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The DOJ and its strong arm Stasi are beyond corrupt and beyond salvage.

We live in a Banana Republik quickly disintegrating towards full on Authoritarian rule.

It will be fun to watch the faces of liberal Democrats when they figure it out, unfortunately for them the re-education camps wont discriminate between red and blue
 
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FBI hero paying the price for exposing unjust ‘persecution’ of conservative Americans

https:/nypost.com/2022/09/21/fbi-hero-paying-the-price-for-exposing-unjust-persecution-of-conservative-americans/
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Bombshell allegations by FBI Special Agent Steve Friend contained in a whistleblower complaint filed late Wednesday with the Department of Justice inspector general reveal a politicized Washington, DC, FBI field office cooking the books to exaggerate the threat of domestic terrorism, and using an “overzealous” January 6 investigation to harass conservative Americans and violate their constitutional rights.

Friend, 37, a respected 12-year veteran of the FBI and a SWAT team member,was suspended Monday, stripped of his gun and badge, and escorted out of the FBI field office in Daytona Beach, Fla., after complaining to his supervisors about the violations.

He was declared absent without leave last month for refusing to participate in SWAT raids that he believed violated FBI policy and were a use of excessive force against Jan. 6 subjects accused of misdemeanor offenses.

This American hero, the father of two small children, has blown up his “dream career” because he could not live with his conscience if he continued to be part of what he sees as the unjust persecution of conservative Americans.

“I have an oath to uphold the Constitution,” he told supervisors when he asserted his conscientious objection to joining an Aug. 24 raid on a J6 subject in the Jacksonville, Fla., area. “I have a moral objection and want to be considered a conscientious objector.”

Friend, who did not vote for Donald Trump in the 2020 election, said he told his immediate boss twice that he believed the raid, and the investigative process leading up to it, violated FBI policy and the subject’s right under the Sixth Amendment to a fair trial and Eighth Amendment right against cruel and unusual punishment.

Multiple violations

In his whistleblower complaint to DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, obtained by The Post, Friend lays out multiple violations of FBI policy involving J6 investigations in which he was involved.

He says he was removed from active investigations into child sexual exploitation and human trafficking to work on J6 cases sent from DC. He was told “domestic terrorism was a higher priority” than child pornography. As a result, he believes his child exploitation investigations were harmed.

He also has reported his concerns about a politicized FBI to Republican members of Congress, among 20 whistleblowers from the bureau who have come forward with similar complaints.

Among Friend’s allegations:

The Washington, DC, field office is “manipulating” FBI case management protocol and farming out J6 cases to field offices across the country to create the false impression that right-wing domestic violence is a widespread national problem that goes far beyond the “black swan” event of Jan. 6, 2021.
As a result, he was listed as lead agent in cases he had not investigated and which his supervisor had not signed off on, in violation of FBI policy.

FBI domestic terrorism cases are being opened on innocent American citizens who were nowhere near the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, based on anonymous tips to an FBI hotline or from Facebook spying on their messages. These tips are turned into investigative tools called “guardians,” after the FBI software that collates them.

TheFBI has post-facto designated a grassy area outside the Capitol as a restricted zone, when it was not restricted on Jan. 6, 2021, in order to widen the net of prosecutions.

 The FBI intends to prosecute everyone even peripherally associated with J6 and another wave of J6 subjects are about to be referred to the FBI’s Daytona Beach resident agency “for investigation and arrest.”

The Jacksonville area was “inundated” with “guardian” notifications and FBI agents were dispatched toconduct surveillance and knock on people’s doors, including people who had not been in Washington, DC, on Jan. 6, 2021, or who had been to the Trump rally that day but did not go inside the Capitol.

Friend says he was punished after complaining to his bosses about being dragged into J6 investigations that were “violating citizens’ Sixth Amendment rights due to overzealous charging by the DOJ and biased jury pools in Washington, DC.

His top-secret security clearance was suspended last week because he “entered FBI space [his office] and downloaded documents from FBI computer systems [an employee handbook and guidelines for employee disciplinary procedures] to an unauthorized removable flash drive.”

In a Sept. 16 letter from the head of FBI human resources, he was told he was losing his security clearance also because he “espoused beliefs which demonstrate questionable judgment [and demonstrated] an unwillingness to comply with rules and regulations.”

Reprisals from bosses

In his whistleblower complaint, Friend describes “reprisals” from his supervisors after he voiced his conscientious objections.

He says they ignored his complaint about “manipulative casefile practice [which] creates false and misleading crime statistics, constituting false official federal statements.

“Instead of hundreds of investigations stemming from an isolated incident at the Capitol on January 6, 2021, FBI and DOJ officials point to significant increases in domestic violent extremism and terrorism around the United States.

“At no point was I advised or counseled on where to take my disclosure beyond the reprising officials above;the threatened reprisal constituted a de facto gag on my whistleblowing.”

On Aug. 19, he first told his immediate boss, Supervisory Senior Resident Agent Greg Federico, that he believed “it was inappropriate to use an FBI SWAT team to arrest a subject for misdemeanor offenses and opined that the subject would likely face extended detainment and biased jury pools in Washington, DC.

“I suggested alternatives such as the issuance of a court summons or utilizing surveillance groups to determine an optimal, safe time for a local sheriff deputy to contact the subjects and advise them about the existence of the arrest warrant.”

Federico told him it would have been better to just “call in sick” rather than voice his objection and “threatened reprisal indirectly by asking how long I saw myself continuing to work for the FBI.”

Four days later, Friend was summoned to Jacksonville to meet his next-level bosses, Assistant Special Agents in Charge Coult Markovsky and Sean Ryan, about his refusal to join the SWAT raid.

He told them about his concerns over “irregular” case handling of J6 matters that he believed were in violation of a legal rule known as “Brady” that requires prosecutors to disclose evidence that would exonerate a defendant.

They asked if he believed any J6 rioters committed crimes and he replied: “Some of the people who entered the Capitol committed crimes, but others were innocent. I elaborated that I believed some innocent individuals had been unjustly prosecuted, convicted and sentenced.”

Markovsky then asked Friend if J6 rioters who “killed police officers” should be prosecuted, even though no such thing happened. When Friend pointed out that “there were no police officers killed on January 6, 2021,” Markovsky told him he was being a “bad teammate.”

Both agents “threatened reprisal again by warning that my refusal [to go on the SWAT raid] could amount to insubordination. References were made to my future career prospects with the FBI.”

Friend was labeled AWOL the day the raid took place and stripped of his pay.

A week later, he was told to meet the top agent in Jacksonville, Special Agent in Charge Sherri Onks, who told him he needed to do some “soul searching” and decide if he wanted to work for the FBI.

When he told her “many of my colleagues expressed similar concerns to me but had not vocalized their objections to FBI executive management,” she told him his “views represented an extremely small minority of the FBI workforce.”

She then shared the emotional experience of fearing for her own life on Jan. 6, 2021, when she was sitting on the seventh floor of the secure J. Edgar Hoover Building, FBI headquarters, after protesters one mile away “seized the Capitol and threatened the United States’ democracy.”

Agents used as ‘pawns

Friend says his concerns are shared by large numbers of rank-and-file FBI agents across the country who believe they are being used as pawns to pursue the political agenda of the bosses in Washington, DC.

These kinds of abuses of the law are a “morale killer” for field agents, he says.

Many agents, who joined the FBI in the wake of 9/11, are keeping their heads down because they are close to their 20-year retirement with full pension. But he says they are equally disgusted at being forced to take part in the politicization of federal law enforcement.

Other whistleblowers say that disquiet grew after the FBI raid on Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Florida on Aug. 8.

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, who is working with these heroic FBI agents, has been trying to introduce legislation to strengthen the bureau’s woefully inadequate whistleblower protections. Friend’s complaint will be a test case.

In a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray on Aug. 11, Grassley alleged that a committee of FBI field agents had been to see Wray to express the concerns of agents in all 56 field offices across the country that “the FBI has become too politicized in its decision-making.” Grassley further alleges “those concerns were removed from this year’s final report” of the FBI’s Special Agents Advisory Committee.

Wray ignored Grassley’s letter along with a dozen other letters from the dogged Iowa senator alleging gross malfeasance at the bureau.

But unrest is growing among field agents about the weaponization of the FBI against the Biden administration’s political opponents under Wray. He can’t ignore it for long.

https:/nypost.com/2022/09/21/fbi-hero-paying-the-price-for-exposing-unjust-persecution-of-conservative-americans/
 
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The citizens of Russia can rest assured that the territorial integrity of our Motherland, our independence and freedom will be defended – I repeat – by all the systems available to us. Those who are using nuclear blackmail against us should know that the wind rose can turn around.

It is our historical tradition and the destiny of our nation to stop those who are keen on global domination and threaten to split up and enslave our Motherland. Rest assured that we will do it this time as well.

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Was just going to post same story. The FBI is literally worse than the German Stasi.


Report: FBI SWAT Agent Turns Whistleblower After Realizing Manipulation Behind 'Bogus' Jan. 6 Raids

Report: FBI Declares Agent AWOL After He Refuses to Go on 'Bogus' Jan. 6 Raids

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Further, Friend alleged that cases were being opened on innocent Americans who were nowhere near the Capitol based on anonymous tips

He further said the FBI, post-facto, designated the grassy area outside the Capitol as a restricted area — though it was not on Jan. 6, 2021 — in order to increase the number of people subject to prosecution.

Friend warned that the bureau intends to prosecute Americans even peripherally associated with Jan. 6, with a new wave of subjects being dropped in field offices.
 

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Justice delayed but justice about to be served:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stark repudiation by federal judges he appointed. Far-reaching fraud allegations by New York’s attorney general. It’s been a week of widening legal troubles for Donald Trump, laying bare the challenges piling up as the former president operates without the protections afforded by the White House.

The bravado that served him well in the political arena is less handy in a legal realm dominated by verifiable evidence, where judges this week have looked askance at his claims and where a fraud investigation that took root when Trump was still president burst into public view in an allegation-filled 222-page state lawsuit.

In politics, “you can say what you want and if people like it, it works. In a legal realm, it’s different,” said Chris Edelson, a presidential powers scholar and American University government professor. “It’s an arena where there are tangible consequences for missteps, misdeeds, false statements in a way that doesn’t apply in politics.”

That distinction between politics and law was evident in a single 30-hour period this week.

Trump insisted on Fox News in an interview that aired Wednesday that the highly classified government records he had at Mar-a-Lago actually had been declassified, that a president has the power to declassify information “even by thinking about it.”

A day earlier, however, an independent arbiter his own lawyers had recommended appeared perplexed when the Trump team declined to present any information to support his claims that the documents had been declassified. The special master, Raymond Dearie, a veteran federal judge, said Trump’s team was trying to “have its cake and eat it” too, and that, absent information to back up the claims, he was inclined to regard the records the way the government does: Classified.

On Wednesday morning, Letitia James, the New York State attorney general, accused Trump in a lawsuit of padding his net worth by billions of dollars and habitually misleading banks about the value of prized assets. The lawsuit, the culmination of a three-year investigation that began when he was president, also names as defendants three of his adult children and seeks to bar them from ever again running a company in the state. Trump has denied any wrongdoing.
 

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Justice delayed but justice about to be served:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stark repudiation by federal judges he appointed. Far-reaching fraud allegations by New York’s attorney general. It’s been a week of widening legal troubles for Donald Trump, laying bare the challenges piling up as the former president operates without the protections afforded by the White House.

The bravado that served him well in the political arena is less handy in a legal realm dominated by verifiable evidence, where judges this week have looked askance at his claims and where a fraud investigation that took root when Trump was still president burst into public view in an allegation-filled 222-page state lawsuit.

In politics, “you can say what you want and if people like it, it works. In a legal realm, it’s different,” said Chris Edelson, a presidential powers scholar and American University government professor. “It’s an arena where there are tangible consequences for missteps, misdeeds, false statements in a way that doesn’t apply in politics.”

That distinction between politics and law was evident in a single 30-hour period this week.

Trump insisted on Fox News in an interview that aired Wednesday that the highly classified government records he had at Mar-a-Lago actually had been declassified, that a president has the power to declassify information “even by thinking about it.”

A day earlier, however, an independent arbiter his own lawyers had recommended appeared perplexed when the Trump team declined to present any information to support his claims that the documents had been declassified. The special master, Raymond Dearie, a veteran federal judge, said Trump’s team was trying to “have its cake and eat it” too, and that, absent information to back up the claims, he was inclined to regard the records the way the government does: Classified.

On Wednesday morning, Letitia James, the New York State attorney general, accused Trump in a lawsuit of padding his net worth by billions of dollars and habitually misleading banks about the value of prized assets. The lawsuit, the culmination of a three-year investigation that began when he was president, also names as defendants three of his adult children and seeks to bar them from ever again running a company in the state. Trump has denied any wrongdoing.
Letitia James is a joke. President Trump did not miss any payments to the banks. The banks have their own people who assess the value of property. Also President Trump paid his taxes to the local and state governments of New York. So where is the damage "IF" this was the case? IMHO there is none. As to the declassification of documents, here is an article on the subject. A POTUS’ Sweeping Authority to Declassify Confidential Government Documents (techpresident.com)
 
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Sept 23, 2022
Good News Friday

Dear Patriots,


We were remembering this week the 1987 movie "Wall Street" where Gordon Gekko, played by actor Michael Douglas, says:

"The most valuable commodity I know of is information."

That was true 35 years ago, and it is truer today - which is why the left wants to control our access to valuable, true information. Information is the most important tool in the battle for freedom of speech, the war against Covid-CCP mandates, and the never-ending fight to save our constitutional country. It is up to us to spread information the left doesn't want us to know. We implore you to share these stories within your orbits through email and post them on social media. The more information people have the more intelligent citizens they will be.

We are winning back freedoms day by day in the courts. These victories matter and they add up.



1- A wonderful ruling in the ongoing fight to reclaim our rights from Covid-CCP.

Just The News

Federal judge strikes down COVID-19 vaccine and mask mandates for Head Start students, teachers

QUOTE: The ruling permanently blocks the administration from enforcing the mandate.

A federal judge handed down the latest rebuke of the Biden administration by striking down the federal COVID-19 vaccine and mask mandates for teachers and students in the Head Start program. Judge Terry A. Doughty, on the bench of a U.S. District Court in Louisiana, on Wednesday ruled the federal government cannot require Head Start program teachers, staff and volunteers to be vaccinated against COVID-19, nor can it require adults or students to wear masks. His order "permanently enjoins the vaccine and mask mandate in 24 states," a release from the Liberty Justice Center says, and impacts 280,000 teachers, staff and volunteers. In his ruling, he wrote, "The public interest is served by maintaining the constitutional structure and maintaining the liberty of individuals who do not want to take the COVID-19 vaccine." "Although President Biden recently declared that the 'pandemic is over,' the fight to restore Americans' individual liberties is not," Liberty Justice Center managing attorney, Daniel Suhr said in the release. "We will continue to fight for teachers like Sandy and the low-income students they serve until every illegal and unjustified mandate is wiped from the books. Today's decision is a significant step toward undoing the injustice perpetrated against everyday Americans throughout the COVID-19 crisis."




2- The battle to retain freedom of speech is never ending.

Alex Berenson on Substack

Twitter and Facebook and YouTube lose; the First Amendment wins

QUOTE: A federal appeals court just struck a massive victory for freedom of speech.On Friday afternoon, in a brilliantly argued 90-page decision, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of a Texas law stopping the biggest social media companies from censoring their users. The ruling will likely be appealed to the Supreme Court, setting up a hugely important battle. If the high court confirms the Fifth Circuit's view, companies like Twitter will mostly lose the power to censor their users for legal speech. If not, their censorship could become even more aggressive. Suppression of speech on Facebook and particularly Twitter was rare until the last three years. Now it is common - and mostly directed conservatives and people skeptical about Covid interventions and vaccines. (As you may have heard, I have some firsthand knowledge of the issue.) The social media companies have successfully argued in other cases that their own First Amendment rights allow them to clamp down on users with opinions they don't like.



3- We must be rid of this method of voting.

Kanekoa The Great on Substack

Pennsylvania County Sues Dominion Voting Systems for 'Unauthorized Python Script' & 'Foreign IP Address'

QUOTE: Fulton County, Pennsylvania filed a lawsuit against Dominion Voting Systems Wednesday morning for a "breach of contract". The county says that it became "aware of severe anomalies" with Dominion Voting Systems during the 2020 election after it was unable to reconcile "voter data with votes actually cast and counted". An investigation by Wake Technology Services of West Chester, Pa. into the machines at the county's request in February 2021 found numerous significant issues with the machines.These included ballot scanning errors and non-certified database tools installed on the system.



4- More court wins on the abuse of absentee ballots.

Washington Examiner

Yes, voter fraud is real, and courts are cracking down on it

QUOTE: A big voter fraud arrest and a separate voter fraud conviction in the past eight days again show that illicit voting is real and not terribly rare. The good news is that those on the side of ensuring voter integrity keep winning in the courts. In 2020, I explained that New York's absentee voting "portal" was so slipshod as to be an open invitation to fraud . "Someone could easily go to the portal using someone else's name and date of birth and registered address within the district," I wrote, "then ask for an absentee ballot to be sent somewhere else, and then fill in the ballot and mail it in." It is of precisely that offense that Jason T. Schofield, the Republican Rensselaer County Board of Elections commissioner, stands accused after his Sept. 13 arrest: "The indictment accuses Schofield of using an online state Board of Elections portal to request absentee ballots on behalf of eight voters who had no interest in voting, did not request absentee ballots and didn't know that Schofield was using their personal information to obtain the ballots." In Stamford, Connecticut, there was not just an arrest but a conviction. John Mallozzi, the city's former Democratic Party chief, was found guilty of 28 felonies for forging absentee ballots in the 2015 municipal elections. Both instances involve abuse of absentee ballots. As voter integrity experts long have noted and as even the liberal New York Times stated as a fact before it became politically inconvenient, absentee and mail-in ballots are much riper for abuse and fraud than in-person voting.



5- We talk a lot about how elections have been stolen with mail-in ballots and voting machines. But Big Tech has also played a big hand in election rigging. This is an interesting story by a Google insider about how the company actively influences elections by censoring hundreds of conservative sites. Be sure to read the whole article and share it. When we KNOW about this and we can fight it.

KanekoaTheGreat on Substack

Google Rigged The 2020 Election

QUOTE: For many of us, using the internet means using Google. As the number one visited website in the world Google receives 5.6 billion searches per day controlling more than 90 percent of global search traffic. In other words, our minds, our political beliefs, and our world views are inseparably linked to Google's search results, but Google is no longer an objective source of information, and the tech giant is actively censoring what we see. In August of 2019, Senior Google engineer, Zachary Vorhies leaked 950 pages of internal documents providing evidence of Google's use of blacklist, censorship, and machine learning algorithms to rig the 2020 election. This particular blacklist shows hundreds of conservative websites which were censored on Android's news search results. There is an obvious political bias. For example; Daily Caller, Western Journal, RedState, Gateway Pundit, Steven Crowder, Michelle Malkin, Glenn Beck, and Rush Limbaugh among other conservative websites made the blacklist.


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As if there was ever really any doubt that Barr is a dyed in the wool swamp creature...

BARR LIED! FOIA Requests Reveal There Were No DOJ Investigations on Election Fraud After 2020 Election as Bill Barr Claims (VIDEO)

BARR LIED! FOIA Requests Reveal There Were No DOJ Investigations on Election Fraud After 2020 Election as Bill Barr Claims (VIDEO)


The thing is Trump kept appointing those who he was "told" were good people for various jobs. Remember, like Barr, they're all professional liars, all belong to the same club and all were deathly afraid of an outsider exposing the vile corruption our government has become and losing their power. Thus they banded together to save their collective asses.
He also knew about the Hunter Laptop story not being Russian Disinformation.
 

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Justice delayed but justice about to be served:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stark repudiation by federal judges he appointed. Far-reaching fraud allegations by New York’s attorney general. It’s been a week of widening legal troubles for Donald Trump, laying bare the challenges piling up as the former president operates without the protections afforded by the White House.

The bravado that served him well in the political arena is less handy in a legal realm dominated by verifiable evidence, where judges this week have looked askance at his claims and where a fraud investigation that took root when Trump was still president burst into public view in an allegation-filled 222-page state lawsuit.

In politics, “you can say what you want and if people like it, it works. In a legal realm, it’s different,” said Chris Edelson, a presidential powers scholar and American University government professor. “It’s an arena where there are tangible consequences for missteps, misdeeds, false statements in a way that doesn’t apply in politics.”

That distinction between politics and law was evident in a single 30-hour period this week.

Trump insisted on Fox News in an interview that aired Wednesday that the highly classified government records he had at Mar-a-Lago actually had been declassified, that a president has the power to declassify information “even by thinking about it.”

A day earlier, however, an independent arbiter his own lawyers had recommended appeared perplexed when the Trump team declined to present any information to support his claims that the documents had been declassified. The special master, Raymond Dearie, a veteran federal judge, said Trump’s team was trying to “have its cake and eat it” too, and that, absent information to back up the claims, he was inclined to regard the records the way the government does: Classified.

On Wednesday morning, Letitia James, the New York State attorney general, accused Trump in a lawsuit of padding his net worth by billions of dollars and habitually misleading banks about the value of prized assets. The lawsuit, the culmination of a three-year investigation that began when he was president, also names as defendants three of his adult children and seeks to bar them from ever again running a company in the state. Trump has denied any wrongdoing.
One more thing in regards to Letitia. Quote from another site.

"Thats why Trumps mortgage application documents have a boiler plate due dilligence clause, according to what Trump has said on Hannity:
Example:

"Mortgage and Due Diligence. For each Loan Advance in which the proceeds will be used by Borrower to acquire one or more Real Estate Assets, Borrower shall provide Lender with a commitment for a loan policy of title insurance in the amount of the Loan Advance, committing to insure the Mortgage to be a valid first lien upon the subject Real Estate Assets, [ii] execute and deliver into escrow the Mortgage and related security documents, if any, that establish the lien on the subject Real Estate Assets, [iii] upon Lender’s request, provide Lender with copies of the environmental reports, surveys, zoning materials, appraisal, leases and subleases and other due diligence materials in Borrower’s possession that relate to the subject Real Estate Assets, and [iv] deliver to Lender certificates of insurance that evidence property and liability insurance coverage consistent with the coverage maintained by Borrower for similar properties in similar geographic areas owned by Borrower and as required by any applicable leases, with Lender named as mortgagee under a lender’s loss payable clause and as additional insured under the liability insurance policy."

Letitia hasn't got a hope of winning this case, its all publicity stunt for her re-election....which is a crime in and of itself. A fraudulent Law suit."
 
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