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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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Chinese Spy Balloon: Tensions rise between the U.S. and China

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A strange object was spotted Wednesday over Billings Montana. The Pentagon confirmed Thursday that the strange object was, in fact, a Chinese spy balloon. According to a report from KPAX, a western Montana news outlet, the balloon had been on the governments radar for days.

On Friday, the Chinese government released a statement saying that the balloon spotted in Billings is a “civilian airship” that’s sole purpose is used to collect research on weather and that it had just blown off course. The balloon was not shot down by orders of the Pentagon due to the risk of falling debris injuring people on the ground.

Sara Carter, who has spoken frequently on the Chinese government’s threat and expansion to the West, stated on Twitter that the United States has failed to stop China from purchasing land near military installations, vital agricultural land, as well as, allowing Chinese linked companies, such as Huawei, to install technology in cellular towers. Those cellular towers are located in Montana, along side more than 150 ICBM nuclear silos.

China said, “The Chinese side regrets the unintended entry of the airship into U.S. airspace due to force majeure.” Majeure meaning that it was out of there control. It blew off course due to limited “self-steering” capabilities according the Ministry. The ministry also stated that the balloon, “deviated far from its planned course.”

This incident is adding fuel to the fire of what is already a tense relationship between the worlds two largest economies. China already lays claim to approximately 80% of the South China Sea, and is seeking full control over Taiwan after assuming full control of Hong Kong. China’s belt and road initiative has invested copious amounts of money into building infrastructure in other countries and uses it as economic blackmail. China’s transportation of fentanyl into Mexico is yet again another example of how they are seeking to damage the US.

Is this just a weather ballon that blew off course? US officials at the White House seem to be unconvinced and will continue to monitor the balloon, as reported.

UPDATED: Statement from the Pentagon was jaw dropping when a reporter asked if the public has a right to know about Beijing’s balloon.

“The public certainly has the ability to look up in the sky and see where the balloon is,” a DOD official responded.

 

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