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14.01.2022 - 22:20 [ Justin Amash / Twitter ]

The Supreme Court blocked President Biden‘s OSHA mandate, which was blatantly and egregiously unconstitutional. The principle is simple: The president is not a king with the power to do whatever he wants regardless of the law and the facts.

14.01.2022 - 22:01 [ Fox News ]

MSNBC’s Joy Reid rants against Supreme Court for striking down Biden vaccine mandate: ‚Right-wing ideologues‘

MSNBC host Joy Reid was infuriated Thursday over the Supreme Court’s decision to block President Biden’s coronavirus vaccine mandate, launching a rant against what she called „right-wing ideologues“ occupying six of the court’s nine seats.

During a segment of her show „The ReidOut,“ Reid declared she no longer had faith in the court, calling it a „Christian nationalist version“ of what it used to be, and suggested the justices should each have their own „right-wing talk radio shows.“

14.01.2022 - 21:41 [ Washington Post ]

The frightening philosophy driving the Supreme Court’s new vaccine mandate rulings

At current pace, sometime in late April we will pass a grim milestone: 1 million Americans dead from covid-19. If we get lucky and the omicron wave abates, that millionth death may not come until later in the spring, or the summer. But it will come, and soon.

Keep that in mind as you consider the latest news from the Supreme Court. On Thursday, by a 6-to-3 vote along party lines (and no, I won’t pretend the justices have no relevant party affiliations), they struck down the Biden administration’s mandate that large employers were supposed to require that their employees either be vaccinated or receive regular tests for covid-19.

14.01.2022 - 21:34 [ New York Times ]

Blocking a Mandate, the Supreme Court ‘Sided With Covid-19’

To be clear, the legal resistance on display at the Supreme Court is not about vaccine efficacy or the idiosyncratic nuances of administrative law. It is to support Republican efforts everywhere to damage President Biden politically at the cost of suffering and death for millions of Americans.

Shame, shame on the Supreme Court.

14.01.2022 - 21:13 [ Fox News ]

Supreme Court saves Americans from Biden COVID vaccine mandate—but the fight is not over

As we have stated for months, the federal government doesn’t get to be your nanny, and it shouldn’t get to be your doctor. It has used this COVID-19 emergency to commandeer too many liberties that are solely afforded to sovereign states and free Americans. History has taught us that once a government takes rights from its citizens, they are almost never recovered. States must be vigilant and always ready to challenge a federal government that is growing too fast and too powerful.

14.01.2022 - 12:05 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

England ‚WILL scrap Covid passes and WFH at the end of the month’ because they are ‚hard to justify‘ now that Omicron is subsiding — with masks on trains and in shops the only curb left

Currently, people in England need to show proof of vaccination or a negative lateral flow to enter large events and nightclubs.

A Whitehall source told the newspaper: ‚There was always a very high threshold for the policy and it looks increasingly likely in a couple of weeks that threshold won’t be met. The way cases are going it will be hard to justify renewing.‘

14.01.2022 - 11:47 [ Kevin McCarthy - RepublicanLeader.gov ]

House GOP Leaders: No More Authoritarian Mandates

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23), House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (LA-01), and House Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik (NY-21) released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the Biden administration’s unlawful vaccine mandate:

“President Biden’s vaccine mandates are unlawful and not based on science. They deny workers their livelihood, divide our society, and diminish liberty. They are bad policies that undermine public confidence in the vaccines and compound the President’s failure to fulfill his promise to ‘crush the virus.’

14.01.2022 - 11:34 [ Senator Mike Braun / Twitter ]

BIG VICTORY FOR AMERICA AT THE SUPREME COURT

Biden’s unconstitutional vaccine mandate for private employees has been struck down, with help from our objection in the Senate which was referenced in the majority opinion.

14.01.2022 - 10:12 [ The Associated Press / Twitter ]

BREAKING: Supreme Court blocks the Biden administration’s vaccine-or-test rule for U.S. businesses, but allows a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for most health care workers.

14.01.2022 - 10:10 [ Fox News ]

Supreme Court puts an end to pandemic of the autocrat

The American work force is now safe from the unnecessary threat of its government

09.01.2022 - 12:00 [ New York Times ]

Supreme Court’s Conservative Majority Appears Skeptical of Biden’s Virus Plan

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court’s conservative majority seemed to be leaning on Friday toward blocking one of the White House’s main pandemic-fighting strategies, expressing skepticism that the Biden administration has the legal power to mandate that large employers require workers to be vaccinated or to undergo frequent testing.

06.01.2022 - 09:58 [ NPR.org ]

The Supreme Court to hold a hearing on Biden’s vaccine and testing mandate

NPR’s Rachel Martin talks to Karen Harned of the National Federation of Independent Business, about its opposition to OSHA’s vaccine and testing requirements for private employers.

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court is set to hold a hearing on the Biden administration’s vaccine and testing mandate.

05.01.2022 - 10:59 [ Washington Post ]

Judge grants relief to Navy SEALs who refused coronavirus vaccine, sued Biden administration

A federal judge granted a preliminary injunction on Monday blocking the Defense Department from taking action against a group of 35 Navy sailors who had refused to get a coronavirus vaccine, raising questions on how it might shape the Pentagon’s requirement that all U.S. troops get vaccinated.

03.01.2022 - 09:36 [ .healthcarefinancenews.com ]

Supreme Court to hear arguments over vaccine mandates on January 7

(23.12.2021)

About half the states in the United States, 24, have filed lawsuits against the federal vaccine mandates.

01.01.2022 - 15:01 [ NBC News ]

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts stresses need for judicial independence

The current court term is loaded with highly charged cases, including a direct assault on Roe v. Wade and challenges to the Biden administration’s efforts to impose vaccine or mask-wearing and testing requirements for large employers and health care workers to control the spread of Covid. The court will hear the pandemic-related cases in a special session January 7.

Roberts did not mention any of those factors. But he said the judiciary’s power to manage its own internal affairs „insulates courts from inappropriate political influence and is crucial to preserving public trust in its work as a separate and co-equal branch of government.“

31.12.2021 - 06:56 [ Weißes Haus ]

Background Press Call by a Senior Administration Official on President Biden’s Call with President Putin of the Russian Federation

The tone of the conversation between the two presidents was serious and substantive. They each framed their positions as they’ve done in previous calls and also as they have done publicly.

President Biden laid out two paths, two aspects of the U.S. approach that will really depend on Russia’s actions in the period ahead. One is a path of diplomacy leading toward a de-escalation of the situation, and the other is a path that’s more focused on deterrence, including serious costs and consequences should Russia choose to proceed with a further invasion of Ukraine. And those costs include economic costs, include adjustments and augmentations of NATO force posture in Allied countries, and include additional assistance to Ukraine to enable it to further defend itself and its territory, as we’ve laid out previously.

27.12.2021 - 08:02 [ Marketwatch.com ]

White House lifting omicron travel ban on South Africa and seven other southern African countries

(24.12.2021)

White House spokesman Kevin Munoz said on Twitter that the decision was recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Munoz said the temporary travel bans bought scientists necessary time to study the new virus variant and conclude that the current vaccinations are effective in blunting its impact.

24.12.2021 - 04:47 [ New York Times ]

Supreme Court to Hold Special Hearing on Biden Vaccine Mandates

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court said on Wednesday evening that it would hold a special hearing next month to assess the legality of two initiatives at the heart of the Biden administration’s efforts to address the coronavirus in the workplace.

21.12.2021 - 14:50 [ PharmacyTimes.com ]

FDA Grants Emergency Use Authorization for Single Test to Differentiate Between COVID-19, Flu, RSV

(October 8, 2021)

Officials with the FDA have issued an emergency use authorization for PerkinElmer’s PKamp Respiratory SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR Panel 1 assay, a single test that can detect and differentiate between SARS-CoV-2, influenza A, influenza B, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

21.12.2021 - 14:18 [ theNewAmerican.com ]

Could Contaminated COVID-19 Tests Help Spread the Virus?

(06.04.2020)

Imagine that you are not carrying the virus, but you go in for testing and leave carrying the virus.

The Telegraph report stated that it is “not clear” how the tests were contaminated.

21.12.2021 - 14:09 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Coronavirus testing effort hampered by kits contaminated with Covid-19: Traces of the virus were detected in parts due for delivery from overseas in the coming day

(30.04.2020)

One of the suppliers – the Luxembourg-based firm Eurofins – sent an email on Monday morning to government laboratories in the UK warning that a delivery of key components called “probes and primers” had been contaminated with coronavirus and would be delayed.

The firm admitted there had been “an issue” and insisted other private providers had suffered the same problem.

21.12.2021 - 14:06 [ Axios ]

Scoop: Lab for coronavirus test kits may have been contaminated

(01.03.2020)

A senior administration official added that the government also moved the manufacturing of the coronavirus tests out of the Atlanta laboratory of CDC.

The official said that the CDC engaged with a third party contractor on Feb. 20 to help manufacture the testing kits. The official added that the FDA regulator, Stenzel, visited the Atlanta laboratory on Feb. 22.

21.12.2021 - 13:49 [ New York Times ]

C.D.C. Virus Tests Were Contaminated and Poorly Designed, Agency Says

(15.12.2021)

In January 2020, the C.D.C. developed a polymerase chain reaction, or P.C.R., test for the virus. (…)

Problems emerged soon after the C.D.C. had begun shipping its test kits out to public health laboratories in early February. (…)

In mid-February, the agency acknowledged that the kits were flawed, and in April, officials at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said that poor manufacturing practices had resulted in contamination of the test kits.

The new paper
presents the results of the C.D.C.’s own internal investigation into the problems with the tests.

(…)

The investigation also confirmed that the test kits had been contaminated with synthetic fragments of the virus’s genetic material.

21.12.2021 - 13:19 [ Veterans Today ]

US CDC Retires PCR Test due to It may not be able to Distinguish Covid from Influenza Viruses

(16.12.2021)

«After December 31, 2021, CDC will withdraw the request to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of the CDC 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel, the assay first introduced in February 2020 for detection of SARS-CoV-2 only. CDC is providing this advance notice for clinical laboratories to have adequate time to select and implement one of the many FDA-authorized alternatives»

21.12.2021 - 13:17 [ needtoknow.news ]

CDC to Withdraw PCR Test Because it Cannot Distinguish Between Covid and Flu

(July 25, 2021)

The CDC quietly announced last week that it was withdrawing its request to the FDA for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of the 2019-Novel Coronavirus PCR Diagnostic Panel for detection of SARS-CoV-2 (the name for the COVID-19 virus). It now recommends laboratories adopt a method that can detect and differentiate SARS-CoV-2 from influenza viruses. The US has used the PCR test to report more than 34.4-million cases of the COVID-19 since the pandemic began and more than 610,000 deaths.

18.12.2021 - 15:00 [ Rubikon ]

Stirb langsam!

Wie britische und amerikanische Behörden mit Julian Assange umspringen, lässt nur eine Schlussfolgerung zu — sie wollen seinen Tod.

14.12.2021 - 23:00 [ Forbes.com ]

Appeals Court Refuses To Put Biden’s Vaccine Mandate For Healthcare Workers Back Into Effect

A federal appeals court upheld Monday a district court order that blocked the White House’s Covid-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare workers—which paused the order in only 10 states and not nationwide—the latest in a string of recent setbacks President Joe Biden’s vaccine orders have faced in court.

14.12.2021 - 22:56 [ .marketwatch.com ]

Most employers say they won’t require vaccines if courts block Biden’s mandate

President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for businesses with 100 or more employees is in limbo since a federal appeals court halted it last month.

08.12.2021 - 19:03 [ Newsweek ]

NYC Vaccine Mandate Blocked by Judge in Blow to Bill de Blasio

Patricia Finn, an attorney who describes herself on Twitter as „The Good Health Lawyer New Yotk (sic),“ launched the legal challenge against the mayor’s mandate. She regularly espouses anti-vaccination views on her social media accounts.

In one Facebook post, Finn wrote: „Please DO NOT support lockdowns for the unvaccinated. It garners support for lockdowns and punishment for whoever these bureaucrats deem ‚dangerous‘.“

07.12.2021 - 07:25 [ Associated Press / 8newsnow.com ]

Vaccine mandates on hold: Courts put a stop to sweeping requirements — for now

Millions of health care workers across the U.S. were supposed to have their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by this coming Monday under a mandate issued by President Joe Biden’s administration. Thanks to legal challenges, they won’t have to worry about it, at least for now.

Same goes for a Jan. 4 deadline set by the administration for businesses with at least 100 employees to ensure their workers are vaccinated or tested weekly for the virus.

01.12.2021 - 13:26 [ NationalReview.com ]

Joe Biden’s Mandates Aren’t Doing So Well in Court

Yesterday and today, federal judges in Louisiana and Missouri entered injunctions against vaccine mandates for the staff of 21 types of Medicare and Medicaid health-care providers, enacted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and planned to go into effect next Monday. Monday’s ruling was by Judge Matthew Schlep of the Eastern District of Missouri (a Trump appointee), and applies to ten states (Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming), all of which were plaintiffs in the case.

22.11.2021 - 19:45 [ TeenVogue.com ]

What Was the Iran-Contra Affair? A Political Scandal That Engulfed the Reagan White House

(18.11.2021)

An exiled Iranian arms dealer named Manucher Ghorbanifar claimed to have contacts with a moderate faction inside Iran, and further alleged that weapons sales would improve that faction’s standing. Ghorbanifar collaborated with Israel, which proved to be an important intermediary. While Israel was no ally of Iran, it was also no ally of Iraq, and the ongoing war between the two countries kept them both distracted. Israel began selling U.S.-made weapons to Iran in 1981, even after the U.S. State Department began an effort to end arm sales, known as Operation Staunch, in 1983.

19.11.2021 - 14:56 [ Ron DeSantis, 46th Governor of the great state of Florida / Twitter ]

The Florida Legislature and my administration are committed to protecting Florida jobs. Today, I signed legislation protecting the right of Floridians to earn a living and to make health decisions for themselves.

19.11.2021 - 14:51 [ CNN ]

Florida set to become first state to fine businesses over vaccine mandates, in defiance of Biden administration

(18.11.2021)

Acting mostly along party lines, the Florida House and Senate passed a package of four bills protecting workers who remain defiant against Covid-19 vaccinations. Once signed by DeSantis — which is expected in the coming days — Florida will become the first state with a law imposing fines on companies that require a Covid-19 vaccination as a condition of employment.

19.11.2021 - 06:56 [ CNBC ]

Biden administration suspends enforcement of business vaccine mandate to comply with court order

The White House previously told businesses to proceed with the implementation of the requirements.

17.11.2021 - 18:54 [ DailyWire.com ]

‘An Unconstitutional Invasion’: Republican Senators To Challenge Biden Vaccine Mandate: Report

Every Republican senator is expected to challenge the Biden Administration’s vaccine mandate via the Congressional Review Act on Wednesday.

According to a report from Fox News, the Congressional Review Act is “ the official process for Congress to eliminate an executive branch rule.”

17.11.2021 - 18:49 [ Vern Buchanan, Abgeordneter im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

BREAKING! I just helped introduce legislation to officially invalidate President Biden’s unconstitutional, job-killing vaccine mandate. This one-size-fits-all big government power grab is an invasion of privacy and will cripple businesses across the country.

13.11.2021 - 20:11 [ NPR.org ]

10 states sue Biden administration over COVID vaccine mandate for health care workers

A group of 10 states has filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration and its requirement that health care workers in the U.S. to be vaccinated against COVID-19, saying the mandate is „unconstitutional and unlawful.“

10.11.2021 - 17:01 [ USA Today ]

Professionals purposely spreading misinformation are ‚criminals,‘ Pfizer CEO says: COVID-19 updates

But Bourla has less empathy or understanding for what he said are the “small” number of people who have knowingly circulated misinformation. Those people can’t be qualified just bad people, he said, adding: “They are criminals. They have literally cost millions of lives.”

The interview was live-streamed online and the replay is available to watch here.

10.11.2021 - 16:50 [ Washington Post ]

Pfizer asks FDA for broader authorization of vaccine booster

Pfizer and its German partner, BioNTech, on Tuesday asked the Food and Drug Administration to authorize a booster dose of its coronavirus vaccine for people 18 and older.

The FDA could clear the request by the end of the month, according to health officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the issue.

10.11.2021 - 15:57 [ theHill.com ]

Business groups sue to block Biden vaccine-or-test mandate

The American Trucking Associations, National Association of Convenience Stores, National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors and National Federation of Independent Business also joined the lawsuit, among other groups.

Many of the high-profile lawsuits up until this point had come from GOP-led states and conservative groups.

10.11.2021 - 15:55 [ BusinessInsider.com ]

More than half of US states are suing to stop Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate

(05.11.2021)

Twenty-six states cosigned four petitions, amounting to perhaps the most sweeping legal challenge to pandemic-era safety requirements since Biden took office. Three Democrat-led states are among the 26.

10.11.2021 - 06:53 [ BGR.com ]

Biden official tells businesses to ignore court order on vaccine mandate

Former FDA commissioner and Pfizer board member Dr. Scott Gottlieb shared some thoughts via his Twitter account over the weekend about a federal court temporarily pausing the implementation of the Biden vaccine mandate.

09.11.2021 - 17:03 [ New York Times ]

U.S. Urges Court Not to Block Vaccine Mandate on Employers

The Fifth Circuit panel will now decide whether to lift its decision to block the mandate or make it permanent. But it is unlikely to have the final word.

Some other legal challengers to the mandate are in different appeals court circuits, and the many pending challenges are expected to be consolidated before a randomly assigned appeals court later this month. The issue is very likely to end up before the Supreme Court.

09.11.2021 - 16:57 [ NPR.org ]

Blocked for now, Biden’s vaccine-or-test rule for workers faces uncertain future

It took just a day-and-a-half for President Biden’s vaccine-or-test rule covering 84 million workers to be blocked by a federal appeals court.

Now, the Biden administration is gearing up for a fight

08.11.2021 - 11:06 [ myFox8.com ]

‘Enough is enough:’ Pilots protest against vaccine mandates outside Charlotte-Douglas International Airport

The rally put on by the group US Freedom Flyers was organized to express their stand against the most recent vaccine requirements from the Biden administration for companies with 100 or more workers.

The requirement says workers can get vaccinated by Jan. 4 or submit to weekly COVID testing.

08.11.2021 - 10:46 [ theHill.com ]

White House facing onslaught of challenges to vaccine rules

Republicans are framing the battle over vaccination mandates as a debate over civil liberties.

A coalition of 11 states led by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt (R), who is running for Senate, argued the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) doesn’t have the authority to put in place such sweeping federal public health regulations and that the rule unconstitutionally infringes on states‘ powers.

07.11.2021 - 09:32 [ Attorney General Ken Paxton / Twitter ]

Yesterday, I sued the Biden Admin over its unlawful OSHA vax mandate. WE WON. Just this morning, citing “grave statutory and constitutional issues,” the 5th Circuit stayed the mandate. The fight is not over and I will never stop resisting this Admin’s unconstitutional overreach!

07.11.2021 - 09:24 [ FoxBusiness.com ]

Federal court of appeals issues temporary halt to Biden vaccine mandate

A federal court issued Texas a temporary victory in its lawsuit against the Biden administration’s coronavirus vaccine mandate issuing a stay on the controversial federal government regulation in Texas.

05.11.2021 - 10:00 [ Fox News ]

Republican Jack Ciattarelli refuses to concede New Jersey gubernatorial race

„The governor’s victory speech last night was premature,“ Ciattarelli said in a video message on Twitter Thursday. „No one should be declaring victory or conceding the election until every legal vote is counted.“

Murphy’s declaration of victory comes as less than one percentage point separates the two candidates in a nail-biter race, a result many analysts did not expect in what is typically a reliably blue state.

05.11.2021 - 09:36 [ Fox19.com ]

Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee sue Biden over COVID vaccine mandate

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced the lawsuit shortly after the Biden administration said Thursday morning that its vaccine rules applying to private businesses with 100 or more employees, certain health care workers and federal contractors will take effect Jan. 4.

05.11.2021 - 09:27 [ Fox News ]

Sen. Mike Lee: Biden is extorting the American people

(video)

05.11.2021 - 09:21 [ ABC4.com ]

Sen. Mike Lee says vaccine mandates are ‘sweeping’ and ‘unconstitutional’

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4)- Senator Mike Lee continued to oppose President Biden’s vaccine mandate on the Senate floor. For the 13th straight day, Lee spoke out against any measure that provided funding for the vaccine mandate.

05.11.2021 - 09:18 [ QuorumCall / Twitter ]

Biden vaccine mandate an ‚act of barbarism,” Utah Sen. Mike Lee says

– Deseret News quorumcall.org

05.11.2021 - 09:07 [ NJ.com ]

What the hell just happened in New Jersey? How the 2021 election redefined crazy.

The governor’s race showed Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy and Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli separated by a razor-thin margin in spite of all those polls that projected a Murphy victory. (The Associated Press declared Murphy the winner Wednesday by a less-than-1-percentage-point margin, nearly 24 hours after the polls closed.)

Republicans were also poised to flip a few seats in the Democratic-controlled state Legislature, and in a shocker, they’re on the verge of booting out state Senate President Stephen Sweeney with a candidate with no political experience. But numerous races remain too close to call.

03.11.2021 - 10:38 [ The Independent / Youtube ]

Live: Republican Glenn Youngkin holds election night party in Virginia governor race

With roughly 60 per cent of the votes tallied, elections analysts are predicting the republican winning the race, a serious blow for the Democratic administration of Joe Biden.

03.11.2021 - 09:36 [ Fox News ]

Youngkin defeats McAuliffe in race for Virginia governor

McAuliffe also nationalized the race, campaigning with President Biden, Vice President Harris, former President Obama, and other top Democrats in an unsuccessful attempt to boost his fortunes.

„Alrighty Virginia, we won this thing,“ Youngkin told supporters in his victory speech a little after 1 AM Wednesday.

25.10.2021 - 08:30 [ Politico ]

‘An outrage against democracy’: JFK’s nephews urge Biden to reveal assassination records

“It’s an outrage. It’s an outrage against American democracy. We’re not supposed to have secret governments within the government,” Robert F. Kennedy Jr. told POLITICO. “How the hell is it 58 years later, and what in the world could justify not releasing these documents?”

His cousin, former Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy, said the records should be released not because of his family, but because American citizens have a right to know about “something that left such a scar in this nation’s soul that lost not only a president but a promise of a brighter future.”

25.10.2021 - 06:10 [ Fox News ]

Biden delays release of JFK assassination records, blaming COVID-19 pandemic

In 1992, Congress ruled that „all Government records concerning the assassination of President John F. Kennedy … should be eventually disclosed to enable the public to become fully informed about the history surrounding the assassination.“

The act allowed the government to postpone the release to „protect against an identifiable harm to the military defense, intelligence operations, law enforcement or the conduct of foreign relations,“ according to Biden’s memo.

25.10.2021 - 06:08 [ Slate ]

White House Once Again Delays Release of JFK Assassination Documents

The memo doesn’t actually go into detail on how the pandemic affected the review process, only noting that the national archivist had requested the delay in the release of the documents because the pandemic “has had a significant impact on the agencies” reviewing the redactions in the document.

25.09.2021 - 08:41 [ LawfareBlog.com ]

India, the Quad and AUKUS

Delhi has deep concerns about Chinese actions and intentions in the region. The ongoing border crisis and fatal military clash last year brought Sino-Indian relations to their worst point in decades. Given these circumstances, Delhi watches the U.S. and other countries’ stance on China very closely. And, notwithstanding the emphasis on competition with China from two consecutive U.S. administrations and the hardening of the U.S.’s attitudes on China, Delhi worries about the possibility of American commitment to the region waning or a reversion to a more accommodating position on China.

25.09.2021 - 08:28 [ NPR.org ]

Quad Countries Have 1st In-Person Summit At The White House

President Biden hosted the first face to face summit with leaders of Japan, Australia and India. The four countries are known as the Quad and see themselves as a democratic bulwark against China.

11.09.2021 - 18:02 [ SilentRepublicWTC / Youtube ]

11 Commission _ Trans. Sec Norman Mineta Testimony.mov

(02.05.2010)

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

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

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

11.09.2021 - 17:56 [ MSNBC / Youtube ]

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

(Sep 11, 2016)

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

11.09.2021 - 16:47 [ alumni.cornell.edu / web.archive.org ]

SPOTLIGHT ON: BARBARA RIGGS

(Frühjahr / spring 2006)

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

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

11.09.2021 - 16:40 [ Michael C. Ruppert / Weebly.com ]

Crossing the Rubicon

(2004)

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

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

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

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

11.09.2021 - 16:15 [ Federation of American Scientists - fas.org ]

CRITICAL FOUNDATIONS: PROTECTING AMERICA’S INFRASTRUCTURES – The Report of the President’s Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection

(13.10.1997)

Existing Information Sharing Efforts

(…) We also found a great deal of information sharing already underway. Trade associations, consortia, and other groups exchange information among their members and, in some cases, directly with government. Many federal, state and local government agencies have existing relationships with infrastructure owners and operators. Within all the infrastructure sectors, at least some portions are subject to regulatory control by government agencies, and information is shared, albeit sometimes within carefully defined constraints. Several federal agencies provide information to infrastructure owners and operators. The FBI’s Awareness of National Security Issues and Response (ANSIR) program gives over 25,000 industry members information that provides threat and vulnerability insights. More narrowly focused programs are the Department of Transportation’s terrorist threat notification to the civil aviation industry and the National Security Agency’s INFOSEC Vulnerability Assessment Program, which provides information systems-related data to private sector partners. The Comptroller of the Currency operates another system providing advisories on information integrity and security risks to financial institutions.

(…)

The third and least predictable threat to the infrastructure comes from deliberate attack. Depending on their objectives, attackers may seek to steal, modify, or destroy data stored in information systems or moving over networks, or to degrade the operation of the systems and net-works themselves, denying service to their users. Attackers include national intelligence organizations, information warriors, terrorists, criminals, industrial competitors, hackers, and aggrieved or disloyal insiders. While insiders constitute the single largest known security threat to information and information systems, controlled testing indicates that large numbers of computer based attacks go undetected, and that the unknown component of the threat may exceed the known component by orders of magnitude.

(…)

The air traffic control system of the FAA is based on decades old technology. The replacement system, while doubtless more efficient, will be more vulnerable unless special security measures are incorporated.

(…)

The Commission recommends the Secretary of Transportation:

1) Fully evaluate actual and potential sources of interference to, and vulnerabilities of, GPS before a final decision is reached to eliminate all other radiovnavigation and aircraft landing guidance systems.

2) Sponsor a risk assessment for GPS-based systems used by the civilian sector, projected from now through the year 2010.

3) Base decisions regarding the proper federal navigation systems mix and the final architecture of the NAS on the results of that assessment. The DOT and FAA must develop a better understanding of interference and other vulnerabilities of GPS before a final decision is reached concerning the status of all other radionavigation and landing guidance systems. A federally sponsored thorough, integrated risk assessment would lay a sound foundation for decisions on future courses of action.

The National Airspace System

The Commission recommends the FAA act immediately to develop, establish, fund, and implement a comprehensive National Airspace System Security Program to protect the modernized NAS from information-based and other disruptions, intrusions and attack. Program implementation should be guided by the recommendations found in the Vulnerability Assessment of the NAS Architecture, prepared for the Commission. The Vulnerability Assessment included the following recommendations: (…)

3) The FAA should consider the implementation of full “trusted” hardware and software security capabilities for only the FAA’s most vulnerable future subsystems, since the software cost for embedded applications, together with full audit, tracking, and monitoring, may be too great if applied to all subsystems. Relaxation of the full capabilities, such as less rapid revalidation (e.g., a slower fifteen minutes down time) and less constant vigilance of data integrity, should be considered on a case-by-case basis for less critical subsystems, particularly in situations where existing air traffic control recovery procedures exist.

4) The FAA should conduct a comprehensive investment analysis of NAS INFOSEC in order to determine the degree of security protection that is needed

(…)

Transportation: A critical infrastructure characterized by the physical distribution system critical to supporting the national security and economic well-being of this nation, including the national airspace system, airlines and aircraft, and airports; roads and highways,trucking and personal vehicles; ports and waterways and the vessels operating thereon; mass transit, both rail and bus; pipelines, including natural gas, petroleum, and other hazardous materials; freight and long haul passenger rail; and delivery services.

25.08.2021 - 18:51 [ France24 ]

Israel’s Bennett seeks US ‚reset‘ in first White House visit

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett heads to Washington Tuesday for talks with US President Joe Biden, seeking to „reset“ relations with Israel’s closest ally and reach common ground on arch-foe Iran.

23.08.2021 - 09:50 [ White House ]

Remarks by President Biden on Tropical Storm Henri and the Evacuation Operation in Afghanistan

Our first priority in Kabul is getting American citizens out of the country as quickly and as safely as possible. At my direction, the State Department continues to reach out to the remaining Americans we have identified by phone, e-mail, and other means to ascertain their whereabouts and their plans.

We’re executing a plan to move groups of these Americans to safety and to safely and effectively move them to the airport compound.

For security reasons, I’m not going to go into the detail of what these plans entail, but I will say again today that I have said before: Any American who wants to get home will get home.

We’ve also been evacuating the citizens of our NATO Allies and our partners, including their diplomats, their embassy staff who remain in Afghanistan and to get them back to their homes as well.

And as we do this, we’re also working to move our Afghan allies, who stood with us side by side, and other vulnerable Afghans such as women leaders and journalists, out of the country.

19.08.2021 - 18:45 [ RollCall.com ]

Taliban takeover seen narrowing prospects for 2001 AUMF update

And Biden’s Monday characterization of the terrorist threat has some analysts like Anderson wondering just how narrow an AUMF the administration would support, particularly if it’s one that that includes geographic limitations.

“Their logic, now the way they are describing counterterrorism operations, sounds like the last three presidential administrations who have said, ‘This is why we can’t take away the 2001 AUMF,’” said Anderson, a former attorney-adviser at the State Department.

17.08.2021 - 13:28 [ Washington Post ]

Pentagon loses track of $500 million in weapons, equipment given to Yemen

(March 17, 2015)

The Pentagon is unable to account for more than $500 million in U.S. military aid given to Yemen, amid fears that the weaponry, aircraft and equipment is at risk of being seized by Iranian-backed rebels or al-Qaeda, according to U.S. officials.

(…)

In recent weeks, members of Congress have held closed-door meetings with U.S. military officials to press for an accounting of the arms and equipment. Pentagon officials have said that they have little information to go on and that there is little they can do at this point to prevent the weapons and gear from falling into the wrong hands.

17.08.2021 - 12:53 [ Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform / Homeland Security Digital Library at NPS ]

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.

17.08.2021 - 12:10 [ Center on International Cooperation (CIC) at New York University ]

The Public Cost of Private Security in Afghanistan

(Sept 9, 2009)

The private security industry in Afghanistan has grown apace with demand. As of August 2009, the total number of private security personnel employed by the US Department of Defense – the largest employer of private security in the country – increased 19 percent (from 4,373 to 5,198) in response to the deployment of additional military forces. Since 2001, a range of private security providers (PSPs) has emerged, including international and national PSCs operating with or without the required Afghan licensing permits, as well as militias hired as “armed support groups” (ASG) by international military forces. Many PSPs are controlled by prominent Afghan families, including Hashmat and Ahmed Wali Karzai, brothers of President Hamid Karzai; Hamid Wardak, the son of Defense Minister Rahim Wardak; Gul Agha Shirzai, the governor of Nangarhar province; and Hajji Jan Mohammad Khan, the former governor of Uruzgan.

The use of unregistered PSCs and militia groups by the NATO International Security Assistance Force and US military contingents is widespread. Many of these PSPs serve as ready-made militias that compete with state authority and are frequently run by former military com-manders responsible for human rights abuses or involved in the illegal narcotics and black market economies. Financing armed, alternative power structures fulfills security needs in the short-term at the cost of consolidating government authority in the long-term.

(…)

Drug trafficking and other criminal activities in which commanders may be involved – and for which their militias provide security – is a lucrative source of illegal revenue that can then be used to bribe government officials and strengthen shadow structures of authority. Illicit taxation of PSPs escorting convoys and other scams on private transport and security are also an important source of funding for corrupt police and insurgents. The Kandak Amnianti Uruzgan, for example, secures protection “by paying a hefty toll to the policeman in charge of the road.” Although it is transportation and construction companies, both international and national, who are the main source of “protection” revenue, private security escorts also pay Taliban not to be attacked. According to an Afghan intelligence official, there are examples of PSPs paying as much as 60 percent of their gross profits for convoy security to the Taliban and other insurgent-cum-criminal groups for “protection.

27.07.2021 - 07:34 [ Haaretz ]

U.S. Lawmakers Call for Punitive Measures Against Israeli NSO Over Spyware Allegations

Finally, the four House Democrats call to „investigate and assess the possible targeting of American journalists, aid works, diplomats and others’ with NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware, determine whether America’s national security was harmed, and take steps to protect all Americans, including federal employees, from the threat posed by the growing mercenary spyware industry.“

01.07.2021 - 12:03 [ Stundin.is ]

Key witness in Assange case admits to lies in indictment

(26.06.2021)

The witness, who has a documented history with sociopathy and has received several convictions for sexual abuse of minors and wide-ranging financial fraud, made the admission in a newly published interview in Stundin where he also confessed to having continued his crime spree whilst working with the Department of Justice and FBI and receiving a promise of immunity from prosecution.

The man in question, Sigurdur Ingi Thordarson, was recruited by US authorities to build a case against Assange after misleading them to believe he was previously a close associate of his.

16.06.2021 - 09:33 [ i24news.tv ]

IDF chief Kohavi to make postponed Washington trip; discuss Gaza, Iran

Kohavi was initially set to meet with Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, head of the US Central Command Gen. Kenneth McKenzie Jr., and head of the US Special Operations Command Gen. Richard D. Clark, according to The Jerusalem Post.

13.06.2021 - 20:35 [ White House ]

Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on the New Government of the State of Israel

On behalf of the American people, I congratulate Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, and all the members of the new Israeli cabinet. I look forward to working with Prime Minister Bennett to strengthen all aspects of the close and enduring relationship between our two nations.

12.06.2021 - 07:11 [ CNBC.com ]

Apple says it didn’t know Trump’s DOJ was asking for Democrats‘ data when it complied with subpoena

Apple on Friday said it didn’t know former President Donald Trump’s Department of Justice was subpoenaed data on Democrats when it complied with the request.
Apple said it was under a gag order not to disclose the subpoena to the affected parties.
Microsoft also acknowledged it received a similar subpoena.

08.06.2021 - 10:18 [ NATO.int ]

NATO Secretary General meets with President Biden at the White House

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met with US President Joe Biden at the White House in Washington D.C. on Monday (7 June 2021), to discuss preparations for the upcoming NATO Summit on 14 June. The Secretary General thanked President Biden for his leadership and the “powerful commitment” of the United States to NATO, saying that he welcomed the President’s “strong message on the importance of alliances.”

21.05.2021 - 08:14 [ White House ]

Remarks by President Biden on the Middle East

(20.05.2021)

THE PRESIDENT: Folks, I’ve just spoken with Prime Minister Netanyahu. Earlier today, I spoke with President Al Sisi of Egypt.

And Minister — Prime Minister Netanyahu informed me that Israel has agreed to a mutual, unconditional ceasefire to begin in less than two hours. The Egyptians have now informed us that Hamas and the other groups in Gaza have also agreed.

18.05.2021 - 05:48 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Dawn of vaccine passports: EU set to agree this week to allow in British tourists who can prove they’ve had Covid jabs with UK and US are both tipped to join Europe’s ‚green list‘

The European Union’s new plan would see member states adopting uniform entry requirements, meaning vaccinated holidaymakers from low-risk countries – such as the UK – would be able to enter France, Spain, Italy and other hotspots.

Britain will be included on an EU expanded ‚green list‘ of permitted holiday travel on Wednesday as the bloc’s ambassadors are set to confirm a European Commission proposal lift restrictions on well-vaccinated nations, it is understood.

It will also be recommended that member states prepare digital portals allowing Britons to use the NHS app as a vaccine passport, the Daily Telegraph reports.

04.05.2021 - 20:23 [ Time Magazine ]

President Biden Made the Right Choice to Withdraw from Afghanistan

We all know theoretically that “sunk costs are sunk,” but when those costs are friends and teammates, it isn’t easy to walk away. There’s no way ever to quantify the loss of over 2,200 American servicemen and women, 3,800 American contractors, and 100,000 Afghans over two decades. The stoic philosophers like Epictetus and Aurelius taught to detach without being vacuous but that isn’t always the easiest advice to follow. Like all SEALs and service members of my era, I’ve buried far too many friends. We best honor them by making a stoic and intelligent choice today, not by sacrificing and investing more in a mission no longer central to our national security.

03.05.2021 - 23:51 [ BBC ]

Hillary Clinton warns of ‚huge consequences‘ in Afghan US troop withdrawal

Mrs Clinton said it was also important to protect the „many thousands of Afghans“ who had worked with the US and Nato during the conflict, and said a large visa programme should be set up to provide for any refugees.

03.05.2021 - 03:39 [ Center on International Cooperation (CIC) at New York University ]

The Public Cost of Private Security in Afghanistan

(9.September 2009)

The private security industry in Afghanistan has grown apace with demand. As of August 2009, the total number of private security personnel employed by the US Department of Defense – the largest employer of private security in the country – increased 19 percent (from 4,373 to 5,198) in response to the deployment of additional military forces. Since 2001, a range of private security providers (PSPs) has emerged, including international and national PSCs operating with or without the required Afghan licensing permits, as well as militias hired as “armed support groups” (ASG) by international military forces. Many PSPs are controlled by prominent Afghan families, including Hashmat and Ahmed Wali Karzai, brothers of President Hamid Karzai; Hamid Wardak, the son of Defense Minister Rahim Wardak; Gul Agha Shirzai, the governor of Nangarhar province; and Hajji Jan Mohammad Khan, the former governor of Uruzgan.

The use of unregistered PSCs and militia groups by the NATO International Security Assistance Force and US military contingents is widespread. Many of these PSPs serve as ready-made militias that compete with state authority and are frequently run by former military commanders responsible for human rights abuses or involved in the illegal narcotics and black market economies.

03.05.2021 - 02:38 [ Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform / 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.

03.05.2021 - 01:50 [ CNN ]

US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan has begun

„A drawdown is underway,“ White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters aboard Air Force One Thursday. „While these actions will initially result in increased forces levels, we remain committed to having all of US military personnel out of Afghanistan by September 11, 2020.“

Fewer than 100 troops, along with military equipment, have been moved largely by aircraft to execute President Joe Biden’s order to begin the withdrawal process no later than May 1, according to several US defense officials.

25.04.2021 - 18:54 [ i24news.tv ]

White House: Israeli delegation will not sway Biden into abandoning Iran nuclear deal

An Israeli security delegation due to visit Washington on Monday will not change the Biden administration’s position on rejoining the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said at a press briefing on Friday.

The team of senior officials led by Mossad Director Yossi Cohen and National Security Advisor Meir Ben-Shabbat plan to express their objections to the White House, which is currently emerged in indirect negotiations with Tehran in Vienna.

03.04.2021 - 00:56 [ Haaretz ]

Biden Administration Lifts Trump Sanctions on ICC Officials

The move comes nearly one month after ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced the decision to open a formal investigation into war crimes in the Palestinian Territories, which will examine both sides in the conflict

01.04.2021 - 17:11 [ Jerusalem Post ]

US: It’s our longstanding position that the West Bank is occupied

The Biden administration on Wednesday clarified that it considers the West Bank to be occupied territory, but ducked a question as to whether it held that settlements were illegal.

„It is a historical fact that Israel occupied the West Bank, Gaza, and the Golan Heights after the 1967 War,“ US State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters in Washington on Wednesday.

10.03.2021 - 12:17 [ teleSUR ]

Biden Reviews Sanctions on Cuba, Policy Change Not a Priority

„A Cuba policy shift is not currently among President Biden’s top priorities,“ the White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters. This, as pressure grows within the U.S. Congress to resume the Obama-era exchange canceled by Trump and to lift the 59 years blockade.

09.03.2021 - 20:13 [ Ray McGovern / Antiwar.com ]

Will Lloyd Austin Speak Truth on Afghanistan?

Afghanistan: Stay or Go? The final decision will depend largely on whether Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin can face down white White House armchair warriors allergic to „losing“ wars already long lost, as well as arms makers profiteering on the ones that drag on for decades.

06.03.2021 - 09:55 [ straitstimes.com ]

US opposed to ICC probe of Israel, Kamala Harris tells Netanyahu

US Vice-President Kamala Harris, in a call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday (March 4) reaffirmed US opposition to an International Criminal Court (ICC) probe of possible war crimes in the Palestinian Territories, the White House said.

03.03.2021 - 11:08 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

The mythology, that the US acts in the world to stop tyranny and punish despotism — as it ships arms and money to Saudi, Egypt, UAE, supports coups in Bolivia, etc. — is as glaringly false as it gets. Yet it remains vital for propagandizing Endless War:

24.02.2021 - 11:35 [ Yahoo.com ]

SolarWinds, Microsoft, FireEye, CrowdStrike defend actions in major hack – U.S. Senate hearing

Lawmakers started the hearing by criticizing Amazon representatives, who they said were invited to testify and whose servers were used to launch the cyberattack, for declining to attend the hearing.

18.02.2021 - 15:29 [ SeekingAlpha.com ]

SolarWinds breach launched from within the United States

Neuberger notably said the attack, which compromised „9 federal agencies and about 100 private companies,“ was launched from inside the United States.
SolarWinds shares are down 1.4%. Two security names closely tied to the hack, FireEye (FEYE -3.2%) and CrowdStrike (CRWD -2.5%), are also in the red.

18.02.2021 - 15:28 [ CNN ]

Biden administration says investigation into SolarWinds hack is likely to take „several months“

The US government’s probe into the devastating SolarWinds breach is likely to take „several months“ at least, according to the top White House cybersecurity official, speaking to reporters Wednesday in the Biden administration’s first public assessment of the gravity of the suspected Russian spying campaign.

16.02.2021 - 17:51 [ Haaretz ]

Democrats Watching Israeli Election Hope for ‘Anyone but Bibi’

“The personalization of the relationship to Netanyahu – and the exhaustion with him – after 10 years in this current go-around has reached its peak,” says one senior analyst in a Washington think tank. “Whether it’s his fault or not, his hugging of [former President Donald] Trump and inability to criticize anything he did really put a damper on his ability to restore any relationships with the Democrats.”

14.02.2021 - 13:08 [ White House ]

Statement by President Joe Biden on the Senate Vote in the Trial of Donald Trump

This sad chapter in our history has reminded us that democracy is fragile. That it must always be defended. That we must be ever vigilant. That violence and extremism has no place in America. And that each of us has a duty and responsibility as Americans, and especially as leaders, to defend the truth and to defeat the lies.

That is how we end this uncivil war and heal the very soul of our nation. That is the task ahead. And it’s a task we must undertake together. As the United States of Americ

05.02.2021 - 09:57 [ theDailyBeast.com ]

White House Reporters: Biden Team Wanted Our Questions in Advance

According to three sources with knowledge of the matter, as well as written communications reviewed by The Daily Beast, the new president’s communications staff have already on occasion probed reporters to see what questions they plan on asking new White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki when called upon during briefings.

The requests prompted concerns among the White House press corps, whose members, like many reporters, are sensitive to the perception that they are coordinating with political communications staffers.

20.01.2021 - 22:47 [ theHill. com ]

LIVE INAUGURATION COVERAGE: Biden enters White House for first time as president

Vice President Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff made their way down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Executive Office Building, arriving at the office space adjacent to the White House at 4:10 p.m.

Harris made her way down the street shortly after President Biden arrived at the White House, surrounded by family. At one point, reporters could be heard shouting out questions about how she felt and what her first job is upon taking office.

„Just walking to work,“ Harris shouted back.

06.01.2021 - 08:09 [ El Pais ]

New leads suggest CIA spied on Assange to secure his extradition to the US

The Spanish High Court’s investigation is currently stalled. Six months after Judge De la Mata requested judicial cooperation from US authorities, asking them for identifying information about the IPs that accessed UC Global’s servers, the US justice system has yet to respond. US prosecutors demanded to know the judge’s sources, and De la Mata sent additional information, but no reply has been forthcoming.

Meanwhile, the United Kingdom has also failed to comply with De la Mata’s request to take statements from the lawyers who were spied on while working with Assange.

19.12.2020 - 21:22 [ CNBC ]

Trump contradicts Pompeo, plays down alleged Russian role in cyberattack

Trump’s comments in the form of Twitter posts on Saturday went against comments his secretary of state made less than 24 hours earlier.
SolarWinds, the company at the center of the attack, has not yet blamed any one country.

19.12.2020 - 12:27 [ federalnewsnetwork.com ]

SolarWinds breach raises stakes for NDAA Trump still threatens to veto

Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) said the breach makes a clear case for the work of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission and the cyber provisions that made it into the annual defense policy bill passed by the House and Senate.

“This is the most important bill on cyber ever passed by Congress, and that’s why I’m really hoping that the president will either sign the bill or let it become law without a signature, because there is so much critically important material in the bill,” King said during an annual summit hosted by Defense One.

19.12.2020 - 12:24 [ Cyberspace Solarium Commission ]

Cyberspace Solarium Commission

The Cyberspace Solarium Commission (CSC) was established in the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 to „develop a consensus on a strategic approach to defending the United States in cyberspace against cyber attacks of significant consequences.“ The finished report was presented to the public on March 11, 2020.

Our Report

The Cyberspace Solarium Commission’s proposes a strategy of layered cyber deterrence. Our report consists of over 80 recommendations to implement the strategy. These recommendations are organized into 6 pillars:

– Reform the U.S. Government’s Structure and Organization for Cyberspace.

– Strengthen Norms and Non-Military Tools.

– Promote National Resilience.

Reshape the Cyber Ecosystem.

Operationalize Cybersecurity Collaboration with the Private Sector.

– Preserve and Employ the Military Instrument of National Power.

19.12.2020 - 11:07 [ theIntercept.com ]

The CIA’s Afghan Death Squads

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

19.12.2020 - 10:35 [ CNN ]

Congressional backers cite cybersecurity provisions as they push Trump to sign defense bill

The massive defense bill that President Donald Trump is threatening to veto contains provisions for increased cybersecurity, which has taken on significantly more importance in the wake of a massive cyberattack on federal agencies at the hands of suspected Russian hackers.

The National Defense Authorization Act includes pay raises for America’s soldiers, modernizations for equipment and provisions to require more scrutiny before troops are withdrawn from Germany or Afghanistan.

19.12.2020 - 09:24 [ Fox News ]

After government hack, media mum on ex-cybersecurity chief highlighted for contradicting Trump’s fraud claims

„As I said in a news briefing, Election Day was ‘just another Tuesday on the Internet,’“ he wrote. „Normal sorts of scanning and probing were happening, but we did not see any successful attacks or damaging disruptions.“

Yet hackers were arms deep in a slew of federal agencies. The infiltration, believed to have been conducted by the Russians, appears to have compromised the Departments of Energy, State, Defense, Homeland Security, Treasury and Commerce. His name did not appear in CNN’s story about CISA and the hack published Thursday.

18.12.2020 - 19:33 [ bleepingcomputer.com ]

FBI, CISA officially confirm US govt hacks after SolarWinds breach

(17.12.2020)

The compromise of multiple US federal networks following the SolarWinds breach was officially confirmed for the first time in a joint statement released earlier today by the FBI, DHS-CISA, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).

„Over the course of the past several days, the FBI, CISA, and ODNI have become aware of a significant and ongoing cybersecurity campaign,“ the US intelligence agencies said …

18.12.2020 - 19:18 [ Forbes ]

DHS, DOJ And DOD Are All Customers Of SolarWinds Orion, The Source Of The Huge US Government Hack

Though it’s not clear whether it uses the Orion tool, the DHS’s own Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is a SolarWinds customer too, buying $45,000-worth of licenses in 2019. The U.S. Cyber Command also spent over $12,000 on SolarWinds tools in the same year.

SolarWinds, a publicly-listed Austin, Texas-based company with a value of over $6 billion, has its own customer list, though it doesn’t break down which products clients use. That list includes more than 425 of the Fortune 500, all major US telecoms providers, the top five U.S. accounting firms, hundreds of global universities, the NSA and the White House.

18.12.2020 - 18:43 [ theHill.com ]

Lawmakers ask whether massive hack amounted to act of war

Hackers believed to be part of a nation state have had access to federal networks since March after exploiting a vulnerability in updates to IT group SolarWinds’s Orion software. The hack has compromised the Treasury, State and Homeland Security departments and branches of the Pentagon, though it is expected to get worse. SolarWinds counts many more federal agencies as customers, along with the majority of U.S. Fortune 500 companies.

04.12.2020 - 05:09 [ CNN ]

CNN Exclusive: Biden says he will ask Americans to wear masks for the first 100 days he’s in office

President-elect Joe Biden told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Thursday that he will ask Americans to wear masks for the first 100 days after he takes office, in a sign of how Biden’s approach to the virus will be dramatically different from President Donald Trump’s response.

„Just 100 days to mask, not forever. One hundred days. And I think we’ll see a significant reduction,“ Biden said for the first time in the interview with Tapper.

02.12.2020 - 05:07 [ CNN ]

Trump associates, including Giuliani, are asking for pardons

Giuliani denied discussing a preemptive pardon with the President, telling CNN that the „(New York) Times is completely wrong.“ He further denied he has talked to anyone at the White House about a pardon for himself.

The New York Times first reported that Giuliani was discussing a pardon with the President.

30.11.2020 - 22:05 [ The Hill ]

Kushner going to Saudi Arabia, Qatar in last-ditch diplomatic push: report

Kushner hopes to mend the divide between Qatar and other Gulf nations, according to the Journal, which noted that his visit follows U.S.-brokered pacts between Israel and Bahrain, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates. White House aide Avi Berkowitz, who was heavily involved in brokering the earlier deals, will accompany Kushner, the newspaper reported, adding that the negotiations will primarily involve Saudi-Qatari relations.

20.11.2020 - 19:20 [ theGrayzone.com ]

Biden’s transition team is filled with war profiteers, Beltway chickenhawks, and corporate consultants

A glance at the Biden-Harris agency review teams should provide a rude awakening to anyone who believed a Biden administration could be “pushed to the left.”

10.11.2020 - 11:17 [ Bloomberg Quicktake: Now / Youtube ]

LIVE: Trump Campaign Officials Discuss Legal Fight to Stop Vote Count in Pennsylvania

(Nov. 9) Watch live as White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany and RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel discuss Pennsylvania litigation and give and the campaign’s overview of the post-Election Day landscape.

10.11.2020 - 11:11 [ taco tuesdey / Youtube ]

Trump Campaign Holds „Voter Fraud“ Press Conference with Kayleigh McEnany & Ronna McDaniel

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany and RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel hold press conference to discuss Pennsylvania litigation and give an overview of the post-Election Day landscape.

10.11.2020 - 11:08 [ deadline.com ]

Fox News Cuts Away From Donald Trump Campaign Press Conference, As Neil Cavuto Says They Lack Proof Of Electoral Fraud

“We want every legal vote to be counted, and we want every illegal vote to be…”

Cavuto then cut in. “Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. I just think we have to be very clear. She’s charging the other side is welcoming fraud and welcoming illegal voting, unless she has more details to back that up, I can’t in good countenance continue showing you this,” he said.

08.11.2020 - 22:10 [ theHill.com ]

Washington braces for unpredictable post-election period

The president is expected to pursue legal challenges to the election results in key battleground states, even though some initial lawsuits have already been rejected and others would not change the outcome. There are also rumblings he could fire agency heads in the coming days, and some White House staffers have started circulating their resumes elsewhere.

08.11.2020 - 09:46 [ Bloomberg QuickTake: Now / Youtube ]

Trump Gets Cheers, Boos as He Returns to White House From Golfing in Virginia

Democrat Joe Biden was projected to win the presidential race late Saturday morning as Trump was on his golf course.

Trump has so far refused to concede to Biden and is promising legal challenges.

He is the first president to lose reelection since George H.W. Bush in 1992.

30.10.2020 - 12:50 [ Cleveland.com ]

University Hospitals and CWRU join global study of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine

AstraZeneca paused its trial in early September to review safety data because a British trial participant developed a neurological condition.

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration authorized the resumption of the company’s U.S. trials after reviewing global safety data. The trial had already resumed in other countries.

18.10.2020 - 22:30 [ theHill.com ]

Whatever happened to Deborah Birx?

Unlike Fauci, Birx no longer appears on Sunday morning shows or cable news.

06.10.2020 - 17:32 [ New York Times ]

Trump Leaves Hospital, Minimizing Virus and Urging Americans ‘Not to Let It Dominate Your Life’

President Trump returned to the White House on Monday night, staging a defiant, made-for-television moment in which he ripped off his face mask and then urged the nation to put aside the risks of the deadly coronavirus that has swept through his own staff and sent him to the hospital for three days.

02.10.2020 - 23:41 [ CNN ]

Vice President Mike Pence and Karen Pence test negative for coronavirus, spokesman says

Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence tested negative for Covid-19 Friday morning, according to a statement tweeted by spokesperson Devin O’Malley.
„As has been routine for months, Vice President Pence is tested for COVID-19 every day. This morning, Vice President Pence and the Second Lady tested negative for COVID-19. Vice President Pence remains in good health and wishes the Trumps well in their recovery,“ O’Malley wrote on Twitter.

11.09.2020 - 17:14 [ SilentRepublicWTC / Youtube ]

11 Commission _ Trans. Sec Norman Mineta Testimony.mov

(02.05.2010)

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

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

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

11.09.2020 - 17:10 [ MSNBC / Youtube ]

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

(Sep 11, 2016)

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

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

SPOTLIGHT ON: BARBARA RIGGS

(Frühjahr / spring 2006)

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

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

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

Crossing the Rubicon

(2004)

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

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

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

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

01.09.2020 - 09:11 [ Weißes Haus ]

Joint Statement by the United States, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates

The UAE and Israel wish to express their gratitude for the overwhelmingly positive response to this historic accord from governments around the world. They are especially grateful to President Donald J. Trump for his leadership and to his administration for the critical role it has played in achieving this diplomatic breakthrough. They are also greatly encouraged by the broad bipartisan support for this breakthrough from the United States Congress.

11.08.2020 - 07:40 [ United States Secret Service ]

U.S. Secret Service Statement on Officer Involved Shooting

At approximately 5:53 PM today, a 51 year old male approached a U.S. Secret Service Uniformed Division officer who was standing at his post on the corner of 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. near the White House Complex. The suspect approached the officer and told the officer he had a weapon. The suspect then turned around, ran aggressively towards the officer, and in a drawing motion, withdrew an object from his clothing. He then crouched into a shooter’s stance as if about to fire a weapon. The Secret Service officer discharged his weapon striking the individual in the torso. Officers immediately rendered first aid to the suspect and D.C. Fire and EMS were called to the scene. Both the suspect and the officer were transported to local hospitals.

03.08.2020 - 10:49 [ CNN ]

Birx defends herself as Pelosi accuses Trump administration of spreading disinformation on Covid-19

Politico reported Pelosi told White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin that Birx was the „worst“ and that they were in „horrible hands“ with her.
Asked on ABC’s „This Week“ whether the account was true and if she has confidence in Birx, Pelosi said, „I think the President is spreading disinformation about the virus and she is his appointee, so I don’t have confidence there, no.“

03.08.2020 - 10:46 [ Bloomberg.com ]

Pelosi Says Virus Task Force Head Birx Spreads Disinformation

“Deborah Birx is the worst. Wow, what horrible hands you’re in,” Pelosi said at the meeting, according to Politico.

A New York Times article in July on the Trump administration’s coronavirus response portrayed Birx as overly optimistic about the course of the pandemic. While voicing “tremendous respect” for Pelosi, Birx on Sunday criticized the newspaper’s reporting.

21.07.2020 - 22:06 [ The Hill ]

White House threatens veto of defense bill over Confederate provision

The White House took issue with several other provisions of the legislation, including one that would constrain Trump’s ability to withdraw American troops from Germany and another that would limit Trump’s efforts to scale back the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan.

13.07.2020 - 19:56 [ Washington Post ]

As deaths mount, Trump tries to convince Americans it’s safe to inch back to normal

(09.05.2020)

Birx and others were frustrated with the CDC’s antiquated system for tracking virus data, which they worried was inflating some statistics — such as mortality rate and case count — by as much as 25 percent, according to four people present for the discussion or later briefed on it. Two senior administration officials said the discussion was not heated.

“There is nothing from the CDC that I can trust,” Birx said, according to two of the people.

07.07.2020 - 20:28 [ White House ]

Statement from the Press Secretary on the Visit of His Excellency Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, President of the United Mexican States

President Donald J. Trump will welcome President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the United Mexican States to the White House on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, as part of their continued partnership on trade, health, and other issues central to regional prosperity and security.

06.07.2020 - 17:03 [ The Globe and Mail ]

Trudeau to skip talks in Washington over possible tariff tension

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is due to meet U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House on Wednesday, on his first trip outside of Mexico since taking office. Lopez Obrador had publicly urged Trudeau to join him in Washington.

06.07.2020 - 16:45 [ Reuters ]

Trudeau won’t attend Washington summit, Mexican president says

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is due to meet U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House on Wednesday.

30.06.2020 - 12:38 [ Politico.com ]

POLITICO Playbook: The coming intel power struggle

THIS ISN’T OVER A SINGLE PIECE OF LEGISLATION or a specific policy, but rather something far more valuable: the access to information and intelligence. THE WHITE HOUSE and the administration have it, and Congress wants it — and believes it’s entitled to it.

AT ISSUE: the NYT report about Russians allegedly paying bounties to the Taliban in Afghanistan to kill American soldiers.

30.06.2020 - 08:56 [ CNN ]

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

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

27.06.2020 - 09:32 [ theHill.com ]

Trump says he’s staying in Washington over the weekend to maintain ‚law and order‘

The president was scheduled to depart the White House for his Bedminster property later Friday and return to Washington, D.C., on Sunday. His tweet Friday evening was the first explanation he gave as to why the plans were canceled.

23.06.2020 - 08:57 [ theHill.com ]

Secret Service tells press to leave White House

The Secret Service abruptly called for reporters to leave the White House grounds Monday night, CNN reported.

Broadcasting from Lafayette Square in front of the White House, CNN’s Kaitlan Collins called the move “incredibly unusual,” telling CNN’s Anderson Cooper “I don’t think we’ve ever been asked to actually physically leave the White House at a time like that.”

14.06.2020 - 06:51 [ theStranger.com ]

Residents of CHAZ Respond to the President

(11.06.2020)

Our President thinks „ugly Anarchists“ and „Domestic Terrorists“ have taken over Capitol Hill. In case you somehow missed it, here are the tweets:

07.06.2020 - 12:32 [ New York Times ]

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

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

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

05.06.2020 - 00:24 [ the Hill ]

Pelosi demands Trump clarify deployment of unidentified law enforcement in DC

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

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

04.06.2020 - 20:05 [ The Hill ]

DC mayor criticizes fencing around White House: ‚That’s the people’s house‘

„Keep in mind, that that’s the people’s house,“ Bowser said during a press conference after workers were seen erecting additional fencing and barriers on the grounds surrounding the White House.

03.06.2020 - 21:14 [ The Hill ]

Un-identified military personnel extend perimeter around the White House

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

01.06.2020 - 07:08 [ Fenit Nirappil / Twitter ]

Buildings near White House set ”ablaze — including St. John’s Church, a historic landmark opened in 1816 and attended by every president since James Madison. The basement fire, the cause of which remains unclear, was quickly extinguished.”

30.05.2020 - 12:43 [ the Hill ]

White House goes on brief lockdown after protest erupts nearby

The White House went into a brief lockdown on Friday evening as protests over the death of George Floyd raged nearby, according to reporters who said they were in the building at the time.

27.05.2020 - 21:07 [ CNN ]

Trump tweet throws House vote on government surveillance powers into doubt

The request to shelve the vote was the latest hurdle for legislation reauthorizing authorities from the 2001 Patriot Act that’s been squeezed both by FISA opponents who have pushed for more civil liberties protections and by the President and his allies furious over the role of the FISA court in the Russia investigation and the misconduct with warrants obtained on former Trump adviser Carter Page.

„I hope all Republican House Members vote NO on FISA until such time as our Country is able to determine how and why the greatest political, criminal, and subversive scandal in USA history took place!“ Trump tweeted on Tuesday evening.

27.05.2020 - 20:46 [ Journal-News.net ]

Handling of Flynn case should concern all Americans

Regardless of our political leanings, what happened to Michael Flynn should concern every American. While we should insist on details about his case, a more important question needs to be answered:

How many other people have been treated similarly by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies?

27.05.2020 - 20:41 [ theGreggJarrett.com ]

Former CBS Reporter One Of The First ‘To Identify Myself As A Target of Illegal Spying Under Obama Admin’

“I believe many, many others were spied on but do not know” said Attkisson. “It was only thanks to help from intelligence contacts that I even learned that government agents were spying me. Otherwise, I never suspected it or would have known.”

23.05.2020 - 07:07 [ Newsweek ]

Dr. Birx Says States Seeing ‚Dramatic Decline‘ In Percent of Coronavirus Positive Cases As Reopening Gets Underway

White House coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Brix says there has been „a dramatic decline across the states“ in the percent of coronavirus positive cases.

At a press conference on Friday, Brix said there have been „significant declines week over week“ in new COVID-19 cases.

17.05.2020 - 05:09 [ wicz.com ]

Trump privately questions whether coronavirus deaths are being overcounted as Fauci projects the opposite

(13.06.2020)

But inside the West Wing, officials said there have been steady doubts about coronavirus figures arriving from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, either because they are behind or potentially skewed. In meetings of the White House task force, senior officials have raised questions about how the agency is compiling and tracking its data.

The death count questions illustrate the degree to which Trump and his allies have begun to scrutinize the data and advice emerging from government sources: Death counts are questioned, models are doubted, recommendations are debated and discarded and medical experts — even those widely trusted by the American people — are viewed with suspicion.

17.05.2020 - 04:28 [ Washington Post ]

As deaths mount, Trump tries to convince Americans it’s safe to inch back to normal

(09.05.2020)

During a task force meeting Wednesday, a heated discussion broke out between Deborah Birx, the physician who oversees the administration’s coronavirus response, and Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Birx and others were frustrated with the CDC’s antiquated system for tracking virus data, which they worried was inflating some statistics — such as mortality rate and case count — by as much as 25 percent, according to four people present for the discussion or later briefed on it.

17.05.2020 - 04:22 [ Fox6now.com ]

Questions raised over accuracy of US coronavirus death toll

Last week, The Washington Post reported that at a recent discussion on COVID-19 data, Birx told CDC Director Robert Redfield that “there is nothing from the CDC that I can trust.”

According to the paper, Birx and others feared the CDC was inflating coronavirus statistics, like mortality rates and case numbers, by up to 25 percent.

But not everyone shares the view that COVID-19 deaths are being overcounted.

16.05.2020 - 09:23 [ JustTheNews.com ]

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

Nov. 18, 2016:

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

Nov. 30 – Dec. 28, 2016:

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

Jan. 5, 2017:

Obama chief of staff Denis McDonough requests Flynn unmasking.

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

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

15.05.2020 - 15:32 [ Fox News ]

Rand Paul on Flynn unmasking: Biden committed ‚devastating abuse of power‘

‚It amounts to illegally eavesdropping for political purposes‘ says Rand Paul discussing new information that Obama officials unmasked Michael Flynn

14.05.2020 - 01:46 [ The Hill ]

Trump says he was ’surprised‘ by Fauci’s warnings on reopening

The president separately said in an interview with Fox Business’s Maria Bartiromo that “we have to get the schools open, we have to get our country open, we have to open our country.“

„Now we want to do it safely, but we also want to do it as quickly as possible, we can’t keep going on like this … You’re having bedlam already in the streets, you can’t do this. We have to get it open. I totally disagree with him [Fauci] on schools,” the president added.

10.05.2020 - 03:08 [ 10tv.com ]

Reports: 11 US Secret Service members currently positive for COVID-19

A spokesperson for DHS reportedly declined to comment on the number of cases.

10.05.2020 - 02:59 [ The Hill ]

Fauci to enter ‚modified quarantine‘: report

He will be staying at home and teleworking while wearing a mask continually for 14 days.

10.05.2020 - 02:41 [ Financial Post ]

U.S. CDC, FDA chiefs in self-quarantine following COVID-19 exposure -statement, report

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn is in self-quarantine for a couple of weeks after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, an FDA spokesman told Reuters late on Friday.

10.05.2020 - 02:36 [ CTV News ]

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

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

09.05.2020 - 05:59 [ CNN ]

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

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

09.05.2020 - 05:33 [ the Hill ]

Positive coronavirus cases shake White House

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

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

09.05.2020 - 05:17 [ the Hill ]

Pence press secretary Katie Miller tests positive for coronavirus

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

08.05.2020 - 18:53 [ New York Times ]

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

(07.05.2020)

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

06.05.2020 - 14:11 [ Saagar Enjeti, Host of Rising w/ Krystal and Saagar / Twitter ]

After 9/11 we saw how small cadre of well connected neocon ideologues took us into war in Iraq Right now a small group of well connected TrueCon ideologues are orchestrating a similar campaign not to spend more government resources during worst economic crisis since depression

02.05.2020 - 00:53 [ The Hill ]

White House blocks Fauci from testifying before Congress

Absent Fauci, the sole witness slated to testify is Tom Frieden, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Additional witnesses are possible.

18.04.2020 - 10:52 [ Jennifer Rubin, @WashingtonPost / Twitter ]

Cuomo: If you want to blame someone and fire someone for bade projections then fire CDC, WH coronavirus task force and Navarro who had huge projections

(17-04.2020)

18.04.2020 - 10:37 [ NBC News / Youtube ]

Live: NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo Holds Coronavirus Briefing | NBC News

(17.04.2020)

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo holds a briefing on the coronavirus pandemic as it spreads across New York state, which has the most positive cases in the United States.

16.04.2020 - 02:27 [ The Star ]

Trump threatens to adjourn U.S. Congress

U.S. President Donald Trump threatened on Wednesday to either force the U.S. Congress to formally adjourn, or return to the Capitol despite the coronavirus pandemic, saying he was frustrated lawmakers were not in Washington to confirm his nominees for federal judgeships and other government positions.

„The current practice of leaving town, while conducting phony pro forma sessions, is a dereliction of duty that the American people cannot afford during this crisis,“ an angry Trump told reporters at his daily White House news conference.

16.04.2020 - 01:18 [ The Hill / Youtube ]

President Donald Trump and White House Coronavirus Task Force Daily Press Briefing

4/15/20 “The battle continues but the data suggests that nationwide we have passed the peak on new cases,” Trump said at a news conference in the White House Rose Garden.

14.04.2020 - 15:13 [ CNBC.com ]

Fauci walks back coronavirus comments that sparked fears of his firing

(today)

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

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

14.04.2020 - 15:03 [ WesternJournal.com ]

Dr. Birx: Gov’t Is Counting Death of Anyone with Coronavirus as a COVID-19 Death, Regardless of Other Conditions

(08.04.2020)

“Right now, we’re still recording it, and the great thing about having forms that come in and a form that has the ability to mark it as COVID-19 infection, the intent is, right now — if someone dies with COVID-19, we are counting that as a COVID-19 death,” she said.

Birx was asked if that approach might skew the data.

14.04.2020 - 15:02 [ Make Schumer Cry Again / Youtube ]

Deborah Birx: If Someone Dies w/ COVID-19, We Are Counting That As a COVID-19 Death

LAB TESTS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO ATTRIBUTE A DEATH TO COVID-19 ACCORDING TO CDC GUIDELINES!

14.04.2020 - 15:01 [ Daily Wire ]

WATCH: Fauci Dismisses ‘Conspiracy Theories’ About ‘Inflated’ COVID-19 Death Toll

(10.04.2020)

„You know, Savannah, there is absolutely no evidence that that’s the case at all. You know, I think it falls under the category of something that’s very unfortunate, these conspiracy theories that we hear about. Every time we have a crisis of any sort, there’s always this popping up of conspiracy. I think the deaths that we’re seeing are coronavirus deaths, and the other deaths are not being counted as coronavirus.“

13.04.2020 - 19:57 [ Mediaite.com ]

White House Blasts ‘Ridiculous’ Idea Trump Would Fire Fauci After Trump Retweets Post Calling to Fire Fauci

The state of the relationship between Trump and Fauci drew new intrigue on Sunday night after Trump went on a Twitter binge and retweeted a post bearing the hashtag #FireFauci. This happened after Fauci gave an interview to CNN and said “obviously” more lives would have been saved if the federal government adopted coronavirus counterstrategies earlier.

13.04.2020 - 19:49 [ New York Times ]

Navarro Warns Shutdown Could Be More Deadly Than Virus

Mr. Navarro, a protectionist who has been known to engage in heated debates with the free traders in the administration, has had contentious exchanges with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the federal government’s top infectious disease expert, whose pronouncements about the measures needed to slow the spread of the virus have begun to frustrate Mr. Trump’s allies.

As the economy faces a deep recession and more than 16 million American workers have already lost jobs, Mr. Trump is deliberating when to call for an easing of the shutdown

13.04.2020 - 19:36 [ Fox News ]

Trump says decision coming ‘shortly’ on reopening economy, as task force formed

(today)

The task force is also expected to include acting chair of the Council of Economic Advisors Tom Philipson and White House advisers Larry Kudlow, Peter Navarro, Chris Liddell, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.

13.04.2020 - 19:35 [ Fox News ]

Jared Kushner denies claim he runs ’shadow task force,‘ Trump slams ‚fake sources‘

(02.04.2020)

Bennett then asked what Kushner’s „role“ and „qualifications“ are for the alleged role — which was the subject of a Washington Post story last month.

Kushner calmly rebuffed his question and implicitly expressed doubt about the veracity of his sources.

„If some people are talking to you, that means they’re probably not informed as to what is going on,“ the former New Jersey real estate developer and investor said.

13.04.2020 - 12:58 [ Chuck Grassley, US Senator ]

FBI Ignored Early Warnings that Debunked Anti-Trump Dossier was Russian Disinformation

WASHINGTON – The “central and essential” evidence used to justify invasive surveillance of an American citizen in the FBI’s probe into Russian interference was, itself, an example of Russian interference, according to once-secret footnotes declassified at the urging of two U.S. Senators. The footnotes, part of the Justice Department Inspector General’s postmortem of the FBI’s flawed operation to spy on Trump campaign aide Carter Page, were released just hours after Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) renewed their push for transparency. The senators expect a fuller declassification in the coming days.

(…)

“It’s ironic that the Russian collusion narrative was fatally flawed because of Russian disinformation. These footnotes confirm that there was a direct Russian disinformation campaign in 2016, and there were ties between Russian intelligence and a presidential campaign – the Clinton campaign, not Trump’s.”

The IG report detailed how the FBI’s application for a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to spy on Page relied heavily on an unverified dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele on behalf of Fusion GPS, which was conducting opposition research for the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee. According to Footnote 302, in October 2016, FBI investigators learned that one of Steele’s main sources was linked to the Russian Intelligence Service (RIS), and was rumored to be a former KGB/SVR officer. However, the FBI neglected to include this information in its application, which the FISA court approved that same month. Two months later, investigators learned that Glenn Simpson, the head of Fusion GPS, told a Justice Department attorney that he assessed the same source “was a RIS officer who was central in connecting Trump to Russia.” In January, the FISA warrant was renewed.

13.04.2020 - 12:12 [ Ron Johnson, US Senator / Wall Street Journal ]

Russian Disinformation Fed the FBI’s Trump Investigation

(10.04.2020)

Declassified footnotes to a Justice Department inspector general report show that the Federal Bureau of Investigation team investigating members of the Trump campaign received classified reports in 2017 identifying key pieces of the Steele dossier as products of a Russian disinformation campaign. This might be only the tip of the iceberg because other recently declassified information demonstrates that even more disinformation may have been planted in Christopher Steele’s reporting.

13.04.2020 - 11:41 [ Daily Caller ]

Oleg Deripaska Says He Hired Christopher Steele To Work On Research Project

(July 2, 2019)

Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska said he previously employed Christopher Steele, the author of the Trump dossier.
Deripaska said he hired Steele through his attorneys in London to work on an unspecific legal proceeding.
Steele investigated the Trump campaign on behalf of the Clinton campaign and DNC.

13.04.2020 - 11:31 [ CBS News ]

Footnotes in watchdog report indicate FBI knew of risk of Russian disinformation in Steele dossier

(10.04.2020)

Footnote 350 in the IG report addresses the FBI’s knowledge of Russian contacts with Steele and the potential for disinformation. Steele had „frequent contacts with representatives for multiple Russian oligarchs, we identified reporting the Crossfire Hurricane team received from (redacted) indicating the potential for Russian disinformation influencing Steele’s election reporting.“

The footnote also indicates that warnings to the FBI’s Russia probe became more pronounced over time.

13.04.2020 - 11:28 [ Washington Post ]

4 takeaways from the brutal new report on FBI surveillance

(31.03.2020)

The FBI’s surveillance of Americans including former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page isn’t exactly the issue du jour amid a global pandemic. But on Tuesday, a brutal inspector general’s report suggested that this will be something that the bureau and Congress will have to reckon with in the near future.

08.04.2020 - 14:21 [ LA Times ]

White House press secretary, who never gave a news conference, is replaced

Stephanie Grisham was replaced Tuesday as White House press secretary after a rocky nine-month tenure that did not include a single on-the-record appearance in the White House briefing room.

27.03.2020 - 18:49 [ Washington Post ]

Gouged prices, middlemen and medical supply chaos: Why governors are so upset with Trump

Masks that used to cost pennies now cost several dollars. Companies outside the traditional supply chain offer wildly varying levels of price and quality. Health authorities say they have few other choices to meet their needs in a ‘dog-eat-dog’ battle.

24.03.2020 - 22:04 [ The Hill ]