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Written by Barry Kowal   
Jan 06, 2015 at 10:08 PM

 On Friday,January 6,2017 The US intelligence community released the unclassified findings of its investigation into what it says was Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election,hours after President-elect Donald Trump received a briefing on the probe.

 The ODNI devoted seven pages to RT (Russia Today) and its influence on the election "by serving as a platform for Kremlin messaging to Russian and international audiences." The report claimed "Russian media made increasingly favorable comments about President-elect Trump as the 2016 US general and primary election campaigns progressed while consistently offering negative coverage of Secretary Clinton."
   RT's pro-Trump campaign began in March 2016, according to the ODNI,by "consistently" casting Trump "as the target of unfair coverage from traditional US media outlets" that were "subservient to a corrupt political establishment."
   The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) released the report called "Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections".
   The report did not provide any hard evidence of Russian interference,relying instead on analyses from the CIA,FBI and NSA that drew on intelligence collected by the three agencies. The CIA and FBI have "high confidence" in the results of the report, while the NSA only has "moderate confidence."
   The key judgments made by the US intelligence community came from "a body of reporting from multiple sources that are consistent with their understanding of Russian behavior," which was based on "the behavior of Kremlin-loyal political figures,state media and pro-Kremlin social media actors, all of whom the Kremlin either directly uses to convey messages or who are answerable to the Kremlin." Similar tactics, the ODNI concluded, were also used to drive "consistent,self-reinforcing narratives" about Ukraine and Syria.
   As per the report,high confidence is defined as judgments "based on high-quality information from multiple sources," while moderate confidence means the information is "credibly sourced and plausible but not of sufficient quality or corroborated sufficiently to warrant a higher level of confidence."
   There are several things I find disturbing about this report.For one this report was conducted by the CIA.The same CIA that said in 2002 that Sadam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.Which turned out to be false.Yet we should believe the CIA.

   Further,James Clapper released this report for the NSA.The same James Clapper who lied before the US Congress in 2013 when he said under oath that the NSA doesn't conduct massive surveillance on US citizens. Edward Snowden later proved this to be false.Clapper lies to congress and nothing happens to him.While Snowden reveals the truth and is living in exile in Russia facing many years in prison back in the USA.

    Now when the NSA says they have "moderate confidence" that means they do not know. They only have jealously.Julian Assange has stated on numerous occasions that the Russians were not involved in hacking the DNC.Who do you believe Assange or a man who has lied to congress under oath?

   Another disturbing fact to this report is when it says:
     "Russian media made increasingly favorable comments about President-      elect Trump as the 2016 US general and primary election campaigns          progressed while consistently offering negative coverage of Secretary      Clinton."
  That statement implies that Americans are unable to make comprehensive decisions insulting their intelligence.
  What is even more frightening is that this report may be used as a pretext for censorship.Then Americans will only have access to the narratives being orchestrated by CNN,ABC,MSNBC,Fox (so-called) News,the Washington Post,New York Times and other outlets of the main stream media.
     This fiasco started last year when Wiki-Leaks released the John Podesta emails revealing that the DNC stole the primaries away from Bernie Sanders.Rather than addressing the substance of the emails Hillary Clinton attacks the messenger by accusing Russia.
   Then when Hillary lost the election in November President Obama jumped on the bandwagon because the election was a referendum on his legacy. He acted like a petulant child by trying to box Trump in by creating tension in US-Russian relations by doing such things like banning drilling in the Arctic,imposing sanctions on Russia and ordering Russian diplomats and their families to leave the USA in 72 hours. Obama leaves the White House on January 20 and he is slamming the door while leaving feces on the welcome mat for Trump.
  The US media had no problem going along for the ride. After all,they were making favorable comments about Hillary just like RT was making favorable comments about Trump.
  Now,the NSA,CIA and FBI have no problem promoting the propaganda. After all they are part of the war machine and the war machine needs a boogie man.As long as the USA can create a narrative that Russia is nefarious many countries especially in Europe would be more than willing to purchase weapons,aircraft and bombs which increases the bottom line for defense contractors.
   All this is not good for the US electoral process nor is it good for US-Russian relations. It is also not good for the world. Remember, Russia has nuclear weapons and it might not be good for "Ronald McDonald" to continue poking the "Dancing Bear". 
  All this has occurred because the Democrats are angry about losing the 2016 election and they are digging their own grave. They are just whistling in the wind. There was a much more viable issue the Democrats could have raised to protest the "Trump" victory. This is a report submitted by Greg Palast of voter suppression and voter fraud committed by Republicans and Donald Trump surrogates after the 2016 election.This was later made into a movie.

   Before a single vote was cast,the election was fixed by GOP and Trump operatives.
Starting in 2013"just as the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act" a coterie of Trump operatives,under the direction of Kris Kobach,Kansas Secretary of State,created a system to purge 1.1 million Americans of color from the voter rolls of GOP controlled states.

   The system, called Crosscheck, is detailed in Palast's Rolling Stone report,
"The GOP's Stealth War on Voters," 8/24/2016.
Crosscheck in action: 
Trump victory margin in Michigan:                    13,107
Michigan Crosscheck purge list:                     449,922
Trump victory margin in Arizona:                       85,257
Arizona Crosscheck purge list:                        270,824
Trump victory margin in North Carolina:        177,008
North Carolina Crosscheck purge list:          589,393
   On November 9,2016 we saw Crosscheck elect a Republican Senate and as President, Donald Trump.The electoral putsch was aided by nine other methods of attacking the right to vote of Black, Latino and Asian-American voters,methods detailed in Palast's book and film,including "Caging," "purging,: blocking legitimate registrations and wrongly shunting millions to "provisional" ballots that will never be counted.
    Trump signaled the use of "Crosscheck" when he claimed the election is "rigged" because "people are voting many,many times." His operative Kobach,who also advised Trump on building a wall on the southern border,devised a list of 7.2 million potential "double voters" 1.1 million of which were removed from the voter rolls by Tuesday.The list is loaded overwhelmingly with voters of color and the poor. Here's a sample of the list:

    No, not everyone on the list loses their vote.But this was not the only racially poisonous tactic that accounted for this purloined victory by Trump and GOP candidates.
   For example,in the swing state of North Carolina,it was reported that 6,700 Black folk lost their registrations because their registrations had been challenged by a group called Voter Integrity Project (VIP).VIP sent letters to households in Black communities "do not forward."  If the voter had moved within the same building, or somehow did not get their mail (e.g. if their name was not on a mail box), they were challenged as "ghost" voters.  GOP voting officials happily complied with VIP with instant cancellation of registrations.
    The 6,700 identified in two counties were returned to the rolls through a lawsuit.However,there was not one mention in the press that VIP was also behind Crosscheck in North Carolina;nor that its leader, Col. Jay Delancy, whom Palast tracked for years has previously used this vote thievery, known as "caging," for years.Doubtless the caging game was wider and deeper than reported.And by the way,caging,as Palast's Rolling Stone co-author, attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr.,tells Palast,is "a felony,it's illegal, and punishable by high fines and even jail time."
    There is still much investigation to do. For example, there are millions of "provisional" ballots, "spoiled" (invalidated) ballots and ballots rejected from the approximately 30 million mailed in. Unlike reporting in Britain,US media does not report the ballots that are rejected and tossed out" because,after all,as Joe Biden says,"Our elections are the envy of the world."  Only in Saudi Arabia, Joe.
   But,the evidence that has already been exposed makes me sadly confident in saying,Jim Crow,not the voters,elected Mr. Trump.

Donald Webster accused double voter
What about those exit polls?
     Exit polls are the standard by which the US State Department measures the honesty of foreign elections.  Exit polling is,historically, deadly accurate.The bane of pre-election polling is that pollsters must adjust for the likelihood of a person voting. Exit polls solve the problem.
   But three times in US history,pollsters have had to publicly flagellate themselves for their "errors."  In 2000,exit polls gave Al Gore the win in Florida;in 2004, exit polls gave Kerry the win in Ohio,and now, in swing states, exit polls gave the presidency to Hillary Clinton.
   So how could these multi-million-dollar Ph.d-directed statisticians with decades of experience get exit polls so wrong?
Answer:they didn't.  The polls in Florida in 2000 were accurate.That's because exit pollsters can only ask, "How did you vote?"  What they don't ask, and can't, is,"Was your vote counted?"
   In 2000,in Florida, GOP Secretary of State Katherine Harris officially rejected 181,173 ballots, as "spoiled" because their chads were hung and other nonsense excuses.Those ballots overwhelmingly were marked for Al Gore. The exit polls included those 181,173 people who thought they had voted,but their vote didn't count.
In other words, the exit polls accurately reflected whom the voters chose,not what Katherine Harris chose.
    In 2004,a similar number of votes were invalidated (including an enormous pile of "provisional" ballots) by Ohio's GOP Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell.Again,the polls reflected that Kerry was the choice of 51% of the voters. But the exit polls were "wrong" because they didn't reflect the ballots invalidated by Blackwell.
   And here we go again.2016:Hillary wins among those queried as they exit the polling station,yet Trump is declared winner in GOP-controlled swings states.And,once again,the expert pollsters are forced to apologize,when they should be screaming,"Fraud!  Here's the evidence the vote was fixed!"
   Now there's a new trope to explain away the exit polls that gave Clinton the win. Supposedly,Trump voters were ashamed to say they voted for Trump.Really? ON WHAT PLANET? For Democracy Now! and Rolling Stone Palast was out in several swing states.In Ohio,yes,a Black voter may have been reluctant to state support for Trump.But a white voter in the suburbs of Dayton,where the Trump signs grew on lawns like weeds,and the pews of the evangelical mega churches were slathered with Trump and GOP brochures, risked getting spat on if they even whispered, "Hillary."
   This country is violently divided,but in the end, there simply aren't enough white guys to elect Trump nor a Republican Senate.
 The only way they could win was to eliminate the votes of non-white guys,and they did so by tossing Black provisional ballots into the dumpster,ID laws that turn away students "the list goes on. It's a web of complex obstacles to voting by citizens of color topped by that lying spider, Crosscheck.
   Now "Hillary" who got a lot of money from donators rather than blaming Russia for hacking should be using her donations and hollering "voter fraud" at the top of her lungs. The leadership of the DNC ignore this issue even with the black caucus wing of the DNC hollering.This is an issue with much more merit. If "Hillary" were successful this could lead to an impeachment of Trump or delegitimize the "Trump" victory and many of the Republican congressional victories.At the very least it would have made Republicans quite more vulnerable in 2018 and 2020.
   But instead the Democrats pursue the frivolous accusation of hacking the DNC. Democrats are locked out of power in Washington after losing the White House and failing to win back Congress.Hillary Clinton's defeat has left the party without a unifying leader,and its hold on state legislatures has eroded significantly during President Obama's time in office.But as bleak as current circumstances are for the Democratic party, the political landscape ahead may be even more challenging.
   To start,Democrats must confront what looks like a punishing Senate map in 2018.The party that controls the White House tends to lose congressional seats in midterm elections,but it seems unlikely that Democrats will regain control of the Senate two years from now,much less the House of Representatives.
Republicans significantly outnumber Democrats in the House and only need to protect eight Senate seats in 2018 while Democrats must defend twenty-five seats.
    Adding to the challenge, Democrats have 27 senators up for reelection while Republicans only 9.Some are in states Donald Trump won by double digit margins such as North Dakota,West Virginia,Montana,Indiana and Missouri.Those aren't the only perilous races:Democratic incumbents also need to defend Senate seats in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan,Wisconsin, and Florida,states that voted for Obama in two presidential elections before switching to vote for Trump.In 2018 you may get a veto proof Congress which you can not block with a filibuster. "There's no question in 2018 the map will be extremely difficult for Democrats."
     For now,however, the outlook is grim for Democrats. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Republicans have control of both state houses as well as the governor's mansion in twenty four states, while Democrats have total control in only seven states in the wake of the 2016 elections.
    The extent to which the party's power has eroded at the state and national level makes the the task of rebuilding all the more urgent for Democrats.It also makes the task far more difficult. Tough odds may convince some demoralized Democrats in Congress to retire, altering the match-ups in the 2018 midterm races.But even if that happens, the electoral map will remain challenging for the party. As a result, Democrats should prepare for the possibility that they may face additional setbacks in the near-future that make it even harder to regain a substantial foothold in Washington and statehouses across the country. Then by complaining about Russian hacking and voter fraud by 2020 we may see the demise of the Democratic.For their ignorance and stupidity they help and are continuing to help "Trump" and the Republicans to continue running the country.
Last Updated ( Dec 04, 2017 at 11:17 AM )

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