I can’t believe that!’ said Alice.
‘Can’t you?’ the Queen said in a pitying tone. ‘Try again: draw a long breath, and shut your eyes.’
Alice laughed. ‘There’s no use trying,’ she said: ‘one can’t believe impossible things.’
‘I daresay you haven’t had much practice,’ said the Queen. ‘When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
Making sense of the latest RussiaGate developments is not easy work. You should know by now I am a skeptic. I don’t take Trump’s side, Hillary’s side, or anyone else’s side in this epic saga. I’ll take the side of truth, whatever that may be. None of us will ever know the whole truth of this, so we’ll have to settle for getting as close as we can.
Remember Karl Popper’s doctrine of falsifiablity. We are trying to bring some “science” to the term “political science” here. Dunno who done it or anything else in this case. Like everyone else, I have no direct contact or experience with anything in this RussiaGate narrative. Therefore, I suspend judgement and am a RussiaGate agnostic.
I suggest everyone do the same. We all have to rely on what we see in the press. I can assure you, because the mainstream media have not challenged the assertions made against Russia over the last two years, much of this narrative is bullshit. So use critical thinking skills. Falsify what we can and see what we have left at the end. What is the evidence? Not what is the FBI saying, the evidence.
This RussiaGate saga began with the statement Trump colluded with Russia to win the 2016 US presidential election. What we have so far is no evidence Trump did anything, and no evidence Russia influenced the election either. This is the same thing Rosenstein says below. Yet media such as The Washington Post, MSNBC, and the usual suspects will not mention Rosenstein’s disclaimer.
What are they going to do instead? We know what they will say: “Trump is a Russian agent. He’s going to meet with Putin now in Helsinki. See? We told you. The FBI indictment proves it.”
It does no such thing.
Here is the new paper released by The Feds: 29 page PDF of US vs. GRU
This indictment names a dozen GRU agents and charges them with felony computer fraud. Rod Rosenstein makes the announcement:
8 minutes into this video he states:
A. There are no allegations in the indictment any Americans knew they were in contact with Russians or with a Russian operation;
B. No allegations any Americans committed a crime in relation to this;
C. No allegations the operation changed or influenced the election.
My Knee-Jerk Reactions:
C. If there is no allegation (evidence) the operation influenced the election, then why do we care about any of this? We have evidence the DNC rigged the primary and that Cambridge Analytica influenced the election. We know they are guilty. Why go down the Russian rabbit hole instead?
B. Seems odd no Americans did anything worthy of investigating. Why exonerate the DNC/ DCCC of all wrong doing? We know from the content of the emails released there are many counts of election fraud which point directly at the DNC/ DCCC.
A. How does Rosenstein (or anyone in the FBI) know Russians did this “hack” without having access to examine the DNC computers? Are we going by what CrowdStrike says they found?
Speaking of CrowdStrike, is it just me, or does this guy look like he’s a p^rn producer/ director? You know, the guy who drives around filming Russian women doing ah… acrobatics in the back of a van.
He’s Dmitri Alperovitch, co-founder of CrowdStrike. Dmitri is also a senior fellow at the anti-Russian Atlantic Council think tank. Not certain about the filmography. Do your research.
D. It is not by chance this indictment was published now, a few days before the first summit between Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, and shortly before the soccer World Cup in Russia ends. The release intends to sabotage these talks.
E. The indictment describes a wide-ranging operation, but includes zero proof of anything it alleges in the document.
F. Mueller likely hopes the indictment will never come in front of a court. The alleged stuff would be extremely difficult to prove. Any decent lawyer would ask how the claimed information was gained, and how much of it was based on illegal snooping by the NSA. This is not something the U.S. would like to reveal.
G. It is unlikely there will ever be a trial of these cases. The indicted persons are all Russians in Russia and none of them is likely to be stupid enough to follow an invitation to Las Vegas or to Disney World.
Karate Elvis says, “From Russia with Love, baby!”
Hey! Remember that time Obama said the DNC server was a “leak” and not a “hack?” Obama’s last press conference. Again, about 8 minutes in:
Most crucially of all Obama refers to “The DNC emails that were leaked”. Note “leaked” and not “hacked.” William Binney, former Technical Director of the NSA, has asserted were it a hack, the NSA would be able to give the precise details down to the second it occurred. It is plain from the reports released they have no such information. Nevertheless, the media persist with this “Russian hacking” story.
Again, I am not here to convince you of anything specific. We could do H, I, J… Z.
That said, William Binney knows his stuff. He used to run the place and left when the NSA decided to spy on American citizens all the time, as in ALL of our communications. Wouldn’t the NSA know who dunnit and when? They should, if they’re doing their jobs. Regardless of what CrowdStrike has or hasn’t done, the NSA knows, and they knew a long time ago whether the DNC email information was a hack or a leak.
Here’s where they put our data. It’s in Utah.
And yes, William Binney knows the NSA record every word and store it there. So the NSA would know if the DNC was hacked remotely from Russia, or from my house.
Where’s the beef?
How they became public doesn’t matter because we should all more concerned about the content of these emails, of which, no one has challenged the veracity. WikiLeaks gave us legit information, be it hacked or leaked. Everyone involved agrees.
Among it is the statement: Saudi Arabia is funding ISIS. We also know Saudi Arabia is funding the Clintons. The Clinton Foundation records show Saudis sent them between $10,000,000 and $25,000,000. Who knows how many millions Saudis spent on 9/11, Osama bin Laden, ISIS, the Taliban, the damn terrorists, folks? It’s them.
The Saudis are the damn terrorists! And Hillary Clinton knows it. And Hillary Clinton takes their money.
We need to get this straight: To hell with the provenance of the emails. We have proof Hillary Clinton knows Saudis fund ISIS and she knows the Saudis fund her.
Not saying RussiaGate is an intentional distraction from this sort of corruption, but RussiaGate is an intentional distraction from this sort of corruption.
So does the US government. The Saudis buy more US weapons than any other country. We should help them destroy Yemen and Iran and so on. This is worse than the weapons of mass destruction bait and switch under Bush. Make no mistake, Trump knows the Saudis are the terrorists too.
Just look at ’em dance a jig with them. Sell ’em millions worth of weapons, then its time to dance the Hokey Pokey with terrorists.
The 9/11 hijackers were Saudi. Osama bin Laden was Saudi. Our government sells the Saudis planes, missiles, bombs, and stuff that goes BOOM! This is the kind of fuckery RussiaGate is supposed to distract us from. Our entire government is corrupt beyond redemption, and has been for at least the last two decades.
Everyone knows it. Why aren’t we rioting?
But nervermind our government, let’s get back to the “bad guys…”
Friday’s indictments do not include any charges against Trump campaign members for allegedly colluding with the Russian government to carry out the hacks. That has been at the core of allegations swirling in U.S. media for two years. If the alleged co-conspirators “known” to the DOJ were on the Trump team, the indictments do not say. There is only a hint that “unknown” persons might be.
In announcing the indictments at a press conference Friday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said: “The conspirators corresponded with several Americans during the course of the conspiracy through the internet. There’s no allegation in this indictment that the Americans knew they were corresponding with Russian intelligence officers.”
The indictment alleges that Russian agents, posing as Guccifer 2.0, communicated on Aug. 15, 2016 with “a person who was in regular contact with senior members” of the Trump campaign, mostly like adviser Roger Stone, who has spoken about communicating with Guccifer 2.0. The indictment says Guccifer offered to “help u anyhow,” apparently indicating that Stone did want Guccifer 2.0’s help.
The lack of evidence that the Trump campaign was colluding with Russia has never stopped Democrats and their media outlets from believing unnamed U.S. intelligence sources for two years about such collusion. “Collusion” is the title of a best-selling book about the supposed Trump-Russia conspiracy to steal the election, but such a charge is not to be found.
The indictment excluding collusion also undermines the so-called Steele dossier, a work of opposition research paid for by the DNC and Clinton campaign masquerading as an intelligence document because it was compiled by a former MI6 agent. The memos falsely claimed, it turns out, that Trump’s people started colluding with Russia years before he became a candidate.
But even after Friday’s indictments failed to charge anyone from Trump’s team, the Democratic media continued to insist there was collusion. A New York Times story, headlined, “Trump Invited the Russians to Hack Clinton. Were They Listening?,” said Russia may have absurdly responded to Trump’s call at 10:30 a.m. on July 27, 2016 to hack Clinton’s private email server because it was “on or about” that day that Russia allegedly first made an attempt to hack Clinton’s personal emails, according to the indictment, which makes no connection between the two events.
If Russia is indeed guilty of remotely hacking the emails it would have had no evident need of assistance from anyone on the Trump team, let alone a public call from Trump on national TV to commence the operation.
Instead of Trump operatives, the indictments name 12 Russians, allegedly agents from the GRU, the Russian military intelligence agency. The agents “knowingly and intentionally conspired with each other, and with persons known and unknown.
And one more thing: how come NATO being all over Russia’s border is a “peace keeping mission?”
What would you say if Russia had troops in Cuba, Canada, and Mexico.
Is that “keeping the peace?” No. No it is not.
It’s the US and NATO threatening Russia. And RussiaGate is manufacturing consent.
Even if nothing more specific is achieved, everyone who cares about American and international security should hope the Trump-Putin summit results at least in a restoration of the diplomatic process. The longstanding “contacts” between Washington and Moscow have been diminished (if not destroyed) by the new Cold War and its Russiagate allegations. Cold War without diplomacy is a recipe for actual war.
We’re writing all this not because we’ve suddenly become a bunch of peace-loving flower children, but because we think we guardians of the Western empire are ready to enter into a more mature relationship with you, the public.
Instead of trying to deceive you into consenting to CIA-hatched agendas with fairy tales about Kremlin agents under every bed and “won’t someone think of the children,” we’re just going to be honest with you about what war and aggression needs to happen in order for this empire to continue.
So just play along, okay?
Let us have our proxy wars and cold war escalations, give us the surveillance and censorship and black site torture programs we’ve been trying to manipulate you into giving us, and this will all be over before you know it.
Then we’ll control the whole world at long last, and there will be no mischievous governments or alternative media or thought crimes interfering in the maturation of our beneficent relationship with the unwashed masses.
Because let’s be honest, it’s not like you really have a choice anyway.
We will get our wars, we will get our internet censorship, we will get our social engineering projects, we will succeed in hoarding all the money to ourselves to deprive you of power and political influence until you die.
So don’t ruin this for us, understand?
ADDED BONUS! 7/16/18 for those who have read this far.
Remember above where it says:
The usual suspects, we know what they will say: “Trump is a Russian agent. He’s going to meet with Putin now in Helsinki. See? We told you. The FBI indictment proves it.”
Here are a couple of random examples I pulled from the news feed this morning:
Here’s Charles Pierce on these new RussiaGate developments. Pierce foams at the mouth as if he’s filled it with Mentos and taken a big gulp of Diet Coke. Watch out! It’s basically a piece where he strings together curse words by inserting the people he blames for this mess. Go Charles, GO! WINNING!!!
Another one here of the mainstream media going apeshit with the reactions:
Treason! Treason!!! TREASON!!!
Please note, all the talk of treason has been nonsense from the beginning. The only time it is possible to commit treason is when there is a war going on. This is what the US Constitution Article 3 Section 3 says about Treason:
Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court. Congress shall have power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.
David Rothkopf is a big deal in charge of the really reputable publication, Foreign Policy, which you should check out. Good stuff. So Rothkopf knows about the Constitution’s ruling, treason has to occur during a time of war.
His solution? Magical thinking. We’ll just amend the Constitution to include “cyberwar” and that will fix it. Ahem. Let’s just go ahead and add “Twitterwars” to the Constitution too, because we know Trump does that on his phone.
Another problem is has anyone seen Trump use a computer? I’d bet the rent he doesn’t now and didn’t during his campaign. Does he even have one in his office?
No. No he does not. No computer in his office. But he does have some WWF wrasslin’ belts and these moon boots. Let him show you…
That leaves the 13 IRA Russian trolls indicted previously and the 12 GRU Russian hackers indicted currently make 25 Russians.
RUSSIANS! They cannot be indicted for treason. They aren’t US citizens.
Magical thinking does not help us here. What it does do is distract us from the important issues.