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Bill Richardson: Iran’s Behavior Hasn’t Changed Since Nuclear Deal by Jack Heretik Thursday April 28th, 2016 at 1:32 PM
Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson (D.) said Thursday that even after the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran, the rogue country’s behavior still has not changed.
Richardson was the Ambassador to the United States under President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Madeline Albright until he became the Secretary of Energy under Clinton.
After a reporter talked about propaganda throughout the country against the United States, Richardson was asked for his opinion.
“What do you think, these images in Iran, have been there, as Michelle mentioned, for decades, but they do continue to be touched up,” CNBC host Becky Quick said.
“Well, that’s right. I mean the impression was that after the Iran nuclear deal with the U.S., that things would get better, but Iran’s behavior is not changing internally,” Richardson said. “There is enormous pressure by the Revolutionary Guard that is against the nuclear agreement.
“There’s this anti-U.S. sentiment, recently Americans who were damaged in an accident can sue Iran and this is into Iran’s assets. The troops that Iran has in Syria are probably going to increase, working against us, so there’s still this tension. I still think the nuclear deal was good, but anyone that expects a betterment of relations in the short run, it’s not going to happen.”
Since the deal began, there has been significant controversies, especially in the United States. This includes a deal where the United States is potentially illegally buying nuclear materials from Iran.
White House correspondent for the New York Times Mark Landler was asked about Hillary Clinton’s role in Libya, and said how some of Clinton’s aides saw Libya as the “cornerstone of a Hillary Clinton doctrine” in an interview Tuesday on CNN.
The terrorist attack that occurred while Clinton was secretary of state in Benghazi, Libya, killing four Americans including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens.
Landler was asked whether Clinton was responsible for what occurred in Libya after Donald Trump criticized her handling of the situation.
“She’s acknowledged that the State Department dropped the ball on security in Benghazi that terrible night. On the broader question of the intervention, it will be a tough issue for her in the campaign because she’s as closely identified with that intervention as anyone in the administration,” Landler said.
“She was really the person who made the case to President Obama, who was reluctant to back the NATO bombing campaign, and I think you saw in that speech yesterday that Donald Trump will lose no time in connecting her to that policy.”
“At the time when things looked like they might work out well in Libya, her aides were saying this could be the ‘cornerstone of a Hillary Clinton doctrine,’” Landler said. “So I think you’ll have to, you’ll see a lot of her on the trail defending that policy. I think the argument she’s likely to use is, ‘Look, Libya’s a work in progress. I don’t think we can determine yet what the final outcome is.’”
Merrick Garland is no closer to confirmation as the next Supreme Court justice than he was at the beginning of April despite a sustained campaign by President Obama’s personal advocacy group financed by some of the country’s top Democratic donors.
One Senate Republican’s office reported getting hundreds of phone calls per day supporting Garland’s confirmation in the first two weeks of April, though sources say the calls have mostly stopped since then.
OFA has little to show for its efforts beyond a few meetings between Garland and a handful of Republican senators, most of whom said they still opposed moving on his nomination.
“As far as impact goes it was equivalent to a mouse jumping on the deck of an aircraft carrier. Didn’t move the needle at all, and now the calls have stopped,” said the Republican office’s chief of staff, who asked that he and his employer remain anonymous.
Inaction by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) and Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) may again prevent OFA from advancing the president’s top priorities in Congress.
OFA’s Katie Hogan, who was recently promoted to executive director, did not respond to a request for comment on its work.
Organized as a 501(c)(4) “dark money” nonprofit in 2013 and financed by the deep-pocketed donors of the Democracy Alliance, OFA was supposed to channel the president’s formidable campaign apparatus into a permanent lobby for his policy agenda.
Like Garland’s nomination, most of the group’s top priorities—issues such as immigration, gun control, global warming, and the minimum wage—have enjoyed little to no success in Congress.
To the extent that OFA’s has won any policy victories, they have mostly been through unilateral actions by the president, such as executive orders on gun control and immigration and an international climate deal that has not received congressional backing.
The group’s inability to effectively pressure a Republican-led Congress on major issues relegates it mostly to a communications role. Its activists are frequently enlisted to fight for various Obama policies, but their work produces more rhetorical than legislative support.
That is a departure from the group’s mission. When the Democracy Alliance incorporated OFA into its portfolio of liberal groups in 2014, it stressed the group’s ability “to build pressure to overcome political intransigence.”
“Its efforts have … successfully secured the support of several Members of Congress on immigration reform and [firearm] background checks,” DA wrote in briefing materials for its donors. Neither of those issues has received congressional approval in the two years since.
DA partners continue to provide significant financing for the group. Its largest 2015 donor, DA partner and OFA board member Philip Munger, gave more than $2 million last year and more than $250,000in 2014. Amy Goldman-Fowler, another Alliance donor and a member of OFA’s advisory board, gave $500,000 in 2014.
Even with those sizable donations, OFA finances took a hit in 2014. According to its most recent filingwith the Internal Revenue Service, the group raised $14.3 million that year, compared to $26 million in 2013. With nearly $18 million in expenses in 2014, the group ran up a seven-figure deficit.
Its lackluster fundraising came despite contracts with at least ten fundraising firms. In its IRS filing, it reported paying those firms more than $1.5 million to raise about $318,000 for the group, though it noted that it had not kept track of the exact sums raised by each of the firms.
OFA also contracts with the Messina Group, a consulting firm owned by Jim Messina, the manager of Obama’s 2012 campaign and OFA’s cofounder. Messina, who now chairs OFA’s board, did not draw a salary from the group that year, but his firm received $135,000 for consulting services and another $48,000 for leasing office space to OFA.
The group listed 11 salaried staffers on its 2014 IRS filing. All made six figures, though the group reported paying its female employees just 74 cents for every dollar it paid its male employees.
Terror suspect Salah Abdeslam was described by his Belgian lawyer as “a little moron” who “is worth gold” in the investigation into the Paris attacks last November.
In an interview with Jean Quatremer for the French newspaper Liberation, lawyer Sven Mary opened up about his client and what it was like defending Abdeslam.
“He’s a little moron from Molenbeek involved in petty crimes; more of follower than a leader. He has the intelligence of an empty ashtray. He is the perfect example of the ‘Grand Theft Auto’ generation who thinks he lives in a video game,” Mary said.
Mary said he has spoken to his client only seven or eight times in jail.
Moreover, Abdeslam’s pathway to radicalization has been hard to establish. “A year ago and a half he was still clubbing in Amsterdam,” Mary said. “I asked him if he read the Coran, and he said he had read interpretations on the Internet.”
While Mary believes everyone is entitled to an attorney, he said he thought about quitting the case, especially after the attacks in Brussels last month, which happened three days after Abdeslam was arrested.
“I was assaulted several times, verbally or physically. Two guys even waited for me in front of my office […] and police officers had to accompany my daughters to school twice,” Mary said.
Mary said Abdeslam is collaborating and communicating with officials. Abdeslam was transferred from a Belgium prison to France this morning after a European arrest warrant was issued by France on March 19, according to the Belgian federal prosecutor.
When Barack Obama proposes something, you know it’s been analyzed and balanced and weighed against the alternatives, tested in the laboratory and found to be a reasonable solution given the limitations and under the circumstances. When Trump faces some similar challenge, you don’t know what he’s going to say or do.
Intel leaders push controversial encryption draft The Hill Citing the terrorist shooting in Garland, Texas last year — in which FBI Director James B.Comey has said the attackers “exchanged 109 messages with an overseas terrorist” that the agency can't read — and an unsolved murder in Louisiana, Burr and ...
A cease-fire that for two months brought relief to war-stricken Syrians has effectively collapsed, particularly in northern Syria, which has seen intense fighting and a military buildup. Here are some of the key events in the conflict.
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff repeated to the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee what has become a mantra to him: he doesn't believe the United States should ever send American service members into a fair fight.
What should become of the old FBI building and site? WTOP WASHINGTON — The home of FBI headquarters is in a big Brutalist building at 10th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue in Northwest, but not much longer. And planners are already looking at what will replace the headquarters when it moves. The General ...
The FBI Could Gain Unprecedented Access To Hack Into Computers Huffington Post Though it has been several years in the making, the effort to widen warrant jurisdiction has not garnered the level of attention of other recent clashes over government access to digital information, such as the FBI's standoff with Apple over encryption.
Former FBI agent pleads guilty in perjury case The Boston Globe Former FBI Supervisory Agent Robert Fitzpatrick, who testified on behalf of James “Whitey” Bulger and who claimed to have found the rifle used to kill the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., has agreed to plead guilty to unspecified charges, according to ...
Look Away, FBI: 3 Startups Meant To Keep Our Conversations Secure Forbes Lately, there's been a lot of talk about secure messaging — especially after it was revealed in late March that the FBI unlocked the San Bernardino iPhone, BlackBerry has been helping the Canadian police, WhatsApp added end-to-end encryption, and now, ...
WASHINGTON — The House Armed Services Committee early Thursday voted to add billions to a list of Defense Department weapon programs and signed off on a $583 billion Pentagon budget that blurs the lines between wartime funding and base-budget require
Political leaders in the NATO-aligned Baltic states are warning Finland and Sweden that a future path into the Western alliance may not be as automatic as they might assume and could take time to accomplish.
Syrian army sources claimed Wednesday that they had ambushed and captured a group of vehicles packed with Israeli weapons in the southern part of the country. The sources did not say specifically that the shipment came from Israel but pointed out that the weapons and ammunition were marked with Hebrew writing, indicating their source. The sources also failed to specify the exact location of the ambush, only saying that the vehicles were travelling in the area of Swaida, the main Druze city in the Jebel Druze area of southern Syria. The ambush was said to have been carried out after the authorities were tipped off by local residents about the movement of suspicious vehicles in the area. Syrian military sources reported that the vehicles carried Israeli mines, RPG rocket launchers, B9 guns, various types of mortars and hand grenades. DEBKAfile's military sources point out that this report is just the tip of the iceberg regarding the secret war in southern Syria that involves at least 10 regional actors: the US, Russia, Syria, Iran, Hizballah, Jordan, Israel, the Syrian rebels, the Nusra Front and ISIS.
Dispatches: An Opening for Justice for CIA Torture Human Rights Watch The United States government just opened the door a crack to justice for the torture of scores of men in CIA custody under its infamous detention and interrogation program. For the first time, the Justice Department didn't effectively block a lawsuit ...
How the CIA failed a spy who went missing in Iran Washington Post In a world of seemingly random massacres in Paris, Brussels and San Bernardino, Calif.; Islamic State beheadings; and an erratic potentate in a nuclear-armed North Korea, we like to think that the CIA, the FBI and the other 14 agencies charged with ...
Defense Secretary Ash Carter is defending the U.S. strategy for defeating the Islamic State group. He told the Senate Armed Services Committee that U.S.-backed local forces in Iraq and Syria are making substantive gains toward retaking Islamic State strongholds.
The Obama administration released nearly 20,000 illegal immigrants convicted of crimes from custody in 2015, according to new figures published by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau.
The 19,723 illegals freed from custody during the last year had a total of 64,197 convictions between them, according to the data. This included 8,324 violent convictions and 208 homicide convictions.
“While the total number of releases is lower than the past two years, since the number of arrests has declined quite dramatically, the rate of releases is approximately the same—meaning that this is no progress at all, and certainly will be no consolation for the victims of these criminal aliens,” Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies for the Center for Immigration Studies, wrote in a recent policy brief on the situation.
A large portion of these illegal immigrants were convicted of driving under the influence, according to the data. At least 12,307 were convicted of alcohol involved DUIs, while 345 were brought up on drug DUI convictions.
Another 7,986 were convicted on “dangerous drugs” charges, 1,963 were convicted of burglary, 1,420 for obstructing police, 1,728 for assault, 1,317 on weapons charges, and 614 for sex offenses.
In a hearing on Guantanamo Bay transfers to the U.S. Thursday, Gov. Nikki Haley (R., S.C.) said that closing the detention facility would not eliminate anti-U.S. terrorist propaganda because terrorists will hate the U.S. with or without Guantanamo Bay.
“Moving detention operations from a secure facility outside of the continental United States and into Charleston will not stop the propaganda,” Haley said, referring to the Obama administration’s argument that Guantanamo Bay is used as a terrorist recruitment tool.
“This line of thinking is giving the terrorists too much credit, and too much validity,” Haley said before the House Homeland Security Committee. “Terrorists do not need a jail to hate us. They hate us on their own.”
During his campaign for president in 2008, President Barack Obama promised to “immediately close” the Cuba-based detention facility. He argued that the prison is “contrary to our values.”
In February, Obama released a plan detailing the transfer of 91 Guantanamo Bay detainees to 13 potential sites including a Naval Consolidated Brig near Charleston, a Supermax prison in Colorado, and a military prison in Kansas.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) said in February that the proposal to transfer terrorists into America was illegal and driven by Obama’s desire to fulfill an old promise.
“President Obama seems to remain captured on one matter by a campaign promise he made way back in 2008,” said McConnell. “His ill-considered crusade to close the secure detention facility at Guantanamo.”
“[Obama’s] Attorney General recently confirmed that it is illegal–illegal–for the president to transfer any of these terrorists into the United States,” McConnell said.
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump's critics are homing in on the appearance of gaping contradictions in the foreign policy speech he gave Wednesday, including his assertion that America needs a more "consistent" foreign policy while also being more "more unpredictable."
But it was a specific claim the billionaire businessman made ...
The state-controlled China Daily news outlet published an “exclusive” interview with Shi Wen, chief drone designer at the China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics (CAAA), Beijing, detailing foreign sales of the Cai Hong-series (Rainbow-series
WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Ash Carter defended the U.S. strategy for defeating Islamic State militants, telling Congress on Thursday that U.S.-backed local forces in Iraq and Syria are making substantive gains toward retaking the extremist group's strongholds.
Carter counseled against sending a large, American-led "foreign ground force" to battle ...
Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Iraq Thursday during an unannounced visit to meet with government officials amid a political crisis that threatens to cripple Baghdad’s crusade against the Islamic State terrorist group.
Biden, whose trip was kept secret in advance for security reasons, had not been to Iraq since 2011 when the United States withdrew its troops, according to the Associated Press.
He will meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and top Iraqi leaders to encourage political unity as the nation moves toward a potential government collapse because of increasing political rifts.
Protests and demands for political reforms have paralyzed an Iraqi government already struggling with a troubled economy and violent extremists. The Obama administration has stepped up the U.S. military role with more troops and equipment, but the U.S. worries that infighting in Baghdad is jeopardizing hard-fought gains with President Barack Obama set to leave office in January.
The current turmoil sparked after Obama ally Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi attempted to combat corruption by replacing the Shiite members in his cabinet with technocrats and reformers. The effort incited sectarian fissures and led protestors to demand his resignation, according to theWall Street Journal.
The Obama administration has aired concerns that the political fissures in Iraq will ultimately detract from the nation’s efforts to degrade ISIS.
“The more the political system in Baghdad is consumed with everyone keeping their job,” a senior administration official told the Washington Post, “the more difficult it is for them to all get together” in the battle against ISIS.
During his trip, Biden will collaborate with top Iraqi officials to devise a strategy that will help the nation refocus its efforts on the government’s military operations.
“There can be no greater symbol of how much support he gives to the Iraqi government in general and how much faith we have in Prime Minister Abadi than the vice president of the United States showing up in Baghdad,” the senior official told the Washington Post.
No, Russia is not in decline – at least not any more and not yet FT.com (registration) (blog) A survey of recent writings on Russia by western scholars reveals a widely-held view that the largest of the 15 post-Soviet republics has continued to decline in the 21st century. Yet an examination of the data suggests that Russia has actually risen ...
For years, Israel tried to erode Hamas’ grip on the Gaza Strip. Officials calculated what Gazans needed for survival and let in little else. Records show that sometimes pasta, notebooks and musical instruments were banned. Israeli leaders eventually realized that Hamas’ downfall could lead to chaos or the rise of a more radical Jihadist group. So Israel is now easing up on the strip’s economy. “We do understand that a deep and whole recovery of the Gaza Strip is essential for stability,” army Deputy Chief of General Staff Major General Yair Golan, told reporters. Some 700 to 800 trucks a day carry goods to the Kerem Shalom Crossing. There, security checks are supposed to catch every item that could serve Hamas’ military purposes. Palestinian trucks then carry the goods into the strip. Meanwhile, officials are debating the kind of a port Gaza might have. “The economy cannot survive without being connected to the outside world,” the World Bank’s Country Director for the West Bank and the Gaza Strip Steen Lau Jorgensen said in a recent report. Israel maintains a naval blockade on Gaza, but lets the Palestinians use its port of Ashdod. Israeli and Palestinian economists found Ashdod time consuming and expensive. Because of bureaucracy, security checks and transportation requirements it takes a Palestinian-bound container 38 days to reach its destination, compared to 10 days for a delivery in Israel. The costs are more than double. Israeli-Palestinian agreements provided for a port in Gaza and work began in 2000, but the Israelis bombed the site during the Second Intifada. Starting again there would boost Gaza’s economy. Investors have avoided the strip because it is a high risk area with occasional outbursts of hostilities, noted Palestinian economist Saeb Khatib. A port would provide tens of thousands of jobs, easing unemployment, which has reached 45 percent, according to the World Bank. Gazans can not work abroad because the strip’s borders are closed. Security concerns Such a port would, some say, endanger Israel’s security. Gaza’s experienced tunnel diggers could open an underground arms smuggling channel, they say. Moreover, Israeli officials want their inspectors to check the shipments, but such inspectors would risk their lives if they enter the strip. Israel’s experience with European Union observers several years ago was also problematic. From their side of the border, Israelis monitored the Rapha Crossing between Egypt and Gaza. They alerted EU representatives at the crossing whenever Palestinian officials seemed to violate agreed regulations, but the observers were not enforcers. Mark Gallagher, who heads the political section at the European Union’s delegation to Israel, acknowledged that, “If they [the Palestinians] let something out, they let something out.” But there are few alternatives. Boarding ships at sea to check their cargo is no solution. It is impossible to thoroughly check a ship carrying thousands of containers. Other suggestions talked of unloading cargoes in Cyprus or Egypt, checking them there and letting a trusted third party deliver them to Gaza. Israeli Transport Minister Israel Katz is pushing for construction of an artificial island some 4.5 kilometers off Gaza’s coast and a bridge linking it to the shore. The eight-square-kilometer island should be under an international regime, Katz told a conference at the Ruppin Academic Center. Imports would be checked in accordance with Israeli standards. It would be an expensive project, with estimates it would cost $7 billion to $10 billion. Hamas a political problem A key problem would be political. Hamas wants a port, but rejects U.S., European Union, Russian and United Nations demands that it commit itself to non-violence. “If we give Hamas [a port], we will strengthen Hamas versus the Palestinian Authority... Hamastan will become a sovereign entity,” Amos Gilad, who heads the Israeli defense ministry’s political-military affairs branch, warned in an address at the Hebrew University’s Truman Center. The Palestinian Authority wants the port to be part of an independent state encompassing the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, and not under Hamas, noted former Palestinian minister Ashraf al-Ajrami. “It would be a symbol of Palestinian sovereignty,” he said. Israel’s decision could affect the internal Palestinian power contest. Professor Matti Steinberg, an Israeli expert on Palestinian affairs, noted that Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza in 2005 helped Hamas win the 2006 elections. Hamas argued its attacks forced Israel out, not Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ no-violence policy. Minister Katz said he is confident of “a sweeping majority” in the Cabinet for his initiative, if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would bring it up. “I know that. I am not guessing,” he told the VOA. Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel said he had discussed the matter with Netanyahu, who said he was considering it.
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Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news.
IRAQ and SYRIA
Syria ceasefire. UN Special Envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura has called on the US and Russia to “revitalize” the collapsing ceasefire, which is in “great danger.” [AP; New York Times’ Nick Cumming-Bruce; BBC] Cooperation between the White House and the Kremlin on the Syria issue is “fraying,” reports Karen DeYoung, Moscow this week accusing the Obama administration of “appeasing” regional allies by ignoring the presence of terrorists in the opposition forces it supports. [Washington Post]
Russia has called on the UN to blacklist two key Syrian opposition groups, accusing them of being “closely linked to terrorist organizations, primarily ISIL and al-Qaeda.” [Al Jazeera]
An airstrike on aMédecines Sans Frontières-supported hospital in Aleppo has killed at least 14 patients and staff this morning. [Washington Post’s Erin Cunningham] Civil defense sources have blamed the Syrian government for the strike, but there has yet to be any official confirmation. [BBC]
US Special Operations forces have killed more than three dozen Islamic State operatives linked to the Europe terror attacks, defense officials have told The Daily Beast, reports Kimberley Dozier.
Lebanese soldiers killed an ISIS leader today in a military operation in the border region with Syria, according to Lebanon’s National News Agency and security sources. [Reuters]
The situation at the Syria-Turkey border demonstrates the gravity of the situation, reports Roy Gutman, commenting on the violence and humanitarian crisis there. [Politico]
US-led airstrikes continue. The US and coalition military forces carried out 23 strikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq on April 26. [Central Command]
CYBERSECURITY, PRIVACY and TECHNOLOGY
An email privacy bill requiring federal agencies to obtain a warrant before searching Americans’ digital communications was unanimously passed by the House yesterday. The new law, the Email Privacy Act, will amend the 1986 Email Communications Privacy Act, closing a “loophole” that technically allowed law enforcement agencies to require tech companies to hand over customers’ data, regardless of the age of that data. [The Intercept’s Jenna McLaughlin; The Hill’s Mario Trujillo]
The encryption status quo is “unacceptable,” say Sens. Richard Burr (R, NC) and Dianne Feinstein (D, Calif), chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, who are circulating a proposal in the Senate designed to ensure that tech companies and individuals give the “appropriate technical assistance” on judicial request to law enforcement agencies. [Wall Street Journal]
A car bomb has exploded outside the home of Yemen’s Aden security chief Shelal Ali Shayyeh, wounding at least two people. Shayyeh escaped unharmed. [Reuters’ Mohammed Mukhashaf et al] There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. [Al Jazeera]
Saudi Arabia must complete an inquiry into its military intervention in Yemen and admit any mistakes it made quickly, the UK has urged, accusing the Saudis of being “frustratingly slow” in producing a report on the repeated allegations that it has been indiscriminately bombing Yemeni civilians. UK ministers also said that they would not be revoking any of the UK’s arms exports licences until a report has been produced. [The Guardian’s Patrick Wintour]
North Korea tested a mid-range “Musudan” missile this morning, but it crashed soon after lift-off, according to South Korea’s defense ministry. This is the second failed launch this month. [Reuters’ Ju-min Park et al; CNN]
China “will absolutely not permit war or chaos” on the Korean peninsula, China’s President Xi said today. Although its sole major ally, China does not approve of North Korea’s nuclear weapons development drive, and recently backed fresh UN sanctions against it. [Reuters’ Michael Martina]
A report detailing the failings which led to a US gunship attacking a Médecines Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, killing 42 civilians last October 3 is to be declassified and released by the Pentagon. MSF said the strike was “tantamount to a war crime” at the time. [The Guardian’s Spencer Ackerman]
Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam appeared in court in Paris yesterday and was charged with murder and being a member of a terrorist organization, having been flown to Paris by helicopter from Belgium shortly beforehand. Abdeslam declined to respond to the charges, his lawyer subsequently explaining that he had been too tired to do so following his extradition, but would be cooperating fully with the investigation. [The Guardian’s Kim Willsher; France 24]
A suicide bomb close to the Grand Mosque in Bursa, Turkey, injured a number of people yesterday. The attacker, whom officials say was a young woman, died at the scene. [Wall Street Journal’s Emre Peker and Dion Nissenbaum; New York Times’ Ceylan Yeginsu] This morning, Turkish authorities have detained 15 people in connection with the attack. [Reuters’ Daren Butler]
Islamic State have been infiltrating Libya’s oil crescent region and attacking oil fields, the Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya warned yesterday.
‘America First.’ Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump delivered a speech yesterday setting out his vision for foreign policy should he become the next US president. During his speech, Trump accused President Obama of being directly responsible for the “chaos” in the Middle East, for China’s increasing military presence, and Russia’s growing hostility. He pledged a build-up of the military, to “very, very quickly” destroy Islamic State, and the rejection of various international trade deals. [Washington Post’s Karen DeYoung and Jose A DelReal; BBC]
Be cautious in judging the 28-pages when they become available, advises Carol Giacomo, echoing the warning of the leaders of the independent commission that investigated the 9/11 attacks and produced the report of which the 28-pages is the remaining redacted portion. They issued astatement last week warning future readers that the pages contain allegations based mainly on “raw, unvetted material” which has not had “the benefit of follow-up investigation.” [New York Times]
“Put bluntly, the United States is relying on an authorization to fight those responsible for Sept. 11 to wage war against groups that had nothing to do with those attacks and, in some cases, didn’t even exist at the time.” Just Security’s Jennifer Daskal argues that the Obama administration’s expansive interpretation of the 2001 AUMF “empowers future presidents in dangerous ways.” [New York Times]
New questions arise about House Democratic caucus’s loyalty to Obama Friday June 12 th , 2015 at 10:24 PM 1 Share President Obama, with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi at his side, leaves a meeting where he made a last-ditch appeal to House Democrats for his trade agenda on Friday in Washington. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) Cheers rang out Thursday evening when President Obama made a surprise visit to the annual congressional baseball game at National Park. Thousands of Democratic staffers began to chant: “O-ba-ma! O-ba-ma!” More unexpectedly, Republican lawmakers and staffers, who have been locked in battle with the president for more than six years, began a cheer of their own: “TPA, TPA!” they chanted, voicing approval for Obama’s trade promotion agenda. Obama flashed the GOP side a thumbs-up. Inside the Democratic dugout, according to several senior aides and lawmakers, the president’s usual allies were appalled by the scene: He was w
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Newsweek Putin Is Hoping He And Trump Can Patch Things Up At Meeting In Vietnam Newsweek Russia's President Vladimir Putin talks to U.S. President Donald Trump during their bilateral meeting at the G20 summit in Hamburg. Carlos Barria/Reuters. Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014 is not recognized by a majority of U.N. states and ... The ... Prospects for Putin -Trump Meeting at APEC Summit Unclear U.S. News & World Report Trump, Putin to meet amid campaign collusion investigation The Globe and Mail Russia's excitement for 'their man' Donald Trump has turned sour in just one year The Independent Interactive Investor - Metro US all 85 news articles »
FBI File Shows Whitney Houston Blackmailed Over Lesbian Affair | Schiff, King call on Obama to be aggressive in cyberwar, after purported China hacking | The Iraqi Army No Longer Exists | Hacking Linked to China Exposes Millions of U.S. Workers | Was China Behind the Latest Hack Attack? I Don’t Think So | U.S. National Security and Military News Review Cyberwarfare, Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity - News Review Review: ‘The Great War of Our Time’ by Michael Morell with Bill Harlow Sunday June 7 th , 2015 at 9:02 PM Washington Free Beacon 1 Share This undated file image posted by the Raqqa Media Center shows fighters of the Islamic State wave the group's flag from a damaged display of a government fighter jet following the battle in Raqqa, Syria / AP BY: Jack Caravelli Michael Morell’s insightful new book, The Great War of Our Time: The CIA’s Fight Against Terrorism ,describes how the Central Int
Russian propagandists sought to influence LGBT voters with a "Buff Bernie" ad. The World News and Times M.N.: Donald, you should really check your IQ. It is very easy to kill that p.o.s., the task is to find out who is behind him. 4:45 PM 10/31/2017 4:45 PM 10/31/2017 3:32 PM 10/31/2017 ALL POSTS ON G+ 9:09 AM 10/30/2017 Video: Manafort walks to the FBI field office 8:21 AM 10/30/2017 Paul Manafort, Who Once Ran Trump Campaign, Told to Surrender New York Times-6 minutes ago 8:16 AM 10/30/2017 Russian-Backed Facebook Accounts Organized Events on All Sides of Polarizing Issues 5:31 PM 10/29/2017 Sharing fake news should be punishable as libel 2:45 PM 10/29/2017 Russian propagandists allegedly targeted blacks with free self-defense classes 8:32 AM 10/29/2017 Gates: In a close election or legislative battle, they can spell the difference. Foreign Interference Has Bedeviled D.C. For Decades, With No Easy Reponse How social media helped weaponize Donald Trumps elect
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POLITICS F.B.I. Evidence Is Often Mishandled, an Internal Inquiry Finds By MATT APUZZO and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT DEC. 19, 2014 Photo The J. Edgar Hoover F.B.I. building in Washington. Auditors have found many problems with how the bureau handles evidence. Credit Brendan Hoffman for The New York Times Continue reading the main story Continue reading the main story Share This Page Email Share Tweet Save More Continue reading the main story F.B.I. agents in every region of the country have mishandled, mislabeled and lost evidence, according to a highly critical internal investigation that discovered errors with nearly half the pieces of evidence it reviewed. The evidence collection and retention system is the backbone of the F.B.I. ’s investigative process, and the report said it is beset by problems. It also found that the F.B.I. was storing more weapons, less money and valuables, and two tons more drugs than its records had indicated. The report’
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