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Dems plot to prosecute Trump over January 6 to prevent him running in 2024

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Former US President Donald Trump
Senate Democrats are plotting to have Attorney General Merrick Garland prosecute Donald Trump over January 6 in a bid to block him from running for president in 2024.

Several Democrat lawmakers believe there is a "good chance" the Department of Justice will act to prosecute Trump, knocking him out of the race before his campaign can even begin. The move is being plotted despite there being no evidence that Trump (unlike certain federal agents) orchestrated or encouraged the January 6 raid on the Capitol.

"They have all of the evidence at their disposal," claimed Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), asserting that "federal statutes that are very much implicated" by Trump's apparent attempt to stop the certification of the election.

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) claimed there was "a lot of evidence that he was complicit" in fueling the January 6 riot (without citing any).
"I think anybody who it's proven had a role in the planning of [the Jan. 6 attack] should be prosecuted, not just the people who broke in and smashed the window in my office and others."

Comment: The 2024 election debacle has begun.


Arrow Up

How did Fox News become the voice of reason?

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Tucker Carlson
Imagine traveling back in time 20 years and explaining the current US geopolitical predicament to someone in 2002. They'd easily believe the country's leadership is barreling headlong into a war it can't win for reasons it hasn't adequately explained.

But the American of 2002, if you could pry him away from 'CSI: Miami,' would find it shocking to flip on the news networks and find the sole anti-war message at prime time coming from Fox News, and the loudest pro-war shrieking coming from the liberal CNN and MSNBC.

As the Biden administration seriously entertains the prospect of war with Russia over Ukraine (the latest bright idea from the White House is to funnel arms to Ukrainian paramilitaries, Syria style), that's exactly what's happening.

Fox News host Tucker Carlson opined at length on Tuesday night against going to war over Ukraine, arguing that such a conflict would be "incredibly destructive." Carlson's guest, analyst Clint Ehrlich, expounded on this, stating that bringing Ukraine into NATO - the plan that triggered the current descent toward war - would not serve US strategic interests, nor those of NATO itself.

Light Saber

Serbia scraps planned Rio Tinto lithium mine after protests

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Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic speaks during a press conference in Belgrade, Serbia, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022.
Trying to defuse large protests by environmentalists, Serbia's populist government said Thursday that it was canceling all licenses for mining giant Rio Tinto to open a lithium mine in the Balkan country.

"We have fulfilled all the requests of the environmental protests and put an end to Rio Tinto in the Republic of Serbia," Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said in a televised address. "Everything is finished. It's over."

Used in batteries for electric cars, lithium is considered one of the most sought-after metals of the future as the world shifts to more renewable energy sources.

Comment: Indeed, Rio Tinto has an awful track record, both with labor and the environment.


Briefcase

Russia-US security talks close with both sides citing major differences

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Flags are prepared before a meeting of Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Jan. 21, 2022, in Geneva, Switzerland.
As tensions flare between Moscow and Washington, their top diplomats have held the latest round of talks in an effort to secure a deal

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his American counterpart Antony Blinken have met for crunch talks in the Swiss city of Geneva to discuss rising tensions between the two nations and Moscow's proposals to limit NATO expansion.

Following the head-to-head talks, each diplomat gave his account to journalists about the outcome of their discussions, with tensions remaining strained between Washington and Moscow. The meeting finished early, lasting only around an hour and a half, with the two sides having briefed that the chances of a breakthrough were slim.

Comment: How much clearer can Moscow be? It is facing a Cuban Missile situation on its borders, but the 'exceptional nation' thinks that's just the way things should be. As Moscow once remarked, during the various negotiations over Syria:
the Americans were "недоговороспособны". What that word means is literally "not-agreement-capable" or unable to make and then abide by an agreement. While polite, this expression is also extremely strong as it implies not so much a deliberate deception as the lack of the very ability to make a deal and abide by it.



Vader

Congress's 1/6 Committee claims absolute power: It will investigate citizens with no judicial limit

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US Representatives Elaine Luria, Adam Schiff, Liz Cheney, Jamie Raskin, Adam Kinzinger and Chairman Bennie Thompson, speak to the media following testimony during the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the US Capitol
In its ongoing attempt to investigate and gather information about private U.S. citizens, the Congressional 1/6 Committee is claiming virtually absolute powers that not even the FBI or other law enforcement agencies enjoy. Indeed, lawyers for the committee have been explicitly arguing that nothing proscribes or limits their authority to obtain data regarding whichever citizens they target and, even more radically, that the checks imposed on the FBI (such as the requirement to obtain judicial authorization for secret subpoenas) do not apply to the committee.

As we have previously reported and as civil liberties groups have warned, there are serious constitutional doubts about the existence of the committee itself. Under the Constitution and McCarthy-era Supreme Court cases interpreting it, the power to investigate crimes lies with the executive branch, supervised by the judiciary, and not with Congress. Congress does have the power to conduct investigations, but that power is limited to two narrow categories: 1) when doing so is designed to assist in its law-making duties (e.g., directing executives of oil companies to testify when considering new environmental laws) and 2) in order to exert oversight over the executive branch.

Comment: Not only are the investigations of the committee out of control, the treatment of those already swept up in the FBI's dragnet is appalling.






Dollars

80% of all US dollars in existence have been printed by the Federal Reserve in just the last two years

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Since March of 2020, Americans and the world alike have watched from the sidelines as power hungry politicians have ushered in draconian lockdowns, shutdowns, police state measures, and brought the economy to its knees. While governments around the planet used their central banks to devalue their currencies by printing money to fund their tyranny, the US led the way down this road to fiscal horror.

Thanks to the trillions of dollars the Federal Reserve has printed over the last two years, America is currently in an inflation crisis. One need only look at the price of groceries over the last two years to realize just how bad of a crisis we are currently experiencing.

As the Biden Administration blames high prices on greedy industries, this is little more than a distraction from the actual perpetrator. Nevertheless, the left continues to attribute soaring costs on businesses making "too much profit."

While these corporations are not innocent in this debacle, the role of America's central bank is far more insidious. As government spending has skyrocketed over the last two years, they have financed their massive expenditures by stealing value from your savings by printing more money through the central bank.

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Radar

Germany blocks Estonia from transferring its weapons to Ukraine, US & UK sending multiple shipments

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Germany is blocking NATO ally Estonia from giving military support to Ukraine by refusing to issue permits for German-origin weapons to be exported to Kyiv as it braces for a potential Russian invasion, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

Earlier this week, the U.S. State Department cleared Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to send U.S.-made missiles and other weapons to Ukraine as President Joe Biden predicted Russia would move on Ukraine.

Many other NATO allies, including Britain and Poland, also agreed to export weapons directly to Ukraine, but the German government declined to do so.

Comment: ZeroHedge reports:
It was very noticeable when this week British military flights delivering weapons to Ukraine deliberately avoided German airspace - so much so that Berlin issued a statement clarifying that the German government had not demanded this ahead of time, saying it has "not denied access to its airspace as the UK did not submit a request, there has been no dispute between the UK and Germany on this issue."

On Thursday the Biden administration authorized US-made arms to be "rushed delivered" via third party countries to Kiev in order to deter any possible 'Russian aggression' - namely from the Baltic allies of Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia - this raised the question of whether German would allow for the same indirect weapons transfers.


Ukraine's Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov confirmed German's "hesitation" to deliver arms. This also as German government spokesman reaffirmed "The principle governing arms exports" which "is always the same — whether they come directly from Germany or from third countries — and no permission has been issued at this stage."

At the same time, it's been revealed that Germany's chancellor turned down a request to meet with President Joe Biden on Ukraine, saying it was too "short notice" - though there's speculation it was again more about not angering Russia and avoidance of getting too deeply involved at his intense moment of the Russia-Ukraine standoff.
Russia has repeatedly stated that it has no intention to invade Ukraine. However one can see from the above that it has every reason to be concerned, and to prepare for a number of eventualities.

The Ukrainian government, with its repeated violations of the Minsk agreement, its war crimes against the people of the breakaway republics of Donbass and Lugansk, its blatant ties to neo-Nazi groups, has proven itself to be a liability to regional stability, and, despite all of this (or because of it), the West is brazenly arming and training them: Also check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Kazakhstan on Fire: Why US vs Russia 'Great Game' Could Spark Global Economic Collapse





Eye 1

Downing Street's controversial 'Nudge Unit' accused of exploiting scare tactics during Covid crisis

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Several public information campaigns and slogans were used during the Covid crisis in a bid to alter people's behaviour.
'Level of fear willingly conveyed on the public' to get people to change their behaviour was a 'far-reaching mistake', says co-founder.

Scare tactics have been misused during the pandemic to get the public to follow coronavirus lockdown rules, the co-founder of Downing Street's "Nudge Unit" has suggested.


Simon Ruda, a behavioural scientist, said he feared the "most egregious and far-reaching mistake" made during the Covid-19 crisis was the "level of fear willingly conveyed on the public".

Comment: And yet the press has been screaming that Mass Formation Psychosis isn't real. It's real, and it's being instituted intentionally. The real question is, why has Mr. Ruda come forward about this now? Could it be that, now that the narrative is shifting, he wants to be on the right side of history? It's amazing to see what turn-arounds can come about when someone is trying to avoid their head being on the chopping block.

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Document

Russia's demand for NATO pullout also applies to Bulgaria, Romania, return to 1997 agreement - Foreign Ministry

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FILE PHOTO: NATO troops in Estonia from exercise in 2018. It is about withdrawing foreign troops, equipment and weapons, as well as about other steps aimed at restoring the 1997 configuration of those countries who weren't NATO members at that time
Russia's demand for NATO to withdraw foreign troops, weapons and equipment also applies to Bulgaria and Romania as the two countries were not NATO members in 1997, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in response to media questions collected for top diplomat Sergey Lavrov's press conference. The ministry's responses were published on its website on Friday.

"It is about withdrawing foreign troops, equipment and weapons, as well as about other steps aimed at restoring the 1997 configuration of those countries who weren't NATO members at that time and that includes both Bulgaria and Romania," the Russian top diplomat pointed out.

Comment: The US agreed to this over 2 decades ago precisely because it acknowledged that NATO expansion in this manner could rightly be considered to pose a threat to Russian security. It's notable that it's now that Russia feels that it's critical, and that it is capable, of demanding that the US keep to the agreement it made all that time ago: Also check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Kazakhstan on Fire: Why US vs Russia 'Great Game' Could Spark Global Economic Collapse




Footprints

Clown world: TSA says illegal migrants can use arrest warrants as ID at US airport security

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DHS said that an average of 159 passengers fly throughout the U.S. using these DHS-issued documents per day
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) disclosed to a congressional office that illegal migrants flying without proper identification can use an arrest warrant as an alternate form of identification when presenting to airport security, according to a letter the Daily Caller News Foundation exclusively obtained.

Responding to Republican Texas Rep. Lance Gooden's Dec. 15 inquiry about illegal migrants flying across the country, TSA Administrator David Pekoske explained that certain Department of Homeland Security (DHS) documents may be considered acceptable forms of alternate identification for non-citizens, including a "Warrant for Arrest of Alien" and a "Warrant of Removal/Deportation."

"TSA's response confirms the Biden Administration is knowingly putting our national security at risk," Gooden told the DCNF. "Unknown and unvetted immigrants shouldn't even be in the country, much less flying without proper identification."

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