His primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it.
~ A Psychological Analysis of Adolph Hitler: His Life and Legend,
by Walter C. Langer,
Office of Strategic Services, Washington, D.C., 1943/1944
The narrative in question began following publication, by WikiLeaks, of various emails of the Democratic National Committee (nobody seems to be even trying to pretend anymore that these emails are not authentic, so let's admit that they are in fact the genuine article), which exposed widespread corruption in the form of the DNC colluding with the Hillary Clinton for President campaign to promote said campaign and attempt to undermine the campaign of Bernie Sanders for the same office, a fact which many of Senator Sanders' supporters already suspected. Whether the narrative originated with the Hillary campaign or the DNC, it was a transparent attempt at diversion and misdirection. As the revelations continued, the main stream media was also implicated. One of the main media outlets promoting Mrs Clinton's candidacy was, again, The Washington Post, but it was by no means acting alone in this. The narrative was spread in an effort to shift attention from the content of the emails to the alleged theft of the emails by agents or assets of the Russian government's intelligence services, and possibly with the intention of frightening or enraging the American people so that the plans of certain geopolitical interests could be actualized, since such actualization would require activities with a great probability of provoking Russia's government and could lead to war with Russian forces.
To say that Russia alone was being scapegoated for the abysmal candidacy and pathetic strategies of the Hillary Clinton for President 2016 campaign, the corruption of the DNC, and the cooperation of much of the corporate media, however, would be to present only a part of the picture. Indeed, Senator Sanders himself, his supporters, Doctor Jill Stein, third party voters, Director James Comey of the FBI, the spectres of racism and sexism, and assorted other persons, groups, and ideas, were all subjects of the attempt to shift blame away from Hillary herself, her campaign, the DNC, the corporate media, and the Democratic Party establishment. Once the general election was over, though, the focus was quickly narrowed to "the Russian government." The Office of the Director of National Intelligence got involved in promoting the narrative. The FBI stated there was no evidence in support of this narrative. The Geheim Staats ... um ... the Department of Homeland Security got involved in promoting the narrative. CIA intel veterans scoffed. The CIA itself got involved in promoting the narrative. President Obama pushed the narrative. Even with the alphabet soup and the President joining in, however, only roughly half of Hillary's supporters were willing to buy into the narrative, far fewer of President-elect Trump's supporters thought it possible, and (although no data is available for the views of third party voters on the narrative) most Green Party US members and supporters of my acquaintance seem to me to be unimpressed with the narrative. Tied up in this mess is also a lot of hysteria over "Russian propaganda" and "fake news," which has prompted the critters in Congress, always eager to engage in kneejerk overreactions to hysteria, to pass a couple of laws which are, like the U.S.A.P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act before them, attacks upon the Constitutional Rights of American citizens. This is where we are on the final day of the year 2016.
I have been keeping up with this as it unfolded, and have collected a number of sources which cast significant doubt on the narrative that "the Russians" engaged in any "hacking" or other "interference" in the just-past election cycle. I present them here for the consideration of the American people, in the interests of our Republic and with the hope that the people will come to the correct conclusion and demand that our government avoid the utter insanity which war between the USA and the Russian Federation would be, regardless of what some billionaires and their stooges might like. Note that, rather than embed the videos as I generally do, I will be giving video sources as hyperlinks; I made this choice to keep the presentation looking cleaner and more organized, because I wanted to present these sources in a chronological order (due to other responsibilities, I have not completely accomplished this, but only a few are out of place in the desired order).
DNC Hacker Denies Russian Link, Says Attack Was His ‘Personal Project' | Motherboard
Against Neo-McCarthyism | The Nation
Democrats’ Tactic of Accusing Critics of Kremlin Allegiance Has Long, Ugly History in U.S. | The Intercept
A New McCarthyism: Greenwald on Clinton Camp’s Attempts to Link Trump, Stein & WikiLeaks to Russia | Democracy Now! - YouTube
Follow the Money Trail For Source of 'Russian Threat' Paranoia | Russia Insider
Getting Fooled on Iraq, Libya, Now Russia | Common Dreams
Corporate Media & Democrats Play Russia FEAR Card; Hide Hillary Clinton's Russian Record | Sane Progressive - YouTube
Russia responds to U.S. hacking allegations | CBS News
Background and Documents on Attempts to Frame Assange as a Pedophile and Russian spy | WikiLeaks
Jordan's NOT HAVING Donna Brazile's Russia Dodge! | TYT Politics - YouTube
Media Ignores Clinton's Wikileaks Emails, Focuses On Russian Hacks | The Young Turks - YouTube
Clinton Confirms That WikiLeaks Podesta Emails Are True, Still Blames Russia | Inquisitr
The "Fact" That 17 Intelligence Agencies Confirmed Russia is Behind the Email Hacks Isn’t Actually…A "Fact" | Zero Hedge
NSA Whistleblower: US Intelligence Worker Likely Behind DNC Leaks, Not Russia | Zero Hedge
John Podesta Wasn't Hacked by Russians—He Fell For a Phishing Scam | The Humanist Report - YouTube
Despite Clinton Conspiracy Theories, FBI Finds No Clear Link Between Trump And Russia | Liberal Values
Here’s the Problem With the Story Connecting Russia to Donald Trump’s Email Server | The Intercept
If You Question the Establishment You Are Guilty of Espionage, Says Corporate Media -- Because Russia | The Free Thought Project
Washington Post Disgracefully Promotes a McCarthyite Blacklist From a New, Hidden, and Very Shady Group | The Intercept
Russian Agents Are Not Behind Every Piece of Fake News You See | Fortune
'Washington Post' 'Blacklist' Story Is Shameful, Disgusting | Matt Taibbi - Rolling Stone
The CIA and the Press: When the Washington Post Ran the CIA’s Propaganda Network | CounterPunch
The Propaganda About Russian Propaganda | The New Yorker
CounterPunch as Russian Propagandists: the Washington Post’s Shallow Smear | CounterPunch
Neo-McCarthyism and the New Cold War | The Nation
When the jig is up, the mainstream media blames Russia | The Digital Firehose
Washington Post Appends Editor's Note to Russian Propaganda Story | Washingtonian
A New Wave Of Anti-Russia Hysteria Based Upon Questionable Information | Liberal Values
Anonymous Leaks to the WashPost About the CIA’s Russia Beliefs Are No Substitute for Evidence | The Intercept
Here’s the Public Evidence Russia Hacked the DNC — It’s Not Enough | The Intercept
CIA Intelligence Vets Dispute Russia Hack Claims, Look at the Wider Picture | Sane Progressive - YouTube
Corporate Democrats Stir Up War Fever Against Russia to Turn Election | Black Agenda Report
Hillary Clinton Using "Fake News" as Excuse to Wage War on 1st Amendment | The Humanist Report - YouTube
Supposedly “Objective Reporters” Not So “Objective” When It Comes To The Scary Russian Menace | mtracey – Medium
WikiLeaks Got Clinton Emails From Disgusted Insiders, Not Russia | The Jimmy Dore Show - YouTube
WikiLeaks: Seth Rich Leaked Clinton Emails, Not Russia | BuzzfeedUSA
WikiLeaks operative claims Russia did NOT provide Hillary Clinton emails | Daily Mail Online
Under Amazon’s CIA Cloud: The Washington Post | Common Dreams
Glenn Greenwald Sets The Record Straight On The CIA & Russian Hacking | Secular Talk - YouTube
Obama Signs Ministry of Truth Into Law Two Days Before Christmas | Sane Progressive - YouTube
WikiLeaks ✔@wikileaks Obama's Russia sanctions: Comment & Link | Giovanna X - Google+
What Assange Actually Said:
Julian Assange: "Donald? It's a change anyway" | Repubblica.it
What The Russian Hacking Report DOESN'T Say | Washington's Blog
Obama Sanctions Against Russia About War & Geopolitics NOT US Elections | Sane Progressive - YouTube
The American Public Should Be Thankful For Russian “Interference” | mtracey — Medium
Something About This Russia Story Stinks | Matt Taibbi - Rolling Stone
The Demand For Proof Of Russian Hacking Completely Misses The Point | Caitline Johnstone - Newslogue Debate
White House fails to make case that Russian hackers tampered with election | Ars Technica
Exhibit A: Narcissist, Megalomaniac, Pathological Liar, or Just Plain Batshit Crazy Warmonger? Hillary Clinton, ladies and gentlemen.
Hillary Clinton Calls Out Vladimir Putin in Most Hypocritical Rant Ever | The Humanist Report - YouTube
Russia Hysteria Infects WashPost Again: False Story About Hacking U.S. Electric Grid | The Intercept
No, Russia Did Not Hack Grid. Republican/Democrats Reveal the GAME with Latest Lie | Sane Progressive - YouTube
2016: How Truth was Destroyed So You'd Buy the Government's Propaganda | The Free Thought Project
US Govt Data Shows Russia Used Outdated Ukrainian PHP Malware | WordFence
From the article just linked:
The IP addresses that DHS provided may have been used for an attack by a state actor like Russia. But they don’t appear to provide any association with Russia. They are probably used by a wide range of other malicious actors, especially the 15% of IP addresses that are Tor exit nodes.
The malware sample is old, widely used and appears to be Ukrainian. It has no apparent relationship with Russian intelligence and it would be an indicator of compromise for any website.
Republicans/Democrats Utilize Public Mistrust of Trump to Legitimize Russia Lies | Sane Progressive - YouTube
Democrats: You Should be Ashamed of Fueling a Cold War | Hans Alexander Razo – Medium
WikiLeaks: Obama kicking out diplomats breaches intl law, Moscow should wait till Trump in office | RT America
'Fake News' And How The Washington Post Rewrote Its Story On Russian Hacking Of The Power Grid | Forbes
The War Against Alternative Information | Consortiumnews
HANNITY 1/3/2017 FOX NEWS JULIAN ASSANGE SEAN HANNITY DONALD TRUMP | YouTube
Obama’s Sanctions against Moscow “Intended to Box In Donald Trump”. Evidence that Hacking of DNC Accusations are Fake | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization
WashPost Is Richly Rewarded for False News About Russia Threat While Public Is Deceived | The Intercept
‘CNN covering its *ss with Assange 'pedophile' retraction’ - journalism prof - | RT America - YouTube
Bob Bites Back: The Russians are hacking! The Russians are hacking! | Bob Fitrakis - ColumbusFreePress.com
Glenn Greenwald: Mainstream U.S. Media is Culpable for Disseminating Fake & Deceitful News on Russia | Democracy Now!
Clapper has ‘outright lied to Congress’ – former FBI agent | RT America - YouTube
Intelligence Community Assessment ICA 2017-01D 6 January 2017 “Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections” | ODNI
Note: This contains no new evidence to corroborate the claims that Russia hacked diddly.
John McAfee On The Russian Hacking Says It's NOT Russia! | Larry King - YouTube
Russian Spies Behind Every Christmas Tree | OffGuardian
There Is Still No Hard Evidence For “Russian Hacking” | mtracey – Medium
Evaluating Russian Actions Based Upon Facts And Not Political Biases | Liberal Values
Allegations Against Russia Less Credible Every Day | Let's Try Democracy
Ex-CIA analyst says Russian hacking claims a 'smear on Donald Trump' | Sunday Express
Chris Hedges: The Real Purpose of the U.S. Government’s Report on Alleged Hacking by Russia | Truthdig
Glenn Greenwald Explains Why "We Don't Just Blindly Accept CLAIMS Of The Intelligence Community!" | CNN mirrored by wwwMOXIENEWScom - YouTube
The Deep State Goes to War With President-Elect, Using Unverified Claims, as Democrats Cheer | The Intercept
Abby Martin Responds to New York Times Allegations | teleSUR English
‘They are the most scared of real reporting’: Abby Martin blasts US intel hacking report | RT - YouTube
'Insane to say critical reporting on Clinton led to Trump's victory' – Abby Martin on ODNI report | RT America - YouTube
William Binney: Cybersecurity and the New Cold War Are ‘Big Swindles’ - Live at Truthdig | Truthdig
Why Obama's Crackdown on "Fake News" is an Attack on the 1st Amendment | The Humanist Report - YouTube
Russia Hacking Absolutely NOT Confirmed By Intelligence Agencies | The Jimmy Dore Show - YouTube
Journo Asks Followers If They Trust Wikileaks Or CIA--Backfires! | The Jimmy Dore Show - YouTube
Democratic Progressives in Crises by Debbie of Sane Progressive January 2017 - YouTube
More Proof CIA Has Always Been Full Of Sh*t-- Church Committee Hearings of 1975 | The Jimmy Dore Show - YouTube
Cory Booker Hypocrisy, C-Span Russia Takeover Lie Goes Viral, Trump Cowed by Deep State | Sane Progressive - YouTube
CIA Officer: Clinton Lost Because She Defrauded Bernie Sanders | YourNewsWire
Exposing The Man Behind The Curtain | The Huffington Post
The Russia Story Reaches a Crisis Point | Matt Taibbi - Rolling Stone
Intel Vets Say Trump 'Dossier' Is A 'Complete Fraud' | The Daily Caller
Allegations of Russian Hacking Cover Up Larger Issue: Attacks on Independent Journalism | Truthdig
On Contact: Real purpose of intel report on Russian hacking with Abby Martin & Ben Norton | RT America - YouTube
Why Bernie Sanders Shouldn't Buy Into the Democratic Party's Hysteria Over Russia | The Humanist Report - YouTube
Chris Hedges on How the ‘Deep State’ Will Influence the Trump Presidency | Truthdig
Remember, America, the United States Intelligence Community are the same incompetent twits (or lying jackasses) who brought us the "Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction and mobile weapons labs" narrative which was used to justify war in Iraq against the only national leader in the entire Middle East who was NOT a religious fanatic, and the results of that were al-Qaeda in Iraq and the rise of Daesh, not to mention the cost in human misery for both Americans (and allies) and Iraqis. And also remember:
Fear is the mind-killer.
~ Frank Herbert
Believe what you want, but please investigate with critical thinking skills first, and without allowing incompetent twits and lying jackasses to terrorize you into swallowing claims which are, at best, dubious. War between the US and Russia would be devastation on a massive scale, and the goal of this would be, yet again, more profits for the already insanely and obscenely wealthy petroleum industry. Follow the money from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and you'll know who's behind this current narrative and why (if you aren't already familiar with the players in the CNAS and their paper linked above, and haven't already read the Project for the New American Century's paper, "Rebuilding America's Defenses" ...).
I will continue to update these resources until Donald Trump has been inaugurated, after which time, the efforts of the establishment Democrats and their pals in the USIC to spin this "Russian interference in the election" narrative will become largely irrelevant. And again, for anyone who still doesn't get it: I'm not a supporter of Donald Trump (but do not mistake that disclaimer for any indication of support for Hillary Clinton; I am a member of the Green Party of the United States, and I voted for Doctor Jill Stein, who was the only person in the race worthy of the office after July of 2016), but more than enough TRUE things about him exist to criticize without having to make up unbelievable fairy tales.
The title of the post comes from Star Trek (The Original Series), Season 1, episode 9; episode 9 overall; production code 11.
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