NEWS SUMMARY-INTELLIGENCE REPORT FRIDAY 4/3/2020 NEWSDUMP FRIDAY
(SERVICE WHEN ABLE THROUGH LATE FRIDAY INTO EARLY SATURDAY WITH SERVICE SHUTTING DOWN AT 1205 AM SATURDAY EASTERN US TIME)
Details have been reported on last night's meeting in Emmett, Idaho called by Ammon Bundy in response to government restrictions related to Covid-19.
Bundy says that state officials are "exploiting" the situation and violating the Bill of Rights of the US Constitution.
Part of what he said:
"It really doesn't matter what numbers there are when it comes to the coronavirus. It really doesn't matter if it's real or not, if it's rampant or not, whether it's a pandemic or not. Because it still does not give government officials the right to infringe upon our rights. And that's what matters."
Ammon Bundy urging peaceful means to oppose and resist government coronavirus restrictions and not to "instigate" situations.
The news story about the meeting published by "E and E News".....EE NEWS STORY......The video posted of last night's meeting on "Facebook".....FACEBOOK VIDEO AMMON BUNDY MEETING 4/2/2020
More Newsdump Friday Covid-19 developments ahead but first......
The unemployment rate in the US moving up to 4.4 percent last month from the record low of 3.5 percent. The first impact being felt from the mass unemployment caused by coronavirus restrictions imposed by various governments....YAHOO FINANCE STORY WITH VIDEO
Russia now says that it is communicating with other countries in response to Saudi Arabia's call for an OPEC+ meeting involving oil producing nations. A source telling the Tass News Agency that talks may possibly happen next week.....TASS NEWS AGENCY STORY
The Kremlin spokesman said Wednesday and Thursday that no direct talks between Russia and Saudi Arabia were underway over oil production and prices as stated both days by President Trump. Today Dmitry Peskov said that President Putin has talked to President Trump and the leaders of Turkey, Serbia and South Africa about the oil market situation....TASS NEWS STORY
Friday night Moscow time Vladimir Putin was quoted as saying that Russia maintains "a close contact" with Saudi Arabia. The Russian President mentioning talking to President Trump and saying everyone is interested in "joint action" to "ensure long-term market stability.....TASS NEWS STORY
The United States recently appointed a special "energy representative" to Saudi Arabia Victoria Coates after Russia and Saudi Arabia acted to increase oil production last month causing prices to collapse threatening the US energy producers who need per barrel prices in the 45 dollar a barrel range to make any profit.
A MEETING ANNOUNCED TODAY INVOLVING PRESIDENT TRUMP AND OIL INDUSTRY EXECUTIVES NEXT WEEK....
A FIRING IN WASHINGTON TONIGHT RELATED TO LAST YEAR'S IMPEACHMENT PROCESS AGAINST PRESIDENT TRUMP. THE INSPECTOR GENERAL OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY MICHAEL ATKINSON LOSING HIS JOB. A LETTER SENT BY THE PRESIDENT TO INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE CHAIRS IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE THAT MAKES HIS FIRING EFFECTIVE IN 30 DAYS.
DEMOCRATS CALLING THE PRESIDENT'S ACTION AN 'ABUSE OF POWER....
A Friday evening meeting in Israel between the main political protagonists. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White Party leader Benny Gantz working towards agreement on a "national emergency government"
A joint statement said their meeting was in the interests of advancing negotiations between their two teams.....ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS REPORT
An Islamic State attack in Iraq today with at least three Iraqi soldiers killed. The bombing carried out in the northern city of Kirkuk. Two other soliders reported injured......ANADOLU TURKISH NEWS AGENCY REPORT
The Navy firing the Captain of the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier who had pleaded with his superiors to put the ships crew under quarantine on shore to prevent spread of the coronavirus.
Captain Brett Crozier's memo ended up being published in an exclusive story by the "San Francisco Chronicle" and led to the Navy acting to put most of the ship's crew (3,000 out of 5,000) ashore on Guam for quarantine while the ship goes through disinfection......ASSOCIATED PRESS NEWS STORY
When Crozier left the ship he was cheered by crew members.....CNN STORY WITH EMBEDDED VIDEO
A doctor facing a federal charge accused of sexually assaulting patients at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Beckley, West Virginia.
Dr. Jonathan Yates arrested and charged in a case where more than 30 patients have filed complaints against him with a medical board in West Virginia.
More from "Metro News" in West Virginia......LINK
AN IRAQI MILITIA GROUP BACKED BY IRAN SAYS IT WON'T BE ATTACKING US FORCES IN IRAQ 'AS LONG AS THEY ARE WITHDRAWING'. KATA'IB HEZBOLLAH HAS BEEN THE TARGET OF US RETALIATORY STRIKES FOR ATTACKS ON US BASES AND FACILITIES IN IRAQ......SOUTHFRONT STORY
Coronavirus in the USA today with Pennsylvania seeing a jump to 8,420 cases, up 1,404 from yesterday using the counting method of the Pennsylvania Department of Health. 12 more deaths reported today bringing the total to 102. Nearly 2,300 cases now reported in Philadelphia.....PENN LIVE STORY
Around the USA tonight the top four states in cases of coronavirus according to Worldometers New York (103,476), New Jersey (29,985), Michigan (12,744) and California (12,267) as of 1020 pm Eastern US time.
THE ISSUE OF MASKS BROUGHT UP BY THE PRESIDENT TODAY AS THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL IS RECOMMENDING THE USE OF BASIC MASKS NOT MEDICAL GRADE TO HELP PREVENT CORONAVIRUS TRANSMISSION....VIDEO LINK
The White House announcing today that anyone in close proximity to President Trump or Vice-President Mike Pence will be tested for Covid-19.
President Trump tested a second time for the coronavirus and the test result is negative.
President Trump ordering 3 M to stop exporting N 95 face masks to Canada.....CBC NEWS STORY....Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warning today that there could be retaliation with Canada withholding needed supplies from the US.....VIDEO LINK
Walmart announcing tonight that customers will be limited inside stores to five per one thousand square feet of store space starting tomorrow in the name of maintaining "social distancing". Walmart urging that as few family members as possible come to their stores to shop......THE HILL NEWS STORY
The lockdown that began in Italy last month will continue until next month lasting until at least May 1st. The country's civil protection chief thinks it will probably last beyond that....RUSSIA TODAY NEWS STORY
A MASSIVE POLICE OPERATION LAUNCHED IN ISRAEL TODAY WITH ROADBLOCKS AIDED BY DRONES AND OBSERVATION POSTS TO SEAL OFF THE ORTHODOX JEWISH COMMUNITY BNEI BRAK IN THE NAME OF STOPPING THE SPREAD OF COVID-19. BNEI BRAK HOME TO AROUND 200-THOUSAND PEOPLE.
THE OPERATION BEING LAUNCHED AHEAD OF THE SABBATH AND AHEAD OF PASSOVER WHEN ORTHODOX JEWS MAY CHOOSE TO TAKE ACTIONS NOT APPROVED OF BY THE AUTHORITIES IN THE MIDST OF THE CORONAVIRUS SITUATION.....ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS STORY
ISRAEL'S MILITARY IS ALSO PARTICIPATING IN THIS OPERATION WITH PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU SAYING THAT ISRAEL DEFENSE FORCES PARTICIPATION IS NEEDED 'IN LIGHT OF THE SPECIAL SITUATION'......AFP NEWS STORY PUBLISHED BY ARAB NEWS
"Those who are hospitalized are those who have not respected the confinement"
Those words came from the top cop in Paris.
Prefect of Police Didier Lallement now offering up an apology for his remarks....STORY VIA GOOGLE TRANLATION FROM BFM-TV FRANCE
Singapore has done a turnaround on coronavirus policy. The Southeast Asian city-state closing schools and businesses for one month....NIKKEI ASIAN REVIEW STORY
Two coronavirus infected cruise ships docked in Florida after being turned away by numerous countries and in spite of opposition from local officials. President Trump intervening to help smooth things over for the ships arrival......"THE GUARDIAN" STORY
The coronavirus blog for today from BBC News......BBC NEWS CORONAVIRUS BLOG 4/3/2020
AT 1159 PM EASTERN US TIME TONIGHT THE COVID-19 FIGURES FOR THE USA FROM WORLDOMETERS 277,467 CASES WITH 7,402 DEATHS AND 12,283 RECOVERIES....
WORLDWIDE FROM JOHNS HOPKINS THE NUMBERS 1,099.389 CASES, 58,901 DEATHS AND 226,603 RECOVERIES.......
In other news......
The CEO of the top banking firm Goldman Sachs breaking with tradition and buying two new private jets. The two Gulfstream jets are models that sell for about 75 million dollar apiece. Previously the firm had never owned its own corporate aircraft......BNN BLOOMBERG NEWS STORY
A court in Pakistan overturning the convictions of four men found guilty in the murder of "Wall Street Journal" reporter Daniel Pearl 2002.
The highest profile of the four, Omar Saeed Sheikh, had his murder conviction overturned and he was instead convicted of kidnapping making him eligible for release after serving more than seven years in prison.
The other three ordered released immediately.
More as reported by the "Washington Post" and published by "Stars and Stripes".....WASHINGTON POST STORY IN STARS AND STRIPES
And its pretty crowded in northeastern Syria nowadays with various fighting factions and armies deployed. There are sometimes confrontations involving them. A video is out showing US forces chasing after a Russian military police patrol near the Rmelan oil fields. The incident said to have occurred Monday of this week.....SOUTHFRONT STORY WITH VIDEO EMBEDDED
One other story tonight a granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy and her son feared dead after the kayak they were using in the Chesapeake Bay went missing.....SKY NEWS UK STORY
That's the way it really is Newsdump Friday April 3, 2020.