WAL 316: Kavanaugh Allegations, Dallas Police Shooting

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Chris Spangle, Harry Price, and former prosecutor Craig DeCosta examine the allegations of rape levied against Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh and discuss the death of a man when police officer Amber Guyger shot and killed Botham Shem Jean in his own home.

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SCOTUS Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Accused of Rape

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Dallas Police Officer Kills Innocent Man in Home

Undercovered News

Page: FBI didn’t have a case for collusion when Mueller was appointed

“Former FBI attorney Lisa Page, in a bombshell revelation, says the agency could not prove collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign before Special Counsel Robert Mueller was appointed. Page told a closed-door joint session of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees in mid-July that investigators could not make the charge, according to a transcript of her deposition reviewed by Fox News. ‘I think this represents that even as far as May 2017, we still couldn’t answer the question,’ Page said. … her testimony refers to a point in the investigation from over a year ago and it’s unclear where the probe stands now.”

NM: Space observatory at centre of alien conspiracy asks for “patience” after evacuation by the FBI

“A space observatory at the centre of swirling alien conspiracy theories has asked for ‘patience’ as it continues to be locked down. The Sunspot Solar Observatory in Sunspot, New Mexico caught the attention of the world when it was shut down by FBI agents who reportedly swooped on the facility after arriving in elite Blackhawk helicopters. It led immediately to suggestions the advanced technology inside of the facility spotted something it shouldn’t — such as proof of extraterrestrials, UFOs or even some baseless speculation that the observatory had spotted that the sun has started dying. The fact the observatory is only about 120 miles from the site of the Roswell UFO incident has only fuelled speculation. The FBI and the administrators of the facility have said only that the shutdown happened because of a ‘security issue.’”

Government Can Spy on Journalists in the U.S. Using Invasive Foreign Intelligence Process  theintercept.com/2018/09/17/journalists-fisa-court-spying/

“The US Government can monitor journalists under a foreign intelligence law that allows invasive spying and operates outside the traditional court system, according to newly released documents. Targeting members of the press under the law, known as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, requires approval from the Justice Department’s highest-ranking officials, the documents show.”

Obscure Pentagon Fund Nets $2B, Sets Pork Senses Tingling

“The Pentagon will soon have received about $2.3 billion in the last nine years — money the military never requested — for a special fund intended to help replace earmarks after Congress banned them, our analysis shows. Buried deep inside the $674.4 billion Defense spending measure for fiscal 2019 that the Senate is expected to vote on this week is a chart with one line showing a $250 million appropriation for the Defense Rapid Innovation Fund, the latest installment of sizable funding for a largely unknown program that quietly disburses scores of contracts every year.”

Offensive in Syria’s Idlib Canceled After Russia, Turkey Reach Deal

Offensive in Syria’s Idlib Canceled After Russia, Turkey Reach Deal

“A widely expected military offensive against rebel-held Idlib Province in northern Syria has been canceled, according to the Russian Defense Ministry. This follows a deal reached between Russia and Turkey to establish a new buffer zone in the area.
The deal will see a 15-25 km wide buffer zone established between government and rebel territory, inside Idlib Province. The rebels are to leave this area, which will be jointly patrolled by Turkey and Russia, and are to withdraw all heavy weapons from the area.”

Declassification of Carter Page Warrants May Be Politically Motivated, but More Transparency Is Still Good

Reading the FISA Redactions

Google China Prototype Links Searches to Phone Numbers

“Google built A prototype of a censored search engine for China that links users’ searches to their personal phone numbers, thus making it easier for the Chinese government to monitor people’s queries, The Intercept can reveal. The search engine, codenamed Dragonfly, was designed for Android devices, and would remove content deemed sensitive by China’s ruling Communist Party regime, such as information about political dissidents, free speech, democracy, human rights, and peaceful protest.”

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