Proof Cheney’s a dangerous liar, a threat to democracy

Rep. Liz Cheney, the now-deposed third in House leadership, lied about her role in the fake Russian bounty tale, Glenn Greenwald reports.

During an interview with Bret Baier, Liz Cheney repeatedly lied about her role in spreading the Russian bounty hoax.

In case you don’t remember, the CIA cooked up that tale. Anonymous sources told the NY Times that Russia was paying Taliban fighters to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan. As Greenwald notes, this was as former President Trump announced his plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan.

The pro-war crowd, led by Liz, used the story to continue the endless 19 year war.

Last month, the intel community admitted that it had only “low to moderate confidence” that any of this even happened.

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Canadian Survey on Conspiracy Theories Reveals Array of Coronavirus Suspicions

A fascinating survey on the conspiracy beliefs of Canadians found an array of suspicions surrounding the coronavirus receiving support among a rather long list of theories featured in the poll. Conducted by the research firm Insights West, the study asked 1,603 adult residents of the country to weigh in on a whopping 17 different concepts which could be classified as conspiratorial or, in some cases, paranormal in nature. While it’s not altogether surprising that the ‘winning’ theory was that “UFOs do exist” with 53% of all respondents expressing some belief in the concept, eyebrows will undoubtedly be raised by how popular and widespread various ideas regarding COVID-19 fared in the survey.

To that end, a sizeable 37% of the people polled expressed some belief that the virus had been created in a lab and then accidentally escaped from the facility. That remarkably high number placed the concept second on the list ahead of such ‘classic’ conspiracy theories such as questions surrounding the deaths of Princess Diana (36%) and JFK (33%) as well as that 9/11 was an ‘inside job’ (17%) and that global warming is a hoax (16%). In what may either be the result of recency bias or an indication that a whole new genre of conspiracy thinking has been born out of the pandemic, the ‘accidental escape hypothesis’ was actually just one of a whopping five theories which wound up making the list.

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Study Determines Most-Searched Conspiracy Theory for Each State

An odd study of online activity has produced an enlightening look at the most-searched conspiracy theories for each of the United States. The thought-provoking list was created by DirecTV dealer USDirect, who “combed through the mothership of all intrigue databases, Reddit,” to determine the most popular theories discussed by users. It then took that list and harnessed the power of Google Trends to figure out which of those nine conspiracy theories were the most searched for in each of the 50 states as well as the District of Columbia. Although not exactly a scientific study, the project resulted in some rather illuminating findings.

Topping the list with a whopping 27 states was the infamous New World Order conspiracy, which posits that a nefarious group of power brokers aim to take complete control of the planet. Interest in the concept topped searches in an array of different locations across the country including Texas, Florida, Hawaii, and Maine. Among the remaining conspiracy theories, chemtrails and the Flat Earth theory proved to be particularly popular, garnering five states each. The somewhat vague concept ‘black helicopters’ picked up four states, including California, Illinois, and Maryland.

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Journalists, Learning They Spread a CIA Fraud About Russia, Instantly Embrace a New One

That Russia placed “bounties” on the heads of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan was one of the most-discussed and consequential news stories of 2020. It was also, as it turns out, one of the most baseless — as the intelligence agencies who spread it through their media spokespeople now admit, largely because the tale has fulfilled and outlived its purpose.

The saga began on July 29, 2020, when The New York Times announced that unnamed “American intelligence officials” have concluded that “a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition forces in Afghanistan — including targeting American troops.” The paper called it “a significant and provocative escalation” by Russia. Though no evidence was ever presented to support the CIA’s claims — neither in that original story nor in any reporting since — most U.S. media outlets blindly believed it and spent weeks if not longer treating it as proven, highly significant truth. Leading politicians from both parties similarly used this emotional storyline to advance multiple agendas.

The story appeared — coincidentally or otherwise — just weeks after President Trump announced his plan to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2020. Pro-war members of Congress from both parties and liberal hawks in corporate media spent weeks weaponizing this story to accuse Trump of appeasing Putin by leaving Afghanistan and being too scared to punish the Kremlin. Cable outlets and the op-ed pages of The New York Times and Washington Post endlessly discussed the grave implications of this Russian treachery and debated which severe retaliation was needed. “This is as bad as it gets,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Then-candidate Joe Biden said Trump’s refusal to punish Russia and his casting doubt on the truth of the story was more proof that Trump’s “entire presidency has been a gift to Putin,” while Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) demanded that, in response, the U.S. put Russians and Afghans “in body bags.”

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Biden’s ATF Pick Is Conspiracy Nut ‘Unhinged From Reality’

Fox News host Tucker Carlson dismantled President Joe Biden over his serial false statements regarding gun crime in America during a Rose Garden speech Thursday in which he announced several new executive actions against firearms.

But Carlson saved some of his most venomous criticism for the man Biden has picked to run the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, David Chipman, whom the host described as “a conspiracy nut” and exactly the wrong person to run that particular agency.

Chipman, Carlson noted, made the comments last year regarding the federal government’s 1993 siege of the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, which was eventually burned to the ground due to actions taken by the FBI and ATF. Chipman claimed that Davidians used .50 caliber rifles to shoot down two FBI helicopters, which is absolutely untrue.

“At Waco, cult members used 2 .50 caliber Barretts to shoot down two Texas Air National Guard helicopters. Point, it is true we are fortunate they are not used in crime more often,” Chipman stated in response to a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” event.

Davidians did reportedly shot at and damage three government helicopters, but none of them were shot down and no federal agents were hurt.

Turning to the president’s newest anti-gun executive actions, “to enforce them, Joe Biden has nominated a man who is unhinged from reality: David Chipman,” Carlson said on his show on Thursday.

“Who is David Chipman? Well, he is a conspiracy nut for one thing.”

“In 1993, the ATF killed dozens of innocent children and at least one pregnant woman for no obvious reason. It’s one of the worst things that federal agents have ever done in this country,” the Fox News host said, noting that four ATF agents were killed along with 82 Branch Davidians.

“If you’re taking over the ATF, maybe you could apologize for that. But no, David Chipman lied about it and then attacked the dead.”

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