The concept of Congressional oversight has many virtues, but clarity and keen judgment aren't always among them. The latest example is the supercilious letter sent by 47 Republican senators to Iran, a shallow effort to derail the negotiation over its nuclear program that devolved into another partisan agitprop from the circular firing squad known as the…
'January 6 will pale in comparison': Former FBI official sounds alarm on what he sees coming in 2022
Appearing on MSNBC on Monday, former FBI official Frank Figliuzzi warned that Jan. 6 was nothing more than a dry run for what will be another far worse attack on the U.S. from within.
"You know, about a year ago, if you had asked me about this or presented me this piece in The Atlantic I would have called this what intelligence officials call an over the horizon threat — something that's coming, something we should be aware of and think about as a future threat," he explained, referring to a new series in The Atlantic about the threats to American democracy. "But the horizon is here. This has been a dress rehearsal for at least a year for radical extremism."
He went on to explain that he thinks Jan. 6 was a "sneak preview" of what will come in Nov. 2022 as QAnon Republicans try to take over local, county and state levels of government.
"He's putting his people in place," Figliuzzi said of Donald Trump. "People who are moderate, reasonable Republicans have already announced, 'I'm out, I'm out of Congress, I'm out of the governor's office. I'm out.' Now we see people like [David] Perdue in Georgia who will be involved in the primary. Why? President Trump needs his guy in Georgia."
Looking at the politics from an intelligence and national security perspective, Figliuzzi said that what is coming "is going to make the Jan. 6 riot pale in comparison."
While the 2022 election will be a major test, what he said will be the "premier" will come in 2024 and whether Trump and his people have destroyed confidence in the United States institutions to such a degree that the balance of power flips.
"We need DOJ to step it up," he said, calling on law enforcement to prepare for the worst. "I have been the voice of reason with regard to those who say they are taking too slow at DOJ, with regard to the insurrection investigation. I am the guy that says, 'No, 700 defendants is not slow. They are doing a great job.'"
Where he sees something worthy of concern and where he thinks things are going too slowly is in protecting election laws, Republicans passing voter restrictions. He wants to see the DOJ "step in bigtime" and "forget the political appearance and optics. Move in. We need legal law enforcement intervention."
See the full conversation below:
2022 is going to be way worse than 2021: fbi official www.youtube.com
On Monday, multiple sources confirmed that Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, is retiring from Congress — and in fact could resign as soon as the end of the month.
BREAKING: Confirmed @DevinNunes retiring, per source familiar. Huge, major California politics news— Jeremy B. White (@Jeremy B. White) 1638826603
The local paper that broke Devin Nunes' retirement has adjusted their story. The California Republican is resigning from Congress at month's end, per https://bit.ly/3dojWsu— David M. Drucker (@David M. Drucker) 1638827643
According to Jake Sherman of Punchbowl News, Nunes — who became a target of Democratic ire in the early years of the Trump administration for his efforts to undermine and discredit investigations of the former president — is "rumored" to be angling for a job with Trump's new digital media company.
Nunes's retirement comes amid the California Citizens Redistricting Commission debating a plan that could have forced Nunes to run in a much more Democratic-leaning seat.
Trump's new media company, Truth Social, has come under sharp scrutiny as it raises huge amounts of money from investors using a special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC — also known as a "blank check" company. Many investors reportedly did not even know about the former president's involvement in the venture.
Some male anti-vaccination activists believe that their sperm will soon make them an absolute fortune, Vice News reports.
As Vice explains, anti-vaxxers falsely believe that COVID-19 vaccines will lead to widespread infertility among men who get inoculated against the virus -- and that this will leave those who have remained unvaccinated as the only humans left capable of reproduction.
In fact, this belief has even gone so far that a group of anti-vaccine developers are creating a new cryptocurrency called Unvaxxed Sperm that launched just a week ago and saw "explosive growth."
Vice reports that the new cryptocurrency is just a gateway drug to a much broader plan to allow anti-vaxxers in the future to make serious bank by selling their sperm to women whose vaccinated partners will purportedly be unable to conceive.
"The developers behind Unvaxxed Sperm say their plan is to use the meme-able nature of their coin to make it go viral and draw people into their anti-vaccine community, promising big plans that include a 'pureblood' version of Tinder, cryogenically frozen unvaccinated sperm, and something called 'Project Super Sperm,'" the publication writes.
However, Vice cautions that it's entirely possible that all of these alleged plans are simply vaporware intended to draw in gullible anti-vaxxers who will then be scammed out of their money by investing in the currency.