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Harvey Weinstein’s brother also accused of sexual harassment

NEW YORK (AP) — Spike network is investigating reports of sexual harassment by the brother of disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein against the female showrunner of a series produced by The Weinstein Co. and aired on Spike.

Amanda Segel, a former executive producer of the sci-fi series “The Mist,” claims Bob Weinstein made repeated overtures to her that included invitations to dinner, to his home and to a hotel room, according to a story published Tuesday by Variety.

“We take all allegations of this nature very seriously, and are investigating,” Spike said in a statement.

She says the propositions began in June 2016 and were put to a stop a few months later only after Segel’s lawyer gave Weinstein Co. executives an ultimatum that Segel would leave the show if Weinstein persisted.

An arrangement reportedly was struck that restricted Weinstein’s contact with Segel. (“The Mist” was recently cancelled after its 10-episode first season.)

Segel’s attorney, David Fox, was not available for comment. Neither Weinstein’s attorney, Bert Fields, nor The Weinstein Co. responded to repeated requests for comment.

Segel’s accusations came to light just two weeks after an explosive story by The New York Times reported on older brother Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual harassment and assault of women spanning several decades. That story was followed by another expose in The New Yorker.

Since those stories surfaced, more than three dozen women have spoken up with additional accusations. Harvey Weinstein was fired from the company he co-founded with Bob, and on Tuesday resigned from its board. He lost his membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Producers Guild and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. The very future of The Weinstein Co. is currently in doubt.

The Weinstein Co.’s board said in a statement Tuesday that Weinstein had resigned. Weinstein holds a roughly 20 percent stake in his company, according to a person close to Weinstein who was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter.

Bob Weinstein had maintained last week that business was continuing “as usual” for the company and that its board was not exploring a sale or shutdown. He has publicly condemned his brother while professing he was unaware that Harvey had engaged in any non-consensual relations with women.

“I’m mortified and disgusted by my brother’s actions. And I am sick for the victims,” he said in an interview by The Hollywood reporter published Saturday.

Until now, no such accusations had been made against Bob Weinstein.

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ISRAEL, ACCUSED OF SPYING ON US AT IRAN TALKS, REDEEMED IN KASPERSKY FINDINGS

 

WASHINGTON — Back in 2015, Israel’s intelligence agencies were caught on the defensive when a Russian-based cybersecurity firm released an explosive report strongly implicating them of spying on the United States at host sights of the Iran nuclear talks.

The firm, Kaspersky Labs, declined to name Israel as directly responsible for the hack. But it pointed to the use of a sophisticated malware, codenamed Duqu 2.0, that had originally been developed jointly by Israelis and Americans and had now been adapted to target US interests.

Or so the story went in 2015.

Now Kaspersky Labs is the party on the defensive, after The New York Times revealed this week that, in its 2015 hack of Kaspersky systems, Israel uncovered a Russian government effort to use the private firm as a powerful search engine on computers worldwide.

After Israel reportedly uncovered the Russian operation, it promptly alerted the US to its findings. The report calls into question the dominant 2015 narrative that Jerusalem and Washington were working against one another, and not together, on intelligence collection.

 

At that time, the Obama administration fielded questions from reporters focused primarily on the question of whether Israel was targeting the US through espionage, due to disagreements over the Iran talks.

“I can say that we take steps, certainly, to ensure that confidential, that classified negotiating details stay behind closed doors in these negotiations,” said Jeff Rathke, then a State Department spokesman.

He declined to elaborate. But US officials in private repeatedly accused Israel of spying on their efforts, and in the closing months of the talks dramatically curtailed their briefings to Israeli officials on their diplomatic progress.

Spying was surely going both ways, and it remains unclear whether Israel’s intended goal of the Kaspersky hack was to understand Kaspersky’s systems, to collect intelligence on the nuclear talks, or some other unknown purpose.

In December of that year, the Wall Street Journal revealed that a wide US surveillance net of Israeli leaders had incidentally collected the communications of several members of Congress. Other reports from that year seem to confirm Israeli and US efforts to spy on one another.

And Israel’s willingness to come forward with its discovery of Russia’s effort does not necessarily mean they revealed to the Americans their sources and methods for the information shared.

In a statement to The Jerusalem Post on Thursday, Kaspersky Labs could not confirm that Israel’s findings on the use of Kaspersky systems occurred during its alleged infiltration of the Iran talks. The firm further denied any connection to the Russian government.

“With regards to unverified assertions that this situation relates to Duqu2, a sophisticated cyber attack of which Kaspersky Lab was not the only target, we are confident that we have identified and removed all of the infections that happened during that incident,” the firm said. “Kaspersky Lab does not definitively attribute attacks to specific entities or nation-states because the company’s policy is to focus on the technical analysis of cyber threats.”

The organization said that no evidence had been presented to substantiate the Times report, and called on “relevant parties to responsibly provide the company with verifiable information.”

“Contrary to erroneous reports, Kaspersky Lab technologies are designed and used for the sole purpose of detecting all kinds of threats, including nation-state sponsored malware, regardless of the origin or purpose,” the firm added.

In an interview in 2015 with the Post, Kaspersky Lab’s principal security researcher, Kurt Baumgartner, offered more specificity.

“Attribution of cyber attacks over the Internet is a difficult thing,” Baumgartner said. “However, it’s important to stress that we are absolutely sure that Duqu 2.0 is an updated version of the infamous 2011 Duqu malware.” Duqu was originally discovered in 2011 as a strikingly similar software to Stuxnet, the virus of US-Israeli origin that was used to infiltrate Iran’s nuclear infrastructure and destroy it from within.

“In addition to several unknown victims, we are quite sure that at least three of the venues where P5+1 talks about a nuclear deal with Iran were held have been attacked,” Baumgartner said, adding: “The Duqu 2.0 group launched a similar attack in relation to the 70th anniversary event of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.”

Ukraine arrests 3 alleged terrorists accused of targeting Jews in Uman

Ukrainian police arrested three men they said were terrorists who, in their efforts to pit ethnic groups against one another, also targeted Jews in the central city of Uman.

The men were arrested earlier this month at a border crossing while carrying explosives, according to the KP news site. Citing unnamed officials from the regional prosecutor’s office, the news site reported that the suspects were planning to blow up a monument for Hungarians in a bid to escalate tensions over legislation in Ukraine that outlaws the use of Hungarian at elementary schools.

The three suspects were also behind a string of anti-Semitic incidents, according to the report, including the hurling on Sept. 21 of a grenade at Jewish pilgrims in Uman, where 30,000 Jews convene each year on Rosh Hashanah to celebrate the Jewish holiday near the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov.

They are also accused of dousing a synagogue in Uman with red paint in 2016 and leaving a pig’s head there – an incident that many people attributed to hatred of Jews and locals’ growing dissatisfaction with problems associated with the pilgrimage.

They are further accused of spraying the words “death to Jews” on the synagogue in Chernivtsi in November and trying to set fire to the synagogue in Lviv in July. The suspects denied these and other allegations.

Though prosecutors have not said this, the arrests prompted theories that the three suspects were working for Russia to exacerbate social tensions in Ukraine and give the country a bad image abroad.

Russia and Ukraine, where for long decades under communism the media accused Western agents of sabotage, have exchanged similar allegations after 2014, when a revolution led by nationalists in Ukraine toppled the rule of former president Viktor Yanukovych, whom some critics said was a corrupt Russian stooge. Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine and backs separatists in Ukraine’s east.

The two countries have also exchanged accusations of anti-Semitism in an apparent attempt to discredit each other in the West.

Jordan accused of ‘summarily deporting’ Syrian refugees

AMMAN, Jordan — Human Rights Watch on Monday accused Jordan of “summarily deporting” Syrian refugees despite possible risks of harm to them in their war-torn country.

Jordan hosts hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees who have fled a six-year war in their home country.

“Jordanian authorities have been summarily deporting Syrian refugees –- including collective expulsions of large families,” HRW said.

Jordan has been summarily expelling Syrian refugees w/o due process or consideration of their protection needs: @HRWhttp://bit.ly/2hFd54f 

A new report quoted a 30-year-old mother of three who said her family was deported despite the United States examining their request for resettlement.

“They never gave us a reason,” she said.

During the first five months of 2017, Jordanian authorities deported about 400 registered Syrian refugees each month, HRW said.

Some 300 registered refugees appeared to return voluntarily each month, and another 500 returned “under circumstances that are unclear.”

“Jordan shouldn’t be sending people back to Syria without making sure they wouldn’t face a real risk of torture or serious harm and unless they have had a fair opportunity to plead their case for protection,” said Bill Frelick, refugee rights director at HRW.

The rights group called on other countries to support Jordan “to enable it to provide safe and decent asylum space for Syrian refugees and asylum seekers.”

The United Nations says Jordan is hosting more than 650,000 Syrian refugees, while the kingdom puts the actual number at 1.3 million.

Government spokesman Mohamed Momani rejected HRW’s findings, saying “the return of refugees is voluntary and not to any dangerous areas.”

He also said international organizations should do more to pressure other countries to host more refugees.

HRW said group and individual expulsions peaked in mid-2016 and in early 2017 after armed attacks on the Syrian border and in the town of Karak.

“Those suspected of posing threats should be given a fair opportunity to challenge the evidence against them and to have the authorities consider the risk of torture and other severe human rights abuse if returned,” Frelick said.

In June last year, a suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group killed seven soldiers in a no-man’s land near the Syrian border.

In December 2016, another IS attack in Karak, home to one of the region’s biggest Crusader castles, killed seven policemen, two Jordanian civilians and a female Canadian tourist.

Jordan is part of the US-led international coalition fighting IS in Syria and Iraq. It also hosts coalition troops on its territory.

Trio of White Texas Brothers (White Idiots) accused of luring black teen to meeting and shooting him dead

Three brothers from the town of White Settlement, TX are accused of luring a black 18-year-old to a meet-up and shooting him to death in an attempted robbery gone wrong, said The Root on Friday.

WFAA TV reported that 23-year-old Sean Garrison, 18-year-old Tyee Garrison and 17-year-old Kyle Garrison are in custody and each being held at $200,000 bond for the murder of 18-year-old Xavier Olesko of Ft. Worth.

The brothers are expected to be arraigned on charges of capital murder in Olesko’s death, which took place on Sep. 18 when he was fatally shot in the chest in front of a residence on Tumbleweed Trail in White Settlement.

It is currently believed that the victim was acquainted with Sean Garrison, who reportedly contacted Olesko wanting to meet. Unbeknownst to Olesko, the brothers planned to rob him at the meeting. However, the robbery went wrong and 18-year-old Olesko was shot dead.

“Witnesses told the police that the teen went to the front of the residence to meet with someone when they heard a gunshot. When Olesko’s friends ran out front, they found the 18-year-old lying on the ground not moving. One of the witnesses called 911,” wrote The Root’s Breanna Edwards.

Two of the three Garrison brothers have had previous run-ins with police on charges of violence. Sean Garrison was arrested in March on charges of causing injury to a girl younger than 15. Middle brother Kyee was convicted twice of causing bodily injury in 2016.

The Star-Telegram said that a fourth brother, Bryan Garrison, 20, is currently serving a 50-year prison sentence after being convicted of “continuous sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14,” according to court records.

Louisiana man (White Idiot) with Hitler speech accused of killing 2 black men

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (AP) — A 23-year-old white man was arrested Tuesday and accused of cold-bloodedly killing two black men and shooting up a black family’s home in a string of attacks last week that police say may have been racially motivated.

A law enforcement official said authorities found a handwritten copy of an Adolf Hitler speech at Kenneth James Gleason’s home, and investigators said surveillance footage and DNA on a shell casing link him to the crimes.

Authorities said he would be charged with first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of a homeless man and a dishwasher who was walking to work. In each case, the killer opened fire from his car, then walked up to the victim as he lay on the ground and fired again repeatedly, police said.

“I feel confident that this killer would have killed again,” interim Police Chief Jonny Dunnam said.

Gleason’s attorney, J. Christopher Alexander, said his client “vehemently denies guilt, and we look forward to complete vindication.”

Authorities found the Hitler speech during a search over the weekend, according to the law enforcement official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still going on.

Asked whether police suspect the shootings were motivated by race, Sgt. L’Jean McKneely said: “We’re not completely closed off to that. We’re looking at all possibilities at this time, so we’re not going to just pinpoint that.”

District Attorney Hillar Moore said he may seek the death penalty.

“It appears to be cold, calculated, planned (against) people who were unarmed and defenseless,” he said.

Authorities also said that just after midnight on September 10, Gleason fired into the home of a black family who lived three houses down from Gleason and his parents.

The homeowner, Tonya Stephens, said her two adult sons were home at the time and she was away at her nurse’s job. Three bullets pierced the front door and struck furniture, but no one was hurt.

Stephens said her family had seen Gleason sleeping in his car or speeding down the street, but she never had any dealings with him and “I never paid him any mind.”

In the other shootings, neither victim had any connection to Gleason, investigators said.

The first killing occurred September 12, when 59-year-old Bruce Cofield, who was homeless, was gunned down. The second took place last Thursday night, when 49-year-old Donald Smart was shot on his way to his job at a cafe popular with Louisiana State University students.

Authorities said ballistics tests determined that the same gun was used in all three shootings. Also, they said DNA found on one of the shell casings matched genetic material on a swab they took from Gleason.

Investigators have not found the 9 mm gun but said Gleason bought such a weapon last November. He also ordered a silencer in July, but it had not arrived yet — “thankfully,” the prosecutor said.

One of the big breaks in the case came when a security company noticed a white man in a red car removing his license plate and perhaps putting a gun in the trunk while parked at the company’s office.

The company reported the suspicious activity to police and followed up with them after the second shooting, giving authorities surveillance video and photographs. Investigators found Gleason’s red car on Saturday.

Louisiana’s capital city is in the grips of a surge in bloodshed. The number of homicides in East Baton Rouge Parish has already surpassed last year’s total of 62, The Advocate newspaper reported this month.

“Baton Rouge has been through a lot of turmoil in the last year,” the police chief said. If not for Gleason’s arrest, “he could have potentially created a tear in the fabric that holds this community together.”

Racial tensions escalated in the city in the summer of 2016 when a black man was shot to death by white police officers outside a convenience store. About two weeks later, a black gunman targeted police in an ambush, killing three officers and wounding three before he was shot to death.

The city of approximately 229,000 is about 55 percent black and 40 percent white.

Gleason did not appear to have any active social media profiles. A Louisiana State University spokesman said a student by that name attended from the fall of 2013 to the fall of 2014 before withdrawing. He had transferred to LSU from Baton Rouge Community College.

Gleason was arrested in Phoenix in December on charges of shoplifting wine and razors. Police said he was homeless at the time. The case was dismissed the following month.

During the search of Gleason’s home, authorities also found 9 grams of marijuana and vials of human growth hormone, according to police.

At Least 10 US Mayors (White Freemasons) Accused of Child Sex Crimes in Just the Last Year

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By Matt Agorist

As TFTP reported yesterday, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has resigned after a fifth victim has come forward and alleged the mayor raped him as a child—it was his cousin. While this is certainly a massive revelation, it is important to note that Ed Murray is only one name on a long list of mayors accused of child sex-related crimes since 2016.

According to a scathing report from the Daily Caller, at least 10 current and former mayors have been accused of unspeakable crimes against children. Ranging from child porn to rape, some of the victims were as young as four-years-old.

The mayor of Stillwater, New York, Rick Nelson resigned earlier this month after he was caught and arrested with child porn. According to the Times Union, Nelson’s arrest marked at least the fifth time in the last 42 years that the former school bus driver has been accused of victimizing children or teenagers.

Nelson, 62, faced three separate sex crime cases between 1975 and 1986 – with one of the latter cases including allegations of rape and sodomy, according to the Times. And in 1982, the future mayor was accused of inappropriate behavior toward a 5-year-old. He was never found guilty on any of those charges.

Dale Kenyon, former mayor of Clayton, New York was also on the list. The 78-year-old mayor was indicted last week following allegations of sexual acts against a child. According to Watertown Daily Times, he’s been indicted on a whopping 22 counts of third-degree criminal sexual acts.

In July, the mayor of Randolph, Nebraska, 61-year old Dwayne Schutt, was arrested following an investigation that yielded four counts of sexual assault of a child and one count of felony child abuse, according to KTIV. After posting his $125,000 bond, Schutt remains the mayor of Randolph.

In April, the former mayor of Hubbard, Ohio was handed down a life sentence after he was found guilty of repeatedly raping a four-year-old girl. According to WFMJ, Richard Keenan avoided trial when he pleaded guilty to eight charges of gross sexual imposition, eight charges of rape, and four of attempted rape. During the confession, Keenan told the court that the four-year-old was a “willing participant.” He’ll be eligible for parole in just 10 years.

Stockton, California was shocked last August when their mayor, Anthony Silva was arrested on charges that he provided teens with alcohol before filming them as they took off their clothes in a game of strip poker. As DC reports, Silva, who claimed he accidentally recorded the strip poker game after interrupting it, pled no contest to the lesser charge of providing alcohol to a minor. He was sentenced to 40 hours of community service.

During a child sex sting in March, the former mayor of Winston, Oregon, Kenneth Barrett, was one of several men arrested after he was caught attempting to have sex with a girl he thought was just 14-years-old.

The mayor of Dawson, Georgia was implicated in the rape of a 12-year-old child in February 2016. As WTOC reports, disturbing testimony in the trial of a man accused of molesting two children took a new twist after the Mayor of Dawson was implicated as a participant. When the DA asked if there was anyone else the young boy and girl were involved with, the victims named Dawson’s mayor, Chris Wright. Wright pleaded no contest this past January and was let off with no prison sentence.

In June of 2016, Darral Walker, the former mayor of Rockdale, Texas was indicted on charges of sexual misconduct for engaging in sexual contact with a child younger than 17-years-old by touching the boy’s genitals. Walker admitted to the act but claimed it was for educational purposes. According to TDT News, Walker was placed on two years deferred adjudication probation after he struck a deal—he won’t even have to register as a sex offender.

The former Mayor of Millbrook, New York, Donald H. Briggs was arrested in December and faces felony charges linked to alleged inappropriate sexual contact with a person younger than 17, according to the Poughkeepsie Journal. 

While this list of mayors is certainly shocking it should come as no surprise to those paying attention. As the Free Thought Project has reported numerous times, many of these sickos hold positions of power within high levels of the government. They have an incentive to protect their operation and can do so using the many corrupt pedophiles within law enforcement as their minions. It also explains their infuriating lack of punishment.

In case after case, the Free Thought Project reports on horrifying instances of child sex rings that were allowed to go on for decades because politicians — including heads of states — policemen, clergy, and others were all in on the sick game.

In fact, as the Netflix series, The Keepers, set out to launch an investigation into a murder cold case, it soon became much deeper because of the high-level pedophilia it revealed. The story exposed a concerted effort to conceal widespread rape and sexual abuse committed by Keough school chaplain and counselor Father Joseph Maskell, as well as other clergy, police, and a local gynecologist.

On multiple occasions, the Free Thought Project has reported interviews of former child sex trafficking victims who’ve all noted that they had nowhere to go as police and high-level politicians all took part in the abuse.

Hopefully, as the government’s war on drugs continues to crumble, people will wake up to the fact that rescuing a child from a rapist is far more important than catching some dude smoking a plant. Hopefully.i


This article originally appeared on The Free Thought Project.

WHITE HOUSE OUSTS ADVISER ACCUSED OF NEO-NAZI TIES

 

WASHINGTON — Sebastian Gorka, a staffer at the White House who occasionally advised President Donald Trump on national security matters, has been relieved of his job, the White House confirmed on Friday night.

Gorka was previously an editor at the right-wing Breitbart media site, once referred to as the “platform for the alt-Right” white power movement by Steve Bannon, who was fired a week ago. He had no government experience before entering the Trump administration.

Gorka initially claimed on Friday that he had resigned from his post, but a White House official rejected this characterization. “Sebastian Gorka did not resign, but I can confirm he no longer works at the White House,” the official stated.

Gorka was subject to questioning after he wore the pin of a neo-Nazi group to Trump’s inauguration ball. An investigation of his past revealed a long history with Vitézi Rend, an historic Hungarian group that sympathized with Germany’s Third Reich. Gorka has denied any allegiance to the organization.

He addressed The Jerusalem Post conference in May, and defended himself and his parents against accusations they were part of any fascist organizations.

“I have spent my life fighting against totalitarian ideologies, and so has my father,” Gorka said. “For me, jihadis are linked to fascists because they are totalitarians – and that is why I am proud to work for this administration.”

The New York Times reported that Trump’s second chief of staff, John Kelly, sought to impose new structure on the West Wing upon assuming the role, and demanded clarity on each staffer’s job description. Gorka’s role was apparently unclear.

In a letter published by the right-wing Washington Examiner that it claims to be Gorka’s resignation letter, the former adviser tells the president: “Regrettably, outside of yourself, the individuals who most embodied and represented the policies that will ‘Make America Great Again’ have been internally countered, systematically removed, or undermined in recent months.” The authenticity of the letter has not been independently confirmed by the Post.

Gorka’s departure was one in a series of significant news developments confirmed by the White House – including the pardoning of an Arizona sheriff found guilty of contempt of court in a racial discrimination case – as a Category 4 hurricane barreled on Texan shores.

US CITIZEN ACCUSED OF SECURING FUNDS FOR ISIS

 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested US citizen Mohamed Elshinawy under suspicion of accepting 9,000 dollars from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the FBI revealed on Monday.

Elshinawy is suspected of creating an intricate network stretching from Bangladesh to Britain using social media, various e-mail accounts and an eBay account. He concealed the money transfers as legitimate sales of printers.

Elshinawy utilized a portion of the funds to purchase a laptop, a new phone, and a virtual private network while his colleagues purchased surveillance gear.

ISIS planned to use the money and equipment to finance an attack on US soil.

Elshinawy was arrested on Friday in Edgewood, Maryland. He claimed he never intended to carry out attacks in the US and that he was lying to ISIS. He said he was planning to spend the money on himself and not use it as ISIS had intended.

The FBI became aware of Elshinawy in June after various money transfers arrived in his account from overseas. He is now awaiting trial.

ISIS is well known for expertly using modern technology and has created its own widespread social network. The organization also posts YouTube clips and tweets to attract other followers to their ideology. The group even created an educational application for children.

French Jews call for extradition of Palestinians accused of 1982 terror attack

On the 35th anniversary of a deadly attack on a Paris kosher restaurant, French Jews called for the extradition of three Palestinians suspected of carrying it out.

CRIF, the umbrella group of French Jewish communities and organizations, issued a statement on the matter on Wednesday Aug. 9, the anniversary of the 1982 attack in which six people were murdered and 22 injured on Rosiers Street in Paris in the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in France since World War II.

The suspects in the attack on the Jo Goldenberg deli are wanted for questioning as per a 2015 French arrest warrant. One of the suspects lives in Jordan, another near Ramallah in the West Bank and a third in Norway, according to CRIF. None of the relevant governments have agreed to extradite the suspects, whom French investigators believe belonged to the Abu Nidal terrorist group affiliated with Fatah.

But Francis Kalifat, president of CRIF, said France is partly responsible for the failure to bring the suspects in for questioning and possibly prosecution.

“We can only regret that France agrees to this situation and has not even complained about it to the Palestinian Authority, which is home to Mahmoud Kader Abed, also known as Hisham Harb, who was the main figure responsible for the attack,” Kalifat wrote in a statement.

Among the victims of the attack were two American citizens, Anne Van Zanten and Grace Cutler.