After spending a good part of yesterday and this morning poking about for analyses on the declassified portion of the New and Improved joint intel report an other ‘intel’ reports on the Russian hacking, then looking at some of the hashtags on Twitter such as #NotMyPresident, #StopTrump, #ImpeachTrump, and so on, I’d noticed a couple things. One was that opposite the term ‘virtue signaling’ (saying you love or hate something to show off what a virtuous person you are, instead of actually trying to fix the problem), so many of the Tweets not only were akin to “Trump’s United States of the Russian Federation”, and seemed to be competing for the Most Outraged Award. Of course there were plenty of “Oh, Michelle and Barack; we hate to see you go…” sorts. The sole “fix” was jettisoning him, assumedly in favor of his Veep? I can’t be sure.
Yeah, I was bumfuzzled, aghast, agape, and agog that a) none reflected any awareness that the various reports on ‘Russian hacking’ were bogus agitprop, and b) that ‘their D heroes’ were also neo-fascists and uber-capitalists war-mongering neo-cons, but smiled really purdy as their policies both domestically and militarily globally…chewed up all of the 95% and spit out their bones.
Buying the ‘Roosians own Mr. T now’ rubbish all began to seem like a religion in many ways, given that it takes a lot of faith to believe in the intel community by this point in USian history, and even for those who may have lost their faith at one time, they now want to believe again. Maybe most had even been True Believers because: convenience; I couldn’t possibly say….
Additionally, for the D team, I’d submit that it was an almost religious conviction that the now-deposed Queen Clinton was the heir apparent to the Imperial Throne. After all, she was the choice of the deep state, including of course, Silicon Valley, the tech moguls doing all they could to crown her. (See Julian Assange’s ‘Google is not what it seems’, for instance.) The corporate media was totally in the tank for her, as were most of the NGOs and think tanks.
On edit: as Paul Jay said recently:
“Donald Trump is not an aberration. He’s the raw and naked face of an economic system that showers speculators with obscene riches and political power. Whether it’s the charming smile of leading Democrats or the religious fervor and patriotic zeal of establishment Republicans, they both ensure super-profits for the super-rich.
According to an IPS report, the Forbes list of the top 400 American billionaires hold more wealth than the bottom 61% of the nation combined. In the years of the Obama administration, the top 1% of the population captured 95% of the post-recession increase in income. This is the legacy Hillary Clinton promised to continue.
For most people living conditions are more insecure and for many desperate. No wonder some turn to a snake oil salesman. The growth of such inequality, managed by the Democratic and Republican Party leadership, has facilitated conditions for the election of this dangerous caricature.”
But whoosh. When I visited one ‘progressive’ (mebbe not really) website later in the day and had read a comment by a man who I’ve long considered a friend, and a very rational one at that, I sincerely reeled at him saying in part:
“Now that one of their made-men is set to ascend and replace the mediation of the political class with direct rule by oligarchs — via tweet, ukase and diktat from the Winter Palace, apparently — there’s no longer any reason for them to pay any attention to us at all.”
Now he’s not a Russophobe, so that just blew the clogs right off my feet.
The Popular Resistance Newsletter and other ‘progressive’ sites have a plethora of various “Rise Up; a Peoples’ Agenda”, “Be Ungovernable” plans, boatloads of marches and rallies planned some of which do make some sense (maybe more on those in a separate diary). And some protests seem to have as a goal blocking his inauguration. How does that work; impeach him instead?
Believe me when I say that I think Mr. T’s is indeed a deplorable douchebag™, and I’m not here to defend him whatsoever, but he’s just another one on a long line of them who’ve held the Presidency at least from Reagan onward. His reign may be so hideous for everyday Amerikans that people wake up to the fact that capitalism itself is at the core of injustice and inequality for the 95% or more, but given the trajectory, his ascendancy was almost inevitable, wasn’t it?
As far as ‘a way forward’, the best advice I’ve seen comes from Danny Haiphong’s: ‘Message to the Movement Against Donald Trump: Let the Empire Die’. Some bits and bobs:
“The Democrats are attacking from the Right, desperate to stir up war fever. “The destabilization of Russia is critical to finance capital’s agenda of self-enrichment from the chaos of political catastrophe.” When Wall Street demands that the country be put on a war footing, the Democrats are eager to please. “Only strong ideological opposition to the Democratic Party can challenge the madness of the US empire’s anti-Russia campaign.
This is a message to the movement against Donald Trump. More specifically, this is a message to those within the movement who decry Trump’s bigotry but not imperialist war. To those who are ashamed that a racist billionaire is president of the US, but completely satisfied with a servant of Wall Street and the Pentagon in his place. This message is directed at the section of the movement that has declared a state of fascism and simultaneously ignored the two-party system responsible for its rise. At no other moment have these errors been so dangerous for humanity. The US empire is dying and any attempt to revive it will mean global catastrophe for the rest of us.” [snip]
“Obama’s intensified anti-Russia campaign is but another sign that the US empire is dying. It is dying economically with the stagnant growth and endless poverty of the capitalist economic crisis. The US share of global GDP continues to shrink. The US empire is dying in the geopolitical sense as China and Russia continue to expand in regions of the world once known as US stomping grounds. The bell tolls of death ring even louder now that Donald Trump is in office. The US empire has been rabidly hungry for the destruction of Russia and no orange colored billionaire will be allowed to be peaceful with Russia, if only for a moment.” [snip]
“…the Democratic Party is in a weakened position and there is a real threat that radical political thought and action could find life again in the coming period. So now is not the time to empower the Democratic Party. Instead, radical forces in the streets against Trump need to develop and search for leadership that can build a movement capable of winning people over to an independent, socialist-oriented alternative. Some may view my analysis as soft on Trump because a fear of his sheer existence has been deeply embedded in the minds of a great number of Americans. Make no mistake, If Trump should escalate the war on oppressed people, you will find me at the nearest protest. However, this author will not protest without a critical lens of those who decided to sit out Obama’s war on the poor and oppressed. Democratic Party fishes will be swimming in our sea. And if we don’t confront them, they will surely pollute the water and prolong the left’s tenure in the Democratic Party’s graveyard for social movements.”
(See Celebrities like Chomsky, Greenwald, Sour Solnit, Soros, and a host of others…)
Here’s ome of what I found about the various “Russian Hacks” charges over the past few weeks; much of it you’ve likely already seen, but I’ll drop them in just in case:
b at MOA’s ‘New Intelligence Report Adds No Evidence Of “Russian Hacking” (Updated)’, Jan.6 digs deep, and this bit is altogether telling from Reuters:
“UPDATE: Up to today there is no public evidence that Russia hacked the Democratic National Council and/or released DNC material to Wikileaks. After today’s new intelligence report (pdf) there is still no such evidence. (One third of the report is dedicated to criticize the Russian government’s TV outlet Russia Today for criticizing Hillary Clinton. The RT viewer numbers claimed in the report are evidently false from 2012 and thereby completely irrelevant.) There are rather wild assertions and a lot of conjecture but zero facts that could be accepted as proof.
When Hillary Clinton was defeated in the U.S. presidential election the relevant powers launched a campaign to delegitimize the President elect Donald Trump.” [snip]
“Not all 17 U.S. intelligence services signed off on the report. Those who declined to be part of it will have their reasons. Footnotes to the “slam dunk” 2002 National Intelligence Estimate on alleged Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction reports got some prominence:
Not all agencies involved concurred with the NIE’s conclusions. Two footnotes have come to public attention. In one, the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research dissented from the intelligence community’s majority view […]. In another footnote, the U.S. Air Force’s director for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance questioned […]
Back then the “minor footnotes” caveats turned out to be correct while the “evidence” in the main report was fake and its conclusions were one big lie.”
He included a good analysis from arstechnica: ‘White House fails to make case that Russian hackers tampered with election; US issued JAR billed itself as an indictment that would prove Russian involvement.’
As of this morning, b’s new post is hilarious, if surprising (media pushback calling bullshit?): ‘Intelligence Report On Russian Election Influence Is A Flop’
How could ya not love: ‘‘Propaganda intended to incite Americans’: (cybersecuiry expert) John McAfee to RT on ‘Russian hacking’ claims’, from RT
“The so-called evidence of the Russian involvement in the hacks not only looks like “the most deceptive propaganda was perpetrated on the American public” but actually proves quite the opposite, McAfee believes.
“In there are four facts which they claim prove that Russia did this hack. It was utter nonsense. The information was number one – Russian language was found in the malware. Number two – a Cyrillic keyboard was used. The forensic science can now tell what type of keyboard was used to develop a piece of a malware,” McAfee told RT.
“Number three – the compiler, the piece of software that compiles the code so that it can execute, always dated time stamps. The time stamps were in a time zone for the business hours of Moscow and St. Petersburg and other places in Russia and the number four that the IP address pointed to a Russian address.”
To make it simple for the American audience, McAfee metaphorically explained the situation:
“Seriously, if Russia declared war on us because we hacked Russia and the head of the CIA and the intelligence committee came to the Congress and they ask him ‘What happened?’ – ‘Oh, well you know we didn’t have time to remove English language, we didn’t have time to move the date stamp, the guy could not use a Chinese keyboard, so we gave him our regular keyboard. And also there was my wife’s birthday so I could not remove the IP address.’”
“Please, that person would be scheduled for a suicide,” McAfee concluded.
January 6, 2017 ‘Why the DNC Emails Were Leaked Not Hacked’, by William Binney and Ray McGovern, which includes Clapper having lied to Congress and presenting fraudulent evidence on Saddam’s WMD (Ahmed Chalabi).
Emptywheel has a working thread up on the (essentially five-page) JAR, calls bullshit or stupidity on parts of it, names some of the fallacies and tautologies, and this bit is a tickle:
“In its description of Putin’s desire to force an international ISIL coalition, the report doesn’t address a number of things, most notably the reasons why we don’t have an international coalition now. Again, this is a bullet point that I’m sure the most classified report has far more detail on”:
‘Moscow also saw the election of President elect Trump as a way to achieve an international counterterrorism coalition against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).’
(The Empire wouldn’t want to eradicate ISIL or the myriad offshoots Obama recently named, now would it?)
Stephen Gowans’ Dec. 18 ‘How an evidence-free CIA finding alleging Russian interference in the US election was turned into an indisputable ‘truth’, December 17, 2016
Gowans also chronciles the 50+ state elections that the CIA ‘interfered with’; although I’ve seen higher numbers elsewhere.
But considering the question: “Why would anyone of sound mind ever believe or trust the CIA or the 16 or whatever related intel agencies?”:
Washingtonsblog has guest post at Zerohedge.com: ‘Should We Blindly Trust the CIA On Its Claims About the Democratic Emails?’ (spoiler alert: Not on yer nellie.) He opens:
“James Carden – former Advisor to the US-Russia Presidential Commission at the US State Department – writes in an article titled ‘Why Are the Media Taking the CIA’s Hacking Claims at Face Value’ (in part)
‘The high-profile anchors and analysts on CNN, CBS, ABC, and NBC who have cited the work of The Washington Post and The New York Times seem to have come down with a bad case of historical amnesia.
The CIA, in their telling, is a bulwark of American democracy, not a largely unaccountable, out-of-control behemoth that has often sought to subvert press freedom at home and undermine democratic norms abroad.
In his memoir ‘Present at the Creation’, Truman’s Secretary of State Dean Acheson wrote that about the CIA, “I had the gravest forebodings.” Acheson wrote that he had “warned the President that as set up neither he, the National Security Council, nor anyone else would be in a position to know what it was doing or to control it.”
Following the Bay of Pigs fiasco, President John F. Kennedy expressed his desire to “to splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it to the winds.”
The late New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan twice introduced bills, in 1991 and 1995, to abolish the agency and move its functions to the State Department which, as the journalist John Judis has observed, “is what Acheson and his predecessor, George Marshall, had advocated.”
The CIA has been busted lying under both Democratic and Republican administrations.”
And then he commences with a pithy chronicle of historical CIA lies.
For those of us who’ve never read The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government’ by David Talbot, Lisa Pease at consortium news has some very readable Cliffs Notes.
Bonus from the current administration’s DOD:
‘U.S. Special Operations Forces Deploy To 138 Nations, 70% Of The World’s Countries’, Nick Turse, jan. 6