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Top secret Saudi documents reveal Khashoggi killers used jets owned by Crown Prince

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Jamal Khashoggi • Mohammed Bin Salman
Saudi-born Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was killed and dismembered in 2018 in the Saudi embassy in the Turkish capital city of Istanbul. After facing accusations of being involved in the journalist's murder, Riyadh sentenced eight suspects in 2019.

Saudi assassins behind the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi used two private jets owned by Sky Prime Aviation, a company that belongs to the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, CNN reported on Wednesday, citing "top secret" documents obtained by the network.

According to the report, the documents were filed in connection with a Canadian civil lawsuit earlier in the year and were signed by the Saudi minister who "relayed the orders of the crown prince".

"According to the instruction of His Highness the Crown Prince," the minister wrote, cited by CNN, "immediately approve the completion of the necessary procedures for this."

Arrow Up

LGBT identification rises to 5.6% in latest US estimate

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Gallup's latest update on lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender identification finds 5.6% of U.S. adults identifying as LGBT. The current estimate is up from 4.5% in Gallup's previous update based on 2017 data.

Currently, 86.7% of Americans say they are heterosexual or straight, and 7.6% do not answer the question about their sexual orientation. Gallup's 2012-2017 data had roughly 5% "no opinion" responses.

The latest results are based on more than 15,000 interviews conducted throughout 2020 with Americans aged 18 and older. Gallup had previously reported annual updates from its 2012-2017 daily tracking survey data, but did not routinely measure LGBT identification in 2018 or 2019.

The identity question asked in 2020 offers a greater level of detail than the question asked in previous years. Now, respondents indicate their precise sexual orientation, rather than simply answering "yes" or "no" to whether they identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

Comment: The results in younger Americans may also be influenced by social contagion.


Arrow Down

Ban on transgender athletes in Utah girls' sports stalls

Troy Williams

In this Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, file photo, Troy Williams, Equality Utah executive director, speaks in opposition of HB302 during a House Education Committee meeting at the State Office Building in Salt Lake City.
A proposal to ban transgender athletes from female sports teams in Utah stalled Wednesday, days after the Republican governor voiced doubt about the bill.

At least 20 states are considering similar proposals that opponents say would discriminate against an already marginalized group.

Its sponsor, Republican Rep. Kera Birkeland, said in a statement that she was disappointed a panel of lawmakers held the bill, but she recognizes it's a complex issue. "I am optimistic we can continue to work together to create policies that preserve female sports," she said.

Birkeland has argued her proposal is aimed at ensuring fairness by making sure female athletes aren't competing against those assigned male at birth. There are no transgender athletes currently competing in school sports in Utah.

Megaphone

Andy Ngo testifies to Congress on the rise of domestic terrorism in America

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Andy Ngo gave testimony to Congress urging lawmakers to treat far-left extremism with the same severity as its counterpart.

The topic of domestic terrorism has dominated 2021 after the January 6th riot at the US Capitol. Politicians are scrambling on how to best utilize federal law enforcement resources to address the issue. To that end, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security held a hearing.

The Post Millennial's editor-at-large Andy Ngo was one of the main witnesses called to testify. He was there to remind Congress to look at the bigger picture.


Light Sabers

Small investors up in arms after GameStop stock trades halted AGAIN amid price surge & reports of Reddit outages

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'The war continues'

GameStop shares have again soared, surging by more than 100 percent until a trading halt slowed the rally before markets closed, stoking suspicions among small investors, some pointing to mysterious Reddit issues during the spike.

$GME was up by nearly 104 percent when trading stopped on Wednesday, more than doubling its value over the last 24 hours, but the surge was stopped in its tracks by a trading halt imposed some 15 minutes before markets closed.

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Sheriff

Rochester cops won't face charges in death of Daniel Prude: NY AG

Attorney General Letitia James
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Attorney General Letitia James said her office saw a different outcome in Prude’s death than the grand jury did.
A grand jury voted not to indict the Rochester police officers who were involved in the suffocation death of Daniel Prude, the New York Attorney General said Tuesday.

"When I was here in September, I made a commitment to the Prude Family and the Rochester community, I would do everything in my power to ensure justice was served in the death of Daniel Prude," Attorney General Letitia James said.

"My office presented an extensive case and we saw a different outcome than the one the grand jury handed us today."

Comment: And as would be expected:
Protests erupt after jury decides NOT to indict officers involved in black man Daniel Prude's death in custody

Black Lives Matter protesters have taken to the streets of Rochester, New York after a jury refused to indict officers whose actions contributed to the death of Daniel Prude from asphyxiation during an arrest last year.

Protesters in Rochester scaled police barricades as they marched down the city streets on Tuesday, venting anger at the grand jury, which effectively exonerated officers who played a role in Prude's death last March.


Demonstrators, some carrying Black Lives Matter flags, chanted "Say his name, Daniel Prude."


Part of the crowd then headed to a police station on Child and Campbell streets.

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Global airline body IATA plans COVID travel pass for end of March

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© REUTERS/Toby Melville
An aircraft takes off at Heathrow Airport amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in London, Britain, February 4, 2021.
Global airline industry body IATA said it would launch a COVID-19 travel pass at the end of March, bringing into use a digital system for test results and vaccine certificates which will help facilitiate international travel.

IATA said on Wednesday that it was essential that governments start issuing their citizens with digital vaccination certificates which can then feed into its travel pass.

Comment: More from eTN:
The app, dubbed the IATA Travel Pass, is designed to provide government, airlines and air passengers with a streamlined process to ensure there is "accurate information, secure identification and verified data" available to meet all relevant coronavirus restrictions.

The IATA has outlined a timeline for the full rollout of its travel pass, with initial efforts underway at Singapore Airlines while a further 20 airlines are testing the app. More companies are set to start using it in the next few months, the organization said, and it aims to have the full pass ready to go live at the end of March.

At the same meeting, the IATA expressed concerns that the ongoing global restrictions around COVID-19 are still hitting airlines, with its chief economist warning it will likely take longer than planned for companies to be able to stop burning cash and begin rebounding financially.

Some companies have expressed concern that the summer booking period, a popular time for the airline industry, still "remains weak," with reservations currently only at seven percent of pre-pandemic levels. The IATA, which represents some 290 members, has urged governments to provide further financial support to prevent the crisis in the travel industry from getting worse.

The statement from the IATA comes after Europol issued a warning about criminals selling falsified Covid-19 test results to travelers, allowing them to get around the restrictions in place because of the pandemic. In January, the UK's Immigration Service Union told Britain's Sky News that there is no way for border officers to validate Covid-19 tests to ensure they are legitimate.
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Mr. Potato

Media hypocrisy: 'Kids in cages' become 'shelters' under the loving embrace of Joe Biden

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The media circus has two lexicons that they juggle on a daily basis, using one exclusively for candidates they like and another for those they don't.

The terms used for the facilities used to house illegal migrants is one of the best examples of this.

Comment: More from The National Pulse:
Biden is Putting Migrant Kids in Cages And Now AOC Doesn't Care
Joe Biden is re-opening a child migrant detention center, but neither the establishment media nor left-wing politicians appear to care. The response is starkly different from when President Trump operated the detention centers he inherited from the Obama-Biden administration.

The move is said to be a direct result of the relaxation of border enforcement, a stunning admission made in CNN reports.

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Once known for crying at a fence overlooking a parking lot, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has - at the time of publication - said nothing about Biden's new move to "put kids in cages."
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National advocacy groups are also silent, and outlets such as the New York Times and CNN have failed to criticize Biden and his regime for re-opening the center and congregating migrant children in close conditions.

Perhaps the most important part of why these centers need to reopen in the first instance is the most important: the relaxation of enforcement. In other words, Joe Biden has signaled for people to come, illegally, into the United States.

When they arrive, he's putting them in detention centers.
And Psaki is defending the move. From RT:
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has recast the reopening of one of ex-president Trump's infamous migrant detention centers as a temporary fix for the pandemic, arguing that not locking kids up would be "inhumane."

Psaki was skewered by reporters on Tuesday after the Biden administration reopened a migrant detention facility that had been closed in 2019 under former president Donald Trump.

The press secretary floundered as she attempted to defend Biden's stated policy "not to expel unaccompanied children who arrive at the border" by putting those children back in the "cages" - actually shipping containers - he had so vociferously denounced when they were used by his predecessor.


"This is not kids being kept in cages," Psaki insisted, arguing "this is a facility that was reopened that is going to follow the same standards as other [Department of Health and Human Services] facilities."

"It is not a replication. Certainly not."

Psaki then emphasized that "That's never our intention - of replicating immigration policies of the past administration. But we are in a circumstance where we are not going to expel unaccompanied minors at the border. That would be inhumane."

Her explanation begged the question of which is less humane, given that Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris had rushed to cast Trump's use of the same facilities in 2019 as a "human rights abuse being committed by the United States government."

Harris especially accused Trump of having "pushed policies that's been [sic] about putting babies in cages at the border in the name of security."

Thus caught between a rock and a hard place, Psaki stressed that "there is a pandemic going on," suggesting that justified the reopening of the Texas facility - since the Office of Refugee Resettlement, the kids' final destination, can no longer house as many people due to Covid-19 space restrictions.


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While a handful of Biden supporters had rallied to Psaki's aid on social media, suggesting the shipping-container cells were a step up from "cages" because they offered privacy, they avoided addressing the issue that those facilities had offered the same "privacy" under Trump, back when they were denounced as human rights violations. More clear-eyed Democrats and migrant advocates, on the other hand, slammed the reopening of the 700-child facility as "absolutely against everything Biden promised he was going to do."



Bad Guys

Teens face homicide charges in rape, murder of Ee Lee

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Two Milwaukee teenagers face homicide charges in the September 2020 rape and murder of Ee Lee, brutally beaten and left for dead in Washington Park.

Kamare Lewis, 17, and Kevin Spencer, 15 each face one count of first-degree intentional homicide, as party to a crime and one count of first-degree sexual assault (great bodily harm), as party to a crime.

Lee was found Sept. 16, 2020 in Washington Park by "bystanders," still breathing but unconscious, severely beaten and left for dead. She was undressed below the waist, indicating sexual assault. She suffered severe contusions to the face/head. A hospital examination confirmed the sex assault.

Sheriff

Moment police raid illegal rave inside London barbers

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© Metropolitan Police
Although blurry, the footage shows a number of people present.
More than 20 people are facing fines after police shut down an illegal party at a south London barber shop.

Neighbours reported the large gathering and loud music at the premises on London Road in west Croydon shortly before midnight on February 19.

Body-worn camera footage shows officers walking through an empty section of the shop before opening a door to a separate room where a group of people had crammed inside.

In total, 22 people were referred for fixed penalty notices and the event organiser has also been reported for a £10,000 fine.

Comment:


Who would have thought the Beastie Boys 80s' anthem "Fight For Your Right To Party" would become so relevant thirty five years later? And who would have thought it would take an unjust lockdown to revive the illegal rave scene?

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