Posts Tagged ‘accusations’

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Joe Giambrone

The Moscow Circus is back in town for an extended engagement. Democratic Party neo-liberals have abandoned the concept of debating one another to produce the most popular candidate for voters and instead have devolved into an endless stream of slander and evidence-free conspiracy theories about alleged ties to Russia. Hillary Clinton’s recent remarks smearing Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard, and also 2016 Green Party candidate Jill Stein, have epitomized this “Neo-McCarthyism,” a strategy based on a Big Lie—that the Russian government is somehow backing one’s political opponents. No proof is required: not against Representative Gabbard, not against anyone. Clinton’s audience is pre-conditioned, over several years of anti-Russian propaganda, to simply believe these kinds of baseless claims.

The political environment has been poisoned since Clinton blamed a hypothetical Russian plot for her loss, rather than accepting electoral defeat with a bit of grace.

Said Clinton:

“This is an attack against our country. We are well beyond normal political concerns here. This is about the integrity of our democracy and the security of our nation.”

Her own campaign had already been exposed for rigging the 2016 Democratic Party primary in her favor against Bernie Sanders, glaringly anti-democratic. The exposure of Clinton’s “secret takeover” of the DNC prompted Tulsi Gabbard to resign from that organization and speak out against it. Hillary Clinton’s 2016 money-laundering scheme may have skirted campaign finance laws to the tune of $84 million.

The beauty and convenience of blaming Russia for all ills is that Russia remains an official enemy, a perpetual bad guy in a black hat,who can do nothing right. In the “Russian troll” myth, all Russians are the government of Russia, or simply “Putin,” despite no evidence ever having been produced to substantiate this assumption. We know that a “troll farm” called the Internet Research Agency is located inside Russia, and this is in fact a private company of spammers churning out cheap garbage on a wide variety of topics. A journalist might ask the reasonable question of why the Russian government would continue to use a known entity that’s appeared across Western news reports and is even cited in US government indictments for years? Is that how covert operations actually work?

Troll farms and spam-bots are in no way unique to Russia, either. Troll farms are in China, Mexico, Israel and anywhere else people spend some money on computers and cheap labor to produce social media junk. You could build a nefarious “troll farm” in your garage tonight if you wanted to. There is no barrier to entry. A “bot” is just a simple computer program to send out the junk, but which is now elevated to mythic status when the word “Russian” precedes it.

Unfortunately, for Hillary Clinton et al., her “Russian bots” slander was exposed earlier this year as a fraud, a hoax, a sham, as revealed in the NY Times and by Glenn Greenwald in The Intercept. It turns out to be ridiculously easy to fake a “Russian bot” presence and smear your political opponents, in this case one Judge Roy Moore of Alabama:

NBC News, to smear Gabbard as a Kremlin favorite, relied on a group that it heralded as ‘experts’ without telling its audience about the major fraud which this firm just got caught perpetrating in order to, on behalf of the Democratic Party, fabricate claims of Kremlin interference in the Alabama Senate race (Greenwald).

Fabrications. This company is “New Knowledge,” and its head, Jonathan Morgan, was actually banned from Facebook for pulling this fraud:

 

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That fraud was overseen by New Knowledge’s CEO, Jonathon Morgan… In other words, Morgan used his own fake Russian accounts to lie to the public and deceive the national media into believing that Kremlin-linked accounts were trying to defeat the Democratic Senate candidate when, in fact, the accounts he was citing were ones he himself had fabricated and controlled (Greenwald).”

The thoroughly debunked “Russian bots” smear against Major Tulsi Gabbard appeared in Greenwald’s piece, “NBC News, to Claim Russia Supports Tulsi Gabbard, Relies on Firm Just Caught Fabricating Russia Data for the Democratic Party.”

Within a few days of Gabbard announcing her presidential bid, DisInfo 2018, part of the cybersecurity firm New Knowledge, found that three of the top 15 URLs shared by the 800 social media accounts affiliated with known and suspected Russian propaganda operations directed at U.S. citizens were about Gabbard.”

This was all but settled in February of 2019, until Hillary Clinton resurrected the smear last week.

 

But Why attack a current Major in the US Army National Guard?

Hillary Clinton and her neo-liberal faction represent certain interests that Rep. Gabbard vocally opposes. This conflict is direct and non-negotiable.

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Times casually ignores a little fact that there IS no Iranian nuclear weapons program. At all. This is war propaganda.

New York Times Supports False Trump Claims About An “Iranian Nuclear Weapons Program” That Does Not Exist

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Trump and Kavanaugh are the real victims, don’t you know? 

I just had a disgusting bout with a real-world person, over Facebook. Dr. Ford is a “bitch” who definitely “lied” in a Democrat plot to deny Republicans a court seat.

That’s the talking point going around.

When you bring up a dozen perjuries under oath (1, 2), that’s ignored. When you bring up 2,400 law professors protesting Kavanaugh, that’s ignored.

Also ignored is the dean of Yale law school, Kavanaugh’s old haunt, who said:

“[Kavanaugh’s] very presence will undermine the court’s claim to legitimacy; it will damage the nation’s commitment to the rule of law. It will be an American tragedy.”

The right-wing smear machine has also fabricated completely unsourced hit pieces against Dr. Ford. It’s all about Dr. Ford and nothing about Kavanaugh’s total unfitness for the position.

Obama’s Supreme Court pick, Merrick Garland, was actually denied a seat by an actual Republican plot in the Senate to refuse to confirm him under any circumstances. These ignorant bobbing heads are beyond hypocrisy since they don’t know enough about any of the subjects to contradict themselves knowingly.

Now they claim Kavanaugh is the victim of “liberal” death threats. Meanwhile, Dr. Ford had to move out of her house for actual death threats. Republicans are through-the-looking-glass, behaving like a Brown Shirt mob at every level from Trump on down. They are completely impervious to facts and logic, and they are, indeed, proudly armed and dangerous.

I’m not a big fan of Trevor Noah, but this observation on Republican weaponizing of “victimhood” should send chills down your spine. It is the Nazi game plan. White nationalists are the victims in Nazi ideology, and they’re defending their race, nation, state, values, or what have you, as they perpetrate any number of atrocities against outsiders.

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And John Oliver takes a swing…

John Oliver Exposes Brett Kavanaugh’s ‘Horrifying’ Testimony

 

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She said Trump’s efforts during the 2016 election to reach out to African-American voters were nothing but a con to win their votes.

 

Omarosa accuses Trump of wanting to start a ‘race war’

 

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UPDATE:

PolitiFact:

Putin may have meant $400,000, which is relatively close to the amount found by Politifact. Huge error.

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Who had the real motive to poison the spy?

Ecuador cuts off Julian Assange’s internet in London embassy because he tweeted about Russian ex-spy’s poisoning