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Friday, January 13, 2017

The Saudi Arabia-led coalition has carried out military operations, supported by the United States and United Kingdom, against Houthi forces and forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh since March 2015. The coalition has unlawfully attacked homes, markets, hospitals, schools, civilian businesses, and mosques. As of October 10, 2016, at least 4,125 civilians had been killed and 6,711 wounded, the majority by coalition airstrikes, according to the United Nations human rights office.

"None of the forces in Yemen's conflict seem to fear being held to account for violating the laws of war," said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. "UN members need to press the parties to end the slaughter and the suffering of civilians." read more

President-elect Donald Trump was not told about unverified reports that Russia has compromising information on him during last week's intelligence briefing, according to a senior intelligence official with knowledge of preparations for the briefing.

A summary of the unverified reports was prepared as background material for the briefing, but not discussed during the meeting, the official said. During Trump's press conference Wednesday morning, the president-elect said he was made aware of the information "outside that meeting." read more

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

A Russian venture capitalist and tech expert whose name and company are mentioned in the now-notorious document alleging connections between the Donald Trump campaign and Russian hackers says no intelligence officers have ever contacted him about the accusations, which he says are false.

A report compiled by a former Western intelligence official as opposition research against Trump was made public Tuesday when BuzzFeed posted its 35 pages. The document included unsubstantiated claims of collusion between the Trump campaign team and the Kremlin. read more

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Here's what CNN does say: When top intelligence officials briefed Trump last week on their conclusion that Russia interfered with the election to hurt Hillary Clinton and aid Trump's presidential hopes, they presented him a two-page classified memo that included allegations that Russian agents say they have "compromising personal and financial information" about him. It is not, clear, however, whether U.S. intelligence officials believe those allegations to be true. read more

U.S. Magistrate Joseph Spero dismissed the parents' claims against the city of San Francisco, which had released Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez from custody less than three months before the shooting without notifying immigration authorities. But Spero said the parents may be able to prove that the federal government was at fault for Steinle's death because its employee's apparent carelessness led to the shooting. "Leaving a gun loaded makes (its) capability for harm readily accessible in the same way as leaving the key in the ignition of a vehicle," Spero said. read more


He was waiting for Robby Mook to announce on Fox and Friends.


Mook added that the Clinton campaign was informed by the intelligence community that wiretaps of Russian agents did in fact take place.

I guess the argument here is that they were wiretapping all the people calling Trump Tower, not Tower itself. Also why is the "intelligence community" advising one campaign on the actions of another?

BuzzFeed released the full document:


#27 | Posted by rcade at 2017-01-10 07:45 PM | Reply | Flag:
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Thanks for skipping the actual article, but for those that want a backdrop to the documents at question.


The documents have circulated for months and acquired a kind of legendary status among journalists, lawmakers, and intelligence officials who have seen them. Mother Jones writer David Corn referred to the documents in a late October column. Harry Reid spokesman Adam Jentleson tweeted Tuesday that the former Senate Democratic leader had seen the documents before writing a public letter to FBI Director James Comey about Trump's ties to Russia. And CNN reported Tuesday that Arizona Republican John McCain gave a "full copy" of the memos to Comey on Dec. 9, but that the FBI already had copies of many of the memos.

It really was more convincing to report on the alleged two page synopsis than the actual documents they are about.

Pier-slaying defendant came to S.F. at sheriff's request

How are they not culpable at all? They need to move the case out of San Francisco.

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