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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Dagger of the Mind


Dagger of the Mind,
"The Only Thing We Have to Fear
Is Fear Itself,"

by Liviana

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
(emphasis added)

For some months now, the American people have been subjected to insinuations, implications, speculations, and even blatantly explicit declarations that Russia somehow "interfered" with the just-past election, most often involving claims of alleged "hacking" on the part of the Russian government or its assets or agents, sometimes accusing other Americans, especially those who run or work for independent media outlets, of having acted willfully or unwittingly as agents of this scheme.  Despite no evidence being provided in support of this narrative, certain venues of the main stream media have repeated these speculations, insinuations, and explicit allegations ad nauseam.  Worth remembering in considering these tales and whispers is the history of how a mere six corporations came to dominate most of American media.  Also extremely worthy of note is the history as well as the current connections of The Washington Post, which has been one of the main media outlets pushing this narrative.

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

Mainstream Media Recap: Who Colluded With the Clinton Campaign? | Observer

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" |

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 | Caitlin 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

Corporate Media Draws Opposite Conclusion from CIA Vets on Leaked Russia Document | Sane Progressive - 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:
Overall Conclusion

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


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 -

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

Obama Makes Incredible Admission About WikiLeaks in Final Press Conference | Anti-Media

Empire Files: US-Russia Relations in "Most Dangerous Moment" | teleSUR English (Abby Martin) - YouTube

Protestors Hang "BETRAYAL" Banner At DNC Headquarters | The Jimmy Dore Show - YouTube

CNN CAUGHT Reporting Fake News On Russian Hack | The Jimmy Dore Show - YouTube

WTF!? DNC DENIED FBI Access To Its Servers In Russia Investigation!? | The Jimmy Dore Show - YouTube

Empire Files: Post-Soviet Russia, Made in the U.S.A. | teleSUR English (Abby Martin) - YouTube

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 shortly after Donald Trump has been inaugurated as President, 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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  1. The Democrats, in behaving as if the Republicans were acting in good faith, are equally responsible for the degradation of our system of governance. I'm afraid it may take a revolution to restore the American Republic. Any functioning republic needs to be ever-vigilant that corporate interests don't gain even a foothold into the body politic.

  2. A literal (physical and violent) revolution would accomplish nothing except the death and/or imprisonment of the revolutionaries. The American citizens are severely outgunned by government (and corporate) forces. Rather, it's time to build a viable third party which will have the numbers and the support to oust these bastards at the polls, hold the corporate oligarchs accountable for their crimes, and reestablish our republic. Most people who have been reading my posts here or at Medium, or on Google Plus, already know where my sympathies lie, so I doubt I have to express them again, but just in case someone reading this does not, I will state: Green Party of the United States, and I have my reasons for that choice, upon which I have elaborated at length several times already.

  3. Great piece. Mind if I "borrow" the links to update Our Revolution Continues blog's page on the DNC "Blame Russia" links?

    I don't get out and talk with non-progressive thinkers very often, but is the general populace really buying into this "The Russians are hacking us!!" lame excuse? Has Bernie and others helped many Americans learn to think for themselves? I hope so.