Former Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D) on Tuesday went after Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), large technology companies, and former CIA Director John Brennan, claiming that they are much more “powerful” and therefore more “dangerous” than the mob that stormed the Capitol on January 6.
She pointed out the expansion of powers requested by lawmakers, like Schiff, and numerous former and current senior government officials who are targeting Trump supporters in an effort “turn our country into a police state.”
Gabbard posted a video and thread to Twitter Tuesday morning in which she railed against Schiff, who is the chair of the House Intelligence Committee, Brennan, and “the oligarchs in Big Tech.” She argued that they have been trying to “undermine our constitutionally protected rights” in the aftermath of the riot that resulted in five deaths.
“The mob who stormed the Capitol on January 6 to try to stop Congress from carrying out its constitutional responsibilities were behaving like domestic enemies of our country,” Gabbard said. “But let’s be clear, the John Brennans, Adam Schiffs and the oligarchs in Big Tech who are trying to undermine our constitutionally protected rights and turn our country into a police state with KGB-style surveillance are also domestic enemies—and much more powerful, and therefore dangerous, than the mob that stormed the Capitol.”
The former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate then plays a clip of Brennan telling MSNBC that President Joe Biden’s nominees and appointees “are now moving in laser-like fashion to try to uncover as much as they can” about activities that he said were similar to “insurgency movements” that have cropped up abroad.
Back in 2019, Schiff introduced legislation that would have created a new federal statute for domestic terrorism. It should be noted that the legislation did acknowledge the room for abuse regarding such a statute, saying that a report on civil liberty issues that could crop up from the new statute to be released to the public within four years of the legislation being enacted.
In the aftermath of a mob storming the U.S. Capitol to prevent Congress from certifying President Joe Biden‘s 2020 election victory, supporting then-President Donald Trump‘s allegations on social media and on television that widespread fraud “stole” the election from him and “rigged” it, “Big Tech” companies have either suspended or permanently banned Trump and allies from their platforms.
After playing the clip of Brennan, Gabbard urged Biden and members of both parties in Congress to denounce such efforts.
“President Biden, I call upon you and all members of Congress from both parties to denounce these efforts by the likes of Brennan and others to take away our civil liberties that are endowed to us by our Creator and guaranteed in our Constitution. If you don’t stand up to these people now, then our country will be in great peril,” she said at the end of her video.
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Trump: Tanks to Ukraine could escalate to use of ‘NUKES’
Former President Donald Trump stated bluntly on Truth Social, “FIRST COME THE TANKS, THEN COME THE NUKES. Get this crazy war ended, NOW. So easy to do!”
Trump was referring to the escalation of war in Ukraine. He, like many other commentators and lawmakers, are warning that the decision to continue sending weapons – and now tanks – could potentially lead to the use of “nuclear weapons.”
It’s mission creep and it’s dangerous, they say.
Why? Because Russian President Valdimir Putin has indicated in two different speeches that he would use nuclear weapons to defend Russia, if needed. Those warnings are not just bluster but a very real possibility.
And the escalation of war is visible.
Russia launched 55 missiles strikes across Ukraine Thursday, leaving 11 dead. The strikes come one day after the United States and Germany agreed to send tanks to Ukraine in an effort to aide the country. 47 of the 55 missiles were shot down according to Ukraine’s Air Force command.
Eleven lives were lost and another 11 were injured additionally leaving 35 buildings damaged in the wake of the attacks. According to The New York Times, Denys Shmyhal, said in a post on Telegram. “The main goal is energy facilities, providing Ukrainians with light and heat,” he said.
Ukraine is now demanding that they need F-16 fighter jets. In a post on twitter Ukrainian lawmaker, Oleksiy Goncharenko said, “Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.”
Morning. Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.
— Oleksiy Goncharenko (@GoncharenkoUa) January 26, 2023
The US has abstained from sending advanced jets in the chances that a volatile decision could foster more dangerous attacks like former President Trump’s post on Truth referred to. If the US did authorize the decision to lend Ukraine the F-16 jets Netherlands’ foreign minister, Wopke Hoekstra, would be willing to supply them. According to The New York Times, Hoekstra told Dutch lawmakers, “We are open-minded… There are no taboos.”
F-16 fighter jets are complex to work on, they are not the average aircraft that can be learned in a matter of weeks. It can take months for pilots to learn how to fly these birds. European and US officials have the concern that Ukrainian forces could potentially use the jets to fly into Russian airspace and launch attacks on Russian soil.
Western allies are trying to avoid such a provocation, because that could lead to nuclear warfare in reference to what Putin has said he would do to defend his country.
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