Got News has reported that Katie Walsh, Trump’s Deputy Chief of Staff, may be the source of a number of leaks from the administration to The New York Times and other media outlets.
A source close to President Trump says:
“Everyone knows not to talk to her in the White House unless you want to see it in the press. The only question is whether or not she’s doing it at the behest of [White House Chief of Staff] Reince Priebus or if she’s doing it to advance herself in DC media circles.”
According to Got News, Walsh has also planted stories in The Washington Post and Politico.
Katie Walsh, seen Nov 9 2016
Got News reported that one source in particular stands out. Walsh is close to Maggie Habberman, a political correspondent for The New York Times, based in New York City, and a political analyst for CNN, who wrote pro-Republican National Committee stories during the presidential election.
A senior White House aide reportedly said Walsh is referred to as “Madame President” in the White House and “It isn’t a compliment.”
Got News additionally reported that:
“Walsh would have significant access as she controls the president’s schedule. There’s also reportedly a trove of e-mails where Katie Walsh and Reince Priebus discuss how to rid themselves of Trump, according to a former #NeverTrump consultant.”
A source close to the president’s family says “The president and his allies have been deliberately feeding her fake information in order to find her network. It’s been going well.”
Walsh was a #NeverTrump Republican during the campaign. Neither Walsh nor her family were supporters during the campaign, says a source from Walsh’s hometown of St. Louis.
Got News have received reports that Katie Walsh is the mole from “multiple sources in the White House, media, donor community, and pro-Trump 501(c)4 political group.” A White House investigation is planned into Walsh. Got News were unable to reach her for comment.
A Reddit thread has picked up this revelation, with one notable comment confirming the credibility of Got News as a source of legitimate information:
“Gotnews is a legit news source. They work with police and even ID’d the WA state mall shooter for police as well as found the FLL airport shooter’s link to Islam. They also have close ties to TRUMP & IC community. Rumors are they had something to do with Weiner laptop story. They were banned from Twitter.”
Walsh was promoted to RNC chief of staff in early 2015, just in time for the rise of Trump and the wildest presidential election in recent memory. Walsh continues to work closely with Reince Priebus, who was previously appointed as Trump’s chief of staff.
At the beginning of February, Polico reported that “In order to be with Trump nearly all of the time, Priebus has largely handed off oversight of White House operations to deputy chief of staff Katie Walsh, one of his top lieutenants.”
Walsh has been a fast riser. Starting as a high school intern for then-Sen. John Ashcroft’s (R-Mo.) reelection campaign in 2000. She has had a string of high profile jobs in the finance shops at the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) and RNC followed.
She is one of the The Washington Post’s 40 Most Interesting Women in Politics and Fortune magazine’s 40 Under 40 Women to Watch.
Twitter is reacting to today’s revelation and people are certainly suspicious of Walsh, as they already are of Priebus.
Two longtime Trump friends, Republican strategist Roger Stone and NewsMax chief executive Christopher Ruddy, have called for the removal of Priebus — though Ruddy changed his position after a pledge from Priebus that he’d improve.
“I had this quaint idea that the chief of staff would know what he was doing,” Stone said in an interview, adding that many of the president’s longtime supporters were losing faith in Priebus. “There will be more revelations about things he’s done in this job that don’t serve the president well. I promise you there will be more revelations.”
People are now calling for Priebus and Walsh to go.
Reince and his deputy CoS for WH Ops Katie Walsh are bad for America.
After more than four years sheltering inside Ecuador’s Embassy in London, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange could have Wikileak’s signature hourglass run out. Two out of three Ecuadorian presidential candidates want to end Assange’s asylum.
Since the Wikileaks founder wasoffered asylum by Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa in 2012, Assange has watched the world change dramatically from his tiny room at the country’s embassy in London.
This Sunday, Ecuador will hold the first presidential election in more than a decade not to be contested by Correa. Voters will elect a new President and National Assembly. Incumbent President Rafael Correa is not eligible for re-election, having served two terms.
On the eve of the election, let’s take a look at what the top three presidential candidates have said they will do regarding Assange’s asylum if they become elected.
Lenín Moreno – PAIS Alliance – Left-wing
The favorite is Lenín Moreno, who served as Vice President of the Republic from 2007 to 2013, serving under President Rafael Correa. His election as Vice President was notable because as a paraplegic, Moreno was one of the world’s few disabled national leaders. For his work providing respect and dignity to handicapped people, he was nominated for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize.
Lenin Moreno will maintain asylum for Julian Assange, but will ask him to be more delicate in matters of international politics.
The official candidate said on Thursday, February 9, 2017, that the country is “protecting his life” because Ecuador does not apply the death penalty. But he clarified that his administration would make a request to him: “We will ask Mr. Assange to be much more delicate at the moment that he treats the international politics, mainly with countries with which we have a good relation”. This statement was made after participating in a conversation with the Ecuadorian Broadcasting Association in Guayaquil.
Guillermo Lasso – CREO – Centre-right
Guillermo Lasso is an Ecuadorian businessman and politician. He was the presidential candidate for the Ecuadorian general election in 2013 for the party called Creating Opportunities. He arrived in second place. Lasso is the largest share holder in Banco de Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest financial services network.
In early 2017, Lasso launched his second presidential campaign to succeed incumbent President Correa forCreating Opportunities in the 2017 presidential elections, as Correa had already served his two-term constitutionally defined limit.
Lasso promoted an independent judiciary and free speech. The opposition and civil rights organizations consider judicial autonomy and press freedom to be threatened under the administration of President Correa.
Bearing this in mind, you might think Lasso would be supportive of Assange, but you’d be wrong. Lasso says the costly asylum can no longer be justified.
In an interview with the Guardian, Lasso, of the rightwing Creo-Suma alliance, said it was time for theWikiLeaks founder to move on because his asylum was expensive and no longer justified.
“The Ecuadorian people have been paying a cost that we should not have to bear,” he said during an interview in Quito. “We will cordially ask Señor Assange to leave within 30 days of assuming a mandate.”
Cynthia Viteri – PSC – Centre-right to Right-wing
Cynthia Viteri of the Social Christian Party who is standing in tomorrow’s election says Ecuador has more important things to spend its taxpayers’ money on than Assange.
Viteri would rather see the cash currently being spent on housing Assange, going on school lunches for children.
She told local newspaper El Comercio: “As president of this nation, I need the money used for his upkeep, for example, to pay for my children’s school lunches.”
Although the current government has maintained its position of solidarity, all involved have grown increasingly frustrated with a situation that Ecuador’s top diplomat described as “something out of a John le Carré novel”.
“Our staff have been through a lot. There is a human cost,” said the foreign minister, Guillaume Long. “This is probably the most watched embassy on the planet.”
After over two years of buildup in the Baltic Sea area of Eastern Europe, NATO is running out of places plausibly near Russia to justify putting more troops in. They see the Black Sea, however, as a next big target for buildup, with the first US troops arriving earlier this week in Bulgaria and Romania.
The Obama Administration started the NATO buildup in 2014 in the Baltics, talking up the idea of a Russian invasion of Eastern Europe, and even though the invasion never happened, Obama and his successor, President Trump have dutifully continued the buildup with no signs of slowing down.
The big problem with putting US troops in places like Bulgaria and Romania though, is despite the Pentagon hype about this being all about Russia, those nations aren’t particularly close to Russia, and not even having proximity to the exclave of Kaliningrad, that northern European nations cling to as proof of a Russian threat.
This has NATO officials hyping up the idea of a big naval buildup in the Black Sea, which would challenge Russia’s Black Sea fleet. This has the advantage of Russia actually having a Black Sea fleet, albeit not a huge one, though the idea also has serious problems.
Chief among those is the Montreaux Convention of 1936, which strictly regulates the number of warships allowed into the Black Sea from nations that don’t have Black Sea coastal territory. NATO’s three Black Sea states are Bulgaria, Romania, and Turkey.
Which is the point at which, rhetoric aside, the NATO talk of buildup collapses. Bulgaria already publicly rejected the idea of such a NATO fleet, saying they have no intention of joining it. Turkey’s close cooperation with Russia in Syria is likely going to preclude them wanting to invest in a bunch of new warships to challenge Russia, and Romania’s Navy is itself extremely limited.
The result is likely to be some for-show deployments by other NATO members with real navies for wargames around the area, but with the Montreaux Convention limiting those deployments to 21 days, they aren’t going to amount to a practical permanent force.
This article first appeared on AntiWar.com and was authored by Jason Ditz.
“As we look toward going back to the moon, going to Mars or further, we’ll want to have space resources that would be assembled in orbit so we could make them large enough and capable enough to do real deep-space activities.”
Axiom Space and Bigelow Aerospace have expressed keen interest in constructing commercial space stations, and to obtain technologies under development, such as constellations of satellites for Earth observation. They assess this to be profitable in the ‘low Earth orbit’ area, the region of space up to an altitude of about 1,200 miles. The International Space Station is in low Earth orbit.
Robert Walker has experienced skill in the space sector, being the first sitting member of Congress to be given NASA’s Distinguished Service Medal, their highest honor. He has also been involved in presidential commissions on the aerospace industry’s future and space exploration. Robert Bigelow – founder of Bigelow Aerospace, stated major aircraft manufacturers Boeing and Lockheed Martin have always had a keen eye on NASA and therefore on government funding. He claimed privatizing low Earth orbit is an important opportunity for “the little guys” to survive and establish.
Walker added: “What’s the best way for us to access space in the future? And what opportunities exist if you’re truly innovative about how your approach a space future?”
Walker claims space policy should highlight that the community of space is far larger than NASA or the military – private investors should take the opportunity to take part in achieving national goals. He calls for the National Space Council – a policy-setting body closed in 1993, to be reinstated under the leadership of VP Mike Pence to set national goals for all three stakeholders in space – commercial, military and civil interest. Bigelow argues that NASA’s approximate $19 billion budget should be doubled, and recalled conversations with William H. Gerstenmaier – associate administrator for the Human Exploration and Operations Directorate at NASA, claiming that the agency does not have the capability to return humans to the moon without assistance from the private sector.
Newsbud presents major new revelations by former FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds. Edmonds, known as the most classified and gagged person in US history, takes on the US Congress and the culprit media in one of the most significant and longest ongoing political/criminal cover-ups involving the FBI, a notorious political mob in Chicago, a well-known elected official and her convicted criminal spouse. Further, she renews her public call for joint testimony under oath before the US Congress. Do not miss this in-depth exposé shedding light on just how notoriously corrupt criminals are given immunity and untouchable status, not only by the US government, but also by the Deep-State collaborators- the US media.
One of the least talked about war crimes committed by the United States is the use of depleted uranium — a highly controversial radioactive waste that’s been dumped into Iraq by the ton. In spite of multiple international watchdog groups and health organizations pointing out the dangers of using DU, and in spite of the Pentagon claiming they wouldn’t use it, the United States just admitted to using it in Syria.
For those that aren’t familiar with the radioactive waste that is DU, it is the byproduct of the production of enriched uranium for use as fuel in nuclear reactors and in the manufacture of nuclear weapons. It is also the US military’s preferred material to use for armor plating and armor-piercing projectiles.
In the first three weeks of the conflict in Iraq in 2003, the US Military dumped more than 2,000 tons of this chemically toxic and radioactive waste onto the Iraqi people.
Because the half-life of DU is millions of years, the massive quantities dropped in Iraq over the course of the invasion continue to pose a serious health risk to those exposed to it. Amounts in bullets, shells, and bombs vary from 300 grams to 7 tons in the bunker-busters missiles — which rained down from the skies over Iraq — for years.
In the course of the two US-led wars in Iraq, it is estimated that tens of thousands of tons of DU have dropped from the sky onto the people.
The admitted use of DU is solely reserved to the United States and the United Kingdom. Since its adverse effects first began appearing, there’s been a massive effort to conceal the true and horrifying impact it’s had.
However, on Monday, a spokesman for the US Central Command (CENTCOM) told Foreign Policy that 5,265 armor-piercing DU rounds were used in November 2015, during two air raids against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) oil tanker convoys in the Deir ez-Zor and Hasakah provinces in eastern Syria.
A-10 ground attack aircraft fired the projectiles from their 30mm rotating cannons, destroying about 350 tanker trucks, according to CENTCOM spokesman Major Josh Jacques.
Officials confirm the US used depleted uranium weapons on the battlefield in Iraq and Syria: https://t.co/oCtsYgFpXq
This admission by the US that it used DU comes in contrast to a March 2015 statement from the coalition spokesman who had explicitly ruled out its use in Syria, saying,“US and coalition aircraft have not been and will not be using depleted uranium munitions in Iraq or Syria during Operation Inherent Resolve.”
While the US loves to tout the exceptional toughness of DU, they continue to ignore, and, in fact, have covered up and denied the contamination of ground and water, and the significant risk of toxicity, birth defects, and cancer when inhaled or ingested by humans or animals.
These DU contaminated locations in #Syria pose a risk to civilian health and must be isolated and addressed as soon as conditions allow. https://t.co/I139b33bhg
Not only does DU pose a significant risk to those who live in the areas where the US has dumped it but it is also linked to tens of thousands of potential cancer cases among American troops.
However, those numbers are only estimated because immediately after the US began dumping tons of it in Iraq, the Veteran’s Administration began blocking medical journals from accessing cancer stats in its registry.
In spite of horrific cases of cancer among us troops — who were proven to test positive for DU in their urine AFTER coming back stateside — the DoD continues to claim it is safe.
The World Health Organization (WHO) even got on board with the coverup in 2013.
“The rates for spontaneous abortion, stillbirths and congenital birth defects found in the study are consistent with or even lower than international estimates. The study provides no clear evidence to suggest an unusually high rate of congenital birth defects in Iraq,” wrote the WHO in their summary findings of birth defects related to DU in Iraq.
However, this was in stark contrast to the findings from Iraqi Ministry of Health officials, who were involved in the same study. Doctors at the Basra maternity hospital in southern Iraq have told the BBC that they have seen a 60% rise in birth defects since 2003, according to the BBC.
The MOH officials confirmed that the joint report would furnish “damning evidence” that rates of birth defects are higher in areas experiencing heavy fighting in the 2003 war. In an early press release, WHO similarly acknowledged “existing MOH statistics showing high number of CBD cases” in the “high risk” areas selected for study, as reported by the Gaurdian.
However, none of that happened.
In spite of this coverup in the West, Iraqi doctors and multiple peer-reviewed studies have documented a dramatic increase in infant mortality, cancer and leukaemia in the aftermath of US military bombardment. In Fallujah, doctors are witnessing a “massive unprecedented number” of heart defects, and an increase in the number of nervous system defects, according to the Guardian.
Analysis of pre-2003 data compared to now showed that “the rate of congenital heart defects was 95 per 1,000 births – 13 times the rate found in Europe.”
Official Iraqi government statistics show that, prior to the outbreak of the First Gulf War in 1991, the rate of cancer cases in Iraq was 40 out of 100,000 people. By 1995, it had increased to 800 out of 100,000 people, and, by 2005, it had doubled to at least 1,600 out of 100,000 people. Current estimates show the increasing trend continuing.
In a 2010 International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health article, Busby and two colleagues, Malak Hamden and Entesar Ariabi, reported a 38-fold increase in leukemia, a 10-fold increase in breast cancer, and infant mortality rates eight times higher than in neighboring Kuwait.
These numbers are also likely far greater than reported as women in Iraq who give birth to babies with deformities feel stigmatized and often don’t report them according to Mozhgan Savabieasfahani, a Michigan-based environmental toxicologist who won the 2015 Rachel Carson Award.
It is also estimated that the rate of congenital malformations among newborn babies is 14 times higher than that of Japan — immediately following the detonation of two atomic bombs.
And now, the people of Syria will begin their horrifying journey down the deadly path to the same fate as Iraq.
As the disturbing images in the video below from Democracy Now illustrate — War is hell.
Police have detained a man in Oakland, California, after he spent the morning strolling around a neighborhood with a rifle, shooting at police and civilians, spray painting breasts on a garage door, and a penis on a car.
Law enforcement was called to the scene shortly after 9 a.m. after witnesses called to report a man with a rifle firing rounds in the neighborhood.
When police arrived, the suspect, Jessie Enjaian, 32, a University of Michigan law school graduate, began shooting at an officer, KRON 4 reports. Several homes were struck with the bullets, but nobody was injured.
A helicopter flying over the scene showed him inside a home, pointing his own rifle out the window. Eventually, the suspect went outside and began spray painting breasts on a neighboring house. He then walked over and calmly began spray painting a penis on a car.
A nearby high school and several businesses were placed on lockdown as the incident unfolded.
Eventually, Enjaian was shot by a police officer and surrendered. He was transported to a local hospital, where he is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.
It was later confirmed that Enjaian lives in the neighborhood where the standoff took place. He is also the co-founder and a computer engineer at the computer company Oakland Microsystems.
According to Oakland Police Spokeswoman Officer Johnna Watson, Enjaian is accused of shooting at his neighbors, the police, and the media helicopter.
“This is extremely concerning for the Oakland police Department,” Watson said during a press conference. “We have a lot of traffic that comes through the area we also have a lot of schools in the area.”
Police had reportedly been called to his home earlier this week, over another report involving threats or a gun.
The motive behind the shooting and the vandalism remains unclear.
Tony Blair has said it is his “mission” to persuade Britons to “rise up” and change their minds on Brexit, BBC reports, despite the 52% leave vote being a democratic victory for Brexiters – Blair is clearly intent on ignoring the democratic will of the people that voted to leave the EU.
Blair’s anti-Brexit speech was met with a barrage of criticism from former UKIP leader Nigel Farage, calling his Blair a “yesterday’s man”. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson responded, “I urge the British people to rise up and turn off the TV next time Blair comes on with his condescending campaign.”
Foreign Sec. Johnson hounded Mr. Blair with accusations of “insulting the intelligence” of the British voters, he added: “I respectfully say to Tony Blair, those who call on the British people to rise up against Brexit, I urge the British people to rise up and turn off the TV next time Tony Blair comes on with his condescending campaign.”
“As for Tony Blair whatever his merits as a former Prime Minister this is the guy who would have taken our country into the Euro with what would have been catastrophic consequences, this is the guy who dragooned the United KIngdom into the Iraq War on a completely false prospectus with consequences which foreign ministers here are still trying to deal with.”
Blair clearly doesn’t gain much support from his controversial decision to continue to attempt a Brexit Block nearly a year after the June referendum in 2016.
A stun gun company called Taser has just introduced one of the scariest inventions of our time a body recognition camera that will allow police to search for people and objects in video footage captured in real time and recorded video.
The technology will use automation and algorithms to detect faces and objects in video footage captured by on-body camera systems Vocativ reported.
The development of such advanced technology suggests that body cameras, which are already being worn by police departments across the country, could soon become powerful surveillance tools capable of identifying different objects, events, and people encountered by officers on the street.
While the idea is to use machine learning algorithms to speed up the process of combing through and redacting hours of video footage by allowing police to use keywords to search through video footage. And it’s worth noting that the current version of the technology doesn’t include facial recognition the company has previously stated to Bloomberg that they are working on implementing such Orwellian technology.
“If we think about that situation in Minnesota, maybe that officer did have some preconceptions about Castile, and maybe they were unhelpful preconceptions,” Rick Smith Taser’s chief executive officer said. “If the officer had known that Castile didn’t have a violent police record, as has been reported, his death might have been averted. “The more we can help reduce that uncertainty, the better.”
Such an implementation will be a major privacy risk, especially since there are no known current federal laws preventing police from searching through large databases to track someone’s every movement.
Where it will be good to catch real criminals if laws are not put into place to limit such technologies use to catching kidnappers and terrorist we could quickly be living in a “Strange Days” type of dystopia where the police can scan your every move. And even if there are laws that doesn’t necessarily mean that the people in charge are going to follow them so while this technology may make us “safer” it’s literally building the framework for a police state.
What’s scarier is it’s already starting in New York, the government privately asked surveillance companies to pitch a vast camera system they could install on bridges and tunnels that would scan and identify people who drive in and out of New York City.
Facebook already uses this type of technology with deep face so if you think such a technology is impossible you aren’t paying attention.
A Vocativ reporter talked to a Taser representative, and the conversation was mind-blowing, to say the least highlighting how far they want to take this new technology that is incredibly frightening.
“To clarify, Dextro’s system offers computer vision techniques to identify faces and other objects for improving the efficiency of the redaction workflow. AI enables you to become more targeted when needed,” Steve Tuttle, Taser’s vice president of communications, he said.
That means, he explained, that “you can show where a face starts in a video” to speed up a search, but that the technology “doesn’t identify individual faces or people.”
The company claims that its use of AI will be focused on “efficient categorization, semantic understanding, and faster redaction” of video footage as a method of “reducing paper work and enabling officers to focus on what matters.”
“Police officers are spending most of their time entering information into computers” about their interactions in the field, Smith said during the webcast. “We want to automate all of that.”
To further your paranoia, a Department of Justice study published last year found that at least nine different body camera manufacturers either currently support face recognition in their products or plan to add the feature later. To make you even more scared of big brother watching over your shoulder, a recent Georgetown University Law report, found that nearly half of American adults have been entered into their local law enforcement’s face recognition database. Increasing the chance that any random person walking down the street can be identified by the system allowing an unknown cop to track someone in secret in the protection of the excuse “I’m just doing my job” a very scary thought indeed.
For now, if you want to avoid this type of surveillance there is all sorts of technology and clothing that you can buy but there is no telling when this clothing and technology will become obsolete.
A selfie-style video of a man with a rifle threatening a Donald Trump supporter at a gas station over a bumper sticker and “Make America Great Again” flag is going viral after being published to YouTube on Thursday.
The shocking video, obtained by Red Pill Philosophy, shows a man who goes by the name Neal Norles on Facebook, confronting the stranger at a gas station and demanding that he remove the sticker and flag supporting our president — while livestreaming himself making the threats.
“Hold up. Hey boy you voted for Trump?” Norles shouts at the stranger. “You did? Aw yeah that’s how you feel? That’s how you feel, huh?”
“Deport all of us, huh?” Norles continues on to ask. “You want us deported back over there or something?”
The Trump supporter responds saying “no,” and the man asserts that he is going to remove the sticker from the stranger’s vehicle.
“We don’t like that shit! We don’t like that shit! You gotta take that shit off your truck bro!” Norles yells at the man.
“Touch my sh-t and see what happens,” the Trump supporter responds.
The unhinged man, continuing to film himself, then says, “let me show you what’s going to happen,” as he pulls an assault rifle from his vehicle. He begins to walk towards the man he was threatening.
“I’m going to show you what’s going to happen, ain’t nothin’ gonna happen,” the man rages. “This nigga got me f-cked up,” he continues as the video ends with him approaching the flag and the sound of it being ripped down.
Responding to a request for comment from We Are Change, he asserted that I am “crazy as hell,” and claimed that he did not threaten the man.
“Where did I threatened him I protected myself after he said see what will happen if I take it off,” Norles said. “I neva pointed my gun at him nor made a threat to him saying I would kill him? So where?”
We explained to him that we did not say he directly threatened to kill the man, but threatened him and his property — with his gun.
“Yea I threatened his property I will take that but nevva once did I threat his life I don’t see how u get that,” Norles wrote.
When asked what happened after the video ended, Norles asked me if I voted for Trump. I responded yes and asserted that I was not the one being interviewed.
“Do u like black ppl?” Norles asked.
He then refused to continue being interviewed without payment, which we declined to offer. He responded saying, “then suck it easy baby.”
Norles on the right, via Facebook
According to Norles’ Facebook page, he resides in Kansas City, Missouri. He frequently livestreams himself ranting and raving on the social network. At the time of publishing this story — Norles was livestreaming himself screaming “f-ck Donald Trump” at passing vehicles while in the passenger seat of a car. Both that livestream, and the one featuring him brandishing the weapon, have since been deleted from his page.