegner im U.S.-Militär so auf sich hatte, warum keine russischen Soldaten getötet wurden, warum auf dem syrischen Luftwaffenstützpunkt nichts von Bedeutung zerstört wurde, warum von 59 Marschflukörpern nur 23 ihr Ziel getroffen haben sollen, etc, etc.

Nach viel Gewimmer und Gebrumm rückt die russische Staatspresse endlich damit heraus:

Es gibt schlicht keine Vereinbarungen über eine Verteidigung syrischer „Militärobjekte“ durch die russischen Streitkräfte – also weder so etwas wie einen Verteidigungs-, noch einen Bündnispakt zwischen Syrien und Russland.

Und noch viel „besser“:

Russland weigert sich auch zukünftig einen syrischen Stützpunkt oder gar Syrien insgesamt zu verteidigen, ausdrücklich auch im Falle von neuen U.S.-Luftangriffen. Das bestätigte gestern der Vize vom Auswärtigen Ausschuss des Föderationsrates.

04.04.2018 - 01:58 [ Sueddeutsche.de ]

Tech-Unternehmen: Plötzlich sind die Giganten verwundbar

Dabei war die Branche in der Vergangenheit durchaus zusammengerückt, wenn Druck von außen aufkam: Als die US-Bundespolizei FBI etwa Apple zwingen wollte, die verschlüsselten Daten eines iPhones preiszugeben, sprangen Google, Facebook und Microsoft dem Konzern zur Seite. Solcherlei Corps-Geist aber kann oder will sich die Branche in Zeiten zunehmender Probleme offenkundig nicht mehr leisten.

27.03.2018 - 22:53 [ Luftpost ]

Devin Nunes: Den Missetätern im FBI und im Justizministerium sollte der Prozess gemacht werden

Auch der ehemalige CIA-Analyst Ray McGovern ist der Meinung, dass die Mitarbeiter des FBI und des US-Justizministeriums, die sich durch Täuschung illegale Überwachungsgenehmigungen erschlichen haben, vor Gericht gestellt werden müssen.