A new US bill would make it illegal to reveal the identity of a covert agent, even after their retirement or death, if it becomes law. Former CIA officer, and whistleblower, John Kiriakou told RT that it will protect wrongdoers.
The 2020 Intelligence Authorization bill passed the US House of Representatives last week, and will become law once agreed upon by the House and Senate. Aside from funding the US’ intelligence agencies for the forthcoming year, a provision in the act would dramatically expand a 1982 law that makes it a criminal offense to disclose the identities of covert officers...
As Deutsche Bank officials this year scrambled to extricate themselves from a yearslong relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, the wealthy financier charged this month with sex trafficking, they uncovered suspicious transactions in which Mr. Epstein had moved money out of the United States. Deutsche Bank reported the transactions to a federal agency in charge of policing financial crimes, according to three people familiar with the bank’s internal processes. The report came as the bank started looking for signs that Mr. Epstein was using his financial resources for the purposes of sex trafficking.
Salvatore “Sal” Cincinelli, a former Wall Street broker who joined the FBI in 2010, died last week during a night out after an FBI training session, sources said. Cincinelli was one a supervisory special agent who spearheaded many of the FBI’s high-profile and complex Wall Street investigations, including probing the finances of the Clinton Foundation. After leaving his Wall Street career, Cincinelli was first assigned to the New York field office (SDNY) and later promoted to HQ in Washington, DC. He was a native New Yorker as well... Cincinelli was reportedly out partying with FBI colleagues at the Container Bar, a trendy watering hole in Austin, TX. The group had been drinking and dancing, according to sources. Later in the evening Cincinelli reportedly turned the gun on himself on a crowded dance floor.
Mayor Eric Garcetti had announced weeks ago that David Wright, the DWP’s general manager, would be leaving the utility on Oct. 1. In the wake of the searches at the DWP and other city offices, however, Wright is leaving immediately, Garcetti said. With “law enforcement being over at the Department of Water and Power, it was clear to me he needed to step away from the department today, full stop,” Garcetti said in an interview.
Thousands of emergency workers who rushed to the rubble of the World Trade Center after the Sept. 11 attacks will be granted health care and other compensation for the rest of their lives. The Senate gave final approval on Tuesday to legislation to care permanently for those who have grown deathly ill from the toxins of ground zero. When the Senate’s 97-2 vote was gaveled to a close, applause erupted on the floor. Jon Stewart, the comedian who championed the legislation, broke into tears in the Capitol. Now the legislation heads to President Trump’s desk for his expected signature.
“The [state law] does not require any notice to the President or anyone else, and there is no procedure for the President to object,” says the lawsuit, filed in federal court in Washington. “The statute imposes no waiting period on the Commissioner either; he can respond virtually instantaneously.” The lawsuit asks the court to block the committee from requesting returns from the state and asks the court to block the state from complying with any congressional requests.
The president filed the lawsuit in his personal capacity, using his private lawyers. Tuesday’s lawsuit adds a new dimension to the yearslong fight over Mr. Trump’s tax returns.
(2/4) I last spoke with John as his boat was being boarded. The situation was tense but controlled. Our conversation was cut short by authorities confiscating their phones. The bastards wouldn't even give him a cigarette.
(4/4) Our campaign for individual freedom and an end to state sponsored tyranny will continue despite these developments. On behalf of the free people of the world, I demand the release of John McAfee and his companions from wherever they are being held. This will not stand.
New Zealand’s government is planning further restrictions to gun ownership in a law proposed Monday that emphasizes owning guns is a privilege and not a right. The new law would ban the sale of guns to overseas visitors, create a register to track all guns in the country and require gun owners to renew their gun licenses every five years instead of every 10. It would also allow police to weigh other factors such as a person’s mental health and even what they had been posting on social media to determine whether they were fit to own a gun...
The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to confirm Mark T. Esper as defense secretary, ending a months-long vacancy created when Jim Mattis resigned last year over policy disagreements with President Trump. The vote reflected broad bipartisan support for Esper — who has spent most of his career in the military and in government — at a time when the country is confronting disparate national security threats and contemplating military engagement with Iran.
“The committee will be looking at the counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign. We will call Papadopoulos and we will find out what happened,” Graham said at the start of a hearing Tuesday with FBI Director Christopher Wray.
Graham said that the panel would conduct a “deep dive into 2016 surveillance by the FBI,” reiterating plans he has long had to investigate the origins of the Russia probe.
Today, MAGA Coalition, Inc President Adam Gingrich announced pending litigation to be filed in a federal court to discover the identity of the author of 8chan posts written by “Q,” or “QAnon,” and pursue legal recourse on behalf of the non-profit. The case involves several posts on the 8chan board where “QAnon” anonymously promulgated a libelous attack on the MAGA Coalition, despite clear and publicly discoverable evidence to the contrary on the Federal Elections Commission (FEC.gov) website.
This inside man, Anthony Ferrante, helped Comey run “a covert operation against” the president, according to two U.S. officials. The arrangement was “in direct conflict with the no-contact policy between the White House and the Department of Justice,” said one former National Security Council official...
You had to read the fine-print to get this info. They only mentioned this once and completely skipped over it afterwards.
The Wall Street Journal is putting it in your head that Comey will be the one to take the fall:
Comey has made it clear that he has no problem bending the rules to advance his agenda and it is indeed an agenda, dedicated to one man and one man only: James Comey.
But Comey continues to prove there’s only one person he was acting for: himself.
Today I penned a letter to Attorney General William Barr, Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, and FBI Director Christopher Wray calling for an investigation into Antifa under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). pic.twitter.com/ptY0syxPrn
FBI probing Antifa plot to buy guns from Mexican cartel, 'stage an armed rebellion at the border'
Word of the probe comes after years of the FBI putting greater emphasis on the threat of Antifa activities, with bureau Director Christopher Wray saying the agency is looking into the ideology and individuals associated with the movement.
But according to a December FBI document obtained by the San Diego Union-Tribune, the agency is now tackling actual alleged plots of possible criminal activities that would affect U.S. homeland security.
If Antifa was already under investigation, then wouldn't the actions by the Portland Mayor be included in this matter. Why hasn't anything been done yet.
The Federal Trade Commission plans to allege that Facebook misled users’ about its handling of their phone numbers as part of a wide-ranging complaint that accompanies a settlement ending the government’s privacy probe, according to two people familiar with the matter. In the complaint, which has not yet been released, federal regulators take issue with Facebook’s earlier implementation of a security feature called two-factor authentication. It allows users to request one-time password, sent by text message, each time they log onto the social-networking site.
The Department of Justice announced today that the Department’s Antitrust Division is reviewing whether and how market-leading online platforms have achieved market power and are engaging in practices that have reduced competition, stifled innovation, or otherwise harmed consumers.
The Department’s review will consider the widespread concerns that consumers, businesses, and entrepreneurs have expressed about search, social media, and some retail services online. The Department’s Antitrust Division is conferring with and seeking information from the public, including industry participants who have direct insight into competition in online platforms, as well as others.
During a question-and-answer session, CNN reporter Priscilla Alvarez asked Albence if there would be “routine raids” to pick up family members.
“Calling these raids does a disservice to everybody that’s involved in this process,” Albence told. “A raid brings up all sorts of emotions that conjures images of indiscriminate enforcement actions. That is not what we do … I guarantee you that if we were out there doing raids and we had officers running all over the place picking up targets indiscriminately, you would have videos all over YouTube.” He insisted the arrests should be called “targeted enforcement actions,” a standard phrase used by ICE officials...
The testy response came as ICE released figures related to ongoing actions targeting recently arrived migrant families in 10 major cities, over an undisclosed time frame. Albence said the agency had arrested just 35 people during the first phase of Operation Border Resolve, an effort that focuses on recently arrived families who were placed on an accelerated court docket and were ordered removed.
Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil exporter, is poised to start generating wind power within three years as part of an effort to harness renewable energy to cut local demand for fossil fuels.
The renewable energy units of Electricite de France SA and Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Investment Co. completed arrangements with Saudi and international banks to finance the project, according to a statement from Masdar, as the Abu Dhabi business is known. Masdar didn’t identify the lenders...
We’ve confirmed we are bringing an all-electric F-150 to market. Now, we’re showing you the capability you asked for by having it tow more than 1 million pounds. This is Built Ford Tough. The F-150 battery-electric prototype is towing far beyond any production truck’s published capacity in a one-time short event demonstration...
In a speech Tuesday in New York, the U.S. attorney general parroted much of the same rhetoric from his predecessors and other senior staff at the Justice Department, calling on tech companies to do more to assist federal authorities to gain access to devices with a lawful order.
[...] law enforcement says encryption thwarts their access to communications they claim they need to prosecute criminals. The government calls this “going dark” because they cannot see into encrypted communications, and it remains a key talking point by the authorities.
The attorney general said it was “untenable” that devices offer uncrackable encryption while offering zero access to law enforcement...
If government agencies can gain access for "security" purposes, then so can other, potentially more nefarious folk. Backdoors completely negate encryption. May as well just send everything in raw text.
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