2019-09-18: News Headlines

Dave Lindorff (2019-09-18). Why on Earth Would the US Go to War with Iran over an Attack on Saudi Oil Refineries? counterpunch.org President Bone Spur, backed by his war-mongering Secretary of State Mike "Armageddon" Pompeo, tweeted yesterday that the US military is "locked and loaded," ready to attack (bomb) Iran if it can be proven that Iran was behind a drone bomb attack on Saudi Arabia's oil refineries. There are plenty of news media in the US More

RT (2019-09-18). Big Brother is watching you (from afar): US spies seek long-range facial recognition capabilities. rt.com US intelligence agencies are looking to enhance their facial recognition capabilities with technology that can identify people from hundreds of meters away, potentially transforming drones into biometrically accurate spy cameras. | The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) wants any and all information that could help current biometric surveillance tech overcome the inaccuracy that comes with distance, according to a request for information posted by the In…

Media Lens (2019-09-18). Stockholm Syndrome: Julian Assange And The Limits Of Guardian Dissent. dissidentvoice.org Nothing happened on September 2 in central London. Roger Waters, co-founder of Pink Floyd, did not initiate a protest outside the Home Office. He did not sing and play the Floyd classic 'Wish You Were Here', or say: Julian Assange, we are with you. Free Julian Assange! The renowned journalist and film-maker John Pilger did …

Media Lens (2019-09-18). Stockholm Syndrome — Julian Assange and the Limits of Guardian Dissent. globalresearch.ca Nothing happened on September 2 in central London. Roger Waters, co-founder of Pink Floyd, did not initiate a protest outside the Home Office. He did not sing and play the Floyd classic 'Wish You Were Here', or say: | 'Julian …

Edward Snowden (2019-09-18). Exclusive: Edward Snowden's First Adventures in Cyberspace. thenation.com Exclusive: 's First Adventures in Cyberspace…

WSWS (2019-09-18). What is at stake in the British Supreme Court's ruling on the proroguing of Parliament? wsws.org The Supreme Court has to decide whether the courts can legitimately pass judgement on prorogation and, if so, whether Johnson's suspension of parliament was legal.

Robert Reich (2019-09-18). The Secret GOP Plan to Keep Power. commondreams.org The Supreme Court recently ruled it has no power to intervene when states use partisan gerrymandering to draw these maps, saying it is an issue for state legislatures and state courts. (Photo: Screenshot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/screen_shot_2019-09-18_at_2.10.20_pm.png

RT (2019-09-17). US sues Snowden for violating 'CIA & NSA non-disclosure pact' with his new book, but it also wants the proceeds. rt.com The US government has filed a lawsuit against the National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, alleging that his newly-published memoir 'Permanent Record' violates nondisclosure agreements he signed with the CIA and NSA. | The civil lawsuit, filed on Tuesday, claims that Snowden violated these agreements by not sending a draft of the book to the spy agencies for review — and presumably redaction — before publication. It also alleges that the whistleblower's public speeches on "intelligence-related matters" violated the agreements. | Rather than pull the book from the shelves, the government…

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-09-17). Trump Brushes Israeli Dragnet Surveillance of D.C. Under the Rug. mintpressnews.com "Donald Trump has had a closer relationship with Israeli leaders than any president in American history. I think he genuinely doesn't care that the Israelis spy on the United States. I think he doesn't see the harm in this and does not feel threatened by it." — CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou…

Staff (2019-09-17). Trump Strains to Balance Diplomacy, Military Threat to Iran. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — The Trump administration tried to balance diplomacy with fresh talk of military action Tuesday in response to the fiery missile and drone attack on the heart of Saudi Arabia's oil industry — a strike marking the most explosive consequence yet of the "maximum pressure" U.S. economic campaign against Iran. | Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was headed to Jiddah in Saudi Arabia to discuss possible responses to what U.S. officials believe was an attack coming from Iranian soil. President Donald Trump said he'd "prefer not" to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at next week's U.N. sessio…

Philip Giraldi (2019-09-17). Israel Spies and Spies and Spies. globalresearch.ca Here we go again! Israel is caught red handed spying against the United States and everyone in Congress is silent, as are nearly all the mainstream media which failed to report the story. And the federal government itself, quick to …

Oliver Milman (2019-09-17). 'The Silenced': Meet the Climate Whistle-Blowers Muzzled by Trump. thenation.com 'The Silenced': Meet the Climate Whistle-Blowers Muzzled by Trump…

Staff (2019-09-17). Meet the Climate Whistleblowers Muzzled by Trump. truthout.org | | From weakening vehicle emissions to blocking warnings about how coastal parks could flood or the impact on the Arctic, the Trump administration is accused of muzzling climate science. | Here six whistleblowers and former government scientists describe being sidelined by the administration — and why they won't be quiet. | Jeff Alson: | Role: A former senior engineer…

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-09-17). Trump Sweeps Israeli Dragnet Surveillance of Washington DC Under the Rug. theantimedia.com The culprit behind a massive spying scandal in the U.S. capital has been exposed.

teleSUR, LA (2019-09-17). US Sues Edward Snowden Over New Book, Seeks to Sale Profits. telesurenglish.net The U.S. Department of Justice announced on Tuesday that they were suing NSA data leaker Edward Snowden over his new book "Permanent Record". | RELATED: | Snowden Hopes France Will Grant Him Asylum | "The United States today filed a lawsuit against Edward Snowden, a former employee of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA), who published a book entitled Permanent Record in violation of the non-disclosure agreements he signed with both CIA and N…

commondreams (2019-09-17). ACLU Comment on Edward Snowden Lawsuit. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Jake Johnson (2019-09-17). 'House Democrats must not delay': Progressives, 2020 contenders demand Kavanaugh impeachment amid new sexual misconduct accusations. nationofchange.org Progressive advocacy groups and 2020 Democratic presidential candidates led the chorus of voices demanding that House Democrats launch impeachment proceedings against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh after the New York Times over the weekend published fresh details about sexual misconduct allegations against the judge and FBI failures to investigate complaints made against him prior to his confirmation. | "The evidence that Kavanaugh committed perjury in his Senate testimony is mounting," Demand Justic…

The Canary (2019-09-17). Key players involved in Supreme Court prorogation case. thecanary.co As the Supreme Court considers legal challenges to Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to prorogue parliament, here is a look at the key players in the case before the UK's highest court.The court hears appeals on cases of the greatest public importance where it is considered there is an arguable point of law.Now the Supreme Court, which will sit as a panel of 11 justices for only the second time in its 10-year history, must reconcile contradictory judgments issued by the English and Scottish courts.— Gina MillerAnti-Brexit campaigner Gina Miller (Aaron Chown/PA)The investment fund manager and campaigner…

Staff (2019-09-17). African Migrants Pledge to Continue Journey Despite US Asylum Ban. truthout.org | | The Trump administration's policy toward migrants and asylum seekers is, first and foremost, driven by an effort to deter migrants from attempting to reach the United States at all. The latest salvo in the U.S. government's efforts to fundamentally alter its asylum policy came last week with a Supreme Court ruling that allows U.S. officials to require migrants to first seek asylum from cou…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-09-17). Edward Snowden Responds After Trump DOJ Sues Whistleblower Over New Memoir the US Government 'Does Not Want You to Read'. commondreams.org Citing what First Amendment advocates call an "unconstitutional" system of controlling what federal employees can and cannot say about their work, President Donald Trump's Justice Department on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden over the publication of his memoir. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/26213764531_fb2a8ef6fd_o1.jpg

Staff (2019-09-17). Headlines for September 17, 2019. democracynow.org Iran Rejects Talks with U.S. Following Disputed Drone Attacks in Saudi Arabia, Israelis Head to Polls to Decide Netanyahu's Fate, Afghanistan: Blast Near Presidential Rally Kills Dozens Amid Mounting Violence, Massive Blackout Hits Four Central American Nations, 2 Italian Officials Indicted over Migrant Deaths from 2013 Shipwreck, 2019 Was Northern Hemisphere's Hottest Summer on Record, Auto Workers Continue Strike with Support from Dems, Environmental Activists, Manhattan DA Subpoenas Trump Tax Returns, Acting Intelligence Dir. Refused to Turn Over Whistleblower Complaint That Could Involve Trump, House Dems Inv…

Staff (2019-09-17). Headlines for September 17, 2019. democracynow.org Iran Rejects Talks with U.S. Following Disputed Drone Attacks in Saudi Arabia, Israelis Head to Polls to Decide Netanyahu's Fate, Afghanistan: Blast Near Presidential Rally Kills Dozens Amid Mounting Violence, Massive Blackout Hits Four Central American Nations, 2 Italian Officials Indicted over Migrant Deaths from 2013 Shipwreck, 2019 Was Northern Hemisphere's Hottest Summer on Record, Autoworkers Continue Strike with Support from Dems, Environmental Activists, Manhattan DA Subpoenas Trump Tax Returns, Acting Intelligence Dir. Refused to Turn Over Whistleblower Complaint That Could Involve Trump, House Dems Inve…

John McEvoy (2019-09-17). In an exclusive interview former Ecuadorian foreign minister explains how lawfare is an attempt to 'blur the collective memory of the people'. thecanary.co CORRECTION: The headline was changed for clarity from "In an exclusive interview former Ecuadorian foreign minister explains how lawfare has 'blurred the collective memory of the people'" to "In an exclusive interview former Ecuadorian foreign minister explains how lawfare is an attempt to 'blur the collective memory of the people'" at 8.20pm on 17 September.This is part 1 of a 3-part interview with Guillaume Long, the former foreign minister of Ecuador. Part 2 covers systemic global corruption, and part 3 covers Ecuador's decision to grant political asylum to Julian Assange. The interview has been edited in part…

RT (2019-09-16). #ObamaNetflix: Trump sends phrase trending while calling for inquiry into Barack's deals. rt.com Donald Trump inspired near-covfefe levels of confusion online after posting tweets that cryptically ended with: "Obama Netflix?" – a phrase which provided instant meme fodder. | The question closed a series of tweets from the US president in which he criticized the House Judiciary Committee for scrambling to find another avenue to attack him on following the Mueller investigation, after Democrats pushed for an inquiry into the use of Trump hotels for state and military visits. Perplexingly for some, his tweets closed with a nod to Barack Obama that sounded like a new brand: ….for the privilege of being you…

Common Dreams (2019-09-16). US 'Lies' Slammed After Pompeo, Without Proof, Blames Iran for Drone Attacks. theantimedia.com (CD) — Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi forcefully rejected Sunday unsubstantiated charges by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) regarding the recent drone attacks that caused serious damage to two crucial Saudi Arabian oil installations. "It has been around 5 years that the Saudi-led coalition has kept the flames of …

Staff (2019-09-16). Headlines for September 16, 2019. democracynow.org U.S. Threatens Military Action Against Iran After Oil Attacks in Saudi Arabia, United Auto Workers Strike to Demand Fair Wages, Healthcare & Job Security from GM, Purdue Pharma Files for Bankruptcy, Calls Mount to Impeach Justice Kavanaugh After NYT Report on Sexual Misconduct, Hong Kong Protesters Appeal to U.S., U.K. as Uprising Shows No Sign of Slowing Down, Outsiders Lead Tunisia's Presidential Exit Polls, Algeria Announces Elections Amid Ongoing Protests Against Ruling Elite, U.K. Judge Says Julian Assange a Flight Risk, Must Remain in Prison, Appeals Court Revives Emoluments Case Against Trump, Felicity Huf…

Fight Back (2019-09-16). Venezuela: Elements of opposition reach deal with Maduro government. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – On Monday September 16, the leaders of several opposition parties arrived at the Foreign Ministry in downtown Caracas to participate in the Roundtable of National Dialogue organized by the elected government of Nicolás Maduro. The Roundtable was established in the aftermath of the fascist violence in 2017, which was a response to the Supreme Court's decision to strip the National Assembly of its powers after its refusal to adhere to the country's constitution. | On the first day of the meeting, representatives from the government and the opposition parties announced six agreements that ha…

RT (2019-09-15). SPY PIGEONS & KILLER CIGARS: Weird ways CIA tried to win the Cold War. rt.com The CIA has declassified documents revealing its Cold War spy pigeons program, the latest revelation of the truly bizarre lengths the US went to, which included killer cigars, trained dolphins, and acoustic kitties. | Pigeon spies: | The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has declassified details of its secret spy-pigeon mission during the Cold War, named 'Tacana'. It used the birds to secretly photograph sites inside the Soviet Union. The avian species was chosen because of their ability to navigate their way back home, and they apparently flew their missions while expensive cameras were strapped to th…

Aaron Maté (2019-09-15). Outing of CIA's Kremlin mole echoes Iraq WMD hoax. thegrayzone.com The outing of a CIA informant inside of the Kremlin raises new questions about the Russia investigation and the intelligence…

RT (2019-09-15). Presumption of innocence? Dems call for Kavanaugh's impeachment amid new sex assault allegations. rt.com A number of 2020 Democratic nomination hopefuls didn't waste time before taking a shot at Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh just as new harassment allegations surfaced. And they hardly see a place for the benefit of the doubt. | The new storm around Kavanaugh, who was accused of past sexual misconduct last year, started with a New York Times feature on one of the accusers. | Deborah Ramirez, who went to Yale University with the future Justice, insists that he thrust his penis at her at a drunken party in 1980s. The paper wrote that it uncovered a similar incident of penis pushing into a female's hand based…

RT (2019-09-14). Pompeo blames Iran for drone attack on Saudi oil facilities, Senator Graham urges US to strike it. rt.com A drone attack on Saudi oil facilities claimed by Yemen's Houthi rebels prompted Washington to blame Tehran, with US warhawk, Senator Lindsey Graham, calling for a strike against Iran. | The smoke from the huge fires at the world's largest oil processing plant caused by the strike had barely dissipated when officials in Washington jumped at the opportunity to use the occasion to push an anti-Iranian agenda. | US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Tehran for what he called "an unprecedented attack on the world's energy supply" but stopped short of suggesting any retaliatory measures. | Meanwhile Graham was q…

Ryan Devereaux (2019-09-14). How the FBI Increased Its Power After 9/11 and Helped Put Trump in Office. theintercept.com Former FBI agent Mike German recounts the transformation of the FBI from a law enforcement agency into a dangerously powerful domestic intelligence force.

RT (2019-09-14). 'Far into conspiracy theorizing': Ex-MSNBC Host Krystal Ball slams network for Russiagate hype. rt.com Krystal Ball, a former MSNBC host, has admitted that her colleagues went too far focusing on Russiagate narrative alone that it turned into conspiracy theorizing. | After three years of non-stop speculations about an alleged collusion between the Kremlin and US President Donald Trump ended up with Russiagaters' hopes crashed by the Mueller report, some in the American media seemed to have woken up to realize that the conspiratorial hype machine had replaced what should have been journalism. | The most recent example is Ball, who criticized her "former colleagues, friends" for going "so far into the realm of co…

unitedEditor (2019-09-14). Trump and Mexico: a step toward restoring order on the border. uwidata.com On Wednesday, the US Supreme Court reaffirmed the president's right to limit asylum requests for migrants from Central and South America. Trump hailed the decision as a "big victory," while his opponents issued heavy criticism. According to the new ruling, migrants who cross over the United States' southern border will be required to prove that …

Debbie Nathan (2019-09-13). An Asylum Officer Speaks Out Against the Trump Administration's "Supervillain" Attacks on Immigrants. theintercept.com Asylum officers at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, or USCIS, were reeling after John Lafferty, director of the asylum division, was replaced on Monday by Andrew Davidson, former deputy associate director for USCIS's fraud detection and national security directorate. Then came the Supreme Court's ruling Wednesday reinstating the Trump administration's "third-country" rule, which effectively denies asylum to all Central American immigrants if they passed through another country on the way…

Staff (2019-09-12). Headlines for September 12, 2019. democracynow.org U.S. Denies Protected Status to Bahamians as 2,500 Listed as Missing, Supreme Court Allows Trump's Asylum Ban to Take Effect, "I Don't Want to Die": Honduran Teen with Cystic Fibrosis Says Deportation Would Kill Him, 37-Year-Old Mexican Man Dies in ICE Custody, the 8th Such Death This Fiscal Year, Reporters Barred from Secretive Immigration Tent Courts on Southern Border, Sacklers Would Remain Billionaires & Admit No Wrongdoing Under Tentative Opioid Settlement, Trump Says FDA Will Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes, U.N. Investigators Say U.S.-Led Forces Committed War Crimes in Syria, Skyrocketing Violence Continues Ahea…

Aaron Maté (2019-09-06). Embassy insider exposes CNN lies about Julian Assange. thegrayzone.com A "bombshell" CNN report claimed to show how Wikileaks founder Julian Assange published stolen Democratic Party emails in 2016 in…

Brett Barrouquere (2019-09-04). Rift Exposed: A Desertion Robbed League of the South of Its Longtime Headquarters and Hints that a Member Chose His Real Estate Holdings over Southern Culture. splcenter.org League of the South (LOS), a neo-Confederate organization that advocates for Southern secession, has been roiled by a key defection that resulted in the group losing its headquarters in Wetumpka, Alabama, about 20 miles north of Montgomery.

splcenter (2019-09-03). Resolute: The Battle Against Hate Demands Vigilance. splcenter.org Hate persists. It's relentless.

Intelligence Report Staff (2019-09-03). Out of the Darkness: Conversion Therapist Quits 'Ex-Gay' Movement. splcenter.org According to Truth Wins Out, Matheson's fellow ex-gay leader Rich Wyler announced his exit in a post to a private Facebook group. TWO "goes undercover to expose 'ex-gay' conversion leaders as hypocritical frauds that have not actually changed their sexual orientation," its website states.

Keegan Hankes, Intelligence Project (2019-09-03). The Last Word: When Dollars Matter 
More Than Decency. splcenter.org As America's technology and financial giants struggle, or refuse, to curb hate on their platforms, far-right extremists leverage them to build war chests that promote bigotry and violence.

splcenter (2019-09-03). Hatewatch: Brave in the Dark. splcenter.org Using fake names and fictional avatars, wannabe killers and hatemongers exude courage and commitment to their hateful causes.

Intelligence Report Staff (2019-09-03). Spurned & Burned: Anti-Muslim Extremists Rebuff Prominent Chapter Leader. splcenter.org Images of the World Trade Center in flames exposed a schism between a notable hate group's activists and its aspirations, leading to a prominent member's resignation.

splcenter (2019-09-03). No' Money, Mo' Problems: Militiaman's Fundraising Plea Devolves into Lawsuit and Mistrust. splcenter.org The jailed militiaman had an interesting fundraising appeal.

splcenter (2019-09-03). Identity Unmasked: Meet the Proprietors of the Internet's Largest Neo-Confederate Propaganda Machine. splcenter.org A small Facebook campaign predicated on keeping Confederate monuments in place has morphed into a group of more than 200 ardent, secretive separatists planning to make the South a separate nation.

Intelligence Report Staff (2019-09-03). A Church Divided: Sex Worker Scandal Exposes Fault Lines in Anti-LGBTQ Church Network. splcenter.org An anti-LGBTQ pastor's admission to "sins" that included prostitutes, marijuana and gambling set off a series of events that roiled his congregation and caused a split in a satellite church in another state.

ACLU (2019-08-27). New Resource Tool Sheds Light on Government's Prepublication Review System. aclu.org Millions of current and former government employees are subjected to this far-reaching censorship system. | This piece was originally published in Just Security. | For more than three years, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University have been litigating a series of Freedom of Information Act requests relating to "prepublication review." Under this far-reaching censorship system, millions of current and former government employees, con…

ACLU (2019-08-23). Will North Carolina's Supreme Court Allow Racism to Remain a Persistent Factor in its Death Penalty? aclu.org North Carolina's Supreme Court will determine whether evidence of racism in capital punishment can be swept under the rug. | In 2009, North Carolina passed the Racial Justice Act (RJA), which allowed defendants to strike the death penalty from their cases if they could show that racial discrimination was a factor in their prosecution. The law came as a response to a series of exonerations of Black people who were falsely convicted of crimes they did not commit by all-white or nearly all-white juries. The legislature took a bold step to address was what suspected to be deeply troubling evidence of racism infe…

Ricardo Vaz (2019-08-14). Venezuela's Maduro Reshuffles Cabinet as Supreme Court Strips Three Opposition Lawmakers of Immunity. venezuelanalysis.com The National Constituent Assembly will also evaluate bringing forward legislative elections.

2019-09-18: Social Media Postees

Stockholm Syndrome: Julian Assange And The Limits Of Guardian Dissent
Media Lens | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-09-18
Nothing happened on September 2 in central London. Roger Waters, co-founder of Pink Floyd, did not initiate a protest outside the Home Office. He did not sing and play the Floyd classic 'Wish You Were Here', or say: Julian Assange, we are with you. Free Julian Assange! The renowned journalist and film-maker John Pilger did …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/09/stockholm-syndrome-julian-assange-and-the-limits-of-guardian-dissent/

Stockholm Syndrome — Julian Assange and the Limits of Guardian Dissent
Media Lens | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-18
Nothing happened on September 2 in central London. Roger Waters, co-founder of Pink Floyd, did not initiate a protest outside the Home Office. He did not sing and play the Floyd classic 'Wish You Were Here', or say: | 'Julian | …
globalresearch.ca/stockholm-syndrome-julian-assange-limits-guardian-dissent/5689559

Why on Earth Would the US Go to War with Iran over an Attack on Saudi Oil Refineries?
Dave Lindorff | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-18
President Bone Spur, backed by his war-mongering Secretary of State Mike "Armageddon" Pompeo, tweeted yesterday that the US military is "locked and loaded," ready to attack (bomb) Iran if it can be proven that Iran was behind a drone bomb attack on Saudi Arabia's oil refineries. There are plenty of news media in the US…
counterpunch.org/2019/09/18/why-on-earth-would-the-us-go-to-war-with-iran-over-an-attack-on-saudi-oil-refineries/

Big Brother is watching you (from afar): US spies seek long-range facial recognition capabilities
rt.com | 2019-09-18
US intelligence agencies are looking to enhance their facial recognition capabilities with technology that can identify people from hundreds of meters away, potentially transforming drones into biometrically accurate spy cameras. | The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) wants any and all information that could help current biometric surveillance tech overcome the inaccuracy that comes with distance, according to a request for information posted by the In…
rt.com/usa/469045-facial-recognition-height-surveillance-iarpa/

Exclusive: Edward Snowden's First Adventures in Cyberspace
Edward Snowden | thenation.com | 2019-09-18
Exclusive: 's First Adventures in Cyberspace…
thenation.com/article/snowden-memoir-permanent-record/

What is at stake in the British Supreme Court's ruling on the proroguing of Parliament?
wsws.org | 2019-09-18
The Supreme Court has to decide whether the courts can legitimately pass judgement on prorogation and, if so, whether Johnson's suspension of parliament was legal.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/18/supr-s18.html

The Secret GOP Plan to Keep Power
Robert Reich | commondreams.org | 2019-09-18
The Supreme Court recently ruled it has no power to intervene when states use partisan gerrymandering to draw these maps, saying it is an issue for state legislatures and state courts. (Photo: Screenshot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/screen_shot_2019-09-18_at_2.10.20_pm.png
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In an exclusive interview former Ecuadorian foreign minister explains how lawfare is an attempt to 'blur the collective memory of the people'
John McEvoy | thecanary.co | 2019-09-17
CORRECTION: The headline was changed for clarity from "In an exclusive interview former Ecuadorian foreign minister explains how lawfare has 'blurred the collective memory of the people'" to "In an exclusive interview former Ecuadorian foreign minister explains how lawfare is an attempt to 'blur the collective memory of the people'" at 8.20pm on 17 September.This is part 1 of a 3-part interview with Guillaume Long, the former foreign minister of Ecuador. Part 2 covers systemic global corruption, and part 3 covers Ecuador's decision to grant political asylum to Julian Assange. The interview has been edited in part…
thecanary.co/exclusive/2019/09/17/in-an-exclusive-interview-former-ecuadorian-foreign-minister-explains-how-lawfare-has-blurred-the-collective-memory-of-the-people/

Israel Spies and Spies and Spies
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-17
Here we go again! Israel is caught red handed spying against the United States and everyone in Congress is silent, as are nearly all the mainstream media which failed to report the story. And the federal government itself, quick to …
globalresearch.ca/israel-spies/5689437

US sues Snowden for violating 'CIA & NSA non-disclosure pact' with his new book, but it also wants the proceeds
rt.com | 2019-09-17
The US government has filed a lawsuit against the National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, alleging that his newly-published memoir 'Permanent Record' violates nondisclosure agreements he signed with the CIA and NSA. | The civil lawsuit, filed on Tuesday, claims that Snowden violated these agreements by not sending a draft of the book to the spy agencies for review — and presumably redaction — before publication. It also alleges that the whistleblower's public speeches on "intelligence-related matters" violated the agreements. | Rather than pull the book from the shelves, the government…
rt.com/usa/469017-snowden-book-cia-nsa/

Meet the Climate Whistleblowers Muzzled by Trump
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-17
| From weakening vehicle emissions to blocking warnings about how coastal parks could flood or the impact on the Arctic, the Trump administration is accused of muzzling climate science. | Here six whistleblowers and former government scientists describe being sidelined by the administration — and why they won't be quiet. | Jeff Alson: | Role: A former senior engineer…
truthout.org/articles/meet-the-climate-whistleblowers-muzzled-by-trump/

'The Silenced': Meet the Climate Whistle-Blowers Muzzled by Trump
Oliver Milman | thenation.com | 2019-09-17
'The Silenced': Meet the Climate Whistle-Blowers Muzzled by Trump…
thenation.com/article/trump-climate-whistleblowers/

Trump Brushes Israeli Dragnet Surveillance of D.C. Under the Rug
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-09-17
"Donald Trump has had a closer relationship with Israeli leaders than any president in American history. I think he genuinely doesn't care that the Israelis spy on the United States. I think he doesn't see the harm in this and does not feel threatened by it." — CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou…
mintpressnews.com/trump-brushes-israel-dragnet-spying-of-d-c-under-the-rug/261913/

Trump Strains to Balance Diplomacy, Military Threat to Iran
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-09-17
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration tried to balance diplomacy with fresh talk of military action Tuesday in response to the fiery missile and drone attack on the heart of Saudi Arabia's oil industry — a strike marking the most explosive consequence yet of the "maximum pressure" U.S. economic campaign against Iran. | Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was headed to Jiddah in Saudi Arabia to discuss possible responses to what U.S. officials believe was an attack coming from Iranian soil. President Donald Trump said he'd "prefer not" to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at next week's U.N. sessio…
truthdig.com/articles/trump-strains-to-balance-diplomacy-military-threat-to-iran/

Riyadh reaps what it sows: Yemeni drone attack devastates Saudi oil production
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-09-17
Yemen's Ansar Allah has officially claimed responsibility for the drone attacks against ARAMCO oil facilities which resulted in Saudi Arabia's oil production being cut in half. Nonetheless, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, President Donald Trump and Saudi officials are claiming that Iran was actually the one responsible for the attack. The world's largest oil processing …
uwidata.com/5348-riyadh-reaps-what-it-sows-yemeni-drone-attack-devastates-saudi-oil-production/

Trump Sweeps Israeli Dragnet Surveillance of Washington DC Under the Rug
Alexander Rubinstein | theantimedia.com | 2019-09-17
The culprit behind a massive spying scandal in the U.S. capital has been exposed.

Trump Sweeps Israeli Dragnet Surveillance of Washington DC Under the Rug

Trump Sweeps Israeli Dragnet Surveillance of Washington DC Under the Rug
Alexander Rubinstein | theantimedia.com | 2019-09-17
The culprit behind a massive spying scandal in the U.S. capital has been exposed.

Trump Sweeps Israeli Dragnet Surveillance of Washington DC Under the Rug

US Sues Edward Snowden Over New Book, Seeks to Sale Profits
teleSUR, LA | telesurenglish.net | 2019-09-17
The U.S. Department of Justice announced on Tuesday that they were suing NSA data leaker Edward Snowden over his new book "Permanent Record". | RELATED: | Snowden Hopes France Will Grant Him Asylum | "The United States today filed a lawsuit against Edward Snowden, a former employee of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA), who published a book entitled Permanent Record in violation of the non-disclosure agreements he signed with both CIA and N…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Sues-Edward-Snowden-Over-New-Book-Seeks-to-Sale-Profits-20190917-0016.html

ACLU Comment on Edward Snowden Lawsuit
commondreams.org | 2019-09-17
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commondreams.org/newswire/2019/09/17/aclu-comment-edward-snowden-lawsuit?cd-origin=rss

'House Democrats must not delay': Progressives, 2020 contenders demand Kavanaugh impeachment amid new sexual misconduct accusations
Jake Johnson | nationofchange.org | 2019-09-17
Progressive advocacy groups and 2020 Democratic presidential candidates led the chorus of voices demanding that House Democrats launch impeachment proceedings against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh after the New York Times over the weekend published fresh details about sexual misconduct allegations against the judge and FBI failures to investigate complaints made against him prior to his confirmation. | "The evidence that Kavanaugh committed perjury in his Senate testimony is mounting," Demand Justic…
nationofchange.org/2019/09/17/house-democrats-must-not-delay-progressives-2020-contenders-demand-kavanaugh-impeachment-amid-new-sexual-misconduct-accusations/

African Migrants Pledge to Continue Journey Despite US Asylum Ban
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-17
| The Trump administration's policy toward migrants and asylum seekers is, first and foremost, driven by an effort to deter migrants from attempting to reach the United States at all. The latest salvo in the U.S. government's efforts to fundamentally alter its asylum policy came last week with a Supreme Court ruling that allows U.S. officials to require migrants to first seek asylum from cou…
truthout.org/articles/african-migrants-pledge-to-continue-journey-despite-us-asylum-ban/

Key players involved in Supreme Court prorogation case
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-09-17
As the Supreme Court considers legal challenges to Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to prorogue parliament, here is a look at the key players in the case before the UK's highest court.The court hears appeals on cases of the greatest public importance where it is considered there is an arguable point of law.Now the Supreme Court, which will sit as a panel of 11 justices for only the second time in its 10-year history, must reconcile contradictory judgments issued by the English and Scottish courts.– Gina MillerAnti-Brexit campaigner Gina Miller (Aaron Chown/PA)The investment fund manager and campaigner…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2019/09/17/key-players-involved-in-supreme-court-prorogation-case/

Edward Snowden Responds After Trump DOJ Sues Whistleblower Over New Memoir the US Government 'Does Not Want You to Read'
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-09-17
Citing what First Amendment advocates call an "unconstitutional" system of controlling what federal employees can and cannot say about their work, President Donald Trump's Justice Department on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden over the publication of his memoir. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/26213764531_fb2a8ef6fd_o1.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/09/17/edward-snowden-responds-after-trump-doj-sues-whistleblower-over-new-memoir-us?cd-origin=rss

US 'Lies' Slammed After Pompeo, Without Proof, Blames Iran for Drone Attacks
Common Dreams | theantimedia.com | 2019-09-16
(CD) — Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi forcefully rejected Sunday unsubstantiated charges by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) regarding the recent drone attacks that caused serious damage to two crucial Saudi Arabian oil installations. "It has been around 5 years that the Saudi-led coalition has kept the flames of …

US 'Lies' Slammed After Pompeo, Without Proof, Blames Iran for Drone Attacks

US 'Lies' Slammed After Pompeo, Without Proof, Blames Iran for Drone Attacks
Common Dreams | theantimedia.com | 2019-09-16
(CD) — Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi forcefully rejected Sunday unsubstantiated charges by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) regarding the recent drone attacks that caused serious damage to two crucial Saudi Arabian oil installations. "It has been around 5 years that the Saudi-led coalition has kept the flames of …

US 'Lies' Slammed After Pompeo, Without Proof, Blames Iran for Drone Attacks

#ObamaNetflix: Trump sends phrase trending while calling for inquiry into Barack's deals
rt.com | 2019-09-16
Donald Trump inspired near-covfefe levels of confusion online after posting tweets that cryptically ended with: "Obama Netflix?" – a phrase which provided instant meme fodder. | The question closed a series of tweets from the US president in which he criticized the House Judiciary Committee for scrambling to find another avenue to attack him on following the Mueller investigation, after Democrats pushed for an inquiry into the use of Trump hotels for state and military visits. Perplexingly for some, his tweets closed with a nod to Barack Obama that sounded like a new brand: | ….for the privilege of being you…
rt.com/usa/468942-trump-obama-netflix-tweets/

Venezuela: Elements of opposition reach deal with Maduro government
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-09-16
Chicago, IL – On Monday September 16, the leaders of several opposition parties arrived at the Foreign Ministry in downtown Caracas to participate in the Roundtable of National Dialogue organized by the elected government of Nicolás Maduro. The Roundtable was established in the aftermath of the fascist violence in 2017, which was a response to the Supreme Court's decision to strip the National Assembly of its powers after its refusal to adhere to the country's constitution. | On the first day of the meeting, representatives from the government and the opposition parties announced six agreements that ha…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/9/16/venezuela-elements-opposition-reach-deal-maduro-government

Outing of CIA's Kremlin mole echoes Iraq WMD hoax
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-09-15
The outing of a CIA informant inside of the Kremlin raises new questions about the Russia investigation and the intelligence…
thegrayzone.com/2019/09/15/outing-of-cias-kremlin-mole-echoes-iraq-wmd-hoax/

SPY PIGEONS & KILLER CIGARS: Weird ways CIA tried to win the Cold War
rt.com | 2019-09-15
The CIA has declassified documents revealing its Cold War spy pigeons program, the latest revelation of the truly bizarre lengths the US went to, which included killer cigars, trained dolphins, and acoustic kitties. | Pigeon spies: | The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has declassified details of its secret spy-pigeon mission during the Cold War, named 'Tacana'. It used the birds to secretly photograph sites inside the Soviet Union. The avian species was chosen because of their ability to navigate their way back home, and they apparently flew their missions while expensive cameras were strapped to th…
rt.com/usa/468865-cia-cold-war-desperate-plots/

Presumption of innocence? Dems call for Kavanaugh's impeachment amid new sex assault allegations
rt.com | 2019-09-15
A number of 2020 Democratic nomination hopefuls didn't waste time before taking a shot at Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh just as new harassment allegations surfaced. And they hardly see a place for the benefit of the doubt. | The new storm around Kavanaugh, who was accused of past sexual misconduct last year, started with a New York Times feature on one of the accusers. | Deborah Ramirez, who went to Yale University with the future Justice, insists that he thrust his penis at her at a drunken party in 1980s. The paper wrote that it uncovered a similar incident of penis pushing into a female's hand based…
rt.com/usa/468876-kavanaugh-democrats-impeachment-sex-assault/

Pompeo blames Iran for drone attack on Saudi oil facilities, Senator Graham urges US to strike it
rt.com | 2019-09-14
A drone attack on Saudi oil facilities claimed by Yemen's Houthi rebels prompted Washington to blame Tehran, with US warhawk, Senator Lindsey Graham, calling for a strike against Iran. | The smoke from the huge fires at the world's largest oil processing plant caused by the strike had barely dissipated when officials in Washington jumped at the opportunity to use the occasion to push an anti-Iranian agenda. | US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Tehran for what he called "an unprecedented attack on the world's energy supply" but stopped short of suggesting any retaliatory measures. | Meanwhile Graham was q…
rt.com/usa/468837-senator-graham-strike-iran-saudi/

How the FBI Increased Its Power After 9/11 and Helped Put Trump in Office
Ryan Devereaux | theintercept.com | 2019-09-14
Former FBI agent Mike German recounts the transformation of the FBI from a law enforcement agency into a dangerously powerful domestic intelligence force.
theintercept.com/2019/09/14/fbi-mike-german-book/

'Far into conspiracy theorizing': Ex-MSNBC Host Krystal Ball slams network for Russiagate hype
rt.com | 2019-09-14
Krystal Ball, a former MSNBC host, has admitted that her colleagues went too far focusing on Russiagate narrative alone that it turned into conspiracy theorizing. | After three years of non-stop speculations about an alleged collusion between the Kremlin and US President Donald Trump ended up with Russiagaters' hopes crashed by the Mueller report, some in the American media seemed to have woken up to realize that the conspiratorial hype machine had replaced what should have been journalism. | The most recent example is Ball, who criticized her "former colleagues, friends" for going "so far into the realm of co…
rt.com/usa/468841-msnbc-crystal-ball-russia-hype/

Trump and Mexico: a step toward restoring order on the border
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-09-14
On Wednesday, the US Supreme Court reaffirmed the president's right to limit asylum requests for migrants from Central and South America. Trump hailed the decision as a "big victory," while his opponents issued heavy criticism. According to the new ruling, migrants who cross over the United States' southern border will be required to prove that …
uwidata.com/5309-trump-and-mexico-a-step-toward-restoring-order-on-the-border/

An Asylum Officer Speaks Out Against the Trump Administration's "Supervillain" Attacks on Immigrants
Debbie Nathan | theintercept.com | 2019-09-13
Asylum officers at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, or USCIS, were reeling after John Lafferty, director of the asylum division, was replaced on Monday by Andrew Davidson, former deputy associate director for USCIS's fraud detection and national security directorate. Then came the Supreme Court's ruling Wednesday reinstating the Trump administration's "third-country" rule, which effectively denies asylum to all Central American immigrants if they passed through another country on the way…
theintercept.com/2019/09/13/asylum-interview-immigration-trump/

Embassy insider exposes CNN lies about Julian Assange
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-09-06
A "bombshell" CNN report claimed to show how Wikileaks founder Julian Assange published stolen Democratic Party emails in 2016 in…
thegrayzone.com/2019/09/06/embassy-insider-exposes-cnn-lies-about-julian-assange/

Rift Exposed: A Desertion Robbed League of the South of Its Longtime Headquarters and Hints that a Member Chose His Real Estate Holdings over Southern Culture
Brett Barrouquere | splcenter.org | 2019-09-04
League of the South (LOS), a neo-Confederate organization that advocates for Southern secession, has been roiled by a key defection that resulted in the group losing its headquarters in Wetumpka, Alabama, about 20 miles north of Montgomery.
splcenter.org/fighting-hate/intelligence-report/2019/rift-exposed-desertion-robbed-league-south-its-longtime-headquarters-and-hints-member-chose

Identity Unmasked: Meet the Proprietors of the Internet's Largest Neo-Confederate Propaganda Machine
splcenter.org | 2019-09-03
A small Facebook campaign predicated on keeping Confederate monuments in place has morphed into a group of more than 200 ardent, secretive separatists planning to make the South a separate nation.
splcenter.org/fighting-hate/intelligence-report/2019/identity-unmasked-meet-proprietors-internets-largest-neo-confederate-propaganda-machine

No' Money, Mo' Problems: Militiaman's Fundraising Plea Devolves into Lawsuit and Mistrust
splcenter.org | 2019-09-03
The jailed militiaman had an interesting fundraising appeal.
splcenter.org/fighting-hate/intelligence-report/2019/no-money-mo-problems-militiamans-fundraising-plea-devolves-lawsuit-and-mistrust

Resolute: The Battle Against Hate Demands Vigilance
splcenter.org | 2019-09-03
Hate persists. It's relentless.
splcenter.org/fighting-hate/intelligence-report/2019/resolute-battle-against-hate-demands-vigilance

Spurned & Burned: Anti-Muslim Extremists Rebuff Prominent Chapter Leader
Intelligence Report Staff | splcenter.org | 2019-09-03
Images of the World Trade Center in flames exposed a schism between a notable hate group's activists and its aspirations, leading to a prominent member's resignation.
splcenter.org/fighting-hate/intelligence-report/2019/spurned-burned-anti-muslim-extremists-rebuff-prominent-chapter-leader

Hatewatch: Brave in the Dark
splcenter.org | 2019-09-03
Using fake names and fictional avatars, wannabe killers and hatemongers exude courage and commitment to their hateful causes.
splcenter.org/fighting-hate/intelligence-report/2019/hatewatch-brave-dark

The Last Word: When Dollars Matter 
More Than Decency
Keegan Hankes, Intelligence Project | splcenter.org | 2019-09-03
As America's technology and financial giants struggle, or refuse, to curb hate on their platforms, far-right extremists leverage them to build war chests that promote bigotry and violence.
splcenter.org/fighting-hate/intelligence-report/2019/last-word-when-dollars-matter-more-decency

Out of the Darkness: Conversion Therapist Quits 'Ex-Gay' Movement
Intelligence Report Staff | splcenter.org | 2019-09-03
According to Truth Wins Out, Matheson's fellow ex-gay leader Rich Wyler announced his exit in a post to a private Facebook group. TWO "goes undercover to expose 'ex-gay' conversion leaders as hypocritical frauds that have not actually changed their sexual orientation," its website states.
splcenter.org/fighting-hate/intelligence-report/2019/out-darkness-conversion-therapist-quits-ex-gay-movement

Out of the Darkness: Conversion Therapist Quits 'Ex-Gay' Movement
Intelligence Report Staff | splcenter.org | 2019-09-03
According to Truth Wins Out, Matheson's fellow ex-gay leader Rich Wyler announced his exit in a post to a private Facebook group. TWO "goes undercover to expose 'ex-gay' conversion leaders as hypocritical frauds that have not actually changed their sexual orientation," its website states.
splcenter.org/fighting-hate/intelligence-report/2019/out-darkness-conversion-therapist-quits-ex-gay-movement

A Church Divided: Sex Worker Scandal Exposes Fault Lines in Anti-LGBTQ Church Network
Intelligence Report Staff | splcenter.org | 2019-09-03
An anti-LGBTQ pastor's admission to "sins" that included prostitutes, marijuana and gambling set off a series of events that roiled his congregation and caused a split in a satellite church in another state.
splcenter.org/fighting-hate/intelligence-report/2019/church-divided-sex-worker-scandal-exposes-fault-lines-anti-lgbtq-church-network

New Resource Tool Sheds Light on Government's Prepublication Review System
aclu.org | 2019-08-27
Millions of current and former government employees are subjected to this far-reaching censorship system. | This piece was originally published in Just Security. | For more than three years, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University have been litigating a series of Freedom of Information Act requests relating to "prepublication review." Under this far-reaching censorship system, millions of current and former government employees, con…
aclu.org/blog/free-speech/employee-speech-and-whistleblowers/new-resource-tool-sheds-light-governments

Will North Carolina's Supreme Court Allow Racism to Remain a Persistent Factor in its Death Penalty?
aclu.org | 2019-08-23
North Carolina's Supreme Court will determine whether evidence of racism in capital punishment can be swept under the rug. | In 2009, North Carolina passed the Racial Justice Act (RJA), which allowed defendants to strike the death penalty from their cases if they could show that racial discrimination was a factor in their prosecution. The law came as a response to a series of exonerations of Black people who were falsely convicted of crimes they did not commit by all-white or nearly all-white juries. The legislature took a bold step to address was what suspected to be deeply troubling evidence of racism infe…
aclu.org/blog/capital-punishment/racial-disparities-and-death-penalty/will-north-carolinas-supreme-court