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Jan 6th Committee lies again

Gateway PunditI know this including from how it was described by the U.S. Government when the recording was provided to the defense attorneys.

First, notice there is NO crowd noise on the recording. This is NOT a recording from the US Capitol. No one on this recording is at the US Capitol.

This is a recording of people all over the country watching the news on TV.

What they are describing is what they are seeing ON TV.

Not the first time they have done something like this. It's a sign of desperation, I think. They know they are going to have to cheat really, really hard, and they know people will be watching for that. But why do they fear just taking an election loss so much?

It would be nice if thew news media was doing their job and questioning the BS.

Thu Sep 29 23:31:35 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Facebook provides FBI with private messages proactively

Conservative Treehouse Facebook has been spying on the private messages and data of American users and reporting them to the FBI if they express anti-government or anti-authority sentiments — or question the 2020 election — according to sources within the Department of Justice.

Under the FBI collaboration operation, somebody at Facebook red-flagged these supposedly subversive private messages over the past 19 months and transmitted them in redacted form to the domestic terrorism operational unit at FBI headquarters in Washington, DC, without a subpoena.

“It was done outside the legal process and without probable cause,” alleged one of the sources, who spoke on condition of ­anonymity.

“Facebook provides the FBI with private conversations which are protected by the First Amendment without any subpoena.”

The answer to this is end-to-end encrypted communications, which somehow has never quite taken off.

Wed Sep 28 22:15:26 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Biden Admin pushing FBI to exaggerate "white supremacist" threats

Washington TimesRank-and-file FBI agents are accusing the Biden administration of exaggerating the threat of White supremacists and pressuring agents to cook up domestic terrorist cases involving racist extremists.

Current and former FBI agents told The Washington Times that the perceived White supremacist threat is overblown by the administration. They said top bureau officials are pressuring FBI agents to create domestic terrorist cases and tag people as White supremacists to meet internal metrics.

“The demand for White supremacy” coming from FBI headquarters “vastly outstrips the supply of White supremacy,” said one agent, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “We have more people assigned to investigate White supremacists than we can actually find.”

It seems pretty clear that the goal is to have something to use to paint Republicans as racists for the midterms.

Tue Sep 27 23:19:50 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Judicial Watch finally obtains IRS scandal depositions

Judicial WatchJudicial Watch announced today that it received previously sealed court documents, including depositions of IRS officials Lois Lerner, the former director of the Exempt Organizations Unit of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and Holly Paz, her top aide and former IRS director of Office of Rulings and Agreements, which show that they knew most Tea Party organizations were legally entitled to tax-exempt status in the run up to the Obama reelection in 2012.

A decade later, the public finally learns that Lois Lerner and Holly Paz knew they were illegally targeting conservative organizations for political purposes, and escaped without punishment.

A decade later.

Wed Sep 21 23:39:47 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Democrats begin disqualifying candidates for Jan 6th

Gateway PunditFirst Judicial Judge Francis Mathew ordered Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin be removed from office on Tuesday, effective immediately, ruling that the attack on the Capitol was an insurrection and that Griffin’s participation in it disqualified him under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment. This decision marks the first time since 1869 that a court has disqualified a public official under Section 3, and the first time that any court has ruled the events of January 6, 2021 an insurrection.

This, and other prosecutions, are intended to set precedent before targeting Trump in front of a DC jury where 99% of the population voted against him.

Wed Sep 14 22:51:51 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The Biden Regime is totalitarian

Gateway PunditWhite House senior adviser Keisha Lance Bottoms asserted on Sunday that the “hate-filled MAGA agenda” has “no place in a democracy.”

Bottoms made the remarks during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday.

The White House has been continuously doubling down since Joe Biden’s ominous “Battle for the Soul of the Nation” speech on Thursday, when he declared the 74 million people who voted for his opponents as extremists. He said that the “MAGA Republicans” who oppose him “present a “clear and present danger to our democracy” and “threat to this country.”

Claiming opinions -- any opinions -- have no place in democracy demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of the term "democracy".

Categories 1st Amendment

Mon Sep 12 22:02:51 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Driving gun businesses out of business

The Truth About GunsA federal court case known as Junior Sports Magazines, Inc. et.al. v. Bonta cuts to the heart of the problem. Several plaintiffs including gun rights organizations are challenging changes in state law created by passage of Assembly Bill 2571, which makes it unlawful for any firearm industry members to advertise, market, or arrange for placement of an advertising or marketing communication concerning any firearm-related product in a manner that is designed, intended, or reasonably appears to be attractive to minors. Plaintiffs are asking for a preliminary injunction against enforcement of the law.

The second prong of this anti-gun strategy is legislation enacted to thwart such challenges by financially penalizing anyone — including an attorney or an entire law firm — if they seek declaratory or injunctive relief from any firearms-related California state statute or local ordinance, or even a rule or regulation by making them liable to pay attorney’s fees and costs of the prevailing party.

Simply put, anyone seeking to enjoin a California gun restriction faces the prospect of liability for the state’s attorneys’ fees if the plaintiff does not win on all aspects of the case, even if their case prevails on the merits, settles a claim without a waiver, or voluntarily dismisses any portion of the case for any reason.

This is a pretty transparent attempt to shut down businesses California doesn't like.

Sun Sep 11 23:44:06 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Biden's censorship regime

Just The NewsEven as President Biden warns the nation of the "extremist threat to our democracy" from Republicans in this fall's elections, new evidence suggests a much wider campaign by his administration to sic Big Tech on critics than previously thought, going so far as removing a parody of Biden's chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci.

The First Amendment lawsuit by Republican attorneys general and a civil liberties group against Biden, Fauci and several other high-level officials has revealed a "massive, sprawling federal 'Censorship Enterprise'" related to COVID-19 and elections, the plaintiffs said in a 711-page "joint statement on discovery disputes."

"If there was ever any doubt the federal government was behind censorship of Americans who dared to dissent from official Covid messaging, that doubt has been erased" by what the defendants have already turned over, New Civil Liberties Alliance lawyer Jenin Younes said.

Dozens of agencies, regular meetings, "pre-bunking"... all applied to censor Americans in violation of the 1st Amendment.

Sat Sep 10 22:38:20 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Bannon and dozens of political allies raided by FBI

Conservative TreehouseDuring a podcast interview between Charlie Kirk (Turning Point USA / Club4Growth) and Warroom host Steve Bannon, Mr. Bannon stated the FBI raided 35 homes, offices and residences yesterday in seemingly coordinated activity timed with his arrest in Manhattan.

I question the timing of these arrests, as well as their justice.

Some are claiming these arrests concern fraud charges related to "build the wall" funding. This is a matter that has already been addressed by the legal system: Trump issued a pardon to block what appears to be a political prosecution at the federal level. State officials are reportedly investigating state charges, something that is legally dubious given the pardons.

I doubt many prominent left-wing "charities" would stand up to similar levels of scrutiny. And the mass arrests shortly before the midterms, complete with perp walks, is undoubtedly intended to disrupt campaign activities.

If that's the reasons for these raids, though, why the DOJ-FBI involvement?

It seems clear that whatever the claimed cause, it is only a pretext. The left has decided to go full totalitarian.

UPDATE: 50 raids now. Seems very political.

Sat Sep 10 15:44:55 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Arresting legal counsel

FoxA lawyer for the far-right Oath Keepers extremist group has been charged with conspiracy in connection with the Jan. 6, 2021, attack at the U.S. Capitol, authorities said Thursday.

Kellye SoRelle — general counsel for the antigovernment group — was arrested in Texas on charges including conspiracy to obstruct the certification of President Joe Biden's electoral college victory, the Justice Department said.

SoRelle, 43, is a close associate of Stewart Rhodes, the Oath Keepers' leader who is heading to trial later this month alongside other extremists on seditious conspiracy charges.

It's not extreme or illegal to want honest elections and attend a protest in DC calling for them.

The Oath Keepers are not an "antigovernment" group. Their members are mostly current or former military and police who believe in their oath to uphold the constitution.

Fri Sep 09 22:53:18 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

IRS Targeting is coming back

Gateway PunditNikole Flax was the chief of staff to former IRS commissioner Steven Miller, who was fired in the wake of the targeting scandal.

The IRS lost Nicole’s emails.

This week the Biden regime appointed Nikole Flax to lead the IRS “Centralized Office” for the 87,000 new agents.

Nikole is the perfect pick for the government to target and destroy any conservative voter in America.

Some Democrats are getting impatient and leaking tax documents.

Tue Sep 06 22:35:07 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI asked Facebook to block the Biden laptop story

Conservative TreehouseDuring a discussion with Joe Rogan, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was asked about the removal of content, specifically citing the example of the pre-2020 election Hunter Biden laptop story. In his response Zuckerberg says the background context is important because the FBI came to Facebook and told them Russian disinformation was about to drop, just before the New York Post article was published.

This discussion comes on the heels of an FBI whistleblower approaching the Senate Judiciary Committee with evidence the Washington DC field office was specifically working to coverup any discoveries around the Hunter Biden laptop (per Chuck Grassley). Add the Zuckerberg statement to the whistleblower claim and the resounding implication is the FBI taking advanced proactive measures to stop information they deem adverse to the interests of democrats.

If Facebook takes action to censor information about the Biden laptop on their own, that's one thing. It's a violation of our free speech principles, but not of the law. (There's some argument that online platforms trade the ability to moderate user content for legal protections from what users post, but that argument hasn't been successful yet).

But if the government pressures Facebook to censor its users, that's a violation of the 1st Amendment. It's pretty clear that's exactly what happened here, and if they pressured Facebook you can bet they pressured other big tech companies too.

Mon Sep 05 15:26:36 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Bluto was a potted plant all along

Meaning In HistoryWray and Bluto knew all about Hunter’s laptop. They had any amount of time before the election to expose the China collusion, the Ukraine collusion, the role of the Biden Crime Family and Zhou’s personal involvement—after all, Zhou had openly bragged about his role in suppressing Ukrainian investigations to the press! Yep, Bluto’s answers are definitely “unsatisfying”. To say the least.

Not surprising anymore, but the recent comments from Zuckerberg prove it beyond a reasonable doubt.

Mon Sep 05 15:26:22 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Remember the names

Just The NewsA senior Justice Department official recently flagged by a U.S. senator in an FBI whistleblower probe into alleged politicization of prosecutions played a key role in the Lois Lerner IRS scandal a decade ago in which conservative Tea Party groups were improperly targeted for scrutiny, government emails and congressional evidence shows.

Richard Pilger, the current chief of the DOJ Elections Crime Branch of the department's Public Integrity Section, engaged in discussions in 2010 and 2013 with Lerner and other IRS officials about ways to pursue criminal prosecutions of conservative nonprofits, the records show.

Well why wouldn't he? He got away with it last time.

Fri Aug 12 05:24:01 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The truth about Jan 6th

Paul Sperry“BLM/Antif will wear MAGA hats, wear camo,and attempt to blend in with MAGA crowd” so violence blamed on Trump supporters attending Trump rally

BREAKING: Internal email reveals day before Jan 6 riot, US Capitol Police intel unit warned “BLM from Baltimore” was bussing in rioters: “BLM/Antif will wear MAGA hats, wear camo,and attempt to blend in with MAGA crowd” so violence blamed on Trump supporters attending Trump rally

BussjaegerSomeone did a FOIA request asking for information on why Ray Epps was removed from the fed’s Jan 6 wanted list.

It was denied.

The reason for the complete denial is interesting.

They can’t release info on Epps because it was a government operation?

Between BLM, Antifa, and FBI agents inciting terrorism, it's a wonder that the only people who got hurt were two female Trump supporters killed by police.

Wed Aug 10 23:55:00 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Confirmed: police had embedded agents in the Jan 6th crowds

Gateway PunditA new police report that was exclusively obtained by The Epoch Times has proved that “plainclothes” members of a special law enforcement Electronic Surveillance Unit (ESU) were secretly embedded among protesters for the purposes of conducting video surveillance on January 6th.

The newly uncovered report, titled First Amendment Demonstrations, was issued on Jan. 3, 2021 by DC Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Chief of Police Robert Contee under the Homeland Security Bureau’s Special Operations Division. It detailed the MPD’s response to the planned MAGA protest, which included specifics about covert operations that occurred on, and leading up to January 6th.

So all that footage will be available to defendants to use in court, right? RIGHT?

Wed Aug 03 23:32:35 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI blacklisting conservatives

Behind The BlackBlacklists are back and the Democrats have got ’em: According to numerous whistleblowers talking to the office of Congressman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the FBI has been aggressively blacklisting any employee who happens to express any conservative opinions at all.

Jordan detailed the most recent actions in a June 7th letter [pdf] to Chris Wray, director of the FBI, which was also a follow-up on another such letter sent in May.

They are preparing the ground for an even more politicized FBI, which is absolutely terrifying.

Thu Jul 21 23:11:46 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Political retaliation

Institute for JusticeLast summer, when 74-year-old East Cleveland resident William Fambrough supported a challenger to East Cleveland’s incumbent mayor, Brandon King, he used a sound truck to broadcast campaign messages. But his political support resulted in serious personal and professional consequences: East Cleveland Police enforced obscure municipal ordinances against William that it never enforces against anyone else as a pretext for smothering his speech. They towed his truck, severely damaging it in the process. This retaliatory scheme flies in the face of the Constitution. Yesterday evening, William—represented by the Institute for Justice (IJ)—sued East Cleveland and its officials to vindicate his First Amendment rights and to hold city officials accountable.

“Government officials using the police to punish political opponents is a core violation of the First Amendment,” said IJ Attorney Ben Field. “Just as citizens must follow the law, the government must follow the Constitution.”

Political retaliation starts at the local level.

Wed Jul 13 23:09:41 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Public-Private partnership

Meaning In HistoryLast night Senator Josh Hawley, a very smart lawyer, went on Tucker Carlson’s show to discuss what he and Senator Chuck Grassley have discovered about the Disinformation Board that the Zhou regime has set up. What they appear to have discovered is a scheme for Department of Homeland Security to partner with private media companies to censor views that the government disagrees with. As I said, Hawley is a very smart lawyer and he understands the First Amendment issues that are at stake:

Twitter and other Big Tech companies would "partner" with government to shut down and censor political opposition.

Wed Jul 13 22:09:41 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Biden admin trying to shut Navarro up

The Daily Mail via Gateway PunditProsecutors are trying to slap a gag order on Trump adviser Peter Navarro to prevent him creating a ‘carnival atmosphere’ or sharing evidence from a grand jury as he fights charges of contempt of Congress.

He appeared in court on Friday after being arrested.

Immediately afterwards he addressed reporters outside the courthouse and condemned the manner of his arrest. Two Fox News appearance have followed, in which he claimed he was treated like an ‘Al Qaeda terrorist.’

On Wednesday, federal prosecutors said they wanted to provide Navarro – who says he is having trouble finding a legal team – with the grand jury evidence that led to charges so that he could prepare a defense.

But they said his conduct suggested there should be protections to ensure he does not use the material for a media campaign.

This is a transparent attempt to prevent Navarro from defending himself in the court of public opinion. Since the entire January 6th incident is a political witch hunt, Navarro has a 1st Amendment right to respond in public.

Sun Jul 10 22:15:56 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DOJ opens the settlement spigot

BattleswarmBlog President Biden’s Department of Justice appears to be rebuilding a dubious money chain known as “settlement slush funds.” The Obama DOJ used these funds to channel cash from corporate settlements to bankroll private progressive organizations, circumventing the budget and oversight authority of Congress.

On May 5, Attorney General Merrick Garland revoked a Trump-era rule that specifically prohibited the DOJ from directing funds from corporate settlements to finance third-party organizations and causes. The use of these so-called settlement slush funds became so rampant under the Obama administration that the House passed the Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act in 2017 in an attempt to end it. A similar bill was introduced in the Senate but failed to pass.

Under the Obama Justice Department, corporate fines were directed to organizations including the Sierra Club, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, and the National Council of La Raza.

So, basically, the DOJ is shaking down corporations for donations to leftist (and ONLY leftist) activist groups. This should certainly be illegal and is absolutely a violation of the First Amendment. But the leftists don't care.

Wed Jun 29 23:44:02 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Republicans blow the midterms by voting for gun control

Gateway PunditRepublican Senators John Cornyn of Texas, Thom Tillis and Richard Burr of North Carolina, Roy Blunt of Missouri, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Rob Portman of Ohio, Mitt Romney of Utah and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Mitch McConnell of Kentucky are so far on board with the gun control legislation.

Just a few hours after the text of the legislation became available, mostly Democrats plus the ten Republicans above voted to advance the bill.

Passing this legislation, which now seems likely, would be a dramatic betrayal of the Republican base, no doubt motivated in part by the idea that the NRA's troubles have neutralized gun owners as a political force.

If any of the Senators on the list belong to you, or happen to be Democrat swing votes, you have at most a few days to write or call to tell them to block this bill.

Gateway PunditThe law would prohibit a misdemeanor domestic violence offender with a "current or recent former dating relationship with the victim" from purchasing or owning a firearm.

The definition of a "dating relationship" will be determined by the court, and offenders will automatically regain their ability to buy and own guns after five years if they do not commit any disqualifying offenses.

What this means in practice is that if you date someone once, they can bar you from owning or possessing guns for 5 years.

How red flag laws actually work. And, you know, they probably work to make squish RINO Republicans lose elections, too.

Oh, and anyone under 21 who tries to buy a gun gets a waiting period during which the FBI can search "confidential databases"... in other words, the NSA's ongoing 1st and 4th amendment violations will be weaponized to target young conservatives who want to own guns.

Wed Jun 22 10:04:38 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI investigated concerned parents as domestic terrorists

EmeraldReps. Jim Jordan and Mike Johnson co-signed a letter to AG Merrick Garland informing him that whistleblowers had confirmed the FBI was actually investigating concerned parents as “domestic terrorists” using a so-called “threat tag” created by the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division.

In addition to the obvious political problems of investigating concerned parents as domestic terrorists, it also contradicts AG Garland's testimony to Congress about this topic.

Mon Jun 13 23:37:30 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI arrests another political opponent

Just The NewsThe FBI on Thursday arrested Michigan GOP gubernatorial candidate Ryan Kelley in connection with the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Kelley was taken into custody and had his home searched in connection with the arrest.

The agency is alleging that Kelley was part of the crowd that shoved past Capitol Police officers during the congressional certification of the 2020 election results. However, the FBI did not find any evidence suggesting Kelley had entered the capitol building.

It happened on the day of the January 6th hearing, in a transparently political piece of show business. This is totalitarianism dictatorship shit.

Thu Jun 09 23:34:07 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Sundance reveals he(?) was targeted by the Jan 6th committee

Conservative TreehouseThe committee is desperate to find something, anything, that can justify all of the time and expense they have been consuming in the effort. The clock is running out fast and the pressure is building internally. As a target of their investigation, and as a recipient of one of these subpoenas’, I can assure readers of the ridiculousness of the people conducting the investigation fishing expedition. It is nonsense. All of it.

Chilling. Which is, no doubt, the intended result.

Tue May 31 22:28:08 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Appeals court reinstates Texas law protecting social media users

Gateway PunditA federal appeals court on Wednesday reinstated a Texas law that prohibits social media companies from banning users based on their political views. The law will take effect immediately following the ruling.

Governor Abbott signed the new law last September 9, prohibiting the social media giants from banning users based on their political views and requiring them to produce regular reports of removed content, create a complaint system, and disclose their content regulation procedures, according to Texas Tribune.

U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman blocked the law in December after NetChoice and CCIA filed a lawsuit claiming that the law violated their right to free speech under the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. According to Judge Pitman, social media platforms are protected by the First Amendment and have the right to moderate content.

On Wednesday, a three-judge panel of the New Orleans-based Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted a motion to stay to allow Texas to implement the law while the state’s appeal continues.

The Texas law is clearly in the spirit of the First Amendment. The details are more complicated. My take on it is more practical: if a company gets so big as to have effective monopoly status, it's services are treated like common carrier services. The phone company doesn't get to deny service because they don't like you. Neither should Twitter or Facebook.

Sat May 28 22:56:02 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI whistleblower says parents at school boards investigated as terrorists

Gateway PunditRepublican Congressmen Jim Jordan and Mike Johnson received documents from FBI whistleblowers that reveal the bureau targeted parents who protested CRT and Covid rules despite Attorney General Merrick Garland’s claims it never happened.

One mom was investigated because she belonged to a ‘right-wing group’ called “Moms for Liberty” and because she owned a gun. Another dad who opposed masks was investigated because he fit the bill of an “insurrectionist” because he “has a lot of guns.”

Last fall, the National School Board Association (NSBA) coordinated with the Biden White House weeks before AG Merrick Garland classified parents “domestic terrorists” in a letter to the FBI.

No one is going to call Merrick to account for lying to Congress. Or the people at the FBI for their years of political abuse.

Tue May 24 23:03:51 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Biden Administration installs censorship regime

Gateway PunditFollowing Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter last week, which was a triumphant victory in the ongoing war over free speech, the Biden Regime announced the creation of a “Disinformation Governance Board” that will be tasked with silencing anything deemed to be misinformation that’s related to homeland security. And, yes. It’s just as dystopian and creepy as it sounds.

It seems obvious that this agency will attempt to impose externally what, previous to Musk's purchase of Twitter, Big Tech was imposing internally.

It also seems obvious that this agency is a gross violation of the 1st Amendment and free speech, but it will likely take time for the courts to process this. If in fact they ever do. Our theoretical majority on the court is slimmer than it appears as Republican justices are apparently inherently untrustworthy, while leftist judges vote in lockstep.

Still, if the Supreme Court rules that a government censorship board is acceptable, we're not living in America anymore.

Sun May 08 22:48:31 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Judicial Watch sues over DOJ targeting opposition

Epoch TimesJudicial Watch President Tom Fitton said the U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) is being weaponized against opposing voices. Fitton’s group filed a lawsuit against the DOJ recently to get documents connected to the department’s election threat task force, after almost a year of no response to their Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Fitton thinks the DOJ has something they don’t want the public to know.

“We want answers about it. And of course, when you don’t give us answers, and you don’t comply with the law that requires that records be turned over, it suggests to me that you got something to hide,” Fitton told the host of EpochTV’s “Facts Matter,” Roman Balmakov, during a recent interview. “So, what are they nervous about, that they don’t want to give to us?”

It takes so long for these lawsuits to produce any results that the elections the DOJ intends to influence are already over.

Mon May 02 22:34:25 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Legislation to mandate "fact checking"

Just The NewsU.S. lawmakers introduced the Social Media NUDGE Act (S-3608) to "reduce addiction and the amplification of harmful content" through federal research agencies and a regulatory rulemaking process.

The legislation applies to commercial enterprises specializing in user-generated content with more than 20 million monthly active users for most of a 12-month period. They must devise plans for "content-agnostic interventions" and submit them to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for approval.

Some of the proposed interventions are already common, such as Twitter's prompt to users to read links before retweeting them.

While S-3608 never refers to misinformation or false information, it also never defines the "harmful content" it seeks to prevent, allowing its bipartisan cosponsors to give their own spin on what it would accomplish.

They know they can count on the leftists running Big Tech to shut us up, at least in those walled gardens.

Thu Apr 14 22:35:26 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The plan is to bar Trump from running for office

PJMediaWhy did Mitch McConnell break ranks with the Republican National Committee and insist, contrary to a growing mountain of evidence, that the Jan. 6 incident was “a violent insurrection for the purpose of trying to prevent a peaceful transfer of power after a legitimately certified election from one administration to the next”? A clue came on Tuesday, when Larry Sabato, a popular far-Left historian, tweeted: “Of course it was a violent insurrection. Shame on every Republican, especially Members of Congress, who haven’t declared as much. Next: Admit Trump plotted a coup to steal a 2nd term. Then invoke 14th Amendment, Section 3 to ban Trump and coconspirators from future public office.” If it was an insurrection, then Trump, who has grown increasingly critical and contemptuous of McConnell, can be barred from running in 2024. The initiative to do this is gathering steam.

If they can do this, then we no longer have a Republic.

Fri Mar 18 22:08:36 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Political repression by kangaroo courts

The HillThe North Carolina elections board said in a court filing Monday it has the power to bar Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) from running for office over his actions leading up to the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot.

“The State does not judge the qualifications of the elected members of the U.S. House of Representative. It polices candidate qualifications prior to the elections,” the board wrote in a filing to dismiss a lawsuit brought by Cawthorn.

This is exactly how totalitarian societies police their "elections". Look at Iran as an example; when the religious theocrats pick the acceptable candidates it doesn't really matter who wins; the same policies are in place with only minor differences.

And using January 6th as an excuse is disgusting. People showed up to attend a Trump rally and march in protest of a stolen election. The violence was a false flag operation by a mix of antifa and FBI. Trying to disqualify political candidates over giving speeches at a protest rally is disgusting.

Wed Mar 16 22:22:04 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Investigation of Jan 6th police beating rules death "Objectively reasonable"

Gateway PunditCapitol Police investigators ruled the beating of unconscious Trump supporter Rosanne Boyland by Capitol Police officers until she died was “objectionably reasonable.”

This is the second murder that day by Capitol Police that was given a pass. Lt. Mike Byrd was exonerated after he shot Trump supporter Ashli Babbit in cold blood inside the US Capitol that day. Investigators did not even interview Byrd before he was exonerated!

As The Gateway Pundit previously reported, Officer Lila Morris was filmed beating Rosanne Boyland repeatedly with a stick while she lay on the ground motionless.

There is no way this was objectively reasonable. The woman was exercising her 1st Amendment right to protest peacefully before being knocked unconscious and struck dozens of times while unconconscious and unresisting until she died. Police claim she died of a "drug overdose". Sorry, but police are on video beating her while she is unconscious. That's not reasonable.

What would the left be saying if she was black and this happened at a BLM "protest"?

Thu Mar 10 22:16:24 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Pelosi using capital police to spy on legislators

Gateway PunditOn November 20th, 2021, Capitol Police entered my office without my knowledge and photographed confidential legislative products protected by the Speech and Debate clause enshrined in the Constitution, Article 1 Section 6.

Gateway PunditThe Biden Department of Justice was recently caught opening Rep. Louie Gohmert’s House mail before it reached his office.

The government is dropping the pretense of respecting rights and freedom. This doesn't bode well for "free and fair" midterms.

Fri Mar 04 23:00:45 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Fact-checkers tied to Pfizer

UncoverDCIn its “Trust Principles,” news organization Thomson Reuters pledges its obligation and commitment to “supply unbiased and reliable news services” to the many outlets it serves. Mr. Jim Smith represents Reuters as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. He is also a Director of Pfizer, Inc., serving on the company’s Board since 2014. Known as James C. Smith at Pfizer, he is a member of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Partnering Against Corruption Initiative and the Forum’s International Business Council. Additionally, he serves on the International Advisory Boards of British American Business and the Atlantic Council.

Interestingly, Thomson Reuters Corp.—a $40 billion international multimedia company—is a significant and growing force in the “fact check” world, with a fact-checking unit based in its editorial department. Partnered with Facebook’s third-party fact-checking program since February 2021, the principal aim of the unit is to “fact-check visual material and claims posted on social media.”

What's the relevant line here from ethics rules? Something about avoiding even the appearance of impropriety?

However, regardless of ethics and financial interest, using "fact checkers" to label, block, censor, limit, ban users, or in any way prevent people from having an honest conversation online is improper. It's not up to Big Tech to be that annoying stranger inserting himself into a conversation between friends and appointing himself the arbiter of facts, the telling everyone else to shut up.

And don't forget, much of this "fact checking" was done at the request of government officials, making it also a 1st Amendment issue.

Sun Feb 27 23:53:59 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

NSA admits to violating the 4th Amendment

Conservative TreehouseThis is the 5th straight year where the National Security Agency (NSA) produces a document admitting their metadata capturing system, the system that captures all electronic communication of every single American and puts it into a stored database, is continually used as a research library for unnamed federal agents to scour (without search warrants) for the private documents of American citizens.

At this point, the NSA admission without consequence is simply just another Tuesday, it literally doesn’t even make the headlines anymore.

Trump was, and probably remains, our best chance to fix this. He has been personally bitten by all this in a way that no one else in the political class ever has.

Sat Feb 26 23:13:12 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The political targeting continues

Gateway PunditOn Friday, the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) announced they are pairing with several federal intelligence agencies and other law enforcement divisions to launch “enhanced intelligence operations and investigations” that will target individuals who are participating in the Canadian Truckers For Freedom Convoy.

US law enforcement agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS), will also assist with the crackdown by investigating “online threats that originated in the US,” despite little to no evidence or behavior that has indicated any violence is being planned.

According to the OPS statement, the ‘enhanced investigation’ will begin targeting the key figures who are behind the organization of the convoy as part of the Canadian government’s “increased effort to identify and target protestors who are funding/supporting/enabling unlawful and harmful activity by protesters.”

Now our intelligence agencies are investigating Canadian political protesters.

Fri Feb 25 23:14:57 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Fact-checking or narrative enforcement?

Just The NewsThe fact-checking industry, empowered by the vast resources of social media giants, is under sustained scrutiny amid a possible legal battle among the British Medical Journal, Facebook owner Meta and a contractor it pays to flag purported COVID-19 misinformation.

Facebook stopped some readers from sharing a BMJ investigation of "data integrity" issues in a Pfizer COVID vaccine trial, BMJ editors wrote in an open letter to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg in November. It also slapped "missing context" labels on posts that went through, warning users they could be penalized for sharing the article.

Contractor Lead Stories seemed more interested, however, in promoting guilt by association and policing political views than checking the facts, the journal's editors wrote in a blistering New Statesman op-ed last week.

Narrative-enforcement, of course.

Fri Feb 25 22:14:57 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

WA law criminalizing speech about election results advances

PJMediaCandidates and elected officials complaining about election fraud would be slapped with a gross misdemeanor charge, fine, and/or jail sentence under a plan by Washington’s far-Left governor Jay Inslee. The anti-free speech bill has now advanced from a Democrat-controlled committee with a “do-pass” recommendation to the state legislature.

In WA -- which already has universal mail-in voting, to enable constant Dem fraud -- even asking to check the work of the people counting the fake ballots will get you thrown in jail.

This is a rule for totalitarian states run by dictators, not for America.

Thu Feb 24 23:17:31 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Mask-protesting students locked in freezing gym

TwitterGetting reports that after hundreds protested against school mask mandates yesterday, today, @OakdaleJUSD barricaded any student not properly wearing a mask in the gym and refused to turn on the heat. Police were called for a wellness check and police turned on the heat.

At least the students didn't get run over. But I think, rather than pointing out that this is part of the dehumanization campaign against the unvaxxed, it's more likely to be the result of that campaign. These are kids! Students, not even yet adults, who are not at risk from COVID nor at risk of transmitting it to anyone. They aren't even sick. They just don't want to wear masks all day, every day, for the rest of eternity. Many of the teachers who locked them in the gym know their names, talked with them nearly every day for months at a time. And yet, their humanity is rejected because their faces can be seen?

This is insanity.

Also: if you were under any illusions that teachers in public schools actually cared about your kids, this should straighten that out right quick.

Wed Feb 23 23:23:31 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Pelosi suggests olympic athletes kowtow to China

Conservative TreehouseThe United States Speaker of the House of Representatives, a Democrat, told the U.S. Olympic athletes today to drop their inherent freedom of speech perspective and comply with the Chinese Communist Party rules.

It seems the viewpoint of the United States being a beacon of freedom has morphed into a situation where the official position of government is to turn off the lights and adhere to the totalitarian state. Quite a remarkable shift in worldview.

It's unAmerican, but Pelosi is an honest politician. Once bought, she stays bought, and the Chinese own her soul. And they know they are safe from criticism.

Wed Feb 23 22:23:31 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

An increasing pattern of police abuse

Just The NewwThe legal team for former Trump adviser Steve Bannon leveled explosive charges Friday night, accusing federal prosecutors of snooping on one of his defense lawyers and the FBI of misleading the grand jury through omissions.

In a motion filed in U.S. District Court where Bannon is charged with contempt of Congress for failing to comply with a subpoena for the Jan. committee, lawyers disclosed evidence the Justice Department and phone carriers turned over to them show prosecutors obtained phone and email records for defense lawyer Robert J. Costello.

After you have spied on the president, spying on attorneys in violation of privilege must seem like a very small thing indeed. But the federal government has shown a disturbing pattern of such behavior. Bannon, here, is just one case. The FBI earlier leaked privileged attorney-client material to the New York Times following a raid that was itself questionable.

Mon Feb 21 23:58:23 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Why the hell does the post office need this?

Just The NewsWatchdog groups are sounding the alarm on the law enforcement arm of the U.S. Postal Service, which they say is violating the privacy and civil liberties of the American people by using sophisticated tools to break into hundreds of citizens' cellphones and collect their social media posts.

Until now, it's gone largely unpublicized that the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) admitted in its 2020 annual report that it not only employed top-of-the-line technology hundreds of times to hack into mobile phones but also planned to expand its use of the hacking tools in the future.

"The Cellebrite Premium and GrayKey tools acquired in [fiscal year] 2019 and 2018 allow the Digital Evidence Unit to extract previously unattainable information from seized mobile devices," the 2020 report states. "During FY 2020, 331 devices were processed, and 242 were unlocked and/or extracted by these services. The success of the program and ever-increasing demand for services required the purchase this year of a second GrayKey device for use on the East Coast."

The USPIS's figures indicate a surge in such hackings compared to 2019, when the agency disclosed it accessed 34 devices using Cellebrite and 143 with GrayKey.

Government just doesn't seem to understand that we don't want people reading our mail.

Sat Feb 19 22:03:31 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Trudeau invokes never-used Emergency Act against truckers

Conservative TreehouseRather than remove any of the Canadian government restrictions and rules surrounding COVID-19 mandates, media are reporting that at 4:30pm today Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will instead invoke the Emergency Act, formerly the War Powers Act, to take emergency action to quell the ‘Freedom Protests’ taking place in Canada.

This is a rather remarkable development highlighting the severity of the totalitarian mindset behind the governing Liberal party in Canada. The Emergency Act has never before been used.

He's already called them Nazi racists, used police powers to spy on their social media accounts and send police to their homes, attempted to steal $10M of their funding, frozen their bank accounts, taken their food and fuel in below-freezing weather (thus putting their children in danger from the cold), threatened them with arrest, imprisonment, loss of commercial driver's licenses, and $100K in fines.

The truckers have so far responded with remarkably peaceful good grace.

The best response to this provocation might be to just go home, and stay home, for a couple weeks. All the truckers, all at once. No goods moving anywhere in Canada, not because anything is blocked, but because all the truckers are having a nice nap.

Trudeau has chosen, repeatedly and consistently, to threaten and escalate rather than listening to the concerns of the people he claims to represent. He has denied their right to free speech and peaceful protest.

Mon Feb 14 20:42:03 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Jan 6th Cmt abusing its power

Glenn GreenwaldThis abuse of power is not merely abstract. The Congressional 1/6 Committee has been secretly obtaining private information about American citizens en masse: telephone records, email logs, internet and browsing history, and banking transactions. And it has done so without any limitations or safeguards: no judicial oversight, no need for warrants, no legal limitations of any kind.

Indeed, the committee has been purposely attempting to prevent citizens who are the targets of their investigative orders to have any opportunity to contest the legality of this behavior in court. As we reported in October, the committee sent dozens if not hundreds of subpoenas to telecom companies demanding a wide range of email and other internet records, and — without any legal basis — requested that those companies not only turn over those documents but refrain from notifying their own customers of the request. If the companies were unwilling to comply with this "request,” then the committee requested that they either contact the committee directly or just disregard the request — in other words, the last thing they wanted was to enable one of their targets to learn that they were being investigated because that would enable them to seek a judicial ruling about the legality of the committee's actions.

But now the committee is escalating its aggressive investigative actions. They have begun sending subpoenas to private banks, demanding the banking records of private citizens, and doing so such that either the person never finds out or finds out too late to obtain a judicial order about the legality of the committee's behavior. In one case, they targeted JP Morgan with these subpoenas while knowing that that bank is being represented by former Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch; Lynch — unsurprisingly — then directed her client not to accommodate any requests from its own customers to ensure they can seek judicial review.

It's not a surprise; ever since the 2012 election, at least, the Democrats have been all about abusing their power to influence elections. Obama started with the IRS, got caught (after he won re-election), and then shifted to a national security agency focus with the CIA, FBI, and DOJ, along with help from the Clinton campaign. He got caught there too, but so far neither Obama nor Clinton have faced any personal consequences. The heavy thumb on the scale in 2016 was not enough, but the effort continued even with Trump in office. In 2020, vote fraud carried the day and Congress got into the political surveillance game.

Fri Feb 11 22:33:03 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Freedom Convoy

Fri Feb 11 08:44:12 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Why is the postal service spying on us?

Judicial WatchMonths after Judicial Watch sued the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) for information about a secret program that tracks and collects Americans’ social media posts, more of the agency’s controversial spy mechanisms are being exposed. The newly uncovered tools are sophisticated hacking devices that can breach cell phones and the USPS’s law enforcement arm, U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), has utilized them hundreds of times in the last few years, according to a news story that cites USPIS data buried in a lengthy agency report. The questionable surveillance schemes appear to indicate that the government is weaponizing the nation’s postal service to improperly spy on the citizens who fund it.

This seems way outside of the intended role of the postal service. Is there any federal agency that doesn't have some sort of spying and surveillance program?

Tue Feb 01 22:38:34 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Well, this is amusing...

Youtube demonitizes Bongino for saying masks don't work ... as the CDC admits masks don't work.

Note the First Amendment tag on this one. The Biden Administration very recently demanded in very strong terms that online social media platforms crack down on "misinformation" about COVID.

The government, and their very deep pockets, are now a potential defendant in a First Amendment lawsuit. In addition to Youtube and their very deep pockets.

Sun Jan 16 22:39:49 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The FBI are Biden's secret police

Washington ExaminerIn the latest sign of how today’s politics is dividing support for major Washington institutions, the latest Rasmussen Reports survey shows more people than not view the FBI as the punishing political arm of President Joe Biden.

Picking up on a comment from former Trump adviser Roger Stone, long caught in the wandering FBI Russia probe, the pollster found that likely voters, by a 46%-38% margin, believe “there is a group of politicized thugs at the top of the FBI who are using the FBI … as Joe Biden’s personal Gestapo.”

We're not supposed to have political police in America.

Fri Jan 07 23:21:55 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Did FBI and DOJ instigate events on January 6th?

NewsweekOn Sunday, January 3, the heads of a half-dozen elite government special operations teams met in Quantico, Virginia, to go over potential threats, contingencies, and plans for the upcoming Joint Session of Congress. The meeting, and the subsequent deployment of these shadowy commandos on January 6, has never before been revealed.

That sure sounds like the FBI and DOJ had, at minimum, detailed foreknowledge of what was going to take place on January 6th. Probably because they instigated it.

This article reminds me of a similar article defending the "secret cabal who saved the election"... from the people.

Thu Jan 06 23:53:00 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The banning continues

Just The NewsTwitter suspended the account of Just the News founder John Solomon for sharing an article about the legal distinctions between Pfizer's fully approved and emergency use authorization (EUA) COVID-19 vaccines, which could affect the legality of vaccine mandates.

The social media company is also warning users who click the link to the article from individual tweets that it "may be unsafe" and "could lead to real-world harm." An immunologist who reviewed the article told Just the News he saw nothing wrong with it factually.

Solomon's Dec. 27 tweet shared the link and headline: "Pfizer to continue distributing version of COVID-19 vaccine not fully approved by FDA."

The report noted that Pfizer and several experts have claimed that the fully approved Comirnaty vaccine has the same ingredients and manufacturing process as the EUA vaccine, known as Pfizer-BioNTech.

Anyone still expecting useful information from Twitter is officially stupid.

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Thu Jan 06 22:53:00 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Shocking report on conditions of Jan 6th detainees

SpectatorOn November 4, 2021, Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA-14) and Louis Gohmert (TX-01) and their staffs toured the DC Jail’s Central Detention Facility (CDF) and Central Treatment Facility (CTF). The purpose of the visit was to inspect the conditions at these facilities and to determine the treatment and status of the January 6 protesters held in the CTF.

The delegation published its findings in “Unusually Cruel — An Eyewitness Report From Inside the DC Jail.” What follows below is taken from that report.

On November 2, the U.S. Marshals Service had released a report regarding its surprise inspection of the DC Jail. The report declared that the CDF did not meet the Marshals’ “minimum standards of confinement.”

These people are being treated like the scum of the earth because they believe in our country, and that our government should legitimately represent the people. The Democrats would have a complete freakout if illegal aliens were being treated this way. But when it is Americans being mistreated, they are silent.

Fri Dec 24 22:57:27 CST 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

US FDA pressuring YouTube to remove videos

Gateway PunditThe US Food and Drug Administration’s shameless attempt to censor medical information about potential alternative treatments to Covid-19 has been exposed.

An email that was accidentally sent to independent journalist Alex Berenson as part of an unrelated Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request has revealed that the FDA pressured a lobbyist at Google to delete a YouTube video that explained the potential of a new monoclonal antibody treatment for Covid-19.

This would be in clear violation of the First Amendment.

Fri Dec 17 23:39:39 CST 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A study in contrasts

PJMediaFar-left miscreant Thomas Alexander Starks, 31, of Lisbon, North Dakota, pleaded guilty to destruction of government property last April. Starks brought an ax to Sen. John Hoeven’s office in Fargo on December 21, 2020, and smashed an intercom and glass door. The attack was captured on video.

Federal guidelines suggested Starks should spend 10–16 months in the hoosegow, but because he is a protected member of Antifa, he was sentenced to mere probation and ordered to pay $2,784 in restitution.

Keep in mind that there are people still in solitary confinement for taking non-violent selfies in the Capitol on January 6.

The contrast in treatment between this man and those who attended a peaceful protest at the capital less than two weeks later is stunning.

Sat Dec 11 22:49:14 CST 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

RRISD police force used to stifle dissent

NYPostThe latest and most egregious example comes from Round Rock, Texas. In a series of school board meetings this fall, two fathers — a minister named Jeremy Story and a retired Army captain named Dustin Clark — spoke out against alleged corruption and school officials’ hostility toward parents.

The establishment of the school police force was a local issue to me and happened fairly recently. I was, at the time, relatively neutral since I had no children in school and no idea whether the request was reasonable or not.

I am now opposed, because placing police under the control of school board administrators willing to use them to stifle dissent in this manner is unacceptable.

Sun Dec 05 22:16:30 CST 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

School officials kept dossiers on parents

UncoverDCA Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) board member allegedly and “unknowingly” made public, files contained in a “digital dossier,” exposing parents and other individuals in the community. The Dossier contains, among other things, both public and private documents and information; credit scores, court documents, social media posts, photos, and video of parents who oppose policies set forth by SUSD. AZInformer provided UncoverDC with a Google Drive and a local article on the subject late Tuesday evening.

Fascism.

Wed Dec 01 23:20:46 CST 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Bannon indicted for refusing to appear despite executive privilege claim

Just The NewsFormer White House advisor Steve Bannon was indicted by a federal grand jury Friday following his refusal to comply with a subpoena by the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol breach.

Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Bannon's indictment, just days after the House Committee announced further subpoenas of Trump officials.

"Since my first day in office, I have promised Justice Department employees that together we would show the American people by word and deed that the department adheres to the rule of law, follows the facts and the law and pursues equal justice under the law,” Garland said in a statement obtained by Just the News. "​​Today’s charges reflect the department’s steadfast commitment to these principles.”

To Merrick Garland, equal justice under the law means Republicans get indicted and Democrats don't.

Sat Nov 27 22:16:03 CST 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

School boards spying on parents

Conservative TreehouseThe Scottsdale Unified School District in Arizona was scrambling after a group of moms discovered that Board President Jann-Michael Greenburg was keeping secret surveillance files, a dossier of sorts, on parents and students the school board head viewed as a risk to the interests of the district.

In essence what the parents discovered was evidence their own school system was keeping creepy opposition files on the parents of students in the school district.

Parents gathered today to demand the removal of the Governing Board President Jann-Michael Greenburg, and the destruction of the Google Drive files filled with personal information, documents, and photos of about 47 people, including children.

Disgusting, and a perfect inversion of the power relationship that is supposed to exist.

Fri Nov 26 23:53:43 CST 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DOJ Treating parents as terrorists and lying about it

Conservative TreehouseDespite the obvious instructions to the FBI, Attorney General Merrick Garland previously gave testimony before congress denying that parents who attended school board meetings were being targeted by an FBI Counterterrorism task force. However, today the House Judiciary Committee has received a ‘whistleblower complaint’ showing the FBI is indeed using the Counterterrorism Division as the tool to target parents. [Document Source]

The day before AG Merrick Garland testified to congress, the FBI instructed all national heads of the Counterterrorism Division to begin using internal tags to create a notification list containing the names of parents they considered to be domestic extremists.

More background here.

Thu Nov 25 22:53:45 CST 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Compare and contrast

Don SurberCatherine Herridge tweeted, "Igor Danchenko, charged with 5 counts false statements to the FBI (Steele Dossier sources) was released at the US Eastern District Of Virginia Courthouse on a $100,000 bond. He will NOT be on electronic monitoring system + must surrender his passport within 24 hours."

Meanwhile, hundreds of Capitol protesters remain in a DC jail. Their only crime is trespassing a public building.

A possible Russian spy turns the FBI on the duly elected president, and gets unmonitored bail. While real Americans who may have walked around a public building without official permission are held incommunicado for almost a year.

Sun Nov 07 16:52:39 CST 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Political profiteering from the Attorney General

Conservative TreehouseWell, well, well… This is interesting. U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland recently instructed the FBI to begin investigating parents who confront school board administrators over Critical Race Theory indoctrination material. The U.S. Department of Justice issued a memorandum to the FBI instructing them to initiate investigations of any parent attending a local school board meeting who might be viewed as confrontational, intimidating or harassing.

Attorney General Merrick Garland’s daughter is Rebecca Garland. In 2018 Rebecca Garland married Xan Tanner [LINK]. Mr. Xan Tanner is the current co-founder of a controversial education service company called Panorama Education. [LINK and LINK] Panorama Education is the “social learning” resource material provider to school districts and teachers that teach Critical Race Theory.

A complaint has already been filed with the Inspector General.

Thu Oct 21 23:31:24 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

IG Complaint filed over AG Garland's threatening letter

NYPostAmerican parents are organizing to fight racist critical race theories being taught in their kids’ schools. Attorney General Merrick Garland, once touted as a moderate, has responded by asking the FBI to treat them as domestic terrorists.

As befits the Biden administration, this over-the-top authoritarianism is accompanied by the stench of corruption, as it turns out that Garland’s son-in-law is in the business of selling educational materials on CRT.

America First Legal Today, America First Legal requested that the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General (OIG) investigate the circumstances surrounding Attorney General Garland’s October 4th memorandum regarding the use of federal law enforcement against parents opposed to critical race theory, gender ideology, and irrational mask mandates in public schools. Among other things, AFL asked OIG to investigate whether the Attorney General’s Memorandum was issued on Biden White House instructions contrary to the department’s standard procedures, and to determine if it was issued for the improper partisan purpose of chilling and deterring parents from exercising their constitutional right to control and direct the education of their children.

To think this man came so close to sitting on the Supreme Court.

Tue Oct 19 23:47:15 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Cancel culture

Bari WeissI am a professor who just had a prestigious public science lecture at MIT cancelled because of an outrage mob on Twitter. My crime? Arguing for academic evaluations based on academic merit. This is the story of how a cancellation is carried out, why it should worry all of us, and what we can do to stop this dangerous trend.

The left is working hard to create a totalitarian state where only their opinions are legitimate. And they appear to be succeeding.

Sun Oct 17 22:02:47 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Trump sues Twitter

The HillFormer President Trump is asking a Florida federal judge to force Twitter to restore his account.

Trump’s attorneys on Friday filed a motion for preliminary injunction against Twitter and its CEO Jack Dorsey. The filing states that Twitter had been “coerced” into banning Trump.

“Coerced by members of the United States Congress, operating under an unconstitutional immunity granted by a permissive federal statute, and acting directly with federal officials, Defendant is censoring Plaintiff, a former President of the United States,” the filing reads.

For everyone whining about bitching about how Twitter is a private company, the bit about "acting directly with federal officials" invalidates that defense and means the 1st Amendment absolutely does apply.

Sat Oct 16 22:37:20 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FedGov bribing the media

Granite GrokPoliticians like to use massive dumpster bills to reward supporters. Democrats are just better at it. The Obama bailout was loaded with giveaways, but the latest effort includes something new. Taxpayer handouts to members of the media.

Hidden inside thousands of pages is a little ole’ tax credit “equal to 50% of the salary of each journalist—up to $50,000 per journalist annually.”

In other words, taxpayers, most of whom don’t trust the media, would be backstopping their salaries up to 50,000.00 a year. That’s just below the average annual salary of the average working Americans.

The intended effect is obvious: to co-opt journalists into dependent lapdogs. Frankly it's amazing that the existing media lapdogs aren't considered servile enough.

Fri Oct 08 23:35:28 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Censorship and the cancel campaigns

Daily SignalWhen White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that people who spread “misinformation” “shouldn’t be banned from one platform and not others,” she revealed the left’s chilling plan for censoring content that goes against the left’s narrative.

It is becoming increasingly clear that political leaders on the left and Big Tech are joining arms to not just deplatform dissident voices from social media, but to bar them from the digital space entirely, including from having the ability to make and receive payments online.

In the latest example, Chase Bank reportedly planned to close the credit card account of former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Sept. 18, stating that “continuing the relationship creates possible reputational risk to our company.” While as of Aug. 31, a Chase spokesperson said that they had “made an error and apologized for any inconvenience caused,” the initial gesture can’t be ignored.

The claim that government wasn't involved in these cancel campaigns has been shattered. The Obama administration pioneered the efforts with Operation Chokepoint, which basically tried to get banks and the financial industry to "voluntarily" (under threat by their regulatory agencies) deny service to the gun industry. Now that's been expanded to deny access to social media and any speech or financial platform for, basically, everyone the left doesn't liked on whatever thinly veiled excuse they can come up with. If you're a CEO or a high level corporate officer, better not speak out or you will be hounded out of your job, or have your bank cancel your accounts, or whatever else they can come up with. And in many cases, there's a hidden hand of government applying pressure behind the scenes.

That should violate the 1st Amendment, but if it's kept secret, how would you ever know?

But the government actors are becoming more and more open about their censorship.

It's absolutely clear that we are on the road to a totalitarian society, and we're nearing the destination.

Tue Sep 21 22:26:21 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Texas passes law protecting free speech on social media

UPISept. 10 (UPI) -- Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law a bill that prohibits large social media companies from banning users over their political opinions, attracting the criticism of free speech activists.

House Bill 20 targets social media companies with more than 50 million monthly users, such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, and aims to prevent them from banning users over their politics. It also requires the companies to disclose their content management and moderation policies and implement a complaint and appeals process for content they remove.

"Freedom of speech is under attack in Texas," Abbott said Thursday in a recorded statement. "There is a dangerous movement by some social media companies to silence conservative ideals and values. This is wrong and we will not allow it in Texas."

Somehow, that first paragraph was written without irony. "Free-Speech activists" oppose a law that prevents banning users based on their political opinions? The rest of the article is, if anything, worse -- conflating political opinions with obscenity and all the usual boogeymen.

Mon Sep 20 22:24:58 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Sen Warren calls for Amazon to censor books

Red StateIf you were to make a proposal that a politician should go about calling to take down published works, the initial reaction from many would be to recoil and issue a rebuke. The concept of the government seeking to silence select individuals runs contrary to our core beliefs. Yet we have a politician currently calling to take that very action, and the response is so vacant that you have to wonder how far we as a nation have drifted.

Senator Elizabeth Warren has undertaken a cause against Amazon that should deliver a chill instantly, whether you have a Prime membership or not. In the tradition of her party always looking to leverage a crisis, Warren is targeting the monolithic retailer to take action and restrict access to products, in the name of pandemic protections. This does have a veil of propriety in that she mentions concerns with potential counterfeit medical supplies, but then she resorts to overreach as she also wants to restrict published works under the same guise of safety.

It's not about COVID. It's about control.

Thu Sep 16 05:22:55 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Australia goes full totalitarian

Gateway PunditThe Australian parliament passed unprecedented legislation that gives federal police near-unrestricted powers to spy on any Australian citizen – by gaining access to their social media and email accounts without their knowledge – if they have been ‘suspected of criminal activity.’

The totalitarian “Identify and Disrupt” bill creates 3 new types of “data disruption” warrants that the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission can use to copy, delete and modify content on individuals online accounts.

Federal authorities will be able to impersonate the account holder and send emails or messages to their online correspondents.

I see zero legitimate use for these new "powers".

Fri Sep 03 22:47:10 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Big Tech silencing grieving mothers of dead heroes

Conservative TreehouseThis example of Big Tech censorship shows just how weak and pathetic the Biden administration and their Big Tech sycophants really are. As the mother of fallen marine hero Kareem Kikoui, killed in the terrorist attack at Kabul airport, share her opinion of Joe Biden and the administration, the social media platforms suspend her accounts.

Mrs Shana Chappell is furious at the Biden administration, and now that we know the military was aware of the pending attack before it took place – the horrific event is even worse. Mrs. Chappell’s voice cries out in anger and grief. The incompetence and failed leadership in the Afghan withdrawal led to the death of her son, Kareem Nikoui. Her Facebook and Instagram accounts have now been suspended.

Which obscure rule did this woman violate in order to get banned?

None.

She violated the real but unwritten rule: do not criticism the Democrats.

Wed Sep 01 22:53:50 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Biden Admin directing Big Tech censorship efforts on COVID

It's one thing for Big Tech to decide, on their own, to "fact check" and suppress free speech on a topic. I believe that to be improper, but legally difficult to challenge. Most legal protections for free speech are based around government being the bad actor, with the infamous section 230 of the Communications Decency Act being an outlier. That section extends immunity from lawsuit to companies that decide to be "platforms" for user speech, as distinct from companies that are making editorial decisions about what to publish.

I believe that Big Tech has definitely stepped over the line into making editorial decisions, thus removing those legal protections. Cases are moving through the courts that will likely decide that.

But, it appears another front has just been opened. In separate situations, Big Tech appears to have colluded with Big Government (both the Biden Administration after the election and state government officials before the election) in censoring topics and specific posts that government officials requested be censored.

They are even asking for cross-platform censorship based on those government requests.

Legal InsurrectionPSAKI: “You shouldn’t be banned from one platform and not others if you — for providing misinformation out there, taking faster action against harmful post. As you all know, information travels quite quickly. If it’s up there for days and days and days, when people see it, you know there’s — it’s hard to put that back in a box. And of course promoting algorithms. I don’t know how they work but they all do know how they work. So, those are some of the steps that we think could be constructive for public health, for public information, for public — you know, the right of the public to know.”

They are putting action behind their words by seeking to get cell phone providers to read and censor your text messaging.

This will likely prove to be a dramatic mistake, as now the full force of the 1st Amendment protections against government censorship can be brought to bear.

In a nation that once considered freedom of speech a founding principle, the demands for censorship from the current regime are breathtaking.

Thu Aug 05 23:27:57 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI accessing NSA database

Conservative TreehouseIn essence, what this segment reveals is Andrew Weissmann being so comfortable and casual with his reference point from time and experience inside the DOJ-NSD, that he doesn’t even realize what he is saying so matter-of-factly is something that is not supposed to take place.

The DOJ (or DOJ-NSD) is not supposed to have simple access to the NSA database without a reason for it. Or without a contact from the NSA with a directive to review an intercept because it might involve unlawful activity.

The DOJ-NSD personnel are not supposed to be randomly data-mining the NSA database just to see if they can find some issue they would be under the authority to investigate. Yet this frame of reference is exactly the casual nature of Weissmann’s diatribe.

If the NSA database is so easily searched by any domestic law enforcement agency, FBI or DOJ, then what exactly is the difference between the DOJ sucking up all the communication of Americans (brutally obvious 4th amendment violations) and the NSA capturing it? Under the process Weissmann seems so casual about, the DOJ apparently has full unlimited access to everything the NSA captures.

This isn't news to anyone who has been paying attention, but it's an admission that rules aren't being followed. And that access from the FBI was supposed to be turned off...

Sun Aug 01 23:02:13 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Was the FBI leading the charge on January 6th?

Glenn GreenwaldThe original report, published by Revolver News and then amplified by Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, documented ample evidence of FBI infiltration of the three key groups at the center of the 1/6 investigation — the Oath Keepers, the Proud Boys, and the Three Percenters — and noted how many alleged riot leaders from these groups have not yet been indicted. While low-level protesters have been aggressively charged with major felonies and held without bail, many of the alleged plot leaders have thus far been shielded from charges.

Based on the FBI's documented history with encouraging terrorists and then losing control of the situation, I have no trouble believing that FBI-affiliated informants were present and advocating for violence at critical moments. Along with the documented presence of Antifa and BLM activists doing the same (and then selling their footage to news organizations).

Fri Jul 30 23:37:41 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

AZ Audit news heats up

Uncover DCThe Arizona State Senate issued new subpoenas on Monday to complete the Maricopa County forensic audit. Both Dominion Voting Systems and the Maricopa Board of Supervisors (MCBOS) are now in their crosshairs.

This is the first time Senate President Karen Fann and Arizona Senate Judiciary Chairman Warren Petersen have targeted Dominion for information. Both the MCBOS and Dominion have been requested to appear on August 2 at 1 p.m. at the state capitol.

Enforcing the subpoena may be more difficult with one GOP holdout rumored.

In apparent response to the subpoenas, Twitter suspended nine accounts associated with several state audits. Once more Big Tech chooses censorship, a single day after announcing a partnership with the intelligence community that was undoubtedly unofficially in place long before the announcement.

Wed Jul 28 15:14:12 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Mailchimp deplatforms Sidney Powell

Gateway PunditSidney Powell: Mail Chimp just de-platformed my law firm last emails from SidneyPowell.com because apparently we were talking about defending the republic.

We used to value free speech as a civil right, even if we disagreed with it. Apparently, not anymore.

Sun Jul 25 23:02:00 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Biden Admin wants you to turn in your friends and family

Gateway PunditPresident Joe Biden’s administration announced their plans to create ways for Americans to report radicalized friends and family to the government, in an effort to fight domestic terrorism.

“This involves creating contexts in which those who are family members or friends or co-workers know that there are pathways and avenues to raise concerns and seek help for those who they have perceived to be radicalizing and potentially radicalizing towards violence,” the official said…

The Biden administration said it would also work with large technology companies on “increased information sharing” to help combat radicalization.

"Turn in your friends and family" is an unAmerican message. Especially in the context of a propaganda campaign to demonize peaceful protesters on January 6th contrasted with the treatment of Antifa and BLM protests the prior year.

More and more it appears the Biden administration is going full totalitarian.

Sun Jul 25 22:02:01 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Gaetz calls on Wray to fully disclose role of informants in Jan 6th events

American GreatnessCongressman Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) on Wednesday called for FBI Director Christopher Wray to “fully disclose” any role the FBI may have played in instigating the breach of the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, 2021.

Historically, it's the FBI informants who are the ones calling for violence.

Fri Jul 23 22:33:28 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Pelosi establishes secret congressional police force

Conservative Treehouse A federal political agency will now coordinate with federal U.S. Attorney’s on specific targeting operations. In essence, the Florida and California offices of Pelosi’s police will direct the DOJ on who and where to target. This is completely political.

There’s no legislative or constitutional process for a subsidiary federal law enforcement agency to exist. This appears to be a new construction outside the boundaries of the legislative branch, and quasi-constitutional from the framework of the executive branch. Essentially satellite DC police units.

There is no doubt that this is a political police force. It will be used for political repression.

Thu Jul 22 10:53:52 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI markets fake encrypted cell phone to criminals

Just The NewsThe FBI on Tuesday announced a "massive worldwide takedown" of criminals around the globe with a sting operation in which the agency marketed and sold smartphones purported to encrypt messages, leading to roughly 500 arrests.

The sting operation, called Operation Trojan Shield, was led the agency's San Diego bureau.

FBI officials said in a press conference that the agency and other law enforcement groups worldwide, in an effort to nab criminals, created a fake company called ANØM to marketed the sleek black smartphones that were encrypted

However, when users sent messages, the phone would attach a master key that allowed law enforcement officials to decrypt and view the messages.

I find this extremely troubling. The FBI here created an explicit expectation of privacy under false pretenses and then spied on their "customers", presumably without warrants. I do not care that their actions appear to have resulted in catching real criminals; this action by the FBI appears entirely inappropriate and unconstitutional.

Sun Jul 18 22:01:49 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Grassley questions disparate treatment of capitol protestors

Sharyl AttkissonSenator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) is asking the U.S. Justice Department to explain the differences between the prosecutions of rioters at violent and destructive riots over the summer and fall of 2020 and the January 6th Capitol rioters. The letter questions whether the law has been applied equally to the people who participated in riots during the summer and fall of 2020 and the people who were present at the Capitol on January 6th. Grassley asks about the numbers of people arrested, charged, released on bail, and fully prosecuted during the summer 2020 Portland, Oregon riots that involved a months' long violent seize of a federal courthouse compared to the same data for the January 6th riot.

The difference is obvious: politics.

More commentary.

Wed Jul 14 22:21:50 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Youtube censorship regime continues

The FederalistGoogle’s YouTube has stepped up its draconian censorship of a sitting U.S. senator.

The powerful video-sharing company removed a video of a speech given by Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and banned him from uploading new videos for at least seven days. The action took place several months after YouTube removed two videos of testimony given at a hearing he hosted of the Senate’s Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on the topic of early treatment of COVID-19.

In the video YouTube censors are prohibiting the public from viewing, Johnson took bureaucrats in the Trump and Biden administrations to task for “not only ignoring but working against robust research [on] the use of cheap, generic drugs to be repurposed for early treatment of COVID.”

The arrogance of Big Tech is insufferable.

How much of it was driven by government demands?

Tue Jul 13 23:11:44 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Modern censorship

Mon Jun 28 23:14:56 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Facebook censoring "vaccine-hesitant speech"

Conservative TreehouseProject Veritas has revealed some explosive information provided by two Facebook whistleblowers. According to documents and testimony by the insiders, Facebook initiated a program to control the speech of users who were expressing “vaccine hesitancy”, or concerns about the COVID vaccine. Anyone who was concerned about the vaccine was given a “vaccine hesitancy ” score. Unbeknownst to the user, that score was then used to ban, remove or shadow-ban the content.

In essence any speech, sharing of information or comment discussion that is not in alignment with the pro-vaccine narrative is considered adverse to the interests of the Facebook platform. Those users are then targeted to suppress their voice.

When companies like facebook and the media collude to suppress opposition to their favored narrative and policies, they destroy any trust in anything they say or allow to be said. Censorship is counterproductive when your message is true. It's only when your message is false that it becomes necessary.

Fri Jun 25 23:45:16 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Post Office running surveillance on social media posts

Legal InsurrectionLast month, Yahoo News ripped the lid off of a government surveillance program run by a division of the USPS. The program monitors, scans, and collects information on social media postings considered “inflammatory” enough to pass along to other government agencies. It includes posts promoting the coordination and planning of upcoming political demonstrations.

Why on earth is the post office running a political surveillance operation?

Wed Jun 23 23:49:56 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Oregon implements vaccine passports

UncoverDCOregon Governor, Kate Brown, wants her state to pave the way for adopting what some see as vaccine passports. On May 18, Brown issued, effective immediately, new “interim guidance for fully vaccinated individuals” that would effectively segregate those who are vaccinated and those who are not and make businesses responsible for policing the policy.

The harder they push everyone to take this vaccine, the more skeptical I am about it.

Wed Jun 23 22:49:56 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Critical Race Theory is political indoctrination

Judicial WatchAdditionally, the documents show that Montgomery County Public Schools allocated over $454,000 for an “Anti-racist system audit” by The Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium, a company that claims that their “expertise in using intersectionality as part of its theory of change makes us uniquely positioned to conduct the Anti-Racist Audit and mitigate the root causes of systemic barriers.”

In Thomas Pyle Middle School’s “social justice” class course curriculum, there is a slide titled “What is systemic racism?” in which students are shown a pyramid slide depicting “Differences between overt and covert hateful white supremacy.” According to the pyramid, “Make America Great Again” is an example of “covert white supremacy” that is “socially unacceptable.” The phrase is ranked on a pyramid just below “racial slurs.”

Examples of other unacceptable covert “white supremacy” include thinking “but we’re just one human family,” “colorblindness,” “cultural appropriation,” “celebration of Columbus Day,” “police murdering POC [people of color],” and “bootstrap theory.”

The vast majority of those statements have nothing to do with race, but quite a lot to do with politics. And one of the "class exercises" involves filling out and mailing a form letter demanding more critical race theory classes.

Sat Jun 19 23:50:46 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

SPLC involved in political purge of military

Gateway PunditThe article by Ken Klippenstein, writing for the Intercept, describes a new Pentagon “Working Group” comprised largely of left-wing ideologues with a demonstrated bias against conservatives. Unfortunately, Ken’s editors at the Intercept had him focus on only two of the 18 names on the list–Michael Berry and Anat Agron and leave the impression that right-wing extremists have inflitrated the Working Group. But they are the only two with links to conservative groups.

If you take a closer look at the attached list you will see that at least 7 of the 18 members of this “Working Group” are or have been affiliated with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) or the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) or the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). These three groups have a disturbing history.

The SPLC has already thoroughly discredited itself, and any groups associated with them should have no part in anything like this. Not that that matters, since this is a political purge of the US military. Obama purged the officer core and Biden is purging the rank and file. The next step, likely in 2024, will be using the military against the people.

Sat Jun 19 22:50:46 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Colleges lose all connection to reality

The College FixA law student at Abertay University in Scotland faces discipline for the allegedly “offensive” and “discriminatory” statements that women are born with vaginas and are physically weaker than men.

“I didn’t deny saying these things and told the university exactly why I did so,” Keogh said. “I didn’t intend to be offensive but I did take part in a debate and outlined my sincerely held views. I was abused and called names by the other students, who told me I was a ‘typical white, cis girl’. You have got to be able to freely exchange differing opinions otherwise it’s not a debate.

“I wasn’t being mean, transphobic or offensive. I was stating a basic biological fact. I previously worked as a mechanic and when I was in the workshop there were some heavy things that I just couldn’t lift but male colleagues could.”

Of course it's not a debate, even if it's called one. The whole point of them calling you offensive, mean, transphobic, and probably racist is to shut down the debate, because they cannot win a debate. They have lost all connection to reality.

I'd suggest there is a business opportunity for schools willing to stand up to this bullshit, but Title IX enforcement under Biden makes that legally problematic.

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Mon Jun 07 22:41:52 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Biden Admin begins purge of military patriots

Conservative TreehouseA commander of a U.S. Space Force unit tasked with detecting ballistic missile launches has been fired for comments made during a podcast promoting his new book, which claims Marxist ideologies are becoming prevalent in the United States military.

It seems clear at this point that the people running the US Government are not the legitimate elected representatives, and that the election audit(s) are likely to demonstrate this conclusively if conducted successfully; and thus that those illegitimate government officials currently occupying Washington DC are preparing to make use of the military against the populace by engaging in widespread political purges.

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Sun Jun 06 22:19:14 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

MA government told Twitter to delete tweets of Senate candidate

Gateway PunditA federal judge in Massachusetts is going to make Twitter explain whether or not it is a “state actor” or a truly private company, and the effects could be significant in reigning in Big Tech’s oppression of conservative views.

Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai..., ran for US Senate in Massachusetts as a Republican and made allegations of voter fraud on Twitter. These tweets were then deleted by the far-left tech giant. Later it was discovered that they were deleted at the direction of government employees of the Massachusetts Secretary of State’s office.

We've seen recent revelations about California and Iowa officials making similar censorship demands of Big Tech companies. Funny how it's all about private companies exercising their own discretion until you find out the government is giving them instructions.

Wed Jun 02 23:49:15 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Democrats aren't even hiding their totalitarian plans

Conservative TreehouseHouse Democrats have organized a bill [pdf here] that will create a commission to investigate the January 6th events in Washington DC. The narrative is a 9/11-style commission to investigate the details, issues and circumstances of the January 6th “insurrection”; however, everyone with a lick of political common sense knows this commission will be used to further a Democrat narrative about ‘right-wing extremism’ in an effort to assist Democrats in the mid-term election.

Even the comparison to 9/11 -- when 3,000 people died and buildings worth billions were completely destroyed, affecting many city blocks and injuring thousands more -- is odious.

Conservative TreehouseThe commission will also be permitted to use any/all aspects of the U.S. intelligence community to advance their investigation. “The Commission may secure directly from any Federal department or agency information, including any underlying information that may be in the possession of the intelligence community, that is necessary to enable it to carry out its purposes and functions under this Act.” In other words, the House democrats will use their control to weaponize and shape the intelligence information for their political benefit.

And to add insult to injury, after the Russia hoax and the Spygate controversy, they are going to unleash the intelligence agencies and their pervasive spying on Americans against their political opponents openly and without shame.

Over a nothing-burger manufactured "riot".

Wed Jun 02 22:49:15 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Police officer investigated for Molon Labe keychain

Conservative Treehouse quoting Bend BulletinA Bend Police Department officer will be investigated for allegedly violating policy by wearing a keychain connected to a far-right group while in uniform on Saturday.

Bend Chief Mike Krantz did not identify the employee, though Cpl. Josh Spano is the officer seen in a photograph circulating on Reddit and Facebook. Attached to the front of Spano’s service vest is an item reading “molon labe” in Greek lettering, a phrase associated with the far-right Three Percenters militia.

The “molon labe” item and its letters appear to be larger than Spano’s name tag on his vest.

The phrase has been associated with the right to keep and bears arms -- not just the three-percenters, which are a more recent development -- since ancient Greece. This whole panic over anyone who believes in America as the Constitution defined it is political bullshit. And no, the right to keep and bear arms is not extremist.

Tue May 25 22:04:33 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Likely arson at home of pastor who was arrested for calling police Nazis

Gateway PunditOn Sunday morning Pastor Artur Pawlowski reported that someone tried to burn his house down on Saturday night.

He is the pastor who called police Nazis when they shut down his church services, and was arrested for it. I'm guessing he was spot on in his name-calling.

Joe is famous for his Jews in the Attic test. Perhaps we need a Pastors in their Church test?

Mon May 17 22:48:05 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Video released of officers allowing protesters into the Capitol

ZerohedgeOne officer, identified in the video and confirmed by charging documents as Officer Keith Robishaw, appears to tell Chansely’s group they won’t stop them from entering the building. “We’re not against . . . you need to show us . . . no attacking, no assault, remain calm,” Robishaw warns. Chansley and another protestor instruct the crowd to act peacefully. “This has to be peaceful,” Chansley yelled. “We have the right to peacefully assemble.”

The video directly contradicts what government prosecutors allege in a complaint filed January 8 against Chansley: “Robishaw and other officers calmed the protestors somewhat and directed them to leave the area from the same way they had entered. Chansley approached Officer Robishaw and screamed, among other things, that this was their house, and that they were there to take the Capitol, and to get Congressional leaders.”

Chansley later is seen entering the Senate chambers with a police officer behind him; he led several protesters in prayer and sat in Vice President Mike Pence’s chair. (The man in the yellow sweatshirt is William Watson, a drug dealer out on bond. He was arrested in January.)

The police let them in.

Any charges related to trespassing should be immediately dropped.

Any prisoners still being held should be immediately released.

The only person murdered during the protest was Ashli Babbit. She was shot by a police officer without warning while unarmed.

Mon May 17 09:01:21 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

CA officials participated in censorship decisions by Big Tech

Judicial WatchJudicial Watch announced today that it received 540 pages and a supplemental four pages of documents from the office of the Secretary of State of California revealing how state officials pressured social media companies (Twitter, Facebook, Google (YouTube)) to censor posts about the 2020 election. Included in these documents were “misinformation briefings” emails that were compiled by communications firm SKDK, that lists Biden for President as their top client of 2020. The documents show how the state agency successfully pressured YouTube to censor a Judicial Watch video concerning the vote by mail and a Judicial Watch lawsuit settlement about California voter roll clean up.

... and by participated, I mean "Told them what to censor."

This pretty much invalidates the claim that Big Tech are private actors and thus immune to the 1st Amendment.

UPDATE: Iowa did the same thing. How many others?

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Sun May 02 23:27:32 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Clarence Thomas outlines the path back to free speech

Gateway Pundit“Today’s digital platforms provide avenues for historically unprecedented amounts of speech, including speech by government actors. Also unprecedented, however, is control of so much speech in the hands of a few private parties,” Thomas wrote. “We will soon have no choice but to address how our legal doctrines apply to highly concentrated, privately owned information infrastructure such as digital platforms.”

Justice Thomas noted that Trump had 89 million followers when he was banned in January, and said that the owners of the platforms have too much power.

“Although both companies are public, one person controls Facebook (Mark Zuckerberg), and just two control Google (Larry Page and Sergey Brin),” Thomas wrote.

Politico reports that “Thomas’ opinion amounts to an invitation to Congress to declare Twitter, Facebook and similar companies ‘common carriers,’ essentially requiring them to host all customers regardless of their views. At the moment, the companies have sweeping authority to take down any post and to suspend or terminate any account.”

Justice Thomas sees clearly.

How many other justices share that vision?

Mon Apr 12 22:53:39 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DHS to monitor travel habits of Americans with views they don't like

Conservative TreehouseWhile it might sound innocuous for the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security to monitor the travel habits & patterns of Americans they define as ‘domestic extremists’, we would be prudent to remind ourselves that political affiliation is just as easily defined as ‘extremism.’

DHS is considering not only tracking American people defined by the U.S. intelligence apparatus as ‘extremist’, they are also debating the manner and processes of intercepting, questioning and searching those individuals.

As we have seen from the factual example of the January 6th DC protest rally, if you attend an event labeled as ‘extremist’ by a 20-something ideologue with access inside the system, you may find yourself on a “no-fly” list.

This seems a blatant violation of the First Amendment to me. Remember, they didn't say "terrorists". They said "extremists". "Extremist" is a viewpoint term.

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Fri Mar 26 22:24:25 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Twitter bans Project Veritas

Sara CarterOn Friday, the Twitter accounts of the conservative journalist group Project Veritas and its founder, James O’Keefe, were suspended. While the group’s account was permanently suspended, O’Keefe’s has been temporarily locked—both for allegedly violating the platform’s private information policy.

This is simply banning effective reporting.

Tue Feb 23 23:22:52 CST 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Rubio introduces gun control legislation

Bill Quick quoting Unz ReportRepublican lawmaker Marco Rubio has reintroduced legislation that seeks to suspend the Second Amendment rights of any person who has been investigated for “terrorism” related offenses within 10 years of attempting a gun purchase.

The GOPe, which Rubio has always been the personification of, has now crossed the rubicon by introducing gun control legislation that would deny the second amendment rights of anyone who has even been investigated for "terrorism" without due process. Note that Democrats are now calling participating in peaceful protests or believing Biden stolen the election "terrorism".

Mon Feb 22 21:01:14 CST 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Disagreeing with Democrats is now incitement to violence...

PJMediaOn Tuesday, Facebook suspended Robert A.J. Gagnon, a prominent Christian scholar on the topic of Bible sexuality, for 7 days. His crime? Speaking out against transgender ideology and President Joe Biden’s new transgender military policy. Facebook claimed that Gagnon’s criticism of this government-imposed ideology violated the platform’s “Community Standards on violence and incitement.”

Ironically, Gagnon’s post drew attention to Facebook’s suspension of his friend, Laurie Higgins, who got a 7-day ban for criticizing Biden’s policy.

“There was absolutely no incitement to violence on our part. We abhor violence done to any person,” Gagnon told PJ Media on Tuesday. “This is just a thinly veiled and pathetic excuse for censorship of any critical views toward trans-tyranny over our consciences, religion, and reason.”

Left unsaid: The violence will come from the Democrats.

Tue Feb 02 21:05:47 CST 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Dem Gov says election fraud claims are not protected

Gateway PunditPennsylvania Lt. Governor John Fetterman (D) on Friday said President Trump does not have the right to say the election was stolen.

According to Fetterman, saying the election was stolen or rigged is not protected under the 1st Amendment.

“This idea that saying that Pennsylvania was ‘rigged’ or that we were ‘trying to steal the election’ — that’s a lie. And you do not have the right, that is not protected speech,” Fetterman said.

He is, of course, insane. Political speech is exactly what the 1st Amendment is intended to protect.

Sat Jan 16 23:06:23 CST 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

California's Election Censorship Office

Sultan KnishThe Office of Election Cybersecurity isn’t non-partisan and it isn’t keeping anyone’s votes safe. It’s in a position to use government power to censor questions about election fraud by its party, while working with a consulting firm involved in one of the most contentious elements of the election, whose results the office’s boss expects will put him in the United States Senate.

Corruption is one thing. Government censorship of complaints about corruption is another.

Unfortunately, since it's California, we can do the same thing about both: jack shit.

Tue Jan 12 21:43:41 CST 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Youtube censors Senate testimony on the election

Just The NewsJesse Binnall, a Trump campaign attorney who recently spoke at a Senate committee hearing related to 2020 election irregularities, tweeted on Saturday that YouTube had removed his opening statement.

"YouTube has decided that my opening statement in the U.S. [Senate], given under oath and based upon hard evidence, is too dangerous for you to see; they removed it," Binnall tweeted. "To this day, our evidence has never been refuted, only ignored. Why is Google so afraid of the truth?"

Censorship in America. It can happen here. It just did.

Mon Dec 21 13:36:43 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Cuomo openly violates 1st Amendment

NYPostGov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law aimed at banning the sale of “hate symbols” such as the Confederate flag or the swastika on state property — even while admitting the new edict might clash with the First Amendment and be struck down as unconstitutional.

As far as the modern Democrat party are concerned, free speech is something to be shut down.

Fri Dec 18 15:09:24 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Realtor's association to enforce censorship on its members

Front Page Magazine The National Association of Realtors claims to have 1.4 million members. There will be fewer members before long as the association begins purging conservative real estate agents.

At the center of the storm was an addition to Article 10 which covers various forms of discrimination. But unlike all the previous sections which addressed how real estate professionals interacted with customers, Article 10-5 is catchall cancel culture that controls what real estate agents say on social media on their own private accounts and in their free time.

This goes far beyond being made to bake a cake. Even if you’re at home and you post something opposed to gay marriage or illegal migration, you can lose your business.

This is only getting worse.

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Fri Dec 04 08:00:04 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The fall of free speech

ZerohedgeWe have previously discussed the alarming rollback on free speech rights in the West, particularly in Europe. The move to criminalize speech has led to an insatiable appetite for new limitations and broader prosecutions. Norway is an example of this headlong plunge into speech controls and crimes in the West. This week the legislature adopted (without even a vote) a new criminal law that punishes people for saying anything deemed hate speech toward transgender people in their own home or private conversations.

Criminalizing speech is a favorite trick of totalitarians, and the left is trending more and more towards totalitarian tyranny. It's not even permitted to protest a stolen election, work in real estate while having politically incorrect discussions in your private life, . And if you don't want to submit, you will be re-educated.

Fri Dec 04 08:00:04 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Biden advisor says first amendment has a design flaw

PJMediaStengel agreed with his “sophisticated Arab diplomats,” answering their query about Qur’an-burning with this: “It’s a fair question. Yes, the First Amendment protects the ‘thought that we hate,’ but it should not protect hateful speech that can cause violence by one group against another. In an age when everyone has a megaphone, that seems like a design flaw.”

Would you have voted for Biden if he admitted he would appoint advisors who think the Bill of Rights have design flaws, and make the argument for censoring criticism of Islam?

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Wed Nov 18 17:42:55 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Wikipedia now censoring support for traditional marriage

The problem here is that censoring something like this does not make it go away (as Wikipedia no doubt wishes), it just prevents that opinion from being expressed on a certain platform. It's a thumb on the scales of the overton window, as I saw it described somewhere earlier today; it's not a rational argument, not a discussion, not an explanation, merely a declaration that a certain position is verboten in polite society. Not only does the law not agree with that opinion (any longer, even though this change to millennia of law only happened recently), that opinion can no longer be spoken about at all, thus hampering anyone who disagrees from expressing their disagreement.

This is evil. It is evil in the unique manner of totalitarian technological societies; a minor evil that hurts millions of people just a little bit, and thus hopes to achieve great evil while sliding beneath the notice of those who might oppose it effectively.

Tue Oct 27 17:30:30 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Twitter "fact-checks" Trump tweets

This is an obvious attempt at influencing the election, and should result in Twitter being denied any protections against suits for those tweets it does not correct or remove, as Twitter has now claimed for itself an editorial role rather than being a content-neutral service provider. Trump has responded with an executive order emphasizing the importance of free speech and declaring that, by stepping back from political neutrality, Twitter has become a publisher making editorial decisions instead of a platform, thus stripping their protections from suit under section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

Wed Jun 03 01:23:40 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Police shoot sleeping man through his own window

... and they did it because of red flag laws. They are also refusing to share their bodycam footage, because of course they are. After all, that footage would expose them as liars who shot and killed a man while he slept peacefully in bed next to his pregnant girlfriend, who they also shot.

The police are keeping the survivors under surveillance and threatening them with arrest if they attend protests.

Everyone involved here needs to go on trial for murder and violation of civil rights. But they won't. Because they are police.

Tue May 26 02:15:41 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Violating both the 1st and 2nd Amendments

New York wants to check your social media before letting you buy a gun. And that includes a year of your internet search history.

No mystery writer or fiction author with ever again by able to buy a gun under those rules, which I suspect New York is just fine with.

Wed Nov 07 05:57:43 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Shutting down free speech

In a coordinated assault on free speech, Gab is being shut down by basically everyone. Gab is basically a less mature twitter without the censorship by political viewpoint; the anti-semite murderer in Pittsburgh had an account there, and this has caused Paypal, stripe, Godaddy, and joyent to shut down their services. All because a bad person had an account on their service. The bad person did not use their service to commit murder; he used their service to say things people don't like (with, in this case, good reason not to like). Because of that, millions of people will now be deplatformed and have their own free speech rights curtailed in a frenzy of collective punishment.

I'm one of them; I have an account on Gab, because Twitter has already proven it can't be trusted. That doesn't associate me with a murderous anti-semite any more than it associates people who use gmail with each other. It's a service. The service is a platform to speech. Bad people get to speak too; no one has to listen to them, but they get to speak, even if the only things they say are bad ideas and hate.

At least, that's how it is supposed to work in a society that believes in free speech. I'm not so sure about ours.

Categories 1st Amendment

Mon Oct 29 03:33:21 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Is it time for media control?

BorepatchThe Media is all in for curtailing the our Second Amendment rights. OK, then - maybe we should look at curtailing their First Amendment rights.

After all, this has a better chance of reducing school shootings than any of the gun control proposals that we've heard. And their publications are commercial in nature - they make money on talking up the school shootings, which likely encourages more school shootings - which leads to higher ratings and more money for them. Which is more important: Media profits or children's lives?

After all, we're constantly told that if it saves one kid's life than we should do it, amirite?

Go sign the petition.

I'm not sure if I want to go that far. Any serious attempt at regulating the media would invite regulatory capture immediately, and backfire upon the small, indepedent bloggers and commentators. But to be honest... yes, I do think the media attention given to mass murders that happen at school contributes to them happening again and again and again.

Here's a partial explanation of why.

Sun May 20 10:12:59 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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