Officials: Texas foster care center sex-trafficked minors

State officials say employees at a foster care center under a state contract to shelter children who have been trafficked for sex have been trafficking those children themselves

Officials: Texas foster care center sex-trafficked minors

ByThe Associated Press

March 10, 2022, 8:49 PM

HOUSTON — State officials told a federal judge Thursday that employees at a foster care center under a state contract to shelter children who had been trafficked for sex had been trafficking those children themselves.

The matter arose at an emergency hearing before U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack, who has been presiding over a 2011 class-action lawsuit against the state Department of Family and Protective Services that alleged that children were held in unsafe conditions, the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News reported.

State officials said a staffer reported in late January that a former employee had sold nude photos of two young girls and used the money to purchase illegal drugs and alcohol for them. Further investigation revealed several staffers still employed at The Refuge were involved in the criminal activity.

There are seven alleged victims and nine alleged perpetrators, state officials said. One staff member has been arrested, and additional criminal charges are expected, officials said. The children were finally removed from the facility by Wednesday, 1 1/2 months after the first report, state officials said.

“The most appalling thing about this is the disregard of these children,” Jack said. “You had to wait to get eight calls before you took 11 female already-trafficked children out of this trafficking situation. This is a system that remains broken.”

Department Commissioner Jaime Masters said she was only made aware of the situation Wednesday.

“There is no excuse for why I didn’t know, which is why several people are losing their jobs,” Masters said.

In a statement, The Refuge said it was “fully cooperating with authorities and we hope the alleged perpetrator will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and we will assist the Sheriff and the Bastrop County District Attorney’s office in their prosecution.”

“Our hearts are broken and we are outraged by the actions of former employees whose intent was to harm, not help,” said founder and CEO Brooke Crowder.

Texas pro-life triumph: Abortions drop 60% in first month of heartbeat law implementation Drop

Abortions fell 60% in Texas in the first month of the most restrictive abortion law in decades in the United States, according to data recently released by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

The legislation, which bans abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy, went into effect Sept. 1, 2021, and is now the governing law in Texas, effectively ending the Roe v. Wade ruling in the state.

According to reports, September 2021 saw nearly 2200 abortions, resulting in a marked drop from previous months of the year that averaged between 4200 and 5600 abortion procedures per month.

This data evidences the impact of Texas’ new abortion law that bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which usually occurs around the sixth week of pregnancy.

The law further authorizes citizens to file private lawsuits against those who perform, aid or abet an abortion after the limits. Any citizen can sue for $10,000 or more if he or she files a successful lawsuit, the Associated Press reported.

The world’s largest abortion provider, the international abortion clinic, Planned Parenthood, which profits from the death of unborn babies, called the drop in the number of abortions, “the very beginning of the devastating impact” of the law.

The ban conflicts with Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark ruling that granted a constitutional right to abortion before a fetus is viable, usually around 24 weeks of pregnancy. But because the law was written in a way that manages to circumvent the ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court has refused to block it.

The Court’s ruling is expected later this year. Pro-lifers are optimistic that they will finally achieve the goal they have been fighting for: to reverse the legality of abortion in the United States.

As Life News reported in January, the 1973 ruling allowed more than 63 million children to die in the womb in the U.S. and hundreds of mothers to die from legal abortions.

Texas is also cracking down on abortion drugs. A law went into effect Dec. 1 of last year that prohibits prescribing and mailing abortion-inducing drugs to anyone more than seven weeks pregnant.

These pills involved are, mifepristone, which is taken first to block progesterone, the hormone that keeps pregnancy viable, and misoprostol which is taken a day later.

In April 2021 the FDA approved the telephone sale of both abortion pills, claiming that with the pandemic and restrictions on mobility, access to these drugs became more difficult.

These pills have caused the death of many women due to hemorrhage. In the United States, 24 deaths and 4000 adverse events have been reported from the use of these two pills.

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Judge orders U.S. to pay more than $230 million to Texas church shooting victims Jonathan Stempel Mon, February 7, 2022, 6:16 PM

  • (Reuters) – A federal judge ordered the U.S. government to pay slightly more than $230 million to survivors and family members of victims of a 2017 mass shooting at a Texas church that killed 26 people.
  • “The losses and pain these families have experienced is immeasurable,” wrote Rodriguez, who works in San Antonio, Texas.
  • Kelley, whom the judge found 40% responsible, used firearms he should not have been allowed to buy after admitting in a 2012 court martial to domestic assault.

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Jadin Nunez from Killeen, Texas Charged With Capital Murder, Sentenced to Life For Death of Girlfriends 2-Year-Old Daughter

Jadin Nunez will be spending the rest of his life behind bars after a jury found him guilty of the capital murder of a 2-year-old child in Temple two years ago.

Jadin Nunez will be spending the rest of his life behind bars after a jury found him guilty of the capital murder of a 2-year-old child in Temple two years ago.
Jadin Nunez Sentenced to Life in Prison With No Chance of Parole After Beating 2 Year, Old Shannah McAlpine to Death When She Put Her Shoes On The Wrong Feet

A Texas man was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole after he beat to death his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter after she failed to put her shoes on the correct feet.

Jadin Nunez will be spending the rest of his life behind bars after a jury found him guilty of the capital murder of a 2-year-old child in Temple two years ago.

The incident unfolded in Sept. 2019 when the child reportedly put her shoes on the wrong feet, apparently enraging Nunez in the process.

The incident that resulted in the child’s death took place just moments before they were headed to a local store to pick up supplies for her upcoming birthday party.

What are the details? 

A Bell County, Texas, judge sentenced 27-year-old Jadin Nunez to life in prison last week after a jury of his peers found him guilty of murdering 2-year-old Shannah McAlpine in 2019.

Nunez, according to police, began beating Shannah, striking her across the face and then forcefully punching her in the stomach at least three times while he held her in the air.

The mother and co-defendant in the case, Ashley Marie McAlpine, was booked into jail on Dec. 17, 2020, after she was charged with injury to a child. Ashley McAlpine, 29, was being held in the Bell County Jail in lieu of a bond of $500,000, on the first-degree felony charge.

She has pleaded not guilty and has a pre-trial hearing set for Oct. 29, in the 426th Judicial District Court, according to court records.

Nunez was Ashley McAlpine’s boyfriend who lived with her and her children in Temple. Police said that Ashley McAlpine knew her children — including Shannah’s sister were beaten by Nunez, but said she would not stop him, according to a Child Protective Services report.

Sept. 22, 2019

Temple police were dispatched to a medical emergency call in the 800 block of South 11th Street. When they got there, the 2-year-old girl was found covered in bruises and not breathing. Investigators with the Criminal Investigations Unit began an investigation into the girl’s death because the cause wasn’t known.

An investigation revealed that Nunez beat and choked the child. The autopsy report said Shannah McAlpine died of blunt force trauma to her stomach, according to an arrest affidavit.

The violence that led to Shannah’s death began over shoes on the wrong feet, an investigator with Texas Department of Family & Protective Services said in his report that was obtained by FME News Service.

The family was getting ready to go to the store to get things for a birthday party for Shannah and her brother, according to the document. The girl had her shoes on the wrong feet, and Nunez then hit her on her face. She fell, and Nunez grabbed her and held her up in the air before he punched her three times in her stomach and dropped her to the floor, Ashley McAlpine told investigators.

Shannah’s mother, Ashley Marie McAlpine, then reportedly discovered the child in distress and said that she whisked her from the room and placed her on a bed elsewhere in the home. Nunez, she said, then came into the room and reportedly began choking the child with both hands. McApline said that the child began to turn blue, but Nunez refused to give up. I When he did stop choking her, the child gasped for breath and curled into a fetal position, she recalled.

Later on that night, McAlpine said that she awakened to hear her daughter crying, she tried to give her food and drink before realizing that the child’s stomach was swollen and hot, but the rest of her body was cold.

McAlpine said that she tried to put her daughter in the shower to warm her up, but the child was unable to stand and could not breathe.

At about 2:49 a.m. the mother phoned 911 and summoned first responders to the home.

Shannah was pronounced dead at 3:31 a.m.

When authorities arrived at the scene, they discovered the child unresponsive and covered in bruises.

Authorities determined that the child — who was just days away from her third birthdaydied of blunt force trauma to her stomach and arrested Nunez two days after the child’s death.

McAlpine faces charges of injury to a child after authorities said she allegedly failed to stop Nunez from beating her child. According to the Killeen Daily Herald, McApline is being held in the Bell County Jail in lieu of a $500,000 bond on the first-degree felony charge.

A child protective service report alleged that McAlpine was aware that Nunez was beating her children but did nothing to stop it.

McAlpine has pleaded not guilty and is due in court on Friday.

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DON HUFFINES – TX Governor Candidate BORDER PLAN

HUFFINES BORDER PLAN

Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and the federal government have not secured Texas’ border and have clearly proven they never will. Instead, our national government is actively promoting an invasion of our state. 

Meanwhile, Gov. Greg Abbott has also failed to fill the gap caused by our federal government’s failure. Texans need leadership committed to fixing the problem, not excuses from our governor.

The only chance we have to stop this invasion and have a secure border is with a courageous Texas governor who will act unilaterally to solve the problem once and for all. Texans are currently paying billions annually for housing, schooling, and medical care for illegal aliens. We can fix the problem now or suffer eventual total failure and collapse. 

Although the federal courts have attempted to federalize border control, for much of U.S. history, states dealt with immigration on their own authority under the U.S. Constitution. Texas should begin the effort to stop the takeover of the Constitution by the courts by taking control of our borders–no matter what the federal courts say about it.

I don’t care how the courts rule; Texans must be kept safe. I will not ask the federal government for permission. I will do whatever it takes to permanently end the practice of illegal immigration into Texas. 

As governor I will:

1. Deploy the Entire Texas National Guard to Secure the Border

Mexican narco-terrorist cartels are at the heart of the border crisis. Almost all illegals pay the cartels to cross the River. Tragically, nearly the entire 1200-mile Texas border is controlled by the Mexican cartels. The human trafficking, drug smuggling, gun-running, and other actions by narco-terrorist cartels on both sides of the Texas-Mexico border are putting the lives and livelihoods of Texans at risk. Human trafficking is earning the cartels millions every single day and destroying innocent lives. 

This attack on Texas is an invasion. I will use the authority granted in our federal and state constitutions to protect our state. 

As governor, I will use the power granted to the position under Article I, Section 10 of the US Constitution. The entire National Guard, Texas Military forces, and necessary state law enforcement personnel will be activated to defend Texans from this invasion, enforce immigration laws and deport illegal aliens, and address the insecurity of our border at the source. 

Currently, Gov. Abbott has only mobilized 500 members of our 20,000 National Guard troops. That is woefully insufficient to secure our border.

2. Finish Trump’s Wall

In January, Texas had about 281 miles of border wall completed (51), under construction (177), or in pre-construction (52). In addition to making it clear that Texas borders were open for illegal immigrants, the Biden administration halted construction of the wall.

The first step is to complete the nearly 200 miles of wall planned or under construction when President Trump left office. The most important sector to focus on at the moment is the Rio Grande Valley. 

Texans are rightfully concerned regarding the cost of a border wall, but as a businessman, I recognize the value of a good deal. 

Currently, Texas taxpayers spend approximately $4-5 billion per year just on public education for illegals. Imagine if we spent that on wall construction. 

While we may pay a significant sum initially, I am confident we can find the necessary funds in the budget. This one-time expense will save Texas billions in taxpayers’ money for years to come without raising taxes.

3. Place Economic Pressure on Mexico 

While we hope to restore a positive relationship with Mexico, they are a very bad neighbor right now. I will use severe economic pressure to incentivize Mexico to control the cartels and secure their side of the border. While we as Texans can secure our border independently, assistance from Mexico would make the task significantly easier. 

We will create a situation in Mexico’s best interest to help and be held accountable to fight the cartels and secure their side of the river. 

As governor, I will use the Texas military to close the roads at the 25 bridges over the Rio Grande to all inbound commercial traffic. Mexico ships tens of millions of dollars in exports per day via Texas; this will stop. I will give fair warning to Mexico and all interested parties. There will be clear goals regarding what is required to reopen commercial trade. 

A commitment to effectively close the border for inbound commercial traffic, if necessary, sends a strong message to Mexico that they must step in and impose law and order on their side of the border. Mexico’s refusal to address the cartels in their country is a crime impacting American citizens and can no longer be abided by the Governor of Texas.

4. Mandate E-Verify for All Texas Employers

It is illegal for a non-citizen to enter the United States without permission. It is also unlawful for a business to hire an illegal or unauthorized alien. Because fake IDs have become more available and technologically advanced, it can be difficult for businesses to ensure they are complying with the law.

E-Verify is one tool that allows employers to ensure that an applicant is legally qualified to work in the United States. In Texas, only state agencies, institutions of higher education, and state contractors are currently required to use E-Verify. 

As governor, I will task the Texas Legislature to expand this law to require all businesses to use E-Verify and increase penalties for those who seek to encourage further illegal immigration. If the Legislature refuses to do its job on this issue, I will use my authority as Governor to continue calling for special sessions until this legislation is passed. 

Texans First. Fight the Cartels. Enforce the Law. Deport Illegals. Build the Wall. Leadership, no Excuses. 

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#Panama warns that about 65,000 migrants would go to the #USA

#Panama warns that about 65,000 migrants would go to the #USA

Panamanian Foreign Minister Erika Mouynes warned on Tuesday that the migration crisis at the #US border could worsen.
According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, around 65,000 migrants would have crossed Panama bound for the United State
The Foreign Minister of Panama, Erika Mouynes, warned on Tuesday that the migration crisis on the southern border of the United States could worsen. This is due to the fact that around 65,000 migrants would go to the United States, after having crossed Panamanian soil.

“This is the beginning of something,” declared the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Panama. “We have been sounding the alarm for months about this and what we can say now is that by the numbers we see (immigration) is going to increase,” he said.

During the last time, Moynes has met with United States authorities to discuss the serious immigration situation in the area. A few days ago, a new wave of immigrants, mainly Haitians , arrived at the border between Del Río (#Texas) and Ciudad Acuña (Mexico).
Faced with this, the head of Panamanian diplomacy indicated that “it cannot be to Del Rio out of nowhere that 10,000 migrants arrive.” He also argued that “no one” is prepared to receive mass migration.

Mouynes’s estimates are really worrying. Since last January, more than 86,000 migrants have crossed Panama, while about 20,000 remain at the US-Mexico border. According to the Chancellor’s calculations, this would imply that “there are more than 65,000 who are on their way” to the United States.

On the other hand, the representative of the Central American country recalled that on the border with Colombia there are between 20,000 and 30,000 more people waiting to resume the route. «The decision not to act or not to face it, not to face it, is not the correct one. It cannot be an option. You have to get involved now, “he said.
Urgent solutions
For the Panamanian leader, the response to this crisis must involve all surrounding countries, especially the United States. That is why he called for a joint solution to the strong migratory flow that plagues the region. “The shared solution is for this migratory wave that involves migrants of African, Caribbean, Cuban, Haitian nationality, from other places,” said the official. He also stressed the importance of implementing “approved protocols” to meet the needs of these people.

Mouynes also emphasized the situation in Haiti , calling on the rest of the countries to “get directly involved.” According to the Chancellor, it is a “everyone’s problem” that urges “international coordination” to help him “face the humanitarian and political crisis he is experiencing.”
María José Olea Álvarez – Panam Post
https://bles.com/ultimas-noticias/panama-alerta-que-cerca-de-65000-migrantes-irian-rumbo-a-eeuu.html

America First Legal — America First Legal FOIAs HHS, ICE Over Reckless Release of Unaccompanied Alien Children into the Hands of Human Traffickers and Smugglers

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, American First Legal (AFL) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking documents from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) related to the influx of Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAE) being released into the country. The FOIA seeks information regarding any communication between the two agencies in relation to the sponsors to whom HHS releases children, the extent to which HHS follows up with the sponsors to see if the UAC are still with their sponsor, and the extent to which the UAC appears for immigration hearings.

According to Bloomberg Law, the Biden Administration has released children from government custody to labor traffickers who sent them to work in agricultural processing facilities in numerous cities. This disastrous maneuver comes as the humanitarian crisis along the southwest border continues to worsen and as the Biden Administration seeks to blame everyone except themselves.

CBP’s data shows that prior to the recent surge of Haitians arriving in Del Rio, encounters of illegal aliens have remained at an all-time high. This is yet another data point that shows the Administration’s misguided pandering to open-border left-wing radicals is creating a crisis that is overwhelming our immigration system. The Administration’s policies are incentivizing human trafficking and smuggling at a staggering level, resulting in children being abandoned along the border to be found, hopefully in time, by U.S. Border Patrol.

Even more tragically, this is a problem that we have known about for years. In 2014 we learnedthat the Obama Administration released children to human traffickers who took them off to serve as child labor. Under the Biden Administration’s leadership, these same, horrific, and entirely predictable and preventable problems have returned. Yet HHS continues to avoid any responsibility for the fate of the children they turn over to cartel traffickers.

Statement From former Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker: 

Yet again, the Biden Administration is showing a blatant lack of respect for American sovereignty and the rule of law. The number of illegal unaccompanied minors flooding into our country shatters all precedent. Make no mistake: this administration knows full well the dangers that can befall these migrant children at the hands of human traffickers — assault, slave labor, sex trafficking, etc. We have seen — outlined in the press — reports of migrant children turned over to labor traffickers who forced them into modern day slavery. Yet, that has not deterred the Biden Administration from releasing unaccompanied alien children from HHS custody to individuals who have completed insufficient background checks, who oftentimes lack lawful status, and who will not ensure that the children appear in immigration court. In effect, the Biden Administration is facilitating — not combatting — the criminal smuggling of alien minors. For the Biden Administration, all that matters is that they get them out of their custody as quickly as possible. America First Legal is demanding — and will get — answers,” Matthew Whitaker said.

Read the HHS FOIA here.

Read the ICE FOIA here.

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BREAKING: Texas Senate Passes Sweeping Election Reform Measures That Draw Instant Backlash from Biased Media | Conservative Patriots

The Texas Senate has just passed non-controversial bills that will ‘restrict’ illegal voters from casting ballots in the Lone Star State’s elections…
— Read on www.thetrumpistreview.com/breaking-texas-senate-passes-sweeping-election-reform-measures-that-draw-instant-backlash-from-biased-media/

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declares disaster in state over border crisis

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declares disaster in state over border crisis

Texas Governor Greg Abbott talks about Operation Lone Star during a press conference Texas Department of Public Safety Weslaco Regional Office on Thursday, April 1, 2021, in Weslaco, Texas.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said his disaster declaration will give the state more resources and strategies “to protect landowners and enforce all federal and state laws to combat criminal activities stemming from the border crisis.”Joel Martinez/The Monitor via AP

Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration for 34 counties along or near the Lone Star State’s border with Mexico Tuesday, claiming that President Biden’s immigration policies had allowed in a flood of drugs and gang members.

“President Biden’s open-border policies have paved the way for dangerous gangs and cartels, human traffickers, and deadly drugs like fentanyl to pour into our communities,” Abbott said in a statement. 

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“Meanwhile, landowners along the border are seeing their property damaged and vandalized on a daily basis while the Biden Administration does nothing to protect them.”

In the declaration, Abbott noted that Texas Department of Public Safety troopers had “made over 1,300 criminal arrests, apprehended over 35,000 illegal migrants and seized over 10,000 pounds of drugs and over 100 firearms” since March 6 of this year. He also stated that between January and April, troopers had intercepted “21.5 million lethal doses of fentanyl.”

Dozens of asylum-seeking migrants from Romania, Armenia, and Central America, including a group of unaccompanied minors, await to be transported to a U.S. border patrol processing facility after crossing the Rio Grande.
Dozens of asylum-seeking migrants await transportation to a U.S. border patrol processing facility after crossing the Rio Grande.
Abbott said the state has already made over 1,000 criminal arrests.
Gov. Greg Abbott said Texas has already made over 1,000 criminal arrests. 

“Texas continues to step up to confront the border crisis in the federal government’s absence, but more must be done,” Abbot’s statement concluded. 

“By declaring a state of disaster in these counties, Texas will have more resources and strategies at our disposal to protect landowners and enforce all federal and state laws to combat criminal activities stemming from the border crisis. Working together with local law enforcement, the state will continue to take robust and meaningful action to keep our communities safe.”

Families from Venezuela wait to be transported by the U.S. Border Patrol.

Abbott has been one of the Biden administration’s most persistent critics on the issue of illegal immigration. Last month, he accused the president of abandoning “the rule of law” at the Texas border.

“Our state legislature, they allocated about $800 million every two years for the state to pay for this [border security],” Abbott told Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” on May 2. 

“This year, because of the extended time that we will have the National Guard on the border, it likely — will clearly — exceed a billion dollars for the state to have to secure the United States of America.”

His declaration claimed the state has spent approximately $3.5 billion on border security since 2014.Families from Venezuela wait to be transported by the U.S. Border Patrol.Go Nakamura/Reuters

Last week, Abbott announced plans to enact legislation criminalizing the manufacture or delivery of fentanyl, a powerful and often deadly opioid. 

“It’s clear,” the governor said at the time, “that Biden’s open-border policies are unleashing deadly consequences.”FILED UNDER ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS , JOE BIDEN , MIGRANTS , TEXAS , US BORDER

SOURCE:

https://nypost.com/2021/06/01/texas-gov-greg-abbott-declares-disaster-in-state-over-border-crisis/

Kyle Bass: The Chinese Regime Controls 200 Sq Miles in Texas Next to Major Air Force Base

Kyle Bass: The Chinese Regime Controls 200 Sq Miles in Texas Next to Major Air Force Base

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A company with ties to the Chinese Communist Party owns 130,000 acres of land in Texas—right next to America’s largest air force pilot training base.

The CEO of the company, Sun Guangxin, is a former officer in China’s People’s Liberation Army and one of the largest landowners in China’s Xinjiang province. And the land, purchased to build wind farms, actually sees little wind.

So what’s going on here?

And in other news, why should America be concerned about China’s emerging digital currency?

In this episode, we sit down with Kyle Bass, founder and principal of Hayman Capital Management and a founding member of the Committee on the Present Danger: China.

Jan Jekielek: Kyle Bass, it’s such a pleasure to have you back on American Thought Leaders.

Kyle Bass: Thank you, Jan. Pleasure to be here.

Mr. Jekielek: Kyle, I’ve been looking through your recent testimony to the Texas Senate, and frankly, it’s hair-raising. Let me see if I’ve got this straight. You’ve got a former People’s Liberation Army general billionaire who has bought over 130,000 acres of Texan land, including a giant wind farm in an area where there isn’t particularly a lot of wind but happens to be right beside a very sensitive U.S. military installation.

Mr. Bass: Yes. First of all, it’s kind of hard to believe that we’re talking about this, and that it actually happened. But it’s already happened. I was flying down to the Devil’s River area of Texas. When you think about the Texas map, it’s the southern region of Texas where the bend is essentially, just south of where that bend is and it’s right on the U.S. border with Mexico which also, you didn’t mention, but it’s actually functionally relevant or germane to this conversation. And we’ll get to why.

But one of the other things you didn’t mention is there was a 4,000 or 5,000-foot runway there where the Chinese general is expanding it to, we think, 10,000 feet. I flew over and took pictures which I’ll happily share with you. But this is happening inside the United States, and this general is actually interfacing directly with the critical infrastructure of the United States. My view and this is my view only, not our country view yet, but my view is the reason that he bought the wind farm and wants to put up 700-foot turbines is he plugs directly into our electric grid.

Well, plugging directly into our electric grid is something that should never happen. Whether you’re a Chinese general or a North Korean general or an Iranian general or a Russian general, you should be precluded from buying property next to our busiest Air Force training base and plugging directly into our grid.

I was flying to that area of Texas and the person that picked me up at the landing strip was taking me to look at some properties out there, and he casually pointed across the front of the cab and pointed at the gate and said, “That’s where the Chinese headquarters in Texas happens to be.” And I said, “Excuse me?” I thought he was kidding, of course.

He said, “No. That’s where they’re building their main facility and the runway for their big wind farm project down here.” And I said, “Stop the car.” And he said, “No, no, no. They have cameras everywhere. They’ll come after me.” And I said, “We’re in Texas. Stop the car. No one is coming after you here.” And he was generally frightened that I forced him to stop the car in front of this gate.

The insidious nature of what’s going on, believe or not, they have photos of me standing at the gate. The name of this piece of property that is their headquarters is called the Morning Star Ranch. And if you remember in the Bible, the devil’s name is Lucifer Morning Star. And you should see the obtuse star that denotes the landmark of this ranch. Again, it’s almost made for TV fiction. You couldn’t make this up if you try.

But anyway, I investigated and realized that on a scale of 1 to 10, the wind assets in that region of the United States and Southern Texas is like between 2 and a 3 out of 10. And if you and I were investing and buying big wind turbines and wanted to put them somewhere, Jan, we’d look for two things. We would look for major wind factors. And then we’d also look for transmission equipment to be able to transmit it somewhere to sell it. We would never build a wind farm where this one is.

And so, there’s a strategic reason this general has acquired all of this land, and he did it again in an insidious way. He got a local businessman out of Lufkin, Texas to front for him and purchase all the properties. So none of the landowners knew they were selling to a Chinese general. And then in all one fell swoop, they flipped it to the general.

130,000 acres, to put that in a context, is 200 square miles. Just think about that for a second, 200 square miles of property. We have a Chinese general who owns two-thirds of the real estate in the capital of Xinjiang where the concentration camps are for the ethnic Uyghurs. And he now owns 200 square miles of Texas land between one of our most active Air Force bases and the border of the U.S. and Mexico.

Mr. Jekielek: I’m sure for everyone who’s listening, I imagine this can be very, very hard to believe. I remember in the testimony, when I read the part that his interests control two-thirds of the capital of Xinjiang’s real estate market. Can you even imagine that this person isn’t deeply, deeply connected to the Chinese Communist Party?

Mr. Bass: I mean, he has 6,000 CCP members that work for him. His two closest advisers are also ex-PLA generals. He runs 40 local branches of the CCP, grassroots branches. We’ve done some investigations into this General Sun. And again, it’s hard to believe but it’s happening.

And when you see this runway expansion, you wonder why on earth? It looks one of those runways on the islands of the South China Sea, all the islands that China claimed they would never militarize. Xi Jinping said to President Obama, “We’ll never militarize those islands.” The next thing you know, they’ve got missile batteries and fighter jets and bombers on these 10,000-foot runways.

Mr. Jekielek: Well, so tell me the significance of having such a large runway, private runway in the middle of Texas. Is it common for people to have runways like this across the country?

Mr. Bass: In remote areas of the United States, people that have large landholdings will sometimes build their own landing strips. The enormity of this particular strip is a head scratcher because you can land just about every single even very large private plane on a runway that’s 6,000 feet long or less. My pilots said that this runway looked like it was about 10,000 feet long, so it was abnormally large.

But again, why are we allowing people from China, Russia, Iran or North Korea to build runways in the United States next to our border or next to our air bases? They are 10 miles from this air base. 10 miles is nothing. Think about in an airplane traveling 600 miles an hour. How long does that it take to get to 10 miles? Literally a handful of seconds.

I think it’s relevant. I don’t know the full relevance. I truly don’t know the full relevance of the runway other than it doesn’t make any sense. But the relevance of the wind farm is again, it interfaces and plugs directly in the Texas’s power grid. Everyone is aware of what happened in January with the Texas power grid and how Texas is the only state that runs its own grid.

The United States has a purview or regulatory oversight over the rest of the grids. Texas happens to be proud of their grid, and it doesn’t want the U.S. interfering with their grid and yet, we have a Chinese PLA general plugging directly into our grid.

Now, there are plenty of instances of malware. If you look at the GAO [Government Accountability Office] report that was recently released that I included as a footnote in my testimony, we are fully certain that the Chinese, the Russians, the North Koreans, and the Iranians want to disrupt our critical infrastructure. We are certain that they want to do that and that they have the capacity to do it.

We mustn’t ever allow them to interface directly with these things, whether it is our layer one phone systems, layer one phone interconnections on the telco site, or whether it’s our waste and water treatment system, or our nuclear power systems, our nuclear power plants, or our electric grids. We just need to keep them out. It’s a basic understanding of how you protect national security.

And so it’s just fascinating to me to see how this sausage gets made: how GH America Energy got formed and how he was able to buy all these properties. He still owns these properties as we sit here today, Jan. Now, this bill went through both the House and the Senate in Texas, and they put it into context after the Senate bill testimony was heard.

I brought General [Robert] Spalding and Patrick Jenevein, who beat AVIC [Aviation Industry Corporation of China] in court, to testify with me. We passed 31-0, so we got every Republican and every Democrat to agree that this was a bad idea.

Mr. Jekielek: Well, congratulations on fostering bipartisanship in the United States, which seems to be a very, very difficult thing to do. A couple of quick questions, first, he’s a former general. Isn’t that right?

Mr. Bass: Correct.

Mr. Jekielek: Guangxin Sun?

Mr. Bass: The way that I looked at it is once you’re a PLA general, you’re always a PLA general.

Mr. Jekielek: The second question is, is that wind farm literally right now plugged into the Texas grid?

Mr. Bass: It is. It’s the Blue Hills Wind Farm.

Mr. Jekielek: And so, what is the threat of having a wind farm like this directly plugged in? How does that facilitate the types of attacks, foreign actor attacks, that you’ve been describing or potentially facilitate?

Mr. Bass: Again, you’re going to take me outside of my particular expertise which is more financial and pure national security, but the experts that I’ve interfaced with—and we’ve hired a number of different expert groups to look at this—tell me that there’s the ability to monitor traffic on the grid and also map the grid from that connection, i.e. basically see how it ebbs and flows, see how it works, observe how it works. And then they have the ability to upload malware directly into the grid so that they could shut it down at any moment.

It’s just common sense that you can’t allow a foreign actor that is definitely adversarial to our country and someone that we label as the biggest threat to the United States’ rules-based order and democracy that we see today—whether that’s a DNI report that you and I have all read or whether it’s reports from the GAO or whether we’re listening to the state department, no matter who you listen to, except for Wall Street.

Wall Street can’t wait to invest another dollar in China to try to earn some profits. And they can’t wait to do business with China because China pays us a lot to do business with them. And so, Wall Street is a different crowd. Everyone else on the national security side knows China is the biggest threat to the United States existence.

Mr. Jekielek: You mentioned a little earlier that this ranch actually abuts the Mexico border. What is the significance of that in your view?

Mr. Bass: If you think about—and by the way, this Chinese actor, Sun, has filed an application to build 700-foot tall wind turbines. Just to put that into perspective, that’s as tall as the Washington Monument. Just think about how big that is. And if you put these, they call them over-the-top transponders on top of these 700-foot turbines, you have direct line of sight into our Air Force base. You have direct line of sight to the border. You can disrupt all kinds of things.

You can also map. You can do horizon mapping. You can map within 40 miles of the over-the-top network and you can map anything that flies by or drives by perfectly. So every single airplane that we’re flying, testing, they can figure out what the performance characteristics of it are to the T. They know what our air base will look like to the T. 

And when you think about fentanyl, we all know that China now runs the cartels in Mexico. China handles their money operations, and China supplies them with all the fentanyl. Ninety-five percent of all the fentanyl that comes to the United States comes from China through Mexico.

So allowing a Chinese entity to sit between our largest Air Force training base and our border just doesn’t make sense. And so, we’re looking into how on earth this even began to pass any kind of CFIUS [Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States] review. And we think that a new CFIUS review should be had. DOD believes so too.

Mr. Jekielek: This is absolutely fascinating and again, hair-raising as you’re fleshing out everything that connects to create this whole situation. Now, one of the things that strikes me as you’re talking about the entity list: Xiaomi, the Chinese cell phone giant, recently got delisted from the entity list in the U.S. There’s something going on here. I keep asking myself, and that has to do with the lawsuit too that was lost. 

Is the US legal system ready to handle the threat from China? I mean, we still have TikTok and WeChat basically reigning free in America. I just saw that India had banned TikTok and another 58 applications. They’re clearly seeing the national security threat here. What are your thoughts?

Mr. Bass: So what China is so good at doing in the United States is exploiting every kind of crack and crevice that we have in our open society and our democracy and our rule of law. I talked with some lawyers specifically on the GME case. China paid top dollar for a great law firm, and they sued the government for putting them on the entity list. And their argument was, “Show us the evidence of our malfeasance. Show it to us.”

And you can imagine that it’s similar to the Guantanamo Bay scenario, where we have a lot of intelligence agents and forces all over the world that are, let’s just say, non-declared. And we have processes that in the U.S. court system requires due process. The reason that we must keep Guantanamo Bay open is because the last thing we want to do is expose our entire intelligence network on how we got to that conclusion, if you follow me.

If we give due process, we’re going to have to take embedded intelligence assets that might have been embedded for the last 20 or 30 years and expose them, and basically ruin their efficacy and their cover. And that’s why when President Obama said the first thing he’s going to do is close Guantanamo Bay, and then when someone explained to him why you have to leave Guantanamo Bay open, notice he never closed it.

That was one of his four pillars of being elected. I just think he was naïve and didn’t realize how the world works and how our legal system works. Obama is a very smart guy, but I don’t think he realized that we couldn’t possibly close Gitmo.

In this case, we have a lot of evidence against the Chinese and Chinese companies operating in the U.S. The last thing we want to do is give them due process. So I think that’s the schism that the U.S. attorneys are going to have to overcome, and we’re going to have to pass some new laws that allow us to just not give them due process. I know that is pretty scary, but we have a president in our terror networks, our terror investigations, and we need to treat these as terror investigations.

Mr. Jekielek: This is interesting. I think I imagined a lot of people, especially on the civil liberty side of things will take a lot of issue with what you just said because if you start here, there’s a slippery slope into other areas. And frankly, we have seen some of that slippery slope in past years. Just tell me a little more why you think that this would be appropriate in this case and how it could be kept from basically taking over the whole system.

Mr. Bass: President Obama gave a speech when he was talking specifically about this kind of right to privacy and civil liberties and all of the things that the Chinese government has actually taken away from all of their citizens. They just recently removed it from all of the citizens of Hong Kong, but we don’t seem to be too worried about that as a country, and as a populace.

Obama said in a speech one day, he said, “You can either have a 100% privacy or a 100% security. You decide which one you want, and you can’t have both.” And he’s right to a certain extent. It’s about leadership, but it’s about trust in leadership. And if you think about the way that the Patriot Act is now handled in a way that the FBI obtains warrants, they have to go to a federal judge in a confidential meeting, and they have to say, “Here’s all the data we’ve got. We want to institute a bug or a surveillance team on this group of people and here’s why.”

And we can’t have this hearing publicly. But you need to listen to our evidence and decide if we’re right or wrong that this warrant is breaking someone’s privacy. And we can set up some sort of process there where there are multiple arbitrators of the situation that it still adheres to the basic, I think, rules of our constitution and our Bill of Rights.

Look, I’m all for that. And I realize that, yes, there is going to be corruption in the system or this or that. But basically, I believe the U.S. legal system works and our rule of law works in general.

Mr. Jekielek: I’m speaking specifically because we have seen that specific system abused in recent times, and so this is something that people are concerned with. I think what you’re speaking to, though, highlights the difficulty of dealing with the Chinese Communist Party threat and how they basically, like you said, look through all these nooks and crevices for any possible way to kind of co-opt the system to get around it.

To me, from reporting that we’ve done and frankly things we have talked about, we know that TikTok is a giant intelligence-gathering apparatus. Frankly, everybody seems to know that Facebook is that too, but Facebook isn’t directly connected with a regime that seeks to basically subvert America.

Mr. Bass: Yeah, and TikTok is more insidious in my view, Jan. It is front and center with our youth. I’m sure you don’t sit on TikTok for four or five hours a day. When kids get on it, they love it. They get to see their friends doing crazy dances and this and that. But the most insidious thing about TikTok is it’s there and it’s interfacing with our children for hours a day, and it’s all driven by algorithms.

And basically over time, the CCP can change those algorithms and program the kids. It can send to their feed videos that they supposedly would be seeing and yet, they can be programming the way that they think over a long period of time. And I think that is again deeply, deeply problematic, troublesome, and we shouldn’t allow that to happen. Again, no one can think that’s a good idea.

For some reason, the foreign actors and foreign governments again demand to have due process in the U.S. and so with due process, again, it’s hard to prove that that’s what they’re doing, but from a national security perspective, as leadership in our country says, “You know, we’re just not even going to allow that possibility to exist,” that’s where we have to get with this, and it has to be all kind of under a national security umbrella and we should be able to deter or eliminate foreign actors from our conversations.

Mr. Jekielek: This a regime that is known, documented, to be committing genocide in at least one instance and massive forced labor, use of people, a regime that supports the lucrative, lucrative murder for organs industry, worth billions of dollars. And we have to prove that they would send bad messaging to try to co-opt our children. That does sound problematic to me.

Mr. Bass: It is. Again, Jan, if you just use basic logic and basic leadership, this requires leadership. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican. It just requires leadership. And the one place where I’ve seen at the state level and the national level in the last, call it, four years, there’s only one place where I’ve seen bipartisanship agreement, and it is actually on human rights issues. It really has focused on that. 

We saw the Hong Kong Human Rights Democracy Act passed unanimously in the House and the Senate. That was interesting. I’ve never seen anything passed unanimously in the House and the Senate. And the same goes for this Xinjiang problem in Texas. That passed the Texas Senate 31-0. So there is a place where we all agree that something is wrong, and we need to continue to focus on these issues and defend our national security—both the imminent threat that’s right here, right now, today, and the one where China is building a threat over a very long period of time by programming our youth. I mean, it’s just all crazy that we’re letting this happen.

Mr. Jekielek: Kyle, we were talking about how the legal system has trouble dealing with the China threat. Just briefly tell me the specific Texas bill that you were supporting that passed unanimously. What does it do?

Mr. Bass: It passed in the House and the Senate. It’s in conference now. And I’ll tell you a little wrinkle that’s happened that you and I haven’t discussed yet as far as there’s only one lobbying group lobbying to put something in the bill that really lessens its impact, and it’s a telecom company here in the United States. 

The bill is called the Lone Star Infrastructure Protection Act. What it does is it disallows direct interfacing with Texas critical infrastructure groups that are known to be bad actors to the United States, and it’s defined by the governor of the state. And that definition today is Russia, Iran, North Korea, and China. So companies and individuals in their proxies from those four regions of the world or those four countries may not directly interface with what we deem to be critical infrastructure. That includes the electric grid, the telco systems, waste and water treatment, and nuclear facilities.

I mean again, this is pretty basic. And so it passed both. It’s in conference. I think it’s about to be finalized here literally. It has to be finalized in the next week.

And AT&T showed up with their lobbyist, and they wanted the word knowingly put into the law, i.e. you have to knowingly have one of those bad actors in your system. They want to be able to engage in the Ken Lay or Sergeant Schultz defense: “I know nothing.” And so, knowingly, it was put in there and I’m fairly certain you’re going to see in the conference they’re going to—they put it in there just to shut AT&T up, but I can tell you I’m fairly certain that word is going to come out.

Mr. Jekielek: Kyle, before we finish up, I want to talk a little bit about something that frankly we should have a whole episode on at some point, which is this huge effort by the Chinese Communist Party to develop a digital currency. This has been happening for eight years now. There’s a great op-ed in it by Bonnie Glick and Erik Bethel that explains some of the issues around this. This is something that you’ve been very focused on as well.

Briefly tell me, digital currency seems to be the wave of the future. Frankly, I’ve also heard that Bitcoin has been co-opted to some extent by China. I’d love to get your opinion on that. But before we even do that, let’s jump into digital currency and state digital currency controlled by the Chinese Communist Party. What’s the issue?

Mr. Bass: This is a much longer discussion, but we’ll go through the cliff notes version. So, 80 percent of the world’s central banks are at some stage of investigation or roll-out of their own central bank digital currency. And China is leading. They’ve been working on this for eight years.

When you think about the way China operates today in the world, no one trusts their government; no one trusts their currency. According to SWIFT which is kind of the global authority on cross-border currency settlement, according the SWIFT, 1.8 percent of global cross-border settlement happens in the RMB today, the Chinese currency.

And if you peel back the layers of that onion, what you’ll know is almost the entire 1.8 percent happens in Hong Kong. And so it’s China trading with itself, if you follow me. So in the end, no one trusts China. No one wants their currency. It’s too opaque. We all know that they print currency like it’s the national pastime, even more than the ECB [European Central Bank] and the Federal Reserve, believe it or not.

But their desire to control their people—we all know they have social credit scores in China. If you were a Chinese national and you were to say something negative about the financial system, you were to say something negative about Xi Jinping or Wang Qishan or any of these other folks there, they can immediately turn you off and say, “Well, you can’t buy a bus ticket anymore. You can’t buy a plane ticket. Sorry, you can’t leave China. No more exit visas. You’re going to be punished. And by the way, if any of your friends interface with you, they’ll be punished too.”

So, they can literally turn you into kind of a Chinese leper overnight, if you say one thing that’s out of line. I mean it’s the most Orwellian dystopia. I don’t think you could come up with anything worse than that in a society.

And so that authoritarianism that they exercise over their own people is something that is abhorrent. And as we know, they have been accused of committing crimes against humanity and genocide in Xinjiang both by the last administration and the current administration against spanning political parties. We all agree that this is what’s happening over there.

And so if they launch a digital currency, I call it the digital Trojan horse. They can export their digital authoritarianism to me, to you, to everyone that takes this currency around the world. If you were to [upset them], they will know where that currency sits in your account. They will know your spending proclivities. They will know your social security number, your birthday, all of your vital data that kind of identify you as that account holder. And they will also know how you spend it.

They will be able to map you as a person. As a foreign adversary, they’ll know so much about, let’s say, the U.S. and the west or the rules-based order world and how they spend money and where their weaknesses are. If they spend money frivolously or, let’s say, they have issues with their gender status or their proclivities on the sexual side, we all know what the Chinese look for, how the MSS [Ministry of State Security] looks for the BGY [Blue, Gold, Yellow or Internet, Money, Sex]. I don’t know if we want to get into this, but this is how they operate. And then they exploit those weaknesses.

So, why would we ever allow China to export its digital authoritarianism to the rest of the world? That’s what they’re doing with this digital currency. I know how China how will play the game. They’ll say, “We’re 15 percent of global GDP. We have the right to have some of our currency in the world just like the U.S. is the dominant currency in the world. Shouldn’t the world just be more open to kind of a multi-lateral currency system?”

And everyone at the World Bank, which China controls, and all of the white papers that’’ll get written by U.S. institutions and U.S. professors will say, “China deserves its rightful place in the world with its currency.” That’s how they’re going to get it done.

I view it not only as a digital Trojan horse but as a cancer that we will not be able to rid ourselves of. I think that, this is going to sound hyperbolic, but it should be banned. You can’t just have a little bit of cancer in your body. You either have it or you don’t. And so I believe China’s CBDC [Central Bank Digital Currency] is the largest threat to the rules-based order in the west that we’ve ever faced.

Mr. Jekielek: I mean, it’s a huge thing to say. And frankly, one of the things that had me almost up at night here was this thought that China actually has a stronghold over many nations in the world where they’ve kind of basically used, I guess it’s a kind of loan sharking of sorts to basically co-opt numerous companies where they could actually force those countries to adopt the system in order to not have to pay, so to speak. I don’t know if I’ve made myself fully clear here. Does this make sense to you?

Mr. Bass: Yes. I think that’s way that China is going to roll us out, Jan, and you’ve hit right on it. The Belt and Road Initiative is China’s way of loan sharking and co-opting its way into huge national resource piles or strategic assets, like the port in Indonesia that didn’t need to be built. But China wants a deep water port for its navy at some point in time. It makes loans that they know can’t be repaid and they foreclose on the loans.

And then they have this asset that, “Oh wow, there’s this deep water port in Indonesia that maybe we can even park our military ships in.” That’s how this happens. It’s under a kind of a different guise. It’s under a commercial guise when it’s really a military guise.

But I think the Belt and Road Initiative is something where China can immediately just require payment. Payments are going to be made in dollars because China desperately needs dollars but they want those dollars to buy the CBDC so China never has to pay dollars out if they don’t want to. So, they can force the CBDC adoption amongst any of those predatory loans that they make for the Belt and Road Initiative.

And then the next thing they’re going to do, I mean, it’s just so easy to see what they’re going to do. They’re going to say, “Anyone that wants to trade with China and anyone that wants to invest in China is going to have to do it digitally.” And do it in their central bank digital currency, which means there’s going to be a major influx of dollars, euros, yen and pounds into China and they’ll “keep it in safekeeping” in their central bank, but you’ll never be able to get it back. And you’ll have their CBDC and then they’ve got you.

And so it’s something that we need to fight tooth and nail. I know that the various government cabinet level positions in the U.S. are aware of this. The good news is our agencies, our cabinet level positions realize this is one of the biggest threats that we face and have been focused on this as long as China has been talking about rolling it out, so that’s positive news.

The negative news is, as you can imagine, it’s going to be really easy for Wall Street to get on their planes and fly to K Street, to fly to Pennsylvania Avenue and explain how this is going to be a great idea, and don’t worry about the hawks, these hawkish people that are so negative on China. This is good for the world. And again, I can see both sides and how this is going to play out, Jan. Unfortunately, I think China is going to be able to roll this out. I don’t think we’re going to be able to stop it.

Mr. Jekielek: Let me kind of reiterate to our audience, or maybe get you partially to do this, what we’re talking about. You’re talking about how the social credit system works in China. Basically, you get points for doing things the regime likes and you get points taken away for doing things the regime doesn’t like.

And you do that yourself because you know that your phone and all the cameras around you are watching. Now, you plug the entire currency system every transaction you ever make and you’re like into this. What does that look like, really? Is this something we want?

Mr. Bass: Again, you and I could sit together in front of a Senate panel and say, “Who thinks this is a good idea?” And they’d all look at each other and say, “Well, none of us really think that’s a good idea.” Then they would say, “But Ray Dalio says interfacing with China is a great idea,” because he has $6 billion investment with them and he’s making a lot of money on them. And Fink thinks that China is his number one expansion opportunity.

And Mike Bloomberg? Bloomberg loves China. He says Xi Jinping is not a dictator and that he’s misunderstood. But what China is so good at is taking billionaires and making them richer and making them cheerleaders. And they give them selective access to their markets for them to become evangelical about the positive attributes of doing business with such a regime.

And all of these people close their eyes to what happened last time, what happened to “never again” after the holocaust? They’re interfacing and doing business directly with a regime that’s coming genocide. That’s live organ harvesting from Uyghurs, from Falun Gong, from the Mongolians and yet no one sees them for that, and they want to do business with them. It makes no sense at all to me, but China is so good at propaganda. They spend billions and billions and billions of dollars on propaganda every year, and the U.S. doesn’t have a propaganda department.

Think about this, Jan, there are four wars we can be fighting with China and the first one, of course, is the obvious one, the kinetic war where the U.S. has the best war department in the world, for sure. The second one is the cyber war. So, we’re not fighting a kinetic war with them. Hopefully, we never will. The second one is a cyber war where arguably the U.S. has amongst the top three cyber war departments in the world. We’ve been fighting that war with China since they ascended the WTO for 20 years.

The third war is the propaganda/information war. We don’t have that war department. We don’t do anything about propaganda. Now, I think the Secretary of State’s office does a pretty good job. Both Pompeo and Blinken have done a good job expanding their ideas and our values and explaining how bad actors around the world are acting. But that pales in size, scope and scale to what China does where they infiltrate our social media networks, and they just hammer, and hammer, and hammer on whatever idea they want ingrained in our belief systems.

They also pay for ads in newspapers, and they get newspapers and news where Bloomberg can’t possibly write a negative article about China. Every article they write is basically approved by the Chinese Communist Party. So, the propaganda department, propaganda war is a big one. As you know, we live in a post-truth world. Whoever can craft the best narrative wins, and China is really good at twisting those narratives and co-opting those that they want to co-opt.

And the fourth war we can be fighting with them is the economic war. We’ve been fighting that war with them since 2001, and we don’t have an economic war department. We handle the economic attacks from China. Some go to the U.S. trade rep. Some go to the commerce department. Some go to the state department. Some go to the treasury. And we kind of handled those like fly balls in a baseball game. We have no plan. We have no war department and yet they have been fighting that war intensely for 20 years against us.

So, the two wars that we need war departments for are the propaganda war and the economic war. And I hope we realize that at some point in time.

Mr. Jekielek: Kyle, just one quick thing. You mentioned that Bloomberg articles basically need to be approved by the Chinese regime. Can you clarify what you mean by that? I don’t think you’re saying that they actually need to be approved.

Mr. Bass: No, I’m not actually saying that. I’m saying if you remember when Bloomberg wrote actually the amazing and deeply investigative piece on Bo Xilai and the Princelings and the factions of the Chinese Communist Party, Bloomberg got turned off in China. They were very upset about that. And so, Bloomberg has gone over to meet with the Interior Minister of China and the Central Communist Party of China. Now, China is their biggest expansion area.

What I’m saying is implicitly if Bloomberg were to write something China didn’t like, China would just turn them off. You know how it works over there. So, what I’m saying is implicitly, Bloomberg can’t be critical of China or they lose their largest business opportunity. So, every article they write, they look at it as a lens with “Is this going to upset China? Is this going to upset Xi Jinping? Is this maybe counter to Xi Jinping’s thought? Is this too critical of what they’re doing? So we won’t write it.” My view is everything that they do is censored by China.

Mr. Jekielek: Kyle, it’s a terrible, terrible reality to live in. And thankfully over the last, I guess five or so years, we have seen a shift in reporting on China. And frankly, there is a lot more on this reporting on China and this is something I’ve been very heartened by. Any final thoughts before we finish up the interview?

Mr. Bass: Yeah. I think you do a hell of a job on this. I think that The Epoch Times does a great job on reporting truth. Some people hold you out to be a right wing newspaper. I hold you out to be down the center and just be honest. And that’s what we need, more honest, unfiltered reporting. And so for what it’s worth, there are a few outlets out there that when I read something, I think I’m reading the truth. And from you, I commend you for doing that, and it’s not just because we’re friends.

I’ll give you funny anecdote here. Once a week, The Epoch Times hits my front doorstep, the print version. I’m still old school. I like holding the newspaper. My wife, of course, is coastal Democrat and subscribed to The New York Times. Sometimes, The Epoch Times is sitting on top of The New York Times, which I find to be particularly funny. And other times, the converse is true, but those are the only two newspapers that come to this house.

And I think we need more truth in reporting. For The New York Times to run the story it ran, I know I’m going to kind of gate this interview. But two days ago, they ran a story about how Apple has basically compromised itself with the Chinese Communist Party. That was actually a pretty big step for The New York Times to take, and I commend them for doing so, and basically saying that Tim Cook is turning over all the data and adhering to all Chinese Communist Party rules. And basically, again, here is Tim Cook dealing directly with a regime that is committing genocide and crimes against humanity.

It’s kind of hard to believe that a gay woke man supposedly is only woke when it suits his wallet. And if it doesn’t suit his wallet, he turns the wokeism off. We just need to expose them for their duality or their own inner schisms and conflicts of interest. It’s just crazy that people like Apple and Nike and the NBA, the list goes on and on and on of people that just close their eyes and do the business.

Mr. Jekielek: Well, Kyle Bass, it’s such a pleasure to have you on again. And thank you for the kind words.

Mr. Bass: Hey, thank you. It’s a pleasure, Jan.

This interview has been edited for clarity and brevity.

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Trucker tried to avoid charges by “blending in” with 65+ migrants as they fled his trailer

Trucker tried to avoid charges by “blending in” with 65+ migrants as they fled his trailer

By Wimberly Patton -March 25, 2021

A truck driver tried posing as one of at least 65 illegal immigrants discovered in the back of his tractor trailer in Texas on Monday in an attempt to avoid charges.

The human smuggling attempt was discovered on Monday, March 22nd in Pearsall, Texas. 

According to Kens 5 News, police were contacted after a witness reportedly saw an arm flailing out of the back of the trailer and then witnessed someone stick their head out of the same opening. Police quickly responded to the call, but when they stopped the big rig, the illegal immigrants jumped from the trailer and began to flee the scene. about:blank

As they fled, the truck driver attempted to “blend in” with the fleeing migrants as if he were one of them, but was promptly apprehended along with at least 65 others. Witnesses were able to identify the trucker for officers based on his clothing. 

Several of the migrants are believed to have escaped police, but the truck driver is currently in federal custody. It is unclear exactly what charges he will be facing. 

“The smugglers have a complete disregard for human life,” said Harry Jimenez, an investigator with the Department of Homeland Security. 

“They don’t care about the safety and security or comfort of the individuals that they’re transporting.”

Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott speaks during a campaign rally by US President Donald Trump at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, October 22, 2018.

Texas Bans Mask Mandates For Local Governments And Public Schools

By Charlotte Pence Bond

May 18, 2021 DailyWire.com SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images

Republican Governor Greg Abbott of Texas issued an executive order on Tuesday that will ban local governments and schools from requiring face masks.

The executive order stated that:

No government entity, including a county, city, school district, and public health authority, and no governmental official may require any person to wear a face covering or to mandate that another person wear a face covering; provided, however, that: 

a.state supported living centers, government-owned hospitals, and government-operated hospitals may continue to use appropriate policies regarding the wearing of face coverings; and 

b.the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, and any county and municipal jails acting consistent with guidance by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards may continue to use appropriate policies regarding the wearing of face coverings. 

The order goes on to state that public schools may continue adhering to current mask policies until June 4, at which point the Texas Education Agency will change its guidance so that “no student, teacher, parent, or other staff member or visitor may be required to wear a face covering.”READER’S PASS

Local governments are also required to end their mask mandates by May 21 and any governments that continue to require mask-wearing could face a fine up to $1,000.

Abbott announced the move in a tweet, saying:

TX is prohibiting mask mandates by gov’t entities. 

Starting May 21, local govts attempting to impose mask mandates can be fined up to $1K. 

We’re also prohibiting public schools from mandating masks after June 4.

Texans, not gov’t, should decide their best health practices.

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“The Lone Star state continues to defeat COVID-19 through the use of widely-available vaccines, antibody therapeutic drugs, and safe practices utilized by Texans in our communities,” Abbott said in a press release. “Texans, not government, should decide their best health practices, which is why masks will not be mandated by public school districts or government entities.”

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The move comes after Texas reached several milestones over the weekend in its fight against COVID-19, months after President Joe Biden had mocked the state’s reopening strategy as “Neanderthal thinking.”

On Sunday, Abbott announced in a tweet:

Today Texas reported:

*0 Covid related deaths–the only time that’s happened since data was tracked in March, 2020.

*the fewest Covid cases in over 13 months

*the lowest 7-day Covid positivity rate ever

*the lowest Covid hospitalizations in 11 months.

Thanks, Texans!

As The Daily Wire reported, Biden mocked Texas and Mississippi — both run by Republican governors and legislatures — in early March for their decision to lift mask mandates and reopen their economies.

“I think it’s a big mistake,” Biden said to a reporter when asked about the reopening. “Look, I hope everybody’s realized by now these masks make a difference. We are on the cusp of being able to fundamentally change the nature of this disease because of the way in which we’re able to get vaccines in people’s arms. We’ve been able to move that all the way up to the end of May to have enough for every American, to get every adult American to get a shot.”

“The last thing, the last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime everything’s fine, take off your mask,” Biden continued. “Forget it. It still matters… And it’s critical, critical, critical, critical that they follow the science. Wash your hands, hot water, do it frequently. Wear a mask and stay socially distant. And I know you all know that, I wish the heck some of our elected officials knew it.”

‘Those Neanderthals Really Knew What They Were Doing’: Dagen McDowell Mocks Joe Biden As Texas Death Rate Plummets

‘Those Neanderthals Really Knew What They Were Doing’: Dagen McDowell Mocks Joe Biden As Texas Death Rate Plummets

Dagen McDowell appears on"The Five." Screenshot/Fox News

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VIRGINIA KRUTAASSOCIATE EDITORMay 18, 20218:58 PM ET

Fox Business host Dagen McDowell mocked President Joe Biden during a Tuesday segment of “The Five” on Fox News.

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McDowell referenced Biden’s criticism of Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott — who he accused of “neanderthal thinking” when he relaxed mask mandates and allowed businesses in his state to reopen at full capacity.

“This is the reason why President Joe said that all 50 states are declaring a decline because he had to wait for the blues to catch up with the reds in his — so he could blur the gaping gulf its success,” cohost Greg Gutfeld began. “The whole country is doing well. He couldn’t just say wow, the reds are doing way better.”

“Those neanderthals really knew what they were doing,” McDowell joked, prompting a laugh from her cohosts. She went on to say that she expected people to treat southerners like they were stupid.

“As a southerner, I completely expect that because people will always underestimate you as think you’re stupid, quite frankly, based on where you are from and the way that you speak,” she said.

McDowell went on to say that she herself would have been more of a “sore winner” than Governor Abbott had been.

“I would have been, you know, doing a little dance, but you get to step back and when you’re right and you start winning, you can just watch their pomposity melt into horror,” McDowell concluded.

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Texas Legislature Could Make COVID-19 Liability Lawsuits Harder To Win

By J.D. Miles
May 13, 2021 at 8:29 pm

Give me a break!
Proponents of the bill say employers and health care providers could be devastated by opportunistic, baseless lawsuits.

“Baseless”? I think not! They are more worried about businesses going bankrupt due to lawsuits which is a valid concern but what about the crimes against humanity that are proving to be more and more valid every single day??? What about the hospital expenses that are piling up on and can’t afford to pay because of faulty diagnosis and death coding that hospitals were being PAID FOR EACH TIME SOMEONE WALKED THROUGH THE DOOR?

As of a few days ago so far, only 726 lawsuits out of 1.2 million filed in Texas since the beginning of 2020 are related to COVID-19.

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Lawsuits filed over COVID-19 liability claims could be harder to prove if a bill in the Texas legislature passes.

Nursing homes accused of not doing enough to protect their staff from catching COVID-19 have been the target of multiple lawsuits filed by Texas nurses and health care workers, like Lisa Collins who spent three weeks on a ventilator and Maurice Dotson, who died.

But those lawsuits are the subject of proposed legislation in Austin that would raise the standard of proof and make them harder to win.null

“There’s been a long-standing push, it started at the federal level to completely immunize corporations, retailers, medical providers from anything related to COVID,” said Dallas civil attorney Quentin Brogdon.

Brogdon has filed several lawsuits over COVID-19 infections believed to be the result of workplace negligence.

He said there’s no valid reason to offer such sweeping legal protection to employers, health care providers, physicians and insurance agencies.

“When you immunize, you remove any incentive to do the right thing. When nobody’s accountable, nobody is safe,” he said.

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Proponents of the bill say employers and health care providers could be devastated by opportunistic, baseless lawsuits.

But so far, only 726 lawsuits out of 1.2 million filed in Texas since the beginning of 2020 are related to COVID-19.

Of those, only three officially involve personal injury or death.

“Any blanket immunization has the potential to harm innocent victims and cuts off their access to legal redress,” he said.

There are several bills filed by state lawmakers to reign in COVID-19 lawsuits.

At least one is close to approval.

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Some of them would retroactively apply to lawsuits that have already been filed.

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Texas City Bans Abortion, Declares Itself A ‘Sanctuary City For The Unborn’

FILE PHOTO – Planned Parenthood South Austin Health Center in Austin

ANDERS HAGSTROM
WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT
May 02, 2021
2:43 PM ET


The city of Lubbock, Texas approved an ordinance banning abortion procedures within city limits and declaring itself a “sanctuary city for the unborn” Saturday.

While not the first, Lubbock is now the largest city in the U.S. to approve such a measure, but it will likely face legal challenges from abortion advocates who argue the measure is unconstitutional. The move comes just months after Planned Parenthood opened its first clinic in the city, according to the Texas Tribune.

Lubbock residents backed the measure with 62% of the vote on Saturday, joining dozens of other Texas cities that have already passed similar ordinances. Lubbock is the first of these cities to make a declaration while already having an abortion clinic within its limits. (RELATED: Here’s What Texan Pro-Lifers Have To Say About Their ‘Sanctuary City For The Unborn’)

Demonstrators hold up placards during a Planned Parenthood rally outside the State Capitol in Austin, Texas, April 5, 2017. REUTERS/Ilana Panich-Linsman

Demonstrators hold up placards during a Planned Parenthood rally outside the State Capitol in Austin, Texas, April 5, 2017. (REUTERS/Ilana Panich-Linsman)

The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas has made known its opposition to pro-life “sanctuary cities,” having sued seven local governments in the past. (RELATED: Texas Town Outlaws Abortion, Declares It A Sanctuary For The Unborn)