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Every year since 1970s, the State Department has published a document called “World Military Expenditures and Arms Transfers.” You probably haven’t read it, but it is interesting. It’s a detailed accounting of global arms sales, what weapons were sold and where they wound up after they were. The U.S. government published this report in the interest of transparency and then continued to publish it through multiple politically charged scandals and conflicts that would include through Iran Contra, two separate wars in Iraq and all 20 years that we occupied Afghanistan. A report like this would be especially useful to have right now and would be critical to have as the Biden administration sends billions in high-tech military equipment every month to corrupt oligarchs in Eastern Europe.
Where are all of those weapons systems going? We should know the answer to that, but we don’t know because this year, for the very first time in half a century, the Biden administration has stopped releasing that information. They never explained why they stopped. They just stopped and no one pushed them. Now you’d think this would be a scandal. If there’s one thing the news media exists to do, it’s to fight for the release of relevant government records because in a democracy, you have a right to know what is being done in your name, but not anymore. That information is classified, Mr. Citizen, so you don’t get to find out where those billions of dollars of weapons that you’re paying for are going. Who’s getting them? What are they doing with them? You don’t get to know.
You don’t get to learn about anything about Ashley Biden showering with her father. You can get arrested for that. You don’t get to know how many FBI assets were in the crowd on January 6 and what they were doing. As we just noted, you don’t get to read the affidavit justifying the FBI’s indefensible raid on the home of Joe Biden’s primary political opponent. In fact, you don’t even get to know why you’re not allowed to know because that information has been redacted too. What are you a Russian agent? Stop asking. Didn’t used to be this way at all. It’s unrecognizable. A lot has changed in a very short time.
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So. it turns out, looking back 18 months, the 2020 election was the most consequential election of our lifetimes. You assume Joe Biden was incapacitated and couldn’t change much. Well, true, he is incapacitated, but the people behind him most definitely are not. They are more ideological and more aggressive than ever. Now it turns out among those people is our largest and most heavily armed federal law enforcement agency. That would be the FBI. The FBI is not allowed to insert itself into domestic politics. That would violate the U.S. Constitution. It is completely illegal, but for several years it has become increasingly clear that that is exactly what the FBI is doing, actively working on behalf of the Democratic Party, mocking the rule of law, subverting our democracy from within far more effectively than any foreign government ever could.
If that sounds like an overheated claim, and it definitely does sound like an overheated claim, unfortunately, you should know it’s entirely true. We know that for a fact. Here’s how we know and we learned it yesterday. Weeks before the 2020 election, the FBI pressured social media companies to kill the story of Hunter Biden’s laptop. Why? Because that was a story that might have prevented Joe Biden from becoming president. That happened and we know this not because The New York Times investigated it. They didn’t bother. They didn’t bring you a special report in yesterday’s paper giving you the details. The New York Times would never do that, even if they knew it to be true and they may. No, we know this instead, because Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook blithely admitted it almost parenthetically during an interview with Joe Rogan. Watch this.
JOE ROGAN: There was a lot of attention on Twitter during the election because of the Hunter Biden laptop story. The Post, so you guys censored that as well?
MARK ZUCKERBERG: So, we took a different path than Twitter. I mean, basically the background here is the FBI, I think basically came to us, some folks on our team was like, “Hey, just so you know, like, you should be on high alert.” We thought there was a lot of Russian propaganda in the 2016 election. We have it on notice that basically there’s about to be some kind of dump.. that’s similar to that, so just be vigilant.
Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg looks on during the VivaTech (Viva Technology) trade fair in Paris, on May 24, 2018. (GERARD JULIEN/AFP via Getty Images) (GERARD JULIEN/AFP via Getty Images)
Oh, so Zuckerberg, just to be clear, you just saw it, but let’s just unwind what we saw. Zuckerberg was asked, “Why did you censor the story about Hunter Biden’s laptop?” And he said “some folks from the FBI came to us and indicated there was about to be a dump of Russian propaganda.” Now, there is still rewriting of history going on in which some are claiming, some on Facebook are claiming actually, that the visit from the FBI had nothing to do with the Hunter Biden laptop, but the answer you just saw was in response to a question about the laptop and the censorship of it and the answer was Russian propaganda, Russian disinformation.
Neither of those terms has an agreed upon meaning. They don’t actually mean anything. What’s Russian propaganda? Is it true? That should be the only question that any news or information company, including Facebook, ever asked. Is it true? Truth is the defense. No. It’s Russian propaganda. Again, a term without a meaning. So, we wanted to know more. We reached out to Mark Zuckerberg after that interview and he responded to us to his credit.
Zuckerberg confirmed that the FBI didn’t put any of these warnings about Russian disinformation propaganda in writing. Of course, they didn’t. Nothing in writing and that makes sense. If you’re the FBI, you wouldn’t want to put that in writing because you were, of course, lying. At the moment, the FBI was warning Facebook about a propaganda dump that obviously would include Hunter Biden’s laptop, they had Hunter Biden’s laptop in their possession. So, they knew perfectly well it was authentic because anyone who looks at it does. We have looked at it and it’s instantly obvious this is real and of course, we now know conclusively it is real.
So, that laptop was not censored because it was propaganda, whatever that means. By the way, the FBI should never be in the information control business anyway. It was censored because it might hurt Joe Biden and the FBI is the government agency that pushed for it to be censored. Has that ever happened in the United States, ever? That is the definition of police state behavior: a government agency independently decides it’s going to determine the outcome of a supposedly democratic election.
So, why is it nearly two years until we learn this? Well, it turns out Facebook is a very political place. The founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, paid hundreds of millions of dollars to affect the outcome of the election. Famously, we’ve reported on that and then, of course, there were Democratic Party operatives working within Facebook. So, on October 14, the Facebook communications official and former Democratic Party operative called Andy Stone claimed that Facebook was censoring this story because of Facebook’s “standard process to reduce the spread of misinformation” whatever that means, but that was their initial explanation.
It wasn’t until late October that Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of the company, publicly mentioned the FBI’s involvement for the first time and here’s what he said, “We relied heavily on the FBI’s intelligence and alerts, both through their public testimony and private briefings that they gave us.” He testified to that, but at the time, Mark Zuckerberg didn’t mention anything but the FBI warning Facebook about, “Russian propaganda specifically.”
Why didn’t he say anything? That’s odd because in October 2020, right before the election, weeks before a presidential election, every media outlet in the country and then candidate Joe Biden himself were using the very same line, “It’s Russian misinformation, it’s propaganda” and not surprisingly or coincidentally, dozens of former intelligence officials were saying the same thing. We can’t play this enough. Here it is.
PETER STRZOK, 2020: When you look at this computer store owner in Delaware who allegedly received Hunter Biden’s laptop, that is more in line with that when you think about somebody who’s a useful idiot, that’s kind of the entry point that is kind of, again, a classic indicator of the potential presence of disinformation.
KASIE HUNT, 2020: Right-wing media has been focused on Hunter Biden, this laptop that intelligence officials have warned is likely Russian disinformation .
NICOLLE WALLACE, 2020: Law enforcement is actively investigating whether the alleged Hunter Biden emails are linked to any foreign intel ops.
JASON JOHNSON, 2020: The story is preposterous. So, we’re supposed to believe that Hunter Biden, in a drunken stupor, dropped off his laptop in apparently a QAnon repair office.
So, those are the shills who will say whatever they’re told to say. Of course, no sober person would take them seriously and we missed the bigger story, too. We will admit that. At the time we imagined that this lie, that the laptop was Russian misinformation, was being pushed almost exclusively by Democratic partisans, but that’s not true. It was much worse and much more threatening to our democracy, in fact, utterly corrosive of our democracy than that.
Again, our media attributed these claims to former Intel officials who wrote a letter about Russian disinformation, but no, it wasn’t just former Intel officials spreading that lie. It was members of the U.S. government, federal bureaucrats, people who work for federal agencies, senior FBI leaders who are still at the FBI. They lied and they knew they were lying and they never took steps to validate this claim that it was Russian propaganda or Russian disinformation. On this show in October of 2020, we interviewed one of Hunter Biden’s business partners, a man called Tony Bobulinski, and he verified the authenticity of that laptop.
He had firsthand information. He had texts and emails that were on his phone and also on the laptop. So, we reached out to Tony Bobulinski last night and we asked him a very simple question. Did anyone from the FBI ever call you or your lawyer to find out since your name was all over the laptop, if those texts and emails were real? If they wanted to know if this was Russian disinformation, they would, of course, call you, but not one of them ever did. They knew it wasn’t Russian disinformation. They knew it wasn’t propaganda, and they knew it was completely real and they lied about it. Here’s what Bobulinski told us in October of 2020.
TONY BOBULINSKI: On May 13, that email was sent from James Gilliar to me. I didn’t generate that email. James Gilliar generated that email and in that email, James Gilliar goes through intimate detail of what each individual’s requests were from a compensation perspective and how the equity in the enterprise would be divvied up. Very important. May 13. That email was generated by somebody else to me. In that email there’s a statement where they go through the equity. Jim Biden has referenced, as you know, 10%. Doesn’t say Biden. It says Jim and then it has 10% for the big guy held by H. I 1,000% sit here and know that the big guy is referencing Joe Biden. That’s crystal clear to me because I lived it. I met with the former vice president in person multiple times and I had been meeting and talking with Hunter Biden and Jim Biden and Rob Walker and James Gilliar.
So, to note the obvious, that’s not some cable news mouth breather who’s giving you his stupid partisan opinion about Hunter Biden’s laptop. That’s Hunter Biden’s former business partner, who can prove he was Hunter Biden’s former business partner. No one disputes he was Hunter Biden’s former business partner. His name, his emails or texts are all over the laptop and yet somehow the FBI, the agency that sent a dozen agents to investigate a rope in a NASCAR garage, the agency that used hundreds of agents to hunt down grandmothers from the election justice protest on January 6, that same agency couldn’t spare a single agent to make a telephone call to Tony Bobulinski to ask questions about the laptop. You claim it’s propaganda, it’s misinformation. Why don’t you call the guy who’s on it and ask him? They didn’t bother. This is what the FBI has become: an agency that seeks to exert control over the information that you read in the media. What is this? Well, it’s terrifying and again, this isn’t speculation.
We just had it confirmed in public yesterday. These are people whose main goal is to ensure that they never lose power in Washington, interfering with our elections and not simply by hiding information, resorting to force because they know they can get away with it. Joe Biden’s chief political opponent, right now—Biden says he’s going to run again. Trump has indicated he’s running—will be Donald Trump and so they’re targeting them. Is anyone noticing this? John Paul Mac Isaac, the computer repair shop owner who first obtained the laptop, says an FBI agent threatened him so he wouldn’t go public with the laptop. In case you’ve forgotten, watch.
JOHN PAUL MAC ISAAC: The FBI met with me at my home and asked me about my concerns. I voiced my concerns and they I then shifted and said, “Hey, can I just want this out of my shop. At this point, just get it out of my shop and give me a phone number I can call should somebody come looking for it or wants to harass me about it” and they’re like, “Yeah, we can’t do that.” When they showed up, instead of bringing in a tech guy with them, they brought a subpoena and they’re like, “Yeah, we’re just going to take everything.” I was a bit uncomfortable, a little nervous, but then excited at the same time, so I kind of cracked a joke. I said, “Don’t worry lads. When I write the book, I’ll leave your names out of this” and that’s when Agent Mike turned around and said, “Oh, it’s in our experience that nothing ever happens to people that talk about these things.”
Yeah. So, in a free country, no one who obeys the law is afraid of law enforcement. That’s true. No one should ever be afraid of the FBI except people who know full well they’ve committed federal crimes. Period, but in this country, let’s be honest, everybody’s afraid of the FBI because you know exactly what happens to you if you tweak the nose of the FBI or if you annoy Joe Biden. You get raided. You get hauled into the street in leg irons.
You get banned on social media. As Jen Psaki said from the White House podium last year, “We’re flagging problematic posts for Facebook.” Oh so it’s White House, same administration which oversees the FBI, telling social media companies who’s allowed to speak? It happened to Alex Berenson. It happened to Donald Trump. Now we know what happened to The New York Post and the people running the FBI, people who did that, are still there. This is a huge problem. This cannot be ignored any longer.
Tucker Carlson currently serves as the host of FOX News Channel’s (FNC) Tucker Carlson Tonight (weekdays 8PM/ET). He joined the network in 2009 as a contributor.