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Leaked: Dozens of CIA informants killed, captured or compromised: Report

(Central Intelligence Agency/Flickr)
(Central Intelligence Agency/Flickr)

Sent via top-secret cable that was viewed by DNYUZ, the message explained that the CIA’s counterintelligence mission center had reviewed dozens of cases over the last several years wherein foreign informants were killed, arrested or likely compromised.

In a rare move, the cable reportedly included the specific number of informants executed by adversary intelligence agencies.

The number of compromised informants also signals that other nations are improving technological detection efforts, like biometric scans, facial recognition, artificial intelligence and hacking tools.

“No one at the end of the day is being held responsible when things go south with an agent,” said Douglas London, a former agency operative. “Sometimes there are things beyond our control but there are also occasions of sloppiness and neglect and people in senior positions are never held responsible.”

Here are the Navy’s videos celebrating their 246th birthday

The Navy is celebrating its 246th birthday on Oct. 13 and released several birthday message videos to commemorate the occasion.

The Navy was created in 1775 when Congress voted to weaponize two vessels and assign an 80-man crew to each one. The vessels then deployed on a three-month mission to stop munitions from reaching British armies.

The U.S. Marine Corps honored the Navy birthday, saying, “We celebrate an organization #Marines have served alongside since our inception. Our shared core values of honor, courage, and commitment have created an unshakable bond. We look forward to many more years of service as a #BlueGreenTeam.”

Marine who criticized U.S. handling of Afghanistan withdrawal will plead guilty, seek favorable discharge

U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller. (YouTube screenshot)
U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller. (YouTube screenshot)

One of Scheller’s attorneys, Tim Parlatore, said in a phone interview that he could not yet get into the specifics of a pretrial agreement because some of the details are “still up in the air.”

But he said the case began with Scheller demanding accountability from others, and it would “make him a hypocrite” if the Marine did not accept responsibility for his own actions.

Scheller is now hoping to avoid any jail time and either receive an honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions, which would allow Scheller to keep some military benefits.

“Our hope is for him to get a letter of reprimand, and no more,” Parlatore told the Washinton Post.

Mercer County Narcotics Task Force Seizes $22,500 in Heroin, Guns, Cash, In N. Johnston Avenue Home In Hamilton

Justin Hill, 33
Justin Hill, 33

The target of the investigation, Justin Hill, was taken into custody during a motor vehicle stop in Ewing Township. 

He was found to have a 9mm semi-automatic handgun concealed in his waistband and two bricks of heroin were observed on the center console of the Jeep Cherokee he was operating.

A search of 43 N. Johnston Avenue in Hamilton revealed 150 bricks of heroin in a second-floor bedroom and an automatic firearm with a suppressor and 30-round magazine on the floor in the living room.

60 People Arrested in front of White House

October 13 2021 Washington DC – Over 60 protesters were arrested outside of the White House today after hundreds of demonstrators gathered at the White House in Washington, D.C. on October 13, 2021 to call on President Joe Biden to divest from fossil fuels and invest in a clean energy future.

Leaked Border Patrol docs show mass release of illegal immigrants into US by Biden administration

The documents give a partial snapshot into how the Biden administration has been releasing enormous numbers of migrants into the U.S., often with little to no oversight, supervision or immediate risk of deportation.

“Since March 20, at least 94,570 illegal immigrants have been released into the U.S. with Notices to Report. Those who receive such a notice are only required to check in with an ICE office when they get to their final destination – which could be anywhere across the country.

Those who check in are not deported or detained as their immigration proceedings move forward. “Meanwhile, since Aug 6th, the administration has released roughly 32,000 immigrants into the U.S. via parole – which gives migrants a form of legal status and the ability to apply for work permits.

The documents also show that since Aug 6, the administration has released an additional 40,000 illegal immigrants on their own recognizance. The documents also show that on one single day in Del Rio sector, 128 single adult illegal immigrants were released into the U.S. without ATD – which typically includes tracking by an ankle monitor or phone.

William Shatner says space was ‘unlike anything I’ve ever seen’

Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket launches carrying passengers William Shatner, Chris Boshuizen, Audrey Powers and Glen de Vries from its spaceport near Van Horn, Texas, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/LM Otero) (AP Photo/LM Otero / AP Newsroom)
Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket launches carrying passengers William Shatner, Chris Boshuizen, Audrey Powers and Glen de Vries from its spaceport near Van Horn, Texas, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/LM Otero) (AP Photo/LM Otero / AP Newsroom)

“What you have given me is the most profound experience,” the 90-year-old actor, best known for his portrayal as Captain James T. Kirk on “Star Trek,” told Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos moments after exiting New Shepard’s capsule.

“I’m so filled with emotion about what just happened. I just I hope I never recover from this.

I hope that I can maintain what I feel now — I don’t want to lose it. It’s so much larger than me and life…It has to do with the enormity and the quickness and the suddenness of life and death.” 

“Everybody in the world needs to do this,” he added. “It was so moving.”

The aerospace company is planning one more crewed flight in 2021, with several more crewed flights planned for 2022.

‘The Most Profound Experience’: William Shatner Speaks After Blue Origin Spaceflight

After successfully reaching the edge of space, actor William Shatner thanked Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos for giving him “the most profound experience” and spoke about how it felt to go to space.

Central York elementary school teacher charged with making terroristic threat

Credit: Northern York Regional Police. Chad Gerrick.
Credit: Northern York Regional Police. Chad Gerrick.

Chad Gerrick, 50, of Dove Drive in Manchester Township, is charged with one misdemeanor count of terroristic threats, according to a criminal complaint affidavit filed by Northern York County Regional Police.’

Gerrick, a teacher at Sinking Spring Elementary School, was charged last Friday after a cafeteria worker heard him threaten to “shoot all them f–kers at the ESC,” referring to the Central York Educational Service Center on Marion Road, police said in the complaint.

Gerrick also allegedly said that if he got sick with COVID-19, he would “come to school and spread COVID to everyone I can,” according to police.

Social Security payments to jump most in 39 years as inflation surges

The adjustment will affect about 70 million people, including Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees.

About half of seniors live in households where Social Security benefits provide at least half of their income, while roughly 25% rely on the monthly payment for nearly all of their earnings.

The Senior Citizens League, a non-partisan advocacy group, called the decades-high increase “welcome,” but warned that years of modest COLA increases had made it “next to impossible to cope with the rampant inflation of 2021.”

‘It was heartbreaking’: Cleveland Clinic denies woman liver transplant over COVID vaccine

Her husband of 47 years, Jim Vitullo, says they have sacrificed a lot in preparation for the surgery and followed all of the instructions by clinic doctors.

“They had us sign an agreement that we would live within one hour of the Cleveland Clinic, I had to quit my job because of all the visits, ended up sleeping literally hundreds of days in my car in the carport there because of the expense,” said Jim.

After rigorous testing on both mom and daughter, and multiple treatments to stabilize Michelle’s health, they were finally ready for surgery at the end of September.  

Walgreens closing 5 more San Francisco stores due to theft

(REUTERS/Mohammad Khursheed) (Reuters)
(REUTERS/Mohammad Khursheed) (Reuters)

“Due to ongoing organized retail crime, we have made the difficult decision to close five stores across San Francisco,” a Walgreens spokesperson told FOX Business in a statement.

“Organized retail crime continues to be a challenge facing retailers across San Francisco, and we are not immune to that,” the spokesperson continued. “Retail theft across our San Francisco stores has continued to increase in the past few months to five times our chain average.

Over the summer, the California Retailers Association reported that San Francisco, Los Angeles and Sacramento have some of the highest organized retail crime in the nation. 

Bombshell report alleges school board covered up a sexual assault

Douglas Murray blasted the school board as it faces allegations of covering up sexual assault.

Ingraham exposes the fraud of diversity, equity and inclusion education

Laura Ingraham urges parents to stand up against the ‘propaganda’ in their children’s curriculums.

Politics:

Mollie Hemingway: The 2020 election was unlike any we’ve ever had

Fox News contributor Mollie Hemingway, author of the new book “Rigged,” sat down with “Fox & Friends” Wednesday, to discuss how Big Tech swung the 2020 election for the Democrats. Hemingway emphasized that the 2020 election was unlike any other U.S. presidential contest.

Tucker: Maybe the government has less power than they think

‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ host examines how the president’s mandates are hurting the nation.

World News:

University of Hong Kong told to contact Tiananmen Massacre statue artist as removal ultimatum nears, despite T8 typhoon

Photo: Kelly Ho/HKFP.
Photo: Kelly Ho/HKFP.

“‘The Pillar of Shame’ belongs to its creator, Danish sculptor Mr. Jens Galschiøt, and was transported to Hong Kong for permanent exhibition in 1997, before the 8th anniversary [of the massacre],” Tsoi’s letter read.

The former member of the Alliance’s executive committee also said that, since Galschiøt had already contacted a lawyer about the matter, “a more appropriate way in the future” was for HKU to discuss the matter with the artist’s lawyer directly.

The now-disbanded Alliance received the artwork in 1997. It voted last month to disband after a crackdown under the national security law saw its leadership arrested and charged, and its property frozen.

Several people killed in bow and arrow attack in Norway

Police with dogs patrol the centre of Kongsberg, Norway, after the attack on Wednesday night. Photograph: Hakon Mosvold Larsen/EPA
Police with dogs patrol the centre of Kongsberg, Norway, after the attack on Wednesday night. Photograph: Hakon Mosvold Larsen/EPA

The suspect was apprehended after the attack late on Wednesday in the town of Kongsberg, 50 miles (80km) south-west of the capital, Oslo, a police spokesperson said.

“The man has been apprehended … from the information we now have, this person carried out these actions alone,” the police chief, Øyvind Aas, told reporters. “Several people have been injured and several are dead.”

Local media reported a large emergency response operation in the city, involving armed police, two helicopters and more than 10 ambulances.

Belarus Border Crisis Intensifies As Germany Reports Huge Jump In Migrants, Poland Plans ‘Barrier’

The German Federal Police said on October 13 that the flow of migrants arriving via Poland and Belarus has spiked with more than 4,300 illegal entrants to the country since August, amid a long-running crisis in which the European Union has accused Minsk of “weaponizing” refugees.

They said on October 13 that most of the undocumented migrants arriving via the “Belarus route” are from Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and Iran.

They are mostly being housed at asylum reception centers in the eastern German state of Brandenburg, police said.

Poland’s interior minister announced late on October 12 as soldiers continued work on a 2.5-meter barbed-wire border fence that Warsaw wants to permanently fortify the frontier with Belarus.

Mariusz Kaminski said the country needs a “solid, high barrier equipped with a surveillance system and motion detectors.”

U.S., Allies Seek Ways To Combat Ransomware As Online Attacks Proliferate

The acceptance of cryptocurrencies and the partial anonymity they offer has helped fuel the growth of ransomware. (file photo)
The acceptance of cryptocurrencies and the partial anonymity they offer has helped fuel the growth of ransomware. (file photo)

Representatives of 30 countries from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South America, and Asia will join Biden administration officials at the conference on October 13-14 to consider how to disrupt the ransomware ecosystem, including making it harder to use cryptocurrency as a means of payment.

The meeting — whose participants include representatives from Ukraine, Bulgaria, and Romania — will also focus on how to prosecute cybercriminals and how to deal with nation-states that fail to tackle cybergangs operating inside their borders.

Cilluffo also said the conference needs to draw attention to the problem of servers that host malware and black market websites.

Along with cryptocurrencies, such servers are key elements in the ransomware ecosystem and many are located in East European countries.

Amnesty Urges ‘Transparent’ Iran Probe Into Death Of Alleged Witness To Executed Wrestler’s Torture

Shahin Naseri claimed he witnessed wrestler Navid Afkari being subjected to a severe beating by two plainclothes agents
Shahin Naseri claimed he witnessed wrestler Navid Afkari being subjected to a severe beating by two plainclothes agents

The London-based rights group said it has received information that a day before his death in custody, Naseri called at least two people from the prison clinic using another prisoner’s phone, expressed fears about his life being in danger, and indicated he’d been transferred from his regular ward to a cell intended for solitary confinement, but at the time used to detain several prisoners.

Iranian authorities said last month that they were investigating Naseri’s death after the Oslo-based Iran Human Rights group quoted unnamed sources as saying Naseri had died under “suspicious circumstances” in the Greater Tehran Penitentiary after being transferred to solitary confinement.

In a report released in September, Amnesty International said it had recorded at least 72 such deaths in custody since January 2010 despite credible reports that the deaths were the result of torture or other ill-treatment, or the lethal use of firearms and tear gas by officials.

The rights group said not a single Iranian official had been held accountable for these deaths.

Israel wont wait for world on Iran; IDF asserts enemies have reason for concern TV7Israel News 13.10

1) Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett stresses that Jerusalem is not going to wait on the world to act against Iran.

2) Outgoing IDF Ground Force Commander Major General Yoel Strick says that Israel’s enemies have a good number of reasons to be concerned over Israel’s preparedness for war.

3) The Iranian-proxy Hezbollah is seemingly obstructing an ongoing investigation into last year’s devastating Beirut Port explosion.

Commentary/Opinion:

THIS Is Why Most Teachers Lean To The Left

The far left is like an ‘abusive husband’ & it’s time to LEAVE HIM

Daniel Horowitz, Blaze podcast host of ‘Conservative Review,’ tells Glenn that we’re already experiencing a ‘national divorce,’ it’s just completely one-sided.

So, what can conservatives do to salvage our liberty, our freedom, and the US Constitution?

Horowitz says red states should do what blue ones did under President Trump: refuse to comply with federal orders, especially since the Biden administration’s policies are ‘immoral, illogical, [and] unconstitutional.

After all, Horowitz says, the far-left doesn’t TRULY represent an amicable partner, ready to for a peaceful divorce: ‘It’s more like an abusive husband…and we have to evacuate ourselves from it.’

Tucker: This is a real problem, it isn’t temporary

‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ weighs in on the Federal Reserve’s currency tapering plans.

So every new dollar you print buys less. If you keep printing them, you wind up devaluing your own currency.

That’s one thing a responsible government should never do.

It may enrich banks in a tiny number of big investors who give to the Democratic Party, but devaluing your currency screws everyone who works and who saves. And that’s immoral.

Those are exactly the people that a legitimate government ought to be trying to help as its core mission. And yet they’re not.

No government in the history of the world has ever spent more money than Joe Biden is spending right now. That is a fact.

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  1. On the school teachers being naturally leftist is a good point.
    that is why in most states local school board manage the schools, and the local people, and parents have a substantial influence on the schools….

    The Teachers Unions have worked for 150 years to gain total control. The Socialists of the late 19th century made it known that if they could get into the schools they would eventually gain control, and bring socialism to America.

    We need to regain the local control of schools, tell the State, and National Govs that the system is returning to LOCAL control.

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