American Intelligence Community Pushes Back Against a White House It Considers Leaky, Untruthful and Penetrated by the Kremlin
Our Intelligence Community is so worried by the unprecedented problems of the Trump administration—not only do senior officials possess troubling ties to the Kremlin, there are nagging questions about basic competence regarding Team Trump—that it is beginning to withhold intelligence from a White House which our spies do not trust. That the IC has ample grounds for concern is demonstrated by almost daily revelations of major problems inside the White House, a mere three weeks after the inauguration. The president has repeatedly gone out of his way to antagonize our spies, mocking them and demeaning their work, and Trump’s personal national security guru can’t seem to keep his story straight on vital issues.
FRANCE: 32% of Gay Married Couples Support Far-Right Presidential Candidate Marine Le Pen Even Though She's Pledged to End Same-Sex Marriage... File this under WTF?!
|Leader of The National Front, Marine Le Pen and her openly gay deputy, Florian Philippot|
How Vladimir Putin and Russia are Using Cyber Attacks and Fake News to Try to Rig Three Major European Elections This Year
|Vladimir Putin, President of Russia|
Vermont tops a new ranking of states by the portion of adults in 2015 and 2016 who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) at 5.3%. Massachusetts (4.9%), California (4.9%), Oregon (4.9%) and Nevada (4.8%) round out the top five. The District of Columbia's 8.6% LGBT exceeds that of any of the states. States with the lowest percentage of LGBT-identifying residents include South Dakota (2.0%), North Dakota (2.7%), Idaho (2.8%), South Carolina (3.0%) and Montana (3.0%). At 4.9%, the Pacific region, which includes the West Coast, Alaska and Hawaii, has the highest portion of LGBT-identifying adults among eight regions in the U.S.
|Curt Freed, left, and his husband Robert Ingersoll (Source:AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)|
Malaysia, a predominantly Muslim country, has just gone and released a government-sanctioned video that basically encourages gay Muslims that they should go on the ‘straight’ path. The video is entirely in Malay, and was posted by Syed Azmi, whom Malay Mail Online classes as a ‘social activist’. The video compares sexuality with horse racing, saying that people who find they have a different orientation, and wish to change it, they should receive extensive training and guidance. Gay conversion therapy has been banned in multiple countries, and its efficacy has been debunked by numerous scientific studies. Watch video here.
'Alliance Defending Freedom' Has Been Designated a Hate Group by The Southern Poverty Law Center
The Southern Poverty Law Center on Wednesday announced it has designated an anti-LGBT legal organization as a hate group. The Southern Poverty Law Center, which is based in Montgomery, Ala., describes the Alliance Defending Freedom as “a legal advocacy and training group that specializes in supporting the recriminalization of homosexuality abroad, ending same-sex marriage and generally making life as difficult as possible for LGBT communities in the U.S. and internationally.” The Alliance Defending Freedom has filed dozens of religious freedom lawsuits in the U.S. and challenged efforts to protect transgender students in public schools. The organization also represented Prince William County (Va.) Circuit Clerk Michèle McQuigg, who was a defendant in the Bostic case that challenged Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban.
Things Are Pretty Screwed Up At the National Security Council Right Now
Historically, the National Security Council has served as the President’s primary resource for determining issues of national security and foreign policy. In a volatile global climate, it is an especially critical forum for strategy and advising. So, it’s all the more disconcerting that ever since Trump’s inauguration, the council’s organizational structure has crumpled. According to the New York Times, a number of conditions have coalesced to engender uncertainty and dishevelment. Donald Trump’s daily cascade of tempestuous tweets requires damage control — that is to say, staff members must seek to make them coherent with extant policy. But this task is difficult, to say the least, when most of the council is not privy to what Trump tells foreign leaders during official calls.
People in the country have been tweeting the hashtag, ‘I love gays and I’m not one of them’. Saudi Arabia is ruled under sharia law where homosexuality is condemned and those guilty of engaging in gay sex can be executed. But there appears to be scores of ‘straight’ supporters showing solidarity for the nation’s gay citizens. Homophobic campaigners in Saudi Arabia recently called for tougher anti-gay laws after social media was blamed for ‘making too many homosexuals’. Men found guilty of having sex with other men also face life in prison, torture, chemical castrations and whipping. Some people found the hashtag offensive and accused tweeters of ‘going against god’s creation’.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson Refuses to Stay Silent About Donald Trump
|Dwayne "The Rock: Johnson|
The nearly century-old American Civil Liberties Union says it is suddenly awash in donations and new members as it does battle with President Donald Trump over the extent of his constitutional authority, with nearly $80 million in online contributions alone pouring in since the election. That includes a record $24 million surge over two days after Trump banned people from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. The organization said its membership has more than doubled since the election to a record of nearly 1.2 million, and its Twitter following has tripled.
A 29-year-old Ghanaian asylum seeker's fate is in limbo in Canada on the basis that he was a gay being persecuted in Ghana. Authorities of Immigration and Refugee Board in Canada said the man's application was rejected because he had fake identity documents and so his identity could not be established. "He has been accused by the member [of the board] to have had fraudulent identity documents and his identity is not clear. That is entirely incorrect and we disagree. He will not be at risk of deportation, but certainly he will live with the mental fear of how much longer, what's going to happen in the end," said the claimant's lawyer, Bashir Khan. The man, who has asked not to be identified, says he is gay and that he fears for his safety if he has to return to Ghana. Khan said his client plans to appeal the ruling and can remain in Canada until his appeal application is reviewed and a new decision is made, according to report by CBC news.