Sunday, May 31, 2020

The New York Times: Russia Trying to Stoke U.S. Racial Tensions Before Election, Officials Say

Mod: Originally published by The Times back on March 10, what makes this article especially newsworthy today is just how right they managed to get it.  

Russia Trying to Stoke U.S. Racial Tensions Before Election, Officials Say (The New York Times link): The Russian government has stepped up efforts to inflame racial tensions in the United States as part of its bid to influence November’s presidential election, including trying to incite violence by white supremacist groups and to stoke anger among African-Americans, according to seven American officials briefed on recent intelligence.

Russia’s lead intelligence agency, the S.V.R., has apparently gone beyond 2016 methods of interference, when operatives tried to stoke racial animosity by creating fake Black Lives Matter groups and spreading disinformation to depress black voter turnout. Now, Russia is also trying to influence white supremacist groups, the officials said; they gave few details, but one official said federal investigators are examining how at least one neo-Nazi organization with ties to Russia is funded.

Other Russian efforts, which American intelligence agencies have tracked, involve simply prodding white nationalists to more aggressively spread hate messages and amplifying their invective. Russian operatives are also trying to push black extremist groups toward violence, according to multiple officials, though they did not detail how.

Russia’s more public influence operations, like state-backed news organizations, have continued to push divisive racial narratives, including stories emphasizing allegations of police abuse in the United States and highlighting racism against African-Americans within the military.

And as social media companies more vigilantly monitor for foreign activity than they did in 2016, Russia has also adjusted its methods to evade detection. Rather than disseminate messages as widely as possible, as in 2016, Russian operatives are using private Facebook groups, posts on the online message board 4chan and closed chat rooms that are more difficult to monitor, according to intelligence officials.

Russia’s primary goal, according to several officials briefed on the intelligence who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive information, is to foster a sense of chaos in the United States, though its motivations are under debate and difficult to decipher in the absence of high-level intelligence sources inside Moscow.

Mod: Much more available at the link.

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16 comments:

  1. Antifa signs seen in an attempt to take credit & hurt the peaceful aspect of demonstrations . In Berkeley UCcampus Antifax protesting past Yianoupoulos (right-wing)appearance lit fires & smashed glass. Did Anitfa also light L.A. street fires too ? 1000 arrested, mostly locals. Anti-Semetic writing seen on one Fairfax Synagogue . Looters, arsonists owned Los Angeles last night. Struggling Fairfax businesses didn't deserve to be the hatred. How can so much Fairfax destruction not be questioned as Anti-Semitism ?

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    1. 6:54 makes good pointedness: Businesses don't "deserve to be the hatred." Way too much "smashed glass." Whose can disagreed with thats?

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    2. 'No Blame?' ABC News finds 54 cases invoking 'Trump' in connection with violence, threats, assaults

      President Donald Trump has repeatedly distanced himself from acts of violence in communities across America, dismissing critics who point to his rhetoric as a potential source of inspiration or comfort for anyone acting on even long-held beliefs of bigotry and hate.

      "I think my rhetoric brings people together," he said last year, four days after a 21-year-old allegedly posted an anti-immigrant screed online and then allegedly opened fire at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, killing 22 and injuring dozens of others.

      But a nationwide review conducted by ABC News has identified at least 54 criminal cases where Trump was invoked in direct connection with violent acts, threats of violence or allegations of assault.

      https://abcnews.go.com/amp/Politics/blame-abc-news-finds-17-cases-invoking-trump/story?id=58912889

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    3. If nothing else, America sure leads the world in stupid.

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    4. 6:54 - You're not calling for peace, or lamenting the victims of the violence. You're taking sides it what is a conflict between the two extremes.

      Which makes you a terrorist as well.

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    5. 6:54 Just becawse we uses email donu't means us're antifax. Don'ut inflate cawse and defect.

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    6. Anti Faux Pas. Manners count.

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    7. Something that needs to be made clear: When Trump says he wants to declare antifa as a terrorist organization, he’s really saying he wants to criminalize dissent. If you oppose Trump, you’re a target of the government. All of you.

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    8. The terrorist right's participation in the riots becomes clear when you consider the violent targeting of news organizations like CNN.

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    9. Trump can declare Antifa as a terrorist organization, but the KKK and neo-nazis are fine guys?

      Not in the least bit surprised.

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  2. And the preceding posting (6:54 am) was brought to you by (djt) puppet masters in Asia & Russia - communist parties. And then we have the real ugly American calling himself (djt), when will that plumber get here so we can flush (djt) down the turd highway from whist he came from n the first place?

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  3. No countries leader or leaders wants to be seen with or talk with America's greatest clown (djt) or pathetic excuse for a human being let along a toad of president in 2020. While (djt) plays other world leaders are leading and not insulting the intelligence of it's respective citizens nor other countries citizens.
    https://www.politico.com/news/2020/05/29/merkel-rebuffs-trump-invitation-to-g7-summit-290174

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  4. #somuchwinning.

    MAGA

    Thank you trump administration, you are soon wrapping up 4 years and i cant wait to wake up from this ever worsening nightmare.

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  5. Putin must be very pleased with the damage Agent Orange has brought to America. I bet there will be something extra in his stocking this Christmas.

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  6. They're following the same playbook of 2016 because they faced no consequences last time.

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    1. And the orange abusive criminal mobster in the Oval Office is working in partnership with him.

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