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White House and CIA are considering plan to put a private company in charge of large-scale counterintelligence operations

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The White House and the Central Intelligence Agency are considering a plan that would put a private company in charge of counterterrorism propaganda efforts and capture terrorists on behalf of the U.S., BuzzFeed News reports.

The company, Amyntor Group, is staffed by former intelligent officials and “veterans of US covert operations,” BuzzFeed notes, and has held recent discussions with top national security officials about the proposal. It is headquartered in Whitefish, Montana, home of the electric company originally granted a $300 million contract to lead the rebuilding efforts for Puerto Rico’s electrical grid after Hurricane Maria. That contract fell apart following intense public scrutiny.

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A source told BuzzFeed the plan coincides with Blackwater founder Erik Prince’s push to privatize the war on terror. People familiar with the proposals (which in at least one instance was presented via a PowerPoint presentation) say it’s driven, in part, by concerns the CIA is working against Donald Trump.

“The system does not work,” one person told BuzzFeed. “The people leaking this to you just want to destroy the president.”

The news comes as the New York Times on Thursday reported the White House is considering the ouster of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson amid growing tensions between the State Department and Trump’s administration. That plan reportedly involves replacing Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo and installing far-right GOP Sen. Tom Cotton as head of the FBI. That plan has been widely panned by former CIA and intelligence officials.

Amnyntor on Thursday declined to say whether the company is in talks with the U.S. government, but argued “the type of contract about which BuzzFeed is writing, however, would be entirely appropriate with direction and control by the proper governmental authority.”

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“What would be inappropriate, and potentially illegal, would be for any individual purporting to have direct knowledge of what would be a classified contract proposal to disclose that information publicly,” the company said.

Government officials likewise declined to comment on record about the proposals, but one source downplayed their significance, telling BuzzFeed, “The idea they are pitching is absurd on its face,” he said, “and it is not going anywhere.”


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Ex-prosecutor demands congressional investigation after latest report on the FBI and Brett Kavanaugh

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Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh had another allegation of sexual misconduct revealed on Saturday in a bombshell report in The New York Times.

"A classmate, Max Stier, saw Mr. Kavanaugh with his pants down at a different drunken dorm party, where friends pushed his penis into the hand of a female student. Mr. Stier, who runs a nonprofit organization in Washington, notified senators and the F.B.I. about this account, but the F.B.I. did not investigate and Mr. Stier has declined to discuss it publicly," the newspaper reported.

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Boris Johnson promises Britain will be like the Incredible Hulk during Brexit negotiations

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Saturday he was making a "huge amount of progress" towards a Brexit deal with the EU, in an interview in which he compared Britain to the Incredible Hulk.

"It's going to take a lot of work between now and October 17" when EU leaders gather for their final summit before Britain's scheduled exit from the bloc, he told the Mail on Sunday newspaper.

"But I'm going to go to that summit and I'm going to get a deal, I'm very confident. And if we don't get a deal then we'll come out on October 31."

His comments came ahead of talks with European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker and the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, in Luxembourg on Monday.

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NYT blasted for ‘spectacularly offensive sentiment’ after tweet illustrating ‘rape culture’

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The results of a 10-month investigation into Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh by New York Times reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly was published on Saturday.

But attention was taken away from the powerful reporting after the Twitter account of The Times opinion page posted a shocking message.

"Having a penis thrust in your face at a drunken dorm party may seem like harmless fun," read the tweet.

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