Polish official says Putin responsible for 2010 plane crash
WARSAW, Poland — Poland’s defense minister says a plane crash that killed the nation’s president in 2010 in Russia was preceded by two explosions on board, calling on Russian President Vladimir Putin to “take responsibility for what happened.”
Antoni Macierewicz was reacting Thursday to words by Putin, who denied any explosions on board and called on Poland to stop investigating for any potential Russian role in the crash that killed Poland’s President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others in western Russia.
Macierewicz heads a commission re-investigating the crash and alleges it was preceded by two explosions, which he says would suggest Russia played a role.
Polish and Russian aviation experts concluded it was an accident.
Macierewicz said in a radio interview that Putin “should have the courage to take responsibility for what has happened.”
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Poland’s defense minister says a plane crash that killed the nation’s president in 2010 in Russia was preceded by two explosions on board, calling on Russian President Vladimir Putin to “take responsibility for what happened.”
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Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) is calling on the Justice Department to hand over more information regarding the text messages exchanged between two senior FBI employees and any communications they had with FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.
The text messages in question, Grassley said, suggest “some officials took actions beyond expressing their political opinions.”
Grassley wants to know when and how Justice Department officials first learned of the politically charged text messages, and what steps they are taking to fully review the activities referenced in the messages and take any disciplinary measures.
“Any improper political influence or motives in the course of any FBI investigation must be brought to light and addressed,” Grassley wrote in a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. “Former Director Comey’s claims that the FBI doesnt give a rip about politics certainly are not consistent with the evidence of discussions occurring in the deputy directors office” in August of last year.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Wednesday defended special counsel Robert Mueller in the facing of growing criticism that political bias had infected his probe, as well as the top ranks of decision-makers at the FBI and Justice Department.
Testifying before the House Judiciary Committee, Rosenstein said he does not believe there is good cause to fire Mueller. He acknowledged that some members of the Mueller’s team have political views but said those personal biases don’t necessarily taint their work.
Texts released this week between two FBI officials who worked on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation before being removed call Trump a “loathsome human” and mention the prospects of an “insurance policy” against a Trump presidency.
The electronic messages between FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer, that mention an “insurance policy” also refer to the potential of Strzok working for “Andy”what some GOP lawmakers believe to be McCabe.
“I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s officethat there’s no way [Trump] gets electedbut Im afraid we can’t take that risk,” Strzok wrote to Page in a text released by the Justice Department dated Aug. 15.
“It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40,” Strzok wrote in the text.
The Iowa Republican demanded to know when Rosenstein first learned about the texts and asked for any other records relating to McCabes communications between Strzok and Page.
McCabe is under scrutiny for playing a key role in the Clinton email investigation even though his wife received $700,000 from Virginia Democrats when she was running for statewide office. That sum includes nearly $500,000 from a political committee affiliated with Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a close friend of the Clintons who served on the board of the Clinton Global Initiative.
McCabe failed to recuse himself from the Clinton email probe until one week before the presidential election last year.
Another text referenced a second phone Strzok and Page used to “talk about Hillary because it can’t be traced.”
That text was sent just days before Strzok interviewed Clinton aides Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills in the FBI investigation into Clintons use of a private email server, Grassley noted.
Grassley asked Rosenstein if the Justice Department has identified the phone referenced in the text, and whether it has taken steps to review the records on the phone that allegedly “cant be traced.”
“If none, please explain why not?” he wrote. “If steps have been taken, please detail them and provide all records reviewed.”
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FCC chairman Ajit Pai announced that the delay would take place.
“On advice of security, we need to take a brief recess,” Pai said.
Officers then told all present to exit the room and leave their belongings behind.
Dogs then swept the room, and shortly afterward, people were allowed back into the area.
This is not the first time the FCC has had such a disruption. In 2010, the FCC’s headquarters was evacuated for about two hours.
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|NY Times Reports Obama Only Told 18 Falsehoods During Entire Presidency|
A recent New York Times analysis claims that over his eight years in office, former President Barack Obama only told 18 distinct lies.
The Times set out to compare the trustworthiness of Obama compared to President Donald Trump. “In his first 10 months in office, [Trump] has told 103 separate untruths, many of them repeatedly. Obama told 18 over his entire eight-year tenure,” the piece reads.
On the list are some of Obama’s most well-known whoppers, including “If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan,” and that he “didnt set a red line” on Syria’s use of chemical weapons.
By contrast, fact-checker Politifact ruled that over the course of his presidency, Obama made 43 “false” statements and 48 “mostly false” statements. Politifact also identified 7 “pants on fire” statements, which are falsehoods that are “not accurate and make a ridiculous claim.”
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|Haley: Irans Fingerprints All Over Conflicts, Terrorist Groups in the Middle East|
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Thursday unveiled recently declassified evidence that she believes proves Iran is violating international law by funneling missiles to Houthi rebels in Yemen.
“Its ballistic missiles and advanced weapons are turning up in war zones across the region,” Haley said at a press conference at the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C. “It’s hard to find a conflict or a terrorist group in the Middle East that does not have Iran’s fingerprints all over it.”
Haley then pushed back against Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s recent New York Times op-ed, in which he argued that Iran’s military activities comply with international law, saying that a newly released report tells the opposite story of what Zarif claims.
“It tells the story of Iran as the arsonist. The report shows the Tehran regime not putting out fires, but fanning the flames of conflict in the region,” Haley said. “In its strongest language yet, the secretary general’s report shows violation after violation of weapons transfers and ballistic missile activity. The United States welcomes this report, as should every nation concerned about uranium expansion.”
Haley added that the report makes a “convincing case” that Iran is illegally providing the Houthi militants in Yemen with dangerous weapons.
“The report provides devastating evidence of missiles, conventional arms, and explosive boats of Iranian origin used by the rebels in Yemen, all of which violate U.N. resolutions,” Haley said. ” The United States and our partners went to great lengths to support the U.N. investigations into Iranian violations by declassifying evidence, so that the world could better be informed of the extent of Iran’s maligned activities. ”
Haley said the fight against Iran’s aggression is the world’s fight and that the United States is acting today in the spirit of transparency and cooperation to help defeat this threat.
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“This evidence is part of what has led the U.S. intelligence community to conclude unequivocally that these weapons were supplied by the Iranian regime,” Haley said. “The evidence is undeniable. The weapons might as well have had ‘Made in Iran’ stickers all over it. The United States stands ready to share what we know to further the cause of peace. We ask our friends and our allies to do the same.”
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Author: Victor Sebestyen
Sebestyen, Victor (2017). Lenin: The Man, The Dictator, And The Master of Terror. New York: Pantheon
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Date Posted: December 14, 2017
Reviewed by Joseph C. Goulden
Let not October pass by without proper notice of the 100th anniversary of one of the greater calamities of modern history: the seizure of control of Russia on Oct. 25, 1917, by what became the Communist Party.
As biographer Victor Sebestyen writes in his horrifying biography of Vladimir Lenin, under communism millions of people were killed, jailed or sent into the great maw of the gulag. The estimated body count, in Russia and the rest of the world, is in multi-digit territory.
Should we fret about communism now that the Soviet Union and its subsidiaries are defunct? Think again. Recent public opinions show that some 80 percent of Russians look with favor upon Joseph Stalin, Lenins successor as dictator. President Vladimir Putin recently spent millions restoring Lenins tomb in Moscowan artifice that Mr. Sebestyen labels as part shrine, part tourist trap. Mr. Putins goal of restoring Russias rightful grandeur is frequently stated.
The Hungarian-born Sebestyen, a foreign correspondent for several London dailies, including the Times, the Daily Mail and the Evening Standard, traces Lenins origins as a member of the comfortable minor nobility. Born Vladimir Ulyanov, he was radicalized when an older brother was hanged for working against Tsar Nicholas II.
Appalled, the young man took the revolutionary name of Lenin (one of more than 100 pseudonyms he used over the years) and launched his career as a revolutionist. Arrested, he defended himself with an assertion oft repeated over the years: Terror is the only form of defense, the only road individuals can take when their discontent becomes extreme.
Sentenced to Siberia, on release he fled to Europe, spending most of 17 years in Switzerland. There he published newspapers supporting revolutionaries in Russia.
In 1913 the Tsar permitted a semblance of elective government, headed by Alexander Kerensky. But the opposition became a noisy mélange of competing factions. With World War I casualties well over a million by 1917, and inflation out of control, the inept Nicholas II lost control of the then-capital of Petrogradessentially dethroned.
Along with other exiles, Lenin tried to meld the opposition into a unified party. After a hot debate over Marxist teachings, the faction that Lenin headed became known as the Bolsheviks, or majority; the remainder were the Mensheviks. The schism would haunt the Communist Party for decades.
As war continued, Lenin saw an opportunity. At risk of being branded as a traitor, he obtained German support to return to Russia. (Considerable money apparently went to him as well, although the exact amount is unknown.) A sealed train carried him through Germany and Finland to Petrograd, where he plunged into the revolution with an oratorical fervor, leading what he termed Soviets.
He was not universally popular. Debate foes termed him dominating, abrasive, combative and often downright vicious. He disdained cooperation with Kerensky. All power must go to the Soviets, he declared. But, as Mr. Sebestyen writes, he had developed a voice that would revolutionize workers.
With Kerenskys mandate due to expire on Oct. 27, Lenin saw the chance to install his own government. By a vote of 10 to 2, the governing board of the Bolsheviks anointed him as leader, and he emerged as the dominant figure.
Generalities were his only promise. As he told future rival Leon Trotsky, First, we must seize power. Then we decide what to do with it.
Revolutionary betrayals began immediately. Despite his calls for freedom for all, he detested peasants as a class. Hence, vows of land reform, under which farmers would gain possession of their own land, became collective agriculture.
When farmers in the grain-rich Ukraine did not deliver the desired amounts of foodstuffs, Lenin ordered their farms seized. Thousands of families were displaced; many were killed. The resultant famine brought death to uncounted millions of persons.
Lenin detested the working class, deriding them for their trade union consciousness. What was needed, he declared, was a “tribune of the people.” So, a legislative assembly was convened. It lasted only a few hours until Lenin lost a key supporter and let it collapse.
Even more deadly, he pushed the theory that dissent was equivalent to treason. As Trotsky astutely observed, When Lenin talks about the ‘dictatorship of the proletariat he means the dictatorship over the proletariat.
A free press? Censorship was imposed the second day of Lenin’s rule to stop the torrent of filth and slander against the new order.
Such was arguably the most evil legacy of communisma rule that gave Lenin and subsequent dictators the authority to murder dissidents at will. As he put it, “How can you make a revolution without firing squads?”
Lenin did not anoint a successor, although his initial choice, later withdrawn, was Stalin. Nonetheless, as Victor Sebestyen writes, Lenin created the monster, and it was his greatest crime that he was now leaving Stalin with good prospects of becoming the Soviet dictator.
 Goulden, Joseph C. in The Intelligencer: Journal of U.S. Intelligence Studies (23, 2 Fall 2017, pp. ). Joseph C. Goulden is a long-time review of espionage and spy books for Intelligencer, for the Washington Times,for law journals and other publications. Some of these reviews appeared in prior editions of the Washington Times or the Washington Lawyer (DC Bar Association). Joe Gouldons most recent book is Goulden, Joseph C. (2012). The Dictionary of Espionage: Spyspeak into English. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications. His 1982 book, Korea: The Untold Story of the War, was published in a Chinese-language edition in 2014 by Beijing Xiron Books. He is author of 18 nonfiction books.
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Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez refused to say Thursday if he
When asked by Fox News’ Bill Hemmer about the calls for new leadership by some Democratic lawmakers, Perez wouldn’t give a straight answer.
“Were making real progress, look at the 2017 elections here, Bill. Democrats, not only in Alabama, but in Virginia, New Jersey all sorts of other races,” Perez said.
“Were leading with our values, weve learned from our mistakes,” he added.
“Is that a yes?” Hemmer interjected
“Without Nancy Pelosi, we wouldn’t have health care,” Perez stated.
Hemmer continued to pressure Perez for a straight answer.
“So you are satisfied with her leadership,? I take it thats a yes?” Hemmer persisted.
“Well you know what? We’re leading into the 2018 election cycle,” Perez said.
“So its a maybe?” Hemmer commented.
“I think we are going to win the Senate and the House. It’s an uphill battle, but I think with their leadership we can do it,” Perez said.
“I cant chalk up that answer to a yes,” Hemmer concluded.
Pelosi, who has served in the House since 1987, has long held influence among House Democrats. She served as Speaker of the House from 2007-11 and has served as House Minority Leader since that time.
Over the past year, a number of Democratic lawmakers have called for new blood.
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