Daughter of Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, accused CNN of deliberately twisting a comment she made in reference to President Trump, before congratulating the 45th President of the United States on his inauguration.
Responding to an article published by CNN originally entitled, “Nancy Sinatra not happy Trump using father’s song at inauguration,” the 76-year-old singer and actress replied, “That’s not true. I never said that. Why do you lie, CNN?”
CNN’s story was based on a tweet from Sinatra that has since been deleted that said, “Just remember the first line of the song,” in reference to the planned use of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” for Donald and Melania Trump’s first dance at the Liberty Ball on Inauguration Day.
CNN has since amended the story, changing the headline to “Sinatra on Trump picking ‘My Way’: Remember the first line,” and adding a note that “This story has been updated to reflect Sinatra’s reaction.”
Sinatra appears to have deleted the tweet accusing CNN of lying after they updated their story’s headline and text. She also congratulated the 45th president, tweeting, “Good luck to you.”
Congratulations, Mr. President. Good luck to you. 🇺🇸
— Nancy Sinatra (@NancySinatra) January 20, 2017
I’ve often observed that, when it comes to public policy, the Obama Justice Department has been a locus of evil. And therefore it was concerning to see that the man who ran that Obama agency for years, the disgraced Eric Holder, has gotten himself a new, government-related gig.
On January 4 liberal California legislative leaders announced that they are using tax dollars to hire former Attorney General Eric Holder and his law firm to assist them in anticipated federal challenges to several state policies such as climate change and immigration. Leftists controlling the Democratic Party are especially concerned that a new Trump administration might actually start enforcing the rule of law against California’s dangerous and unlawful sanctuary policies. Evidently, Eric Holder will waste taxpayer funds defending this lawlessness.
In a statement, Kevin de Leon, California Senate President Pro Tempore, said, “With the upcoming change in administrations, we expect that there will be extraordinary challenges for California in the uncertain times ahead.” The California Attorney General, who represents the State’s interest in court, already has a budget of $190 million.
In response, we have filed a records request with the California Legislature Joint Rules Committee seeking to examine legislative records regarding the state’s employment of former Obama U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr.:
All contracts between the California Legislature and former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. or Covington and Burling.
All communications between the California Legislature and former U. S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. or Covington and Burling about the Legislature’s retention of Holder and/or Covington and Burling.
Holder was one of Obama’s longest-serving and most controversial Cabinet members.
On June 28, 2012, he became the first U.S. Attorney General to be held in contempt of Congress on both civil and criminal grounds. The contempt charge came in connection with Holder’s refusal to turn over documents about his agency’s lies on Operation Fast and Furious, the Obama administration’s gun-walking scandal. JW exposed numerous outrages associated with this scandal.
Under Holder the Justice Department dismissed its voting rights case against the New Black Panther Party. The Justice Department originally filed its lawsuit against the New Black Panther Party following an incident that took place outside of a Philadelphia polling station on November 4, 2008. According to multiple witnesses, members of the New Black Panthers blocked access to polling stations, harassed voters and hurled racial epithets. A video of the incident, showing a member of the New Black Panther Party brandishing a police-style baton weapon, was widely distributed on the Internet. JW exposed a number of Obama DOJ lies regarding the Black Panthers, which a federal judge validated in Judicial Watch v. United States Department of Justice (No. 1:10-cv-851).
In 2013, the Obama Justice Department was caught spying on The Associated Press by collecting months’ worth of phone records of reporters and editors. Fox News’ James Rosen was among those targeted by Holder’s Justice Department.
Thanks in part to JW’s success in exposing his corruption, Holder was forced to resign from the Justice Department in 2015 and rejoin his old law firm of Covington & Burling.
Our records request is designed to expose how California state legislators are wasting tax dollars to take care of another corrupt politician – Eric Holder – with the intention of deliberately resisting the rule of law on immigration and other matters. His record at the Clinton and Obama Justice Departments demonstrates a willingness to bend the law in order to protect his political patrons.
Barack Obama did not go out quietly. His unquiet final acts were, in part, overshadowed by a successor who refused to come in quietly and, in part, by Obama’s own endless, sentimental farewell tour. But there was nothing nostalgic or sentimental about Obama’s last acts. Two of them were simply shocking.
Perhaps we should have known. At the 2015 White House correspondents’ dinner, he joked about whether he had a bucket list: “Well, I have something that rhymes with bucket list.”
Turns out, he wasn’t kidding. Commuting the sentence of Chelsea Manning, one of the great traitors of our time, is finger-in-the-eye willfulness. Obama took 28 years off the sentence of a soldier who stole and then released through WikiLeaks almost half a million military reports plus a quarter-million State Department documents.
The cables were embarrassing; the military secrets were almost certainly deadly. They jeopardized the lives not just of American soldiers on two active fronts — Iraq and Afghanistan — but of locals who were, at great peril, secretly aiding and abetting us. After Manning’s documents release, the Taliban “went on a killing spree” (according to intelligence sources quoted by Fox News) of those who fit the description of individuals working with the United States.
Moreover, we will be involved in many shadowy conflicts throughout the world. Locals will have to choose between us and our enemies. Would you choose a side that is so forgiving of a leaker who betrays her country — and you?
Even the word “leaker” is misleading. “Leak” makes it sound like a piece of information a whistleblower gives Woodward and Bernstein to expose misdeeds in high office. This was nothing of the sort. It was the indiscriminate dumping of a mountain of national security secrets certain to bring harm to American troops, allies and interests.
Obama considered Manning’s 35-year sentence excessive. On the contrary. It was lenient. Manning could have been — and in previous ages, might well have been — hanged for such treason. Now she walks after seven years.
What makes this commutation so spectacularly in-your-face is its hypocrisy. Here is a president who spent weeks banging the drums over the harm inflicted by WikiLeaks with its release of stolen materials and emails during the election campaign. He demanded a report immediately. He imposed sanctions on Russia. He preened about the sanctity of the American political process.
Over what? What exactly was released? A campaign chairman’s private emails and Democratic National Committee chatter, i.e., campaign gossip, backbiting, indiscretions and cynicism. The usual stuff, embarrassing but not dangerous. No national security secrets, no classified material, no exposure of anyone to harm, just to ridicule and opprobrium.
The other last-minute Obama bombshell occurred four weeks earlier when, for the first time in nearly a half-century, the United States abandoned Israel on a crucial Security Council resolution, allowing the passage of a condemnation that will plague both Israel and its citizens for years to come. After eight years of reassurance, Obama seized the chance — free of political accountability for himself and his potential Democratic successor — to do permanent damage to Israel. (The U.S. has no power to reverse the Security Council resolution.)
Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. who went on to be a great Democratic senator, once argued passionately that in the anti-American, anti-democratic swamp of the U.N., America should act unwaveringly in opposition and never give in to the jackals. Obama joined the jackals.
Why? To curry favor with the international left? After all, Obama leaves office as a relatively young man of 55. His next chapter could very well be as a leader on the international stage, perhaps at the U.N. (secretary-general?) or some transnational (ostensibly) human rights organization. What better demonstration of bona fides than a gratuitous attack on Israel? Or the about-face on Manning and WikiLeaks? Or the freeing of a still unrepentant Puerto Rican terrorist, Oscar Lopez Rivera, also pulled off with three days remaining in his presidency.
A more likely explanation, however, is that these are acts not of calculation but of authenticity. This is Obama being Obama. He leaves office as he came in: a man of the left, but possessing the intelligence and discipline to suppress his more radical instincts. As of Nov. 9, 2016, suppression was no longer necessary.
We’ve just gotten a glimpse of his real self. From now on, we shall see much more of it.
Mexico has announced the extradition of Mexican Drug Lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera.
A prepared statement issued on Thursday afternoon from Mexico’s Foreign Relations Ministry announced the extradition that took place on Thursday.
Known as “El Chapo”, Guzman has been the leader of the famed Sinaloa Cartel–a criminal organization responsible for most of the drug trafficking in the country. Guzman is facing multiple charges in U.S. federal district courts in Texas, California, and Washington, D.C., that include money laundering, drug trafficking, conspiracy, and murder.
A statement from the Department of Justice revealed that Guzman is already in the custody of U.S. law enforcement and is expected to make an initial appearance in the near future in connection with six federal indictments.
Guzman had been trying to fight the extradition from Mexico by having his legal team file multiple appeals and injunctions; however various Mexican judges struck down each of the motions until the extradition was announced in May.
As Breitbart Texas had reported, Mexico’s SRE had notified Guzman about an extradition agreement with the U.S. so the drug lord could face the pending charges in federal court. As part of the agreement, U.S prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty.
The death penalty issue comes after the Western District of Texas filed murder charges against Guzman for his alleged role as the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel. The murder was part of a drug dispute where cartel gunmen kidnapped and murdered a U.S. citizen and two relatives.
The victims of that hit were Rafael Morales Valencia, Jaime Morales Valencia, and Guadalupe Morales Arreola, who were believed to be tied to the rival Juarez Cartel. The three men were kidnapped on May 7, 2010, during a wedding. Their bodies were found on May 10, 2010. At the time of the murders, Ciudad Juarez was going through a violent turf war between the Sinaloa and the Juarez Cartels.
As Breitbart Texas has reported, Guzman became a major headline in July 2015 when he was able to escape a maximum security prison through a mile-long tunnel. After the escape, Mexican authorities arrested 23 prison guards and employees for their alleged complicity in the escape.
Guzman had originally been captured in 1993 and was sent to Mexico’s Altiplano prison from where he escaped once before by hiding in a laundry cart. Guzman has been listed by Forbes magazine as a billionaire in their ranking of the world’s richest.
In a press release issued Thursday evening, the DOJ expressed “gratitude to the Government of Mexico for their extensive cooperation and assistance in securing the extradition of Guzman Loera to the United States.”
Donald Trump the first President in decades to finally take aim at Big Pharma’s monopolistic drug cartel
Tens of millions of Americans have been suffering under the crushing weight of rising healthcare costs—which, of course, were supposed to drop drastically, we were promised, when Obamacare was fully implemented.
Out-of-pocket expenses have been rising for health insurance premiums, deductibles and prescription medications, with Big Pharma operating as a legalized drug cartel. Keeping prices high while greasing the federal regulatory system (and politicians’ reelection funds) has really taken its toll on our pocketbooks.
But we may have a knight in shining armor riding to the rescue: President-elect Donald J. Trump, who has pledged in recent days to take on the Big Pharma drug cartels with regulatory reforms that will most certainly result in lower prices.
In his first press conference recently, Trump discussed how the pharmaceutical industry has far too much power and influence over U.S. lawmakers and policymakers.
“Pharma has a lot of lobbyists and a lot of power,” said Trump. “There’s very little bidding on drugs. We’re the largest drug buyer in the world, and we’re going to start bidding. We’re going to start saving billions of dollars on drugs.” (RELATED: See more coverage of President Trump at Trump.news)
The president-elect is talking about the fact that every other president and Congress in recent history, including Clinton, Bush and Obama, have maintained what is essentially a “monopoly drug-pricing cartel” in the U.S. through the adoption of policies that eliminate outside and foreign competition, ensuring that the largest buyer of healthcare products—the U.S. government—pays the highest prices possible for drugs. While Medicare and Medicaid do not pay full price for most healthcare services, prescription drugs are often way over-priced. (RELATED: Learn about pharmaceutical price fixing at Rigged.news)
But the government also pays through federal health coverage plans and via the VA hospital system, where there is little competitive pricing. Much of this is due to an army of Big Pharma lobbyists who pretty much ‘bribe’ lawmakers and presidents to enact policies that keep prices high by eliminating true competitive bidding for prescription medication contracts [RELATED: Keep current with daily medical news coverage at Medicine.news]
Just how much money are we talking about here? In 2015 alone, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, “Spending on prescription drugs outpaced all other services,” with the government shelling out an incredible $324.6 billion for prescription drugs only.
The same report notes that healthcare spending in the United States has risen in the age of Obama and Obamacare, to $3.2 trillion annually, or roughly $10,000 per person; little wonder why the industry wouldn’t want to change the way things are.
But the fact is, the spending level on healthcare is breaking our bank. During Obama’s eight-year tenure, our national debt doubled from roughly $10 trillion to nearly $20 trillion today. If healthcare spending is not curbed and soon, it will consume 25 percent of our annual gross domestic product, meaning one out of every four dollars generated in the entire U.S. economy will be going to drug makers, cancer treatment centers, physicians, hospitals and medical device manufacturers.
As reported by Natural News founder/editor Mike Adams, the Health Ranger:
Obviously, that rate of expenditure is unsustainable. It also makes U.S. workers far more expensive than workers in overseas regions, harming the economic competitiveness of U.S. companies. In order for U.S. workers to remain competitive, U.S. health care costs need to be drastically reduced… and that means finally forcing drug companies to compete on pricing rather than receiving “full retail” monopoly-priced reimbursements from the federal government.
It should be noted, as documented in “The Hillary Files,” a white paper by the editors of NewsTarget, that had Hillary Clinton won instead of Trump, nothing would have changed because she was bought and paid for by the pharmaceutical industry she claimed to want to “reform.”
Trump hasn’t taken office yet so it’s unclear at this point if he’ll be able to do what he says. But at least he’s talking about reining in out-of-control drug pricing, as well as repealing and replacing Obamacare.
As the nation prepares for the peaceful transfer of power on Inauguration Day, CNN is dreaming up scenarios whereby the Obama administration can keep power if President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence were blown up as they prepared to take to oath of office.
On the Wednesday, January 18 broadcast of CNN’s The Situation Room, host Wolf Blitzer aired a segment with a chyron featuring the headline “Developing Now.” During that “developing” segment, Blitzer and correspondent Brian Todd discussed what would happen if the unthinkable occurred on January 20.
Blitzer introduced the segment, saying, “What if an incoming president and his immediate successors were wiped out on day one?” and from there, CNN contributor Brian Todd took over to outline the line of succession if an attack blew up the inaugural dais, killing both Trump and Pence.
The upshot was that in the case of both heads of state being killed, the Secretary of State would take over. Currently that man is Secretary of State John Kerry, But in case some objected because his office would also end as of noon on Inauguration Day, then it would be the Speaker of the House — Republican Paul Ryan — or even Obama’s Under Secretary for Political Affairs Tom Shannon.
The report also noted that the designated survivor appointed by the Obama administration could also become president in the case of a disaster. So, in CNN’s analysis, most of the people who would take over in the worst-case scenario would keep the Obama administration in power, at least indirectly.
So while most of the country is looking to enjoy the day’s events and waiting expectantly to hear what our new president will have to say for his first address as our leader, CNN is wondering what will happen if he is assassinated.
Perhaps CNN is still stuck in anger, the second stage of grief.
Andrew P. Napolitano
On Jan. 3, outgoing Attorney General Loretta Lynch secretly signed an order directing the National Security Agency — America’s 60,000-person-strong domestic spying apparatus — to make available raw spying data to all other federal intelligence agencies, which then can pass it on to their counterparts in foreign countries and in the 50 states upon request. She did so, she claimed, for administrative convenience. Yet in doing this, she violated basic constitutional principles that were erected centuries ago to prevent just what she did.
Here is the back story.
In the aftermath of former President Richard Nixon’s abusive utilization of the FBI and CIA to spy on his domestic political opponents in the 1960s and ’70s — and after Nixon had resigned from office in the wake of all that — Congress passed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which created a secret court that was charged with being the sole authority in America that can authorize domestic spying for non-law enforcement purposes.
The standard for a FISA court authorization was that the subject of the spying needed to be a foreign person in the United States who was an agent of a foreign power. It could be a foreign janitor in a foreign embassy, a foreign spy masquerading as a diplomat, even a foreign journalist working for a media outlet owned by a foreign government.
The American spies needed a search warrant from the FISA court. Contrary to the Constitution, the search warrant was given based not on the probable cause of crime but rather on probable cause of the status of the person as an agent of a foreign power. This slight change from “probable cause of crime” to “probable cause of foreign agency” began the slippery slope that brought us to Lynch’s terrible order of Jan. 3.
After the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, numerous other statutes were enacted that made spying easier and that continued to erode the right to be left alone guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment. The Patriot Act permitted FBI agents to write their own search warrants for business records (including medical, legal, postal and banking records), and amendments to FISA itself changed the wording from probable cause “of foreign agency” to probable cause of being “a foreign person” to all Americans who may “communicate with a foreign person.”
As if Americans were children, Congress made those sleight-of-hand changes with no hoopla and little serious debate. Our very elected representatives — who took an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution — instead perverted it.
It gets worse.
The recent USA Freedom Act permits the NSA to ask the FISA court for a search warrant for any person — named or unnamed — based on the standard of “governmental need.” One FISA court-issued warrant I saw authorized the surveillance of all 115 million domestic customers of Verizon. The governmental need standard is no standard at all, as the government will always claim that what it wants, it needs.
All these statutes and unauthorized spying practices have brought us to where we were on Jan. 2 — namely, with the NSA having a standard operating procedure of capturing every keystroke on every computer and mobile device, The Freedom Answer Boo… Best Price: $0.89 Buy New $1.87 every telephone conversation on every landline and cellphone, and all domestic electronic traffic — including medical, legal and banking records — of every person in America 24/7, without knowing of or showing any wrongdoing on the part of those spied upon.
The NSA can use data from your cell phone to learn where you are, and it can utilize your cell phone as a listening device to hear your in-person conversations, even if you have turned it off — that is if you still have one of the older phones that can be turned off.
Notwithstanding all of the above gross violations of personal liberty and constitutional norms, the NSA traditionally kept its data — if printed, enough to fill the Library of Congress every year — to itself. So if an agency such as the FBI or the DEA or the New Jersey State Police, for example, wanted any of the data acquired by the NSA for law enforcement purposes, it needed to get a search warrant from a federal judge based on the constitutional standard of “probable cause of crime.”
Now, because of the Lynch secret order, revealed by The New York Times late last week, the NSA may share any of its data with any other intelligence agency or law enforcement agency that has an intelligence arm based on — you guessed it — the non-standard of governmental need.
So President Barack Obama, in the death throes of his time in the White House, has delivered perhaps his harshest blow to constitutional freedom by permitting his attorney general to circumvent the Fourth Amendment, thereby enabling people in law enforcement to get whatever they want about whomever they wish without a showing of probable cause of crime as the Fourth Amendment requires. That amendment expressly forbids the use of general warrants — search where you wish and seize what you find — and they had never been a lawful tool of law enforcement until Lynch’s order.
Down the slope we have come, with the destruction of liberty in the name of safety by elected and appointed government officials. At a time when the constitutionally recognized right to privacy was in its infancy, Justice Louis Brandeis warned all who love freedom about its slow demise. He wrote: “Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the Government’s purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.”
Someday we will learn why Obama did this. I hope that when we do, it is at a time when we still have personal liberty in a free society.
Hoodlums will be out in full force this Inauguration Day weekend. Count on it.
I’ve covered the left’s criminal anarchist element for more than 20 years — from the animal rights terrorists who have harassed, threatened and firebombed scientific researches across the U.S. and Europe to the anti-capitalist thugs who wreaked havoc on downtown business owners at the 1999 World Trade Organization meeting in Seattle and the 2010 G-20 summit in Toronto to the ANSWER Coalition and Code Pink’s not-so-peaceful peaceniks who disrupted congressional hearings and menaced veterans memorials and military recruiting stations throughout the George W. Bush years to the Occupy Wall Street vagrants and rapists of 2011-12 to the rent-a-rioters who hijacked Ferguson, Baltimore and other Black Lives Matter demonstrations against police.
My favorites over the years? I’ll never forget the seditious mother in Olympia, Washington, who tied bandanas over her kids’ faces and recklessly planted them in the middle of a street 10 years ago to block trucks carrying military shipments. She was so caught up in the excitement of her “direct action” that she dropped her baby on the ground as her anarchist compatriots threw rocks at police and soldiers driving around them.
Then there were the “progressive” nitwits who handcuffed themselves to concrete-filled barrels in January 2015 and shut down traffic in the Boston area (risking the lives of crash victims waiting for an ambulance that was blocked) to protest … something or other.
Clenched-fist troublemakers will use any mass gathering as an excuse to undermine civil society. Social media and the irresistible lure of virality have only strengthened their incentive to “FSU” (f—- s—- up). Here’s another thing you can take to the bank: “Mainstream” protesters on the streets of D.C. will look the other way at these lawless vandals who leech onto any available cause. Their common goal is not “social justice.” It’s destabilization and disorder.
In Oakland, California, far-left “activist” Mayor Jean Quan groveled to Occupy agitators and refused to crack down as small businesses were destroyed and cops were attacked.
Oberlin grad Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Democratic mayor of Baltimore, infamously created a safe space for rioters sabotaging inner-city businesses.
The American Civil Liberties Union has written the literal playbook for redefining violent protest as “free speech” and obstructing police planning efforts to defend cities against left-wing chaos.
Kory Flowers, a North Carolina-based law enforcement expert on domestic anarchists and criminal subversive groups, describes the persistent pot stirrers as “cause parasites.” In 2012, at the Democratic National Convention, where international media coverage was assured, Flowers reported that anarchists had manufactured “urine-filled eggs, acid-filled Christmas ornaments, and water guns containing urine, all meant to be used against the law enforcement security forces throughout the city.”
Five years later, investigative journalist James O’Keefe exposed D.C.-based anarchists associated with the #DisruptJ20 (Jan. 20) movement on tape this week as they were plotting to invade inaugural balls with stink bombs, trigger sprinkler systems to force attendees out in the cold, chain themselves to Metro trains and hunt down city officials who act against them.
“If you try to close us down, we will look for your house. We will burn it. We will physically fight the police if they try to steal one of our places. We will go to war, and you will lose,” one plotter threatened.
Many of these guerilla punks employ “Black Bloc” tactics, Flowers notes, wearing all-black clothes “to appear as a unified assemblage, giving the appearance of solidarity for the particular cause at hand,” which allows “virtual anonymity while conducting criminal acts as a group.” They may be a fringe minority, but it’s the continued tolerance of these vandals, looters and terrorist wannabes on the ground by “mainstream” community organizers and politicians that gives them cover — and power.
Lee Stranahan, an independent journalist and blogger who covers protest movements for Breitbart, adds: “It’s important that Americans not be lulled into a false sense of security by such an oversimplification. While it’s been proven that funders like (billionaire George) Soros and the Democrat party have paid protest organizers and some protesters, groups like the violent Black Bloc typically aren’t motivated by money, but instead come to protests because of their anti-American ideology, base criminal desires and thrill seeking.”
Opponents of President-elect Donald Trump’s have accused him of “inspiring violence” and bringing out the worst in people. Wrong. The active and passive sponsors of left-wing political mayhem are the ones guilty of enabling it over the past quarter-century. Restoring peace and justice starts with restoring law and order. Either you’re against the rule of the mob or you’re with it.
Oath Keepers Operation DefendJ20
Calling all Oath Keepers and all other level-headed and capable patriots and groups,
We DO NOT expect the radical leftists to be successful in their rather ambitious and absurd plans to disrupt or even stop the Inauguration. We expect them to fail. But we are very concerned about the safety of the patriotic good people who will be there to enjoy the Inauguration, whom the leftists are threatening to assault and attack with violence. Those threats are now so well documented, and of such a clear a present danger, that we are honor bound to act in defense of the peaceable attendees. That is, after-all, what we do. It’s in our blood, in our training, and in our very purpose in life, to be the protectors.
Therefore, we call on those of you who are able-bodied and know how to handle yourselves well, and especially military and police veterans with applicable training and experience, who can remain calm under pressure, to come to Washington DC during the Inauguration and surrounding events (any days you can from Jan 18-20) to protect peaceable American patriots who are now being threatened with assault and other acts of violence by radical leftist groups, as well as to act as additional eyes and ears to “back the blue” and help keep watch on the violent leftists (and to also watch for jihadist terrorists) and spot and report to law enforcement.
This operation needs to be carried out in a low-key and even covert manner, as we did with our Operation Sabot on election day, since that keeps the bad-guys guessing where you are, how many of you are out there, wondering if they are under direct observation, and wondering if they will be caught and interdicted if they attempt to assault a vulnerable potential victim they have targeted.
Many of our members were already planning on attending the Inauguration, but recent events have compelled us to call on more of you to go to DC to help protect the attendees, if you are able and qualified to do so, if you are within reasonable travel distance from Washington DC, and if you feel called to this mission. This is strictly voluntary, for those who are willing. Those who choose to stay home to secure their local areas instead, against the very real possibility of terrorist attack by ISIS (which has promised to make January 20 “Bloody Friday” across the United States) or against the possibility of nation-wide civil unrest in the event things go badly in DC, have our respect. Let your conscience and your best judgment of where you are needed be your guide. But please also respect the choice of those who, like us, feel compelled by a sense of duty to go to DC. This is rightly an individual decision for each to make, like any volunteer mission we have undertaken, be it Bundy Ranch, Ferguson, Missouri, or any of the many others.
We know other patriotic groups, such as Bikers for Trump, and some Three Percenter groups, will also be in attendance in strong numbers in DC, and we will do our best to coordinate with them, but the main focus of this effort will be to have widely dispersed, low-key patriot buddy teams, four-man, and eight-man teams working to spot possible violent criminal activity and to interdict bad guys and protect victims of assault until the police can come to their aid. If you need to reach us, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We will also post up frequent updates on our Twitter page, on this main site, and on our Facebook page. If we need to post up an emergency rally point for the public to see, we will post it there. Otherwise, consult our members-only forum, or coordinate with us at the above email if you are from another patriot group.
If you cannot join us on this mission to protect the Inauguration attendees, please consider helping us with travel expenses and logistics by making a small donation here:
Those who can make it, please keep your gas receipts so we can reimburse you for gas expenses (if we get enough donations) once we link up on January 20, after Trump has safely entered the White House. We will post up a rally point on twitter and on this site that afternoon.
- Have a buddy! Travel in groups of two at the very least. If you can link up two buddy teams into a four person team, that is all the better. And two four man teams makes a nice eight man team. Any larger risks being too conspicuous, but adjust as necessary for safety. It is essential that you have a buddy. If you must travel to DC alone, the first thing you need to do once you get there is to hook up with another Oath Keeper or other patriot. If you are a member of Oath Keepers you can use our members-only forum for this purpose. Be prepared to show your membership card or membership certificate to prove membership if you link up with us in DC. If you are from another group, or an individual, please be patient with patriots if they seek to vette you.
- Dress to blend. Your primary goal is to be able to observe and spot potential bad-actors with criminal intent (whether radical leftists or jihadis) without them knowing you are observing them, so walking around in Oath Keepers gear (or Three Percenter gear or other “patriot group” hats or shirts) is counter-productive to that mission. You are certainly welcome to bring your Oath Keepers or patriot “colors” with you and have them available to put on if the situation calls for it, or for once you are done and wanting to celebrate, but be able to go back and forth from overt to covert, with primary emphasis on covert. This keeps the bad guys guessing on your numbers, location, disposition, direction of travel, etc. and will help make them paranoid about being caught. Don’t make it easy for them to I.D. you, as that will reduce your effectiveness except in certain very specialized circumstances where being I.D.’d easily by the police is essential so they don’t arrest you along with the leftist criminals, and so other patriots know you are one of the good guys (to avoid “blue on blue” situations). Use your common-sense on that.
- Stay dispersed, unless coming to someone’s defense in an emergency. This allows you to cover more ground with observation, and be on hand to help more people, while still being in at least a buddy team or four-man team. A large block of patriots standing and traveling together is easier for the bad guys to spot, track, and work around. As with dressing to blend, being dispersed in two or four person teams keeps them guessing on where you are, who you are, and how many of you there are, and that makes their mission harder to carry out. If someone is attacked, then it makes sense to converge to assist in defending them as “concerned citizens.” Ditto for your own safety, if necessary. Otherwise, remain dispersed.
- Go where you are needed most, using your own best judgment. On Jan 18, if you are in DC, that may include the area of the Pence residence, which has been targeted by the radicals. On January 19, it would be the area of the Deploraball and anywhere else where Trump supporters are congregating. Depending on how bad it is, you may be needed to escort attendees to and from such events to protect them from assault. On Jan 20, you will be needed all over the viewing areas and along the parade route, but especially near where the leftists and the Trump supporters will be close to each other and may clash. Be fluid, flexible, and mobile, and keep your head on a swivel at all times. Don’t forget about the Jihadist ISIS threat to make Jan. 20 a “Bloody Friday” in the United States. Watch for vehicles being used as weapons in areas without Jersey barriers, and watch for possible IEDs. And don’t forget about the recently discovered weapons caches in DC.
- Use secure comms if at all possible, using our established OK secure comms systems or whatever your group/team uses.
- Keep cool. Don’t bother getting into debates or arguments with leftist zealots. They have been conditioned to hate their own country, to hate the Constitution, and to hate you. They hate anyone who is not them, essentially, but especially all Trump supporters, all conservatives, all libertarians, all constitutionalists, and they have a special hatred of all Oath Keepers, Three Percenters, and any patriot military and police veterans (whom they also fear). They have been conditioned to see you all as “racist Nazis” no matter what you say or do, so save your breath. Just smile and enjoy their gnashing of teeth and wailing in anguish because they lost the election. Let them lose their cool, while you keep yours, and keep your eyes and ears open and focused on your mission of protecting the attendees.
- Stay within the law! Let the leftists be the lawbreakers and show the world their true colors, as you stay scrupulously within the law. The more they “act out” and double down on stupid, the more they kill their own credibility (precisely why they lost the election). But be ready to defend yourself, your buddy, your team-mates, and especially be ready to defend the more vulnerable attendees who may be targeted for harassment and assault. Remember, that is your entire purpose on this mission. If you must act to defend someone, focus on getting them to safety and making contact with the police as soon as safely possible. Do not engage in shouting matches or “mutual combat” fist-fights for the fun of it, as that is not why you are there. Be the cool, calm, “quiet professional” who does what is necessary with cool efficiency, and no more. Consult the prohibited items list, and be aware that you will be subject to search. Just the way it is.
- Film EVERYTHING. Have your cell phone ready to record, and have someone on your team dedicated to filming any and all altercations. You must have film to show who was the good guy (you) and who was the bad guy (them).
- Have contingency plans and rally points worked out in advance, and designated as you move (just like you learned in patrolling). Stay with your buddy, no matter what. We Oath Keepers will have daily worst case “fall-back” rally points designated in case things really go to hell in a handbasket. Those will be designated on our members only forum each morning. We recommend that other groups do likewise. But otherwise, use your common sense and training and designate more frequent rally points as you move so you and your buddy or team can be easily reunited if separated along your route.
- Dress for bad weather. It is expected to be cold and raining. Forecast for January 20 is 100% chance of rain (perfect infantry weather!). So bring sufficient warm cloths and rain gear. Wear good shoes or boots, with sure footing, that you can be in all day in the rain, with spare socks, and good quality gloves.
- Bring a serious IFAK and a “boo-boo” kit. Make sure it will get through whatever checkpoints you will have to navigate. Have eye protection, flash lights, water, a food bar or two, and whatever else you need to sustain you. Consult the prohibited items list. Seriously consider bringing along some whole milk and Dawn liquid soap in case you catch some pepper-spray with your face. Gas masks are not currently on the prohibited items list, and could really come in handy, but be prepared in case you are told you cannot bring it through a checkpoint.
- IF you must go “hands on” use only that force which is necessary to stop the attack, and presume you are on film, because you will be. Contact police immediately, and make sure you I.D. witnesses if possible, once you and the people you are protecting are safe. Document everything, with backups, while it is still fresh in your head.
- Use your own best judgment and discretion, and remember, you are on stage, and on film, at all times, and your actions will reflect on the rest of us. Let the bad guys be the ones to show their a$$. You be the epitome of the professional warrior who follows the warriors creed:
Wherever I walk,
everyone is a little bit safer because I am there.
Wherever I am,
anyone in need has a friend.
Whenever I return home,
everyone is happy I am there.
Why is this necessary?
It is now abundantly clear that radical leftists, most of them being bused in from outside Washington DC, intend to use sabotage, intimidation, assault, and outright terrorism to attempt to obstruct and even “shut down” the January 20 Inauguration as well as celebrations surrounding it, such as the “Deploraball” that is taking place at the National Press Club on the evening of January 19th.
As we reported here and here, DisruptJ20, the Anti-Fascist Coalition, and Refuse Fascism (a communist front group led by Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers and Revolutionary Communist Party USA leader Carl Dix, and funded by George Soros) have joined forces to do all they can to disrupt and even prevent the peaceful transition of power that will take place on January 20 as Donald J. Trump is sworn in as the 45th President of the United States.
As stated above, we do not believe these radical leftists, led by aging communist terrorist Bill Ayers, of all people, will be successful in shutting down the Inauguration and surrounding celebratory balls (we feel their insane “astro-turf” Soros funded attempts to spark a broader “revolution” will fizzle out). However, we are very concerned that in the attempt to disrupt the celebrations, these manic leftist thugs will assault, injure, and even endanger the lives of good American patriots who will simply be trying to enjoy the Inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump. There is a danger of the same kind of violent assault we saw in San Jose, California during the campaign. If it weren’t for that serious threat, we’d just laugh at the absurdity of their mass temper tantrum and hissy fit. But because the leftists are so filled with rage over Trump winning and over their suddenly being out of power after thinking they had a permanent lock on the White House (many of them grew up under Obama, and can’t imagine anyone else as President except a leftist Democrat), they do pose a real danger to the attendees of the Inauguration.
We understand how serious the threat is because, beginning on November 9th, 2016,Oath Keepers operatives have infiltrated numerous meetings of DisruptJ20, Refuse Fascism, and Anti-Fascist Coalition. That operation is still ongoing. We have gathered extensive evidence of their plans to violate the law in numerous ways, including plans to assault Trump supporters with bags filled with urine and other foul substances and to use smoke bombs or pepper-spray to clear out the Deploraball event (and then assault attendees again as they leave). They also announced plans to block checkpoints into the Inauguration, to block roads and other means of transport into the city, including several Metro rail lines, and to do all they can to keep people from being able to access the Inauguration. All that evidence was promptly turned over to the DC Metropolitan Police Department, and yet no arrests have been made, and the permit for DisruptJ20 to reserve McPherson Square Park just above the White House has still not been pulled, despite their planning and conspiring en mass to engage in criminal activity.
And now, Project Veritas has published crystal clear video and audio of Anti-Fascist Coalition leaders conspiring to commit terrorism in the form of gassing the 1,000 attendees of the Deploraball by pumping butyric acid into the ventilation system of the National Press Club and/or triggering the smoke alarm and sprinkler system to cause a panic, stampede, and evacuation of the building.
And still, they are not arrested or shut down. During that same taped discussion, Luke Kuhn, of the DC Anti-Fascist Coalition, also stated, in reference to the police:
The message has to be, we do not recognize the city government either. If you try to close us down, we will look for your house, we will burn it. We will physically fight the police if they try to steal one of our places. We will go to war and you will lose.
So, they are planning to commit arson and assault against police, and still they are free to carry on with their plans. After being caught “red-handed” on video, the leftists attempted to explain it away as an intentional “just playing along” counter-sting, but in addition to Project Veritas’ rebuttal, we can confirm that this assertion is patently false. Oath Keepers is assisting Project Veritas with their investigation of the various organizations that may threaten the safety of participants in events associated with the Presidential Inauguration. We can verify many of the details provided in the Project Veritas reports thru our own initiative codenamed “Operation Hypo”. As stated above, we provided that information and evidence to the police independent of the Project Veritas effort, but our work fully supports what Project Veritas is reporting. We have also offered to provide Project Veritas with volunteer security and personnel protection assistance, as our way of supporting their mission.
The fact is, the leftist extremists groups do plan to commit criminal acts, including criminal assault, that do rise to the level of terrorism. In addition, three weapons caches, with pistols, rifles, homemade suppressors, and ammunition were discovered near American University, where DisruptJ20 is training leftist agitators to disrupt the Inauguration. Just a coincidence? Does this kind of thing happen all the time around American University? Hardly.
And yet, to this date not one arrest has been made, not one permit has been pulled, and no action whatsoever has been taken by the FBI, Secret Service, or by the DC Metropolitan Police to impede these criminal plans. All that is disrupting the leftists in any way is the public exposure by groups such as Oath Keepers, Project Veritas, and some “white hat” hackers who are going after the leftist radicals.
And that is why we feel honor bound to step in and protect Americans as they come to DC to exercise their right to free speech, assembly, and freedom of association, in the time-honored American tradition of attending Presidential Inaugurations. Given the government’s absolute failure to arrest any of the leaders of these radical leftist groups, despite being given ample evidence of their brazen conspiracy to commit multiple crimes, including terrorism, we are concerned that the same “kid gloves” and “hands-off” approach will be applied to the actual actions these leftists are still planning on carrying out.
God forbid we see another example of what we saw in San Jose this past year, with Trump supporters, including women and senior-citizens, being physically assaulted and beaten, as the local police stood by, violating their oaths by obeying illegal stand-down orders. One elderly gentleman was sucker- punched and knocked unconscious, ala “the knockout game” and when he fell he hit the back of his head hard on the concrete, which was a potentially fatal impact:
I want you to imagine an elderly veteran and his wife being beaten like that in Washington DC by America-hating communist thugs throwing a collectivist temper tantrum because they lost the election. As a matter of human decency, honor, and our oath, we cannot sit at home and watch that on television, knowing that we had a chance to possibly protect them, but failed to act.
By being there, dispersed in unknown but significant numbers, we can help to cause the bad guys strategic doubt, and our presence can also help counter any jihadist plans to create a “perfect storm” of both leftist and jihadist terrorism on that day.
And so, I call on all who are capable and are willing to go, who are within driving range, to come to Washington DC and provide over-watch and protection of your fellow Americans as they attend the Inauguration events. Let those who feel the call to come answer that call. Those who decide to remain home can serve a useful purpose by being on the alert for jihadist terror attacks in their local community. Both are honorable courses of action, and both should be respected as an individual choice. Let your conscience be your guide on where you believe you need to be. For those of you who choose DC, we will see you there.
For the Republic,
Founder and President of Oath Keepers
Comments from NavyJack
Ladies and gentlemen, Oath Keepers operatives have been in dozens of meetings and attended multiple protests to learn as much as we can about the threat posed by these organizations. The vast majority of the protesters are not violent. Many of the DisruptJ20 protesters are unhappy with the serious threats being posed by their more radical members. The few hundred that are violent and come uncorked quickly are primarily young (20-35) white males belonging to anarchist organizations (ANTIFA/Black-bloc). They normally wear bandannas over their face to hide their features. They did not vote for Clinton. They did not vote at all. They are angry about the Project Veritas tapes exposing their leaders. You cannot reason with them or present your opinions without triggering them. They want to get you upset to get a verbal or physical reaction from you. Do not take that bait, walk away and find a roving police officer or a stationary officer to radio in for assistance. Point out the agitators (they will ALWAYS be in a group of 3 or more) and ask the police to intercede. You have to ask because unless you do you the DC Police are trained to stand back until a fight is in full swing. DC Police wear body cameras, but they will be off on inauguration day. It is against the law in DC for police to videotape protesters. If you make a complaint about an agitator to an officer, you give him/her the ability to turn on that body camera. I always tell them to turn it on just in case they forget. The agitators hate the police and if they can single one out, they may work up the nerve to jump them. Eventually someone will spout back at them and a fight will start.
These agitators like to fight, but they are not disciplined. Stay off the ground. Their primary tactics are throat punching and sucker hits from behind to get you down and then pile on. Keep your distance and force them to advance on you.
While in general I agree with the “Film Everything” concept Stewart lays out above, with these anarchists, anyone holding camera that is capturing evidence to be used against them will become the target of their aggression. I suggest that you refrain from videotaping any group of ANTIFA or Black-bloc agitators (the ones wearing bandannas or ski-masks) if you are by yourself. They will take your cell phone. To them, the act of videotaping is an act of aggression.
The anarchists will be using McPherson Square Park (just north of the White House) as their rally point and as a staging area. I suggest that you exercise caution in this general area. If you go near that area, I suggest that you be incognito and covert.
For the Republic,
UPDATE: Here is the second Video from Project Veritas
In that video, leftist leaders conducting “direct action” training encourage their followers to “throat punch” Trump supporters on January 20. They use the term “Nazis” when talking about throat punching people, but that is because they think anyone who voted for Trump is a Nazi. They make no distinction whatsoever. “You voted for Trump? You’re a NAZI!” as seen in this video, even for a black person. To them, we are all the same, all racists, all Nazis, and all deserve a throat punch, sucker punch, or even worse.
Patrick J. Buchanan
Since World War II, the two men who have most terrified this city by winning the presidency are Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump.
And they have much in common.
Both came out of the popular culture, Reagan out of Hollywood, Trump out of a successful reality TV show. Both possessed the gifts of showmen — extraordinarily valuable political assets in a television age that deals cruelly with the uncharismatic.
Both became instruments of insurgencies out to overthrow the establishment of the party whose nomination they were seeking.
Reagan emerged as the champion of the postwar conservatism that had captured the Republican Party with Barry Goldwater’s nomination in 1964. His victory in 1980 came at the apogee of conservative power.
The populism that enabled Trump to crush 16 Republican rivals and put him over the top in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan had also arisen a decade and a half before — in the 1990s.
A decisive advantage Reagan and Trump both enjoyed is that in their decisive years, the establishments of both parties were seen as having failed the nation.
Reagan was victorious after Russia invaded Afghanistan; Americans were taken hostage in Tehran; and the U.S. had endured 21 percent interest rates, 13 percent inflation, 7 percent unemployment and zero growth.
When Trump won, Americans had gone through years of wage stagnation. Our industrial base had been hollowed out. And we seemed unable to win or end a half-dozen Middle East wars in which we had become ensnared.
What is the common denominator of both the Reagan landslide of 1980 and Trump’s victory?
Both candidates appealed to American nationalism.
In the late 1970s, Reagan took the lead in the campaign to save the Panama Canal. “We bought it. We paid for it. It’s ours. And we’re going to keep it,” thundered the Gipper.
While he lost the fight for the Canal when the GOP establishment in the Senate lined up behind Jimmy Carter, the battle established Reagan as a leader who put his country first.
Trump unapologetically seized upon the nationalist slogan that was most detested by our globalist elites, “America first!”
He would build a wall, secure the border, stop the invasion. He would trash the rotten trade treaties negotiated by transnational elites who had sold out our sovereignty and sent our jobs to China.
He would demand that freeloading allies in Europe, the Far East and the Persian Gulf pay their fair share of the cost of their defense.
In the rhetoric of Reagan and Trump there is a simplicity and a directness that is familiar to, and appeals to, the men and women out in Middle America, to whom both directed their campaigns.
In his first press conference in January of 1981, Reagan said of the Kremlin, “They reserve unto themselves the right to commit any crime, to lie, to cheat. … We operate on a different set of standards.”
He called the Soviet Union an “evil empire” and the “focus of evil in the modern world.”
The State Department was as wary of what Reagan might say or do then as they are of what Trump might tweet now.
But while there are similarities between these outsiders who captured their nominations and won the presidency by defying and then defeating the establishments of both political parties, the situations they confront are dissimilar.
Reagan took office in a time of Cold War clarity.
Though there was sharp disagreement over how tough the United States should be and what was needed for national defense, there was no real question as to who our adversaries were.
As had been true since the time of Harry Truman, the world struggle was between communism and freedom, the USSR and the West, the Warsaw Pact and the NATO alliance.
There was a moral clarity then that no longer exists now.
Today, the Soviet Empire is gone, the Warsaw Pact is gone, the Soviet Union is gone, and the Communist movement is moribund.
NATO embraces three former republics of the USSR, and we confront Moscow in places like Crimea and the Donbass that no American of the Reagan era would have regarded as a national interest of the United States.
We no longer agree on who our greatest enemies are, or what the greatest threats are.
Is it Vladimir Putin’s Russia? Is it Iran? Is it China, which Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson says must be made to vacate the air, missile and naval bases it has built on rocks and reefs in a South China Sea that Beijing claims as its national territory?
Is it North Korea, now testing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles?
Beyond issues of war and peace, there are issues at home — race, crime, policing, abortion, LGBT rights, immigration (legal and illegal) and countless others on which this multicultural, multiracial and multiethnic nation is split two, three, many ways.
The existential question of the Trump era might be framed thus: How long will this divided democracy endure as one nation and one people?