COI #140: The FBI’s Role in Fabricating the Plot Against Gov. Whitmer

COI #140: The FBI’s Role in Fabricating the Plot Against Gov. Whitmer

On COI #140, Kyle and Will return to the alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer last year. New reporting and court filings show that the FBI used no less than 12 undercover agents and confidential informants to infiltrate the plot, most paid substantial sums of money. Some also played key roles in organizing the scheme, covering various expenses and helping to transport other members to group meetings. Several defendants now say they were entrapped.

New anomalies continue to crop up in the story of Alexei Navalny, the Russian opposition figure said to have been poisoned by Moscow last year. A new OPCW document raises major questions about the timeline between Navalny’s alleged poisoning and the intervention of the German government.

The CIA has tapped a veteran intelligence officer involved in the decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden to investigate the so-called “Havana syndrome,” or a wide range of health problems reported by American spies and diplomats stationed abroad. No plausible theory has been put forward to explain the strange symptoms, but the corporate press and some Americans officials have nonetheless cast blame on US adversaries – Russia, China and Cuba among them – suggesting some sort of advanced weapon is behind the ailment.

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COI #140: The FBI’s Role in Fabricating the Plot Against Gov. Whitmer

News Roundup 7/26/21

US News

  • The New York Post reports the NY state government is considering divesting from Ben and Jerry’s parent company in the state government workers’ pension fund. [Link]
  • The Biden Administration decided against investigating possible civil rights abuses in NY nursing homes because of the policies of Andrew Cuomo. [Link]
  • The Jan. 6th Congressional select committee includes former CIA Inspector General David Buckley. Buckley has a history of retaliating against whistleblowers. [Link]

Afghanistan

  • CENTCOM head Gen. McKenzie says the US will continue to support the Afghan government with airstrikes against the Taliban. He did not say if the strike will end on August 30th. [Link]
  • At least 2,400 Afghan civilians were killed or injured in May and June. The number is a record high since the data started to be tracked in 2006. [Link]
  • Forty-six Afghan soldiers fled over the border to Pakistan. [Link]
  • Biden announced he was allocating $100 million in emergency funds to help Afghans who assisted the US out of the country. [Link]
  • The Taliban called on Afghanistan’s President, Ashraf Ghani, to step down. [Link]
  • The CIA Director William Burns says the Taliban are probably at their strongest position since 2001. [Link]
  • Russia is helping Tajikistan secure its border with Afghanistan. [Link]

Middle East

  • Israeli forces killed a Palestinian teen in the West Bank. Witnesses report the teen was in a group throwing stones. [Link]
  • Iran begins exporting oil from the Gulf of Oman, bypassing the Strait of Hormuz. [Link]
  • Russia is seeking to deter Israel from continuing to bomb Syria. [Link]
  • Saudi carried out at least 17 airstrikes in central Yemen. At least 21 Houthi fighters were killed in the strikes. [Link]

Africa

  • The US bombed Somalia for the second time in a week. [Link]
  • Forces from Ethiopia’s ethnic Tigray group seized a town in the neighboring Amhara region. Tigrayan forces have been on an offensive since they were routed by the Ethiopian Army and allied forces in November of 2020. The loss of the town prompted leaders of the Amhara ethnic group to call on young men to take up arms. [Link]
  • Tunisia’s President Kais Saied dismisses the prime minister and legislator. [Link]
  • The man who attempted to assassinate Mali’s interim president died while in the custody of security services. [Link]
  • Six Cameroonian soldiers were killed by Islamist militants. [Link]
  • In Nigeria, kidnappers abducted a man attempting to pay a ransom for over 100 kidnapped students. [Link]
News Roundup 7/23/21

News Roundup 7/23/21

US News

  • Texas and Florida are taking steps to use the states’ anti-BDS laws to divest from Ben and Jerry’s parent company and prevent contracting with the ice cream maker. [Link]
  • The Senate Armed Services Committee added $25 billion to Biden’s proposed military spending bill. [Link]
  • The Senate Armed Services Committee approved a provision in the 2022 NDAA expanding the draft to women. [Link]

Caribbean 

  • The Pentagon says it has identified seven Colombian soldiers who were involved in the Moise assassination who received US DoD or Start Department training. [Link]
  • Biden announced sanctions against a high-ranking Cuban official and a police unit. Biden said the sanctions are just the beginning. The Biden Administration used the Global Magnitsky Act to implement the sanctions. [Link]
  • Republican Congressman Alex Moony plans to introduce an Authorization for Use of Military Force bill. The AUMF would give the president power to use the military to ensure humanitarian aid to Cuba. [Link]

Afghanistan 

  • The US has carried out several airstrikes over the past few days. The strikes targeted the Taliban in support of the Afghan government. [Link]
  • The Afghan Army has changed its strategy, feeling its forces were overstretched. The military will now abandon some district centers and force guarding population centers, border crossing, and other key infrastructure. [Link]

Middle East

  • Israel bombed northern Lebanon. [Link]
  • The US and Iraq are working to formalize an agreement to transition the US forces in Iraq to a training role by the end of the year. The US is believed to have 2,500 troops deployed to Iraq. [Link]

Nigeria

  • The US begins delivery of light attack aircraft to Nigeria. [Link]
COI #140: The FBI’s Role in Fabricating the Plot Against Gov. Whitmer

COI #139: Congress Let the President Steal War Powers, Can It Take Them Back?

On COI #139, Kyle breaks down a new bill that would repeal the War Powers Act and replace it with a new law that seeks to give Congress back more control over foreign policy. The proposed law fixes several critical problems with the War Powers Act and repeals the 2001 AUMF without replacing it. The bill gives Congress more control over weapon sales and national emergency declarations. However, it falls short of stripping the president of the power to start a war.

One president after the next has torn the Constitution to shreds, assuming more and more unilateral power to declare war. Nearly every president violated the most crucial article of the Constitution. Congress often gave nods of approval to the usurpations of power. For any law to limit executive war power, it requires Congress to stand up and impeach rogue presidents.

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News Roundup 7/23/21

News Roundup 7/22/21

US News

  • NYPD training documents show officers are taught how to access sealed arrest records. [Link]
  • The National Parks Service is joining the surveillance state. The NPS will begin sending names of people who request permits to the White House database. [Link]
  • An Oklahoma politician is seeking to use his state’s anti-BDS law to ban Ben and Jerry’s. [Link]

Foreign Policy

  • Senate Republicans are pushing to increase Biden’s proposed military budget by $25 billion. [Link]
  • The CIA is launching a new investigation into ‘Havana Syndrome.’ The illness is vaguely defined with a wide variety of symptoms. A previous study found that ‘Havana Syndrome’ was fake and the noises attributed to the mysterious weapons were just Cuban crickets. [Link]
  • One detainee was transferred from Gitmo to Morocco. Abdul Latif Nasir was cleared for release in 2016. [Link]

Haiti

  • Biden appointed Daniel Foote to be a special envoy to Haiti. [Link]

Russia

  • Ukraine is unhappy with the US/German agreement over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. [Link]
  • The US says Russia is increasing its aggression in the Black Sea. The US has carried out two large war games in the Black Sea this month. [Link]
  • The US is set to begin the Agile Spirit war games in Georgia. Fifteen countries will participate in the operations. [Link]

Afghanistan

  • The US requested three central Asian nations house 9,000 Afghans seeking special visas. Uzbekistan was the first to respond saying there was no legal basis to accept the US request. [Link]
  • Joint Chiefs head Gen. Mark Milley says the Taliban now control half of Afghanistan’s district centers. [Link]

Israel/Syria

  • Israeli policies are causing food to rot in Gaza. [Link]
  • Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has prevented the High Planning Council from holding a meeting. The council approves settlements in the West Bank. Some in Israel believe the de facto freeze on new settlements is Bennett caving to pressure from Biden. [Link]
  • Israel’s president called Ben and Jerry’s decision not to tell ice cream in the occupied territories a “new kind of terrorism.” [Link]
  • Israel bombed near Homs, Syria. This is the second Israeli air raid in Syria this week. [Link]
  • The US bombed a target in Syria, killing three. The strike appeared to be in coordination with Kurdish fighters. [Link]

Ethiopia

  • The Ethiopian government reports fighters from Tigray have broken into a neighboring region and 50,000 people have been displaced by the fighting. [Link]
News Roundup 7/23/21

News Roundup 7/21/21

US News

  • Fifteen percent of the Air Force fleet of F-35s are without engines. [Link]
  • An Arlington Texas police officer shot and killed a young woman. She was lying in the grass when the officer attempted to shoot a dog and missed. [Link]
  • Senators Lee, Murphy, and Sanders introduce a new bill that is intended to rein in the president’s war powers. [Link]

Caribbean 

  • Ariel Henry was sworn in as Prime Minister. He recently received the backing of Western powers. [Link]
  • The White House formed a working group to look at reopening remittance to Cuba. However, the Biden Administration is concerned about the fee the Cuban government collects. [Link]

Great Power

  • The US and Germany are close to signing an agreement over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. The US would not sanction Germany for importing Russian energy. In exchange, Germany will agree to sanction Russia for meddling in Ukraine and Germany will invest in Ukraine. [Link]
  • The US and Bulgaria are engaged in the Falcon Defender 21 war games. [Link]
  • The Biden Administration warned Americans against traveling to Russia and will not process visas for Russians in Russia. [Link]
  • China denies involvement in the cyberattack on Microsoft and accused the US of attempting to hack China for over a decade. [Link]
  • The UK and Japan announce two UK warships will be permanently deployed in the region. [Link]

Israel

  • Israel wants the US to use anti-BDS laws against Ben and Jerry’s ice cream because of the decision by the company not to sell ice cream in the occupied West Bank. [Link]
  • Israel fired shells into southern Lebanon after the rocket fire landed on Israel’s side of the border. [Link]
  • Recent Israeli airstrikes in Syria killed at least five. [Link]

Somalia

  • The US carried out airstrikes in Somalia. The Biden Administration claims they targeted al-Shabaab. This is the first report of Biden bombing Somalia.  [Link]
COI #140: The FBI’s Role in Fabricating the Plot Against Gov. Whitmer

COI #138: New DOJ Rules Open Massive Loopholes for Spying on Journalists

On COI #138, Kyle breaks down several important news stories from around the world. The US Department of Justice announced new rules that prevent federal prosecutors from seeking the records of journalists that publish leaked information. However, Attorney General Merrick Garland left open massive loopholes to snoop on reporters if they are suspected of being “terrorists” or “foreign agents.” Kyle also discusses a significant probe into Pegasus, a spyware program developed by Israeli firm NSO Group.

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News Roundup 7/23/21

News Roundup 7/20/21

US News

  • Congresswoman Marjorie Taylore-Green received a 12-hour Twitter suspension for tweeting “covid misinformation.” Twitter flagged two of Taylor-Green’s tweets where she opposed mask mandates and vaccine mandates for the military. In the other Tweet, Taylor-Green said reducing obesity would reduce the risk from covid. [Link]
  • The LAPD says a bomb squad truck exploded earlier this month because officers under-estimated the weight of fireworks. Several people were injured and made homeless by the explosion. [Link]
  • The Department of Justice issued new rules on seizing the records of journalists who release information that has been leaked to them. The rules say prosecutors will not be able to seize the records unless the journalist is suspected to be an agent of a foreign power or terrorist group. [Link]

Latin America

  • Haiti’s acting Prime Minister Claude Joseph agreed to step down to allow Ariel Henry to take over the role. Joseph made the decision a few days after Western power announced their support for Henry. [Link]
  • Peru’s electoral commission confirmed Pedro Castillo was the winner of the June 6th presidential election. [Link]

Great Power

  • The US signed a deal with Hungry to access two new bases. [Link]
  • The US launched another naval war game in the Black Sea. Breeze 2021 is hosted by Bulgaria and is hosting 30 ships from 14 countries. [Link]
  • The US, EU, and NATO are blaming China for a cyberattack on Microsoft. [Link]
  • The US, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Canada, and the UK are engaging in the Talisman Sabre war games in Australia. The war games involve 17,000 troops. [Link]

Afghanistan

  • Rockets landed near the presidential palace in Afghanistan. The Taliban denied responsibility. [Link]
  • Pentagon Spokesperson John Kirby said the US will send 2,500 Afghan special visa applicants to Fort Lee in Virginia. [Link]
  • Turkey will hold talks with the Taliban about Turkey’s planned deployment of troops to the Kabul Airport. [Link]

Middle East

  • Biden is considering new sanctions on Iran that would target oil sales to China. [Link]
  • Israel bombed near Aleppo, Syria. [Link]
  • The US denied it was behind a drone attack on a Shia militia near the Iraq/Syria border. [Link]
  • The Iraqi Prime Minister says he needs US air support to fight ISIS but wants US combat troops to leave Iraq. [Link]
  • A suicide bomber killed 35 people in Iraq’s Sadr City. [Link]
News Roundup 7/23/21

News Roundup 7/19/21

US News

  • TurboTax and H&R Block are leaving the IRS Free File Alliance. The program required companies to allow some Americans to file taxes for free and in exchange, the IRS has not created an online portal to file taxes. TurboTax has routinely exploited the system to collect billions in what should be offered as free services. [Link]
  • Biden’s nominee to be the Pentagon’s acquisition chief, Michael Brown, withdrew his nomination. DOD IG received an ethics complaint about Brown claiming he posts to funnel jobs and money to his friends as head of the Defense Innovation Unit. Brown continues his post at DIU. [Link]
  • House Republicans introduced a bill to repay the National Guard over $500 million for the deployments to the Capitol. [Link]
  • NATO opened a new command in Virginia. [Link]

Latin America 

  • The Department of Homeland Security warns boaters in Florida it is illegal to travel to Cuba. A flotilla was planned, some suggested the goal was to bring “aid” to Cubans. [Link]
  • A Honduran army intelligence officer – who was trained by the US – was found guilty of assassinating an indigenous, environmental activist. [Link]
  • The Venezuelan government is seeking access to the $1 billion of gold that it has stored in London’s central bank. The UK government announced it recognized self-proclaimed Venezuelan leader Juan Guaido as president. The reaffirmation of Guaido’s baseless claim to power suggests the UK will deny Venezuela access to its gold. [Link]

Afghanistan

  • Russia reports Putin offered Biden the use of Russia’s central Asian bases for intelligence collection in Afghanistan. [Link]
  • The Afghan government accuses Pakistan of giving support to the Taliban. [Link]
  • The Taliban and Afghan government met in Qatar for peace talks. The sides agree to meet again and an expedited process. [Link]

Middle East

  • Israeli spyware is being used to surveil hundreds of corporate press journalists and editors. [Link]
  • Iran says the US agreed to a prisoner swap during talks to save the JCPOA in Vienna. The US is denying the prisoner swap is happening. [Link]
  • Iran says the indirect talks with the US to save the JCPOA will begin once its new president takes office on August 9th. [Link]
  • A US drone attacked a truck operated by a Shia militia near the Iraq/Syria border. The Syrian state media claimed the truck was carrying food. [Link]

Africa 

  • Ethiopia’s Tigray fighters are reported to have crossed into a neighboring region and attacked local forces. The local Tigray fighters recently pushed the Ethiopian military, Eritrean military, and ethnic Ethiopian militias out of Tigray. [Link]
  • Gunmen raided a Nigerian village, killing one and kidnapping 60. [Link]
  • Militants in Nigeria downed a light military aircraft. [Link]
  • A Nigerian regulator instructs the media to tone down the reporting on violence. [Link]
COI #140: The FBI’s Role in Fabricating the Plot Against Gov. Whitmer

COI #137: Lazy Propaganda from the Corporate Press

On COI #137, Kyle and Will break down the new US Marine deployment to guard the American Embassy in Haiti, which comes amid instability after the assassination of the country’s leader. While President Biden insists there will be no larger stabilization mission, that’s not so clear, as the Marine contingent comes after the White House had already ruled out sending any troops.

Governments worldwide are stepping up their censorship demands on social media platforms, with Twitter seeing a record surge in such requests in 2020. The Biden administration also recently admitted to pressuring Facebook to scrub so-called vaccine disinformation from the site, literally “flagging problematic posts” for deletion.

As anti-government protests erupt in Cuba, the corporate media has spread confusion with several erroneously captioned photos. One image from the Associated Press labeled a large pro-government demonstration as an opposition rally, an error quickly replicated by countless other news outlets. CNN, meanwhile, falsely portrayed a protest in Miami, Florida as taking place in Cuba.

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News Roundup 7/23/21

News Roundup 7/16/21

US News

  • White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki says the Biden Administration wants Facebook to remove 12 accounts. The White House believes these accounts are creating a significant amount of what it labels as “vaccine misinformation.” [Link]

Caribbean

  • Biden said the US would not be sending troops to Haiti, but announced the deployment of Marines to the embassy in Haiti. [Link]
  • The Pentagon reported a small number of Colombian soldiers involved in the assassination of Haiti’s president received training from the US. [Link]
  • Miami-based security firm CTU has been named by Haitian authorities for possible involvement in the assassination. [Link]
  • Biden says the US is considering if it has the technological ability to restore the internet to Cuba. [Link]
  • Biden said the US is open to sending vaccines to Cuba but will not lift restrictions on remittances. [Link]

China

  • China says the American proposed law that would ban all imports from China’s Xinjiang region could spark a global trade war. [Link]
  • The US plans to announce new sanctions on Chinese officials over Hong Kong. [Link]

Afghanistan 

  • The US, Pakistan, and Uzbekistan create a platform to create stability in Afghanistan. [Link]
  • The governor of Afghanistan’s Badghis province reports he reached a ceasefire agreement with the Taliban. [Link]
  • The Taliban offered a three-month ceasefire to the Afghan government in exchange for 7,000 prisoners getting released and the removal of a Taliban leader from the UN blacklist. [Link]

Middle East

  • Israel’s military is seeking a major budget increase to target Iran. [Link]
  • Early on July 15th, it was reported US Middle East Envoy Brett McGurk told Iraq the US was withdrawing troops. That story was quickly denied by high-ranking US officials. [Link]
  • Lebanese Sunni political leader Saad Hariri steps down as prime minister after he was unable to form a cabinet. [Link]

Nigeria

  • A Nigerian general was gunned down traveling on a highway. [Link]
News Roundup 7/23/21

News Roundup 7/15/21

US News

  • Over the second half of 2020, Twitter says it got over 350 requests from governments to remove content from the accounts of nearly 200 verified journalists. Twitter reports removing five of the tweets. Twitter received 14,500 requests for information from governments. Twitter granted some or all of the information in 30% of requests. Twitter received 38,500 legal requests to remove the information and granted 29% of the requests. [Link]
  • The DOJ Inspector General released a report on the FBI handling of the serial molester Dr. Larry Nasser. The report found that the FBI office in Indianapolis failed to act on reports of abuse. The FBI in LA and Indianapolis both failed to notify the appropriate Michigan FBI office to warn them of the claims of abuse. The inaction of the FBI potentially allowed young girls to be molested by Nasser for another year. [Link]
  • Ronald Green died in 2019, police told his family he died while fleeing and hit a tree. New bodycam footage shows Green survived the crash. He was tased and beaten before dying. After being handcuffed he was left on his stomach for nine minutes and then abused him. [Link]
  • The CDC reported overdose deaths were up 30% in 2020 to 93,000. [Link]
  • A US Blackhawk helicopter made an emergency landing in a busy Romanian street causing some damage. [Link]

Cuba

  • In an effort to quell protests, the Cuban government is lifting restrictions on the amount of food and medicine travelers can bring with them to Cuba. [Link]

China

  • The UN Navy has nearly consistent deployments of surveillance ships to the South China Sea. 
  • Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman will visit China in an effort to set up higher-level meetings. [Link]
  • The US is promoting its Indo-Pacific agenda in an effort to undermine the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and isolate China. [Link]
  • The Biden Administration will release an advisory this week warning US companies not to do business in Hong Kong. [Link]

Iran

  • Reuters reports an unnamed source said Iran will not engage in further talks with the US until the new President Raisi takes office. [Link]
  • Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz says Israel needs a weapons buildup to combat the potential for a possible nuclear Iran. [Link]

Yemen

  • The Yemeni Government – in exile and backed by Saudi Arabia – claims the Southern Transitional Council is not living up to a power-sharing agreement. [Link]
  • UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia are three times higher than believed. 

Africa

  • Amnesty International reports it interviewed several women who were held in camps in Libya. Many of the women reported being raped or forced to trade sex for clean water and food. [Link]
  • Lockdowns have caused a 30% rise in inflation in Nigeria, with most of the rise of prices being in food costs. More Nigerians are now skipping meals to provide for their children. [Link]

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