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We’ve seen it before in this investigation. Someone leaked the details of Donald Trump Jr’s Russia meeting one day at a time, in progressively more damning fashion, so that he would foolishly issue partial denials each day that would subsequently be exposed as lies the following day. It tripped him up far worse than if the entire story had simply been leaked at once. Now we’re seeing someone rope-a-dope his father Donald Trump in similar fashion.

On Monday evening, it was revealed that Paul Manafort had been under secret FISA wiretap surveillance both during and after the election. Notably, no details were included as to what had been caught on that wiretap. By Tuesday, more details were leaked including the fact that Manafort had been caught communicating about the Trump campaign with the Russians. By Wednesday, those details became darker, as it was revealed that Manafort had offered to give a Kremlin oligarch regular briefings about the campaign. There’s a reason it’s playing out this way.

Even though these leaks are being given to different major news outlets, their nature strongly suggests that they’re all coming from the same place. That source could have leaked all of this at once. But by stretching it out this way, it gives Donald Trump the opportunity to foolishly step in it by issuing some kind of partial denial. Thus far he hasn’t done so, but his nature is to lash out. So if not today, then tomorrow or the next day, Trump will angrily tweet that Manafort did this all on his own.

That’s when this same source will leak the part that begins to incriminate Donald Trump himself. That’ll come in the form of intercepted phone calls in which Manafort briefed Trump about his plan to collude with Russia, or something along those lines. We know that part happened. Manafort wouldn’t have made such a major decision without running it past Trump. The source whoever is leaking this is just waiting for Trump to step in it before dropping the hammer.

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Political marketing, psychotronic weapons, and Putin’s Pro-Trump Operation – by Michael Novakhov

  • “We don’t know what these Facebook ads looked like, we don’t know who they were targeting, and we don’t know how many millions of Americans may have been exposed to them.”

(From: Putin’s Pro-Trump Operation May Have Been Far Bigger Than We Yet Know – Did the Kremlin help make Trump the “first Facebook president”? – by BILL BUZENBERG – SEP 20, 2017)

And we have to know the answers to these and many other questions. 

If it is convincingly demonstrated that the extent of this problem is significant enough to affect the outcome of the elections (and that’s how it looks in key, “swing” states now), and the hostile foreign power was behind it, then the legitimacy of elections should and will be questioned and legally challenged, which may lead to their annulment and the new substitute elections. 

See also: 

If “Russia used Facebook to organize racist rallies to help Trump”, why can’t we venture a mental step further and assume that the increase in the incidents of mass shootings, aggression against the police, incidents  with the racial overtones, transportation accidents, all of which demonstrate the clear statistical “pre-election bumps” (hikes, increases), in 2008, and in 2012, and in 2016, were inspired, and/or conducted by the same actors, and with the same goal: to “elect” their candidate, which in 2016 apparently was Trump. Did we look into it?

The answer, (that all these listed phenomena are the hypothetical parts of the operational whole) is clear to me, on the basis of the daily monitoring of the press reports on these subject in 2015 and 2016. Compile and analyze the statistics, and I think, you might get the same or the very similar impression. See also posts on this subject in my blogs. It is interesting to note, that this opinion, regarding the presence of the signs of the foreign interference in the elections prior to 2016, (although not necessarily with the same range of agreed upon details and analysis, and independently arrived at), coincides completely with the one of Mike Pompeo who surely is very well informed on this subject. CIA Director Mike Pompeo: ‘Of course’ Russia interfered in the 2016 election, ‘and the one before that… I am confident that the Russians meddled in this election, as is the entire intelligence community,” Pompeo said, appearing agitated at the skepticism towards his previous answer. “I hope I didn’t stop at 2008 [for when he says Russian began interfering in U.S. elections]. You can go back to the 70s. My point was simply this: This threat is real. The U.S. government, including the Central Intelligence Agency, has to figure out a way to fight back against it and defeat it. And we’re intent upon doing that.” 

There must be a much broader group of people who share more or less the same impressions and the same opinion: the foreign interference in the US elections is a long-standing phenomenon, and especially malignant from 1950-s, on a post-WW2 wave. 

What we need now, is not just the impressions and opinions, but more or less definitive studies, including the high-quality statistical ones, on this very important and forward-looking subject, and also, of course, the strategic thinking and the strategic planning. 

See also: 

These issues, described above, might not be under the direct purview of Mr. Mueller’s Investigation. Clearly, they are enormously important, and we also have to consider our common, human, and understandable reluctance to look into this moral and the political abyss.

However, we have to do this: to investigate these hypothetical connections with the utmost thoroughness and depth, the wellbeing of this nation depends on it. I think, in my, as always, very humble and the non-specialist opinion, that the DOJ and the FBI have to either establish a separate investigation into these matters or to broaden the scope and the mandate of Mr. Mueller’s investigation.

 This article below, which just came to light, about the very unusual FBI’s severe underreporting of their informants’ “Otherwise Illegal Activity” in the election year of 2016, might or might not have something to do with this. I think, that most likely it does. 

The whole issue of the FBI recordkeeping, statistical and other reports, and other aspects of the paperwork comes into focus: they simply do not always and necessarily keep the records: it is so much easier and so convenient for them: no accountability, no outsider will be able to learn about their crimes. 

This has to end. 

Investigate the Investigators! Save America! Reform the FBI!

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Presently I see two aspects in the specifics of Trump’s campaign use of social media:

1) use of business principles of marketing, “political marketing”, or marketing of “Trump for President” as business product, and

2) possible use of the “psychotronic weapons” techniques (in targeted advertising for voters), which might be rooted in the concepts and practices of the Soviet, and later Russian Military Intelligence. 

Both aspects deserve further attention and elaboration. 

The old adage may apply to the elections process: “People choose to hear what they want to hear.” Voters make their decisions on the basis of identification with the parties, cause or leaders.

For example, the so-called “Voters of moderate expectations”  are not emotional but rational choosers. They “shop” for their parties and candidates: “They do their homework, put things to the reasonableness test, and decide who will get their votes.”

“Trump supporters are of two principal types: right wing populists and Republican diehards. The right wing populist types can be characterized as “low information voters.” In other words, it is their (political) ignorance that is been exploited.

Trump channeled their anger and gave it his voice. He was thinking thoughts and saying things that they wanted to say in the way that they wanted them said. In other words, they are a flock of sheep, who are not able to but want to be the rebels -wolves, they identify with the aggressive leader as their ideal, embodying the traits that they lack. It reminds the histories of the fanatical adoration of “Fuhrer” or Stalin’s “personality cult”. “Voters who still score high on authority/loyalty/sanctity and low on care… are significantly more likely to vote for Donald Trump. These are the true authoritarians…”

To summarize and put these statistics in a simple form: Trump supporters are more of the racists.
“The supporters labeled “Republican diehards” fall into the High Anxiety category. When asked how they can do a complete turnabout and support Donald Trump rather than their earlier and much more preferred choices, their usual retort is, “Anyone but Hillary.” This is because they viewed her as a part and extension of the Obama administration, which they blamed for all their (personal and other) problems and troubles, fairly and justifiably, or, much more likely – not. This is the psychosocial mechanism of “scapegoating”.

Apparently, “political psychographics” were adopted from the economic ones – from the market research. This circumstance might be an illustration of how Trump views his voters and his electorate: simply as the political market which has to be penetrated and conquered. This is a business approach to politics: the voters are simply the consumers who have to be persuaded and manipulated into buying this product, which is “Trump for President”.

Trump wanted to sell this product the same way he sells his real estate and his own TV personality. He wanted to learn about the ways to market this product the same way any other market is researched and studied. He views himself as a business product. The flip side of this coin is that he views other people in his personal and political life as the products too: they can be bought and manipulated. His is a cold and lonely world, indeed.

Trumpism is the apex of the business mentality and business power in America. He views America as his next business venture and intends to manage it accordingly: as the USA, Inc.
The soul is gone. The truth is gone. The humanity is gone. The essence of our nature is gone. The economic “consumer society” will accomplish its historical “merger and acquisition”, conquer everything and everyone else and will be transformed into the totalitarian political “consumer society”.

With all this, I do not intend to demonize Trump personally at all. He does have a considerable personal charm and even has what looks like sincerity, and even comes across as a rebellious and vulnerable child. In his seventies – analyze ZIS! But aren’t we all, and at any age? Our “inner child” never disappears and never grows up, it is our ontogenetic core.

Is Trump just a product of his (ruthless? soulless? mechanistic? primitively arithmetically calculating? and still ultimately enigmatic? and psychologically and sociologically misunderstood? and understudied?), the so-called “business world”, which can be viewed as the childishly predatory by its very nature?

The Information War “declared” against the U.S. in 2016, would be impossible without its “cyber” aspect. Based on the events of the past year, for all practical intents and purposes, it should be assumed, that all world, and first of all, the U.S. digital records are properly and completely penetrated and appropriated (accessed and stolen, to put it simply) by the hostile actors. Some of this data is combined with the data from the human sources into an integrated database. This might be a decisive factor in voters and elections manipulations: influence on candidate preferences and individual tailoring of the advertising on the social media. All, without exceptions, social media outlets, not just Facebook, should be examined for these operations. 

Most likely, all these aspects and facets, and the others, still hidden, are the parts of the single, concerted and well-coordinated effort and intelligence operation. 

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12:26 PM 9/20/2017 – “Political marketing” and possible use of the “psychotronic weapons” techniques in targeted advertising

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M.N.: Presently I see two aspects in the specifics of Trump’s campaign use of social media:

1) use of business principles of marketing, “political marketing”, as outlined in the draft below of 10.31.16, and

2) possible use of the “psychotronic weapons” techniques (in targeted advertising), which might be rooted in the concepts and practices of the Soviet, and later Russian Military Intelligence. 

Both aspects deserve further attention and elaboration. 

Also, and maybe, more importantly, we have to keep in mind, based on the events of the past year, that for all practical intents and purposes, it should be assumed, that all world, and first of all, the U.S. digital records are properly and completely penetrated and appropriated by the hostile actors. Some of this data is combined with the data from the human sources into an integrated database. This might be a decisive factor in voters and elections manipulations: influence on candidate preferences and individual tailoring of the advertising on the social media. All, without exceptions, social media outlets, not just Facebook, should be examined for these operations. 

Most likely, all these aspects and facets, and the others, still hidden, are the parts of the single, concerted and well-coordinated effort and intelligence operation. 

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“Trump for President” as business product – drafted on 10.31.16

“Trump for President” as a business product and the new “Psychographic Weapon”

Big Brother Trump – GS

Psychographics vs Demographics in analysis of voting behavior – GS

“Trump for President” as business product – GS

Politics – WP – 10.27.16: Trump’s plan for a comeback includes building a ‘psychographic’ profile of every voter

“…a company being paid millions of dollars [! – M.N.] by Donald Trump’s presidential campaign says it has developed a political weapon powerful enough to help the Republican nominee overcome his troubles and win the White House.

The key is a psychological model for identifying voters that can “determine the personality of every single adult in the United States of America,” said Alexander Nix, chief executive of Cambridge Analytica

The psychological tests are combined with the collection of data, such as a person’s taste in movies, music, books and restaurants and the “likes” or “hearts” on social-media sites. All of that information is added to a spreadsheet that contains the name of every voter. Thus, the company’s files reveal a person’s gender, race, location, car type, club memberships, and reading and viewing habits, along with potentially thousands of other pieces of information. Such data is compiled by many companies and used by most campaigns. In its marketing materials, Cambridge Analytica says that “we collect up to 5,000 data points on over 220 million Americans,” enabling it to target groups “and predict the behavior of like-minded people.” The company says it has not only the usual stable of data experts but also psychologists who analyze the data and assemble pools of like-minded people.

Nix dismissed critics who questioned the company’s claims of predicting voter behavior. It is “intuitive” that the more such data is collected, the better his company can be in predicting how people will vote, Nix said.
“If I was to tell you that an individual had voted for a particular party over the last 40 years the same way, you would conclude that is a fairly good indicator,” Nix said. “Now imagine if we could overlay thousands of data points that are predictable about behavior. Of course it works. A much better observation is, how well does it work?””

Understanding psychographics trumps demographics.

…Voters can be classified into three broad psychographic categories: High anxiety, low information and moderate expectations. 

Low information voters are of two types. On the one hand, they are many of the high anxiety voters who only consume intake from a single source — think Fox or MSNBC depending on one’s political predisposition.

M.N.: The old and not very well tested adage: “People choose to hear what they want to hear.”

On the other hand, they are more disinterested voters who use a party label, a candidate’s race, religion or some other characteristic, or a wedge issue(s) to make their voting decision.

M.N.: Voters make their decisions on the basis of identification with the parties, cause or leaders.

Voters of moderate expectations… [M.N.: are not the emotional, like the above group, but rational choosers. They “shop” for their parties and candidates]:
They do their homework, put things to the reasonableness test, and decide who will get their votes.

Trump supporters are of two principal types: right wing populists and Republican diehards.
The right wing populist types can be characterized as low information voters.

M.N.: In other words, it is their (political) ignorance that is been exploited.

Trump’s appeal for them has been driven largely by his “outsider” status, railing at the Republican political elite and party leadership that has not treated its “working class” members properly; and, speaking out loudly on wedge or hot button issues of importance to them such as illegal immigration or terrorism.
Trump channeled their anger and gave it his voice. He was thinking thoughts and saying things that they wanted to say in the way that they wanted them said.

M.N.: In other words, they are a flock of sheep, who are not able to, but want to be the rebels -wolves, they identify with the aggressive leader as their ideal, embodying the traits that they lack. It reminds the histories of the fanatical adoration of “fuhrer” or Stalin’s “personality cult”.

Voters who still score high on authority/loyalty/sanctity and low on care… are significantly more likely to vote for Donald Trump. These are the true authoritarians…”

  • The 2015 American Values Survey done by the Public Religion Research Institute showed that “Roughly three quarters (74 percent) of Trump supporters — compared to 57 percent of supporters of all other Republican candidates agree that today, discrimination against whites has become as big a problem as discrimination against blacks and other minorities.”
  • Michael Tesler, an associate professor of political science at the University of California in Irvine, after analyzing data from different sources, concludes, “Republicans who scored highest on racial resentment were about 30 percentage points more likely to support Trump than their more moderate counterparts.”
  • According to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll of 16,000 Americans conducted between March and June 2016, “Supporters of U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump are more likely to describe African Americans as ‘criminal,’ ‘unintelligent,’ ‘lazy,’ and ‘violent’ than voters who backed some Republican rivals in the primaries or who support Democratic contender Hillary Clinton…”
M.N.: To summarize and put these statistics in a simple form: Trump supporters are more of the racists.
These supporters whom we have labeled Republican diehards fall into the High Anxiety category. When asked how they can do a complete turnabout and support Donald Trump rather than their earlier and much more preferred choices, their usual retort is, “Anyone but Hillary.” 
 
M.N.: Because they view her as a part and extension of the Obama administration, which they blame for all their (personal and other) problems and troubles, fairly and justifiably, or, much more likely – not. This is the psychosocial mechanism of “scapegoating”.
 

M.N.: Apparently, political psychographics were adopted from the economic ones – from the market research. This circumstance might be an illustration of how Trump views his voters and his electorate: simply as the political market which has to be penetrated and conquered. This is a business approach to politics: the voters are simply the consumers who have to be persuaded and manipulated into buying his product, which is “Trump for President”.

Trump wants to sell this product the same way he sells his real estate and his own (TV) personality. He wants to learn about the ways to market this product the same way any other market is researched and studied. He views himself as a business product. The flip side of this coin is that he views other people in his personal and political life as the products too: they can be bought and manipulated. His is a cold and lonely world, indeed.

Trumpism is the apex of the business mentality and business power in America. He views America as his next business venture and intends to manage it accordingly: as the USA, Inc.
The soul is gone. The truth is gone. The humanity is gone. The essence of our nature is gone. The economic “consumer society” will accomplish its historical “merger and acquisition”, conquer everything and everyone else and will be transformed into the totalitarian political “consumer society”.

With all this, I do not intend to demonize Trump personally at all. He does have a considerable personal charm and even has what looks like sincerity, and even comes across as a rebellious and vulnerable child. In his seventies – analyze zis! But aren’t we all, and at any age? Our “inner child” never disappears and never grows up, it is our ontogenetic core.

He is just a product of his (ruthless? soulless? mechanistic? primitively arithmetically calculating? and ?still ultimately enigmatic and psychologically and sociologically understudied), the so called “business world”, which can be viewed as the childishly predatory by its very nature.

What do I see as Donald’s real and relevant problems? I call him “Donald” because I feel I can relate to him, despite the unbridgeable chasm of irreconcilable disagreements and “gut feeling” non-acceptance, strong rejection of his style, personality and the very idea of him as a potential President.

It is interesting to observe how Hillary relates to him: like a strong, maybe even stern but understanding mother to a petulant misbehaving child, like a school principal to a very problematic pupil, whom she sees through quite nicely, interacts with him somewhat ironically but not condescendingly, directly and frankly, but not hurtfully or sadistically, in one word, maturely, almost “tough-lovingly” and humanely.

I’ll say it very humbly, what I see as his main problems, from which many other, the secondary ones, stem out: his superficiality, his lack of intellect and intellectualism, lack of depth (although, he undoubtedly is a very intelligent and experienced man), lack of humanity, lack of political maturity, etc., etc. – the list might take three pages, and there is no need to mention all of this: the whole picture seems to be clear. The Democrats, in comparison, seem to have these and other relevant qualities almost in abundance.

Both D. Brooks and E.J. Dionne, in the interview with the NPR on 10.28.16, said that the reopening of the FBI emails investigation is not going to hurt Mrs. Clinton. I think that many observers would agree with him: reviving the old non-issue will not make it less of a non-issue. If anything, it might contribute to the voters’ feelings of puzzlement, disbelief, anger and protest and might mobilize them further. Hopefully. Will a shocking, jaw dropping “bombshell“, implying the primitive, irrational, archaic, witch-hunting “guilt by association” prove to be an empty shell? “Thousands of classified emails” sent by Abedin to Weiner? What? For what?
Another Russian set-up? Another same old, same old of the FBI’s same old Clintons-haters? In this situation, the only appropriate way to deal with it is to do what Hillary requested: “Put it on a table!”

Speaking of the racial and economic issues, which fuel the Trumpistas’ resentments and rage: are they the signs of some historically inevitable (in a long run, despite the hypothetically possible but temporary deviations from this course) process of Transformation of America, not in a narrow Obama Presidency related definition (it is seen as the one which champions, promotes and hastens these changes), but in a much broader one? Do we really understand this process sufficiently? Do we understand how to deal with it efficiently? Where will it lead? The effects of changing demography are the very powerful determining factors, which will affect the social structure and order, the economics, and the all important culture, in a broad sense, as well as the country’s standing in the world and its foreign relations.
Maybe I did not search well enough, but so far I was not able to find any coherent and deep analysis of these issues and any credible and convincing predictions and prognostications. It looks that we are avoiding thinking about it, researching and studying these issues, and discussing them in academia and the media because these issues might feel very uncomfortable and “divisive”. There are no reasons to keep avoiding thinking and talking about them, no reasons to hide our heads in the sand. “Political correctness” is a tool of conformity, which might be good as a “cohesion”, but is not so good as an instrument of understanding and change.
Healthy, inevitable, wise, fair, in the true American spirit, racial, economic, political, cultural Integration is the only solution, it became the ideological banner of the political class. The question is, are any adjustments and corrections needed in this course, not taking this process back, but enhancing and rationalizing it, making it more efficient, fair, viable and secure for the society as a whole, which will make it stronger domestically and abroad.

That leaves voters of Moderate Expectations. Could there be likely Trump supporters among them? No doubt there will be a few but very few. Or, as the Donald might put it very, very, very few.
That’s because, given the operational definition of the folks in this category, they fall outside the zone of influence for Trump’s hyperbole and histrionics. They tend to be independent in orientation rather than tied to a party.

M.N.: The “rationalists”, as should be expected, reject Trump: he does not appeal to logic and rational choice, he is not on their “best picks” rating list.
The “undecided” or “floating voters” portion is about 5-13%, and “their minds and psychographic profile does not match that of the Trump supporter.”

 
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7:57 AM 9/20/2017 – Putin’s Pro-Trump Operation May Have Been Far Bigger Than We Yet Know – Mother Jones | Anatomy of a Russian attack

“We don’t know what these Facebook ads looked like, we don’t know who they were targeting, and we don’t know how many millions of Americans may have been exposed to them.”

Putin’s Pro-Trump Operation May Have Been Far Bigger Than We Yet Know
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M.N.: And we have to know the answers to these and many other questions.

Putin’s Pro-Trump Operation May Have Been Far Bigger Than We Yet Know – Mother Jones

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If “Russia used Facebook to organize racist rallies to help Trump”, why can’t we venture a mental step further and assume that the increase in the incidents of mass shootings, aggression against the police, incidents  with the racial overtones, transportation accidents, all of which demonstrate the clear statistical “pre-election bumps” (hikes, increases), in 2008, and in 2012, and in 2016, were inspired, and/or conducted by the same actors, and with the same goal: to “elect” their candidate, which in 2016 apparently was Trump. Did we look into it?

The answer, (that all these listed phenomena are the hypothetical parts of the operational whole) is clear to me, on the basis of the daily monitoring of the press reports on these subject in 2015 and 2016. Compile and analyze the statistics, and I think, you might get the same or the very similar impression. See also posts on this subject in my blogs. It is interesting to note, that this opinion, regarding the presence of the signs of the foreign interference in the elections prior to 2016, (although not necessarily with the same range of agreed upon details and analysis, and independently arrived at), coincides completely with the one of Mike Pompeo who surely is very well informed on this subject. CIA Director Mike Pompeo: ‘Of course’ Russia interfered in the 2016 election, ‘and the one before that… I am confident that the Russians meddled in this election, as is the entire intelligence community,” Pompeo said, appearing agitated at the skepticism towards his previous answer. “I hope I didn’t stop at 2008 [for when he says Russian began interfering in U.S. elections]. You can go back to the 70s. My point was simply this: This threat is real. The U.S. government, including the Central Intelligence Agency, has to figure out a way to fight back against it and defeat it. And we’re intent upon doing that.” 

There must be a much broader group of people who share more or less the same impressions and the same opinion: the foreign interference in the US elections is a long standing phenomenon, and especially malignant from 1950-s, on a post-WW2 wave. 

What we need now, is not just the impressions and opinions, but more or less definitive studies, including the high-quality statistical ones, on this very important and forward looking subject, and also, of course, the strategic thinking and the strategic planning. 

Michael Novakhov

9.20.17 – M.N.:

These issues, described above, might not be under the direct purview of Mr. Mueller’s Investigation. Clearly, they are enormously important, and we also have to consider our common, human, and understandable reluctance to look into this moral and the political abyss.

However, we have to do this: to investigate these hypothetical connections with the utmost thoroughness and depth, the wellbeing of this nation depends on it. I think, in my, as always, very humble and the non-specialist opinion, that the DOJ and the FBI have to either establish a separate investigation into these matters or to broaden the scope and the mandate of Mr. Mueller’s investigation.

 This article below, which just came to light, about the very unusual FBI’s severe underreporting of their informants’ “Otherwise Illegal Activity” in the election year of 2016, might or might not have something to do with this. I think, that most likely it does. 

The whole issue of the FBI recordkeeping, statistical and other reports, and other aspects of the paperwork comes into focus: they simply do not always and necessarily keep the records: it is so much easier and so convenient for them: no accountability, no outsider will be able to learn about their crimes. 

This has to end. 

Investigate the Investigators! Save America! Reform the FBI!

FBI Severely Underreported How Many Times It Authorized Informants to Break the Law – Gizmodo

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Anatomy of a Russian attack: From robocalls to hoaxes, a look at tactics used – WTOP

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About this series: The U.S. intelligence community has concluded an attempt to interfere in the2016 presidential election was ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin. A WTOPinvestigation that began in November 2016 examined how the attack 

Anatomy of a Russian attack: From robocalls to hoaxes, a look at tactics used

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About this series: The U.S. intelligence community has concluded an attempt to interfere in the 2016 presidential election was ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin. A WTOP investigation that began in November 2016 examined how the attack happened, when it started, who was involved and what’s next. Dozens of interviews with current and former U.S. intelligence officials, members of Congress, cyber security and intelligence experts, foreign government officials, Russian nationals and American victims were conducted. Here is what WTOP learned.

WASHINGTON — In the early hours of Feb. 13, 2017, just after returning home from a trip to Africa earlier in the month, David Pollock woke up to the incessant ringing of his mobile phone.

He answered it. On the other end was someone speaking in Russian, who abruptly hung up.

“It started probably about 7 a.m. and continued many hours after that. I was getting robocalls from Russia in Russian,” he said.

Some of the relentless callers “left messages. Sometimes, they hung up, and sometimes, there was just noise after I answered,” said Pollock, the Kaufman fellow at The Washington Institute. He said that for nearly an entire working day, “the calls were coming in so fast; I couldn’t block them or delete them until many hours went by.”

Pollock believes he was targeted after publicly confronting a Russian academic, who denigrated the U.S. military and the U.S. government during a plenary session at a security conference in Morocco a few days before.

But as annoying as it was, what happened to Pollock was tame compared to the scene that unfolded in St. Mary Parish, Louisiana, on the morning of Sept. 11, 2014.

‘A certain mission’

“We started getting phone calls in regards to a message titled ‘toxic fumes, hazard warning,’” said Duval Arthur, director of the office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

He told WTOP that citizens received a text message alert about 8 a.m. about an explosion at a manufacturing plant. The alert read “‘take shelter, check local media,’” according to Arthur; the dispatch was sent from Columbia Chemical Company and listed its website as <a href=”http://columbiachemical.com” rel=”nofollow”>columbiachemical.com</a>.

Within two hours, social media users from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes were inundated with posts about the incident.

Twitter and other social media platforms were jammed with images of the explosion and a screenshot of a CNN homepage. Even a YouTube video had been posted showing someone watching a TV broadcast in which ISIS had allegedly claimed responsibility for an attack on the plant.

But not a word of it was true. It was all an elaborately staged hoax.

The organization mentioned in the alert, Columbia Chemical Company, does not exist.

There is a company in the area called Columbian Chemical, owned by Birla.

Arthur told WTOP he called the company, and they said the following in a news release:

“We have been informed by the community that a text message has been received by several individuals indicating a release of toxic gas from the Birla Carbon’s Columbian Chemicals Plant near Centerville, Louisiana. The content as stated by the text message is not true. There has been no release of such toxic gas, explosion or any other incident in our facility. We are not aware of the origin of this text message.”

When WTOP asked who was responsible, Arthur said, “I was told it was the Russians, but I have no information on that — none whatsoever.”

WTOP contacted the Louisiana division of the FBI and asked about the investigation. A spokesman declined to comment on the disposition and nature of the inquiry.

Arthur is uncertain about who was behind the incident, but current and former U.S. intelligence sources are clear that it and other incidents like it are the work of a Russian government-funded network.

Both Pollock and St. Mary Parish, Louisiana, were likely victims of a troll house operation.

“These folks have a certain mission. They go 24 hours a day in 12-hour shifts. In those shifts, they are given a certain number of posts that they have to fulfill,” said former Congressman Michael J. Rogers, R-Mich.

Rogers, who chaired the House Intelligence Committee from 2011-2015, told WTOP hundreds of workers at the troll houses are assigned to target websites, social media accounts and online platforms, “which have some impact on people’s opinion on either a person or some idea or a political candidate,” that is important to the Russian government.

He said each troll, “based on the information I saw, is assigned about 135 online posts (or targets).”

In each post, according to Rogers, the troll is required to include a minimum number of characters — “something like 200,” said Rogers.

Whether it’s robocalling people perceived as hostile to the Russian government or launching intricately scripted hoaxes, it’s all believed to be a part of the Russian military’s new information warfare division — designed specifically to fight the U.S. and the West.

“They took all of their cyber-actors and combined them in this information warfare center. They talked openly about propaganda being a part of what they do. They said they were going to be smart and effective in everything they do to protect the Russian federation,” Rogers said.

Russia’s influence operations

Moscow’s new hybrid warfare machine was on full display last year.

“What we have seen in the 2016 election was an unprecedented attempt by Russia to manipulate our most basic democratic process: our electoral process and the jewel of the crown, the presidential process,” Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in an exclusive interview with WTOP.

The operation was based on an old idea.

“Russia, a long time back in time inside the Soviet Union, was an agent of misinformation. When it was a communist dictatorship, it used propaganda to contain its own people,” Warner said.

Many of the tactics that Russia deployed in 2016 against the U.S., he said, “They’ve been using for the last decade in places like Poland, Hungary, Romania and, of course, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.”

A U.S. intelligence official told WTOP, “Russia relies on tools it uses in its influence campaigns, such as media messaging and funding of parties, to muddy the waters about Russian activities and bolster its preferred candidates.”

Russia “probably is also increasingly using cyber-enabled disclosures to undermine the credibility of Western institutions,” said the official, looking at how Moscow skillfully hacked the Democratic National Committee and John Podesta, former chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.

After both entities were hacked, sources told WTOP, the information was then funneled to organizations such as WikiLeaks and DCleaks.

Warner said, “Russia started by hacking into private individual accounts of both political parties, but decided to only release information that was harmful to the Democratic candidate — Clinton.”

Somewhere mid-spring to summer of 2016, according to Warner, “Moscow changed from saying they just wanted to sow chaos to deciding they’d rather see Trump over Clinton.”

There were two phases of the operation, he said.

The first was the selective hacking of information and then letting that information be released at critical times. The second part, which Warner said “was even more sophisticated, was using modern technology and the internet, and they would pay people to create fake social media accounts and create botnets.”

He said they would use those accounts and bots to flood the internet with fake news. And, according to Warner, they were so skilled at it that they could even target specific areas.

“Data scientists have shown that in certain areas, for example in Wisconsin, Michigan or Pennsylvania, during the last 10 days of the campaign, Twitter or Facebook users wouldn’t find stories about Clinton vs. Trump,” Warner said.

Instead, he said, they would encounter fake stories “about Hillary Clinton being sick or stealing money from the State Department.”

The reason, he said, was because the overwhelming number of bots and fake social media accounts — a part of Russia’s information warfare operation — could determine what the top trending stories would be on social media platforms.

Editor’s noteWTOP’s next article looks at the evolution of Russian influence operations in the U.S.


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4:51 AM 9/20/2017 – Paul Manafort asks Justice to investigate FBI wiretap report and other stories – Trump News Review

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Paul Manafort asks Justice to investigate FBI wiretap report Tuesday September 19th, 2017 at 8:39 PM 1 Share Sponsor Message CLOSE Former Trump associate Paul Manafort was reportedly put under surveillance following a probe into his business dealings in 2014. Video provided by Newsy Newslook President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, demanded on Tuesday that the government … Continue reading “4:51 AM 9/20/2017 – Paul Manafort asks Justice to investigate FBI wiretap report and other stories – Trump News Review”

For Trump Aides Caught in Russia Probe, Legal Bills and Paranoia – Bloomberg

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What Trump overlooked in his UN speech – National Review

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President Donald J. Trump made a speech to the United Nations, an organization he had recently dismissed as an impotent debating club, during which he mentioned North Korea, Iran, Syria, Israel, China, France, the United Kingdom, Cuba, Venezuela 
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Mueller ratchets up pressure on Paul Manafort, but who is leaking these damaging details? – Fox News

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The Electoral College Is a National Security Threat – Politico

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Donald Trump, of course, won those three states by a combined total of fewer than 80,000 votes, securing him an Electoral College victory and a four-year trip to the Oval Office, despite losing the national popular vote by nearly 3 million. Facebook 

Of Course Donald Trump Didn’t Coin The North Korea ‘Rocket Man’ Nickname First

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The insult is actually more than 11 years old.

5:18 AM 9/20/2017 – Mueller team questions deputy AG amid probe of Comey firing – SFGate, and other stories | The real reason Rod Rosenstein is refusing to recuse himself in the Trump-Russia investigation by Bill Palmer 

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Trevor Noah: Donald Trump’s UN Speech Was ‘Like An Insult Comic Roasting The World’ Wednesday September 20th, 2017 at 5:03 AM Donald Trump 1 Share “If Trump didn’t have power or nuclear weapons, I think that would be a pretty dope show.” Mueller team questions deputy AG amid probe of Comey firing – SFGate Robert Mueller’s investigators … Continue reading “5:18 AM 9/20/2017 – Mueller team questions deputy AG amid probe of Comey firing – SFGate, and other stories | The real reason Rod Rosenstein is refusing to recuse himself in the Trump-Russia investigation by Bill Palmer”

The ongoing delusions of Hillary Clinton – The Week Magazine

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His core group of populist voters have become restive, with anxiety growing over the president’scommitment to the border wall and immigration enforcement. Isolationists drawn to his primary campaign have expressed dismay over his escalation of … In and more »

RT wants to spread Moscow’s propaganda here. Let’s treat it that way. – Washington Post

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Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was recently made to retroactively register as a foreign agent on behalf of a pro-Russian Ukrainian political party after failing to do so from 2012 to 2014. Applying FARA to RT (and possibly 

Putin’s Pro-Trump Operation May Have Been Far Bigger Than We Yet Know – Mother Jones

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Putin and Trump at the G20 summit in Germany in JulyMikhail Klimentyev/ZUMA

It’s been nearly a year since the US intelligence community publicly announced its determination that the Russian government took covert actions to sway the 2016 US election. We now know that Russia did so in part by buying Facebook ads and weaponizing bots, trolls, and other social media tools created by US tech giants. But there is still much that eludes the public about these attacks, as New York Times media columnist Jim Rutenberg pointed out on Monday:

We don’t know what these Facebook ads looked like, we don’t know who they were targeting, and we don’t know how many millions of Americans may have been exposed to them.

As the Washington Post reported, congressional investigators “have grown increasingly concerned that Facebook is withholding key information that could illuminate the shape and extent of a Russian propaganda campaign.”

We do know an elaborate plan for influencing the election reportedly was drawn up in 2016 by the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies, a think tank controlled by the Kremlin, according to reporting by Reuters. One document “recommended the Kremlin launch a propaganda campaign on social media and Russian state-backed global news outlets to encourage U.S. voters to elect a president who would take a softer line toward Russia than the administration of then-President Barack Obama,” according to seven US officials cited.

Another document that came from that Russian think tank last October, according to Reuters, “warned that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was likely to win the election. For that reason, it argued, it was better for Russia to end its pro-Trump propaganda and instead intensify its messaging about voter fraud to undermine the U.S. electoral system’s legitimacy and damage Clinton’s reputation in an effort to undermine her presidency.”

There are at least four ways the Russians followed that blueprint for a broad attack that only now is beginning to come into greater focus for the American public.

As reported earlier this month in The New York Times, Facebook has disclosed that “a shadowy Russian company linked to the Kremlin” bought some 3,000 ads, using 470 fake accounts, at a cost of more than $100,000. Facebook said it has shut down the fake accounts and acknowledged that these were “divisive ads on hot-button [social] issues” such as race, gay rights, gun control and immigration, according to a post on Facebook by Alex Stamos, the company’s chief security officer. The ads ran from June 2015 until May 2017 and echoed themes favorable to presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Throughout the election season, false and misleading articles were posted on Russian media sites and amplified through social media in an effort that former FBI agent Clint Watts has described as an updated form of the classic Soviet “active measures” technique to plant false information and undermine democracy. As Mother Jones has previously reported, Trump and his associates at times during the campaign picked up these false news stories and quoted them.

As Watts described to congressional investigators, the Kremlin used armies of Twitter bots to spread fake news using sock-puppet accounts that appeared to be individuals such as swing-voter Republicans in the heartland. The idea, Watts said, was for Americans to “see somebody and they look exactly like you, even down to the pictures.”

“Russia’s increasingly sophisticated propaganda machinery,” as The Washington Post reported, “including thousands of botnets, teams of paid human ‘trolls,’ and networks of websites and social-media accounts — echoed and amplified right-wing sites across the Internet as they portrayed Clinton as a criminal hiding potentially fatal health problems and preparing to hand control of the nation to a shadowy cabal of global financiers. The effort also sought to heighten the appearance of international tensions and promote fear of looming hostilities with nuclear-armed Russia.”

Senate intelligence committee leaders have received reports, according to the Huffington Post, that Russia hired at least 1,000 trolls to spread fake news stories to hurt Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton during the presidential election. According to Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), these efforts apparently focused on “swing states in an attempt to influence votes there—Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania—where people were reading during the waning days of the election that ‘Clinton is sick,’ or ‘Clinton is taking money from whoever for some source’…fake news.’”

The margin of victory for Trump in all three states combined was fewer than 80,000 votes.

Watts and other national security experts created the Hamilton 68 dashboard this summer to track Russia-linked influence networks that continue to operate on Twitter.

The Daily Beast has reported “that Russian operatives hiding behind false identities used Facebook’s event-management tool to remotely organize and promote political protests in the U.S., including an August 2016 anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim rally in Idaho.” A Facebook spokesperson confirmed to The Daily Beast recently that several events were shut down and had been promoted with paid ads.

The Daily Beast added that these “Facebook events—one of which echoed Islamophobic conspiracy theories pushed by pro-Trump media outlets—are the first indication that the Kremlin’s attempts to shape America’s political discourse moved beyond fake news and led unwitting Americans into specific real-life action.”

While Facebook hasn’t publicized many specifics about the Russian political ad efforts, The Wall Street Journal reports that special counsel Robert Mueller has copies of the ads, information about the accounts that purchased them, as well as about the targeting criteria they used.

Meanwhile, the Trump campaign was known for its extensive use of Facebook in 2016—both for its use of the social network’s marketing tools and for its partnership with Cambridge Analytica, a firm controlled by major Trump donor Robert Mercer that specializes in “psychological” data mining from Facebook.

It remains unclear whether the Trump campaign efforts had any connection with the Russian efforts. But in reviewing how social media figured into the 2016 campaign in general, a recent piece in the New York Review of Books argued persuasively that, “Donald Trump is our first Facebook president.”

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Putin’s Pro-Trump Operation May Have Been Far Bigger Than We Yet Know – Mother Jones

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6:12 AM 9/20/2017 – Hillary Clinton Tears Into Trump’s ‘Dark And Dangerous’ UN Speech 

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Trump To World: I Know More Than You, So Sit Down And Shut Up!

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To our allies, sorry, but this is our president, for now.

Trump defends ‘America first’ foreign policy at UN, threatens to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea – Washington Post

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Who is paying for Trump’s legal fees in the Russia probe? – CBS News

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8:35 PM 9/19/2017 – Trump’s UN Speech Was a Giant Gift to China and Russia – BuzzFeed News 

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Trump Reportedly Uses Campaign And RNC Funds To Pay Legal Bills In Russia Probe Tuesday September 19th, 2017 at 8:29 PM Donald Trump 1 Share Trump would be the first U.S. president in the modern campaign finance era to use such funds to cover the costs of responding to a criminal probe. Senate panel invites Trump lawyer … Continue reading “8:35 PM 9/19/2017 – Trump’s UN Speech Was a Giant Gift to China and Russia – BuzzFeed News”
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Trump lawyer denies any ties to Russian election meddling, pre-empting interview by Senate committee – The Straits Times

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Trump lawyer denies any ties to Russian election meddling, pre-empting interview by Senate committee
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Hillary Clinton Denounces Donald Trump’s ‘Dark and Dangerous’ United Nations Speech – TIME

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Hillary Clinton strongly denounced President Donald Trump’s speech to the United Nations Tuesday, telling Stephen Colbert the rhetoric was bombastic and inappropriate for the President of the United States. “I thought it was very dark, dangerous, not 
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Trump behaves like the buffoon his detractors always said he was – Manawatu Standard

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Hillary Clinton is hardly an impartial judge, but I believe she was on the mark when she recently described Trump as “immature, with poor impulse control”. She went on to … In any case, success in business is no guarantee of success in politics 

The real danger to US national security – Washington Times

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President Trump would do well to heed Dean Acheson’s advice today. The assertions made by Mr. Trump’s generals that “time is running out” for North Korea sound a lot like a national military strategy of “prophylactic offense.” In other words, attack and more »

Confirmed: Paul Manafort caught on wiretap colluding with Russia on Donald Trump’s behalf during election 

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Monday was an almost incalculably bad day for Paul Manafort, who was confirmed to have been under secret wiretap before and after the election, and is about to be indicted. But Tuesday has turned out to be an arguably even worse day for Manafort, based on what’s subsequently been revealed about that wiretap. It’s also just about the worst news possible for Donald Trump.

The latest revelation comes by way of CBS News, which is now confirming that Paul Manafort discussed the Donald Trump campaign with the Russians during the election (link). It’s still not being reported what Manafort and Russia specifically said to each other. But this amounts to collusion one way or the other. As has been pointed out by various legal experts, “collusion” is not a legal term; it simply means two parties are working together for nefarious purposes. But Special Counsel Robert Mueller already has the tapes of the Manafort-Russia conversations, so he knows precisely what was said. He also presumably knows what Manafort subsequently said to Trump about those conversations.

That’s where the problem comes in for Donald Trump. His own campaign chairman has now been caught colluding with the Russians about the election, on behalf of the campaign, during the election. On some level the burden will now fall on Trump to demonstrate that he somehow didn’t know his own campaign chair was taking these actions. If it turns out Trump did know, he’s on the hook legally for whatever it is that Manafort and Russia were specifically plotting.

There is also the matter of the court of public opinion. If Donald Trump can’t convince the general public that he didn’t know Paul Manafort was colluding with the Russians on behalf of the campaign, he’ll be presumed guilty by the American people. In the end, the damage to his approval rating may determine the swiftness of his ouster.

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Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein interviewed over FBI ex-director’s firing: WSJ – Reuters

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Hillary Clinton Tears Into Trump’s ‘Dark And Dangerous’ UN Speech Wednesday September 20th, 2017 at 5:41 AM Donald Trump 1 Share The former secretary of state then explained what Trump should have said. The real reason Rod Rosenstein is refusing to recuse himself in the Trump-Russia investigation by Bill Palmer Wednesday September 20th, 2017 at 5:36 AM Palmer Report 1 … Continue reading“6:12 AM 9/20/2017 – Hillary Clinton Tears Into Trump’s ‘Dark And Dangerous’ UN Speech”

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Donald Trump: Of Course Donald Trump Didn’t Coin The North Korea ‘Rocket Man’ Nickname First

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Trump Investigations Report: 6:12 AM 9/20/2017 Hillary Clinton Tears Into Trumps Dark And Dangerous UN Speech
trump as putin’s puppet – Google News: Putin’s Pro-Trump Operation May Have Been Far Bigger Than We Yet Know – Mother Jones
Putin Trump – Google News: Putin’s Pro-Trump Operation May Have Been Far Bigger Than We Yet Know – Mother Jones
trump and intelligence community – Google News: Putin’s Pro-Trump Operation May Have Been Far Bigger Than We Yet Know – Mother Jones
former FBI agents power influence – Google News: RT wants to spread Moscow’s propaganda here. Let’s treat it that way. – Washington Post
Donald Trump | The Guardian: Is Trump about to repeat George W Bush’s worst mistake? | Michael Fuchs
2016 elections anxiety – Google News: The ongoing delusions of Hillary Clinton – The Week Magazine
Putin and the Mob – Google News: Forbes Magazine: 100 Years Of Hits And Flops – Forbes Africa (blog)
Donald Trump: Macro Live, Yellen presser special edition starting at 2:20pm EST
psychoanalysis of Donald Trump – Google News: Hillary Clinton tells Stephen Colbert what happened with ‘manspreading’ Vladimir Putin – The Week Magazine
Trump Investigations Report: 5:18 AM 9/20/2017 Mueller team questions deputy AG amid probe of Comey firing SFGate, and other stories | The real reason Rod Rosenstein is refusing to recuse himself in the Trump-Russia investigation by Bill Palmer
Donald Trump: Of Course Donald Trump Didn’t Coin The North Korea ‘Rocket Man’ Nickname First
analysis of trump electorate – Google News: The Electoral College Is a National Security Threat – Politico
trump electorate – Google News: The Electoral College Is a National Security Threat – Politico
trump money laundering – Google News: Mueller ratchets up pressure on Paul Manafort, but who is leaking these damaging details? – Fox News
morell on trump – Google News: The Real Reason Harvard Threw Chelsea Manning Overboard – WBUR
trump electorate – Google News: What Trump overlooked in his UN speech – National Review
trump money laundering – Google News: What Trump overlooked in his UN speech – National Review
Trump and the Mob – Google News: Why the left’s war on history will fail – Fox News
trump and russia – Google News: For Trump Aides Caught in Russia Probe, Legal Bills and Paranoia – Bloomberg
trump and republican party – Google News: Who Can Really ‘Drain The Swamp’? Alabama GOP Primary Race Pits Trump Against Bannon – NPR

 

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‘It was very dark and dangerous’: Hillary Clinton slams Trump’s UN speech as she tells Stephen Colbert the president … – Daily Mail
Trump defends ‘America first’ foreign policy at UN, threatens to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea – Washington Post
Who is paying for Trump’s legal fees in the Russia probe? – CBS News
8:35 PM 9/19/2017 Trumps UN Speech Was a Giant Gift to China and Russia BuzzFeed News
Trump lawyer denies any ties to Russian election meddling, pre-empting interview by Senate committee – The Straits Times
Hillary Clinton Denounces Donald Trump’s ‘Dark and Dangerous’ United Nations Speech – TIME
Trump behaves like the buffoon his detractors always said he was – Manawatu Standard
The real danger to US national security – Washington Times
EXCLUSIVE: Roger Stone Says Russia Related Legal Fees Will Cost At Least $500K – The Daily Caller
Confirmed: Paul Manafort caught on wiretap colluding with Russia on Donald Trumps behalf during election
Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein interviewed over FBI ex-director’s firing: WSJ – Reuters
Trump’s disaster of a speech before the United Nations – Chicago Tribune
Donald Trump ally Paul Manafort calls for leaks probe after CNN wiretap story – Deutsche Welle
The ‘China complex’ that is haunting the Russian Far East – EJ Insight
Mueller Team Questions Deputy AG Amid Probe of Comey Firing – U.S. News & World Report
Facebook “seems to have been less than forthcoming” with Congress, intel chairman says – CBS News
Trump attorney Michael Cohen has officially pissed off the Senate, and now theyre coming for him
AP Interview: Lavrov hints US-Russia ‘Tit-for-tat’ could end – Washington Post
Robert Mueller’s investigators interviewed Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing the Russia investigation – Business Insider
Reports of feuding between Robert Mueller and Congress are greatly exaggerated
Biz and mobsters follow Jewish pilgrims to Uman – The Jewish Star
Trump’s ambassador pick says Russia meddled in the US election – The Recorder
Hillary Clinton Tears Into Trump’s ‘Dark And Dangerous’ UN Speech
The real reason Rod Rosenstein is refusing to recuse himself in the Trump-Russia investigation

 

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Trump Investigations Report: 6:12 AM 9/20/2017 Hillary Clinton Tears Into Trumps Dark And Dangerous UN Speech

Hillary Clinton Tears Into Trump’s ‘Dark And Dangerous’ UN Speech Wednesday September 20th, 2017 at 5:41 AM Donald Trump 1 Share The former secretary of state then explained what Trump should have said. The real reason Rod Rosenstein is refusing to recuse himself in the Trump-Russia investigation by Bill Palmer Wednesday September 20th, 2017 at 5:36 AM Palmer Report 1 … Continue reading“6:12 AM 9/20/2017 – Hillary Clinton Tears Into Trump’s ‘Dark And Dangerous’ UN Speech”

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trump as putin’s puppet – Google News: Putin’s Pro-Trump Operation May Have Been Far Bigger Than We Yet Know – Mother Jones

Putin’s Pro-Trump Operation May Have Been Far Bigger Than We Yet Know
Mother Jones
It’s been nearly a year since the US intelligence community publicly announced its determination that the Russian government took covert actions to sway the 2016 US election. We now know that Russia did so in part by buying Facebook ads and …

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Putin Trump – Google News: Putin’s Pro-Trump Operation May Have Been Far Bigger Than We Yet Know – Mother Jones


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Putin’s Pro-Trump Operation May Have Been Far Bigger Than We Yet Know
Mother Jones
It’s been nearly a year since the US intelligence community publicly announced its determination that the Russian government took covert actions to sway the 2016 US election. We now know that Russia did so in part by buying Facebook ads and …

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Putin Trump – Google News

trump and intelligence community – Google News: Putin’s Pro-Trump Operation May Have Been Far Bigger Than We Yet Know – Mother Jones


Mother Jones
Putin’s Pro-Trump Operation May Have Been Far Bigger Than We Yet Know
Mother Jones
It’s been nearly a year since the US intelligence community publicly announced its determination that the Russian government took covert actions to sway the 2016 US election. We now know that Russia did so in part by buying Facebook ads and …

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former FBI agents power influence – Google News: RT wants to spread Moscow’s propaganda here. Let’s treat it that way. – Washington Post


Washington Post
RT wants to spread Moscow’s propaganda here. Let’s treat it that way.
Washington Post
Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was recently made to retroactively register as a foreign agent on behalf of a pro-Russian Ukrainian political party after failing to do so from 2012 to 2014. Applying FARA to RT (and possibly 

former FBI agents power influence – Google News

Donald Trump | The Guardian: Is Trump about to repeat George W Bush’s worst mistake? | Michael Fuchs

In 2002, Bush used his UN speech to argue for action against Iraq. Lets hope Trumps first UN speech isnt the opening salvo in a preventable war with Iran

In 2003, the United States initiated perhaps the greatest strategic disaster in US history by diverting attention from a necessary war in Afghanistan to an unnecessary war in Iraq. The Iraq war resulted in hundreds of thousands dead and wounded, untold economic catastrophe, states in the Middle East in complete ruin, and the rise of Isis all while the effort to go after terrorists in Afghanistan languished.

President Donald Trumps first speech before the United Nations General Assembly this week made clear that Trump wants to take America down a similar path by diverting much-needed attention from North Korea to starting an unnecessary conflict with Iran.

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2016 elections anxiety – Google News: The ongoing delusions of Hillary Clinton – The Week Magazine


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The ongoing delusions of Hillary Clinton
The Week Magazine
His core group of populist voters have become restive, with anxiety growing over the president’s commitment to the border wall and immigration enforcement. Isolationists drawn to his primary campaign have expressed dismay over his escalation of … In 

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2016 elections anxiety – Google News

Putin and the Mob – Google News: Forbes Magazine: 100 Years Of Hits And Flops – Forbes Africa (blog)


Forbes Africa (blog)
Forbes Magazine: 100 Years Of Hits And Flops
Forbes Africa (blog)
The oligarch will factor heavily in the selection of Vladimir Putin. December 1998: A cover story on Tax Shelter Hustlers reveals a myriad of income tax avoidance maneuvers by leading accounting firms and their corporate clients and prompts alarm at 

Putin and the Mob – Google News

Donald Trump: Macro Live, Yellen presser special edition starting at 2:20pm EST

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psychoanalysis of Donald Trump – Google News: Hillary Clinton tells Stephen Colbert what happened with ‘manspreading’ Vladimir Putin – The Week Magazine


The Week Magazine
Hillary Clinton tells Stephen Colbert what happened with ‘manspreading’ Vladimir Putin
The Week Magazine
Russian President Vladimir Putin didn’t just want Donald Trump to win, she said, he wanted to destabilize and undermine American democracy, divide the country, and wreck its faith in its intuitions. “I think that they believe they had a good outing in

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psychoanalysis of Donald Trump – Google News

Trump Investigations Report: 5:18 AM 9/20/2017 Mueller team questions deputy AG amid probe of Comey firing SFGate, and other stories | The real reason Rod Rosenstein is refusing to recuse himself in the Trump-Russia investigation by Bill Palmer

Trevor Noah: Donald Trump’s UN Speech Was ‘Like An Insult Comic Roasting The World’ Wednesday September 20th, 2017 at 5:03 AM Donald Trump 1 Share “If Trump didnt have power or nuclear weapons, I think that would be a pretty dope show.” Mueller team questions deputy AG amid probe of Comey firing SFGate Robert Mueller’s investigators … Continue reading“5:18 AM 9/20/2017 – Mueller team questions deputy AG amid probe of Comey firing – SFGate, and other stories | The real reason Rod Rosenstein is refusing to recuse himself in the Trump-Russia investigation by Bill Palmer”

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Donald Trump: Of Course Donald Trump Didn’t Coin The North Korea ‘Rocket Man’ Nickname First

The insult is actually more than 11 years old.

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analysis of trump electorate – Google News: The Electoral College Is a National Security Threat – Politico


Politico
The Electoral College Is a National Security Threat
Politico
Donald Trump, of course, won those three states by a combined total of fewer than 80,000 votes, securing him an ElectoralCollege victory and a four-year trip to the Oval Office, despite losing the national popular vote by nearly 3 million. Facebook 

analysis of trump electorate – Google News

trump electorate – Google News: The Electoral College Is a National Security Threat – Politico


Politico
The Electoral College Is a National Security Threat
Politico
Donald Trump, of course, won those three states by a combined total of fewer than 80,000 votes, securing him an ElectoralCollege victory and a four-year trip to the Oval Office, despite losing the national popular vote by nearly 3 million. Facebook 

trump electorate – Google News

trump money laundering – Google News: Mueller ratchets up pressure on Paul Manafort, but who is leaking these damaging details? – Fox News


Fox News
Mueller ratchets up pressure on Paul Manafort, but who is leaking these damaging details?
Fox News
Manafort, a veteran Washington lobbyist before he joined Trump’s campaign, is under investigation for possible money laundering, tax violations and failure to disclose foreign lobbying. The disclosure does not confirm the president’s charge that the 

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trump money laundering – Google News

morell on trump – Google News: The Real Reason Harvard Threw Chelsea Manning Overboard – WBUR


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The Real Reason Harvard Threw Chelsea Manning Overboard
WBUR
If Kissinger’s career isn’t enough to demonstrate this, look no further than prolific contractor stiffer and self-described sexual predator Donald Trump, who above all legal odds managed to stay rich and occupy the same White House in which Kissinger
We Are Educators, Not ProsecutorsHarvard Crimson

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trump electorate – Google News: What Trump overlooked in his UN speech – National Review


National Review
What Trump overlooked in his UN speech
National Review
President Donald J. Trump made a speech to the United Nations, an organization he had recently dismissed as an impotent debating club, during which he mentioned North Korea, Iran, Syria, Israel, China, France, the United Kingdom, Cuba, Venezuela 
Trump speaks at the UN: 5 takeawaysWTOP

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trump electorate – Google News

trump money laundering – Google News: What Trump overlooked in his UN speech – National Review


National Review
What Trump overlooked in his UN speech
National Review
We should expand our already deep economic and governmental ties with an eye toward helping Mexico to rein in corruption and moneylaundering if you want to revisit NAFTA, that is one area that could in fact use some attention. We should help Mexico …

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trump money laundering – Google News

Trump and the Mob – Google News: Why the left’s war on history will fail – Fox News


Fox News
Why the left’s war on history will fail
Fox News
… the lever for Donald Trump. The escalating war on history may similarly help other candidates advocating public order. A word of caution to officials acceding to the demands of monument protesters: They are enablers of a mob repellent to most 

Trump and the Mob – Google News

trump and russia – Google News: For Trump Aides Caught in Russia Probe, Legal Bills and Paranoia – Bloomberg


Bloomberg
For Trump Aides Caught in Russia Probe, Legal Bills and Paranoia
Bloomberg
The Russia investigations by Special Counsel Bob Mueller and five congressional committees appear to have focused on prominent Trump associates including his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his former national security adviser, Michael …

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trump and russia – Google News

trump and republican party – Google News: Who Can Really ‘Drain The Swamp’? Alabama GOP Primary Race Pits Trump Against Bannon – NPR


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Who Can Really ‘Drain The Swamp’? Alabama GOP Primary Race Pits Trump Against Bannon
NPR
The Republican Party’s infighting is on full display in Alabama ahead of next week’s Senate runoff a race that’s getting nastier by the day. Conservative insurgents, including President Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon, have aligned 
Trump Will Campaign in Alabama Ahead of Messy Republican Runoff That Threatens to Divide GOPSlate Magazine (blog)
Trump Vs. Bannon: Alabama Senate Showdown Sees GOP Factions Go to WarNewsweek
Alabama Senate Primary Tests Trump’s Influence Over GOP VotersWall Street Journal (subscription)
PolitiFact –Washington Examiner –Northwest Public Radio
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trump and republican party – Google News

 

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Trump To World: I Know More Than You, So Sit Down And Shut Up!

To our allies, sorry, but this is our president, for now.

‘It was very dark and dangerous’: Hillary Clinton slams Trump’s UN speech as she tells Stephen Colbert the president … – Daily Mail


Daily Mail
‘It was very dark and dangerous’: Hillary Clinton slams Trump’s UN speech as she tells Stephen Colbert the president …
Daily Mail
Clinton and Huma Abedin arrived to a taping of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday during the former presidential candidate’s book tour. Clinton, 69, is promoting her new book ‘What Happened’ and Abedin, 31, has been keeping a lower profile …

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Trump defends ‘America first’ foreign policy at UN, threatens to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea – Washington Post


Washington Post
Trump defends ‘America first’ foreign policy at UN, threatens to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea
Washington Post
NEW YORK President Trump on Tuesday delivered a toughly worded defense of his America first foreign policy in his inaugural address to the United Nations and threatened to totally destroy North Korea if necessary. The president, speaking at the … 
These Trump phrases from the UN speech matter mostCNN
In UN speech, Trump defines his foreign policy doctrine as sovereignty for major powersLos Angeles Times
Trump’s UN speech shows nationalist instincts firmly intactReuters
Politico
 
With Combative Style and Epithets, Trump Takes America First to the UN
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After Trump’s UN Speech, Some Senators Look To Reinforce War PowersNPR
Trump UN speech: Why his rhetoric was a game-changerBBC News
CNNReutersWIRED
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Who is paying for Trump’s legal fees in the Russia probe? – CBS News


CBS News
Who is paying for Trump’s legal fees in the Russia probe?
CBS News
CNN and Reuters on Tuesday reported the RNC spent more than $230,000 in August to cover some of the president’s legal fees related to the federal investigation into Russian election meddling and any ties to Trump associates in the 2016 election. CNN 
Trump using campaign, RNC funds to pay legal bills from Russia probe: sourcesReuters
The RNC Has Spent Almost $200000 on Donald Trump Jr.’s Legal Fees For the Russia InvestigationTIME 
Donald Trump ‘using Republican National Committee donations to help pay Russia probe legal bills’The Independent
BloombergVox
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Trump Will Use Campaign Funds to Pay for Russia Legal BillsBloomberg
VoxWashington PostThe Hill
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8:35 PM 9/19/2017 Trumps UN Speech Was a Giant Gift to China and Russia BuzzFeed News

Trump Reportedly Uses Campaign And RNC Funds To Pay Legal Bills In Russia Probe Tuesday September 19th, 2017 at 8:29 PM Donald Trump 1 Share Trump would be the first U.S. president in the modern campaign finance era to use such funds to cover the costs of responding to a criminal probe. Senate panel invites Trump lawyer … Continue reading“8:35 PM 9/19/2017 – Trump’s UN Speech Was a Giant Gift to China and Russia – BuzzFeed News”
Trump lawyer denies any ties to Russian election meddling, pre-empting interview by Senate committee – The Straits Times


The Straits Times
Trump lawyer denies any ties to Russian election meddling, pre-empting interview by Senate committee
The Straits Times
The Senate panel is among three congressional committees interviewing Trump advisers and family members in the sprawling probe into how Russia intervened in last year’s election to damage frontrunner Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate, and boost …
Trump’s lawyer denies collusion with Russia in 2016 electionReuters
Trump lawyer Cohen to investigators: ‘There was no collusion’The Hill
Trump lawyer denies any ties to Russian election meddlingRappler
Lowell Sun –ABC News –TPM (blog)
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Hillary Clinton Denounces Donald Trump’s ‘Dark and Dangerous’ United Nations Speech – TIME


TIME
Hillary Clinton Denounces Donald Trump’s ‘Dark and Dangerous’ United Nations Speech
TIME
Hillary Clinton strongly denounced President Donald Trump’s speech to the United Nations Tuesday, telling Stephen Colbert the rhetoric was bombastic and inappropriate for the President of the United States. “I thought it was very dark, dangerous, not
Hillary Clinton To Colbert: Donald Trump UN Speech Dark, DangerousDeadline

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Trump behaves like the buffoon his detractors always said he was – Manawatu Standard


Manawatu Standard
Trump behaves like the buffoon his detractors always said he was
Manawatu Standard
Hillary Clinton is hardly an impartial judge, but I believe she was on the mark when she recently described Trump as “immature, with poor impulse control”. She went on to … In any case, success in business is no guarantee of success inpolitics 

The real danger to US national security – Washington Times


Washington Times
The real danger to US national security
Washington Times
President Trump would do well to heed Dean Acheson’s advice today. The assertions made by Mr. Trump’s generals that time is running out for North Korea sound a lot like a national military strategy of prophylactic offense. In other words, attack 

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EXCLUSIVE: Roger Stone Says Russia Related Legal Fees Will Cost At Least $500K – The Daily Caller

EXCLUSIVE: Roger Stone Says Russia Related Legal Fees Will Cost At Least $500K
The Daily Caller
Trump confidant Roger Stone told The Daily Caller Tuesday that a lawsuit and congressional inquires will likely cost him at least $500,000 in legal fees. Stone has set up a legal defense fund at WhoframedRogerStone.com to help offset the costs.

Confirmed: Paul Manafort caught on wiretap colluding with Russia on Donald Trumps behalf during election

Monday was an almost incalculably bad day for Paul Manafort, who was confirmed to have been under secret wiretap before and after the election, and is about to be indicted. But Tuesday has turned out to be an arguably even worse day for Manafort, based on what’s subsequently been revealed about that wiretap. It’s also just about the worst news possible for Donald Trump.

The latest revelation comes by way of CBS News, which is now confirming that Paul Manafort discussed the Donald Trump campaign with the Russians during the election (link). It’s still not being reported what Manafort and Russia specifically said to each other. But this amounts to collusion one way or the other. As has been pointed out by various legal experts, “collusion” is not a legal term; it simply means two parties are working together for nefarious purposes. But Special Counsel Robert Mueller already has the tapes of the Manafort-Russia conversations, so he knows precisely what was said. He also presumably knows what Manafort subsequently said to Trump about those conversations.

That’s where the problem comes in for Donald Trump. His own campaign chairman has now been caught colluding with the Russians about the election, on behalf of the campaign, during the election. On some level the burden will now fall on Trump to demonstrate that he somehow didn’t know his own campaign chair was taking these actions. If it turns out Trump did know, he’s on the hook legally for whatever it is that Manafort and Russia were specifically plotting.

There is also the matter of the court of public opinion. If Donald Trump can’t convince the general public that he didn’t know Paul Manafort was colluding with the Russians on behalf of the campaign, he’ll be presumed guilty by the American people. In the end, the damage to his approval rating may determine the swiftness of his ouster.

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Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein interviewed over FBI ex-director’s firing: WSJ – Reuters


Reuters
Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein interviewed over FBI ex-director’s firing: WSJ
Reuters
FILE PHOTO: Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testifies about the Justice Department’s budget before a subcommittee hearing of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. June 13, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst. 
Special counsel’s office interviewed Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinFox Business

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Trump’s disaster of a speech before the United Nations – Chicago Tribune


Chicago Tribune
Trump’s disaster of a speech before the United Nations
Chicago Tribune
Beyond pragmatism, the speech will likely be remembered as one in which the president of the United States sounded more like a mob boss than a statesman think Robert De Niro as Al Capone in “The Untouchables” minus the baseball bat. … But why, if 
All eyes on Donald Trump: What to look for in UN debutAljazeera.com

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Donald Trump ally Paul Manafort calls for leaks probe after CNN wiretap story – Deutsche Welle


Deutsche Welle
Donald Trump ally Paul Manafort calls for leaks probe after CNN wiretap story
Deutsche Welle
Manafort was appointed as Trump’s campaign manager in June 2016, but was forced to resign just two months later following reports of his business relationship with former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, a close Kremlin ally. “If true, it is a 
Making Sense of the Manafort FISA ReportTPM (blog) 
Trump Vindicated on Wiretaps, Hillary Ukraine CollusionAmerican Thinker
Exclusive: US government wiretapped former Trump campaign chairmanCNN
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The ‘China complex’ that is haunting the Russian Far East – EJ Insight


EJ Insight
The ‘China complex’ that is haunting the Russian Far East
EJ Insight
Officially and diplomatically speaking, Beijing has already given up its claim to Vladivostok and no longer regards it as disputed territory, but China’s rapidly growing economic influence in the Russian Far Eastern region in recent years did arouse 

Mueller Team Questions Deputy AG Amid Probe of Comey Firing – U.S. News & World Report

Mueller Team Questions Deputy AG Amid Probe of Comey Firing
U.S. News & World Report
Mueller Team Questions Deputy AG Amid Probe of Comey Firing. Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team of investigators has questioned Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as they investigate the firing of former FBI Director James Comey. Sept.

Facebook “seems to have been less than forthcoming” with Congress, intel chairman says – CBS News


CBS News
Facebook “seems to have been less than forthcoming” with Congress, intel chairman says
CBS News
WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Senate intelligence committee says Facebook should testify as part of its probe into Russian meddling in the U.S. 2016 presidential election, and that the social media giant “seems to have been less than forthcoming 

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Trump attorney Michael Cohen has officially pissed off the Senate, and now theyre coming for him

As Donald Trump’s Russia scandal has gradually enveloped his staff, his associates, and even his family, one of the key questions has been who will flip on him in exchange for leniency, who will purposely decide to spitefully go down in flames, and who will dumbly get tripped up and be left with no choice but to flip. Based on what we just witnessed, it appears longtime Trump attorney Michael Cohen is now facing Choice B or Choice C.

Cohen agreed to voluntarily testify about his role in the Trump-Russia scandal for the Senate Intelligence Committee, with the stipulation that it be in private. The Senate agreed, because it was easier than dragging him through the subpoena process, but on the condition that Cohen not speak publicly about his testimony. The trouble: just before Cohen’s scheduled testimony on Tuesday morning, after he was already in the building, he released a last minute statement to the media. In return, the Senate dropped the hammer on him.

The Senate Intel Committee decided to immediately send Cohen home without testifying, and announced that it will now only allow him to testify in public (link). It also announced that it’s subpoenaing him to force him to come back and testify in public (link). This isn’t merely an attempt at punishing Cohen by making him dodge questions on live national television. It’s all about who else will be watching that testimony.

Some Trump-Russia figures have only agreed to testify before Congress privately, because they don’t want Special Counsel Robert Mueller having access to it. He’ll subpoena them to come in and answer his own questions when he’s ready to. But in the mean time, because Michael Cohen just screwed up and gave the Senate an opening to force him to testify publicly, it means Mueller will be watching that day. If Cohen screws up and gives anything away, it’ll put Mueller that much further ahead in the game.

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AP Interview: Lavrov hints US-Russia ‘Tit-for-tat’ could end – Washington Post


Washington Post
AP Interview: Lavrov hints US-Russia ‘Tit-for-tat’ could end
Washington Post
The U.S. enacted a series of steps against the Russian and Russian diplomats in December, including new sanctions and expelling 35 Russian diplomats, to punish Russia for meddling in the U.S. elections, a charge Russia has denied. Moscow responded …

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Robert Mueller’s investigators interviewed Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing the Russia investigation – Business Insider


Business Insider
Robert Mueller’s investigators interviewed Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing the Russia investigation
Business Insider
U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein speaks at a news conference in Baltimore, Wednesday, March 1, 2017, to announce that seven Baltimore police officers who worked on a firearms crime task force are facing charges of stealing 

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Reports of feuding between Robert Mueller and Congress are greatly exaggerated

At least once a week, a major media outlet pushes the same old narrative: Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the various congressional committees are feuding about their respective roles in investigating the Trump-Russia scandal, they’re getting in each other’s way, and some big bad scary unspecified thing could be the result. But no matter how many times this narrative gets recycled, there’s still no evidence to back it up. So why do we keep hearing this?

If it were true that Mueller and Congress were stepping on each other’s feet, it would be an important story. And if you look at the available evidence in the wrong context, you might come away with the impression that they’re feuding. As Congress has asked the various Trump-Russia figures to testify, some of them have agreed under the stipulation that their testimony be in private, because they don’t want Mueller to see it. That sounds like a bad thing, until you look at what’s really going on, and you see a different story.

Mueller will bring these folks to come in and answer his questions when he’s ready for them. He’ll have a judge sign off on a subpoena compelling that testimony, meaning they won’t get a choice. So Mueller will have his way with these witnesses and suspects. In the meantime, there’s no harm to Congress bringing them in for testimony that Mueller won’t have access to. It’s better for that to happen, then for them to clam up and not testify before Congress at all. In addition, there are some tangential benefits in this process for Mueller.

We’ve already seen Mueller have the FBI raid Paul Manafort’s house just hours after his congressional testimony. Mueller must have found some way to get word of what Manafort said, because it was enough to inform him to make an immediate move. Then there’s the case of Michael Cohen, who violated his testimony agreement with Senate by blabbing to the media. As a result the Senate is now moving to compel him to testify publicly, meaning Mueller will get to watch it from home.

So why do so many news outlets keep pushing the narrative that Robert Mueller and Congress are feuding or sabotaging each other? The cynical answer would be that it makes for a juicy story and a great ratings opportunity. In all fairness, it would be an important story if it were true. There just isn’t any evidence that it’s true.

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Biz and mobsters follow Jewish pilgrims to Uman – The Jewish Star


The Jewish Star
Biz and mobsters follow Jewish pilgrims to Uman
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The real reason Rod Rosenstein is refusing to recuse himself in the Trump-Russia investigation

Last night the news broke that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has been interviewed as a witness in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s obstruction investigation into Donald Trump. That led to immediate questions about why Rosenstein is still refusing to recuse himself from the investigation. Under almost any other circumstances, he certainly would step aside. But these aren’t normal circumstances.

Rosenstein only came to oversee the Trump-Russia investigation after his boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, got caught lying about his own role in the scandal and had to recuse himself. Trump then went on to fire FBI Director James Comey in an attempt at sabotaging the investigation. Rosenstein was a witness to that firing, creating a potential conflict. But there are two reasons why Rosenstein isn’t recusing himself. One is technical, and the other is pragmatic.

The minute Rod Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller as Special Counsel, authority over the investigation was transferred from Rosenstein to Mueller. At this point Rosenstein only has the power to fire or not fire Mueller and nothing more. The only valid reason to fire Mueller would be some sort of criminal conduct on his part, such as conducting the investigation in an illegal manner, or going out and robbing banks in his spare time. Because none of that’s happening, there’s no question about whether Mueller needs to be fired. Therefore, there’s no actual conflict of interest when it comes to Rosenstein having firing authority over Mueller. But there’s a much more important reason why Mueller wouldn’t want Rosenstein to recuse himself.

If Rod Rosenstein were to recuse himself from the Trump-Russia investigation, someone named Rachel Brand would inherit the authority to fire or not fire Robert Mueller. Little is known about what she would do in that situation, but she was hand picked by Trump, so there’s reason to fear the worst. So no matter how convoluted this might become, as long as Rosenstein refuses to recuse himself, Mueller remains on the job and that’s the part that matters.

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Raids, warrants, and wiretaps: The Trump-Russia probe ‘has reached a critical stage’ – Business Insider Tuesday September 19th, 2017 at 7:21 AM

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It is difficult to predict whether Mueller will charge specific foreign entities with a crime for what could be perceived as illicit campaign contributions — there is little if any precedent for an election interference as brazen and multifaceted as Russia’s. 

Taken together, though, wrote Wittes and Hennessey, the developments signal that “Mueller’s investigation has reached a critical stage — the point at which he may soon start making allegations in public.” 

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Recent revelations about special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russia’s election interference and potential collusion with President Donald Trump’s campaign team indicate that the investigation has reached the point where Mueller may soon start announcing criminal charges.

The Wall Street Journal and CNN reported on Friday that Mueller had 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.

Legal experts said the warrant meant Mueller had been able to convince a federal judge that there was good reason to believe a foreign entity had committed a crime by making campaign contributions in the form of ads and the spread of fake news, and that evidence of that crime would be found on Facebook.

Three days later, the New York Times reported that Mueller told Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort he was going to be formally charged with a crime following a raid on his Virginia home over the summer.

Mueller has also issued subpoenas to Manafort’s spokesman Jason Maloni and former attorney Melissa Laurenza to testify before a federal grand jury.

The developments indicate that Mueller’s probe “is nearing the litigation stage,” said Brookings Institution fellows and legal experts Benjamin Wittes and Susan Hennessey.

“Combined with a flurry of stories about subpoenas, grand-jury appearances and other activity, it’s reasonable to expect that Mueller is moving forward on a number of different fronts and is getting close to entering a litigation phase,” wrote Wittes and Hennessey, a former attorney for the National Security Agency.

“The key question is what he will allege, to what extent it will deal with campaign activity, and against whom he will allege it,” they added.

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CNN reported on Monday that the FBI obtained a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court last year to surveil Manafort, which typically requires “some indication of criminal conduct,” Wittes and Hennessey said, rather than merely “a showing of probable cause that a crime has or will be committed.”

Manafort was previously surveilled under a separate FISA authorization that began in 2014 as the FBI scrutinized his lobbying work on behalf of the pro-Russia Party of Regions in Ukraine and his business dealings with Russian entities.

That surveillance ended due to a lack of evidence, according to CNN, but was later restarted under the new warrant that extended into 2017. Information obtained from the newly discovered FISA warrant was shared with Mueller’s team.

An early foreign policy adviser to Trump’s campaign, Carter Page, was also placed under FBI surveillance following a trip he took to Moscow last July.

It is still unclear whether Manafort has already been indicted, and if so, on what charges. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was recently recruited by Mueller to help investigate Manafort for possible financial crimes and money laundering. The IRS’s criminal-investigations unit has been brought onto the investigation to examine similar issues.

Manafort’s spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.

It is difficult to predict whether Mueller will charge specific foreign entities with a crime for what could be perceived as illicit campaign contributions — there is little if any precedent for an election interference as brazen and multifaceted as Russia’s.

Taken together, though, wrote Wittes and Hennessey, the developments signal that “Mueller’s investigation has reached a critical stage — the point at which he may soon start making allegations in public.”

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Parsons Green attack: No evidence Isis is systematically using refugees for terror plots, research finds – The Independent

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Citing her loss to Trump by 53 percent among white women, Clinton said a major factor was former FBI Director James Comey reopening the email investigation — only for him to close it again one day before the election . “All of sudden, people are told 
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Michael Cohen, President Trump’s personal lawyer and longtime confidante, will testify before congressional investigators on Tuesday in the midst of a slew of probes into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Cohen is a fiercely loyal aide known and more »

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The directive issued by the Trump administration last week applies only to civilian government agencies and not the Pentagon, but U.S. intelligence leaders said earlier this year that Kaspersky Lab was already generally not allowed on military networks.and more »

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To make matters worse, most Central and Eastern European nations lack the physical infrastructure that would be needed to bring in supplies from non-Russian producers — a shortcoming made painfully clear in the 2000s, when Russia twice cut off natural  

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The investigation into Russia’s attempts to disrupt the election is unnerving Washington. We look at the tactics Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, is using to get President Trump’s team to talk. While having lunch at a Washington steakhouse  

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For nearly a decade, lobbyists, academics and politicians alike have hailed the shale revolution as the guarantor of U.S. energy security.

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For nearly a decade, lobbyists, academics and politicians alike have hailed the shale revolution as the guarantor of U.S. energy security. U.S. President Donald Trump has even taken their expectations a step further, envisioning a world of American “energy dominance,” where the country’s oil exports would fortify the supplies of its closest allies. But as the severe fuel shortages that swept across Texas and Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Harvey have shown, America still heavily relies on those states’ Gulf coasts to refine crude oil into gasoline, diesel and other petroleum products. True energy security, then, still seems to be just out of the United States’ reach.

At least, it is based on some definitions of energy security, of which there are many. To the International Energy Agency, the term refers to “the uninterrupted availability of energy sources at an affordable price.” But even this simple explanation raises more questions than it answers: What is an affordable price, and what’s the tradeoff between the affordability and reliability of supplies? Faced with unique challenges in the energy sector, every nation would respond to these questions in a slightly different way based on their own priorities. And as technological progress reshapes the structure of global energy markets in the 21st century, the priorities of producers and consumers around the world will doubtless change.

U.S.: Steadying Prices and Loosening Up Logistics

For its part, the United States has traditionally centered its energy policy on the goal of self-sufficiency. Driven by fears of the price shocks that OPEC’s 1973 oil embargo triggered, American politicians have long touted the idea of reducing the country’s dependence on Middle Eastern producers. In doing so, they hoped, U.S. interests in the region would decline by default, creating room for the United States to someday withdraw from it entirely.

That belief, though certainly applicable in the 1970s, is now largely outdated. In a physical sense, U.S. energy supplies are quite secure: The country is already a net exporter of coal, and it is expected to become a net exporter of natural gas by the end of the year. Meanwhile, though the United States still imports about 8 million barrels per day of oil, the international oil market has become so flexible — and oil so fungible — that the United States could counter any shortfalls in supplies from one producer with output from another. Even in the worst-case scenario, in which oil trade through the all-important Strait of Hormuz ceases, Washington could mitigate oil shortages for some time by tapping into its strategic petroleum reserve.

Rather than preserving its access to oil, then, the United States is more interested in protecting itself from price changes in the market at large. After all, sharp dips in Middle Eastern oil production would push energy prices upward worldwide — including in the United States. A lengthy shipping shutdown in the Strait of Hormuz, moreover, would wreak havoc among Asian economies by restricting their energy supplies, carrying consequences that would ripple throughout the global economy as well. In light of these concerns, it is no surprise that the United States and Saudi Arabia remain such close allies: Riyadh has a long-standing policy of maintaining enough spare capacity to quickly ramp up its production in order to stabilize oil-starved markets.

The United States’ energy strategy abroad, therefore, is simply an extension of its broader imperative to keep global sea lanes open. But as hurricanes Katrina and Harvey have made clear, the greatest threats can come from within. The United States’ rigid distribution systems have opened the door to short-term supply crises, and though the country is unlikely to move its refining centers away from the coast, it may seek to build more flexibility into supply lines at home in order to mitigate the risk of severe shortages in petroleum products down the road.

Europe: Weaning Off Russian Supplies

Across the Atlantic, Europe is coming to grips with a problem of its own: For the Continent, there is no real substitute for Russian natural gas. Last year, European countries imported 190 billion cubic meters of Russian natural gas via pipeline, a volume equal to more than half the amount of liquefied natural gas traded by sea each year. To make matters worse, most Central and Eastern European nations lack the physical infrastructure that would be needed to bring in supplies from non-Russian producers — a shortcoming made painfully clear in the 2000s, when Russia twice cut off natural gas flows to Europe as a means to political ends. Consequently, Europe’s energy policy revolves around Russia’s ability to use energy supplies as a political weapon, and the Continent’s inability to stop it.

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Here’s the buried bombshell: “White House officials privately express fear that colleagues may be wearing a wire to surreptitiously record conversations for Mr. Mueller.”

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Trump Lawyers Clash Over How Much to Cooperate With Russia … New York Times–Sep 17, 2017 The debate in Mr. Trump’s West Wing has pitted Donald F. McGahn II, the White House counsel, against Ty Cobb, a lawyer brought in to … Tuesday September 19th, 2017 at 4:50 AM 1 Share ty cobb trump – Google Search Tuesday September 19th, 2017 at 5:05 AM … Continue reading “Here’s the buried bombshell: “White House officials privately express fear that colleagues may be wearing a wire to surreptitiously record conversations for Mr. Mueller.””

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Trump’s lawyers are clashing over how to handle the Russia probe

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Let’s also remember that letter former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid wrote to James Comey after he appeared to reopen the Clinton emails investigation at the end of October. Quoting Reid:”In my communications with you and other top officials in the … 

Donald Trump may have incriminated himself on tape on Paul Manafort’s FISA wiretap 

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Earlier this year, Donald Trump asserted that the federal government had wiretapped him at Trump Tower during the campaign. This was a wildly incorrect false claim. But while Trump himself never was wiretapped, his reckless behavior after the election appears to have gotten him tied up in a wiretap after all – and in the process, he may have incriminated himself on tape.

This evening, CNN reported that there was a FISA wiretap warrant on Paul Manafort both before and after the election (link). It’s confirmed that the first warrant covered the period of the election after Manafort had departed the Trump campaign, when they continued to communicate by phone. The second warrant covered the period of time after Trump took office and continued to speak with Manafort by phone. This means that the Feds all but certainly have tapes of the conversations between Trump and Manafort. Those tapes are now in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s hands.

Now it comes down to what the two men discussed during these wiretapped conversations. It’s known, for instance, that Manafort told Trump near the end of the election that he should head to Michigan, a state which is widely suspected of having been targeted by the Russians. If Manafort’s advice to Trump included an admission that Russia had paved the way for Trump’s surprise upset in the state, then Trump is on the hook for election collusion or worse. But the wiretapped conversations after the election may be more damning.

By the time Donald Trump and Paul Manafort were communicating in 2017, Trump was the president and Manafort was known to be under federal investigation. Their mutual decision to continue communicating suggests that they were conspiring to try to get themselves and each other off the hook. If so, Trump has nailed himself on obstruction and other charges.

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The tactics reflect some of the hard-charging — and polarizing — personalities of Mueller’s team, seasoned prosecutors with experience investigating financial fraud, money laundering andorganized crime. Admirers of Andrew Weissmann, one of the team and more »

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The U.S. government wiretapped President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort as a part of an investigation into work done by Washington consulting firms for Ukrainian politicians. CNN reported Monday multiple intelligence community officials …and more »

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‪Paul Manafort was under FISA surveillance the entire time, and now Robert Mueller is about to indict him‬ 

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It turns out Paul Manafort has been under FISA surveillance the entire time. The Feds are now confirmed to have had a FISA warrant on Paul Manafort both during and after the election, monitoring his phone calls and communications. This includes Manafort’s calls to Donald Trump since he took office. It also includes potentially incriminating conversations between Manafort and Russia.

This bombshell comes by way of CNN, which is revealing this evening that the Feds have been targeting Paul Manafort since 2014 in relation to his involvement in the election of a Russian puppet in Ukraine (link). Some of the intercepted phone conversations took place between Manafort and Trump – meaning that the person occupying the office of President of the United States is associating with shady individuals so closely that he’s now been picked up on a wiretap. This is an incredible revelation. But there’s much more.

Here’s the part that’s about to put Paul Manafort’s back firmly against the wall. CNN is reporting that “Some of the intelligence collected includes communications that sparked concerns among investigators that Manafort had encouraged the Russians to help with the campaign.” Not shockingly, the New York Times is reporting this evening that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is about to indict Paul Manafort (link), which confirms just how far along his probe is progressing.

For what it’s worth, Palmer Report deduced four days ago that Robert Mueller was on the verge of indicting Paul Manafort (link). These new developments this evening serve to confirm that Mueller is indeed willing to back Manafort up firmly against a wall in order to get him to flip on Donald Trump. As has previously been widely reported, Mueller is working with the New York Attorney General to bring parallel state-level charges against Manafort that can’t be pardoned by Trump – meaning Manafort’s only way out is to give Trump up.

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The FBI is investigating Trump’s former campaign manager.

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A California engineer who worked for a defense contractor has been sentenced to five years in prison for selling sensitive satellite information to an undercover FBI employee he thought was a Russian agent

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Forces from the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were struck by Russian air assets near the Deir Ezzor frontline on September 16th, this according to a statement made by the Combined Joint Task Force –…

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A pair of political science professors are out with a seemingly significant study: Despite Hillary Clinton saying she would be president if not for James BComey — and FiveThirtyEight, among others, lending credence to that claim — “We don’t think  

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Russian forces struck a location “known to the Russians to contain Syrian Democratic Forces and Coalition advisers” near the eastern province of Deir al-Zour, causing injuries to U.S.-backed Kurdish-dominated S.D.F. fighters, according to a statement by Operation Inherent Resolve on Saturday. | Global Security News

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Russian forces struck a location “known to the Russians to contain Syrian Democratic Forces and Coalition advisers” near the eastern province of Deir al-Zour, causing injuries to U.S.-backed Kurdish-dominated S.D.F. fighters, according to a statement by Operation Inherent Resolve on Saturday.

US troops in Syria battle anti-Assad rebels once funded by the CIA

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US troops in SyriaAmerican troops deployed in Syria have exchanged fire with rebels that were until recently supported by the United States Central Intelligence Agency. In 2013, soon after the outbreak of the Syrian Civil War, the then-US President Barack Obama instructed the Central Intelligence Agency to provide covert support to fighters in Syria. Acting on the president’s directive, the CIA promptly joined forces with spy agencies from Britain, France, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, to assist fighters affiliated with the Free Syrian Army. At that time, Washington saw the Free Syrian Army and forces affiliated with it as ideologically moderate. It also agreed with the group’s main aim, which was to topple the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Under the project, which was codenamed TIMBER SYCAMORE, CIA personnel trained Free Syrian Army fighters in irregular warfare, while also providing them with light weaponry including machine guns, sniper rifles and off-road vehicles. But on July 19 of this year, US President Donald Trump abruptly ended the CIA program, which he called “dangerous and wasteful”. It soon became apparent that many Free Syrian Army soldiers approached Turkey, seeking financial income and protection. By early August, there were reports from Syria that large groups of former Free Syrian Army troops were conducting raids in northern Syria in coordination with the Turkish military.

Early on Wednesday, a spokesman for the Combined Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve told reporters that US troops in Syria had come under fire by Turkish-commanded former Free Syrian Army units. The spokesman told reporters in Kuwait City that the rebels shot at US troops in the outskirts of Manbij, a northern Syrian city of about 70,000, located a few miles from the Turkish border. The American soldiers reportedly returned fire before seeking shelter from the assault. According to the US Pentagon, the Turkish government was promptly contacted by Inherent Resolve commanders, who described the incident as “not acceptable”. Washington alleges that its troops have come under fire “multiple times” in the past month. Some of the culprits are believed to be Turkish-controlled Syrian insurgents, including former members of the Free Syrian Army.

Turkey and the US are member states of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. But the two countries do not follow a common policy on Syria. The US Pentagon supports Kurdish insurgents in Syria, which Turkey claims are connected with Kurdish separatists inside Turkey. Washington’s official position on Kurdish separatists is that they engage in terrorism against the Turkish state.

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SOUTHWEST ASIA – At approximately 12:30 a.m. GMT Sept. 16, Russian forces struck a target east of the Euphrates River in Syria near Dayr Az Zawr, causing injuries to Coalition partner forces.

Russian munitions impacted a location known to the Russians to contain Syrian Democratic Forces and Coalition advisors. Several SDF fighters were wounded and received medical care as a result of the strike.

Multinational Coalition troops advising and assisting the SDF were present but not wounded as a result of the Russian strike. “Coalition officials are available and the de-confliction line with Russia is open 24 hours per day,” said Coalition commander Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk II. “We put our full efforts into preventing unnecessary escalation among forces that share ISIS as our common enemy,” said Funk.

The Coalition and its partners remain committed to the defeat of ISIS and continued de-confliction with Russian officials. Coalition forces and partners always retain the right of self-defense.

Intelligence, Politicization, and the Russia Probe

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Editor’s Note: The incoming administration’s scorn for intelligence professionals is a matter of grave concern to many of us at LawfareI, for one, worry that the administration will conduct its foreign policy without understanding the dynamics of foreign governments, their attempts to mislead us, and emerging threats like cyber subversion. Joshua Rovner, a scholar of intelligence at American University, makes me even more concerned. He takes the long view, going beyond the potential for short-term policy catastrophe to explain the long tradition of policymaker suspicion of intelligence and the many potential negative consequences for the intelligence community.

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In August, the Washington Post reported that intelligence officials are concerned about their new boss, given CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s political background and staunch support of Trump during the campaign. As a Republican representative from Kansas, Pompeo stood out in Congress for his relentless pressure to find a scandal in the Benghazi tragedy and to connect it with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Not satisfied with the House Benghazi Committee’s final report, he attached an addendum declaring that Clinton “misled the public” about the affair and “failed to lead.” Meanwhile he threw his support behind Trump, “a commander in chief who fearlessly puts America out in front.”

Pompeo is not the first politician to lead the CIA, but his relentless brand of politics and close ties to Trump have led to fears that he cannot remain impartial about the Russia probe. In particular, critics worry that he will inhibit the work of the Agency’s Mission Center for Counterintelligence, which may possess damaging information about Russia’s role in last year’s election. The Center is the Agency’s hub for tracking foreign intelligence efforts in the United States, and according to the Post, a conduit to the FBI. Pompeo reportedly ordered the Center to report to him directly, which makes sense given his commitment to track down leakers and the sensitivity of the issue. But some within the Agency worry that he could use his position to discourage it from pursuing the investigation at all.

[Pompeo’s] relentless brand of politics and close ties to Trump have led to fears that he cannot remain impartial about the Russia probe.

Concerns about Pompeo are not new. In February, the Post reported that he was asked to call reporters in an effort to dispute stories about connections between Trump associates and Russian intelligence operatives. While Pompeo never acknowledged doing so, his public comments about broader Russian influence operations are mild compared to releases from U.S. agencies. Before the election, a joint statement from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Homeland Security concluded that Russia had hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee in an effort to sway the outcome, and that “only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities.” This January, a second assessment explained why the election was a serious escalation in Russia’s long-term effort to influence U.S. politics.

Pompeo agreed with these findings in his confirmation hearings, but more recently he has argued that Russia’s so-called “active measures” are nothing new. He turned heads at the Aspen Security Forumwhen asked whether Russia had interfered in the election. “Yeah, of course,” he said. “And the one before that, and the one before that, they have been at this a hell of a long time.” Some fear that this formulation is too dismissive. While Soviet active measures in the Cold War were mostly dismal failures, this episode appears to have been much more successful, and Russia’s technical sophistication in cyber-espionage means that old analogies are not really relevant to understanding the present threat.

To be fair, Pompeo’s comments have gone far beyond what Trump has been willing to acknowledge about Russian activities. At various times, the president has pinned the blame for the DNC hacks on Russia, China, and the DNC itself. His only consistent theme is that the problem of attribution is too hard to make a firm judgment. Pompeo has been much more critical of Russia, but his caveats, especially the repeated suggestion that last year’s events were nothing new, have some worried that he will lean in Trump’s direction as the investigation intensifies. In other areas he has willingly assumed the role of a policy advocate, rather than an impartial intelligence official. This is in keeping with his embrace of Trump during the election season.

All presidents have incentives to politicize intelligence. Intelligence agencies are particularly effective public-relations vehicles because they control secret information, and individuals tend to believe in secrets. In this case, Trump has obvious reason to use intelligence leaders to muddy the waters about what happened during the campaign, and to create distance between the actions of the Russian government and his own staff. One reason why the Russia investigation is so explosive is that the intelligence community takes it so seriously. The president would surely love to see it downplay the results.

There are many ways to get intelligence to toe the policy line. Direct politicization occurs when they lean on intelligence leaders directly, cajoling them to shape intelligence conclusions in ways that are politically convenient. Indirect politicization, by contrast, occurs when policymakers send subtle signals about what they expect to see and hear. In this case, concerned intelligence officers seem to accuse Trump of what I call “manipulation by appointment.” Rather than twisting the elbows of intelligence chiefs, the idea is to put reliable friends in high places. Critics accused President Reagan of this tactic, for instance, when he appointed his campaign manager William Casey to lead the intelligence community. While pressuring senior officials can lead to political scandal, manipulation by appointment helps avoid that risk.

We can expect to see a few things if Pompeo turns out to be susceptible to White House pressure.

It is unclear that Trump chose Pompeo because he wanted a pliant leader at the CIA. We will not have the whole story for a long time, and episodes of politicization are extremely difficult to categorize. We can expect to see a few things if Pompeo turns out to be susceptible to White House pressure. Most importantly, he will temper his previous assertions about Russian responsibility for the election hack, even if the underlying intelligence remains the same. We will also see efforts to skirt organizational best practices in the CIA. Finally, we will probably see more CIA officials providing specific corroboration about how Pompeo interfered with their work. On the other hand, if Pompeo maintains his integrity, then the investigation will go by the book, and criticisms of the director will be rare and vague.

Nonetheless, there are reasons to be very concerned. Politicization is most likely when the political stakes are very high, and when leaders make public statements on controversial issues that are out of step with intelligence judgments. We are seeing this play out now. Trump’s cavalier attitude about Russian meddling stands in sharp contrast with the intelligence community, and his political future would be in serious doubt if the Russia investigation concludes that there was meaningful collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. In this hothouse environment, he has every reason to hope that special counsel Robert Mueller’s conclusions point in the other direction.

Mueller’s work depends on support from intelligence and law enforcement. Intercepted communications provided by the National Security Agency and investigative leads from the FBI will surely be central to the case, one way or the other. This is why Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey was so troubling to observers, some of whom accused the president of obstructing the investigation by removing an official who was insufficiently loyal. Trump may believe that the new director, Christopher Wray, may be easier to manage. Similarly, he may be confident that his long-time political ally Pompeo will help him ride out the Russia probe.

If this is true, the implications are profound and disturbing. Politicization has many negative effects on the quality of intelligence: It can skew findings, inhibit later reassessments, and poison intelligence-policy relations over the long-term.

In this case there is another possible danger. It is obvious that Trump has critics inside the CIA, judging by what anonymous sources have told the press. But there are surely others within the Agency who view him favorably, not least because of his aggressive approach to counterterrorism. Trump seems to favor more aggressive collection, regardless of questions of ethics and effectiveness. He came out in favor of waterboarding, for example, arguing that it is necessary to “fight fire with fire.” Pompeo shares his inclinations. Last year he offered a strong defense of intelligence personnel against accusations that they had gone too far. “These men and women are not torturers,” he said, “they are patriots.” Pompeo’s comments suggest he will err on the side of being more aggressive, a mindset that probably resonates with some officers in the CIA’s Directorate of Operations. The CIA is not a monolith.

The result might be a fracture between the Agency’s collectors and analysts. If many of the former are excited about working under Pompeo, and many of the latter believe he is a mouthpiece for the administration, then the prospects for effective collaboration are slim. The relationship between collection and analysis has always been complicated, and the Agency has invested a great deal of effort in bringing the two disciplines closer together. Most recently, it has reorganized around regional and topical mission centers in part to enhance collaboration. While this initiative is not without critics, there are good reasons to make such interactions routine. Among other things, collectors may overestimate the usefulness of their sources if they lack ready access to analysts who make sense of new information. Conversely, analysts’ work may be incomplete or outdated if they don’t have access to ongoing collection efforts. The same is true regarding covert operations: Plans that sound good in theory but are not backstopped by solid analysis may prove disastrous. Effective intelligence collection relies on a healthy working relationship with analysts. If a split develops as a result of Pompeo and the Russia probe, that working relationship may suffer.

For this reason, among others, we should be very concerned about politicization. Pompeo has a politician’s instincts and close ties to the president. This does not mean he will be politicized, of course, but it has raised suspicions within the CIA. “People have to watch him,” said one official to the Post. “It’s almost as if he can’t resist the impulse to be political.” To overcome these suspicions, and to protect the institutional integrity of the Agency, he should try.

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Report: Russia probe creates strife between WH counsel, Trump attorneys – CBS News

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Trump’s lawyers have debated how much to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller and his team looking into Russian meddling in the election, with the arguments erupting into conflict last week, Peter Baker and Kenneth P. Vogel explain at the New York Times.

A close business associate of Trump, Michael Cohen, is scheduled to testify to the Senate Intelligence Committee tomorrow, Cohen said yesterday. Reuters reports.

Attorney Kyle Feeny has joined Mueller’s team, moving to his new position from his previous role at the Justice Department. Josh Greenstein reveals at POLITICO.

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Why a Facebook warrant could signal a turning point in Mueller’s investigation

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The U.S. intelligence community has concluded that an attempt to interfere in the 2016 U.S.election was ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin. A WTOP investigation that began in November 2016 examines how the attack happened, when it started, …

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Trump Lawyers Dish On Russia Probe At Steakhouse As NYT Reporter Listens In

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Two of President Trump’s lawyers were overheard by a New York Times reporter “loudly discussing” the Russia investigation

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Trump Lawyers Dish On Russia Probe At Steakhouse As NYT Reporter Listens In

Trump Lawyers Dish On Russia Probe At Steakhouse As NYT Reporter Listens In

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Two of President Trump’s lawyers were overheard by a New York Times reporter “loudly discussing” the Russia investigation.

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Donald Trump’s bumbling attorney accidentally gives away secrets when he’s overheard at restaurant 

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The attorneys representing Donald Trump in his Russia scandal have seemingly been in a race to see who could screw up in the most embarrassing fashion. Two of them have had late night email feuds with strangers. One accused a reporter of being on drugs. One of them was fired after he threatened someone. Now one of his attorneys has found an entirely new way to screw up: he unwittingly gave away secrets about the internal workings of Trump’s legal team when he was overheard in a restaurant.

The incredible story comes by way of the New York Times, which reveals that one of its reporters overheard Trump attorney Ty Cobb (yes that’s his real name) while they were both dining at the same steakhouse (link). Cobb was overheard accusing his colleague, White House Counsel Don McGahn, of having his own spies within the administration.

The Times contacted the White House to follow up on what it had overheard Cobb saying, and in the process McGahn became aware of what Cobb had said about him. This prompted McGahn to privately “erupt” at Cobb. It also led Chief of Staff John Kelly to “reprimand” Cobb for having discussed such things in public at a restaurant where he could be overheard. This is just some of the dysfunction that’s going on within Trump’s no-star legal team.

Donald Trump hired Ty Cobb as a White House lawyer so taxpayers would have to pick up the tab, even though Cobb is directly representing Trump in the Russia scandal. But this may backfire, as it means Cobb and Trump don’t have the usual attorney-client privilege. Nor is there any such privilege between Trump and McGahn. For that matter, Special Counsel Robert Mueller is targeting McGahn as a potential witness or co-conspirator, as he helped Trump craft his attempted cover-up of Donald Trump Jr’s Russia meeting.

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Nonfiction: Survival of the Prettiest 

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Darwin’s theory of aesthetics may be the sexiest, most dangerous idea in evolution.

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But it’s another of Darwin’s theories, his least appreciated (at least to judge by popular books), that is his most seditious — and that this year finally gets the thorough defense it deserves.

A little over a decade after he published “On the Origin of Species,” in which he described his theory of natural selection shaped by “survival of the fittest,” Darwin published another troublesome treatise — “The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relationship to Sex.” This expanded on an idea he mentioned only briefly in “Origin.” Sometimes, he proposed, in organisms that reproduce by having sex, a different kind of selection occurs: Animals choose mates that are not the fittest candidates available, but the most attractive or alluring. Sometimes, in other words, aesthetics rule.

Darwin conceived this idea largely because he found natural selection could not account for the ornaments seen in many animals, especially males, all over the world — the bright buttocks and faces of many monkeys and apes; the white legs and backside of the Banteng bull, in Malaysia; the elaborate feathers and mating dances of countless birds including bee-eaters and bell-birds, nightjars, hummingbirds and herons, gaudy birds of paradise and lurid pheasants, and the peacock, that showboat, whose extravagant tail seems a survival hindrance but so pleases females that well-fanned cocks regularly win their favor. Only a consistent preference for such ornament — in many species, a “choice exerted by the female” — could select for such decoration. This sexual selection,as Darwin called it, this taste for beauty rather than brawn, constituted an evolutionary mechanism separate, independent, and sometimes contrary to natural selection.

To Darwin’s dismay, many biologists rejected this theory. For one thing, Darwin’s elevation of sexual selection threatened the idea of natural selection as the one true and almighty force shaping life — a creative force powerful and concentrated enough to displace that of God. And some felt Darwin’s sexual selection gave too much power to all those females exerting choices based on beauty. As the zoologist St. George Jackson Mivart complained in an influential early review of “Descent,” “the instability of vicious feminine caprice” was too soft and slippery a force to drive something as important as evolution.

Darwin’s sexual selection theory thus failed to win the sort of victory that his theory of natural selection did. Ever since, the adaptationist, “fitness first” view of sexual selection as a subset of natural selection has dominated, driving the interpretation of most significant traits. Fancy feathers or (in humans) symmetrical faces have been cast not as instruments of sexual selection, but as “honest signals” of some greater underlying fitness. Meanwhile, the “modern synthesis” of the mid-1900s, which reconciled Darwinian evolution with Mendelian genetics, redefined evolutionary fitness itself not in terms of traits, but as the survival and spread of the individual genes that generated the traits. Genes, rather than traits, became what natural selection selected.

And so things largely remained until now. This summer, however, almost 150 years after Darwin published his sexual selection theory to mixed reception, Richard Prum, a mild-mannered ornithologist and museum curator from Yale, has published a book intended to win Darwin’s sex theory a more climactic victory. With THE EVOLUTION OF BEAUTY (Doubleday, $30), Prum, drawing on decades of study, hundreds of papers, and a lively, literate, and mischievous mind, means to prove an enriched version of Darwin’s sexual selection theory and rescue evolutionary biology from its “tedious and limiting adaptationist insistence on the ubiquitous power of natural selection.” He feels this insistence has given humankind an impoverished, even corrupted view of evolution in general, and in particular of how evolution has shaped sexual relations and human culture.

As Prum knows, he’s in for a fight. The biologists who most militantly defend the adaptationist Darwinian view of evolution, such as Richard Dawkins, do not gladly suffer dissent. But true to his argument, Prum seeks to prevail less through brute force of attack than by making his case with clarity, grace and charm. Like a bowerbird arranging its display for potential mates, he seeks not to best his chesty, chattering rivals, but to persuade the open-minded. The result is a delicious read, both seductive and mutinous.

Richard Prum is first and foremost an obsessive birder. Having personally seen over a third of the world’s 10,000 known bird species, he draws on his observations and wide reading to defeather and gut the adaptationist view that beauty is an “honest signaling” of evolutionary fitness. His attention never strays far from nature, and his writing in these bird passages is minutely detailed, exquisitely observant, deeply informed, and often tenderly sensual. When describing, say, the “throbbing” display of the lavishly decorated argus bird, he delivers a feathery brush of the erotic.

Prum is also an expert on the evolution of feathers, and he writes of them with the insight and appreciation one hears in the funnest art critics — think Kenneth Clark crossed with Sister Wendy. Prum makes an elegant, plausible argument that rather than having evolved for flight, feathers may actually have first evolved as a decorative surface for sexual display: fitness as a downstream benefit of beauty. The art-critic overtones come not by chance. Prum considers birds artists. Manakins (Prum’s study group) carefully choreograph their dances. Bowerbirds mastered perspective in their bower building eons before human painters grokked it during the Renaissance.

Bowerbird males provide Prum some of his most convincing examples. These remarkable birds woo their potential mates by constructing circles, cones, or maypole-like structures out of twigs, then ornamenting both the structures and the ground within and around them with stones, shells, beetle cases, colorful fungi and other found art. Both the architecture and the male’s behavior invite the female to observe and consider while leaving her both the space to do so and a clear escape path. In some bowerbird species the male laboriously arranges and rearranges his display, examining it from various angles and making small fixes, writes Prum, with the care of a “fussy florist.” The males of several species observe the female examining their work while half-hidden behind a tree or some fencelike part of the bower. If she likes what she sees, she stretches her neck and raises her tail in invitation, and the male comes to mate. (This takes only seconds, and the two will never meet again.) If she doesn’t, she leaves.

Prum believes these and similar courtship appeals in other species have arisen from a long, multigenerational, co-evolutionary conversation between mating partners. The male’s aesthetic and social qualities are repeatedly tested, judged and (through selection) modified according to whether they please potential mates. Thus the females’ individual preferences, says Prum, help drive evolution.

Like all selection, this is not intended to reach any particular goal; it just unfolds according to the demands of either fitness, or in this case, beauty. A trait selected for its beauty, of course, might create problems by selecting for ornaments that work against fitness. But, most crucially in the end, and often offsetting these problems, this “aesthetic” courtship, says Prum, creates an environment, temperaments and rituals — a sort of culture — that give the female sexual choice, autonomy and safety. (As noted, she doesn’t get everything; once she and the male mate and part, she raises the offspring by herself.)

Prum sees such aesthetic choices as driving a gradual “aesthetic remodeling” — an evolutionary reshaping of mating behavior, and even of male social behavior more widely, by the civilizing pressure of female preference. Prum stresses this is not about emasculating males, or dominating them; it’s simply about selecting for males who allow females autonomy and choice.

By this point in the book, Prum, having made his case so well in birds, turns to the implications of sexual selection for Homo sapiens. He nimbly mines both the animal and human literature to show how, for one human trait after another, adaptationist explanations miss the mark while aesthetic explanations hit home. His catalog of Things Natural Selection Can’t Explain but Sexual Selection Easily Can includes homosexuality, a tendency toward monogamy, both sex’s taste and capacity for sex outside of female fertility periods, the deweaponization of the human male through the evolutionary shrinkage of almost every body part except the brain and the evolution of human paternal care, which is highly unusual among our fellow apes and close primate cousins. To name just a few.

Consider, for instance, this handful of well-known distinguishing human traits: our constant interest in sex, permanent breasts, big penises, and, last but hardly least, women’s orgasms. Except for constant sexual interest (and possibly female orgasm) in bonobos, none of these traits evolved in our fellow ape species. Prum argues that they evolved in humans because they help women evaluate men’s prosocial-pleasure potential. When sex offers orgasm at relatively low pregnancy risk, it provides a way not just to reproduce but to assess potential mates’ attention to female desires, tastes and choices. Essentially, Prum says, humans evolved to negotiate and have sex as a sort of display ritual. The boudoir is our bower.

One of Prum’s takeaways is that, given all this, we have choices to make. All sexual selection, he says, is shaped by conflicts between male and female anatomy, physiology, and agendas. Prum argues that sexual species tend to evolve toward one of two responses to this conflict. One evolutionary response is for males to use greater size to control or coerce the female and curb her power over whether, with whom, and how often she will mate and reproduce. This approach is common in many duck species and gorillas, whose dominant males use the threat of force to command exclusive mating access to the females in their groups and often murder the offspring of their predecessors. The other evolutionary answer is the aesthetic route — the resolution of differences between male and female needs and desires by behaviors and rituals that respect the other sex’s priorities and their decisions about how to pursue them.

Prum proposes that we humans have evolved along the latter path, and that, given our powers of thought, conscience and agency, we can accelerate that aesthetic and social evolution. This, he asserts, is why beauty should not be seen as merely the stamp of quality assurance that conventional evolutionary theory thinks it is. Beauty, rather, forms the foundation of an entire, complex evolutionary dynamic — one that can influence how we treat each other.

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Why America’s Missile Defenses Might Not Work Against North Korea 

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And that’s a huge problem.

Late last week, the United States tracked a North Korean intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM) test that once again overflew Japan before landing in the Pacific.

The IRBM is the latest in a series of North Korean provocations this year that has included the test of a hydrogen bomb and an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) among other events. There is little the United States and its allies can do in response except to deter Pyongyang. Suggestions that the United States and Japan shoot down North Korean missile tests—an option often bandied about by certain political commentators are fanciful. Neither the United States or Japan likely has such a capability—even if they were so inclined.

“U.S. Pacific Command detected and tracked what we assess was a single North Korean ballistic missile launch at 11:57 a.m. (Hawaii time) Sept. 14. Initial assessment indicates the launch of an intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM),” U.S. Pacific Command spokesman Cmdr. Dave Benham wrote in a Sept. 14 email.

“The launch occurred in the vicinity of Sunan, North Korea and flew east. The ballistic missile overflew the territory of northern Japan before landing in the Pacific Ocean east of Japan. We are working with our interagency partners on a more detailed assessment and we will provide a public update if warranted.”

Kingston Reif, director for disarmament and threat reduction policy at the Arms Control Association told The National Interest last month that intercepting such tests would be extremely difficult. Other experts also agreed with Reif’s assessment.

“Shooting down a North Korean missile on a test trajectory—as was the case with the 8/29 HS-12 test—is an entirely different and even more difficult challenge,” Reif said.

“Our BMD systems are not designed or postured to defend the open ocean. And we couldn’t rely on THAAD, since there are no THAAD batteries in the Japan. Patriot is also a no go, since it is designed to defend against slower short-range missiles during their terminal phase.”

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How 9/11 Changed America: For Better and for Worse

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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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Filed under: EspionageHistoryStrategyTerrorismUSG  

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American Tourists Doused With Acid In Marseilles, One Suspect Arrested 

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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 deepens

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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 Missiles

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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

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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?

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Zalmay Khalilzad

Politics, North America

U.S. President Trump waves as he arrives at Morristown municipal airport for a weekend at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster ahead of next week's United Nations General Assembly

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 Syria

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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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