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Daily Tech News 9 December 2022 | Main | Mid-Morning Art Thread
December 09, 2022

The Morning Report — 12/9/22


Good morning, kids. I don't even know where to begin with this Brittney Griner lowlife and there's a bigger story that broke yesterday which might explain why the Griner swap will most likely continue to dominate the news cycle through the weekend. And since "news" means "daily soap opera" the spin will be the foreign policy brilliance of the Biden junta, the victimhood of Griner and concomitant evil of Vladimir Putin and his puppet, Donald Trump & the MAGA movement, both of which represent the threat of white supremacy. Meh, fuck it and suck it any way you want, but it all comes out the same: America as founded evil, Leftism good.

The more important story that broke is the revelation/confirmation that pre-Musk Twitter was actively engaged in both the overt banning and in many cases secret or "shadow banning" voices contra to the Democrat-Leftist narrative on every issue under the sun.

Independent journalist Bari Weiss took to Twitter on Thursday night to unload a second trove of internal memos and documents exposing how Twitter officials silenced the voices of prominent conservatives on the platform. Radio host Dan Bongino, Stanford professor Jay Bhattacharya, and activist Charlie Kirk were among those Twitter censored or blacklisted, along with the popular “Libs of TikTok” account. . .

. . . “This is some Soviet-style bulls**t,” Bongino told Fox News’s Sean Hannity. “I’ve known [about the shadow banning] this the whole time. I was called a conspiracy theorist and a whack job.” And it’s not just Twitter. Bongino’s website has been banned by Google Ads, and he was banned from YouTube for saying that cloth masks don’t work to stop the spread of Covid. “And now I find out I’m on a NSFW list,” he fumed. “Tell me again how we live in a free country!”

. . . [Charlie] Kirk told Fox News’s Tucker Carlson that his Twitter account was averaging 150,000 retweets a day, but all of a sudden, “we fell off a cliff.” Engagement was down 95%, he said.

“I was called a conspiracy theorist,” he explained. “They convince you to stop talking about it.”

He noted that Twitter was treating his account “with more scrutiny and censorship” than Iran and other state sponsors of terror.

Weiss pointed out that “Twitter denied that it does such things. In 2018, Twitter’s Vijaya Gadde (then Head of Legal Policy and Trust) and Kayvon Beykpour (Head of Product) said: ‘We do not shadow ban.’ They added: ‘And we certainly don’t shadow ban based on political viewpoints or ideology.'” . . .

. . . Weiss’s investigation revealed internal Slack messages where Twitter employees admitted to using “technicalities” to “restrict the visibility of tweets and subjects.” Yoel Roth, Twitter’s then Global Head of Trust & Safety, wrote in a direct message to a colleague in 2021, “A lot of times, SI [Site Integrity] has used technicality spam enforcements as a way to solve a problem created by Safety under-enforcing their policies. Which, again, isn’t a problem per se – but it keeps us from addressing the root cause of the issues, which is that our Safety policies need some attention.” . . .

. . . Kirk summed it up nicely by declaring: “I don’t think we’ll ever be able to measure the impact… of what Twitter did in 2020.” Indeed. While Elon Musk has done the republic a great service by publicly revealing Twitter’s evil deeds, we’ll never know how it impacted everything from the 2020 election to the nation’s Covid response—and that’s a complete travesty.

This is rage-inducing for sure, but the last thing it is to anyone who reads this column and others even casually is surprising. And like every other revelation and admission (grudging or otherwise) from Leftists about everything from the Hunter laptop story being true to that attempted mea culpa about lockdowns and the clot-shot perhaps not being such a great idea after all to even the lack of any real hard evidence against Trump from the Mueller "investigation" to the goose-egg inducing string of shampeachments, Leftists will shrug it off, ignore it or otherwise use some sort of variation of "fake, but accurate" to justify their actions.

Hell, Molly Ball's Time magazine piece not only admitting but praising state and non-state actors for essentially rigging the 2020 election – "fortifying" was the euphemism – is perhaps the greatest example of claiming absolute moral authority to do anything, say anything and act "by any means necessary" to achieve their aims because, as inscribed on every Wehrmacht belt buckle Gott Mit Uns.

Again, say what you want about Elon Musk, good, bad or indifferent, he has made himself a target for termination by the junta in power and its followers in and out of government. I find it bitterly ironic that nearly 60 years on from the so-called "free speech movement" that started at UC Berkeley, that generation and its acolytes and progeny are hell bent on absolutely silencing anyone who dares even question them. Funny how the spoiled, rotten bastard Mario Savio shrieked:

There's a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't take part! You can't even passively take part! And you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels…upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop! And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you're free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!

Mario, baby, from whatever circle of Hell you're watching from, I hate to be the bearer of bad news but you and yours are the machine. But I will say this: given everything we have experienced and all that has been revealed about the absolute corruption of this system, I agree you with you 1,000%.

And so that brings us to this Brittney Griner. I don't think we have to go into the details but suffice it to say that as horrible as this was, essentially a win-win for Vladimir Putin (of all people), it was not a gaffe. The abandonment of Paul Whelan, a US Marine who has been imprisoned in Putin's gulag for four years already on trumped up espionage charges speaks volumes. Even if Whelan was an actual intelligence agent, to leave him there for an America-hating pot-smoking freak who couldn't even dunk a donut let alone a basketball is beyond the fucking pale.

But this is not a one-off. Remember, Bowe Bergdahl went AWOL and then committed treason by parlaying with the Taliban, which IIRC resulted in US soldiers being killed and wounded in combat. What did Obama do? Release five big shot Taliban terrorists in exchange for Bergdahl's release, and then fêteing him in the Rose Garden. But wait, there's more!

Just this year, Bout joins two convicted cocaine traffickers related to Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro and a parade of former Guantánamo detainees freed by Biden’s administration. . .

. . . The release of Bout echoes a similar situation in South America in October, when the Biden Administration carried out a prisoner swap with the authoritarian socialist regime of Venezuela. Biden released two of socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro’s convicted drug trafficking nephews in exchange for seven unjustly imprisoned American oil workers. . .

. . . Outside of Latin America, the biggest beneficiaries of Biden prisoner liberation orders so far appear to be the Taliban, who returned to power in Afghanistan after Biden broke an agreement that would have ended the 20-year Afghan War sooner, inspiring the Taliban to take over Kabul in August 2021. . .

. . . In January, the Biden Administration approved the release of three Yemenis citizens from Guantánamo Bay: Moath al-Alwi, Zuhail al-Sharabi and Omar al-Rammah, as well as Kenyan citizen Mohammed Abdul Malik Bajabu and Somali national Guleed Hassan Ahmed. All five had been imprisoned over alleged ties to al-Qaeda.

Two months later, the Biden administration released Mohammad Mani Ahmad al-Qahtani, who had at that time served nearly 20 years in prison for his alleged involvement in the September 11 terrorist attack. Al-Qahtani was released from Guantánamo Bay after the Department of Defense determined that al-Qahtani “was no longer necessary to protect against a continuing significant threat to the national security of the United States,” releasing him to Saudi Arabia, where he is a national.

Lurker extraordinaire and Morning Report's biggest fan Victor Davis Hanson has said (paraphrasing) "What would you do any differently if you wanted to intentionally take down America?"

Convicted spy Ana Belen Montes, a key figure in the Cuban Wasp Network, is scheduled for early release from prison on Jan. 8, 2023. She began her career in the U.S. Justice Department, where she was an outspoken critic of U.S. policy in Latin America. It was at Justice that she was recruited as a spy. Her career then led her to become the premier Cuba analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), where she also assisted in directing U.S. policy towards Latin America. Convicted in 2002, she was sentenced to 25 years and theoretically should remain imprisoned until 2027.

As part of a network of spies, she not only funneled Fidel Castro’s input into U.S. foreign policy; she also appears responsible for outing 450 operatives. The information she provided may have led to the death of Green Beret Sgt. Gregory A. Fronius in El Salvador, according to her critics. Others also link her activities to the killing of four volunteer pilots, gunned down in international waters over the Straits of Florida in February 1996. At the time, they were flying humanitarian aircraft with Brothers to the Rescue, a group seeking to save Cuban raft refugees adrift on the high seas.

The DIA investigator who helped uncover the ring, Chris Simmons, said to Hank Tester of CBS Miami, “I have never seen someone so heartless in my life.” . . .

. . . Even today, there are an estimated 300 Cuban spies operating in the United States. “The Wasp Network was the largest foreign spy network to operate in the United States, and Montes was one of Havana’s top ten assets,” said Simmons. He is not happy with her early release.

But given the current makeup of the federal government, it is unlikely anyone will put the brakes on it. And while she may no longer qualify to be rehired by the U.S. government, unless she has truly reformed her ways in prison, there may be many activist groups in the U.S. more than willing to embrace her and her policies with open arms.

A couple of years ago, either in the wake of the George Floyd Summer of Love 2: Dresden Boogaloo or right before Biden was planted in the Oval Office, I stated that I would not be surprised in the least if both cop killer Mumia abu Jamal was granted a pardon and another cop-killer Joanne Chesimard a.k.a.Assata Shakur who is living on the lam in Cuba, and being treated as a hero, would also return to America and given a hero's welcome in D.C. at George Floyd Plaza.

If there were long odds two years ago, I think they just got a whole lot shorter.

Have a good weekend.

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