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Tom Fitton's Judicial Watch Weekly Update

Biden Border Crisis Update

Judicial Watch Sues for Records of Garland Memo Targeting Parents
New CDC Records Detail Agency Head Walensky Wanted Details of Death of Teenager Reported to Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System
Arizona Crossing Sees 2,404.9% Hike in Illegal Immigrants Over Last Year

Judicial Watch Sues for Records of Garland Memo Targeting Parents

Did you ever imagine there would come a day when the attorney general of the United States would wield his awesome power and set the FBI against parents attending school board meetings – and does it in league with a leftist-controlled special interest group that brands parents “domestic terrorists?”

We’re not going to leave this alone. We filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit for all FBI records related to the October 4, 2021, memorandum issued by Attorney General Garland targeting parents who object to critical race theory being taught in schools (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:21-cv-03389)).

We sued after the FBI failed to respond to an October 6, 2021, FOIA request for:

All records related to the October 4, 2021 memorandum issued by Attorney General Garland titled “Partnership Among Federal, State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Law Enforcement to Address Threats Against School Administrators, Board Members, Teachers, and Staff.” This request includes, but is not limited to, all records related to any actions planned or taken by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in response to the memorandum, as well as all related records of communication between any official or employee of the FBI and any other individual or entity.

Garland testified that he based his memorandum on a letter from the National School Board Association (NSBA) that labeled parents as “domestic terrorists.” The National School Boards Association later issued an apology for the letter. In November, Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee questioned the completeness of Garland’s testimony.

The Biden administration wants to target parents as “terrorists” by abusing the power of the FBI and DOJ to intimidate parents who oppose the racist and anti-American critical race theory agenda. Adding to the scandal is that we had to file a federal FOIA lawsuit because the agencies are in cover-up mode over this shocking abuse of power.

New CDC Records Detail Agency Head Walensky Wanted Details of Death of Teenager Reported to Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System

Many Americans are concerned about side effects of the COVID vaccines and, it turns out, so are the bureaucrats dictating that we get it.

We obtained 314 pages of records from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that show Director Rochelle Walensky’s communications, which include her request for details about the death of a teenager who died days after receiving a coronavirus vaccination.

We obtained the records in response to our Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request sent on September 9, 2021, for:

All emails sent to and from CDC Director Rochelle Walensky referencing the terms ‘Antibody Dependent Enhancement’, ‘ADE’ (when used to represent Antibody Dependent Enhancement), ‘pathological priming’, ‘pre-priming’, ‘paradoxical immune enhancement’, and/or ‘disease enhancement’.

On June 28, 2021, Walensky forwarded an article titled “CDC reportedly probing Michigan teen’s death after COVID-19 vaccination” to her subordinates, asking, “Any details on this?” Dr. Henry Walke, director of CDC’s Division of Preparedness and Emerging Infections, forwarded Walensky’s request to another official, David Fitter, who replied, “The case had been reported to VAERS [CDC’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System]. CDC has spoken with ME [Medical Examiner], but we are following protocol for f/u [follow-up] re the case. Additionally, CDC remains in contact with MI to assist in the investigation.”

CDC official Jennifer Layden followed up the same day, writing:

For awareness, further details. This case was reported through VAERS, and the investigation is proceeding.

From safety team: CDC is not actively involved in this investigation (i.e., IDPB examining specimens). We have made contact with the state health department and the pathologist who did the autopsy and are in touch to maintain situational awareness. The initial report is in VAERS and we will receive the final autopsy report when it is complete. I can’t speak to how the reporter got his/her information and came to his/her conclusions, but this is being investigated at the state level, as are all deaths. The autopsy was completed when we contacted the state health department and no request for CDC assistance has been made.

– The patient was a male aged 13 years with no notable medical history.

– He was found unresponsive 2 days after vaccination. Aside from a fever, he was in his usual state of health prior to his demise.

– An autopsy has been performed; the results and final report are pending.

– CDC and the state health department are in communication about this case, which remains under investigation.

– The pathologist indicated that there appeared to be bilateral ventricular enlargement and histology consistent with myocarditis, but those were preliminary findings.

Walke forwarded this email to Walensky, writing, “More info.” Walensky replied, “Grateful… R”.

On August 20, 2021, Christie Bloomquist, an AstraZeneca vice president for corporate affairs, North America, emailed Walensky a press release stating that “The reduced Fc receptor binding aims to minimize the risk of antibody-dependent enhancement of disease – a phenomenon in which virus-specific antibodies promote, rather than inhibit, infection and/or disease.”

On July 26, 2021, Walensky received via email a study from a person whose name is redacted titled “Six Month Safety and Efficacy of the BNT162b2 mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine.” According to the researchers, the study included 44,165 randomized participants. “Of these participants, 44,060 were vaccinated with 2:1 dose (BNT162b2, n=22,030; placebo, n=22,030), and 98% received dose 2 (Fig.l). During the blinded period, 51% of participants in each group had 4 to <6 months of follow-up post dose 2; 8% of BNT162b2 recipients and 6% of placebo recipients had 2:6 months follow-up post-dose 2.”

The researchers found that:

Adverse event analyses during the blinded period are provided for 43,847 ≥16-year-olds (Table S3). Reactogenicity events among participants not in the reactogenicity subset are reported as adverse events, resulting in imbalances in adverse events (30% vs 14%), related adverse events (24% vs 6%), and severe adverse events (1.2% vs 0.7%) between BNT162b2 and placebo groups. Decreased appetite, lethargy, asthenia, malaise, night sweats, and hyperhidrosis were new adverse events attributable to BNT162b2 not previously identified in earlier reports.

The study was paid for and conducted by Pfizer and BioNTech.

The American people have the right to know as much as possible about the safety of the COVID vaccines, and the CDC needs to be more transparent about its investigations of COVID vaccine adverse events, including deaths, reported on VAERS.


Arizona Crossing Sees 2,404.9% Hike in Illegal Immigrants Over Last Year

The Biden border crisis is an existential threat to America. Crossing into our land are people from nations all over the earth, and the numbers are staggering, as our Corruption Chronicles blog reports.

As illegal immigration continues to slam American cities near the Mexican border, one Arizona town in particular is feeling the heat with a ghastly 2,404.9% increase in migrants during the first two months of fiscal year 2022—which started in October—compared to the same period last year. Situated around 10 miles from Mexico on the banks of the Colorado River, Yuma, in southwestern Arizona, began to see an unprecedented influx of illegal aliens in fiscal year 2021 along with the nation’s other Border Patrol sectors. In 2021 eight of the nine crossing stations along the southern border saw triple-digit percentage increases in illegal immigrants over the previous year, according to government figures. Yuma took the prize with an unbelievable 1,200.4% hike in apprehensions at the end of the fiscal year in September.

As the new year gets underway, the numbers are growing at a disturbing rate for the municipality with a population of about 96,000. The city’s mayor recently declared a local emergency due to the humanitarian and border crisis caused by the unprecedented surge of migrants entering the area. During a five-day period in early December, more than 6,000 illegal immigrants crossed from Mexico through the Yuma area, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) figures cited in the mayor’s declaration. “Migrants are traveling through Yuma during a time of great uncertainty about the COVID-19 virus, and without provisions for adequate food, water, shelter, transportation and medical care,” a statement announcing the order reads. “This surge of migrants has and will continue to strain the ability of medical staff and local hospital resources to provide essential and necessary medical care.” In the statement Yuma Mayor Douglas Nicholls says the change in the movement of migrants greatly impacts his community. That includes the area’s agriculture industry because migrants are passing on foot through active agriculture fields. “The encroachment on active production fields results in food safety concerns and the destruction of crops, which leads to significant economic loss and property damage in the farming community, loss of agriculture-related jobs, and a threat to the nation’s food security,” the city emergency declaration states.

Yuma is hardly the only Border Patrol sector to start the year with a bang, the government figures show. Around 980 miles away, the Del Rio station in Texas has seen a 237.8% surge in illegal immigrants over the same period last year. Two other Texas sectors—Rio Grande Valley and Big Bend—also report alarming spikes at 166.6% and 118.7% respectively. Other crossings in Texas, California and Arizona have also seen major increases in illegal immigrants in the first two months of fiscal year 2022. San Diego reports an 89.1% boost, Tucson 71.9%, and El Paso 68.5%. Each of the crossings finished fiscal year 2021 with unprecedented gains in apprehensions. Del Rio led the pack with a 542.7% surge while Rio Grande Valley had a 508.7% increase. Big Bend and EL Paso recorded apprehension gains of 331.9% and 256.5% respectively in fiscal year 2021. Most of the illegal aliens, 608,000, arrested by the U.S. in 2021 came from Mexico followed by the Central American nations of Honduras (309,000), Guatemala (279,000) and El Salvador (96,000).

Nevertheless, federal agents along the Mexican border are encountering a lot more migrants from nations outside of Latin America, including those with terrorist ties. In fact, thousands of illegal immigrants from Africa and the Middle East were arrested in the first month of this fiscal year, indicating an alarming trend among migrants entering the country through the porous southern border. In October alone, the first month of fiscal year 2022, the Border Patrol’s Del Rio Sector in Texas reported 28,111 illegal aliens from more than 50 countries. They include Syria, Lebanon, Eritrea, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan, a central Asian nation that borders Afghanistan, which is controlled by the Taliban after the abrupt exit of U.S. troops last year. In November, the station apprehended six nationals of Eritrea, a northeast African country on the Red Sea coast, two Syrian males, a man from Lebanon, home of the terrorist group Hezbollah, two men from Tajikistan as well as a man from Uzbekistan. “We encounter individuals from all over the world attempting to illegally enter our country,” Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Jason D. Ownes said in late November. “Our agents are focused and work hard to ensure that we detect, arrest, and identify anyone that enters our country in order to maintain safety of our communities.”

 Until next week …

 


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