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Wednesday is Attorney General William Barr’s last day at the Department of Justice.

In a parting message to DOJ employees Barr reportedly wrote, “… it has been a great honor to serve once again in this role. Over the past two years, the dedicated men and women of this Department – including its operational components – have risen to meet historic challenges and upheld our vital mission to enforce the rule of law.”

“I have been continually inspired by your professionalism and outstanding work. As I did almost 30 years ago, I leave this Office with deep respect for you, and I will always be grateful for your devoted service to the Nation we love.”

The AG’s spokesperson Kerri Kupec is reportedly also leaving the DOJ and her last day is Friday.

Barr resigned earlier this month as pressure continued to mount from President Donald Trump, who claimed the Attorney General failed to fully investigate the 2020 election and did not produce any conclusive end to the Durham probe before November 3.

Before leaving the DOJ, Barr appointed Durham as Special Counsel to continue the investigation. Still, for Sara A. Carter, whose stories exposed the malfeasance by those who investigated Trump and his campaign, it’s doubtful that anything will be done.

“The real tragedy here is that tens of millions of Americans have lost faith in our justice system and no longer believe that anything will ever be done regarding those that try to cool a duly elected president of these United States. Moreover, those former Obama ministration officials will more than likely be returning to office under a Biden Harris administration,” Carter told me on Wednesday, reacting to Barr’s departure.

She added, “AG William Barr, as well as former AG Jeff Sessions, failed the American people and our nation. The buck stopped with them and they should’ve cleaned out these corrupted institutions and ensured the sanctity of our constitution. They did neither. It’s up to the American people, however, to not give up. We must continue to demand justice and expose corruption. “ 

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REPORT: China has vast network of covert police stations around the world

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China has a vast network of covert police stations abroad, according to a recent report by Safeguard Defenders, an NGO that focuses on human rights violations in China and other Asian countries. These police stations serve consular functions, but are also used by China to crack down on what the CCP deems “illegal” activity of Chinese nationals abroad. The police stations include at least 38 run by the Fuzhou City police, and 22 run by the Qingtian City police. Cities housing these police stations include New York, Toronto (which has three stations), London (two), Paris (three), Buenos Aires, Rio De Janeiro, and Tokyo.

Key findings of the report are below.

“Persuaded to return”

According to China, China has “persuaded to return [to China]” 230,000 Chinese nationals living aboard from April 2021 to July 2022 alone to face charges of fraud and telecommunications fraud. A Yangxia police station set up in Mozambique, for example, persuaded a Chinese national to return to China after being accused of stealing money from his employer. Chinese authorities also put pressure on the accused family to convince the accused to surrender.

Roughly 54,000 Chinese nationals were persuaded to return from northern Myanmar alone, in the first nine months of 2021. In July 2022, the government of Wenchang City warned that its citizens living in northern Myanmar must check in with their local police stations or face multiple penalties including blocking their children from attending urban schools back in China. Similarly, in February 2022, the government of Liayang City stated that Chinese “illegally staying” in northern Myanmar must return or the bank accounts of their immediate family members could be frozen.

The Nine Forbidden Countries

China has claimed that nine countries contain serious levels of fraud and telecom fraud perpetrated by Chinese nationals. Since November 2021, China has declared that Chinese citizens living in these nine countries must return to China immediately unless they have an “emergency reason” or a “strict necessity” to travel or stay in those countries. Those countries are: Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, the UAE, and Turkey. However, the report questions whether these countries are truly awash in such fraud, as most of China’s oversees police stations are in the West, and only one of the nine countries (Cambodia) has such a police station. Chinese staying in the nine forbidden countries, as well as threats to family members as stated above, creates a “guilt-by-association” atmosphere intended to repatriate the Chinese nationals.

Conclusion

According to the report, Chinese police stations abroad serve to bypass “bilateral extradition treaties or other mechanisms of judicial cooperation” to cooperate with CCP-linked NGOs which effectively “[sets] up an alternative policing and judicial system within third countries.” Instead of using international judicial cooperation, which establishes due process, the presumption of innocence, and the right to a fair trial, China uses the above “persuade-to-return” methods and transnational police stations to circumvent international law and coerce Chinese nationals to return to China for trials. These policies show the power of China’s long-arm oppression over its own subjects.

You can follow Steve Postal on Twitter @HebraicMosaic

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