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George Conway Rips Trump in First Twitter Jab at Wife Kellyanne



Attorney George Conway on Monday took what appears to be his first public jab at his wife Kellyanne Conway, and senior White House aide , addressing her verified Twitter account with a snarky attack on her “boss” President Donald Trump.

The tweet was prompted by Kellyanne commenting on a resurfaced video of former Vice President Joe Biden boasting at a 2017 event about allowing children to play with his “wet leg hair” and sit in his lap while he was a lifeguard.

“Watch,” she instructed her 3 million Twitter followers, branding the 2020 White House contender “Creepy Joe.”

“We need Ukraine’s help to defeat THIS guy?” she added, referring to House Democrats’ claims that President Trump asked the leader of Ukraine to probe allegations of corruption against Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, to damage his candidacy.

Shortly after, George Conway responded to his wife: “Your boss apparently thought so.”

Conway’s knock on his wife comes as House Intelligence Committee members are set to receive a report on the ongoing impeachment inquiry against President Trump from panel chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA). The probe into whether to remove the president was prompted in September, after a partisan CIA analyst’s “whistleblower” complaint, comprised of second-hand information, alleged that President Trump pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a July 25 call to probe the Biden family in exchange for the released of U.S. military aid to the European country. Both world leaders have denied the allegations.

“I never talked to the president from the position of a quid pro quo. That’s not my thing,” Zelensky told TIME magazine in an interview published Monday.

Conway, a frequent critic of the president, has expressed support for removing the president over the call, branding the transcript of the conversation “quite damning.”

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Official documents shed light on Tokyo’s role in ‘comfort women’: Kyodo



TOKYO (Reuters) – The Imperial Japanese Army asked the government to provide one “comfort woman” for every 70 soldiers, Japan’s Kyodo news agency said, citing wartime government documents it had reviewed, shedding a fresh light on Tokyo’s involvement in the practice.

“Comfort women” is a euphemism for the girls and women – many of them Korean – forced into prostitution at Japanese military brothels. The issue has plagued Japan’s ties with South Korea for decades.

One dispatch from the consul general of Qingdao in China’s Shandong province to the foreign ministry in Tokyo, says that the Imperial Army asked for one woman to accommodate every 70 soldiers, Kyodo reported late on Friday.

Another dispatch, from the consul general of Jinan, also in Shandong province, notes “at least 500 comfort women must be concentrated here” as the Japanese forces made further advances, Kyodo said.

The 1993 “Kono Statement”, named after then-Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono in whose name it was issued, acknowledged Japanese authorities’ involvement in coercing the women to work in the brothels.

But that did not stop disputes over the issue, such as the degree of involvement of the Japanese government.

“From the latest document … we got detailed information on the operation of the brothels — how many soldiers were so-called assigned to a comfort woman,” said Yoon Mi-hyang, head of the Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan.

“This is a clear sign that the Japanese government is accountable for forcefully recruiting Korean women for sexual enslavement.”

No officials were immediately available for comment at Japan’s Cabinet Secretariat, which Kyodo said collects official documents concerning comfort women.

South Korea reached a settlement with Japan to resolve the comfort women dispute in 2015, in which Japan apologized to victims and provided 1 billion yen ($9 million) to a fund to help them.

Relations between the two East Asia neighbors have deteriorated since South Korea’s top court ruled in favor of South Koreans seeking compensation from Japanese firms for wartime forced labor.

(Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka in Tokyo, Sangmi Cha in Seoul; Editing by Michael Perry)

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Saudi Trainee Kills 3 in Shooting at Florida Naval Base



PENSACOLA, Fla. — A member of the Saudi Air Force armed with a handgun fatally shot three people and injured eight others on Friday morning during a bloody rampage in a classroom building at the prestigious Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla., where he was training to become a pilot.

The authorities, led by the F.B.I., were investigating to determine the gunman’s motive and whether the shooting was an act of terrorism.

A United States military official identified the suspect, who was killed by a sheriff’s deputy during the attack, as Second Lt. Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani. He was one of hundreds of military trainees at the base, which is considered the home of naval aviation.

Six other Saudi nationals were detained for questioning near the scene of the shooting, including three who were seen filming the entire incident, according to a person briefed on the initial stages of the investigation. A group that monitors online jihadist activity said that shortly before the shooting, a Twitter account with a name matching the gunman’s posted a “will” calling the United States a “nation of evil” and criticizing its support for Israel.

In a statement on Friday, Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper said he was considering “several steps to ensure the security of our military installations and the safety of our service members and their families.”

The base at Pensacola, on Florida’s Panhandle, dates to the 1820s and is where the Navy’s Blue Angels flight demonstration team is based. Since World War I, most Navy and Marine Corps aviators and flight officers have begun their flight training there. Captain Kinsella said that about 200 international students are currently in training.

Weapons are not allowed on the base other than for security personnel, the captain said.

The gunman was believed to be enrolled in the base’s Aviation Preflight Indoctrination program. Students in the training hail from countries such as France, Italy and Norway, in addition to Saudi Arabia, which began sending trainees to the base in 1995. The Saudis usually train to fly either helicopters or F-15s, according to a Navy pilot familiar with the program. There are often a couple of foreign students in a class of 15 or so; Americans and Saudis go through their initial training together before branching off for separate training programs.

Dainya Lemoine, 26, a former Marine sergeant who lives about a mile and a half from the base, said that until earlier this year, she worked as an avionics instructor in the building where the shooting took place. Messages on her phone about an active shooter woke her up on Friday, followed by texts from former colleagues inside the Naval Air Training Technical Center, which she described as a two-story building about the size of a hangar.

The fatal attack could have hardly have come at a worse time for Saudi Arabia. Since his father became king in 2015, Prince Mohammed has struggled to rebrand Saudi Arabia as open to the world and a key partner of the West in fighting extremism.

The kingdom is on the cusp of selling shares of its oil monopoly, Saudi Aramco, an initial public offering expected to be the world’s largest, and is preparing to assume the presidency of the G20, whose summit it is scheduled to host next year.

Early enthusiasm for Prince Mohammed and his promised reforms had already been tarnished after the kingdom’s disastrous military campaign in Yemen and the killing of a Saudi dissident writer, Jamal Khashoggi, by Saudi agents in Istanbul last year. But the kingdom appeared to be trying to move on.

Even if the authorities find no international terrorism connections to the Pensacola shooting, the attack could undermine how the kingdom is perceived abroad, and especially in the United States, where many remember the presence of several Saudi nationals among those who attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.

One wild card for the Saudis is Mr. Trump, who anointed Prince Mohammed a key player in his plans for the Middle East and stood by the prince when anger over Mr. Khashoggi’s death grew in other parts of the United States government. If the new killings, this time of Americans, tars the kingdom in Mr. Trump’s eyes, it could leave Saudi Arabia with few remaining friends in Washington.

“My guess is that it will not have much impact,” said F. Gregory Gause III, a Saudi expert at Texas A&M University’s Bush School of Government and Public Service.

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Are We Losing Privacy With the Increasing Number of Doorbell Cameras and Home Surveillance Systems



Are we losing privacy in our own neighborhoods? The increasing popularity of doorbell camera systems and other camera surveillance means more and more cameras are watching us when we leave our street and wherever we go.

Even police departments are using some systems to add eyes to their force.

Felicia Duran is one of many people who likes the convenience of seeing who is at her door without actually opening the door.

“We just felt it was a little more convenient than a standard alarm,” Duran said.

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It’s also allowed her to see some strange things.

“So I was able to open the app and look and see in the camera there was a strange man with his goat in my grass,” Duran said.

But ultimately for her and it’s about security.

“I feel that not only the safety of myself and my children, but my neighbors and my neighborhood kind of out ways the privacy issue,” Duran said.

Her nest system is one of many options available to individuals, homeowner associations, and even police departments.

“Everywhere you look there is a camera, there is video of everything all the time forever,” Frisco Police Department Community Services Officer Radd Rotello said.

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Rotello was instrumental in getting his department partnered with doorbell camera firm Ring.

“It’s really given us an opportunity to reach out to the public,” Rotello said. “Let’s them know what’s going on. Keeps us informed on what’s going on in neighborhoods that may have otherwise been reported. And it’s an easier way for our detectives to get ahold of some video with permission of the ring owner.”

Through the partnership Ring users, or anyone with a surveillance system, can upload their video that police can access.

But it’s only video users give to the department. Police do not have direct access to homeowner’s cameras.

Privacy was something the police department wanted to ensure.

“Of course I was concerned with the legality of that and is everybody’s privacy going to stay private,” Rotello said. “Everybody has their rights and we wanted to make sure any partnership we had didn’t violate anything and was just beneficial only.”

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But should there be concerns over losing your privacy?

“I don’t know about concerned, but you should be aware,” Former Police Chief and policing consultant Andy Harvey said. “Everywhere we are just assume you are being taped.”

With 23-years of experience Harvey has seen the changes in surveillance technology.

He sees the advantages for police.

“The side of course for police it’s a great crime fighting tool,” Harvey said. “Whenever you have more eyes and video surveillance it’s a great tool for us. Let’s be very real about that.”

But he also says police have a responsibility to the public.

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“It’s a great resource as long as we don’t use it incorrectly or abuse it,” Harvey said. Because if you start doing that it’s going to have a counter effect. Here we are trying to build trust and if we start doing that it’s going to effect that.”

Trust is already a concern even for people like Duran who have these systems.

“I’m not comfortable with constantly being watched because I feel like there’s no privacy you know,” Duran said.

But that’s a small price she’s willing to pay or rather sacrifice when it comes to what’s most important between security versus privacy.

“Definitely the security I feel it outweighs the privacy by a ton,” Duran said.

Ring has partnered with over 400 departments across the country.

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For a map that shows what police agencies in your area partner with Ring click here.

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