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Alex and Tim in Bangkok in 2011. Photograph: courtesy Tim and Alex Foley.

Alex and Tim in Bangkok in 2011. Photograph: courtesy Tim and Alex Foley.

The Day We Discovered Our Parents Were Russian Spies

Because of their parents, Tim and Alex Foley were stripped of their own identity they’ve had since their birth. Not only were their parents indeed Russian spies, they were Russians, and they were not Donald Heathfield and Tracey Foley either…

For years Donald Heathfield, Tracey Foley and their two children lived the American dream. Then an FBI raid revealed the truth: they were agents of Putin’s Russia. Their sons tell their story.

Tim Foley turned 20 on 27 June 2010. To celebrate, his parents took him and his younger brother Alex out for lunch at an Indian restaurant not far from their home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Both brothers were born in Canada, but for the past decade the family had lived in the US. The boys’ father, Donald Heathfield, had studied in Paris and at Harvard, and now had a senior role at a consultancy firm based in Boston. Their mother, Tracey Foley, had spent many years focused on raising her children, before taking a job as a real estate agent. To those who knew them, they seemed a very ordinary American family, albeit with Canadian roots and a penchant for foreign travel. Both brothers were fascinated by Asia, a favoured holiday destination, and the parents encouraged their sons to be inquisitive about the world: Alex was only 16, but had just returned from a six-month student exchange in Singapore.

After a buffet lunch, the four returned home and opened a bottle of champagne to toast Tim reaching his third decade. The brothers were tired; they had thrown a small house party the night before to mark Alex’s return from Singapore, and Tim planned to go out later. After the champagne, he went upstairs to message his friends about the evening’s plans. There came a knock at the door, and Tim’s mother called up that his friends must have come early, as a surprise.

At the door, she was met by a different kind of surprise altogether: a team of armed, black-clad men holding a battering ram. They streamed into the house, screaming, “FBI!” Another team entered from the back; men dashed up the stairs, shouting at everyone to put their hands in the air. Upstairs, Tim had heard the knock and the shouting, and his first thought was that the police could be after him for underage drinking: nobody at the party the night before had been 21, and Boston police took alcohol regulations seriously.

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Hillary Clinton getting closer to a federal indictment

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Hillary Clinton’s woes get worse after the office of the Inspector General issued a damning report into her email server issues.

A federal watchdog has issued a highly critical report of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private emails server while head of the State Department.

The 83-page report published by the department’s Office of the Inspector General found “longstanding, systemic weaknesses” relating to electronic records keeping, archiving, and poor cybersecurity practices.

The report was started prior to Clinton’s appointment in 2009, but had significant focus on her time as secretary of state, a position she left in 2013.

The report said that her use of a private email server was “not an appropriate method” for preserving records and emails, given that the department and its staff were subject to federal rules requiring strict records keeping.

“At a minimum, Secretary Clinton should have surrendered all emails dealing with Department issues before leaving government service,” said the report. “Because she did not do so, she did not comply with the Department’s policies that were implemented in accordance with the Federal Records Act,” it added.

Clinton later provided the records in 2014, a year after her post ended. Dozens of those emails were considered “secret” or the highest level of classification, “top secret.”

The former secretary of state is expected to be nominated as the Democratic presidential candidate in the coming weeks.

You can read the full report.

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The problem with Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton is the presumptive nominee for the Democratic Party. She is comprehensively in front of Bernie Sanders.

But she has big problems. The biggest one is the noises coming out of the FBI:

Federal Bureau of Investigations Director James Comey is ‘increasingly convinced’ that Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton broke the law with her private email setup, says the New York Post, citing unnamed ‘career agents.’

The paper charges that Comey is contemplating pushing for charges but doesn’t have the backing of the Obama White House, who would like to see Clinton elected over Republican frontrunner Donald Trump.

Without such political will, agents have begun whispering to their friends in the private sector, telling them Comey is getting stonewalled, writes reporter Charles Gasparino.

The official government line is a ‘no comment’ from the FBI.

Any evidence that the FBI uncovered has still not been made public.

The government says no final decision has been made, however the case is clearly progressing as Clinton aide Bryan Pagliano, who worked on her private server, was granted immunity by the Justice Department earlier this month.

‘You don’t start granting people close to Clinton immunity unless you are seriously looking at charges against your target,’ one of Gasparino’s sources said.

Clinton has publicly said that using a private email account attached to a homebrew server was a ‘mistake.’

Mainly ‘because it’s caused all this uproar and commotion.’

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Hide on Key, Labour and spying

The report is in and, contrary to the screaming skull’s assertions, there is not and has not been any mass surveillance of Kiwis.

Rodney Hide examines security, intelligence and Labour’s game-playing in his Herald on Sunday column:

There’s a reason John Key remains Prime Minister, having outpolled five successive Labour Party leaders: he is smart. And not just smart: very smart.

We can see that in his choosing Sir Michael Cullen along with lawyer Dame Patsy Reddy to review our spy agencies.

Cullen is Labour through and through and his conducting of the review should help depoliticise what has become a vexed issue.

He is also smart and will make it hard for Labour to oppose the review’s findings and recommendations.

Spying is highly politically charged and is a loser for any Government – the usual transparency that ensures accountability would undermine the very purpose of the agencies.

Until recent times there has been multi-party agreement and oversight of the spy agencies, including the Greens being represented on the Intelligence and Security Committee.

The political parties have placed the cause of national security above the seeking of political advantage and the agencies have also worked hard to be transparent with the Parliamentary parties.

The system has worked.

But, politics being politics, the Government-Opposition bipartisanship broke down when the political opportunity presented itself.

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It seems free speech and climate change are now incompatible

James Delingpole discusses revelations that the US Attorney General is contemplating prosecuting people for daring to be skeptics over climate change:

The US Department of Justice has been considering whether people should be prosecuted for the offense of climate change denial.

“This matter has been discussed. We have received information about it and have referred it to the FBI to consider whether or not it meets the criteria for which we could take action on,” said Attorney General Loretta Lynch, responding to a question from green activist Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) at a Senate Judiciary Hearing.

Whitehouse said:

“The similarities between the mischief of the tobacco industry pretending that the science of tobacco’s dangers was unsettled and the fossil fuel industry pretending that the science of carbon emissions’ dangers is unsettled has been remarked on widely, particularly by those who study the climate denial apparatus that the fossil fuel industry has erected.”   Read more »

Why Hillary Clinton has no reason at all to feel smug about her lead right now

Hillary Clinton is probably feeling smug right now. Despite losing two states this weekend she still has a handy lead.

But she has problems, and one of those is that there is a fair chance that she will be indicted ahead of the election.

Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey is pretty sure that Hillary Clinton has broken four specific laws for using a private email server that contained classified information. He broke them down on Thursday’s Morning Joe on MSNBC.

One of those laws states that “you can’t put classified information in an unclassified setting.” This is the one, he added, “that General Petraeus was convicted of on his own plea.” He continued:

There’s one that says that you can’t expose national secrets through gross negligence. Then there’s one that says you can’t destroy government information. And then there’s one that says you can’t obstruct justice.

As TruthRevolt reported earlier, one of Clinton’s tech staffers, Bryan Pagliano, was granted immunity — something Mukasey said was done so he would be able to speak freely with the Justice Department. He added that someone like Pagliano could explain how nearly 1,800 classified emails ended up on a non-classified server and be able to finally prove that Clinton is lying when she says they weren’t any classified documents:

“The notion that somehow they weren’t marked when they were put on the server is a half-truth and it’s one that’s peculiarly designed to irritate anybody who knows the other half…

“[If Pagliano] was contracted to set up a server, that he knew was going to carry classified information relating to [Clinton’s] job, and [did] it without telling anybody, then it’s not necessarily that he’s guilty of a crime, but what he’s protected against doing is giving any step that could lead to being charged with a crime.

As The Daily Caller points out, Mukasey found himself most troubled by one aspect:

The way the stuff got from what’s called the SIPRNet, the secret network within the government. And that network doesn’t talk to any other network. So what has to have happened is somebody took it off there and either transcribed it or summarized it and then put it on her server. That’s very troubling.

Mukasey surmises that the biggest problem for Clinton is the fact that she ordered classified documents to be entered on her system as non-classified, which appears to be the case as one of her emails indicates she said “send it unclassified.”

Granting of immunity is a big step. At some point Hillary Clinton is going to need sitting down and having things explained to her very carefully.

 

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Key’s smart politics forcing Little into a corner over spy agency report

Tracy Watkins discusses the forth-coming spy agency report that is due out.

When John Key and Andrew Little eyeball each other across the table during a closed door session of Parliament’s intelligence and security committee this week, the prime minister will be ready to turn the tables on his opponents.

Key is asking Labour to back him on legislation overhauling the country’s spy agencies, the Government Communications Security Bureau and Security Intelligence Service.

It might have sounded like Key was making the plea for bipartisanship from a position of weakness. Spies and the surveillance agencies have been Key’s Achilles heel after all. But the Labour leader will probably see Key’s plea for unity for what it is, a game of political brinkmanship. Because refusing to back any law changes lets Key paint Labour into a corner as weak on national security. Given Little’s previous call to back the Government on extending the powers of the SIS to detect Isis supporters, he seems unlikely to fall into that trap.

A lot has changed since the 2014 election campaign, when Key was wrong footed by allegations swirling around a bungling GCSB. Back then, Labour under David Cunliffe abandoned the usual bipartisanship on national security issues to rub the Government’s nose in those failures by opposing law changes governing the agency. Key was besieged on every front – even NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden joined the party.    Read more »

I’d say Hillary Clinton is about to be indicted

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Andrew Little endorsed Hillary Clinton this morning, another of his ill-conceived brain farts, especially considering it is looking increasingly like she is about to be indicted on federal crimes after a key witness was given immunity.

The Justice Department has granted immunity to a State Department employee who helped build former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server, according to The Washington Post.

A law enforcement official told the Post that Bryan Pagliano has agreed to work with the FBI in exchange for not facing any possible criminal charges.

The new development is not a good sign for the Democratic presidential front-runner, though there is still no indication that any criminal charges will be brought against Clinton.    Read more »

Another ‘loophole’ claim busted

Politicians and media like to talk about ‘loopholes’ in laws.

Recently Heather du Plessis-Allan decided to prove a ‘loophole’ existed in New Zealand law to purchase a firearm. She then went ahead and broke at least 5 laws in procuring a firearm, including impersonating a police officer. But it was explained away as a loophole, despite the fact that not a single real incidence of this occurring before could be found in the records.

In the US, media and politicians have been promoting that people can easily buy automatic firearms at gun shows. Everyone from Obama down has made this claim and the idiot media have repeated it.

But it isn’t a loophole at all.

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How long before Hillary Clinton is indicted?

There is some talk with the latest dump of Hillary Clinton’s email that she may well be indicted and face criminal charges in the lead up to the election.

If that happens it will eventually scupper her chances to be the Democrat candidate in the presidential election. Things are looking quite serious.

A Republican former U.S. attorney believes Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton could be facing imminent indictment over her email scandal, possibly roiling the Iowa caucuses or the New Hampshire primary in February.

Joe DiGenova, a one-time federal prosecutor originally appointed by President Reagan, told conservative radio host Laura Ingraham Tuesday that the FBI’s still-pending investigation of Clinton’s email server seems to have reached ‘a critical mass.’

Congressional Republicans last spring discovered that Clinton used a private, home-based email server in her New York home while she was secretary of state from 2009 to 2013. The scandal has dogged her presidential campaign for almost the entire past year.

The FBI has been probing whether any classified intelligence was compromised through Clinton’s unusual email setup, but she has steadfastly denied any wrongdoing and has yet to be charged with any crime.

DiGenova said that may be about to change.   Read more »