Thursday, January 21, 2021

Antifa Demonstrators Riot In Portland, Seattle, Columbus, Sacramento, And Denver Hours After Biden Took Office

 


 * Police in Portland, Oregon, made arrests after Democratic Party of Oregon headquarters was vandalized 
 * Antifa members spray-painted 'F*** Biden' and smashed windows of Democratic Party headquarters   * In Denver, communist and anti-fascist demonstrators set fire to an American flag near State Capitol 
 * In Seattle, groups of Antifa rioters vandalized storefronts and businesses in downtown area on Wednesday 
 * Police in Seattle said that Antifa members smashed windows at the federal Nakamura Courthouse
 * Reports indicate that some 60 Antifa members wielded clubs during march in Sacramento on 
Wednesday 

Antifa demonstrators smashed the windows of the Democratic Party headquarters in Portland, Oregon; burned American flags and spray-painted graffiti onto storefronts in Denver and Seattle; marched in Columbus, Ohio; and wielded shields and clubs while protesting in Sacramento hours after President Joe Biden's inauguration. 

A group of protesters carrying anti-Biden and anti-police signs were marching Wednesday in Portland streets and damaged the headquarters of the Democratic Party of Oregon, police said. 

One of the signs read 'We don’t want Biden, we want revenge!' in response to 'police murders' and 'imperialist wars.' 


WNU Editor: These riots are embarrassing the media and the Democrats. After spinning the narrative for a week that "right wing" extremists will cause mayhem and chaos for the incoming Biden administration on inauguration day, we see the opposite happening. 

Here is a prediction.

If these Antifa and BLM riots continue, the White House will read the "riot act" to these Democrat mayors and Governors that if they do not stop this mayhem, the Federal government will.

President Joe Biden’s Covid-19 Team Led By Dr. Fauci Are Stunned By Virus Surge. Now Blaming The Trump COVID Team (Also Led By Dr. Fauci) For Keeping Them In The Dark

 


(Bloomberg) -- President Joe Biden’s team is increasingly worried the coronavirus pandemic is spiraling out of control -- imperiling his promise to contain the outbreak -- as cases and deaths mount, vaccinations lag and a more-transmissible strain emerges in the U.S., according to people familiar with the matter. 

As they learned more about the federal response to the pandemic, Biden’s transition team grew alarmed at a lack of coordination with states, the people said. Biden himself has warned of a “dark winter” and has flatly said the pandemic will worsen before it improves. 

The stakes are escalating. U.S. hospitalizations are at near-record levels, and daily cases and deaths have doubled since Election Day on Nov. 3. 

While blame has fallen on the Trump administration for its failure to develop a national testing or vaccination strategy or encourage widespread mask-wearing, Biden’s team -- which keeps adding new experts -- now inherits the job of containing the pandemic. 

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WNU Editor: Anyone who has been following this blog for the past year know that the surge of cases and the development of new variants is not a surprise. We are in a pandemic, and by its nature certain pandemics like this one are deadly and next to impossible to control and defeat. But with time and vaccines it will be conquered. But before that happens what we are seeing right now from President Joe Biden’s team is classic CYA (cover your ass). And here is an easy prediction. If this really gets out of control with infections and deaths exploding. They and their media supporters will blame Trump.

Update: Yup. The excuses are starting on Day One!!!!! (see below).

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

CIA Whistleblower Says Biden’s Nominee For Director Of National Intelligence Approved Obama Drone Strike Kill List And Hid Torture



Avril Haines, Biden’s nominee for director of national intelligence, began her confirmation hearing Tuesday. She was President Obama’s top lawyer on the National Security Council from 2010 to 2013 and CIA deputy director from 2013 to 2015, where she authorized using drone strikes to carry out targeted extrajudicial assassinations. “We know that in almost all cases that she said it was legal to put these names on the kill list, and people were subsequently killed by drone, including American citizens,” says CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou, who exposed the Bush-era torture program and was the only official jailed in connection to it. He also discusses Haines’s handling of CIA agents who illegally hacked the computers of the Senate Intelligence Committee to thwart its investigation into the CIA’s detention and interrogation program that used torture methods like waterboarding. 

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WNU Editor: Avril Haines will still be confirmed.

Update: She has been confirmed .... Joe Biden gets his first cabinet secretary as Senate confirms Avril Haines for Director of National Intelligence but delays two other key posts (Daily Mal).

Former CIA Director John Brennan Wants The Intel Agencies To Go After Violent And Extremist Groups That Also Includes Libertarians!

Zero Hedge: "Even Libertarians": John Brennan Issues 'List' Of Ideologies Biden Intel Community Should Go After 

Well this is alarming and ominous to say the least... Former CIA Director John Brennan told MSNBC in an interview on inauguration day that the intelligence community under newly sworn in President Biden is "moving in laser-like fashion" to try and uncover dangerous plots against the country. 

Naturally, there's been much of this worrisome commentary about what political ideologies should be targeted and monitored coming out of NatSec hawks in the wake of the Capitol Hill mayhem of January 6. But this is the first time such a broad array of groups have been so bluntly lumped into a Pro-Trump "insurgency" by an influential media pundit and former spook. Brennan expressly said they are "violent" and remain a domestic threat. 

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WNU Editor: Former CIA Director John Brennan is "tight" with the intel community and with many in the Biden administration. His remarks are alarming and ominous to say the least. Will the Biden administration distance themselves from the former CIA Director? I have my doubts. 

Update: Nothing but praise from the former CIA Director on President Biden's choice for CIA Director .... 'A great pick': Top spies praise Biden choice of Amb. William Burns to head CIA (NBC).

French President Macron Wants President Biden To Deploy U.S. Military Forces In Several Theaters Of Conflict

France's Macron congratulates Biden in first phone call to US president-elect 


BREST, France — French President Emmanuel Macron hoped on Tuesday that U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will show a greater military commitment to fight against Islamic extremists in several theaters of conflict and especially in the Middle East. 

Macron, who made his New Year’s speech to the French military in Brest, in western France, said “I am certain that in the coming weeks, the new administration (Biden) will need to make key decisions that will mark a greater commitment and awareness in the fight against terrorism" in Syria and Iraq.


WNU Editor: Besides Syria and Iraq, French President Macron wants the US to get involved in this war .... 'France stuck in dead end war in Mali' (Anadolu Agency). President Trump told French President Macron that the U.S. was not going to get involved in foreign wars, and that US forces will leave Syria and Iraq. Will the Biden administration say the same thing? By the looks of it French President Macron is confident that the Biden administration will say yes.

Who Was The Designated Survivor For The Inauguration?

Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th President of the United States as his wife Jill Biden holds a Bible on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque 


The Trump administration did not reveal the "designated survivor" for Wednesday's inauguration ceremony, and it remains unclear whether the White House named one. 

During major events, such as the State of the Union address or inauguration, the nation's top leaders in the presidential line of succession are gathered in one place, putting them -- and the nation -- at risk. 

One person, usually a Cabinet member or senator, is placed in an undisclosed location with one of the country's nuclear "footballs" -- the briefcase carrying the technology to launch the nation's nuclear arsenal, according to John Hudak, deputy director of the Center for Effective Public Management at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. 


WNU Editor: I would think it would be President Trump since he was not at the inauguration. And he did have the nuclear football.

The Transition In The Pentagon Was Apparently 'Ugly'

Photo: The Pentagon briefing room is shown. DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando 


The effort to obstruct the Biden team is unprecedented in modern presidential transitions and will hobble the new administration on key national security matters. 

The Pentagon blocked members of President Joe Biden’s incoming administration from gaining access to critical information about current operations, including the troop drawdown in Afghanistan, upcoming special operations missions in Africa and the Covid-19 vaccine distribution program, according to new details provided by transition and defense officials. 

The effort to obstruct the Biden team, led by senior White House appointees at the Pentagon, is unprecedented in modern presidential transitions and will hobble the new administration on key national security matters as it takes over positions in the Defense Department on Wednesday, the officials said. 


WNU Editor: This sounds more like payback. And it is not unprecedented as much as the above Politico post likes to claim. During President Trump's transition his own National Security adviser Michael Flynn was successfully targeted by Obama loyalists in a perjury trap. National security information was also withheld over fears that President-elect Trump would accidentally or purposely reveal them. And need I remind everyone about all the intelligence leaks that were also occurring during this time to disrupt and distract the Trump transition.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- January 20, 2021

 


US President-elect Joe Biden is set to issue a flurry of executive orders following his inauguration at noon on Wednesday as well as legislation that will quickly begin working its way through Congress on pandemic relief, immigration and much more. 

Biden, 78, has vowed to hit the ground running as he aims to tackle a worsening Covid-19 crisis, revive a pandemic-stricken economy and reverse many of his predecessor's more controversial policies. 


 Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- January 20, 2021 

Inaugural Address: What Joe Biden Really Wants -- Jacob Heilbrunn, National Interest 


The Old Order Returns -- Ben Domenech, The Federalist 





The Year of the Renminbi? -- Arvind Subramanian and Josh Fellman, Project Syndicate 


Russia's Putin and Navalny collide; who will survive? -- Paul Roderick Gregory, The Hill 




World News Briefs -- January 20, 2021 (Night Edition)

 


(UPI) -- Heads of state from across the globe gave their well-wishes to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday after they were sworn in at the U.S. Capitol. Boris Johnson, the prime minister of Britain, one of the United States' closest allies, congratulated Biden and Harris on Twitter. 

"America's leadership is vital on the issues that matter to us all, from climate change to COVID, and I look forward to working with President Biden," he wrote. 

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau praised the strong relationship between the two North American countries. He said he looks forward to working with Biden and Harris. 

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 MIDDLE EAST 







Saudi Arabia executions: 'Drastic' reduction reported in 2020. 

 ASIA 











 AFRICA 








Zimbabwe Foreign Minister Sibusiso Moyo dies of COVID-19. 

As Zimbabwe’s COVID cases surge, gravediggers struggle to cope. 

 EUROPE 









 AMERICAS 






Trump heads for Florida, says he 'will be back in some form'. 



 TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR 




 ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS 




Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- January 20, 2021

© AP Photo / Mark Wright//Missile Defense Agency 


WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden plans to engage with Russia "very quickly" regarding extending the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), Biden’s nominee for Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, said during his confirmation hearing.  
"This is something that we have to tackle but only when President-elect becomes President tomorrow. But it is also something that we have to engage very, very quickly because the deadline is very fast upon us," Blinken told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday. 

"We will seek the extension, the President-elect has to decide on a duration." 

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 Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- January 20, 2021 




















What Biden Should Do With the Space Force -- Kelsey D. Atherton, Slate