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

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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  • December 28, 2016 *OUTRAGEOUS*, Election hacks traced back to Obama’s Department of Homeland Security

    In an unbelievable development that ought to outrage every single American, election officials in Georgia are essentially accusing the Obama administration of attempting to hack into the state’s electronic balloting machines in what appears to be a naked political ploy.


    • The CIA has an office at CNN, Atlanta. The Anderson Cooper guy, that’s his name, reporter for CNN, used to work for the CIA. CNN is a “thought management center” where impressions are pushed out into the minds of viewers. The objective is to achieve critical mass, which failed in the election of Clinton. But the machine continues to drip poison into the minds of ever person who watches CNN.

      • Yep, Cooper has no journalism background whatsoever. Purely a CIA agent selling us nonsense on TV.

      • Here is some history. 9/23/1975 Tom Charles Huston Church Committee Testimony

        Tom Charles Huston testified before the Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities, commonly known as the Church Committee, on the 43-page plan he presented to the President Nixon and others on ways to collect information about anti-war and “radical” groups, including burglary, electronic surveillance, and opening of mail.


  • alexandra

    Lets get down to the nitty-gritty, Russian banks are no longer part of the new world order control, Putin threw them out. Not only that but paid them off and banned them from re-entry. The question remains how/why did he get the Uranium deal via Hillary?

    • junktex

      Clintons are very greedy.Simple answer.

  • Jan 2, 2017 BOOM! CNN Caught Using Video Game Image In Fake Russian Hacking Story

    It looks like CNN Has tried to pull the wool over our eyes once again. This time, they used a screenshot from the Fallout 4 Video game to paint the picture of Russian Hacking. To bad that’s not what a real hacking screen looks like. And an image you will only find in the video game! Nice Try Clinton News Network!


  • Ellen Gendron

    Anybody with half a brain knows that Clinton has been pushing for a war with Russia, so has Obama. Seven current wars aren’t enough for these warmongers, and not big enough, they want WWIII. It was proven by Wikileaks by leaking emails that the entire election was rigged from the start, not by the Russians but by the DNC. They stole votes for Bernie sanders in every way imaginable and illegal. They even pushed for Trump to be nominated by knocking off one opponent of his after another. They were so arrogant they just KNEW that if it was between Clinton and Trump that nobody would vote for Trump. Assange has repeatedly say his information did NOT come from the Russians. Even our intelligence told us several times that it was an inside job. Obama and the DNC think we are all idiots and that the crime was the leaking of emails that proved what a lying, warmongering, criminal they were trying to shove down or throat. The leaked emails were proof of things like pay to play where she was selling access to the white house to foreign governments. The Saudi’s bankrolled 20% of her campaign yet they don’t keep telling us that, no but they are REALLY the ones who were involved in buying the presidency of the United States. or at least trying to. They haven’t even denied the truthfulness of the things the emails revealed including illegal acts of treason. They don’t blame her for having an insecure unprotected account in her home that enabled ANYONE who wanted to take a peek have a ball. She even was aware that there were hacks. We have a bunch of clowns running the DNC, clowns and misfits. The people of this country are tired of wars, but our government is so deeply involved and making so much money by supporting the war machine and personally involving themselves with insider training that they have almost all become multimillionaires, so they aren’t concerned about how many would die, but how many dollars found their way into their pockets. They are corrupt as hell and all need to go. People have to stand up to them, we need to get rid of the corrupt bastards and take back our country.

    • Ryan Schneider.

      The primary reason for the wars for the past 15 years has been to protect the Petrodollar Hegemony. Saddam, Assad, Putin, and particularly Gaddafi have all had ambitious plans to make more powerful currencies free of the Hegemony. China does as well, but no move has been made against them. The Federal Reserve ponzzi scheme has the Petrodollar as a irreplaceable foundation for their house of cards. If any of these groups succeed in divesting from the Hegemony, they will turn the fan on the cards, blowing them away. It is a lot of needless bloodshed, delaying the inevitable, because the scheme will collapse, sooner or later, one way or another. The delays are actually making the coming Depression worse, spending more money propping it up, thus accelerating debt. The CIA can boast all day about how they risk their lives; they have become a puppet weapon of the Hegemony, digging us deeper into the poorhouse.
      Had there been a Libertarian president on 9/11, he would have waited for congress to declare war on Afghanistan, we would have bombed them for half a year, set up a parameter, set up a special ops mission to hunt down the leaders while the rest is our boys went home to help build an invincible defense. That is IT. Nothing more without provocation. If Gaddafi had created a better currency, we would have endeavored to beat him fair and square at his own game, WITHOUT the Reserve’s influence.

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      • Di

        The threat is secret for the most part and is a globalist agenda. The candidates are hand picked by these people. There is no party affiliation with the globalists. Political ideologies and parties mean nothing when it comes to who is a globalists. The globalists are neither liberal or conservative, republican or democrat, they have no interest in pro choice, pro life, christian values, pro gay marriage, no interest in domestic social issues. None of these issues enter the minds of the globalists. It is estimated that less than 100 congressman out of 535 house members and US senators are truly NOT controlled..and that includes liberals and conservatives. When it comes to identifying a globalist, titles are meaningless. Hillary clinton is as much a globalist as Paul Ryan. The globalists are the biggest threat to America and to everyone who lives on the planet regardless of nationality. They have an agenda …. International trade deals, police state, illegal immigration to eliminate borders because borders interfere with their accumulation of wealth, perpetual war because this rings the cash register for the globalists, international banking….most wars are bankers’ wars, federal reserve is controlled by goldman sachs, jp morgan, rothschild, warburg, lehman brothers, lazard brothers, israel moses seif, kuhn loeb, and the police state …freedom is anthema to globalists…an armed citizenry is anathema to globalist and a threat…the people must be restrained, surveilled, regulated and controlled…the war on drugs is the biggest ruse ever invented to put a police state in place…, unlimited and unconstitutional spending. If your congressman favors Nafta or TPP he or she is a globalists. Beware of anyone who promotes DIVISION because division among the populace is one way the globalists control through the media with CNN on one side and FOX on the other…if the people united then the globalists would be eliminated. peace to all

    • billdeserthills

      Let’s not forget George Soros and other meddling ‘elites’, who obviously need a good smackdown
      for interfering in Our affairs

      • junktex

        There is a foreign country that intervenes in our affairs but it’s not Russia.

        • billdeserthills

          I’m sure there exist a bunch of foreign countries that would like to influence the US,
          along with a huge pile of sore loser liberal scum, but I’m not worried

          • junktex

            Suits me.Don’t worry,be happy.

          • billdeserthills

            Good motto for Friday night

        • SIU1968

          And it has a lot of Fifth Columnists in this country.

  • July 29, 2012 NSA Director Keith Alexander came to hacker gathering DefCon for the first time to recruit from the show’s ranks.

    LAS VEGAS (CNNMoney) — Wearing a t-shirt and jeans, America’s top spymaster — National Security Agency Director Gen. Keith Alexander, also the head of the U.S. Cyber Command — took the stage Friday at the nation’s largest hacker convention to deliver a recruiting pitch. “In this room, this room right here, is the talent our nation needs to secure cyberspace,” Alexander told the standing-room-only audience at DefCon, a grassroots gathering in Las Vegas expected to draw a record 16,000 attendees this year. “We need great talent. We don’t pay as high as everybody else, but we’re fun to be around.”


  • rosalba

    Is it me? I can’t tell if he’s saying the government is putting out Fake News or if he’s saying Russia is putting out Fake News. He seems to go back and forth. Talk about trying to confuse people. Another one doing just that.

    • billdeserthills

      I think he’s just doing some damage control–I get the feeling this ‘intel chief’ feels he is above We the People anyhow

    • Army Vet 4444

      What he (Clapper) is saying, is that he is going to report what the President wants to hear from him, and the truth has nothing to do with the facts.

      What the author of this article is saying, is that despite Clappers report, there is more than enough evidence to support the statement, “Clapper is pulling the party line, and lying out his ass”. And then the author supports his summary by siting a bunch of specific facts that prove the author is correct.

  • geyser

    In all seriousness, what is an example of Russian fake news that would affect the outcome? In the same vein, did the DNC spew fake news?

  • doucyet

    The only hack I see, James Clapper.

    • Omar Coming

      clap on, clap off…i prefer off

  • kevtop53

    Obama’s lackey’s!

  • Phil Freeman

    Clap off, the Clapper!

  • Clarc King

    If the Fed and Wall St. are not straightened out soon, put into reorganization now, the US economy will totally collapse. Our US government and the US fiat money system has been monetized and looted by the Wall St. cabal. WWIII will not cover it all up. Our neocon Public Employees, answering to a higher authority, are expanding WWIII to the thermonuclear threshold, because war is profitable. This is the national security crisis.

  • Charlie7777

    Pathetic childish losers and their nonsense…UsA is Terrorist No.1…..and their degenerate isra hell zio project…shame on these senile half wits…bring forth the guillotine for that clapper criminal scumbag…

  • asshat

    It might be helpful to their case if they could produce even one or two actual examples of fake news produced by Russian propagandists.

    • And they will not, because 1000 guys like us would be ALL OVER it, proving their lies the very same day. So they ask us to just believe them because they are the government. Its bad when so many Americans extremely distrust their own government. I don’t believe one single thing they say, from armaments to vaccinations – They will kill us all if it suits their purposes.

  • nick98514

    So, this complete “out of touch” A-hole is now making a statement that “Telling the truth is now an act of war!”…..WTF are idiots like this doing anywhere near any position of responsibility or power? This moron should be arrested & charged with “negligence” and “Malfeasance in office”….at the very least, in my honest opinion he is more like a “traitor” the same as Obozo and Killary.

  • nick98514

    This fu*wit’s name isn’t Clapper?………It’s “Clapped-out”.

  • Where is ANY proof, of ANY kind? Show me one website where the “Russians” published anything that would “sway the election”. Then show me 1000 websites with 1,000,000 unique readers that read these alleged “fake news stories that influenced the election”. Ohhhh, I see. You cannot show me any proof because you would reveal your “secret spy tricks”. We should trust you, right? I see. But you want our children to fight your war, don’t you? Burn in hell Clapper, you and all the rest of your Total Information Awareness slavers.

    Everyone else – all these people want is war because there is BIG money in it, and BIG BUDGETS for intelligence communities and $million jobs in the civilian sector upon retirement. I’ve watched these liars for 20 years, and when I realized that 9/11 was an inside job, I hammered my desk in disbelief. My eyes are OPEN. These intel [email protected] will sacrifice ALL of us for a big war.

  • Free Eric Snowden. Free Julian Assange.

  • IceTrey

    The CIA complaining about a foriegn government interfering with our election. That is rich!

  • Check out RT’s Redacted Tonight on YouTube.. pretty decent fake news.

  • billdeserthills

    Very funny, as if anyone in this admin has retained enough integrity to be believed on any subject.
    I’ll believe assange at wikileaks first

  • Michael Loflin

    At least they don’t send in the cia and military to eleminate Hillary, like the US did in Lybia, Iraq and Afganistan. And don’t forget what was done in central and south America during the 70s, 80’s and 90’s.

    • nick98514

      I wish they would take out the Clinton Clan, along with the rest of the corrupt den of inequity.

  • Omar Coming

    The Demos can’t get over the fact of just how hated ol’ Hillary truly is in America…

  • Army Vet 4444

    “Whatever crack, fissure they could find in our tapestry, they would exploit it.” Oh… in other words, they were doing what the American press is SUPPOSED to have been doing the whole time, instead of cowtowing to the Clinton Campaign then….. right?

  • stan

    Clapper went before congress on the NSA issue and lied right to their face. And they’re gonna listen to what he says now?

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