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I don’t know if there’s anything left to say about Trump; there have been so many empty words spilled on both sides. I wanted to write something about the contents of the WikiLeaks releases, but this article by Wendi Muse goes above and beyond in its analysis of the tactics employed by the Clinton campaign to collude with the media, manipulate identity politics, elevate Donald Trump into the media spotlight, dump Bernie Sanders, and lie about Her socioeconomic priorities. These issues aren’t speculative anymore. They have all been documented in the Podesta emails and DNC leaks.

And before you say something about Russia interfering with our elections, just read this. It is the *only* evidence put forth by the U.S. government for Russian involvement, and it can’t even make a concrete assertion, instead employing phrases like “are consistent with,” “we believe,” and “could have.” It explicitly states “we are not now in a position to attribute this activity to the Russian Government.” It was the mealy-mouthed suggestion of *two* intelligence agencies—not 17 as Clinton said in the third debate—one of which was created by the Patriot Act and the other one headed by a man who perjured himself in front of the U.S. Senate in 2013 (James Clapper). This document is the only primary resource for journalists, pundits, and bloggers articulating the certainty of Russian involvement.

Lastly, I would like to address another counterfactual meme currently in circulation: that the FBI “confirmed there was no criminality” in Clinton’s unsecured server set-up, which exposed classified information to the internet. In fact, what James Comey recently said was that the FBI had not changed its original conclusion. That conclusion was: Hillary Clinton effectively violated U.S. Code as Secretary of State, repeatedly, but will not be recommended for a felony indictment because it is unlikely that she can be succesfully prosecuted.

Here’s a great video from MSNBC on the whole server dust-up, but seriously, read the article I linked to at the beginning of this post, it will show you exactly how the sausage is made.

You can also read today’s statement from Julian Assange here.

Personally, my view on the race hasn’t changed since April.

Comments

  1. #1 William Bayer
    Cleveland, Ohio
    November 8, 2016

    Clerical error: NSA Director who provided false testimony to Congress is James Clapper, not CNN’s Jake Tapper.

  2. #2 William Bayer
    Cleveland, Ohio
    November 8, 2016

    Second clerical error: “Hillary Clinton violated U.S. Civil Code as Secretary of State and thereby committed a felony”

    There’s no such thing as a felony regarding violation of “Civil” code. Felonies are CRIMINALl violations of law, and one would have to violate US Criminal Code in order to commit a felony.

    Related thereto: Comey never said that Hillary committed a felony — that statement is the writers own conclusion about Hillary’s conduct, not something Comey said.

    What Comey said was that Hillary was “extremely careless” in handling classified information. There is no substantial linguistic difference between the phrases, “extremely careless” and “gross negligence” (which is the LEGAL terminology for conduct which amounts to being “extremely careless”).

    Comey intentionally avoided using the legal terminology, as did Obama when he also called Hillary “extremely careless” (or described her conduct as exhibiting “extreme carelessness,” I don’t recall which. It came during Obama’s interview with Chris Wallace).

    What Comey was referring to was conduct described under 18 U.S. Code § 793 – Gathering, transmitting or losing defense information “*** (f) Whoever, being entrusted with or having lawful possession or control of any document, writing, *** or information, relating to the national defense, (1) through gross negligence permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of his trust, or to be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, or (2) having knowledge that the same has been illegally removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of its trust, or lost, or stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, and fails to make prompt report of such loss, theft, abstraction, or destruction to his superior officer— Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.”

    Comey then misinterpreted that CRIMINAL statute (part of what’s referred to as the “Espionage Act”) as if “intent” is required, when “gross negligence” — the standard of guilt used by that statute — is associated with inadvertent conduct resulting from failure to take proper precautions. “Intent” to engage in unlawful conduct is NOT required for prosecution or conviction under CRIMINAL statute, 18 U.S. Code § 793(f), as Comey misrepresented, to the disbelief of members of Congress familiar with the statute.

  3. #3 Wesley Dodson
    November 8, 2016

    LOL tyvm re: Clapper. I also removed the word ‘civil’ and changed the phrasing of the felony bit. And I admit that my translation of Comey depends on “extremely careless” equating to “gross negligence.” But on the other hand, most people are now translating “extremely careless” as “not criminal” which is inconsistent both with the ‘spirit’ of the law and the ‘letter’ of what Comey said. Comey’s upshot is really hazy. Is there insufficient evidence, or insufficient power to bring an indictment and successful prosecution?

  4. #4 SteveP
    November 8, 2016

    Well, if the American electorate flunks their sudden death intelligence test today, and picks the fascist man with the little hands, you will be able to take great take solace in knowing that you won’t have to suffer the unbearable indignity of living in a world where HC is the POTUS.

  5. #5 Wesley Dodson
    November 8, 2016

    Respectfully, Steve, fear of Trump is the only thing holding this show together. I don’t fear him for several reasons, such as the fact the he’s a well-established con artist, a longtime friend of the Clintons, a big fat liberal, and totally inept at everything he sets his hand to. He stinks to high heaven. If your fear is of Republican policy more broadly, then I might suggest you consider the fact that you live in a democracy where roughly half the people do not share your opinion. Besides, have you ever heard of separation of powers? Do you think it is no longer effective? If our lone president having his or her finger on the nuke is too much of a responsibility to wager on personal character, then it is HIGH TIME we take the President’s finger off the button.

  6. #6 SteveP
    Cloudy Terminator
    November 9, 2016

    I am enjoying the experience of watching how my mind reacts to what yesterday seemed unlikely, but which today is reality. Note to self. If political poll data is to be taken seriously in the future, it will need to be presented with more disclaimers than ads for a new pharmaceuticals. “Poll data may not reflect actual reality. Poll data should only be assumed to reflect the potential future behavior of polled individuals who have a phone, who are civil enough to answer their phone, civil enough to hear out a stranger’s request for information, confident or gullible enough to trust a pollster, available at the times that the polls were taken, did or did not have caller I.D., and who are truthful, Poll data will not necessarily reflect events that have taken place since the poll was conducted. Poll data will not necessarily reflect the opinions of people who were not available to be polled because they were at political gatherings consolidating political power and support for their candidate.”

    I haven’t had too much fear of new-que-lar destruction since the Cuban Missile Crisis. Hopefully saner hands will keep the little fingers off the little button. Maybe the generals never give out the real codes to politicians anyway. The Chinese have probably long since hacked the codes and substituted Bingo call outs. And just because we have someone with a tiny vocabulary and a lot of unresolved infantile issues at the helm ( but awesomely convincing hand gestures!) , leading a nation of people with immature emotions and science awareness comparable to that of sand fleas doesn’t mean that history is over. New opportunities to re-invent the wheel are sure to come up again! And the fact that my retirement investments are in the crapper doesn’t bother me if I don’t expect to have a chance to retire, now, does it! See? Don’t worry! Be happy!

    I’ve moved on already. We live in interesting times, and ” we really really hatez to be bored…” How fortunate for us!

  7. #7 Wesley Dodson
    November 9, 2016

    Good. We have been reminded that opinion and speculation are incredibly powerful and important, but in no way factual. “I am enjoying the experience of watching how my mind reacts to what yesterday seemed unlikely, but which today is reality.” The skeptic’s creed.

  8. #8 wade
    nowhere
    November 10, 2016

    why trump why ?

  9. #9 SteveP
    November 10, 2016

    It is truly heart breaking that otherwise intelligent people cannot understand the importance of differentiating between a candidate who at least respects science, and one who does not. It is similarly painful to see the naivete of those who think that actors like Julian Assange or Russia are allies worth cozying up to, or that one little tin foil peep into the back room workings of the world wide sausage factory is an accurate representation of the world, rather than possibly just a projection of their own immaturity or ignorance or dis-ease.

    Putting a CEI hack in charge of the EPA should be able to push US environmental science, engineering and management into the landfill in short order. Along with OSHA.

    “And the great sea of untutored whites so wanted jobs that they chose as their leader a builder of Casinos and sky scrapers, a man who knew how to cater to their dreams and aspirations, while crushing the dreams and aspirations of everyone else. Where the USA had once been a magnet for the best, brightest, and bravest around the world, the new leader put up a “Whites Only” sign.”

    Have a nice day….