Hasan Minhaj’s “Patriot Act” Censored

Streaming giant Netflix removed an episode of Hasan Minhaj’s Patriot Act from the Saudi network at the request of the regime.

The kingdom requested that the episode in which Minhaj criticizes the Saudi regime and specifically Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the murder of U.S. resident and Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi be taken down from the Saudi network.

Netflix complied with the request, calling it “valid,” and defending the decision by stating that the company was simply complying with “local laws.”

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Khashoggi’s Communication Intercepted by Saudis

A Montreal-based Saudi activist is suing NSO Group for allegedly hacking his and Jamal Khashoggi’s communication via WhatsApp at the behest of the regime.

NSO Group Technologies is an Israeli cyber intelligence firm founded in 2010 and based in Herzliya close to Tel Aviv.

Omar Abdulaziz, a close associate of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi and fellow Saudi exile, is suing the Israeli company on the grounds that it intercepted their conversations leading up to Khashoggi’s murder at the direction of the Saudi regime.

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President Chooses Money Over Justice

Trump issued a written statement yesterday explaining that, despite all the evidence, he has chosen to side with the Saudi regime over Jamal Khashoggi’s killing.

Subtitled, “America First,” the statement was reportedly awash in exclamation points.

The president’s insistence on continuing to support the Saudi regime comes after the CIA confirmed that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was almost certainly the decision-maker behind Khashoggi’s assassination.

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CIA Confirms Crown Prince’s Role in Khashoggi Murder

The CIA has joined Turkey in accusing Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of ordering the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The assertion that the Crown Prince — known as MBS — was indeed responsible for the death of Washington Post journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi is in direct contradiction with the Saudi government’s claims.

More than a dozen Saudi officials have been arrested in connection with the murder, a handful are facing the death penalty, and the monarchy has named a senior intelligence official as the leader of the hit-team.

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Administration Omits Saudi Prince in Sanctions

The administration has sanctioned a number of Saudi Arabian officials over the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, but not the Crown Prince.

The Trump administration issued sanctions against 17 Saudi officials today in response to the officials’ involvement in the assassination of Washington Post columnist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi.

The Treasury Department froze all officials’ U.S. assets and prohibited American citizens from doing business with them.

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MBS Called Khashoggi a Terrorist

The Washington Post is reporting that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told White House officials that Jamal Khashoggi was a terrorist.

According to the report, bin Salman, better known as MBS, was on a call with White House advisor Jared Kushner and National Security Advisor John Bolton when he made the accusation.

The crown prince falsely claimed that Khashoggi was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, a group that the Saudi government has classified as a terrorist organization.

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The First Test

The Trump administration is facing its first diplomatic crisis following confirmation that Jamal Khashoggi was assassinated by Saudi operatives.

Khashoggi, a columnist for the Washington Post, was reportedly lured to Saudi Arabia by the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, with a document Khashoggi needed for his upcoming wedding.

Both the president and his son-in-law Jared Kushner have enjoyed cozy relationships with the Saudi royal family, so this incident may cause more than just diplomatic tension.

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