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    Today, 02:15 PM
    Glenn Greenwald: As the Obama DOJ Concluded, Prosecution of Julian Assange for Publishing Documents Poses Grave Threats to Press Freedom THE TRUMP JUSTICE DEPARTMENT inadvertently revealed in a court filing that it has charged Julian Assange in a sealed indictment. The disclosure occurred through a remarkably amateurish cutting-and-pasting error in which prosecutors unintentionally used secret language from Assange’s sealed charges in a document filed in an unrelated case. Although the document does not specify which charges have been filed against Assange, the Wall Street Journal reported that “they may involve the Espionage Act, which criminalizes the disclosure of national defense-related information.” Over the last two years, journalists and others have melodramatically claimed that press freedoms were being assaulted by the Trump administration due to trivial acts such as the President spouting adolescent insults … or banning Jim Acosta from White House press conferences due to his refusal to stop preening for a few minutes so as to allow other journalists to ask questions. Meanwhile, actual and real threats to press freedoms that began with the Obama DOJ and have escalated with the Trump DOJ – such as aggressive attempts to unearth and prosecute sources – have gone largely ignored if not applauded. But prosecuting Assange and/or WikiLeaks for publishing classified documents would be in an entirely different universe of press freedom threats. Reporting on the secret acts of government officials or powerful financial actors – including by publishing documents taken without authorization – is at the core of investigative journalism. From the Pentagon Papers to the Panama Papers to the Snowden disclosures to publication of Trump’s tax returns to the Iraq and Afghanistan war logs, some of the most important journalism over the last several decades has occurred because it is legal and constitutional to publish secret documents even if the sources of those documents obtained them through illicit or even illegal means. The Obama DOJ – despite launching notoriously aggressive attacks on press freedoms – recognized this critical principle when it came to WikiLeaks. It spent years exploring whether it could criminally charge Assange and WikiLeaks … It ultimately decided it … could not do so, consistent with the press freedom guarantee of the First Amendment. … such a prosecution would pose a severe threat to press freedom because there would be no way to prosecute Assange for publishing classified documents without also prosecuting the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian and others for doing exactly the same thing. …
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    Today, 10:08 AM
    2 Navy SEALs, 2 Marines Charged with Murder of Green Beret Two Navy SEALs and two Marine Raiders are facing murder charges in the 2017 death of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar in a house in Mali, according to charge sheets obtained by USNI News. The SEALs and Marines are all charged with murder and obstructing justice in the June 4, 2017 death of Melgar. The charge sheets accuse the four of breaking into Melgar’s room, binding him with duct tape while a SEAL choked Melgar to death and then lying to investigators about what had happened. … While the redacted charge sheets provided to USNI News neither identify the SEALs nor the Marines, a 2017 Army Criminal Investigation Command report identified the SEALs involved in the incident as Petty Officer Antony DeDolph and Chief Petty Officer Adam Cranston Matthews. According to the CID report, a witness said DeDolph admitted he had “choked Logan out” after he and Matthews bound Melgar with duct tape. A medical examiner ruled Melgar’s death a homicide by asphyxiation. None of the suspects are in pretrial confinement.
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    Today, 10:05 AM
    Mali: Two Navy Seal Team 6 Members Under Suspicion of Strangling Army Green Beret in Mali "No one has been charged in Sergeant Melgar’s death, which a military medical examiner ruled to be a homicide — strangulation, said three military officials ... The death has been shrouded in mystery, and the biggest unanswered question is why Sergeant Melgar was killed. “NCIS does not discuss the details of ongoing investigations,” Ed Buice, the agency’s spokesman, said ... The uncertainty has left soldiers in the tight-knit Green Beret community to speculate whether the killing might have been the result of a personal dispute among housemates gone horribly wrong or whether Sergeant Melgar might have stumbled upon some illicit activity the SEALs were involved in, and they silenced him. ..."
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    Yesterday, 07:07 PM
    Don't worry they'll be plenty of chances to fail more audits. All this means, obviously, is that the Pentagon just needs more money.
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    Yesterday, 01:32 PM
    He's actually right. Project Veritas got the scoop on all the illicit tactics.
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    Yesterday, 01:01 PM
    With no idea how to pay for it. But it sells well among the arithmetically challenged.
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    Yesterday, 12:57 PM
    From AmericanThinker: Avenatti seems to be spiraling into a vortex of trouble, on the hook for millions of dollars in damages, his client Stormy Daniels required to pay court costs to President Trump, and his law firm evicted from its offices for nonpayment of rent. Now he faces felony violence charges and must demand consideration he denied to his foes.
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    Yesterday, 12:03 PM
    She is more street smart than Trump is.
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    Yesterday, 10:00 AM
    Lucky France. they can be so overt about their government censorship. In the US, they are more subtle and have to embed deep state enterprises like the Atlantic Counsel to partner with Facebook to do their wholesale banning and censorship for them.
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    Yesterday, 09:49 AM
    Sure sounds great. Wish we had a free market.
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    Yesterday, 09:24 AM
    A $trillion here, and a $trillion there, and pretty soon you are talking about real money.
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    Yesterday, 09:13 AM
    Poynter comments on that issue of Acosta's lack of journalist integrity: "Jim Acosta’s encounter Wednesday at a White House press conference was less about asking questions and more about making statements. ... Acosta asked the president if Trump had demonized the caravan of Central Americans trekking toward the United States, ending his exchange by stating, “It is not an invasion.” If Acosta had asked “What about that seems like an invasion?” he could have both sought an answer ... Acosta asked. “Do you think that you demonize immigrants?” To which the president answered, “No.” A better question might have been, “How do you respond to the criticism that you are demonizing certain types of immigrants, namely poor immigrants?” But then Acosta’s questions ended and his statements began. “Your campaign had an ad showing migrants climbing over walls,” ... “They are hundreds of miles away, that’s not an invasion.” ... A briefing is not the same as a cable news wrestling match, where sides shout at each other. Acosta should have handed over the microphone. ..."
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    Yesterday, 08:57 AM
    This BBC article has same take on Acosta - a spoiled little brat: "Jim Acosta was called on by the president to ask a question. … And when he'd finished asking one, he then asked another - with interruption follow-ups in between. It was only when he attempted his third question - or possibly fourth depending on how you define the follow-ups - that the president got angry and asked him to sit down. … I'm pretty sure Acosta never intended to "mistouch" the young female intern. He was just trying to hold on to the mic. … What happened in that room was not the ultimate fight for press freedom. … This was a bloke sitting in a room full of colleagues who were all trying to ask questions too. This was a man who'd had his turn and had been told he couldn't hog the whole time. … The president took CNN's question and then took more. And when he tried to move on, he couldn't. Once the Acosta incident was over, he went on to take questions from journalists from all over the world - for a total of 90 minutes. ..."
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    Yesterday, 06:45 AM
    AZJoe replied to a thread Target: Gaza in World News & Affairs
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    Yesterday, 05:53 AM
    Criminal Corrupt Evil James Clapper Admits Gross Intelligence Failure on Iraq WMDs But Still Escapes Prison Former National Intelligence Director James Clapper’s key role in helping the Cheney/Bush administration “justify” war on Iraq with fraudulent intelligence was exposed on Tuesday at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington. … he admitted that he had lied under oath to that same Senate about the extent of eavesdropping on Americans by the National Security Agency (NSA). He is now a security analyst for CNN. In his book, Clapper finally places the blame for the consequential fraud (he calls it “the failure”) to find the (non-existent) WMD “where it belongs — squarely on the shoulders of the administration members who were pushing a narrative of a rogue WMD program in Iraq and on the intelligence officers, including me, who were so eager to help that we found what wasn’t really there.” … “The White House aimed to justify why an invasion of and regime change in Iraq were necessary, with a public narrative that condemned its continued development of weapons of mass destruction its support to al-Qaida (for which the Intelligence Community had no evidence).” …
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    Yesterday, 05:31 AM
    United States Will Bring Assange to US in Chains in ten years’ time, Wikileaks published more classified information than all other media combined. It exposed human rights abuses, government spying, torture, and war crimes on an unprecedented scale. WikiLeaks put government, corporations and even the Pentagon, the FBI, the CIA and other intel agencies on notice that they could no longer count on operating in secret. It created a trove of primary source material that serious journalists and researchers will mine for years to come. Its publications are accessible to readers who prefer primary sources to mostly mediated news. Wikileaks so infuriates the USA’s most violent, corrupt, and criminal institutions that Hillary Clinton half-jokingly suggested drone-bombing Assange. Other U.S. politicians called for his execution by other means. … Adam Schiff … chair of the House Intelligence Committee … said he would speak to Assange “when he is in U.S. custody, not before.” Schiff is a vociferous and supremely self-righteous leader of the Democratic Party’s “Resistance,” … The “Resistance” tolerates only … one loyalty: Russia is the enemy …. Russia dares to position missiles on its own borders … to respond to NATO’s missiles on the other side. The U.S. must build more missiles, more drones, more nuclear weapons, and every other sort of weapon … Moral and racial superiority entitles the U.S. to occupy the world with military bases, ringing any nation that challenges its hegemony with military aircraft, battleships, assault vehicles, and military surveillance. … to shut down access to information deviating from its narratives and therefore to arrest and extradite Julian Assange.
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    11-14-2018, 08:02 PM
    TMZ: "Avenatti was arrested Wednesday after a woman filed a felony DV report. We're told her face was "swollen and bruised" with "red marks" on both cheeks. ... the alleged incident occurred Tuesday night, but there was another confrontation Wednesday between the two at an exclusive apartment building in the Century City area of L.A. ... Wednesday afternoon the woman was on the sidewalk on her cellphone with sunglasses covering her eyes, sobbing and screaming on the phone, "I can't believe you did this to me. I'm going to get a restraining order against you." ... security brought her inside the building, took her upstairs and Michael showed up 5 minutes later and ran into the building. screamed repeatedly, "She hit me first." We're told he angrily added, "This is bulls***, this is f***ing bulls***." We're told he tried getting into the elevator but security denied him access. ... "
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    11-14-2018, 07:37 PM
    Some bad votes, and she is wrong on many other things too (but still not nearly as bad as Trump & Co. on foreign policy). But on this Yemen issue kudos to her, and to anyone else on the specific issue(s) they do get right. Even someone with a record as atrocious Trump or Lindsay Graham or Bolton or Obama or Sanders or Jill Stein will encourage on the particular issue(s) they do get right.
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