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'Bachelor in Paradise' contestant says the scandal cost him his job and video will clear his name

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DeMario Jackson, the “Bachelor in Paradise” contestant accused of sexual assaulting a female cast member, suggests tapes from the alleged incident will clear his name.

“My character has been assassinated, my family name has been drug through the mud,” Jackson told “Inside Edition” for a segment to air on Thursday. “The only thing I want is for the truth to come out. I feel like the truth will be able to come out in those videos.”

Jackson’s interview with the newsmagazine show echoes his official statement released on Wednesday, in which he called claims that he sexually assaulted Corinne Olympios when she was too intoxicated “false” and “malicious.” “Bachelor” cameras were reportedly rolling as the alleged incident took place. He also said that he has sought out legal counsel.

Jackson told “Inside Edition” that the scandal has cost him his job as an executive recruiter, but he doesn’t blame anyone for what’s happened.

“I don’t blame anyone right now, all I want [are] the tapes,” he said in addition to asking for privacy for himself and his family.

Olympios also released a statement on Wednesday. The alleged victim announced that she had hired famed attorney Marty Singer to represent her and said she had very little memory of what occurred that night, adding, “I’m a victim.”

Currently, production on the show has been suspended pending Warner Horizon’s investigation into the incident as a result of a complaint filed by a producer. The incident occurred on the show’s first day of taping on Sunday, June 4.

Watch Jackson’s interview with “Inside Edition” below:

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Democratic congressmen say they are getting calls saying 'you guys are next'

Several Democratic lawmakers say they have received threats following the shooting at a Republican baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia on Wednesday.

Republican House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot by 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson during an early-morning practice for a congressional baseball game. Along with Scalise, four other people were injured in the shooting. Hodgkinson was a fierce Bernie Sanders supporter and called President Donald Trump a “traitor,” but his exact motive for the shooting has not been established.

As Democratic members of Congress were getting briefed on the developing situation, some have gotten calls saying “you guys are next,” Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragan of California told Buzzfeed News.

Barragan said that several Democratic lawmakers also got calls on their personal cell phones, including one to a lawmaker who was not a member of their party’s baseball team. While Barragan was not one of the members to receive such a call, she said that others she would not name got calls saying “you Democrats, you Democrats.”

Buzzfeed reporter Adrian Carrasquillo tweeted that another Democratic congressman also told him that he saw alt-right groups posting comments saying the Democrats were next online.

But it’s not just Democrats. Rep. Claudia Tenney, a New York Republican, also got a threatening email saying, “One down, 216 to go,” Spectrum News reporter Nick Reisman tweeted.

According to Buzzfeed, several Democratic leaders confirmed that there have been more threats coming their way from both before and after the shooting and that they were now pressing for increased security for the members.

“We are public officials, part of our shtick is to draw attention to ourselves so we will always be mindful of [the danger of that],” Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley told Buzzfeed News. “But I am more concerned about the safety of my staff.”

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How a chain of text messages led to one teen's death and another one's trial

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When two teenagers started exchanging text messages, they probably didn’t expect them to be read by anybody but themselves.

But after the string of texts led to the one teen’s suicide, months worth of deeply disturbing messages are now being aired publicly in a Massachusetts courtroom.

Michelle Carter, 20, is charged with involuntary manslaughter after sending hundreds of texts that the prosecution says encouraged her 17-year-old boyfriend Conrad Roy III to kill himself in 2014. It will be up to a judge to determine whether she is legally responsible for his death by the end of this week.

Here is the chain of events that led up to the trial:

  • In 2012, Carter and Roy were both teenagers when they met while taking family vacations in Florida. Both lived in Massachusetts and, at the end of their holiday, started talking to each other over Facebook and text.
  • In October 2012, Roy’s parents divorced and he attempted to commit suicide. Court evidence found that Roy had been both physically and verbally abused and once referred to himself as “no-good trash” and “an abortion.”
  • While Carter also struggled with body image and severe anxiety, court experts described her as more positive than Roy. She would regularly listen to him as he shared his worries. In 2014, she wrote to a friend that she was “kinda going thru my own stuff but if I leave him he will probably kill himself and it would be all my fault.”
  • By July 2014, Carter switched from taking Prozac to Celexa for her anxiety and, according to a court psychiatrist, also shifted in her communications with Roy. “She’s thinking it’s a good thing to help him die,” psychiatrist Peter R. Breggin told The New York Times.
  • In the two weeks before Roy killed himself, Carter continued to send him lengthy texts. In one, she told him that he was strong enough to go along with it while adding that “everyone will be sad for a while but they will get over it and move on.”
  • Carter even wrote Roy possibilities of how he could kill himself, writing one could “hang yourself, jump off a building, stab yourself idk there’s a lot of ways.”
  • On July 10, Carter started texting Roy about how he could use the car generator of his pickup truck to commit suicide. At the same time, she was texting her friends that Roy had gone missing while still talking to him.
  • In the next two days, Carter would send Roy multiple texts saying he “just had to do it” and spoke to him by phone before texting another friend that Roy had gotten out of the car because he got scared and she “told him to get back in.”
  • On July 12, 2014, Roy died inside his car from carbon monoxide poisoning. He was found by the police the next day.
  • In the coming weeks, Carter organized a fundraising tournament in Roy’s honor and started calling herself a suicide prevention advocate trying to “save as many other lives as possible.”
  • As police started investigating the events that led up to Roy’s suicide, Carter was charged with involuntary manslaughter on March 5, 2015.
  • On June 6, 2017, lawyers presented opening statements in the trial, with Carter having waived her right to a trial by jury.
  • If the judge finds Carter responsible for helping Roy kill himself, she could face up to 20 years in prison.

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The Supreme Court just struck down a law favoring mothers over fathers in children’s citizenship cases

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The Supreme Court struck down on Monday a provision of a law that made it more difficult for unmarried fathers to pass their American citizenship onto kids born overseas.

In an unanimous 8-0 ruling, the Court decided that a section of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 — which required unwed American fathers to live in the US for at least five years after the age of 14 in order to grant citizenship to their kids, compared to only one for mothers — was unconstitutional.

 

“Those disparate criteria, we hold, cannot withstand inspection under a Constitution that requires the Government to respect the equal dignity and stature of its male and female citizens,” Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote in the court’s opinion.

In the case, New York resident Luis Ramon Morales-Santana, who was born to a now-deceased American father and a Dominican mother, risked being deported to the Dominican Republic after committing a series of crimes in 1995.

Morales-Santana, who came to the US in 1975 as a lawful permanent resident, claimed that he was a US citizen because of his father. Though his father was an American citizen, he lived in the US for 20 days less than the five-year residency requirement.

Speaking for the rest of the court, Ginsburg wrote that such discrepancies came from a time when the husband was considered to be “dominant” while the mother was “the natural and sole guardian of a non-marital child.

The one-year residency requirement will now apply to both mothers and fathers looking to grant citizenship to their kids.

Despite striking down the section of the law, the Court said that it could not grant Morales-Santana citizenship and that would have to be decided by Congress.

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Inside Spain's quiet fight on the frontline of Europe's war on terror

Police officers patrol at Puerta del Sol square ahead of New Year's celebrations in central Madrid, Spain, December 31, 2016.

While geographically distant from the battlegrounds of Iraq and Syria, Spain has still become a focal point for terrorism-related activity because of its history and position between North Africa and Western Europe.

In the years since the devastating 2004 train attacks in Madrid — the deadliest attack in Europe so far this century — Spain has intensified efforts to uncover, monitor, and disrupt terrorist activity and plots — though such networks have been resilient.

Terrorism is not new in Spain. Starting in 1961, the ETA, a Basque separatist movement, launched hundreds of attacks around the country, killing more than 800 civilians and security personnel. (The ETA announced the end of its armed campaign in 2011.)

But prior to the March 2004 train bombings, carried out by Al Qaeda, Spanish authorities gave little attention to Islamist terrorism.

Imad Eddin Barakat, one of the founders of Al Qaeda in Spain, was able to see off fighters bound for Bosnia or Chechnya from the capital’s Barajas airport, according to El Pais. And he was able to greet wounded fighters in Madrid when they returned, shepherding them to state-run hospitals for treatment.

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Since then, Spanish security forces have led the continent in their anti-terrorism efforts. They have made more than 700 arrests, and dozens of convictions have yielded 120 prisoners and no attacks since March 2004.

This record has been secured in part by proactive measures as well as domestic factors. Hundreds of agents from the country’s Civil Guard, National Police, and National Intelligence Center cull social-media networks, investigate domestic activity, recruit informants, and research ISIS and other groups like it.

In comparison to other European countries, in Spain, “The Muslim community and the level of radicalization are not the same, xenophobia has not taken hold, and the risk is proportionate to the number of combatants who have traveled to Syria or Iraq,” a police chief told El Pais. “In our case there are very few.”

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Another analyst attributed it to a variety of factors as well.

“Here we don’t have ghettos as they do in France. The integration of the Muslim population is greater, and there is an incipient second generation.” (Though members of this second generation with extremist leanings may find it easier to obscure their activities.)

At present, police in Spain are monitoring over 1,000 people, while courts there are investigating 259 people, and 500 phones are being tapped, according to information seen by El Pais.

But terrorism and related activities continue to be thwarted in Spain, particularly recruiting and logistical support. The North African exclaves of Melilla and Ceuta are a locus for this activity.

When six suspects were arrested in Ceuta in early 2015, the country’s interior ministry said they were “prepared physically as well as mentally for jihad.”

Melilla is only 12 square kilometers in size but has five security agencies operating within it, including Morocco’s General Directorate for Territorial Surveillance and Israel’s Mossad (though some Spanish officials regard the Moroccans warily).

“Between people from Morocco and Melilla, including targets and associates, we have 400 people on the radar, although that’s not to say that they are all potential terrorists,” one Civil Guard officer told El Pais.

Masked Spanish National Police officers detain a man suspected to be a member of an Islamist militant cell in Melilla March 14, 2014. REUTERS/Jesus Blasco de Avellaneda

In Ceuta, where 600 people of interest are located, the challenges of monitoring suspects on the country’s fringes comes to the fore.

“They take a lot of security measures and when they cross the border we lose track of them,” one officer told El Pais. That the North African exclaves are frequently the site of mass border-crossing attempts by migrants no doubt complicates the task.

In total, 150 people have traveled from Ceuta and Melilla, as well as Spain’s two largest cities, Madrid and Barcelona, to fight in Syria. While the conditions and locations of the exclaves makes Islamist activity more likely, officials have downplayed the likelihood of attacks.

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Barcelona and Madrid, however, present target-rich environments.

The Catalan capital has a long history of radical Islamism.

Between 1996 and 2013, nearly 29% of people sentenced for jihadist-related terrorism offenses were arrested in the Barcelona province.

Madrid has also been on high alert over the last few years in response to attacks elsewhere in Europe.

In December, authorities in northern Spain apprehended suspect believed to be plotting a Christmastime truck attack in the capital, similar to the deadly incidents in Nice, France, and Berlin.

ISIS, relatively new to the jihadi scene, has also presented challenges for Spanish authorities.

The terrorist group has seized on Spain’s long history of Muslim presence, which stems from Umayyad caliphate’s eighth-century expansion there and the efforts of European monarchs to recapture it over the next 700 years.

“Oh dear Al Andalus,” a French member of the group said in a video released in early 2016, using an Arabic name for Spanish territory. “You thought that we had forgotten you … no!”

“No Muslim can forget Cordoba, Toledo or Xativa,” he said in the video, which also featured him executing five prisoners. “Al Andalus, have patience … you are not Spanish or Portuguese but Muslim.”

A string of arrests over the last two years illustrates how ISIS’ rise has come to color terrorism-related activity — recruitment as well as logistics — going on in Spain.

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In early 2015, police arrested eight suspected members of a jihadi cell believe to be plotting attacks and recruiting for groups like ISIS. In August 2015, police in Spain and Morocco arrested 14 people suspected of planning attacks in those two countries and of sending fighters to join ISIS in the Middle East.

In February 2016, nationwide raids yielded seven arrests in Spain, breaking up a suspected ISIS cell responsible for sending goods to support fighters in Iraq and Syria. In April 2016, police stopped a couple linked to ISIS before they could go to Morocco with their son. In September, Spanish police arrested several people accused of promoting ISIS and acting as go-betweens for the group in Europe.

That was followed by a flurry of arrests in November, including four people in Ceuta suspected of trying to recruit children for ISIS, and four people in mainland Spain suspected of running a people-smuggling network that could have brought ISIS members to Europe.

In April this year, Spanish police arrested nine people with possible ties to recent deadly attacks in France and Belgium. A day later, police arrested two men suspected of recruiting for the terrorist group and of helping fighters travel back to Europe.

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An early 2015 report also indicated that Spain had long been a major finance hub for terrorists in Syria and Iraq, using a network of businesses to transfer money. The network made use of the informal and hard-to-track hawala system, which facilitates transfers without physically moving the money.

At the time, the network of hawala dealers in Spain was also reportedly used to pay jihadists from the country who had gone to Syria. “We hadn’t seen anything like this since the Afghan War,” an one intelligence agent said at the time. “Not only do they recruit fighters here but they are also receiving money from here.”

In addition to finance, investigations in early 2016 linked shipping activity in Spain to groups supporting ISIS and other groups, like the Al Qaeda-affiliated Al Nusra. The groups were mainly shipping used clothes, but also weapons and other material, to Syria and Iraq under the guise of humanitarian aid.

It also marked the first time Spain-based groups were found to be involved in logistical support, rather than just recruitment.

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Muslim communities in Spain have not only praised authorities’ efforts to disrupt terrorist activities, but they also called for more work to address underlying conditions that push people toward extremism — like poverty and insecurity that push youths in Ceuta’s heavily Muslim neighborhoods toward radicalization.

“The police are doing things well, with recruitment slowing down,” Laarbi Mateis, the secretary of the Islamic Commission in Ceuta, told El Pais. “But all of the efforts are related to security and not to education. We need social measures.”

Though Spain has avoided deadly Islamist attacks since the 2004 train bombings, authorities there admit the risk of another attack is high, but they’re confident in their methods.

“We don’t leave a single face without investigation,” Dolores Delgado, public prosecutor coordinator for terrorism cases at the Spanish High Court, told El Pais. “We could miss something, of course, but we’re always very clear what we are looking for. I believe we are at the forefront.”

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Colombia is closing in on the leaders of its biggest gang, but they're retaliating by copying Pablo Escobar

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Colombia’s peace process with the left-wing rebel group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, is stumbling forward.

FARC rebels recently announced they had turned in 30% of their weapons, but the deadline for those turnovers, originally the end of May, has been extended by 20 days because of construction delays and other issues hindering the demobilization process.

As the FARC leaves the battlefield, a number of problems have cropped up.

Production of coca, the main ingredient in cocaine, is up considerably for a variety of reasons. Violence in certain parts of the country has continued or increased as well, as criminal groups and dissident rebel factions jockey for control of territory vacated by the FARC.

The Colombian government has tried to crack down on the groups driving the killing, but they’ve put police and the military under fire in a style reminiscent of Pablo Escobar, adding to the body count.

Chief among those groups is Los Urabeños, also known as the Gulf clan, the most powerful of Colombia’s third-generation criminal groups and likely the only one with a truly national reach.

Colombia has dispatched 1,000 officers to scour northwest Colombia, often in Black Hawk helicopters. The government says it’s closing in on the group’s 45-year-old leader, Dario Antonio Usuga, aka Otoniel, who reportedly has to change locations every three hours. (Otoniel, however, has eluded capture for years.)

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“We have him within striking distance,” Jose Angel Mendoza, head of the anti-narcotics police division, told AFP earlier this month. “He has had to run for it at the last second, more than once.”

Colombian officials have dropped leaflets offering a reward for information about Otoniel from helicopters over northwestern Antioquia, the gang’s home turf whose capital, Medellin, was once the redoubt of Pablo Escobar’s eponymous cartel.

The US State Department has offered a $5 million reward based on a 2009 indictment in a New York court, calling Los Urabeños “a heavily armed, extremely violent criminal organization comprised of former members of terrorist organizations.” Colombian authorities have offered a reward of nearly $7,000 for information on the killings.

Police also say they’ve killed 52 of the gang’s leaders this year and arrested 1,300 of its members. The effort has reportedly reduced the gang to 1,500 members — half its size in 2010.

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But Los Urabeños is fighting back.

Taking a page from Escobar’s playbook, the gang — responsible for 70% of the cocaine production in Colombia, which produced 646 metric tons of the drug in 2015 — is targeting the police, cutting down officers in the streets in a campaign reminiscent of Escobar’s vicious fight against the state in the early 1990s.

Targeted killings of police date back to March, and have been attributed in part to the National Liberation Army, another left-wing rebel group present in the country.

Los Urabeños appears to be responsible for many of the more recent police killings. During May, Los Urabeños gave out leaflets calling for the killing of police, and police-intelligence officials believe the group is offering nearly $700 for each death. Police have said the killings are in retaliation for law-enforcement action against the group.

Eleven police were killed throughout May, most of them on patrol. The killings have taken place around the country but mainly in the north around Antioquia and along the Panamanian border.

The killing spree has been compared to the “pistol plan,” a campaign devised by Escobar to put pressure on the government in the early 1990s. Even the governor of Antioquia, Luis Perez, has drawn a comparison between the current violence and that of Escobar’s time.

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Escobar leveraged the networks of corruption he had established in Medellin to suss out the identities of officers sent to the city to dismantle his organization, killing dozens of them on the street or in front of their families. By the end of 1992, Escobar upped the ante by offering a $2,000 bounty for Medellin cops.

Not content with shootings, Escobar dispatched car bombs; a massive one exploded outside a stadium in the city on December 2, killing 10 police and three civilians. At the end of the month, authorities found another massive car bomb outside the national police’s provincial headquarters.

By the time Escobar himself was gunned down in December 1993, hundreds of Colombian police had been slain.

“In Colombia, every time a criminal group turns to killing police, they do it as a desperate measure,” Vice President Oscar Naranjo, who battled the nation’s drug cartels as national police chief, told the Associated Press in May.

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State pressure on Los Urabeños has intensified as well. In late May, the national police reported arresting 35 members of the gang who were involved in police killings.

Around the same time, Colombian authorities reported capturing a gang leader known as “El Boyaco,” who is suspected of financing the campaign against police.

While Escobar was not a rebel or an insurgent, his campaign did have the political objective of getting the government to relent in its efforts to capture or kill his cartel’s members and to secure an agreement not to extradite them to the US. The FARC, both insurgents and traffickers, had designs on remaking Colombia’s political system.

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Los Urabeños don’t appear to have aspirations for their deadly campaign beyond getting the police off their backs.

“Unlike what we have seen in the past, these groups don’t have defined political objectives,” Jorge Restrepo, director of the Conflict Analysis Resource Center in Bogota, told the AP.

Despite police success in capturing or killing its leaders, however, the gang appears to be extending its reach in Colombia’s prime trafficking territory, and continued seizures of large quantities of cocaine — like 6 metric tons of it seized in April in what was then Colombia’s third-largest bust ever — indicate the gang still has the ability to move vast amounts of the drugs.

Los Urabeños’ deadly campaign has fallen far short of the one mounted by Escobar, but for the Colombians affected by it, more drug-related bloodshed underscores the emptiness of the peace promised by the FARC’s demobilization.

“Look how everything is,” Jennifer Macias, who police-officer husband was gunned down in May, weeks after his 35th birthday, told the AP. “The peace is useless.”

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Trump remained surprisingly quiet throughout Comey's blockbuster hearing

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As the ousted FBI director wrapped up his blockbuster testimony on Capitol Hill on Thursday, the characteristically outspoken president who fired him started speaking at a religious event a few miles away.

During his roughly 40-minute speech at the Faith and Freedom conference on Thursday, President Donald Trump didn’t mention James Comey.

Trump stayed on message and spoke of his administration’s accomplishments so far and highlighted goals for the future such as passing an infrastructure bill, cutting taxes, and repealing the Affordable Care Act. Trump’s speech fit into his administration’s planned “infrastructure week,” which was meant to showcase an important part of the president’s agenda amid Comey’s testimony.

Even before Trump took the stage at the conference, his Twitter account remained silent as Comey testified. (His son Donald Trump Jr., meanwhile, live-tweeted it.)

Politico had reported Wednesday that Trump’s advisers were keeping him busy Thursday morning to keep him from attacking Comey before his hearing in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

At the hearing, Comey said the Trump administration tried to “defame” him and the FBI by spreading “lies” after the president fired him May 9. Most of the testimony centered on Comey’s interactions with Trump leading up to his abrupt firing.

A source close to Trump told Reuters on Thursday morning that the president disputed two key points Comey made in the prepared, written remarks Comey submitted for the record on Wednesday — that Trump asked him to “let go” of the FBI investigation into his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and that Trump asked for his loyalty.

Comey underlined these points as he answered senators’ questions in the nearly three-hour hearing Thursday, adding that he took meticulous notes after every interaction with Trump because Comey “was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of” their meeting.

In his speech at the conference, Trump did allude to attacks he believed he and his supporters were under.

“We’re under siege … but we will come out bigger and better and stronger than ever,” Trump said. “We will not back down from doing what is right … We know how to fight, and we will never give up.”

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Here's what you need to know about James Comey's testimony before Congress on Thursday

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Former FBI Director James Comey will testify at a highly anticipated Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Thursday.

President Donald Trump abruptly fired Comey last month, a move that kickstarted a series of explosive news reports on the events that had led up to the ouster, including allegations that Trump asked Comey to pledge his loyalty and end his investigation into Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser.

The committee posted Comey’s prepared testimony to its website Wednesday afternoon, and it includes a segment confirming that Comey wrote up a memo documenting that Trump had asked for his loyalty in January as the two ate dinner alone at the White House.

Both Democrats and Republicans are awaiting answers on whether Comey had evidence that Trump’s campaign had colluded with Russian officials during last year’s presidential election, and are expected to ask for details regarding previous interactions between Comey and Trump.

Comey’s testimony will follow another Senate Intelligence Committee hearing that occurred Wednesday morning, which featured Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers.

The men were testifying on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), but the hearing on several occasions veered into Comey’s firing, as well as the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in last year’s presidential election.

When is the hearing?

Comey will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee in an open session at 10 a.m. ET on Thursday, June 8.

It should last at least a couple hours. His previous marathon testimonies have spanned four hours or more.

Where can I watch it?

Business Insider will be streaming the hearing on Facebook Live. You can also tune in on the Senate video page here.

All the major networks (ABC, NBC, and CBS) will interrupt their usual programming to broadcast the hearing, and all the cable news channels (C-SPAN, CNBC, MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News) will carry it as well.

Who’s participating?

There are 15 members of the bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee, and they run the gamut in terms of their spot on the political spectrum.

Republicans such as chairman Richard Burr of North Carolina and moderate Susan Collins of Maine have already been pegged as senators to watch, as well as frequent Trump critic Marco Rubio of Florida and Trump supporter John Cornyn of Texas.

On the Democratic side, Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon is a prominent Comey critic but opposed his firing, and Kamala Harris of California has been a particularly vocal critic of the Trump administration.

What will Comey say?

Comey’s prepared testimony has already been posted to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s website. Read his remarks below:

It’s unclear what questions Comey will answer. He has already spoken with newly appointed special counsel Robert Mueller — who has taken over the FBI’s Russia investigation — regarding his testimony, and Comey will likely not divulge any new information on the probe, his associates told Politico.

Instead, Comey’s testimony will mostly revolve around his own conversations with Trump. “[Comey] wants to correct the record, from is point of view, on certain things the president and his aides have said,” one Comey associate told Politico.

What will Trump be doing?

Trump is set to give a speech to religious conservatives at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority” conference during Comey’s testimony, but The Washington Post’s Robert Costa reported that Trump “may” also live tweet the hearing before or after his speech “if he feels the need to respond” to Comey’s remarks.

When Trump was asked on Tuesday about Comey’s upcoming hearing, the president said, “I wish him luck.”

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The London terror attack shows counterterrorism policy needs a major reboot

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On Saturday night, three terrorists drove a white rental van to London Bridge and began mowing down pedestrians. They proceeded to a nearby market to continue their attack with knives while wearing fake explosive vests to add to the fear and chaos. By the time the attackers were fatally shot by police, they’d murdered seven people and injured about two dozen more. The violence was claimed by the Islamic State the next day, though it remains unclear whether ISIS had any real contact or merely ideological simpatico with the three men.

As the investigation into this horrific crime continues in Britain, here across the pond, the London Bridge attack occasions a fresh examination of the United States’ approach to the war on terror: Is what we’re doing working? Does it keep us safe? Is our counter-terror strategy effectively defensive?

The basic bipartisan assumption in Washington for the past decade and half has been that the best way to stop terrorism is an interventionist, military-first foreign policy. In this approach—accepted with surface variation but little fundamental difference by three consecutive administrations—the U.S. pursues a strategy of preemptive military strikes against terrorist targets and oppressive regimes across the greater Mideast, following them with expensive, long-term nation-building obligations that often re-escalate into military action as new unsavories arise in the power vacuums those very strikes help create. On the home front, meanwhile, Americans are asked to accept as the price of security enormous national debt and an expansive surveillance state that runs afoul of constitutional privacy and speech protections.

After 16 years, it is impossible to argue Washington’s approach is working.

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Though still statistically rare as compared to decades past and other regions of the world today, terror attacks are clearly on an upward trend in the West. Before London, it was Manchester. Before Manchester, Stockholm. Before Stockholm, the Berlin Christmas market. Before Berlin, London again. The list is grim and growing.

This rise in terror attacks coincides with an increasingly frenetic U.S. foreign policy defined by increased military intervention at massive cost to the American taxpayer. Washington has already spent or promised some $12 trillion on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan alone—while expanding unauthorized engagements of at best debatable value in Syria, Libya, Yemen, Pakistan, and Somalia. In Syria, for example, U.S. military action continues apace despite a no-win situation in which America has little to gain and much to lose. Ditto Yemen, where the U.S. is playing second fiddle to a Saudi-led intervention with appalling humanitarian ramifications and counterproductive security outcomes.

Review this foreign policy in toto and it is evident the conventional political wisdom isn’t wise at all. It is costly and detrimental, an enormous drain on limited counter-terror resources that seeks to apply external military solutions to internal political problems of the Middle East. This is not the path to stability, let alone peace.

To answer our initial questions: It is not working. It does not keep us safe. It is not effectively defensive.

The diagnosis of domestic counter-terror policy is no better. That expansive surveillance state is largely an exercise in futility, as would-be terrorists are lost in a swarm of useless data about innocent Americans.

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“The intelligence community has never made a compelling case that bulk collection stops terrorism,” notes Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), who introduced the PATRIOT Act back in 2001 but has since become skeptical of the spying architecture it created. Rather, he added, the “bigger haystack makes it harder to find the needle.” This leaves intelligence agencies bogged down in a flood of irrelevancies, missing useful details more mundane (and constitutional) detective work would catch.

The “lone wolf” terrorists—those, like the London Bridge attackers, who typically have a mere digital connection to ISIS and its fellows—can thus escape notice until it is too late. Big Data obscures their plots, and their independence and sheer physical distance make them generally impervious to the circumstances of their Mideast inspirations.

Politicians from both parties frequently respond to lone wolf terror by recommending further U.S. military action, but this facile suggestion would have no practical effect on the type of violence we saw in London this weekend. ISIS is losing territory, and fast—but that did nothing to stop three men armed with knives and a van.

Ill-considered military intervention can exacerbate the lone wolf problem. Though ISIS “is clearly weakened on the ground,” writes Hassan Hassan at Foreign Policy, “the nature of the losses it is suffering has strengthened its legitimacy” among supporters. And, even “where armed intervention has achieved a semblance of tactical success—the ousting of some unsavory dictator, for example—it has yielded neither reconciliation nor willing submission nor even sullen compliance,” explains Ret. Col. Andrew Bacevich, a military historian, at The Boston Globe. “Instead, intervention typically serves to aggravate, inciting further resistance. Rather than putting out the fires of radicalism, we end up feeding them.”

After London, the need for a new approach is palpable. At home and abroad, Washington’s bellicose security strategy post-9/11 has shown itself a consistent, expensive, and dangerous failure.

Of course, there are no easy answers to a problem as grave as terrorism, but rejecting the discredited interventionism of recent years ought not be controversial. In its place, as Bacevich has argued, should be a new realism endowed with “a sober appreciation for recent miscalculations” that have proved incapable of producing “promised results [of] disorder curbed, democracy promoted, human rights advanced, terrorism suppressed.” Our guiding values must not be reflexive military action nor misguided hopes of remaking the world in America’s image. Rather, our foreign policy should be guided by realism, prudence, and diplomatic common sense.

Bonnie Kristian is a fellow at Defense Priorities. She is a weekend editor at The Week and a columnist at Rare, and her writing has also appeared at Time Magazine, CNN, Politico, Relevant Magazine, The Hill, and The American Conservative, among other outlets.

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ACLU says it plans to use Trump's tweets on travel ban in its Supreme Court argument

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The ACLU said on Twitter Monday that it would use President Donald Trump’s latest series of tweets about the travel ban in ongoing court battles against the ban.

After the London terrorist attack that killed seven people on Saturday, Trump took to Twitter to renew calls for his executive order to ban travel from six majority-Muslim countries.

“People, the lawyers and the courts can call it whatever they want, but I am calling it what we need and what it is, a TRAVEL BAN!” Trump tweeted on Monday morning.

He had tweeted that the US needs “the travel ban as an extra level safety” a few days before.

Federal courts have blocked Trump’s travel restrictions at every turn since his administration rolled them out in late January, just days after Trump took office.

Late last month, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, refused to reinstate the revised immigration order. Chief Judge Roger L. Gregory argued for the majority that discriminatory statements Trump made about Muslims on the campaign trail revealed “his intent, if elected, to ban Muslims from the United States.”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said last week that the Justice Department will ask the Supreme Court to review the case.

The ACLU, which frequently speaks out against Trump’s travel ban in courts, said on Twitter that it may use Trump’s tweets about the ban in its argument at the Supreme Court.

Earlier this week, the ACLU responded to Trump’s tweets, saying the organization is “glad we both agree the ban is a ban.” In the past, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that the order called for a vetting system rather than a ban.

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