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Joe Biden's beloved pet dog Champ dies 

Daily Mail - Sat, 06/19/2021 - 17:13
The German Shepherd passed away peacefully aged 13 at his home with the Bidens releasing a statement paying tribute to their 'loving companion'.

Texas residents say temperature on their smart thermostats were raised remotely

Daily Mail - Sat, 06/19/2021 - 17:04
As Texas faces an energy shortage during a historic heat wave, residents say the temperature on their smart thermostats have been raised remotely without their knowledge.

NSA Agrees to Release Records on FBI’s Improper Spying on 16,000 Americans

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NSA Agrees to Release Records on FBI’s Improper Spying on 16,000 Americans

By Zachary Stieber, June 19, 2021:

Clevenger last year filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request on behalf of The Transparency Project, a Texas nonprofit, seeking information on the FBI’s improper searches of intelligence databases for information on 16,000 Americans.

The searches violated rules governing how to use the U.S. government’s foreign intelligence information trove, U.S. District Judge James Boasberg, an Obama nominee who currently presides over the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, wrote in a 2019 memorandum and order that was declassified last year.

The FBI insisted that the queries for all 16,000 people “were reasonably likely to return foreign-intelligence information or evidence of a crime because [redacted],” Boasberg wrote. But the judge found that position “unsupportable,” apart from searches on just seven of the people.

Still, Boasberg allowed the data collection to continue, prompting Elizabeth Goitein, co-director of the Liberty and National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, to lament that court’s decision on the data collection program, authorized by Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), “is even more inexplicable given that the opinion was issued shortly after the government reported submitting FISA applications riddled with errors and omissions in the Carter Page investigation.”

Page was a campaign associate of then-candidate Donald Trump who was illegally surveilled by the FBI.

After the judge’s order was made public, Clevenger filed FOIA requests for information on the improper searches with both the FBI and the NSA.

The FBI rejected the request. In a February letter (pdf), an official told Clevenger that the letter he wrote “does not contain enough descriptive information to permit a search of our records.”

The NSA initially declined the request as well, but later granted an appeal of the decision, Linda Kiyosaki, an NSA official, said in a letter (pdf) this month.

“You had requested all documents, records, and other tangible evidence reflecting the improper surveillance of 16,000 individuals described in a 6 December, 2019, FISC Opinion,” Kiyosaki wrote.

Clevenger believes the NSA’s new position signals a rift between the two agencies, potentially because the FBI has repeatedly abused rules governing searches of the intelligence databases while the NSA has largely not.

“There’s been a battle between them, for example, Mike Rogers tried to shut off FBI access to the NSA database back in 2016,” Clevenger told The Epoch Times, referring to how Adm. Mike Rogers, the former NSA director, cut out FBI agents from using the databases in 2016.

“And so there’s been some history of the NSA trying to limit the FBI’s access because they know that the FBI is misusing the data intercepts,” he added.

The NSA and FBI did not respond to requests for comment.

Washed Up Singer Macy Gray Says We Need to Replace ‘Tattered, Dated, Divisive’ American Flag For Juneteenth

GatewayPundit - Sat, 06/19/2021 - 17:00

Washed up singer Macy Gray has penned an op-ed slamming the American flag as “tattered, dated and divisive” and argued for it to be replaced in honor of Juneteenth.

The one hit wonder’s anti-American tirade read like a standard Facebook rant from a Black Lives Matter nut — but it was published by MarketWatch on Thursday.

“The Confederate battle flag, which was crafted as a symbol of opposition to the abolishment of slavery, is just recently tired. We don’t see it much anymore. However, on the 6th, when the stormers rained on the nation’s most precious hut, waving Old Glory — the memo was received: the American flag is its replacement,” Gray wrote.

The unpleasant looking 53-year-old added a plea to Democrat politicians to get rid of the American flag.

“President Biden, Madame Harris and members of Congress: the American flag has been hijacked as code for a specific belief. God bless those believers, they can have it. Like the Confederate, it is tattered, dated, divisive, and incorrect. It no longer represents democracy and freedom. It no longer represents ALL of us. It’s not fair to be forced to honor it. It’s time for a new flag,” Gray whined.

She also complained about how DC and Puerto Rico should be granted statehood and stars should be added to represent them. No white stripes though, white stripes are bad!

“The Smithsonian documents that the ‘white’ stripes represent purity and innocence. America is great. It is beautiful. Pure, it ain’t. It is broken and in pieces,” she wrote.

“What if the stripes were OFF-white? What if there were 52 stars to include D.C. and Puerto Rico? What if the stars were the colors of ALL of us — your skin tone and mine — like the melanin scale? The blue square represents vigilance and perseverance; and the red stripes stand for valor. America is all of those things. So, what if those elements on the flag remained? What if the flag looked like this?”

Gray included her own art of what she wants the flag to look like — apparently she is wishing for something that looks a little more like a middle schooler’s first decoupage project.

The Wikipedia page for the singer read that she is “hostile to the American flag, stating that the flag should be replaced with something more anti-American,” as of Saturday morning.

The post Washed Up Singer Macy Gray Says We Need to Replace ‘Tattered, Dated, Divisive’ American Flag For Juneteenth appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

Not on brand! Liberal soccer star Megan Rapinoe under fire for 'Asian eyes' tweet about ex-teammate one day after being named face of newly woke Victoria's Secret (Agence France-Presse)

Memeorandum - Sat, 06/19/2021 - 16:55

Agence France-Presse:
Not on brand!  Liberal soccer star Megan Rapinoe under fire for ‘Asian eyes’ tweet about ex-teammate one day after being named face of newly woke Victoria's Secret  — Liberal soccer star Megan Rapinoe has come under fire after a tweet she made more than 10 years was revealed

Noem: 'We'd Love to Help' Texas with Border, Working to See If We Can Make That Possible

Breitbart - Sat, 06/19/2021 - 16:46
On Saturday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) stated that South Dakota would like to help the state of Texas with border security and that the state is evaluating helping out

Bidens announce 'cherished' German Shepard Champ has died

UPI - Sat, 06/19/2021 - 16:45
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden announced Saturday that their "constant, cherished companion," the German Shepard dog Champ, has died. 

Residents in east London 'left furious after Indiana Jones 5 filming takes over their entire street'

Daily Mail - Sat, 06/19/2021 - 16:43
Producers paid one neighbour a reported £50,000 to let cameras into their home, according to The Sun , but once he left the property for a week others on the road endured disruption.

Woman in labor is stranded in floodwater after Tropical Storm Claudette thrashed the Gulf Coast 

Daily Mail - Sat, 06/19/2021 - 16:41
The storm expected to thrash across the Southeastern U.S. throughout the weekend - carrying with it threats of flooding, rip currents and dangerous winds.

The administrators of U.S. democracy are under attack (Washington Post)

Memeorandum - Sat, 06/19/2021 - 16:40

Washington Post:
The administrators of U.S. democracy are under attack  —  EVEN IN normal times, the work of election officials is unglamorous, unheralded and often underpaid.  Former president Donald Trump and the Republicans who have embraced his lie that Democrats stole the 2020 election are making …

First on CNN: Biden administration moves to make gender confirmation surgery available through Veteran Affairs health care system (Ellie Kaufman/CNN)

Memeorandum - Sat, 06/19/2021 - 16:40

Ellie Kaufman / CNN:
First on CNN: Biden administration moves to make gender confirmation surgery available through Veteran Affairs health care system  —  (CNN)Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough is moving to make gender confirmation surgery available to transgender veterans through Veterans Affairs health care coverage …

WATCH: Masked Shooter Opens Fire in Mayor de Blasio's Gun-Controlled NYC

Breitbart - Sat, 06/19/2021 - 16:34
Surveillance video caught the second a masked shooter opened fire in Mayor Bill de Blasio's (D) gun-controlled New York City.

Woman, 41, set to transform her 32K breasts into OOO-cups reveals she's spent £320,000

Daily Mail - Sat, 06/19/2021 - 16:33
Sheyla Hershey, 41, based in Brooklyn, New York, will transform her 32K breasts into OOO-cups after having breast expanders fitted in her chest filled with saline, reported The Sun.

Golden Globes in Tatters as Two HFPA Members Resign over 'Corruption and Verbal Abuse'

Breitbart - Sat, 06/19/2021 - 16:29
Two members of the media groups behind the Golden Globes, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), have resigned, saying the organization is "a toxic place," with a culture one "insulation, silence, fear of retribution, self-dealing, corruption and verbal abuse."

Bus collision on South Carolina road leaves at least one dead amid reports of 34 people injured

Daily Mail - Sat, 06/19/2021 - 16:29
At least one person has died and multiple people have been injured in a collision involving a bus that has closed down roads in Georgetown County, South Carolina.

Former Kardashian bodyguard reveals how he fought off armed robbers in South Africa

Daily Mail - Sat, 06/19/2021 - 16:26
Security expert Leo Prinsloo, 52, who has personally protected Prince Charles, the Kardashians and Nelson Mandela, showed off the bullet-ridden truck that saved him in South Arrica.

Tory MP Says People Must Reject Lockdown 'Doom-Mongering' from Scientists

Breitbart - Sat, 06/19/2021 - 16:22
A leading Conservative lockdown-sceptic MP has said that Britain will need to learn to live with the Chinese virus rather than submit to the "doom-mongering" put forward by the likes of Professor Neil Ferguson.

Singer Alleges Chrissy Teigen Assaulted Her at the Grammys: 'She's Just a Mean-Spirited Human'

Breitbart - Sat, 06/19/2021 - 16:21
Cameroonian singer Denica claims far-left model Chrissy Teigen became aggressive with her at the 2016 Grammy Awards, shoving her twice at the event. The news follows the fallout from Teigen's past behavior and mounting allegations of bullying. 

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