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Politicus, March 2, 2021
The Trump administration secretly moved ten billion federal dollars that were supposed to go to hospitals for PPE into vaccine development and likely killed hospital workers.
The Trump administration quietly took around $10 billion from a fund meant to help hospitals and health care providers affected by Covid-19 and used the money to bankroll Operation Warp Speed contracts, four former Trump administration officials told STAT.
Hospitals in need of the funding would be outraged to know that some of the money was siphoned off, even for important uses, because Congress was clear that this money was for providers and clinicians, said Chip Kahn, CEO of the Federation of American Hospitals.
The Trump administration could have easily gotten the money from Congress for vaccine development, but they intentionally chose to take PPE away from hospitals because they were trying to rush vaccine development so that Trump could win reelection while minimizing the pandemic itself.
The writer also asks how many healthcare workers have died in the COVID-19 pandemic?
2,900 per KHN and The Guardian
Better call Jared. As the next witness.
Representative Madison Cawthorn has misled the public about training for the Paralympics, just as he misrepresented his education and business history.
By Sara Luterman
The Nation, Jan. 22, 2021
Before January 6, 25-year-old Representative Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) was known for being the youngest member of Congress, an ardent Trump supporter, and one of the few wheelchair users in elected office. Now he is in the headlines for giving a speech at the Stop the Steal rally prior to the insurrection at the Capitol that left five people dead. Throughout his short but meteoric political career, Cawthorn has used his disability to tell a story of overcoming: Despite great adversity, he claims to have achieved excellence through grit and physical strength. Many of his campaign ads featured images of Cawthorn intubated and hospitalized alongside videos of him lifting weights and hurtling forward in a racing wheelchair. But his claims of sporting successlike his accounts of education and business acumenhave often been misleading.
Cawthorn became disabled after a 2014 car crash left him paralyzed from the waist down. By Cawthorns own telling, he was a successful business owner headed to the Naval Academy before his injury tragically reordered his life. As it turns out, neither claim is true. The Asheville Watchdog reported that Cawthorn had already been rejected from the Naval Academy before his accident. And Cawthorns real-estate investment firm, SPQR Holdings LLC, which he only formed in August 2019, reported no income on its tax documents, and Cawthorn was the sole employee.
PS: Sorry to glom on your thread, G_j. This GOP star liar deserves the treatment.
From his candidate days:
NC House candidate is under fire for posts some call sympathetic to white nationalists
BY JIM MORRILL
Charlotte Observer, AUGUST 11, 2020
But critics such as Davis say other symbols appear to suggest Cawthorns support for white nationalism.
They include the name of his real estate company, SPQR Holdings. SPQR, an abbreviation of a Latin phrase meaning the Senate and the Roman People, a phrase from the Roman Republic, is often used by white nationalists. His Twitter feed shows he follows 88 people. The number 88 is considered code for Heil Hitler, according to the Anti-Defamation League.
In a recent statement, Cawthorn said, SPQR is a term for Rome.
We cant let extremists on any side hijack or rewrite history because those who dont study history are doomed to repeat it . . . No one needs to study this history more closely than todays far left politicians who favor authoritarian, centralized and top-down policies.
A photo on his web site shows Cawthorn with a military-style rifle and pistol in a holster emblazoned with a Spartan-style helmet, a symbol often used by Oath Keepers, which the ADL describes as an anti-government right-wing fringe organization. And Cawthorn also has appeared with the so-called Betsy Ross flag, an early American banner also associated with white nationalism.
Seems conservative in the eugenics for the Untermenschen kind of way.
There is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.
No wonder his siblings denounce him...
GOP Congressman Skipped the Stimulus Vote to Appear at a White Nationalist Event
Mother Jones, Feb. 27, 2021
Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz) skipped key votes in the House of Representatives, citing the ongoing public health emergency, to instead attend a conference hosted by white supremacists in Orlando, Florida on Friday.
Gosar, whose six siblings memorably endorsed his congressional opponent in a 2018 ad, has a long flirtation with far-right extremism. He appeared Friday at a white supremacist gathering in Orlando, America First Political Action Conference (AFPAC) organized by Nick Fuentes, a white nationalist figurehead and instigator of the Jan. 6 insurrection.
Gosar has fanned the flames of the Jan. 6 insurrection himself by calling the Democrats win an attempted coup and then President-elect Joe Biden an illegitimate usurper. After the election, he wrote in an op-ed promoting the Stop the Steal rallies: Be ready to defend the Constitution and the White House. His past ties to the right-wing militia group Oath Keepers are already under scrutiny. In 2017, he dismissed right-wing violence in the deadly Charlottesville Unite the Right rally as the doing of George Soros, lying about how the billionaire known for backing progressive causes was actually behind the violence. Who is he?, Gosar said. I think hes from Hungary. I think he was Jewish. And I think he turned in his own people to the Nazis.
Then Gosar addressed Trumpac.
Republican congressman appears at white nationalist conference whose founder called Capitol riot awesome
Only elected GOP official to attend alternative far-right conference said afterwards: I denounce when we talk about white racism
The Independent, Jan. 28, 2021
Republican congressman Paul Gosar appeared at a white nationalist political conference before attending the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), according to reports.
The Arizona Republican appeared on-stage at the "America First Political Action Conference" (AFPAC) on Friday, following the far-right conferences founder, Nicholas Fuentes.
Mr Fuentes, an alleged white nationalist, said on Friday that the Capitol riot in which five people died was awesome, and that "white people are done being bullied".
The AFPAC founder went on to add that if the country "loses its white demographic core, then this is not America anymore.
Accused Terrorist Ali Alexander said his group worked with Gosar.
Husband of Hitler-quoting GOP congresswoman parked his militia-stickered truck outside Capitol Jan. 6
The Week, February 26, 2021
Illinois state Rep. Chris Miller (R), the husband of freshman U.S. Rep. Mary Miller (R-Ill.), acknowledged Thursday that his pickup truck was parked in a restricted area outside the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot, but he said the "Three Percenter" militia sticker on the back window doesn't mean anything.
"Army friend gave me decal," Miller told The Daily Beast in an email late Thursday. "Thought it was a cool decal. Took it off because of negative pub." He said he "never was member" of the militia and "didn't know anything about 3% till fake news started this fake story and read about them." Online sleuths had linked him to the truck visible in footage from a CBS News report, earlier Thursday.
The Three Percenters, founded in 2008, are a "radical militia group" implicated in leading the Jan. 6 siege along with the Proud Boys, the Oath Keepers, and other far-right extremist groups, the FBI said in an affidavit filed in the case against alleged rioter Robert Gieswein. Their name comes from the apocryphal claim that only 3 percent of U.S. colonists fought in the Revolutionary War, and they fashion themselves as the same kind of tyranny-stomping "patriots."
Miller's wife, Mary Miller, is most famous for favorably quoting Nazi leader Adolf Hitler at a "Moms for America" rally outside the Capitol on Jan. 5. "Hitler was right on one thing: whoever has the youth has the future," she told the rally, apologizing later when video of her comments went viral but insisting that "some are trying to intentionally twist my words to mean something antithetical to my beliefs."
Democracy will not survive if America continues to ignore the NAZI elephant in the room.
Mr. Establishment, for one.
The Real McCloy
THE CHAIRMAN: JOHN J. McCLOY; The Making of the American Establishment,
By Kai Bird (Simon & Schuster: $30; 800 pp.)
By ROBERT SHERRILL
APRIL 19, 1992 12 AM PT
SHERRILL IS CORPORATIONS CORRESPONDENT FOR THE NATION MAGAZINE
When McCloy took over as high commissioner of defeated Germany, he talked a tough line about crushing the many still- active Nazis. But he promptly turned to mush, permitting Chancellor Konrad Adenauer to fill his cabinet with notorious antisemites and Nazi war criminals (some of whom became McCloys personal friends). McCloy also vastly expanded the shameful programs begun before he got to Germany, of letting some of the worst war criminals off the hook.
He commuted two-thirds of the death sentences of mass murderers (such as the SS officer who personally executed 1,500 Jews) and radically reduced the prison sentences of doctors who had conducted experiments on death-camp inmates, of high-ranking Nazi Judges who had administered Gestapo justice, and of industrialists who had built the Nazi war machine.
McCloy freed some immediately, including Alfred Krupp, whose munitions factories had worked thousands of slave laborers to death. Krupps original sentence had included loss of all property; McCloy canceled that punishment and within a few years Krupp was again one of the richest industrialists in the world. Obviously McCloys obsequiousness toward money and power made him the wrong man to reform Nazi Germany. Though he could understand the special culpability of the big Nazis, Bird writes, when it came to a wealthy and politically well-connected man like Krupp, he suspended his good judgment.
As high commissioner, McCloy dabbled disastrously in the intelligence business, setting up a network of agents in Germany that included the likes of Klaus Barbie, who had shipped 78,000 French Jews to the gas chambers, and Gen. Reinhard Gehlen, who had been responsible for some of the grisliest mass killings on the Eastern Front. Not surprisingly, many of the intelligence operations carried out under McCloy were, says Bird, fiascos.
Mr. McCloy was joined by another Mr. Establishment type with extensive ties to wealthy NAZI industrialists and anti-communist NAZI spy rings, former CIA Director Allen Dulles, in service on the Warren Commission. Coincidentally.
Jeff St. Clair details how NAZIs escaped justice to serve the rich and powerful...
How Real Nazis Came to the Americas: the Recruitment of Klaus Barbie
BY JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Counterpunch.org, Feb. 26, 2021
By the time Klaus Barbie went on the payroll of an American intelligence organization in 1947, Klaus Barbie had lived several lifetimes of human vileness. Barbie sought out opponents of the Nazis in Holland, chasing them down with dogs. He had worked for the Nazi mobile death squads on the Eastern Front, massacring Slavs and Jews. Hed put in two years heading the Gestapo in Lyons, France, torturing to death Jews and French Resistance fighters (among them the head of the Resistance, Jean Moulin. ) After the liberation of France, Barbie participated in the final Nazi killing frenzy before Allies moved into Germany.
Yet the career of this heinous war criminal scarcely skipped a beat before he found himself securing entered on the US payroll in postwar Germany. The Barbie was shipped out of Europe by his new paymasters along the ratline to Bolivia. There he began a new life remarkably similar to his old one: working for the secret police, doing the bidding of drug lords and engaging in arms trafficking across South America. Soon, his old skills as a torturer became in high demand.
By the early 1960s, Barbie was once again working with the CIA to put a US-backed thug in power. In the years that followed, the old Nazi became a central player in the US-inspired Condor Program, aimed at suppressing popular insurgencies and keeping US-controlled dictators in power throughout Latin America. Barbie helped organize the so-called Cocaine Coup of 1980, when a junta of Bolivian generals seized power, slaughtering their leftist opponents and reaping billions in the cocaine, boom, in which Bolivia was a prime supplier.
All this time, Klaus Barbie was one of the most wanted men on the planet. Even so, Barbie flourished until 1983, when he was finally returned to France to face trial for his crimes. In the whole sordid history of collusion between US intelligence agencies, fascists and criminals, no one more starkly represents the evils of such partnerships than Klaus Barbie.
No wonder Trump calls them, fine people. He has a lot in common with NAZIs: In addition to a love money and power, he and his followers also hate liberals and democracy.
The coup was aimed at toppling President Franklin D Roosevelt with the help of half-a-million war veterans. The plotters, who were alleged to involve some of the most famous families in America, (owners of Heinz, Birds Eye, Goodtea, Maxwell Hse & George Bushs Grandfather, Prescott) believed that their country should adopt the policies of Hitler and Mussolini to beat the great depression.
Mike Thomson investigates why so little is known about this biggest ever peacetime threat to American democracy.
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