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Another transportation nightmare: United Airlines resumes flights after nationwide ground stop

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In the height of Labor Day weekend travel, United Airlines had requested that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issue a ground stop order on all of its aircraft in the entire United States and U.S.-bound flights from Canada. Flights were able to land, but none could take off until the order was lifted.

“We are experiencing a systemwide technology issue and are holding all aircraft at their departure airports. Flights that are already airborne are continuing to their destination as planned,” United originally tweeted. “We will share more information as it becomes available. Thank you for your patience as we work on a resolution to get you on your way as soon as possible.”

United then tweeted at 2:01 PM that flights had resumed.

“We have identified a fix for the technology issue and flights have resumed,” the tweet reads. “We’re working with impacted customers to help them reach their destinations as soon as possible.”

The FAA also confirmed that the order was lifted, according to its tweet.

The Biden administration, and Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, have received a lot of criticism during the many transportation mishaps in the past few years. The Daily Caller News Foundation reports:

Delays in air travel across the United States have become common in recent years due to staffing shortages — of pilots and air traffic controllers — as well as union disputes with airline management, according to CNN. Previously, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg had warned airlines that they would face delays unless equipped to withstand 5G interference, according to The Wall Street Journal.

President Joe Biden announced in May that his administration will introduce new regulations requiring airlines to purchase meals and hotels for passengers who have been affected by cancellations.

 

 

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Adviser to Fauci bragged about helping him evade FOIA, ‘he is too smart’ to get caught

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The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic published evidence ahead of a hearing that explains the senior scientific adviser to then-National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci actually bragged about helping Fauci evade the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

The adviser, David Morens, admitted in his own communications to intentionally evading FOIA by using a Fauci’s private Gmail address or just handing him documents in person, according to the newly disclosed emails.

The 35-page report on Morens includes previously unreleased emails including:

An April 21, 2021 email shows Morens contacted EcoHealth Alliance President Peter Daszak, whom Morens has described as his “best friend” and a U.S. taxpayer conduit for the Wuhan Institute of Virology, as well as Boston University and New England Biolabs researchers.

The subject line references “CoV research in China, GoF, etc.,” referring to EcoHealth-facilitated coronavirus research at WIV that could make a virus more transmissible or dangerous. The National Institutes of Health recently admitted it funded gain-of-function research under that definition but not a stricter regulatory definition.

“PS, i forgot to say there is no worry about FOIAs,” Morens wrote. “I can either send stuff to Tony on his private gmail, or hand it to him at work or at his house. He is too smart to let colleagues send him stuff that could cause trouble.”

A May 13, 2021 email to the same recipients referred to “our ‘secret’ back channel” by which Morens connected Fauci to a journalist named “Arthur,” apparently to discuss the feds’ preferred narrative that SARS-CoV-2 emerged naturally rather than via lab leak. The email cited an article on the message board Virological.

Gerald Keusch, associate director of the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory Institute at BU, emailed Daszak Oct. 25, 2021 to relay a phone conversation with “David,” who is “concerned about the privacy of text” and email sent and received on his “government phone” because they “could be FOIA’able.”

“Tony has told him not to be in touch with you and EHA for the time being,” Keusch wrote. Morens relayed that Daszak should get his story straight on EcoHealth’s claim that NIH locked it out of the system when it tried to file its year-five progress report that disclosed an arguable gain-of-function experiment.

Earlier in the day, Morens told Daszak “i will be meeting with Tony about this later on.” The subject line of the thread was “Draft response to Michael Lauer,” deputy director for extramural research at NIH.

Morens also told Daszak that Fauci and then-NIH Director Francis Collins are “trying to protect you, which also protects their own reputations,” apparently meaning against allegations that U.S. tax dollars passed through EcoHealth funded research that may have led to SARS-CoV-2’s emergence.

The subcommittee said it found emails that revealed “likely illegal” practices, including an April 2020 email in which Morens shared a “new NIAID implementation plan” with Daszak and an August 2020 email in which Daszak mentioned a “kick-back” to Morens after NIH awarded $7.5 million to EcoHealth.

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