‘Wake-up call’: Lincoln Project releases first video in series that promises to depict America’s dystopian future if Trump wins

The anti-Republican group The Lincoln Project has released the first video in a new series of ads with the header, "Closer Than You Think," that promises to depict America in 2025 if the Republican Party achieves their anti-democratic, authoritarian goals. The first video was released one day before the anniversary of the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riots.

"Set during dramatized periods in the near future, and delivered in the style of the authoritarian-friendly, right-wing media ecosystem, 'Closer Than You Think' is a grim window into tomorrow," Lincoln Project co-founder Rick Wilson said in a statement.

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“This is a sharp wake-up call about the fragility of American democracy and the stakes of national inaction and complacency. We’ve used the style and language of the new far-right media platforms to create a Man In The High Castle alternate future where the Trump movement succeeds in their goal to break American democracy.”

The first video in the “Closer Than You Think” series can be viewed here and below. Subsequent episodes of the series will be released throughout the week.

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A dire warning about America's future: Here's how Trump's Jan. 6 coup attempt was a success

As the anniversary of the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riots approach and a nation reflects, it's worth begging the question: could it be that the attempted coup was a test for something on a much larger scale to come? The attempted coup didn't actually "fail" - it lit the fuse on a party turned completely upside down and spiraling to find a new normal in the chaos.

"The most threatening aspect of January 6th was not the ferocious attack on the Capitol but the response of Republican officeholders thereafter. Even after the unleashing of medieval mob violence; even after the erection of a gallows; even after members had been forced to run for their lives; even after the deaths and injuries; even after all of that and more, 147 Republican members of Congress voted not to certify Joe Biden as the winner of the presidency," The Bulwark's Mona Charen wrote.

Charen offered a dire warning about the future of American democracy.

"The transformation of the GOP from a political party into an authoritarian personality cult became official that day. McCarthy’s bootlicking visit to Mar-a-Lago in late January 2021 merely provided the visual," she wrote.

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"For everyone who had convinced themselves that, whatever [former President Donald] Trump’s flaws, the true threat to the American way of life lay on the left and only on the left, January 6th was a blaring klaxon. Yes, Trump was a buffoon and incompetent and unfamiliar with the levers of power—and yet this clown nearly brought a 232-year-old democracy to its knees," Charen wrote. "Had it not been for 1) a half-dozen or so Republican officeholders at the state level who demonstrated basic integrity, and 2) the unwillingness of Mike Pence to perform as Trump had commanded, the outcome could have been very different. As George F. Will said, 'I would like to see January 6th burned into the American mind as firmly as 9/11 because it was that scale of a shock to the system.'"

Trump may have been guessing where the pressure points existed one year ago on Jan. 6, but "institutions are not self-sustaining. They are composed of people, and if people have lost faith in them, or have given themselves permission to break the rules, they will crumble," Charen warned.

'No precedent for this': Here's why the GOP is paying millions for Trump’s legal bills

Former President Donald J. Trump has remained a pillar in the Republican Party one year after leaving office in disgrace and despite facing multiple investigations, including his participation in the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol, alleged business fraud and sexual assault cases.

David Farenthold, who covers the Trump family and their businesses for The Washington Post, joined Amna Nawaz on PBS' NewsHour to discuss why Republicans are footing the bill for Trump's legal woes - and what is means for the country.

"Let's start in New York with those two parallel probes, a civil one and a criminal one, looking into the Trump businesses. The civil probe is by the New York attorney general, Letitia James, the criminal one by James and the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus Vance," Nawaz told Farenthold. "Your reporting has found that Mr. Trump's legal bills, up to the tune of $1.6 million, are being paid for by the Republican Party. Is there precedent for that? And what did they tell you about why they are doing that?"

"There is no precedent for this," Farenthold answered. "...former President Trump is not a Republican candidate. He's not a Republican officeholder. And the investigations he is facing have nothing to do with his time in office. They all predate — they focus on his business in the years before he ran for president. So there is no connection to the Republican Party or Republican officeholders involved here."

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Farenthold added, "But the Republican Party still is paying this money. And, obviously, Trump has a pot of money in his packet. He has money in his business. He could afford this, but they are paying his bills anyway. What I think is really going on here is that Trump, although he is out of office and is not running, is a linchpin in Republican fund-raising efforts. He is the key to the RNC's fund-raising future. And if he were to turn on them, if he were to leave, if he were to talk bad about them, that could be devastating. So they may be paying to sort of keep him in their — to keep themselves in his good graces."

BBC apologizes for booking Epstein pal Alan Dershowitz following Maxwell verdict: report

BBC News invited Alan Dershowitz to comment on the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell Wednesday after she was found guilty of five sex trafficking counts related to her former serial sex offender boyfriend, Jeffrey Epstein. The network is now issuing an apology for the lack of transparency and noticeable conflict of interest.

Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre directly named Dershowitz as one of the men (Giuffre also named Prince Andrew in the case) Epstein and Maxwell allegedly forced her to have sex with repeatedly when she was underage. Dershowitz has denied the allegations, Rolling Stone reported.

“I think the most important thing, particularly for British viewers, is that the government was very careful who it used as witnesses,” Dershowitz said. “It did not use as a witness the woman who accused Prince Andrew, accused me, accused many other people because the government didn’t believe she was telling the truth.”

Dershowitz was Introduced only as a “constitutional lawyer” when he appeared in the segment to defend Maxwell and used the opportunity to defend his defamation countersuit. He also called into question Giuffre’s credibility. Now, the network is apologizing for booking Dershowitz.

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"Last night's interview with Alan Dershowitz after the Ghislaine Maxwell verdict did not meet the BBC's editorial standards, as Mr. Dershowitz was not a suitable person to interview as an impartial analyst, and we did not make the relevant background clear to our audience," the news release read. "We will look into how this happened."

10-year-old girl dies after trying viral ‘blackout’ TikTok challenge

A 10-year-old girl from Pennsylvania has died after attempting a viral TikTok “blackout challenge” in her bedroom. The challenge encourages kids to choke themselves until they lose consciousness.

Nyla Anderson’s family was in the next room on Dec. 12 when the incident happened, but they were unaware of the stunt - or what would result next - until it was too late.

“I’m so hurt, Tawainna Anderson told ABC 7 after losing her daughter. “This is a pain that won’t go away. It’s at the top of my throat. I am so hurt.”

“She happened to be in her own bedroom of her house, with her family at home. But no one was in the bedroom with her when this happened, so there was no one there to save her,” said Elizabeth Wood, a licensed clinical social worker at the local hospital, according to ABC 7.

Described as a “happy child,” Anderson spoke three languages and was “smart as a whip,” her mother described.

The elder Anderson warned the public to keep an eye on their children’s phones in light of the tragedy.

“Make sure you check your kids’ phones. You never know what you might find on their phones. You wouldn’t think 10-year-olds would try this. They’re trying because they’re kids and they don’t know better,” she said.

The Chester Community Charter School student will be laid to rest on Christmas Eve during a memorial service.

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Police chief resigns after DNA evidence resurfaces in high-profile 'Memphis Three' murder case

Police Chief Michael D. Pope of the West Memphis Police Department has resigned after evidence was uncovered in the West Memphis Three case. The evidence was previously thought to have been destroyed, but that argument is no longer relevant and will be DNA tested.

Online crime watch news source Arkansas Justice Project wrote, “We have received reports that the police chief of the West Memphis Police Department has resigned after someone suddenly located the evidence related to the West Memphis Three case. More importantly, they have all the ligatures. They have all the evidence. We are also calling for criminal charges for anyone involved in the coverup and obstruction, including police officers, prosecutors, judges, and whoever else was involved in this scam.”

Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley, Jr. and Jason Baldwin were convicted of killing three boys during a Satanic ritual in 1993. New DNA evidence found in 2010 allowed the the three to negotiate a plea bargain and, in 2011, they left prison after entering plea bargains.

The victims were Steve Edward Branch, Christopher Byers and Michael Moore - second graders at Weaver Elementary School. Each had achieved the rank of "Wolf" in their local Cub Scouts and were best friends at the time of their murders.

Here's how subpoenaed Trump allies are exploiting the law to 'run out the clock' on justice

It's a race to the finish line as allies of former President Donald J. Trump have proven "adept at using judicial delay to withhold information" from Congress in a Biden Justice Department, a New York Times report presented Thursday.

It took nearly two-and-a-half years for a federal judge to rule that the Treasury Department could provide the former president’s tax returns to the House Ways and Means Committee.

"The twisting saga of that case — with dozens of motions, hearings, lawyer changes and rulings — gives an indication of how House subpoenas of Mr. Trump’s aides and allies might go as they try to run out the clock on the current Congress and hope for Republican control in 2023, when new House leaders would simply drop the inquiries," the Times reported. "The House’s inquiry into the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, a select subcommittee on the coronavirus pandemic and the Ways and Means Committee are all counting on the courts to deliver accountability."

Peter Navarro coordinated the Trump administration’s pandemic response through his role overseeing the Defense Production Act. On Wednesday, Navarro acknowledged that his refusal to comply with a subpoena from the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis was dictated by Trump’s assertion of executive privilege, and out of his control. Navarro said he wasn't looking to delay a response “until Republicans inevitably take over the House in 2022,” but added he would "beat" Democrats "on the law, and I will make them look like the fools they are."

READ: REVEALED: Trump pals are paying former AG's law firm to peek into the Jan. 6 investigation

“There are people who believe that they can stall and delay themselves out of the truth, and you know, to a certain extent, they have been rewarded,” said Representative Dan Kildee (D-MI) and a Ways and Means Committee member. “Ultimately, most of us have great faith that justice will be done and the facts will become known. But time is something that works against us, and they know it.”

“The law is not on their side at all, so the only thing they can do is what often happens in litigation, which is to drag it out and seek to delay because the elections are coming,” said William Banks, a professor of law and public policy at Syracuse University and the founding director of the Institute for Security Policy and Law.

"Representative Jamie Raskin, Democrat of Maryland and a member of the Jan. 6 committee, said a huge difference between the first two years of Democratic control of the House and now is President Biden, who has aligned his White House counsel and his Justice Department with the House’s oversight efforts," the Times reported.

“The legislative and executive branches are completely in agreement with each other, that this material is not privileged and needs to be turned over to Congress,” Raskin said. “So I think things have been moving much more quickly.”

'The threat Republicans pose to the republic' should be Democrats' top priority: conservative

Since winning the White House in 2020, Democrats have sought to restore normalcy to American lives in large part with infrastructure and child tax credit bills. Now, as the party faces losing control of both the House and Senate, one journalist reflects their efforts might have been better served debunking the attempted Republican coup instead.

"The Republican party is on track to take control of both the House and Senate next year—not in spite of Donald Trump’s Big Lie and the evidence that he and other Republicans attempted to overthrow our democracy, but because of it. The Big Lie is the Republican platform for 2022. It is what most motivates Republican voters," The Bulwark's A.B. Stoddard wrote Thursday.

Stoddard continued, "Democrats seem to believe that Americans are tired of hearing about how reckless and anti-democratic Republicans are. They seem to believe that they need to keep talking about 'real issues' that affect 'real voters.' But after what we have learned in the last week, perhaps that calculus should change. Because the threat Republicans pose to the republic, through their explicit or implicit roles in either helping to create the insurrection or to excuse it, has never been more clear."

"The events of January 6 were clearly planned and coordinated to some extent—to what extent we have yet to learn," Stoddard wrote. "And the same is true of the post-coup cover-up... The January 6 Committee will hold public hearings next year, and a congressman or two could even be indicted before Election Day. There is no need for Democrats to wait until then to describe the Republican party as manifestly unfit to control Congress."

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Saving democracy should be the first priority for Democrats, Stoddard argued.

"Republicans will try to talk about the Democrats’ weaknesses on inflation, immigration and crime. Fine. Inflation matters, a chaotic border matters, and rising violent crime matters. But a functioning democracy matters most, because without it nothing that ails us can be fixed. And once it’s gone, it’s gone forever... The future of our democracy is the most important issue facing America. Why don’t Democrats trust voters to understand that?"

Deputy poured 'scalding water' on 'mentally ill inmate out of frustration': report

A 22-year veteran of the Orange County sheriff’s department, Guadalupe Ortiz, 47, was fired from his post Friday after pouring boiling water on an inmate's hands when he reportedly wouldn't comply with his demands. The incident occurred at a jail in Santa Ana, Calif. about 30 miles south of Los Angeles.

Ortiz was charged with two felonies - assault or battery by a public officer and battery with serious bodily injury, the Orange County District Attorney's Office said in a statement. The victim's identity has not been revealed.

“The law imputes a special duty of care on custodial personnel and in this case the Sheriff’s deputy completely breached that duty and crossed the line into criminal conduct,” District Attorney Todd Spitzer's statement said. “As District Attorney it is my responsibility to hold Sheriff’s deputies and other jail staff accountable when they fail to properly protect those in their care. And now a deputy is throwing away a 22-year-career for inflicting unnecessary harm on a mentally ill inmate out of frustration.”

Spitzer stated, "When he could not get the inmate to comply, Ortiz and another deputy offered to help. At approximately 12:28 p.m., Ortiz is accused of using a hot water dispenser to fill a cup with scalding water and going over to the uncooperative inmate’s cell along with two other deputies. The inmate again ignored orders to put his hands back inside his cell and Ortiz is accused of pouring the scalding water on the hands of the inmate, causing him to immediately pull his hands back inside his cell. One of the deputies closed the hatch door and the three deputies left."

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After more than six hours, another deputy spoke to the inmate during a standard security check and requested medical attention for the inmate’s arm, which was red and peeling.

Deputy District Attorney Jake Jondle of the Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting this case.

Someone is lying about delaying troops to secure the Capitol on Jan 6: former Ted Cruz staffer

It took approximately three hours between when the U.S. Capitol was breached by a pro-Trump mob on Jan. 6, 2020 and when the grounds were secured. In a new 36-page explosive new memo, former DC National Guard Col. Earl Matthews uncovered a trove of questions rather than answers regarding the timeline of events leading up to and during the insurrection. Why did it take three hours to secure the U.S. Capitol? And who is really lying here?

Former Acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller claimed he gave Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy full discretion to employ the D.C. National Guard (DCNG) in force to the Capitol at 3:04 p.m. But McCarthy felt the need to go back to Miller to report a plan of deployment, explained columnist Amanda Carpenter in The Bulwark.

In the memo, Matthews disagreed with Army leadership about their claims that they utilized the three hours to facilitate a plan for Guard mobilization and that McCarthy had to twice call upon Walker to implement and that "Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy was strangely incommunicado during that time period." In fact, Walker and Matthews claim these calls from McCarthy never took place.

Robert Contee and Steven Sund served, respectively, as Metropolitan Police Department Chief and the United States Capitol Police Chief on January 6. The November 2021 Department of Defense Inspector General Report (DoDIG) stated, "Mr. Sund told us that during the conference call, LTG Piatt [Lieutenant General Walter Piatt, director of the Army Staff] commented on the 'optics of [the] National Guard standing in line with the Capitol in the background,' and that he [LTG Piatt] 'would rather relieve your [USCP] officers off traffic posts' so the officers could respond to the Capitol."

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Lieutenant General Charles Flynn [the Army’s deputy chief of staff for Operations] and Piatt testified to Congress earlier this year denying the "optics" conversation ever happened.

“It has been stated that I used the term 'optics' in regard to having Soldiers respond to breach of the Capitol; I do not recall using this term on the 2:32 phone call on January 6,” Piatt said. “I respect and understand that others may recall things differently, but ultimately, on that day, my chief concern was ensuring the Army was able to effectively assist D.C. and federal authorities in regaining control of the U.S. Capitol.”

“I did not use the word 'optics,' nor did I hear the word used during the call on Jan. 6, 2021, in response to any requests for support or during the planning and execution of that support,” said Flynn, who now serves as the commander of the U.S. Army Pacific. “I also never heard LTG Piatt or any other Army senior leader use that word that day. My duty that day was to facilitate the planning and execution of [Army] Secretary [Ryan] McCarthy’s decisions and guidance."

Piatt said that Miller didn’t approve the activation of the National Guard until just after 3 p.m. ET, a decision that didn’t get relayed to Walker until just after 5 p.m. ET. McCarthy claimed that there was “tremendous confusion” during this timeframe and that Miller told him to “get a plan. Put it all together, and then go.”

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The DoDIG report stated that McCarthy presented his plan to have the Guard "meet and follow MPD to conduct perimeter security and clearance operations” to acting SecDef Miller at 4:30 p.m. Five minutes later, the DoDIG report claimed McCarthy called Walker again, this time to direct him to immediately move all available National Guard personnel from the Armory.

Matthews said the call never took place and that there was a glaring omission from the DoDIG report.

"Between 4:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., before DCNG personnel had deployed to the Capitol, McCarthy spent nearly 20 minutes in a live nationally televised press conference with Mayor Bowser and Chief Contee.”

“As he stated in sworn testimony, MG Walker became aware of the approval to deploy DCNG personnel during a video teleconference with senior Army officials at 5:08 p.m. The decision of civilian leadership was conveyed by the CSA, General James McConville,” Matthews wrote in the memo. “The notion that MG Walker had to be told twice to deploy forces to the Capitol is as insulting as it is false.”

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Matthews issued a dire warning in the memo.

"The DoDIG report is replete with factual inaccuracies, discrepancies and faulty analysis. It relies on demonstrably false testimony or statements. The focus of this memorandum is on the discrepancies and falsehoods that DoDIG relied on to produce its report. The danger is that if this report, with its glaring errors and wholesale adoption of the Army company line, is accorded the deference typically afforded inspector general investigations, the report will become part of the historical record and a false narrative will have been as adopted fact. Discerning what happened on 6 January is too important to get wrong. If we do not fully comprehend and analyze what occurred on 6 January, the danger is that history will repeat itself. Our collective goal as a government and an American people should be to ensure that what occurred on 6 January does not happen again."

McConnell-aligned group ‘masquerading as a nonprofit’ as it seeks to kick Dems out of the Senate

Nonprofit public policy advocacy organization One Nation spent nearly $13 million in 2021 running ads that targeted vulnerable Democratic incumbents to preserve the filibuster and reclaim Senate majority in 2022. Former McConnell chief of staff Steven Law is at the center of the 501(c)4 organization, which isn't required by law to disclose donor names.

“Basically, One Nation is a political entity masquerading as a nonprofit,” said Robert Maguire, the research director for the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. “One Nation only exists to help Republicans in the Senate, it’s not a social welfare organization.”

Maguire helped author an in-depth report on the group’s tax filing, which were handed over to him physically.

“They have a policy of only providing physical documents. They don’t have to email it to you,” Maguire said. “The whole system is antiquated. The ambiguity and difficulty getting the information helps them.”

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OpenSecrets estimated that One Nation was the biggest outside “dark money group” spender during the 2020 cycle.

"Senate Republican leadership-aligned 501(c)(4) nonprofit One Nation was the top spender, shelling out around $125 million between political contributions and ads," the report stated. "The Senate Leadership Fund, a super PAC tied to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) that shares staff and resources with One Nation, received more than $85 million from the dark money group."

"Just as we have stood against radical legislative proposals being considered this year, One Nation will look for every opportunity to oppose liberals’ reckless legislative agenda that is making gas and groceries more expensive while slowing our economic recovery,” said Jack Pandol, spokesperson for One Nation.

“The tactics used by dark money groups like One Nation have evolved and even matured over time as the outer bounds of what you can get away with are more clear,” said Brendan Fischer, director of federal reform at the Campaign Legal Center.

“It increasingly looks like One Nation is ensuring that its spending is complementary to that of its super PAC. One Nation spends a lot of money in non-election years, effectively roughing up Democratic candidates and then the super PAC comes in and advocates more directly against those Democratic candidates,” Fischer said. “It’s sort of a one-two punch.”

Some Oxford shooting copycats are as young as 'nine years old'

Following the deadly Oxford High School shooting on Nov. 30 by 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley that left four students dead as well as wounded six others and a teacher, Michigan authorities warn a copycat trend is plaguing the state with children's young as nine years old threatening gun violence against their peers.

“We have charged 18 youth in the last few days with crimes relating to school threats," Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a statement Wednesday. "Much has been written about these types of cases lately, yet still these serious events continue to happen."

"Two nine year olds at Riverside Elementary were each in possession of a 'naughty/nice' list with several names on each, as well as the words 'alive' and 'dead' on each side of the lists," Worthy stated. "Both students were transported to police headquarters and subsequently turned over to their parents. Juvenile petitions will be submitted to the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office for review and consideration of charges."

An eighth grade student at Pierce Middle School "told another student that he brought a gun to school, and at one point made a threatening gesture with his hand, mimicking a shooting gun," Worthy said. "The student making the threat was taken into custody and is now lodged at Oakland County Children’s Village, pending a hearing Thursday at 1:30pm."

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Worthy continued, "Administrators at Oakland Scholars Charter School made [police] aware of an eight-grader who made statements about his plan 'if I was a school shooter,' including type of gun as well as time and location. The student also made specific gestures mimicking a shooting gun. The student was taken into custody and is now lodged at Oakland County Children’s Village, pending a hearing Thursday at 1:30pm."

“People are making threats. They are saying ‘I’m going to bomb the school. I’m going to kill people,” Washtenaw County Prosecutor Eli Savit told reporters Tuesday.

"It is imperative that parents have a serious conversation with their children," Underwood said. "They must be made aware that these types of behaviors will not be tolerated, that such behavior can be criminal, and that there will most certainly be severe consequences."

'Completely off the cliff': MSNBC's Morning Joe explains why Arizona 'Trumpsters are crazy'

Land Use Attorney Thomas Galvin has been unanimously chosen to fill the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors vacancy in the district. The board is under intense scrutiny after review of the Arizona Senate's involvement in certifying the 2020 presidential election results.

"Galvin joins the board at a time of intense scrutiny in the fallout of Senate's review of the 2020 election results. He believes the County’s election was fair and he knows President [Joe] Biden won in the county, state and country," Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski said Thursday. "The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is comprised of four Republicans and one Democrat who all deny former President Donald Trump’s claims of a stolen election."

"I think there's something in the drinking water out there for Republicans," Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough quipped. "I think what it may be, in part, if you look at the person who’s ahead in the republican race for governor, just full on crazy. You look at the person who's involved in the senate race, full on crazy. What are they - they kicked out Cindy McCain..."

"Completely off the cliff and they see their state turning blue," added Eugene Robinson. "That’s what they see happening in Maricopa County - they’re going blue and you know bluer and that takes the state of Arizona."

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Scarborough added, "And what they’re thinking is, 'Man, those democrats in Washington are going so far left, this is our time to reclaim the state.' That’s what they're thinking. 'Our people are so crazy on this Trump' - it’s not even right. These Trumpsters are crazy."

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REVEALED: Would-be terrorist asked Corpus Christi Navy base shooter if he needed 'permission' to wage 'jihad'

A Nigerian immigrant who arrived in the United States on a student visa in 2016 was charged with illegal possession of a firearm after the FBI uncovered he planned to travel to Gaza to wage "jihad."

In July, Moctar Gouroudja Ahmadou was apprehended after he visited a Houston-area gun range and allegedly fired an AR-15 assault rifle and handgun. Ahmadou has still not been reported publicly and there has been no official statement made by the U.S. Justice Department.

Last year, Navy sailors shot and killed a terrorist on a military base in Texas. The shooter's name was Adam Alsahli and he had been texting and conversing via WhatsApp with Ahmadou and seven others on the morning of the attack. It was proven in court that Alsahli acted alone in the military raid, but the messages they exchanged caused alarm and an investigation began into Ahmadou's motives in the U.S.

"Ahmadou would text Alsahli Quranic verses and at one point had asked him through an intermediary about 'an elephant in the room concerning jihad.' Ahmadou, an FBI agent testified during a recent detention hearing, 'wanted to know if he needed parents’ permission to commit jihad,'" The Daily Beast reported.

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Ahmadou’s attorneys have declined a request for comment. Public defender Philip Gallagher argued that his client had not “actually not discussed ever doing anything harmful to anyone within the United States" and was not a danger to his community.

Ahmadou had previously downloaded sermons by ISIS spokesman Abu Mohammad al-Adnani, who once issued a call in 2014 for ISIS followers in the West to kill non-Muslims.

An FBI agent testified in July that the Bureau was “still investigating at this time" when prodded to issue a statement on whether Ahmadou was still under their eye.

Hundreds of cases in jeopardy after racist texting scandal rocks California police department

Hundreds of cases are in jeopardy following the reveal of ongoing racist, xenophobic, sexist, and homophobic text messages traded by dozens of police officers in Torrance, California, who had previously served as witnesses. Texts included exchanges about lynching, hanging, enslaving, and "gassing" Jewish people, according to an investigation of The LA Times.

The texts run the gamut from a photo of Black men who had been lynched with the caption, "Hanging with the homies" to another image asking what someone should do if their girlfriend had an affair with a Black man. The officer's reply: break “a tail light on his car so the police will stop him and shoot him.” Additional texts showed how to tie a noose and asked the question, "Which one doesn't belong?" with an image of a candy cane, a Christmas tree ornament, a star topper, and an "enslaved person." The response by one officer: "You don't hang the star."

"They exchanged texts about assaulting members of the LGBTQ community, using violence against suspects and lying during an investigation into a police shooting," according to district attorney’s office records reviewed by The Times.

Currently, no officers face criminal charges in direct relation to the text messages, but at least 85 criminal cases involving the officers have been dismissed, including 35 County felony cases as of mid-November and an additional 50 city cases. Alarmingly, the officers were listed as potential witnesses in nearly 1,400 cases in the last decade, according to district attorney’s records The Times obtained through a public records request.

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“What those text messages revealed was an extraordinarily hostile attitude toward people of color, people who are nonbinary, people who have different sexual orientations,” said Walter Katz, a former independent police auditor in California who now serves as a vice president of criminal justice for research firm Arnold Ventures. “I don’t know that we can take anything they’ve said at face value.”

According to The Times, the 13 officers named in the article were confirmed by individuals with direct knowledge of the situation, however, their identities will not be disclosed for fear of retaliation and they spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Los Angeles, CA - June 18: Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon, mingles with the attendees of a press conference held on the steps of Hall of Justice on Friday, June 18, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)“The current administrative investigations are confidential. As such, we do not have access to facts of the underlying investigation, or the alleged inappropriate materials. We expect that as police officers, our members should be treated like any other citizen — considered innocent until proven guilty,” the union said in a statement. “Our members have a right to due process and should be protected from illegal and unnecessary intrusion into their private lives.”

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