Reader’s Links for May 4, 2022

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  1. OTTAWA CITIZEN – Surveillance aircraft over Ottawa during ‘Freedom Convoy’ protest operated by Canadian special forces, DND confirms

    National Defence acknowledged the aircraft was in use by Canadian special forces as part of a training mission on Feb. 10 but stated the flight had nothing to do with the protests.

    Canadian special forces were operating the mystery aircraft that flew over Ottawa during the so-called “Freedom Convoy” protests in late January and February, this newspaper has confirmed.

    The U.S.-registered King Air aircraft was airborne over Ottawa on Jan. 28, Jan. 29, Feb. 3, Feb. 10 and Feb. 11, according to data collected by Steffan Watkins, an Ottawa researcher who tracks the movements of vessels and planes.

    For instance, on Feb. 10 the aircraft was flying circular patterns over Ottawa before disappearing from publicly available aircraft tracking systems, Watkins said.

    The flights coincided with the large-scale protests held in downtown Ottawa as part of the “Freedom Convoy.”

    Protesters in Ottawa demanded the government remove rules designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. But other demonstrators also called for the overthrow of the Canadian government.

    National Defence spokesperson Dan Le Bouthillier acknowledged the aircraft was in use by Canadian special forces as part of a training mission on Feb. 10. But he stated the flight had nothing to do with the protests.

    Information wasn’t available from National Defence on who operated the plane on the other dates, but military sources said those flights also involved Canadian special forces.

    Canadian special forces are preparing to receive their own King Air aircraft outfitted with surveillance equipment and have been conducting training leading up to the delivery of those planes.

    Those aircraft, the first of which is to be delivered this summer, will give the Canadian military the ability to collect data for missions overseas and at home. The modified small passenger planes are outfitted with surveillance equipment allowing for the interception of cellphone calls, radio transmissions and other communications. Electro-optical sensors would also allow crews onboard the aircraft to track the movement of individuals and vehicles on the ground, the Canadian military has noted. Canadian special forces had access to similar aircraft in Afghanistan to track and target insurgents.

    Le Bouthillier said the special forces training was already planned before the Ottawa protests and to have cancelled the flight would have been wasting money.

    Watkins claimed the aircraft could have flown anywhere in the Ottawa region if the situation called for regular training. But, instead, the plane was involved in specific flight patterns, he noted.

    “I believe their precise circular tracks over Ottawa suggest a form of electronic surveillance, not simply digital electro-optical imagery or video,” Watkins added in a separate report on the flights.

    The Globe and Mail newspaper, citing Watkins’ data, first reported the Feb. 10 flight in an article last month. At the time, National Defence acknowledged the plane was conducting military training, but did not reveal it was being operated by Canadian special forces.

    The new surveillance aircraft will be based at CFB Trenton, Ont.

    Canada paid the U.S. government $188 million for the aircraft. The overall project is estimated to cost taxpayers $247 million.

    The U.S. military operates similar surveillance aircraft.

    A maintenance contract for the new planes was awarded to a team consisting of General Dynamics Mission Systems-Canada of Ottawa and Voyageur Aviation Corporation of North Bay, Ont.

    Canadian special forces has conducted other training to prepare for the arrival of new surveillance aircraft. In October, members of the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command went to the U.S. to work with that country’s special forces in developing tactics and procedures for use with the planes.

    In 2019, U.S. special forces personnel were in Ottawa and Petawawa doing similar training. In mid-November of that year, members of 427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron and the Canadian Special Operations Regiment, both based in Petawawa, conducted an exercise supported by one of the American aircraft. The U.S. plane operated from the Ottawa airport, and flights occurred between Petawawa and Mansfield-et-Pontefract, Que., according to Canadian special forces.

    The surveillance gear onboard the new Canadian military aircraft is still subject to tight U.S. restrictions. Canadian military staff and aerospace employees won’t be allowed to work on parts of the equipment as they contain sensitive American-made systems that can only be handled by U.S. citizens. Instead, the gear will have to be sent to the U.S. for maintenance or U.S. government staff will have to travel to Canada to work on the planes, according to Canadian officials.

    https://ottawacitizen.com/news/national/defence-watch/surveillance-aircraft-over-ottawa-during-freedom-convoy-protest-operated-by-canadian-special-forces-dnd-confirms

  2. twitter @disclosetv

    NEW – CDC reportedly harvested location data from tens of millions of phones in the United States to perform analysis of compliance with COVID lockdowns.

    https://twitter.com/disclosetv/status/1521841771877175296

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    VICE – CDC Tracked Millions of Phones to See If Americans Followed COVID Lockdown Orders

    Newly released documents showed the CDC planned to use phone location data to monitor schools and churches, and wanted to use the data for many non-COVID-19 purposes, too.

    https://www.vice.com/en/article/m7vymn/cdc-tracked-phones-location-data-curfews

    • Vice source
      Sorry. I doubt any govt but that in the PRC is organized and compliant enough to implement this
      Deserves some more thiught than my first impression

  3. DAILY MAIL – REVEALED: George Soros, Clinton and Obama staffers and European governments are behind anti-Musk campaign to force big corporations to boycott Twitter – after Elon demanded to know ‘who funds these organizations?’

    A group of 26 activist organizations and NGOs signed a letter to companies who advertise on Twitter, warning them to reconsider if Elon Musk makes changes

    Musk has pledged to lift the ‘censorship’ of Twitter: critics worry that he will give free rein to those trafficking in hate speech and dangerous scientific theories

    The letter writers said that Musk ‘will further toxify our information ecosystem and be a direct threat to public safety’

    They wrote: ‘Twitter risks becoming a cesspool of misinformation, with your brand attached’

    Musk replied, wanting to know who was behind the 26 groups signing the letter, and commenting: ‘Sunlight is the best disinfectant’

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10780583/George-Soros-Clinton-Obama-staffers-European-governments-anti-Musk-campaign.html

  4. Top US military official reveals ‘worst thing’ Russia did before invading Ukraine

    US European Command speaks about joint training efforts in Germany

    A top U.S. military official in charge of joint training between American and Ukrainian troops in Germany said Wednesday that “the worst thing the Russians did was give us eight years to prepare” for its invasion of Ukraine.

    Brig. Gen. Joseph E. Hilbert, the commanding general for the 7th Army Training Command, said Ukraine has participated in more than a dozen large exercises with U.S. troops in Germany since 2015.

    “The worst thing the Russians did was give us eight years to prepare,” Hilbert said Thursday while speaking alongside Lt. Col. Jeremy Hopkins, chief of staff from the Florida Army National Guard’s 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

    “The Ukrainian soldiers are motivated, they are professional,” Hilbert added, noting that the U.S. is currently training 50 to 60 Ukrainian soldiers on how to operate M777 howitzer artillery in Grafenwoehr, Germany.

    That weaponry has been sent to Ukraine’s military to help it in its fight against Russia.

    “They want to get back to the fight,” Hilbert said. “They are here for a reason they know, and they want to get back to it.”

    Hilbert also said the U.S. has trained more than 23,000 members of Ukraine’s armed forces from 17 different battalions and 11 different brigades, spending a total of $126 million on this program.

    He added that the U.S. was planning for Ukrainian troops to lead a division-level exercise across the country before over 160 Florida National Guard troops pulled out of Ukraine in February, days before the invasion began.

    https://www.foxnews.com/world/us-european-command-ukraine-training-soldiers-russia-war

    • reuters – Russian troops enter Azovstal plant, top Ukrainian lawmaker says

      May 4 (Reuters) – Russian forces have entered the territory of Mariupol’s Azovstal plant, Ukraine’s ruling parliamentary faction head David Arakhamia said in a Wednesday evening comment to RFE/RL.

      “Attempts to storm the plant continue for the second day. Russian troops are already on the territory of Azovstal,” RFE/RL quoted Arakhamia as saying, adding that as of Wednesday evening contact remained between Ukraine’s government and the Ukrainian fighters in the plant.

      https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/russian-troops-enter-azovstal-plant-top-ukrainian-lawmaker-says-2022-05-04/
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      Russia to open humanitarian corridor for civilians at Azovstal plant

      Russia will suspend military operations around the Azovstal industrial complex in the southeastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol during designated periods for the next three days to enable the evacuation of civilians, the defense ministry said Wednesday.

      “The Russian armed forces will from 8am to 6pm on May 5, 6 and 7 open a humanitarian corridor from the territory of the Azovstal metallurgical plant to evacuate civilians,” the ministry said in a statement.

      Around 160 civilians have been evacuated from Azovstal by a Red Cross and United Nations convoy, though Mariupol Mayor Vadym Boychenko estimates that an estimated 200 non-combatants remain inside the plant along with the soldiers.

      https://www.efe.com/efe/english/portada/russia-to-open-humanitarian-corridor-for-civilians-at-azovstal-plant/50000260-4798614

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      Mariupol -Azovstal –

    • UKRAINE – Road accident in Rivne oblast: the death toll rose to 26 people

      In the evening of May 3, a traffic accident occurred on the Kyiv-Chop highway in the Rivne oblast, which blocked traffic. A minibus, a bus and a fuel truck collided

      The death toll in a large-scale road accident in Rivne oblast has risen to 26 people. The personal data of three of them have not been established yet.

      The police of the Rivne oblast wrote about it on the Facebook.

      According to them, 26 people died: 24 passengers and two drivers. Police believe that the driver of the Mercedes minibus drove into the oncoming lane, where he collided with a fuel truck. The tanker also went into the oncoming lane, hit the Neoplan bus and exploded.

      Police are currently establishing the details of the minibus driver. It is also known that there are at least 12 injured people aged 17 to 69.

      https://babel.ua/en/news/78313-road-accident-in-rivne-oblast-the-death-toll-rose-to-26-people

    • DEUTSCHE PRAVDA – After sanctions and refusing ruble-payments – How to deal with a Russian cut-off?

      The European Commission plans to impose an ‘orderly’ end to its imports of Russian oil as part of sixth round of sanctions on Russia.

      Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announcing Wednesday the EU would phase out deliveries of Russian Crude and Oil Products out by year’s end.

      It also wants to step up sanctions on the financial sector, disconnecting Russia’s biggest bank “Sber-bank” from the SWIFT payment system.

      The proposed measures will need approval from all 27 member states.

      Hungary and Slovakia have already said they’ll seek exemptions.

      Europe and Russia are also sparring over gas imports: Moscow continues to demand that European companies pay in rubles instead of the euros and dollars called for in contracts.

      It’s cut off two countries — Bulgaria and Poland — for refusing to make ruble-payments.
      Neighboring countries are now coming to their aid.

      DW’s Jack Parrock visited the Bulgarian capital of Sofia.

  5. Joe Biden: “This MAGA Crowd is Really the Most Extreme Political Organization That’s Existed in American History” (Video) via twitter
    by Cristina Laila – May 4, 2022
    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/05/joe-biden-maga-crowd-really-extreme-political-organization-existed-american-history-video/

    This is the same video posted in the above article via twitter.
    The difference is different source with added text inserts and moosic?

    “Biden: MAGA followers are ‘most extreme’ political group in recent American history”
    Los Angeles Times – May 4, 2022

    • Supreme Court Moments in History: Senate Rejects Robert Bork Nomination
      PBS NewsHour – June 28, 2010

      From the NewsHour’s video vault, watch Judy Woodruff’s 1987 report on the failed Supreme Court confirmation of President Ronald Reagan appointee Judge Robert Bork. The Senate rejected Bork’s nomination by a 58-42 vote on October 23, 1987

  6. Vice pinhead, Kamala Harris speaking about vaccines ooops I mean abortion: “How dare they? How dare they tell a woman what she can or not do with her own body? How dare they? How dare they try to stop her in determining her own future?”

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