Alliance for Securing Democrats: Hamilton68 Hacks #BlameRussia for #ReleasetheMemo Trending on Twitter

Alliance for Securing Democrats: Hamilton68 Hacks #BlameRussia for #ReleasetheMemo Trending on Twitter

This week Republicans in Congress took to the House floor and demanded the release of a classified memo demonstrating what they say are gross abuses by the Obama Justice Department of the FISA courts to spy on the Trump campaign. With Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) declaring that some people will go to jail over what the document will reveal, the talking points of the Democrats and their media allies was predictable: the GOP was trying to discredit the FBI and investigation into RussiaGate, and Russian bots rather than fed up Americans were making #ReleasetheMemo trend Thursday into Friday on Twitter.

No organization has been doing more to paint a pseudo-scientific veneer of respectability over unproven claims that anti-deep state and Obama Administration hash tags were coming out of the dreaded Russian Internet troll farms than the German Marshall Fund's Hamilton68 project. Yet the question of why a think tank partly funded by the German taxpayers is, in the name of supposedly non-partisan defense of democracy, meddling in American partisan politics by having its fellows like Andrew Weisburd  (@Webradius) vigorously pushing agitprop about a Kremlin-GOP alliance online, is not asked by reporters. Instead, the mainstream media uncritically repeats Hamilton68's risible claims that almost any hash tag bashing the Democrats or linking to stories by TruePundit, GatewayPundit, Breitbart or even Fox News is amplified by 'Russian bots'. With mainstream media never challenging Hamilton68's Cialis commercial type Clint Watts, it was left to Wikileaks' Julian Assange to call BS on the 68ers 'everyone we don't agree with is a Russian bot' or is amplified by Russian bots shtick.

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The "Not Agreement Capable" Americans and the Great RT/"Russian Facebook Ads" Panic

The "Not Agreement Capable" Americans and the Great RT/"Russian Facebook Ads" Panic

Defeated presidential candidate and lifelong grifter Hillary Clinton is out in the legacy media this week, promoting her book What Happened and accusing Trump's campaign of colluding with the Russians.

If the consequences from an accelerating Eurasian and now even Venezuelan dump of the U.S. dollar wouldn't be so dire, the entire #MuhRussia story concocted by deep staters and the suddenly ultra-hawkish fake liberal presstitutes would make for a hilarious Cold War farce.

Instead, as my friend The Saker writes the initial optimism in Moscow regarding the election of Trump has turned to contempt for the extent to which the USA is disappearing up its own paranoid rear orifice faster than you can say, "Russian troll-bots organized an anti-refugee rally in Idaho" (which four people can seem to recall attending if it happened at all). Trump being bullied and blocked from pursuing his campaign promise of detente with Russia has also revealed who really runs Washington, and that certainly isn't the man sitting in the Oval Office. Vladimir Putin put it succintly in a recent press conference when Vlad stated that Trump isn't his bride and he is not a groom, and that it's difficult to constructively engage people who confuse Austria and Australia (alluding to a gaffe by President Obama, but intended as a dig against the American political class in general).

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Cold Turkey: How War on the Rocks' Contributors Clint Watts and Andrew Weisburd Lied By Omission About the Incirlik Power Cutoff (But Trust Them, Russia Hacked the Election for Trump)

Cold Turkey: How War on the Rocks' Contributors Clint Watts and Andrew Weisburd Lied By Omission About the Incirlik Power Cutoff (But Trust Them, Russia Hacked the Election for Trump)

Back in mid-July after the failed putsch against Turkish president turned dictator Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Team RogueMoney and other alt-media gave extensive coverage to what was going on at the Incirlik Air Base, where many of the alleged coup plotters in Turkey's military served alongside U.S. counterparts before being arrested for treason. One of the oddities we noticed at the time was how some military oriented media such as Stars and Stripes were forced into covering the cutoff of electricity to the base, a key installation for the hosting of American B61 tactical nuclear bombs in Europe, due to the legitimate concerns of family and friends about the U.S. servicemen sweating in the summer heat without air conditioning at the facility.

However, to read articles published by Clinton Watts or Andrew Weisburd written for War on the Rocks (WoTR) and The Daily Beast, you'd think any doubts expressed on Facebook or Twitter about the security of Incirlik, its large tactical nuclear arsenal and the American servicemen and women there were all fabricated by sophisticated Russian propaganda trolls. In the aftermath of a Turkish policeman's assassination of a Russian Ambassador raising the question of Islamist if not ISIS infiltration of Turkey's security forces, and the prospect of the next attack (one that won't be sickeningly welcomed by a columnist for the NY Daily News) being against a U.S. diplomat or facility like Incirlik, Watts' and Weisburd's poo-pooing of last July's power cutoff merits another look. So too, does the faux Atlanticist, globalist agenda the two men are pushing -- which comes perilously close to advocating a fulltime, U.S. government run propaganda machine to attack the alt-media in real time for allegedly repeating Russian government-produced agitprop.

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Sue the Bastards: @PropOrNot Promoters at WaPost Are Facing Potential Litigation for Libel from Naked Capitalism

Getcha popcorn ready alt-media -- Yves Smith of NakedCapitalism.com and her team of contributors have had enough, and have sent The Washington (Jeff Bezos) Post a retract or face litigation letter. At issue is the (Com)Post's Thanksgiving weekend special story on @PropOrNot, an 'organization' which claims to have up to 40 anonymous members but which behaves like a gaggle of Ukro-trolls sponsored by MediaMatters (why all the hate for the supposedly 'pro-Russian' DrudgeReport otherwise?) on Twitter. And which naturally, has been endorsed by ex-Army special forces psyops warrior turned pro-Kiev regime scumbag troll Joel Harding

Fortunately, the idiots at the Post appear to be doubling down on the 'defense' against the malicious intent at the heart of proving libel. The Post's public statement claims that since their story actually didn't name the 200 websites @PropOrNot smeared as 'Russian propaganda', they didn't actually agree with PropOrNot's so-called 'List', only report it. But we seriously doubt that 'we're not libelers with intent, just idiots with crappy anonymous sources' argument is going to fly with a jury in the post-Hulk Hogan crushing Gawker era. Perhaps if Naked Capitalism crowdfunds their legal costs they'll receive a nice large anonymous donation from Donald J. Trump supporter Peter Thiel?

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