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Congressman Scott G. Perry
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Op Ed # 601 The Most Defining Christmas In US History

By Capt Joseph R. John, December 21, 2022 

December 25, 1776 – Washington Crosses the Delaware

American Patriots repeatedly demonstrated their desire to be free from the foreign domination by Great Britain by sacrificing all to establish the Republic for the “Cause,” and they fought for the “Freedoms” outlined in The Bill of Rights.  


After a series of defeats that resulted in thousands of the 30,000 soldiers in the Continental Army deserting the “Cause”; General George Washington referred to the battle for freedom from Great Britain as the “Cause” in his personal notes.  With such heavy desertions, the Continental Army stood on the verge of losing the Revolutionary War.  


General Washington pleaded with his soldiers not to leave, however they were not being paid, needed shoes to protect themselves from the snow and ice, lacked warm uniforms, and food was in short supply.  The General’s pleas to his troops not to depart were ignored.  Only 2,500 do or die Patriots in the Continental Army remained loyal to General Washington.  


On Christmas Day, General Washington wore his full-dress uniform because he did not expect to survive the engagement.  Prior to departing to engage the 1,400 Hessian German soldiers in Trenton, New Jersey, General George Washington called for the reading of the following from Thomas Paine for the 2,500 members of the Continental Army:


“These are the times that try men’s souls:  The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country, but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”  

                                                                         -- Thomas Paine, The American Crisis, December 19, 1776--  


On Christmas Day, a very heavy rain and sleet storm hit the area.  General Washington led the 2,500 Continental soldiers across the frozen Delaware River.  The crossing should have taken two hours, but it took nine hours instead because of heavy winds and sleet.  The soldiers assembled on the foreign bank of the Delaware River, and General Washington led the Continental soldiers to Trenton.  Many soldiers did not have shoes and they left a bloody trail.   The heavy storm was a blessing in disguise since it covered the advance of the Continental troops on their way to Trenton.  

At 8:00 AM on December 26th, the 2,500 Continental soldiers arrived in Trenton, and General Washington launched a surprise attack on the Hessian soldier’s garrison.  The Hessian Colonel in charge was not ready for the attack, he lost his life in the battle, and the engagement led to a decisive victory for the Continental Army.  Many of the Continental soldiers had witnessed the Hessian soldiers viciously kill and behead their comrades in an engagement in New York, but showed grace toward the Hessians who surrendered. 

The victory in Trenton changed the course of the war.  The thousands of Continental soldiers who had melted away to be with their families on Christmas, returned to rejoin the Continental Army and supported General George Washington until the British Army was defeated at Yorktown.

Today there are “Sunshine Patriots” elected to Congress who are doing little to prevent another foreign power, Communist China, from dominating America’s trade relations, from having a heavy influence on America’s foreign policy, from dominating America’s media, and from working to overthrow the US Constitutional Republic, in order to turn the nation into a Socialist State.  

At the same time, former members of Congress are being well paid to lobby for Communist China, and the occupant of the Oval Office consistently fails to oppose Communist China’s aggressiveness toward the United States because of his family’s corrupt business and financial relationship with Communist China.

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Op-Ed # 600 Biden/Obama Administration Leaves Combat Marine Veteran Behind In Prisoner Exchange, Swaps Woke WNBA Player

By Capt Joseph R. John, December 14, 2022 

This was just another of Obama’s bad trades to free terrorists.  Previously, Obama traded 5 Taliban Radical Islamic Terrorist leaders who were incarcerated in US Prison in Gitmo for US Army deserter, Bowe Bergdahl, who pleaded guilty to desertion and expressed his hate for the USA.  Those 5 Taliban Radical Islamic Terrorists leaders are now in control of the Radical Islamic Terrorists Regime in Afghanistan.

This time, the Biden/Obama administration swapped a Russian Terrorist and Arms Dealer, "The Merchant of Death", Viktor Bout, age 55, who was convicted in 2011 on charges of conspiring to kill Americans and he was serving a 25-year sentence in a US Federal Prison. 

The Merchant of Death will now again acquire “Lethal Arms” and sell them to Terrorists worldwide at a profit for Russia, enabling the Terrorists to kill Americans in the United States and internationally.

The swap for Viktor Bout was not arranged to free a 52-year-old former decorated US Marine, Paul Whelan, who served his country in combat in Iraq.  In December 2018, Paul Whelan traveled from his home in Michigan to Russia to attend a friend’s wedding.  While there, he was arrested on trumped up espionage charges, in another of Russia’s wrongful detention and hostage diplomacy operation.  Paul Whelan was tried and sentenced to 16 years in prison for espionage; he had already served 4 of those 16-years.  

Instead of swapping the US Marine for The Merchant of Death, Viktor Bout was instead wrongfully traded for Brittney Griner, a woke black LGBTQ WNBA pro basketball player who said she hates the USA.  Brittney Griner has been jailed in Russia for 9 ½ months.  On February 17, 2022, Griner arrived on a flight at a Russian airport, and was arrested while her luggage was being inspected by Russian Customs Officers for bringing drugs into Russia.  After her trial on November 6th, Griner was sentenced to 9 years in prison for drug possession.  

Biden told the press he was under a great deal of pressure from black women, and no doubt from the radical LBGTQ community, to swap the woke basketball player who hates the USA for the Merchant of Death.  The Biden/Obama administration was prepared to leave the same US Marine behind for the seond time, prioritizing instead to exchange the woke WNBA basketball player alone for Victor Bout.   The Biden/Obama administration previously left Paul Whelan behind in another prisoner exchange; saving a US Marines is obviously not a priority for the Biden/Obama administration. 

The wrongful swap resulted in public disappointment, with thousands of Americans registering their disappointment on Social Media of the unfair treatment of the former US Marine Combat Veteran by the Biden/Obama administration.   

'Celebrities over veterans?' Backlash rolls in, Marine Paul Whelan's family speaks out over Russian prisoner trade (

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Op Ed # 599 The 123rd Army-Navy Football Game Is Scheduled On December 10, 2022

By Capt Joseph R. John, December 7, 2022 

The first Army-Navy game that was played on December 2, 1890, returns this coming Saturday.  It is one of the greatest rivalries in football history.  In the 132-year history of the Army-Navy rivalry, 122 games have been played.  Annually, the Army-Navy game is always a popular national attraction for football fans, Annapolis and West Point graduates, for extended family members of Naval Academy and Military Academy Alumni, and for the 23 million Veterans who served Honorably in the US Armed Forces. 


This year, the 123rd Army-Navy game will be played on December 10, 2022, in Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field.  The game will be broadcast on CBS-TV at 12:00 Noon Pacific Time.  Navy won the game last year, with a 17-13 triumph.  For the 122 games played to date, Navy leads Army in the number of games won, 62–53, with 7 ties.  


It will be the last football game for the First Class (Seniors) Midshipmen and Cadets.  In just six short months, those football players, and thousands of First Class Midshipmen and Cadets in the stands will be deployed worldwide to jointly protect millions of Americans watching the Army-Navy Game!  The Army-Navy game day is the only day of the year that Naval Academy graduates and Military Academy graduates are not supportive of each other.

The Naval Academy Class of 1962 has watched 64 of the 122 Army-Navy games played to date.  Even when they were deployed on active duty overseas, the annual Army-Navy game was watched by them on broadcasts of the US Armed Forces TV Network.  


By clicking on the below listed link, you will be able to view a video summarizing five historic Army-Navy Football contests.


A more detailed history of the 122 Army-Navy Football games played to date, is listed below for your review below; that historic game summary was written by Nicolaus Mills and was forwarded to the Combat Veterans For Congress by Steve S. McDonald, USNA ’65.


We trust you will watch the Army-Navy game this year, will appreciate the Patriotism of the fans, and will notice that no football player will take a knee when the National Anthem is played.  


Go Navy, Beat Army! 


The Army-Navy game December 10 marks the 132th anniversary of this greatest football rivalry. The first game, played on a gridiron laid out on southeast corner of the West Point Parade Ground, was so sparsely attended that spectators could move up and down the field as the line of scrimmage shifted. 

We have come a long way from that first encounter, but as Army and Navy get ready to play again, the legacy of that 1890 game is worth recalling. 

In 1890 Army had only one player with any real football experience -- Dennis Michie, [USMA1892] in whose honor today's West Point's football stadium is named. As a result Army was trounced 24-0 by a Navy team that had been playing football since 1886. The next year Army hired a part-time coach, played a series of early-season games, and with Michie (who died in the Spanish-American War) once again leading the way, Army avenged its earlier loss by a 32-16 score. 

Both teams could now claim bragging rights. Their competition had gotten off to the perfect start. Five years before the advent of the modern Olympics, the two service academies had turned their new athletic rivalry into front-page news. 

The Army-Navy game, as those reporting it noted, quickly became as much about character as physical skill. "Pluck was the most conspicuous feature of the game of football at West Point on Saturday between the cadets of the Naval and Military Academies," an 1890 account observed. "Where bravery was so common and so notable it would be unfair and unjust to cite one man as braver than another." 

The public's response to that first encounter worked to the advantage of both schools, and they went out of their way to make sure their rivalry remained consistent with the military values they sought to display on the gridiron. When in the wake of the 1893 game, which drew a crowd of 8,000, animosities between the two academies reached such a fever pitch that a retired rear admiral and a brigadier general came close to fighting a duel, the game was canceled for six years by order of the Secretary of War and Secretary of the Navy. 

The lessons the cancellation taught were absorbed by both sides, and when the game resumed in 1899 on a neutral site, Franklin Field in Philadelphia, before 27,000 people, everything went so smoothly that Army and Navy officials decided that the game must be played annually. Making sure their football rivalry did not deteriorate into petty squabbles paid further dividends two years later when President Theodore Roosevelt and 30,000 fans attended the 1901 Army-Navy game. 

The president became so excited about the play, which featured a 105-yard kickoff return by Army's star quarterback, that at one point he left his seat and moved to the sidelines to get closer to the action. But Roosevelt was careful, despite having served as Assistant Secretary of the Navy, to maintain public neutrality. At halftime he inaugurated the presidential tradition of moving from one team's side of the stadium to the other's. 

Since TR's time, the Army-Navy football game has always had a life of its own. In his memoir, You Have to Pay the Price, legendary Army coach Earl "Red' Blaik [USMA’20] wrote, "The primary objective of Army football must be victory over Navy. It cannot be achieved by anything less than complete dedication." For Navy's coaches victory over Army has the same priority. Coaches at both schools know that success in the Army-Navy game is crucial to keeping their jobs. 

How far this pressure to win goes is epitomized by the story former Army coach Paul Dietzel [as Midshipmen, we called him Pepsodent Paul] tells in his autobiography, Call Me Coach, of a dinner party at the home of Gen. William Westmoreland [USMA36],later Commander of American troops in Vietnam, who while Superintendent of West Point hired Dietzel in 1962 to revive Army's football fortunes. "There's one thing you'll need to understand right from the beginning," the general's wife, Kitsy, told Dietzel. Then, turning around, she flipped up her skirt to reveal a pair of blank panties with "BEAT NAVY!" printed on them in bright gold letters. 

In 1944, when Army, led by its All-American running backs "Doc" Blanchard [USMA’47] and Glenn Davis [USMA’47], [Army’s quarterback was Arnold Tucker USMA’47 from Miami High] was ranked No.1 in the nation and Navy, with a line superior to Army's, was ranked No.2, they played an epic game, won by Army, that helped sell more than $58 million in war bonds. At the game's conclusion, sports' columnist Allison Danzig wrote, "The country can now return to the normalcy of fighting the most terrible war ever inflicted upon mankind. This Army-Navy game has passed into history." 

But an even more revealing comment on the place the Army-Navy football game had come to occupy in World War II America was summed up by a telegram that General Douglas MacArthur 
[USMA’03], then leading American forces in the Pacific, sent to Army's coach in 1944. "THE GREATEST OF ALL ARMY TEAMS," MacArthur wired. "WE HAVE STOPPED THE WAR TO CELEBRATE YOUR MAGNIFICENT SUCCESS."   
MacArthur's hyperbole was deliberate, but there was nothing exaggerated about his belief that the Army-Navy game should serve as an antidote to dark times. 


When the Army-Navy game of 1963 was canceled as a result of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, it was played a week later at the request of the Kennedy family, and the coin that President Kennedy would have flipped to decide which team received the opening kickoff was sent as a gift by Secretary of the Army Cyrus Vance to Navy's winning football Captain Tom Lynch [USNA‘64]. 

The following year, with the Vietnam War in its early stages, retired President Dwight Eisenhower [USMA’15], then living in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, put his own stamp on the Army-Navy game. Ike had desperately wanted to be a football star, and in 1912 he was heralded as one of the best running backs in the East. A knee injury ended his football career and kept him out of the 1912 Army-Navy game, but over the years, Ike maintained his interest in Army football. When he was asked by a cadet interviewing him for West Point's student-run Pointer magazine to send the 1964 Army team a telegram on the eve of the game, he happily complied. 

The telegram was designed to rally Army's players, who had lost five straight games to Navy, then led by All-American quarterback and future Dallas Cowboys star Roger Staubach [USNA’65]. But what emerged from Ike's telegram was much more than a call for victory. For Ike, the essence of the Army-Navy game was the pressure it put on everyone who participated in it to hold nothing back. "You will always have what you give today. The more you give the more you will keep!" Ike wrote in a message that is as relevant today as it was in 1964. 

Army-Navy football remains a stellar attraction but it has suffered from the increased competition for fans' attention at the pro and college ranks. That doesn't, however, take away from what the game stands for. 

This year's game, like those of the past, marks the last time most of both teams' seniors will ever step on a football field. As they have known ever since they arrived at West Point and Annapolis, what awaits them is not a tryout in the National Football League or a lucrative job in business, but active service, which amounts to a military career commitment. In no other athletic rivalry is the price of participation higher.

By Nicolaus Mills


Daniel Squier - The Times-Standard

    If you have memories of ABC and autumn Saturday afternoons from the 1970's, you remember Chris Schenkel sitting at his desk in the ABC studio, wearing that gold blazer with the ABC sports logo on the front pocket. You remember the image of the Prudential rock over his shoulder as he read off the scores and narrated the highlights from "The Prudential College Football Scoreboard". 

    Long before the advent of ESPN's 'College Gameday,' there was Schenkel, as he ran down the list of big games. Auburn-Alabama in the perfectly-named "Iron Bowl." USC-UCLA, watched by those of us who lived on the east coast with a sense of envy as they battled in the warm California sunshine, while we endured the last crisp winds of autumn, signalling the onset of winter. 

    You remember Woody and Bo, stalking the sidelines during the Michigan-Ohio State game, a game that every year, seemed to have an impact on the national championship picture. Schenkel even made it a point to mention the score of the Slippery Rock versus whomever they were playing -- just because he found the name of the school so intriguing. 

    On this weekend, now commonly known as "Rivalry Week," we get to see the most intense matchups the sport has to offer. While discussing rivalries, we have to remember what makes them such compelling viewing. 

    The history, the traditions, the stories of players, coaches and fans who have colored the landscape of college football with tales that are retold every year, and never seem to get old. 

    The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is home to the longest enduring rivalry in college football: Lehigh-Lafayette. Those two teams have been playing each other since 1884. Longer than Harvard-Yale, longer than Oregon-Oregon State, longer than Washington-Washington State. Longer than any other two schools in history. 

    Why mention Schenkel, great rivalries, the excitement of late autumn matchups, that year after year, regardless of team records and regardless of whether we are an alumni of a particular school or not, bring us back to watch every year? 

     Two words -- Army. Navy

    No other college football rivalry comes close. Sure, Alabama and Georgia once again will have a direct impact on the national title picture. So will USC-UCLA. Heck, even the OSU-Michigan game, once the fiercest rivalry in the country, has title implications this year. Doesn't matter. They are not Army. They are not Navy

    They are not the Corps of Cadets and the Brigade of Midshipmen, marching into the stadium, preceded by the Stars and Stripes, carrying their respective battle flags adorned with ribbons denoting every battle this nation's military has fought. 

    These two teams have played the game annually, dating back to the first contest on December 2, 1890, a game won by Navy, 24-0. No other rivalry -- with apologies to the fantastic traditions of every one of them -- carries the national import this one does. No other rivalry is watched -- by veterans and alumni of both academies and the 99.9 percent of viewers who never set foot on either campus -- with such regularity. The pranks pulled by each academy in the weeks leading up to the game. The attendance of the President, who would split his time by sitting on each team's respective side, started by Teddy Roosevelt and curtailed following the assasination of John Kennedy a week before the 1963 game. 

    The Navy goat. The Army mule. 

    This is the closest we can get to a "national" game, because the two schools involved are, in the end, representative of every state, commonwealth, district, county, and parish in the country. 

     There is the ever-present undercurrent rippling through the scenes we see, that in a few years, the young men and women on our television screens, or in front of us in the stands, will soon be in harm's way in service of their nation. 

    The game allows us to unashamedly view virtue manifest on a playing field. "Duty, Honor, Country" sound trite, even hokey in the light of our national mania for selfishness and our penchant for screaming "me! me! me!. 

    But when viewed through the prism of teamwork, sacrifice, courage and service, those words are brought to life when the 'Black Knights of the Hudson' take the field against the 'Middies.' 

     The game allows us to take a step back, to view college football as it was once played -- or at least as we wish it was once played -- by young men who truly embody the term 'student-athlete,' and who play the game with a passion that is driven, not by the promise of fat professional contracts, but for pride. 

    Army-Navy is still a week ahead, the other rivalry games take center stage this weekend, and maybe that's the best way. Army-Navy stands on its own. It is about honor, that old-fashioned-fuddy-duddy notion. It is about duty. To one's self and to one's team. It is about country, because no other college sporting event grabs the attention of a nation-wide audience when that audience has so little emotional investment in either school. 

    Schenkel's voice can still be heard, when the skies are gray, the wind cold and raw and the football games are wrought with the passion of history and tradition. For all the pageantry each game brings to the national spotlight, only one game brings us the Armymule and the Navy goat. 

By the way: My Once a year reminder:




Op Ed #598 The Truth About Ivermectin, Once And For All

By Capt Joseph R. John, November 30, 2022 

In 1987, Ivermectin was approved by the FDA as-safe-and-effective drug for human use; its medical use was honored as a wonder drug for preventing and curing malaria by being awarding the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2015.  Ivermectin has been routinely used as a malaria preventative in the continent of Africa for over 35 years, in the same way Americans routinely use aspirin to cure headaches.  Ivermectin in general and routine use throughout Africa has also been highly effective in preventing the infection of the Wuhan Virus in the general population throughout the continent.


Ivermectin is a very safe and “inexpensive” medication, and if it had been prescribed for patients infected with the Wuhan Virus in the US, it would have saved millions of lives from the deadly effects and the debilitating injuries from the experimental test Gene Therapy mRNA injections.  Those unsafe injections were forced into the bodies of 230 millions Americans by Corporations, Medical Organizations, Hospitals, State/County/City government Agencies, Law Enforcement Agencies, First Responders, the US Government Agencies, and members of US Armed Forces, if the recipients of the injections wanted to remain employed by their employers.  The experimental test Gene Therapy mRNA injection has been mislabeled as a vaccine; in accordance with the 100-year scientific definition of vaccines, that injection was never and is still not a vaccine.  


In US Senate testimony, Dr. Harvey Risch, a distinguished professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health presented proof that treating the Wuhan Virus with Hydroxychloroquine (proven in 367 scientific studies) and that Ivermectin (proven in 92 scientific studies) have been shown to be safe and highly effective in curing the Wuhan Virus.  Yet Dr. Anthony Fauci (Dr. Death) continues to penalize any doctors or scientists who dared recommend their use to heal infected patients with the Wuhan Virus.  


The above listed scientific studies on the impact of using Ivermectin as a prophylaxis for Wuhan Virus found that regular users of the drug experienced up to a 92% reduction in mortality compared to those cases that were not treated with it.

The NIH, CDC, FDA, and Dr. Anthony Fauci (Dr. Death) should have followed the Science, instead of having their hands out for kickbacks from Big Pharma for promoting the mRNA Gene Therapy injections.  Those ineffective and dangerous Gene Therapy injections that killed 32,220 Americans according to US Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) and severely injured 18 million Americans (according to the CDC’s own figures), requiring their hospitalization.  Even though the mRNA Gene Therapy does not work, they were forced into 230 million of Americans with a mandate, that the US Supreme Court labeled as unlawful!   

Brazilian research scientist Dr. Flavio A. Cadegiani said via Twitter that 
his study in his home country showed a "dose-response effect," meaning that "the more you used, the more protection you had."  He observed that people who use Ivermectin regularly every 15 days for at least six to eight weeks had up to a 92% reduction in mortality.  Dr. Cadegiani conducted a previous study of Ivermectin to evaluate whether its use would impact the Wuhan Virus infection and mortality rates. 

Last fall, esteemed epidemiologist Dr. Harvey Risch of Yale Medical School was among scientists and physicians who said in Senate testimony that thousands of lives could have been saved if treatments such as Ivermectin and Hydroxychloroquine had not been suppressed by Dr. Anthony Fauci.  

Ivermectin saved millions of lives in India when doctors prescribed it for patients with the Wuhan Virus.  We strongly recommend that you watch an important video by clicking on the below listed link to watch a video that will provide you with the truth about Ivermectin, “Once and For All.”


“None” of the booster injections, costing the US Government billions of dollars, have ever been medically evaluated for the required two years to be determined if they were safe for human use; the boosters promoted by Dr. Anthony Fauci (Dr. Death) have repeatedly injured millions of humans worldwide.  Low cost and effective Ivermectin and Hydroxychloroquine are still being rejected by Dr. Anthony Fauci’s NIH; there are no kickbacks from Big Pharma if those low cost preventive drugs are purchased by the US Government. 


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 Ivermectin reduces covid death risk by 92%


New research out of Brazil has found that ivermectin, a generic anti-parasite drug, is 92 percent effective at stopping mortality caused by the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19).

When used as a prophylactic, says Dr. Flavio A. Cadegiani, who tweeted about the study, ivermectin has a “dose-response effect,” meaning “the more you used, the more protection you had. (Related: Another study out of Australia declared ivermectin to be a “broad spectrum antiviral of interest.”)

People who took ivermectin regularly every 15 days for at least six to eight weeks almost all survived “covid,” while those who did not were much more likely to die after the disease ran its course.

The findings agree with those of Dr. Harvey Risch, an esteemed epidemiologist from Yale Medical School who testified before the Senate that ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) could have saved thousands, or even millions, of lives that were needlessly lost by not using these drugs.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), meanwhile, has been on the offensive against ivermectin, calling it a “horse dewormer” despite approving the drug from human use back in the 1990s.

“Hold your horses, y’all,” the FDA mocked in a tweet. “Ivermectin may be trending, but it still isn’t authorized or approved to treat COVID-19.”

Let the people have ivermectin!

For some bizarre reason, the FDA and the leftists who believe every word the agency says are determined to end as many lives as they possibly can by depriving the public of ivermectin.

When mocking the drug and the people who use it does not work, the government then resorts to trying to ban the drug. When that does not work, the government then tries to punish medical professionals who try to prescribe it to their sick patients.

Big Tech is doing its part as well by censoring posts about ivermectin, calling them “misinformation.” The powers that be really do not want people accessing ivermectin because they know it works, and that nobody would ever take the “vaccines” if ivermectin was widely available.

According to Dr. Pierre Kory, the FDA is “messaging BS” to the masses whenever it tries to “debunk” the safety and effectiveness of ivermectin. He also tweeted in response to the FDA’s horse dewormer tweet:

“You are not a horse, you are not a cow, you are Big Pharma’s ass.”

“Stop lying man, people are dying,” he added in another tweet to the FDA, along with the hashtag “#earlytreatmentworks.”

In an article he wrote for the Brownstone Institute, Kory explained that the FDA’s tactics in opposition to ivermectin are “tried-and-true” because they come straight from “Big Pharma and other well-financed interests … aimed at discrediting cheaper generic alternatives” to their new blockbuster drugs.

“Ignoring the flaws in the methodology, the media runs wild with the desired narrative, which is amplified by a well-orchestrated public relations effort,” Kory said about how the FDA and other government agencies regularly ignore or minimize research that does not favor their position.

The latest ivermectin trial out of Brazil, known as “TOGETHER,” is simply the latest example of this biased approach to science, which is depriving the public of a life-saving remedy.

“The dosage of the trial was far lower than everyday Brazilian clinicians were prescribing patients at the time to match the strength of the strain,” Kory further pointed out about how even the low-dose ivermectin used in the study was effective against the disease.

“In spite of these and other readily apparent shortcomings, the nation’s leading media gobbled up the results. ‘Ivermectin Didn’t Reduce Covid-19 Hospitalizations in Largest Trial to Date’ blared the Wall Street Journal, while a New York Times headlined announced, ‘Ivermectin Does Not Reduce Risk of Covid Hospitalization, Large Study Finds.'”

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Op Ed #597 Court Orders CDC Release V-Safe Data Showing 18 Million US Injuries From The mRNA Experimental Test Injections

By Capt Joseph R. John, November 28, 2022

For two years the Biden/Obama administration and Tony Fauci covered up the fact that more than 18 million people were injured so badly by their experimental Pfizer and the Moderna mRNA test injections for the Wuhan Virus, that they had to be hospitalized.  A Federal Court in Austin, Texas ordered the CDC to release the number of injuries requiring hospitalization to a watchdog group.  According to the CDC’s “own” internal data 7.7 % of the 230+ million Americans who were injected with the experimental mRNA test injection were seriously injured requiring hospitalization.    

In the past 100 years, if the rollouts of a new vaccine resulted in 25 injected persons being injured, responsible FDA medical directors always “immediately” terminated the vaccine rollout.  According to US Vaccines Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), 32,220 Americans have been killed by the experimental mRNA test injections for the Wuhan Virus.  

The fact over 32,220 Americans have been killed by the test experimental injections, and 18 million Americans have been seriously injured, not only is the Biden/Obama administration not halting the dangerous rollout of the experimental mRNA test injection for the Wuhan Virus, but they are also now aggressively pushing parents to inject children under 5 years of age.  Children, under 5 years of age, have had adverse effects from the experimental mRNA test injections, but Tony Fauci and the Biden/Obama administration is covering up those numbers.

It is generally believed by insurance companies, hospitals did not report the cause of death of thousands of patients who died from being injected by the experimental mRNA test injections.  Hospitals instead reported the cause of a patient’s death was from the Wuhan Virus because they were reimbursed for up to $52,000 by the CDC if a reported death was from the Wuhan Virus (even a motorcycle accident, heart failures, cancer deaths, and critical cares patient deaths were reported as being from the Wuhan Virus because they tested positive for the Wuhan Virus on being admitted).  

The CDC started a shot monitoring program back at the very beginning of the rollout of the experimental mRNA test injections for the Wuhan Virus in December of 2020.  The program was called V-Safe.  People were asked to install the V-Safe App on their smartphones and then self-report if they have any negative effects from the experimental mRNA test shots, which were released to the public under an Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA; a small sample (10 million Americans) actually filed V-Safe Apps out of the 230+ million Americans who received an injection, yet 18 million Americans were actually severely injured.

An Australian cardiologist, Dr.  Ross Walker of Sydney has called for halting the use of the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA experimental test injections for the Wuhan Virus after seeing a rise in serious heart injuries he believes were caused by the experimental test shots.  The conclusion by Dr. Walker came after two prominent US cardiologists, Dr. Peter McCullough, and Dr. Aseem Malhotra, explicitly stated the best explanation for the "sudden and unexpected" deaths of thousands of young people worldwide and cardiac events in otherwise healthy people is because of the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA experimental test injections for the Wuhan Virus. 

To doctors worldwide, and Americans in the general population, it seems that all this time, the NIH, under Tony Fauci’s control and direction, has been lying to the American people about the experimental mRNA test injections for the Wuhan Virus, calling them vaccines, when they never were vaccines according to the 100-year-old medical definition of vaccines.  Those shots were not vaccines, they were Gene Therapy injections.  

Americans were “never” warned that once they were injected with the experimental mRNA test injection for the Wuhan Virus that they could still get infected by the Wuhan Virus; Americans injected with the experimental mRNA injection were re-infected repeatedly by the Wuhan Virus.  

Americans injected with the experimental mRNA test injection for the Wuhan Virus were “never” warned that the recipient could spread the Wuhan Virus to uninfected individuals.   

Americans were “never” warned, before they were injected, that millions of Americans were previously severely injured by the experimental mRNA test injection for the Wuhan Virus requiring hospitalization and resulted in death in thousands of other patients. 

You can read the National Institute of Health published study HERE.

The Informed Consent Action Network (ICAN) has set up a Web site where Americans can finally view the CDC’s V-Safe data online.  The information from the ICAN Web site is listed in the two below listed reports.  The data was released on October 3, 2022, under a court order.  You can see the data for yourself HERE

The judgment by the war crimes tribunal at Nuremberg laid down 10 standards to which physicians must conform when conducting experiments on human subjects in a new code that is now medically accepted worldwide.

This Nuremburg judgment established a new standard of ethical medical behavior for the post World War II human rights era.  Amongst other requirements, this document enunciates the requirement of voluntary informed consent of the human subject.  The principle of voluntary informed consent protects the right of the individual to control his or her own body was repeatedly violated by medical authorities in the US for the last two years.  

When people have continued to state “my body, my medical decision” when it comes to abortion, but “my body, my medical decision” has been repeatedly violated, when it came to forcing Americans to be injected in their body with the very dangerous experimental mRNA test injections for the Wuhan Virus, which did not work and has been killing and hospitalizing millions of Americans, especially members of the US Armed Forces.

This Nuremburg Code also recognizes that the risk must be weighed against the expected benefit, and that unnecessary pain and suffering must be avoided.

This Nuremburg Code recognizes that doctors should avoid medical procedures or actions that injure human patients.

The principles established by the Nuremburg Code for medical practice now have been extended into general codes of medical ethics.




The forced injection of the experimental mRNA test shot for the Wuhan Virus in millions of Americans, in order for them to retain employment is not an Epidemiological story; the forced experimental mRNA test injections for the Wuhan Virus is a Criminal story.  

Corporate executives, politicians, and senior military personnel responsible for the death and injury of millions of Americans because of forced injections, the loss of millions of their jobs because of employees refusal to be injected, the discharge of thousands of military personnel who refused to be injected, and the forced lock down of millions of US businesses must be brought to justice and prosecuted for “Crimes Against Humanity.”

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Court Orders CDC to Release Data Showing 18 Million Vaccine Injuries in America


21 NOVEMBER 2022


A lot of people were eager to help, because world governments had scared many folks very badly over the virus. Many thought that the COVID shots were a medical miracle in late 2020. So, more than 10 million people downloaded V-safe on their smartphones, and then proceeded to get vaccinated.

That’s a huge sample size for a medical study. With 10 million people participating in the V-safe self-reporting system, it gives an extremely accurate statistical model to use when studying the 230 million Americans who have had at least one COVID shot.

The CDC tracked data in the V-safe program for the first 18 months of the vaccine’s public availability, up through July of this year. But then, strangely, the CDC never published any data from V-safe. We couldn’t see it. We just had to trust the CDC, which had been caught lying repeatedly.

The CDC’s main webpage about the mRNA COVID shots still says, to this very day, “COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and free.” That’s the very first sentence on the website. Safe and effective! That’s been the CDC’s position for the entire time. The vaccines are safe, and they cannot hurt you.

If that’s true, then why wouldn’t the CDC release the data until a court ordered it to do so following a lawsuit by the Informed Consent Action Network (ICAN)? The data speaks for itself.

Of the 10 million people who participated in V-safe – again, a massive sample size – 3.3 million reported Adverse Health Impacts (AHIs) immediately after their first vaccination. That’s 33% or one-in-three. Of those 3.3 million people, 1.2 million reported that they were unable to perform daily activities for a time after vaccination. 1.3 million reported getting so sick from the shots that they had to miss school or work. And about 800,000 reported being hospitalized by their COVID vaccination.

That last figure is the most worrisome. 800,000 hospitalizations out of 10 million people? That’s an 8% hospitalization rate. It means that as many as 18 million of the 230 million people who received at least one shot may have been hospitalized with an adverse reaction.

A study published in June of 2021 by the National Institutes of Health found that the hospitalization rate from COVID-19 for the total population was 2.1%. If you are under the age of 40, the NIH study claims hospitalization rate from COVID-19 is just 0.4%.

For the shots, the hospitalization rate has been 8%.

This means that:



You can read the NIH-published study HERE.

ICAN has set up a website where you can finally view the CDC’s V-safe data online. The information from the ICAN Web site is listed below.  The data was released on October 3, 2022, under a court order. You can see the data for yourself HERE.

The CDC seems to many people to have been lying to the American people about the vaccines all this time.


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CDC's Covid-19 Vaccine V-Safe Data Released Pursuant to Court Order


Siri & Glimstad LLP 

Oct 03, 2022, 20:09 ET


AUSTIN, Texas , Oct. 3, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to a lawsuit filed by Siri & Glimstad LLP on behalf of the Informed Consent Action Network (ICAN), the CDC has released the first set of data from its v-safe program. V-safe is a smartphone-based program created by CDC specifically for Covid-9 vaccines. It allows users to register and provide health check-ins after receiving a Covid-19 vaccine. 

A formal legal request for the v-safe data was submitted to the CDC in June 2021. After two lawsuits were filed on behalf of ICAN, and following months of legal wrangling, the CDC finally capitulated in a court order that required it to produce this data. 

The first set of v-safe data just produced by the CDC pursuant to the court order includes the responses that over 10 million v-safe users provided in v-safe's pre-populated check-the-box fields. 

Out of the approximate 10 million v-safe users, 782,913 individuals, or over 7.7% of v-safe users, had a health event requiring medical attention, emergency room intervention, and/or hospitalization. Another 25% of v-safe users had an event that required them to miss school or work and/or prevented normal activities. 

There were also 71 million symptoms reported in the pre-populated fields. This is an average of more than 7 symptoms reported per v-safe user. Reported symptoms include, for example, over 4 million reports of joint pain. While around 2 million of these joint pain reports were mild, over 1.8 million were for moderate joint pain and over 400,000 were for severe joint pain. It is noted that v-safe includes data from less than 4 percent of individuals who received a Covid-19 vaccine in the United States.  

There were also around 13,000 infants under 2 years of age registered in v-safe. Among these infants, over 33,000 symptoms were reported, with the most common symptoms being irritability, sleeplessness, pain, and loss of appetite. 

The data also reflects a disproportionate amount of negative health impacts, including medical events, following the Moderna vaccine versus the Pfizer vaccine and shows a disproportionate number of negative events reported by women versus men. 

Since the data is voluminous, ICAN has generated a v-safe dashboard to present it in a user-friendly format for the public. This v-safe dashboard can also generate the statistics noted above and is available at

V-safe provides users with a limited number of fields to choose from when reporting health events as well as free-text fields. The data produced thus far is limited to the pre-populated fields within v-safe. Siri & Glimstad's attorneys leading these lawsuits, Aaron Siri and Elizabeth A. Brehm, will continue to litigate to obtain the data submitted by v-safe users in the free-text fields.

SOURCE Siri & Glimstad LLP


Op Ed #596 The 2022 Mid-Term Election of Endorsed Combat Veterans For Congress

By Capt Joseph R. John, November 18, 2022 

In 2022, there were 17 endorsed Combat Veterans For Congress from 16 states serving in Congress who had been elected to Congress from 2012 to 2021.  One endorsed Combat Veteran For Congress, Cong Lee Zeldin (R-NY-1), announced he would run for Governor of New York; he won the Republican primary and became the Republican standard bearer. 


During 2021 and 2022, the backgrounds of 81 Combat Veterans from 28 states were reviewed for endorsements to be selected as Combat Veterans For Congress.  In 2022, 16 of the 81 Combat Veterans from 13 states were endorsed as Combat Veterans For Congress; 9 of those 16 endorsed Combat Veterans For Congress from 9 states won their primary elections.  


In 2022, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was re-elected.  Senator James D. Vance (R-OH- Senate) was newly elected.  Cong Ryan Zinke (R-MT-2) won the Republican primary and was elected in the newly apportioned seat in the Second Congressional District of Montana.  Senator Thomas Cotton (R-AR-Senate), one of the 16 remaining Combat Veterans For Congress, did not have to run for re-election in 2022.  Since Cong Lee Zeldin (R-NY-1) was running for Governor of New York, he did not run for re-election to Congress.  Fifteen endorsed and elected Combat Veterans For Congress were re-elected in PA, OH, MS, FL, NE, WI, IN, TX, TN, MI, and CA.


According to the results of the election in New York where Communist Chinese Dominion Voting Machines were used to tabulate the results, Cong Lee M. Zeldin (R-NY-1) lost the election; he ran an excellent campaign for Governor of New York.  However, because Cong Zeldin ran such a highly effective statewide campaign, he was given credit for electing five first time Republican Congressional candidates; they defeated five Socialist Democrat Congressmen who represented five long time blue Congressional Districts.  


First Sgt Jarred Collins, USA (Ret) (Green Beret) (WW) was endorsed, to run for Congress in the 15th Congressional District of Florida.  During his campaign for Congress, Governor Ron DeSantis encouraged First Sgt Collins to switch his campaign when he was running for Congress, to run instead for election to the Florida State Senate, in Florida State Senate District 14.  With the support of Gov DeSantis, First Sgt Collins was subsequently elected as a Florida State Senator.  


There were 42 endorsed Combat Veterans For Congress who were elected over the last 13 years.  The 20 currently endorsed and elected Combat Veterans For Congress are listed on the Endorsement page of the Web site


There were serious concerns about the validity of the 2022 election results for 3 of the endorsed Combat Veterans For Congress running in New Hampshire, New York, and Nevada.  We believe the issuance of paper ballots to all residents, whether they were registered to vote or not, ballot harvesting, and the use of Chinese Communist Dominion Voting Machines negatively affected the elections of BGen Don C. Bolduc, USA (Ret)(Green Beret) (R-NH-Senate), Cong Lee M. Zeldin, LTC-USAR (JAG) (R-NY-Governor), and Maj Samuel J. Peters, USAF (Ret) (R-NV-4).  


In order to have an honest and valid national election in 2024, Voter ID must be required, designating many more small voting poll locations will speed up voting and tabulating the vote, and the use paper ballots issued only to registered voters when they arrive at the polls to vote, should be the method employed to prevent Voter Fraud.  France had 36 million voters who filled out paper ballots at the polls, were required to show Voter ID, and the results of that national election was published on the night of the election.  In Florida, where 7 million voters were required to show Voter ID, and ballot harvesting was not permitted, the results of that election was tabulated and published on the night of the election.


The 147 endorsed Combat Veterans For Congress continue to protect and defend the US Constitution, and strongly defend the Freedoms outlined in The Bill of Rights.  The photos and biographies of the 20 serving Combat Veterans For Congress are listed on the Endorsement page, and the photos and bios of the 127 Alumni Combat Veterans For Congress are listed on the Alumni page of the Combat Veterans For Congress Web site.  The Alumni includes 22 previously elected Combat Veterans For Congress, and 105 endorsed Combat Veterans For Congress who were not elected to Congress, but 74 of them did win their primary elections. 


Over the last 13 years, endorsed Combat Veterans For Congress moved on to new assignments.  They were appointed Secretary of the Interior, Director of the National Aeronautics and Space Agency, elected to state offices (as Governor, Lt Governor, State Attorney General, State Treasurer, State Senators, and State Representatives), and were elected to cites offices (as Mayor in Cutler Bay, FL, Mayor in Steilacoom, WA, and Selectman in Stonington, CT).  Other endorsed Combat Veterans For Congress served in corporate management positions, and/or were appointed to various US Corporate Boards of Directors.


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Op-Ed # 595 162 Scientist and Researchers from Top US Nuclear Facilities Have Been Working For Communist China

By Capt Joseph R. John, November 14, 2022

While Biden was meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Indonesia incoherently stating we are not adversaries, there is no need for a Cold War, and that the US and Communist China are friendly competitors. the US and Communist China are definitely in a Cold War, and the population of Communist China have been conditioned by the Communist Party to expect a coming war.   The Biden/Obama administration is yet turning a blind eye to the continued threats to Taiwan by Communist China, and refuses to deliver $15 billion in a backlog of military weapons Taiwan paid for in advance.  Despite the payment, the Biden/Obama administration refuses to deliver to them.

Over the last 35 years, 162 researchers and scientist have been working in US facilities involved in nuclear research, and have been spying for Communist China.  Those spies have been making considerable contributions to the Communist Chinese military in the development of hypersonic missiles, nuclear weapons, and nuclear submarine programs.  Over the years, those Communist Chinese spies have been presenting an array of security risks for the United States, US allies, and the entire free world.  

Over the years, Chinese Communist spies have been associated with or working in every Scientific National Laboratory, including DOD facilities, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), universities doing research for DOD, and scientists with Top Secret clearances at DOE.  There are staff members of elected Socialist Democrats in Congress, in major national utilities that have nuclear power reactors, in telecommunications companies, in financial institutions, the IRS, etc.  Chinese Communist researchers and post-doctoral students are inserted into many nuclear and military research programs and are paid by US taxpayer dollars—an insane program.

Senator Diane Feinstein’s Chinese driver for 20 years is just one example of spies working for elected Socialist Democrats in Congress.  The Communist Chinese spies are working in companies designing nuclear power plants or in the supply chain for US nuclear submarines, in companies developing military missiles, in aerospace companies developing military aircraft, and in companies developing advanced electronics. Much of their research has directly advanced Communist Chinese military technology, which seriously threatens the US national security.

The Biden/Obama administration’s National Security Council and the leadership of the FBI have not been providing the protection, the security, or the leadership to close down the massive aggressive spying ongoing in the US by Communist China.  Protection is needed for the US institutions, US research programs, and for scientists advancing innovation in this era of weapons development and strategic military competition.  The below listed article provides details of the spying by Communist China while the Biden/Obama administration looks the other way.

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By Andrew Thornebrooke


September 22, 2022 Updated: September 23, 2022



More than 150 scientists who worked in a top U.S. national security laboratory were hired by the Chinese regime to do research, according to a new report. Much of that research has directly advanced Chinese military technology, which now threatens U.S. national security.

The report (pdf), published by strategic intelligence firm Strider Technologies, claims that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) conducted a systemic effort to recruit leading scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to work on its military programs.

Located in New Mexico, LANL is a key part of U.S. defense and security research and is where nuclear weapons were first developed. It is one of the largest scientific and technological institutions in the world, and its scientists conduct research in the fields of national security, space exploration, nuclear fusion, nanotechnology, and supercomputing.

At least 162 LANL researchers have been hired by the CCP over the last 35 years, according to the report. Of those, many went on to conduct military research for China, at least one of which previously held Top Secret security clearance at the U.S. Department of Energy.

“Former Los Alamos scientists have made, and continue to make, considerable contributions to [China’s] hypersonic, missile, and submarine programs that present an array of security risks for the United States and the entire free world,” the report said.

“Better protection is needed for the institutions, research programs, and scientists advancing innovation in this era of strategic competition without harming open scientific collaboration.”

A ‘Talent Superpower Strategy’

According to the report, the CCP leveraged a “Talent Superpower Strategy” wherein it incentivized academics, researchers, and scientists to go abroad, deepen their expertise, and return to China to advance the nation’s strategic interests.

Many of the researchers who came to the United States to be trained and work in areas critical to national security were involved in the CCP’s talent programs. At least 59 of those who worked at the LANL and subsequently returned to China to do research were part of the regime’s Thousand Talents Program or its youth branch.

The report said that the program and others like it were essentially designed to operate as an “exploitation” of the West’s commitment to global scientific collaboration.

Moreover, it said, such programs often required participants to host and train other Chinese researchers, frequently without notifying their host institution of the requirement. In this way, talent programs allowed Chinese researchers who earned jobs in the United States to serve as a bridgehead through which more could receive training.

“In effect, [Chinese] talent programs are ever-expanding recruitment networks,” the report said.

“Once inducted, participants are incentivized and obligated to identify top talent for placement in desirable research positions at their host institution and for eventual recruitment back to [China].”

China’s Military Paid for by US Tax Dollars

Of 113 LANL postdoctoral researchers and permanent staff members who returned to China, more than 79 percent were selected to participate in the CCP’s government talent programs, the report said. These researchers went on to contribute to the development of the CCP’s hypersonics program, jet engines, warheads, unmanned vehicles, and stealth submarines.

The report highlighted key examples of how this process worked through an exploration of the careers of a number of associated researchers who worked at LANL and later were hired by China.

One such figure is Chen Shiyi.

Chen is an expert in fluid dynamics and turbulence who spent a number of years in the 1990s at the LANL as an Oppenheimer Fellow. After returning to China in 2005, Chen served as vice president for research at Peking University and later president of the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, where he began recruiting scientists with deep links to LANL.

Among those Chen recruited was Zhao Yusheng, a scientist who worked at LANL for more than 18 years.

During that time Zhao’s projects received more than $19.8 million in grant funding from the U.S. government. Among the research those grants funded was work on deep-earth penetrating warheads, the report revealed.

Zhao, in turn, on his own supervised and sponsored at least 25 postdoctoral researchers, at least eight of whom were from China and later returned to do work there.

Further, one of the postdoctoral researchers whom Zhao trained and who returned to China soon after filed a national defense patent for a similar technology based on his own work on deep-earth penetrating warheads.

That researcher is now affiliated with the Chinese Academy of Engineering Physics, which is the CCP’s primary organization for conducting the research, development, and testing of nuclear weapons, according to the report.

It is through this network approach of sprawling and intertwined research relationships that the CCP has garnered for itself a cadre of highly respected military researchers, all of whom received training and employment in the United States at U.S. taxpayer expense.

Indeed, so widespread were connections from LANL in China’s own military research scene, that a 2017 story in the South China Morning Post found that many of the scientists who had returned to China to work on military research referred to themselves as the “Los Alamos Club.”

The Strider report raises the question of whether this threat to national security might be more widespread, and notes that the LANL is just one institution out of hundreds employing participants in China’s talent programs.

“General Secretary Xi Jinping and other top CCP leaders, suggest that similar recruitment efforts may be widespread among U.S. government–funded laboratories, academic research institutions, and major centers of innovation,” the report said.

“These programs are leveraging taxpayer-funded research to advance [China’s] economic development and military modernization.”

Andrew Thornebrooke
Andrew Thornebrooke is a reporter for The Epoch Times covering China-related issues with a focus on defense, military affairs, and national security. He holds a master's in military history from Norwich University. 

Op-Ed # 594 On Veterans Day, Nov 11th, and Every Day, Americans Thank Veterans For Their Service in Defense of the Republic

By Capt Joseph R. John, November 11, 2022

On November 11th, Veterans Day, and every day, Americans are appreciative of Veterans for their service in the defense of the Republic when they were once active members of the US Armed Forces.  We remember and “Honor” military personnel who gave the last full measure of devotion in defense of the Republic and were lost in combat.

Many Veterans still suffer from the negative effects on their health because of volunteering to defend the Republic.  An average of 22 Veterans commit suicide every day.  Many of those Veterans had been suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 
(PTSD) or from a disabling wound received in combat on foreign fields of fire.  Some Veterans may not have been able to obtain timely or adequate medical treatment or therapy for treatment of their debilitating wounds or PTSD.  


The overwhelming majority of 23 million Veterans in the United States are good hard-working citizens, they quietly go about their normal lives, support their families financially, and provide the careful and loving guidance to properly raise their children.  Veterans continue to serve their country in Law Enforcement, as First Responders, in government service, as members of the clergy, in medical fields, as computer technicians, in science research, in education, as airline pilots, as members of Congress, in state elective or appointive offices, and in many other civilian endeavors.  


About six miles from Maastricht, in the Netherlands, lie buried 8,301 American soldiers who died in combat in "Operation Market Garden" in the battles to liberate Holland in the fall/winter of 1944.  Every one of the men buried in the cemetery, as well as those in the Canadian and British military cemeteries, has been adopted by a Dutch family who mind the grave, decorate it, and keep alive the memory of the soldier they have adopted.  It is even the custom to keep a portrait of "their" soldier in a place of honour in their home.

Annually, on "Liberation Day," memorial services are held for "the men who died to liberate Holland."  The day concludes with a concert.  The final piece is always "Il SILENZIO," a memorial piece commissioned by the Dutch and first played in 1965 on the 20th anniversary of Holland's liberation.  It has been the concluding piece of the memorial concert ever since.

The soloist was a 13-year-old Dutch girl, Melissa Venema, backed by André Rieu and his orchestra (the Royal Orchestra of the Netherlands). This beautiful concert piece is based upon the original version of taps and was composed by Italian composer, Nino Rossi.


Every Veteran, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to “The United States of America” for an amount “up to and including their life.”  If you know or recognize a Veteran who served in the defense of the Republic, and you have an opportunity to communicate with that Veteran, we encourage you to show your appreciation for his or her service, by thanking him or her for the defense of the Republic.


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Op Ed # 593 The Biden/Obama Administration Actions Have Been Weakening The US Armed Forces

By Capt Joseph R. John, November 4, 2022  

When the United States acts, the world is watching, and one of the loudest messages that resounds since the Biden/Obama administration took control of the Oval Office, came from how in August 2021, they managed the US military withdrawal from Afghanistan.  On the day that Kabul fell to the Taliban in Afghanistan, Chinese Communist newspapers declared that China would invade Taiwan on a determined timeline, and that when it happens, the island will fall within hours and the United States will not come to help. 

Lieutenant General William Boykin, USA (Ret), Executive Vice President at Family Research Council said, “I think that will go down in history as the worst foreign policy failure in US history.  Every decision that was made was wrong.  What did that say to the rest of the world?  It said that we have weak leadership.”  It certainly did not escape the leadership of Communist China, Russia, Communist Cuba, Communist North Korea, Islamic Republic of Iran (the largest state sponsor of Terrorist), and Venezuela.    

LTG Boykin gave examples of how Biden/Obama administration has been weakening the US military, including discharging thousands servicemembers who refused to get the COVID-19 experimental test injection, purging the military of conservative "white nationalists", forcing the indoctrination Critical Race Theory for all servicemembers which is destroying “Unit Cohesion”, and inclusion of woke tolerance training instead of focusing on training personnel on how to improve “Combat Effectiveness” in readiness for war.  Those actions have resulted in the inability of the military to retain personnel and to be able to recruit 25% of their initial goal of 485,000 soldiers, even with massive recruiting bonuses. 

The Biden/Obama administration defense spending continues to decrease, since it has not kept up with inflation, while Communist China, Russia, and Iran defense spending is outpacing inflation.  In fact, Communist China engages in the world’s fastest military buildup since the Second World War, and it is preparing Chinese citizens for war.   


The Biden/Obama Pentagon has hidden the depletion of its critical stocks of defensive and offensive weaponry from the American people.  At the same time, they have been sending billions of dollars amd critical US weaponry to Ukraine.  The US has emptied its military munitions vaults and sent everything to Ukraine where it is vanishing. 

There has not been the massive DOD expenditure necessary for the critical restocking of the US defensive and offensive arsenal; the buy for the replenished of land missiles, howitzer shells, anti-tank javelin missiles, Hilmar rocket launchers, artillery pieces, drones, etc. have not gone forward.  Making matters even worse, as News-Target has reported, "U.S. military is running out of key munitions including anti-tank Javelins by gifting them to Ukraine as production capacity falls."  


The Heritage Foundation has released a profoundly disturbing report that analyzes the strength of the US Armed Forces.  The Heritage Foundation's 2023 Index of U.S. Military Strength reported that the US Armed Forces is "at risk of not being able to meet the demands of defending America’s vital national interests".  For the first time, the Heritage Foundation’s annual ranking of U.S. military strength, has ranked the nation's US Armed Forces as "weak".  


That report reveals that the entire United States military has just 300 land missiles remaining in its entire arsenal.  That is compared to over 12,000 missiles owned by Russia and 14,000 in China's military.  It means that in a land war, the US military will run out of missiles in mere hours or days, while China and Russia can continue to launch missiles for many months (or years).


According to the Congressional Government Accountability Office aircraft readiness is bad and getting worse; red ink bleeds ominously all over the pages of the September 2022 report, on the eroding readiness of America’s military aircraft.   Of 46 types of aircraft surveyed – from the new F-35 to the aging JSTARS – not one met the Pentagon’s goal of being 80 percent “mission capable.” Most of them, in fact, keep getting worse.  In September 2018, then-Defense Secretary Jim Mattis set a target of 80 percent “mission capable” rates for fighter aircraft, a goal he wanted met by the end of 2019.  That has not been met. 

The US Navy ship building program will add 82 new ships in the five years from 2022 to 2026, at a cost of $147 billion.  Communist China’s Navy, known as the PLAN (People’s Liberation Army Navy), is modernizing at an impressive rate and on a vast scale.  A key ingredient is the construction of a fleet of large destroyers, amphibious warships and 3 aircraft carriers.  Communist China's Navy boasts a total of 333 vessels, compared to the US Navy's 296 ships. 


With three unstable strongmen leaders of the nuclear-weapons nations of Communist China, Communist North Korea, and Russia, "there has never been a more dangerous moment in history," warned a prominent Communist China watcher, Gordon G. Chang, who is a senior fellow at the Gatestone Institute.  Gordon Chang spent nearly two decades in Mainland China and Hong Kong, and was referring to Xi Jinping of China, Kim Jong Un of North Korea, and Vladimir Putin of Russia.  Facing them with access to the US Nuclear Weapons arsenal is Biden’s handlers in the Oval Office.

The instability of those three strongman leaders is precisely why a strong US militarily is more important now than ever in the history of the Republic.  The Biden/Obama administration failure to maintain the strength of the once invincible US Armed Forces has become so very dangerous for the survival and freedom of the American people.  The below listed article “US Military Gets Shocking Rank For First Time” outlines the weaknesses of the US Armed Forces.

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US Military Gets Shocking Rank For First Time

'Growing risk' of inability to defend 'vital national interests'

By Art Moore
Published October 18, 2022 

An annual ranking of U.S. military strength has ranked the nation's armed forces as "weak" for the first time.

American armed forces are "at growing risk of not being able to meet the demands of defending America’s vital national interests," assessed the Heritage Foundation's 2023 Index of U.S. Military Strength, the Washington Examiner reported.

"It is rated as weak relative to the force needed to defend national interests on a global stage against actual challenges in the world as it is rather than as we wish it were," the index said.

"This is the logical consequence of years of sustained use, underfunding, poorly defined priorities, wildly shifting security policies, exceedingly poor discipline in program execution, and a profound lack of seriousness across the national security establishment even as threats to U.S. interests have surged."

The ranking is based on the overall ability to secure victories in two major conflicts at once in different areas of the world.

At the moment, however, the U.S. military may not be able to "meet the demands of a single major regional conflict" and would be "ill-equipped to handle two nearly simultaneous" conflicts.

The report evaluates each of the military branches based on capability, capacity and readiness.

The Marine Corps was at the top of the list with an overall "strong" rating. The Air Force fell to the bottom, with an overall "very weak" rating due to difficulties with pilot production and retention. The Navy and Space Force were rated as "weak" while the Army was "marginal." 

America's nuclear capabilities, according to the Heritage index, is "strong" compared to other countries but trending toward "marginal" and even "weak."

Earlier this month, amid vaccine mandates, complaints of "woke" policies and indoctrination, and a tight jobs market, the Army fell 25% short of its recruitment goal this year, about 15,000 soldiers.

The shortfall actually is worse, because the original target of 485,000 active-duty soldiers was cut by 12,000 in April and further reduced later to 466,000.

The AP said "the worsening problem stirs debate about whether America’s fighting force should be restructured or reduced in size if the services can’t recruit enough, and could also put added pressure on the National Guard and Reserve to help meet mission requirements."

Meanwhile, as Breitbart News reported in July, an Army training instructs soldiers to shower with transgender members of the opposite sex, even if they have not undergone a surgical transition. In February, the Army began discharging soldiers who refused to be vaccinated with the experimental COVID-19 vaccine, despite the fact the shots have proven to be ineffective in stopping infection and transmission of the disease. In addition, Department of Defense data indicate a massive spike in serious injuries and illnesses among military personnel coincided with the vaccine rollout in 2021.

The AP said it's "unclear how much the debate over the COVID-19 vaccine is playing in the recruiting struggles." To date, the Army has discharged more than 1,700 soldiers for refusing the vaccine.

Army Secretary Christine Wormuth said in a statement to the Associated Press that in the Army's "most challenging recruiting year since the start of the all-volunteer force, we will only achieve 75% of our fiscal year 22 recruiting goal."

Wormuth insisted the Army "will maintain its readiness and meet all our national security requirements."

"If recruiting challenges persist, we will draw on the Guard and Reserve to augment active-duty forces, and may need to trim our force structure," she said.

The AP said military leaders have tried to draw recruits through increased  enlistment bonuses and other programs. But they say it has become more difficult to compete with private industry in the tight labor market. Companies like McDonalds are attracting workers with tuition benefits and other increased perks that have military service attractive.

The Army also blames the shutting down of recruiters' access to schools, public events, fairs and other youth organizations due to the pandemic.

Further, only an estimated 23% of young people can meet the military’s fitness, educational and moral requirements.

The AP also noted "the patriotism that fueled the rush to military service in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks has dimmed."

"Some may look around and see no more wars and terrorists to fight so they look elsewhere," the wire service said. "And others see lucrative hiring campaigns by private industry and know the salaries will be better than military pay, and they will be less likely to end up wounded or killed in those jobs."


Op-Ed #592 The Politicization of the Department of Justice

By Capt Joseph R. John, October 28, 2022 

The below listed address was delivered on September 16, 2022, in Washington DC, by Harmeet K. Dhillon, Esq. on the date of Hillsdale College’s celebration of Constitution Day.  Attorney Dhillon discussed how a highly politized Department of Justice, motivated by partisanship, has repeatedly suppressed the Freedoms accorded American Citizens in The Bill of Rights, while violating the Equal Justice provision provided to every American Citizen by the Founding Fathers in the US Constitution.  


Six weeks after 9/11, Congress passed the Patriot Act to deal with emergencies created by the attack of Radical Islamic Terrorists on the United States, and to protect the lives of American Citizens from future attacks by foreign terrorists.  The Department of Justice has employed the provisions of the Patriot Act to suppress the Freedom of Speech of law-abiding American Citizens who have dared to oppose the specific activities and policies of the Biden/Obama Administration.  


Harmeet Dhillon stated that the Biden/Obama Administration’s Department of Justice has weaponized the Patriot Act by creating an oppressive new Surveillance State.  The Department of Justice has repeatedly violated specific rules required for filing legal actions in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to try to support their new Surveillance State.  


Provisions of the Patriot Act have been used to incarcerate American Citizens for non-violent political expressions, while preventing them from being released on bail.  At the same time, violent criminals, and murderers are regularly released on bail in Sanctuary Cities within 24 hours of their repeated violations of the Federal and State Laws.    


FBI Agents have repeatedly employed overwhelming brute force while invading the homes of American Citizens in the early morning darkness hours, when the targeted American Citizens have stated that they would have peacefully surrendered with their attorneys at the local FBI Office, if they were simply asked to surrender.  


Attorney Dhillon stated in the below listed article that The Department of Justice has been spying on American Citizens with no judicial oversight to correct their alleged violations of US Federal Laws.  The dangerous oppression of American Citizens by a politicized Department of Justice has gotten completely out of control, as explained in the below listed document.

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The Politicization of the Department of Justice

Harmeet K. Dhillon

Dhillon Law Group, Inc.



The following is adapted from a speech delivered on September 16, 2022, in Washington, D.C., at Hillsdale College’s Constitution Day Celebration.


The seal of the U.S. Department of Justice reads, “Qui Pro Domina Justitia Sequitur”—“Who prosecutes for Lady Justice.” Depictions of Lady Justice are as familiar as they are instructive: she stands blindfolded while holding the scales of justice, representing her unyielding devotion to equal justice under the law. Contrary to this ideal, the DOJ today appears to be increasingly motivated by partisanship. Compounding the problem, it has access to the powers of the modern surveillance state. As someone passionate about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, I believe there is no higher priority than addressing this danger. 


The tragic events of 9/11 marked a turning point in our nation’s recent civil rights history. First the terrorists attacked us—and then, in the name of national security, we began to attack ourselves. It has become almost cliché to say that we live in a surveillance state, but we do. Ever since Congress, on a fully bipartisan basis, enacted the Patriot Act six weeks after the attacks on 9/11, the ever-present eye of the government has been searching for new and creative ways to spy on American citizens. The government has the technology to monitor all of our electronic devices, listen to our phone calls, and read our emails and text messages—all under the auspices of national security. 


This special law designed for an emergency has become a permanent addition to the government’s investigatory toolbox. The unfortunate reality is that the bulk of the actions taken by law enforcement under the Patriot Act have almost nothing to do with combating terrorism. Once-rare applications for surveillance warrants to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court have multiplied many times in relative peacetime. Most of the spying conducted under the Patriot Act is for run-of-the-mill crimes that we’ve long expected law enforcement to address without special surveillance authority.

Now, it is bad enough to have a politically-neutral surveillance state controlled by the national security crowd and their DOJ cousins. But take that panopticon and put it in the hands of an executive branch willing to weaponize its reams of information against its perceived political enemies, and we’ve got a frightening problem on our hands.

Laws such as the Patriot Act were designed to fight the unique problem of terrorism. But they quickly morphed into a mechanism by which the government keeps constant tabs on law-abiding Americans and threatens to disrupt their lives if they dare act contrary to those in power. And it’s within this world of omnipotent oversight and control that the U.S. Department of Justice now operates. They have all the tools of the surveillance state at their disposal, and the only thing standing in their way is an independent judiciary willing to enforce our constitutional rights. But we all saw how easy it is to spy on Americans—with virtually no judicial oversight—from the disgraceful episodes of broad surveillance applications, on flimsy and sometimes falsified pretexts, against citizens such as Carter Page.


Let me discuss three recent examples that illustrate the threats we face from a politicized DOJ: the DOJ raid on Project Veritas journalists, the DOJ raid on Mar-a-Lago, and the DOJ’s efforts to undermine election integrity and chill free speech. 


Project Veritas Raid

In July 2021, Attorney General Merrick Garland issued a memo forbidding federal prosecutors from seizing journalists’ records. He did this with much fanfare, hauteur, and virtue signaling. But even as Mr. Garland was decrying the seizure of journalists’ records as a “wrong” his department would “not let . . . happen,” the DOJ was in the midst of a year-long campaign of spying on Project Veritas—a campaign that involved no fewer than 19 clandestine subpoenas, orders, and warrants obtained from nine magistrate judges. The secrecy of this spying campaign was maintained through the use of wide-ranging gag orders, including at least two that were obtained without notice to the judge overseeing the Project Veritas case. Through this spying campaign, we now know that the DOJ obtained approximately 200,000 Project Veritas emails from Microsoft and countless text messages (and heaven knows what else) from Apple, Google, Uber, and other still unknown companies.   


Only six months after Mr. Garland’s memo was issued, the DOJ raided the homes of three Project Veritas journalists, seizing 47 electronic devices. And how did the world learn about this? Conveniently, someone leaked information about the raids to The New York Times—which Project Veritas happens to be suing. Indeed, The New York Times called Project Veritas for comment as the raids were still in progress.

What was the pretext for the raids? In the fall of 2020, confidential sources had approached Project Veritas journalists with a diary and other materials supposedly belonging to Ashley Biden, the President’s daughter. The sources said that the materials had been in their possession prior to contacting Project Veritas. The Project Veritas journalists proceeded to investigate whether the materials were authentic and whether the allegations they contained against Joe Biden were true. Ultimately, Project Veritas decided it could not sufficiently verify the allegations and that it would not publish the diary’s contents. It then turned the items over to local law enforcement in Florida.

The DOJ claims that Ashley Biden’s belongings were stolen. Project Veritas was told they weren’t, but even this is legally irrelevant. In the 2001 case Bartnicki v. Vopper, the U.S. Supreme Court held unequivocally that as long as journalists did not commit an alleged theft themselves, they were entitled to receive, investigate, and publish (or not publish) supposedly stolen materials. In the more recent case DNC v. Russian Federation, a federal court made it clear that the reporter could even ask for the stolen materials. This is not a crime—it’s called journalism.  


Compare the DOJ’s treatment of Project Veritas to the DOJ’s inaction earlier this year when a Politico reporter was given a U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade. The Politico reporter behaved precisely with this purloined document as the Project Veritas reporters had behaved with the diary, except that the Politico reporter did decide to publish the draft opinion. The different reactions on the part of the DOJ seemed to hinge entirely on whose ox was being gored.


But to repeat, the Garland Justice Department was rifling through the emails and phone messages of Project Veritas journalists before Project Veritas even knew of Ashley Biden’s diary. These documents contain donor information, source communications—including communications from whistleblowers within the federal government—and attorney-client communications. In its actions, the DOJ was not only ignoring court decisions and its own policies, it was violating the Privacy Protection Act, the common law Reporter’s Privilege, and the First and Fourth Amendments to the Constitution.

The Project Veritas matter is ongoing. Thanks to the DOJ’s leaks to The New York Times, which themselves violate federal law, Judge Analisa Torres overruled the DOJ’s objections and ordered the appointment of a special master to review the seized materials for various privileges. It’s a hollow victory, because Project Veritas has to pay tens of thousands of dollars for the privilege, so to speak, of being able to protect its own privileged documents.


Mar-a-Lago Raid

Although I have represented and continue to represent President Trump in several matters, I do not represent him on the matter of the DOJ’s raid on his Florida home, Mar-a-Lago. But that raid is significant and worth some attention.

Consider first the raid’s timing. President Biden’s approval ratings have been abysmal, and it is a mid-term election year. Bloomberg reports that the DOJ will likely delay “charging” Trump with anything arising from the raid on his home until after the mid-terms. The effect of this is to create a cloud of perceived guilt running up to November 8, and use that as a political tool to smear pro-Trump voters and candidates. The DOJ hides behind its longstanding policy of not taking politically portentous actions close to an election—but how could the raid itself be construed as anything but such a portentous action? 


President Trump and his lawyers were engaged in a cooperative dialogue with both the DOJ and National Archives representatives on the issue of storing and archiving confidential documents. He went as far as to invite the DOJ to survey the documents he had on his property, and the DOJ seemed to have expressed little urgency in pursuing the matter.

This latest episode of G-men gone wild is not all that different from the FBI strategy before and after Trump’s election in 2016, when the FBI was weaponized to investigate claims of Russian collusion that ultimately proved to have been made up by Democrat operatives. But more importantly, the raid raises serious constitutional objections.

The Fourth Amendment provides that the “right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

The American Founders were intensely concerned about government intrusion. Breaking into the homes of political opponents and depriving them of their possessions was common practice under the rule of the British king in colonial America. The use of general warrants and writs of assistance by the Crown was the ultimate interference with the colonists’ right to political and personal autonomy. Such invasions were so pervasive, and so universally despised, that the Founders saw fit to ensure that the Constitution expressly forbids such practices.

For over 180 years after the Founding, the Supreme Court applied the Fourth Amendment’s protections largely to places and things. Unsurprisingly, this meant that dwellings were given a heightened sense of protection against government intrusion. The Supreme Court has reiterated, in the 1980 case Payton v. New York, that “the physical entry of the home is the chief evil against which the wording of the Fourth Amendment is directed.”


In addition to where and what receives Fourth Amendment protection is the question of how the government can conduct searches and seizures without offending the Constitution. Searches are only permitted if they are “reasonable,” and a search is generally considered “reasonable” only when the government first obtains a properly issued warrant. “Properly issued” means the warrant must describe with specificity the places to be searched and the things to be seized, must be supported by probable cause, and must be issued by a “neutral and detached magistrate.” Taken together, this is colloquially known as the “warrant requirement”—and it is central to any honest analysis of the Mar-a-Lago raid. 


At its core, the problem with the FBI’s search of President Trump’s home is its inconsistency with the letter and the spirit of the Fourth Amendment. The shroud of secrecy surrounding the probable-cause affidavit used by the FBI to obtain the warrant prevents the public from judging whether the government had a valid reason for this unprecedented search. Even more, the list of places to be searched and things to be seized contained in the warrant application comprised a blanket sweep of the former president’s entire private residence and offices, targeting “any evidence” supporting a potential violation of a handful of federal statutes that are the usual suspects when it comes to politicized prosecutions. 


While this alone doesn’t make the warrant defective, the Justice Department’s “just trust us” approach to support the raid makes it nearly impossible to determine the legitimacy of the government’s unprecedented actions. This leaves us no choice but to speculate. And based on the information publicly available, the DOJ’s actions have all the trappings and appearances of a vindictive and politically-motivated fishing expedition.


As in the Project Veritas case, the judge in the Mar-a-Lago case has issued an order appointing a special master. In doing so, the judge pointedly observed that some of the resultant delay the government complains of is caused by the government’s cutting corners, suggesting implicitly that the government abused the warrant process. 


Election Integrity and Free Speech

As has been widely reported, the DOJ is currently issuing subpoenas to individuals who have dared to question the 2020 election results. This is occurring against the backdrop of President Biden’s vendetta against what he calls “ultra MAGA Republicans.” This is the type of behavior you’d expect in a third-world dictatorship.


Included in the DOJ’s crosshairs are those who participated in the political process as alternate electors; those in Congress who voted against certifying the election results; those who organized or peacefully attended a permitted rally on the Ellipse in Washington, D.C., on January 6, 2021, even if they had nothing to do with the activities at the Capitol on that day; and those who have raised funds from donors with a promise to investigate and challenge election fraud. 


All of these activities have long historical precedents in our country and are protected by the First Amendment. Indeed, it was Democrats who challenged the presidential election results in 2000, 2004, and 2016. Let’s review the evidence.

In 2000, 15 House Democrats objected to counting Florida’s electoral votes. Several members of Congress called the 2000 election “fraudulent,” and Texas Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson vowed that there would be “no peace” because of the allegedly stolen election. 


In 2004, Democrats in Congress forced a vote to recess the joint session of Congress counting electoral votes in order to debate perceived election irregularities in Ohio. Thirty-one House Democrats voted to reject Ohio’s electoral votes and were applauded for doing so by Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, among others. 


In 2016, several Democrats objected to the certification of Trump electors based on “overwhelming evidence of Russian interference” in the election. Maryland Representative Jamie Raskin objected to ten of Florida’s electors based on a Florida statute that prohibits state legislators from being electors. Texas Representative Sheila Jackson Lee proclaimed, “If in that voting, you have glaring matters that speak to the failure of the electoral system, then it should be challenged.”


No DOJ action was taken in any of these previous years. What has changed, if not the politicization of the Justice Department?

Elections are the engine of our republic. They ensure the peaceful transfer of power and are the primary method for the people to influence their government. And our Constitution’s elections clause—Article I, Section 4, Clause 1—gives states the primary duty of regulating the time, places, and manner of elections for federal office. The DOJ’s role is very limited in this regard. It has the power to administer the Voting Rights Act, a power that was once necessary to push back on Jim Crow laws. But the era of Jim Crow is long gone, and it shouldn’t be up to a politicized DOJ to dictate what election integrity looks like.


The 2020 election was rampant with reports of irregularities. Some of these reports were more accurate than others. But states were right to take appropriate steps to increase the security of their elections in the wake of such reports. And yet, from its first days, the Biden administration has been bent on waging an intimidation campaign against states attempting to bolster election integrity. 


Consider Georgia. The midnight ballot dump that pushed Biden ahead of Trump had all the appearances of manipulative ballot stuffing. That was followed by days of uncertainty about who won. Reports soon surfaced of massive ballot harvesting—illegal in Georgia—as well as deeply concerning evidence that Mark Zuckerberg-funded nonprofits had placed personnel in election operations in blue counties with the effect of decreasing signature-matching efforts. 


Given the backdrop in which the 2020 election took place—with new and expansive vote-by-mail procedures—it’s not surprising that alarms went off and that many citizens questioned the final vote tally. So rather than allow this scenario to repeat itself in future elections, Georgia’s legislature took action, enacting a package of election-reform legislation designed to bolster ballot security. 

President Biden denounced these reforms—which, as many commentators noted, made voting easier than in Biden’s home state of Delaware—as “Jim Crow 2.0.” The DOJ sued Georgia to block the new law and issued two new guidance documents intended to put states including Georgia on notice of potential violations of federal election laws. It has used similar tactics in Arizona and Texas.


It is not just political activists who are subject to DOJ intimidation. Attorney General Garland recently issued a guidance document prohibiting DOJ employees from speaking directly to members of Congress. This was plainly in response to at least 14 FBI whistleblowers reaching out to members of Congress—including Ohio Representative Jim Jordan and Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley—about misconduct within the DOJ. Garland’s action was highly improper, but it pales in comparison to the intimidation of concerned parents at local school board meetings. 


On October 4, 2021, Garland issued a memorandum directing the FBI to address “threats” at local school board meetings. This was in response to a request from the National School Boards Association that the DOJ leverage the Patriot Act and other counterterrorism tools to investigate moms and dads who were voicing their displeasure with school policies at local school board meetings.

Despite Garland’s sworn testimony denying the use of counterterrorism tools to investigate concerned parents, whistleblower evidence tells a different story. 


On October 20, 2021, Carlton Peeples, the Deputy Assistant Director for the FBI’s Criminal Investigation Division, sent an email directing FBI personnel to use the tag “EDUOFFICIALS” for all school board-related investigations. Whistleblowers say that the FBI opened investigations into parents in every region of the country. These included an investigation of a “right-wing mom” based on her participation in a “Moms for Liberty” group and personal ownership of a gun. Another investigation was opened when a dad was deemed to “fit the profile of an insurrectionist” after complaining about school mask mandates.

It is time to wake up to the danger.


On November 11, 1762, King George’s men had a warrant when they stormed and raided the home of pamphleteer John Entick. They broke open locked doors, boxes, chests, and drawers and seized his private papers and books—all because the Crown suspected Entick of fomenting political opposition against the King. If the FBI’s raid on Project Veritas journalists’ homes or President Trump’s home at Mar-a-Lago teaches us anything, it’s that the political oppression of the eighteenth century remains a threat today. But today, in addition to brute force, our government has the power of the modern surveillance state.


As a graduate of the University of Virginia Law School, I would be remiss in speaking about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights without quoting Thomas Jefferson, who wrote: "the most sacred of the duties of the government [is] to do equal and impartial justice to all its citizens."  We must find a way to return our Department of Justice to that central principle of American constitutionalism, as it carries out its duties in the name of Lady Liberty.



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