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The Powerful Global Spy 
Alliance You Never Knew Existed
by Ryan Gallagher
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Tuesday Top Headlines 
by Political Editors:  Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch: Jimmy Kimmel’s “divisive” and politically charged Oscars were the least watched in history (Fox News)
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FBI sees background-check hike in February (National Review)
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Meet the conservative Parkland massacre survivor the media has largely ignored (Townhall)
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liar-nObama-era policies helped keep Parkland shooter under the radar (The Daily Signal)
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rino-Jeff Flake touts gun control, bashes GOP for engaging in culture war (The Federalist)
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Judge rules Trump’s DACA phaseout legal (The Washington Times)
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Former Trump aide Sam Nunberg, who’s kind of crazy, says he’ll probably cooperate with Mueller subpoena (ABC News)
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Trump says he’ll exempt Mexico, Canada from tariffs if “new & fair NAFTA agreement is signed” (CNS News)
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Republican Thad Cochran to resign from Senate next month (The Hill)
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We get results — Nashville Mayor Megan Barry announces resignation after affair and felony theft (Tennessean)
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Man who got famous showing scantily clad women bouncing on trampolines lectures nation on sexual propriety (The Babylon Bee)
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Policy: Flippy the robot just destroyed the case for minimum-wage hikes (Investor’s Business Daily)
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Policy: Obesity: The latest national-security crisis (The Washington Times)   ~The Patriot Post
https://patriotpost.us/articles/54559-tuesday-top-headlines
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Sailor Served a Year In Prison For Much Less Than “Exonerated” liar-Hillary Clinton 
{ rickwells.us | ~ The Department of Justice is taking another look at the case of Kristian Saucier, a Navy machinist who took photos of his work area... while aboard a submarine, something that was prohibited and to which he has admitted his guilt. Saucier spent a year in prison, while other, better connected and wealthier criminals were allowed to remain free and had their cases dropped or not investigated at all. The members of the liar-nObama/ liar-Clinton/scum-Soros mafia, in particular liar-nObama and liar-Clinton, are guilty of crimes far worse than what the “nobody” sailor did. Saucier is asked why he thinks he got a year in prison and probation and liar-Hillary Clinton got nothing. He responds, “Obviously there’s two different sets of laws in this country, for the politically elite and those lower level individuals, Americans like myself.” He says, “And I think that’s very upsetting on a basic level for most people, it should be at least, that a different standard of justice is applied.” He notes he was prosecuted without anyone introducing a “requirement of intent to cause national harm,” yet that was the very false pretext Comey used to let her off and liar-nObama used to steer public opinion...  https://rickwells.us/sailor-prison-exonerated-clinton/
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Judge Jeanine Pirro Interviews 
Lee Zeldin and Ron Desantis…
by sundance
{ theconservativetreehouse.com } ~ Congressman Lee Zeldin and Congressman Ron Desantis are interviewed by Judge Jeanine Pirro on the ongoing investigations of the FBI and DOJ.  https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/03/03/judge-jeanine-pirro...
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Will President Trump 
Abolish the United Nations? 
{ ipatriot.com } ~ Ambassador Nikki Haley recently announced a $285 million cut to the UN’s operations budget... But is this enough or just the beginning? Should President Trump not rest till he completely abolishes the sordid UN? Truly, unless the UN is completely abolished, the black UN building will be the tower to, indeed, trump Trump!  What an unfitting legacy for our beloved President! Let’s go back to the days in 1944 and 1945 when the Masterminds of the Great Conspiracy were organizing the “United Nations” scheme.  A time just prior to the UN set into place on land dominated by the Rockefellers, leaders of the elite who decided on the UN as the vehicle for Constitution-destroying globalism and world government. The Masterminds knew that to achieve their One-World plot they’d have to obliterate our Constitution. They knew it would have to be done legally – by an Act of Congress, no less. But they also knew it could not be done openly. It would have to be accomplished in such a way that nobody, not the American people, not even Congress as a whole, would know it was being done or how it was being done… Until it was signed, sealed and delivered!... https://ipatriot.com/will-president-trump-abolish-united-nations/ 
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John Lewis Hypes New Amerika – 
Commies, Teen Agitators, Girly Boys 
And Feminists Our Future 
{ rickwells.us } ~ CNN’s total Democrat bias is stated in the initial words out of the mouth of their reporter, Dana Bash... who isn’t respectful when in the company of our President, but licks the shoes of John Lewis, the racist, anti-American piece of Klingon trash who has boycotted both President Trump’s inauguration and his first State of the Union Address. She says, “Mr. Lewis, it is beyond an honor to be here with you.” He merely nods, accustomed to and expecting the sucking up from the minions of the Democrat propaganda unit and not particularly impressed that she’s got her tongue where it is. Bash asks why it’s so important, after 53 years, for Lewis to keep coming back to the place that kicked off his career as a black supremacist. Clearly the answer is because it is a reinforcement of the narrative, of his false claim of legitimacy, and for them to further deify and ride on the coattails of MLK... https://rickwells.us/lewis-amerika-teen-agitators/
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Trump Tells Joke, MSM Shows It Doesn’t Have Sense Of Humor
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Another Terror Attack Hit An Israeli City 
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Judge Jeanine: liar-Hillary Clinton Is Even Dumber Than I Thought She Was
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liar-nObama COS McDonough Unable To Directly Answer If liar-nObama Admin “Choked” On Russia
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FBI Withholds liar-nObama, Comey Secret Meeting Documents
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Suspected Russian Internet Troll Goes Into Hiding
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Watters’ Words: The Dumbest Things Said In 2018
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The Powerful Global Spy 
Alliance You Never Knew Existed
by Ryan Gallagher
{ theintercept.com } ~ IT IS ONE of the world’s most powerful alliances. And yet most people have probably never heard of it, because its existence is a closely guarded government secret.

The “SIGINT Seniors” is a spy agency coalition that meets annually to collaborate on global security issues. It has two divisions, each focusing on different parts of the world: SIGINT Seniors Europe and SIGINT Seniors Pacific. Both are led by the U.S. National Security Agency, and together they include representatives from at least 17 other countries. Members of the group are from spy agencies that eavesdrop on communications – a practice known as “signals intelligence,” or SIGINT.

Details about the meetings of the SIGINT Seniors are disclosed in a batch of classified documents from the NSA’s internal newsletter SIDToday, provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden and published today by The Intercept. The documents shine light on the secret history of the coalition, the issues that the participating agencies have focused on in recent years, and the systems that allow allied countries to share sensitive surveillance data with each other.

The SIGINT Seniors Europe was formed in 1982, amid the Cold War. Back then, the alliance had nine members, whose primary focus was on uncovering information about the Soviet Union’s military. Following the attacks on the U.S. in September 2001, the group grew to 14 and began focusing its efforts on counterterrorism.

The core participants of the Seniors Europe are the surveillance agencies from the so-called Five Eyes: the NSA and its counterparts from the U.K., Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. As of April 2013, the other members were intelligence agencies from Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, and Sweden.

The alliance – which the NSA sometimes refers to as the “14 Eyes” – has collaborated to monitor communications during major European events, such as the Olympics in 2004 hosted in Greece, the Winter Olympics in 2006 hosted in Italy, and the soccer World Cup in summer 2006 hosted in Germany. Between 2006 and 2007, as part of a counterterrorism operation, the agencies began working on “exploitation of the Internet,” which was described by the NSA as a “huge step forward” for the group, because some members of the alliance had previously been “reluctant to acknowledge there was such a thing as the Internet.”

AS OF 2010, the agencies were focused on targeting suspected terrorists, sharing intelligence related to piracy in the Horn of Africa, and they were collaborating on the development of new surveillance tools and techniques. According to the documents, the Seniors Europe had its own dedicated communication network called SIGDASYS, through which each agency can share copies of intercepted communications. The group also used a system called CENTER ICE to share intelligence about the war in Afghanistan.

The documents indicate that the Seniors Europe hold an annual conference, each time in a different location. In 2013, for instance, the group gathered in Sweden; in 2011, it met in the U.K; in 2010, in Germany; and in 2009, in Canada. In 2013, the NSA expressed an interest in creating a permanent facility that would host representatives from the Seniors Europe in a joint collaborative space. The NSA discussed the idea with its U.K. counterpart, Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ. The British were “all in” on the proposal, according to the NSA. However, from some unnamed members of the SIGINT Seniors, there was “persistent pushback” on the plan.

The NSA thought the facility would be best hosted in the U.K., as this would “be optimal in terms of having the most flexibility in tuning the operation to benefit the Five Eyes.” The agency also suggested the idea of France potentially hosting the unit, but outlined its reservations about setting up the spy hub in continental Europe. “Some European nations may be leery about hosting a facility in their nation,” the NSA noted, partly due to “associated concerns for European human rights laws.” Both NSA and its British counterpart, GCHQ, declined to answer questions for this story. GCHQ issued a statement asserting that it adheres to “a strict legal and policy framework, which ensures that our activities are authorised, necessary and proportionate.”

The Pacific division of the SIGINT Seniors is younger than the European branch. The NSA formed it in 2005, with the aim of “establishing a collaborative effort to fight terrorism in the Asia-Pacific region.” In March 2007, the NSA said that it was in the process of “raising ideas for expanding SIGINT Seniors Pacific’s intelligence focus beyond counterterrorism.”

The founder members of the Pacific alliance were the spy agencies from the Five Eyes, as well as South Korea, Singapore, and Thailand. By 2013, France and India had joined the Pacific group. The NSA was particularly keen on having India on board as part of a broader U.S. government effort to improve relations with the country, and “felt strongly that India’s participation in multilateral intelligence sharing would help mature its Indian SIGINT agencies as well as provide regional counterterrorism expertise.” In March 2008, then-NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander led a delegation of officials – including representatives from Singapore and New Zealand – to New Delhi, where he asked India’s spy agencies if they would like to join forces. Three months later, the Indians accepted.

The Pacific group used a system called CRUSHED ICE to share information. According to an NSA document dated from November 2007, CRUSHED ICE is a secure network that enables sharing of secret intelligence, collected from intercepted communications, about counterterrorism. “The system allows for collaboration by way of voice, binary-file/email exchanges, analysis and reporting, graphics and mapping, communities of interest, collection management, and other applications as needed,” the November 2007 document stated.

For the countries invited to participate in the SIGINT Seniors, there are obvious benefits. They can learn new surveillance techniques from the world’s most powerful spy agencies and at the same time, obtain information about their own countries or regions that they otherwise may have been unable to access. But not all nations who have been invited to join the alliance have jumped on board. According to an NSA documentfrom March 2007, Japan refused to sign up to the Pacific group, expressing concerns that “unintended disclosure of its participation would be too high a risk.”

A downside of SIGINT Seniors is the risk that a partner will mishandle sensitive information. This happened on at least one occasion with India. By the time terrorists had struck Mumbai in a series of attacks in November 2008, the country had been admitted to the Pacific group. The NSA was passing the Indians selected top-secret material, such as interrogation reports and recordings of intercepted phone calls. In the weeks following the Mumbai incident, India began leaking some of the intelligence — “at times it seemed a daily occurrence,” the NSA’s country desk officer complained. The NSA limited the provisioning of top-secret information to India after repeated warnings and meetings left it dissatisfied. Still, the NSA, which had deployed analysts to India, remained hopeful Indian intelligence agencies would “mature … into the partners NSA needs in South Asia.”

The SIGINT Seniors likely remains active today and has probably grown its capabilities in recent years. According to the 2013 “black budget” – a portion of the U.S. federal budget dedicated to secret intelligence-gathering work – the NSA was that year working to bolster both the European and Pacific branches of the SIGINT Seniors, and planned to “expand the level of cooperation on counterterrorism and explore other potential areas of collaboration.” 

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ALERT ALERT

Schumer Refusing To Help Border Kids
Wants To Hurt Trump Instead

The controversy over how underage illegal aliens are handled at the border is heating up — but Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer just rejected a good-faith proposal to fix the problem.

A growing number of people on both sides of the political aisle have expressed concern for border separations, which occur when migrants are caught breaking the law along the border while they have children with them, or when the often exploitative relationship between adults and minors at the border cannot be established.

A vast amount of mis-information and outright lying about the situation has muddied the water, making it tough to understand the situation in its entirety.

Both liberals and conservatives, however, have voiced their support for a better system that results in fewer family separations, and even President Donald Trump has indicated that he is willing to stand with Congress if they change the law.

Shockingly, however, it looks like one of the most well-known faces of the Democratic party isn’t willing to take action, and is instead playing politics in order to attack Trump.

On Tuesday, Schumer openly rejected a Republican proposal to fix the immigrant separation problem at the legislative level, and instead whined about the president.

“There are so many obstacles to legislation and when the president can do it with his own pen, it makes no sense,” Schumer stated, according to The Hill.

“Legislation is not the way to go here when it’s so easy for the president to sign it,” he complained.

Democrats Reject Bill To Keep Families Together At Border – Schumer Says He “Wants To Keep Focus On Trump”

Think about that for a second: The president’s job is to execute existing laws. The legislature’s job is to change or enact new laws when needed.

A senator elected to the legislature for exactly that purpose is now refusing to do his job and pass legislation, while simultaneously blaming the president for enforcing the existing laws, as he is sworn to do.

If there was any doubt that Schumer and the Democrats are playing politics instead of trying to actually help migrant families, the senator made his intentions clear: Obstruct and point fingers at Trump.

“Asked if that meant Democrats would not support a bill backed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to keep immigrant families together while seeking asylum on the U.S. border, Schumer said they want to keep the focus on Trump,” The Hill explained.

Make no mistake: The Democrats dragging their feet and refusing to back legislation already drafted by Republicans will prolong the problems at the border.

“Schumer’s opposition to a legislative fix means there likely won’t be a quick end to the emotional images of immigrant children being separated from their families unless Trump backs down,” The Hill reported.

“Democrats want to keep the pressure on Trump instead of having Congress assume responsibility for the growing crisis,” the news outlet continued.

Again: There’s a solution ready to go, with Republicans including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ready to support it. Yet Democrats like Schumer apparently believe that scoring political points against Trump is more important than helping broken families on the border, even as their own liberal voters demand action.

“Congress alone can fix it,” stated Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Monday.

“I support, and all of the senators of the Republican conference support, a plan that keeps families together,” McConnell agreed.

“We need to fix the problem and it requires a legislative solution,” he said.

Yet Democrats refuse to budge.

This “do nothing but blame Trump” response from the left should prove beyond a doubt that all the tears and hand-wringing from liberals are disingenuous. They’re for show. If it was truly about helping innocent kids at the border, Schumer and his fellow Democrats could act right now.

If their priority was actually to solve the problem and help broken families, scoring points against Trump shouldn’t even be a concern. Even if they believed he was being stubborn on the issue, they could take the high road by doing their jobs and supporting bipartisan legislation.

They don’t, because solving the problem was never their goal. They are playing political games and using devastated children as pawns, while pretending that the president is the monster.

That’s sick… and the American people need to see exactly who is doing the obstruction.

SLAVEHOLDER??

Washington Post Compares
Jeff Sessions To Slaveholder’

The Washington Post compared Attorney General Jeff Sessions to “slaveholders” after he quoted the Bible on Thursday while discussing his department’s policy of prosecuting all illegal immigrants who cross the border.

Sessions made the statement during a speech to law enforcement officers in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

WaPo ran a story entitled “Sessions cites Bible passage used to defend slavery in defense of separating immigrant families” by general assignment editor Keith McMillan and religion reporter Julie Zauzmer on Friday.

Rather than detailing the statistics Sessions cited in the speech that explain the immigration policy, the story quoted John Fea, a history professor at Messiah College in Pennsylvania.

“This is the same argument that Southern slaveholders and the advocates of a Southern way of life made,” Fea said.

Sessions spent much of the speech discussing the numbers behind current immigration policy, including separating families at the Southwest border.

“I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes,” Sessions said.

“Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves. Consistent and fair application of the law is in itself a good and moral thing, and that protects the weak and protects the lawful.”

“The previous administration wouldn’t prosecute aliens if they came with children,” Sessions said.

“It was de-facto open borders if you came with children. The results were unsurprising. More and more illegal aliens started showing up at the border with children.”

Sessions laid out the numbers in the speech.

“In 2013, fewer than 15,000 family units were apprehended crossing our border illegally between ports of entry in dangerous areas of the country,” he said.

“Five years later, it was more than 75,000, a five-fold increase in five years. It didn’t even have to be their child that was brought, it could be anyone. You can imagine that this created a lot of danger.”

The U.S. has the “opportunity” to fix its broken immigration system now, Sessions said.

“I believe that’s it’s moral, right, just and decent that we have a lawful system of immigration,” he said. “The American people have been asking for it.”

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