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Why the Biden COVID-19 vaccine mandate is unconstitutional - and why Kavanaugh may be the key

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US President Joe Biden • Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh
On September 9, President Biden announced he would circumvent the democratic process, ordering the Secretary of the Department of Labor to require employers with over 100 workers to "ensure their workforces are fully vaccinated or show a negative test at least once a week." This was essential, as Biden said, "to protect vaccinated workers from unvaccinated workers."

As we have explained, the Secretary of Labor will issue these regulations through OSHA by way of an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS). The ETS would allow the Secretary of Labor to issue the vaccine mandate without the normal administrative rulemaking requirements (like notice and public comment periods).
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While the Biden Administration tells the public that there's no time to waste in issuing the mandate, the truth is that OSHA/Labor failed to argue the necessity of a vaccine mandate since the vaccines have been available - a time period approaching one year. Moreover, the Biden Department of Labor is secretly meeting with the US Chamber of Commerce and business lobbyists to gather support for the mandate.

Footprints

Ex-Pentagon head on Milley: 'A disgraceful and unprecedented act of insubordination', 'must resign immediately or be fired'

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General Mark Milley
Former Acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller ripped Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley on Wednesday over a report that Milley told his Chinese counterpart that he would warn the Chinese military if the U.S. — and then-president Donald Trump — was about to launch a strike.

The Washington Post reported Tuesday, based on revelations in a forthcoming book from Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, that Milley was allegedly so worried that Trump would strike China that he called and told Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People's Liberation Army that the U.S. would not launch a strike and, that if the U.S. did, it would not be a surprise. Milley reportedly said:
"General Li, I want to assure you that the American government is stable and everything is going to be okay. We are not going to attack or conduct any kinetic operations against you. General Li, you and I have known each other for now five years. If we're going to attack, I'm going to call you ahead of time. It's not going to be a surprise."

Comment: As Biden administration personnel found ways to validate General Milley's actions and the implications dripping from passages in the Woodward-Costa book, others spoke from a protocol perspective:
Christopher Miller, the former acting Secretary of Defense, said Milley should resign "immediately." In a statement to Fox News, Miller said:
"the armed forces since the beginning have operated under the inviolable principle of civilian control of the military."
Kash Patel, the former chief of staff for the Defense Department, said Milley violated laws governing the chairman's ability to exercise "any operational authority." Patel told Fox News:
"Congress put this in the statute because the U.S. military is to be led by a civilian, the commander-in-chief. Furthermore, by law, the national command authority goes from the president to the secretary of Defense to include anything relating troop deployments, operations in theaters of war, and nuclear command.

"Calling a foreign counterpart and discussing operational capabilities against that enemy is literally treasonous. The White House, nor the Office of the Secretary of Defense authorized the chairman to conduct any calls with Chinese officials regarding operations."
Rep. Greg Steube (R-Fla.) said in a tweet that the "deep state is real. General Milley needs to be court-martialed for sedition."

Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC) said nobody elected Milley.
"He can't pretend otherwise. We need an investigation NOW & if true, his resignation & court-martial. While we're on the topic of 'unrest,' Biden & Milley are directly responsible for 13 dead servicemembers & letting Afghanistan fall into chaos."
Reacting to the statement from the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Donald Trump Jr. said:
"That isn't even remotely close to a denial from Milley ... it's basically a full throttle defense of his potentially treasonous actions. He needs to be removed."
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Dollar

Shocking report exposes how US defense contractors have wasted trillions through fraud and corruption

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American soldiers in the Zabul province of Afghanistan.
The newly released 'Profits of War' report from Brown University has revealed in staggering detail the full extent of the corruption unleashed by Washington's profligate defense spending during the 20-year War on Terror.

It notes that since the start of the intervention in Afghanistan in October 2001, Pentagon spending has totaled $14 trillion, with the US war budget increasing between 2002 and 2003 by more than the entire military spending of any other country. Between one-third and one-half of that total was pocketed by defense firms, which provided logistics and reconstruction, private security services and weapons - along the way, these contractors habitually engaged in "questionable or corrupt business practices," including fraud, abuse, price-gouging and profiteering.

Wartime conditions meant standard contract processes were circumvented - bidders, bids, and subsequent delivery weren't subject to significant oversight, so fleecing the Pentagon was extremely easy, particularly for well-connected companies with government ties.

No Entry

Putin, self-isolating, says 'dozens' in his inner circle diagnosed with COVID-19

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Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin says he expects to remain in self-isolation for several days after dozens of members of his inner circle tested positive for COVID-19.

Speaking via a video conference with leaders of the member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) who had gathered in Dushanbe for a summit on September 16, Putin said he wished "he could shake hands and embrace" the other leaders as he originally intended before being forced to self-isolate.

Putin said:
"You know, unfortunately, I had to cancel my trip to Dushanbe at the last moment, and I am sorry about that. But that is because, as you know, the coronavirus was discovered not just in one or two people, but in several dozens of people in [my] closest circle. So now I have to stay in self-isolation for several days."
It was previously unclear how big the outbreak was and how long Putin would remain isolated.

Briefcase

Durham reportedly seeking indictment against Clinton campaign lawyer who gave FBI Russia dirt

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Special Counsel John Durham • Cybersecurity lawyer Michael Sussmann
Special counsel John Durham reportedly is seeking a grand jury indictment against Michael Sussmann, a cybersecurity lawyer at a Democratic-allied law firm that represented Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign.

According to the New York Times, the charge is said to be related to an alleged false statement to the FBI about a client's identity when Sussmann pushed now-debunked claims about secret communications between Russia's Alfa Bank and the Trump Organization in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election.

Durham "has told the Justice Department that he will ask a grand jury to indict a prominent cybersecurity lawyer on a charge of making a false statement to the FBI," the New York Times reported on Wednesday, citing "people familiar with the matter."

Prior testimony and documents show Sussmann, who worked at Perkins Coie, delivered allegations about the Alfa server to then-FBI General Counsel James Baker in fall 2016. Baker has told investigators Sussman told him his approach was not on behalf of any client. But Sussmann told Congress he made the approach on behalf of a computer security client.

The newspaper said Durham's team has obtained records showing Sussmann billed work on the Alfa Bank matter to the Clinton campaign, the newspaper said.

Attention

Retired Army colonel breaks down how bad Milley's actions really were

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Joint Chiefs Chair General Mark Milley
Retired Army Colonel Douglas McGregor appeared with Tucker Carlson last night to talk about the bombshell information about Joint Chiefs Chair Gen. Mark Milley. McGregor was formerly senior advisor to the Secretary of Defense under President Donald Trump.

As we previously reported, according to information in a new book by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, Milley spoke with his counterpart in China and assured him that he would tell him if we were going to attack them. Milley did not tell the president about this contact with the Chinese.

On top of that, as we reported, he allegedly interfered in the ability of the president to solely dictate military/nuclear action by telling senior military officials that no action should be taken without him being involved.

This all came after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) spoke to Milley and other senior military leaders and demanded that he do something about President Donald Trump. She was told at the time that would amount to a military coup. We reported that back on Jan. 9.

But then, according to Woodward and Costa, Milley acted on it, basically subverting the chain of command at the behest of Pelosi, basically carrying out a coup.

McGregor detailed to Tucker Carlson how wrong this all was:


Comment: It is clear General Milley was not in service to his President, but to the Democratic hierarchy. Given his career should soon be vaporizing, perhaps there is a vacancy to fill on MSNBC.




Oil Well

Scores of US Vessels with 'stolen Syrian oil' leave Arab republic for Iraq

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Big rig oil transporters
Earlier this year, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby argued that the US military presence in north-eastern Syria is aimed at ensuring the "enduring defeat" of Daesh terrorists, and that Washington is not involved in exploiting the region's oil resources. A convoy of 70 US vehicles, including tankers loaded with "stolen Syrian oil", have made their way out of north-eastern Syria into Iraq via the al-Waleed border crossing, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) has reported.The Syrian government does not have any control over the al-Waleed border crossing and therefore deems it illegal.
"SANA cited unnamed sources as saying that the convoy included trucks carrying several cannons and military vehicles belonging to the US forces."
Friday's incident is the latest in a series of instances of the illegal smuggling of Syrian oil by the US and its Kurdish allies that have reported Syrian media over the past several months.

Last month, SANA claimed that an 80-vehicle convoy from the al-Jazeera region had been taken out of the country, again using the al-Waleed crossing. Before that, 25 more oil carriers were spotted driving through the border crossing into Iraq.

Comment: "Move along...nothing to see."


Blackbox

Haiti PM Ariel Henry replaces justice minister after sacking prosecutor who wanted to charge him for assassination of Moise

Haiti Prime Minister Ariel Henry
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Haiti Prime Minister Ariel Henry, pictured, has replaced the country's justice minister as the country's political crisis grows
The reshuffle comes as attention turned to phone calls Henry made to suspect in President Jovenel Moise assassination.

Haiti's Prime Minister Ariel Henry has replaced the country's justice minister, days after firing a chief public prosecutor who had called for Henry to be charged in connection with the July assassination of President Jovenel Moise.

The latest fractures in a deepening political crisis in the Caribbean nation also included the resignation of the secretary-general of Haiti's Council of Ministers, Renald Luberice, who said in a letter on Wednesday he could not remain under the direction of a prime minister who "does not intend to cooperate with justice, seeking, on the contrary, by all means, to obstruct it".

Comment: The Haiti hit has the stench of Deep State regime change operation all over it.


Eye 1

Amazon, Facebook, Google and Microsoft: Waging a domestic War on Terror™ and making billions in the process

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A new report has laid bare the relationship between Silicon Valley and the American state, and the trillions of dollars they have made since 9/11.

The War on Terror was a veritable feeding frenzy for defense contractors, with the sector profiting to the collective tune of trillions. However, it wasn't the only industry cashing in - as a new report produced by three US campaign groups reveals, "household names in tech like Google, Amazon, and Microsoft have respectively reaped billions from selling tech to the war machine."

In all, 86% of government contracts awarded to Amazon and 77% to Google to date are said to have been related to the War on Terror. That income played a pivotal role in transforming these organizations from small start-ups, literally operating from basements, into global behemoths. What's more, the crosshairs of this effort have now been turned inward, with everything from databases to drones repurposed for domestic use.

Ambulance

Short-sighted: France suspends 3,000 unvaccinated health workers without pay

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Many nurses have been reluctant to get vaccinated over safety or efficacy concerns
Thousands of health workers across France have been suspended without pay for failing to get vaccinated against Covid-19 ahead of a deadline this week, Health Minister Olivier Veran said Thursday.

"Some 3,000 suspensions were notified yesterday to employees at health centres and clinics who have not yet been vaccinated," Veran told RTL radio.

He added that "several dozens" had turned in their resignations rather than sign up for the jabs.

That compares with 2.7 million health workers overall, Veran said, adding that "continued healthcare is assured".

Comment: So how easily does the French health system think it's going to be to replace these highly-specialized staff members? Then they will cry "the system is overwhelmed", without a thought to the idiocy of the move in the first place. This is pandering to their financial masters.

Some have noticed the glaring contradiction, valid regardless of the country: