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Palmer Report: Down goes Erik Prince


As Palmer Report has documented, Erik Prince has long been a subject of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Trump-Russia treason for multiple reasons. During a recent interview with Al Jazeera’s Mehdi Hasan, Prince completely contradicted everything he previously told the House Intelligence Committee during his testimony in November of 2017. While this clearly proves perjury, the things Prince has done are even more incriminating.




While the entire interview was an adamant confession of wrongdoing, some of Erik Prince’s statements stand out more than others. When Price was asked by Hasan about his connection to Trump’s campaign and administration, he did everything he could to avoid directly answering the questions.




When Prince was asked by Hasan why he refused to admit that he was involved in the August 26th meeting at Trump Tower, “you were at a meeting during the campaign at Trump Tower with Don Junior, Trump’s son, with Stephen Miller, then a campaign advisor to Trump, with George Nader who works as a backchannel to the Saudis, who also happens to be a convicted pedophile, and also Joel Zamel, an Israel expert on social media manipulation, how come you didn’t mention that meeting to Congress given it’s so relevant to their investigation?”



“Maybe they got the [Congressional] transcript wrong,” Erik Prince answered, clearly lying. Everyone should watch the video in which Prince clearly admits to lying to Congress and continually provides a smirk as if acknowledging his preference for money over human life. Prince was later asked by Hasan if he was “worried about Mueller?” Prince answered, “Nope, not at all,.” Well, he should be, and he soon will be.



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Palmer Report: Robert Mueller’s big Friday

First it was October, 2018, then November, then by the new year, then for sure by February, then last week for sure. Now, people still swear Mueller will be all done by mid-March (that’s one week from now), and that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will simultaneously leave the Justice Department.


Despite all kinds of evidence to the contrary, a part of me jumps on the bandwagon every time. I get up early every Friday, turn on the news and expect to be greeted with images of pre-dawn raids and explosive headlines about Jared Kushner, and Don Jr. indictments along with at least a handful of others. This Friday was no different.




Instead of pre-dawn raids, what we got this Friday is another tiny indication that even if the Special Counsel does issue some kind of report soon, the investigation is far from over. The US District Court out of the Eastern District of Virginia has a secret Mueller-related grand jury, and that grand jury is not expected to wrap up its work for up to eighteen months.




That’s right, we could be wondering if this is “the Friday,” for seventy-eight more Fridays. Along with this still-secret grand jury, we have the secret foreign government-owned financial institution fighting a subpoena, along with hundreds and hundreds of redacted pages of court filings. All these secrets only stay secret because of ongoing active investigations.



There are more pages redacted and investigations that are ongoing than there are things un-redacted and wrapped up. Next Friday, I’ll be waiting again, along with hundreds of other people, expecting the Mueller investigation to end with a big bang, but I suspect the next big bang will still be just the beginning.



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Max Boot on leaving the Republican party, and why Trump isn’t good for Israel  The Times of Israel

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Palmer Report: Someone in the White House must REALLY want to take Ivanka Trump down


Today we learned that House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, who has been demanding that the White House turn over documents relating to Jared Kushner’s security clearance, has already secretly been sitting on some of the documents for the past month. This is a reminder that Cummings is playing chess while Donald Trump is playing checkers – but it also tells us something else.




It’s not just that someone in the White House leaked the Jared Kushner security clearance documents to Elijah Cummings a month ago. It’s that this same person also leaked documents about Ivanka Trump’s security clearance to Cummings, according to Axios. Until it surfaced in the media a few days ago, no one even knew there was an Ivanka Trump security clearance scandal.




This means that the White House leaker made a point of bringing the existence of Ivanka’s security clearance scandal to the attention of House Democrats. This is something that might well never have surfaced, if not for this leaker.



In other words, there is someone in Donald Trump’s White House who really wants to take Ivanka Trump down. Maybe this leaker has a personal beef with Ivanka. Maybe the leaker is merely using Ivanka as a way of trying to get to Donald. Or maybe the leaker thinks that Ivanka is the real threat to American democracy. One way or the other, the Trump White House is now eating itself alive.



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Russia’s Tragic Great Power Politics – Analysis  Eurasia Review

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Palmer Report: Elijah Cummings just played Donald Trump like a fiddle


As recently as last Friday, House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings was publicly demanding that the White House turn over internal documents related to why Donald Trump ordered that Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump be given a security clearance, and why Jared and Ivanka were flagged as security risks to begin with. As Palmer Report loves to point out, smart investigators rarely ask for documents unless they already have at least some of the documents in question. It turns out Cummings is as smart as we thought.




Today we all learned that Elijah Cummings and his committee have indeed had some of the Jared-Ivanka security clearance documents since early February, because someone in the White House leaked the documents to the committee, according to Axios. Why is this so important? For one thing, it means someone in the White House really seems to resent the Trump crime family. But more importantly, it means Cummings is playing four dimensional chess here.




Now that the White House has definitively refused to turn any of the documents over, Cummings is promptly leaking the fact that he already has some of them, without revealing which ones he has. This leaves the White House with no idea what to do next. Should it just cave and turn over all the documents? Should it gamble that the documents Cummings has aren’t the most incriminating ones? Should it run certain documents through a shredder, and gamble that those aren’t the ones Cummings has?



Elijah Cummings can easily win a subpoena fight to get the rest of these documents, simply by showing the judge the documents he does have. He’s clearly playing for keeps here. Keep in mind that he just spent the past month demanding documents he already had. Donald Trump doesn’t know what’s hitting him.



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Manafort case sparks conversation about sentence disparities  CBC.ca

A judge’s decision to sentence U.S. President Donald Trump’s former campaign chair to less than four years in prison sparked widespread anger Friday and …

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Palmer Report: Donald Trump comes out firing blanks


Donald Trump really, really, really wants you to pay attention to him and his antics today. The trouble: he doesn’t have anything to say, and it’s becoming increasingly clear that he has no remaining ammunition. Take, for instance, how he approached things today when he decided that he desperately needed to distract us from the real news.




First, Donald Trump had one of his House GOP allies release a rather old testimony transcript from Bruce Ohr, a Department of Justice official whom Trump has been dishonestly attacking for the past year. Trump must have thought this was going to have a big impact, and finally get the public to come around to seeing Ohr as some kind of dark overlord who has managed to frame Trump for conspiring with Russia. But by midday, it was clear that no one cared, even a little bit.




We’ve all seen this one too many times before, of course. Remember when Trump promised us that the Devin Nunes memo was somehow going to expose the big conspiracy against him? Trump hyped that one for weeks, and the mainstream media ate it up, only for the memo to predictably turn out to be a complete dud. Now Trump is trying to spin Bruce Ohr’s harmless testimony as evidence that Ohr is the devil himself. No one cares.



By the afternoon, Donald Trump must have realized his Ohr gambit had failed. He began frantically posting more than a dozen tweets and retweets in rapid fashion, including retweeting some guy named Paul Sperry six times for no apparent reason, all in an attempt at getting something to stick. Nonetheless, the public’s focus today is still on Trump’s criminal scandals. Whatever impending bombshell he’s trying to distract us from, it clearly isn’t working. Trump is firing blanks.



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Gang suspect on $90000 bail  Trinidad Guardian

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Palmer Report: The very worst of accusations against Donald Trump are increasingly ringing true


It is becoming clear to most reasonable Americans that Donald Trump is the head of a criminal empire. More than half of Americans believe he committed crimes before he took office, and for good reason. Public testimony alleges that Trump is guilty of bank fraud, insurance fraud and tax evasion.




But, a curious report today raises questions about the worst of the worst rumors about Donald Trump. The Miami Herald is reporting today that Donald Trump watched the Super Bowl with the founder of the spa that has been alleged to hold young Asian women against their will and force them to perform sexual acts. Yes, Donald Trump apparently watched the Super Bowl with the founder of the spa where Robert Kraft, who owns one of the teams that played in the game, allegedly paid for sex.




As a keen Palmer Report reader observed last week, Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump’s favorite winter destination, is very close to the spa in question. In fact, Mar-a-Lago is only about twenty miles away. So, when news about this Florida spa that is allegedly a front for sex trafficking first broke, we knew that another one of Donald Trump’s friends was charged with sex crimes. Then, we curiously discovered that Trump’s favorite vacation spot is surprisingly close to the location his friend allegedly frequented to solicit illegal sex. Now we are learning that Trump knows and socializes with the founder of the spa.



Are these things all coincidences? Or could all of the rumors be true – the Trump modeling agency, the Russian pee-pee tape, the allegations of rape and sex parties hosted by Jeffery Epstein? The Miami Herald is simply reporting that Donald Trump watched the Super Bowl with the founder of a day spa alleged to be a front for human sex-trafficking, but it’s enough to make me rethink all of the allegations levied against Trump over the years, and his penchant for socializing with sex offenders. As Rod Rosenstein said in a speech he delivered yesterday, “to know a person’s character, consider his friends.”



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Trump News TV from Michael_Novakhov (9 sites): ABC News’s YouTube Videos: Michael Cohen lied to Congress about seeking a pardon from him: Trump


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Cohen’s team said that he had, in fact, asked his lawyer to reach out to Rudy Giuliani to discuss the possibility of a pardon.

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Palmer Report: Donald Trump’s regime is falling to pieces and there’s almost no one left

The United States hasn’t had a Secretary of Defense since last year. As of today it no longer has a Secretary of the Air Force, FEMA Director, or White House Communications Director. And that’s only the half of it. Donald Trump’s regime is falling to pieces, and he either can’t or won’t plug the holes. So now what?

In addition to the other vacancies, there is currently no White House Chief of Staff, Secretary of the Interior, or U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Trump has repeatedly tried and failed to keep some of these positions staffed. For instance, depending on how you want to count it, Trump just lost his fifth or sixth White House Communications Director with today’s resignation of Bill Shine. This is the same job that Anthony Scaramucci once held for eleven days. We’re not even sure whether to count Jason Miller, who quit before he could even take the job.


Then we have the revolving cast of characters surrounding the UN Ambassador job, with each new candidate being even less qualified than the last. And we all know that Mick Mulvaney is only the acting White House Chief of Staff because literally no one wanted the job; even Chris Christie famously turned it down. It’s clear that Trump simply can’t fill many of these positions, because he’s become far too radioactive for anyone legitimate to want to stand anywhere near him.




But there are other positions that Donald Trump is seemingly leaving vacant on purpose. The longer he goes with an “Acting” Secretary of Defense instead of a real one, the harder it is for Congress to do any oversight over Trump’s corrupt military antics. We just watched Trump go four months with an Acting Attorney General, in the failed hope it would allow him to shut down the investigations into his criminal scandals.




From the start, Donald Trump’s personnel decisions have consisted of putting a whole lot of corrupt and incompetent people in place to do his bidding, along with trying to install just a handful of legitimate people for the sake of appearances. The few legitimate folks are all now long gone. Many of the ringers have flamed out as well.



Donald Trump wasn’t legitimately elected President of the United States, and at this point he’s merely holding the presidency hostage as a way of trying to fend off his inevitable indictment and arrest. No legitimate person would want to work for Trump under these terms, nor would he want any legitimate person working for him. What stands out here is that, as Trump circles the drain, he seems to be even less worried about appearances than ever.



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Chelsea Manning detained after judge holds her in contempt  WPLG Local 10

A judge has held Chelsea Manning in contempt and she is being detained after she refused to testify about her disclosures to WikiLeaks, her lawyer says.

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“Trump” – Google News: Trump falsely claims Manafort judge declared there was ‘no collusion’ with Russia – CNN

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Washington (CNN) President Donald Trump weighed in Friday to the sentencing of his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort by twisting a federal judge’s …

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Palmer Report: Adam Schiff slam dunks Donald Trump


Congressman Adam Schiff rose from being the subject of Donald Trump’s childish rage tweets to House Intelligence Committee Chair – and in just two months he’s probably made Trump wish he could take those tweets back. The House isn’t merely holding hearings to expose the criminal behavior of the man occupying the Oval Office, but pushing legislation that plays off Trump’s desperate strategies.




The media caught wind this week that Trump dangled the possibility of a pardon to Michael Cohen last year, following the raid on his office, just as he entertained the possibility of pardoning Michael Flynn. Cable news networks tend to parrot a scenario in which Donald Trump magically pardons everyone and somehow gets off the hook – something Palmer Report regularly debunks.




Aside from the possibility of state level charges which a president cannot pardon, Adam Schiff just made things a little more complicated for Donald Trump, introducing a piece of aptly named legislation called the Abuse of the Pardon Prevention Act. Were Trump to try and pardon one of his co-conspirators, the Attorney General would be required to present all evidence regarding the said conspirator’s conviction within the course of 30 days, which would then be reviewed by the House and Senate Judiciary Committees. In other words, if this became law, pardons wouldn’t keep Trump’s secrets a secret. The dirt would come out no matter what he tried.



The bill may not necessarily come to a vote in the House, and has an even less likely chance of becoming law, but it echoes the concerns that much of Congress has, including Senate Republicans who may see Trump’s presidency as more of a liability by the day. Those who would vote against it would have to explain why they are doing so – as the bill doesn’t prevent the president from issuing pardons, but instead requires that a president use the pardon power only for reasons separate from his own criminal exposure. The national conversation changes from who might be pardoned by Trump, to asking why the president should be allowed to use the authority to pardon people who are clearly not sorry for their crimes – something that Trump is sure to weigh in on in a predictably idiotic fashion.



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“organized crime and terrorism” – Google News: Censorship of the Cannabis Industry on Social Media – KTVL

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Feeds: Andrea Cordova on Univision: Voting Machines in the U.S.

Andrea Cordova on Univision: Voting Machines in the U.S.

March 8, 2019




Andrea Cordova, a research and program associate with the Brennan Center’s election security team, talked with Peggy Carranza at Univision about a new analysis on the state of America’s voting machines. Researchers found voting infrastructure in the U.S. falls far short of necessary security requirements and recommended best-practices going into the 2020 election, leaving it vulnerable to cyberattacks or malfunctions on Election Day.

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Leftward Chicago Looks Forward to Being Emmanuel-Free  Newsmax

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Trump Investigations: Trump Investigations News – 5:52 PM 3/8/2019

Donald Trump: People Like Melania Better Than
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It looks like Tiffany Trump was left out of the poll.
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Fb tracks down UK & Romania primarily based pretend information networks    Infosurhoy The social media giant, Facebook, which faced so many hurdles recently after the Cambridge Analytica scandal, has removed more than 130 acco…
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Man wanted by FBI in connection with fatal crash turns himself in    KSL.com A man who was wanted by the FBI in connection with a fatal crash has turned himself in, officials said. “fbi” – Google News FBI News Review
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The latest Trump and Michael Cohen battleground is pardon talks, and investigators appear to be homing-in on them    Business Insider President Donald Trump acknowledged on Friday that he and his former lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, d…
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House Republicans release interview with Bruce Ohr, Justice Dept. official linked to Trump dossier    The Washington Post The House Judiciary Committee’s top Republican on Friday released the transcript of an interview with Jus…
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From: CBSNewsOnline Duration: 23:11 Just over three years ago, an outbreak of the Zika virus caused a crisis in Brazil: a dramatic increase in babies born with microcephaly. These babies are now young children facing a variety of medical…
» “Conspiracy Against US” – Google News: Venezuela plunges into darkness, and leaders see a conspiracy – Stuff.co.nz
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Venezuela plunges into darkness, and leaders see a conspiracy    Stuff.co.nz Leaders are trading accusations of conspiracy as lights flickered out across the troubled country. “Conspiracy Against US” – Google News
» Politics, Economy, World News from 100k+ sources: Donald Trump And Michael Cohen Are In A Twitter Fight Over ‘Directly’ Asking For Pardon
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President Donald Trump and his former lawyer Michael Cohen decided to mediate details about their disintegrating relationship Friday morning in the only way we’d expect: a Twitter fight.

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President Donald Trump and his former lawyer Michael Cohen decided to mediate details about their disintegrating relationship Friday morning in the only way we’d expect: a Twitter fight.

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Southern Venezuela: A ‘Gold Mine’ for Organized Crime Drug trafficking, battles between state forces and armed groups, extortion and illegal gold mining have transformed southern Venezuela into a region where citizens live in a parallel …
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“Russian Intelligence services and organized crime” – Google News: Princess Sheikha Latifa tried to flee Dubai. She left a video to prove it – USA TODAY

Princess Sheikha Latifa tried to flee Dubai. She left a video to prove it  USA TODAY

Sheikha Latifa, a princess in Dubai’s royal family, undertook a daring escape from her father’s oppressive rule.

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Palmer Report: Donald Trump goes on berserk obstruction of justice spree, keeps quoting the same idiot over and over again

Donald Trump seems unusually agitated on Twitter this afternoon, which is usually but not always a sign that he expects really bad news to break for him before the day is over. We’ll see what ends up happening on that front. But for now, Trump’s behavior at the moment is rather bizarre, even by his usual nonexistent standards.


For instance, Donald Trump just quoted some idiot named Paul Sperry six different times in the span of less than an hour. Who is this guy? His bio says he’s the “Former D.C. bureau chief for Investor’s Business Daily” – and suffice it to say that “former” is the key word there. In any case, those retweets may have just gotten Trump in some new legal trouble.




Paul Sperry posted a tweet making criminal accusations against Michael Cohen’s family, which is not a crime on Sperry’s part, even if the accusations are unfounded. But when Donald Trump retweeted Sperry’s tweet, Trump committed felony witness tampering. Cohen is an active witness in a criminal investigation into Trump, and so Trump can’t do that.




Strangely, Donald Trump then went on to announce that “Sessions didn’t have a clue” after Sperry posted an article revealing that former Acting Attorney General Andrew McCabe launched an investigation into his then-boss Jeff Sessions. McCabe was clearly acting properly, as Sessions recused himself from the Trump-Russia probe after getting caught committing perjury. It’s unclear what Trump thinks he’s proving by retweeting this, but in reality he’s merely reminding everyone that Sessions, a yet-to-be-charged felon, was one of his criminal co-conspirators.



In any case here, the real upshot here is that Donald Trump is suddenly in a very, very bad mood this afternoon. Is it because of today’s Miami Herald story indirectly connecting him to the infamous Florida massage parlor sex trafficking ring? Or is there some other bombshell yet to come that we don’t yet know about? Stay tuned.



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“trump russian money” – Google News: Trump investigation designed to ‘impeach or embarrass’ president, furious leading Republican claims amid fury at Manafort sentence – The Independent

Trump investigation designed to ‘impeach or embarrass’ president, furious leading Republican claims amid fury at Manafort sentence  The Independent

President Donald Trump has again attacked the “witch hunt hoax” embroiling his administration following the sentencing of ex-campaign manager Paul Manafort …

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“trump authoritarianism” – Google News: The quiet death of globalization – Kerem Alkin – Daily Sabah

The quiet death of globalization – Kerem Alkin  Daily Sabah

I do not know how many academics, business people or politicians around the world are spending enough time on this, but we are in a period where the signs…

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“Donald Trump” – Google News: Bill Shine’s departure proves Donald Trump can’t be produced – CNN

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“donald trump russia” – Google News: Trump news – live: White House communications director Bill Shine resigns as president arrives in Alabama – The Independent

Trump news – live: White House communications director Bill Shine resigns as president arrives in Alabama  The Independent

President Donald Trump has again attacked the “witch hunt hoax” embroiling his administration following the sentencing of ex-campaign manager Paul Manafort …

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“Donald Trump” – Google News: Bill Shine: ex-Fox News executive resigns as top Trump aide – live – The Guardian

Bill Shine: ex-Fox News executive resigns as top Trump aide – live  The Guardian

Shine to join Trump re-election campaign while president tweets that Cohen ‘directly asked me for pardon’ – follow all the latest live.

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“trump under federal investigation” – Google News: Bill Shine: ex-Fox News executive resigns as top Trump aide – live – The Guardian

Bill Shine: ex-Fox News executive resigns as top Trump aide – live  The Guardian

Shine to join Trump re-election campaign while president tweets that Cohen ‘directly asked me for pardon’ – follow all the latest live.

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“Trump” – Google News: Bill Shine: ex-Fox News executive resigns as top Trump aide – live – The Guardian

Bill Shine: ex-Fox News executive resigns as top Trump aide – live  The Guardian

Shine to join Trump re-election campaign while president tweets that Cohen ‘directly asked me for pardon’ – follow all the latest live.

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“trump and russia” – Google News: Bill Shine: ex-Fox News executive resigns as top Trump aide – live – The Guardian

Bill Shine: ex-Fox News executive resigns as top Trump aide – live  The Guardian

Shine to join Trump re-election campaign while president tweets that Cohen ‘directly asked me for pardon’ – follow all the latest live.

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“Conspiracy Against US” – Google News: Venezuela plunges into darkness, and leaders see a conspiracy – Stuff.co.nz

Venezuela plunges into darkness, and leaders see a conspiracy  Stuff.co.nz

Leaders are trading accusations of conspiracy as lights flickered out across the troubled country.

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“Russian Intelligence, organized crime and political interference” – Google News: Reflections on Putin as a Leader and on the World Situation in Which He Works – Foreign Policy Journal

Reflections on Putin as a Leader and on the World Situation in Which He Works  Foreign Policy Journal

Russia’s democracy may be imperfect, but America’s has transformed into plutocracy in which the state’s resources are committed the advancement of empire.

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Just Security: I Helped Write the Exec Order on Required Public Reporting of U.S. Lethal Operations. Here’s What Trump Has Undone.

On Wednesday, in a breathtaking move, President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order (E.O.) rescinding a section of an Obama-era E.O. that required the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to submit an annual public accounting of the toll of U.S. counterterrorism strikes. In justifying the termination of this report, the Trump E.O. cites an ostensibly similar reporting requirement in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), as amended, requiring the Department of Defense to account for the results of military operations worldwide. Statements from the State Department and National Security Council (NSC) characterized the E.O. requirement as “superfluous,” and the NSC argued that it “distract[ed] our intelligence professionals from their primary mission.” Multiple press accounts have cited some of the key problems with the rescission, the backlash from transparency advocates, and why, unsurprisingly, the Trump administration has not characterized the E.O. and NDAA requirements in good faith. But it’s worth further unpacking a move that is disingenuous at best, willfully deceptive at worst.

I was involved in developing the reporting requirement and associated policies, which reflected President Barack Obama’s larger desire to both continue the significant gains in reducing civilian casualties and hold the government publicly accountable for the civilian casualties that inevitably occur in war. The spirit that led to the passage of the 2018 NDAA was similarly laudable. Lawmakers of both parties have seen the value of increased transparency, both as a general matter, and as a strategic effort to build support at home and abroad for counterterrorism operations that have come under increasing scrutiny. No doubt some members of Congress must have feared that Trump would rescind the E.O. and wanted to be sure that a statutory requirement was on the books. The resulting NDAA requirement accounts for military operations worldwide, allowing for additional scrutiny of operations everywhere, not just in specific theaters. But the value of the NDAA requirement should not obscure the distinct benefits from the E.O., now largely forsaken by the administration.

First, the E.O. covered all counterterrorism “strikes undertaken by the U.S. Government against terrorist targets outside areas of active hostilities.” By contrast, the NDAA report covers all U.S. “military operations” in a given year. As noted above, the Armed Services Committees’ desire to understand worldwide counterterrorism operations, as well as a range of operations including both drone strikes and ground raids, is laudable and a sign of the committees effectively doing their oversight work. But for a public report, this much broader focus obscures the E.O.’s important emphasis on covering the U.S. government’s most controversial counterterrorism operations: drone strikes outside of hot warzones like Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. It is particularly important to keep close tabs on drone strikes in places like Yemen, Somalia, and Libya, because they have generated significant backlash from local populations and a steady drumbeat of criticism at home. These operations are also inherently different than operations in areas of active hostilities in that strikes tend to be far less frequent, conducted with smaller and fewer munitions, and executed with a higher level of precision, discrimination, and precaution for protecting civilian lives than operations in hot warzones. Isolating these strikes allows the public to analyze trends over time, differentiate them from the far more intense and violent strikes conducted in other areas, and evaluate whether the U.S. government is living up to its stated high standards for these operations. By bundling a report on these operations with worldwide operations, that special treatment is lost and the U.S. government backslides on its efforts to earn trust and further political sustainability for these important operations.

The E.O. was also helpful in that it required the government to report on the total number of strikes and combatant deaths alongside civilian casualties. Although the motivating spirit of this report, and the E.O. in which it was captured, was preventing civilian casualties, providing numbers on total strikes and combatants killed in strikes helped put the civilian toll in context. The public could consider important information like what percentage of those killed in operations were civilians versus militants and could infer how often our strikes resulted in civilian deaths and how many of our strikes were truly focused on individuals or small groups of terrorists rather than large groupings. These were important metrics in assessing whether the U.S. government was living up to its stated principles of discrimination, precision, and restraint in using force outside of hot warzones.

One of the most important benefits of the E.O. involved the effect it had on bringing together different perspectives within the executive branch. The E.O. required the DNI, rather than the operating agency that conducted the strikes, to produce the assessment. This was particularly helpful in that, consistent with the DNI’s role in coordinating the 16 intelligence agencies, it forced the intelligence community to come together in assessing the impact of our operations and allowed for experts to consult a wide range of intelligence sources in reaching an analytic conclusion on some of our most controversial strikes. Notwithstanding the Trump NSC’s glib comment, producing these kinds of community-wide assessments on issues of national importance is one of the primary missions of the intelligence community. And if there’s one place that departments and agencies should be checking each other’s homework, it’s the use of lethal force outside of conventional battlefields.

Consider, for example, specific benefits to the Pentagon’s decision-making. In some instances, it’s not clear that the Pentagon is consulting the broader intelligence community, outside of the Department, in reporting on its operations. For example, the December report to Congress in which the Defense Department denied having any knowledge of its United Arab Emirates (UAE) partners torturing terrorist detainees in Yemen did not appear to include any consultation with the wider intelligence community. The result was an incomplete and highly deceptive report that undercut the U.S. military’s credibility and only produced further questions about our conduct in Yemen. Bringing in the intelligence community and other departments helps reduce the risk of putting out false or misleading information and gives the public a view of the considered assessment of our intelligence professionals, something that we have come to consistently value in the Trump era.

If there’s any upside, it’s that President Trump did not rescind the entire E.O., which still stands and affirms the importance of preventing civilian casualties, on both moral and strategic grounds. This is a far cry from Trump’s campaign promise to “take out” the civilian family members of terrorists. And the remaining sections of the E.O. still contain important mandates like directing the Defense Department to take a range of actions to prevent civilian casualties, urging cooperation with international partners to improve their ability to protect civilians, acknowledging our responsibility to make ex gratia payments for the families of non-combatants killed in strikes, calling for consultation with non-governmental organizations and other experts outside of the U.S. government in assessing civilian impact, and directing senior officials to convene periodically to review trends and policies pertaining to civilian casualties.

 But it’s wholly inaccurate to say that the report was superfluous. And even if some in the Trump administration truly believe that, there would have been little downside to doing one report that addresses both the E.O. and NDAA requirements and explains the nuances of each.

Instead, the administration has continued its dangerous slide away from transparency. To be sure, the Obama administration made only fitful progress toward transparency. Even the E.O.’s requirement is a far cry from a thorough accounting, broken down by specific strike, or at least each theater, that would allow the public to draw more informed conclusions about our operations. And to be fair, the Defense Department has continued, even under the Trump administration, to increase transparency around specific operations, as well as its attempts to get an accurate account of civilian casualties in Iraq and Syria. But there seems to be a concerted effort from the Trump administration to roll back the transparency agenda that both President Obama’s team and many career staff across the U.S. government deemed important to our counterterrorism operations. In contrast to the previous administrations, there have essentially been no major speeches by senior counterterrorism officials and national security lawyers in this administration articulating the legal and policy framework for U.S. counterterrorism operations, and the Trump team’s response to a statutory requirement to report on any changes to these frameworks was thin to the point of being almost contemptuous of the requirement. There has also been virtually no communication from the President or his top officials explaining why more of our people are deployed into harm’s way and losing their lives in places like Yemen, Somalia, and the Sahel than in the previous eight years. Our partnership with the UAE in Yemen has come under increasing scrutiny, but the administration has offered no explanation for the most serious allegations. And despite the Defense Department’s disclosures of specific strikes, there has been no explanation of the reported dramatic surges and slowdowns in the pace of U.S. strikes in Yemen and Somalia.

This stands in contrast to the Obama administration’s careful development of frameworks for governing the targeted killing program, produced in close consultation with career counterterrorism professionals across the government, and a willingness to discuss those frameworks with outside experts and media who could critique them. That process reflected a sense that transparency was very important but that moves toward transparency should carefully consider the tradeoffs and potential risks to U.S. operations. This dialogue seems to have ceased, either because of a desire to undo the Obama agenda or out of a misplaced sense that sharing any information jeopardizes U.S. operations. That’s short sighted. In the absence of such a commitment to transparency, it’s far easier for our terrorist adversaries to propagate misinformation about our operations both here and among foreign audiences. It’s also harder for the American people to both understand the operations taken in their name and trust that these operations are conducted with the great level of precision and discrimination that has rightly become a point of pride for our fighting forces.

In any other administration, not beset by a major counterintelligence investigation or gripped by the daily inflammatory statements from its chief executive, this purposeful obfuscation of controversial military operations would be a reason for widespread outrage. Instead, it fades into the noise. But we should be deeply concerned, and recommitted to continuing a steady march toward transparency and accountability, both for their inherent worth, and so we can sustain this important tool for the threats we continue to face as a nation.

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“trump anxiety” – Google News: Global economic fears mount as US job growth stalls and Chinese exports tumble – as it happened – The Guardian

Global economic fears mount as US job growth stalls and Chinese exports tumble – as it happened  The Guardian

America’s non-farm payroll only rose by 20000 in February, much weaker than expected, and the lowest monthly growth in almost 18 months.

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“Trump anxiety” – Google News: Global economic fears mount as US job growth stalls and Chinese exports tumble – as it happened – The Guardian

Global economic fears mount as US job growth stalls and Chinese exports tumble – as it happened  The Guardian

America’s non-farm payroll only rose by 20000 in February, much weaker than expected, and the lowest monthly growth in almost 18 months.

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“Abedin” – Google News: NFL player Trevor Bates pleads not guilty to slugging cop – New York Post

NFL player Trevor Bates pleads not guilty to slugging cop  New York Post

The Detroit Lions linebacker accused of slugging an NYPD sergeant at a Queens station house pleaded not guilty Friday to a felony assault charge. Trevor …

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“emails investigation is Russia-Trump set-up” – Google News: Bill Shine: ex-Fox News executive resigns as top Trump aide – live – The Guardian

Bill Shine: ex-Fox News executive resigns as top Trump aide – live  The Guardian

Shine to join Trump re-election campaign while president tweets that Cohen ‘directly asked me for pardon’ – follow all the latest live.

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“trump russian ties” – Google News: Bill Shine: ex-Fox News executive resigns as top Trump aide – live – The Guardian

Bill Shine: ex-Fox News executive resigns as top Trump aide – live  The Guardian

Shine to join Trump re-election campaign while president tweets that Cohen ‘directly asked me for pardon’ – follow all the latest live.

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“Russian Intelligence, organized crime and political interference” – Google News: Russia and Turkey: Consequences in Counterterrorism – Modern Diplomacy

Russia and Turkey: Consequences in Counterterrorism  Modern Diplomacy

Intelligence communities are often examined through their organizational structure. However, another approach is to examine cooperation agreements, conflicts.

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