Sunday, July 25, 2021

It Begins: Florida Police Now Confiscating Guns From People With No Due Process

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by Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project:

A Florida man has become the first person in the state to have his due process removed and his guns taken before he was determined to be mentally unfit and before he was accused of a crime.

Broward, FL — In what’s being called the first gun confiscation of its kind in Florida, police have taken four guns and a couple hundred rounds of ammunition from a 56-year-old Lighthouse Point man. The man was not tried, had not committed a crime, and the guns were solely removed because “experts” deemed him a threat.

The guns and ammunition have been temporarily removed from the man under the state’s new “risk protection” law, which is also sometimes called “red flag” legislation, Lighthouse Point City Attorney Michael Cirullo confirmed, according to the Sun-Sentinal.

“We know it’s the first case of its kind in Broward County and we think it’s the first one in Florida, under the new law,” Cirullo said. “Up until the introduction of this law last week, there was no process for us to protect the public in this kind of situation.”

Trump Impeachment And The Civil War Scenario

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by Brandon Smith, Alt Market:

There has been a lot of talk the past year about a civil war in the US, so much so that even the mainstream media is pushing the concept lately. A poll from Rasmussen in 2018 claimed that 31% of US voters believed that America would see a second civil war within the next five years. A more recent poll from The Institute Of Politics And Public Service shows that 7 out of 10 voters believe the US is two-thirds of the way towards civil war.

RATS JUMPING SHIP: Did Imran Awan Turn On Wasserman Schultz? New Report Suggests He Led Police To Her Laptop

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from Zero Hedge:

For months now various media outlets have speculated on whether Debbie Wasserman Schultz (DWS) and her now-indicted IT staffer may have colluded to conceal evidence potentially linked to the infamous ‘DNC hacks.’  While Schultz and the DNC have maintained that the hacks were orchestrated by Russians from a remote location, others have argued that the stolen documentsmust have been taken by an insider with direct access to DNC servers.  Meanwhile, the mystery surrounding the ongoing controversy has only been amplified by the DNC’s rather curious refusal to allow the FBI access to their servers after the supposed ‘attacks.’

But, according to a new report from The Daily Callereven if Awan was originally acting to protect/extort DWS, that may have all changed on April 6, 2017 when he seemingly led U.S. Capitol Police directly to her laptop.

A laptop that Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has frantically fought to keep prosecutors from examining may have been planted for police to find by her since-indicted staffer, Imran Awan, along with a letter to the U.S. Attorney.

U.S. Capitol Police found the laptop after midnight April 6, 2017, in a tiny room that formerly served as a phone booth in the Rayburn House Office Building, according to a Capitol Police report reviewed by The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group. Alongside the laptop were a Pakistani ID card, copies of Awan’s driver’s license and congressional ID badge, and letters to the U.S. attorney. Police also found notes in a composition notebook marked “attorney-client privilege.”

The laptop had the username “RepDWS,” even though the Florida Democrat and former Democratic National Committee chairman previously said it was Awan’s computer and that she had never even seen it.

The laptop was found on the second floor of the Rayburn building — a place Awan would have had no reason to go because Wasserman Schultz’s office is in the Longworth building and the other members who employed him had fired him.

Of course, DWS’s story on the now-infamous laptop has ‘evolved’ over the months…originally it was apparently her laptop back when she decided to threaten the U.S. Capitol Police Chief but later, after he stood his ground, DWS backtracked saying she had never seen the laptop and it never belonged to her.

Wasserman Schultz used a televised May 18, 2017 congressional hearing on the Capitol Police budget to threaten “consequences” if Chief Matthew Verderosa did not give her the laptop. “If a member loses equipment,” it should be given back, she said.

Verderosa told her the laptop couldn’t be returned because it was tied to a criminal suspect. Wasserman Schultz reiterated that, while Awan was a suspect, the computer should be returned because it is “a member’s … if the member is not under investigation.”

She changed her story two months later, claiming it was Awan’s laptop — bought with taxpayer funds from her office — and she had never seen it. She said she only sought to protect Awan’s rights. “This was not my laptop,” she said August 3. “I have never seen that laptop. I don’t know what’s on the laptop.”

For those who missed DWS threatening the cops for a laptop that apparently didn’t even belong to her…it’s good entertainment.

Of course, for a conniving person like Awan who has been accused of multiple counts of federal bank fraud, making the simple mistake of accidentally leaving critical evidence out in the open for all to see would seem unlikely.

The circumstances of the laptop’s appearance described in the police report suggest Wasserman Schultz was trying to keep the police from reviewing a laptop that Awan himself may have wanted them to find. The former phone booth room where police found the items is small, and there was no obvious reason to enter it.

 

Leaving important items there accidentally would seem extremely unlikely, according to Rep. Louie Gohmert, a Texas Republican, former prosecutor, and member of the House Judiciary Committee.

 

“Imran Awan is a calculating person who made great efforts to cover his tracks, both electronically and physically,” Gohmert told TheDCNF. “Placing that laptop with his personal documents, which may well incriminate him, those he worked for, or both, in the dead of night in a House office building, was a deliberate act by a cunning suspect, and it needs to be investigated.”

And then there is the simple question of why DWS has gone through the trouble of hiring lawyers to fight for a laptop that never belonged to her and could provide valuable evidence against a man who has been charged with a federal crime? 

Even though the laptop was allegedly used only by an IT aide who worked for numerous members, Wasserman Schultz has hired an outside counsel, William Pittard, to argue that the laptop not be examined. Pittard argued that the speech and debate clause — which only protects a member’s information directly related to legislative duties — should prevent prosecutors from examining the laptop’s contents, TheDCNF has learned. Pittard did not respond to requests for comment.

 

Pittard, a partner with KaiserDillon, is the former acting general counsel of the House. Hiring an outside counsel to argue the speech and debate clause on behalf of Wasserman Schultz is highly unusual, because the general counsel of the House offers opinions on speech and debate issues for free.

So, what say you?  Giant ‘nothing burger’ or are the walls closing in on DWS?

Read More @ ZeroHedge.com

END TIMES approaching?

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from TheHealthRanger :

Lock Her Up: Nancy Pelosi Earned Fortune on IPO Stock Through ‘Illegal’ Insider Trading

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by Pamela Geller, DC Clothesline:

The new Nazi Party, the party of treason, is also the party of deep and unrestrained corruption. While the Democrats spin endless fantasies about supposed collusion between Trump and Russia, the corruption is pandemic on their side of the aisle. The fortune that Nancy Pelosi has amassed clearly hasn’t come from her Congressional salary. So where has it come from? There needs to be a full, searching, serious investigation of Pelosi’s finances, but there won’t be, because her fellow Democrats are as corrupt as she is, and Congressional Republicans are spineless wimps and RINOs.

Social Security will cross another dangerous milestone next year

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by Simon Black, Sovereign Man:

In the year 1890, according to census records, my great-great-grandfather was spending the final years of his life living with one of his children on a farm in Choctaw County, Oklahoma.

I’ve spent most of the last twenty years doing some hardcore research into my family history– and I’ve identified records going all the way back to 1250 in England.

And one common theme that I’ve noticed: when people reached a certain age, they almost invariably moved in with their kids and grandkids.

This is what ‘retirement’ used to mean; it was simply expected that younger generations would look after older generations.

My friend emailed billionaire Howard Marks about Bitcoin. Here’s his response–

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by Simon Black, Sovereign Man:

Santiago, Chile

Today is one of those days when I feel blessed to have such wonderful and interesting people in my life.

A few months ago I introduced you to Ben Yu, a Silicon Valley-based entrepreneur who’s easily one of the most unique people I know.

I first met Ben when he came to our summer entrepreneurship camp a few years ago.

I knew instantly that he was bright… and different.

He had already won the prestigious Peter Thiel fellowship, dropped out of Harvard, and started a successful company (in which I invested, alongside many of our Total Access members).

Among his many talents and interests, Ben is heavy into cryptocurrency.

And a few days ago as he was reading the latest Howard Marks investment memo, something caught his eye.

Howard Marks, of course, is the billionaire founder of Oaktree Capital.

His regular investment memos are highly insightful, and on Monday we told you about the latest commentary in which Marks cast a stark warning to investors.

Marks plainly states in his latest commentary that market valuations are at their highest levels in history…

… that complacency is at record levels, i.e. investors seem to think that the good times will last forever…

… that risk levels are quite high, while returns are incredibly low…

… and that investors are engaging in some damn foolish behavior.

Among them, Mark cites multiple examples of how investors are lining up to buy bonds issued by bankrupt governments.

In June, for instance, Argentina issued billions of dollars worth of bonds with a 100-year maturity.

Bear in mind that Argentina defaulted at least five times on its debt in the previous 100 years.

So it seems likely that the minuscule return investors will receive completely fails to compensate them for the risks they are taking.

Marks also wrote about cryptocurrency as an example of foolish behavior.

On the topic of Bitcoin, ether, etc., Marks states simply, “They’re not real!” and “nothing but an unfounded fad.”

And so… my friend Ben Yu took the liberty of emailing Howard Marks to engage him on the topic of cryptocurrency.

Ben was polite, but incisive as always, saying that Bitcoin is “no more or less real than any shared concept of money. . .”

His point is that the dollar isn’t “real” either. It’s merely a concept that people believe in.

Plus, over 90{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of all US dollars in circulation, in fact, are already in digital form.

Read More @ SovereignMan.com

 

Mysterious Explosions In America The Past Week You Might Not Have Heard Of – With World Heading Towards ‘Perfect Storm Of War And Destruction’, Were These ‘Events’ Grey Terror?

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by Stefan Stanford, All News Pipeline:

In this June 13th story over at ABC Action News 6 in Philadelphia that got very little mainstream media attention, they reported that fire crews had responded to a chemical testing facilitiy in Essington Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia, after a tank had exploded at the Intertek USA Chemical Testing Facility, a company that tests and analyzes chemicals from virtually any industry sector includingspecialty chemicals, nanomaterials, petrochemicals, dyes & detergents, automotive, agrichemical to pharmaceutical and consumer products.

While that story flew virtually under the table, there was no way that the mainstream media could cover up the next ‘explosive event‘ in the Philadelphia area after a huge fire broke out at the biggest oil refinery on the East coast, triggering explosions that could be felt many miles away after the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refining complex sent fireballs into the air, rattling houses for miles around. As Steve Quayle had mentioned in an SQnote while linking to that story, “notice the timing!

Atlanta Mayor Acknoweldges Police Morale Is ‘Down Ten-Fold,’ Begs Officers To Return To Work After Walkout

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by Emily Zanotti, Daily Wire:

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms acknowledged that police morale is “down ten-fold” in the city Wednesday night after dozens of officers reportedly called in sick or refused to leave their precincts following a decision by the Fulton County district attorney to charge officer Garrett Rolfe with felony murder in the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks.

She also begged police to honor their commitment to their community and return to patrol.

The Bottom Line

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by Karl Denninger, Market Ticker:

All government exists only with the consent of the governed.

That’s always true.  You might need to back that up with your life, but it remains true.  There are never enough cops to force the issue otherwise and further, not all cops will agree with an order either.

PA is finding this out:

Some local officials don’t agree with the tiered strategy, though. They plan to use their power to proceed with their own reopening plans, despite the fact that Pennsylvania confirmed 1,323 new coronavirus cases in a single day on Friday.

Lebanon County officials and some Republican lawmakers, including state Sen. Dave Arnold and Reps. Russ Diamond, Frank Ryan and Sue Helm, delivered a letter Friday to the Democratic governor informing him of their plans.

“Lebanon County has met the requirement of your original Stay-at-Home Order, which was to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 outbreak and allow hospitals the time to gear up for COVID-19 patients being admitted to the ICU and in need of ventilators,” the letter reads.

A Discussion with David Moadel of Portfolio Wealth Global

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by Turd Ferguson, TF Metals Report:

A year ago, I was interviewed by David Moadel for his YouTube channel, “Looking At The Markets”. Today was my opportunity to turn the tables and return the favor.

David is now the chief researcher for the bond and gold markets at http://PortfolioWealthGlobal.com, a research group that offers a free investment newsletter. Drawing upon David’s expertise, today we discussed:

the bond market and whether long rates are headed higher or lower
the US dollar and whether the global movement toward de-dollarization will have an impact this year
gold and silver, with special emphasis on the current, near-record highs in the gold:silver ratio
David’s favorite commodity and natural resource investment opportunity

Click HERE to listen

Read More @ TFMetalsReport.com