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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.

Follow Annaliese Levy on Twitter @AnnalieseLevy

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Shanghai: China’s Potemkin Village

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Following a recent outbreak of COVID-19, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has imposed a month-long draconian lockdown on the residents of Shanghai. The CCP has used the outbreak to persecute its own citizens, including through forced evictions and quarantines, and placing alarms on doors to prevent COVID-19 people from leaving their homes. The harsh measures have resulted in food and healthcare shortages and separation of families.

But of course, we wouldn’t know that by reading the CCP-run press readily available in the United States. Instead of presenting the facts, the CCP engages in a comprehensive propaganda campaign that props up Shanghai as a Chinese Potemkin village. The CCP media asserts that China’s actions in Shanghai are benevolent and wise, while Western criticism is a product of malice. Chinese state-run media also insists that the Shanghai lockdown promotes economic stability in China and the world.

Claim 1: China Has the Best Policy for Combating COVID-19

The CCP media portray the Shanghai lockdown as the best and ideal policy. As cited by a XinhuaNet editorial, “China’s dynamic zero-COVID approach” is “the best option to save lives,” according to a “Rwandan researcher and publisher,” “…a miracle for us to learn,” according to a Kenyan scholar, and “a very ideal response,” according to Ethiopia’s National COVID-19 Response Task Force Coordinator. According to CCP media, Chinese citizens have greeted the Shanghai lockdown warmly, even with “[a] mixed sense of intensity, unity and hopefulness,” according to China Daily.

Claim 2: The West Hypocritically Defames China

The CCP press also accuses the West of lying about the Shanghai lockdown, and using COVID policies for nefarious ends. According to XinhuaNet, “Shanghai…has never imposed what Western media described as a ‘lockdown.’” Other CCP editorials actually accuse the West of malice. One Global Times editorial claims that the lockdown “has been deliberately exaggerated by the West.” Another Global Times editorial asserts that the Western approach of “coexisting with the virus” amounts to a way “…to drive out a large number of the vulnerable people with low immunity,” and a form of “cruel social Darwinism.”

Claim 3: China’s COVID Policies Result in an Economic Windfall to China and the World

The CCP also portrays the lockdown as necessary to achieve great economic growth in China and beyond. One Global Times editorial, while conceding that the lockdown amounted to a “sealing-off,” it is “a temporary measure to better resume work and production and to make the economy and society function more effectively. Its effectiveness has been proven.” According to another Global Times editorial, China’s policy is “widely considered to be the best strategy…to both contain the epidemic and ensure stable economic development.”

In an Orwellian fashion, Chinese press claims that China is solving, not causing, the world’s economic problems. According to XinhuaNet, “China has played a decisive role in stabilizing the global economy and resuming the supply chain disrupted by COVID-19.” Citing a Bloomberg article, the same XinhuaNet editorial claims that China “has prevented a huge number of deaths at home and ensured that everything from iPhones and Teslas to fertilizer and car parts continues to flow to the rest of the world.” Chinese citizens, of course, are collateral damage: Ji Qiwei, vice-general manager of SAIC Motor Passenger Vehicle, stated that “The domestic market may be impacted a little by the COVID-19 outbreak this year, but our export market will continue to see strong growth,” according to China Daily.

While the world continues to suffer economic and human damage as a result of COVID-19, China continues to revise history regarding its role. Through its propaganda in its English publications of Xinhua, China Daily, and Global Times, China seeks to portray itself as a benevolent force in the fight against the virus.

You can follow Steve Postal on Twitter @HebraicMosaic

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