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A vital reminder: the media outlets that always tell you they fight "disinformation" united right before the 2020 election to spread an absolute lie: this laptop was "Russian disinformation."

I knew it was a lie right away and staked my career on it. They lied *on purpose*.
The reason I knew the laptop was real was because conservative outlets produced conclusive evidence that it was, and it had all the hallmarks that we used to authenticate other large laptops: WikiLeaks, Snowden, Brazil.

Here are all those who lied:👇👇

I don't care about Hunter Biden. This mattered because it revealed a lot about ***Joe Biden's**** activities in China and Ukraine.

And now it matters most because the media outlets that all lied refuse to retract this lie. They lie as their mission:👇

If you don't care that the CIA laundered a blatant lie through their most loyal media servants -- starting with POLITICO's @NatashaBertrand -- all to interfere in and manipulate the outcome of the 2020 election, then it means you are an authoritarian and love "disinformation": Image
So many who work for media outlets and universities who declare themselves media ethics specialists -- @brianstelter, @jayrosen_nyu, @GlennKesslerWP, etc.

Do you have anything to say when *not one media outlet* that spread CIA pre-election lie about the laptop has retracted it? ImageImageImageImage
The @HuffPost didn't just spread the CIA lie that the laptop was "Russian disinformation." They produced a virtual Biden 2020 campaign video based on it.

Watch it. 👇 How can anyone justify their lack of retraction given proof of its authenticity?

Less than 2 weeks before Americans voted in the 2020 election, CNN put their normal army of US Security State operatives to spread the lie that the laptop was "Russian disinformation." CNN spread it all over their platforms. Not one retraction. Watch:

And one high-level Democratic official after the next -- including @jrpsaki and the Biden Campaign itself -- repeatedly said that the Biden laptop was "Russian disinformation." They all lied. This was a CIA lie. These are the people who want the power to censor the internet. ImageImageImageImage
The former head of Twitter's content moderation (i.e. censorship) unit, @yoyoel, has a NYT op-ed praising himself for all the ways his censorship made the US healthier.

He forgot to mention that he and Twitter *banned* links to reporting on the laptop based on this CIA lie. Image
This was - and is - a gigantic scandal. The CIA, corporate media and Big Tech (including FB) all united *right before the election* to lie to the American public about information that reflected poorly on Joe Biden, and then brute censored it.

@jack apologized. Nobody else has. Image
Watch one lie after the next from liberal media corporations -- liberal pundits who always claim they need to censor the internet to stop disinformation when *they* are its most destructive purveyors of it. Not one of these scumbags acknowledged their lie

Anyway, it's obvious why all these media corporations united to ratify what was so clearly a CIA lie right before the election.

It's the same reason they won't retract or acknowledge it now:

They lied to ensure Trump lost, and they know their liberal audience wants them to lie.

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Nov 24
Many of Israel's "Palestinian prisoners" are people never convicted in court. They're imprisoned as part of Israel's military tribunals with a near-100% conviction rate, or just administratively detained.

And: they live in the West Bank, which Israel *illegally occupies*:
I've seen some objecting to the release of some "prisoners"because they attacked *not civilians,* but Israeli soldiers or police.

Is it prohibited - morally or legally - for people to attack foreign *soldiers or police* who are part of an illegal occupying force on their land?
In 1984, a studio film called "Red Dawn," starring Patrick Swayze, depicted heroic Americans doing everything possible to defend the US by trying to kill as many occupying Russian soldiers as possible: exactly what Ukraine was venerated for doing.

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Nov 19
For months, many conservatives were demanding release of the manifesto of the Nashville shooter (we hired counsel to force this as well).

I don't believe they wanted to read it because they supported her grievances, but rather to understand what radicalized her to violence.
There are an endless number of things we consider bad, but also study to understand its causes: crime, terrorism, dictators, wars, extremism, diseases, serial killers.

That only Al Qaeda or 9/11 supporters want to read the Bin Laden letter is anti-intellectual idiocy.
There's no way to understand World War II or the rise of Nazism without understanding German grievances over the Treaty of Versailles imposed on Germany after WW1.

That those studying bin Laden's grievances are pro-Al-Qaeda is as dumb as claiming only Nazis would study this.
Read 5 tweets
Nov 17
Tonight on @SystemUpdate_, live at 7pm:

In an extreme act of Big Tech censorship, TikTok bans all discussion of the 2002 bin Laden letter.

Plus: our difficulty in booking pro-Israel guests. And: updates on our homeless-run animal shelter, @abrigo_hope:…
We'll also cover X's newly announced policy, unveiled just now by Elon Musk, that several phrases frequently used by some pro-Palestinian activists and journalists regarding Israel will be strictly banned.

It comes as Musk was widely accused of endorsing an anti-Semitic tweet. Image
The @ADL congratulates Musk on the new policy banning various phrases used about Israel:

Read 4 tweets
Nov 17
It's amazing how this attack on Israel caused many Americans with an intense affinity for it to instantly revert back to the most childish and repressive post-9/11 behaviors.

The Guardian removed the bin Laden letter because people were realizing the same things Ron Paul said:
Ron Paul took this message into the deepest red districts in Iowa and South Carolina:

Neocons are using your money to fight foreign wars not in your interests. These wars *increase* the risk of anti-American terror attacks, etc.

And he came in second in 2008 and 2012. Image
Ron Paul's point: don't listen to the lies from the US Govt and US media about why there's anti-American hatred leading to 9/11: "They hate us for our freedoms."

Listen to them, he said, about why they hate us.

The @guardian removed that latter so people couldn't hear it.
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Nov 16
Remember when the US Govt and media got caught lying about Saddam's WMDs, so they tried falsely claiming he hid them in Syria to save face?

Israel is now saying it didn't find "much" evidence of Hamas in Al-Shifa hospital because Hamas took it all away.…
Here's the NYT detailing the huge gap between Israel's claims about the hospital and what the evidence shows.👇

Please stop absurdly claiming the NYT is anti-Israel. They have editorialized in favor of Israel for decades, and almost all its op-ed columnists are 100% pro-Israel. Image
Journalists covering or commenting on a war have only one job: sort truth from lies.

It's not to cheer one side. It's not to promote or conceal news based on who it helps.

All governments lie. They especially lie in wars. Journalism is about identifying official lies.
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Nov 16
❗️❗️Ever since Oct. 7, we've been urging people to recall the lessons of 9/11: not just US's huge "errors" responding but why it happened.

Bin Laden's letter blaming US violence in their region - including US support for Israel - went viral on TikTok, so @guardian deleted it.
The last 7 years in the West -- since Brexit and Trump -- has been the story of Western elites controlling political speech online to shield their propaganda from dissent.

If newspapers are deleting their own history because it's being read, you know something is deeply wrong. Image
Bin Laden's 2002 to the US expressed 3 main grievances: 1) US sanctions regime on Iraq that killed 100,000s of Iraqi children; 2) US support for Israeli violence; 3) US troops on sacred Saudi land.

Many doubted that he cared about Palestinians, but that's what he cited.
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