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Justice Department seizes millions in cryptocurrency from terror groups

(CNN)The Justice Department seized $2 million worth of cryptocurrency from terror groups in the Middle East, federal prosecutors announced Thursday, marking the largest ever US government takeover of online terrorist financing.

The funds from ISIS, al Qaeda and the al Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, would likely have been used by the groups to buy weapons and train would-be attackers, Justice Department officials said.

"Two million dollars is a lot of equipment that they can buy, a lot of weapons a lot of training that they can fund, a lot of tickets to fly people around the world," said John Demers, the assistant attorney general in charge of the Justice Department's national security division. "This is going to make a big difference in their operation."

The seizure, which also included 300 cryptocurrency accounts, four websites, and four Facebook pages, underscores how terrorist groups have modernized their fundraising tactics in recent years, and how law enforcement has adapted as they've continued to target criminals in their wallets. Officials said that the terror groups issued both transparent public messages to solicit the digital funds as well as schemes designed to dupe unwitting donors, including a website allegedly set up by ISIS in February that purported to sell personal protective equipment to protect against the spread of the coronavirus.

At a news conference on Thursday, law enforcement officials described the terror groups as "nimble" and opportunistic fundraisers who regularly exploit new technologies for moving money. (Read More)
https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/13/politics/justice-department-cryptocurrency-terror-groups/index.html

Kamala, this song is for you - we are Overjoyed you will be our Veep!


Rachel Maddow is talking about this great article about Kamala now

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/voices/2020/08/10/kamala-harris-progressive-pioneer-san-francisco-da-column/3334668001/

TikTok To Sue Trump Administration Over Ban, As Soon As Tuesday

(NPR) TikTok is planning to sue the Trump administration, challenging the president's executive order banning the service from the United States.

The video-sharing app hugely popular with the smartphone generation TikTok will file the federal lawsuit as soon as Tuesday, according to a person who was directly involved in the forthcoming suit but was not authorized to speak for the company. It will be filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, where TikTok's American operations are based, the person said.

NPR has learned that the lawsuit will argue that the president's far-reaching action is unconstitutional because it failed to give the company a chance to respond. It also alleges that the administration's national security justification for the order is baseless, according to the source.

"It's based on pure speculation and conjecture," the source said. "The order has no findings of fact, just reiterates rhetoric about China that has been kicking around."

The White House declined to comment on the expected litigation, but defended the president's executive order. "The Administration is committed to protecting the American people from all cyber related threats to critical infrastructure, public health and safety, and our economic and national security," according to White House spokesman Judd Deere. (Read More)

https://www.npr.org/2020/08/08/900394707/tiktok-to-sue-trump-administration-over-ban-as-soon-as-tuesday

Trump reportedly referred to journalists as 'all my killers' on a hot mic while speaking privately

to members of his golf club

(Business Insider) President Donald Trump on Friday was caught on a hot mic prior to his press conference, inviting members at his Florida country club to watch his upcoming news briefing, calling journalists his "killers," a CNN reporter said.

"You'll get to meet the fake news tonight," the president said, according to a tweet from CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta, who was present at the New Jersey briefing. "You'll get to see what I have to go through."

"Who's there?" Trump added, according to Acosta. "Oh all my killers are there, wow. So you'll get to see some of the people that we deal with every day."

The White House did not immediately return Business Insider's request for comment Saturday.

As Business Insider previously reported, the president on Friday held a news conference about the coronavirus pandemic at his golf club in New Jersey to reporters and a non-socially distant crowd of supporters behind then. Photographs shared by reporters had shown many mask-less members among the audience, though a reporter at the golf club later said the on-lookers were provided masks before the news conference began. (Read More)

https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-reportedly-called-journalists-his-killers-on-hot-mic-2020-8

Rachel Maddow show from last night: GOP Senators are working with Russians right now.

(about halfway through video she names the senators)

https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/russian-election-interference-finds-ready-conduit-in-gop-senators-89763397688

Tiffany Trump, Don Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle party on boats in Montauk including 'Team Deplorable

*such a great example of "we really don't care about anybody but us"....

(Daily Mail UK) Donald Trump Jr, his sister and girlfriend took part in a 'Trumpilla' in the Hamptons on Friday ahead of a potentially lucrative weekend of fundraising in the region by the president.

Trump is hoping to rake in $15 million in campaign cash on Saturday in a series of fundraisers in the Southampton area of Long Island, including a stop at the home of Don Jr. and his girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle.

On the eve of the event Don Jr, 42, was spotted participating in a Trump rally on a series of boats off the coastal town of Montauk, 25 miles along the coast from Southampton.
Also at the boat parade was Don Jr's sister Tiffany, 26, and her boyfriend Michael Boulos.

In a blue swimsuit and white loose-fitting pants, Tiffany waved from the deck at the other participants in the 'Trumpilla'.

Boaters across the nation have been taking to the waterways to show their support for the president, ahead of his election battle this November.
<img src="" alt="Donald Trump Jr, his sister and girlfriend took part in a 'Trumpilla' in the Hamptons on Friday ahead of a potentially lucrative weekend of fundraising in the region by the president"/>

<img src="" alt="Tiffany later swapped her swimsuit and white pants for a dress. Here boyfriend Michael wore a MAGA cap to show his support for the cause"/>

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/ushome/index.html

In bombshell plea, close friend admits to murdering former Arkansas state senator

(ABC News) In a surprise twist to a baffling Southern murder mystery, the main suspect in the June 2019 murder of former Arkansas state Sen. Linda Collins-Smith, will spend 54 years in prison after pleading guilty to the murder in court this morning.

"I went to Linda's house, and I intentionally killed her and then hid the body," Rebecca Lynn O'Donnell, 49, told the judge, according to ABC News affiliate KATV in Little Rock.

The bombshell plea change follows one year after prosecutors in the case announced their intention to seek the death penalty against O'Donnell, who worked as both an aide to the senator, and later an employee of Collins-Smith's business. The two were considered close friends.

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Smith said in the statement that he believes O'Donnell was stealing money from his mother and when she confronted O'Donnell, she was stabbed to death. The initial judge overseeing the case sealed the records of the investigation before recusing himself, leaving many in the small Arkansas community wondering what could have prompted such a heinous homicide. All prosecutors have revealed to date is that the motive for the murder appeared to be financial in nature.(Read More)

https://abcnews.go.com/US/bombshell-plea-close-friend-admits-murdering-arkansas-state/story?id=72214576

Capital One fined $80M by regulators over 2019 data breach

(WBJ) Capital One Financial Corp (NYSE: COF) will pay an $80 million fine and enter into a consent order with its regulator, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, over issues related to a data breach in 2019 that exposed more than 106 million records of customers and credit card applicants.

McLean-based Capital One said at the time that the breach happened due to “a specific configuration vulnerability” that had since been fixed. The OCC found that the bank failed to establish effective risk assessment processes prior to migrating to a cloud environment. Capital One neither admitted nor denied the findings, according to the consent order.

“The Bank’s internal audit failed to identify numerous control weaknesses and gaps in the cloud operating environment. Internal audit also did not effectively report on and highlight identified weaknesses and gaps to the Audit Committee,” the OCC said in its order. “For certain concerns raised by internal audit, the Board failed to take effective actions to hold management accountable, particularly in addressing concerns regarding certain internal control gaps and weaknesses."

The OCC order, which was also accompanied by a cease-and-desist order, said the bank “has begun addressing the identified corrective action and has been committed to providing resources to remedy the deficiencies.” (Read More)

https://www.bizjournals.com/washington/news/2020/08/06/capital-one-federal-reserve-occ.html

Saudi Crown Prince accused of assassination plot against senior exiled official

Washington (CNN) A former top Saudi intelligence official who fell out with the Saudi Crown Prince is alleging that an assassination squad traveled from Saudi Arabia to Canada to try to kill him just days after journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered by members of the same group, according to a new legal complaint filed Thursday by the alleged target, Dr. Saad Aljabri, in DC District Court.

Aljabri accuses the Kingdom's powerful crown prince and defacto ruler, Mohammed bin Salman, known as MBS, of dispatching the hit team to murder him just over a year after Aljabri fled from Saudi Arabia and he refused repeated efforts by the Crown Prince to lure him back home or somewhere more accessible to the Saudis. Aljabri also names numerous alleged co-conspirators, including two of the men accused of being behind the Khashoggi operation.

MBS, according to previously unreported WhatsApp text messages referenced in the complaint, demanded that Aljabri immediately return to Saudi Arabia. As he repeatedly refused, Aljabri alleges the Crown Prince escalated his threats, saying they would use "all available means" and threatened to "take measures that would be harmful to you." The Crown Prince also barred Aljabri's children from leaving the country.

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The allegations of the assassination squad are "credible," says fervent MBS critic Rep. Tom Malinowski, a Democrat from New Jersey and member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. "When somebody who we already know is responsible for the kidnapping, rendition, murder and torture of other people in this category sends you a text message warning that bad things will happen to you, it's fair to assume that he means business," Malinowski said. (Read More)

https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/06/politics/saudi-assassination-plot-allegations/index.html
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