Monday, December 12, 2016

Is an American coup in the making?

Do you see trouble up ahead? Perhaps you should. The USA is all lined up for either a takeover or a makeover of government, call it what you will. Up for grabs: The Presidency of the United States of America. 


Okay, so admittedly this is a speculative opinion: I am talking about all the commotion attempting to link the government of Russia to the USA 2016 Presidential elections. Seventeen agencies have released a joint statement on the supposed Russian “interference” in the US elections, and Congress has announced their plans to address the situation. What follows is my take on how I think it is likely to play out in real time. 

This article has two parts: First, my reaction to the NSA-Joint Press Release and secondly, my reaction to the Fox News reporting of the event. Though these are separate issues, together they form the basis of my reasoning and my conclusion that the joint press release is part of a larger plan to remove Donald Trump should he take office.

First the joint press release, as follows: 

The U.S. Intelligence Community (USIC) is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organizations. The recent disclosures of alleged hacked e-mails on sites like DCLeaks.com and WikiLeaks and by the Guccifer 2.0 online persona are consistent with the methods and motivations of Russian-directed efforts. These thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the US election process. Such activity is not new to Moscow—the Russians have used similar tactics and techniques across Europe and Eurasia, for example, to influence public opinion there. We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia's senior-most officials could have authorized these activities.

What the press release actually says ... and does not say

Aside from how it came about that all of these agencies would join together to make this unusual statement, if we take this press release one line at a time it should be clear that there are things that it does say, and perhaps just as importantly things that it does not say. 


It does say they are confident the Russian Government "directed compromises” of emails but directed to whom? The answer shocks me: The emails breaches are said to have come: From US persons and institutions including US political organizations
Did you catch that? These are not Russians doing the questionable stuff, they are Americans, American individuals and political parties! So how, or in what way did Russians “direct” these activities? The article does not say so we are left to our imaginations.

Of course, when the agencies speak of compromises, they may be talking of something more nefarious than just hacking someone’s computer: This word “compromised” may be a euphemism for stealing data and revealing it to the public, which most of us would not appreciate happening to us. But what if the hacked emails revealed illegal activities on the part of our elected officials? Would that make a difference? What if those same emails revealed a level of corruption beyond anything we had imagined. Many people seem to think that is exactly what has happened and that this may, in fact, be a bigger reason for all the official interest in this hacks. 

If such illegal activities are the only concerns of the agencies, perhaps there is nothing to fear, nothing to be concerned about. But the short press release reveals perhaps more than was intended, when it discuses the fact that Russia tries to influence opinion. More on that in a minute. 

Regardless, we read on, they tell us plainly who they are talking about, who they are after. Or at least some of them. The report notes: “Recent disclosures of alleged hacked e-mails on sites like DCLeaks.com and WikiLeaks and by the Guccifer 2.0.

That quote defines the who; it tells us who they are talking about, at a bare minimum. There could be others too. In fact, if you hold minority political views, what is to stop them from targeting you as well? (Just asking.)  

The online persona is the supposed key

You may be wondering as I was, “Why do they think it was the Russian Government?” You would think they had a ton of hard evidence but do they? Actually, they say the evidence is this: The online persona are consistent with the methods and motivations of Russian-directed efforts.

What are “online persona” anyway? Well Internet identities (also called IID), or internet persona is a social identity that an Internet user establishes in online communities and websites. It can also be considered as an actively constructed presentation of oneself. If you use Facebook, you probably use an icon or photo that represents you, and you have a persona such as your personal information, which also may be a true or a false persona. (Some people may have fake personas or even several fake personas.)

The agencies are claiming because the suspected writers used certain kinds of icons and personal information they must be Russian operators and must have been “controlled by the Russian government.”

This assumption may or may not be true, but is it something that you would want to trot off to war over? Because make no mistake, the war drums are beating in the background, if you have watched the recent Shepard Smith video that is unmistakable. 

“So,” you may ask, “is that it! Based upon the little cartoons or whatever that the suspected operators used, they are willing to bet that the Russian government prompted these people to intervene in American politics. No, there is more. 

Americans, not Russians!

But first, wait a minute: Are these Russians that they are accusing performing this “interference? No! Not at all. 

Remember what they said earlier? The release makes it clear that these are NOT Russians, and that the suspects are instead from US persons and institutions, including from US political organizations.

So if you read it closely, the statement is claiming that Americans, good old American pie eating Americans like you and me are being “directed” by the Kremlin to somehow “intervene” in American politics! 

So you don’t really even have to read between the lines: If you just look closely, you surely must realize that the USA government and all seventeen agencies, which by the way includes all the branches of the U.S. military, these agencies plan to target, at the minimum, DCLeaks.com, WikiLeaks and Guccifer 2.0. And perhaps others

Do you feel a witch hunt  coming on yet? 

“Well,” you say, “Is that it? Based upon icons and online persona, they are targeting Americans as Russian agents?” 

No, there is one other piece of supposed evidence, and it is this: The Russians have used similar tactics and techniques across Europe and Eurasia, for example, to influence public opinion there.”

Control of public opinion is the real target!

So the main idea is this: Russia, according to the agencies, has attempted to influence public opinion. And I ask myself, When Russia wants to influence opinions, what do they do? 

(I mean, of course, What do Russians do when they are not hacking government email accounts and revealing USA corruption?). 

The answer seems to be, that Russians influence American thought by Publishing articles in magazines that Americans read. And the other way they influence us is that they publish Facebook pages and web pages that we read.  In short, they attempt to give us information what we may not have heard, or that our government does not want for us to hear.

But is it not our right and our heritage to be free to read foreign books, magazines and articles? In fact, is this not the very essence of freedom? The freedom, the right to think, to research, to discover the secrets of the world through literature?

Does anyone reading this believe that Julian Assange of Wikileaks, or DCLeaks.com are Russian spies or agents? Well it seems your government is taking this possibility very seriously. What the seventeen agency release makes very clear to me is this: Our government at the highest levels, and bilaterally, is very afraid that you might change your mind about certain things. Take Democrats, Republicans and supposed neutral parties like the security agencies or the military: None of them seemingly want your ideas or thoughts to be influenced by foreigners, people of other nations, people of other cultures, and most especially, by thoughts of other economic and or legal systems. 

The NSA-joint release is now the basis for a new, bilateral/bi-partisan Congressional investigation, and this investigation was developed so fast, one has to wonder whether the Congressional investigation too was part of the joint-agreement. It seems that there is a very big club behind this movement, this coordinated effort to implicate the Russian government in the Wikileaks and other dissemination of official-but-secret government information to the general public.

According to the seventeen (17-agency press release), the proposed Congressional investigation is not about stealing votes, is not about altering voting machines: It is all about squashing the free movement of information! Put another way: It is about limiting your sources of knowledge.

We can sing about the “land of the free” until we turn red white and blue, and nobody will care, but there also are forbidden thoughts that the government wants to “protect” you from. And it seems that they are prepared to use all seventeen agencies to put that into effect and very soon, just as soon as the bilateral Congress can rubber stamp it. The consensus of the seventeen is that “we are confident” that Russia meddled in our elections.


Were some of these same people also confident that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction?  (Which turned out not to be true?) And if so, where are they planning to lead us now?

I never thought I would say this, but the joint  planning and collaboration of our two major political parties, seventeen security agencies including the military, the mainstream media, and possibly the courts, have all the appearance of a group preparing to stage a coup: That these several powerful entities are all arrayed against President-elect Trump, seems to indicate that they may be getting lined up for a takeover of our government, of our Presidency. A coup of the government if you will. I am not saying this will be a good or a bad thing, but it seems to me that the above press release may well be a blueprint for a regime change, perhaps a limited change but a change nonetheless.

Fox has been spewing out propaganda against Trump. (Trump is a politician, by the way, who I do not support.) But he is our President elect. Maybe.

Like the old CCR song says, I think I see "a bad moon rising.” 

#americancoup #USIC #u.s.intelligencecommunity #russianhackers #2016elections 

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