SECURITY LAPSE! – Fort Lauderdale Shooter Carried Gun in Checked Bag:
Estaban Santiago, the alleged shooter who killed five people and injured eight others at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Friday, carried a weapon in his checked baggage, according to Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca. He added that Santiago took the weapon out of the suitcase at baggage claim, and “went into the bathroom to load it.” He then began shooting passengers who were waiting for their bags. A witness told MSNBC that Santiago was “shooting randomly into the crowd.” The airport has since been shut down and incoming flights have been diverted.
Putin Led a Complex Cyberattack Scheme to Aid Trump, Report Finds:
President Vladimir V. Putin
of Russia directed a vast cyberattack aimed at denying Hillary Clinton
the presidency and installing Donald J. Trump
in the Oval Office, the nation’s top intelligence agencies said in an extraordinary report they delivered on Friday to Mr. Trump. The officials presented their unanimous conclusions to Mr. Trump in a two-hour briefing at Trump Tower in New York that brought the leaders of America’s intelligence agencies face to face with their most vocal skeptic, the president-elect, who has repeatedly cast doubt on Russia’srole. The meeting came just two weeks before Mr. Trump’s inauguration and was underway even as the electoral votes from his victory were being formally counted in a joint session of Congress. Soon after leaving the meeting, intelligence officials released the declassified, damning report that described the sophisticated cyber campaign as part of a continuing Russian effort to weaken the United States government and its democratic institutions. The report — a virtually unheard-of, real-time revelation by the American intelligence agencies that undermined the legitimacy of the president who is about to direct them — made the case that Mr. Trump was the favored candidate of Mr. Putin.
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Trump Picks Dan Coats as National Intelligence Director:
President-elect Donald Trump
has named former Sen. Dan Coats
to serve as the director of national intelligence. “Dan has clearly demonstrated the deep subject matter expertise and sound judgment required to lead our intelligence community,” Trump said in a statement Saturday. Reports had circulated on Friday that Coats would be nominated for the job, but Trump made it official on Saturday. He said Coats would be the perfectman to “provide unwavering leadership that the entire intelligence community can respect” and “spearhead my administration’s ceaseless vigilance against those who seek to do us harm.” The Indiana senator and former U.S. ambassador to Russia would lead 16 different intelligence agencies if confirmed to the post. Coats, who was banned from Russia in 2014 over his support for sanctions against the country, promised to “ensure our national security decision-makers have every piece of information they need to protect the American people from the threats facing our nation” in a statement on his nomination.
Report: Shooter Had ISIS Delusions:
According to a report from NBC News, Esteban Santiago, the suspected gunman in a shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida that killed five people, once claimed that the CIA was forcing him to join ISIS. Santiago reportedly walked into the FBI’s office in Anchorage, Alaska and made the claim. Federal law enforcement officials also said that he was undergoing treatment for mental health issues with specific complaints that he was hearing voices. After the incident at the office in Anchorage, Santiago reportedly went to a mental health facility for treatment.
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Turkey Fires More Than 8,000 Civil Servants in Latest Purge:
Turkey has fired more than 8,000 civil servants for alleged links to terror organizations in the latest round of purges as the country’s state of emergency is prolonged. The dismissals, announced Friday in Official Gazette, include 2,687 police officers, 1,699 Justice Ministry workers, and 631 scholars,among others. Similar purges have been ongoing since a failed coup attempt last July prompted a frenzied bid to root out anyone who supports U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen
, who has been blamed for the coup. The latest purge was expanded to include anyone with alleged ties to the Kurdistan Worker’s Party, which is considered a terrorist organization after numerous attacks on Turkish law enforcement and military. In total, more than 100,000 people have been dismissed in the ongoing purges, and nearly 1,500 organizations closed down. The European Union previously warned the Turkish government that there was “no excuse” for undermining “fundamental rights and freedoms” with such purges.
OUT WITH A BANG – Carrie Fisher Laid to Rest in Giant Prozac Pill:
‘s ashes were carried in a giant Prozac pill at her memorial service on Friday. Fisher, who was cremated and laid to rest along with her mother Debbie Reynolds
, had been very open about her struggles with Bipolar Disorder while she was alive, and Prozac is often used in treatment for the disorder. Her brother explained the quirky move after the funeral. “Carrie’s favorite possession was a giant Prozac pill that she bought many years ago. A big pill,” Todd Fisher
told reporters. “She loved it, and it was in her house, and Billie and I felt it was where she’d want to be,” he said, adding that “Carrie would like that.” Fisher was placed in a crypt at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles along with her mother. The family intends to hold another public memorial service for Fisher at some time in the near future, they said.
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NO GO! – Judge denies bail for 4 Chicago Facebook Live torture suspects:
A judge denied bail Friday for four people charged withcommitting a hate crime. They are accused of torturing an 18-year-old man with special needs and streaming it live on Facebook. Jordan Hill, 18, of Carpentersville; Tesfaye Cooper, 18, of Chicago; Brittany Covington, 18, of Chicago; and Tanishia Covington, 24, of Chicago; were each charged with aggravated kidnapping, hate crime, aggravated unlawful restraint and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, according to the Cook County state’s attorney. Hill, Cooper and Brittany Covington were charged with residential burglary, for allegedly retaliating against a neighbor who complained about the noise in the apartment where the alleged crimes occurred. Hill was also charged with robbery and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
Trump: ‘Embarrassed’ Dems Propagate Hacking Talk:
continued his tirade against the intelligence community’s conclusions on Russian hacking on Saturday morning, once again dismissing all talk of Russian interference by accusing Democrats of simply being sore losers. “Intelligence stated very strongly there was absolutely no evidence that hacking affected the election results. Voting machines not touched!” he wrote on Twitter. He then went on to suggest that the only thing perpetuating talk of Russian hacking was Democrats’ bruised egos. “Only reason the hacking of the poorly defended DNC is discussed is that the loss by the Dems was so big that they are totally embarrassed!” Trump’s comments came after a report made public on Friday said Moscow had conducted a campaign that sought to help the Republican nominee win the presidential election, an allegation that has been made repeatedly since Trump’s shocking victory. The report also claimed Russian President Vladimir Putin
personally initiated the election meddling.
David Bowie didn’t know he was dying until three months before the end:
only found out his liver cancer was terminal three months before he died, a documentary reveals. The musician was filming the music video for “Lazarus” when told his treatment would be stopped, its director said. Johan Renck
tells “David Bowie: The Last Five Years,” on BBC2: “The week we were shooting is when he found out that it is over. “We’ll end treatment or whatever that means, that his illness has won.”
LBN-NOTICED: ***President-elect Donald Trump shook hands with longtime foe Vanity Fair Editor-in-Chief GraydonCarter during an off-the-record meeting with editors at Condé Nast on Friday. Despite Carter having famously branded Trump “a short-fingered vulgarian,” we’re told the meeting with Trump, convened by Anna Wintour, was civil. The digital and magazine editors asked Trump questions on a wide range of topics, including Russia, Vladimir Putin, abortion, race and climate change. The source said, “The meeting was serious and respectful. There was no discussion about negative name-calling from the past. At the end, the president-elect and Graydon Carter shook hands.” ***After the last few years spent out of the limelight, Val Kilmer turned out for W Magazine’s pre-Golden Globes party Thursday night at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles. The “Top Gun” star, who celebrated his birthday last Saturday, looked markedly older and frailer than his 57 years, but did at least look healthier than he has in his rare recent public appearances. ***Media expert and author Michael Levine talking to former presidential candidate Michael Dukakis about Donald Trump and the electoral college last night at the 80th birthday party for Dukakis’ wife Kitty at the West Hollywood home of Bryan Singer. ***Katie Couric toasted her daughter’s 21st birthday with water. The veteran journalist and daughter Carrie were spotted taking an indoor cycling class at Flywheel Upper East Side in NYC Thursday night — which was Carrie’s 21st. Meanwhile, Couric’s big 60th birthday is on Saturday.
LBN-R.I.P.: ***Willie Evans, who, as a standout halfback in 1958, helped the University of Buffalo secure its first invitation to a bowl game, only to be barred with a teammate from playing in it because they were black — a decision that so outraged the team that it refused to participate — died on Wednesday in Buffalo. He was 79. His wife, Roberta Evans, said the cause was injuries sustained in a fall.
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LBN-COMMENTARY by Charles Krauthammer: You can kick the can down the road, but when Kim Jong Un announces, as he did last Sunday, that “we have reached the final stage in preparations to test-launch an intercontinental ballistic rocket,” you are reaching the end of that road. Since the early 1990s, we have offered every kind of inducement to get North Korea to give up its nuclear program. All failed miserably. Pyongyang managed to extort money, food, oil and commercial nuclear reactors in exchange. But it was all a swindle. North Korea was never going to give up its nukes because it sees them as the ultimate guarantee of regime survival. The North Koreans believe that nukes confer inviolability. Saddam Hussein was invaded and deposed before he could acquire them. Kim won’t let that happen to him. That’s why Thae Yong Ho, a recent high-level defector, insisted that “As long as Kim Jong Un is in power, North Korea will never give up its nuclear weapons, even if it’s offered $1 trillion or $10 trillion in rewards.” Meanwhile, they have advanced. They’ve already exploded a handful of nuclear bombs. And they’ve twice successfully launched satellites, which means they have the ICBM essentials. If they can miniaturize their weapons to fit on top of the rocket and control reentry, they’ll be able to push a button in Pyongyang and wipe out an American city.
LBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine: (Media expert and author – www.MichaelLevineMedia.com) : Contrary to popular belief, most liars maintain strong eye contact with their victim.
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