Where will the censorship end?

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“You’re not allowed to think that!”

Censorship of the Biden corruption story by big tech and the corporate media had a major effect on the election.

A Media Research Center (MRC) poll conducted by McLaughlin & Associates found that 36 percent of Biden voters were not aware of the evidence behind claims that Joe Biden was personally involved in his son Hunter’s business deals with China. Thirteen percent of those voters (4.6 percent of Biden’s total vote) said that if they had known the facts, they would not have voted for Biden.

That’s just one instance of The Left’s censorship pogrom. You already know about the media and big tech. Now consider:

What Wikipedia’s Daily Mail ‘Ban’ Tells Us About The Future Of Online Censorship

Then the deplatformers came for Dan Bongino

Mailchimp Gets In on the Censorship Game

PayPal relies on censorship recommendations by far-left Southern Poverty Law Center

GoFundMe Censors Billboard Fundraising Campaign

Eventbrite Removes ‘March For Trump’ Event, Allows Left-Wing Events

WordPress just had to get into it, as well. WordPress is used by more than 60 million websites, including 33.6% of the top 10 million websites as of April 2019. WordPress decided to kick a popular conservative blog, The Conservative Treehouse, off its platform. This means the censorship has moved to web hosting sites.

The next step would be Internet Service Providers, who provide access to the Internet. Would they be interested in blocking ideas they don’t like. Uh, yes.

The largest collection of public internet censorship data ever compiled shows that even citizens of what are considered the world’s freest countries aren’t safe from internet censorship.

“When the United States repealed net neutrality, they created an environment in which it would be easy, from a technical standpoint, for ISPs to interfere with or block internet traffic,” said Roya Ensafi, University of Michigan assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science who led the the study. “The architecture for greater censorship is already in place and we should all be concerned about heading down a slippery slope.” It’s already happening abroad, the researchers found.

Is there yet a higher authority who could get in the game? Sure. It’s the companies who comprise what is known as the Internet’s backbone. These are called Tier 1 providers, and they include AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, SingTel, Pacific Internet, Japan Telecom, Telstra, China Telecom and British Telecom.

AT&T, you will not be comforted to know, also owns … CNN.

Then, of course, governments control the Internet and censor things they don’t like. That, of course, can’t happen here. Oh wait …

Sen. Blumenthal Urges Mark Zuckerberg to Remove Breitbart, Gateway Pundit, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and Steve Bannon from Facebook

Apparently it had something to do with them labeling him “Da Nang Dick.”

~ Consanguineous

The resurrection of the Stasi

Office ReprimandAmid all that’s going on I happened to catch a TV show about the Stasi, East Germany’s agency of control.

The Ministry for State Security—commonly known as the Stasi—wiretapped, bugged, and tracked citizens. It steamed open letters and drilled holes in walls. It had nearly 200,000 unofficial informers and hundreds of thousands more occasional sources providing information on their friends, neighbors, relatives, and colleagues. As the self-declared sword and shield regime, it aimed not merely to stamp out dissent, but to support a far-reaching propaganda machine in creating a new, perfect communist human being.

Does any of that sound familiar? How about:

Covid Testing And “Compliance Ambassadors.” Our business license officers & compliance ambassadors continue to visit 300 businesses per day every day, to ensure they are following @GovSisolak’s recent directive to help keep workers and visitors safe. — City of Las Vegas (@CityOfLasVegas)

cars“Great Reset” Mastermind Suggests Risk Assessment “Brain Scans” Before Allowing Travel. “Great Reset” mastermind Klaus Schwab suggests a number of draconian measures for controlling the population under the umbrella of the ‘4th Industrial Revolution’, including risk-assessment brain scans to cross borders and implantable chips to read people’s thoughts.

Dr. Anthony Fauci: Americans Must ‘Do What You’re Told’ Despite ‘Independent Spirit.’ “Our countries have that independent spirit, where we don’t want to be told what to do,” he said. “Well, I understand that, but now is the time to do what you’re told.”

Democrats Compile List Of Names Targeting White House Staff, Trump Campaign, Judges, And Donors. The list of names was initally published on the project’s website asking people to “remember what they did,” and is now privatized, but captured by internet archives. It shows an extensive Google Sheets document listing off people who the project deems necessary to curb from “profiting from their experience” working with the Trump Administration.

‘Society of Snitches’: Northam Asks Virginians to Report Churches, Gun Ranges That Violate COVID Restrictions. “[The governor of Virginia] is now trying to turn us into a society of informers and snitches?” State Sen. Mark Obenshain asked. “The Governor and his Health Secretary, through the VA Dept. of Health is now asking for people to make anonymous complaints to the Dept. for violations of the Gov. Northam’s mask order.”
John Stossel: Facebook Is Using Activists To Fact-Check Posts They Don’t Like – It’s Wrong. Facebook now lets other people censor their content. Mark Zuckerberg told Congress, “We work with a set of independent fact-checkers.”

This is where we are today, Charlotte Bailey writes in The Atlantic:

All over the world, authoritarian regimes still use some of the tactics favored by the East German dictatorship—informers are still widely used, for instance. But states are now using modern technology to oppress their citizens in ways simply unavailable to the Stasi—by monitoring movements, spying on communications, and tracking financial transactions, to name just a few. The tools, in fact, are available to (and used by) companies and the governments of liberal democracies, too. “States now have far more power than the Stasi,” David Murakami Wood, a surveillance sociologist and an associate professor at Queen’s University in Canada, says. “And it’s not just states we have to worry about now.”

The New World Order is just deja vu all over again.

~ Propugnaculum

Will our military attempt a coup?

mattisSerious people are asking.

“A number of President Trump’s most implacable critics are fantasizing about deploying the U.S. military to remove him from the White House on Jan. 20, 2021, based on their assumption that a.) he will lose the election, and b.) he will refuse to leave office on his own,” Byron York writes.

Among those thinking about it are two reitred Army officers, Paul Yingling and John Nagl, who published an open letter to Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arguing that Trump may have to be forceably removed from the White House if he loses the election.

Where do they get such fantasies?

Sleep Joe, for one. “I promise you, I’m absolutely convinced they [the military] will escort him from the White House with great dispatch.”

This may well be why President Trump promoted several loyalists to top roles in the Defense Department this week after resignations following the unceremonious ouster of Defense Secretary Mark Esper.

Trump announced Monday that he had fired Esper as defense secretary and said Christopher Miller, who headed the counterterrorism center, would serve as acting secretary.

The Pentagon confirmed the resignations of the department’s top officials for policy and intelligence in a statement. The resignations include those of James Anderson, the acting undersecretary for policy; Joseph Kernan, the undersecretary for intelligence; and Jen Stewart, Esper’s chief of staff.

Those personnel changes weren’t random. Kash Patel, who will be Miller’s chief of staff, knows the details of the ‘spygate’ saga.

Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recently told National Public Radio that the military plays no role in politics, and that he has complete trust in America’s institutions to manage election disputes.

Sure, but why did NPR ask him in the first place? This from the NPR article, stated as fact:

President Trump has suggested that he might not accept the results if he is not declared the winner. He has made baseless claims about voter fraud being widespread. Voter fraud is actually extremely rare.

And then we have General Mad Dog Mattis, who, according to Bob Woodward’s new book did this:

Mattis quietly went to Washington National Cathedral to pray about his concern for the nation’s fate under Trump’s command and, according to Woodward, told Coats, “There may come a time when we have to take collective action” since Trump is “dangerous. He’s unfit.”

Trump is disrupting their big plans for foreign wars, and they don’t like it. They also don’t like him.

~ Acedius

This is it. This is the coup.

boxesAs I write, on November 7, 2020, the media are calling the election for Joe Biden, Trump is refusing to concede, and this is all according to the plan.

I assumed it was just a slip of the tongue from a troubled mind when Biden said:

“We’re in a situation where we have put together, and you guys did it for President Obama’s administration before this, we have put together, I think, the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics.”

In context, it seems he was referring to Trump trying to steal the election. Remember: The Left always accuses its enemies of what it itself is doing. This strategy has been variously attributed to Karl Marx and Adolph Hitler, among others.

Whatever was rumbling aroiund in Biden’s febrile mind, a petri dish for Freudian slips, his handlers and enablers have indeed put together “the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of Amerian politics.”

This is The Coup Act III. Act I was the Russian “collusion” investigation. Act II was impeachment. Now corrupting the election is Act III.

Here are the steps.

  1. Establish widespread mail-in voting, using Covid as an excuse.
  2. Prepare the public’s expectations about delays in vote counting.
  3. Halt vote counts on the night of the election where Trump is ahead.
  4. Bring in balllots for Biden.
  5. Lose ballots for Trump.
  6. Block Republican observers from vote tally rooms.
  7. Insist that there is no evidence of fraud.
  8. Engourage people to think the media call elections.
  9. Declare Biden the winner.
  10. Censor any effort to disagree with the narrative.
  11. Assert that Trump will have to be forcibly removed.
  12. Begin referring to Biden as the President.

Smoke and mirros, chaos and confusion.

The only thing missing was Ruth Bader Ginsberg, wbo was doing her best to outlive election day. She couldn’t pull it off.

Now the election goes to the Supreme Court, exactly as it did 20 years ago. Chief Justice John Roberts did his darned best to help Biden. Alas, without Ruth, it won’t be enough.

Already, as I write: Justice Alito orders Pennsylvania officials to separate ballots that arrived after Election Day.

~ Coquelicot

Chris Wray and his deep state pals

Word is that the FBI is now investigating some Trump supporters in Texas who surrounded Joe Biden’s bus with their pickup trucks. In the image from CNN you can see that a white Biden campaign car caused the incident by leaving its lane ad ramming a Trump truck.

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Still, our intrepid FBI is on the case! We can thank FBI Director Christopher Wray. He’s freed up the FBI to investigate this threat to national security by prohibiting the FBI from doing anything else, such conducting as a timely investigation of Hunter Biden.

Wray is the consummate Deep Stater. He says: “I’ve never completely understood the term ‘deep state.'”

Oh Chris. Really?

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He also doesn’t believe that anyone spied on the Trump campaign. When Attorney General William Barr recently agreed there had been “spying” on the Trump campaign, Christopher Wray told senators “that’s not the term I would use.”

Remember that Wray worked under James Comey in his first important job as assistant attorney general in charge of the criminal division (2003-2005). Of course Comey has defended his friend.

Wray is more dangerous than James Comey: Wray is a smooth talker, when he talks at all. Comey is a bumbling fool.

Laptop from Hell. Wray has had the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop for a year now, and he’s done nothing with it. One indication that he’s doing nothing is that he didn’t bother to interview Tony Bobulinski, Hunter’s business partner, until Bobulinski went public.

Moreover, investigative journalist Peter Schweizer reported all this in a book released in January 2020. So Wray and his FBI had the goods on Biden a year ago, and they did nothing.

Wray’s political leanings are reflected in his thoughts about violence in our streets. “Within the racially motivated violent extremist bucket, people subscribing to some kind of white supremacist ideology is certainly the biggest chunk,” Wray said in his testimony to Congress. Who does that sound like?

Anti-Trump Nest of Vipers. You have to undertand Wray’s background. He came out of the Atlanta law firm King & Spalding LLP, from which he hired Jason Jones as the FBI’s general counsel.

Guess who else is in that firm? Well, there’s Rod Rosenstein, the former deputy attorney general who initiated and oversaw the special counsel investigation led by Robert Mueller. Fellow former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, an anti-Trumper,  is also a partner at the firm, as is FBI Director Christopher Wray’s former chief of staff Zack Harmon. Former Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, who thought Russia had somethng on Trump, serves as a senior policy adviser to the firm.

Character References. Here’s what people think about Chris.

For former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino: “Christopher Wray is one of the most powerful law enforcement officials in the cosmos. He had the ability yesterday to re-establish faith in the FBI and come out and say listen, a very simple answer.” Instead he chose to play “the Comey euphemisms game.”

Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio, the House Judiciary Committee’s ranking Republican, and Mike Johnson, ranking member on the panel’s civil liberties subcommittee, sent a stinging letter Wray, suggesting he has failed to lead his agency past the abuses uncovered in the Russia scandal and demanding new access to witnesses and documents.

Former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova: “I have never in my life been so disappointed in a federal agency [the FBI] but even beyond that Wray is so bad and is so incompetent that I don’t know how he leads that organization with any degree of integrity.”

Rep. Devin Nunes, ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee: “Who the hell’s over at the FBI that keeps covering this information up? It’s derogatory, I get it, it’s not good for the FBI. But I want to know who at the FBI keeps covering this up.”

Chris is dirty.

~ Pogonip

 

 

Woodward and Berstein: Call your office

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“He got caught, OBAMAGATE!” President Trump tweeted over the weekend. This was in response to the revelation that Barack Obama knew about the effort by his administration to get General Michael Flynn.

Trump made the remark in retweeting this Michael Nöthem tweet:

Barack Hussain Obama is the first Ex-President to ever speak against his successor, which was long tradition of decorum and decency. Should anyone really be surprised?

Barack was no ordinary president. He was a radical , Third World revolutionary. His intent was not to preside over the government and lead the country but to “fundamentally transform the United States of America.”

That means anything goes: decorum and decency are laughbable concepts. He used the IRS to attack is opponents and the FBI to spy on unfaborable journalists. His followers have lost perspective and even sanity.

Here’s an example. Joshua A. Geltzer, executive director and visiting professor of law at Georgetown Law Center’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection, previously was senior director for counterterrorism and deputy legal adviser at the National Security Council, wrote this for CNN:

Regardless of who runs in 2020, if Trump loses, will he leave the Oval Office peacefully? In light of these overreaching assertions of his own authority, it’s at least plausible that Trump might attempt to cling to power in ways previously unimaginable by an American president. Our civilian and uniformed Defense Department leaders have a role to play. … imagine … Trump refusing to leave office. In those circumstances, the military would no longer owe its loyalty to Donald Trump as of noon on January 20, 2021. And it’s worth asking the Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,to affirm that they understand that and would act consistently with it.

Madness. Especially in light of what is factual: Obama physically left the White House but wages war on its new occupant. Andrew McCarthy, former assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, has more.

~ Adonic

Christopher Wray: the FBI’s insider fixer

wrayDonald Trump has trouble hiring good people. My theory is that in his corporate life he could take a chance on someone and dump them if they didn’t perform.

Doesn’t work that way in Washington, as Jeff Sessions demonstrated. Now The Donald is stuck with Chrisopher Wray. Didn’t Trump know about this:

He was born to privilege with a silver spoon in his mouth and is now worth $23 million to $42 million.

Wray was Assistant Attorney General from 2003 to 2005, working under Deputy Attorney General James Comey.

While heading the Criminal Division, Wray oversaw prominent fraud investigations, including Enron. The Enron task force was led by Andrew Weissmann, Mueller’s chief lieutenant. Unsealed records in the Enron case expose efforts by Weissmann to intimidate witnesses and to interfere in the attorney-client relationship of a cooperating witness.

He has professional associations with many Trump critics.

Wray joined King & Spalding in 2005 as a litigation partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C., and Atlanta offices.

In 2018, former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates rejoined the firm’s Special Matters and Government practice group as a partner. Trump removed Yates after she instructed Justice Department attorneys not to defend his immigration order. She has since emerged as a vocal critic of the administration.

Just this year, Rod Rosenstein, the former deputy attorney general who initiated and oversaw the special counsel investigation led by Robert Mueller, joined  King & Spalding LLP as part of their special matters and government investigations team,

His words an actions point to his bias.

Wray pushed back critics who say the FBI is part of the “Deep State,” saying the characterization is “affront” to bureau employees.

He sat on documents revealing that the FBI set up General Flynn. “Where’s Christopher Wray?” Rep Jim Jordan asked. “Why didn’t we learn any of this from him?”

Wray resisted pressure from Attorney General Jeff Sessions to replace the bureau’s deputy director, Andrew McCabe, who was fired for leaking to the press.

He referred to the FBI’s numerous illegal actions regarding FISA as “multiple omissions and misstatements.” He refused to even refer to the FBI misconduct as deceptions. Wray promised he would send a message to the entire FBI workforce reminding employees of the importance of adhering to accuracy procedures.

When Attorney General William Barr recently agreed there had been “spying” on the Trump campaign, Christopher Wray told senators “that’s not the term I would use.”  As the FBI boss explained, “lots of people have different colloquial phrases.”

He is fighting to keep the thousands of outstanding text messages between FBI lovers Peter Strzok and Lisa Page under wraps until after the 2020 election.

“Perhaps the president thought he had better things to do than face another interminable nomination battle for a new director,” columnist Roger Simon writes. “Or perhaps he was trying to co-opt Wray. But if the FBI is meant to come back, proudly or otherwise, Christopher Wray is not the man. He is part of the problem.”

~ Eustace

Is the noose tightening on the spygate plotters?

Certainly there has been an uptick in news about the attempted coup d’etat.

First, attorney general William Barr made a strong pronouncement, perhaps to prepare the battlefield.

Barr says evidence from Durham investigation is ‘far more troubling’ than mistakes or sloppiness

“My own view is that the evidence shows that we’re not dealing with just mistakes or sloppiness. There is something far more troubling here, and we’re going to get to the bottom of it. And if people broke the law, and we can establish that with the evidence, they will be prosecuted.”

U.S. Attorney John Durham, appointed by Barr to lead the investigation, has been busy.

Durham Has Subpoenaed, Questioned Witnesses Before a D.C. Grand Jury

Durham has been subpoenaing witnesses and that several have already appeared before the grand jury. (It was reported recently that Durham had driven down to Washington, D.C. in March because the investigation was ongoing, but there had been no reference to what specifically was the reason for his trip.) Journalist John Solomon said, “I’ve seen some evidence of the grand jury work [Durham’s] in the last four, five, six weeks.”

Obama’s CIA director, John Bennan, is apparently the focus.

John Brennan Is Main Focus of Durham Investigation – Intel Officers Have Already Testified
brennan durhamFormer US Attorney Joe diGenova:  “One of the more interesting revelations is what I have confirmed with my sources, is that John Brennan is in fact the focus, the main focus of the investigation.  And, a number of former intelligence officers have been interviewed and apparently testified about a series of questions involving the production of the famous assessment done after the election which of course was a phony assessment.”

Finally, irony of ironies, we’re learning that the whole spygate operation was a Russian disinformation campaign.

FBI’s ‘central evidence’ To Spy On Trump Campaign Was Russian Disinformation, Declassified IG Footnotes Reveal

putinPartially declassified footnotes from Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s FBI report reveal that the most ‘central and essential’ evidence to justify surveillance of short term Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page was based on Russian disinformation, according to newly declassified footnotes.

Oh, Vladimir, you devil, you.

~ Pelion

J. Edgar Hoover, call your office

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Here’s what we know about James Brien Comey Jr. He’s 6’8″ tall. He’s a sagittarius. His college thesis was on Reinhold Niebuhr and the televangelist Jerry Falwell. He will break the law if it’s to his political advantage. He is a pathological liar. Oh, and he was director of the FBI.

We’ve known for quite a while that Comey leaked classified information to the press. This week, the New York Times reported that prosecutors are looking into it.  Notice the wording:

“An inquiry into years-old disclosures of classified information is highly unusual and leaves law enforcement officials open to accusations of politicizing their work.”

Emphasis mine. I’m not sure why the Times bothered to report it — editorialize on it, actually.

Here’s one theory. The The Conservative Treehouse blog, written anonymously by someone who calls himself Sundance and who some thing is a Mark Bradman of Florida, speculates that the Justice Department leaked this to the Times to deflect criticism for doing nothing on the coup against Trump.

” .. is this simply chaff and countermeasures intended to keep the heat off corruption monitors Bill Barr and John Durham? People are rightly skeptical of this latest report as all prior reports of Comey misconduct have been summarily dismissed by current DOJ corruption monitors.

“Is this latest leak about yet another Comey investigation simply an effort by the DOJ to deflect and isolate themselves from anger and frustration while President Trump is going through an impeachment trial? Given the history, the possibility cannot easily be dismissed.”

If that’s the case, why would the New York Times do something to help Bill Barr?

~ Excursus

And to All a Good Night!

Merry Christmas, John Brennan! John H. Durham, the United States attorney leading the investigation, has requested former CIA Director John Brennan’s emails, call logs and other documents from the C.I.A., according to a person briefed on his inquiry. He wants to learn what Mr. Brennan told other officials, including the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey, about his and the C.I.A.’s views of a notorious dossier of assertions about Russia and Trump associates.

Merry Christmas, James Comey! When your best explanation for humiliating failures is that you were incompetent, not criminal, you are in trouble. When your defense is that underlings are to blame, you can expect them to bite back. That’s the situation facing James Comey, former FBI director. Not that Comey made those mistakes himself, mind you. Mere sloppiness by others, he says. That’s his new story.

Merry Christmas, James Clapper! The former director of National Intelligence under the Obama administration is widely believed to be one of the sleazy political operatives involved in the creation and dissemination of the now discredited ‘Steele dossier,’ which was one of the pretexts for the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.  Judicial Watch is still after him for that one, and is seeking all of his correspondence with former Obama administration CIA director John Brennan.

Merry Christmas, Robert Mueller! Republican lawmakers allege Special Counsel Robert Mueller may have perjured himself before Congress in his sworn testimony last month with an untruthful answer about why he held an earlier press briefing. Recently released court documents suggest Mueller may have made his surprise appearance before the press in Washington on May 29 as damage control after a federal judge privately threatened to hold his team in criminal contempt of court over what she called misleading language in his final report about Russian government interference in the 2016 election.

Merry Christmas, Barack Obama! Former President Barack Obama may have been aware the FBI was surveilling Donald Trump’s presidential campaign based on Russian election interference claims, the newly released audit by the inspector general at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) revealed. Obama’s former Deputy Attorney General (DAG) Sally Yates suggested the FBI may have briefed the White House on Crossfire Hurricane or the Carter Page FISA. Crossfire Hurricane refers to the codename for the counterintelligence probe undertaken by the FBI in 2016 and 2017 into alleged linked between Trump associates and his campaign and Russia.

~ Jac Tancy