Fiasco Senate Hearing on Nonexistent Russian Hacking
by Stephen Lendman
Thursday’s Senate hearing on phony accusations of Russian hacking trotted out the usual suspects – DNI head James Clapper, NSA director admiral Mike Rogers and defense undersecretary for intelligence Marcel Rogers.
CIA chief John Brennan was away, addressing the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, using the occasion to blast Trump’s unfamiliarity with US intelligence.
Testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee amounted to much ado about nothing – though NYT-led media scoundrels claimed otherwise, a topic addressed separately in a same day article.
As expected, testimony by the three US intelligence officials omitted what’s most important – hard evidence supporting their claims about alleged Russian US election hacking.
Nothing new was presented, just the same warmed-over Big Lies presented to delegitimize Trump’s triumph – perhaps prelude to undermining his agenda, maybe followed by removing him from office by impeachment or something more sinister.
For months, Russia was blamed for interfering in America’s election process despite no credible evidence proving it. Accusations without it are groundless.
Intelligence officials didn’t buy committee chairman John McCain’s hyperbole, calling nonexistent Russian hacking an “act of war.”
Clapper was clear and unequivocal, saying alleged Russian hacking (sic) didn’t “change any vote tallies or anything of that sort. We have no way of gauging any impact it had on the choices the electorate made.”
Trump tweeted the following:
“So how and why are they so sure about hacking if they never even requested an examination of the computer servers? What is going on?”
“The Democratic National Committee would not allow the FBI to study or see its computer info after it was supposedly hacked by Russia…..”
Note: The FBI didn’t seek access to DNC servers. It let a private firm serve as its agent of deception.
Trump: “How did NBC get ‘an exclusive look into the top secret report he (Obama) was presented?’ Who gave them this report and why? Politics!”
“to make up their own minds as to the truth. The media lies to make it look like I am against ‘Intelligence’ when in fact I am a big fan!”
“The dishonest media likes saying that I am in Agreement with Julian Assange – wrong. I simply state what he states, it is for the people….”
On Friday, University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs Professor Ronald Deibert blasted the Obama administration’s scheme to demonize Russia and Trump in one fell swoop, saying:
“(T)he White House was unable to produce the most critical part for the credibility of their action: that to be politically effective in today’s Internet age, such a response also needs to be backed up with solid evidence.”
“Here, the administration failed miserably, but also predictably.” The FBI/DHS report released last week laid an egg, proving nothing.
“The problems with the report are numerous and have been well documented by professionals in the computer security area,” Diebert explained. It contained no evidence of alleged Russian US election hacking, rendering it worthless.
Mocking the phony Russian hacking accusation, an image circulated online of a school-age girl telling her teacher “Russian hackers deleted my homework!”
Prior to America’s election, Putin’s press secretary blasted Hillary Clinton’s Big Lie about nonexistent Russian hacking, calling it “absurd,” groundless hyperbole, not fact-based reality.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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