Sunday, December 11, 2016

Trump, Putin and the CIA: Can We Call It Treason Yet?

Mod: A few months back I wrote about how the Trump campaign had apparently capitulated to the wishes of Vladimir Putin in exchange for his assistance. The result was an attempt at subverting the presidential election, something very close to treason. The CIA has now caught up. 

World War III: Democrats and America vs. Trump and Russia (Daily Beast link): Make no mistake, yesterday’s Washington Post revelation that the CIA has concluded that Russia was actively trying to elect Donald Trump as opposed to just “meddling with” the election, is a nuclear bombshell. And if the Post piece is Hiroshima, then today’s New York Times story, which adds the detail that Russian actors also hacked email accounts at the Republican National Committee but did not release those publicly as they did Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign emails, is Nagasaki.

Hyperbole? Think again. A foreign government may have determined the outcome of a presidential election. And not Canada or Costa Rica, but Russia: the United States’ chief historic adversary and an oligarchy ruled by a tyrant who has systematically taken away rights. Bombshells don’t come much bigger.

Oh, wait; yes they do. On top of all the above, leaders of one of our two political parties—I’ll let you hazard a guess as to which one—argued against letting the American public know about all this before the election, reportedly saying it would be too partisan. That’s not hardball politics. That’s a hair’s breath away from treason.

The CIA concluded that Russia worked to elect Trump. Republicans now face an impossible choice (Washington Post link): The Washington Post is now reporting that the CIA has concluded something widely suspected but never flatly stated by the intelligence community: that Russia moved deliberately to help elect Donald Trump as president of the United States — not just to undermine the U.S. political process more generally.

The Post's report cites officials who say they have identified individuals connected to the Russian government who gave WikiLeaks emails hacked from the Democratic National Committee and top Hillary Clinton aide John Podesta. One official described the conclusion that this was intended to help Trump as “the consensus view.”

The report highlights and exacerbates the increasingly fraught situation in which congressional Republicans find themselves with regard to Russia and Trump. By acknowledging and digging into the increasing evidence that Russia helped — or at least attempted to help — tip the scales in Trump’s favor, they risk raising questions about whether Trump would have won without Russian intervention.

Russia Hacked Republican Committee but Kept Data, U.S. Concludes (New York Times link): American intelligence agencies have concluded with “high confidence” that Russia acted covertly in the latter stages of the presidential campaign to harm Hillary Clinton’s chances and promote Donald J. Trump, according to administration officials.

They based that conclusion, in part, on another finding — which they say was also reached with high confidence — that the Russians hacked the Republican National Committee’s computer systems in addition to their attacks on Democratic organizations, but did not release whatever information they gleaned from the Republican networks.

In the months before the election, it was largely documents from Democratic Party systems that were leaked to the public. Intelligence agencies have concluded that the Russians gave the Democrats’ documents to WikiLeaks.

Republicans have a different explanation for why no documents from their networks were ever released. Over the past several months, officials from the Republican committee have consistently said that their networks were not compromised, asserting that only the accounts of individual Republicans were attacked. On Friday, a senior committee official said he had no comment.

CIA Concludes Russia Interfered in U.S. Election to Help Trump Win (Slate link): The Central Intelligence Agency has apparently reached the conclusion that Moscow wasn’t just rooting for a Donald Trump victory, but actively worked to try to make it happen. According to a secret bombshell assessment that was first reported by the Washington Post, it is the “consensus view” of the intelligence community that the hacks and other cyberattacks that marked the presidential campaign weren’t just an effort to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system but rather an active campaign to install the Kremlin’s favorite candidate in the White House.

Comrade McConnell: The GOP’s Russia Dilemma (Peacock-Panache.com link): Following news that the CIA confirmed Russia’s explicit intent to help elect Donald Trump as President, Republicans now stand at a crossroads. They may either choose to admit they were wrong to thwart the President from informing the public (as he intended to do) prior to the election, or they may continue obstructing investigations into the biggest presidential scandal since Watergate.

Leading the Republican charge to continue unofficially colluding with Russia to install Donald Trump as President is Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY). In September – when confronted with classified evidence compiled by the CIA confirming Russia was interfering with the U.S. election process – McConnell chose partisanship over national security. He literally threatened to poison President Obama’s warning to the nation about that intelligence (had Obama chose to go public) by calling it political posturing to elect Hillary Clinton.

And then, after the election and Trump’s victory, Trump named Elaine Chao to his cabinet in a departure from his other cabinet appointments. While almost every other cabinet appointment had donated some amount of money to the Trump campaign, Chao stuck out as the only non-donor who actually had cabinet experience. Now the nation knows how McConnell was rewarded for his obstruction and unofficial collusion with Russia: his wife’s rise to power.

Mod: Are we allowed to call it treason yet?

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45 comments:

  1. The GOP-KGB is fundamentally un-American.

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  2. New York Magazine: McConnell chose the Republican Party over protecting his country
    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/12/trump-mcconnell-putin-and-the-triumph-of-the-will-to-power.html
    "What is more interesting in the Post story is the response of various officials to the revelations. The Obama administration declined to publicize, wary of being seen as intervening on Clinton’s behalf. Instead, it devised a fallback plan. Concerned that Russia might attempt to hack into electronic voting machines, it gathered a bipartisan group of lawmakers to hear the CIA’s report, in the hopes that they would present a united front warning Russia not to disrupt the election. According to the Post, Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell “raised doubts about the underlying intelligence and made clear to the administration that he would consider any effort by the White House to challenge the Russians publicly an act of partisan politics.” Other Republicans refused to join the effort for reasons that can only be understood as a desire to protect the Republican ticket from any insinuation, however well-founded, that Russia was helping it."

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    1. Is anyone shocked about Russia's actions? I'm not and I doubt if we can change their behavior. Mitch McConnell, otoh, should be up on charges, along with the rest of his cronies who don't have a problem with this as long as it benefits them.

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    2. not surprised by russia's actions at all. shocked by the response of americans tho

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  3. Not all Republicans are Russian puppetsDecember 11, 2016 at 6:35 AM

    Bipartisan group of senators calls for probe of Russian role in 2016 US elections
    ""Congress's national security committees have worked diligently to address the complex challenge of cybersecurity, but recent events show that more must be done," said Sens. Chuck Schumer, the incoming Senate Democratic leader, Sen. John McCain, the Armed Services Committee chairman, fellow Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, and Sen. Jack Reed, the top Armed Services Committee Democrat, in a Sunday morning statement."
    http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/11/politics/russia-us-elections-2016/index.html?adkey=bn

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    1. GOP senators join Dems to condemn Russian political hacking
      http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/gop-senators-join-dems-to-condemn-russian-political-hacking/ar-AAlqG2f

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  4. Putin voted. Probably thousands of times.

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  5. Trump is the swamp.

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    1. He's stocking it with Wall Street barracuda.

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  6. What I noted is that the US and other Western powers have interfered in elections across the globe. It is as traitorous now as it was then. Ask Venezuela about current American sabotage.

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    1. True. Much terrorism is the result of such subversive actions. One reason it was hard to back Hillary even though Trump so repulsive because of her Mideast policies

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  7. A question to all you smarty pants out there. What is to prevent foreign powers from hacking into our personal computers? Could they financially ruin you if you had Trump articles they didn't like? The potential scares me.

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    1. Trump has no use for American intelligence services like the CIA. So who do you think he is going to use? Maybe the one that got him elected?

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    2. CIA has a disgraceful history

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    3. These must be extraordinarily interesting times at the CIA.

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    4. 10:01 - Yes. The KGB, on the other hand, are flower children.

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    5. The simple answer to your question is nothing. If they want to they can get into your computer in a second.Our Homeland security has made it that way. Any foreign govt.that wants to ruin me is wasting their resources

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    6. 10:15 - how could you sympathize with the KGB? Ruthless and brutal. You must be the one monitoring this website From Russia that the mod warned us about

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    7. Funny how things have changed. It used to be the left that apologised for the Russian government. Nowadays all the Russian apologists come from the right.

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    8. That's because russia is again run by the same kind of trump style elite oligarchs that run America. Czar Nicholas II is considered to be the richest man in all world history, while his millions of subjects had only a 40% literacy rate. Trumps is the richest president ever. His cabinet the richest ever. American education seems to be at its lowest in our lifetime.

      The lighthouse was literally built on a swamp. Trump has let the swamp water pour back in

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  8. That's the whole point of terrorism. It doesn't have to be violent- rather any method of using fear to control the masses. It's already working on you because just the potential though scares you. Powerful stuff.


    Reminds me of how Fox News published that old ambiguous homeland security advisory system' for years after 9/11. Subliminally instilled fear into their viewers, like they still do today.

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  9. The Russians figured out they could not bury us. They would have to get us to bury ourselves. And here they have the Republican party, Fox News, a network of right-wing-hate operatives on radio, TV and the Internet. People who's interests happily merged with theirs. Look at Limbaugh. He showed us that right-wing nuttery pays extremely well. He really set the example for others to follow, sowing the seeds of division. The old Soviets were out to destroy the U.S. Now it's different, more subtle and refined. Get somebody in there who will use American Might to work for Russia. They have 4 years. The Republicans will ram through destructive policies and programs that will take generations to unravel. That's the pay-off.

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    1. You all are finally starting to realize that no one won the Cold War.

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  10. Intelligence Expert: Trump's Choice of Putin Buddy to Head State Adds to His White House 'Kremlin Cabal'
    http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/intelligence-expert-trumps-choice-putin-buddy-head-state-adds-his-white-house

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  11. Facts just don't seem to matter anymore, just the perception of them.
    The illusion is what counts, not the reality.
    This has happened before to great empires. Satyricon by Petronus.

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  12. Like I warned weeks ago- trump and the billionaire elite pitted middle class fear against lower class anger to win the presidency. Collusion with the Russian oligarchy again like it was in the old days... Such as during the depths of the Great Depression when Paul Mellon, the millionaire Secretary of the Treasury secretly bought the most expensive painting in history from the Russians for his personal collection, while millions of Americans were out of work and in bread lines.

    The people who voted for Trump are fools.

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  13. The clown is not even in power yet and we are rapidly becoming the laughing stock of the world.

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  14. better pay attention to local gossip, not so much fake news, you will feel better

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    1. Thanks for the fake comment.

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  15. He said he would protect us from Mooslims and Mexicans. He didn't say anything about Russians. What's the sense of all this nationalism if you don't use the intelligence to protect our businesses and state secrets? These are dangerous, foreign countries that are after our patents and trademarks all the time.

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  16. What has the CIA done to prevent this? Nothing,so what's to stop it and why wasn't it stopped, guess they didn't want Hillary either. Why bring it up now? Crying over spilt milk that can't be recollected and poured back into the glass. Just more reason to move on and forget it. What has ben done has been done by both sides.

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    1. You move on. Quickly.

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    2. Wait- the United States government gets cyber attacked by foreign entity and you call it 'spilt milk'? You're definitely not American

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  17. I voted for hillary to go to jail, did you?

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    1. Another promise Trump broke. You poor idiot.

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    2. Thankfully we have a Judy system to protect us from trolls like you.

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    3. What is a Judy system?

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    4. McCain Calls Russian Hacking a ‘Form of Warfare’
      http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/12/us/politics/donald-trump-transition.html?_r=0

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    5. 6:20 that's short for judicial system. Or if that's too big a word for you then just think Judge Judy

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    6. That was judgemental. .

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  18. Trump has proven he's a Russian agent. Let's call him "Agent Orange." He's nominated a close personal boyfriend of Putin for SoS. He's not taking his daily CIA briefings because they're just a repetition of his daily KGB briefings, only from the opposite perspective.

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  19. Where is the evidence?! Given the lack of trust in our government, I don't trust statements as fact. Also, how are we wrapped around the hacking aspect when it's the CONTENT of what was hacked that is what was damaging and not the act of hacking. Is it quite possible that the GOP was hacked but nothing damning was found? While the hacking is frightening (discounting the fact that it came from poorly secured non government email) in its own right, the corruption it exposed scares me far more.

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    1. Yes. American intelligence agencies and media are not good enough for you. You need to hear it from Moscow. That is where your sympathies lies.

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