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Wray admits he wasn’t aware of the FBI’s report of a pre-planned attack on the Capitol

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FBI Director Christopher Wray, testifying Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, said he did not know the FBI had credible threat reports of a pre-planned attack on the Jan. 6 attack.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein noted that as early as Dec. 29, the FBI warned of the potential for armed demonstrators to target legislatures. Feinstein continued, saying the former Chief of Capitol police as well as the House and Senate Sergeants of Arms testified that they did not see the FBI’s warning on the eve of Jan. 6 about potential violence in the Capitol.

“When did you first receive intelligence about the possibility of an attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6?” Feinstein asked Wray. “And what happened to the process that people weren’t seeing the warnings?”

Wray replied, saying he did not see the FBI’s Norfolk Office’s warning, called a situational information report, that had been sent Jan. 5 by the Norfolk-based officials.

According to a report by The Washington Post, the Norfolk, Va office warned others in the bureau of concerning online chatter threatening violence. The Post said the office issued an explicit warning that extremists were preparing to travel to Washington to commit violence and “war,” which involved “dangerous plans.”

Wray testified that he wasn’t briefed on the report until much later, however, he said the document was passed within 40 minutes to the Capitol Police and other partners.

“I didn’t see that report, which was raw, unverified intelligence until some numbers of days after the 6th,” Wray said. “But again, that raw, unverified information was passed within, I think, 40 minutes to an hour to our partners, including the Capitol police, including Metro P.D., and not one, not two, but three different ways. One email, one verbal and one through the law enforcement portal. As to why the information didn’t flow to all the people within the various departments that they would prefer, I don’t have a good answer for that.”

The former Capitol Police chief testified that the report arrived via email after business hours the night before the riot, and he never saw it.

Wray, who was appointed by President Donald Trump, will remain as director as he serves what is supposed to be a 10-year term, the Biden administration announced last month.

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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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