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Biden’s DOJ Sneakily Dismisses Cases Against Portland Antifa Rioters

The excuse? The pandemic and a lack of funding.

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While the national manhunt for pro-Trump rioters continues – with over 540 suspects and 275 arrests so far – Joe Biden’s Department of Justice has been hard at work quietly dismissing dozens of felony and misdemeanor charges from last year’s Portland riots. 

The excuse? The pandemic and a lack of funding.

Charges such as arson, assault on law enforcement officers and other violent crimes are being dropped like flies, many of them dismissed with prejudice, meaning they can’t be brought back to court in the future, BizPacReview reports. 

Federal prosecutors have dismissed more than a third of pending charges from the violent and destructive protests that took place in Portland throughout the summer. Some of the most serious charges that have been dropped include four defendants charged with assaulting a federal officer: a felony. 

To be specific, 31 out of 90 protest cases were dismissed, despite the Department of Justice’s warning that there would be “consequences for acts of violence.” 

But those aren’t final numbers. Apparently, more dismissals are in the works. Most of the defendants whose protest cases are still pending have seen their trials delayed and several people involved with the cases said they expect more federal charges to be dismissed in the coming weeks. 

This warning was issued in September 2020: “Local residents and anyone traveling to Portland with the intent to commit violence are on notice. There will be consequences for acts of violence. The U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to prosecuting people who impede or assault law enforcement officers, damage federal property and set fire to buildings. Make no mistake: those who commit violence in the name of protest, will be investigated, arrested, prosecuted and face prison time.” 

But, that warning appears to have been a facade. 

Indeed, over the last several months Portland has arguably become the epicenter of destruction, violent riots and protests. 

As a result of more than two months of near-nightly unrest, federal buildings in Oregon’s largest city suffered more than $2 million in damage.

Protesters gathered near the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse in the city almost every night for weeks, clashing with police and counterprotesters. The nightly destruction almost always involved graffiti, broken windows, firecrackers and Molotov cocktails, according to Fox News. 

Other damaged buildings include the Edith Green-Wendall Wyatt Federal Building, the Gus J. Solomon U.S. Courthouse, the Pioneer Courthouse and Portland’s U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement building.  

Yet, the perpetrators are getting off with nothing more than a slap on the wrist, while protesters at the Capitol on January 6 face up to 20 years in prison.

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5 Comments

  1. Richard Castor

    March 8, 2021 at 10:29 am

    I think it’s time to take matters in our own hands.

    • Barbara DeStasio

      March 8, 2021 at 5:07 pm

      100%

    • john b

      March 8, 2021 at 10:44 pm

      100% and years overdue

  2. Mary Allen

    March 8, 2021 at 10:30 am

    They have to. China and antifa and Soros own them!

  3. marcia

    March 8, 2021 at 10:36 am

    Lack of funding, my butt! More like lack of courage, integrity, and character to do the right thing. The Senate just passed a $1.9 trillion bill full of pork and they claim lack of funding?? Just another Leftist Lie to accommodate their agenda.

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Got Lunch? Navy Nuclear Engineer Attempted to Hide Classified Docs in Peanut Butter Sandwich

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One of the Navy’s nuclear engineers “with access to military secrets has been charged with trying to pass information about the design of American nuclear-powered submarines to someone he thought was a representative of a foreign government who turned out to be an undercover FBI agent, the Justice Department said Sunday” reports the Associated Press.

A criminal complaint has been filed against Jonathan Toebbe, 42, who was arrested with his wife, Diana, 45, in West Virginia. The Justice Department says Toebbe placed a removable memory card at a prearranged “dead drop”.

“The FBI recovered a blue memory card wrapped in plastic and placed between two slices of bread on a half of a peanut butter sandwich, court documents say. The records on the memory card included design elements and performance characteristics of Virginia-class submarine reactors” reports the AP.

Toebbe faces espionage-related charges for trying to sell government secrets to a contact he believed represented a foreign power for almost an entire year. The Navy declined to comment Sunday, and “the FBI says the scheme began in April 2020 when Jonathan Toebbe sent a package of Navy documents to a foreign government and wrote that he was interested in selling to that country operations manuals, performance reports and other sensitive information.”

Authorities say the FBI used Toebbe’s outreach to begin the almost yearlong operation. An undercover agent emailed with Toebbe for weeks and eventually sent him about $10,000 in cryptocurrency as a sign of good faith and trust.

Toebbe’s package had a return address in Pittsburgh and “Was obtained by the FBI last December through its legal attaché office in the unspecified foreign country” reports the AP. “The court documents don’ explain how the FBI came to receive the package or from whom.”

The package also included a letter that said, “I apologize for this poor translation into your language. Please forward this letter to your military intelligence agency. I believe this information will be of great value to your nation. This is not a hoax.”

Only weeks later, agents watched Toebbe make the drop at an agreed-upon location in West Virginia, “with Diana Toebbe appearing to serve as a lookout for her husband during a dead-drop operation for which the FBI paid $20,000.”

The Associated Press reports:

The Justice Department describes those submarines as “cruise missile fast-attack submarines, which incorporate the latest in stealth, intelligence gathering, and weapons systems technology.” The memory card also included a typed message that said, in part: “I hope your experts are very happy with the sample provided and I understand the importance of a small exchange to grow our trust.”

The FBI conducted similar dead-drop exchanges over the next several months, including one in August in eastern Virginia for which Toebbe was paid roughly $70,000. In that instance, prosecutors say, he concealed in a chewing gum package a memory card that contained schematic designs for the Virginia-class submarine.

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CA Signs Law Requiring Large Retailers to Have Gender-Neutral Toy and Child-Care Sections

The new law applies to any CA retail store with more than 500 employees

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California’s Governor Gavin Newsom has just signed a “final batch of legislative actions weighed for the year.” Among them is a new law that will take effect in 2024, mandating all retail stores with 500 or more employees must have a gender-neutral toy and child-care product section.

California became the first state to adopt such a law. The Los Angeles Times reports the stores “must sell some toys and child-care products outside of areas specifically labeled by gender. Retailers can continue to offer other toys and child-care goods in traditional boys and girls sections if they choose to.”

Assemblyman Evan Low, a Democrat from Campbell, introduced the legislation to steer the retail industry away from marketing children’s products under “traditional gender” stereotypes; meaning “boy” and “girl.”

Low said the daughter of one of his staff members inspired the bill when the girl questioned why she had to go to the boys section to find certain toys, reports the Los Angeles Times. “Children have a very unique way of saying things that provide some common sense. I think it’s important that we as a state are demonstrating our values of diversity and inclusion.”

“Part of it is to make sure if you’re a young girl that you can find a police car, fire truck, a periodic table or dinosaur,” said Low. “And then similarly, if you’re a boy if you’re more artistic and want to play with glitter, why not? Why should you feel the stigma of saying ‘Oh, this should be shamed’ and going to a different location?” added Low.

Professor of psychology at UC Santa Cruz, Campbell Leaper, claims “we know from a variety of different research once they have those categories in their heads and if you label something for girls or boys, children will often ignore it if it’s labeled for the other gender.”

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