Trump's pick for secretary of state reportedly set up 'kill teams' of commandos at the CIA
- As director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo reportedly set up small teams of commandos to kill suspected terrorists, according to a report by BuzzFeed.
- Pompeo, who has said the agency would become more "aggressive" and "vicious," pushed for such lethal operations after he took over the agency in January 2017.
- The military and the National Security Council were initially resistant to the plan, according to BuzzFeed, but the proposal was eventually approved.
- The current head of the SAC, a former aide to both Pompeo and his predecessor, John Brennan, is a former commando who has pushed for more aggressive operations, including the use of the SAC to kill terrorists.
- Trump has picked Pompeo to take over the State Department, after former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was abruptly fired.
- Trump said he plans to select CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel as Pompeo's successor.
Bitcoin is a 'Crock' Politician Received Biggest Donation from Company at Crypto Disruption Risk
- The most virulently anti-Bitcoin congressman at this week’s House Capital Markets, Securities, and Investment Subcommittee hearing on cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings (ICOs) received his largest campaign donations from industries threatened by widespread cryptocurrency adoption.
- Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) — who made headlines when he called Bitcoin a “crock” during Wednesday’s hearing — has received more campaign donations during the current fiscal year from a digital payment processor than any other company, according to the Center for Responsible Politics.
- According to the Center for Responsible Politics, Sherman received $12,500 from individuals associated with Allied Wallet, an e-commerce payment processor headquartered in Los Angeles.
- While that might not seem like much, it represents the largest contribution that the congressman received from any single company during the current fiscal year — a company that, coincidentally, stands to experience significant disruption if cryptocurrency becomes a mainstream payment tool.
‘Fight Fire with Fire’: IMF Chief Lagarde Calls for Blockchain-Powered Bitcoin Regulation
- Christine Lagarde, the IMF’s managing director, wrote in a Tuesday blog post that she believes regulators can use blockchain or other distributed ledger technologies (DLT) to regulate Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies and prevent them from being used in connection with money laundering and other financial crimes.
- Elsewhere in the post, which bears the ominous title “Addressing the Dark Side of the Crypto World,” Lagarde explained that she believes DLT and other digital technologies can be used by financial regulators across the globe to “communicate seamlessly” and create registries of customer information and digital signatures that would be linked to biometric information.
- On Tuesday, Japan became the latest country to announce that it will formally call for G20 members to discuss international cryptocurrency regulations at the group’s upcoming finance summit.
Harvey Weinstein spent time in a $58,000 sex rehab program in Arizona that made him wake up at 6:30 a.m. every day to meditate
- Harvey Weinstein has kept a low-profile since more than 70 women came foward last year accusing the once esteemed Hollywood movie producer of a wide range of sexual misdeeds, including harassment, assault, and rape.
- Since the flood of allegations against Weinstein surfaced last year, the film producer has spent much of his time in Scottsdale, Arizona.
- A representative for Weinstein told The Times he's also traveled throughout the US seeking sex addiction treatment.
- One of the therapy programs in which Weinstein reportedly enrolled in Arizona is located just outside Scottsdale at an addiction-treatment center called Gentle Path at the Meadows.
- The treatment program at Gentle Path costs $58,000 and lasts 45 days, although The Times said Weinstein didn't stay for the full amount of time.
- Though Weinstein appears to be living a somewhat tranquil life, he still faces a slew of allegations of sexual assault and rape that could amount to serious criminal charges.