Das Department of Homeland Security hat “Geheimdienstberichte” über die Arbeit amerikanischer Journalisten zusammengestellt, die über Proteste in Portland, Oregon, berichten. Aktuelle und ehemalige Beamte nannten einen alarmierenden Einsatz eines Regierungssystems, um Informationen über mutmaßliche Terroristen und gewalttätige Akteure auszutauschen.
Oops, sorry. For a second I lost my head and imagined that I, and all of you, had been transported back to Nazi Germany, ergo the requirement to publish this post in, you know, German.
Now that I realize we’re not in Nazi Germany in 1938, but in the United States of America in 2020, here’s an excerpt of the article from The Washington Post in it’s original English.
DHS compiled ‘intelligence reports’ on journalists who published leaked documents
By Shane Harris–July 30, 2020 at 10:57 p.m. EDT
The Department of Homeland Security has compiled “intelligence reports” about the work of American journalists covering protests in Portland, Ore., in what current and former officials called an alarming use of a government system meant to share information about suspected terrorists and violent actors.
Over the past week, the department’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis has disseminated three Open Source Intelligence Reports to federal law enforcement agencies and others, summarizing tweets written by two journalists — a reporter for the New York Times and the editor in chief of the blog Lawfare — and noting they had published leaked, unclassified documents about DHS operations in Portland. The intelligence reports, obtained by The Washington Post, include written descriptions and images of the tweets and the number of times they had been liked or retweeted by others.
Here’s a link to the article:
And, for those who can’t access The Post, a PDF:
Yes folks, the United States of America in 2020. Frankly, this report is so troubling, it might have been preferable to keep it in German.
Before I go, just one additional comment on yesterday’s column, “Hey, here’s an idea – let’s postpone the election!” (https://around-the-block.com/2020/07/30/hey-heres-an-idea-lets-postpone-the-election/).
Now we know where Donald John Trump (I) got the idea. From his dear friend Xi!
There I go again.
The New York Times: Hong Kong Delays Election, Citing Coronavirus.
HONG KONG — The Hong Kong government said on Friday that it would postpone the city’s September legislative election by one year because of the coronavirus pandemic, a decision seen by the pro-democracy opposition as a brazen attempt to thwart its electoral momentum and avoid the defeat of pro-Beijing candidates.
And now this: Earlier this month, Hong Kong police raided a pollster, raising fears of official interference in the voting. Will this be Trump’s next despot-sourced idea????