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'As if it was Baghdad': US Secret Service creates fortified 'Capitol Green Zone' ahead of inauguration

capitol green zone
© REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. National Guard soldiers staff a checkpoint a few blocks from the Capitol in Washington, U.S. January 15, 2021.
The US Secret Service has created a militarized zone around the nation's capital in the lead-up to Inauguration Day, prompting comparisons to fortifications set up in Baghdad after the US invasion of Iraq.

Amid fears that Joe Biden's swearing-in ceremony on January 20 could spark unrest, authorities have decided to drastically expand a security perimeter established around the Capitol, which was stormed by demonstrators earlier this month.

The new 'red' and 'green' zones laid out by the Secret Service encompass areas near the White House, Lincoln Memorial, National Mall, and the Capitol. Even some nearby residential and commercial areas have been included in the guarded security perimeter. The Secret Service defined the 'Green Zone' as streets that are only accessible to residents and businesses. Individuals who want to travel through the Green Zone will have to show identification. The more extreme 'Red Zone', on the other hand, is closed to all traffic, with the exception of authorized vehicles.

Comment: Posted by Gateway Pundit:


More from Gateway Pundit:
CCTV Cameras Are Being Installed All Over Green and Red Zones in Washington DC
Jim Hoft January 17, 2021 at 10:51am

Democrats are preparing the US Capitol for the inauguration of Joe Biden this week. And already the statement they and their allies are making to the American people is that "we fear you" and "we will crush any dissent."

In the days leading up to the Biden inaugural, the nation's capital has been turned into an occupied military zone like Baghdad. In fact, there are more US troops in the nation's capital today than in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan combined.

Armed US troops authorized to use lethal force are manning checkpoints to enter and leave downtown Washington, D.C. Green Zone and and Red Zone perimeters have been established. Several bridges into the city from neighboring Virginia are scheduled to be closed next week for the inaugural

And now they are putting up CCTV cameras so they can spy on the people they don't trust.

What are they so afraid of? Getting caught on the steal?

We are moving into a new totalitarian rule in our country. And they said Trump was the tyrant?





No Entry

Surprise! Trudeau wants to turn back clock on free speech

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
© Patrick Doyle /REUTERS
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends a news conference held to discuss the country's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Nov. 6, 2020.
Appears feds really want to target speech that offends Liberals

Federal Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault plans to introduce legislation and regulations this year to "protect Canadians online" when using social media.

Be very afraid.

"We intend a comprehensive approach with the tabling of a bill in early 2021 that will apply to the various platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.)," according to a briefing note from his department on "Regulation of Social Media Platforms" to "promote a safer and more inclusive online environment."


Comment: Orwellian double speak. What "inclusive" really means is censoring voices that disagree with the prevailing ideologically liberal positions.


"Social media platforms," it continues, "can ... be used to threaten, intimidate, bully and harass people, or used to promote racist, anti-Semitic, Islamophobic, misogynistic and homophobic views that target communities, put people's safety at risk and undermine Canada's social cohesion or democracy."

Comment: Trudeau is quite simply a puppet of globalist interests and ideologies. As predictable and mechanical as a wind-up doll.

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Bullseye

QAnon: An FBI Psyop?

“Q” signrallyTrump supporters.
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A man holds up a large "Q" sign while waiting in line to see President Donald J. Trump at his rally on August 2, 2018 at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania.
A recent Reuters investigation may indicate that "Q Anon" was in fact an FBI cyber psyop.

The "Q Anon" phenomenon has generally been regarded as a hoax or prank, originated by online message board users in late October 2017, that got out of control. The "Q Anon" persona was preceded by similar personae, including "FBI anon", "CIA anon" and "White House insider anon".

"Q Anon" originally called himself "Q clearance patriot". Former CIA counterintelligence operative Kevin M. Shipp explained that an actual "Q clearance leaker" - i.e. someone possessing the highest security clearance at the US Department of Energy, required to access top secret nuclear weapons information - would have been identified and removed within days.

Attention

The Year Ahead - Biosecurity

Biosecurity
© Corbett Report
I don't need to tell you that we are living through world-historical times right now. The frequency of world-changing events is accelerating even as the impact of these events on our day-to-day lives is increasing.

As Lenin rightly observed: "There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen." Perhaps there are years in which centuries happen.

With that in mind, I am taking my annual look at the year ahead and splitting it into three parts.

Last week, I looked at the tectonic shifts that are taking place in the global monetary space and consider what these changes portend for the future of the world economy.

This week, I will examine the ongoing (generated) COVID crisis and what we can expect as the Era of Biosecurity continues to unfold.

Finally, next week I will turn my attention to world geopolitics, analyzing the types of conflicts that we can expect to see over the course of this year and explaining how these conflicts will set the stage for even more dramatic events over the course of the decade.

Take 2

'Take two': Biden fills State Department slots with more Obama vets, including Ukraine 'coup plotter' Victoria Nuland

Victoria Nuland
© Reuters
Victoria Nuland
President-elect Joe Biden is getting the old interventionist-foreign-policy team back together, including Ukraine coup engineer Victoria Nuland, signaling a hardline Russia stance as he fills out top posts in the State Department.

"These leaders are trusted at home and respected around the world, and their nominations signal that America is back and ready to lead the world, not retreat from it," Biden said on Saturday in a statement announcing his picks to fill top positions under his nominee for secretary of state, Anthony Blinken.

Like Blinken, the five latest State Department picks are veterans of the Obama-Biden administration. Nuland, a neoconservative who was named undersecretary for political affairs, goes all the way back to former President Ronald Reagan's administration and was a foreign policy adviser to former Vice President Dick Cheney.

Comment: Wasn't Pompeo the baddest news? Oh wait...here comes Nasty Nuland! (Again.)






Arrow Down

Despair, depression, and the inevitable rise of Trump 2.0: Glenn Greenwald tells RT his Biden administration predictions

Hedges/Greenwald
© RT screenshot
RT's Chris Hedges • Journalist Glenn Greenwald
America, Joe Biden says, "is back." Beyond the sloganeering, journalist Glenn Greenwald reckons that means "militarism, imperialism, and corporatism," he told RT's Chris Hedges.

Glenn Greenwald is a lawyer who turned to journalism in 2005 to protest the suppression of Americans' civil liberties under the Bush-Cheney 'war on terror'. Greenwald came to international fame by breaking the Edward Snowden NSA whistleblower story in 2013. He later co-founded the Intercept, but quit the outlet in October after saying editors there suppressed his coverage of Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden.

"I don't think it's particularly difficult... to know what to expect from the Biden administration," the acclaimed American journalist told Chris Hedges, host of RT's On Contact, on Sunday. Biden, Greenwald continued, has enjoyed a five-decade career in Washington and made his policy priorities well known over these years.


Hammer

79% of Americans think the US is falling apart. That's no surprise when one half of the country wants to crush the other

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"Old Glory"
Both Democrats and Republicans think America is disintegrating. But the newspeak narrative says that Trump and his supporters must be cleansed from the nation before it can heal. This totalitarian mindset could be the US' undoing.

A recent Axios-Ipsos poll suggests that 79 percent of Americans believe that the nation is disintegrating. Axios AM reporter, Mike Allen writes:
"The question, asked Tuesday and Wednesday, reflects the collision of crises besetting the country — the backdrop of a pandemic, recession, decoupling of red/blue America, and racial injustice and the immediacy of the Capitol insurrection, followed by Impeachment II."
But the question of whether the US is now a failed national project is meant to put a stake into the heart of the Donald Trump presidency and to destroy, entirely, the movement he mobilized. The purpose of the poll is to leave no doubt in the minds of readers that Trump is responsible for these national crises and must be removed from office, and never allowed to run again. The objective is to separate Trump and his supporters, to purge both from the public square, and likewise to leave no alternative to the ruling Democratic-RINO, Big Tech, mainstream media, corporate-state hegemon that threatens to impose its technologically enforced totalitarian rule.

Comment: At least with the Trump experiment, the political scab has been ripped off the country and no longer hides the growing totalitarian infection inside. Some see and hear. Some choose not to. The fight is through us, not for us.


No Entry

Russian opposition figure Navalny detained at passport control after returning to Moscow following almost five months in Germany

Navalny
© Reuters/Polina Ivanova
Alexey Navalny • Sheremetyevo Airport, Moscow, Russia • January 17, 2021
Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny has been detained by police at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport after returning from Germany, where he had been recovering following an alleged poisoning attempt last summer.

Navalny and his wife Yulia left [for] the plane together on Sunday evening with the rest of the passengers and drove to the terminal in a bus. The activist was arrested at the immigration desk.

Russia's prison authority has confirmed the detention. Navalny, who was wanted for breaching the terms of his probation from a previous criminal case, will remain in custody until the court rules on pre-trial restrictions against him, it said.

Navalny's plane touched down at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport, having been diverted from Vnukovo Airport where a large crowd of his supporters had gathered. There were minor scuffles with police and several arrests at the latter location. His close associates Lyubov Sobol and Ruslan Shaveddinov were among those held.



Earlier this week, it was revealed that Navalny had been placed on a wanted list in Russia shortly before the new year.

Comment: Navalny seems to bring out the crowds, evident at Vnukovo International Airport:
Tensions were high at Vnukovo International Airport, located 10 kilometers southwest of Moscow, where a flight from low-cost airline Pobeda with Navalny aboard was initially scheduled to land on Sunday. A large crowd of opposition supporters gathered in Vnukovo in order to greet the man on home soil. The Moscow prosecutor's office said earlier that the gathering at the airport has not been duly cleared by the authorities, and warned against violating the laws on public assembly.

Videos from the scene showed police in full riot gear pushing the demonstrators outside of the airport building. More than a dozen arrests have been made, with Lyubov Sobol and several other of Navalny's close associates among those detained.



Megaphone

Iran asks watchdog not to publish 'unnecessary' nuclear program details, Zarif slams France's hypocritical foreign minister

Rouhani
© Iranian Presidency Office via AP, File
FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2020 file photo, released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani, right, welcomes Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Rafael Mariano Grossi for their meeting in Tehran, Iran. Iran urged the United Nations' nuclear watchdog to avoid publishing "unnecessary" details on Tehran's nuclear program, state TV reported Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, a day after Germany, France and Britain said Tehran has "no credible civilian use" for its development of uranium metal.
Iran urged the United Nations' nuclear watchdog to avoid publishing "unnecessary" details on Tehran's nuclear program, state TV reported Sunday, a day after Germany, France and Britain said Tehran has "no credible civilian use" for its development of uranium metal.

The report quoted a statement from Iran's nuclear department that asked the International Atomic Energy Agency to avoid publishing details on Iran's nuclear program that may cause confusion.

"It is expected the international atomic energy agency avoid providing unnecessary details and prevent paving ground for misunderstanding" in the international community, the statement said. It did not elaborate.

Comment: RT reports:
'Absolute nonsense': Iranian FM rejects French claim that Tehran is building up nuclear weapons capacity


"Dear colleague: You kick-started your cabinet career with arms sales to Saudi war criminals. Avoid absurd nonsense about Iran," Zarif said, bringing up Riyadh's campaign in Yemen, as well as the gruesome murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

"Reality check: YOU are destabilizing OUR region. Stop protecting criminals who chainsaw their critics and use YOUR arms to slaughter children in Yemen."

The furious remarks came in response to Le Drian's interview with the Journal du Dimanche published on Saturday. While condemning the US stance on Tehran under President Donald Trump, the diplomat unequivocally accused Iran of heading towards nuclear weapons production.

"The Trump administration chose what it called the maximum pressure campaign on Iran. The result was that this strategy only increased the risk and the threat," Le Drian said. "This has to stop because Iran and - I say this clearly - is in the process of acquiring nuclear [weapons] capacity."

The French FM effectively doubled down on the accusations raised by France, Britain and Germany - the European signatories of the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran - on the same day.



Syringe

And there it is: German minister Heiko Maas suggests lockdown relaxation for vaccinated people

Heiko Maas
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German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas' remarks contrast with the rest of Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet. Officials oppose easing restrictions for those who have been vaccinated, fearing it will lead to inequalities in society.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper that COVID-19 restrictions must be eased for citizens who have already been vaccinated against the virus.

"Vaccinated people should be able to exercise their basic rights again," he said, adding that they should be able to go to restaurants and cinemas.

"If there are only vaccinated people in a restaurant or a cinema, they can no longer endanger each other," Maas told the newspaper.

Comment: Heaven forbid just ending the hygiene theater lockdowns. Won't happen though, they serve as a conditioning exercise to control a nation's citizenry. Those poor people lining up for the BioNTech-Pfizer concoction are in far worse danger: