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October 24 at 7:35 PM 

Russia’s cyber-meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election has been accompanied by what U.S. and European experts describe as a worrisome Kremlin campaign to rewrite the rules for global cyberspace.

A draft of a Russian proposal for a new “United Nations Convention on Cooperation in Combating Information Crimes” was recently shown to me by a security expert who obtained a copy. The 54-page document includes 72 proposed articles, covering collection of Internet traffic by authorities, “codes of conduct” for cyberspace and “joint investigation” of malicious activity. The language sounds bureaucratic and harmless, but experts say that if adopted, it would allow Russia to squeeze cyberspace even more.

The Kremlin’s proposed convention would enhance the ability of Russia and other authoritarian nations to control communication within their countries, and to gain access to communications in other countries, according to several leading U.S. cyber experts. They described the latest draft as part of Moscow’s push over the past decade to shape the legal architecture of what Russian strategists like to call the “information space.”

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The proposal was floated by the Kremlin early this year, and outlined in an April 4 article in Kommersant. The Moscow daily reported that the Russian Foreign Ministry had described the convention as an “innovative” and “universal” attempt to replace the 2001 Budapest Convention, which has been signed by the United States and 55 other countries but rejected by Russia. Kommersant said “Russian authorities saw a threat to the sovereignty of the country” in the Budapest pact.

Russia’s bid to rewrite global rules through the United Nations was matched by a personal pitch on cyber-cooperation in July from President Vladimir Putin to President Trump at the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg. Putin “vehemently denied” to Trump that Russia had interfered in the U.S. election, Trump said in a tweet. Trump then floated a mystifying proposal: “Putin & I discussed forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit so that election hacking, & many other negative things, will be guarded and safe.”

Trump’s suggestion that America join Russia in cyberdefense provoked an uproar in the United States. One Twitter commentator wrote: “This is like the FBI asking the Mafia to form an anti-crime unit together.”

The White House quickly backtracked after Trump’s tweet. Homeland security adviser Tom Bossert told reporters on July 14: “I don’t believe that the U.S. and Russia have come to that point yet in cyberspace. And until we do, we wouldn’t have the conversation about partnership.”

Many U.S. cyber experts share Bossert’s view that although any formal treaty or partnership with Moscow now is unwise, quiet confidence-building discussions might be useful. Those could include military-to-military or technical contacts to explore how to avoid catastrophic cyber-events that might cripple strategic systems or pose systemic risk.

U.S. and Russian officials had maintained such a dialogue to explore norms for the Internet, but so far it has been a dead end. The Russians were led by Andrey Krutskikh, a foreign ministry official who is Putin’s cyber adviser; and on the U.S. side, by Christopher Painter, who was White House cyber chief under President Barack Obama and then cyber coordinator at the State Department, a post he left this year.

These contacts are sensible, but they have withered as U.S.-Russia relations have deteriorated. A high-level working group stopped meeting after Russia invaded Ukraine in 2014. A U.N.-sponsored Group of Governmental Experts on Information Security broke up in June after failing to reach consensus on measures for improving information security. Putin’s bilateral proposal at Hamburg quickly disappeared after Trump’s premature endorsement.

The Russians, meanwhile, continue their campaign to regulate cyberspace on their terms, by mobilizing allies to support their alternative to the Budapest convention; Moscow’s biggest complaint is that the Budapest framework, in Article 32 (b), allows the owners of data to control its use, rather than governments. Moscow wants state control of information.

Russia got some global support for its effort at a September gathering in Xiamen, China, of the so-called BRICS countries: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. In their formal declaration, the countries “recognize the need for a universal regulatory binding instrument on combatting the criminal use of ICTs [information and communications technologies] under the UN auspices.” The countries “acknowledge the initiative” of Russia in seeking such a binding pact.

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If the events of the past year have taught us anything, it’s that Russia views information as a decisive political weapon and wants to control this potential battle space. The global regulatory side of this contest gets little attention, but it could help determine whether open information flows survive in the age of the autocrats.

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How Obama Used Hillary’s Dossier to Spy on Trump

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How do you legally spy on your political opponents?

At some point in time that question was asked in the White House, at the DNC or in the hotel suites where Hillary and her staff were staying during her speaking tours. It wasn’t exactly asked that way.

But it was asked. And now we know more of the answer.

What Hillary and Obama did wasn’t Watergate. That was amateur hour. Its sophistication is a tribute to the left’s deep knowledge and control of the workings of Washington, D.C. The men and women who planned this and carried it out understood not only government, but had an intimate familiarity with the loopholes in the laws and the networks of contacts that could realize their highly illegal plans.

The eavesdropping on Trump officials carried the ‘fingerprints’ of an administration that bypassed Congress to fund left-wing groups by blackmailing banks into huge settlements paid out to political allies in a billion dollar slush fund and sent pallets of foreign currency to Iran on unmarked planes. A complete lack of ethical norms was combined with the careful use of legal loopholes to protect the actions of the perpetrators even while they were engaging in a criminal conspiracy.

The revolutionary cell is embedded into left-wing organizing. These cells combined into networks across government, the media and the non-profit sector to pursue a collective agenda. The latest revelations about the Trump dossier give us greater insight into how Obama and Hillary’s people conspired to legally eavesdrop on political opponents by breaking up that eavesdropping into a series of legal actions carried out across different cells.

The road that led to Susan Rice and Samantha Power ‘unmasking’ Trump officials began with the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee funding a dossier pushing Trump-Russia conspiracies. The dossier was sourced through Fusion GPS which is notorious for handfeeding material to reporters.

The Clinton campaign was seeing to it that whatever Fusion GPS produced would make its way into media stories without having Hillary’s fingerprints on it. Indeed the only reason we learned that Hillary and the DNC were ultimately behind the dossier was a congressional subpoena that risked exposing other Fusion GPS clients.

But the second reason was far more devious and devastating.

Fusion GPS’ man for the job was Christopher Steele. The former British intelligence figure had connections with FBI people. Hillary Clinton wasn’t just doing “opposition research” as her former press secretary has claimed.  The best way to do opposition research in an American election doesn’t involve hiring a Brit in London with contacts in Russian intelligence and the FBI.

That is however the best way to independently produce information that can be injected into an intelligence investigation. (It’s also, perhaps not coincidentally, a great way for the Russians to inject their own material into a presidential election without getting their fingerprints on it.)

Hiring Fusion GPS and then Steele created two degrees of separation between the dossier and Hillary. A London ex-intel man is a strange choice for opposition research in an American election, but a great choice to create a plausible ‘source’ that appears completely disconnected from American politics.

What would an ex-M.I.6 agent have to do with Hillary, Obama or Trump?

The official story is that Steele was a dedicated whistleblower who decided to message an FBI pal for reasons “above party politics” while the Fusion GPS boss was so dedicated that he spent his ownmoney on it after the election. Some figures in the FBI decided to take Steele’s material, offering to pay him for his work and reimbursing some of his expenses. Portions of the dossier were used to justify the FISA eavesdropping on Trump officials and were then rolled into the Mueller investigation.

That is how cells coordinate by breaking up a larger plot into a series of individual actions that just happen to produce the ideal result. Hillary and the DNC hire Fusion GPS. Fusion GPS hires Steele. Steele contacts an FBI pal. The FBI takes up the dossier. And then it’s turned into a pretext for eavesdropping.

But there isn’t supposed to be a link between the Democrats and the eavesdropping.

That’s why Marc Elias, the Clinton campaign and DNC lawyer who hired Fusion GPS, had denied it in the past. It’s why Fusion GPS fought the investigation so desperately. Opposition research isn’t a crime. A conspiracy to eavesdrop on your political opponents however is very much a criminal matter.

A forensic examination of the dirty dossier’s journey shows us that this modern Watergate was a collaborative effort between an outgoing Democrat administration and its expected Dem successor. The effort was broken up into two big pieces. The Clinton side would generate the material. The Obama side would make use of it. Steele was positioned as the interface between the two sides of the effort.

The London detour created and laundered the dossier. Moving the operation offshore tangled the connection between the Clinton side and the Obama side. This was important because what Steele produced wasn’t really opposition research, but a pretext for a government investigation.

That pretext couldn’t come directly from Hillary. But the FBI was too politically divided to generate it.

Obama Inc. needed that pretext, but it also didn’t want to generate it internally. Any investigation of the political opposition was inherently explosive. It was better if the intelligence came from outside and especially overseas. That was why Fusion GPS brought in Steele.

The first FISA request was filed in June. It was shot down by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. That was the same month we were told that Fusion GPS hired Steele. The second FISA request came through in October. That was the month, Steele did his first media interview with Mother Jones.

Two birds were being killed with one stone.

Obama’s Watergate depended on extensive compartmentalization. The process that led to the eavesdropping on Trump officials and their unmasking at the hands of his officials had to appear as ‘clean’ as possible. Susan Rice and Samantha Power could make unmasking requests to the NSA, but they couldn’t be involved in generating the investigation that led to those requests.

Seeding the media with an astroturf campaign through Fusion GPS created the appearance of an organic push to investigate Trump-Russia ties. Targeting the lefty fringe of the media, Mother JonesThe Guardian, would bake in the narrative among a demographic already prone to conspiracy theories.

The operation was vastly more sophisticated than the crude ugliness of Watergate. But it was not unique in that regard. The fusion of government loopholes, political campaigns, media operations, opposition research and covert funding had occurred more than once during the Obama era.

The most recent example of such a fusion before Trump-Russia was the Iran Deal in which members of Congress were eavesdropped on, money was moved around through non-profits to influence the media, a White House operation planted stories in the media and billions were smuggled to Iran. This mixture of influence operation, propaganda, eavesdropping and laundering has likely happened far more often in the previous administration than we know.

The IRS targeting of conservatives, shutdown theater and the Libyan War offer more examples.

Obama’s eavesdropping on Trump didn’t break the norms. They had already been thoroughly broken. The network that is being uncovered, the interfaces between media insiders, top government officials and private interests, demonstrates why Obama Inc. believed that it could get away with it.

It had gotten away with all its old abuses. There was no reason to doubt it could do so again.

America still has elections. The rule of law exists. In theory. But the network being uncovered in the dossier investigation looks very much like something that would be found in a totalitarian state.

The combination of media propaganda, government surveillance and contrived investigations of political opponents is the sort of thing you would expect to find in… Russia. The key players were wary enough that they compartmentalized their conspiracy, breaking it up across the private and public sector, the media, private firms, law enforcement figures and even another country. But that just makes it look like a cross between terrorist cells and organized crime.

And that is what we are dealing with here.

The left’s networks are becoming increasingly malignant. They executed a sophisticated attack on the political process while contriving to blame it on their victims. What the attack reveals is just how much the levers of power in our political system are embedded in the shadowy networks that operate in and around government. And what those networks are willing to do to win.

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The Trump-Russia dam has broken

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So there it is, finally, in plain sight for all to see. The collusion between the Donald Trump campaign and Russia is no longer merely centered around secret meetings with vague agendas, happenstance too remarkable to have been coincidence, and a thousand poorly understood connections. Now we have something entirely different, and it changes everything: a confession that the Trump campaign truly was trying to coordinate with Russia on the deep, dark, gritty kind of stuff that election rigging is made of.

The head of Cambridge Analytica, the voter data analysis firm that everyone from Jared Kushner on down has publicly credited for Donald Trump’s bizarre election victory, has been caught confessing that he tried to work with WikiLeaks to steal Hillary Clinton’s emails. Don’t let the imaginary half-degree of separation fool you here: Cambridge Analytica was the Donald Trump campaign. Trump is now claiming that the company only played a minor role in his campaign, so he can paint it as having acted on its own. Bullshit. This is everything.

It’s why Trump and his allies are now putting down their few remaining chips on the hilariously phony scandal about President Obama and Hillary Clinton and Russia and Uranium. It’s a joke of a fake story, but it’s the only desperate card they have left to play. It’s why most of the Republicans in Congress, even the ones like Chuck Grassley who had been willing to go along with the Trump-Russia investigation, are now suddenly trying to sabotage that investigation from within. The GOP didn’t want to have to get its hands dirty like this, but it’s now desperate to create the kind of distraction that might prop up Trump just long enough so it can get its tax bill rammed through.

What we’re seeing now is pure panic from anyone who still cares about Donald Trump, or still needs him a bit longer. Even if it’ll take a moment for the public to figure out that the Cambridge Analytica confession is the bombshell of the Trump-Russia scandal to date, Trump’s own side has immediately grasped that this is the bottomless pit from which there is no emerging.

We now have proof that the voter data analysis arm of the Donald Trump campaign was actively seeking to collude with Russian-controlled hacker thugs and criminals. It’s just a matter of time before we see proof that these efforts did lead to collusion, and that Trump and Russia did conspire to rig the election. The dam has broken. There’s no going back. It’s why we’re suddenly seeing borderline pandemonium. It’s about to get even more crazy.

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Why Clinton Camp’s Funding of the Trump Dossier Matters

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The news that Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee paid for former U.K. spy Christopher Steele’s investigation into Donald Trump showed one thing: Rarely have two political candidates been so worthy of each other in terms of cynicism as Clinton and Donald Trump. No wonder Russian President Vladimir Putin, another world-class cynic, dealt himself in.

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Democrats were indignant when it turned out that Donald Trump Jr., the candidate’s son, was willing to accept damaging information about Clinton from a Russian source. No dirt was forthcoming in that case, though: Instead, a suburban Russian lawyer fighting for the interests of her client, sanctioned under the Magnitsky Act in the U.S., came to see Trump campaign officials to lobby against the law, not to share intelligence.

In the Clinton case, Fusion GPS, the firm working on the Trump opposition research, paid Steele, a foreigner, with the campaign’s money. The U.K., of course, is a U.S. ally; Russia is an adversary. But the information Steele produced came mainly from Russian sources. Unlike lawyer Natalya Veselnitskaya, who once did legal work for the FSB domestic intelligence in a minor property dispute, these sources were really well-connected, if Steele is to be believed. They included, according to the version of his dossier published by Buzzfeed, “a senior Russian Foreign ministry figure,” “a former top level Russian intelligence officer still active inside the Kremlin,” “a senior Russian financial official” and “a senior Kremlin official.”

In Moscow’s paranoid political climate, with the Kremlin seeing foreign agents everywhere and the FSB eager to earn its bread, what was the upside for these sources in sharing explosive secrets with a foreigner? The downside is clear: The standard prison sentence for espionage, handed down in recent spying cases, was 12 years — at the lower bound of the Russian criminal code’s range of 12 to 20. As a private operative, Steele couldn’t even offer his informants the thin protection that comes with working for a foreign intelligence agency, which might help a valuable agent if push came to shove.

But if the FSB and the Kremlin knew of Clinton’s interest in putting together a dossier on Trump, all these people had an excellent reason to talk, and especially to provide nonsensical information — such as that Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s press secretary, and not anyone in Russia’s intelligence community, was the keeper of a top-secret file on Trump. It was always obvious from the Steele reports that his sources were having fun spinning tall tales for him; since he wasn’t required to verify them and vouch for their accuracy — that’s the nature of raw intelligence — Steele faithfully wrote them down on Fusion GPS’s time.

Russia has never hid or denied its propaganda campaign during the U.S. election — except the elements of “active measures” it included: The rallies Kremlin trolls attempted to organize in the U.S. hinterland through Facebook ads, perhaps (but not definitely) the distribution of Democrats’ stolen emails to the media. These fit in nicely with the possible use of a Brit on Clinton’s payroll as a disinformation channel. Now that the nature of Russian activity on social networks has come to light, it’s likelier than ever that the goal of the whole exercise was to sow discord and instability in the U.S. Pushing Russian-generated kompromat on Trump to Clinton would have served that purpose brilliantly.

The Clinton campaign and the DNC reportedly started paying Fusion GPS in April, 2016, which was after the FBI warned about potential Russian hacking and several months before the DNC publicly confirmed that its network was breached by groups tied to Russian intelligence. It’s likely that, even before that announcement, the Democrats had been planning to use the Russian angle against Trump. That should prompt further investigation of Russia-related conclusions by Crowdstrike, the cybersecurity firm hired by the DNC, which was the only organization to examine the servers that had allegedly been hacked. It should also prompt the U.S. intelligence community to release more information about the sources of its conclusion that an arm of the Russian government had hacked the Democrats. Since the Steele Dossier made the same conclusion — adding that Trump’s team helped — an obvious question follows that has not been answered: Did U.S. intelligence rely at least in part on the information Steele had obtained while his employer was being funded by the Clinton campaign and the DNC?

Of course, collusion between the Trump camp and the Kremlin still cannot be ruled out. Putin’s people courted former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and campaign chairman Paul Manafort had business ties to Kremlin-friendly billionaire Oleg Deripaska (who, however, is not part of Putin’s close circle). And in any case, the Russian efforts to diligently and creatively amplify the Trump’s divisive messages gave him an advantage.

It’s looking increasingly likely, however, that the Kremlin was playing both sides against each other, giving each something it wanted. That’s a classic destabilization tactic that Russia has long employed in Ukraine, feeding the local establishment’s internal conflicts.

That it got the opportunity to do so is a problem for the U.S. Both of its main parties need candidates that aren’t so easy to ensnare in international intrigue (at best) and collusion (at worst). Until that happens, Russia — and everybody else interested in humiliating the U.S. — will keep coming back to do more harm.

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Putin’s ‘Inner Circle’ Worth Nearly $24 Billion

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Russian President Vladimir Putin’s circle of close friends and relatives controls a combined wealth of nearly $24 billion, although Putin has kept himself “officially” clean in terms of financial assets, says a joint report by a global investigative group and an independent Russian newspaper.

The report, titled Putin And The Proxies and published on October 24, says Putin’s inner circle is formed by “a mix of family members, old friends, and friends who became family members,” and their most lucrative businesses are either connected to the largely state-controlled oil and gas sector or linked to other state companies.

The report, which includes a list of the wealthiest members of Putin’s inner circle, is the result of a joint effort by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) — an international investigative reporting platform made of scores of nonprofit centers, journalists, and news organizations and independent Russian publication Novaya Gazeta.

“The one commonality in the group members’ financial success “is their connection to the president,” the report says, adding that a smaller, “more mysterious” portion of the group, which it calls “the proxies,” provides no obvious justification for the secret fortunes the investigation has found they possess.

“They claim not to be businessmen, are not known to the public, and in some cases have little idea of the riches that are registered under their names,” the investigation says, adding, “Again, they have one common attribute: they are all family or boyhood friends of Putin.”

The report singles out three people among the proxies — Mikhail Shelomov, Sergei Roldugin, and Pyotr Kolbin. Shelomov is a distant relative of Putin’s, while Kolbin and Roldugin — a butcher and a cellist, respectively — are both Putin’s childhood friends.

All three hold enormous wealth — the investigation has found that Shelomov has amassed $573 million, Kolbin is worth $550 million, and Roldugin controls offshore firms which handled $2 billion — but appear largely unaware of the firms they control, and “are at pains to explain the origins of their wealth.” That is particularly the case with Shelomov, who the report says earns an annual salary of $8,500.

The report says that their personal connections to the president raise questions about whether their assets really belong to them — or if they are merely proxies.

“It may really be Putin’s money. But in Russia, nothing is simple,” the investigation concludes.

There was no immediate reaction from the Kremlin about the report.

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Russia-NATO Council To Discuss Ukraine, Afghanistan

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The joint NATO-Russia Council is set to meet for a third time this year on October 26, with Ukraine and Afghanistan on the agenda.

NATO ambassadors and Russian envoy Aleksandr Grushko will gather at the alliance’s headquarters in Brussels, as relations between the West and Moscow have been seriously strained over Russia’s illegal annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region in March 2014 and because of Moscow’s backing of separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Fighting between Kyiv’s forces and the separatists who hold parts of Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions has killed more than 10,000 people since April 2014. Several cease-fire deals announced as part of the Minsk accords — signed in September 2014 and February 2015 pacts to put an end to the conflict — have failed to hold.

Amid strained ties, there has been a series of potentially dangerous close encounters between Russian and NATO warplanes and naval vessels in recent months.

The Russia-NATO Council — a forum intended to prevent tensions from escalating — last met in July.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg’s office said last week that the October 26 meeting will focus on the conflicts in Ukraine and Afghanistan, as well as on ways of reducing the risk of clashes and accidents during military exercises and border surveillance.

Petr Pavel, who is chief of NATO’s Military Committee, said on October 25 that Afghanistan will be on the order of business because it is in the interest of both NATO and Russia to fight terrorism.

Russia’s special envoy to Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, said last week he would address the NATO-Russia Council to explain Russia’s assessment of the current situation in Afghanistan and its future potential, according to comments carried by the Interfax news agency.

The Western-backed government in Kabul is struggling to beat back insurgents in the wake of the exit of most NATO forces in 2014.

Asked about reports that Moscow is supplying arms to the Afghan Taliban, which U.S.-led coalition forces are fighting, Pavel said he had not seen any hard evidence of this.

However, he said he has seen reports that Russia is providing fuel to companies that in turn sell such fuel to the militants.

The commander of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, General John Nicholson, told a U.S. Senate committee in February that Russia had significantly increased its covert and overt support for the Taliban, with a goal of “undermining the United States and NATO.”

And in March, U.S. General Curtis Scaparrotti, NATO’s supreme allied commander in Europe, told U.S. lawmakers that he had seen evidence of increasing Russian efforts to influence the Taliban “and perhaps even to supply” the militant group.

He did not say if he meant weapons or other kinds of equipment.

Russia has rejected the allegations.

The NATO and Russian ambassadors are also expected to discuss the Zapad military exercise that Russia held with Belarus in September, which brought thousands of troops close to NATO’s eastern members and caused concerns about Moscow’s intentions given its military interference in Ukraine.

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Trump, Putin, and the Mob – Google News: Trolling President Donald Trump in Washington DC – Stuff.co.nz

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Trolling President Donald Trump in Washington DC
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An inflatable chicken with Trump-like hair is pictured outside the White House. Activist Taran Singh Brar said it was a visual statement showing that Trump is to afraid to release his tax returns, stand up to Putin and is playing a ‘game of Chicken 

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Here’s How Clinton Campaign Cash Could Have Ended Up In The Hands Of Russian Operatives
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Morell, a Hillary Clinton supporter, expressed concerns about that information exchange during an interview in March. During an interview in March, Morrel said that it was impossible to judge the information in the dossier without understanding who the …
If Journalists Were Consistent They’d Claim Hillary ‘Colluded With Russians’ On The DossierMediaite

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Trump, Supporters Go On Offense After Report Of Clinton Tie To Dossier – NPR

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Trump, Supporters Go On Offense After Report Of Clinton Tie To Dossier
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Still, the president and his supporters have seized on the new details about the DNC-Clinton role to push their view that the various Russia investigations — from Capitol Hill to Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller — are based on a 
Clinton campaign, DNC paid for research that led to Russia dossier …Washington Post
Dossier fight could be first legal test for Hill Russia probesPolitico
Senate investigators expect Clinton campaign docs this week on Trump-Russia dossierWJLA
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Did Trump Family, Associates Break Law With Russia? A Guide to Potential Suspects in Mueller’s Probe – Newsweek

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Did Trump Family, Associates Break Law With Russia? A Guide to Potential Suspects in Mueller’s Probe
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It has been a big few days in the ongoing investigation into Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 election and possibly collude with Donald Trump’s campaign. The president’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, has appeared before multiple congressional …
Manhattan US Attorney Adds to Probes of Ex-Trump Aide Manafort: ReportsU.S. News & World Report
Former Trump campaign chairman under investigation for possible money launderingThe Independent
Federal Prosecutors Issue Subpoenas in Manafort Laundering ProbeBloomberg

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‘Putin’s Revenge’ dissects Russian leader’s motives
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The Russian strongman — described as being “obsessed with TV” — was especially struck and alarmed by images of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi being beaten and killed by an angrymob. Meddling in … Kirk incorporates clips that provide reminders of 
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cambridge analytica – Google News: Trump campaign analytics company contacted WikiLeaks about Clinton emails – CNN

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Trump campaign analytics company contacted WikiLeaks about Clinton emails
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Alexander Nix, the chief executive of Cambridge Analytica, sent an email to several people including top Donald Trump donor Rebekah Mercer, relaying that he had emailed Assange seeking access to emails from Clinton’s private server to turn them into a …
The Trump campaign is scrambling to distance itself from Cambridge Analytica amid Assange-Hillary Clinton email flapBusiness Insider
Trump Campaign Distances Itself from Cambridge Analytica After Assange Connection SurfacesVanity Fair
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Palmer Report: After being caught red handed, Donald Trump throws Cambridge Analytica under Trump-Russia bus

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Earlier today it was revealed that the head of Cambridge Analytica, the firm used by the Donald Trump campaign for voter data analysis, had reached out to WikiLeaks cyberterrorist and Russian puppet Julian Assange during the election in an attempt at conspiring to steal Hillary Clinton’s emails. This is a smoking gun confirming that the Trump campaign was indeed trying to work with Russian hackers to sabotage the election in Trump’s favor. Now, in a panicked defensive display, Trump is throwing people under the bus.

This morning’s revelation from the Daily Beast is astounding. It finally confirms what has long been widely suspected about Cambridge Analytica: rather than being magically talented at collecting and analyzing voter data, it was willing to work with thieves and thugs in the name of cheating its way to success (link). In response, Trump’s people released a statement distancing the Trump campaign from Cambridge Analytica.

Trump and his campaign are now suddenly claiming that the Republican National Committee handled its voter data analysis, and “any claims that voter data from any other source played a key role in the victory are false.” (link). This statement, of course, is a joke. Cambridge Analytica ran the Trump campaign’s voter data analysis operation from top to bottom. It operated out of the Trump campaign’s own offices. It was previously run by Steve Bannon, who then took over the Trump campaign. The company is funded by the Mercers, the same father and daughter billionaire team who largely funded the entire Trump campaign. Jared Kushner even insisted during a Forbes interview this summer that Cambridge Analytica got Trump elected.

Yet now that Cambridge Analytica has been caught red handed, Donald Trump is suddenly insisting that the company had nothing to do with his campaign. This is similar to when former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was caught red handed taking Kremlin money, and Trump responded by claiming that Manafort had never played a meaningful role in the campaign.

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Russian Intelligence services – Google News: Trump campaign appears to distance itself from data firm after Assange report – The Hill

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Trump campaign appears to distance itself from data firm after Assange report
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Earlier this month, Cambridge Analytica said that it had been contacted by the House IntelligenceCommittee for information in connection with its investigation into Russian interference. WikiLeaks released troves of emails from the personal account of 
Trump Campaign’s Data Firm Contacted WikiLeaks to Ask for Access to Hacked Hillary EmailsSlate Magazine (blog)
Assange: Trump-tied firm sought WikiLeaks’ help before electionPolitico
Report: Trump ally wanted Assange to help them obtain Clinton emailsMic
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Putin and the Russian Mafia – Google News: David Ignatius: Russia makes plans to control cyberspace – Akron Beacon Journal

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David Ignatius: Russia makes plans to control cyberspace
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Russia’s bid to rewrite global rules through the U.N. was matched by a personal pitch on cybercooperation in July from President Vladimir Putin to President Trump at the G-20 summit in Hamburg. Putin “vehemently denied” to Trump that Russia had 

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Ron Reagan: Trump is a deeply damaged human being

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2:52 PM 10/25/2017 – Did foreign paid social media ads affect the outcome of elections 2016? Do the high quality and high power statistical study. | Michael Novakhov – In My Opinion

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    To answer this question, and I formulate it:
    Did foreign paid social media ads affect the outcome of elections 2016?
    Do the high quality and high power statistical study. The more or less definitive answer, within the range of probabilities, is difficult but possible. And it is vital for establishing cause-effect legal relationships in Mueller’s Investigation. M.N.  – 10.25.17
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Twitter will disclose who is paying for political adverts after Russian …

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Hillary Clinton Helped Fund the ‘Trump Dossier.’ Here’s What You Should Know About It – TIME

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Hillary Clinton Helped Fund the ‘Trump Dossier.’ Here’s What You Should Know About It
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Has the Trump dossier come up in investigations? The Trump dossier has also come up amid the federal and congressional investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Investigators working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller have …
Clinton Campaign and DNC Helped Fund ‘Steele Dossier’U.S. News & World Report
Clinton campaign, DNC helped fund dossier researchCNN
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Elections 2016 Investigation – Google News: Assange: Trump-tied firm sought WikiLeaks help before election – Politico

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Assange: Trump-tied firm sought WikiLeaks help before election
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One of the Trump campaign’s top data firms sought to connect with Julian Assange before the2016 election, the Wikileaks founder said on Twitter on Wednesday. “I can confirm an approach by Cambridge Analytica [prior to November last year] and can …

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Twitter will disclose who is paying for political adverts after Russian …

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Pawar wants disclosure requirement for political ads on social media

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… the ads they pay for on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat or any other social media platform. … People are spending money, including foreign agents, influencing … But there is no regulation on social mediaactivities and there’s a lot of … as part of a campaign to try to influence the 2016 presidential election.
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“In the wake of Russia’s attack on the 2016 election, it is more … to prevent foreign individuals and entities from purchasing ads to affect the … of who paid for them, there are no such requirements for social media networks.
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Will Trump Be Impeached? Here’s What We Know About Robert Mueller’s Russia Probe so Far – Newsweek

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Will Trump Be Impeached? Here’s What We Know About Robert Mueller’s Russia Probe so Far
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September 28: Ivanka Trump and Kushner’s private email domains face investigation, as well as batches of emails from White House senior aides. The investigation, conducted by the White House, hopes to find anything relevant to Mueller’s Russia probe.
Sean Spicer questioned by Mueller’s Russia investigation teamThe Boston Globe
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Nix, who heads Cambridge Analytica, told a third party that he reached out to Assange about his firm somehow helping the Wikileaks founder release Clinton’s missing emails, according to two sources familiar with a Congressional investigation into …

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GOP, industry skeptical of new rules for online political ads – The Hill

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GOP, industry skeptical of new rules for online political ads
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Republicans and the advertising industry at a hearing Tuesday criticized proposals to expand disclosure rules on online political ads amid revelations Russian actors used social mediaplatforms to influence the 2016 election. Randall Rothenberg 

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Tech companies and US lawmakers are clashing over the need for new regulations targeting political ads – Recode

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Tech companies and US lawmakers are clashing over the need for new regulations targeting political ads
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Will Hurd, it’s an urgent problem that Russian agents purchased “political advertising on major American social media platforms” ahead of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. To his Democratic colleague, Rep. Robin Kelly, federal laws must be updated 
Twitter Shows Who Pays for Ads Amid Election Meddling ProbeBloomberg
Twitter promises ‘transparency’ in ads after 2016 election miscuesWashington Examiner
Twitter will now label political ads, including who bought them and how much they are spendingCNBC
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Lowry: US democracy not for sale to Russia – Boston Herald

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Lowry: US democracy not for sale to Russia
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The Russians, as far as we know, bought more than $100,000 in Facebook ads between June 2015 and May 2017. A little more than half was spent after last November, when, obviously, Donald Trump had already won. The scale here is singularly unimpressive 
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Who Are The Major Players in Robert Mueller’s Russia Investigation?

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Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged links between Russia and the campaign of Donald Trump inched closer to the president’s old stomping grounds Tuesday amid calls from Fox News host Sean Hannity for Mueller to resign “immediately” from the probe.

On Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal reported that the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s office is joining Mueller’s probe, citing three source familiar with the investigation. Trump lived in Manhattan’s Trump Tower before he was sworn in as president in January.

Two of the sources told the newspaper the attorney’s office is investigating Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign chairman, for potential money laundering, alongside Mueller’s probe into his real estate deals in New York. Manafort has not been accused of (and denies) any wrongdoing.

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller (right) has spearheaded Russia probe since May. Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Mueller is investigating whether the Trump campaign or its associates assisted Russia’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 election as well as the firing of former FBI director James Comey. American intelligence agencies said in January that Moscow led a misinformation campaign to tilt the election toward Trump.

On Tuesday, Hannity charged that Mueller has “conflicts of interest” in the investigation because he headed the FBI when it was investigating corruption in Russia’s state atomic energy company Rosatom, as it vied to buy up American uranium mines in Kazakhstan in 2009.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York—which specializes in white collar and organized crime, mortgage fraud, and public corruption—is just the latest high powered legal office to assist Mueller’s team of top attorneys.

Read more: Here’s what the ‘Golden Shower’ dossier now being investigated by Mueller claims about Trump and Russia

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

Mueller’s team has been working with Schneiderman to investigate Manafort’s financial transactions and lobbying work for foreign governments, several people familiar with the matter told Politico in late August. Trump does not have pardon power over state crimes, so a case against Manafort from Schneiderman could be used to flip him as a witness against Trump and his campaign. Schneiderman previously won a $25 million settlement from Trump last year after he prosecuted a case of fraud against Trump University.

Mueller’s Legal Team

Mueller has drawn from some of the largest legal firms and top government lawyers to assemble his investigatory team of 17 lawyers who are expert in turning witnesses, investigating organized crime, in particular white collar crimes like money laundering.

Here are just a few that have been selected to crack the case.

U.S. Justice Department Deputy Solicitor General Michael Dreeben

Dreeben has argued more than 100 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. As deputy solicitor general he is in charge of prosecuting the Department of Justice’s criminal cases. Dreeben is “a demigod of the legal world, respected and feared by everyone in the realm of criminal law,” a Washington attorney toldthe Daily Beast.

U.S. Justice Department appeals lawyer Scott Meisler

Meisler is an appellate attorney with the Justice Department’s criminal division. Appeals lawyers know the ins and outs of complicated federal laws so they can argue whether a conviction should be upheld or overturned in federal circuit courts or the U.S. Supreme Court.

U.S. Justice Department Chief of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section Andrew Weissmann

Weissmann joined Mueller’s team in May after taking leave from his job at the DOJ. When Mueller was director of the FBI, he worked under him as a general counsel from 2011 to 2013 and led the task force the prosecuted Enron. Recently he oversaw the probe into Volkswagen’s car emissions car fraud scheme.

U.S. Justice Department assistant solicitor general Elizabeth Prelogar

A former law clerk to Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan, Prelogar is fluent in Russian, where she studied as a Fulbright scholar. In the solicitor general’s office she worked alongside Dreeben. “Elizabeth is perhaps the best young lawyer with whom I have ever worked,” said attorney Neal Katyal, a partner Hogan Lovells, where Prelogar used to work in private practice.

U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, prosecutor Andrew Goldstein

Drawn from his post at the Southern District of New York’s public corruption unit, Goldstein is an expertin white collar crime and money laundering cases. Golstein’s former office was revealed by the WSJ Tuesday to be assisting the Mueller probe. Goldstein’s former boss Preet Bharara was fired by Trump in March after he refused to resign.

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Who Are The Major Players in Robert Mueller’s Russia Investigation?
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Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged links between Russia and the campaign of Donald Trump inched closer to the president’s old stomping grounds Tuesday amid calls from Fox News host Sean Hannity for Mueller to resign 

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American intelligence agencies said in January that Moscow led a misinformation campaign to tilt the election toward Trump. On Tuesday, Hannity charged that Mueller has “conflicts of interest” in the … as it vied to buy up American uranium mines in 

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Just Security: Treasury’s Turf War Over Domestic Spying

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BuzzFeed News recently reported serious allegations that the Treasury Department’s Office of Intelligence Affairs (OIA) is illegally accessing and analyzing the ­financial records of Americans, according to unnamed officials inside the department. Treasury quickly responded to this news with a strong denial, but the department’s inspector general is reportedly looking into the matter. Though the sources are unnamed, it seems likely these are officials taking the side of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), another branch inside Treasury, who has long been in a kind of turf war with OIA.

We have grown accustomed to stories of mass data collection by federal intelligence agencies, and while being incredibly troubling, this one is ripe with bureaucratic hypocrisy and inside-the-Beltway intrigue, since FinCEN has been amassing this very same collection of data on Americans’ financial activities and distributing it to intelligence agencies and law enforcement for decades.

FinCEN and OIA have long been in a kind of turf war. The Bank Secrecy Act of 1970, as modified by the USA Patriot Act of 2001, requires financial institutions (broadly defined to include banks, hedge funds, casinos, used car dealerships, and pawnshops, among others) to file two types of reports with FinCEN: Currency Transaction Reports (CTRs), required when someone withdraws or deposits more than $10,000 in cash, and Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs), required when institutions identify unusual or potentially illegal activity. Almost 2 million suspicious activity reports were filed in 2016. Roughly 15 million currency transaction reports are filed each year as well. Put bluntly, FinCEN already collects the domestic financial records its officials now accuse OIA of unlawfully obtaining.

There is some merit to FinCEN’s argument that OIA should not have access to these records. FinCEN is a law enforcement agency that focuses on domestic and international money laundering, terrorism financing, and other financial crimes. Its collection of SAR and CTR data is intended to assist in its enforcement of these financial crimes. Established by the Intelligence Authorization Act of 2004, OIA is legally considered part of the “intelligence community.” Though this distinction might seem trivial, it is at the crux of this dispute. As an intelligence component, OIA is governed by a Reagan-era executive order, E.O. 12333, which strictly limits the collection of information about U.S. persons defined as both U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents. E.O. 12333 (as amended by President George W. Bush) requires OIA to establish internal guidelines, approved by the attorney general – something it has neverdone – before collecting any U.S. persons information.

Reportedly, OIA has been accessing these domestic financial records for years, but it “only became controversial in 2016, when officials at FinCEN learned about it and began objecting.” Interestingly, this was around the same time that the agency overseeing OIA, Treasury’s Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, suggested shifting much of FinCEN’s work to OIA. This proposal would have cut FinCEN’s budget and would have transferred many of its employees over to OIA.

It was at this point that FinCEN invoked E.O. 12333 and began arguing the proposed shake-up was illegal. OIA, which was already amassing domestic financial information at the time of these disputes, countered by saying it was complying with the order because it had a draft of the internal guidelines (which, over a year later, have not been finalized).

One unnamed senior official at Treasury told BuzzFeed that OIA’s activities constitute “domestic spying.” But ironically, FinCEN accuses OIA of collecting and retaining domestic financial information from FinCEN’s own database. So, if OIA is engaging in “domestic spying,” FinCEN is too.

How problematic is this spying? Tracking withdrawals or deposits of over $10,000 in cash is a straightforward endeavor governed by objective standards. However, the Bank Secrecy Act, passed in 1970, failed to peg the CTR threshold dollar amount to inflation (adjusted for inflation, the amount today would be over $60,000), and so there has been a steady increase in the number of reports filed. SAR filing requirements, however, are decidedly less clear cut. Though FinCEN offers broad guidelines for making these determinations, specifically instructing institutions to report evidence of money laundering or transfers to foreign terrorist organizations, it acknowledges that “the decision to file a SAR is an inherently subjective judgement.” Many banks have complained these guidelines do not provide sufficient instruction on the broader requirement to report potentially illegal or suspicious-seeming activity.

The number of SAR filings has exploded since the USA Patriot Act expanded the BSA requirements in 2001. According to FinCEN reports, financial institutions submitted just over 160,000 SARs in 2000, compared to almost 2 million in 2016, more than a ten-fold increase. Federal white-collar crime prosecutions, including those for money laundering, have lagged over that same time period, suggesting that FinCEN’s SAR and CTR programs are not well-designed to identify cases of law-breaking.

They are, on the other hand, an extremely potent form of domestic surveillance. SAR reports include a tremendous amount of personal and private financial information, including an individual’s address, tax identification number, social security number, account numbers, and financial transaction history. The individual making the “suspect” transaction is not notified that a SAR has been filed. Reporting institutions are not held liable for the accuracy of information they put into a SAR, but they are held liable for neglecting to file if the Treasury Department later determines one was clearly warranted. Naturally, this leads to over-reporting. FinCEN instructs them to include “all known subject information” in SARs, and the reports are kept indefinitely in FinCEN’s database.

FinCEN shares SAR and CTR information broadly throughout the law enforcement community. The FBI, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Secret Service, and the Internal Revenue Service can access and download SAR and CTR records in bulk for analysis. These agencies can then incorporate SAR data into existing databases, with other law enforcement data.

Though this data is widely accessible to law enforcement, it is surprisingly difficult for a person subjected to a SAR to obtain it through other means. It is exempt from discovery in civil court, and financial institutions are prohibited from revealing anything about the contents or existence of a SAR, including in cases requesting damages for their disclosures. Civil courts are not authorized to order disclosure of a SAR. FinCEN does issue annual reports with SAR filing data, including statistics on the category of activity being reported, but these reports offer limited insight into how FinCEN or other law enforcement agencies use SARs, or the information contained within them.

The overbreadth, wide distribution, and lack of independent or public oversight over the government’s use of SAR data creates high potential for abuse. A 2002 FinCEN report indicated that an unspecified number of SARs were filed because individuals “appeared to be of Middle-Eastern descent.” The report goes on to advise against reporting based on ethnicity but does not offer any incentive for institutions to do so, nor any system of accountability to protect against biased reporting based on race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, or any other protected characteristic.

To echo the unnamed Treasury official quoted by BuzzFeed: This is domestic spying. To recognize the danger posed by FinCEN’s own activities is not to diminish the threat of OIA’s lawless access to FinCEN’s databases, but rather to put it in context. Any data collection system that lacks independent oversight and due process poses a threat to Americans’ privacy and civil liberties. A system that offers no protection against reporting that can target Americans based on race, religion, and political affiliation must change. Financial institutions must be given more specific guidelines about making SAR filing decisions, so this reporting is narrowly tailored to identify criminal or terrorist activity. Equally important, due process protections need to be incorporated into the system, and there must be more effective oversight and public accountability over all domestic intelligence collection programs that impact the privacy of millions of Americans.

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The Russia – West E-Curtain – GS

The Russians want to build the new E-Curtain, prophylactically, to protect themselves from the evil Western influences. At least a part, if not all the Trump-Russia show-off operation might be an FSB counterintelligence endeavor, very aggressive, as is their tradition historically, and also outgrowing into the frank intelligence show-off “special operation”. And all this to demonstrate the dangers of the single Internet and to divide it into two separate informational bastions: pro-Russian and the rest. Very isolationist, narrow-minded, and very Russian in its mentality. These are the goals and purposes Of this new E-Curtain, which is impossible to impose unilaterally but only by mutual consent. Will never happen. M.N. – 10.25.17

See also Mr. Hoffman on this subject: 

 Former CIA station chief warns of ‘authoritarian internet’

A common link in

A sharp contrast to the opinion polls, pre-election, and pre-referendum.

Questions:

  • Did they target their “key (attuned, worked on) voters” in the key areas, according to the polls information? 
  • Did they manipulate the opinion polls or their samples? 
  • Was the interference in Brexit vote a dress rehearsal for Trump vote?  

M.N. – 10.25.17 

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The Russians want to build the new E-Curtain, prophylactically, to protect themselves from the evil Western influences. At least a part, if not all the Trump-Russia show-off operation might be an FSB counterintelligence endeavor, very aggressive, as is their tradition historically, and also outgrowing into the frank intelligence show-off “special operation”. And all this to demonstrate the dangers of the single Internet and to divide it into two separate informational bastions: pro-Russian and the rest. Very isolationist, narrow-minded, and very Russian in its mentality. These are the goals and purposes Of this new E-Curtain, which is impossible to impose unilaterally but only by mutual consent. Will never happen. M.N. – 10.25.17

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A sharp contrast to the opinion polls, pre-election, and pre-referendum.

Questions:

  • Did they target their “key (attuned, worked on) voters” in the key areas, according to the polls information? 
  • Did they manipulate the opinion polls or their samples? 
  • Was the interference in Brexit vote a dress rehearsal for Trump vote?  

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House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Mike Conaway and ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff.

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As the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump’s victory fast approaches, any hope that the three congressional committees tasked with investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election will determine whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin—or will surface any substantive findings—has begun to dissipate amid staffing issues, partisan quibbles, and continued starts and stops. Even lawmakers have conceded that if any investigation will uncover a definitive conclusion, it will be Robert Mueller’s deepening F.B.I. probe. “There’s no proof yet that it’s happened, and I think that proof will likely come with Mr. Mueller’s investigation,” Senator Dianne Feinstein, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said of the collusion question during a recent interview. “He’s got the ability to use a grand jury. He’s got the ability to use the power of subpoena without question. And he’s got the ability to do a criminal investigation.”

The morass has been most evident among the House Intelligence Committee, where the partisan divide is, arguably, the deepest. Earlier this year, tensions between the panel’s chairman, Devin Nunes,and its ranking Democrat, Adam Schiff, spilled into the open when it was revealed that Nunes received classified information from the White House, which he subsequently showed to Trump—a move that forced him to abdicate his leadership position. But the intelligence committee has struggled to get back on track. The New York Times reports that Democrats are frustrated with Nunes’s continued meddling in the probe. “Frankly, I have been doing everything I can to try to get us to do a credible investigation and to reach a common conclusion,” Schiff, who himself has drawn criticism for his frequent media appearances, said. “I view these things as obstacles that are in the way to overcome, and I am doing my best to overcome them almost daily.”

Nunes’s successors haven’t fared much better. Trey Gowdy, who along with K. Michael Conaway of Texas and Tom Rooney of Florida took control of the panel from Nunes, irked his Democratic counterparts when he said that Jared Kushner was in an “unwinnable” situation, suggesting he was being unfairly targeted. “Congressional investigations unfortunately are usually overtly political investigations, where it is to one side’s advantage to drag things out,” Gowdy, who rose to prominence during the Benghazi hearings, told the Times. “The notion that one side is playing the part of defense attorney and that the other side is just these white hat defenders of the truth is laughable.”

The Senate Intelligence Committee has managed to maintain more amity between members. But while its chairman Richard Burr and ranking Democrat Mark Warner have projected a professionalism absent in the House, both lawmakers have expressed doubts that they will deliver a clear-cut conclusion. “At the end of the day, what we owe the American people is the truth,” Warner said during an interview on Thursday, the Times reports. “And if there’s something there, then they should know that. And if there’s not something there, I’ll be the first to acknowledge that.” Burr told reporters that they “hit a wall” in its investigation into the infamous dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele, and that any hope that the Senate investigation would surface criminal charges was misguided. “The special counsel is focused on criminal acts; we’re not focused on criminal acts,” he said. “If we find one, then they’re the first phone call we make.”

The third congressional committee investigating the Russian interference, the Judiciary Committee, has been similarly plagued by starts and stops in its probe. As the Times reports, its chairman Chuck Grassley agreed to dig into former F.B.I. Director James Comey’s ouster, among other angles of the Russian interference, but since interviewing Donald Trump Jr., the committee’s work has stalled. An earlier attempt by the panel to interview Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was derailed after Mueller’s team reportedly informed the longtime political operative that he would face an indictment, leading to the postponement of his hearing. (Manafort has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.)

That leaves the Justice Department to close the case, such as it is. Mueller’s investigation has continued apace, with NBC News reporting Monday that Tony Podesta (brother of longtime Clinton aide John Podesta) and his lobbying firm, the Podesta Group, are the latest subjects of the F.B.I. investigation. The Podesta Group worked on a campaign for the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine (ECMU), a nonprofit tied to Manafort that sought to promote Ukrainian interests in the West. According to NBC News, the Podesta Group is under criminal investigation for potentially violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act, under which individuals lobbying on behalf of a foreign government or political party must disclose their work to the Justice Department. (In a statement, a spokesperson for the firm said it is “cooperating fully with the Special Counsel’s office and has taken every possible step to provide documentation that confirms timely compliance. In all of our client engagements, the Podesta Group conducts due diligence and consults with appropriate legal experts to ensure compliance with disclosure regulations at all times—and we did so in this case.”) Manafort has become a key figure in Mueller’s investigation, indicating either that that special prosecutor sees him as a lynchpin in the case, or as the Trumpworld insider most likely to flip and become a cooperating witness.

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As the probe into Russia’s influence in the 2016 presidential election continues, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe has expanded to include a key Democratic lobbyist.

Tony Podesta, the brother of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, and his lobbying firm are now a subject in Mueller’s investigations because of the Podesta Group’s work on Paul Manafort’s PR campaign for a Ukrainian group.

Manafort is President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager who has found himself at the center of the investigation into possible Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election because of his financial dealings and lobbying work with Ukrainian and pro-Russian officials.

Despite some opposition to Mueller’s probe from Republicans, Trump apparently isn’t “discussing” firing him, and House Speaker Paul Ryan said Mueller should be able to “do his job.”

Mueller, 73, reportedly impaneled a grand jury earlier in August as part of his examination. Read on for a brief rundown on his investigation so far.

Appointment

The Department of Justice announced the appointment of Mueller to oversee the federal investigation into Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 election on May 17.

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs after a closed-door meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee about Russian meddling in the election.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The appointment came after a growing cry – mostly from Democrats – mounted for someone outside the Justice Department to handle the probe. Attorney Gen. Jeff Sessions had already recused himself from the investigation.

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Mueller led the FBI through the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and served under presidential administrations of both parties.

He has the authority to prosecute any crimes uncovered during his investigation, and he was given wide authority to investigate whether Trump or his associates colluded with the Kremlin to win the White House.

Mueller allegedly expanded the probe to include investigating Trump for obstruction of justice because he fired FBI Director James Comey earlier in May.

Trump told Fox News the claims that he obstructed justice were “ridiculous” and said Mueller’s friendship with Comey was “very bothersome.”

Mueller has also reportedly taken over an ongoing investigation into Manafort’s financial dealings in Ukraine. The FBI executed a search warrant in August at the Virginia home of Manafort, who – prior to joining Trump’s campaign – worked with a Russia-backed Ukrainian president.

Staffing controversy

The Trump administration heavily criticized Mueller’s investigation as several of his attorneys on staff donated to Democratic campaigns, including to Trump’s 2016 rival, Hillary Clinton.

“They clearly wanted the other person to win. Now, whether that prejudices them in one way or another remains to be seen, but it is relevant information for people to have,” White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told “Fox and Friends” in July.

Grand jury

Mueller kicked off August by reportedly impaneling a grand jury to investigate Russia’s influence – an indication that the probe is entering a new phase.

A grand jury gives prosecutors the ability to subpoena documents and gather on-the-record witness testimonies. Indictments can also be sought.

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Grand juries are common vehicles to gather evidence, though they do not suggest any criminal charges are near or will necessarily be sought.

Trump’s comments

Trump has dismissed the allegations of collusion with Russia as a “fake story that is demeaning to all of us and most of all demeaning to our country and demeaning to our Constitution.”

“I just hope the final determination is a truly honest one…”

– President Donald Trump

“I just hope the final determination is a truly honest one, which is what the millions of people who gave us our big win in November deserve and what all Americans who want a better future want and deserve,” Trump said at a rally in West Virginia earlier this year.

The president also warned Mueller to stay within certain boundaries as he investigates.

But Conway told Fox News that the Trump administration is not “discussing” firing Mueller and will cooperate with the investigation.

She contended that while the Russia probe is a “witch hunt” and “fake,” Trump “has not even discussed” nor is “discussing” sacking Mueller.

Trump and Mueller have also sent messages “back and forth,” according to Trump’s outside counsel. A spokesman for Mueller told Fox News that the messages have been “very professional.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter @K_Schallhorn.

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11:04 AM 10/17/2017 Car thief plows into two vehicles on Belt Parkway, injures eight before fleeing on foot New York Daily News
10:22 AM 10/17/2017 Russia News and News In Russian
7:31 AM 10/15/2017 I DO NOT LIKE YOU, FACEBOOK!  | The World News and Times
“Russian mafia from Brighton Beach charged with arson of illegal poker club in New York
Russia News and News In Russian Новости из России и Новости на Русском языке Reviewed on 3:26 PM 8/22/2017
Russia News and News In Russian Новости из России и Новости на Русском языке Reviewed on 12:11 PM 8/22/2017
NYPD officer shot in arm, bulletproof vest in Brooklyn New York Daily News
Watching Russia and the 2016 Elections @CSPANVL 7:27 PM 5/23/2017
Trump popular in Brooklyns Russian-speaking community Story
Five things to do in Brooklyn this week! |  A waterfall in Bay Ridge! |  Jury convicts Sheepshead Bays Martin Shkreli 24-Year-Old Man Found Shot On Brooklyn Street CBS New York |  Neighbors: Cops Emerged Covered In Blood After Nabbing Brooklyn Stabbing Suspect CBS New York
The Brooklyn Bridge Home Page 8:41 PM 5/28/2017
City removes swastika etched into Gravesend sidewalk Brooklyn Daily 11:11 PM 5/26/2017
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James Bond 007 Skyfall by Adele [OFFICIAL FULL MUSIC VIDEO]

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Россия подарила Филиппинам партию оружия | Власть | Новости

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Россия передала Филиппинам крупную партию оружия и военной техники. Среди прочего, Филиппины получили пять тысяч автоматов Калашникова, миллион патронов и 20 армейских грузовиков, сообщает Manila Bulletin.

Оружие Россия, судя по всему, передала Маниле бесплатно. Издание охарактеризовало это, как “пожертвование”.

Церемония передачи, где присутствовал президент Филиппин Родриго Дутерте, состоялась порту Манилы на борту одного из российских кораблей. Как сообщается на сайте Минобороны РФ, это был большой противолодочный корабль “Адмирал Пантелеев” Тихоокеанского флота России.

Также на мероприятии присутствовали министр обороны России Сергей Шойгу и его филиппинский коллега Делфин Лоренцана.

10.25.17 – They went to Syria to fight Islamic State. Now two Americans find themselves in limbo – LA Times | The Brooklyn Bridge

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Вирус Bad Rabbit атаковал российские СМИ / Новости – YouTube

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The Saudi Crown Prince Says the Kingdom Will Soon Return to a ‘Moderate Islam’ 

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Saudi Arabia has been “not normal” for the past 30 years and will soon return to a “moderate Islam” according to recent comments from the kingdom’s Crown Prince, who attributed the country’s adherence to hardline Islam to fallout from the Iranian revolution.

“What happened in the last 30 years is not Saudi Arabia. What happened in the region in the last 30 years is not the Middle East,” Mohammed bin Salman, the heir to the Saudi throne told the Guardian Tuesday.

“After the Iranian revolution in 1979, people wanted to copy this model in different countries, one of them is Saudi Arabia. We didn’t know how to deal with it. And the problem spread all over the world. Now is the time to get rid of it,” he continued.

Read more: What Saudi Women Need More Than a Driver’s License

The crown prince’s comments are the latest indication of a softening in the values of Saudi Arabia, which gloms to a fiercely puritanical strain of Sunni Islam. They also coincide with his attempts to consolidate his authority and break with hardline clerics that have long held sway over the House of Saud. Last month, the Kingdom lifted a ban on women driving cars, according to local media. Authorities have also loosened guardianship rules that restrict women’s access to jobs, higher education and medical procedures

At an earlier investment summit in Riyadh, Salman remarked on the country’s young population. “We won’t waste 30 years of our life combating extremist thoughts, we will destroy them now and immediately,” he said, according to the Guardian.

Read more: Rex Tillerson Seeks Help From Arab Nations in the U.S. Effort to Isolate Iran

At the summit, Saudi touted proposals for a $500bn independent economic zone, an ambitious attempt to diversify the kingdom’s almost entirely oil dependent economy. The new economic zone will spill over Saudi’s borders into neighboring Jordan and Egypt and, according to the Guardian, include a tourist hub in which men and women will be allowed to mingle freely.

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10:07 AM 10/24/2017 – This is the attempt to control and manage the electoral system, not just to undermine…

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10:07 AM 10/24/2017 – This is the attempt to control and manage the electoral system, not just to undermine trust in it. – M.N. – 10.24.17

NATO report casts doubt on ability to defend against Russian attack … – Deutsche Welle

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A confidential NATO report has questioned the alliance’s ability to defend against a Russian attack. Eastern European members of the alliance fear Russian …
Report: NATO Insufficiently Ready In Case Of Russian Attack – RFE/RLRadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
NATORussia envoys to hold rare joint meeting in BrusselsThe Hindu
NATO not ready for attack by Russia on its eastern flank, report saysDaily Sabah
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Tiny Montana firm hired to rebuild Puerto Rico’s power grid

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Weeks after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, nearly 80 percent of the island remains without power.

Typically, power companies rely on “mutual aid” agreements with other utilities following natural disasters — both Texas and Florida recently activated those agreements to help residents get power back.

But the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, or PREPA, has opted out and hired a tiny contracting firm from Montana instead.

“PREPA couldn’t afford it,” says David Ferris, a reporter for the industry publication E&E News. The agency is $9 billion in debt, and mutual aid agreements are expensive to repay.

Whitefish Energy saw an opening and signed a $300 million contract with PREPA last week.

“There were other companies offering to do the work,” says Ferris “but because of PREPA’s perilous financial situation, those other parties wouldn’t necessarily just jump in. But Whitefish was ready to.”

Whitefish is responsible for rebuilding “a major spine of the transmission system that will connect the southern part of the island, where most of the power plants are, to the northern part of the island where the capital is and where most of the power users are,” says Ferris.

PREPA’s decision to hire Whitefish Energy is unusual, and drawing some scrutiny. The for-profit company had just two full-time employees when Hurricane Maria made landfall, and is based in US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s hometown in Montana.

“You have a small, untested power company going in to help a desperate, bankrupt utility,” says Ferris. “We simply don’t know what that’s going to look like or how long it’s going to take.”

To hear more from David Ferris about Whitefish Energy listen above.

Download audio: https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/cdn.pri.org/sites/default/files/segment-audio/10242017_01.mp3

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‘Trump Is Treason!’: Protester Throws Russian Flags At President

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A liberal activist infiltrated a press area outside a Senate GOP lunch.

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