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Newsletter | February 22, 2024

Statue with Blindfold

At this stage, no one is surprised to discover that the judge in the case that Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis brought against Donald Trump donated to her political campaign. The ethical and honorable move would be for Judge Scott McAfee to recuse himself. But the current political winds aren’t blowing in that direction, not when Manhattan Judge Arthur Engoron imposed a $355 million penalty on Trump in the bogus case brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James.

That record number is designed to hamper the Republican presidential candidate’s campaign — but it also broadcasts a stark warning to the American public as well as those around the world who look to America as an example, as the shining city on the hill: The rule of law is dead. The justice system can’t be trusted to rule impartially. At present, the law is rather an instrument that the ruling party uses to crush its political opponents.

The corruption of our justice system is the harvest of Russiagate, the poisonous information operation that was weaponized to undermine the Trump administration by falsely alleging the 45th President of the United States was a Russian spy. What began as a dirty trick engineered by the 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign was taken over by Barack Obama during his remaining days in office to disrupt the peaceful transition of executive authority. Rather than honor the choice made by those who elected him president twice, Obama unlawfully tasked his spy chiefs to target Trump and his aides, including America’s Future Chairman, General Mike Flynn.

And wouldn’t you know it, Russiagate is back in yet another variation. As sure as mistletoe and eggnog signals Christmastime is upon us, when the Democrats and their allies in the Washington, D.C. press corps start in with “Russia Russia Russia,” it means election season is near.

Here’s how the latest iteration of the most poisonous conspiracy theory in U.S. history is playing out in 2024: Just as the Republicans’ push to impeach President Joe Biden was getting off the ground, last week, the Department of Justice (DOJ) indicted the informant who told the FBI about Joe and Hunter Biden’s financial arrangements with the Ukrainian energy firm Burisma. The DOJ says the informant Alexander Smirnov lied when he told the FBI that the Bidens demanded $5 million each to protect Burisma from domestic and international investigations.

This week, the Special Counsel investigating Hunter Biden filed court documents claiming that Smirnov’s account of the Biden family’s foreign corruption is sourced to Russian intelligence. Consequently, Democrats claimed Republican efforts to impeach Biden are based on — wait for it — Russian disinformation. Why, it looks like 2020 all over again, with 51 U.S. spies signing a letter that Hunter’s laptop was the same thing, Russian disinformation. And that was just a variation of the 2016 race when, according to the DOJ/FBI, Democrats, and the media, the Russians pushed “disinfo” into the public sphere to get Trump elected. It would all be laughable if it weren’t so deadly to the well-being of the Republic.

If we were to believe the Party of Obama and Biden, Moscow has had a hand in our last three presidential races — but the fact is otherwise. It’s the ruling party that continues to interfere in U.S. elections, using the resources of the federal government to rig elections — and peddle destructive, mind-altering lies to the American people.

We’re fighting for our country to restore not just the rule of law but also sanity. That means the way to fight the campaign of desecration and demoralization waged by the ruling class is to speak truth and speak it clearly. We won’t be panicked into lies or conspiracy theories — we know what’s true and real and beautiful, and we speak it with intellectual, emotional, and spiritual clarity. America is counting on us to be truthful and clear — and to lead. We were born for this time.

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Brian Costello is the CEO of ShiftIQ, an AI company, and has more than 30 years of experience technology and cybersecurity industry. As an expert in foreign capital and investment, Brian’s insights have made him a leader in addressing our economic challenges with China, especially in emerging technology domains. Recently we spoke with him about the threats China poses to U.S. peace and prosperity, in particular its controversial social media app TikTok.

Why is TikTok a threat to US national security?

TikTok is an AI-driven social media platform that curates content through algorithms tailored to users’ previous interactions. Its ownership, via parent company ByteDance, falls under the rule of the Chinese Communist Party.  Beyond mere content recommendation, TikTok possesses the capability to subtly manipulate and direct content, acting as a powerful propaganda tool. With the CCP’s documented history of using such platforms for these purposes, TikTok’s ability to shape the opinions of hundreds of millions of Americans poses a unique and dangerous risk, to manipulate, sow discord and even influence elections at all levels with microtargeting.  We’ve already seen it disseminate content such as Bin Laden’s letter to America, provide instructions for illegal immigrants on crossing the border, and promote pro-Hamas positions, further fueling discord here in the U.S.

Is there anyone on Capitol Hill who understands the dangers of this instrument of Chinese information warfare?

I believe many on Capitol Hill now fully grasp that the TikTok issue extends far beyond mere data access, which was their initial concern. The problem lies in the fact that efforts to address this are limited to letters, tweets, and reports, as no one wishes to antagonize the powerful donors invested in ByteDance.

Why did U.S. political and corporate elites help China grow into a strategic threat to the United States?

The answer to this question is complex. Initially, it seemed to be a pure capitalist venture to tap into a new, vast market. The critical error made was assuming that, following our Cold War victory, China would westernize as its economy grew. The point at which it became clear this was not the case is debatable. However, any such debate definitively ended with Covid — and much earlier for those doing business in China who saw the growing influence of the CCP with economic success.

Is the Chinese economy in trouble?

Yes, and I hope the U.S. refrains from providing a bailout. Much of China’s success has been fueled by real estate and foreign direct investment, both of which are currently faltering. Relying on cheap labor, constructing ghost cities, and engaging in dubious, anti-competitive business tactics have proven to be less sustainable than anticipated. Despite this, China remains a significant market, boasting a highly educated consumer base and a culture known for its strong work ethic.

What is your prayer for America?

First, I pray for the Lord to guide the true power of America, its people, and that we discover the common ground that unites us. I pray that the ruling establishment — corporate, political, and cultural elites — return to their senses, and their mission, and serve the nation once again rather than their own special interests. 

Editor’s Note: To read other Speaking With American Patriots interviews, please click here.

Keeping You Informed
Recent SCOTUS Decisions Involve Criminal Cases, Consumer Actions, and Whistleblower Litigation

The October Term 2023 of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) does not close until the end of June 2024.  Thus far, 69 cases have been granted to be heard by the Justices. Since the start of the current term, the SCOTUS has issued five decisions, including two just yesterday (February 21, 2024) and two earlier this month (February 8, 2024).

The SCOTUS rulings are considered to be the law of the land and are binding on all courts and in all jurisdictions. To keep readers informed, America’s Future will publish summaries of decisions as they are issued. The first five are below. To access the SCOTUS website for more information, please visit

McElrath v Georgia (22-721)
ISSUE: Whether the jury’s verdict that the defendant was not guilty of first degree murder by reason of insanity “constituted an acquittal for double jeopardy purposes.”
RULING: Yes. “[t]he jury’s verdict that the defendant was not guilty by reason of insanity of malice murder constituted an acquittal for double jeopardy purposes notwithstanding any inconsistency with the jury’s other verdicts.”– The judgment out of the Supreme Court of Georgia is reversed, and the case is remanded.

Great Lakes Insurance SE v. Raiders Retreat Realty Co. (22-500)
ISSUE: Whether choice-of-law provisions in maritime contracts are “presumptively enforceable under federal maritime law.”
RULING: Yes. “Choice-of-law provisions in maritime contracts are presumptively enforceable under federal maritime law, with narrow exceptions not applicable in this case.”– The judgment of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals is reversed.

Department of Agriculture Rural Development Rural Housing Service v. Kirtz (22-846)
ISSUE: Whether a consumer may sue a federal agency for violations of the Federal Credit Reporting Reform Act of 1996 (FCRA).
RULING: Yes. “A consumer may sue a federal agency under 15 U. S. C. §§1681(n) and 1681(o) for defying the terms of the FCRA.”– The judgement out of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit is affirmed.

Murray v. UBS Securities, LLC (22-660)
ISSUE: Whether a whistleblower seeking to invoke the protections of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act must prove “that the employer acted with ‘retaliatory intent’.”
RULING: No. “A whistleblower seeking to invoke the protections of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act—18 U. S. C. §1514A(a)—must prove that their protected activity was a contributing factor in the employer’s unfavorable personnel action, but need not prove that the employer acted with “retaliatory intent.”– The judgement out of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals is reversed, and the case is remanded.

Acheson Hotels, LLC v. Laufer (22-429)
ISSUE: Whether a voluntary dismissal, with prejudice, by an original plaintiff in a civil action, renders the issue(s) initially brought to the court in a complaint, as moot, and therefore no longer ripe for judgment.
RULING: Yes. Because the respondent, Ms. Laufer, voluntarily dismissed her pending suits under the ADA, the case filed by Ms. Laufer against Acheson is moot.  The Court noted, as follows:  “We emphasize, however, that we might exercise our discretion differently in a future [similarly situated] case.”– The judgement out of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit Court of Appeals is vacated, and the case is remanded.

Jaeson Jones has spent a lifetime protecting his fellow Americans. As a nationally recognized Mexican cartel expert, he has firsthand knowledge of the inner workings of massive cartel operations in the U.S. and globally. He has witnessed the evil brutality of cartels and believes that the U.S. must designate them as “foreign terrorist organizations.”

“The cartels run it all,” said Jones. “These are not drug gangs we’re up against, which is what we’re told by the homeland security enterprise,” Jones explains in an interview on the latest episode of Not On My Watch with host Liz Crokin, an investigative journalist. “We’re up against truly something that is taking over the country of Mexico and many Central and South American countries, collaborating with Middle East terrorist organizations, long-haul smugglers, and non-state and state actors all over the world.”

Jones is adamant when he says, “We must designate them as foreign terrorist organizations to get new authorities…The reason for that and why it is so important is because if we continue to attack the symptoms – drugs, weapons, extortions, human smuggling, human trafficking, the long list of transnational crime that goes on, and we don’t go after the source of it, which is these cartels, we will never get this fixed.”

Americans need to be prepared for what’s coming next to our cities and towns as a result of the control cartels have on the rapid increase of illegals flooding into the country, he warns. “Get ready for trafficking in this country as a wave and scope we’ve never seen before…Americans must understand it, and we must take it on.”

Currently CEO of Omni Intelligence, Jones’ law enforcement career spans decades. He is a retired Captain in the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Intelligence and Counterterrorism Division and managed the daily operations of the Texas Rangers, Border Security Operations Center. He also supervised Human Intelligence (HUMINT) operations in several nations and managed intelligence lead operations for the longest 24/7 border operation in Texas history, Operation Secure Texas.

The interview is a stunning reminder that America is quickly running out of time and options if a strategy to secure the border and rid the nation of cartel operators is not put into place. America has been infiltrated by millions of people from over 171 countries, said Jones, and there is evidence of “synergy among smuggling organizations, cartels, U.S.-based street gangs, and transnational organizations…Americans need to understand the breadth, scope, and strength of the cartels.”

Watch Episode 10 of the Not On My Watch podcast above to learn about Jones’ strategy to control the border crisis, his real-life experiences dealing with cartels, how these criminal enterprises use humans to feed their billion-dollar operations, and why he is dedicating his life to raising awareness of the threat posed by cartels.

Jones is also a panelist at America’s Future Get In The Fight Texas Summit tomorrow (Friday, Feb. 23) in Fort Worth at the Birchman Baptist Church, 9100 N Normandale St. The Summit begins at 6:00 p.m. and will be followed the next day by a full day of training programs to help attendees get actively engaged in combatting child exploitation and trafficking in their communities. For details and to register for the summit and training, please click here. Liz Crokin, host of Not On My Watch, is also a summit panelist and a member of America’s Future Project Defend & Protect Our Children (PDPC) Advisory Board. Get In The Fight state campaigns are part of the PDPC and were established to build a nationwide network of informed citizens armed with the facts, knowledge, training, and tools to help end the war on children in America.

Tools Of Tyrants

Allowing Foreigners to Elect Our Leaders

This is the tenth entry in our In Focus series identifying and exposing the tools that modern-day tyrants are using to thwart the will of We The People for power and control. To access previous articles, please click here.

In every nation that affords its citizens the right to vote, people go to the polls in the hope and expectation that the outcome of the election will reflect the views of the citizens of that nation — and no one else. Until 2016, Americans were not much concerned about our elections being manipulated by foreigners, but we now are highly sensitized to that risk.  And while Americans are focused on the threat from foreign governments, there is another threat which often goes unnoticed.

The Threat of Foreign Government Interference

The most obvious source of foreign influence on U.S. elections comes from foreign governments.  Voters are instinctively skeptical of a candidate who is receiving assistance from a foreign government.

For years, American mainstream media worked with their handlers in the Intelligence Community to push the hoax that Russia was helping Donald Trump’s campaign for the Presidency in 2016.  To this day, the entry for “Russiagate” on Wikipedia, the unmistakable voice of the Deep State, states as fact:

The Russian government interfered in the 2016 United States elections with the goals of sabotaging the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton, boosting the presidential campaign of Donald Trump, and increasing political and social discord in the United States.

Wikipedia has no shame.  Its description of Russiagate is at complete odds with the May 2019 Report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller who was unable to “establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”  It is also refuted by the May 2023 Report of Special Attorney to the Attorney General John Durham.  The Durham Report concluded that the FBI should never have opened its Crossfire Hurricane investigation during the presidential election season and should have not trusted the Steele Dossier, which we now know was generated by the Clinton Campaign.

As just this week, we have new evidence not only that the Russians did not help Trump — but rather, the Russians wanted Hillary Clinton to be elected.  Journalists Michael Shellenberger and Matt Taibbi have reported that the CIA is hiding a Top Secret 50-page report that Russia favored Hillary Clinton in 2016, and that the intelligence was manipulated — “cooked” —- by CIA Director John Brennan to report the opposite of what it actually showed.

Now, it appears that such foreign threat as exists comes from China — not Russia.  Former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe has reported that intelligence about China’s election interference was suppressed by the CIA.

However, there is another means by which Americans can lose control of our own elections — by allowing noncitizens to vote in American elections.

Voting By Foreigners in State and Local Elections

The District of Columbia recently adopted the “Local Resident Voting Rights Amendment Act” which allows non-citizens — including illegal aliens — to vote in local elections.  Under this new law, even foreign diplomats are allowed to vote, requiring only that they have maintained a residence in the city for 30 days.  The only limitation is that voters must not also claim voting residence in any U.S. State or U.S. Territory.

House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY) introduced a resolution to disapprove the D.C. law.  He argued, “Voting is a pillar of American democracy and a constitutional right that undeniably needs to be protected and preserved for citizens of this country.”  He described the law as a “reckless decision [and] an attack on the foundation of this republic.” Although Congress could have stopped this law from going into effect, the U.S. Senate refused to take action within the 30-day congressional review period.

Other localities that have such laws are in California, Maryland, and Vermont.  A law similar to the D.C. law was passed in New York City in 2022, but recently was struck down by a New York appeals court.

This is no small matter, as the decision to allow noncitizens to vote can determine the outcome of elections in many locations, especially big cities.  The Pew Research Center estimates that in 2020 there were over 25 million noncitizens living in the U.S. including 12 million permanent residents, 2 million temporary residents, and 11 million illegal aliens.

Voting By Foreigners in Federal Elections

Federal law prohibits aliens from voting in elections for President and Congress.  18 U.S. Code § 611 provides, “It shall be unlawful for any alien to vote in any election held solely or in part for the purpose of electing a candidate for the office of President, Vice President, Presidential elector, Member of the Senate [or] Member of the House of Representatives….” However, there is good reason to believe that illegals in fact vote in massive numbers – despite the law.

In three recent posts, Elon Musk asserted that “(1) illegal immigrants ‘are not prevented from voting in federal elections,’ (2) ‘you don’t need government issued ID to vote,’ and (3) Democrats ‘are importing voters.’”  Musk was predictably derided by the Left.  But history has proven that he is right.  In a 2013 McLaughlin survey, 13 percent of self-declared Hispanic non-citizens admitted to being registered to vote.  There is no way to know how many are registered, but refused to tell the pollsters.

In a 2008 Harvard/YouGov survey, 8 percent of self-declared non-citizens responded that they “definitely voted” in the 2008 presidential election.  And, 82 percent of respondents who “definitely voted” stated that they voted for Barack Obama.  Again, these numbers are likely to be greatly underreported, as aliens are not likely to tell a pollster they committed a federal crime.

A “database match with consumer and voting records showed that an additional 8% of non-citizens in the database voted in this election, even though they said they had not voted.” These numbers of admitted alien voters are more than enough to have tipped the balance of presidential races and battles for control of Congress.

Where Foreign Voters Will Take Us

Jefferson warned of the dangers of mass, uncontrolled immigration of people from countries that do not share our love of liberty.  “They will bring with them the principles of the governments they leave….  It would be a miracle were they to stop precisely at the point of temperate liberty. …  They will infuse into [American legislation] their spirit, warp and bias its direction.”

Americans are losing control of our own government to invaders from nations unconcerned with our constitutional liberties.  As Jason Snead of the Honest Elections Project asks, “why let the people choose their government when you can have the government choose its people?”

Editor’s Note: To read the articles in this series, please click here.

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