Judiciary Republicans gave FBI Director Christopher Wray the business over the Trump-Russia probe. But they stopped short of committing to junk expiring parts of the PATRIOT Act.
Spencer AckermanNEW: The PATRIOT Act’s most notorious provisions, affecting the privacy of millions of Americans, are expiring. House Republicans are furious over FBI surveillance on Trump’s campaign. And these are two ships passing in the night.
The white supremacist group the Base uses terror to spread its ideology and recruit young men. The FBI is closely watching them – and the Guardian is now able to reveal the identity of its secretive leader
Abdulrahman Almutairi is a Saudi social-media influencer who criticized Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. If not for the FBI, he says, he might’ve met Jamal Khashoggi’s fate.
Spencer AckermanNEW: Meet Abdulrahman Almutieri. He’s a comedian and influencer from Saudi Arabia who lives in California. And after he criticized Mohammed bin Salman, he might have become the next Jamal Khasshogi — if not for the FBI’s intervention.
More than a month after deadline from Sens. Leahy and Whitehouse, DOJ says it’ll give answers on what it might have told the White House on the controversial pardons… sometime.
Spencer AckermanNEW with @swin24: the Justice Department is supposed to play a central role in pardons. But for Trump’s war-crimes clemencies, it’s blown through a deadline to explain what it recommended, if it was involved at all.
Iran wants the U.S. out of Iraq, so the administration’s response is to say it won’t leave, regardless of what the government of Iraq—that the U.S. set up—has to say about it.
Spencer AckermanNEW: It’s not like the USA is in the habit of respecting Iraqi sovereignty, but today’s refusal to discuss the parliament/PM’s insistence on leaving is a new imperial low. W/@ErinBanco & @swin24
An effort to clear a Blackwater merc doing life for murder in the infamous Nisour Square massacre may soon bear fruit, multiple sources tell The Daily Beast.
Spencer AckermanNEW with @swin24: just in time for huge escalating tensions in Iraq, Trump is considering pardoning the Blackwater contractor convicted of first-degree murder in the 2007 Nisour Square massacre.
The feds have a habit of rifling without a warrant through NSA data warehouses to find dirt on American citizens. An appeals court ruling may finally start to break the addiction.
Spencer AckermanNEW: a small victory for the privacy of millions of Americans, concerning the ability of the FBI to warrantlesssly search through NSA databases for your data, that won’t receive much attention as it can’t fit into any Trump/anti-Trump framework.