October 18, 2016

New Clinton email leak – State Department official reportedly asked FBI to reclassify an email in return for allowing more FBI agents to operate in Iraq and other countries, offer would have apparently concealed the email from FOIA requests. http://www.npr.org/2016/10/17/498278990/state-department-and-fbi-deny-quid-pro-quo-on-email-classification

Google reveals receipt of FBI National Security Letter after gag order lifted, chooses not to share it with public.  https://theintercept.com/2016/10/14/freed-from-gag-order-google-reveals-it-received-secret-fbi-subpoena/

Austrian government to tear down building where Hitler was born to discourage neo-Nazi tourism.  http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37682298

Former vice chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff pleads guilty to leaking classified information on cyber attack on Iran to media, reportedly facing only 6 months in prison after plea bargain.  http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/10/17/retired-marine-general-cartwright/92300702/

Police officials should “…acknowledge and apologize for the actions of the past and the role that our profession has played in society’s historical mistreatment of communities of color,” says president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2016/10/17/us-policing-leader-apologizes-for-historical-mistreatment-of-minorities/

Former Arkansas judge reportedly indicted for trading lighter sentences for letting him take nude and semi-nude photos of defendants.  http://time.com/4534338/joseph-boeckmann-former-judge-indicted-nude-photos/

Republican leader says party members “will be united against any Supreme Court nominee” put forward by a President Clinton.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/john-mccain-hillary-clinton-supreme-court_us_58050653e4b0162c043d4c9a

Emails show Clinton campaign hesitant to call for reversal of tough welfare reforms despite increasing child hunger and homelessness, out of fear of criticism by Republicans.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/10/17/clinton-staff-was-wary-of-ideas-to-help-the-poor-leaked-emails-show/

Poll finds that most people see calling someone a “capitalist” or a “socialist” as being neither an insult or a compliment, but calling someone a “communist” is an insult. Surprisingly however, 64% of respondents agreed with the communist slogan popularized by Karl Marx, “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs!”  http://victimsofcommunism.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/VOC-Attitudes-toward-Socialism-Topline-Data.pdf

Angry customers reportedly boycotting Trump products and services.  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/18/us/politics/donald-trump-brand-reaction.html

Was Ethel Rosenburg executed for refusing to testify against her husband in 50’s atomic bomb spy case?  http://www.cbsnews.com/news/60-minutes-rosenberg-boys-the-cold-wars-most-famous-orphans/

Black man in Edina, Minnesota allegedly stopped by police for walking along the edge of the road to avoid sidewalk construction, is cited for disorderly conduct after arguing with officer.  http://www.startribune.com/video-of-edina-police-officer-confronting-a-black-man-goes-viral/397145941/

UK court rules that government’s mass surveillance programs were illegal, reveals creation of bulk personal datasets (BPD) which included medical and tax records, individual biographical details, commercial and financial activities, communications and travel data. http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/10/17/court-rules-uk-mass-spying-was-unlawfully-conducted-nearly-two-decades

North Dakota judge drops rioting charges against Amy Goodman, journalist who was charged after covering pipeline protesters.  http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/10/17/vindication-press-freedom-charges-dropped-against-journalist-amy-goodman

“Guantanamo Diary” prisoner Mohamedou Ould Slahi released after 14 odyssey through series of CIA detention sites.  He was never charged or tried.  http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/10/17/abducted-tortured-held-14-years-without-trial-gitmo-diary-author-finally-free

Black family driven from their home at gunpoint by police after somehow mistaking man living there for murder suspect. Bad tip? Facial recognition software mismatch? Both the innocent man and the real suspect are reportedly black men with dreadlocks.  http://abc7chicago.com/1555931/

Wikileaks claims government of Ecuador cut off Julian Assange’s internet access, Ecuadorian officials refuse to comment.  https://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/oct/17/ecuador-julian-assange-internet-access-wikileaks

“Conspiracy theorist” Max Spiers dies after texting his mother, ‘Your boy’s in trouble. If anything happens to me, investigate’. Spiers was reportedly looking into allegations that a satanic cult was responsible for child sex abuse at a U.S. Army daycare center, and was also investigating people in government and entertainment industry. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3845622/British-conspiracy-theorist-dead-sofa-Poland-investigating-alleged-Army-pedophilia-ring-just-death.html

Turkish PM Erdogan allegedly cites 1920 document identifying Mosul as a Turkish city.  http://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/1e9e370c-0585-4aaf-b6dd-ebccb92ca93f/Erdogan-invokes-document-that-claims-Mosul-as-Turkish-soil

Hillary Clinton allegedly told construction union that environmentalists opposed to fossil fuel extraction should “get a life”.  http://www.ibtimes.com/clinton-wikileaks-update-leaked-emails-show-hillary-told-climate-change-activists-get-2432359

 

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October 18, 2016

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