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by Bjinse on Mon Aug 13th, 2018 at 10:56:26 PM EST
Conversely, South Africa probes state attorneys as Ramaphosa graft crackdown widens
In the health ministry, one of the departments worst affected by the alleged fraud, claims totaling 56 billion rand ($4 billion) will be investigated, Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi said at the same briefing.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 03:31:57 AM EST
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uh oh. In 2014, political spending at Trump properties was $35K. In 2018, it's $3.5M
re: foreign gifts, domestic subplot, conspiracy to defraud the USA, An Economic Interpretation of the US Constitution

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Donald Trump falls 200 places on Forbes rich list after $400m drop in wealth
Judge dismisses suits claiming Trump violated emoluments clause
The event which has not occurred.

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by Cat on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 10:17:26 PM EST
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Gina Haspel CIA Torture Cables Declassified
Haspel described extended sessions of physical violence and waterboarding; CIA cables detail contract psychologists Mitchell and Jessen working for Haspel
The Archive filed its FOIA request for the Haspel cables on April 16, 2018, after she was nominated by President Trump to be CIA director. Despite the clear public interest in the documents, the CIA denied the Archive's request for expedited processing, and the Archive went to court on April 27. ...David Sobel, FOIA expert and former Archive counsel, drafted and filed the initial Archive complaint in federal court; and the Archive's pro bono counsel Peter Karanjia and Lisa Zycherman of the law firm Davis Wright Tremaine took on the task of negotiating with the U.S. Attorney's office over release of the documents.

In addition to the work of Sobel, Karanjia and Zycherman, Blanton credited two other lawsuits with paving the way for release of the Haspel cables. The civil lawsuit Salim v. Mitchell brought by the ACLU against the CIA contract psychologists who were the architects of the torture program forced the CIA to search and review as many as 24,000 documents from the massive database used by the Senate Intelligence Committee staff in the writing of their report. The FOIA lawsuit by freelance journalist Daniel DeFraia[2] then compelled release of key documents, including five Haspel cables included in this posting, even after the August 2017 settlement in the Salim v. Mitchell case.

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The biggest mystery in the released cables is whether Gina Haspel wrote Cable 11359, from December 1, 2002, which uses remarkably vivid language to describe the torture sessions: The interrogators "strode, catlike, into the well-lit confines of the cell at 0902 hrs [redacted], deftly removed the subject's black hood with a swipe, paused, and in a deep, measured voice said that subject - having 'calmed down' after his (staged) run-in with his hulking, heavily muscled guards the previous day - should reveal what subject had done to vex his guards to the point of rage."

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SALIM, et  al. v Mitchell and Jensen | ACLU Settles Lawsuit
gratuitous, editorial qualification of reporting on the ECCHR by Pro Publica stringers
US senators will vote to confirm inadvertent FIFTH WAVE idol Haspel tomorrow.

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by Cat on Thu Aug 16th, 2018 at 01:01:33 AM EST
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How Comey intervened to kill WikiLeaks' immunity deal | TheHill
The effort resulted in the drafting of a limited immunity deal that might have temporarily freed the WikiLeaks founder from a London embassy where he has been exiled for years, according to interviews and a trove of internal DOJ documents turned over to Senate investigators. Read the draft immunity deal proffer that the Justice Department was considering for Assange here.

But an unexpected intervention by Comey -- relayed through Warner -- soured the negotiations, multiple sources tell me. Assange eventually unleashed a series of leaks that U.S. officials say damaged their cyber warfare capabilities for a long time to come.
Not included in the written proffer was an additional offer from Assange: He was willing to discuss technical evidence ruling out certain parties in the controversial leak of Democratic Party emails to WikiLeaks during the 2016 election. The U.S. government believes those emails were hacked by Russia; Assange insists they did not come from Moscow.

I did miss that when it came out. I got the link from the automatic earth site, with the interpretation that the last quoted paragraph is the reason the negotiations were killed.

by generic on Thu Aug 16th, 2018 at 12:45:09 PM EST
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On August 3, 2017, West Virginia switched from divided government to a Republican trifecta after Gov. Jim Justice announced he was switching his party affiliation from Democratic to Republican. Prior to 2017, the last time West Virginia was a trifecta was in 2014, when it was a Democratic trifecta.
The entire West Virginia Supreme Court was just impeached.

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by Cat on Thu Aug 16th, 2018 at 06:17:35 PM EST
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Meet Emilio Dabul, "Ghostwriter and editor; fiction writer; PR specialist. Greater new York Area" (Emilio Dabul (@JerseyFlak) | Twitter)

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by Cat on Sat Aug 18th, 2018 at 06:30:57 PM EST
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