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Former top intel chiefs silent after Musk Twitter disclosures

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James Clapper and other former intelligence officials were silent after the release of internal Twitter documents detailing how The Post’s bombshell revelations were censored.
America's top former intelligence officials were mostly mum Saturday after the release of internal Twitter documents detailing how The Post's bombshell revelations were censored by the social media company.

Leon Panetta, a former CIA director and defense secretary, John Brennan a former CIA director, Mike Hayden, a former CIA director, and Jim Clapper, a former director of national intelligence — who all once said The Post's reporting had "all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation," — declined or did not respond to request for comment about whether the latest disclosures had changed their opinion.

Comment: Why take responsibility for what you said when you can just refrain from commenting until the news cycle shifts at which point all is forgotten? After all, it's always worked in the past.

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Musk says Twitter might have interfered in Brazil elections

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The social media platform's personnel may have tried to swing the political tide in Brazil toward left wing stalwart, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, right.
Twitter might have interfered in another national election, Elon Musk said.

The social media platform's personnel may have tried to swing the political tide in Brazil toward left wing stalwart, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who ousted the country's far right leader, Jair Bolsonaro.

"I've seen a lot of concerning tweets about the recent Brazil election. If those tweets are accurate, it's possible that Twitter personnel gave preference to left wing candidates," Musk tweeted early Saturday in response to a user who asked him to get to the bottom of any other national elections Twitter had inserted itself into.

Within minutes, Musk also faced calls for disclosures about recent elections in Israel, India, and Canada.

Lula da Silva eked by Bolsonaro during an Oct. 30 runoff election with 50.90% of the vote.

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Russians are 'like cockroaches,' Ukrainian analyst Alla Poedie tells French TV

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Ukrainian-born Alla Poedie on French TV.
During an appearance on French television, Ukrainian-born analyst Alla Poedie compared Russian citizens to pests and urged France to crack down on them and their culture.

Poedie, who describes herself as an expert on the former Soviet Union countries, made the controversial claims on the LCI news channel on Tuesday during a talk show dedicated to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

"It's necessary to make sure that Russia is held responsible [for its military operation in Ukraine] with all its citizens around the globe, who sometimes cause a lot of harm," she said.

The expert insisted that it was "shameful" that the Russian Orthodox Spiritual and Cultural Center remained open in the center of Paris. The complex, which also includes the Holy Trinity Cathedral, was "packed with [Russian] spies," she said, without providing any proof for her claim.

"And we accept them. We don't kick them out. Why? This complex must be closed and completely destroyed. It has no right to exist," Poedie said.


FBI met weekly with Big Tech ahead of the 2020 election, agent testifies

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the FBI came to his company to warn about Russian "disinformation."
An FBI agent testified to Republican attorneys general this week that the FBI held weekly meetings with Big Tech companies in Silicon Valley ahead of the 2020 presidential election to discuss "disinformation" on social media and ask about efforts to censor that information.

On Tuesday, lawyers from the offices of Attorneys General Eric Schmitt of Missouri and Jeff Landry of Louisiana deposed FBI Supervisory Special Agent Elvis Chan as part of their lawsuit against the Biden administration. That suit accuses high-ranking government officials of working with giant social media companies "under the guise of combating misinformation" to achieve greater censorship.

Chan, who serves in the FBI's San Francisco bureau, was questioned under oath by court order about his alleged "critical role" in "coordinating with social-media platforms relating to censorship and suppression of speech on their platforms."

During the deposition, Chan said that he, along with the FBI's Foreign Influence Task Force and senior Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency officials, had weekly meetings with major social media companies to warn against Russian disinformation attempts ahead of the 2020 election, according to a source in the Missouri attorney general's office.

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Disabled Canadian veteran & Paralympian blasts gov't for offering to EUTHANIZE her when she complained about chairlift installation

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Army Veteran Christine Gauthier, a former Paralympian, testified in Canadian Parliament on Thursday that a Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) caseworker offered her euthanasia after she expressed frustration about delays in installing a wheelchair lift at her home
A disabled veteran in Canada has slammed her government for offering to euthanize her when she grew frustrated at delays in having a wheelchair lift installed in her home.

Retired Army Corporal Christine Gauthier, a former Paralympian, testified in Parliament on Thursday that a Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) caseworker made the assisted suicide offer.

After years of frustrating delays in getting the home lift, Gauthier says the caseworker told her: 'Madam, if you are really so desperate, we can give you medical assistance in dying now.'

The worker who made the offer hasn't been named, but they are feared to have offered three other veterans who contacted VAC with problems the same 'solution', Global News reported.

Comment: The West is turning into death cult where mutilating gender-dysphoric children is considered progressive, and suicide and abortion are considered solutions to life's struggles.


Video shows Bitcoin millionaire kidnapped from his Bentley in Moscow

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The victim claims that the masked perpetrators were after his cryptocurrency, a police source says
A Russian businessman has made a statement to police, claiming that masked men kidnapped him from his luxury car and intimidated him into revealing the key to his digital wallet with 250 bitcoins (around $17 million) on it, a law enforcement source has said.

The victim told the officers that the incident happened in Moscow on Thursday, with the perpetrators jumping out of a van, apprehending him, putting a bag on his head and driving him to an unknown location, a source who talked to RIA-Novosti news agency revealed.

"According to the claimant, the criminals took his mobile phone, on which an app was allegedly installed, allowing access to the so-called digital wallet. On it, there were 250 bitcoins. The attackers forced the man to reveal the password to this wallet," he said.

Comment: See also: 'Latest crypto mystery death': Russian tycoon killed in helicopter crash in Monaco, third such incident in recent weeks


Protesters rally near derailed train carrying NATO tanks in Greece

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A group of Greek protesters gathered near a train carrying NATO equipment that derailed on Friday. The demonstrators were rallying against the presence of US military bases in Greece and the involvement of Western countries in the Ukraine conflict.

The train went off the tracks near the port of Alexandroupolis in northeastern Greece. According to local media, it was heading to the Balkan and Baltic states as part of NATO's campaign to ramp up defenses against Russia.

It was transporting tanks, armored vehicles, and a number of containers.

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France BANS short haul domestic & connecting flights as part of 2021 Climate Law, hopes for it to be mandated across EU

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Transport minister Clément Beaune says France can no longer tolerate people using private planes for their comfort.
France has been given the green light to ban short haul domestic flights.

The European Commission has approved the move which will abolish flights between cities that are linked by a train journey of less than 2.5 hours.

The decision was announced on Friday. The changes are part of the country's 2021 Climate Law.

France is also cracking down on the use of private jets for short journeys in a bid to make transport greener and fairer for the population.

Transport minister Clément Beaune said the country could no longer tolerate the super rich using private planes while the public are making cutbacks to deal with the energy crisis and climate change.

Comment: The Transport minister's comment would only be relevant if the new law specifically targets private planes, and the 'super rich'. As it is, this does not seem to be the case.

Comment: Switzerland's new blackout lockdowns may give us an idea of what's up ahead: Switzerland unveils raft of lockdown-style restrictions to conserve power when energy crisis bites, includes BAN on electric cars


Ukraine charges priests for 'praising Russia'

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Agents of Ukraine's SBU detained several clergymen at the Kiev Pecherska Lavra
Several Orthodox Christian clergy from the Kiev Pechersk Lavra have been charged with "glorifying Russia," the Ukrainian security service SBU said on Thursday. The announcement comes just days after a raid on the 11th-century monastery that the Moscow Patriarchate called an attempt to intimidate the faithful.

The SBU said it had received a tip that the priest and several "accomplices" had spoken words of praise about the "Russian world" during a church service. The service then established the "fact of illegal activity" through the subsequent "expert investigation," it said in a statement.

Kiev city prosecutors will charge the clergymen with "justification, recognition as legitimate, or denial of" Russian "aggression" against Ukraine or "glorification of its participants," the SBU added.

SBU head Vasily Malyuk said:
"Those who wait for the 'awakening of Mother Rus' during the full-scale war that Russia is waging against Ukraine need to understand that this harms the interests and the security of Ukraine and its citizens. We will not allow such expressions."

Comment: See also: Zelensky launches crackdown against Ukrainian Orthodox Church


Philadelphia city counsel approves permanent curfew for teens

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Philadelphia Town Hall
Philadelphia implemented a curfew for teens amid a rise in crime during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. Now, City Council has approved a measure to make the nighttime restrictions for young people permanent.

The curfew requires those under 18 to be inside by 10 p.m.

Councilmember Katherine Gilmore Richardson said there are exceptions for teens who are working after 10 p.m. and for those who do not have a permanent address.
"Those youth would not be penalized in any way because of them going to and from work. In addition to that, we met with the Juvenile Law Center and there would not be penalties for homeless youth."
New Councilmember Anthony Phillips, who comes from a non-profit that works with young people, supported the bill.
"At a time when there seems like there is no limit of the senseless whirlwind of violence facing teens and young people, we are taking a temporary step in the absence of a cure-all."