The FBI is currently under scrutiny for alleged discrimination against conservative-minded agents, particularly those with military backgrounds. The agency has been accused of targeting agents who fit the profile of a supporter of former President Donald Trump, using indicators such as refusal to wear a mask or get vaccinated against COVID-19, and participation in religious activities. Whistleblower Kyle Seraphin, a former Marine, has provided evidence supporting these allegations, despite the FBI’s denial of any such discriminatory practices. This controversy has raised questions about the agency’s trustworthiness and has drawn criticism from political figures such as Ohio GOP Rep. Jim Jordan.
In a recent video interview, Matt Ho discussed the role of propaganda in shaping public perception of global conflicts, specifically the Ukraine war and the Israel-Palestine conflict. Ho highlighted the biased reporting by major news networks, which often favor Israel in their coverage. Despite this, public opinion polls show declining support for Israel in the United States, with a majority favoring a neutral stance and a ceasefire.
Reflecting on the upcoming 60th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, a recent article criticized the tendency to dismiss skeptics of official narratives as “conspiracy theorists.” The piece emphasized the importance of questioning those in power and warned against allowing fear to control our lives.
In a discussion about Qortal, a decentralized platform, participants touched on themes of individual freedom, the power of propaganda, and the importance of critical thinking. They also expressed concerns about government control and manipulation, and the limitations of mainstream information sources.
The Pentagon has once again failed its independent annual audit, marking the sixth consecutive year of such failure. The audit highlighted the lack of internal financial control, poor budget estimations, and overspending within the US war department. This has led to significant overspending on projects like the F-35 program and has benefited weapons manufacturers such as Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Boeing, and Northrop Grumman.
In Europe, Austrians are grappling with economic challenges, including shrinkflation and a drop in sales due to the recession. There are also concerns about the push for a digital identity in the European Union, which could lead to potential privacy and freedom issues. Meanwhile, the Austrian police recently thwarted an attempt by weapon smugglers to transport AK-47s to Germany.
In the retail sector, Aldi has opened its first checkout-free supermarket in Greenwich, London. Customers can shop without scanning products and are automatically charged for their purchases once they leave the store. This move is part of a growing trend towards frictionless in-store experiences.
The Justice Department is hiring new attorneys to defend the federal government in anticipated COVID vaccine injury cases. This follows a lawsuit filed in Louisiana by six vaccine-injured plaintiffs seeking to overturn the legal immunity enjoyed by pharmaceutical companies. The current vaccine injury compensation schemes have been criticized as inadequate, with only six people compensated out of over 12,775 COVID injury claims submitted.
Finally, soldiers who were discharged from the Army for refusing the COVID-19 vaccine have received letters on how to rejoin the service. This comes as the Army faces recruitment challenges, having missed its goals by 15,000 soldiers. The vaccine requirement was rescinded in January 2023, and only 43 out of over 8,000 troops who were discharged for vaccine refusal have shown interest in rejoining.