Friday, October 7, 2016

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FBI agents are ready to revolt over the cozy Clinton probe - New York Post

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FBI agents are ready to revolt over the cozy Clinton probe
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Veteran FBI agents say FBI Director James Comey has permanently damaged the bureau's reputation for uncompromising investigations with his “cowardly” whitewash of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's mishandling of classified information using ...
Sen. Jeff Sessions: Senate Must Investigate FBI's 'Breathtaking' Destruction of Evidence, Immunity to Cheryl MillsBreitbart News
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Harold Thomas Martin III, federal contractor, arrested, charged with stealing classified material - Washington Times

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Harold Thomas Martin III, federal contractor, arrested, charged with stealing classified material
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In a five-page criminal complaint unsealed Wednesday, federal prosecutors formally accusedHarold Thomas Martin III, 51, of Glen Burnie, Maryland. Investigators searched his home and vehicle on Aug. 27 and found he was in possession of six classified ... 

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NSA contractor arrest highlights challenge of insider threat - Houston Chronicle

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NSA contractor arrest highlights challenge of insider threat
Houston Chronicle
Debbie the wife of Harold Thomas Martin III, talks to reporters outside of her home in Glen Burnie, Md., Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. A federal government contractor is accused of stealing highly classified information. The Justice Department on Wednesday ...


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The 10-Point. - Wall Street Journal

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The 10-Point.
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Authorities unsealed court papers Wednesday charging Harold Thomas Martin, 51 years old, of Glen Burnie, Md., with theft of government property and unauthorized removal of classified materials. Mr. Martin, a former Navy officer, was arrested in late ...
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N.S.A. Contractor Arrested in Possible New Theft of Secrets

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The F.B.I. is investigating whether Harold T. Martin III, a National Security Agency contractor, stole and disclosed highly classified computer code, officials said.

Yahoo Said to Have Aided U.S. Email Surveillance by Adapting Spam Filter 

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A system built to scan emails for spam, child pornography and malware allowed Yahoo to search for a terrorist organization’s “signature” to satisfy a secret court order, several sources say.

A ‘Sad Case’ Suspect, Scared Pale as Police Swarmed His House in N.S.A. Case

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The F.B.I. seized papers and digital devices from Harold T. Martin III’s home in Maryland, but found no indication that he had passed classified information to anyone else.
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N.S.A. Suspect Is a Hoarder. But a Leaker? Investigators Aren’t Sure. 

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Harold T. Martin III, described by his ex-wife as a hoarder, broke rules by taking home top-secret material, officials said, but they struggled to connect him to leaked documents.

Colorado ACLU questions Denver Police Department's social media surveillance - The Denver Post

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Colorado ACLU questions Denver Police Department's social media surveillance
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The ACLU of Colorado is raising concerns over the Denver Police Department's use of social media surveillance software, saying it may violate a 2003 agreement over how and when the department monitors city residents' activities. The ACLU filed an open ...

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Republicans blast FBI for 'astonishing' agreement to destroy Clinton aides' laptops - Fox News

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Republicans blast FBI for 'astonishing' agreement to destroy Clinton aides' laptops
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Top-ranking Republicans on Wednesday escalated their inquiry into a controversial FBIagreement to destroy the laptops of two Hillary Clinton aides questioned in the email scandal investigation, pressing Attorney General Loretta Lynch for answers and ... 

Judge Nap: Clinton Aides' Destroyed Laptops Are a 'New Low' for FBIFox News Insider
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Ex-FBI director receives Thayer Award - Times Herald-Record

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Ex-FBI director receives Thayer Award
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WEST POINT – Former FBI director Robert S. Mueller III was honored with West Point's Thayer Award on Thursday evening. The award, presented by West Point's Association of Graduates, honors a person whose service to the nation embodies the West ...
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The surprising ways the Justice Department found to help diversify police forces - Washington Post

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The surprising ways the Justice Department found to help diversify police forces
Washington Post
FBI Director James BComey said recently that 83 percent of the bureau's agents are white and called that a “crisis.” Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates said Wednesday, “Your own federal agencies, our own Department of Justice agencies, are not ...

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McCaul: Recent Arrests Show Terrorist Threat 'Not Diminished' - HSToday

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McCaul: Recent Arrests Show Terrorist Threat 'Not Diminished'
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A 24-year old Maryland man was arrested this week for allegedly plotting attacks targeting US military members on behalf of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Just weeks beforehand, there were several bombings and bombing attempts in New York ...

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How the Justice Department wants to help diversify police forces - Meridian Star

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How the Justice Department wants to help diversify police forces
Meridian Star
FBI Director James BComey said recently that 83 percent of the bureau's agents are white and called that a "crisis." Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates said Wednesday, "Your own federal agencies, our own Department of Justice agencies, are not ...

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Neither Kaine nor Pence was 'absolutely' correct about Clinton emails and court-martial - Washington Post

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Neither Kaine nor Pence was 'absolutely' correct about Clinton emails and court-martial
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FBI Director James BComey decided not to recommend criminal charges against Clinton after the agency's investigation of her use of a private email server when she was secretary of state. But Comey said Clinton was “extremely careless” in her handling ...


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Yahoo scanned emails at behest of NSA, FBI, report says - SFGate

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Yahoo scanned emails at behest of NSA, FBIreport says
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The report by the Reuters news agency said Yahoo complied with a classified directive last year from the FBI and the National Security Agency, demanding that it scan all incoming emails of its users for certain phrases. Yahoo's engineers wrote a ...

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NSA contractor charged with stealing secret data - AOL News

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NSA contractor charged with stealing secret data
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Booz Allen said in a statement that when the company "learned of the arrest of one of its employees by the FBI," they immediately fired the employee and offered full cooperation to theFBI. The same month Martin was arrested, some of the NSA's most ...

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Hard National Security Choices - Lawfare (blog)

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Hard National Security Choices
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It remains unclear whether Harold Thomas Martin III, a Booz Allen employee, leaked the information, and the FBI is investigating whether he brought the files home without the intention of disseminating them. According to the Daily Beast, Martin ... The ...

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Wiehl: Is the FBI ready to prevent Putin's Russia from rigging the 2016 election? - Fox News

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Wiehl: Is the FBI ready to prevent Putin's Russia from rigging the 2016 election?
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Like millions of Americans, I'm profoundly disturbed that, according to the FBI, the Russians have used cyber tools to hack into the Democratic National Committee and are continuing to use them to attack other organizations and individuals. Vladimir ...

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FBI director Comey (left) and Attorney General Lynch (Reuters photos: Joshua Roberts, Nancy Wiechec) - National Review Online

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FBI director Comey (left) and Attorney General Lynch (Reuters photos: Joshua Roberts, Nancy Wiechec)
National Review Online
According to House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte (R., Va.), the immunity agreements struck by the Justice Department with Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson, two top subjects of the FBI's Clinton e-mail investigation, included “side ...
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A Computer Guy of Interest to the FBI Walks Into a Bar, in Siberia - New York Times

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A Computer Guy of Interest to the FBI Walks Into a Bar, in Siberia
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Times Insider delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how news, features and opinion come together at The New York Times. In this piece, The Times's Moscow correspondent, Andrew E. Kramer, follows a long trail of digital sleuthing into U.S. ...

How the FBI wound up destroying evidence - New York Post

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How the FBI wound up destroying evidence
New York Post
Welcome to the Twilight Zone: Under immunity deals given to two key Hillary Clinton aides in the e-mail probe, the FBI wound up destroying evidence. Once they were done searching two laptops used to store Clinton's e-mails, the agents had to destroy them.
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The creepy clown crisis: White House defers to FBI. Stephen King hits 'hysteria'. - Washington Post

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The creepy clown crisis: White House defers to FBI. Stephen King hits 'hysteria'.
Washington Post
It is a strange thing when Stephen King must defend the world from tales of horrific clowns. The horror maestro who wrote “It,” which featured a monster in the form of a clown, recently spoke out as a voice of pro-clown reason. “Hey, guys, time to cool ...

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Ed Klein Reveals Bombshell Facts About Hillary FBI Investigation - Townhall

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Ed Klein Reveals Bombshell Facts About Hillary FBI Investigation
Townhall
In our “Part One” bombshell interview with author Ed Klein, he reveals stunning secrets about what really happened in the Hillary FBI email investigation case, and what role FBI Director James Comey really played in all of it. These shocking ...

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Yahoo reportedly scanned emails for NSA, FBI - CBS News

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Yahoo reportedly scanned emails for NSA, FBI
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According to Reuters, it allegedly "scanned hundreds of millions of Yahoo mail accounts at the behest of the National Security Agency or FBI." CBS News contributor and NewYorker.com editor Nicholas Thompson joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss the ...
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What keeps the deputy director of the FBI up at night - CNBC

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What keeps the deputy director of the FBI up at night
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Earlier this year, Apple fought against a government order to help hack the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino terrorists. Eventually, the FBI said it got into the device with the help of a third-party.
 When asked if the FBI and other law enforcement ...

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Another Snowden? FBI secretly arrests NSA contractor in code theft, report says - Fox News

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Another Snowden? FBI secretly arrests NSA contractor in code theft, report says
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A contractor who worked for the same cyberoperations firm as infamous leaker Edward Snowden was secretly arrested by the FBI in recent weeks in connection with the theft of highly classified hacking codes from the National Security Agency, the U.S. ...
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Former US Prosecutor: Please Tell Me The FBI's 'Side Deal' With Clinton Aides is a Joke - Townhall

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Former US Prosecutor: Please Tell Me The FBI's 'Side Deal' With Clinton Aides is a Joke
Townhall
We quoted Andy McCarthy extensively in our original post about this revelation earlier in the week, and for good reason: He spent a career prosecuting criminals and working hand-in-glove with the FBI. He's raised serious questions about the Bureau and ...

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The FBI secretly arrested another alleged NSA leaker - Business Insider

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The FBI secretly arrested another alleged NSA leaker
Business Insider
The FBI secretly arrested a Booz Allen Hamilton contractor working for the NSA who may be linked to the high-profile leak of the agency's hacking tools, The New York Times is reporting. The contractor, Harold Thomas Martin III, 51, is suspected of ...
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Revealed: The FBI's Secret Methods for Recruiting Informants at the ... - The Intercept

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Revealed: The FBI's Secret Methods for Recruiting Informants at the ...
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Think about arriving at the airport from a foreign country. You are tired from a long flight, anxious about your baggage, and thinking about meeting your family in ...

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NSA Contractor Arrested in Possible New Theft of Secrets - New York Times

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Contractor Arrested in Possible New Theft of Secrets
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WASHINGTON — The F.B.I. secretly arrested a former National Security Agency contractor in August and, according to law enforcement officials, is investigating whether he stole and disclosed highly classified computer code developed by the agency to ...

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Reports of Yahoo-FBI cooperation raise many questions - CBS News

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Reports of Yahoo-FBI cooperation raise many questions
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NEW YORK Yahoo's reported willingness to search user email to assist U.S. government investigators has revived concerns about court-approved surveillance programs that companies aren't allowed to disclose to the people using their services.
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[DEVELOPING] FBI Activity In Sheepshead Bay On Avenue Z - Sheepshead Bites

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[DEVELOPING] FBI Activity In Sheepshead Bay On Avenue Z
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The FBI appeared to raid the building at 2101 Avenue Z on the corner of East 21 Street this morning, according to a reader of ours, Diana Saez Rivera. Rivera saw the FBI peering into the apartment windows of the building at around 8:45am this morning ...

Sen. Jeff Sessions: Senate Must Investigate FBI's 'Breathtaking' Destruction of Evidence, Immunity to Cheryl Mills - Breitbart News

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Sen. Jeff Sessions: Senate Must Investigate FBI's 'Breathtaking' Destruction of Evidence, Immunity to Cheryl Mills
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Sen. Jeff Sessions tells radio talk show Howie Carr he's lost confidence in FBI Director James B. Comey Jr. The Alabama Republican adds that he thinks the Senate should investigate how the FBI granted immunity to Clinton Foundation director Cheryl ...

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Pages 40-44 of FBI probe into Clinton emails - Fox News

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Pages 40-44 of FBI probe into Clinton emails
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Secretary of State. Pages 40-44 of FBI probe into Clinton emails. Published October 06, 2016. FoxNews.com. Facebook0 Twitter0 Email Print . Advertisement. Trending in Politics. 1. Ryan to make first campaign appearance with Trump. 2. The one incredible ...

FBI files reveal missing email 'boxes' in Clinton case, allegations of ... - Fox News

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FBI files reveal missing email 'boxes' in Clinton case, allegations of ... 
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Buried in the 189 pages of heavily redacted FBI witness interviews from the Hillary Clinton email investigation are details of yet another mystery -- about two  ...
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FBI agents are ready to revolt over the cozy Clinton probe - New York Post

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FBI agents are ready to revolt over the cozy Clinton probe
New York Post
Veteran FBI agents say FBI Director James Comey has permanently damaged the bureau's reputation for uncompromising investigations with his “cowardly” whitewash of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's mishandling of classified information using ...
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Banner of Russia's Putin hung from New York City bridge - Reuters

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Banner of Russia's Putin hung from New York City bridge
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The 20 by 30 feet banner appeared on the side of the bridge between lower Manhattan and the borough of Brooklyn, featuring the Putin dressed in a suit in front of the Russian flag with the word "Peacemaker" in capital letters. The New York City Police ...
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Russian determination, U.S. waffling as Syria burns

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ANALYSIS/OPINION:
Tensions between the U.S. and Russia over Syria have risen significantly over the last several weeks, and it's pretty clear why.
Take the well-thought-out machinations of Russian President Vladimir Putin and the absolute lack of a strategy by the Obama administration, mix in some extreme U.S. incompetence and lack ...

Russia threatens to kill pact to share skies over Syria

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Russian military leaders are threatening to call off the longstanding agreement with the U.S. to share the skies above Syria, potentially putting American aircraft in the region at risk.
On Thursday, Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook pressed Moscow to adhere to the deal, saying it was vital in order to ...

Finland says suspects Russian aircraft violated airspace

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HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finland's defense ministry said on Thursday it suspected a Russian fighter jet violated Finnish airspace earlier in the day, after it scrambled jets to identify the SU-27 fighter over the Baltic Sea.
  

Russia Warns It May Shoot Down U.S. Aircraft If They Attack Syrian Forces

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A Russia Defense Ministry spokesman suggested that Russian antiaircraft systems may shoot down U.S. or U.S.-led coalition aircraft if they attack Syrian forces.

APNewsBreak: Report faults top Pentagon aide's behavior

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Pentagon investigation has concluded that Defense Secretary Ash Carter's former senior military aide used his government credit card at strip clubs or gentlemen's clubs in Rome and Seoul, drank in excess and had "improper interactions" with women, The Associated Press has learned....
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Despite attention on Aleppo, Syria aflame on several fronts

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BEIRUT (AP) -- The battle for Aleppo has gripped the world, but it is hardly the only major front among the tangle of adversaries clashing across war-torn Syria....

APNewsBreak: Barely half of illegal border crossers caught

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SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Immigration authorities caught barely half of the people who illegally entered the U.S. from Mexico last year, according to an internal Department of Homeland Security report that offers one of the most detailed assessments of border security ever compiled....

In Syria Crisis, Russia Expands Alliance With Iran, Increases Missile Presence

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Russian officials intensified their rhetoric over the Syria crisis, saying Moscow was stepping up cooperation with Iran and boosting its military presence in the eastern Mediterranean.

Putin's Chechen crony launches his own version of Trump's 'Apprentice' 

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Ramzan Kadyrov is looking for an aide to help him run Chechnya.





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Israel rejects latest US criticism of settlement policy - Washington Post

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Israel rejects latest US criticism of settlement policy
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JERUSALEM — The Israeli government pushed back Thursday against the latest U.S. condemnation of its settlement enterprise as commentators called it another sign of fraying relations between the Jewish state and its most steadfast ally. The Foreign ...
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Banner of Russia's Putin hung from New York City bridge - Reuters

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Banner of Russia's Putin hung from New York City bridge
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A banner with an image of Russian President Vladimir Putin hangs from the Manhattan Bridge in New York City, U.S., October 6, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid. 2/2. left. right. A banner with an image of Russian President Vladimir Putin hangs from the ...
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Giant Putin banner appears on New York's Manhattan Bridge

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A large, mysterious banner of Russian President Vladimir Putin, with the word "peacemaker" printed on it, appears on New York's Manhattan Bridge.

Giant Vladimir Putin banner unveiled on New York's Manhattan Bridge 

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Russia strongly warns US against striking Syrian army - Colorado Springs Gazette

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Russia strongly warns US against striking Syrian army
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26, 2016 file photo Russian defense ministry spokesman Maj.-GenIgor Konashenkov speaks to the media in Moscow, Russia. Konashenkov strongly warned the United States against striking Syrian government forces and issued a thinly-veiled threat to use ...
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Russia warns US against striking Syrian regime - The Hill

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Russia warns US against striking Syrian regime
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“A number of influential Western media published leaks on discussion in the White House administration of a possibility to deliver missile and air strikes on the positions of Syrian troops," Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. GenIgor Konashenkov ...

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Top Foreign Relations Dem: US needs to 'revisit' approach to Russia - The Hill

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Top Foreign Relations Dem: US needs to 'revisit' approach to Russia
The Hill
I will continue to explore options the Congress can employ to hold Russia accountable for its repeated violations of international law and human rights, including their attacks on our democratic institutions in the United States.” U.S. relations with ...

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FBI agents are ready to revolt over the cozy Clinton probe

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Veteran FBI agents say FBI Director James Comey has permanently damaged the bureau’s reputation for uncompromising investigations with his “cowardly” whitewash of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information using an unauthorized private e-mail server.
Feeling the heat from congressional critics, Comey last week argued that the case was investigated by career FBI agents, “So if I blew it, they blew it, too.”
But agents say Comey tied investigators’ hands by agreeing to unheard-of ground rules and other demands by the lawyers for Clinton and her aides that limited their investigation.
“In my 25 years with the bureau, I never had any ground rules in my interviews,” said retired agent Dennis V. Hughes, the first chief of the FBI’s computer-investigations unit.
Instead of going to prosecutors and insisting on using grand jury leverage to compel testimony and seize evidence, Comey allowed immunity for several key witnesses, including potential targets.
The immunity agreements came with outrageous side deals, including preventing agents from searching for any documents on a Dell laptop owned by former Clinton chief of staff Cheryl Mills generated after Jan. 31, 2015, when she communicated with the server administrator who destroyed subpoenaed e-mails.
Comey also agreed to have Mills’ laptop destroyed after the restricted search, denying Congress the chance to look at it and making the FBI an accomplice to the destruction of evidence.
Comey’s immunized witnesses nonetheless suffered chronic lapses in memory, made unsubstantiated claims of attorney-client privilege upon tougher questioning and at least two gave demonstrably false statements. And yet Comey indulged it all.
What’s more, Comey cut a deal to give Clinton a “voluntary” witness interview on a major holiday, and even let her ex-chief of staff sit in on the interview as a lawyer, even though she, too, was under investigation.
Clinton’s interview, the culmination of a yearlong investigation, lasted just 3 ½ hours. Despite some 40 bouts of amnesia, she wasn’t called back for questioning; and three days later, Comey cleared her of criminal wrongdoing.
“The FBI has politicized itself, and its reputation will suffer for a long time,” Hughes said. “I hold director Comey responsible.”
Agreed retired FBI agent Michael M. Biasello: “Comey has singlehandedly ruined the reputation of the organization.”
The accommodations afforded Clinton and her aides are “unprecedented,” Biasello added, “which is another way of saying this outcome was by design.” He called Comey’s decision not to seek charges “cowardly.”
“Each month for 27 years, I received oral and computer admonishments concerning the proper protocol for handling top secret and other classified material, and was informed of the harsh penalties, to include prosecution and incarceration” for mishandling such material, he pointed out. “Had myself or my colleagues engaged in behavior of the magnitude of Hillary Clinton, as described by Comey, we would be serving time in Leavenworth.”
Former FBI official I.C. Smith knows a thing or two about Clinton corruption. After working at FBI headquarters as a section chief in the National Security Division, he retired as special agent in charge of the Little Rock, Ark., field office, where he investigated top Clinton fund-raisers for public corruption and even Chinese espionage.
“FBI agents upset with Comey’s decision have every reason to feel that way,” Smith said. “Clearly there was a different standard applied to Clinton.”
“I have no doubt resourceful prosecutors and FBI agents could have come up with some charge that she would have been subject to prosecution,” the 25-year veteran added. “What she did is absolutely abhorrent for anyone who has access to classified information.”
Smith said Congress should subpoena the case’s agents to testify about the direction they received from Comey and their supervisors: “It would be interesting to see what the results would be if those involved with the investigation were questioned under oath.”
Comey made the 25 agents who worked on the case sign nondisclosure agreements. But others say morale has sunk inside the bureau.
“The director is giving the bureau a bad rap with all the gaps in the investigation,” one agent in the Washington field office said. “There’s a perception that the FBI has been politicized and let down the country.”
Comey has turned a once-proud institution known for its independence into one that bows to election pressure, hands out political immunity to candidates and effectively pardons their co-conspirators. He’s turned the FBI into the Federal Bureau of Immunity and lost the trust and respect of not only his agents but the country at large. He ought to step down.
Paul Sperry, formerly Washington bureau chief for Investor’s Business Daily, is author of “Infiltration.”
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Harold Thomas Martin III, federal contractor, arrested, charged with stealing classified material - Washington Times

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