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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Admiral Who Ran Bin Laden Raid Dares Trump To Revoke His Clearance

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.

 

Retired Navy Adm. William McRaven, who oversaw the raid under President Obama that took out Osama bin Laden, called on Trump to revoke his security clearance like he did with former CIA Director John Brennan.

“I would consider it an honor if you would revoke my security clearance as well, so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency,” McRaven wrote in an op-ed published in the Washington Post.

Despite his hopes that Trump would step up to the task of the office he holds, McRaven said, Trump’s actions have “embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation.”

He called Brennan “one of the finest public servants I have ever known,” and described the effort to silence him and other critics as “McCarthy-era tactics” doomed to backfire.…

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Trump’s Authoritarian Reprisal Against Intelligence Community Is ‘Unprecedented’

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Trump’s vindictive move to strip former CIA Director John Brennan of his security clearance represents another dangerous new first created by this reckless White House.

“It’s unprecedented. I don’t know of a case where this has ever been done in the past,” James Clapper, former director of national intelligence, told CNN on Wednesday.

By using security clearance in such an obviously political way to punish or silence a vocal critic, Trump has torn up longstanding protocol for how national security clearance is normally revoked, and instead has opted for a go-alone approach never seen before.…

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How Walker And Trump Sold Off Lake Michigan To Polluter Foxconn

Reprinted with permission from DCReport.

Get paid to pollute!

That’s the unspoken new policy of the Trump administration and its ally in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker. Their administrations are giving environmental protection waivers together with billions of dollars in subsidies to Foxconn, the giant Taiwan manufacturer best known for assembling iPhones.

Foxconn will be allowed to suck up to 7 million gallons of water a day from Lake Michigan and then dump that water, which may be laced with pollutants from making liquid crystal display panels, back into the lake.

Local officials are aghast. They understand the dangers to health and tourism if America goes back to the pre-Nixon policies of treating the Great Lakes as an industrial toxic waste pond.…

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