FBI Deployed Unconstitutional ‘Zero-Click’ Pegasus Surveillance Software

During the Trump administration, the FBI paid $5 million to an Israeli software company for a license to use its “zero-click” surveillance software called Pegasus. Zero-click refers to software that can download the contents of a target’s computer or mobile device without the need for tricking the target into clicking on it. The FBI operated the software from a warehouse in New Jersey.

Before revealing any of this to the two congressional intelligence committees to which the FBI reports, it experimented with the software. The experiments apparently consisted of testing Pegasus by spying — illegally and unconstitutionally, since no judicially issued search warrant had authorized the use of Pegasus — on unwitting Americans by downloading data from their devices.

When congressional investigators got wind of these experiments, the Senate Intelligence Committee summoned FBI Director Christopher Wray to testify in secret about the acquisition and use of Pegasus, and he did so in December 2021. He told the mostly pliant senators that the FBI purchased Pegasus only “to be able to figure out how bad guys could use it.” Is that even believable?

In follow-up testimony in March 2022, Mr. Wray elaborated that Pegasus was used “as part of our routine responsibilities to evaluate technologies that are out there, not just from a perspective of could they be used someday legally, but also, more important, what are the security concerns raised by those products.” More FBI gibberish.

Last week, dozens of internal FBI memos and court records told a different story — a story that has caused Sen. Ron Wyden, Democrat of Oregon and a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, to question the veracity of Mr. Wray’s testimony. Mr. Wyden’s healthy skepticism caused the FBI to reluctantly reveal that it had ordered its own version of Pegasus, called Phantom, which the Israelis tailor-made for hacking American mobile devices. (Read more from “FBI Deployed Unconstitutional ‘Zero-Click’ Pegasus Surveillance Software” HERE)

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Biden Suggests Elon Musk’s Twitter Deal Is ‘Worth Being Looked at’ as a Possible National Security Threat

President Joe Biden said that it was worth looking into Elon Musk’s associations with foreign governments after being prompted by a reporter Wednesday.

Biden was asked to comment on the possibility of Musk’s associations being a national threat to U.S. security after he gave remarks about the results of the midterm elections.

“Do you think Elon Musk is a threat to U.S. national security and should the U.S., with the tools you have, investigate his joint acquisition of Twitter with foreign governments, which include the Saudis?” asked the reporter.

Biden laughed and paused before answering.

“I think that Elon Musk’s cooperation and/or technical relationships with other countries is worthy of being looked at,” he responded. (Read more from “Biden Suggests Elon Musk’s Twitter Deal Is ‘Worth Being Looked at’ as a Possible National Security Threat” HERE)

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Crypto Founder Drowned Four Days After Tweeting the ‘CIA Was Out to Get Him’

Nikolai Mushegian was found dead in the ocean of Puerto Rico on Friday after tweeting that he was being set up by the CIA and Mossad. Mushegian was a long-time crypto developer and the co-founder of Balancer Labs a cryptocurrency investment portfolio company. . .

Mushegian was an important figure in the crypto world and a talented “Dia architect”, best known for his work with MakerDAO and proof-of-stakes blockchain network BitShares. Many people who knew the young developer say that he did important work with Maker and played a crucial role in the early days of Ethereum.

After a hack in the market that resulted in the loss of tens of millions of dollars worth of Ethereum, Nikolai was able to set up a defense in the MakerDAO system that prevented the same hack later that year.

Mushagian was quoted saying, “The DappHub team discovered the same recursive withdrawal flaw a few weeks prior to the infamous breach of DAO. The issue was fixed, preventing an impending catastrophe. Because to our clean code and logical interfaces, which reduced the attack surface we had to secure, we were able to do this. Since that time, no active contracts made for MakerDAO have caused us any problems.”

Just a few days before his death, Mushegian posted a disturbing tweet accusing the CIA and Mossad of conspiring to frame and torture him to death, which caused a stir in the community.

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U.S. To Send Ukraine $275 Million in Military Hardware Amid New Doubts About Support

The Department of Defense is again tapping into U.S. military stock to send Ukraine $275 million in weapons and ammunition, even as the Biden administration this week announced a plan to safeguard and account for munitions sent to help Kyiv in its fight against Russian invaders.

On Friday, the Pentagon announced the 24th drawdown of U.S. arms and equipment for Ukraine since the start of the Biden administration. The latest support package will bring the total U.S. military assistance for Ukraine to more than $18.5 billion, officials said.

“The capabilities we are delivering are carefully calibrated to make the most difference on the battlefield for Ukraine today,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday in a statement.

The new shipments were announced even as the administration was dealing with the first visible cracks in strong bipartisan support for Ukraine in the war. Progressive Democrats released — and then retracted — a letter earlier this week pressing the White House for direct talks with Moscow on a deal to end the war, just days after House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican, warned his party would not be signing a “blank check” to Mr. Biden for Ukraine aid in the future.

The latest drawdown includes more ammunition for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) that have been a crucial factor in countering Russian troops on the battlefield. The package also includes 500 precision-guided 155 mm artillery rounds; 2,000 remote anti-armor mines; more than 1,300 anti-armor systems: 125 Humvees and more than 2.75 million rounds of small-arms ammunition, Pentagon officials said. (Read more from “U.S. To Send Ukraine $275 Million in Military Hardware Amid New Doubts About Support” HERE)

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Obama Claims Republicans Would ‘Investigate Their Political Opponents’ if They Win Midterms

Former President Barack Obama criticized Republicans during a speech Friday for planning on “investigating their political opponents” if they win control of Congress in November.

The former president also claimed that the Republicans would not help Georgians but focus on themselves instead and cut out programs such as Social Security and Medicare and give tax breaks to large corporations.

“[Republicans] spend the next two years investigating their political opponents, how’s that gonna help you pay the bills?” Obama asked.

Obama’s statements follow years of investigations into former President Donald Trump following multiple controversies, including allegations that he colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential election. (Read more from “Obama Claims Republicans Would ‘Investigate Their Political Opponents’ if They Win Midterms” HERE)

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Newsmax Cuts Ties With Lara Logan After She Said World Leaders ‘Dine on the Blood of Children’ (VIDEO)

The Newsmax cable news outlet has severed ties with Lara Logan after the former “60 Minutes” correspondent went on a bizarre rant alleging that world leaders “dine on the blood of children.”

Logan, an award-winning former war correspondent, was interviewed Wednesday by Newsmax host Eric Bolling, who anchors a show called “The Balance.”

Bolling invited Logan to his program to discuss global elites and their favoritism toward leftist policies. He then asked Logan about the situation along the southern border, where undocumented migrants have crossed into the United States in droves. . .

Logan then added: “And they may think that they’re going to become gods. That’s what they tell us. You’ve all known [historian Yuval Noah] Harari and all the rest of them at the World Economic Forum.

“You know, the ones who want us eating insects, cockroaches, and that while they dine on the blood of children?” (Read more from “Newsmax Cuts Ties With Lara Logan After She Said World Leaders ‘Dine on the Blood of Children’ (VIDEO)” HERE)

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Conservative Attorneys General Investigate Six Major Banks for Wokeness

Nineteen state attorneys general launched an investigation on Wednesday morning into six major banks and their involvement with the environment, social, and governance investing movement, also known as ESG.

Bank of America, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, and Wells Fargo were served with civil investigative demands requesting information related to the institutions’ involvement with Net-Zero Banking Alliance, a project of the United Nations which seeks to unify bank portfolios toward the goal of eliminating carbon emissions by 2050. The officials contend that such objectives place the economic wellbeing of their constituents at risk.

“The Net-Zero Banking Alliance is a massive worldwide agreement by major banking institutions, overseen by the UN, to starve companies engaged in fossil fuel-related activities of credit on national and international markets,” Missouri State Attorney General Eric Schmitt said in a statement provided to The Daily Wire, arguing that oil companies and farmers are particularly exposed to risk from the agenda.

The attorneys general requested that the financial institutions provide a list of “divisions, groups, offices, or business segments” with operations related to the Net-Zero Banking Alliance and a description of how emissions goals are incorporated into operations, as well as a list of other global climate initiatives with which the institutions are affiliated.

JPMorgan Chase, the largest bank in the United States, has devoted more than $2.5 trillion over the course of the next decade to “advance long-term solutions that address climate change and contribute to sustainable development” in accordance with meeting worldwide emissions goals by 2050. Goldman Sachs likewise vows to “accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy” and has prioritized sustainability across its business units. (Read more from “Conservative Attorneys General Investigate Six Major Banks for Wokeness” HERE)

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Biden Slammed for Complaining About Media Shouting Questions: ‘This Guy Routinely Hides From the Press’

President Joe Biden was criticized Tuesday for his response to reporters shouting questions at him while being escorted out of a White House abortion task force meeting.

As they tried to question him, Biden just smiled and said, “You’re among the only press in the world that does this. Seriously, seriously.”

In response, critics slammed Biden for attacking the free press despite refusing to answer their questions and failing to hold press conferences with any degree of frequency.

“This guy routinely hides from the press, rarely takes questions, almost never does pressers, and has the gall to criticize them for trying to ask questions on one of the few opportunities they get,” John Cooper, a communications official for the conservative Heritage Foundation, tweeted.

Ian Haworth, a speaker for Young America’s Foundation and Turning Point USA, tweeted, “In the United Kingdom, the Prime Minister has to publicly defend their own policies during televised debates every week. In the United States, Joe Biden complains that he has to answer questions every few months.” (Read more from “Biden Slammed for Complaining About Media Shouting Questions: ‘This Guy Routinely Hides From the Press'” HERE)

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Ukraine, COVID, and Monkeypox: Biden Asks Congress for Another $47 Billion to Address ‘Critical Needs for the American People’

The White House asked Congress for another $47 billion Friday to address what it considers “immediate needs,” including the spread of monkeypox at home and abroad, the never-ending fight against COVID, and the defense of Ukraine.

President Joe Biden’s request to Congress is aimed at keeping the government open beyond the September 30 expiration of the 2022 fiscal year, according to administration officials, Politico reported. The requested $47 billion includes $6.5 billion to address the recent flooding in Kentucky and wildfires in California, but that’s just a little over half of the $11.7 billion Biden wants to send to Ukraine.

“This Administration will continue to work with members of both parties in Congress to meet these critical needs for the American people, and we look forward to reaching a bipartisan funding agreement that advances national priorities in the coming fiscal year,” Shalanda Young, the director of the Office of Management and Budget wrote Friday.

While the administration carved out some funding to address natural disasters at home, there was no mention of Biden wanting Congress to send money to address the water crisis in Jackson, Mississippi, that has now dragged on for five days. Instead, the president set his short-term priorities on throwing more money toward combatting the already slowing spread of viruses and aiding the war defense of a foreign nation. (Read more from “Ukraine, COVID, and Monkeypox: Biden Asks Congress for Another $47 Billion to Address ‘Critical Needs for the American People’” HERE)

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