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False Flag Terrorism: Myth and Reality 

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Sunday night’s appalling atrocity in Las Vegas, where an apparently lone gunman holed up in the Mandalay Bay hotel shot more than 500 people – killing 59 of them at present count – has taken over the airwaves and social media. Rightly so, since this is the deadliest mass shooting incident in recent American history.

Questions abound regarding Stephen Paddock, the shooter, who’s dead (reportedly by his own hand) and therefore unavailable to explain what motivated him to commit such an awful crime. It’s a rare thing for an affluent older white man – he was 64 and devoted to gambling in his retirement from accountancy – without a criminal record to assemble a vast arsenal, then unleash it on hundreds of people he’d never met.

It may be some time before a motive can be detected in this strange and sinister case. The claim of the Islamic State that Paddock was their “soldier” has been dismissed by U.S. intelligence as a desperate fantasy by the ailing terror group, eager to cash in on the Las Vegas horror. Indeed, we may never know exactly what propelled Paddock into this horrific act.

In the absence of reliable information, the usual charlatans have jumped into the fray, offering fact-free speculation. Per sordid custom, this ghoulish gang is led by Alex Jones, the InfoWars doyen, who proffered his customary insta-explanation for the crime: False Flag!

In other words, nothing in Las Vegas is as it seems. Jones offered a tale that was convoluted even for him: Paddock was merely a front for the “Deep State” in Washington, the Islamic State, and “the literal grandchildren of the folks that financed the Bolshevik Revolution out of New York and London” (translation: Jews).

This is his shtick, and Jones falls back on False Flags to explain nearly everything. He became notorious for employing it after the 2012 school horror in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, which left 20 little kids murdered. Egged on by his instance that the entire incident was a hoax, Jones’ demented fans have tortured grieving parents for years.

This vile spectacle has pushed the False Flag idea beyond the pale, which is unfortunate because they really do exist among spies and terrorists. Recruiting agents and conducting espionage operations while pretending to be somebody else happens every day in the real world. Terrorists, too, have been known to kill while masquerading as another party, for political effect.

Polite people don’t like to talk about this, of course, and their politesse has infected our discourse about such important matters, to its detriment. Now, thanks to Alex Jones, to mention False Flags in any way is to self-brand as a lunatic.

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9:18 AM 10/5/2017 – German intelligence heads stress international cooperation – Washington Times | Trump’s CIA director outlines plans to make agency more aggressive, cut red tape – by Joseph Fitsanakis 

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Stephen Paddock, Las Vegas shooter, targeted jet fuel tanks, possibly other targets: Investigators 

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Las Vegas mass murderer Stephen Paddock also shot into jet fuel tanks at the airport across from his hotel room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, possible attempting to set off a massive explosion, according to a report.

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The U.S. State Department says Myanmar’s crackdown that has caused an exodus of a half-million Rohingya Muslims to Bangladesh could destabilize the region and invite international terrorists.

     

Germany’s Trade Surplus Creates Tension With the Trump Administration | Economic Intelligence

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When an irresistible force meets an immovable object, the results are generally not pretty. For this reason, one has to worry about Germany’s outsized trade surplus, which appears to be putting that country on a collision course with the Trump administration.

Being elected on the platform that other countries have been taking advantage of the U.S. in the area of international trade, President Donald Trump seems to be moving irresistibly towards doing something about other countries’ large trade surpluses. Being sure that its country’s large trade surplus is a sign of virtue rather than constituting any problem, the German government is immovable about any notion of taking policy measures to help reduce the size of that surplus.

At the heart of the trade tensions between the U.S. and Germany is the fact that, at around $300 billion, Germany now has the world’s largest external current account surplus. At over 8 percent of GDP, Germany’s external current account surplus is approximately three times the size of that of China, which has for long been the main recipient of U.S. criticism about unfair trade practices.

U.S. concern about Germany’s large external current account surplus predates Trump becoming president. Already in April 2016, in its semi-annual currency report to Congress, the U.S. Treasury flagged that the German external surplus was problematic. It did so by placing Germany, along with China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, on a special monitoring list. It warned that these countries faced extra scrutiny and potential retaliation by Washington as a result of concerns over their growing trade imbalances with the U.S.


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Since assuming office, Trump has made abundantly clear his displeasure with Germany’s large trade surplus, which he considers to be totally unacceptable in that it unfairly disadvantages U.S. workers. In that context, his administration has charged that Germany has taken advantage of its Euro membership to gain an unfair competitive advantage. By adopting the Euro as its currency, which weak economic performers like Greece, Italy and Portugal also use, Germany has enjoyed the benefits of a very much weaker currency than it would have had if it had maintained the Deutsche Mark.

The German government’s reaction to the Trump administration’s charges of unfair trade practices is generally one of indignation and incomprehension. It insists that a large trade surplus is not a policy objective, but rather the result of Germany’s orderly budget policies and its aging population’s high propensity to save. Why, they ask, should Germany be penalized for following sensible economic policies?

The German government is also quick to point out that even if it wanted to do something to address its large trade surplus, it is politically constrained from doing so. Since joining the Euro in 1999, it has not been a German central bank that influences the German exchange rate, but rather the independent European Central Bank that does so. Germany might have two seats on the ECB’s board, but it is only one of 19 countries that are represented on that board, which puts it in a distinct minority.


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Similarly, to the repeated entreaties by the International Monetary Fund that Germany should use the fiscal space that it has to help reduce trade imbalances both in Europe and the rest of the world, the German government responds that this is no longer constitutionally possible. In 2009, the German parliament overwhelmingly approved a balanced budget amendment or “debt brake.” According to that debt brake, from 2016 onwards, the German government has been constitutionally precluded from running a structural budget deficit that exceeds 0.35 percent of GDP.

One has to fear that the German government is grossly underestimating how politically important it is to the Trump administration to deliver on the president’s election promises to bring jobs back to America. One also has to worry that should the German government remain intransigent about doing anything to address its country’s large trade surplus, Trump will use his executive authority to follow through on his threats to introduce far-reaching trade restriction to meet his trade balance objectives.

An intensification of trade restrictions is the last thing that the world economy needs; it could very well invite retaliation that could lead to a global trade war. For this reason, one must hope that cooler heads prevail in both Berlin and Washington to find a cooperative way to deal with today’s global trade imbalances. The basis for such an approach might be to have Washington commit to more disciplined budget policies in return for Berlin committing to finding a way to use the fiscal space that it now enjoys to pursue a more expansionary fiscal policy.

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Hearing in the Bundestag: Maaßen calls for more technical possibilities – politics

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With reference to the security security situation, Hans-Georg Maaßen, the President of theConstitution, calls for more powers for the news services. “Security has its price, and the price is not only paid in euros,”. Only the services could detect and prevent terrorist attacks in advance. “We need a full set of tools with which we are able to solve the problems of today,” said Maaßen. “It can not be that we are dependent on our partners.”

Maaßen said he had “a few wishes just in the technical area”. The protection of the constitution needs access to messenger services like WhatsApp or telegram. He would also like to know who is looking at decapitation videos in Germany, which are spread over a foreign server, in order to be able to compare this information with files of suspicious extremists and to assess their dangerousness better.

The threat of cyber attacks is growing

The President of the Constitutional Defense argued that the security situation is now much more complex than in the case of the terror series 40 years ago in the so-called Deutscher Herbst. Currently there are 10,300 Salafists in Germany as well as more than 1800 persons in the Islamic terrorist spectrum. In addition, there was an increase in violent right- and left-wing extremism as well as a growing threat of cyber-attacks . “If I were a business man, I could say: in all our business areas, it is booming,” said Maaßen. “Unfortunately this is not a positive message.”

The President of the Federal Intelligence Service (BND), Bruno Kahl, said that the intelligence services are currently faced with immense challenges. The German services would have to keep pace with the technical development. “Otherwise the digital revolution benefits only those from whom we are supposed to protect our country.”

Maaßen: No cyber attacks before the Bundestagswahl

The intelligence chiefs also spoke about cyber attacks in the run-up to the Bundestag election. Hans-Georg Maaßen, President of the Constitution, confirmed that the feared attacks and disinformation campaigns had been suspended. Before the members of the Intelligence Control Board, Maaßen expressed the assumption that such methods had not been used “because the political costs are simply too high.” After the recent elections in the US and France, Russian disinformation campaigns had become so clear that this time, such measures were intentionally abandoned.

Maaßen had warned against foreign influence in the run-up to the election. Andrej Hunko, a member of the Left, said: “Contrary to the propaganda of German secret services, there were no cyber attacks on the Bundestag elections.” He referred to the answer given by the Ministry of the Interior to his parliamentary question. It lists only attack attempts on parties and part-time foundations, which have already taken months. The ministry calls the attacks “possible preparations for attempts to influence the Bundestag election”. Hunko, on the other hand, considers this presumed connection to be “coffee beverages”. ( dpa )

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The heads of three German intelligence agencies say national and international cooperation and information-sharing is ever more critical as threats become more global. Source: German intelligence heads stress international cooperation Washington Times Trumps CIA director outlines plans to make agency more aggressive, cut red tape by Joseph Fitsanakis Thursday October 5th, 2017 at 2:29 AM Search Results For … Continue reading“9:18 AM 10/5/2017 – German intelligence heads stress international cooperation Washington Times | Trumps CIA director outlines plans to make agency more aggressive, cut red tape by Joseph Fitsanakis”
The U.S. Air Force is 24 Percent Short of the Fighters it Needs

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Our military is minimally ready, rapidly aging, and has so shrunk in size that even senior military leaders question its ability to adequately meet its national security obligations.

Arguably the federal governments first obligation to Americans is to keep us safe from foreign attack and to defend our vital national interests wherever they are threatened.

Alarmingly, our government is on the verge of failing in this core responsibility. Our military is minimally ready, rapidly aging, and has so shrunk in size that even senior military leaders question its ability to adequately meet its national security obligations.

This is a disservice to Americans in general and, most especially, to those who are tasked with carrying out the duty of protecting our nation.

Two weeks ago, voicing his concerns about the militarys condition and the impact that restricted funding is having on Americas security, Secretary of Defense James Mattis was quite blunt:

[N]othing has done more damage to the readiness of our armed forces than the continuing resolutions that stop us from taking initiative, than the lack of budgetary predictability. I bring this up because if we dont get budgetary predictability, if we dont remove the defense caps, then were questioning whether or not America has the ability to survive. Its that simple.

Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, until recently the vice chief of staff of the Army, has testified that only one-third of our BCTs [brigade combat teams], one-fourth of our combat aviation brigades, and half of our division headquarters are considered ready.

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Las Vegas Shooting Survivor Stands to Meet the Trumps: I Will Never Lie Down to Shake the Presidents Hand

Las Vegas shooting survivor Thomas Gunderson was shot in the leg during Sunday night’s attack, but he still stood to greet the president and first lady when they visited him at the hospital.President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited Last Vegas on Wednesday to speak with doctors, law enforcement officers, first responders, and survivors of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.With over 500 people injured in the attack, the Trumps visited one of the hospitals where survivors are recovering. Gunderson was one of the many people who sustained injuries from being shot and spoke with the president and first lady during their trip.

Gunderson, despite being shot in the leg, stood when he shook the Trumps’ hands and later posted a video of the interaction to his Facebook page.

“I will never lie down when the president of this great country comes to shake my hand!” Gunderson wrote on Facebook. “There may be plenty of issues in this country but I will always respect my country, my president, and my flag. Shot in the leg or not, I will stand to show my president the respect he deserves!”

The video went viral almost instantly, the Hill reported.

“Don’t get up,” Melanie Trump said after entering the hospital room. “Are you OK?”

“Hey, this guy looks tough to me,” President Trump said as he entered Gunderson’s room after the first lady.

Gunderson was not the only Las Vegas shooting survivor who found the president’s trip motivational. One woman told reporters that his visit was “comforting,” adding, “He wasn’t who we see on social media.”

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TheNew York Times falsely reported earlier this week that the Trump administration was blocking food stamp recipients in hurricane-stricken Puerto Rico from using the federal subsistence to eat hot meals.On Tuesday, theTimes reportedPuerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló complained, “the federal government had denied a request to allow hurricane victims in Puerto Rico who use food stamps to redeem them at fast-food restaurants and other places that serve prepared hot meals.””He [Rosselló ] said he was pursuing the issue with federal officials and was hoping the waiver would come soon,” the Times reported.

But after the piece had already been up for 24 hours, it was updated to admit the claim was inaccurate.

Though Mr. Rosselló said on Tuesday that the federal government had denied a request to allow hurricane victims in Puerto Rico to use food stamps at fast-food restaurants and other places that serve prepared hot meals, officials at the Department of Agriculture, which oversees the federal nutrition program, said they sent a letter to Puerto Rico on Sept. 30 approving a waiver that would allow food-stamp recipients to use their benefits to buy hot food. The agency granted similar waivers following hurricanes in Texas and Florida.

A correction beneath the piece now acknowledges the error: “Because of an editing error, an earlier version of this article misstated the status of a request from Gov. Ricardo Rosselló that the federal government grant a waiver permitting hurricane victims in Puerto Rico to use food stamps at fast-food restaurants.”

“The Department of Agriculture granted the waiver on Sept. 30; it was not still pending on Tuesday,” the correction reads.

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Important @NYTimes correction: @USDANutrition granted hot foods waiver to  on 9/30. It was NOT denied. http://nyti.ms/2xZNxEU 

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Las Vegas shooting survivor Thomas Gunderson was shot in the leg during Sunday night’s attack, but he still stood to greet the president and first lady when they visited him at the hospital.

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited Last Vegas on Wednesday to speak with doctors, law enforcement officers, first responders, and survivors of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

With over 500 people injured in the attack, the Trumps visited one of the hospitals where survivors are recovering. Gunderson was one of the many people who sustained injuries from being shot and spoke with the president and first lady during their trip.

Gunderson, despite being shot in the leg, stood when he shook the Trumps’ hands and later posted a video of the interaction to his Facebook page.

“I will never lie down when the president of this great country comes to shake my hand!” Gunderson wrote on Facebook. “There may be plenty of issues in this country but I will always respect my country, my president, and my flag. Shot in the leg or not, I will stand to show my president the respect he deserves!”

The video went viral almost instantly, the Hill reported.

“Don’t get up,” Melanie Trump said after entering the hospital room. “Are you OK?”

“Hey, this guy looks tough to me,” President Trump said as he entered Gunderson’s room after the first lady.

Gunderson was not the only Las Vegas shooting survivor who found the president’s trip motivational. One woman told reporters that his visit was “comforting,” adding, “He wasn’t who we see on social media.”

Teen Las Vegas shooting victim found President Trump’s visit “comforting,” telling reporters, “he wasn’t who we see on social media.”

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NYT Falsely Reports Trump Admin Blocked Puerto Ricans From Using Food Stamps for Hot Meals

TheNew York Times falsely reported earlier this week that the Trump administration was blocking food stamp recipients in hurricane-stricken Puerto Rico from using the federal subsistence to eat hot meals.

On Tuesday, theTimes reportedPuerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló complained, “the federal government had denied a request to allow hurricane victims in Puerto Rico who use food stamps to redeem them at fast-food restaurants and other places that serve prepared hot meals.”

“He [Rosselló ] said he was pursuing the issue with federal officials and was hoping the waiver would come soon,” the Times reported.

But after the piece had already been up for 24 hours, it was updated to admit the claim was inaccurate.

Though Mr. Rosselló said on Tuesday that the federal government had denied a request to allow hurricane victims in Puerto Rico to use food stamps at fast-food restaurants and other places that serve prepared hot meals, officials at the Department of Agriculture, which oversees the federal nutrition program, said they sent a letter to Puerto Rico on Sept. 30 approving a waiver that would allow food-stamp recipients to use their benefits to buy hot food. The agency granted similar waivers following hurricanes in Texas and Florida.

A correction beneath the piece now acknowledges the error: “Because of an editing error, an earlier version of this article misstated the status of a request from Gov. Ricardo Rosselló that the federal government grant a waiver permitting hurricane victims in Puerto Rico to use food stamps at fast-food restaurants.”

“The Department of Agriculture granted the waiver on Sept. 30; it was not still pending on Tuesday,” the correction reads.

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue called attention to the correction on Twitter.

Important @NYTimes correction: @USDANutrition granted hot foods waiver to  on 9/30. It was NOT denied. http://nyti.ms/2xZNxEU 

Residents of the community of San Isidro in Canóvanas, P.R., received boxes of food from FEMA on Monday.

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President Donald Trump took to Twitter to question the work of the Senate Intelligence Committee while it investigates allegations of Russian collusion in the 2016 election, suggesting it look into the “fake news networks” instead.

“Why isnt the Senate Intel Committee looking into the Fake News Networks in OUR country to see why so much of our news is just made up-FAKE!” Trump posted Thursday morning.

Why Isn’t the Senate Intel Committee looking into the Fake News Networks in OUR country to see why so much of our news is just made up-FAKE!

The Senate Intelligence Committee has invited Facebook, Twitter, and Google to testify in public regarding Russian ads that may have had influence during the 2016 campaign, now being referred to as “fake ads.”

Trump has returned to his old habit of railing against “fake news” this week in light of an NBC News report that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson almost resigned this summer. Trump said Thursday it never happened and called out NBC for having “low news and reporting standards.”

Rex Tillerson never threatened to resign. This is Fake News put out by @NBCNews. Low news and reporting standards. No verification from me.

After Tillerson made a public statement of support for Trump on Wednesday, Trump said NBC should apologize because its story had been “totally refuted” by Tillerson and Vice President Mike Pence

Wow, so many Fake News stories today. No matter what I do or say, they will not write or speak truth. The Fake News Media is out of control!

NBC news is  and more dishonest than even CNN. They are a disgrace to good reporting. No wonder their news ratings are way down!

The @NBCNews story has just been totally refuted by Sec. Tillerson and @VP Pence. It is . They should issue an apology to AMERICA!

 

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This is a very big deal.

Creed explained the new doctrine adjustments represent the natural evolution from the Army’s Unified Land Operations concept articulated in 2011-2012 as well as a Cold-War strategy known as Air-Land battle designed to defend Western Europe using initial air attacks in tandem with conventional ground force assault.

The Army will release a new combat FM 3.0 Operations doctrine designed to better position the service for the prospect of large-scale, mechanized, force-on-force warfare against technologically advanced near-peer rivals such as Russia or China – able to substantially challenge US military technological superiority.

Senior Army leaders involved in ongoing analysis of current and future threats, as they pertain to a fast-changing operational land-combat environment, explained that changing global circumstances, inspired the need for the Army to craft new doctrinal specifics.

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The Early Edition: October 5, 2017

Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Heres todays news.

The TRUMP ADMINISTRATION

I have never considered leaving this post, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said yesterday at a news conference addressing a report by NBC News which claimed that Tillerson called the president a moron after a July 20 meeting and had to be counseled by Vice President Mike Pence about remaining in the job. Felicia Schwartz reports at the Wall Street Journal.

Tillerson did not explicitly deny calling the president a moron and deflected questions about the incident, instead using the conference to praise Trump and the administrations foreign policy agenda, however Tillersons comments and body language reinforced the impression that he disapproves of Trumps approach, consequently raising more questions about his future. Peter Baker, Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush observe at the New York Times.

The secretary did not use that type of language to speak about the president of the United States, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said yesterday, going further than Tillerson by expressly denying that the Secretary of State called the president a moron. Max Greenwood reports at the Hill.

NBC news is #FakeNews, Trump tweeted yesterday, castigating the network for its report about the Secretary of State, adding in a follow up tweet that the story had been totally refuted by Tillerson and Pence and that NBC News should issue an apology AMERICA! Julia Manchester reports at the Hill.

Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Chief of Staff John Kelly help separate our country from chaos, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said yesterday, responding to reports about Tillersons frosty relationship with the president and talk of Tillerson resigning, Corker coming to the Secretary of States support and accusing people within the administration of working against the interest of the country. Rebecca Kheel reports at the Hill.

Im not going to deal with petty stuff like that, Tillerson said in response to a question by a reporter asking if he had called Trump a moron, also responding with disparaging comments about the culture in Washington to deflect from any apparent tension between himself and the president. Matt Flegenheimer analyzes Tillersons cynical remarks at the New York Times.

It may already be too late for Tillerson to hang onto his job: his unhappiness as Secretary of State has been well-documented, he has a tense relationship with the president and few allies to support him, his foreign policy approach does not align with Trumps and he has had trouble managing and reorganizing the State Department. Anne Gearan, Philip Rucker and Ashley Parker write at the Washington Post.

Tillerson should resign as he has been unable to successfully implement Trumps America First agenda or, if he does not agree with the approach, limit and redirect Trumps foreign policy instincts. Rich Lowry writes at POLITICO Magazine.

Several White House officials and a plethora of senior staff at the State Department have wanted Tillerson to resign for some time, underscoring the deteriorating relationship the Secretary of State has with the White House and his struggles at Foggy Bottom. Lachlan Markay and Asawin Suebsaeng explain at The Daily Beast.

An exodus of officials leaving the State Department due to Tillersons mismanagement and the Trump administrations policies damages U.S. interests and undermines the nations core principles. Nik Steinberg writes at POLITICO Magazine.

Military figures have increasingly made public comments that do not always accord with the presidents rhetoric and tweets, demonstrating an increasingly public role for military leaders. Barbara Starr writes at CNN.

TRUMP-RUSSIA

The issue of collusion is still open, Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) said yesterday at a news conference with fellow leader of the Senate Intelligence Committee Mark Warner (D-Va.) during an interim update on the Committees investigation. Patricia Zengerle reports at Reuters.

Every campaign and every election official should take the matter of Russian interference very seriously, Burr (R-N.C.) said yesterday, warning that Russian operatives are likely to remain active in upcoming elections. Nicholas Fandos reports at the New York Times.

The committee members have reached a general consensus over the intelligence communitys assessment of Russias disinformation campaign during the 2016 election, but have not come to a conclusion on the extent to which Russia intervened in favor of Trump. Kaite Bo Williams reports at the Hill.

The committee will no longer pursue inquiries about the memos written by former F.B.I. Director James Comey written after his conversations with Trump, Burr stating that this issue has reached a logical end as it relates to the Russia investigation. Olivia Beavers reports at the Hill.

The Senate Intelligence Committee update revealed five important things, including the issues posed by the salacious dossier compiled by former British Intelligence officer Christopher Steele, and evidence of a slowly-warming relationships between the committee and social media companies. Kyle Cheney and Elana Schor set out the key takeaways at POLITICO.

We should have seen this coming, F.B.I. Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said yesterday, stating that the U.S. should have been prepared for Russian interference in the 2016 election and also suggested that the meddling has not stopped. Tal Kopan reports at CNN.

Special counsel Robert Muellers team has taken over F.B.I. inquiries into the Steele dossier, according to three sources familiar with the matter, the sources also stating that Muellers investigation has taken control of multiple inquiries into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Mark Hosenball reports at Reuters.

Three Russian oligarchs have filed a libel suit against private investigation firm Fusion GPS in relation to their handling of the Steele dossier, Josh Gerstein reports at POLITICO.

Facebook and Twitter will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee, the social media companies confirmed yesterday, the committee plans to hold a hearing this month but has not set a date. Ali Breland reports at the Hill.

Any evidence of collusion between Trump and the Russians remains elusive, the committee should focus efforts on the Russian disinformation campaign without being driven by an agenda to discredit to the president. The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes.

IRAQ

The Iraqi town of Hawija has been liberated from the Islamic State group, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told reporters today, although the towns outskirts are yet to be captured. Once the operation has been completed, the only remaining Islamic State territory in Iraq would be a stretch of the Euphrates river valley near the border with Syria. The BBC reports.

The Hawija operation was carried out by U.S.-backed Iraqi government forces and Iranian-trained and armed Shiite Popular Mobilization Forces, the offensive bringing the troops into direct contact with Kurdish Peshmerga forces. Reuters reports.

The capture of Hawija has strategic importance due to its geographical location and its position in relation to major routes to the north of Iraq. Al Jazeera explains.

SYRIA

Pro-Syrian President Bashar al-Assad forces made an incursion into the de-confliction zone near the at-Tanf garrison in southeastern Syria, coalition spokesperson Col. Ryan Dillon told CNN yesterday, adding that the incursion was communicated through channels with Russia and the forces withdrew from the zone. Ryan Brown reports at CNN.

A Russian airstrike in Syrias Idlib province killed 49 Nusra Front militants, who head the Tahrir al-Sham alliance, a Russian state TV channel quoted the defense ministry as saying today. Reutersreports.

The leader of the al-Qaeda-linked Tahrir al-Sham militant group has fallen into a coma after being injured by a Russian airstrike, Russias military said today, the AP reports.

Russian airstrikes targeted civilians trying to flee fighting in the Deir al-Zour province, killing at least 60 civilians, according to opposition activists, former residents and the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Suleiman Al-Khalidi reports at Reuters.

The reports that Russian soldiers were captured by the Islamic State group in Syria should be viewed with caution and are hardly official information, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said yesterday, responding to a video released by the militants appearing to show two Russian men captured in Deir al-Zour province. Mariya Petkova reports at Al Jazeera.

The presence of sarin was found in an attack on the Syrian town of Latamneh in March, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (O.P.C.W.) told Reuters yesterday, ahead of a report to be published within the next few weeks. Anthony Deutsch and Michelle Nichols report at Reuters.

U.S.-led airstrikes continue. U.S. and coalition forces carried out 34 airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria on October 3. Separately, partner forces conducted five strikes against targets in Iraq. [Central Command]

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We will not accept changing borders in the region, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said at a news conference with Turkish President Reçep Tayyip Erdoğan, referring to last weeks overwhelming vote in favor of independence in a referendum held in Iraqs Kurdish region, Erdoğan reflected Rouhanis comments and called the referendum illegitimate. Amir Vahdat reports at the AP.

The Iraqi Kurdish secession vote is an act of betrayal toward the entire region and a threat to its future, Irans Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was quoted as saying on Iranian state TV yesterday, stating that Turkey and Iran must take necessary measures against the vote. Parisa Hafezi and Tulay Karadeniz report at Reuters.

French President Emmanuel Macron offered today to mediate between Baghdad and the Kurdish region during Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadis visit to Paris. John Irish and Marine Pennetier report at Reuters.

NORTH KOREA

A military strike on North Korean nuclear and missile sites may not achieve the aim of disarming the country as it may have other hidden facilities, Russian President Vladimir Putin cautioned yesterday, emphasizing that all sides should be pursuing diplomatic efforts. Reuters reports.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Trump agreed to maintain pressure on North Korea in a phone call yesterday, according to a senior Japanese government official the two leaders also agreed that dialogue for the purpose of dialogue was meaningless. Reuters reports.

Some products made by North Korean laborers have been making their way to the U.S. and other Western countries, meaning that consumers may be unwittingly supporting North Koreas nuclear weapons program. Tim Sullivan, Hyung-Jin Kim and Martha Mendoza reveal at the AP.

North Korean officials seek to preserve the regime and have rational aims, the U.S. cannot progress while Pyongyang believes its survival is at stake and the next step for the U.S. should be to offer to send a high-level delegation to Pyongyang for peace talks or to support an international conference. Former President Jimmy Carter writes about his experience with North Korean leaders and ways forward at the Washington Post.

China and Russias good-cop, bad-cop routine undermines U.S. efforts to rein in North Korea and the level of cooperation shown marks a significant development in international relations, Alexander Gabuev writes at the Wall Street Journal.

Russian companies have been providing North Korea with economic support to maintain influence in Asia although it has also backed tougher U.N. sanctions against North Korea. Andrew Osborn provides an analysis of Russias relationship with North Korea at Reuters.

RUSSIA

Russia has targeted N.A.T.O. soldiers personal smartphones to gather information about operations and monitor troop levels, according to Western officials. Thomas Groves, Julian E. Barnes and Drew Hinshaw report at the Wall Street Journal.

The U.S.-Russia relationship has become hostage to the internal political situation in the U.S., Russian President Vladimir Putin said yesterday, stating that he had no real personal relationship with Putin but adding that Russia had many friends in the U.S. who could help to improve relations. Ivan Nechepurenko reports at the New York Times.

The U.S. should provide arms to Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression, particularly due to its violations of cease-fire agreements and the threat posed by its military, as demonstrated by the recently conducted Russian-Belarus Zapad military drills. Antony J. Blinken writes at the New York Times.

Saudi Arabia King Salmans visit to Russia reflects shifting global relations that can have an impact in the Middle East and across the world. Patrick Wintour explains at the Guardian.

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

U.S. Army Special Forces came under fire in southwest Niger yesterday, three soldiers were killed and two were wounded according to U.S. military officials, the incident taking place as the U.S. and Niger were conducting joint patrols near the border with Mali. Eric Schmitt reports at the New York Times.

Sudan has fulfilled the U.S.s conditions and expects the U.S. to lift economic sanctions, Sudans State Minister for Foreign Affairs Hamed Momtaz said yesterday, the U.S. imposed sanctions in relation to its alleged support for global terrorism and violent suppression of rebels in Darfur. Khalid Abdelaziz reports at Reuters.

The Islamic State group have claimed responsibility for an attack that killed at least four and wounded nearly 40 in the Libyan city of Misrata yesterday. Ahmed Elumami reports at Reuters.

There are compelling arguments against extending the jurisdiction of military tribunals to domestic offenses and the Supreme Court should decide to settle the issue this term in the case involving a Yemeni prisoner at Guatánamo Bay. Just Security co-editor-in-chief Steve Vladeck writes at the New York Times.

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The heads of three German intelligence agencies say national and international cooperation and information-sharing is ever more critical as threats become more global.

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The heads of Germany’s secret services – the foreign affairs body, the German Intelligence Agency (BND), its domestic equivalent the Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), and the Military Counterintelligence Service (MAD) – all convened for a public hearing before the German parliament’s oversight committee for the first time on Thursday.

In his opening statement, BvF head Hans-Georg Maassen said that “the biggest threat” when it comes to German security is Islamic terrorism. At the same time, there is a growing danger of violent right-wing and left-wing extremists, and as well as cyber espionage.

“There is a boom in all our fields of interest,” he said

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At the same time, he said that the relationship between privacy and safety shoud not be viewed in a “static and especially not dogmatic” light. According to Maassen, secret services need “a full toolbox, which allows them to solve present-day problems,” instead of being dependent on the tools provided by their foreign allies.

Maassen’s comments were echoed by BND chief Bruno Kahl, who said that secret services must adapt to the ever-changing issue of digitalisation.

“We, as intelligence services, need to make sure that we keep up with these developments,” he said.

While the agencies regularly report to the nine-member body, such proceedings are usually secret. Last October, however, the government launched a bid to reform the secret services, which introduced the concept of annual public hearings.

The lawmakers are expected to quiz the intelligence heads about terrorism, cyber security, and the reform efforts for at least three hours. According to observers, some of the inquiries should also touch on the sore spots in the intelligence community, including the botched effort to stop the murderous neo-Nazi cell NSU and the spying scandal involving the US National Security Agency (NSA).

Not a trial

However, the head of the oversight committee, Clemens Binninger of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats, warns that the hearing is neither a trial nor a cross-examination.

“This is not, and can never be, a light version of a parliamentary investigation,” he said, adding that it should be viewed as an attempt to take the secret services “out of the grey zone.”

The committee’s vice president, Andre Hahn from the Left party, also warns against exaggerated expectations.

In the public context, the committee members will “only ask those questions […] that they already know the answers to,” he said.

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German intelligence services are much less present in the public eye than their counterparts in the US and Russia.

The BND performs roughly the same role as the American CIA, gathering intelligence outside Germany’s borders. With some 6,500 employees, it is the largest of the three German agencies.  Following the end of the Cold War, the agency is increasingly focusing on halting the drug trade, money laundering, the illegal weapons trade and terrorism. BND chief Bruno Kahl once served as an aide to the current Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble.

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The BfV however, deals with threats inside Germany, including spies, jihadists and political extremists. It employs around 2,750 people, headed by Interior Ministry veteran Hans-Georg Maassen.

With only some 1,200 employees, the MAD is the smallest of the three agencies. Its mission is to act against espionage and sabotage in the German army, as well as to control extremist attitudes and actions among the soldiers. The chief of the military intelligence service is a civilian, constitutional lawyer Christof Gramm.

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The man appointed by President Donald Trump to lead the United States Central Intelligence Agency has outlined his plans to promote more aggressive intelligence operations and combat what he described as “red tape” in the agency’s culture.

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BERLIN (AP) – The heads of three German intelligence agencies say national and international cooperation and information-sharing is ever more critical as threats become more global.

Speaking at a public session Thursday of a parliamentary panel, the heads of Germany’s foreign, domestic and military intelligence agencies emphasized that cyber threats in particular necessitate joint solutions.

The head of Germany’s BND foreign intelligence service, Bruno Kahl, says “the threats for Germany can only be identified, analyzed and fended off by a cooperation of agencies.”

He added that it’s also incumbent on German intelligence agencies to be on the cutting edge of technology.

Kahl says “otherwise the digital revolution will only benefit those we should be protecting our country from.”

Kahl was joined by domestic intelligence head Hans-Georg Maassen and military intelligence head Christof Gramm.

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Las Vegas shooting: No way to report conspiracy theories or fake news on Facebook — Quartz

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While Facebook is under investigation for the role it may have played in Russian meddling in the US election, fake news and conspiracy theories continue to spread rapidly on the platform, particularly after the Las Vegas massacre.

They are being shared and viewed tens of thousands of times each hour, with no warnings whatsoever that they might be fake—and often no way for readers to flag them as “fake news” to the company, despite its pledge to do more to crack down on lies and propaganda.

video posted by Infowars founder Alex Jones posted today (Oct. 4), for example, asks:

Could Stephen Paddock, the lone Vegas shooter, have been a patsy to kick off the left’s war with the right in the streets of America and to simultaneously roll in the Rapiscan naked body scanners that profit former DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff, George Soros and a handful of lobbyists connected to the management of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino?

Jones claimed that the Sandy Hook massacre that killed 20 children in 2012 was a hoax, and spread the “Pizzagate” conspiracy that falsely claimed a Washington DC store was a front for a pedophile ring (he later apologized for his Pizzagate remarks).

There’s no flag on Jones’s Facebook page or any of his posts telling Facebook users that he might be a “disputed” source of information. Within two hours of being posted to Facebook, the video above was viewed 120,000 times, and shared nearly 3,000 times.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in December the company would make it easier for people to report hoaxes, and would send suspected stories to a third-party group of fact-checkers who would mark a story as “disputed” if they conclude the story is a hoax. In April, the company said disputed posts would be accompanied by “related articles” that would offer fact-based alternatives for users to read.

Because the Jones post is a video, and not a “news” article, there’s no way for users to flag it right now as fake news, for it to be fact-checked, or for the company to attach “related articles” that might be more truthful. Facebook is still developing its video-reporting function, a person familiar with the company’s strategy told Quartz, and will roll it out as soon as it is available.

Facebook has been touting video as a fast-growing way for its clients to reach customers and “dial up emotion and engagement,” and said “daily watch time” of Facebook live videos had quadrupled from May 2016 to May 2017. The company’s overall daily video views doubled from April to November of 2016, reaching 8 billion (the latest statistics available). In five years, Facebook will “probably be all video” an executive predicted last year.

However, if users want to flag videos like Jones’s as misleading, their only options now are to label it “annoying,” “something that shouldn’t be on Facebook,” or spam. The “shouldn’t be on Facebook” option leads to another window, that again doesn’t mention disputed information.

And the “something else” option only allows users to choose between advertising drugs, guns, or adult products, or “an unauthorized use of my intellectual property”—there’s no mention of fake news.

There are plenty of other Facebook pages pushing lies and conspiracy theories about Las Vegas, with no evidence, and no warning from Facebook. Truthfeed, for example (nearly 693,000 likes overall) claims that “Antifa” groups were celebrating the massacre, a common conspiracy theory among far-right websites.

Asked about the proliferation of conspiracy theories related to the Las Vegas shooting on its platform, a Facebook spokesman said:

While we don’t typically discuss specific links, we’re sending articles that our classifier identifies as potential hoaxes (based on user reports, disbelief comments, and other signals) to our fact checking partners. When they mark them false, we’re showing them lower in News Feed and applying Related Articles as an option.

Even amidst the investigations into Russia’s interference in the US election, Facebook has maintained that it wants to be a conduit for discussion, and not an arbiter of truth. “I’m not going to sit here and tell you we’re going to catch all bad content in our system,” Zuckerberg said on Sept. 21 in post. “We don’t check what people say before they say it, and frankly, I don’t think our society should want us to. Freedom means you don’t have to ask permission first, and that by default you can say what you want.”

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Las Vegas Strip shooter targeted aviation fuel tanks, source says – Las Vegas Review-Journal

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Las Vegas Strip mass murderer Stephen Paddock used his Mandalay Bay hotel room to fire bullets at jet fuel tanks Sunday night, a knowledgeable source told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The bullets left two holes in one of two circular white tanks. One of the bullets penetrated the tank, but did not cause a fire or explosion near the Route 91 Harvest country music festival, another knowledgeable source said late Wednesday.

The tanks are roughly 1,100 feet from the concert site, where Paddock killed 58 people and wounded almost 500. Several airplane hangars belonging to prominent corporations are also near the tanks.

Within the past couple of days, a construction crew repaired the holes, and FBI agents inspected the tanks and took measurements of the line of fire from Mandalay Bay, the sources said.

Paddock, a 64-year-old Mesquite resident, had broken two windows in his 32nd-floor suite — one in line with the concert site and the other with a direct view of the fuel tanks, one source said.

The bases of private aircraft companies are also close to the tanks, which sit on property owned by McCarran International Airport.(Wes Rand/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

“Airport fueling has not been compromised,” McCarran spokesman Chris Jones said late Wednesday. “It’s functional.”

The tanks are operated by Swissport, the company that runs the fueling operations for the airport, according to McCarran spokeswoman Christine Crews. They primarily are used to provide fuel to the private aircraft operators.

A Swissport official could not be reached for comment.

FBI spokeswoman Sandra Breault declined to comment. “We can’t comment on an ongoing investigation,” she said.

A source knowledgeable about airport operations said jet fuel is hard to ignite and tanks like those across from Mandalay Bay have mechanisms in place to prevent fires.

Mike Boyd, a Colorado-based aviation consultant, echoed those words.

“A machine gun is not going to blow up a tank of fuel,” Boyd said. “Jet fuel itself sitting there in a big wet pile is very hard to ignite. You have to be a very amateur terrorist to think anything like that.”

Paddock’s shooting rampage was the deadliest in modern U.S. history. He killed himself as Las Vegas police closed in on his room.

His brother Eric Paddock, 55, who lives in Orlando, Florida, has expressed shock at his deadly actions.

Paddock was a retired accountant who had no criminal background and a passion for video poker. He lived in Mesquite with his girlfriend, Marilou Danley, and regularly came to the Las Vegas Strip to gamble.

Danley left Las Vegas for the Philippines a couple of weeks before the deadly mass shootings and returned to the country late Tuesday. She was interviewed by FBI agents in Los Angeles.

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In a statement released by her Los Angeles lawyer, she said she had no warning about his plans and pledged to cooperate with investigators.

Contact Jeff German at jgerman@reviewjournal.com or 702-380-4564. Follow @JGermanRJ on Twitter.

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There’s no way to report many of the fastest-spreading Las Vegas conspiracy theories on Facebook – Quartz

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Manhattan DA reportedly dropped felony fraud case against Trump’s kids after donation from Trump’s lawyer – Business Insider

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Senate Intelligence Committee says it has wrapped up its investigation into James Comey’s firing – Business Insider

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Senate Intelligence Committee Gives Update On Russian Interference Investigation – NPR

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Sources: Facebook won’t release Russia-linked election ads due to Mueller investigation – Business Insider

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‘Trump dossier’ on Russia links now part of special counsel’s probe: sources – Reuters

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Senate panel has not decided whether Trump campaign colluded with Russia – Los Angeles Times

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Top Senate intelligence duo: Russia did interfere in 2016 election 

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Chairman Richard Burr says he endorses findings that Russia meddled in election but says it is ‘open question’ whether Trump team colluded with Moscow

The Senate intelligence committee has said it has confidence in an US agency finding earlier this year that Russia intervened in the US presidential election in an effort to skew the vote in Donald Trump’s favour.

The committee chairman, Republican senator Richard Burr, said it remained an “open question” whether there was collusion by the Trump campaign with Moscow. But he added that Russian intelligence could threaten the next round of congressional elections next year.

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Senate Intelligence Heads Warn That Russian Election Meddling Continues – New York Times

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Congress to Trump, basically: Russia is not fake news – Washington Post

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Judge bars Texas secretary of state from giving voter information to Trump commission – Texas Tribune

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The order, which came out Tuesday, adds Texas to a growing list of states not complying with the president’s investigation into the 2016 elections, which Trump says suffered from large-scale voter fraud. Judge Tim Sulak of the Austin-based 353rd Texas and more »

Donald Trump – Google News: As Donald Trump’s Approval Rating Flounders, Possible Next President Mike Pence’s Is Soaring – Newsweek

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Michael Morell, who spent his career at the CIA including a stint as acting director of the agency, said in a separate interview that Russia either needed someone to help give it information on microtargeting or stole the necessary information, such as 
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The top two members of the Senate Intelligence Committee gave a detailed update on the panel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election today, saying that the “issue of collusion” with Russia remains open. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C 

Congressional and FBI investigators are homing in on the Trump-Russia dossier – Business Insider

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Trump Putin Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump AP. A collection of explosive memos alleging ties between President Donald Trump’s campaign team and Russia is being examined by both the Senate Select Committee on … Steele and more »

Russia-Trump campaign collusion an ‘open’ issue: Senate panel chiefs – Reuters

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U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Russia interfered in the election to try to help Trumpdefeat Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton through a campaign of hacking and releasing embarrassing emails, and disseminating propaganda via social media 
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Las Vegas highlights Islamist terrorism is not America’s greatest domestic threat – The Hill

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As the FBI Director acknowledged last week, many domestic incidents are not treated as acts of terrorism and instead prosecuted as a criminal matter. Other observers point out the added legal complexity of distinguishing between a “hate crime” and and more »

Trump: ‘America a nation in mourning’ – Nevada Appeal

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With Las Vegas Shooting Victims, Trump Assumes Role of Consoler in Chief – New York Times

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Tillerson Denies Trump Rift

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In an unscheduled press conference, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson denied claims he was on the verge of quitting and reaffirmed his loyalty to President Trump.

Probe continues into possible Russian collusion with Trump campaign – Jersey Evening Post

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The chairman of the US senate intelligence committee has said the panel is continuing toinvestigate possible collusion between Russia and associates of Donald Trump’s election campaign – but has not reached a conclusion yet. Senator Richard Burr, a …and more »

Russia-Trump campaign collusion an ‘open’ issue – US Senate panel chiefs – Reuters

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US Lawmakers Eye More Support for US Int’l Broadcasters as Russia Probe Continues – Voice of America

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Within minutes, the Daily Beast was running the headline “Rex Tillerson Will Neither Quit Nor Deny He Called Trump A Moron.” Another headline, at the Washington Post’s Fix column, said, “Rex Tillerson might as well have just admitted he called Trump a …
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The real reason Donald Trump is afraid to fire Rex Tillerson after “moron-gate” 

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Donald Trump is quite probably the most narcissistic, and most insecure, individual in the history of United States politics – which is saying something. So it says a whole lot more that Trump hasn’t yet fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, even upon learning that Tillerson called Trump a “moron.” Trump is clearly afraid to to fire Tillerson, even though just about anyone else would have been shoved out the door for such an offense by now.

Some will point to the so-called “suicide pact” between Tillerson, James Mattis, and Steven Mnuchin, who have supposedly all agreed to resign if Trump tries to fire any one of them (link). But while that may be a consideration in Trump’s thinking, his endless spate of other firings and forced resignations has demonstrated that he doesn’t believe he truly needs any of these people. So let’s talk about what’s probably driving Trump’s true fear about firing Tillerson: Russia.

Yes, there are those who believe that Trump’s detractors are trying to make everything about Russia. But that’s only because Trump himself has made everything about Russia. Rex Tillerson was an oil company CEO who had no political background or ambitions, and was ready to retire entirely, when Trump bizarrely tapped him to be Secretary of State. Tillerson’s lone claim to fame on the international stage: his longstanding close professional relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who awarded him the Russian Order Of Friendship in 2014.

It’s been clear from the start that Donald Trump chose Rex Tillerson for the job in order to make Putin happy. It’s also clear that Trump is hesitating to fire Tillerson, despite how he must feel about Tillerson having called him a “moron” in front of other administration officials, because Trump is afraid Putin will be displeased by the move. Even in something this complicated, it all comes down to Trump being a Russian puppet.

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WHAT’S HAPPENING: Girlfriend Denies Knowledge of Vegas Plot – U.S. News & World Report

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FBI chief on Russian hacking: We ‘should have seen this coming’ – CNN

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Trump’s CIA director outlines plans to make agency more aggressive, cut red tape 

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New information on Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock – Las Vegas Review-Journal

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Las Vegas shooter was prescribed anti-anxiety medication in June. Elaine Wilson/Las Vegas Review-Journal

By Elaine Wilson Las Vegas Review-Journal

October 4, 2017 – 8:43 am

New photos leaked online give a glimpse into Stephen Paddock’s room the night he opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest festival, killing 58. Las Vegas police confirmed that photos showing guns strewn across a Mandalay Bay hotel room were real, and that they are launching an internal investigation to find out who leaked the photos.

Police also revealed that Paddock had set up two cameras in the hallway outside his hotel room and one inside his room, presumably to watch police as they approached his room.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal learned last night that Paddock was prescribed an anti-anxiety drug in June that could lead to aggressive behavior. Records from the Nevada Prescription Monitoring Program show Paddock was prescribed 50 10-milligram diazepam tablets by Henderson physician Dr. Steven Winkler. Diazepam, known by the brand name Valium, is in the class of drugs known as benzodiazepines, which studies have shown can trigger aggressive behavior.

Marilou Danley, the girlfriend of the shooter, flew from the Philippines to the United States last night and was met by authorities. Police say she may help investigators determine what motive the shooter may have had.

Contact Elaine Wilson at <a href=”mailto:ewilson@reviewjournal.com”>ewilson@reviewjournal.com</a>. Follow @WilsonElaineMon Twitter.

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On Sunday night, hundreds of people gathered at the Route 91 Country Music Festival in Las Vegas to watch acts like Lauren AlainaJason AldeanBig & Rich, and Luke Combs take the stage. Just after 10 p.m. local time, shots were fired from the nearby Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. Bullets littered the festival grounds as bodies dispersed. A total of 58 people (not including the gunman) lost their lives and an additional 500+ were injured.

The suspect in the shooting has been identified by police as Stephen Paddock, 64.

He committed suicide before police were able to get to his room. Law enforcement officials were alerted to his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the hotel due to a smoke alarm that was set off by the gun smoke. Upon entering the room, police found Paddock dead.

As the pieces of this heinous crime have been put together, some people have been digging deep into various conspiracy theories in an effort to explain the one question that no one can answer: Why?

Over the past 24+ hours, rampant speculation and hypothetical arguments have circulated online. While not everyone is buying into these conspiracy theories, they are certainly getting some attention on the internet today.

Here is what you need to know:


1. Law Enforcement Officials Have Not Figured Out a Motive

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Perhaps the very reason that these conspiracy theories are taking social media by storm is that Paddock’s motive is unknown. This has led to people becoming their very own detectives, trying to figure out exactly what went through Paddock’s mind, how long he’d been planning this (presuming it was pre-planned based on the fact that he had more than 10 rifles in his hotel room), and just about every other question you can think of.

“I just want closure. Why? What’s the reason that on that particular night, one individual would sacrifice everyone else for his insanity?’’ asked Herman Gold, who escaped the gunfire unharmed.


2. The Shooting Happened Near the Luxor Hotel, Which Is Shaped Like a Pyramid — a Sign of the Illuminati

The festival grounds are located across from the Luxor Hotel on the south end of the Las Vegas strip. The Luxor is known for its unique architecture as it is shaped like a pyramid and is easily distinguished. A pyramid is a known symbol of the Illuminati.

“The symbol of a pyramid has long been associated with the Illuminati, a fictitious shadowy group whose powerful members secretly control the [world],” reports Mashable.

“The Luxor is known as the Egyptian themed casino with the pyramid that has the illuminated apex and obelisk nearby. These symbols are of great usage to the ‘Illuminati’ who subscribe to many of the [magical] and esoteric concepts of ancient Egypt and its mystery schools that shared these ideas only to the initiates deemed worthy,” the Illuminati Watcher explained.

Some conspiracy theorists believe that the shooting happened at this location because it was a sign of the Illuminati. Others believe that it was some kind of public sacrifice or offering.


3. Freemasons Have Been Associated with the Illuminati & the 32nd Floor Hotel Room Is Linked, Say Theorists

First, what exactly is Freemasonry? For the sake of ease, it’s basically a fraternity. The following definition can be found on The Grand Lodge of Ohio’s website.

“Freemasonry is the oldest, largest and most widely recognized fraternal organization in the world. Founded in London, England in 1717, its current worldwide membership totals 3.6 million members, 1.6 million of which are in North America. With 120,000 Masons and 530 local Lodges, Ohio has one of the largest Masonic memberships of any state in the country. As a fraternal organization, Freemasonry unites men of good character who, though of different religious, ethnic, or social backgrounds, share a belief in the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of mankind.”

According to Ranker, George Washington, John Wayne, Oscar Wilde, Benjamin Franklin, Don Rickles, Richard Pryor, Michael Richards, Willie Mays, and several more have identified themselves as Freemasons.

A few years ago, country music star Brad Paisley opened up about being a Mason. You can watch him talk about his beliefs in the video below.

So, what do Freemasons have to do with the Las Vegas concert shooting? Paddock took aim at thousands of people from his hotel room on the 32nd floor. The number “32” is significant when it comes to being a Mason. The organization uses degrees to show rank.

The 32nd degree is known as the Master of the Royal Secret. The highest degree Mason is a 33.


4. One Witness Told Local News that a Strange Woman Told Concertgoers ‘You’re All Going to Die’ Before the Shooting

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One of the strangest accounts from that terrifying night came by way of a witness who recalled being told that she was going to die, about 45 minutes before Paddock started shooting at the crowd. The concertgoer named Brianna was celebrating her 21st birthday at the show. She recalled a weird occurrence that may have been some kind of serious warning.

“She started messing with another lady and told us that we were all going to die tonight. We went back up to the room, and as soon as we reached the room from the concert venue, we just heard constant shootings. At first we thought it was fireworks, but then it was — it was shooting,” Brianna told News3LV.

As you can probably imagine, people have been very curious about Brianna’s interview — and about this mystery woman who may have been warning people about the shooting. But how did she know?

You can watch Brianna’s interview in the video below.


5. The ‘Mystery’ Behind Paddock’s ’13’ Neck ‘Tattoo’

Last but not least, people have been talking about an apparent tattoo that was spotted on Paddock’s neck. The number “13” appears to be on his neck in the first photo that was released of him. You can make out the numbers in the photo above, as they appear right until his beard in the center of his neck.

Some people don’t believe that this is a tattoo — it could just be the way the skin on his neck was hanging. However, other people are convinced that this is some kind of sign.

There are several different things associated with the number 13. The number is “symbolic of rebellion and lawlessness,” according to the Bible Study Site. Additionally, you can find all kinds of symbolism with the number when it comes to Christian faith.

At the same time, many people believe that “13” is an unlucky number (think Friday the 13th).

The internet has been trying to figure out what that mysterious “13” is on Paddock’s neck, but there hasn’t been any confirmation about it being an actual tattoo. For now, the “13” has become part of this bigger conspiracy theory.

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Las Vegas Shooting Conspiracy Theories Surface, Illuminati & Area 51 Among Them

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Following the shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday night, several conspiracy theories have surfaced. It hasn’t been 24 hours since suspect Stephen Paddock opened fire on concertgoers attending a country music festival, firing several rounds off from his hotel room at Mandalay Bay. Paddock, 64, who was found dead by police following an apparent suicide, had more than 10 rifles in his hotel room.

So far, 58 people have been confirmed dead and an additional 500-plus were left injured, the severity of those injuries varying from minor to critical.

After hearing the news and putting all of the pieces together, several people have been questioning the story, wondering if there’s more to it than what law enforcement has reported. It is important to note here that these curiosities are made up of “hypothetical” arguments and speculation, which have been circulated, talked about, and debated on social media for the past several hours.

Some people were quick to point out that the shooting occurred near the Luxor Hotel on the Vegas strip. Since the hotel’s architecture is a pyramid, which is a known symbol of the Illuminati, this stirred up a ton of chatter.

“The Luxor is known as the Egyptian themed casino with the pyramid that has the illuminated apex and obelisk nearby. These symbols are of great usage to the ‘Illuminati’ who subscribe to many of the [magical] and esoteric concepts of ancient Egypt and its mystery schools that shared these ideas only to the initiates deemed worthy,” the Illuminati Watcher explains.

“It didn’t help anything to find out the shooting took place on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay- a number significant in Freemasonry as the 2nd to last degree of initiation,” the site adds.

For those who are unfamiliar with “Freemasonry,” it’s basically a fraternity, according to CBS News.

“Simply put, it’s the world’s oldest and largest fraternity. Its membership is a Who’s Who of world history — George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Winston Churchill, Mozart, Davy Crockett, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Houdini, Gerald Ford, Henry Ford, John Wayne, even Colonel Sanders. If you want to be a Mason, you can petition a local lodge for membership. You’ll need to demonstrate good character and belief in some sort of Supreme Being. Oh, and in almost all lodges, it’s men only.”

Many have associated Masons with the Illuminati, and Twitter has lit up with posts about one of the performers at the country music festival being a freemason.

The following photo suggests even more reasons why people are connecting the Illuminati to the Las Vegas shooting.

In addition to this, several people have been talking about information going out over the police scanners last night. There have been tweets talking about “more than one shooter,” which may have been a thought at one point in time. Although law enforcement confirmed that Paddock acted as a “lone wolf,” social media has other thoughts.

Another thing that has people scratching their heads is the story about a woman who was seen pushing through the crowd trying to leave just before shots were fired. A concertgoer named Brianna told News3LV that the woman was telling people at the concert that they were “all going to die tonight.”

“She started messing with another lady and told us that we were all going to die tonight,” Brianna told the outlet. “We went back up to the room, and as soon as we reached the room from the concert venue, we just heard constant shootings. At first we thought it was fireworks, but then it was — it was shooting.”

Below are some tweets about the shooting and the Illuminati.

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Vegas shooter’s girlfriend Marilou Danley arrives in Los Angeles – CNN

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Las Vegas shooting: Paddock’s ‘girlfriend’ arrives in US – BBC News

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Stephen Paddock Had Deadly But Legal Gun Device That ‘Simulates Automatic Fire’ – HuffPost

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Las Vegas gunman was prescribed Valium, girlfriend faces questions – The Australian

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Marilou Danley: What We Know So Far as Las Vegas Shooter’s Girlfriend Returns to US – Newsweek

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Las Vegas woman witnessed shooting from inside Mandalay Bay – FOX5 Las Vegas

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Las Vegas shooting: Paddock placed cameras in hotel – BBC News

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Las Vegas shooting: Stephen Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, returns to US, reports say – USA TODAY

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The girlfriend of Stephen Paddock, the man who massacred nearly 60 people attending a music festival in Las Vegas, has returned to the United States from the Philippines, according to media reports. Marilou Danley, 62, was met at Los Angeles and more »

Was Marilou Danley a bigamist?: Girlfriend of Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock ‘was married to two men at once and … – Daily Mail

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Las Vegas shooting: Gunman fired for 9 to 11 minutes, police say – CNN

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Las Vegas Shooting: Gunman Wired Thousands to Philippines Days Before Attack – New York Times

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How the Las Vegas Shooting Could Change Police Tactics – New York Times

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While police departments will continue to train for mass shootings that follow the more common pattern where the gunman is fairly close to his victims, Sheriff Urquhart said that the Las Vegasattack might have an impact similar to the 1999 Columbine …
NEW DETAILS: Cedar Park woman wounded in Las Vegas shooting on the mend, family saysAustin American-Statesman
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Digital Disaster: Facebook, Google carry fake news on Las Vegas shooting – Fox News

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Digital Disaster: Facebook, Google carry fake news on Las Vegas shooting
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“In Facebook’s case, an official ‘safety check”page for the Las Vegas shooting prominently displayed a post from a site called ‘Alt-Right News.’ The post incorrectly identified the shooter and described him as a Trump-hating liberal. In addition, some 
Facebook, Google Spread Misinformation About Las Vegas Shooting. What Went Wrong?NPR
After Las Vegas Shooting, Fake News Regains Its MegaphoneNew York Times
After Las Vegas shooting, Facebook and Google get the news wrong againEngadget
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Investigators turn to Las Vegas gunman’s girlfriend in effort to determine his motive – Washington Post

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Investigators turn to Las Vegas gunman’s girlfriend in effort to determine his motive
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According to court records, Danley appears to have been living with Paddock as early as August 2013, while she was still married to another man, named Geary Danley. Geary and Marilou Danley were married in Las Vegas in 1990. According to court …
Las Vegas shooter’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, met by federal agents as she arrives in USOregonLive.com
Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock set up cameras to watch law enforcement approach his roomNew York Daily News
Las Vegas shooter’s girlfriend returns to US as police reveal details of his planningThe Guardian
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Las Vegas shooting probe turns to Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley – amNY

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Las Vegas shooting probe turns to Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley
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But law enforcement authorities were hoping to obtain some answers from the woman identified as Paddock’s live-in companion, Marilou Danley, who Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo called a “person of interest” in the investigation. Danley boarded a …
Sister: Vegas Gunman Sent Marilou Danley AwayIosco County News Herald
Las Vegas Shooter Stephen Paddock Wired $100000 to Philippines Last WeekNBCNews.comall 952 news articles »

Why Stephen Paddock’s gun purchases didn’t raise red flags – CBS News

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Why Stephen Paddock’s gun purchases didn’t raise red flags
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For up to 11 minutes, Stephen Paddock shot concertgoers in Las Vegas Sunday night with seemingly endless bursts of gunfire — more than a dozen volleys in all. He had been stockpiling his firearms since 1982, according to Jill Snyder, special agent in …
Stephen Paddock, the Las Vegas gunman, bought 33 firearms in the past yearBusiness Insider
Police say Las Vegas gunman planned ‘extensively,’ used cameras to monitor officers as they approachedWashington Post
Stephen Paddock owned over 40 guns. Nevada law made that easy.Vox
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Understanding the minds of mass killers like Stephen Paddock can’t be blocked by politics – Los Angeles Times

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Understanding the minds of mass killers like Stephen Paddock can’t be blocked by politics
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We’d all like to know if it was rage, or revenge, or mental illness that motivated the Las Vegas shooter, Stephen Paddock, to take aim at a crowd of innocent people. We’d like to believe there’s a truth to be learned, something about the human psyche and more »

Las Vegas shooter bought 33 guns in last 12 months – USA TODAY

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Las Vegas shooter bought 33 guns in last 12 months
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Stephen Paddock, the man whose Las Vegas shooting rampage killed 59 people and left more than 500 injured, bought 33 guns in the last 12 months, a federal official said Wednesday. Jill Snyder, special agent in charge at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco …and more »

Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock was a Cal State Northridge graduate, university confirms – The Mercury News

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Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock was a Cal State Northridge graduate, university confirms
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Late Monday, CSUN officials learned Stephen Paddock attended the university and completed a degree in business administration in 1977, campus spokeswoman Carmen Ramos Chandler said in a statement. “Immediately, CSUN’s Chief of Police was …
Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock was prescribed anti-anxiety meds in June: reportNew York Daily News
Las Vegas Shooter Stephen Paddock Was ‘Antifa,’ According to Persistent Alt-Right ConspiracyNewsweek
Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock was prescribed anti-anxiety drug months before killingWashington Examiner
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