INTELLIGENCE, SECRECY & POWER (ISP) – N. 723, 15 August 2018

INTELLIGENCE, SECRECY & POWER (ISP) ISSN 1245-2122
N. 723, 15 August 2018 Full Issue (134 pages, 8 euros)
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FRONT PAGE – CALIFORNIA BURNS, TRUMP TWEETS, ELECTIONS COMING, ROUNDUP PAYS $289M, TRIALS GO ON

World Media – Synthesis Based on the Analysis of All 1 August 2018 to 15 August 2018 Entries

Major topics and events of the first fortnight of August include the following:

BEST (in chronological order)

*1 August – Donald Trump Says You Need A Picture ID To Buy Groceries In America/ HuffPost
*3 August – Trump administration says ACLU — not government — should find deported parents/ USA Today
*5 August – Trump acknowledged that the 2016 Trump Tower meeting between a Kremlin-connected lawyer and his son was to collect information about his political opponent/ Chicago Tribune
*9 August – Virginia GOP Senate Candidate Says He’s ‘Very Proud’ the State Joined the Confederacy During the Civil War/ AlterNet
*9 August – Arkansas Officer Tells Group of Black Residents They ‘Don’t Belong in My City’/ AlterNet
*11 August – Jury awards $289M to man who blames Roundup for cancer/ AP
*12 August – Trump Tweets Nonsense as California Burns/ Salon
*13 August – Inside the stolen passenger plane: ‘I played video games before, so I know what I’m doing, a little bit’/ GeekWire
*14 August – An 11-Year-Old at a Hacking Convention Demonstrates Ability to Hack and Change Florida Vote in 10 minutes/ Daily Kos
*15 August – Trump Revokes Security Clearance of Former CIA Head John Brennan — Accuses Him of ‘Erratic Conduct and Behavior’/ AlterNet

BY THEME

TRUMP (person)
1 August – Charles Koch Takes On Trump. Trump Takes On Charles Koch/ NYT
1 August – Donald Trump Says You Need A Picture ID To Buy Groceries In America/ HuffPost
1 August – Trump to propose 25% tariff on China imports worth $200 billion, source says/ CNBC
3 August – Trump Urges Lawmakers to Push 1 Million Americans Off Food Stamp Program/ Common Dreams
5 August – Trump Mocks LeBron James’s Intelligence and Calls Don Lemon ‘Dumbest Man’ on TV/ NYT
5 August – Melania Trump contradicts her husband on LeBron James/ CNN
5 August – When Trump attacked LeBron James, it had an unintended effect: other athletes speaking out/ WP
6 August – Trump tweeted what?!? – President Trump is a lawyer’s client from hell. He lacks self-control, cannot tell the truth and will not absorb legal advice he doesn’t like/ WP
7 August – West Hollywood passes resolution to remove President Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star/ Fox
10 August – ‘This Book Is Riddled with Lies’: Sarah Sanders Does Damage Control After Omarosa Memoir Claims Trump Repeatedly Used N-Word/ AlterNet
12 August – Trump Tweets Nonsense as California Burns/ Salon
13 August – The utter collapse of Donald Trump’s ‘best people’ boast/ CNN
14 August – Omarosa claims Trump is ‘physically ill’, ‘just this side of functionally illiterate’ in new book/ Fox
15 August – Trump Revokes Security Clearance of Former CIA Head John Brennan — Accuses Him of ‘Erratic Conduct and Behavior’/ AlterNet

POLITICS & CORRUPTION
2 August – New Poll Shows ‘Unabashedly Left’ Policies Are Extremely Popular with Voters/ Common Dreams
5 August – The Partisan Battle Brett Kavanaugh Now Regrets/ NYT
6 August – Steel Giants With Ties to Trump Officials Block Tariff Relief for Hundreds of Firms/ NYT
7 August – Arizona GOP Candidate Freaks Out And Accuses Newspaper of ‘Fake News’ After It Endorses Her Republican Opponent/ Raw Story
7 August – Here Are 4 Prominent Right-Wingers Who Have Officially Left the Republican Party Because of President Trump/ AlterNet
7 August – ‘Tariffs Feed the Swamp’: Wall Street Journal Issues Scathing Editorial Against Trump’s Latest Recipe for ‘Crony Capitalism and Corruption’/ AlterNet
8 August – Trump-Loving GOP Congressman [Chris Collins] Arrested by FBI on Securities Fraud Charges/ AlterNet
9 August – A year later, Puerto Rico admits Hurricane Maria death toll 20 times higher than original count/ ThinkProgress
9 August – Court tells New Orleans judge to stop locking people up because they are poor/ ThinkProgress
10 August – Newly Released Cables Reveal Cruelty and Pointlessness of CIA Torture Under Gina Haspel/ AlterNet
10 August – Wall Street Journal Offers Pitiful Defense of Rampant Right-Wing Corruption by Trying to Blame Democrats/ AlterNet
11 August – Democrats all but acknowledge Kavanaugh is headed toward confirmation to Supreme Court/ WP

“THE RUSSIA THING” & TRIALS
1 August – Facebook Identifies an Active Political Influence Campaign Using Fake Accounts/ NYT
3 August – Russia still working to undermine US elections, top national security officials warn/ AOL
3 August – Russian Threat ‘Is Real,’ Trump Officials Say, Vowing to Protect US Elections/ NYT
4 August – Accountant of Ex-Trump Aide Manafort Testifies She Helped Falsify Documents/ Reuters
5 August – Beyond the NRA: Maria Butina’s Peculiar Bid for Russian Influence/ NYT
5 August – Trump acknowledged that the 2016 Trump Tower meeting between a Kremlin-connected lawyer and his son was to collect information about his political …/ Chicago Tribune
5 August – Trump Lashes Out and Declares 2016 Meeting Between Don Trump Jr and Russians ‘Totally Legal and Done All the Time’/ Raw Story
6 August – President Admits Focus of Trump Tower Meeting Was Getting Dirt on Clinton/ NYT
7 August – Rick Gates Testifies He Committed Crimes With Paul Manafort/ NYT
14 August – An 11-Year-Old at a Hacking Convention Demonstrates Ability to Hack and Change Florida Vote in 10 minutes/ Daily Kos
14 August – Putin Wants Trump to Hand Over Three DHS Agents Who Are Investigating a Company Linked to the Don Jr Meeting/ Raw Story

EXTREME RIGHT & RACISM
5 August – Emmett Till Mississippi Memorial Sign Riddled With Bullets 35 Days After Being Replaced/ Newsweek
5 August – Portland Far-Right Rally: Police Charge Counterprotesters With Batons Drawn/ Guardian
6 August – The Mississippi Delta memorial sign marking where 14-year-old Emmett Till was lynched in 1955 was found riddled with bullets just 35 days after it was replaced/ Newsweek
7 August – GOP Candidate [Pastor Mark Harris] Defends Claim Wives Should Submit to Husbands: Jesus ‘Didn’t Consider it Wrong to Submit Himself to the Father’/ AlterNet
9 August – Children found in New Mexico compound were training for school shootings, prosecutors say/ CNN
9 August – Virginia GOP Senate Candidate Says He’s ‘Very Proud’ the State Joined the Confederacy During the Civil War/ AlterNet
9 August – Watch: Arkansas Officer Tells Group of Black Residents They ‘Don’t Belong in My City’/ AlterNet
10 August – Unite the Right: Permit granted for Washington DC far-right rally/ BBC
12 August – Hundreds take to Charlottesville streets a year after far-right rally/ Reuters
13 August – Dueling rallies protest in Washington – Counter-protesters far outnumber white nationalists arriving in Washington/ NBC
14 August – Fighting Conspiracies, Sandy Hook Parent Is Thwarted by Online Policies/ NYT

COPS & GUNS
1 August – Judge Blocks Attempt to Post Blueprints for 3-D Guns/ NYT
1 August – Massachusetts town’s entire 4-person police department quits over ‘unsafe working conditions’/ NYDN
1 August – NRA Joins Questioning of Florida Sheriff in ‘Stand Your Ground’ Case/ NYT
2 August – Newly released documents reveal Memphis police have been spying on Black Lives Matter activists/ ThinkProgress
4 August – NRA Says it Is Facing a Financial Crisis, Twitter Users Send “Thoughts & Prayers”/ Slate
5 August – Hardline US ‘gundamentalists’ pressure NRA from within/ Reuters
5 August – NRA Suit Claims Cuomo’s ‘Blacklisting’ Has Cost It Millions of Dollars/ NYT
5 August – Parkland Shooter Asked for Help, but Was Denied Before Shooting/ Daily Beast
7 August – Florida bystander shoots gunman who opened fire at back-to-school festival/ AP
12 August – Watch: London Police Officer Stops Black Man and Demands He ‘Account’ for His Presence/ AlterNet

TRUMP (administration)
1 August – To Nix Obama Fuel Standard, White House Argues That Better Gas Mileage Is Dangerous/ Talking Points Memo
2 August – Ignore the facts — only way to justify rollback of EPA’s greenhouse gas standards/ Hill
3 August – FDA Did Not Intervene to Curb Risky Fentanyl Prescriptions/ NYT
3 August – ‘It’s Like The Truman Show’: Government Officials Are Reportedly Ignoring Trump’s Twitter Demands Because He Still Doesn’t Know How to Be President – He thinks he can just tweet, and actions will follow/ AlterNet
3 August – Trump Officials Link Fuel Economy Rules to Deadly Crashes – Experts Are Skeptical/ NYT
5 August – As Wildfires Rage, Trump Administration Plans to Slash Fire Science Funding/ Center for Investigative Reporting
6 August – White House Shuts Out Press As Trump Hunkers Down in New Jersey After Admitting to Collusion/ AlterNet
7 August – US to Restore Sanctions on Iran, Deepening Divide With Europe/ NYT
10 August – US Officials Scrambled Behind the Scenes to Shield NATO Deal From Trump/ NYT

MIGRANTS
1 August – How One Agency Built a Multimillion-Dollar Business in Migrant Children/ NYT
3 August – Trump administration says ACLU — not government — should find deported parents/ USA Today
4 August – Judge: Trump administration has ‘sole burden’ to locate migrant parents separated from children/ Politico
7 August – This judge [Andrew Hanen] is so anti-immigrant even the Trump administration wants him to chill/ ThinkProgress
9 August – A Van Filled with Migrant Mothers Separated from Their Children Crashed — Then ICE Lied About It/ AlterNet
9 August – ‘Not Acceptable’: Judge Blocks Trump Administration from Deporting Asylum Seekers — And Threatens to Hold Sessions in Contempt/ AlterNet

ISRAEL/PALESTINE
3 August – Ahed Tamimi Is Free, but 350 Palestinian Children Remain in Military Jails/ Truthout
7 August – A Top Syrian Rocket Scientist Is Blown Up, and Fingers Point at Mossad/ NYT
9 August – Israeli jets bombard Gaza with 150 strikes in response to barrage of rockets/ WP
10 August – Israel retaliates after Hamas launches at least 200 rockets into Israeli territory/ LAT
13 August – As Victims’ Families Fight for Justice, Secret Report Details How Israel Used Armed Drone to Kill Gazan Children/ Common Dreams

DIVERS
2 August – Iran just heated up tensions with Trump in a major show of force to practice closing the Strait of Hormuz/ Business Insider
2 August – Pope Francis declares death penalty inadmissible in all cases/ BBC
4 August – Pope’s Death Penalty Stance Won’t Stop Execution, Nebraska’s Catholic Governor Says/ NYT
4 August – A Pregnant Woman Ordered a Latte at McDonald’s – She Received a Cup of Cleaning Fluid/ NYT
4 August – Earth’s Carbon Concentrations Soar to Levels Not Seen in 800,000 Years/ Common Dreams
6 August – Ex-Wall Street Banker Sounds the Alarm: Ten Years After the Financial Crisis, ‘We’re Going to End Up In the Same Situation’/ AlterNet
9 August – China hits back at US with $16 billion in retaliatory tariffs/ AOL
11 August – Jury awards $289M to man who blames Roundup for cancer/ AP
13 August – Inside the stolen passenger plane: ‘I played video games before, so I know what I’m doing, a little bit’/ GeekWire

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Intelligence, Secrecy & Power – N. 722, 31 July 2018

INTELLIGENCE, SECRECY & POWER (ISP)                             – ISSN 1245-2122
N. 722, 31 July 2018                           – Full Issue (138 pages, 8 euros)
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Next Issue, 15 August 2018                – Summary Issue (4 page, free on request)
Publishing since 1980

Editor
Olivier Schmidt
Email: intelligence-adi@wanadoo.fr
Web: http:intelligenceadi.wordpress.com
List: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/intelligence-secrecy-power-adi/info
Postal: ADI, 16 rue des Ecoles, 75005 Paris, France

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FRONT PAGE – TRUMP-PUTIN-HELSINKI, RACISM-FAR RIGHT, “THE RUSSIA THING”

World Media – Synthesis Based on the Analysis of All 16 July 2018 to 31 July 2018 Entries

Major topics and events of the last fortnight of July include the following:

BEST (in chronological order)

**16 July – *Donald Trump’s Ambassador of Religious Freedom Lobbied on Behalf of an Anti-Islam Activist/ Salon
**16 July – *Trump thanks Finland for support on NATO, but Finland is not in NATO/ Think Progress
**17 July – *Trump attacks media for not reporting great things about Putin meeting nobody was allowed to attend/ ThinkProgress
**17 July – *Man killed by Chicago police was trying to show officers his gun license/ ThinkProgress
**17 July – *Mandalay Bay [Las Vegas hotel] owner files complaint against victims of Las Vegas shooting/ NBC
**18 July – *Ex-FBI head James Comey urges public to vote Democratic [the FBI is “supposed to be” anti-Democratic]/ CNN
**26 July – *Brock Turner [with attempted rape conviction] Insists He Never Wanted Sex, Only “Outercourse”/ Slate
**26 July – *CNN Reporter: White House Called My Questions Inappropriate, Banned Me From Event – Kaitlan Collins/ NPR
**27 July – *US the Most Dangerous Developed Country to Give Birth In: Report/ Newsweek

BY THEME

TRUMP
16 July – *Donald Trump’s Ambassador of Religious Freedom Lobbied on Behalf of an Anti-Islam Activist/ Salon
16 July – *Trump thanks Finland for support on NATO, but Finland is not in NATO/ Think Progress
19 July – *The White House Says the US Has Defeated Poverty/ Slate
20 July – *Cohen Has Secret Tapes of Trump Discussing His Playmate Payout — And Now the FBI Has Them/ Raw Story
23 July – *Trump Tweets Late-Night Threat At Iranian President: ‘BE CAUTIOUS’/ HuffPost
23 July – *Mattis May Have to Personally Intervene to Stop ‘Frustrated’ Trump from Nuking Iran/ Raw Story
23 July – *Trump ‘Exploring Mechanisms’ to Remove Security Clearances for Brennan, Clapper, Comey, McCabe and Rice/ AlterNet
26 July – *Michael Cohen’s secret Trump tape [on Allen Weisselberg, Trump Organization chief financial officer]/ Business Insider
26 July – *CNN Reporter: White House Called My Questions Inappropriate, Banned Me From Event – Kaitlan Collins/ NPR
26 July – *Trump and Juncker sign commercial armistice to everyone’s surprise/ Le Monde
26 July – *Franklin Graham Tells Evangelicals to Lay Off President Trump or God Won’t Be Happy/ AlterNet
26 July – *’Fox Stands Firmly with CNN’: Trump’s Favorite News Network Actually Rebukes His Latest Attack on the Press/ AlterNet
27 July – *Michael Avenatti: 3 More Women Were Paid ‘Hush Money’ For Relationships With Trump/ HuffPost
29 July – *Trump tariffs assailed at Koch network gathering/ Politico
30 July – *Judge Orders Trump Administration to Hand Over Information on Deported Migrant Parents/ Daily Kos
31 July – *Trump Attacks Koch Brothers, Saying He Doesn’t Need Their “Money or Bad Ideas”/ HuffPost
31 July – *Judge Orders Trump Administration to Stop Drugging Migrant Children/ Common Dreams

TRUMP-PUTIN-HELSINKI
16 July – *Ex-CIA Head [John Brennan] Suggests Trump Is ‘Hiding’ Something About His Relationship with Putin/ AlterNet
17 July – *Trump, at Putin’s Side, Questions US Intelligence on 2016 Election/ NYT
17 July – *Trump attacks media for not reporting great things about Putin meeting nobody was allowed to attend/ ThinkProgress
17 July – *Even Fox Commentators Agree: Putin’s Helsinki Hustle Humiliated Trump/ Truthout

17 July – *Reporter Dragged From Helsinki Meeting After Trying to Ask About Nuclear Treaty/ Democracy Now
18 July – *’Trump Is No Longer Our Leader’: Republican Texas State Lawmaker Calls for Impeachment After Putin Meeting/ TribTalk
20 July – *Trump to Invite Putin to Washington as Top Advisers Seek Details of Their Summit Talks/ NYT
20 July – *Putin invite sends Washington into Russian twilight zone/ CNN
20 July – *DNI Dan Coats Has 3 Words After Learning Trump Invited Vladimir Putin [“Say that again?”]/ HuffPost
20 July – *What Americans should do after Helsinki – “Trump officials, quit now”: Daniel Coats/ WP
20 July – *George Will [Conservative WP columnist] charges that Trump colluded with Putin/ Hill

RACISM, FAR RIGHT
16 July – *’N*gger, N*gger, N*gger!’: White Man Unleashes Racist Rant Against Family for Anti-Trump Yard Sign/ AlterNet
24 July – *The racist [GOP] candidate [Patrick Little] claims that Jewish people “completely controlled” slave trade/ Raw Story
19 July – *DHS Secretary Defends Violent White Supremacists in Charlottesville/ New Civil Rights Movement
20 July – *’Traveling While Black’ Guidebooks Aren’t in Print Anymore — But They Still Resonate in Modern America/ Conversation
20 July – *Bulk of families separated at US-Mexico border remain apart/ Reuters
24 July – *Wealthy White Teenager Who Drove Getaway Car for Gang Murder of Innocent Black Man Walks Free/ AlterNet
25 July – *More Than 450 Migrant Parents May Have Been Deported Without Their Children/ NYT
26 July – *Same-Sex Couple Rejected by Senior Living Community Because Their Marriage Doesn’t Meet “Biblical Definition”/ New Civil Rights Movement

“THE RUSSIA THING”
17 July – *Trump accuses Obama of rigging Russia investigation [FBI agent Peter Strzok]/ ThinkProgress
19 July – *DHS chief backs up intel assessment that Russia interfered in US elections/ Hill
23 July – *President Donald Trump: ‘Drop the discredited Mueller witch hunt now!’/ AOL
23 July – *Trump: Obama didn’t warn about Russia before election because ‘it is all a big hoax’/ Hill
31 July – *Manafort Heads To Court As First Defendant In Mueller Probe To Face Trial/ NPR
31 July – *Dershowitz: Mueller Hoping Manafort Will Choose to Testify Against Trump Rather Than ‘Die in Prison’/ Fox

ISRAEL/PALESTINE
19 July – *Israel Passes Law Anchoring Itself as Nation-State of the Jewish People/ NYT
21 July – *Israel Launches Broad Air Assault in Gaza Following Border Violence/ NYT
21 July – *After Warning of ‘Large and Painful Military Operation,’ Israel Begins Massive Bombing of Gaza/ Common Dreams
23 July – *Israel Picks Identity Over Democracy – More Nations May Follow/ NYT
28 July – *UN Envoy Condemns “Shocking and Tragic” Death of 12-Year-Old in Gaza Clashes/ Times of Israel

COPS, FBI, ICE
17 July – *Man killed by Chicago police was trying to show officers his gun license/ ThinkProgress
18 July – *Ex-FBI head James Comey urges public to vote Democratic [the FBI is “supposed to be” anti-Democratic]/ CNN
18 July – *Sexual Assault Inside ICE Detention: 2 Survivors Tell Their Stories/ NYT
24 July – *ICE-contracted private prison company made potentially illegal donation to GOP governor’s PAC/ Think Progress
26 July – *ICE to deport the wife of decorated Marine veteran/ ThinkProgress

GUNS
17 July – *Mandalay Bay [Las Vegas hotel] owner files complaint against victims of Las Vegas shooting/ NBC
17 July – *GOP candidate for Arizona state Senate who killed his mother supports ‘good guys’ with guns/ ThinkProgress
21 July – *A Florida man who fatally shot a father of three in an argument over parking space will not be arrested, because of the state’s “stand your ground” law/ Newsweek
30 July – *NRA, Republicans refute GOP sheriff’s stand-your-ground claims [in Florida]/ Politico

FACEBOOK
18 July – *Mark Zuckerberg Defends Holocaust Deniers During Discussion About Allowing Fake News on Facebook/ AlterNet
19 July – *Facebook to Remove Misinformation That Leads to Violence/ NYT
26 July – *Facebook Starts Paying a Price for Scandals/ NYT
29 July – *Facebook’s 20% Stock Implosion Signalled By Insider Selling/ Forbes

MARIA BUTINA
18 July – *NRA’s Alleged Russian Spy ‘Offered Sex’ for Job with ‘Special Interest’ Organization/ Raw Story
19 July – *Maria Butina, Suspected Secret Agent, Used Sex in Covert Plan, Prosecutors Say/ NYT
19 July – *The DOJ charged a Russian national, Maria Butina, on conspiracy to act as an unregistered foreign agent for setting up a secret line of communication with Republican Party leaders through the NRA/ Progress Report

DIVERS
18 July – *In New York, Intolerance Has Become Routine/ ProPublica
19 July – *Taliban Leaders Declare a Halt to Bombings in Civilian Areas/ NYT
21 July – *China is waging a ‘quiet kind of cold war’ against US, top CIA expert [Michael Collins] says/ CNBC
23 July – *Censors jump into action as China’s latest vaccine scandal ignites/ Yahoo
26 July – *Brock Turner [with attempted rape conviction] Insists He Never Wanted Sex, Only “Outercourse”/ Slate
27 July – *US the Most Dangerous Developed Country to Give Birth In: Report/ Newsweek

The best quotes of the last fortnight of July include the following:

A “Biblical Definition” of marriage [not same sex]
Trump with Putin: “The Audacity of a Dope”

The major topics of the previous issue of “Intelligence, Secrecy & Power” (ISP, n. 721, 15 July 2018) were: Trump (460X), Supreme Court (57X), NATO (55X), Russian (52X), UN (48X), China (48X), Children (47X), Trade (45X), UK (42X), Immigration (40X), The US (39X), Putin (36X), North Korea (35X), Brett Kavanaugh (33X), Democrats (29X), Israel (28X), Summit (27X), Mike Pompeo (26X), Syria (26X) and Allies (26X). The major themes were: Trump – UK, EU, NATO, Russia; Far Right – GOP – US Politics; Facism – Racism – Incivility; Cops – ICE – FBI; The Russia Thing; Immigration; UK – Brexit; Supreme Court; Israel/Palestine; EPA – Pruitt; and Guns.

Since the N. 700 issue of “Intelligence, Secrecy & Power” (ISP), we furnish systematic descriptive statistics for each issue. Based on the Word Count below of this issue, and at a very general level, the major topics of this 721 issue for the last fortnight of July 2018 are: Trump (799X), US (228X), Vladimir Putin (123X), Russia (102X), Michael Cohen (72X), China (67X), Trade (65X), Children (63X), UN (58X), Republicans (53X), White House (51X), Robert Mueller (45X), Border (45X), California (44X), Iran (43X), Media (39X), Democrats (36X), Korea (35X), Helsinki (33X), Facebook (32X), Brett Kavanaugh (32X), and Israel (30X). The major themes as seen above are: Trump (by himself); Trump-Putin-Helsinki; Racism, Far Right; “The Russia Thing”; Israel/Palestine; Cops, FBI, ICE; Guns; Facebook; and Maria Butina.

WORD COUNT
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