Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Putin plans to destroy the US intelligence Community, and therefore the country with Trump's hands! Start the legal process of annulment the election results with published Intelligence Report as the proof of successful hostile power's interference in the elections, due to clear and imminent danger to the National Security and the Nation itself.

Putin plans to destroy the US intelligence Community, and therefore the country with Trump's hands! Start the legal process of annulment the election results with published Intelligence Report as the proof of successful hostile power's interference in the elections, due to clear and imminent danger to the National Security and the Nation itself. File the urgent Supreme Court petition, with the extension of the current Administration's powers until the next elections and cancellation of the inauguration. This is unprecedented but is the matter of life and death for the country. If inauguration is allowed, it will be too late. In these circumstances, the spirit of the law and the spirit of the Free Nation have to be saved, preserved and upheld, over the letter of the law. Mr. Obama and the current leaders: do take this action now, this is your constitutional responsibility! The unusual circumstances demand the unusual strategy and actions. Read the writing on the wall: new elections or the irreversible death of the American democracy! 


P.S.: Putin-Trump's plan is to transfer the intelligence officers overseas. Their identities are probably already known to the Russians or will be known to them from Trump. The officers will be killed there, one by one, by Putin's agents. The Nation will be effectively decapitated. 
Do not go willingly to the slaughter! Rise up! Stop the tyrant! 

Donald Trump Plans Revamp of Top U.S. Spy Agency

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WASHINGTON—President-elect Donald Trump, a harsh critic of U.S. intelligence agencies, is working with top advisers on a plan that would restructure and pare back the nation’s top spy agency, people familiar with the planning said, prompted by a belief that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has become bloated and politicized.
The planning comes as Mr. Trump has leveled a series of social media attacks in recent months and the past few days against U.S. intelligence agencies, dismissing and mocking their assessment that the Russian government hacked emails of Democratic groups and individuals and then leaked them last year to WikiLeaks and others in an effort to help Mr. Trump win the White House.
One of the people familiar with Mr. Trump’s planning said advisers also are working on a plan to restructure the Central Intelligence Agency, cutting back on staffing at its Virginia headquarters and pushing more people out into field posts around the world. The CIA declined to comment on the plan.
“The view from the Trump team is the intelligence world [is] becoming completely politicized,” said the individual, who is close to the Trump transition operation. “They all need to be slimmed down. The focus will be on restructuring the agencies and how they interact.”

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In one of his latest Twitter posts on Wednesday, Mr. Trump referenced an interview that WikiLeaks editor in chief Julian Assange gave to Fox News in which he denied Russia had been his source for the thousands of emails stolen from Democrats and Hillary Clinton advisers, including campaign manager John Podesta, that Mr. Assange published.
Mr. Trump tweeted: “Julian Assange said ‘a 14 year old could have hacked Podesta’—why was DNC so careless? Also said Russians did not give him the info!”
Mr. Trump has drawn criticism from Democratic and Republican lawmakers and from intelligence and law-enforcement officials for praising Russian President Vladimir Putin, for attacking American intelligence agencies, and for embracing Mr. Assange, long viewed with disdain by government officials and lawmakers.
“We have two choices: some guy living in an embassy on the run from the law…who has a history of undermining American democracy and releasing classified information to put our troops at risk, or the 17 intelligence agencies sworn to defend us,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.). “I’m going with them.”
But for Mr. Trump and some of his supporters, the accusations of Russian hacking and the criticism of WikiLeaks are seen as an effort to delegitimize the president-elect’s victory.
Since his November election, Mr. Trump has published close to 250 Twitter posts. Of those, 11 have focused on Russia or the election-related cyberattacks. In each of those tweets, Mr. Trump either has flattered Russian President Vladimir Putin—last month calling him “very smart”— or disparaged the investigation into the hacks.
This stands in contrast to his posts on other issues and countries, such as North Korea or China, where his views on national security risks line up more squarely with U.S. spy agencies.
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence was established in 2004 in large part to boost coordination between intelligence agencies following the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.
Many Republicans have proposed cutting the ODNI before, but this has proven hard to do in part because its mission centers are focused on core national security issues, such as counterterrorism, nuclear proliferation, and counterintelligence.
The lobby of the CIA Headquarters Building in Langley, Va. Donald Trump’s criticism of U.S. intelligence agencies’ assessments of Russian involvement in cyberattacks has some lawmakers questioning his goals.ENLARGE
The lobby of the CIA Headquarters Building in Langley, Va. Donald Trump’s criticism of U.S. intelligence agencies’ assessments of Russian involvement in cyberattacks has some lawmakers questioning his goals. Photo: larry downing/Reuters
“The management and integration that DNI focuses on allows agencies like the CIA to better hone in on its own important work,” said Rep. Adam Schiff (D., Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, who believes dismantling the ODNI could lead to national security problems.
Mr. Trump’s advisers say he has long been skeptical of the CIA’s accuracy, and the president-elect often mentions faulty intelligence in 2002 and 2003 concerning Iraq’s weapons programs. But he has focused his skepticism of the agencies squarely on their Russia assessments, which has jarred analysts who are accustomed to more cohesion with the White House.
Top officials at U.S. intelligence agencies, as well as Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress, have said Russia orchestrated the computer attacks that hacked and leaked Democratic Party emails last year. President Barack Obama ordered the intelligence agencies to produce a report on the hacking operation, and he is expected to presented with the findings on Thursday.
Russia has long denied any involvement in the hacking operation, though Mr. Putin has said releasing the stolen emails served a public service.
The heads of the CIA, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper are scheduled to brief Mr. Trump on the findings on Friday. Mr. Trump tweeted late Tuesday that this meeting had been delayed and suggested that the agencies still needed time to “build a case” against Russia.
White House officials said Mr. Trump will be briefed on the hacking report as soon as it is ready. White House officials have been increasingly frustrated by Mr. Trump’s confrontations with intelligence officials.
“It’s appalling,” the official said. “No president has ever taken on the CIA and come out looking good.”
Among those helping lead Mr. Trump’s plan to restructure the intelligence agencies is his national security adviser, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who had served as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency until he was pushed out by DNI James Clapper and others in 2013. Also involved in the planning is Rep. Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.), who Mr. Trump selected to be his CIA director.
Lt. Gen. Flynn didn’t respond to a request for comment and Mr. Pompeo declined to comment.
Mr. Trump shares the view of Lt. Gen. Flynn and Mr. Pompeo that the intelligence community’s position that Russians tried to help his campaign is an attempt to undermine his victory or say he didn’t win, the official close to the transition said.
Mr. Flynn will lead the White House’s National Security Council, giving him broad influence in military and intelligence decisions throughout the government. He is also a believer in rotating senior intelligence agencies into the field and reducing headquarters staff.
Current and former intelligence and law-enforcement officials have reacted with a mix of bafflement and outrage to Mr. Trump’s continuing series of jabs at U.S. spies.
“They are furious about it,” said one former senior intelligence official, adding that a retinue of senior officials who thought they would be staying on in a Hillary Clinton administration now are re-evaluating their plans following Mr. Trump’s election.
Current and former officials said it was particularly striking to see Mr. Trump quote Mr. Assange in tweets.
“It’s pretty horrifying to me that he’s siding with Assange over the intelligence agencies,’’ said one former law-enforcement official.
Paul Pillar, a 28-year veteran of the CIA who retired in 2005, said he was disturbed by Mr. Trump’s tweets and feared much of the intelligence community’s assessments could be filtered through Lt. Gen. Flynn, chosen by Mr. Trump as his national security adviser.
“I’m rather pessimistic,” he said. “This is indeed disturbing that the president should come in with this negative view of the agencies coupled with his habits on how he absorbs information and so on that don’t provide a lot of hope for change.”
—Carol E. Lee, Shane Harris, Devlin Barrett, Felicia Schwartz an, Siobhan Hughes contributed to this article.
Write to Damian Paletta at and Julian E. Barnes at
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Who hacked? Trump challenges intel agencies he'll oversee

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President-elect Donald Trump escalated his blunt public challenge to the U.S. intelligence agencies he will soon oversee on Wednesday, appearing to embrace WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's contention that Russia did not provide his group with the hacked Democratic emails that roiled the 2016 election....

Donald Trump Plans Revamp of Top US Spy Agency - Wall Street Journal

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Wall Street Journal

Donald Trump Plans Revamp of Top US Spy Agency
Wall Street Journal
WASHINGTON—President-elect Donald Trump, a harsh critic of U.S. intelligence agencies, is working with top advisers on a plan that would restructure and pare back the nation's top spy agency, people familiar with the planning said, prompted by a ...
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Turkey brandishes Incirlik card to threaten US

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Turkish officials are hinting at denying US access to the Incirilik air base unless Washington halts its support for Syrian Kurds and begins to provide air support for Turkish troops in Syria.

train derailed near New York - Google News: Several injured after LIRR train derails - New York Post

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Several injured after LIRR train derails
New York Post
A Long Island Rail Road train derailed at Brooklyn's Atlantic Terminal during Wednesday morning rush-hour, injuring several people, officials said. The commuter train derailed on Track 6 as it pulled into the transit hub about 8:20 a.m., according to ...
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polls - Google News: Vladimir Putin polls better with Republicans than Obama does. That's not unprecedented. - Washington Post

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Washington Post

Vladimir Putin polls better with Republicans than Obama does. That's not unprecedented.
Washington Post
A stat has been floating around on social media for the better part of a month now: Republicans like Vladimir Putin better than they like Barack Obama. Whoa if true. The poll is from online pollster YouGov for the Economist, and it shows the Putin vs ...

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russia in syria - Google News: Russia's play in Syria will give it access to a warm water port -

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Russia's play in Syria will give it access to a warm water port
Russia's new alliance with Turkey to find what they call a solution to the fighting in Syria needs to be seen in a global context as Russia rebuilds its military presence around the world, seeking the same respect in global council chambers that was ...

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assange - Google News: Donald Trump takes another shot at US intelligence, promoting Julian Assange's version of events - Los Angeles Times

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Los Angeles Times

Donald Trump takes another shot at US intelligence, promoting Julian Assange's version of events
Los Angeles Times
Assange gave an interview to Fox News host Sean Hannity, who has in the past called for trying him on espionage charges, echoing other Republicans and many in the intelligence community who say his airing of sensitive documents has put U.S. lives and ...

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Сайт Wikileaks назначил вознаграждение за любые сведения о похитителе диска с данными Белого дома - Комсомольская правда

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Комсомольская правда

Сайт Wikileaks назначил вознаграждение за любые сведения о похитителе диска с данными Белого дома
Комсомольская правда
Сайт WikiLeaks назначил вознаграждение в 20 тысяч долларов за любую информацию о похитителе жесткого диска с важной государственной информацией. «Мы предлагаем вознаграждение 20 тысяч долларов за информацию, которая ...

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Putin's Sassy Trolling Was Sending Message to Trump: Experts -

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Putin's Sassy Trolling Was Sending Message to Trump: Experts
Vladimir Putin appeared to reach unprecedented levels of trolling for a world leader in response to President Barack Obama expelling 35 Russian intelligence operatives from the United States. Obama ousted them as punishment for Russia's alleged ...
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Did Putin Really Launch a 'Cyber-Pearl Harbor' Against America? - The Nation.

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The Nation.

Did Putin Really Launch a 'Cyber-Pearl Harbor' Against America?
The Nation.
Unlike in 1962, when the Kennedy Administration made public clear evidence of Soviet missile silos under construction in Cuba, the Obama Administration has presented no actual evidence that the Kremlin, directed by Russian President Putin, hacked the ...
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Россия неожиданно захотела помириться с НАТО -

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Россия неожиданно захотела помириться с НАТО
Представитель МИД добавил, что существование НАТО — «это реальность и военный фактор», и обойтись «одними заклинаниями» у Москвы не получится. России с альянсом «надо выстраивать нормальные отношения и возобновить то, что было», подчеркнул высокопоставленный ...
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Scores Injured After Commuter Train Derails In Brooklyn

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By Jonathan Oatis

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Reuters) - A New York City commuter train derailed at a Brooklyn terminal after ramming into a bumper during Wednesday’s morning rush hour, leaving more than 100 people with non-life-threatening injuries, city officials said.

Dozens of emergency crews swarmed Atlantic Terminal after the Long Island Railroad trainwent off the tracks inside the busy transportation hub at about 8:30 a.m. local time, the New York City Fire Department said.

The train failed to stop on time and struck a bumping block at a fairly low rate of speed, which caused it to derail, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said at a briefing at the crash site.

About 103 people were injured in the accident, the New York Fire Department said in a Twitter message. Earlier Deputy Assistant Chief Dan Donoghue said at the briefing that 11 people had to go to the hospital. 

The derailment, which severely damaged the train’s front two cars, was the second major accident involving New York City’s commuter railroads in the past three months.

In late September, a New Jersey Transit train crashed into a terminal in Hoboken, New Jersey, killing one woman and injuring 114 people, including the engineer.

Cuomo, who has made infrastructure improvements a centerpiece of his agenda, said Wednesday’s incident was minor in comparison. The most serious injury in the crash was a broken leg, he said.

“There was an extensive damage in Hoboken,” Cuomo said. “That train was coming in much faster, did much more damage.”

In Brooklyn, police and firefighters, some holding stretchers, were entering the terminal as emergency vehicles blocked traffic.

Commuters, meanwhile, described a frightening and chaotic scene on social media.

“People flying everywhere,” Serena Janae, who said she was a passenger on the derailedtrain, wrote on Facebook.

The U.S. Federal Railroad Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board said they were sending investigators to the scene.

Atlantic Terminal, which also connects commuters to nine city subway lines, is one of New York’s busiest stations.

Officials said crews were working to restore service at the terminal by the evening rush hour.

(Additional reporting by Gina Cherelus and David Shepardson; Writing by Laila Kearney; Editing by Frank McGurty and Lisa Von Ahn)
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Ohio man accused of ramming Pittsburgh FBI gate indicted - WTAE Pittsburgh

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Ohio man accused of ramming Pittsburgh FBI gate indicted
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An Ohio man has been indicted on charges that he rammed a dump truck through the security gate of the FBI's Pittsburgh field office this past summer. The indictment handed down by a federal grand jury on Tuesday charges Thomas Ross with willfully ...
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Bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Economic Growth in Puerto Rico Releases Status Update 

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WASHINGTON — The bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Economic Growth in Puerto Rico today released a status update regarding its work in crafting policy recommendations to promote economic growth and long-term prosperity in the U.S. territory.  The interim update, issued to comply with Section 409 of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA), details information the Task Force has collected to date and outlines other matters the Task Force is considering.
“Residents of Puerto Rico and their families face numerous challenges to economic growth along many dimensions affected by Federal law and programs, including health care, government finances, economic stagnation, population loss, and sectoral inefficiencies,” the Task Force members wrote in the update. “[We] are actively working to arrive at a consensus in order to provide Congress with findings and recommendations as called for under PROMESA.”
Specifically, the report outlines the following information collected and steps undertaken by the Task Force:
  • Data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Puerto Rico Institute of Statistics.
  • Submissions to the Task Force email portal.
  • Outreach to Federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and the U.S. Small Business Administration.
  • Congressional support from the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT), the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), and the Library of Congress’s Congressional Research Service (CRS). 
  • Outreach to government and non-government entities in Puerto Rico, including the Legislative Assembly, the Puerto Rico Department of Economic Development and Commerce, and the private sector.
The complete interim update can be found here.  A Spanish translation of the interim update can be found here.
Established by Section 409 of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA), Public Law 114-187, the Task Force is chaired by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and is comprised of U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.); Bill Nelson (D-Fla.); and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) as well as U.S. Representatives Sean Duffy (R-Wis.); Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.); Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.); and Pedro Pierluisi (D-Puerto Rico).
Under the law, the Task Force is charged with writing a report by December 31, 2016, that identifies impediments to growth and recommends changes to: promote long-term economic growth and stability; spur new job creation; reduce child poverty; and attract investment in the territory.
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Best Buy Geek Squad Informant Use Has FBI on Defense in Child-Porn Case - OC Weekly

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Best Buy Geek Squad Informant Use Has FBI on Defense in Child-Porn Case
OC Weekly
FBI agents and prosecutors usually strut inside Santa Ana's Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse, knowing they've focused the wrath of the criminal-justice system on a particular criminal. But an unusual child-pornography-possession case has placed ...

Trump takes another jab at US intel assessment on hacking

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January 4, 2017, 7:20 PM (IDT)
In his latest criticism of assessments by US intelligence services, President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday tweeted an assertion by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange that "a 14 year old could have hacked Podesta", referring to the hacking of the e-mail account of John Podesta, Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign chairman. Trump has repeatedly denied that Russian cyberattacks influenced the result of the election, claiming that the accusation is being promoted by part of the US media and Democratic rivals who lost to him. The previous day, the president-elect sent out another tweet critical of the intelligence community, saying "The "intelligence" briefing on so-called "Russian hacking" was delayed until Friday, perhaps more time needed to build a case. Very strange!"    

Минобороны ответило на обвинения главы ЦРУ - Вести.Ru

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BBC Russian

Минобороны ответило на обвинения главы ЦРУ
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Bahrain suspends, investigates 3 officials over prison break

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Bahrain’s Interior Ministry says it has suspended three top officials and referred them to prosecutors over a prison break during which a police officer was killed.

Istanbul nightclub attacker identified, Turkey says, as police continue manhunt 

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Turkey's state news agency said at least 20 people were detained in raids on militant hideouts.

Turkey Moves to Block Internet Access

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Even in the best of times, the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has had a strained relationship with the Internet. Ankara repeatedly has tried to restrict various news and social media sites — such as YouTube and Twitter — during times of political stress or just to block content it finds insulting. Traditionally, the blocks aren’t long lasting or very effective, as many web users in Turkey turned to tools like DNS or Tor to evade the blocks. But following recent events — the bombing of an Istanbul nightclub, the assassination of Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov, and July’s attempted coup d’etat by a faction in the military — the Erdogan government’s posture toward the internet may be hardening permanently. Specifically, analysts and civil society organizations say the Erdogan administration has begun moving aggressively to restrict internet and mobile phone access to the rest of the web — and for the first time, is showing no signs of backing off any time soon. 'Devouring force' Erdogan’s antipathy towards the web and social media is nothing new. "There is now a scourge that is called Twitter," Erdogan said at a 2013 rally. "To me, social media is the worst menace to society!" He has called Facebook "immoral," YouTube "a devouring force," and has promised to "eradicate" Twitter. "Erdogan’s strategy is to demonize social media," said University of North Carolina cyber-law researcher Zeynep Tufekci. "It is a strategy of placing social media outside the sacred sphere, as a disruption of family, as a threat to unity, as an outside blade tearing at the fabric of society." The U.S. State Department has been critical of past efforts by Turkish authorities to block certain websites or social media portals, calling such actions an encroachment on free speech. And in the past, such restrictions were typically short-lived, creating only temporary blockages. The reason for Erdogan’s bluster and periodic blocks, said Tufekci, is that Ankara is trying to set or control the narrative, steering attention away from embarrassing stories online and casting the internet as a bed of scoundrels and lies. “Erdogan likely still has enough supporters to win elections, but to continue to win, he needs to keep them off social media. His game is to scare them about all that comes from social media,” she told VOA. With Turkey facing near-historic pressures internally and externally, however, some cyber-researchers fear the Erdogan government’s recent crackdown on free expression online and off is a sign of worse censorship to come. Persistent restrictions "When there's an attack, say an explosion, nationwide restrictions are often imposed,” said Alp Toker, a censorship researcher and spokesperson with the organization Turkey Blocks. Just minutes after the Karlov assassination, for example, Toker says they documented a government throttling back of Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and WhatsApp. The Turkish government regularly blocks tens of thousands of websites; among them blogs, news sites, and civil society organizations, such as opposition parties. What’s new and more troubling, according to Toker, is that these restrictions now also are accompanied by new efforts to restrict or block access to Tor and VPN providers – popular tools among Turks for evading online censorship. “This was the first time a social media shutdown has been implemented since sophisticated new controls were introduced a couple of weeks ago to restrict VPN and Tor circumvention services,” he told VOA. “For many users in Turkey, this was the first time they were totally blocked off from social media without recourse to their usual means of getting around the censorship.” Toker and his fellow researchers say it appears the VPN and Tor blocks are “here to stay.” And that, along with renewed rounds of journalists being sent to prison, has people worried about what they can say. "People are afraid of speaking up, especially online,” Toker said. “Until recently, opposition groups felt things have been tough, but there are still institutions that can help out. In the last few months, it looks like the government is ready to go all the way. People are backing away; from what I've seen, people are afraid of getting involved." Defending digital liberties Despite efforts by the Erdogan administration to control speech and seize as much power as possible, free speech advocates say there may be hope on the horizon. First, not all of Turkey’s telecommunications and ISPs blocked social media sites following Amb. Karlov’s murder by an off-duty Turkish policeman. That could possibly indicate that not all in the government, or in Turkey’s tech sector, are fully on-board with increasing blocks and throttling back web speeds. And second, as researchers at Turkey Blocks documented recently, the website of Netherlands-based broadcaster NOS was blocked for a week following the Karlov shooting without any government-issued order or judicial decree. That block violated Turkish law, and internet advocates may challenge the legality of that and other website blocks in court. For the moment though, the internet and mobile phones are not a free speech zone in Turkey. Turkey Blocks’ Alp Toker says his nation can still win back its internet freedom, but only if lawmakers and tech companies the world over start to take notice of what’s happening now. “The rest of the world, particularly the U.S. and Europe, would be well advised to take a look at the situation in countries like Turkey and step up the effort to defend their own digital liberties,” said Toker.

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Commuter Train Crashes in NYC; Over 100 Injured

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About 430 people were on the train at the time of the accident.

Puerto Rico seeks to become US state in bid to escape economic meltdown 

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“The crisis is directly tied to the collapse of the colony,” said Rosselló, who feels that the current status of Puerto Rico as a Free Associated State is keeping the island in a state of subordination that could be corrected through full incorporation into the world’s top power.

Reports of shooting, casualties at restaurant in Istanbul

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January 4, 2017, 7:45 PM (IDT)
There were initial reports of gunfire and casualties at a restaurant in Istanbul early Wednedsay evening. A number of the casualties are reportedly being treated by emergency units that arrived on the scene.
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"Total chaos": 100 hurt in LIRR train crash in Brooklyn - USA TODAY

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"Total chaos": 100 hurt in LIRR train crash in Brooklyn
More than 100 people were injured Wednesday when a Long Island Rail Road train crashed through a bumper at the end of the line during morning rush, authorities said. The most severe injury appeared to be a possible broken leg; no injuries were ...
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Russian Foreign Policy Experts Mull the Future of US Relations

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President-elect Donald Trump has expressed doubts about whether Moscow was involved in hacking computer systems connected to the U.S. Democratic Party. He also has called for improved relations with Russia, and even praised Russian President Vladimir Putin for choosing not to respond in kind to last week’s expulsion of Russian diplomats from the U.S. At the same time, a leading member of Trump’s own party is promising “new sanctions” against Russia, beyond those just imposed by the...

Trump Takes ‘Very Strange’ Swing at U.S. Intelligence — Again - The New York Times

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Teen Given Horse As Present From Putin - YouTube

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Published on Jan 3, 2017
Russian President Vladimir Putin has made a teenage girl's dream come true by presenting her with an extravagant gift of a horse after she wrote him a series of heartfelt letters.

Gloria Kolesnikova had always wanted a pet horse since she was a small girl and decided to write a series of letters to the Russian leader in the cheeky hope of getting one.

But the 18-year-old, from the small city of Yessentuki in south-western Russia's Stavropol Krai, was left dumbfounded when her perseverance paid off and she was presented with the black beauty.

She has now, rather aptly, decided to name him President.

Gloria wrote four letters with her sister Anna to the 64-year-old leader and was surprised when she was given the horse in November, with the generous offer only being made public this week.

She said: "I did not expect that I would get a reply, and especially not that I would get a horse. It has been the dream of my entire life, since my early childhood."

Gloria sent her first letter in March 2016 and sent three others up until September.

She said: "I got a black Karachai breed stallion, President Putin personally insisted that I got the horse as a present, although it is rumoured that some members of the administration were not that happy about it."

Gloria added that she has always made an effort to wish him a happy birthday as she believes he is a great leader.

And despite the strained financial resources of her large family, she is determined that President the horse will now be her main priority.

Gloria’s sister Anna said: "I am amazed how well she gets around with him. This horse is pure fire, and what she does with him is absolutely admirable."

Gloria said that after people found out how she got President from Putin, she got a lot of offers to sell her gift, but she has stayed firm and declined all of them. At one point, she is even said to have been offered 2 million RUB (26,660 GBP).

The horse is, according to local media, a Karachay, a horse breed from the Northern Caucasus which is known to be sturdy.
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