INTELLIGENCE, SECRECY & POWER ISSN 1245-2122
N. 683, 15 December 2016 Full Issue (71 pages)
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FRONT PAGE – TRUMP, PIZZAGATE, RUSSIAGATE & RECOUNTS, EUROPE’S POLITICS, ALEPPO FALLS
World Media – Synthesis Based on the Most Noteworthy Entries from 1 December 2016 to 15 December 2016
The major topics of the previous issue of “Intelligence, Secrecy & Power” (ISP, n. 682, 30 November 2016) were: TRUMP (23X) Chaos, “Heil Victory”, Bring Back Torture, Hate Crimes; US POLITICS (12X) Recount in Wisconsin, Fake News, Inexistent Voter Fraud; MIDDLE EAST (10X) Battle of Aleppo, ISIS Attacks; WESTERN EUROPE (9X) Brexit Flounders, Turkey Too, Germany Spies; ISRAEL/PALESTINE (7X) Intifada of Fires; US SPOOKS (7X) Strange Movements in Intelligence; AFRICA (4X) Boko Haram, Congo, Uganda; LATIN AMERICA (2X) Colombia’s New Peace Deal & Castro Dies; ENVIRONMENT (2X) Fracking=Earthquakes, Climate Lawsuit; PAKISTAN/INDIA/AFGHANISTAN (1X) Another Attack against India; ASIA (1X) China & World Trade; US COPS (1X) On Trial for Manslaughter; ECONOMICS (1X) JPMorgan Chase Bribery; EASTERN EUROPE (1X) Putin Opposition; and TECH (1X) World’s Terror Attacks.
This issue’s leading topics are: TRUMP (39X) Recounts, China, Are Jews White, PizzaGate, RussiaGate, False News, Cabinet Nominees; WESTERN EUROPE (15X) Brexit Troubles, Government Changes & Elections in France, Austria & Italy; US POLITICS (14X) Standing Rock, Neo-McCarthyism, Washington Post, GOP Moves & Plans; MIDDLE EAST (8X) Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey; US COPS (7X) Some Trials but Never Guilty; ISRAEL/PALESTINE (5X) Demolishing Palestinian Homes & Making It All Legal; AFRICA (5X) Gambia’s “President for Life” Won’t Leave, Ghana, Nigeria; SYRIA (4X) Assad Wins in Aleppo; US SPOOKS (4X) FBI New Powers & CIA’s “Operation Condor”; ECONOMICS (4X) OPEC, Wells Fargo & Portland’s CEO Tax; EASTERN EUROPE (3X) Ukraine & Kaliningrad; LATIN AMERICA (3X) Colombia Peace Deal II; ASIA (3X) China & Philippines; TECH (3X) Wives’ Bruises, Facebook & Xmas Dildos; and ENVIRONMENT (2X) GMOs Are Failures, Monsanto’s PCBs
As we mentioned in our previous issue, “now that Trump is ‘president-elect’, we have a separate topic for him and another for US Politics that don’t directly involve him”, but this time these two topics do not massively dominate media reports since Western Europe and its political developments in France, Austria and Italy has moved into second place, and is indeed noteworthy since Austria voted for a Green president instead of an extreme right candidate. Nonetheless, US Politics is near the top and a strong third place as the GOP gets back into politics now that Trump is President-elect. As with Trump and US Politics, Middle East as a topic has been divided into Syria and Middle East other than Syria. This is related to the fact that the civil war in Syria is now clearly distinct from the war against the Islamic State movement. There have been several trials opened against cops who killed unarmed black men, which in itself represents progress toward responsibility in law enforcement, but there have been no guilty verdicts. In our previous issue, we also wrote that there was “clear indications of tension and conflict between Trump and the US Intelligence Community (IC) where good work is due to slow, long-term and non-partisan efforts which are exactly the opposite of Trump & Co. are known for. Thus, the US IC will not be jumping on the ‘Trump bandwagon’ like everyone else whos isn’t openly on the left or who wants money and public exposure.” This has been confirmed by the new “RussiaGate” computer hacking scandal, which pits Trump against the IC and, more specifically, the CIA.
Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 683, 15 December 2016
FULL LIST OF TOPICS BASED OF ALL NOTEWORTHY ENTRIES OF THE FIRST HALF OF DECEMBER 2016
TRUMP (39X) Recounts, China, Are Jews White, PizzaGate, RussiaGate, False News, Cabinet Nominees
WESTERN EUROPE (15X) Brexit Troubles, Government Changes & Elections in France, Austria & Italy
US POLITICS (14X) Standing Rock, Neo-McCarthyism, Washington Post, GOP Moves & Plans
MIDDLE EAST (8X) Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey
US COPS (7X) Some Trials but Never Guilty
ISRAEL/PALESTINE (5X) Demolishing Palestinian Homes & Making It All Legal
AFRICA (5X) Gambia’s “President for Life” Won’t Leave, Ghana, Nigeria
SYRIA (4X) Assad Wins in Aleppo
US SPOOKS (4X) FBI New Powers & CIA’s “Operation Condor”
ECONOMICS (4X) OPEC, Wells Fargo & Portland’s CEO Tax
EASTERN EUROPE (3X) Ukraine & Kaliningrad
LATIN AMERICA (3X) Colombia Peace Deal II
ASIA (3X) China & Philippines
TECH (3X) Wives’ Bruises, Facebook & Xmas Dildos
ENVIRONMENT (2X) GMOs Are Failures, Monsanto’s PCBs
Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 683, 15 December 2016
LENGTHIEST 1-15 DECEMBER 2016 ENTRIES
5 DECEMBER 2016
Nine Things President Obama Could Do Before Leaving Office to Reveal the Nature of the National Security State/ Pratap Chatterjee, TomDispatch\ In less than seven weeks, President Barack Obama will hand over the government to Donald Trump, including access to the White House, Air Force One, and Camp David. Trump will also, of course, inherit the infamous nuclear codes, as well as the latest in warfare technology, including the Central Intelligence Agency’s fleet of killer drones, the National Security Agency’s vast surveillance and data collection apparatus, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s enormous system of undercover informants. … Drones 1. Name innocent drone victims … 2. Make Public Any Reviews of Military Errors … 3. Make Public the Administration’s Criteria for Its “Targeted Killings” … Surveillance 4. Disclose Mass Surveillance Programs … 5. Make Public All Surveillance Agreements With Private Companies … 6. Make Public All Secret Law Created in Recent Years … Punish 7. Punish Anyone Who Abused the Drone or Surveillance Programs … 8. Punish Those Responsible for FBI Domain Management Abuses: Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, the FBI has developed a network of more than 15,000 informants as part of its Domain Management program. … Pardon 9. Pardon Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, and the other whistleblowers …
8 DECEMBER 2016
The Anonymous Blacklist Promoted by the Washington Post Has Apparent Ties to Ukrainian Fascism and CIA Spying/ Alternet\ Digging deeper into the PropOrNot controversy. Last month, the Washington Post gave a glowing front-page boost to an anonymous online blacklist of hundreds of American websites, from marginal conspiracy sites to flagship libertarian and progressive publications. As Max Blumenthal reported for AlterNet, the anonymous Website argued that all of them should be investigated by the federal government and potentially prosecuted under the Espionage Act as Russian spies, for wittingly or unwittingly spreading Russian propaganda. My own satirical newspaper was raided and closed down by the Kremlin in 2008, on charges of “extremism”—akin to terrorism—which I took seriously enough to leave for home for good. What the Washington Post did in boosting an anonymous blacklist of American journalists accused of criminal treason is one of the sleaziest, and most disturbing (in a very familiar Kremlin way) things I’ve seen in this country since I fled for home. The WaPo is essentially an arm of the American deep state; its owner, Jeff Bezos, is one of the three richest Americans, worth $67 billion, and his cash cow, Amazon, is a major contractor with the Central Intelligence Agency. In other words, this is as close to an official US government blacklist of journalists as we’ve seen—a dark ominous warning before they take the next steps. It’s now been a few days, and the shock and disgust is turning to questions about how to fight back—and who we should be fighting against. Who were the Washington Post’s sources for their journalism blacklist?
12 DECEMBER 2016
Arrest & false statements by NYDP – Police misconduct comes with a high price tag/ Mass Appel\ NYC will pay $609,000 (in taxpayer money) to settle a case of excessive force, unlawful arrest, and false statements by the NYPD, the plaintiffs and their attorneys announced on Friday (PDF doc). The settlement stems from a 2012 incident that started when the NYPD illegally stopped-and-frisked Jateik Reed, who was 19-years-old at the time. The officers then severely beat Reed, on video, and pepper-sprayed Reed’s friend, Trevor Nigel, who was filming the incident. Later that day, the NYPD also arrested Reed’s family and friends when they went to the precinct to inquire about his condition. One of those detained by the NYPD was Reed’s brother, who was four-years-old at the time (PDF doc). The NYPD originally claimed the officers stopped Reed because they saw bags of weed in his hands. However, all possession charges were later dropped, and surveillance video clearly shows nothing Reed’s hands when the police approach and stop him as he walks into his apartment building.
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