By: Steve Emerson | CCNS
Would someone who believes that ISIS terrorists and the Israeli army are morally equivalent have the kind of judgment to provide “essential” help to the government? What if that some person worked for an organization that the FBI believes is not “an appropriate liaison partner” due to its roots in an American Hamas-support network created by the Muslim Brotherhood; an organization which federal prosecutors say was part of “an ongoing and ultimately unlawful conspiracy to support a designated terrorist organization … a conspiracy from which [it] never withdrew?”
The California Census seems to have no problem partnering with Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ (CAIR) Los Angeles office, despite Ayloush harboring ideas a Muslim reformist dismissed as “insane.”
Ayloush reposted an Arabic-language video Monday from the state census office in which he urges people to submit their families’ information. “The census gives us the opportunity to help our families and our communities flourish,” Ayloush says, according to an Investigative Project on Terrorism translation. “Beginning in March we answer nine simple questions which will affect government planning of important programs which touch upon our communities over the next 10 years. Be certain to count those who live with you. Your census responses are safe and secure.”
A complete and fair count indeed is important. The question is why the California Census office felt Ayloush was the best person to serve as a partner?
It’s a choice at odds with the U.S. Commerce Department, which runs the national Census. A year ago, CAIR’s national office announced it was “proud to partner with the U.S. Census Bureau to ensure American Muslims are fairly and accurately counted in the 2020 Census.”
Less than two days after the IPT reported on the partnership, however, pointing out CAIR’s roots in a Hamas-support network and other radical ties, the U.S. Commerce Department dropped CAIR from the Census work.
CAIR was identified as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 2008 Hamas-financing trial against the Texas-based Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF). The charity and five former officials were convicted of illegally routing more than $12 million to Hamas.
CAIR has never acknowledged its connections to that Hamas support network, called the Palestine Committee, or tried to argue that it moved away from that support. Its leaders refuse to condemn Hamas. Co-founder and Executive Director Nihad Awad continues to promote anti-Israel rhetoric, calling the Jewish state “the biggest threat to world peace and security” in 2014. Earlier this year, he lumped Zionism, the belief in a Jewish homeland, in with racism and anti-Muslim bigotry.
The California Census office says a “complete and accurate count of California’s population is essential.”
While the Census does not ask about religious affiliation, CAIR officials have exaggerated the size of the American-Muslim population over the years. A 2001 report claimed there were 6 million Muslims in the United States. But a 2007 Pew Research Center report estimated the real number was less than half of CAIR’s estimate – at 2.35 million. That number increased to 3.45 million people in 2017.
California has nearly 40 million residents. It would take a concerted effort to find a more unreliable, divisive partner to speak to its Arabic speaking population than Hussam Ayloush.
Research Analyst Teri Blumenfeld contributed to this report.
This column was originally published at The Investigative Project on Terrorism.
By: Denise Simon | Founders Code
CLEVELAND, Ohio — The FBI on Tuesday raided the Cleveland offices of a company with ties to a Ukrainian oligarch that owns several downtown buildings.
FBI spokeswoman Vicki Anderson said agents searched the offices of Optima Management Group in One Cleveland Center at East 9th Street and St. Clair Avenue. A spokesman for the IRS also said his agency’s investigators were present.
Optima is a conglomerate of companies across the United States that has interests in real estate in Cleveland, including One Cleveland Center, the 55 Public Square building, and the Westin Cleveland Downtown. Its offices are visible from an entrance and windows on the side of One Cleveland Center, and on Tuesday multiple agents were seen carrying and moving computers, boxes, and other items both inside the office and later as they loaded materials into a van.
Anderson said agents also executed search warrants at an office in Miami.
Federal authorities in Cleveland have been conducting a wide-ranging probe involving Ukrainian oligarch Igor Kolomoisky that has been ongoing for quite some time. Kolomoisky is a principal of the Privat Group, a large Ukrainian business company, and principals of the company are also part of Optima.
Optima had a much larger presence in Cleveland about a decade ago when it bought several buildings under the leadership of executive Chaim Schochet. Its presence in Northeast Ohio has dwindled in recent years.
Optima also controlled Warren Steel Holdings, a mill northwest of Youngstown that closed in 2016.
Kolomoisky and a fellow Ukrainian billionaire formed PrivatBank in the early 1990s. It became one of Ukraine’s key financial institutions, according to Forbes. The Ukrainian government nationalized the bank in 2016 after an investigation suggested there was large-scale fraud over a decade-long period, Forbes reported.
The financial news outlet places Kolomoisky’s net worth at about $1 billion. He remains a complicated political figure in his home country. He is a former governor of Ukraine’s Dnipropetrovsk region.
Published reports said that Kolomoisky had refused to set up a meeting with President Donald Trump’s ally Rudy Giuliani and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in an attempt to dig up dirt against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden last year.
Kolomoisky’s attorney Michael Sullivan declined to comment.
The Daily Beast reported that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in northern Ohio and FBI are involved in a wide-ranging probe that involves Ihor Kolomoisky and whether he committed financial crimes, including money laundering. It bases the assertion on three people briefed on the investigation and said the investigation has been underway for some time. The financial news outlet places Kolomoisky net worth at about $1.2 billion. The Daily Beast, citing The Financial Times, said he lives in Tel Aviv and remains a complicated political figure in his home country. He is a former governor of Ukraine’s Dnipropetrovsk region.
Just last year, the relationship between the Ukrainian president and the oligarch became a source of controversy when it was revealed that two US business partners running the infamous back-channel campaign in Ukraine to dig up dirt on Joe Biden went to Kolomoisky to set up a meeting between Zelensky and Rudy Giuliani. The meeting ended abruptly when the oligarch refused.
Kolomoisky returned to his native country last year after spending two years in self-imposed exile in the wake of a government takeover of PrivatBank, which he co-founded in the 1990s.
A subsequent investigation by Ukraine regulators found a $5.5 billion shortfall in PrivatBank’s ledgers from what they called “a large-scale and coordinated fraud” that involved the bank’s major shareholders, Kolomoisky and fellow Ukrainian billionaire Gennadiy Bogolyubov. To keep the bank from collapse, the government tapped into taxpayer funds to plug the hole.
Kolomoisky’s attempt to wrest control of PrivatBank has also stirred unrest, especially among lenders like the International Monetary Fund, prompting a vote by Ukraine’s parliament last week aimed at stopping Kolomoisky from taking back the bank.
With the ongoing US grand jury investigation, federal agents have traveled multiple times to Ukraine — including in February — where they met with Riaboshapka and investigators from the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine to discuss the case against the 57-year-old oligarch and his partner, BuzzFeed News has learned. In an interview, Artem Sytnyk, director of the anti-corruption bureau, said he’s cooperating with the FBI in an “ongoing investigation,” but declined to give details because of a confidentiality agreement with the FBI. The Justice Department’s international money laundering and kleptocracy team took part in the trip.
For more than a year, federal agents have tracked millions of dollars that were wired into the US from companies owned by Kolomoisky and Bogolyubov to snatch up properties — including four skyscrapers in downtown Cleveland — in a spending spree that began around 2008 and lasted for the next five years, according to court records and a source familiar with the investigation.
In all, $622.8 million was funneled to the companies that were used to buy the real estate, according to the suit.
In addition to Ohio, purchases include a sprawling Motorola factory in Illinois that was shuttered, a 31-story skyscraper in downtown Louisville, and an iconic office complex in Dallas that was once the headquarters of Mary Kay Cosmetics.
Money also went to buy at least a dozen steel and ferroalloys plants across the country — including facilities in Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, Illinois, and Michigan — that collectively became major suppliers to the North American steel industry.
The lawsuit claims that many of the purchases were carried out with the help of three Miami investors described as “trusted lieutenants”: Mordechai Korf and Uriel Laber, who held ownership stakes in the real estate, and Korf’s brother-in-law, Chaim Schochet, an executive who ran the properties. At least two of the Cleveland skyscrapers have since been sold, records show.
In a forensic audit done for Ukraine’s top regulatory agency, analysts found 95% of the bank’s corporate lending had been to “parties related to former shareholders and their affiliates.”
Marc Kasowitz, a New York attorney for the Miami investors, said the accusations in the lawsuit “will be shown to be complete fabrications when the evidence, in this case, comes out.” Kasowitz represented President Trump in the Justice Department’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. “Our clients have earned a well-deserved reputation for honesty and high integrity over the past 20+ years and this lawsuit is nothing more than a fictional orchestrated political attack on an investor in our clients’ businesses.”
Valeria Gontareva, former chair of the National Bank of Ukraine, the nation’s chief regulator, said the level of fraud on the institution was larger than any crime ever perpetrated on a Ukrainian bank. “We called it an expanding universe,” said Gontareva, now a senior policy fellow at the London School of Economics.
Kateryna Rozhkova, first deputy governor of the nation’s regulatory agency, told BuzzFeed News that when the losses were first discovered, “we were simply freaked out and didn’t know what we should do about it.”
The government ordered a sweeping audit of the bank’s finances by Kroll Inc., the New York-based corporate investigative firm, which alleged the scheme was set up to “disguise the origin and destination of loan funds” with the help of employees in the bank, regulators said.
The larger issue looming in Ukraine is whether Zelensky will allow the National Anti-Corruption Bureau to work with the FBI and carry out its own inquiry and whether the country will extradite Kolomoisky if he is indicted in the US, according to Roman Groysman, a former Florida prosecutor who once lived in Ukraine.
“Is [President Zelensky] going to pressure the National Anti-Corruption Bureau and the prosecutor general to thwart the possibility of extradition — that’s the question,” said Groysman. “Or is he going to remain neutral and let them do their jobs? That’s the best thing he could do.”
He said NABU was set up at the request of the IMF with the help of the US and European Union to investigate corruption in Ukraine. It’s supposed to be impervious to political pressure.
“If it’s finally allowed to operate as an independent investigative agency and do what it was supposed to do without undue political interference, then maybe that’s a signal. If not, then it’s going to be the same thing we have always seen.” More here.
By: Denise Simon | Founders Code
President Trump along with officials at the Pentagon are calling this an attack.
Primer: Tensions in Lebanon are high for a number of reasons, one being that Hezbollah faces a United Nations tribunal verdict on Friday in relation to the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafic Hariri. The head of Lebanon’s domestic security service has ridiculed the notion that fireworks were involved. He told reporters that the incident is a result of highly explosive materials being stored in a port warehouse. Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim refused to give further comment pending the outcome of the investigation. It should be noted here that while Ibrahim has good links to Western intelligence and counterterrorism units, his central interest rests in maintaining Lebanese political stability in avoidance of another civil war.
This is a hyper-relevant concern in the context of very significant political tensions over Lebanon’s growing economic crisis and an associated increase of pressure on the Lebanese Hezbollah. Identifying the explosives as the cause, while saying they had been stored over a period of time, allows Ibrahim to put Hezbollah on notice without directly confronting the group. But why those explosives would be stored in a highly traveled population center and not on a military base is unclear.
AFP/ Beirut: Two huge explosions rocked the Lebanese capital Beirut on Tuesday, wounding dozens of people, shaking buildings and sending huge plumes of smoke billowing into the sky.
Lebanese media carried images of people trapped under rubble, some bloodied, after the massive explosions, the cause of which was not immediately known.
A security source confirmed that two explosions shook the port area of the city, Lebanon’s largest urban area, leaving dozens wounded.
An AFP correspondent at the scene said every shop in the Hamra commercial district had sustained damage, with entire shopfronts destroyed, windows shattered and many cars wrecked.
RAW FOOTAGE: Massive explosion shakes Lebanon's capital Beirut; no word yet on cause or casualties @AbirGhattas
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) August 4, 2020
Injured people were walking in the street, while outside the Clemenceau Medical Centre, dozens of wounded people, many covered in blood were rushing to be admitted to the center including children.
Destroyed cars had been abandoned in the street with their airbags inflated.
A huge cloud of black smoke was engulfing the entire port area, the AFP correspondent said.
The loud blasts in Beirut’s port area were felt across the city and beyond and some districts lost electricity.
“Buildings are shaking,” tweeted one resident, while another wrote: “An enormous, deafening explosion just engulfed Beirut. Heard it from miles away.”
Online footage from a Lebanese newspaper office showed blown-out windows, scattered furniture, and demolished interior paneling.
The explosions came at a time when Lebanon is suffering its worst economic crisis in decades, which has left nearly half of the population in poverty.
Lebanon’s economy has collapsed in recent months, with the local currency plummeting against the dollar, businesses closing en masse, and poverty soaring at the same alarming rate as unemployment.
The explosions also come as Lebanon awaits the verdict on Friday on the 2005 murder of former Lebanese premier Rafic Hariri, killed in a huge truck bomb attack.
Four alleged members of the Shiite Muslim fundamentalist group Hezbollah are on trial in absentia at the court in the Netherlands over the huge Beirut suicide bombing that killed Sunni billionaire Hariri and 21 other people.
A woman in the city center told AFP: “It felt like an earthquake … I felt it was bigger than the explosion in the assassination of Rafic Hariri in 2005.”
By: Cliff Kincaid
Citizens for Free Speech is drawing attention to Big Tech censorship of a group of medical experts called America’s Frontline Doctors. But it’s really not the advocacy of hydroxychloroquine by Dr. Stella Immanuel that is the big controversy. She is under attack by the Washington Post and other papers for stating her belief that there are demonic anti-Christian forces in the world today.
The Post, in 2016, dismissed reports that there was a secret link between the Clinton campaign and Satan worship revealed by a Wikileaks email. The reference in the email was to a performance artist “known for her often controversial and dangerous performances,” including a “Spirit Cooking” installation “where the recipes were written on walls in blood.” The Post said. “It might not be everyone’s taste in art, and the footage documenting that 1997 installation is potentially disturbing, but it’s still art.”
Other members of the “mainstream media” joined the chorus, saying it was just a fun dinner and that reports to the contrary were “conspiracy theories.”
But the Post’s longtime religion reporter and Washington insider, elite party planner Sally Quinn, admitted in her book Finding Magic to her belief in the occult, including casting spells on her enemies, reading Tarot cards, and using Ouija Boards. Quinn was married to longtime Post executive editor Ben Bradlee, who once said about the media’s exploitation of the so-called Iran-Contra affair, in an effort to bring down Republican Ronald Reagan’s presidency, “We haven’t had this much fun since Watergate.”
Watergate was the scandal involving “Deep Throat,” an alleged FBI insider, that brought down Republican President Richard Nixon, leading to the American military withdrawal from Vietnam and Southeast Asia, as millions died at the hands of the communists. It turned out that Bradlee’s Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein was a “red diaper baby,” the child of Communist Party parents. Nixon, as a Congressman, had played a role in exposing State Department employee and United Nations founder Alger Hiss as a Soviet agent. The left never forgave him for that.
In the midst of the current effort to bring down another Republican president, Donald J. Trump, many Christians do see a spiritual war. But another taboo subject that involves both major political parties is the fact that Harry Hay, the founder of the modern homosexual rights movement, was a Marxist atheist who tried to find spirituality in his own confused sexual identity and eventually developed the idea that he was a “Radical Faerie” who had male and female traits. A member of the Communist Party USA who wore a dress, he was a supporter of the North American Man-Boy Love Association (NAMBLA).
Hay in 1979 issued a call for a “Spiritual Conference for Radical Faeries” that included a poem from the notorious occultist Aleister Crowley. Stuart Timmons, author of The Trouble With Harry Hay, documents Hay’s involvement with Crowley, noting that Hay played the organ for the Los Angeles lodge of Crowley’s Order of the Eastern Temple, a “notorious anti-Christian spiritual group” where “homosexual sex-magic rituals” took place. Crowley regarded himself as the “Beast 666,” the anti-Christ, and the incarnation of Satan.
Speaking of cults, Daniel Flynn, author of Cult City, has explained how the Democratic Party machine in San Francisco that included communist “preacher” Jim Jones ultimately resulted in the “revolutionary suicide” of 900 people in a commune in Guyana in 1978. Ignoring all of this, Rep. Nancy Pelosi later praised one of Jones’ main supporters, Dr. Carlton Goodlett, as a civil rights activist. FBI documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request reveal the Soviet communist connections of Carlton Goodlett and his political influence in San Francisco.
The way things are going in America, statues of George Washington will be taken down and replaced by those of Harvey Milk, a major figure in the homosexual movement in San Francisco who was murdered by a disgruntled co-worker. Milk was a “gay” man in his 30s who had had a sexual relationship with at least one underage boy. In 2016, Barack Hussein Obama’s Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced that a Navy ship would be built and named after Harvey Milk.
Stuart Milk accepted on behalf of his uncle the highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom, from Obama in 2009. Photos show him posing with Obama and Joe Biden.
A Harvey Milk sculpture can be found at the San Francisco City Hall.
The “San Francisco Democrats” utilized the political skills of communist preacher Jim Jones and homosexual activist Harvey Milk to identify and mobilize the weak, poor, sexually confused, and vulnerable for Marxist revolutionary purposes. The remnants of the Jones-Milk apparatus facilitated California’s leftward drift and have been expanded to other states.
Consider Arizona Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema, the first announced self-proclaimed bisexual senator who was photographed criticizing American foreign policy in a pink tutu, clothing associated with a Marxist group called Code Pink. The Washington Post hailed her election, calling her a former Mormon who was the first person sent to Congress to claim no religion. She refused to take her oath of office on a Holy Bible and recently appeared on the Senate floor wearing what appeared to be a blue wig.
In 2018, the same year Sinema won, radical leftist Democrat Keith Ellison, the Muslim former Congressman, and associate of Louis Farrakhan, won the race for Attorney General in Minnesota, after allegations of abuse from an ex-girlfriend. The Nation of Islam believes white people were created by a scientist named Yakub and constitute an inferior race.
Barack Hussein Obama’s relationship with Farrakhan was covered-up through his 8 years of office, only to surface publicly in 2018 when an old 2005 photograph of Obama and Farrakhan together was finally published.
On the national level, based on the way the Maoist cultural revolution is proceeding, an effort will be made to turn George Washington into a homosexual (like they have tried to do with Abraham Lincoln, with the gay Republican group called the Log Cabin Republicans sponsoring a “Spirit of Lincoln” dinner.) Indeed, the famous painting of George Washington crossing the Delaware is now being sold by MAD magazine as Washington Cross-Dressing the Delaware. This was supposed to be funny.
Elsewhere in the humor magazine, in a look at recycled ad slogans, the old Marine slogan, “We’re looking for a few good men,” became the slogan for Grindr, the gay dating app owned by a Chinese company.
But this isn’t so funny. A reported 3.6 million people were using Grindr and their personal information, including HIV status and last HIV testing date, was compromised. The Chinese reportedly sold the company but only after acquiring the personal information of millions of gays and other individuals for possible us in Jeffrey Epstein-style blackmail schemes. In a secretive deal, it was reportedly sold for $620 million to an investor group also with ties to China.
That is truly strange.
In his July 7 speech, “The Threat Posed by the Chinese Government and the Chinese Communist Party to the Economic and National Security of the United States,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said, “If you are an American adult, it is more likely than not that China has stolen your personal data.” He referred to China’s hacking of Equifax, noting how they “made off with the sensitive personal information of 150 million Americans,” and how, in 2014, “China’s hackers stole more than 21 million records from OPM, the federal government’s Office of Personnel Management.”
But he did not mention the use of Grindr by the Chinese. Perhaps this is because gays occupy top positions in the FBI. In fact, the FBI celebrated June as Pride Month for LGBTs and an official image showed Lady Justice in rainbow garb.
The Office of Director of National Intelligence features the rainbow colors and an interview with President Trump’s former Ambassador to Germany and Director of National Intelligence (DNI), Richard Grenell, a former member of Log Cabin Republicans. Grenell says he is now working with Stuart Milk of the Harvey Milk Foundation to launch homosexual “decriminalization” campaigns targeting for destruction the Judeo-Christian standards of foreign countries.
When Trump’s former gay Director of National Intelligence is working with somebody who got an award from Obama for gay activism, you know that Trump’s top people have no real understanding of the sinister and powerful political forces they are up against.
Some members of Trump’s conservative Christian base are worried.
Merritt Corrigan, deputy White House liaison at the U.S. Agency for International Development, was so upset with this campaign of homosexual imperialism that she left the agency and blew the whistle in an interview to National File, saying, “The Department of Defense has refused to sell military equipment – needed in order to combat ISIS and other extremist groups – to certain countries in Africa because they did not have gay marriage. The State Department has attempted to enforce similar ideological conformity in Central American countries who wanted to cooperate with the US on immigration issues, but didn’t want to change their culture to fit the radical left’s social agenda.”
On Twitter, she said, “The United States is losing ground in the battle to garner influence through humanitarian aid because we now refuse to help countries who don’t celebrate sexual deviancy.”
As I noted back when Grenell launched this campaign for sexual deviancy at the United Nations, “…if Trump is pressured to embrace a global ‘right’ to homosexuality, it could not only further undermine his support among conservative Christians, but turn out to be a moral catastrophe for America and the world.”
*Cliff Kincaid is president of America’s Survival, Inc. www.usasurvival.org.
By: Denise Simon | Mind Matters News
Discerning public opinion on political and national security issues via social media platforms showed its worth during the Arab Spring of 2010. The protests, which began in Tunisia, spread throughout the Middle East, where social media were the key platform for expressing anger about corruption, poverty, human rights violations, unemployment, and authoritarianism. These protests resulted in changes in leadership and policy in Libya, Egypt, and Yemen. They also resulted in immigration issues and sadly, even terror attacks, military conflicts, and civil war.
Social media not only enables coordinated action such as rallies, strikes, resistance, riots, and other methods of activism but also provides status reports and communicates outcomes. One research team has developed an AI metric for predicting such events:
We have shown that actual occurrences of protests are preceded by the growth of their probability estimated using our approach. In addition, our framework facilitates identifying the event(s) that caused the protest mobilization exploiting the fact that we use topically coherent clusters to produce our estimates. This enables us to identify particular grievances, group identities, etc., which may expose the social and cognitive factors explaining the empirical observations. Such explanations may result in the improvement of predictions, and, more importantly, a better understanding of the factors underlying these predictions will enable and inform the design of measures in response to the development of protest activity.
ROSTYSLAV KOROLOV ET AL., “ON PREDICTING SOCIAL UNREST USING SOCIAL MEDIA” AT 2016 IEEE/ACM INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ADVANCES IN SOCIAL NETWORKS ANALYSIS AND MINING (ASONAM) (OPEN ACCESS)The researchers will doubtless find many opportunities to test their metric.
Meanwhile, governments, bureaucrats, tech companies, law enforcement, militaries, and policymakers have all taken note. In the wake of the power of social media. technologies have emerged to test, apply, and score social media’s effects. The longstanding extent of this activity might surprise many:
Headlines swirled yesterday with the release of an ACLU report that showed American law enforcement using social media monitoring firm Geofeedia’s services to monitor protest activity. In the ensuing aftermath, Facebook, Instagram, and then Twitter all suspended Geofeedia’s access to their data feeds. Yet, lost in all this breathless tech press hyperbole is the fact that Geofeedia is just one of a myriad companies offering these services to law enforcement, military, and intelligence agencies both in the United States and abroad.
KALEV LEETARU, “GEOFEEDIA IS JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG: THE ERA OF SOCIAL SURVEILLANCE” AT FORBES (OCTOBER 12, 2016) It’s not just law enforcement. Government agencies use these AI programs for tracking users’ activity on social media for risk assessment. Corporate marketers use them for brand management. The systems track and examine numbers of views, likes, favorites, replies, retweets, and shares of published information. Deeper examinations can assess user timelines, associated orbits of organizations and friends, crime spikes, fraud, and money trails.
Social media platforms like Google, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tik Tok, Baidu, Facebook, Reddit, MeWe, Gab, Snapchat, LinkedIn, and YouTube, among others, have a worldwide reach. Thus, activism—and surveillance of activism—spread globally. AI surveillance is intended to correlate associations, predict violent incidents, and even help with global police cooperation and crime control. For example, several crime sprees in recent years are attributed to “incels” but one would need familiarity with social media culture to even know of the existence of these “involuntary celibates,” let alone understand their issues and motives.
Not only are users’ data harvested, but it is also sold. Tech managers sell real-time feed access to media and government for both domestic and international analyses of social issues. Their customers include businesses, manufacturers, and developers who want to predict emerging needs, develop new products, and manage existing brands. These new media listening tools look for keywords, hashtags, and photos, as well as locations, user information, and influences. Kodak, known for over a century for user-friendly cameras, recently announced, for example, that it would rebrand the company to better communicate the fact that it is now producing medical equipment. Social media presence is a key driver in such decisions.
They may all be getting to know you way better than you feel comfortable with.
In early 2019, President Trump signed an Executive Order, Executive Order on Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence (February 11, 2019). Later that year, the FBI got funding to hire AI talent for its field offices, primarily to manage existing data streams but also possibly to enhance areas such as facial recognition, fingerprint identification, DNA matching, and insider threat identification. It will become more urgent than ever to be sure, as a society, what exactly we want our police forces to do.
By: Thomas Wigand | New Zeal
Going back as far as Sun Tzu’s The Art of War – circa 500 B.C. – military and political strategists have recognized the value of intelligence and propaganda in preparing for battle – and indispensable for that, preparing the field on which the battle will take place in order to maximize the odds of victory.
The “field of battle,” in turn, is not solely what we now call “kinetic,” involving the use of weapons on physical terrain. Before, during and after a kinetic – and perhaps in lieu of kinetic conflict – the field of battle (or “battlespace” in the current lexicon) can involve the “hearts and minds” of an adversary population, and can even encompass an entire culture and its history (e.g., Cultural Marxism).
After all, if one can convince the adversary and its forces and people that “resistance is futile” – or even deserved (e.g., “systemic racism”) – one can win the war. Possibly without having to resort to kinetic measures at all, or just relatively minimal ones (e.g., Antifa).
We already know that the Deep State and its Democrat Party minions have attempted multiple coups in order to defeat President Donald Trump; first by preventing his election, and then attempting to expel him: Obamagate a/k/a Russiagate, followed by the impeachment Schiff-show.
Thus far their treasonous actions have been blessedly unsuccessful; the point is that it would be naïve to assume that such conspirators would not also work to form a coup to prevent his reelection.
In fact, it would be out of character for that evil kind, who now would be even more motivated to commit treason, since under a second Trump administration they likely (and deservedly) face severe forms of justice for their previous coup attempts (not to mention previous acts of immoral, unethical and criminal kinds).
Meanwhile, the risks if they execute a coup-like scheme to steal the election are manifold, including civil war. This civil war may not involve secession of states, but patriots, American citizens rising up as counter-revolutionaries defending our Constitution from the coup plotters.
This is not hyperbole. It is now inarguable that the Democrat Party is masquerading as a venerable and legitimate political party, yet serving as a front for revolutionaries – revolutionaries who are playing for all the marbles.
The ultimate identity and goals of the puppet-masters behind the revolution may someday become public. Some believe them to be Marxists (Communists / Socialists). Others believe that they are secretive, elite financiers pushing a globalist “new world order,” for whom the Marxists (Antifa / Black Lives Matter / Democrats) are mere tools, mere classic “useful idiots.”
This writer leans toward elite financiers intending a hybrid Progressive-Fascist (i.e., Corporatist) model controlling the entire globe. One in which they control the multinational banks, multinational corporations and unelected NGO’s – that will “sustainably” control the global population in a reprise of feudalism, albeit “high tech” feudalism.
No matter who is controlling the revolutionary agenda, no matter their ultimate aims, our nationalist President Trump presents an existential threat to their plans – just as the continued existence of our Divinely-inspired nation as-founded presents an impenetrable roadblock to their (ultimately Satanic) plans.
So how do we know that they’re planning on stealing the election, and what might be their plan to accomplish that?
Engage people with what they expect; it is what they are able to discern and confirms their projections. It settles them into predictable patterns of response, occupying their minds while you wait for the extraordinary moment — that which they cannot anticipate. – Sun Tzu, The Art of War
Well, they have to condition the public in advance to “accept” the rationales they offer for their desired election result – for if the result appears to be too implausible, questions will be asked, and the resulting doubts may propel the counter-revolutionary forces.
But by engaging in this advance conditioning, they’ve had to compromise some operational security – and not just by their transparent push for universal mail-in balloting (that, as we’ll see, is but one element).
Conceal your dispositions, and your condition will remain secret, which leads to victory; show your dispositions, and your condition will become patent, which leads to defeat. – Sun Tzu, The Art of War
Start with July 20, 2020, and Nancy Pelosi’s not-even-cryptic comments about “fumigating” Donald Trump out of the White House, and her being “second” (sic) in line for the Presidency: HERE
Then consider two separate pieces that appeared online on August 3, 2020. First, an opinion piece by Professor Jonathon Turley, in which he stated:
Trump objected that a shift to mail-in voting will cause delays and challenges after Election Day. I have covered presidential elections as a legal analyst for several decades; each election has had challenges, including the lingering controversy over the 2000 Bush-Gore contest ultimately resolved by the Supreme Court. While we have long used absentee balloting, we have not used mail-in voting on such a massive scale. It will, inevitably, add a new layer of problems and potential challenges. Trump also is right that it will likely delay the final counting of votes.
There is every reason to be worried. We have a relatively short window for challenges and recounts before the Electoral College meets on Dec. 14 to certify the results. While that date also could be changed, it would soon collide with another statutory date — Jan. 6 — when Congress must meet to certify the results. There is a real possibility for floor fights on the certification of the votes from given states and the possible failure to certify some states caught up in litigation.
It is even possible that such challenges could continue to Jan. 20. What is not in doubt, however, is Trump continuing in office: On that day, he is no longer president unless he is reelected.
Indeed, for Trump, the only thing more nightmarish than losing would be if no duly elected president can be determined. Pelosi could theoretically become the acting president as the next in succession.
In other words, Donald Trump would not be President, and Mike Pence would not be Vice President (Pelosi mentally lumping them together would explain her “second in the line of succession” error).
Now consider this August 3, 2020 story from Big League Politics titled: “John Podesta ‘Refused to Concede’ In Democratic Election Wargame While Roleplaying as Joe Biden.” The article reported thus:
One result of the election simulation wargame involved an electoral college simulation in which President Donald Trump secures a strong electoral vote victory while losing the popular vote to Biden, who was played by the former Clinton operative Podesta.
Podesta refused to concede the presidential election in that scenario, citing what he maintained was voter suppression in Wisconsin and Michigan. Podesta, within the confines of the scenario, convinced the governors of the states to send the votes of pro-Biden electors to the House in an attempt to inaugurate Biden as President, despite losing the states.
Mass fraud through mail-in ballots would ensure that the “popular vote” went to Biden. Moreover, who’s to say that once the matter is in the House, someone other than Biden or his running mate would be selected? For example, could the House have a deliberate impasse so as to default Nancy Pelosi into the Oval Office?
Yes, it sounds audacious, even unbelievable. But then, before being exposed, so too would have the Obamagate and impeachment coup attempts.
The Democrats’ long-established mantra of deriding the Electoral College while falsely portraying “winning the popular vote” as the “legitimate” form of victory is one of the rationalizations that they have been using to condition the public; the recent (obviously false polls) showing Biden being ahead is more conditioning intended to render “plausible” that idea that Biden could actually win the popular vote.
Not to mention that the (misnamed) “mainstream” media is already peddling supporting talking points for the scheme. For example: HERE
To translate from Pelosi and media-speak: Donald Trump using legitimate legal means to contest the Democrats’ desired election results will constitute him “refusing” to leave the White House. Again, more of the advance conditioning of the public, so that the elements of the coup’s execution won’t suddenly shock. (Similar to how Adam Schiff falsely characterized President Trump’s legitimately accessing the court system in defending against the fraudulent impeachment scheme as “obstruction of justice.”)
We must accept the reality that we are already engaged in a non-kinetic civil war – after which our Constitutional republic will prevail, or will perish. The possibility remains that before the final outcome is determined, this civil war could go kinetic. God willing, we patriots will save our nation, and without a kinetic battle. Coupled with prayer, there is a way.
For the evil side’s electoral coup to ultimately succeed, it is critical that the rationalizations and fabrications being propagated to support it be seen as plausible by a critical mass of the people. We are able to thwart that, and perhaps cut the coup off at its knees!
The wider the sharing of our suspicions and the sound reasoning behind it – particularly if we proactively do so before the election, so that our efforts aren’t portrayed as “bitter loser” conspiracy theories – the harder it will be for the Democrats to achieve a critical mass of the gullible. Indeed, with enough light thrown upon their schemes, they might even be forced to abandon them altogether.
The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting. – Sun Tzu, The Art of War
So, for our Constitutional order to be saved, we must alert as many people as possible to this (at present) unprovable, but very probable Democrat-Deep State plot. In this way, we might win without a battle (much less a second kinetic civil war).
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By: Cliff Kincaid
In a 2007 address titled, “Rethinking the History and Future of the Communist Party,” the eminent left-wing historian Gerald Horne made two very important observations about what would take place in our country and world. First, he predicted the rise of Barack Hussein Obama and identified his mentor, Communist Party member Frank Marshall Davis. This was before Obama was elected to his first term. Then Horne predicted the rise of Communist China.
The outcome looks ominous. The establishment journal Foreign Affairs is out with an article that carries the title, “Beware the Guns of August — in Asia.” The author, Kevin Rudd, a former Prime Minister of Australia, says, “The once unthinkable outcome — actual armed conflict between the United States and China — now appears possible for the first time since the end of the Korean War.”
China’s rise was made possible by Obama. After eight years in office, Obama visited with Chinese dictator Xi in China, in a meeting of “veteran cadres,” or communist officials, discussing current events. “Xi made a positive appraisal of Obama’s efforts in promoting China-U.S. relations during his presidency,” said the Chinse press. It was more evidence, if we needed any, that Obama was a Marxist mole doing the bidding of China while he was in office.
The China virus now provides the springboard for what Obama and now Joe Biden are calling the “transformation” of the United States. Fear of the virus is driving many to accept this version of socialism in America. Trump has not been able to dispel the fear and has 90 days to turn around the perception that he has lost control of events.
If Trump does not succeed, plans will proceed on what globalists at the Rockefeller Foundation, Brookings Institution, World Economic Forum, and IMF are calling “The Great Reset,” a new term for achieving a United Nations-dominated New World Order.
Regarding the future president, Barack Hussein Obama, Horne had said back in 2007, “At some point in the future, a teacher will add to her syllabus Barack’s memoir and instruct her students to read it alongside Frank Marshall Davis’ equally affecting memoir, ‘Living the Blues’ and when that day comes, I’m sure a future student will not only examine critically the Frankenstein monsters that US imperialism created in order to subdue Communist parties but will also be moved to come to this historic and wonderful archive in order to gain insight on what has befallen this complex and intriguing planet on which we reside.” He was speaking at the reception of the Communist Party USA archives at the Tamiment Library at New York University.
What Horne was predicting was not only the Obama presidency but the victory of communism in America – and the world.
But the media were not interested. Even the Drudge Report rejected my paid ads about the Obama-Davis relationship. The fix was in.
Obama, who served two presidential terms, is back in the news, using a John Lewis memorial service to raise the stakes in the political crisis. He suggested a Democratic Party takeover of the presidency and the Congress with changes to Senate rules, leading to statehood for Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., and the packing of the Supreme Court with more liberal justices.
But with the release of the China virus, what Horne had to say about Communist China back in 2007 is worth reviewing.
Kissinger’s China Ploy Backfires
Horne quoted former New York Times columnist William Safire as saying before Richard Nixon died, that his “opening” to Mao’s China might backfire. “Before Nixon died,” Safire said, “I asked him – on the record – if perhaps we had gone a bit overboard on selling the American public on the political benefits of increased trade with China. That old realist, who had played the China card to exploit the split in the Communist world, replied with some sadness, that he was not as hopeful as he had once been: ‘We may have created a Frankenstein [monster],’ said Nixon.”
Horne understood that all the talk about conflict and divisions in the communist world, including the “collapse” of the Soviet Union, did not slow the advance of communism. Horne said that Nixon, thinking he was exploiting a split in the communist world between Moscow and Beijing, “exchanged one Communist antagonist in Moscow for a far larger, far stronger Communist antagonist in Beijing. Future dictionaries may well illustrate the definition of the phrase ‘Pyrrhic victory’ with a picture of Nixon’s trip to Beijing in 1972.”
All of this is true beyond doubt, as we see in the current headlines.
The idea that the Red Chinese were potential allies was sold by Secretary of State Henry Kissinger under President Nixon and adopted by our intelligence agencies. It was carried forward during the Clinton, Bush, and Obama Administrations and resulted in decades of cooperation with China, even in medical research.
A 1965 communist Chinese publication, “The Polemic on the General Line of the International Communist Movement,” was based on the perceived “differences” between the Chinese and Soviet Communist parties. These differences were real in the mind of a communist, since they always preach and practice ideological “struggle,” but irrelevant in terms of their ultimate goal. This is why former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev would still, in the midst of glasnost and perestroika, declare his goal to be the ultimate triumph of world communism.
The Marxist Dialectic
Our 2015 book, The Sword of Revolution and the Communist Apocalypse, features an interview with a former U.S. intelligence agency official who explained how the Sino-Soviet split, a development in the strategy known as Marxist dialectics, deceived U.S. policymakers and weakened the Free World. His perspective was a dissenting view in the CIA and intelligence community bureaucracy.
Chinese Red Army Commander Lin Biao called Marxist dialectics, the communist ideology of struggle and deception, a spiritual atom bomb, far superior to the real thing. Lenin called it the living soul of Marxism. It was evident in the so-called Sino-Soviet split, under which world communism still remained the ultimate goal.
Unleashing the coronavirus and then claiming to be the world’s savior from it is an example of Marxist dialectics.
Gerald Horne’s 2008 book, Blows Against Empire, includes a chapter on China that has always excited the communists. They understood that China’s goal was always world domination, a fact just recently confirmed by FBI Director Christopher Wray but known for decades to anyone with a rudimentary understanding of communism.
In the Communist Party USA newspaper. Norman Markowitz reviewed the Horne book and wrote that China is too big and too strong to be the target of a “containment/encirclement” strategy, as was the case with the Soviet Union. He wrote, “Horne deals with a world in which the U.S. government and military are constantly frustrated by China’s refusal to toe its line, constantly seeking to make its rise anything but peaceful, China works with Iran and Venezuela. China maintains friendly relations with North Korea. While China is presented by U.S. media as an economic and potential military threat, the U.S. can’t really mobilize an economic and military bloc against it in Asia or globally, although it continues to try.”
In his 2008 article, Markowitz predicted that the U.S. would not be able to mobilize an ideological “holy war” against China because of China’s economic progress, power, and wealth.
At this point, according to the “official” statistics, the China virus has infected about 4.7 million Americans and killed more than 157,000. Equally important, government actions at the federal, state and local levels have decimated the American economy and thrown tens of millions of people out of work. With “The Great Reset,” the power grab goes global, with China taking advantage of the crisis it created.
On foreign policy, freedom in Hong Kong has been lost. The State Department seems preoccupied with China’s claims to the South China sea but it’s doubtful that the American people would support a war with China over these claims.
“Is Taiwan the next Hong Kong,” many are asking.
Increasingly, China looks like a Red Dragon gobbling up the world.
But the U.S. also has advantages, as noted by analyst J.R. Nyquist, such as arable land and considerable food exports, while a Department of Homeland Security report indicates that China is likely unable to replace U.S. soybean exports needed for meat consumption. Nyquist discusses these trends in the context of what is called the solar minimum, a cyclical weakening of the Sun’s electromagnetic field that results in changes in earth’s weather, including a shortened growing season and a significant decrease in world food production in countries like China.
This makes America, the leading food exporting country, a strategic and tempting target for communist control.
*Cliff Kincaid is president of America’s Survival, Inc. www.usasurvival.org.
By: Trevor Loudon | The Epoch Times
While the Las Vegas bookies still favor California Sen. Kamala Harris to clinch the Joe Biden running mate spot, another Californian, Congressional Black Caucus chair Karen Bass, is rapidly gaining ground.
With Biden’s decision only days away, many eyes are turning toward Bass as a more loyal and trustworthy lieutenant to the Democratic presidential nominee.
But who is Karen Bass? Given Biden’s widely perceived neurological difficulties, it’s possible that Bass could soon become the most powerful politician on the planet. But what do we actually know about her?
Well, just enough to terrify most American voters.
Karen Bass grew up in mainly white liberal West Los Angeles. Well, hard-left West Los Angeles, actually.
Bass told Melina Abdullah and Regina Freer in the book “Black Los Angeles: American Dreams and Racial Realities”:
“It [the white left] played a huge role for me. In Hamilton [High School] for instance, lots of the Jewish parents were activists. Some of them were in the Communist Party. So, I grew up with a lot of red diaper babies. And there were some African American parents who were in the Communist Party. There were teachers who were in the Communist Party. So white radicals were very influential. And at the same time, you have the Panthers and the whole Black movement.”
And according to left-wing journalist Laura Flanders in her book “Blue Grit: Making Impossible, Improbable, and Inspirational Political Change in America,” Bass went on to actually join the Black Panther Party—that’s right Bass was a Panther. She hung around with pro-China, Maoist domestic terrorist revolutionaries—a direct ancestor of today’s Maoist Black Lives Matter organization.
By the mid-1970s, Bass was in San Diego working on anti-Vietnam War activities. But allegedly left town after somebody fired shots into her home.
Back in Los Angeles, Bass became involved in “forces working directly under the guidance of the rectification line/unity with the line,” that is, Maoists who would soon coalesce into a nationwide pro-China communist “Line of March.”
“Call for a Conference on Racism and National Oppression” was a 1980 letter initiated by Marxist-Leninists of “The Trend,” most of whom were Line of March activists, for a national conference on “Racism and National Oppression” to be held in the summer of 1981 in New York or the Bay Area.
Los Angeles signatories to the letter included Line of March comrades Michael Downing, Cyrus Keller, Dan Lund, and Jaime Geaga—plus Bass.
In May 2010, old comrades from Line of March and the closely related Union of Democratic Filipinos including Florante Ibanez, Rose Ibanez, David Kimbrough, and Carol Ojeda-Kimbrough held a grassroots fundraiser to help elect their old friend to Congress.
Bass founded and led for many years the “Community Coalition” in South Los Angeles, a “community institution that involves thousands in creating, influencing, and changing public policy.”
The organization was a nest of Maoists, including former Director of Strategic Projects Bob Wing, a veteran Line of March comrade.
Sylvia Castillo, who had once moved in Line of March circles, was district director to California Assembly Speaker Bass and was also a founding leader of the Community Coalition.
Socialists and Communists
By the late 1980s, Bass was hanging around with the Los Angeles Democratic Socialists of America (DSA)—even contributing an article to their “Los Angeles Left” magazine October 1988 issue titled “Gang Violence: A crisis that must not be ignored.”
The West Coast Socialist Scholars Conference 1993, “New Realities, New Identities; Socialism and Empowerment,” was held on April 17, 1993, at the University of California—Los Angeles.
Speakers included Bogdan Denitch, Mona Field, Harold Meyerson, Rudy Torres, and Angie Fa of the DSA, former Line of March leader Irwin Silber, and Bass.
Los Angeles activist Oneil Cannon was the education director in the Southern California District of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA), and a member of the party’s Southern California and National Central committees.
Cannon was committed to electing black and Latino representatives at all levels of government, according to the CPUSA’s People’s World publication. He helped to elect congress members Augustus Hawkins, Ed Roybal, Diane Watson, Maxine Waters, and Bass.
When Cannon died in January 2017, a few days shy of his 100th birthday, Bass placed a tribute into the Congressional Record to her “friend and mentor.”
“Oneil was instrumental in supporting my own work as a community organizer early in my life, and without his help, my life would have taken a very different path. …
“I would like to salute Oneil Cannon for his longstanding commitment to serving and uplifting others, and for a century of fighting to make the world a better place.”
In April 1995, Bass and others, including the Greater Los Angeles Committees of Correspondence (a Communist Party spinoff), supported a memorial for late South African Communist Party leader Joe Slovo at the Kingsley Hall in South Los Angeles.
Slovo had been the head of uMkhonto we Sizwe, the terrorist wing of the African National Congress, and reputedly a colonel in the Soviet KGB, but that did not deter Bass.
On March 11, 1998, Los Angeles DSA leader Steve Tarzynski wrote an email to another Los Angeles DSA leader Harold Meyerson.
Tarzynski listed 25 people whom he thought should be on an “A-list” of “25 or so leaders/activists/intellectuals and/or ‘eminent persons’ who would gather periodically to theorize/strategize about how to rebuild a progressive movement in our metropolitan area that could challenge for power.”
Tarzynski listed himself, Meyerson, Bass, and her staffer Sylvia Castillo as key invitees.
Others on the list included former Maoist and prominent lawyer Barry Litt, far-left businessman Aris Anagnos, labor leader and future California legislator Maria Elena Durazo, ex-Communist Workers Party leader Kent Wong, and Bill Gallegos of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization.
Those listed were the cream of the Los Angeles far left, and Bass was right at the top.
This group evolved into the Progressive Los Angeles Network. Bass served on the group’s advisory board.
Bass is a Cuban patriot. She has visited the communist island at least a dozen times and has publicly praised the late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro (though, she has recently renounced her 2016 comments).
She has also worked tirelessly through the very pro-Cuba Congressional Black Caucus to remove U.S. trade and travel restrictions on the totalitarian state.
In July 2015, a crowded party celebrated as the flag was raised over the newly re-established Cuban embassy in Washington on 16th Street NW.
“It’s an amazing moment,” Phyllis Bennis, a former Line of March comrade, told the Washington Post. “In the decades-long effort to normalize relations with Cuba, to stop the U.S. attacks and hostility toward Cuba, we have not had so many victories. Suddenly we have a victory. The flag going up—that’s huge.”
Guests included Bass.
The guests were jubilant because Cuban communism had been near collapse. Diplomatic recognition and the easing of trade and travel restrictions by President Barack Obama had saved communism in Cuba.
In 1973, Bass traveled to Cuba for the first time under the auspices of the Venceremos Brigade, which is reportedly used by Cuba’s intelligence service to assess and recruit spies and “agents of influence.”
Bass traveled to Havana, Cuba, on June 5, 2011, accompanied by senior Democratic Party operative Donna Brazile, former congresswoman Jane Harman, and Sara Stephens of the pro-Cuba “Center for Democracy in the Americas”—which picked up Bass’s $2,915 tab.
“On Nov. 17, 1962, the FBI cracked a plot by Cuban agents that targeted Macy’s, Gimbel’s, Bloomingdale’s, and Manhattan’s Grand Central Terminal with a dozen incendiary devices and 500 kilos [1,102 pounds] of TNT,” wrote Humberto Fontova in FrontPage Magazine. Had those detonators gone off, the death toll would have been almost certainly far greater than the 9/11 attack.
Two of those arrested were Cuban intelligence officers Elsa Montero and Jose Gomez Abad.
Sweig’s book “Inside the Cuban Revolution” contains this acknowledgment: “In Cuba, many people spent long hours with me, helped open doors I could not have pushed through myself and offered friendship and warmth to myself during research trips to the island. … Elsa Montero and Jose Gomez Abad championed this project.”
In addition, Sweig thanked the “warm friendship and championship of” Ramon Sanchez Parodi, Jose Antonio Arbesu, Fernando Miguel Garcia, Hugo Ernesto Yedra, and Josefina Vidal for their “warmth, their friendship and their kindness in opening Cuban doors,” according to Fontova.
All the above have been identified by Lt. Col. Chris Simmons (retired), America’s top Cuban spy-catcher, as veteran Cuban intelligence officers.
Unsurprisingly, Simmons has named Sweig as a Cuban “agent of influence,” according to Fontova.
Bass went back to Cuba with the Center for Democracy in the Americas in January 2018. In May the same year, Bass was a guest of honor at a Center for Democracy in the Americas Cuban cultural event on Capitol Hill.
According to former Vice President Biden, Bass is being thoroughly vetted as a potential presidential running mate.
If that vetting process is legitimate, there’s no way Bass could be approved. She couldn’t pass the most superficial background check to work in the Post Office, let alone in the White House.
I’m betting, though, if Bass doesn’t get the job it won’t be because of her communist background.
Trevor Loudon is an author, filmmaker, and public speaker from New Zealand. For more than 30 years, he has researched radical left, Marxist, and terrorist movements and their covert influence on mainstream politics. He is best known for his book “Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the U.S. Congress” and his similarly-themed documentary film “Enemies Within.” His recently published book is “White House Reds: Communists, Socialists & Security Risks Running for U.S. President, 2020.”
By: Daniel John Sobieski
No, I don’t know where Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg got his medical degree and license either, yet there he sits atop the social media food chain dictating who can say and know what about the Chinese Wuhan virus pandemic and its treatments and possible cures. He now says he knows more than board-certified medical doctors about the drug hydroxychloroquine, for example, and will deny you access to what they say, calling their judgments and pronouncement based on their studies and actual experience treating patients as “harmful misinformation. Dr. Zuckerberg has spoken and he will not let us hear a second opinion.
Zuckerberg, like most liberals, views the rest of us with contempt. He is to be the sole arbiter of truth and has no respect for constitutional rights like our freedom of speech. His defense is that Facebook is his sandbox and is free so it is not like we are talking on a phone that we pay for. Yet we do pay for Facebook no matter what he says. Our information is culled, mined, and sold. Ads are bought and placed on Facebook based on our being patrons of it. It is not free. Here is Zuckerberg telling ABC that Facebook won’t allow people to use the platform to organize to defend their constitutional rights to peacefully assemble and petition their leaders for a redress of grievances which include assaults on religious liberty and gun rights, both in the Constitution and to not be deprived of their livelihoods and use of their business property by executive order and not by legitimate due process of law:
FACEBOOK CEO MARK Zuckerberg said Monday that protests against stay-at-home orders organized on the social site qualify as “harmful misinformation’ and are removed from the platform.
“Good Morning America” anchor George Stephanopoulos asked the CEO how the social media giant is handling “the fact that Facebook is now being used to organize a lot of these protests to defy social distancing guidelines in the states.”
The anchor asked Zuckerberg “If somebody is trying to organize something like that, does that qualify as harmful misinformation?”
Zuckerberg said that if something states that social distancing isn’t effective to slow the spread of the coronavirus it is deemed misinformation and taken down.
However, he added, it is important that people can continue to debate policies and give their opinions, but “there is a line on this.”
Zuckerberg does not explain why BLM, Antifa, and other terrorist groups are free to organize and protest without social distancing… and why posts supporting these gatherings are not taken down. Zuckerberg does not explain that at the funeral of John Lewis there was no social distancing or that people that attended from other states were not self-quarantined for 14 days and won’t be isolated on their return. Did Zuckerberg take down posts promoting and celebrating this “harmful” gathering?
Trump rallies are dangerous but Democrat funerals are not. We can’t hold or attend the wakes and funerals of our loved ones due to social distancing but according to Dr. Zuckerberg people who want to protest these things are spreading “harmful misinformation.” Did Zuckerberg bar posts showing Dr. Fauci not wearing a mask and sitting elbow-to-elbow at a Washington Nationals baseball game?
Dr. Zuckerberg recently testified with other big tech tyrants like Twitter’s Jack Dorsey about how they are really performing a public service by pulling down any virus post that doesn’t conform to the accepted dogma that we should just shut up, sit down, and remain under house arrest until the experts who have jobs and regular incomes tell us when to jump and how high. He defended pulling down a video of a rally by a group of physicians calling themselves “Frontline Doctors.” As commentary writer Eddie Scarry writes in the Washington Examiner:
Aren’t you excited to be told by Mark Zuckerberg what medical information is and isn’t acceptable for you to hear about?
That’s what happened this week when the techies at Facebook, Twitter, and Google-owned YouTube decided, almost all at once, to remove a video that showed several doctors lauding hydroxychloroquine as an effective treatment for patients infected with the coronavirus.
Twitter went so far as to lock up Donald Trump Jr.’s personal account after he shared the video, deleting the tweet and then freezing him from posting any further content for several hours. The video, according to Twitter, violated company policy against “spreading misleading and potentially harmful information related to COVID-19.”…
Outside of that video, other doctors have also testified to the drug’s efficacy in limited studies and with anecdotal evidence. Harvey Risch of Yale’s School of Public Health wrote in Newsweek just last week that the drug “has shown to be highly effective.”
In his Newsweek piece, Risch speaks to the war of hostility against hydroxychloroquine and I suspect one of the problems is that it is an old drug with little profit potential for Big Pharma and the salivating politicians they donate to. Risch notes he is not alone in his conclusions about hydroxychloroquine:
On May 27, I published an article in the American Journal of Epidemiology (AJE) entitled, “Early Outpatient Treatment of Symptomatic, High-Risk COVID-19 Patients that Should be Ramped-Up Immediately as Key to the Pandemic Crisis.” That article, published in the world’s leading epidemiology journal, analyzed five studies, demonstrating clear-cut and significant benefits to treated patients, plus other very large studies that showed the medication safety.
Physicians who have been using these medications in the face of widespread skepticism have been truly heroic. They have done what the science shows is best for their patients, often at great personal risk. I myself know of two doctors who have saved the lives of hundreds of patients with these medications, but are now fighting state medical boards to save their licenses and reputations. The cases against them are completely without scientific merit.
Since publication of my May 27 article, seven more studies have demonstrated similar benefit. In a lengthy follow-up letter, also published by AJE, I discuss these seven studies and renew my call for the immediate early use of hydroxychloroquine in high-risk patients. These seven studies include: an additional 400 high-risk patients treated by Dr. Vladimir Zelenko, with zero deaths; four studies totaling almost 500 high-risk patients treated in nursing homes and clinics across the U.S., with no deaths; a controlled trial of more than 700 high-risk patients in Brazil, with significantly reduced risk of hospitalization and two deaths among 334 patients treated with hydroxychloroquine; and another study of 398 matched patients in France, also with significantly reduced hospitalization risk. Since my letter was published, even more doctors have reported to me their completely successful use.
Hydroxychloroquine is not a cure or a vaccine and Dr. Ritsch and the “Frontline Doctors” do not claim it to be, but the drug which has been safely used over more than five decades has proven in the real world to be safe and useful in lessening the spread and impact of COVOD-19. As Fox News reports:
Dr. Harvey Risch, an epidemiology professor at Yale School of Public Health, said on Tuesday that he thinks hydroxychloroquine could save 75,000 to 100,000 lives if the drug is widely used to treat coronavirus.
“There are many doctors that I’ve gotten hostile remarks about saying that all the evidence is bad for it and, in fact, that is not true at all,” Risch told “Ingraham Angle,” adding that he believes the drug can be used as a “prophylactic” for front-line workers, as other countries like India have done.
Risch lamented that a “propaganda war” is being waged against the use of the drug for political purposes, not based on “medical facts.”
Researchers at the Henry Ford Health System in Southeast Michigan have found that early administration of hydroxychloroquine makes hospitalized patients substantially less likely to die.
The study, published in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases, determined that hydroxychloroquine provided a “66 percent hazard ratio reduction,” and hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin a 71 percent reduction, compared with neither treatment.
It is no cure or vaccine but it can save lives – lots of lives. The question then is how many lives have been lost and will be lost due to the actions of Zuckerberg, Dorsey, and others to deny us the helpful life-saving information we need.
I, for one, don’t want to live in a world where the likes of Mark Zuckerberg determine which constitutional rights I get to enjoy and then get to decide whether I live or die.
* Daniel John Sobieski is a former editorial writer for Investor’s Business Daily and freelance writer whose pieces have appeared in Human Events, Reason Magazine, and the Chicago Sun-Times among other publications.