DOJ lifts ban on police-worn body cameras while working alongside federal agents

The Department of Justice announced on Thursday that it will now allow state and local police officers throughout the country to wear body cameras when assisting federal task forces during some joint operations, according to The Hill. 

The decision will end a ban on the use of body cameras by local police participating in joint efforts with federal agents, though federal officers will still be prohibited from wearing body cameras. 

The DOJ says it came to this decision after a pilot program launched last January. 

“After spending a substantial amount of time examining this issue, assessing the results of the pilot program, and taking into account the interests and priorities of all the law enforcement agencies involved, I am pleased to announce that the department will permit the use of body-worn cameras on our federal task forces in specific circumstances,” Attorney General William Barr said in a press release. 

Justice Department officials say that allowing local officers to use the body cameras will provide a new level of transparency surrounding the work of federal task forces, according to the Wall Street Journal. 

But, while an increasing number of departments require body cameras on all officers, the federal government maintains that the use of cameras on federal agents could jeopardize sensitive investigations. 

With the new policy, officers will now be able to use cameras while executing search warrants and during some arrests. Cameras may be turned on when they enter a house or confront a suspect, a department official said, but must be turned off in the presence of undercover agents, confidential informants and cooperating witnesses. 

Cameras must also be turned off during missions involving national-security concerns, the Journal reports.

At least 14,000 local police officers throughout the country participate in joint task-force operations at any given time, both parties saying they find cooperation a critical way to share information. 

This shift in policy comes amidst nationwide protests and calls for police reform after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last May. 

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POOF? ‘Damning’ confidential Hunter Biden documents disappear in mail

Just when we thought the Biden family business couldn’t get more suspicious, it does.

Confidential documents relating to Hunter Biden and the Biden family scheme vanished from mail circulation while on their way to Fox News host Tucker Carlson.

During his Wednesday night show, Carlson said that he had asked a producer to ship documents – which were related to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his family’s foreign business dealings – to him in Los Angeles, where he was preparing to interview former Biden business partner Tony Bobulinski.

But, when the package arrived in Los Angeles, it had been opened and its contents were missing.

That’s right, the incriminating documents vanished.

During the Tuesday night exclusive interview, the former Biden partner claimed that Joe Biden had direct knowledge of his son Hunter’s involvement in international business deals, despite the Democratic nominee constantly saying otherwise.

Carlson teased that the documents his source provided may shed more light on the situation, but said during Wednesday’s show that they never arrived in Los Angeles, according to the Daily Caller. 

The host explained that a source had come forward Monday with confidential documents that were both “authentic” and “damning.” But, upon their arrival to New York City, Carlson was already in California for the interview with Bobulinski.

“So we texted a producer in New York and asked him to send those documents to us in LA, and he did that. So Monday afternoon of this week, h e shipped the documents overnight to California with a large national carrier, a brand-name company that we’ve used, you’ve used countless times with never a single problem,” Carlson said. “But the Biden documents never arrived in Los Angeles.”

The shipping company said that, upon arrival, the package had been opened and the contents were nowhere to be found.

“Now, to its credit, the company took this very seriously and immediately began a search. They traced the envelope from the moment our producers dropped it off in Manhattan on Monday all the way to 3:44 a.m. yesterday morning – that’s when an employee at a sorting facility in another state noticed that our package was open and empty. Apparently it had been opened,” Carlson continued.

He went on to say that the company had done an internal investigation, interviewing all employees who had come into contact with the package and searching every place the package had been – the plane, the trucks that carried it to the sorting facility and the New York office where the package had originally been dropped off.

“They went far and beyond, but they found nothing. Those documents have vanished. As of tonight, the company has no idea – and no working theory even – about what happened to this trove of materials, documents that are directly relevant to the presidential campaign just six days from now,” Carlson said. “We spoke to executives at that company a few hours ago. They seemed baffled and deeply bothered by this. And so are we.”

With the election just 5 days away, the disappearing mail is no coincidence, and too many questions remain.

Is this another media-wide Biden protection scheme?

Who took the documents? Were they an internal source working with the Biden campaign? If not, how did they know what was inside the package?

Were copies of these condemning documents made before they were shipped?

Perhaps the most important question of all, if Biden had absolutely no involvement in his son’s foreign escapades – meaning there would be absolutely zero incriminating evidence against him – why were the documents stolen in the first place?

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Cyberattacks Target U.S. Healthcare System ‘Expecting To Cause Panic’

Corona

A federal alert has been co-authored by the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services warning of cyberattacks. According to the Associated Press, the agencies are warning that “cybercriminals are unleashing a wave of data-scrambling extortion attempts against the U.S. healthcare system designed to lock up hospital information systems.”

Obviously, as COVID-19 cases are reportedly rising in certain states across the country, our healthcare system is already vulnerable. Adding a cyberattack could prove catastrophic. The two federal agencies warned they had “credible information of an increased and imminent cybercrime threat to U.S. hospitals and healthcare providers.”

The federal report alleges that the perpetrators are malicious groups wanting to create attacks that produce “data theft and disruption of healthcare services.” The AP reports “the U.S. has seen a plague of ransomware over the past 18 months or so, with major cities from Baltimore to Atlanta hit and local governments and schools hit especially hard.”

In September, a “ransomware attack hobbled all 250 U.S. facilities of the hospital chain Universal Health Services” which forced doctors and nurses to “rely on paper and pencil for record-keeping and slowing lab work.” Additionally, reports the AP, “Employees described chaotic conditions impeding patient care, including mounting emergency room waits and the failure of wireless vital-signs monitoring equipment.”

CEO of Hold Security, Alex Holden, has been tracking the suspicious ransomware for over a year. “One of the comments from the bad guys is that they are expecting to cause panic and, no, they are not hitting election systems,” said Holden. Instead, “they are hitting where it hurts even more and they know it.”

Holden has not publicly identified the affected hospitals, but “four healthcare institutions have been reported hit by ransomware so far this week.” Three belonged to the “St. Lawrence County Health System in upstate New York and the Sky Lakes Medical Center in Klamath Falls, Oregon.”

According to Brett Callow, an analyst at the cybersecurity firm Emsisoft, 59 U.S. healthcare providers/systems have been affected by ransomware in 2020 alone. As a result, up to 510 facilities have experienced disruptions in patient care.

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UNMASKED: Author of anonymous 2018 NYT op-ed revealed to be ‘low-level’ former Department of Homeland Security staffer

After two years of hiding in the shadows, the author of an anonymous 2018 New York Times op-ed claiming to be an undercover agent of “The Resistance” against President Trump has finally unmasked himself. 

Miles Taylor, a former staffer in the Department of Homeland Security, revealed his identity in a statement on Twitter Wednesday afternoon. 

“More than two years ago, I published an anonymous opinion piece in the New York Times about Donald Trump’s perilous presidency while I was serving under him,” Taylor wrote in a statement Wednesday. He continued to claim authorship of “A Warning,” an anonymous Trump resistance book published last year, according to The Federalist. 

Taylor, who joined CNN as a paid contributor in September, previously denied he was “Anonymous” in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. 

“I wear a mask for two things, Anderson: Halloween and pandemics. So, no,” he said. 

The network has claimed it was unaware that Taylor was behind these particular anonymous writings and has not said whether Taylro will continue his role as a contributor following the reveal, The Federalist reports. 

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany dismissed the staffer gone rogue as a “low-level” aide in a statement. 

“This low-level, disgruntled former staffer is a liar and a coward who chose anonymity over action and leaking over leading,” she said. 

“He was ineffective and incompetent during his time as DHS Chief of Staff which is why he was promptly fired after only serving in this role for a matter of weeks. It is appalling a low-ranking official would be granted anonymity and it is clear the New York Times is doing the bidding of Never-Trumpers and Democrats.” 

Trump campaign spokesman Hogan Gidley, a former White House staffer working at the same time as Taylor, also made a statement. 

“This is the least impressive, lamest political ‘reveal’ of all time. I worked with DHS officials while I was in the White House, and even I had to research who Miles Taylor was.” 

Even President Trump spoke out on the reveal, saying he’d never even heard of Taylor. 

“Who is Miles Taylor? Said he was “anonymous,” but I don’t know him – never even heard of him. Just another @nytimes SCAM – he worked in conjunction with them. Alo worked for Big Tech’s @Google. Now works for Fake news @CNN. They should fire, shame, and punish everybody associated with this FRAUD on the American people!” 

While working as a contributor at CNN, Taylor’s LinkedIn profile says he’s also on leave from Google, where he works as US Lead for Advanced Technology and Security Strategy, according to the New York Post. 

For the last two years, we have been left to wonder who “Anonymous” is. 

And as rumors swirled around Washington, several of Trump’s officials had to come forward and deny writing the hit piece, including Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley. 

Since the unmasking, the New York Times has received explosive backlash on Twitter for granting Taylor anonymity. 

Amidst the reveal, it remains unclear why the New York Times granted a DHS staffer anonymity and described him as a “senior administration official,” ultimately creating a false perception that Taylor was more important and connected than he really was. 

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‘SUPPRESSION OF THE STORY’: President Trump blasts Twitter as CEO attempts to defend censorship, lies during Senate hearing

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey dug himself a hole, and it just keeps getting deeper. 

During a Senate hearing focused on Big Tech’s content moderation policies on Wednesday, Dorsey lied to senators when he claimed that his social media company has never censored President Trump. 

“Just to be clear, we have not censored the president,” Dorsey said in response to Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee. “We have not taken the tweets down that you’re referencing. We have added context with a label and we do the same for leaders around the world.”

Blackburn referenced a study that concluded Twitter has censored Trump and his campaign’s tweets a whopping 65 times, but never once censored Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Dorsey, however, continued to push the narrative that Twitter did nothing wrong other than adding more context to his tweets. 

“We have not censored the U.S. president,” he said. “We do not take down the tweets but we add context around it.” 

But, that’s simply not the case. 

There are several examples of Twitter censoring and even taking down the president’s tweets. 

Earlier this year, Twitter removed access to a clearly fake “racist baby” video posted by the president after creating a platform-sponsored fact-check in the trending topics section of the website, according to The Federalist. 

And, the platform censored multiple tweets in which the president raised valid concerns over mail-in-voting, as well as flagged his tweets about sending the National Guard to cities with violent rioting, The Federalist reports. 

Unfortunately, that’s not the only lie that came straight out of Dorsey’s mouth. 

He also falsely told senators that his company lifted a ban on users tweeting articles from the New York Post’s Hunter Biden exposé, despite the fact that the ban was still very much intact. 

“Anyone can tweet these articles,” Dorsey told Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). 

But, according to the Post, Twitter users quickly noted that the network still banned distribution of the article describing the Biden family’s involvement in Chinese business deals. 

Users were not able to share a link to the article up until just hours ago. 

And, the New York Post’s official Twitter account remains locked. 

As expected, President Trump took to twitter to express his outrage. 

“It’s amazing. Twitter refuses to allow any mention of the Biden corruption story which was carried so well on @TuckerCarlson last night. It’s the biggest story and the Big Tech, together with the Lamestream Media, isn’t allowing a word to be said about it,” he tweeted. 

“The USA doesn’t have Freedom of the Press, we have Suppression of the Story, or just plain Fake News. So much has been learned in the last two weeks about how corrupt our Media is, and now Big Tech, maybe even worse. Repeal Section 230!” he wrote in a second tweet. 

“Media and Big Tech are not covering Biden Corruption,” he added. 

“Why isn’t Twitter trending Biden corruption? It’s the biggest, and most credible story, anywhere in the world. Fake Trending!!!” 

Trump has been one of the biggest critics of Twitter and Facebook in recent weeks, accusing them of election meddling through censorship of the Biden bombshell. 

In an interview with the Sinclair Broadcast Group, Trump said the tech companies were “trying to protect” Joe Biden, but “they got caught and that’s turning out to be just as big a story,” according to the Post

If these platforms continue to censor major news outlets like the New York Post, they are ultimately stripping journalists of their right to freedom of the press – and that is a violation of the Constitution.

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Documents Show FISA Warrant Had Been Issued Against Hunter Biden Chinese Biz Partner

Hunter Biden

A 2018 court filing which was obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation shows Federal investigators obtained a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant against one of Hunter Biden’s Chinese business associates. The warrant suggests “the executive was suspected of acting as a covert agent of a foreign government” writes DCNF.

At least one FISA warrant was issued against Chi Ping Patrick Ho, who was charged in December of 2017 “with conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and money laundering related to CEFC China Energy contracts in Uganda and Chad.” Prior to his arrest, Ho was an executive at the Chinese energy company.

In text messages released earlier this week by former Biden business partner Tony Bobulinski, Hunter showed concerns that working with Ho and the CEFC may require him to register with the Justice Department Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). “We don’t want to have to register as foreign agents under the FCPA which is much more expansive than people who should know choose not to know” the text messages read.

Hunter Biden not only “sought a partnership with CEFC” but also represented Ho in his legal battle. According to The New Yorker, CEFC chairman Ye Jianming “raised concerns with Biden in summer 2017 about a possible investigation into Ho.” Additionally, “Biden agreed to represent Ho and to find out the extent of the investigation.”

In December 2018, The New York Times reported that James Biden, Hunter Biden’s brother, was the first call Ho made after his arrest. Republican senators released a report saying a shell company of CEFC wired $1 million to Biden’s law firm in March of 2018. The payment was written for “Dr Patrick Ho Chi Ping Representation.

The report also “asserted that Biden’s relationship with CEFC posed counterintelligence concerns, in part due to Ye’s links to the People’s Liberation Army and the Chinese Communist Party.” Court filings in Ho’s case “suggest that federal investigators had counterintelligence concerns about Ho” writes DCNF. Additionally, the FISA warrant allowed investigators to conduct electronic and physical surveillance of Ho’s property.

“The United States intends to offer into evidence, or otherwise use or disclose in any proceedings in the above-captioned matter, information obtained or derived from electronic surveillance and a physical search conducted pursuant to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act,” prosecutors said in the February 2018 court filing.

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ALREADY? Justice Amy Coney Barrett asked to recuse herself from case, Dems calling for impeachment

So it begins.

Less than 24 hours after her confirmation to the United States Supreme Court, Justice Amy Coney Barrett is being asked to recuse herself from a case.

That’s not all.

Liberals are even calling for her impeachment.

They sure don’t waste any time.

Barrett will begin hearing oral arguments next week after being sworn in during a private ceremony at the Supreme Court on Tuesday. As expected, her confirmation was met with explosive reactions from the left, including threats to pack the court.

Critics of President Trump have even begun the impeachment narrative against his Supreme Court pick should she not recuse herself from a Pennsylvania election case, according to BizPacReview.

The Luzerne County Board of Elections filed a recusal motion Tuesday over a Pennsylvania case involving an extension for mail-in ballots.

“The nomination and confirmation of a supreme Court justice this close to a presidential election is unprecedented,” they wrote. “As concerning as that is, what is even more troubling is the language President Trump has used in consideration of this nomination, linking it directly to the electoral season at hand, with implications for his own re-election.”

Pennsylvania Republicans have asked the Supreme Court for assistance regarding the swing state’s election laws, which currently allow mail-in ballots to still be counted up to three days after Election Day. The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania is currently facing a deadlocked case.

This case comes amidst growing concern over mail-in-ballot fraud. As the coronavirus continues to sweep through the country, more Americans are turning to voting by mail in efforts to avoid over-crowded polling places where the virus may be spread. But, once the ballot leaves the voters hand, the possibilities for fraud are endless.

During her confirmation hearings, Barrett refused to answer on whether she would recuse herself from election-related disputes, sending liberals off the deep end.

In an opinion piece published in the Independent, PBS host Alexander Heffner suggested that if Barrett does not recuse herself “from decisions that would clearly amount to a quid pro quo for Trump’s re-election,” her “rank duplicity will be unmistakable.”

He continued to suggest that, in that case, Democrats could then “swiftly impeach” Barrett.

“It is on this basis that a potential Biden presidency and Democratic Senate will have leverage to add a Justice – a tenth Justice – to begin the process of balancing the Supreme Court. It would be politically palatable if Barrett’s appointment had enabled a plot to destroy the legitimacy of the election,” Heffner wrote.

But Heffner does not stand alone.

Norman Orstein, a political science scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, shared a similar sentiment, BizPacReview reports.

“If Amy Coney Barrett goes on the Court and immediately votes for PA voter suppression, she should be quickly impeached,” Ornstein said. “Trump asked her openly to act to tilt the scales of the election.”

Democrats have made it clear that they will threaten whatever it takes to prevent the Supreme Court from tilting to the right – packing the court, taking away lifetime tenure, even impeachment.

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NIGHTMARE ON WASHINGTON: MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough teases a Hillary Clinton Supreme Court appointment

Monday’s confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court is a historic moment for Republican women in the United States. 

Barrett is the first Republican woman to be seated on the bench, cementing a monumental 6-3 republican majority.  

But the Democrats have made it clear that they will do anything and everything in their power to change that. 

Even appointing Hillary Clinton. 

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough proposed nominating the former Secretary of State to the Supreme Court next year if Democrats take the White House on November 3.

And what a scary thought.

“What a great birthday gift it will be next year for @HillaryClinton when she is one of the three new Supreme Court justices appointed through the Judiciary Reform Act of 2021,” Scarborough tweeted Monday following Barrett’s confirmation.

“Thanks for the idea, guys. Only your colleagues’ thuggish behavior made it possible,” Scarborough wrote in response to Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee. 

The hellish idea came as Republicans teased the failed 2016 Democratic presidential candidate after confirming Justice Barrett, ironically enough, on her birthday, The Federalist reports. 

Clinton took to a New York Times podcast Monday to express her – still – bitterness about her loss four years ago. 

“I was the candidate that they basically stole an election from,” she said.

In August, Clinton said she was open to serving in a potential Biden-Harris administration, according to The Federalist. 

“If you’re asked to serve, you should certainly consider that,” Clinton said.

While Biden has refused several times to give a straight answer regarding the possibility of court packing, he has signaled willingness to overhaul the judiciary in order to weaponize the bench as a super-legislature, The Federalist reports. 

The final vote to confirm Barrett came in at 52-48. Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine was the only GOP senator to cross over and vote with the Democrats after citing that it’s too close to Election Day. 

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The Brief Podcast: The Biden Crime Family

Hunter and Joe Biden

Thanks to Hunter Biden, there’s NO WAY OUT for his dad.  Even if Joe Biden is elected President, damning evidence will continue to mount that his grifter-son fully embraced the Washington tradition of shameless influence-peddling… “in the name of the father.”   If nothing else, Hunter is a monument to greed. An ellipse should be erected in his honor.

But the unresolved and trenchant questions are: how much did JOE BIDEN know and to what extent was he involved in the illicit (if not illegal) schemes?

Joe will never answer. You can take that to his bank.

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‘Squad’ Immediately Calls To Pack Supreme Court Following Barrett Confirmation

The Squad

On Monday the Senate confirmed Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Immediately following, Democratic Representatives, also known as “the squad,” wasted no time bulldozing their progressive, liberal plans through to social media. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) took to Twitter, writing “Expand the court.”

Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) re-tweeted her buddy AOC’s post, then preyed upon liberals’ disdain for the electoral college writing, “Remember that Republicans have lost 6 of the last 7 popular votes, but have appointed 6 of the last 9 justices. By expanding the court we fix this broken system and have the court better represent the values of the American people”

Not to be outdone by her fellow squad members, Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib jumped in on the Twitter fun, adding, “We are going to take back the White House & Senate next week with a resounding mandate from the people to fight back against Trump’s illegitimately stacked judiciary. We must expand the Court if we’re serious about the transformational change the people are crying out for.”

Thus far, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his vice presidential running mate and senator from California, Kamala Harris have “refused to say whether or not they will seek to expand and pack the Supreme Court if elected” reported the Daily Caller.

The behavior of the squad is pretty standard for Democrats as of late. On Thursday of last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance Barrett’s nomination to the Senate floor to hold the full confirmation vote. Zero Democrats attended the vote because they were boycotting Barrett’s vote. Instead, they “filled their seats in the committee with life-sized posters of people who could be hurt if the Affordable Care Act were to be repealed” reported the Daily Caller.

Barrett was confirmed Monday with a 52-48 vote. One Republican, Susan Collins of Maine, was the only one who split from their party and voted against Barrett’s confirmation. Democratic Senator Mazie Hirono from Hawaii maturely voted by sternly declaring “hell no” into the Senate mic and gave a thumbs down.

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