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M.N.: The “Skripal story”, retold nicely in this review by “Sandeep Dikshit”, offers more puzzling questions than the reliable answers or even assumptions or conjectures. 

I feel more and more convinced that Skripal is one of the important “nerve centers” of the current conspiracy against the US and the “West”, as I shared these thoughts earlier. It looks like he was able to establish the very close, controlling ties with Russian and consequently, the global organised crime communities during his , as I suspect, staged imprisonment. This is the historical tradition on the part of the Soviet and the Russian Secret Services of using “the closely related criminal element” for their own historical and political purposes.

Supposedly, this “Operation Skripal”, the goal of which apparently, was the deep penetration and control of the Western power structures and Intelligence Services,  might have been a part of the possible larger “left-wing, pro-communist plot” to restore the Soviet power and the Soviet Union. (See also Colonel Kvachkov.) 

The recent waves of the “Performance Crimes”, including the yesterday, 10.27.18 events, bear the strong marks of the association with the Organised Crime, with the specific (stylistic) twist of the professional coordination by the experienced military intelligence officer. 

I think humbly, my dear friends, as I mentioned earlier, that the very careful and in-depth investigation of Skripal and all his connections might hold the keys to the understanding the underlying forces behind the recent events. 

Michael Novakhov

3:14 AM 10/28/2018

3:17 AM 10/28/2018 – The very careful and in-depth investigation of Skripal and all his connections might hold the keys to the understanding the underlying forces behind the recent events. – Michael Novakhov

 

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THE title itself should make the book fly off the bookshelves at airports and malls where attention spans are lower. Its author Mark Urban is a serial author with a nose for the topics that will sell like hot cakes at precisely such places. Hitting the stands within six months of poisoning, one might wonder at the quality between the covers. But in keeping with his honesty of acknowledgement, which runs through the book, Urban discloses that he had met Sergei Skripal a few times as a subject matter for a book on East-West espionage after the Cold War. His poisoning converted that raw material and a bit more into a book.

Sergei Skripal’s name never rang a bell during the eight years he lived in London, unlike, say, Oleg Kalugin (still living) or Alexander Litvinenko (assassinated), who were deemed important enough to have been tried in absentia in Moscow. Despite his two foreign postings, Skripal was nowhere in hierarchy and access, as compared to fellow defectors Oleg Gordievsky (KGB chief in London) and Vasili Mitrokhin, the librarian of KGB’s foreign intelligence service.

Yet, Skripal’s case has created waves than the cumulative murmurings after the poisoning of Litvinenko and Gordievsky. It is this knot that Urban tries to explore and unravel. An understandable suspicion about books of this nature and originating from London is that these could be inspired by operatives of Vauxhall Cross, the gleaming MI-6 headquarters. It is not unknown.But the rendering here is open ended. There are no conclusions in the book that intelligence agencies so covet. For, the Skripal case is far from over: a secret report lies unopened in the Geneva vaults of the Organisation for Prevention of Chemical Weapons; a subsequent death of two vagabonds has opened a new line of inquiry; and, there could be more revelations, if and when Skripal or his daughter can recall the turn of events on that day.

By mid-1970s, Skripal was an operative of the Soviet Special Forces. The story jumps from his uneventful years in the Soviet Union to the first overseas posting in Malta (1984-89) where both, his boss Burlatov and he were on sale. On his second posting to Madrid (1993-96), MI6 enrolled him after he rolled out the Russian military intelligence’s (GRU) organisational chart.Back in Moscow, he made two deliveries of books containing notes in secret ink till he was passed over for promotion to Major-General and retired at 48 in 1999. This was a time for troubles in Russia when corporate, personal and espionage interests blended and Skripal, by his admission, began freelancing with his former contacts.

His luck ran out when his former Malta boss Burlatov was arrested and then murdered in prison. In 2004, Skripal was next, transferred to Lefortovo prison with its quaint rules and after conviction, sent to the harsher Potma prison where temperatures sank to -30º.

So, who outed Skripal and Burlatov? Skripal believes it was a Spanish double agent who Madrid exposed. But others say Russians knew at the time when as a pensioner he would ask leading questions from his serving colleagues.

Then Ghost Stories happened. The US uncovered a network of deep penetration Russian agents, including the glamorous Anna Chapman, and prompt Moscow ownership of their operations set the stage for a swap of spies. Skripal was freed in 2010 and opted to stay in London where the MI6 made him comfortable.

After eight uneventful years, he and his daughter began frothing from the mouth while sitting on a bench in a park in Salisbury. Details unravelled in a slow pirouette and when it was established that a deadly chemical had been used, 150 Russian diplomats were expelled. Significantly, the enthusiasm to expel was confined to the US, the UK and Ukraine — three countries with an existentialist angst against Russia — which accounted for two-thirds of the expulsions.

This has triggered a minority view that the poisoning was a false flag operation — an operation where the home side creates an incident to implicate the opposing side. Why would Putin risk western outrage barely weeks before he was to be re-elected as President? Then there is evidence of how the rabidly anti-Russia Boris Johnson shaped the narrative with outlandish claims.

Urban, however, dismisses these conjectures as part of a Russian tactic of releasing counter theories. His counter is that Putin wanted a 70/70 result — get 70 per cent of the vote from a 70 per cent overall voter turnout. Russophobia was guaranteed to get the voter out. There is also Putin’s alleged fetish for assassinations, such as the murder of a retired general fiercely critical of Yeltsin in 1999 that Skripal believes helped him become Prime Minister after a couple of months.

There is also the suggestion that Skripal was living up to the maxim that that intelligence officers never retire and he seemed to be playing the field again, thus making him a target. Putin may also have ordered the hit to deter anyone from spying for Britain again.

While the media speculated, British investigations identified the chemical as Novichok A. But that claim got muddied after the Russian foreign minister claimed that it was BZ, manufactured by NATO countries.

There is no unimpeachable argument on either side. But perhaps the endgame to ensure Russia’s isolation by exploiting the Skripal affair was achieved. The uproar ensured that Donald Trump couldn’t get Russia into G 7 and CAATSA, an anti Russia-Iran-North Korea law, that is also causing India much anguish, had a smooth sailing in the American Congress.

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The gunman is said to have yelled “All Jews must die” as he entered the Tree of Life Synagogue, a Conservative congregation in the city and began firing during a baby naming ceremony, local media reported. He engaged in a shootout with responding police officers and barricaded himself inside the building before surrendering. He is said to be injured, and reportedly crawled toward police.

KDKA-TV, a local news stations, said its sources identified the suspect as Robert Bowers, a white male in his 40s. A law enforcement official later confirmed the suspect’s identity to the Associated Press, but could not elaborate further.

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Bowers is said to have written anti-Semitic and anti-immigrant conspiracies on Gab, an alt-right social network similar to Twitter. His last reported message read: “HIAS likes to bring invaders to kill our people. I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I’m going in.”

HIAS, formerly Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, is an American-Jewish nonprofit organization that provides humanitarian aid to refugees and immigrants.

Bowers’ Gab bio read: “Jews are the children of Satan.” The profile has since been taken down.

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At least six people were injured in the shooting, among them four police officers, according to authorities.

Wendell Hissrich, the Pittsburgh public safety director, said, “It is a very horrific crime scene. It was one of the worst that I’ve seen. It is very bad.”

The synagogue is located at the corner of Wilkins and Shady Avenues in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood, about 10 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh. The neighborhood is heavily Jewish.

Synagogues hold weekly religious services for congregants and visitors on Saturdays, the Jewish day of the Sabbath. Service was in session at the time of the shooting at the synagogue on Saturday morning at approximately 10:00 am local time. Congregants were hosting a baby naming ceremony at the time, according to reports.

Michael Eisenberg, a former president of the Tree of Life Synagogue, told KDKA that there were approximately 50 people inside the synagogue at the time of the shooting.

“At 9:45 there were three simultaneous congregations’ services that were being held,” he told the news station. “In the main part of the building, The Tree of Life has a service that has about 40 people in it. Just below that there is a basement area where New Life congregation would have been having their Shabbat service. There would have been 30-40 people. Just adjacent to Tree of Light’s service area, a congregation was in the rabbi study room and they would have had approximately 15 people in there.”

Police respond to an active shooter situation at the Tree of Life synagogue on Wildins Avenue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa., on Saturday, October 27, 2018. (Pam Panchak/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

CBS Pittsburgh reported that police received several calls from people inside the synagogue as the shooting unfolded.

Police officers, SWAT teams, firefighters, and ambulance services responded to the attack.

“There is an active shooter in the area of Wilkins and Shady. Avoid the area,” the Pittsburgh Public Safety Department wrote in a tweet Saturday as the shooting began.

Jeff Finkelstein of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh told WPXI that organization’s security officer has notified all JCC synagogues and that they are on modified lockdown.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf called the shooting an “absolute tragedy.”

“We must all pray and hope for no more loss of life,” Wolf said. “But we have been saying “this one is too many” for far too long. Dangerous weapons are putting our citizens in harm’s way.”

Yizhar Hess, the executive director and CEO of the Conservative Movement in Israel, known as Masorti, said in a statement Saturday that “it is hard to imagine the hatred that leads someone to open fire in a synagogue.”

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said in a statement: “Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the events in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We are thinking of ‘our brothers and sisters, the whole house of Israel, in this time of trouble’, as we say in the morning prayers. We are thinking of the families of those who were murdered and praying for the quick recovery of those who were injured. I am sure that the law enforcement agencies and the legal authorities in the US will investigate this horrific event thoroughly and that justice will be served on the despicable murderer.”

Israeli Minister of Diaspora Affairs Naftali Bennett said: “The State of Israel and the Israeli Government are shocked and pained to receive the reports of the terrible attack on the Jewish community in Pittsburgh.”

“We are following the news with concern, and I have instructed the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs to prepare to assist the community in every possible way. Our hearts go out to the families of those killed and injured. May the memory of the murdered be blessed,” he said.

US President Donald Trump tweeted that the attack was “far more devastating than originally thought.”

He also spoke to reporters later Saturday at Andrews Air Force Base before traveling to Indianapolis, saying the violence “has to stop.”

Trump also said the outcome might have been different if the synagogue “had some kind of protection” from an armed guard and suggested that might be a good idea for all churches and synagogues.

He also said such shooters should receive the death penalty and “suffer the ultimate price.”

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted: “Saddened and appalled by the cowardly act of evil committed at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. We stand in total solidarity with the victims and all of the Jewish community against bigotry and hate.”

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1:32 PM — Officials say the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect has been identified as Robert Bowers.

1:26 PM — Hissrich cannot confirm the number of fatalities, says 6 are hurt, 4 of them are police officers.

1:25 PM — Hissrich says the FBI will lead the investigation into the shooting because it “falls under a hate crime being a Jewish synagogue.”

1:21 PM — Pittsburgh public safety director Wendell Hissrich says the shooting scene is “very bad inside,” adding it’s “one of the worst I’ve ever seen.”

12:53 PM — White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issues a statement on the shooting:

12:28 PM — Aboard Air Force One, President Trump says the shooting has “little to do” with the country’s gun laws. “If they had some kind of a protection inside the temple maybe it could have been a much different situation,” the president told reporters.

“To see this happen again and again, for so many years, it’s just a shame,” President Trump added, before suggesting all mass shooters should be given the death penalty.

12:26 PM — President Trump spoke with Pittsburgh’s mayor and the Gov. of Pennslyvania about the shooting, and will issue another statement on the horrific events later Saturday.

12:35 PM — Congregants say the shooting occurred during a circumcision and naming celebration, referred to as a bris, NBC reports.

12:25 PM  Fox News reporting live that there were “multiple shootouts” between the suspect and police inside the synagogue. Thereafter the wounded suspect surrendered. KDKA reporter Ross Guidotti says the shooter was found “with a pistol in his waistband and one strapped to his ankle. Swat operators grabbed the weapons, removed them and made safe.”

12:22 PM — GQ magazine correspondent Julia Ioffe blames the shooting on President Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.

11:50 AM  KDKA reports that the attacker walked into the synagogue and allegedly screamed, “All Jews must die.” He struck the synagogue during Shabbat services and the synagogue was “full of people” at the time.

11:32 AM  Pittsburgh Steelers send thoughts and prayers to those affected by the shooting.

11:08 AM — President Donald Trump asks Squirrel Hill residents to remain indoors as the active shooting unfolds.

11:04 AM — CBS News reports that at least seven people were killed during the armed assault:

10:34 AM — KDKA reports that the number of fatalities may rise, as police are still working to get people out of the building.

The attacker opened fire on police when they responded to first reports of shots fired. Two officers were wounded as a result.

14 News reports that police are urging people who live near the synagogue “to lock their doors and stay in their homes.”

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One of Pittsburgh’s refugee assistance programs is shutting down its services because of the dwindling number of refugees being resettled in the United States.

The Sharpsburg-based Northern Area Multi Service Center (NAMS) will close its Community Assistance and Refugee Resettlement program in January. The program has been operating for seven years. Other NAMS community services will continue to operate.

“After many successful years as a provider of refugee resettlement, case management, and employment services, the … program will begin the process of transitioning its responsibilities to other regional partner agencies,” a Sept. 28 NAMS letter to partner agencies read.

At its peak two years ago, NAMS resettled 269 refugees. This year it resettled 69.

“Honestly it came down to it was no longer sustainable based on reduced numbers of arrivals over the course of last few years,” said Kurt Meier, chief operating officer of NAMS. “Between the realized reduction of arrivals, on top of projects for the upcoming year, we made the decision to end the program.”

The two remaining refugee resettlement agencies in Pittsburgh are Jewish Family and Community Services (JFCS), based in Squirrel Hill, and the Acculturation for Justice, Access and Peace Outreach (AJAPO), based in the Hill District.

NAMS will complete its last two refugee resettlement cases by November, and the organization is transferring 22 employment program cases to JFCS.

For the past decade, the U.S. Department of State refugee admissions figures have hovered between 70,000 and 85,000, with the exception of the 2016 peak of 110,000. This year, the Trump administration admitted 45,000.

In a September announcement, the administration said it planned to cap admissions at 30,000 next year, the lowest ever in the U.S. refugee program’s history.

The number of refugees resettled in Allegheny County has declined as a result, according to figures from the Pennsylvania Refugee Resettlement Program.

Dwindling refugee arrivalsA resettlement program in Allegheny County will close at the end of the year because of the decline in refugee arrivals.Refugee resettlement numbers in Allegheny County and statewide since 2008, and the top originating countries of the majority of refugees, by fiscal year*

*Top countries of origin represented in Allegheny County. Fiscal year: October to SeptemberSource: Pennsylvania Refugee Resettlement Program

For this fiscal year, which ran from October 2017 through September, just 202 refugees have been resettled in the county — down from 448 in 2016-2017, and 641 in 2015-2016.

That’s well below what resettlement agencies in Allegheny County estimated for the year, Mr. Meier said.

NAMS had expected to resettle 175 refugees by year’s end. Jewish Family and Children’s Services and AJAPO expected 148 and 145 respectively.

In recent years, the majority of refugees resettled in Allegheny County have come from Bhutan, where the government employed ethnic-cleansing policies, as well as warn-torn Iraq and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

NAMS laid off eight employees, two of whom were able to transfer to other area refugee programs.

JFCS and AJAPO will absorb clients from the NAMS program closure.

“I think this is an opportunity for us to strengthen our services on the ground,” said AJAPO executive director Yinka Aganga-Williams about the slowdown in refugee arrivals.

AJAPO resettled roughly 70 refugees this year, and like JFCS, which resettled 71, also helps with immigration services, employment and cultural orientation.

The United Nations estimates 65 million refugees are displaced across the globe.

Ashley Murray: 412-263-1750, amurray@post-gazette.com or on Twitter at @Ashley__Murray

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Operation Novichok – The Postcard from Salisbury – 6:47 AM 10/7/2018

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Abwehr Zi Demiurge. Operations: “Trump Card”, “Call 9/11”, “MuckCart-hy”, and many others in between – By Michael Novakhov – Updates: 10.7.18

Operation Novichok – The Postcard from Salisbury

The Perfect Colors Coordination, the Birds of the same F-f-feather, the Coloring of Troops… 

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“Novichok” Postcard: Note the three steady amber lights: this is the highest  degree of the child kidnapping alert. The “Bosh” and his “Pet”, behind the “rov” – moat, marked by the flag with their mixed colors, in the neo-auburn field of the old cemetery, called the Central Europe. See also: germany ukraine relations – Google Search

The Coloring Of Troops: they stand on the common neo-auburn ground. 

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They kidnapped the Junior!

Малого украли! Call 9/11!

Three Lights Amber Alert: Operation “Novichok”!

By Michael Novakhov – 1o.5.18

“Ukraine and her Intelligence Services (“Малой, The Junior, Der Jünger”) are finally kidnapped by the New Abwehr”, says the Demiurge. 

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Перед началом встречи с группой воспитанников российского образовательного центра «Сириус» и одарённых детей из Индии.

Mr. (Emperor) Pu: “Не Малого, а Малую украли! Вроде той вот что позади меня (Nice Abwehr Girl!). И это давно уже не новость, так что звонить и не кому. А я бы им и вабще бы не позвонил, такой Бардак!
И Барак – Бардак, и Бардак – Барак! Одним словом, полный красный бурак!
Что я сказал: “Бурак” или “Дурак”, а то я уже сам не помню… 
Вы там всё правильно записывайте, чтобы не было ошибок в истории. В нашей истории болезни, так сказать. Или в болезне нашей истории. Я уже совсем запутался, но только вы это не записывайте. В истории тоже должны остаться свои белые пятна, хоть для какой-то чистоты.
И Бардак, и Бурак, и Дурак, и всё остальное. И не Бурак даже, а тотальная Русская Редиска: и не отгрызёшь, и не разгрызёшь… Тако, Ма…” 
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My respectful recommendation to Gen. Gerasimov and Gen. Korobov is to try to reach out to their colleagues and to discuss these issues frankly and openly, in their broad range and in all the possible depth. The similar respectful recommendation to their colleagues, Gen. Dunford and Gen. Ashley, is to have these discussions and to try to make them productive. GRU is often compared with CIA, although nominally its counterpart is DIA. These interventions have to be approved on the highest levels, of course. 

This “ham-handedness”, the deliberate, demonstrative sloppiness, as if it were the invitation to be discovered, is the pervasive, constantly present, the distinguishing, the defining, the hallmark feature of ALL recent operations, including, very much so, the Operation Trump. This feature has to be addressed and investigated thoroughly, it might contain one of the main clues. It might indicate the possible set-up or the number of other explanations, which have to be explored. 

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The coordinated witch-hunts do not solve the problems, the coordinated communications do. The pervasive, constantly present, the distinguishing, the defining, the hallmark feature of the recent operations is this “ham-handedness”. – M.N. – 6:08 AM 10/6/2018 | Global Security News

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Iz ziz what the Demiurge and hiz New Abwehr want? Iz ziz what ziz Hullabaloo iz about? | “Russian spies are outed, but will heads roll in Moscow?” – from KPAX.com. – 6:57 PM 10/5/2018 | Russia News
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The coordinated witch-hunts do not solve the problems, the coordinated communications do. The pervasive, constantly present, the distinguishing, the defining, the hallmark feature of the recent operations is this “ham-handedness”. – M.N. – 6:08 AM 10/6/2018 | Global Security News
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The coordinated witch-hunts do not solve the problems, the coordinated communications do. The pervasive, constantly present, the distinguishing, the defining, the hallmark feature of the recent operations is this “ham-handedness”. – M.N. – 6:08 AM 10/6/2018

“The ham-handed attempted break-in — involving hacking equipment in the trunk of a car and a trail of physical and virtual clues — was the most stunning operation revealed Thursday. It was so obvious, in fact, that it almost looked like the Russians didn’t care about getting caught…

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The New Abwehr’s Set-up! It is extremely rare, practically nonexistent, that someone pay for the cab ride in Moscow by charging the credit card, with the receipt that so conveniently popped up later. The similar comment regarding them buying the spying equipment in Amsterdam by charging the credit card and also keeping the receipt that also so conveniently for the investigators, popped up later, after they were apprehended. This indicates, that most likely it is the set-up by the New Abwehr to mislead the investigation. Michael Novakhov – 5:46 AM 10/5/2018

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Public RSS-Feed of Mike Nova. Created with the PIXELMECHANICS ‘GPlusRSS-Webtool’ at http://gplusrss.com: The New Abwehr’s Set-up! It is extremely rare, practically nonexistent, that someone pay for the cab…

The New Abwehr’s Set-up! It is extremely rare, practically nonexistent, that someone pay for the cab ride in Moscow by charging the credit card, with the receipt that so conveniently popped up later. The similar comment regarding them buying the spying equipment in Amsterdam by charging the credit card and also keeping the receipt that also so conveniently for the investigators, popped up later, after they were apprehended. This indicates, that most likely it is the set-up by the New Abwehr to mislead the investigation. Michael Novakhov – 5:46 AM 10/5/2018

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Public RSS-Feed of Mike Nova. Created with the PIXELMECHANICS ‘GPlusRSS-Webtool’ at http://gplusrss.com: The New Abwehr’s Set-up! It is extremely rare, practically nonexistent, that someone pay for the cab…

The New Abwehr’s Set-up! It is extremely rare, practically nonexistent, that someone pay for the cab ride in Moscow by charging the credit card, with the receipt that so conveniently popped up later. The similar comment regarding them buying the spying equipment in Amsterdam by charging the credit card and also keeping the receipt that also so conveniently for the investigators, popped up later, after they were apprehended. This indicates, that most likely it is the set-up by the New Abwehr to mislead the investigation. Michael Novakhov – 5:46 AM 10/5/2018

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Home: Selected Posts: Novichok Signatures: Now They Sing Together! СПЕЛИСЬ! Bravo!

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Home: Selected Posts: Novichok Signatures: Now They Sing Together! СПЕЛИСЬ! Bravo!

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M.N.: “Boshi-ROV” and “Pet-ROV” are just the “Nina Ricci” – the Curly  Girl, the Cover Girl (or two boys, or + a boy and a girl, as in Amesbury Novichok incident, etc. ). They are the COVER. The Pawns. The Walking Ducks, for the purposes of diversion and misleading, it seems to me. – 5:35 AM 10/4/2018

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“Hello, “Kuhn”!”

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Home: Selected Posts | Abwehr “The Demiurge”: Operations “Trump Card”, “Call 9/11”, “MuckCart-hy”, and many others in between – By Michael Novakhov

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Public RSS-Feed of Mike Nova. Created with the PIXELMECHANICS ‘GPlusRSS-Webtool’ at http://gplusrss.com: Germany and Novichok | German Intelligence Knew ‘Novichok’ Nerve Agent Composition in 1990s – Reports…

Germany and Novichok | German Intelligence Knew ‘Novichok’ Nerve Agent Composition in 1990s – Reports | Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks – 2:06 AM 10/3/2018: Экс-охранник Януковича: Боширов сопровождал президента Украины в Крым | Police investigate shooting at Hobart Walmart that left 2 injured

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“Germany’s BND spy agency had secured the sample of novichok from a Russian scientist.” | “previously unknown secret operation of the BND”. – 4:09 PM 10/2/2018

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We do need some hard facts and cooperation in this matter – 2:27 PM 10/2/2018

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Public RSS-Feed of Mike Nova. Created with the PIXELMECHANICS ‘GPlusRSS-Webtool’ at http://gplusrss.com: Message (by Noviy Choke) in a bottle | Is Wagner Group a part of the New Abwehr? – 8:11 PM 10/1/2018

Message (by Noviy Choke) in a bottle | Is Wagner Group a part of the New Abwehr? – 8:11 PM 10/1/2018

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Putin formula 1 – 8:38 PM 10/1/2018

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Salisbury Poisoning Update – 10.1.18

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Journalist says Skripal suspect helped Yanukovych to flee Ukraine – 2:54 PM 10/1/2018

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M.N.: It does not make any sense to stonewall and to obfuscate. It makes all the sense to work together. – 4:04 AM 10/1/2018 | FBI News Review

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7:35 PM 9/17/2017 – US considering closing its embassy in Cuba – Washington Post | What Are Juggalos and Why Are They Marching Against the FBI?

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7:23 PM 9/17/2017 – How 9/11 Changed America: For Better and for Worseby 20committee

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How 9/11 Changed America: For Better and for Worseby 20committee

Sunday September 17th, 2017 at 7:21 PM

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Today we commemorate the 16th anniversary of what Al-Qa’ida termed its Planes Operation, the most consequential terrorist attacks in history. That operation left 19 dead jihadists, 2,978 dead innocent victims, plus thousands of injured. Not to mention the World Trade Center complex annihilated, four jetliners destroyed, the Pentagon badly damaged, and a nation changed forever.

In Lower Manhattan and at the Pentagon – all rebuilt with appropriate memorials to that day – the usual solemn 9/11 remembrances will take place. Those who recall may think back, briefly, to that sunny Tuesday morning when the world changed. Some will speak of it. Just as my parents and their friends once bored me with their exact memories of where they were on November 22, 1963, when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, now my friends and I bore our children with precise recollections of 9/11.

With the passing of time we can see the Planes Operation and its impacts with a clarity that was previously out of reach. In the months after 9/11, when shock turned to an outrage that birthed a national unity which proved as intense as it was fleeting, a new era dawned for America in a long-term struggle against Islamist terrorism and extremism. How has that conflict panned out over the last 16 years?

In the first place, it ought to be noted that our Intelligence Community has done a commendable job of keeping mass-casualty terrorism away from our shores since 9/11. In particular, FBI-NSA teamwork, in near-seamless collaboration with close foreign intelligence partners, has foiled hundreds of terrorist plots “left of boom” as they say in the spy trade. Jihadists have executed exactly zero “big wedding” attacks in the United States in the last 16 years – and it’s not for any lack of trying.

Indeed, since 9/11 the FBI-NSA counterterrorism partnership has grown so effective at stopping jihadists before they kill that civil libertarians routinely complain that many of these would-be terrorists are harmless ne’er-do-wells and fantasists entrapped by government informants. This is a by-product of the success of our domestic counterterrorism in recent years.

Although jihadists, usually self-styled, have killed Americans at home since 9/11, most of these terrorists have been inspired – not directed – by violent co-religionists overseas. In a typical case, the worst of these attacks, the June 2016 slaughter at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, killed 49 innocents; yet their murderer, Omar Mateen, a native-born American citizen, despite clearly being inspired by the Islamic State, was not directed by them except in his own diseased mind.

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American Tourists Doused With Acid In Marseilles, One Suspect Arrested by RT

Sunday September 17th, 2017 at 7:21 PM

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Two American tourists are receiving hospital treatment for burns after being attacked by an unknown female at the Saint Charles train station in Marseilles, who hurled acid at the group of four young women.

The attack with hydrochloric acid occurred on Sunday shortly after 11am, the La Provence newspaper reported, while the group of four was waiting for their transit to Paris. Two of the women are receiving treatment for burns, including a possible eye injury, while the others are being treated for shock, a French official told AP.

One suspect, aged between 41 and 51 years old, has been taken into custody. Police say there does not seem to be a terrorist or religious motive, and the woman appears to be mentally unbalanced.

French prosecutors are not investigating the acid attack on four American women in Marseilles as an act of terror, AP later reported.

As Persian Gulf crisis persists, alarm in Washington deepensby Karen DeYoung

Sunday September 17th, 2017 at 7:20 PM

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The Trump administration fears that the bitter dispute among allies will damage U.S. interests.

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No, We Cannot Shoot Down North Korea’s Missilesby Joe Cirincione

Sunday September 17th, 2017 at 7:20 PM

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In a test, SM-6 missiles fired from the guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) hit a target medium-range ballistic missile off Hawaii, Au. 29, 2017.

In wake of airstrike, US military moves to establish closer communication with Russian forces in Syria

Sunday September 17th, 2017 at 7:19 PM

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The Pentagon is taking additional steps to ensure that U.S. and Russian battlefield commanders are able to directly communicate with one another after an airstrike on U.S. proxy forces near Deir al-Zour, Syria, that wounded several fighters Saturday, the United States’ highest -ranking military officer said.

Trump and the United Nations: Reform or Die?by Zalmay Khalilzad

Sunday September 17th, 2017 at 7:19 PM

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President Trump is taking on a tough but necessary task at the UN.

President Donald Trump will be hosting a meeting on Monday in New York on reforming the United Nations. With that, the president is taking on a very tough but very necessary task. The institution is in serious need of reform but achieving that will be very difficult. Yet, unless it reforms substantially, the UN faces the prospect of becoming less relevant and having its very mission and existence questioned.

Promoting security, human rights, humanitarian assistance and sustainable development are the primary responsibility of the individual member states, and assisting members in these four areas is the core mission of the UN—including peacekeeping, assisting refugees, facilitating international agreements on important issues and prodding countries to carry out their obligation under international law. However, the UN apparatus has become unwieldy, bureaucratically overburdened, inefficient, ineffective and fiscally irresponsible. These problems need to fixed.

Since becoming Secretary General, Antonio Guterres has emphasized reform—his focus of effort and the proposals he has developed do not pertain to adjusting the organization’s mission. Rather, they focus solely on how it carries its responsibilities, with the goal of increasing the organization’s capacity to implements its current mission more effectively by becoming more integrated, more transparent and more accountable. The meeting is aimed at boosting his initiatives.

The Trump/Guterres event will be well received and there will be many positive statements in support of reform. However, the actual implementation of the reforms will face serious challenges.

A key challenge is disagreement among member states on what needs to be done. When it comes to what reform actually means, different countries and voting blocs have varying priorities. The United States and its allies want the United Nations to take greater initiative in reforming management to increase transparency, accountability, effectiveness and efficiency. Rising powers are eager to join the Security Council as permanent members, but are unwilling to embrace the management reforms necessary to reduce waste and increase efficiency and effectiveness, because those moves are unpopular with the developing countries whose votes they will need to achieve their Security Council aspiration.

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In wake of airstrike, U.S. military moves to establish closer communication with Russian forces in Syriaby Thomas Gibbons-Neff

Sunday September 17th, 2017 at 7:11 PM

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Russia has denied taking part in the strike, despite a U.S. statement Saturday that specifically indicated Russian aircraft participated in the bombing.

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In Irma-devastated US Virgin Islands, resolve blends with worry of being forgotten

Sunday September 17th, 2017 at 7:11 PM

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Many in Coral Bay feel their plight was ignored after Irma reached Florida, their experience as Americans forgotten, as if the hurricane in the Virgin Islands didn’t count.

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McCain, a Vietnam War veteran from a military family, has been a longtime critic of the automatic cuts in U.S. spending — including reductions in U.S. defense — known as sequestration that began in 2013 under an earlier deal to raise the country’s 

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U.S. considering closing its embassy in Cuba by Carol Morello

Sunday September 17th, 2017 at 7:11 PM

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Tillerson said the move is “under review,” in response to apparent sonic attacks on U.S. diplomats at the mission.

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What Are ‘Juggalos’ and Why Are They Marching Against the FBI? by Nora Ellingsen

Sunday September 17th, 2017 at 7:10 PM

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On Saturday, the Juggalos marched on Washington. According to their website, they would “take our fight to the streets” this weekend to protest the FBI’s treatment of them. Which led a lot of people to ask, “What the heck is a Juggalo? And what’s their beef with the FBI?” The answer to these questions involves some interesting litigation over the FBI’s authority to identify gangs domestically.

First things first, who are the Juggalos? “Juggalos” are fans of the hip-hop duo Insane Clown Posse(ICP). Commentators liken them more to Deadheads than to an official, organized fan club. Juggalos are easily recognized by their signature look: clown-like face paint. The name Juggalo comes from ICP’s 1992 song “The Juggla” and has evolved into a term of endearment among fans of the group. According to the ACLU, which represents the Juggalos and ICP in the litigation discussed below, the federal government estimates that there are more than a million Juggalos in the United States. This weekend’s protest involved smaller numbers—in the hundreds or low thousands, according to a best guess by Lawfare’s Benjamin Wittes, who went to this weekend’s protest and took the photos published in this post.

ICP was founded in 1991 by Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope, a duo who began performing a hard-core style of hip-hop called horrorcore. Wikipedia describes this music genre as hip-hop “based on horror-themed and often darkly transgressive lyrical content and imagery.” The ACLU, with gentler terminology, describes the genre as using “very harsh language to tell nightmare-like stories with an underlying message that horrible things happen to people who choose evil over good.” Although the group may not fit mainstream tastes, ICP has released two platinum and five gold albums. Along with its record label, ICP holds an annual music festival, called the Gathering of the Juggalos. According to Billboard, the event, which is now in its 18th year, drew 20,000 people in 2010. This year, a solid 8,000 fans showed up.

The Juggalos are upset because, in a 2011 report, the federal government classified the group as a gang. Because of this report, the Juggalos say,  members of their group have been the target of harassment by law enforcement. Individual members have also said that they have lost their jobs and custody of their children because of their affiliation with the group. In 2014, the group filed a lawsuit demanding that they be removed from the list. That case was dismissed last year, a decision that led to this weekend’s march.

The 2011 report is a product of the FBI’s National Gang Intelligence Center (NGIC), which every two years releases a National Gang Threat Assessment (NGTR), now called the National Gang Report. Congress established the National Gang Intelligence Center in 2005 to act as a repository for and facilitate the sharing of gang-related information and intelligence between federal, state and local law enforcement. State and local law-enforcement agencies voluntarily report data on the growth, migration, criminal activity and association of gangs to the center, which incorporates the information into the publicly available National Gang Threat Assessment.

In 2011, the center released a version of the report, and for the first and last time included the Juggalos, describing the group as a “loosely-organized hybrid gang.” In a one-page overview, the report noted that Juggalos were recognized as a gang in only four states but that at least 21 states had identified criminal Juggalo subsets.

The national report also described a group that was committing low-level crimes but warned that small numbers of Juggalos were becoming more organized and violent:

Most crimes committed by Juggalos are sporadic, disorganized, individualistic, and often involve simple assault, personal drug use and possession, petty theft, and vandalism. However, open source reporting suggests that a small number of Juggalos are forming more organized subsets and engaging in more gang-like criminal activity, such as felony assaults, thefts, robberies, and drug sales.

The report cites two specific examples of violence. In January 2011, a Juggalo member shot and wounded a couple in Washington, and in 2010, two Juggalos were charged with beating and robbing an elderly homeless man.

According to NPR, Juggalos have been violent on at least two occasions since the 2011 report. In February of this year, a man in Wisconsin was sentenced for using a machete to cut off a woman’s finger and drinking her blood. In 2014, two Maryland men were charged with attempted murder after they tried to carve a Juggalo tattoo off their housemate’s arm before setting his arm on fire.

The FBI’s action does not carry any legal weight. While the report classifies the Juggalos as a gang, that classification is not a designation that, say, parallels the government’s authority to designate a foreign terrorist organization, an action that makes “material support” of the designated group a felony. The action does not prescribe—or even recommend—any particular course of action. The NGTR is just an intelligence product, meant to educate and facilitate information sharing.

In terms of analogies, the report is probably more similar to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s Global Threat Assessment than to the State Department’s designation of foreign terrorist organizations.

That said, it’s not hard to understand why Juggalos—most of whom see themselves as nothing more than music fans—protest their inclusion. While they haven’t been included in the national gang report since the 2011 edition, the group continues to litigate its inclusion in that document.

In January 2014, the ACLU filed a lawsuit against the Justice Department and the FBI on behalf of four Juggalos and the two members of ICP (performers Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope). The suit was filed in the Eastern District of Michigan, which covers ICP’s hometown. It alleged that the Juggalos, because of their inclusion in the National Gang Intelligence Center’s 2011 report, have been subject to harassment by law-enforcement officers. The complaint details the harassment: Several of the plaintiffs were repeatedly stopped and searched by law enforcement because of their Juggalo tattoos and clothing, it alleges. Another was told his application to join the U.S. military would be denied because of his Juggalo tattoo. And the two ICP performers complained that one of their concerts was canceled after local police called the venue and reported their alleged gang affiliation. The suit sought a declaratory judgement that federal designations of the Juggalos as a gang are unlawful.

The complaint alleged that the federal government’s designation of Juggalos as a “hybrid gang” violated the federal Administrative Procedure Act in several ways. First, the plaintiffs argued, the Justice Department and the FBI violated their constitutional rights of association, expression and due process under the First and Fifth Amendments, respectively. The plaintiffs also claimed that the agencies’ decision to classify Juggalos as a gang was “arbitrary and capricious.” Finally, they argued that the defendants violated criminal intelligence collection procedures.

The lawsuit began a winding path through the court system.

Initially, the lawsuit was dismissed in district court for lack of standing to bring the complaint. The court found that the federal government was not responsible for how local authorities use the National Gang Intelligence Center report because the assessment does not recommend any particular course of action for local law enforcement to follow. Because any adjudication on the merits would involve speculation about the decisions of third parties—for example, local law-enforcement agencies—the court found that the plaintiffs had not properly alleged constitutional standing.

But in September 2015 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit reversed the district court’s decision and reinstated the lawsuit, allowing the Juggalos’ claims to proceed because they asserted that the designation had caused them substantial harm.

One year later, in September 2016, the district court again dismissed the case. The court again reasoned that none of the consequences described in the complaint were caused by the defendants but were a result of “independent decision making by third parties.” In other words, the federal threat assessment document did not direct local law-enforcement officers to stop and search the plaintiffs. The court also ruled that the decision to include the Juggalos in the report was subject to agency discretion.

The case is on to its second appeal before the Sixth Circuit, and arguments are scheduled for October 11.

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What Are ‘Juggalos’ and Why Are They Marching Against the FBI? – Lawfare (blog)

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What Are ‘Juggalos’ and Why Are They Marching Against the FBI?
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On Saturday, the Juggalos marched on Washington. According to their website, they would “take our fight to the streets” this weekend to protest the FBI’s treatment of them. Which led a lot of people to ask, “What the heck is a Juggalo? And what’s their 
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Tillerson says military option will be “only one left” if diplomacy fails on North Korea – CBS News

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday that “our military option will be the only one left” if diplomatic efforts fail when it comes to North Korea. … So this is also to assure the government of China that that is not our agenda either 
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US considering closing its embassy in Cuba – Washington Post

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday that the United States is considering closing theU.S. Embassy in Havana in response to mysterious hearing problems that have left at least 21 employees with serious health issues. “We have it under 

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In wake of airstrike, U.S. military moves to establish closer communication with Russian forces in Syria

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“Mnuchin is in the same boat. The treasury secretary served as national finance chair for Trump’s presidential campaign and on the Trump transition team. What’s more, Mnuchin has a personal relationship with Trump and his immediate family members, and has political relationships that extend to Trump transition advisers and campaign aides who could be affected by Mueller’s investigation. Pompeo has his own conflict challenge. A far-right Republica…

Uncovered Trump Organization Document Suggests Trump Really Was Putin’s Puppet

Sunday September 17th, 2017 at 9:08 AM

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Along with the roiling investigation around the Trump campaign’s high-level meeting with Russian cutouts to discuss collusion, there have recently been a series of eyebrow-raising revelations about the once-planned Trump Tower Moscow, and one newly revealed document goes a long way toward connecting those dots.

It had previously been reported that plans for a luxury Trump property in Moscow were scrapped before his presidential campaign began, but a few weeks ago, it was revealed that Trump signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the deal while his campaign was ongoing. Now, CNN has obtained a copy of that LOI, which was later signed by Trump in January 2016.

Aside from the details of the deal, and the letter’s confirmation that Trump was definitely involved in business with Russia during his presidential campaign, the Oct. 13, 2015, email that accompanied it contained a fascinating detail. Felix Sater, the intermediary for the deal, openly suggested that Trump and Russian dictator Vladimir Putin coordinate their public comments, CNN reported (emphasis added):

Attached is the signed LOI, by Andrey Rozov. Please have Mr. Trump counter-sign, signed and sent back. Lets make this happen and build a Trump Moscow. And possibly fix relations between the countries by showing everyone that commerce & business are much better and more practical than politics. That should be Putin’s message as well, and we will help him agree on that message. Help world peace and make a lot of money, I would say that’s a great lifetime goal for us to go after.

It was right around this time, you may recall, that Trump and Putin began a very public verbal love-festthat included moments like this December interview, when Trump bashfully accepted Putin’s praise, bashed President Barack Obama in Putin’s favor, and defended his brutal repression in return:

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Trump’s pattern of behavior following this email is similar to that which followed the Trump Tower meeting, which intensifies the possibility that Trump was aware of both overtures, and willingly accepted them.

But this email also suggests that, like a great many other things, Hillary Clinton was right when she called Trump a puppet during her third presidential debate with him.

Relive Trump’s priceless reaction to that slam below, via CBS News.

Please note: This is a commentary piece. The views and opinions expressed within it are those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect the editorial opinion of IJR.

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How the Trump administration’s secret efforts to ease Russia sanctions fell short

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In the early weeks of the Trump administration, former Obama administration officials and State Department staffers fought an intense, behind-the-scenes battle to head off efforts by incoming officials to normalize relations with Russia, according to multiple sources familiar with the events.

Unknown to the public at the time, top Trump administration officials, almost as soon as they took office, tasked State Department staffers with developing proposals for the lifting of economic sanctions, the return of diplomatic compounds and other steps to relieve tensions with Moscow.

These efforts to relax or remove punitive measures imposed by President Obama in retaliation for Russia’s intervention in Ukraine and meddling in the 2016 election alarmed some State Department officials, who immediately began lobbying congressional leaders to quickly pass legislation to block the move, the sources said.

“There was serious consideration by the White House to unilaterally rescind the sanctions,” said Dan Fried, a veteran State Department official who served as chief U.S. coordinator for sanctions policy until he retired in late February. He said in the first few weeks of the administration, he received several “panicky” calls from U.S. government officials who told him they had been directed to develop a sanctions-lifting package and imploring him, “Please, my God, can’t you stop this?”

Fried said he grew so concerned that he contacted Capitol Hill allies — including Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., the ranking minority member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee — to urge them to move quickly to pass legislation that would “codify” the sanctions in place, making it difficult for President Trump to remove them.

Tom Malinowski, who had just stepped down as President Obama’s assistant secretary of state for human rights, told Yahoo News he too joined the effort to lobby Congress after learning from former colleagues that the administration was developing a plan to lift sanctions — and possibly arrange a summit between Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin — as part of an effort to achieve a “grand bargain” with Moscow. “It would have been a win-win for Moscow,” said Malinowski, who only days before he left office announced his own round of sanctions against senior Russian officials for human rights abuses under a law known as the Magnitsky Act.

The previously unreported efforts by Fried and others to check the Trump administration’s policy moves cast new light on the unseen tensions over Russia policy during the early days of the new administration.

It also potentially takes on new significance for congressional and Justice Department investigators in light of reports that before the administration took office Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and his chief foreign policy adviser, Michael Flynn, discussed setting up a private channel of communications with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak — talks that appear to have laid the groundwork for the proposals that began circulating right after the inauguration.

A senior White House official confirmed that the administration began exploring changes in Russia sanctions as part of a broader policy review that is still ongoing. “We’ve been reviewing all the sanctions — and this is not exclusive to Russia,” the official said. “All the sanctions regimes have mechanisms built in to alleviate them. It’s been our hope that the Russians would take advantage of that” by living up to Moscow’s agreement to end the Ukraine conflict, but they did not do so.

To be sure, President Trump’s interest in improving relations with Moscow was hardly a secret during last year’s presidential campaign. “If we can make a great deal for our country and get along with Russia, that would be a tremendous thing,” Trump said in a April 28, 2016, Fox News interview. “I would love to try it.”

But there was nothing said in public about specific steps the new administration took toward reaching the kind of deal the president had talked about during the campaign — without requiring the Russians to acknowledge responsibility for the annexation of Crimea or Moscow’s “influence campaign” during the 2016 election.

Just days after President Trump took office, officials who had moved into the secretary of state’s seventh-floor office sent a “tasking” order to the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs to develop a menu of options to improve relations with Russia as part of a deal in exchange for Russian cooperation in the war against the Islamic State in Syria, according to two former officials. Those options were to include sanctions relief as well as other steps that were a high priority for Moscow, including the return of two diplomatic compounds — one on Long Island and the other on Maryland’s Eastern Shore — that were shut by President Obama on Dec. 29 on the grounds that they were being used for espionage purposes. (The return of the compounds is again being actively considered by the administration, according to a Washington Post report Thursday.) “Obviously, the Russians have been agitating about this,” the senior White House official said when asked about the compounds, or “dachas,” as the Russians call them. But it would be inaccurate to report there has been an agreement to return them without some reciprocal move on Moscow’s part.

Since this was the same State Department bureau that had helped develop the punitive measures in the first place, and actively pushed for them under the leadership of Assistant Secretary Victoria Nuland, who had just resigned, the tasking order left staffers feeling “deeply uncomfortable,” said one source, who asked not to be identified.

These concerns led some department officials to also reach out to Malinowski, an Obama political appointee who had just stepped down. Malinowski said he, like Fried, called Cardin and other congressional allies, including aides to Sen. John McCain, and urged them to codify the sanctions — effectively locking them in place — before Trump could lift them

The lobbying effort produced some immediate results: On Feb. 7, Cardin and Sen. Lindsay Graham introduced bipartisan legislation to bar the administration from granting sanctions relief without first submitting a proposal to do so for congressional review. “Russia has done nothing to be rewarded with sanctions relief,” Graham said in a statement at the time. If the U.S. were to lift sanctions without “verifiable progress” by Russia in living up to agreements in Ukraine, “we would lose all credibility in the eyes of our allies in Europe and around he world,” added Cardin in his own statement. (A spokesman for Cardin told Yahoo News in an emailed statement: “I can also confirm that the senator did hear from senior Obama officials encouraging him to take sanctions steps, but that he had already been considering it as well.”)

The proposed bill lost some of its urgency six days later when Flynn resigned as White House national security adviser following disclosures he had discussed political sanctions relief with Kislyak during the transition and misrepresented those talks to Vice President Mike Pence. After that, “it didn’t take too long for it to become clear that if they lifted sanctions, there would be a political firestorm,” Malinowski said.

But the political battles over the issue are far from over. Cardin, McCain and Graham are separately pushing another sanctions bill — imposing tough new measures in response to Russia’s election interference. The measures have so far been blocked for consideration within the Senate Foreign Relations Committee by its chairman, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., who says he wants to first hear the administration’s position on the issue.

In the meantime, Malinowksi said he is concerned that there may be other, less public ways the administration can undermine the Russian sanctions. He noted that much of their force results from parallel sanctions imposed by the European Union, whose members must unanimously renew them each year.

“I had this nightmare vision of [White House senior adviser ] Steve Bannon or [National Security Council staffer] Sebastian Gorka calling in the Hungarian ambassador and telling them President Trump would not be displeased” if his country opposed the renewal of sanctions, he said.

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Sen. Al Franken on new book ‘Giant of the Senate,’ Hillary Clinton’s election loss and Trump’s decision on Paris Climate Agreement

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Trump’s Moscow Tower and Back-Channel Ukraine Dossier: Both … – Just Security

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Congressional investigators are reportedly exploring any connections between two deals brokered by Donald Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen and Felix Sater …
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On MSNBC Steven Harper Talks About the Moscow Tower Deal That ‘Will Get Donald Elected’ – BillMoyers.com

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How Donald Trump Lied to Conceal His Moscow Business Partner – Mother Jones

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On December 2, 2015, during an interview with an Associated Press reporter, Trump was asked about his relationship with a fellow named Felix Sater. Trump, who was then the front-runner in the GOP presidential nomination contest, replied, “Felix Sater 
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‘Help world peace and make a lot of money’: Here’s the letter of intent to build a Trump Tower Moscow – Yahoo News

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Uncovered Trump Organization Document Suggests Trump Really Was Putin’s Puppet – Independent Journal Review

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Who Is Felix Sater, and Why Is Donald Trump So Afraid of Him? – The Nation.

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In wake of airstrike, U.S. military moves to establish closer communication with Russian forces in Syriaby Thomas Gibbons-Neff

Sunday September 17th, 2017 at 7:11 PM

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Russia has denied taking part in the strike, despite a U.S. statement Saturday that specifically indicated Russian aircraft participated in the bombing.

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In Irma-devastated US Virgin Islands, resolve blends with worry of being forgotten

Sunday September 17th, 2017 at 7:11 PM

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Many in Coral Bay feel their plight was ignored after Irma reached Florida, their experience as Americans forgotten, as if the hurricane in the Virgin Islands didn’t count.

McCain Laments ‘Accident After Accident’ After Military Cuts – Bloomberg

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U.S. considering closing its embassy in Cuba by Carol Morello

Sunday September 17th, 2017 at 7:11 PM

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Tillerson said the move is “under review,” in response to apparent sonic attacks on U.S. diplomats at the mission.

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What Are ‘Juggalos’ and Why Are They Marching Against the FBI? by Nora Ellingsen

Sunday September 17th, 2017 at 7:10 PM

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On Saturday, the Juggalos marched on Washington. According to their website, they would “take our fight to the streets” this weekend to protest the FBI’s treatment of them. Which led a lot of people to ask, “What the heck is a Juggalo? And what’s their beef with the FBI?” The answer to these questions involves some interesting litigation over the FBI’s authority to identify gangs domestically.

First things first, who are the Juggalos? “Juggalos” are fans of the hip-hop duo Insane Clown Posse(ICP). Commentators liken them more to Deadheads than to an official, organized fan club. Juggalos are easily recognized by their signature look: clown-like face paint. The name Juggalo comes from ICP’s 1992 song “The Juggla” and has evolved into a term of endearment among fans of the group. According to the ACLU, which represents the Juggalos and ICP in the litigation discussed below, the federal government estimates that there are more than a million Juggalos in the United States. This weekend’s protest involved smaller numbers—in the hundreds or low thousands, according to a best guess by Lawfare’s Benjamin Wittes, who went to this weekend’s protest and took the photos published in this post.

ICP was founded in 1991 by Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope, a duo who began performing a hard-core style of hip-hop called horrorcore. Wikipedia describes this music genre as hip-hop “based on horror-themed and often darkly transgressive lyrical content and imagery.” The ACLU, with gentler terminology, describes the genre as using “very harsh language to tell nightmare-like stories with an underlying message that horrible things happen to people who choose evil over good.” Although the group may not fit mainstream tastes, ICP has released two platinum and five gold albums. Along with its record label, ICP holds an annual music festival, called the Gathering of the Juggalos. According to Billboard, the event, which is now in its 18th year, drew 20,000 people in 2010. This year, a solid 8,000 fans showed up.

The Juggalos are upset because, in a 2011 report, the federal government classified the group as a gang. Because of this report, the Juggalos say,  members of their group have been the target of harassment by law enforcement. Individual members have also said that they have lost their jobs and custody of their children because of their affiliation with the group. In 2014, the group filed a lawsuit demanding that they be removed from the list. That case was dismissed last year, a decision that led to this weekend’s march.

The 2011 report is a product of the FBI’s National Gang Intelligence Center (NGIC), which every two years releases a National Gang Threat Assessment (NGTR), now called the National Gang Report. Congress established the National Gang Intelligence Center in 2005 to act as a repository for and facilitate the sharing of gang-related information and intelligence between federal, state and local law enforcement. State and local law-enforcement agencies voluntarily report data on the growth, migration, criminal activity and association of gangs to the center, which incorporates the information into the publicly available National Gang Threat Assessment.

In 2011, the center released a version of the report, and for the first and last time included the Juggalos, describing the group as a “loosely-organized hybrid gang.” In a one-page overview, the report noted that Juggalos were recognized as a gang in only four states but that at least 21 states had identified criminal Juggalo subsets.

The national report also described a group that was committing low-level crimes but warned that small numbers of Juggalos were becoming more organized and violent:

Most crimes committed by Juggalos are sporadic, disorganized, individualistic, and often involve simple assault, personal drug use and possession, petty theft, and vandalism. However, open source reporting suggests that a small number of Juggalos are forming more organized subsets and engaging in more gang-like criminal activity, such as felony assaults, thefts, robberies, and drug sales.

The report cites two specific examples of violence. In January 2011, a Juggalo member shot and wounded a couple in Washington, and in 2010, two Juggalos were charged with beating and robbing an elderly homeless man.

According to NPR, Juggalos have been violent on at least two occasions since the 2011 report. In February of this year, a man in Wisconsin was sentenced for using a machete to cut off a woman’s finger and drinking her blood. In 2014, two Maryland men were charged with attempted murder after they tried to carve a Juggalo tattoo off their housemate’s arm before setting his arm on fire.

The FBI’s action does not carry any legal weight. While the report classifies the Juggalos as a gang, that classification is not a designation that, say, parallels the government’s authority to designate a foreign terrorist organization, an action that makes “material support” of the designated group a felony. The action does not prescribe—or even recommend—any particular course of action. The NGTR is just an intelligence product, meant to educate and facilitate information sharing.

In terms of analogies, the report is probably more similar to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s Global Threat Assessment than to the State Department’s designation of foreign terrorist organizations.

That said, it’s not hard to understand why Juggalos—most of whom see themselves as nothing more than music fans—protest their inclusion. While they haven’t been included in the national gang report since the 2011 edition, the group continues to litigate its inclusion in that document.

In January 2014, the ACLU filed a lawsuit against the Justice Department and the FBI on behalf of four Juggalos and the two members of ICP (performers Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope). The suit was filed in the Eastern District of Michigan, which covers ICP’s hometown. It alleged that the Juggalos, because of their inclusion in the National Gang Intelligence Center’s 2011 report, have been subject to harassment by law-enforcement officers. The complaint details the harassment: Several of the plaintiffs were repeatedly stopped and searched by law enforcement because of their Juggalo tattoos and clothing, it alleges. Another was told his application to join the U.S. military would be denied because of his Juggalo tattoo. And the two ICP performers complained that one of their concerts was canceled after local police called the venue and reported their alleged gang affiliation. The suit sought a declaratory judgement that federal designations of the Juggalos as a gang are unlawful.

The complaint alleged that the federal government’s designation of Juggalos as a “hybrid gang” violated the federal Administrative Procedure Act in several ways. First, the plaintiffs argued, the Justice Department and the FBI violated their constitutional rights of association, expression and due process under the First and Fifth Amendments, respectively. The plaintiffs also claimed that the agencies’ decision to classify Juggalos as a gang was “arbitrary and capricious.” Finally, they argued that the defendants violated criminal intelligence collection procedures.

The lawsuit began a winding path through the court system.

Initially, the lawsuit was dismissed in district court for lack of standing to bring the complaint. The court found that the federal government was not responsible for how local authorities use the National Gang Intelligence Center report because the assessment does not recommend any particular course of action for local law enforcement to follow. Because any adjudication on the merits would involve speculation about the decisions of third parties—for example, local law-enforcement agencies—the court found that the plaintiffs had not properly alleged constitutional standing.

But in September 2015 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit reversed the district court’s decision and reinstated the lawsuit, allowing the Juggalos’ claims to proceed because they asserted that the designation had caused them substantial harm.

One year later, in September 2016, the district court again dismissed the case. The court again reasoned that none of the consequences described in the complaint were caused by the defendants but were a result of “independent decision making by third parties.” In other words, the federal threat assessment document did not direct local law-enforcement officers to stop and search the plaintiffs. The court also ruled that the decision to include the Juggalos in the report was subject to agency discretion.

The case is on to its second appeal before the Sixth Circuit, and arguments are scheduled for October 11.

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What Are ‘Juggalos’ and Why Are They Marching Against the FBI? – Lawfare (blog)

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On Saturday, the Juggalos marched on Washington. According to their website, they would “take our fight to the streets” this weekend to protest the FBI’s treatment of them. Which led a lot of people to ask, “What the heck is a Juggalo? And what’s their 
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Tillerson says military option will be “only one left” if diplomacy fails on North Korea – CBS News

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday that “our military option will be the only one left” if diplomatic efforts fail when it comes to North Korea. … So this is also to assure the government of China that that is not our agenda either 
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US considering closing its embassy in Cuba – Washington Post

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday that the United States is considering closing theU.S. Embassy in Havana in response to mysterious hearing problems that have left at least 21 employees with serious health issues. “We have it under 

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“Mnuchin is in the same boat. The treasury secretary served as national finance chair for Trump’s presidential campaign and on the Trump transition team. What’s more, Mnuchin has a personal relationship with Trump and his immediate family members, and has political relationships that extend to Trump transition advisers and campaign aides who could be affected by Mueller’s investigation. Pompeo has his own conflict challenge. A far-right Republica…

Uncovered Trump Organization Document Suggests Trump Really Was Putin’s Puppet

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Along with the roiling investigation around the Trump campaign’s high-level meeting with Russian cutouts to discuss collusion, there have recently been a series of eyebrow-raising revelations about the once-planned Trump Tower Moscow, and one newly revealed document goes a long way toward connecting those dots.

It had previously been reported that plans for a luxury Trump property in Moscow were scrapped before his presidential campaign began, but a few weeks ago, it was revealed that Trump signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the deal while his campaign was ongoing. Now, CNN has obtained a copy of that LOI, which was later signed by Trump in January 2016.

Aside from the details of the deal, and the letter’s confirmation that Trump was definitely involved in business with Russia during his presidential campaign, the Oct. 13, 2015, email that accompanied it contained a fascinating detail. Felix Sater, the intermediary for the deal, openly suggested that Trump and Russian dictator Vladimir Putin coordinate their public comments, CNN reported (emphasis added):

Attached is the signed LOI, by Andrey Rozov. Please have Mr. Trump counter-sign, signed and sent back. Lets make this happen and build a Trump Moscow. And possibly fix relations between the countries by showing everyone that commerce & business are much better and more practical than politics. That should be Putin’s message as well, and we will help him agree on that message. Help world peace and make a lot of money, I would say that’s a great lifetime goal for us to go after.

It was right around this time, you may recall, that Trump and Putin began a very public verbal love-festthat included moments like this December interview, when Trump bashfully accepted Putin’s praise, bashed President Barack Obama in Putin’s favor, and defended his brutal repression in return:

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Trump’s pattern of behavior following this email is similar to that which followed the Trump Tower meeting, which intensifies the possibility that Trump was aware of both overtures, and willingly accepted them.

But this email also suggests that, like a great many other things, Hillary Clinton was right when she called Trump a puppet during her third presidential debate with him.

Relive Trump’s priceless reaction to that slam below, via CBS News.

Please note: This is a commentary piece. The views and opinions expressed within it are those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect the editorial opinion of IJR.

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How the Trump administration’s secret efforts to ease Russia sanctions fell short

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In the early weeks of the Trump administration, former Obama administration officials and State Department staffers fought an intense, behind-the-scenes battle to head off efforts by incoming officials to normalize relations with Russia, according to multiple sources familiar with the events.

Unknown to the public at the time, top Trump administration officials, almost as soon as they took office, tasked State Department staffers with developing proposals for the lifting of economic sanctions, the return of diplomatic compounds and other steps to relieve tensions with Moscow.

These efforts to relax or remove punitive measures imposed by President Obama in retaliation for Russia’s intervention in Ukraine and meddling in the 2016 election alarmed some State Department officials, who immediately began lobbying congressional leaders to quickly pass legislation to block the move, the sources said.

“There was serious consideration by the White House to unilaterally rescind the sanctions,” said Dan Fried, a veteran State Department official who served as chief U.S. coordinator for sanctions policy until he retired in late February. He said in the first few weeks of the administration, he received several “panicky” calls from U.S. government officials who told him they had been directed to develop a sanctions-lifting package and imploring him, “Please, my God, can’t you stop this?”

Fried said he grew so concerned that he contacted Capitol Hill allies — including Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., the ranking minority member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee — to urge them to move quickly to pass legislation that would “codify” the sanctions in place, making it difficult for President Trump to remove them.

Tom Malinowski, who had just stepped down as President Obama’s assistant secretary of state for human rights, told Yahoo News he too joined the effort to lobby Congress after learning from former colleagues that the administration was developing a plan to lift sanctions — and possibly arrange a summit between Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin — as part of an effort to achieve a “grand bargain” with Moscow. “It would have been a win-win for Moscow,” said Malinowski, who only days before he left office announced his own round of sanctions against senior Russian officials for human rights abuses under a law known as the Magnitsky Act.

The previously unreported efforts by Fried and others to check the Trump administration’s policy moves cast new light on the unseen tensions over Russia policy during the early days of the new administration.

It also potentially takes on new significance for congressional and Justice Department investigators in light of reports that before the administration took office Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and his chief foreign policy adviser, Michael Flynn, discussed setting up a private channel of communications with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak — talks that appear to have laid the groundwork for the proposals that began circulating right after the inauguration.

A senior White House official confirmed that the administration began exploring changes in Russia sanctions as part of a broader policy review that is still ongoing. “We’ve been reviewing all the sanctions — and this is not exclusive to Russia,” the official said. “All the sanctions regimes have mechanisms built in to alleviate them. It’s been our hope that the Russians would take advantage of that” by living up to Moscow’s agreement to end the Ukraine conflict, but they did not do so.

To be sure, President Trump’s interest in improving relations with Moscow was hardly a secret during last year’s presidential campaign. “If we can make a great deal for our country and get along with Russia, that would be a tremendous thing,” Trump said in a April 28, 2016, Fox News interview. “I would love to try it.”

But there was nothing said in public about specific steps the new administration took toward reaching the kind of deal the president had talked about during the campaign — without requiring the Russians to acknowledge responsibility for the annexation of Crimea or Moscow’s “influence campaign” during the 2016 election.

Just days after President Trump took office, officials who had moved into the secretary of state’s seventh-floor office sent a “tasking” order to the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs to develop a menu of options to improve relations with Russia as part of a deal in exchange for Russian cooperation in the war against the Islamic State in Syria, according to two former officials. Those options were to include sanctions relief as well as other steps that were a high priority for Moscow, including the return of two diplomatic compounds — one on Long Island and the other on Maryland’s Eastern Shore — that were shut by President Obama on Dec. 29 on the grounds that they were being used for espionage purposes. (The return of the compounds is again being actively considered by the administration, according to a Washington Post report Thursday.) “Obviously, the Russians have been agitating about this,” the senior White House official said when asked about the compounds, or “dachas,” as the Russians call them. But it would be inaccurate to report there has been an agreement to return them without some reciprocal move on Moscow’s part.

Since this was the same State Department bureau that had helped develop the punitive measures in the first place, and actively pushed for them under the leadership of Assistant Secretary Victoria Nuland, who had just resigned, the tasking order left staffers feeling “deeply uncomfortable,” said one source, who asked not to be identified.

These concerns led some department officials to also reach out to Malinowski, an Obama political appointee who had just stepped down. Malinowski said he, like Fried, called Cardin and other congressional allies, including aides to Sen. John McCain, and urged them to codify the sanctions — effectively locking them in place — before Trump could lift them

The lobbying effort produced some immediate results: On Feb. 7, Cardin and Sen. Lindsay Graham introduced bipartisan legislation to bar the administration from granting sanctions relief without first submitting a proposal to do so for congressional review. “Russia has done nothing to be rewarded with sanctions relief,” Graham said in a statement at the time. If the U.S. were to lift sanctions without “verifiable progress” by Russia in living up to agreements in Ukraine, “we would lose all credibility in the eyes of our allies in Europe and around he world,” added Cardin in his own statement. (A spokesman for Cardin told Yahoo News in an emailed statement: “I can also confirm that the senator did hear from senior Obama officials encouraging him to take sanctions steps, but that he had already been considering it as well.”)

The proposed bill lost some of its urgency six days later when Flynn resigned as White House national security adviser following disclosures he had discussed political sanctions relief with Kislyak during the transition and misrepresented those talks to Vice President Mike Pence. After that, “it didn’t take too long for it to become clear that if they lifted sanctions, there would be a political firestorm,” Malinowski said.

But the political battles over the issue are far from over. Cardin, McCain and Graham are separately pushing another sanctions bill — imposing tough new measures in response to Russia’s election interference. The measures have so far been blocked for consideration within the Senate Foreign Relations Committee by its chairman, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., who says he wants to first hear the administration’s position on the issue.

In the meantime, Malinowksi said he is concerned that there may be other, less public ways the administration can undermine the Russian sanctions. He noted that much of their force results from parallel sanctions imposed by the European Union, whose members must unanimously renew them each year.

“I had this nightmare vision of [White House senior adviser ] Steve Bannon or [National Security Council staffer] Sebastian Gorka calling in the Hungarian ambassador and telling them President Trump would not be displeased” if his country opposed the renewal of sanctions, he said.

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Sen. Al Franken on new book ‘Giant of the Senate,’ Hillary Clinton’s election loss and Trump’s decision on Paris Climate Agreement

Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric spoke with Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) about his new book called “Giant of the Senate.” They also talked about President Trump’s decision to back out of the Paris Climate Agreement, and how Hillary Clinton should “move on” from her 2016 presidential election loss.

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Trump’s Moscow Tower and Back-Channel Ukraine Dossier: Both … – Just Security

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Congressional investigators are reportedly exploring any connections between two deals brokered by Donald Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen and Felix Sater …
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On MSNBC Steven Harper Talks About the Moscow Tower Deal That ‘Will Get Donald Elected’ – BillMoyers.com

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Felix Sater, wrote a series of emails to Mr. Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, in which he boasted about his ties to Mr. Putin. He predicted that building a Trump Tower in Moscow would highlight Mr. Trump’s savvy negotiating skills and be a political boon 
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How Donald Trump Lied to Conceal His Moscow Business Partner – Mother Jones

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How Donald Trump Lied to Conceal His Moscow Business Partner
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On December 2, 2015, during an interview with an Associated Press reporter, Trump was asked about his relationship with a fellow named Felix Sater. Trump, who was then the front-runner in the GOP presidential nomination contest, replied, “Felix Sater 
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‘Help world peace and make a lot of money’: Here’s the letter of intent to build a Trump Tower Moscow – Yahoo News

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‘Help world peace and make a lot of money’: Here’s the letter of intent to build a Trump Tower Moscow
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A letter of intent forwarded by Russian-born businessman Felix Sater to the Trump Organization’s lawyer at the time, Michael Cohen, outlines the terms of a licensing agreement to purchase property to build a “Trump World Tower Moscow.” Sater sent the 
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Uncovered Trump Organization Document Suggests Trump Really Was Putin’s Puppet – Independent Journal Review

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Uncovered Trump Organization Document Suggests Trump Really Was Putin’s Puppet
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Along with the roiling investigation around the Trump campaign’s high-level meeting with Russian cutouts to discuss collusion, there have recently been a series of eyebrow-raising revelations about the once-planned Trump Tower Moscow, and one newly …

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Who Is Felix Sater, and Why Is Donald Trump So Afraid of Him? – The Nation.

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Who Is Felix Sater, and Why Is Donald Trump So Afraid of Him?
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Every time someone asks Donald Trump if he knows Felix Sater, his Russian-born, Brooklyn-bred former business associate, Trump draws a blank. Despite the fact that Sater worked on and off for a decade with the Trump Organization, and despite his recent …
‘Help world peace and make a lot of money’: Here’s the letter of intent to build a Trump Tower MoscowBusiness Insider
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‘Help world peace and make a lot of money’: Here’s the letter of intent to build a Trump Tower Moscow – Business Insider

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A letter of intent forwarded by Russian-born businessman Felix Sater to the Trump Organization’s lawyer at the time, Michael Cohen, outlines the terms of a licensing agreement to purchase property to build a “Trump World Tower Moscow.” Sater sent the 
Not at all quiet for Trump on the Russia frontSt. Louis American
REVEALED: Longtime Trump associate floated this bizarre ulterior motive for Moscow TowerRaw Story
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Russian émigré in Trump saga still surrounded by fellow financial fraudsters – Sacramento Bee

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Russian émigré in Trump saga still surrounded by fellow financial fraudsters
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The office is rented by the engaging but elusive émigré, Felix Sater. He’s been front-page news of late for emails, now in the hands of congressional and federal investigators, detailing how he and Trump Organization attorney Michael D. Cohen sought a …

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‘Business as usual and nothing more’: Trump’s longtime lawyer defends contacts with top Russian official – Business Insider

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‘Business as usual and nothing more’: Trump’s longtime lawyer defends contacts with top Russian official
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Cohen was in touch with the businessman, Felix Sater, in late 2015, when Trump was a candidate. The two men exchanged a series of emails in November 2015 in which they geared up to celebrate the Moscow deal, as well as Trump’s election victory, which …
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Editorial: Mueller finds alarming signs — and sleazy people — in collusion probe – STLtoday.com

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But other sources have leaked three names — Michael D. Cohen, Felix Sater and Eric Schneiderman — that indicate that Mueller’s team is probing very deeply. If there’s a smoking gun to be found, Mueller is getting closer to it. Cohen is Trump’s 
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Top House Democrat: ‘Past time’ to subpoena Comey documents – Los Angeles Times

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Top House Democrat: ‘Past time’ to subpoena Comey documents
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The California Democrat also says he expects Trump attorney Michael Cohen and a Russia-born associate, Felix Sater, to testify before the panel. Last week, Cohen confirmed Trump’s company pursued a project with Sater in Moscow during the Republican …

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Following a recent report from The New York Times, you might be wondering exactly who Felix Sater is. The Trump associate wrote an email in November 2015 to Michael Cohen, Trump’s lawyer, saying he could get Trump elected as president. And to put …

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The Trump-Russia probe contains explosive allegations and the President will struggle to conceal the secrets of his past – The Independent

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And, then we have Felix Sater (aka Felix Sheferovsky), a Russian-born criminal once jailed for stabbing a man in the face, who is also a former associate of gangsters and of Trump and was once an FBI informant who, it has been claimed, supplied 
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Felix Sater, possible key to Trump-Russia probe, faces credibility questions – Washington Examiner

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Felix Sater, possible key to Trump-Russia probe, faces credibility questions
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A violent fraudster told one of Donald Trump’s closest confidants he could get Vladimir Putin’s support for the 2016 presidential campaign. But questions remain about whether Felix Saterwould be in a position to do so. Sater, whose late 2015 emails to 
Trevor Noah whistles at the new Trump Russia emails, says Felix Sater may be Trump’s ‘broken tail light’The Week Magazine
Developer who promised Russian help for Trump project was behind failed Fort Lauderdale condoMiami Herald
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Now embroiled in Trump-Russia inquiry, Felix Sater once was an FBI informant – Los Angeles Times

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Now embroiled in Trump-Russia inquiry, Felix Sater once was an FBI informant
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On Monday, the New York Times and Washington Post reported about Felix Sater, one of Donald Trump’s business associates, and the role he allegedly played during the presidential campaign in connecting Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, to Russian …
Felix Sater Is a Lean, Mean Trump-Russia MachineBloomberg
Developer who promised Russian help for Trump project was behind failed Fort Lauderdale condoMiami Herald
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Felix Sater Is a Lean, Mean Trump-Russia Machine – Bloomberg

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  • Robert Mueller. Thomson ReutersRobert Mueller obtained a search warrant for records of “inauthentic” Facebook accounts
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FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller reportedly obtained a search warrant for records of the “inauthentic” accounts Facebook shut down earlier this month and the targeted ads these accounts purchased during the 2016 election.

The warrant was first disclosed by the Wall Street Journal on Friday night and the news was later confirmed by CNN.

Legal experts say the revelation has enormous implications for the trajectory of Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s election interference, and whether Moscow had any help from President Donald Trump’s campaign team.

“This is big news — and potentially bad news for the Russian election interference ‘deniers,'” said Asha Rangappa, a former FBI counterintelligence agent.

Rangappa, now an associate dean at Yale Law School, explained that to obtain a search warrant a prosecutor needs to prove to a judge that there is reason to believe a crime has been committed. The prosecutor then has to show that the information being sought will provide evidence of that crime.

Mueller would not have sought a warrant targeting Facebook as a company, Rangappa noted. Rather, he would have been interested in learning more about specific accounts. 

“The key here, though, is that Mueller clearly already has enough information on these accounts — and their link to a potential crime to justify forcing [Facebook] to give up the info,” she said. “That means that he has uncovered a great deal of evidence through other avenues of Russian election interference.”

It also means that Mueller is no longer looking at Russia’s election interference from a strict counterintelligence standpoint — rather, he now believes he may be able to obtain enough evidence to charge specific foreign entities with a crime.

Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti, now a partner at Thompson Coburn LLP, said that the revelation Mueller obtained a search warrant for Facebook content “may be the biggest news in the case since the Manafort raid.”

The FBI conducted a predawn July raid on the home of Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, in late July. The bureau is reportedly investigating Manafort’s financial history and overseas business dealings as part of its probe into possible collusion between the campaign and Moscow.

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The Facebook warrant “means that Mueller has concluded that specific foreign individuals committed a crime by making a ‘contribution’ in connection with an election,” Mariotti wrote on Saturday.

“It also means that he has evidence of that crime that convinced a federal magistrate judge of two things: first, that there was good reason to believe that the foreign individual committed the crime. Second, that evidence of the crime existed on Facebook.”

That has implications for Trump and his associates, too, Mariotti said. 

“It is a crime to know that a crime is taking place and to help it succeed. That’s aiding and abetting. If any Trump associate knew about the foreign contributions that Mueller’s search warrant focused on and helped that effort in a tangible way, they could be charged.”

Congressional intelligence committees are homing in on the campaign’s data operation as a potential trove of incriminating information.

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, told MSNBC earlier this month that he wants to know how sophisticated the Russian-bought ads were — in terms of their content and targets — to determine whether they had any help from the Trump campaign.

The House Intelligence Committee also wants to interview the digital director for Trump’s campaign, Brad Parscale, who worked closely with Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Kushner was put in charge of the campaign’s entire data operation and is  now being scrutinized by the FBI over his contacts with Russia’s ambassador and the CEO of a sanctioned Russian bank in December.

Facebook said in its initial statement that about 25% of the ads purchased by Russians during the election “were geographically targeted,” and many analysts have found it difficult to believe that foreign entities would have had the kind of granular knowledge of American politics necessary to target specific demographics and voting precincts.

In a post-election interview, Kushner told Forbes that he had been keenly interested in Facebook’s “micro-targeting” capabilities from early on.

“I called somebody who works for one of the technology companies that I work with, and I had them give me a tutorial on how to use Facebook micro-targeting,” Kushner said.

“We brought in Cambridge Analytica. I called some of my friends from Silicon Valley who were some of the best digital marketers in the world,” Kushner said. “

And I asked them how to scale this stuff . . . We basically had to build a $400 million operation with 1,500 people operating in 50 states, in five months to then be taken apart. We started really from scratch,” he added. 

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Robert Mueller spent the summer assembling a dream team for his Trump-Russia probe, and in the process he revealed something crucial. Everyone he hired was a prosecutor, not an investigator, which pointed to how he planned to approach his takedown of Trump: by prosecuting everyone around him for their various crimes and thus prompting some of them to flip on him. Now Mueller has doubled back and made another major hire, which reveals a new development in his investigation.

Mueller just hired Kyle Freeny, a prosecutor who specializes in money laundering cases (link). Here’s the thing: he already has a money laundering specialist on his team. Each of the people he’s picked has a different specialty. Now he’s doubling up, and he’s pulling someone from a fairly important federal case to make it happen. The most logical explanation for this comes down to two words: parallel prosecutions.

Let’s say that Mueller’s existing money laundering prosecutor is leading the charge against Paul Manafort. Why bring on a second money laundering prosecutor? It points to pursuing two different money laundering cases at the same time. So who’s the second target? These kinds of probes always work from the bottom of the food chain upward. This new money laundering prosecution would have to be of someone who’s at least as vital and far up the chain as Manafort is.

So now we can presume that, in addition to pursuing Paul Manafort for money laundering, Robert Mueller is also pursuing another key Trump adviser for the same charge – or he’s begun a money laundering case against Donald Trump himself. Mueller’s hires have long telegraphed where he was headed with his strategy and prosecutions. This latest hire is telegraphing that he’s so far along, he’s now pursuing parallel prosecutions of multiple major figures in the scandal.

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“[Kyle] Freeny, whose assignment to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s staff has not been previously reported, is the 17th lawyer known to be working with the former FBI chief on the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election,” Josh Gerstein reported.

Freeny is a trial attorney from the Criminal Division’s Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section.

“The Justice Department billed the “Wolf of Wall Street” case as a product of the Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative, an effort to pursue the proceeds of foreign corruption and return such monies to the public in the affected countries,” Politico noted. “Justice Department officials including former Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the same kleptocracy project is probing the transfer of assets overseas by Ukrainian officials, including former President Viktor Yanukovych. Manafort served as a consultant to Yanukovych and his Party of Regions — work that has triggered suspicions about the former Trump campaign chief because of Yanukovych’s warm relationship with Moscow.”

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Her Arabic language skills may be useful after the latest report that Mike Flynn, Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner had a secret meeting with King Abdullah II of Jordan about building nuclear reactors in the Middle East.

Mueller has also hired Russian-speaking attorney Elizabeth Prelogar to assist Michael Dreeben — DOJ’s top criminal law expert — in the probe of possible Trump campaign collusion and/or obstruction of justice. Prelogar also graduated from Harvard Law and was a Fulbright scholar in Russia.

Andrew Weissmann headed DOJ’s criminal fraud section before joining Mueller’s team. Weissmann’s speciality is persuading witnesses to turn on friends, colleagues and superiors.

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Why Mueller’s Counterintelligence Effort is Just as Important as His Criminal Probe

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The Trump-Russia investigation: Every day, we hear something new about Robert Mueller’s criminal probe—from rumors of Kremlin-connected money laundering to questions about why the president fired former FBI director James Comey. Considering how polarized this country is, it’s understandable that much of the focus has centered on Mueller’s criminal probe.

But as the special counsel investigates possible coordination between Moscow and the Trump team, he’s not only looking at potential crimes. He’s also overseeing a counterintelligence operation, looking into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. It’s this counterintelligence effort, not the criminal investigation, that will unravel why and how Moscow-connected groups spent at least $100,000 on Facebook ads during the campaign. Among other things.

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Criminal investigators can’t thwart a foreign intelligence op or fix the gaps that allowed it go undetected. Both are the purview of the FBI’s counterintelligence division. These folks don’t necessarily need arrests to be successful. Take the 1989 case of Felix Bloch, a State Department officer suspected of being a Soviet spy. After attracting the attention of the FBI, the bureau’s counterintelligence officers spotted him meeting a known Soviet agent in Paris with whom he left a bag. Before the FBI could close in, however, an FBI spy named Robert Hansen tipped Bloch off, saying he was under surveillance. When the bureau confronted him about his spying activities, Bloch claimed he was simply passing stamps to the Soviet agent. He was fired, but a case against him never materialized. The good news: Soviet agents never worked with him again, and that was a win for the bureau’s counterintelligence officers.

For the FBI’s criminal division, the outcome was a lot less favorable. Which is why the two divisions are separate: One is a law enforcement agency, the other an intel shop. Law enforcement is interested in perp walks and courtroom presentations. Counterintelligence officers? Not so much. Stopping a foreign intelligence service is best done in secret. “The end goal for a prosecutor is to publicly present everything they’ve uncovered to a jury,” says Vince Houghton, a historian and curator at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. “But in counterintelligence you’d never lay all of your cards out on the table—if you do, you’re just letting your opponent gain the advantage.”

Take my case, for example. When I worked for the bureau as a double agent, my handlers at first wanted me just to watch the Russians. Knowing what they were asking for showed them what Moscow’s military needed, which helps U.S. intelligence. But there was no interest or desire to build a criminal case. (Later, when Russia showed interest in developing me into a spy, my handlers changed my role, making me an asset).

In the Trump-Russia probe, Mueller’s job is twofold: building a criminal case and investigating how the Russians meddled in the election. The former may seem more important for those hoping Trump will be impeached. But if we really want to understand what happened—and how we can make sure Moscow never interferes in our election again—it’s actually the counterintelligence part of the probe that’s paramount.

This part of the investigation may get fewer headlines, but it’s just as important.

Naveed Jamali is the author of How to Catch a Russian Spy, a memoir about working undercover as a double agent for the FBI. He continues to serve as an intelligence officer in the United States Navy Reserve and a senior fellow in the Program on National Security at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.

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The National Interest: Trump and the United Nations: Reform or Die?

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President Trump is taking on a tough but necessary task at the UN.

President Donald Trump will be hosting a meeting on Monday in New York on reforming the United Nations. With that, the president is taking on a very tough but very necessary task. The institution is in serious need of reform but achieving that will be very difficult. Yet, unless it reforms substantially, the UN faces the prospect of becoming less relevant and having its very mission and existence questioned.

Promoting security, human rights, humanitarian assistance and sustainable development are the primary responsibility of the individual member states, and assisting members in these four areas is the core mission of the UNincluding peacekeeping, assisting refugees, facilitating international agreements on important issues and prodding countries to carry out their obligation under international law. However, the UN apparatus has become unwieldy, bureaucratically overburdened, inefficient, ineffective and fiscally irresponsible. These problems need to fixed.

Since becoming Secretary General, Antonio Guterres has emphasized reformhis focus of effort and the proposals he has developed do not pertain to adjusting the organizations mission. Rather, they focus solely on how it carries its responsibilities, with the goal of increasing the organizations capacity to implements its current mission more effectively by becoming more integrated, more transparent and more accountable. The meeting is aimed at boosting his initiatives.

The Trump/Guterres event will be well received and there will be many positive statements in support of reform. However, the actual implementation of the reforms will face serious challenges.

A key challenge is disagreement among member states on what needs to be done. When it comes to what reform actually means, different countries and voting blocs have varying priorities. The United States and its allies want the United Nations to take greater initiative in reforming management to increase transparency, accountability, effectiveness and efficiency. Rising powers are eager to join the Security Council as permanent members, but are unwilling to embrace the management reforms necessary to reduce waste and increase efficiency and effectiveness, because those moves are unpopular with the developing countries whose votes they will need to achieve their Security Council aspiration.

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Cyber Warfare – Google News: Tillerson says military option will be “only one left” if diplomacy fails on North Korea – CBS News

Selected Articles In Brief

Saved Stories – 1. US Security
The Early Edition: September 15, 2017
Today’s Headlines and Commentary
Rational Security: The “Boris and Natasha Buy a Facebook Ad” Edition
The Friendliest Lawsuit Ever Filed Against the FBI
The Early Edition: September 13, 2017
Episode 35 of the National Security Law Podcast: The Military Commissions Return to the Supreme Court
Trumps Moscow Tower and Back-Channel Ukraine Dossier: Both Began During the Election, Evidence Suggests
Q&A with Andy Wright on Flynn, Subpoenas and Privileged Information
A Trump Damage Assessment
Coats and Sessions Call for Reauthorization of FISA Title VII Without Sunset
National Security-Related Congressional Hearings, September 11-16
The Early Edition: September 11, 2017
Hacker who harassed CIA, FBI directors sentenced to 5 years – Albany Times Union
Bannon confirms he opposed firing of FBI Director Comey – ABC News
Bannon confirms he opposed firing of FBI Director Comey – Washington Post
Bannon: Trump firing of Comey was the ‘biggest mistake in modern political history’ – Washington Post
Hacker who harassed leaders from CIA and FBI is sentenced to 5 years in prison – Washington Post
FBI Looking Into Equifax Data Breach – Wall Street Journal (subscription)
Did lesbians cause Hurricanes Irma and Harvey? God knows. – Washington Post
Trump tortured Spicer and Priebus. Now they get to tell investigators about Trump. – Washington Post
Mueller gives White House names of 6 aides he expects to question in Russia probe – Washington Post
The hollowing out of the federal workforce – Washington Post
How to Stifle Policing – City Journal
FBI chief sees no evidence of White House interference in Russia probe – Reuters
What happens when a presidency runs on #FakeFears? Real fears are ignored. – Washington Post

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3:17 PM 9/17/2017

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Review of media reports, editor selected reading lists of important articles, news digests and summaries on the US and Global Security 

Current News In Brief

1. US Security from mikenova (76 sites)
National Security: In wake of airstrike, U.S. military moves to establish closer communication with Russian forces in Syria
Stars and Stripes: Return to Vietnam brings mixed feelings for US veterans
Washington Free Beacon: Greitens Warns Violent Protesters: Your Only Safe Space Will Be a Jail Cell
Stars and Stripes: Hundreds honor small-but-mighty sailor Jacob Drake at funeral
Stars and Stripes: In Irma-devastated US Virgin Islands, resolve blends with worry of being forgotten
fbi – Google News: FBI reportedly identifies suspect in Kevin Hart extortion scandal – New York Daily News
National Security: U.S. considering closing its embassy in Cuba
fbi – Google News: What Are ‘Juggalos’ and Why Are They Marching Against the FBI? – Lawfare (blog)
Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices: What Are Juggalos and Why Are They Marching Against the FBI?
fbi aclu report – Google News: What Are ‘Juggalos’ and Why Are They Marching Against the FBI? – Lawfare (blog)
Cyber Warfare – Google News: Tillerson says military option will be “only one left” if diplomacy fails on North Korea – CBS News
Cyber Warfare – Google News: Tillerson says military option will be “only one left” if diplomacy fails on North Korea – CBS News
www.washingtontimes.com stories: Security: Air National Guard heads to St. Thomas for Irma recovery
us national security – Google News: US considering closing its embassy in Cuba – Washington Post
Stars and Stripes: Irma evacuation fallout: Next time, some may not leave
Cyber Warfare – Google News: China’s mood on North Korea is toughening despite Trump’s bluster – The Guardian
Washington Free Beacon: Sanders Wont Run as a Democrat in 2018: Party Model Obviously Is Not Working
RSS for National Security: PHOTO: National security adviser H.R. McMaster listens during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, July 31, 2017.
Washington Free Beacon: Feinstein Defends Dogma Questioning of Catholic Judicial Nominee
Stars and Stripes: Tillerson says closing US Embassy in Cuba is ‘under review’
global security – Google News: Global Security Swimming Pool Covers Market Analysis and Industry Forecast – Digital Journal

Selected Articles In Brief

Saved Stories – 1. US Security
The Early Edition: September 15, 2017
Today’s Headlines and Commentary
Rational Security: The “Boris and Natasha Buy a Facebook Ad” Edition
The Friendliest Lawsuit Ever Filed Against the FBI
The Early Edition: September 13, 2017
Episode 35 of the National Security Law Podcast: The Military Commissions Return to the Supreme Court
Trumps Moscow Tower and Back-Channel Ukraine Dossier: Both Began During the Election, Evidence Suggests
Q&A with Andy Wright on Flynn, Subpoenas and Privileged Information
A Trump Damage Assessment
Coats and Sessions Call for Reauthorization of FISA Title VII Without Sunset
National Security-Related Congressional Hearings, September 11-16
The Early Edition: September 11, 2017
Hacker who harassed CIA, FBI directors sentenced to 5 years – Albany Times Union
Bannon confirms he opposed firing of FBI Director Comey – ABC News
Bannon confirms he opposed firing of FBI Director Comey – Washington Post
Bannon: Trump firing of Comey was the ‘biggest mistake in modern political history’ – Washington Post
Hacker who harassed leaders from CIA and FBI is sentenced to 5 years in prison – Washington Post
FBI Looking Into Equifax Data Breach – Wall Street Journal (subscription)
Did lesbians cause Hurricanes Irma and Harvey? God knows. – Washington Post
Trump tortured Spicer and Priebus. Now they get to tell investigators about Trump. – Washington Post
Mueller gives White House names of 6 aides he expects to question in Russia probe – Washington Post
The hollowing out of the federal workforce – Washington Post
How to Stifle Policing – City Journal
FBI chief sees no evidence of White House interference in Russia probe – Reuters
What happens when a presidency runs on #FakeFears? Real fears are ignored. – Washington Post

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12:51 PM 9/17/2017

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Review of media reports, editor selected reading lists of important articles, news digests and summaries on the US and Global Security

1. US Security from mikenova (76 sites)
Washington Free Beacon: Sanders Wont Run as a Democrat in 2018: Party Model Obviously Is Not Working
Washington Free Beacon: Feinstein Defends Dogma Questioning of Catholic Judicial Nominee
Stars and Stripes: Tillerson says closing US Embassy in Cuba is ‘under review’
global security – Google News: Global Security Swimming Pool Covers Market Analysis and Industry Forecast – Digital Journal
Washington Free Beacon: Pro-Trump M.O.A.R. Allows Black Lives Matter to Take the Stage
RSS for National Security: Trump advisers warn North Korea to give up weapons programs
www.washingtontimes.com stories: Security: Nikki Haley: ‘North Korea will be destroyed’ in U.S. strike
Stars and Stripes: ‘True action heroes’ from California National Guard heading back to the Middle East
Washington Free Beacon: Sanders Laughs at Clinton Clip Saying He Didnt Show Her Respect: Wow I Worked as Hard as I Could for Her
Stars and Stripes: In a tweet, Trump sticks North Korea’s Kim Jong Un with a nickname: ‘Rocket Man’
DEBKAFile: British Airways flight left De Gaulle for London after security threat delay
Cyber Warfare – Google News: Haley: ‘Plenty of military options’ on North Korea – Politico
DEBKAFile: A London-bound BA flight evacuated at De Gaulle over direct threat
DEBKAFile: UK drops terror threat level from critical to severe
Washington Free Beacon: Haley: North Korea Will Be Destroyed if the U.S. Has to Defend Itself
www.washingtontimes.com stories: Security: UK lowers official terrorist threat level after 2nd arrest
Defense One – All Content: Can the US Military Re-Invent the Microchip for the AI Era?
Washington Free Beacon: Stephanopoulos Alarmed by Trumps Tweet of Himself Hitting Clinton With Golf Ball
www.washingtontimes.com stories: Security: Kim Jong-un dubbed ‘Rocket Man’ in Trump twitter
DEBKAFile: Hamas said ready for first Palestinian election since 2006
www.washingtontimes.com stories: Security: Kentucky native recounts USS Cole attack

Review

 

Saved Stories – 1. US Security
The Early Edition: September 15, 2017
Today’s Headlines and Commentary
Rational Security: The “Boris and Natasha Buy a Facebook Ad” Edition
The Friendliest Lawsuit Ever Filed Against the FBI
The Early Edition: September 13, 2017
Episode 35 of the National Security Law Podcast: The Military Commissions Return to the Supreme Court
Trumps Moscow Tower and Back-Channel Ukraine Dossier: Both Began During the Election, Evidence Suggests
Q&A with Andy Wright on Flynn, Subpoenas and Privileged Information
A Trump Damage Assessment
Coats and Sessions Call for Reauthorization of FISA Title VII Without Sunset
National Security-Related Congressional Hearings, September 11-16
The Early Edition: September 11, 2017
Hacker who harassed CIA, FBI directors sentenced to 5 years – Albany Times Union
Bannon confirms he opposed firing of FBI Director Comey – ABC News
Bannon confirms he opposed firing of FBI Director Comey – Washington Post
Bannon: Trump firing of Comey was the ‘biggest mistake in modern political history’ – Washington Post
Hacker who harassed leaders from CIA and FBI is sentenced to 5 years in prison – Washington Post
FBI Looking Into Equifax Data Breach – Wall Street Journal (subscription)
Did lesbians cause Hurricanes Irma and Harvey? God knows. – Washington Post
Trump tortured Spicer and Priebus. Now they get to tell investigators about Trump. – Washington Post
Mueller gives White House names of 6 aides he expects to question in Russia probe – Washington Post
The hollowing out of the federal workforce – Washington Post
How to Stifle Policing – City Journal
FBI chief sees no evidence of White House interference in Russia probe – Reuters
What happens when a presidency runs on #FakeFears? Real fears are ignored. – Washington Post

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