Tuesday, January 10, 2017

FOOL US ONCE, SHAME ON YOU - FOOL US TWICE SHAME ON US

The intelligence community has a track record for lying when it's in their (the political Establishment) best interest.

Once again Americans are being asked to go along and blindly accept that they are being told the truth about the how and why's Hillary Clinton (the Establishment) lost this election.

And, once again, Americans are being asked to trust without verification that the Russians are to blame for Hillary's loss and Trumps win.

The question remains, given what we know about the intelligence community and how the political Establishment operates, will it work this time?

Just as the first casualty of war is said to be the truth, the first casualty of the new Cold War is irony. Our most prominent journalists seem to have missed the Orwellian irony of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) asking Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper at Friday's Senate hearings if Julian Assange has any credibility. Assange has maintained that the hacked or leaked emails of Democratic Party officials did not come from the Russian government, or any other government.

As is well-known, Clapper lied to Congress about a serious violation of the constitutional rights of tens of millions of Americans. This lie is a crime for which he actually could have been prosecuted. In March 2013, Clapper falsely answered, "No, sir" to the question, "Does the NSA [National Security Association] collect any type of data at all on millions, or hundreds of millions of Americans?"

He later admitted that his answer was untrue.

Clapper lied again in Friday’s testimony, saying that Assange was "under indictment" for "a sexual crime." In fact, Assange has not been indicted for anything, and the government of Sweden has never even charged him with a crime. (He was initially questioned by Swedish police but allowed to leave the country.)

In reality, he is a political prisoner, and the United Nations Working Group on arbitrary detention has found that he has been arbitrarily detained since 2010 by the United Kingdom and Sweden, and ordered his release and compensation. 

Intel agencies ask Americans to 'trust, don't verify' in new Cold War | TheHill