05/13/21

Retired Flag Officers’ Letter to Biden Challenging his Presidency

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

Primer: As the Democrats are aggressively fighting for election reform with the most disgusting legislation known as H.R. 1, it should also be noted that Liz Cheney (R-WY) was essentially removed from Republican leadership over what she calls the ‘big lie’. Then Mollie Hemmingway, Senior Editor at The Federalist has just released her new book titled Rigged. Her book discussed how media, big tech, and the Democrats seized the elections.

We also cannot ignore former Ambassador and former DNI Director Ric Grenell when he asserts that Susan Rice is the shadow president. In fact, he has said it often and rightly so.

Rigged: How the Media, Big Tech, and the Democrats Seized ...

This is all going on while many state legislatures are passing more secure and stringent election laws.

Meanwhile, enter former flag officers…

  • A group named “Flag Officers 4 America” released a letter signed by 124 former military leaders.
  • The letter questioned the 2020 election result and Biden’s physical and mental health.
  • One serving Navy leader told Politico the letter was “disturbing and reckless.”

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05/13/21

Global Experts Weigh in on Hamas’ War on Israel: Michael Johns

By: Rachel Brooks | Republic Underground

In the photo above, taken on May 11, 2021, Israeli sirens wail in the night as bombs meet in the air. Hamas has launched hundreds of missiles at Israeli civilian targets.

With the terrorist movement Hamas launching major missile attacks against Israel beginning on May 10, 2021, Republic Underground sought the opinion of some of the world’s leading Middle East experts on the conflict and its ramifications. In this second in a series of these interviews, Republic Underground managing editor Rachel Brooks spoke on May 11 with Michael Johns, co-founder of the influential U.S. Tea Party movement who has served previously as a White House speechwriter, Heritage Foundation foreign policy analyst, and influential U.S. expert and strategist on national security, foreign policy, and other public policy matters.

Michael Johns

Michael Johns launched the influential U.S. Tea Party movement in 2009. Its extensive national political victories in 2010 and 2014 proved immensely politically consequential, blocking Obama’s progressive legislative agenda for the last six years of his two-term presidency. The Tea Party has proven globally consequential, inspiring Britain’s Brexit campaign and other populist political movements in Europe and globally.

Johns’ immense influence on public policy has been a constant in Washington, D.C. since the 1980s when, as a Heritage Foundation foreign policy analyst during the Reagan administration, he helped lead the development and implementation of the Reagan Doctrine that provided military support to anti-communist resistance movements in Afghanistan, Angola, Cambodia, Nicaragua, and other communist regimes in the Soviet orbit. These efforts have since been credited widely as a major contributing factor to the U.S. victory in the Cold War in 1991.

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05/12/21

Meet the Pentagon’s New Hatchet Man

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

On a personal note… about two months ago, I received a text message from an active officer in the military and it pointed to exactly what you’re about to read below. The text had the very words ‘stand-down’ in it.

It is no wonder retirement papers are being filed in huge numbers… but read on and be informed. No one on the payroll at the Pentagon should be doing anything other than ensuring combat readiness and confirming intelligence… but not so much.

After graduating from West Point, among other national security assignments, Bishop Garrison served as Deputy Foreign Policy Adviser on the Presidential campaign of Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton. Further background details are here.

On February 3, 2021, in the wake of the “deadly events” of 1/6, Biden’s new Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ordered a 60-day stand-down and total purge of the U.S. military’s rampant, undefined “extremism” problem. Though the details of this purge were always kept vague and framed in apolitical terms, it was immediately obvious the target would be MAGA — with the buzzword “extremism” tagged onto various proxies for Trump supporters, conservatives, and opponents of globalism of all stripes.

We now know the hatchet man the Pentagon has selected to carry out this MAGA purge of the American defense forces, and the entire operation is worse than you could have ever imagined.

The Biden administration has just put the equivalent of Ibram X. Kendi in charge of vetting the entire U.S. military.

This hatchet man’s name is Bishop Garrison, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Defense for Diversity and Inclusion.

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04/24/21

Military Veteran: China Wins When U.S. Withdraws from Afghanistan

By: Citizens Commission on National Security

[This is an article by J.M. Phelps of One News Now based on an interview with CCNS member Col. Lawrence Sellin (U.S. Army Reserve-Ret.)]

A former Army officer contends the U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan will bolster a number of geopolitical shifts, giving China an advantage in the region.

On March 25, in his first press conference since taking office, President Joe Biden expressed that the upcoming May 1 deadline to remove U.S. troops from Afghanistan will be “hard to meet,” citing “tactical reasons” for a possible delay. The United States has been at war in Afghanistan for two decades, and efforts to extricate itself increased exponentially during the Donald Trump administration upon the signing of a “peace deal” on February 29, 2020.

Under that agreement, the U.S. committed to withdrawing all U.S. military forces from Afghanistan, while intra-Afghan dialogue and negotiations between the Taliban and the existing Afghan government were called upon to resolve the conflict and stabilize the South Asian country.

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04/19/21

Jordan’s Volatility Alerts the USA to Middle East Reality

By: Yoram Ettinger | CCNS

Jordan’s domestic vulnerability

Jordan’s domestic upheaval involved some Arab countries, members of the royal Jordanian family, and other prominent Bedouins, who were arrested and charged with an attempted regime change.

A regime change in Jordan could transform the strategically-located country – between Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Israel – into another haven for Palestinian and Islamic terrorism. It would threaten the existence of the current regimes in Saudi Arabia, all other pro-US Gulf states, and Egypt, advancing the interests of Iran’s Ayatollahs, Turkey’s Erdogan, the Muslim Brotherhood, China, and Russia, while traumatizing regional stability and with dire Western and Israeli national security and economic consequences.

Jordan’s inherently political and ideological vulnerability has been fueled by intra-Bedouin fragmentation and conflicts, dating back to 1921, when the Hashemite Bedouin family was imported to Jordan – from Hejaz in western Saudi Arabia – by the British Empire, and imposed upon the indigenous Bedouins of (mostly southern) Jordan.  Furthermore, Jordan’s Bedouins are deeply divided, geographically, tribally, culturally, ideologically, and religiously, with some of the southern tribes considering the Hashemites “carpetbaggers” from the Arabian Peninsula, Westernized and straying away from Islam and pan-Arabism by concluding a peace treaty with the “infidel” Jewish State.

Moreover, 70% of Jordan’s population are Palestinians, while Palestinian leaders (e.g., the PLO, the Palestinian Authority, and Hamas) view Jordan as an artificial entity, the eastern (78%) part of Palestine. Hence, Palestinian active involvement in subversion and terrorism in Jordan and occasional attempts to topple the Hashemite regime, such as the civil war in September 1970 and the 1989 wave of terrorism.

Therefore, Palestinians have been involved in the Muslim Brotherhood’s political and terroristic subversion in Jordan, as they have been in the Brotherhood’s operations against the regimes of Egypt and the Gulf States.

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04/18/21

Does a Third Lebanon-Israel War Lie Ahead?

By: Steve Emerson | CCNS

Despite a collapsing Lebanese economy and considerable political turmoil, Hezbollah continues to threaten Israel. These threats must be taken seriously, given the Iranian-backed proxy army’s Hezbollah incredible stockpile of long-range, medium-range, and short-range missiles that can reach every square inch of Israel.

spoke last Friday with the Middle East Forum about the worst-case scenarios for a conflict between Israel and Hezbollah. The possibilities include a surprise attack by Hezbollah, an Israeli pre-emptive strike, an unplanned escalation, and a multi-front war against Israel.

The situation is a powder keg, and one false move can set any of these scenarios in motion. Israelis understood the surprise attack possibility in 2019 when they discovered several well-built tunnels that started more than a half-mile inside of Lebanon but crossed into Israel. Hezbollah could have used them to attack northern Israeli communities, trying to kill as well as take many Israeli civilians hostage. This kind of terrorist attack would have sparked a full-blown war.

Israel already lives under constant threat from Hezbollah’s missile arsenal, much of which has been smuggled into Lebanon and retrofitted with advanced GPS guidance systems.

A multi-front war against Israel appears more possible now that Iraqi militias can use Iranian-supplied missiles which can strike inside Israel. From the south, Yemeni Houthis now have projectiles capable of reaching Israel’s port city of Eilat along the Red Sea. In Syria, Hezbollah has battle-tested forces capable of attacking, and there are Iranian and Russian weapon systems ready to strike. Finally, Gaza is home to Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, terrorist groups that have been firing rockets at Israeli civilian communities for years. If they all acted together, a five-prong multi-front war against Israel is the worst-case scenario.

In 2019, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah went on Hezbollah’s Al Manar television with his list of Israeli strategic targets that he wants to be destroyed during the next war with Israel. These strategic targets include Ben Gurion International airport near Tel Aviv, power plants, water desalination plants, nuclear sites, seaports, gas production facilities and the natural gas rig in the Mediterranean, petrochemical production facilities near Haifa, Israel Defense Force’s Headquarters/Ministry of Defense in Tel Aviv, air bases, naval bases, army bases, military industries, and important financial and commercial centers.

Source: https://worldview.stratfor.com/article/missile-arsenal-heart-israeli-iranian-rivalry

Source: https://worldview.stratfor.com/article/missile-arsenal-heart-israeli-iranian-rivalry

The 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah was started after Hezbollah kidnapped two Israeli reservists and killed three others in an unprovoked cross-border raid by Hezbollah. This is a perfect example of a war that neither side wanted but still took place. During the 34-day war, Hezbollah launched more than 100 rockets per day – for a total of about 4,000 of its estimated 10,000 total rockets and missiles at the time. In the next war, Hezbollah could launch a minimum of 2,000 rockets a day from its 150,000 estimated inventory, a senior IDF official told a Jerusalem conference on March 15. Hezbollah’s arsenal is believed to include 130,000 short-range rockets that can travel less than 70 km, about 500 medium-range rockets (greater than 70 km and less than 250 km), and about 100 long-range rockets (greater than 250 km) missiles. According to a 2018 report from the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA), “Hezbollah now possesses more firepower than 95 percent of the world’s conventional militaries, and more rockets and missiles than all European NATO members combined.”

Analysts believe that Hezbollah has between 500-1,000 precision-guided munitions outfitted with enhanced GPS guidance systems that can hit every square inch of Israel with devastating accuracy. With long-range advanced GPS Scud B warheads carrying as much as 2200 pounds of high-grade explosives, these missiles could easily destroy top strategic targets in Israel such as the Dimona nuclear power plant, Ben Gurion Airport, the Kirya, Israeli power plants, Israeli military bases, and massive civilian carnage—all targets that Nasrallah has personally threatened to attack in the next war with Israel in an interview he gave in 2019. (For comparative damage assessments, the unguided Qassam rockets launched by Hamas carry a payload of only 12 pounds of explosives.) Additionally, Hezbollah reportedly has several dozen anti-ship missiles, such as the three C-802 anti-ship missiles that they fired, at the Israeli Navy ship Hanit during the 2006 war, killing four Israeli sailors.

Source: https://jinsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Israels-Next-Northern-War_Operational-and-Legal-Challenges_web.pdf

In response to the Hezbollah threat, Israel has a three-tiered system to protect its citizens and its strategic assets. These three tiers include missile defense, bombing by Israeli Air Force (IAF) fighter aircraft, and civilian bomb shelters. The missile defense tier is a multi-layered missile defense system that includes missile intercept systems like Iron Dome, PATRIOT, David’s Sling, Arrow 2, and Arrow 3 (see graphic for estimated numbers, ranges, type of warhead, targets, range, and the date when the system became operational). The second tier is the IAF’s fighter jets that during a conflict would attack Hezbollah missile launch and storage sites. The IAF has more than 425 fighter aircraft, that including almost 50 new F-35s, 50 F-15s, and 25 F-15Es, and 300 F-16s. If war does break out, Israel believes it can hit 3,000 Hezbollah targets per day. Finally, the third layer of Israeli defense would be the civilian bunkers that are in many Israeli homes or part of the local city and village infrastructure.

In addition to the massive Hezbollah rocket and missile threat, the Gaza-based terrorist groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad also could attack Israel with their estimated 15,000-20,000 rockets and missiles.

Source: https://aipacorg.app.box.com/s/u1oih9tblawwhzsu1ak6vs83znpu0hky

The map showing ranges and flight times from Lebanon and from Gaza provides an idea of how much time someone in Tel Aviv has to reach shelter once the alarm system detects an incoming rocket. For example, a rocket launched by Hezbollah in Lebanon takes about 75 seconds to hit Tel Aviv, whereas a rocket fired from Gaza takes only 30 seconds. People living close to the northern border of Israel and near the Gaza Strip have only 10-15 seconds to react during a rocket attack.

In response, Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system would target those rockets heading toward population centers and strategic targets. David’s Sling, with hundreds of interceptors, would target the longer-range rockets and missiles. But despite their sophistication, those systems would be overwhelmed in a war in which 2,000 missiles were launched into Israel each day. In May 2019, Hamas and Islamic Jihad launched around 690 rockets and mortars at Israel with Iron Dome shooting down approximately 240 projectiles. This means that unguided munitions launched from Gaza were about a third on target or happened to be on target.

Using the same percentages, and assuming the same capabilities, 2,000 Hezbollah rockets per day launched from Lebanon would require about 660 Iron Dome interceptors and an unknown number of David’s Sling interceptors. In the meantime, the IAF would be destroying launchers and missile storage and assembly locations throughout Lebanon. Therefore, the rate of Hezbollah rocket and missile fire would probably decrease over time, especially those with longer ranges. This would force Hezbollah to fire more of its shorter-range rockets with less effect on strategic targets.

With approximately one-third of all Israelis having bomb shelters in their homes or apartments, the rest would go to local city bomb shelters or to their neighbors’ shelters. In 2006, Israel did not have a missile defense system that would intercept short and medium-range missiles and rockets.

The fact that the IAF can strike 3,000 targets per day offers a strong deterrent message to Hezbollah about what a preemptive attack by the IAF could do.

If Hezbollah tried to launch a surprise attack against Israel, in addition to rocket and missile fire, the Iranian-terror proxy could attempt a ground attack to kill or capture Israelis living along the border with Lebanon. Most estimates put the number of active Hezbollah combatants rising from 14,000 in 2006 to 25,000 with a reserve force of 20,000-30,000.

Nasrallah has said that he is not interested in a war with Israel at this time. He said that he would not have instigated the 2006 war if he [A1] knew the tremendous damage that would be done to Lebanon’s infrastructure. However, Iran could have different plans for Hezbollah.

Beyond missiles and rockets, Hezbollah’s capabilities have increased since 2006. Its fighters helped the Syrian army fight against ISIS for almost a decade, growing more proficient in combat. The question is whether the new Israeli tank active protection system (called Trophy), that the U.S. Army is purchasing, is able to protect them against the Hezbollah arsenal of a variety of approximately a thousand Russian anti-tank systems (AT-3,4, 5, 13, and 14).

Any escalating conflict would cause significant casualties and a lot of destruction on both sides. The damage from a 34-day war in 2006, when Hezbollah had a fraction of the firepower it can unleash today, makes this reality clear. The Associated Press tallied some of the damage in that conflict:

Israel: Total deaths 157 (118 soldiers and 39 civilians). Wounded: 860. The number of buildings destroyed: no official figures, but tax authorities report more than 6,000 claims for damaged buildings. Number of strikes into Israel: 3,970 Hezbollah rockets, 901 of them inside cities. Number of displaced people: 300,000 (~5% of population). Total damage: $3 billion.

Lebanon: 845 total deaths (743 civilians, 34 soldiers, and 68 Hezbollah. Israel says it killed about 530 Hezbollah fighters). Wounded: 4,051. The number of buildings destroyed: More than 15,000 homes, about 900 commercial structures. The number of strikes: Lebanese officials reported, unofficially, more than 4,500 Israeli bombing raids on Lebanon. The number of displaced people: 916,000, or about one-fourth of the population. Total damage: at least $3.5 billion to infrastructure; $9.4 billion overall.

There is good reason for skepticism that deterrence can work with actors like Nasrallah or Hamas. As for Hezbollah’s ultimate goal, Hezbollah’s stated goal is the same as Iran’s – the destruction of the Zionist state. The only thing stopping Hezbollah right now is the fact that the Israelis have a more powerful military and can inflict more damage against the Lebanese infrastructure, for which Hezbollah will be blamed. Today, Lebanon is suffering the worst economic debacle in its history. Lebanese currency has been devalued by up to 90 percent in just the last year. Hezbollah is being blamed by much of the Lebanese population for the massive corruption that has led to this unprecedented economic crisis.

This article appeared originally on the Investigative Project on Terrorism website.

04/18/21

Yes, COVID-19 Was a Biological Attack by the Chinese Communist Party

By: Col. Lawrence Sellin (Ret.) | CCNS

In a must-read article in the December 2020 issue of Indian Defense Review, Dr. Sharad S Chauhan defines “Opportunistic Bioterrorism” as:

“Concealment of the emergence of a biological agent, pathogen or a disease by acts of commission or omission with the knowledge that such an act will harm or kill humans’ animals or plants with the intent to intimidate or coerce a government or civilian population to further political or social objectives or by using a situation to get power or an advantage.”

That “opportunity” was COVID-19, a product of policies and actions undertaken by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

First and foremost, it is critical for everyone to understand that, in the People’s Republic of China, there is no difference between military and civilian research centers.

Chapter 78 of the CCP’s Thirteenth Five-Year Plan (2016-2020) describes the fusion of military and civilian research including the area of “synthetic biology.”

Even prior to the publication of that plan, it had been common practice for the CCP to change the name of military research centers to something more civilian-sounding and for Chinese scientists to disguise their military connections.

A second component of the CCP’s military-civilian fusion effort is the integration of Chinese scientists working abroad as part of the network, even to the extent that Chinese scientists have become U.S. citizens, but remain active members of the CCP’s program.

In that way, foreign institutions and foreign funding sources become de facto partners in the CCP’s research program and contributors to China’s military and economic might.

The most glaring, but far from the only example of such American “useful idiot” participants in the CCP military-civilian research program, is Dr. Anthony Fauci, whose National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) funded coronavirus research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology via long-time CCP research collaborator Peter Daszak, who is head of the EcoHealth Alliance.

The CCP integration of military-civilian virus research is led by the Academy of Military Medical Sciences, where Dr. Wei Chen, a Major General in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and the virologist, is Director of the Institute of Bioengineering and presumed to be the head of China’s biological warfare program.

In January 2020, the CCP dispatched Major General Wei Chen to Wuhan to take charge of the response to the growing pandemic. She was also responsible for China’s COVID-19 vaccine development.

It is also Major General Wei Chen’s own experience and research connections that provide background for the origin of COVID-19.

The following is just a snapshot of a more widespread and deeper internal and international network representing the fusion of China’s military-civilian research program.

In 2004 and 2005, Major General Wei Chen was working in the Institute of Microbiology and Epidemiology, Academy of Military Medical Sciences, where she studied the spike protein of the first SARS coronavirus using a genetic technology called RNA interference to silence gene expression of the virus, as well as analyzing immune therapy in SARS patients.

According to her publication record, between 2008 and 2013, Major General Wei Chen conducted experiments on the dengue fever virus in the Department of Microbiology, Third Military Medical University, Chongqing.

It is important to note that Chinese whistleblower Dr. Li-Meng Yan claims that the backbone of the COVID-19 virus, bat coronaviruses ZC45 and/or ZXC21, was characterized and genetically engineered under the supervision of the Third Military Medical University in Chongqing.

Around 2014, Major General Wei Chen returned to the Academy of Military Medical Sciences as Director of the Institute of Bioengineering, where she supervised human testing in Africa of a genetically engineered viral vector Ebola vaccine.

Dr. Yusen Zhou was one of the Chinese military scientists, who collaborated with Major General Wei Chen in the response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

He received his training as a military medical doctor and also studied the spike protein of the first SARS coronavirus in 2004, while working in the same research center as Major General Wei, the Institute of Microbiology and Epidemiology, Academy of Military Medical Sciences.

Yusen Zhou’s co-author on that 2004 scientific article “Identification of Immunodominant Sites on the Spike Protein of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) Coronavirus: Implication for Developing SARS Diagnostics and Vaccines” was Dr. Shibo Jiang.

Also a graduate of a military medical university, Shibo Jiang worked at the Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute of the New York Blood Center for nearly twenty years and received more than $17 million in U.S. research grants, the vast majority coming from Fauci’s NIAID.

During that period, Shibo Jiang developed an extensive network of collaborative research with other U.S. virus research laboratories and became the nexus connecting China’s military-civilian research program with those in the United States.

At the same time, Shibo Jiang maintained research activities with Yusen Zhou and several PLA laboratories, described in detail here, while simultaneously inviting other Chinese scientists into his U.S. laboratory.

One was Dr. Lanying Du, allegedly Yusen Zhou’s wife, who is still an employee of the Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute in New York and recently received a 5-year grant totally $4.1 million from Fauci’s NIAID.

Shibo Jiang’s U.S. network consisted of laboratories conducting cutting edge coronavirus research, including the controversial “gain of function” experiments:

Dr. Ralph Baric, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill NC

Dr. Fang Li, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN

Linfa Wang, director of the Program in Emerging Infectious Diseases at Duke University-NUS Medical School, Singapore

Chien-Te K. Tseng, University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston, home of the Department of Defense-funded Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases and the high viral BL-4 containment facility.

All of the above are linked to the CCP’s military-civilian research program via Yusen Zhou or the “batwoman”, Dr. Zheng-Li Shi of the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Another CCP scientist linked to both the Chinese military and the highest levels of U.S. research programs is Dr. Gao Fu, also known as George F. Gao, a virologist and immunologist, who has served as Director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CCDC).

In 2019, he was elected a foreign associate of the U.S. National Academy of Science and the U.S. National Academy of Medicine.

Gao Fu is a long-time research partner of China’s military with whom he published in 20022005200620072008a2008b2010201120132014a2014b20182019 and 2020.

Gao Fu’s colleague at the CCDC, Dr. Wenjie Tan, is not only linked to Shibo Jinag and Yusen Zhou, but is a close collaborator of Dr. Zhenhong Hu from the General Hospital of Central Theater Command of the PLA in Wuhan.

Zhenhong Hu conducted research with the Third Military Medical University from where the bat backbone of the COVID-19 virus is alleged to have originated.

The Third Military Medical University was also Major General Wei Chen’s place of employment for five years.

It is perhaps no coincidence that, according to patient data, the epicenter of the outbreak during its earliest phase was the General Hospital of Central Theater Command of the PLA (map coordinates 30.53148, 114.34356).

That location is less than one mile from the P-3 level laboratory of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, Hubei Engineering and Technology Research Center for Viral Diseases (map coordinates 30.53941, 114.35085).

That information also matches data published by the Wuhan Wuchang District Health Bureau stating that the highest concentration of infections in the early phase of the outbreak occurred in the residential areas about one mile from the hospital.

Those observations fit, in time and location, the social media data obtained from the Sina Weibo platform, which was designed as a channel for suspected COVID-19 patients to seek help.

It is interesting to note that during May 2020, the U.S. National Academy of Science initiated a series of conference calls between Chinese and U.S. scientists to exchange information about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The three Chinese participants on those calls were Gao Fu, Wenjie Tan, and the “batwoman” Zheng-Li Shi of the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

The calls could also be described as de facto briefings for China’s military.

There is still much we do not know about the origin of COVID-19, largely due to a cover-up operation led by the CCP and facilitated by members of the Western scientific community, some U.S. government officials, and compliant media.

One could argue that they are all co-conspirators in “Opportunistic Bioterrorism.”

04/9/21

Biden Admin has No Approach to Challenge China on Spratley Islands

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

“An armed attack against the Philippines’ armed forces, public vessels, or aircraft in the Pacific, including in the South China Sea, will trigger our obligations under the US-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters.

Known as maritime militia.

“We share the concerns of our Philippine allies regarding the continued reported massing of PRC maritime militia near the Whitsun Reef,” Price said, referring to the People’s Republic of China.

More than 200 Chinese boats were first spotted on March 7 at Whitsun Reef, around 320 kilometers (200 miles) west of Palawan Island in the contested South China Sea, although many have since scattered across the Spratly Islands. President Joe Biden has vowed a robust defense of allies and, in a rare point of continuity with his predecessor Donald Trump, has supported strong pushback against Chinese assertiveness. source

*** Big money says that the Biden admin is too feckless to respond, meaning China gains control over the Spratley Islands unless other immediate nations take military action. Why? President Biden asserts he had a two-hour phone conversation with President Xi… no mention of the pandemic or the contested claims in the South China Sea. Maybe Kamala knows.

The South China Sea is one of the most important bodies of water on the planet. Besides China, multiple nations including Vietnam, Malaysia, and the Philippines have their own, sometimes overlapping, claims to portions of the South China Sea. In addition to historic claims, according to the United Nations Convention for the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), a nation has sovereignty over waters extending twelve nautical miles from its land and exclusive control over economic activities 200 nautical miles out into the ocean.

The South China Sea is rich with natural resources such as oil and gas. It accounts for 10 percent of the world’s fisheries and has provided food and a way of living for millions of people in the region for centuries. The region is also one of the busiest trading routes, with about one-third of global shipping and more than $3 trillion worth of global trade passing through this area annually.

When Xi Jinping became Communist China’s supreme leader in 2013, he regarded transforming China into a maritime power, including the expansion in the South China Sea, as a key component to his great Chinese rejuvenation. According to the Chinese Communist Party’s own publication, “On the South China Sea issue, [Xi] personally made decisions on building islands and consolidating the reefs, and setting up the city of Sansha. [These decisions] fundamentally changed the strategic situation of the South China Sea.” source

Photo dated February 20, 2021.

Maxar satellite photos show that China has added landmass to the Subi Reef. Further, the Philippine Coast Guard/National Task Force West also has photos of 200 Chinese ships moored at the Whitsun Reed.

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The Spratly Islands consist of more than 100 small islands or reefs surrounded by rich fishing grounds – and potentially by gas and oil deposits. They are claimed in their entirety by China, Taiwan, and Vietnam, while portions are claimed by Malaysia and the Philippines. About 45 islands are occupied by relatively small numbers of military forces from China, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Since 1985 Brunei has claimed a continental shelf that overlaps a southern reef but has not made any formal claim to the reef. Brunei claims an exclusive economic zone over this area.

The islands are strategically located near several primary shipping lanes in the central South China Sea; includes numerous small islands, atolls, shoals, and coral reefs, and the attraction for all the countries claiming control/ownership is nearby oil- and gas-producing sedimentary basins indicating potential oil and gas deposits, but the region is largely unexplored.

Why the notion that the Biden administration has a feckless approach on China and the disputed island? China is assessed to have 7 outposts (Fiery Cross, Mischief, Subi, Cuarteron, Gavin, Hughes, and Johnson reefs); the outposts on Fiery Cross, Mischief, and Subi include air bases with helipads and aircraft hangers, naval port facilities, surveillance radars, air defense and anti-ship missile sites, and other military infrastructures such as communications, barracks, maintenance facilities, and ammunition and fuel bunkers. source

04/2/21

Syrian Muslim Boulder Shooter Motivated By Biden’s Bombing Syria

By: Daniel John Sobieski

Boulder shooter Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, not being a white supremacist, just may have carried out his murderous grocery store massacre in retaliation for U.S. activities in the Middle East, including Joe Biden’s bombing of Syria little more than a month into his presidency. If so, he would be the latest in a line of Islamic terrorists who have tried to wreak revenge for our war on terror by slaughtering innocent Americans.

On Feb. 25, a month into his presidency, the Biden administration wagged the dog and bombed Syria, conducting an airstrike that reportedly killed 22 Iran-backed fighters in an apparent response to rocket attacks against U.S. targets in Iraq that injured American troops and killed a contractor. It was the Biden administration’s attempt to look tough before it gave away the nuclear store to Iran. Authorities said the airstrike targeted structures belonging to two Iranian-backed militias in Al Bukamal.

You will not hear this from the lamestream media or the Biden administration, both heavily invested in pushing open borders and open immigration, as well as their white supremacist and gun control narratives. A Syrian Muslim terrorist shooting up our grocery stores doesn’t follow their script. Consider this little tidbit from Laura Loomer and the National File:

Ahmad Al Issa, the suspect in the Boulder, Colorado King Soopers shooting, a Syrian migrant to the United States, swore allegiance to ISIS prior to the shooting, says Syrian migration expert and former congressional candidate Laura Loomer.

On her Telegram channel, Loomer wrote, “Source tells me shooter carried out an attack in the name of ISIS. Biden admin has already given orders to keep it under wraps to avoid conversation in the media about Islamic terrorism and reversal of Trump’s travel ban, which the terrorist was opposed to.”

Speaking to National File, Loomer explained that her source is embedded in Boulder, Colorado law enforcement, and spoke to her on condition of anonymity. Loomer explained that the Biden administration was briefed on the shooter’s allegiance to ISIS, and is attempting to contain the information for fear of a second immigration scandal. Joe Biden infamously rescinded President Donald Trump’s travel ban restricting movement from countries known for exporting radical Islamic terrorism.  …

Loomer reached national notoriety for exposing the extent of the Syrian refugee crisis in the run-up to the 2016 election when she famously traveled to Greece and recorded video of Syrian migrants, who had obtained fake passports with the goal of entering the United States. The migrants were hoping to enter the United States to vote for failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Loomer also recorded undercover video of Huma Abedin, the top aide to Clinton, saying that the Syrian refugees should be allowed into the United States. The undercover video was referenced by President Trump during a debate with Clinton, and may have contributed to his landslide victory.

So, why, doubters will say, hasn’t ISIS taken credit for Boulder, or why hasn’t the shooter spilled the beans? Pounded into submission by President Donald Trump ISIS has learned not to blow its cover but to silently take advantage of an administration looking the other way while shackling law enforcement and pushing open borders.

Again this possibility doesn’t jive with the leftist mantra of the threat of domestic violence coming, not from groups like Antifa,  the Marxist Black Lives Matter, or Islamic terrorists, but from gun-toting white supremacists. When the sex-addicted Atlanta shooter was taking out what he saw as the instruments of his temptation, the lamestream media and the agenda-driven Democrats were sure to identify him as a “white male church-going Baptist“ guilty of a hate crime against the largely Asian employees slain in Atlanta that worked at spas and massage parlors.

Many liberals, including Kamala Karris’ niece, also immediately assumed the Boulder killer of ten, including a police officer, was also a white Christian male in embarrassing tweets that had to be quickly deleted. When the Boulder shooter was identified as a Muslim Trump-hating immigrant from Syria, they grew silent and the description that did not fit their narrative was not included in news reports and public commentary, As the Western Journal reported:

The suspect of the shooting at a crowded supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, on Monday afternoon that left 10 people dead has been identified as Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa.

The 21-year-old was shot in the leg by a Boulder police officer and taken into custody following the attack at the King Soopers store, KCNC-TV reported….

His Facebook page, which has been deleted, showed that he lived in Syria until he was about 2 years old, when he moved to the United States, according to Heavy.

Mass shootings by Syrian Muslim immigrants do not fit the liberal narratives of gun-crazed white supremacists stalking minorities or that we need more gun control laws. While the FBI barnstorms the nation in search of white male Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, putting up billboards nationwide, Trump-hater Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa was known to and ignored by an FBI too busy looking for white nationalist domestic terrorists. Never mind that no guns were confiscated on Jan. 6 and the only person shot was a Trump supporter. As Fox News reported:

On a Facebook page purported to belong to Alissa, he wrote messages that criticized former President Donald Trump’s response to immigration and refugees, allegedly writing “Trump is such a d—.”….

Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold said Tuesday she did not believe Alissa was known to her department. Meanwhile, law enforcement officials told The New York Times his identity was known to the FBI because of his alleged connection to a different person whom the bureau was investigating.

Well, isn’t that special? A little more diligence by the FBI and Trump-hater Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa could have been stopped. Certainly, there is no law that would have kept Trump-hater Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa from his rampage yet there was the Democrat-controlled Senate was trying to not let this tragedy go to waste and pass more laws seeking to eviscerate the Second Amendment, which is the only gun license we need and disarm more potential victims. As Sen. Ted Cruz responded to the hysterical liberals:

“Every time there is a shooting, we play this ridiculous theater where this committee gets together and proposes a bunch of laws that would do nothing to stop these murders,” Cruz said.

“What happens in this committee after every mass shooting is Democrats propose taking away guns from law-abiding citizens.”

This is what happened after the San Bernardino shooting. In San Bernardino, California, bitter people clinging to their guns and their religion, full of antipathy towards people not like them, shot up a Christmas gathering, killing 14 Americans. They were radical Islamic terrorists, a phrase which did not fall from President Obama’s lips, nor is it likely to fall from Joe Biden’s.

At San Bernardino, as in Boulder, there were warning signs that law enforcement and the FBI ignored. Citizens were afraid to report suspicious activities for fear of being called racists and white supremacists. In San Bernardino, like other mass shootings, the slaughter of the innocent could have been cut short by someone with a gun. As the widow of one of the victims noted:

Amy Wetzel is the widow of San Bernardino shooting victim Michael Wetzel and she is also applying for a concealed carry weapons permit. During a recent interview, she speculated that the outcome of the San Bernardino terrorist attack could have been very different if someone had been carrying a concealed gun.

“What if someone in that room (at the Inland Regional Center) had had a permit to carry (a concealed weapon),” she said.

What if the residents of San Bernardino hadn’t been so intimidated by the fear of being called racists, a consequence of you and your administration’s political correctness? What if they said something when they saw something? As Fox News reported, a Sen Bernardino woman observed preparations for the attack but said nothing:

A California woman reportedly noticed “suspicious activity” at a house connected to one of the Muslim terrorists in the San Bernardino massacre but did want to “profile” him, amid questions about how family members and others could have overlooked the stockpile of ammunition and explosives left behind in his home.

A man identified as Aaron Elswick told an ABC News affiliate that a fellow neighbor noticed “quite a few packages” being delivered “within a short amount of time” at a home registered to the mother of Syed Farook, who with wife Tashfeen Malik, fatally shot 14 people and wounded dozens of others Wednesday at a business complex in San Bernardino, Calif.

The Islamic State-inspired Malik reportedly entered the country on a so-called “fiancé visa” that listed a false or at least inaccurate foreign home address.

Elswick said his neighbor also noticed the occupants of the home purportedly owned by Farook’s mother “doing a lot of work out in the garage” but perhaps “didn’t want to profile” Farook and his family.

What happened in Boulder and Atlanta is what happens in Chicago on a typical weekend. Black lives are snuffed out by other blacks and no one cares, no one remembers their names. Only when the victims are minorities and the shooter is a white male does anyone remember, care, or make their life a cause célèbre.

And we should not forget that classic example of domestic terrorism, what the Obama-Biden administration described as “workplace violence” in Ft. Hood in Texas.  One of the great scandals of the Obama administration was its shameful designation of the Nov. 5, 2009, rampage at the Army base in Killeen, Texas, by Maj. Nidal Hasan as “workplace violence.”

Thirteen people were killed, 14 if you count the baby being carried by a pregnant soldier, and 32 others were shot in the Nov. 5, 2009, rampage at the Army base in Killeen, Texas, when Hasan, a self-proclaimed “soldier of Allah,” shouted “Allahu Akbar” and began his shooting rampage in defense of the Taliban. Soldiers at Ft. Hood were not allowed to carry their weapons on base, the Obama-Biden’s nod to gun control proved disastrous.

Joe Biden wants to leave us defenseless like those in Boulder, San Bernardino, and Ft. Hood. Defenseless and not protected from our enemies, foreign and domestic.

*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.

02/5/21

Is Biden on the Path to Terminate Space Exploration and Space Force?

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

White House spokesperson, Jen Psaki, gave a snarky reply when asked a question about the Space Force. Psaki responded she had no idea who the Space Force point of contact was and later added that Space Force had the full support of President Biden. Exactly how would she know? Jen Psaki later had to issue a circle back tweet:

In part: WASHINGTON In a new strategic vision, Gen. James Dickinson outlines the truths and tasks U.S. Space Command must adopt in order to maintain American space supremacy.

The breezy eight-page document reaffirms the incredible value space provides to the nation’s economy and military, but warns of the growing threat posed by anti-satellite weapons being developed by China and Russia. Throughout the Trump administration’s term, officials frequently cited the development and testing of anti-satellite weapons as a justification for the establishment of both Space Command and the U.S. Space Force, blaming China and Russia for bringing to space the potential for conflict and war.

  • Space is a vital interest that is integral to the American way of life and national security.
  • Space superiority enables the joint force to rapidly transition from competition to conflict and prevail in a global, all-domain fight.
  • Space war fighters generate the combat power to win in space.
  • Space provides the war fighter a combat advantage from the ultimate high ground to the last tactical mile.

President Joe Biden is making his space policy preferences increasingly clear: America will remain grounded for the time being.

On Jan. 28, SpaceX was set to put its Starship rocket through another test in the blue skies above Texas. The objective of the test was to get the massive rocket up to 12.5 kilometers — about seven miles — above the Earth and then spin the giant rocket around so that it could make a vertical landing.The First U.S. Space Force Launch Is This Afternoon ...

Sadly, the visionary goal of getting Americans to Mars first came crashing down when the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) which, under the Trump administration had allowed for SpaceX to conduct their important test flights, ordered Mr. Musk to cancel the Starship prototype test.

The FAA did not cite its reasoning behind ordering the cancellation of the launch. Many have speculated that the cancellation was brought about due to safety concerns. After all, in December 2020, SpaceX did a test of the experimental rocket. The Starship prototype made it to a height of 41,000 feet. Once it reoriented itself, in order to allow for the rocket to land vertically, the great silver spacecraft promptly did a bellyflop that ended in a massive explosion.

Despite this, SpaceX learned many valuable lessons from the December failure that were to be applied to the Starship launch in January. In science, the only lasting failure occurs when one does not test a new idea or hypothesis. This axiom is especially true in the context of the new space race between the United States and China.

It’s likely that the FAA’s decision to cancel the launch is part of a wider Biden administration effort undo the Trump administration’s vibrant space policy. Plus, former President Trump’s space vision was explicitly aimed at countering advances made by China in space. It is unlikely that the Biden administration seeks to continue that policy, as the Biden team attempts to stabilize deteriorating relations with Beijing over the next few years.

Concern over Mr. Musk’s Martian intentions is likely another factor for the FAA’s cancellation of the Starship launch. Last year, Mr. Musk indicated that any future SpaceX Martian colony would not be “ruled by Earth-based laws.” The problem for Mr. Musk is that SpaceX has been awarded lucrative contracts by the Earth-based U.S. government. If SpaceX were to create a colony on Mars, because of the company’s contractual relationship with the U.S. government, Washington very much expects that colony to be an American endeavor.

Lastly, Mr. Musk has been publicly supportive of the recent “GameStonk” controversy. A group of anonymous, individual investors on Reddit decided to engage in a little activism by inflating the stock price of Gamestop, a video game retailer. Melvin Capital, a storied Wall Street investment firm, was forced into bankruptcy by this move (they took the other side of the bet, attempting to short the Gamestop stock).

The “GameStonk” event was so significant that the Biden administration is vowing to prevent something similar from happening again. Congress is even getting involved. Because of Mr. Musk’s prestige and his vocal support for the Redditors who helped to take down Melvin Capital, it is possible that the Biden administration was punishing Mr. Musk by canceling the Starship launch at the last minute.

It is not only Mr. Musk who suffers from the FAA’s cancellation of the SpaceX test flight. We, the American people — and the entire effort to beat China to Mars — suffer. The Biden administration’s decision to increase regulations on the private space launch services sector and slow down their operations, as evidenced by the recent Starship launch cancellation, will only help China in its ongoing mission to defeat America in the new space race. More here.

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Musk, 49, is widely heralded for disrupting the auto industry with high-performance electric cars and upending Big Aerospace with reusable rockets.

His companies are growing: Tesla is building new factories in Berlin and in Austin, Texas, while SpaceX — which has contracts with the Air Force and NASA — is rolling out Starlink, its high-speed Internet service, to rural and remote customers across the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. There’s also Boring Co., his tunnel-construction business, and Neuralink, which is testing its brain-machine interface device on monkeys and pigs and hopes to begin human trials this year. More here.