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Months BEFORE the Capitol riots, FBI was violating the Constitution to track 'far-right extremists'

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation knowingly violated the Constitution to track down potential 'racially motivated violent extremists.' But the FBI didn't conduct its unconstitutional dragnet following the January 6th Capitol riots, it actually started its probe in November — in the midst of a contested election.

A newly declassified report (pdf) shows that the FBI pursued extremists in November that would fit the profile of future Capitol rioters by tapping into a National Security Agency database that trawls and records Americans' communications.

"The FBI's requests for access to masses of electronic communications harvested by the National Security Agency (NSA) is revealed in a newly declassified report from the United States' secret surveillance court," the Daily Mail reported on Monday.


Bad Guys

Ringer? Fake journalist Maria Fernanda Reyes claims to be from Univision, tells Kamala Harris: 'I voted for you'

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Vice President Kamala Harris speaks to the media, Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at the Sofitel Mexico City Reforma in Mexico City.
A woman claiming to be a journalist for Univision gushed over Vice President Kamala Harris at a televised press conference in Mexico City on Tuesday, telling Ms. Harris, "I voted for you."

The statement raised eyebrows, but there was an even deeper problem: Univision says Maria Fernanda Reyes, who asked the question and was introduced as "Maria Fernanda," doesn't work for them. There is a Maria Fernanda Lopez who does.

Comment: Has the Harris been stumbling so badly that her team been reduced to audience plants?

Mr. Potato

Media reports White House 'perplexed' that Kamala Harris' first foreign trip is riddled with disasters

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Free speech in Guatamala
Vice President Kamala Harris' first foreign trip - to Guatemala and Mexico - has left White House officials with little to be happy about, a new report suggests.

CNN's Jeremy Diamond, who accompanied Harris on her recent trip, reported on Wednesday morning that multiple White House "insiders" were left "perplexed" by Harris' performance overseas.

Diamond added that Harris' own team has expressed "frustration" over their boss and the vice president's answer to certain questions have "overshadowed" whatever successes she actually had on her trip.

Comment: 'Border Czar' Harris walks out of first meeting with AMLO on border security; Obrador accuses Biden admin of orchestrating coup

Harris is barely welcome in her own country, let alone anywhere else:

Bad Guys

MH17: Judge Steenhuis disgraces himself by allowing worthless, inadmissible autopsy evidence - still no proof of BUK missile

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Steenhuis' choice
For the first time since the Dutch Government began its prosecution of the Russian Government for the destruction of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, and the killing of the 298 passengers and crew on board, the court has heard what the presiding judge, Hendrik Steenhuis (lead image), has described as autopsy and post-mortem evidence from the bodies recovered from the aircraft crash scene in eastern Ukraine.

For the first time, Steenhuis has read out a scripted version of what he declares to be admissible evidence from the bodies, although the trial of this evidence has only just begun.

And for the first time - without showing he has comprehended what he has revealed — Steenhuis confirms that only one piece of shrapnel identifiable with the alleged murder weapon, a Russian-made BUK missile, was discovered by the Dutch forensic teams, pathologists, policemen, prosecutors, and investigating judges who have been working on this evidence since the crash on July 17, 2014. If Steenhuis is telling the truth about this one bow-tie shaped piece of shrapnel from a missile warhead, another cube-shaped piece of shrapnel has disappeared from the cockpit bodies, plus one additional bow-tie and a cube reportedly found in the cockpit frame and photographed by the Dutch Safety Board in October 2015.

Comment: What a long, sordid story this has been, but Steenhuis continues to do his duty to the Empire

Cow Skull

The Great Reset psy-op: Washington screams out more warnings of major cyber attacks, Russia not-so-subtly blamed

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken in an appearance on "Axios on HBO" previewed what he expects to come out of the Putin-Biden summit set for June 16 in Geneva. The short answer is: not much except for vague warnings and threats, it appears. Blinken said during the interview that the US president intends to warn Putin "directly and clearly what he can expect from the United States if aggressive, reckless actions toward us continue."

While explaining that Washington would prefer a "more stable" relationship with Russia, Blinken also sought to distance the White House from growing criticism that Biden is getting 'weak' on promises to "stand up" to Putin, particularly after recently dropping sanctions on the German company overseeing completion of the Russia-to-Germany Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

Blinken tried to assure Axios' Mike Allen that Biden is meeting with Putin face to face to deliver a tough message:
Biden is meeting with Vladimir Putin nine days from now "not in spite of" the cyberattacks that disrupted U.S. meat and gas supplies: "It's because of them."

Comment: So not only are the cyber attacks increasing in frequency and intensity and somehow coinciding with the Cyber Polygon - World Economic Forum - Great Reset anticipation of the grand mother of all cyber attacks (not to mention the agenda of restructuring the world's economies and societies) - but the US political class and media is also managing to further demonize Russia and prime the public for 'the big one'.

How's that for mind job?!

Its not only Secretary of State Antony Blinken who'd been tasked with broadcasting the psy-op:
Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on Sunday called for more public-private cooperation on cyber defenses and said U.S. adversaries already are capable of using cyber intrusions to shut down the U.S. power grid.

"I think that there are very malign actors who are trying," she said. She added: "Even as we speak, there are thousands of attacks on all aspects of the energy sector and the private sector generally."


Asked whether American adversaries have the capability now of shutting down the U.S. power grid, she said: "Yes, they do."

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the United States and other countries should talk to countries such as Russia, which is believed to be the origin on some ransomware attacks, about law enforcement and intelligence cooperation "to shut it down."

Rice said this would "test the reality of how much the Russian government is or is not involved" in these attacks.

Granholm was on CNN's "State of the Union" and NBC's "Meet the Press," and Rice appeared on "Face the Nation" on CBS.
And this from the Senate Sergeant of Arms:
Senate Sergeant at Arms Karen Gibson said Saturday she is more concerned about a cyberattack on the government than another insurrection like the one that rocked Capitol Hill on Jan. 6.

"Our networks ... have attempted intrusions every single day. And so, cybersecurity for me is a much greater concern than the prospect of thousands of people storming the West Terrace," Gibson said in an interview that aired on CNN Saturday.

"Members have sensitive information that they would not necessarily want to have disclosed that may be in documents. Much of what we do is public. And meant to be so," Gibson said. "But I would worry about ... nation-state actors or others who might try to just really cripple the government's ability to function by locking down cybercommunications networks."
And the FBI is priming the public to think of these attacks in terms of 911:
The FBI is investigating about 100 different types of ransomware, Director Christopher Wray revealed in a new interview, in which he compared the security challenges posed by cyberthreats to the terror threat of 9/11.

Speaking to the Wall Street Journal in an interview published Thursday, the FBI director made the comments in the wake of two recent ransomware attacks that sent meat and gas prices skyrocketing as suppliers were left unable to move their products.

"There are a lot of parallels, there's a lot of importance, and a lot of focus by us on disruption and prevention," Wray explained, referring to this month's hack against JBS Foods, the world's largest meat supplier, and the similar attack on Colonial Pipeline in May.

2 + 2 = 4

The Wizard Of Oz: The Dark Reality That The Deep State Hides From The World

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The world's permanent military, intelligence, and diplomatic bureaucracies ("deep states") together with their perception managers in the Mainstream Media and the education system are hiding a very dark reality from everyone that's much more nefarious than what the Wizard of Oz hid from Dorothy.


Sexual assault survivors Tara Reade & Juanita Broaddrick: It's a small club, and we don't want to be in it

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1978 ?, Van Buren, Arkansas, Bill Clinton on a visit to Juanita Broaddrick's (right) nursing home.
Years ago, comedian George Carlin did a routine with the famous line, "It's a big club and you ain't in it," referring to the political power elites. He was right.

Juanita Broaddrick and I are part of the "when the predator that sexually assaulted you becomes president of the United States" club.

When I spoke up about Joe Biden, Juanita came out publicly supporting me right away.

Comment: See also:

Arrow Up

One bank goes apocalyptic: Inflation is about to explode "leaving global economies sitting on a time bomb"

As excerpted from "Inflation: The defining macro story of this decade" a must-read report written by Deutsche Bank's global head of research, David Folkerts-Landau, co-authored by Peter Hooper and Jim Reid.
Ronald Reagan (1978): "Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hit man."

Joe Biden (2021): "A job is about a lot more than a paycheck. It's about dignity. It's about respect. It's about being able to look your kid in the eye and say everything will be okay. Too many people today can't do that - and it's got to change."

Janet Yellen (2021): "Neither the president-elect, nor I, propose this relief package without an appreciation for the country's debt burden. But right now, with interest rates at historic lows, the smartest thing we can do is act big".

Jerome Powell (2021): "During this time of reopening, we are likely to see some upward pressure on prices ... But those pressures are likely to be temporary as they are associated with the reopening process."

Larry Summers, (2021): "I think this is the least responsible macroeconomic policies we've had in the last 40 years."
The above quotes highlight that US macro policy and, indeed, the very role of government in the economy, is undergoing its biggest shift in direction in 40 years. In turn we are concerned that it will bring about uncomfortable levels of inflation.

It is no exaggeration to say that we are departing from neoliberalism and that the days of the new-liberal policies that begun in the Reagan era are clearly fading in the rear view mirror. The effects of this shift are being compounded by political turmoil in the US and deeply worrying geopolitical risks.

Comment: See also:

Cardboard Box

What pandemic? US spent more on nuclear weapons development in 2020 than rest of world combined

This US Air Force photo shows an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile as it launches during a developmental test at 12:33 a.m. Pacific Time on February 5, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.
The United States accounted for over half of the total nuclear weapons spending in 2020. The $37.4 billion that went toward its nuclear arsenal beat the combined expenditure of the eight other nuclear powers, a new report says.

The majority of that whopping sum, roughly 5% of the country's total military spending last year, was disbursed as defense contracts to private corporations. Nearly a third, around $13.7 billion, was awarded to contractor Northrop Grumman, which is building a new intercontinental nuclear weapons system.

According to the report, titled 'Complicit: 2020 Global Nuclear Spending' and published on Monday by advocacy group International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), nuclear-armed countries collectively spent $72.6 billion on these weapons last year - an uptick of $1.4 billion on the previous year.

Comment: US citizens would probably prefer that, like Russia, its government focus on improving living conditions at home: Russia to spend more on economy than on 'unparalleled' weapon development in 2021

See also: UK's 'Iron Dome' for Falkland's delayed, £3.5 billion Ajax tanks unsafe over 20mph


CIA (Dis)Information Operations Come Home To The US

John Brennan
Reporters joke the easiest job in Washington is CIA spokesman. You need only listen carefully to questions and say "No comment' before heading to Happy Hour. The joke, however, is on us. The reporters pretend to see only one side of the CIA, the passive hiding of information about itself. They meanwhile choose to profit from the other side of the equation, active information operations designed to influence events in America. It is 2021 and the CIA is running an op against the American people.

Leon Panetta, the Director CIA from 2009 to 2011 explained bluntly his CIA did influence foreign media outlets ahead of elections in order to "change attitudes within the country." The method, Panetta said, was to "acquire media within a country or within a region that could very well be used for being able to deliver a specific message or work to influence those that may own elements of the media to be able to cooperate, work with you in delivering that message."

The CIA has been running such information ops to influence foreign elections since the end of WWII. Richard Bissell, who ran the agency's operations during the Cold War, wrote of "exercising control over a newspaper or broadcasting station, or of securing the desired outcome in an election." A report on the CIA in Chile boasts the Agency portrayed its favored candidate in one election as a "wise, sincere and high-minded statesman" while painting his leftist opponent as a "calculating schemer." At one point in the 1980s foreign media insertions ran 80 a day.

The goal is to control information as a tool of influence. Sometimes the control is very direct, simply paying a reporter to run a story, or, as was done in Iraq, simply operating the media outlet yourself (known as the Orwellian Indigenous Media Project.) The problem is such direct action is easily exposed, destroying credibility.