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FBI CRACKS DOWN ON WHISTLEBLOWER… NOW 20 AGENTS ARE ALLEGING AGENCY ABUSES…MIRANDA DEVINE: FBI hero paying the price for exposing unjust ‘persecution’ of conservative Americans

Bombshell allegations by FBI Special Agent Steve Friend contained in a whistleblower complaint filed late Wednesday with the Department of Justice inspector general reveal a politicized Washington, DC, FBI field office cooking the books to exaggerate the threat of domestic terrorism, and ­using an “overzealous” January 6 ­investigation to harass conservative Americans and violate their constitutional rights.

Friend, 37, a respected 12-year veteran of the FBI and a SWAT-team member, was suspended Monday, stripped of his gun and badge, and escorted out of the FBI field office in Daytona Beach, Fla., after complaining to his supervisors about the violations.

He was declared absent without leave last month for refusing to participate in SWAT raids that he believed violated FBI policy and were a use of excessive force against Jan. 6 ­subjects accused of misdemeanor ­offenses. […]

In his whistleblower complaint to DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, obtained by The Post, Friend lays out multiple violations of FBI policy involving J6 investigations in which he was involved.

He says he was removed from active investigations into child sexual exploitation and human trafficking, to work on J6 cases sent from DC. He was told “domestic terrorism was a higher priority” than child pornography. As a result, he believes his child-exploitation investigations were harmed.

He also has reported his concerns about a politicized FBI to Republican members of Congress, among 20 whistleblowers from the bureau who have come forward with similar complaints.

 

JAMIE DIMON HAS HAD ENOUGH… ‘DOES YOUR BANK HAVE A POLICY AGAINST FUNDING NEW OIL OR GAS PRODUCTS?’… ‘ABSOLUTELY NOT. THAT WOULD BE THE ROAD TO HELL FOR AMERICA’ … CONSUMERS RESEARCH: Rep. @RashidaTlaib asked all major bank CEOs to submit to her ESG agenda and stop funding fossil fuels. Their response? JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon: “Absolutely not and that would be the road to Hell for America.” (VIDEO)

 

OK, THEN…WILL HILD: Then why is JPMorgan Chase a member of the NetZero Banking Alliance? If Dimon agrees with most rational thinking people, that ESG is lunacy, he should withdraw from the alliance immediately.

 

AIR FORCE ACADEMY INSTRUCTS CADETS TO BE GENDER BLIND, COLOR OBSESSED…FOX: Air Force Academy diversity training tells cadets to use words that ‘include all genders,’ drop ‘mom and dad’

EXCLUSIVE: A diversity and inclusion training by the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado instructs cadets to use words that “include all genders” and to refrain from saying things like “mom” and “dad.”

The slide presentation titled, “Diversity & Inclusion: What it is, why we care, & what we can do,” obtained by Fox News Digital, advises cadets to use “person-centered” and gender-neutral language when describing individuals.

“Some families are headed by single parents, grandparents, foster parents, two moms, two dads, etc.: consider ‘parent or caregiver’ instead of ‘mom and dad,'” the presentation states. “Use words that include all genders: ‘Folks’ or ‘Y’all’ instead of ‘guys’; ‘partner’ vs. ‘boyfriend or girlfriend.’”

“Not ‘Colorblind’ or ‘I don’t see color,’ but Color Conscious,” it adds. “We see Color/Patterns AND VALUE people for their uniqueness.”

 

PRAISE FOR YOUNGKIN’S NEW SCHOOL TRANSGENDER POLICY…NY POST EDITORIAL BOARD: Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin delivers utter sanity in new school rules on trans kids

Making good on his campaign promises, Virginia’s Gov. Glenn Youngkin has overseen a new state guidance on how schools should handle trans issues, reversing some of the last gov’s extreme policies.

Schools can no longer keep kids’ choices secret from their parents; gone are “rights” to compete in sports as your ID’d (rather than biological) gender — same for bathrooms, locker rooms and other such spaces. Father-daughter dances and the like are no longer verboten.

Naturally, The Washington Post, New York Times etc. frame this as rolling back trans students’ rights — when in fact it’s a rebalancing. It’s a clear win for female students (athletes, in particular), for parents — and for kids who don’t actually suffer permanent gender dysphoria, but are just confused.

 

IMPORTANT CAVEATS… UNDER NEW RULE, IT IS *STILL* POSSIBLE FOR A BOY TO END UP IN THE GIRLS’ LOCKER ROOM… FIRST, HERE’S WAPO ACKNOWLEDGING THERE MAY BE A LOOPHOLE…WAPO: Youngkin’s restriction on trans students’ rights is probably illegal, experts say

Youngkin’s policies say students can change their sex in official records if they have updated their birth certificates or other legal identification, but they do not say whether that would allow a transgender student access to any facilities conforming to their gender identity.

The Youngkin policies also say schools can separate student-athletes based on sex. But the 2020 Virginia law passed to protect transgender students specifically excluded athletics.

All Virginia public high schools are members of the Virginia High School League (VHSL), which has had its own trans-inclusive policy since 2014 and is a voluntary, nonprofit organization that does not answer to the governor’s office and the state legislature.

 

SECOND, HERE’S VIRGINIA’S EDUCATION SECRETARY TELLING WMAL’S ‘THE VINCE COGLIANESE SHOW’ TUESDAY THAT — YES — THE NEW POLICY WOULD STILL ALLOW BOYS INTO GIRLS’ SPORTS… (AUDIO, STARTS AT 6:41)

VINCE COGLIANESE: “If you are enabling people to declare that their child’s sex is something different than what it actually is biologically, that is a way in which you could see biological boys playing on girls’ sports teams, no?”

VIRGINIA EDUCATION SECRETARY AIMEE GUIDERA: “Uh, yes — and again, going back to respecting parents’ rights, we are going with that, and you’ll also see in the guidance encouragement at the local level that their be accommodations being made and that people make good decisions so that everyone feels that it’s an environment where learning can happen. So, many of the — as you’ll see in there — language around making accommodations that meets the needs of everyone and create environments that are welcoming, and where every student and faculty member feels comfortable being in an environment that’s vibrant for learning and one in which they feel comfortable being in. And so, our request here is that we are really clear about how decisions are made and that we also encourage there to be problem-solving and focusing on accommodating as much as possible at the local level to create those environments where every single person feels respected and that there’s dignity, and not discriminating.”

COGLIANESE: “Right, but that comfort conversation we’re talking about is revolving mainly around the person who’s identifying as transgender. But the question is for the rest of the community. So if a parent comes in and says, you know, ‘my kid is a completely different sex, I’ve got the court documents to prove it,’ or ‘I got somebody to sign off on it. I want to change that with the school system,’ then what of the girls in the locker room — who will now have a biological male with them? What about the girls on the sports team, who will now have a biological male competing with them or against them? This, to me, seems like a meaningful loophole in a policy that’s definitely headed in the right direction.”

GUIDERA: “And I think that this is again where we are asking folks at the local level to think about how do they accommodate with either single-space for sleeping arrangements if this is overnight situations, or whether it be accommodating with single-use restrooms, or locker rooms, where that we can make sure that every student is feeling comfortable — not just those that are identifying as transgender.”

 

RELATED…JUST THE NEWS: Sen. Tim Scott introduces bill to stop schools from changing child’s gender without parental consent

GOP Sen. Tim Scott is introducing legislation to prevent elementary or middle schools from changing students’ gender identity without parental consent.

“Sadly, radical and secretive gender policies have shut parents out of the conversation and broken their trust,” the South Carolina lawmaker said Tuesday in introducing the measure. “My bill will safeguard parental rights, improve the crucial relationship between parents and schools, and ensure that children can learn in an environment free from activist ideology.”

The bill – titled the “Parental Rights Over the Education and Care of Their (PROTECT) Kids Act” – is to ensure that schools do not keep students’ gender identity or transition secret from parents, Scott’s congressional office says.

 

JUDGE FREES TOTS FROM BIDEN’S MASK MANDATES…FOX: Federal judge strikes down federal school mask and vaccine mandate for Head Start program

A federal judge in Louisiana on Wednesday struck down a federal school mask and vaccine mandate.

U.S. District Court Judge Terry A. Doughty in Lafeyette, Louisiana ruled that the federal government cannot push a COVID-19 vaccine or mask mandate for Head Start program teachers, staff, and volunteers as well as all students and adults.

“The public has a liberty interest in not being required to take a vaccine or be fired from their jobs. The public interest must be taken into account before allowing Agency Defendants to mandate vaccines,” Doughty said.

 

MARGERY SMELKINSON: A court blocked the mask mandate for Head Start, but only in the states listed below. So, now the only people still having to wear masks in this country are poor toddlers in democrat-controlled states. Another massive Covid policy failure for democrats to own.

 

ON LAB LEAK, LANCET DOES IT AGAIN…STEVEN MOSHER, IN NY POST: No, COVID didn’t come from a US lab — Lancet report continues the China coverup

Now that the COVID-19 pandemic is finally over — we have President Joe Biden’s word on this — the Lancet Commission set up more than two years ago to investigate it has finally issued a report.

It’s a huge disappointment as it dances around the key question of origins: “More than 2 years into the pandemic, the search for the origin of SARS-CoV-2 remains incomplete and inconclusive.”

Its weak-sauce conclusion — maybe it came from a lab, maybe it came from nature — has given an opening to a China-led disinformation campaign that claims against all evidence the virus was actually created in a US lab.

 

TRUMP RESPONDS TO NY AG… ‘SHE CAMPAIGNED ON THAT’ … FOX: Trump blasts Democrats’ litigation barrage as NY sues him: ‘What does Letitia James know?’ (VIDEO)

Trump fervently dismissed the merits of James’ suit in an exclusive interview with Sean Hannity and pointed out she originally made finding a way to sue him a hallmark of her first bid for attorney general.

“She campaigned on that four years ago,” Trump said on “Hannity.” “It was a vicious campaign and she just talked about Trump; ‘we’re going to indict him, we’re going to get him’. She knew nothing about me. I never heard of her.”

James previously has said, “We’re definitely going to sue [Donald Trump]. We’re going to be a real pain in the ass.”

 

TRUMP SAYS HE ‘DECLASSIFIED EVERYTHING’ …NY POST: Trump says ‘there doesn’t have to be a process’ to declassify docs

The 45th president told Hannity the documents were declassified when he left the White House, but didn’t say how.

“There doesn’t have to be a process, there can be a process, but there doesn’t have to be,” Trump said to the conservative news host. “You’re the president, you make that decision.”

“If you’re the president of the United States, you can declassify just by saying, ‘It’s declassified.’ Even by thinking about it,” Trump told Sean Hannity. […]

“I declassified everything,” Trump told Hannity Wednesday night.

Trump’s lawyers, at a Tuesday hearing for the DOJ case, refused to confirm if the records were in fact declassified by the former president.

 

ANDREW MCCARTHY: Appeals Court Thoroughly Rebukes Federal Judge in Ruling on Mar-a-Lago Files

The Eleventh Circuit federal appeals court has granted the Justice Department’s requests that it be permitted to (a) withhold approximately 100 documents bearing classification markings from a special-master review, and (b) continue to use those documents in the ongoing criminal investigation of former president Donald Trump’s suspected felony mishandling of national-defense secrets.

The 29-page ruling, issued Wednesday night, is a thoroughgoing rebuke of Florida federal district judge Aileen Cannon, who directed that all of the approximately 11,000 documents and 1,800 other items seized by the FBI from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, including the classified documents, be included in a special-master review.

 

RUSSIANS TRY TO AVOID TAKING UP ARMS… BY BREAKING THEIR OWN?! …NY POST: Russians trying to avoid war call-up search ‘how to break arm at home’

Russians researched how to break their own arms and hurriedly bought one-way plane tickets out of the country after President Vladimir Putin said he would deploy citizens to Ukraine to fight his war Wednesday morning.

Putin and military officials said in a nationally televised address that up to 300,000 reservists would immediately be conscripted to fight in the unprovoked invasion, after the warring country had lost significant ground in Ukraine amid recent counterattacks.

The dictator also put NATO on notice that he would not hesitate to use nuclear weapons, warning Russia has “various means of destruction” and would “use all the means at our disposal” if “the territorial integrity” of Russia is threatened.

Two hours after the speech, Google searches for “how to break an arm at home” had soared in the nation, quickly rising from a rating of 0 to 38 out of 100 in the search engine’s trend data, according to Newsweek.