Yesterday, FBI Director Christopher Wray confirmed that the FBI believes that Covid-19 did originate from a lab in China. While liberal pundits have tried to dismiss the similar finding of the Department of Energy, the public attention of the FBI will make it more difficult to spin out of this major story. Yet, the most interesting moment with Wray came in an interview with Fox News host Bret Baier. Wray told Baier that the agency has, “for quite some time now, assessed that the origins of the pandemic are most likely a potential lab incident in Wuhan.” The notion that the FBI has held this belief for “quite some time now” is unnerving since it remained stoney silent as experts and commentators were censored and shunned for even uttering the theory.
The disclosure of the Energy Department’s conclusion has followed a familiar attack pattern. While the Wall Street Journal report referenced the supporting view of intelligence officials, some of the left reflectively followed the same modus operandi in attacking the Department like it was some isolated scientist who dared to speak up. Comedian Stephen Colbert ridiculed the Department for failing to make enough charging stations and claimed that this was “outside the lane” of the Department. In other words, a Department tasked with this investigation by the President with extensive lab search facilities lacked expertise to render an opinion. Colbert even noted “You don’t see the Census Bureau building nukes.”
It is a typical attack point for many on the left, but it works better when you are stripping some luckless, lonely academic of speaking opportunities or censoring him on social media. For his part, Wray seemed to cut off such a similar attack in his interview with Baier:
“Let me step back for a second, the FBI has folks, agents, professionals, analysts, virologists, microbiologists, etc. who focus specifically on the dangers of biological threats, which include things like novel viruses like COVID and the concerns that, in the wrong hands, some bad guys, a hostile nation-state, a terrorist, a criminal, the threats that those could pose. So, here, you’re talking about a potential leak from a Chinese government-controlled lab that killed millions of Americans, and that’s precisely what that capability was designed for. I should add that our work related to this continues, and there are not a whole lot of details I can share that aren’t classified. I will just make the observation that the Chinese government, it seems to me, has been doing its best to try to thwart and obfuscate the work here…and that’s unfortunate for everybody.”
In other words, this is “our lane.”
However, the failure to previously disclose this conclusion was troubling. For years, scientists faced censorship for even raising the lab theory as a possible explanation for the virus. Their reputations and careers were shredded by a media flash mob. The Washington Post declared this a “debunked” coronavirus “conspiracy theory.” The New York Times’ Science and Health reporter Apoorva Mandavilli was calling any mention of the lab theory “racist.”
When a Chinese researcher told Fox News that this was man-made, the network was attacked and the left-leaning PolitiFact slammed her with her a “pants on fire rating.”
The social media companies censored thousands of postings to prevent the very discussion of the theory. Academic, media, and government forces aligned to prevent this — and other debates on Covid — from taking place.
The FBI was part of that general censorship effort. The Twitter Files has established that as many as 80 agents may have been employed to target citizens and others for censorship on social media. We also know that the CDC was actively involved in such censorship efforts.
When those files were released, Democrats went into a full attack mode. Some even accused those wanting to investigate the FBI’s role in censorship of being “Putin lovers” in a type of Red Scare 2.0.
I testified at the recent hearing on the files and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) adopted the same Colbert-like attack. She denounced me for offering “legal opinions” without actually working at Twitter. It is like saying that a witness should not discuss the content of the Pentagon Papers unless he worked at the Pentagon. It was particularly bizarre because the content of the Twitter Files (like the Pentagon papers) are “facts.” The implication of those facts are opinions. I was asked about both the factual content of Twitter files and their legal implications. Nevertheless, the effort was to portray anyone objecting to censorship as “outside their lane” or engaging in raw speculation. Yet, the Democrats have still opposed any investigation into the facts of government-supported censorship.
We now know that the FBI, for “quite some time now,” has agreed with scientists and experts who were being censored over this theory. It is not clear if the FBI actively sought their censorship on social media. However, at best, the FBI stayed silent as the media pushed the narrative that the lab theory was a racist, debunked conspiracy theory.
That record is similar to what occurred on the Russian collusion scandal. Early on in the scandal, the FBI was informed that the infamous Steele dossier was not only paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign but may be part of a disinformation campaign by Russian intelligence. Key sources were pegged as likely Russian intelligence assets. Yet none of this was revealed for years as the media relentlessly pounded away on the allegations and attacked anyone who expressed doubts on the basis of the investigation. Notably, a great deal of information damaging to then President Donald Trump leaked from the FBI but not the fact that it was told that this might be a Russian disinformation effort.
Obviously, the FBI’s role is not to correct the record in political or scientific debates. However, the FBI was repeatedly asked about this theory by Congress over the years and never indicated publicly that it had made this determination.
It is also not clear if the House and Senate intelligence committees were told of this finding. In May 2021, then-House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff said that the Committee was assessing the intelligence. He warned critics from making any “any premature or politically motivated conclusions.” He promised a conclusion within a couple months.
If the FBI had reached this conclusion “some time” ago, the question is whether it or agencies like CDC were still supporting the censorship of those raising the theory. This is why the public should be focused as much on the censorship as the science behind the lab theory controversy. We will likely debate for years the merits of the theory. However, that is a debate that many in the media, academia, and the government actively sought to prevent for years. We need to know how our own government may have contributed to that ignoble effort.
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From DeSantis’ new book, _ The Courage to Be Free: Florida’s Blueprint for America’s Revival_, on Florida’s far more rational handling of the Covid outbreak:
“The elites that drove the response to the COVID-19 pandemic fomented hysteria when they should have promoted calm . . .”
Why foment hysteria? Because cowering people are easy to control and rule.
The tyrannical “response in much of our country curtailed freedom, destroyed livelihoods, hurt children, and harmed overall public health.”
That is an acknowledgement that a sane person does not fix a broken ankle by severing a person’s leg.
Why did Christopher Wray attend the WEF meeting in Davos Switzerland?
Is the answer to why you attended a KKK fund raiser… “Why not??”
When did you stop beating your wife? You’re equating the elites meeting in Davos for the World Economic Forum to a centuries’ old domestic terrorist organization. The former scares me more than the latter; I don’t see an uptick of Klansman burning crosses, but I do see a group that wants to be the world’s government with values antithetical to the United States’ version of liberty.
AMERICA IS COMPELLED TO BELIEVE THAT CHRISTOPHER WRAY MISSED THE OBAMA COUP D’ETAT IN AMERICA???
CHRISTOPHER WRAY WAS BORN ON THE 7TH FLOOR AND HE COMPLETELY MISSED THE OBAMA COUP D’ETAT IN AMERICA???
WHAT’S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?
OH, YEAH! THE DEEP DEEP STATE “SWAMP” SHADOW GOVERNMENT IS TOTALLY ANTI-AMERICAN, UNCONSTITUTIONAL, CRIMINAL AND CORRUPT.
“We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”
– Barack Obama
“We will stop him.”
– Peter Strzok to FBI paramour Lisa Page
“[Obama] wants to know everything we’re doing.”
– Lisa Page to FBI paramour Peter Strzok
“I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office — that there’s no way he gets elected — but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before 40.”
– Peter Strzok to FBI parmour Lisa Page
“People on the 7th floor to include Director are fired up about this [Trump] server.”
– Bill Priestap
The Obama Coup D’etat in America is the most egregious abuse of power and the most prodigious crime in American political history. The co-conspirators are:
Kevin Clinesmith, Bill Taylor, Eric Ciaramella, Rosenstein, Mueller/Team, Andrew Weissmann,
James Comey, Christopher Wray, McCabe, Strozk, Page, Laycock, Kadzic, Sally Yates,
James Baker, Bruce Ohr, Nellie Ohr, Priestap, Kortan, Campbell, Sir Richard Dearlove,
Christopher Steele, Simpson, Joseph Mifsud, Alexander Downer, Stefan “The Walrus” Halper,
Azra Turk, Kerry, Hillary, Huma, Mills, Brennan, Gina Haspel, Clapper, Lerner, Farkas, Power,
Lynch, Rice, Jarrett, Holder, Brazile, Sessions (patsy), Nadler, Schiff, Pelosi, Obama,
Joe Biden, James E. Boasberg, Emmet Sullivan, Gen. Milley, George Soros, John McCain,
Marc Elias, Igor Danchenko, Fiona Hill, Charles H. Dolan, Jake Sullivan, Strobe Talbot,
Cody Shear, Victoria Nuland, Ray “Red Hat” Epps, Don Berlin, Kathy Ruemmler, Rodney Joffe,
Paul Vixie, L. Jean Camp, Andrew Whitney et al.
Matt Taibbi just added another element to your argument.
In the Waining days of the Obama administration, Obama issues an EO that resulted in the government finding private groups to engage in political censorship.
It is amazing how much of contributions of liberals of my youth are damning to the modern left.
What does Andrew Whitney have to do with Obama? He’s a right winger.
This decision of the fbi to not publicly state their position on the origins of this virus is exactly why the fbi has lost so much trust from the American People. We can no longer trust the fbi to do the right thing. We can no longer trust the fbi to apply the laws of this Nation equally to all. wray needs to go as well as the entire fbi leadership team. Only a complete house cleaning will allow the fbi to start to regain the public trust it so casually throw away.
The .leadership of the most important federal agencies of the executive branch are openly corrupt beyond the imagination of rational thinking citizens. Is there anyway to create or bring to bear a totally independent authority to investigate and prosecute this overwhelming politicized corruption of the law enforcement arms of our government? Open question: Why does China have two dictators one in China and one that serves as POTUS? Can we survive Brandon’s term of office?
The US government lied. They have lied and lied and lied. Covid origins, masks, Nordstream bombing, and many, many other things. Now suddenly you believe them? I think it came from a lab but to say the Chinese leaked it is suspicious. Remember that the US government now considers the Chinese government to be their enemy. It’s far more likely that the deep state leaked it using a double agent of some sort. There is plenty of evidence that COVID had been planned for some time but it was supposed to be Hillary that was on guard to use COVID to shut down the US economy for the Great Reset. It just so happens it was also useful for sinking the Trump Administration. Also remember, the US has consistently double crossed other countries and then turned around and blamed them.
Why reveal now? Setting a trap for the REAL President.
The Deep State has slain the albatross and will very soon hang it around Trump’s neck.
Election coming very soon you see?
Because it came from Chyna, Ukraine not Wuhan.
Covid 19 came from gain of function research at the University of North Carolina, paid for by the US Military and the NIH. In 2013 obama suspended it because it broke biological warfare treaties. 6 months later obama canceled research at UNC just as Fauci finished giving China their first class 4 bio lab in Wuhan, and it was moved there.
I remember Xi saying Covid was released by some US military in Wuhan. In a way he was right.
Good see the rest of the world catching up. Now we wait for the news to break that it originated in Ukraine and was created by the darlings of the DNC. https://bioclandestine.substack.com/p/russian-mil-declares-ukraine-origin
“The notion that the FBI has held this belief for “quite some time now” is unnerving . . .”
“unnerving”?! You’re being too polite.
The FBI sat on that report because it is politicized.
The only reason they released it now is to get in front of the House investigations.
At the end of the day it is our press, the journalists, corrupt, colluding, complicit. Media corporations who let us down. These people, the Wrays, the political s do what they do in every era. The press is protected in the first amendment and they squander that privilege…
Just like a few days before they let Diane for I called the 911 to tell the if they treated ppl as bad as e pole elf die. They do y care Diane did even tho they were warned. Estes the fbi? The dog about rights? Too busy being captors themselves
Exactky..it is true hovering over our reotown is a bunch of dust. And it contains microbes. No one has stududied. And it’s driving ppl nuts. Not people who are rooted…who know they are human and could be driven to nuts it’s driving ppl nuts who can’t find a reason while they go nuts it’s mycobacteriu vaccae……something the Chinese could easily and with plausible deniability drop. By a balloons. But the disruption. To young males means it’s not benificial. Young ales have a hard time with changing their drugs on serotonin. Lest tht? ey Crater and kill themselves. Like here…when the myco was because practicing under the dust of publix and 17 springs..And we got this…wait until a Chinese balloon releases more. When can we stop being incompetent? After Diane lane Mr Stewart and Mr jordan? And before all the replacement operators? And before nate? Thing. Is we already unleashed now….what our honest ancestors called demonS they bound to the earth. But we so smart as we are…ignore their teachings while we go the ergot? Like we are so super smart it would be ridiculous a microbe could drive ppl. Nuts. Let’s see!
Could you repost? This time in proper English please.
Are you a melano-american ?
And in three boys once this town figures it out it won’t be a conspuracy….it will be incompetence. They invited a cloud of dust to hover over town. Unleaded way our ancestors called from a bound of spirits. Our ancestors used that terminalogy probably to define what science today reveals as microbes. But we pass them off as spiritual cranks . While they were on. To something. Nathan breathed microbes.never before breathed by mankind. Between 17 springs and publix I can tell you you get around their noise you get short for sure and have to wath your self for postal…And it isn’t just the beeping.it’s the actual unloosing of the soil. And a person has no idea what it’s learned with.not does the govt test it. But if are replacement of equipment operators are the guide..there are replacement over and over. And why? If posit.we unleash from a from the soil..not how we think of demonS but as ycobacteria!. And then act like the ppl most exposed are crazy. We owe better testing and surveillance. Mate got a dust full of serotonin.And killed giself. But e was drugged by the soil no one cares to test?
Professor before they steal the words you would be wise to teach us the definitions of: ‘sperious’ and ‘specious’..sperios is based on illegitimate. Looking plausible. While specious is inadmissible.
Or sperious is like saying murdaugh ordered his wife and kid to get out of the public eye.by killing them. That doesn’t stand up to reason…it’s not logical by reason … he gains zilch by their deaths only the murderers gain. That getting dead helps him. It’s sperious?. And doesn’t stand up to reason ask sperious. Then ask specious….an argument that is attractive but it’s less plausible than it appears. It’s specious to believe that in five to ten minutes ….he can cover up all evidence of forensics. Really? In the face of the housewife who at 755 said to the short maid at al. ‘Alex is going to die”. …. The prosecution makes a specious arguement..hoping to capitalize on the sperious reasoning. And the sperilous!
Meanwhile it becomes beyond clear and convincing..that our powers to be have surrendered our borders to drug cartels..so seemingly look to be running the prosecutors offices that we can’t even correct ? Ppl can have their own r unway and planes and buy so much humanly impossible amount of drugs.we won’t even consider that cartel activity no we make specious and specious arguents…bc we are the cowards here. Easiest to toss Alex in jail by our specious reasoning..too much money on it apparently.
It’s “spurious”, not sperious.
The difference between a conspiracy theory and what is reported as fact is now about three months.