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Mom who discovered school board president's secret dossier on parents speaks out

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Two Arizona mothers who were targeted in a secret dossier on parents who opposed school district policies have spoken out, demanding the immediate resignation of the school board president who had access to the documents. 

Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board President Jann-Michael Greenburg’s access to the Google Drive folder was revealed after he accidentally displayed the link in a screenshot he sent to parents in a heated email chain. 

One of the parents on the email, Amy Carney, appeared in an interview with Fox News on Friday alongside fellow mom Michelle Dillard to voice outrage over the dossier, which included Social Security numbers, financial information, and divorce records of parents who voiced disagreement with the district.

‘This latest scandal in Scottsdale just shows — is proof — who the label domestic terrorist really belongs to. It’s not the parents,’ said Carney, who is running for a position on the school board next year.

‘This is like an authoritarian regime,’ agreed host Laura Ingraham. ‘This is like something out of Kafka going on in Scottsdale, Arizona.’

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Scottsdale moms Amy Carney (left) and Michelle Dillard (right) spoke out on Friday, after the school board president’s secret dossier on them and other mothers was revealed 

Carney was referring to a recent letter sent by the National School Boards Association to the Biden administration, referring to parents who protest certain policies as potential extremists or domestic terrorists.

On Thursday, it emerged that NSBA liaised with the White House and Justice Department before writing the infamous memo. The association represents more than 90,000 school board members in 14,000 public school districts.

Tensions between parents and school leadership have run high across the country in recent months, with heated debates over curriculums, school reopenings and mask and vaccine mandates. 

School Board President Jann-Michael Greenburg had editing access to the Google Drive, but blames his father for creating it

School Board President Jann-Michael Greenburg had editing access to the Google Drive, but blames his father for creating it

In Scottsdale, the secret dossier tied to Greenburg, which was reviewed at length by DailyMail.com, appeared to be an attempt to collect damaging information on parents who opposed Critical Race Theory, mask mandates and remote learning policies.

Some of this information was then crafted into meme-like images, with rambling text disclosing purportedly embarrassing personal or financial information.  

The district blames Greenburg’s father Mark, who shares a home and computer with his son, for creating the bizarre dossier, and the school board president has denied involvement, vowing an investigation by ‘forensic IT staff’. 

‘Parents are so disappointed by the district trying to deflect what was going on,’ Carney said of the district letter responding to the scandal. ‘That was just for damage control, but I mean we really need the district to step up and send out an apology and let us know they are investigating this.’ 

‘We are calling for the resignation of this president because parents felt threatened, they felt endangered and this is not something the district can just brush to the side,’ Carney added.

Amy Carney, who is calling for Greenburg's resignation, speaks on behalf of parents during a protest last May against critical race theory being taught at Scottsdale schools

Amy Carney, who is calling for Greenburg’s resignation, speaks on behalf of parents during a protest last May against critical race theory being taught at Scottsdale schools

The link to the Google Drive was accidentally made public when Greenburg shared this screenshot with a parent, who discovered that the drive was public

The link to the Google Drive was accidentally made public when Greenburg shared this screenshot with a parent, who discovered that the drive was public

Dillard, the other mother who spoke out on Friday, also called for Greenburg’s resignation and slammed the creation of the dossier. 

‘This behavior, while it’s shocking is absolutely not surprising at all,’ she said.

‘We’ve been seeing it over the past few years that we’ve been active in going to school board meetings here in Arizona, to where they are actually using law enforcement to investigate, follow us on our social media groups all in an effort to intimidate, harass and silence us,’ said Dillard.

The existence of the Scottsdale dossier first came to light in August, when Jann-Michael Greenburg apparently sent a screenshot of a Facebook conversation to area resident Kim Stafford, accusing her of anti-Jewish sentiment.

Stafford dismissed the accusation in a reply, saying that Greenburg had read the conversation out of order and misinterpreted her post accusing someone else of anti-Islamic sentiment.

However, the mom noticed that at the top of the screenshot, a Google Drive address was visible, and when she entered the address into her browser, found that the cloud drive was publicly accessible.

The drive has since been set to private, but a copy of its contents has been reviewed by DailyMail.com.

The sprawling drive contains folders with names including ‘SUSD Wackos,’ ‘Press Conference Psychos’ and ‘Anti Mask Lunatics.’ 

The drive contains a disorganized collection of hundreds of screenshots of Facebook posts, memes mocking parents, and an investigative background report on certain parents

The drive contains a disorganized collection of hundreds of screenshots of Facebook posts, memes mocking parents, and an investigative background report on certain parents

It contains a disorganized collection of hundreds of screenshots of Facebook posts and conversations in Facebook groups dedicated to the Scottsdale school system, with the apparent theme of tracking the political sentiments of various parents.

Some of the files include memes mocking certain parents, PTA leaders and local elected officials. 

Disturbingly, the drive also contains a background report that appears to have been generated by a private investigator, which includes personal details such as financial and criminal records of parents.

Among the files are bodycam videos that appear to have been filmed by Mark Greenburg, the school board president’s father, as he rides his motorcycle.

In one video, Mark Greenburg is heard confiding with friendly parents in the parking lot of a school, apparently before a school board meeting.

‘Somewhere around here, we have a private investigator, who’s writing down all their plates,’ he can be heard saying.

‘That you’ve hired?’ asks one of the allied moms.

‘Yeah, I did. Yeah. I had our law firm do it so that it’s protected. So that we can get the information,’ Mark Greenburg is heard saying. 

Mark Greenburg was listed as the owner of the original Google Drive, and Jann-Michael Greenburg had editing access, according to Independent Newsmedia.

In a phone interview with the outlet, Jann-Michael Greenburg furiously denied that he was behind the sprawling dossier. 

‘I categorically deny having anything to do with any of this. If you are going to claim in a story right now, that I had anything to do with this, I would argue that crosses the line,’ Jann-Michael said, while his father was also on the call.

‘We are going to have forensic IT staff look into this and figure out what that is. You can file with law enforcement.’

Asked if his father had access to the Google Drive, he replied: ‘I am not my father’s keeper.’

‘I think that has been made clear previously,’ he added, apparently referring to his father’s creation of a parody website targeting a former SUSD board member.

‘I have been sent screenshots on what is done on [a parent’s Facebook group]. I have been sent videos, and, yes, from parents, including my own father,’ he said. 

‘Yes, people send me emails and text messages, but I don’t store them and I don’t know who stores them if that is what you are asking.’ 

Jann-Michael Greenburg has filed to run for re-election in November 2022.   

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China's Military 'Formidable Challenge' But U.S. Not Seeking 'Asian Version of NATO': Lloyd Austin

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As China’s military ramps up its capabilities—including with nuclear and hypersonic weapons—its U.S. counterpart says it is not intimidated.

“America isn’t a country that fears competition,” said U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin in prepared remarks for a Reagan National Defense Forum speech in California on Saturday, according to Voice of America.

“We’re facing a formidable challenge,” he said. “And we’re going to meet this one with confidence and resolve—not panic and pessimism.”

A report released by the Pentagon in November estimated that China is rapidly expanding its nuclear force.

The Pentagon estimates that the nation could increase its nuclear missile count to 1,000 by 2030.

“The PLA’s evolving capabilities and concepts continue to strengthen [China’s] ability to ‘fight and win wars’ against a ‘strong enemy,’ a likely euphemism for the United States,” the Pentagon report stated.

China’s recent tests of a hypersonic weapon have also raised concerns. General Mark Milley said the weapon tests were close to a “Sputnik moment,” referring to a satellite released by the Soviet Union in 1957.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin says the U.S. isn’t intimidated as China ramps up its military capabilities. Above, he speaks at an event in the White House on November 10.
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Milley told Bloomberg in October that China will pose the largest threat to the U.S. national security in the coming years.

“As we go forward—over the next 10, 20, 25 years—there’s no question in my mind that the biggest geostrategic challenge to the United States is going to be China. That I have no doubt at all,” he said.

Austin said this week that China was increasing tensions in Asia with its hypersonic weapon tests and that the U.S. will “continue to maintain the capabilities to defend and deter against a range of potential threats from the PRC to ourselves and to our allies.”

In his speech Saturday, Austin notes that the U.S. “has been stepping up its efforts” to respond to China. He says that officials are considering using more money for research and development, and that they are already spending funds on stealth and drone technology, Voice of America reports.

“When we maintain our technological edge, we maintain our military edge,” he says in the speech. “The United States has an advantage that no autocracy can match—our combination of free enterprise, free minds, and free people.”

While the U.S has strengthened existing alliances with countries including Japan and Australia, Austin says the U.S. isn’t looking to turn other nations against China: “We’re not seeking an Asian version of NATO or trying to build an anti-China coalition. And we’re not asking countries to choose between the United States and China.”

Newsweek has reached out to the Department of Defense for comment, but did not hear back in time for publication on Saturday.

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BREAKING: CNN Terminates Chris Cuomo ‘Effective Immediately’ Over Scandal

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CNN announced on Saturday afternoon that they fired star host Chris Cuomo in response to new information coming out about his alleged involvement in helping his brother, then-New York Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo, navigate a public relations crisis involving sexual misconduct allegations.

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Cuomo ‘Livid’ After Shock Firing by CNN

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CNN fired star primetime anchor Chris Cuomo on Saturday after the network said “new information”emerged on the extent of his involvement with his brother’s battle against sexual harassment allegations.

Cuomo is “livid” at his termination and in talks with lawyers, a person familiar with the matter told The Daily Beast.

“This is not how I want my time at CNN to end. But I have already told you why and how I helped my brother,” Cuomo said in a statement immediately after the news broke.

The anchor told his brother’s aides he would use his own sources to investigate then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s accusers, a major breach of journalistic ethics. What’s more, a law firm hired by the cable network found in an internal review that what Cuomo had disclosed to his employer did not match what emerged in documents later, and CNN determined it had standing to can him, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The network issued a statement: “Chris Cuomo was suspended earlier this week pending further evaluation of new information that came to light about his involvement with his brother’s defense. We retained a respected law firm to conduct the review, and have terminated him, effective immediately. While in the process of that review, additional information has come to light. Despite the termination, we will investigate as appropriate.”

The law firm began its review mid-week and concluded it Friday, per a person familiar with the process, and CNN president Jeff Zucker informed Cuomo on Saturday that he would be fired.

The cable network initially did not discipline Cuomo, calling his relationship with the governor a “unique position” after it came to light that he participated in strategy calls with his brother and governor’s aides about how best to combat the mounting wave of pressure for Andrew to resign. Earlier this week, however, text messages released by New York’s attorney general showed that Cuomo asked his brother’s top aide Melissa DeRosa, “Please let me help with the prep.”

Chris also texted DeRosa “I have a lead on the wedding girl” after allegations emerged that Andrew made unwanted advances on a woman at a wedding. Andrew stepped down in August.

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