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WSJ.com: World News: ‘A Missile Has Apparently Been Launched From North Korea. Please Take Refuge.’

A national warning system in Japan jolted people out of bed early Tuesday after North Korea launched a missile over the northern island of Hokkaido.

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Trump: All options are on the table following North Korea missile launch over Japan

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President Trump reiterated Tuesday that all options are on the table following North Koreas latest provocative missile launch, this one fired over Japan and into the Pacific Ocean. The world has received North Koreas latest message loud and clear: this regime has signaled its contempt for its neighbors, for all members of the United Nations, […]

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Sanford J. Ungar is director of the Free Speech Project at Georgetown University and a Lumina Foundation Fellow.

Leaks and leakers. Just the words seem to have a negative aura about them, with unappealing connotations of plumbing problems and weak bladders. Surely, they are a scourge that disgraces journalism and weakens government.

When President Trump wants to discredit the FBI director he fired, James B. Comey, who acknowledged in Senate testimony that he had shared with a friend private memoranda he wrote about his strange meetings with the president, it’s easy: “He’s a leaker,” said Trump, his voice dripping with contempt.

When Jeff Sessions, who, perhaps foolishly, gave up his safe Senate seat from Alabama to become Trump’s attorney general, finds himself facing a barrage of unfair criticism from his patron and is desperately seeking a way back into his good graces, there is a simple path: promise to be relentless about tracking down and punishing the evil leakers. “This culture of leaking must stop,” said Sessions indignantly.

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What right-thinking American could not be repelled by these appalling people and practices?

But wait a minute. What if leaks — more attractively labeled “inside information” or “revelations” — and leakers — more euphemistically called “sources” or “whistleblowers” — are part of the lifeblood of American democracy, one of the few reliable ways we find out what is actually going on?

Anyone practicing real journalism in this country (and quite a few other places, too) learns right away that he or she cannot necessarily count on government always to offer the full, or truthful, story about what it is doing. The same holds for business, the nonprofit sector, even the art world and sometimes journalistic institutions themselves. The job is not to be a simple transcriber, and leaks are one vehicle for getting things right.

I remember vividly the advice a wise and experienced FBI agent gave me when I was writing a book about the bureau: “Be careful not to get a bad case of the ‘for-reals,’ ” he said. In other words, do not assume that everything happens according to the rulebook or the way officials say it does.

Indeed, during that project and many others, I benefited professionally from leaks, admittedly some more reliable than others. I sometimes made use of those that checked out, fully realizing that I might be denounced by the same people who had given me the information. That’s what they had to do to protect themselves from discovery.

Not all leaks are equal, of course. Many leakers have patriotic motivations, but one must always weigh the intentions of the leaker and deploy a healthy dose of common sense to avoid the risk of being burned or used by a source.

When it comes to national security information, which is what Sessions seems to be particularly worked up about, the record is far different from what he would have us believe. Many well-respected editors and reporters in the mainstream media, including The Post, have consulted with officials before publishing sensitive stories, and they have sometimes held them back from publication, rather than risk damage to national security.

And there are few, if any, examples where it can be shown that leaks did any genuine harm, beyond embarrassment and awkwardness for politicians or policy makers. Not the stories of the United States cracking the Japanese military’s codes early in World War II. Or reports of training Cuban exiles for the Bay of Pigs invasion. Or the publication of the Pentagon Papers. Or more recent revelations of electronic espionage by the U.S. government.

In fact, despite the tougher stance on the issue begun under the Obama administration, to this day the federal government has never tried to prosecute a reporter for revealing classified information.

Is it useful, on balance, for us to learn from secret transcripts that Trump bullied the leaders of Mexico and Australia in phone conversations with them shortly after taking office? Different people may draw the line in different places, but I would say that’s an easy “yes” and wish for more such transcripts to be leaked — if only to give us an alternative to the president’s self-promoting tweets as a source of information about current U.S. policy.

As for Sessions’s boasts that it will be easy to identify the leakers, skepticism is in order. “Leak investigations” are often long, frustrating dead-ends. That is why J. Edgar Hoover, who usually wasn’t shy about abusing his power during his 48 years running the FBI, was famously reluctant to take on leakers. Hoover didn’t like to fail, and he knew that quite often the source of a national security leak could be the president himself.

The Trump administration is not the first to make the empty threat of leak investigations. When things got bad 45 years ago, President Richard Nixon and his Justice Department tried that, too, but it didn’t work. It intimidated some and struck fear in the hearts of others, but so far as we know, it did not prevent a single leak. Most citizens, including those who serve in Congress, realize the importance of preserving a free press and their own ability to speak (and yes, sometimes leak) freely, even at the risk of displeasing a president and his beleaguered attorney general.

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Moscow, Russia, July 31, 2017 –  The main building of the Russian Foreign Ministry.President Vladimir Putin on July 30 said the United States would have to cut 755 diplomatic staff in Russia and warned of a prolonged gridlock in its ties after the US Congress backed new sanctions against the Kremlin. (Photo credit:  ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)

On the streets of Moscow things look pretty much the same as they did before the first round of sanctions were levied to punish Russia for its actions in Ukraine and the Crimea: no shortages in the shops, prices in restaurants actually lower than before sanctions went into effect. Head to the outskirts of the big cites into the countryside, and aside from the occasional oligarch’s outrageously lavish dacha, you see poverty. Just as you would have seen ten, 20, 50 years ago. These are the people who never benefitted from the hey days of high oil prices and whose lives, under sanctions, also haven’t changed.

That’s because there’s been no trickle-down in post-Soviet Russian economy: those in leadership positions when Communism collapsed took what they could with permission; others took what was in front of them and sold it where they could find a market. That includes objectionable good such as weapons and uranium to objectionable clients.

As economist Andrey Movchan, director of the Economic Policy Program at Carnegie Moscow Center writes in his report, Decline, Not Collapse: The Bleak Prospects for Russia’s Economy, “By the time Russian President Vladimir Putin took power in 2000, the majority of key assets were owned either by the state or by a small group of private individuals who had obtained these assets from the state in return for political obedience and loyalty.” Movchan and I met in Moscow recently to discuss the impact of sanctions and the future of the Russian economy for this blog.

Operating Without Money

It helps to remember that not only is Russia a country that can endure hardships like no other, but it is also accustomed to operating without money. Favors and personal privilege are equally valuable, if not more desirable, commodities with which to barter. And even under Communism everyone, including the government, depended on the black market for goods and services. It was the closet things Soviet Russia had to Capitalism, during a time when private enterprise could get you sent to a gulag if you were lucky, or to a firing squad if you were not. So it should come as no shock that those best able to handle the overnight shift in economic ideology were the black marketeers who had the experience of private enterprise and lacked the average Russian’s inbred fear of acting on his or her own.

Moscow, Russia, July 31, 2017 – A view overlooking Red Square and  beyond, showing the Kremlin, the History Museum and the Cathedral of Christ the Savior (gold dome). (Photo credit:  MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

There followed in the 1990s a transition period consisting of a liberal economy but no governance. Russia was a real wild east. Then-President Boris Yeltsin’s inability to manage the government led to stalemate in the state Duma (Parliament) and wanton disorder in the business world, involving not just corruption but sometimes murder. Putin’s ascent to power brought much of the mayhem to a halt and regained state control of the country’s oil production and trading business, which had been lost during the 1990s, under what then passed for “privatization.” Putin, writes Movchan, “arrested the rebellious oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky in 2003, nationalized his Yukos oil company, and ensured all other oligarchs got the message and would obey.”


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fbi – Google News: FBI searching for Baltimore bank robber – ABC2 News
mueller – Google News: Republican floats measure to kill Mueller probe after 6 months – Politico
The World Web Times wwtimes.com: Recent Tweets: Mike Nova @mikenov 10:33 AM 8/28/2017 Todays Topics: Hurricane Harvey and Price of oil | Putin, price of oil, and weather weapons http://wwtimes.com
fbi – Google News: Loop Bank Robber Holds Up Chase Branch Downtown, FBI Says – DNAinfo
fbi – Google News: Lewis Bennett, husband of Delray Beach woman missing at sea, arrested by the FBI – WPTV.com
The World Web Times wwtimes.com: Cheap oil will win new Cold War with Putin just ask Reagan Telegraph
james b. comey – Google News: Jennifer Rubin: Arpaio reminds us: Trump’s team enables evil behavior – Salt Lake Tribune
mueller – Google News: ‘Another example of malicious intent’: Emails from Trump’s lawyer to the Kremlin ‘will probably be of interest’ to … – Business Insider
fbi aclu report – Google News: Baltimore Man Arrested For Firing Gun During Charlottesville Rally – CBS Baltimore / WJZ
The World Web Times wwtimes.com: 3:09 PM 8/28/2017 Putin, the price of oil, and the Weather Weapons News Review
The World Web Times wwtimes.com: Breaking News: Trumps business sought deal on a Trump Tower in Moscow while he ran for president The Washington Post
fbi – Google News: Ex FBI agent: 2 things you need to know to avoid falling for a money scam – CNBC

 

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mueller – Google News: Will Special Counsel Mueller examine the DNC server, source of the great Russia-gate caper? – Philly.com


Philly.com
Will Special Counsel Mueller examine the DNC server, source of the great Russia-gate caper?
Philly.com
Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been tasked with investigating the alleged Trump-Russian conspiracy. Unlike the feckless Comey, he has used a grand jury and at least one search warrant to obtain evidence. May we expect Mueller to use similar tactics …

mueller – Google News

fbi – Google News: FBI: Women Dressed As Nuns Wanted For Attempted Armed Bank Robbery – CBS Philly


CBS Philly
FBI: Women Dressed As Nuns Wanted For Attempted Armed Bank Robbery
CBS Philly
PHILADELPHIA (CBS)The FBI is looking for two armed women dressed as nuns who they say attempted to rob a bank on Monday. It happened in Tannersville, PA. The FBI says they are looking for two Hispanic women, standing 5′- 5’2, wearing nuns’ …

fbi – Google News

fbi – Google News: FBI releases pictures of serial robber hitting metro banks – KOCO Oklahoma City


KOCO Oklahoma City
FBI releases pictures of serial robber hitting metro banks
KOCO Oklahoma City
Police have released new images of a serial bank robber wreaking havoc across the Oklahoma City metro. The FBI says the “Motorcycle Bandit” has robbed three banks and tried to rob a fourth. The pictures FBI released of the robber were taken from
FBI releases footage from serial bank robber’s latest hitKOKH FOX25

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fbi – Google News

Andrew McCabe – Google News: Hillary-linked G-man still investigating Trump – WND.com


WND.com
Hillary-linked G-man still investigating Trump
WND.com
Politically compromised deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe continues to run an investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia, bureau sources familiar with the probe say even though it overlaps with the special counsel’s …

and more »

Andrew McCabe – Google News

fbi aclu report – Google News: Baltimore Klansman arrested for firing a gun in Charlottesville previously charged with assaults, rape, never convicted – Baltimore City Paper (blog)


Baltimore City Paper (blog)
Baltimore Klansman arrested for firing a gun in Charlottesville previously charged with assaults, rape, never convicted
Baltimore City Paper (blog)
and pulling a semi-automatic pistol, firing a single shot, turning and pocketing the gun as he walks away. The video shows that Virginia State Police were steps away but did not act. Media reports say the ACLU observer sent the video to the FBI on Aug.
Baltimore Man Arrested For Firing Gun During Charlottesville RallyCBS Baltimore / WJZ
Two Men Arrested in Connection With Charlottesville ViolenceNew York Times
Charge of firing gun at protesters not first for KKK memberWashington Post
The News Journal –Metro –New York Times –T.co
all 253 news articles »

fbi aclu report – Google News

james b. comey – Google News: Leaks are actually the lifeblood of American democracy – Washington Post


Washington Post
Leaks are actually the lifeblood of American democracy
Washington Post
When President Trump wants to discredit the FBI director he fired, James BComey, who acknowledged in Senate testimony that he had shared with a friend private memoranda he wrote about his strange meetings with the president, it’s easy: He’s a leaker 

james b. comey – Google News

fbi aclu report – Google News: White House to Expand Military-Grade Armament for Local Police – Courthouse News Service


Courthouse News Service
White House to Expand Military-Grade Armament for Local Police
Courthouse News Service
According to the most recent FBI statistics, 66 officers were killed in the line of duty in 2016, the first full year after Obama’s order went into effect, with most dying in ambushes or answering disturbance calls. Of the 66 who died in 2016, 50 were 
The Hill’s 12:30 ReportThe Hill
Trump lifts ban on military gear to local police forcesUSA TODAY
Obama bans some military equipment sales to policeUSA TODAY

all 314 news articles »

fbi aclu report – Google News

mueller – Google News: GOP lawmaker proposes amendment to stop Mueller investigation after 180 days – The Hill


The Hill
GOP lawmaker proposes amendment to stop Mueller investigation after 180 days
The Hill
A Republican lawmaker has put forth an amendment that would stop funding for the special counsel’s Russia investigation 180 days after it becomes law. The amendment from Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) would also prevent special counsel RobertMueller …
Rep. Pete King on Twitter: “I won’t abandon Texas the way Ted Cruz did New York: https://t.co/CRddWno2Aa”Twitter
House to Take Up Storm Relief Bill Amid Battle Over SpendingNew York Times
This is why Harvey and Hurricane Katrina are two very different stormsMashable
Ted Cruz – Senate.gov –Twitter
all 107 news articles »

mueller – Google News

james b. comey – Google News: Arpaio reminds us: Trump’s team enables evil behavior – The Daily Gazette


The Daily Gazette
Arpaio reminds us: Trump’s team enables evil behavior
The Daily Gazette
As Hurricane Harvey was about to make landfall President Donald Trump announced the pardon of former Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio, not mentioning the circumstances of his conviction for criminal contempt (i.e., flagrantly violating and then boasting
The Arpaio pardon displays Trump’s disdain for the rule of lawWashington Post

all 348 news articles »

james b. comey – Google News

fbi – Google News: FBI searching for Baltimore bank robber – ABC2 News


ABC2 News
FBI searching for Baltimore bank robber
ABC2 News
If you know who and/or where this man may be you’re asked to call your local FBI office immediately or submit tips at tips.fbi.gov. Copyright 2017 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or
TD Bank in Wall robbed, drawing response from local cops, FBIAsbury Park Press
Loop Bank Robber Holds Up Chase Branch Downtown, FBI SaysDNAinfo
FBI offers $5000 reward in Baltimore bank robbery caseWBAL Baltimore
CBS Baltimore / WJZ –Fox Baltimore –Chicago Tribune
all 9 news articles »

fbi – Google News

mueller – Google News: Republican floats measure to kill Mueller probe after 6 months – Politico


Politico
Republican floats measure to kill Mueller probe after 6 months
Politico
Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) is pushing an amendment to severely curtail special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. DeSantis has put forward a provision that would halt funding for Mueller’s probe six months 
GOP Rep Introduces Measure to Defund Mueller Probe After 6 MonthsDaily Beast
GOP lawmaker proposes amendment to stop Mueller investigation after 180 daysThe Hill

all 3 news articles »

mueller – Google News

The World Web Times wwtimes.com: Recent Tweets: Mike Nova @mikenov 10:33 AM 8/28/2017 Todays Topics: Hurricane Harvey and Price of oil | Putin, price of oil, and weather weapons http://wwtimes.com

Mike Nova @mikenov 10:33 AM 8/28/2017 – Today’s Topics: Hurricane Harvey and Price of oil | Putin, price of oil, and weather weapons – http://wwtimes.com  1m Mike Nova @mikenov 3:09 PM 8/28/2017 – Putin, the price of oil, and the Weather Weapons – News Review – http://wwtimes.com  3m Mike Nova @mikenov Cheap oil will win new Cold War … Continue reading“Recent Tweets: Mike Nova @mikenov 10:33 AM 8/28/2017 – Today’s Topics: Hurricane Harvey and Price of oil | Putin, price of oil, and weather weapons – http://wwtimes.com “

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fbi – Google News: Loop Bank Robber Holds Up Chase Branch Downtown, FBI Says – DNAinfo


DNAinfo
Loop Bank Robber Holds Up Chase Branch Downtown, FBI Says
DNAinfo
He robbed a Chase Bank branch Monday morning in the Loop, according to the FBI. The suspect pulled the heist at 9:43 a.m. after walking into the bank at 230 W. Monroe St. and demanding money, the Chicago office of the FBI said. He did not use a weapon, …
FBI searching for Baltimore bank robberABC2 News
TD Bank in Wall robbed, drawing response from local cops, FBIAsbury Park Press
FBI offers $5000 reward in Baltimore bank robbery caseWBAL Baltimore
CBS Baltimore / WJZ –Fox Baltimore –Chicago Tribune
all 11 news articles »

fbi – Google News

fbi – Google News: Lewis Bennett, husband of Delray Beach woman missing at sea, arrested by the FBI – WPTV.com


WPTV.com
Lewis Bennett, husband of Delray Beach woman missing at sea, arrested by the FBI
WPTV.com
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Lewis Bennett, the husband of a Delray Beach woman who went missing at sea, has been arrested by the FBI. A statement from the FBI says Bennett was arrested without incident in West Palm Beach. The FBI says it is anticipated …

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fbi – Google News

The World Web Times wwtimes.com: Cheap oil will win new Cold War with Putin just ask Reagan Telegraph

The son of President Ronald Reagan says the world should learn from his father’s secret deal with Saudi Arabia to drive down oil to end the Cold War and stop Vladimir Putin in his tracks Source: Cheap oil will win new Cold War with Putin – just ask Reagan – Telegraph Cheap oil will win … Continue reading“Cheap oil will win new Cold War with Putin – just ask Reagan – Telegraph”

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james b. comey – Google News: Jennifer Rubin: Arpaio reminds us: Trump’s team enables evil behavior – Salt Lake Tribune


Salt Lake Tribune
Jennifer Rubin: Arpaio reminds us: Trump’s team enables evil behavior
Salt Lake Tribune
To make matters worse, we learn that Trump went directly to his attorney general (just as he allegedly went to James B.Comey about Michael Flynn) trying to get the case against his friend dropped. Trump has learned nothing about potential obstruction 

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james b. comey – Google News

mueller – Google News: ‘Another example of malicious intent’: Emails from Trump’s lawyer to the Kremlin ‘will probably be of interest’ to … – Business Insider


Business Insider
‘Another example of malicious intent’: Emails from Trump’s lawyer to the Kremlin ‘will probably be of interest’ to…
Business Insider
President Donald Trump’s personal attorney sent an email to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman in January 2016 asking for his “assistance” with a massive real-estate project being pursued by the Trump Organization in Russia at the time.
Fresh details add context to Trump-Russia scandalMSNBC
Lawyer: Trump organization pursued property in Russia during campaignPBS NewsHour
There Are Still So Many Russian Secrets Waiting to LeakEsquire.com

all 226 news articles »

mueller – Google News

fbi aclu report – Google News: Baltimore Man Arrested For Firing Gun During Charlottesville Rally – CBS Baltimore / WJZ


CBS Baltimore / WJZ
Baltimore Man Arrested For Firing Gun During Charlottesville Rally
CBS Baltimore / WJZ
His arrest stems from video the ACLU turned over to the FBI, and neighbors say police raided Preston’s home early Saturday morning. The video from the ACLU reportedly shows Maryland KKK imperial wizard Preston firing a gun into a crowd, just feet from 
Baltimore man among 3 more charged in Charlottesville, Va., white supremacist rallyBaltimore Sun
How Charlottesville lost control amid deadly protestWashington Post
‘White supremacist’ shoots at black protester during Charlottesville rallyMetro
New York Times –WBAL Baltimore –International Business Times UK –New York Times
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fbi aclu report – Google News

The World Web Times wwtimes.com: 3:09 PM 8/28/2017 Putin, the price of oil, and the Weather Weapons News Review

8.28.17 – Hurricane Harvey And The Price Of Oil Cheap oil will win new Cold War with Putin – just ask Reagan – Telegraph Is Hurricane Harvey weather warfare?, page 1 Catastrophic Hurricane Harvey Confirmed As Russian Weather Weapon Retaliation Attack Climate researcher says CIA fears hostile nations are triggering floods and droughts | Daily … Continue reading“3:09 PM 8/28/2017 – Putin, the price of oil, and the Weather Weapons – News Review”

The World Web Times wwtimes.com

The World Web Times wwtimes.com: Breaking News: Trumps business sought deal on a Trump Tower in Moscow while he ran for president The Washington Post

Source: Trumps business sought deal on a Trump Tower in Moscow while he ran for president – The Washington Post

The World Web Times wwtimes.com

fbi – Google News: Ex FBI agent: 2 things you need to know to avoid falling for a money scam – CNBC


CNBC
Ex FBI agent: 2 things you need to know to avoid falling for a money scam
CNBC
No one thinks they’ll fall for a financial scam and lose thousands of their hard-earned dollars until it happens. In 2016, the Federal Trade Commission received almost 1.3 million complaints related to fraud. In those complaints, people reported 
IRS / FBI ransomware scam warningWSPA.com
The IRS and FBI warns internet users about new scamWTOL.com
IRS Says New Email Scam Links To Bogus FBI QuestionnaireLaw360 (subscription)

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At CIA, a watchful eye on Mike Pompeo, the president’s ardent ally – Washington Post
GOP senator introduces bill to protect Robert Mueller from Trump; Trump is ‘unhappy’ and wants the bill dead – Metro US
Judge Tells Feds to Speed Release of Travel Ban Records – Courthouse News Service
Marine witness in FBI probe into Wasserman Schultz’s IT staffer angrily goes public – TheBlaze.com
Pain clinic in Middletown reopens after FBI search – Times Herald-Record
The generals have Trump surrounded – DAWN.com
What Does the Special Counsel Need to Prove? | The 20 Key Questions Muellers Russia Investigation of Trump Must Answer
Chinese National Arrested in Connection with U.S. Cyberattacks
Charles Lane: We may rely too much on the generals – Greensboro News & Record
CIA uses a secret tool to spy on NSA, FBI and other intel partners – Engadget
At GOP Rep. Tom McClintock’s remote town hall, Trump is never far – Los Angeles Times
FBI nabs Chinese national linked to massive OPM hack – Engadget
Raising suspicions, Trump keeps intervening where he shouldn’t – MSNBC
CIA Staff Reportedly Worried About Pompeo As FBI Pursues Russia Probe – TPM
Inside Robert Muellers Army | FBI News and Selected Articles in brief 11:18 AM 8/24/2017
An FBI agent says there are 4 types of people and you can’t earn someone’s trust without knowing theirs – Business Insider
FBI’s Manafort raid included a dozen agents, ‘designed to intimidate,’ source says – Fox News
7 times Trump tried to call off the dogs on Russia – Washington Post
FBI arrests Chinese national connected to malware used in OPM data breach – CNN
FBI: 12 People in DC Area Stole Thousands of Credit Card Numbers … – NBC4 Washington
The 20 Key Questions Mueller’s Russia Investigation of Trump Must … – Newsweek
Former FBI Director Comey Joins Howard University For Lecture Series – NPR
Trump, Russian Collusion and Mueller: What Does the Special Counsel Need to Prove? – Newsweek
James Comey will deliver Howard University’s opening convocation keynote address – Washington Post
Howard University Hires Former FBI Director James Comey – TIME

 

Saved Stories – 1. FBI
At CIA, a watchful eye on Mike Pompeo, the president’s ardent ally – Washington Post

At CIA, a watchful eye on Mike Pompeo, the president’s ardent ally
Washington Post
He has also declined to address whether he was approached by Trump earlier this year as other top intelligence officials were to publicly deny the existence of any evidence of collusion with Russia or to intervene with then-FBI Director James B 

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GOP senator introduces bill to protect Robert Mueller from Trump; Trump is ‘unhappy’ and wants the bill dead – Metro US


Metro US
GOP senator introduces bill to protect Robert Mueller from Trump; Trump is ‘unhappy’ and wants the bill dead
Metro US
A Republican senator is giving special counsel Robert Mueller a fighting chance if President Donald Trump ends up firing him. Will he or won’t he? There has been speculation that Trump has considered firing Mueller, who is heading the investigation 

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Judge Tells Feds to Speed Release of Travel Ban Records – Courthouse News Service

Judge Tells Feds to Speed Release of Travel Ban Records
Courthouse News Service
ACLU attorney Linda Lye said the government has produced about 240 documents so far, which are largely unresponsive to the requests because they come from headquarters, rather than local offices. The government unfortunately has used the fact that 

Marine witness in FBI probe into Wasserman Schultz’s IT staffer angrily goes public – TheBlaze.com


TheBlaze.com
Marine witness in FBI probe into Wasserman Schultz’s IT staffer angrily goes public
TheBlaze.com
Marine witness in FBI probe into Wasserman Schultz’s IT staffer angrily goes public A Marine, considered a witness by the FBIinto the criminal probe of Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s former IT staffer Imran Awan, went public to denounce Wasserman Schultz 
A Key Witness to the FBI’s Probe Into Wasserman Schultz’s Ex-IT Staffer Speaks Out: ‘It Pisses Me Off’Mediaite

all 5 news articles »

Pain clinic in Middletown reopens after FBI search – Times Herald-Record


Times Herald-Record
Pain clinic in Middletown reopens after FBI search
Times Herald-Record
MIDDLETOWN Perplexed patients defended Dolson Avenue Medical on Thursday, as one of the pain clinic’s owners said the practice was back to business as usual following the FBI’s search of its offices Wednesday. Orange County Sheriff’s deputies spent …

The generals have Trump surrounded – DAWN.com

The generals have Trump surrounded
DAWN.com
What would be the political consequences if the president were to fire him, just as he fired FBI Director James BComey? And what sort of crisis would ensue if Trump said or did something so outrageous that even the patient Mattis must resign on 

What Does the Special Counsel Need to Prove? | The 20 Key Questions Muellers Russia Investigation of Trump Must Answer

What Does the Special Counsel Need to Prove? Thursday August 24th, 2017 at 10:27 PM Newsweek 1 Share Despite intense debate about the scope of Special Counsel Robert Muellers investigation, there is broad agreement that collusion with the Russian government is at the heart of it. Yet that term, which is used on a daily basis on … Continue reading“What Does the Special Counsel Need to Prove? | The 20 Key Questions Muellers Russia Investigation of Trump Must Answer”
Chinese National Arrested in Connection with U.S. Cyberattacks

The case is one of the first since a 2015 agreement between China and the United States to refrain from computer-related theft of industrial secrets.
Charles Lane: We may rely too much on the generals – Greensboro News & Record


Greensboro News & Record
Charles Lane: We may rely too much on the generals
Greensboro News & Record
You know that Americans are going through an extraordinary political moment when The Washington Post reports that military leaders are rapidly consolidating power throughout the executive branch that they’re publicly contradicting the president 

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CIA uses a secret tool to spy on NSA, FBI and other intel partners – Engadget


Engadget
CIA uses a secret tool to spy on NSA, FBI and other intel partners
Engadget
In the US, the list includes fellow government agencies like the FBI, the NSA and Homeland Security. These partners are supposed to share data with the CIA, but clearly, the intelligence service wants to make sure they’re not keeping anything from the … 
Why did CIA create a bogus software upgrade? To steal data from FBI, NSAZDNet
Did CIA Create A 
Did CIA Created
 Tool To Spy On NSA, FBI, And Homeland Security? New Vault7 Leak RevealsFossbytes 
CIA Didn’t Trust FBI or NSA Created Bogus Updates to Steal Data & Spy on Fellow AgenciesWccftech

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all 11 news articles »

At GOP Rep. Tom McClintock’s remote town hall, Trump is never far – Los Angeles Times


Los Angeles Times
At GOP Rep. Tom McClintock’s remote town hall, Trump is never far
Los Angeles Times
Still, he reminded the crowd that he supported appointing a special prosecutor to investigate Russian meddling after Trump fired former FBI Director James BComey, and said evidence could persuade him to consider whether congressional action against …

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FBI nabs Chinese national linked to massive OPM hack – Engadget


Engadget
FBI nabs Chinese national linked to massive OPM hack
Engadget
The FBI has arrested a Chinese national from Shanghai linked to the massive data breach that hit the Office of Personnel Management back in 2014 to 2015. Feds took the chance to nab Yu Pingan when he flew into the Los Angeles International Airport on …
FBI arrests Chinese national connected to malware used in OPM …CNN
Chinese national arrested by FBI in connection to hacking chargeCBS News
FBI arrests Chinese national linked to 2015 US government data hackFox News
Gizmodo VICE NewsFederalNewsRadio.comDocumentCloud
all 52 Daily BeastZDNetiTWire
all 41
 
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Raising suspicions, Trump keeps intervening where he shouldn’t – MSNBC


MSNBC
Raising suspicions, Trump keeps intervening where he shouldn’t
MSNBC
C.), for example, took steps several weeks ago to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller from possible removal. The effort was well grounded Donald Trump had already publicly raised the prospect of trying to oust the former FBI director leading the …

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CIA Staff Reportedly Worried About Pompeo As FBI Pursues Russia Probe – TPM


TPM
CIA Staff Reportedly Worried About Pompeo As FBI Pursues Russia Probe
TPM
Upon becoming CIA director, Pompeo required that the CIA’s Counterintelligence Mission Center, which has passed on information to the FBI about contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian officials and continues to aide the FBI in its probe, report …

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Inside Robert Muellers Army | FBI News and Selected Articles in brief 11:18 AM 8/24/2017

To probe alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election, the special counsel has essentially built his own miniature Justice Department. Meet the experts hes recruited. Source: Inside Robert Muellers Army Inside Robert Muellers Army Thursday August 24th, 2017 at 11:14 AM 1 Share In a secure location in southwest Washington, D.C., with access to a Sensitive Compartmented … Continue reading“Inside Robert Muellers Army | FBI News and Selected Articles in brief – 11:18 AM 8/24/2017”
An FBI agent says there are 4 types of people and you can’t earn someone’s trust without knowing theirs – Business Insider


Business Insider
An FBI agent says there are 4 types of people and you can’t earn someone’s trust without knowing theirs
Business Insider
Robin Dreeke is an FBI agent and the co-author of “The Code of Trust.” He says the “platinum rule” is all about treating people the way they want to be treated. That means using the specific communication style they prefer. There are four communication

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FBI’s Manafort raid included a dozen agents, ‘designed to intimidate,’ source says – Fox News


Fox News
FBI’s Manafort raid included a dozen agents, ‘designed to intimidate,’ source says
Fox News
The source said both Manafort and his wife were asleep when FBI agents entered the Alexandria, Va., condo without warning at about 6 a.m. ET. They did not conclude their search until late afternoon, around 4 p.m. ET. The 1,600-square-foot condo 
FBI raided Manafort home as part of Russia probeArizona Daily Sun

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7 times Trump tried to call off the dogs on Russia – Washington Post


Washington Post
7 times Trump tried to call off the dogs on Russia
Washington Post
In a must-read piece, Politico reports that President Trump appeared to pressure two Senate Republicans to back off their Russia-related efforts. Josh Dawsey and Elana Schor report that Trump vented frustrations aboutCongress’s Congress’ Russia sanctions bill to 

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FBI arrests Chinese national connected to malware used in OPM data breach – CNN


CNN
FBI arrests Chinese national connected to malware used in OPM data breach
CNN
(CNN) The FBI has arrested a Chinese national who is facing charges related to the malware used in the 2015 data theft from the Office of Personnel Management computer systems — a breach that exposed the personal information of millions of people … 
Chinese national arrested by FBI in connection to hacking chargeCBS News
FBI Arrest Chinese National Linked to OPM Data Breach MalwareGizmodo
FBI charges Chinese national with distributing malware used in OPM hackZDNet

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FBI: 12 People in DC Area Stole Thousands of Credit Card Numbers … – NBC4 Washington


NBC4 Washington
FBI: FBI: 12 People in DC Area Stole Thousands of Credit Card Numbers  
NBC4 Washington
Twelve people in the D.C. area stole money and thousands of credit card numbers and stole money from unsuspecting people, the FBI says. 
FBI raids home in suburban Maryland – The Washington PostWashington Post
 The FBI raided two homes in Prince George’s County, Maryland, early Thursday as part of an investigation into a massive scheme …
FBI finds 6-7 dogs and multiple animal cages after 2 connected raids  in PG County WJLA
FBI raids homes in Temple Hills, Fort Washington in connection with … home in suburban MarylandWashington Post
Dogs, training devices seized from Temple Hills home by FBIW*USA 9
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W*USA 9WTOP
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The 20 Key Questions Mueller’s Russia Investigation of Trump Must … – Newsweek


Newsweek
The 20 Key Questions Mueller’s Russia Investigation of Trump Must 
Newsweek
What did Trump know of his campaign receiving dirt on Clinton from Russian agents?

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Newsweek
As speculation continues to swirl about President Donald Trump’s plans to put an end to the investigation being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the ongoing congressional inquiries take on even more significance. Several committees are …

Former FBI Director Comey Joins Howard University For Lecture Series – NPR


NPR
Former FBI Director Comey Joins Howard University For Lecture Series
NPR
Former FBI Director James Comey is scheduled to deliver a convocation address at Howard University next month, part of a series of lectures he’s been invited to deliver during the coming academic year at the historically black college. Howard officials 
Former FBI director James Comey joining Howard UniversityABC News
Ex-FBI Director James Comey to lecture at Howard UniversityWashington Post
Former FBI Director Comey Will Hold Endowed Chair at Howard U.The Chronicle of Higher Education (blog)
Patch.comEssence.com
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Trump, Russian Collusion and Mueller: What Does the Special Counsel Need to Prove? – Newsweek


Newsweek
Trump, Russian Collusion and Mueller: What Does the Special Counsel Need to Prove?
Newsweek
Despite intense debate about the scope of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, there is broad agreement that “collusion” with the Russian government is at the heart of it. Yet that term, which is used on a daily basis on cable news, has no

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James Comey will deliver Howard University’s opening convocation keynote address – Washington Post


Washington Post
James Comey will deliver Howard University’s opening convocation Opening Convocation keynote address
Washington Post
Former FBI director James BComey will deliver the keynote speech next month serve as the keynote speaker at Howard University’s opening convocation and lead a lecture series for the school, officials Opening Convocation and take part in lectures organized by the historically black institution in the District, the school announced Wednesday. Comey, whom President Trump fired in May, will welcome …
James Comey, ex-FBI director, to lecture at Howard UniversityWashington Times
Former FBI Director Comey Will Hold Endowed Chair at Howard U.The Chronicle of Higher Education (blog)
FBI Director Comey Looks Ahead To His Next Nine YearsNPR
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Howard University Hires Former FBI Director James Comey – TIME


TIME
Howard University Hires Former FBI Director James Comey
TIME
Howard University has appointed the former FBI Director to serve as the Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy for the 2017-2018 academic year. As part of this role, Comey will lead five lectures, although the topic has yet to
Former FBI Director Comey Joins Howard University For Lecture NPR SeriesNPR
Former FBI director James Comey joining Howard UniversityABC News
Ex-FBI Director James Comey to lecture at Howard UniversityThe Spokesman-Review 
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Leaks are actually the lifeblood of American democracy

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Sanford J. Ungar is director of the Free Speech Project at Georgetown University and a Lumina Foundation Fellow.

Leaks and leakers. Just the words seem to have a negative aura about them, with unappealing connotations of plumbing problems and weak bladders. Surely, they are a scourge that disgraces journalism and weakens government.

When President Trump wants to discredit the FBI director he fired, James B. Comey, who acknowledged in Senate testimony that he had shared with a friend private memoranda he wrote about his strange meetings with the president, it’s easy: “He’s a leaker,” said Trump, his voice dripping with contempt.

When Jeff Sessions, who, perhaps foolishly, gave up his safe Senate seat from Alabama to become Trump’s attorney general, finds himself facing a barrage of unfair criticism from his patron and is desperately seeking a way back into his good graces, there is a simple path: promise to be relentless about tracking down and punishing the evil leakers. “This culture of leaking must stop,” said Sessionsindignantly.

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What right-thinking American could not be repelled by these appalling people and practices?

But wait a minute. What if leaks — more attractively labeled “inside information” or “revelations” — and leakers — more euphemistically called “sources” or “whistleblowers” — are part of the lifeblood of American democracy, one of the few reliable ways we find out what is actually going on?

Anyone practicing real journalism in this country (and quite a few other places, too) learns right away that he or she cannot necessarily count on government always to offer the full, or truthful, story about what it is doing. The same holds for business, the nonprofit sector, even the art world and sometimes journalistic institutions themselves. The job is not to be a simple transcriber, and leaks are one vehicle for getting things right.

I remember vividly the advice a wise and experienced FBI agent gave me when I was writing a book about the bureau: “Be careful not to get a bad case of the ‘for-reals,’ ” he said. In other words, do not assume that everything happens according to the rulebook or the way officials say it does.

Indeed, during that project and many others, I benefited professionally from leaks, admittedly some more reliable than others. I sometimes made use of those that checked out, fully realizing that I might be denounced by the same people who had given me the information. That’s what they had to do to protect themselves from discovery.

Not all leaks are equal, of course. Many leakers have patriotic motivations, but one must always weigh the intentions of the leaker and deploy a healthy dose of common sense to avoid the risk of being burned or used by a source.

When it comes to national security information, which is what Sessions seems to be particularly worked up about, the record is far different from what he would have us believe. Many well-respected editors and reporters in the mainstream media, including The Post, have consulted with officials before publishing sensitive stories, and they have sometimes held them back from publication, rather than risk damage to national security.

And there are few, if any, examples where it can be shown that leaks did any genuine harm, beyond embarrassment and awkwardness for politicians or policy makers. Not the stories of the United States cracking the Japanese military’s codes early in World War II. Or reports of training Cuban exiles for the Bay of Pigs invasion. Or the publication of the Pentagon Papers. Or more recent revelations of electronic espionage by the U.S. government.

In fact, despite the tougher stance on the issue begun under the Obama administration, to this day the federal government has never tried to prosecute a reporter for revealing classified information.

Is it useful, on balance, for us to learn from secret transcripts that Trump bullied the leaders of Mexico and Australia in phone conversations with them shortly after taking office? Different people may draw the line in different places, but I would say that’s an easy “yes” and wish for more such transcripts to be leaked — if only to give us an alternative to the president’s self-promoting tweets as a source of information about current U.S. policy.

As for Sessions’s boasts that it will be easy to identify the leakers, skepticism is in order. “Leak investigations” are often long, frustrating dead-ends. That is why J. Edgar Hoover, who usually wasn’t shy about abusing his power during his 48 years running the FBI, was famously reluctant to take on leakers. Hoover didn’t like to fail, and he knew that quite often the source of a national security leak could be the president himself.

The Trump administration is not the first to make the empty threat of leak investigations. When things got bad 45 years ago, President Richard Nixon and his Justice Department tried that, too, but it didn’t work. It intimidated some and struck fear in the hearts of others, but so far as we know, it did not prevent a single leak. Most citizens, including those who serve in Congress, realize the importance of preserving a free press and their own ability to speak (and yes, sometimes leak) freely, even at the risk of displeasing a president and his beleaguered attorney general.

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Moscow, Russia, July 31, 2017 –  The main building of the Russian Foreign Ministry.President Vladimir Putin on July 30 said the United States would have to cut 755 diplomatic staff in Russia and warned of a prolonged gridlock in its ties after the US Congress backed new sanctions against the Kremlin. (Photo credit:  ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)

On the streets of Moscow things look pretty much the same as they did before the first round of sanctions were levied to punish Russia for its actions in Ukraine and the Crimea: no shortages in the shops, prices in restaurants actually lower than before sanctions went into effect. Head to the outskirts of the big cites into the countryside, and aside from the occasional oligarch’s outrageously lavish dacha, you see poverty. Just as you would have seen ten, 20, 50 years ago. These are the people who never benefitted from the hey days of high oil prices and whose lives, under sanctions, also haven’t changed.

That’s because there’s been no trickle-down in post-Soviet Russian economy: those in leadership positions when Communism collapsed took what they could with permission; others took what was in front of them and sold it where they could find a market. That includes objectionable good such as weapons and uranium to objectionable clients.

As economist Andrey Movchan, director of the Economic Policy Program at Carnegie Moscow Center writes in his report, Decline, Not Collapse: The Bleak Prospects for Russia’s Economy, “By the time Russian President Vladimir Putin took power in 2000, the majority of key assets were owned either by the state or by a small group of private individuals who had obtained these assets from the state in return for political obedience and loyalty.” Movchan and I met in Moscow recently to discuss the impact of sanctions and the future of the Russian economy for this blog.

Operating Without Money

It helps to remember that not only is Russia a country that can endure hardships like no other, but it is also accustomed to operating without money. Favors and personal privilege are equally valuable, if not more desirable, commodities with which to barter. And even under Communism everyone, including the government, depended on the black market for goods and services. It was the closet things Soviet Russia had to Capitalism, during a time when private enterprise could get you sent to a gulag if you were lucky, or to a firing squad if you were not. So it should come as no shock that those best able to handle the overnight shift in economic ideology were the black marketeers who had the experience of private enterprise and lacked the average Russian’s inbred fear of acting on his or her own.

Moscow, Russia, July 31, 2017 – A view overlooking Red Square and  beyond, showing the Kremlin, the History Museum and the Cathedral of Christ the Savior (gold dome). (Photo credit:  MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

There followed in the 1990s a transition period consisting of a liberal economy but no governance. Russia was a real wild east. Then-President Boris Yeltsin’s inability to manage the government led to stalemate in the state Duma (Parliament) and wanton disorder in the business world, involving not just corruption but sometimes murder. Putin’s ascent to power brought much of the mayhem to a halt and regained state control of the country’s oil production and trading business, which had been lost during the 1990s, under what then passed for “privatization.” Putin, writes Movchan, “arrested the rebellious oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky in 2003, nationalized his Yukos oil company, and ensured all other oligarchs got the message and would obey.”

By 2008, Movchan says, up to 70% of the Russian budget either directly or indirectly consisted of hydrocarbon export revenues. By 2013, no more than 10% of the country’s GDP came from the independent private sector or non-mineral-resource production. Meanwhile, Movchan writes, though inflation had been running at 6.5% in 2013 and GDP growth did not exceed 1.3%, real wages – thanks to Russia’s social policy which Movchan calls “reckless” – exceeded 11.4%.

“This was also the period when many people sold their businesses to the state. Took their money and went abroad,” Movchan claims. “That meant that the state controlled more than 70% of businesses – more than under (the last Communist leader) Mikhail Gorbachev, when the state control was 60%,” he says. “Today maybe 25% of GDP is in the hands of the private sector.”

State Secrets

Movchan says he’s loathe to accept state-generated statistics on the economy at face value because, he writes, “more than 30% of it is classified as ‘secret’. It is generally believed that the classified items in the budget are used to finance the military-industrial complex and security agencies, but there is indirect evidence suggesting that these funds may have many other uses as well. They may range from financing ‘friends of Russia’ abroad, to closing gaps in the balance of state-controlled companies and allowing top officials to make personal purchases.” Opacity, it seems, is a national characteristic rather than a fabricated Soviet-era construction.

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