Sara Carter on Sunday criticized the Biden administration’s move to nominate former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power to head the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), saying her role in unmasking Americans make her unfit for the job.
Carter, a Fox News contributor, was speaking Sunday evening to Fox News host Steve Hilton on his program “The Next Revolution” when she noted that Power’s role will be a “very important role—very powerful role—$27 billion worth of federal funding goes into that.”
“But remember, Samantha Power, she was involved in the Russia hoax,” she continued. “As far as unmasking, she was believed to have unmasked Americans more than 260 times, and she also unmasked Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn on multiple occasions. She never once answered the questions that [former Rep.] Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) had asked her during those hearings and never explained why she was unmasking so many people so much of the time.”
It was revealed in May 2020 that Power was one of dozens of government officials who had requested the unmasking of Flynn in 2017 for a phone call he had with a Russian ambassador to the U.S. He served as national security advisor for less than a month before resigning in February 2017 after it was revealed that he misled Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about the content of the phone call. In November last year, then-President Donald Trump pardoned Flynn.
Back in 2017, when Congress was looking into unmasking concerns, Powell denied that she leaked Flynn’s name or any classified information.
“It’s a mystery, it’s a mystery to most Americans why she was doing that and now she’s being rewarded going back to the UN,” Carter added.
On January 13, then-President-elect Joe Biden announced he was nominating Power to lead USAID. Before officially stepping up to the role, she needs to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
During the interview with Hilton, Carter also went after those the Biden administration is appointing to federal positions who, like Power, believed the 2016 Trump campaign had colluded with Russian officials to try and steal the election such as Susan Rice and Melissa Hodgman, the wife of disgraced former FBI agent Peter Strzok.
Like Power, Rice was an ambassador to the UN under President Barack Obama and was revealed to have requested Flynn’s unmasking. Currently, she is the director of the Domestic Policy Council for the Biden administration.
Since the week of Biden’s inauguration, Hodgman has served as the acting director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Enforcement. Her husband, Strzok, was infamously removed in 2017 from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation and ultimately fired by the FBI a year later over anti-Trump emails and text messages he exchanged with former FBI Attorney Lisa Page.
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REPORT: China has vast network of covert police stations around the world
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.
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.
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