January 30, 2017

Trump tells journalist U.S. discriminated in favor of Muslim refugees. “If you were a Muslim you could come in, but if you were a Christian, it was almost impossible…”   http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/316586-trump-persecuted-christian-refugees-are-priority

Trump administration reportedly skipped inter-agency review process on travel ban executive order. “The ban is believed to have been drafted by an ideologically-driven group around Donald Trump without consultation with the Justice, State, Defense or Homeland Security departments, which could have weighed on its implications for US foreign relations, as well as the country’s security concerns and legal obligations.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/29/republicans-call-trumps-muslim-ban-a-self-inflicted-wound

Terror attack on Montreal mosque kills 6, wounds 8, 2 suspects in custody.   http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-mosque-shooting-quebec-city-20170130-story.html   UPDATE: One of the men initially detained is now considered to be a witness. Local man charged with 6 murders, 19 others wounded, 2 in critical condition.   http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38805163

10 women and children reportedly killed in Yemen SEAL raid. https://theintercept.com/2017/01/30/obama-killed-a-16-year-old-american-in-yemen-trump-just-killed-his-8-year-old-sister/

Benoit Hamon wins French Socialist Party nomination. “He called on the Socialist Party, independent left-winger Jean-Luc Melenchon, and a Green candidate to unite…”   http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38787061

Muslim political leader assassinated at Yangon airport in Myanmar. “That this can happen to people like U Ko Ni means that it can happen to everyone else in the country.”   https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/30/myanmar-of-aung-san-suu-kyi-adviser-raises-fears-of-unrest

Denver police commander tells protesters they cannot exercise their right to free speech without a permit, and that even displaying the Constitution requires a permit.   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/denver-police-to-protesters-stop-doing-anything-that-could-be-construed-as-free-speech/

16 Attorney Generals issue statement opposing immigration ban. “Religious liberty has been, and always will be, a bedrock principle of our country and no president can change that truth.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/attorneys-general-from-15-us-states-dc-denounce-donald-trumps-anti-immigration-order/

Christian refugees from Syria reportedly deported by Customs and Border Protection officials. “…following new rules implemented by Trump’s Friday executive order, the families were placed back on Qatar Airlines and shipped back to Syria where an uncertain fate awaits them.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/a-nightmare-come-true-trumps-refugee-ban-exiles-two-persecuted-christian-families-back-to-syria/

Trump replaces National Security Director and Joint Chiefs of Staff with former Breitbart news editor Steve Bannon on National Security Council.  http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38787241   What could go wrong?

Trump senior advisor reportedly wants the 20% of journalists who have lied about Trump fired. “Not one network person has been let go.”   http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2017/01/30/conway-why-aren-t-reporters-who-talk-smack-about-trump-fired.html

Some travel ban detainees were reportedly handcuffed, bullied into giving up their green cards, and deported to airports in third countries where they are then trapped.   http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2017/01/court_rulings_couldn_t_protect_everyone_detained_because_of_trump_s_immigration.html

Two British Christians being held for attempting to disarm war planes bound for Saudi Arabia. “Stopping or even delaying Saudi Arabia having more planes with which to bomb Yemen would save innocent lives and prevent war crimes.”   http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-lancashire-38787630

Rudy Giuliani reportedly says Trump requested a Muslim ban but asked for a legal way to do it.   http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-muslim-ban-rudy-giuliani-how-legally-create-islam-us-immigration-entry-visa-new-york-a7552751.html

Executive order revokes privacy rights of non-citizens. “Agencies shall, to the extent consistent with applicable law, ensure that their privacy policies exclude persons who are not United States citizens or lawful permanent residents from the protections of the Privacy Act regarding personally identifiable information.”   https://techcrunch.com/2017/01/26/trump-order-strips-privacy-rights-from-non-u-s-citizens-could-nix-eu-us-data-flows/

Judge refuses to dismiss lawsuit against CIA “harsh interrogation” contractors. “Techniques included slamming the three men into walls, stuffing them inside coffin-like boxes, exposing them to extreme temperatures, starving them, inflicting various kinds of water torture, chaining them in stress positions designed for pain and keeping them awake for days, the ACLU said.”   http://www.chron.com/news/us/article/Judge-denies-motion-to-dismiss-lawsuit-on-CIA-10890064.php

Government refusing to pay for medical care for veterans who cleaned up nuclear test waste. “Hundreds say they are now plagued by health problems, including brittle bones, cancer and birth defects in their children. Many are already dead.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/28/us/troops-radioactive-islands-medical-care.html


January 30, 2017

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