Archiv: investigations / probes


11.01.2020 - 11:32 [ PressTV.com ]

Iran’s justice orders military court to conduct immediate probe into plane crash

Judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi issued an order on Saturday, calling on the military court to gather all the related data and documents from Iran’s General Staff of the Armed Forces, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps and the country’s Civil Aviation Organization.

Raisi also called for testimonies from the officials who were implicated and informed on the matter.

Iran’s Prosecutor General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri ordered Tehran’s military court to conduct a swift investigation into the incident.

11.01.2020 - 11:21 [ ifpnews.com ]

Iran Admits Its Air Defence ‘Unintentionally’ Hit Ukrainian Plane

4- The General Staff of the Armed Forces offers condolences and expresses sympathy with the bereaved families of the Iranian and foreign victims, and apologizes for the human error. It also gives full assurances that it will make major revision in the operational procedures of its armed forces in order to make impossible the recurrence of such errors. It will also immediately hand over the culprits to the Judicial Organization of the Armed Forces for prosecution.

5- The relevant authorities at the IRGC were also instructed to appear on state TV and give detailed explanation of the incident as soon as possible.

11.01.2020 - 10:59 [ UNIAN.info ]

„We insist on full admission of guilt“: Zelensky reacts to Iran’s PS752 downing statement

The Ukrainian leader hopes the investigation will continue without any artificial delays and obstacles.

10.01.2020 - 15:36 [ LA Times ]

Iran denies missile hit plane, calls on West to share data

“What is obvious for us, and what we can say with certainty, is that no missile hit the plane,” Ali Abedzadeh, head of Iran’s national aviation department, told a press conference.

“If they are really sure, they should come and show their findings to the world” in accordance with international standards, he added.

10.01.2020 - 15:29 [ PressTV.com ]

Iran says is certain no missile hit Ukrainian plane before crash

At the same press conference, Hassan Rezaeifar, the head of the Aviation Organization’s commission for plane crash probes, said Ukraine, France, Canada, and Russia have all expressed their readiness to assist Iran with the data extraction.

Tehran, he said, will send the black box to one of these countries if it fails to retrieve the data.

Iran has already urged all parties involved, including Boeing, to contribute to the probe into the crash.

10.01.2020 - 15:24 [ CNN ]

‚Designed by clowns‘: Boeing releases flood of troubling internal documents related to 737 Max

Boeing (BA) employees ridiculed the 737 Max’s regulatory certification progress and crudely expressed doubts about the plane’s ability to fly safely, according to a trove of newly released internal documents.

The company on Thursday sent the documents — more than 100 pages in all — to the House and Senate committees that have been probing its design of the troubled 737 Max plane, which was grounded last March after two fatal crashes that claimed 346 lives

08.01.2020 - 14:58 [ LA Times ]

Ukrainian airliner crashes near Iran’s capital, killing 176

Flight data from the airport showed a Ukrainian 737-800 flown by Ukraine International Airlines took off Wednesday morning, then stopped sending data almost immediately afterward, according to website FlightRadar24. The airline did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

06.01.2020 - 18:59 [ theHill ]

Schiff calls for open hearings on Trump’s Iran actions

Schiff said there’s “absolutely no way” Trump’s threat to retaliate with “disproportionate” attacks, should Iran strike the U.S., reflects Pentagon planning.

“None of that could come out of the Pentagon,” Schiff said.

A Pentagon spokesperson was not immediately available for comment when contacted by The Hill.

29.12.2019 - 18:51 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

PETER HITCHENS reveals fresh evidence that UN watchdog suppressed report casting doubt on Assad gas attack

he global chemical weapons watchdog is facing renewed questions after fresh details emerged about how it suppressed the findings of its own inspectors who raised serious doubts about an alleged poison gas attack in Syria.

The Mail on Sunday can reveal that a senior official at the Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) demanded the ‘removal of all traces’ of a document which undermined claims that gas cylinders had been dropped from the air – a key element of the ‘evidence’ that the Syrian regime was responsible.

29.12.2019 - 18:50 [ Tim Hayward ‏/ Twitter ]

Once again, Peter Hitchens is the one journalist to break ranks within mainstream media and report on further damning leaks revealing political capture of chemical weapons watchdog OPCW.

29.12.2019 - 18:08 [ Max Blumenthal / Twitter ]

This appears to be Twitter’s explanation. Make of it what you will.

29.12.2019 - 18:07 [ Tim Hayward / Twitter ‏ ]

Twitter is proactively censoring news about the OPCW scandal and central involvement in it of French diplomat.

29.12.2019 - 18:05 [ Ben Norton ‏/ Twitter ]

Twitter has also censored some of our tweets at @TheGrayzoneNews. These tweets are factual reporting; they don’t violate any rules. Here is an example of Twitter hiding a tweet with a link to our journalistic interview with Bolivia’s leftist leader:

29.12.2019 - 18:02 [ Max Blumenthal, Editor, the @GrayzoneProject ‏/ Twitter ]

This is bizarre, I have never seen anything like it before… Italian reporter @SMaurizi had a tweet on OPCW and Douma arbitrarily blocked by Twitter. It contained important info and did not violate any rules.

28.12.2019 - 21:39 [ France24 ]

UN extends probe into mysterious 1961 death of Secretary-General Hammarskjold

In his last report, published in early October, Othman accused the United States and Britain of withholding information regarding Hammarskjold’s death.

28.12.2019 - 21:34 [ SwedenUN / Twitter ]

The resolution on the #DagHammarskjöld investigation, initiated by🇸🇪, was just adopted by consensus & the record high number of 128 cosponsors. We 🙏 all cosponsors for their support & look forward to the continuation of the investigation!

28.12.2019 - 16:08 [ Wikileaks ]

OPCW-DOUMA – Release Part 4

27 December, 2019

Today WikiLeaks releases more internal documents from the OPCW regarding the investigation into the alleged chemical attack in Douma in April 2018.

One of the documents is an e-mail exchange dated 27 and 28 February between members of the fact finding mission (FFM) deployed to Douma and the senior officials of the OPCW. It includes an e-mail from Sebastien Braha, Chief of Cabinet at the OPCW, where he instructs that an engineering report from Ian Henderson should be removed from the secure registry of the organisation:

“Please get this document out of DRA [Documents Registry Archive]… And please remove all traces, if any, of its delivery/storage/whatever in DRA”.

The main finding of Henderson, who inspected the sites in Douma and two cylinders that were found on the site of the alleged attack, was that they were more likely manually placed there than dropped from a plane or helicopter from considerable heights. His findings were omitted from the official final OPCW report on the Douma incident.

28.12.2019 - 15:58 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

Media’s Deafening Silence On Latest WikiLeaks Drops Is Its Own Scandal

This is getting really, really, really weird.

WikiLeaks has published yet another set of leaked internal documents from within the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) adding even more material to the mountain of evidence that we’ve been lied to about an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria last year which resulted in airstrikes upon that nation from the US, UK and France.

This new WikiLeaks drop includes an email from the OPCW Chief of Cabinet Sebastien Braha (who is reportedly so detested by organisation inspectors that they code named him “Voldemort”) throwing a fit over the Ian Henderson Engineering Assessment which found that the Douma incident was likely a staged event. Braha is seen ordering OPCW staff to “remove all traces, if any, of its delivery/storage/whatever” from the organisation’s secure registry.

24.12.2019 - 17:36 [ theGrayzone.com ]

Newsweek reporter quits after editors block coverage of OPCW Syria scandal

According to whistleblower testimony and leaked documents, OPCW officials raised alarm about the suppression of critical findings that undermine the allegation that the Syrian government committed a chemical weapons attack in the city of Douma in April 2018. Haddad’s editors at Newsweek rejected his attempts to cover the story. “If I don’t find another position in journalism because of this, I’m perfectly happy to accept that consequence,” Haddad says. “It’s not desirable. But there is no way I could have continued in that job knowing that I couldn’t report something like this.”

Guest: Tareq Haddad, journalist who recently resigned from Newsweek over its refusal to cover the OPCW’s Syria scandal.

24.12.2019 - 14:35 [ New York Times ]

Where Even the Children Are Being Tracked

As they go about their daily lives, many Pasadena residents we spoke with, like the rest of us, frequent locations whose populations for one reason or another could be vulnerable — because they attend mosques or synagogues or work at secure facilities, like NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. We plucked one scientist at the lab out of the data, and when we tracked him down in real life and explained how we did it, he was alarmed. “Somebody who might want to get some information from [the lab] for instance, they might target me,” the scientist told us. “This will be a treasure trove for any spying agency, I would presume.” He asked that we preserve his anonymity in this story.

23.12.2019 - 09:44 [ New York Times ]

Total Surveillance Is Not What America Signed Up For

The largest such file known to have been examined by journalists, it reveals more than 50 billion location pings from the phones of more than 12 million Americans across several major cities.

By analyzing these pings, our journalists were able to track the movements of President Trump’s Secret Service guards and of senior Pentagon officials. They could follow protesters to their homes and stalk high-school students across Los Angeles. In most cases, it was child’s play for them to connect a supposedly anonymous data trail to a name and an address — to a real live human being.

21.12.2019 - 02:02 [ Reuters ]

Wikileaks‘ Assange appears in court in Spain spying investigation

Owner and director of UC Global S.L. David Morales declined to say whether his company spied on Assange. “All the information is confidential and it belongs to the government of Ecuador,” Morales told El Pais in July. “We simply did a job.” …

Speaking outside the court in Westminster, former Ecuadorean consul in London Fidel Navraez accused Undercover Global of betraying Ecuador and Assange.

“That company was contracted by Ecuador in order to protect the embassy, protect Julian Assange, protect the embassy staff … but it is a corrupt company – we know that now,” he said.

17.12.2019 - 17:02 [ Wikileaks ]

OPCW Douma Docs

14 December, 2019

Today WikiLeaks releases more documents showing internal disagreement within the OPCW about how facts were misrepresented in a redacted version of a report on an alleged chemical attack in Douma, Syria in April 2018.

Amongst these is a memorandum written in protest by one of the scientists sent on a fact finding mission (FFM) to investigate the attack. It is dated 14 March 2019 and is addressed to Fernando Arias, Director General of the organisation. This was exactly two weeks after the organisation published its final report on the Douma investigation.

WikiLeaks is also releasing the original preliminary report for the first time along with the redacted version (that was released by the OPCW) for comparison. Additionally, we are publishing a detailed comparison of the original interim report with the redacted interim report and the final report along with relevant comments from a member of the original fact finding mission. These documents should help clarify the series of changes that the report went through, which skewed the facts and introduced bias according to statements made by the members of the FFM.

11.12.2019 - 12:58 [ BBC ]

Saudi Arabia oil attacks: UN ‚unable to confirm Iranian involvement‘

„At this time, [the UN] is unable to independently corroborate that the cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles used in these attacks are of Iranian origin,“ Mr Guterres wrote in the report, seen by Reuters and AFP news agencies.

18.11.2019 - 12:39 [ BBC ]

International Criminal Court may investigate UK ‚war crimes cover-up‘

The ICC said it took the findings very seriously. The MoD has said the allegations are unsubstantiated.

17.11.2019 - 14:54 [ ITV.com ]

Army accused of covering up killing of children in Afghanistan and Iraq

The year-long investigation claims to have found evidence of murders by an SAS soldier, as well as deaths in custody, beatings, torture and sexual abuse of detainees by members of the Black Watch.

A senior SAS commander was referred to prosecutors for attempting to pervert the course of justice, the investigation claims.

17.11.2019 - 14:50 [ BBC ]

UK government and military accused of war crimes cover-up

Operation Northmoor was set up by the government in 2014 and looked into 52 alleged illegal killings.

Its closure was announced by the government before Royal Military Police detectives even had a chance to interview the key Afghan witnesses.

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.

15.11.2019 - 05:40 [ Bloomberg ]

Giuliani Faces U.S. Probe on Campaign Finance, Lobbying Breaches

The probe of Giuliani, which one official said could also include possible charges on violating laws against bribing foreign officials or conspiracy, presents a serious threat to Trump’s presidency from a man that former national security adviser John Bolton has called a “hand grenade.”

30.10.2019 - 18:13 [ Reuters ]

Brazil’s Bolsonaro threatens to cancel license of network linking his name to murder case

Investigators have still not answered the question of who paid for the assassination. In September, Brazil’s top prosecutor charged five people including police officers and a former state lawmaker with sabotaging the investigation.

04.10.2019 - 08:42 [ theGuardian.com ]

William Barr discussed FBI Russia inquiry with UK intelligence

(01.10.2019)

The US attorney general met UK intelligence agencies in the summer to discuss Britain potentially cooperating with Donald Trump’s administration on an inquiry examining the FBI’s investigation into alleged collusion with Russia, according to sources.

William Barr met British intelligence officials in London on 29 July at a meeting attended by intelligence agencies from the Five Eyes group.

29.09.2019 - 10:01 [ theSun.co.uk ]

‚FOREIGN PLOT‘ No10: launches probe into Remainers who ‘colluded with France and EU’ to write Brexit Surrender Act as MPs ‘plot for Bercow to bypass PM’

Former Cabinet Minister Oliver Letwin, former Chancellor Philip Hammond and ex-Attorney General Dominic Grieve are all suspected of being assisted by members of the European Commission, it was reported.

Another source added: “The Government is working on extensive investigations into Dominic Grieve, Oliver Letwin and Hilary Benn [who tabled the Bill] and their involvement with foreign powers and the funding of their activities.

29.09.2019 - 09:11 [ Daily Mail ]

No 10 probes Remain MPs‘ ‚foreign collusion‘ amid plot to allow John Bercow to send ’surrender letter‘ to Brussels asking for a delay to Brexit

Downing Street has launched a major investigation into alleged links between foreign governments and the MPs behind the ‚Surrender Act‘ which could force Boris Johnson to delay Brexit, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

Sources said No 10 took the unprecedented action after officials received intelligence that the MPs, including former Cabinet Minister Oliver Letwin, had received help drafting the Bill from members of the French Government and the European Union.

09.09.2019 - 09:23 [ Haaretz ]

Adelsons Told Police Sara Netanyahu Is ‚Crazy‘ and ‚Decides Everything‘

“She’s completely crazy,” said Sheldon Adelson, publisher of the Israel Hayom daily. “She was compulsive about photos of herself and how she looked. She said ‘I’m the first lady, I’m a psychologist and I teach children about psychology.’ … She would tell my wife that if Iran attacked it would be her fault … because we didn’t publish good pictures of her,” said Adelson, a leading donor to Israeli and Jewish causes as well as to the Republican Party.

08.09.2019 - 18:33 [ Unterausschuss für Nationale Sicherheit und Auswärtige Angelegenheiten des U.S. Repräsentantenhauses / Washington Post ]

Warlord, Inc.: Extortion and Corruption Along the U.S. Supply Chain in Afghanistan

June 22, 2010
To the Members of the Subcommittee:

Today I present to you a report entitled, Warlord, Inc.: Extortion and Corruption Along the U.S. Supply Chain in Afghanistan, which has been prepared by the Majority staff of the Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
After a six-month investigation, the report exposes the circumstances surrounding the Department of Defense’s outsourcing of security on the supply chain in Afghanistan to questionable providers, including warlords.

The findings of this report range from sobering to shocking. In short, the Department of Defense designed a contract that put responsibility for the security of vital U.S. supplies on contractors and their unaccountable security providers. This arrangement has fueled a vast protection racket run by a shadowy network of warlords, strongmen, commanders, corrupt
Afghan officials, and perhaps others.

Not only does the system run afoul of the Department’s own rules and regulations mandated by Congress, it also appears to risk undermining the U.S. strategy for achieving its goals in Afghanistan.

12.08.2019 - 23:55 [ New York Times ]

In Jeffrey Epstein Suicide, Barr Criticizes ‘Failure’ by Manhattan Jail

No correctional officer had checked on Mr. Epstein for several hours before he was found, even though guards were supposed to look in on the prisoners in the protective unit where he was housed every half-hour, a law-enforcement official with knowledge of the detention said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the investigation was still ongoing.

12.08.2019 - 23:46 [ ABC News ]

Epstein taken off suicide watch at lawyers‘ urging, sources say; Agents descend on financier’s island home

Accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein was taken off suicide watch July 29, in part, at the urging of his defense attorneys, sources familiar with the decision told ABC News as federal agents were seen at the grounds of the financier’s island home in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

28.07.2019 - 12:24 [ The National ]

American and British soldiers killed in Syria died by friendly fire, inquiry finds

A British SAS soldier and a US commando who died in Syria last year were killed by “friendly fire” and not an ISIS roadside bomb, as was previously claimed.

21.07.2019 - 14:28 [ LA Times ]

‘Chatgate’ scandal throws Puerto Rico’s governor into crisis

(16.07.2019)

Last week, two of his top former officials were arrested by the FBI on corruption charges.

But the scandal that is threatening to buckle the boyish 40-year-old governor centers on a profanity-laced and at times misogynistic online chat with nine other male members of his administration in which some of the U.S. territory’s most powerful men act like a bunch of teenagers.

21.07.2019 - 14:15 [ New York Times ]

Tear Gas Fired at Puerto Rico Protesters Amid Calls for Governor’s Resignation

(15.07.2019)

“The chat was the final straw,” said Norma Jean Colberg, 58, one of the protesters.

21.07.2019 - 14:13 [ CNN ]

These are some of the leaked chat messages at the center of Puerto Rico’s political crisis

(17.07.2019)

The governor and 11 top aides and Cabinet members exchanged profanity-laced, homophobic and misogynistic messages about fellow politicians, members of the media, celebrities and others in a scandal many are calling „RickyLeaks.“

21.07.2019 - 14:00 [ fastcompany.com ]

A Telegram chat may (rightfully) bring down Puerto Rico’s governor

(16.07.2019)

Calls for the governor to resign have grown after nearly 900 pages of a chat on the private messaging app Telegram were leaked by a source to Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism, which published them in their entirety on Saturday.

21.07.2019 - 13:53 [ Washington Post ]

FBI makes arrests in Puerto Rico corruption scandal, prompting calls for governor’s ouster and concerns about billions in storm aid

(10.07.2019)

The FBI on Wednesday arrested two former senior officials who served in the administration of Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, leading the chairman of the House committee that oversees Puerto Rico to call for the governor to step down.

21.07.2019 - 13:49 [ New York Times ]

Puerto Rico Ex-Officials Accused of Steering $15.5 Million in Contracts to Consultants

(10.07.2019)

Investigators found that government officials and employees used personal email and Telegram, a mobile encrypted messaging app, to conduct government business.

16.07.2019 - 10:52 [ theGuardian.com ]

Kim Darroch: Johnson joins defence of press over cables publication

“It cannot conceivably be right that newspapers or any other media organisation publishing such material face prosecution,” he added.

“In my view there is no threat to national security implied in the release of this material. It is embarrassing, but it is not a threat to national security. It is the duty of media organisations to bring new and interesting facts into the public domain. That is what they are there for.”

13.07.2019 - 08:01 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Terror cops probe leak of Darroch emails about Trump: Scotland Yard is accused of ‚police state‘ tactics with threat to prosecute publishers who print more secrets

– Police are investigating alleged leaking of ambassador Sir Kim Darroch’s emails
– Scotland Yard say its counter-terrorism command is leading the investigation
– Met Police say ‚there has been damage caused to UK international relations‘
– They said there is clear public interest in bringing person responsible to justice

20.06.2019 - 05:47 [ New York Times ]

Deutsche Bank Faces Criminal Investigation for Potential Money-Laundering Lapses

Federal authorities are investigating whether Deutsche Bank complied with laws meant to stop money laundering and other crimes, the latest government examination of potential misconduct at one of the world’s largest and most troubled banks, according to seven people familiar with the inquiry.

12.06.2019 - 00:46 [ teleSUR ]

Brazil Bar Association Demands Removal of Justice Minister

Moro ruled against Lula and rendered him ineligible to run in the 2018 presidential election at a time when all polls showed that the former president was the clear frontrunner. This gave far-right Jair Bolsonaro a strong lead that resulted in his presidency win.

Bolsonaro then, according to many, “rewarded” Moro by creating an unprecedented powerful position now called the “super justice minister,” which has complete control over all the judicial branch, policing and social control in Brazilian society.

30.05.2019 - 18:11 [ Ansa.it ]

Rightwinger probed over Bologna bombing: terrorist attack killed 85 people in 1980

A face on a frame from an amateur Super 8 film shot by a German tourist on the morning of the attack shows a „marked resemblance“ to Bellini, ANSA sources said in March Monday.
On the basis of this evidence Bologna prosecutors requested …

30.05.2019 - 07:04 [ BBC ]

Trump Russia investigation: Robert Mueller’s first public statement in full

US Special Counsel Robert Mueller has spoken publicly for the first time since he published the findings of his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

19.05.2019 - 16:26 [ Mint Press ]

Newly Released FBI Docs Shed Light on Apparent Mossad Foreknowledge of 9/11 Attacks

(17.05.2019)

The FBI presence at the Urban Moving Systems search site drew the attention of the local media and was later reported on both television and in the local press. A former Urban Moving Systems employee later contacted the Newark Division with information indicating that he had quit his employment with Urban Moving Systems as a result of the high amount of anti-American sentiment present among Urban’s employees. The former employee stated that an Israeli employee of Urban had even once remarked, “Give us twenty years and we’ll take over your media and destroy your country” (page 37 of the FBI report).

17.05.2019 - 14:35 [ Jonathan Cook ‏/ Twitter ]

Caitlin Johnstone on how the OPCW withheld information to deceive us about the most likely perpetrators of last year’s deadly chemical attack in Syria (our friends, the jihadists) – and how the media are now assisting them in the continuing the deception

17.05.2019 - 14:20 [ Caitlin Johnstone / Medium.com ]

CONFIRMED: Chemical Weapons Assessment Contradicting Official Syria Narrative Is Authentic

We now have confirmation that, for whatever the reason may be, this assessment was hidden from the public by the OPCW.

British journalists Peter Hitchens and Brian Whitaker have both published matching statements from the OPCW on this report. Hitchens has been an outspoken critic of the establishment Syria narrative; Whittaker has been a virulent promulgator of it. The statement begins as a very mundane and obvious assertion that it takes information from numerous sources and then publishes its conclusions, but concludes with an admission that it is “conducting an internal investigation about the unauthorised release of the document in question.” This constitutes an admission that the document is authentic.

17.05.2019 - 14:18 [ Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media ]

Assessment by the engineering sub-team of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission investigating the alleged chemical attack in Douma in April 2018

(13.05.2019) As emphasized above, in a real chemical attack with chlorine or any other irritant gas, most victims would try to escape and non-fatal cases requiring prolonged hospital treatment would far outnumber fatal cases. The images of the victims seen at Location 2 show that they were evidently exposed to an irritant gas but were unable to escape. A careful examination of these images leaves little doubt that the victims were murdered as captives. The staining of the victims’ faces by mucus flowing from their noses and mouths shows in at least some cases the mucus flowed up their faces towards the eyes. This implies that they were hung upside down while exposed to the agent. Bizarrely, the eyes of most victims appear to have been masked so that the eyes were not affected by gas or mucus. In a few victims there are visible strap marks suggesting that the eyes were protected by something like swimming goggles. A possible motive for masking the eyes may have been to make it less obvious that the victims had suffered prolonged exposure to an irritant gas.

We conclude that the staging of the Douma incident entailed mass murder of at least 35 civilians to provide the bodies at Location 2. It follows from this that people dressed as White Helmets and endorsed by the leadership of that organization had a key role in this murder.

14.05.2019 - 05:40 [ Reuters ]

Brazil investigators get access to banking records of president’s son in graft probe

A Brazilian court will allow investigators to examine the banking records of President Jair Bolsonaro’s senator son and his former driver in a money-laundering investigation, two sources with knowledge of the situation told Reuters on Monday.

09.05.2019 - 13:27 [ Bernie Sanders, candidate for President / Twitter ]

President Trump seems determined to engineer a constitutional crisis by refusing to comply with a standard congressional subpoena. If the Mueller report exonerates him, then why is he trying to block lawmakers from simply reading the full report? What is he trying to hide?

08.05.2019 - 23:44 [ New York Times ]

House Panel Approves Contempt for Barr After Trump Claims Privilege Over Full Mueller Report

The committee’s 24-16 contempt vote, taken after hours of debate that featured apocalyptic language about the future of American democracy, marked the first time that the House has taken official action to punish a government official or witness amid a standoff between the legislative and executive branch.

05.05.2019 - 23:22 [ Politico.com ]

Trump: ‚Mueller should not testify‘

Attorney General William Barr has previously told Congress that he has no objection to Mueller, who is technically a Justice Department employee, testifying before lawmakers. Peter Carr, the special counsel’s spokesman, declined to comment on the president’s tweet.

03.05.2019 - 16:44 [ NBC News ]

If William Barr continues to defy subpoenas, Watergate offers House Democrats several options

Because the current Congress has not authorized an impeachment inquiry, the ability of the House to enforce its subpoenas or to punish Barr is sharply circumscribed. History affords Congress maximum power only when it is investigating a possible impeachment. The 1974 staff report bluntly stated, “The Supreme Court has contrasted the broad scope of the inquiry power of the House in impeachment proceedings with its more confined scope in legislative investigations.”

03.05.2019 - 16:40 [ Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House ‏/ Twitter ]

Attorney General Barr’s decision to mislead the public in his testimony to Congress was not a technicality — it was a crime.

02.05.2019 - 17:45 [ theHill.com ]

Democrats blast Barr for missing hearing

Barr skipped the House Judiciary Committee hearing because he objected to Democratic demands that their staff counsel be able to question him.

Democrats went forward with the theater of the hearing anyway, setting up an empty chair for the absent attorney general.

02.05.2019 - 16:50 [ theSun.co.uk ]

Gavin Williamson demands police probe into HIMSELF claiming it’s the only way to clear his name over leak which got him sacked

Scotland Yard are on standby to launch a probe into claims the ex-Defence Secretary leaked spy secrets.
But they can’t start their investigation unless they get the green light from No10 – and Theresa May is reluctant to get the cops involved.

02.05.2019 - 13:09 [ AOL.co.uk ]

Police must decide on prosecution over Huawei leak, says Hunt

Responding to a question from the Press Association during a visit to Ethiopia, Mr Hunt said: “Let me say that, when it comes to issues like whether there should be a police investigation or not, there’s a very, very important principle of our system that those decisions are not made by politicians, they are made independently by police.

“And that has to be the correct way forward in this situation.”

02.05.2019 - 13:06 [ ITV.com ]

No need to refer Huawei leak to police, Cabinet Secretary says

„The Prime Minister has said she now considers that this matter has been closed and the Cabinet Secretary does not consider it necessary to refer it to the police, but we would of course cooperate fully should the police themselves consider that an investigation were necessary.“

Lidington’s remarks were echoed by Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill – the most senior civil servant in the UK – who said he did not believe it necessary to refer the matter to the police.

30.04.2019 - 15:35 [ CNN ]

Trump team sues Deutsche Bank and Capital One to keep them from turning over financial records to Congress

In this new case, Trump’s team says it couldn’t get access to details of the subpoenas through the House committees and instead learned about them through Deutsche Bank on April 17.
Trump’s attorneys say the chairs of the House Intelligence and Financial Services committees — Reps. Adam Schiff and Maxine Waters, both of whom are California Democrats — confirmed two banks received subpoenas from their committees for information related to Trump’s finances but have refused to provide copies of the subpoenas.

28.04.2019 - 09:00 [ New York Times ]

Errors Raise Questions About Sri Lankan Response to Bombing

But many officials and lawmakers have said, publicly and privately, that they doubted the president was unaware of the intelligence on an imminent threat.

In addition to being president, Mr. Sirisena also leads the Defense Ministry, which oversees the work of much of the intelligence agencies. The officials say it is impossible that he would not have been briefed on a memo about threats that others at much lower levels had heard about.

27.04.2019 - 12:27 [ business-standard.com ]

The massacre in Sri Lanka has opened doors for strongman Rajapaksa’s return

“The government from the very beginning wanted to keep the minority vote with them, so they didn’t take any action,” Rajapaksa said.

The violent attacks, the ensuing political uncertainty and an upsurge in nationalism is almost certainly going to strengthen the Rajapaksa family, according to Alan Keenan, a London-based senior Sri Lanka analyst for the International Crisis Group who has lived on and off in the country for nearly two decades.

27.04.2019 - 12:22 [ Washington Post ]

Sri Lanka’s president says intelligence lapse allowed Easter bombings to take place

(26. April 2019)

A police spokesman said Friday that police forces had raided a house in Sammanthurai, a town on the east coast, and that after a gun battle they seized an Islamic State flag, explosives and clothes they said may have belonged to some of the Easter suicide attackers. It was not immediately clear who had been inside the house or whether any occupant had been killed. Police said the clothes matched those worn in a video that the attackers posted online before the bombings.

27.04.2019 - 12:15 [ thehindubusinessline.com ]

Lanka PM Wickremesinghe, President Sirisena at loggerheads over war crime probes

(7. März 2019)

It said the government will seek an extension of the timeline of the UHRC resolution 30/1 of October 01, 2015, through a co-sponsored roll-over resolution at the ongoing 40th session of the UN Human Rights Council.

The statement stands in contrast with President Sirisena’s comments on Wednesday that he would send his own team to the UNHRC session later this month to seek a reprieve. He said the UN must allow Sri Lanka to resolve its own issues without digging into past.

27.04.2019 - 12:12 [ Asia Times ]

How Sri Lanka wards off war crimes investigators

(6. März 2019)

However, at the 30th session, the UNHRC relaxed its call for an international inquiry by opting for a hybrid court that included both international and local judges and prosecutors to conduct the probe into war crimes. At the UNHRC’s 34th Session in March 2017, the Sri Lankan government was allowed by way of Resolution 34/1 a period of two years to meet the requirements outlined in the 30/1 Resolution.

27.04.2019 - 12:09 [ Groundviews.org ]

War Crimes in Sri Lanka: Stain or slander?

(16. September 2018)

This debate has been in progress since Lanka was granted independence by the British in 1948. It involves the disfranchisement of plantation Tamils in 1948, the passing of the Official Language Bill (better known as the Sinhala Only Bill) in 1956, the 1958 riots against the Tamil community and those in 1977, the two insurrections by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (Peoples Liberation Front – JVP) which were brutally suppressed, and the 1972 and 1977 constitutions, both of which stated that Sri Lanka is a Sinhala Buddhist country. These are matters which the country’s elite have consistently downplayed.

1983 was a pivotal year in the history of post-independence Sri Lanka. It was in July of that year a pogrom against Tamils in the south and east of Sri Lanka was instigated. Their possessions and business were looted, their houses burnt, many women were raped and probably 2,000 people were killed. This resulted in an exodus of around 100,000 Tamils from the south. It is not surprising that the civil war began in earnest in its bloody aftermath. It ended only with the complete victory of the Lankan state and the annihilation of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) twenty-six years later. During the conduct of the long civil war there were countless human rights violations by both sides, with the civilian population being caught in the middle. The conduct of the last phase of the war, known as Eelam War IV,[3] came under particular scrutiny by the international community. It is this scrutiny that has angered that section of the Sinhala community that refuses to admit any fault on their own side.

27.04.2019 - 11:55 [ theHindu.com ]

Sri Lanka says ’no‘ to foreign judges in war crimes probe

(5. März 2017)

Mr. Sirisena himself addressing troops in the northern Jaffna peninsula on Sunday said he would not subject the Sri Lankan military personnel to any probe.

“I have clearly said that I am not prepared to serve charge sheets to our soldiers or to have foreign judges to try our security forces,” Mr. Sirisena said.

“It is my duty to protect the troops,” he said.

27.04.2019 - 11:53 [ sbs.com.au ]

Sri Lanka must have foreign judges in war crime investigation: HRW

(17. Februar 2017)

Sri Lanka must employ international judges and prosecutors to ensure accountability during trials of those responsible for alleged war crimes against mostly Tamils, Human Rights Watch Australia’s director Elaine Pearson told SBS News.

Ms Pearson’s call, which echoes a recommendation in a 2015 UN Human Rights Council report of the OHCHR investigation of Sri Lanka, comes as Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesingh this week visited Canberra.

27.04.2019 - 11:42 [ UN.org ]

UN urges creation of special court in Sri Lanka after new report confirms ‘horrific’ abuses

(16. September 2015)

Among the most serious crimes documented in the report are numerous unlawful killings, sexual and gender-based violence, enforced disappearances, torture, child recruitment, attacks on civilians, denial of humanitarian assistance, and violation of the rights of internally displaced persons in closed camps.

The report also documents “years of denials and cover-ups, failure to carry out prompt investigations, stalled investigations and reprisals against the family members of victims and others who have pushed for justice,” states the news release issued by the UN human rights office (OHCHR).

27.04.2019 - 11:35 [ Deutsche Welle ]

UN calls for special Sri Lanka war crimes tribunal

(16. September 2015)

In May 2009, the army recaptured the last area controlled by the LTTE, putting an end to a war that claimed the lives of up to 100,000 people, according to the UN. Nearly 40,000 of them are believed to have been killed in the last five months of the conflict.

Although the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) paper names no suspects, stating it was a „human rights investigation, not a criminal investigation,“ it does say that Tamil politicians, humanitarian workers, journalists and ordinary civilians were among the alleged victims of Sri Lankan security forces and associated paramilitaries.

26.04.2019 - 21:17 [ Reuters ]

Exclusive: Sri Lankan ex-defense chief Gotabaya says he will run for president, tackle radical Islam

Sri Lanka’s former wartime defense chief, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, said on Friday he would run for president in elections this year and would stop the spread of Islamist extremism by rebuilding the intelligence service and surveilling citizens.

26.04.2019 - 21:13 [ BBC ]

Sri Lanka bombings: PM Wickremesinghe says he was ‚out of the loop‘

Sri Lanka’s prime minister has told the BBC he was „out of the loop“ when it came to intelligence warnings ahead of the deadly Easter Sunday bombings.

Ranil Wickremesinghe said that crucial information about any potential danger in the country was not passed to him.

26.04.2019 - 21:04 [ Munza Mushtaq ‏/ Twitter ]

Maithripala Sirisena is Sri Lanka’s Commander-In-Chief and Minister of Defence. Ten days before, information was received about a possible attack against churches by a Islamic extremist group, but @MaithripalaS chose to leave for Thirupathi and then Singapore. #LKA #SriLanka

26.04.2019 - 21:01 [ Bloomberg ]

Sri Lanka’s Ex-Defense Secretary Rips ‘Pure Ignorance’ of Leaders After Bombs

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, the country’s former defense secretary who helped end a brutal 26-year civil war in 2009, said in a phone interview with Bloomberg late Tuesday that voters are looking for a leader more like him in a presidential election that must be held this year.

26.04.2019 - 20:46 [ anuruddha pebotuwa ‏/ Twitter ]

Sirisena’s excuses: 1. War against drugs made the country a target of terrorists 2. Arresting intelligence officers after the civil war weekend the national security Didn’t say he went to Thirupathi with the intelligence report in his pocket. #impeachMY3 on #EasterAttacksLK

26.04.2019 - 20:35 [ ABC News ]

Discrepancies in Sri Lanka attack muddle investigation

Some of the confusion may have come down to spelling. Priyalal Disanayaka, the deputy inspector general of police, sent a memo to the directors of four Sri Lankan security agencies on April 11, identifying Mohammed Zaharan as the leader of „National Thawheek Jaman.“

The report attached to the memo, though, identified the group as „National Towheed Jamaar“ and said its leader was Zahran Hashmi.

There were so many variations of the group’s name thrown around that a separate group, the Sri Lanka Thowheed Jammath, held a news conference to clear its own name.

25.04.2019 - 07:13 [ CNN ]

Deutsche Bank begins process of providing Trump financial records to New York’s attorney general

The bank is already the subject of a joint investigation between the House Financial Services and Intelligence committees into Trump’s businesses and money laundering.

Deutsche Bank has been one of the few big banks willing to lend to the Trump Organization in recent years.

24.04.2019 - 16:59 [ Irish Times ]

Top Sri Lankan officials withheld intelligence on attacks -minister

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

24.04.2019 - 15:29 [ NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory / Youtube ]

First Likely Marsquake Heard by NASA’s InSight

This video and audio illustrates a seismic event detected by NASA’s InSight on April 6, 2019, the 128th Martian day, or sol, of the mission. Three distinct kinds of sounds can be heard, all of them detected as ground vibrations by the spacecraft’s seismometer, called the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure (SEIS): There’s noise from Martian wind; the seismic event itself; and the spacecraft’s robotic arm as it moves to take pictures.

24.04.2019 - 06:18 [ New York Times ]

Navy SEALs Were Warned Against Reporting Their Chief for War Crimes

Stabbing a defenseless teenage captive to death. Picking off a school-age girl and an old man from a sniper’s roost. Indiscriminately spraying neighborhoods with rockets and machine-gun fire.

Navy SEAL commandos from Team 7’s Alpha Platoon said they had seen their highly decorated platoon chief commit shocking acts in Iraq. And they had spoken up, repeatedly. But their frustration grew as months passed and they saw no sign of official action.

19.04.2019 - 17:04 [ Glenn Greenwald ‏/ Twitter ]

There is, needless to say, no hint or suggestion in the Mueller Report that Paul Manafort visited Julian Assange ever in his life, let alone 3 times in the Ecuadorian Embassy during the election. It would obviously be there if it happened. How can the @guardian not retract this??

19.04.2019 - 16:59 [ ITV.com ]

Donald Trump and the Mueller report: What do we know and what questions remain?

US attorney general William Barr said there was “no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government hackers”.

Mr Trump told reporters: „This should never happen to another president again.“

Watch the attorney general’s full statement here:

19.04.2019 - 10:24 [ sluggerotoole.com ]

Investigating the murder of Rev Robert Bradford – Lyra McKee wants your vote

(23.7.2013)

„For the last 11 months, I’ve been asking questions about Reverend Bradford’s murder and the last months of his life. I’ve interviewed dozens of his friends, colleagues and acquaintances as well as ex-security officials, seeking answers

While Reverend Bradford’s wife wrote a fantastic biography on him, the facts around his death have yet to be established. As one former intelligence official remarked to me, Bradford’s killing was one of a number that didn’t have any “logic”. „

19.04.2019 - 10:11 [ Lyra McKee / Narratively.com ]

Decades After Northern Ireland’s “Troubles,” Families of the Dead are Still Seeking Answers—and Taking the Investigations Into Their Own Hands

(30.5.2017)

Janet Donnelly’s unarmed father was shot point-blank by a British solider. She spent 20 years unraveling the Army’s cover-up.

18.04.2019 - 02:06 [ CNN ]

DOJ confirms active Julian Assange investigation

Prosecutors have confirmed that there’s an „ongoing criminal investigation“ that relates to Julian Assange’s case, according to an assertion they made in court on Wednesday.

17.04.2019 - 14:10 [ Buzzfeed ]

Notre Dame Cathedral Staff Couldn’t Find The Fire For 23 Minutes After The First Alarm Went Off

When he left the building about 20 minutes later, Vexo said there was still no evidence of a fire, adding that he thought it was a false alarm.

Monsignor Patrick Chauvet, the rector of Notre Dame, told French radio station France Inter that the cathedral has fire supervisors who go up to the attic to examine the frame three times a day.

17.04.2019 - 06:48 [ msn.com ]

Twenty-three minutes that could have saved Notre Dame? Alarm was raised during mass at 6.20pm but staff could not find the fire until 6.43pm ….when the inferno was raging out of control

Paris public prosecutor Rémy Heitz announced on Tuesday that firefighters were called to the world-famous cathedral at 6.20pm CET, almost half an hour before the roof caught fire.

But after an initial inspection they said they were unable to find any evidence of fire.

17.04.2019 - 06:23 [ theSun..co.uk ]

Notre Dame fire alarm went off 23 MINUTES before staff found blaze raging out of control

„We are favouring the theory of an accident,“ he said, adding that 50 people were working on a „long“ and „complex“ probe into what caused the blaze.

He said they would be interviewing workers from five companies that had been hired to work on renovations to the cathedral’s roof, which was where the fire is thought to have started.

16.04.2019 - 15:11 [ New York Times ]

Deutsche Bank Is Subpoenaed for Trump Records by House Democrats

The two committees that issued the subpoena, the House’s Intelligence and Financial Services committees, also demanded documents from numerous other financial institutions, including JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Citigroup, related to possible money-laundering by people in Russia and Eastern Europe, according to three people with knowledge of the investigation.