Nov 17

The Interrogation: USPS agents interview whistleblower, get him to “update” his affidavit, and then immediately leak the “update” to Democrats and the Washington Post—which runs headline saying the whistleblower “retracted” his statement

By Roger Roots, J.D., Ph.D.,

Every trial lawyer knows that leading questions can be used to sculpt and shape a witness’s testimony to conform to the lawyer’s narrative. A leading question is one that leads a witness to an answer, by either suggesting the answer or by substituting the words of the questioner for those of the witness. In effect, a questioner—by use of leading questions—becomes the author rather than the receiver of the narrative.

Last week, the world was treated to headlines announcing “Postal worker recanted allegations of ballot tampering” (Washington Post), “Erie postal worker admits fabricating Trump-pushed claims of voter fraud” (TribLive), “Officials: Postal worker recants ballot-tampering claims” (Seattle Times), “Postal worker withdraws claim that ballots were backdated in Pennsylvania” (New York Times), and “Postal worker admits fabricating allegations of ballot tampering, reports say” (

The headlines relate to a story of a U.S. Postal carrier in Eerie, PA, Richard Hopkins, who, on November 5 (two days AFTER election day) overheard a discussion by his supervisor about postmarking ballots mailed on November 4th as having been mailed on the 3rd. Another of Hopkins’ supervisors was openly urging all carriers to continue collecting ballots after the election was over as if the ballots were timely postmarked. (PA elections officials were still, at that time, counting votes.)

Hopkins’ supervisor’s instructions were highly illegal (unless there was an intent to strictly separate and exclude the late ballots from valid timely ballots). Nothing in these supervisors’ instructions indicated an innocent intent; indeed, the mere fact that the late ballots were to be packaged separately from ordinary mail—which travels onward from Eerie to Pittsburgh for accurate postmarking—suggests an intent by USPS officials to evade accurate postmarking.

Hopkins himself encountered a late ballot on his route later that day. He took pains to write “11/05/20” on the envelope before depositing it in the ballot bin at the Eerie Post Office. Hopkins also shared his concerns that his USPS supervisors were apparently abetting election fraud with coworkers and then with Project Veritas.

Project Veritas shared Hopkins’ story nationwide, and soon the Trump Campaign—already in high gear to challenge PA election improprieties—obtained an affidavit from Hopkins regarding his account.

Hopkins’ revelations had far-reaching implications. The left, the mainstream news, and the establishment (do I repeat myself) were determined to dampen all claims of election fraud in order to fast-track the coronation of Joe Biden as president. Hopkins’ story threw a bit of a wrench into the mainstream storyline.

In any other year, state and local election officials conduct and administer American elections. But in 2020, the U.S. Postal Service became a major player in the national election (for preposterous reasons which would require another article to recount). The USPS, like all federal agencies, is staffed overwhelmingly by Democrats. By some calculations, some 95 percent of campaign donations over $200 by federal employees go to Democrats. In 2016, the USPS unlawfully gave time off and other benefits to Postal employees who campaigned for Hillary Clinton.

Hours after nationwide publicity about the Hopkins affidavit hit the airwaves, the USPS Office of Inspector General (IG) dispatched a pair of high-level fixers to Eerie. One of the USPS fixers—Russ Strasser—had an extensive military intelligence background and has reportedly posted anti-Trump comments on his social media accounts (now scrubbed).

On Monday, November 9, Agents Strasser and Chris Klein subjected Hopkins to an hours-long interview that can only be described as Kafkaesque. Hopkins, a marine veteran with too much trust in government, turned out to be an easy mark. The agents dominated some ninety percent of the conversation.

The interview began with giggly and girlish tones, as Agent Strasser said he wanted to simply “chat” with Hopkins. Soon, however, Strasser was directing Hopkins to sign a waiver of his Miranda rights and then to read the waiver aloud. The giggly chitchat session was interlaced with solemn reminders of the gravity of the situation. For his part, Hopkins never strayed from his original story: the USPS at the Eerie Station was collecting invalid, late ballots and treating them as if they were timely and valid.

After hours of repeated grilling, however, the agents got Hopkins to admit that he never actually heard the word “backdate.” Hopkins also conceded that he did not actually witness his supervisors doing any backdating of ballots. And was it possible that Hopkins may have misheard things or that there might be an innocent explanation—say, hypothetically, that the supervisor was merely discussing postmarks on the ballots without any intention to comingle those marked “the Third” with those marked “the Fourth”? Hopkins said it was possible.

The fixers moved in for the kill. “Right now, I’m not going to [subject Hopkins to] a polygraph.” “I think we are better off if we do an updated signed statement.” “Are you with me on that?” Agent Strasser and Agent Klein then began drafting an “update” to Hopkins’ affidavit.

Strasser dictated the new wording to Hopkins: “And I think what we need to amend it is ‘from what I heard from the conversation, my logical assumption was that [the Eerie postmaster] was suggesting that they’re backdating ballots . . .” So after hours of manipulation, the agents changed Hopkins’ testimony about witnessing a scheme to backdate late-received ballots to a testimony about Hopkins’ “logical assumption” being that USPS officials were discussing backdating ballots.

The agents must have almost immediately leaked the news of the “updated” statement to anxiously-awaiting Democrats in Congress, or even to The Washington Post. Reporters for The Post began drafting the “Whistleblower Recanted” story within 24 hours of the conversation. Soon some newspapers were even running the story as a “whistleblower lied” tale.

We know of the contours of the November 9 interrogation only because Hopkins himself recorded parts of it on his cellphone. The irreconcilable differences between the audio recording and the press reports don’t seem to have attracted much attention.

Hopkins has now been relieved of his job without pay—for blowing the whistle on an election fraud scheme. Meanwhile Hopkins’ supervisors at the Eerie USPS station continue in their jobs without any apparent punishment or discipline, despite evidence that seems to indicate they helped rig an election by processing invalid late voters’ ballots. And Russ Strasser apparently faces no discipline for his obstruction of justice in the matter.

Nov 14

Turkish government monitors ‘candid camera’ type shows and arrests citizens who express anti-government views

Censorship of anti-government sentiments is growing worldwide.

For years, Americans have been accustomed to “man on the street” or “candid camera”-type interviews where a humorist asks random citizens about their opinions.

In Turkey, such shows are secretly monitored by government police. Citizens who express negative opinions about government are arrested afterward.

One Turk expressed the opinion that government officials are all vampires. He was arrested afterward.

“Turkish authorities regularly prosecute and harass citizens for any perceived criticism of [President] Erdogan. In 2018, a prominent Turkish singer, Zuhal Olcay, was sentenced to ten months in prison for rewriting the lyrics of a hit song during a concert” in a way that mocked Erdogan.

“Şenol Buran, the head cook at the Cumhuriyet office cafeteria, was arrested two years earlier for saying of Erdogan, “I would not serve that man a cup of tea.””

Nov 08

Government supporting media proclaim election fraud claims to be bogus–even as evidence of massive fraud mounts


“According to Richard Hopkins, a carrier in Erie, Pennsylvania, his supervisors and others above him were ordering carriers to backdate ballots that were received after Election Day. Once Hopkins’ bosses pieced together that he was the whistleblower, he was allegedly relieved of duty.”


“Project Veritas released their first video of a United States Postal Service worker in Traverse City, Michigan, coming forward to expose their supervisor, Johnathan Clarke, potentially engaging in voter fraud. The second video released Thursday afternoon allegedly shows a USPS worker in Las Vegas, Nevada, talking about handing over a “handful” of ballots to an undercover journalist. The blank ballots were collected because they were allegedly sent to the wrong address. The third video was Hopkins’ original report. Video number four was of a USPS whistleblower in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania that claimed supervisors and other higher-ups are ordering carriers to backdate ballots that were received after Election Day.”


Three days after election day 2020, “Attorney General Ken Paxton . . . announced that his Election Fraud Unit assisted the Limestone County Sheriff and District Attorney in charging Kelly Reagan Brunner, a social worker in the Mexia State Supported Living Center (SSLC), with 134 felony counts of purportedly acting as an agent and of election fraud,” the state said in a statement. “State Supported Living Centers serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Brunner submitted voter registration applications for 67 residents without their signature or effective consent, while purporting to act as their agent.”


Already it has been revealed that computer software used in Michigan elections (and apparently in many other states) either counted certain Democrat votes twice or counted certain Republican votes as Democratic votes. Two Michigan candidates who were initially told they had lost have now been proclaimed winners.


The New York Post has documented that a number of votes were “cast” in New York by individuals known to be deceased. At least one Democrat has been arrested for attempting to vote for both himself and his deceased mother. “I believe this is just the tip of the iceberg,” said one observer.

Just prior to election day, Florida officials identified a fraud scheme seeking to obtain ballots for around 50 deceased voters.

Meanwhile there are mainstream “news” headlines blaring such claims as “DEBUNKED: ‘DEAD PEOPLE’ DID NOT VOTE IN THE US ELECTION AS VIRAL FACEBOOK POST CLAIMS” and “No evidence of dead people causing widespread voter fraud.”

Nov 06

U.S. Postal Service Whistleblowers in both PA and Michigan report being told to backdate vote ballots

Article 1, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution requires that “The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof.”

But in 2020, various governors used the covid-19 scare as an excuse to unilaterally upend election laws by having the US Postal Service take over distribution and delivery of vote ballots.

Observers say the 2020 election is the most fraudulent and corrupt in American history.

Some states apparently mailed ballots to almost every name available on any government list.

Thousands of voters received two or even three ballots, without information regarding what to do.

A California man named Jeffrey De Ponte said he received two ballots with his name, but different versions. “One had my middle name and no space in my last name. And then one had no middle name with a space in my last name.” De Ponte said each ballot had a different barcode.

Untold thousands more received numerous ballots at their homes under other peoples’ names. Anyone could fill such ballots out and mail them in without much fear of penalty.

And in at least two “battleground states,” Michigan and Pennsylvania, whistleblowers inside the US Postal Service have said their bosses told them to BACKDATE ballots received after election day and forward them to election offices. See here.

Nov 06

Border Patrol performs “standard sweep” of vehicle at Canadian border on election day; finds trunk load of stolen ballots in Postal worker’s car


U.S. Postal employees overwhelmingly support Democratic politicians. During 2016, Postal officials were caught illegally rewarding employees who campaigned for Hillary Clinton.

USPS employees are paid too much. The “Service” regularly contracts with regional private carriers who deliver mail for HALF of what USPS employees are paid. Thousands of Americans now apply for every USPS job announcement.

The “Service” enjoys every possible advantage in the marketplace. It pays no property, corporate, or income tax. It owns some of the world’s most strategic real estate in downtown areas. It has an unconstitutional monopoly over some of its services.

Yet the USPS loses billions annually and has lost almost a hundred billion dollars over the past 15 years.

This year–under the strained logic accompanying the Covid panic–the USPS was placed in charge of delivering election ballots (generally by Democratic governors’ decrees rather than legislative enactment–which is required by the plain text of the U.S. Constitution). Observers say the election is the most fraudulent in history–in any country.

Several Postal workers have been arrested for hiding, concealing or destroying election ballots.

On November 3, election day, U.S. postal worker Brandon Wilson was intercepted at the Canadian border after a “standard sweep” of his vehicle found numerous stolen ballots.

The incident occurred at the Peace Bridge port of entry near Buffalo, New York.

“A USPS mail bin containing numerous mail pieces was observed by a Canadian BP officer inside the trunk.”

“This comes as numerous USPS whistleblowers have come forward to Project Veritas to reveal that they have been back-dating mail-in ballots after Election Day.”

Oct 30

Greenwald: the CIA and Deep State are now heroes of the liberal left

Glenn Greenwald, the iconic civil liberties lawyer, writer and journalist, was on Tucker Carlson last night to explain his recent resignation from The Intercept–the news organization he helped found in 2013 to be an outlet for free thought and exploration of news and ideas.

Greenwald told Carlson that “For a long time on the left there was healthy skepticism of the CIA.” Indeed, says Greenwald, throughout the Bush and Chaney years the left opposed the CIA’s surveillance and manipulation of the American people.

But that all changed when Donald J. Trump became president. “Trump questioned just a few of [the CIA’s] pieties”–which marked Trump as a Enemy #1 of the deep state.

Today, according to Greenwald, “The CIA and Deep State operatives are heroes of the liberal left.”
Modern Democrats are “in full union with the neocons, the Bush/Chaney operatives, the CIA, Silcon Valley and Wall Street.”

Oct 29

The Intercept now censors its own founder Glenn Greenwald–who launched it to escape censorship

The great civil liberties writer and icon Glenn Greenwald has split with several “news” institutions (e.g., Salon and later The Guardian) to escape censorship by those institutions. Greenwald is a First Amendment absolutist, a devout liberal (in the 1960s sense), and a former civil rights attorney who has broken many major news stories, including the Edward Snowden story and many revelations regarding Julian Assange and Wikileaks.

Greenwald’s books, columns and speeches have inspired millions.

In 2013 Greenwald founded The Intercept along with Jeremy Scahill and Laura Poitras, in order to have an outlet for his writings that did not censor his writings.

But over time, the editors of The Intercept began to adopt the same controlling traits as Greenwald’s previous employers. And recently the Intercept’s editors censored an article Greenwald wrote, demanding that Greenwald “remove all sections critical of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.”

“The censored article, based on recently revealed emails and witness testimony, raised critical questions about Biden’s conduct.”

“These are the viruses that have contaminated virtually every mainstream center-left political organization, academic institution, and newsroom,” writes Greenwald.

“Rather than offering a venue for airing dissent, marginalized voices and unheard perspectives, it is rapidly becoming just another media outlet with mandated ideological and partisan loyalties, a rigid and narrow range of permitted viewpoints (ranging from establishment liberalism to soft leftism, but always anchored in ultimate support for the Democratic Party), a deep fear of offending hegemonic cultural liberalism and center-left Twitter luminaries, and an overarching need to secure the approval and admiration of the very mainstream media outlets we created The Intercept to oppose, critique and subvert.

Oct 28

Americans are fleeing big cities by the thousands

America’s most socialist cities have been losing residents for years, as people flee life-crushing regulations, policing and taxation.

But 2020 has seen this mass exodus increase significantly.

Chicago’s change-of-address postal notices more than doubled over last year’s for the period from February 1 to August 1; New York City’s are up 490%; San Francisco’s up 180%; Los Angeles’s up 96%; Washington D.C.’s up 160%; Houston’s up 60%; and Philadelphia’s up 60%.

See here.

Oct 27

Maryland voter ARRESTED for trying to vote without a mask


It is universally recognized that there are political differences between maskers and anti-maskers. Those who won’t wear masks are known to be more suspicious of government.

Now a Maryland man named Daniel Swain has actually been arrested for going to vote at a polling station and refusing to wear a mask.

Oct 27

California’s socialist power utility appears to cause another major wildfire

California’s power grid is the most socialist in the U.S. Indeed the high-tax, heavy-regulating State government imposes more controls on energy than exists in most places on earth.

California has gone all in on climate change doomsday hysteria. The State’s powermad government has actually banned internal-combustion cars by 2030 under the mistaken belief that oil and gasoline are the source of catastrophic global warming. (Note that unadjusted data show little or no U.S. warming over the past century.)

California’s regulations of energy suppliers are so strict that just a couple large companies–PG&E and Southern California Edison–have been given monopolies over vast sections of the state. In 2018, PG&E’s poorly-maintained power lines sparked the the Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history, and the most expensive natural disaster in the world in 2018 in terms of insured losses.

The Camp Fire caused at least 85 civilian fatalities, and led PG&E to declare bankruptcy after numerous lawsuits. Yet the California State government continues to grant PG&E its monopoly. In recent months, the government-supported company has simply shut off power to millions of Californians with little warning–leaving many families without heat and other necessities and endangering many Californians who are dependent on medical devices.

Now ANOTHER fire has been sparked by power transmission lines. A hundred thousand Californians have fled the new fire. It is suspected that ANOTHER utility, Southern California Edison,

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