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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.

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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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