ICE’s Funny Numbers (Reader Steve)
Attorney General Jeff Sessions and ICE chief Thomas Homan say Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf’s warning to residents about an immigration crackdown allowed 800 people to elude arrest. But not everyone agrees with that high number — including ICE agents.
Buy American (Drones) (Dan)
Trump’s new ‘Buy American’ plan features selling lethal drones to “US allies” like Saudi Arabia, Israel, and NATO-aligned countries. While current plans do not feature the notorious Predator drone, Trump has said it will eventually reach the marketplace.
Pentagon to Congress: You Can’t Stop Us from Fueling Saudi Arabia’s War in Yemen (Jimmy)
The author writes, “On February 28, Senators Mike Lee (R-UT), Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced Senate Joint Resolution 54, a resolution that seeks to end US support for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen. Even before the resolution was introduced, the Department of Defense responded with the extraordinary claim that Congress lacked the legal authority to ‘override the President’s determination as Commander in Chief’ and end the United States’ involvement in the conflict.”
Despite Possible Blowback, Snowden Decries Anti-Democratic Forces in Russia (Jimmy)
The author writes, “Despite the possible threat it could pose to his own long-term safety and security, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden on Sunday publicly criticized the appearance of ballot fraud and democratic corruption during national elections in Russia, the country where he has enjoyed political asylum since 2013.”
China’s New Pointman on Trump (Dan)
Feeling confident after his new mandate on power, Chinese president Xi has appointed a pragmatic hardliner to deal with the Trump administration. Let the geopolitical chess game begin.