“Intelligence, Secrecy & Power”, N. 683, 15 December 2016

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.

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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

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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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“Intelligence, Secrecy & Power”, N. 682, 30 November 2016

INTELLIGENCE, SECRECY & POWER                                       ISSN 1245-2122

N. 682, 30 November 201                                                       Full Issue (68 pages)
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FRONT PAGE – TRUMP CHAOS, RECOUNT IN WISCONSIN, BATTLE OF ALEPPO, BREXIT FLOUNDERS, INTIFADA OF FIRES

World Media – Synthesis Based on the Most Noteworthy Entries from 16 November 2016 to 30 November 2016

The major topics of the previous issue of “Intelligence, Secrecy & Power” (ISP, n. 681, 16 November 2016) were: 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.

This issue’s leading topics are: 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.

Now that Trump is “president-elect”, we have a separate topic for him and another for US Politics that don’t directly involve him. Together, these two topics have massively dominated media reports for the last half of the month of November. Wars continue in the Middle East and Western Europe continues to see a lot of political conflict, but these are now clearly mid-range topics. Particular noteworthy developments include Colombia’s new peace deal and Castro’s death. Also, there have been two strange McCarthy-era Communist scare articles published by the “Washington Post”, perhaps indicating a new orientation of this journal for the Trump era. The bad press for US cops seems to have suddenly dried up and offers an interesting coincidence with the election of Trump and a good subject for investigation. There are also clear indications of tension and conflict between Trump and the US Intelligence Community 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 whose isn’t openly on the left or who wants money and public exposure.

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Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 682, 30 November 2016

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

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
TECH (1X) World’s Terror Attacks

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Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 682, 30 November 2016

LENGTHIEST 15-30 NOVEMBER 2016 ENTRIES

16 NOVEMBER 2016

*Republicans were wildly successful at suppressing voters in 2016 – Three GOP-controlled states [Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Florida] demonstrate the effectiveness of disenfranchising the opposition/ Think Progress\ In the years leading up to 2016, Republican governors and state legislatures implemented new laws restricting when, where, and how people could vote — laws that disproportionately harmed students, the poor, and people of color. In several instances, lawmakers pushing such policies said explicitly that their goal was suppression of voters who favor the Democratic Party. Three such states serve as case studies for the effectiveness of these voting restrictions: Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Florida. All three elected staunchly conservative governors during President Obama’s terms. All three implemented voting restrictions that affect millions of people. President Obama won all three states in 2008, and won all but North Carolina in 2012, while Hillary Clinton lost all three of those states this year.

17 NOVEMBER 2016

The other, other white nationalists – A lot of attention has (rightfully) been paid to Trump’s choice of white nationalist, anti-Semitic, misogynist Steve Bannon, as chief strategist in the White House/ Progress Report\ Unfortunately, Steve Bannon isn’t the only racist, Islamaphobic, anti-LGBT person being considered for a position in the Trump White House. Here’s a look at some of the most extreme people being considered for top administration positions. Retired General Michael Flynn, National Security Adviser. Flynn, a well-known Islamophobe and fan of Putin, has been tapped to become Trump’s national security adviser. … Senator Jeff Sessions, Defense Secretary or Attorney General. The controversial senator from Alabama is being considered for defense secretary or attorney general, which is particularly concerning due to his civil rights and immigration record. … Ken Blackwell, Domestic Transition Team. The former Ohio secretary of state is currently leading Trump domestic policy transition team. Blackwell works for anti-LGBT Family Research Council (FRC) … Kris Kobach, Attorney General. Kobach, Kansas’s current secretary of state, is a favorite for Attorney General, which is alarming based on his record. As the director of the white-nationalist Federation for American Immigration Reform, a designated hate group, Kobach pushed eugenicist and racist policies.

20 NOVEMBER 2016

*Trump University $25 Million Settlement: One Down, 75 More Open Lawsuits to Go/ Justia.com\ Trump enters the White House under unprecedented clouds. Either as a plaintiff or defendant, and Trump is on both sides, in any lawsuit requires time and effort to prepare oneself and one’s attorneys. It takes time and effort to testify at a deposition or during a trial. And it takes time and effort to stay abreast of the lawsuit. Given the fact that Trump may be the least qualified person to ever be elected president, he has much more work to do than most who seek and reach this high office. He does not even have a good newspaper knowledge of the way Washington works, let alone the presidency. It appears he has never read even a single biography of any of the men who preceded him as president, so he has a very steep learning curve. Throughout the campaign there have been reports that he has a very short attention span. Bottom line: His litigation is going to make it much more difficult, if not impossible, to meet his responsibilities as president. The smart move would be to settle these cases, but he may not have the money to do so. And he may be financially stretched to pursue them as well.

25 NOVEMBER 2016

*How a Misinformed Tweet Was Manufactured into Major Right-Wing News – A single fake news item has been retweeted more than 70,000 times—even after it was debunked/ AlterNet\ A Buzzfeed News analysis found that the top 20 fake political news stories in circulation during the election got more clicks, views, shares and reactions on Facebook than the top 20 real news stories. The vast majority of those fake stories—all but three—were “overtly pro-Donald Trump or anti-Hillary Clinton,” meaning they pinged around the conservative webosphere, where they were accepted without question by millions and then passed to the next gullible consumer. Paul Horner, among the most prolific and successful fake news writers, recently told the Washington Post that Trump voters and other “right-wing Republicans” were almost single-handedly responsible for the $10,000 he pulls in every month, because they “post everything, believe anything,” and continue to share fake news even when they find out it isn’t true. That might explain why so many fake news stories seem specially tailored for the conservative news reader.

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