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The price of campus protests is in the millions for some schools

Nov 12, 2017 — Circa


Obama was called for jury duty and he plans to go

Oct 29, 2017 — Circa

Former President Barack Obama will be reporting for jury duty in Chicago next month.

Cook County Chief Judge Tim Evans announced Friday that Obama, who owns a home in Chicago and is also registered to vote there, will serve in November.—More…


The brother of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock was arrested on child porn charges

Oct 25, 2017 — Circa

The brother of Las Vegas mass shooter Stephen Paddock has been arrested in North Hollywood, California for child pornography, authorities confirmed to Fox 11.

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) on Wednesday said that Bruce Paddock was taken into custody around 7 a.m. local time that morning at an assisted living center on Laurel Canyon Boulevard.— More…


A US consulting firm with ties to the Clintons lobbied on behalf of Russia’s nuclear giant

Oct 20, 2017 — Circa

A Russian company, whose former executive was the target of an FBI investigation and who admitted to corrupt payments to influence the awarding of contracts with the Russian state-owned nuclear energy corporation, paid millions of dollars in consulting fees to an American firm in 2010 and 2011 to lobby the U.S. regulatory agencies and assist the Russians, who would go on to acquire twenty percent of American uranium, according to court documents, a former FBI informant and extensive interviews with law enforcement sources.

Roughly $3 million in payments from 2010 to 2011 were made to APCO Worldwide Inc. The firm also provided in kind pro-bono services to Bill Clinton’s foundation, the Clinton Global Initiative, services they begin 2007, according to APCO officials who spoke with Circa and press releases from the company. In 2010, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was part of the Obama administration board that would eventually approve the sale of U.S. uranium supply to a Russian company.—More…


A former FBI agent battling Deputy Director McCabe said there is a ‘cancer’ inside the FBI

Sep 18, 2017 — Circa

When the FBI launched an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, one of the bureau’s top former counterterrorism agents believed that FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe would have to recuse himself from the investigation.

Former Supervisory Special Agent Robyn Gritz was one of the bureau’s top intelligence analysts and terrorism experts but resigned from the bureau five years ago after she said she was harassed and her career was blocked by top FBI management. She filed a formal sexual discrimination complaint against the bureau in 2013 and it was Flynn, among many others, who publicly came to her aide.—More…


Ex-intel contractor sues Comey, alleging FBI covered up mass civil liberties violations

Jun 7, 2017 — Circa

A former U.S. intelligence contractor has sued fired FBI Director James Comey and other current and ex-government officials, alleging the bureau has covered up evidence provided to agents showing widespread illegal spying on Americans.

The suit, filed late Monday night by Dennis Montgomery, was assigned to the same federal judge who has already ruled that some of the National Security Agency’s collection of data on Americans violates the U.S. Constitution’s Fourth Amendment, setting up an intriguing legal proceeding in the nation’s capital this summer.—More…


Trump called for a Justice Department probe into the ‘alleged leaks’ on the UK bombing

May 25, 2017 — Circa

The White House released a statement in which President Trump called the “alleged leaks” coming out of government agencies “deeply troubling.”

“These leaks have been going on for a long time and my Administration will get to the bottom of this,” the statement read. “The leaks of sensitive information pose a grave threat to our national security.”—More…


A Russian oligarch is suing the AP over its reporting on his ties to Paul Manafort

May 17, 2017 — Circa

A Russian aluminum magnate is suing the Associated Press for libel over its reporting on his relationship with former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Politico reported.

Oleg Deripaska’s lawyers filed the suit in federal court in Washington on Monday, claiming that the CEO of the Russian firm RUSAL was defamed by a story from March concerning business ties between himself and Manafort.  —More…


Bangladesh prime minister says Clinton personally pressured her to help foundation donor

May 11, 2017 — Circa

WATCH | An update on Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s conversation with Hillary Clinton over Dr. Muhammad Yunus’ removal from Grameen Bank.

While secretary of state, Hillary Clinton made a personal call to pressure Bangladesh’s prime minister to aid a donor to her husband’s charitable foundation despite federal ethics laws that require government officials to recuse themselves from matters that could impact their spouse’s business.—More..


Obama administration underreported number of Americans who were unmasked by NSA in 2016

May 10, 2017 — Circa

The Obama administration made history during the 2016 election by releasing statistics for the first time showing how many times government officials sought to unmask the names of Americans captured in accidental National Security Agency intercepts. There was just one problem: the number of affected Americans was grossly underreported.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence, now under new management with President Donald Trump, confirms that the 654 unmaskings reported last year for fiscal 2015 was underreported by a factor of more than three times. The correct number was actually 2,232.—More…


Hey Mr. President, tear down the veil of secrecy surrounding unmasked NSA intercepts

May 4, 2017 — Circa

|News organization requests Trump declassify data on NSA unmasking of Americans.

Circa has formally requested that the Trump administration declassify records showing how often government officials have searched National Security Agency intercepts for intelligence on U.S. presidential candidates, members of Congress, journalists, clergy, lawyers, federal judges and doctors and how often such Americans had their identities unmasked by the intelligence community after Barack Obama made it easier to do so in 2011.—More…


President Obama’s team sought NSA intel on thousands of Americans during the 2016 election

May 3, 2017 — Circa

During his final year in office, President Barack Obama’s team significantly expanded efforts to search National Security Agency intercepts for information about Americans, distributing thousands of intelligence reports across government with the unredacted names of U.S. residents during the midst of a divisive 2016 presidential election.

The data, made available this week by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, provides the clearest evidence to date of how information accidentally collected by the NSA overseas—More…


Obama’s rule changes opened door for NSA intercepts of Americans to reach political hands

Mar 29, 2017 — Circa

As his presidency drew to a close, Barack Obama’s top aides routinely reviewed intelligence reports gleaned from the National Security Agency’s incidental intercepts of Americans abroad, taking advantage of rules their boss relaxed starting in 2011 to help the government better fight terrorism, espionage by foreign enemies and hacking threats, Circa has learned.

Dozens of times in 2016, those intelligence reports identified Americans who were directly intercepted talking to foreign sources or were the subject of conversations between two or more monitored foreign figures. Sometimes the Americans’ names were officially unmasked; other times they were so specifically described in the reports that their identities were readily discernible. Among those cleared to request and consume unmasked NSA-based intelligence reports about U.S. citizens were Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice, his CIA Director John Brennan and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch.—More…...


Obama’s rule changes opened door for NSA intercepts of Americans to reach political hands

Mar 29, 2017 — Circa

As his presidency drew to a close, Barack Obama’s top aides routinely reviewed intelligence reports gleaned from the National Security Agency’s incidental intercepts of Americans abroad, taking advantage of rules their boss relaxed starting in 2011 to help the government better fight terrorism, espionage by foreign enemies and hacking threats, Circa has learned.

Dozens of times in 2016, those intelligence reports clearly identified Americans who were directly intercepted talking to foreign sources or were the subject of conversations between two or more monitored foreign figures. Sometimes the Americans’ names were officially unmasked while other times they were so specifically described in the intelligence reports that their identities were readily discernible.— More…


Russian bank tells DOJ mysterious Trump computer connections may have been hacker hoax

Mar 17, 2017 — Circa

A Russian bank has reported to U.S. authorities that mysterious communications resumed recently between one of its computers and an email server tied to President Trump’s business empire, and it has developed evidence the new activity may be the work of a hacker trying to create a political hoax, Circa has learned.

Alfa Bank is asking the U.S. Justice Department for help solving the mystery and pledged its full cooperation.—More