Militia members 'were not entrapped' -- and enthusiastically took part in plot to kidnap Michigan governor: Prosecutors
Michigan's attorney general emphatically denied that law enforcement officers entrapped the men accused of a plot to kidnap and kill Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
Some of the suspects in the alleged conspiracy have argued in court filings that a confidential informant working for the FBI lured them into the plot, but prosecutors in attorney general Dana Nessel's office denied those claims in a formal response filed Wednesday in state court, reported BuzzFeed News.
"The defendants were not entrapped," prosecutors wrote in the brief. "They unhesitatingly committed the charged crimes with no prodding or encouragement from [the informant] or the FBI agents assigned to this case. Any argument to the contrary is ridiculous."
The response applies to three members of the right-wing Wolverine Watchmen extremist group, Joseph Morrison, Pete Musico and Paul Bellar, who were charged in Jackson County with providing material support to terrorism, gang membership, and felony firearm possession.
All three men filed motions alleging that a confidential informant identified in court records as "Dan" introduced them to alleged ringleader Adam Fox and urged them to collaborate, but prosecutors disputed their claims in the brief.
"Dan and the government agents working with him did nothing but watch and monitor as the relationship between Fox and the Wolverine Watchmen (and these three defendants in particular) moved on from the initial contact phase into a full blown alliance, in which the Wolverine Watchmen were training with, and supporting Fox's plans for politically motivated violence," prosecutors argued.
Five other alleged conspirators were charged in Antrim County, while five others face federal charges.
A sixth federal defendant pleaded guilty last month and was sentenced to 75 months in prison after agreeing to testify for the government.
On Thursday, Fox News' White House reporter Peter Doocy ran into the Jen Psaki brick wall during the daily press briefing.
Doocy asked the White House about the situation at the border where a slew of migrants continue to be desperately trying to enter the U.S. According to Psaki, those migrants aren't being allowed into the country. Doocy disagreed.
"We're being told by our people on the ground that you're releasing pretty much all family units," said Doocy. "Couples where the woman says that she is pregnant, or single women who say that they are pregnant and that no one has to actually take a pregnancy test unless they want to, so....."
"Are you suggesting that you don't believe when women say they're pregnant?" asked Psaki. "Is that a big issue? We think at the border?"
"I'm not in charge of keeping the border secure," Doocy shot back.
"Do you think pregnant women are posing a big threat to the border?" Psaki repeated her question. "To the border communities — is that a big issue?"
"You tell me," said Doocy.
"I'm not aware of pregnant women being a big issue of concern to people at the border," said Psaki. "What I will note for you, Peter, is that, as I said earlier, there is a process. If people cannot be expelled under Title 42 for a range of reasons. Some of that is that countries they came from or other countries, including Mexico, may not be accepting families with children under the age of seven. They are placed in removal proceedings. Those removal proceedings require them to either go to a detention facility or require them to go get a notice to appear and including their biometric data and otherwise so that we can ensure where they are."
Fox has been hitting the Biden administration for allowing too many people into the U.S., but the left is attacking Biden for not allowing any refugees into the country from Haiti and for continuing to deport people by the thousands.
See the video of the exchange between Doocy and Psaki below:
Psaki v. Doocy www.youtube.com
Rupert Murdoch 'privately acknowledged' the realities of climate change — while Fox News hosts were publicly denying it
Fox News and Fox Business, both created by Rupert Murdoch, have never been shy about promoting extreme or ludicrous ideas in the hope of driving ratings. But what far-right opinion hosts like Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham and Sean Hannity claim and what Fox News executives actually believe can be two different things, and an article published by Vice on September 23 stresses that Murdoch's actions show that he takes climate change seriously.
It's important to pay close attention to what Fox News does as well as what it says. Fox News has been full of anti-vaxxer hysteria; yet more than 90% of Fox Corporation employees, according to The Guardian, have been vaccinated for COVID-19. Fox Corporation, CNN reports, has "quietly implemented the concept of a vaccine passport."
Many of Fox News' opinion hosts have been relentlessly supportive of former President Donald Trump. But according to author Michael Wolff, the 90-year-old Murdoch detests Trump.
Fox News has been full of climate change denial. But Vice's Geoff Dembicki emphasizes that Murdoch's actions certainly aren't those of a climate change denier.
In 2006, Dembicki reports, "Murdoch's News Corporation actually thought carbon pricing was a good idea. News Corp has meticulously documented its own carbon footprint since 2006 and sought to 'take a leadership role on the issue of climate change' by reducing it, according to hundreds of pages of publicly available documents reviewed by Vice News."
Dembicki goes on to say that in 2010, "News Corp was advocating 'market-based mechanisms to support carbon reductions' in the U.S. and other places."
"This is according to documents submitted to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), a nonprofit group that has, for two decades, catalogued and rated environmental reporting from more than 300 companies, including Apple, Coca-Cola and Ford Motors," Dembicki explains. "No one forced News Corp to make disclosures to the CDP, which the group publishes in a database on its website. And far from altruism, News Corp's disclosures are cast as corporate self-interest. In 2010, for example, a filing explained that doing so would give the company 'valuable expertise when responding to mandated reporting requirements' under a potential carbon pricing system, should any country implement one."
Dembicki goes on to say that "News Corp has submitted yearly reports on its environmental progress to CDP since 2006, often receiving 'A' grades for its efforts from the organization." Ateli Iyalla, North American managing director of the CDP, told Vice that News Corp has "strong understanding of climate issues and climate risk."
"Vice News reviewed more than a decade's worth of those submissions, and the documents show a company that's taking steps to protect its operations and thousands of employees from a climate emergency it knows is getting worse, while giving a massive media platform to people who say the emergency isn't real," Dembicki reports. "The documents show that News Corp privately acknowledged climate change is making hurricanes worse."
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