Stochastic Terrorism

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Re: Stochastic Terrorism

Postby admin » Sat Aug 13, 2022 5:01 am

Breitbart Slammed for Doxxing FBI Agents Involved in Mar-a-Lago Raid
by Aila Slisco
Newsweek
8/12/22 AT 11:46 PM EDT

Conservative media outlet Breitbart is facing criticism for publishing the names of FBI agents involved in the raid of former President Donald Trump's home.

Breitbart published a leaked version of the Mar-a-Lago search warrant, including the names of an FBI special agent and supervisor agent, on Friday. The agents both signed their names on receipts for property seized from Trump's home, including boxes of classified documents that reportedly may have included nuclear secrets. A redacted version of the warrant, which omitted the names of the agents, was officially released hours later.

Commentators soon took to Twitter to accuse Breitbart, an outlet previously managed by former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, of doxxing—the practice of identifying a person or releasing personal information about them, often with the aim of enabling targeted harassment. Some also accused Trump of leaking the warrant to Breitbart in hopes of targeting the agents.

"[U.S. Attorney General Merrick] Garland called Trump out to make warrant public," tweeted digital strategist Alan Rosenblatt. "Trump tried to get one over on Garland, releasing warrant to Breitbart, w/out redacting FBI agents names. That's right, Trump doxxed FBI agents serving a legal search warrant. Once again, Trump is inciting violence."


((Alan Rosenblatt, PhD)))
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Garland called Trump out to make warrant public.

Trump tried to get one over on Garland, releasing warrant to Breitbart, w/out redacting FBI agents names.

That’s right, Trump doxxed FBI agents serving a legal search warrant.

Once again, Trump is inciting violence.

1:32 PM · Aug 12, 2022


"It's also worth noting that they published the names of the FBI agents, which serves no purpose other than opening them up to threats and harassment," legal analyst and former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti tweeted. "Breitbart is also confused about what 'SSA' means. It refers to Supervisory Special Agent, a FBI supervisor."

Renato Mariotti
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It’s also worth noting that they published the names of the FBI agents, which serves no purpose other than opening them up to threats and harassment.

Breitbart is also confused about what “SSA” means. It refers to Supervisory Special Agent, a FBI supervisor.

Kyle Cheney
@kyledcheney

Breitbart really does have the search warrant, but it's odd that they're leaning into something that was apparent just from the dates in the court docket. Search warrant was filed Friday and executed Monday.

https://breitbart.com/politics/2022/08/ ... lago-raid/
12:29 PM · Aug 12, 2022


"Trump, via Breitbart, released unredacted copy of property receipt containing names of FBI agents," tweeted attorney Mark S. Zaid. "Based on his history, this can only be interpreted as intentional to cause these Special Agents (one of whom I know) & their families grief & subject them to possible threats."

Mark S. Zaid
@MarkSZaidEsq·Follow
Trump, via Breitbart, released unredacted copy of property receipt containing names of FBI agents. Based on his history, this can only be interpreted as intentional to cause these Special Agents (one of whom I know) & their families grief & subject them to possible threats.
7:03 PM · Aug 12, 2022
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"From what I can tell, the court unsealed it - but before that could happen, Trump himself leaked it to Breitbart," author Tessa Dare tweeted. "But the version he leaked had the FBI AGENTS' NAMES in it, whereas the official unsealed one kept those redacted to protect them and their families. A**hole."

"[Breitbart] incl the names of the individual FBI agents involved in the search," Elephant Journal tweeted. "The court issued release of the warrant redacts that sensitive information. Team Trump just put a target on the backs of the agents & their families. That is 100% the intent."

Elephant Journal (V) (@WaylonLewis & Friends)
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Replying to @elephantjournal
"[Breitbart] incl the names of the individual FBI agents involved in the search. The court issued release of the warrant redacts that sensitive information."

Team Trump just put a target on the backs of the agents & their families.


That is 100% the intent.
7:09 PM · Aug 12, 2022


"Trump's social media platform sent a push alert this afternoon to an article with an unredacted version of the search warrant that included the names of two FBI agents," tweeted CNN correspondent Donie O'Sullivan. "Those agents' names are now circulating on pro-Trump social media and are being villainized."

Donie O'Sullivan
@donie·Follow
Trump's social media platform sent a push alert this afternoon to an article with an unredacted version of the search warrant that included the names of two FBI agents.

Those agents' names are now circulating on pro-Trump social media and are being villainized.

4:55 PM · Aug 12, 2022


"So... when Trump leaked the warrant docs to WSJ, Fox & Breitbart this afternoon, the names of the FBI agents in moved were not redacted," news anchor Ed Greenberger tweeted. "Anyone who thinks Trump cares about America, or Americans, is a damn fool."

Ed Greenberger
@EdGreenberger·Follow
So… when Trump leaked the warrant docs to WSJ, Fox & Breitbart this afternoon, the names of the FBI agents in moved were not redacted.

Anyone who thinks Trump cares about America, or Americans, is a damn fool.

4:21 PM · Aug 12, 2022


The FBI has received an increase in violent threats in the wake of conservative rage over the raid on Trump's home. FBI Director Christopher Wray has denounced the threats, saying on Wednesday "violence against law enforcement is not the answer, no matter what anybody's upset about."

Less than 24 hours before the Trump search warrant was leaked to Breitbart, an armed Trump supporter who had recently advocated killing FBI agents online was shot dead by police after allegedly attempting to break into the FBI field office in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Newsweek has reached out to Breitbart for comment.
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Re: Stochastic Terrorism

Postby admin » Sat Aug 13, 2022 8:55 am

Trump & Company Lash Out As The Walls Close In On Them
by Adrienne Lawrence
Rebel HQ
Aug 12, 2022

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It's not looking good for Donald Trump. He's choosing to lash out against judges, the DOJ, and anyone else in his way. He's trying to take as many people down with him as he can. Adrienne Lawrence breaks it down on Rebel HQ.



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Florida judge who approved FBI search of Mar-a-Lago faces barrage of antisemitic online attacks: The magistrate, who is Jewish, is facing attacks that are antisemitic in nature.
by Matt Dixon
Politico
08/12/2022 03:59 PM EDT

Updated: 08/12/2022 04:49 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida federal magistrate judge who approved the FBI search of former President Donald Trump’s Palm Beach County residence has faced an onslaught of antisemitic attacks and threats online, some of which targeted the synagogue he belongs to.

Magistrate judge Bruce Reinhart, a board member at Temple Beth David in Palm Beach Gardens, has seen sustained antisemitic attacks on right wing message boards and other social media platforms like 4Chan since his name surfaced as the judge who signed off on the FBI’s warrant to search Mar-a-Lago.

Republicans, too, have been heavily critical of the judge, including Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who questioned Reinhart’s impartiality during an appearance on Fox News earlier this week when he claimed: “They found some Obama donor judge, not even a judge, a magistrate, to give them the search warrant.”

No Republican elected official has called for violence against Reinhart, and on Friday afternoon Rubio posted on Twitter that anyone threatening violence over the search should be arrested.

Reinhart had previously donated to President Barack Obama’s campaign but also contributed to Republican Jeb Bush when the former Florida governor was running for president during the 2016 cycle.

Major Paul Rogers with the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department told POLITICO that they are “aware of the threats” and are working with federal law enforcement. The U.S. Marshals Service, which is responsible for protecting federal judges, declined to comment in detail.

The threats against Reinhart highlight the contentious nature of the search of Trump’s residence. On Thursday, police shot and killed a man, identified as Ricky W. Shiffer, in Ohio after he tried to break into the FBI office in Cincinnati, authorities said. The New York Times reported that a person with an account bearing the same name posted on Trump’s “Truth Social” social media platform that people should kill federal agents in Florida.

Aryeh Tuchman, a senior associate director for the Anti-Defamation League’s Center for Extremism, said his organization is “monitoring the increased level of threat language generally, and also towards the specific judge.”

“I think it’s fair to say certainly where the judge is concerned, reports of vitriol directed at him and the synagogue have increased,” he said.

Tuchman said that the synagogue Reinhart belongs to has additional security in place and Temple Beth David had to cancel an outdoor service due to concerns of violence. Officials with the synagogue did not return a request seeking comment.

Attorney General Merrick Garland on Thursday said he approved the search of Trump’s resort and moved to unseal the search warrant. He also defended federal agents and prosecutors who have been heavily criticized by Republicans and others, saying he will not “stand by silently when their integrity is unfairly attacked. The men and women of the FBI and the Justice Department are dedicated, patriotic public servants.”

Leading Republicans initially defended Trump and claimed the FBI search was an example of the federal government overstepping its authority and the Biden administration targeting political opponents. But some have taken softer stances after it was reported some of the documents could relate to nuclear weapons.

A search warrant viewed by POLITICO indicates that federal authorities are investigating Trump for potential violations of the Espionage Act, obstruction of an investigation and removal or destruction of records. Some of the documents recovered were marked “TS/SCI,” one of the highest levels of classification by the government.

Few, however, have made public statements about threats made toward Reinhardt, even as conservatives on various social media sites and message boards have directly attacked him over being Jewish and over the fact that in 2009 he served as a defense attorney representing employees of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

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Fox News in particular received a backlash after airing a doctored photo of Reinhart receiving a foot massage from Ghislaine Maxwell, a convicted sex trafficker and a longtime companion of Epstein. On Friday, Fox News host Brian Kilmeade posted a mea culpa of sorts, saying the depiction “never took place & we wanted to make clear that we were showing a meme in jest.”

“Right wingers are weaponizing the synagogue affiliation of a judge who was doing his job,” said Jeffrey Salkin, a rabbi and columnist for Religion News Service. “They are slurring the social justice commitments of contemporary Judaism. Their bigotry is appalling, and I would welcome the protests of the Republican Jewish Coalition.”
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Re: Stochastic Terrorism

Postby admin » Sat Aug 13, 2022 9:06 am

Fox News aired a bizarre fake photo replacing Jeffrey Epstein with the judge who signed off on Trump's search warrant
by Natalie Musumeci
Business Insider
8/13/22

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A digitally altered photo of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell that replaced Epstein's body with the judge who approved Trump's search warrant @what.i.meme.to.say / Twitter

* Fox News aired a digitally altered photo of the judge who green-lit the search warrant for Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago.
* An image of the judge was tacked onto an old photo of Jeffrey Epstein getting a foot rub by Ghislaine Maxwell.
* The photo aired during "Tucker Carlson Tonight" on Thursday while Brian Kilmeade was a guest host.


Fox News aired a digitally altered photo that replaced an old image of Jeffrey Epstein getting a foot rub from Ghislaine Maxwell with the body and face of the federal judge who signed off on the warrant allowing FBI agents to search former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago.

The altered photo — originally an image of the late convicted sex offender Epstein cozying up to convicted sex trafficker Maxwell on a private jet — was broadcast during "Tucker Carlson Tonight" on Thursday while Fox News' Brian Kilmeade was serving as guest host.

"Also a picture of Bruce Reinhart," Kilmeade said during the segment as the fake image showing Reinhart — a magistrate judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida — was shown to viewers.


Aaron Rupar
@atrupar·Follow
Brian Kilmeade, filling in for Tucker Carlson tonight, shared a clearly fake, photoshopped image of the judge involved in approving the Mar-a-Lago warrant

https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1557 ... fbi-2022-8


In the photo, Reinhart can be seen with a box of Golden Oreos and a bottle of Early Times whiskey in his right hand. Epstein's upper body in the image was replaced with Reinhart's.

"This is the judge in charge of the, of the, of the, um, as you know, of the warrant, and we'll see if he's going to release it next — he likes Oreos and whiskey," Kilmeade said during the broadcast.


During the broadcast, Kilmeade asked Fox News' Sean Hannity whether he can "relate to that," prompting Hannity himself to call out the photo for being altered.

"I think that's actually a picture of Jeffrey Epstein with somebody putting [Reinhart's] head on there," Hannity told Kilmeade, adding, "I'm guessing, I don't know."

Kilmeade responded, "It might be his plane. Who knows?"

"I'll let you determine that in the morning. We'll be watching," a chuckling Hannity said.

The image used for the broadcast was credited to the meme social media account @what.i.meme.to.say.
The account didn't immediately respond to Insider's requests for comment on Twitter or Instagram.

Reinhart approved the warrant that allowed the FBI to search Trump's Mar-a-Lago property on Monday.

The judge has reportedly received violent and antisemitic threats by far-right extremists since signing off on the warrant.

Brian Kilmeade
@kilmeade·Follow
Last night while subbing for Tucker Carlson, we showed you an image of Judge Bruce Reinhart w/ Ghislaine Maxwell that was sourced on screen to a meme pulled from Twitter & wasn’t real. This depiction never took place & we wanted to make clear that we were showing a meme in jest.
1:44 PM · Aug 12, 2022


In a tweet on Friday, Kilmeade addressed the use of the doctored photo in Thursday night's segment and said he was "showing a meme in jest."

"Last night while subbing for Tucker Carlson, we showed you an image of Judge Bruce Reinhart w/ Ghislaine Maxwell that was sourced on screen to a meme pulled from Twitter & wasn't real," Kilmeade wrote. "This depiction never took place & we wanted to make clear that we were showing a meme in jest."

When reached on Friday, a spokesperson for Fox News declined to comment further.
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Re: Stochastic Terrorism

Postby admin » Mon Aug 15, 2022 3:48 am

Armed Trump supporters gathered outside Phoenix FBI office: Peter Strzok: Author, Compromised: Counterintelligence and the Threat of Donald J. Trump.
CNN
Aug 14, 2022

A group of approximately 25 people gathered outside of an FBI office in Phoenix. Some in the group were armed and wearing tactical gear. CNN has reached out to the FBI Phoenix field office for comment. Phoenix Police Department Sgt. Phil Krynsky told CNN “the group was peaceful and there are no incidents to report.”

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Re: Stochastic Terrorism

Postby admin » Thu Aug 18, 2022 4:31 am

Trump considering releasing Mar-a-Lago surveillance footage
Aug 17, 2022
CNN
14.1M subscribers

Some allies of former President Donald Trump are urging him to publicly release surveillance footage of FBI agents executing a search warrant on his Mar-a-Lago residence. The proposal has drawn mixed reaction inside his orbit, CNN has learned.
The CCTV footage has been so closely held that aides to the former President aren’t sure if he has seen it in full himself, said a person close to Trump.
#AC360 #andersoncooper #CNN

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Re: Stochastic Terrorism

Postby admin » Sat Aug 20, 2022 3:34 am

Trump's 'Openly Inciting' Rhetoric Against DOJ Is Dangerously Familiar
by Chris Hayes
Aug 19, 2022

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When will people realize that the atrocities being perpetrated by the FBI and DOJ having to do with the Raid and Break In of my home, Mar-a-Lago, or after years of other atrocities and unthinkable violations of freedom and the law, this has been going on for years, from the moment I came down the golden escalators in Trump Tower, right up until the present. At some point you have to look at what took place in the past to determine what is going on in the present...
... and nothing has ever happened like that which is going on in our Country right now. The law enforcement of our Country has become that of a Third World Nation, and I do not believe the people will stand for it -- between Fraudulent Elections, Open Borders, Inflation, giving our Military to the Enemy, and so much more -- how much are we all expected to take?
Never in our Country's history has there been a time where law enforcement has been so viciously and violently involved in the life and times of politics in our Nation. Even in light of the fact that they violated the Russia, Russia, Russia Scam, Impeachment Hoax #1, Impeachment Hoax #2, the Mueller Witch Hunt, lied many times before Congress, and on many occasions put out fraudulent information before the FISA Court, they continue. They have no shame. They are destroying our Country!

Aug 19, 2022, 16:31-16:32


“They are threatening law enforcement and the DOJ, claiming that the country will erupt into violence if they don't do what Trump wants,” says Chris Hayes on the response to the Mar-a-Lago probe. “The last time Trump's rhetoric was this openly inciting...a mob stormed the Capitol and people ended up dead.”



Transcript

>> [CHRI HAYES] GOOD EVENING FROM NEW YORK,
I'M CHRIS HAYES.
NEARLY TWO WEEKS OUT FROM THE
FBI SEARCH OF THE EX-PRESIDENT'S
FLORIDA HOME,
DONALD TRUMP'S EXCUSES KEEP
GETTING WORSE --
THEY KEEP CHANGING, AND THEY
KEEP GETTING WORSE.
HE IS NOW THREATENING TO TAKE
STEPS THAT COULD FURTHER
INFLAME TENSIONS, AND OUTRIGHT
ENDANGER FBI AGENTS.
NOW AT FIRST, TRUMP TRIED TO
PUSH NONSENSE CONSPIRACY
THEORIES ABOUT THE FBI PLANTING
THE CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS AT
MAR-A-LAGO, WHICH WAS FRANKLY
ABSURD. AND WHEN IT DIDN'T WORK,
HE LANDED ON A CONSISTENT EXCUSE:
"YES, THE DOCUMENTS WERE MINE,
YES, I HAD THEM WITH
ME, BUT IT'S FINE, BECAUSE I
DECLASSIFIED THEM."
>> [JOHN SOLOMON, FOX NEWS] THIS IS FROM PRESIDENT
TRUMP'S OFFICE.
IT JUST CAME IN A FEW MINUTES AGO.
"AS WE CAN ALL RELATE TO,
EVERYONE --
AS WE CAN ALL RELATE TO,
EVERYONE ENDS UP HAVING TO
BRING HOME THEIR WORK FROM TIME
TO TIME.
AMERICAN PRESIDENTS ARE NO
DIFFERENT.
PRESIDENT TRUMP, IN ORDER TO
PREPARE THE WORK THE NEXT DAY,
OFTEN TOOK DOCUMENTS, INCLUDING
CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS, TO THE
RESIDENCE.
HE HAD A STANDING ORDER -- THERE'S
THE WORD I'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR --
THAT DOCUMENTS REMOVED FROM THE
OVAL OFFICE AND TAKEN TO THE
RESIDENCE WERE DEEMED TO BE
DECLASSIFIED THE MOMENT HE
REMOVED THEM."
>> [CHRIS HAYES] [LAUGHING] NOW, THAT'S AN ALMOST
COMICAL MONOLOGUE THERE FROM
JOHN SOLOMON, WHOSE IS ESSENTIALLY
A MOUTHPIECE FOR
TRUMP.
THAT EXCUSE WAS PRETTY OBVIOUSLY A
LIE.
BUT WE HAVE GOT NEW REPORTING TO
ACTUALLY CONFIRM IT, NAIL IT DOWN.
"18 FORMER WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS,
INCLUDING TWO OF TRUMP'S WHITE
HOUSE CHIEFS OF STAFF, JOHN
KELLY, NICK MULVANEY, SAY
THERE WAS NO STANDING ORDER TO
DECLASSIFY DOCUMENTS."
IT WOULD CERTAINLY APPEAR THAT
TRUMP IS JUST LYING TO TRY AND
SAVE HIS HIDE.
SO RUDY GIULIANI, WHO APPEARS TO BE IN
A QUITE A BIT OF LEGAL TROUBLE, IS THE TARGET, AGAIN, OF THAT CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION IN GEORGIA,
WENT ON
THE FAR RIGHT OUTLET, NEWSMAX, TO TRY AND
CLEAR THINGS UP.
>> [RUDY GIULIANI] NOW, THEY WANT TO MAKE HIM
RESPONSIBLE FOR HAVING TAKEN
CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS AND
PRESERVED THEM.
REALLY, IF YOU LOOK AT THE
ESPIONAGE ACT, IT'S NOT REALLY
ABOUT TAKING THE DOCUMENTS,
IT'S ABOUT DESTROYING THEM,
OR HIDING THEM,
OR GIVING THEM TO THE ENEMY.
>> [FOX NEWS HOST] RIGHT.
>> [RUDY GIULIANI] IT'S NOT ABOUT TAKING THEM
AND PUTTING THEM IN A PLACE
THAT IS ROUGHLY AS SAFE AS THEY
WERE IN IN THE FIRST PLACE.
>> [CHRIS HAYES] NOW THE ESPIONAGE ACT IS A
WEIRD AND IN SOME WAYS BAD
PIECE OF LEGISLATION, BUT
THAT'S NOT TRUE, WHAT GIULIANI
IS SAYING.
ACCORDING TO TRUMP'S OWN FORMER
HEAD OF COUNTER-INTELLIGENCE
AT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE,
QUOTE, "THE ESPIONAGE ACT
EXPLICITLY APPLIES TO THE
WILLFUL RETENTION OF CLASSIFIED
AND NONCLASSIFIED DEFENSE
RELATED DOCUMENTS IN AN
UNAUTHORIZED PLACE."
David Laufman
@DavidLaufmanLaw
Former @TheJusticeDept official completely misrepresents the scope of a law he was once responsible for enforcing. Espionage Act explicitly applies to willful retention of classified (and non-classified defense-related) in an unauthorized place. #ClassifiedDocuments

12:53 PM - Aug 19, 2022

THAT IS OBVIOUSLY WHAT WE ARE
TALKING ABOUT.
IN FACT, IT'S ALL BUT BEEN ADMITTED
TO BY THE TRUMP PEOPLE.
SETTING THAT ASIDE, IT SURE
SOUNDS LIKE GIULIANI IS OPENLY
ADMITTING TRUMP TOOK THE
DOCUMENTS THAT HE APPARENTLY
KNEW WERE CLASSIFIED IN ORDER TO
PRESERVE THEM.
OF COURSE WE KNOW THAT TRUMP
WAS STORING AT LEAST SOME OF THE
DOCUMENTS IN THE BASEMENT OF
HIS GOLF RESORT, WHICH, NO
MATTER HOW YOU SLICE IT, I
DON'T THINK IS SAFER THAN WITH
THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES.
EVEN THOUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF
JUSTICE INVESTIGATORS, AGAIN,
IN THIS LONG BACK AND FORTH, RIGHT,
WHERE THEY ARE TRYING TO GET THE
PAPERS BACK AND SECURE, TOLD
TRUMP HE NEEDED TO PUT A LOCK ON THE DOOR
WHERE THE DOCUMENTS WERE KEPT, MEANING HIS ATTEMPTS
AT
AT PRESERVATION CERTAINLY LEFT SOMETHING TO BE
DESIRED.
NOW JUST WATCH TRUMP'S CURRENT LAWYER FLOUNDER
WHEN FOX NEWS LOBBED HER A SOFTBALL QUESTION ABOUT
HOW SECURE THE
DOCUMENT WERE.
>> [CHRISTINA BOBB] THEY ASKED FOR ONE MORE LOCK, ADD ANOTHER LOCK, WHICH
WE DID.
UH, AND THEN, FOR WHATEVER REASON,
THEY DECIDED THAT THEY STILL
NEEDED TO RAID THE PLACE.
>> [LAURA INGRAHAM] AND ONLY ONE OR TWO
PEOPLE HAD ACCESS TO THAT ROOM,
TO YOUR KNOWLEDGE?
>>[CHRISTINA BOBB] THAT'S MY UNDERSTANDING.
I MEAN, I WOULD HAVE TO CHECK WITH, YOU KNOW,
THE MAINTENANCE OF THAT AREA.
BUT MY UNDERSTANDING IS A VERY
SMALL NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT COULD
GET IN THERE.
>> [CHRIS HAYES] LAURA IS LIKE, "PLEASE WORK
WITH ME HERE. I'M TRYING TO
HELP YOU OUT."
NOT A VERY REASSURING ANSWER
WHEN WE ARE TALKING ABOUT TOP
SECRET DOCUMENTS. AND IN CASE YOU HAVE
FORGOTTEN, OF COURSE, TRUMP
DOESN'T REALLY DESERVE THE
BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT WHEN IT
COMES TO PRESERVING ANY KIND OF NATIONAL
SECURITY SECRETS. I MEAN, JUST
ONE EXAMPLE, AND THERE ARE TRULY
COUNTLESS, LISTEN TO THE MUSICIAN KID ROCK DESCRIBE
HOW TRUMP WAS APPARENTLY
DISCUSSING SENSITIVE ISSUES OF FOREIGN POLICY AND NATIONAL SECURITY WITH
A NUCLEAR POWER WITH
HIM WHEN HE VISITED THE WHITE
HOUSE.
>> [KID ROCK] WE'RE LOOKING AT MAPS [DELETE], AND
I'M LIKE, AM I SUPPOSED TO BE LIKE [DELETE]
[TUCKER CARLSON] [LAUGHING]
[KID ROCK] I MAKE DIRTY RECORDS SOMETIMES.
BUT --
[TUCKER CARLSON] [LAUGHING]
>> [KID ROCK] ... DO IT HERE.
"WHAT DO YOU THINK WE SHOULD DO
ABOUT NORTH KOREA?
[LAUGHING] I SAID "WHAT"?
I DON'T THINK I'M QUALIFIED TO ANSWER
THIS.
>> [CHRIS HAYES] THAT'S THE MOST RELATABLE I'VE
EVER FOUND KID ROCK,
AND HE'S RIGHT, HE'S NOT REALLY
QUALIFIED TO ANSWER.
BUT ALL THIS STUFF ASIDE, WHAT
IS LESS FUNNY THAN THE KIND OF
HAPHAZARD AND SOMEWHAT
RIDICULOUS ATTEMPTS BY TRUMP TO
WRIGGLE OUT OF THIS, WHAT HE'S
DOING NOW WITH HIS ATTACKS ON
THE FBI IS, I THINK, LEGITIMATELY
DANGEROUS.
SO IT'S BEEN REPORTED THAT
TRUMP MADE THIS OVERTURE TO THE
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, THE NEW
YORK TIMES REPORTED THIS,
THROUGH AN EMISSARY.
AND HE SENT THIS MESSAGE TO
MERRICK GARLAND.
The New York Times
Trump Lawyer Told Justice Dept. That Classified Material Had Been Returned
by Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush
Aug. 13, 2022

"The country is on fire. What can I do to reduce the heat?"

HE WANTED TO GET IT TO MERRICK
GARLAND.
AND THE QUESTION WAS, "THE
COUNTRY IS ON FIRE.
WHAT CAN I DO TO REDUCE THE
HEAT?"
AND BY "COUNTRY ON FIRE," WHAT HE
MEANT WAS HE TALKED TO ALL THESE PEOPLE WHO WERE
ENRAGED BY THE SEARCH ON
MAR-A-LAGO.
AND THERE'S A WAY TO READ THAT,
WHICH I THINK IS THE PLAIN READING OF IT, WHICH
IS OMINOUS, RIGHT? A THREAT.
TRUMP TELLING THE DOJ, "BE
CAREFUL, THAT HIS SUPPORTERS
ARE AGITATING FOR
VIOLENCE.
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU DO."
BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY, IT'S VERY
OBVIOUS THAT TRUMP IS NOT
INTERESTED IN COOLING TENSIONS
AT ALL.
NOW WE DON'T KNOW FOR SURE WHO
INITIALLY LEAKED THE ACTUAL
MAR-A-LAGO SEARCH WARRANT TO
PRO TRUMP NEWS OUTLETS, INCLUDING BREITBART, ALTHOUGH I'LL LEAVE IT TO YOU TO GUESS, BUT THE COPY OF THE DOCUMENT
THAT CIRCULATED IN SOME
FAR-RIGHT CIRCLES, DID NOT
REDACT THE NAMES OF THE FBI
OFFICERS INVOLVED, PUTTING
THEIR LIVES IN DANGER.
AND AGAIN, I'M NOT BEING
HYPERBOLIC HERE. THIS IS NOT
JUST EMPTY THREATS.
JUST LAST WEEK, RIGHT AFTER THE
SEARCH, A MAN TOOK A GUN TO AN
FBI BUILDING IN OHIO, AND LATER
FIRED DIRECTLY AT OFFICERS IN A
STANDOFF AFTER POSTING ONLINE
ABOUT HE WANTED TO KILL THE FBI
AGENTS.
EARLIER THIS WEEK, A
PENNSYLVANIA MAN WAS ARRESTED
FOR ALLEGEDLY USING THE
FAR-RIGHT SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM
GAB TO SHARE EXLICIT THREATS
AGAINST THE FBI.
STATEMENTS LIKE, QUOTE," EVERY
SINGLE PIECE OF [BLANK] WHO
WORKS FOR THE FBI IN ANY
CAPACITY, FROM THE DIRECTOR
DOWN TO THE JANITOR WHO CLEANS
THEIR F-ING TOILETS, DESERVES TO DIE. YOU'VE
DECLARED WAR ON US AND
NOW IT'S OPEN SEASON ON YOU."
THE FLORIDA JUDGE WHO APPROVED
THE SEARCH WARRANT ON
MAR-A-LAGO IS NOW RECEIVING DEATH
THREATS, WHICH ARE APPARENTLY
SO SERIOUS, HIS SYNAGOGUE
CANCELED TONIGHT'S
SCHEDULED SERVICE. OKAY?
THAT'S WHAT IT MEANS WHEN TRUMP
SENDS A MESSAGE TO MERRICK
GARLAND, "THE COUNTRY IS ON
FIRE."
AND NOW THE EX PRESIDENT IS
REPORTEDLY MULLING THE
POSSIBILITY OF RELEASING THE
SURVEILLANCE CAMERA VIDEO OF
THE MAR-A-LAGO SEARCH,
WHICH WOULD, IT SEEMS, FURTHER
ENDANGER THOSE AGENTS BY MAKING
THEIR FACES PUBLIC TO TRUMP'S
ENRAGED SUPPORTERS.
AND IN A NEW STATEMENT THIS
EVENING, THE DEPARTMENT OF
JUSTICE TOLD NBC NEWS QUOTE, "WE
WOULD HOPE THE VIDEO WOULD
ONLY PROVIDE IT IN A FORMAT THAT
OBSCURES THE FACES AND
IDENTIFYING INFORMATION OF LAW
ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL."
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE STATEMENT
ON MAR-A-LAGO SURVEILLANCE VIDEO
"WE WOULD HOPE THAT IT WOULD ONLY BE PROVIDED IN A FORMAT THAT OBSCURES THE FACES AND IDENTIFYING INFORMATION OF LAW ENFOREMENT PERSONNEL."

BUT THAT DOESN'T SEEM TO BE A
CONCERN.
JUST LISTEN TO HOW ANOTHER ONE OF
TRUMP'S LAWYERS PUT IT.
>> [ROB SCHMITT, TONIGHT] SO YOU CAN'T SEE THE AFFIDAVIT,
AND OF COURSE YOU CAN'T SEE
WHAT THEY WERE DOING IN THE
RAID.
NOT A LOT OF TRANSPARENCY IN THIS
GOVERNMENT.
>> [TRUMP LAWYER] WE DON'T WANT YOU TO SEE
THEIR IDENTITIES EITHER,
BECAUSE WE DON'T WANT YOU TO
KNOW WHO DID THAT.
WELL, IF YOU ARE DOING IT
AS AN AGENT, I AM NOT SURE THAT
YOU SHOULD HAVE THAT RIGHT.
LISTEN, FBI AGENTS, UNDERCOVER
AGENTS, THAT'S ONE THING.
BUT WHEN YOU GO INTO A PRESIDENT'S
HOME, AN EX PRESIDENT'S HOME,
WHAT DO YOU EXPECT IS GOING TO
HAPPEN?
WHAT DO YOU EXPECT?
>> [CHRIS HAYES] THINK ABOUT THAT.
"WHAT DO YOU EXPECT IS GOING TO
HAPPEN?"
WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
TRUMP CAN CARE LESS, RIGHT, ABOUT
PROTECTING LAW ENFORCEMENT.
IN FACT, JUST TODAY, HE USED
HIS WEIRD OFF-BRAND PLATFORM TO
FURTHER INFLAME THE COUNTRY,
TO REALLY INCITE --
HE REFERRED TO THE EXECUTION
OF THE SEARCH WARRANT AS QUOTE
"ATROCITIES BEING PERPETRATED BY
THE FBI AND DOJ, THAT THE LAW
ENFORCEMENT OF OUR COUNTRY HAS
BECOME THAT OF A THIRD WORLD
NATION, AND I DON'T BELIEVE THE
PEOPLE WILL STAND FOR IT.
HOW MUCH ARE WE ALL EXPECTED TO
TAKE?
QUOTE, NEVER IN OUR COUNTRY'S
HISTORY HAS THERE BEEN A TIME
WHERE LAW ENFORCEMENT HAS BEEN
SO VICIOUSLY AND VIOLENTLY
INVOLVED IN THE LIFE AND TIMES
OF POLITICS IN OUR NATION.
THEY HAVE NO SHAME. THEY ARE
DESTROYING OUR COUNTRY!"
AGAIN, SOMEONE SHOT UP AN FBI
HEADQUARTERS.
AFTER THE RAID.
HE KNOWS THAT!
THIS MORNING TRUMP'S LAWYER
AGAIN TOOK TO RIGHT-WING MEDIA
TO ISSUE, WHAT AGAIN, SURE SEEMED
LIKE A THREAT TO THE DEPARTMENT
OF JUSTICE.
>> [CHRISTINA BOBB] I DON'T SEE IT AS,
COMING DOWN, I ALSO THINK THE
NATION'S REACTION TO THIS RAID,
I THINK THE DEPARTMENT WAS
SURPRISED AT HOW ANGRY AMERICA
GOT, AND HOW FRUSTRATED WE ALL
ARE, THAT WE FEEL LIKE WE ARE LOSING
OUR RIGHTS, AND THIS IS SO
OVERLY POLITICAL.
SO, I THINK IT'S CAUSING THEM
TO GO, "OH, MAYBE WE DON'T HAVE WHAT
WE THINK WE HAVE."
SO I HOPE THAT THEY TAKE A SECOND
LOOK AND ARE CAUTIOUS ABOUT
DOING SOMETHING AS STUPID AS
TRYING TO GO AFTER PRESIDENT
TRUMP, BECAUSE THEY'VE TRIED THIS BEFORE.
>> [CHRIS HAYES] AGAIN, LISTEN TO WHAT THEY
SAID THERE.
THEY BASICALLY ADMITTED TO THE
CRIME. RIGHT?
THEY HAVE THE DOCUMENTS, THEY
WILLFULLY RETAIN THEM.
RIGHT?
NOW THEY ARE NOT MAKING LEGAL
ARGUMENTS, THEY ARE JUST SAYING, "YOU
WILL DESTROY CIVIL PEACE IN THIS
COUNTRY, BECAUSE OUR FOLLOWERS
WILL ...", WHAT?
IF YOU DO THIS?
THEY ARE THREATENING LAW
ENFORCEMENT AND THE DOJ AND
CLAIMING THAT THE COUNTRY WILL
ERUPT INTO VIOLENCE IF THEY
DON'T DO WHAT TRUMP WANTS.
I GOTTA SAY, THE LAST TIME
THAT TRUMP'S RHETORIC WAS THIS
OPENLY INCITING -- HIS PLATFORM WAS MUCH HIGHER -- IT'S NOT THE SAME -- BUT THE LAST TIME IT WAS THIS INCITING, A MOB STORMED THE CAPITOL AND PEOPLE ENDED UP DEAD.
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Re: Stochastic Terrorism

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A former FBI agent discusses threats against the agency since the search of Trump’s home
Brooks and Marcus on threats against the FBI, Liz Cheney's future, Trump's grip on the GOP
PBS News Hour
Aug 19, 2022 6:45 PM EDT

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and its agents have become targets of threats after the agency conducted a court-approved search of former President Trump's estate. Much of the heated rhetoric has come from Trump and his allies. One man has already been killed by law enforcement for trying to storm an Ohio field office. Retired Special Agent Frank Montoya joins Judy Woodruff to discuss.

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Judy Woodruff:

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and its agents have become targets of threats in the days since the agency carried out a court-approved search of former President Donald Trump's estate.

Much of the heated rhetoric has come from Trump himself and his allies. And, already, one man was killed by law enforcement after attempting to storm a field office in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Here with me now to discuss all of this is retired Special Agent Frank Montoya, who served 26 years in the FBI.

Frank Montoya, welcome back to the "NewsHour."

We have been planning to talk to you for a couple of days based on threats that we saw out there. But I just have to share that, just in the last hour or so, on this Friday afternoon, former President Trump has posted on social media strong comments

And I'm just going to quote from some of them. He refers to what he calls atrocities being perpetrated by the FBI and the DOJ. He says: "The law enforcement of our country has become that of a Third World nation and I do not believe that people will stand for it. Never in our country's history has there been a time where law enforcement has been so viciously and violently involved in the life and times of politics in our nation. They have no shame. They are destroying our country."

Has there been anything like this before in the history of the FBI?

Frank Motoya Jr., Former FBI Official:

Never.

I cannot think of any instance in my lifetime or even before then in the history of the FBI where something like was so egregiously foisted upon them.

Judy Woodruff:

How do you account for what's happened here? Because there was the search of former President Trump's estate in Florida, Mar-a-Lago. There was a court-approved warrant for that search.

And yet the president and his allies, his supporters have ever since then come down with a steady stream of attacks and threats on the FBI.

Frank Motoya Jr.:

Well, I think what it reveals is that there's a lot of concern amongst his inner circle and amongst — with him, in particular, about how close this investigation is getting to the truth.

The things that he's been saying all along, whether there was planted evidence, or that he had this unequivocal, unadulterated ability to declassify, or to just outright attack the men and women of the FBI, who are doing their jobs, who are responding to allegations from outside, reacting to it with a search warrant, and then, again, doing their jobs, collecting the evidence and removing that documentation.

And it really suggests that he's worried about what they're what they're finding, not what they will find, what they are finding, and what will happen next as far as potential prosecution.

So, yes, he's running scared. That's what it sounds like.

Judy Woodruff:

Well, the language has become, I mean, just — I mean, to say over the top is an understatement.

There are — we have seen quotes where they have written about killing the enemy. Steve Bannon, who's a longtime adviser to the former president, has talked about the FBI is like the Gestapo and talking about, we're at war.

How do — I mean, you have been in contact, I know, with — you have many friends in the bureau. How are they seeing all this? How are they — how do they — how are they taking it in?

Frank Motoya Jr.:

Well, it ticks them off.

I mean, they're trying to deal with it, take it in stride. Addressing threats, dealing with threats on a daily basis is what they do. But what really concerns them is the input, the possible or potential impact that this can have on family members, especially with their kids getting ready to go back to school, and with their colleagues, the intelligence analysts and the support personnel, who don't carry weapons for a living.

It really is making for a difficult work environment. Now, they're going to continue to do what they do. They're going to press forward. They're going to uphold their oath to support and defend the Constitution, to uphold the rule of law.

But, at the same time, we are in — I don't like to use this word. I don't think many people do. But we are in unprecedented times, because they truly are. We're looking at words coming out, not just out of his mouth, but other so-called responsible leaders in this country, who are constantly bashing individuals, professionals who are doing their jobs on a daily basis to the best of their abilities, following the rule of law.

And in addition to the threats that those words pose to them, it also undermines the very efforts that they're supposed to that — that they're attempting to uphold. It really — it's an attack on the Constitution, as much as it is on these agents that are really working hard to uphold it.

Judy Woodruff:

And that's a question I wanted to get to, because how is it possible for the agency to do its job when you have more and more of the American people who the FBI and DOJ, Department of Justice are serving not having confidence in the — not just not having confidence in them, but thinking they are the enemies of the people?

Frank Motoya Jr.:

Yes.

So, that's a really terrible side effect of all of this nonsensical rhetoric, that people are questioning the very reasons that the FBI exists. It's not just about questioning their honesty and integrity, but their reason for existing.

And there was a time when most Americans, many Americans, they looked at the rule of law and they looked at the Constitution as something worth upholding, as something that could be upheld. And, right now, with all of this negative language that's out there, all this negative rhetoric is really causing even normal, regular people, my neighbors, to question whether or not the FBI is doing what it's supposed to do, as opposed to acting like a rogue agency.

And the fact of the matter is, nothing could be farther from the truth about that rogue nature, about the adjectives, the words and descriptions that the former president is using to describe really good people, who are just like your neighbors, your — the folks that live in your community, whose children go to your schools, where they're just doing their jobs, reacting to the circumstances of our current environment, and doing it in the best way possible, at the same time, taking care of themselves and, more importantly, their friends and families.

Judy Woodruff:

All right, well, we are going to leave it there. We certainly are continuing to watch this as it develops, and, again, with these new comments today from the former president.

Frank Montoya, who served in the FBI for 26 years, thank you very much.

Frank Montoya Jr.:

Thank you.
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Re: Stochastic Terrorism

Postby admin » Sat Sep 17, 2022 4:25 am

Boston Children's Hospital Becomes Latest Target Of MAGA-Right Threats
Sep 16, 2022
MSNBC

Chris Hayes: Not a week goes by without a story of some election official or civil servant getting in the cross hairs of the most vile faction of the MAGA right and finding themselves besieged with harassment and threats. The most recent victim is Boston Children's Hospital.



Transcript

NOT A WEEK GOES BY WITHOUT A
4:59
STORY OF SOME ELECTION OFFICIAL
5:01
OR EDUCATIONAL CIVIL SERVANT,
5:03
OR HEALTH ADMINISTRATOR,
5:06
GETTING IN THE CROSSHAIRS OF
5:07
THE MOST VILE FACTION OF THE
5:09
MAGA RIGHT, AND FINDING
5:11
THEMSELVES BESIEGED WITH
5:12
HARASSMENT AND THREATS.
5:14
THE MOST RECENT VICTIM IS THE
5:17
BOSTON CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL.
5:18
YES, THE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL.
5:19
AN OPERATOR PEDIATRIC HOSPITAL
5:22
IN THE COUNTRY.
5:23
THE KIND OF PLACE THAT TREATS
5:24
KIDS WITH RARE DISEASES,
5:26
COMPOST CONDITIONS.
5:27
MORE THAN ANY OTHER FACILITY IN
5:28
THE NATION.
5:29
PARENTS AND FAMILIES TRAVEL
5:31
FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD TO
5:33
RECEIVE CARE AT BOSTON CHILDREN
5:35
'S.
5:35
AND YOU CAN IMAGINE, IF YOU ARE
5:37
TAKING YOUR LITTLE TINY CHILD
5:38
TO A SICK, WHAT A PROFOUNDLY
5:41
IMPORTANT PLACE THAT IS TO YOU
5:43
AND THE DOCTORS ARE.
5:44
AND ONE OF THE MANY SERVICES
5:45
THEY PROVIDE AT BOSTON
5:47
CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL IS GENDER
5:48
AFFIRMING CARE FOR TRANSGENDER
5:51
YOUTH.
5:51
AND THAT HAS RECENTLY MADE
5:53
BOSTON CHILDREN'S A PLACE THAT
5:55
CARES FOR SICK KIDS, A TARGET
5:58
OF MALICIOUS MISINFORMATION
6:00
SPREAD ONLINE.
6:02
SOME OF THE FAR-RIGHT ACCUSED
6:04
THE HOSPITAL OF PERFORMING
6:06
HYSTERECTOMIES ON MINORS, WHICH
6:08
OF COURSE IS NOT TRUE.
6:09
BUT THAT DIDN'T MATTER.
6:11
NO.
6:11
THE LIES SPREAD LIKE WILDFIRE
6:14
AS RIGHT-WING FIGURES ON FOX
6:17
NEWS AND INFOWARS, SOCIAL MEDIA,
6:20
AND THE WHOLE MAGA CREW WORKED
6:22
UP A FRENZY CLAIMING THE
6:24
HOSPITAL, WHICH CARES FOR SICK
6:26
CHILDREN, WAS PERFORMING, QUOTE,
6:29
CHILD MUTILATION.
6:30
.
6:30
AND AS SURELY AS DAY FOLLOWS
6:33
NIGHT, BOSTON CHILDREN'S BEGAN
6:36
RECEIVING VIOLENT THREATS.
6:36
>> THIS EVENING, BOSTON
6:40
CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL UNDER
6:41
ATTACK.
6:42
DOCTORS AND STAFF FACING
6:43
THREATS OF VIOLENCE.
6:45
AFTER THE HOSPITAL SAYS IT WAS
6:47
THE FOCUS OF A SOCIAL MEDIA
6:48
CAMPAIGN, OF ITS TREATMENT OF
6:52
TRANSGENDER YOUTH.
6:53
BOSTON CHILDREN SAYS THE POST
6:55
AREN'T ACCURATE, EVEN, THE THE
6:58
HOSPITAL HAS SAID THE FALLOUT
6:59
IS EXTENSIVE.
7:00
FROM THREATENING EMAILS AND
7:01
PHONE CALLS TO THREATS OF
7:03
VIOLENCE.
7:03
>> THEN, THE SAME PEOPLE WHO
7:07
HELPED WHIP UP THE FRENZY THAT
7:09
LED TO THESE THREATS, INCLUDING
7:11
A BOMB THREAT, THE SAME PEOPLE
7:14
STARTED CLAIMING IT WAS ALL A
7:15
HOAX THIS AT THE THREATS WERE
7:16
NOT REAL.
7:17
THAT THEY WERE A FALSE FLAG.
7:19
THERE WAS EVEN ONE CONCERTED
7:21
ACTIVISTS ME --
7:23
ALLEGING NO ONE CALLED THE
7:25
POLICE FOR A BOMB THREAT.
7:27
BUT IT WASN'T A HOAX.
7:29
IT WAS EXACTLY WHAT IT LOOKED
7:31
LIKE.
7:31
YESTERDAY, THE FBI ANNOUNCED
7:33
THAT THEY HAVE ARRESTED AND
7:34
CHARGED MASSACHUSETTS WOMAN, A
7:36
DIE HARD TRUMP SUPPORTER, WHO
7:37
DONATED MORE THAN $6,000 TO HIS
7:40
FUNDRAISING COMMITTEES, FOR
7:42
MAKING A BOMB THREAT AGAINST
7:44
BOSTON CHILDREN'S LAST MONTH.
7:45
ONE OF MANY IN RECENT WEEKS.
7:46
>> THE HOSPITAL HAS RECEIVED
7:50
DOZENS OF HOAX THREATS,
7:52
INCLUDING HARASSING PHONE CALLS
7:54
AND EMAILS, INDIVIDUAL DEATH
7:57
THREATS, AND THREATS OF MASS
7:59
CASUALTY ATTACKS.
8:00
>> WE ARRESTED KATHLEEN LEVY OF
8:03
WESTFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS.
8:05
FOR ALLEGEDLY SENDING A
8:06
THREATENING COMMUNICATION TO
8:07
BOSTON CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL AND
8:09
IN ITS EMPLOYEES.
8:10
AUGUST 30TH, THE HOSPITAL
8:12
RECEIVED A TELEPHONIC BOMB
8:13
THREAT.
8:14
THE HOSPITAL OPERATOR ANSWERED
8:16
THE CALL AND THE CALLER SAID,
8:17
IN PART, QUOTE, THERE IS A BOMB
8:20
ON THE WAY TO THE HOSPITAL YOU
8:21
BETTER EVACUATE EVERYBODY, YOU
8:24
SICKO'S.
8:25
>> I MEAN, JUST TAKE A STEP
8:27
BACK FOR A SECOND.
8:29
I DON'T TO SKIP THIS.
8:29
THIS IS A PLACE THAT PEOPLE
8:31
COME OVER THE COUNTRY FROM WITH
8:33
THE KIDS.
8:34
THEIR LITTLE KID WHO HAS GOT
8:35
SOME RARE DISORDER, OR GENETIC
8:38
COMPLICATION, AND THEY ARE
8:40
TERRIFIED AND UPSET, IT'S THE
8:41
WORST THING THAT'S EVER
8:42
HAPPENED TO THEM AND THEIR
8:43
FAMILY.
8:44
THEY ARE IN THIS HOSPITAL WITH
8:45
THESE PEOPLE THAT ARE CARING
8:47
FOR THESE SICK KIDS.
8:49
AND THIS PLACE IS GETTING
8:53
HARASSED, AND THREATENED, AND
8:56
FAKE BOMB THREAT SCALDED.
8:57
THAT'S A REAL THING THAT IS
8:58
HAPPENING.
8:59
IT IS ALL VERY REAL.
9:03
AND THAT'S A CHILDREN'S
9:04
HOSPITAL.

**************


Boston Children's Hospital Bomb Threat: How Right Wing Media Escalate Harassment Of LGBTQ-Friendly Places
by Madeline Halpert
Forbes Staff
Aug 31, 2022,01:54pm EDT
COPYRIGHT 2022 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

A bomb threat at Boston Children’s Hospital on Tuesday followed weeks of harassment by right wing influencers, including Libs of TikTok and the Daily Caller, over the hospital's alleged treatment of trans youth—a sharp escalation in a growing campaign to target individuals and organizations that are perceived to work with LGBTQ causes.

KEY FACTS

After receiving reports of a bomb threat, the Boston Police Department secured the perimeter of the hospital and sent in a bomb squad, but found no suspicious items.

The threat comes after the hospital had to hire more security following an influx of “hostile internet activity, phone calls, and harassing emails including threats of violence toward our clinicians and staff,” according to the medical center, which is ranked the best children’s hospital in the nation.

The right-wing attacks center on the false claim Boston Children’s Hospital provides hysterectomies to minors as a part of its transgender care, an allegation promoted in recent weeks by Libs of TikTok—whose Twitter account has more than one million followers—and picked up by several right-wing media sites, including the Daily Caller and the Post Millennial, as well as prominent rightwing commentators.

Boston Children’s “does not — and will not — perform a hysterectomy as part of gender-affirming care” on patients under the age of 18, the hospital said
, while other independent outlets have also debunked the claim (Libs of TikTok did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Forbes).

Reports also emerged this week that users on the far-right message board 4chan were attempting to clog up the hotline feed of a suicide crisis hotline operated by The Trevor Project, a nonprofit organization providing suicide prevention services for LGBTQ youth that has also faced attacks from Libs of TikTok (4chan did not respond to a request for comment).

Right-wing politicians and figures in recent months have also ramped up attacks in light of LGBTQ pride events, with one South Carolina congressional candidate Mark Burns, an ally of former President Donald Trump, in June calling for the “execut[ion]” of parents and teachers who promote LGBTQ rights.

CRUCIAL QUOTE

The Boston Children’s Hospital said it will “remain vigilant in our efforts to battle the spread of false information about the hospital and our caregivers” and was “committed to ensuring the hospital is a safe and secure place for all who work here and come here.” The Trevor Project told Forbes “attacking a crisis services line intended to prevent suicide among young people is egregious,” adding it’s “harrowing that anybody would attempt to compromise our lifeline or encourage suicide.”

SURPRISING FACT

Stephen Miller, a senior advisor to former President Donald Trump, replied to a tweet from Libs of TikTok promoting the false conspiracy theory about Boston Children’s Hospital, writing “This is monstrous. How does anyone involved in this still have a medical license?”

KEY BACKGROUND

The Boston Children’s Hospital threats started after Libs of TikTok posted a video on August 11 of a doctor at Boston Children’s Hospital talking about gender-affirming hysterectomies, claiming the procedure was being offered to “young girls,” though the doctor did not say the procedure was offered to children. The post has been retweeted by conservative influencers and liked thousands of times. The account, operated by Chaya Raichik, shares anti-LGBTQ content and has become influential in conservative media. Some far-right Republicans in recent months have increasingly sought to restrict trans people’s access to gender-affirming care, which includes a range of treatments such as hormone therapy and counseling. The care is recommended by several medical associations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, for young people with gender dysphoria. Republican lawmakers have tried to clamp down on transgender youth participation in sports as well. Right-wing harassment of LGBTQ populations promoted on social media has also nearly escalated to violence: In June, authorities arrested 31 members of the white nationalist organization Patriot Front near a pride event in Idaho, alleging they planned to start a riot.
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