News Roundup 1/6/17

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  • Former CIA Director James Woolsey quits the Trump Transition Team. [Link]
  • Trump tweets that if Toyota builds a car manufacturing plant in Mexico, then he will impose a big border tax to sell the cars in the US. [Link]
  • National Security Director James Clapper testifies before the Senate and claims that Russia meddled in the US election. Clapper provided no proof to support this claim but said some evidence will be released next week. [Link]
  • New York now requires ride-sharing apps like Uber to give the state data on users. Uber collects users location data after a ride is requested until 5 minutes after the user is dropped off. [Link]
  • Obama has ignored a scientific report that disputes the validity of many methods of forensic matching. Methods such as tire, footprint, bite mark and hair matching analysis have led to hundreds of convictions. By having the Department of Justice adopt the results of the scientific study, Obama could have helped wrongful convictions be overturned and prevent innocent people from going to jail in the future. [Link]
  • Obama adds 3,852 new regulations in 2016. Congress passed 211 new laws in the past year. [Link]
  • Four Yemeni Guantanamo Bay detainees were transferred to Saudi Arabia. [Link]
  • The US dropped 26,171 bombs in 2016. Most of the bombs were dropped on Iraq and Syria. [Link]
  • US Special Forces were deployed to 138 countries in 2016. Over half of Special Operations forces were sent to the Greater Middle East. [Link]
  • The US now has Special Operations Forces stationed on the Russian border. The US reports that the troops are in Lithuania for a training mission and to deter Russian aggression. [Link]
  • A terrorist attack outside of a Turkish courthouse kills two people. The PKK is being accused of ordering the attack. [Link]
  • Turkey sentences two commanders involved in the July coup to life in prison. [Link]
  • Iraqi forces launch a new offensive to retake three towns from ISIS in Western Iraq. [Link]
  • Turkey rejected US air support to help in its offensive to retake al-Bab from ISIS. Russia recently gave Turkey air support in al-Bab. [Link]
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Read Scott Horton's new book Fool's Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan