CIA Espionage Orders For The 2012 French Presidential Election

All major French political parties were targeted to be infiltrated by the CIA leading up to the 2012 French Presidential elections.

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CIA espionage orders for the 2012 French presidential election

All major French political parties were targeted for infiltration by the CIA’s human (“HUMINT”) and electronic (“SIGINT”) spies in the seven months leading up to France’s 2012 presidential election. The revelations are contained within three CIA tasking orders published today by WikiLeaks as context for its forth coming CIA Vault 7 series.

Homeland Security unveils sweeping plan to deport undocumented immigrants

The Department of Homeland Security issued orders to immigration enforcement agents to work to deport illegal immigrants. The spokesperson for DHS said that those with criminal records will be prioritized. Those who were granted protected under Obama’s DACA program will be exempt from deportation.

Homeland Security unveils sweeping plan to deport undocumented immigrants

The Department of Homeland Security issued a sweeping set of orders Tuesday that implement President Trump’s plan to increase immigration enforcement, placing the vast majority of the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants at risk of deportation. The memos instruct all agents, including Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to identify, capture and quickly deport every undocumented immigrant they encounter.

This order will also lead to the hiring of 15,000 new immigration enforcement agents.

Trump administration’s latest immigration directives: Stricter enforcement and more deportations

The Trump administration swept aside nearly all restrictions Tuesday on targeting for removal the 11 million people in the U.S. illegally, a vast expansion of the federal government’s deportation priorities as the president pursues his promised crackdown on illegal immigration.

An obligation to speak up

From Wayne Beebe in Pullman: 

Your recent editorial about the fourth branch of government (Our View, Feb. 9) makes a glaring mistake. The Constitution states: “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ” However, it does not restrict a religious organization from making its views known concerning any political or social matter.

Religious organizations have the obligation to speak up for the marginalized. They have the right to speak truth to power. They have the responsibility to stand for the oppressed. The civil rights laws of the ’60s would not have been passed if it weren’t for the black churches, synagogues and, eventually, mainline denominations taking a stand against the status quo of the day. Likewise today, churches, mosques, synagogues and other religious entities need to speak for the refugee, the undocumented resident and homeless of today, to affirm the rights of all people.

That said, if a Muslim woman chooses to wear a hajib, she cannot expect her neighbors to wear one, too. If a Hasidic Jew wants to wear a titzit as an expression of his faith, he cannot expect others not of the faith to follow his dictates. Likewise conservative Christians cannot impose blue laws on others to protect their Sabbath.

The only restriction religious entities have comes from the 1954 Johnson amendment to the Internal Revenue Code. It discourages any not-for-profit 501(c)(3) entity from endorsing a political candidate, but that also includes service organizations, even state universities. They can, but they could lose their tax-exempt status. Few have lost it, though.

The government is fenced in from imposing its will on religious institutions, but there is really no constitutional prohibition from religious bodies addressing societal concerns through the government.

Wayne Beebe
Pullman

Localized flooding from Paradise Creek in Moscow

There is localized flooding today in Moscow with Paradise Creek in flood stage.  The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the creek through town.  Paradise Creek has reached flood stage at over 9 feet.  Forecasters expect the flooding to continue through tonight with an additional third to a half an inch of rain expected this afternoon.  City of Moscow Public Works crews have been busy all morning sandbagging vulnerable areas.  

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Palouse River expected to flood for a 3rd time this season

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The Palouse River is expected to flood for the 3rd time this season.  A Flood Watch has been issued again for the Palouse River from Potlatch to the City of Palouse.  The National Weather Service is predicting the river to crest at about 15 and a half feet early Wednesday morning flooding low lying areas like Lions Club Park in Palouse.  The last flood on Friday morning crested just below the level expected tomorrow morning.