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Ghislaine Maxwell Trial Day 8: Accuser’s Ex-Boyfriend and 2nd Pilot Testify

Ryan DeLarme,
December 8th, 2021

It’s day 8 in Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex-trafficking trial. The trial, which was originally slated to last 3-6 weeks, may be wrapping up much sooner than expected; as early as thursday even. This comes as little surprise considering that the defense, the Prosecution, and even the judge all have intimate ties to the political establishment.

On Tuesday, a third Maxwell accuser testified that she was abused by Jeffrey Epstein at his Palm Beach mansion more than 100 times beginning when she was 14 years old. 

The alleged victim, who testified using only her first name, Carolyn, said Maxwell once felt her naked breasts at age 14 and told her that she had “a great body for Mr. Epstein and his friends.”

The next individual to take the stand, going by “Shawn”, was an ex-boyfriend of the accuser going by the name “Carolyn”. Shawn apparently dated Carolyn starting when she was 14 and he was 17.

Shawn said he routinely drove Carolyn to Jeffrey Epstein’s mansion in Palm Beach, Florida in the early 2000s, corroborating her testimony from yesterday. “She was a child,” he said of Carolyn.

Nicole Hesse, who worked for Epstein in the early 2000s, was the next to take the stand. She testified about taking phone messages at the late financier’s Palm Beach mansion when he wasn’t home.

Hesse claims it was Maxwell who instructed her on where to jot down the messages. Prosecutors also had her authenticate a sealed exhibit showing someone a call to the estate in August 2004 from a Carolyn, the same name as one of Maxwell’s alleged victims.

Prior to lunch recess, we saw another former pilot of Epstein’s take the stand. 

The second pilot to testify, David Rodgers, told Assistant US Attorney Maurene Comey that he flew Epstein and Maxwell accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre a total of 32 times in the early 2000s.

Comey rattled off a number of flights from a log book prosecutors obtained that show Epstein, Maxwell, Roberts and a number of other people flew together across the US and abroad.

The flights included a 2001 trip from Spain to Morocco that Roberts, Maxwell, and Epstein all took, according to the log book. Other flights included numerous trips from airports near Epstein’s properties in New Mexico, New Jersey, Florida, and the US Virgin Islands.

Rodgers also testified he piloted a total of four flights with Maxwell accuser “Jane” on board.

The flight logbooks produced by pilot David Rodgers are heavily redacted, to the point that Judge Alison Nathan has asked prosecutors to review the redactions and produce new logs that are not as blacked out. 

Prosecutors have said the redactions are there to protect third parties, but as Julie Brown of The Miami Herald notes, many of the passengers on Epstein’s planes have long been known to the public. They have even been discussed in this trial.

Rodgers was asked if he ever found items indicating sexual activity had taken place aboard the plane. He says he did not.

We’ll update this article as more information comes out.

Ghislaine Maxwell Trial Day 6: Witness “Kate”, FBI Personel Take the Stand

Ryan DeLarme
December 6th, 2021,

We’ve now entered the second week in the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell. Last week we heard testimony from Maxwell’s first accuser “Jane”, Epstein’s former pilot, A former Housekeeper at Epstein and Maxwell’s Palm Beach estate, and a former Palm Beach Crime Scene Manager.

We left off last week with Former Palm Beach Police Officer Gregory Parkinson on the stand and Epstein’s massage table rolled out and added to the evidence.’

This morning we saw a woman going by the pseudonym “Kate” take the stand after Judge Alison Nathan instructed jurors that she was not a victim of any crimes charged in the indictment.

The witness claimed that she was above the age of consent when she met Maxwell and Epstein. Because of her age, prosecutors will not be allowed to ask her any questions about the details of any sexual conduct between “kate” and Maxwell.

Kate testified that she met Maxwell in the early 1990s when she was 17 years old. She went on to describe a time when she was led up to a massage room in Maxwell’s London townhouse by the accused madam and then gave Epstein sexualized massages.

Kate said that Maxwell would tell her to “have a good time” after she opened the massage room door to reveal a naked Epstein.

After the massage, which included sex acts, Maxwell told Kate she was “such a good girl” and that she was “so happy you were able to come”.

“She sounded really pleased,” Kate added.

The witness testified that Ghislaine spoke about friendships with various celebrities, including Prince Andrew and former President Donald Trump. 

Assistant US Attorney Laura Pomerantz asked the witness about Maxwell’s social circle, to which “kate” responded that the disgraced socialite “seemed to know everybody.”

“She was friends with Prince Andrew, etc., sometimes there names would just come up or she would be talking about them on the phone with me present,”

While down in Palm Beach, Maxwell and Epstein had the witness dress up like a schoolgirl and requested that she serve them tea while in costume. Kate claimed that the pleated skirt, white socks, and shirt were laid out for her on a bed when she arrived at the mansion for the first time in the early 1990s.

“I thought it would be fun for you to take Jeffery his tea in this outfit,” Maxwell told her when she asked about it. Maxwell then gave her a tray, which she took to Epstein, who then engaged in sex acts with her near the pool, she testified.

Maxwell even tried to get Kate to recruit others to give the late pedophile oral sex, telling her he liked “cute, young, pretty” girls, “like you.”

“She would ask me if I knew anybody to come and give Jeffrey a blowjob because it was a lot for her to do,” recalled Kate.

The witness, now 44, said the duo promised to help with her budding music career.

Regarding her first impressions of Maxwell, Kate said: “She seemed very exciting and she seemed like everything that I wanted to be,” Kate said about the older woman.

“I thought that she was going to be my friend,” 

She then began abusing cocaine and sleeping pills.

“I did not want to admit what happened to me,” she said.

The next phase of the trial would see the defense attacking the girls credibility. Maxwell’s attorney Bobbi Sternheim grilled the witness – raising the fact that she’s made numerous public statements with her real name, but is now testifying anonymously.

Sternheim also raised that Kate is represented by an attorney who has profited off the Epstein case, including by writing a book about accusations against him. 

The next witness to take the stand was JP Morgan director Patrick McHugh, who was questioned about wire transfers to Ghislaine Maxwell from accounts belonging to Jeffery Epstein. 

One transaction on Oct. 19th, 1999, for instance, showed that $18.3 million was wired to Maxwell’s Bear Sterns account.

Another $5 million was funneled to Maxwell in 2002, McHugh testified.

Next up we had FBI Special Agent Kelly Maguire who testified about the 2019 raid on Jeffery Epstein’s Upper East Side townhouse.

 Federal agents and NYPD officers raided the home around the time of Epstein’s July 2019 sex-trafficking arrest, and said they found hundreds of images of nude underage girls stashed inside a safe.

The last witness of the day was an FBI analyst, Kimberly Meder, who testified about the CDs discovered in Epstein’s safe which apperently contained images of Epstein and Maxwell together. 

The analyst wasn’t on the stand long before democrat Judge Alison Natha called an end to the day.

Testimony will resume tomorrow at 9:30 a.m.

Ghislaine Maxwell Trial Day 4: Grooming Expert and Former Employee Take the Stand

Ryan DeLarme
December 2nd, 2021

It is now day 4 of the Ghislaine Maxwell trial in lower Manhattan. Day 3 saw the first of three accusers, an actress going by the pseudonym “Jane”, being grilled by defense attorneys in an attempt to poke holes in her story. The day ended with the testimony of Daniel Besslsen, a man who received many generous donations from Epstein while VP of finance at Interlochen, the elite arts camp where Epstein and Maxwell first approached the accuser “Jane”.

Today we have the 2nd accuser, Teresa Helm, arriving at the courthouse alongside attorney Sigrid McCawley. We also have the finance director of a children’s school taking the stand this morning.

The day began with the prosecution calling their next witness, Paul Kane, the finance director of the Professional Children’s School on the Upper West Side. 

One of the four accusers attended the exclusive prep school – which counts Uma Thurman and Paris Hilton among its alumni – for her senior year, moving to the big apple from Palm Beach, Florida.

Kane was asked to look at the accuser’s application, specifically where it showed that Jeffery Epstein had “financial responsibility” for her schooling.

The next witness called to the stand was Dr. Lisa Rocchio, a clinical and forensic psychologist with expertise in traumatic stress and interpersonal violence. She was asked to describe the concept of “grooming” and tactics or strategies used by child sexual abusers to the court.

“They will exploit whatever vulnerabilities they’ve identified in a child,” Rocchio testified.

Dr. Rocchio is clear that grooming occurs in five stages: obtaining access to the victim; isolating them for abuse; engaging in deception to build trust/attachment; desensitizing the victim to sexual talk/touch; the process of control, to allow continuation of abuse and prevent disclosure.

Ms. Maxwell’s lawyer questioned Dr. Rocchio about what constitutes grooming of a child, asking: “My grandfather liked to take me to the Bronx Zoo. Was that grooming?”

The prosecution called its next witness, Juan Patricio Alessi, originally of Quito, Ecuador, but a Florida resident since 1984. The witness worked for a wealthy family in Palm Beach as a maintenance contractor.

Mr. Alessi then went on to work for Epstein as a housekeeper, having met him while working on billionaire Les Wexner’s mother’s house. He had a room at the house in Palm Beach and brought his wife to help out with the work, as well as other women.

Mr. Alessi testified that after Ms. Maxwell became involved with Epstein, things changed and were less cordial at the Palm Beach mansion. She told him that she was “the lady of the house”.

He says there was less conversation and he was instructed by Ms. Maxwell not to look Epstein in the eyes. The former housekeeper worked 14-hour days and was called “john” by the pair. One of his tasks was to regularly put $100 dollar bills in each of Epstein’s cars.

Today’s proceedings are still ongoing, updates will be added as new information emerges.

Ghislaine Maxwell Trial Day 3: First Accuser Cross-Examined, Mentions Trump, Prince Andrew

Ryan DeLarme,
December 1st, 2021

Today was day 3 of the 6-week trial of British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, who’s been accused of sex-trafficking minors. The first accuser, going by the pseudonym “jane”, took the stand again this morning at the Thurgood Marshall Courthouse in lower Manhattan.

“Jane” testified yesterday, claiming that Ghislaine lured her into Epstein’s orbit. She also claimed that while visiting the late financier’s mansion in Palm Beach, Florida, Maxwell and Epstein led her upstairs to his bedroom where they “took her clothes off”.

“He asked me to take my top off,” the witness continued. “Then there were hands everywhere and Jeffrey proceeded to masturbate again. And Ghislaine was like rubbing on him, kissing on him.”

“During these incidents did Maxwell ever touch your body?” Assistant US Attorney Alison Moe asked.

“Yes,” Jane answered.

She also described group sex sessions taking place at Epstein’s lavish home in the mid-1990s, when she and others, including Maxwell, would “abruptly” be summoned to his bedroom or a massage room.

Her testimony goes into greater detail, and can be read here.

The theme seems to be that Ghislaine and Jefferey would single out young girls who were on hard times in one way or another, shower them in gifts and special attention, and eventually they would pounce. 

Maxwell’s brother Kevin appeared in court today, a sister of hers, Isabel, has also been present for the proceedings. Ghislaine’s siblings have been supportive of her, even petitioning the United Nations to get her out on bail.

The siblings were raised in luxury, the children of publishing tycoon Robert Maxwell and his French-born wife Elisabeth, a Holocaust scholar.

The Maxwell family, including Ghislaine (top center)

The day began with the defense, Laura Menninger, grilling the first accuser and attempting to poke holes in Jane’s claims that she came from a poor, broken family when Epstein and Maxwell allegedly began preying on her in 1994.

Jane, in yesterday’s testimony, claimed that her family fell into bankruptcy after her dad died of leukemia and that she lived in a pool house with her mom and siblings at the time she was drawn in by Maxwell and Epstein.

Defense attorney Menninger challenged Jane over her testimony from the day prior regarding the first time she saw Maxwell without her clothes on.

The alleged victim said that — shortly after she was first abused by Jeffrey Epstein at the age of 14 — he and Maxwell led her to his bedroom inside his Palm Beach mansion, moved her over to the bed and “took their clothes off.”

When questioning Jane this morning, Menninger said that in Dec. 2019 “you told the government that you do not have a specific memory of your first time with Ghislaine.”

“You have come up with that memory in the last two years, correct?” she asked.

“I don’t believe I’ve come up with a memory, no,” the witness answered.

During the cross examination, Jane said that Jeffrey Epstein took her to Mar-a-Lago in the ’90s when she was a teenager to meet Donald Trump.

The woman, identified by the pseudonym “Jane,” said Epstein drove her to Trump’s Palm Beach estate in a dark green car when she was 14 in 1994.

She wasn’t asked to describe the meeting, and defense attorney Laura Menninger then moved on to an unrelated line of questioning.

Jane then mentioned another big name: Prince Andrew.

testified today that she remembered Prince Andrew being on flights with her.

The Duke of York has been under fire for his close ties to the late pedophile and is also facing a lawsuit from Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who claims Epstein and Maxwell made her have sex with the UK royal three times, starting in 2001 when she was 17.

It is important to note that Giuffre’s claims are not part of Maxwell’s ongoing federal sex-trafficking trial.

More updates to come.

Ghislaine Maxwell Trial Day 1: Biden/Schumer Appointed Judge Blocks “Sensational and Impure” Information from Reaching the Public

Ryan DeLarme,
11.29.2021

While Americans around the country argue among themselves over just about everything, a trial that (if properly executed) could have worldwide implications is off to a questionable start. United States District Judge Alison Nathan is presiding over the Ghislaine Maxwell trial and has granted Maxwell’s request that evidence in this trial be redacted to hide “sensational and impure information”. 

The six week trial of British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell begins today in New York City with opening arguments in the long-anticipated case expected this afternoon, following a slight delay due to “issues” with the two members of the jury. Maxwell, 59, faces charges related to her alleged involvement in financier Jeffery Epstein’s sex and trafficking crimes. Maxwell, who spent decades brushing shoulders with British Royals and US Presidents, is accused of recruiting and grooming underage girls for the late financier to sexually abused by Epstein himself as well as his powerful friends between 1994 and 2004. 

The question that seems to be on the minds of those who are following this trial is whether or not the redacted information is being suppressed for the good of the general public or to protect a ruling class. 

Upon being sworn in, US District Judge Alison Nathan made it a point to remind her hand selected jury that they must decide the verdict of the case solely on the evidence provided in the courtroom.

The corporate media, who scavenged every divisive morsel from the dead horse that was the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, seem to be uncharacteristically silent on what is quite possibly the trial of the century. This behavior is leading many to wonder if any information gleaned throughout this trial will see the light of day. Thus far, with a fresh and new Biden appointed Judge on the case, the outlook is bleak.

According to Reuters, the Biden appointee Alison Nathan will be required to question more than 200 prospective jurors. Nathan is married to a New York University Law School professor, Meg Satterthwaite. Establishment Senator Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., recommended Nathan for the nomination. 

Alison Nathan was appointed to the federal bench by former President Barack Obama in 2011. Prior to serving as a federal judge, she clerked for the late Supreme Court Justice Paul Stevens, worked as counsel for the attorney general of New York, and was an associate White House counsel and special assistant for Obama, which has her two degrees of separation (if that) from those who are implicated by Epstein’s little black book.

Sarah Ransom – one of several women to have accused Epstein and Maxwell of abuse – was seen arriving at the courthouse this morning, and was quoted as saying “I thought this day would never come”.

“We’ll Never Give Up” – Protests Erupt Across World over Gov’t Covid Tyranny

AP News calls them “far-right,” but tens of thousands of freedom-loving people marched against new tyrannical public health measures, such as partial and full lockdowns and health passports and mandatory vaccinations, across Europe.

Demonstrations against new virus restrictions were observed in Austria, Croatia, Italy, Northern Ireland, the UK, France, Germany, and the Netherlands. Outside of Europe, protesters were seen in several cities across Canada, Australia, Japan, and even the US. Some marked Saturday as part of a “Worldwide Freedom” rally to protest COVID-19 restrictions and vaccine mandates.

Some of the most intense rallies, which turned into riots, were in the port city of Rotterdam. Clashes between protesters and police began Friday and continued through Saturday night.

About 30 minutes away, protests transformed into riots in Hague.

Protesters across many European cities shared commonalities as they marched to preserve their lives and liberty. Governments are attempting to plunder that via increased COVID restrictions, mandatory health passports, and forced vaccinations.

The worst of restrictions, or rather the government’s plundering of liberties, was in Austria, where full lockdowns begin Monday. Nationwide lockdowns are expected for at least ten days but can be extended to more than two weeks. Then by Feb. 1, the government will make vaccinations mandatory (only 66% of Austria’s 8.9 million people are fully vaccinated). Good luck with that one.

Saturday’s march in Vienna’s massive Heldenplatz square had many chanting “My Body, My Choice,” “We’re Standing Up for Our Kids!,” and “Resistance!”

One of the biggest protests might have been in Zagreb, Croatia’s northwestern capital, where Citizen Free Press reports as many as 100,000 flooded streets to protest the government’s health passports and new COVID measures.

In Rome, thousands of demonstrators gathered in the capital’s Circus Maximus to protest against “Green Pass” certificates required at workplaces, restaurants, cinemas, theaters, sports venues, and gyms, as well as for public transportation.

“People like us never give up,” read a protester’s sign.

The pushback against totalitarianism is spreading across Europe. Usually, “Europeans generally are more compliant than Americans when it comes to government orders. But even there, citizens are protesting governments seizing power in the name of public health,” said American Thinker’s Thomas Lifson.

People of the world are awakening to government tyranny plundering their life and liberties as the Davos Man, the world’s elites, and their political puppet officials are becoming more unfavorable than ever. The increasing discontent among citizens and their respective governments is dangerous – this is how revolutions begin.

The FDA’s Cushy Relationship With The Pharmaceutical Industry

Ryan DeLarme,
September 12th, 2021

People are rushing to tout the recent FDA approval of Pfizer’s mRNA vaccine as if it were some great scientific victory. The troubling part is that the institution’s shady history seems to be all but forgotten.

No matter how you slice it, the Pharmaceutical industry is the central engine of the global health establishment. The industry’s larger corporations (Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, etc.) provide funding for the FDA, the CDC, the WHO; they do this both directly and through NGOs like the EPDA. It was recently reported that pharmaceutical giants are raking in the money with the sale of their novel and inadequately tested COVID-19 vaccines. Pfizer expects to earn $33.5 billion in 2021. J&J estimates its full-year COVID-19 vaccine sales to be $2.5 billion while Moderna forecasts $19.2 billion. These enormous figures will be grossly surpassed when one considers the forthcoming round of booster shots and the profits those will yield. 

When it comes to lobbying money spent in 2021, the Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America group ranks number three nationally. Interestingly, the fourth, fifth, and sixth positions are also members of the health establishment. These are the American Hospital Association, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and the American Medical Association, respectively. Pfizer by itself is number 15.

The ties between the FDA and Big Pharma run deep, their relationship has become so symbiotic that neither could exist without the other unless massive reforms were to take place. Big Pharma relies on the FDA to approve and rush their products to market and the FDA relies on Big Pharma to receive its funding. Not only that but there seems to be a revolving door of FDA Commissioners landing on the boards of these Pharmaceutical companies. 

Scott Gottlieb, who stepped down as FDA Commissioner in the spring of 2019, soon found himself sitting comfortably on Pfizer’s board of directors.  Gottlieb’s predecessor, DR. Margaret Hamburg, landed a cushy position on the board of Directors for Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Steven Hahn, the former FDA Commissioner under Donald Trump, wound up at Flagship Pioneering; the venture capital firm that launched Moderna. 

The list goes on and on, in fact, 9 out of the last 10 FDA commissioners —representing nearly four decades of agency leadership— have gone on to work for pharmaceutical companies. The lone exception was David Kessler, who joined the ranks in academia before eventually settling in his current position as chair of the board of directors at the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

Criticism towards the modern medical-industrial complex has triggered many arguments, this is particularly true in the age of COVID. Regardless of whatever stance you take on any medical debate, it is undeniable that the industry operates in the same mafia-esque fashion as the Media, Big Tech, and Big Government.

Political Prisoners and Protected Provocateurs: More Strangeness Surrounding January 6th Narrative

Ryan DeLarme,
November 8th, 2021

No matter which side of the political aisle you fall on, or even if you remain completely apolitical, you’re probably at least aware of the January 6th “Insurrection” event. The establishment media outlets have framed the event as an “attack”, claiming that a wild mob of rioting Trump supporters somehow overpowered the Police and occupied the nation’s Capitol building for several hours. In the following days the testimony coming from DC establishment darlings such as Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, painted a picture dramatically exaggerated from what the 100,000+  onlookers reported and captured on video. The suppression of 14 thousand hours of security cam footage and the testimony of countless individuals implies that there is an entire angle to this event that is being intentionally silenced. 

Career politician Nancy Pelosi has put together a House Select Committee supposedly to investigate said Insurrection, the problem is that despite what appears on the outside to be bipartisan support, the questions raised by many Americans and non-establishment republicans are being ignored altogether. Everyone who was in attendance at the Rally has been painted as “domestic terrorists” despite the fact that of the over 100,000 attendees, less than 1% of the crowd actually breached the Capital, and of those who did, most were ushered in by the Capitol Police. Many of these said terrorists have since been identified as agent provocateurs. Video footage has even been produced of Capitol Police sitting idly by as patriotic onlookers beg them to do something about the more violent protesters. Such evidence begs the question: was this another covert political operation?

As violent riots raged across the nation in the summers of 2020 and 2021, the mainstream media began downplaying the looting and burning of local businesses as “mostly peaceful protests”. The few “mostly peaceful protesters” who were arrested for rioting or arson were swiftly released from jail and in many cases charges were dropped, dismissed, or otherwise not even filed. This is a stark contrast to the treatment endured by those who had gathered at the Capitol on January 6th. Many of these Americans, now detained 10 months after the fact on a first offense, are dealing with psychological damage from solitary confinement. The government continues to bring new charges against these political prisoners from an investigation that has been ongoing since January. It is important to mention here that this is an investigation that has not turned up any illegal guns, bricks, arson tools, bombs, or any other weapons at the Capitol, yet these prisoners are being abused daily.

Perhaps the most provocative aspect of this seemingly manufactured event is the FBI’s questionable involvement. The bureau hasn’t exactly maintained a spotless track record in recent years for upholding justice, in fact, many see them as a tool for the political elite instead of an institution meant to serve the American people. Most recently the FBI earned some bad press over their involvement in the botched kidnapping false flag aimed at Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, where 12 of the 14 defendants turned out to be with the bureau. On top of that, there has been a slew of incidents where agents dressed in plain clothes were spotted trying to instigate agitation in pro-Trump crowds. Unfortunately, these things have been and will continue to be ignored by the left, the complicit corporate media, and you can bet your britches they will be ignored by Pelosi’s House Select Committee. 

Enter Ray Epps, the Fed-protected provocateur

In a House hearing last Thursday, Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY) raised concerns over a man who was filmed instructing onlookers to enter the US Capitol building on January 5th and was later seen shepherding crowds toward the Capitol on January 6th. Rep. Massie questioned Attorney General Merrick Garland about the mystery man known as Ray Epps; he went so far as to play a pretty compelling video of Epps reciting what sounds like a scripted call-to-arms on at least two separate occasions, attempting to goad Trump supporters into trespassing on the Capitol. Garland responded evasively, sidestepping Massie’s inquiries by stating that he “can’t give any information on federal involvement”.

Video available via the link below:

https://rumble.com/vo7gkb-ray-epps-quick-clip-compilation.html

Months ago, prior to these recent revelations, left-wing sleuths decided to dig into this man (Epps) who instigated the first round of “rioters” who actually breached the Capitol (with the help of the Capitol Police of course). As soon as people were able to figure out who he was, the FBI put him on the most wanted list, posturing as if they were going to arrest the man who they would later protect. Months later, once the Revolver story broke, the FBI quietly deleted Ray Epps from the most wanted list on July 1st. Both Epps and Rhodes have so far gotten off scot-free while the innocent people he had purposefully riled up (who were at the wrong place at the wrong time) are still sitting in solitary confinement. 

This isn’t an isolated incident. Back in February, we reported on radical leftist John Sullivan, who admitted to posing as a Trump supporter with his comrades and entering the Capitol. CNN was also technically a co-conspirator, going so far as to send along photojournalist Jade Sacker to document the faux “attack”.  Think about that, CNN sent a photojournalist along with a known agent provocateur who was disguised as a Trump supporter.

While these shady characters are allowed to walk free, American citizens who were swept up in their “insurrection” production are continuously enduring abuses, brutality, and inhumane treatment at the hands of the Justice Department and the DC jail. The Gateway Pundit has been closely monitoring the conditions in said jail which have been colloquially called “the DC GITMO”, and were the first to report on the situation there. 

Nathan DeGrave, a nonviolent prisoner who walked into the wide-open doors of the Capitol to document the event for a podcast, composed a letter to his fellow American citizens pleading desperately for help. DeGrave has yet to be convicted of any crime, yet is being held in pretrial detention with no bail and no trial in sight.

“I understand that I write this letter at my own risk,” said DeGrave. “We are harshly disciplined for speaking out against the facility,”

DeGrave’s full letter reads as follows:

Dear Fellow Americans –

I never thought I’d write a letter like this, but we’re living in very different times. This is my cry for help.

My name is Nathan DeGrave, and as a non violent participant at the Jan 6th rally, I’ve spent the last 9 months detained as a political prisoner in pod C2B at the DC DOC…otherwise known as DC’s Gitmo.

The conditions here for Jan 6ers have been inhumane. In fact, some inmates are even begging to be transferred to GUANTANAMO BAY, where even THEY have more acceptable standards.

Class action LAWSUITS are being filed against this prison; and even the ACLU has gotten involved. Senators Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene have since attempted to gain access to this facility and inspect the conditions of the jail, only to be denied.

The vile filth of what has become our daily life is being illegally HIDDEN from the members of OUR OWN CONGRESS.

So…let me tell you about what me and many of the other Jan 6ers have been experiencing in DC’s Gitmo. It is my hope that with MEDIA EXPOSURE and the awareness of the American public, that SOMETHING may be done and this never happens to anyone ever again.

OUR CONDITIONS

For the first 120 days in DC’s Gitmo, Jan 6ers experienced DAILY LOCKDOWNS for 23-24 HOURS before being allowed to leave our small 120 sq. ft cell. The PHYSICAL and MENTAL ANGUISH that results from this kind of SEVERE ISOLATION has caused many people to go on a RAPID mental decline.

As a result, a large percentage of us are HEAVILY MEDICATED with anti-anxiety and anti-depressant drugs, which helps to cope with the psychological and mental ABUSE we endure.

Many times, the little rec we DO receive is STRIPPED AWAY if our cell isn’t up to the standards of the guard on duty. This changes from day to day. Jan 6ers have lost rec time and out of cell activity ANY TIME news interviews about the jail are aired on TV, people speak up about our conditions, or rallies are held in our name. We’ll probably have a lockdown upon the publishing of this letter. So I have already warned those I know in advance..

Masks are WEAPONIZED and used against us, even though we NEVER leave the facility. Officers have walked in with the SOLE INTENTION of needing to write 20-30 disciplinary reports against Jan 6ers, which adversely affects our chances of release and causes loss of privileges, phone time and commissary. Masks need to be covering both the nose and mouth AT ALL TIMES or we are threatened and locked down in our cells. Jan 6ers are always respectful to the employees around us, but C.Os maintain the need to invent reasons for discipline.

PRIVILEGED LEGAL DOCUMENTS have been CONFISCATED and gone missing from various cells, and HIGHLY SENSITIVE discovery (video evidence under attorney/client privilege) is watched by employees during our legal calls.

Jordan Mink, for example, had all discovery TAKEN by ERT officers on August 23rd despite the objection of his attorney. They handcuffed him, searched his room, and then proceeded to take all video evidence in his possession. Additionally, legal visits take 2-3 WEEKS or more to be scheduled, leaving little time to discuss our defense and prepare for trial.

The EXTREME medical neglect in this facility has caused a variety of adverse illnesses and disease. Some show signs of scurvy. And some even have Covid like symptoms, but medical personnel have refused to treat it.

Christopher Worrell, for example, is an inmate with Cancer, who also broke his hand in prison and requires surgery. Both have been completely ignored. Federal judge Royce Lamberth got to the point where on October 12th, he filed contempt of court charges against the warden of the DC DOC, claiming that Worrell’s civil rights have been violated, and demanding the U.S attorney general inquire further about his and other possible violations.

Another inmate, Peter Stager, WAITED FOUR MONTHS to receive his CPAP breathing machine, and has needed an MRI since spring, which has also been ignored by staff.

The harsh, unlivable conditions of our unit has caused health hazards that defy Department of Health regulations. And on at least five occasions, RAW SEWAGE has overflowed our unit, causing human fecal matter to flood the floors and rooms. That’s also in addition to the MOLD on cell walls, as well as the rusty pipes, and DIRTY WATER that flows from these sinks. White rags TURN BROWN when exposed to the water from our faucets.

We are undergoing SEVERE NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCIES and STARVATION. For breakfast this morning, I received a tray of flavorless paste, two slices of bread, and a slice of bologna. Lunch usually consists of rice and beans, but we’ll get cold chicken/beef patties if we are lucky. For dinner, we are sometimes fed a diet of cheese sandwiches, and bologna and cheese 4 to 5 times per week.

Without commissary, people like myself are FORCED TO STARVE. I suffer from HEADACHES and NAUSEA on an almost REGULAR BASIS from the malnutrition and constant hunger I am subjected to. I have lost ALMOST 15 POUNDS since I’ve been detained.

Our rights to personal hygiene are also totally neglected. Razors are PROHIBITED, and inmates are forced to either go unshaved, and grow long beards, or use a razor free cream that BURNS and IRRITATES the skin. But many other jails have allowed the use of razors without incident. Haircuts are also PROHIBITED from unvaccinated inmates. For me, it’s been nearly 9 months. 

I look VIRTUALLY UNRECOGNIZABLE in the condition I’m in. I fear even my family would not recognize me.

Contact with the outside world, from legal visits to seeing loved ones is HIGHLY RESTRICTED. After in-person visits, legal or otherwise, we are forced to undergo humiliating STRIP SEARCHES, despite ALL visitors being thoroughly checked for contraband. If it’s a legal visit, we are placed in a 14 day quarantine, with no out of cell time; EVEN IF your attorney is VACCINATED and tests NEGATIVE for Covid. Visits with friends or family members, for unvaccinated inmates, are NEVER ALLOWED.

As a result, many people have skipped critical meetings with their council, and NEVER get an opportunity to see friends or family. VIDEO VISITATION, while available to the rest of the jail, is RESTRICTED in the Jan 6 pod. Mail is delayed for MONTHS, and phone calls are limited to a MAXIMUM of pre approved 12 numbers. If there’s anyone else in our extended family or otherwise we’d like to call, we’re pretty much out of luck.

RELIGIOUS SERVICES, protected by the 1st amendment, are NOT provided to Jan 6ers. Neither are in person classes or other activities available to the rest of the jail.

An inmate named Ryan Samsel, instead attempted to organize his own bible study inside the pod, until he was viciously BEATEN and LEFT FOR DEAD by correctional officers. He suffered a broken eye socket and brain damage as a result of the vicious attack. He’s now permanently blind in one eye.

On another occasion, Scott Fairlamb was confronted by an officer in the middle of the night, and his life was threatened, once the officer’s body cam was disabled. Many, like myself, are afraid they could be the next victim.

And last but not least, we experience racism from many guards on a daily basis, being the ONLY WHITE REPUBLICANS in the entire jail. The false narrative is has been passed around the jail and to corrections officers that we are “white supremacists” (we are NOT).

The inmate population is predominantly black, so we are at risk being here because of this false narrative. The guards are mostly liberal migrants from Africa who have been conditioned to hate us, and hate America. Jan 6ers have been mocked, beaten and ridiculed by guards for singing the National Anthem.

The Corrections Officers despise our politics and the love we have for this country. At one point, an officer even yelled “FUCK AMERICA!”, and threatened to lock us down FOR A WEEK if we attempted to sing the National Anthem again.

THE TRUTH ABOUT MY STORY

Finally, I feel like I should touch briefly on the government and prosecutor’s portrayal of who I am as a person.

No, I am not a terrorist, extremist or any of the other names I’ve been called by the government. More than anything, I am a red blooded patriot and I love this country more than anything.

I am being unfairly prosecuted and definitely overcharged. I never assaulted anyone, destroyed property, or stolen anything. I walked through wide open doors to enter the Capitol, along with my camera crew hoping to get the rally on video. I was never even armed at any point inside the Capitol.

Our goal was to make a documentary, and get likes and shares on social media. Yes I wore a costume (that the prosecutor refers to as paramilitary gear and body armor) but it was for the movie and was nothing of the sort.

And yet, 9 months later here I sit, with 10 years worth of charges and no hope for a future. The surveillance footage shows absolutely no signs of assault, and despite attempts by media companies to get it released to the public, the government has denied it.

I think that’s because they are fully aware that this footage is questionable at worst, and exonerates me at best. Please don’t be fooled by the media. I am a loving and peaceful person with no history of violence.

This weaponized DOJ and their blatant resentment of my respect for President Donald Trump is putting me in a situation that makes me feel helpless in my current situation.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Despite me and other Jan 6ers experiencing these unthinkable conditions, all of us remain POSITIVE and HOPEFUL that, in the end, JUSTICE WILL PREVAIL. We maintain a LOVE for this country and the Constitution like no other. The only thing keeping us going is our undying patriotism, the camaraderie between one another, and our faith in God.

Please…SHARE THIS LETTER with EVERYONE you know: friends and family, senators, representatives, political organizers, civil rights groups and media outlets.

The truth HAS to get out. And the jail MUST PAY for what they are doing to this country’s citizens.

As a result of this unlawful detainment the last 9 months, I have lost everything. The successful business I spent 13 years of my life working on, my apartment in Las Vegas, social media accounts with a lifetime of memories…you name it.

The government has essentially CANCELLED ME. Not only that, but following the arrest, my best friend of 12 years robbed my apartment, stole my cat, and hacked my personal Instagram with 100,000+ followers.

Since then, I often go between feelings of hopefulness and moments of depression. I wonder if I can ever recover from this, but I have to remind myself to never give up.

There are major medical complications I now struggle with as a result of the jail’s neglect of my health since being here.

If there is any way I hope to recover, my only hope are the ones who are reading this. I was on top of the world once upon a time, and that life seems now only like a distant memory.

If there’s anything you can do to help, I would appreciate anything at all. Inmates here are being extorted with lack of nutrition, forcing me to spend most of what’s left on commissary which I can no longer afford.

I need desperate help with my legal expenses and just help staying alive in here with commissary and all the expenses I still have on the outside as my livelihood and life has been stripped away from me. Thank you for any her you can afford, even if it is a few dollars it goes a long way in here.  

Sincerely and with love,

Nathaniel DeGrave

After careful review of DeGrave’s Indictment, Statement of Facts, and other court documents, defense attorneys familiar with the case say that the Department of Justice has not yet shown credible proof to substantiate any violence whatsoever on the part of DeGrave. Despite this lack of proof, the indictment shows a list of charges (12 in total) that range from “conspiracy” to “aiding and abetting” to “impeding officers”  “assault”. The indictment in question failed to include a single incriminating photo, testimony, victim, or witness. On top of that, no discovery video has been released to the defendant showing any of the alleged actions besides Degrave simply standing in the Capitol. As of now, there is zero conclusive proof of the other charges.

That is because none of them happened,” said DeGrave. “I walked in The Capitol to videotape and that was it. They will never be able to prove anything other than that because that is God’s honest truth”.

According to defense attorneys familiar with the case, the Department of Justice has overcharged many of the January 6th defendants, and as a result, have attempted to justify holding them indefinitely in prison. These same attorneys claim that the charge of “Assaulting, Resisting or Impeding Certain Officers” is misleading. 

 “Assaulting and Impeding a police officer are two very different things,” said John Burns of Burns Law Firm in St. Louis, Missouri, “Yet they are clumped together because the prosecutor’s goal is to make these people look like monsters and lead the public to believe these guys are domestic terrorists to accomplish the political goal of demonizing Trump supporters. ‘Impeding an officer’ could theoretically mean standing in the way temporarily of an officer. Furthermore, a single person could engage in an act of nonviolent protest simply in the vicinity of six cops and will be charged six times for ‘impeding’ each of them”.

In the case of John DeGrave, the verdict is still out as to whether or not he will see the outside of a jail cell any time soon. As this travesty of Justice continues with no end in sight, those who were actually filmed inciting the breach are not only allowed to walk free, they are actively being protected by the FBI. This should not only trouble us as onlooking Americans, but it should activate us all to do whatever we can to raise awareness, and God willing, bring forth some accountability to the very institutions we count on for justice; the DOJ and our own Federal Bureau of Investigation’. 

No Oversight: Who Does the FBI Really Work For?

Ryan DeLarme,
October 5th, 2021

The FBI has had a pretty murky track record in recent years, leading many to wonder if the domestic intelligence service still works with the best interest of the American people in mind. Whether it’s hatching the plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer or helping to orchestrate and execute the January 6th photo op, it’s starting to appear as though the Bureau’s become a tool of the political elite.

There’s new evidence coming out suggesting that the FBI has been warped into something far-flung from its original purpose, operating by its own rules with seemingly no oversight from anyone. Inspector General Michael Horowitz recently issued a new report on the FBI’s execution of the Woods Procedures for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications, and it has been called “damning”. 

Last year, Horowitz reviewed 29 random FISA applications and found that the FBI was “not meeting the expectations of its own protocols.”

The FISA court has a questionable track record for excusing government misconduct as was recently displayed by the sentencing of FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith. After he went to great lengths to lie to a federal court and, when caught, lied by saying he didn’t really intend to lie; Clinesmith received only one year of probation. Many have been left wondering what such leniency says about the FISA Court’s “heightened duty of candor” If there aren’t heightened punishments for violating that duty.

The FISA abuse scandal isn’t the only negative press currently directed at the FBI. During a recent Senate Judiciary hearing on how the FBI failed to investigate alleged sexual abuse by former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) interrupted the proceedings when he reported that the FBI had failed to respond to the Republican Senator’s letters and also that,  they had declined to meet with him “month after month, year after year, at any time for any reason”. This is significant considering that Grassley is a ranking member of the Judiciary Committee and has been for a long time.

According to Senator Grassley:

I’ve asked Director Wray several times to meet with me relating to a very troubling briefing that I received in August 2020 from the FBI and which was later weaponized against my and Senator Johnson’s oversight. Director Wray and his staff have ignored my request to meet.”

In short, a ranking member of the Judiciary Committee can’t get the FBI to meet with him. This begs the question: does Congress have any real oversight on the FBI? Does the Bureau serve the American people or only select establishment politicians?

Senator Grassley has recently released a letter that offers some insight to the average American citizen as to how our government really works.

On August 6, 2020, we received a briefing from the FBI which, according to the FBI, was done in conjunction with the Intelligence Community (IC). This briefing was done because of political pressure from Democratic Leadership, not because of any real threat.

We have asked to meet with FBI Director Christopher Wray to discuss our concerns and have requested records relating to the briefing; however, he and his Chief of Staff, Corey Ellis, have refused to answer our communications and have failed to provide any answers or information.

FBI leadership’s failure to respond to congressional inquiries not only undermines the FBI as an institution, it also undermines the work of its dedicated agents and staff.

On July 13, 2020, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senator Mark Warner, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Representative Adam Schiff sent a letter, with a classified attachment, to the FBI to express a purported belief that Congress was the subject of a foreign disinformation campaign.

In that letter, which was publicly released on July 20, 2020, they requested a briefing on foreign efforts to interfere in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. The classified attachment included unclassified elements that, among other things, attempted — and failed — to tie our joint investigation into the Biden family’s foreign financial deals to foreign disinformation.  

So Schumer, Warner, Pelosi, and Schiff were trying to slow down Grassley and Johnson’s “joint investigations into the Biden family’s foreign financial deals.” How did the Democrats do it? By using their go-to strategy of leaking to their allies in the corporate media of course. The letter continues:

Then, on May 1, 2021, the Washington Post reported on “an extensive effort by the [FBI] to alert members of Congress…that they faced a risk of being used to further Russia’s attempt to influence the election’s outcome[.]”

This statement was attributed to “several current and former U.S. officials” who remained anonymous “because the matter remains highly sensitive.”

The article then inaccurately proceeded to link Russian disinformation attempts to our investigation, which was based on Obama administration government records and records that showed extensive financial connections between the Biden family and questionable foreign nationals, including individuals connected to the communist Chinese government’s military and intelligence services.

The Washington Post reporting purported to be based, in part, on an August 6, 2020, briefing that we received from the FBI, which, as the timeline above illustrates, happened in response to pressure from Democratic Leadership. The briefing was not specific. Moreover, it consisted primarily of information that we already knew and information unconnected to our investigation.

We made clear to the FBI briefers on August 6, 2020, that the briefing was not relevant to the substance of our work.

We also made clear our concern that the briefing would be subject to a leak that would shed a false light on the focus of our investigation. Indeed, the Washington Post article did exactly that and so did the other inaccurate media articles.

During your review of Crossfire Hurricane, you identified that counterintelligence briefings for Trump campaign officials were used by the FBI as intelligence gathering operations, concerns that we raised with the Justice Department on April 25, 2019, after we discovered text messages between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. Specifically, Peter Strzok was primarily responsible for assisting the FBI agent that would be at those briefings.

In response to your findings, Director Wray established new protocols for these transition briefings to keep potential political considerations out of the decision-making process. Specifically, Director Wray noted that these briefings “should be for national security purposes and not for investigative purposes.”

Senator Grassley and Senator Ron Johnson were credited with the discovery of the now-famous text messages between FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page as well as discovering that Strzok was one of the crooked agents who used intel briefings to spy on Trump in 2019 prior to being fired. Director Wray promised to put a stop to these phony briefings that end up getting leaked to the media, yet it happened again to Grassley and Johnson last year while investigating “the Biden family’s foreign financial dealings”.

This information is compelling regardless of which side of the political aisle one falls on. When senators start informing the people during public hearings in Congress that the FBI is setting them up with fake briefings and then stonewalling them once caught, it makes one wonder whether or not Congress is actually in charge anymore. If the FBI can engage in this sort of activity against ranking members of the Judiciary Committee, the mind shudders to think of what they might do to the average citizens of our diminishing republic.

Follow The Money: Who Funds the Independent Fact-Checkers?

(Ryan DeLarmeWe live in a world where an alarming number of people take “Independent” fact-checkers as absolute truth without looking beyond the often ill-explained or misleading explanations for marking certain things as “partly false” when they are in fact observably true.

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by Ryan DeLarme, April 19th, 2021

The recent Gun Control efforts and subsequent debate have been a hot topic in America, and while this piece isn’t meant to be a commentary on that particular issue, we will be using the debate as a reference point for the purposes of this article.

Joe Biden, who maintains an armed security detail and is presumably in charge of one of the world’s largest armed forces, has signed 6 executive orders on “gun control” and has repeatedly made it very clear that he wants to come for guns owned by American citizens.

Tim Kennedy, a Green Beret and Special Forces Sniper, recently took to Facebook-owned Instagram to share what has historically happened across the globe when authoritarian governments have taken the people’s right to protect themselves. You can still view the video HERE, assuming you can access Instagram, and it’s also below.

In the 2 minute video, Kennedy outlines which countries have effectively taken weapons from their citizens and the ensuing death tolls that have occurred in those respective countries in the following years.

As per Tim Kennedy:

If we look to history:
1911, Turkey established gun control: From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians were murdered.
1929, the Soviet Union established gun control: From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents were killed.
1938, Germany established gun control: From 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and Europeans will be gassed, shot, and burnt.
China established gun control in 1935: From 1948 to 1952, 20 million citizens were systematically killed.
1964, Guatemala.
1970, Uganda.
1975, Cambodia.
1994, Rwanda.
When are we going to learn?

He covers all of this swiftly in 2 minutes, And if a person takes the time they will find the validity of the statement as well as several attempts to manipulate the truth by “reputable” sources. Instagram unsurprisingly attached the eye-catching, hypnotically suggestive red lettering indicating that Kennedy’s post contained “partly false” information.

For most, seeing this appear on a post is all that is required to toss out the information provided, relieving themselves of the dreaded effort it would take to verify. Others still will at least click the link to further increase their understanding, to which they will be provided the following no-so-detailed explanation:

So, despite it being an objective fact that government-sponsored murder and genocide tend to sharply increase after an authoritarian regime takes control of the population’s ability to defend themselves, there is no “direct link” between gun control these killings? Some would wonder what kind of “direct link” is required besides the fact that it has happened time and time again, what would this “direct link” even look like?

Just who are these fact-checkers anyway? They are supposedly independent yet their fact-checks always seem to go hand in glove with establishment politics and corporate trends.

You may have noticed a link saying “learn more” in the picture above, clicking this link leads you to a page dedicated to explaining how Instagram reduces the spread of “misinformation”.

How is Instagram addressing false information through third-party fact-checkers?

So these super-efficient third-party fact-checkers who seem to know the truth about events before the FBI can even begin an investigation should be trusted because they were certified by the Non-partisan International Fact-Checking Network.

Who exactly is the Non-partisan International Fact-Checking Network?

According to their own online publication:

A unit of the Poynter Institute dedicated to bringing together fact-checkers worldwide. The IFCN was launched in September 2015 to support a booming crop of fact-checking initiatives by promoting best practices and exchanges in this field.

The concept sounds great on paper, but in a world dominated by money, we have learned that altruism is even rarer than objectivity and nothing is free. If we are going to allow individuals to become the grand arbiters of truth then perhaps it is worthwhile to learn how this worldwide initiative gets its funding…

A quick search reveals exactly who funds the alleged “non-partisan” organization:

Let’s go over some of these names.

Charles Koch foundation. The enormity of the Koch fortune is no mystery. Brothers Charles and David are each worth more than $40 billion. The electoral influence of the Koch brothers is similarly well-chronicled. The Kochs are homegrown oligarchs; they’ve cornered the market on Republican (establishment, non-Trump Rhinos) politics and have nakedly attempted (likely succeded) to buy Congress and the White House. Koch touts only one top-line financial figure: $115 billion in annual revenue, as estimated by Forbes. By that metric, it is larger than IBM, Honda, or Hewlett-Packard and is one of America’s largest private companies.

The company’s troubled legal history – including a trail of congressional investigations, Department of Justice consent decrees, civil lawsuits and felony convictions – augmented by internal company documents, leaked State Department cables, Freedom of Information disclosures and company whistle­-blowers, combine to cast an unwelcome spotlight on the toxic empire whose profits have long financed the DC swamp creature republicans of the past and present.

The Democracy Fund. The democracy fund presents itself as “scrupulously bipartisan” though its giving suggests the group is another degree of separation between big money and the politicians they want to put in office.  The fund is chaired and principally funded by eBay founder and former chairman Pierre Omidyar, who has long endorsed career politicians on the left.

The Environmental Defense Fund. Since the EDF was founded in 1966, it has grown into a behemoth $150 million per year environmental action organization with twelve offices across the United States, and international offices in China, Europe, and Mexico. The Deep-State has long made a good racket with their climate change, climate crisis, and now climate emergency alarmism and neuro-linguistic programming, naturally this organization would want to maintain the narrative.

Facebook. There are about a million things one could say about why you should think carefully before trusting Facebook, but all that really needs to be said is two words: Cambridge Analytica, which sold user data to the highest bidder.

Foundation to Promote Open Society… George Soros, maybe you’ve heard of him? The man who assumed a non-Jewish identity during WWII helping the Nazis make inventories of the confiscated property of jews, largely believed to be a bagman for an international banking dynasty, and likely has total influence over the DNC. This is his organization.

The Gill Foundation was established in 1994 by Tim Gill. The foundation, based in Denver, Colorado, was created as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt private foundation to support public policy efforts that promote equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and economic opportunity in Colorado.  In the foundation’s 2015 Annual Report, its assets are listed at over $206 million, with a total of over $20 million in grants awarded to nonprofit organizations that year.

The list goes on but the point is made, these “independent” fact-checkers are traceably tools of the financial elite, the unelected leaders who rule from several degrees of separation over whichever candidate (typically funding whoever receives the nomination from both parties) ends up in the winner’s chair.

Take Google, for example, they are masters of the “degrees of separation” gambit. Joe Biden’s administration is heavily influenced by big-tech, he may have not been able to secure the presidency and convince half the country there was no voter fraud if it wasn’t for big-tech and their “independent Fact-checkers”.

Not everything promoted by this Fact-Checking network is false or slanted, only the things that affect their financier’s business and political agendas.

Book The True Story of Fake News: How Mainstream Media Manipulates Millions

Fact-Checking the Fact-Checkers

Certainly, they can and do play a very constructive role. There are so many lies swirling around that professional fact-checking seems to be a necessary public good.

But who fact-checks the fact-checkers?

While that might seem like a silly question, the objectivity of fact-checking websites has already been called into doubt and for good reason. For example, an in-depth analysis by Matt Shapiro at the Paradox Project revealed that PolitiFact (the site that famously uses “pants on fire” as one of its ratings) is biased in its fact-checking.

The analysis makes several different arguments, but one of the more compelling ones is that the articles that debunk Republicans are longer than those that debunk Democrats. Why? Well, it comes down to a bit of chicanery:

We’ve found that PolitiFact often rates statements that are largely true but come from a GOP sources [sic] as ‘mostly false’ by focusing on sentence alterations, simple mis-statements, fact-checking the wrong fact, and even taking a statement, rewording it, and fact-checking the re-worded statement instead of the original quoted statement.

Doing this takes time and many, many words.

Another popular website, Snopes (which got its start by debunking urban legends), bizarrely decided to debunk satire. Snopes appeared to be aiming the majority of its wrath toward one satire site, in particular, the Babylon Bee, which happens to be published by conservative Christians.

Can Something Really Be “Mostly True” or “Half True”?

Another problem with fact-checking is the rating system. Fact-checkers like PolitiFact often conclude that statements are true, mostly true, half-true, mostly false, or false. But is such a classification even possible? In other words, can something really be “mostly true” or “half true”?

The Babylon Bee captures this problem in a pretty funny headline:

If a politician said that the lost city of Atlantis has been discovered underneath Puget Sound, everybody would know he was lying. It’s entirely absurd. But if a politician makes a false claim within a context that is mostly true, people are much more likely to believe it. In other words, the most effective lies are “mostly true.”

Ultimately, fact-checking is a much more subjective enterprise than we would like it to be. Truth is real but sometimes difficult to ascertain, particularly when political ideologies and motivated reasoning are involved. To dodge these pitfalls, fact-checkers need to be keenly sensitive to such biases. Otherwise, fact-checkers can (and in some cases should) be seen as simply another manifestation of “fake news.”