Welcome to Sott.net
Wed, 20 Jan 2021
The World for People who Think

Puppet Masters

Light Saber

ABC News: Rudy Giuliani working on Trump's defense for impeachment trial, open to the president testifying - UPDATE: Giuliani will NOT represent Trump at trial

Rudolph W. Giuliani

Rudolph W. Giuliani
Rudy Giuliani said he is working on Trump's defense for the impeachment trial and that he's open to the president himself testifying, ABC News report says Kelsey Vlamis 5-6 minutes

Giuliani said he would not be "strongly opposed" to Trump himself testifying during the trial.

Rudy Giuliani said he is working on President Donald Trump's defense for his upcoming impeachment trial, according to ABC News.

Giuliani told ABC he plans to argue the president did not incite violence because the unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud are true - despite the fact that many of the claims have been debunked and none have held up in court.


UPDATE 18/01/2021: ABC News reports:
Giuliani, who has been leading the president's efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, told ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl late Sunday that will not be part of Trump's legal team for the upcoming Senate impeachment trial due to his involvement in the Jan. 6 Washington, D.C., rally that led to the attack on the U.S. Capitol building.

"Because I gave an earlier speech [at the rally], I am a witness and therefore unable to participate in court or in the Senate chamber," Giuliani said.

Giuliani initially told ABC News he was working on the president's defense, saying Saturday that he was prepared to argue that the president's claims of widespread voter fraud did not constitute incitement to violence because the widely-debunked claims are true.

The House of Representatives voted last week to impeach Trump for inciting supporters to storm the Capitol.

A representative for Trump subsequently announced that no decision has been made on the president's legal team.

"President Trump has not yet made a determination as to which lawyer or law firm will represent him for the disgraceful attack on our Constitution and democracy, known as the 'impeachment hoax,'" Hogan Gidley tweeted early Sunday.


Was some Trump opposition research courtesy of the CCP?

Biden china opposition research
© Youtube/The Illustrated Primer
Hidden between tens of thousands of emails, IMs, documents, videos, sound recordings, and encrypted files is a collection of communications between Hunter Biden and one JiaQi.

JiaQi, AKA JaiQi Bao, AKA Jiaqi Wang, AKA Jiaqi Wang Bao, AKA Wang Bao Jiaqi, AKA Qinping Bao, AKA TianTian Bo, was Ye Jianming's US based assistant/advisor. If you don't recall the cast of characters in this Chinese finger puzzle, Ye Jianming, was the chairman of the China Huaxin energy conglomerate and Hunter's and Jim Biden's business partner.

Ye Jianming and his US based staff worked closely with Chinese intelligence which controlled large parts of the strategy, funding, and overseas operations of CEFC and another of the Biden's Chinese joint ventures named Bohai Harvest RST (BHR).


Can China lead a world economic recovery when it experiences large debt defaults?

China development
At the beginning of December China's Xi Jinping officially declared that China had eliminated poverty entirely, part of his priority program. Western financial pundits have praised the remarkable economic recovery of China following the severe lockdowns a year ago to combat the coronavirus. Predictions that China would once again, as it did in 2008, lead the rest of the world, especially the EU and North America, out of deep recession are common. Yet behind the official Beijing statements there are indications that China's decades of economic boom are coming into deep problems, far deeper than officially acknowledged. If true, the consequences for the rest of the world as well as for China could be severe.

Eliminating by Definition?

On December 1, 2020 Chinese Communist Party (CCP) General Secretary Xi Jinping announced that China had achieved the goal of "eradicating absolute poverty" and becoming a "moderately prosperous society" before the end of 2020. At the November G20 summit in Riyadh, Xi boasted that this was ten years ahead of the deadline set by the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Yet as even Chinese analysts point out, there are major questions to this achievement.

A binding target to eliminate absolute poverty by the end of 2020 was incorporated into China's 13th Five Year Plan (2016-2020) in November 23, 2016. Now impressively, the goal is declared won, and just on time.


FBI now vetting National Guard troops in DC over insider attack concerns

National guard washington biden inauguration
© Stephen Yang
Members of the National Guard set up a perimeter around the Capitol Building in downtown DC ahead of possible unrest the weekend before the 2021 inauguration.
The FBI is vetting every National Guard member stationed in the nation's capital for Inauguration Day after concerns of a possible attack from within the ranks.

The vetting process, spurned by worries from defense officials, was confirmed by Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy in an interview with The Associated Press.

"We're continually going through the process, and taking second, third looks at every one of the individuals assigned to this operation," McCarthy said.

Comment: The New York Post previously reported on fencing with razor-wire being erected around the Capitol Building. What happened to 'walls don't work'?
national guard washington fencing razor wire
© AFP photo
A National Guard soldier stands outside the razor wire fencing that surrounds the US Capitol on January 15, 2021 in Washington, DC.
fencing washington national guard
© Getty Images/Twitter

Bad Guys

Biden team winks at Honduran migrant caravan: Don't come, you won't get in -- yet

honduran migrants biden
© Johan Ordonez/AFP via Getty Images
Honduran migrants, part of a caravan heading to the United States, walk along a road in Camotan, Guatemala, on Jan. 16, 2021.
NBC News reports that a senior Biden transition team member warned the newest caravan of Honduran migrants not to come to the U.S. at this time. The official reportedly advised that if they come they will not be allowed to enter the U.S. — for now.

"The situation at the border isn't going to be transformed overnight," the unnamed transition official told NBC News. "There's help on the way, but now is not the time to make the journey."

Currently, there are multiple programs put in place by the Trump administration to prevent the caravan migrants that are now forcing their way into Guatemala from Honduras from entering the U.S. if they make it this far. Those programs include immigration enforcement programs in the Northern Triangle countries of Central America and Mexico.


New Japanese PM hints at end to dispute with Russia over Kuril Islands that's kept the two countries technically at war since 1945

© Sputnik / Anton Denisov
Yoshihide Suga, Japan's new prime minister, has told his country's parliament that an end to its long-running territorial row with Russia might soon be in sight, potentially signaling closer ties between the two nations.

Speaking at the opening of the parliamentary session on Monday, Suga said the over half-a-century-long diplomatic tensions over the Kuril Islands, "should not be passed on to future generations." The prime minister added that "there should now be a final resolution to it... We will move forward on the basis of previous agreements between the two countries." Later on that day, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov used an annual press conference to welcome future talks with "our Japanese friends" and emphasized the strength of their relationship.

Japan has previously claimed sovereignty over the four southernmost islands of the archipelago, located in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of the Russian Far East. Historically inhabited by the Ainu people, Moscow insists the islands were handed over to the Soviet Union as part of the 1945 Yalta agreement, in exchange for its part in defeating Imperial Japan in World War Two. The islands have been administered by Russia since then.

Comment: See also: America forced Tokyo to give away Kuril islands but is now claiming they're Japanese - Australian diplomat

Brick Wall

Blatant call for censorship: Former Facebook official Alex Stamos suggests cable providers drop OANN and Newsmax

alex stamos facebook censorship
© REUTERS/Steve Marcus
Alex Stamos
Stamos: 'Turn down the capability of these conservative influencers'

The former chief security officer of Facebook suggested conservative news outlets One America News and Newsmax be deplatformed following the siege of the Capitol and the proliferation of "radical views" online.

"We have to turn down the capability of these conservative influencers to reach these huge audiences. There are people on YouTube, for example, that have a larger audience than daytime CNN, and they are extremely radical and pushing extremely radical views," Alex Stamos said Sunday on CNN's Reliable Sources.


Snakes in Suits

WHO inspector reveals on camera coronavirus was being manipulated in lab before outbreak and that vaccines will not work

© YouTube, TWiV 615 screenshot
Vincent Racaniello (left), Peter Daszak (right).
Video taken just days before the start of the coronavirus pandemic shows a current World Health Organization (WHO) inspector discuss the testing of modified coronaviruses on human cells and humanized mice in the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), just weeks before the first cases of COVID-19 were announced in the city of Wuhan itself.

In a video that was originally taken on Dec. 9, 2019, three weeks before the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission announced an outbreak of a new form of pneumonia, virologist Vincent Racaniello interviewed British zoologist and president of EcoHealth Alliance Peter Daszak about his work at the nonprofit to protect the world from the emergence of new diseases and predict pandemics. Since 2014, Daszak's organization has received millions of dollars of funding from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), which it has funneled to the WIV to carry out research on bat coronaviruses.

Comment: Indeed, the evidence points to Covid-19 being concocted in a lab and later getting out, but it wasn't in China: Compelling Evidence That SARS-CoV-2 Was Man-Made

See also: And check out SOTT radio's: The Truth Perspective: Interview with Dilyana Gaytandzhieva: Pentagon Biological Warfare And Arms Trafficking to Terrorists


Capitol put on lockdown after fire reported several blocks away

capitol lockdown fire
The Capitol complex was briefly locked down on Monday due to an "external security threat," U.S. Capitol Police said, after a fire was reported several blocks away under a nearby bridge.

An email alert sent out to lawmakers shortly before 10:30 a.m. said that there was no entry or exit from the complex. Those inside the buildings were instructed to stay away from exterior windows and doors. Those outside were ordered to "seek cover."

Comment: RT would add that:
Rehearsals for Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony were interrupted on Monday by an "exterior security threat," according to loudspeaker messages heard by witnesses.


The 'sheep syndrome' being imposed on us

unlosk economy
People are unhappy. Yes, but not enough to stop this tyranny! - Well, I better behave otherwise I'm going to be punished. - FEAR! - Fear leads to the sheep syndrome - that deep-deep social disease which besets us today. They keep to the narrative - MUST wear a mask - MUST keep the safe 2-meter distance - police enforced.

Today and during the last few days new "measures" - restrictions of freedom imposed by governments for reasons of "public health security", i. e. preventing the spread of covid infections - have been tightened throughout Europe. Literally, these treacherous governments say, "we have to tighten the screws". Seriously. WTF - who do they think they are? Servants of the people who elected them and who pay them. This is high treason. But people take it without asking too many questions, some complaints but not strong enough... we are living in the midst of the Sheep Syndrome.

They - these supposedly people friendly governments - call them "measures", a euphemism for lockdown - sounds better in the ears of a public tired of continuous and more and more repressions. This second, in some countries even third lockdown, includes further business closing, more sever control on home-office work, police-enhanced social distancing, mask wearing, no indoor group activities, only 5 people may meet in an apartment... and, and, and.