DNI Fails To Find Its Ass With Both Hands
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2017-01-07 10:50 by Karl Denninger
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DNI Fails To Find Its Ass With Both Hands
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So here we have the "full" declassified "intelligence assessment."

In the "wow, you really think this is news?" category we have statements like this:

The Russian leadership invests significant resources in both foreign and domestic propaganda and places a premium on transmitting what it views as consistent, self-reinforcing narratives regarding its desires and redlines, whether on Ukraine, Syria, or relations with the United States.

"What is Voice of America for $500, Alex?"

Really?  This belongs in an "intelligence assessment"?

Then we get into the "Holier than thou and thus we are entitled to meddle while they are not" horse****.  For example:

Putin most likely wanted to discredit Secretary Clinton because he has publicly blamed her since 2011 for inciting mass protests against his regime in late 2011 and early 2012, and because he holds a grudge for comments he almost certainly saw as disparaging him.

In other words our government can incite mass protests against a foreign leader, which goes far beyond crap-posting on the Internet or running "news broadcasts" that are slanted, but if they do it then they're the bad guys and we need to seize property sold to their government and eject 30 of their diplomats.

Uh huh.

Moscow also saw the election of President elect Trump as a way to achieve an international counterterrorism coalition against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Excuse me, that's good, right?  Especially when it appears to be the case that Obama, and Clinton as his Secretary of State, not only armed Daesh indirectly there is some evidence they acted with knowledge that said arms would likely reach them.  This, incidentally, is the backstory on Benghazi that I have written on repeatedly and in point of fact both Hillary and Obama knew their claimed "Youtube video incitement" for the Benghazi attack was false at the time the claim was made.

If in fact the CIA outpost in Benghazi was part of an arms-smuggling operation into Libya that went wrong and wound up with some of the weapons going to Daesh, and Ambassador Stevens was murdered in no small part because the CIA and he tried to reverse some of the damage, then it certainly appears quite logical that Russia, which has no interest in Daesh causing problems for them (terrorism is bad even if the targets are Russian, right?) would have a logical reason to not want the person who, in their judgment ARMED Daesh on purpose, in the White House!

Maybe you can explain to this little American peon exactly how that, and expressing that preference, is bad?

I wonder if your explanation would include a discussion into the reasons why Secretary Clinton has never faced an actual inquest as to whether her actions, those of Obama and others (including those in the CIA) violated US law by quite-effectively providing material aid and comfort to terrorists?  You know, an act for which you or I would (quite properly so) do hard felony prison time?

Moscow’s use of disclosures during the US election was unprecedented, but its influence campaign otherwise followed a longstanding Russian messaging strategy that blends covert intelligence operations—such as cyber activity—with overt efforts by Russian Government agencies, state funded media, third-party intermediaries, and paid social media users or “trolls.”


So "****posting" on the Internet -- that is, "paid social media trolls" -- constitutes "election interference"?


Isn't it funny how the principle of Free Speech only applies to certain people and only some of the time?

RT’s coverage of Secretary Clinton throughout the US presidential campaign was consistently negative and focused on her leaked e-mails and accused her of corruption, poor physical and mental health, and ties to Islamic extremism.

So making truthful statements (in many cases so-documented so by the DNC's own emails) constitutes propaganda?  That said resulted in a DNC official resigning because she was caught rigging a debate constitutes "propaganda"?  I thought propaganda had, as one of its elements, stretching the truth or outright lying?  There was no lying involved here nor any forgery of content; the emails, while stolen and released (much to the DNC's chagrin) were factual.

Some Russian officials echoed Russian lines for the influence campaign that Secretary Clinton’s election could lead to a war between the United States and Russia.

Quite possible, ranging to more-probable if, for example, some of Clinton's "mistakes" in arming Daesh wound up being used to shoot down a Russian aircraft -- as just one possible and very bad outcome.  The possibility of such an event getting out of control and leading to war is real but the use of the word "could" is, in fact, exactly appropriate -- it denotes an opinion, and once again, I thought we honored this thing called free speech?

You have to be a truly special brand of stupid to have any desire for a war between Russia and the United States, or to support any candidate for public office that has demonstrated through their previous actions that they might incite one.

I find the entirety of the reporting on "RT" to be highly-amusing. Of course RT has ties to Russian interests. Duh! For the record I've appeared on RT in their Washington DC studio and it was certainly not lost on me who probably was funding them in some form or fashion.  I means, RT does stand for "Russia Today." Hello Captain Obvious.

Do they slant their coverage? Yes. All media does. One of the things I like about RT, however, is that unlike nearly all American media they'll let you finish your sentence which means when you detect them trying to slant a point you're making you can effectively respond and get the other half of your sentence out on the air.

That almost-never happens on an "American" media channel.  As soon as you try to counter their obvious slant, whatever it may be you, get shouted down, shouted over or they simply cut away from you entirely.

To the charge that RT is "slanted" I reply "so what?"  Our media has ties to US interests, it intentionally slats coverage toward Democrat candidates and policies, spikes stories favorable to Conservatives and in fact refuses to cover many of them at all.

Indeed the Washington Post was just recently caught claiming that the power grid was "hacked by Russia" when in fact no such thing took place. A few days later a "partial correction" was issued (and which remains on the original story) but in point of fact there was no code, there was no malware and there was no penetration.

In other words the entire story was a lie; not only was the original "reporting" defective the update they now have up was and remains a lie as the alleged event never actually happened.

Oh, and by the way, what motive might have existed for this?  Gee, you don't think the intent was to amplify another (maybe false) claim about Russia hacking the US election, do you?  What accountability has been attached to the Washington Post for running a completely false story claiming that a serious breach of our power grid's security took place when nothing of the sort happened at all -- in fact even the originally-revised claim of a compromised disconnected company-owned laptop was false!

Hmmmm..... now about that propaganda charge in the so-called "ICA".... perhaps you'd like to distinguish RT and what it does from what the Washington Post has now been proved to have done.

What does the DNI/ICA report amount to?

Simply this: The Russians preferred Trump as a candidate.  They believed, for what may or may not have been good cause, that Hillary Clinton might have incited a war with Russia, and deemed this undesirable.  In response they ****-posted on social media to this effect and ran slanted news stores on RT.  This makes them evil, where all those who ****-posted on social media and ran slanted news stores on other media for Clinton, including media here in the United States who not only slurred Donald Trump they also intentionally ignored the DNC's rigging of an actual election (the Democrat primary) are good and holy people who should be deified while the Russians should have sanctions applied, their diplomats expelled and property seized.

Yeah, that's about the size of it.

The media is now in a tizzy that Trump hasn't "accepted" the idea that Russia ought to be (further) punished for this "outrage" of exercising free speech and in addition that Russia's government should be convicted (and punished) for "hacking" the DNC despite the utter lack of proof that they in fact did it and a full-throttle claim otherwise by Wikileaks itself.  This despite the fact that what was released (by whoever, even if Russia) was true and none of it was forged, it documented actual cheating in the Democrat primary and debates, and that such malfeasance by DNC officials was probably one of the actual causes of their election loss.  In other words they got caught robbing the bank and while the means of catching them was illegal (and thus if it was a criminal trial the evidence would be suppressed) that the public decided to disavow the Democrat party is not only legal it was and is a rational response.  After all, would you employ someone as a bank teller you knew factually robbed a bank even if the means of discovery of same was unlawful and thus precluded them from being sent to prison?

I didn't think so.

PS: The intelligence "community" (e.g. DNI in all of its components) work for the President, not the other way around.  If this "report" is demonstrative of the quality of their "work" the entire lot of them deserve to have their next assignment to be shoveling dog**** at the local pound.

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