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Trump administration considers privatizing covert action — including paying mercenaries to kidnap foreigners

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The Trump administration is weighing a plan to outsource certain covert intelligence activities to the private sector — including the kidnapping and rendering of foreign nationals to other countries.

BuzzFeed reports that one plan before the administration would allow associates of the private firm Amyntor Group to “help capture wanted terrorists on behalf of the United States” by tracking “specific suspects in a Middle Eastern country… for possible ‘rendition’ to the United States.”

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In fact, the publication’s sources say that operatives associated with the company are already in place monitoring two terrorism suspects in an unnamed country. Although the sources did not want to name the country for fear of compromising Amyntor’s associates, they insisted that they “have the information and capabilities to snatch the two suspects and transport them to the US or a third country.”

The plans to outsource key intelligence functions to private contractors mirror proposals made by Blackwater founder Erik Prince to hand U.S. military operations in Afghanistan over to private mercenary groups. Despite these similarities — and despite the fact that Prince is “close” to some Amyntor officials — BuzzFeed’s sources says he has nothing to do with the new proposals.

One former senior intelligence official contacted by BuzzFeed expressed concern at the proposal, which he said could give a blank check to mercenary groups.

“All the institutional structures exist to prevent things from going off the rails,” they said. “Is this an attempt to circumvent oversight?”

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Why key Senate Republicans should be terrified as Trump drags the party down

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Incumbent Republican senators in swing states and blue states find themselves caught between a rock and a hard place. On one hand, criticizing President Donald Trump can result in a burdensome GOP primary battle; on the other hand, being perceived as pro-Trump can be the kiss of death in places where Trump is unpopular. And according to a report by Eli Yokley for Morning Consult’s website, things aren’t getting any better for incumbent GOP senators who are considered vulnerable in the 2020 election.

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‘It was nutso’: Devin Nunes reportedly made himself look ridiculous by obsessing over the Steele Dossier in Ukraine hearing

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While the House Intelligence Committee is spearheading impeachment with its investigation into President Donald Trump’s Ukraine scandal, it seems Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California can’t stop obsessing about the Steele Dossier.

According to the Daily Beast, the ranking member of the committee launched into an exchange during the closed impeachment inquiry hearings about the dossier on Thursday with Gordon Sondland, the ambassador to the European Union who is at the center of the Ukraine scandal. He was a point person in Trump’s efforts to get the Ukrainians to announce an investigation into the 2016 election as well as former Vice President Joe Biden in exchange for favorable treatment from the White House.

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Trump was ‘yelling and screaming’: Reporter says GOP source fears Trump is ‘not in control of himself’ — and getting even worse

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CNN correspondent Jamie Gangel reported Thursday that Republicans at the contentious White House meeting the previous day featuring President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi were deeply alarmed by the GOP leader’s behavior and demeanor.

Citing a Republican source, who reportedly conferred with others who attended the meeting, said they were “completely shaken” and “shell shocked” by the president.

Pelosi and fellow Democrats had tried to make that point publicly on Wednesday, saying that Trump had a “meltdown,” went on a “diatribe,” and was insulting to the House speaker. Pelosi added that she was also concerned about the president’s “health.” But at least in public, some Republicans tried to turn the tables on Pelosi, saying it was she who behaved inappropriately by walking out of the meeting. However, even these Republicans didn’t really deny that Trump was acting bullying and insulting toward the speaker.

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