INTRO: The Iranian regime is said to be plotting murders and kidnappings of its political enemies living in Europe.
A record number of Muslims were elected to public office in the U.S. midterm elections.
And the FBI, ATF and other federal law-enforcement agencies shelled out hundreds of millions of dollars to secret informants in just the last few years. Some became millionaires working as professional snitches, while others were authorized to commit crimes while in the line of duty.
And French President Emanuel Macron is openly calling for a “single global order,” which sounds a lot like world government.
All these stories and more when the Worldview Report begins, right now!
Leading off tonight, a U.S. military veteran has filed a lawsuit challenging a federal rule that prevents the veteran’s daughter from accessing medical coverage for transgender surgery.
American Military News reports that the veteran and daughter filed their lawsuit against the government anonymously via GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, a Boston-based LGBTQ advocacy group. The group's court filing said the daughter has been denied treatments recommended by doctors due to a federal statute that dates to 1976 that mandates exclusion of surgical treatments for gender transition in the military's medical coverage for the dependents of service members.
Ben Klein, an attorney with GLAD, said the statute is an “antiquated rule based on outdated views of transgender people,” and they want it stricken from the books.
“We can safely say this is the first time the statute has been challenged. It would affect a huge number of people. A victory in this case would ensure that all dependents of military personnel who are transgender would have access to the critical medical care they need, free of discrimination of exclusion.”
The defendants in the lawsuit include the U.S. Department of Defense and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. The plaintiffs, who live in Maine, filed their lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Maine in Portland. The lawsuit calls for the exclusion rule to be declared unconstitutional and also states that the plaintiffs want to be paid damages.
Robert Spencer at Jihad Watch reports that the UK’s relentless commitment to appeasement doubtless convinced the mullahs that they could act with impunity on British soil.
Spencer cites a November 16 article by Rory Tingle at the MailOnline:
“Iran has plotted assassinations on UK soil: Tehran tried to kill or kidnap 10 ‘enemies of the regime’ who were living in Britain in the last year, the boss of MI5 says.”
Director general Ken McCallum said while Tehran had long used violence to silence critics at home, its “aggressive intelligence services have now crossed the line to threatening Britain directly. At its sharpest, this includes ambitions to kidnap or even kill British or UK-based individuals perceived as enemies of the regime.”
He said his office has seen at least 10 such potential threats since January alone.
He said Iran “will only let people support one team and is prepared to use violence against those who don’t toe the line.
He added that Iran was providing support to Russia by supplying drones that are “inflicting misery in Ukraine.”
Iran International, a news channel, was told by the Metropolitan police earlier this week that it believes there were credible threats to the journalists’ lives.
The broadcaster said in a statement: “These lethal threats to British citizens on British soil come after several weeks of warnings from the IRGC [Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps] and Iranian government about the work of a free and uncensored Farsi-language media working in London.”
Dr. Oz, an American Muslim of Turkish descent, may have lost his bid to become a U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, but many other Muslims won election to public office in the midterm elections held earlier this month.
In fact, a record number were elected, 82 in all.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) released a final count of 82 local, state legislative, statewide, judicial, and federal American Muslim electoral victories in the midterms.
The 82 elected is the highest since CAIR started tracking the electoral progress of American Muslims – 71, the previous high-water mark was set in 2020.
Last month, CAIR and Jetpac released the first national directory of local, state and federal elected Muslim officials and judges.
In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:
“Yesterday’s historic string of record-breaking American Muslim electoral victories is a testament to our community’s ongoing rise in American politics and the trust our neighbors have placed in us to represent them and fight for their interests. We are witnessing the next step in the American Muslim community’s political transformation from marginalized voices that were sidelined, or worse, to decision-makers.”
He added that the newly-elected officials are building upon the success of the American Muslim community’s decades-long investment in civic engagement, voter registration and running for office.
Awad called on the newly elected office-holders to draw inspiration from their Islamic faith when making political policy decisions for America.
Forbes reports that Federal agencies paid out at least $548 million in recent years to informants working for the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), according to government audits. Here’s what the report reveals:
- A few informants became millionaires, with some Amtrak and “parcel” delivery workers making nearly $1 million or more.
- Many informants were authorized to commit “crimes” with the permission of their federal handlers. In a four-year period from 2011 to 2014, there were 22,800 crime authorizations given to informants.
- The FBI paid approximately $294 million during fiscal years 2012-2018, while from 2011 to 2015 the DEA paid at least $237 million and the ATF paid out $17.2 million to informants.
Auditors at OpenTheBooks.com compiled this information by reviewing federal reports.
The FBI spent an average of $42 million a year on confidential human sources between fiscal years 2012 and 2018. Long term informants comprised 20 percent of its intelligence relationships (source: DOJ IG 2019 report).
The ATF employed 1,855 informants who were paid $4.3 million annually from 2012 to 2015.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has filed a lawsuit asking a court to invalidate 250,000 votes from “malfunctioning ballot boxes,” according to the Brazilian news outlet Gazeta Do Povo.
According to the petition, an audit carried out at the request of the Liberal Party found that the old ballot boxes “cannot be considered” due to having identical identification numbers.
According to the lawsuit, the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2015 models of the voting machines presented “insurmountable operating problems, with emphasis on the very serious failure in the individualization of each URNA LOG file and its repercussions in later stages, such as the Digital Record of the Vote (RDV) and the issuance of the Ballot Box (BU), and, consequently, in the absence of certainty as to the authenticity of the voting result,” (translated).
Protesters are demanding a federal intervention to make sure Lula does not take power.
Three weeks ago, Bolsonaro refused to concede the election to challenger Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, saying at a news conference: “As president and as a citizen, I will continue to follow all the commandments of our constitution.”
Shortly after the election, truck drivers loyal to Bolsonaro blocked roads in over a dozen Brazilian states causing disruptions—including the road to São Paulo's international airport, leading to the cancellation of many flights.
During a speech at the Apec summit of world leaders in Bangkok, French President Emmanuel Macron called for a “single global order.”
Macron made the comments while discussing the power interests of Russia and China and the threat of war.
“We are in a jungle and we have two big elephants trying to become more and more nervous,” he said.
“If they become very nervous and start a war, it will be a big problem for the rest of the jungle. You need the cooperation of a lot of other animals, tigers, monkeys and so on,” added Macron.
Then he added this caveat. Take a listen.
As pointed out by Paul Joseph Watson at Summit News, Macron’s words are sure to confuse the “fact checker” industry, which continues to insist that claims about the New World Order or one-world government are a baseless conspiracy theory.
Central banks are snapping up gold this year, but it is uncertain which ones are behind most of that shopping spree, fueling speculation that China is a big player.
Seeing how Russia has been hit by monetary sanctions by the West, China and some other countries must be hurrying to reduce dependence on the dollar, analysts report.
Buying of the precious metal has reached a fevered pitch, the most robust buying of gold since the 1960s, reports Nikkei Asia.
Central banks bought a net 399.3 tonnes of gold in the July-September period, more than quadrupling on the year, according to the November report by industry group the World Gold Council. The latest amount marks a steep jump from 186 tonnes in the preceding quarter and 87.7 tonnes in the first quarter, while the year-to-date total alone surpasses any full year since 1967.
Buyers such as the central banks of Turkey, Uzbekistan and India reported purchases of 31.2 tonnes, 26.1 tonnes and 17.5 tonnes, respectively. The problem is that such specified buying adds up only to roughly 90 tonnes—meaning it is unclear who bought the remaining roughly 300 tonnes net.
Some unidentified purchases are to be expected, but an unspecified slice of “this magnitude is unheard of,” said Koichiro Kamei, a financial and precious-metals analyst.
Speculation is swirling over the unidentified buyers.
“Seeing how Russia's overseas assets were frozen after its invasion of Ukraine, anti-Western countries are eager to accumulate gold holdings on hand,” said Emin Yurumazu, a Japan-based economist from Turkey.
“China likely bought a substantial amount of gold from Russia,” said a market analyst.
China has made similar moves in the past. After staying mum since 2009, Beijing stunned the market in 2015, disclosing it had boosted gold holdings by about 600 tonnes. It has not reported any activity since September 2019.
Major tax preparation services have reportedly been sending sensitive personal financial information to Facebook as part of a potential advertising scheme, according to a report released Tuesday and cited by Just the News.
Companies such as H&R Block, TaxAct, and TaxSlayer have allegedly been sending Facebook “not only information like names and email addresses but often even more detailed information, including data on users’ income, filing status, refund amounts, and dependents’ college scholarship amounts,” a report from the Verge said on Tuesday.
The information “can be used by the company to power its advertising algorithms,” the outlet claimed, and it is “gathered regardless of whether the person using the tax filing service has an account on Facebook or other platforms operated by its owner Meta.”
Several of the companies contacted by the Verge said they would review the data-gathering process for privacy violations. A spokesman for Facebook parent company Meta, meanwhile, told the Verge that advertisers “should not send sensitive information about people through our Business Tools.”
“Doing so is against our policies and we educate advertisers on properly setting up Business Tools to prevent this from occurring,” the spokesman said. “Our system is designed to filter out potentially sensitive data it is able to detect.”
Former vice president Mike Pence gave mixed answers when asked recently about the federal codification of same-sex “marriages,” suggesting he personally believes in a Biblical view of marriage but recognizes the U.S. Supreme Court’s radical redefinition of marriage established in Obergefell v. Hodges (2015).
Pence made the comments in an interview with CBS News’ “Face the Nation” that aired Sunday, in which he told host Margaret Brennan he believes “marriage is between one man and one woman” and “was ordained by God.”
But he suggested the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell stands as the law of the land, and dodged Brennan’s question about whether the Court’s controversial 2015 decision ought to be enshrined into federal law.
Watch Pence dodge and squirm when asked a point-blank question: Would you be in favor of codifying same-sex marriage?
Not only did he refuse to answer the question that was asked, he also gave a weak answer to a question that wasn’t asked about the validity of the Supreme Court decision itself. Pence is going to have to do a lot better than that if he thinks he’s going to have any chance of competing for the conservative vote in the 2024 primaries.
Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky is calling for an immediate end of the COVID-19 emergency.
In an op-ed published last Thursday by the Washington Examiner, Paul highlighted the constitutional issues related to the COVID national emergency.
“The Constitution is the guarantor of our liberties,” Paul wrote. “So it should come as no surprise that those who crave power to rule over their fellow man always seek to suspend the Constitution by declaring and perpetuating national emergencies.”
He further stated that:
“Have we forgotten what emergency powers in the hands of the government look like? They look like lockdowns, where livelihoods and lives are destroyed. They look like a travel mask mandate; like robbing children of a full education; like the closure of places of worship; and like a vaccine mandate for those working for large companies. They look like an eviction moratorium in which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] claims the power to destroy contracts and effectively seize private property.”
In a “60 Minutes” interview in September, Joe Biden declared the COVID-19 pandemic was “over.” The White House reacted by saying that the Biden administration would not change its COVID policy. The COVID national emergency was extended last month to January 2023, and that extension was then further extended to April.
Our Worldview Report commentary tonight has to do with just how intolerant the current executive branch of the U.S. government has become of even the slightest questioning of its policies, especially when it comes to Covid.
Given the license the government has taken to disrupt our lives, as pointed out by Senator Rand Paul in his op-ed, it owes people an explanation on the origins of that so-called virus.
But White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre will have none of it.
She lectured reporters for raising their voices during a November 22nd press conference featuring retiring White House medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci.
The heated exchanges started when Daily Caller White House correspondent Diana Glebova tried to ask what Fauci had done to investigate the origins of the coronavirus.
Jean-Pierre responded, angrily, stating: “We have a process here. I'm not calling out on people who yell. And you're being disrespectful to your colleagues, and you're being disrespectful to our guest. I will not call on you if you yell, and also, you're taking time off the clock because Dr. Fauci has to leave in a couple of minutes.”
When Glebova objected, the press secretary stated she was “done” and was “not getting into a back and forth with you,” according to a Fox News report.
The exchange was followed by Today Africa News journalist Simon Ateba defending Glebova, complaining about briefing room hierarchy and saying her question was fair.
“You need to call on people across the room,” Ateba said. “She has a valid question; she's asked about the origin of COVID.”
Here’s Jean-Pierre’s response.
This is how dictatorships respond to questions they don’t like and don’t want to answer. Instead of respecting the process of tough questioning, which is the very purpose of any legitimate press conference, the person asking the tough question gets scolded like a child.
Should we be surprised that this is how the current White House would handle a press conference?
What’s next? Will they haul reporters out in handcuffs if they ask an unapproved question? Perhaps give them a week in the D.C. gulag?
It’s time to stop the charade. America is no longer a free country with a free press. The only free press left in this country is the locked-out press. Anyone who is allowed to participate in the White House press conferences has to agree not to ask certain questions. Only easy, softball questions designed to make the dictatorship look good are allowed. Anything less is called “disrespectful.”
If they violate that agreement, the press secretary simply says she’s done, shuts down the questions and stomps out in a temper tantrum.
That doesn’t have the look of a free and open society. But for this administration, it’s par for the course.
That does it for this edition of the Worldview Report. Thanks for tuning in and for supporting us in this independent news gathering endeavor.
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