In their collective and ongoing quest to declare that Hillary Clinton was robbed of her rightful place in the White House by Putin (and more broadly: Russians), Democrats with the aid of the Intel Services have sponsored the Mueller Investigations tasked with “investigating any links and/or coordination between Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump, and any matters that arose or may arise directly from that investigation”, as far as I’ve been belatedly able to suss out. Without digging into the many hypocrisies and ironies of the investigation, clearly many D’s are looking forward to either declaring the election results invalid, or finding enough evidence to impeach trump.
Needless to say, at the rate Dems are going now ahead of the midterms, the latter ain’t gonna happen. And again, I won’t make a case for that, as for me: who cares? Nor will there be enough vote to Article 25 the Tweeter-in-Chief.
But as for current Putin/Russian Derangement Syndrome, allow me to offer the following evidence.
First up, since this was new to me, highighted in a comment at TRNN’s interview with former FBI whistleblower Coleen Rawley:
Frontline’s ‘Putin’s Revenge’, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1, 2017, PBS.org
Episode 2: ‘FRONTLINE tells the inside story of how Vladimir Putin came to see the United States as an enemy — and why he decided to target an American election.’
CNN’s Brian Lowry reviews the two-part series in: ‘‘Putin’s Revenge’ dissects Russian leader’s motives’
“Russia’s cyber assault on the U.S. has become a politically charged topic, with President Vladimir Putin practically cast by his critics in the role of Bond villain. Leave it to PBS’ Frontline to dissect the deeper motivations and roots of his animosity, lending welcome context to “Putin’s Revenge,” a documentary dish served over two parts.
Far from just resentment toward Hillary Clinton and efforts to destabilize a geopolitical foe, Putin has nursed “a lifetime of grievances” against America, the narrator intones during the latest soberly impressive production from director Michael Kirk and his team.
“Putin’s Revenge” goes on to detail the Russian leader’s history as a KGB officer when the Berlin Wall fell, and the psychic scars left by those events before he succeeded reformer Boris Yeltsin in 2000.
Foremost, Putin saw democratic movements rising around the globe in recent years, as well as dissent within Russia, as being fomented by the U.S. according to experts interviewed by Frontline. The Russian strongman — described as being “obsessed with TV” — was especially struck and alarmed by images of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi being beaten and killed by an angry mob.
Meddling in the American election thus served not only as a means of undermining a rival but an equalizer, even if the cyber campaign’s architects didn’t expect it to actually sway the outcome.” [snip]
“The documentary also crisply recounts the bizarre confluence of events that occurred weeks prior to the election, with the Obama administration’s measured warning about Russian interference eclipsed by the “Access Hollywood” tape, exposing Trump’s comments about women; and the orchestrated release of data by WikiLeaks, stoking discord among the Democrats.
James Clapper, the former Director of National Intelligence, describes the hacking operation as “the most aggressive and the most direct” the Russians ever mounted — a new frontier, the narration notes, which allowed Putin to “strike at the heart of American democracy.”
No, Putin’s chich with the US Empire wasn’t about the re-purposed cold war NATO’s encirclement of Russia with bases and missiles (strictly defensive, yanno), nor interference and created astroturfed putsches in Ukraine, Syria, Libya, and elsewhere, plus proxy wars, of course. But both he and Lavrov were ookig for détente with the US, and tried hard to broker diplomatic ‘deals’ in many military kerfuffles.
It seems all of the episodes and individual interviews (Capper, Brennan, Massha Gessen, and so on, and so on, and scooby-dooby-do) are available on youtube, but here’s the trailer.
‘US congressional hearings on “extremist content” prepare assault on free speech’, wsws.org, 31 October 2017
Now this concerns the ‘grilling’ that reps from Google, Twitter, and Facebook took in regard to those $100,000 worth of ads in Russian social media advertisements, mostly placed after November that caused Donald the Trump to have won the Oval Officee.
“In another extraordinary development, on Friday, Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to Twitter’s CEO demanding that the company hand over personally identifying information related to “organic content” posted by Twitter users. The letter specifically requests all “organic content posted by Russia-connected users and targeted to any part of the United States, regardless of whether the individual or entity violated any Twitter policy.” Its definition of “Russia-connected users” is extremely broad, including any “person or entity that may be connected in some way to Russia.”
The letter demands that for all “organic content described above, Twitter provide all subscriber information,” and “IP address information.” This means that the company is being asked to hand over full names, phone numbers, email addresses and IP addresses, which can be used to determine physical location.
Equally troubling is the fact that the letter requests “All content of each [private] Direct Message” between an undisclosed list of attached Twitter accounts and accounts belonging to WikiLeaks, Julian Assange and the civil rights attorney Margaret Ratner Kunstler.
Kunstler, according to her official biography, has represented “WikiLeaks and Bradley [Chelsea] Manning supporters in connection with grand jury subpoenas, encounters with the FBI…and governmental suppression.” [snip]
“As further confirmation, on Monday the Wall Street Journal carried a report, again without any factual substantiation, that “Russia-linked” accounts helped organize meetings and demonstrations, including protests against police violence. The Journal wrote, “At least 60 rallies, protests and marches were publicized or financed by” Russian accounts.” These allegations expand the target of the anti-Russian witch hunt from freedom of speech to freedom of assembly, which is also guaranteed in the First Amendment.” WTF? Iron-clad innuendo of the silliest sort…
But seriously, the whole exposé is worth reading, as is Kimberly’s.
From Margaret Kimberly, blackagendareport.com: ‘Freedom Rider: Putin, Trump and Manafort’, Nov. 1, 2017
“It is Democrats who demanded that Facebook and Twitter stop telling the truth about Eastern European click bait schemes and instead join in that party’s witch hunt. Now we are told that Russian social media posts meant to influence American politics reached 126 million people on Facebook over a two-year period. Of course the last paragraphs of that story reveal that only one out of 23,000 pieces of content actually reached anyone. That fact is too inconvenient and makes for a bad headline.”
She provides a brief but telling CV on Manafort, and writes that he’s the first notch on Muller’s gun, he’ll go after others soon [I’ll add as the early ones flip], and that:
“There are many sleazy American lobbyists and business people but no one cares until there is a moment when their downfall is politically useful.” Amen.
One can almost hear her laughter while noting that as far as ‘Putin’s Revenge’, while the ‘experts’ outdo each other in stoking anti-Russian flames…they can’t seem to find anyone to offer any counter-arguments.
‘The new McCarthyism and the suppression of political dissent’, andre damon, wsws.org, 29 September 2017 is wide-ranging, but this passage simply tickled my innards:
“People familiar with the covert influence campaign,” the Washington Post reported Monday, say Russia sought to promote “African American rights groups, including Black Lives Matter.” Russian agents likewise helped promote support for “N.F.L. players who do not stand for the national anthem,” spreading hashtags such as “#boycottnfl” and “#takeaknee,” the Times declared Thursday.
The Post explicitly drew parallels to the allegations by the FBI and other intelligence agencies that the civil rights movement of the 1960s expressed not legitimate social grievances, but the activities of communist spies and agitators. “Much like the online ads discovered by Facebook,” writes the Post, “messages spread by Soviet-era operatives were meant to look as though they were written by bona fide political activists in the United States, thereby disguising the involvement of an adversarial foreign power.”
Holy Jumpin’ Jehosephat.
Damon sees VA Senator Mark Warner on the Intel Committee as the new Joe McCarthy and mouthpiece for the CIA, but in his denouncements of the social media giants…failed to name Google, whose new algorithms are sidelining the wsws’s articles and exposés. At the bottom of his essay, most of their essays are block ads for ‘how to help us fight back’.
From Phil Butler at journal-neo.org: ‘Will Dissident Voices be Trampled by a Full Frontal Assault’, Oct. 25:
“In the U.S. Senate lawmakers have come up with a scheme to tear up the Bill of Rights so that only one message gets through to the public. The RussiaGate fabrication is now in the final phase of Orwellian desperation as Senator Mark Warner has announced a bill co-sponsored by Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Senator John McCain (R-AZ) called the Honest Ads Act. The bill being parlayed as a transparency move against Facebook, is in fact another kind of hit list straight out of the McCarthy era.
Fast forward to the abuses of the Bush and Obama administrations and we find ourselves spied upon by our own intelligence community, betrayed by our corporations that are assisting them, and brainwashed by the same media institutions that once fought McCarthyism. Hollywood is still playing the same anti-Rusky game it did in the 50’s too. But back then Billionaire George Soros had only just grown out of his role helping the Nazis steal the property of Jews in Hungary. As bad as Hitler, the Zionists, and the fascists hated Communism and Russia back then, their level of control was miniscule compared to today. The non-governmental and quasi-aid organizing regime change and insurgency were not as well developed. Bullets and bullion did the trick before WWII, but economic war bends the rules of international policy more these days. Kill lists and a new McCarthyism have reemerged full force though. Now on NGOs and the goody two shoes masquerades that put them in our living rooms.”
In his ‘Full Frontal War on the People’ Butler takes his gloves off and trounces the many NGOs and think tanks. It’s not long, but you may be tired by the length of this diary by now. Again, the rest is here.
And last, but not least, Phil Rockstroh weighs in with ‘Democrats, Class and Russia-gate Magic’, October 31, 2017, consortiumnews.com
“Recently, Democratic Party elites have purged progressives from positions of power within the Party; have been exposed in creating and promulgating, and swallowing whole the dodgy Russian Dossier subterfuge; and have gone round-heeled for war criminal and torturer-in-chief George Bush the Lesser — yet Democratic partisans and lesser-of-two-evils, fainting-couch jockeys still retail in the fiction that the Democrats present a viable alternative to their more crass Republican doppelgängers.
Desperate liberals have convinced themselves that the risible, Russiagate fool’s mythos will provide a deus ex machina miracle to rid the (sham) republic from the likes of boxy-suit-clad, two-legged toxic waste dump who ascended to the presidency due to the Democratic Party gaming their primary and nomination process for a candidate who performed the seemingly impossible — to wit, preventing the craven Trump from defeating himself.
The best thing Republicans have going for them is, the Democrats themselves, from their corrupt-to-their-reeking core leadership class down to their willfully and belligerently obtuse rank-and-file. In particular, professional and political-class liberals’ refusal even to acknowledge the grim plight of the besieged U.S. working class, and when they deign to notice their economic lessers, at all, they, as a rule, evince an aura of condescension and scorn.” [long snip]
“Moreover, when was a last time you noticed a laboring class person parroting that the meany-pants Russian Bear ate poor, little Hillary’s homework fool’s mythos? The Cold War 2.0 tall tale that avers:
“Putin has penetrated the precious bodily fluids of the U.S. electoral system,” as a Brigadier General Jack D. Ripper of the Liberal Class might rant, thereby coming off like a liberal version of Alex Jones reading the minutes of a John Birch Society meeting, circa 1955, on communist infiltration of the Ladies’ Auxiliary Bingo Club, due to reports of an inordinate number of winners wearing red poodle skirts.
In short, there is a howling, class chasm between the cultural criteria that separates affluent liberals from the struggling laboring class. How could sneaky Vladi and his fake news-wielding squads of internet Cossacks be responsible for the neoliberal economy, comprised of low wage, no benefits, no future mcjobs, that plague the working life of the latter? Thus the Russiagate storyline holds little resonance for downscale working people.
The rise of rightist demagogues and their angst-ridden, resentment-reeking followers, both on an historical and present day basis, can be traced to a primary source: the loss of hope and the daily doses of humiliation inflicted on the working class by capitalist economic despotism. In the hollow regions of the psyche where hope has been banished, rage rises and fills the aching void.
Adding to the host of miseries, an odious aspect of the capitalist greedscape imparts, in both an overt and subliminal basis, the insidious message: The psychical injuries inflicted by the economic order are caused by personal failings. If internalized, concomitant feelings of shame will torment the mind of the sufferer — feelings freighted with intense self-reproach that tend to manifest themselves in a host of pathologies, e.g., intense anxiety and severe depression.
Hence, the dark art of shame displacement, in the form of racist and xenophobic tropes, can and will be retailed by demagogues. Don’t blame the capitalist Plundering Class, they exhort, instead blame immigrants and minorities (who, in reality, are also victims of capitalism’s inherent depravities) for your dismal prospects. Build an unscalable border wall, deport the interlopers en masse, put an end to the practice of “reverse racism” (of which, polls reveal the majority of white people, in utter defiance of reality, believe is widespread) then America’s greatness will be restored and the usurped futures of hard-working, true Americans will be seized back from undeserving hordes of interlopers.
A deft demagogue’s tropes of blame shifting can serve to dissipate feelings of aloneness and mitigate the miasmic shame attendant to capitalist economic despotism, a phenomenon that liberals, and history confirms the tragic fact, ignore at the peril of all concerned.
And yes, then: #Russia-gate to the Rescue’. It’s a long piece for Rockstroh; the rest is here. This is great; at Dissidentvoice.org Phil’s essay is titled ‘A Streetcar Named Deus ex Machina: Democrats, Class, and a Gentleman Suitor Named Russiagate’
OFM and Orwellian level LOL: ‘Watch Putin’s Revenge on Hillary on PBS’s FRONTLINE’