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Behind the Fusion GPS Transcripts
by Thomas Gallatin
House votes to reauthorize FISA 
spying authority after floor fight over privacy
by Susan Ferrechio
{} ~ The House voted Thursday to pass a bill reauthorizing an important national counterterrorism tool... after a bipartisan fight over privacy protections in the legislation nearly derailed the legislation. In a 256-164 vote, lawmakers approved a six-year reauthorization of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which allows intelligence officials to spy on communications of noncitizens outside of the United States. The bill includes moderate reforms authored by both the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees last year. Proponents say the changes will bolster privacy protections by adding a new requirement for intelligence agencies to obtain search warrants to search communications and new congressional oversight of the kinds of searches made by the government. It also limits the use of the surveillance authority so fewer Americans are caught up in the searches and requires reforms to the way intelligence agencies search the contents of electric communications beyond the sender information...
Tucker Takes BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith
To School On Dossier, ‘Partisanship Played A Role’ 
{} ~ BuzzFeed’s Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith appeared on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Wednesday... to respond to a lawsuit filed by President Donald Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen, over Smith’s publishing of an infamous dossier. “The dossier itself is a document of kind of obvious central public importance,” Smith said Wednesday. “That was clear a year ago. It’s actually a lot clearer now. Before we published it, as we knew then, important elected officials intelligence agencies were investigating this document.” Carlson said Smith should have known better than to publish a document without fully verifying its contents...
VIDEO at the site.
CNN Host Pushes Unsubstantiated Claim 
That Dossier Source Was Murdered 
{} ~ CNN anchor Erin Burnett floated a claim on Wednesday that a source for the infamous dossier was murdered... following publication of the salacious document. But Burnett appears not to have followed her own network’s reporting on the subject. Hours before Burnett’s show, CNN reported that the allegation of a dossier-related murder was based on unfounded speculation from a lawyer for Fusion GPS, the oppo firm behind the dossier. In a contentious interview with Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, Burnett cited a claim made by Fusion GPS lawyer Josh Levy during an Aug. 22 interview with the Senate Judiciary Committee. A transcript of that interview, which was conducted with Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson, was released on Tuesday...
VIDEO at the site.
PLO Moves to Withdraw
Recognition of, Cut Ties to Israel
{} ~ The Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)... the umbrella organization that is internationally-recognized as the representative of the Palestinian people, will push to withdraw formal recognition of Israel and end Washington's longstanding role as mediator of the peace process. Instead, the PLO will pursue an "international formula" for achieving statehood. The developments were outlined in a report that aims to redefine not only the parameters for future relations with Israel and the Unites States, but also change the status of the Palestinian Authority from a "transitional authority" to a "state under occupation." The details are intended to be finalized in a follow-up meeting of the PLO mid-month. The PA was formed as an interim governing body by the 1993 Oslo Accords—signed by then-prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and previous PLO chief Yasser Arafat—and was meant to be dissolved after no later than five years as part of a final peace agreement...They never will recognize Israel.
Despite threats, Trump to extend 
sanctions relief for Iran — sources
{} ~ US President Donald Trump is expected this week to extend relief from economic sanctions to Iran as part of the nuclear deal... citing progress in amending US legislation that governs Washington’s participation in the landmark accord, according to US officials and others familiar with the administration’s deliberations. But Trump is likely to pair his decision to renew the concessions to Tehran with new, targeted sanctions on Iranian businesses and people, the six people briefed on the matter said. The restrictions could hit some firms and individuals whose sanctions were scrapped under the 2015 nuclear agreement, a decision that could test Tehran’s willingness to abide by its side of the bargain...
Behind the Fusion GPS Transcripts
by Thomas Gallatin:  The mainstream media is abuzz over Sen. Diane Fein-stein’s (D-CA) unilateral decision to release a semi-redacted transcript of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s closed-door meeting with Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson last August. As the ongoing investigation into Russian election meddling continues to roll on and as more information is learned, this latest move by Fein-stein is somewhat puzzling. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) was certainly not pleased, saying, “Her action undermines the integrity of the committee’s oversight work and jeopardizes its ability to secure candid voluntary testimony relating to the independent recollections of future witnesses.” He further noted that none of the other congressional panels had released interview transcripts of closed-door meetings related to the Russia interference investigation.

          Fein-stein may be reacting to Grassley’s recent criminal referral of British ex-spy Christopher Steele, author of the infamous liar-Hillary Clinton-funded anti-Trump dossier, to the Justice Department. Grassley wants DOJ to investigate Steele for possibly lying to the FBI. Fein-stein may also not like the fact that the investigation has started to probe more deeply into liar-Clinton and Democratic National Committees connections to Fusion GPS. Whatever her rationale, Fein-stein’s actions may inform the public while at the same time muddy the investigation.
          So what has been learned from Simpson’s interview? It’s clear that he and Fusion GPS are worried about protecting themselves. Simpson attempted to absolve himself of any guilt regarding the promotion of misinformation with the dubious dossier, saying, “By its very nature the question of whether something is accurate isn’t really asked. The question that is asked generally is whether it’s credible. You don’t really decide who’s telling the truth.” Simpson argued it wasn’t his job to ascertain whether or not the dossier’s information was true. He explained his reason for giving the dossier to Sen. RINO-John McCain (R-AZ), saying, “We just wanted people in official positions to ascertain whether it was accurate or not.
          The transcript also shows how Simpson conveniently flips, seeing Russian connections as both good and bad, depending upon his relationship with Russians. The short of it being that he saw no conflict of interest in his work for the Russian firm Prevezon Holdings, while at the same time arguing that Trump’s campaign was guilty of collusion.
          Simpson appears to have been convinced that the Trump team was guilty of colluding with Russia, but we also learn that Simpson based this belief on a dossier that he admits he never verified for accuracy. He sees ex-spy Steele as a trustworthy individual, and that even if there were holes in the accuracy of information, he believes that the overall narrative is essentially true. In other words, for Simpson, the political end game was more important than facts and truth.  ~The Patriot Pos

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