Microsoft, Oracle & Co full speed ahead on Covid-19 vaccine passports, citing incipient government demand

US tech and health behemoths have joined forces to roll out yet another Covid-19 vaccination passport, dangling a return to international travel but raising more questions about the future of privacy. … Read More >Microsoft, Oracle & Co full speed ahead on Covid-19 vaccine passports, citing incipient government demand

The US hates Huawei, US funds Al-Qaeda, musicians protest Spotify

Lee Camp exposes the secret reason the US government is at war with Chinese tech company Huawei. Huawei is a worker-owned corporation and the US Empire cannot allow a good example to spread its influence unchallenged. Camp looks at some of the efforts the US’ ruling class has undertaken to tarnish their name. … Read More >The US hates Huawei, US funds Al-Qaeda, musicians protest Spotify

Washington’s National Mall to be closed for Biden inauguration ‘to ensure safety,’ says National Park Service

The iconic National Mall in Washington, DC will be closed to the public for a week for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, the National Park Service (NPS) said, amid security concerns in the wake of the Capitol attack. … Read More >Washington’s National Mall to be closed for Biden inauguration ‘to ensure safety,’ says National Park Service

Syria envoy who admitted LYING to Trump about troop levels now defends his Middle East policy, says Biden should keep it

President Donald Trump’s policy in the Middle East delivered “clear results” and Joe Biden shouldn’t change it, the US ex-envoy to the anti-terrorist coalition operating in Syria and Iraq argued in the pages of Foreign Affairs. … Read More >Syria envoy who admitted LYING to Trump about troop levels now defends his Middle East policy, says Biden should keep it

DOJ internal watchdog opens review into agency’s handling of Capitol riot, will assess if there are ‘weaknesses’ in policies

The US Department of Justice has said it is “initiating a review” of its own procedures and possible failings following the storming of the US Capitol last week by Trump supporters, which resulted in five deaths. … Read More >DOJ internal watchdog opens review into agency’s handling of Capitol riot, will assess if there are ‘weaknesses’ in policies

No Signal: App experiencing ‘technical difficulties’ after gaining 40 MILLION users in a week

Encrypted messaging service Signal appears to be offline for some users, blaming ‘technical difficulties’ and promising restored service. Millions of new users recently flocked to the app, promoted by Elon Musk and Edward Snowden. … Read More >No Signal: App experiencing ‘technical difficulties’ after gaining 40 MILLION users in a week

‘Sanctions guru’ who helped fire 1st shots in Russiagate saga to return as CIA’s deputy director under Biden

Joe Biden’s transition team has picked David Cohen, the former deputy director of the CIA, to reprise his role and help smooth things out for his future boss, career diplomat and intelligence outsider William Burns. … Read More >‘Sanctions guru’ who helped fire 1st shots in Russiagate saga to return as CIA’s deputy director under Biden

‘There at president’s invitation’: Lawyer for ‘QAnon Shaman’ gives ‘bizarre’ interview comparing Trump to cult, asks for pardon

The lawyer for Jacob Chansley, dubbed the ‘QAnon Shaman’, has claimed his client entered the US Capitol at President Donald Trump’s “invitation” and a pardon would be “honorable.” … Read More >‘There at president’s invitation’: Lawyer for ‘QAnon Shaman’ gives ‘bizarre’ interview comparing Trump to cult, asks for pardon

Minds next? Google sends ‘24 hour warning’ to free-speech ‘anti-Facebook’ platform, forces changes to app

The social media platform Minds had to remove ‘major functionality’ from its Android app after getting a chilling warning from Google. Its co-founder said plans for a censorship-resistant infrastructure are in the works. … Read More >Minds next? Google sends ‘24 hour warning’ to free-speech ‘anti-Facebook’ platform, forces changes to app