Debunking RussiaGate, attempts to stop the new Cold War

by Fabius Maximus
Summary: So far the evidence (& lack of it) shows that RussiaGate is one of the most successful propaganda campaigns in American history, supporting the great goal of starting a new Cold War. The first Cold War provided vast benefits to our elites, and they will do whatever necessary to achieve a second harvest. Debunking RussiaGate is our best and last opportunity to stop it.

“Mr. President, if that’s what you want there is only one way to get it. That is to make a personal appearance before Congress and scare the hell out of the country.”
— Senator Arthur Vandenberg’s advice to Truman about starting the Cold War. Truman did so in his famous speech on 12 March 1947. From Put yourself in Marshall’s place by James Warburg (he helped develop the US WWII propaganda programs).

RussiaGate

Fake news, warm-ups of the big RussiaGate narrative

Here is a sample of the fake news about the Ruskies which was eagerly spread and easily debunked. How sad that so many Americans believe each new story, no matter how many past stories were debunked.
Before the election, some Democrats try an “October Surprise” with the help of Slate’s Franklin Foer, as anonymous experts ask “Was a Trump Server Communicating With Russia?“. Setting a precedent for future fake news about Trump, it was bold rumors. Slate doubled-down with “Trump’s Server, Revisited.” Hillary excitedly tweeted about it ( Sixteen months later there is still no evidence. Even the good Leftists at Snopes cannot buy the story; see their analysis.
WaPo exposé: “Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say“, 24 November 2016. It was quickly revealed as based on a fringe group that made wild baseless claims. See the sad but inadequate note added by its editors (they think the story was truthy, so did not retract it).
Exposé by The Guardian: Assange “long had a close relationship with the Putin regime”, 24 December 2016. It was quickly debunked (even the interview did not support the claim). See the retractions they added, unseen by the millions who retweet and shared its false claims.
WaPo exposé: “Russian operation hacked a Vermont utility, showing risk to U.S. electrical grid security, officials say“, 30 December 2016. US leaders go hysterical. Story eventually collapses and retracted. See the sad details.
Fortune reports exciting news: “C-SPAN Confirms It Was Briefly Hacked by Russian News Site.” Of course, they eventually added a note retracting the claim — the local power company did it.
CNN exposé linking Trump adviser Anthony Scaramucci to investigations into a Russian investment fund, 22 June 2017. The next day CNN retracted the story and fired 3 reporters.
CNN Journalists Resign: Latest Example of Media Recklessness on the Russia Threat” by Glenn Greenwald at The Intercept, 27 June 2017.
U.S. Tells 21 States That Hackers Targeted Their Voting Systems“, NYT, 22 September 2017. The story slowly broke down, as many States refuted the story (e.g., WisconsinCalifornia).
Nice summary of the propaganda barrage: “Yet Another Major Russia Story Falls Apart. Is Skepticism Permissible Yet?” by Glenn Greenwald at The Intercept, 28 September 2017.
NBC exposé: “U.S. intel: Russia compromised seven states prior to 2016 election” according to 4 reporters who pass on stories from anonymous sources. It was weak, and quickly debunked.

Work of the Russian Trolls that we’re told hacked the election.

Army of Jesus - Russian Troll Hacking

Rebuttals to the evil Ruskies attacking America narrative

Every aspect of the RussiaGate narrative has been thoroughly debunked. Perhaps Mueller will reveal stunning new information. But so far, after roughly 18 months, there has been almost no supporting information for the major elements of the RussiaGate narratives.
Russiagate Narrative Undercut by Nunes Memo” by Philip Giraldi at Consortium News, 9 February
“The key allegations of election meddling at the heart of Russiagate continue to lack supporting evidence, while on the other hand, evidence of overreach by investigators undermines the narrative of Trump-Russia collusion.”
Why ‘Russian Meddling’ is a Trojan Horse” by Rob Urie at Counterpunch, 17 February. Excerpt…
“Prior to the 2016 presidential election, if one were to ask what single act could seal a new Cold War with Russia, align liberals and progressives with the operational core of the American military-industrial-surveillance complex, expose the preponderance of left-activism as an offshoot of Democratic Party operations and consign most of what remained to personal invective against an empirically dangerous leader, consensus would likely have it that doing so wouldn’t be easy.”
The ‘Russian Influence’ in the Mueller Indictment Is A Commercial Marketing Scheme” at the Moon of Alabama, 17 February — “What is described and denounced as such was instead a commercial marketing scheme which ran click-bait websites to generate advertisement revenue and created online crowds around virtual persona to promote whatever its commercial customers wanted to promote.”
The U.S. political conversation is not and probably never was driven by Russian social-media bots” by Philip Bump at the WaPo, 20 February.
The Fundamental Uncertainty of Mueller’s Russia Indictments” by Masha Gessen at The New Yorker, 20 February. Valuable context to the RussiaGate fears and hysteria. She is the author of The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin.
Mueller’s Comic Book Indictment: How to Prosecute A Great Big Nothingburger” by David Stockman at his website, 20 February. Summary…
“Mueller’s 37-page comic book indictment actually unmasks – inadvertently to be sure – the distinctly un-terrifying essence of the whole Russian meddling narrative. In fact, the crude social media emissions (ads and posts) of the so-called troll farm were generally lame, often laughable and sometimes downright ludicrous…”
How The Media Enable Rep. Adam Schiff’s Russian Bot Conspiracy Theories” by Mollie Hemingway at The Federalist, 21 February — “For more than a year, Adam Schiff has been hopping to all the TV stations claiming, without benefit of specifics, the existence of a vast conspiracy between President Trump and Russia.”
A So-Called Expert’s Uneasy Dive Into the Trump-Russia Frenzy” by Adrian Chen at The New Yorker, 22 February — By one of the first U.S. journalists to report extensively on  Internet Research Agency, the St. Petersburg-based “troll farm” named in an indictment by Robert Mueller. ” It’s 90 people with a shaky grasp of English and a rudimentary understanding of U.S. politics shitposting on Facebook. {On Twitter.}”
Hyping the Mueller Indictment” by Aaron Maté at The Nation, 22 February — “Do the charges against Russian individuals and organizations really describe the “second-worst foreign attack on America”?” Betteridge’s Law of Headlines: the answer to any headline that ends in a question mark is “no.”
Another perspective: “Christopher Steele: Putin’s unwitting puppet in the campaign to shake America” by James Durso, an op-ed at The Hill, 23 February. Many are suspicious that Steele was a cooperative or unwitting conduit for Russian disinformation.
Stop Blaming Russian Bots For Everything” by Miriam Elder and Charlie Warzel at Buzzfeed, 28 February — “I’m not convinced on this bot thing,” said one of the men behind the Russian bot thing.”
What Mueller Has and What He’s Missing” by Peter van Buren at The American Conservative, 28 February — “So far there’s little of the former and a lot of the latter. Absent more evidence, skepticism remains a healthy stance.”
The Grammar of Russiagate” by Sheldon Richman at Counterpunch, 2 March — “Closely observing the grammar of the Official Russiagate Narrative is revealing and instructive. It provides clues to the (language-) game being played.”

Caitlin Johnstone at Medium has some mostly fact-rich, well-reasoned articles.

What Happens When A Russiagate Skeptic Debates A Professional Russiagater“, 26 December 2017. “In a recent Real News interview we received an extremely clear answer to that question, and it was so epic it deserves its own article.”
The One Fact Which Disproves Russiagate, But Nobody Wants To Talk About“, 14 January. Actually it gives quite a few examples of facts that disprove the narrative.
A Year Ago, Maddow Explained How MSM Would Use Russiagate To Escalate Cold War“, 23 January.  — “A year into the Trump administration and we can see plainly that this new president is already demonstrably more hawkish toward Russia than his predecessor.
Russiagate Isn’t About Trump, And It Isn’t Even Ultimately About Russia“, 27 January.
Russia Conspiracy Theorists Have Failed To Meet Their Burden Of Proof“, 20 February.”
“The establishment Russia narrative is soul-wiltingly dull. Oh hey a shocking shocking bombshell revelation about something Russia did, everyone freaks out, then people actually look into the nature of the allegation and it turns out it’s nothing. Lather, rinse, repeat. An interminable addition of zeros, day after day after day after day.”

Two sources of disinformation

There are shadowy forces seeking to manipulate us. Feel the money in motion, working to start a new Cold War in our minds. Here are two examples, both active in RussiaGate. Starting a new Cold War is a lucrative gig.

The Alliance for American Security.


Glenn Greenwald at The Intercept explains who they are: “With New D.C. Policy Group, Dems Continue to Rehabilitate and Unify With Bush-Era Neocons,” 17 July 2017. See their website.
Here the AAS announced their process for detecting Ruskies at work: “Hamilton 68: A New Tool to Track Russian Disinformation on Twitter” by Laura Rosenberger and J.M. Berger of the  Alliance for Securing Democracy, 2 August 2017. How does it work? That is a secret which we must take on faith. Of course, only fools would believe Bill Kristol without hard evidence.

Committee to Investigate Russia.

Reiner, Frum headline group to publicize Russia probes” by Daniella Dia at CNN, 17 September 2017. See their website.
Here is an interesting question (with an obvious answer): “Why doesn’t the Committee to Investigate Russia have any Russia experts?” by Leonid Bershidsky in an op-ed the NY Post, 22 September 2017.
Here is their introductory video: “We are war.” It’s quite mad.

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