The US Army is investigating how a handout distributed on a base in Alabama initially included a description that the phrase "Make America Great Again" was a form of "covert white supremacy" and therefore racist -- which it says was "sent out in error and immediately recalled."
Earlier this week, a graphic was included in a handout disseminated at the US Army's Redstone Arsenal that suggested that President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign slogan was a form of "covert white supremacy."
On July 6 at Redstone, officials distributed a handout to personnel that "included two unapproved pages that were sent out in error and immediately recalled," Army spokeswoman Cynthia Smith said in a statement.
The slides were to promote the Army's so-called listening tour under a program it calls Project Inclusion, a new initiative to improve diversity and racial inclusion across the military. If you go on a "listening tour" and you're the one who does the talking, shouldn't it be called a "lecturing tour?"
The graphic shown on one of the slides includes a pyramid graphic sourced from Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence that states blackface, swastikas and racist jokes are forms of "overt white supremacy." The graphic includes "MAGA," the "celebration of Columbus Day" and "All Lives Matter" as types of socially acceptable or "covert white supremacy."
"The slides -- copied from a non-government website -- included a word cloud with phrases that were intended to spark conversation; however, the document was predecisional and inappropriate for the discussion. The unapproved pages were in no way used as part of the 'Your Voice Matters' listening tour sessions," Smith said.
The Army did not specifically mention the MAGA phrase in its statement, long used by Trump and his supporters, only saying "the Army does not condone the use of phrases that indicate political support."
"The Army is and will continue to remain an apolitical organization," Smith said.
Republican Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama sent a letter to Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy on Wednesday, accusing the service of violating the Hatch Act, which bars federal employees from certain partisan political activities, and demanded an investigation into the matter.
"Including overtly political materials in the invitation for such an event is completely inappropriate and, in this instance and in my view, illegal," Brooks to wrote McCarthy. "Further, the inclusion of such materials serves only to ostracize segments of the workforce and create racial division, rather than minimize it."
In a statement, the Alabama Republican called for all Army personnel who "drafted, approved or sent this racist and politically partisan email, using government resources" to be prosecuted and fired for "blatantly and illegally injecting themselves into partisan political activities on government time using federal taxpayer money."
All of this comes as Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley are set to testify before the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday, where they are likely to face questions over the role of the military during last month's nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd.
[Fox] House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Thursday declined to admonish protesters in her native city of Baltimore who pulled down a statue of Christopher Columbus and then tossed the monument into the city’s Inner Harbor.
"People will do what they do," Pelosi, D-Calif., said at a news conference Thursday at the Capitol. Somehow that doesn't often include voting hereditary politicians out of office.
Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young, however, had harsh words for the protesters who destroyed the statue near Little Italy over the Fourth of July, saying he wouldn't tolerate the destruction of property. Young said the toppling was unacceptable and the perpetrators, if identified, "will be brought to justice," the Baltimore Sun reported.
Pelosi, an Italian American, was born and raised in Baltimore. Her father, Thomas D'Alesandro Jr., was mayor of Baltimore from 1947 to 1959 and her brother Thomas D'Alesandro III also led the city from 1967 to 1971.
Pelosi said "it's up to the communities to decide what statues they want to see" and taking down the Columbus monument "doesn't diminish my pride in my Italian American heritage."
But asked whether a commission should decide what statues go rather than a mob of protesters, Pelosi said people will do what they do.
"I do think that from a safety standpoint it would be a good idea to have it taken down if the community doesn't want it," Pelosi said of a more organized process to remove statues. "I don't know that has to be a commission but it could be a community view."
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., pounced on Pelosi's comments as another example of Democrats defending the "radical left-wing mob."
"Her job is to write laws. Instead, she encourages mobs to break them. She is complicit with criminal activity, plain and simple," McCarthy said.
Pelosi has spearheaded an effort to remove Confederate statues from the Capitol but has drawn a distinction between targeting those who committed treason against the United States and past presidents who owned enslaved people.
Pelosi said Thursday she's most concerned about looking forward and she's not wedded to physical monuments and tokens of the past. "I don't even have my grandmother's earrings," Pelosi said.
Former President Ronald Reagan helped unveil the Columbus statue in Baltimore in 1984. Rioters Saturday night pulled down the monument and then tossed it into the city's Inner Harbor.
The statue had stood at the entrance to the city's Little Italy neighborhood for 36 years, FOX 45 of Baltimore reported....
[Wash. Free Beacon] U.S.-based hackers allegedly took part in operations against Elliott Broidy and other critics of Qatar
Qatar hired a team of former CIA and U.S. military intelligence officials to conduct a hack attack on a prominent American political activist after he raised questions about the country's support for terrorism, according to allegations in a new lawsuit.
Republican financier Elliott Broidy alleges that Qatar enlisted former U.S. intelligence officials to carry out a 2018 cyber espionage operation on his personal and business email servers. That information, Broidy alleges, was later leaked to the media in order to discredit the longtime GOP activist and advance Doha's interests in America.
The suit reveals allegations that U.S.-based hackers affiliated with the Global Risk Advisors (GRA) consulting group were paid by Qatar to carry out the illicit scheme and similar attacks on prominent critics of Qatar. GRA, an American cyber security consulting group, is composed of former CIA and other military intelligence officials with extensive experience in the cyber espionage realm.
GRA "conspired with [American] public-relations strategists to steal Mr. Broidy's confidential materials and plant carefully curated excerpts and manipulated materials with the press to cause Plaintiffs maximum damage," the lawsuit alleges. "GRA was perfectly suited for this work because it employs former National Security Agency, Central Intelligence Agency, and U.S. Armed Forces personnel with extensive offensive hacking expertise."
The filing marks another salvo in a long-running legal dispute between Broidy and Qatar, which is accused of orchestrating multiple hack attacks on its most prominent U.S. and European critics. In addition to the quarrel with Broidy, Qatar is believed to be behind a series of similar cyber attacks on prominent GOP and Jewish community activists who have pressured the Trump administration to cut ties with Doha. Broidy previously sued several U.S. public-relations companies he accuses of helping Qatar distribute his stolen information.
Qatar has long been suspected of financing the hack on Broidy and other leading critics of Doha's terror financing network, which includes support for Hamas and other Iranian-backed militia groups. In addition to targeting perceived critics, Qatar allegedly spied on prominent Jewish community members in Washington, D.C., to collect information about their anti-Doha lobbying efforts. Congress is investigating the country over these claims.
The information leaked about Broidy has elicited allegations that he was working as a covert lobbyist for the United Arab Emirates, one of Qatar's top regional opponents. At least a portion of the leaked information, including details of his business dealings, has been discredited.
Broidy is seeking a trial by jury to determine if GRA and several other U.S. consulting groups were complicit in Qatar's alleged conspiracy. Qatar is said to have hired the organization as part of a "criminal enterprise" to penetrate Broidy's online networks and collect confidential data.
GRA's employees "are the world-class hackers who, primarily from their U.S. locations and with U.S. citizen hackers, illegally broke into the email servers of Mr. Broidy, his wife, [and] his executive assistant," according to the lawsuit. "They then distributed the hacked materials in a secure manner to various media outlets, as directed by other members of the conspiracy, to inflict maximum damage on Mr. Broidy."
GRA is further accused of "hacking and covertly neutralizing" officials from the FIFA soccer league as part of Qatar's bid to host the 2022 World Cup. The U.S. Justice Department alleges that Qatar bribed and blackmailed scores of FIFA officials over a 10-year period to secure rights for the 2022 World Cup. GRA is alleged to have helped Qatar collect information on FIFA officials as part of an operation that eventually targeted Broidy for his public criticisms.
These hacking operations, including the one targeting Broidy, were conducted by a small group of highly specialized GRA employees who were engaged in "secretive, illegal conduct," the lawsuit alleges. The hacks were allegedly carried out from locations in the United States and Qatar.
An email sent to GRA requesting comment was not returned by press time.
Qatari Media’s Promotion of Rep. Ilhan Omar is Alarming
Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar is being directly defended and promoted by Qatar’s official media outlets and news agencies. This is concerning to many Americans as they are left wondering why a foreign country feels the need to protect the interests of a US Representative in such an aggressive manner?
Treason, unless your working for muslims or democrats, er dhimicrats.
Yes, I demand that the Clinton Foundation be added to the current investigative tasks of Special Prosecutor John Durham. He should not be encumbered by any particular time line. Perhaps a preliminary report sometime in early 2031.
therefore the leftists will fight against it tooth and claw
Posted by: Bob Grorong1136 ||
07/10/2020 7:01 Comments ||
The unions will fight this tooth and claw.
This is theirs and the left's power base. Indoctrination of our youth. If Trump wins, especially if it is a big one with both sides of congress going R, they really need to break the schools including the universities.
Jalopnik reports that a group of Ford Motor Company employees want the auto giant to stop making vehicles for police.
Ford employees have asked the automaker to stop building police cars, according to a Jalopnik report published Wednesday. The request comes as countless Black Lives Matter protests continue throughout America and around the globe, sparked by the killing of George Floyd.
Jalopnik fails to report that since the protests devolved into riots and “defund the police” swept across the nation, violent crime and murder have surged in several major cities, including New York, Chicago, Baltimore, and Seattle.
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[DAILYWIRE] The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Thursday that a substantial portion of Oklahoma, roughly 19 million acres in total including Tulsa, officially still belongs to Native American tribes because Congress never officially declared that it no longer did.
"The federal government promised the Creek a reservation in perpetuity," Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote for the majority. "Over time, Congress has diminished that reservation. It has sometimes restricted and other times expanded the Tribe’s authority. But Congress has never withdrawn the promised reservation."
"As a result, many of the arguments before us today follow a sadly familiar pattern. Yes, promises were made, but the price of keeping them has become too great, so now we should just cast a blind eye. We reject that thinking. If Congress wishes to withdraw its promises, it must say so," reads the decision.
Gorsuch wrote that to rule "otherwise would be to elevate the most brazen and longstanding injustices over the law."
According to The New York Times
...which still proudly displays Walter Duranty's Pulitzer prize... , the case was brought to the Supreme Court after Jimcy McGirt, a Native American man who was convicted of sex crimes against a child in state court, argued that his conviction should be overturned, and that he be tried in federal court instead, because he committed his alleged crimes on Indian land.
Elizabeth Warren can go run for president there
Posted by: Bob Grorong1136 ||
07/10/2020 17:35 Comments ||
Jimcy McGirt, a Native American man who was convicted of sex crimes against a child in state court, argued that his conviction should be overturned, and that he be tried in federal court instead, because he committed his alleged crimes on Indian land.
Irish name. The Supreme's are viewed as a comic club. This is why.
Obvious to even a blind man that its political at this point, trying to stretch it out so it can be used as a campaign issue, to say "yes but..." when the Durham indictments come down. Sullivan ought to be impeached.
Posted by: Marilyn Tojo7566 ||
07/10/2020 1:08 Comments ||
Sul is a$$hoe
Posted by: Alaska Paul ||
07/10/2020 1:38 Comments ||
Aside from impeachment (see how AlCee Hastings got elected to Congress afterwards) Sullivan has zero risk of career impact and a high degree of support among his peers and sycophants. This is arrogant pride and political skullduggery in the open, after all he is the highest kind of aristocrat in the new world order of the woke, a black judge.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.