Reader’s Links for November 7, 2020

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35 Replies to “Reader’s Links for November 7, 2020”

  1. Just like to remind people of the East German STASI tactic “Zersetzung”.(decomposition – a psychological warfare technique most likely used by Governments/Cabals today)
    The goal of Zersetzung is the fragmentation, paralysis, disorganization, and isolation of the hostile and negative forces, in order to preventatively impede the hostile and negative activities, to largely restrict, or to totally avert them, and if applicable to prepare the ground for a political and ideological reestablishment.
    Tactics employed under Zersetzung generally involved the disruption of the victim’s private or family life. This often included psychological attacks, in a form of gaslighting. Other practices included property damage, sabotage of cars, purposely incorrect medical treatment, smear campaigns including sending falsified compromising photos or documents to the victim’s family, denunciation, provocation, psychological warfare, psychological subversion, wiretapping, and bugging.

  2. Netherlands Uncovers a Criminal Network Helping Ugandans Get Asylum by Faking Sexual Orientation (sputniknews, Nov 7, 2020)

    “Homosexuality is illegal in most countries on the African continent, including Christian-majority Uganda, where lesbians and gays face life in prison if they engage in sex acts. In 2014, the country’s lawmakers introduced a bill that introduced the death penalty for homosexuals.

    Authorities in the Netherlands say they have uncovered a criminal network that helped Ugandans get asylum in the country by faking their sexual orientation. The Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) said the organisation taught people how to pretend to be a member of the LGBT+ community and forged their documents for 2,500 euros (almost $3,000).

    Dutch authorities said they reexamined the asylum pleas of 250 individuals and believe that 36 of them were fraudulent. The government also said it had revoked one person’s refugee status and introduced a stricter system to assess individuals applying for political asylum based on sexual orientation.

    However, a spokesman for a Dutch LGBT+ rights group said the IND did not take into account cultural differences when interviewing asylum seekers from Uganda.

    “You are asking someone from a different country and culture who has never spoken to anyone about their sexual identity to tell their story about how they became aware of their sexual orientation. I can imagine that they want to be well-prepared for these kinds of questions. This does not mean that they aren’t lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender”, Philip Tijsma, spokesman for COC Nederland told Reuters.

    Other LGBT+ activists noted that the government’s decision to introduce a strict assessment system could prevent genuine refugees from receiving asylum.

    “What I think is really bad is that now a whole group of people, regardless of whether they are believable or not, is now deemed untrustworthy”, said Sandro Kortekaas, chairman of the Dutch non-profit organisation LGBT Asylum Support.

    Like other European countries, the Netherlands has been taking in homosexual people from Uganda since 2014 when the country introduced the death penalty for those who engage in homosexual sex acts. Kampala had to abolish the law following a global outcry and pressure from the international community…”

  3. French Police Detain Suspect Week After Attack on Orthodox Priest, Reports Say (sputniknews, Nov 7, 2020)

    “The priest was shot in Lyon last Saturday, shortly after a gruesome stabbing attack in the Notre-Dame basilica in Nice and the assassination of Parisian teacher Samuel Paty by a radicalised teenager earlier in October.

    French police have detained a suspect linked to the attack on Nikolas Kakavelakis, a Greek citizen and orthodox priest, according to the newspaper Le Parisien. The newspaper reported, citing sources, that the suspect is a 40-year-old man with Georgian citizenship, referred to as Georgi P.

    The suspect was arrested by the judicial police at his home in Lyon’s 1st district, a week after another suspect linked to the attack was detained by the authorities. He admitted to shooting the victim, saying it was an act of revenge, but noted that he didn’t intend to kill the priest… DETAILS TO FOLLOW”

  4. Italian Foreign Minister Reiterates Need to Clinch ‘European Patriot Act’ to Tackle Terror (sputniknews, Nov 7, 2020)

    “On Thursday, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said that “Europe is facing a common challenge” and that international cooperation to counter terrorism must be strengthened after the Vienna attacks, which left four people dead and at least 22 injured.

    In an interview with The Times on Saturday, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi di Maio reiterated the necessity of the EU considering a US-style Patriot Act to combat terror in the wake of deadly attacks in Austria and France.

    “It is necessary now that Europe plans a common path to increase security. That is what I mean by a European Patriot Act. We cannot passively submit and wait for one lunatic to bring an entire country to its knees”, the top Italian diplomat underscored.
    The Patriot Act, introduced by Washington following the deadly 9/11 attacks in the US, stipulated more phone tapping powers for the FBI and the CIA, as well as improved data sharing between the agencies plus tightening the penalties for acts of terrorism.

    Di Maio’s remarks come a few days after he wrote on Facebook that the time has come to start thinking about “something bigger and that concerns the whole of the EU – a Patriot Act on the American model, for example, because today we are all children of the same European people”.
    He pointed out that “the security of one state equals the security of all the others”, pledging to discuss the issue with his foreign counterparts “in the coming days”.

    Touching upon recent terrorist attacks in Nice and Vienna, the Italian Foreign Minister said that it’s “clear that in the face of all of this, Europe and Italy itself cannot continue with just words”.

    He also vowed to consider a plan to fight human trafficking and illegal migration regarding Tunisia, after it was revealed that the Nice attacker had travelled from the North African nation to France via Italy…”

  5. ‘Intolerable’: Dutch PM Slams Threats to Freedom of Speech as Teacher in Hiding After Cartoon Debate (sputniknews, Nov 7, 2020)

    “Last week, President Emmanuel Macron vowed to defend France’s right to freedom of speech after a French history teacher was beheaded by an 18-year-old teenager over his showing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad during a lesson.

    Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has condemned what he described as “absurd” and “intolerable” threats to freedom of expression while commenting on a Rotterdam teacher being forced into hiding after a classroom discussion of last month’s killing of French schoolteacher Samuel Paty.

    “We must be able to discuss topics such as freedom of expression in our classrooms without any outside pressure. It may hurt when someone has an opinion that conflicts with your worldview or religious conviction, but they have a right to say so in all liberty”, Rutte told reporters on Saturday.

    He spoke after Dutch police said on Friday that they had arrested a young woman in Rotterdam following her posting threatening messages on social media in the wake of the discussion of the Paty killing in a classroom at Rotterdam’s Emmauscollege high school.

    Police added that it remains unclear whether the detained 18-year-old, who has yet to be identified, was an Emmauscollege student.

    During the debate, some students reportedly took offence over a cartoon that had been hanging on a bulletin board for years, showing a decapitated figure labelled “Charlie Hebdo” sticking its tongue out at a bearded man with a bloody sword, in an apparent reference to a French satirical weekly and the Prophet Muhammad.

    The incident comes after a teacher from an elementary school in the Molenbeek district of Brussels was suspended last week for showing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad while discussing last month’s beheading of Party who used the same cartoons.

    “Our decision [to suspend the teacher] is uniquely based on the fact that these are obscene images. If it had not been of the Prophet, we would have done the same thing”, the spokesperson for the mayor of the Molenbeek district, Catherine Moureaux, said in a statement that caused flak from netizens who described the move as a violation of freedom of speech.

    The developments followed Macron pledging to continue to uphold France’s right to freedom of expression, also vowing that the country will never renounce caricatures.

    The promise came as the French president paid tribute to Paty, who was beheaded on the outskirts of Paris after he showed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad to his students during a freedom of speech lesson. The attacker, an 18-year-old of Chechen origin, was subsequently killed by police.

    Cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad are considered blasphemous by Muslims, and the publication of such caricatures led to a deadly shooting at Charlie Hebdo’s office in 2015, when 12 people were killed and 11 more injured as a result of the attack.”

  6. No Jail for Child Porn Distributing Bank Lawyer Mohamed Ismail (breitbart, Nov 7, 2020)

    “A lawyer working for one of Britain’s most prestigious banks has been spared jail despite downloading thousands of films and still images of child pornography and distributing it online.

    Faliq Mohamed Ismail was a lawyer working for Coutts, the so-called Queen’s bank founded in 1692 — before the Bank of England, and indeed before the Acts of Union which created the United Kingdom — famed for having a cash machine at Buckingham Palace, although his employment there has now come to an end.

    Ismail was convicted of having over 15,000 videos and stills in his possession, including 1,076 videos and 2,173 stills classed as ‘Category A’ — the most heinous form of prohibited imagery, involving “penetrative sexual activity, sexual activity with an animal or sadism”, according to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

    Nevertheless, the judge at Southwark Crown Court chose to let Ismail walk out of court with a 16-month sentence suspended for 18 months and an order to pay costs of just £100, along with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order which is supposed to control his behaviour.

    Judge Michael Grieve QC insisted that the order “imposes considerable restrictions on [Islamil’s] use of the Internet, software programmes, and he must make his devices available to the police,” and that it was “necessary for the protection of the public from sexual harm, in particular children, going as close as one can to preventing him from accessing this type of material in the future.”

    The judge added that “It is an offence to breach the terms of the order, which carries a sentence of up to five years” — although his original crimes could also have carried a substantial custodial sentence but did not, except insofar as suspended sentences are counted as “custodial” despite the fact they do not involve anyone actually being held in custody unless there is further detected wrongdoing.”

  7. Migrant Convicted of Beating Woman Who Helped Him Get Residency (breitbart, Nov 7, 2020)

    “A 29-year-old Moroccan migrant has been convicted by a French court of violence toward his former partner who had helped him gain residency in the country.

    The Moroccan, named Hamza, is said to have met the victim at a campsite last summer and soon moved in with her in the commune of Périgny, a suburb of the city of La Rochelle.

    “He came back with me to Périgny to help him make his papers for his residence permit. He put down his bag and moved in with me,” the young woman named Marie said.

    According to a report from the French news platform Actu, the violence against Marie took place from September to mid-October of this year and she reported Hamza to police on October 23rd.

    According to her statements, Marie said that Hamza had been violent toward her and had sexually abused her while refusing to leave her home.

    The Morrocan migrant refuted her claims in court and claimed that she had called police as “revenge” because he wanted to leave her.

    Caroline Fernandez, the prosecutor in the case, noted that the Moroccan had 19 prior criminal accusations, two of which were for prior domestic abuse.

    While the prosecutor called for an eight-month term, the judge in the case handed down a ten-month term with four months suspended and an order banning the migrant from the Charente-Maritime department for the next two years.

    The case comes after a number of other cases in France involving migrant violence toward those who have helped migrants in the past.

    One such case took place earlier this year in Cherbourg when a 20-year-old Afghani migrant admitted to killing the 63-year-old president of a pro-migrant group by breaking into his house and bludgeoning him with an iron rod.

    In 2019, pro-migrant activist Audrey Coignard was found dead after being stabbed around a dozen times and her former boyfriend, a migrant from Sudan, was later arrested.”

  8. Explosion kills former Afghan TV presenter in capital (abcnews, Nov 7, 2020)

    “A bomb attached to the vehicle of a former presenter on Afghanistan’s TOLO TV exploded early Saturday, killing the journalist and two other civilians, Kabul police said.

    The death of Yama Siawash is being investigated, said police spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz. No one has immediately claimed responsibility…”

  9. Police kill 2 militants, seize weapons in eastern Pakistan (abcnews, Nov 7, 2020)

    “Pakistan’s counterterrorism police said they killed two militants belong to an al-Qaeda subcontinent chapter in an overnight operation in eastern Punjab province.

    In a statement Saturday, police said the militants had plans to carry out “subversive activities” in the district of Dera Ghazi Khan. The intelligence-based operation was underway at the militants’ hideout in Choti Bala area when they opened fire on the raiding party, triggering a shootout, said Imran Asghar, a counterterrorism official.

    He said that two other militants escaped in the dark and police seized arms and ammunition.

    The Dera Ghazi Khan district is where Pakistan’s three provinces – Baluchistan, Sindh and Punjab – meet, and northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province is not far. Militants from insurgency-wrecked Baluchistan and fighters linked to the banned Pakistani Taliban, also known as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, often take shelter in the district.”

  10. UAE announces relaxing of Islamic laws for personal freedoms (abcnews, Nov 7, 2020)

    “The United Arab Emirates announced on Saturday a major overhaul of the country’s Islamic personal laws, allowing unmarried couples to cohabitate, loosening alcohol restrictions and criminalizing so-called “honor killings.”

    The broadening of personal freedoms reflects the changing profile of a country that has sought to bill itself as a Westernized destination for tourists, fortune-seekers and businesses despite its Islamic legal code that has previously triggered court cases against foreigners and outrage in their home countries.

    The reforms aim to boost the country’s economic and social standing and “consolidate the UAE’s principles of tolerance,” state-run WAM news agency reported, which offered only minimal details in the surprise weekend announcement. The government decrees behind the changes were outlined extensively in state-linked newspaper The National, which did not cite its source.

    The move follows a historic U.S.-brokered deal to normalize relations between the UAE and Israel, which is expected to bring an influx of Israeli tourists and investment. It also comes as skyscraper-studded Dubai gets ready to host the World Expo. The high-stakes event, expected to bring a flurry of commercial activity and some 25 million visitors to the country, was initially scheduled for October but was pushed back a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    The changes, which The National said would take immediate effect, also reflect the efforts of the Emirates’ rulers to keep pace with a rapidly changing society at home.

    “I could not be happier for these new laws that are progressive and proactive,” said Emirati filmmaker Abdallah Al Kaabi, whose art has tackled taboo topics like homosexual love and gender identity.

    “2020 has been a tough and transformative year for the UAE,” he added.

    Changes include scrapping penalties for alcohol consumption, sales and possession for those 21 and over. Although liquor and beer is widely available in bars and clubs in the UAE’s luxuriant coastal cities, individuals previously needed a government-issued license to purchase, transport or have alcohol in their homes. The new rule would apparently allow Muslims who have been barred from obtaining licenses to drink alcoholic beverages freely.

    Another amendment allows for “cohabitation of unmarried couples,” which has long been a crime in the UAE. Authorities, especially in the more freewheeling financial hub of Dubai, often looked the other way when it came to foreigners, but the threat of punishment still lingered. Attempted suicide, forbidden in Islamic law, would also be decriminalized, The National reported.

    In a move to better “protect women’s rights,” the government said it also decided to get rid of laws defending “honor crimes,” a widely criticized tribal custom in which a male relative may evade prosecution for assaulting a woman seen as dishonoring a family. The punishment for a crime committed to eradicate a woman’s “shame,” for promiscuity or disobeying religious and cultural strictures, will now be the same for any other kind of assault.

    In a country where expatriates outnumber citizens nearly nine to one, the amendments will permit foreigners to avoid Islamic Shariah courts on issues like marriage, divorce and inheritance.

    The announcement said nothing of other behavior deemed insulting to local customs that has landed foreigners in jail in the past, such as acts of homosexuality, cross-dressing and public displays of affection.

    Traditional Islamic values remain strong in the federation of seven desert sheikhdoms. Even so, Annelle Sheline, a Middle East research fellow at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, wrote on Twitter that the drastic changes “can happen without too much popular resistance because the population of citizens, especially in the main cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, is so small.”

    The roughly 1 million Emiratis in the UAE, a hereditarily ruled country long criticized for its suppression of dissent, closely toe the government line. Political parties and labor unions remain illegal.”

  11. Ocasio-Cortez: ‘Trump sycophants’ should be held accountable
    By Daily Caller News Foundation November 7, 2020

    Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez suggested Friday that “Trump sycophants” should be held accountable for their “complicity in the future.”

    The recently reelected congresswoman tweeted asking whether anyone was keeping track of comments made by “Trump sycophants.” She was likely referring to supporters of President Donald Trump who are alleging that voter fraud is causing the president to fall behind 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

    Trump has not provided evidence that voter fraud is costing him the election.

    (Richard: Pay close attention to what she is saying and to the Trump Accountability Project { ] website, they are getting ready to start punishing everyone who disagrees with them. This is straight out of the Soviet Union and has been done in all countries the Communists have seized power. This is the time to take a gut check and see how brave you are, the big problem is that there is no other nation that you can run to for sanctuary. This is crunch time, if SCOTUS rules for Trump the left will start a civil war. If SCOTUS rules for Biden any one who wants to remain free had better support the people who rebel.)

  12. Impatient Dems are demanding that Trump admit defeat: A couple of problems
    By Howard Portnoy November 7, 2020

    It was inevitable. The Democrats spent the last four years trying everything and anything to unseat Orange Man. They invented a conspiracy between Donald Trump and the Russians to steal the election. No sale. They tried impeaching him. Again nothing, nada.

    On Tuesday, they finally thought they had the ogre in their sites. Polls (many of which have since proven to be wrong) had predicted a Biden landslide. All they had to do was sit back and wait.

  13. Has mail-in balloting destroyed election’s legitimacy?
    Frank Miele, RCP November 7, 2020

    [Ed. – It will if nightmares like the ones enumerated here are not addressed.]

    The Kafka Election: Finding a Way Out of the Maze
    By Frank Miele
    November 06, 2020
    The Kafka Election: Finding a Way Out of the Maze

    By Frank Miele
    November 06, 2020
    The Kafka Election: Finding a Way Out of the Maze
    (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    The 2020 election is a nightmare from which I — along with millions of others — am trying to awake.

    Like many dark dreams, it is uncertain exactly what is happening. Phantasmic ballots come and go. Seemingly insurmountable Republican victories disappear into the mouth of a vote-munching machine and come out the other side as excremental — oops, I mean incremental — Democratic leads just beyond the reach of a recount. And as in any nightmare worth its salt, just when you think it’s about to end, a new trap door opens and you fall into yet one more level of confusion and chaos in a maze with no exit in sight.

  14. Archbishop Viganò: We’re Witnessing “Colossal Electoral Fraud,” Pray That We Defeat the Enemy

    Another fantastic letter from the conservative archbishop.

    Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò has written another letter exhorting the American faithful to pray for the country and the defeat of Satan and his works.

    Life Site News has the entire letter here. An excerpt follows below:

  15. Arizona Polling Firm Expects Donald Trump to Win Must-Win State by .5%-1%

    Data Orbital expects Trump to win in AZ.

    A polling and data analytics company based in Arizona expects Donald Trump to ultimately secure a tight victory in the state, with Data Orbital

    “People are making a mistake with equating the ballots that are left that came in early with the early ballots that were sent back in the mail,” Data Orbital founder George Khalaf told the Epoch Times in a Wednesday interview. Khalaf predicted that the partisan composition of mail-in ballots that were dropped off at election day would break in a more decisive fashion towards Donald Trump than mail-in ballots that were mailed in earlier.

    “Unlike in other states, it’s actually the inverse in Arizona. Democrats dominated early ballots that were mailed back earlier in the cycle, and Republicans absolutely dominated ballots that arrived between last Friday and election day,” he added. “Like how they dominated Election Day itself.”

  16. The huckster and the hack: UK govt report undermines stars of Cambridge Analytica-Russiagate scandal

    Self-styled whistleblower Christopher Wylie and The Guardian reporter Carole Cadwalladr earned film deals and flashy awards by blaming Brexit and Trump on a sweeping conspiracy between data firm Cambridge Analytica and Russia. A British government investigation shatters their claims to fame.

    Two years after the stunning June 2016 passage of the Brexit referendum, affirming the British public’s desire to withdraw from the European Union, and the equally unexpected November 2016 election of Donald Trump to the White House, a scandal erupted that seemed to explain these rogue right-wing victories as the handiwork of an especially devilish data-mining scheme.

    In 2018, a hipster techie named Christopher Wylie emerged as a supposed whistleblower from the UK data firm SCL-Cambridge Analytica. Wylie claimed inside knowledge of how his former employer illicitly harvested the personal data of British and American voters through Facebook to conduct micro-targeting operations in favor of Brexit and Trump. Further, and most memorably, he asserted that “known Russian agents” were involved in the right-wing plot.

    “Here is what I know,” Wylie tweeted, “when I was at Cambridge Analytica, the company hired known Russian agents, had data researchers in St Petersburg, tested US voter opinion on Putin’s leadership, and hired hackers from Russia – all while [former Trump Chief of Staff Steve] Bannon was in charge.”

    As soon as Wylie went public, his accusations against Cambridge Analytica became a central pillar of the Russiagate narrative, bridging Trump-Putin across the Atlantic to Brexit and the rise of Euroscepticism.

    Wylie, a self-proclaimed progressive Eurosceptic, has since published a book, “Mindf*ck: Cambridge Analytica and the Plot to Break America,” and inspired an Oscar-shortlisted Netflix documentary about the supposed scandal called “The Great Hack.” In 2018, Wylie’s supposed revelations earned him a spot on Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. A film based on the rebel techie’s interview with The Guardian is on the way.

    Wylie has boastfully described himself as “the gay Canadian vegan who somehow ended up creating ‘Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare mindfuck tool,’” who enjoys a wild ride “from fashion to fascism to fashion.” (After starting out as a fashion school student, he said he was hired by H&M in 2018.)

    The hipster whistleblower was cultivated over the course of 2017 and 2018 by The Guardian’s Russia-obsessed correspondent Carole Cadwalladr. Operating as Wylie’s de facto publicist and churning out a stream of reports based on his spectacular claims, Cadwalladr has won admiring media profiles, an array of journalism awards, and a finalist nomination in the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting.

    In July 2018, Cadwalladr issued a bold prophesy that stirred liberal audiences across the Atlantic: “From [former FBI director Robert] Mueller’s most recent indictments [of Trump officials], it is clear that the data trail must be coming soon: the chain of evidence that is required to understand how the Russian government’s influence operation targeted American voters.”

    She pointed to a forthcoming report by the British Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and its commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, on the role of SCL-Cambridge Analytica in Brexit and 2016 US elections: “And here is the clue and where it is believed Denham comes in – what data it was based on.”

    Her self-styled whistleblower source, Wylie, has also praised Denham: “I want to point out this Russia/Facebook/[Cambridge Analytica] investigation is being led by women like Elizabeth Denham, the UK Information Commissioner, and Carole Cadwalladr at the Guardian. When the tech bros looked away, these women paid attention and put in the hours to investigate.”

    But the data trail promised by Cadwalladr never arrived. Instead, Denham and the British ICO produced a report that contradicted virtually ever major prediction and assertion that Wylie and Cadwalladr made about SCL-Cambridge Analytica and its role in UK politics. Published this October, the ICO report reinforces a British parliamentary investigation into Brexit that found no evidence of Russian meddling.

    With the release of the ICO report, the Cambridge Analytica-Russiagate bombshell that erupted two years ago has been exposed as another dud. Now, there are serious questions about the credibility of the figures who inspired the debunked narrative.

    Another Russiagate plot point reaches a revealing denouement
    The United Kingdom’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) spent over two years investigating Cambridge Analytica (CA) and associated entities, including its parent company, Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL); the Canada-based Aggregate IQ (AIQ); and the research facility Global Science Research (GSR).

    Strategic advisory firms like Cambridge Analytica work with political campaigns, governments, and corporate clients, offering them a variety of services from public relations to black operations. The ICO report, for example, found that Cambridge Analytica purchased large amounts of commercially available data on US citizens. The data was then used to build profiles on American voters so that they could be targeted with election advertising tailored to them.

    After examining Cambridge Analytica’s role in the 2016 presidential election in the United States, the 2016 Brexit referendum in the UK, and allegations of ties to Russian government influence operations, the ICO found a chaotic, largely ineffectual operation with no connection to the Kremlin. The closure of the investigation marked yet another anti-climactic denouement of a key Russiagate plot point.

    Elizabeth Denham methodically discredited the baseless allegations of collusion between the data firm, the Russian government, and the Trump campaign. Further, her report poured cold water on the influence of Cambridge Analytica in Brexit, demonstrating the company’s negligible impact on the vote.

    The ICO even concluded that Cambridge Analytica’s widely touted psychographic micro-targeting of voters was mostly hype. Its tactics were neither new nor particularly effective.

    “The scale of the investigation I conducted was unprecedented for a data protection authority,” declared the ICO commissioner in her 18-page report. “It highlighted the whole ecosystem of personal data in political campaigns.”

    “During my investigation a large amount of material and equipment was reviewed including; 42 laptops and computers, 700 TB of data, 31 servers, over 300,000 documents, and a wide range of material in paper form and from cloud storage devices,” Denham said.

    The Guardian reported “40 full-time investigators working on the case, 20 specialist contractors, and they have an interview list that numbers 264 people.”

    “The ICO has conducted a reverse engineering exercise to try to identify and confirm as far as possible, how SCL/CA processed the personal data they held… my findings were also informed and corroborated based on accounts obtained from witness interviews and the contents of statements taken during the investigation,” Denham said.

    The methodically detailed investigation’s findings were a damning commentary on the Western media that opportunistically painted SCL-Cambridge Analytica as a batcave command center for Putin and the Bannonite far-right.

    Reaching for the Russia ruse

    In March 2018, failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton pointed to Cambridge Analytica’s alleged work with Russia in order to deflect from her loss to Trump in 2016. “You’ve got Cambridge Analytica… and you’ve got the Russians. And the real question is how did the Russians know how to target their messages so precisely?” she posed to the UK’s Channel 4 News in an interview for the network’s documentary on the data scandal.

    “If they were getting advice from let’s say Cambridge Analytica or someone else, about, ‘ok, here are the 12 voters in this town in Wisconsin…’ that indeed would be very disturbing,” Clinton declared.

    Cadwalladr seized on the statement as confirmation of her own reporting.

    more :

  17. Biden Declares Victory, Trump Says Election ‘Far From Over’
    By Zachary Stieber
    November 7, 2020 Updated: November 7, 2020

    Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden declared victory in the 2020 election on Nov. 7, a declaration disputed by President Donald Trump.

    Biden, 77, said he is “honored and humbled by the trust the American people have placed in me and in Vice President-elect Harris,” referring to his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).

    “In the face of unprecedented obstacles, a record number of Americans voted. Proving once again, that democracy beats deep in the heart of America. With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation. It’s time for America to unite. And to heal. We are the United States of America. And there’s nothing we can’t do, if we do it together,” he added.

    • Richard: For those who are worried, don’t panic yer.

      Trump, a Republican vying for a second term, responded in a statement.

      “We all know why Joe Biden is rushing to falsely pose as the winner, and why his media allies are trying so hard to help him: they don’t want the truth to be exposed. The simple fact is this election is far from over. Joe Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor,” he said.

  18. Concerns Surrounding 2020 Election “Merit Serious Investigation”: Former NSC Official

    As the results of the current presidential election drag out there are enough anomalies found in it “to merit a serious investigation,” according to Rich Higgins, former Director for Strategic Planning at the National Security Council (NSC).

    Among concerns surrounding the election are “Twitter anomalies, the votes showing up in the middle of the night, the counts that go on forever,” Higgins said in a recent interview on The Epoch Times’ Crossroads program.

    “There’s a lot of evidence there that requires further investigation” and there are constitutional measures in place to do it, Higgins said, state legislators can act if any violations or irregularities are found in the voting process but they will need evidence to do so.

    Higgins would like to see the Trump administration provide “a more succinct and coherent messaging” about the election situation.

    Specifically, Higgins would like the administration to tackle “the disinformation campaign that we’ve seen now going on for a year and a half from the media as it pertains to the election.”

  19. Utah AG Takes Personal Leave to Help Trump Fight “Compromised Election”

    On Friday, Utah Attorney General announced that he is taking personal leave to help the Trump campaign fight the upcoming legal battles in court.

    Sean Reyes (R) says the ‘Blue wave’ prediction was false and he’s seen enough.

  20. Lawsuit: At Least 21K Dead People on Pennsylvania Voter Rolls
    Cemetery, Gravestones

    There are at least 21,000 dead people on the state of Pennsylvania’s voter rolls, according to an amended lawsuit filed on Thursday.

    A lawsuit filed by the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) alleges that there are at least 21,000 dead people on Pennsylvania’s voter rolls. The lawsuit claims that Pennsylvania failed to “reasonably maintain” their voter registration records under federal and state law in time for the 2020 presidential election.

  21. Erdo?an’s Jihad on “Infidel Europe”

    by Burak Bekdil
    November 7, 2020 at 5:00 am

    The jihad against Europe by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an is probably based on both ideology and opportunism. Fierce anti-Western rhetoric is an ideological sine qua non for Turkish political Islam; it is also a secure vote-catcher targeting conservative and nationalist masses.

    Erdo?an’s jihadism is not seasonal or a newfound system of political ideas. It is also not a reflection of peaceful sufism. Erdo?an comes from the ranks of Turkey’s militant political Islamism that emerged in late 1960s under the leadership of the ideologue, Necmettin Erbakan, Turkey’s first Islamist prime minister and Erdo?an’s mentor. In Erbakan’s rhetoric universal politics is simply about a struggle between the righteous (Islam) and a coalition of Zionists and racist imperialists — all else is just details. In his thinking, the Zionists support Turkey’s membership in the European Union in order to “get Turkish Muslims to melt in a pot of Christianity.”

    In a 2016 speech, Erdo?an talked of European countries: “These are not just our enemies… Behind them are plans and plots and other powers.” Also in 2016, he said that jihad is never terrorism. “It is resurrection…. It is to give life, to build… It is to fight the enemies of Islam.” In 2017, Erdo?an added that the German government’s actions resembled those of Nazi Germany.

    Last month, the Gaza-based leader of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), Dawood Shihab, said that Turkey was the bravest Muslim country to fight French President Emmanuel Macron’s hostility toward Muslims. Turks thought flattering words from PIJ were not enough crucify an infidel disguised as the president of a big European nation.

  22. (Richard: This is n interesting take on the election, I am not sure it could be done and it would not set will with a lot of people if it is done.(

    Rep. Mo Brooks Says Presidential Election Stolen, Argues House Republicans Could Allow Trump to Retain Presidency Under the Constitution

    All Republicans better get on board, they all rode the great one’s coattails. There is no fence-sitting. Payback is a bitch.

    Mo Brooks Says Presidential Election Stolen, Argues House Republicans Could Allow Trump to Retain Presidency Under the Constitution

    By Jeff Poor, Breitbart, November 2020:

    During an interview that aired Friday on Huntsville, AL radio’s WVNN, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) called into question the presidential election results and raised the possibility of House Republicans acting to ensure the will of the voters is acknowledged.

    The election has yet to be called for either incumbent President Donald Trump or Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden as of Friday afternoon as a handful of states continue to count ballots.

    According to Brooks, the presidential election could be challenged on two grounds: that it did not occur on the day officially designated by the U.S. Congress and that there were possible fraudulent practices in place that undermined the election in favor of the Democrat candidates on the ballot.

    “Let me emphasize a preface to what I’m going to say next — the legal research is still being done by my office and others,” he said. “If something comes up that will change my mind, then I will change my mind. But right now, it’s important to understand what the United States Constitution says. The United States Constitution says that Congress shall set the time of these federal elections. Congress did that in Title 2, U.S. Code Section 7. We set a day — in this instance, November 3 as the day of the election. We did not set an election week. We did not set an election month. We did not set an election season. We set an election day.”

  23. HUGE EXCLUSIVE: Keep the Faith – President Trump Will Win The Election Based on the Constitution Per Retired Intel Operative Tony Shaffer

    President Trump has a great case and will win this election based on the Constitution per retired Intel Operative Tony Shaffer.

    Tony Shaffer is a retired Intelligence Operative and current President of the London Center for Policy Research and a member of President Trump’s 2020 Advisory Board. He believes the President won the election and has a great case in the courts to prove it.

  24. HUGE! Corrupted Software Used in Michigan County that Stole 6,000 Votes from Trump — Is Also Used in ALL SWING STATES — PA, GA, NV, MI, WI, AZ, MN!

    A so-called computer ‘glitch’ fix in one of Michigan’s counties has led to 6,000 votes switching from Joe Biden to President Trump. The Head of the Republican Party has asked for an additional 47 counties be recounted after the fix since these 47 counties also use the same Dominion software.

    A so-called computer glitch has been uncovered in Michigan today and it resulted in swapping 6,000 votes from Joe Biden to President Trump.

    Dominion Software is used in 28 US states including ALL OF THE BATTLEGROUND STATES.

    The Dominion software “glitch” ONLY took votes from President Trump and Republicans.

    Dominion is used in 30 different states.

    • According to some reports on election day a couple of polling places in Georgia had to use old fashion paper ballots because the voting machines went down due to a software manufactures update of the software.

  25. Trump Campaign to Challenge Mail-In Ballots Counted in Absence of GOP Observers in Battlefield States

    President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign will launch a lawsuit in Pennsylvania to challenge the mail-in ballots that have been counted without Republican poll watchers onsite.

    Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s attorney announced Saturday the lawsuit during a press conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with several Republican poll watchers who were prevented from entering the poll sites or the rights of poll-watching were blocked.

    A federal lawsuit will be filed on Monday in Pennsylvania and more expected in other states.

    “We’re going to file a federal lawsuit that will cover here [Philadelphia] and Pittsburgh, and we will have as many witnesses as the court needs. Right now, it could be as many as 90 witnesses,” Giuliani said.

    Several witnesses joined Giuliani during the press conference, all are local Philadelphia residents.

  26. GERMANY – Thousands in Leipzig protest German coronavirus restrictions

    BERLIN — Thousands of people demonstrated in central Leipzig on Saturday against government-imposed restrictions meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus after a court issued a last-minute decision rejecting the eastern city’s attempt to move the protest elsewhere.

    “It is hard to explain how only two households are permitted to meet together and yet 16,000 people are allowed to demonstrate on one plaza,” city spokesman Matthias Hasberg told the dpa news agency after the appeals court decision.

    By the city’s calculations, only 5,000 people could gather in the Augustusplatz plaza outside the opera house and keep 1.5 metres (5 feet) from one another, so administrators had sought to have the demonstration moved to a larger location outside the centre. Demonstrators said 16,000 were expected at the rally, though figures indicating how many actually showed up were not immediately available.


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