Sunday, December 11, 2016



Russia 'intervened to promote Trump' - US intelligence - BBC News

Russia 'intervened to promote Trump' - US intelligence - BBC News

Quoting an unnamed "senior US official", the Washington Post said "intelligence agencies" had "identified individuals with connections to the Russian government who provided WikiLeaks with thousands of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and others, including Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman".
At one point in the campaign, Mr Trump publicly encouraged Russia to "find" Mrs Clinton's emails, although he later said he was being sarcastic.
Democrats claimed the hacks were a deliberate attempt to undermine Mrs Clinton's campaign.
White House spokesman Eric Schultz said President Obama wanted the investigation carried out on his watch "because he takes it very seriously".
"We are committed to ensuring the integrity of our elections," he added.
It is not clear if the contents of the review will be made public.

  

The craven calculus of too many Republicans at this point seems to be that pursuing a reactionary policy portfolio that now includes gutting Medicare and Social Security is more important than the fact that a foreign power has meddled in an election decided in three states by a total vote total that, as somebody I read noted, could fit into a college football stadium. The news on this front is now compounded by Trump's choice for Secretary of State - Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson - who has close ties to Putin. This is on top of multiple other links to Russia from members of Trump's inner circle. The Founding Fathers worried about a demagogue rising to power backed by a foreign adversary. That notion seemed to diminish to the point of a quaint anachronism over the centuries as our democracy solidified and our strength as a world power grew. No longer. Perhaps it is too strong to suggest that to countenance what Putin and Russia did in our presidential election with a shrug or a justification forfeits the right to call yourself a patriot, no matter how many flags lapel pins you own... that may be going too far. But maybe not.

  

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Yes, 17 intelligence agencies really did say Russia was behind hacking

Yes, 17 intelligence agencies really did say Russia was behind hacking

Donald Trump’s claim that the United States has "no idea" who is behind recent email hacks is just not true.

The fact-checking website Politifact says Hillary Clinton is correct when she says 17 federal intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia is behind the hacking.

“We have 17, 17 intelligence agencies, civilian and military who have all concluded that these espionage attacks, these cyber attacks, come from the highest levels of the Kremlin. And they are designed to influence our election. I find that deeply disturbing,” Clinton said during Wednesday's presidential debate in Las Vegas.

Trump pushed back, saying that Clinton and the United States had “no idea whether it is Russia, China or anybody else.”

But Clinton is correct. On Oct. 7, the Department of Homeland Security and Office of the Director of National Intelligence issued a joint statement on behalf of the U.S. Intelligence Community. The USIC is made up of 16 agencies, in addition to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

  

Pennsylvania Federal Court Grants Legal Authority To REMOVE TRUMP After Russian Meddling

Pennsylvania Federal Court Grants Legal Authority To REMOVE TRUMP After Russian Meddling

After it was reported late Friday evening that, as many suspected, Russians purposely interfered with the U.S. presidential election with intentions of helping Trump secure the presidency, many Americans are furious. In their fury, they’re tirelessly searching for a way that this can be addressed legally.

The first to break the news was The Washington Post, in which it is alleged that Russians tried to assist President-elect Donald Trump in his bid for the presidency. According to the story, a CIA assessment that detailed such was brought before President Obama and several congressional leaders just last week.

  


War With Russia Isn't The Issue. Treason Is. | Crooks and Liars

War With Russia Isn't The Issue. Treason Is. | Crooks and Liars

After reading through a lot of the comments on my post about the various pointers to the obvious; namely, that Russia's hacks were done with a mind to tilt the election toward Trump with Mitch McConnell's blessing, I see some are misconstruing the emergency here. This is not about war with Russia. It's about treasonous acts within our own government.
It's absurd to make this about declaring war (or cyberwar) on Russia. As I noted on Facebook this morning, the real devastation isn't what Russia did. Not at all. They've been doing this for as long as I've been alive to remember it.
Russia did what Russia does. We've seen them do it around the world. The single issue here -- the ONLY issue -- is what McConnell, Chaffetz, Comey et al chose not to do.
There is no argument for war against Russia. There is, however, a serious argument for why Constitutional officers -- men who swore an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution -- chose instead to undermine it by allowing Russia to do what they did unchecked.

  

Ex-CIA operative: We may need a new vote

Ex-CIA operative: We may need a new vote

Former CIA Operative Robert Baer says if the CIA can prove that Russia interfered with the 2016 election then the US should vote again.Source: CNN

  

Editorial: No state has been so ill-served by its governor as Wisconsin | Opinion | host.madison.com

Editorial: No state has been so ill-served by its governor as Wisconsin | Opinion | host.madison.com

But you know what would have helped a lot more?

Accepting tens of millions in federal funding that could have been used to expand high-speed Internet service in schools, libraries and government agencies.

In 2011, barely a month into his governorship, Walker’s administration returned $23 million in federal stimulus money that was supposed to be used to improve broadband connections for 380 Wisconsin communities — including 385 libraries and 82 schools. The money could also have been used "to improve police, fire department and hospital communications in rural areas,” according to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports at the time.

Why did the Walker administration turn the money down? It did not want to make the commitment to meet the grant’s requirements that Wisconsin get serious about expanding high-speed Internet service.

Walker and his aides were too lazy, irresponsible and unfocused to do their jobs.

  

Russian Interference Could Give Courts Legal Authority To Install Clinton | The Huffington Post

Russian Interference Could Give Courts Legal Authority To Install Clinton | The Huffington Post

Two of the elected officials who testified in the Pennsylvania case said under oath that they were aware of the fraud, had intentionally failed to enforce laws, and hurried to certify Stinson the winner in order to bury the story. The narrative recalls the Washington Post’s revelation that Republican Mitch McConnell was aware of the CIA’s conclusion that Russians had intervened and opted to do nothing.

In February 1994, after Stinson had already taken office, a federal judge ordered he “be removed from his State Senate office and that [his opponent, Bruce Marks] be certified the winner within 72 hours.”

Stinson appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, but ultimately, this was the first known case in which a federal judge reversed an election outcome. In January 1995, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed the ruling to stand.

  

Garrison Keillor: And now we sit and watch in disbelief | The Salt Lake Tribune

Garrison Keillor: And now we sit and watch in disbelief | The Salt Lake Tribune

And now we sit and watch in disbelief as the victor drops one piece of china after another, spits in the soup, sticks his fist through a painting, and gobbles up the chocolates. Not satisfied with the usual election-night victory speech, he stages a post-election victory tour and gloatfest, a series of rallies in arenas where he can waggle his thumbs and smirk and holler and point out the journalists in their pen for the mob to boo and shake their fists at. He puts the Secret Service through their paces, highways are closed, planes diverted, cities disrupted, just so the man can say how much fun it was to defeat Hillary Clinton and confound the experts.

  

Clearly, Trump is not my president.


By the way, I'm not suicidal. If I mysteriously disappear after Jan 20, I did not commit suicide. But since your browser history includes your viewing this blog, you may want to keep an eye over your shoulder, wink, wink, nudge, nudge.

The CIA concluded Russia worked to elect Trump. Republicans now face an impossible choice. - Chicago Tribune

The CIA concluded Russia worked to elect Trump. Republicans now face an impossible choice. - Chicago Tribune

While saying that Russia clearly tried to help Trump doesn't inherently call into question the legitimacy of Trump's win — the White House made sure to emphasize that it's not making that case earlier Friday — it's not hard to connect the dots. And Trump and his party know it. The Post's report cited Republicans who expressed skepticism about the available evidence when presented with it in September, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

In addition, any GOP effort to dig into the matter risks antagonizing the president-elect, who has said flatly that he doesn't believe Russia interfered with the election, despite receiving intelligence briefings to the contrary. And he's proved more than willing to go after fellow Republicans who run afoul of him.

On the other hand, if Republicans downplay the issue, they risk giving a pass to an antagonistic foreign power whom significant majorities of Americans and members of Congress don't trust and who, if the evidence is accurate, wields significant power to wage successful cyberwarfare with the United States.

  

Bombshell Secret CIA Report Says Russia Aimed To Steal White House For Trump | The Huffington Post

Bombshell Secret CIA Report Says Russia Aimed To Steal White House For Trump | The Huffington Post

A shocking secret CIA assessment has concluded that Russia interfered with the U.S. presidential election expressly to help Donald Trump win, according to an exclusive report Friday by The Washington Post.

Until now, intelligence sources have indicated that Russian hacking throughout the campaign that repeatedly exposed information overwhelmingly embarrassing for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was an effort to undermine Americans’ faith in their government.

Now the intelligence community has concluded that Russia was clearly after a Trump victory and manipulated information to that end, according to sources who spoke to the newspaper.

“It is the assessment of the intelligence community that Russia’s goal here was to favor one candidate over the other, to help Trump get elected,” a senior U.S. official briefed on the CIA assessment told The Washington Post. “That’s the consensus view.”