The Morning Brew: DHS Terror Bulletin Targets Political Opposition as GOP Congressmen Protest Being Spied On
Meanwhile, some nifty history was made with yesterday's Oscar nominations.
Got a fresh Brew that could give you a cold chill.
But first …
Did You Have a Bad Day at the Office?
Not as bad as this Chinese soldier at the Olympics.
— Raheem J. Kassam (@RaheemKassam) February 8, 2022
If You Don’t Trust The Government, You’re Being Manipulated and America’s #1 Terror Threat
Good news! If you think the 2020 election was rigged or COVID came from a Wuhan lab or the vax is problematic or government vax and mask mandates are a grotesque abuse of power or you’re no fan of this administration, you are America’s top domestic terror threat! Weeee …
On Monday, the Department of Homeland Security released a “National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin.” According to the bulletin, we are under a “heightened threat environment.” And the number one “key factor”?
1. The proliferation of false or misleading narratives, which sow discord or undermine public trust in U.S. government institutions:
- For example, there is widespread online proliferation of false or misleading narratives regarding unsubstantiated widespread election fraud and COVID-19. Grievances associated with these themes inspired violent extremist attacks during 2021.
- Malign foreign powers have and continue to amplify these false or misleading narratives in efforts to damage the United States.
Translation: Bad narratives that make the Biden administration look bad.
“Foreign terrorist organizations” only rank #3. But “misinformation” and “conspiracy theories”? Worse than jihadists. Worse than anarchists. Worse than bio-weapons in the form of viruses created by scientists convinced they’re god.
That said, the bulletin does address legitimate concerns, noting a higher danger at places of worship, institutions of higher learning and direct targeting of critical infrastructure. What it makes zero mention of is the threat posed by having 2 million people from all over the globe — with motives unknown — illegally crossing our border.
Illegal Immigrant Charged With Painting Nazi Swastikas on Union Station in DC Won’t Be Deported
A perfect case in point: A Mexican national named Geraldo Pando was arrested last month for spraying Nazi Swastikas on Washington’s Union Station in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol. On International Holocaust Remembrance Day. It’s being investigated as a “hate crime.” According to the Washington Examiner, Pardo has a rap sheet 35-pages long in Colorado.
So you have a hate crime attack targeting an ethnic minority in the Nation’s Capital at a transportation hub … by a career criminal. Seems a bit more dangerous than, say, a podcast.
But is Pardo getting thrown out? Hunted by DHS? No, ICE says Pardo will not be deported because of DC’s “sanctuary city” policies. And as Fox News points out, under Biden policy, ICE is only supposed to be concerned with “recent border crossers, aggravated felons and national security threats.”
We forgot to mention. Pando has been deported four times already.
As far as DHS is concerned, Pardo’s fine.
What? What are Capitol Hill Cops Doing Snooping Around on Congressmen?
You are targeted, even if you are a sitting member of Congress.
Rep. Troy Nehls of Texas has a story to tell. Seems a Capitol Hill cop was snooping around his office, taking photos of his work product. Three days later, his staff catches investigators dressed as construction workers (Plumbers would have been an interesting choice of trade). Nehls doesn’t know why the cops and investigators are snooping around. He just assumes it’s because he’s been vocal about the election and the travesty that is Pelosi’s J6 commission. Read his thread here.
Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas is also enraged. Seems the DOJ is going through his mail. “Felonious behavior,” he says in a statement, that violates the “Speech and Debate Clause of the Constitution.”
Nehls and Gohmert aren’t the only ones in the crosshairs. Dozens of GOP members have written Nancy Pelosi concerning recent reports — like a bombshell Politico report — that “the Capitol Police are surveilling Members of Congress, Congressional staff and their Capitol visitors.”
“If these reports are true, that the Capitol Police force is actively looking for and reviewing private information, then this is a gross violation of American civil liberties and an abuse of power.”
A quick reminder: Trump in his first impeachment was accused of an “abuse of power” simply for asking Ukraine for the 411 on the Biden family’s corrupt activities there. Hey, Nancy. Hey, Joe. What do you call spying on members of the opposition party?
Another quick reminder: Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee had a convicted forger working out of her Houston office as part of a ballot harvesting scheme for the 2020 election. Anybody raiding her office? Any investigators dressed as construction workers nosing around?
Mike Huckabee has a fascinating article out on The Stream addressing the perception that justice is no longer blind. That leftists are deliberately subverting American justice and training a new generation of prosecutors to coddle criminals and target political foes. “How Are We Getting All These Leftist DAs?”
After reading all this, we have to go to the movies.
Oscar Nominations Make History
The Oscar nominations were announced Tuesday morning.
The western The Power of the Dog lassoed 12 nominations, including one for Jane Champion for Best Director. Champion becomes the first woman to earn two directorial nominations. She was nominated in 1993 for The Piano.
Kenneth Branagh also sets an Oscar record. Thanks to nominations for original screenplay and Best Picture (producer) for Belfast, Branagh becomes the first person ever nominated in seven individual Oscar categories in his career. He’s now been nominated at least once for director, producer, actor, supporting actor, screenplay, adapted screenplay and live-action short.
If you’ve seen the commercials for his upcoming Death on the Nile he may well land an 8th category next year, for Best Moustache.
Branagh also shows up in our trivia question. You can thank me later for the hint.
Steven Spielberg was nominated for Best Director for West Side Story. What else is new? He also produced the film, which earned a Best Picture nomination. This gives Spielberg the record for most nominations as producer with 11.
West Side Story has another potential milestone. Ariana DeBose earned an Actress in a Supporting Role nod for playing Anita in the musical. Rita Moreno won an Oscar in 1962 for the same character. DeBose and Moreno would be only the fourth duo to earn Oscar nods for playing the same character. (Only the second to win.)
Can you name the other three pairs? Answer below.
But first, can I sound like a leftist for a minute? How culturally inappropriate for the decidedly British Benedict Cumberbatch to play an American rancher in The Power of the Dog! Or how about Aussie Nicole Kidman playing American icon Lucille Ball in Being the Ricardos?! Certainly, if the Academy Awards insists on being woke and diverse, racially and ethnically sensitive, this cannot stand!?
And Now Your Oscar Trivia Answer:
Both Marlon Brando and Robert Deniro won Oscars for playing Don Corleone. Brando in The Godfather, Deniro in The Godfather, Part II. Both Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger earned Oscar nominations for playing the Joker. Nicholson in Tim Burton’s Batman in 1989 and Heath Ledger in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Night in 2009.
And Kenneth Branagh? He earned an Oscar nomination in 1990 for his Henry V, a role that won Laurence Olivier an Academy Award in 1947.
Wanna see the dueling Henry V “St Crispin’s Day” monologues?
Who gets your vote?
Along The Stream
Annemarie McLean declares “Public Figures Hold Fast to COVID Narrative — Its Time to Flip the Script”
Joseph D’Hippolito offers “The Real Anthony Fauci: A Devastating Portrait of ‘America’s Doctor'”