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Timeline of U.S. Political Transformation, 9a
§9a. Hijacking the Presidency, Jan - June 2020
The lab-engineered SARS-CoV2 virus, first announced to the world in December 2019, though it had been patented by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in 2002, spreads to 114 countries by March 2020. Images of China's hazmat-suited military quarantining an entire city of several million people compete with the U.S. Senate impeachment trial of President Trump for media attention.
The sequence of actions and events, policies and programs that transformed the United States from a free society into one lacking the Constitutionally required ‘consent of the governed’. How this gap in governance is increasingly filled by force and violence, livelihood threats, mass surveillance, centralized control of messaging, censorship, distraction, and miscounting of electoral results. Updated by inserting facts often revealed years after the event into the record when they actually took place.
Jan 1, 2020: Wuhan Public Security Bureau arrests eight doctors who had posted information about the illness on WeChat. An official at the Hubei Provincial Health Commission orders labs, which had already determined that the novel virus was similar to SARS, to stop testing samples and to destroy existing samples. || Source
Jan 1, 2020: Chinese authorities close Wuhan seafood market, to support the cover story of natural origin of the SARS-2 virus. || Source
Jan 2, 2020: U.S. kills Quds Force General Qassem Soleimani in drone strike near Baghdad Airport. Soleimani, the foremost confidante of Iranian Supreme Leader Khameini, was the architect of the Iranian takeover of Iraq, of the roadside bombs (IEDs) that killed hundreds of U.S. soldiers, and of attacks on U.S. bases in Iraq.
Jan 2, 2020: Chinese researchers map the new coronavirus' complete genetic information, release genome info Jan 9, 2020.
Jan 2, 2020: Twitter Policy Director Carlos Monje expresses concern about government efforts to have Twitter provide more information to government agencies: 'We have seen a sustained (if uncoordinated) effort by the IC [Intelligence Community] to push us to share more information and change our API policies. They are probing and pushing everywhere they can (including by whispering to congressional staff). We should stay connected and keep a solid front against these efforts’. || Source
Jan 3, 2020: China’s National Health Commission (NHC) orders institutions not to publish any information related to the unknown disease and orders labs to transfer any samples they had to designated testing institutions or destroy them. Dr. Li is forced by Wuhan Public Security Bureau to sign letter admitting 'making false comments' that 'severely disturbed the social order'.
Jan 4, 2020: Hong Kong U Infection Center head Dr. Ho Pak-leung publicly warns human-to-human transmission of SARS-CoV2 likely.
Jan 9, 2020: CCP denies human-to-human transmission of SARS-CoV2.
Jan 11, 2020: Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center Professor Zhang Yongzhen publishes his lab’s genomic sequencing data of SARS-2 on virological.org and GenBank, an open access online database maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information within the U.S. National Institutes of Health.
Jan 12, 2020: CCP closes Shanghai lab which had published SARS-CoV-2 genome. Labs analyzing the pathogen are instructed to destroy samples, a health center that had published the virus’s genome sequence is temporarily shut down the following day, and doctors are prevented from submitting case information to the country’s infectious disease tracking network. WHO says no human-to-human transmission. 'WHO advises against the application of any travel or trade restrictions on China based on the information currently available on this event.' || Source
Jan 13, 2020: First known SARS-CoV-2 case outside China reported in Thailand.
Jan 14, 2020: Head of China’s National Health Commission, Ma Xiaowei, says in a confidential teleconference with provincial health officials that 'clustered cases suggest that human-to-human transmission is possible,' and 'the risk of transmission and spread is high.' Commission issues secret report to this effect. Teleconference is organized in response to appearance of first case in Thailand on Jan 13. Memo: 'With the coming of the Spring Festival, many people will be traveling, and the risk of transmission and spread is high. All localities must prepare for and respond to a pandemic.'
Jan 15, 2020: The patient who becomes the first confirmed U.S. case leaves Wuhan and arrives in the U.S., carrying the SARS-2 virus.
Jan 15, 2020: House delivers Articles of Impeachment (abuse of power and obstruction of Congress) to Senate. House Democrats had approved impeachment Dec 18, 2019.
Jan 15, 2020: China adds an annex to trade deal with U.S. letting itself out of purchase commitments in case of 'act of God' such as a pandemic.
Jan 16, 2020: Mike Flynn files another motion to withdraw his guilty plea, based on disclosures of additional exculpatory material related to FBI's ambush interview, post-interview alternation of purportedly contemporaneous '302' notes, and other evidence of DOJ entrapment.
Jan 20, 2020: South Korea announces first case of SARS-2.
Jan 21, 2020: CCP flagship newspaper People’s Daily mentions the SARS-2 epidemic for the first time. China's top political commission in charge of law and order warns that 'anyone who deliberately delays and hides the reporting of [virus] cases out of his or her own self-interest will be nailed on the pillar of shame for eternity.' Presumably the advisory notice is not retroactively applicable.
Jan 21, 2020: Senate trial of Trump impeachment charges begins.
Jan 23, 2020: Wuhan and three other cities are put on lockdown. About one million people leave the city without being screened for the illness. China bans further domestic travel from Wuhan and Hubei Province, while keeping international flights on normal schedule.
Jan 30, 2020: Sen Rand Paul submits question to Senate impeachment trial, 'Are you aware that House intelligence committee staffer Sean Misko had a close relationship with Eric Ciaramella while at the National Security Council together?' Chief Justice Roberts, presiding at the Senate impeachment trial, rules the question out of order.
Jan 31, 2020: U.S. imposes ban on travel from China.
Jan 2020: Chinese scientists reverse-engineer SARS-2 virus to simulate natural evolution similar to a virus entered into a gene database years earlier. Virus strains newly entered into the database in Jan 2020 are recorded as having been collected years earlier. Earliest original examples of SARS-2 virus data are deleted from the database. || Source: Birger Sørensen and Angus Dalgleish paper published in Cambridge QRB Discovery.
Feb 1, 2020: Joe Biden calls President Trump's travel restriction 'xenophobic'. || Source
Feb 2, 2020: China Civil Aviation Administration of China states 'In order to meet the needs of passengers in and out of the country and the international transport of supplies during this special period… airlines [are required to]… continue transport to nations that have not imposed travel restrictions.'
Feb 3, 2020: WHO chief Tedros states 'There is no reason for measures that unnecessarily interfere with international travel and trade'.
Feb 5, 2020: Senate acquits President of both impeachment charges, abuse of power by 52 - 48 vote, obstruction of Congress 53 - 47.
Feb 6, 2020: First U.S. death from SARS-2 recorded in Santa Clara County, California.
Feb 7, 2020: Dr Li, who first disclosed human-to-human transmission and was forced to sign a letter admitting to 'seriously disturbing social order', dies of SARS-2.
Feb 7, 2020: Lt Col Alexander Vindman, who testified that he disagreed with President Trump's Ukraine policy, is removed from White House NSC detail and transferred to Army. EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland, who testified to his belief that President Trump had improperly conditioned aid to Ukraine on a corruption investigation, is fired, with immediate effect.
Feb 13, 2020: DOJ indicts Huawei and subsidiaries on charges of racketeering, theft of trade secrets, and violation of sanctions on trade with Iran and North Korea. DOJ Assistant AG for Criminal Div Brian Benczkowski and Assistant AG for National Security John Demers, together with U.S. Attorneys in New York, Illinois, Texas, Washington, and California cooperate in the case. DOJ alleges that Huawei entered into confidentiality agreements the terms of which it later violated, recruited employees of other companies whom it directed to steal those companies' technology and intellectual property, paid bonuses to employees for such thefts, and formed hidden subsidiaries to sell advanced communications equiment to Iran and North Korea, which they used for mass surveillance.
Feb 14, 2020: Chinese President Xi Jinping calls for a new biosecurity law to be accelerated. Chinese government issues new regulations requiring approval before any research institution publishes anything on the origin of the novel SARS-2 virus.
Feb 14, 2020: State Dept cites descriptions of covid as an engineered bioweapon, and identifying the Wuhan institute as the source of covid, as 'Russian disinformation'. || Source
Feb 14, 2020: Wuhan Virology Institute Director Shi Zhengli and military scientist Zhou Yusen publish Molecular Mechanism for Antibody-Dependent Enhancement of Coronavirus Entry on enhancing entry of novel viruses into human cells, purportedly for vaccine design purposes. || Source
Feb 24, 2020: Zhou Yusen, a military scientist for the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) working with the Wuhan Institute of Virology and with U.S. scientists, files a patent application for the SARS-2 virus on behalf of the Institute of Military Medicine, Academy of Military Sciences of the PLA. The Head of China’s National Health Commission, Ma Xiaowei, had admitted the fact of human-to-human transmission of the SARS-2 virus on Jan 14, 2020. WHO's declaration of a pandemic occurs later on March 11, 2020. Zhou dies under unexplained circumstances in May 2020. || Source and Source2
Feb 2020: Molecular biomechanics researcher Botao Xiao, of South China University of Technology, publishes a paper stating 'the killer coronavirus probably originated from a laboratory in Wuhan.' Three weeks later Xiao withdraws the paper.
Feb 2020: Iran announces its first SARS-2 case. Within one week, 12 people in Iran die of SARS-2.
March 6, 2020: Georgia loosens ballot signature-matching tests to require only one instead of two matches, and forbids rejection of absentee ballots unless agreed by a majority of registrars or clerks.
March 2020: Georgia installs 30,000 Dominion voting machines in all 159 counties, at a cost of $107 million, despite warnings of vulnerability to vote tampering. || Source
March 2020: Congress renews §215 of the Patriot Act, authorizing the Federal Government to capture without a warrant all records of all people in America held by third parties, nullifying the Constitution's Fourth Amendment. || Source: Judge Andrew Napolitano
March 10, 2020: Chinese magazine Renwu publishes interview with Dr. Ai on her first-hand account of her treatment and the CCP’s suppression of information regarding the outbreak. Within three hours, the original report is removed by CCP censors.
March 11, 2020: With the SARS-2 virus in 114 countries, WHO declares pandemic.
March 13, 2020: HHS issues Response Plan for 'significantly limiting public gatherings and cancellation of almost all sporting events, performances, and public and private meetings that cannot be convened by phone [and] consider school closures'. || Source
March 15, 2020: New York City closes its school system.
March 16, 2020: President Trump announces guidelines limiting discretionary travel, public gatherings, and cancellation of sporting events, performances, and public gatherings of more than 10 people, and suggesting closure of restaurants, bars, and schools. Dow Jones average drops 3,000 points, largest point drop in history.
March 17, 2020: EU bans nonessential inbound travel from 26 countries.
March 2020: China expels journalists from New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.
March 13, 2020: National Security Council (NSC) takes charge of U.S. Govt's covid response, without participation by any public health official. || Source
March 17, 2020: Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 200 other organizations send letter to every member of Congress, State Governor, and State election administrator demanding same-day voter registration, extension of deadlines for voter registration, in-person voting two weeks before Election Day, mail-in ballot option for all registered voters, extension of deadlines for returning mail-in ballots, and information campaigns. The letter is not sent to State legislatures, which are constitutionally charged with exclusive responsibility for setting the time, place, and manner of elections. || Source
March 24, 2020: Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announces mailing of absentee ballot request forms to all of Georgia’s 6.9 million active voters, whether requested or not. Source: Navarro Report II, p 11.
March 27, 2020: Pennsylvania extends deadline for ballot counting three days beyond Election Day. || Source: Navarro Report II, p 10.
March 27, 2020: Congress passes $2.2 trillion spending bill.
April 2020: Georgia Election Board changes rules to allow ballots to be deposited into unsupervised 24/7 drop-boxes.
April 2, 2020: 10 million Americans are unemployed.
April 10, 2020: George Soros gives $28 million during first three months of 2020 to groups seeking to influence presidential election, primarily by increasing turnout of infrequent and disaffected voters. || Source
April 13, 2020: Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 150 organizations send letter to every member of Congress urging diversion of $2 billion to $4 billion of tax funds for relief of economic distress due to Covid-19 lockdowns, to election administration. Organizations signing the letter include AFL-CIO, American Federation of Teachers, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Brennan Center for Justice, Common Cause, Council on American-Islamic Relations, League of Women Voters, Planned Parenthood, Sierra Club, Union of Concerned Scientists, United Mine Workers. The letter asks 'Congress to pass additional measures that would fully fund and direct states and counties to administer the 2020 elections in a safe, fair, and accessible manner, through the implementation of vote-by-mail and the expansion of early voting and in-person voting options.' The letter cites reports that some states have been using covid relief funds for covid relief: 'Some cash-strapped states have dipped into their election security funds provided to them by the $2.2 trillion stimulus package to help pay for their responses to the coronavirus outbreak.' Congress allocates $400 million in Federal tax funds to states for election administration. || Source1 ; Source2
April 24, 2020: Government provides four pages of long-withheld Brady (exculpatory) material.
April 29, 2020: An FBI memo by Bill Priestap asking whether the goal with Flynn is to 'get him to lie', or 'get him fired', is revealed.
May 2020: Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Meagan Wolfe instructs municipalities that they 'are not required to contact voters' requesting absentee ballots who claim 'indefinite confinement'. In 2019, 'indefinitely confined' voters numbered 72,000, while in 2020 that number is 215,333. Covid concerns cause many who go out for shopping and recreation to declare themselves 'indefinitely confined' for voting purposes. || Source
May 7, 2020: Federal prosecutor Van Grack withdraws from Flynn case. U.S. Attorney files Motion to Dismiss criminal case against Flynn. D.C. U.S. Attorney explains Jensen’s review had uncovered new evidence and DOJ no longer believes Flynn’s Jan 24, 2017 statements to the FBI agents — even if they were false — were material. The purportedly false statements were not material under Section 1001, the government explains, because there was no valid investigative purpose for questioning Flynn about his conversations with the Russian ambassador.
May 18, 2020: AG Barr states that he does not expect the Durham investigation to lead to criminal indictments of either Barack Obama or Joe Biden. Barr distinguishes 'abuse of power, however outrageous it may be, from Federal crimes', citing a strict DOJ standard requiring evidence of all elements of a crime before entering an indictment. This statement of Barr's is later cited in the political campaign to claim that neither Obama nor Biden did anything wrong. || Source
May 19, 2020: Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announces that applications to vote by mail would be sent to all of the state’s registered voters, whether requested or not, and that signatures would be presumed valid. Benson issues instructions that vote-counters 'must perform their signature verification duties with the presumption that the voter’s [absent voter] application or envelope signature is his or her genuine signature.' Benson was elected in 2018 with large donations from the Soros-funded Democracy Alliance. Michigan Court of Claims Chief Judge Christopher Murray rules on March 9, 2021 that this violates Michigan's Administrative Procedures Act: 'Nowhere in this state’s election law has the Legislature indicated that signatures are to be presumed valid.... A 'rule' not promulgated in accordance with the APA’s procedures is invalid. MCL 24.243; MCL 24.245; Pharris v Secretary of State, 117 Mich App 202, 205; 323 NW2d 652 (1982).' He does not order an audit, however. || Source: Genetski v. Benson, No. 20-216-MM
May 22, 2020: Allegheny County (Pittsburgh) Pennsylvania settles lawsuit with Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILG) with agreement to maintain more accurate voter registration lists. PILG finds 1,600 dead voter registrants, 1,500 aged 100 or more, 7,500 with erroneous birth or other information, and duplicate registrations. || Source
May 28 - Aug 2, 2020: New York City: 458 police officers are injured, including seven admitted to hospital, 303 treated and released from hospital, five treated by EMS, and 150 refusing medical attention. || Source, Sgt. Mary Frances O’Donnell
May 30, 2020: China CDC Director Gao Fu states seafood market is NOT the source of the SARS-2 virus, denying earlier claims of inter-species infection. || Source
May 31, 2020: Chicago records a one-day record of 18 murders, surpassing its previous high of 13 set in 1991. Police respond to 73 incidents in which 92 people are shot during that weekend, including 27 who died as a result. Crime researcher Max Kapustin says 'We’ve never seen anything like it at all'. || Source
May 31, 2020: Twitter Censor Yoel Roth reports to FBI handler that no signs of foreign influence have appeared. Roth ends his message 'As always, if there's anything you become aware of that might be interesting [i.e. that might trigger censorship], please feel free to flag to us. Any source of signal on these issues is much appreciated. || Source
May 31 - June 27, 2020: In Atlanta 14 people are murdered, up from six during the same period in 2019. Shootings number 93, compared to 46 the previous June. || Source
June 3, 2020: From an $18 billion gift by George Soros to Open Society Foundation (OSF), OSF funds Borealis Philanthropy, which in turn distributes grants to Black Led Movement Fund and Freedom, Inc. and Freedom, Inc. for 'general operating support' and other nebulous purposes. Freedom, Inc. also receives grants from State and Federal tax funds of $3.6 million during the 2015 - 2020 period. from Jan 2019 to June 2020, Federal DOJ funds given by Wisconsin AG Josh Kaul through the State's Dept of Justice total $876,674. During the same period, Wisconsin's Dept of Children and Families, directed by Governor Tony Evers, gives $732,403 to Freedom Inc. Freedom, Inc. organizes violent demonstrations in Madison Wisconsin to demand release of all Black prisoners from jail and cutting off public funding of police. After three days of riots, Freedom Inc. 'power building coordinator' Mahnker Dahnweih says 'Thank all the youth freedom fighters who were in the streets fighting (Sunday) night and Saturday night. Every action is a contribution to liberation.' || Sources: Daniel Bice, Milwaukie Journal-Sentinel, and Jeff Reynolds, PJ Media.
June 14 - July 12: Chicago records 116 murders, up from 41 during the same period in 2019. || Source
June 17, 2020: Wisconsin Elections Commission votes unanimously to send mail-in ballot applications to the state’s registered voters. The ballots themselves are to be mailed only to voters who request them, and may be used only by those in 'indefinite confinement' (meaning nursing homes, hospices, and home life-support).
June 24, 2020: DC Circuit Court of Appeals orders District Court Judge Sullivan to sign DOJ Motion to Dismiss all charges against Michael Flynn.
§9. Notes on Hijacking the Presidency, January 2020 - January 2021
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