Advice for the Church: Better Call Saul
By Cliff Kincaid – April 30, 2020
A local pastor is walking dozens of miles to raise funds for the poor and hungry, many of whom have been created by the government’s COVID-19 economic lockdown. That’s a nice thing to do. But his own church in the Washington, D.C. area remains essentially closed, except for “private” displays of Christianity. Some of his parishioners entered into the church to fill the pews with pictures of the people who used to be there. That’s sad.
It is America 2020 and the police are showing up to arrest ministers of the Gospel – at least the few willing to challenge the modern-day Caesar.
Early Christians were willing to be imprisoned and killed for their faith. A popular Netflix show, “Better Call Saul,” is about a lawyer who represented a drug dealer. The early church has their own Saul. In the Acts of the Apostles, we learn about a persecutor of the early church named Saul who had a Damascus Road conversion after experiencing Christ and was also known as Paul the Apostle. The reading is that “something like scales fell from Saul's eyes, and he could see again.”
With scales on their eyes, today’s Christians for the most part seem afraid to challenge secular authorities and various “executive orders” about how they should worship. They have resorted to drive-in or drive-by “worship services,” so they don’t get out of their cars. This is a dramatic perversion of Christ’s directive to give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s. Caesar, the State, should not dictate to the churches. The State does not own the churches. But many Christians today act as if the government is in charge.
This country was born in a revolution over global taxes imposed by the King of England, as well as rejection of an official state-imposed national religion. Freedom of religion and of the press was supposed to be guaranteed in our First Amendment. Yet, as a result of the coronavirus, freedom of the press has been guaranteed and freedom of religion has not. Most pastors, preachers, and priests acquiesce to their government masters and their demands for empty pews.
On the national level, unfortunately, our elected representatives go along with the emergence of this totalitarian state. Attorney General William Barr has issued a memo on “Balancing Public Safety with the Preservation of Civil Rights,” which is too little too late. Our God-given rights are not to be sacrificed on the altar of what unelected “health experts” have to say abut how we live our lives.
We need more than a memo, Mr. Barr.
Conservative media fret over the Deep State’s frame-up of Lt. General Michael Flynn, Trump’s first national security advisor, and that was truly an outrage. But the rights of the people in general have been stripped away, too, for months. What they did to Flynn they are doing to all of us, in a much quicker time frame. As Elon Musk has commented, they have taken away our freedom and subjected us to a form of house arrest. He calls it “fascist.” It’s also communistic.
“FREE AMERICA NOW” he says. It’s time for our religious leaders to follow his example.
“Better Call Saul” is advice they should be given and take.
In the story of Saul, we are told that a light from heaven flashed and a voice said to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” Saul asked, “Who are you, sir?” The voice replied, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. But rise; go into the city, and you will be told what to do.” William Barclay's Daily Study Bible refers to this passage as “the most famous conversion story in history.” Barclay explains, “We must try as far as we can to enter into Paul's mind. When we do, we will see that this is not a sudden conversion but a sudden surrender.” Eventually, the scales fell from his eyes.
Grass-roots Christians are crying out for leadership. President Trump recommends various on-line services every Sunday but this is really no substitute for the ability of people to worship at a church or synagogue of their choice.
At various locations around the country, pastors are rebelling in the name of Jesus Christ. Some are recommending that their parishioners practice social distancing and even to wear masks when they come to church. But that is not good enough for the mostly liberal governors in whose states they live and their police forces which arrive with citations and arrest warrants.
We are seeing persecution of the Christian Church in America and too many conservative Christians are silent. Many pastors and preachers act like chickens, afraid of the secular authorities, and then act like sheep on the way to the slaughter.
Today, many pastors, preachers, and priests have been too quick to surrender to the State. They are blinded by the legal-sounding razzle-dazzle of “emergencies” and “executive orders,” with no basis in the Constitution. In Washington State, the situation is so bizarre that local authorities are providing beer and cigarettes (and until recently marijuana) to keep addicts in quarantine.
Marijuana has become the Soma of Brave New World, in order to keep the people satisfied.
For those who didn’t read the Aldous Huxley classic, Spark Notes provides this information: “Soma is a drug that is handed out for free to all the citizens of the World State. In small doses, soma makes people feel good. In large doses, it creates pleasant hallucinations and a sense of timelessness.”
I’m not saying our ministers are dope fiends. But if termination of religious services is not the tipping point, what about the cancellation of elections?
“The Democratic Presidential Primary rescheduled for June 23, 2020 has been cancelled” proclaims the New York State Board of Elections. A left-wing progressive group, the Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA), is protesting this decision as an exercise in one-man rule by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. But where is the rest of America? Where are Republicans and independents rising up in protest?
Since our media enjoy protected status under various emergency or executive orders, they could care less. They will continue to swoon over Cuomo, who is assuming the role of pastor and care-giver. Never mind the state law which relegated the elderly to coronavirus death camps known as nursing homes.
It’s time for America’s religious leaders to come out of the closet and gather together to save freedom -- and lives -- in America. What will it take for the scales to fall from their eyes? The freedom they save may be their own.
Mounting Evidence of Dangerous China Virus Experiments
By Cliff Kincaid
I recommend the Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA) news release, “Origins of Pandemic - Dangers of Labs - Bioweapons Arms Race,” quoting JONATHAN LATHAM, Executive director of the Bioscience Resource Project, as saying:
“…it has emerged that the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), just eight miles from the epicenter, has a large collection of bat coronaviruses and was actively working on them. Moreover, like quite a few virologists, I have strong concerns about coronavirus recombinant DNA research in general, about gain-of-function and passaging research in particular, and about the competence and safety record of BSL-4 labs around the world.”
He goes on to say, “Given as well the proximity between the lab [and the virus epicenter], I agree with Professor [Nikolai] Petrovsky who was quoted by the Australian Science Media Centre: ‘this either is a remarkable coincidence or a sign of human intervention’ i.e. that it was research at the WIV that bridged the gap.’”
Keep in mind the IPA is a left-wing group but honest about the nature of the Chinese experiments.
SAM HUSSEINI, an independent journalist, asked the CDC’s Principle Deputy Director Anne Schuchat if it was a “complete coincidence” that the outbreak happened in Wuhan given the presence of labs there. The questioning was at a news conference at the now-shuttered National Press Club on Feb. 11. Read the exchange here.
She replied that based on the information she has seen, the virus was of "zoonotic origin."
Husseini added: I followed up, asking if an alleged natural origin didn't preclude it coming out of a lab, since a lab could have acquired a bat virus and been working on it. Schuchat replied to the assembled journalists that "it is very common for rumors to emerge that can take on life of their own," but didn't answer the question.
Newsweek Blows Lid Off U.S.-funded China Virus Research
By Cliff Kincaid
Newsweek used to have abysmal coverage of almost everything. But new reporters at the publication have started to examine the U.S. role in China virus research, raising the issue of whether the coronavirus was made in China but made possible by American expertise.
This complements our coverage of the role of the National Institutes of Health in funding controversial China research of viruses. Please read:
NIH Director in the Middle of China Virus Scandal
Look at these Newsweek stories and headlines:
THE CONTROVERSIAL EXPERIMENTS AND WUHAN LAB SUSPECTED OF STARTING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
DR. FAUCI BACKED CONTROVERSIAL WUHAN LAB WITH MILLIONS OF U.S. DOLLARS FOR RISKY CORONAVIRUS RESEARCH
The key reporter is Fred Guterl, who was executive editor of Scientific American from 2010 to 2017.
NIH Director in the Middle of China Virus Scandal
By Cliff Kincaid – April 28, 2020
Most of the media were too busy covering the phony Russia-gate story to notice how China has been directly involved in controversial coronavirus research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Since the media ignored the threat, they are now charging President Trump with ignoring the threat and peddling “conspiracy theories” about it. This is how the fake news media deceive the American people on a matter of life and death.
Evidence shows that the Trump Administration for at least two years has been urging the FBI and the NIH to crack down on Chinese exploitation and theft of sensitive U.S. Government research.
A Harvard biochemist who claimed backing from the NIH has already been charged in a scheme to benefit China.
True to form, our media have treated news of a suspension of NIH funds to the EcoHealth Alliance, an American group working with the Wuhan Institute of Virology, as a “conspiracy theory” led by President Trump. Since news about the suspension of funds was leaked to Matthew Boyle of Breitbart News, a series of stories alleging this is all a “conspiracy theory” involving Trump have appeared in the following left-wing publications: Politico, New York Magazine, Business Insider, Talking Points Memo, and Raw Story.
This is how reporters justify (to themselves) ignoring the scandal that was developing right under their noses. They would rather run interference for the Chinese regime than inform the American people about controversial research that may have spawned the Chinese release of the coronavirus.
In the middle of this scandal is NIH director Dr. Francis Collins, an Obama holdover who publicly affirms his Christian faith but has a long history of collaborating with the communist Chinese regime.
This is what the media really fear - disclosure of evidence that the Chinese conducted dangerous virus experiments with the help of the Obama Administration.
Here’s the background: Collins had served as an advisor on healthcare to Barack Hussein Obama during his 2008 campaign and on his transition team. After he was appointed by Obama as NIH Director in 2009, he began the process of deep cooperation with China, This led to the U.S.-China Program for Biomedical Research, which provided financial awards for U.S. and Chinese “collaborating investigators” and sent millions of dollars through the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), whose director is Dr. Anthony S. Fauci.
Collins appears in a 2010 report that includes a photograph with Professor Chen Yiyu, President of the National Science Foundation of China, signing a memorandum of understanding for joint medical research involving diseases “severely threatening mankind’s lives.” Another story and photo showed Collins exchanging gifts with Chinese Minister of Health Chen Zhu during a visit to Beijing, saying they worked “to strengthen the already robust research collaborations between the two countries” and “promote innovation and strategic medical research.”
On October 14, 2010, Collins and a delegation paid a visit to Peking University (PKU) Health Science Center, as a story indicates that the participants expressed a hope for “a more extensive partnership on scientific research, academic exchange, and personnel training in future…”
Collins had been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of Science for leading the Human Genome Project, whose purpose was to understand DNA in order to fight disease. That veered out of control when the Chinese component spawned genetically-engineered babies.
His continued directorship of the NIH came into doubt after Donald J. Trump was elected president. Pro-life groups such as the Charlotte Lozier Institute attacked Collins for his “support of human embryonic stem cell research, human cloning, and the creation of ethically-questionable human-animal chimeras.” More than 40 conservative Republicans wrote to the president in May 2017 urging him to fire Collins because of his support for human embryonic stem cell research.
Nevertheless, Collins was retained as NIH Director at the urging of Senator Roy Blunt and other “moderate” GOP members of the Senate and House. That was a big mistake. Collins’ ongoing relationship with the Chinese medical and scientific establishment finally got him into trouble in 2019 when Blunt arranged an April 11 Senate hearing on oversight of the NIH budget.
At the hearing, Blunt described a Chinese government program to recruit National Institutes of Health-funded researchers, in order to “steal intellectual property” and “establish shadow laboratories in China,” and to “help the Chinese government obtain confidential information about NIH research grants.” He referred to how China’s Thousand Talents Plan (TTP), a program controlled by the Chinese Communist Party, was threatening “the integrity of the NIH system.”
Meanwhile, a subcommittee of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held a hearing on November 19, 2019. Senator Rob Portman revealed the problem was so serious that “…we learned that Thousand Talents Plan members worked at National Labs on sensitive research and maintained security clearances.”
In fact, the Senate subcommittee released a report, Threats to the U.S. Research Enterprise: China’s Talent Recruitment Plans, which said, “NIH has attempted to address the threats presented by foreign talent recruitment plans like the TTP, but significant gaps in grant integrity efforts remain unaddressed. These gaps have made it difficult for NIH to engage in proactive efforts to prevent foreign exploitation of U.S.-funded research.”
On January 20, 2020, as the coronavirus was spreading inside the United States, the Department of Justice announced that a Harvard University professor and two Chinese nationals had been charged with crimes in several “China-related cases.” Dr. Charles Lieber, Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University, was described as a contractual participant in China’s Thousand Talents Plan between 2012 and 2017. But the complaint says Lieber lied to federal investigators about his involvement with the Thousand Talents Plan.
Lieber’s “sponsors,” as identified on his web site, include the National Institutes of Health, the Office of Naval Research, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency, and MITRE, a think tank.
As the Trump Administration was trying to get Collins to pay more attention to the problem, he acknowledged under questioning by Senator Blunt at the April 2019 Senate hearing that there were “egregious instances where our funding of grants in this country is being taken advantage of by individuals who are not following the appropriate rules.” He said the FBI was investigating “vigorously” and that some of the information about the problem was classified.
Collins told Blunt that investigations of NIH-funded foreign scientists were ongoing at more than 55 U.S. institutions. (see the video of the hearing and the Collins testimony at the 40 minute and 59 seconds mark). In a letter, he said “This kind of inappropriate influence is not limited to biomedical research; it has been a significant issue for defense and energy research for some time.”
It looks like a classic case of Americans supplying the rope the communists needed to hang us. Whether it was released accidentally or intentionally, the rope in this case was a virus that destroyed millions of lives and our economy.
Obama Obstructs Oversight of FBI in Anthrax Case;
Anthrax Was Probably Stolen from a U.S. Lab
By Cliff Kincaid – originally published on March 24, 2010
Note: As Kenneth J. Dillon notes, “The FBI has also not addressed the possibility that someone stole the anthrax, even though researcher Ross Getman has identified several university labs and a bioscience company where al Qaeda sympathizers could have had access to anthrax originating in Ivins’s flask.”
Despite bipartisan congressional support for examining the FBI’s gross mishandling of the post-9/11 anthrax attacks, President Barack Obama is telling Congress that he doesn’t want the agency to be scrutinized and held accountable.
Dr. Steven Hatfill, one of the innocent victims of the FBI investigation, is preparing to go public with his account of how the Department of Justice (DOJ) violated his rights and tried to ruin his career and reputation. He will be the subject of a forthcoming Atlantic magazine article and will be sitting down for an interview by the NBC “Today Show’s” Matt Lauer. The DOJ paid Hatfill $6 million in damages after finally admitting that he was not involved in the anthrax attacks that killed five people.
Hatfill is adamant that justice has not been done because the formerly high-ranking officials who lied to the press about him and violated his rights have not been held accountable for their crimes.
Conservative “hero” John Ashcroft, then the Attorney General, had publicly labeled Hatfill a “person of interest” in the case. The lives of Hatfill and his friends and associates were turned upside down as the FBI unleashed dozens of agents and spent tens of millions of dollars in a fruitless effort to link Hatfill to the crime.
Expert observers of the controversial case, known officially as “Amerithrax,” also believe the FBI failed to seriously consider the role of foreign terrorist organizations and their sponsors in the anthrax mailings.
An amendment to the intelligence spending bill sponsored by Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) and Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.) calls for the anthrax murder case to be re-opened and a foreign connection to be investigated. It passed the House. The amendment asks the intelligence community’s inspector general to specifically look into the foreign angle.
But rather than get to the bottom of what really happened and whether the U.S. still remains vulnerable to a foreign-sponsored biological terrorist attack, Megan Eckstein of the Frederick (Maryland) News-Post reports that Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag sent a letter to four congressional leaders on March 15 rejecting the probe and suggesting that if this measure remains in the intelligence spending bill, Obama may veto it.
Orszag said an investigation would be “duplicative, and the Administration is greatly concerned about the appearance and precedent involved when Congress commissions an agency Inspector General to replicate a criminal investigation.” The letter goes on to say “the FBI is confident that the attacks were planned and committed by Dr. Bruce Ivins, acting alone. The commencement of a fresh investigation would undermine public confidence in the criminal investigation and unfairly cast doubt on its conclusions.”
“I am not surprised at the FBI’s opposition to [a Congressional investigation], given the fact that they have stonewalled every House and Senate member who has sought information on this investigation over the last decade,” Holt has told Orszag in response: “What surprises me is that an Administration that has pledged to be transparent and accountable would seek to block any review of the investigation in this matter.”
Public confidence is already lacking because serious analysts do not think the FBI’s blaming of Ivins holds up under scrutiny. Plus, the FBI had previously tried to blame Dr. Steven Hatfill for the anthrax mailings before exonerating and paying him $6 million in financial damages.
Holt, whose congressional district is where the anthrax letters were mailed from, pointed out, “The Bureau has asserted repeatedly and with confidence that the Amerithrax investigation is the most thorough they have ever conducted-claims they made even as they were erroneously pursuing Dr. Steven Hatfill.”
Megan Eckstein of the News-Post says, “FBI records, released through the Freedom of Information Act, show that employees at Fort Detrick’s U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases mention Iraq as possibly having access to the strain of anthrax used in the attacks. They also discuss foreign scientists visiting the labs, and Ivins said a number of times he thought the strain could have ended up in Britain and other countries.”
Attorney Ross Getman, author of Anthrax and Al Qaeda: Infiltration of US Biodefense, has written extensively on the anthrax mailings and says the evidence implicates Dr. Ayman Zawahiri, the head of Egyptian Islamic Jihad who ran al Qaeda’s biological weapons program, as conceiving a plan to use Islamic militants to infiltrate U.S. biological weapons labs and obtain the anthrax used in the attacks. A 1984 graduate of Harvard Law School, Getman has produced a series of documents and images examining how this occurred and how the FBI has misinterpreted and missed key evidence.
Meryl Nass, MD, another leading authority on the case says Ivins didn’t have the motive, means or opportunity to carry out the attacks. She points out that retired colleagues of Ivins have said he did not have the equipment to make the quality of anthrax in the amounts required using equipment available to him at Fort Detrick, where he worked. As for motive, she says, “The FBI has alleged a variety of motives at different times, but none of them seem to make any sense.” In terms of opportunity, she asked, “Could Ivins have made it to the Trenton/Princeton area to mail the letters and return to Frederick [where he lived] in time to meet his other obligations? The FBI’s first reported (2008) scenario of how this may have occurred was incorrect. I have not seen a convincing scenario since.”
The FBI’s public case against Ivins relies on “circumstantial evidence and character assassination” and is unconvincing, she says.
Nass questions why the FBI, which was conducting intensive surveillance of Ivins when he died, reportedly through a deliberate Tylenol overdose, didn’t intervene to save his life.
She asks, “Why wasn’t he given a Tylenol antidote to prevent liver failure? Ivins was allegedly found unconscious on the bathroom floor with an orange liquid next to him. A Tylenol overdose requires several days before you die, and does not cause coma for days. If the benadryl in Tylenol PM led to unconsciousness (according to a later account by Scott Shane in the NY Times) there was still time to treat him successfully for Tylenol toxicity. Ivins was under 24/7 surveillance by FBI, from the house next door. The FBI should have identified an overdose before several days had passed, and the window of opportunity for treatment was lost. The FBI could have furnished Ivins’ medical providers with information that might have saved his life. The medical records of Ivins’ hospitalization have not been released.”
Nass has several other questions about the FBI’s handling of the case, including its premature closing before the National Academy of Science has released its own report on the FBI’s gathering of forensic data in pursuit of the perpetrator.
Dr. Leonard Cole, a bio-terrorism expert and author of The Anthrax Letters, also believes that the case was closed too soon by the FBI. In a statement, Cole declared that: “It seems bizarre that the FBI would close the anthrax case now. A National Academy of Sciences committee that is assessing the bureau’s purported scientific evidence has yet to issue its findings. The FBI’s action is doubly perplexing since it commissioned the academy’s investigation in the first place.”
Cole is described as the only person outside law enforcement to have interviewed every one of the surviving inhalation-anthrax victims, along with the relatives, friends, and associates of those who died, as well as the public health officials, scientists, researchers, hospital workers, and treating physicians. He holds a PhD in political science from Columbia University and teaches public policy at Rutgers University.
Regarding the FBI’s claim that Ivins did the attacks, Cole says it is possible but that “the evidence is circumstantial and no way can Ivins be considered guilty ‘beyond a reasonable doubt,’ as has been claimed by Justice Department and FBI officials, including FBI Director Robert Mueller.”
Cole added, “Since Ivins committed suicide (in July 2008), there will be no trial, cross-examination, or deliberation by a jury-so a conviction cannot have been assured.”
Concerning the “case” that the FBI makes against Ivins in the media, Cole points out, “There remain important gaps in the evidence.” For example, Ivins lived and worked in Frederick, Maryland, and the letters were mailed from Princeton, New Jersey. “There are no witnesses or other evidence that placed him in Princeton at the times of the mailings,” he notes.
Cole says that even if you make the questionable assumption that Ivins had developed and stored the strain of anthrax sent in the letters, “more than one hundred co-workers had access to his laboratory, which was at the Army’s Fort Detrick research facility” and “Several of his colleagues remain convinced that he was not the perpetrator.”
If Ivins didn’t do it, as these analysts suggest, then the perpetrators are still free, America remains vulnerable to a biological weapons attack, and the FBI is clueless about the nature of the threat we face.
On top of this, President Obama doesn’t want Congress to get to the bottom of what really happened.
Obama/Biden Financed China’s Virus Experiments
By Cliff Kincaid – April 26, 2020
President Trump is not a doctor and has never claimed to be one. He defers to the doctors and scientists. But has that been a mistake? It turns out that one of the country’s most prominent medical and scientific organizations, the federally-funded National Institutes of Health (NIH), has been funding investigations in China's most controversial and insecure lab of dangerous viruses in China.
This scandal is far more serious than the president’s personal opinions about the use of sunlight and disinfectants to fight coronavirus.
Presumably, the money was for the purpose of understanding dangerous viruses and stopping their spread. But something went horribly wrong. The bodies are piling up all around us and the U.S. has entered an economic depression as a result.
This story is unfolding as Trump is reportedly contemplating ending his daily White House briefings because of the hostile treatment he receives from the press. That’s an understandable reaction. But the briefings have been helpful. Consider that on April 17, at one of those briefings, Trump was asked about a federal grant to the Wuhan Institute of Virology in 2015, the lab linked to controversial virus and animal experiments. The question was posed by Emerald Robinson, the White House Correspondent for Newsmax TV. “When did you hear the grant was made?” Trump responded, after confirming the grant. “2015? Who was president then? I wonder.” He said the Trump Administration would cut off the money.
My own digging led to a 2013 grant for the study of “infectious diseases” in China provided by the NIH and National Science Foundation. Dr. Zhengli Shi, Director of Emerging Infectious Diseases at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, was an investigator. This is the famous “bat woman” who denies her lab was the source of the coronavirus.
A reporter with good sources who has been critical of China, Josh Rogin of the Washington Post disclosed State Department cables in 2018 that warned of safety issues at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) and “a risk of a new SARS-like pandemic.” Rogin added, “The Chinese researchers at WIV were receiving assistance from the Galveston National Laboratory at the University of Texas Medical Branch and other U.S. organizations, but the Chinese requested additional help. The cables argued that the United States should give the Wuhan lab further support, mainly because its research on bat coronaviruses was important but also dangerous.”
The ”other organizations” appear to be a reference to the international “partners” of the WIV listed on the Chinese organization’s own website: University of Alabama, University of North Texas, EcoHealth Alliance, Harvard University, and the National Institutes of Health.
The question of “further support” for the controversial Chinese lab was presented in terms of concern by State Department or U.S. embassy officials. But why was the support provided in the first place? It is entirely possible, even probable, that American expertise made it possible for the Chinese to run their dangerous disease research. After all, the Chinese are known for stealing intellectual property.
The key question all along is one that should be directed to NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins: Why was the NIH underwriting Chinese research into dangerous viruses, knowing about the risks and dangers?
Understanding that this matter is political dynamite which could backfire on Joe Biden or any other Democratic Party presidential nominee, a left-wing so-called “fact-checking” website, Snopes, examined the issue and confirmed that a grant was made through a U.S.-based organization, the EcoHealth Alliance, and that the funds came from the NIH. Snopes added, “While a portion of these grants funded research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), this lab did not receive all $3.7 million.”
The scandal, of course, is why tax dollars were flowing into the WIV in the first place and without adequate oversight.
The NIH money was provided to the WIV apparently because Dr. Collins and others thought China would cooperate with the U.S. in stopping such threats. But China and its front, the World Health Organization, initially covered-up the spread of the coronavirus. What’s more, China let residents of Wuhan travel around the world, including to the United States, spreading the disease.
Snopes’ well-known left-wing bias helps us understand why it gave the media reports about the $3.7 million in grants a “mixture” rating of truth and falsity, rather than declare the main charge absolutely true and give Trump credit for responding in the way he did. It wants to get the Obama/Biden Administration off the hook for complicity in a scandal involving scientific and medical research that may have led to sickening and killing millions of people. It doesn’t want to justify the Trump Administration’s anti-China stance and cut-off of $400 million annually to the WHO.
Trump doesn’t get off the hook completely. He bowed to Collins’ supporters in Congress, including Democrats and some top Republicans, and kept him in the NIH post. Collins is an Obama holdover (since 2009) who was so cozy with the Chinese that, during a 2010 trip to China, he signed scientific agreements with them and also played a song for them on the guitar. The bizarre spectacle was captured in the story, “Music and science strengthen US-China relations.”
One could argue that the communists played Collins like a violin.
Although Congressional investigations are needed, the basic facts are already clear: American tax dollars and expertise were provided under the cover of U.S.-China “cooperation” and could have made the virus and its release possible. The NIH and Director Collins have a lot to explain and answer for.
Nobel Prize-winning scientist Luc Montagnier told the French CNews channel: "There was manipulation around this virus ... the coronavirus of the bat, someone added sequences, in particular of HIV, the virus of AIDS ... It is not natural. It's the work of professionals, of molecular biologists ... A very meticulous work."
The World Health Organization disputes this.
Watch the interview here.
Saving the Planet as People Perish
By Cliff Kincaid – April 21, 2020
“With Crisis Comes Opportunity” is how the organization Voices for the Earth Summit sees the death and destruction from the coronavirus. “This global pandemic is one of the greatest tragedies of our time, but it is also revealing opportunities that have not been so clearly seen before,” it says. “We are awakening to the fact that our current systems are not working, they are failing both humanity and the planet.”
This time they mean it – the New World Order can finally be implemented. Or so they think. They can use two global crises at once – the virus and so-called climate change. “Earth Day,” on Wednesday April 22, is a great opportunity for them. Expect the same kind of propaganda that was broadcast on Saturday night, in support of the U.N.’s World Health Organization.
On cue, Time magazine has published former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev’s column, “When The Pandemic Is Over, The World Must Come Together,” urging an emergency special session of the U.N. General Assembly, with “revising the entire global agenda” as the main topic, leading “toward a new consciousness, a new civilization.”
But the former Soviet president, considered a “reformer” by our media, had declared his commitment to a one-world communist state, even during the period of Glasnost and Perestroika, saying on November 2, 1987, “We are moving towards a new world, the world of communism. We shall never turn off that road.”
We always knew the left would exploit the virus but their “vision” of the New World Order is now coming into clear focus. They think China’s mass murder is not the time to hold China responsible for death and suffering, but to save Mother Earth from greenhouse gases. They think this will usher in a global one-world socialist state, a development that could find China as the head of the New World Order and Russia serving as the world’s gas pump, with American energy independence a thing of the past. These are the stakes.
One online Earth Day event on April 22, featuring “former” communist Van Jones, is sponsored by the Pachamama Alliance and is designed to demonstrate “Resilience and Possibility in These Times.” The online gathering will help “regenerate our planet and social institutions” and that we can look forward to a “future of sustainability and justice.”
Standing in the way is the Trump Administration and spontaneous and growing protests of Americans who want their country and its free enterprise system restored to economic and financial health. They are condemned by the major media as hicks and hayseeds but they understand that the globalists have been trying for decades to cut America down to size. They won’t stand for it. America will reopen in the face of the global assault.
With Obama’s former Vice President Joe Biden hoping to ride this wave of death and destruction into the White House, you may remember that Van Jones was supposed to be a key figure in Obama’s “fundamental transformation” of America. He had been deeply involved in a Marxist group, Standing Together To Organize a Revolutionary Movement (STORM), which sent some of its members to Cuba. In Cuba, thanks to the U.N., they were working on “Pig Power” to run a modern economy, based on using excrement from pigs eating “high off the hog.”
Van Jones was appointed “Green Jobs Czar” in March 2009 at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, an important job, established within the Executive Office of the President, and designed to coordinate “federal environmental efforts” and work closely with agencies and other White House offices in the development of environmental policies and initiatives.
In the end, however, thanks to White House Reds author Trevor Loudon, who was sniffing around the Obama White House, Jones was forced to resign because the investigation of his communist connections was getting too close for comfort for Obama and his inner circle. Sacking Jones was a way for the White House and the major media, just beginning to take an interest in the story, to move on. It was apparent that Jones was thrown “under the bus” because too many of Obama’s close associates, including adviser Valerie Jarrett, were implicated in his hiring. Jarrett had said that “we” had recruited Jones. Obama himself obviously approved the decision to bring him aboard.
His involvement with the Pachamama Alliance is significant.
You may recall that a major controversy developed when a video showed Pope Francis blessing a statue of Pachamama, a “goddess” revered by some indigenous people holding on to their pagan traditions and considered a female fertility figure representing Mother Earth.
Traditional Catholics who regard Pope Francis as a heretic believe such pagan displays are a violation of the First Commandment prohibition of idols.
Seizing the moment, the Pachamama Alliance declares, “When society emerges on the other side of this [coronavirus] challenge, we will be forever changed. We can’t go back to the way things were. We need a new way forward. Knowing this, what can we do to be ready to not just rebuild our world, but to build a sustainable, thriving, and just world?”
Also taking advantage of the situation, the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism (CCDS) understands that “systemic disaster or shock can open possibilities for social change not available in the US during normal times” and that “the Covid-19 pandemic is such a crisis.” The Marxist group thinks the left can exploit the crisis in order to promote pet projects such as socialized medicine, also known as single payer health care, or a Green New Deal program of heavy-handed socialist control of the economy and massive new taxes.
The CCDS, as well as other left-wing and Marxist groups, believe time and attention must also be devoted to whitewashing Communist China of its role in releasing and spreading the virus.
Another group with Marxist roots, the Lyndon LaRouche movement, issued a press release through its Schiller Institute “regarding the vicious anti-China campaign being promulgated in the West, especially in the United States,” over China’s role in coronavirus. The group was founded by the late Lyndon LaRouche, who served prison time on financial fraud charges and was considered the intellectual author of the 9/11 truth movement because he started questioning whether Muslims had staged the attacks right after they occurred. LaRouche started out as a Marxist and, in a 1976 lecture, titled, “What Only Communists Know,” declared his desire to bring into being “a new Marxist international…” This is their moment.
The Schiller Institute press release said that his widow, Helga Zepp-LaRouche, was invited by China in 2017 to attend an International Conference on China’s “Belt and Road” Initiative. It said that during her trip she appeared on a Chinese English Language dialog show, “Dialogue with Yang Rui.”
One can occasionally find members of the LaRouche movement on street corners selling literature and claiming to be defending President Trump.
But a Schiller Institute document, which calls for a “World Health System,” reveals that their objective is precisely the same as some other far-left groups – strengthening the World Health Organization and creating new socialist structures for the world. The document declares, “This global pandemic emphatically requires a global response, as reservoirs of the virus in any part of the world could cause resurgences for years. It requires a World Health System covering every part of the planet.”
Zepp-LaRouche defends the U.N.s World Health Organization, which initially claimed the virus was harmless to humans, and declares, “China is not an aggressive force.”
Not surprisingly, the United Nations has embraced an “unprecedented all-day digital Earth Day” on April 22, with another group with a50th Anniversary Global Advisory Committee that includes Lisa Jackson, Obama’s former EPA Administrator and current Vice President of Environment Policy and Social Initiatives at Apple; John Kerry, Obama’s former U.S. Secretary of State; and David Levy, Vice President of US Government and Nonproﬁts at Amazon Web Services. (Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, owner of the Washington Post, has announced that he will be committing $10 billion to fight climate change.)
UN Secretary-General António Guterres released a “message for International Mother Earth Day,” saying, “We must act decisively to protect our planet from both the coronavirus and the existential threat of climate disruption. The current crisis is an unprecedented wake-up call. We need to turn the recovery into a real opportunity to do things right for the future.”
Offering various “green” initiatives, while saying that “Greenhouse gases, just like viruses, do not respect national boundaries,” the release was issued in the form of a “demand” for a new “Green Economy.”
Guterres is a former head of the Socialist International, a worldwide group with “consultative status” with the United Nations that promises “Progressive politics for a fairer world.”
If you think Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is a tyrant, wait until Donald J. Trump is deposed and a world government dictator arrives on the scene.
Living and Dying in Bill Gates’ Fish Bowl
By Cliff Kincaid – April 20, 2020
As the virus takes its toll, those of us still in good health and with the ability to think clearly have the duty to explain to our fellow citizens what is really going on. We are living in a global experiment in which “health experts” such as Bill Gates, previously known for software development, have decided to treat us as specimens in a giant fish bowl for study and observation. Many of us will get sick. Many won’t survive.
Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the recipient of an academic award from Chinese communist authorities, has emerged in recent weeks as an “expert” on coronavirus when just a few months ago the media were starting to pay attention to his sleazy involvement with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Even the New York Times was on to the story, digging up photos of Gates and Epstein at his mansion. One of Epstein’s associates had been placed at the Gates Foundation.
Epstein was among a group of global elites who shared an atheist belief that scientific advances could help them live forever artificially. It’s not exactly clear what Epstein, Gates, and others were contemplating. But Gates’ relationship began after Epstein was convicted of sex crimes.
More recently, Gates has emerged as a Trump critic and big backer of the U.N.’s World Health Organization. But to almost everyone except those blinded by their hatred of President Trump, it is becoming painfully obvious that both Red China and the World Health Organization (WHO) are implicated in what John West, executive director of the Asian Century Institute, calls “the greatest disaster and blunder the world has seen since the Second World War” – the release of the coronavirus and attempts to cover-up its lethal nature and killing potential.
The use of the term “blunder” assumes the virus leaked out of China, or a lab, by accident. That’s not necessarily the case. In any event, West writes that, “The COVID 19 crisis has highlighted the bankruptcy of China’s authoritarian governance which not only greatly facilitates cover-ups and fake narratives, but in that process evidently puts the health of the world’s population at risk.” He suggests pursuing the Australian government proposal for an independent international inquiry “on the origin and handling of the COVID 19 crisis, including the role of the WHO…”
While there is some merit to this idea, what is also required is a serious examination of those in the global elite class who have made it possible for China to conduct human biological experiments that threaten our humanity and survival. As I recently noted in a column titled, “A Frankenstein Monster Devouring the World,” the Human Genome Project opened the door to a Communist Frankenstein project of human genetic modification and manipulation when a Chinese scientist went public in November 2018 with the news that he had created the world’s first genetically-altered babies. The Chinese authorities were not prepared for this public admission at that time and sent the scientist to prison for speaking out of turn.
As we know, there was a Nazi Germany government plan to eliminate its “unfit” members and create a master race. Between 1939 and 1945 the Nazis systemically murdered as many as two hundred thousand mentally ill or handicapped people. These were, of course, a small part of the Nazi “race purification” campaign that eventually took the lives of six million Jews.
The Chinese Reds are the new Nazis, deciding what constitutes “life unworthy of life.” This may sound harsh, but the fact is that they can easily spare millions of their own people while millions more will also die around the world. We are seeing the impact all around us, as millions get sick or die and an economic depression has taken root as power-hungry local and state governments take control of our personal lives.
As the entire world suffers as a result of China’s malfeasance, this actually appears on the website of the Bill Gates Foundation office in China: “We are working to support China as it takes on a more active international role, leveraging its policy, experience, resources and know-how in health and development for the benefit of the world's poorest, especially those living in the Sub-Saharan African region.”
The U.N.’s World Health Organization, which originally claimed the virus was harmless to humans, says 3.3 million people in Africa could die from COVID-19, and 1.2 billion could become infected.
Despite what has become painfully obvious to observers such as John West and many others, Gates remains in China’s cheering section. The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed the world on February 20 that President Xi Jinping wrote a letter in reply to Bill Gates, “thanking him and the Foundation for their support for China's fight against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and calling for enhanced international coordination and concerted efforts against the outbreak.”
This was in response to the Gates Foundation on January 27 committing $5 million in “emergency funding to support China's fight against COVID-19,” and later pledging up to $100 million for China. The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, “In his recent letter to President Xi, Bill Gates commended the Chinese government and people for the strong epidemic response and expressed firm support to China in prevailing over the outbreak.”
This is simply incredible, even criminal. China releases the virus, covers it up, and then claims it is under control, which it wasn’t. How is this supposed to be praiseworthy or exemplary?
The virus eliminates people though suffering and death, while the Gates China office previously was working with the U.N. to cut back on the number of people in Africa actually being born. The Gates Foundation invested in Levoplant, a three-year contraceptive implant made up of hormone-releasing silicon rods that are inserted under the skin. The rods are manufactured by Shanghai Dahua Pharmaceutical Co. and the device quickly got preliminary approval from the WHO. Side effects include changes in menstrual bleeding, headaches, dizziness, nervousness, weight gain, nausea, vaginal discharge, lower abdominal pain, cervical inflammation, itching of the external genitals, and breast tenderness.
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has introduced Levoplant throughout Africa, offering it free of charge. According to one doctor, there is a pressing “need to control the country’s increasing population due to scarce resources and non-existent social services.” In other words, rather than encourage people through free enterprise to develop their own resources and take care of themselves, and to develop responsible governments, it’s better that they weren’t born in the first place.
This is the U.N. agenda – population control and reduction. It has come to America.
One gets the impression from the global elites that they believe that there are just too many of us, and that we are getting in the way of their plans by exercising our rights.
Indeed, another global elitist, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, has announced that Americans who use the social media platform to organize protests in favor of reopening their businesses, thereby violating government guidelines, will be banned.
Our rights and our lives are at stake.
China Goes Gaga Over Pro-U.N. “One World” Program
By Cliff Kincaid – April 19, 2020
In cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.N. agency that paved the way for the coronavirus global pandemic, a group calling itself Global Citizen sponsored a bizarre “international broadcast” on Saturday in collaboration with a singer named Lady Gaga that featured “the world’s leading musicians, comedians and humanitarians.” This was a classic case of misdirection away from the main source of the problem – the United Nations, which backed Communist China’s brutal forced abortion policies before its World Health Organization repeated Chinese propaganda about the coronavirus not being transmissible between people.
“It was the biggest celebrity gathering so far during the pandemic,” gushed Mike Allen of Axios.
While there were some inspiring performances, such as the rendition of the song “The Prayer,” the association of the broadcast with the U.N.’s World Health Organization tainted the entire extravaganza.
As corpses accumulate in the modern-day killing fields, the WHO stands accused of covering-up for the Chinese communist handlers of this virus, who allowed it to escape, on purpose or by accident.
As Mick Jagger and other performers sang their songs, the reality was that millions are getting sick or dying because of this global institution’s criminal negligence in the case of coronavirus. It is another dark chapter in the history of an organization whose co-founder, State Department official Alger Hiss, was a Soviet spy, while a U.N. Secretary General, Kurt Waldheim, was exposed as a Nazi war criminal, Today, it functions mostly as a front for China, whose founder, Mao Zedong, is the greatest mass murderer in human history.
A co-sponsor of the “One World: Together At Home” entertainment event was the China-based Alibaba Group, a company linked to the regime and co-founded by a member of the Communist Party of China, which provided Internet streaming services.
As celebrities praised the nurses and doctors on the front lines, a very worthwhile endeavor, WHO’s blatant lie about the harmless nature of coronavirus was never mentioned, even though it has led to killing fields on a massive scale as mostly poor and elderly souls suffering from cough, shortness of breath, and fever succumb to the deadly disease. They are dying alone in many cases without their families.
As of this writing, the pandemic has resulted in more than 2.3 million cases of coronavirus and more than 160,000 deaths. Europe's COVID-19 death toll has passed 100,000 and China has “revised” its own death toll 50 percent upward.
Since the evidence shows the WHO facilitated the pandemic, one would expect the discredited organization to be completely defunded by the world community. But only President Trump has moved to do so.
In fact, the “One World: Together At Home” global special on all three broadcast networks (and MSNBC) was designed to promote even more money for the agency, under the name of the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, and health care workers.
In addition to $127 million in reported commitments in support of healthcare workers in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, corporate partners and “philanthropists” are said to have made separate commitments to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization. These are said to be coming from Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Rockefeller Fund, among others.
Former Republican First Lady Laura Bush, Michelle Obama, WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and the current socialist U.N. Secretary General António Guterres, made appearances on the broadcast, filmed from their homes or offices. The hosts were comedians Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, and Jimmy Fallon.
The media partners behind this Global Citizen organization included Comcast NBCUniversal, iHeartRadio, Live Nation Entertainment, MSNBC, and the Thomson Reuters Foundation. The actual broadcast was backed by another group of media outlets and Big Tech companies, including the British Guardian, ABC, CBS, Amazon Prime Video, Roku, NBC, Bloomberg Media, Facebook, Apple, Yahoo!, Twitter, and YouTube.
In addition to a message from New Age guru Oprah Winfrey, Bill and Melinda Gates made appearances, after Bill Gates had bashed President Trump for suspending some funding of the World Health Organization (WHO). A software developer with no scientific expertise but whose money talks, Gates declared, “Halting funding for the World Health Organization during a world health crisis is as dangerous as it sounds.”
It seems far more dangerous to continue funding a corrupt organization whose monstrous dereliction of duty has killed thousands.
It is obvious that the involvement of Gates and other personalities in the Global Citizen event is the first shot in the international effort to stop President Trump from holding the World Health Organization responsible for letting the China virus get out of control. The broadcast is also more evidence, if more was needed, that the United Nations is at the center of a planned “New World Order” of population control and reduction.
We know the China virus is hitting older adults the hardest, but the nature of the disease is still an open question as major media and Big Tech organizations label as “conspiracies” or “false” stories about the virus coming from a Chinese lab. Yet, eminent French scientist Dr. Luc Montagnier says there are elements of HIV virus attached to the coronavirus and that it was engineered in a laboratory as part of an HIV/AIDS vaccine experiment. This would help explain its ability to spread quickly and perhaps mutate, making a coronavirus vaccine difficult if not impossible. After all, despite the best efforts of Dr. Anthony Fauci, there is still no HIV/AIDS vaccine.
If Montagnier is correct, China may have been using viruses from animals to develop an HIV/AIDS vaccine breakthrough. If so, it backfired.
With a crying need for real investigative reporting into the origin of this pandemic, Facebook blocked a New York Post column by China expert Steven Mosher that linked the virus to the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in China. Facebook’s “expert,” cited as an authority and used to justify blocking the article, had worked with WIV lab researchers. It’s no wonder Facebook co-sponsored the Global Citizen propaganda program.
Left-wing celebrities who are working with WHO may be sincere and well-motivated. But they are in the dark, perhaps deliberately so, about the nature of the U.N. By contrast, people like Michelle Obama had to know precisely what the U.N. is all about. Her husband, the former president, was a big U.N. booster and met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in a special meeting back in 2017. “Xi made a positive appraisal of Obama’s efforts in promoting China-US relations during his presidency,” said the China news agency.
As congressional investigations into China’s role get underway, let’s hope that Obama’s “efforts” are scrutinized, along with the activities of U.S. agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, still listed as a partner with the WIV. At the same time, Dr. Anthony Fauci’s “memorandum of understanding” with the WHO must be disclosed and examined as well. We also need all the details surrounding the Chinese nationals who were caught by the FBI smuggling biological materials into China.
No amount of singing and dancing from the entertainment elite should detract us from what political leaders should be doing -- identifying those who made this mass murder possible and putting them and their collaborators in prison.