NSA “Sincerely Regrets” Deleting All Bush-Era Surveillance Data It Was Ordered To Preserve

NSA “Sincerely Regrets” Deleting All Bush-Era Surveillance Data It Was Ordered To Preserve:

There is a growing consensus among many observers in Washington that the national security agencies have become completely politicized over the past seventeen years and are now pursuing selfish agendas that actually endanger what remains of American democracy.

As Philip Giraldi notes, up until recently it has been habitual to refer to such activity as the Deep State, which is perhaps equivalent to the Establishment in that it includes financial services, the media, major foundations and constituencies, as well as lobbying groups, but we are now witnessing an evolutionary process in which the national security regime is exercising power independently.

Nowhere is that “independence” of the ‘state within a state’ more evident than in the blatant and egregious news this week that The National Security Agency destroyed surveillance data it pledged to preserve in connection with pending lawsuits and apparently never took some of the steps it told a federal court it had taken to make sure the information wasn’t destroyed, according to recent court filings.

As Politico reports, the agency tells a federal judge that it is investigating and “sincerely regrets its failure.”

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FBI “Loses” Five Months Of Text Messages Between Anti-Trump Agents, Blames Glitch

FBI “Loses” Five Months Of Text Messages Between Anti-Trump Agents, Blames Glitch:

The explanation for the convenient gap: “misconfiguration issues related to rollouts, provisioning, and software upgrades that conflicted with the FBI’s collection capabilities.”

Sure!!!

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Germany: Martin Schulz (SPD): “There will be no upper limit for refugees in a grand coalition with us!”

Update:

From the horse’s mouth….

“Es gibt keine Obergrenze bei Flüchtlingen – auf keinen Fall mit der Sozialdemokratischen Partei”

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Source: Die Welt (Sadly another live ticker with lots of different news bites, like the source of the tweet above):

“Es gibt keine Obergrenze bei Flüchtlingen. Auf keinen Fall”

Flüchtlinge: Schulz versichert: „Es gibt keine Obergrenze bei Flüchtlingen, auf keinen Fall mit den Sozialdemokraten“, sagt Schulz. Die Sozialdemokraten wollten auf weitere Verbesserungen in Koalitionsverhandlungen dringen, auch wenn man nicht alles neu aufmachen könne. Zudem versprach Schulz eine Härtefallregel für den Familiennachzug. „Da muss sich die Union bewegen. Und ich sage Euch ganz klar: Die Härtefall-Regel wird kommen.“

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Mexico hits record high murder rate in 2017

H/t reader eric:

“I hope Bitcoin stays stable otherwise Jeff Berwick better lock his doors.”

Not to forget…

John McAfee Ups Bitcoin Target Price To $1 MILLION By End 2020 (“Will Still Eat His Dick If Wrong”)

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Mexico hits record high murder rate in 2017:

The number of murders recorded in Mexico last year was the highest ever seen, authorities say, as many saw it a direct result of a stringent government policy in dealing with drug trafficking and use.

Authorities said Saturday that a total of 25,339 people were killed in 2017 in murders, making last year the deadliest the North American country has seen since 1997 when data collection on the issue began.

Mexico’s Interior Ministry said the homicide rate in the last month of 2017 also hit a record high of 2,219 people.

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Turkish Tanks Cross Into Syria As Ground Offensive Against US-Backed Militia Begins

Turkish Tanks Cross Into Syria As Ground Offensive Against US-Backed Militia Begins:

Early on Sunday, Turkish ground forces crossed the border and pushed into northern Syria’s Afrin province on Sunday, Ankara said after launching artillery and air strikes on a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia it aims to sweep from its border.

Turkey sent armored divisions into northwest Syria after a day of airstrikes as part of ‘Operation Olive Branch’ which bombed Kurdish YPG forces (“People’s Protection Units”) in and around Afrin to drive the US-allied Kurdish militia from the area. Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army fighters along with Turkish troops are now moving into the area, according to state-run Anadolu news agency.

“Our jets took off and started bombing. And now, the ground operation is underway. Now we see how the YPG … are fleeing in Afrin,” President Tayyip Erdogan said. “We will chase them. God willing, we will complete this operation very quickly.”

Quoted by Reuters, Erdogan also accused some of Turkey’s allies of providing the YPG with 2,000 plane shipments and 5,000 truckloads of ammunition; the comments were clearly aimed at the United States.

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Senate Republicans Reject Trump’s “Nuclear Option” As Shutdown Negotiations Continue

Senate Republicans Reject Trump’s “Nuclear Option” As Shutdown Negotiations Continue:

Update: That didn’t take long:

Bloomberg is reporting that, according to an aide to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Republicans are opposing invoking the nuclear option, something President Trump urged them to do in a tweet this morning.

Meanwhile, Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters that House Republicans would support a bill that would kick the can to Feb. 8 if the Senate can pass it. While Republicans have picked up a few Democratic votes, they don’t have nearly enough to overcome a filibuster, something that requires 60 votes.

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The first full day of the January 2018 government shutdown saw a spate of hurried but ultimately fruitless negotiations, and already the White House – which has been accused of exacerbating the problem by constantly shifting its negotiating position – has had enough: In a tweet this morning, President Donald Trump said Republicans should consider invoking “the nuclear option” to eliminate the possibility of an opposition fillibuster – allowing Republicans to pass a long-term spending bill with a simple majority (there are 51 Republican senators).

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Mitch McConnell: “This Shutdown Is About To Get A Lot Worse”

Mitch McConnell: “This Shutdown Is About To Get A Lot Worse”:

Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget and a key player in the White House’s negotiations, told Fox News Sunday that the government shutdown could persist for weeks…

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Terrorism no longer primary US concern, focus on competing with Russia & China: new Defense Strategy

Terrorism no longer primary US concern, focus on competing with Russia & China: new Defense Strategy:

The US will counter any “threat to America’s democracy experiment,” including using military force, the Pentagon chief said unveiling the new defense strategy that sidelines the war on terror in favor of “inter-state competition.”

Unveiling the Trump administration’s new National Defense Strategy, Jim Mattis said the main focus for US defense was competition with resurgent powers Russia and China which, he said, want to impose an authoritarian model of government on other nations.

“We are facing increased global disorder, characterized by decline in the long-standing rules-based international order—creating a security environment more complex and volatile than any we have experienced in recent memory. Inter-state strategic competition, not terrorism, is now the primary concern in US national security,” says the summary of the new NDS published simultaneously.

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Assad blasts Turkey’s support for terror groups in Syria

Assad blasts Turkey’s support for terror groups in Syria:

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has condemned Turkish military operation in the country’s northwestern region of Afrin, stating that the offensive is part of Ankara’s support for Takfiri terrorist groups operating inside the conflict-plagued Arab country.

“The brutal Turkish aggression on the Syrian town of Afrin cannot be separated from the Turkish regime’s policy from the first day of Syria’s crisis, which was essentially built on supporting terrorism and terrorist organizations, whatever their names,” Assad said in statements carried by Syria’s official news agency SANA.

Earlier on Sunday, Turkish ground forces, backed by armored vehicles, special forces and infantry regiments, advanced 5 kilometers (3 miles) inside Afrin along with the so-called Free Syrian Army militants. No major clashes took place during the movement.

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Spain seeks ex-Catalan leader arrested over Denmark trip plan

Spain seeks ex-Catalan leader arrested over Denmark trip plan:

Spanish authorities have announced that they would reinstate an international arrest warrant request for former Catalonia president Carles Puigdemont if he decides to travel from Belgium, where he is in self-imposed exile, to Denmark for the purpose of attending an academic meeting.

Spain’s state prosecution service said on Sunday that a potential trip on Monday by Puigdemont to Copenhagen would prompt the prosecution to seek his arrest both in Belgium and in Denmark.

H/t reader eric:

“Spain not happy….or more correctly the establishment has told the European Parliament to tell the Spanish Government to get the dissention resolved.”

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Germany: SPD votes for coalition talks with Merkel even though they said multiple times after the elections, that they wouldn’t.

… as expected. and with a grand coalition they get everything done in Germany that is on the agenda of TPTB.

Merkel and Schulz are both elite puppets serving exactly the same masters.

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Austria: Asylum seekers film secret anti-terror exercises in Innsbruck. The asylum shelter is located at the same spot, where the anti- terror exercises happen.

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Germany: Trial of rapist begins: Gambian man (20) is accused of 2 rapes and 2 attempted rapes. Since 3 attacks happened when he was supposedly a minor they are now deciding whether to charge him as a minor or an adult.

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Germany: Man(41) viciously attacked by a group of 6 black people in Niehl. He fell on the train rails during the attack and was seriously injured.

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