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  1. Missy

     /  June 6, 2017

    police have named two of the three terrorists who were part of Saturday night’s attack, including one that is being reported as being the Ring Leader.

    Posted here:

  2. Missy

     /  June 6, 2017

    It has been a bit of a competition between May and Corbyn in the election campaigning today to show who is the toughest on terror.

    Jeremy Corbyn appears to have u-turned on his whole stance on terror – and powers for the police, saying today that we can only trust him to keep Britain safe. In response to questions around his stance on shoot to kill he said that he would authorise police to use whatever force is necessary – a bit of a weasley way around it. This is, however, making Corbyn look worse as he appears to be abandoning his principles, and all but the staunchest of Labour (and Corbyn) supporters are now wondering if they can trust him, or if he is just saying what he thinks he needs to in order to win the election. It was noticeable that previous Shadow Home Secretary (Yvette Cooper), and Shadow Foreign Secretary (Emily Thornberry), were the only two other Labour MPs doing interviews on Labour’s Security policies – no sign of the Shadow Home Secretary.

    Theresa May has been under attack for most of the day on her record as Home Secretary, in particular the police cuts that were undertaken. I haven’t seen the interviews, and the reports seem very mixed depending on what side of the political spectrum you are on, however, she did reportedly get a grilling and was put under pressure by journalists.

    In a bizarre interview earlier today Corbyn said that Theresa May should resign as PM over the police cuts, later this afternoon he was backtracking pretty quickly. Seems that he may have forgotten that there was an election in 3 days.

    The main fight today has been between May and Corbyn, with very little from the smaller parties, though a few have been a bit like one of those yappy dogs nipping at your heels trying to get attention.

  3. Missy

     /  June 6, 2017

    Ladies and Gentleman, this woman could be the Home Secretary on Friday… A frightening thought.

  4. The election situation for Labour – from inside Labour – tells another story than the one of a belated resurgence.

    Watson, Skinner and Flint facing defeat. Cooper, Miliband, Reeves and Rayner on the edge

    by Atul Hatwal

    Labour is facing a parliamentary wipeout on June 8th.

    The defeat will be greater than 1983 with the leading figures such as Tom Watson, Dennis Skinner and Caroline Flint facing defeat while many others, including Yvette Cooper, Ed Miliband and Angela Rayner, are teetering on the brink.

    Currently Labour is set to lose just over 90 seats but a relatively small deterioration of the party’s position on the ground could see dozens more fall.

    These are the findings of new analysis by Uncut based on the views of dozens of Labour candidates, party officials and activists following the past three weeks of intensive canvassing.

    In this time, thousands of Labour members and supporters have knocked on tens of thousands of doors in constituencies across the country. While social media is a place where hackneyed tropes about a “great reception on the #Labourdoorstep,” are trotted out, in reality Labour’s army of canvassers has been gathering huge amounts of intelligence and feeding it back through the party’s operation.

    Uncut has focused on two questions in conversations with Labour campaigners to understand the situation on the ground:

    What is the scale of switching from Ukip to the Tories? This issue has been highlighted widely in the media and is evident in the Tories rising poll rating and Ukip’s symmetrical slump.
    What is the drop-off in 2015 Labour vote? Every area is reporting the Corbyn effect on the door with Labour voters refusing to back the party, but this hasn’t been clearly captured in the public polling.

    For both questions, the estimated shift has been quantified at a regional level based on feedback from campaigners and applied to the 2015 vote share for each constituency in that region. In line with feedback from across the country, the Lib Dems and Greens are assumed to be on track to repeat their 2015 performance.

    The results are not pretty.

    While the national polls suggest Labour’s vote is holding up, potentially even advancing on 2015, in the constituencies that matter, something very different seems to be happening.”

    The only GAINS appear to be in Scotland

  5. duperez

     /  June 6, 2017

    Mmmmmm ….
    “Feds Arrest NSA Contractor in Leak of Top Secret Russia Document”

    • PDB

       /  June 6, 2017

      Daily caller;

      “The 25-year-old woman who stole “Top Secret” documents from the National Security Agency and leaked them to The Intercept appears to be a supporter of Bernie Sanders and other progressive icons, such as Bill Maher and Michael Moore.

      Reality Leigh Winner’s apparent social media footprint also shows that she is a supporter of other liberal causes, including the Women’s March and the Islamic Society of North America, the Muslim civil rights group.

      She also recently referred to President Trump as a “piece of shit” because of his position on the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) protests.

      On Feb. 14, a day after Winner took her Top Secret job at Pluribus, Winner posted a photo outside of the Atlanta offices of Georgia Sen. David Perdue.

      Winner wrote that she had a 30-minute private meeting with the Republican lawmaker.
      She said they discussed “my concerns regarding climate change and what the state of Georgia is doing to reduce dependency on fossil fuels.”

      • Yikes – poor Reality. Wonder how an OITNB new “reality” will cater specifically to her Vegan, Yoga, environmentally aware lifestyle. FB profile tells us she prefers guys, and there’s not many of them apart from guards…

  6. Joe Bloggs

     /  June 6, 2017

    It seems there’s a top-secret NSA report on Russian hacking that isn’t top secret any more…

    The report indicates that Russian hacking may have penetrated further into U.S. voting systems than was previously understood. It states unequivocally in its summary statement that it was Russian military intelligence, specifically the Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate, or GRU, that conducted the cyber attacks described in the document:

    Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate actors … executed cyber espionage operations against a named U.S. company in August 2016, evidently to obtain information on elections-related software and hardware solutions. … The actors likely used data obtained from that operation to … launch a voter registration-themed spear-phishing campaign targeting U.S. local government organizations.