Archiv: hierarchies / chains of command / power architecture


15:03 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

MARY ELLEN SYNON: Why the roots of the EU’s vaccine catastrophe lie in Merkel’s shadowy past in Communist East Germany

As a young woman, Merkel was taught to believe in a Soviet system that folded 15 republics into a single state, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. In the past few months, she has sacrificed all prospects of rapid vaccination – and the lives it would save – for her own population because of her dogmatic belief in folding 27 countries into a single state called the European Union.

As Filipp Piatov, head of opinion at the German newspaper Bild, wrote last week, even in such a vital matter Merkel preferred ideology to good politics – because she was ‘so eager to demonstrate the superiority of Brussels bureaucracy to the nation state’.

06.03.2021 - 09:52 [ RT / Youtube ]

Uncut Chronicles: Blood & Tears. Gaza August 2014

(02.09.2014)

Israel and Gaza’s ruling Hamas agreed to an open-ended ceasefire on August 26 after seven weeks of fighting – an uneasy deal that halted the Protective Edge operation, with more than 2,200 killed.

06.03.2021 - 09:48 [ RT / Youtube ]

Uncut Chronicles: Gaza-Israel War. Deadly July 2014

(03.08.2014)

The IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) began their current operation against Hamas after three teens were kidnapped and killed. The military op has already claimed over 1,500 civilian lives in Gaza.

01.03.2021 - 08:26 [ New York Times ]

Iran Rejects Nuclear Deal Talks With U.S. Proposed by Europe

The rejection came days after President Biden ordered retaliatory strikes against Iranian-backed militias in eastern Syria.

01.03.2021 - 07:42 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Israel strikes Iranian targets in Syria in response to ship attack – report

Speculation strike was response to what is believed to be an Iranian attack on an Israeli-owned ship in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday.

01.03.2021 - 07:38 [ BusinessInsider.com ]

Biden defends airstrike on Syria in letter to leaders in Congress and says US has the right to defend itself

(28.02.2021)

– President Joe Biden justified airstrikes in Syria in a letter to congressional lawmakers.
– Biden said he directed the airstrikes in response to a recent militant strike in Iraq.
– He said the US „always stands ready to take necessary and proportionate action in self-defense.“

28.02.2021 - 10:52 [ Haaretz ]

U.S. Firm That Provided Israeli Nuke Facility Imagery Photographed Another Highly Sensitive Site

The area it photographed, located west of Beit Shemesh, appears on ordinary Israeli maps as open space and on civilian flight maps as an off-limits area. But according to numerous foreign reports, this area is home to the Kanaf 2 Israel Air Force base. The website of GlobalSecurity.org says that three squadrons of Jericho surface-to-surface missiles are stationed at this base.

28.02.2021 - 10:11 [ US Congress ]

H.R.255 – Repeal of the Authorization for Use of Military Force

Shown Here:
Introduced in House (01/11/2021)

Repeal of the Authorization for Use of Military Force

This bill repeals the Authorization for Use of Military Force signed into law September 18, 2001.

28.02.2021 - 09:57 [ Geoff LaMear / Twitter ]

Barbara Lee has two bills in place to get rid of the 2001 AUMF and the 2002 AUMF. HR 255 and 256 if I recall correctly. Takes a 1 min call to your representative and as few as 8 constituents can be the factor in a rep’s vote.

28.02.2021 - 09:51 [ Newsweek ]

In Iraq, Joe Biden Haunted by Obama’s Foreign Policy Missteps

(26.02.2021)

The U.S. attempt to institute democracy in Iraq began with a thunderous roar nearly 18 years ago as Baghdad, already under siege by Washington’s sanctions, was bombarded by U.S. missiles in 2003. In less than a month’s time, former President George W. Bush would deliver a victory speech in front of a banner that read „Mission Accomplished.“

What exactly that mission was remains unclear to this day.

28.02.2021 - 09:41 [ Bloomberg ]

The White House Shouldn’t Get a Blank Check to Wage War

(12.02.2021)

For close to two decades, U.S. presidents have sent American troops into combat without requesting authorization from Congress. As it conducts a review of U.S. military operations around the world, the Biden administration should push to restore the legislative branch’s proper role in deciding when and where the country goes to war.

28.02.2021 - 09:15 [ Steve Herman / Twitter ]

There was congressional notification prior to the US airstrike on #Syria, @PentagonPresSec tells reporters.

(26.02.2021)

„The Department of Defense briefed Congressional leadership before the action last night,“ confirms @PressSec
. „The administration has been briefing the Hill at the Member- and staff-level today. There will be a full classified briefing early next week at the latest.“

28.02.2021 - 08:55 [ theHill.com ]

Biden administration to give Congress full classified briefing on Syria strikes by next week

(26.02.2021)

“The Department of Defense briefed Congressional leadership before the action last night. The Administration has been briefing the Hill at the Member- and staff-level today. There will be a full classified briefing early next week at the latest,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement.

27.02.2021 - 16:12 [ i24news.tv ]

UN rights chief accuses Iran of targeting minority groups

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Friday accused Iran of “persistent impunity for human rights violations” in regions including Sistan-Baluchestan.

“In Iran, an apparently coordinated campaign has been targeting minority groups since December, including in Sistan and Baluchestan, Khuzestan, and in the Kurdish provinces,” Bachelet told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

27.02.2021 - 16:00 [ i24news.tv ]

Biden warns Iran ‚be careful‘ after ordering Syria airstrikes

“You can’t act with impunity. Be careful,” Biden said when asked what message he had intended to send with the airstrikes, according to the Associated Press.

A war monitor said at least 22 Iranian-backed fighters were killed in the operation that struck three trucks loaded with munitions coming from Iraq near the Syrian frontier town of Albu Kamal.

27.02.2021 - 11:18 [ Antiwar.com ]

Some Members of Congress Criticize Biden’s Syria Bombing

In the wake of President Biden’s bombing of eastern Syria, some members of Congress are speaking out and questioning the legality of the move,including Bidens Fellow Democrats

27.02.2021 - 10:44 [ ]

Adios AUMF? Democrats press Biden for help in revoking old war powers

(21.01.2021)

In a letter Thursday to Biden, five House Democrats called on the new president to quickly work with Congress to kill the 2002 authorization for the Iraq War and hone the 2001 powers for the war on terrorism. The letter — signed by chairs of the House Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and Rules committees — says any replacement authority must name mission objectives, adversaries and targeted countries, as well as include a sunset clause to ensure Congress regularly revisits the war powers debate.

“Congress has been missing in action, and President Joe Biden knows that,” said Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), who is spearheading the effort, in an interview.

27.02.2021 - 10:29 [ theHill.com ]

Repealing the AUMF is Biden’s opportunity to end the ‚forever wars‘

(11.02.2021)

The 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) is older than many of the Americans now sent to Afghanistan. Its corollary, the 2002 AUMF against Iraq, has also lived well beyond the Bush era. And despite four years of lambasting the “forever wars,” President Trump failed to bring an end to the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq. President Biden has a chance to correct that by scrapping and narrowing these military authorizations.

27.02.2021 - 10:25 [ CNN ]

Democrats question Biden’s legal justification for Syria strike

But some Democrats said that Congress has not passed an authorization for the use of military force specifically in Syria, and previous resolutions passed in 2001 and 2002 were designed for attacking those responsible for the September 11, 2001 attacks and to go into war with Iraq. Congress has not declared war since 1942.

„This makes President Biden the seventh consecutive US president to order strikes in the Middle East,“ said California Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna.

27.02.2021 - 08:03 [ Commondreams.org ]

‚It Should Be Easier to Raise Minimum Wage Than to Drop Bombs on Syria‘: Progressives Fume at Biden

„We assassinate people by drone strike and have a literal prison colony in Guantanamo but where we draw the line is ignoring the Senate parliamentarian when [she] says no to a minimum wage hike.“

26.02.2021 - 20:51 [ Antiwar.com ]

VP Harris, Biden’s Press Secretary Slammed as Hypocrites for Tweets on Trump’s Syria Airstrikes

After President Biden ordered airstrikes in eastern Syria against an Iraqi militia on Thursday, comments from Vice President Kamala Harris and Press Secretary Jen Psaki on the Trump administration’s Syria airstrikes surfaced on Twitter.

26.02.2021 - 17:15 [ The People’s Party / Twitter ]

#PeoplesParty stands in opposition to the airstrike carried out today by U.S. forces in #Syria. Read our statement below:

26.02.2021 - 16:50 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

US Bombs Syria And Ridiculously Claims Self Defense

The US is just taking it as a given that it has de facto jurisdiction over the nations of Syria, Iraq, and Iran, and that any attempt to interfere in its authority in the region is an unprovoked attack which must be defended against. This is completely backwards and illegitimate. Only through the most perversely warped American supremacist reality tunnels can it look valid to dictate the affairs of sovereign nations on the other side of the planet and respond with violence if anyone in those nations tries to eject them.

26.02.2021 - 16:35 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

How anyone can believe the US is hostile to Assad because he’s a “brutal dictator” — while at the same time embracing regimes in Saudi Arabia, Egypt & UAE, to say nothing of their beloved dictators over decades — is one of those enduring mysteries: a testament to US propaganda.

26.02.2021 - 15:58 [ Daniel Larison / Twitter ]

To sum up, we have to bomb targets in Syria without authorization to protect the troops that are in Iraq without authorization in order to pursue an unauthorized anti-ISIS mission that is really just an excuse to keep troops in the country for anti-Iranian reasons.

26.02.2021 - 15:54 [ Jordan Weissmann / Twitter ]

Wait, why the fuck are we bombing Syria?

26.02.2021 - 15:49 [ Richard Medhurst / Twitter ]

Thanks for bombing my country @JoeBiden

26.02.2021 - 15:39 [ theHill.com ]

Biden orders US strikes on Iranian-backed militia facilities in Syria

“The operation sends an unambiguous message: President Biden will act to protect American and coalition personnel,” Kirby said. “At the same time, we have acted in a deliberate manner that aims to de-escalate the overall situation in both eastern Syria and Iraq.”

The U.S. strike comes after three rocket attacks since last week targeted U.S. personnel and other interests in Iraq.

26.02.2021 - 03:40 [ ec.europa.eu ]

ROADMAP FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ACTIONS BY THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION BASED ON THE COMMISSION COMMUNICATION AND THE COUNCIL RECOMMENDATION ON STRENGTHENING COOPERATION AGAINST VACCINE PREVENTABLE DISEASES

(March 2019)

Examine the feasibility of developing a common vaccination card/passport for EU citizens (that takes into account potentially different national vaccination schedules and), that is compatible with electronic immunisation information systems and recognised for use across borders, without duplicating work at national level.

25.02.2021 - 12:02 [ The New York Times ]

A Top Democrat Warns Against a Hasty Withdrawal of U.S. Troops From Afghanistan

This could require sending more strike aircraft to operate in the Middle East or ensuring that an aircraft carrier with its strike wing is operating in the Persian Gulf region.

23.02.2021 - 10:10 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

We surrendered our freedom to lockdown – the state must never hold such control over our lives again

We know that the trajectory of the virus has been indistinguishable between North Dakota (with masks and distancing in restaurants) and South Dakota (without restrictions). We know that California, which locked down and closed schools, seems to have fared worse than Florida, which did not. We can see that the picture in Belgium with its hard lockdowns has now converged with that in Sweden which famously took a voluntary approach. Similarly, the ‘second wave’ trajectory in Japan is remarkably similar to that of the UK.

I know, I know, fascinating stuff…. but let’s leave all that for the public inquiry.

23.02.2021 - 10:03 [ theSun.co.uk ]

DEADLY DATA: Plan to lift lockdown by Easter ‘was canned after Sage scientists warned it would cause 91,000 more deaths

Models predicted it would lead to nearly 60,000 Covid patients in hospital by June, compared to last month’s high of 39,000.

Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance spoke of his support for the gradual approach taken by PM Boris Johnson, saying: „The sooner you open up everything, the higher the risk of a bigger resurgence.

„The slower you do it, the better.“

23.02.2021 - 06:05 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Covid cases are UP for first time in SIX WEEKS with 10,641 new infections while deaths tumble to 178 in lowest toll since December 13 – and Britain dishes out just 150,000 vaccines in worst performance since inoculation drive started

– Department of Health figures show infections are 9 per cent up on last Monday, when 9,765 were declared
– But laboratory-confirmed coronavirus fatalities have dropped by almost a quarter, from 230 last Monday
– Britain dished out 150,000 vaccines yesterday, in worst daily toll since roll-out began to speed up last month

23.02.2021 - 06:03 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris, Whitty and Vallance dismiss Tory and business fury at ultra-cautious lockdown ‚roadmap‘ saying the country wants ‚certainty not urgency‘ – with shops, salons and drinks outside from April 12 but no foreign travel before mid-MAY or hugs until June

Social distancing rules will stay in force until June 21 at the minimum, with a government review to decide their future after that. The decision means that grandparents face months of waiting before they can hug their grandchildren – even though millions have already been vaccinated.

15.02.2021 - 06:09 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Ministers must never again be free to impose crippling restrictions without proper scrutiny

Drawing on the Civil Contingencies Act, measures would also need Parliamentary approval before coming into effect (unless too urgent – in which case validity would be provisional) and they would expire after no more than 30 days unless renewed, so that in the event of another pandemic, restrictions could not be imposed for months on end without proper scrutiny.

14.02.2021 - 23:23 [ Radio Prague ]

Government declares new state of emergency

Although the lower house refused to extend the state of emergency it in a vote on Thursday, the government acted in response to a request from the governors of the country’s 14 regions who argued that a state of danger would not give them adequate powers to enforce the necessary restrictions needed to keep the coronavirus epidemic in check.

05.02.2021 - 22:35 [ RT / Youtube ]

Uncut Chronicles: Blood & Tears. Gaza August 2014

(02.09.2014)

Israel and Gaza’s ruling Hamas agreed to an open-ended ceasefire on August 26 after seven weeks of fighting – an uneasy deal that halted the Protective Edge operation, with more than 2,200 killed.

05.02.2021 - 22:32 [ RT / Youtube ]

Uncut Chronicles: Gaza-Israel War. Deadly July 2014

(03.08.2014)

The IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) began their current operation against Hamas after three teens were kidnapped and killed. The military op has already claimed over 1,500 civilian lives in Gaza.

01.02.2021 - 07:35 [ South China Morning Post ]

Myanmar Army declares state of emergency for one year in a coup against Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government

– Military-owned television said power had been handed to the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing
#- Parliament was due to sit on Monday after the National League for Democracy won the election last November.

31.01.2021 - 05:54 [ theSun.co.uk ]

HEADS ON THE BLOC: Angela Merkel & Emmanuel Macron under fire over EU’s disastrous Covid vaccine rollout

Tory MP Peter Bone last night said: “The EU has long-term problems partly due to its its undemocratic nature.

“It’s clear that they are not serving the nations.

“It’s breakdown will depend on Germany and France and what the people in those countries think.

29.01.2021 - 09:29 [ Haaretz ]

Alliance of Israeli Arab Parties to Split Ahead of March Election

At this stage, it’s not yet clear whether Ta’al might even decide to run jointly with Hadash and Balad, which have agreed to run on a joint slate, or whether it would pursue a link-up with the United Arab List.

27.01.2021 - 14:03 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

German media savages the EU for its vaccine shambles and tears into Ursula von der Leyen’s UK jabs threat – while jealously admiring ‚Brexit Brits‘ for ordering vaccines THREE MONTHS before Brussels

Embarrassingly for the bloc, it appears that Germany, the Netherlands, France and Italy had originally been looking to do a deal with AstraZeneca in May alongside the UK – but were blocked by the EU, which insisted it take over negotiations.

According to ITV’s Robert Peston: ‚The extra talks with the European Commission led to no material changes to the contract, but wasted time on making arrangements to make the vaccine with partner sites.‘

20.01.2021 - 22:12 [ CNBC Television / Youtube ]

WATCH LIVE: The presidential inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris — 1/20/21

Joe Biden is set to become the nation’s 46th president today.

20.01.2021 - 06:00 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Angela Merkel’s disastrous legacy is Brexit and a broken EU

‚Mutti‘ is a canny and tactical politician but leaves a trail of wreckage behind her after running Europe’s biggest economy for 16 years

15.01.2021 - 05:18 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Trump Orders Military Shift to Spur Israeli-Arab Cooperation Against Iran

President Trump has ordered that the major U.S. military command for the Middle East be expanded to include Israel, in a last-minute reorganization of the American defense structure that pro-Israel groups have long advocated to encourage cooperation against Iran, U.S. officials said Thursday.

15.01.2021 - 05:15 [ Gordon Lubold, White House, national security reporter @WSJ / Twitter ]

NEW: Trump ordered the Pentagon to reorganize its command structure and put Israel in US CENTCOM, in a nod to Israel’s long wishes and another last minute policy decision it will be hard for Biden to undo.

Exclusive with @mgordonwsj and me

08.01.2021 - 21:03 [ .wlsam.com ]

Read: Pelosi’s letter on speaking with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs about Trump and the nuclear codes

Preventing an Unhinged President From Using the Nuclear Codes: This morning, I spoke to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley to discuss available precautions for preventing an unstable president from initiating military hostilities or accessing the launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike. The situation of this unhinged President could not be more dangerous, and we must do everything that we can to protect the American people from his unbalanced assault on our country and our democracy.

04.01.2021 - 17:59 [ Wikispooks.com ]

Document:Senior spy appointed to lead UK’s joint biosecurity centre

(05.06.2020)

Clare Gardiner, head of cyber resilience and strategy at the UK National Cyber Security Centre — a branch of signals intelligence agency GCHQ — will become the centre’s first director-general, responsible for advising ministers on the “alert level” for the virus; which is similar to assessing the terror threat.

Ms Gardiner’s role at the NCSC involves advising businesses and public organisations on how to improve their cyber defences, and she will return to this post after her secondment at the centre. But her research background in epidemiology and medical statistics make her well-suited to the role, according to one person familiar with her appointment.

She will report to Dido Harding, who is in charge of the NHS test and trace service.

The decision to put a security official in charge is likely to cause consternation among public health experts, who have questioned whether the template of a terror analysis centre is appropriate for managing a viral pandemic,

04.01.2021 - 17:48 [ Nick Eardley / Twitter ]

NEW: Sources have told the BBC the Covid threat level – decided by the Joint Biosecurity Centre, which includes the UK’s four Chief Medical Officers – is being moved up to 5, the highest level. This is different from tiers

04.01.2021 - 07:20 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris’s lockdown D-Day: PM will decide TODAY whether to plunge ALL of England back into full lockdown – potentially for MONTHS – after Keir Starmer demanded tougher restrictions to stop ‚out of control‘ mutant Covid virus

Professor Sir Mark Walport, a member of the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), said it would be difficult to keep the new, faster-spreading strain of the virus under control without ‚much tighter‘ social-distancing measures.

Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show, the former chief scientific adviser said: ‚It’s clear that this variant is transmitting more readily – it’s transmitting more readily in younger age groups as well.

31.12.2020 - 06:57 [ Mirror.co.uk ]

Brexit deal with EU becomes law as the Queen gives official Royal Assent

Her Majesty’s approval paves the way for the deal to take effect at 11pm on Thursday when the current Brexit transition period, during which the UK has continued to follow EU rules, ends.

19.12.2020 - 11:07 [ theIntercept.com ]

The CIA’s Afghan Death Squads

While CIA officers run the operations, most of the ground support during strike force unit missions, including the control of air power, is provided by fighters loaned out by Joint Special Operations Command. Variations on this arrangement have been used by the CIA since the Church Committee clamped down on agency excesses at home and abroad in 1975. Originally dubbed “Omega” in Afghanistan, the program temporarily strips special forces of their regular military designation — a process known as “sheep-dipping”— and places them under CIA command. This enables the CIA to circumvent the restrictions placed on fighters who ordinarily operate under regular wartime Title 10 authority, placing them instead under the agency’s Title 50 authority for covert actions.

09.12.2020 - 04:30 [ Glenn Greenwald ]

Biden’s Choice For Pentagon Chief Further Erodes a Key U.S. Norm: Civilian Control

Before Gen. Austin can be confirmed, Biden will need a special waiver from Congress under the National Security Act of 1947. That law, a cornerstone of the post-World War II national security state, provides that “a person who has within ten years been on active duty as a commissioned officer in a Regular component of the armed services shall not be eligible for appointment as Secretary of Defense.”

09.12.2020 - 04:25 [ NPR.org ]

Biden Explains Defense Pick Amid Concerns There Be Civilian Control Of The Military

Unlike other Biden nominees who also may face skeptical confirmation hearings or tight votes in a closely divided Senate, Austin is likely to run into trouble aside from ideological positions or previous statements that may come up. Instead, it’s the fact that he’s only been retired from active duty for four years.

Civilian control is a key aspect of the U.S. military, and to underscore that principle, defense secretaries are legally required to have been retired from active duty for at least seven years.

07.12.2020 - 19:12 [ theHill.com ]

Power struggle sparks tensions among Senate Democrats

Sen. Dick Durbin (Ill.), who was recently reelected as Democratic whip for the next Congress, immediately threw his hat into the ring to succeed her. Durbin is third in seniority among Democrats on the committee behind Feinstein and Sen. Patrick Leahy (Vt.), who previously chaired the committee and is the top Democrat on the Appropriations Committee.

But the move drew grumblings because Durbin already holds the No. 2 position in the caucus and Democrats’ top spot on the Appropriations subcommittee for defense spending, an influential post that gives him sway over the Pentagon’s $700 billion budget.

06.12.2020 - 13:39 [ US Central Command ]

Saudi, UK, U.S. Naval Forces Conduct Mine Countermeasures Training

(02.12.2020)

Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF), Royal Navy and U.S. Navy forces participated in mine countermeasures (MCM) interoperability training in the Arabian Gulf, Nov. 9-12.

30.11.2020 - 22:49 [ Axios.com ]

Scoop: Israeli military prepares for possibility Trump will strike Iran

(25.11.2020)

The Israel Defense Forces have in recent weeks been instructed to prepare for the possibility that the U.S. will conduct a military strike against Iran before President Trump leaves office, senior Israeli officials tell me.

30.11.2020 - 22:47 [ Anthony Chimente, @durham_uni / Twitter ]

No, you need to read the NYT article stating Trump wanted to use military force against Iran but the pentagon military/ some@civilian leadership balked. Now he can use SOCOM/JSOC to strike Iran without the consent of Pentagon military leadership.

(18.11.2020)

30.11.2020 - 22:45 [ Lara Seligman, Covering the Pentagon for @POLITICO / Twitter ]

Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller, himself a former Green Beret, announces that he has directed the Special Operations civilian leadership to report directly to the SecDef. This puts Special Operations command „on par with the military services for the first time.“

(18.11.2020)

28.11.2020 - 19:24 [ UPI.com ]

USAF F-16s move from Germany to UAE

(16.11.2020)

Although CENTCOM did not offer specific information about the move, the UAE base has been the center of operations for planes patrolling the Persian Gulf to monitor activities by Iran’s military.

28.11.2020 - 19:19 [ Fox News ]

Message to Iran: B-52 bombers deployed to Middle East

(22.11.2020)

U.S. Central Command said the U.S. Air Force B-52H “Stratofortress” aircrews conducted the mission on „short notice“ to „deter aggression and reassure U.S. partners and allies.“

“The ability to quickly move forces into, out of and around the theater to seize, retain and exploit the initiative is key to deterring potential aggression,“ said Lt. Gen. Greg Guillot, 9th Air Force commander.

27.11.2020 - 18:12 [ Javad Zarif, Foreign Minister of Islamic Republic of Iran / Twitter ]

Terrorists murdered an eminent Iranian scientist today. This cowardice—with serious indications of Israeli role—shows desperate warmongering of perpetrators Iran calls on int’l community—and especially EU—to end their shameful double standards & condemn this act of state terror.

27.11.2020 - 18:09 [ CNN ]

Iran’s top nuclear scientist killed in apparent assassination, state media reports

Iran’s top nuclear scientist was reportedly killed Friday in an apparent assassination that the country’s foreign minister linked to Israel.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office has not responded to CNN’s request for comment.

25.11.2020 - 17:55 [ theHill.com ]

Feinstein departure from top post sets stage for Judiciary fight

Other groups on the left were thinking about joining the call for Feinstein to step down but held off after Schumer’s office put out word that the Democratic leader was working on the situation, according to sources familiar with the haggling over Feinstein’s future.

25.11.2020 - 17:31 [ CNN ]

Feinstein to step aside as top Democrat on Senate Judiciary Committee

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein announced on Monday that she would step down from the top Democratic spot on the Senate Judiciary Committee next year, following sharp criticism from liberal activists over her handling of the hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.
Feinstein, 87, said she would „increase“ her „attention“ on the wildfire and drought crisis in California …

24.11.2020 - 21:18 [ Central Intelligence Agency / JFKlancer.com ]

CIA Document 1035-960 – Concerning Criticism of the Warren Report

(01. April 1967)

1. Our Concern. From the day of President Kennedy’s assassination on, there has been speculation about the responsibility for his murder. Although this was stemmed for a time by the Warren Commission report, (which appeared at the end of September 1964), various writers have now had time to scan the Commission’s published report and documents for new pretexts for questioning, and there has been a new wave of books and articles criticizing the Commission’s findings. In most cases the critics have speculated as to the existence of some kind of conspiracy, and often they have implied that the Commission itself was involved. Presumably as a result of the increasing challenge to the Warren Commission’s report, a public opinion poll recently indicated that 46% of the American public did not think that Oswald acted alone, while more than half of those polled thought that the Commission had left some questions unresolved. Doubtless polls abroad would show similar, or possibly more adverse results.

(…)

Innuendo of such seriousness affects not only the individual concerned, but also the whole reputation of the American government. Our organization itself is directly involved: among other facts, we contributed information to the investigation. Conspiracy theories have frequently thrown suspicion on our organization, for example by falsely alleging that Lee Harvey Oswald worked for us. The aim of this dispatch is to provide material countering and discrediting the claims of the conspiracy theorists, so as to inhibit the circulation of such claims in other countries. Background information is supplied in a classified section and in a number of unclassified attachments.

3. Action. We do not recommend that discussion of the assassination question be initiated where it is not already taking place. Where discussion is active [business] addresses are requested:

a. To discuss the publicity problem with [?] and friendly elite contacts (especially politicians and editors), pointing out that the Warren Commission made as thorough an investigation as humanly possible, that the charges of the critics are without serious foundation, and that further speculative discussion only plays into the hands of the opposition. Point out also that parts of the conspiracy talk appear to be deliberately generated by Communist propagandists. Urge them to use their influence to discourage unfounded and irresponsible speculation.

b. To employ propaganda assets to [negate] and refute the attacks of the critics. Book reviews and feature articles are particularly appropriate for this purpose. The unclassified attachments to this guidance should provide useful background material for passing to assets. Our ploy should point out, as applicable, that the critics are (I) wedded to theories adopted before the evidence was in, (I) politically interested, (III) financially interested, (IV) hasty and inaccurate in their research, or (V) infatuated with their own theories.

(…)

4. In private to media discussions not directed at any particular writer, or in attacking publications which may be yet forthcoming, the following arguments should be useful:

a. No significant new evidence has emerged which the Commission did not consider. The assassination is sometimes compared (e.g., by Joachim Joesten and Bertrand Russell) with the Dreyfus case; however, unlike that case, the attack on the Warren Commission have produced no new evidence, no new culprits have been convincingly identified, and there is no agreement among the critics. (A better parallel, though an imperfect one, might be with the Reichstag fire of 1933, which some competent historians (Fritz Tobias, AJ.P. Taylor, D.C. Watt) now believe was set by Vander Lubbe on his own initiative, without acting for either Nazis or Communists; the Nazis tried to pin the blame on the Communists, but the latter have been more successful in convincing the world that the Nazis were to blame.)

19.11.2020 - 14:50 [ New York Times ]

Trump Is Said to Be Preparing to Withdraw Troops From Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia

Under a draft order circulating at the Pentagon on Monday, the number of U.S. forces in Afghanistan would be halved from the current deployment of 4,500 troops, officials said.

In Iraq, the Pentagon would trim force levels slightly below the 3,000 troops that commanders had previously announced. And in Somalia, virtually all of the more than 700 troops conducting training and counterterrorism missions would leave.

15.11.2020 - 12:00 [ quora.com ]

Are left-wing people actually less intelligent?

Laeeth Isharc, former Co-head fixed income in London at Citadel Investment Group
Answered July 7, 2017 · Author has 1.2K answers and 4.4M answer views

With a question like this it’s best to start by looking at the data. One may arrive at different interpretations of it, but at least we should be able to agree what the facts are.

11.11.2020 - 10:08 [ Saagar Enjeti, Host of Rising / Twitter ]

There it is. Confirmation that Esper and his team were fired for thwarting admin efforts to withdraw troops from Afghanistan Its been 20 years there is no „premature withdrawal“

04.11.2020 - 13:37 [ CNN ]

Why the Supreme Court let some states count mail-in ballots received after Election Day but not others

(29.10.2020)

In the final days before the presidential election, the Supreme Court has been pelted with requests from parties in battleground states seeking last minute approval to change election rules, especially regarding whether mail-in votes can arrive after Election Day and still be counted.

03.11.2020 - 06:28 [ i24news.tv ]

Gantz asserts Netanyahu won’t honor coalition agreement: report

Gantz, according to the report, stressed that he is willing to “pay with [his] seat,” but will delay a decision for two weeks.

01.11.2020 - 08:20 [ DesMoinesRegister.com ]

Here’s why, despite what polls say, Trump is winning

In August, the respected CATO Institute reported that 62% of Americans acknowledge holding views that many people consider offensive. Among conservatives, that number skyrockets to 77%. With potentially tens of millions of closeted fans, Trump is a pollster’s nightmare. The wife of a pro-Trump buddy of mine detests the 45th president. Yet, when she slams Trump — which is very often — my friend smiles, nods approvingly, and replies, “I hear ya, sweetie,” or, “you sure got that right, honey.” Another guy who does the same thing says, “Happy wife; happy life.”

31.10.2020 - 11:10 [ Mark Wood, Socialist / Twitter ]

Labour can never coexist while these centrist bastards remain, we need a new party and leave them to it. And something to remember. If there’s a party on the left threatening success, Tory voters will cling to the Tory Party even more, Starmer will never attract them

31.10.2020 - 11:06 [ Dave Berkeley / Twitter ]

Labour is dead. Time for a new party.

31.10.2020 - 11:00 [ War By Other Means / Twitter ]

Too late I’ve already left. If Starmer kicks Corbyn out it would actually be a good thing because we could organise a new party based on real Labour values with socialist anti imperial ideals.

31.10.2020 - 10:56 [ JewishVoiceForLabour / Twitter ]

We are appalled that Jeremy Corbyn has been suspended from the Labour Party and the whip withdrawn. He has a proud record of fighting all forms of racism and antisemitism. This is an attack both on Jeremy and on the majority of party members. Do not leave, organise, fight back

(29.10.2020)

29.10.2020 - 05:23 [ Washington Post ]

Trump must accept the election results if he loses. Will his opponents do the same if he wins?

Still, Trump may indeed be defeated. If that happens, he and his supporters must honor the outcome. But a question repeatedly asked of Trump should be more often asked of his foes: If Trump wins, will they accept the results?

27.10.2020 - 03:23 [ ABC News / Youtube ]

President Trump hosts swearing-in ceremony for Amy Coney Barrett

(video)

26.10.2020 - 09:12 [ Axios.com ]

Scoop: Trump’s post-election execution list

If President Trump wins re-election, he’ll move to immediately fire FBI Director Christopher Wray and also expects to replace CIA Director Gina Haspel and Defense Secretary Mark Esper, two people who’ve discussed these officials‘ fates with the president tell Axios.

The big picture: The list of planned replacements is much longer, but these are Trump’s priorities, starting with Wray.

26.10.2020 - 09:03 [ theHill.com ]

Trump has list of top intelligence officials he’ll fire if he wins reelection: report

President Trump plans to fire several top officials in the national security sphere should he win reelection in November, Axios reported Sunday.

The president plans to fire Defense Secretary Mark Esper, CIA Director Gina Haspel and FBI Director Christopher Wray, two people familiar with his decisionmaking told the news outlet. White House officials declined to comment on personnel matters.

23.10.2020 - 02:31 [ theHill.com ]

Trump pushing to declassify document disputing intel findings on Russia: report

But two officials said their calls for declassification have been met with opposition from within the intelligence agencies, with some objecting that such a release would be too close to Election Day.

22.10.2020 - 08:27 [ New York Times ]

The Intelligence Director Who Is Undermining Trust and Truth

Mr. Ratcliffe, like Maj. Gen. Willoughby before him, seems to think his job is to serve only his boss, who requires that everyone agree with him at all times. As General MacArthur is often quoted: if you control intelligence, you control decision-making.

20.10.2020 - 22:27 [ Nehemia Shtrasler / Haaretz ]

‚You Really Believe Netanyahu Wants the Coronavirus Pandemic to Last?‘

Let me be clear, I’m not saying that Netanyahu wants people to get sick or die. He wants the pandemic to not disappear. He does not want a return to normal. He wants the emergency period to continue, for chaos to reign, for businesses to open and close like an accordion, and for the Israeli public to cry out to the heavens: Save us, Bibi. Save us like you saved us from the dreaded nuclear threat from Iran. After all, Bibi, the world expert in sowing fear and anxiety, has no equal when it comes to spurring terrified voters to cast their ballots for Likud.

16.10.2020 - 18:54 [ The Hill ]

Trump adviser shoots back at top general: ‚I wasn’t speculating‘ on Afghanistan troop levels

National security adviser Robert O’Brien insisted Friday that President Trump has ordered a drawdown in Afghanistan to 2,500 troops by early next year, shooting back at criticism from the top general in the military.

15.10.2020 - 05:52 [ American Values / Twitter ]

On this day in 2011, an Obama-ordered drone strike killed 16 year-old American citizen Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, his teenage cousin, and 5 other civilians as they were eating at an outdoor cafe in Southern Yemen.

(14.10.2020)

11.10.2020 - 19:45 [ theGuardian.com ]

Trump’s Afghanistan withdrawal announcement takes US officials by surprise

(08.10.2020)

Multiple officials told the Associated Press they had not been informed of any such deadline and military experts said it would be impossible to withdraw all 5,000 US troops in Afghanistan and dismantle the US military headquarters by the end of the year.

They suggested the president’s claim was aimed at shifting the news cycle away from coronavirus coverage and that the Pentagon would not act on the order before the 3 November US election.

11.10.2020 - 19:40 [ theHill.com ]

Official: Pentagon has started ‚prudent planning‘ for full Afghanistan withdrawal by May

(22.09.2020)

“I’d like to make it clear that [Defense Secretary Mark Esper] has not issued orders to reduce military personnel below this 4,000 to 5,000 level in Afghanistan, although we are conducting prudent planning to withdraw to zero service members by May 2021 if conditions warrant, per the U.S.-Taliban agreement,” David Helvey, the official performing the duties of assistant secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific security affairs, told the House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on National Security at a hearing.

06.10.2020 - 19:05 [ Fox News ]

Amy Coney Barrett confirmation hearing to begin Oct. 12 as Senate ramps up COVID precautions

Republicans are hopeful that they can get Barrett confirmed to the high court before Election Day.

03.10.2020 - 12:44 [ Lindsey Graham, US Senator / Twitter ]

Talked to Senator Lee earlier today and wished him a speedy recovery. Look forward to welcoming him back to the @senjudiciary to proceed with the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barret on October 12.

03.10.2020 - 12:33 [ USA Today ]

2 GOP senators test positive for COVID-19 after Trump; Democrats say it’s ‚premature‘ to move forward with Barrett confirmation hearings

Despite the concerns, Senate Republican leaders say they want to move ahead with confirmation hearings for Barrett, which are slated to begin Oct. 12. Both Lee and Tillis are members of the 22-member Senate Judiciary Committee that will hold the hearings and ultimately decide whether his confirmation will move forward for a vote in the full Senate.

03.10.2020 - 12:14 [ New York Times ]

Positive Tests for Senators Raise Questions About Timing of Barrett Hearings

Two Republican senators on the pivotal Judiciary Committee have tested positive for the coronavirus after attending White House events last week announcing Mr. Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, throwing the future of her Supreme Court confirmation hearings into question.

03.10.2020 - 12:13 [ New York Times ]

Trump’s Diagnosis Imperils Quick Supreme Court Confirmation Timeline

But by Friday evening, with the White House and Congress in turmoil and two Republican members of the Judiciary Committee, Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Thom Tillis of North Carolina, among those announcing they had tested positive for the virus, it was clear that the challenge had grown steeper.

Top Republicans insisted they would move ahead at an uncommonly swift pace to hold hearings on Judge Barrett’s nomination by Oct. 12, send her nomination to the full Senate by Oct. 22 and confirm her as soon as Oct. 26, eight days before Election Day — even if it meant breaking Senate norms and considering a lifetime judicial nomination by videoconference.

26.09.2020 - 11:58 [ New York Times ]

Trump Selects Amy Coney Barrett to Fill Ginsburg’s Seat on the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — President Trump has selected Judge Amy Coney Barrett, the favorite candidate of conservatives, to succeed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and will try to force Senate confirmation before Election Day in a move that would significantly alter the ideological makeup of the Supreme Court for years.

26.09.2020 - 11:52 [ theHill.com ]

A game theorist’s advice to President Trump on filling the Supreme Court seat

I have worked for over 30 years in competitive strategy. I teach it to future business and policy leaders, diplomats, global development leaders and social entrepreneurs. I have been a leader of the competitive strategy practices in two influential global consulting firms, where I advised CEOs, boards and policy heads. My academic training is as a game theorist, the science of figuring out your next move while anticipating the competitor’s moves to follow. Despite these credentials, I have never been invited to advise Donald Trump on competitive strategy.

22.09.2020 - 07:09 [ New York Times ]

Trying to Hammer Iran With U.N. Sanctions, U.S. Issues More of Its Own

Four cabinet secretaries, the White House national security adviser and the American ambassador to the United Nations announced the additional penalties at the State Department, two days after the administration said it had unilaterally reimposed U.N. sanctions against Iran — a declaration European allies have balked at and the U.N. Security Council has refused to recognize.

22.09.2020 - 07:00 [ ArabNews.com ]

US says all UN sanctions on Iran restored

(20.09.2020)

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration declared Saturday that all UN sanctions against Iran have been restored, a move most of the rest of the world rejects as illegal and sets the stage for an ugly showdown at the world body ahead of its annual General Assembly.

20.09.2020 - 11:49 [ Fox News ]

Trump’s Supreme Court court pick likely to be Amy Coney Barrett or Barbara Lagoa: reports

The New Orleans native was appointed by Trump to the Seventh Circuit in 2017. She taught law at the University of Notre Dame for 15 years but had no other judicial background, according to the Washington Post.

She believes in originalism, the idea that judges should interpret the Constitution as the Founding Fathers intended.

19.09.2020 - 14:37 [ Bloomberg ]

Amy Coney Barrett Emerges as Front-Runner for Trump Court Pick

Amy Coney Barrett swiftly emerged as an early front-runner to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court among allies of President Donald Trump, who are preparing to press forward with a hotly contested nomination battle on the eve of an election.

Barrett, a U.S. Court of Appeals judge appointed by Trump, is on a list of potential high court nominees Trump updated earlier this month. She was also among the finalists Trump considered before selecting Brett Kavanaugh for the court in 2018.

19.09.2020 - 14:30 [ Fox News ]

Top contenders to fill vacant Supreme Court seat include Coney Barrett, Hardiman

The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg leaves vacant a crucial seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. Based on reporting prior to her sudden death, here are some of the top contenders to fill that seat, should President Trump choose to nominate someone.

Each of these names is on Trump’s list of possible nominees, a list he has said he would rely on when making any selection.

19.09.2020 - 14:07 [ Washington Post ]

Ginsburg’s death jolts chaotic presidential race as both sides prepare for Supreme Court battle

An already chaotic and corrosive presidential campaign was jolted anew Friday night by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as a sudden vacancy on the Supreme Court just 46 days before the election immediately galvanized both political parties.

19.09.2020 - 11:58 [ theHill.com ]

Ginsburg, trailblazing leader on Supreme Court, dies at 87

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the liberal leader of the Supreme Court and a trailblazing champion of women’s rights, died Friday. She was 87 years old.

The Supreme Court said in a statement that Ginsburg died „surrounded by her family at her home in Washington, D.C., due to complications of metastatic pancreas cancer.“

11.09.2020 - 17:14 [ SilentRepublicWTC / Youtube ]

11 Commission _ Trans. Sec Norman Mineta Testimony.mov

(02.05.2010)

Mineta’s Presidential Emergency Operations Center (PEOC) testimony was also edited out of the 9/11 Commission video archive.
When questioned about this, representatives at the National Archive stated that the video may have been lost because of a ’snafu‘. Following is a brief summary of the scrubbed video along with links to recently obtained C-SPAN video.

Mineta responds to an opening question by Commissioner Hamilton about the events in the PEOC and an alleged shoot down order. He describes a conversation between Cheney and a young man:

Mineta: „During the time that the airplane was coming into the Pentagon, there was a young man who would come in and say to the Vice President…the plane is 50 miles out…the plane is 30 miles out….and when it got down to the plane is 10 miles out, the young man also said to the vice president „do the orders still stand?“ And the Vice President turned and whipped his neck around and said „Of course the orders still stand, have you heard anything to the contrary!??“

11.09.2020 - 17:10 [ MSNBC / Youtube ]

Fmr. Transportation Secretary Recalls 9/11 From The White House | MSNBC

(Sep 11, 2016)

On 9/11, the passengers of Flight 93 fought the hijackers, preventing an attack on what may have been the Capitol or the White House. Former Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta reflects on his experience inside the White House bunker that day.

11.09.2020 - 14:42 [ alumni.cornell.edu / web.archive.org ]

SPOTLIGHT ON: BARBARA RIGGS

(Frühjahr / spring 2006)

„Once the first plane hit, we implemented emergency evacuation plans for our field office located in World Trade Center #7. All these individuals were in the process of being evacuated when the second plane hit. While the Secret Service law enforcement personnel assisted NYPD and NYFD evacuate the towers, the administrative staff and temporary personnel were escorted to safety. Secret Service Special Officer Craig Miller was killed while assisting in the evacuation of one of the towers. Later that day, the USSS New York Field Office was lost as World Trade Center #7 collapsed.

Thru monitoring radar and activating an open line with the FAA, the Secret Service was able to receive real time information about other hijacked aircraft. We were tracking two hijacked aircraft as they approached Washington, D.C. and our assumption was that the White House was a target. While the White House was evacuated, the Secret Service prepared to defend the facility.“

11.09.2020 - 14:33 [ Michael C. Ruppert / Weebly.com ]

Crossing the Rubicon

(2004)

It has never been disputed that at all times Cheney was able to communicate with the Pentagon. Nor has it ever been disputed that the Secret Service was always in Cheney’s immediate presence. This is where the entire explanation of who knew what and when offered by the Kean Commission irretrievably falls apart. Below Clarke’s description of the unfolding of a key moment on the morning of 9/11 falls between two time-certain events. We can clearly place the time of this moment atapproximately 9:40 a.m., or one minute before the impact on the Pentagon.

„During the pause [as people in the White House Situation Roompaused to watch President Bush’s first televised remarks at 9:30 a.m.], I noticed that Brian Stafford, Director of the Secret Service, was now in the room. He pulled me aside ….

Stafford slipped me a note. “Radar shows aircraft headed this way.” Secret Service had a system that allowed them to see what FAA’s radar was seeing. “I’m going to empty out the complex.” He was ordering the evacuation of the White House.
Ralph Seigler stuck his head into the room, “There has been an explosion at the Pentagon parking lot, maybe a car bomb.” “

“Secret Service had a system that allowed them to see what FAA’s radar was seeing”?

11.09.2020 - 11:16 [ Central Intelligence Agency / JFKlancer.com ]

CIA Document 1035-960 – Concerning Criticism of the Warren Report

(01. April 1967)

1. Our Concern. From the day of President Kennedy’s assassination on, there has been speculation about the responsibility for his murder. Although this was stemmed for a time by the Warren Commission report, (which appeared at the end of September 1964), various writers have now had time to scan the Commission’s published report and documents for new pretexts for questioning, and there has been a new wave of books and articles criticizing the Commission’s findings. In most cases the critics have speculated as to the existence of some kind of conspiracy, and often they have implied that the Commission itself was involved. Presumably as a result of the increasing challenge to the Warren Commission’s report, a public opinion poll recently indicated that 46% of the American public did not think that Oswald acted alone, while more than half of those polled thought that the Commission had left some questions unresolved. Doubtless polls abroad would show similar, or possibly more adverse results.

(…)

Innuendo of such seriousness affects not only the individual concerned, but also the whole reputation of the American government. Our organization itself is directly involved: among other facts, we contributed information to the investigation. Conspiracy theories have frequently thrown suspicion on our organization, for example by falsely alleging that Lee Harvey Oswald worked for us. The aim of this dispatch is to provide material countering and discrediting the claims of the conspiracy theorists, so as to inhibit the circulation of such claims in other countries. Background information is supplied in a classified section and in a number of unclassified attachments.

3. Action. We do not recommend that discussion of the assassination question be initiated where it is not already taking place. Where discussion is active [business] addresses are requested:

a. To discuss the publicity problem with [?] and friendly elite contacts (especially politicians and editors), pointing out that the Warren Commission made as thorough an investigation as humanly possible, that the charges of the critics are without serious foundation, and that further speculative discussion only plays into the hands of the opposition. Point out also that parts of the conspiracy talk appear to be deliberately generated by Communist propagandists. Urge them to use their influence to discourage unfounded and irresponsible speculation.

b. To employ propaganda assets to [negate] and refute the attacks of the critics. Book reviews and feature articles are particularly appropriate for this purpose. The unclassified attachments to this guidance should provide useful background material for passing to assets. Our ploy should point out, as applicable, that the critics are (I) wedded to theories adopted before the evidence was in, (I) politically interested, (III) financially interested, (IV) hasty and inaccurate in their research, or (V) infatuated with their own theories.

(…)

4. In private to media discussions not directed at any particular writer, or in attacking publications which may be yet forthcoming, the following arguments should be useful:

a. No significant new evidence has emerged which the Commission did not consider. The assassination is sometimes compared (e.g., by Joachim Joesten and Bertrand Russell) with the Dreyfus case; however, unlike that case, the attack on the Warren Commission have produced no new evidence, no new culprits have been convincingly identified, and there is no agreement among the critics. (A better parallel, though an imperfect one, might be with the Reichstag fire of 1933, which some competent historians (Fritz Tobias, AJ.P. Taylor, D.C. Watt) now believe was set by Vander Lubbe on his own initiative, without acting for either Nazis or Communists; the Nazis tried to pin the blame on the Communists, but the latter have been more successful in convincing the world that the Nazis were to blame.)

10.09.2020 - 07:57 [ Weißes Haus ]

Additions to President Donald J. Trump’s Supreme Court List

Today, President Donald J. Trump announced the following additions to his Supreme Court List:

05.09.2020 - 10:54 [ Pulse.ng ]

Niger soldiers executed dozens of civilians, probe says

Soldiers in Niger executed dozens of civilians during the counterinsurgency campaign against jihadists in the country’s troubled Tillaberi region earlier this year, a probe into the deaths reported.

19.08.2020 - 08:40 [ CTV News Northern Ontario / Twitter ]

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has asked Gov. Gen. Julie Payette to prorogue Parliament until Sept. 23, ..

.. putting a more than month-long pause on parliamentary business as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on.

19.08.2020 - 08:39 [ Washington Post ]

Canada’s embarrassing governor general should resign — and no one should replace her

A Canada with more self-confidence would have the courage to revisit its governor general entirely on its own terms. If the country is truly the beacon of principled democratic liberalism it so often claims, eliminating a failed, undemocratic office should hardly be painful.

19.08.2020 - 08:25 [ CBC.ca ]

Can you fire a Governor General?

(11.08.2020)

The Governor General is appointed by the Queen on the advice of the prime minister. An exit from this post can only occur through death or incapacitation, resignation, or if the Queen, acting on the advice of the prime minister, removes the Governor General from the role.

16.08.2020 - 05:53 [ USA Today ]

Trump says he will look ‚very strongly‘ at granting pardon to whistleblower Edward Snowden

In the interview, Trump justified talk of a pardon by again complaining about an FBI investigation into links between his campaign and Russians who sought to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. He said it was unfair that people like ex-FBI Director James Comey are free while Snowden is in legal limbo.

14.08.2020 - 03:32 [ Haaretz ]

After Netanyahu Commits to Future Annexation, Trump Says It’s ‚Off the Table for Now‘

„Israel agreed not to annex parts of the West Bank. It is more than taking it off the table – they agreed not to do it. This is a very smart concession by Israel. It is off the table now,“ Trump said during a White House briefing.

04.08.2020 - 20:52 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Yair Netanyahu: I show my father videos of ‚aliens‘ from protests

The original tweet, which was later deleted from the Galey Israel account, read: „My dad is a strong man, he sees what we all see, these aliens at the protests, it’s funny to him, it’s like entertainment.“

Later, Yair Netanyahu attempted to clarify his words in another tweet.

02.08.2020 - 10:53 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

Don’t. Side. With. The. Powerful.

I’ve been thinking about it because it’s such an accurate reflection of how subservience to power actually manifests in our world. You talk about abusive power structures in our world, from police brutality to corporate predation to imperialist military interventionism, and many people are receptive. But you always wind up standing across from some freaky empire zombie saying “Well, what did you expect?”

It really is like a zombie infection, like a virus of the mind which spreads through propaganda and toxic ideologies and leads people to support the abuse of the disempowered by the powerful.

23.07.2020 - 19:22 [ New York Times ]

How Powerful Is the President?

Powers like these have been deployed sparingly: A few days after the Sept. 11 attacks, a proclamation declaring a national emergency, followed by an executive order days later, invoked some presidential powers, including the use of National Guard and U.S. military forces.

What little we know about these secret powers comes from the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University Law School, but we believe they may include suspension of habeas corpus, surveillance, home intrusion, arrest without a judicial warrant, collective if not mass arrests and more; some could violate constitutional protections.

14.07.2020 - 14:10 [ BBC ]

Gough Whitlam: Queen not told in advance of Australia PM’s sacking, letters show

However, they also reveal Sir John – an Australian who was a judge before becoming governor-general – had discussed with Buckingham Palace whether he had the constitutional authority to dismiss Mr Whitlam.

Australia is a constitutional monarchy with the Queen as head of state. Before the dismissal, many Australians had little idea her representative had such power.

02.07.2020 - 11:16 [ Bloomberg ]

Netanyahu Will Miss Trump, But Can Live With Biden

In the last three Israeli electoral campaigns, Trump worked hard to keep Bibi in office. Now it is Trump who is running for re-election. The president fully expects Bibi to reciprocate.

But loyalty and gratitude are not among Bibi’s virtues.

02.07.2020 - 10:52 [ Haaretz ]

Many Will Take Credit, but This Is the Real Reason Netanyahu Delayed His Annexation Plan

Joe Biden is the main reason Netanyahu is not annexing.

There are few politicians who have a keener understanding of polls than Netanyahu. He has several pollsters on his official and unofficial payroll, and keeps in touch with others. His polling brain-trust is heavily American and though they have misled at least once in the past, when he thought that Mitt Romney had a chance of denying Barack Obama a second term in 2012. He is fully aware now that Trump’s chances of winning in November are vanishing.

30.06.2020 - 18:20 [ StarTribune.com ]

Netanyahu signals delay in West Bank annexation plan

Netanyahu made the comments shortly after wrapping up talks with White House envoy Avi Berkowitz and the U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman. The sides have been holding talks for several months on finalizing a map spelling out which areas of the West Bank will be annexed by Israel.

„I spoke about the question of sovereignty, which we are working on these days and we will continue to work on in the coming days,“ Netanyahu said.

30.06.2020 - 08:56 [ CNN ]

From pandering to Putin to abusing allies and ignoring his own advisers, Trump’s phone calls alarm US officials

In hundreds of highly classified phone calls with foreign heads of state, President Donald Trump was so consistently unprepared for discussion of serious issues, so often outplayed in his conversations with powerful leaders like Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Erdogan, and so abusive to leaders of America’s principal allies, that the calls helped convince some senior US officials — including his former secretaries of state and defense, two national security advisers and his longest-serving chief of staff — that the President himself posed a danger to the national security of the United States, according to White House and intelligence officials intimately familiar with the contents of the conversations.

30.06.2020 - 08:52 [ Axios.com ]

Benjamin Netanyahu has asked American evangelical supporters to lobby in favor of annexing parts of the West Bank in an attempt to press President Trump to give Israel the green light for annexing parts of the West Bank

(29.06.2020)

Why it matters: Israeli officials say Netanyahu thinks President Trump is politically vulnerable four months before the U.S. election and that he could lose to presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. He thinks Trump needs the evangelical base to go to vote in order to have a chance at winning.

30.06.2020 - 08:48 [ Jerusalem Post ]

IDF generals urge Trump to stand behind Netanyahu’s sovereignty plan

(23.06.2020)

The idea of Israeli sovereignty over 30% of the West Bank, including all of the settlements, is already incorporated into Trump’s peace plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

However, Israel can do so only with approval from the US.

30.06.2020 - 08:30 [ Al-Monitor.com ]

Trump’s endorsement crucial for Netanyahu’s annexation plan

(23.06.2020)

“[Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu is entirely dependent on [President Donald] Trump for the annexation. We have no illusions that he would operate against decisions taken in the White House.” These words were told to Al-Monitor by a senior Likud minister speaking on condition of anonymity.

29.06.2020 - 15:48 [ Haaretz ]

Like Trump, Netanyahu Suddenly Seems Out of Touch and Off the Rails

Others see a cynical political gambit at play, as with the return of the coronavirus: Netanyahu is either aiming for a crisis that will allow him to call for an early election while blaming Gantz and other rivals on the left for the failure of his annexation move – or is actually banking on a crisis, foreign, domestic or both, that will allow him to seize emergency powers, delay his trial, seize control of the legal system and so on and so forth.

16.06.2020 - 11:17 [ theHill.com ]

Trump confirms plan to cut US troops in Germany to 25,000

“We’re putting the number down to 25,000 soldiers,” Trump told reporters at the White House.

“Germany’s delinquent,” Trump added. “They’ve been delinquent for years, and they owe NATO billions of dollars, and they have to pay it. So we’re protecting Germany, and they’re delinquent. That doesn’t make sense.”

13.06.2020 - 05:13 [ Central Intelligence Agency / JFKlancer.com ]

CIA Document 1035-960 – Concerning Criticism of the Warren Report

(01. April 1967)

1. Our Concern. From the day of President Kennedy’s assassination on, there has been speculation about the responsibility for his murder. Although this was stemmed for a time by the Warren Commission report, (which appeared at the end of September 1964), various writers have now had time to scan the Commission’s published report and documents for new pretexts for questioning, and there has been a new wave of books and articles criticizing the Commission’s findings. In most cases the critics have speculated as to the existence of some kind of conspiracy, and often they have implied that the Commission itself was involved. Presumably as a result of the increasing challenge to the Warren Commission’s report, a public opinion poll recently indicated that 46% of the American public did not think that Oswald acted alone, while more than half of those polled thought that the Commission had left some questions unresolved. Doubtless polls abroad would show similar, or possibly more adverse results.

(…)

Innuendo of such seriousness affects not only the individual concerned, but also the whole reputation of the American government. Our organization itself is directly involved: among other facts, we contributed information to the investigation. Conspiracy theories have frequently thrown suspicion on our organization, for example by falsely alleging that Lee Harvey Oswald worked for us. The aim of this dispatch is to provide material countering and discrediting the claims of the conspiracy theorists, so as to inhibit the circulation of such claims in other countries. Background information is supplied in a classified section and in a number of unclassified attachments.

3. Action. We do not recommend that discussion of the assassination question be initiated where it is not already taking place. Where discussion is active [business] addresses are requested:

a. To discuss the publicity problem with [?] and friendly elite contacts (especially politicians and editors), pointing out that the Warren Commission made as thorough an investigation as humanly possible, that the charges of the critics are without serious foundation, and that further speculative discussion only plays into the hands of the opposition. Point out also that parts of the conspiracy talk appear to be deliberately generated by Communist propagandists. Urge them to use their influence to discourage unfounded and irresponsible speculation.

b. To employ propaganda assets to [negate] and refute the attacks of the critics. Book reviews and feature articles are particularly appropriate for this purpose. The unclassified attachments to this guidance should provide useful background material for passing to assets. Our ploy should point out, as applicable, that the critics are (I) wedded to theories adopted before the evidence was in, (I) politically interested, (III) financially interested, (IV) hasty and inaccurate in their research, or (V) infatuated with their own theories.

(…)

4. In private to media discussions not directed at any particular writer, or in attacking publications which may be yet forthcoming, the following arguments should be useful:

a. No significant new evidence has emerged which the Commission did not consider. The assassination is sometimes compared (e.g., by Joachim Joesten and Bertrand Russell) with the Dreyfus case; however, unlike that case, the attack on the Warren Commission have produced no new evidence, no new culprits have been convincingly identified, and there is no agreement among the critics. (A better parallel, though an imperfect one, might be with the Reichstag fire of 1933, which some competent historians (Fritz Tobias, AJ.P. Taylor, D.C. Watt) now believe was set by Vander Lubbe on his own initiative, without acting for either Nazis or Communists; the Nazis tried to pin the blame on the Communists, but the latter have been more successful in convincing the world that the Nazis were to blame.)

07.06.2020 - 12:32 [ New York Times ]

Pentagon Ordered National Guard Helicopters’ Aggressive Response in D.C.

On Monday night, both Mr. McCarthy and the Army’s chief of staff, Gen. James C. McConville, pressed Maj. Gen. William J. Walker, the commanding general of the District of Columbia National Guard, to increase his forces’ presence in the city, according to a senior Defense Department official.

An Army official declined to comment, saying that the investigation was continuing.

06.06.2020 - 23:36 [ Gothamist.com ]

Live Protest Updates: Influential Union Presses De Blasio To End NYC Curfew Now

Mayor Bill de Blasio is facing continued pressure to lift the 8 p.m. curfew that is in response to the protests, this time from an influential union.

In a tweet sent out this afternoon, the 175,000-member-strong 32BJ SEIU union demanded de Blasio end the curfew while also calling for „the immediate release of all who have been arrested for curfew violations.“ The union comprised of service workers has been an ally to de Blasio in the past, having endorsed him twice during his tenure as mayor.

06.06.2020 - 23:32 [ Seth Pollack / Twitter ]

A scary explanation from horrified ⁦@NYCMayor ⁩ staff: “Of particular concern to staffers, the source said, is that de Blasio appears to be getting all of his information about the protests from Police Commissioner Dermot Shea.”

(04.06.2020)

06.06.2020 - 23:28 [ Gothamist.com ]

More Than 400 Current And Former Members Of The De Blasio Administration Say The Mayor Is Failing At His Job

(04.06.2020)

Over 400 current and former employees in the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio have signed an open letter denouncing the mayor’s treatment of peaceful protesters and his refusal to reign in the NYPD.

The letter includes a scathing evaluation of de Blasio’s performance on criminal justice reform, despite it being one of the main commitments that drew many of these staffers to work for the administration, particularly after he made ending the misuse of stop and frisk a central theme in his 2013 mayoral campaign.

06.06.2020 - 20:47 [ DallasNews.com ]

A Dallas man lost his eye in a protest. Now he wants Police Chief Hall to find those responsible

(03.06.2020)

Brandon Saenz was looking for his friend at a May 30 protest in downtown Dallas when he says he saw a line of police. Then, he said, he was hit with so-called less-lethal ammunition that shattered his left eye.

Now Saenz, his family and lawyers are demanding Dallas Police Chief U. Reneé Hall denounce the incident and find the person responsible.

Dallas police have not replied to The Dallas Morning News’ requests for comment, but two officers spoke with Saenz on Wednesday.

06.06.2020 - 12:10 [ New York Times ]

‘Kettling’ of Peaceful Protesters Shows Aggressive Shift by N.Y. Police

The maneuver was a law enforcement tactic called kettling. The police encircle protesters so that they have no way to exit from a park, city block or other public space, and then charge in and make arrests.

For the next 20 minutes in Downtown Brooklyn, officers swinging batons turned a demonstration that had been largely peaceful into a scene of chaos.

The kettling operations carried out by the police department after curfew have become among the most unsettling symbols of its use of force against peaceful protests, and have touched off a fierce backlash against Mayor Bill de Blasio and the police commissioner, Dermot F. Shea.

06.06.2020 - 12:09 [ fox5ny.com ]

Outrage over NYPD tactics

The NYPD is under fire for a series of actions unfolding each day as protesters continue to defy the nightly curfew.

05.06.2020 - 00:24 [ the Hill ]

Pelosi demands Trump clarify deployment of unidentified law enforcement in DC

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday demanded that President Trump provide a list of the agencies involved in deploying law enforcement officers around Washington, D.C., in response to the crowds of demonstrators protesting police brutality.

Some officers policing protests in the city in recent days have been seen without any identifying labels on their uniforms, raising questions about which law enforcement agencies they represent.

03.06.2020 - 21:14 [ The Hill ]

Un-identified military personnel extend perimeter around the White House

They were dressed in mixed riot gear, with helmets and face masks, shields and guns loaded with crowd control agents.

03.06.2020 - 17:02 [ the Hill ]

Pentagon chief does not support invoking Insurrection Act

„I’ve always believed and continue to believe that the National Guard is best suited for performing domestic support to civil authorities in these situations in support of local law enforcement,“ Esper said at a news conference Wednesday.

„I say this not only as secretary of Defense, but also as a former soldier and a former member of the National Guard, the option to use active duty forces in a law enforcement role should only be used as a matter of last resort and only in the most urgent and dire of situations,“ he added. „We are not in one of those situations now. I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act.“

03.06.2020 - 16:56 [ law.cornell.edu ]

10 U.S. Code § 252. Use of militia and armed forces to enforce Federal authority

Whenever the President considers that unlawful obstructions, combinations, or assemblages, or rebellion against the authority of the United States, make it impracticable to enforce the laws of the United States in any State by the ordinary course of judicial proceedings, he may call into Federal service such of the militia of any State, and use such of the armed forces, as he considers necessary to enforce those laws or to suppress the rebellion.

03.06.2020 - 09:59 [ the Hill ]

Trump stokes backlash with threat to use military against protesters

Governors in 28 states, as well as the District of Columbia, have activated their National Guards to help with crowd control, with the Guard Bureau saying Tuesday that 20,400 soldiers were responding to “civil unrest.”

Trump, though, is pushing for a fiercer response to quash the protests. In remarks Monday evening, he threatened to deploy troops across the country if governors do not “dominate” the protesters.

03.06.2020 - 07:25 [ the Hill ]

DC National Guard asks for investigation into use of helicopter to target protesters

„Maj. Gen. William J. Walker, District of Columbia National Guard Commanding General, has directed an investigation into a June 1 low-flying maneuver conducted by one of our rotary aviation assets,“ D.C. National Guard spokeswoman Air Force Lt. Col. Brooke Davis told The Hill in a statement.

„Our highest priority is the safety of our Citizen Soldiers and Airmen who support civil authorities as they perform their duties,” the spokeswoman continued. “This is our home, and we are dedicated to the safety and security of our fellow citizens of the District and their right to safely and peacefully protest.“

02.06.2020 - 09:28 [ Mary Walsh, CBS News / Twitter ]

Senior defense official says President Trump has not invoked the Insurrection Act

(8 hours ago)

02.06.2020 - 09:03 [ The New York Times / Twitter ]

A U.S. military helicopter used a „show of force“ maneuver as protesters gathered in Washington, D.C. on Monday night. It’s a tactic often conducted by low-flying jets in combat zones to scare away insurgents.

Correction: We deleted an earlier tweet that misidentified the type of military helicopter pictured using a „show of force“ maneuver. It was a Lakota, not a Black Hawk. A Black Hawk was also seen using the tactic in Washington on Monday.

02.06.2020 - 08:58 [ CryptøManiac101 / Twitter ]

HAPPENING NOW: Blacked out Black Hawk Helicopters low flying throughout Washington DC

(4 hours ago)

02.06.2020 - 08:39 [ NBC News ]

Trump says he will deploy military if state officials can’t contain protest violence

The president said he was an „ally of all peaceful protesters“ as police and the National Guard forced protesters away from the White House.

01.06.2020 - 09:36 [ the Hill ]

O’Brien: Trump won’t assume control of National Guard amid protests over George Floyd death

White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien said Sunday that the Trump administration will not assume control of the National Guard amid protests erupting over the death of George Floyd.

“We’re not going to federalize the Guard at this time,” O’Brien told reporters at the White House, according to Reuters.

01.06.2020 - 09:32 [ theAtlantic.com ]

‘Don’t Ever Tell Law Enforcement to Shoot to Kill Your Own People’ – A dispatch from the brink of catastrophe

At least 25 cities across 16 states have imposed curfews as widespread protests continue.

This tense moment calls to mind another. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, survivors searched for food and supplies, and tried to make it out of the flooded city. The national media fixated on scenes of “looting” and repeated rumors of “snipers,” describing New Orleans as a “city under siege.” President George W. Bush considered invoking the Insurrection Act, which gives the president the power to deploy military troops within the United States.

01.06.2020 - 08:01 [ Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America / Twitter ]

Crossing State lines to incite violence is a FEDERAL CRIME! Liberal Governors and Mayors must get MUCH tougher or the Federal Government will step in and do what has to be done, and that includes using the unlimited power of our Military and many arrests. Thank you!

(30.05.2020)

30.05.2020 - 20:27 [ law.cornell.edu ]

10 U.S. Code § 252. Use of militia and armed forces to enforce Federal authority

Whenever the President considers that unlawful obstructions, combinations, or assemblages, or rebellion against the authority of the United States, make it impracticable to enforce the laws of the United States in any State by the ordinary course of judicial proceedings, he may call into Federal service such of the militia of any State, and use such of the armed forces, as he considers necessary to enforce those laws or to suppress the rebellion.

30.05.2020 - 20:23 [ Wikipedia ]

Posse Comitatus Act

There are a number of situations in which the Act does not apply. These include:

– National Guard units, state defense forces, and naval militias[15] while under the authority of the governor of a state. However, only the National Guard can be federalized under 10 U.S.C. § 12406, which shifts control from the state governor to the President, making them subject to the PCA as well.

– Federal troops used in accordance to the Insurrection Act, as was the case with the 1st Marine Division and 7th Infantry Division being sent to curtail the 1992 Los Angeles riots.

30.05.2020 - 20:22 [ Washington Post ]

Trump, Pentagon offer active-duty military forces and intelligence to help quell Minnesota unrest

Gov. Tim Walz (D.) acknowledged the offer as he announced that he was mobilizing the entire Minnesota National Guard. He did so after several nights of rioting in response to the death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed in police custody this week in Minneapolis while handcuffed and on video.

Walz downplayed the significance of the Pentagon’s offer to send U.S. armed forces, saying that “this has happened before” where groups from the 82nd Airborne Division and other parts of the Army are put “on readiness.”

“They’re not talking about mobilizing the entire United States Army,” Walz said. “We’re probably talking about in the neighborhood of several hundred” soldiers.

27.05.2020 - 19:42 [ New York Times ]

Trump Wants Troops in Afghanistan Home by Election Day. The Pentagon Is Drawing Up Plans.

(26.05.2020)

The Pentagon is expected to try to persuade a commander in chief who has made clear his desire to end America’s involvement in what he has criticized as “endless wars” — and who has regularly surprised the military with his decisions.

27.05.2020 - 19:38 [ theDailyBeast.com ]

Trump Appears to Announce Withdrawal From Afghanistan on Twitter

President Trump has apparently confirmed reports from earlier in the week that he wants to bring U.S. troops home from Afghanistan in time for Election Day. The New York Times reported Tuesday that Trump was keen on a plan to bring forces home by November because it would likely give a boost to his campaign.

26.05.2020 - 13:34 [ Kai Kupferschmidt / ScienceMag.org ]

How the pandemic made this virologist an unlikely cult figure

(28.04.2020)

Drosten also explains coronaviruses to politicians. He has advised German Chancellor Angela Merkel—they chatted by phone for about an hour recently, he says—and Minister of Health Jens Spahn. He has been called Germany’s “coronavirus-explainer-in-chief” and “the coronavirus pope,” the German equivalent of a “coronavirus czar.”

20.05.2020 - 15:12 [ Fox News ]

Johnson says declassified Rice email shows Obama officials ’sabotaging the incoming administration‘

According to the email, then-FBI Director James Comey suggested to President Barack Obama in a Jan. 5, 2017 meeting that the National Security Council (NSC) might not want to pass „sensitive information related to Russia“ to Flynn, then Rice’s designated successor.

The note was fully declassified by Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell and transmitted to the Justice Department. Fox News obtained a copy Tuesday from Johnson’s office, which had sought access to the document.

16.05.2020 - 09:23 [ JustTheNews.com ]

Making of a myth: Timeline of media’s role in selling ‚Trump-Russia collusion‘ tale

Nov. 18, 2016:

Trump announces Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as his choice for National Security Adviser. Over the next few weeks, Flynn communicates with numerous international leaders.

Nov. 30 – Dec. 28, 2016:

Two dozen Obama administration officials make requests to unmask the name of National Security Adviser designee Flynn, who was „incidentally“ captured by intel surveillance. The officials include: U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and CIA Director John Brennan.

Jan. 5, 2017:

Obama chief of staff Denis McDonough requests Flynn unmasking.

Intelligence Community leadership, including FBI Director James Comey, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, CIA Director Brennan and Director of National Intelligence Clapper, provides classified briefing to President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and National Security Adviser Susan Rice on alleged Russia hacking during 2016 campaign, according to notes later written by Rice.

After briefing, according to Rice’s notes, President Obama convenes Oval Office meeting with her, Comey, Biden, and Yates. The „Steele dossier“ is reportedly discussed. Also reportedly discussed: Flynn’s intercepted talks with Russia’s ambassador.

10.05.2020 - 02:36 [ CTV News ]

CDC director self-quarantining after COVID-19 exposure at White House

Dr. Robert Redfield, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will self-quarantine for two weeks after he was exposed to a person at the White House who tested positive for Covid-19, a CDC spokesperson confirmed to CNN.

09.05.2020 - 05:59 [ CNN ]

Trump sought a reopening but found the virus in the White House instead

President Donald Trump hoped this would be the week he emerged into a nation recovering from pandemic. Instead the pandemic came to him.

09.05.2020 - 05:33 [ the Hill ]

Positive coronavirus cases shake White House

Miller’s positive test prompted the vice president to delay his takeoff for a trip to Iowa. Six staffers who may have had contact with her deplaned, and all six later tested negative for the virus.

The positive tests reflect the dangers of the virus spreading inside the White House complex, and it further called into question what measures are being taken to try and limit the exposure of the top two elected officials in American government.

09.05.2020 - 05:17 [ the Hill ]

Pence press secretary Katie Miller tests positive for coronavirus

Miller is one of Pence’s closest aides and is married to Stephen Miller, one of Trump’s senior advisers.

08.05.2020 - 18:53 [ New York Times ]

White House Rattled by a Military Aide’s Positive Coronavirus Test

(07.05.2020)

President Trump said he and Vice President Mike Pence, as well as the White House staff, would now be tested on a daily basis.

08.05.2020 - 18:02 [ Snopes.com ]

Did the CIA Invent the Term ‘Conspiracy Theory’?

(16.03.2020)

One may find the CIA’s attempt to influence public opinion problematic. But there is not a single sentence in the document that indicates the CIA intended to weaponise, let alone introduce the term “conspiracy theory” to disqualify criticism. In fact, “conspiracy theory” in the singular is never used in the document. “Conspiracy theories” in the plural is only used once, matter-of-factly in the third paragraph:

08.05.2020 - 17:58 [ Central Intelligence Agency / JFKlancer.com ]

CIA Document 1035-960 – Concerning Criticism of the Warren Report

(01. April 1967)

1. Our Concern. From the day of President Kennedy’s assassination on, there has been speculation about the responsibility for his murder. Although this was stemmed for a time by the Warren Commission report, (which appeared at the end of September 1964), various writers have now had time to scan the Commission’s published report and documents for new pretexts for questioning, and there has been a new wave of books and articles criticizing the Commission’s findings. In most cases the critics have speculated as to the existence of some kind of conspiracy, and often they have implied that the Commission itself was involved. Presumably as a result of the increasing challenge to the Warren Commission’s report, a public opinion poll recently indicated that 46% of the American public did not think that Oswald acted alone, while more than half of those polled thought that the Commission had left some questions unresolved. Doubtless polls abroad would show similar, or possibly more adverse results.

(…)

Innuendo of such seriousness affects not only the individual concerned, but also the whole reputation of the American government. Our organization itself is directly involved: among other facts, we contributed information to the investigation. Conspiracy theories have frequently thrown suspicion on our organization, for example by falsely alleging that Lee Harvey Oswald worked for us. The aim of this dispatch is to provide material countering and discrediting the claims of the conspiracy theorists, so as to inhibit the circulation of such claims in other countries. Background information is supplied in a classified section and in a number of unclassified attachments.

3. Action. We do not recommend that discussion of the assassination question be initiated where it is not already taking place. Where discussion is active [business] addresses are requested:

a. To discuss the publicity problem with [?] and friendly elite contacts (especially politicians and editors), pointing out that the Warren Commission made as thorough an investigation as humanly possible, that the charges of the critics are without serious foundation, and that further speculative discussion only plays into the hands of the opposition. Point out also that parts of the conspiracy talk appear to be deliberately generated by Communist propagandists. Urge them to use their influence to discourage unfounded and irresponsible speculation.

b. To employ propaganda assets to [negate] and refute the attacks of the critics. Book reviews and feature articles are particularly appropriate for this purpose. The unclassified attachments to this guidance should provide useful background material for passing to assets. Our ploy should point out, as applicable, that the critics are (I) wedded to theories adopted before the evidence was in, (I) politically interested, (III) financially interested, (IV) hasty and inaccurate in their research, or (V) infatuated with their own theories.

(…)

4. In private to media discussions not directed at any particular writer, or in attacking publications which may be yet forthcoming, the following arguments should be useful:

a. No significant new evidence has emerged which the Commission did not consider. The assassination is sometimes compared (e.g., by Joachim Joesten and Bertrand Russell) with the Dreyfus case; however, unlike that case, the attack on the Warren Commission have produced no new evidence, no new culprits have been convincingly identified, and there is no agreement among the critics. (A better parallel, though an imperfect one, might be with the Reichstag fire of 1933, which some competent historians (Fritz Tobias, AJ.P. Taylor, D.C. Watt) now believe was set by Vander Lubbe on his own initiative, without acting for either Nazis or Communists; the Nazis tried to pin the blame on the Communists, but the latter have been more successful in convincing the world that the Nazis were to blame.)

05.05.2020 - 21:08 [ theAge.com.au ]

The Queen calls Scott Morrison to wish Australians well amid pandemic

„Was very kind to receive Her Majesty’s call this evening to check in and see how we’re all getting on in Australia. The Queen was very interested to hear about our progress in combatting COVID-19 and was so pleased we have managed to prevent the terrible impacts.“

27.04.2020 - 22:05 [ NBC News ]

Trump tells advisers U.S. should pull troops as Afghanistan COVID-19 outbreak looms

„There is concern from a variety of places that we could leave Afghanistan,“ one senior U.S. official said, pointing to concerns voiced by U.S. allies, members of Congress and U.S. military officials.

25.04.2020 - 21:02 [ Ehud Barak / Haaretz ]

Netanyahu-Gantz Deal Might Mean Ordinary Israelis Must Save the Day

Nothing of the like has been seen before – not in Israel or in any other advanced democracy. This political agreement, fundamentally corrupt and rotten, emasculates the Knesset under cover of the coronavirus, undermines the foundations of our system of government and subordinates the Supreme Court to the government.

The obvious reason for its existence is neither the coronavirus nor the crisis, but immunity for the criminal defendant, Benjamin Netanyahu, in any situation and at any price.

17.04.2020 - 16:55 [ msnbc.com ]

Gov. Cuomo extends ‚New York on Pause‘ through May 15

During a press conference, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says in coordination with other states that he is extending the „New York on Pause“ initiative through May 15.

14.04.2020 - 15:13 [ CNBC.com ]

Fauci walks back coronavirus comments that sparked fears of his firing

(today)

Fauci said that the „first and only time“ that he and coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx talked to Trump about „shutdown“-like mitigation policies, „the president listened to the recommendation and went to the mitigation.“

When Fauci and Birx went to Trump a second time advising him to extend the White House’s social-distancing guidelines through the end of April, Trump „went with the health recommendations,“ Fauci said.

08.04.2020 - 14:34 [ Ted Lieu, Mitglied des US Repräsentantenhauses / Twitter ]

The more we learn, the clearer it becomes that Captain Brett Crozier should be reinstated. He was executing his command responsibility of protecting his personnel. And he was right. I urge Secretary @EsperDoD to give Capt Crozier back his command of the USS Theodore Roosevelt.

08.04.2020 - 14:08 [ theHill.com ]

President tightens grip on federal watchdogs

Trump has gone on the offensive over the past few days, suddenly removing or publicly berating three inspectors general.

08.04.2020 - 14:04 [ ABC News ]

Trump abruptly removes inspector general named to oversee $2T in stimulus spending

Glenn Fine, the acting Department of Defense inspector general, was set to lead the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, the group of government watchdogs tasked with rooting out fraud and waste in coronavirus spending programs.

31.03.2020 - 02:20 [ Politico.com ]

Coronavirus rattles America’s national security priesthood

If the U.S. foreign policy establishment were a high school cafeteria, the popular kids would be the terrorism and nuclear weapons analysts. And the global health specialists would be eating tater tots in the corner with the band geeks.

The coronavirus outbreak is upending that social hierarchy as it ravages economies and societies around the world – making an irrefutable case for a cause that once struggled to get a hearing in the clubby national security priesthood.

11.03.2020 - 07:46 [ wiktionary.org ]

every man is the architect of his own fortune

Each person is the chief cause of their success or failure in life.

10.03.2020 - 14:20 [ Jordan / Twitter ]

SCANDALOUS journalists are ignoring @JoeBiden : 1) Being limited to 7-15 minute speeches 2) Having INVITE ONLY public events 3) Campaign stops NOT OPEN 2 PUBLIC (Grand Rapids 2moro) 4) No live feed of events 5) No TV interviews 6) Pushing 4 seated town hall vs @BernieSanders

07.03.2020 - 12:27 [ H.K / Twitter ]

Former #ISIS commander Ahmad Hassoun is now a field commander in the #Turkish backed SNA in northern #Aleppo.

25.02.2020 - 13:43 [ Politico.com ]

The Case for Closing the Pentagon

The Defense Department is long overdue for a 21st century overhaul. That would mean budget cuts far beyond what any 2020 candidates are proposing.

03.01.2020 - 10:36 [ Alex Mello, regional security analyst at an energy consultancy ‏/ Twitter ]

I still can’t believe Hajji Qassem and Muhandis were riding in the same convoy within a couple hundred meters of a major US facility, with a huge US ISR stack overhead days after airstrikes killed two dozen KH guys.

Incredible overconfidence and sloppiness.

03.01.2020 - 09:45 [ Javad Zarif, Foreign Minister of Islamic Republic of Iran / Twitter ]

The US‘ act of international terrorism, targeting & assassinating General Soleimani—THE most effective force fighting Daesh (ISIS), Al Nusrah, Al Qaeda et al—is extremely dangerous & a foolish escalation. The US bears responsibility for all consequences of its rogue adventurism.

03.01.2020 - 09:40 [ ConsortiumNews.com ]

Fear of a Major Mideast War

Fears of a major war in the Middle East exploded Thursday night with the U.S. assassination of arguably the second most powerful man in Iran.

03.01.2020 - 09:35 [ Washington Post ]

In major escalation, American strike kills top Iranian commander in Baghdad

A U.S. airstrike killed Iranian Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad late Thursday, the Pentagon said, a dramatic escalation of tensions between the two countries that could lead to widespread violence in the region and beyond.

29.12.2019 - 15:17 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

Why Everything Is Fucked

The most powerful early humans were the cleverest humans, the ones who understood how to use this new capacity for language and abstract thought to their own advantage. They realized that by simply saying something is true in a sufficiently confident way, they could persuade the less clever humans to treat it as true.

Those clever humans used this newfound ability to place themselves in charge, and to make a bunch of rules to be passed down from generation to generation proclaiming that the less powerful humans must submit to the more powerful humans. Over the generations these rules became more and more numerous and complex, weaving in moralism, codes of filial piety, and insane, power-serving religions glorifying meekness, obedience and poverty.

(…)

But then, I believe in miracles.

16.12.2019 - 21:32 [ William Webster / New York Times ]

I Headed the F.B.I. and C.I.A. There’s a Dire Threat to the Country I Love.

(today)

The privilege of being the only American in our history to serve as the director of both the F.B.I. and the C.I.A. gives me a unique perspective and a responsibility to speak out about a dire threat to the rule of law in the country I love. Order protects liberty, and liberty protects order. Today, the integrity of the institutions that protect our civil order is, tragically, under assault from too many people whose job it should be to protect them.

The rule of law is the bedrock of American democracy, the principle that protects every American from the abuse of monarchs, despots and tyrants. Every American should demand that our leaders put the rule of law above politics.

04.12.2019 - 15:02 [ theHill.com ]

Former US intel official says Trump would often push back in briefings

„The one is ‚I’m not sure I believe that,'“ Gordon said, according to CNN. „And the other is the second-order and third-order effects. ‚Why is that true? Why are we there? Why is this what you believe? Why do we do that?‘ Those sorts of things.“

Gordon implied that briefing the president frequently left intelligence officials unsure of where else he was receiving information that may have contributed to his doubt.

02.12.2019 - 19:30 [ El Pais ]

WAR IN SYRIA: Spain helping US identify European jihadists in Syria

(04.03.2019)

Spanish agents in Syria are cooperating with Operation Gallant Phoenix, a U.S.-led effort to identify fighters from Western nations who have joined Islamic State (ISIS) and Al Qaeda-affiliated groups in the region, counter-terrorism sources told EL PAÍS.

02.12.2019 - 19:27 [ Scoop.co.nz ]

NZ confirms ongoing part in Operation Gallant Phoenix

(10.06.2019)

“New Zealand began participating in Operation Gallant Phoenix in late 2014 in support of our efforts to uncover information relating to the location of a New Zealander taken hostage by ISIS,” Jacinda Ardern said.

02.12.2019 - 19:24 [ GIASP ‏/ Twitter ]

#Breaking #Israel is taking part in a multi-national #intelligence force: Operation Gallant Phoenix, based in the #Jordan capital, alongside Arab powers #SaudiArabia #Egypt and #UAE in order to quash #ISIS #Daesh working alongside #US #UK #France #Italy

(10.06.2019)

30.11.2019 - 15:48 [ Washington Post ]

Pentagon moves forward with Saudi defense mission

(27.11.2019)

The Pentagon’s deployment of new radar, air defense and other military assets to the Gulf nation was discussed during talks Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, held with Saudi officials this week.

Milley, in his first visit to this key U.S. ally since becoming President Trump’s chief military adviser this fall, met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and other leaders during his visit.

30.11.2019 - 15:30 [ Middle East Monitor ]

US worried Israel may attack Iran to save Netanyahu

(27.11.2019)

According to Harel, Israel is afraid that the US will desert the Iran issue while America is worried Israel may carry out a unilateral attack against Tehran, forcing Washington into a war.

Harel warned that it is impossible to separate the internal Israeli chaos from the Iran issue; in particular with regards to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s indictment and his failure to form a government.

28.11.2019 - 21:48 [ Washington Post ]

Richard Spencer: I was fired as Navy secretary. Here’s what I’ve learned because of it.

President Trump involved himself in the case almost from the start. Before the trial began, in March, I received two calls from the president asking me to lift Gallagher’s confinement in a Navy brig; I pushed back twice, because the presiding judge, acting on information about the accused’s conduct, had decided that confinement was important. Eventually, the president ordered me to have him transferred to the equivalent of an enlisted barracks. I came to believe that Trump’s interest in the case stemmed partly from the way the defendant’s lawyers and others had worked to keep it front and center in the media.

28.11.2019 - 17:45 [ Democracy Now! / Youtube ]

Operation Condor Trial Tackles Coordinated Campaign By Latin American Dictatorships To Kill Leftists

(07.03.2013)

A historic trial underway in Argentina is set to reveal new details about how Latin American countries coordinated with each other in the 1970s and ’80s to eliminate political dissidents. The campaign known as „Operation Condor“ involved military dictatorships in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. They worked together to track down, kidnap and kill people they labeled as terrorists: leftist activists, labor organizers, students, priests, journalists, guerilla fighters and their families. The campaign was launched by the Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, and evidence shows the CIA and former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger were complicit from its outset.

25.11.2019 - 18:51 [ LA Times ]

Defense secretary says Trump ordered him to allow SEAL to keep status

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Monday that President Trump gave him a direct order to allow a Navy SEAL accused of war crimes to retire without losing his SEAL status.

Esper told reporters at the Pentagon that Trump’s verbal order was the reason Esper announced Sunday that Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher would be allowed to retire with his trident pin, retaining his status as a SEAL.

25.11.2019 - 18:47 [ theHill.com ]

Defense secretary fires Navy chief over SEAL war crimes case

Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Sunday asked for the resignation of Navy Secretary Richard Spencer over his handling of a controversial war crimes case.

Esper told The Washington Post in a statement Sunday that he was „deeply troubled“ by reports that Spencer had reached out to White House officials promising that an accused Navy SEAL would be allowed to retire as a SEAL despite his conviction for posing with the corpse of a slain enemy combatant.

17.11.2019 - 11:06 [ New York Times ]

‘The Report’ and the Untold Story of a Senate-C.I.A. Conflict

Senator Dianne Feinstein, the Democratic committee chairwoman, was wavering about making the report public, mulling an Obama administration suggestion that the release be postponed indefinitely. It seemed possible that the report, the product of more than six years of painstaking research, might never reach the American public.

12.11.2019 - 18:23 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel targets senior Islamic Jihad figure in Damascus, kills son: report

Since civil war erupted in Syria in 2011, Israel has carried out hundreds of strikes in the neighboring country.

12.11.2019 - 18:19 [ Washington Post ]

Israel kills a senior leader of Palestinian Islamic Jihad in Gaza airstrike

In Gaza, the Israel Defense Forces targeted Baha Abu al-Ata, the militant commander Israel considered responsible for several previous rocket launches, on grounds that his next attack was imminent. In a televised appearance, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Abu al-Ata the “chief terrorist in Gaza” and emphasized the care taken to prevent other injuries in the strike.

01.11.2019 - 13:52 [ Tulsi2020.com ]

Tulsi 2020: Join me in demanding the truth

What was Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the 9/11 attack? Americans deserve an answer to this question. Join me in calling on the Trump Administration to declassify and release all information regarding the 9/11 attack. Add your name to our petition.

01.11.2019 - 13:50 [ apnews.com ]

Tulsi Gabbard: Release documents related to Saudis and 9/11

(29.10.2019)

“Our government should not be invoking secrecy to keep its own mistakes hidden from the American people and should certainly not be used to protect the Saudis from embarrassment or, worse yet, accountability,” said Terry Strada, a Sept. 11 widow and the chairwoman of 9/11 Families and Survivors United for Justice Against Terrorism. “Until there is an accounting, we will never go away.”

15.10.2019 - 12:22 [ Brett McGurk, Former Presidential Envoy. Served under Bush, Obama, Trump / Twitter ]

Indeed, US officials signed the SDF up to a “security mechanism” plan by which it removed all defensive barriers on the Syrian side of the border to forestall a Turkish incursion. EUCOM issued this just yesterday. Was Trump ever even briefed on this plan?

(06.10.2019)

08.10.2019 - 15:05 [ New York Times ]

Will the Supreme Court Hand Trump Even More Power?

The version of the “unitary executive” put forth by Mr. Trump, the Justice Department and the shareholders would open the door for a president to fire for any reason — even personal reasons unrelated to the public interest or even for no reason at all — any head of an administrative agency, including the heads of “independent agencies” like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as well as the Federal Reserve, the Federal Trade Commission and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. (These agency heads are nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate.)

28.09.2019 - 11:28 [ Stripes.com ]

In talks with new German defense chief, Esper repeats US demand that Berlin boost military spending

(24.09.2019)

STUTTGART, Germany — When the new U.S. and German defense chiefs held high-level talks in Washington this week, Defense Secretary Mark Esper wasted no time getting to his main point — the dollars and cents of defense spending.

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.