A Secret Service laptop with information on President Trump and Hillary Clinton has been stolen, CBS News homeland security correspondent Jeff Pegues reports.

According to law enforcement sources, detectives with the New York Police Department are searching for the stolen laptop, which contains contains pages of important and sensitive information.

The sources said some of the documents are important files on Pope Francis. ... [CBS - 17/3/17]



@wikileaks [17/3/17]:  DoJ has expanded the seven year long Obama grand jury against WikiLeaks to include our #Vault7 CIA leak according to Reuters.



@wikileaks [17/3/17]:  Trump to Merkel on Obama's wiretapping "at least we have something in common"



Key Democratic officials now warning base not to expect evidence of Trump/Russia collusion [The Intercept - 17/3/17]:


... For so long, Democrats demonized and smeared anyone trying to inject basic reason, rationality, and skepticism into this Trump/Russia discourse by labeling them all Kremlin agents and Putin lovers.

Just this week, the Center for American Progress released a report using the language of treason to announce the existence of a “Fifth Column” in the U.S. that serves Russia (similar to Andrew Sullivan’s notorious 2001 decree that anyone opposing the war on terror composed an anti-American “Fifth Column”), while John McCain listened to Rand Paul express doubts about the wisdom of NATO further expanding to include Montenegro and then promptly announced: “Paul is working for Vladimir Putin.”

But with serious doubts — and fears — now emerging about what the Democratic base has been led to believe by self-interested carnival barkers and partisan hacks, there is a sudden, concerted effort to rein in the excesses of this story.

With so many people now doing this, it will be increasingly difficult to smear them all as traitors and Russian loyalists, but it may be far too little, too late, given the pitched hysteria that has been deliberately cultivated around these issues for months.

Many Democrats have reached the classic stage of deranged conspiracists where evidence that disproves the theory is viewed as further proof of its existence, and those pointing to it are instantly deemed suspect. ...  



A citizens' group announced plans Wednesday to hold public hearings in North Carolina to highlight a government program they hope won't be repeated: the secret CIA interrogation sites where suspected terrorists might be tortured.

The group of academics, retired military officers and ministers aims to investigate and focus attention on the CIA's "extraordinary rendition" program started after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

The initially secret anti-terrorism program saw suspects captured and sometimes kidnapped, then transferred to locations in countries where they were interrogated and often tortured outside the reach of U.S. law.

The North Carolina Commission of Inquiry on Torture has no power to compel testimony, but members plan to collect records and talk to witnesses before describing their findings in November. ... [Times Colonist - 15/3/17]



Guantanamo exile and Syrian refugee Jihad Diyab makes third attempt to leave Uruguay [terra - 15/3/17]



The Justice Department said Friday that it will temporarily transfer immigration judges to six detention centers mostly near the border with Mexico in an effort to put President Donald Trump's immigration directives into effect.

The department's Executive Office for Immigration Review said the transfers to four locations in Texas and one each in Louisiana and New Mexico will occur Monday.

Judges were previously moved to two immigration detention centers in California. ... [US News - 17/3/17]



Reuters [26/2/15]:


Six former Guantanamo Bay prisoners sent to Uruguay as part of a push by President Barack Obama to close the U.S. military's prison camp in Cuba were "turned halfway into vegetables" during their detention, outgoing President Jose Mujica said on Wednesday.

In an interview four days before his predecessor Tabare Vazquez takes office, Mujica said the six men lacked the strength to learn Spanish and integrate.

"These people are destroyed," Mujica said.

"They could be here for two years and they won't understand a goddamn thing, because even though you want to teach them Spanish, they lack the inner strength, the will to move on with their lives. They have been turned halfway into vegetables."

Mujica, a former leftist guerrilla who was himself jailed during a 1973-85 military dictatorship, has called Guantanamo Bay a "human disgrace."

The six were flown to the South American country for resettlement in December.

One, Jihad Diyab, spent much of his final two years at Guantanamo on hunger strike being force fed, and now suffers sharp back pains which he puts down to his treatment.

The men who are housed in an old property in the center of the coastal capital, Montevideo, have yet to find work or be reunited with their families as they struggle to adapt to their new lives in exile.

"They need to recuperate," said Mujica.

"But I don't know if they will." ...



US Coast Guard forcibly returns 27 Cuban migrants after last Sunday's interdiction [Media Release - 17/3/17]



Cuban migrants file abuse complaint against Mexican officials [teleSUR - 15/3/17]:


A group of Cuban migrants detained in Tapachula, Mexico are filing an official complaint after having suffered abuse from authorities after they staged a hunger strike in protest of their detention.

Local media reported that the migrants filed a complaint against officials of the state of Chiapas' Public Security Department and the National Migration Institute after the incident took place on Friday at the Siglo XXI immigrant detention center.

Many are alleging that they were beaten by authorities that day.

For the hunger strike, many had even sewn their lips shut to demand their release and an end to harassment and extortions of their relatives.

In a separate incident last month, some of the Cubans detained at the center were beaten when they shouted “freedom.” ...



US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrest migrant justice activists in Vermont [Valley News - 17/3/17]



The real Irish American story not taught in schools [ICH - 17/3/17]



The leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland has urged Irish people and those of Irish descent celebrating St. Patrick's Day to remember the plight of migrants.

Archbishop Eamon Martin -- St. Patrick's modern-day successor as Archbishop of Armagh -- used his message for the March 17 feast to recall that St. Patrick was first brought to Ireland as a slave by traffickers.

The Archbishop said that "as Irish people, we cannot think of Patrick without acknowledging the enormous humanitarian and pastoral challenges facing growing numbers of people who find themselves displaced and without status in our world." ... [Catholic News Service - 16/3/17]



Undocumented migrants in Ireland call for regularisation [RTE - 16/3/17]



Dutch Eritreans demonstrate against deportation of Eritrean refugees from Israel [ASSENA.com - 17/3/17]



Face to face with the Eritrean exodus into Ethiopia [IRIN - 16/3/17]



Military attack kills 42 Somali refugees off Yemen's coast [US News - 17/3/17]



A senior U.N. official resigned on Friday over the withdrawal of a report accusing Israel of imposing an "apartheid regime" on Palestinians, saying "powerful member states" pressured the world body and its chief with "vicious attacks and threats."

United Nations Under-Secretary General and Executive Secretary for the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), Rima Khalaf, announced her resignation at a news conference in Beirut after U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres asked for the report to be taken off the ESCWA website.

ESCWA, which comprises 18 Arab states, published the report on Wednesday and said it was the first time a U.N. body had clearly charged that Israel "has established an apartheid regime that dominates the Palestinian people as a whole." ... [Reuters - 17/3/17]



Thai police detain Rohingya refugees trying to escape to Malaysia [The Star - 18/3/17]



UN statement purportedly "expressing concern" over western backed genocide in Myanmar blocked by Russia and China [Yahoo - 18/3/17]



Kofi Annan murmurs things about releasing Rohingya from concentration camps and giving the obedient ones citizenship [Al Jazeera - 17/3/17]



Suspects in assassination of Ko Ni, adviser to National League for Democracy and human rights lawyer, appear in court [ELEVEN - 18/3/17]



Australian academics downplay genocide in Myanmar as a Rohingya trafficking issue that has absolutely nothing to do with us [The Conversation - 17/3/17]



Myanmar: 4 wells to be drilled in 2017 [Our 2017 Priorities - Woodside]



Woodside Energy has appointed former Federal Minister for Resources and Energy Ian Macfarlane as a non-executive director. ... [Pipeliner - 14/11/16]



Jegath Jayasuriya, a former Sri Lankan army commander and the government's current Ambassador to Brazil, is alleged to be complicit in the torture that took place at the Joseph Camp in Vavuniya between August 2007 and mid-July 2009, according to a report released by the International Truth and Justice Project (ITPJ). ... [Tamil Guardian - 18/3/17]



Protests were held internationally in support of Lena Hendry this week – an activist who was convicted in Malaysia for screening “No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka” without the approval of the Malaysian ensorship Board.

A press release issued by International Friends of Lena Hendry, stated that protests were held internationally at various Malaysian embassies such as in London and Zurich on March 9th and in Colombo earlier today. ... [Tamil Guardian - 17/3/17]



Everytime the media and "advocates" single out "good" refugee cases without context, they are helping the Australian government condemn 1,000s.


Dutton uses arbitrary powers to grant Mojgan another temporary reprieve.  Australia's anti-refugee policy continues unopposed and unscrutinised. ---> An Iranian asylum seeker who faced the risk of being returned to immigration detention has been granted a temporary lifeline to allow her to stay in Australia.

Mojgan Shamsalipoor, 23, has been living in limbo with her visa set to expire on Tuesday, March 21.

But in a meeting with immigration officials today, Ms Shamsalipoor was granted a new three-month bridging visa, which allows her to live and work in the community.

This is the second time her visa has been renewed since she was released from immigration detention in September last year. ... [ABC - 17/3/17]



Blood on all their hands ---> Media and "advocates" embrace one man from Syria as Australia's anti-refugee policy continues unopposed and unscrutinised:


... and here's a link to the powerful interview with @rifaietammas with @eleanorhall1 from @amworldtodaypm ... @OzRefugeeCounc [16/3/17]



A Syrian man who was repatriated from Manus Island by the Federal Government has been injured and his father killed during shelling on his village. ... [ABC - 20/10/15]



The lengths to which the Australian immigration department has gone to facilitate the repatriation of traumatised Syrian asylum seekers detained in offshore detention centres has been extensively revealed in departmental emails obtained under freedom of information laws. ... [Guardian - 19/8/14]



Men face deportation after 4 years illegal imprisonment and sham "assessment" on Manus Island - Australian media, Amnesty, UNHCR, Refugee Council of Australia etc silent [RNZI - 17/3/17]



RNZI [16/3/17]:


A lawyer trying to find a legal solution for a group of more than 700 refugees, non-refugees and asylum seekers being held on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea says the case has become highly politicised.

The men are seeking damages for the violation of their constitutional rights after the country's Supreme Court last year ordered the closure of the Australia offshore detention camps on Manus in which they were being held.

They are also seeking a return to Australia or relocation to a third country other than PNG that is willing to take them.

Their lawyer Ben Lomai however said he had come to believe the courts would not be able to help them as the issue was highly politicised.

"I am calling on the Australian government to now talk to Papua New Guinea and work out a political solution to this. We can't leave all these people there for an indefinite period."

"As I understand the US Homeland Security were here doing some assessments for themselves but in the meantime Australia and PNG must also look at ways in which they can be able to resolve this. And they must resolve it quickly," he said.


Outsourced US Homeland Security summer vacation clerks inspect and interrogate illegally held prisoners on Manus Island as part of ongoing fictional Obama-Australia "deal" sideshow [ABC - 14/2/17]


... “When refugees asked RSC (Resettlement Support Centre) company officers, they don’t give them any useful information. 

“There is no assurance that they will reunite with their families and it’s very worrying .” [The National - 2/3/17]


"They killed Reza Barati, Hamid Kehazaei, Faysal Ishak and they are trying to kill us":  Australia's political prisoners on Manus Island say "US deal" fake news [RNZI - 24/1/17]


The court case regarding compensation and relocation matters is set down for a directions hearing on the 21 March, that is Tuesday next week, and Mr Lomai is anticipating a trial to commence after Easter the next sitting dates for PNG's Supreme Court being from the 24 to 28 of April.



No details on the Senate website yet, but there's another hearing scheduled for next Monday evening [20/3/17] ---> Serious allegations of abuse, self-harm and neglect of asylum seekers in relation to the Nauru Regional Processing Centre, and any like allegations in relation to the Manus Regional Processing Centre. [i.e. Banality of evil.]



LNP senators didn't even bother attending.  ALP senators pretended litany of refugee "deterrence" atrocities aren't their policy.  McKim useless. [Senate Hansard - 15/3/17]




18 March 2017