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Concerned Graduates of West Point Challenge Leadership of Military Academy

The Epoch Times, June 27, 2022, By Enrico Trigoso

Three retired U.S. military officers—LTG Thomas McInerney, USAF; MG Paul Vallely, U.S. Army; and Colonel Andrew O’Meara Jr., U.S. Army—signed a letter authored by “Concerned Graduates of West Point and The Long Gray Line,” protesting against mandatory vaccinations, CRT classes, sanitary conditions, progressive political activism, and other “woke actions,” in the military academy.

“The Long Gray Line” refers to the continuum of graduates United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.

“We wanted to challenge the leadership of the Academy and the Defense Dept on their WOKE actions, CRT, Diversity training and the other discrepancies in the Academy. We found it pervasive at the Naval and Air Force Academies so we knew it was directed from the highest levels of our Military Leadership,” Vallely told The Epoch Times.

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Paul E Vallely MG US Army (Ret) (Courtesy of Paul E Vallely)

“We all want the Military to get back on track to training and leading our Armed Forces to secure America and its Citizens,” Vallely, who has been sounding the alarm against a socialist takeover of the United States, added.

The letter, titled “Declaration of Betrayal of West Point And the Long Gray Line,” asks for the following information:

  1. An explanation for the irregularities in the enforcement of the Honor Code.
  2. A justification for the mandatory vaccinations of cadets with the COVID Virus despite widespread adverse reactions to the inoculation, as well as provisions for exceptions for cadets with religious objections.
  3. An explanation for teaching Critical Race Theory at the Academy that constitutes an attack upon the Constitution and our constitutional Republic. This is behavior that constitutes unconstitutional conduct, if not sedition.
  4. An explanation of reported mismanagement of the cadet dining facility resulting in unsanitary conditions, inadequate food prepared for the meal, and food served that was reportedly unfit for consumption.
  5. Political activism on the part of civilian faculty members constituting political activity violating the long-standing policy of the Academy and Army Regulations.
  6. The practice of exclusive reliance upon radical progressive guest speakers to address the Corps of Cadets. This practice results in prejudiced political activism on the part of the Staff and Faculty in violation of Army Regulations.
  7. An explanation for the failure of the Superintendent to respond to correspondence inquiring about problems identified at the Academy.

Endangering the Mission

They believe that there is a rejection of the principles of the military academy which could endanger its original mission “to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the Nation as an officer in the United States Army.”

They sent the letter in the hopes that authorities take heed of their advice regarding the problems that they have spotted.

The letter was sent to the Superintendent of the Academy as well as the President and Directors of the Association of Graduates (AOG), alleging that the West Point Academy is “conducting business in a manner that ignores time-honored principles of the Academy, Constitutional Law, and our sworn oath of office.”

“When you take away to teach a critical race theory and communist ideology, you’re taking away from the time that could be used for learning how to shoot better, how to operate airplanes better, take care of airplanes through maintenance; and even within the medical corps of the armed forces, it has affected many the doctors and nurses. So it’s a terrible thing. They need to stop it right now. They need to stop enforcing the mandates,” Vallely recently told The Epoch Times.

Vaccine Mandate Deadline

As the June 30 deadline nears for compliance with the U.S. military’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, U.S. Army officials publicly claim a very small percentage of its members are unvaccinated, reporting 96 percent or more of its members are fully vaccinated.

However, the Army’s vaccination rate could be far lower than 96 percent, an anonymous active-duty senior Army official told The Defender.

The Epoch Times reached out to West Point Public Affairs for comment.


‘God Has Called Me to Stand Up’: USAF Pilot Facing Discharge for Rejecting COVID Vaccine

‘God Has Called Me to Stand Up’: USAF Pilot Facing Discharge for Rejecting COVID Vaccine

The Epoch Times, By Enrico Trigoso  June 24, 2022 
USAF pilot Lt. John Bowes dreamt of flying and protecting the country his entire life—since he was a child.

He is heartbroken now that he had to put his religious faith over his dream due to the COVID vaccine mandates within the U.S. military, but believes that God is helping him get through the tribulation and that he has a duty to speak up.

The 24-year-old was an F-16 student pilot but was taken out of training and prevented from flying since September of last year when he first submitted his religious accommodation.

“I exercised my constitutional and statutory right to receive a religious accommodation. And then I was, as a direct consequence of doing that, removed from training to fly the F-16. I personally believe that is religious discrimination,” Bowes told The Epoch Times.

He made clear that his views are not representative of the USAF.

“Now that my religious accommodation is denied, I have been formally removed from training. I’ve received a letter of reprimand, which is a disciplinary action that goes on my record as an officer. And I’ve been told that I’ll be processed for discharge here pretty soon,” he said.

Bowes says that nine months ago he filed an equal opportunity complaint with the Air Force Equal Opportunity office, but has not heard back from them so far.

“I’m absolutely heartbroken,” Bowes said, “it’s sad to see that my dream is at risk over something like the COVID vaccine, which doesn’t stop you from getting or spreading COVID.”

The Epoch Times reached out to the USAF for comment.

Vaccine Efficacy and Risk

COVID vaccines, which were marketed as preventing infection from the Chinese Communist Party virus, are now known to provide little protection against infection after the Omicron virus variant became dominant, with vaccine booster efficacy waning over time.

What’s more, cases of myocarditis—inflammation of the heart muscle—and pericarditis—inflammation of the lining outside the heart—have spiked dramatically since the COVID vaccines started being administered worldwide.

“My faith is what gets me through it because I know that God has called me to speak up about these mandates, and God has called me to stand up for the beliefs that I have—that he gave me, and I’m risking my dream and my career and my future and my financial stability, and my honor as an officer, which is being tainted by these disciplinary actions. All because of my oath to my faith, my oath to God which got me here in the first place, as well as my oath to the Constitution of the United States, which all officers take,” Bowes said.

“And so I’m not here to be rebellious. I’m not here to stick it to the man and so many service members aren’t here to do that, either. We’re simply doing what we swore to do. And standing up for our religious beliefs.”

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Lt. John Bowes (Courtesy of John Bowes)

As the June 30 deadline nears for compliance with the U.S. military’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, U.S. Army officials publicly claim a very small percentage of its members are unvaccinated, reporting 96 percent or more of its members are fully vaccinated.

However, the Army’s vaccination rate could be far lower than 96 percent, an anonymous active-duty senior Army official told The Defender.

Sanctity of Life

As a Catholic, Bowes believes in the sanctity of human life and doesn’t want to use the COVID vaccines because aborted fetal cell lines are involved in either the production or the testing of these.

“That action, the use of that vaccine is not in line with my belief that all human life is sacred and ordained by God to exist on this earth. And the use of abortion, in order to accomplish the production of these vaccines, is just morally abhorrent to me,” Bowes said.

Disclosed CDC emails show that they have been producing and culturing human stem cell lines.

Bowes added that he knows “a lot of service members” whose primary argument in their religious accommodations is the sanctity of their genetic material and not wanting to be forced into having it altered.

Recent studies have found that the mRNA in vaccines can become embedded in DNA, and the Pfizer vaccine’s mRNA is even able to enter human liver cells and be converted into DNA.

According to official data from the Air Force, over 9,500 religious accommodations requests had been denied approval as of June 14.

This is despite Archbishop for the Military Service Timothy Broglio saying in October 2021 that: “The denial of religious accommodations, or punitive or adverse personnel actions taken against those who raise earnest, conscience-based objections, would be contrary to federal law and morally reprehensible.”

Bowes personally knows a few pilots who “developed myocarditis from the vaccine, and they don’t fly anymore.”

Pilot Shortage

The Air Force has been struggling with pilot shortages for years now.

Former Air Force Chief of Staff General David Goldfein testified before congress in 2017 about a shortage of aviators, writing in 2016 that the situation was a “quiet crisis.”

A DoD report (pdf) from 2019 noted that by the end of FY 2018, the Air Force was “short 2,000 pilots out of a total inventory of 18,400.”

“I know of personally more than 700 pilots who are actively unvaccinated and have filed a religious accommodation or have filed for a medical exemption or something of the sort,” Bowes said.

A letter from November 2021 (pdf) from DoD pilots submitting religious accommodation for vaccination to the House and Senate Armed Services Committees details the impacts based on an analysis of a group of 357 pilots that did not want to take the COVID vaccines.

Their estimated value was totaled at $7.8 billion tax dollars, 4,842 years of cumulative service, and 14 years of service on average.

Nineteen percent of them support the mission of nuclear deterrence, 69 percent are instructors, and nine percent are Air Force Weapons Instructors or Navy TOPGUN graduates.

“The implications of 700 pilots is pretty extreme,” Bowes said in an interview with LifeSite news.

Recently, an American Airlines pilot suffered a cardiac arrest between flights after mandatory COVID vaccination, and a law group started suing all major airlines over the vaccine mandates.

Attorneys and doctors have also charged that the FAA is violating its own rule that pilots should not fly after having taken medications that have been approved for less than a year.

An advocacy group called Freedom Flyers is assisting pilots to come forward and speak out about their conditions.

“Many of these pilots are afraid to come forward because if they come forward they lose their flight physical, they lose their flight medical. So they’re continuing to fly. We have a lot of pilots that are flying with chest pain and neurological conditions, because if they come forward they lose their careers,” Josh Yoder, a spokesperson for Freedom Flyers told The Epoch Times.

via ‘God Has Called Me to Stand Up’: USAF Pilot Facing Discharge for Rejecting COVID Vaccine.


EXCLUSIVE: Police Report Proves Plainclothes Electronic Surveillance Unit Members Were Embedded Among Jan. 6 Protesters

The Epoch Times
By Patricia Tolson June 20, 2022

While there is growing speculation that federal agents and Capitol Police were involved in instigating acts of violence during the Jan. 6, 2021 protests and recording responses for the purposes of entrapment, evidence now proves that “plainclothes” members of a special Electronic Surveillance Unit (ESU) were embedded among the protesters for the purposes of conducting video surveillance. Evidence also points to a day of security deficiencies and police provocation for the purpose of entrapment.

According to a report—First Amendment Demonstrations, issued Jan. 3, 2021, by Chief of Police Robert Contee of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), Homeland Security Bureau, Special Operations Division, obtained exclusively by The Epoch Times—the MPD began to activate Civil Disturbance Unit (CDU) platoons on Jan. 4, 2021. Full activation of 28 platoons was scheduled to occur on the following two days.

Cover page for the First Amendment Demonstrations report, issued January 3, 2021 by the Metropolitan Police Department, Homeland Security Bureau, Special Operations Division.
Cover page for the First Amendment Demonstrations report, issued Jan. 3, 2021, by the Metropolitan Police Department, Homeland Security Bureau, Special Operations Division. (Obtained by The Epoch Times)

According to the Department of Justice website, “A CDU is composed of law enforcement officers who are trained to respond to protests, demonstrations, and civil disturbances for the purpose of preventing violence, destruction of property, and unlawful interference with persons exercising their rights under law.”

The objective of MPD was “to assist with the safe execution of any First Amendment demonstration and ensure the safety of the participants, public, and the officers.” CDU personnel and Special Operations Division  (SOD) members were to “monitor for any demonstration and/or violent activity and respond accordingly,” according to the report.

There has been speculation that federal agents and Capitol Police were involved in instigating acts of violence during the protests for the purposes of entrapment. As Red State reported in October 2021, “multiple surveillance videos show masked men opening up the doors to the U.S. Capitol Building to allow protesters to enter. In fact, one video shows them entering while Capitol Police officers simply stand around. Yet, we have no idea who those men are.”

The ‘Covert Cadre’ of ‘Provocateurs’

On a Dec.  7, 2021, episode of Tucker Carlson Tonight, the attorney for several Jan. 6 prisoners, Joseph McBride, identified a man tagged on the internet by so-called “Sedition Hunters” as “Red-Faced 45.” The man, dressed in red from head to toe—with even his face painted red—appears in a video engaging in continuous dialogue with uniformed personnel and others whom McBride insists are agents embedded in the crowd. McBride said the man is “clearly a law enforcement officer.”

“He passes out weapons, sledgehammers, poles, mace. Some of those things come in contact with some of the other protesters who have subsequently been charged with possessing dangerous weapons and are using dangerous weapons at the Capitol. That is clearly entrapment.

That is clearly the government creating conditions of dangerousness and entrapping members of the crowd to possess weapons and possibly use them for reasons that we cannot comprehend.”

On Jan. 13, 2021, J. Michael Waller, senior analyst for Strategy at the Center for Security Policy, published a first-hand account of his observations. Waller is also President of Georgetown Research, a political risk and private intelligence company in Washington, D.C.; and was founding editorial board member of NATO’s peer-reviewed Defence Strategic Communications journal (2015–2018), and a senior analyst with Wikistrat. He is convinced people were embedded in the crowd to execute “an organized operation planned well in advance of the January 6 joint session of Congress.”

J. Michael Waller, Senior Analyst for Strategy at the Center for Security Policy.
J. Michael Waller, Senior Analyst for Strategy at the Center for Security Policy. (With permission from J. Michael Waller.)

According to Waller, a “covert cadre” of people were scattered throughout the crowd to encourage people toward the Capitol, including “fake Trump protesters” he suspected were Antifa “wearing Trump or MAGA hats backwards.”

The Epoch Times reported on Jan. 1 that senior federal law enforcement officials refused to answer questions about an Arizona man named Ray Epps, captured on video the day before the rally wearing a Trump hat repeatedly encouraging protesters to “go into the Capitol” the next day. Many were suspicious of him. Chants of “fed, fed, fed” drown him out. On Jan. 6, he is seen telling the crowd “we are going to the Capitol, where all of our problems are.”

Ray Epps encourages protesters to go into the Capitol the night before the siege of January 6, 2021.
Ray Epps encourages protesters to go into the Capitol the night before the breach on Jan. 6, 2021. (Villain Report/Screenshot via The Epoch Times)

Epps is also seen standing before a bike rack barricade, whispering into the ear of a protester wearing his Trump hat backwards. Moments later, that man is joined by others in tearing down the barricade. Epps is then seen running with the crowd toward the Capitol Building. Despite the evidence, Epps has not had any charges filed against him and his photo has been removed from the government’s list of most-wanted people from the event.

Bobby Powell host of “The Truth is Viral” podcast, has several videos exposing two men, clad all in black, whom he believes are FBI informants. They are seen breaking windows, attacking the Capitol building, and even pushing people inside.

McBride finds it strange that these “provocateurs,” as he calls them, have yet to be charged, despite their having a much more active role in the Capitol incident than some who were charged, including some individuals who never even set foot on Capitol grounds.

The Proof

Unknown to the public until now, the First Amendment Demonstrations report also reveals that an undisclosed number of “plainclothes” MPD ESU “members” were embedded into the crowd to “document the actions of the demonstrators and MPD’s response to any civil disobedience or criminal activity.”

In 2016, the MPD purchased 2,800 body-worn cameras.

It is unclear who the MPD ESU “members” were. However, they are never referred to as “officers” or “police.” Of the 37 “Specialized Units” listed as part of the MPD, an ESU is not among them. In order for other security personnel to recognize embedded ESU members among the protesters, they wore a specific “bracelet on their left wrist identifying them as MPD personnel,” the report stated.

Photo of bracelet worn my plainclothes members of the Metrolpilitan Police Department's Electronic Surveillance Unit, embedded in the crowds on January 6, 2021.
Photo of bracelet worn by plainclothes members of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Electronic Surveillance Unit, embedded in the crowds on Jan. 6, 2021 to “document the actions of the demonstrators and MPD’s response to any civil disobedience or criminal activity.” (Metropolitan Police Department First Amendment Demonstrations report.)

Because he didn’t assume the job as police chief until Jan. 2, 2021, Waller believes Contee inherited rather than set up the ESU. However, Waller is confident “this report raises a lot of questions.”

“While it is admittedly an important type of unit to have in the nation’s capital, electronic surveillance requires warrants,” Waller told The Epoch Times. “The word surveillance itself implies intrusive rather than passive monitoring of people, in which case it would be required for the police to get warrants to conduct electronic surveillance on people. What kind of warrants were asked for and under which jurisdiction? Were they issued? If not, why? Are such warrants necessary for the type of surveillance this unit was doing and how does it work? This raises a huge amount of questions about an entirely new kind of surveillance unit by the police chief of the nation’s capital.”

Waller also said the reference to “members” of the unit, as opposed to “officers” or “agents,” is also very disturbing. While he said “the rest of the memorandum sounds very disciplined in it’s language and specific,” that it doesn’t identify “officers” as members of the Electronic Surveillance Unit “is very troubling.”

“Are they using private contractors? Are they using political volunteers?” Waller posed. “Are using paid agents of different types? We don’t know. This is something the public has a right to know and we need to get to the bottom of it. If the D.C Police is running electronic surveillance on American citizens without warrants, this could be a very serious breach of our civil liberties.”

Even after Capitol occupation and violence on January 6, 2021, Capitol Hill Police made no attempt to apprehend "Q Anon Man," who is on the Senate steps just a few feet from the Capitol Hill Police line. This photo was taken after the Capitol Hill Police removed protesters from inside the Senate wing of the Capitol.
Even after Capitol occupation and violence on Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol Hill Police made no attempt to apprehend “Q Anon Man,” who is on the Senate steps just a few feet from the Capitol Hill Police line. This photo was taken after the Capitol Hill Police removed protesters from inside the Senate wing of the Capitol. (Courtesy of J. Michael Waller)

Intentional Security Deficiencies

An Oct. 29, 2021 report by Politico exposed that a 17-page strategy report called “The Civil Disturbance Unit Operational Plan,” showed that police made plans for plainclothes “officers” to monitor protesters and carry out five objectives:

  1. To provide an environment in which lawful First Amendment activity can be safely demonstrated.
  2. To prevent any adverse impact to the legislative process associated with unlawful demonstration activity.
  3. To effectively mitigate actions associated with civil disorder; safely respond to crimes of violence and destruction/defacing of property.
  4. To safeguard and prevent any property damage directed at the US Capitol, West Front Inaugural Platform, and all Congressional buildings.
  5. Establish and maintain a fixed march route while excluding access to counter-protestors to minimize potential for violent interactions.”

However, because the CDU was understaffed and unprepared, it failed in all its objectives.

According to a 140-page report issued by then-Capitol Police Inspector General Michael Bolton—”Review of the Events Surrounding the Jan. 6, 2021, Takeover of the U.S. Capitol”—Capitol Police’s CDU was ordered by supervisors not to use the department’s most powerful tools, like stun guns. Bolton’s report, which has not yet been widely released to the public, also contends “heavier, less-lethal weapons,” including stun grenades, “were not used that day because of orders from leadership.”

The CDU was given riot shields, many locked in a bus some distance away, that “shattered upon impact.” They had expired weapons that didn’t work and inadequate training.

Bolton’s report also noted that officials were warned in an intelligence assessment three days before the protest that “Stop the Steal’s propensity to attract white supremacists, militia members, and others who actively promote violence may lead to a significantly dangerous situation for law enforcement and the general public alike” and that “Congress itself is the target.”

A man authorities identified as Jerry Braun outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021.
A man authorities identified as Jerry Braun outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021. (DOJ via The Epoch Times)

However, reports surfaced that then acting House Sergeant-at-Arms Timothy Blodgett sent a memo to lawmakers informing them that security officials found that “there does not exist a known, credible threat against Congress or the Capitol Complex that warrants the temporary security fencing.”

Some Capitol Police officers were reportedly told to go home amid staffing shortages, reported Business Insider.

According to the “UNITED STATES CAPITOL POLICE TIMELINE OF EVENTS FOR JANUARY 6, 2021 ATTACK,” also obtained by The Epoch Times, “USCP Deputy Chief Gallagher replies” to the Department of Defense (DOD) “via text” on Jan. 3, 2021, “that a request for National Guard support is not forthcoming at this time after consultation” with Chief of Police (COP) Steven Sund.

On Jan. 4, 2021, “COP Sund asked Senate Sergeant at Arms (SSAA) Michael Stenger and House Sergeant at Arms (HSAA) Paul Irving for authority to have National Guard to assist with security for the January 6, 2021 event based on briefings with law enforcement partners and revised intelligence assessment.”

• COP Sund’s request is denied. SSAA and HSAA tells COP Sund to contact General Walker at DC National Guard to discuss the guard’s ability to support a request if needed.
• COP Sund notifies General Walker of DC National Guard, indicating that the USCP may need DC National Guard support for Jan. 6, 2021, but does not have the authority to request at this time.
• General Walker advises COP Sund that in the event of an authorized request, DC National Guard could quickly repurpose 125 troops helping to provide DC with COVID-related assistance. Troops would need to be sworn in as USCP.

However, the timeline shows it took over three hours and five frantic requests before the National Guard was deployed.

During his opening remarks before two Senate committees on March 3, 2021, Walker told members of Congress he received a “frantic call” from Sund in the early afternoon advising that the security perimeter of the Capitol was being breached. However, military leaders informed him that deploying troops would not be “good optics.”

During testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Piatt and Flynn denied making such comments.

At the hearing, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene informed the committee three people were involved in turning down repeated requests for the deployment of the National Guard: “Chuck Schumer in the Senate, Nancy Pelosi in the House, and Mayor Muriel Bowser. Also involved, are the SSAA Stenger, who answers directly to Schumer, and HSAA Irving, who answers directly to Pelosi.”

National Guard troops leave Washington after being stationed there for four months following the Jan. 6, 2021, breach of the U.S. Capitol, on May 24, 2021.
National Guard troops leave Washington after being stationed there for four months following the Jan. 6, 2021, breach of the U.S. Capitol, on May 24, 2021. (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

On Jan. 22, 2021, reports began to surface with images of National Guard members who were forced to stay in nearby parking garages in near-freezing temperatures sparking outrage among lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle.

In stark contradiction to then acting House Sergeant-at-Arms Timothy Blodgett’s assessment that no “credible threat against Congress or the Capitol Complex” existed to warrant “temporary security fencing,” there are multiple admonishments in the First Amendment Demonstrations report of the importance “for the members to monitor the fence line” and orders that “all members” were to “monitor 16th Street and the surrounding area for any potential issues or demonstrations.”

“Members assigned to the bicycle rack” were ordered to “restrict pedestrian and vehicle movement upon making the closure of the police lines.”

“The bicycle rack, in conjunction with police cars and blocking vehicles will create a barrier in which no person or vehicle will be allowed to pass,” the report said.

However, video evidence shows police waving protesters past bike racks and even removing them to open a path into the restricted areas to encourage people to move toward the Capitol Building.

A March 2, 2021, USCP Report of Investigation regarding the incident, also obtained by The Epoch Times, confirms that on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, “an Unknown Officer violated USCP Directive 2053.013, Rules of Conduct, when they allegedly waived unauthorized persons into a restricted area secured by bike racks toward the US Capitol during an insurrection.” Evidence in the case included the “video posted to twitter, dated 01/06/21 ” and “CCTV of the East Front of the US Capitol, dated 01/06/21.”

On Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, then Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) Commander of the United States Capitol Police, Inspector Michael Shaffer, sent an email with the Twitter video of the unidentified officer (UO) to Inspectors Amy Hyman (Senate Division), Thomas Loyd (Capitol Division), Kimberley Bolinger (House Division) and Acting Inspector Jessica Baboulis (Library Division) requesting assistance in identifying the UO. All parties responded to Shaffer that they were unable to identify the UO.

The recommendation was that the report “be APPROVED and the case CLOSED.”

On Feb. 4, 2021, this case was put on hold pending a review by the U.S. Attorney’s Office of Public Corruption. No further information is available.

Provocation and Entrapment

In a June 10 interview with EpochTV’s “Facts Matter,” Julie Kelly—a political consultant in Illinois and senior contributor for American Greatness—described Jan. 6, 2021, as “an inside job” and “something Democrats and some Republicans and federal agencies put together to entice” and “entrap” people who went to hear President Donald Trump’s speech. She noted that the FBI used agents to try to infiltrate the so-called militia groups.

Jeremy Brown exposed a video of FBI Terrorist Task Force agents attempting to recruit him to spy on fellow Oath Keepers.

The Department of Justice still won’t answer questions about Ray Epps, an Arizona resident captured on video encouraging protesters to breach the Capitol Building.

On January 6, 2021, Capitol Police fire tear gas into pro-Trump protesters well before the violence began. Even with the tear gas, the crowd remained orderly.
Capitol Police fire tear gas into pro-Trump protesters well before the violence began on Jan. 6, 2021. Even with the tear gas, the crowd remained orderly. (Courtesy of J. Michael Waller)

Kelly also noted how Capitol Police used flash bangs, teargas, and rubber bullets “to inflame the crowd and provoke a lot of the confrontations” seen in videos now being used as evidence to arrest, charge and incarcerate those who attended the rally.

More specifically, she accused Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Democrat Majority Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of “intentionally” leaving Capitol grounds unsecured.” She further alleged it was a “setup” designed specifically to cripple the MAGA movement.

While Bolton’s report said “heavier, less-lethal weapons,” including stun grenades, “were not used that day because of orders from leadership,” the Capitol Police timeline says United States Capitol Police (USCP) personnel “deploy[ed] munitions at the Rotunda door” at 1645 hours (4:45 p.m.) where protesters were alleged to be “pushing in doors and breaking windows.” Three minutes later, USCP deployed “chemical munitions on Lower West Terrace to disperse insurrectionists.”

Police release tear gas into a crowd of demonstrators during clashes outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021.
Police release tear gas into a crowd of demonstrators during clashes outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021. Still, the crowd remained orderly. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

Video footage found at Gateway Pundit shows flash grenades being launched by Capitol Police into a group of protesters, consisting of women, children, and elderly people, who were standing peacefully behind barriers. According to American Greatness, Capitol Police were also firing on the crowd with rubber bullets. The approximate time of the confrontation was around 1:36 p.m. However, the USCP Timeline does not mention the deployment of these flash grenades.

Another video, which still exists on, was filmed by Kash Kelly from ground level where the flash grenades went off. Kelly, who is now himself in prison regarding pretrial release violations regarding a previous charge and the subsequent charges related to his presence in Washington, is shown ensuring the evacuation of women in the area where the flash grenades exploded.

“The police started shooting at people,” Kelly says. “There were kids in the crowd.”

More extensive video footage, analyzed by Ray Dietrich of Red Voice Media, shows “the beginning of violence on January 6.”

An unidentified USCP officer is seen repeatedly yelling down to the crowd, assembled peacefully below his position, advising that if they “want to get a good picture” they should “go up into the bleachers.”

“The video shows the moment either stun grenades or tear gas canisters were deployed into the crowd of protestors,” Dietrich says as the video plays out. “The question I have, after a 20-year career in law enforcement, is why were these munitions deployed? I have picked this video apart and many more, and cannot see why the USCP used this force against the crowd. There is no fighting and no violence, so why did they target these people with less-lethal weapons?”

“What happened next?” Dietrich asks rhetorically. “Chaos. Violence. The crowd fought back. The Capitol was breached.”

As the stunned crowd scurries in the attack, police can be seen spraying people in the face with pepper spray. In another segment, three police officers are beating a protester who is being held on the ground. In a measure that further escalates the tension, police begin deploying tear gas into the already frantic crowd. In a course of 20 minutes, a once peaceful scene descends into total chaos.

In June 2021, reports surfaced that the Justice Department had begun to release its own video footage, including footage from body-worn cameras that allegedly show assaults against police officers defending the U.S. Capitol.

A summary of findings shows that:

  • Evidence shows that until the deployment of munitions, the crowds were peaceful.
  • MPD Electronic Surveillance Unit (ESU) members were embedded into the crowd to “document the actions of the demonstrators and MPD’s response to any civil disobedience or criminal activity.”
  • Of the 37 “Specialized Units” listed as part of the Metropolitan Police Department, an ESU is not among them.

The Capitol Police directed The Epoch Times to the Metropolitan Police Department for comment.

Patricia Tolson

Patricia Tolson, an award-winning national investigative reporter with 20 years of experience, has worked for such news outlets as Yahoo!, U.S. News, and The Tampa Free Press. With The Epoch Times, Patricia’s in-depth investigative coverage of human interest stories, election policies, education, school boards, and parental rights has achieved international exposure. Send her your story ideas:


Coffee & Covid, Friday, June 17, 2022: TROOPS AND PLANES

I’m pretty certain that Mr Childers is not making this stuff up- well, maybe the transcript of the call with AG Garland. People, think logically about what this administration is doing; what the legacy media is not doing; the implications for not only America, but the world. mrossol


 OPERATION MULTIPLIER UPDATE: Yesterday, we multiplied Harriet Hageman, who is Liz Cheney’s opponent in the Wyoming Republican primary. We are sending a loud and clear message about the grotesque January 6 Television Series. If we do what we usually do, Ms. Hageman will have a nice bump in fundraising but even better she can report about all the thousands of new individual donations this week.

If you missed it yesterday, it’s not too late: Do it right now!

Remember, even if you can’t afford much, it still helps. Donate $1.02 if that’s all you can comfortably afford, and you’ll still be a part of the Operation. It’s super important: We are learning to work together like a well-oiled mask-shredding machine.

 MAILBAG: I got some gentle and not inappropriate chiding in the comments about sometimes leaning too much into conservative politics, making the posts irritating to my liberal readers. I used to say this a lot, but I need to repeat it now: I love my liberal readers! I totally get that a healthy two-party system is critical for a functioning democracy.

The problem right at the moment — for us ALL — is that the 2022 democrat party has been hijacked by woke leftists who love mandates and govern more like Chinese dictators than classic liberals. Classic liberals value human rights, bodily integrity, medical freedom, freedom of speech, religious liberty, and worker’s protections, for just a few examples.

I desperately want to go back to the days when I can be the type of republican who only cares about low taxes and small government. We are in a real crisis when the REPUBLICANS have to take over defending basic human rights and freedoms and employees’ rights. Guys — and I’m talking directly to you democrats and former dems — we are all in the boiling bouillabaisse together now.

Things are all upside-down and backwards. Republicans used to defend corporations and their profits. Now the big companies have been hijacked, just like democrat leadership, and republicans are forced to fight their former corporate allies. See, e.g., Disney. Just like you dems now have to fight your own leadership. And if you still ain’t convinced, try explaining to me how classic liberalism is at all consistent with the 2022 Democrat party’s cozy new relationship with big companies and foreign wars.

In other words — and here is my point — the Republican Party is the ONLY party defending classically liberal values. If you are a classic liberal of whatever party, you’re welcome here. American politics have coalesced into two new parties: the freedom party and the authoritarian party.

Classic liberals are welcome here, and I mean no offense to them. But woke leftists can already read the corporate media, they don’t need to bother with C&C. They can buzz off.



 Swanky maskless diner and California Governor Gavin Newsom waded into Trumpland yesterday, dropping a tweet, or truth, or whatever it’s called there, on Trump’s social media platform Truth Social. It went over like a lead misinformation balloon:

Twitter avatar for @JeffOnTheRightJeff Charles @JeffOnTheRight
This guy is gonna be the Democrats’ nominee in 2024 and I couldn’t be happier. Tweets like this make me hopeful for the future. #Winning

Gavin Newsom @GavinNewsom

I just joined Trump’s Truth Social. Going to be on there calling out Republican lies. This could get…interesting. My first post — breaking down America’s red state murder problem.

🔥 That didn’t take long. Here is the newest and biggest story corporate media is trying to bury this month. It’s been covered — a little — but quietly. I’ll bet 90% of you guys never heard about it.

Six days ago, CBS ran a short story headlined, “Nicaragua Gives Permission for Russian Troops to Enter Country.

Wait, what?

On the same day, the Hill — which didn’t even report the story as straight news — ran an op-ed headlined, “With Russian Forces Set to Enter Central America, How Will the US Respond?” That doesn’t sound too good.

So what’s going on?

CBS’s story’s first graph explains: “The government of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has authorized Russian troops, planes and ships to deploy to Nicaragua for purposes of training, law enforcement or emergency response.”

Ah. Not just troops. PLANES and SHIPS too. Remind me, what do we call troops plus planes plus ships? Like, “an army” or something? Anyway, the Hill’s op-ed adds that in previous arrangements of this kind, such as in Myanmar, Russia’s similar “training access” has morphed into a permanent military base.

Try to follow me here. Nicaragua is only about 1,000 miles from our southern border. That’s within missile range.

Now, OUR media doesn’t seem too interested in this dull, boring story. What’s the big deal? It’s just for training and law enforcement purposes. Like Russia has anything better to do with those troops, planes, and ships anyway. Yawn.

Our media may not be interested, but RUSSIA’S media is all over it. Some kind of over-produced Russian TV network news show aired a story about all this on June 9th, and the anchor lady said (translated):

“The most unpleasant cherry atop the democratic cake for the United States was the sensational announcement that [Ortega has] permitted Russian troops, ships and planes to enter Nicaragua. Of course, only for humanitarian purposes. Russian troops can enter Nicaragua in the second part of 2022. What did you want? If American missile systems can reach nearly Moscow from Ukrainian territory, it’s time for Russia to roll out something powerful — closer to the American city on a hill.”

That’s what the Russians are talking about. Here? Crickets.

Notice the reference to American missile systems. Those are the ones Joe Biden just sent to the Ukrainians based on their oral promises to not fire them directly into Russia. I guess the Russians saw that as an escalation, or something, for some reason.

You’d think by now, at least ONE U.S. reporter would have asked that Pierre lady about this, if not Biden himself.

We’re shutting this down, right Joe? This aggression will not stand? Joe? Hello?

 But it gets even more interesting. The U.S. got sideways with Nicaragua back in March, when the Nicaraguan government criticized the U.S. for its 43 biolabs in Ukraine and said they should be investigated. The U.S. responded the next day by putting nine Nicaraguan officials on the “no travel” list. Tit, tat.

The WHO’s registry, which lists biolabs like the ones in Ukraine, also includes a “veterinary research” biolab in Nicaragua — owned by WEF-affiliated Canada. That makes sense, right, that Canada has a biolab in Nicaragua?

Russia seems to be very focused just now on the countries hosting these WEF-affiliated biolabs.

Independent online analysts speculate that all these DOD-WEF-Gates-Biden-linked “veterinary research” labs were created over the last several years to evade gain of function research restrictions. Animal research gives them cover to claim they aren’t actually building any “human” virus weapons. Instead, they innocuously claim to be working on genetically enhanced mosquitos and stuff.

Like BAT viruses.

Get it? Biolabs -> Covid -> Ukraine. It SEEMS connected because it IS connected.

Russia appears to be determined to expose what the democrats and their WEF allies have been up to lately. I have a feeling we’re going to learn a LOT, and sooner rather than later. And we’re not going to like it.

🔥 In late April, Judicial Watch ran a story on its website headlined, “Records Reveal Safety Lapses and Violations at U.S. Biosafety Laboratories that Conduct Research on Dangerous Agents and Toxins.”

Judicial Watch described heavily-redacted records and communications it finally got from the Federal Select Agent Program (FSAP) showing “safety lapses and violations” at U.S. biosafety laboratories researching dangerous agents and toxins. The “lapses” included mishaps, human errors, animal escapes, improper and defective personal protective equipment, facility equipment failures and containment failures, which continue at some of the United States’ most secure and regulated high-containment biosafety laboratories.

It’s an alarming article with a LOT of detail. Then, just yesterday, Judicial Watch posted a tweet referring to its biolab story and wondering — same as me —if U.S. labs are this bad, how bad are labs in places like Nicaragua?

🦸‍♂️ It turns out that, according to the Tampa Bay Times, Florida is the only state that turned down the chance to pre-order pediatric covid vaccine doses for kids. At a news conference in the Everglades announcing the annual python capture challenge (welcome to Florida!), DeSantis explained, “our Department of Health has been very clear: The risks outweigh the benefits and we recommend against [the covid vaccines for kids].”

Boom. Take that, baby-jabbers!

DeSantis explained that people can jab their toddlers if they want to, for some reason, but the State of Florida isn’t getting involved in all of that. “Doctors can get it. Hospitals can get it. But there’s not going to be any state programs that are going to be trying to get covid jabs to infants and toddlers and newborns,” he said. “That’s not something that we think is appropriate, and so that’s not where we’re going to be utilizing our resources.”

Yesterday, DeSantis defended the state’s decision to snippy reporters, explaining there is “practically zero risk” of covid complications in children, and — if you can believe this — he called the vaccine clinical trial data “abysmal.” The governor noted, as I have, that the FDA committee’s decision seemed more driven by fearful parents than by science. “Why would [some parents] be frightened about [covid in kids]? It’s because of media hysteria. It’s because of a lot of misinformation. That’s why they’re scared,” he observed.

The Times said exasperated White House Press Secretary Whatshername-Pierre responded to DeSantis’ comments yesterday, grousing that Florida’s decision will just make finding a vaccine harder for parents in the state. “Some pharmacies and community health centers in the state get access to federal distribution channels, but those options are limited for parents,” Jean-Pierre mournfully said.

 Everyone’s least-favorite medical maniac Anthony Fauci, allegedly double-jabbed and double-boosted, somehow got covid this week. That’s too bad. I held off reporting about it yesterday to see if the old beagle torturer would use his symptomatic covid to evade testifying before Senator Paul yesterday afternoon.

He did not. He testified by Zoom. Under Paul’s relentless grilling, Fauci testily admitted that, even though the Biden Administration recommends that everyone over the age of 5 gets a booster, there is currently insufficient evidence to prove that the boosters actually lower rates of hospitalization or death in children. Fox reported the exchange in a story yesterday headlined, “Fauci Admits ‘Not Enough Data’ to Show Recommended Boosters for 5-Year-Olds Work.”


 Yesterday a Washington DC court sentenced Dr. Simone Gold, founder of America’s Frontline Doctors, to 60 days in jail for trespassing in the Capitol Building during the mostly peaceful January 6th protest. Gold pleaded guilty in January, probably hoping that her cooperation and her apology — she told the Court she was “ashamed” of her conduct — would result in a lighter sentence, such as those usually given to first-time offenders like Gold.

DOJ prosecutors had demanded the Court jail Gold for three months, even though she only entered the Capitol briefly, made a short speech against vaccine mandates, and then left. The prosecutors argued that, in addition to a medical degree, Gold earned a law degree from Stanford, and should have known better. The good news, I suppose, is the Court sentenced her less than what the DOJ wanted.

Gold had requested to attend the sentencing hearing by Zoom, because the Court’s previous orders barred her from entering Washington DC. But the judge required her to appear in person anyway. In his remarks from the bench, the sentencing judge said her punishment had nothing to do with free speech or jab politics. “It ain’t about free speech,” he explained. “January 6 was about a lot of things, but it wasn’t about free speech or Covid vaccinations… the only reason you are here is where and when and how you chose to express your views.”

I can’t imagine how Dr. Gold must be feeling just now. She doesn’t have any viable appellate options that I can see, since she already pleaded guilty. (Caveat: I am not a criminal law specialist.) But I would encourage Dr. Gold to look at the sentence as a blessing. I’m not kidding. She’ll have two uninterrupted months to think and write and work and reflect. Other great figures in history have used similar circumstances to achieve glorious things. I suggest she starts by reading Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr’s 1963 “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”

We could all use two months to get organized and prepared for whatever comes next. Admittedly, jail’s not my FIRST choice, of course. A patio near the beach would work too. Just saying.

 At least now we know the federal government is serious about cracking down on crimes. Right? Fox News ran an article yesterday headlined, “Cotton: Garland Must Resign Over DOJ Inaction on Jane’s Revenge, More Than 50 Attacks on Pro-Life Groups.”

Senator Cotton is mad about his repeated and unanswered demands for DOJ to investigate over FIFTY attacks on pro-life pregnancy centers and churches in recent weeks, all purportedly directed or carried out by a leftwing group calling itself Jane’s Revenge.

I don’t like to just pop off with a hot take on stories like this, so I did the right thing: I called Merrick Garland to get his side of the story. Here’s the transcript from the call.

JEFF: Hi, is this Judge Garland?

GARLAND: Yes, this is Attorney General Garland speaking.

JEFF: General, can I ask a few questions to get DOJ’s side of the story?

GARLAND: Fire away. But first tell me your pronouns.

JEFF: Sure; he, him, himself, his, hime, himlet. First question — is it domestic terrorism when moms berate school boards?

GARLAND: That’s easy. Of course.

JEFF: Okay. Is it domestic terrorism when there’s an organized national effort to firebomb churches and pregnancy centers over a political issue?


JEFF: What?

GARLAND: What was the question?

JEFF: Does DOJ think an organized national campaign to firebomb churches and pregnancy centers is domestic terrorism?

GARLAND: I’m not following you.

JEFF: Remember how moms chewing out school board is terrorism?


JEFF: Well, what about bombing churches?

GARLAND: It depends.

JEFF: What does it depend on?

GARLAND: Drag show.

JEFF: What?


JEFF: Did you say, “drag show?”

GARLAND: When did I say that?

JEFF: Just now.

GARLAND: I think you misunderstood me.

JEFF: Okay, but what about the churches?

GARLAND: What churches?

JEFF: The firebombed ones.

GARLAND: Somebody’s firebombing churches?

JEFF: Yes.

GARLAND: What about it?

JEFF: Is it domestic terrorism in DOJ’s view, or not?

GARLAND: Wait, who are we talking about again?

JEFF: Not “who.” It’s a “what.” Churches.

GARLAND: I’m getting confused. What are you trying to ask me.

JEFF: Is a national plan to bomb churches for political reasons domestic terrorism to the DOJ?

GARLAND: Sorry, I got to go. Joe’s on the other line.

JEFF: Sure, no problem, but quickly, what’s the answer?

JEFF: Hello? Judge Garland?

GARLAND: [Dial tone.]

That was the call. So I hope that clears everything up. You’re welcome.

Have a fabulous Friday, and I’ll see you tomorrow!


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