June 7, 2017

Miami police propose putting city under aerial surveillance. “Miami-Dade police may deploy sophisticated aerial surveillance capable of photographing everyone outside for 32 square miles in an effort to track vehicles and individuals involved in crimes.”   http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article153901379.html

Trump Organization accused of skimming charity donations. “According to the Forbes report, $100,000 of the donations was funneled through the Eric Trump Foundation back into Trump’s golf courses for expenses incurred during the tournaments, despite donors being told that all their money would be used for charity.”   http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/336564-trump-foundation-funneled-100k-in-donation-into-revenue-for-trump

UK prime minister May says if anti-terror response violates human rights laws, “we will change the law so we can do it”.   http://www.bbc.com/news/election-2017-40181444

U.S. ambassador to U.N. accuses the organization’s Human Rights Council of “chronic anti-Israel bias”. “It’s hard to accept that this council has never considered a resolution on Venezuela, and yet it adopted five biased resolutions in March against a single country, Israel.”   http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/06/06/531752892/trump-administration-warns-that-u-s-may-pull-out-of-u-n-human-rights-council

Number of Sears/Kmart stores to close in latest wave reportedly rises to over 250.  “The closures will bring Sears’ store count to about 1,200, down from 2,073 five years ago.”   http://www.businessinsider.com/sears-is-closing-72-stores-heres-the-full-list-2017-6

White House spokesman says Trump tweets are official government statements. “The president is president of the United States,” Spicer said, “so they are considered official statements by the president of the United States.”    http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/trump-s-tweets-official-statements-spicer-says-n768931   That makes this tweet especially ominous: “The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017

Snowden slams use of Espionage Act against Russian election hacking leaker. “This often-condemned law,” he explained, “provides no space to distinguish the extraordinary disclosure of inappropriately classified information in the public interest—whistleblowing—from the malicious disclosure of secrets to foreign governments by those motivated by a specific intent to harm to their countrymen.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/06/06/edward-snowden-comes-defense-jailed-nsa-contractor-reality-winner

Michael Moore launches “Trumpileaks” website for whistle-blowers. Moore is targeting “patriotic Americans in government, law enforcement, or the private sector with knowledge of crimes, breaches of public trust and misconduct committed by Donald J. Trump and his associates”.   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/06/06/effort-protect-america-tyranny-michael-moore-launches-trumpileaks

Companies targeting educated, young liberals with politically correct ads. “If the Democratic party has changed, now circling around the professional classes and the very rich, the rise of Democratic consumer dollars is part of this shift, and these ads appear to be catering to it.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/06/progressive-advertising-fake-woke

Senator Warner: “The extent of the (Russian) attacks (on U.S. elections) is much broader than has been reported so far.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/06/06/mark-warner-says-russian-hacking-was-much-broader-than-has-been-reported-so-far/

Human rights group asks German government to pursue torture charges against CIA deputy director. “A non-profit human rights group announced Wednesday it handed information to German authorities Tuesday documenting CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel’s role in torturing detainees in 2002 at a covert facility in Thailand and asked the German Federal Public Prosecutor to issue an arrest warrant in her name.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/cia-deputy-director-gina-haspels-prosecution-requested-germany-torturing-prisoners-2548833

Trump nominee for FBI director is reportedly Chris Christie’s personal lawyer. “Prior to being nominated as FBI director, Wray served as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s personal attorney during his “Bridgegate” controversy in which Christie’s aides shut down lanes on the George Washington Bridge to retaliate against the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee for not endorsing their boss during his 2013 reelection bid.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/06/trump-picks-christie-bridgegate-lawyer-christoper-wray-as-his-new-fbi-director/

Professional violinist claims her hand was injured in tug-of-war with United Airlines employee over valuable violin. http://www.rawstory.com/2017/06/musicians-hand-injured-after-united-airlines-supervisor-wrestles-away-antique-violin-in-baggage-dispute/

Video shows multiple white phosphorus artillery shells exploding downwards at roof top level during daytime attack on Mosul. “The Iraqi Army confirmed that the firing was their doing, insisting that they were delivering a “smokescreen” to help civilians flee from ISIS.”   http://news.antiwar.com/2017/06/06/video-shows-iraqi-forces-fired-white-phosphorus-into-mosul/

Kurdish leftists reach gates of IS capital Raqqa. “Last week, they reached the northern and eastern gates of the city after intense clashes under the cover of U.S.-led airstrikes.”   http://www.cbsnews.com/news/united-states-backed-syrian-force-attacks-isis-defacto-capital-raqqa/

Lawsuit alleges FBI, NSA and CIA engaged in mass, warrantless domestic surveillance program. “Montgomery alleges that more than 20 million American identities were illegally unmasked – credit reports, emails, phone conversations and Internet traffic, were some of the items the NSA and CIA collected.”   http://circa.com/politics/accountability/james-comey-sued-by-intelligence-contractor-dennis-montgomery-over-spying-on-americans

Federal grand jury indicts journalist for rioting during Trump’s inauguration. “…the indictment named (Cantú) as being present while the damage happened.”   http://www.sfreporter.com/santafe/article-13498-sfr-writer-indicted-following-inaugural-protest-coverage.html

Drug overdoses are now reportedly the leading cause of death for Americans under 50. “The United States is in the midst of the worst drug addiction epidemic in its history.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/7/worst_epidemic_in_us_history_opioid

Amnesty International official and 22 other human rights lawyers arrested in Turkey. “The fact that Turkey’s post-coup purge has now dragged the Chair of Amnesty International Turkey into its web is further proof of just how far it has gone and just how arbitrary it has become.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/7/headlines/amnesty_chair_in_turkey_arrested_by_police_along_with_other_human_rights_lawyers

 

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June 7, 2017

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