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Under new administrative guidance issued last week, the U.S.Navy will discharge from service all active-duty personnel who don’t get the COVID jabs by the Nov. 28 deadline “absent a pending or approved exemption” — and might demand that refuseniks personally reimburse the service for a range of costs associated with their compensation and training.

The Reserve deadline is Dec. 28.

The initial COVID vaccine mandate was issued Aug. 25 by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.

The Navy’s new guidance officially prescribes penalties and provides enforcement authorities for noncompliance within the service. 

“In order to maximize readiness, it is the policy goal of the U.S. Navy to achieve a fully vaccinated force against the persistent and lethal threat of COVID-19,” the guidance reaffirms. “As directed by the Secretary of the Navy’s lawful order, the Navy has commenced a mandatory vaccination campaign.”

Sailors who refuse to take the shot may be reassigned while their objections are considered, but they won’t be promoted or given any other orders — even if they have a pending exemption, according to the guidance .

Additionally, the Navy “may seek recoupment of applicable bonuses, special and incentive pays, and the cost of training and education for service members refusing the vaccine,” warns the guidance, issued to the entire fleet from Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. John Nowell and Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. William Lescher.

Senior officers are ordered to receive the jabs immediately, and are given five days to comply once they are notified by a superior. If they don’t comply, they face “detachment for cause” proceedings, meaning dishonorable discharge, and even court martial. If those refusing the shots are separated, they won’t be eligible for involuntary separation pay, according to the policy. 

“An unvaccinated senior leader without a pending or approved exemption calls into question the Navy’s trust and confidence regarding their ability to ensure unit readiness or to maintain good order and discipline,” the guidance states.

However, these punishments are illegal, argues First Liberty General Counsel Mike Berry, who served for seven years as an active duty attorney with the U.S. Marine Corps and continues to serve through the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.

First Liberty, a religious freedom legal watchdog, has published information online to help military service members file exemptions. In a 45-minute video, Berry explains the military adjudication process and the military appeals process to help service members understand their rights.

For those filing religious exemptions, Berry argues, the Navy has to show that of the available methods of preventing the spread of the coronavirus, compulsory vaccination is the least restrictive of religious freedoms. The Navy’s vaccine mandate fails to meet that test for those who have demonstrated natural immunity, he claims.

Berry, who tested positive for having coronavirus antibodies after having gotten the virus, says his natural immunity accomplishes the government’s objective of stopping the spread of the coronavirus. Therefore, he and others with natural immunity should not be required to get the COVID shots.

The Navy did not respond to requests for comment this week from media outlets about whether religious or medical exemptions are recognized under its mandate, but Liberty Counsel argues such exemptions are being rejected, especially if they are religious ones.

Liberty Counsel filed a class action lawsuit against the Biden administration, including Defense Secretary Austin, arguing the mandate is illegal. 

“The Biden administration has no authority to require the COVID shots for the military or for federal employees or civilian contractors,” Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver argues. “Nor can the Biden administration pretend that the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the First Amendment do not apply to its unlawful mandates. The Commander-in-Chief must end this shameful treatment and abuse of our brave military heroes. Forcing the COVID shots without consent or consideration for their sincere religious beliefs is illegal.”

In total, 67 members of all four branches of the U.S. military have died from or with COVID, according to Pentagon data — out of 247,583 cases, 2,252 hospitalizations and 236,586 recoveries. 

According to the data, as of Oct. 13, 24,546 Navy service members have received at least one dose and are considered partially vaccinated; 358,447 have received both shots and are considered fully vaccinated. 

The guidance applies to 7,000 sailors who have not yet received the shots, Military.com reported.

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Axios reporter walks back claim that Fox News joined Trump’s social media platform

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In a since-deleted tweet, Axios reporter Dan Primack reported a would-be scoop on Tuesday about the biggest name in conservative media, Fox News, joining the new social media platform created by the biggest name in conservative politics, Donald Trump:

“Fox News today became one of the biggest brands to join Truth Social.

“So far, Truth has been promoting accounts like Fox and the NFL and NASA, but most of them are just bots that are scraping their Twitter feeds. Fox Sports continues to be a bot.”

On Thursday, Primack walked the scoop back, reporting in a story headlined “Fox News saya it didn’t authorize Truth Social account” that a Fox News spokesperson told Axios, “We are not on Truth Social.”

In the joint-bylined story, Primack explained that shares of the company taking Truth Social public, Trump SPAC Digital World Acquisition, rose “after an Axios reporter tweeted about the mere existence of the verified account.”

Primack explained that his Tuesday tweet “was prompted not only by the verification symbol on a Truth Social account bearing Fox News’ name and logo, but also by a message from Truth Social CEO Devin Nunes that read: ‘Great to have RSS feed for @FoxNews now LIVE here on TRUTH! This adds to @OAN and @NewsMax.'” 

The stock price of Trump SPAC Digital World Acquisition rose 7% on Tuesday the same day of the erroneous report that Fox News had joined Truth Social. On Thursday, its stock dropped 2.2% following news that Elon Musk had offered to buy Twitter.

Primack’s story explained that “real-looking accounts for numerous big media and sports brands — including Fox Sports, TMZ, NFL, NASA and NASCAR — have existed on Truth Social for months, and often are promoted to new users” but are not verified and have “a small ‘BOT’ disclaimer on their accounts.”

According to Primack, the disclaimer reads, “This account is an RSS feed aggregating bot, and is not managed by or affiliated with the referenced news outlet.”

However, there is not a “BOT” disclaimer on the Fox News account, he reported.

Trump Media and Technology Group told Just the News on Thursday: “Truth Social is committed to preventing impersonator accounts, so we verify official RSS feeds run by well-known content creators. There is no other honest way to interpret this basic service we provide for our users.”

Primack stood by his reporting in a statement to Just the News on Thursday. “The real issue is the verified account, which Truth displays differently than its ‘bot’ accounts (TMZ, Fox Sports, NFL, etc.),” he said. “That implies authorization, based on the language on the bot accounts. No such authorization was given.”

Multiple media outlets picked up the story, including The Hill, the U.K. Independent, Business Insider, and the Washington Examiner.

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TX Gov Greg Abbott Reaches Historical Agreement with Nuevo Leon, Mexico Gov Garcia to Enhance Border Security [VIDEO]

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Governor Greg Abbot (TX) is working with Nuevo Leon, Mexico, Governor Garcia to secure the border while Biden Admin does nothing.

With Title 42 being repealed and massive waves of illegal immigrants being expected to flood the border, Greg Abbott is taking more and more steps to do what the Biden Administration refuses to: Protect our border.

Governor Gregg Abbott:

“Biden must assert the national security authority that comes with being commander in chief of the United States. Until then, Texas will use its own strategies to secure the border and continue to negotiate with Mexico to seek solutions.”

Governor Abbott is negotiating with the Governor Garcia of Nuevo Leon, Mexico, to tighten border security on both sides and to keep illegals out of our country. This comes a week after his decision to start busing illegal aliens to D.C.

These actions serve to protect our border while also raising awareness of the issue which Biden most consistently neglects–national security. Biden is pursuing an open border policy in rescinding Title 42, and this will disproportionately harm Texas, which shares the largest swathe of border with Mexico.

Abbott is doing what he can in negotiations with Mexico to limit the number of migrants who will be pouring over in May, however without a firm stance by the US Federal Government, and without the money, manpower, and other resources necessary to patrol and defend the border, it may not be enough.

Watch Governor Gregg Abbott’s Speech here:

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Elon Musk DESTROYS Saudi Prince Trying To Block Him From Hostile Takeover Of Twitter: “What Are The Kingdom’s Views On Journalistic Freedom Of Speech?’

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Earlier today, news broke that business titan Elon Musk offered to take over Twitter.  His offer was 38% higher than the company’s current valuation in the stock market.

Rumors have circulated over the past two weeks that Musk is planning a hostile takeover of Twitter after buying a 9.2% share in the company and rejecting a seat on its board.  Musk’s offer to buy Twitter out entirely only further confirms these rumors.

Today, Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who at one point owned a 5.2% stake in Twitter, rejected Musk’s offer, saying it was insufficient.

Musk responded shortly after, indirectly criticizing Saudi Arabia’s repressive measures against free speech and  freedom of the press.

The Daily Mail Reports–

“Elon Musk has fired back at a Saudi Arabian shareholder of Twitter who tried to block his $41 billion hostile takeover plan, questioning whether royalty in the notoriously repressive state should exercise control over the social media platform.

In a tweet, Musk responded harshly to Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who claimed to be ‘one of the largest’ Twitter shareholders and said he would ‘reject’ Musk’s proposal to take the company private, calling the offer insufficient.

‘How much of Twitter does the Kingdom own, directly & indirectly? What are the Kingdom’s views on journalistic freedom of speech?’ Musk asked bin Talal.

Bin Talal’s true ownership stake in Twitter is unclear. Though the prince shared a screenshot boasting of his 5.2 percent stake in 2015, his investment firm later reduced its stake below 5 percent, and has not had to report any further transactions, regulatory filings show.

Bin Talal is a cousin to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, whom the CIA concluded ordered the grisly assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. The Saudi government has long ranked near the worst in the world for press freedom.”

Members of Twitter’s board have already started plotting against Musk’s planned hostile takeover.  Twitter’s board reportedly met Thursday afternoon and hatched a plan to dilute Twitter’s stock by introducing a diluge of new shares, also called a ‘poison-pill’ provision.

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