Posts Tagged ‘Obama’

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Trump has brought his own Newspeak to Amerika.

  1. “Wiretap” doesn’t mean wiretap.
  2. “Obama” doesn’t mean Barack Obama.

“The President used the word wiretaps in quotes to mean, broadly, surveillance and other activities.”

Spicer: Trump didn’t mean wiretapping when he tweeted about wiretapping

Spicer also said that Trump was referring to the Obama administration broadly — and not accusing Obama of personal involvement — when he tweeted that “Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower” and accused Obama of being a “bad” or “sick guy.”

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NY Times covered this (finally) in the middle of the Trump transition turmoil.

U.S. Relies Heavily on Saudi Money to Support Syrian Rebels

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Awe inspiring.

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It is not immediately clear if President Obama authorized the strike in Syria. The official said the U.S. military is authorized to conduct counter-terrorism missions against Al Qaeda anytime.

On Barack Obama’s last day, did the military carry out this strike on its own, without White House approval, or consideration of White House policy?

Over 100 Al Qaeda fighters killed in ‘major’ US air strike in Syria, defense official says

The US Air Force conducted a second “major strike” in consecutive days killing over 100 Al Qaeda fighters at a training camp in northern Syria, a defense official with knowledge of the strike told a handful of reporters at the Pentagon on Friday.

A single U.S. Air Force B-52 bomber and an undisclosed number of drones dropped 14 precision-guided bombs at noon eastern time Thursday on an Al Qaeda “basic training” camp in Syria west of the city of Aleppo near the border with Turkey, according to the official.

“This was core Al Qaeda” said the official describing the fighters.

Again, if you haven’t read it:

Why ISIS Exists: The Double Game

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In typical Obama fashion the release is scheduled for May 17, well into Donald Trump’s reign.

Obama commutes much of Chelsea Manning’s sentence

 

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Obama Opens NSA’s Vast Trove of Warrantless Data to Entire Intelligence Community

 

WITH ONLY DAYS until Donald Trump takes office, the Obama administration on Thursday announced new rules that will let the NSA share vast amounts of private data gathered without warrant, court orders or congressional authorization with 16 other agencies, including the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Department of Homeland Security.