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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:22 pm    Post subject: Russian Collusion technically impossible Reply with quote

It turns out that the Russian Collusion story is technically impossible.


The background. Wikileaks revealed batches of Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails during the election as well as those of Podesta, the Clinton campaign boss and all-round Washington apparatchik.

The DNC emails revealed that the voting was being rigged for Hillary. In fact, it's entirely possible that Bernie could have won the nomination without the rigged vote. I don't just mean inclusion of senior party figures, I mean actual ballot manipulations.

The article shows that the 'transfer speed' of the downloaded emails was greater than could be achieved over the internet. It means their computer was not hacked by outsiders, but the source was an insider, and it was done through a thumb drive or some such device on site. Which means that Wikileaks got the emails from someone who worked for the DNC or at least had physical access to the DNC computers.

The Podesta emails were a result of hacking, and the hacker is known -- Guccifer 2 -- but the same research eliminates his connection to the Russians. Check it out.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Let me take you on set of speculations ... let's call them realistic speculations, based on the recognition that the Russian collusion story is fake news. This is what I imagine could be happening at the two poles of American politics.

The negative pole -- the Democrats -- is trying to depose Trump, through using accusations against him to create a narrative of incompetence, misogyny and racism. They have accused him of being Russia's Manchurian Candidate, for example. They keep doubling down on their accusations, moving from one to another.

The positive pole -- the Republicans -- have a checklist of items that President hopes to accomplish, including the repeal of Obamacare, tax cuts, immigration control, and renegotiating trade agreements.

So far, the negative pole has been prevailing in the sense that it has been able to slow down and prevent Trump's agenda from being implemented. The Democrats have two priorities for the next elections -- to retake the Senate, and thus have a veto on Presidential power, and second, to take the House, so they can start impeachment proceedings. The Senate is half the Democrat senators are going into an election year soon -- so it is important that the tide be turned for them.

Know we know the Russian collusion story was fake, we can untease the current events, as they cover Korea. It also is an object lesson in how 'media' are used to influence the public. But it's also an exercise in logical speculation.

If the Russian collusion story is fake news being used to undermine Trump regardless ... then it is probably the case that the Korean story is a counter-move to that.

Kim Jung-Un might have been blowing rockets off until the cows come home, and if the media didn't tell us, we would have no idea. Does the West have reporters on site? Doubtful. We see special footage created for us to see -- as censored by the networks, etc. Our side has known about the miniaturization of the warheads for a few years. It's not a new threat.

But why is it 'news' to us? This item has been fished out of a file, dusted off, and activated. It isn't an accident.

Speculation #1: it's because this story can be absolutely counted on to rally support to the President!

To flesh this out -- back in North Korea, Kim Jong-Un is strutting about, showing off North Korea's latest military capability, making empty threats -- and suddenly the world spotlight is upon him. Comrade Kim Jung-Un is a character almost drawn from a comic strip. He's easy to demonize.

And suddenly, we are in a dance ... where North Korea is qualifying its threat, turning it into a public test, not a military attack ... and the Security Council has OK'd the new embargo. Will China enforce it? Suddenly ... council meetings at the highest levels in North Korea ... the threats grow less strident.

A new narrative emerges, with Trump as the central figure in a strong determination to protect America -- his whole lineup is strong and 100% on-side with Trump's actions. He's Daddy Warbucks, saving America in its hour of need!

Almost immediately, as Rush Limbaugh pointed out, the FBI announced the midnight raid on the Manafort residence. It vied for headlines with the Korea story. The actual raid took place a couple of weeks prior to the release of the news. It serves the purpose of re-opening the Russian collusion thing, again. On CNN, this item was presented as if it were an indications that arrests would soon follow.

To illustrate: they are examining Manafort's work for the bad guys in the Ukraine. He did something to organize a campaign there, almost a decade ago. He didn't register as a foreign lobbyist -- perhaps because he was in the Ukraine? -- which is the offence they are 'investigating', as far as we know. If you don't believe the FBI is being used politically, consider that Hillary Clinton's home has never been raided and she is guilty of actual crimes, and the FBI knows it!

But I think what's interesting is understanding that Trump, too, has his resources in this field.

Mark Steyn's take on the situation ...

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another new wrinkle ...

Mueller just obtained a warrant that could change the entire nature of the Russia investigation

Natasha Bertrand
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Robert Mueller obtained a search warrant for records of "inauthentic" Facebook accounts.

It's bad news for "deniers" of Russia's election interference.

Mueller may be looking to charge specific foreign entities with a crime.

Robert Mueller, the FBI special counsel, reportedly obtained a search warrant for records of the "inauthentic" accounts Facebook shut down earlier this month and the targeted ads these accounts purchased during the 2016 election.

The warrant was first disclosed by The Wall Street Journal on Friday night and later confirmed by CNN.

Legal experts say the revelation has enormous implications for the trajectory of the FBI's investigation into Russia's election interference and into whether Moscow had any help from President Donald Trump's campaign team.

"This is big news — and potentially bad news for the Russian election interference 'deniers,'" said Asha Rangappa, a former FBI counterintelligence agent.

Rangappa, now an associate dean at Yale Law School, explained that to obtain a search warrant a prosecutor needs to prove to a judge that there is reason to believe a crime has been committed. The prosecutor then has to show that the information sought will provide evidence of that crime.

Mueller would not have sought a warrant targeting Facebook as a company, Rangappa said. Rather, he would have been interested in learning more about specific accounts.

"The key here, though, is that Mueller clearly already has enough information on these accounts — and their link to a potential crime to justify forcing [Facebook] to give up the info," she said. "That means that he has uncovered a great deal of evidence through other avenues of Russian election interference."

It also means Mueller is no longer looking at Russia's election interference from a strict counterintelligence standpoint — he now thinks he may be able to obtain enough evidence to charge specific foreign entities with a crime.

Renato Mariotti, a former federal prosecutor who's now a partner at Thompson Coburn LLP, said that the revelation that Mueller obtained a search warrant for Facebook content "may be the biggest news in the case since the Manafort raid."

The FBI conducted a predawn raid on the home of Trump's campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, in late July. The bureau is reportedly investigating Manafort's financial history and overseas business dealings as part of its probe into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow.

The Facebook warrant "means that Mueller has concluded that specific foreign individuals committed a crime by making a 'contribution' in connection with an election," Mariotti wrote on Saturday.

"It also means that he has evidence of that crime that convinced a federal magistrate judge of two things," he continued. "First, that there was good reason to believe that the foreign individual committed the crime. Second, that evidence of the crime existed on Facebook."

That has implications for Trump and his associates, too, Mariotti said.

"It is a crime to know that a crime is taking place and to help it succeed. That's aiding and abetting," he said. "If any Trump associate knew about the foreign contributions that Mueller's search warrant focused on and helped that effort in a tangible way, they could be charged."

Congressional intelligence committees are homing in on the campaign's data operation as a potential trove of incriminating information.

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, told MSNBC earlier this month that he wanted to know how sophisticated the Russian-bought ads were — in terms of their content and targets — to determine whether they had any help from the Trump campaign.

The committee also wants to interview the digital director for Trump's campaign, Brad Parscale, who worked closely with Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who's now a senior adviser.

Kushner was put in charge of the campaign's data operation, and the FBI is now scrutinizing his contacts in December with the Russian ambassador to the US and the CEO of a sanctioned Russian bank.

Facebook said in a statement earlier this month that about 25% of the ads purchased by Russians during the election "were geographically targeted," though many analysts have said they find it difficult to believe that foreign entities would have had the kind of granular knowledge of American politics necessary to target specific demographics and voting precincts.

In a postelection interview, Kushner told Forbes that he had been keenly interested in Facebook's "micro-targeting" capabilities from early on.

"I called somebody who works for one of the technology companies that I work with, and I had them give me a tutorial on how to use Facebook micro-targeting," Kushner said.

"We brought in Cambridge Analytica," he continued. "I called some of my friends from Silicon Valley who were some of the best digital marketers in the world. And I asked them how to scale this stuff ... We basically had to build a $400 million operation with 1,500 people operating in 50 states, in five months to then be taken apart. We started really from scratch."
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