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Jim Jordan demands answers from Biden admin after rioters cause nearly $20K in damage to Portland Boys and Girls Club

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Nearly a year after riots first erupted in Portland and a week after the latest riot, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) wrote a letter demanding justice from the Department of Homeland Security. This is his second letter in two months.

The letters are addressed to Attorney General Merrick Garland and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

First, Jordan asked to know what DHS is doing to protect federal land in the future. During the riots, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement building, the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse, the Edith Green-Wendall Wyatt Federal building, the Pioneer Courthouse, and the Gus J. Solomon United State Courthouse, have all been vandalized to varying degrees.

Jordan also noted that rioters caused $20,000 in damage last week to the Portland Boys and Girls Club, which supports underserved children and families.

In that first letter, Jordan asked that Mayorkas and Garland provided the requested information, in writing, no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 12. Then, afterward, the lawmaker asked for them to provide a staff-level briefing. The deadline came and went without any communication, according to Jordan.

Now, Jordan is writing again to make his same demands. The damage is costing the city with every riot; demonstrators caused as much as $20,000 worth of damage just las week, according to the Congressman.

“Americans deserve answers,” Jordan tweeted. His letter asks the following questions:

  1. Please explain the Justice Department’s current efforts to identify and prosecute
    individuals who are attacking federal law enforcement and damaging and vandalizing
    federal property in Portland, Oregon.
  2. Please explain how the Justice Department, in coordination with other relevant
    federal law enforcement agencies, is working to prevent individuals from damaging
    and vandalizing federal property in Portland, Oregon.
  3. Please explain whether the Justice Department still believes Portland, Oregon, has
    “permitted violence and destruction of property to persist” and has “refused to
    undertake reasonable measures to counteract criminal activities.”
  4. Please explain whether the Justice Department still believes that “peaceful protestors
    do not throw explosives into federal courthouses, tear down plywood with crowbars,
    or launch fecal matter at federal officers. Such acts are in fact federal crimes under
    statutes enacted by this Congress.”

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Facebook, Instagram Employees ‘Censor or Delete’ Protests against Iran

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Former and current Facebook and Instagram employees are shedding light onto the “fact checkers” that are censoring vital content such as protests against Iran. “According to a report by BBC Persian, these employees admitted that at all levels of the company, the Iran regime’s influence has infiltrated, leaving biased and pro-regime content monitors to restrict, censor or delete posts about the current protests in Iran” reports The Foreign Desk.

Similar to censorship at the companies in the United States and elsewhere, the behavior is its own political movement. “The actions by these Iranian employees to remove images of the demonstrations in Iran and associated hashtags helps reinforce the Islamic Republic’s argument that the protests are not so widespread.”

According to one of the former employees who had his identity hidden for security purposes, told the BBC Persian in an interview from Germany, that the workers travel back and forth between Europe and Iran. “About 90 percent” of the decision making on censorship is done by these “fact checkers.”

“These are individuals who single-handedly take posts down. According to the source, employees are not allowed to have their personal cellular devices with them at their workstations, so these individuals go to the break room to report a post from their personal phones and then come back to their workstations and address the ‘complaint’ they just created.”

 

The Foreign Desk adds:

In 2019 TELUS International became the third-party company contracted with Instagram and Facebook to become their fact checkers and address complaints from users reporting posts for violent, hateful, or threatening material. 

A second source, a former TELUS employee, said approximately 400-500 Iranians work at the company in Germany, a country that is known to have diplomatic and bilateral relations with the Islamic Republic. 

The Islamic Republic has learned from the Green Revolution of 2009 to infiltrate Western social media outlets and their parent companies to control the narrative and prevent the international community from siding with anti-regime demonstrators.

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