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08.11.2018 - 19:02 [ Ruptly / Youtube ]

Russia: FSB in frequent contact with FBI, CIA – Bortnikov

Head of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) Alexander Bortnikov said that the Russian special services have regular communication with the CIA and the FBI, despite the state of the US-Russia relations. He was speaking after the meeting of heads of intelligence, security and law enforcement agencies of foreign countries in Moscow on Thursday.

08.11.2018 - 05:55 [ CNN ]

Donald Trump just seized control of the Russia probe

In firing Sessions — by tweet, natch — Trump announced that Matt Whitaker, Sessions‘ chief of staff at Justice, would become the acting Attorney General, a post he can hold for roughly 200 days because he has not been confirmed previously by the Senate.

But even having Whitaker in the job for the next 100 days could be enough for Trump. Whitaker has been openly critical of the breadth of Mueller’s investigation and even mused on this chain of events in a 2017 interview with CNN:

31.10.2018 - 05:33 [ Vox.com ]

The incredibly shoddy plot to smear Robert Mueller, explained

Exactly what was going on remains unclear — including the object of the apparent scheme. But it spilled into public view after pro-Trump Twitter personality Jacob Wohl ominously suggested Monday night that a story about such allegations was coming, and journalists who had heard about this shady operation reacted with alarm on Twitter, saying it seemed to be a smear attempt.

31.10.2018 - 05:29 [ Spiegel.de ]

Robert Mueller: FBI ermittelt wegen mutmaßlicher Schmierkampagne gegen Sonderermittler

Die Frau soll auch gesagt haben, dass der Anrufer nach seinen eigenen Angaben für den rechtsgerichteten Lobbyisten und Radiomoderator Jack Burkman arbeite.

Burkman bestätigte laut Nachrichtenagentur Reuters, mit fünf Frauen gesprochen zu haben, die angeblich Vorwürfe der sexuellen Belästigung gegen Mueller erheben. Burkman bestritt aber, dass er die Frauen für diese angebliche Information bezahlt habe.

27.10.2018 - 19:40 [ Sueddeutsche.de ]

Briefbomben in den USA: Hillary Clinton greift Trump an

Die ehemalige Präsidentschaftskandidatin Hillary Clinton hat US-Präsident Trump scharf kritisiert und gibt ihm indirekt eine Mitschuld an den Briefbomben.
Der US-Präsident praktiziere eine rücksichtlose Rhetorik, sagte Clinton. Die Atmosphäre sei unberechenbar und hasserfüllt.
Auch Ex-Präsident Obama äußert sich und wirft Trump und anderen Republikanern Lügen vor.

27.10.2018 - 12:20 [ thisisInsider.com ]

Whoever sent pipe bombs to a series of Trump critics appears to have spelled John Brennan and Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s names wrong

The package addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan — which Business Insider has seen pictures of — misspelled his name as „Brenan“ and misidentified the TV network he contributes to.
It listed Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida as the sender but spelled her name as „Shultz“ and her home state as „Florids.“

27.10.2018 - 12:10 [ WSWS.org ]

Briefbomben-Wirrwarr zeigt Zustand der US-Politik

Die zehn Pakete waren fast identisch, und als Absender war auf allen die Kongressabgeordnete Debbie Wasserman Schultz aus Florida angegeben, die ehemalige Vorsitzende des Nationalkomitees der Demokraten. Nicht bestätigten Medienberichten vom Donnerstag zufolge könnten die Pakete von Südflorida aus verschickt worden sein, wo Schultz die bekannteste politische Figur der Demokraten ist.

Jedes Paket enthielt eine Rohrbombe der gleichen plumpen Bauart, zum Teil nebst einer Hülle aus weißem Pulver, das offenbar harmlos war. Das FBI hat keine Details über den Auslösemechanismus veröffentlicht. Es bestätigte lediglich, dass kein Draht vorhanden war, um die Bombe zu zünden – was ohnehin offensichtlich war, da mehrere Pakete geöffnet worden waren, ohne dass es eine Explosion gegeben hätte.

25.10.2018 - 06:39 [ New York Times ]

The Danger of Running an Election on Fear

At a fund-raiser in Coral Gables this afternoon, Mrs. Clinton addressed the news of the bombs.

“It’s a time of deep divisions, and we have to do everything we can to bring our country together,” she told a crowd of 200 donors.

But it’s worth noting how she talked about this election just 15 days ago.

“You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about,” she told CNN.

25.10.2018 - 05:59 [ Spiegel.de ]

Clinton über mutmaßliche Paketbomben: „Es ist eine Zeit tiefer Spaltung“

Die Sendung an CNN bestand nach Polizeiangaben aus einer Metallröhre mit Drähten. Zum genauen Inhalt der Sendungen an Obama und Clinton gaben die Behörden hingegen zunächst nichts Genaueres bekannt, die „New York Times“ berichtete von Sprengsätzen.

25.10.2018 - 05:51 [ ABC News ]

Would-be attacker hand-delivered pipe bomb to George Soros‘ home mailbox: Source

(24.10.2018) A pipe bomb loaded with explosive black powder was hand-delivered to the suburban New York City home of billionaire financier George Soros by a would-be attacker, prompting the FBI to launch an investigation into who would want to harm the philanthropist and political activist, a law enforcement source told ABC News on Tuesday.

11.10.2018 - 22:38 [ Democracy Now! ]

Owner of Limo Involved in Deadly NY Crash Spent Years as FBI Informant Entrapping Muslim Men

Now it’s been revealed that the owner of Prestige Limousine Chauffeur Service is a Pakistani immigrant named Shahed Hussain, an FBI informant with a long history of entrapping Muslim men on behalf of the U.S. government.

10.10.2018 - 05:49 [ CNN ]

New York Times: Top Trump campaign official requested online manipulation plans from Israeli company

The campaign official, Rick Gates, was ultimately not interested in the company’s work, a person with knowledge of the discussions told the Times.
Special counsel Robert Mueller and his team, who are investigating Russian interference and possible coordination with the Trump campaign in the 2016 presidential election, have obtained copies of the proposals and questioned Psy-Group employees, according to people familiar with those interviews, the Times reports.

10.10.2018 - 05:44 [ Haaretz ]

Mueller Probe: Israeli Firm, Trump Campaign Discussed Smearing Rivals in 2016

According to the report, Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating foreign interference in the 2016 election, is closely examining these contacts. His office, the report said, has interviewed workers from Psy-Group and collected documents from the company’s headquarters in Israel.

10.10.2018 - 05:38 [ New York Times ]

Rick Gates Sought Online Manipulation Plans From Israeli Intelligence Firm for Trump Campaign

A third proposal by the company, Psy-Group, which is staffed by former Israeli intelligence operatives, sketched out a monthslong plan to help Mr. Trump by using social media to help expose or amplify division among rival campaigns and factions. The proposals, part of what Psy-Group called “Project Rome,” used code names to identify the players — Mr. Trump was “Lion” and Mrs. Clinton was “Forest.” Mr. Cruz, who Trump campaign officials feared might lead a revolt over the Republican presidential nomination, was “Bear.”

10.10.2018 - 05:34 [ Middle East Monitor ]

Trump team asked Israel firm to create election smear campaign

Psy-Group has also alleged to have been involved in Israel’s efforts against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The Times of Israel reported that these revelations, which came to light in a separate investigation, showed that Psy-Group registered the website outlawbds.com. The site was believed to contain a “blacklist” with photos and email addresses of individuals believed to support BDS, but outlawbds.com has since disappeared from the internet.

07.10.2018 - 09:08 [ New York Times ]

Kavanaugh Is Sworn In After Close Confirmation Vote in Senate

The Kavanaugh confirmation, playing out against the backdrop of a midterm election where control of Congress is at stake, gave Republicans what they believe is momentum to ensure that they keep their slim Senate majority.

Republicans are now painting Democrats and their activist allies as angry mobs. Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas, delivered a speech on Saturday assailing what he called “mob rule,” while the majority leader, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, told reporters that “the virtual mob that has assaulted all of us in this process has turned our base on fire.”

05.10.2018 - 19:40 [ CNN ]

Kavanaugh nomination: Murkowski no, Flake yes for Saturday’s final vote

Flake said he will back Kavanaugh unless something changes. Asked how he will vote, he said „yes, unless something big were to change. I don’t see what would.“ The Arizona Republican had forced a one-week delay and an extended FBI investigation into Kavanaugh.

05.10.2018 - 19:36 [ Washington Times ]

GOP defeats Dem filibuster, keeps Kavanaugh on track

The 51-49 vote saw one defection from each party, canceling each other out and giving the judge enough leeway to clear the procedural hurdle. A final confirmation vote now looms on Saturday, and that remains in doubt.

29.09.2018 - 09:54 [ Tulsi Gabbard, Abgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

Glad the FBI will now look into the allegations regarding Judge Kavanaugh before the Senate takes a vote. This should’ve been done already, but better late than never. The American people deserve better from our leaders.

29.09.2018 - 09:21 [ thisisinsider.com ]

Top House Republican will meet with Rod Rosenstein ‚in the coming weeks‘ over report he discussed secretly recording Trump

The Republican Chairman of the Judiciary Committee Bob Goodlatte asked Rod Rosenstein for a meeting to discuss a report that the deputy attorney general said he was willing to secretly record President Donald Trump.
The report The New York Times published on September 21 cited sources who said Rosenstein wanted to expose the chaos in the White House and potentially build a case for invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.

29.09.2018 - 09:19 [ thisisinsider.com ]

What’s really going on in the viral picture of women grimacing during Kavanaugh’s angry defense

An image from Brett Kavanaugh’s testimony as he denied sexually assaulting Christine Blasey Ford went viral.
The image shows several women behind Kavanaugh scowling as he became visibly angry during his hearing on Thursday.
Many saw it as a wider symbol of how women were reacting to Kavanaugh and to the visible emotion Ford displayed during her testimony earlier in the day.
But people sitting behind Kavanaugh were his friends, family, and allies.

29.09.2018 - 09:16 [ CNN / Youtube ]

Anderson Cooper: This is what a U-turn looks like

President Donald Trump ordered a limited, week-long FBI probe of the allegations against his Supreme Court pick, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, at the request of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday. It was a 180-degree turn from his previous statements about making such a move.

25.09.2018 - 08:31 [ KSNT.com ]

Rosenstein decision postponed as he and Trump set meeting for Thursday

Rob Rosenstein, the Deputy Attorney General whose job hangs in the balance, had been expected to learn his fate Monday, but NBC News reports the meeting with President Trump has been postponed until Thursday when the President returns to Washington, D.C..

22.09.2018 - 13:37 [ CNN ]

Wolf Blitzer analyzes Rosenstein’s ’so-called denial‘

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer discusses the statement released by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein after the New York Times reported that he discussed secretly recording President Trump in 2017 and discussed plans to use the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office.

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 - 17:31 [ 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 - 19:25 [ Telegraph ]

Former CIA engineer Joshua Schulte suspected of leaking thousands of ‘Vault 7’ files

Last week, prosecutors said in court they planned to file a new indictment in the next 45 days, while his lawyer asked the judge to impose a deadline on any CIA leak related charges.
Both the CIA and the US justice department have not yet commented.

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.