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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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FILE PHOTO: Ukrainian military
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

Boris Johnson covid slogans
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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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Better Earth

Pepe Escobar: Iran-Russia hit maximum strategy

Raisi Putin
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Two of the three main Eurasian powers, Iran's Ebrahim Raisi and Russia's Vladimir Putin meet in Russia to advance their strategic relations.
The official visit to Russia by Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, at the invitation of Vladimir Putin, generated one of the most stunning geopolitical pics of the 21st century: Raisi performing his afternoon prayers at the Kremlin.

Arguably, more than the hours of solid discussions on geopolitical, geoeconomic, energy, trade, agriculture, transportation and aerospace dossiers, this visual will be imprinted all across the Global South as a fitting symbol of the ongoing, inexorable process of Eurasian integration.

Raisi went to Sochi and Moscow ready to offer Putin essential synergy in confronting a decaying, unipolar Empire increasingly prone to irrationalism. He made it clear at the start of his three hours of discussions with Putin: our renewed relationship should not be "short-term or positional - it will be permanent and strategic."

Comment: See also: And check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Kazakhstan on Fire: Why US vs Russia 'Great Game' Could Spark Global Economic Collapse




Cardboard Box

Kazakh President Says 'Gap Between Rich And Poor' Sparked Deadly Protests

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© Reuters
Kazakh President Qasym-Zhomart Toqaev says an "unacceptable gap" between rich and poor led to deadly anti-government protests that shook the Central Asian country earlier in January.

Talking to representatives of the oil-rich nation's leading businesses on January 21, Toqaev said "real reforms" and "deep transformation of the social structures" are needed to address problems brought up by some of the protesters.

"The gap between the declared social economic agenda and the real situation reached a critical mass and what we need now is a full reset of our economic politics," Toqaev stated.

"With corruption that is well-known, the differences in incomes played the role of an ignited match near a gunpowder barrel, and the situation was used by terrorists, armed individuals, and the masterminds behind them," Toqaev said, adding that he has "already made difficult decisions and will make such decisions in the future."


Comment: That's how pretty much all protests and revolutions work: actual grievances are exploited by people with an agenda, foreign and/or domestic.


Protests in the remote town of Zhanaozen in early January over a sudden fuel price hike quickly spread across Kazakhstan and led to violent clashes in the country's largest city, Almaty, and elsewhere.

Comment: In addition to Nazarbaev ally Masimov, others have been removed from the posts or replaced. That includes former Defense Minister Murat Bektanov, and more of Nazarbaev's relatives:
On January 17, Kazakhstan's National Chamber of Entrepreneurs, Atameken, announced the resignation of its chairman, Timur Kulibaev, a son-in-law of Nazarbaev.

Kulibaev, one of the richest people in the oil-rich former Soviet republic, is the husband of Nazarbaev's second daughter, Dinara.

The same day, President Qasym-Zhomart Toqaev issued a decree to dismiss Nazarbaev's nephew Samat Abish from the post of deputy chairman of the Committee for National Security (KNB).

The moves came after two other sons-in-law of Nazarbaev were pushed out of top jobs at two major state energy companies.
Nazarbaev himself has also been officially stripped of his formerly lifetime posts:
Parliament's lower chamber, the Mazhilis, approved a motion by several lawmakers to deprive the former Kazakh president of his right to be lifetime chairman of the influential Security Council and the Assembly of Kazakhstan's People.
Nazarbaev is going with the program, publicly denying any conflict with Tokaev.


Sheriff

Iran, Russia, China kick off joint military drills in Indian Ocean amid growing ties

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Iranian, Russian, and Chinese navies kick off joint military drills in the north of the Indian Ocean on January 21, 2022.
The "2022 Marine Security Belt" exercise, which began on Friday morning, marks the third of such joint exercises between the three countries.

"Together for peace and security" is the theme of the exercise, which covers an area of 17,000 square kilometers and includes both navies from Iran's Army and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), as well as the Russian and Chinese naval forces.

A variety of tactical exercises such as rescuing burning vessels, releasing hijacked vessels, shooting at specific targets, shooting at air targets at night, and other tactical and operational exercises are expected to be carried out during the drills.

Comment: Russia and China's military alliances are growing, and fast, partly because the countries they similar aspirations for multilateralism as their new partners, and partly because of the imminent threat the belligerent West poses to world stability:


Mr. Potato

Tucker's latest Ukraine segment sent liberal media and political elites into meltdown - Twitter comedy ensues

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Tucker Carlson speaks with foreign policy specialist Clint Ehrlich

Author and political commentator Michael Brendan Dougherty writes, "Defining Ukraine's sovereignty and integrity as a core security interest of the United States, akin to possession of Massachusetts, is a form of insanity."

As a case in point, Clint Ehrlich has spent a significant amount of time in Russia and the broader region as a geopolitical researcher, making him somewhat a serious expert on the crisis. But his appearance on Tucker Carlson Tonight is now causing a collective meltdown among establishment pundits not seen since the height of the Russiagate hysteria in recent years.

Days ago Ehrlich wrote that "The world is perched on the edge of an abyss. We may soon see the worst combat in Europe since WW2 - killing thousands of people, and raising the likelihood of nuclear war. It didn't have to be this way." And on Wednesday he had this to say: "My segment last night on Tucker Carlson is having a bigger impact than I ever imagined. It's causing pro-war pundits and politicians to lose their minds! Let's catalog their meltdowns...