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Tom Fitton's Judicial Watch Weekly Update

Another Covid Vaccine Cover-up!

Judicial Watch Sues Justice Over Task Force On “Threats” to Election Officials
Judicial Watch Sues HHS about Research into COVID-19 Boosters
Assaults Against U.S. Border Patrol Agents Up 30% Over Last Year


Judicial Watch Sues Justice Over Task Force On “Threats” to Election Officials

The Biden administration has a nasty habit of trying to scare Americans about asking questions about elections. The latest is a task force chasing supposed threats to election officials.

We filed a FOIA suit against the Department of Justice for records concerning this new task force (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:22-cv-00735)).

We sued after the Justice Department failed to respond to an August 30, 2021, FOIA request for the following:

All records related to the Department of Justice’s August 2021 virtual meeting pertaining to threats to election officials (https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/readout-justice-departmentleadership-meeting-threats-election-workers). This request includes, but is not limited to, the following:

All records created in preparation for, during, and/or pursuant to the virtual meeting.

All records depicting the invitees to, and participants in, the meeting.

All audio recordings, transcripts, and summaries of the meeting.

On August 26, 2021, Attorney General Merrick B. Garland convened a “virtual discussion” with a bipartisan group of over 1,400 election officials to discuss “mounting and persistent threats to the safety of election officials and workers across the country” and to introduce DOJ’s recently launched Election Threats Task Force. According to the readout of the virtual meeting, “the Task Force is composed of the Department’s Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section, the Civil Rights Division’s Voting and Criminal Sections, and the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section, as well as the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division and the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.”

During the meeting, Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta revealed that the Civil Rights Division is participating in the Task Force and has established “a helpline funded by the Office of Victims of Crime that connects victims of crimes and threats to trained professionals who can provide emotional support, information and referrals in over 200 languages.”

FBI Director Christopher Wray explained how “the FBI’s Election Crimes Coordinators — FBI Special Agents across all 56 FBI Field Offices — work with state and local election officials on election crime matters.” Wray also emphasized, “the importance of reporting all election-related threats and troubling communications to the FBI, even if it is unclear whether there is a violation of federal law, so that law enforcement can investigate, identify trends and share information with partners across the country.” [Emphasis in original]

The Biden Justice Department appears to be manufacturing another fake crisis of “threats” against government officials. They’re doing this to justify targeting American citizens for exercising their First Amendment rights to demand election officials combat voter fraud and conduct free and fair elections.

What is the Garland DOJ hiding?


Judicial Watch Sues HHS about Research into COVID-19 Boosters

We’re probing a little-known federal agency, the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), to learn more about its research into COVID-19 boosters.

We filed a FOIA suit against its parent Department of Health and Human Services (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (No. 1:22-cv-00730)) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

We sued after HHS failed to respond to an August 23, 2021, FOIA request for:

All data and studies submitted by Pfizer and BioNTech to the FDA, including but not limited to BARDA, relating to “booster” vaccinations for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

The BARDA agency has been heavily involved with the development of the COVID-19 vaccine. According to its website:

The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) provides an integrated, systematic approach to the development of the necessary vaccines, drugs, therapies, and diagnostic tools for public health medical emergencies such as chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) accidents, incidents and attacks; pandemic influenza (PI), and emerging infectious diseases (EID).

The American people deserve to know the data about COVID-19 vaccines and boosters, especially data hidden by little known but powerful government agencies such as BARDA.

Assaults Against U.S. Border Patrol Agents Up 30% Over Last Year

The Biden border crisis is worsening and placing law enforcement lives at risk.  Our Corruption Chronicles blog has the dire details:

It may be hard to imagine, but the situation along the Mexican border appears to be worsening. Just months after government figures disclosed unprecedented criminal activity, a distressing escalation in drug smuggling and brazen attacks against federal agents, the U.S. Border Patrol reveals an alarming 30% increase in assaults against officers in the first five months of the fiscal year 2022, which started in October. Back in mid-August, Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the frontline Homeland Security agency charged with keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S., confirmed that organized Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs) are behind the movement, and they are a serious threat to national security and public safety.

The latest CPB stats show that agents are increasingly encountering violence on the job and a growing number are coming under attack. So far, this fiscal year the agency has recorded 194 agent assaults compared to 149 during the same period in 2021. In the majority of cases, federal agents were physically attacked by another person. The rest of the incidents mostly involved rock-throwing and vehicular assault. In some of the attacks the perpetrators used guns or knives, according to the agency. After a recent case near the border wall in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, the sector’s chief, Gloria Chavez, posted this on social media: “USBP Agents face threats every day on the border. Transnational criminal organizations conduct counter-surveillance on our border operations daily. Watch your 6, USBP!” The phrase, used by military and law enforcement to say “watch your back,” originated with World War I pilots who referred to the back of planes as the six o’clock position.

Last year 618 customs and border officers were assaulted, according to CBP, which began publicizing specific examples of the more serious attacks later in the year. Among them were several Border Patrol agents who came under gunfire in Texas and California. The agency described the assailants as TCOs, which “are heavily involved in smuggling people, including terrorists, criminals and trafficking victims, as well as weapons, cash, and drugs through sophisticated criminal networks.” All those months ago, CBP confirmed that federal agents are increasingly getting attacked and that life-threatening confrontations are on the rise for agents working to secure America’s borders. “In many cases, agents find themselves in remote locations where they are significantly outnumbered and do not have immediate backup,” CBP wrote in the statement released last August. Even at Border Patrol checkpoints, smugglers are more brazen than ever. Earlier this year a Mexican national trying to smuggle 10 illegal immigrants was sentenced to prison for intentionally sideswiping and ramming multiple vehicles in 2021, injuring several Border Patrol agents.

Though it appears to be at record highs, violence along the porous southern border is hardly new and overwhelmed federal agents have long risked their lives with weak support from the government. Under some administrations their hands were essentially tied to appease the left. For example, when Mexican drug-cartel violence was at the time at an unprecedented high, the Obama Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ordered federal agents on the frontline to “run away” and “hide” when encountering a shooter. DHS was headed by Janet Napolitano who famously said the Mexican border “is as secure as it has ever been” and that violence in the area is merely a mistaken “perception.” During Napolitano’s delusional proclamation, the situation was already so dire in Texas that officials created a website to track Mexican drug-cartel violence that transformed chunks of the southern border into a war zone. The Texas Department of Agriculture started the website to keep farmers and residents informed about the growing danger created by Mexican drug cartels illegally crossing into the state. Cartels were invading Texas farms and ranches, threatening citizens’ lives and jeopardizing the nation’s food supply at an “increasingly alarming rate,” then Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples said, adding that Washington was ignoring the crisis. That was more than a decade ago. The problem has only gotten worse.

Until next week,


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