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Chinese National Arrested for Snapping Photos of Military Installations at Naval Air Station in Key West

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On December 26, 2019 a Chinese man got up early to take photos of the sunrise on the premises of the Naval Air Station in Key West according to a report from Jay Weaver of the Miami Herald.

Witnessed ended up spotting Lyuyou Liao around 6:50 a.m. on Thursday walking around a perimeter fence and entering the military installation by going through the rocks along the water.

They initially warned Liao that he was illegally entering a restricted area — Truman Annex — as he shot photos of government buildings near “sensitive military facilities,” based on a federal criminal complaint filed Thursday.

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The U.S. Military Police saw him taking photos using his cellphone, approached him and reviewed the pictures. The police officers immediately summoned a federal agent, who arrested Liao for entering naval property with the intent of photographing defense installations.

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Liao wove his Miranda rights and told the agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service in broken English that “he was trying to take photographs of the sunrise,” based on a complaint affidavit.

However, when Liao gave the agent the pass code to his phone and allowed him to review the images, he found “photographs of Truman Annex on the camera.”

The 27-year-old Liao had his first federal court appearance on Friday afternoon in Key West conducted via a video hookup with Magistrate Judge Patrick Hunt in Fort Lauderdale and Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen Gilbert in Miami. Hunt then appointed the federal public defender’s office to provide Liao with representation and scheduled his pretrial detention hearing for January 6, 2019. Liao will be arraigned next week.

Liao’s arrest is the second time since 2018 that a Chinese national has been charged with taking photos of defense installations at the Key West Naval Air Station.

Key West police caught Zhao Qianli, who claimed that he was a music student from China, for trespassing onto the Naval Air Station.

He subsequently told authorities that he got lost on the tourist trail and did not recognize it was a military base.

Investigators found photos and videos on Qianli’s cellphone in addition to his digital camera that he had taken of government buildings and a Defense Department antenna field on the military facility.

Earlier this year in February, Qianli pleaded guilty to one count of photographing defense installations at the Key West military facility. U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore sentenced Qianli to one year in prison.

Not too long after in March, a Chinese woman was arrested at President Donald Trump’s private club in Palm Beach after she lied her way into Mar-a-Lago to allegedly attend a “United Nations friendship” event that she was aware had been canceled before she left China.

Yujin Zhang ended up being charged with trespassing in a restricted area and lying to a federal agent.

In September, U.S. District Judge Roy Altman convicted Zhang and sentenced her in in November to eight months in prison

Given China’s rise as a superpower and their expansionist foreign ambitions using soft power, the U.S. will need to keep tabs on China’s attempts to exploit the U.S.’s immigration system.

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Starbucks Barista FIRED After Refusing to Wear “Pride” T-Shirt for Religious Reasons, According to Lawsuit

She is a Christian and was apparently told by her manager that she didn’t have to wear it.

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A former Starbucks barista is filing an unlawful discrimination lawsuit against the coffee giant, claiming they fired her for refusing to wear a “Pride” t-shirt that violated her Christian religious convictions.

Betsy Fresse started working as a barista in December 2015. After transferring to a Glen Ridge, New Jersey, store in early 2019, managers apparently “assured” her that her Christian faith wouldn’t be an issue.

Then in June 2019, she noticed a box of Pride shirts on a desk and asked if they’d make her wear one. Her store manager said she wouldn’t have to, but two months later she found herself out of a job after being terminated by a district manager.

A notice of separation claims that Fresse was fired for violating Starbucks’ “core values.” It specifically mentions an incident where she said her colleagues “need Jesus” when given the “Pride” shirt.

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Starbucks maintains that “no part of our dress code requires partners to wear any approved items that they have not personally selected” and that Fresse’s claims are “without merit,” in a comment to the New York Post.

So Starbucks denies that she was fired for not wearing the shirt, yet their notice of separation appears to claim that they fired her for something she said about Jesus. Not a good look either way.

Fresse is seeking backpay, punitive damages, money to cover the cost of an attorney, and a permanent injunction that prevents Starbucks from “failing to accommodate […] sincerely held religious beliefs.”

Starbucks has long been a major player in the world of Woke Capital. Back in February Big League Politics reported on how the British branch of Starbucks was raising money for a pro-transgender lobbying group:

The U.K. branch of Starbucks is raising money to push for the chemical castration and surgical mutilation of children.

Nathanael Blake at The Federalist reported that the multinational titan is selling special mermaid-shaped cookies to help the pro-transgender lobbying group Mermaids. Curiously, the group’s founder took her underage son to Thailand to undergo a castration procedure.

Blake correctly observed “That Starbucks is supporting this group illustrates how thoroughly radicals have conquered both the LGBT movement and corporate culture.”

He also called attention to how “In a few years the fight has shifted from government recognition of same-sex relationships as legal marriages to mastectomies, sterilization, and castration for children.”

Here’s hoping that Betsy Fresse is successful in her lawsuit.

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