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Virgin Orbit’s rocket TERMINATED moments after release from carrier aircraft on maiden test mission — RT USA News

Virgin Orbit has attempted the first test flight of its orbital payload launch system, consisting of a modified Boeing 747 and an air-launched rocket. The mission, however, failed moments after the rocket was released.

The carrier aircraft and its rocket – dubbed ‘Cosmic Girl’ and ‘Launcher One’, respectively – took off from an airfield outside Los Angeles on Monday in the California-based company’s debut test flight, heading for a drop point over the Pacific.

According to Virgin Orbit, both the plane and rocket were in “healthy” shape throughout the mission and everything appeared to be going according to plan – but at the last minute the test fell apart. 

We’ve confirmed a clean release from the aircraft. However, the mission terminated shortly into the flight.

While it did not elaborate on what exactly went wrong, presumably the rocket crashed into the sea soon after separation. Luckily, the launch failure did not affect the aircraft and it was able to safely return to the airfield with its crew intact. The company said its team would now sift through the data collected, noting that work on a second rocket was already underway.

Fellow private space maverick Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of SpaceX, offered consolation to the Virgin Orbit team, explaining his own company needed four tries to put its Falcon 1 rocket successfully into orbit.

While the company said it hoped to do more with its first test, it added that “key objectives” were nonetheless accomplished with the launch.

“As we said before the flight, our goals today were to work through the process of conducting a launch, learn as much as we could, and achieve ignition,” Orbit said. “We hoped we could have done more, but we accomplished those key objectives today.”

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3-Day Truce, Prisoner Release Deal Inspire Hopes For Reconciliation In Afghanistan : NPR

Muslim worshipers in Kabul offer prayers Sunday at the start of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The Taliban announced a three-day ceasefire during the holiday, a surprising move after months of bloody fighting.

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Muslim worshipers in Kabul offer prayers Sunday at the start of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The Taliban announced a three-day ceasefire during the holiday, a surprising move after months of bloody fighting.

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Since the U.S. and the Taliban agreed to a deal that American officials applauded as a path to peace, Afghanistan has endured months of anything but. The spring has brought bloodshed, acrimony and few signs that the Afghan government and the Islamist militant group were any closer to reconciliation — until Sunday.

That glimmer of hope arrived with the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, commemorating the end of the holy month of Ramadan, when the Taliban unilaterally declared a three-day cease-fire beginning Sunday. Shortly afterward, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced that the government had accepted the truce proposal and was initiating a process to release up to 2,000 Taliban prisoners.

The prisoner release is a “good will gesture” carried out specifically in response to the Taliban’s decision, according to presidential spokesperson Sediq Sediqqi. Ghani’s government “is extending the offer of peace and is taking further steps to ensure success of the peace process,” Sediqqi tweeted Sunday.

Ghani said he also received a call from U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, expressing gratitude and reiterating the American push for a longer cease-fire and the start of direct negotiations between Afghanistan and the Taliban. So far, those talks have faltered because of disagreements over how and when to carry out the prisoner swaps proposed in the U.S.-Taliban agreement.

That deal, announced in late February, calls for Afghanistan to release 5,000 prisoners and the Taliban to release up to 1,000 Afghan soldiers as a prelude to peace negotiations.

“Peace is the consistent and overwhelming desire of the Afghan people,” Pompeo said in a statement welcoming the cease-fire Sunday. “We hope this ceasefire can build trust. Next, all sides should work together to build on the momentum of this historic Eid ceasefire to move with urgency to intra-Afghan negotiations.”

Still, such negotiations might not come easily. The nearly three months since the U.S.-Taliban announcement has seen a spasm of violence in Afghanistan, much of it carried out by Taliban insurgents against Afghan soldiers. Other Islamist militant groups active in the country — such as the Islamic State and al-Qaida, with whom the Taliban pledged to sever ties — have claimed responsibility for a slew of other attacks. The U.S. blamed ISIS for one particularly gruesome assault on a maternity ward at a Kabul hospital two weeks ago.

Also hindering the proposed peace process was a dispute between Ghani and his principal challenger for the presidency, Abdullah Abdullah. The rivals settled their spat earlier this month with a power-sharing agreement, which positioned Abdullah as leader of the peace talks with the Taliban.

“Peace is the priority of the people of Afghanistan,” Abdullah said after the Taliban announced its cease-fire, adding: “We welcome any positive step that helps us end the war, put an end to the long suffering of our nation & achieve a just & durable peace.”

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#FreeBlackMamas Demand Prisoner Release – PopularResistance.Org

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Above photo: Sisters at the May 15 protest hold the child of one and the photograph of their mother, the child’s grandmother, now imprisoned in Philadelphia.  Joe Piette.

Philadelphia – Protesters, led by currently and formerly incarcerated women, trans and non gender-binary people, held a rally on May 15 in a city park next to Riverside Correctional Facility to demand the release of people held in Philadelphia jails and an end to unjust cash bail. The action featured speeches by women recently released from RCF, as well as people still incarcerated who joined by phone. Everyone respected social distancing and mask requirements due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Organizers on both sides of the prison walls planned the action. It was broadcast via radio so incarcerated people could listen to the speakers. Huge signs with slogans reading, “Free Our People!” and “Free Black Mamas!” were held up for people at RCF to see. In turn, they made noise and banged on cell doors to join the protest and demand their release.

Most people held in RCF have not been convicted of any crime, but are held there because they cannot afford bail, or because a judge refused to allow bail. In Philadelphia, which is the poorest large city in the U.S., the vast majority of incarcerated people are detained because it is impossible for them to raise even a few hundred dollars for bail.

Latonya Meyers, organizer of the Philadelphia Community Bail Fund, said: “We are demanding that District Attorney Krasner, the First Judicial District Judges and Mayor Jim Kenney take immediate action to free all our people from the Philly jails. It is completely unacceptable that in the midst of a global pandemic we are putting people’s lives at risk unless they can afford to purchase their freedom. All our mamas and families behind bars need to come home now.”

Jae Garcia, an organizer of the action, who is currently incarcerated at RCF, spoke by phone: “We should not be sentenced to death by incarceration in a pandemic. None of us want to be the next statistic reported dead at RCF. We need the mayor, district attorney and judges to open their eyes and realize that all our lives are at stake here. There are thousands of people here that need to go home to their families and children. We should not be locked up with the key thrown out, especially when most of us are pretrial and innocent until proven guilty.”

Organizer Luz Acevedo stated: “I don’t think we should die in jail like animals die in cages. There’s nothing we can do in there; we are locked in. Our rights are taken totally away. When this epidemic hits RCF, a lot of us are going to be dead. And I don’t know what the government is planning to do. We need a voice!” Acevedo was recently bailed out by the Philadelphia Community Bail Fund.

After hearing from speakers both inside and outside the jail, participants marched to the prison’s chain-link fence where they held up signs and banners, anticipating that they would be seen by thousands of incarcerated people.

The demonstration was organized by the Philadelphia Community Bail Fund, the People’s Paper Co-Op, Decarcerate PA, the Dignity Act Now Collective, Youth Art and Self Empowerment Project, and many organizers currently incarcerated at Riverside Correctional Facility.

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HUGE! Rep. Jim Jordan Calls on Pompeo State Department — Release Documents Tying Suspected Whistleblower Eric Ciaramella to Hunter Biden and Burisma!

Representative Jim Jordan requested the US State Department under Mike Pompeo to turn over documents related to Obama Deep State employee Eric Ciaramella and Ukrainian firm Burisma.

Sara Carter reported overnight:

Republicans are demanding that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo turn over a broad scope of unredacted Obama-Biden State Department documents pertaining to the corrupt Ukrainian company that was at the center of the impeachment inquiry earlier this year against President Donald Trump.

In a document sent to Pompeo, Jordan wrote:

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“I write regarding documents that the State Department recently released pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA),” stated Jordan, in a letter to Pompeo on Thursday. “Although these documents are partially redacted, they appear to shed new light on the actions of State Department employees during the Obama-Biden Administration in relation to the corrupt Ukrainian energy company, Burisma Holdings, and its founder, Mykola Zlochevsky.”

Jordan requested that the information be delivered to the committee by May 28. He asked for:

  • Unredacted copies of all documents released pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act relating to Burisma Holdings, Mykola Zlochevsky, or Hunter Biden;
  • All documents and communications referring or relating to Burisma Holdings or Mykola Zlochevsky for the period January 1, 2014, to January 20, 2017; and
  • All documents and communications referring or relating to Hunter Biden, Christopher Heinz, or Devon Archer for the period January 1, 2014, to January 20, 2017.

According to Jordan the State Department documents also reveal that the alleged “whistleblower” who began the partisan impeachment against Trump “also played a role in facilitating the Obama-Biden Administration’s interactions with the Ukrainian government relating to Burisma and Hunter Biden.”

Jordan told Pompeo that the documents reportedly detail “how the ‘whistleblower,’ as a National Security Council (NSC) detailee, hosted a White House meeting that took place with Ukrainian prosecutors in January 2016 regarding a concern that Hunter Biden’s role with Burisma could complicate a potential prosecution of the company’s wrongdoing.”

We first reported on the meeting at the White House involving the suspected fraudulent impeachment whistleblower, Eric Ciaramella, in early November 2019.

According to Stephen McIntyre a demand that Ukrainian top prosecutor Viktor Shokin be fired as a condition for an IMF loan, almost certainly originated with Biden staff.

The demand was first announced to Ukrainian prosecutors at a January 19, 2016 meeting with US officials hosted by Eric Ciaramella.

A search on the White House visitor logs during the final year (2016) of the Obama administration lists Eric Ciaramella over 200 times. Ciaramella hosted a meeting with Ukrainian diplomat Andrii Telizhenko on January 19, 2016 in the Obama White House.

And we also discovered that Artem Sytnyk, the director of Ukraine’s National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU), a Soros group, who leaked documents on kickbacks to Manafort during the 2016 election, was also at the meeting.

Fool Nelson first reported this on October 12 before Ciaramella was alleged publicly to be the whistleblower.

We reported that this was the only listed White House meeting attended by Andrii Telizhenko in 2016. This was also the meeting where Hunter Biden was discussed. This was the meeting where Ukrainians were told to end their investigation of Hunter Biden. And White House expert Eric Ciaramella HOSTED the January 19, 2016 meeting.

Other individuals with shady backgrounds visited Eric Ciaramella in the White House –

Here’s a guest from the Hudson Institute and Estonia –

(The Hudson Institute promoted a piece by George Soros where he claimed the war on drugs had failed.)

And another from Estonia –

And a Deep State Pentagon official specializing in Russia, George Tagg, Jr. –

And another connection to Soros via USAID – Suren Avanesyan – Soros reportedly received US taxpayer dollars through this agency –

Suren Avanesyan currently serves as Acting Division Chief of the Democracy and Governance Division and Senior Advisor for Rule of Law, Governance and Anti-Corruption in the Bureau for Europe and Eurasia in the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). As Division Chief, he is responsible for managing a team of senior technical advisors, project support staff and for determining strategic direction and priorities of the Democracy and Governance Division.

Here’s Bart M.J. Szewczyk from the Marshall Fund –

About the Marshall Fund –

And here’s another connected to USAid and George Soros – John VanSandt –

And another connection to the Ukraine – Joseph Wereszynski –

And the Ambassador to Lithuania –

And another from the Marshall Fund – Michael Kimmage –

And a lady from Lithuania – Solvita Aboltina – she looks nice –

And a couple more from the Baltic States – where money laundering ran high –

And another from Latvia –

What were all these shady individuals from Baltic States and Soros connected entities doing with Eric Ciaramella in Obama’s White House?

Let’s hope Pompeo’s State Department addresses the House request.  If not, then it’s time for Pompeo to go.

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Family Asks Houston Police Not To Release Fatal Shooting Video Of Gospel Singer : NPR

Houston Police Department Chief Art Acevedo said Adrian Mereadis’ family has requested that the footage capturing his death be kept out of public view.

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After days of public demands for access, the Houston Police Department announced it will not release video of the deadly shooting of a black man.

Adrian Medearis, a 48-year-old gospel singer and choir director, was shot multiple times by a police officer in what started off as a speeding traffic stop last Friday. The routine violation turned into a suspected drunken driving offense before quickly escalating into a deadly scuffle, according to Houston Police Department Chief Art Acevedo.

For days the victim’s family said they had not been allowed to see video captured by the officer’s body camera or the dashboard footage.

But on Wednesday, Acevedo said that had changed.

“We met with Mr. Medearis’ family yesterday and reviewed the video evidence with them,” Acevedo said on Twitter.

“At the end of our meeting, the family asked @houstonpolice to not release the videos, & we will honor their request.”

The killing has incensed various communities across Texas’ Harris County as it comes on the heels of another officer-involved shooting of a 27-year-old man named Nicolas Chavez, who is believed to have had a mental illness.

The back-to-back shootings — Chavez’s killing occurred on April 21 — have raised questions about proper officer training and the use of excessive force by the police.

In a Tuesday rally, members of the Greater Houston Coalition For Justice said communities expect the devastating incidents will help shine a light on the department’s practices.

“We want transparency,” Isidro Garza, one of the group’s board members, said.

Garza added that those in the organization believe the department and Chief Acevedo often “hide behind the excuse, ‘It’s under investigation’ ” to avoid releasing unflattering or damning information in cases often involving poor people and people of color.

In the case of Medearis, Garza said, the police “need to share the video with the family so they can have some peace.”

He is quick to note that the request is not a condemnation of the department but rather an effort to examine the type of culture that exists within the department.

Medearis was a local musician who directed the gospel choir at Evangelist Temple Church of God In Christ, family members told Houston Public Media. He was formerly director for the Prairie View A&M University Baptist Student Movement gospel choir and founder of God’s Anointed People, a contemporary gospel group. He also performed with choirs at other churches.

In a news conference Monday, Acevedo shared some details about the brief but violent incident, saying that the struggle between officer J. Ramos and Medearis lasted about 2 ½ minutes.

For a moment, it appeared as if Medearis had been subdued but when Ramos tried to call for backup, he lost control of Medearis and the fight continued.

“At that point, the suspect, Mr. Medearis, actually was able to flip the officer off of him, gain a position of advantage on the officer, on top of the officer,” he recounted.

“They continued the struggle. At one point Mr. Medearis grabbed the officer’s Taser that was on the ground … and as they were struggling, the officer saw that Mr. Medearis had armed himself with a Taser, drew his service pistol, started creating space, and then Mr. Medearis when he aimed it at him, the officer discharged four rounds.”

Officials said Medearis was taken to a hospital, where he died.

“Not everybody wants their loved one to be in cyberspace for the rest of eternity and for their last minute on earth to be public,” Acevedo said.

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Sidney Powell: DNI Ric Grenell Must Release Unmasking List

Sidney Powell, the Attorney for General Michael Flynn, joined Lou Dobbs on Tuesday to discuss the latest developments in the General Flynn case.

On Monday Acting DNI Richard Grenell declassified the list of Obama officials involved in the unmasking of General Mike Flynn in his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Grenell was seen delivering a satchel of documents to the DOJ last week and according to ABC, he also discussed the list of Obama officials involved in unmasking Flynn.

On Tuesday ABC reporter Alex Mallin tweeted out that a senior DOJ official says “we do not intend to release the unmasking list.”

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The DOJ tossed it back to DNI Ric Grenell to release the unmasking list himself.

On Tuesday Sidney Powell told Lou Dobbs DNI Grenell MUST release the unmasking list. The list includes who likely leaked the transcript of General Flynn’s call with the Russian Ambassador during the Transition period. According to Powell this was a felony.

Let’s hope Ric Grenell acts and releases the list soon.

Via Lou Dobbs Tonight:

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Los Angeles Sheriff Says Inmates Deliberately Trying to Catch Coronavirus to Force Prisons to Release More Criminals

Inmates in the Los Angeles County prison system are deliberately trying to contract the coronavirus so that they will be released, according to Sheriff Alex Villanueva.

During a press conference on Monday, Sheriff Villanueva said that some inmates believed that if more inmates caught the virus, it would force the county to begin releasing more inmates.

“There was some mistaken belief among the inmate population that if they tested positive, there was a way to force our hand and somehow release more inmates out of our jail environment, and that’s not gonna happen,” he said.

The prison system has seen a 60% jump in cases of the virus in just one week.

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The sheriff also played a video of inmates passing around a hot water bottle and each drinking from it before having their temperatures taken by a nurse.

“With the hot water, they were trying to falsely elevate their temperature readings to generate a symptom for COVID-19,” Villanueva said.

Footage also showed inmates crowding together instead of social distancing and passing around a mask they all breathed into.

“Then all of a sudden we saw a spike, a few weeks, ago, a very noticeable jump, and we couldn’t really understand why, when everything seemed to be going the way we wanted to,” Villanueva said.

CBS Los Angeles reports that since February, L.A. County’s inmate population has been reduced from 17,000 – the largest in the nation — to currently a little over 11,700.

“Had this pandemic swept through while we were sitting on 17,000 inmates, the results would have been catastrophic,” Villanueva said.

As of Monday, 357 inmates have tested positive and 117 of those inmates have recovered.

“There’s a reason why these people are behind bars to begin with, because they violated the norms of society,” Villanueva said. “But to then imperil not only their only safety, but the safety of their fellow inmates who did not want to participate in this behavior. It also endangers all the personnel, both the professional staff and the sworn staff.”

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US Wants Release Of Two Veterans Who Led Failed Coup Attempt In Venezuela

US Wants Release Of Two Veterans Who Led Failed Coup Attempt In Venezuela

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Above photo: Luke Denman (right) and Airan Berry (left), both former U.S. special forces soldiers, who were arrested in Venezuela. MEGA.

Venezuelan forces capture invaders led by two US mercenaries who are Green Beret veterans working for a US mercenary firm. (Click on image to play video from Venezuela state television.)

Imperial overreach was on full display this week as the US government demanded that a pair of US citizens — former Special Forces soldiers leading a 60-man invasion of Venezuela with the goal of fomenting a coup and/or capturing or killing that country’s elected president — be released from arrest and returned to the US.

Bad enough that the US almost certainly knew in advance about this invasion which involved multiple simultaneous border crossings and beach landings by mercenary forces, many of them reportedly sketchy former Venezuelan soldiers involved in the drug trade, who were on a payroll as soldiers-for-hire. But how about the gall to also claim that when the effort fails, the intended victim of the coup, Venezuela, has no legitimate right to punish the perpetrators, but must release them to their home country, the US — a country that has for years been trying to oust Venezuela’s elected government?

This story, to the extent that it gets any play here,  is being presented in much of the US media as all about the safety of those two US mercenaries, although AP reporter  Joshua Goodman has written an excellent investigative report suggesting that the coup attempt was a really half-assed operation doomed to failure from the start by hubris and incompetence on the part of its planners.

But let’s just for a moment turn the situation around: Imagine if you will how the US government would react, and how the American public would respond, if a group of heavily armed mercenaries funded by some foreign power  — say Venezuela for the sake of argument — were caught trying to invade US shores to foment a coup and perhaps capture or kill the US president?

I’m certain that there would be immediate calls from Congress for an attack on the home country of those mercenaries — likely the launching of a bunch of Tomahawk missiles and a few airstrikes on military bases, etc.  There would be demonstrations in the streets by Americans clamoring for more serious consequences.

Imagine now if the government of the country of origin of those who had plotted against the US were to further suggest it would use “every tool available” to  “try to get the captured mercenaries” back safely to their home country’s “soil” — a statement that carries a not-so-subtle threat of military or terrorist action.  The US would likely declare all-out war at that point!

This imagined scenario is, however, precisely what US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has done, threatening publicly to use “every tool available” to get the two American mercenaries back from Venezuela, the current bete noire of America’s bi-partisan foreign policy establishment.

What do we know at this point about this bizarre plot by a few dozen armed mercenaries to foment a coup against Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro? 

According to Stars & Stripes, a newspaper published for US active duty military personnel, both of the captured Americans,  identified as Aaron Barry and Luke Denman, were former Green Beret special forces soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan with Jordan Goudreau.  Head of Silvercorp USA, a  shady Melbourne, Florida-based private “security” firm founded in 2018,  which provides no information about its management or backers, Goudreau claims to have organized and funded the botched coup attempt, called “Operation Gideon.”  (Silvercorp’s promotional website says, “Silvercorp USA was founded with one purpose in mind. We provide governments and corporations with realistic and timely solutions to irregular problems.”  An accompanying video shows men, including Goudreau, in heavy bullet-proof military uniforms, heavily armed, riding ATVs in desert terrain, making group parachute jumps, and firing weapons at purported enemies. The site offers no information about company ownership or leadership.)

One thing is clear:  Goudreau and his company Silvercorp, are in this for the money, so some entity with deep pockets obviously was underwriting this aborted invasion. Given Silvercorp’s owner and the leaders assigned to the action, all of them US Special Forces veterans, the prime suspect, I would suggest, would be the US, and probably the CIA, for which US special forces of the various branches of the military are effectively a private army for secret ops.

In fact, instead of focusing on the fate of the two American mercenaries in Venezuelan custody, journalists and the American public, not to mention members of Congress, should be demanding to know whether the US was behind this latest crackpot scheme to overthrow a foreign government. If it was the work of the US government, as Venezuela is claiming, we should be in the streets protesting this violation of national sovereignty. If this was, as Goudreau and Silvercorp are claiming, a free-lance effort, then the US should be filing charges against him and his company and against the Americans being held in Caracas. Under the Logan Act (Section (18 U.S.C.A. § 953 [1948] of the US Code enacted in 1799) , it is illegal for any US citizen to “commence or carry on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States.”  The launching of an attack on a foreign government would clearly be an extreme example of “intercourse with a foreign government with intent to influence the measures or conduct” of that government!

Venezuelan authorities claim 60 people, including Venezuelan military deserters, were involved in this plot and that all involved were either captured, or in the case of eight men, killed. The Venezuelan government is claiming that the incident was a US operation that was supposed to appear to be run by the US Drug Enforcement Agency. The US has indicted Maduro and several other Venezuelan officials and military leaders as “narco-terrorists.”

If this was a failed US-directed attempt to capture or oust President Maduro, it would be just the latest in a long series of illegal efforts by the US to oust the Venezuelan government, beginning with a coup during the Obama administration against Maduro’s predecessor, President Hugo Chavez, whose election back in 1999 led to the launching of what Chavez called a “Bolivarian” revolution establishing a people’s government that would nationalize the oil industry and deliver economic gains to the long-suffering poor people of his country.

The US doesn’t recognize Chavez’s vice president and successor as president Maduro as Venezuela’s legitimate leader, supporting instead the unelected right-wing political flunky Juan Guaido, and has shut the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, DC.

This would not be the first time that the US has taken a proprietary interest in the safety of US invaders of a foreign country. Great efforts were made to free Cuban exiles involved in the US-organized-and-funded Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in 1961, ultimately providing Cuba a ransom of $53 million worth of food and medicine in return for their release.

What the US will have to do and how much it will cost to get Venezuela to release the two captured “supervisors” of this latest affront to the country’s national sovereignty will be interesting to see.

At some point, embarrassed by its decades of failure in trying to rouse the Cuban people to overthrow Fidel Castro and the Cuban revolution he led, the US finally gave up on such methods, and has turned instead to economic and diplomatic measures to crush the country.  Perhaps after the comic fake coup attempt in Venezuela last year, and now this latest bungled “invasion” by paid mercenaries, the US will also recognize that they’re not going to succeed in turning the Venezuelan masses against their government.

Even economic strangulation is unlikely to work. Venezuela’s poor certainly bear the brunt of the pain caused by brutal US sanctions on their country, but they know that if the Maduro government is overthrown and replaced by a puppet regime backed by the US and Venezuela’s wealthy and middle class, things will only be worse for them.

Unless the Trump administration comes up with a pretty good financial offer and a promise to quit meddling, I suspect US invasion leaders Barry and Denman will be spending considerable time contemplating their navel’s in a Venezuelan prison.

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HUGE DEVELOPMENT: Following Last Week’s Release Attorney Clevenger Alleges Office of DNI Has Communications Between Seth Rich and WikiLeaks


In June 2016, Ellen Nakashima, a Deep State favorite from the Washington Post, released a report that the Democrat National Committee (DNC) had been hacked by Russia.  The firm that validated this was Crowdstrike and its President Shawn Henry confirmed the claims.  In December 2016, Ms. Nakashima followed up her reporting with the outlandish claim that the CIA had determined that Russia hacked the DNC because they wanted Trump to win the election.  Nakashima also reported that the the Intel Community had determined that Russia also sent the emails to WikiLeaks.  This position was reinforced by the Mueller gang in their efforts to have President Trump removed from office.

WikiLeaks did release DNC emails related to John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Manager, in the months before the 2016 Presidential election which showed massive corruption combined with an elitist attitude from members of the Hillary Clinton team – all willing to do whatever it took to win the election.  The emails were very revealing but the mainstream media chose not to share the damaging and corrupt information because they were all behind Hillary winning the election.

On March 8, 2020 and before on June 16, 2019, we presented arguments against the Mueller gang’s assertion that the DNC was hacked by Russians.

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Cyber expert Yaacov Apelbaum posted an incredible report with information basically proving that the DNC was not hacked by the Russians.

Then last Friday, after years of being hidden by corrupt lying Representative Adam Schiff in Congress, a number of testimonies related to the Russia collusion sham were unveiled after Schiff received pressure from Richard Grenell, the Acting Director of National Intelligence (ADNI).  One transcript was from Crowdstrike’s Shawn Henry who stated under oath that Crowdstrike had no evidence that Russia even “exfiltrated” the emails from the DNC.  The whole ‘Russia stole the DNC emails and sent them to WikiLeaks’ story was a fraud.

This leads us to today.  Many people suspected that in 2016 a young man working for the DNC by the name of Seth Rich, copied emails from the DNC and shared them with WikiLeaks.  Mr. Rich was murdered in Washington D.C. in July 2016 but his wallet, phone and watch were found on his person when the police arrived at the scene.  We reported numerous oddities surrounding his death.

For years the Seth Rich story has been covered up and labeled a conspiracy.  However, we reported numerous incidents and activities within the Deep State related to covering up the Seth Rich story.  We recently reported that Judicial Watch released documents obtained in a FARA request. These emails revealed that corrupt cops Peter Strzok and Jonathan Moffa were copied in an email regarding a report from Daily Mail where ex-Brit Craig Murray claimed he traveled to Washington DC and obtained Clinton emails in an exchange in a wooded area near American University.

(Here is a link to the article that was shared between the dirty cops.)

The Mueller gang never looked into the Seth Rich matter and never interviewed Julian Assange from WikiLeaks to determine who provided him the DNC emails which were reportedly the cause of the Russia collusion sham.

In a prior post related to this subject we detailed the many actions taken over the past few years to determine if Seth Rich was the one who provided emails to WikiLeaks.

Recently, transcripts of a conversation between George Papadopoulos and a confidential informant believed to be Stefan Halper were released by the DOJ. This transcript confirms that Papadopoulos was spied on and recorded, two things Papadopoulos was not told at the time of the case made against him by the Mueller gang.

We know from our previous reporting that a Deep State Anti-Trump former Assistant US Attorney claimed under oath that the FBI did examine Seth Rich’s computer and that she met with an FBI Agent and prosecutor from the Mueller gang. This indicates the meeting should have been recorded in a form 302 but the FBI continues to claim no records related to Seth Rich are available!

We reported in mid-February how Attorney Ty Clevenger, who represents a client who is being sued for his comments about Seth Rich, reported to the courts that despite numerous assurances from the FBI that they had no information related to Seth Rich, emails related to Seth Rich were identified and provided to Judicial Watch. It looked like the FBI was lying to Clevenger all this time.

(There is much, much more in our prior posts that refer to this matter. Please take a look.)

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Attorney Clevenger sent a letter to ADNI Rick Grenell that he should receive by this Monday.

According to Ty, the NSA, knows exactly who sent the records to Wikileaks. So does the FBI. Seth Rich is the last shoe to drop, and the Trump Admin needs to hurry up and drop it

Clevenger goes on to state the most shocking statement related to the Russia collusion sham to date:

I am reliably informed that the NSA or its partners intercepted at least some of the communications between Mr. Rich and Wikileaks. Before elaborating on that, however, I should first note the extent to which the “deep state” has already tried to cover up information about Mr. Rich. In an October 9, 2018 affidavit submitted in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, FBI section chief David M. Hardy testified that (1) the FBI did not investigate any matters pertaining to Mr. Rich, and (2) the FBI was unable to locate any records about Mr. Rich. Both claims were unequivocally false.

Read the entire letter below:

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We now know there is no evidence Russia hacked the DNC and sent the hacked emails to WikiLeaks.  Crowdstrike admitted this under oath and the Mueller Report backs this up.  Attorney Ty Clevenger asserts the DNI has been covering up for 4 years the fact that they have communications between Seth Rich and WikiLeaks. 
This is an enormous development.

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Graphic Video: Maryland Police Release Video of Officer Fatally Shooting Knife Attacker


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The fatal shooting, which was recorded by a body camera worn by the police officer, is said to have taken place on Thursday in White Oak, Montgomery County, Maryland, United States.

The Montgomery County Department of Police in the US state of Maryland has released on Friday video of an officer fatally shooting a man who appears to be intending to stab him with a knife.

The police officer, identified as Montgomery County Police Sgt. David Cohen, was heard in the video shouting to a man, identified as 30-year-old Finan H. Berhe, formerly of the White Oak area of Silver Spring, to put down the knife and get on the ground.

Berhe appeared in the video to first rush towards Cohen with a knife, before stepping back between cars parked on the side of the road. Berhe again rushed towards the officer, who shouted “Put the knife down! Get on the ground! I don’t want to shoot you!”, prompting Cohen to shoot him five time in the chest.

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The police officer was said to have immediately rendered first aid to Berhe, before the latter was sent to hospital, where he died, according to The Washington Post, citing Montgomery County Police Chief Marcus Jones.

Jones reportedly narrated that the story began when a neighbor of Berhe called the police and reported that the latter had thrown a rock through his window and told him to call 911.

The Montgomery County Police Department said in a statement that they are currently investigating the incident. Cohen, a 17-year veteran of the department, has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

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Texas Governor And Attorney General Call For Immediate Release Of Jailed Salon Owner, Rip Judge For ‘Political Stunt’

Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton have each released statements calling for the immediate release of Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who had the audacity to open her business. In the statement, Paxton heavily criticizes the judge, Obama devotee Eric Moye, who sentenced Luther to seven days in jail and ordered her to pay thousands in fines.

CBS Dallas reports:

Paxton said he believes the judge is abusing his authority and that her arrest seems like a “political stunt.” In a full statement, Paxton said:

“I find it outrageous and out of touch that during this national pandemic, a judge, in a county that actually released hardened criminals for fear of contracting COVID-19, would jail a mother for operating her hair salon in an attempt to put food on her family’s table,” said Attorney General Paxton. “The trial judge did not need to lock up Shelley Luther. His order is a shameful abuse of judicial discretion, which seems like another political stunt in Dallas. He should release Ms. Luther immediately.”

The attorney general sent a letter to Moye, saying her sentencing was “significantly overbroad.” He mentioned that Abbott’s new executive order will allow her to operate business starting on Friday.

Paxton said jailing Luther for seven days, which overlaps with her being able to operate her business, is “unjustifiable.”

Abbott also released a statement, saying he agrees with Paxton in asking for her release.

“I join the Attorney General in disagreeing with the excessive action by the Dallas Judge, putting Shelley Luther in jail for seven days. As I have made clear through prior pronouncements, jailing Texans for non-compliance with executive orders should always be the last available option. Compliance with executive orders during this pandemic is important to ensure public safety; however, surely there are less restrictive means to achieving that goal than jailing a Texas mother.”

Luther received a cease-and-desist letter last week from Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins to close her salon, but she publicly ripped it up.

Luther and her salon were also fined $500 for each day it was open, which was seven in total as of Tuesday. Moye said her salon would continue to be fined every day it was open until the new order would allow it to reopen on Friday.

Paxton’s full statement can be read here and Abbott’s statement can be seen here.

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World Renowned Doctors Release Studies Supporting Hydroxychloroquine Treatment for Coronavirus as Fake News Continues to Smear Life-Saving Drug

Thousands of lives could be saved with the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat the China coronavirus. 

One of the most recognized experts in the study of communicable diseases worldwide is Dr. Didier Raoult:

Dr. Raoult is very hopeful regarding the treatment of the China coronavirus by using hydroxychloroquine.

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Dr. Raoult continues to speak out on his tremendous results using HCQ on coronavirus patients.  

The Chinese study referred to by Dr. Raoult claimed the following:

CONCLUSIONS AND RELEVANCE: Hydroxychloroquine treatment is significantly associated with a decreased mortality in critically ill patients with COVID-19 through attenuation of inflammatory cytokine storm. Therefore, hydroxychloroquine should be prescribed for treatment of critically ill COVID-19 patients to save lives.

The Spanish study concluded the following:

Conclusions: in a cohort of 166 patients from 18 to 85 years hospitalised with COVID-19, hydroxychloroquine treatment with 800mg added loading dose increased survival when patients were admitted in early stages of the disease. There was a non-statistically significant trend towards survival in all groups, which will have to be clarified in subsequent studies.

Dr. Oz is remains hopeful with Dr. Raoult’s results to date:

In spite of all the evidence that hydroxychloroquine is a viable alternative for treating the China coronavirus, other flawed studies claim the drug doesn’t work.  Could this be because there are billions of dollars in vaccines as opposed to these simple drugs and big pharmaceutical firms therefore would prefer the big money in vaccines?

It is not surprising but very sad that our medical community is also  political at a time when the world needs good honest information on how to treat the China coronavirus. 

Liberals and the far left mainstream media have blood on their hands.

Hat tip Lars from Denmark

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