“Intelligence, Secrecy & Power”, N. 681, 15 November 2016

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FRONT PAGE – TRUMP UPSET WIN, FBI PLAYS POLITICS, BREXIT BOILS UP

World Media – Synthesis Based on the Most Noteworthy Entries from 1 November 2016 to 15 November 2016

The major topics of the previous issue of “Intelligence, Secrecy & Power” (ISP, n. 680, 31 October 2016) were: US POLITICS (19X) Voting Registration, Death Penalty, Less Abortion Restrictions; US SPOOKS (16X) FBI & Clinton Emails, FBI Boss Comey in Hot Water, AT&T Spying All; TRUMP (14X) Evangelists Split, Old Brass Criticizes, Sexual Assaults, Trump TV, Anti-Clinton Threat. These leading topics were followed by: US COPS (12X) Police Chiefs Apologize, Tougher Oversight, Police Drug Gang, NYPD, Standing Rock; and WESTERN EUROPE (10X) Brexit Trouble Everywhere. The remaining topics were: ISRAEL/PALESTINE, AFRICA, ENVIRONMENT, PAKISTAN/AFGHANISTAN/INDIA, MIDDLE EAST, ECONOMICS, ASIA, EASTERN EUROPE, and LATIN AMERICA.

This issue’s leading topics are: US POLITICS (34X) Major Upset, Trump Wins, KKK Celebrates, Old GOP Hawks Back in Town; US SPOOKS (13X) FBI Plays High Stakes Politics & Wins, Intel History & Budgets; WESTERN EUROPE (10X) Brexit Boils Up, Assange Questioned, Trump Revives Extreme Right; and CANDIDATE TRUMP (7X) Candidate’s Last Bad Press. These were followed by: MIDDLE EAST, ISRAEL/PALESTINE, PAKISTAN/AFGHANISTAN, US COPS, ASIA, ECONOMICS, EASTERN EUROPE, AFRICA, TECH, ENVIRONMENT, and LATIN AMERICA.

In our previous issue, TRUMP had dropped to third place behind US POLITICS and US SPOOKS, after having been at the top in the preceding issue, largely due to his lewd talk about women revealed in the press. In this issue, Trump begins as a candidate (CANDIDATE TRUMP) but finishes as President-elect in US POLITICS, which explains why the latter topic is at the top and far ahead of all others and has clearly drawn media attention away from more traditional topics of conflict such as MIDDLE EAST, ISRAEL/PALESTINE and PAKISTAN/AFGHANISTAN. Because of the FBI’s direct involvement in the presidential election, US SPOOKS remains near the top in second place. US COPS, previously in fourth place, has been dropped from the middle range topics to the lower tier, and probably reflects the influence of the presidential election and the influence of Trump winning. All of this is likely to change as Trump tries to prepare a team to run the country and the world.

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Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 681, 15 November 2016

FULL LIST OF TOPICS BASED OF ALL NOTEWORTHY ENTRIES OF THE FIRST HALF OF NOVEMBER 2016

US POLITICS (34X) Major Upset, Trump Wins, KKK Celebrates, Old GOP Hawks Back in Town
US SPOOKS (13X) FBI Plays High Stakes Politics & Wins, Intel History & Budgets
WESTERN EUROPE (10X) Brexit Boils Up, Assange Questioned, Trump Revives Extreme Right
CANDIDATE TRUMP (7X) Candidate’s Last Bad Press
MIDDLE EAST (5X) ISIS Losing, Turkey Arrests Almost Everybody
ISRAEL/PALESTINE (4X) Boycott Gets US Backing for Now
PAKISTAN/AFGHANISTAN (4X) Jihadist Citadel
US COPS (4X) Cops Killed, Deadly Cops Seldom Found Guilty
ASIA (4X) China, Indonesia, Australia
ECONOMICS (3X) Trump Influence Already
EASTERN EUROPE (2X) Ukraine, Russia & Trump
AFRICA (2X) Boko Haram Quitters, Zimbabwe Quitters
TECH (2X) Deadly Social Media, Racist Facebook
ENVIRONMENT (1X) Climate Pact & Trump
LATIN AMERICA (1X) Another Colombian Peace Deal

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Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 681, 15 November 2016

LENGTHIEST 1-15 NOVEMBER 2016 ENTRIES

1 NOVEMBER 2016

Fighting Militants in Pakistan – Who Is In Charge/ By James M Dorsey\ A lethal attack on a Pakistani police academy in Quetta, the provincial capital of Baluchistan, highlights the country’s power struggle over policy towards militant Saudi-backed Islamist groups nurtured by the Pakistan military and intelligence service. It also spotlights China’s willingness to accommodate Pakistani ambivalence towards militants. Commentary – THE OCTOBER attack on a police academy in Quetta that killed 61 cadets and wounded some 170 others, the worst such incident since an assault in December 2014 on a military school in Peshawar, has exacerbated tensions between the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the military, and the country’s intelligence service, the Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI). The attack occurred barely two months after a bombing virtually wiped out Baluchistan’s legal elite and less than two weeks after senior government officials, including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, clashed with military commanders and intelligence leaders over counterterrorism policy. Sharif and his ministers warned their military and intelligence counterparts that Pakistan risked international isolation if it failed to implement a national counterterrorism action plan adopted in the wake of the attack in Peshawar two years ago. The civilians’ warning included the fact that the military and intelligence service’s selective crackdown on militants puts US$46 billion in Chinese infrastructure investments at risk. Crucial Chinese Link – Pakistan constitutes a crucial link in China’s One Belt, One Road initiative designed to link the Eurasian landmass through infrastructure, transportation and telecommunications. The Baluch port of Gwadar is key to the maritime and land links China is trying to create that would give it geopolitical advantage, theoretically more secure routes for the import of badly needed resources and export of Chinese goods, and help Beijing develop economically the strategic but restive north-western Chinese province of Xinjiang. Baluchistan is also crucial because it borders on Iran and constitutes a potential battleground for proxies of Saudi Arabia and Iran in their bitter struggle for regional hegemony. This province is also historically a key territorial conduit for the opposing forces in Afghanistan and their respective insurgency campaigns. In a blunt statement during the meeting of civilian and military leaders leaked to Dawn newspaper, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry noted that Pakistan’s closest ally, China continued to block, at the request of the Pakistani military and the ISI, sanctioning by the United Nations of Masood Azhar, a leader of UN-designated Jaish-e-Mohammad, but Beijing was increasingly questioning the wisdom of doing so. Jaish-e-Mohammed has long served as a proxy in Pakistan’s dispute with India over Kashmir. Azhar was arrested in the aftermath of the Peshawar attack but released in April 2016. Azhar was long held in Indian prison on charges of kidnapping foreigners in Kashmir but was freed in 1999 in exchange for passengers of a hijacked Indian Airlines flight. Jaish-e-Mohammed was responsible for a 2001 attack on the Indian parliament among other incidents. The group was however conspicuously absent from a list of groups, issued earlier this month by the State Bank of Pakistan, whose accounts were frozen as part of the government’s selective crackdown on militants.

CIA Releases Controversial Bay of Pigs History – 2016 Change in FOI Law Overturns Agency Stonewalling – CIA fought release for years, claimed draft would “confuse the public” – National Security Archive FOIA case prompted Congress’s 25-year sunset/ National Security Archive\ The CIA today released the long-contested Volume V of its official history of the Bay of Pigs invasion, which it had successfully concealed until now by claiming that it was a “draft” and could be withheld from the public under the FOIA’s “deliberative process” privilege. The National Security Archive fought the agency for years in court to release the historically significant volume, only to have the US Court of Appeals in 2014 uphold the CIA’s overly-broad interpretation of the “deliberative process” privilege. Special credit for today’s release goes to the champions of the 2016 FOIA amendments, which set a 25-year sunset for the exemption: Senators John Cornyn, Patrick Leahy, and Chuck Grassley, and Representatives Jason Chaffetz, Elijah Cummings, and Darrell Issa.

3 NOVEMBER 2016

Taking on militants – A fight for the soul of Pakistan/ By James M. Dorsey\ Two high-level meetings in recent months involving senior military commanders and intelligence officials and/or top-level government representatives spotlight Pakistan’s difficulty in coming to grips with domestic and regional political violence resulting from decades of support of militant Islamist and jihadist groups for foreign policy and ideological reasons. Overcoming those difficulties could determine Pakistan’s future, the nature of its society and its place in the world. The first of those meeting was a gathering in August of Pakistani military commanders in the wake of a massive bombing in Quetta that killed some 70 people and wiped out a generation of lawyers in the province of Baluchistan. The commanders concluded that the attack constituted a sinister foreign-inspired plot that aimed to thwart their effort to root out political violence. Their analysis stroked with their selective military campaign aimed at confronting specific groups like the Pakistani Taliban and the Sunni-Muslim Lashkar-e-Jhangvi rather than any organization that engages in political violence and/or targets minorities. The commanders’ approach failed to acknowledge the real lesson of Quetta: decades of Pakistani military and intelligence support underwritten by funding from Saudi Arabia for sectarian and ultra-conservative groups and religious schools in Pakistan that has divided the country almost irreversibly. Generations of religious students have their critical faculties stymied by rote learning and curricula dominated by memorization of exclusionary beliefs and prejudice resulting in bigotry and misogyny woven into the fabric of Pakistani society. “The enemy within is not a fringe… Large sections of society sympathize with these groups. They fund them, directly and indirectly. They provide them recruits. They reject the Constitution and the system. They don’t just live in the ‘bad lands’ but could be our neighbours. The forces have not only to operate in areas in the periphery, along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, but have also to operate in the cities where hundreds, perhaps thousands form sleeper cells, awaiting orders or planning to strike,” said Pakistani columnist Ejaz Haider in a recent commentary. Top Pakistani political leaders echoed Mr. Haider’s sentiment in a second meeting in October that gathered the country’s civilian and military leadership around the table. Reporting in Dawn, Pakistan’s foremost English-language newspaper, on differences between the civilian and military components of the state, united politicians and officers in their denials of differences and prompted a government investigation into what it alleged was a false and inaccurate story. Dawn, standing by the accuracy of its story, reported that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and other government ministers had warned their military and intelligence counterparts that key elements of the country’s two-year old national action plan to eradicate political violence and sectarianism, including enforcing bans on designated groups, reforming madrassas, and empowering the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) had not been implemented. The 20-point plan was adopted after militants had attacked a military school in Peshawar in December 2014, killing 141 people, including 132 students. In a blunt statement during the meeting, Foreign Minister Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry charged, according to Dawn, that Pakistan risked international isolation if it failed to crack down on militant groups, including Jaish-e-Mohammed, Lashkar-e-Taiba; and the Haqqani network – all designated as terrorist groups by the United Nations. Mr. Chaudhry noted that Pakistan’s closest ally, China, with its massive $46 billion investment in Pakistani infrastructure, continued to block UN sanctioning of Jaish-i-Mohammed leader Masood Azhar, but was increasingly questioning the wisdom of doing so.

6 NOVEMBER 2016

Creating a legal precedent – Palestine considers suing Israel in international sports court/ By James M. Dorsey\ The Palestine Football Association (PFA), in a first testing of Palestine’s ability to fight its battle with Israel in international courts, plans to go to the world’s top court for sports in a bid to force its Israeli counterpart to view Israeli settlements on the West Bank as occupied territory rather than an extension of the Jewish state. The potential Palestinian move follows the Palestinian Authority’s campaign to isolate Israel in international organizations and challenge Israel’s occupation of the West Bank in the International Criminal Court (ICC). Using soccer as a testing ground, Palestine’s efforts to confront Israel in international organizations has produced mixed results. While Palestine succeeded in joining various international organizations, the PFA last year failed to muster sufficient votes to persuade world soccer body FIFA to suspend Israel. The PFA argued that the policies of the Israeli government and the Israel Football Association (IFA) violated FIFA rules as well as international law governing the status of occupied territory.

8 NOVEMBER 2016

Intelligence Community Programs, Management, and Enduring Issues/ Congressional Research Service, Anne Daugherty Miles, 7-5700 http://www.crs.gov R44681\ Congress’s and the American public’s ability to oversee and understand how intelligence dollars are spent is limited by the secrecy that surrounds the intelligence budget process. Yet, total spending on the Intelligence Community (IC) programs discussed in this report equates to approximately $70 billion dollars—roughly 10% of national defense spending. This report is designed to shed light on the IC budget—in terms of its programs, management, and enduring issues—using unclassified materials available in the public domain. This report focuses those IC programs, grouped, for the most part, under two labels: (1) the National Intelligence Program (NIP), and (2) the Military Intelligence Program (MIP). … This report explains the management structure for the NIP and MIP to include their two separate budget processes and the roles of the Director of National Intelligence and the Under Secretary of Defense (Intelligence). The concluding section of this report considers the ability of the US government to make the best use of its intelligence-related resources when: (1) total intelligence spending is impossible to calculate; (2) its management and oversight is completely decentralized; and (3) IC funding alone is largely divided into two categories (NIP and MIP)– managed within the executive branch separately, justified to Congress separately, and overseen by separate congressional committees.

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Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 681, 15 November 2016

ALL NOTEWORTHY TITLES OF THE FIRST HALF OF NOVEMBER 2016 ORGANIZED BY TOPIC
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“2009-2012 Obama’s First Term, Bush’s ‘Legacy’, Arab Spring & World Jihadism”

ADI data was used and analyzed by computer-assisted cooccuurence of key word analysis to produce Karl M. van Meter, “2009-2012 Obama’s First Term, Bush’s ‘Legacy’, Arab Spring & World Jihadism” , Editions de l’Harmattan, Paris, 17 euros, 153 pages, isbn 978-2-343-10327-3, which came out on Monday, 10 October 2016.

Following “World Politics & ‘Parapolitics’ 2006 – Computer-Assisted Text Analysis of International Media Headlines” (2009, Harmattan) -– Hamas passes from “terrorists” to “militants” & China “disappears” from the international scene –- and “2007-2008 – The End of Bush & The Rise of the UN – Link Analysis of World Media Headlines” (2011, “USAK Yearbook of International Politics & Law”) -– the Bush-Cheney regime is “replaced” by the UN -– here’s “2009-2012 – Obama’s First Term, Bush’s ‘Legacy’, Arab Spring & World Jihadism” (2016, Harmattan). Systematically using co-occurrence of key words for the computer analysis of over 6,000 press reports per year, we not only characterize the major topics of international conflict, but also their internal structure, their external relationships and evolution over time.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – Introduction – Obama’s First Term, Bush’s “Legacy”, Arab Spring & World Jihadism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Chapter 2 – 2009 – Obama Replaces Bush at the White House but Disappears in the World Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Chapter 3 – 2010 – Pakistan and Torture to the Fore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Chapter 4 – 2011 – Pakistan Again, Followed by Nuclear and United Nations . . . 33

Chapter 5 – 2012 – Israel, With or Without “Kill”. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

Chapter 6 – The 2012 ADI Syria Special Report. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

Chapter 7 – Two 2012 Special Reports – Hugo Chavez & The CIA – Mossad’s “Prisoner X”. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79

Chapter 8 – Key Word Trajectories, Cluster Evolution & Bibliography . . . . . . 83

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INTELLIGENCE, SECRECY & POWER, N. 680, 31 October 2016

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FRONT PAGE – FBI MAKES THE NEWS & THE ELECTIONS, US COPS, STILL BREXIT

World Media – Synthesis Based on the Most Noteworthy Entries from 16 October 2016 to 31 October 2016

The major topics of the previous issue of “Intelligence, Secrecy & Power” (ISP, n. 679, 15 October 2016) were DONALD TRUMP (No Taxes, Lewd Talk & Rats Leaving Sinking Ship), US POLITICS (Voter Registration, Drone War, Anti-Abortion, Landowners), ISRAEL/PALESTINE (Israel “Occupier”, More Fake Passports, US Criticism), US COPS (How Not to Get Shot, Rapes on Video, Tracking Cop Use of Force), and BREXIT (Fallout Arrives & Serious Fighting among Themselves). These were followed by US SPOOKS, MIGRANTS, WESTERN EUROPE, ENVIRONMENT, MIDDLE EAST, PAKISTAN/AFGHANISTAN, LATIN AMERICA, ASIA, AFRICA, TECH and DIVERS.

This issue’s leading topics are US POLITICS (Voting Registration, Death Penalty, Less Abortion Restrictions), US SPOOKS (FBI & Clinton Emails, FBI Boss Comey in Hot Water, AT&T Spying All), TRUMP (Evangelists Split, Old Brass Criticizes, Sexual Assaults, Trump TV, Anti-Clinton Threat), US COPS (Police Chiefs Apologize, Tougher Oversight, Police Drug Gang, NYPD, Standing Rock), WESTERN EUROPE (Brexit Trouble Everywhere), ISRAEL/PALESTINE (UNESCO Condemnation, Annex Occupied Territories), AFRICA (Quitting the ICC, Morocco Fish Seller Death, Boko Harem & Official Nigerian Misdeeds), ENVIRONMENT (Climate Change Reporting is Dangerous, Doubts about GMOs), PAKISTAN/AFGHANISTAN/INDIA (India & Afghanistan Fight Pakistan’s Jihadists), MIDDLE EAST (Anti-IS Mosul Offensive, Turkey Fires or Imprisons All Opposition), ECONOMICS (Uber “Employees”, Canada-EU Trade Pact), ASIA (North Korea & Australia), EASTERN EUROPE (Denisova Cave), and LATIN AMERICA (Venezuela).

In our previous issues, we noted that the major change was “TRUMP jumping for mid-range to the very top” of media report topics, “largely due to his lewd talk about women revealed in the press”. In this issue, TRUMP has dropped to third, behind US POLITICS, with its largely pro-Democrat news, and US SPOOKS, with the FBI stumbling over its own feet by trying to “get back into politics as under J. Edgar Hoover, but this time the President, Barack Obama, and the Democrat candidate, Hillary Clinton”, openly criticized and confronted in this “return to the past” by President Obama and candidate Clinton. Nonetheless, Trump’s poll figures have increased following this FBI intervention. But this has not changed the media image of Trump which has continued to be damaged by new revealing information. ISRAEL/PALESTINE has dropped from third place to sixth, with a in change in number but little change in content. US COPS have gone from seventh place to fourth and, despite an apology by police chiefs, continue to “get bad press” with a continuing series of misdeeds. Brexit is stable in the midrange of news topics, and will probably stay there until real political action takes place, but by then the United States will have a new president who may have a very strong influence on what happens next.

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Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 680, 31 October 2016

FULL LIST OF TOPICS BASED OF ALL NOTEWORTHY ENTRIES OF THE LAST HALF OF OCTOBER 2016

US POLITICS (19X) Voting Registration, Death Penalty, Less Abortion Restrictions
US SPOOKS (16X) FBI & Clinton Emails, FBI Boss Comey in Hot Water, AT&T Spying All
TRUMP (14X) Evangelists Split, Old Brass Criticizes, Sexual Assaults, Trump TV, Anti-Clinton Threat
US COPS (12X) Police Chiefs Apologize, Tougher Oversight, Police Drug Gang, NYPD, Standing Rock
WESTERN EUROPE (10X) Brexit Trouble Everywhere
ISRAEL/PALESTINE (6X) UNESCO Condemnation, Annex Occupied Territories
AFRICA (6X) Quitting the ICC, Morocco Fish Seller Death, Boko Harem & Official Nigerian Misdeeds
ENVIRONMENT (6X) Climate Change Reporting is Dangerous, Doubts about GMOs
PAKISTAN/AFGHANISTAN/INDIA (5X) India & Afghanistan Fight Pakistan’s Jihadists
MIDDLE EAST (5X) Anti-IS Mosul Offensive, Turkey Fires or Imprisons All Opposition
ECONOMICS (3X) Uber “Employees”, Canada-EU Trade Pact
ASIA (2X) North Korea & Australia
EASTERN EUROPE (1X) Denisova Cave
LATIN AMERICA (1X) Venezuela

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Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 680, 31 October 2016

LENGTHIEST 16-31 OCTOBER 2016 ENTRIES

17 OCTOBER 2016

*Finally Free: Guantanamo Diary Author Released After 14 Years Without Charge [yes, Rumsfeld personally saved us all from the worst in the world]/ ACLU\ After unlawfully imprisoning our client Mohamedou Ould Slahi at Guantánamo for 14 years without charge or trial, the US government has finally released him. He is now home in his native Mauritania. … his deeply human and humane best-selling memoir “Guantánamo Diary,” which was released to critical acclaim in January 2015. The memoir describes an odyssey that began in 2001, when at the behest of the US government, Mauritanian authorities detained Mohamedou after he voluntarily went in for questioning. The US transferred him to prisons in Jordan and Afghanistan before Guantánamo, where he was brutally tortured. … In July, the Periodic Review Board, a panel of US national security, intelligence, and other officials, finally cleared Mohamedou for release after determining that he poses no significant threat to the United States. … Mohamedou was born in Mauritania in 1970 and won a scholarship to attend college in Germany. In the early 1990s, he fought with al-Qaida when it was part of the Afghan anti-communist resistance supported by the US The only federal judge to have reviewed all the evidence in his case noted that the group then was very different from the one that later came into existence. Mohamedou worked in Germany for several years as an engineer and returned to Mauritania in 2000. The following year he was detained by Mauritanian authorities and rendered by the US to a prison in Jordan. Later the US rendered him again, first to Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan and finally, in August 2002, to the US prison at Guantánamo Bay, where he was subjected to severe torture. Mohamedou was one of two so-called “Special Projects” whose cruel treatment Rumsfeld personally approved. The abuse he suffered included beatings, extreme isolation, sleep deprivation, frigid rooms, shackling in stress positions, and threats against both Mohamedou and his mother, to whom he was very close. Mohamedou’s mother died in 2012, without ever seeing her son again. In 2010, a federal district court judge determined Mohamedou’s detention was unlawful and ordered him released. The US government successfully appealed that decision, and the habeas case is still pending.

22 OCTOBER 2016

*’I Was Doing My Job’: Climate Reporter Facing 45 Years Speaks Out – Deia Schlosberg, filmmaker arrested for documenting climate protest/ Common Dreams\ says she believes felony charges are ‘unjust’. The filmmaker facing a lengthy prison sentence for documenting a nonviolent civil disobedience action last week has spoken out on behalf of journalism, the First Amendment, and the global climate movement. Deia Schlosberg, an independent filmmaker and climate reporter, was arrested last week in Walhalla, North Dakota for filming the unprecedented #ShutItDown protest held in solidarity with the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. “When I was arrested, I was doing my job,” Schlosberg said in a statement released Tuesday. “I was reporting. I was documenting. Journalism needs to be passionately and ethically pursued and defended if we are to remain a free democratic country. Freedom of the press, guaranteed by the First Amendment, is absolutely critical to maintaining an informed citizenry, without which, democracy is impossible.” According to documentarian Josh Fox, whose new film Schlosberg produced, “She was held for 48 hours before being allowed to speak to a lawyer. The authorities confiscated her footage. She is now charged with three counts of felony conspiracy and faces a possible sentence of up to 45 years.”

30 OCTOBER 2016

*How FBI Director Comey Ignored His Boss and Broke DOJ Rules to Announce Clinton Email Investigation/ AlterNet\ The nation’s top law enforcement officer puts himself above the law. FBI director James Comey was told by top Justice Department officials not to make any public statement about renewing the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server, because it violated DOJ policy on commenting on ongoing investigations, various national news outlets reported Saturday. “Director Comey understood our position. He heard it from Justice leadership,” the Washington Post’s source said. “It was conveyed to the FBI, and Comey made an independent decision to alert the Hill. He is operating independently of the Justice Department. And he knows it.” Attorney General Loretta Lynch told Comey not to break DOJ policy -— laid out in federal prosecutor guidelines —- of not commenting on open investigations or making any statement potentially influencing election outcomes, the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer reported, also citing DOJ sources.

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