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BLACKWATER USA | DAILY BRIEF


U.S.

  • A three-judge appellate panel ruled that the NSA’s metadata collection program was illegal and potentially an unconstitutional violation of the 4th Amendment. The initiative ran from 2001 until 2015, when it was shut down.

  • Facebook said it would ban all new political ads during the week before the U.S. presidential election on Nov. 3rd, although it sounds like preexisting ads would still be allowed to run that week.

  • August’s U.S. jobs report was positive, with the lowest unemployment rate since March—although it still looks like the recovery is moving slower than expected.

Russia

  • DHS believes Russia is behind a scheme to propagate false messaging about Joe Biden’s mental health. Democratic senators asked Treasury Secretary Mnuchin to sanction the Russians behind the campaign.

China

  • India banned another 118 Chinese apps from its market, in addition to the 59 it banned after the border dispute it had with China this summer. The NYT says anti-Chinese sentiment is still rising in India.

Afghanistan

  • Afghan Border Force members clashed with Pakistani forces along the Durand Line in Nangarhar last night, killing one ABF member and wounding three civilians. Afghan officials say the Pakistani troops crossed the border into Afghanistan.

  • The UN warned that record levels of violence in Afghanistan could threaten or complicate forthcoming peace talks between the government and the Taliban.

DRC

  • Armed CODECO fighters surrounded a prison in Bunia, eastern DRC to demand the release of their jailed colleagues and ask for food aid. The UN accuses CODECO of widespread and systematic killings and rapes, so it’s unlikely the imprisoned members will be released promptly.

Libya

  • Relatives of alleged victims of war crimes by Khalifa Haftar initiated a civil suit against Haftar in Virginia, where Haftar lived since falling out with Moammar Qaddafi in 1987. They’re asking for $50 million in damages.

  • Libya’s GNA reinstated Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha, after temporarily suspending him for his handling of protests in Tripoli.

Venezuela

  • Leonardo Santilli—a Venezuelan businessman who the U.S. accuses of laundering millions of dollars from illegal oil contracts—was gunned down outside of Caracas, in what looks like a targeted killing.

Azerbaijan

  • Azeri opposition activist Tofig Yagublu was sentenced to 4.25 years in prison for essentially speaking out against Pres. Aliyev (the official charge was “hooliganism”). Back in March, Aliyev explicitly proposed isolating opposition leaders—ostensibly to prevent the spread of coronavirus—so Yagablu’s sentence isn’t a huge surprise.

Other News

  • Rescuers found a second crew member—who was later pronounced dead—and multiple cow carcasses near the last known location of a livestock cargo ship that apparently capsized off the coast of Japan during stormy weather. New Zealand suspended its exports of live cattle because of the incident.

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