Ray Epps: The Fed-Protected Provocateur Who Appears To Have Led The Very First 1/6 Attack On The U.S. Capitol

 

We can only wonder if Liz Cheney is going to include Ray Epps in the House investigation of January 6. She is so anxious to get Steve Bannon to testify why not this fine fellow? Should we be surprised after Michigan? The FBI. Coming to your school board meeting soon. How about a brief refresher on the FBI and entrapment before we start on Ray Epps in case we have any doubts the lengths to which they will go.

Michigan governor kidnap plot dreamt up by FBI, accused leader claims

Even BuzzFeed found the case a bridge too far. No rightwing rag.

Now on to one Ray Epps.

There’s videos of capitol police waving people to come in the door, and openly encouraged them to come in. So it’s not a concern, it is an undeniable fact. This after refusing for months to release the thousands of hours of video the government had collected so that good Americans could not use them in their defense.

In a House hearing on Thursday, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) questioned AG Merrick Garland about a mysterious man, Ray Epps, instructing protesters to enter the US Capitol building on January 5, and who later shepherded crowds towards the Capitol on January 6.

Revolver:

The story of the mystery man, Ray Epps, featured in Rep. Massie’s video below is in fact far more shocking than even the good Congressman implies in the hearing. It’s a story so strange, and so scandalous at every turn, that it threatens to shatter the entire official narrative of the “Capitol Breach” and expose yet another dimension of proactive federal involvement in the so-called “insurrection” of January 6th.

If Revolver News’s previous reporting points to a proactive role of the federal government in relation to the conspiracy cases against Oath Keepers and Proud Boys, the Ray Epps story that follows suggests a similar, yet more egregious, explicit, direct and immediate degree of federal involvement in the breach of the Capitol itself.

Even the crowd catches on onto Epps with the chant Feds, Feds, Feds

Rep. Massie Questions Attorney General Garland- Were Federal Agents Present/Agitating on Jan 6th?

 

After months of research, Revolver’s investigative reporting team can now reveal that Ray Epps appears to be among the primary orchestrators of the very first breach of the Capitol’s police barricades at 12:50pm on January 6. Epps appears to have led the “breach team” that committed the very first illegal acts on that fateful day. What’s more, Epps and his “breach team” did all their dirty work with 10 minutes still remaining in President Trump’s National Mall speech, and with the vast majority of Trump supporters still 30 minutes away from the Capitol.

Secondly, Revolver also determined, and will prove, that the the FBI stealthily removed Ray Epps from its Capitol Violence Most Wanted List on July 1, just one day after Revolver exposed the inexplicable and puzzlesome FBI protection of known Epps associate and Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes. July 1 was also just one day after separate New York Times report amplified a glaring, falsifiable lie about Epps’s role in the events of January 6.

Lastly, Ray Epps appears to have worked alongside several individuals — many of them suspiciously unindicted — to carry out a breach of the police barricades that induced a subsequent flood of unsuspecting MAGA protesters to unwittingly trespass on Capitol restricted grounds and place themselves in legal jeopardy.

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AG Garland’s family ties to Critical Race theory and China – the Intersect

All roads lead to China these days and this one is no different. Let’s follow the money. Pandora Education – the brain child of AG Garland’s son-in law, Atlantic General and a fellow named William E. Ford

SLE- Social Emotional Learning. What is it? Social Emotional Learning. For a refresher here are earlier posts:

AG Garland – daughter married to founder of company providing critical race theory materials to schools

and

AG Garland Son-In-law’s School Education Company: ‘Trump and Supporters are White Supremacists’

The additional funding back in September gives us this eyeful just how far they have come.

From Tech Crunch:

Panorama Education, which has built out a K-12 education software platform, has raised $60 million in a Series C round of funding led by General Atlantic.

Who are the players at General Atlantic?

General Atlantic is a global growth equity investor.

We partner with leading entrepreneurs and innovative growth companies to deliver value for our family and institutional capital partners. Since 1980, we have identified disruptive businesses with transformative potential and helped them scale globally. We do this by serving as true partners and leveraging our patient capital, operational expertise and global platform.

Their portfolio includes:

Panorama×

Panorama Education is a K-12 SaaS provider that helps schools and districts measure, monitor and manage holistic student performance.

  • Sector: Technology
  • Headquarters: Boston, Massachusetts
  • Date Invested: 07/15/2021
  • Visit Website:

Who is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of General Atlantic? Let’s take a look. William E. Ford.

Bill Ford is General Atlantic’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, with three decades of experience investing in and helping build leading growth companies they say.

Current Board Affiliations of William Ford

Bytedance (Toutiao)×

Bytedance is a leading Chinese technology driven online media platform that utilizes artificial intelligence to distribute content based on users’ interest in real time.

  • Sector: Technology
  • Headquarters: Beijing, China
  • Date Invested: 08/22/2017
  • Visit Website
From their “visit website” listed above:
 
Feature: Looking forward to Taiwan's return to the embrace of the motherland as soon as possible

On the morning of the 9th, Taiwan’s senior media person Huang Zhixian participated in the commemoration of the 110th anniversary of the Revolution of 1911 in Beijing. Listening to the important speech of General Secretary Xi Jinping at the scene, she was very excited and couldn’t calm down for a long time.

“The division of’Taiwan independence’ is the biggest obstacle to the reunification of the motherland and a serious hidden danger to national rejuvenation.”

“Compatriots on both sides of the strait must stand on the right side of history and work together to create the glorious cause of the complete reunification of the motherland and the great national rejuvenation.”

“The historical task of the complete reunification of the motherland must be achieved, and it will definitely be achieved!”

“If Sun Yat-sen knows about the situation today, he will be very pleased with all the achievements of the mainland, and he will be very saddened by the people on the island who are still unwilling to repent.” She asked eagerly, “If the Revolution of 1911 is a life At this moment, they are facing’Taiwan independence’ and facing external forces that want to split China. What will they do? Don’t Taiwan people think clearly? Is it that Taiwan wants to be a new imperialist knife rather than to rejuvenate China? The Great Wall of the nation?”

More about Bill Ford:

Ford has been the Chief Executive Officer of General Atlantic, a leading growth equity firm, since his appointment in 2007. He was made Chairman of the firm in 2021. Under his direction, the firm’s assets under management have increased from roughly $12 billion in 2007 to $34 billion as of March 2020. During his tenure as CEO, the firm has also continued its global expansion by opening new offices in Jakarta, Singapore, Beijing, Mexico City, and Shanghai.

He serves on the board of General Atlantic portfolio companies ByteDance ,(Previously covered) and the Board of Directors of the National Committee on United States-China Relations

Mission

Since 1966, the National Committee has been a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to promoting mutual trust and collaboration between the United States and China. The Committee conducts exchanges, as well as educational and policy activities in areas of politics and security, education, governance and civil society, economic cooperation, media and transnational issues, addressing these topics with respect to Mainland ChinaHong Kong and Taiwan. National Committee exchanges and conferences bring together leaders in multiple fields from both sides of the Pacific, and promotes dialogue, engagement, and decision-making across a range of disciplines.

The Committee’s membership consists of American citizens, corporations and professional firms. They represent many viewpoints, but share the belief that productive U.S.-China relations require ongoing public education, face-to-face contact and exchange of ideas.

Ford also serves on the Advisory Board of China’s Tsinghua University‘s School of Economics and Management.

Tsinghua University is a major public research university in Beijing, and a member of the C9 League of Chinese universities.[11][12] Since its establishment in 1911, it has produced many notable leaders in science, engineering, politics, business, academia, and culture.[13][14] The university is ranked as the 15th best university in the world in the QS World University Rankings,[15] and is ranked No.1 in Asia by the THE Asia University Rankings and the U.S. News and World Report.[16][17][18]

21st century

Tsinghua alumni include the current General Secretary of the Communist Party of China and Paramount Leader of China, Xi Jinping ’79, who graduated with a degree in chemical engineering, along with the CPC General Secretary and former Paramount Leader of China Hu Jintao ’64, who graduated with a degree in hydraulic engineering. In addition to its powerful alumni, Tsinghua has a reputation for hosting globally prominent guest speakers, with international leaders Bill ClintonTony BlairHenry KissingerCarlos Ghosn, and Henry Paulson having lectured to the university community.[43]

 
 
BlackRock, Board Member
 
 
Our purpose is to help more and more people experience financial well-being. Together with our clients, we’re contributing to a more equitable and resilient world – today and for generations to come.
 
We’re involved citizens
Speaking out for diversity, equity and inclusion, and working to reduce our environmental footprint.

This about sums it up. I am not naive enough to think that this is the only investment company to play nice with China. But when we have General Atlantic giving 60 million bucks to Pandora not in the best interest of America and the CEO cozy with an anti-America Chinese technology company who claims to be an “online media platform that utilizes artificial intelligence to distribute content based on users’ interest in real time” it is a questionable endeavor.

We have AG Garland insisting that parents toe the line and not protest the intrusiveness of the government and its curriculum of indoctrination. Now infiltrating school board meetings with his henchmen the FBI. A company whose goal is Identifying families via kids that may be “at risk” with political views adverse to the governments views, a problem indeed.

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FBI to start investigating parents who resist school board policies and decisions

 

 

Attorney General Merrick Garland is mobilizing the FBI and U.S. attorneys to “investigate and prosecute” protests at public school board meetings.

“Threats against public servants are not only illegal, they run counter to our nation’s core values,” Garland wrote in a memo Monday to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Justice Department prosecutors. “Those who dedicate their time and energy to ensuring that our children receive a proper education in a safe environment deserve to be able to do their work without fear for their safety.

With the stroke of a pen AG Merrick Garland will use the FBI to hunt you down like the dogs they think you are if you resist the indoctrination of your children at school. You are now a domestic terrorist if you resist your school board. Your children will wear a mask, take the jab, have Critical Race Theory taught, including so called sex education and they will have your children hating America. Intimidation at its finest. The parents? All they have to do is take a look at the languishing of the January 6 demonstrators in solitary confinement to get the message.

Without laying claim to one case, Garland will now insert the FBI into our governance. And they are just getting started.

 

 

Domestic terrorists

Fulton parents confront school board about controversial survey

“Fulton parents confront school board about controversial survey” by KOMUnews is licensed under CC BY 2.0

 

And the school boards? What are their limitations?

And so it goes:

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Justice Denied and the Colonel Larry Franklin Debacle

On June 30, Colonel Larry Franklin marked the fifth anniversary of his meeting with FBI agents, in which he first learned he was a suspect in what would later be known as “the AIPAC case,” referring to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Along with Franklin, two of the Washington lobby’s senior officials were charged with violating the seldom-used federal Espionage Act of 1917. Mustang gives us the details of what went wrong.

Justice Denied and the Larry Franklin Debacle

by Mustang

In late November 2020, Israeli journalist Caroline Glick wrote an opinion article for Newsweek that called for justice on behalf of former U. S. Air Force (Reserve) Colonel Lawrence A. Franklin.  Glick described Franklin as a brilliant, fearless intelligence officer who worked in the Department of Defense and whose efforts saved the lives of countless US service members.

Once Labeled An AIPAC Spy, Larry Franklin Tells His Story by the Forward

Image by NATHAN GUTTMAN

In 2003, Franklin worked in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as the Secretary’s expert on Iranian affairs.  Then-Secretary Donald Rumsfeld needed fresh (practical) intelligence on Iran concerning that country’s efforts to undermine US war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, its terror networks, and information on the Iranian nuclear weapons program.  Within the framework of Franklin’s duties, he was authorized to share intelligence information with US allies — more specifically, Israel — because no other country’s intelligence services know as much about what is going on in Iran as the Israelis.  Franklin had long-standing contacts with Israeli intelligence, including surrogates connected to the pro-Israel lobby, AIPAC.

Typically, the intelligence communities work on a quid pro quo basis: you give me something, I’ll give you something in return.  In return for information about Iran, Israel wanted to know what in the hell George W. Bush was up to.  As it happens, Bush’s policy toward Iran was a series of incomprehensible contradictions.  The State Department and CIA supported appeasing Iran, the White House (Dick Cheney), and some members of the National Security Council did not think it was possible to appease Iran.  What was needed, they believed, was a head-on confrontation with Iran.  President Bush mediated these two sides by opting for incoherence.

Franklin agreed with Cheney (and others) that a hardline approach was the correct position, and, concerned that Bush was insufficiently aware of Iran’s intentions relating to US involvement in Iraq, Franklin opened a discussion with AIPAC officials to have them communicate his concerns to their NSC friends, who in turn, would convey them to President Bush.  There was nothing particularly unusual in Franklin’s actions.

What Franklin did not realize at the time was that the policy disagreements in the Bush administration involved more than a mere dispute over a certain measure of distrust of Israeli intelligence information among some of the doves;  an FBI inquiry about Franklin’s contact with AIPAC officials soon followed.  Glick contends that these concerns by Bush administration doves were predicated on their inherent anti-Semitism.  Whether that argument has any merit is impossible to know.  One of the DIA investigators, however, according to Franklin, was known to have sympathies for the Hezbollah organization, which makes one wonder why an Islamicist would be working in the Defense Intelligence Agency.

Franklin willingly spoke with investigators to explain his actions.  He did not feel that he needed an attorney present during any of these interviews.  In any case, as the inquiry continued, Franklin realized that investigators seemed more interested in Jewish employees in the Pentagon than with any discussion Franklin had with his AIPAC contacts — that is until they informed Franklin that he was suspected of being a “closet Jew” and opened an espionage case against him.  Ultimately, the FBI charged Franklin with spying for Israel; he pled guilty to taking “classified information” home as homework and having an “unauthorized discussion” with members of AIPAC.  The case against the two AIPAC individuals was later dismissed, which reduced Franklin’s sentence from 12 years in prison to ten months of house arrest.

Franklin’s conviction, however, resulted in the loss of his civil service pension and his Air Force pension.  He now lives on the edge of poverty in West Virginia.  Despite his appeal to President Trump for a pardon, which would have restored his pension, the President denied his request.

It is difficult for me to imagine that someone like Franklin or Michael Flynn, mature, experienced officers and/or civil servants, would ever agree to an FBI/DIA/CIA interview without the presence of an attorney.  It is also unseemly that a 35-year veteran intelligence officer would have failed to cover his ass with a memorandum for the record governing his actions, with page initials by his immediate superiors.  That’s just nuts.

It also seems bizarre that President Trump could find it in his heart to pardon a Memphis cocaine dealer while refusing to entertain a pardon for someone like Franklin (although Franklin is white), who was only trying to serve his country.  Errors in judgment, most certainly … criminal or treasonous conduct, hardly … and the impact of his conviction, for being open and upfront with FBI investigators, has far exceeded his trivial misstep.  Who in their right mind would want to join the US military today, or become an intelligence officer/analyst with the Defense Department, or join the police force?

Today, Lawrence Franklin is an area expert writer for Gatestone Institute.  He writes almost exclusively about Sino-American relations.

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Reflections on the film ‘Unforgiven’

Reflections on Unforgiven

by Mustang

The titled film is one of my favorites.  In the latter part of the film, the nearly-blind dimwit who read too many dime novels laments the fact that he assassinated someone while he was taking a bowel movement but then adds that the fellow probably “had it coming.”  Clint Eastwood’s character responds, “Hell, kid, we all have it coming.” 

 

Ashli Babbitt, whose parents didn’t know how to spell Ashley, was a 35-year old former airman who, from every account, was never a member of any organized “extremist” groups.  I’ve placed the word extremist in quotations because the definition of that word (apparently) depends on one’s particular political point of view.  Ashli and her husband owned a pool business in California.

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Ashli Babbitt

Ashli flew to Washington DC on 5 January to participate in the “Stop the Steal” rally on 6 January.  One of the hundreds of people who pushed their way into the US Capitol.  There are videos of Ashli standing behind others, grasping poles to attempt to breach a barricaded set of doors leading to the Speaker’s Lobby.  It was behind the lobby where several members of Congress were sheltering and, we could assume, were peeing themselves.  When Ashli attempted to climb through a broken window, the first to do so (it is claimed), a police officer fired a single shot, struck her in the shoulder, and she apparently bled to death.

 

I don’t know Ashli Babbitt.  She may have been one of those mouthy young people who talk more than listen.  She may have been the impetuous type … going off on adventures without giving much thought to the likely consequences of her actions.  In fact, Ashli may have been an idiot.  What she was not, however, was armed.  I’m not sure how a police officer is justified in killing a mouthy person.  It does not appear to have been the “least amount of force necessary to place someone under arrest.”  That would probably be physical restraint or the use of a taser if she were too rowdy.

 

But at no time did Ashli give the police officer a reasonable belief that she endangered anyone’s life or cause them injury. She did not have a nuclear weapon or any explosive device. Nor, given the fact that Ashli was shot “while entering” the Capitol building, could the police officer reasonably conclude that the use of deadly force was justified to prevent serious injury or imminent death against other persons (cowering members of Congress).

 

I suspect the individual who shot her was likely unsuitable for police work — someone who gets rattled easily, is always afraid of others, someone incapable of “taking charge” of a situation or employing the least amount of force necessary to effect an apprehension.  We might understand this, particularly if the shooter was a young officer, inexperienced, or a bed-wetter — but it doesn’t mitigate the fact that he murdered an unarmed demonstrator.

 

What should concern us about the Babbitt murder is that a citizen was shot and killed and that the police shooter was exonerated.  He’s become the hero (even if we don’t know his name), and she’s become the bad guy.  I think Ashli used poor headwork in her part of this episode, but she’ll not be learning any lessons from it.  She’s dead.  She’s unforgiven.  The question remains: did this potentially mouthy, reactive, dim bulb deserve to die?  Apparently.

 

And so too does anyone else who participates in demonstrations against a totalitarian government.  The capitol policeman and Speaker of the House of Representatives fired a warning shot.  Not at Ashli, at the American people who won’t do as they’re told. You have been warned.  I think it was author/former police officer Joseph Wambaugh who once wrote, “Never take a stick to a gunfight.”  

Unforgettable Scene – Unforgiven. “Hell of a thing…” ….“Hell, kid, we all have it coming.”

Mustang also blogs at Fix Bayonets and Thoughts From Afar

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Biden administration develops spy network with tech to stamp out ‘White Supremacists’

We learn that a new system to “methodically track” domestic terrorism cases has been implemented that includes working with tech companies. They will work with them to “eliminate terrorist content online.” “Open Sources” is the operational code for spying. It’s all hands on deck to stamp out White Supremacists. Both DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and AG Garland are out there this week as Biden’s “wingmen.” Wouldn’t it have been so nice if Trump would have had half of a “wing man” that Biden has? 

If this whole business doesn’t send a chill down your spine, then you haven’t read any history. Of course this is all based supposedly on the January 6 incident.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration says it will enhance its analysis of threats from domestic terrorists, including the sharing of intelligence within law enforcement agencies, and will work with tech companies to eliminate terrorist content online as part of a nationwide strategy to combat domestic terrorism.

A report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence found that domestic violent extremists posed an increased threat in 2021, with white supremacist groups and anti-government militias posing the highest risk, officials said.

The new strategy includes enhancing the government’s analysis of domestic terrorism and improving the information that is shared between local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Administration officials said the Justice Department had also implemented a new system to “methodically track” domestic terrorism cases nationwide within the FBI.

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The government’s new plan also includes an effort to identify government employees who may pose a domestic terrorism threat, with a number of federal agencies working on new policies and programs to root out potential domestic extremists in law enforcement and in the military.

A senior administration official said the Office of Personnel Management was considering updating forms to assist in improving screening and vetting of government employees to make sure people who could pose a threat are identified before being put in sensitive roles. The official spoke to reporters on the condition of anonymity to detail the internal tools.

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FBI

 

Secretary Mayorkas on U.S. Domestic Terror Strategy

He lies like a rug. Just like the the border is closed, now everyone’s rights will be respected.

 

Of course all of this goes down while everyone is focused on what is going on with the latest gaffe of Biden oeverseas.

 

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FBI subpoena aims at learning who read an online news story

This isn’t the biggest news story of the day but the ramifications are more than enough for us to pay attention. If we have any questions on how this story will end, wonder no more. Judge James Boasberg of secret court FISA fame is the judge who is hearing the case. He was presiding judge until May 21, 2021. Gannett, the publisher, contends that demand for details on who accessed article violates the First Amendment

From a secret FISA court opinion

Newspaper publisher Gannett is fighting an effort by the FBI to try to determine who read a specific USA Today story about a deadly shooting in February near Fort Lauderdale, Fla., that left two FBI agents dead and three wounded.

The subpoena, served on Gannett in April, seeks information about who accessed the news article online during a 35-minute window starting just after 8 p.m. on the day of the shootings. The demand — signed by a senior FBI agent in Maryland — does not appear to ask for the names of those who read the story, if the news outlet has such information. Instead, the subpoena seeks internet addresses and mobile phone information that could lead to the identities of the readers.

In a filing in U.S. District Court in Washington, lawyers for Gannett said the demand violates the First Amendment. They also complained that the FBI appears to have ignored the Justice Department’s policy for seeking information from the media.

“A government demand for records that would identify specific individuals who read specific expressive materials, like the Subpoena at issue here, invades the First Amendment rights of both publisher and reader, and must be quashed accordingly,” attorneys Charles Tobin and Maxwell Mishkin wrote on behalf of Gannett.

The case has been assigned to Judge James Boasberg, an appointee of President Barack Obama.

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Back in September 2020 the Washington Post had this headline. Our man Boasberg was the man on the job:

FBI and NSA violated surveillance law or privacy rules, a federal judge found

Two of the nation’s largest surveillance agencies repeatedly violated either the law or related court orders in incidents reported last year despite training on the procedures set up to protect the privacy of U.S. persons, a federal judge found.

The FBI flouted the law and the National Security Agency ignored a rule to safeguard civil liberties when these agencies gathered or searched emails and other communications gathered from U.S. tech and phone companies, under a statute designed to produce foreign intelligence, ruled Judge James E. Boasberg, presiding judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, in a significant opinion made public Friday.

“It should be unnecessary to state that government officials are not free to decide for themselves whether or to what extent they should comply with court orders,” Boasberg wrote in the December 2019 opinion.

The 83-page partially redacted ruling by Boasberg was released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. It focused on whether to approve a new set of rules enabling the FBI, NSA and CIA to continue collecting and searching millions of communications gathered from American companies under a law known as “Section 702” of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Though Boasberg was at times scathing in his criticism, he signed off on the new rules or “certifications,” saying he expected them to address the problems — a fact that dismayed privacy advocates.“

The FBI is really just starting to implement” some of its new procedures “on a comprehensive basis,” he wrote.

Sure Judge Boasberg, we know the drill.

BONUS:

Are the FISA Court members dirty?

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Most important is the fact that the FISA court only turns down .02 percent of requests. All day long yesterday we hear that the FISA court demands a “rigorous through review” before granting a request. Total nonsense. One has a better chance of being struck by lightning.

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Companies are more than happy to monitor Conservatives for the government

Our fellow citizens are more than happy to lend a hand in rooting out all things Conservative. Glen Greenwald sets the record straight on what  the publication “The Intercept” is in the process of doing apparently for the government. Why else? Sifting through Gab they claim is a “far-right social network.” This after we learn what Biden is “mulling” doing.

Biden admin mulls partnering with private firms to monitor extremists

The Biden administration is reportedly considering contracting outside firms to track ​”extremist” chatter online in order to circumvent legal restrictions on the surveillance power of federal agencies like the Department of Homeland Security.

To get around restrictions, the federal government is reportedly weighing enlisting outside entities that can legally encounter these groups and gather information.

Working with these companies would allow the DHS to better analyze trends and provide more real-time information for its use and for the FBI, which also is unable to surveil US citizens without first getting a warrant or proving some overarching justification like a previous investigation.

The CIA and the National Security Agency are under similar restrictions.

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Proud Boys

Glenn Greenwald is one of the three co-founding editors of The Intercept. He was pushed out of The Intercept in October 2020 over the direction it was taking. He posted the tweet below and it’s worthy of making a note.

The Intercept is more than happy to pitch in apparently.

And how is this different than Wikileaks? Hacking US government is fine, but hacking right wing extremists is repulsive?

Tweet:

Glen Greenwald:

This is repulsive. The Intercept was founded during the Snowden story to defend privacy rights & oppose the security state. Now, the liberal DNC hacks who “edit” it are boasting they got personal data from Gab users & are sorting through it, doing FBI’s work to find “extremists.”

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Other than that all is well in the swamp.

FBI Raids Anonymous Safety Deposit Boxes, Requires Identity to Reclaim Stuff

Here is an interesting case that doesn’t quite pass the smell test. I would think that with all the FBI has to do now with investigating Trump and the rest of the Trumpsters in America, a little bit of “avoiding currency reporting requirements” would not be high on the list. But what the heck. The FBI grows stronger every day and isn’t that the point of this? Just how far can and will they go?

In a case that’s already sparked one lawsuit, a Beverly Hills strip mall business which rents private, anonymous safe deposit boxes was raided by the FBI last month – at which time the agency conducted a blanket seizure of hundreds of customers’ belongings.

To retrieve their valuables, customers will need to “identify themselves and subject themselves to an investigation to verify their legal ownership,” according to the Los Angeles Times, which noted that one customer has already gone to court claiming that the government overreached by confiscating the contents of every security box.

The FBI and Drug Enforcement Agency took five days to go through and process all the boxes after the raid began on March 22, according to court documents. US prosecutors argued on Friday that while the original warrant remains under seal, the magistrate judge who approved it thought that the sweeping seizures were appropriate.

“The government seized the nests of safety deposit boxes because there was overwhelming evidence that USPV was a criminal business that conspired with its criminal clients to distribute drugs, launder money, and structure transactions to avoid currency reporting requirements, among other offenses,” prosecutors claimed in papers filed in Los Angeles federal court.

The indictment was unsealed on Friday – just one hour before a court-issued deadline to respond to a lawsuit brought by a US Private Vaults customers who alleged that the blanket seizure was unconstitutional.

The unnamed customer, listed in court papers as John Doe, said the search warrant should not have authorized seizure of the jewelry, currency and bullion that he kept in his three boxes at U.S. Private Vaults, because there was no probable cause to suspect the person committed a crime.

“Just as the tenant of each apartment controls that space and therefore has a reasonable expectation of privacy in it, each of the hundreds of renters of safety deposit boxes … has a separate reasonable expectation of privacy in his or her separately controlled box or boxes,” the person’s attorney, Benjamin N. Gluck, wrote in the complaint. –Los Angeles Times

The customer seeks to stop the FBI from requiring anonymous customers to reveal themselves and undergo an investigation to verify legal ownership of their valuables – with attorney Benjamin Gluck arguing that the government is holding his  client’s goods “hostage” until he identifies himself. Gluck pointed to a statement by assistant US Attorney Andrew Brown describing the procedure for retrieving valuables.

“Though Mr. Brown perhaps deserves credit for his candor, his announced plan is grossly improper and manifestly unconstitutional,” wrote Gluck, noting that Brown had previously conceded in court papers that some US Private Vaults customers were “honest citizens to whom the government wishes to return their property.”

“But the majority of the box holders are criminals who used USPV’s anonymity to hide their ill-gotten wealth,” he wrote. “To distinguish between honest and criminal customers, the government must examine the specific facts of each box and each claim, precisely what the anonymous plaintiff wants to prevent by refusing to disclose not only his identity, but even the specific boxes he claims are his.”

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FBI Wray refused to discuss the death of Capitol Cop Sicknick – a repeat of Vince Foster Coverup

 

The refusal for Chris Wray to discuss the death of Capitol Police Officer Sicknick’s death at the recent Congressional hearing brings back shades of the Vince Foster coverup of his autopsy and investigation. Without a doubt an autopsy was completed long before any cremation of Officer Sicknick. As you will learn in the Foster clip below, the autopsy and investigation was fatally flawed in determining the true manner of his death. Worse the investigation was led by no other than Supreme court Kavanaugh back in the day. Which only goes to prove swamp creatures are everywhere and keep rising out of their snake pit to bite when the time is ripe. The so called Foster conspiracy theory was simply an elaborate coverup.

As to the one certain victim, we do know she was murdered.

USA:

U.S. Capitol Police identified military veteran Ashli Babbitt as the woman who was shot Wednesday amid a riot inside the Capitol.

“As protesters were forcing their way toward the House Chamber where Members of Congress were sheltering in place, a sworn (U.S. Capitol Police) employee discharged their service weapon, striking an adult female,” police said in a statement Thursday. “Medical assistance was rendered immediately, and the female was transported to the hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries. She has been identified as Ashli Babbitt.”

Note all the heavy armed and attired police on the side of Babbitt yet they did nothing. This is one angle but there were many views on other clips with police with heavy weapons and did nothing as well. Instead they backed off and turned around. I suggest a few shots in the air by them would have chilled the air. There was no one arrested in the Capitol with weapons. So much for the armed insurrection,

The video is age restricted. Click on “watch on Youtube.” Where are the questions regarding this situation?

 

 

 

Daily Mail:

The mother of the US Capitol police officer who died following the riot on January 6 believes that her son succumbed to a fatal stroke – that he was not bludgeoned to death by a fire extinguisher as reported.

Yet more than one month after Officer Brian Sicknick’s death on January 7, she has admitted that they are still in the dark as to what exactly caused that catastrophic episode.

Speaking exclusively to DailyMail.com Gladys Sicknick, 74, was unequivocal in her assertion that Officer Brian Sicknick was not struck on the head and that as far as the family knows her son had a fatal stroke.

New York Post:

FBI Director Christopher Wray on Tuesday refused to tell senators the cause of death for Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, whose death heavily influenced coverage of the Capitol riot.

Reports after Jan. 6 originally said Sicknick died after being bludgeoned by a fire extinguisher while fighting off then-President Donald Trump’s supporters, which authorities didn’t deny at the time. The claim became part of the impeachment trial case against Trump for allegedly inciting the riot — though his family now says it’s untrue.

Wray cited an “ongoing” investigation into Sicknick’s death.

 

 

 

A reminder how this is going to play out. Just as did the death of Vincent Foster.

Deputy White House counsel Vince Foster was found dead in Fort Marcy Park off the George Washington Parkway in Virginia, outside Washington, D.C., on July 20, 1993. His death was ruled a suicide by five official investigations,[1] but remains a subject of conspiracy theories.

 

 

 

For more on Vince Foster from an earlier post if you want a real conspiracy theory.

Supreme candidate Kavanaugh, from the deep state, led murdered Vince Foster coverup

This is the only time in history that an Independent Counsel was ordered to include evidence of a cover-up by his own investigators in his own Report.

Click on the title for more. Search Vince Foster in the search bar located at the top right side of this page for additional posts on the topic. I had spent a number of months reading all of the primary documents available and it is mind blowing..

We know about the JFK investigation. We were suppose to get the report released by now after many years but now they have extended the time. We know the drill don’t we?

 

Enter one Nancy Pelosi and the coverup begins:

Pelosi appoints a fixer Lt Gen Russel Honoré to whitewash the truth of 1/6 riot

In her letter Monday, Pelosi said, “It is clear from his findings and from the impeachment trial that we must get to the truth of how this happened.”

She added, “As we prepare for the Commission, it is also clear from General Honoré’s interim reporting that we must put forth a supplemental appropriation to provide for the safety of Members and the security of the Capitol.”

Now the fixer:

Enter Army Lt. Gen Russel Honoré

Just who in the world is he? Tucker Carlson let us know. The perfect addition to Pelosi’s swamp.

 

 

 

At the end of the day the names of Police Officer Brian Snickwick and military veteran Ashli Babbitt will be buried. Mere footnotes in a tragic ending to a bad story. Pawns of a set up. An overly exuberant crowd infiltrated and misled by ANTIFA. Commandeered by one Nancy Pelosi who refused the offer of one Donald J. Trump of 10,000 National Guard men and women. A woman who needed a death by fire extinguisher – an insurrection caused by a blood thirsty mob intending to take over the government. After all you must have blood and a victim. The placement of the remains in the Capitol Rotunda. Even that was odd and jarring. It took a month after his death? A month latter the ashes were presented for appropriate honor and respect by everyone who was anyone. You see it has to be death by fire extinguisher. And remain so. Otherwise the whole spectacle becomes simply the theatre of the absurd.

 

That is the best of the swamp.

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