The Manchester Free Press

Saturday • April 13 • 2024

Vol.XVI • No.XV

Manchester, N.H.

Fusion GPS Peddled Russia Collusion Lies Then Hired Steele to Put Them in a Dossier.

Libertarian Leanings - Fri, 2022-04-29 16:25 +0000

Margot Cleveland:  Emails Surface More Evidence Hillary Clinton Paid For Anti-Trump Disinformation Operation

The law firm of Perkins Coie first hired Fusion GPS in April 2016 to conduct opposition research on Trump on behalf of the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. But Fusion GPS did not retain Steele until June 2016, with Steele’s initial memorandum being first dated June 20, 2016. By then, however, Fusion GPS had already targeted Page and highlighted Alfa Bank as suspect. Fusion GPS’s communications with the press pre-Steele also focused on Page’s role as an advisor for the Trump campaign and various connections to Alfa Bank.

Steele’s dossier would later seemingly confirm Fusion GPS’s framing of Page as a Russian agent based on the numerous lies Steele’s “primary sub-source,” Igor Danchenko, fed the former MI6 agent. Among his other lies, Danchenko, who is currently under indictment for making false statements to the FBI, falsely claimed that Millian had provided detailed intel related to the Trump campaign and Page.

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No wonder Fusion GPS paid Steele. They needed his credential as an MI6 agent to provide gravitas to their opposition research and to hide the Clinton-campaign roots of the attacks on Trump. The Clinton campaign also needed Steele to exploit his government contacts, which the former spy did by passing the dossier off to his handler, his pal Bruce Ohr, and later the U.S. State Department. Steele thus served as a facade for Democrats’ attempt to frame Trump as a Russian patsy.

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Categories: Blogs, United States

The Wrong Tycoon is In Charge

Libertarian Leanings - Fri, 2022-04-29 14:46 +0000

TK News by Matt Taibbi:  Savor the Great Musk Panic

The hypocrisy of America’s self-appointed culture-protectors this week is breathtaking. They really seem not to realize that what they’ve been seeking for years isn’t an end to speech abuses, but a monopoly on them. They see Musk as a traitor to his class, threatening to upend what they see as a natural order that in recent years placed bluenose squads in deserved roles as vanguards and truth-arbiters. Whether or not Musk ever upends anything is a different question, but critics believe he will, and now they’re panicking, in tones of maximum sanctimony. They’re even pulling out “Who will protect the children?”-style language...

I spent a good part of the last four years warning that asking unaccountable billionaires to meddle more in speech would result in exactly such a table-turning episode, in which the political mainstream’s cocky censor squad would wake up one day to find the wrong tycoon in charge, at which point they would cry foul and howl suddenly about the evils of oligarchy. For failing to cheer their vision of enlightened censorship, colleagues denounced me as a reactionary pervert in the employ of (pick one) Trump/Assad/Putin. So it’s hard to do anything but chuckle at their anguish this week.

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Categories: Blogs, United States

Champions of Free Speech in Action

Libertarian Leanings - Fri, 2022-04-29 14:38 +0000

Mark Tapscott, Epoch Times:  Nonprofit Pushing Jan. 6 Ballot Disqualifications Is Funded, Led by Left-Wing Activists

Just minutes after Donald Trump was sworn in as president in January 2017, Free Speech for People (PFS), working with RootsAction, another obscure left-wing activist group, launched the website ImpeachDonaldTrumpNow.org.

The Trump impeachment website remains live today, but PFS has moved on from years of seeking to drive the embattled Trump from the Oval Office to now trying to remove four of his strongest congressional supporters from their respective November 2022 ballots.

Although officially a nonpartisan educational nonprofit, PFS’s most notable activities since being organized in the wake of the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision have all been directed at Trump and other Republicans.

Most recently, PFS made headlines with litigation it filed against four House Republicans and one Arizona Republican state representative seeking to have state courts remove the officials’ names from the November ballot.

An Arizona Superior Court judge rejected PFS’s request to remove U.S. Reps. Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar, both Arizona congressmen, and Arizona state Rep. Mark Finchem from the November ballot. The PFS lawsuit stated that the lawmakers’ alleged efforts in support of the January 2021 breach of the U.S. Capitol amounted to participation in an insurrection seeking to bring down the federal government.

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Clifford Gaddy — Two 2020 Threads Investigating the Origins of RussiaGate

Libertarian Leanings - Fri, 2022-04-29 12:04 +0000

Part One

Part Two 

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Free Talk Live 2022-04-28

Free Talk Live - Fri, 2022-04-29 02:09 +0000
NH Senate Kills Cannabis Bills :: James Freeman Confronts City Council over Corrupt Cops :: Central African Republic Makes Bitcoin Legal Tender :: Suicidal Bureaucrats :: Vaccine Lover :: Menthol Cigarettes to be Prohibited :: Bitcoin a Failure? :: Student Loans :: Show: 2022-04-28 Ian, Joa, Bonnie
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FTL Digest 2022-04-27

Free Talk Live - Fri, 2022-04-29 02:06 +0000
Free Talk Live's Daily Digests feature highlights from our full-length seven-day-a-week live radio show, selected and edited by Riley Blake. Enjoying the digests? Please donate $5-10 per month to Riley via this link: www.patreon.com/crblake86 If you want to donate via Bitcoin Core (BTC), you can do so at the following address: 1NytDNA14UcYsvzX5DHhzowGCqNouSUh9A or you can donate via Bitcoin Cash (BCH) 19hjHJBD6crYVK5YKpwojbwkpetuMsUcgx Or you can donate ether to: 0x259357C6260c6D20c3D71Fd301304e6f6dAC7F2f You can listen to full episodes on soundcloud or our website at freetalklive.com, where you can also listen live every day from 7-10pm Eastern.
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Elevated Risk of Myocarditis After mRNA Vaccinations

Libertarian Leanings - Thu, 2022-04-28 20:28 +0000

Will Jones, TCW Defending Freedom:  Covid vaccines raise risk of severe heart inflammation up to 120-fold, says study

COVID vaccination increases the risk of severe heart inflammation up to 120-fold, a major study from Scandinavia published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has found.

The study looked at more than 23million patient records covering the over-12 populations of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden from the start of the vaccine rollout in December 2020 to October 5 2021.

For young males aged 16-24 years within 28 days of a second dose the study found severe myocarditis (requiring inpatient hospital admission) around five times more common after Pfizer and 14 times more common after Moderna. This corresponded to six events per 100,000 people after Pfizer and 18 events per 100,000 after Moderna. A second dose of Moderna given after a first dose of Pfizer came with even higher risk: a 36-fold increased risk, corresponding to 27 events per 100,000 people. The Moderna vaccine has three times the dose of mRNA of the Pfizer vaccine, which the authors suggest lies behind the increased risk.

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The authors conclude the risks ‘should be balanced against the benefits of protecting against severe Covid-19 disease’. However, given the extremely low risk of Covid to healthy young males and the considerably elevated risk of severe myocarditis following vaccination – plus the risks associated with other adverse effects, short and long term – it’s hard to see how it could be worth it, or why these vaccines have not already been withdrawn for younger age groups.

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Categories: Blogs, United States

Did You Ever Imagine America Would Have a Ministry of Truth?

Libertarian Leanings - Thu, 2022-04-28 20:13 +0000

Mark Wauck:  Disinformation Governance Board: An Idea Whose Time Has Come?

[I]n a global world economy, it becomes increasingly difficult to separate foreign and domestic policy. Thus we see the push to bind the US to foreign treaties and agreements without going through the treaty ratification process as envisioned in the Constitution. Many of those agreements have an effect on domestic policy that should normally be decided by Congress. This is all in line with the aims of the New World Order, the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) goal for Global Corporatism/Fascism (cf., for example, Doc Malone: WEF: A Trade Organization on Steroids).

Preeminently, the Senate’s authority over war making has been preempted by the Rules-Based Order, as we see increasingly (Where The War Is At, 4/28/22). US officials, in coordination with foreign powers in the Anglosphere, are openly making public statements that, in any real world understanding, amount to declarations of war against major world powers, such as Russia and China. But war of this sort is something that can’t be done by stealth, as in our GWOT. Thus, the need to shape America’s information environment—to preempt narratives that conflict with the government narrative. Which happens to be the Deep State/Neocon narrative. Thus, the Disinformation Governance Board is an idea whose time has come for America. The public announcement actually specifies “Russia” as a focus for disinforming the American public and the head of the disinformation board checks all the usual Neocon boxes—even “advising” Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry—so it all fits in with the war effort of the Rules-Based Order.

Among other accounts, PJMedia’s stands out:

Politico is reporting:

DHS is standing up a new Disinformation Governance Board to coordinate countering misinformation related to homeland security, focused specifically on irregular migration and Russia. Nina Jankowicz will head the board as executive director. She previously was a disinformation fellow at the Wilson Center, advised the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry as part of the Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship and oversaw Russia and Belarus programs at the National Democratic Institute. (h/t Daniel Lippman)

Why would a DHS program focus solely on “irregular migration and Russia”? … are these just the most politically dangerous narratives for the Left to lose control over?

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Categories: Blogs, United States

Free Talk Live 2022-04-27

Free Talk Live - Thu, 2022-04-28 02:05 +0000
Tech companies giving info because of fake warrants :: Shapeshift the DAO :: Rule by the dead :: The "Great Man" Problem :: Animals Freaking Out :: The benefits of decentralization :: Trezor & Intuit Hack :: Disinformation Governance Board :: Some nonsense about corrupt government people :: MailChimp & Trezor :: Show: 2022-04-27 Aria, Ian, Bonnie.
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The Problem Isn’t With Social Media; It’s With Democracy

The Liberty Block - Thu, 2022-04-28 01:02 +0000

A response to Jonathan Haidt's Atlantic article, where he argues for criminalizing online anonymity, for the sake of "saving democracy," aka protecting the system from accounts like LibsOfTikTok.

The post The Problem Isn’t With Social Media; It’s With Democracy appeared first on The Liberty Block.

Free Talk Live 2022-04-26

Free Talk Live - Wed, 2022-04-27 02:13 +0000
Additional Charges Brought in Crypto Six Case :: Japanese Man Marries Anime Doll :: Vocaloid Software :: Kamala Harris COVID :: Character Lovers :: Incels :: Nuclear Family :: Furries and Cosplay :: Show: 2022-04-26 Ian, Conan, Aria
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FTL Digest 2022-04-25

Free Talk Live - Wed, 2022-04-27 02:08 +0000
Free Talk Live's Daily Digests feature highlights from our full-length seven-day-a-week live radio show, selected and edited by Riley Blake. Enjoying the digests? Please donate $5-10 per month to Riley via this link: www.patreon.com/crblake86 If you want to donate via Bitcoin Core (BTC), you can do so at the following address: 1NytDNA14UcYsvzX5DHhzowGCqNouSUh9A or you can donate via Bitcoin Cash (BCH) 19hjHJBD6crYVK5YKpwojbwkpetuMsUcgx Or you can donate ether to: 0x259357C6260c6D20c3D71Fd301304e6f6dAC7F2f You can listen to full episodes on soundcloud or our website at freetalklive.com, where you can also listen live every day from 7-10pm Eastern.
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Free Talk Live 2022-04-25

Free Talk Live - Tue, 2022-04-26 02:15 +0000
Musk Buys Twitter :: Trump claims he won't rejoin Twitter. :: Will there be a mass Twitter exodus? :: Pronouns :: Cars and Freedom :: Recycling :: Chemtrails :: Church Busses :: Show: 2022-04-25 Ian, Aria, Nobody
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FTL Digest 2022-04-24

Free Talk Live - Tue, 2022-04-26 02:09 +0000
Free Talk Live's Daily Digests feature highlights from our full-length seven-day-a-week live radio show, selected and edited by Riley Blake. Enjoying the digests? Please donate $5-10 per month to Riley via this link: www.patreon.com/crblake86 If you want to donate via Bitcoin Core (BTC), you can do so at the following address: 1NytDNA14UcYsvzX5DHhzowGCqNouSUh9A or you can donate via Bitcoin Cash (BCH) 19hjHJBD6crYVK5YKpwojbwkpetuMsUcgx Or you can donate ether to: 0x259357C6260c6D20c3D71Fd301304e6f6dAC7F2f You can listen to full episodes on soundcloud or our website at freetalklive.com, where you can also listen live every day from 7-10pm Eastern.
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Twitter to Accept Elon Musk’s $43 Billion Bid

Libertarian Leanings - Mon, 2022-04-25 15:13 +0000

Reuters:  Twitter set to accept Musk's $43 billion offer

NEW YORK, April 25 (Reuters) - Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) is poised to agree a sale to Elon Musk for around $43 billion in cash, the price the CEO of Tesla has called his "best and final" offer for the social media company, people familiar with the matter said.

Twitter may announce the $54.20-per-share deal later on Monday once its board has met to recommend the transaction to Twitter shareholders, the sources said, adding it was still possible the deal could collapse at the last minute.

Musk, the world's richest person according to Forbes, is negotiating to buy Twitter in a personal capacity and Tesla (TSLA.O) is not involved in the deal.

Twitter has not been able to secure so far a 'go-shop' provision under its agreement with Musk that would allow it to solicit other bids once the deal is signed, the sources said. Still, Twitter would be allowed to accept an offer from another party by paying Musk a break-up fee, the sources added.

The sources requested anonymity because the matter is confidential. Twitter and Musk did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Twitter shares were up 4.5% in pre-market trading in New York at $51.15.

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Clinton Campaign's FEC Fine May Return to Haunt

Libertarian Leanings - Mon, 2022-04-25 13:21 +0000

Last month the Federal Election Commission fined Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee for falsely reporting certain campaign expenditures.  The campaign and the DNC paid over $1 million to the law firm Perkins Coie.  Perkins Coie used the funds to pay Fusion GPS for the now thoroughly discredited Steele Dossier.

The money was reported on FEC forms as “legal advice and services,” but the Steele Dossier offered no legal advice.  Instead, it made a variety of claims intended to show that Donald Trump was somehow under the control of Vladimir Putin.  The Clinton campaign and the DNC paid the fines.

And that may come back to haunt them.

Margot Cleveland:  Letter: No, Hillary Clinton Can’t Try To Hide 2016 Oppo Research From The Special Counsel

Foundation counsel Dan Backer added that while the memorandum is not yet public, the special counsel’s office would likely be able to obtain it directly from the FEC. That memorandum also will provide Durham’s team further details on the FEC’s investigation and fact-finding that may be useful to the special counsel in the Sussmann litigation, noted the letter.

In Friday’s letter, Backer also highlighted Hillary for America and the DNC’s commitment in their settlement agreement with the FEC to “not further contest the Commission’s finding of probable cause to believe” that the political organizations had “falsely reported their payments through Perkins Coie to Fusion GPS as being for legal services.” In contrast, in the Sussmann case, Hillary for America and the DNC “are nevertheless asserting materials generated by Fusion GPS and provided to Perkins Coie are protected by attorney-client privilege and work-product doctrine,” the letter stressed.  (Bold added)

“The Government should not permit HFA and the DNC to adopt conflicting positions in different proceedings, depending on the federal agency against which they are litigating,” the foundation’s letter concluded, suggesting the trial court may find those breaches of the settlement agreement “material in ruling on any privilege claims.”

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Does Anyone Watch "60 Minutes" Anymore?

Libertarian Leanings - Mon, 2022-04-25 12:29 +0000

Christopher Wray, Director of the FBI, was on.  Bonchie of RedState was unimpressed:  The FBI's Grotesque Rehab Tour Commences

Christopher Wray, the current FBI Director, fought tooth and nail to cover up the FISA abuse that targeted Trump associates, slow-walking releases, and never actually disciplining anyone substantially for what happened. All the while, he adopted the leftwing talking point of “white supremacy” being the preeminent threat in the land.

As an aside, can you name the last notable white supremacist attack without googling it (i.e. one that rises above a local crime story)? It’d have to be the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting, right? That was in 2018, four years ago. Sure, white supremacy, like all grotesque, hateful ideologies, will always pose some threat, but does that sound like the most pressing domestic threat in the nation to you? Of course, the recent rash of black supremacist attacks has not drawn any public declaration from the FBI.

Back to Wray, though, his masterpiece happened just prior to the 2020 election. In a move tailor-made to influence the presidential election, the FBI arrested multiple people for supposedly plotting a “right-wing” plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Headlines screamed about the dangers of “radicalization” posed by Republican candidates, specifically Donald Trump.

That all blew up in the spring of 2022. As RedState reported (see here and here), multiple defendants were acquitted while the jury hung on others because the FBI obviously entrapped them. Wray’s “good guys” essentially invented a plot, recruited vulnerable individuals into it, and pushed them to try to execute it. And it all just so happened to play into the left’s narrative right before a major election. What a coincidence, right? I could get into the FBI’s insanely biased tactics regarding January 6th as well, but I think anyone reading this is well aware of them.

Now, the FBI’s rehab tour has commenced. Wray appeared on 60 Minutes on Sunday, touting how great he is and singing the praises of the bureau. Here’s what that nauseating spectacle looked like.

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Former DNI Director Predicts More Indictments

Libertarian Leanings - Mon, 2022-04-25 11:58 +0000

Just the News:  Ex-National Intelligence Director predicts more indictments in Durham probe

Former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) John Ratcliffe predicts more indictments will come from classified documents from special counsel John Durham's investigation.

"The coordinated effort here that took place in 2016 was wide and broad," Ratcliffe told the Charlie Kirk Show last week, The Epoch Times reported. "I think it involved folks in the Clinton campaign, in the Democratic national party, elected officials, media officials, folks that coordinated — intelligence community officials, and on down the line."

Durham is involved in two active prosecutions stemming from his Trump-Russia collusion probe. Former Clinton campaign attorney Michael Sussman faces an upcoming trial after Durham charged him with lying to the FBI. Durham charged Russia analyst Igor Danchenko late last year with five counts of lying to the government.

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My, My How Disney has Changed Over the Years

Libertarian Leanings - Mon, 2022-04-25 11:52 +0000
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How Things Stand — Durham vs. The Swamp

Libertarian Leanings - Mon, 2022-04-25 11:15 +0000

Petr Svab of the Epoch Times summarizes the current state of Durham's investigations.  

Recent filings in the Sussmann case revealed that the lawyer, formerly with the DOJ, peddled to the CIA data that showed supposedly suspicious existence of a Russian-made phone in Trump’s vicinity. The CIA assessed the data was “user-created,” possibly fabricated, and contradicted itself, according to Durham’s team.

Earlier this week, Sussmann, the Clinton campaign, the DNC, Sussmann’s former employer and law firm Perkins Coie, Fusion GPS (retained by Perkins Coie to research Trump), and several Clinton operatives asked the court to prevent revelation of certain emails and documents that they say are protected by attorney-client privilege. They largely argue that Perkins Coie was hired by the Clinton campaign to provide legal services and the research on Trump was done to support those services and is thus covered by the privilege. The Durham team disputes that.

The trial is scheduled for mid-May.

The Durham team in recent court documents hinted at an assertion that there was a conspiracy between the various operatives tied to the Clinton campaign. Criminal conspiracy is a federal crime, but it needs to be tied to an underlying crime. Two or more people have to agree to break a federal law and then take at least one “overt act”—even if innocuous on its own—to carry out the plan. Durham has so far brought no conspiracy charges.

John Ratcliffe, the former director of national intelligence under Trump, said last year he believes “there will be many indictments based on the intelligence that I gave to John Durham and that I have seen.”

We certainly hope there will be more indictments, but The Swamp is alive and well.  The last paragraph of Svab's article:

The judge in the Sussmann case, Christopher Reid Cooper, used to be a colleague of Sussmann’s at the DOJ. His wife, Amy Jeffress, is a lawyer for Lisa Page, formerly a high-level FBI attorney who’s now suing the DOJ. Page was deeply embedded in the Russia investigation. She was also a mistress of Peter Strzok, former head of FBI counterintelligence operations and a point man in the Russia probe. Cooper and Jeffress also have close ties to the Democratic Party. Cooper served on the 2008 transition team of President Barack Obama, Jeffress spent 20 years at the DOJ and was a national security counselor for Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder, and their wedding was officiated by Merrick Garland, the current Attorney General.

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