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"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” - Elie Weisel

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." - Desmond Tutu

"There comes a time when neutrality and laying low become dishonorable. If you’re not in revolt, you’re in cahoots. When this period and your name are mentioned, decades hence, your grandkids will look away in shame." - David Brooks

6 responses to “Reed and Whitehouse vote yes on Trump’s CIA appointee”

  1. cailin rua

    Not only must the Sundlunistas go, so should the Hasbroites. There’s no leadership here, just old money scions collaborating with nouveau riche dictators.

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  2. PinkHatLib

    Why are we parroting the Democratic Party line on “Russian” hackers? There’s plenty to oppose about Pompeo without repeating bs claims about Russia.

    The evidence is extremely thin, and you’d think progressives would have learned their lessons about repeating unsubstantiated intelligence claims. Maybe this is more apparent to folks in IT, but I think the RIPDA and Steve should think twice before joining the chorus on this one.

    “Did the Russians Really Hack the DNC?”

    Attribution is hard, cybersecurity specialists often point out. “Once an APT [advanced persistent threat] is released into the wild, its spread isn’t controlled by the attacker,” writes Mark McArdle. “They can’t prevent someone from analyzing it and repurposing it for their own needs.” Adapting malware “is a well-known reality,” he continues. “Finding irrefutable evidence that links an attacker to an attack is virtually unattainable, so everything boils down to assumptions and judgment.”

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  3. Johnnie

    “Donald Trump was elected with the assistance of Russian hackers.”
    How do you know that, because you saw it on television? Do you think the disinformation specialists at the CIA have no agenda but the truth?

    Julian Assange and former British ambassador Craig Murray say the DNC leak was done by a known insider who was disgusted with the Democratic party. Are they working with the Russians, too?

    If the Russians did hack the DNC they did the American people a favor by exposing the Democratic party leadership for the duplicitous bastards they are, rigging the primaries and manipulating the rank and file voters. Do you ignorant dolts at the RIPDA think rigging an election is acceptable? You dummies need to redirect your misplaced anger.

    Do you know the CIA helped the buffoon Boris Yeltsin win his second election, while US “investors” feasted on Russia as they are now doing in Greece? But it’s okay if the US does it, because we are the good guys.

    “They are giving Trump’s potentially treasonous ties to Russia a pass. This is unacceptable.”

    What “potentially” treasonous ties are you speaking of? And exactly what is unacceptable, that Trump wants to seek some accommodation with Russia other than war? What is treasonous about doing business with Russia and deescalating the military tensions and the new Cold War set into motion by the Obama administration?

    These right-wing reactionaries at RIPDA, who are delusional enough to call themselves progressive, have allied themselves with the neocon cabal and Washington war hawks who have been in control of US foreign policy since the Bush administration. These fools are as irrelevant and dangerous as the Democratic party; pay little attention to them and what they say.

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  4. PinkHatLib

    “Pompeo, maintains the RIPDA, ‘also threatens to politicize intelligence, just like Georg W Bush did with Iraq and Valerie Plame. Only this time, the risk is far worse. Donald Trump was elected with the assistance of Russian hackers.'”

    Do as I say, not as I do, eh? Really quite disappointing from RIPDA.
    “It is, frankly, quite embarrassing to the reputation of the US intelligence services to be putting out something that claims to be a report like that,” Assange said. “This is a press release. It is clearly designed for political effect and US intelligence have been politicized by the Obama administration in the production of this report and a number of other statements.”

    Assange called the report a “political attack cannon against Donald Trump” and a way “to defend the reason why the Democratic Party lost.” And he claimed that its true purpose was to bolster certain officials within the Democratic Party and “delegitimize the election of Donald Trump.”

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  5. cailin rua

    “It’s high camp stuff,” Hersh told The Intercept. “What does an assessment mean? It’s not a national intelligence estimate. If you had a real estimate, you would have five or six dissents. One time they said 17 agencies all agreed. Oh really? The Coast Guard and the Air Force — they all agreed on it? And it was outrageous and nobody did that story. An assessment is simply an opinion. If they had a fact, they’d give it to you. An assessment is just that. It’s a belief. And they’ve done it many times.”

    Where is the leadership in opposition to Trump, I mean real and effective opposition? Does Senator WhiteKnight have a hot line to R I Future? My, oh my, how quickly those “updates” were posted. Why does RIPDA imagine he would have voted on Pompeo’s confirmation any differently? Whitehouse is already on record saying the appointment of Michael Flynn to national security advisor is a “great thing for R I”. Is he the opposition along w/ Joe Paolino and Alan Hassenfeld?

    What kind of dog and pony/good cop/bad cop routine is RIPDA pulling? Are they going to put up any opposition to Whitehouse and Reed, particularly Whitehouse, since Reed will be parked where he is for the next four years circulating his own “alternative facts” with former corporate news hosts such as Judy Woodruff, Charlie Rose or corporate print media “pundits” such as David Brooks, Mike Barnacle, Scott MacKay, yada, yada, yada who now dominate “public” broadcasting? Reed is on record boldly proclaiming to Judy Woodruff, “To deny Russian involvement in the election is to deny fact.” As Hersch asserts, it’s “high camp stuff”.

    We’re in trouble and there is no real leadership. There are only those in the pockets of big finance, big defense, bigger and bigger law enforcement, developers, and the non profit fronts for the neoliberal wealth, power and class preservation apparatus which will collectively cry crocodile tears as they garner more and more power pretending to fill the social safety net void Trump will leave behind. It’s pathetic. It’s a very dark time. The Democrats shed no light.

    As Dan O’Sullivan wrote for Jacobin a short while ago:

    “And yet. Two months out from the shock demolition of the Democratic Party, the most faithful acolytes are not getting it. Someone like Moulitsas, an irrelevancy himself, can only be a real, pressing threat when marching in lockstep with the rest of a vast zombie horde — a sea of dead flesh which somehow is still upright, clogging the highways, trapping those still alive and trying to break out, in a waking nightmare without end. It is the only way of explaining a Democratic Party, from Markos Moulitsas to Cory Booker to Rahm Emanuel, cheering the demise of decent health care as a going concern for many Americans.”

    Substitute Moulitsas’ name for any vapid Netroots Nation like entity created in his image and likeness. Podesta Group lobbying efforts are what brought the current dictator to our doorstep.

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  6. PinkHatLib

    Interesting information in the Vault 7 data…
    “Development Tradecraft DOs and DON’Ts”
    (S//NF) DO NOT leave dates/times such as compile timestamps, linker timestamps, build times, access times, etc. that correlate to general US core working hours (i.e. 8am-6pm Eastern time)

    Of course we’re to believe that the Russians are so inept as to not have their own comparable standard as “proof” of their involvement. Pointed out as suspicious in the link I posted above…
    FireEye’s report from 2014, on which much of the DNC Russian attribution is based, found that 89 percent of the APT28 software samples it analyzed were compiled during regular working hours in St. Petersburg and Moscow. [7]

    But compile times, like language settings, can be easily altered to mislead investigators. Mark McArdle wonders, “If we think about the very high level of design, engineering, and testing that would be required for such a sophisticated attack, is it reasonable to assume that the attacker would leave these kinds of breadcrumbs? It’s possible. But it’s also possible that these things can be used to misdirect attention to a different party. Potentially another adversary. Is this evidence the result of sloppiness or a careful misdirection?” [8]

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