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Taiwan State Media Accidentally Announces Non-Existent China Military Invasion

GABRIELLE REYES
20 Apr 2022

Taiwan’s government-funded Chinese Television System (CTS) accidentally broadcast a running news ticker on Wednesday morning falsely declaring Chinese forces had launched a military invasion of New Taipei City, the Taipei Times reported on Thursday.

The Taiwanese public broadcaster CTS allowed mock alerts intended for an upcoming disaster drill in New Taipei City to enter its text feed for a running news ticker at the bottom of its 7:00 a.m. news bulletin on April 20. The text included alarming messages, such as, “Communist forces strike New Taipei City with guided missiles.”

“Naval vessel explodes, facilities, ships damaged at Port of Taipei,” read another false update.

“Arson and explosives placed by suspected special forces at Banqiao [train] Station, no casualties,” CTS’s news ticker further claimed.

“The CTS chyron had also warned that conflict with China was ‘in danger of breaking out,’ and that New Taipei officials had established a command and control center,” Newsweek reported on Wednesday. “‘Chinese Communists make preparations for war, [Taiwan] president declares state of emergency effective 8 a.m. March 6,’ the text read.”

CTS’s accidental broadcast of the mock alerts caused several residents of New Taipei City to phone the local government and inquire about the messages on Wednesday. In response, CTS pinned the following statement to the top of its YouTube live stream later Wednesday, “The news ticker content shown earlier was part of a disaster prevention video created by the New Taipei Fire Department. Today, due to incorrect settings, the content of yesterday’s video was mistakenly inserted. Please don’t panic! We hereby clarify and apologize!”

CTS issued a more detailed explanation of the incident later on April 20, writing:

We were tasked by the New Taipei City Government to shoot a disaster drill video, with the script provided by the New Taipei City Fire Department. The news producer who recorded the video used a horizontal screen layout with news tickers, which was done through a change in the path of a text file link. However, the producer did not restore the file link path after completing the recording on Tuesday [April 19], resulting in the error in the morning news program.

Taiwan’s National Communications Commission (NCC) launched an investigation into the CTS news ticker fiasco on April 20. The NCC suspects CTS may have breached Article 21 of Taiwan’s Radio and Television Act, which bans programs that “disrupt public order or adversely affect good social customs.”

“TV stations that breach the article face fines of NT$200,000 to NT$2 million (US$6,838 to US$68,378), with the minimum raised to NT$400,000 if it is deemed a major offense,” NCC representatives said at a press conference on Wednesday.

Longstanding political tension between Taipei and Beijing has increased in recent months, placing Taiwan on high alert for a possible act of military aggression from China. Beijing considers Taiwan a Chinese territory and has repeatedly threatened to “reunify” the island nation — which is located off China’s southeastern coast — with “the mainland,” or China. In line with this belligerent stance, China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has ramped up air sorties that penetrate Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in recent months.

8-Mile Long Russian Convoy Signals Huge Assault Readied To Take Donbas: Pentagon

During a Monday press briefing, the Pentagon told reporters that it’s observed major Russian preparations for a bigger move deeper into the Donbas region of Ukraine. 

Press Secretary John Kirby told reporters that based on US intelligence, the Russian military is now “trying to resupply and reinforce their efforts in the Donbas.” This is also as Western media reports have described an eight-mile-long armored and infantry convoy that appears to be preparing for the fresh assault

“The convoy, exposed in commercial satellite imagery, stretches an estimated eight miles. It appears to contain vehicles to command and supply infantry units and possibly helicopters, said the official, who provided intelligence assessments on condition of anonymity,” USA Today writes.

Kirby in the briefing described that “It does seem to be a mix of personnel carrying vehicles as well as armored vehicles and maybe some artillery, maybe some enabling capabilities.”

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He further cited satellite imagery that shows the convoy headed south toward Izyum, which is at the front line of the extent of Russian advance in Donbas. Kirby described these as major reinforcements.

Last month Russian forces drew back their positions outside of Kiev and with Russian commanders issuing formal statements confirming that the ‘special operation’ would now focus on liberating the Donbas region in the east. This has fueled speculation both that the Kremlin may be disappointed in how things are going so far, given the fierce Ukrainian resistance, and could be eyeing a partition of the country into eastern and western halves. 

According to The Hill citing Pentagon leadership, the US has been expecting the battle for Donbas to intensify imminently

The comments come after Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley on Thursday warned there is a “significant battle yet ahead” around the Donbas, where the Kremlin intends to “mass forces and continue their assault” on the country after failing to take the capital of Kyiv.   

President Zelensky too is now warning of an impending major new Russian push to take the whole of Donbas, telling South Korean lawmakers in a virtual address, “The occupiers have sent dozens of thousands of soldiers and colossal numbers of equipment to prepare new attacks,” according to NBC News

Russia Says Will Reduce Military Activity in Parts of Ukraine

Sophie Mann
March 29, 2022

Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Formin said Tuesday his country will “reduce military activity” in the Ukraine cities of Kyiv and Chernihiv in pursuit of an agreement to end Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The announcement follows what Russians are calling a productive day of diplomatic talks in Istanbul, Turkey, with the invasion now roughly four-weeks old.

Russian state media quoted Formin saying: “Due to the fact that negotiations on the preparation of an agreement on the neutrality and non-nuclear status of Ukraine, as well as on the provision of security guarantees to Ukraine, are moving into practice, taking into account the principles discussed during today’s meeting, by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation in order to increase mutual trust and create the necessary conditions for further negotiations and achieving the ultimate goal of agreeing on the signing of the above agreement, a decision was made to radically, at times, reduce military activity in the Kiev and Chernihiv direction.” 

Members of the Russian government told state media outlets that Ukraine offered proposals that will be “considered in the near future” and presented to leader Vladimir Putin in short order. 

For the past several days, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has been requesting a meeting with Putin in hopes of expediting an end to the war.

TRUCKER CRACKDOWN BEGINS: Wild Scenes in Canada As Military, SWAT, and Police are all Sent in to Make Arrests and Tow Away Vehicles At Ambassador Bridge (VIDEOS)

Julian Conradson
February 13th, 2022 

DISCLAIMER: This article contains the author’s opinion.

On Sunday, the Canadian military was sent in to assist law enforcement officials as they forcefully cleared out the Trucker Convoy protest from the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit.

Armed with a court order granted the day before, officers arrested dozens of protesters and towed away any vehicles that remained in the area.

Several peaceful protesters are now facing serious punishment, including possible fines of up to $100,000, imprisonment for up to a year, and even the “permanent” loss of their driver’s licenses.

Police handed out fliers on Saturday night, detailing the punishments for continuing to blockade the Ambassador bridge.

Notice the last bulletpoint: “these measures will be permanent.” To add insult to injury, Trudeau and his stasi Goons are openly mocking the protesters for challenging his tyranny and demanding a ‘permanent’ end to mandates.

Seriously, screw this guy. F*ck Trudeau.

Despite the warnings, the brave Canadians remained, ready to take whatever punishment was coming to them.

Videos from earlier in the day on Sunday show police forming a perimeter around the main protest after they had announced they would begin making arrests at 11AM.

Watch:

From Windsor police:

“Enforcement continuing, individuals who are located within the demonstration area are subject to arrest. People are advised to immediately vacate the area.”

Following the establishment of the initial police line, Riot squads and SWAT teams were dispatched to provide additional assistance. This appears to be when law enforcement began making the initial arrests.

As the crackdown ensued, members of the Canadian Military also arrived on scene to facilitate the arrests.

In one video, military members can be seen flanking the police as they progress towards the crowd of protesters.

“SHAME! SHAME!” The convoy participants can be heard shouting.

Watch:

In another video that compiles several arrests, a handful of military members are seen marching into the protest area.

Police can also be seen manhandling an old man as they arrest him and pull others out of their trucks.

Watch:

This was a sweeping effort that was coordinated by all levels of law enforcement.

According to the Post Millennial:

“In a collaborative effort between police at the local and national levels, authorities moved in and “peacefully” arrested multiple protestors while seven vehicles were towed just after dawn, Windsor police said.”

This is tyranny, plain and simple.

Burmese Military Arrests Government Over Election Fraud, Connects to Clinton, Obama, Smartmatic, etc.

February 1st, 2021

(Ryan DeLarmeThe leaders of the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar have been arrested by the nation’s military for allegedly committing massive voter fraud during the November 2020 elections. Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint were both arrested in morning raids on Monday by the nation’s armed forces, after widespread allegations that they had committed election fraud.

The whole situation is starting to mirror what just took place in the USA, could this be a foreshadowing of what we might see here in the coming weeks and months?

Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint were both arrested in morning raids on Monday by the nation’s armed forces, after widespread allegations that they had committed election fraud. The official results of the November election in Myanmar, also known as Burma, showed a victory for the liberal National League for Democracy (NLD), which is led by Aung San Suu Kyi. The conservative nationalist Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), which is supported by many members of the country’s military, lost several seats.

However, it soon became apparent, according to the military, that massive vote fraud had taken place. On January 15, the USDP released 94,242 cases of election fraud in six townships, and subsequently called for a new, fair election supervised by the military and the country’s election commission.

“In Shaw Pin Kaing village, an underage girl was able to cast a vote. She is just 16 years old,” said former USDP lower house candidate U Nyunt Saung, who claimed to have been a victim of fraud. “She was forced by her neighbor to go to vote.”

Major General Zaw Min Tun, a spokesman for the Myanmar military, pointed out that a further 8.6 million irregularities in 314 townships had been identified, suggesting that a large number of voters had voted multiple times, and urged the election commission to take action. General Zaw Min Tun had been calling for the election commission to provide final voter lists for cross-checking, in order to verify whether fraud had taken place or not.

“Not resolving this in line with the law means this is a political crisis,” he told reporters last week.

The weak-willed election commission, which was appointed by the NLD, declined to acknowledge the evidence. Sound familiar??

“Weaknesses and errors in voters lists cannot cause voting fraud,” the election commission said in their response. A typical response.

Ultimately, the military issued an ultimatum to the NLD government for failing to “respect and abide by” the Constitution of Myanmar. General Min Aung Hlaing, the commander-in-chief of Myanmar’s armed forces suggested that the role of the military was to stop governments abusing the law.

“If one does not follow the law, such a law must be revoked,” General Min Aung Hlaing declared on Thursday in a video address to military officers.

In order to stop the steal, the military ultimately took decisive action on Monday morning against what had been described as “dishonesty and unfairness” in the November election. Military leaders, who claim the vote was fraudulent, have now declared a year-long state of emergency, transferred all power to Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, appointed Vice President Myint Swe – a former general – as acting president, and closed all banks until further notice.

The Conspiracies Surrounding the Event

As stated above, the whole situation is starting to mirror what just took place in the USA.

It’s informative to observe that the Burmese military is more conscientious about its duty to the Burmese constitution than the U.S. military is to its supposed duty to the U.S. constitution. At this point, no one around the world can possibly take the whole “land of the free and home of the brave” act seriously anymore. Myanmar is observably more serious about preventing voter fraud than our own government and Military appear to be (for now).

To our readers who have been following the Mass Arrests and Military Tribunal narratives, this all probably looks strikingly familiar. The big difference? it’s actually happening! Take a look at what is happening in Myanmar, it looks EXACTLY how patriots have been speculating our own mass arrests scenario would go down.

It appears the Burmese military understands very well who their real enemies are.

We seem to share enemies.

So, who are these now arrested government officials affiliated with? None other than Hillary Clinton, Obama, and George Soros.

Obama and Clinton pictured above with Aung San Suu Kyi.

Obama was the first sitting President to visit Myanmar while Clinton seemed to be pleased to ensure “democracy” in her country. Birds of a global, deep-state feather. But they aren’t the only questionable connection to the country.

Alexander Soros, son of Billionaire “philanthropist” George Soros, had paid a visit to Myanmar’s capital Nay Pyi Taw – a week before the Chinese President Xi Jinping made his official visit at the behest of President Win Myint on January 17 and 18 last year (preparation for a global voter fraud operation?).

And then we have possibly the most damning connection; Smartmatic, one of the companies who’re alleged to have taken part in massive voter fraud in the United States Presidential election and other elections abroad.

Related: Dominion, Smartmatic Share Same Offshore Address in Barbados

Related: Dominion Voting Machines Are Related to Smartmatic/Sequoia and They Do Have Functionality to Switch Votes Between Candidates

Related: Sidney Powell Is Working on RICO Case Against Dominion and Smartmatic – Will It Stop There?

Naturally, Obama’s shadow gov- er, I mean the “Biden administration” released a statement warning the Burmese Military that “We will get involved”. We saw the SEC friendly Jen Psaki put out a statement:

This comes as little surprise. We will be following up on this story as more details arise.

NORAD Plans Air Defense Exercise for National Capital Region

Ryan DeLarme,
January 13th, 2021

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has announced that it will be conducting “Falcon Virgo”, a routine air defense exercise, on Thursday, January 14, through Friday, January 15, and again on Monday, January 25, through Tuesday, January 26, between midnight and 5:30 a.m. EST each day in the National Capital Region.

Patriots remain in the dark about any potential ongoing operations and disinformation campaigns seem to be at an all time high in the wake of mass censorship, so we’ve taken to reporting on things that can be seen and verified. The exercise is being described as a “routine air defense exercise” and we make no claim that is anything but a simple routine exercise, but it may still inspire hope or comfort to some that the good people in our military are preparing to defend the country while global tensions are high, especially considering that rival nations appear to have a lot at stake in this election.

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The aircraft participating in the flight exercise include Air Force F-16 aircraft, an Army UC-35A aircraft, a Navy King Air 300 aircraft, a Coast Guard MH-65D Dolphin helicopter, and Civil Air Patrol Cessna 182T general aviation aircraft. Some portions of the exercise could involve flights at approximately 2,500 feet and may be visible from the ground. If weather prevents regularly scheduled flights, the exercise will commence Jan. 27.

NORAD routinely conducts exercises with a variety of scenarios, including airspace restriction violations, hijackings, and responses to unknown aircraft. All NORAD exercises are carefully planned and closely controlled.

NORAD on Falcon Virgo:

“Falcon Virgo is a recurring exercise in support of Operation NOBLE EAGLE, which places emphasis on the surveillance and control of airspace over Canada and the United States. The defense of North America is NORAD’s top priority and NORAD remains on alert around the clock, every day. This exercise is a part of NORAD’s routine training program.

For more than 60 years, NORAD aircraft have identified and intercepted potential air threats to North America in the execution of its aerospace warning and aerospace control missions, and maintain a watchful eye over Canadian and U.S. internal waterways and maritime approaches under its maritime warning mission.”

WTH Newsletter #9: Military in DC, Jan 6 False Flag, Blackouts and Misinformation, Insurrection Act?

Ryan DeLarme,
January 11th, 2021

Right now, in what may be our darkest hour thus far, hope probably seems fleeting to many. To some, it probably appears as though the totalitarian specter of geopolitical criminality has possessed our Nation and finally taken over. But remember that hope is eternal. No matter what happens in the coming weeks, the endless waltz goes on regardless.

Fortunately, there’s plenty of reason to have hope.

For one, we have reached the Rubicon and are preparing to cross it like the Delaware River. The point of no return is upon us and it is widely believed and reported that Military Intelligence has been preparing for this phase for a long, long time. I don’t see them accepting a fraudulent election and allowing the powers that were to be again. 

Disinformation Increases as Trusted Voices are Snuffed Out

There’s chatter that Italy has (allegedly) stated publicly that it interfered in our election. Upon closer scrutiny, it really has the feel of misinformation and was originally pushed by a self proclaimed former C_I_A asset. Is this real or an elaborate setup? Something that sounds too good to be true often is. 

The website, “Nations in Action” reported in a press release the following:

Senior IT Expert at Global Defense Contractor Testifies in Italian Federal Court; He and Others Switched Votes throughout America in the U.S. Presidential Race

Rome, Italy (January 5, 2021) – An employee of the 8th largest global defense contractor, Leonardo SpA, provided a shocking deposition detailing his role in the most elaborate criminal act affecting a US election. Corroborating the DNI Ratcliff’s report of international intrusion, Arturo D’elio outlined the scheme that proved successful in using Leonardo computer systems and military satellites located in Pescara, Italy. Recent reports of a hack at Leonardo now appear to have been an orchestrated cover to mitigate blowback on the corporation which is partially owned by the Italian government.

The release goes on the mention:

Maria Strollo Zack, founder of Nations In Action added, “States must prosecute all illegal voting activities and provide immediate legislative remedies. There can only be zero tolerance for criminal interference in American elections. This international conspiracy must be met with swift action by the President and be fully supported by elected officials for the protection of voting integrity and the prosperity of our great nation.”

Gateway Pundit laid out their understanding here:

1. We can confirm that E’Elia is a real person and that Alfio D’Urso is an attorney in Italy.  However, we understand that D’Urso does not represent Arturo D’Elia at this time:

2 We understand a separate attorney represents D’Elia for his case for which he is in jail for.

3 We understand D’Elia has agreed to share more and provide his support once he is out of jail.

4 There are currently attempts to have someone interview D’Elia to determine his story’s accuracy.

5 We do believe the 2020 election was stolen and that there is enough information to show that President Trump won the election based on valid votes.

6 We would like to see all the ballots in the 2020 election forensically validated.  This would provide hard evidence of the results.

7 This accusation is difficult to prove.

8 We have reported on votes being switched between candidates all leading to significant increases for Biden and reductions in the Trump column.  We believe this happened.

9 We believe that the voting machines allowed for manipulation of ballots and were connected to the Internet.   A forensic audit of the Dominion machines in Michigan confirms this.

10 It seems there may have been an easier method of switching votes rather than sending the ballots to Europe and back but we can’t say this didn’t happen.

We currently don’t have key pieces of information related to this report to confirm it’s validity.

Italy is most certainly involved with everything playing out geopolitically right now, but just like everywhere else there seems to be a split between those who are fighting for their respective country’s sovereignty and those embedded to serve the international foreign policy think-tanks and the central bank establishment.

Oddly enough, we saw mass blackouts in Pakistan shortly after this all broke. Italy has been a huge investor in Pakistan, and very well could be linked in nefarious ways by international deep-state players, investors, etc. Details are scarce and it is only speculation at this point, but there may be an obscured correlation between the claimed blackouts at the Vatican and the record 200 million people who lost power nationwide in Pakistan that was hardly mentioned in the mainstream. 

That said, official sources have not reported on any blackouts at the Vatican and one blogger claims there were no blackouts and the claim that the Pope was arrested is untrue.

As you can see, the camera exposure seems to be really low – something that happens to the live-feed often at night. Watch it tonight and you’ll see it looks just as it did in the “blackout.” In any case, you can see the lights are very much on. You can see the dome, you can see the lights of the colonnade, you can see some office/apartment lights, you can see the nativity lights, you can see the Christmas tree star.

EWTN Vatican correspondent Colm Flynn, who lives close to the Vatican, said: “I didn’t notice any power outage across the weekend. I was at home on Saturday most of the evening and there was no power cut.”

Mountain Butorac, a tour guide based near St. Peter’s Basilica, reported that there was no “massive blackout” at the Vatican. He said that he had heard no gunfights or other indications of a police raid.

Related DISPUTED: Massive Blackout in Vatican Following Release of Affidavit Revealing Italian Interference in US Election

When you can’t trust your media to be anything but subservient to the board members and shareholders and the millions of dollars that have been pumped into these corporations via slush funds and nonprofits, speculation becomes inevitable.

Journalists, we are constantly told, are neutral in their reporting. In almost the same breath, many bemoan the influence of money in politics. It is a maxim of both the left and many in the media that conservatives are bought and paid for by business interests. Yet where are the concerns about where their money comes from?

Fred Brown, who recently revised the book “Journalism Ethics: A Casebook of Professional Conduct for News Media,” argues journalists need to be “transparent” about their connections and “be upfront about your relationship” with those who fund you.

Unfortunately, that rarely happens. While the nonprofits list who sits on their boards, the news outlets they work for make little or no effort to connect those dots.

The point I’m trying to make is that at this juncture, I’d view anything being sensationalized with suspicion. I have a feeling the closer we get to the final hour the less and less we will hear from those we trust and more and more disinfo will be cranked out. Tread lightly, friends.

On that note, it seems fitting to start with what retired General Thomas Mcinerney recently told a group of people in DC. Again, he may be former Military Intelligence, but this is still just a video of a man talking. Don’t treat the first bit of potentially good news as the word of God, we are every bit as susceptible to confirmation bias as those who depend on the corporate media to confirm what they want to believe.

The Importance of Rumors and Fringe Ideas

All truth passes through three stages: First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as self-evident.

 – German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer

Rumor gets a bad wrap. The truth is, all true knowledge at first appears as a rumor or claim that isn’t widely accepted. And if this new potential truism counters established thought, then it’s often blindly rejected—prejudicially dismissed.

A good example is Dr. Semmelweis, who championed the washing of hands for doctors during a time when this was not widely practiced. He was considered a fool for his suggestion.

Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis was a Hungarian physician and scientist, now known as an early pioneer of antiseptic procedures. Described as the “saviour of mothers”, Semmelweis discovered that the incidence of puerperal fever could be drastically cut by the use of hand disinfection in obstetrical clinics

Despite various publications of results where hand washing reduced mortality to below 1%, Semmelweis’s observations conflicted with the established scientific and medical opinions of the time and his ideas were rejected by the medical community.

So while some might suggest investigating rumors is for idiots or gullible people it’s actually quite the reverse. Those who are brave enough to consider information on the fringe of understanding, despite the risks, earn the reward of new knowledge. But you have to practice discernment, you have to carefully evaluate the claims by giving them a fair day in court, looking for evidence to support or invalidate them.

That said, we should be careful not to bandy rumors about as facts. Bias often compels us to accept rumors and claims that feel right or jive with our existing knowledge, making us believe we can skip over the critical thinking step. This is where most people get tripped up.

We must use proven methods of analysis and critical thinking so that information that is true now, can be replaced later if better information emerges.

Thus, we here at Stillness, use  this technique of exploring the fringe of truth to claim new nuggets of knowledge. And for this reason, like the gold panners of old, not all the things that are swished around in the pan are worth keeping. The point isn’t to only talk about things people accept as true. The point is to explore ideas knowing, and having faith that with our keen minds and investigating power, we’ll get to the truth together.

General Mcinerney Supports Claims that Evidence was Seized During Capitol Raid 

If you haven’t already seen this video, it is certainly worth a watch:

https://rumble.com/vcl9r3-gen.-mcinerny-we-got-pelosis-laptop.html

SUMMARY:

  • Every American is going to have to stand up
  • The breach was enabled by Mitch McConnell, Chuck Schummer, Nancy Peloci, and the DC Mayor. They knew it was coming.
  • There was cyberwarfare clearly used in the battleground states during the election.
  • James Comey, the former FBI director, sold Hammer and Scorecard, a top-secret program, to the Chinese.
  • The software works by modulating the voting just enough so that the candidate they want wins.
  • McInerney got a call at 11:30 pm on Tuesday night that the ISI from Pakistan was in the voting machines.
  • He watched the candidates in Georgia go from winning to an hour later losing.
  • There were special forces in the Capitol Storm group that was there to take possession of Pelosi’s laptop.
  • Trump could use the Emergency Broadcast System.
  • Trump could declare an emergency under the September 2018 Executive Order
  • COVID-19 was a biological attack.

Totally possible, but the evidence isn’t substantial enough to run with, yet. This kind of info is better for your own personal morale, not sturdy enough to run and thrust in the face of your friends. Especially because the idea that Antifa has had anything to do with what happened is just not going to compute with most people given mainstream media counter-narratives are in place: this weird Horned dude connected to everyone’s favorite attention seeker Austin Steinbart and his sister (who are oddly still allowed to be on Twitter?)

They will refuse to believe the Antifa, or any agent provocateurs, had anything to do with this. Even though…

BLM Activist Posted Picture Posing As Trump Supporter Before Capitol Siege

For those of you who don’t know, John Sullivan is a radical left-wing activist and founder of Insurgence USA who just so happened to film the death of Ashli Babbit inside the Capitol building.

Before the siege of the Capitol Building Sullivan posted a picture of himself with the caption “counter-intel”. This wreaks of false flag, as can be inferred here:

IGNORED BY MEDIA: Flash Bangs Were Going Off at US Capitol Before Trump Finished His Speech – Antifa Organized Protest Near US Capitol Before It Was Stormed

WATCH: CNN’s Anderson Cooper Interviews BLM/Antifa Leader Who Was Part of Capitol Seige, Recently Arrested For RIOTING, Caught On Video Threatening To Beat A Woman…Treats Him Like He Was A Reporter On The Scene

NEW VIDEO: Antifa Hands Out Weapons from Bag During Storming of US Capitol

If agent provocateurs were indeed tasked with creating violence and storming the Capitol so it could blame on Trump then this is a text-book false flag modus operandi.

Take a look:

Once he infiltrated the Capitol building he was caught on live camera but this time without any Trump gear on.

Fox News covered Sullivan’s entrance into Capitol Hill and shared these details:

An anti-Trump activist who once said he wanted to “rip” the president out of office entered the Capitol Building Wednesday alongside a mob of pro-Trump protesters, but he said he was just there to “document” it.

Sullivan told Fox News he regularly attends protests to record what’s going on, including a clash involving Proud Boys on Tuesday near D.C.’s Black Lives Matter Plaza.

“It’s just recording, solely, and not being active in it,” he claimed, although he reportedly was arrested in connection with protests back in Utah over the summer and admitted climbing into the Capitol through a window.

So, while Trump supporters who were at the “Save America Rally” are losing their jobs, John Sullivan gets interviews with CNN, Fox News, and other networks. It makes perfect sense, right?

Of course, none of the people jumping at the chance to persecute 75 million fellow Americans will even look at any of the news we mentioned coming out of Italy the last few days.

BREAKING: Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf is stepping down

Wolf sent a letter to DHS employees Monday afternoon informing them of his decision.

“I am saddened to take this step, as it was my intention to serve the Department until the end of this Administration,” Wolf wrote. “Unfortunately this action is warranted by recent events, including the ongoing and meritless court rulings regarding the validity of my authority as Acting Secretary.”

Wolf went on to say that Pete Gaynor, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administrator, will become the acting secretary of DHS.

“Be proud of what we have accomplished,” Wolf told DHS employees, “The Homeland is safer and more secure because of your efforts.”

So who is this Pete Gaynor character?

Well, all we know for sure is that he is an American Certified Emergency Manager who is the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). He was appointed as Acting Administrator by President Donald Trump on March 8, 2019, and became Administrator on January 16, 2020.

Hmmmmm

Spokesperson Confirms Nancy Pelosi’s Laptop was Stolen

The Epoch Times reported Sunday evening:

A spokesperson for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) confirmed that a laptop was stolen from a conference room belonging to her office amid the chaos at the Capitol building on Jan. 6.

“It was a laptop that was only used for presentations,” Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill wrote in a Jan. 10 statement.

Following a Trump rally and march to the Capitol, the building was breached as protesters pushed past police who were trying to block them from entering the building while lawmakers inside debated counting Electoral College votes to confirm Joe Biden’s victory.

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) wrote on Twitter that a laptop was taken from his office during the incident.

Michael Sherwin, the acting U.S. attorney for Washington, said it will likely take “several days to flesh out exactly what happened, what was stolen, what wasn’t,” according to Politico. He noted that “items, electronic items were stolen from senators’ offices, documents and materials were stolen, and we have to identify what was done to mitigate that [damage].”

“We have to do a full review of what was taken, or copied, or even left behind in terms of bugs and listening devices, etc.,” Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) told Politico.

The House Chief Administrative Office stated that “at this time, there have been no indications that the House network was compromised” and said the office issued commands to lock laptops and computers, and shut down wired network access.

At this point, it is becoming hard to tell what is sincere or an elaborate setup, so if you are going to share any hearsay with friends and family be sure to highlight the fact that if the Media actually did their job there wouldn’t be such a vast amount of speculation. The typical alternative outlets are quickly losing their ability to get the news out and an unprecedented amount of disinfo traps are being laid for patriots now that all is going dark. We knew for years that this was coming, stay the course but remain vigilant.

Recent Interesting Tidbits:

Did they ban Trump so they could copy his tweets?

More on the Capitol breach photo op:

Oh, and did you hear? Pelosi requested a military coup against the President

The New York Times is reporting that Nancy Pelosi asked Pentagon officials for “a military coup.”

In a phone call to the chairman, Gen. Mark A. Milley, Pelosi asked Pentagon leadership to “remove Mr. Trump from his authorities as the commander in chief.”  That could be accomplished by ignoring the president’s orders or slowing them by questioning whether they were issued legally. 

To his credit, General Milley at the Pentagon appears to have made no such commitments. Unless the cabinets invoke the 25th Amendment or congress convicts Mr. Trump through impeachment in both the house and senate, it is unconstitutional to defy legal orders from the commander in chief.  Yet, Nancy Pelosi wants to do it anyway and would do so if not checked by constitutional leadership.

“As long as President Trump is commander in chief, then one of the highest-priority missions the military has is maintaining connectivity between him and the nuclear arsenal, and I expect that is what they are doing and will continue to do until Inauguration Day,” said Peter D. Feaver, a professor of political science at Duke University who has studied the armed forces.

“This is a good example of people asking the military to solve a problem that is not the military’s to solve,” he added. “If Congress believes that President Trump should not have access to the nuclear codes, then Congress has the capacity to make that happen through impeachment.”

This gives you insight into the corrupted minds of establishment politicians.  They do not care about the sanctity of the Constitution or the principles it uniquely enshrines for Americans. If you give them the power, they will seek to undermine every constitutional principle imaginable.  It is quite reasonable to believe that people like Pelosi would seek to appoint generals who would allow them to commit such unconstitutional acts while, at the same time, trying to rewrite constitutional rules to codify their theft of America’s principles.

Call me crazy, but I highly doubt the military will go along with this.

Hope Nugget #1: Rudy Giuliani Calls on President Trump to “Declassify Everything!” — What’s He Waiting For?

Rudy Giuliani went on with Steve Bannon on The War Room on Friday. The former New York City Mayor said President Trump “owes it to his supporters” to declassify everything before he leaves office.

Rudy made similar comments in December.

The Daily Caller reported:

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said President Donald Trump owes it to his supporters to declassify everything before he leaves office.

Giuliani, Trump’s personal attorney, told former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon on a podcast Friday that the president ought to go on a reclassification spree because there’s “no longer any reason to try to create some kind of harmony.”

“At many times, I thought he was ready to do it, and many times it was blocked by, I have to assume, the force that we now call the ‘deep state,’” Giuliani said.

“I think he owes it, not just to MAGA, he owes it to the American people to put it out,” Giuliani said.

Hope Nugget #2: Impeachment Noise May Just be Noise and Theater

Though I’d hate to even mention it again, there’s more information worth considering in relation to this whole 2nd impeachment push

The Constitution permits impeachment and removal of the president for “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”In an Op-ed @ the Epoch Times Robert Natelson laid out his understanding of the situation:

There’s no reasonable claim that President Donald Trump’s speech, which largely focused on disputed, but credible, claims of election irregularities, was treasonous or involved a bribe. And in the absence of proof of deliberate incitement to riot, it wasn’t a “high Crime.”

So, as in the former Trump impeachment, the only potential basis for removal from office would be commission of a “high … Misdemeanor.” (We know from founding-era evidence that in the Constitution the adjective “high” modifies “Misdemeanor” as well as “Crime.”)

The previous impeachment proceedings were marked by a debate over the meaning of the phrase “high misdemeanor.” Each of the four academic experts who testified at the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee offered their own definitions. The prosecutors and the president’s defense team offered their own definitions, too.

This disagreement reflected an academic dispute that had been going on for many years. Based on incomplete surveys of the founding-era record and on British impeachment trials, researchers had reached very different conclusions about the meaning of “high misdemeanor.”

Unfortunately, however, almost no researcher (including me) had thought to examine the sources that might define the phrase authoritatively. Those sources were 18th century English and American law books.

The Constitution is first and foremost a legal document—the “supreme Law of the Land.” Most of its framers were lawyers, as were most of those who explained it to the general public. Moreover, at the time the American general public was unusually knowledgeable about law.

Thus, if the phrase “high misdemeanors” had a clear legal meaning and no other clear meaning, then we would expect the legal meaning to control. In this respect, the phrase “high misdemeanors” would be like other recognized legal terms in the Constitution: “Habeas Corpus,” “Equity,” “bail,” “Privileges and Immunities,” and so forth.

The Trump impeachment proceedings inspired me to undertake a comprehensive survey of founding-era legal sources to see if  “high misdemeanors” had a defined legal meaning. If it did, that would resolve the long-standing debate.

In constitutional research, the sources frequently don’t yield overwhelming, one-sided evidence for an indisputable result. But it happened here. I was very surprised by this outcome, which contradicted what I had written previously. Nevertheless, I quickly admitted my mistake and duly published (pdf) the new findings.

It turns out that “high misdemeanor” was in fact a precisely defined legal term: It meant “serious crimes not meriting the death penalty.”

Here’s the background:

In 18th century England and America, the legal word “misdemeanor” technically included all crimes of any level of gravity. The most serious misdemeanors were denominated felonies (or high crimes). Felonies traditionally were punishable by death. The most serious felony was treason, and a person convicted of treason usually suffered a particularly horrible death: a man was drawn and quartered; a woman was drawn and burnt.

Lesser felonies—at common law there were nine of them—traditionally were punished by hanging. Examples are murder, rape, burglary, and robbery. (Happily, I can report that by the time of the founding, first offenders often received more lenient sentences.)

Serious offenses other than treason and felony were punished by prison time and by heavy fines rather than by death. These offenses included, among others, bribery, attempted murder, assisting a duel, certain kinds of blackmail, and so forth. Offenses in this category were called great misdemeanors, great misprisions, or high misdemeanors.

Lesser offenses were simply called “misdemeanors.”

This criminal-law usage arose in England, but it was followed in America as well. For example, in my research I uncovered several congressional statutes passed in the 1790s that designated serious crimes as “high misdemeanors” and imposed penalties accordingly. As in England, Congress labeled lesser crimes merely as “misdemeanors.”

So a “high misdemeanor” was a serious crime not meriting the death penalty. The icing on the cake from this conclusion was that it resolved some other questions that had puzzled scholars as well. And it explained the structure of the Constitution’s Impeachment Clause: the words “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors” provide one example of a high crime (treason), one example of a high misdemeanor (bribery), and include generic clauses covering other crimes in the same two categories.

Observe what is excluded from the grounds for impeachment. Congress may not impeach and remove for a minor crime. Nor may it do so because an officer is reckless, negligent, or has obnoxious political opinions. The constitutional penalty for those breaches is, for lesser officers, removal by the president and, for the president and vice-president, re-election defeat.

It’s significant that in the biennium since these findings were published, no scholar has even attempted to rebut them. Nor can they be convincingly rebutted, given the volume and consistency of the evidence.

While the debate over the meaning of the term continued, the House of Representatives could reasonably assume that non-criminal behavior could constitute a “high misdemeanor.” But that’s no longer true. Now we can say unequivocally that whatever you may think of the president’s speech, it’s not a basis for impeachment.

Hope Nugget #3: Huge Military Presence in DC

6,000 National Guard members are starting to arrive in Washington DC under the pretense that there is an emergency situation happening at the Capitol, and I’m sure we’re all thinking the same thing… the storm clouds are gathering.

National Guard troops from Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New York are all starting to deploy to DC right now. It’s reported that the troops will remain in DC for the next 30 days. DC currently looks like their preparing for a battle with all the fences and bunkers surrounding Federal buildings.

Take a look at all the troops arriving:

NBC Washington covered the story and added these details:

All together, 6,200 Guard members have been activated, and are expected to arrive in D.C. over the next few days. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson said Friday that he has also reached out to all the other states, asking them what capabilities they might be able to contribute, if needed.

So far, McCarthy said, they are going to have 850 National Guard members on the Capitol grounds, doing 12-hour shifts, as well as 90 more at various checkpoints. He said there has also been a request from the Park Police for a 150-person quick reaction force, which is likely to be approved. And he said other requests are pouring in.

National Guard leaders from nearby states said their troops are well trained, equipped and prepared for the deployment to D.C. They said their soldiers will deploy to D.C. with all their equipment and weapons, and it will be up to the local commanders to determine if the troops will be authorized to carry them, depending on their specific task or situation.

The Defense Department at the Pentagon is the one that called for the troops to come to DC.

Military.com chipped in too:

The Defense Department has formally activated roughly 6,200 members of the National Guard from six northeastern states to help support the Capitol Police and other law enforcement in Washington in the wake of the deadly riot Wednesday that rocked the U.S. Capitol.

Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller signed orders activating the National Guard from Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland for up to 30 days. A defense official said the goal is to have Guard members help secure the U.S. Capitol and the surrounding area through the Jan. 20 inauguration.

Trump Approves National Emergency Declaration in Washington DC

In a development yesterday, the 11th of January, Trump approved the request by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to declare a national emergency. 

Related BREAKING: President Donald J. Trump Approves District of Columbia Emergency Declaration

Why the declaration?

Bowser asked for additional security for the inauguration on the 20th, due to unrest that occurred on the 6th. Bowser called the event an “unprecedented terrorist attack.”

The mainstream media and many congressmen and women are suggesting that the protesters are terrorists and that Trump should be impeached for “inciting an insurrection.”

Hope Nugget 4#: Trump Likely Wanted the Military in the Capitol

For what’s worth, I (Justin) suspect that Trump and the patriots knew this would happen.

There’s good reason to suspect Trump knew the deep state would send Antifa agent provocateurs to the Capitol that day so that any unlawful activity would be blamed on Trump and his supporters.

Why would Trump want this or let it happen?

Because of what Bowser did: she demanded a military presence there.

If Trump and the alliance are going to move on making sweeping arrests of the deep state, as they claim the prize of the coup made possible by one of the biggest rigged elections in history, a military presence would be needed.

Related Trump Could Handoff Power to Military Tribunal Instead of Chinese Asset Joe Biden

How this mass arrest scenario plays out is anyone’s guess. Here’s an excerpt from the above article for your consideration.

Many believe, Trump and the patriots that promised to drain the swamp have not given up. As a matter of fact, what’s unfolding now is likely part of a plan set in motion years ago. The next few days and weeks will be earth-shattering for the deep state.

An anon on 8Kun posted this synopsis.

Anon, I think I see it.

POTUS speech on Thursday: Smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power”

Today: I won’t be attending the inauguration January 20th.

I believe he’s planning on handing off power to a third party military tribunal.

We may be without an elected President for a period of time.

The President cannot hand off to a Chinese asset of he will break his oath of office.

I don’t believe he’ll do that.

What he can do is handoff to a sort of caretaker military government that will be charged with sorting out the election and prosecuting the traitors.

He’ll be completely out of power so nobody can claim that he’s running a coup.

Insulated and at undisclosed locations.

Things to Consider

After the event on the 6th this past week, Trump went to Camp David, where POTUS’ have been known to meet with military generals to strategize and plan.

If the Washington DC elite really thought their win against Trump was assured and he is no longer a threat why are they trying to impeach him. Why is Big Tech banning Trump from every platform? Why is the National Guard assembled in DC and a fence erected around the Capitol? Why did Parler get banned from Google?

The Case for the Military Option

Trump exhausted all civil and constitutional options. What this means is that the elected officials that are meant to act as checks and balances against corruption and insurrection ignored the verified and proven fraud of the 2020 election, wherein Biden tried to steal the office of President with the help of the mainstream media.

Trump et al had to give officialdom the chance to do the right thing and honor their oaths of office to the constitution of the United States of America. The last attempt was on January 6th when Pence and the joint session of Congress could have correctly recognized the fraud and refused to count the votes of states where their elections were unconstitutional—they refused.

Every single one of the officials who participated in the Biden coup are guilty of treason. And all those in the media who knowingly participated are guilty of sedition and treason.

As the anon states, if Trump knowingly went along with a transition to a Biden administration, he would be in violation of his oath of office and the constitution, making him guilty of treason as well.

This one way he can manae all this: find a way to avoid handing power to Biden while not appearing as a dictator himself.

The solution? Handoff power to the military and completely step aside.

Within law, the principle of clean hands states “who comes into equity must come with clean hands”—which means that one bringing suit or seeking justice cannot have committed wrongdoing. Here, Trump has in fact done no wrong, but public perception, via the deep state-controlled mainstream media, has created the impression that he has.

If Trump used the power of the POTUS to declare an insurrection himself, the media would use this to validate their claim he is trying to steal the election and overstep the constitution. He can avoid this by handing off power to a third party military tribunal, which is explicitly tasked with restoring the rule of law and the peace in times of an emergency.

Trump also benefits by removing any appearance of a conflict of interest. If he remained in office, and then declared an emergency and activated the powers of the Insurrection Act, he would be an interested party as the coup directly affects him. By stepping aside, and conveying powers to the military, he would be a nonactor and out of the game. This would allow the coup actors to be dealt with and the military to remain in power as stewards, completely invalidating any idea that Trump was just trying to gain more power—which is essential if the people are to accept the events to come.

Consider then, that the basis of declaring an insurrection would now be the events surrounding the election fraud itself of which he is a part of the story, but not someone who can directly benefit.

The military, in this scenario, would:

  • act to arrest the guilty players,
  • reveal the evidence to the public,
  • restore law and order by appointing interim officeholders for any vacancies created by the arrests,
  • and effectively act as leaders of the nation during the process.

After this rounding up the bad guys period, the military would want to find the most viable person to occupy the office of POTUS to fully restore the constitutional republic once again. This would ideally be someone who already has the will of the people. Given the fact Trump was the true winner of the 2020 election, this puts Trump at the top of the list.

Or, it’s possible that Trump’s job is done. And a new leader would be selected or another election would take place. Some suspect that General Michael Flynn would be a good candidate if Trump is not a viable option.

Either way, the primary mission of taking out the deep state, restoring the constitutional republic, and showing the people how deep the corruption went would be achieved.

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US to Withdraw Over 2,000 Troops From Iraq

ZACHARY STIEBER 
September 9, 2020

The United States plans to withdraw 2,200 troops from Iraq before the end of September, a top U.S. official said Wednesday.

“We are continuing to expand on our partner capacity programs that enable Iraqi forces and allow us to reduce our footprint in Iraq,” Marine General Frank McKenzie, the head of U.S. Central Command, said during a visit to Iraq.

The drawdown will take the number of American forces to 3,000.

A senior administration official told reporters on Air Force One late Tuesday that there would be an announcement regarding further troop withdrawals from Iraq.

The official also said there would be an announcement concerning Afghanistan in the coming days.

President Donald Trump was returning to Washington from a rally in North Carolina.

Trump told those assembled: “We kept America out of new wars and we are bringing our troops back home. We are bringing them back home from these faraway places.”

The United States and Iraq in June affirmed their commitment to the reduction of U.S. troops in the country in coming months, with no plans by Washington to maintain permanent bases or a permanent military presence.

In 2016 Trump campaigned on ending America’s “endless wars.” U.S. troops remain in countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, albeit in smaller numbers.

Trump told reporters during an Aug. 20 meeting with Iraq’s prime minister that, at some point, the United States will be completely withdrawn from Iraq.

“We have been taking our troops out of Iraq fairly rapidly, and we look forward to the day when we don’t have to be there. And hopefully Iraq can live their own lives and they can defend themselves, which they’ve been doing long before we got involved,” he said.

Iraqi officials have mulled ousting U.S. troops, but have not done so.

Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi asked in January for the United States to prepare to withdraw troops but later said he’d leave the decision to his successor.

Trump’s meeting was with Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, who succeeded Abdul-Mahdi. The new prime minister praised the United States for helping defeat ISIS, the terror group, and in toppling Saddam Hussein’s regime.

The United States withdrew troops from Afghanistan earlier this year, meeting an agreed upon target of 8,600.

Reuters contributed to this report.Follow Zachary on Twitter: @zackstieber

Satellite Photos Show Chinese Nuclear Sub Entering Mysterious Undersea Cave Base

ELIAS MARAT
AUG 21, 2020

Military observers across social media are abuzz after a satellite photo emerged that appears to show a Chinese submarine entering an underground base on the southernmost island of Hainan on the South China Sea.

The rare satellite image, which was captured Aug. 19 by Planet Labs and released on social media by the U.S. government-funded Radio Free Asia, shows a Type 093 nuclear-powered attack submarine belonging to the the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Submarine Force entering a subterranean tunnel to an underground berth at the important Yulin Naval Base.

The image is also causing interest because other submarines aren’t visible in the image of the strategic base. The other docks in the image are completely empty, raising questions among online users as to where China’s nuclear-powered vessels might be.

The images quickly drew comparisons to spy films such as James Bond, as well as a reference to the fictional Nautilus, from Jules Verne’s novel “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.”

The Yulin Naval Base on Hainan Island is a strategic location for myriad reasons. The base lies nearly 300 miles southwest of Hong Kong and is home to China’s nuclear ballistic missile submarine fleet, which is crucial to China’s second-strike abilities. The base also lies on the northern edge of the disputed South China Sea, which has been the source of friction with neighboring Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam, and a U.S. keen on maintaining its hegemony in the Asia-Pacific region.

As China has grown richer and more powerful militarily, the country has also grown more assertive in establishing and defending its sovereignty in the strategic South China Sea, drawing contentious reactions from the East Asian giant’s regional and geopolitical rivals.

And with Washington and Beijing remain embroiled in bitter trade talks and growing tensions, the U.S. Navy – as well as private imaging companies – are turning more attention to the disputed waters, as was the case when a P-8 maritime patrol aircraft flew over the South China Sea last week.

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army is known to hide many of its strategic assets underground, which comes naturally for a military with historical roots as a guerilla force that often relied on subterfuge and tunnel warfare tactics during the 1937-1945 war against Japanese occupation and the country’s communist revolution. The country’s long martial history is also rich with stories of underground military facilities.

China is also known to have a so-called “Underground Great Wall” in the form of a labyrinthine tunnel network meant to conceal, mobilize and deploy intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Any move by China to conceal its submarine fleet from rivals’ surveillance systems by hiding them in underground tunnels robs potential adversaries from accurately assessing the country’s military strength and also from ensuring that the strategic vessels, as well as Chinese military preparations, remain elusive.

“You have no evidence of (the submarine’s) combat readiness, operational response times and availability,” said Carl Schuster, a former director of operations at U.S. Pacific Command’s Joint Intelligence Center, to CNN“Tunnels blind potential opponents to the submarines’ operating status and patterns, denying them the ability to determine the state of China’s military preparations, knowledge critical to assessing China’s intentions and plans.”

11,900 US Troops Leaving Germany; 6,400 Returning Home

JULY 29, 2020 
RYAN MORGAN

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates as more information becomes available.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper announced Wednesday the U.S. is set to withdraw around 6,400 troops from Germany and shift move nearly 5,600 troops from Germany to other countries in Europe.

Esper’s announcement comes amid calls from President Donald Trump to reduce the number of troops in Germany. The reduction of approximately 11,900 troops from Germany will reduce the number of U.S. troops in the country from around 36,000 to 24,000.

“The current EUCOM plan will reposition approximately 11,900 military personnel from Germany – from roughly 36,000 down to 24,000 – in a manner that will strengthen NATO, enhance the deterrence of Russia, and meet the other principles I set forth,” Esper said of the plan. “Of the 11,900, nearly 5,600 Service members will be repositioned within NATO countries, and approximately 6,400 will return to the United States, though many of these or similar units will begin conducting rotational deployments back to Europe.”

While various U.S. units return home, Esper said units similar to the ones leaving Europe will begin making rotational deployments around the continent going forward. Esper said the plan is to consolidate U.S. headquarters in countries in Europe outside Germany, such as NATO bases in Belgium and Italy. He said, “This will strengthen NATO and improve the operational efficiency and readiness of over 2,000 Service members.”

Esper said around 4,500 of the U.S. troops returning home would be members of 2nd Cavalry Regiment, while similar Stryker units will head further east and around the Black Sea, reinforcing NATO’s presence in a key area between Russia and continental Europe. A fighter squadron and elements of a fighter wing will also shift from Germany to Italy, positioning those fighters closer to the Black Sea Region.

Another 2,500 airmen based in Mildenhall, U.K., who were scheduled to re-base to Germany, will remain in the U.K.

Esper also confirmed some troops will be sent to Poland, in line with a troop movement suggested by Trump last month during a press conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda.

The decision to move troops from Germany comes as Trump has pressured the NATO ally to contribute more to the alliance. In his remarks last month, Trump said Germany is “paying a very small fraction of what they are supposed to be paying” and that they have had a “tremendous delinquency.”

Despite the approximate net 6,400 troops leaving Europe altogether, Esper emphasized U.S. forces in Europe are making the troop shifts in a way that meets five strategic goals he set out: enhancing deterrence of Russia, strengthening NATO, keeping allies reassured of a U.S. presence in Europe, improving U.S. strategic flexibility and European Command (EUCOM) operational flexibility, caring for service members and their families in the process.