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Bibi Netanyahu Denies FBI Report That Israel Planted Spying Devices Around White House

The long-time Israeli Prime Minister calls the report fake news.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has flatly denied a report that his nation planted hi-tech spying devices around the White House to conduct illegal and clandestine surveillance of their top ally.

“There is a longstanding commitment, and a directive from the Israeli government not to engage in any intelligence operations in the US,” Netanyahu said in a statement, calling the report “a blatant lie.”

President Donald Trump takes Netanyahu at his word, and does not believe the report either.

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“I really would find that hard to believe, my relationship with Israel has been great,” Trump said, adding that the termination of the Iran nuclear deal and his decision to re-locate the US embassy to Jerusalem give Israel no reason to meddle.

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“I wouldn’t believe that story. Anything’s possible but I don’t believe it,” he added.

Politico broke the story on Thursday that cell-site simulator devices, commonly referred to as “Stingrays,” were set up around the White House likely by the Israeli government to collect sensitive data for the purposes of surveillance. The FBI and other federal agencies reportedly made that determination after conducting an in-depth forensic analysis.

“It was pretty clear that the Israelis were responsible,” a former senior intelligence official told Politico.

Cell-site simulator devices are hi-tech spying equipment that spoof a cell phone tower and then collect personal data from nearby cell phones in a blanket manner. They have typically been used in the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq, but their usage has become commonplace in the United States in recent years.

“Cell-site simulators invade the privacy of everyone who happens to be in a given area, regardless of the fact that the vast majority have not been accused of committing a crime,” the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) explains in a primer about the dangerous devices.

“Cell-site simulators often disrupt cell phone communications within as much as a 500-meter radius of the device, interrupting important communications and even emergency phone calls,” the EFF writes.

While the state of Israel vehemently denies the spying charges, there have been several instances where they have behaved in similar ways toward their top international ally.

Legendary Mossad agent Rafi Eitan worked as the handler for Jonathan Pollard, a former U.S. intelligence analyst who is serving life in prison under the Espionage Act for handing over classified data to the Israelis.

Former Department of Defense employee Lawrence Franklin was convicted of giving the state of Israel classified documents about U.S. policy toward Iran in 2006. He was given a 13-year prison sentence, but ultimately only served ten months on house arrest for his crimes.

Also, the infamous historical fact of Israel deliberately shelling the U.S.S. Liberty in 1967 shows that no action regardless of how reprehensible it may be is outside the bounds of the Jewish state if they determine that it serves their national interest.

Whether Israel is responsible for the spying or not, President Trump is not expected to take any action against them.

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President Trump Rules Out Deploying Troops to Restore Order, Even as Riots Show No Signs of Slowing Down

Trump has opted to not show strength in the face of this crisis.

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Just one day after President Donald Trump said he was willing to send military forces into states across the country to put down riots, he is reportedly backing off of the idea.

According to administration officials, Trump is happy with the result of yesterday’s enforcement measures during the riots – which included law enforcement officials being shot and police getting hit by SUVs. He will not be using the Insurrection Act to put troops on the streets to restore order anytime soon.

“The law is absolutely still on the table if things get really bad, but as of now he doesn’t think it’s going to have to go that far,” an administration official said to Axios.

“As President Trump has said, we cannot allow the voices of peaceful protesters to be drowned out by angry mobs, which is why the President will continue to take lawful, decisive action to stop the violence and restore the security of all Americans,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said.

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Trump made the pivot after RINO Republicans whined about his harsh rhetoric as the country burns due to extreme left-wing riots.

“I don’t think the Pentagon’s keen on getting brought into this unless they absolutely have to. We need to restore order, but using active duty military troops in circumstances like this is a fairly rare occurrence,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said on Tuesday.

“I would prefer that these things be handled by the state and local authorities,” Sen. John Thune (R-SD) said. “You want to de-escalate, rather than escalate.”

Yesterday, Trump declared that he would show zero tolerance for any more rioting and looting in the streets:

President Donald Trump announced tonight that he will deploy military force in cities that are gripped by riots if blue-state governors do not get their acts in order and do so soon.

“My first and highest duty as president is to defend our great country and the American people,” Trump said in his speech. “I swore an oath to uphold the laws of our nation and that is exactly what I will do.”

Trump made it clear that he is an “ally of all peaceful protesters” who are protesting about injustices committed against George Floyd, who died during a police encounter with former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. However, Trump will not allow the rioters to disgrace Floyd’s memory with their looting and wanton property destruction.

Trump announced that he would deploy “thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel and law enforcement officers” in order to restore order in American cities. These forces could be deployed as soon as tonight considering how blue-state governors have done so poorly at keeping their states safe.

Earlier in the day, Trump had criticized governors throughout the country for their “weak” response to the growing violence.

President Trump has backed off at least temporarily from his boasts, showing yet again that his bark is much worse than his bite.

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