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Trudeau drops the hammer

Coffe & Covid 2/14/2022

Good morning, and Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone had a nice Valentine’s Day, got a restaurant reservation somewhere, and didn’t eat too much candy. Today’s roundup includes: Trudeau drops the “emergency” hammer on truckers; the Times explains how vulnerable people can protect themselves instead of waiting for the government to do it; Scott Gottlieb says we’re shifting from a shared sense of sacrifice to something else; Eric Adams fires almost 1,500 unjabbed city workers; big corporations start hauling employees back to the office; DC drops its jab passport; the Omicron looks to be ending right on time; an= CSIS article takes some remarkable things for granted; and a newly-published study takes the wind out of whiny parents’ objections to dropping school mask mandates.

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🚛 Apparently everything is an emergency now whenever executives can’t do what they want. Yesterday, in what Politico called the “biggest risk of his political life,” Castro lookalike Justin Trudeau invoked Canada’s Emergencies Act — here we go again! — to deal with the truckers clogging up the capital. Even with Covid, this is the first time in Canada’s history that the Act was used. In other words, the truckers are scarier than the virus, or something.

The Enabling Act, I mean Emergencies Act, gives the Canadian government nearly unlimited powers to quell the protests, shut down crowdfunding and freeze the individual bank accounts of anyone who might be helping the demonstrators. I’m not making that up; it’s for SAFETY. “We cannot and will not allow illegal and dangerous activities to continue,” Trudeau said. Dangerous activities like a parked truck. “The blockades are harming our economy and endangering public safety.” Endangering people by honking.

The Act’s use generated a lot of angry commentary; not everyone is super happy about it. New Democratic Party Leader Jagmeet Singh told reporters “The reason why we got to this point is because the prime minister let the siege in Ottawa go on for weeks and weeks without actually doing anything about it.” The Canadian Civil Liberties Association tweeted “it threatens our democracy and our civil liberties.”

“The prime minister had an opportunity to talk and to listen to people who he disagreed with, and he refused to do so,” Interim Conservative Leader Candice Bergen said. She warned invoking the Emergencies Act was a “ham-fisted approach” that will likely have the opposite effect, and argued Trudeau was escalating and inflaming the situation by using labels to minimize people’s concerns and pandemic anxieties.

Canadian conservatives have called for Trudeau to reconsider the mandates. “The solution is staring him in the face,” Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre said. “All he has to do is listen to the experts, do what other countries are doing — and that is to eliminate these mandates and restrictions — to let the protesters including the truckers go back to their jobs and their lives.”

“I’m proud of the truckers and I stand with them,” Poilievre said in a podcast last week. “If Canadians are being inconvenienced, or in any way suffering from these protests, it is because Justin Trudeau made these protests happen.”

There are some small signs the truckers might be making progress. Trudeau announced the emergency response one hour after Canadian conservatives tried to pass a bill requiring the government to present a plan for ending vaccine mandates by the end of this month; it was narrowly defeated 185-151. The Public Health Agency of Canada issued a statement Monday saying the country is entering a “transition phase” of the pandemic, and saying people should expect new Covid waves and outbreaks as restrictions ease. That seems promising.

The Prime Minister was noncommittal, but left room to make changes to Covid policy. “There will be time later to reflect on all the lessons that can be learned from this situation,” Trudeau told reporters yesterday afternoon.

🔥 Get ready to laugh. Yesterday, the New York Times ran a story headlined, “Protecting the Vulnerable.” No, it’s not advocating for “let ‘er rip.” In this article, the “pivot” away from mandates and restrictions is referred to just as a “shift,” and the article offers five ways for “vulnerable “ people to protect themselves while the rest of the country shifts back to normal. Spoiler: none of the suggestions includes making other people do stuff.

The first suggestion, of course, is jabs, lots of them. The second is masks — HIGH QUALITY ones. Here we see the term “one-way masking” pop up again, along with a helpful link to an article in The Atlantic headlined “One-Way Masking Works.”* Keep your eye on that term, I bet we see a lot more of it. The third suggestion is to take Evusheld, a new AstraZeneca Covid drug. The fourth is to stock up on rapid tests for visitors to use. The fifth suggestion is to take Paxlovid, Pfizer’s Covid drug. See? It’s a “do it yourself” approach.

(* by the way, it’s fun to use this link as a response to people complaining online about lifting mask mandates.)

🔥 “Do it yourself” appears to be a theme. Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, who appears to be one of the generals leading the Biden’s Narrative 2.0 charge, told Face the Nation Sunday that mask mandates lifting was “a trend across the country,” and observed there is now a shift from a “shared sense of sacrifice” to “shifting the burden to individuals,” and called for policy-makers to give parents more tools to protect their kids.

Reports about Gottlieb’s remarks used that word again. Shift. I guess “pivot” was polling badly. Or maybe we mocked it too hard.

Well. It’s shifty, all right.

Now we can see the outlines of the new program. They are going to call on “individuals to protect themselves,” using government-supplied tools, like one-way masks, home tests, jabs and Covid drugs. That will give the Covid crazy people some new OCDs to cling to, and create lots of new opportunities for graft and government largesse.

🔥 The New York Post reported yesterday that Mayor Eric Adams fired 1,430 city workers who refused to get jabbed. The terminated employees included “36 NYPD personnel, 25 Fire Department workers and 914 Department of Education staffers.” That’s a lot of educators who wouldn’t get the shot.

I wish those folks the best; they are better off now. It’s a terrific job market for people who want to work and it will be a momentary inconvenience while they find a better job.

🔥 Microsoft announced that starting February 28 — one day before the you-know-what — employees will have 30 days to begin returning to full-time work in the office. Many other large employers have also announced plans for workers to return to corporate campuses soon. Walmart told its corporate employees last month that it expects them to begin working from the company’s offices “the majority of time” as of February 28 (there it is again). Facebook said it will fully reopen its U.S. campuses at the end of March.

It’s going to be hard to get work-from-home types out of their comfy little nests. So far, most of them have stubbornly stuck to working from the couch. According to the Wall Street Journal, a firm that tracks how many people swipe into high-end office buildings says that as of early February, offices in 10 major cities were on average only 33% occupied.

Good luck with that.

🔥 Yesterday, Washington DC announced the end of its mandatory vaccine passport — effective TODAY. Businesses are no longer required to verify patron’s vaxx status. That was fast. I was just in DC a few weeks ago for the rally, and we all had to stay in Arlington, which wasn’t too inconvenient at all. Cheaper, too.

Anyway, the DC Covid Dashboard, where the new policy was announced, doesn’t really explain WHY it’s changed just two weeks before you-know-who give the you-know-what. It wouldn’t be a good look for DC to have the passports going during the announcement, would it? It would kind of make people feel like the pandemic wasn’t over yet.

🔥 Things are shaping up nicely for the SOTU. According to the New York Times’ Covid dashboard, national coronavirus cases have fallen about 75 percent from a mid-January peak. Cases are declining almost everywhere in the country. Hospitalizations nationwide are down more than 30 percent in the last two weeks, and ICU patients are also waning. Should be right at the trough on March 1.

🔥 The Center for Strategic & International Studies published a highbrow article a few days ago headlined, “China May Move beyond Zero-Covid. That Could Benefit Us All.” I found this one sentence most remarkable: “China will inevitably move beyond Zero-Covid, a patently unsustainable approach that makes less and less sense as effective treatments arrive and immune protections from vaccines and infection rise elsewhere in the world.“

I don’t know which is more interesting, the characterization of “Covid zero” as “patently unsustainable,” the acknowledgment that “effective treatments” exist, or the uncontroversial, off-handed recognition of natural immunity. It’s a trifecta of previously forbidden wrongthink. I think it is enormously significant that these three ideas can now, apparently, be discussed without rancor or cancellation, as though these notions were just common-sense, obvious truths. I mean, duh.

🔬 A new study quietly published in January’s Journal of Infection, headlined “Immunocompromised Children and Young People are at No Increased Risk of Severe COVID-19.” You read that right. NO risk. The researchers studied immunocompromised pediatric Covid patients for a year between March 2020 and March 2021. They compared those kids’ outcomes with non-immunocompromised kids, concluding that the “study shows SARS-CoV-2 infections have occurred in immunocompromised children and young people with no increased risk of severe disease. No children died.”

How about that? This study effective rebuts the chief argument pro-maskers are making these days to keep masks on school kids. They’ve been whining, “but what about immune compromised kids???” I guess we don’t need to worry about it.

It’s fascinating that the study period ended in March 2021. Yet the study — which is huge and welcome news for some frantic parents — didn’t publish until almost a year later. Almost a year later right when it was needed most to quell parental anxiety about lifting mask mandates in schools. Another Covid coincidence! I searched twitter and found even the study linked by former-pro-lockdown “experts” like epidemiologist Jennifer Nuzzo, who cited the study and called it “interesting.”
Twitter avatar for @JenniferNuzzoJennifer Nuzzo, DrPH @JenniferNuzzo
Interesting data. Immunocompromised children and young people are at no increased risk of severe COVID-19 – ScienceDirect h/t ⁦@apsmunro⁩
sciencedirect.com/science/articl…

It’s interesting that pro-mask experts like Nuzzo are now citing article proving masks are necessary. That’s interesting.

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Disturbing Link Between DHS and The Domestic War On MAGA

February 9, 2022

In a move that is Orwellian even by the current year’s dystopian standards, Biden’s Department of Homeland Security on Monday issued a heightened terrorist threat assessment centered around “online misinformation:”

The United States remains in a heightened threat environment fueled by several factors, including an online environment filled with false or misleading narratives and conspiracy theories, and other forms of mis- dis- and mal-information (MDM) introduced and/or amplified by foreign and domestic threat actors. [DHS]

That’s right, folks, the Ministry of Truth is officially here, under the auspices of the government’s Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency:

CISA’s Mis-, Dis-, and Malinformation (MDM) team is charged with building national resilience to mis-, dis-, and malinformation and foreign influence activities. Through these efforts, CISA helps the American people understand the scope and scale of MDM activities targeting elections and critical infrastructure, and enables them to take actions to mitigate associated risks. The MDM team was formerly known as the Countering Foreign Influence Task Force (CFITF). [CISA]

While the official announcement concedes that there has been no underlying change in threat conditions over the past year (leaving aside the threat the Regime poses to the American people), it nonetheless emphasizes the urgent danger of “false or misleading narratives, which sow discord or undermine public trust in U.S. government institutions.” In the land of freedom, democracy, and drag queen supremacy, how fortunate to have a US government national security bureaucracy to warn against the dire national security threat of… Americans who more and more do not trust their government.

The Department of Homeland Security threat assessment goes on to highlight specific concerns related to so-called “misinformation” on Covid-19 and election integrity issues. But of course!

Key factors contributing to the current heightened threat environment include:

  1. The proliferation of false or misleading narratives, which sow discord or undermine public trust in U.S. government institutions:
    • For example, there is widespread online proliferation of false or misleading narratives regarding unsubstantiated widespread election fraud and COVID-19. Grievances associated with these themes inspired violent extremist attacks during 2021.
    • Malign foreign powers have and continue to amplify these false or misleading narratives in efforts to damage the United States.

[DHS]

Even more disturbingly, the DHS announcement cites as a potential national security threat the lifting of Covid restrictions such as lockdowns. After all, when the cattle are allowed outside of their homes without restriction, there’s a greater likelihood of a terrorist attack!

As COVID-19 restrictions continue to decrease nationwide, increased access to commercial and government facilities and the rising number of mass gatherings could provide increased opportunities for individuals looking to commit acts of violence to do so, often with little or no warning.

It is worth processing this remarkable statement. The completely unnecessary Covid-lockdown restrictions have become normalized to the point that the Department of Homeland Security considers the removal of such restrictions as a national security threat. This is a development almost too dark for satire. Of course, the Covid restrictions that remain in place, such as vaccine mandates, also pose a national security threat — because Americans might dare to object to such measures:

Meanwhile, COVID-19 mitigation measures—particularly COVID-19 vaccine and mask mandates—have been used by domestic violent extremists to justify violence since 2020 and could continue to inspire these extremists to target government, healthcare, and academic institutions that they associate with those measures.

Lifting Covid restrictions is a security threat, keeping restrictions in place is a security threat — everything is a security threat so long as the American people dare to question their government on matters related to Covid, election integrity, or anything else for that matter. So long as free speech hasn’t been entirely crushed online, and so long as free assembly hasn’t been entirely suppressed in the outside world, the American people pose a de facto terrorist threat, at least as far as the Department of Homeland Security is concerned.

This national security assessment comes just days after the Biden White House called on audio streaming giant Spotify to do more to censor Joe Rogan and others who would dare deviate from the government-approved Covid narrative. That the Biden White House has seemingly enlisted the Department of Homeland Security to amplify its crusade against prohibited speech constitutes a dangerous assault on the First Amendment that would take a separate article to explore in proper depth.

For now, we might begin with the question as to why, of all agencies, the Biden regime would have enlisted the Department of Homeland Security. Put another way, what’s going on with the DHS? Why does the DHS seem to be playing a special role in the Domestic War on Terror — that is, the re-purposing of the American national security apparatus domestically, in order to treat American citizens with the wrong political leanings as national security threats?

The question concerning the specific role of the DHS as an instrument in the Domestic War on Terror presents itself all the more forcefully when we recall the special relationship the DHS enjoys with Congressman Bennie Thompson, who just happens to be the Chairman of the heavily politicized and corrupted January 6 Committee.

As Revolver reported previously,

Thompson is a key component in the establishment DNC’s merger with the national security state after 9/11, using the pretext of fake “domestic terrorism”. As an untouchable incumbent in Mississippi with 28 years in Congress, Thompson was the chair of the Homeland Security Committee from 2007-2011 and has been back in charge again since 2019.

Essentially, whenever Democrats have a majority in the House, Thompson is put in as the hatchet man to control oversight of the Department of Homeland Security.

Bennie Thompson scratches the back of an ever-expanding US national security state. In turn, Thompson is rewarded with plush committee chair roles and an expanding DHS turf of his own.

Indeed, Thompson was tapped to serve as the Permanent Chair of the 2020 Democratic National Convention. In the 2020 election, Thompson presided over all official business of the convention that made Joe Biden the Democratic nominee for President.

Ironically, in 2004, Thompson was one of only 31 House Democrats who voted to overturn the results of the Bush-Gore election. But today, the vast Department of Homeland Security agency reports to him. And that agency now calls anyone who claims fraud in the 2020 election “Potential Terror Threats.”

READ MORE: Decision By January 6th Commission to Ignore Oath Keeper Stewart Rhodes Just Unmasked Their Entire Investigation

See how that works? When Bennie Thompson does it, it’s democracy. When you do it, it’s terrorism.

In 2007, Thompson’s first act as chair of the Homeland Security Committee was to sponsor a bill that granted sweeping new police powers to DHS, using the pretext of 9/11.

However doubtful the role of the DHS in the War on Terror may have been morally and effectually, Bennie Thompson has at any rate always demonstrated far more passion for the “domestic” element of DHS’s duty to “defend against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

In the clip below from 2013, Thompson chastised the Republican-led Homeland Security Committee for its insufficient emphasis on homegrown domestic threats: https://www.youtube.com/embed/BPD9xwn0wyI?feature=oembed

With the appropriately botched withdrawal from Afghanistan all but officially marking an end to the War on Terror, Bennie Thompson’s 2013 vision for the Department of Homeland Security has proved as apt and prescient as ever. Indeed, the Department of Homeland Security now finds itself in the same dilemma as many bloated, failed, and inefficient bureaucracies desperate to justify their budgets — it needs a new purpose. And in the present environment there are essentially two (not mutually exclusive) options — get on board with the new Cold War with China, or get on board with the new War on Terror — that is, the Domestic War on Terror aimed at American citizens whose political positions threaten the corrupt ruling class.

To its credit for forward thinking, the Department of Homeland Security was one of the earliest and most aggressive in repurposing itself to prosecute the new Domestic War on Terror against American citizens with the wrong political leanings. In September of 2020, the Department of Homeland Security took the remarkable and clearly politicized step of identifying so-called “white supremacy” as the number one terror threat facing America—and this all happened under Donald Trump!

This is all not to suggest that Bennie Thompson is any kind of mastermind. In all likelihood, Thompson smiles and serves faithfully as a mouthpiece for the security state and is rewarded with honorific but vacuous perks in return. January 6 Chair Bennie Thompson’s DHS connection, along with the recent threat announcement for online misinformation on Covid do, however, gesture toward the DHS’ playing an especially important role in the most important and dangerous development in the past several decades: the weaponization of the American national security apparatus against the American people.

In order to better understand this new domestic, politicized variety of the War on Terror, it might behoove us to take a closer look at DHS’ special role in this War. And this is precisely what we will do. Stay tuned, we’re going on a deep dive.

From REVOLVER

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Police Beating of Unconscious Trump Supporter Was ‘Objectively Reasonable,’ Department Rules

Another data point. Is there a double standard? mrossol

The Epoch Times, By Joseph M. Hanneman February 9, 2022
 

The beating of an unconscious Trump supporter by a DC Metropolitan Police Department officer on January 6 was deemed to be “objectively reasonable” after an investigation by the department’s Internal Affairs Bureau, The Epoch Times has learned.

The Internal Affairs investigation was opened in September 2021 based on a complaint filed by a Texas man who assembled video evidence of the officer striking an unconscious Rosanne Boyland with a steel baton and a large wooden stick at the entrance to the West Terrace tunnel at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Boyland, 34, of Kennesaw, Ga., was pinned under a pile of protesters who fled the tunnel when police deployed a crowd-control gas. After several minutes of being crushed by the weight of other fallen protesters, Boyland lost consciousness and stopped breathing, witnesses have said.

Boyland traveled to Washington D.C. that day to attend the “Stop the Steal” rally and hear then-President Donald Trump speak at the Ellipse. She became trapped in a crowd that sought entry to the Capitol through the West Terrace tunnel.

As Boyland lay unconscious on the ground DC Metro Police Officer Lila Morris repeatedly struck her with a steel baton and what appeared to be a wooden walking stick, according to a video recording.

 
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Protesters spill out of the West Terrace tunnel like a waterfall on Jan. 6, 2021. The crowd started a stampede out of the tunnel after police deployed gas on the crowd, witnesses said. (Video Still/Gary McBride)

The sudden attack horrified Boyland’s friend and traveling companion, Justin Winchell, who pleaded with police and protesters to provide first aid to Boyland. Police bodycam video shows Winchell’s shock when he saw Morris strike Boyland in the head.

“She’s gonna die! She’s gonna die! …I need somebody! She’s dead!” Winchell cried.

Boyland was not pronounced dead until more than 90 minutes later, although she appeared lifeless when police dragged her body from the West Terrace tunnel entrance into the Capitol at 4:31 p.m.

During the 11 minutes after Boyland fell, protesters made repeated attempts at CPR—efforts that were frustrated in part by the beating and police spraying pepper spray into the faces of those trying to help Boyland, video shows.

There is confusion about what lifesaving efforts were made by police after Boyland was moved into the Capitol. Testimony before a Congressional committee suggested police attempted CPR at 4:26 p.m., which wasn’t possible since at that time Boyland still lay on the concrete outside, being given CPR by protesters Jake Lang and Ronald McAbee.

The DC medical examiner said Boyland died of an accidental overdose of Adderall, a prescription medication used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. That ruling has drawn skepticism and outrage from Boyland’s friends and family. Her father, Bret Boyland, said Rosanne had been taking Adderall for about 10 years.

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Bret Boyland with his wife Cheryl and daughter Rosanne (at right), during a family vacation. (Courtesy of the Boyland Family)

The attack on Boyland troubled Gary McBride of Decatur, Texas so much, he filed a police brutality complaint with the Metropolitan Police Department on Sept. 14, 2021.

Citizen Complaint Filed in September 2021

McBride assembled a library of videos recorded at the Capitol on Jan. 6. McBride, who spent most of his career in the oil and gas industry, has turned into a professional video sleuth after studying thousands of hours of Jan. 6 footage.

McBride went back and forth with various Metropolitan Police Department officials over more than two months, before being told via email on Nov. 15 that Morris had been cleared of any wrongdoing.

“The use of force within this investigation was determined to be objectively reasonable,” wrote Capt. David K. Augustine, director of the Risk Management Division of the MPD Internal Affairs Bureau. “Officer Morris is still employed with the MPD and not facing criminal charges related to the use of force on January 6.”

McBride said he found the reasoning and conclusion shocking.

“It told me right there that it’s OK for them to do what they do. They are doing exactly what they want to do. They don’t care if you know or see,” McBride said.

“They just showed me that they’re going to go beat somebody and kill them, but they have the power to say, ‘That was objectively reasonable.’ And we’re supposed to accept that and say, ‘Okay.’ ”

Officer Morris, who had just reached the front line in the West Terrace tunnel, is seen on bodycam video picking up what appears to be a walking stick or a tree branch. She raised the weapon over her head with both hands and struck Boyland at least four times in rapid succession. The stick broke at one point. Morris continued to strike at Boyland until other officers pulled her back.

Morris was hailed as a hero after Jan. 6. She was feted as a guest of honor at Super Bowl LIV in Tampa.

Philip Anderson of Mesquite, Texas, who was at the bottom of the same pile that crushed Boyland, called MPD’s use-of-force ruling “absolute bullsh*t.”

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Rosanne Boyland and Philip Anderson entered the West Terrace tunnel of the U.S. Capitol at 4:18 p.m. on Jan. 6, 2021. A stampede started at 4:20 when police deployed gas against the protesters. (Video Stills/Epoch Times Photo Illustration)

“There is nothing reasonable about hitting a non-responsive woman lying on the ground over the head with a baton,” Anderson, 26, told The Epoch Times. “They say it’s reasonable because she (Boyland) was a Trump supporter.”

Anderson said there was cause from the beginning for an independent investigation by a special prosecutor or a grand jury.

“The fact that they have been lying from the beginning is reason enough for investigation,” Anderson said. “The only reason why anyone even knows this is because I barely survived and am here to now call out their blatant lies (about) the woman that they killed.”

McBride sent two videos as evidence along with his police-brutality complaint. One of the videos was removed from YouTube but is available on Rumble. The other video is still accessible on YouTube.

Bret Boyland asked the Metropolitan Police Department for copies of bodycam video from various police officers in the terrace tunnel. That request was denied.

“Wednesday was nine months from our daughter’s passing and we still have many unanswered questions to what happened to her that day,” Boyland wrote in a Freedom of Information Act request in fall 2021.

On Oct. 12, Shania Hughes, a Freedom of Information Act specialist with the Metropolitan Police Department, told Boyland MPD would not release any bodycam footage.

“It has been determined that the information you are seeking is part of an ongoing investigation and criminal proceeding,” Hughes wrote. “With exception of the portions of the video that has been shown publicly, MPD cannot fulfill your request. The release of this information could interfere with the enforcement proceedings by revealing the direction and pace of the investigation.”

The Epoch Times also made a FOIA request for Officer Morris’ bodycam footage for her entire shift on Jan. 6, 2021. That request was denied, but for different reasons than those given to Bret Boyland. The department cited privacy grounds for denying the newspaper’s request.

Officers Attempted CPR After Boyland was Moved Inside Capitol

Bret Boyland said the family was initially denied a copy of Rosanne’s full autopsy report, but since has obtained the document.

“Through our lawyer and additional FOIA requests, we have obtained the full autopsy report, which has been forwarded to the pathologist,” Bret Boyland told The Epoch Times.

The family contracted with its own forensic pathologist to review the DC medical examiner’s report on Boyland’s death.

Bret Boyland said heavily redacted bodycam footage he obtained shows that police did attempt CPR on Rosanne after she was moved into the Capitol.

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Officer Lila Morris of the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia. (File Photo)

“There were two BWC (body-worn camera) videos that started with the officers pulling Rosanne into the building past the police line,” Boyland said, “and it did show multiple officers attempting to revive Rosanne and gave CPR for about 10 – 12 (minutes) straight; then they appeared to load her on some kind of mail-room cart and moved her somewhere else.”

McBride said one thing he found especially troubling on one of the videos is that despite being unconscious during the attack, it appeared Boyland could feel the blows to the head.

“When she takes that second hit to the head, watch her left arm, her left arm straightens up and lifts off the ground,” McBride said.

Winchell told an Atlanta television station in 2021 that when Rosanne was struck by Officer Morris for the final time, Rosanne’s nose started bleeding. “In our mind, she was still alive at that point,” Bret Boyland said.

Rosanne also suffered 3-4 broken ribs on each side of her chest, her father said. Those injuries could have come from repeated CPR attempts, the pressure of being under the large pile of bodies, or from the baton blows from Officer Morris, he said.

Augustine said a report on Morris’ use of force has not been released to the public. He said the factors involved in police use of force are outlined in MPD’s online policy (pdf), updated in January 2021.

“Members of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) shall value and preserve the sanctity of human life at all times, especially when lawfully exercising the use of force,” the policy states. “In situations where the use of force is justified, the utmost restraint should be exercised.”

Bret Boyland said the family wants to know why Morris attacked Rosanne.

“She had a choice; that officer had a choice,” Boyland said. “She could have helped her right there at that point in time. But she chose to grab the stick and start hitting her.”

https://www.theepochtimes.com/police-beating-of-unconscious-rosanne-boyland-was-objectively-reasonable-department-rules_4267104.html?utm_source=News&utm_campaign=breaking-2022-02-10-1&utm_medium=email&est=t5lvuwvO1qTq3x/zk6uBk9JvcBvrF7VlFrgdu5i9qH7u+9I+vzS6fc1N/9SVLw==

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New DHS Memo Lists ‘Misinformation’ as Terror Threat, Calls Vaccine Skeptics ‘Domestic Violent Extremists’

New DHS Memo Lists ‘Misinformation’ as Terror Threat, Calls Vaccine Skeptics ‘Domestic Violent Extremists’

No where is misinformation or disinformation defined. Its whatever “they” say it is. I’d like to say “this is out of control” but it is actually the opposite: “They are trying to be totally in control.” mrossol

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently released their latest terrorism threat bulletin in which the department warns against “the proliferation of false or misleading narratives, which sow discord or undermine public trust in U.S. government institutions.” The bulletin, which was issued on Monday, blamed an “online environment filled with false or misleading narratives and conspiracy theories, and other forms of mis-, dis- and mal-information introduced and/or amplified by foreign and domestic threat actors.”

“These threat actors seek to exacerbate societal friction to sow discord and undermine public trust in government institutions to encourage unrest, which could potentially inspire acts of violence,” reads the bulletin. The DHS also warned that “misinformation” could lead to “mass casualty attacks.”

The DHS listed “widespread online proliferation of false or misleading narratives regarding unsubstantiated widespread election fraud and COVID-19,” as two sources of what they call “MDM”, or misinformation. “Grievances associated with these themes inspired violent extremist attacks during 2021,” the memo continued, failing to provide examples. The memo further stated that loosening of COVID restrictions could lead to violent attacks. “COVID-19 mitigation measures—particularly COVID-19 vaccine and mask mandates—have been used by domestic violent extremists to justify violence since 2020 and could continue to inspire these extremists to target government, healthcare, and academic institutions that they associate with those measures.”

The Biden regime has garnered a reputation for labelling dissent as terrorism and using federal law enforcement agencies to persecute dissidents. In November, Merrick Garland announced his intent to use federal law enforcement to monitor and potentially persecute parents opposed to CRT-themed curriculum and vaccine mandates, who had been peacefully voicing their displeasure at school board meetings across the country. Garland, at the behest of the National School Boards Association (NSBA), announced the formation of a counter terrorism task force in order to monitor dissident parents.  Garland did so while claiming the existence of terrorist threats while also failing to provide evidence or examples.

In January, the Biden regime announced the formation of a new “domestic terrorism task force” designed to confront “anti-authority ideologies.” The new task force was later mentioned in the response section of the new DHS memo. The department also said they will continue to work with “public and private sector partners, as well as foreign counterparts, to identify and evaluate [misinformation], including false or misleading narratives and conspiracy theories spread on social media and other online platforms that endorse or could inspire violence.”

Nowhere in the memo does the DHS list examples of violence committed by mentioned groups or subscribers to listed ideologies.

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