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Video: Ted Cruz Questions Clueless FBI Director On ‘Nonsensical’ Document Claiming Patriotic Symbols Are Extremist

“You don’t include things like Antifa, you don’t include things like Black Lives Matter. Instead, you identify patriotic Americans as a suspect.”

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Senator Ted Cruz grilled FBI director Christopher Wray Thursday over a recent FBI training document that listed patriotic imagery such as the Gadsden Flag, the Liberty Tree, and the Betsy Ross Flag as ‘extremist’ indicators.

Wray claimed he had no knowledge of the document which Project Veritas revealed cites symbols, phrases, images, events, and individuals that agents should flag when trying to identify potential “Militia Violent Extremists” (MVEs).

Cruz told Wray that the revelations are one example of how the FBI has been “weaponized and politicized” to label everyday Americans as “Anti-Government or Anti-Authority Violent Extremists.”

“I will self-report right now that every day in the Senate I wear my boots that have the Gonzalez battle flag on the back of em,” Cruz said while slamming his boot on the counter and adding “What are y’all doing? This makes no sense.”

Cruz continued, “Included on this list is the Betsy Ross flag. Now that’s fairly remarkable that the Betsy Ross flag, in the FBI’s indication, is indicative of militia violent extremism –  because among other people who have been publicly alongside the Betsy Ross flag; we have President Barack Obama, who was sworn in directly underneath two Betsy Ross flags.”

Cruz also noted that the Gadsden Flag is a symbol currently used on Virginia license plates.

The Senator also emphasised to Wray “You don’t include things like Antifa, you don’t include things like Black Lives Matter. Instead, you identify patriotic Americans as a suspect.”

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Elsewhere during the hearing, Cruz got Wray to admit that the Detroit FBI Special Agent who oversaw the “absolute debacle” that was the Gretchen Whitmer kidnapping entrapment scheme is now in charge of the Washington, D.C. Office, overseeing the J6 investigation.

Wray also came under questioning from GOP Senator Josh Hawley, who cited a whistleblower report detailing that the Biden Administration had evacuated hundreds of people from Afghanistan who were on the Pentagon’s “watch list,” including known, suspected terrorists, and resettled them in the U.S.

The whistleblower told Hawley and Senator Ron Johnson that the White House and the DoD ordered corners to be cut, data to be deleted and did not properly vet the refugees.

Wray stated that the FBI is trying to investigate, but he has no information as to the status of any of the cases.

“I can’t sit here right now and say we know where all are located at any given time,” Wray stated.

“We know that hundreds of people potentially connected to terrorism are loose in this country” owing to these actions, Hawley said.

Comforting.

Wray also warned that “Al-Qaeda maintains its desire to both conduct and inspire large-scale, spectacular attacks”.

This comes at a time when the White House Coordinator for Strategic Communications at the National Security Council admits that Al Qaeda is now using Afghanistan as a “safe haven” again:

How about them scary Gonzalez battle flags though?

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    Poll: 59 Per Cent of Americans Are Worried About Biden’s Mental Health

    “There is genuine concern.”

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    A new poll has found that 59 per cent of Americans are concerned about President Joe Biden’s mental health.

    The survey was conducted by Issues & Insights/TIPP and revealed that 36 per cent of respondents say they are “very concerned” with Biden’s mental health, along with 23 per cent who say they are “somewhat concerned.”

    The poll noted that worries about Biden’s cognitive functioning pre-date him becoming president.

    “Even before he became president, the now-79-year-old Joe Biden faced serious and persistent questions about his mental health. Among average Americans, those questions have become a major issue.”

    The Democratic establishment has increasingly abandoned Biden in recent months, with the New York Times publishing a number of articles asserting that he shouldn’t run for a second term.

    As we highlighted earlier this week, Biden was involved in another embarrassing incident when he was seen struggling to put his own jacket on without the help of his wife Jill.

    Former White House physician Ronny Jackson recently asserted that Joe Biden “won’t finish his term” because “his mind is too far gone.”

    Jackson also revealed how he was scolded by Barack Obama for daring to publicly question Biden’s mental faculties.

    “The fact is, based on these polling data, there is genuine concern among virtually all groups over Biden’s cognitive health,” said Terry Jones, editor of Issues & Insights.

    “It has taken on political urgency with the looming 2022 midterm elections, which, if Republicans prevail, could well turn Biden into a lame duck.”

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    IRS Training Included Armed Agents Carrying Out Simulated Assault on Suburban Home

    Internal report shows agents with guns drawn.

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    An Internal Revenue Service internal report shows heavily armed agents simulating an assault on a suburban home as part of their training.

    The training was featured in the 2021 IRS annual report, which shows agents at the agency’s National Criminal Investigation Training Academy (NCITA), which is located within the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Brunswick, Georgia.

    The report documents how the agents are given “firearms training” and another image shows agents wearing tactical clothing that says ‘POLICE’ and ‘IRS-CI’.

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    Training also includes “physical fitness conditioning and use of force training, which includes firearms, weaponless tactics, and building entry,” according to the report.

    “In addition to SAIT, NCITA assists in providing advanced training to special agents in use of force, firearms instruction, defensive tactics, and building entry.”

    Another image shows agents having entered a house with guns drawn.

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    The training simulation is likely to prompt concern following the revelation of an IRS job posting that announced it was looking to hire people who are ready to kill.

    The job ad listed one of the “major duties” of IRS agents to be able to “carry a firearm and be willing to use deadly force, if necessary.”

    The IRS subsequently deleted the job posting, which was discovered after the Democrats introduced a new bill that would give $80 billion in funding to the IRS to hire 87,000 new IRS agents.

    $45.6 billion contained in the ‘Inflation Reduction Act’ will be specifically designated for IRS “enforcement.”

    Although the Biden administration claims the newly empowered IRS will target the rich, 75% of IRS audits target Americans making under $200,000 a year.

    H/T: Valiant News

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    Trump Demands ‘Immediate Release’ Of FBI Raid Documents

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    Update (0032ET): President Trump has effectively dared the Department of Justice to release the documents related to the Monday raid on Mar-a-Lago.

    “Not only will I not oppose the release of documents related to the unAmerican, unwarranted, and unnecessary raid and break-in of my home in Palm Beach, Florida, Mar-a-Lago, I am going a step further by ENCOURAGING the immediate release of those documents, even though they have been drawn up by radical left Democrats and possible future political opponents, who have a strong and powerful vested interest in attacking me, much as they have done for the last 6 years…” Trump said in a Thursday night post on Truth Social.

    “This unprecedented political weaponization of law enforcement is inappropriate and highly unethical. The world is watching as our Country is being brought to a new low, not only on our border, crime, economy, energy, national security, and so much more, but also with respect to our sacred elections!” he said in a subsequent post.

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    The FBI was looking for ‘classified documents relating to nuclear weapons,’ among other things, during its Monday raid at former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence, WaPo reports, citing ‘people familiar with the investigation.’

    So – we’re to believe that the FBI took several boxes from Trump in June, told him to put a bigger lock, and then two months later realized ‘oh — he might have nuclear secrets‘ – justifying the raid.

    The leakers did not offer additional details.

    Material about nuclear weapons is especially sensitive and usually restricted to a small number of government officials, experts said. Publicizing details about U.S. weapons could provide an intelligence road map to adversaries seeking to build ways of countering those systems. And other countries might view exposing their nuclear secrets as a threat, experts said.

    One former Justice Department official, who in the past oversaw investigations of leaks of classified information, said the type of top-secret information described by the people familiar with the probe would probably cause authorities to try to move as quickly as possible to recover sensitive documents that could cause grave harm to U.S. security. -Washington Post

    “If the FBI and the Department of Justice believed there were top secret materials still at Mar-a-Lago, that would lend itself to greater ‘hair-on-fire’ motivation to recover that material as quickly as possible,” said David Laufman, the former chief of the Justice Department’s counterintelligence section.

    So we assume the narrative will now be that Trump leaked, or could have leaked, nuclear secrets to Putin – which justified “authorities to try to move as quickly as possible to recover sensitive documents” in the name of national security.

    Right…

    Attorney General Merrick Garland revealed during a brief Thursday speech that he personally approved the search warrant at Mar-a-Lago, and that the DOJ has asked a federal court to unseal the document.

    “Just now, the Justice Department has filed a motion in the Southern District of Florida to unseal a search warrant and property receipt relating to a court approved search that the FBI conducted earlier this week,” Garland said.

    Trump allies have suggested that the warrant was politically motivated, while Trump himself said on Truth Social on Wednesday that the FBI may have planted evidence.

    The search is connected to an investigation on whether Trump unlawfully retained presidential records – including classified materials, following his departure from office in January 2021.

    According to US Attorney Juan Antonio Gonzalez from the Southern District of Florida, “The public’s clear and powerful interest in understanding what occurred under these circumstances weighs heavily in favor of unsealing” the warrant.

    Jay I. Bratt, the Justice Department’s chief for Counterintelligence and Export Control Section National Security Division, co-signed the document.

    According to the four-page motion, a judge signed and approved of the search warrant on Aug. 5, the Friday before the search was executed. The Justice Department also seeks to reveal the property receipt listing the seized items and filed today with the court.

    Shortly after the government’s filing, U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart set a speedy pace to determine whether Trump opposes unsealing. -Law & Crime

    On or before 3:00 p.m. Eastern time on August 12, 2022, the United States shall file a certificate of conferral advising whether former President Trump opposes the Government’s motion to unseal,” Reinhart wrote.

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    US Attorney General Merrick Garland will make a statement to the media at 2:30 pm ET on Thursday, following the FBI’s Monday raid on Mar-a-Lago.

    Garland has found himself in the crosshairs of conservatives, who claim that the establishment has once again ‘weaponized’ the DOJ against Donald Trump.

    Sen. Rand Paul and other conservatives have called for an investigation.

    “And if it warrants it, there’s going to have to be a look at whether or not the attorney general has misused his office for political purposes. Have they gone after a political opponent? I mean, this is beyond the pale,” he told Fox News on Wednesady. “No one would have ever imagined before that we would be using or one political party would be using the FBI to attack their political opponents.”

    This post was originally published at Zero Hedge

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