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|Trump denies asking FBI director to go easy on Flynn – USA TODAY|
|House Republicans target FBI, DOJ for contempt over Russia investigation – AL.com|
|Trump lashes out at own FBI in a series of tweets – The Daily Freeman|
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|CIA director: Trump tweets yielding valuable intelligence – CNN|
|Everyone piles on as Donald Trump launches into his most cartoonish meltdown yet|
Everyone piles on as Donald Trump launches into his most cartoonish meltdown yet
Everyone piles on as Donald Trump launches into his most cartoonish meltdown yet
|Trump attacks his own FBI in a series of tweets – CNBC|
|KT McFarland – Google Search|
Business Insider–17 hours ago
KT McFarland, a top official on President Donald Trump’s transition team, said in an email last December that they should reassure Russia, which she said had just “thrown the U.S.A. election” to Trump. The email, obtained by The New York Times, sheds new light on McFarland’s role in coordinating the …
KT McFarland told transition team colleague that Russia ‘has just …
Washington Examiner–17 hours ago
Senior Trump Transition Official Suggested Russia ‘Threw’ Election …
HuffPost–14 hours ago
Emails Dispute White House Claims That Flynn Acted Independently …
In-Depth–New York Times–18 hours ago
President Trump: ‘I Never Asked’ James Comey to Stop Investigating …
In-Depth–TIME–46 minutes ago
New York Post–Dec 1, 2017
… Getty Images. Ex-deputy national security adviser KT McFarland was identified Friday as the second person who discussed US sanctions against Russia with disgraced ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn. … The Associated Press in a tweet identified McFarland, who was let go after Flynn resigned.
AP sources link KT McFarland to Flynn papers
<a href=”http://cleveland.com” rel=”nofollow”>cleveland.com</a>–Dec 1, 2017
Flynn guilty plea raises questions for Trump, Kushner
International–YourErie–Dec 1, 2017
The Latest: AP Source Links Kushner to Flynn Filings
In-Depth–U.S. News & World Report–Dec 1, 2017
Timing of Flynn’s Lies Shows Risks to Kushner
Opinion–Bloomberg–Dec 2, 2017
Michael Flynn Pleads Guilty to Lying to the FBI and Will Cooperate …
In-Depth–New York Times–Dec 1, 2017
Haaretz–1 hour ago
This article was originally published on November 28, 2016 and republished after reports of KT McFarland’s involvement in the Trump-Russia probe. U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has filled two more top administration posts. The incoming president has tapped Fox News analyst Kathleen “KT” …
The Hill–Nov 29, 2017
According to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, their nuclear weapons program “endangers world peace, regional peace and certainly the United States.” Another prominent official who sounded this alarm is ambassadorial-nominee KT McFarland, a national security expert whose wisdom has been proven over …
|KT McFarland – Google Search|
|Who is KT McFarland? Donald Trump’s pick for deputy national security adviser|
This article was originally published on November 28, 2016 and republished after reports of KT McFarland’s involvement in the Trump-Russia probe.
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has filled two more top administration posts.
The incoming president has tapped Fox News analyst Kathleen “KT” McFarland to serve as deputy national security adviser, and campaign attorney Donald McGahn as White House counsel.
Trump confirmed the picks Friday in a statement from his transition team.
He cited McFarland’s “tremendous experience and innate talent,” which he said would “complement the fantastic team we are assembling.”
Trump had already tapped retired Army Gen. Michael Flynn as his national security adviser.
McFarland has most recently served as a Fox News analyst. She served in various posts under former Presidents Nixon, Ford and Reagan.
While on Fox News McFarland has offered analysis on various issues of national security, some of which has raised an eyebrow or two over the years.
In 2012 McFarland said to, “Either bomb Iran, or let Iran get the bomb.”
In response to the 2015 Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris, McFarland called for more racial profiling, while blaming the attacks on the failings of political correctness. Candidate Trump echoed McFarland’s sentiments in 2016 following the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, insisting that the U.S. should adapt “Israeli style” racial profiling.
In a segment with Sean Hannity on Fox News, McFarland defended waterboarding saying, “It’s not torture, but even if it is torture, it’s worth doing.”
While discussing Saudi Arabia’s support for the Iran nuclear agreement, McFarland inisted Saudi Arabia was being duplicitous, based upon her reasons that “they are Arabs, they are not going to say something to your face that will upset you… it’s not what they say, it’s what they do.”
McFarland whose national security experience goes as far back as serving on Henry Kissinger’s National Security Council Staff in the Ford administration, wrote a column in 2013 praising Vladimir Putin for his role in the Syrian conflict. She even went as far as to suggest Putin should receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
McFarland’s position does not require Senate confirmation.
|Meet KT McFarland, Trump’s anti-Arab, Putin-praising Former Deputy National Security Adviser – Haaretz|
|Police search for driver who hit at least 4 people in New York City – CBS News|
|Queens New York – Google Search|
New York Daily News–2 hours ago
One dead after hit-and-run driver strikes four people during knife fight outside Queens hookah bar … (Marc A. Hermann for New York Daily News) … An irate hit-and-run driver mowed down at least four people, killing one, after a knife fight outside a Queens hookah bar Sunday morning, according to police …
Hit-and-Run Driver Plows into 4 Pedestrians in Queens, Killing 1 …
Local Source–NBC New York–1 hour ago
CBS News–1 hour ago
NEW YORK — Police are searching for a driver who hit and killed one person and injured three others outside a nightclub in Queens, New York, early Sunday morning, CBS New York reports. Two of the three who are injured are in serious condition, according to the station. Two other people were stabbed …
1 dead after hit-and-run driver strikes several pedestrians in Queens
Local Source–New York’s PIX11 / WPIX-TV–12 minutes ago
New York Daily News–9 hours ago
Medics rushed Lewis to Mount Sinai Hospital Queens, where he died, according to authorities. The 20-year-old man lived in the nearby Queensbridge Houses, police said. Cops from the 114th Precinct in Astoria took to Twitter and asked people to avoid the area as police investigated the slaying.
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|Trump: we will grow everything – Google Search|
Telegraph.co.uk–Dec 2, 2017
US corporation tax will drop from 35 per cent to 20 per cent under Donald Trump’s overhaul which has been backed by Congress. The move piles pressure … “We‘re going to grow the country, we‘re going to grow jobs, we‘re going to be growing everything,” Mr Trump said in New York. “We have companies …
Tax bill: Trump victory as Senate backs tax overhaul
BBC News–Dec 2, 2017
Why Republicans Will Insist the Trump Tax Cuts ‘Worked,’ No Matter …
New York Magazine–Dec 1, 2017
Trump lauds GOP as tax bill heads to Senate-House conference
Newsday–20 hours ago
Trump’s team says the tax bill will pay for itself. It won’t.
Vox–Nov 30, 2017
Hours after Senate GOP passes tax bill, Trump says he’ll consider …
In-Depth–Washington Post–11 hours ago
Washington Times–18 hours ago
President Donald Trump speaks at a fundraiser at Cipriani in New York, Saturday, Dec. … The president gave the rosy assessment based on the economic upswing since he took office, which the president believes will be supercharged by tax cuts … We‘re going to be growing everything,” Mr. Trump said.
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Ventura County Star–8 hours ago
H.R. McMaster, said Saturday at an annual national defense forum at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. “Does an event like the indictment of your predecessor carry some kind of foreign policy or national security impact?” McMaster was asked by Fox News anchor Bret Baier during a luncheon …
McMaster: North Korean threat increasing every day
ABC News–10 hours ago
Risk of war with North Korea grows each day, says Trump’s security …
The Guardian–7 hours ago
HR McMaster brushes off reports that North Korea ICBM broke up
Washington Examiner–13 hours ago
McMaster: Russia Probe Not Impeding NSA’s Work or US Allies
Newsmax–11 hours ago
McMaster: Potential for war with North Korea ‘increasing every day’
Highly Cited–CNN–11 hours ago
Washington Examiner–9 hours ago
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — Top military officials, industry leaders, and experts all gathered here for the Reagan National Defense Forum on Saturday to discuss the big defense issues facing the United States, but most conversations kept swerving to budget woes on Capitol Hill. Amid North Korean missile tests …
|Two CIA directors spar over President Trump’s tweets – Los Angeles Times|
|CIA chief Pompeo says he warned Iran’s Soleimani over Iraq aggression|
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (Reuters) – U.S. Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo said on Saturday he sent a letter to Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani and Iranian leaders expressing concern regarding Iran’s increasingly threatening behavior in Iraq.
Speaking during a panel at the annual Reagan National Defense Forum in Southern California, Pompeo said he sent the letter after the senior Iranian military commander had indicated that forces under his control might attack U.S. forces in Iraq. He did not specify the date.
“What we were communicating to him in that letter was that we will hold he and Iran accountable for any attacks on American interests in Iraq by forces that are under their control,” Pompeo told the panel.
“We wanted to make sure he and the leadership in Iran understood that in a way that was crystal clear.”
Soleimani, who is the commander of foreign operations for Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards, refused to open the letter, according to Pompeo, who took over the CIA in January.
Iranian media earlier quoted Mohammad Mohammadi Golpayegani, a senior aide to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, as saying an unnamed CIA contact had tried to give a letter to Soleimani when he was in the Syrian town of Albu Kamal in November during the fighting against Islamic State.
“I will not take your letter nor read it and I have nothing to say to these people,” Golpayegani quoted Soleimani as saying, according to the semi-official news agency Fars.
Reuters reported in October that Soleimani had repeatedly warned Kurdish leaders in northern Iraq to withdraw from the oil city of Kirkuk or face an onslaught by Iraqi forces and allied Iranian-backed fighters, and had traveled to Iraq’s Kurdistan region to meet Kurdish leaders.
The presence of Soleimani on the frontlines highlights Tehran’s heavy sway over policy in Iraq, and comes as Shi‘ite Iran seeks to win a proxy war in the Middle East with its regional rival and U.S. ally, Sunni Saudi Arabia.
A U.S.-led coalition has been fighting Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and is often in proximity to Iran-allied militia fighting Isis there.
“You need to only look to the past few weeks and the efforts of the Iranians to exert influence now in Northern Iraq in addition to other places in Iraq to see that Iranian efforts to be the hegemonic power throughout the Middle East continues to increase,” Pompeo said.
The CIA chief said Saudi Arabia had grown more willing to share intelligence with other Middle Eastern nations regarding Iran and Islamist extremism.
The Israeli government said last month that Israel had covert contacts with Saudi Arabia amid common concerns over Iran, a first disclosure by a senior official from either country of long-rumoured secret dealings.
“We’ve seen them work with the Israelis to push back against terrorism throughout the Middle East, to the extent we can continue to develop those relationships and work alongside them – the Gulf states and broader Middle East will likely be more secure,” said Pompeo.
Writing by Michelle Price in WASHINGTON, additional reporting by Dubai newsroom; Editing by Mary Milliken and Michael Perry
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|plan to privatize CIA operations – Google Search|
BuzzFeed News–Nov 30, 2017
Amyntor’s officials and employees include veterans of a variety of US covert operations, ranging from the Reagan-era Iran–Contra affair to more recent … A source speaking on behalf of the company stressed that while Amyntor officials are aware of and involved in the rendition plan, the company itself …
White House, CIA reportedly considering proposals to privatize …
The Week Magazine–Nov 30, 2017
Carbonated.tv (blog)–14 hours ago
President Donald Trump’s administration is reportedly planning to pay millions to a private international security firm and is also considering allowing former U.S. … intelligence on terrorists using “a network of assets in a denied area”, an online propaganda operation to counter Islamic extremism, and the rendition plan.
Truth-Out–Nov 27, 2017
Is Steve Bannon Planning to Unleash Erik Prince on Wyoming Sen. … a former Australian air force pilot, and a lawyer with dual citizenship in the U.S. and Israel . . . to secretly rebuild his private CIA and special operations enterprise by setting up foreign shell companies and offering paramilitary services.”.
The Intercept–Nov 15, 2017
Trump has granted the CIA and military sweeping authorities to conduct lethal operations, all while laughing it up with the murderous despot, Rodrigo ….. JS: Right, and Erik Prince publicly is pushing this Afghanistan plan to privatize the war and, you know, I think he secretly wants to be or not so secretly …
Reuters–Oct 26, 2017
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The founder of private military contractor Blackwater is trying to interest U.S. intelligence agencies in his plan to privatize … U.S. government sources say Prince has recently floated his Afghanistan proposal to spy agencies including the CIA but it is not clear how much support it …
|FBI Warns of Mounting Collaboration Between Nations, Criminals to Launch Cyberattacks|
FBI Director Christopher Wray warned Thursday that adversarial governments are more often collaborating with criminals to carryout cyber attacks against the United States.
Wray said the indictment of a Canadian national who pleaded guilty on Tuesday to helping Russian spies hack into Yahoo email accounts reflect “one of the more dangerous, emerging threats” facing the United States today, known in the intelligence community as a “blended threat.”
“We are seeing an emergence of that kind of collaboration,” Wray testified before the House Homeland Security Committee, noting that until recently governments and criminals worked separately. “Now there’s this collusion, if you will, that’s occurring on a number of instances like mercenaries being used to commit cyber attacks.”
The Justice Department announced charges in March against Karim Baratov, a 22-year-old Canadian citizen, and three other men, including two officers of Russia’s Federal Security Service, or FSB, for their involvement in the 2014 hack into Yahoo that affected 500 million accounts.
U.S. law enforcement officials said Baratov, who they dubbed a “hacker-for-hire,” acknowledged breaking into email accounts and selling the passwords to an agent of the FSB, a Russian intelligence agency.
The individuals targeted included Russian officials, a European diplomat, a former economic minister from a neighboring country, and a prominent banker.
The case confirmed longstanding suspicions that Russia’s government hires non-government hackers and uses its spy services to facilitate criminal activity in addition to conducting espionage.
Wray, who President Donald Trump handpicked to replace ousted FBI Director James Comey in June, said Russia is attempting to assert its dominance in the world by relying on asymmetric warfare to “damage and weaken” the United States
To combat the threat, Wray said he has set up a “foreign influence task force” within the bureau made up of different divisions, including counterintelligence, cyber, and criminal investigation. He said the agency would also coordinate closely with the Department of Homeland Security, which is charged with overseeing critical election infrastructure, to prevent against cyberattacks.
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|Trump administration allegedly considering plan to privatize CIA operations|
The United States Central Intelligence Agency and the White House are considering several proposals to hire private companies to carry out covert operations abroad, according to a report.
|To Promote Global Security and Tackle Extremism, Decriminalize Drugs – World Politics Review|