Comments on the capitol Incursion
As everyone knows, there were large pro-Trump crowds at the Capitol building yesterday. An element from the crowd broke into the building. The police lost control. A woman was shot and killed by the Capitol Police. Among those who gained access to the building were these folks, above (in the picture). Are they Antifa/BLM? The picture above is suggestive. The man with what appears to be a Hammer & Sickle on the back of his hand doesn’t have the right symbol set for a Trump supporter. The man with the horns has been identified as Jake Angel or Jake Angeli or Jacob Chansely from Phoenix. Why so many names? According to 12 News in Phoenix Angel/Angeli/Chansley has been seen “at numerous rallies, marches and events throughout the past year, ranging from Trump rallies to BLM marches.” Is he a political switch-hitter? Angel/Angeli/Chansley is said to shout QAnon-related slogans, like “Q Sent Me.” Mainstream media takes all this as proof that he is a QAnon supporter. Whatever his real name is, he certainly wants us to think he supports Trump.
I spoke to people who were at the Capitol when the events went down. They are suspicious about the folks who broke into the building. Trump supporters knew the deliberations inside the building were vital to their cause. Why would they interrupt or disrupt the deliberations?
Sadly, the process of public debate was suspended as congressmen were evacuated from the Capitol. Who was at fault? Nancy Pelosi says Trump was at fault. Of course she does. All the same: Anyone can pose as a Trump supporter.
However we understand the event, it in no way compares to the violence of last summer, either in scale or in its intimidation value. Look at what happened at the White House with the injured Secret Service agents when Antifa showed up. Did the mainstream media strongly condemn the real rioting that then occurred? Now CNN presents what happened at the Capitol as “terrorism.” Even if knuckleheaded Trump supports were responsible, it doesn’t rise to the level of what Antifa has done.
The hypocrisy of the media is on full display. The communists get a free pass. Patriots are automatically guilty of terrorism. So this is the outcome: The President’s rally has been converted into an act of “treason.” Was it wise to invite hundreds of thousands of supporters to a city ruled by a hostile mayor, to a city where cell phone coverage could be cut off, where a hostile media would control the narrative? In retrospect, the event backfired badly.
Who got arrested during this event? Did any of the characters in the above picture get arrested? Anyone can attend Trump rallies in a costume. Anyone can shout QAnon slogans. Why did Jake Angel (or whoever he is) attend BLM events, as claimed by 12 News in Phoenix? Does the fat guy standing next to “Jake” really have a hammer & sickle tattoo?
It sure looks like it, though some say it’s a Mark of the Outsider tattoo. One thing is for sure, however; the little guy on the other side of the picture is dressed in black, just like an Antifa rioter. If they are Trump supporters, they are freakish ones.
P.S. – We have better information about what happened at the Capitol. The reader thread below offers many excellent corrections and clarifications. On the morning of 6 January I wrote that we were going to start learning about ourselves as well as the Marxists. We learned plenty on 6 January. We learned that our leaders do not have a master plan. We learned that a mob is a mob. We learned that intelligent leadership is missing.
BREAKING REPORT: Former FBI Agent on the Ground at US Capitol Says at Least One Bus Load of Antifa Thugs Infiltrated Trump Demonstration (thegatewaypundit.com)
FALSE FLAG CONFIRMED: “Viking” who stormed the Capitol Building previously photographed at BLM rally wearing the same outfit – NaturalNews.com
Was the assault on the Capitol building a false flag? « Jon Rappoport’s Blog (nomorefakenews.com)
Was Yesterday’s Brawl At The U.S. Capitol A False Flag Operation? (conservativehq.org) – The comments on this one are very interesting. The first person to comment, “dgj,” objects to the idea that these photographs prove Antifa was there. Read the response from Stephen Clark:
Hello dgj, Your comment is uninformed, we were there. Antifa showed up in 4 white vans escorted right up to the Capitol by fake police vehicles. This was planned. They were wearing helmets and black outfits with a touch of Trump gear. We Trump supporters do not wear helmets and we do not destroy property. The entire day was beautiful and peaceful until they showed up. This entire staged event was to stain Trump and all of us who support America. Notice that Congress is now using this event to justify their votes on electors. It is all planned. You should have been there to speak with the hundreds of Vietnamese people who know what Communism will do to our country. We have 13 days to save ourselves. Research it!
179 thoughts on “Find the Hammer & Sickle”
It’s on the left hand of the fat dude on the left.
Antifa gets away with another riot, and Trump gets the blame. There is a color revolution for you!
There’s plenty of imagery of those 2 at various ANTIFA riots/locations. Disgraceful the media refuses to expose it.
Only it’s not a hammer and sickle. It’s an Outsider tattoo from the video game Dishonored. However, the man pictured is, from what I’ve seen, associated with Antifa in Philadelphia. So he’s an avid gamer and Antifa member – both out of touch with reality.
I increased the size of the image and could see it was not the standard hammer and sickle, so thank you for identifying it as something from a video game. I would think most Trump supporters don’t have much time to play video games, because they are working to support themselves and their families.
And here’s a closeup of the guy’s hand (same picture, only with the hand enlarged):
Jeff, real dark times it’s coming.
What we need is some light.
The event should not be condemned in any way, since, after all, the Left never condemned ANTIFA/BLM occupying government buildings in 2011 and also more recently, or even destroying government buildings.
Conservatives seem to feel the compulsion to disavow any sort of unruly protesting, even calling our own people “terrorists” as Ted Cruz did today. I don’t really understand this. At the end of the day, even if there were ANTIFA infiltrators who might have led the crowd, the crowd at large was definitely our people. The hero, Babbit, who got murdered in cold blood, was a 14 year Veteran and a Trump supporter.
What she did was against the law, but, who cares? The law has failed. The nation has fallen. One might as well be scandalized at offending some ancient command of Rome at this point. If the law is not for us, we must begin the process of making our own law, such as secession, even though I foresee that China and Russia would take advantage of this. Perhaps the faster we can split the nation, the sooner we can unite the nation under a new government and save our nuclear stockpiles from being obliterated. I don’t think any secession can be done that won’t result in civil war and one side triumphing over the other.
Great comment, Ricardo. But I disagree that Ashli broke the law, mainly because it is yet to be determined what she did for the police to target and shoot her, but more so – her First Amendment right to free assembly should not be contested. She was unarmed, but protesting. Why has she broken the law when so many others were rioting and getting away with it.
The other thing I’d like to point out (and yes it is my opinion); politicians and media hacks are calling yesterday’s events “un-American” when actually, they were the most American thing we’ve seen since President Trump was elected. It took 4 years for the pot to boil over, which in itself is amazing, but boil over it has, and did.
This isn’t over.
These are important points to consider. Who was Ashli? Why did she go into the Capitol? She was definitely a Trump supporter, judging by her social media accounts. She tried to crawl through a window when the Capitol building was being breached. She was a QAnon supporter, which places her in the category of “conspiracy theorist.” Did she know the people she was with? Were the people who breached the building QAnon extremists? That is a one theory (or a partial explanation for events) based on the evidence. Ashli evidently held revolutionary views, being motivated by a concern for abused children — all based on a rumor of rampant pedophilia. Lin Wood has been feeding this rumor. Does he have proof? If he had proof, he should have shown it already. This is what always bothers me about these conspiracy people. When you look at the proofs, they aren’t really proofs. The whole thing dissolves into more rumor. If QAnon was honest, he would not be anon. Please keep that point in mind. Sadly, Ashli probably fell under the spell of a modern myth (which certainly has a grain of truth to it). But political actions must be based on positive knowledge. To box with shadows is madness. Yet that is what she was doing when she crawled through that window in the Capitol. And she brought great harm to herself and to the patriotic cause. What could be more tragic than a person with good motives and a misguided sense of what to do? I have always warned against Conspiracism. Paranoid rumors are counter-productive. These are not going to get you to right action, but draw you into a paranoid world of delusion. One ought to demand proof. The truth is about KNOWING. And knowledge doesn’t come from a joker dropping clues on social media.
Re: Lyn Wood.
He’s clearly a conspiracy kook, and his statements have done nothing but harm. But I’m not going to say Ashli got sucked into a lie and lost her life as a result. If you’ve seen the video, there is no justification whatsoever for how she was killed. The guy was hiding in a corner and sprung out to shoot Ashli, who had two cops with long guns standing right behind her.
Let’s face it, the shooter was looking to murder someone and wanted an excuse.
I saw a video where she was shot crawling through a window. Are we talking about the same thing.
The video I’m talking about is a side view, here: https://twitter.com/1stacyphillips/status/1347094167411806211
I don’t think jumping on that door warranted getting a bullet in her neck. No one else was forcing the door and there were two cops with long guns standing right behind her, a little bit down the stairs, who were herding the people down.
I’m usually on the side of the cops. In fact, almost 100% of the time. But I can’t see this shoot as anything other than the guy sitting just out of visibility to deliberately put a bullet in her. Notice he wasn’t presenting himself in front of her or in front of the door and demanding she get back.
Also saw some other videos of Trump supporters, even ones just standing around and cooperating, getting rag dolled into the pavement or into walls.
Way different ROE than usual.
Federal Prosecutor Opens Excessive Force Investigation Into the Death of Ashli Babbitt
Jeff, while I agree with you that the pedophilia rumors were mostly without evidence, when all the Podesta and Hillary rumors of Pizzagate were going on I saw something about a Portland shop called Voodoo Doughnuts and decided to see what was going on myself. They have a motto of “the secret is in the hole” and sure enough, they were selling clothing with that motto. But the “fun” part was they used very young girl models wearing panties with that motto in the online store. Most had the appearance of exploited youth. It has been cleaned up since then, but it was clearly disgusting. The super rich also have their yachts filled with pleasure girls. A coworker once told me a story about invited by the owner for a short trip on one after he finished a job at a factory. These things are quite common.
Yes, I am sure there are bad things going on. But we must stick to facts and not lose track of the country’s overseas enemies who use all forms of corruption to advance their cause. That includes pedophilia and illegal drugs.
As the facts are obscured or lost, as our questions fade in time, each side in the conflict will mythologize the event. The left will say the events of January 6 represented a “terrorist attack on democracy.” The right will say it was a righteous boiling over of patriotic outrage. What is the truth? We are the victims of a communist strategy of “divide and conquer.” Most people cannot understand this; yet, one day, they will. One day this whole thing will come into better focus. So we must keep our cool. Strategy is a real thing, and we must learn to play a better game. We cannot win by playing the enemy’s game.
Excellent analysis, Jeff. Thank you.
The event on the capital culminated in blame on both/and each side. seems like a perfectly executed 5th column of intermingling. and were instructions given to the police as well which contributed to confusion?
At this point Jeff, I am starting to hope for secession.
I am usually on the same side as you, but this time I will have to disagree. The symbol in the hand of the guy on the left comes from a videogame called disonored. The one on the right, dressed as barbarian, came to BLM riots, but as a member of qAnon against them (https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ErFITDNW8AA-m1y?format=jpg&name=medium), as images from the riot indicate, and is just a crazy man (https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/13678365/who-jake-angeli-horned-capitol-protestor-trump-supporter/). In a crowd of millions of it is not unusual for things to get out of control and awkward people to appear.
To be honest, in my view, most of those people are just patriots deluded with the corruption of American bureaucracy. It is really obvious that the politicians would not audit the election results in conformity to the constitution. The normal pathways of democracy are closed and people are seeing it with their bare eyes.
Not that I am advocating for doing such a random invasion. Those kind of things should be estrategically thought in order to be sucessful. But the rationale behind it is logical and legit. People are just outraged and don’t trust the institutions no longer.
“People are just outraged and don’t trust the institutions”
Agreed. They feel helpless to change things. There is video of several different protesters inside the Capitol who yelled “you did this to us” and “you wouldn’t listen to us”. People who feel desperate sometimes do desperate things. 🙁
It may turn out the incursion into the Capitol was done entirely by QAnon believers. Whatever the facts show in this case, the communists do make use of agent provocateurs, they do infiltrate patriotic crowds, and if the government is run by Marxists they will lump all patriots together as a threat (which many of Obama’s appointees have done). On the other hand we ought to consider that most people in government (below management level) are still open to reason. If I am wrong about this, then we are headed for a tragic end. Certainly, the people who staff the government ought to realize why we are afraid of their growing power as much as they fear our anger at their policies. Oh yes, they think Trump voters are victims of brainwashing. The patriots think the same is true of Biden voters. Naturally, we believe our media sources of information and they believe theirs. I know that I am not right about everything, especially when it is something that happened within the last 48 hours. How could I have all the facts so early? My expectations color how I look at the events. This is true for everyone, and that is why we all should step back and wait a little, and try to be reasonable. We know the election had many irregularities. We know that the Supreme Court refused to hear the evidence. Our institutions appear to be breaking down. The same kind of people who cut short my academic career for being critical of Marxism in graduate school dominate our institutions today. I know how these people think. I know this thinking will probably sink the country. I see them as I knew them in school: blinded by leftist “thinking”; unable to see the danger from China and Russia. Last night I received an email from the Czech Republic about Russia’s military buildup opposite Ukraine. The balance of power is tilting against us as we become more divided and as the left weakens our military through their ever misguided policies. How do we solve this? You are right, of course, that Congress wasn’t going to overturn the election. But it was our only chance to debate the issue of election fraud publicly, with the whole country watching, to show we are not crazy. That debate was cut short. Now patriotic people are once again depicted as dangerous extremists. This sets us up for a divide-and conquer game we cannot win.
Agree, Jeff; even though it pains me to the core. Even wisdom fails me at this point. I’m spending the weekend in prayer (next week will be worse for authentic, long-term-thinking Conservatives and God is the only power that can re-charge ones soul).
Best to you and All who gather here.
I believe by March we will all be rejoicing. Hang in there and keep praying.
“For since the world began, no ear has heard and no eye has seen a God like you, who works for those who wait for him!” Isaiah 64:4 (NLT)
Over the years I have thought that if we reached a point such as the one one we have just reached, that the only thing that could save the country would be the rise of a Caesar Augustus.
Definitely a double-edged sword if it did happen, as the Republic would end, but the country would be saved.
Trump was the last chance of staying a Republic, but the swamp is too deep and wide spread. Where is the DDT/Agent Orange when we need it the most.
Caesarism is a degenerative condition.
I do agree with that. The events unfolding are definetely something out of the curve. I am very pesimistic about this, but any prediction would be precipitated and good signs are also visible. People on the american right are starting to grow a great level of conscience of the real issue and last time I saw something like this, the all powerful workers party in Brazil got purged from the government (and continue to lose space every election)… A reaction surely will come, but not sure if China won’t come first.
Yes. It’s hard not to fear the worst.
I recall you wrote about (in Fourth World war) the rise of Caesardom, many many little Caesars. Now I know how it happens first hand: you reach a point where your country has degenerated to such an extent that it’s better than the status quo! Let’s hope our Caesar isn’t a communist plant, at least.
I think this current level of disorientation leaves us vulnerable to our overseas enemies.
Hello South Africa II – they are doing to you exactly what they did to us. Once Biden is in charge conservative America is doomed.
Many of us have that feeling.
its Bophutatswana all over again.infiltration,provocation and psyop.no?
The guy on the right was wearing his work badge and subsequently lost his job. smh
What we have seen since November is that the swamp is as deep as the Marianas Trench and as wide as the Siberian steppes. Trump, evidently never had much of a chance, although he did accomplish quite a bit and definitely upset the apple cart in DC. Even those that seemed to be on Trump’s side in Congress or in the bureaucracy, were doing so in a very subtle way, as when it came down to action, there was none.
Very disappointed with Mike Pence, although at the same time, with all the threats that were probably being made against those that seemed to support Trump and also against their families, I guess the Stalinist tactics prevailed.
At least now we know without a doubt that our government has been very much controlled by soft-Communists for a very long time, which has now unfortunately opened the door for the hard-Communists to start moving in.
Not sure what to expect over the coming year, but do not expect it to be good.
Perhaps, the anticipated secession of States and possible open civil war, hard to say but the light at the end of the tunnel appears to be dimming.
“House Speaker Nancy Pelosi revealed on Friday that she’s spoken to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley about preventing President Trump from ordering a nuclear strike.”
This seems “unusual.”
Given the military positioning of China and Russia, this is not an encouraging approach to deterrence.
1871 provides a road map for addressing the pro-Trump attempted insurrection
Megan Kate Nelson
The Washington Post
Jan. 8, 2021
Updated: Jan. 8, 2021 8:32 a.m.
The invasion of the U.S. Capitol building Wednesday was shocking in many respects, as was the continued determination of some members of Congress to obstruct the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the wake of these violent actions. Now the question is: How should the federal government respond? It is clear the current administration will do nothing; Congress abdicated all responsibility for reaction and declared a recess. When Biden takes office on Jan. 20, he and his administration will be tasked with responding. And when they do, they should look not to 1876, as many politicians and commentators have been arguing, but to 1871.
That year, Congress and President Ulysses S. Grant initiated a campaign to punish members of the Ku Klux Klan. This terrorist organization, founded in 1868 in Tennessee in defense of white supremacy, had spread across the South in a matter of months. Klan members convened at night, donned disguises and rode through the countryside beating, whipping, raping and killing Black (and some White) Southerners who dared claim their rights provided by the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments in the aftermath of the Civil War.
In response to this escalating violence, Congress passed the first Enforcement Act in May 1870. This legislation reasserted the rights of male citizens to vote and made it illegal to “hinder, delay, prevent, or obstruct” those rights by “force, bribery, threats, intimidation, or other unlawful means.” It also explicitly outlawed the tactics of the Ku Klux Klan, deeming it a felony for two or more people to conspire together “or go in disguise upon the public highway” to violate the rights of their fellow citizens.
And yet, violent assaults on Black and White Republican voters only escalated, reaching a peak before and after the midterm elections. As a result, the next year, Congress passed two additional enforcement acts. These enabled the federal government to exert pressure on states denying their citizens equal protection and voting rights. The third act brought Klan violence under federal jurisdiction, and allowed Grant to declare that actions that sought to overthrow or defy federal authority constituted a “rebellion against the government of the United States.” To suppress this rebellion, the president could lawfully suspend the privileges of the writ of habeas corpus, allowing military authorities to arrest Klan members immediately.
Congress also formed a joint committee to investigate the Klan’s actions in the South. It held hearings, and in the summer of 1871, sent bipartisan subcommittees to cities to take the testimony of Black and White Republican voters whom the Klan had attacked. In South Carolina, witnesses and spectators crowded into the hallways and meeting rooms where the subcommittee met, bearing witness to the bravery of Klan victims who appeared to tell their stories. As the historian Kidada E. Williams has argued, these witnesses made “bold decisions to risk their lives and their credibility and to recover their agency and resist violence by proclaiming their trauma to strangers.” In so doing, they laid the groundwork for the Southern Black community’s continued mobilization against White supremacy after 1871.
As the joint committee prepared to publish its report and thousands of pages of victim testimony, Grant’s attorney general, Amos Akerman, planned for prosecution.
Akerman had been appointed to his post in the summer of 1870 and placed at the head of the recently established Justice Department. A resident of Georgia, he was the only Southerner in Grant’s Cabinet, and the only former Confederate officer.
Ackerman knew his fellow White Southerners well: “Nothing is more idle than to attempt to conciliate by kindness that portion of the Southern people who are still malcontent,” he said. “They take all kindness of the part of the government as evidence of timidity, and hence are emboldened to lawlessness by it. It appears impossible for the government to win their affection. But it can command their respect by the exercise of its powers.”
The best course of action, Akerman argued to Grant, was to choose one state as a target for arrests and prosecutions to serve as an example of the federal government’s dedication to defending civil rights. After determining that enough evidence of Klan violence in South Carolina existed to begin the process, he notified the president. In October 1871, enabled by the third enforcement act, Grant declared that the most violent of South Carolina’s counties were in a state of insurrection and suspended the writ. Military forces fanned out across the countryside, arresting suspected Klan members and jailing them.
During the South Carolina KKK trials, which began in November 1871 in Columbia, federal attorneys successfully prosecuted hundreds of Klan members for conspiracy to deprive citizens of their voting rights. Newspapers across the country covered the trials, often publishing the testimony and legal arguments verbatim. In 1872, the federal government published complete transcripts of the trials for distribution to members of Congress and the public.
“The entire country is watching with unusual interest and anxiety,” one of the federal attorneys declared. “This trial and its results stretch far beyond the interests of every citizen, and go down to the very foundations of our American liberty and government.”
The actions that the federal government took in 1871 signaled its willingness to defend the constitutional rights of the nation’s citizens, Black and White, and to protect them against violence. The combined efforts of Congress, Grant and Akerman and his team of federal attorneys drove the KKK underground for several years.
The effects of these actions were, unfortunately, only temporary. Congress grew tired of focusing on Southern violence, and by 1874, the Justice Department ceased its prosecutions of Klan members. As Akerman (whom Grant fired in December 1871) told a friend, Black Southerners should no longer look to the federal government for aid. “The Northern mind, being full of what is called progress,” he observed, “runs away from the past.”
This federal abandonment of the defense of civil rights is one of the great horrors and tragedies of our nation’s history. But the events of 1871 provide essential historical lessons for the Biden administration and our legislators today.
First, there is precedent for holding those who participated in the attack on the Capitol, and those who aided and abetted it, legally responsible.
Second, this is not just a judicial matter, it is a political one, too. Investigations, arrests and prosecutions signal that such actions are unacceptable in our democracy. And that is why widely publicizing the details of these transgressions matters as well.
Finally, as Akerman understood in 1871, conciliation is not an option. Biden has signaled that his administration is willing to take action. On Thursday, in his introduction of Merrick Garland as his nominee for attorney general, Biden noted the role the Justice Department played in prosecuting the KKK and argued that “this original spirit must again guide and animate its work.”
This commitment to racial justice is vital. For the silence and inaction of our political leaders will only embolden the white-supremacist mob, undermine democracy and endanger those who have fought hardest to secure freedom for themselves – and for all Americans.
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Nelson is author of “The Three-Cornered War: The Union, the Confederacy, and Native Peoples in the Fight for the West.”
Megan Kate Nelson
Important article, Wade. It identifies patriotic Americans with the KKk. This is a disturbed piece of writing from the Post.
Biden calling us “domestic terrorists” today. So much for the two seconds of “let’s unify America!” spouted by him and his lying ilk.
He called Hawley and Cruz Nazis.
What if somebody is trying to split the Republican Party the same way they have split America. Call it — a Banana Republic Split.
The New York Times
President-elect Joe Biden plans to release nearly all available vaccine doses, instead of holding second shots back, in an attempt to speed delivery.
Friday, January 8, 2021 11:35 AM EST
Because both of the coronavirus vaccines that have emergency approval require two doses, the Trump administration has been holding back roughly half of its supply to ensure those already vaccinated receive the booster dose.
But the vaccine rollout has been troubled from the start.
Read the latest: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/08/world/biden-plans-to-release-nearly-all-available-doses-in-an-attempt-to-speed-vaccinations.html
The current vaccines are mRNA based. Moderna tried to use mRNA to find cancer (and other) cures, but long term trials failed with many bad reactions after continued doses. When COVID-19 surfaced, Moderna switched to trying to make a vaccine because it would only require one or two doses and the bad reactions would be reduced. The FDA has never approved any mRNA vaccine and now both the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines are both approved for emergency use. Sounds to me like the system (FDA) has been gamed. If the first dose doesn’t get you, the second is usually worse.
I am worried about this.
My cousin’s hubby, 6’3 and a body builder (not as big as Eddie Hall but getting there) took the vaccine and was sick for a week. Might as well have had Covid considering how bad he got. I think different people have different reactions, but I’m not interested in becoming a test dummy for this stuff.
JUST LIKE TRUMP REPEATELY APPOINTING HIS PEOPLE TO PENTAGON POSITIONS WITHIN THE LAST TWO TO THREE MONTHS, KNOWING THEY WILL BE DISMISSED WHEN BIDEN COMES IN; WHY IS PELOSI SO HELL BENT TO IMPEACH AGAIN WHEN TRUMP IS OUT IN 12 DAYS ANY WAY?
SOMETHING IS NOT ADDING UP. RIGHT IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE.
I think it prefigured his arrest on leaving office.,
I read somewhere that the reason Pelosi’s trying to impeach when Trump is so close to leaving office anyway is that it would keep him from being allowed ever to run for president again.
I think they want to destroy him and crush his followers.
Are they trying to deliberately provoke conservatives in this country to start bombing and shooting politicians? If I’m in a state of perpetual rage, being the most laid back individual on planet Earth, imagine how the rest of the country is doing!
If they suspend all our civil liberties because of a handful of knuckleheads, then all our fears about leftists being totalitarians are justified. When they call you a terrorist and criminal for disagreeing with them, then you know that freedom is over.
Minuteman III Missiles Are Too Old to Upgrade Anymore, STRATCOM Chief Says
6 Jan 2021
Military.com | By Richard Sisk
The aging Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles that have formed the land-based leg of the nation’s nuclear deterrent triad for half a century can no longer be upgraded and require costly replacements, Adm. Charles Richard, head of U.S. Strategic Command, said Tuesday.
“Let me be very clear: You cannot life-extend the Minuteman III [any longer],” he said of the 400 ICBMs that sit in underground silos across five states in the upper Midwest.
“We can’t do it at all. … That thing is so old that, in some cases, the drawings don’t exist anymore [to guide upgrades],” Richard said in a Zoom conference sponsored by the Defense Writers Group.
Where the drawings do exist, “they’re like six generations behind the industry standard,” he said, adding that there are also no technicians who fully understand them. “They’re not alive anymore.”
Richard rejected suggestions by several think tanks that the incoming Biden administration should consider life extensions for the Minuteman IIIs as a cost-saving measure, delaying replacement with new missiles called the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD).
“I don’t understand, frankly, how someone in a think tank, who actually doesn’t have their hands on the missile looking at the parts, the cables, all of the pieces inside” can make judgments on the way forward, he said.
With new GBSD missiles built by Northrop Grumman, “we will replace a 60-year-old, basically circuit switch system with a modern, cyber-defendable, up to current standards command and control system,” Richard explained.
But he had a different take on life extensions for the B-52 Stratofortress bomber fleet, saying that current modernization programs for the B-52H versions of the bomber, which can carry nuclear weapons, are “going quite well.” The aircraft was developed in the 1940s and entered the Air Force inventory in the 1950s.
He said he wants to add command-and-control improvements into the B-52H modernization program but overall, “I’m satisfied with where we are with that.”
According to the Defense Department, the nuclear triad’s bomber force currently consists of 46 nuclear-capable B-52H bombers and 20 B-2A Spirit aircraft. The undersea leg consists of 14 Ohio-class submarines, each equipped with Trident II missiles; and the land leg consists of the 400 Minuteman IIIs.
In assessing the effectiveness of the nation’s nuclear deterrent, Richard warned of Russia and China’s growing capabilities and the challenges ahead for the U.S.
“What’s different in the world today than it was, say, back in the Cold War [is the fact that] this nation has never before had to face the prospect of two near-peer, nuclear-capable adversaries who have to be deterred differently,” he said. “Actions done to deter one have an impact on the other. This is way more complicated than it used to be.”
The U.S. also must contend with the divergent worldviews of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping, he said, explaining, “Putin makes decisions differently than Xi.”
Richard said he has made his concerns known in several meetings with President-elect Joe Biden’s transition teams. Without giving specifics, he said the meetings had “gone very well” and added that he is open to a review of the nation’s current nuclear strategy, should the incoming administration find it necessary.
The 2018 Nuclear Posture Review, conducted by then-Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on the order of President Donald Trump, called for a $1.2 trillion modernization of the triad, with an estimated $85 billion going to the new GBSD missile system.
The review stated that all three legs of the triad will be vital to the nation’s defense for the foreseeable future. “Eliminating any leg of the triad would greatly ease adversary attack planning and allow an adversary to concentrate resources and attention on defeating the remaining two legs,” it said.
One of the review’s controversial recommendations was a call for the development of small-yield nuclear weapons to be placed on ballistic submarines to counter Russia’s stockpile of small-yield weapons.
Last January, the Federation of American Scientists reported that a small-yield W76-2 Trident submarine warhead had been deployed aboard the Ohio-class submarine Tennessee. The Navy declined to confirm the deployment.
Richard said he looks forward to a discussion with the incoming administration on small-yield weapons as part of a new review of the nuclear deterrence mission.
“I welcome an examination of the nation’s strategy here,” he said. “I recommend that, based on the threat. … The threat is moving so fast that, even given the [short] time since the last Nuclear Posture Review, [it] warrants another look at it to make sure that we still endorse our strategy, and we have sufficient capability to execute that strategy.”
He said STRATCOM is “prepared to execute whatever the political leadership of this nation would like to do.”
— Richard Sisk can be reached at Richard.Sisk@Military.com.
Related: The Minuteman III, Designed for 10 Years of Use, Celebrates its 50th Anniversary
Yes, let us study the GBSD for 10 years but ground all 400 of the dangerous unreliable Minuteman III ICBMs TODAY.
It is coming, I can almost guarantee it.
I fear you are exactly right.
This is what frightens me the most. This is why I object so strenuously to Biden. I believe he will not fix our deterrent. And that could be the end of the country.
Well, Jeff, that is all they had to do, wait for our weapons to become what so many of theirs did, of course we paid them for and paid them well.
Remember those 50 new MX “Peacekeepers” we dug out of the ground, almost nobody does.
I think we are a lot closer to the “beginning of the end” than to the “end of the beginning.”
Congratulations, Jeff, you earned it.
To see this coming, even 33 years ago, was hardly rocket science. It only required a little curiosity and logic.
Actually, if you will pardon the “pun,” it was “rocket science.”
Few withstood the wilderness of mirrors and disinformation presented by the “Fall of Communism” and Globalism scams as well as the cultural modifications and psychological warfare.
Even fewer presented a decades long series of columns and discussions analyzing the entire current and eddies of this “flood.”
To accomplish this with negative reimbursement for your efforts is astounding.
Once again, BRAVO. I know the effort has not been without costs, significant ones.
It’s nice to be appreciated. Thank you.
HERE WHY I MENTIONED PELOSI GOING ON THE WARPATH. YOU DELETED IT BUT KEPT THE BIDEN POST TWICE.
BY THE WAY I GOT MORE WAY WORSE NEWS TO POST SHORTLY
The New York Times
Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House would move to impeach President Trump over his role in inciting a violent mob if he did not resign “immediately.”
Friday, January 8, 2021 12:54 PM EST
In a letter to members of the House, Ms. Pelosi invoked the resignation of Richard M. Nixon amid the Watergate scandal, when Republicans prevailed upon the president to resign and avoid the ignominy of an impeachment, calling Mr. Trump’s actions a “horrific assault on our democracy.”
Read the latest: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/08/us/politics/trump-impeachment-pelosi.html?campaign_id=60&emc=edit_na_20210108&instance_id=0&nl=breaking-news&ref=cta®i_id=127946122&segment_id=48773&user_id=c04b5ee9f828b9a8528a5a264bab77fc
Trying to delete replete posts.
House Democrats Set to Introduce New Articles of Impeachment Against Trump on Monday, Report Says
At least one of the articles of impeachment against US President Donald Trump related to the January 6 insurrection is expected to be introduced in the US House of Representatives on Monday, according to a Reuters report.
According to the report, the impeachment has been drafted by Reps. David Cicilline (D-RI), Ted Lieu (D-CA), and Jamie Raskin (D-MD).
The motion will charge Trump with abuse of power “by willfully inciting violence against the government of the United States.”
MORE INFORMATION TO FOLLOW…
The same exact charge, on the same grounds, could be brought against the Democrat leaders for last summer’s riots in Washington and Antifa/BLM’s attack on the White House.
US Justice Department Does Not Forsee Incitement Charges Against Trump Over Capitol Riots
A top US federal prosecutor on Thursday remarked to reporters during a conference call that investigators had not fully ruled out the possibility of slapping US President Donald Trump with inciting violence charges after his repeated remarks at a Wednesday rally emboldened his supporters to storm the US Capitol.
Officials with the US Department of Justice announced Friday they would not be filing incitement charges against neither Trump nor any other individuals who spoke at the “Stop the Steal” rally that was held hours before pro-Trump rioters made their way to the US Capitol.
The revelation was declared via a conference call with reporters by Ken Kohl, the acting principal assistant for the US attorney’s office in Washington, DC.
“We don’t expect any charges of that nature,” Kohl said when asked during a phone briefing to elaborate on the possibility “that the president or the people who were on the stage with him at that rally could face potential charges related to inciting violence.”
DETAILS TO FOLLOW
BUT THIS TAKE THE TOP PRIZE AND WILL GIVE A BAD CHILLLING EFFECT:
Gov. Justice | W.Va. delegate facing charges following breach at US Capitol
(VIDEO OF THE BREACH IS ON THE NEWS SITE).
By WSAZ News Staff
Published: Jan. 8, 2021 at 2:00 PM EST| Updated: 31 minutes ago
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) — A newly elected W.Va. delegate who went Facebook live while storming the US Capitol Wednesday along with other protesters is now facing federal charges, according to Gov. Jim Justice.
Gov. Justice made the announcement at the end of his press conference Friday.
“This came across, W.Va. delegate Evans charged federally with entering a restricted area, according to Federal Department of Justice,” said Gov. Justice.
The Associated Press is also reporting that according to the US Justice Department, state lawmaker Derrick Evans has been charged after entering a restricted area of the US Capitol with rioters.
On Wednesday, delegate-elect Derrick Evans (R-WV) filmed the breach at the US Capitol and posted it live on social media.
“We’re in. We’re in. Derrick Evans is in the Capitol,” Evans is heard in the video posted on social media Wednesday.
Thursday, an attorney released a statement on behalf of Evans saying he will not resign despite the growing push to step down from both sides of the political aisle.
The attorney claims Evans was working as an amateur journalist at the time.
To read the full statement click here.
This is a developing story.
Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.
For our previous story click here
Pelosi calls Gen. Milley to block ‘unhinged’ Trump from using nuclear codes
By Ebony Bowden January 8, 2021 | 12:10pm
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the Pentagon’s top general on Thursday and urged him to add extra precautions to stop what she called an “unhinged” President Trump from using the nuclear codes.
In a long statement, Pelosi said she made the drastic call to Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley as pressure mounts for Trump to step down or be removed from office via the 25th Amendment after the deadly US Capitol siege.
“This morning, I spoke to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley to discuss available precautions for preventing an unstable president from initiating military hostilities or accessing the launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike,” Pelosi (D-Calif.) wrote.
“The situation of this unhinged President could not be more dangerous, and we must do everything that we can to protect the American people from his unbalanced assault on our country and our democracy,” she wrote.
Pelosi received assurances from Milley that there were safeguards in place in case Trump wanted to launch a nuclear attack in the final days of his presidency.
Milley, a decorated and respected general, reportedly considered resigning in June over his role in President Trump’s photo op at a historic church outside the White House after protesters were forcibly cleared by police.
The top general apologized, saying it was a “mistake” to appear in his combat fatigues and walk through the park with the president.
Dozens of Democrats and a growing number of Republicans have called on Vice President Mike Pence and the cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove Trump, claiming he is no longer fit for office.
Echoing threats she made on Thursday, Pelosi said that Congress would move forward with new articles of impeachment if Pence did not act — comparing Trump’s acts to those of President Nixon in the Watergate scandal.
“Yesterday, Leader Schumer and I placed a call with Vice President Pence, and we still hope to hear from him as soon as possible with a positive answer as to whether he and the Cabinet will honor their oath to the Constitution and the American people,” she wrote.
“Nearly fifty years ago, after years of enabling their rogue President, Republicans in Congress finally told President Nixon that it was time to go. Today, following the President’s dangerous and sedition acts, Republicans in Congress need to follow their example and call on Trump to depart his office — immediately,” she went on.
“If the President does not leave office imminently and willingly, the Congress will proceed with our action,” she warned.
It’s unclear if Pence and his cabinet will take such a dramatic and destabilizing act in the final two weeks of Trump’s presidency.
At least two cabinet members and multiple staff members have quit in protest over the president’s handling of the deadly riot which killed five people. White House senior counselor Hope Hicks is also reportedly heading for the exits.
A growing number of Democrats, including House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC) have announced their support for impeaching Trump as early as next week, but any move is likely to follow the same fate as the impeachment of Trump last year over the Ukraine pressure scandal.
Assistant House Speaker Rep. Katherine Clarke (D-Mass.) said a floor vote could come next week.
“Donald Trump needs to be removed from office. And we are going to proceed with every tool that we have to make sure that that happens to protect our democracy,” she told CNN.
“If the reports are correct, and Mike Pence is not going to uphold his oath of office and remove the president and help protect our democracy, then we will move forward with impeachment to do just that.”
Republicans are still in control of the Senate until the end of the month and are likely to vote against any measure, or stall a trial altogether, even as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and such Trump stalwarts as Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-NC) rebuke the president’s claims the election was stolen from him and his decision to rile the mob of supporters at a rally before they attacked Congress.
Pelosi is the one acting unhinged.
So there WERE Antifa members storming the Capitol (which we figured, but it’s nice to have a confession). Warning: raw language
And a video showing Trump supporters trying to stop Antifa:
PLEASE WATCH ALL FIVE OF THESE (SHORT) VIDEOS. VERY IMPORTANT
They have been yanked.
Do you have the feeling we are missing something here?
THE 5TH VIDEO IS A YOUTUBE VIDEO OF A LONGER ALTERNATE ANGLE OF ASHLI BABBIT SHOOTING AND FOLLOWING AFTERMATH THE FIRST FOUR ARE BRIGHTEON VIDEOS. THEY ARE VERY EYE OPENING.
I can’t find the article now, but it quotes a Democrat legislator, who laments that the rioters got off easy.
A Black Lives Matter radical who previously threatened to “burn down” the White House and “rip Trump right out of that office” has admitted to Fox News that he was at the riot Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol.
DoJ warns national secrets may have been stolen after mob ransacked offices filled with dossiers and laptops as DC cop claims off-duty personnel were among rioters and ‘flashed ID badges’ at on-duty colleagues
How were unarmed “protesters” allowed to enter and take pictures of themselves in Congressmans chairs? In their own offices? Did the Secret Service and Capitol Police entirely abandon the Capitol building after evacuating the Congress people? This seems impossible. Nancy Peolsis request to strip Trump of nuclear launch athourity is possibly a tell that shakes me to my bones.
Does Trump strike you as a deranged warmonger? I never thought of him that way? What did I miss?
I was up all night and from time to time switched off from it. I’m missed the bit when there was footage of the evacuation. I did not catch that. Did anyone retain news channel footage of actual invasion? I’m not doubting it happend at all. I’m trying to find evidence that it was Alowwed and the response was intentionally controled to allow for a false flag Red blame it on Trump Supporters opperation. I’m concerned that any penetration of Capitol building was allowed at all. If was open to public ahead of time to fill the gallery then The Secret Service would have screened anyone entering. These Congress people are highy protect Ed.
Do you think that the events of this year may be the “Grey Terror” you talked about back in 2004/5? I smell Chinese Intelligence and SVR/GRU/FSB all over this, stoking both sides into a violent confrontation that the CPSU and CCP can exploit.
Also that whole Putin’s Dialetic article from October hinted at the fact that Putin knew who was going to win the election and that he approved of it. In fact Putin wanted Trump gone ever since the IRCG leader Solanami was killed last January and Trump launched an oil war along with the Saudis against Iran (which also greatly affected Russia and its allies).
Grey terror began with 9/11 and was not maintained or followed up on. It seems that China held back as its strength grew, so that the 2008 economic assault fizzled as Obama’s presidency became the basis of a new strategy which we see playing out now. Terror could be re-engaged at some time in the future. But there is no need. They have us from within. This site will not remain online too much longer.
If Jan 6 counting of electors was open to the public as spectators in the gallery of the Senate, why are there no videos of it. No videos of the evaction? Not ONE C-SPAN NSMBC CNN ETC footage of the evacuation,? No one from the gallery has footage?
I’m sorry to flood the the thread, but WHY DO we no video of the entire session,?
They were broadcasting it.
How can we go about establishing channels of free communication amid the nationwide information blackout that is likely approaching? I think we all need to ask ourselves this.
Trump said this after his permanent ban from Twitter:
“I predicted this would happen. We have been negotiating with various other sites, and will have a big announcement soon, while we also look at the possibilities of building out our own platform in the near future. We will not be SILENCED!” he said.
If the gallery anbove the floor is full the Capitol Police and Secret Service will deny access to the building. That’s if Congress is in session. This event should have been closed to the public. If it was open then as soon as the media and PRE CLEARED MEDIA WERE ALLWED IN there are no other allowed persons in. We are talking about offices containing highly classified information and people. There is no way any “mob” can get in there. I cannot find any video of the actual penetration of the floor. Did the Secret Service and Capitol Police just abandon the whole building and allow the thugs to take pictures of themselves on the chairs of the Congress? In their own offices? No fing way.
And then after ” the Capitol is clear” they start confirming the state electors? As in, no threat detected, all clear?
Dyin’ ain’t much of a living, boy.
Alexander Hamilton said “The people are an ass.”
More pictures here: https://cronkitenews.azpbs.org/2020/11/06/hundreds-gather-outside-maricopa-election-center-for-third-day-of-protests/
From Golitsyn’s “Perestroika Deception” (memorandum to CIA of September-November 1990, page 123):
“The West will pay dearly for its failure to
understand that ‘perestroika’ is not a denial of Leninism but a radical, creative and
effective application of the tactic described by Lenin in ‘Left-wing Communism – an
Infantile Disorder’. In this document, Lenin wrote that true revolutionaries should
not be afraid to discard revolutionary phraseology and adopt right-wing tactics to
carry out a revolutionary policy.”
“Those idiots with no guns got in real quick
And disrupted the most important vote ever.” We cleared it up real quick though. No lock down required. It’s all peaches and cream now.
Every body just come back. We protected from the mob first time. It’s all good. BS. Any other event would be shut down for days.
Now that we’ve cleared the Capitol building of all threats it’s safe to resume the proceeding. Where is the footage after the fact? Independent normal citizens? They leaked the assault, where is citzen footage after it. I see no uploaded live coverage from the gallery. I smell be. Red BS.
Jeff, not sure if you can comment, last week I was informed by relatives who live in Hong Kong that Beijing and the Xinjiang Region managed to get of cold temperatures unheard of during winter of -26 C, this has caught the attention of many Grand Solar Minimum channels on YouTube as well.
Lowest since 1967, caused by polar vortex split which in turn is from stratospheric heating.
Appears to be a somewhat normal event, within normal bounds.
The Q connection is interesting. Everyone who follows Q believes that the removal of Trump from social media is the first step in some kind of process called The Storm which will see the arrest of all enemies of the country and the restoration of the republic. (Correct me if I am wrong, because I don’t follow this too carefully.) So, they are anxiously awaiting the next step which is the shut down of all internet communications in the continental USA.
Yes, they don’t want to believe what is real.
It’s not possible to invade the Capitol and have status quo in a few hours.
You have to let go of fantasy thinking. Trump blundered. His supporters are unrealistic in their thinking. All this belief in the insurrection act. When was this talk realistic or even proper? You have to prove your case in court. But you are blocked. The left controls the institutions and the narrative. They have the Army. You have to persuade and use arguments.
Interesting and thought provoking:
Nikki Haley Likens Trump Twitter Ban to Act of Chinese Communist Party (ya think?)
Social media companies banning President Donald Trump is something the Chinese Communist Party would do, former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley said Friday.
“Silencing people, not to mention the President of the U.S., is what happens in China not our country,” Haley wrote in a tweet.
Pompeo saying the same thing:
Twitter’s decision to permanently ban President Donald Trump is “un-American” and parallels censorship under communist China, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Jan. 9.
“Silencing speech is dangerous. It’s un-American. Sadly, this isn’t a new tactic of the Left. They’ve worked to silence opposing voices for years,” he wrote in a tweet.
“We cannot let them silence 75M Americans. This isn’t the CCP,” he added, referring to the Chinese Communist Party’s weaponization of technology and social media to monitor and suppress dissent.
ACLU Warns of ‘Unchecked Power’ After Facebook, Twitter Suspend Trump
I am glad to see that more reasonable leftists recognize the danger of monopoly-led censorship.
Looks like a purge of conservative websites and Twitter accounts is underway. Very chilling. Now I just tried to reach Gab.com and its … not there. Anyone know what’s going on?
Jeff — I assume that you have a firm agreement with your provider so they cannot just disappear you? If they do take you down someday, where should we go to find you?
I have two sites. Go to JRNyquist.com if the blog goes down. I can make a newsletter by snail mail if necessary.
You might want to fix that website address. 🙂
Video: Declassified (Jan. 8): 13 Ways China Targeted the 2020 Election
Jeff, aren’t you considering writing a big book about the Russian Evil Empire?
Because most Americans don’t know that all the current problems and crises in the U.S. and the world are caused by the subversive activity of Moscow.
In the 19th century, there were several Western journalists and writers who truthfully described the evil nature of the Russian nihilistic mentality and Russian political deceptions. Apparently, that today their writings are in the archives, or counterfeiters from KGB destroyed them.
Symbolism and biblical prophecy also suggest a lot.
I don’t think anyone else could do it.
There is so much to write about…
WOW!!! From the Supreme Court in Italy:
“Under distraction and direction of U.S. persons working from U.S. embassy in Rome, undertook the operation to switch data from the U.S. election from 3 Nov. 2020 from significant margin of victory from Donald Trump to Joe Biden in a number of states where Joe Biden was losing the vote totals.
Defendant states that he was working in [inaudible] facility of Leonardo spa and utilized military grade cyber warfare encryption capabilities to transmit and switch votes via military satellite from [inaudible] tower to Frankfurt, Germany. The Defendant swears that the data in some cases may have been switched to represent more than total voter [inaudible]. The Defendant states that he is willing to testify to all individuals and entities involved in the switching of votes from Donald Trump to Joe Biden, where he shall be in total protection from himself and his family. Defendant states he is secured in an undisclosed location. The makeup of the original data and data switched, upon instruction, to provide as evidence in court in this matter. I hereby declare and swear the above stated facts have been stated in my presence.”
If you got to watch any of the videos, he implicated CIA operatives. Obama was also mentioned.
A bizarre story. Can it hold up!
Interesting, but we should reserve judgment for a few days.
Absolutely! I’m just putting the information out there to be aware and see where it goes. Here is a 10 minute clip from General McInerney about everything going on:
His comment near the end about Nancy Pelosi’s laptop (that was stolen) is interesting! Hopefully it will end up in the “right hands”.
Here is a site with some of the original documentation plus a little more. I’m going to pop us some popcorn while we wait to see what happens with all of this. LOL
What we need is a modern-day William Buckley Jr. to kick the Qanons out of the Conservative movement,
Biden Calls Pro-Trump Capitol Protesters ‘Domestic Terrorists’
Biden has previously said he plans to pass new legislation aimed at combating ‘domestic terrorism’
Dave DeCamp Posted on January 8, 2021
In the wake of pro-Trump demonstrators entering the US Capitol Building, Joe Biden made it clear that he views the incident as “terrorism” in comments on Thursday.
“Don’t dare call them protesters,” he said from Wilmington, Delaware. “They were a riotous mob. Insurrectionists. Domestic terrorists. It’s that basic. It’s that simple.”
As The Wall Street Journal reported in November, Biden has said he plans to make a priority of passing a law against domestic terrorism. The Capitol incident will likely speed up the process of crafting domestic terror-related legislation that could have grave implications for the civil liberties of Americans.
Biden’s transition team is also reportedly considering new “Red Flag” laws that would give law enforcement more authority to confiscate firearms.
Biden voted for the 2001 Patriot Act, which greatly expanded the federal government’s surveillance capabilities. He has said the Patriot Act was modeled on a terrorism bill he wrote after the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, that was never signed into law.
“I drafted a terrorism bill after the Oklahoma City bombing,” he was quoted as saying by the New Republic in 2001. “And the bill John Ashcroft sent up was my bill,” he said, referring to then-Attorney General John Ashcroft.
In a 2002 Senate hearing on FBI counterterrorism efforts, Biden again took credit for creating the Patriot Act. “Civil libertarians were opposed to it,” he said. “Right after 1994, and you can ask the attorney general this, because I got a call when he introduced the Patriot Act. He said, ‘Joe, I’m introducing the act basically as you wrote it in 1994. [sic]’”
Democrats in Congress are also calling to prioritize domestic terrorism. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI), a former CIA analyst and Pentagon official, made her priorities clear in an interview with MSNBC.
“The post 9/11 era is over. We are in a new era. We had a generational event with the infiltration of the Capitol,” Slotkin said. “The single greatest national security threat right now is our internal division. It’s the threat of domestic terrorism.”
Jeff, what do you make of Pompeo lifting the One China Policy?
Biden will just reinstate the policy.
FNC’s Carlson Warns Capitol Hill Riots Will Be Used to Strip Americans of Their Rights — Basic Rights ‘in Peril’
Wednesday, Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson delivered a monologue about the riots seen at the U.S. Capitol that left four dead and many more injured.
After emphasizing how “horrified” he was by the violence, Carlson said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that as long as the people feel that “their democracy is fraudulent” and are silenced while speaking out about it, the people will act out as seen on Wednesday and in history. He warned that the chaos at the Capitol could be used by the nation’s leaders to strip Americans of their basic rights.
Partial transcript as follows:
As long as people sincerely believe they can change things by voting, they stay calm. They don’t storm the bastille. They don’t burst into the House chamber. They talk and they organize and they vote. But the opposite is also true. If people begin to believe that their democracy is fraudulent, if they conclude that voting is a charade, that the system is rigged and it’s run in secret by a small group of powerful dishonest people who are acting in their own interests, then God knows what could happen. Actually, we do know what could happen. It’s happening right now. It’s happened in countless other countries over countless centuries, and the cycle is always the same because human nature never changes.
“Listen to us!” screams the population. “Shut up and do what you’re told,” reply their leaders. In the face of dissent, the first instinct of illegitimate leadership is to crack down on the population. But crackdowns never make it better. Instead, they always make the country more volatile and more dangerous. The people in charge rarely understand that. They don’t care to learn or listen because all of this conversation is a referendum on them and their leadership, so they clamp down harder. “Obey, I tell you. Obey!” This is the Romanov program. It ends badly every single time. But that doesn’t mean they won’t try it again. Of course, they will because it’s their nature. It’s how we got here in the first place.
Millions of Americans sincerely believe the last election was fake. You can dismiss them as crazy, you can call them conspiracy theorists, you can kick them off Twitter, but that won’t change their minds. Rather than trying to change their minds to convince them and reassure them the system is real, that the democracy works as you would do if you cared about the country or the people who live here, our new leaders will try to silence them.
What happened today will be used by the people taking power to justify stripping you of the rights were born with as an American. Your right to speak without being censored, your right to assemble, to not be spied upon, to make a living, to defend your family, most critically. These are the most basic and ancient freedoms that we have. They are why we live here in the first place. They’re why we are proud to be Americans. They are what make us different, and they are all now in peril. When thousands of your countrymen storm the Capitol building, you don’t have to like it. We don’t.
You can be horrified by the violence, and as we said and we will say it again, we are horrified. It’s wrong. But if you don’t bother to pause and learn a single thing from it, from your citizens storming your Capitol building, then you’re a fool. You lack wisdom and you lack self-awareness. You have no place running a country. We got to this sad, chaotic day for a reason. It is not your fault. It is their fault.
Capitol siege was planned online. Trump supporters now planning the next one
Jan. 9, 2021 at 8:36 am Updated Jan. 9, 2021 at 5:29 pm
By Craig Timberg, Drew Harwell and Marissa J. Lang
The Washington Post
WASHINGTON – The planning for Wednesday’s assault on the U.S. Capitol happened largely in plain view, with chatters in far-right forums explicitly discussing how to storm the building, handcuff lawmakers with zip ties and disrupt the certification of Joe Biden’s election – in what they portrayed as responding to orders from President Donald Trump.
This went far beyond the widely reported, angry talk about thronging Washington that day. Trump supporters exchanged detailed tactical advice about what to bring and what to do once they assembled at the Capitol to conduct “citizens arrests” of members of Congress. One poster said, “[expletive] zip ties. I’m bringing rope!”
Such comments were not confined to dark corners of the Web. They were scooped up and catalogued by researchers who made their findings public weeks before a seemingly unprepared Capitol Police force was overrun by thousands of rioters, in an incident that left one officer, one protester and three other people dead.
The question left unanswered is why didn’t authorities prepare more effectively for a storm that many outsiders saw looming on the horizon – especially when those planning the assault were so open about their intentions?
“Given the very clear and explicit warning signs – with Trump supporters expressing prior intent to “storm and occupy Congress” and use “handcuffs and zip ties,” clear plans being laid out on public forums, and the recent precedent of the plot to storm the Michigan Capitol building while Congress was in session – it is truly mind-boggling that the police were not better-prepared,” said Rita Katz, executive director of SITE Intelligence Group, which was among the research groups that detailed what was coming in the weeks before the Capitol was attacked. It recapped much of this evidence in a report published Saturday.
Capitol Police spokeswoman Eva Malecki did not respond to requests for comment on Saturday.
The desire to prevent a repeat of Wednesday’s attack helped drive Twitter’s decision to suspend Trump’s account after years in which years he challenged their policies against hate speech and inciting violence. The two tweets the company cited in their announcement Friday night were tamer than many during his candidacy or his presidency, but Twitter said it was particularly concerned about contributing to a possible “secondary attack” on the U.S. Capitol and state government facilities next weekend.
Concerns about more violent incidents appear to be well founded. Calls for widespread protests on the days leading up to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden have been rampant online for weeks. These demonstrations are scheduled to culminate with what organizers have dubbed a “Million Militia March” on Jan. 20 as Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are to be sworn in on the same Capitol grounds that rioters overran on Wednesday.
“We all knew that tens of thousands of extremists would converge on DC Wednesday, so there’s no excuse for the resourcing failure,” said Brian Harrell, a former Trump administration Department of Homeland Security assistant secretary for infrastructure protection, now chief security officer for AVANGRID, an energy company. “Law enforcement was ill prepared for an event the entire country knew was coming, and one that [the president] has been signaling for weeks… It’s shocking.”
These renewed calls to action have bristled with violent talk and vows to bring guns to Washington in defiance of the city’s strict weapons laws. A new analysis of such posts by Alethea Group, an organization combating disinformation that draws its name from the Greek word for “truth,” found abundant evidence of threatening plans on a range of platforms large and small.
The aggressive and often hateful chatter has appeared on both mainstream sites such as Twitter and Facebook and niche, conservative sites such as TheDonald.win and Parler. The specified locations include the U.S. Capitol and the Mall in Washington, the Utah Capitol in Salt Lake City, and locations in Pittsburgh and Columbus, Ohio. Some events, including an “Armed March on All State Capitals,” include localized events in all 50 states.
“REFUSE TO BE SILENCED,” said one online post cited by Alethea Group, calling for an “ARMED MARCH ON CAPITOL HILL & ALL STATE CAPITOLS” for Jan. 17, the last Sunday of Trump’s polarizing presidency. Another post called for action at “DC & All State Capitols” and was signed by “common folk who are tired of being tread upon” declares: “We were warned!”
Parler’s chief operating officer, Jeffrey Wernick, declined to comment. An unnamed moderator for TheDonald wrote an accusatory email in response to a request for comment that used an obscenity to describe Washington Post reporters but did not respond to the substance of the query.
The bitterness and specificity of the posts cited by the Alethea Group resembles what was publicly reported ahead of Wednesday’s assault. In addition to SITE, the Coalition for a Safer Web sent numerous dispatches warning of the trouble brewing, as did Advance Democracy. Online chatter was organized, in some cases, around hashtags such as #StormTheCapitol and included threats to kill Congressional leaders.
Numerous researchers cited a Trump tweet urging supporters to come to Washington on Wednesday, the day of the presidential vote certification in Congress, that said, “Be there, will be wild!”
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One poster responded on a pro-Trump forum, “He can’t exactly openly tell you to revolt . . . This is the closest he’ll ever get.” Another poster, according to the SITE report, called for storming the building to “encircle” Congress and “go after the traitors directly.” Another said, “Bring handcuffs and zip ties to DC” – things that later showed up in numerous images of the riot.
“It’s not so much that the cops weren’t aware of it. It’s almost like they were willfully ignorant of the possibility of violence.” said Marc Ginsberg, president of the coalition who personally shared his findings with government officials. “I felt like crawling into a hole after I saw what happened.”
Warnings even came from private citizens, including activists normally wary of the police. One activist, who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of backlash from the far-right groups, said she spent her Christmas neck-deep in far-right death threats, wading through online forums that detailed plans to smuggle guns into the District, kidnap Democrat lawmakers and violently attack District of Columbia police and racial justice activists.
What she read disturbed her so deeply that she decided to violate one of the cardinal rules of the District activist groups she has protested among since the summer: Call the police. She called the FBI’s tip line on Monday, Dec. 28 and told the woman on the other end of the phone about detailed threats and plans she had seen shared on forums including Parler, Telegram and threads on the website TheDonald. All proved to be major staging grounds for Wednesday’s attack.
“It was a very difficult decision for me to call the FBI, but who else can you tell? They’re explicitly discussing committing federal crimes – attacking the Capitol, attacking the police, attacking us,” said the activist. “I told them, ‘Look, they’re planning to kill members of Congress and they’re openly discussing bringing guns over state lines.’ I thought if that didn’t get their attention nothing would.”
The FBI did not respond to a request for comment Saturday.
Federal, state and local law enforcement have been aggressively building their intelligence capabilities since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks caught the nation off guard. Subsequent investigation pointed to failures to shared pieces of information gathered by various agencies, prompting the creation of fusion centers and other means for transmitting intelligence in the future.
The spread of social media in recent years – and its widespread use as an organizing tool for activists – has made tracking threats that build online easier.
“There’s a big distance between having information and having a threat assessment,” said Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, a think tank. “The question is what they did with the intelligence they had? Did they make a proper threat assessment? If not, why not?”
Similar information is flowing freely to authorities now, as the same online forums light up with the same kind of violent chatter.
Some event listings for the days ahead of the inauguration are openly discussing delivering “justice” for Ashli Babbitt, a rioter and Air Force veteran who was fatally shot by police inside the Capitol on Wednesday.
Cindy Otis, vice president of analysis at Alethea said, “So much of the conversation right now is the general making of threats. There’s a risk of these particular dates leading to violence because that’s the kind of amped-up conversation we’re already seeing from people.”
This story was originally published at washingtonpost.com.
Ashli Babbit was a crisis actor. A .45 pistol shot would have thrown a slim/ lightweight person like she was against the wall. This was a false flag. No, I don’t have proof but have watched the videos online in slow motion. Plus, her neck would’ve been spurting blood if the bullet would’ve hit the carotid artery. The military hires crisis actors for $20/hour. I hope she got more for her effort.
This is not an appropriate comment. You are inventing your own conspiracy theory on the fly without any real evidence.
I’ve dropped a dude with a .45 (in Iraq) and all he did was crumple to the ground, so your opinion is just that.
Secondly, that was a Gov issued 9mm..
Excuse me if this has already been addressed, but, what about the guy on the right with the Trump flag ***wearing an ID card?!*** What kind of ID card? It’s draped over his neck like most every federal entity now has to do! What’s in his rectangular bag? I’ve seen him in another shot too charging up a staircase carrying the same flag. What do you think HIS deal is?! He looks like he’s out in left field!
It was his work ID and he was fired from his job.
Don’t mention Trump’s name on a Delta plane! This is sooo ridiculous!
We see here that polarization has become hysterical.
It’s getting even worse…. we’re past hysterical and bordering on insane.
As if people weren’t already stirred up enough:
Biden Says He Will ‘Defeat the NRA’ While in Office
That is pretty tall talk from a political mediocrity.
And some people thought Biden was a moderate.
Biden even wants to remove the so-called “internet sales loophole” for guns. There is no loophole. It’s a lie. All gun purchases online are delivered to an FFL. But Biden plans to ban internet sales for guns anyway, which would significantly hurt the average person’s ability to buy a firearm and raise prices significantly. Guns are hard to find as it is.
Jeff, are you also hearing rumors about the Emergency Alert System and the Insurrection Act being used tonight?
DC 3 hours ago:
PrayingInOk, you are engaging in the very kind of magical thinking Jeff just warned us about. These rumors come from the Q-Anon fools who substitute wishful thinking for common sense. Don’t fall into the trap of their sorry ignorance.
Gretchen, that’s why I asked Jeff what he was hearing. As I mentioned in a post up above, I’m just putting information out there to see where it goes. 🙂
I think L. Wood originated this statement; but the poor man has lost his mind — so I would not go by what he says.
I saw video of Wood maybe a week or so ago. First time I had seen him. I have called him a kook, but we should consider the possibility he is a grifter and a scam artist. He triggered the same disdain in me that I feel when seeing fake Evangelists on TV (the Benny Hinn or Todd Bentley types) or how I felt the first time I saw Mitt Romney. I tend to have a pretty good radar for that sort of thing.
Breitbart accused him of actually being a Democrat due to his voting history. I didn’t followup on that, and I think Wood himself claimed he voted for Dems only years ago and that Breitbart was distorting the evidence.
Entire Nation Of Pakistan Loses Power In Massive Blackout
Jeff, in one of your comments, you said, “Trump blundered.” I’d value hearing your thoughts on where he went wrong and what should have been done differently. If we can learn form the disasters of the past week (and the past four years), we at least could salvage some wisdom from them.
Did Trump fail to save the Republic because he cozied up to the swamp creatures, instead of placing people with integrity in positions of power during his term? Or did he fail in some other way? What could or should have been done differently?
Even if we love the man for his good intentions and herculean efforts, clearly they failed. He talked big against the evils we face, but his actions did very little to remove them. In the four years he was in office, things only grew worse.
Please tell us your thoughts.
This is an excellent comment. Thanks, Gretchen.
We can all ‘Monday morning QB’ the last 4 years, but IMHO POTUS did what was needed by shining sunlight onto our completely broken political system. But he is 1 man. He’s given The People enough to effect change; it is up to us to see it through.
As a veteran of many campaigns, I don’t like the connotations my opinion invokes. But I don’t see a peaceful pathway back or forward now. It’s a real shame.
Historically the world sees mass ‘socio-economic’ conflict every 50-60 years, the last decade a prolonged flashpoint leading to conflict. We are now into that last decade.
Trump supported us all — ALL — the last 4 years. He deserves our continued support no matter what.
God Bless us all. 🙏🏼🇺🇸
The mistakes Trump has made are minor compared to those made all around him. It is astonishing to watch the left and center politicians. The country will gradually turn against the Democrats. This is now inevitable, as long as we refrain from violence. Whoever starts a civil war will be blamed. Whoever takes tyrannical actions will be politically discredited.
We’ve been in a soft civil war since Obama’s divisive years, it’s just accelerating today because they weren’t able to complete it under a HRC Administration and there is still the possibility (while P-DJT remains in office) that irrefutable evidence of their treason will see the light of day.
Democrats and their leftist dhimmies are not fighting Trump because they hate him, they’re doing everything they can to discredit and remove him because the crimes they’re guilty of literally threaten their lives.
Tyrants are not censored. Tyrant censor. Period.
Our institutions have been reformatted by the left. A civil war would imply that someone is actually resisting the left. I think they basically control everything in terms of institutions. It is impossible to fight people who control everything. However, these people live in a bubble of illusion. They are destroying the country’s prosperity, freedom and national defense. When this becomes fully apparent the country will revolt against them, or their own ranks will split. This is when the Russians and Chinese will begin their intervention. The whole thing could split open at any time. You may be surprised to see how many people are prepared to change their thinking.
I’m not, but I’m impatient and we haven’t reached a critical mass of ‘wokeness’ yet. I also accept that incremental change is more effective.
I have a young daughter and I’m concerned that she will grow up in a society antithetical to what we did. I know they adapt, but I’m a dad now and it makes you think differently.
Thank you for this blog, Jeff. I’m very glad to have a friend who sent me a link to it.
I am working on a longer piece about this. I think our problems involve complicated philosophical questions that our culture has given the wrong answers to. Trump lacked the necessary background in knowledge and thinking to overcome these complex problems. Many of his appointees were part of the problem not because of the swamp, but because they shared in the cultural errors that were threatening our future. Only an outsider who could see the errors could fix them. Trump intuitively guessed some of it, but he could not find people who could convert those intuitions into policy, and his own party resisted him. He lacked the ability to make sophisticated arguments and to think strategically about culture. He did not understand communist strategy or tactics, and he failed to see the danger of a provocation. The left is now making a mistake that is much worse. Let’s see if Trump has the skill to turn it around on them. Certainly, he will gain sympathy if they treat him harshly.
I’m very thankful for what he’s done/endured that helped open our eyes to what is really going on.
Jeff, one has to wonder if the White House leaker ultimately leads to Mike Pence?
There are too many other candidates to put it on him.
Agree Gretchen. He carried a big stick, but really never used the authority granted to him by the Constitution and his own executive orders he approved. One can make the argument he had no support in the exercise of that authority (by military and then Senate leaders) which makes sense. This just shows the importance of knowing and obtaining loyal staffers on all fronts–should have removed the Obama staffers right away and made peace with Senate leaders immediately to build a strong front.
That, since 1913, the Senate is comprised of 100 little dictators split relatively evenly across both sides of the Uniparty should show us that there is really no way Trump was going to “return power to the people.” I can’t make any determination except for the fact that it was doomed from the start. And the “seeds” of that doom were planted way back in 1913.
Trump will address the nation in a little over an hour:
It got pushed back an hour and a half.
This is probably an attempt to head off violence.
Possibly. It keeps getting pushed back, so who know what’s going on? They are now showing Coronavirus updates from Texas. There have been over 100,000 people watching and waiting for an hour. Maybe Fox just wants to see how many people are interested. ha!
Sounds like “all is well”
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have spoken for the first time since last week’s Capitol insurrection, during which Pence was forced to flee the Senate chamber and retreat to a secure location.
A senior administration official says the two met Monday evening in the Oval Office.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the private meeting, said the two had a “good conversation,” discussing the week ahead and “reflecting” on the administration’s accomplishments over the last four years.
The official said that during the meeting, both men agreed that “those who broke the law and stormed the Capitol last week do not represent the America first movement backed by 75 million Americans” and pledged to continue working on behalf of the country for the remainder of their term.
Russian Dissident Alexei Navalny Rebukes Twitter for Censorship of Trump
Patrick Byrne: This Is a ‘Communist Party Takeover’
Patrick Byrne, founder and former CEO of Overstock, told Jenny Chang, the host of NTD Television’s “Focus Talk” program, that what is happening now in the United States is a “Communist Party takeover.”
“That’s what the left is trying to do here. They have a bill that they’re ready to pass as soon as they get in that basically imposes a Chinese-style censorship state,” Byrne said during an interview premiered on Monday. “This is a Communist Party takeover.”
“This is a color revolution. And it was managed really to the T and executed,” Byrne said.
Byrne went on to explain that the unfolding color revolution has been implemented through four stages: demoralization through the COVID-19 pandemic, disorientation through Antifa’s burning of buildings and the like, with no state response; the crisis of the presidential election; and the normalization phase, which is now the media and big techs wiping out any opposing points of view.
“It’s quite Orwellian,” Byrne continued, “Did I say that even Twitter outlawed hashtag ‘1984’ now? That’s all you need.”
This is excellent!
Analysis of Ashli Babbit Video
Trump orders state of emergency in Washington for inauguration
Jan 12, 2021 @ 9:23
President Donald Trump on Monday declared a state of emergency in Washington, D.C., citing the “emergency conditions” surrounding President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20. Since last week’s turbulent siege of Capital Hill, the city has been awash with reports of more violent demonstrations during and around the event. Trump issued the order after his first conversation with Vice President Mike Pence since the storming of Congress last week by pro-Trump protesters which left five people dead. The White House order covers the extension of DC National Guard support through January 24, 2021.
It’s by request from the Democrats. They have 15,000 troops in DC right now. Considering I saw pictures of a Congresswoman hyperventilating on the ground, surrounded by congressmen looking like they were about to pee themselves, and congressmen have gone to the media and expressed how they all feared they were about to bloody die, this reaction is pretty understandable. We are ruled by complete cowards and buffoons.
Isn’t it strange how they resumed the vote only hours later? For a building that was overrun by a sea of unruly people, some shot to death, how is it that the entire complex wasn’t shut down for at least 24 hours to disinfect and sanitize against Covid-19? Isn’t it a killer virus that explodes in super-spreader events like this?
THERE HAVE ALREADY BEEN AT LEAST THREE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHO HAVE TESTED POSITIVE SINCE THE RIOT:
3rd Member Of Congress Tests Positive For Coronavirus, Blames Capitol Attack Lockdown
January 12, 20218:46 AM ET
Updated at 11:45 a.m. ET
At least three Democratic members of Congress have tested positive for the coronavirus this week, blaming their results on their Republican colleagues’ refusal to wear face masks during the hours-long lockdown last Wednesday as pro-Trump extremists attacked the U.S. Capitol.
“Only hours after Trump incited a deadly assault on our Capitol, many Republicans still refused to take the bare minimum COVID-19 precaution and simply wear a damn mask in a crowded room during a pandemic — creating a superspreader event ON TOP of a domestic terrorist attack,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., said on Twitter.
On Tuesday, Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., announced he has tested positive for the coronavirus after sheltering in place with other lawmakers who refused to wear masks.
“I am at least the third Member from that room paying the price,” Schneider said, noting positive coronavirus tests from Jayapal and Rep. Bonnie Coleman, D-N.J.
Schneider shared a video of the scene, saying, “Several Republican lawmakers in the room adamantly refused to wear a mask, as demonstrated in video from Punchbowl News, even when politely asked by their colleagues.”
Crowded conditions during the prolonged security lockdown recently prompted Dr. Brian Monahan, the attending physician to Congress, to urge members and staff to get coronavirus tests, citing a high chance of transmission.
Monahan also said that at least one lawmaker who was in a holding area was already positive before the chaotic events forced hundreds of people to gather together.
Jayapal was the second member of Congress to announce a positive test after the lockdown, along with Coleman. With Schneider, they join the ranks of more than 50 lawmakers and 220 workers in Congress who have either tested positive, or are presumed to have been infected with the coronavirus.
Jayapal, Coleman and Schneider are self-isolating. Coleman, who had taken the first of the required two doses of the coronavirus vaccine, says she is “experiencing mild, cold-like symptoms.” Schneider said he has not had any symptoms.
Jayapal is pushing for people in Congress to show greater care in following safety guidelines and for anyone who ignores mask requirements to be punished — including senators and representatives.
“Any Member who refuses to wear a mask should be fully held accountable for endangering our lives because of their selfish idiocy,” she said via Twitter. “I’m calling for every single Member who refuses to wear a mask in the Capitol to be fined and removed from the floor by the Sergeant at Arms.”
Schneider echoed that sentiment.
“Wearing a mask is not a political statement, it is public health guidance, common courtesy, and simply what should be expected of all decent people,” he said.
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