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OTTAWA—Air force personnel felt pressured to turn a blind eye to unacceptable behaviour by VIP passengers travelling on military aircraft, setting the stage for a boozy flight last year that saw the alleged sexual assault of one military flight attendant and other rule-breaking activities in an atmosphere of free-flowing alcohol, an investigation has revealed.

New military reports outline the circumstances around a morale-boosting trip last December, confirming details that the Star reported earlier this year, including the reluctance of air force personnel to intervene for fear of upsetting their high-profile guests.

“Something went sideways with the alcohol on the trip,” Gen. Jonathan Vance, the chief of defence staff, told the Star Wednesday.

“Central to it was the perception of the squadron that everybody was a VIP and the definition of VIP meant you could get away with things. That is not my definition of a VIP,” Vance said.

The Team Canada trip last December brought former NHL hockey stars, Olympians and entertainers for a visit with Canadian military personnel in Greece and Latvia.

Alcohol is not normally served on military flights but had been authorized by Vance for the Team Canada trips. And it was the “catalyst” for the problems on this trip, according to the air force.

The results of a special investigation ordered by Vance confirm that the problems started even before the military CC-150 Polaris aircraft left Ottawa on Dec. 1 on its first leg to Athens.

Some passengers consumed alcohol waiting for the flight and were allowed to carry their drinks on to the plane while boarding. None of the civilian passengers underwent security screening and at least one unidentified passenger brought his own bottle of rum onboard that was consumed by other passengers. The cabin crew were immediately concerned with the level of intoxication of some passengers. Indeed, two passengers were so intoxicated, they urinated themselves.

Once onboard, some civilian passengers used “inappropriate language” among themselves. One passenger was hesitant to comply with instructions to sit down for landing. Some cabin crew members were pressured to join in activities such as arm wrestling.

Alcohol was available in coolers that allowed the passengers to serve themselves — and they did. Some travellers chewed tobacco in violation of air force rules. “A decision was made to tolerate the use of chewing tobacco due to the status of the passengers,” the report says.

The mission commander walked through the aircraft cabin several times during the flight. While he noticed that some passengers were inebriated, he saw nothing to indicate there was a risk to the safety of the flight, according to the report.

But the investigation, headed by Rear-Admiral Luc Cassivi, concluded that the behaviour of some passengers “was not conducive to a respectful work environment free of harassment.”

Yet the aircraft crew were reluctant to curb bad behaviour and excessive drinking because they felt a “high level” of pressure to deliver good service to the VIPs, in part because of past complaints and because this was a high-profile mission directed by Vance’s office. Nor had they been trained in serving alcohol.

The report said that the military chain of command applied “direct pressure” on 437 Transport Squadron — which operates the CC-150 Polaris aircraft — to ensure that “exceptional preferential treatment was provided to VIP in every request.”

The RCAF flight operations manual states that, “as a general rule all VIP requests should be honoured, if deemed possible within the bounds of available resources.”

But the “over-emphasis” on giving VIPs a good experience “created blurred lines on what should or should not be accepted onboard RCAF VIP flights,” the report found.

That resulted in the perception among squadron members that there was “limited latitude for errors and mishaps on VIP missions, and as a result, crew have come to tolerate or quietly accept behaviour from VIP passengers that they otherwise would not and should not accept.”

Vance said the flight was not a “wild, screaming drunkfest.” Instead he said the problems onboard were “subtle” and limited to just a few of the 27 high-profile guests. Also onboard were Lt.-Gen. Alain Parent, the vice-chief of defence staff, and Chief Warrant Officer Kevin West, the most senior non-commissioned member of the Canadian Armed Forces.

In his written response to the investigation, Vance accepted many of its findings. But he pushed back against the conclusions that air force personnel felt powerless to intervene, noting that the commander on the aircraft had clear authority to take control of the alcohol service when he saw passengers were intoxicated.

He also disputed that there was any direct pressure applied by the chain of command to give VIPs a good time but understood such pressure was perceived.

“I’m sympathetic to any military person who does not feel empowered to do their job. I’m on their side,” he said.

“No one is being blamed here. It was a situation we were not equipped to handle and weren’t prepared for,” Vance said.

There had been 26 prior Team Canada trips that have taken some 450 high-profile Canadians – all volunteering their time — to visit with troops deployed abroad, all without incident. “It’s all good until a couple of people ruin it for everybody. And that’s what has happened,” Vance said.

In the wake of the investigation, Vance says his previous order banning alcohol on such trips is now permanent. And he said the military will replace the Team Canada visits with a new model.

Other changes were recommended including new training for cabin crew personnel to identify and “de-escalate” unruly passengers; ensuring that members of a VIP entourage travellers undergo security screening; and barring passengers from serving themselves alcohol.

Bruce Campion-Smith is an Ottawa-based reporter covering national politics. Follow him on Twitter: @yowflier



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These US entities partnered with the Wuhan Institute of Virology — time for a criminal investigation?

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(Natural News) The Wuhan Institute of Virology from which the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) is believed to have “escaped” has a number of questionable partnerships that are worth looking into in light of the pandemic.

Most of them are universities, including the University of Alabama, the University of North Texas, and Harvard University. There is also the EcoHealth Alliance, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Wildlife Federation.

While the relationships between these entities and the Wuhan Institute of Virology may be completely innocent, there is no way to really say for sure without a proper investigation. And this is exactly what Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is calling for, as is the nation of Australia.

Pompeo and the folks down under, along with millions of Americans, would really like to know the true origins of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19). An increasing number of people simply are not buying the narrative that the novel virus originated in bat soup at a Chinese wet market, and this even includes mainstream media outlets like Fox News.

The only way to really determine what was going on at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and who else might have been involved. is to open the place up for an international investigation. But communist China is against this, of course, accusing Australia of “petty tricks” and collusion with the United States.

“Overnight, I saw comments from the Chinese Foreign Ministry talking about a course of activity with respect to Australia who had the temerity to ask for investigation,” Pompeo is quoted as saying in response to China’s aggression against a proposed investigation.

“Who in the world wouldn’t want an investigation of how this happened to the world?” he added.

As the U.S. aims to get back on track economically speaking, Pompeo believes that now is the time to hold communist China, the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and whoever else may have been involved accountable for unleashing this pandemic on the world.

“Not only American wealth, but the global economy’s devastation as a result of this virus,” Pompeo further stated. “There will be a time for this. We will get that timing right.”

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New U.S. analysis finds that lab in Wuhan, China was “most likely” origin of coronavirus release

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(Natural News) While American Leftists and most of the Democrat Party continue to serve as apologists for the Chinese Communist regime over its role in creating and then perpetuating the coronavirus pandemic, a new U.S. government analysis concludes that COVID-19 “most likely” escaped from a lab near Wuhan city.

The Washington Times reports that the analysis cataloged evidence linking the outbreak to the Wuhan lab and has found that other explanations for the origins of the virus are not as credible.

The paper reported:

The document, compiled from open sources and not a finished product, says there is no smoking gun to blame the virus on either the Wuhan Institute of Virology or the Wuhan branch of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, both located in the city where the first outbreaks were reported.

However, “there is circumstantial evidence to suggest such may be the case,” the paper says.

“All other possible places of the virus’ origin have been proven to be highly unlikely,” said the report, a copy of which was obtained by the Times.

ChiCom officials have claimed that the virus’ origin is unknown. However, Beijing initially stated that coronavirus came from animals at a “wet market” in Wuhan where exotic meats are butchered and sold in disgusting conditions.

Chinese officials claim that COVID-19 went from bats to animals sold in the market last year, then infected humans.

U.S. intelligence officials have increasingly dismissed that explanation, however, as attention has begun to focus on evidence suggesting that Chinese medical researchers were working with coronavirus in the country’s only Level 4 facility, which is in Wuhan.

U.S. Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said that intelligence agencies are investigating whether the virus escaped from a lab or was the result of a naturally occurring outbreak, but that analysts have ruled out reports that COVID-19 was manmade.

‘The most logical place to investigate the virus origin has been completely sealed off’

“At this point, it’s inconclusive, although the weight of evidence seems to indicate natural,” the general said on April 14, “but we don’t know for certain.”

The analysis said that the wet market explanation does not ring true because the first human diagnosis of coronavirus was made in someone who had no connection to the wet market in question. And according to Chinese reports, no bats were sold at that particular market.

At the same time, several questionable actions and a growing paper trail provide clues that the virus actually escaped from a lab, even as China begins to clamp down on those information streams.

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The biggest media lies about the coronavirus: Origins, treatments and vaccines

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(Natural News) If there is one thing that most everyone can agree on concerning the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it is the fact that there is no shortage of conflicting information out there about the nature of it. And the mainstream media is certainly doing its part to steer the narrative as part of a larger agenda, using plenty of misinformation along the way.

The following are among the most commonly parroted lies about the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that aim to distort the facts and deceive you into believing falsehoods about this pandemic:

Media LIE: The virus is not man-made

From the very beginning of this thing, the official narrative was that the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) came from a Chinese wet market where bats and other “exotic” animals are sold as meat. But the world later learned that it actually more than likely “escaped” from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

The mainstream media and social media platforms went nuts trying to censor this information and even called it  “fake news.” But eventually it became undeniable that bat soup was not responsible for spreading the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) around Wuhan and eventually to the rest of the world – hence why we continue to call it the Wuhan coronavirus rather than just COVID-19.

We have even seen attempts by the media machine at making the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) a racial issue because there are supposedly more “people of color” coming down with it than people with fair skin, which further detracts attention away from the source of this virus.

Media LIE: Hydroxychloroquine is extremely dangerous and doesn’t work

The minute that President Donald Trump announced that hydroxychloroquine may be an effective, and very inexpensive, remedy for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), the mainstream media immediately began decrying this claim as fake news, even though Anthony Fauci himself praised hydroxychloroquine back in 2013 under Barack Obama as being some type of “miracle cure” for SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome).

There have even been studies conducted that were designed to intentionally smear the drug as both ineffective and dangerous, though one in particular purposely left out zinc, which appears to be a critical co-factor in supporting the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine – in other words, politics as usual.

Media LIE: Only a vaccine can save us from coronavirus

Many politicians and public health officials are parroting the lie that the only way America can come out of lockdown and go back to “normal” is to get vaccinated with some future vaccine for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that does not even yet exist. A vaccine, we are repeatedly told, is the only thing, or perhaps some new “blockbuster” antiviral drug, that can cure the world of this scourge and make everything happy and wonderful once again.

Meanwhile, not a peep is being made about things like intravenous (IV) high-dose vitamin C, which is being successfully used in other countries to stem the tide of infections without the need for new drugs and vaccines.

By omission, nutrition is pointless

Speaking of natural approaches to overcoming the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that are being systematically ignored by the mainstream media and most in politics, have you heard anyone mention the importance of nutrition in all of this? We did not think so, and this is intentional.

Regular readers of this site over the years should know by now that the single-most important thing you need to do to stay healthy besides exercising regularly is to feed your body the nutrition it needs to naturally ward off illnesses, including those associated with the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19).

Research compiled by the Lewin Group reveals that nutritional remedies such as calcium, vitamin D, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zeaxanthin, and more all play a critical role in fortifying the immune system, which, if properly nourished, should have little problem fending off disease.

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