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  • Six people aged 62 to 85 arrested for 'sexual activity' in woods after police surveillance operation

    Six people aged 62 to 85 arrested for 'sexual activity' in woods after police surveillance operationSix people aged 62 to 85 have been arrested after police officers went into the woods to watch them having sex.The group was arrested in a conservation area in Fairfield, Connecticut, which is some 87 acres in size.


  • U.S. Drone Shot Down over Yemen

    U.S. Drone Shot Down over YemenA U.S. drone was shot down over Yemen late on Tuesday by a surface-to-air missile, U.S. officials said.Officials believe Iran provided Houthi rebels with the missile, which downed the U.S. military MQ-9 drone southeast of Sanaa, capital of Yemen.The U.S. is expected to publicly chastise Iran for the occurrence.In June, Iran shot down an unmanned American military-surveillance drone over the Gulf of Oman, further damaging the already strained relationship between the two countries.Afterwards, President Trump ordered military strikes on Iranian targets including radar and missile batteries but canceled the order at the last minute due to concerns about casualties.Iran claimed that drone had trespassed over its territory, while the U.S. argued it was in international airspace.News of the downed drone comes as Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned the U.S. Wednesday that Iran may act ?unpredictably.??Mutual unpredictability will lead to chaos. President Trump cannot expect to be unpredictable and expect others to be predictable," the foreign minister said during a speech in Stockholm.Tensions between the U.S. and Iran have been heightened since the Trump administration reimposed the sanctions lifted under the Obama administration?s nuclear deal, which the U.S. announced its withdrawal from in May of last year.


  • Jet catches fire in Northern California; 10 aboard unhurt

    Jet catches fire in Northern California; 10 aboard unhurtAll 10 people aboard a small jet escaped injury Wednesday after the aircraft aborted its takeoff at a small Northern California airport, went off the runway and burst into flames, officials said. The pilot of the twin-engine Cessna Citation jet aborted its takeoff at Oroville Municipal Airport for unknown reasons shortly before noon, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said. The plane was carrying two pilots and eight passengers, and "all were accounted for, no injuries," said Joe Deal, Oroville's fire and police chief.


  • The Satanic Sex Cult Leader Who Loved Animal Sacrifices, Orgies, and Murder

    The Satanic Sex Cult Leader Who Loved Animal Sacrifices, Orgies, and MurderVicePazuzu Algarad (real name: John Lawson) was a self-proclaimed Satanist who reveled in extremeness. With a moniker borrowed from The Exorcist, a face covered in tattoos and his teeth sharpened to fine points, Pazuzu spent his days and nights in his Clemmons, North Carolina, home cutting himself and his buddies, drinking the blood of birds, doing copious drugs, performing ritual sacrifices of rabbits, staging nude orgies, and letting people do whatever they pleased to his abode?including popping a squat in the corner of a room, and then leaving the mess to be eaten by one of his many dogs.?You know, all around having a good time,? as one former friend puts it.Pazuzu was, it?s safe to say, an unhinged lunatic. But when he began boasting that he had committed murders, and had stored a body in his basement, covered in cat litter and bleach to hide the stench?a tactic that didn?t work, as most attest to the house reeking of filth and death?no one initially took him seriously. Including the cops.That turned out to be a terrible mistake, as recounted by The Devil You Know, a five-part true-crime series premiering on Viceland Aug. 27. Its story is an inherently sensationalistic one filled with gory tales about Pazuzu?s heavy metal-scored psychosis, which drove him to recruit willing acolytes (including female lovers he donned ?fiancées?) into his ?fake Charles Manson? cult, and compelled him, post-9/11, to wear Islamic garb and claim Iraqi descent. ?He wanted to be the bad guy,? says a former high school classmate, and in that regard, he succeeded, transforming himself from a miserable kid into a nightmarish adult who constructed a mini kingdom of anything-goes mayhem at 2749 Knob Hill Drive, with him as its charismatic king.The Manson Family?s Youngest Member Tells All: ?If He Could Kill Strangers, He Could Kill Me?Satanic Temple Leader Lucien Greaves: ?Mike Pence Really Scares Me?Writer/director/producer Patricia E. Gillespie?s miniseries doesn?t skimp on gruesome details?not that doing so would be possible, given how far Pazuzu chose to go in every facet of his life. The Devil You Know, however, wants to be about more than just a shocking case of degradation and murder. Its aim is to cast Pazuzu?s saga as emblematic of larger cultural forces at play in America: the tension between the haves and have-nots; the way mainstream society ignores those falling through the cracks due to economic hardship; and the failings of law enforcement to treat everyone in an equal manner. It?s a noble endeavor, except for the fact that Pazuzu?s case can?t shoulder such weighty significance?not to mention that it?s carried out in a manner that?s more aggravating than enlightening.Before it begins trying to derive Meaningful Lessons from its material, The Devil You Know proves a riveting case study of a unique madman. Residing with his mother in Clemmons (a suburb of Winston-Salem), Pazuzu lived and breathed his depraved ethos, which was influenced by a combination of horror movies, ?80s black metal, and Anton LaVey, founder of the Church of Satan. In copious old photographs, Pazuzu appears to be just as scary as his reputation suggested?minus the split tongue that rumors said he gave himself. He routinely bragged about killing people, and in 2010, he and cohort Nicholas Rizzi were charged in connection with the shooting death of an African-American man, Joseph Emmrick Chandler, near the Yadkin River.Amazingly, Pazuzu didn?t serve any time for Chandler?s death?this despite it appearing like an obvious assassination. More stunning still, by that point, cops had already begun receiving reports about bodies buried in Pazuzu?s backyard. After a first search of the home turned up nothing?a next-to-inconceivable development, given the hoarder-style insanity of the place?Pazuzu?s friend, Iraq war vet Matt Flowers, reported his own suspicions to the cops. A second, more thorough examination of the property followed, and led to the discovery of two bodies: Tommy Dean Welch and Josh Wetzler, the latter of whom had been missing, much to the concern of former girlfriend Stacey Carter (with whom he?d had a young son), for five years.Pazuzu had killed and buried these men with the help of two fiancées, Amber Burch and Krystal Matlock, and he had dispatched them in the presence of his mother Cynthia, with whom he lived. Those facts, coupled with Pazuzu?s devil worship, attracted national media attention, and The Devil You Know benefits from the participation of many key figures, as well as considerable archival news reports and police footage of the inside of Pazuzu?s house, which lives up to stomach-churning expectations. While there?s an overreliance on soundbite-y comments from talking heads, and its timeline of events isn?t always totally lucid, The Devil You Know conveys the monstrousness of its central figure, and the way he used his maniacal charm to prey upon outcasts looking for both acceptance and permission to lash out at a world that had abandoned them.Pazuzu Algarad, subject of The Devil You Know.ViceIn later installments, Gillespie?s show digs into Pazuzu?s backstory, explaining how his crazed behavior was a byproduct of trauma from childhood divorce, severe mental-health problems, and a milieu that?boasting few employment opportunities?left many ?bored? and at loose ends. Furthermore, it suggests that local police took far too long to step in and stop Pazuzu, even after receiving multiple tip-offs about his conduct, thanks to good old-fashioned negligence.Where The Devil You Know stumbles, though, is in trying to go beyond that, via portraits of local blogger Chad Nance and his quest to investigate the Pazuzu case, and Pazuzu compatriots and heroin addicts Nate Anderson and Jenna Woodring. The former spends an inordinate amount of time trying to make Pazuzu an emblematic victim of systemic American failures, which comes across as overreach. Nance also says that he?s being denied ?the truth? about what happened to Pazuzu?an assertion that doesn?t jibe with the reasonably comprehensive evidence presented here. His sleuthing-narrator participation contributes to a conspiracy-theory vibe that feels unjustified, especially in light of the fact that justice was, in most respects, eventually served.Nate and Jenna?s plight, on the other hand, does indicate that parental enabling and neglect is a prime factor in kids? drugs-and-anarchy behavior. Yet in the end, the couple?s attempts to find smack by any means necessary (including prostitution), along with Matt?s drinking-and-destitution circumstances, receive an undue amount of Intervention-esque attention. Like Chad, they prove increasingly irksome distractions for a series that?s most gripping?and terrifying?when it?s not trying so hard to inflate its story?s importance.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


  • France's Macron says no-deal Brexit would be Britain's fault

    France's Macron says no-deal Brexit would be Britain's faultFrench President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday said a no-deal Brexit would be of Britain's own making and not the European Union's, adding that any trade pact London cut with Washington would not mitigate the cost of leaving the bloc without a deal. The French leader said the demands made by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson for a renegotiation of the divorce deal, including the removal of the Irish backstop, were not workable.


  • Beijing says holding UK's Hong Kong consulate employee

    Beijing says holding UK's Hong Kong consulate employeeAn employee of Britain's consulate in Hong Kong who went missing earlier this month is being held in China, Beijing confirmed Wednesday. The incident comes as relations between Britain and China have become strained over what Beijing calls London's "interference" in pro-democracy protests that have wracked Hong Kong for three months.


  • A Florida man fed a kinkajou. The next morning, the 'super aggressive' exotic creature attacked him

    A Florida man fed a kinkajou. The next morning, the 'super aggressive' exotic creature attacked himA Florida man was attacked by a kinkajou, a raccoon-like carnivore native to the rain forests of Central and South America.


  • A Mexican judge says 2 people can legally use cocaine ? but they can't buy or sell it

    A Mexican judge says 2 people can legally use cocaine ? but they can't buy or sell itA court in Mexico ordered the government to allow plaintiffs to "possess, transport and use cocaine," but not to sell or buy it.


  • The 10 Least Expensive Compact SUVs to Own

    The 10 Least Expensive Compact SUVs to Own


  • Man punches his own lawyer in court

    Man punches his own lawyer in courtA defendant standing trial for attacking a corrections officer punched his own lawyer during a hearing in an Arizona courtroom.Footage of Lamont Payne's violent assault in Maricopa County was caught on court camera and released by officials.


  • Trump Claims He Is ?Seriously? Considering Ending Birthright Citizenship for Children of Illegal Immigrants

    Trump Claims He Is ?Seriously? Considering Ending Birthright Citizenship for Children of Illegal ImmigrantsPresident Trump said Wednesday that he is ?seriously? considering issuing an executive order to end birthright citizenship for the children of illegal immigrants.Speaking to reporters outside the White House, Trump argued that it is ?frankly ridiculous? that the U.S. affords citizenship to babies born to immigrants who entered the country illegally.?We?re looking at that very seriously, birthright citizenship, where you have a baby on our land ? you walk over the border and have a baby,? Trump told reporters. ?Congratulations, the baby is now a U.S. citizen. We?re looking at it very, very seriously. I don?t know how you found that out, but that?s very good. We are looking at birthright citizenship very seriously.?Wednesday's comments represent the second instance in which Trump has publicly criticized birthright citizenship, particularly as it relates to the children of recent illegal immigrants, whom Trump has described as ?anchor babies? on numerous occasions.Trump told Axios in October 2018 that he planned to issue an executive order curtailing birthright citizenship, but never followed through. ?We're the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States . . . with all of those benefits,? he said. ?It's ridiculous. It's ridiculous. And it has to end.?Any attempt to restrict birthright citizenship through an executive order would likely face stiff legal challenges and might ultimately require a constitutional amendment ? a point Trump disputed during the Axios interview.


  • Putin says US missile test raises new threats to Russia

    Putin says US missile test raises new threats to RussiaRussian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that the test of a new U.S. missile banned under a now-defunct arms treaty has raised new threats to Russia and will warrant a response. The U.S. tested a modified ground-launched version of a Navy Tomahawk cruise missile that accurately struck its target more than 500 kilometers (310 miles) away. Sunday's test came after the U.S. and Russia withdrew from the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty that banned such weapons.


  • Police Arrest Two Louisiana Men in 39-Year-Old Cold Case Murder of Teen

    Police Arrest Two Louisiana Men in 39-Year-Old Cold Case Murder of TeenRapides Parish Sheriff's OfficeAfter nearly four decades, Louisiana police have charged two men they believe brutally raped and murdered an 18-year-old girl before disposing of her body in the woods.Leo Laird, 64, and Gary Haymon, 54, were both charged on Monday in the death of 18-year-old Donna Gayle Brazzell, according to the Rapides Parish Sheriff?s Office. The young woman?s skeletal remains were found near Nichols Cemetery Road in 1980, but authorities were unable to identify them until last month.The Daring DNA Hunt That Cracked France?s Gruesome Cold Case?These cases never, ever leave a policeman?s mind,? Officer William Earl Hilton, who was first assigned the case, told KBLA. ?They prey on you all the time. Especially cases like this that you never solve.?Authorities declined to elaborate on what evidence led to Laird and Haymon?s arrest, but said ?sufficient probable cause was established.? Both men have been charged with first-degree murder, first-degree rape, and aggravated kidnapping.The mystery began on November 5, 1980, when the sheriff?s office responded to a call about ?skeletal remains found in a wooded area? near Nichols Cemetery Road. Working alongside Louisiana State University?s Repository for Missing and Unidentified Persons, investigators were able to determine that the remains, which were likely in the woods for at least two months, belonged to a female victim between the ages of 16 and 21.  The lab also created a DNA profile and a facial sketch of the victim but were still unable to make a positive identification. In 2014, the sheriff?s office ?received information in reference to the case? that led them to name Laird and Haymon as suspects. It remains unclear what new evidence pointed to the two men.Vatican to Open Tombs in Hunt for Teen Missing for 30 YearsThe sketch of the victim proved key to cracking the case five years later, when a woman contacted authorities claiming the picture resembled her long lost granddaughter. After a DNA comparison last month, authorities confirmed the remains belonged to the woman?s relative, Donna Gayle Brazzell.Laird, who would have been in his 20s at the time of the alleged murder, was arrested on August 14 and booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center. He is currently being held on a $1 million bold. Haymon is already serving a 49-year prison sentence for second-degree kidnapping, first-degree robbery, and public bribery, authorities said. While he was originally set for release in 2047, authorities said arrangements ?are in place to have Haymon booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center in reference to his new charges.?Quadriplegic Charged in Cold-Case Murder of Bay Area MomRead more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


  • WIDER IMAGE-"I don't recommend you do this": Thailand's stealthy snake wrangler

    WIDER IMAGE-"I don't recommend you do this": Thailand's stealthy snake wranglerIn the dead of night, Thai firefighter Pinyo Pukpinyo stealthily approaches a python coiled around the rafters of a home in Bangkok, and quickly grabs its head with his bare hands. "This job makes me feel like I'm a superhero," he said.


  • Teens swept up in night raids in Kashmir clampdown

    Teens swept up in night raids in Kashmir clampdownAli Mohammad Rah sat on the pavement outside a police station in Kashmir's main city of Srinagar on Tuesday, waiting to see his teenage sons, who were swept up in government raids overnight. Government sources say at least 4,000 people have been detained in Kashmir since India revoked the restive Himalayan region's autonomy on August 5 and imposed a massive security lockdown on the restive region. To try and stop the raids, residents in Srinagar's Soura area have erected barricades and dug trenches in roads that lead to their cluster of homes.


  • Parkland students announce gun control plan, aim to halve gun violence rate in 10 years

    Parkland students announce gun control plan, aim to halve gun violence rate in 10 years"A Green New Deal, but for guns," quipped March for Our Lives co-founder Jaclyn Corin.


  • California blames Texas for San Francisco's homeless crisis

    California blames Texas for San Francisco's homeless crisisCalifornia Gov. Gavin Newsom says many homeless people on the streets of San Francisco are from Texas. Former California assemblyman turned Texas resident Chuck DeVore reacts.


  • Ford's "Mustang-Inspired" Mach E Electric SUV Steps Out in Prototype Form

    Ford's "Mustang-Inspired" Mach E Electric SUV Steps Out in Prototype FormSaid to arrive next year, this new battery-powered crossover promises 300 miles of range and a relatively affordable starting price.


  • Huawei?s founder just sent a desperate but brutal memo to workers

    Huawei?s founder just sent a desperate but brutal memo to workersWhen he was a younger man, Huawei's billionaire founder Ren Zhengfei joined China's People's Liberation Army as an engineer, at one point heading out with the army for China's frigid north as part of a crew tasked with building a synthetic fiber factory.That background no doubt inspired the overtly military-themed tone of a desperate memo Zhengfei distributed internally at the company on Monday as the US ban against it lingers, with the company founder warning that workers need to band together in "commando squads" to survive this "live or die moment."The overarching message was that employees of the company, which is the subject of a now stepped-up ban as of Monday, need to redouble their efforts if Huawei is to survive. Workers need to "either form a 'commando squad' to explore new projects -- in which case they could be promoted to company commander if they do well," Zhengfei wrote in the memo. "Or they can find jobs in the internal market. If they fail to find a role, their salaries will be cut every three months."Zhengfei sent out the memo on the same day US officials announced the addition of more than 40 more Huawei units to the existing blacklist, while also extending by three months a reprieve that allows Huawei to keep buying components from the US -- essentially allowing the company time to wean itself away from the US."If you cannot do the job, then make way for our tank to roll," Zhengfei's memo reads at one point, per Reuters. "And if you want to come on the battlefield, you can tie a rope around the 'tank' to pull it along. Everyone needs this sort of determination!"Huawei employs almost 190,000 people globally and is the second-largest smartphone vendor in the world after Samsung, but unfortunately, the Chinese company finds itself caught in the larger crossfire of an ongoing trade dispute between the US and China. Huawei's consumer division, the unit that sells products including smartphones, accounted for almost half of the company's revenue in 2018, and while that division has historically been a reliable profit center for the company, it's been hammered hard by the US sanctions.The founder's memo laid out the challenges in stark terms. The first half of this year "looked good," but mostly because Chinese clients "were sympathetic," a sentiment that Huawei can't exactly count on to make up for lost international business. The founder's plan includes putting more power in the hands of ground-level workers and trimming the company's fat and any unnecessary workers and layers of management."In 3-5 years time, Huawei will be flowing with new blood," the memo declares. "After we survive the most critical moment in history, a new army would be born. To do what? Dominate the world."


  • Trump talks about serving '14 more years' as president

    Trump talks about serving '14 more years' as presidentDonald Trump has again mused about serving more than the legal limit of two terms as US president, during an extraordinary back and forth with reporters outside the White House.?What they?re doing, is they?re trying the racist deal. And that?s not going to work, because I am the least racist person ever to serve in office, OK?? Mr Trump said on Wednesday in reference to the New York Times, which has angered him over its renewed focus on racial division in America.


  • Sanders Hits Back after Co-Sponsor Harris Criticizes Medicare for All

    Sanders Hits Back after Co-Sponsor Harris Criticizes Medicare for AllSenator Bernie Sanders hit back at Senator Kamala Harris Monday evening after Harris said at a fundraiser in the Hamptons that she has "not been comfortable" with the Medicare for All plan she cosponsored with Sanders.> I don't go to the Hamptons to raise money from billionaires. If I ever visited there, I would tell them the same thing I have said for the last 30 years: We must pass a Medicare for All system to guarantee affordable health care for all, not just for those who can afford it.> > -- Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) August 19, 2019Harris courted wealthy donors in the Hamptons and at Martha?s Vineyard over the weekend, assuring them that, ?I believe in capitalism, but capitalism is not working for most people.?"I think almost every member of the United States Senate who's running for president, and many others, have signed on to a variety of plans in the Senate. And I have done the same," the California Democrat said. "I support Medicare for All. But as you may have noticed, over the course of the many months, I've not been comfortable with Bernie's plan, the Medicare-for-All plan."Harris floundered slightly earlier in her campaign on the question of whether private insurance plans would still be available under her health-care proposal. She originally said private health insurance would be eliminated but has since backtracked, saying that while she is ?committed to reining in the private insurance companies,? phasing out private insurance ?has to happen over a period of time.?Sanders is currently polling ahead of Harris but behind the front-runner, former vice president Joe Biden, and Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is in second place.


  • The Latest: Macron says Irish backstop is indispensable

    The Latest: Macron says Irish backstop is indispensableFrench President Emmanuel Macron says the Irish backstop is "indispensable" in a Brexit deal. Welcoming British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to the courtyard of his Elysee Palace Thursday with a big smile and little pats on the back, Macron remained firm on his position that renegotiating the deal for Britain to leave the European Union is not an option.


  • Los Angeles County deputy sheriff hit by sniper targeting cops

    Los Angeles County deputy sheriff hit by sniper targeting copsA sniper opened fire at a Los Angeles County sheriff's station on Wednesday afternoon, wounding a deputy and sending police SWAT teams hunting for a gunman on the loose in buildings nearby. The deputy, Angel Reinosa, 21, was shot in the chest as he walked outside the Lancaster City, California, station about 2:45 p.m. (2145 GMT), headed for his car parked near the station's helicopter landing pad. Police sources told the Los Angeles Times that the bullets came from a high-velocity rifle.


  • Boycott the Oven With These Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

    Boycott the Oven With These Summer Slow Cooker Recipes


  • India's ex-finance minister arrested at home in dramatic raid

    India's ex-finance minister arrested at home in dramatic raidHigh drama unfolded in New Delhi late Wednesday as officers from India's equivalent of the FBI scaled the walls of a former finance minister's home to arrest him on corruption charges, local media reported. Earlier in the day, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had alerted airports to prevent Palaniappan Chidambaram, finance minister from 2004-2008 and again from 2012-2014, from leaving the country. Chidambaram, 73, earlier this week failed to secure bail and had not been seen since Tuesday, until he showed up at the headquarters of the opposition Congress party on Wednesday to proclaim his innocence.


  • Yale failed to stop professor who sexually assaulted students over decades, report says

    Yale failed to stop professor who sexually assaulted students over decades, report saysA report commissioned by Yale says a professor assaulted at least five students, and an investigation in 1994 failed to stop him.


  • Drivers in Idaho keep harassing busloads of immigrants' children on their way to pre-school

    Drivers in Idaho keep harassing busloads of immigrants' children on their way to pre-schoolOne driver reported experiencing threatening incidents with other drivers while she was driving a busload of children under the age of five.


  • Homeless crisis spiraling out of control in West Coast cities

    Homeless crisis spiraling out of control in West Coast citiesFormer California Rep. Darrell Issa breaks down the problematic policies fueling the homeless crisis on the West Coast.


  • America has no good options in Afghanistan and is literally negotiating with terrorists because of it

    America has no good options in Afghanistan and is literally negotiating with terrorists because of itPresident Trump's officials have been negotiating with the Taliban to get out of Afghanistan, while the Taliban has been attacking Afghans.


  • Anderson Cooper: ?If You Can?t Be Tough With the NRA, Go After the Danish Prime Minister?

    Anderson Cooper: ?If You Can?t Be Tough With the NRA, Go After the Danish Prime Minister?Following President Trump?s sudden Tuesday night announcement that he was canceling his Denmark trip because the Danish won?t entertain the idea of selling Greenland to him, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper observed that the president couldn?t seem to muster the same tough talk in his dealings with the National Rifle Association. After it was reported earlier this week that Trump had repeatedly asked his advisers about the idea of purchasing Greenland from Denmark, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen called the notion ?absurd,? leading to Trump?s Twitter blow-off of his upcoming visit.Asking CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta about the latest developments on Trump?s canceled trip, Cooper pointed out that this all came across as a comedy bit on late-night TV.?You would think it?s made up?? Cooper wondered aloud. ?You would think this whole thing ? this is something on [Stephen] Colbert, but it?s real.?Acosta, meanwhile, said that one of his sources suggested that Greenland was ?one of the president?s bright shiny objects? that he threw out on Twitter Tuesday night to distract from a tough news day for the White House.?You know what, if you can?t be tough with the NRA, go after the Danish prime minister,? Cooper snarked.Cooper was referencing reports that Trump had spoken with NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre on Tuesday and assured him that universal background checks were off the table when it came to any potential legislation following the El Paso and Dayton mass shootings.?Greenland was never on the table, anyway,? the CNN anchor concluded, getting one last dig in at the president.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


  • Greece says it won't assist Iranian tanker sought by US

    Greece says it won't assist Iranian tanker sought by USGreece said on Wednesday it won't endanger its relations with the United States by aiding an Iranian supertanker sought by the U.S. but released by Gibraltar that's currently in the Mediterranean Sea, believed heading for a Greek port. Deputy Foreign Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis said Athens is under pressure from U.S. authorities, which claim the Iran-flagged Adrian Darya 1 is tied to a sanctioned organization. The vessel can still enter Greek waters or anchor offshore, in which case Athens will "see" what it will do, Varvitsiotis added.


  • U.S. removed almost 2.7 million barrels daily of Iranian oil from market: Pompeo

    U.S. removed almost 2.7 million barrels daily of Iranian oil from market: PompeoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has removed nearly 2.7 million barrels of Iranian oil from global markets daily as a result of Washington's decision to reimpose sanctions on all purchases of Iran's crude, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday.


  • We can't trust police to protect us from racist violence. They contribute to it

    We can't trust police to protect us from racist violence. They contribute to itWhite nationalists pervade law enforcement. Fighting far right violence means continuing our fight for police accountabilityProtesters shout anti-Nazi chants after chasing alt-right blogger Jason Kessler from a news conference on 13 August 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesAs mass violence continues, many of us have become rightly afraid for the people we love. We want justice, but we also want protection.So what are the solutions we?re hearing about following this month?s violence? One idea we must reject is the idea of trusting law enforcement to protect us from white nationalist violence, given how much they contribute to it. If people in law enforcement want to be seen as experts on defeating white nationalism, shouldn?t they have to get rid of all the white nationalists in their own ranks first?White nationalists pervade law enforcement. There is a long history of the military, police and other authorities supporting, protecting or even being members of white supremacy groups. But it?s not just history. It was revealed last week that a black man in Michigan came upon KKK materials and Confederate flags in plain view while being shown a home for sale ? the home of a police officer on the force for more than 20 years who shot and killed a black man in 2009 without consequence.It?s a widespread pattern. As early as 2006, the FBI flagged it. Another FBI report in 2015, not covered nearly enough, indicated that ?domestic terrorism investigations focused on militia extremists, white supremacist extremists, and sovereign citizen extremists often have identified active links to law enforcement officers?. (And that?s the FBI, which has its own history of white supremacy affinity groups.)White nationalists connect through online networks and offline groups, and openly share tactics for infiltrating and influencing police departments, border patrol, the FBI and the military. That was the case for a Virginia police officer ? assigned to a high school ? who was revealed to be a longtime white nationalist and served as a recruiter for Identity Evropa, one of the groups behind the Charlottesville hate rallies and violence. He was not shy about his cover. In chat messages, he ?discussed ways to downplay appearances of racism, while still promoting white nationalism?.Another thing many of those like him are not shy about: stoking and celebrating violence, and promoting hateful misinformation and rhetoric. The Plain View Project tracked publicly posted social media material from more than 3,500 confirmed current and retired law enforcement officers, and found that ?about 1 in 5 of the current officers, and 2 in 5 of the retired officers, made public posts or comments ... displaying bias, applauding violence, scoffing at due process or using dehumanizing language?. The Center for Investigative Reporting was able to identify almost 400 current and retired law enforcement officials who were members of private Facebook ?Confederate, anti-Islam, misogynistic or anti-government militia? groups.We have seen racist text messages and emails among active officers revealed in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland and more, including among those in management with direct authority over law enforcement practices. As the Portland case proved, we must come to terms with the depth of association between senior law enforcement and white nationalist leaders and groups ? people they should be investigating and thwarting, not encouraging and helping to evade justice.Neo-Nazis and white supremacists at the University of Virginia after marching through the campus with torches in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017. Photograph: Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesIt would be naive to look at cases in which agencies have dismissed white nationalists from their ranks as an encouraging sign, whether in police departments, border patrol (an agent with a pattern of racist text messages ran over a Guatemalan migrant with a truck), the coast guard (a white nationalist aimed to ?murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country?), military units (more Identity Evropa members in the Marines), or anywhere else.In truth, would the level of violence committed by law enforcement in communities of color, and at the border, even be possible if racial hatred weren?t part and parcel of police culture? White nationalists in law enforcement and in many roles in government, such as prosecutors, are dangerous because they routinely abuse their power to attack and debilitate communities of color, including harassment and coercion, financial exploitation, acts of sexual and racially-targeted violence and mass incarceration ? all officially sanctioned, and all celebrated as part of the larger white nationalist agenda.Within the FBI, there has been an active movement among white nationalist sympathizers to protect their own by unfoundedly targeting nonviolent black activists: inventing the idea of a black extremist threat to justify surveillance of nonviolent black activists and divert attention from truly violent white nationalist perpetrators. This policy was codified in an internal ?Race Paper? that a federal court allowed to remain secret, despite a move for transparency led by my organization, Color Of Change. 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Lawmakers across the country must also play their role: investigating the extent of the problem, and forcing a purge of white nationalists and their sympathizers from positions of power and influence ? everywhere. Fighting white nationalist violence means doubling down on our fight for police accountability.


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