Reader’s links for October 31st, 2022

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  1. Does anyone here really believe that the mRNA injections are designed to reduce population? I find the notion absurd, for several reasons.

    First, the injections were given mostly in western countries. These countries have declining native populations, and have had them for decades. Most western european countries are going to be muslim-majority by 2050 or so. Even if the mRNA injections reduce fertility by 10%, what effect is that going to have? Muslim-majority by 2048 instead of 2050? Is that worth the effort?

    If the objective is to reduce population in western countries irrespective of any native/immigrant divide, then the simple solution is to stop immigration. Yes, that won’t affect population growth in third-world countries, but the mRNA injections didn’t do that either. Nobody in the Republic of Congo got mRNA injections.

    If the objective is to reduce population in third-world countries, with no moral compunctions, then there are very simple ways of doing this. Cutting off foreign aid, for example. Selling cheap weapons. Starting wars. Stopping attempts to curtail malaria. If the US army used the same tactics Russia used in Syria, you’d have very cost-effective large-scale murder. No more winning hearts in minds, paving roads and building schools. mRNA injections as population reduction? It’s like a scene from Austin Powers. You couldn’t think of anything else? Throw me a freaking bone, here.

    It may be that the greed, deceit, pride and avarice which instigated the creation and distribution of the mRNA injections also resulted in a small decrease in fertility. But it’s absurd to say that this was the primary objective, because there were so many better ways to accomplish that same objective. And you need to start adding epicycles to explain away things which don’t fit at all. Israel, for example, has no interest whatsoever in reducing its population’s fertility, especially since the Palestinians did not get nearly as many injections. How do you explain that?

    You’re left with this: It is not possible that the leadership of the western world is cowardly, ignorant, hysterical, therefore there must be a conspiracy… but the conspiracy theory requires the Israeli leadership to have been duped into injecting themselves first, as they were to cowardly, ignorant, hysterical to figure it out. And nobody whispered in their ear that it was all a fake. The mossad didn’t figure it out, the special relationship with the US wasn’t enough to pass along this information, no modern-day Pollard thought to warn them, etc. It just doesn’t make sense.

    The truth is simple: We live in a time where everyone looks to someone else to decide what to do. A hysterical press fanned the flames of panic. Every world leader copied China, because they have no backbone, and no sense of proportion, and no probity, and they were happy, soooo happy to be told what to do by the CDC. Greedy and unscrupulous pharma companies created a lucrative snake oil, and our leaders stampeded to buy it, as a way out of the hole they had dug with lockdowns. Pharma all got very rich, we all got a little bit sick, and now everyone has started pointing fingers at everyone else. And we, too, want someone to blame, and would love to discover it was all a conspiracy by evil people. Everyone who got himself – or his children – injected, now wants to be able to say that he was forced to do it by an evil mastermind. Not that he panicked, or followed the herd, or was a simpleton who believed what he was told.

    • Yuval Noah Harari describes himself as Klaus Schwab’s right hand man.

      Referring to non-globalists as “common people” who are fully disposable, Harari’s latest leaked statements reveal a profound attitude of self-perceived superiority and globalist supremacy.

      Harari says common folk below him are right to be fearful about the future because their lives could end at any moment, and it would not be a great loss because non-globalists are “redundant”.

      “We just don’t need a vast majority of you”, says the Israeli globalist.

      In a future run by “smart people”, Harari went on to state, common people will naturally face increased feelings of anxiety and fear about being left behind. and he is technically right; those who refuse to board the ark of Christ will, be left behind in Harari’s globalist dystopia.

      “We just don’t need the vast majority of you” Harari stated out loud without shame, believing himself to be invincible.

      The global freak is on a book tour, pushing his latest madness about not needing all the people.

      • We should be grateful. He’ll never sire little Hararis. Though G-d puts us through trials, He’s also merciful.
        (AND has a sense of humor. C’mon, this freak has to be a cosmic joke.)

  2. Russia recruiting US-trained Afghan soldiers to fight in Ukraine

    Russia is recruiting former Afghan commandos left behind in the chaotic US withdrawal from Kabul last year to join its war on Ukraine, according to a new report.

    “They have no country, no jobs, no future. They have nothing to lose,” an unnamed Afghan military source told Foreign Policy magazine. “They are waiting for work for $3 to $4 a day in Pakistan or Iran or $10 a day in Turkey, and if [Russia’s] Wagner [mercenary group] or any other intelligence services come to a guy and offer $1,000 to be a fighting man again, they won’t reject it.”

    The Post was unable to independently confirm the Foreign Policy report after speaking with several former Afghan Security Forces troops who remain in Kabul.

    However, trapped in a country led by Taliban enemies who want them dead, many former ASF members remain in hiding and unable to work, sources have told The Post. Others have fled to neighboring nations to survive on little to no money, which could make them easy targets for Russian recruiters floating the promise of a hefty payday.

      • They’ll hate the Westerners they’d be fighting even more – memories are fresher. But ‘feelings’ are low on Maslow’s ‘hierarchy of needs’.

        In fact most Afghans are press-ganged, more or less sold off. Russian contractors pay a small fraction of what’s promised – to *Russians* or established agencies representing skilled mercs. Just enough to keep a decent reputation.

        The “bullet sponges” their charming phrase will be reported as “missing”.

        • In other words the Russian Army considers non Russian troops to be a class of fungible asset.

          Fungible slave soldiers are a double edged sword. Useful if used properly but dangerous at all times.

          • Yeah… though the Russian mercs who fought in Syria were murderers recruited from prison. Their families did get a nice little pile of money as compensation.

            Every bit as savage as ISIS, they were never destined to come home. Those who survived Syria went to Libya. There may be some in Ukraine now.

            The Turkic soldiers are a whole different breed. Chechens are fighting on both sides, highly praised. They do the urban, close-in combat, the “wettest” work. They post it on TikTok with exuberance.

          • Extremely dangerous.
            They could be “seduced” by real soldiers of the aloha-snackbar persuasion. Though the Turkics also see them as Untermenschen, they’d be pets instead of livestock.

    • Rybar in English
      Turkish “Grey Wolves” in Ukraine

      The Azerbaijani mercenary Magomed Jafarov, who fights in the ranks of the AFU, announced the creation of a “Turkic legion” made up of Crimean Tatars, Azerbaijanis, Uzbeks and other representatives of Turkic peoples.

      Jafarov is known for his affiliation with the Grey Wolves, a Turkey-based pan-Turkist ultra-nationalist movement, which advocates the unification of all Turkic peoples under Turkish rule. This includes those who inhabit Russia and the post-Soviet space.

      What is the significance of the “Grey Wolves” in this context, and why is this movement something more than just another association of marginalized mercenaries?

      The Grey Wolves were founded in Turkey in the late ’60s under the far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), in which high-ranking Turkish officers played a prominent role. Like the Wolves, the party advocates the unification of all Turkic peoples into a single political entity.

      The Grey Wolves are effectively the militant wing of the MHP.

      Both the MHP and its controlled Wolves switched in 2015 from opposing President Recep Erdogan to being his closest allies. This happened after the Turks began to pursue an aggressive foreign policy, implementing the concept of the so-called Great Turan.

      It was MHP and Gray Wolves leader Devlet Bahçeli who gave Erdo?an a map where some Russian regions together with the Xinjiang-Uygur Autonomous Region of China are part of the “Turkic world.”

      The Grey Wolves took part in a series of military conflicts in the former Soviet Union: the First Karabakh War on the side of Azerbaijan and, according to some reports, the First Chechen War on the side of separatist fighters.

      With the support of the Turkish authorities, they took an active part in the war in Syria fighting alongisde the Turkish proxies.

      Turkish nationalist Alparslan Celik, who shot down a Russian Su-24M in Syria in November 2015, was a supporter of the Wolves. Russian Air Force pilot Oleg Peshkov died as a result of the incident.

      Back in April, some Russian media wrote that at least three thousand Grey Wolves fighters were fighting on the side of the Kyiv regime in Ukraine.

      Gray Wolves can be found among the Russian opposition: one of the leaders of the “Bashkort” Bashkir nationalist organization, Fail Alsynov, is a supporter of the movement.

      The association of various Turkic fighters under the Grey Wolves brand in Ukraine poses a direct threat to Russia’s security.

      In the long term it will create a well-coordinated paramilitary formation comprising natives of the former USSR, ready to carry out special operations in the interests of Turkey on the territory of Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and other countries.

      And that is not to mention the fact that the Wolves will gain extensive experience in armed combat against the Russian army and security services.

      These same fighters, experienced in working closely with representatives of other Turkic nationalities, will become promoters of the “Turkish idea” in their countries.

      Relatively secular pan-Turkism is quite capable of becoming an alternative to the Islamic radicalism that is gaining popularity in some post-Soviet states.

      After all, if the movement manages to unite these forces, the Turks will have a tool of “direct action” in Ukraine, directly defending Turkish interests. In fact, we are witnessing Turkey’s next steps in the military implementation of the Great Turan project.

      Under the Great Turan plan, regimes unfriendly to Russia will be put in power in resource-rich Central Asia, ready to ensure instability on Russia’s southern borders.

      While the state-owned Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) spares no expense to spread the ideas of pan-Turkism and Turkish culture, other structures are being created that are ready to act in support of Turkish interests with weapons in hand.

      • I have a substantial file on the Grey Wolves and related organizations.

        This is serious trouble for Russia and western Europe. The long arm of the Filthy Turk reaches east and west, appeals to Turkic peoples everywhere. Seems far-fetched, but we could be fighting alongside Russia against this horde.

        From 2020:
        The Grey Wolves conquering Europe

        The ultra-nationalistic and Islamist Turkish movement “Grey Wolves”… were recently covered on the front pages of international newspapers again after days of riots in Austria’s capital Vienna.

        This study is trying to line out:

        • the historical and ideological background of the movement

        • using violence by group members

        • its broadening strategy not focusing anymore only on Turkey, but acting internationally

        • the concept how to infiltrate the third and fourth generation of Turkish people living in Europe

        • its success in infiltrating European parties, to serve the movement’s interests and protect Turkish nationalism and intolerance against minorities throughout Europe

  3. IT’S A COUP: Team Biden Bragged about RIGGING Brazil Election Against President Bolsonaro Before Election Day says Stop the Steal Leader Ali Alexander
    By Ali Alexander
    Published October 31, 2022 at 8:45am
    The Liberal World Order is hard at work destroying norms, inverting our principles, and establishing a worldwide jurisdictional bureaucracy for law, medicine, and elections. This is a criminal conspiracy to turn citizens into serfs, presidents into governors, and nation-states into meaningless jurisdictional lines.

    There is a great replacement afoot.

    Call the agents of this World Order whatever you want—globalists, luciferians, the cabal—but They don’t want sovereign states or nationalistic leaders. This is a threat to their technocratic plans for humanity’s future.

    • Listen, Do They Think We’re Idiots?” – Steve Bannon and Mathew Tyrmand Discuss the Improbable Brazilian Election Results that Look a Lot Like the “Drop and Roll”
      By Joe Hoft
      Published October 31, 2022 at 12:00pm

      The Presidential Election in Brazil resembles the 2020 Election in the US. The operation looks like what we referred to as the Drop and Roll in the 2020 Election.

      Reuters reported on the election in Brazil yesterday with the following report this morning:

      QBrazil’s outgoing President Jair Bolsonaro had on Monday yet to concede defeat in the presidential election, raising fears the far-right nationalist might contest the victory of his leftist rival, former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

      Tens of thousands of jubilant supporters took to the streets of Sao Paulo on Sunday night to celebrate a stunning comeback for Lula, a 77-year-old former metalworker who served two terms as president from 2003 to 2010. His electoral win follows a spell in prison for corruption convictions that were later annulled.

  4. FOX News Affiliate Forced to Retract Report that Pelosi and DePape were Found in their Underwear – Another Pelosi Wrap-Up Smear?
    By Jim Hoft
    Published October 31, 2022 at 7:45am
    There continues to be massive speculation about what took place at the Pelosi residence in San Francisco in the early morning of Friday. The San Francisco Police have given few details and then were forced to come out and “correct” several of their previous statements.

    The Pelosi narrative is still being concocted in the back rooms and halls that house the powerful elites.
    Francisco Police Chief William Scott briefed the media on the incident and said that officers were called to the scene at 2:27 a.m. According to Chief Scott, Mr. Pelosi didn’t mention the threat when he contacted 911.

    TGP previously reported that the police officer described “David” as a “friend” in his dispatch call.
    Paul Pelosi, 82, husband of Nancy Pelosi, was violently attacked with a hammer in his San Francisco home.

    David DePape, 42, a Berkeley resident and a former nudist, was arrested and named as the suspect in the attack.
    Francisco Police Chief William Scott briefed the media on the incident and said that officers were called to the scene at 2:27 a.m. According to Chief Scott, Mr. Pelosi didn’t mention the threat when he contacted 911.

    TGP previously reported that the police officer described “David” as a “friend” in his dispatch call.

    Police dispatch: “Stated there’s a male in the home and that he’s going to wait for his wife. RP stated that he doesn’t know who the male is but he advised that his name is David and that he is a friend.”

    Listen to the audio:

    Police dispatch: “Stated there’s a male in the home and that he’s going to wait for his wife. RP stated that he doesn’t know who the male is but he advised that his name is David and that he is a friend.”

    Listen to the audio:

    Scott added that both Paul Pelosi and DePape were taken by ambulance to a local hospital.

    William Scott said Depape was booked on charges of attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, burglary, and “several additional felonies.”

    The charge for elderly abuse was addressed by Greg Kelly. He noted that elderly abuse appears to apply to individuals who have a relationship. The burglary charge was out of the blue because there was no mention in the presser that he was stealing anything.

    According to reports, the suspect has not made any public statements or filed a plea.

    DePape] pulled the hammer away from Mr. Pelosi and violently assaulted him with it,” San Francisco Police Chief William Scott said during the press conference. “The officers “immediately tackled [DePape], disarmed him, took him into custody, requested emergency backup, and rendered medical aid.”

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    Scott added that both Paul Pelosi and DePape were taken by ambulance to a local hospital.

    William Scott said Depape was booked on charges of attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, burglary, and “several additional felonies.”

    The charge for elderly abuse was addressed by Greg Kelly. He noted that elderly abuse appears to apply to individuals who have a relationship. The burglary charge was out of the blue because there was no mention in the presser that he was stealing anything.

    According to reports, the suspect has not made any public statements or filed a plea.

    Scott added that both Paul Pelosi and DePape were taken by ambulance to a local hospital.

    William Scott said Depape was booked on charges of attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, burglary, and “several additional felonies.”

    The charge for elderly abuse was addressed by Greg Kelly. He noted that elderly abuse appears to apply to individuals who have a relationship. The burglary charge was out of the blue because there was no mention in the presser that he was stealing anything.

    According to reports, the suspect has not made any public statements or filed a plea.

    It was also reported that DePape was only wearing his underwear at the time of the assault.

    Watch the video below

    KTVU-TV initially reported that Depape was in his underwear when arrested but then removed the detail and added a correction saying they misstated what he was wearing,” according to Heavy.

    The outlet reported:

    No credible media outlet has reported that Pelosi was in his underwear, and authorities have not confirmed either. Even removing the subjective judgment of what is credible from the equation, no website or news site that is repeating the claim has offered any evidence or named sourcing to back it up.

    The claim appears to have ignited when a single news organization, KTVU-TV, reported that DePape was wearing only his underwear when police arrived. Although that news organization is generally regarded as a credible television station, it later posted a correction and removed the information on the underwear from the article.

    KTVU-TV is a Fox affiliated television station located in Oakland, California. The article was written by investigative journalist Evan Sernoffsky. He has a long career in investigative reporting in the Bay area, having worked as a San Francisco Chronicle criminal justice reporter before coming to KTVU in 2020.

    He also retracted the underwear claim on Twitter, writing, “I’m now told by other sources that DePape was NOT dressed only in his underwear. Working to clarify.”

    The story of the attack on Paul Pelosi has more questions than answers at this point.

    On Sunday, TGP reported that San Francisco police have reportedly changed their story of how many people were in the Pelosi home at the time of the early Friday morning attack on Paul Pelosi.

    At a Friday press conference Police Chief Bill Scott told reporters that when responding officers knocked on the front door, the door was opened by “someone inside” and that officers observed Paul Pelosi and David DePape wrestling over a hammer. The officers did not enter the home, instead they ordered the two men to drop the hammer and that DePape then took control of the hammer and beat Pelosi with it.

    Sunday morning, NBC News reporter Tom Winter reported on Meet the Press there was a third person in the Pelosi home at the time of the attack and that DePape had been able to “get into the Pelosi bedroom where Paul Pelosi was.”

    Sunday afternoon Winter reported that police have changed their story, “NEW: The San Fransisco (sic) PD tells NBC News that Paul Pelosi and the accused attacker David DePape did not know each other prior to the assault at the Pelosi home on Friday, @anblanx reports…MORE: The SFPD also says that there were only TWO people inside the Pelosi home (Paul Pelosi and DePape) when they responded, clarifying statements made at Friday’s press conference which seemed to indicate there was a third person inside the home who opened the door.

    This sounds like a reverse Pelosi Wrap-Up smear

    • New evidence shows that there is no way that David DePape could have broken into the Pelosi house through the door in the back.

      David DePape was identified by the police at the Pelosi home on early Friday morning at around 2:30 am. The police claim that he broke into the house.
      We reported yesterday on the impossibility of someone breaking into the Pelosi house and going unnoticed.

      We were able to confirm that there are CCTV cameras all over the Pelosi house. The US Speaker of the House would of course have a well-protected home. There also is a security detail at the Pelosi house reportedly around the clock

      There is no way that someone could break into the back door and then enter the house and go unnoticed but this is what the San Francisco Police want us to believe happened.

      The official story is that DePape entered the house by forcing entry into the back door. This is implausible. He would have been captured by the CCTV cameras and most likely by motion detectors if he was near the house. If he broke into the house cameras and alarms would most likely go off.
      The police state that Paul Pelosi called the police and the police did not respond to an alarm at the house but rather to a call from Paul Pelosi.

      We are supposed to believe that DePape made it into the Pelosi house unimpeded and no one noticed the broken door and that Paul Pelosi found him, stepped into a bathroom to call the police, and then came back and fought with DePape over a hammer and the alarms never went off and the security detail on duty ignored the forced entry into the house through the back door.

      Today we have more information on this story. We have determined that the hole in the glass in the door is much too small for David DePape to fit through. The broken glass on the back steps as noted on Saturday is outside the house which indicates the window was broken from the inside of the house.

      Did Pelosi or DePape use the hammer to break the wind from the inside?

    • Reports: Paul Pelosi in ICU Surrounded by Family; David DePape Still in Hospital with Unknown Injuries
      By Kristinn Taylor
      Published October 31, 2022 at 10:44am
      MSNBC reported Monday morning that Paul Pelosi, the 82-year-old husband of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), is in the ICU surrounded by family as he recovers from a hammer attack to his head by an alleged intruder last Friday at the couple’s San Francisco home. Meanwhile, his accused attacker also remains hospitalized with unknown injuries. The attack occurred while Nancy Pelosi was reportedly in Washington, D.C.
      MSNBC’s Brian Kosciesza, “A source with knowledge of the situation tells NBC News that Paul Pelosi remains in ICU surrounded by family members.”
      A spokesman for Nancy Pelosi had previously said the attack on her husband was “life-threatening” and that he had received “life-saving” medical care. Paul Pelosi reportedly underwent skull surgery Friday and for wounds to his right arm and hands
      Police have declined to state the nature of DePape’s injuries that have him in the hospital, saying at a briefing Friday that it was “not appropriate” to disclose his injuries.

      KNTV-TV reporter Alyssa Goard reported last Sunday night, “As of this evening, San Francisco County Sheriff’s office says David Depape, the man suspected of attacking Paul Pelosi, is still in the hospital. Officials have not said why Depape is hospitalized”
      The story of the attack by police says that officers arrived to the Pelosi home in response to a mysterious 911 call and that an unknown person opened the door. Officers then saw Pelosi and DePape wrestling over a hammer. When police ordered both men to drop the hammer, DePape took control of the hammer and beat Pelosi with it. Police say that officers then tackled and subdued DePape.

      San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins spoke to reporters Sunday afternoon in an effort to reclaim the narrative on the attack. Jenkins said only DePape and Paul Pelosi were in the home at the time of the attack and that DePape broke into the house looking for Nancy Pelosi.

    • It Can Ruin Your Career’: Glenn Greenwald Explains Why Journalists Are Terrified To Question Paul Pelosi Narrative
      By Virginia Kruta
      Oct 30, 2022

      Independent journalist Glenn Greenwald said Sunday that there was a very simple reason that members of his chosen profession seemed unwilling to question the narrative surrounding the alleged attack on Paul Pelosi — namely the possibility that asking questions could put their careers at risk.

      Greenwald laid out his theory in a Twitter thread, saying that it didn’t even matter whether or not the prevailing narrative — that the person who was arrested at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) was a far-right conspiracy theorist and election denier — was true. The point, he said, was that it couldn’t be questioned.

    • Victims of violent crime who aren’t lucky enough to be married to a major political figure would also like the assurance of knowing their attackers are locked up and won’t be bothering them again.
      By Dan Gelernter

      October 30, 2022
      Ioften read the mainstream news sites. You can learn a lot about them from what they say. And you can learn as much from what they don’t say. I find it intriguing, for example, that the top (as of this writing) CNN, NBC, and ABC stories on the Paul Pelosi attack never mention one of the first things that anyone on the scene would have noticed: The assailant was dressed only in his underwear. Which is funny, because that particular oddity certainly stands out to me. Underwear attacker? You don’t see that every day.

      For one thing, an assailant who has forgotten even to get dressed doesn’t exactly scream “premeditated political violence.” It doesn’t point to much forethought or indeed much thought at all. And while all the news stories dutifully repeat the claim that Underwear Man (real name, David DePape) was shouting “Where is Nancy?” as he struck his victim

    • Everyone is Laughing at the Ridiculous Pelosi Big Lie
      Meet the underwear-clad MAGA assassin from a hippie commune in Berkeley.
      October 31, 2022 by Kurt Schlichter 25 Comments

      How dare you reject the Official Approved Narrative parroted by the regime media about the weird Schiff that went down at Casa de Pelosi the other night. There’s only one possible explanation, according to experts, licensed journalists, and our betters – an underwear-clad MAGA assassin from a hippie commune in Berkeley who is best known for his nudist activism broke into the oddly unguarded mansion of the Speaker of the House, a wealthy woman who has her police force and has not been shy about expounding on the perilous peril she faces from murderous insurrectionists, carrying a hammer and encountered the wide-awake Paul Pelosi, also in his skivvies, who the intruder then let go off and call the cops wherein Mr. Pelosi referred to the guy as his friend.

      An official investigation? Yes, please! This is a serious matter, we’re told. After all, the regime media and Democrats such as Ilhan Omar are out there making charges like “A far-right white nationalist tried to assassinate the Speaker of the House and almost killed her husband a year after violent insurrectionists tried to find her and kill her in the Capitol, and the Republican Party’s response is to either ignore it or belittle it.” Heck, Our Democracy is at stake, so the incoming Republican majority must get to the bottom of this alleged act of political violence

      I somehow think the Democrats will be reluctant to help, though Speaker McCarthy should not let any Democrats on the panel in the first place as payback for the 1/6 kangaroo committee. But why not investigate? These are serious charges, albeit from unserious people. Omar, a commie ingrate whose stupidity is exceeded only by her dishonesty, could not resist trying to leverage some cheap advantage from this grody scenario, but she should have passed on strategic if not moral grounds. By trying to place the blame for this on us, she triggered the Streisand Effect just when Democrats least needed to be associated with even more weird nonsense than they are already. Blaming Republicans for what appears to many people to be a sex tryst gone sour guarantees the wrongly accused – us – are going to hammer the Democrats unmercifully about it.

      This whole miscalculation is a manifestation of the problems that come from being trapped in a blue echo chamber. The reality of the red wave is sort of seeping in, upsetting the progs, and then this happens and suddenly they all decide that a smart idea is to paint this as proof that the Republicans are trying to murder them. And everyone around them agrees that this is a super-smart take that will change their ballot box fortunes, not realizing that normal people are going to hear the story of two brief-clad dudes late at night and think “Yeah, no.”

      The smart play would have been to say nothing, to pass it off as some random transient breaking into the Pelosi pad. Heck, a lot of people would buy that even if the lack of security seemed odd. And then you move on to other things and this gets forgotten and Nancy quietly places Paul Pelosi into Sunny Acres so he stops embarrassing her with his sordid antics. But no. No, they had to try to hang this incident around our necks. And they are so used to having the assistance of social media in hiding unapproved narratives – like the demonstrably true Hunter Biden laptop revelations – that they assumed no one would be able to raise any questions about their Big Lie. Except for not only did Elon Musk buy Twitter but he also pushed back when Felonia Milhous von Pantsuit – herself a seasoned pro at cleaning up the sexual shenanigans of her hornier half – joined the “MAGA people did it!” chorus.

      The regime media is in full effect now, acting as janitors for their political masters in the Democrat Party. According to these hacks, the refusal to believe the ridiculous idea that this was some sort of Republican-inspired assault is “misinformation” and a “conspiracy theory,” which is a neat trick since it involves not believing something.

      Oh, and we are informed that refusing to accept the ridiculous official story is also “celebrating” the attack. You are “making fun of the attack” unless you sit there and allow yourself to be slandered.

      Well, we are not playing that.

      lot of Republicans early on responded kindly and with horror at Pelosi’s serious injuries while decrying violence of any kind. This was in stark contrast to either the total Democratic blackout regarding condolences and repudiations of violence, such as when the Democrat ran over the Republican young man in North Dakota and when the Marco Rubio canvasser was attacked in Florida, or the libs’ giddy celebration of the attack on Rand Paul. One of the Paul celebrants was Cheryl Pelosi, who tweeted: “Rand Paul’s neighbor was right.” And what did Republicans get back for their charity and class regarding the assault? They got the Big Lie that they were responsible for it.

      The fact is that the Official Approved Narrative is laughable, and that the opinion of most people looking at the evidence, and lack of it, is that this was likely some sort of tryst gone wrong. Can we know that to a metaphysical certitude? No, but the fact we have not seen the video or heard directly from the cops on the scene to clear up any misconceptions indicates that there probably are not any misconceptions to clear up. Guys tussling in their undies at oh dark thirty does not usually just sort of happen.

      The ruling caste is hard at work trying to force us to sit there and take their abuse without complaint. They call us names, but we don’t care what they say. And if they don’t want us pushing back, they should not push us first.

      • QThis Is Bus Where David DePape Stayed – The Man Who Authorities Say Broke Into Pelosi’s Home and Organized a Kidnapping While Running a Conservative Website
        By Jim Hoft
        Published October 31, 2022 at 2:45pm

        The US Justice Department announced charges against David DePape on Monday, three days after the alleged assault on Paul Pelosi at her home in the Pacific Heights neighborhood.

        Paul Pelosi was allegedly home alone when the attack took place.
        David DePape is a homeless drug addict. Sometimes he stays at the home of his nudist exwife who was arrested for on sex crime charges with a minor.

        According to Michael Shellenberger:
        As I discovered yesterday, DePape lived with a notorious local nudist in a Berkeley home, complete with a Black Lives Matter sign in the window and an LGBT rainbow flag, emblazoned with a marijuana symbol, hanging from a tree. A closer look reveals the characteristics of a homeless encampment, or what Europeans call “an open drug scene.” In the driveway, there is a broken-down camper van. On the street is a yellow school bus, which neighbors said DePape occasionally stayed in. Both are filled with garbage typical of such structures in homeless encampments. People come and go from the house and the vehicles, neighbors say, in part to partake in the use of a potent psychedelic drug, ibogaine.

        Neighbors described DePape as a homeless addict with a politics that was, until recently, left-wing, but of secondary importance to his psychotic and paranoid behavior. “What I know about the family is that they’re very radical activists,” said one of DePape’s neighbors, a woman who only gave her first name, Trish. “They seem very left. They are all about the Black Lives Matter movement. Gay pride. But they’re very detached from reality. They have called the cops on several of the neighbors, including us, claiming that we are plotting against them. It’s really weird to see that they are willing to be so aggressive toward somebody else who is also a lefty.”

        Democrats say he ran conservative websites… From the bus?

        DePape is a homeless drug addict who sometimes stays in the broken-down bus outside the home.

        Here is a photo of the home where Depape would come stay to get off the street.

        Here is the bus that

    • Cockamamie Story

      All the narratives spun by the Party of Chaos are falling apart now, but this final fiasco, a mere week before the midterm election, is a humdinger with a cherry-on-top.
      been several days since San Francisco police interrupted a hammer fight between Paul Pelosi — husband of House Speaker Nancy — and his “friend… David,” in the Pelosis’ Pacific Heights home, and apparently the cops have not asked David DePape why he was there in the first place. Odd, a little bit. Is it possible that a whole chain of authorities from the SFPD clear up into the top of the US government and its Democratic Party sidekicks don’t want you to know what actually happened?

      So far, not much in this cockamamie story adds up. Quite a bit is known now about the attacker, David DePape. He was a colorful character on the scene in radical Berkeley across the bay, a “nudist activist” and BLM supporter. He’d lived there and had a child with one Oxane “Gypsy” Taub, a fellow nude activist and whack-job, who has spent time in prison for child abduction. That partnership ended seven years ago and DePape has been homeless on and off since then. Acquaintances and Berkeley neighbors describe him as not mentally healthy, saying he exhibits psychotic delusions and is sometimes incoherent.

      So far, police have not disclosed how DePape journeyed from Berkeley to Pacific Heights at 2:00 o’clock in the morning, about fourteen miles. Did he walk from Berkeley across the Bay Bridge and then halfway across town? Mr. DePape is apparently also known to the police as a gay hustler, that is, a person who sells sex for money. Unless I’m mistaken, the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) has a detective department — experienced men and women who go around the city seeking clues, evidence, and testimony in order to make sense of perplexing crimes — and then solve them! Shall we assume they are on-the-job?

      Now, Paul Pelosi, 82, who made a $300-million fortune running a car service (also shrewd investments in real estate and the stock market), has been in quite a bit of trouble this year. On May 28, 2022, he was arrested for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in Napa (near a vineyard estate he owns with Nancy) when his 2021 Porsche crashed into a 2014 Jeep driven by one “John Doe” (as the police identified him). KGO-TV, ABC’s affiliate in the San Francisco area, said that there was a second person in the Porsche with Pelosi at the time of the accident. He has never been identified

      In August, Mr. Pelosi was sentenced to five days in jail, a fine of roughly $7,000, a three-month drinking-and-driving course, eight hours of public service, and having an “interlock” device installed on his car that would require him to blow into an alcohol sensor before the engine can ignite. By any chance, were the Napa Police or the County Court contacted in the matter at some point by the US Capitol Police or the FBI? We may never know.

      If David DePape didn’t walk fourteen miles from Berkeley to Pacific Heights, or take a cab (expensive), how did he get there? Here’s a theory: he rode the BART subway from Berkeley to the Church Street and Mission station in the city, a five-minute walk to the Castro Valley, San Francisco’s fabled gay district. Sometime before 2:00 a.m. closing time, he met up in a bar there with Paul Pelosi, who drove DePape to the Pelosi house in a car not equipped with an interlock device. That is to say, David DePape was let into the house by Mr. Pelosi.

      The police and the news media have theorized that DePape broke into the place by smashing a glass door in back. Uh-huh…. Ask yourself: would there not be an alarm system at least on all the ground floor windows and doors in the house? Would there not be security cameras on the back side of the house — the side that burglars might prefer, if they could get over the wall? Would the Speaker of the House, with a discretionary budget on top of a $300-million fortune, and in a time of epic political rancor, not have a team of security guards in place at her private home?

      Initial news media chatter had both DePape and Paul Pelosi dressed in their underwear, struggling over a hammer which turned out to belong to Mr. Pelosi. Not until the police entered the house did DePape wrest the hammer from Mr. Pelosi and commence to brain him with it. What does the arrest report actually say about the two men’s state-of-dress? It is not public information. How and why were the police just watching until DePape assaulted Mr. Pelosi — who was hospitalized afterward and had surgery on his cracked skull? (Uh, how did a blow that literally broke his skull not kill the elderly Mr. Pelosi?)

      Initial news media chatter had both DePape and Paul Pelosi dressed in their underwear, struggling over a hammer which turned out to belong to Mr. Pelosi. Not until the police entered the house did DePape wrest the hammer from Mr. Pelosi and commence to brain him with it. What does the arrest report actually say about the two men’s state-of-dress? It is not public information. How and why were the police just watching until DePape assaulted Mr. Pelosi — who was hospitalized afterward and had surgery on his cracked skull? (Uh, how did a blow that literally broke his skull not kill the elderly Mr. Pelosi?)

      The news media initially suggested that somebody — a third person on the scene — opened the door to let the police in. Now they are saying no such person was there. Was the front door unlocked? (Weird, considering the general threat level for a public figure of Nancy P’s stature.) Or, did police break the glass door in the rear of the house to get in? (However, photos of the door show the glass being broken from the inside and shards spread over the outside.) Odd, also, that such a wealthy and powerful couple would not have hard-to-smash security glass on such a door. (It’s easy to buy.) Odd, too, that there was not one human security guard on the premises. The house had security cameras all over the exterior and interior. No mention in the news media or from the SFPD of what might have been recorded by these cameras at the time of the incident.

      My assessment of this bizarre episode as follows: Paul Pelosi was out drinking late the night of the incident. He hooked up with David DePape, a hustler he might have been previously acquainted with, and took him back to the house in Pacific Heights. Something went wrong with the transaction. Considering that DePape exhibited psychotic behavior at times, it might have taken little to set him off. All the authorities involved are playing it coy, but failing to construct a narrative that adds up.

      The Democratic Party has attempted to convert the sordid incident into a political talking point, painting DePape as a MAGA crazy. That spin apparently failed almost instantly. Their next effort will be to shove the story down the memory hole — the news media will just not report on any developments. Meanwhile, Nancy Pelosi put out a statement that her family is “heartbroken” over the incident. Yes, of course. I’m sure. Nobody knew about Paul Pelosi’s peccadillos. Boo-hoo. Cry me a river, you degenerate jade. Don’t suppose the truth about this will be successfully suppressed, like Hunter B;’s laptop. And so, the career of Nancy Pelosi comes to an ignominious end in the November 8 election, with a cherry-on-top of personal humiliation. She deserves every bit of it.

    • DEVELOPING: Justice Department Files Federal Criminal Charges Against David DePape – Allows Government to Control and Hide Evidence – And Selectively Leak
      By Cristina Laila
      Published October 31, 2022 at 2:10pm
      Paul Pelosi’s attacker David DePape is set to face federal criminal charges.

      Update: The Department of Justice on Monday announced two federal criminal charges against David DePape.
      DePape was charged with attempted kidnapping, and with retaliating against a federal official by threatening or injuring a family member.” CNBC reported.

      The US government will now control and hide the evidence – and shape the national media narrative.

      The Justice Department plans to announce two federal criminal charges Monday against the man accused of viciously attacking Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, law enforcement officials told NBC News.

      Details of the expected charges against David DePape were not immediately available.

      DePape was arrested by San Francisco Police last Friday after he was found at the Pelosi home, where he hit the 82-year-old Paul Pelosi with a hammer.

      Pelosi remained in the intensive care unit at a San Francisco hospital, surrounded by family members, on Monday morning, sources told NBC.

      Law enforcement officials including FBI agents on Sunday obtained Pelosi’s account of the home invasion a source with knowledge of the investigation told NBC.

    • WAYNE ROOT: Is the Paul Pelosi Story the New Jussie Smollett Fraud, or the New Hunter Biden Laptop Scandal?
      By Assistant Editor
      Published October 31, 2022 at 3:40pm

      Wayne Allyn Root

      No one knows what happened at the Pelosi mansion. Not yet.
      But I sure can take an educated guess about what happened.

      From the emails I got over the weekend from hundreds of my TV and radio fans, it’s no secret. Everyone believes they know what happened. This cover story is so rancid, no one fell for it. There are rumors flying around the Internet by the millions. One thing is for sure- the Pelosis aren’t fooling anyone. The whole world knows the cover story is complete B.S.

      I have no special insider status. But I have common sense. So, let me present my perspective.

      First, I lived for many years in a beautiful, gated, high-security, country club in the suburbs of Las Vegas. My neighbor was Harry Reid. He lived just down the street. A very high-class street I might add. Just like all Democrat politicians, Harry was a fraud. He fought against walls, but he chose to live in a place with walls and gates. He fought against guns for the citizens, but he was guarded by armed security at that gate. He fought against Voter ID, but no one could enter our community without government-issued photo ID.

      Now we get to the Pelosi-like part of this story.

    • Criminal Complaint: Pelosi Attacker David DePape Went Up to the Bedroom – Was Tired, Wanted to Take a Nap
      By Jim Hoft
      Published October 31, 2022 at 4:15pm
      The Justice Department announced federal charges against David DePape, 42, in the attack last Friday on Paul Pelosi, the 82-year-old husband of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), at the couple’s San Francisco home.

      Kristinn Taylor reported on the announcement earlier.

      DePape is being charged with assault on a family member of a U.S. official and one count of attempted kidnapping of a U.S. official, Nancy Pelosi, who was not home at the time.
      the charging documents, the Justice Department, via interviews with Paul Pelosi and DePape lay out the government’s version of events (TGPsummary):

    • More Questions Than Answers on Pelosi Attacker David DePape’s Charging Documents
      By Joe Hoft
      Published October 31, 2022 at 7:37pm

      The criminal complaint of David DePape leaves more questions than answers.

      Jim Hoft drafted the following summary of the David DePape charging document. In the charging documents, the Justice Department, via interviews with Paul Pelosi and DePape lay out the government’s version of events (TGPsummary):

  5. Paul Pelosi Encounter Draws Comparisons To FL Governor Candidate Andrew Gillum’s Drug Orgy
    By Jacob Engels
    Published October 31, 2022 at 6:45am
    With the first-hand accounts from law enforcement in the alleged late-night home invasion of the Pelosi’s San Fransisco residence that left husband Paul Pelosi hospitalized after he was supposedly bludgeoned by left-wing Berkeley nudist David Depape, mainstream media journalists and Democrats continue to hammer home the idea that the alleged assailant was a member of the MAGA movement.

    It’s not been a good month for Mr. Pelosi, who was involved in a drunk driving wreck weeks ago.

    The alleged assailant David Depape is reportedly a resident of a commune in ultra-progressive Berkley, California. He also apparently has a history of drug abuse and unusual behavior according to those who know him.

    A neighbor who lives down the street from the commune where Depape was staying described the residents as “nudist drug abusers” and said that while they profess to support Black Lives Matter, they apparently routinely call the police on black people.
    Nonetheless, the spin machine is in full motion among the legacy media, elected Democrats, leftwing activists, and… even Hillary Clinton, who wasted no time in blaming the attack on the Republican Party. No shocker there.

    Nonetheless, the spin machine is in full motion among the legacy media, elected Democrats, leftwing activists, and… even Hillary Clinton, who wasted no time in blaming the attack on the Republican Party. No shocker there.
    Thankfully Elon Musk, Twitter’s new Chief Twit publicly roasted her Sunday morning in a tweet before taking it down.

    They have even gone as far as to link two questionable “right-wing” blogs on Depape. The websites were more than likely astroturf operations meant to fulfill the prophecy that Depape was an agent of racist Trump supporters.

    While we could spend all day discussing the very easy conclusions to draw when considering the fact that twomen got into a scuffle at near 3 am in the morning wearing nothing but underwear and fighting for control over a hammer, everyone on Twitter and beyond have already milked that cow dry.

    Of course we are also meant to forget how the media and Democrats at best ignored or at worst cheered on the violent assault of Senator Rand Paul, protestors breaking the law by protesting outside the homes of Supreme Court Justices (and being found with deadly weapons), the infamous “Summer of Love” BLM /Antifa riots, and hundreds (likely thousands) of other instances of violence being visited upon MAGA activists over the past six years.

    So what else are left-wing Twitter users claiming that Pelosigate bears a similarity to? Well, none other than the infamous meth-fueled gay sex orgy that former Florida Democratic gubernatorial Andrew Gillum was involved in.

    To be fair, there are similarities in each case, and this journalist would know as the first to publish the graphic image of Gillum passed out naked on the floor of a Miami Beach hotel room full with drugs, a male prostitute, and several other men.

    However, left-wing Twitter has their own theory. They allege that not only was Andrew Gillum set up by shady MAGA operatives and journalists (this journalist included), but that the same tactics were used on Paul Pelosi! Gillum was recently arrested on fraud charges and is currently awaiting trial.

    QSo what else are left-wing Twitter users claiming that Pelosigate bears a similarity to? Well, none other than the infamous meth-fueled gay sex orgy that former Florida Democratic gubernatorial Andrew Gillum was involved in.

    To be fair, there are similarities in each case, and this journalist would know as the first to publish the graphic image of Gillum passed out naked on the floor of a Miami Beach hotel room full with drugs, a male prostitute, and several other men.

    However, left-wing Twitter has their own theory. They allege that not only was Andrew Gillum set up by shady MAGA operatives and journalists (this journalist included), but that the same tactics were used on Paul Pelosi! Gillum was recently arrested on fraud charges and is currently awaiting trial.

    Oh, and that any discussion about Paul Pelosi being involved sexually with other men (which some have alleged is an open secret in the San Francisco are), is HOMOPHOBIC!

    AND that you must not be normal if you are drawing some very basic conclusions about how a man in nothing but underwear somehow infiltrated the home of Speaker Pelosi, who is THIRD in line to the presidency.

    One of the best takes has to be from the below Twitter user, who claims that Paul Pelosi, who notably lives a very private life, was probably drugged by people posing as his “fans.”

    There are countless other hot takes from liberals on Twitter, but you get the point. A shadowy MAGA strike team of undercover operatives setting the whole Pelosigate scandal up without a hitch is more plausible to them than the details

    This is coming from the same crowd that claims the Deep State does not exist and that talking about shadowy groups or individuals plotting against the best interests of the American people is “misinformation”, “white supremacy”, and evidence of domestic terrorism.

    Despite police recordings and official statements from law enforcement confirming more than two people at the residence, they are now changing the initial details every couple hours it seems. we currently now.

    As far as logical comparisons go between Pelosigate and Gillum’s meth-fueled gay sex orgy, the evolution of narratives by the police is a completely fair comparison rooted in reality

    Here’s to hoping that local law enforcement in San Fran don’t follow the lead of the Miami Beach Police Department, who attempted to withhold the body cam footage and ran protection for Andrew Gillum.

    Godspeed to respectable journalists and independent investigators everywhere who continue to hammer away in their quest for the truth about what happened to Paul Pelosi.

    And if Republicans secure the United States House on November 8th, they should immediately launch an investigation into how the residence of the Speaker of the House (3rd in line for POTUS) was left so unprotected.

    Political violence like this must stop and an official congressional investigation (depositions, evidence requests, subpoenas, publicly televised hearings) will send a strong message to anyone who tries to do something like this to a member of congress in the future, no matter their political affiliation.

    • THE PLOT THICKENS: The David DePape Websites Have Multiple Issues – Shocking Connections
      By Joe Hoft
      Published October 31, 2022 at 10:10am
      The Mainstream media is trying to claim that David DePape is a conservative who broke into the Pelosi hoe in San Francisco in an attempt to assault the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. Nothing could be further from the truth.

      As you now know, David DePape was found with Paul Pelosi early Friday morning at the Pelosi home by police in San Francisco. The mainstream media immediately tried to cover for the Pelosi family. They then attempted to align the man found with Paul Pelosi as a conservative. But it was all a lie.
      There were numerous questions related to this case on Saturday and perhaps more today.
      On Saturday we first reported on the questions with the websites attributed to David DePape. The mainstream media attributed the two websites to the man arrested with Paul Pelosi on early Friday morning.

      DePape was homeless and a drug addict but the media insisted he was running a conservative website? Makes perfect sense.

      FOX News reported on the websites reportedly connected to DePape:

      Facebook disabled DePape’s profile early Friday and declined to answer questions. At least two online blogs under DePape’s name are stocked with posts from the years of 2007 and 2022 speaking of “censorship,” “Big Brother,” and pedophiles. One contained calls for violence and antisemitic content. It was not immediately clear that he was responsible for the posts, and San Francisco police did not immediately respond to questions about DePape’s online presence.

      The LA Times also reported as well on the websites.

      QIn the months before police accused him of attacking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband Friday morning, David DePape had been drifting further into the world of far-right conspiracies, antisemitism and hate, according to a Times review of his online accounts.

      In a personal blog that DePape maintained, posts include such topics as “Manipulation of History,” “Holohoax” and “It’s OK to be white.” He mentioned 4chan, a favorite message board of the far right. He posted videos about conspiracies involving COVID-19 vaccines and the war in Ukraine being a ploy for Jewish people to buy land.

      DePape’s screeds included posts about QAnon, an unfounded theory that former President Trump is at war with a cabal of Satan-worshipping elites who run a child sex ring and control the world. In an Aug. 23 entry titled “Q,” DePape wrote: “Either Q is Trump himself or Q is the deepstate moles within Trumps inner circle.”

      The Times went on to say:

      DePape followed a number of conservative creators online, including Tim Pool, Glenn Beck, DailyWire+ and the Epoch Times. He also followed an account on YouTube called Black Pilled and reposted several of its videos on his blog. “Blackpilling” is internet slang for coming to believe supposedly unacceptable facts about society, and the reposted videos include accusations such as the FBI covering up child rape.

      The problem is the websites cited by the mainstream media that were supposedly aligned with DePape were scraped on Friday and they were no longer active Saturday.

      The site was scraped on Friday and shut down on Saturday. The other site listed, is no longer active as well. It too was shut down on Saturday. The only activity reported on the Wayback Machine on this site was on Friday and Saturday as well.

      Now we know more about the sites. The website shows attributed to David DePape but at an Alabama address.

      One of the accounts mandated that you become a member but this functionality was not working on Friday morning per one of our sources.

      The website is registered via the same company DomainsByProxy that is listed on the website at 1822 Shasta Street which is the address listed on FrenlyFrens website.

      It is unreasonable to believe that David DePape, who lived on the streets, was able to put together a website that mandates that users create an account before they could enter his site.

      So who created these websites? More shocking connections coming

    • CNN – ‘Absolutely no evidence:’ Police, FBI affidavit debunk salacious conspiracy about Pelosi attack pushed by conservatives

      Prominent figures on social media, including some of the loudest voices on the political right, are pushing a salacious and false conspiracy theory about the attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, in an apparent attempt to shift the narrative about the assault.

      The claim that big names like Elon Musk, Donald Trump, Jr., and Dinesh D’Souza have promoted to millions of their followers: Paul Pelosi and the man who attacked him were gay lovers who had gotten into a fight.

      The spurious theory traces back to an incorrect early news report and a handful of pieces of evidence that its proponents have spun wildly out of context. It runs contrary to the explanation police and federal law enforcement have outlined – that the suspect in the attack, David DePape, broke into Pelosi’s house and attacked him.

      “There is absolutely no evidence that Mr. Pelosi knew this man,” San Francisco Police Chief William Scott told CNN in an interview. “As a matter of fact, the evidence indicates the exact opposite.”

      But the explosion of social media posts discussing the theory shows how quickly conspiracies can spread, and how eagerly some political actors use falsehoods to push their agendas – even as violent threats against lawmakers have multiplied in recent years.

      A conspiracy linked to Nancy Pelosi, who has long been a lightning rod for conservatives and played a starring role in GOP attack ads, was an especially appealing target for right-wing conspiracists, according to Cynthia Miller-Idriss, an American University professor who studies polarization and extremism.

      “We have a population that is unable to discern what is true and what’s not, and this spreading of misinformation from credible sources undermines that,” Miller-Idriss said. “People are willing to accept conspiracy theories when they reinforce the narrative they already hold in their head.”

      According to police and an FBI affidavit included in the federal criminal complaint, DePape broke into a glass door in Pelosi’s San Francisco home early Friday morning, and then went to the bedroom to confront Pelosi, saying he wanted to talk to his wife. Pelosi managed to call 911, and officers arriving on the scene witnessed DePape hit him with a hammer.

      Those pushing the “gay lover” theory have pointed to a handful of purported pieces of evidence based on falsehoods and twisted storylines. They say that DePape was in his underwear when police arrived at the scene – but the local TV station that originally reported that has since corrected its story and removed the assertion. Others have suggested that a third person opened the door to Pelosi’s house, but police have debunked that.

      Many of the theorists have latched on to a recording of a 911 dispatcher saying that Pelosi referred to DePape as “a friend” and “sounded somewhat confused.”

      But Pelosi seemed to be speaking in coded language on the 911 call to make clear he needed help, a law enforcement source previously told CNN. And the complaint notes that Pelosi told officers he had never seen DePape before.

      The complaint also included an interview police did with DePape in which he admitted breaking into the house and said he surprised Pelosi. According to the complaint, DePape said that wanted to hold Nancy Pelosi hostage because he viewed her as the “‘leader of the pack’ of lies told by the Democratic Party,” and claimed he was “fighting against tyranny without the option of surrender.”

      Scott, the San Francisco chief, called the conspiracies surrounding the attack “pathetic” and “disturbing.”

      “We’ve spent a lot of energy just pushing back, really ridiculous conspiracy theories, to make sure people stay focused on our team,” he said. “These things are harmful to society, they’re harmful to the victims involved – it’s really sad that we are here in this place, but we are.”

      Baseless theory gains momentum on social media

      Despite the lack of evidence, it took less than 24 hours after the attack for the “gay lover” theory to take root in right-wing social media circles.

      There have been at least 19,000 tweets mentioning the words “Pelosi” and “gay” since the day of the attack, garnering a total of more than 700,000 likes, according to a CNN analysis – and that doesn’t include tweets referencing the theory without those words, or tweets that have since been deleted.

      One of the first widely shared tweets endorsing the theory appears to have come at 11:36 a.m. on Friday, the day of the attack, gaining more than 2,700 retweets.

      That evening, Raheem Kassam, a former Breitbart writer and co-host of Steve Bannon’s podcast, tweeted, “They’re still pretending it wasn’t Paul Pelosi’s gay lover,” earning over 1,000 retweets.

      Other conservative figures like Donald Trump, Jr., Sebastian Gorka, and Dinesh D’Souza followed suit over the next few days, either explicitly endorsing the theory or referencing it approvingly. Rep. Clay Higgins, a Louisiana GOP congressman who sits on the House Homeland Security Committee, tweeted a photo of Nancy Pelosi and referred to DePape as a “male prostitute,” before deleting his tweet.

      Musk helped elevate the conspiracy to a much wider audience. On Sunday morning, the billionaire, who just completed his purchase of the social media network, responded to a tweet about the Pelosi attack from Hillary Clinton and wrote “there is a tiny possibility there might be more to this story than meets the eye.” He linked to an article in the Santa Monica Observer, an obscure website, claiming DePape was a male prostitute and Pelosi had been in a drunken dispute with him. The website has previously posted false news, such as a claim during the 2016 election that Clinton had died and been replaced with a body double for a debate.

      Musk deleted the tweet around 2 p.m. later that day – but by then, it had already racked up more than 28,000 retweets and 100,000 likes.

      Conservative figures gleefully praised Musk for sharing the post. “.@ElonMusk just posted a link that says Paul Pelosi may have been drunk and with a gay prostitute,” tweeted Lavern Spicer, a former GOP congressional candidate. “I have never respected him more than now.” Her message was retweeted more than 11,000 times.

      Gene DePape, the alleged attacker’s stepfather, said it was dismaying to see his stepson turned into a character in a conspiracy theory and used as a political talking point. He told CNN he scrolled through his Facebook news feed for hours over the weekend, where he first saw the posts claiming his estranged stepson had been lovers with Pelosi.

      “It’s pretty sick,” he said.

      David DePape’s own social media and blog postings show that he himself was steeped in conspiracy theories in the months and years before the attack – from musings about QAnon to antisemitic rants to claims of a looming takeover by the global elite.

      DePape’s posts on Facebook from last year endorse a litany of right-wing falsehoods. He posted multiple videos produced by My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell falsely alleging that the 2020 election was stolen, linked to websites claiming Covid vaccines were deadly, and shared videos questioning the January 6, 2021attack. CNN reviewed the posts before the social media company took the page down, and several of DePape’s relatives confirmed the page belonged to him.

      On other blogs apparently written by DePape, he also posted antisemitic screeds and endorsed the QAnon conspiracy theory.

      Some conservatives’ embrace of the “gay lover” theory has muddied the waters of a story that had led to bipartisan condemnation and sympathy for Pelosi – and distracted from discussion of how other right-wing conspiracies could have inspired violence.

      Miller-Idriss, the American University professor, said that prominent figures carelessly spreading misinformation can lead to wider impacts on society.

      “It’s dangerous because it undermines peoples’ sense of truth, it helps them further divorce from reality,” she said. “It is a situation where they spread it further – and they pass it on.”

      CNN – Federal charges filed against suspect in Paul Pelosi attack

  6. Five Lingering Questions About The Bizarre Paul Pelosi Attack
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    Everybody was stunned on Friday morning when news broke that the 82 year old husband of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi had been assaulted inside of his home early in the morning with a hammer.

    The shock and awe grew after it seemed to become clear that the assailant was looking for the Speaker of the House herself – the third in line to the Presidency.

    An assailant broke into the home and asked “Where’s Nancy? Where’s Nancy?”, according to NBC in the Bay Area.

    San Francisco police Chief Bill Scott called it an “intentional” attack:

    “This was not a random attack. This was intentional. And it’s wrong. Our elected officials are here to do the business of their cities, their counties, and their states, and this nation. Their families don’t sign up for this — to be harmed. And it’s wrong.”

    As such, DePape is now facing charges of attempted murder and other felonies.

    I wholly condemn the attack, as I do all violence (especially political violence).

    “This is an outrage and our hearts are with the entire Pelosi family. ?We pray Paul will make a full recovery,” former VP Mike Pence Tweeted this weekend.

    And though I am hardly a fan of Ted Cruz, I think he said it best when he wrote on Twitter this weekend:

    “We can have our political differences, but violence is always wrong & unacceptable.”

    It is not in any way in dispute that Pelosi was attacked violently and wound up in the hospital as a result of his injuries.

    It is also not in dispute that 911 was called and dispatcher Heather Grimes had the intuition to order a wellness check at the household based on what she heard. Her intuition may very well have saved Pelosi’s life, and she should be commended for it.

    Politicians on the left wasted absolutely no time attributing the Pelosi attack to “The Republican Party” and “far right white nationalists”.

    And, as Glenn Greenwald writes on Sunday morning, it’s “very possible that the instantly formed media narrative…will be proven true”.

    For example, Hillary Clinton said on Saturday

    The first question we are left to wonder is the obvious: what was DePape’s true motivation?
    Both sides in the media have painted the assailant in different lights. For example, Politico wrote that “he subscribed to the discredited narrative that the 2020 presidential election was illegitimate and espoused a range of bigoted and radical beliefs. He expressed anti-Semitic views and appeared to embrace the QAnon movement, which posits a secret cabal of pedophiles has been protected by people in power.”

    But then there was this NY Post opinion piece (and Substack post) by Michael Shellenberger, which noted that “DePape lived with a notorious local nudist in a Berkeley home, complete with a Black Lives Matter sign in the window and an LGBT rainbow flag, emblazoned with a marijuana symbol, hanging from a tree”.

    DePape’s neighbors said of him:

    “What I know about the family is that they’re very radical activists. They seem very left. They are all about the Black Lives Matter movement. Gay pride. But they’re very detached from reality. They have called the cops on several of the neighbors, including us, claiming that we are plotting against them. It’s really weird to see that they are willing to be so aggressive toward somebody else who is also a lefty.”

    Finally, on Sunday it was reported that DePape’s ex and purported former life partner Oxane Taub, told Fox News that he used to be left-leaning:

    “When I met him, he was only 20 years old , and he didn’t have any experience in politics, and he was very much in alignment with my views, and I’ve always been very progressive. I absolutely admire Nancy Pelosi.”

    Possible explanation: It is possible that these leaders on the left are correct. There is also the possibility that DePape’s mental faculties were lacking – or that something entirely different was taking place. We should know when DePape enters his defense what his side of the story is.

    • Trump: Attack on Paul Pelosi a ‘terrible thing’

      Former President Trump in an interview Sunday called the attack on Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) husband in their San Francisco home a “terrible thing” as he railed against crime in Democrat-led cities.

      “With Paul Pelosi, that’s a terrible thing, with all of them it’s a terrible thing,” Trump said in an interview with Americano Media, a conservative Spanish language outlet. “Look at what’s happened to San Francisco generally. Look at what’s happening in Chicago. It was far worse than Afghanistan.”

      We have to give the police back their dignity, their respect. They can solve the problem. But today if a police officer says something that’s slightly out of line it’s like the end of his life, the end of his pension, the end of his family,” Trump continued. “We can’t do that. We have to give the police back their authority and their power and their respect. Because this country is out of control.”

      Trump remained silent on the attack on Paul Pelosi over the weekend, as others in the GOP sent mixed messages about it. Many Democrats, including President Biden, called for members of both parties to unequivocally condemn the attack as they worried about a rise in political violence.

  7. After a tight race, Luiz Inacio “Lula” da Silva will become the next president of Brazil. The far-left former Brazilian president won 50.83 percent of the vote, with over 98 percent of votes counted in the extremely tight run-off election on Sunday. Incumbent Jair Bolsonaro won 49.17 percent of the vote, compared to 50.83 by Lula da Silva, who was convicted in 2017 for money laundering though a court threw out his conviction in March 2021.

    “He cannot concede, impossible,” Steve Bannon said of the results. “Screw Biden, screw the State Department, screw the CIA, f*ck ’em.” He said that “we have to outvote the machines, we have to be in the counting room… This is why we need people to get out the vote, force multiplier.”

  8. Pfizer Probed in Italy for Allegedly Hiding $1.2 Billion Profit

    US-based drug giant under probe for allegedly skirting taxes
    Pfizer says it complies with Italy’s taxes, requirements

    Pfizer Inc. is the target of an Italian probe alleging the company hid at least €1.2 billion ($1.2 billion) in profit by transferring money to units in other countries, according to people familiar with the investigation.

    Italy’s finance police have alleged that Pfizer’s unit based just outside Rome, Pfizer Italia Srl, transferred excess capital to affiliates in the US and the Netherlands to avoid taxes on profit that could be as high as 26%, according to the people, who asked not to be named as the information isn’t public.

    The company’s Italian branch allegedly sent the capital to foreign affiliates linked to Delaware-based Pfizer Production LLC and Pfizer Manufacturing LLC, the people said. The investigation of the New York-based drug giant began in February and covers 2017, 2018 and 2019, they said.

    The probe doesn’t necessarily mean Pfizer actually engaged in wrongdoing. When the investigation is complete, the results will be reviewed by Italy’s tax agency, which has the power to assess potential fines and tax payments if it deems them warranted.

    “The Italian tax authorities routinely audit and investigate Pfizer taxes, and Pfizer cooperates with such audits and investigations,” company spokesperson Pam Eisele said in an emailed response to questions. “Pfizer complies with the tax laws and requirements of Italy.”

    Incoming Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni said in parliament on Wednesday that under her administration tax authorities will focus more sharply on large and multinational companies than on the small, local firms that have often underpinned support for the center-right forces that make up her coalition.

    Pfizer shares dipped briefly before regaining ground to close up 1% on Wednesday in New York.

    The finance police alleged that Pfizer decided not to distribute dividends during the period of the investigation, remunerating shareholders through reduction of the company’s share capital, according to the people familiar. In the three years spanning 2017 through 2019, Pfizer globally generated a total of $33 billion in adjusted net income.

    A Rome-based spokesman for Italy’s finance police declined to comment.

    The allegations bear some similarity to a case that led French luxury company Kering SA, the owner of the Gucci brand, to reach a €1.25 billion settlement, one of the biggest such payments ever by a company in Italy.

    That investigation scrutinized activities at Swiss subsidiary Luxury Goods International from 2011 through 2017 and focused on amounts Kering billed for business carried out in other countries at a Swiss logistics center, where it paid lower taxes than it would have in Italy.

    Pfizer’s Italian unit began operating almost 70 years ago and employs about 2,000 people. The company has a plant in the central Marche region, where it produces pills for cancer and nervous system disorders, and one in Sicily that makes sterile injectable drugs such as antibiotics.

  9. the intercept –TRUTH COPS

    Leaked Documents Outline DHS’s Plans to Police Disinformation

    THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY is quietly broadening its efforts to curb speech it considers dangerous, an investigation by The Intercept has found. Years of internal DHS memos, emails, and documents — obtained via leaks and an ongoing lawsuit, as well as public documents — illustrate an expansive effort by the agency to influence tech platforms.

    The work, much of which remains unknown to the American public, came into clearer view earlier this year when DHS announced a new “Disinformation Governance Board”: a panel designed to police misinformation (false information spread unintentionally), disinformation (false information spread intentionally), and malinformation (factual information shared, typically out of context, with harmful intent) that allegedly threatens U.S. interests. While the board was widely ridiculed, immediately scaled back, and then shut down within a few months, other initiatives are underway as DHS pivots to monitoring social media now that its original mandate — the war on terror — has been wound down.

    Behind closed doors, and through pressure on private platforms, the U.S. government has used its power to try to shape online discourse. According to meeting minutes and other records appended to a lawsuit filed by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, a Republican who is also running for Senate, discussions have ranged from the scale and scope of government intervention in online discourse to the mechanics of streamlining takedown requests for false or intentionally misleading information.

    “Platforms have got to get comfortable with gov’t. It’s really interesting how hesitant they remain,” Microsoft executive Matt Masterson, a former DHS official, texted Jen Easterly, a DHS director, in February.

    In a March meeting, Laura Dehmlow, an FBI official, warned that the threat of subversive information on social media could undermine support for the U.S. government. Dehmlow, according to notes of the discussion attended by senior executives from Twitter and JPMorgan Chase, stressed that “we need a media infrastructure that is held accountable.”

    “We do not coordinate with other entities when making content moderation decisions, and we independently evaluate content in line with the Twitter Rules,” a spokesperson for Twitter wrote in a statement to The Intercept.

    There is also a formalized process for government officials to directly flag content on Facebook or Instagram and request that it be throttled or suppressed through a special Facebook portal that requires a government or law enforcement email to use. At the time of writing, the “content request system” at is still live. DHS and Meta, the parent company of Facebook, did not respond to a request for comment. The FBI declined to comment.

    DHS’s mission to fight disinformation, stemming from concerns around Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election, began taking shape during the 2020 election and over efforts to shape discussions around vaccine policy during the coronavirus pandemic. Documents collected by The Intercept from a variety of sources, including current officials and publicly available reports, reveal the evolution of more active measures by DHS.

    According to a draft copy of DHS’s Quadrennial Homeland Security Review, DHS’s capstone report outlining the department’s strategy and priorities in the coming years, the department plans to target “inaccurate information” on a wide range of topics, including “the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic and the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, racial justice, U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the nature of U.S. support to Ukraine.”

    “The challenge is particularly acute in marginalized communities,” the report states, “which are often the targets of false or misleading information, such as false information on voting procedures targeting people of color.”

    The inclusion of the 2021 U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan is particularly noteworthy, given that House Republicans, should they take the majority in the midterms, have vowed to investigate. “This makes Benghazi look like a much smaller issue,” said Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., a member of the Armed Services Committee, adding that finding answers “will be a top priority.”

    How disinformation is defined by the government has not been clearly articulated, and the inherently subjective nature of what constitutes disinformation provides a broad opening for DHS officials to make politically motivated determinations about what constitutes dangerous speech.

    DHS justifies these goals — which have expanded far beyond its original purview on foreign threats to encompass disinformation originating domestically — by claiming that terrorist threats can be “exacerbated by misinformation and disinformation spread online.” But the laudable goal of protecting Americans from danger has often been used to conceal political maneuvering. In 2004, for instance, DHS officials faced pressure from the George W. Bush administration to heighten the national threat level for terrorism, in a bid to influence voters prior to the election, according to former DHS Secretary Tom Ridge. U.S. officials have routinely lied about an array of issues, from the causes of its wars in Vietnam and Iraq to their more recent obfuscation around the role of the National Institutes of Health in funding the Wuhan Institute of Virology’s coronavirus research.

    That track record has not prevented the U.S. government from seeking to become arbiters of what constitutes false or dangerous information on inherently political topics. Earlier this year, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a law known by supporters as the “Stop WOKE Act,” which bans private employers from workplace trainings asserting an individual’s moral character is privileged or oppressed based on his or her race, color, sex, or national origin. The law, critics charged, amounted to a broad suppression of speech deemed offensive. The Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression, or FIRE, has since filed a lawsuit against DeSantis, alleging “unconstitutional censorship.” A federal judge temporarily blocked parts of the Stop WOKE Act, ruling that the law had violated workers’ First Amendment rights.

    “Florida’s legislators may well find plaintiffs’ speech ‘repugnant.’ But under our constitutional scheme, the ‘remedy’ for repugnant speech is more speech, not enforced silence,” wrote Judge Mark Walker, in a colorful opinion castigating the law.

    The extent to which the DHS initiatives affect Americans’ daily social feeds is unclear. During the 2020 election, the government flagged numerous posts as suspicious, many of which were then taken down, documents cited in the Missouri attorney general’s lawsuit disclosed. And a 2021 report by the Election Integrity Partnership at Stanford University found that of nearly 4,800 flagged items, technology platforms took action on 35 percent — either removing, labeling, or soft-blocking speech, meaning the users were only able to view content after bypassing a warning screen. The research was done “in consultation with CISA,” the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

    Prior to the 2020 election, tech companies including Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Discord, Wikipedia, Microsoft, LinkedIn, and Verizon Media met on a monthly basis with the FBI, CISA, and other government representatives. According to NBC News, the meetings were part of an initiative, still ongoing, between the private sector and government to discuss how firms would handle misinformation during the election.

    The stepped up counter-disinformation effort began in 2018 following high-profile hacking incidents of U.S. firms, when Congress passed and President Donald Trump signed the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act, forming a new wing of DHS devoted to protecting critical national infrastructure. An August 2022 report by the DHS Office of Inspector General sketches the rapidly accelerating move toward policing disinformation.
    From the outset, CISA boasted of an “evolved mission” to monitor social media discussions while “routing disinformation concerns” to private sector platforms.

    In 2018, then-DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen created the Countering Foreign Influence Task Force to respond to election disinformation. The task force, which included members of CISA as well as its Office of Intelligence and Analysis, generated “threat intelligence” about the election and notified social media platforms and law enforcement. At the same time, DHS began notifying social media companies about voting-related disinformation appearing on social platforms.
    In 2019, DHS created a separate entity called the Foreign Influence and Interference Branch to generate more detailed intelligence about disinformation, the inspector general report shows. That year, its staff grew to include 15 full- and part-time staff dedicated to disinformation analysis. In 2020, the disinformation focus expanded to include Covid-19, according to a Homeland Threat Assessment issued by Acting Secretary Chad Wolf.

    This apparatus had a dry run during the 2020 election, when CISA began working with other members of the U.S. intelligence community. Office of Intelligence and Analysis personnel attended “weekly teleconferences to coordinate Intelligence Community activities to counter election-related disinformation.” According to the IG report, meetings have continued to take place every two weeks since the elections.

    Emails between DHS officials, Twitter, and the Center for Internet Security outline the process for such takedown requests during the period leading up to November 2020. Meeting notes show that the tech platforms would be called upon to “process reports and provide timely responses, to include the removal of reported misinformation from the platform where possible.” In practice, this often meant state election officials sent examples of potential forms of disinformation to CISA, which would then forward them on to social media companies for a response.

    Under President Joe Biden, the shifting focus on disinformation has continued. In January 2021, CISA replaced the Countering Foreign Influence Task force with the “Misinformation, Disinformation and Malinformation” team, which was created “to promote more flexibility to focus on general MDM.” By now, the scope of the effort had expanded beyond disinformation produced by foreign governments to include domestic versions. The MDM team, according to one CISA official quoted in the IG report, “counters all types of disinformation, to be responsive to current events.”

    Jen Easterly, Biden’s appointed director of CISA, swiftly made it clear that she would continue to shift resources in the agency to combat the spread of dangerous forms of information on social media. “One could argue we’re in the business of critical infrastructure, and the most critical infrastructure is our cognitive infrastructure, so building that resilience to misinformation and disinformation, I think, is incredibly important,” said Easterly, speaking at a conference in November 2021.

    CISA’s domain has gradually expanded to encompass more subjects it believes amount to critical infrastructure. Last year, The Intercept reported on the existence of a series of DHS field intelligence reports warning of attacks on cell towers, which it has tied to conspiracy theorists who believe 5G towers spread Covid-19. One intelligence report pointed out that these conspiracy theories “are inciting attacks against the communications infrastructure.”

    CISA has defended its burgeoning social media monitoring authorities, stating that “once CISA notified a social media platform of disinformation, the social media platform could independently decide whether to remove or modify the post.” But, as documents revealed by the Missouri lawsuit show, CISA’s goal is to make platforms more responsive to their suggestions.

    In late February, Easterly texted with Matthew Masterson, a representative at Microsoft who formerly worked at CISA, that she is “trying to get us in a place where Fed can work with platforms to better understand mis/dis trends so relevant agencies can try to prebunk/debunk as useful.”

    Meeting records of the CISA Cybersecurity Advisory Committee, the main subcommittee that handles disinformation policy at CISA, show a constant effort to expand the scope of the agency’s tools to foil disinformation.

    In June, the same DHS advisory committee of CISA — which includes Twitter head of legal policy, trust, and safety Vijaya Gadde and University of Washington professor Kate Starbird — drafted a report to the CISA director calling for an expansive role for the agency in shaping the “information ecosystem.” The report called on the agency to closely monitor “social media platforms of all sizes, mainstream media, cable news, hyper partisan media, talk radio and other online resources.” They argued that the agency needed to take steps to halt the “spread of false and misleading information,” with a focus on information that undermines “key democratic institutions, such as the courts, or by other sectors such as the financial system, or public health measures.”

    To accomplish these broad goals, the report said, CISA should invest in external research to evaluate the “efficacy of interventions,” specifically with research looking at how alleged disinformation can be countered and how quickly messages spread. Geoff Hale, the director of the Election Security Initiative at CISA, recommended the use of third-party information-sharing nonprofits as a “clearing house for trust information to avoid the appearance of government propaganda.”

    Last Thursday, immediately following billionaire Elon Musk’s completed acquisition of Twitter, Gadde was terminated from the company.

    The Biden administration, however, did take a stab at making part of this infrastructure public in April 2022, with the announcement of the Disinformation Governance Board. The exact functions of the board, and how it would accomplish its goal of defining and combating MDM, were never made clear.
    The board faced immediate backlash across the political spectrum. “Who among us thinks the government should add to its work list the job of determining what is true and what is disinformation? And who thinks the government is capable of telling the truth?” wrote Politico media critic Jack Shafer. “Our government produces lies and disinformation at industrial scale and always has. It overclassifies vital information to block its own citizens from becoming any the wiser. It pays thousands of press aides to play hide the salami with facts.”

    DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas alluded to broad scope of the agency’s disinformation effort when he told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee that the role of the board — which by that point had been downgraded to a “working group” — is to “actually develop guidelines, standards, guardrails to ensure that the work that has been ongoing for nearly 10 years does not infringe on people’s free speech rights, rights of privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties.”

    “It was quite disconcerting, frankly,” he added, “that the disinformation work that was well underway for many years across different independent administrations was not guided by guardrails.”

    DHS eventually scrapped the Disinformation Governance Board in August. While free speech advocates cheered the dissolution of the board, other government efforts to root out disinformation have not only continued but expanded to encompass additional DHS sub-agencies like Customs and Border Protection, which “determines whether information about the component spread through social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter is accurate.” Other agencies such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Science and Technology Directorate (whose responsibilities include “determining whether social media accounts were bots or humans and how the mayhem caused by bots affects behavior”), and the Secret Service have also expanded their purview to include disinformation, according to the inspector general report.

    The draft copy of DHS’s 2022 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review reviewed by The Intercept also confirms that DHS views the issue of tackling disinformation and misinformation as a growing portion of its core duties. While “counterterrorism remains the first and most important mission of the Department,” it notes, the agency’s “work on these missions is evolving and dynamic” and must now adapt to terror threats “exacerbated by misinformation and disinformation spread online” including by “domestic violent extremists.”

    To accomplish this, the draft quadrennial review calls for DHS to “leverage advanced data analytics technology and hire and train skilled specialists to better understand how threat actors use online platforms to introduce and spread toxic narratives intended to inspire or incite violence, as well as work with NGOs and other parts of civil society to build resilience to the impacts of false information.”

    The broad definition of “threat actors” posing risks to vaguely defined critical infrastructure — an area as broad as trust in government, public health, elections, and financial markets — has concerned civil libertarians. “No matter your political allegiances, all of us have good reason to be concerned about government efforts to pressure private social media platforms into reaching the government’s preferred decisions about what content we can see online,” said Adam Goldstein, the vice president of research at FIRE.

    “Any governmental requests to social media platforms to review or remove certain content,” he added, “should be made with extreme transparency.”

    DHS’s expansion into misinformation, disinformation, and malinformation represents an important strategic retooling for the agency, which was founded in 2002 in response to the 9/11 attacks as a bulwark to coordinate intelligence and security operations across the government. At the same time, the FBI deployed thousands of agents to focus on counterterrorism efforts, through building informant networks and intelligence operations designed to prevent similar attacks.
    But traditional forms of terrorism, posed by groups like Al Qaeda, evolved with the rise of social media, with groups like the Islamic State using platforms such as Facebook to recruit and radicalize new members. After initial reluctance, social media giants worked closely with the FBI and DHS to help monitor and remove ISIS-affiliated accounts.

    FBI Director James Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee that law enforcement agencies needed to rapidly “adapt and confront the challenges” posed by terror networks that had proven adept at tapping into social media. Intelligence agencies backed new startups designed to monitor the vast flow of information across social networks to better understand emerging narratives and risks.

    “The Department has not been fully reauthorized since its inception over fifteen years ago,” the Senate Homeland Security Committee warned in 2018. “As the threat landscape continues to evolve, the Department adjusted its organization and activities to address emerging threats and protect the U.S. homeland. This evolution of the Department’s duties and organization, including the structure and operations of the DHS Headquarters, has never been codified in statute.”

    The subsequent military defeat of ISIS forces in Syria and Iraq, along with the withdrawal from Afghanistan, left the homeland security apparatus without a target. Meanwhile, a new threat entered the discourse. The allegation that Russian agents had seeded disinformation on Facebook that tipped the 2016 election toward Donald Trump resulted in the FBI forming the Foreign Influence Task Force, a team devoted to preventing foreign meddling in American elections.

    According to DHS meeting minutes from March, the FBI’s Foreign Influence Task Force this year includes 80 individuals focused on curbing “subversive data utilized to drive a wedge between the populace and the government.”

    “The Department will spearhead initiatives to raise awareness of disinformation campaigns targeting communities in the United States, providing citizens the tools necessary to identify and halt the spread of information operations intended to promote radicalization to violent extremism or mobilization to violence,” DHS Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan said in a September 2019 strategic framework.

    DHS also began to broaden its watch to include a wide array of domestic actors viewed as potential sources of radicalization and upheaval. An FBI official interviewed by The Intercept described how, in the summer of 2020, amid the George Floyd protests, he was reassigned from his normal job of countering foreign intelligence services to monitoring American social media accounts. (The official, not authorized to speak publicly, described the reassignment on condition of anonymity.)

    And a June 2020 memo bearing the subject line “Actions to Address the Threat Posed by Domestic Terrorists and Other Domestic Extremists” prepared by DHS headquarters for Wolf, Trump’s acting DHS secretary, delineates plans to “expand information sharing with the tech sector” in order to “identify disinformation campaigns used by DT [domestic terrorism] actors to incite violence against infrastructure, ethnic, racial or religious groups, or individuals.” The memo outlines plans to work with private tech sector partners to share unclassified DHS intelligence on “DT actors and their tactics” so that platforms can “move effectively use their own tools to enforce user agreements/terms of service and remove DT content.”

    Biden also prioritized such efforts. Last year, the Biden administration released the first National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism. The strategy identified a “broader priority: enhancing faith in government and addressing the extreme polarization, fueled by a crisis of disinformation and misinformation often channeled through social media platforms, which can tear Americans apart and lead some to violence.”

    “We are working with like-minded governments, civil society, and the technology sector to address terrorist and violent extremist content online, including through innovative research collaborations,” the strategy document continued, adding that the administration was “addressing the crisis of disinformation and misinformation, often channeled through social and other media platforms, that can fuel extreme polarization and lead some individuals to violence.”

    Last year, a top FBI counterterrorism official came under fire when she falsely denied to Congress that the FBI monitors Americans’ social media and had therefore missed threats leading up to the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. In fact, the FBI has spent millions of dollars on social media tracking software like Babel X and Dataminr. According to the bureau’s official guidelines, authorized activities include “proactively surfing the Internet to find publicly accessible websites and services through which recruitment by terrorist organizations and promotion of terrorist crimes is openly taking place.”

    Another FBI official, a joint terrorism task force officer, described to The Intercept being reassigned this year from the bureau’s international terrorism division, where they had primarily worked on cases involving Al Qaeda and the Islamic State group, to the domestic terrorism division to investigate Americans, including anti-government individuals such as racially motivated violent extremists, sovereign citizens, militias, and anarchists. They work on an undercover basis online to penetrate social networking chat rooms, online forums, and blogs to detect, enter, dismantle, and disrupt existing and emerging terrorist organizations via online forums, chat rooms, bulletin boards, blogs, websites, and social networking, said the FBI official, who did not have permission to speak on the record.

    The Privacy Act of 1974, enacted following the Watergate scandal, restricts government data collection of Americans exercising their First Amendment rights, a safeguard that civil liberty groups have argued limits the ability of DHS and the FBI to engage in surveillance of American political speech expressed on social media. The statute, however, maintains exemptions for information collected for the purposes of a criminal or law enforcement investigation.

    “There are no specific legal constraints on the FBI’s use of social media,” Faiza Patel, senior director of the Brennan Center for Justice’s liberty and national security program told The Intercept. “The attorney general guidelines permit agents to look at social media before there is any investigation at all. So it’s kind of a Wild West out there.”

    The first FBI official, whom The Intercept interviewed in 2020 amid the George Floyd riots, lamented the drift toward warrantless monitoring of Americans saying, “Man, I don’t even know what’s legal anymore.”

    In retrospect, the New York Post reporting on the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop ahead of the 2020 election provides an elucidating case study of how this works in an increasingly partisan environment.

    Much of the public ignored the reporting or assumed it was false, as over 50 former intelligence officials charged that the laptop story was a creation of a “Russian disinformation” campaign. The mainstream media was primed by allegations of election interference in 2016 — and, to be sure, Trump did attempt to use the laptop to disrupt the Biden campaign. Twitter ended up banning links to the New York Post’s report on the contents of the laptop during the crucial weeks leading up to the election. Facebook also throttled users’ ability to view the story.

    In recent months, a clearer picture of the government’s influence has emerged.

    In an appearance on Joe Rogan’s podcast in August, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed that Facebook had limited sharing of the New York Post’s reporting after a conversation with the FBI. “The background here is that the FBI came to us — some folks on our team — and was like, ‘Hey, just so you know, you should be on high alert that there was a lot of Russian propaganda in the 2016 election,’” Zuckerberg told Rogan. The FBI told them, Zuckerberg said, that “‘We have it on notice that basically there’s about to be some kind of dump.’” When the Post’s story came out in October 2020, Facebook thought it “fit that pattern” the FBI had told them to look out for.

    Zuckerberg said he regretted the decision, as did Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter at the time. Despite claims that the laptop’s contents were forged, the Washington Post confirmed that at least some of the emails on the laptop were authentic. The New York Times authenticated emails from the laptop — many of which were cited in the original New York Post reporting from October 2020 — that prosecutors have examined as part of the Justice Department’s probe into whether the president’s son violated the law on a range of issues, including money laundering, tax-related offenses, and foreign lobbying registration.

    Documents filed in federal court as part of a lawsuit by the attorneys general of Missouri and Louisiana add a layer of new detail to Zuckerberg’s anecdote, revealing that officials leading the push to expand the government’s reach into disinformation also played a quiet role in shaping the decisions of social media giants around the New York Post story.

    According to records filed in federal court, two previously unnamed FBI agents — Elvis Chan, an FBI special agent in the San Francisco field office, and Dehmlow, the section chief of the FBI’s Foreign Influence Task Force — were involved in high-level communications that allegedly “led to Facebook’s suppression” of the Post’s reporting.

    The Hunter Biden laptop story was only the most high-profile example of law enforcement agencies pressuring technology firms. In many cases, the Facebook and Twitter accounts flagged by DHS or its partners as dangerous forms of disinformation or potential foreign influence were clearly parody accounts or accounts with virtually no followers or influence.

    In May, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt took the lead in filing a lawsuit to combat what he views as sweeping efforts by the Biden administration to pressure social media companies to moderate certain forms of content appearing on their platforms.

    The suit alleges governmentwide efforts to censor certain stories, especially ones related to the pandemic. It also names multiple agencies across the government that have participated in efforts to monitor speech and “open collusion” between the administration and social media companies. It identifies, for example, emails between officials from the National Institutes of Health, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, and Zuckerberg at the beginning of the pandemic, and reveals ongoing discussions between senior Biden administration officials with Meta executives on developing content moderation policies on a range of issues, including issues related to elections and vaccines.

    Attorneys for the Biden administration have responded in court by claiming that the plaintiffs lack standing and that social media firms pursued content moderation policies on their own volition, without any “coercive” influence from the government. On October 21, the judge presiding over the case granted the attorneys general permission to depose Fauci, CISA officials, and communication specialists from the White House.

    While the lawsuit has a definite partisan slant, pointing the finger at the Biden administration for allegedly seeking to control private speech, many of the subpoenas request information that spans into the Trump era and provides a window into the absurdity of the ongoing effort.

    “There is growing evidence that the legislative and executive branch officials are using social media companies to engage in censorship by surrogate,” said Jonathan Turley, a professor of law at George Washington University, who has written about the lawsuit. “It is axiomatic that the government cannot do indirectly what it is prohibited from doing directly. If government officials are directing or facilitating such censorship, it raises serious First Amendment questions.”

    During the 2020 election, the Department of Homeland Security, in an email to an official at Twitter, forwarded information about a potential threat to critical U.S. infrastructure, citing FBI warnings, in this case about an account that could imperil election system integrity.

    The Twitter user in question had 56 followers, along with a bio that read “dm us your weed store locations (hoes be mad, but this is a parody account),” under a banner image of Blucifer, the 32-foot-tall demonic horse sculpture featured at the entrance of the Denver International Airport.

    “We are not sure if there’s any action that can be taken, but we wanted to flag them for consideration,” wrote a state official on the email thread, forwarding on other examples of accounts that could be confused with official government entities. The Twitter representative responded: “We will escalate. Thank you.”

    Each email in the chain carried a disclaimer that the agency “neither has nor seeks the ability to remove or edit what information is made available on social media platforms.”

    That tagline, however, concerns free speech advocates, who note that the agency is attempting to make an end run around the First Amendment by exerting continual pressure on private sector social media firms. “When the government suggests things, it’s not too hard to pull off the velvet glove, and you get the mail fist,” said Adam Candeub, a professor of law at Michigan State University. “And I would consider such actions, especially when it’s bureaucratized, as essentially state action and government collusion with the platforms.”

    “If a foreign authoritarian government sent these messages,” noted Nadine Strossen, the former president of the American Civil Liberties Union, “there is no doubt we would call it censorship.”

  10. REBEL NEWS – Dr. Malone: CIA is using psychological warfare against the health freedom movement

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  11. bloomberg – CDC Director Walensky Has Covid Rebound After Paxlovid Treatment

    Recurrence of viral symptoms may be more common than reported

    Biden, Fauci both had symptom rebound after treatment

    US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky is experiencing a rebound of Covid-19 symptoms after taking Pfizer Inc.’s antiviral Paxlovid.

    Walensky contracted a mild case of Covid earlier this month and tested negative after taking Pfizer’s treatment. On Sunday, she began developing mild symptoms and has again tested positive, the CDC said Monday in a statement. The infectious disease expert is isolating at home and will continue to work virtually.

    Many patients, including President Joe Biden and Anthony Fauci, have faced a return of Covid symptoms after taking a full, five-day course of Pfizer’s drug. The phenomenon appears far more common than officially reported, and rebounding patients may still spread the disease, doctors said in a September New England Journal of Medicine article.

    Pfizer Chief Executive Officer Albert Bourla told Bloomberg News in May that doctors could prescribe a second course of treatment to rebounding patients, although US regulators said later that there’s no evidence yet that repeat treatment will help. Scientists at the National Institutes of Health added earlier this month that they don’t believe that a five-day course of Paxlovid is too short for the body to develop a strong immune response to the virus that causes Covid-19.

    Paxlovid remains the leading oral treatment for patients at high risk of developing severe disease. It doesn’t appear to help lower-risk patients. While the Biden administration recently ramped up efforts to broaden access, Black and Hispanic Covid patients have been prescribed the antiviral at much lower rates than those who are White, according to the CDC.

    Paxlovid supplies remain strong in the US, but it’s not clear that they will last the winter, a Biden administration official told Bloomberg last week. The government may not have funding to buy additional doses before next year, when distribution of the product will transition to the commercial market.

    reuters – U.S. CDC director experiences COVID rebound after taking Pfizer’s Paxlovid

    Oct 31 (Reuters) – The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Rochelle Walensky, experienced a COVID-19 rebound after completing a course of Pfizer Inc’s (PFE.N) COVID-19 pill, the agency said on Monday.

    Walensky had experienced mild COVID-19 symptoms less than ten days ago. After completing a course of Pfizer’s Paxlovid, and a period of isolation, she had tested negative for the virus, but on Sunday, she tested positive again, CDC added.

    Walensky is the third government executive, after U.S. President Joe Biden and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, to experience a recurrent viral infection following the first course of Paxlovid.

    Some people who took the antiviral drug have suffered from a relapse or a rebound that occurred days after the five-day treatment course had ended, studies have shown.

    Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration asked Pfizer to test the effects of an additional course of its antiviral Paxlovid among people who had experienced a rebound in COVID-19 after treatment.

    Walensky is up to date on vaccines and isolating at home, where she will participate in planned meetings virtually.

  12. MEMRI: Saudi, Emirati Press: Hypocrite West Is Outraged When Iranian Drones Are Deployed In Ukraine, But Ignores Them In Middle East

    Following reports that Russia is using Iranian-made drones to attack targets in Ukraine, articles in the Saudi and Emirati press accused the West of hypocrisy and of employing a double standard in the context of Iran’s aggression.

    The U.S. and Europe, say the articles, have for years been ignoring the Iranian drones launched by the Houthis against Saudi Arabia and the UAE, and tolerating Iran’s destructive actions in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen.

    But now, when the Iranian drones are threatening Ukraine and Europe as a whole, the West has come responded forcefully against Iran and imposed new sanctions on it. The articles stress that the West is now paying the price of its naïve approach to Iran and disregard of Iran’s crimes.

    The Biden and Obama administrations and the European countries , they say, ignored Iran’s military and technological buildup, and the actions of its militias and the crimes it committed against the Syrian people, with Russian support. This essentially emboldened Iran to continue harming the countries of the region, and to come to Russia’s aid in its war against Ukraine and against NATO.

    The “Western world” ignores “the Iranian drones targeting the Arab world,” but is shocked when they are used “against the West” (Al-Iqtisadiyya, Saudi Arabia, October 27, 2022)

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  13. Covid Democratic and Val and mask fanatic dies after saying everyone who doesn’t vas up and mask up deserves to die. Pro-jab and mask fanatic Democratic candidate for office, Richard Rowe, plastered social media with hate speech about non-Vaxxers, but was NEVER barred, banned, censored, or booted off Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or any other far left extremist social hate platforms, because he is not Conservative or going against the narrative.

    The 41 year old Florida democrat dies inexplicably while walking his dog after blasting health advocates for not getting the Fauci flu jab he just got.

    He told the world he does not give a f#ck what happens to anti-Vaxxers and hopes Darwin does his work in killing all of us.

    Sad, he died of SADS.

  14. Justice Department Releases Criminal Complaint: David DePape Wanted to Break Nancy Pelosi’s Kneecaps
    By Kristinn Taylor
    Published October 31, 2022 at 3:01pm

    The Justice Department announced federal charges against David DePape, 42, in the attack last Friday on Paul Pelosi, the 82-year-old husband of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), at the couple’s San Francisco home. DePape is being charged with assault on a family member of a U.S. official and one count of attempted kidnapping of a U.S. official, Nancy Pelosi, who was not home at the time.

    In the charging documents, the Justice Department, via interviews with Paul Pelosi and DePape lay out the government’s version of events (TGPsummary)

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