two reporters, a writer and an editor, all of them jews, a very reuters situation


Trump administration moves to keep full CIA ‘torture’ report secret
Mark Hosenball, Jonathan Landay, Warren Strobel, Bernadette Baum, Reuters, Jun 2 2017

The Trump administration has begun returning to Congress copies of a voluminous 2014 report describing the CIA’s harsh detention and interrogation programs, boxtops said on Friday. The Trump administration’s move means it could be more difficult for the full, 6,700-page report to be made public, because documents held by Congress are exempt from laws requiring government records to eventually be made public. The White House made the move in response to requests by Richard Burr, the Senate Intelligence Committee’s current chair. In a statement emailed to Reuters, Burr said:

I have directed my staff to retrieve copies of the Congressional study that remain with the Executive Branch agencies and, as the Committee does with all classified and compartmented information, will enact the necessary measures to protect the sensitive sources and methods contained within the report.

Dianne Feinstein, who chaired the committee when the report was produced, had asked that it be distributed to multiple executive branch agencies, a move designed to make it eventually releasable to the public under the FoIA law. Feinstein said in a statement that she was “concerned and disappointed” that Burr requested that the document be returned, calling it a departure from the committee’s normal bipartisan nature. She said:

No senator, chairman or not, has the authority to erase history. I believe that is the intent of the chairman in this case.

Mark Warner, who succeeded Feinstein as the committee’s top Demagog, said in a Twitter post he was “disappointed” with Burr’s decision, and that the report “must be preserved so we can learn from past mistakes & ensure that abuses are never repeated.” A declassified executive summary of the report was made public in Dec 2014. It concluded that the CIA’s interrogation programs, using techniques such as waterboarding that most observers consider torture, were more brutal and less effective than the CIA had told Congress. The report said that not a single terrorist attack was foiled as a result of the use of harsh interrogation techniques. The ACLU attempted litigation to have the full report released, but federal courts ruled that because the document was created by Congress, it was exempt from the FoIA. At least one copy of the report, however, will not be returned to the committee. That’s because a copy has been preserved in Obama’s presidential archive, according to a Dec 9 2016 letter written to Feinstein by Obama’s top White House lawyer at the time, Neil Eggleston. Burr’s move was first reported by the NYT. The CIA declined to comment.

Meanwhile, Jewish wit reaches a climax of its own:

Liberals Outraged After Bill Maher Says “I’m A House Nigger”
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Jun 3 2017

We may have hit the moment of “peak outrage.” After months of liberal anger focused on Trump in particular, and the conservative right in general which culminated with last week’s unfortunate attempt at “humor” by Kathy Griffin, in which a severed Donald Trump head reportedly cost her her career (in her own words), overnight Bill Maher did his best to take the heat off of Griffin by focusing the next round of social outrage – especially that emanating from the left, on himself. As the Wrap notes:

The former Politically Incorrect host proved he’s still politically incorrect when Republican Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse invited Maher to “work in the fields.

Maher’s reply prompted outrage among the liberal half of social media, as well as a barrage of calls aimed at HBO to fire Maher. Discussing his new book on Friday evening, the following exchange took place. Maher said to Sasse:

I’ve got to get to Nebraska more!

Sasse replied.

You’re welcome! We’d love to have you work in the fields with us!

Maher said:

Work in the fields? Senator, I’m a house nigger! No, it’s a joke!

Following the exchange, much of the audience laughed and clapped even as some audience members were heard to groan. Sasse kept quiet, before Maher said: “No, it’s a joke.” Neither Mr. Maher nor Mr. Sasse addressed the comments further, and the conversation moved to other subjects. However, it was too late and the outrage was already flowing. DeRay McKesson, a Black Lives Matter activist and former Baltimore mayoral candidate, led the criticism on social media. He wrote:

Somehow Trump was also thrown into the mix:

Trump has undeniably moved the posts re: what is acceptable in political discourse but we can’t sit idly by, as discourse breeds actions.

Others joined in. The Root writer Monique Judge said:

He said ‘nigger’ with a HARD-ASS Rrrrrrrrrruh, so that makes this extra offensive. His show needs to be canceled.

Maher did not immediately comment in response to media inquiries. On Saturday, Sasse gave his view in a series of linked tweets:

Will HBO follow in CNN’s footsteps and let Maher go, or confirm that all the pent-up outrage on both sides of the aisle is nothing more than a theatrical act meant to whip up audiences into a “peak outrage” frenzy? And if the use of the “N-word is an attack on universal human dignity,” does that mean the regulators will ban hip-hop songs where it just happens to be the most frequently used word for “commercializing” social anger, injustice and hatred? So much hypocrisy, so little time! PS: according to BuzzFeed, an HBO spox said Maher’s comment was “completely inexcusable and tasteless” and that they would remove it from reruns. Which means that Maher gets to keep his job, and also that the much anticipated and long overdue “peak social outrage” moment has been postponed until the next “socially awkward” and “politically incorrect” misstep in a society just dying to be outraged each and every day.

Update: Bill Maher has issued an apology. Maher said in a statement:

Friday nights are always my worst night of sleep because I’m up reflecting on the things I should or shouldn’t have said on my live show. Last night was a particularly long night as I regret the word I used in the banter of a live moment. The word was offensive and I regret saying it and am very sorry.

A rep for Maher told Variety the comedian was traveling on Saturday and unavailable for further comment.

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