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Welcome to 2017.
I can’t let this month go by without saying something about the extraordinary events surrounding the President elect of the USA.
Let’s start with the hacking.
There hasn’t been any. At least not any successful hacking that anyone can prove.
The joint intelligence assessment stated that hackers (allegedly Russian) had got as far as the voting boards. That’s all. In other words, the Russians did not access the voting machines and therefore did not alter the outcome of the election. The Russians did make it clear that they preferred Trump over Hillary and said so in all their media outlets – a bit like how the CIA preferred Hillary over Trump and said to in all their media outlets. Hell hath no fury like an intelligence (sic) agency trumped.
…and the Democratic National Committee email leaks…yup they were leaks. Repeat after me L. E. A. K. S. That is not the same as a H. A. C. K. For people without a working knowledge of English, a dictionary, or access to the internet – a leak is when someone inside your organisation shares information about your organisation that you want secret. A hack is when someone outside your organisation accesses your secret information electronically and steals it. The DNC emails were leaked to Wikileaks and the leaker was an insider and not Russian. We know because Julian Assange says so. The CIA disagrees even though they admit they have no evidence whatsoever. So who are you going to believe? Do you believe a community volunteer organisation with an impeccable record committed to truth telling, or a secret service organisation with a very dirty record committed to lying, murdering, media manipulation, and staging coups within target countries?
But let’s pretend for the moment that the CIA have nobly exposed a Russian government hack. So what? What they are really saying is:
- You as a citizen have no right to know how evil, corrupt and deceitful a candidate or party is; and
- The system is so rigged that the only way you can know is from the Russian secret services.
Really it’s a big endorsement for Russia Today.
At least we now know who the fake news outlets are.
But is it really all a big storm in a tea cup? Well actually no.
Here’s the thing. In 2017 the secret police attempted and failed to steal an election from a popular presidential candidate, then openly campaigned against the president elect, then created a narrative to constrain the President from making wise and popular choices while in office that could reduce the power and influence of the secret police and their allies. That’s the state of American democracy in 2017.
To really get an overview on this I recommend this interview with the former Assistant Secretary to Treasury under Reagan, and author of numerous books, Dr Paul Craig Roberts. Oh, and one last thing. A long time ago a Rabbi called Jesus said “you will know the truth and the truth will make you free”. I believe him. If therefore people are obscuring and hiding the truth, then clearly they want to make us unfree.
Freedom has to be fought for in every generation.
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