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Fox News responds to report that NSA illegally unmasked Tucker Carlson

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The Biden administration allegedly unmasked Fox News host Tucker Carlson's identity, according to a new report published late on Friday, which prompted a strong response from the network.

"We told you that the National Security Agency has been monitoring this show and the content of Tucker's emails," Fox News fill-in host Mark Steyn said during Carlson's show. "According to a media outlet called The Record, the NSA has just completed its internal review of the matter. The NSA now admits that it unmasked Tucker's identity after an intelligence intercept."

"By law, the identities of American citizens are concealed when they're caught up during foreign intelligence gathering," Steyn added. "They can only be unmasked in extraordinary circumstances."

Comment: Carlson has been an effective gadfly in exposing and explaining American society's ills, from Antifa, BLM, the joke that is the Biden "administration", to the pervasive corruption of government. The flak is worst when you're over the target.

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'Fascism rising in Israel': Israeli PM Bennett called out for labeling un-vaccinated a "health threat" & "danger to economy"

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Israeli political leader Moshe Feiglin tonight responded to statements by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett calling Israelis who did not submit to the experimental COVID-19 shot "health threats" and a danger to the Israel economy, saying the Prime Minister's comments signaled "fascism rising in Israel."

In a televised address Thursday night, Bennett called on all unvaccinated Israelis over the age of 12 to get the COVID shot immediately, urging the vaccinated to pressure unvaccinated friends and relatives to submit to receiving the jab.


China says US slandering its efforts to pursue criminals overseas

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FILE PHOTO: Chinese and U.S. flags flutter outside the building of an American company in Beijing, China January 21, 2021.
China said on Friday the United State was slandering its efforts to pursue criminal suspects overseas, after a Chinese prosecutor was charged in an alleged plot to intimidate citizens to return to China.

Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian urged the United States to correct its mistakes.

The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday accused a prosecutor employed by the Chinese government of traveling to the United States to direct a harassment campaign aimed at bullying Chinese residents to return home to face criminal charges.

Comment: Considering US attempts to extradite Australian Whistleblower. Julian Assange, that has contributed to his unlawful imprisonment and subsequent torture in the UK, the US has predictable gall to accuse China of such behaviour: Assange may never recover from 'torture' at Belmarsh, suicide becoming more likely the longer he stays in prison - doctor

See also: China refuses diplomatic access to trial of Australian national citing national security concerns


'Why do you need to have that information?' White House REFUSES to reveal number of 'breakthrough cases' in Covid-infected staff

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has pushed back against calls to reveal the number of administration staff members who have been infected with Covid-19 despite being vaccinated.

During a press conference on Friday, Psaki was questioned about the lack of details on the revelation this week that there have been "breakthrough cases" among White House staff members - namely, the exact number of cases.

"I think, first, we're in a very different place than we were six to seven months ago, as it relates to the virus," Psaki said, adding that, despite more and more cases of vaccinated individuals getting infected, vaccination provides more protection from "serious illness" and typical symptoms associated with Covid-19.

Comment: It's funny that "most transparent administration in history" has a press secretary ducking and weaving rather straight forward questions. It's almost as if they're not actually very transparent.

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House Dems shoot down bill requiring declassification of COVID origins

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House democrats blocked legislation that would require the U.S. Director of National Intelligence to declassify information related to the origins of COVID-19.

The COVID-19 Origin Act passed in the Senate in May. Rep. Michael Burgess brought the bill to the House floor on Tuesday, when democrats shot it down, per the Epoch Times.

The vote was 216 to 207.

Comment: Wonder why the dems wouldn't want that information released? Do they know something the rest of us don't?

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UK govt won't search Hancock's private emails despite admitting ex-health secretary used personal account for official work

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Britain's Health Secretary Matt Hancock speaks to media outside the BBC Headquarters in London, Britain, June 6, 2021.
The British government has ruled out a review of former health secretary Matt Hancock's private emails, amid reports that his use of a personal account hid records of much of his decision-making during the Covid crisis.

Downing Street has decided that an inspection of Hancock's private email account was "neither necessary nor proportionate."

However, the government has acknowledged that Hancock - who resigned last month after being caught on camera smooching with an aide, leading to allegations that he violated his marriage vows, as well as his own social distancing guidelines - had used his personal email to carry out official business.

The move comes after the Good Law Project, a public advocacy group, argued that Hancock's emails should be reviewed, following an April court decision which ordered Downing Street to disclose documents and correspondence relating to several ministers' knowledge of a scheme that granted PPE contracts to suppliers with political links to the Tory government.

Downing Street responded by arguing that it had already reviewed more than 1.4 million documents associated with Hancock and several other senior government officials in response to the court order, and found nothing to indicate that it would be "necessary" to review the ministers' private emails.


New Normal Newspeak: 'Vaccine'

If the Covid19 shots "reduce symptoms", but don't prevent infection or transmission...are they truly "vaccines"?

"New Normal Newspeak" is a series of short articles highlighting how our language has come under assault in the past eighteen months.


"Vaccine" is a word a with a simple meaning. I'll quote it to you, from the Oxford dictionary:
A substance used to stimulate the production of antibodies and provide immunity against one or several diseases, prepared from the causative agent of a disease, its products, or a synthetic substitute, treated to act as an antigen without inducing the disease.
And here, from the CDC's website:
Vaccine: A product that stimulates a person's immune system to produce immunity to a specific disease, protecting the person from that disease.
Encyclopedia Brittanica says more or less the same. As does dictionary.com. Cambridge University. Merriam Webster.

You get the point.


Hungarian prosecutors launch investigation into Pegasus scandal as Orban govt implicated in NSO surveillance allegations

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Pegasus spyware was used to target journalists and political leaders
The Hungarian prosecutor general's office has said it is opening an inquiry into possible criminal offences after a bombshell report claimed Viktor Orban's government spied on the country's media using Israeli surveillance tech.

On Thursday, the office of the Hungarian prosecutor said in a statement that an investigation had been ordered into allegations concerning the use of Pegasus snooping software from Israeli firm NSO. The statement states that the aim of the investigation is to find out whether a criminal offense has taken place.

Comment: While the Pegasus spyware has been clearly used for many nefarious purposes, the Guardian piece smack of fake news. The story seems to be part of regime change tactics against Orban's leadership. He has been a pain in the West's collective behind for years.


West working to create 'belt of instability' around Russia by turning 'brother against brother' says Lavrov

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Russian FM Sergey Lavrov
A wedge is being driven between Russia and its neighbors, with the West demanding that countries across Eastern Europe and Asia turn on Moscow in order to gain acceptance, Moscow's foreign minister Sergey Lavrov has claimed.

Speaking at a webinar on international relations on Friday, the veteran diplomat accused the US and its allies in Europe of
"trying to form a belt of instability around us - forcing our closest neighbors, our brotherly peoples, to make a choice - either you are with the West, or you are with the Russian Federation." They want "to surround us with a cordon sanitaire, and even to profit from the fact they are having a decisive influence on the benefit of our neighbors."
He went on to point to the unrest that broke out in Belarus after last summer's disputed presidential elections, arguing this was supported from afar. In addition, the diplomat accused the West of trying to pull Moldova into its sphere of influence.
"Now our Western colleagues are trying to expand their presence, including military, along the perimeter of our borders, including Central Asia and the Transcaucasus."

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Unvaccinated Israelis will be denied entry to synagogue or anywhere with 100+ people, says PM Bennett

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Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett
Israelis who refuse the Covid-19 vaccine will soon be barred from any indoor or outdoor public venue holding 100 or more people, including synagogues, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has announced.

Those who refuse to get vaccinated "are undermining the efforts of all of us," Bennett announced on Thursday, as the number of new coronavirus cases in Israel continued to rise. If everyone gets the vaccine, life can return to normal, but if a million people refuse the other eight million will have to endure lockdowns, he said.

"There's a time when this discussion has to stop," Bennett told the nation. "Science is clear: the vaccines work, they're effective, they're safe."