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Declassified FBI 9/11 memo 'puts to bed any doubts about Saudi complicity' says group of victims' families

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A 9/11 memorial to the victims of 9/11 in New York City.
The FBI has declassified a long-sought memo detailing its investigation into the support the 9/11 hijackers received. Families of the victims of the attacks believe it's enough to draw conclusions about Saudi involvement.

The document released on Saturday is from 2016, when the now-closed FBI investigation into Saudi links to the terror attacks was still active. Families of 9/11 victims have asked multiple administrations for its release, expecting it to provide proof implicating the Saudi government or Saudi officials. Riyadh denied any connection to the plot.


The heavily redacted 16-page document outlines ties between Saudi associates, some of the 9/11 hijackers and various people sympathetic to the Al-Qaeda cause. It didn't provide the smoking gun that some critics of the Saudi government hoped for, but offered more details about the connections.

One of the persons of interest in the investigation was Omar al-Bayoumi, whom the FBI long suspected to be a Saudi intelligence operative. Bayoumi provided support to Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar, two of the hijackers, after they arrived in the US in January 2000.

Pi

How the pandemic is changing the norms of science

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Imperatives like skepticism and disinterestedness are being junked to fuel political warfare that has nothing in common with scientific methodology.

In the past I had often fervently wished that one day everyone would be passionate and excited about scientific research. I should have been more careful about what I had wished for. The crisis caused by the lethal COVID-19 pandemic and by the responses to the crisis have made billions of people worldwide acutely interested and overexcited about science. Decisions pronounced in the name of science have become arbitrators of life, death, and fundamental freedoms. Everything that mattered was affected by science, by scientists interpreting science, and by those who impose measures based on their interpretations of science in the context of political warfare.

One problem with this new mass engagement with science is that most people, including most people in the West, had never been seriously exposed to the fundamental norms of the scientific method. The Mertonian norms of communalism, universalism, disinterestedness, and organized skepticism have unfortunately never been mainstream in education, media, or even in science museums and TV documentaries on scientific topics.

Attention

Moscow summons US ambassador over 'meddling' in Russian elections, accuses Americans of being 'detached from reality' in reaction

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan
Moscow has "irrefutable evidence" of American tech giants breaking Russian law, the Russian Foreign Ministry said, on Friday, as it summoned the US Ambassador, John Sullivan, to tell him it won't tolerate election interference.

The ministry informed the diplomat that Moscow considers any interference in Russia's internal affairs to be "absolutely unacceptable." Officials added that they they had "irrefutable" evidence that the American tech corporations have broken Russian laws in the lead-up to the parliamentary elections scheduled for next week.

The US envoy spent around 20 minutes with his Russian counterparts following the summons and left the building without answering any questions from journalists. America's diplomatic mission later told RIA Novosti that the brief visit was supposedly aimed at discussing plans for "stable" relations with Russia under President Joe Biden.

The US interpretation of the developments was promptly criticized by the Russian Foreign Ministry. Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, said that meddling in the Russian elections was "the only reason" for the summons. She also expressed her hope that the US diplomats would relay the genuine information discussed to Washington, while also calling their statement on the issue "detached from reality."

Comment: Pressure mounts against Western tech giants to both desist and assist in Russia's election:
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Navalny App
In the run-up to the September 17-19 national legislative elections, Russia has purged the field of almost all genuine opposition politicians and implemented multiple legal amendments that critics say could facilitate fraud.

And the battle against dissent has also been raging online.

In recent months, Russia has ratcheted up its campaign to rein in Western tech giants, stopping short of blocking the platforms outright but issuing hefty fines against Google, Facebook, and Twitter and demanding that they remove content the government has deemed offensive, dangerous, or lewd.

On September 9, the state-run news agency RAPSI reported that the Moscow prosecutor's office had sent a letter to the chief operating officers of Apple and Google, Tim Cook and Sundar Pichai, with demands that their companies block a smartphone app run by the team of jailed opposition leader Aleksei Navalny.

According to RAPSI, the state views the app as technology funded from abroad and not by Russian taxpayers, and in turn as a violation of Russian electoral law. "This testifies to Apple's violation of Russian electoral law and illegal foreign meddling in the internal affairs of the country and its influence on the exercise of free will by Russian citizens." The app in question, which is simply called Navalny, is a key element in an electoral strategy that the Kremlin critic's aides call Smart Voting.

It's part of an effort by Russia to enforce complete compliance with restrictive Russian laws by major tech companies, including Western tech giants and Russian ones like Yandex, which reportedly also received the letter from the prosecutor.

In a parallel development on September 9, Interfax reported that Russia's communications watchdog, Roskomnadzor, demanded that Apple, Google, and U.S. telecommunications and software companies Cloudflare and Cisco work to enforce Russia's blockage of the Smart Voting website -- and limit users' ability to circumvent the tools the state uses to prevent access.



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Fauci has no 'Firm Answer' on why Americans with natural immunity need COVID vaccine

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Dr. Sanjay Gupta • Dr. Anthony Fauci
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and President Biden's top doctor on the pandemic, made it clear Thursday evening that he did not have a good answer to the question that many have been asking in response to President Biden's new vaccine rules that he announced just hours before.

The new rules would require employers with 100 or more employees, federal workers, and health care staff to get vaccinated or possibly lose their jobs. This could apply to as many as 100 million Americans, and it is Biden's strongest bid yet to mandate vaccines, something he promised last December that he would not do.

The question to Fauci, asked by CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta on Anderson Cooper 360, was:
"So, as we talk about vaccine mandates, I get calls all the time, people say, I've already had COVID, I'm protected. And now the study says maybe even more protected than the vaccine alone. Should they also get the vaccine? How do you make the case to them?"
The study Gupta was referring to was an Israeli study that found that natural immunity for people who had already been infected by the COVID-19 virus gave better protection against the Delta variant than two doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

Fauci replied:
"You know, that's a really good point, Sanjay. I don't have a really firm answer for you on that."

Comment: Natural adaptability would likely occur again if presented with another variant. Vaccines do not adapt.


Nuke

Iran agrees deal with UN on monitoring of nuclear programme

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Head of Iranian atomic energy association, Mohammed Eslami (L) with Rafael Grossi (M)
Iran has agreed to allow UN nuclear inspectors to install new memory cards into its cameras monitoring the country's controversial nuclear programme in a move that could keep the inspection process on life support, and even ease a path towards a lifting of US sanctions.

Rafael Grossi, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN's nuclear watchdog, struck the deal in Tehran on Sunday following two hours of talks and will report to the IAEA's board meeting on Monday.

His breakthrough makes it less likely European states and the US will table a motion of censure against Iran that would have been passed to the UN security council.

Grossi had been preparing to report to the IAEA that his ad hoc agreements to monitor the nuclear programme struck in February had in effect collapsed. Iran, now led by a new more hardline president, Ebrahim Raisi following elections in June, had been blocking a visit by Grossi, leaving European states little alternative from their perspective but to censure Iran.

The head of the Iranian atomic energy association, Mohammad Eslami, said he had held constructive talks with Grossi and as a result new memory cards would be installed. The existing cards showing Iranian activity at its main nuclear sites will be kept in Iran under what is described as a joint seal. It has also been agreed the cameras can be serviced. No further details were given in the joint statement apart from that the two sides had reached an agreement on how this was to be done.

Light Saber

President Trump claims: "They are going to decertify this election!"

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The Gateway Pundit interviewed President Donald Trump
President believes the 2020 Election will be decertified based on the massive amount of corruption that took place during the election.

Yesterday, President Trump sat down with the Gateway Pundit and discussed many current events, including the 2020 Election.
Our election was rigged. This was a rigged election. They used COVID and they used the mail in ballots to rig the election. We won the election by a lot and they rigged it and its a terrible thing and I do believe they are going to decertify this election. I don't think you can have an election that was rigged to the extent that this thing was.

I mean you look at the individual states. You mentioned Arizona. Look at what's happening now in Michigan. Look at what's happening in Pennsylvania. Look at what's happening in Georgia, Wisconsin. No, this was a terrible, terrible thing that happened to our country and because the press is so dishonest. That's what cancel culture comes from. You know where it started, they don't want to talk about the election, because they know it was rigged.

Comment: Trump continues to call out the Democrats: "If they fight wars like they do rigged elections" they'd never lose wars
Joe Hoft, from the Gateway Pundit, had the following discussion on Friday night in an interview with President Trump:
Joe Hoft: We want to congratulate you Mr. President. We believe you were absolutely true about this election. We've been following it. Like Jim mentioned, I'm an auditor by trade. It didn't take an auditor to see this thing was stolen on many counts.

President Trump: Absolutely

Joe Hoft: This afternoon [week] in Arizona, a group led by Liz Harris did some canvassing on their own. A group of citizens in Arizona, and they found through their estimates, 300,000 ballots that were either counted that shouldn't have been or weren't counted that should have been, and yet they're saying Joe Biden won the state by 10,000 votes. Our media won't share that. We did but the media won't. What are your thoughts on that?

President Trump: Well first of all I appreciate that question. Our media is corrupt as can be, and but the people know what's going on and another poll came out, 70 some percent thought the election was, to put it very nicely, tampered with... We had it won at 10:30 pm on Election Day. Pennsylvania we were up by hundreds of thousands of votes, Arizona, all these places. And then those polling counters closed and when they opened, gee we were tied, and numbers that were, it was not even possible to think about losing, on Election Night.

This was the greatest rigged election, the greatest, most, that they do well. If they fight wars like they do rigged elections, that they do will. And you know what, it's never been a stronger issue. I appreciate you mentioning it because it's never been a stronger issue. The only problem is the press doesn't like talking about it, including FOX. The press doesn't like talking about it, and some day somebody is going to tell me why, cause our election was rigged. This was a rigged election.
If the Democrats used their opportunities to save the Union, the country and the world would be a better place. Instead, they cheat and steal elections.
Trump continues to hint at another presidential run:
On Friday President Trump met with the Gateway Pundit. We shared the story of our friends in Italy who told us on Friday to ask President Trump whether he is coming back. The entire world is praying for his return. In response, the President said the following.
So Joe I think you're going to be very happy. Because of the campaign finance laws and rules and regulations, which by the way are ridiculous, are not allowed to say otherwise you have a whole new level of craziness happen. And, I think you are going to be very happy. He will be very happy and I appreciate the question.
Whether or not Trump would be able to mount a political comeback, he at least is keeping an alternative view afloat, and his still considerable base energized.





Black Magic

'Rules for Thee' dept: Members of Congress & staffs exempt from Biden's federal vaccine mandate

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi flaunts some of her other privileges
While President Joe Biden is using a legally questionable statute to enforce what is essentially a vaccine mandate on the American workforce, members of Congress, their staffs, and anyone who works in Congress will reportedly be exempt from the mandate.

What is the background?

Biden announced Thursday a sweeping vaccine mandate that requires businesses employing more than 100 people to require vaccination for employees or force employees submit to routine COVID-19 testing.

The mandate, which will impact an estimated 80 million Americans, is being issued as an Emergency Temporary Standard from the Labor Department via the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Comment: ZeroHedge provides more information:
While Biden's order applies to employees of the executive branch, the House and Senate are part of the separate legislative branch, and of course the courts are part of the judicial branch - so the new orders don't apply.

"Building on the President's announcement in July to strengthen safety requirements for unvaccinated federal workers, the President has signed an Executive Order to take those actions a step further and require all federal executive branch workers to be vaccinated," reads Biden's COVID 'action plan' titled "Path Out of the Pandemic."

"The President also signed an Executive Order directing that this standard be extended to employees of contractors that do business with the federal government," the plan continues. "As part of this effort, the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Indian Health Service, and the National Institute of Health will complete implementation of their previously announced vaccination requirements that cover 2.5 million people."

How's this going to 'protect the vaccinated from the unvaccinated' on Capitol Hill?




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NewsReal: Covid-19/11

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Marking the 20th anniversary of the multi-site terror attack on September 11th, and with 'Islamist' terror attacks tapering off and the US pulling out of Afghanistan, it feels like the end of an era.

Much of what is considered 'normal' today - not least, strict government controls on people's movements and transactions - would have been unthinkable before 9/11. The 'war on terror' may be gone, but it leaves behind a gargantuan global surveillance and control grid.

On this NewsReal, Joe and Niall discuss what 9/11 and 'the pandemic' have in common, how the former led to the latter, and why government and corporate interests synchronize around crises for 'population management'.

** Podcast commences at 03:26 **


Running Time: 01:17:57

Download: MP3 — 53.5 MB


Red Flag

Prime suspect? Dem lawmaker denies she set free 5 ZEBRAS still on the loose after jailbreak from Maryland farm

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Zebras graze under a bridge of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) line, inside the Nairobi National Park in Nairobi, Kenya, July 9, 2020.
What's black, white, and running amok across the suburbs of Maryland? Five zebras are now on the loose after escaping a small private farm. The plot thickened after a congresswoman emphatically denied she was behind the jailbreak.

The animals escaped from a farm in Prince George's County last week and have yet to be returned home, said Rodney Taylor, chief of the county's Animal Services Division. He noted the agency has received at least five zebra-spotting calls from concerned locals since last week, as the animals continue to mosey through a semi-rural area of the county.


Chess

Covid vaccine passports scrapped for winter by Boris Johnson

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Boris Johnson will announce this week that he is scrapping plans that would have required vaccine passports for entry to nightclubs, cinemas and sports grounds.

On Tuesday, the prime minister will announce plans to try to keep Covid under control over the winter. He will say that he has abandoned the proposed compulsory certification scheme, which would have forced venues to check people's vaccine status.

Johnson tore up the proposals after scientists said vaccinations would be an effective first line of defence against a winter wave of the pandemic. But the move also represents a significant concession to Tory backbench rebels who had complained that enforcing vaccine passports would create a group of second-class citizens.