Daily Archives: September 23, 2019

2019-09-23: News Headlines

Peter Koenig (2019-09-24). Houthi Attack on Saudi Oil Fields: a False Flag? dissidentvoice.org On Saturday morning, September 14, 2019, a few drones — were they drones or long-range missiles? — hit the Saudis most important two oil fields, set them ablaze, apparently knocking out half of the Saudi crude production but measured in terms of world production it is a mere 5%. Could be made up in no …

Ed Rampell (2019-09-23). Red Diaper Baby: Big Brother's still watching you. peoplesworld.org BEVERLY HILLS—The world premiere of Leda Siskind's thought-provoking, topical The Surveillance Trilogy is so perfectly timed—opening the same week that Edward Snowden's book Permanent Record has been published and the Trump administration is mired in an alleged whistleblower scandal—that one of three things must have happened: 1) Trilogy's publicist is a marketing mastermind who contrived …

Kasia Anderson (2019-09-23). Making Torture American Again, With Help From Hollywood. truthdig.com Regardless of their take on the volatile topic of torture, there appears to be rare agreement among an array of experts, activists, proponents and critics about one of the most reliable ways it has been successfully defended in recent decades. The so-called ticking time bomb scenario has done the trick so often and so well—for leaders of countries, militaries, small armies of Hollywood producers—that it has taken on the enticing shine of a particularly hot political commodity: the foregone conclusion disguised as a given. | The scenario lays out the premise that if a man-made catastrophe were about to…

WSWS (2019-09-23). US Justice Department sues Edward Snowden to block proceeds of memoir. wsws.org The 26-page lawsuit is aimed at intimidating other whistleblowers and publishers who might be thinking about telling the truth and exposing the crimes of the US government.

Jeet Heer (2019-09-23). Trump's Biggest Scandal Might Tear the Democrats Apart. thenation.com Trump's Biggest Scandal Might Tear the Democrats Apart…

Elie Mystal (2019-09-23). Why Would a Whistle-Blower Save This Nation of Cowards? thenation.com Why Would a Whistle-Blower Save This Nation of Cowards?

Jeffrey C. Isaac (2019-09-23). The Trump "Whistleblower" Situation Is Very Dangerous for Democracy (and for the Democrats). commondreams.org President Donald J. Trump leaves after speaking to supporters at the Atlantic Aviation Hanger on March 10, 2018 in Moon Township, Pennsylvania. The president made a visit in a bid to gain support for Republican congressional candidate Rick Saccone who is running for 18th Congressional District in a seat vacated by Tim Murphy. (Photo: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/trump_biden_ukraine.jpg

Edward Snowden (2019-09-21). "Never Be Ashamed:" Why I Decided Not To Delete My Old Internet Posts. theintercept.com In this excerpt from his memoir, the NSA whistleblower describes his realization that no one should have to "pretend to be perfect."

John McEvoy (2019-09-21). 'Lenin Moreno is a Shakespearean traitor' — former Ecuadorian foreign minister discusses the betrayal of Julian Assange. thecanary.co This is part 3 of a 3-part interview with Guillaume Long, the former foreign minister of Ecuador. Part 1 covers lawfare in Latin America, and part 2 covers systemic corruption. The interview has been edited in part for clarity.

Fight Back (2019-09-21). New York activists demand: Never again to martial law in the Philippines. fightbacknews.org New York, NY – 25 people gathered September 20 at noon in front of the Consulate General of the Philippines in New York City to commemorate the 47th anniversary of martial law in the Philippines under the regime of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. The action was called by BAYAN USA NorthEast, to say, "Never again to martial law," and to call attention to the continuation of state repression in the Philippines under the current, U.S.-backed Duterte regime. | Rodrigo Duterte's so called "war on drugs" has led to the killings, torture and imprisonment of many Filipino activists and human rights defenders, just like…

Fight Back (2019-09-21). Aurora ICE Warden Johnny Choate confronted at his home. fightbacknews.org Aurora, CO – Immigrant rights groups from the greater Denver area came together on September 19 to confront Johnny Choate, the warden of Aurora's notorious ICE detention facility, at his Aurora home. | Over the past several years, the Aurora detention facility, operated by private prison giant GEO and which many liken to a concentration camp, has become notorious for human rights abuses. There have been at least two recorded deaths as well as cases of denial of proper medication and poor medical treatment. Other practices include cover-ups and torture via solitary confinement of trans, gay and mentally ill detain…

Jimmysllama (2019-09-20). Through the Eyes of Jesselyn Radack: A Look at the Vital Role of Whistleblowers and Their Attorneys. mintpressnews.com "By protecting whistleblowers, sources, and online activists, we facilitate robust investigative journalism, hold government to account, protect the freedoms of speech, privacy and the press, and foster the most critical component of democratic society: an informed citizenry." — Whistleblower and Source Protection Program…

RT (2019-09-20). US media LAUGHING STOCK of the world: Trump accuses 'fake news' of gutting their credibility. rt.com US President Donald Trump called the US media the "laughing stock of the world" and a "joke" over reports of a spy whistleblower alarmed by his conversations with a foreign leader, which he dismissed as "a political hack job." | Speaking at the Oval Office on Friday, after a meeting with Australian PM Scott Morrison, Trump said he did not know who the alleged whistleblower was, calling the story "ridiculous" and yet another attempt by the "fake news" to make him look bad. | Things get TENSE between President Trump and media… | "Our media has become the laughingstock of the world. When you look at what they d…

John Nichols (2019-09-20). Edward Snowden Is a 2020 Election Issue. thenation.com Edward Snowden Is a 2020 Election Issue…

Alex Emmons (2019-09-20). William Barr Has Long Tried to Limit What a President Must Share With Congress. The Whistleblower Complaint is No Exception. theintercept.com Barr has been a strong proponent of the "unitary executive," a legal theory that states the president has near absolute authority over the executive branch.

Tyler Durden (2019-09-20). Yemen's Houthi Halt All Attacks on Saudi Arabia With Ballistic Missiles and Drones. theantimedia.com Yemen's Houthi have announced at the end of a dramatic week following the early Saturday aerial attacks on two Saudi oil facilities.

Staff (2019-09-20). Headlines for September 20, 2019. democracynow.org Students Across the World Walk Out of Classes in Global Climate Strike, Two Die in Texas as Storm Dumps 40 Inches of Rain on Houston Area, Red Cross: 2 Million Need Humanitarian Aid Every Week Due to Climate Crisis, Bird Population in U.S. & Canada Dropped by Nearly 3 Billion Since 1970, Benny Gantz Declares Victory, Rejects Overture from Netanyahu, Trudeau Apologizes Again as New Blackface Photos Emerge, Funeral Held in Afghanistan After U.S. Drone Strike Killed 30 Civilians, Mostly Farmers, Kashmiris Sue Modi in U.S. Court as Trump Prepares to Appear with Indian PM at Texas Rally, Report: Whistleblower Complain…

Aaron Maté (2019-09-19). UK worsens Julian Assange's persecution as US seeks extradition. thegrayzone.com Kristinn Hrafnsson, editor-in-chief of Wikileaks, says that UK authorities are holding Julian Assange in worse conditions than accused terrorists and…

Staff (2019-09-19). Headlines for September 19, 2019. democracynow.org U.S. Secretary of State Blames Iran for "Act of War" Against Saudi Oil Facility, WaPo: Whistleblower Reported "Troubling" Promise from Trump to Foreign Leader, Trump Names Robert O'Brien as Fourth National Security Adviser, U.S.-Backed Forces Kill 30 Afghan Civilians; Taliban Truck Bomb Kills 20, Thousands Fall Ill as Indonesian Fires Spread Toxic Haze, Thousands Lose Power as Hurricane Humberto Lashes Bermuda, Youth Activist Greta Thunberg to U.S. Lawmakers: Listen to Climate Scientists, University of California to Divest from Fossil Fuel Companies, Israeli Election Challenger Gantz Rejects Call to Join Netanyah…

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-09-17). Trump Brushes Israeli Dragnet Surveillance of D.C. Under the Rug. mintpressnews.com "Donald Trump has had a closer relationship with Israeli leaders than any president in American history. I think he genuinely doesn't care that the Israelis spy on the United States. I think he doesn't see the harm in this and does not feel threatened by it." — CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou…

Fight Back (2019-09-17). Yemeni forces strike Saudi Arabia; U.S. blames Iran. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – In the early morning hours of September 14 ten drones carried out an intensive bombing of two of the world's largest oil refineries, both located in Saudi Arabia. The Saudi Aramco facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais were decimated, crippling the productive capabilities of the oil manufacturers in the country. The Air Force of the Yemeni Army and Popular Committees have announced that these strikes are a part of what they're calling the 2nd Operation of Balanced Deterrence. | The attacks serve as the latest in an ongoing war of resistance by Yemen that began nearly five years ago. On one side, there a…

Staff (2019-09-17). Headlines for September 17, 2019. democracynow.org Iran Rejects Talks with U.S. Following Disputed Drone Attacks in Saudi Arabia, Israelis Head to Polls to Decide Netanyahu's Fate, Afghanistan: Blast Near Presidential Rally Kills Dozens Amid Mounting Violence, Massive Blackout Hits Four Central American Nations, 2 Italian Officials Indicted over Migrant Deaths from 2013 Shipwreck, 2019 Was Northern Hemisphere's Hottest Summer on Record, Autoworkers Continue Strike with Support from Dems, Environmental Activists, Manhattan DA Subpoenas Trump Tax Returns, Acting Intelligence Dir. Refused to Turn Over Whistleblower Complaint That Could Involve Trump, House Dems Inve…

Staff (2019-09-16). Saudi Oil Refinery Attack Raises Fears of "Wider Regional War" Involving U.S. & Iran. democracynow.org President Trump is threatening to take military action after several large Saudi Arabian oil facilities were attacked Saturday by drones and cruise missiles. Houthi rebels in Yemen claimed responsibility for the attack, but numerous reports indicate the attack may have come from Iraq or Iran rather than Yemen. Crude oil prices soared more than 15% after the Aramco-run plants suffered heavy damage. One of the plants struck is the world's biggest petroleum-processing facility. According to one estimate, the attacks decreased Saudi's daily oil output by nearly 6 million barrels. While the United States has been quic…

Aaron Maté (2019-09-14). Ex-CIA analyst on why he predicted John Bolton's firing. thegrayzone.com Ex-CIA analyst John Kiriakou discusses why he accurately predicted John Bolton's ouster as National Security Adviser; who might replace him;…

Aaron Maté (2019-09-06). Embassy insider exposes CNN lies about Julian Assange. thegrayzone.com A "bombshell" CNN report claimed to show how Wikileaks founder Julian Assange published stolen Democratic Party emails in 2016 in…

ACLU (2019-08-27). New Resource Tool Sheds Light on Government's Prepublication Review System. aclu.org Millions of current and former government employees are subjected to this far-reaching censorship system. | This piece was originally published in Just Security. | For more than three years, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University have been litigating a series of Freedom of Information Act requests relating to "prepublication review." Under this far-reaching censorship system, millions of current and former government employees, con…

2019-09-23: Social Media Postees

Houthi Attack on Saudi Oil Fields: a False Flag?
Peter Koenig | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-09-24
On Saturday morning, September 14, 2019, a few drones — were they drones or long-range missiles? — hit the Saudis most important two oil fields, set them ablaze, apparently knocking out half of the Saudi crude production but measured in terms of world production it is a mere 5%. Could be made up in no …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/09/houthi-attack-on-saudi-oil-fields-a-false-flag/

Making Torture American Again, With Help From Hollywood
Kasia Anderson | truthdig.com | 2019-09-23
Regardless of their take on the volatile topic of torture, there appears to be rare agreement among an array of experts, activists, proponents and critics about one of the most reliable ways it has been successfully defended in recent decades. The so-called ticking time bomb scenario has done the trick so often and so well–for leaders of countries, militaries, small armies of Hollywood producers–that it has taken on the enticing shine of a particularly hot political commodity: the foregone conclusion disguised as a given. | The scenario lays out the premise that if a man-made catastrophe were about to…
truthdig.com/articles/making-torture-american-again-with-help-from-hollywood/

Red Diaper Baby: Big Brother's still watching you
Ed Rampell | peoplesworld.org | 2019-09-23
BEVERLY HILLS–The world premiere of Leda Siskind's thought-provoking, topical The Surveillance Trilogy is so perfectly timed–opening the same week that Edward Snowden's book Permanent Record has been published and the Trump administration is mired in an alleged whistleblower scandal–that one of three things must have happened: 1) Trilogy's publicist is a marketing mastermind who contrived …
peoplesworld.org/article/red-diaper-baby-big-brothers-still-watching-you/

US Justice Department sues Edward Snowden to block proceeds of memoir
wsws.org | 2019-09-23
The 26-page lawsuit is aimed at intimidating other whistleblowers and publishers who might be thinking about telling the truth and exposing the crimes of the US government.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/23/snow-s23.html

The Trump "Whistleblower" Situation Is Very Dangerous for Democracy (and for the Democrats)
Jeffrey C. Isaac | commondreams.org | 2019-09-23
President Donald J. Trump leaves after speaking to supporters at the Atlantic Aviation Hanger on March 10, 2018 in Moon Township, Pennsylvania. The president made a visit in a bid to gain support for Republican congressional candidate Rick Saccone who is running for 18th Congressional District in a seat vacated by Tim Murphy. (Photo: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/trump_biden_ukraine.jpg
commondreams.org/views/2019/09/23/trump-whistleblower-situation-very-dangerous-democracy-and-democrats?cd-origin=rss

Trump's Biggest Scandal Might Tear the Democrats Apart
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2019-09-23
Trump's Biggest Scandal Might Tear the Democrats Apart…
thenation.com/article/trump-biden-whistleblower/

Why Would a Whistle-Blower Save This Nation of Cowards?
Elie Mystal | thenation.com | 2019-09-23
Why Would a Whistle-Blower Save This Nation of Cowards?
thenation.com/article/whistleblower-trump-ukraine/

'Lenin Moreno is a Shakespearean traitor' — former Ecuadorian foreign minister discusses the betrayal of Julian Assange
John McEvoy | thecanary.co | 2019-09-21
This is part 3 of a 3-part interview with Guillaume Long, the former foreign minister of Ecuador. Part 1 covers lawfare in Latin America, and part 2 covers systemic corruption. The interview has been edited in part for clarity.
thecanary.co/exclusive/2019/09/21/lenin-moreno-is-a-shakespearean-traitor-former-ecuadorian-foreign-minister-discusses-the-betrayal-of-julian-assange/

New York activists demand: Never again to martial law in the Philippines
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-09-21
New York, NY – 25 people gathered September 20 at noon in front of the Consulate General of the Philippines in New York City to commemorate the 47th anniversary of martial law in the Philippines under the regime of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. The action was called by BAYAN USA NorthEast, to say, "Never again to martial law," and to call attention to the continuation of state repression in the Philippines under the current, U.S.-backed Duterte regime. | Rodrigo Duterte's so called "war on drugs" has led to the killings, torture and imprisonment of many Filipino activists and human rights defenders, just like…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/9/21/new-york-activists-demand-never-again-martial-law-philippines

"Never Be Ashamed:" Why I Decided Not To Delete My Old Internet Posts
Edward Snowden | theintercept.com | 2019-09-21
In this excerpt from his memoir, the NSA whistleblower describes his realization that no one should have to "pretend to be perfect."
theintercept.com/2019/09/21/edward-snowden-permanent-record-book/

Aurora ICE Warden Johnny Choate confronted at his home
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-09-21
Aurora, CO – Immigrant rights groups from the greater Denver area came together on September 19 to confront Johnny Choate, the warden of Aurora's notorious ICE detention facility, at his Aurora home. | Over the past several years, the Aurora detention facility, operated by private prison giant GEO and which many liken to a concentration camp, has become notorious for human rights abuses. There have been at least two recorded deaths as well as cases of denial of proper medication and poor medical treatment. Other practices include cover-ups and torture via solitary confinement of trans, gay and mentally ill detain…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/9/21/aurora-ice-warden-johnny-choate-confronted-his-home

Through the Eyes of Jesselyn Radack: A Look at the Vital Role of Whistleblowers and Their Attorneys
Jimmysllama | mintpressnews.com | 2019-09-20
"By protecting whistleblowers, sources, and online activists, we facilitate robust investigative journalism, hold government to account, protect the freedoms of speech, privacy and the press, and foster the most critical component of democratic society: an informed citizenry." — Whistleblower and Source Protection Program…
mintpressnews.com/jesselyn-radack-whistleblowers-attorneys/261941/

Edward Snowden Is a 2020 Election Issue
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-09-20
Edward Snowden Is a 2020 Election Issue…
thenation.com/article/2020-snowden-election/

William Barr Has Long Tried to Limit What a President Must Share With Congress. The Whistleblower Complaint is No Exception
Alex Emmons | theintercept.com | 2019-09-20
Barr has been a strong proponent of the "unitary executive," a legal theory that states the president has near absolute authority over the executive branch.
theintercept.com/2019/09/20/william-barr-has-long-tried-to-limit-what-a-president-must-share-with-congress-the-whistleblower-complaint-is-no-exception/

US media LAUGHING STOCK of the world: Trump accuses 'fake news' of gutting their credibility
rt.com | 2019-09-20
US President Donald Trump called the US media the "laughing stock of the world" and a "joke" over reports of a spy whistleblower alarmed by his conversations with a foreign leader, which he dismissed as "a political hack job." | Speaking at the Oval Office on Friday, after a meeting with Australian PM Scott Morrison, Trump said he did not know who the alleged whistleblower was, calling the story "ridiculous" and yet another attempt by the "fake news" to make him look bad. | Things get TENSE between President Trump and media… | "Our media has become the laughingstock of the world. When you look at what they d…
rt.com/usa/469267-trump-fake-news-whistleblower/

Yemen's Houthi Halt All Attacks on Saudi Arabia With Ballistic Missiles and Drones
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-09-20
Yemen's Houthi have announced at the end of a dramatic week following the early Saturday aerial attacks on two Saudi oil facilities.

Yemen's Houthi Halt All Attacks on Saudi Arabia With Ballistic Missiles and Drones

UK worsens Julian Assange's persecution as US seeks extradition
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-09-19
Kristinn Hrafnsson, editor-in-chief of Wikileaks, says that UK authorities are holding Julian Assange in worse conditions than accused terrorists and…
thegrayzone.com/2019/09/19/uk-worsens-julian-assanges-persecution-as-us-seeks-extradition/

Trump Brushes Israeli Dragnet Surveillance of D.C. Under the Rug
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-09-17
"Donald Trump has had a closer relationship with Israeli leaders than any president in American history. I think he genuinely doesn't care that the Israelis spy on the United States. I think he doesn't see the harm in this and does not feel threatened by it." — CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou…
mintpressnews.com/trump-brushes-israel-dragnet-spying-of-d-c-under-the-rug/261913/

Yemeni forces strike Saudi Arabia; U.S. blames Iran
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-09-17
Milwaukee, WI – In the early morning hours of September 14 ten drones carried out an intensive bombing of two of the world's largest oil refineries, both located in Saudi Arabia. The Saudi Aramco facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais were decimated, crippling the productive capabilities of the oil manufacturers in the country. The Air Force of the Yemeni Army and Popular Committees have announced that these strikes are a part of what they're calling the 2nd Operation of Balanced Deterrence. | The attacks serve as the latest in an ongoing war of resistance by Yemen that began nearly five years ago. On one side, there a…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/9/17/yemeni-forces-strike-saudi-arabia-us-blames-iran

Saudi Oil Refinery Attack Raises Fears of "Wider Regional War" Involving U.S. & Iran
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-16
President Trump is threatening to take military action after several large Saudi Arabian oil facilities were attacked Saturday by drones and cruise missiles. Houthi rebels in Yemen claimed responsibility for the attack, but numerous reports indicate the attack may have come from Iraq or Iran rather than Yemen. Crude oil prices soared more than 15% after the Aramco-run plants suffered heavy damage. One of the plants struck is the world's biggest petroleum-processing facility. According to one estimate, the attacks decreased Saudi's daily oil output by nearly 6 million barrels. While the United States has been quic…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/16/saudi_arabia_oil_supply_attacks

Ex-CIA analyst on why he predicted John Bolton's firing
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-09-14
Ex-CIA analyst John Kiriakou discusses why he accurately predicted John Bolton's ouster as National Security Adviser; who might replace him;…
thegrayzone.com/2019/09/14/ex-cia-analyst-on-why-he-predicted-john-boltons-firing/

Embassy insider exposes CNN lies about Julian Assange
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-09-06
A "bombshell" CNN report claimed to show how Wikileaks founder Julian Assange published stolen Democratic Party emails in 2016 in…
thegrayzone.com/2019/09/06/embassy-insider-exposes-cnn-lies-about-julian-assange/

New Resource Tool Sheds Light on Government's Prepublication Review System
aclu.org | 2019-08-27
Millions of current and former government employees are subjected to this far-reaching censorship system. | This piece was originally published in Just Security. | For more than three years, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University have been litigating a series of Freedom of Information Act requests relating to "prepublication review." Under this far-reaching censorship system, millions of current and former government employees, con…
aclu.org/blog/free-speech/employee-speech-and-whistleblowers/new-resource-tool-sheds-light-governments