Did Saudi Arabia murder American citizens? Redacted doc could answer

“The feds have mostly declassified the 28-pages that implicate Saudi Arabia in the 9/11 attacks.  Now I want all the redactions removed too, except for any that might mention an undercover U.S. agent. I also want all other files related to potential Saudi involvement declassified.   Justice demands this. The evidence revealed in the 28-pages is damning. It’s chilling to think that one of the possible actors in the 9/11 crimes was both a close friend of the President and also a frequent guest in the White House.  There’s too much smoke. There appears to be a fire. The American people deserve to know the truth. Did Saudi Arabia murder American citizens?”


#DNCLeaks ‘disappears’ from trending news as WikiLeaks emails released

“Conservative Twitter users erupted on Friday after the social media platform torpedoed #DNCLeaks from its trending-news feed after Wikileaks released 20,000 emails by Democratic National Committee staff members.  Embarrassing emails sent and received by DNC members had enough momentum to propel the story to Twitter’s top ‘trending’ news feed on Friday afternoon. The #DNCLeaks entry vanished in the evening, but returned 20 minutes later after users cried foul.  The story had 250,000 tweets at the time it was pulled. The Washington Examiner then aggregated a stream of angry feedback.”


DNC Chair Banned After WikiLeaks Reveals Anti-Sanders Collusion

“Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Chair of the Democratic National Committee has been dropped from the party’s lineup of convention speakers following WikiLeaks’ release of explosive DNC emails showing members of the organization actively working against the Bernie Sanders campaign.  A Democratic insider told CNN that Schultz has been dropped from the lineup to ‘keep the peace’ within the party, amid calls from Sanders’ campaign manager for someone at the DNC to be “held accountable” for the anti-Sanders collusion seen in the leaked emails.”


France descending into militarized state ruled by fear

“The State of Emergency declared after the November 13 atrocity was extended at the weekend by a further three months. Some 120,000 police and troops are now reportedly deployed across France, up from the already record high level of 115,000 security personnel on alert during the Euro 16 football championship. A further 12,000 police reservists are being called called up.  It is now routine to see armed soldiers patrolling among shoppers and cafe goers along French city streets. Citizens have to submit to random checks on their bags, body pat downs and metal detector arches as they enter public buildings.  There are even demands from Marine Le Pen, the National Front leader, for the return of compulsory national service.  Over the past year, thousands of French citizens have been arrested or had their homes raided by police without warrants. Some 20,000 people are said to be under surveillance by French authorities.  The State of Emergency has also seen the government banning public demonstrations against unpopular legislation to curtail workers’ rights. That unprecedented infringement on civil liberties has been justified as a necessary ‘national security’ measure to combat terror threats.  France has thus entered a permanent emergency state, marked by high levels of police powers and militarization of society, and the suspension of democratic rights and freedoms. This is merely a few degrees away from outright dictatorship.  The international aspect of the French government’s response is equally problematic. It has announced a stepwise increase in air strikes avowedly against terror groups in Syria and Iraq. French officials are reportedly traveling to Washington this week to coordinate greater military deployment in those two countries.  The French state, like its NATO partners, is plowing into a snake pit. The covert destabilizing of Syria (and Libya) for regime change involving the weaponization of terror proxies is a recipe for endless blowback. The subsequent ‘anti-terror’ bombing of Arab countries in flagrant violation of international law is a further foot into the snake pit.”


Russia Asks For The Impossible With Its New Surveillance Laws


“Russia is not the only nation whose lawmakers and politicians are heading in this direction, especially when it comes to requiring backdoors for encrypted communications. Time and time again, technologists and civil liberties groups have warned the United States, France, Holland, and a host of other nations that the anti-encryption laws they propose cannot be obeyed without rewriting the laws of mathematics. Politicians have often responded by effectively telling the Internet’s experts ‘don’t worry, you’ll work out a way.’ Let us be clear: government backdoors in encrypted communications make us all less safe, no matter which country is holding the keys.”


Austrian presidential election result overturned

“Freedom Party candidate, Norbert Hofer, lost the election to the former leader of the Greens, Alexander Van der Bellen, by just 30,863 votes or less than one percentage point.  The election will now be re-run.  If elected, Mr Hofer would become the first far-right head of state of an EU country.  His party has based its election campaigns around concern over immigration and falling living standards for the less well-off.  After Britain voted to leave the EU, Mr Hofer said he favoured holding a similar referendum in Austria if the bloc failed to stop centralisation and carry out reforms ‘within a year’.”


Turkish president ‘flees country in private jet’ after military coup

“Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has reportedly fled the country in a private jet following a military coup.  In the last few hours gunfire has been heard in the Turkish capital Ankara as military jets and helicopters were seen flying overhead. The state TV channel has been taken off air, while internet access has been cut across the country. The Turkish chief of staff has reportedly been taken ‘hostage’ by the army. The military says all existing foreign relations will continue and ‘the rule of law must remain a priority.’  Photographs and video footage show armed soldiers with tanks on the streets of a number of major cities in Turkey, with claims a curfew has been put in place.”


Poll: Clinton should release transcripts of purported Wall Street speeches

“Nearly two-thirds of voters think Mrs. Clinton should make public those speeches, including three she delivered at Goldman Sachs after leaving the State Department. Mrs. Clinton was paid $625,000 for those speeches, and her refusal to make their content public seems to play into the broader idea that she is dishonest and has something to hide, analysts sTwo-thirds of voters say Clinton should release transcripts of Wall Street speechesay. The former secretary of state has brushed off calls to release the transcripts despite heavy pressure from her presidential primary rival, Sen. Bernard Sanders. Mrs. Clinton has been questioned repeatedly on the issue but has refused to budge.”


Balding French President Hollande Spends $132K on His Hair Yearly

“How could Olivier B, a hairstylist by trade, not feel affection for a man who’s been paying him nearly €10,000, or about $11,000, of French taxpayer money each month since he took office in 2012? It is not as though there is a tremendous amount of work to be done on Hollande’s fully receded hairline, with its stick-straight, easily-tamable short crop of soft-looking strands. But Olivier B has made work out of it, nonetheless.  That, apparently, is worth $132,000 a year, more than European parliament members make, and just about as much as French government ministers pull in. The average French person, by contrast, earns close to $41,000 a year, according to the O.E.C.D..”


Bank Crisis Arrives: €29B Bremen Landesbank On The Verge Of Failure

“Germany’s Handelsblatt writes that ‘shipping loans have brought Bremer LB into distress and the bank can not survive without government help, but a direct capital injection from Lower Saxony now looks unlikely.’  The punchline, and where the narrative veers dramatically from the smooth sailing scenario presented last month by the FT, is that according to Lower Saxony President Stephen Weil, a capital increase by his state and Bremen for the ailing bank is currently not realistic. ‘The classic method, namely when partners provide the necessary capital, does not seem to work,’ the Prime Minister said to the ‘Weser-Kurier’.”