Free Thinker Radio (4/15/21): Is The Insanity Almost Over?


Local News:
Harris County deputy fatally shoots man holding knife in ‘mental health crisis’ (ksat.com)

The deputy responded to the man’s home after his wife had called authorities around 1 a.m. because he was in a “mental health crisis,” said Assistant Chief Mike Lee. The deputy was met at the front door by the man, who was armed with a knife and refused to drop it, Lee said. The deputy shot the man after a stun gun had no effect on him, Lee said.

Letter lays out case for firing of HPD officer accused of fleeing shooting that killed sergeant (click2houston.com)

National:
Kim Potter Charged Manslaughter in Daunte Wright Killing | National Review
US protests: Police building set on fire as crowds riot over Daunte Wright’s death (news.com.au)

Officers pulled Daunte Wright over during a traffic stop on Sunday, and attempted to detain him b/c of a “gross misdemeanour” warrant for his arrest. Potter allegedly attempted to subdue Wright during the arrest with a Taser, but shot him with her handgun by mistake.

Potter and Police Chief Tim Gannon resigned from the force on Tuesday.

Rioters have clashed with police outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department for three nights in a row. Looting has been reported.

In Minnesota more than 60 people were arrested on Tuesday night, State Patrol Colonel Matt Langer told reporters, after hundreds protesters gathered outside the Brooklyn Center police headquarters.People threw bottles and other projectiles at the building, prompting police to respond by firing rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades into the crowd.

A crowd also descended on the home of Kim Potter, who has been charged with manslaughter over Mr Wright’s death. She was booked under a second-degree manslaughter charge after being taken into custody and charged on Wednesday.

“ We will vigorously prosecute this case and intend to prove that Officer Potter abrogated her responsibility to protect the public when she used her firearm rather than her taser,” Imran Ali, Washington County assistant criminal division chief said. “Her action caused the unlawful killing of Mr Wright and she must be held accountable.”

The Spook to Bellingcat Pipeline: How Bellingcat Launders National Security State Talking Points into the Press (mintpressnews.com)
In addition to Former contributor Cameron Colquhoun’s past is even more suspect. Colquhoun spent a decade in a senior position in GCHQ (Britain’s version of the NSA), where he ran cyber and Middle Eastern terror operations. There is Former contributor Chris Biggers, who authored over 60 articles for the site between 2014 and 2017, previously worked for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency — a combat support unit that works under the Department of Defense and the broader Intelligence Community. For six years, Dan Kaszeta was a U.S. Secret Service agent specializing in chemical, biological and nuclear weapons, and for six more he worked as program manager for the White House Military Office. At Bellingcat, he would provide some of the intellectual ammunition for Western accusations about chemical weapons use in Syria and Russia’s alleged poisoning of Sergei Skripal.​​​​​​​ Other Bellingcat contributors have similar pasts. Nour Bakr previously worked for the British government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office while Karl Morand proudly served two separate tours in Iraq with the U.S. 82nd Airborne Division.​​​​​​​ As startling as its staff is Bellingcat’ funding. In 2016 its founder, Eliot Higgins (a former Senior Fellow at The Atlantic Council), dismissed the idea they got money from the U.S. government’s National Endowment for Democracy (NED) as a ludicrous conspiracy theory. Yet, by the next year, he openly admitted the thing he had laughed off for so long was, in fact, true (Bellingcat’s latest available financial report confirms that they continue to receive financial assistance from the NED). NED was explicitly set up by the Reagan administration as a front for the CIA’s regime-change operations. “A lot of what we do today was done covertly 25 years ago by the CIA,” said the organization’s co-founder Allen Weinstein, proudly.​​​​​​​ The corporate press itself already has a disturbingly close relationship with the national security state, as does social media. In 2019, a senior Twitter executive was unmasked as an active duty officer in the British Army’s online psychological operations unit. ​​​​​​​

CNN Director Admits Network Hyped COVID-19 Death Toll Numbers to Drive Higher Ratings

“I’ve even looked at it [the daily death toll on CNN] and been like… let’s make it higher. Like, why isn’t it high enough, you know, today? Like, it would make our point better if it was higher,” said CNN’s Charlie Chester, who was targeted by Project Veritas via the dating app Tinder and secretly filmed by an undercover woman

CNN Director Goes on Five Tinder Dates With Project Veritas Spy Who Recorded the Whole Thing
James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas has just released new, secretly recorded footage on Tuesday that reveals CNN employees describing how the network worked to support President Joe Biden’s campaign during the 2020 presidential election. Mediaite has learned that this is the first in a series. CNN Technical Director Charlie Chester played the video’s starring role. “Our focus was to get Trump out of office, right?” the video shows Chester telling someone off-camera. “Without saying it, that’s what it was.”

U.S. Intel Walks Back Claim Russians Put Bounties on American Troops
It was a blockbuster story about Russia’s return to the imperial “Great Game” in Afghanistan. The Kremlin had spread money around the longtime central Asian battlefield for militants to kill remaining U.S. forces. It sparked a massive outcry from Democrats and their #resistance amplifiers about the treasonous Russian puppet in the White House whose admiration for Vladimir Putin had endangered American troops.

But on Thursday, the Biden administration announced that U.S. intelligence only had “low to moderate” confidence in the story after all. Translated from the jargon of spyworld, that means the intelligence agencies have found the story is, at best, unproven—and possibly untrue.

“The United States intelligence community assesses with low to moderate confidence that Russian intelligence officers sought to encourage Taliban attacks U.S. and coalition personnel in Afghanistan in 2019 and perhaps earlier,” a senior administration official said.

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