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17.01.2021 - 11:04 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Making Progress in Bid to Cancel His Corruption Trial

A year ago, Netanyahu waived his parliamentary immunity after he realized that in the Knesset elected in September 2019, he had no chance of receiving immunity. But the prime minister’s lawyers recently claimed in court that he never waived his right to parliamentary immunity, saying that the Knesset’s immunity proceedings were flawed.

15.01.2021 - 19:24 [ Michael Tracey / Twitter ]

I don’t see much of an „insurrection“ or „armed rebellion“ underway at the moment. However, I do see a massive ongoing corporate censorship purge, as well as the overt criminalization of political speech. Odd

15.01.2021 - 18:23 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

Consent-Manufacturing For Patriot Act II Continues

As we discussed previously, Biden has often boasted of being the original author of the Patriot Act years before it was rapidly rolled out amid the fear and blind obsequiousness of the aftermath of 9/11. Now in the aftermath of the Capitol riot we are seeing a push to roll out new authoritarian laws around terrorism, this time taking aim at “domestic terror”, which were also in preparation prior to the event used to manufacture support for them.

In a new article for Washington Monthly titled “It’s Time for a Domestic Terrorism Law“, Bill Scher argues against left-wing critics of the coming laws like Glenn Greenwald and Jacobin‘s Luke Savage saying such “knee-jerk reactions” against potential authoritarian abuses fail to address the growing problem. He opens with the acknowledgement that “Joe Biden’s transition team was already working on a domestic terrorism law before the insurrection,” and then he just keeps on writing as though that’s not weird or suspicious in any way.

11.01.2021 - 10:04 [ Caitlin Johnstone. ]

Patriot Act 2, Censorship, And Other Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix

“We need to stop fascism so let’s give massive sweeping powers to an elite alliance of unelected authoritarians.”

“Well I’m a leftist and I haven’t been banned on social media.”

That’s because the left is politically impotent in our society. Unless this is just a hobby for you, at some point you should plan on the left becoming a threat to the oligarchs and warmongers. What do you think happens then?

Do you really think if the left actually becomes a threat to the status quo the Neera Tandens and Rachel Maddows aren’t going to suddenly discover a reason why you’re dangerous and need to be censored? The only way to be fine with censorship is to plan on never challenging power.

11.01.2021 - 09:33 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

It was a *Democratic-controlled* House sub-committee that just a few months ago issued a lengthy report concluding that FB, Amazon, Google & Apple are *monopolies*. That means competition is impossible. Now Dems are happy that it’s used for them:

I’ve been resisting the conclusion that this is Liberals‘ 9/11 because it at first seemed hyperbolic, even though they’re using the same weapons against their critics (if you question all the new powers they want, it means you love the Terrorists).

But this is Liberals‘ 9/11.

27.12.2020 - 06:35 [ Washington Post ]

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

(Feb. 16, 2020)

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

27.12.2020 - 06:14 [ KCRG.com ]

County party chair thinks internal audit was too kind to Iowa Democratic Party

(Dec. 16, 2020)

After the caucus, the IDP hired a pair of Democratic lawyers: Nick Klinefeldt, who was a federal attorney appointed by President Barack Obama, and former Iowa Attorney General Bonnie Campbell. They were tasked with identifying and determining the cause of problems that occurred during the 2020 Iowa Caucuses, with the results of their investigation being released to the public on Saturday morning.

27.12.2020 - 06:10 [ Politico.com ]

Iowa autopsy report: DNC meddling led to caucus debacle

(12.12.2020)

The audit states the conversion tool had coding errors that spit out inaccurate numbers and caused confusion about the accuracy of the results, eventually leading to delays in reporting. But the state party’s app never malfunctioned nor was hacked, the report concludes.

27.12.2020 - 06:04 [ theIntercept.com ]

Investigator: DNC Was “Directly Involved” in Iowa Caucus App Development, Countering DNC Denial

(22.12.2020)

The DNC’s meddling, which included a last-minute demand that developers of the Shadow app create a special software that would allow the DNC real-time access to the raw numbers before they went public, didn’t sit well with Zogby.

“Why would [the DNC] need to see that?” Zogby said about the DNC’s insistence on access to the raw caucus results before they went public. “Why wouldn’t you trust the state party to make the determination?”

In the transcript from the closed-session meeting held by the state party, members suggested that the DNC’s goal was to strip Iowa of its prestigious first-in-the-nation status.

26.12.2020 - 06:53 [ Marcy Winograd / Twitter ]

After CODEPINK Campaign & pressure from others, Torture Defender Mike Morell Bows Out for CIA. Now, we must ask the tough questions of #AvrilHaines, challenge her nomination & put the #drone program on trial!

26.12.2020 - 03:22 [ Marcy Winograd / Medium.com ]

Open Letter to President-Elect Biden & U.S. Senate from Torture Victims and their Advocates Opposed to Mike Morell for CIA and Avril Haines for National Intelligence.

(21.12.2020)

Morell has no place in a Biden-Harris administration. His nomination would send a chilling message to torture survivors and other victims of grave injustice that the United States government, including the Biden administration, does not uphold its own stated principles. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) from the Senate Intelligence Committee has said about Morell: “No torture apologist can be confirmed as CIA director. It’s a nonstarter.” We agree and urge the President-elect not to nominate Morell.

We also oppose Avril Haines, another toture apologist, as Director of National Intelligence. Since she has already been nominated, we ask Senators to oppose her confirmation.

26.12.2020 - 03:19 [ CodePink.org ]

No, Joe, Don’t Roll out the Red Carpet for Torture Enablers

(24.12.2020)

It was painful enough to live through the U.S invasion of Iraq that caused untold devastation and human misery for no justifiable reason.

Now we are again reminded of the grim Bush legacy with President-elect Biden’s nomination of Avril Haines for Director of National Intelligence.

26.12.2020 - 00:16 [ theHill.com ]

Meet Biden’s pick to lead the US intelligence community

Haines is expected to withstand scrutiny during the Senate confirmation process for her role in the drone program, as well as her approval of a CIA review board decision in 2015 not to discipline agency personnel for intruding in computers used by the Senate Intelligence Committee when it was investigating the CIA’s enhanced interrogation program. Haines was also part of the team that redacted the committee’s report on the program.

11.12.2020 - 21:00 [ Bundesverfassungsgericht ]

Erweiterte Datennutzung („Data-mining“) nach dem Antiterrordateigesetz teilweise verfassungswidrig

n § 6a Abs. 5 ATDG definiert der Gesetzgeber den Begriff der erweiterten Nutzung. Hierunter ist das Herstellen von Zusammenhängen zwischen Personen, Personengruppierungen, Institutionen, Objekten und Sachen, der Ausschluss unbedeutender Informationen und Erkenntnisse, die Zuordnung eingehender Informationen zu bekannten Sachverhalten sowie die statistische Auswertung der gespeicherten Daten zu verstehen (Satz 1). Hierzu dürfen die beteiligten Behörden des Bundes Daten auch mittels phonetischer oder unvollständiger Daten, der Suche über eine Mehrzahl von Datenfeldern, der Verknüpfung von Personen, Institutionen, Organisationen, Sachen oder der zeitlichen Eingrenzung der Suchkriterien aus der Datei abfragen sowie räumliche und sonstige Beziehungen zwischen Personen und Zusammenhänge zwischen Personen, Personengruppierungen, Institutionen, Objekten und Sachen darstellen sowie die Suchkriterien gewichten (Satz 2). § 6a ATDG gestattet damit die unmittelbare Nutzung der Antiterrordatei auch zur Generierung neuer Erkenntnisse aus den Querverbindungen der gespeicherten Datensätze (sogenanntes „Data-mining“).

Der Beschwerdeführer rügt mit seiner Verfassungsbeschwerde, die sich ausschließlich gegen § 6a ATDG richtet, eine Verletzung des Grundrechts auf informationelle Selbstbestimmung (Art. 2 Abs. 1 in Verbindung mit Art. 1 Abs. 1 GG).

11.12.2020 - 20:57 [ Heise.de ]

Bundesverfassungsgericht streicht Data Mining aus Antiterrordateigesetz

Bei der Data-Mining-Erlaubnis in § 6a Absatz 2 Satz 1 des ATDG ist das der Ansicht des Ersten Senats nach nicht der Fall: Sie nennt zwar den „Schutz von Rechtsgütern zu, die besonders gewichtig sind“, lässt aber mit einer „Erforderlichkeit im Einzelfall […] zur Aufklärung […] weitere[r] Zusammenhänge des Einzelfalls“ so viel Interpretationsspielraum, dass sie das Bundesverfassungsgericht als „nicht normenklar“ einstuft. Hier fehlt den Richtern „eine wenigstens hinreichend konkretisierte Gefahr in dem Sinne […], dass zumindest tatsächliche Anhaltspunkte für die Entstehung einer konkreten Gefahr vorliegen“.

10.12.2020 - 14:37 [ Radio Utopie ]

Warum der Staat potentiell jedes Verbrechen ungestraft begehen kann

(21.02.2020)

Wir haben bereits dargelegt, warum es in Deutschland keine unabhängige Justiz und damit keine vollständige Gewaltenteilung gibt – weil das Grundgesetz den Staat nicht ausdrücklich dazu zwingt. Das Grundgesetz schreibt dem Staat lediglich die Unabhängigkeit der Richter vor, nicht die der Justiz insgesamt. Daraus interpretiert der Staat für sich das Recht, die Staatsanwaltschaften bzw Ankläger der Exekutive anzugliedern.

Auf Bundesebene heißt das konkret: der Generalbundesanwalt und seine Behörde (allgemein Bundesanwaltschaft) unterstehen dem Justizminister. Daraus schlussfolgert, dass nach eventuellen Staatsverbrechen und / oder Verfassungsbrüchen durch ihre eigenen Organe – Kanzleramt, Ministerien, Behörden, Militär, Geheimdienste, etc, – die Regierung gegen sich selbst ermitteln müsste.

Zieht also die Bundesanwaltschaft bzw der Generalbundesanwalt ein Verfahren an sich, zieht es die Regierung an sich.

Verbleibt noch die Möglichkeit, dass das Parlament Untersuchungsausschüsse einsetzt, dass durch diese die betreffenden Staatsverbrechen aufgeklärt und dann öffentlich bekannt werden, dem folgend durch Wahlen eine Änderung der parlamentarischen Mehrheiten erfolgt, dann eine Neuwahl des Kanzlers / der Kanzlerin durch das Parlament, dann durch den Kanzler / die Kanzlerin eine Ernennung eines neuen Justizministers erfolgt (Minister / Ministerinnen werden nicht gewählt), dann durch den Justizminister / die Justizministerin eine Ernennung eines neuen Generalbundesanwalts oder eine Anweisung an den amtierenden Generalbundesanwalt erfolgt Ermittlungen gegen die damaligen oder immer noch amtierenden staatlichen Funktionäre bzw Stellen aufzunehmen und dass dieser dann der Anweisung des vorgesetzten Justizministers folgt. Wobei dann ggf die Ermittlungen durch die Regierungsbehörden (Geheimdienste, Bundeskriminalamt) erfolgen müsste, gegen die ermittelt wird.

Vor bald 40 Jahren wurde in Westdeutschland das Oktoberfest-Attentat verübt, kurz vor der Bundestagswahl. (20. Juni 2008, DER TERROR-STAAT: Das Oktoberfest-Attentat von München)

Ein Jahr später, 1981, wurde durch einen einzigen hartnäckigen Steuerfahnder bekannt, dass seit den 70er Jahren durch den Flick-Konzern an Abgeordnete von allen Parteien, sowie an Regierungsfunktionäre, hohe Summen transferiert worden waren (Flick-Affäre). Vor einem schließlich 1984 vom Bundestag eingesetzten Untersuchungsausschuss log der amtierende Bundeskanzler Helmut Kohl und behauptete nichts über Flicks Geldwaschanlage „Staatsbürgerliche Vereinigung“ gewusst zu haben (die Aktenlage bewies das Gegenteil).

Der damalige Generalbundesanwalt, der Untergebene von Kohls untergebenem Justizminister, stellte das Strafverfahren gegen den Kanzler wegen uneidlicher Falschaussage ein. Begründung: man könne ihm nicht nachweisen, dass er sich erinnert habe. Insofern sei keine vorsätzliche Lüge zu beweisen.

Zuvor hatte das Bundesverfassungsgericht am 17. Juli 1984 in Urteil 2 BvE 11, 15/83 (1, 2) im Zuge der Flick-Affäre das vom Grundgesetz garantierte Kontrollrecht des Parlaments – konkret: das Recht auf Akteneinsicht bei der Regierung – der einfachen Gesetzgebung untergeordnet. Die Verfassungsrichter (die erst ab dem Jahre 2017 überhaupt verfassungsgemäß gewählt wurden) urteilten, dass

„auf Aktenherausgabeverlangen … gemäß Art. 44 Abs. 2 Satz 1 GG die Vorschrift der § 96 StPO“

Anwendung fände. Dieser Paragraph der Strafprozessordnung besagt heute wie damals:

„Die Vorlegung oder Auslieferung von Akten oder anderen in amtlicher Verwahrung befindlichen Schriftstücken durch Behörden und öffentliche Beamte darf nicht gefordert werden, wenn deren oberste Dienstbehörde erklärt, daß das Bekanntwerden des Inhalts dieser Akten oder Schriftstücke dem Wohl des Bundes oder eines deutschen Landes Nachteile bereiten würde.“

Ausdrücklich erklärten die Verfassungsrichter in ihrem Urteil zur Flick-Affäre, darunter falle auch das Steuergeheimnis.

Um diese faktische Unterordnung des Parlaments unter die Erklärungen von Regierungsfunktionären und deren Meinung was das Wohl des Staates sei zu begründen, schufen die Verfassungsrichter in ihrem Urteil den Begriff „exekutive Eigenverantwortung“. Später wurde daraus in weiteren Karlsruher Urteilen der Rechtsbegriff „Staatswohl“ geformt.

Der Kanzler Helmut Kohl wurde übrigens nicht nur durch 1984 durch den Untergebenen seines Untergebenen (den Generalbundesanwalt) laufen gelassen, sondern ebenso durch seinen Nachfolger Gerhard Schröder und dessen rot-grüne Regierung, sowie deren Mehrheit im Parlament ab 1998.

Als in einer weiteren (und eventuell mit der Flick-Affäre zusammenhängenden) „Spenden“-Affäre um die schwarzen Kassen der C.D.U. sich ex-Kanzler Kohl schlicht weigerte, die „Spender“ seiner Partei zu nennen oder sich im betreffenden Untersuchungsausschuss auch nur vereidigen zu lassen, passierte gar nichts. Aus „Juristenkreisen“ hieß es, es sei nicht einmal klar, ob ein parlamentarischer Untersuchungsausschuss Zeugen überhaupt vereidigen dürfe.

Betreffend des Oktoberfest-Attentats von 1980 ließen sich Parlament bzw alle darin vertretenen Abgeordneten und Parteien erst einmal 34 Jahre Zeit. Dann reichte die Fraktion Bündnis 90/Die Grünen im Oktober 2014 eine Kleine Anfrage an die Regierung ein, u.a. zur potentiellen Verwicklung staatlicher (exekutiver) Stellen und deren Kontaktpersonen („Vertrauensleute“) in das Attentat. Im Januar 2015 reichten sie noch eine Anfrage ein.

Als die Regierung beide nicht vollständig beantwortete, reichte die grüne Bundestagsfraktion schließlich Klage auf vollständige Beantwortung beim Bundesverfassungsgericht ein.

2017 dann das Urteil – abgelehnt! Begründung: „Gefährdung des Staatswohls und .. Grundrechte verdeckt handelnder Personen“.

07.12.2020 - 04:00 [ theGrayzone.com ]

How Israel deployed an intelligence deception to justify killing scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh

The CIA never revealed who spirited the documents out of Iran or how. However, former senior German Foreign Office official Karsten Voigt explained to this reporter in 2013 that the German intelligence agency, the BND, had been furnished with the collection by an occasional source whom the intel chiefs considered less than credible.

And who was this source? According to Voigt, he belonged to the Mujahedeen e-Khalq (MEK), the exile Iranian cult which had fought for Saddam’s Iraqi forces against Iran during the eight-year war and by the early 1990s was passing information and propaganda that Mossad did not want to have attributed to itself.

06.12.2020 - 12:47 [ Haaretz ]

Biden: Iran Is ‚Moving Closer‘ to Nuclear Weapons, ‚Bottom Line Is We Can’t Allow It‘

„The bottom line is that we can’t allow Iran to get nuclear weapons,“ he said. Trump „has pulled out to get something tougher, and what have they done? They’ve increased the ability for them to have nuclear material,“ Biden argued. „They’re moving closer to the ability to be able to have enough material for a nuclear weapon.“

05.12.2020 - 13:00 [ Profil.at ]

Anschlag in Wien: Erster Verdächtiger kommt aus U-Haft frei

„Ein entsprechendes Smartphone wurde in unmittelbarer Nähe zum Tatort Schwedenplatz in einem Mistkübel gefunden“, heißt es seitens der Staatsanwaltschaft Wien gegenüber profil. Stunden vor der Tat stellte F. mit dem Handy einen IS-„Treueschwur“ ins Netz.

05.12.2020 - 12:55 [ ORF.at ]

Handy des Attentäters in Mistkübel gefunden

Die Ermittler gehen mittlerweile davon aus, dass der Attentäter zu Fuß aus dem 22. Bezirk in die Innenstadt ging.

30.11.2020 - 10:11 [ PrivacyIsNotACrime / Twitter ]

According to leaked documents from the @ORF , secret services from the so called „five eyes“ are initiators of the EU Resolution in the #encryptionban. For them this would be a very easy way to monitor all our messages and data, without the possibility to hide them.

28.11.2020 - 12:55 [ Raw Story ]

Trump Pentagon deploys USS Nimitz aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf: report

The Pentagon is deploying a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf, CNN national security correspondent Barbara Starr reported Friday.

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.

24.11.2020 - 20:53 [ Max Blumenthal / Twitter ]

After Jake Sullivan chirped to his boss about Al Qaeda being „on our side in Syria,“ he advocated for more covert arms shipments to the Syrian insurgency the jihadist group was leading. Expect more wise moves like this in the months and years to come.

24.11.2020 - 20:49 [ Wikileaks / Twitter ]

„[al-Quada] is on our side in Syria“–email from policy advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (Feb 2012)

(12.04.2017)

24.11.2020 - 20:45 [ CBS News ]

Biden to appoint Jake Sullivan as national security adviser

Sullivan has been advising Mr. Biden on domestic policy, but has an extensive foreign policy background. He served as Mr. Biden’s national security adviser during President Barack Obama’s second term and was a head of policy planning and deputy chief of staff to Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state.

24.11.2020 - 20:38 [ Erik Sperling 🌍 #YemenCantWait / Twitter ]

Tony Blinken, in Riyadh, April 2015: “Saudi Arabia is sending a strong message […] we have expedited weapons deliveries, we have increased our intelligence sharing, and we have established a joint coordination planning cell in the Saudi operation centre”

24.11.2020 - 11:22 [ Rashida Tlaib, Abgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

So long as he doesn’t suppress my First Amendment right to speak out against Netanyahu’s racist and inhumane policies. The Palestinian people deserve equality and justice.

24.11.2020 - 11:20 [ Fox News ]

Rashida Tlaib accused of anti-Semitism for reaction to Biden’s Jewish Sec of State nominee

„Biden names a Jew to his cabinet What’s Rashida’s response?! ‚Welp, as long as that Judische pick doesn’t stop me from focusing my hatred on one country, Israel, then he’s a good Jew!‘ It’s not your 1A right you’re trying to protect but your vile Jew-hatred! That’s ALL yours!“ Americans Against Antisemitism founder Dov Hikind reacted.

„You can just say you’re worried because he’s Jewish…“ the Republican Jewish Coalition tweeted.

23.11.2020 - 21:02 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

Surprise! America Is Getting Another Psycho For Secretary Of State

The State Department was meant to be the counterpart to the War Department, focusing on diplomacy and peace. What ended up happening as the US government morphed into a globe-spanning empire dependent on endless violence and aggression is that the State Department wound up focusing more and more on manufacturing interventionist narratives on the world stage to gin up international support for starvation sanctions, proxy wars and war coalitions.

So in practice the US ended up with two war departments: the DoD and the State Department. Which is why you’ve seen the nation’s Secretaries of State becoming more and more jingoistic and psychopathic, to the point where some sort of antisocial personality disorder is almost a job requirement for the position.

23.11.2020 - 11:51 [ New York Times ]

Transition Highlights: Biden Plans to Name Blinken, Sullivan and Thomas-Greenfield to Cabinet

Together, Mr. Blinken and Mr. Sullivan, good friends with a common worldview, have become Mr. Biden’s brain trust and often his voice on foreign policy matters. And they led the attack on President Trump’s use of “America First” as a guiding principle, saying it only isolated the United States and created opportunities and vacuums for its adversaries to fill.

23.11.2020 - 11:41 [ Ro Khanna, Abgeordneter im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

Flournoy supported the war in Iraq & Libya, criticized Obama on Syria, and helped craft the surge in Afghanistan. I want to support the President’s picks. But will Flournoy now commit to a full withdrawal from Afghanistan & a ban on arms sales to the Saudis to end the Yemen war?

23.11.2020 - 11:22 [ theGrayzone.com ]

VIDEO: Top Biden advisors Flournoy and Blinken promise smarter, more secretive permanent war policy

Since the 1990s, Flournoy and Blinken have steadily risen through the ranks of the military-industrial complex, shuffling back and forth between the Pentagon and hawkish think-tanks funded by the U.S. government, weapons companies, and oil giants.

Under Bill Clinton, Flournoy was the principal author of the 1996 Quadrinellial Defense Review, the document that outlined the U.S. military’s doctrine of permanent war – what it called “full spectrum dominance.”

23.11.2020 - 11:16 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Künftige US-Regierung: Biden will wohl Blinken als Außenminister

Der designierte US-Präsident stellt sein Team zusammen. Übereinstimmenden Medienberichten zufolge soll Antony Blinken künftig die amerikanische Außenpolitik steuern. Er diente bereits in der Obama-Administration.

17.11.2020 - 20:34 [ International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations ]

INCLO CALLS ON STATES TO DEFEND END-TO-END ENCRYPTION

Fourteen members of INCLO express grave concerns regarding recent moves by various groups to breakencryption. We note with alarm calls from the ​Council of the European Union​, the ​EuropeanCommission​, and the ​Department of Justice in the US​, with support from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, India, Japan and the UK, to allow police authorities intercept encrypted communications.

17.11.2020 - 20:29 [ europa.eu ]

Joint statement by the EU home affairs ministers on the recent terrorist attacks in Europe

(13.11.2020)

We will also examine with interest the Commission’s announced proposal to designate hate speech and hate crime and incitement as criminal offences that are provided for and regulated under European Union law.

In the same vein, the Council must consider the matter of data encryption so that digital evidence can be lawfully collected and used by the competent authorities while maintaining the trustworthiness of the products and services based on encryption technology.

15.11.2020 - 14:04 [ Kontrast.at ]

Regierungspläne nach dem Terroranschlag: Unsere Grundrechte als Preis für Nehammers Versagen

Das Nehammer-Innenministerium und das BVT haben im Vorfeld des Terroranschlages in Wien viel falsch gemacht. Dafür werden nun in Österreich rechtsstaatliche Normen abgebaut. Und ausgerechnet jenes Ministerium, das diese schweren Fehler gemacht hat, wird mit noch mehr Kompetenzen und Macht ausgestattet.

15.11.2020 - 13:55 [ Netzpolitik.org ]

Neue Überwachungsbefugnisse für Geheimdienste

Als wesentlicher Grund für die Änderung wird die effektivere und frühzeitige Erforschungsmöglichkeit der Geheimdienste von zum Teil auch lebensgefährlichen Gefahren des Extremismus und Terrorismus angeführt. Die Anschläge von Halle, Hanau und jüngst auch in Österreich in Wien würden zeigen, dass auch Einzeltäter eine erhebliche Gefahr für die Allgemeinheit darstellen können, gerade auch, weil durch die sozialen Netzwerke eine breite, für jedermann erreichbare und effektive Möglichkeit bestehe, extremistische Inhalte zu verbreiten.

14.11.2020 - 16:08 [ Nachdenkseiten ]

Leseratten vom Dienst: Europarat schafft Schlüsselloch für Schlapphüte zum Ausspähen von Online-Chats

ie Mitgliedsstaaten der Europäischen Union sehen die Sache nicht so verbissen und forcieren von langer Hand vorbereitete Pläne, Strafermittlern und Geheimdiensten Einblick in die über Messenger-Dienste wie WhatsApp und Signal verbreiteten Botschaften zu ermöglichen. Wie üblich liefert der internationale Terrorismus die Rechtfertigung für den massiven Eingriff in die Grund- und Freiheitsrechte – ganz konkret und ganz aktuell der jüngste Anschlag in Wien. Vier Tage danach schritt die deutsche Ratspräsidentschaft zur Tat

14.11.2020 - 14:58 [ KleineZeitung.at ]

Terrorabwehr: Das BVT wünscht sich mehr Befugnisse – und dürfte sie auch bekommen

Innenminister Karl Nehammer (ÖVP) will das Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz und Terrorismusbekämpfung in zwei abgegrenzte Bereiche aufteilen: Statt beide Rollen einzunehmen, sollen die Verfassungsschützer künftig nur noch entweder nachrichtendienstlich oder polizeilich arbeiten.

14.11.2020 - 14:51 [ tt.com ]

Untersuchungsbericht zu Anschlag wird nicht veröffentlicht

Die Arbeit der Donnerstag eingesetzten Untersuchungskommission zur Aufarbeitung des Terroranschlags vom 2. November wird größtenteils nicht öffentlich. „Wenn wir alles beleuchten wollen, auch im nachrichtendienstlichen und im polizeilichen Bereich, dann ist hier eine gewisse Verschwiegenheit von großer Bedeutung“, sagte Justizministerin Alma Zadic (Grüne) vor Journalisten.

09.11.2020 - 09:57 [ ORF ]

Auf den Terroranschlag folgt EU-Verschlüsselungsverbot

In Brüssel wird so ein Anlass seit 25 Jahren mit schnöder Regelmäßigkeit dafür missbraucht, längst geplante Überwachungsvorhaben durchzusetzen.

09.11.2020 - 09:50 [ .euractiv.com ]

‘Five Eyes’ alliance demands ways to access encrypted apps

(12.10.2020)

The top justice officials of the United States, Britain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand said in a statement that the growth of end-to-end encrypted apps that make official oversight impossible – like Signal, Telegram, FaceBook Messenger and WhatsApp – “pose significant challenges to public safety.”

“There is increasing consensus across governments and international institutions that action must be taken,” they said.

09.11.2020 - 09:39 [ Geheimdienste-Allianz Five Eyes / US Justizministerium ]

International Statement: End-To-End Encryption and Public Safety

(11.10.2020)

We urge industry to address our serious concerns where encryption is applied in a way that wholly precludes any legal access to content. We call on technology companies to work with governments to take the following steps, focused on reasonable, technically feasible solutions:

– Embed the safety of the public in system designs, thereby enabling companies to act against illegal content and activity effectively with no reduction to safety, and facilitating the investigation and prosecution of offences and safeguarding the vulnerable;
– Enable law enforcement access to content in a readable and usable format where an authorisation is lawfully issued, is necessary and proportionate, and is subject to strong safeguards and oversight; and
– Engage in consultation with governments and other stakeholders to facilitate legal access in a way that is substantive and genuinely influences design decisions.

09.11.2020 - 09:30 [ Electronic Frontier Foundation ]

Orders from the Top: The EU’s Timetable for Dismantling End-to-End Encryption

(06.10.2020)

The last few months have seen a steady stream of proposals, encouraged by the advocacy of the FBI and Department of Justice, to provide “lawful access” to end-to-end encrypted services in the United States. Now lobbying has moved from the U.S., where Congress has been largely paralyzed by the nation’s polarization problems, to the European Union—where advocates for anti-encryption laws hope to have a smoother ride. A series of leaked documents from the EU’s highest institutions show a blueprint for how they intend to make that happen, with the apparent intention of presenting anti-encryption law to the European Parliament within the next year.

09.11.2020 - 09:22 [ tech.newstatesman.com ]

The EU is set to declare war on encryption

(20.09.2020)

The EU is set to declare war on encryption with plans to allow law enforcement officials “targeted lawful access” to protected communications, according to a European Commission internal note seen by the Financial Times.

The note outlines the commission’s aim to “stimulate a discussion” among EU member states “on the issues posed by end-to-end encryption” for the purpose of tackling child abuse and other organised crime networks.

09.11.2020 - 09:16 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Five governments line up legal challenge to Facebook’s ‚dangerous‘ encryption of messages between terrorists, paedophiles and criminals

(15.05.2020)

The “Five Eyes” intelligence network of nations is preparing a legal challenge to Facebook’s plan for end-to-end encryption amid fears the platform will become a haven for terrorists and paedophiles.

Ministers from the UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are due to meet next week to consider legal measures to hold Facebook and other social media platforms liable for messages that could lead to serious criminality.

03.11.2020 - 23:36 [ Julia Angwin, Investigative journalist / Twitter ]

Direct recording electronic systems are voting machines that keep security experts up at night – because they create no physical record. But they are still used many places (marked in hot pink on our map).

03.11.2020 - 23:25 [ The Damage Report / Youtube ]

Voting Systems Down Across The Country

Voting disruption rages across the country on Election Day 2020 as systems go down. John Iadarola and Ana Kasparian break it down on The Damage Report.

03.11.2020 - 23:19 [ theHill.com ]

NC to delay results after extending voting hours at four locations due to technical issues

The Cabarrus County government tweeted Tuesday that the delay in voting at the First Missionary Baptist Church was “due to an issue with the onsite printer.”

NBC News reported that the Plainview Fire Station polling site also had printer issues that delayed the beginning of in-person voting on Election Day, while NBC affiliate WRAL-TV in Raleigh, N.C. reported that the Guilford County issue was due to human-related delays in opening the site.

03.11.2020 - 19:35 [ meinbezirk.at ]

Innenminister Karl Nehammer: Bisher kein Hinweis auf einen zweiten Täter

Innenminister Karl Nehammer (ÖVP) ist am frühen Dienstagnachmittag mit dem Generaldirektor für die öffentliche Sicherheit, Franz Ruf, und dem Wiener Polizeipräsidenten Gerhard Pürstl im Innenministerium vor die Medien getreten.

03.11.2020 - 19:27 [ ABC News ]

Authorities in Vienna now believe shooter who killed 4 likely acted alone

Austrian Interior Minister Karl Nehammer said at a Tuesday press conference that the suspect was shot dead by police about nine minutes after the first emergency call reached authorities.

03.11.2020 - 18:51 [ theHill.com ]

Officials express confidence in voting security amid early technical glitches

The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a Facebook post Tuesday that „the computers at all polling locations across Spalding County are down. The problem is being worked on and hopefully will be resolved quickly. Until the issue is fixed, paper ballots are being used at all locations.“

A spokesperson for Dominion Voting Systems, the voting equipment manufacturer that was awarded a contract by Georgia state officials to implement new voting systems last year, told The Hill that the company had “tech support onsite to assist the county with real-time help and all challenges are being addressed as quickly as possible.”

25.10.2020 - 14:40 [ Justice Democrats / Twitter ]

Progressive @karaforcongress beat centrist Democrat Brad Ashford in the 2018 NE primary. Eastman THEN beat Ashford’s wife in 2020 by a HUGE margin. Today, Ashford cut a TV ad for the Trump Republican. So much for unity. Send Kara some money if you can!:

22.10.2020 - 08:22 [ Tagesschau.de ]

US-Geheimdienste: Iran und Russland mischen sich in Wahl ein

Geheimdienstkoordinator John Ratcliffe und FBI-Direktor Christopher Wray wandten sich am Abend direkt an die Amerikaner: „Wir stehen hier vor Ihnen, um Ihnen zu sagen, dass wir das im Griff haben und um Sie mit dem mächtigsten Werkzeug zu versorgen, das wir haben, um diese Versuche zu bekämpfen: Wahrheit und Information“, sagte Ratcliffe.

22.10.2020 - 08:18 [ USA Today ]

Iran, Russia obtained voter registration info to sow confusion in presidential election, US officials say

Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said late Wednesday that voter registration information had been obtained by Iran and Russia in an attempt to undermine confidence in the 2020 election.

07.10.2020 - 15:13 [ Haaretz.com ]

A New Avenue for Corruption

Israeli television news on channels 11 and 13 reported Monday that Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit doesn’t plan to investigate allegations concerning Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s financial ties to his cousin Nathan Milikowsky. If these reports are true, this decision lays the groundwork for corrupt norms to become entrenched in Israeli politics for many years to come.

26.09.2020 - 17:21 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Oktoberfest-Anschlag: Viele Fragen sind noch immer offen

„Gerichtsfest kann man gar nichts sagen, da die Ermittlungstätigkeit von den Behörden auf vielfältige Art und Weise blockiert worden ist“, sagt der langjährige BR-Journalist Ulrich Chaussy, der seit Jahrzehnten zu dem Attentat recherchiert. Man wisse nicht, ob Köhler wirklich „die Bombe gezündet hat, ob er die Bombe gebaut hat“, sagt Chaussy – und „wir wissen nicht, wer bei Köhler am Tatabend dabei gewesen ist“.

15.09.2020 - 11:53 [ New York Times ]

Life on Venus? Astronomers See a Signal in Its Clouds

(14.09.2020)

“This is an astonishing and ‘out of the blue’ finding,” said Sara Seager, a planetary scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an author of the papers (one published in Nature Astronomy and another submitted to the journal Astrobiology). “It will definitely fuel more research into the possibilities for life in Venus’s atmosphere.”

03.09.2020 - 18:23 [ The New York Times ]

UK’s Raab Discusses Middle East With Trump Adviser Kushner

Prime Minister Boris Johnson also attended part of the meeting with the visiting Kushner.

„The Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary were clear about their commitment to a negotiated two-state solution,” the spokesman said.

28.08.2020 - 07:04 [ Fox News ]

Rudy Giuliani: Don’t let Democrats do to America what they did to New York City

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks at the final night of the 2020 Republican National Convention.

26.08.2020 - 17:06 [ International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) ]

Joint Statement by the Director General of the IAEA and the Vice-President of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Head of the AEOI

In this regard, Iran is voluntarily providing the IAEA with access to the two locations specified by the IAEA and facilitating the IAEA verification activities to resolve these issues. Dates for the IAEA access and the verification activities have been agreed.

25.08.2020 - 05:44 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

Why do establishment Democrats want to make politics about personal lives, culture wars, personality contests — everything *except* politics? This is why. It’s rational for them to do it:

21.08.2020 - 16:39 [ Forbes ]

Over 70 Republican National Security Officials Endorse Biden, Deem Trump ‘Dangerously Unfit’ For President

Among the statement’s signees are officials who served under Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush and Donald Trump, some of whom have served in the country’s top defense and intelligence roles.

Former CIA head General Michael Hayden, former FBI and CIA chief William Webster, former National Intelligence director Michael Leiter and former Air Force secretary Mike Donley are among the officials now siding with Biden.

21.08.2020 - 16:11 [ Jennifer Rubin / Twitter ]

Absolutely one of the best things about her: Those close to Harris describe her as a “Truman Democrat,” a nod to her willingness to use American power to promote American values and interests.

(14.08.2020)

21.08.2020 - 15:53 [ ForeignPolicy.com ]

The Biden Doctrine Exists Already. Here’s an Inside Preview.

The Democratic nominee and his closest advisors served in the Obama administration—but their foreign-policy vision is finding inspiration in Harry S. Truman.

21.08.2020 - 15:52 [ Ville Kostian / Twitter ]

#Biden – „The Democratic nominee and his closest advisors served in the Obama administration—but their foreign-policy vision is finding inspiration in Harry S. Truman.“

21.08.2020 - 14:08 [ Baltimore Sun ]

When a wave of torture and murder staggered a small U.S. ally, truth was a casualty.

(Jun 11, 1995)

* The CIA was instrumental in training and equipping Battalion 316. Members were flown to a secret location in the United States for training in surveillance and interrogation, and later were given CIA training at Honduran bases.

* Starting in 1981, the United States secretly provided funds for Argentine counterinsurgency experts to train anti-Communist forces in Honduras. By that time, Argentina was notorious for its own „Dirty War,“ which had left at least 10,000 dead or „disappeared“ in the 1970s. Argentine and CIA instructors worked side by side training Battalion 316 members at a camp in Lepaterique, a town about 16 miles west of Tegucigalpa.

* Gen. Gustavo Alvarez Martinez, who as chief of the Honduran armed forces personally directed Battalion 316, received strong U.S. support – even after he told a U.S. ambassador that he intended to use the Argentine method of eliminating subversives.

* By 1983, when Alvarez’s oppressive methods were well known to the U.S. Embassy, the Reagan administration awarded him the Legion of Merit for „encouraging the success of democratic processes in Honduras.“ His friendship with Donald Winters, the CIA station chief in Honduras, was so close that when Winters adopted a child, he asked Alvarez to be the girl’s godfather.

21.08.2020 - 13:53 [ theHill.com ]

Negroponte endorses Biden: He beats Trump on ‚character, compassion and life experience‘

John Negroponte, who served as director of national intelligence under former President George W. Bush, endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden in his race against President Trump on Thursday in an interview with the Daily Beast.

“All roads lead to Trump in a way,” Negroponte told the website. “I’m just not sure the country can withstand another four years of the presidency with a man who has shown such disregard to the office.”

19.08.2020 - 03:34 [ i24news.tv ]

Report: Netanyahu aware of Emirati arms deal, UAE official says

The UAE official added that Israel, the United States and the Emiratis agreed to bolster the military capabilities of the Gulf kingdom as an integral part of the peace deal.

Israel procured its first two F-35 jets in 2016 and has reportedly been using the aircraft in some of the strikes in Syria, becoming the first nation to deploy the jets in combat.

As of today, the Jewish state is also the only Middle East nation to have the jet in its air force, with Turkey booted out of the F-35 program in 2019.

19.08.2020 - 03:20 [ Haaretz ]

UAE Is an ‚Advanced Democracy,‘ Netanyahu Said – Then Deleted

In an interview with Sky News Arabia, the leading television channel in the UAE, Netanyahu was asked how the normalization deal between the UAE and Israel will serve regional peace. He answered: „Vastly. The deal connects the UAE with Israel; both of them are advanced democracies and their societies are advanced.“ Netanyahu uploaded a video of the interview to his Twitter account, and deleted it shortly after.

19.08.2020 - 03:12 [ Axios.com ]

Netanyahu denies Israel-UAE deal included secret clause on F-35s

Why it matters: U.S. law requires the administration to consult with Israel before selling arms to any Arab country to ensure Israel can maintain its qualitative military edge. It must also report to Congress on the matter.

This morning, Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported that the normalization deal included a secret clause, approved by Netanyahu, about F-35 sales to the UAE.

17.08.2020 - 12:32 [ @lovelyset7 / Twitter ]

What I ordered, what I got

17.08.2020 - 12:15 [ Aaron Maté / Twitter ]

Across 15 battlegrounds, “Biden has the backing of 49% of registered voters, while Trump lands at 48%.”

I want Trump to lose. I think that if Democratic leaders hadn’t spent 4 years screaming about 2016 & Russia, they’d be in a better position for 2020.

12.08.2020 - 19:02 [ Al-Monitor.com ]

Intel: Biden adviser says Iran deal supporters, detractors both wrong on sanctions‘ effectiveness

(11.05.2020)

Sullivan went on to argue that a future Democratic administration “should immediately reengage nuclear diplomacy with Iran and look to establish something along the lines of the [deal], but immediately begin the process of negotiating a follow-on agreement.”

12.08.2020 - 18:58 [ MondoWeiss.com ]

Pro-Israel org praises Kamala Harris for being to the right of Obama on Iran Deal

(10.10.2019)

One of those questions came from Kat Wellman, a woman affiliated with the organization Democratic Majority for Israel (DMFI). Wellman asked if Harris would reenter or renegotiate the Iran Deal if elected president. While Harris condemned the Trump administration for violating the deal, she also made it clear that she would take a more aggressive stance than the Obama administration originally did. “We will reenter the agreement,” she said, “but also I will want to strengthen it. And that will mean extending the sunset provisions, including ballistic missile testing, and also increasing oversight.”

05.08.2020 - 17:58 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu: Protesters Against Me Are Anarchists, Not Victims of Pandemic

Coalition whip Miki Zohar, who spoke before Netanyahu, warned that „the right to protest cannot be allowed to become the right to contract the coronavirus.“ He called the left-wing „dangerous“ and attacked the Likud’s senior coalition partner – Benny Gantz’s Kahol Lavan party – for „urgently“ defending the right to protest.

25.07.2020 - 15:41 [ Consortium News ]

37 Senate Dems Join GOP to Approve $740 Billion War Budget

The House and Senate are now expected to reconcile their two versions of the NDAA; the House bill includes a 3 percent pay raise for troops and $3.6 billion to combat China.

10.07.2020 - 16:55 [ WSWS.org ]

Bundesanwaltschaft stellt Ermittlungsverfahren zum Oktoberfestattentat ein

Anstatt etwas über mögliche Hintermänner und Komplizen des Attentäters Köhler zu enthüllen, entkräfteten die Ermittler alle entsprechenden Hinweise. Die Zeugin, wegen deren Aussage das Verfahren 2014 vor allem wieder aufgenommen worden war, soll sich schlicht in der Zeit geirrt haben. Auch zwei enge Freunde Köhlers verhörten die Ermittler erneut, sie hatten sich schon 1980 widersprochen. Nun ist die Bundesanwaltschaft zu dem Ergebnis gelangt, es deute alles darauf hin, dass sie mehr wüssten, als sie aussagten. Es ist ihnen aber nichts mehr nachzuweisen. Die „Beteiligung weiterer Personen als Mittäter, Anstifter oder Gehilfen bei der Tat“, erklären die Fahnder, könne nicht ausgeschlossen, aber auch nicht bewiesen werden.

Die Ermittler fanden auch einen Komplizen des rechtsradikalen Revierförsters Heinz Lembke, der im Verdacht stand, den Sprengstoff geliefert zu haben – aber angeblich keine Verbindung zu Köhler. Ob Lembke für den Verfassungsschutz oder andere staatliche Stellen gearbeitet hat, bleibt unklar. Anwalt Dietrich hatte in Akten den Vermerk, „Erkenntnisse über Lembke sind nur zum Teil gerichtsverwertbar“, entdeckt – eine Formulierung die normalerweise nur bei V-Leuten oder Mitarbeitern von Geheimdiensten vorkomme. Lembke war 1981 erhängt in seiner Zelle aufgefunden worden, nachdem er angekündigt hatte, umfassend auszusagen.

08.07.2020 - 09:10 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Oktoberfest-Attentat: Ermittlungen nach 40 Jahren eingestellt

(heute)

Die vor mehr als fünf Jahren neu aufgenommenen Ermittlungen zum Oktoberfest-Attentat von 1980 sind eingestellt worden. Das sagte ein Sprecher der Bundesanwaltschaft in Karlsruhe.

Nach den Ergebnissen der neuen Ermittlungen handelte der Attentäter Gundolf Köhler damals aus einer rechtsextremistischen Motivation heraus. Hinweise auf Hintermänner oder Komplizen wurden aber auch nach mehr als tausend Vernehmungen und der Prüfung von Hunderten Spuren nicht gefunden.

08.07.2020 - 09:07 [ Radio Utopie ]

Warum der Staat potentiell jedes Verbrechen ungestraft begehen kann

(21.02.2020)

Wir haben bereits dargelegt, warum es in Deutschland keine unabhängige Justiz und damit keine vollständige Gewaltenteilung gibt – weil das Grundgesetz den Staat nicht ausdrücklich dazu zwingt. Das Grundgesetz schreibt dem Staat lediglich die Unabhängigkeit der Richter vor, nicht die der Justiz insgesamt. Daraus interpretiert der Staat für sich das Recht, die Staatsanwaltschaften bzw Ankläger der Exekutive anzugliedern.

Auf Bundesebene heißt das konkret: der Generalbundesanwalt und seine Behörde (allgemein Bundesanwaltschaft) unterstehen dem Justizminister. Daraus schlussfolgert, dass nach eventuellen Staatsverbrechen und / oder Verfassungsbrüchen durch ihre eigenen Organe – Kanzleramt, Ministerien, Behörden, Militär, Geheimdienste, etc, – die Regierung gegen sich selbst ermitteln müsste.

Zieht also die Bundesanwaltschaft bzw der Generalbundesanwalt ein Verfahren an sich, zieht es die Regierung an sich.

Verbleibt noch die Möglichkeit, dass das Parlament Untersuchungsausschüsse einsetzt, dass durch diese die betreffenden Staatsverbrechen aufgeklärt und dann öffentlich bekannt werden, dem folgend durch Wahlen eine Änderung der parlamentarischen Mehrheiten erfolgt, dann eine Neuwahl des Kanzlers / der Kanzlerin durch das Parlament, dann durch den Kanzler / die Kanzlerin eine Ernennung eines neuen Justizministers erfolgt (Minister / Ministerinnen werden nicht gewählt), dann durch den Justizminister / die Justizministerin eine Ernennung eines neuen Generalbundesanwalts oder eine Anweisung an den amtierenden Generalbundesanwalt erfolgt Ermittlungen gegen die damaligen oder immer noch amtierenden staatlichen Funktionäre bzw Stellen aufzunehmen und dass dieser dann der Anweisung des vorgesetzten Justizministers folgt. Wobei dann ggf die Ermittlungen durch die Regierungsbehörden (Geheimdienste, Bundeskriminalamt) erfolgen müsste, gegen die ermittelt wird.

Vor bald 40 Jahren wurde in Westdeutschland das Oktoberfest-Attentat verübt, kurz vor der Bundestagswahl. (20. Juni 2008, DER TERROR-STAAT: Das Oktoberfest-Attentat von München)

Ein Jahr später, 1981, wurde durch einen einzigen hartnäckigen Steuerfahnder bekannt, dass seit den 70er Jahren durch den Flick-Konzern an Abgeordnete von allen Parteien, sowie an Regierungsfunktionäre, hohe Summen transferiert worden waren (Flick-Affäre). Vor einem schließlich 1984 vom Bundestag eingesetzten Untersuchungsausschuss log der amtierende Bundeskanzler Helmut Kohl und behauptete nichts über Flicks Geldwaschanlage „Staatsbürgerliche Vereinigung“ gewusst zu haben (die Aktenlage bewies das Gegenteil).

Der damalige Generalbundesanwalt, der Untergebene von Kohls untergebenem Justizminister, stellte das Strafverfahren gegen den Kanzler wegen uneidlicher Falschaussage ein. Begründung: man könne ihm nicht nachweisen, dass er sich erinnert habe. Insofern sei keine vorsätzliche Lüge zu beweisen.

Zuvor hatte das Bundesverfassungsgericht am 17. Juli 1984 in Urteil 2 BvE 11, 15/83 (1, 2) im Zuge der Flick-Affäre das vom Grundgesetz garantierte Kontrollrecht des Parlaments – konkret: das Recht auf Akteneinsicht bei der Regierung – der einfachen Gesetzgebung untergeordnet. Die Verfassungsrichter (die erst ab dem Jahre 2017 überhaupt verfassungsgemäß gewählt wurden) urteilten, dass

„auf Aktenherausgabeverlangen … gemäß Art. 44 Abs. 2 Satz 1 GG die Vorschrift der § 96 StPO“

Anwendung fände. Dieser Paragraph der Strafprozessordnung besagt heute wie damals:

„Die Vorlegung oder Auslieferung von Akten oder anderen in amtlicher Verwahrung befindlichen Schriftstücken durch Behörden und öffentliche Beamte darf nicht gefordert werden, wenn deren oberste Dienstbehörde erklärt, daß das Bekanntwerden des Inhalts dieser Akten oder Schriftstücke dem Wohl des Bundes oder eines deutschen Landes Nachteile bereiten würde.“

Ausdrücklich erklärten die Verfassungsrichter in ihrem Urteil zur Flick-Affäre, darunter falle auch das Steuergeheimnis.

Um diese faktische Unterordnung des Parlaments unter die Erklärungen von Regierungsfunktionären und deren Meinung was das Wohl des Staates sei zu begründen, schufen die Verfassungsrichter in ihrem Urteil den Begriff „exekutive Eigenverantwortung“. Später wurde daraus in weiteren Karlsruher Urteilen der Rechtsbegriff „Staatswohl“ geformt.

Der Kanzler Helmut Kohl wurde übrigens nicht nur durch 1984 durch den Untergebenen seines Untergebenen (den Generalbundesanwalt) laufen gelassen, sondern ebenso durch seinen Nachfolger Gerhard Schröder und dessen rot-grüne Regierung, sowie deren Mehrheit im Parlament ab 1998.

Als in einer weiteren (und eventuell mit der Flick-Affäre zusammenhängenden) „Spenden“-Affäre um die schwarzen Kassen der C.D.U. sich ex-Kanzler Kohl schlicht weigerte, die „Spender“ seiner Partei zu nennen oder sich im betreffenden Untersuchungsausschuss auch nur vereidigen zu lassen, passierte gar nichts. Aus „Juristenkreisen“ hieß es, es sei nicht einmal klar, ob ein parlamentarischer Untersuchungsausschuss Zeugen überhaupt vereidigen dürfe.

Betreffend des Oktoberfest-Attentats von 1980 ließen sich Parlament bzw alle darin vertretenen Abgeordneten und Parteien erst einmal 34 Jahre Zeit. Dann reichte die Fraktion Bündnis 90/Die Grünen im Oktober 2014 eine Kleine Anfrage an die Regierung ein, u.a. zur potentiellen Verwicklung staatlicher (exekutiver) Stellen und deren Kontaktpersonen („Vertrauensleute“) in das Attentat. Im Januar 2015 reichten sie noch eine Anfrage ein.

Als die Regierung beide nicht vollständig beantwortete, reichte die grüne Bundestagsfraktion schließlich Klage auf vollständige Beantwortung beim Bundesverfassungsgericht ein.

2017 dann das Urteil – abgelehnt! Begründung: „Gefährdung des Staatswohls und .. Grundrechte verdeckt handelnder Personen“.

04.07.2020 - 20:14 [ theHill.com ]

The Memo: Unhappy voters could deliver political shocks beyond Trump

The situation had reached an even worse state in the waning days of former President George W. Bush’s White House tenure. In mid-October 2008, a Gallup poll found a mere 7 percent of Americans believing their nation — then dealing with a spiraling financial crisis as well as wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — was on the right track.

To some eyes, these upswings in unhappiness leave the country much more prone to volatile swings — and to populism of the left and right — than it was during more contented times.

30.06.2020 - 18:11 [ i24news.tv ]

Netanyahu: ‚Iran continues secret program to develop nuclear weapons‘

He also commended the United States for the January drone strike that killed Quds force leader, „arch-terrorist“ Qasem Soleimani and warned that Israel will do everything necessary to make sure that Iran does not expand its foothold in Syria.

The comments were made during a joint press briefing with Brian Hook, US Special Representative on Iran, who visited Israel as part of his larger official Middle East trip.

30.06.2020 - 17:54 [ Benjamin Weinthal / Jerusalem Post ]

German intel says Iran ‚massively promotes antisemitism, Israel hatred‘

The domestic intelligence agency for the city-state of Berlin disclosed Thursday in a new report on antisemitism that Iran’s clerical regime is a leading sponsor of Jew-hatred.

26.06.2020 - 09:44 [ ManchesterEveningNews.co.uk ]

RECAP: Reaction as Rebecca Long-Bailey sacked for tweeting ‚antisemitic‘ Maxine Peake interview

Salford MP Rebecca Long-Bailey has been sacked from the shadow cabinet after she tweeted a link to an interview with actress Maxine Peake.

The shadow education secretary was forced out of her job by Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, who said the interview contained an ‚antisemitic conspiracy theory‘.

25.06.2020 - 22:42 [ PBS Frontline ]

The Soldier’s Heart: Interview David Grossman

(Nov. 22, 2004)

You have statistics in your book. … Talk to me about the 2 percent statistic and what that means.

Naturally speaking, there’s 2 percent who after 60 days of continuous day-and-night combat are not driven insane. And this 2 percent keeps bubbling up. Two percent of all fighter pilots in World War II killed more than the rest put together, something along those lines. This 2 percent keeps bubbling up.

And it’s really not a percent. It’s not a yes or no. It’s a continuum. It’s the old bell-shaped curve. [At] one end of the bell-shaped curve there’s people, at the tail of it, with great capacity for violence. [At] the other end there’s people over here with no capacity for violence. And there’s most of the people right in between. But you can choose to go one way or another. Israel is a nation that has shifted their bell-shaped curve. Israel is a nation who’s chosen a warrior path.

So what’s happening in the psychology of those 2 percent?

Well, those 2 percent are people with a capacity for aggression. And then they divide into two parts. Those who have the capacity for aggression and an absence of empathy, we call those psychopaths, sociopaths, aggressive sociopaths. Those who have a capacity for aggression and empathy for their fellow citizens, we call those warriors, heroes, cops, soldiers, Marines, spec ops.

25.06.2020 - 22:31 [ ABC News / Youtube ]

Live Police Shooting of Philando Castile | Livestream Video [GRAPHIC CONTENT]

(7.7.2016)

The incident in Falcon Heights, a suburb of St. Paul, appeared to be partly documented in a Facebook Live recording posted by a woman in the car, who identified herself as the man’s girlfriend. The video, which was briefly removed from Facebook but later republished with a warning of graphic content, had as of Thursday morning been viewed close to 2 million times.

25.06.2020 - 22:28 [ MotherJones.com ]

“Are You Prepared to Kill Somebody?” A Day With One of America’s Most Popular Police Trainers

(February 2017)

Last summer, after a black man named Philando Castile was shot and killed during a traffic stop outside Minneapolis, it was revealed that two years earlier the officer, Jeronimo Yanez, had attended “The Bulletproof Warrior,” a two-day training taught by Grossman and his colleague Jim Glennon.

25.06.2020 - 22:11 [ Max Blumenthal / MondoWeiss.net ]

From Occupation to ‘Occupy’: The Israelification of American domestic security

(December 2, 2011)

Back in New York, the NYPD set up a secret “Demographics Unit” designed to spy on and monitor Muslim communities around the city. The unit was developed with input and intensive involvement by the CIA, which still refuses to name the former Middle East station chief it has posted in the senior ranks of the NYPD’s intelligence division. Since 2002, the NYPD has dispatched undercover agents known as “rakers” and “mosque crawlers” into Pakistani-American bookstores and restaurants to gauge community anger over US drone strikes inside Pakistan, and into Palestinian hookah bars and mosques to search out signs of terror recruitment and clandestine funding. “If a raker noticed a customer looking at radical literature, he might chat up the store owner and see what he could learn,” the Associated Press reported. “The bookstore, or even the customer, might get further scrutiny.”

The Israeli imprimatur on the NYPD’s Demographics Unit is unmistakable. As a former police official told the Associated Press, the Demographics Unit has attempted to “map the city’s human terrain” through a program “modeled in part on how Israeli authorities operate in the West Bank.”

25.06.2020 - 22:01 [ theIntercept.com ]

Israel Security Forces Are Training American Cops Despite History of Rights Abuses

(September 15 2017)

In the aftermath of 9/11, Israel seized on its decades-long experience as an occupying force to brand itself as a world leader in counterterrorism. U.S. law enforcement agencies took the Jewish state up on its expertise by participating in exchange programs sponsored by an array of pro-Israel groups, like the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, and the Anti-Defamation League. Over the past decade and a half, scores of top federal, state, and local police officers from dozens of departments from across the U.S. have gone to Israel to learn about its terrorism-focused policing.

Yet Israel’s policing prowess is marred by its primary purpose: occupation.

25.06.2020 - 21:41 [ Amnesty International USA ]

With Whom are Many U.S. Police Departments Training? With a Chronic Human Rights Violator – Israel

(August 25, 2016)

Baltimore law enforcement officials, along with hundreds of others from Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, California, Arizona, Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Georgia, Washington state as well as the DC Capitol police have all traveled to Israel for training. Thousands of others have received training from Israeli officials here in the U.S.

Many of these trips are taxpayer funded while others are privately funded. Since 2002, the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee’s Project Interchange and the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs have paid for police chiefs, assistant chiefs and captains to train in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT).

25.06.2020 - 21:28 [ Peoplesworld.org ]

Israeli forces trained cops in ‘restraint techniques’ at Minneapolis conference

(03.06.2020)

Neta Golan, co-founder of International Solidarity Movement (ISM), said: “When I saw the picture of killer cop Derek Chauvin murdering George Floyd by leaning in on his neck with his knee as he cried for help and other cops watched, I remembered noticing when many Israeli soldiers began using this technique of leaning in on our chest and necks when we were protesting in the West Bank sometime in 2006.

“They started twisting and breaking fingers in a particular way around the same time. It was clear they had undergone training for this. They continue to use these tactics—two of my friends have had their necks broken but luckily survived—and it is clear that they [Israel] share these methods when they train police forces abroad in ‘crowd control’ in the U.S. and other countries including Sudan and Brazil.”

25.06.2020 - 21:03 [ MPRnews.org ]

Minn. police learn from Israeli counter-terrorism conference

(June 26, 2012)

About 100 Minnesota law enforcement officers attended a counter-terrorism training conference in Minneapolis Monday.

The conference was put on by the Israeli consulate in Chicago, the FBI and Minnetonka police.

Deputy Consul Shahar Arieli said Israeli law enforcement officers shared techniques to prevent terrorist acts, such as suicide bombings.

25.06.2020 - 20:38 [ @OwenJones84 / Twitter ]

Sacking Rebecca Long-Bailey for sharing an interview in *the Independent* with one of Britain’s most celebrated actors because of a sentence uttered by Maxine Peake which the Independent initially justified with a link to an Amnesty International report is an absurd overreaction

25.06.2020 - 20:21 [ Haaretz ]

U.K. Labour Leader Sacks Education Spokeswoman for Sharing Article With ‚Antisemitic Conspiracy Theory‘

Long-Bailey had tweeted an Independent article written about British actress and anti-capitalist activist Maxine Peake writing „Maxine Peake is an absolute diamond.“

In the story, Peake alleges that „the tactics used by the police in America, kneeling on George Floyd’s neck, that was learnt from seminars with Israeli secret services.”

23.06.2020 - 09:33 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Reading stabbings: terror suspect was on MI5 list

Questions remain over whether Saadallah should have been at large at the time of Saturday evening’s attack in a park in the Berkshire town after being released early from prison this month for minor, non-terrorist offences.

It has also emerged that Saadallah (pictured below), who it is understood had serious mental health problems, had come to the UK as an illegal immigrant in 2012 but was granted asylum in 2018.

21.06.2020 - 10:34 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Netanyahu caters to Right, divorces Palestinian statehood from annexation

(31.05.2020)

IT WILL likely go like this. Netanyahu will rely on the formal public pledge he made in his 2009 Bar-Ilan speech to support a demilitarized Palestinian state. That pledge was made when former US president Barack Obama was in power and was designed to satisfy an administration that wanted a two-state solution based on pre-1967 lines.
Netanyahu did not speak of the 1967 lines in the speech, but Obama accepted Netanyahu’s statehood pledge nonetheless.

20.06.2020 - 18:08 [ i24news.tv ]

Israeli Defense Min.: Iran ‚concealing blatant violations‘ of nuclear deal

Israeli Defense Minister and Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz commended Friday the UN atomic watchdog’s demand of Iran to grant inspectors “immediate access” to nuclear sites in its territory.

18.06.2020 - 10:58 [ Tagesschau ]

Afghanistan: Der unsichtbare Krieg

Vor zwei Jahren konnte SIGAR zum Beispiel noch detailliert aufgezeigen, welche Gebiete in Afghanistan von den Aufständischen und nicht von der Regierung kontrolliert werden. Diese Daten werden laut SIGAR nicht mehr von der NATO und dem US-Militär erhoben und ihnen zur Verfügung gestellt. Ebenso wenig wie Daten, die zeigen, wie viele Angriffe von Aufständischen es in Afghanistan in jüngster Zeit gegeben hatte. Diese Informationen gelten neuerdings als geheim, kritisiert SIGAR. Begründung des Militärs: Die Verhandlungen und das Abkommen mit den Taliban.

18.06.2020 - 10:50 [ Tagesschau ]

UN-Bericht zu Afghanistan: Kampf gegen Korruption steckt fest

Afghanistans Bemühungen gegen Korruption werden auch auf internationaler Ebene genau beobachtet. Denn nach vier Jahren soll in diesem Jahr eine Geberkonferenz in Genf zusammenkommen. Das Interesse der Spender habe nachgelassen, stellt Unama fest. Es sei möglich, dass Afghanistan künftig „mehr mit weniger“ tun müsse.

13.06.2020 - 06:01 [ Haaretz ]

Annexation? Israeli Apartheid? Hounding Journalists? Gantz Didn’t Come to Fight

The Kahol Lavan leader seems to have forgotten that his party was supposed to represent an alternative to Netanyahu’s aggressive ways

10.06.2020 - 23:00 [ Voter Protection Project / Twitter ]

Still over 30,000 ballots left to be counted in #GA07.

VPP is working to raise $25,000 for @NabilahforGA07
in the next 24 hours. Can you chip in to our EMERGENCY FUND to make sure every vote is counted in #GA07?

10.06.2020 - 22:57 [ Axios.com ]

Georgia secretary of state launches investigation into chaos at voting booths

Flashback: App issues marred vote reporting during the Iowa caucuses in February, highlighting the risk of tech issues during a key election.

10.06.2020 - 09:53 [ NBC News ]

Georgia election ‚catastrophe‘ in largely minority areas sparks investigation

(09.06.2020)

„This seems to be happening throughout Atlanta and perhaps throughout the county. People have been in line since before 7:00 am this morning,“ Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, a Democrat, tweeted shortly after polls were supposed to open — and in some cases still hadn’t.

Cody Cutting was in a long line at Lang Carson Community Center in the Reynoldstown neighborhood of Atlanta, where the line snaked around the block and some people had been waiting to cast their votes for 4½ hours.

10.06.2020 - 09:42 [ Washington Post ]

Democrats grow bullish on Senate prospects as Georgia voters cast ballots

(09.06.2020)

Also on the ballot Tuesday are primaries with general-election implications, including in the suburban Atlanta district held by retiring Rep. Rob Woodall (R) that Democrats narrowly missed winning in 2018.

Republican candidates include business executive Lynne Homrich, physician Rich McCormick and state Sen. Renee Unterman, while Democrats are choosing whether to renominate Carolyn Bourdeaux, a Georgia State University professor who came within 433 votes of unseating Woodall. Among the five other candidates seeking the nomination are activist Nabilah Islam, state Sen. Zahra Karinshak and state Rep. Brenda Lopez Romero.

10.06.2020 - 09:38 [ The New York Times / Twitter ]

Major problems with Georgia’s new voting machines are leading to long lines and widespread frustration statewide on a critical primary day

(09.06.2020)

10.06.2020 - 09:15 [ New York Times ]

Major Problems With Voting in Atlanta as 5 States Hold Primaries

(09.06.2020)

Georgia’s Seventh District was once reliably Republican territory, but it includes an increasingly diverse section of metro Atlanta. Now there are contested primaries on both sides for the seat held by Representative Rob Woodall, a Republican who is not running for re-election. Mr. Woodall won by fewer than 500 votes in 2018, and his opponent in that race, Carolyn Bourdeaux, is again seeking the Democratic nomination. Another Democrat in the race, Nabilah Islam, was endorsed by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.

03.06.2020 - 20:46 [ Gothamist.com ]

The Mount Vernon Police Tapes: In Secretly Recorded Phone Calls, Officers Say Innocent People Were Framed

Bovell’s first batch of recordings landed in the lap of Thomas Drake, an investigator for the Westchester County District Attorney’s office, on February 19, 2019, according to a text message he sent Bovell. On March 4, 2019, Drake texted Bovell saying that he had listened to some of them. The whistleblower recalls being hopeful.

“I gave them that information, and I thought this is it. Something big, positive will happen,” Bovell said.

But nine months later, at a meeting with Bovell and his attorney, Joseph Murray, at the DA’s office, Drake told them that the probe had not moved forward because they had been expecting Bovell to send more recordings, according to both men.

Bovell gave them more recordings in February of this year, and they say they haven’t heard anything since.

30.05.2020 - 14:41 [ Shaun King / Twitter ]

Multiple police officers from inside the NYPD told me that this officer who assaulted the young woman is Vincent J. D’Andraia is the 73rd Precinct. They said he brutalizes Black people all over Brownsville. And so does NYPD Commander Craig Eldelman, who is in the white shirt.

30.05.2020 - 14:27 [ Dounya Zayer / Twitter ]

This was me, and I want to make one thing clear to all the people that are commenting lies below this video. I did NOT spit in this officers face. I was wearing a face mask. He told me to get out of the street and then immediately threw me out of the way.

30.05.2020 - 14:24 [ Jason Lemon, senior reporter @Newsweek ]

NYPD officer just called a female protester a “stupid fucking bitch” and threw her to the ground

21.05.2020 - 08:00 [ Joe Biden ]

Joe Biden and the Jewish Community: A Record and a Plan of Friendship, Support and Action

– Urge Arab states to move beyond quiet talks and take bolder steps toward normalization with Israel.

– Firmly reject the BDS movement, which singles out Israel — home to millions of Jews — and too often veers into anti-Semitism, while letting Palestinians off the hook for their choices.

– Hold Iran accountable and rejoin a diplomatic agreement to prevent a nuclear armed Iran, if Iran returns to compliance with the JCPOA, using renewed commitment to diplomacy to work with our allies to strengthen and extend the Iran deal, and push back against Iran’s other destabilizing actions.

21.05.2020 - 07:55 [ CBS News ]

Transcript: Joe Biden foreign policy adviser Antony Blinken on COVID shortfalls, failures in Syria

Iran has now restarted some of the dangerous aspects of its nuclear program that the nuclear deal stopped dead in their tracks. And unfortunately, it’s taken a series of provocative actions endangering our own forces in the Middle East, in Iraq and Syria, as well as our citizens. And all of that has happened at the same time that we managed to alienate ourselves from our closest allies. We disagree fundamentally with the approach the administration took on Iran. So this is just not working on its own terms. If Iran comes back into compliance with the deal, then yes, Joe Biden said we would do the same thing, but we would use that as a platform to try to build a stronger and longer deal working with our partners.

And I think we’d have a decent chance of doing that because our partners would be with us, not alienated from us. And at the same time, much more likely to join us in trying to curb other actions by Iran that we find objectionable.

21.05.2020 - 07:52 [ Ben Spielberg / Twitter ]

Terrible stuff from @JoeBiden . As the grandson of a Jew who escaped Nazi Germany in 1939, I hope he and his campaign will stop undermining our ability to address anti-Semitism by using it as a euphemism for peaceful opposition to human rights abuses by the Israeli government.

21.05.2020 - 07:51 [ Independent.co.uk ]

‘Almost hard to believe’: Joe Biden attacks antisemitism on the left in US and UK

It comes as Mr Biden’s presidential campaign considers how he can appeal to progressives on the left of the Democratic party, and younger voters in particular, who criticise Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.

Mr Biden, who was asked about antisemitism among sections of the left in the US and UK, said that whilst antisemitism was “the mother of all conspiracy theories”, Americans had not heard enough about the dangers of the Holocaust happening again.

13.05.2020 - 19:43 [ New York Times ]

Pompeo in Israel for Meetings on Annexation, Virus, Iran and China

“The most important thing is actually generating the information and then sharing the information,” Mr. Netanyahu interrupted Mr. Pompeo to say, an unmistakable reference to the Israeli intelligence services’ track record of developing information of value to the United States.

Notably, Mr. Pompeo’s short schedule of meetings included a session with the Mossad director, Yossi Cohen.

13.05.2020 - 19:19 [ Al-Monitor.com ]

Meet Joe Biden’s foreign policy advisers

(Apr 20, 2020)

Brian McKeon, Jeffrey Prescott and Julianne Smith, three of the vice president’s former deputy national security advisers under Blinken, are also advising the campaign. Notably, Prescott went on to serve as Obama’s senior adviser for Iran, Iraq, Syria and the Gulf states after working for Biden.

13.05.2020 - 19:10 [ Al-Monitor.com ]

Intel: Biden adviser says Iran deal supporters, detractors both wrong on sanctions‘ effectiveness

(11.05.2020)

Sullivan went on to argue that a future Democratic administration “should immediately reengage nuclear diplomacy with Iran and look to establish something along the lines of the [deal], but immediately begin the process of negotiating a follow-on agreement.”

13.05.2020 - 17:45 [ Reuters / New York Times ]

Exclusive: Biden to Hammer Trump’s ‚Tough Talk, Weak Action‘ on China, Top Adviser Says

(today)

President Donald Trump has seized on Americans‘ growing animosity toward China over the coronavirus outbreak to underpin his re-election pitch, arguing he will hit Beijing harder than anyone.

That is just tough talk hardly substantiated by action, says Jake Sullivan, a senior adviser to presumed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

13.05.2020 - 17:31 [ New York Times ]

In a Fatal Error, C.I.A. Picked a Bombing Target Only Once: The Chinese Embassy

(July 23, 1999)

WASHINGTON — The director of the CIA disclosed Thursday that the agency had selected just one target in the 11-week air war over Yugoslavia, and its decision led to the accidental bombing of the Chinese embassy in May.

„It was the only target we nominated,“ the director, George Tenet, said at a rare public hearing of the House Intelligence Committee.

13.05.2020 - 17:25 [ AP Archive / Youtube ]

CIA DIRECTOR TESTIFYS OVER BOMBING OF CHINESE BELGRADE EMBASSY

(video from July 1999)

The C-I-A has revealed it had accurate maps and some agency employees knew the correct location of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade mistakenly bombed in May during NATO’s air campaign against Yugoslavia.

The C-I-A Director George Tenet made the announcement on Thursday while testifying before the House Intelligence Committee in Washington D-C.

13.05.2020 - 13:31 [ Strategic-Culture.org ]

Netanyahu-Pompeo Meeting Solidifies War Plan on Iran

The hastily arranged meeting last week between Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had the hallmarks of a war-plan summit amid a peak in renewed media provocation against Iran.

In the last weeks there has been a flurry of US media reports claiming that Iran is secretly moving ballistic missiles into Iraq and elsewhere across the region. As usual the media credulously cite anonymous intelligence and Pentagon officials on those claims.

11.05.2020 - 17:02 [ The Jerusalem Post ]

UK minister: Britain would not support Israeli West Bank annexation

But Cleverly told parliament: „Our long-standing position is that we do not support the annexation of parts of the West Bank, and … doing so could make a sustainable two-state solution harder.“

11.05.2020 - 01:06 [ Gulf News ]

Netanyahu can’t get away with his criminal plans by promoting lies

Netanyahu, who is now forming the new right-wing government, is trying to propagate such lies to make his criminal plan a de facto reality by showing the Palestinians that they no longer have support from the Arab world, especially among the key Arab states whose support has kept the Palestinian struggle for independence alive.

08.05.2020 - 16:01 [ China Xinhua News / Twitter ]

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres launches a global appeal to address and counter „the virus of hate“ — hate speech related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

07.05.2020 - 14:59 [ i24News.tv ]

Israel demands more access for UN peacekeepers in Lebanon

The new measures reportedly have the backing of the United States, according to The Times of Israel.

Israel’s envoy, Danny Danon, made the demands during a video press briefing, adding that the UN Security Council must be immediately informed if Lebanon moves to block any of the new measures.

07.05.2020 - 14:54 [ i24News.tv ]

Report: Iran behind recent cyberattack on Israel’s water supply

Iranian hackers said to have routed the attack through servers located in the United States

Iran is the suspected culprit behind last month’s cyberattack on several facilities operated by Israel’s Water Authority, Fox News reported Thursday, citing a source among US officials.

19.09.2019 - 11:09 [ KDAL610.com ]

Pompeo says attack was ‚act of war‘ on Saudi Arabia, seeks coalition

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) – The United States wants to build a coalition of European and Arab partners to deter Iran after an attack on Saudi Arabia that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo described on Wednesday as „an act of war“ against the world’s top oil exporter.