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DHS tracking reports of potential truck convoy in America amid Canada trucker protests –DHS is working to ‘assess the threat environment’ of a convoy | 9 Feb 2022 | The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is aiming to get ahead of a planned demonstration in America, “tracking reports of a potential convoy” amid several Canadian truck protests against COVID mandates. The agency “is tracking reports of a potential convoy that may be planning to travel to several U.S. cities,” a DHS spokesperson said in a statement to Fox News Wednesday. A report by Yahoo News said the agency is warning U.S. law enforcement and public safety officials that a trucker convoy protesting COVID-19 vaccine mandates, similar to those taking place in Canada, could begin Feb. 13, the same day Super Bowl LVI is played in Los Angeles.
Biden DHS Declares Heightened Terrorism Threat | 9 Feb 2022 | The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has declared a heightened terrorism threat because of “false and misleading narratives,” misinformation, and “conspiracy theories.” “The United States remains in a heightened threat environment fueled by several factors, including an online environment filled with false or misleading narratives and conspiracy theories, and other forms of mis- dis- and mal-information introduced and/or amplified by foreign and domestic threat actors,” a Feb. 7 DHS bulletin reads. The agency didn’t state what foreign or domestic actors are responsible for the alleged proliferation of misinformation or disinformation.
Protest Is Protected By the Charter, Legal Group Supporting Truckers Tells Police | 9 Feb 2022 | As police step up efforts to deter the Freedom Convoy demonstration in Ottawa, the legal group representing the truckers is urging the authorities to respect their charter right to peacefully protest. In recent days police have seized fuel and arrested individuals in relation to the transportation of fuel to supply the convoy. “It is winter in Canada. Protesting publicly in freezing temperatures requires the truckers to have fuel to stay warm. Confiscation of fuel jeopardizes the personal safety of the peaceful protesters,” said lawyer Jay Cameron, litigation director at the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF), in a statement issued Feb. 8.
Ottawa Police Brutalize 78-Year-Old Man for Honking | 8 Feb 2022 | Ottawa police detained and brutalized a 78-year-old man identified as Gerry Charlebois on Monday for violating the ban imposed that day on honking car horns. Police appear in multiple videos twisting the elderly man’s arm around his back and shoving him into the side of a car. The arrest took place amid attempts to crack down on a trucker-led protest in Canada’s capital dubbed the “Freedom Convoy” demanding an end to civil rights abuses by the Canadian government in the name of stopping the spread of Chinese coronavirus, including vaccine and mask mandates and business shutdowns. Over a week into the protest, the assembly has remained largely peaceful and manifested largely through incessant truck honking. A local court granted an injunction that bans any car honking in the city for ten days on Monday.
Convoy protesters arrive in Wellington | 7 Feb 2022 | Hundreds of cars, trucks and motorbikes have now arrived at Parliament, as they continue to cause major backlogs on the main roads around and into Wellington. The movement – dubbed the Convoy 2022 – has attracted people from all around the country. A large group of motorbikes, cars and trucks arrived outside parliament about 11am, coming to a stop on Molesworth St, and several thousand are now on Parliament’s lawn. Protesters have also parked at the bottom of Lambton Quay – blocking traffic heading into Parliament.
DHS Stops Deporting Many Illegal Convicted Felons, Says They’re Not ‘Priority’ | 5 Feb 2022 | U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has cancelled the deportations of a number of convicted felon illegal immigrants because the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) no longer considers them to be “priority” removals. DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas issued new rules in September of 2021 that said ICE and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) would stop deporting illegal immigrants with less severe criminal records, the Daily Mail reported. Under the new rules, an illegal immigrant has to be a national security risk, a recent border jumper, or a risk to public safety before they can be considered for deportation, The Washington Times reported. But the lack of definition for who constitutes a risk to public safety has already begun causing problems.
Anti-vax protesters detained after storming AMC theater in midtown | 7 Feb 2022 | At least 10 people were taken into police custody after a group of anti-vaccine protestors stormed the AMC Empire 25 movie theater in midtown on Monday night, police said. Police said the group invaded the West 42nd street theater around 6:30 p.m. Those detained were awaiting charges on Monday night, cops said. Video posted on social media from outside of the AMC shows NYPD officers escorting several men out of the theater into a van as a group of protesters can be heard loudly chanting. “My body, my choice. The vaccine you won’t force,” the crowd repeated. Another video, posted from inside of one of the theaters shows protesters engaged in an apparent “sit-in” in large theater seats while talking to responding officers.
New York official offers to host cheerleading state championship so teams can avoid vaccine requirement | 8 Feb 2022 | Cheerleaders from multiple Long Island high schools gathered on Tuesday to voice their support for changing the site of next month’s state championships due to a COVID-19 vaccination requirement at the current venue, the Rochester Institute of Technology. “We just want to be able to be inclusive. We’ve been working together for so long and we just wanted to be able to finish the season strong,” Alyssa-Kate DiGiantamasso, one of the cheerleaders, said at a press conference Tuesday. “So when half of our team is vaccinated, and half of them aren’t, we just decided that instead of arguing with each other, we’re going to respect each other’s decisions.” Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman joined the cheerleaders Tuesday and offered to host the cheerleading state championships at the Mitchel Field Athletic Center in Uniondale, New York, without a vaccination mandate.
Loudoun County parents and children serve affidavits to school board calling for them to end mask mandate | 8 Feb 2022 | Children served affidavits to school board members in Loudoun County, Virginia, on Tuesday evening urging them to end school mask mandates. Parents and children at a school board meeting in Loudoun County, Virginia, served affidavits to board officials on Tuesday evening, calling on them to cease and desist the school district’s mask mandate for students and staff. Megan Rafalski, a parent of a student in Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS), said that 65 parents and concerned citizens signed the affidavits. “We’re parents who want to be parents and look after our children,” Rafalski told Fox News Digital. “We’ve tried to talk to them, they will not listen, so it’s essentially a list of demands, a list of grievances.” Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin signed an executive order banning mask mandates in schools on Jan. 15, his first day in office.
Pittsfield board of health issues conditional cease and desist order to Verizon over cell tower | 3 Feb 2022 | The Pittsfield, Massachusetts, board of health has voted unanimously to issue a cease and desist order to telecommunications giant Verizon over a controversial cell tower. For almost two years, the residents of the Shack Town neighborhood have been a ubiquitous presence at city meetings, decrying the cell tower at 877 South Street… Residents have ascribed a wide array of health issues to the tower, erected in 2020, ranging from headaches and dizziness and beyond. Amid ongoing litigation around the tower as well as a city council request for a state investigation into the situation, Pittsfield’s board of health waded into the fray with an official cease and desist order at its Wednesday meeting.
UK proposes sending troops to counter Russia | 9 Feb 2022 | The UK will offer the US-led NATO to increase the number of British troops in Estonia, deploy additional Royal Air Force (RAF) jets to Southern Europe and Royal Navy ships to Eastern Mediterranean at the upcoming meeting between PM Boris Johnson and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. The new military package will be officially presented on Thursday, during a visit by Johnson to the alliance’s headquarters in Brussels, 10 Downing Street has announced on the eve of the trip. The proposed military build-up near Russia’s borders would be conducted in the name of “protecting” NATO allies.
IG to probe claim Capitol Police took photos in lawmaker’s office | 8 Feb 2022 | The inspector general for the U.S. Capitol Police has opened an investigation into accusations that one of its officers surreptitiously entered Rep. Troy E. Nehls’s office and took photographs. The Texas Republican requested the investigation and announced Tuesday that the inspector general agreed to launch an investigation. “This goes much deeper than an unethical entry into my office by Capitol police,” Mr. Nehls said in a statement. “This is a violation of Members’ right to speech and debate, as well as a 4th amendment violation. Could you imagine leaving your front door open and police officers enter your private home, take pictures of the inside, and then open an investigation based on those pictures?” He said the Capitol Police came after him to settle a score about his criticism of the agency, including for the death of Ashli Babbitt, who was shot by a Capitol Police officer when she joined a pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. “Capitol Police leadership have put a target on my back, but my work in exposing the security failures on January 6th, the death of Ms. Babbitt, and the sham investigation into the events of January 6th will not be deterred,” Mr. Nehls said.
Grant Program Won’t Use Taxpayer Funding for Crack Pipes – Biden Administration | 9 Feb 2022 | A new 30 million federal grant program intended to reduce harm from illicit drugs will not be using federal funds to purchase pipes for smoking crack or meth to include in safe smoking kits, the Biden administration said on Wednesday. In a joint statement, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra and Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Director Dr. Rahul Gupta said their agencies are “focused on using our resources smartly to reduce harm and save lives.” “Accordingly, no federal funding will be used directly or through subsequent reimbursement of grantees to put pipes in safe smoking kits,” they said.
Biden Admin to Fund Crack Pipe Distribution to Advance ‘Racial Equity’ –$30 million program will provide ‘smoking kits’ to vulnerable communities | 7 Feb 2022 | The Biden administration is set to fund the distribution of crack pipes to drug addicts as part of its plan to advance “racial equity.” The 30 million grant program, which closed applications Monday and will begin in May, will provide funds to nonprofits and local governments to help make drug use safer for addicts. Included in the grant, which is overseen by the Department of Health and Human Services, are funds for “smoking kits/supplies.” A spokesman for the agency told the Washington Free Beacon that these kits will provide pipes for users to smoke crack c-caine, crystal methamph-tamine, and “any illicit substance.” HHS said the kits aim to reduce the risk of infection when smoking substances with glass pipes… Applicants for the grants are prioritized if they treat a majority of “underserved communities,” including African Americans and “LGBTQ+ persons,” as established under Joe Biden’s executive order on “advancing racial equity.”
Bomb threat forces Doug Emhoff to leave Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C. | 8 Feb 2022 | Second gentleman Doug Emhoff was whisked away by Secret Service agents after a bomb threat was called in to Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C., where the vice president’s husband was making an appearance. Pool reports indicated an agent told Emhoff “we have to go” before Dunbar’s principal was removed moments later. An announcement at the school at around 2:34 p.m. called on teachers to evacuate the school.
Rhode Island private school asks students not to give out valentines featuring ‘only White human characters’ | 8 Feb 2022 | A private school in Providence, Rhode Island, recommended that students avoid giving their peers Valentine’s Day cards that portray “only white people,” according to the National Pulse. In a letter to parents and students, Osvaldo Jose Marti, head of the Moses Brown Lower School, said, “As we approach the month of February, we are writing to share some guidelines for the selection and exchange of Valentines in the Lower School. If your child wishes to bring cards for classmates, please consider these recommendations… Please coach your child if purchasing commercially produced cards to select something that does not feel ‘gender normative,'” the letter said. “Also, consider talking to your child about avoiding cards that portray only White human characters. Representation matters and our students of color also deserve to see themselves in some of the cards they receive, unless we can find cards without people pictured at all.”
Crocodile with tire stuck around neck for six years is finally freed | 9 Feb 2022 | A wild crocodile with a used motorcycle tire stuck around its neck for six years has finally been freed by an Indonesian bird catcher in a tireless effort that wildlife conservation officials hailed as a milestone Wednesday. The 4.5-meter (14.8-foot) saltwater female crocodile has become an icon to the people in Palu, the capital city of Central Sulawesi. The animal was seen on the city’s river with the tire around its neck becoming increasingly tighter, running the risk of choking her. Conservation officials were racing to rescue the crocodile since residents spotted the reptile in 2016, generating sympathy among residents and worldwide.
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