On COI#9, Kyle is solo as the show was struck with tech issues. Kyle covers an allegation published in Politico that Iran was planning to assassinate the US ambassador. The report was quickly debunked by South African intelligence.
However, Trump is not opposed to assassinations as he wanted to take out the leader of Syria in 2017. Kyle explains how killing Assad would have been a boon to the jihadists.
The Assange extradition hearing continues with the heroic Daniel Ellsberg taking the stand. Ellsberg explained the importance of WikiLeaks and Julian Assange.
Scores of fighters were killed in heavy fighting in Afghanistan. Peace talks are starting between the Taliban and the Afghan government in Qatar. [Link]
JPost reports Israel’s role in the attack on an Iranian nuclear facility was “validated,” and the attack was physical, not cyber. [Link]
Reports say Trump is prepping an executive order that will allow him to sanction any country that violates the arms embargo against Iran. The embargo, enforced by the UN, is set to expire in October. However, Trump is going to pretend like the embargo is not expiring. [Link]
The US indicts three Iranians alleging they were attempting to hack satellite secrets. [Link]
The US sanctioned two Iranian entities that are alleged to have carried out malware attacks against dissidents. [Link]
The US sanctioned two Lebanese companies for doing business with Hezbollah. [Link]
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with senior members of the Qatari government this week. A senior US official said Qatar is on the path to become a “major non-NATO ally.” The status will allow the US to sell Qatar more advanced weapons. [Link]
Thirty people were killed by militants in Ethiopia. [Link]
A 46-year-old Texas woman died on the floor of her jail cell after the prison failed to give her prescribed medications and appropriate medical care. [Link]
A judge rules Pennsylvania’s lockdowns are unconstitutional. [Link]
A judge blasts prosecutors US Attorney in Manhattan for failing to provide exculpatory evidence and making misleading statements in the trial against an Iranian man for allegedly violating sanctions. [Link]
Daniel Ellsberg testified in Assange’s extradition trial that WikiLeaks documents are in the public interest. [Link]
The head of US Space Force Gen. Raymond says the US may be unable to win a space battle. [Link]
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper says he wants to expand the Navy to 350 ships. The Navy currently has just under 300 ships. [Link]
The State Department defended weapon sales to Saudi during a Congressional Hearing despite the weapons murdering children. [Link]
The US is planning a large weapons sale to Taiwan. The deal is reported to include seven different weapons systems. [Link]
The US simulated seizing a ship in the South China Sea. [Link]
The US says it will sanction countries that sell weapons to Iran after the UN arms embargo expires in October. [Link]
Israel says it wants $8 billion in new weapons from the US. Israel is hoping to get squads of F-35s. Israel is making the demand as it appears the US will sell advanced weapons systems to UAE and Bahrain. [Link]
The head of Libya’s Government of National Accord says he wants to step down by the end of October. The GNA is in the middle of a civil war against the Libyan National Army. [Link]
On Conflicts of Interest #8, Will and Kyle discuss CENTCOM commander Frank McKenzie’s recent statement on the New York Times’s “Russian bounties” story, saying he’d seen no evidence to support the assertion.
Negotiating teams from the Afghan government and the Taliban have met in Qatar for long-awaited peace talks, just as President Donald Trump nominated William Ruger, an Afghan war skeptic, for the ambassador position.
The Venezuelan government has charged an American citizen for terrorism and arms trafficking, accusing him of plotting sabotage on energy facilities, but citing little evidence.
US officials are increasingly concerned that they could face war crimes charges linked to US arms sales to Saudi Arabia, who has used American weapons to commit atrocities in Yemen for more than five years.
Tik Tok rejected Microsoft’s offer to buy the social media app. Tik Tok signed a deal with Oracle instead. Trump threatened to ban Tik Tok in the US if it was not sold from the Chinese owned ByteDance by the end of September. [link]
During the George Floyd protests/riots, ICE transferred 74 detainees from Florida and Arizona to Virginia. The transfer was to provide cover for the ICE agents to get to DC to combat the protests. Over half of the prisoners tested positive for Covid, and one 72-year-old man died from the virus. [link]
The US Ambassador to China, Terry Branstad, will retire in October. [link]
Biden will not commit to withdrawing troops from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Biden wants to keep US troops in the Middle East. [link]
The US flew B-1 bombers near Russia’s northeast coast. [link]
Japan’s outgoing Prime Minister Abe wants his country to develop a first-strike ability against bases near Japan. [link]
The Afghan government and the Taliban open peace talks in Qatar as fighting continues in Afghanistan. [link]
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the US is ‘deeply concerned’ about Turkey’s actions in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. [link]
Iran intercepted a US spy plane near the Strait of Hormuz. [link]
Trump says the US is in the Middle East to protest Israel, not for the oil. [link]
Bahrain announces it will normalize relations with Israel. Trump is touting as a victory like he did when the UAE made a similar announcement. [link]
Saudi carried out several airstrikes against Yemen’s capital. The attack mainly targeted the airport. [link]
The leader of one of the main Libyan government’s resigns due to protest. The government backs the Libyan National Army. [link]
On Conflicts of Interest #7, Kyle and Will break down a federal judge’s order to Saudi Arabia to arrange for some two dozen current and former officials to testify about their potential knowledge, or involvement in, the 9/11 plot.
Julian Assange’s extradition hearing was postponed until Monday after a Covid scare on the prosecution side. The lawyer’s test ultimately came back negative.
Tensions between China and Taiwan spiked last week after Beijing sent aircraft into Taiwanese airspace two days in a row as the breakaway state carried out live-fire missile drills.
The Trump administration brokered a normalization deal between Israel and Bahrain, a move Palestinian leadership slammed as a stab in the back.
On Conflicts of Interest #6, Kyle and Will outline the legacy of the September 11 attacks on their 19th anniversary, including years of war, torture, and mass surveillance carried out in their wake.
The Pentagon has awarded a $13.3 billion contract to Northrop Grumman to develop the next-generation ICBM, the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent, part of a 30-year and $1 trillion nuclear modernization project.
The Portland City Council has passed a sweeping ban on facial recognition technology, including for the police and private agencies, joining a growing list of cities to prohibit the controversial tech.
US airlines are asking for another $25 billion bailout. The airlines already received a $39 billion bailout. [Link]
The US will stop doing additional covid screening for international travelers. [Link]
Consortium News breaks down day three of Assange’s extradition hearing. [Link]
Assange’s extradition hearing was postponed till Monday as a lawyer for the US may have been exposed to Covid. [Link]
The US has finished building its Cyber Command at Fort Gordon. The US will now look to carry out offensive cyber operations. [Link]
Northrop Grumman wins a $13.3 billion contract to build the new ICBM. [Link]
US officials announce that some Chinese researchers and graduate students will not be given visas over concerns they will steal the research. [Link]
Taiwan carried out a missile test. China responded by its fighters flying in Taiwanese airspace. [Link]
The Taliban claim the Afghan government has fallen short in the prisoner swap and needs to release 100 of its members before talks begin. The Afghan government claims to have released all the prisoners they were required too. [Link]
2,000 US troops will leave Iraq this month. The troop level will be reduced to 3,000. [Link]
Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu wants to investigate the investigators that concluded he was corrupt and brought charges against him. [Link]
A UN investigator finds US and Iranian weapons have fueled war crimes in Yemen. [Link]
A Utah mother called 911 for the Crisis Intervention Team to help get her 13-year-old son – who has autism – to the hospital for treatment. The police responded and shot her son. He is recovering at the hospital. [Link]
Two men said to be linked to the Boogaloo movement were arrested for allegedly conspiring with Hamas. [Link]
Consortium News breaks down the second day of Assange’s extradition hearing. [Link]
A senior Trump official said Trump is planning to withdraw more troops from Iraq and is looking to announce more troops leaving Afghanistan. [Link]
The leaders of the House Foreign Affairs Committee call for an investigation into the alleged poisoning of Russian opposition figure Alexie Navalny and suggest sanctions on Russia. [Link]
America’s War on Terror has displaced at least 37 million people. The number could be as high as 59 million. [Link]
Chinese and Indian forces exchanged warning fire along the disputed border. It is the first time in 45 years there has been any gunfire along the border. [Link]
Jason Ditz explains why Iran’s uranium stockpile is not a proliferation threat. [Link]
The US sanctioned two former Lebanese government officials for ties to Hezbollah. [Link]
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