Intel Chief: Truthful Reporting on US Corruption is Part of Russian Conspiracy — Hints at ‘Act of War’

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by Claire Bernish

Outgoing Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told the Senate Armed Services Committee  the campaign to sway the election in favor of Donald Trump did, in fact, involve Russian government-coordinated hacks, but,

Hacking was only part of it. It also entailed classical propaganda, disinformation, and fake news.”

This heavy-handed and multifaceted Russian campaign attempted to undermine the United States, Clapper asserted, and — although these Russian hackers did not manage to infiltrate any voting machines or tamper with the vote count — there would be no way for the U.S. Intelligence Community to assess the total impact on the election. Stopping a hair’s breadth from calling this campaign an act of war, Clapper posited,

Whether or not that constitutes an act of war. I think, is a very heavy policy call that I don’t think the intelligence community should make — and then added, It certainly — would carry, in my view, great gravity.”

NSA Director Adm. Mike Rogers and undersecretary of defense for intelligence, Marcel Lettre, also testified on reports of Russian interference in the election — but testimony by Clapper, and questions from the committee, eerily echoed sessions with Senator Joseph McCarthy during the first Red Scare in the 1950s.

Acknowledging the United States and other allies routinely engage in espionage, Clapper explained of Russia’s operation,

I don’t think we’ve ever encountered a more aggressive or direct campaign to interfere in our election process than we’ve seen in this case.”

For all of this posturing about Russian meddling with computer systems of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair John Podesta, among others, intelligence officials have not aligned behind the allegation — a fact which has garnered condemnation and outright ridicule.

Indeed, several current and former intelligence officials — as well as Wikileaks founder Julian Assange — have vehemently denigrated the theory documents provided to the publishing organization had been attained by hackers at all. Rather, agreeing with Assange no State actor forked over the damning documents, some in the intelligence community believe evidence points to a disgruntled insider.

To wit, Clapper’s testimony spoke to a report forthcoming next week, purported to evince the Russian campaign theory, but will only show the conclusions reached by the NSA, FBI, and CIA — not every agency said to comprise the entirety of the intelligence community.

I think the public should know as much about this as possible,” he said of the report. We will be as forthcoming as we can, but there are some sensitive and fragile sources and methods here.”

Clapper, the outgoing Obama administration, and the corporate press have conflated independent, right-leaning, and alternative media outlets with both Russian propaganda and Fake News — without evidence to back the claims — a tactic surmised by many to eschew blame for the lost election and distract from enmity and corruption revealed in the contents of the leaks.

Particularly targeted for reporting the truth by this anti-Russia propagandizing has been state-run outlet RT, about which Clapper contended,

RT was very active in promoting a particular point of view, disparaging our system, our alleged hypocrisy about human rights, etc. Whatever crack, fissure they could find in our tapestry, they would exploit it.”

Of course, as a U.S. official, Clapper is duly obligated not to admit to governmental wrongdoing; however, his seething admonishment of RT and surreptitious allegation independent media outlets published only fake reports and purposely-slanted misinformation is not only wholly false, it dangerously portends a crackdown on America’s free press.

In fact, Clapper went so far as to call for a return to the official U.S. propaganda machine, the United States Information Agency, which churned out pro-American news items from 1953, during the fury of the Red Scare, through 1999, when it transformed into the Broadcasting Board of Governors.

We could do with having a USIA on steroids to fight this information war a lot more aggressively than we’re doing right now,” Clapper ironically lamented, or perhaps addressing that Obama signed measures similar to the agency’s mission into law in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act.

Notably, the intelligence director tellingly described the Russian interference as an “activist” effort to subvert American democracy — suggesting the press might not be the only target the government has in its sights.

But the fact the U.S. intelligence communities have painted truthful, accurate reporting by independent media with the broad Red Scare brush — simply because egregious nastiness revealed in authentic documents is too unpleasant to acknowledge — proves why the fictitious narrative of Fake News threatens dissent, itself.

If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it,” Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler’s chief propagandist notoriously but accurately stated. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

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  • Right to the Point

    Didn’t Obama’s State Dept. use $400,000 to try and overthrow Netanyahu?

  • Mike

    first, the fbi never examined the dnc servers so there is no evidence of russian hacks to begin with. Now in addition to that the information that was reported about the dnc and killary was TRUTHFUL NOT FAKE. Typical leftist BS.

    • lowtolerance

      Typical neoliberal/neocon globalist oligarch BS. There, fixed it for you.

      1. Trump’s not lying and will actually put middle class Americans back in the game.

      or

      2. See you at the revolution.

      • Mike

        bad thing is the way its looking it will end up being option 2.

  • g.johnon

    everyone has been hacking everybody for over a decade at least. any computer that goes online in this world is exposing its entire contents to big brother nsa. every telephone with a battery can be turned on and used to listen to everything that is said within its range. nasa can watch you through the camera on your computer.
    so fuck you clapper you shriveled up pos. you are the pot and are way blacker than the kettle.
    you must reallly think that we the people are terminally stupid. if there is more coming from assange, his life must be in real present tense danger.
    stop trying to bury the truth.

    • casimcea

      You are not very polite but extremely accurate. Thanks and keep up the good work.

      • g.johnon

        sorry casi, people who try to overthrow my country tend to piss me off. thanks for the encouragement. 🙂

  • Phil_Ossifer

    Intelligence operatives lie for a living. So evaluate accordingly.

  • TrevorD

    `the truth is the greatest enemy of the State`.
    And the present `State` is the greatest enemy of the Truth Seeker.

  • endofwatchersbegan1/28/2011

    They are only trying to obscure and muddy the waters of the REALITY that Hillary was rigging everything. These bastards are traitors against the American People that need to be EXECUTED beside their Rothchild/Jesuit satanist Banker masters that INSTALLED them. These are WHO murdered JFK. They have controlled us ever since, subverting, robbing and murdering us with CONTRIVED wars for THEIR profit, by THEIR CIA. SNAP the bastards necks. God no longer bleeds.

  • So how many legitimate governments has the USA tried to overthrow with coups and military invasions? Such hypocrisy. The world is tired of the USA meddling in ‘the American national Interest’ in other countries affairs. If you get some back and it upsets you good it’s overdue.

  • casimcea

    17 “intelligence” agencies (SEVENTEEN in case you missed the first number; remember you are paying for them) are of the opinion that the Russians hacked them.
    Translation: The hackers have been hacked. Unbelievable and SHOCKING !!!
    Funny how it hurts them what they do to others INCLUDING US WHO PAY THEIR FAT SALARIES.

  • john folger

    it sounds like clapper wants to live in 1980s russia

    • Dow Jones

      He does and you too probably.

  • Dow Jones

    Truth is sedition when you are ruled over by criminally insane thugs.

  • SP_88

    And the lying liars keep on lying. The Russians did it. The alternative media did it. Hackers did it. Pretty soon it will be Elvis Presley’s fault that Hillary lost the election.
    When will they finally admit that it was Hillary’s fault she lost the election? Probably never.
    When will these crooked politicians finally address the corruption and lawlessness that was exposed in the Wikileaks documents? How many people will have to express their disdain for these lying politicians before they finally get the message that we do not believe their lies about Russian hackers? How many people will have to tell these crooked politicians that we can plainly see their deliberate attempt to distract us from the truth and avoid dealing with the corruption that was exposed by Wikileaks before they finally give up on this pointless and pathetic charade?
    Few people actually believe their lies. One of these losers at CNBC, John Harwood, actually polled people to see who the people believe more, Assange or the government. And of course the people believe Wikileaks over the government because the government is a bunch of liars.
    The government is just wasting their time at this point. Nobody believes their bullshit. They aren’t fooling anyone.
    They either need to address the corruption that was exposed in the Wikileaks documents or shut the fuck up. Nobody gives a shit who hacked what or where the documents came from or who leaked the documents. They have been exposed as the corrupt bunch of criminals that everyone already knew they were all along. And now they are trying to avoid it. And people are sick and tired of their lies and excuses. It’s time for them to deal with their fuck up like adults so we can move on.
    Of course we all know they won’t because they are a bunch of corrupt lying career criminals who don’t know the meaning of the word honesty.