News Items – 03.11.17

The Intercept:

Iona Craig: “DEATH IN AL GHAYILWomen and Children in Yemeni Village Recall Horror of Trump’s ‘Highly Successful’ SEAL Raid

New Evidence Contradicts Pentagon’s Account of Yemen Raid, But General Closes the Case

CIA Has an ‘Impressive List’ of Ways to Hack Into Your Smartphone, WikiLeaks Files Indicate

WikiLeaks Files Show the CIA Repurposing Hacking Code To Save Time, Not To Frame Russia

Mehdi Hasan: “The ‘Dutch Trump’ Is Even More Toxic Than the Real Thing

Trump Picks Hawkish Critic of Russia as NATO Ambassador, Veering From One Extreme to the Other

Paul Ryan Fundraised With Health Insurance Lobbying Firm Just Before His PowerPoint

The CIA Didn’t Break Signal or WhatsApp, Despite What You’ve Heard

Encrypted App Used By White House Staffers Suffered From Serious Security Flaws


Texas Lawmakers Push for Fetal Burial Bill on International Women’s Day

Women’s Strike Organizers Arrested in New York on a Day of Protests Worldwide

Video: 13-Year-Old Who Filmed Father’s Arrest by ICE Struggles With His Absence

Senate Democrats Blow Best Chance to Demand Special Russia Prosecutor

Pluto Press, 2012: “Weapon of the Strong: Conversations on US State Terrorism

Chapters include interviews with Noam Chomsky (MIT), Richard Falk (Princeton), Daniele Ganser (St. Gallen’s), Edward Herman (UPenn), Marjorie Cohn (T Jefferson Law), Greg Grandin (NYU), and so on.

Juan Cole — Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan:

What Syrian Refugees think of Trump’s Refugee Ban

Syria: As 400 more Troops go in, What’s Trump’s Mission?

Is the Public turning on Trump over Russia Ties, Sessions’ Perjury?

Academic paper: “Beyond Democratic Checks and Balances: The ‘Propaganda Due’ Masonic Lodge and the CIA in Italy’s First Republic,” by Daniele Ganser — professor of history and future energy systems at St. Gallen’s University, Switzerland; former professor of conflict analysis at Basel University, Switzerland; former Senior Researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich) Center for Security Studies; former Swiss Foreign Ministry expert on civil peace and human rights promotion; and founder/director of the Swiss Institute for Peace and Energy Research (SIPER).

Here’s an interview with Daniele Ganser: “A chat with Dr. Daniele Ganser: Nato’s Secret Armies, 9/11 and War and Peace

The Nation Magazine: “US Officials Won’t Say if a New Anti–Russia Propaganda Project Is Targeting Americans

Ray McGovern — antiwar activist; 28-year CIA veteran, including as senior analyst in the Soviet Affairs Division, preparer of the President’s Daily Brief, chair of the National Intelligence Estimates (largest US intelligence estimate involving every agency), and recipient of the Intelligence Commendation Medal, which he returned in protest of CIA torture:

The leading German ‘mainstream’ newspaper reported this morning that the head of German Intelligence, aping former CIA director John Brennan, has been making up stuff about Russian attempts to interfere in elections in Europe, ‘as in the US.’

Ray Puts Anti-Missile Defense in 45-Year Perspective

Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting:

NY Daily News: Broken Windows ‘Works,’ and if It Hurts Immigrants–‘Too Bad’

Trump Didn’t Teach Foreign Regimes to Cry ‘Fake News’–Corporate Media Did

With White House Embracing Climate Denial, Will Corporate Media Treat It as Science?


Meet the Hundreds of Officials Trump Has Quietly Installed Across the Government

Trump’s Watered-Down Ethics Rules Let a Lobbyist Help Run an Agency He Lobbied

Trump Then: ‘I Would Have No Problem’ Banning Lobbyists. Trump Now: You’re Hired!

George Washington University’s National Security Archive blog, Unredacted: “FOIA Sheds Light on Hundreds of Trump Administration Hires, and Much More: FRINFORMSUM 3/9/2017

Mises: “Truman Was Right About the CIA

One of Canada’s leading New Cold Warriors was revealed to have had a grandfather that edited a Nazi newspaper in occupied Poland. She wrote about it in an academic article in the 90’s, then she then blamed Russia for it despite having previously admitted it in writing. The point is not that she should be blamed for what her grandparents did but that she’s such a toxic Cold Warrior that she can’t even confront basic reality without blaming it on some mythical and nefarious Putin PlotHere are excerpts from the Globe and Mail article on it:

“Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland knew for more than two decades that her maternal Ukrainian grandfather was the chief editor of a Nazi newspaper in occupied Poland that vilified Jews during the Second World War. … Ms. Freeland, who has paid tribute to her maternal grandparents in articles and books, helped edit a scholarly article in the Journal of Ukrainian Studies in 1996 that revealed her grandfather, Michael Chomiak, was a Nazi propagandist for Krakivski Visti (Krakow News). … Ms. Freeland has never acknowledged that her grandfather was a Nazi collaborator and suggested on Monday that the allegation was part of a Russian disinformation campaign.”


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