Russia Offers To Sell Hypersonic Missile Technology To the US

Vladimir Putin recently made the offer to sell their hypersonic missile technology to the US. Not only the technology but missiles built with that technology.

The US refused.

So, one has to question why Russia would make such an offer, seeing that they are portrayed continuously as being so aggressive militarily? Another question is why the US would refuse such an offer?

I’ll address the second question first. The US refuses the offer for very obvious reasons. First, so that our government can continue to portray Russia as an aggressor. Second, US corporate military contractors would stand to lose money from doing research and experimentation to recreate the wheel. The technology exists and is being offered for sale to our government in completed form. They would rather drive up debt on taxpayers than buy it from an “adversary”.

So, why would Russia offer this technology for sale to us? Putin himself said it, to stop the arms race. If we are both equal in technology, there would be no arms race. It is a diplomatic move which is unparalleled and unprecedented.

Russia has made it clear for decades that the only reason they bother with nuclear weapons is to maintain a balance of power, so the US does not go unchecked in our dominance. Russia publicly states that they have a “no first strike” policy in place. That their nuclear weapons are solely for defense.

The US is the only country on the planet that has ever used a nuclear weapon against an adversary. Our most recent Nuclear Posture Review stated that the US government policy on the use of nuclear weapons includes use as a response to conventional warfare. So, while Russia’s nuclear weapons are defensive, ours are decidedly offensive. The most recent mission statement of the Pentagon states that the purpose of the US military is to “maintain our way of life”. Meaning our military is in place to maintain dominance in trade, not as a defense against military intrusion or aggression.

I have pointed out the advantage of hypersonic weapons before. Namely, that they do not have to be used with nuclear warheads. They make formidable weapons with no warhead at all. A hypersonic missile is delivered with so much velocity that it could penetrate all the way through an aircraft carrier with no warhead at all attached. Attach a conventional warhead and it would obliterate the carrier in the example.

Another advantage to hypersonic weapons is that they cannot be accurately detected by radar. Even if a radar system spanning massive distances were implemented, it could only project a stable flight path. Several problems with that. Russia states their hyspersonic weapons are highly maneuverable and can change flight paths easily, so a stable flight path is unlikely. In addition to the fact that any countermeasures would have to reach an even greater velocity than the fastest weapons ever developed, be able to track and maneuver at least as well as the hypersonic weapon and be able to do so in a time frame which prevented the missile from reaching the target. All of which sounds distinctly unlikely.

One major thing to note is that Russia’s offer has not been and is not likely to ever be reported on by corporate media. Their advertisers wouldn’t like it and it doesn’t fit the “fear Russia” narrative.

Taking all of this into account, what we already know becomes even more clear. Nothing about our government response has to do with peace or security. If our peace and security had any consideration at all, this offer would be accepted and it would lead to more diplomatic efforts. This refusal is based entirely on keeping Americans terrified and hateful while maintaining corporate profits, no matter the cost.

Mueller Failed, Completely

If the point of Mueller’s testimony was to prove that Trump is an unethical asshole, great. I’m sure you found his testimony to be worth it.

However, that’s not what Mueller was appointed Special Counsel to do an “investigation” on. He was appointed to investigate Russian GOVERNMENT interference in the 2016 election. (Kindly note that this should have completely eliminated anything that occurred AFTER the election, while his report is nearly 1/4 refers to events after the election was over.)

His testimony went exactly the way I expected and openly predicted it would. He referred back to his report with nearly every response. “That’s included in the report.” He had to do this because of the decision by a federal judge that he could not refer to a Russian internet advertising agency as being part of or attached to the Russian government. Yes, you can call it a troll farm if you like but then you have to compare it to the behavior of American advertising agencies who act in very similar ways. I hate all of them, so I don’t care what term you use.

Most of the Democrat “questions” were yes or no vague questions or fawning praise of Mueller over nothing.

Mueller made such vague statements as saying Trump could be indicted after he leaves office. Let me once again clarify that an indictment is an accusation, not a conviction. As one NY state prosecutor once said, “I could indict a ham sandwich.” His meaning was that an indictment means exactly nothing. With our grand jury system (reference Chelsea Manning’s statements on that), anyone can be indicted at any time for any thing. So Mueller’s statement means nothing.

According to a count by NBC, Mueller diverted or refused to answer questions a whopping 198 timesKeep in mind that NBC is the most hyped-up Russiagate propaganda farm you can imagine. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow has devoted nearly every minute of every show for nearly three years to spinning this poorly spun fiction.

One thing he absolutely refused to answer was why he did not indict or charge specific people, like the professor which the source of the claims against Papadopoulos, which was prominent in the Mueller report. Steele Dossier? Refused to answer.

Mueller repeatedly claimed that issues with his report were “not in his purview”. Yes, it was all absolutely in the purview of his “investigation”. If it was included in his report, it was his responsibility to look into the accuracy of what was presented in that report! If you were being investigated for murder, would it not be the responsibility of the investigator to look into the accuracy of the witness’s statements? That’s part of the damn judicial process!!!

Some people are claiming that the line of “questioning” (mostly soap boxing propaganda) by Adam (pile of) Schiff actually means something. Listen to it again if you need to. It is nothing but vague supposition and innuendo. It contains no specifics in the questioning or answers. It appears pre-planned and staged. It is nothing but a string of “if”, “could”, “would this be acceptable” statements.

Mueller also referred to the Office of Legal Counsel determination that a sitting president could not be charged with a crime, inferring but not stating that was why he did not charge Trump with a crime. Later in teh day he recanted that and referred back to his report and May 29th statement, saying he never came to the determination whether Trump did or did not commit a crime. So, he spent two years coming to the determination to not come to a determination. No, it was not his job to charge Trump with a crime but it WAS his job to determine of a crime had been committed. What that amounts to is Mueller saying he did not do the one single thing he was supposed to do- make a decision!

For what was displayed today, we did not need a two year, $30 million (very conservative estimate) “investigation” which revealed nothing but standard DC corruption, mostly relating to Israel, Ukraine, Turkey and tax evasion.

Do we need to eliminate foreign money and influence in our elections and which influence elected officials? Yes. Let’s talk about AIPAC. Let’s talk about the Clinton Global Initiative, which raked in $billions while HRC was SoS and while she was running for office. Let’s talk about Uranium One, which Mueller himself approved the “intelligence” on, which HRC approved and where Bill got paid $500,000 for a speech to a Russian investment agency.

Do we need to eliminate foreign influence in our government in general? Absolutely. See the above. We also need to eliminate corporate money in our government. We also need to stop screwing with the governments and societies of other nations, which means shutting down most of the CIA. We need federally funded elections with equal funding for the top 4 parties. We need to eliminate corporate PACs. We need to make corporate lobbying a criminal offense with mandatory prison time. We need paper ballots. We need Ranked Choice Voting. We need open primaries and open debates. We need to execute.. okay, eliminate superdelegates.

What we do not need is Mueller and this Russia garbage. Like it or not, this is the end of Muellergate and all of Russiagate. Not a doubt you will keep hearing about it for a few days but resign yourself to this being over.

Now, can we get back to discussing actual issues and policies? You can absolutely doubt that because it’s not going to happen.

America Has No Enemies, Meeting With Foreign Leaders Is Not Treason

I see a lot of people sharing articles from clickbait farms and neoliberal propaganda warmonger sites about Trump meeting with Kim Jong Un. In the last few days, the same sites and people were sharing stuff about Trump shaking hands with Vladimir Putin.

In every case, the claim or implication is that Trump is committing treason.

First, consider what the Constitution considers treason. For any person to be guilty of treason means that Congress has formally declared war against another country. The guilty party then must be offering aid in some form to that country. Congress has not declared war against any country as of this time. Treason is not a charge which can be applied retroactively.

What you need to be paying attention to is what the “Resistance” suggests regarding any path to peace or diplomacy with alleged “enemies”. Because when you look at things from that perspective, they have nothing. Not one word about ending a single conflict, reducing tensions with other nations, bringing troops home from conflict zones, cutting military spending or US military presence anywhere in the world.

Does this mean I trust Trump? Absolutely not. North Korea has described Trump and his testosterone-drunken team as “gangsters”. In multiple cases there are convincing cases that he plans to make personal financial gains from any so-called “peace efforts” he has engaged in. Has the “Resistance” stepped in to prevent his profit motive? Have they devised stipulations that include peace but eliminate his opportunity to make a profit? Taken part in the peace process to make it more equitable and convince other countries that we are indeed not a threat to them?

No, they haven’t. Because we are a threat. In some way we are a genuine, very real threat to every nation, every person on earth in numerous ways at all times.

Some people discuss sanctions in ways that illustrate the fact that they have no understanding of how sanctions work. I’ve written about how sanctions work and how damaging they are many times. Sanctions kill human beings in targeted countries. Do you consider it peaceful when a person starves to death or dies from lack of medical treatment, rather than being shot or bombed? Dying slowly and painfully from preventable conditions imposed on your country is peaceful? In addition, sanctions do extensive damage to countries considered our allies. Sanctions reduce sales between countries, meaning allied countries may have to find alternative sources to buy products (like oil or grain) they once bought at more reasonable prices from the now-sanctioned nation. Or they lose sales to the now-sanctioned nation, which can and has destroyed entire industries in allied nations. How is that being helpful or a friend to our own allies?

Russia is no threat to us. I’ve written extensively on that subject. What is a threat to us is our continued threat against Russia, including our sanctions on our own allies.

North Korea is no threat to us. They have never threatened the US and their only threats involving any countries are solely in self defense.

Iran is no threat to us. Nobody claims they have missiles or weaponry of any kind that could reach the continental US. They have not invaded another country for over 200 years. They are not against Jews, they host the second largest Jewish population in the Middle East after Israel. They have synagogues older than the founding of the US and the Jewish population worships their faith openly.

Venezuela is no threat to us. That’s it, they’re no threat to us. Period.

China is no military threat to us. Unless we give them reason to be and even then it will likely only be in that region, where our military has no business in the first place.

Other countries hacking our elections are not a threat. It is a rationale to move to systems which are not online. You know, like paper ballots?

Other countries hacking our electrical grid are not a threat. It is a rationale to move to systems which are not online. You know, like we had for decades? There is literally no reason for our electric plants to be online in the first place. Who the fuck ever thought that was a good idea?!!!

When Trump threatens other countries, the “Resistance” and media have nothing to say in opposition. No more than there was any opposition or objection when Nobel Peace Prize winning Obama expanded bombing from 2 countries to 7 countries, largely with Hillary’s help as SoS. Nobody who supported Hillary said anything when she threatened to use “political, economic and military force” in response to alleged electronic warfare.

I understand you hate Trump. I agree. There is much about him which earns that sentiment. However, international conflict at this point is not about him. This is about you. To oppose Trump does not mean you should support tensions with other countries which may lead to even more wars. You cannot personally object to the ridiculously large military and “defense” budget while endorsing the same sentiments and paranoia which capitalize (literally) on the basis for that budget. You cannot blame Trump for this. If you want to blame someone for the next war, look in the mirror. Yes, he is a threat but so are you. If he leaves office without starting another war, then you will still be here. Your hate and fear will still be here. The defense budget will not decrease as long as you keep cowering in terror based on nothing.

We have many things to fear in this country. Let me repeat that. We have many things to fear IN this country. Not a damn one of those things can be solved with missiles, bombs, invading other countries, arming oligarchs conducting genocide. None of those problems can be solved by spending the entire federal budget on weaponry. None of that makes us safer. None of that improves international relations. None of that improves access to healthcare, improves wages, helps the homeless, improves education, decreases racism/sexism/religious prejudice. None of that does anything about censorship and in fact is the basis for much of our censorship.

Either you are for peace or you are for conflict and war.You are for the US being the good guys or the US being the global bully. There is no middle ground on this. Nobody has threatened us. If we have enemies, we created those enemies and we are creating more daily. No more excuses. What is YOUR choice on this?

I am for peace.

US Militarism And TDS

Some people still have some concept that I am in some way a Trump supporter or apologist. Nothing could be further from the truth. Read more of my writing and that becomes very evident.

Want to attack him for his economic policies? I’m right there with you. Immigration? Yes, he is monstrous. Sexism? I’ve referred to him having “tiny hand syndrome”. Racism? Absolutely.

Where international relations are concerned I will say he is an idiot with not the faintest clue what he is doing. He is the kind of person that personifies how many people in other countries view the US. Yes, he is what they think of when they think of Americans and how they have viewed us for decades. He is bellicose, arrogant and nothing short of a bully.

In other words, he illustrates what our government really is.

On the other hand, for all his threats and boasting, he is not as militaristic as his predecessors and opponents. Note that this in no way excuses the harm done by US sanctions, which I have explained in detail numerous times.

Consider the claims and criticisms of the corporate media and the “Resistance”.

With North Korea, they described the current administration as “gangsters”, as in mafia, organized crime. Yet still Trump has not used military force against them. When he temporarily suspended war games on the Korean border, instead of being praised, he was attacked. Ask yourself why? How well does intimidation work on other countries? How well does it work on you?

When he bombed Syria, he was praised. Brian Williams talked about the “beauty of our weapons”, citing it as a quote. Ask yourself, who pulls a quote like that out of their ass? I am a veteran and had never heard that quote in my life before that. Had you? I hope to never hear it again.

That attack happened with no investigation on the ground to verify facts and evidence. The following year almost the exact same thing happened, almost to the smallest detail.

In the first case, there was no investigation ever completed on the ground. Numerous sources stated what evidence was available did not fit. In the second case it was proven by the OPCW that no chemical weapon residue was found. The closest thing found were microscopic traces of chlorine in the soil, which was likely from destroyed PVC pipes or household chemicals, considering the concentration. Guess what? If you water your yard with municipally treated water, your soil has chlorine residue.

Yet Trump did warn Syria of the coming attacks and their locations.

When Trump made threats to invade Venezuela, the corporate media and the “Resistance” were largely silent. There was absolutely no sign of opposition. In fact, they almost daily portrayed false images of the conditions in Venezuela. Where hardships and even deaths have been occurring by the thousands, they never mention that this is due to the effects of US sanctions. They do not mention that the US and UK governments have seized assets that belong to the Venezuelan government and hence Venezuelan people. That’s as if I stole everything in your bank account and then portrayed you as a bad parent for not providing for your family. US sanctions have seized shipments already paid for of medications and medical supplies, then blocked further transactions of those items. How would you like it if that happened to your family?

Since Trump has backed away from any military threats against Venezuela, how much have you been hearing of the conditions in that country? Did you think they suddenly got better? Then why aren’t you hearing about it any more?

He has met with Vladimir Putin, talked with Putin on the phone and initially tried making peaceful overtures with Russia. For which he was viciously attacked and accused of treason. BTW, treason according to the US Constitution means giving aid to an enemy, which requires a formal Congressional declaration of war. So no, the claims of treason hold no water.

Yet the “Resistance” found no reason to call it treason when Hillary, with Mueller’s “intelligence” approval, sold 20% of uranium processing to a Russian company, Uranium One. They had no desire to call it treason when Bill made hundreds of thousands giving speeches to sell investments in Uranium One while Hillary was US Secretary of State. They did not choose to hold her to account when Uranium One resulted in lost uranium shipments, bribes, coercion and threats.

The media focuses on the trade war between the US and China, reports on near-confrontations between naval vessels yet conveniently fails to mention the largest buildup in history of US forces along the Russian border, Russian maritime routes and the South China Sea. There has been no military threat against any nation by Russia or China. So, one should be asking what our forces are doing there at all. The average American will not ask that question, even if they are aware of the situation. If the media reports on it, it portrays it as aggression by other countries, yet cannot explain what aggression.

The latest in this chain of events is Iran. Notice that while there were minor grumblings about him withdrawing from the JCPOA, there was no actual outcry. Why? There was no profit to be made. Then he threatened to attack Iran after an attack on ships that did not belong to the US and were not associated to the US in any way. They were both connected to Japan. Did Japan ask for US intervention? No, they did not. On the threats, there was not a single word of dissent spoken. Then he reversed course and chose to not attack. Suddenly, the media and the “Resistance” erupted like a volcano.

This is where I will once again, for the millionth time it seems, point out that the US media is deeply in bed with the Military Industrial Complex. Corporate media hosts advertising by military contractors like Boeing, Raytheon and Northrup. Know who pays for that advertising? You do, through your taxes. They have “experts” who work for military weapons contractors telling you why we need to invade, bomb, sell weapons (at a loss to the US taxpayer) to other countries. Why every country who succeeds at trade is a military threat. Why any country with a different, more Socialist, economic model is monstrous and also a threat to US national security. How we need to engage in “humanitarian intervention”. Because that has worked out so well in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria. Let’s do more of that, they say.

It does not even stop with overt militarism. When Trump blocked the release of the unredacted Mueller report, he was called a fascist, a tyrant, that he was hiding something. Then he did a complete 180 degree turn and directed Barr to release the entire report and all supporting evidence to the public. What did the media and the “Resistance” have to say? That he was a tyrant, that he was putting national security at risk.

So, the ultimate question here is really, what do YOU want? Do you WANT war with Russia? China? North Korea? Venezuela? Iran? Do you WANT the Mueller findings declassified and published for all to see? Do you WANT to keep increasing military spending? Or do you simply want every single thing that Trump does to be wrong, no matter what the cost?

If you merely want everything he does to be wrong and “Resistance” means risking or the actuality of global warfare, starving and killing people in other countries, all to vindicate your hatred of him, then you must ask yourself one last question.

Who is the REAL monster here?

US Cyber Attacks Against Russia

The NYT recently published an article stating that the US Cyber Command is conducting aggressive operations against the Russian power grid.

No, I’m not going to link to the article. I try to not promote corporate propaganda and that’s precisely what the NYT article is. Warmongering in the worst form. You want them to keep making money from garbage like this, then you actively promote them fabricating more of it. I will not help you with that.

One thing they state is that Trump gave authorization to conduct such operations without further authorization. Then they claim they are not keeping Trump informed because he may reveal the operation (while they are talking about it publicly) or that they fear he will order them to stop. That last part is why they are really doing this. Yet they think he will not learn of it when they talk openly to the press? Really? You believe that? Are you really that stupid? The NYT thinks you are.

The article goes on to state that they have inserted malicious code into the Russian power grid ever since 2012. So, was this a response to Crimea/Ukraine? No, that happened in 2014. Was it a response to what happened in Georgia? Hmm. That happened in 2008. In 2009 Obama/Hillary were promoting the “reset button” thing and it was after that when Hillary/Obama/Mueller approved selling 20% of our uranium processing ability to Russia in the Uranium One deal.

Now, they state clearly that their attacks are being done online via internet. However, Russia has already developed and deployed a separate internet system which currently interacts with the world wide web but can be disconnected from the WWW in the event of hostilities with another country which threatens their electronic security.

Russia has already conducted national drills simulating a nuclear attack. They have made it clear they can disconnect their power grid from the internet.

The article states that Russia has implanted code which can disrupt our power supply. Of course, the response is to do the same thing to them. Not to disconnect the power supply from the internet. That would make sense. Not to create a separate system of electronic communication running parallel to the internet but separate. That would make sense.

Cyber Command states that their goal is to be able to disable the Russian military. Hate to inform you but most militaries have a capability for power generation which is separate from the civilian power supply. Yes, that includes the US military. Ask any veteran about the power generators used for mobile operations and emergency generators on every base. That’s been a thing for generations now.

No, this would not cripple the Russian military. What it would stand to do is affect millions of civilians and possibly kill many sick and elderly people.

Of course, none of this is the goal here. The goal is for the Russian press to pick this up so it incites social fear and chaos. Incites social fear and chaos. Is that sounding familiar? Isn’t that precisely what they have accused Russia of doing? Isn’t that precisely what this article is likely to do to our own country? The entire article never says a single word about steps they have taken to nullify any alleged threat. It only details the threat we pose to other countries.

In addition, this article is intended to be a threat to countries other than Russia. Including our allies. Make no mistake, the message has not been lost on our allies. The timing of the article is suspicious, to say the least. Just as more countries turn away from the petrodollar, sell off US Treasuries, make peaceful arrangements with Russia and Iran, suddenly we are hearing of some clandestine cyber operation which can affect power supplies in other countries.

However, the ultimate goal of this announcement is to frighten YOU. To fill you with fear, dread and anger. To make you support the march to war against a nuclear power. To suspend your critical mind, so you never ask why they are not focusing their efforts on defense rather than offense. Eye for an eye. Yet if we suddenly suffered disruptions in our own power supply, how would we know if that was a natural event, caused by Russia or caused by our own government? Don’t worry, they will be sure and let you know what they want you to think caused it. Our government has never conducted any false flag attacks. (sic) Just keep being scared shitless and tune in tomorrow so they can tell you what else you should be petrified about.

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Russiagate Is More Dangerous Than Trump

For all the people still pushing, still believing the Russiagate hoax, even if you think there is anything to it, listen for once.

Yes, Trump sucks. Yes, he is dangerous (mostly for the power given him and renewed by both parties). He is unstable, crude and idiotic. He is helping to destroy the economy but did not do it on his own. You do remember why we were fighting for change in 2016, right? And 2012? And 2008? Remember the Obama promise of hope and change which never materialized?

Yet when it comes to international risk of warfare, Trump faces no “resistance”. No matter how lame or crooked his attempts at peace have been, they have been stronger attempts at peace than any administration in decades. It has been his peace efforts which have gotten actual resistance, pushing for conflict with Russia, maintaining tensions or worsening tensions with North Korea. When he bombed Syria, corporate media called him “presidential” and not a single opposing word was heard from Democrats. When he increased troops on the Russian border and sea lanes, complete silence. When he increased military presence in the South China Sea, he had complete support from both parties. When he imposed sanctions and talked about invading Venezuela, he again had complete support with no opposition.

The thing you absolutely must understand is that no matter what he has done or not done, Russiagate is still more dangerous than all of his actions/inactions or twitter tirades combined.

When you push the Russiagate propaganda, you are pushing ideas mostly created and endorsed by weapons manufacturers. In other words, warmongers. You are enabling this. Russiagate is the primary rationale for the never-ending increases in “defense” spending. You are doing this. Stop blaming anyone else.

Russiagate has led to increases in “defense” spending of more than $30 billion in the last two years, with another increase planned for next year. That’s just the increase. It is also what Obama used as a rationale for authorizing upgrading nuclear weapons at an estimate in 2016 of $1 trillion over 10 years. That’s $100 billion per year and it’s NOT included in the “defense” budget. In addition, in the 2 years since he signed that authorization, the cost estimate has already increased by $300 billion.

However, that’s not enough. Once that spending is increased, if the DoD does not use it for the intended purpose, they find other ways to justify having that large of a budget. That’s why we see increased military tensions with China, Iran, Venezuela and more. If they cannot justify invading and bombing Russia, they will divert your attention to other countries and keep right on spending your money, keep driving up the debt.

All that military spending is ripped from social programs while helping the non-stop drive toward the economic failure of this country. We keep printing money which dilutes the value of the dollar. We keep taking money from social programs which actually help the economy. Money is diverted year after year away from infrastructure repair and improvement.

I have made the statement many times and repeat it again. You endorse the idea of Medicare For All. Universal healthcare will not mean squat if your are a pile of radioactive ash.

However, let’s expand on this idea. If we suffer a nuclear war, how much good will increased wages be? Election reform? Higher taxes on the rich? Will any of that matter if our cities are in ruins, millions dead or dying and the rest have radiation poisoning? What are your environmental concerns worth at that point?

I know. You think I am exaggerating. I respond with saying you are complacent and naive.

Economics is not the only way in which Russiagate is dangerous and damaging. It has led to censorship of social media. I’ve shared many articles which have been removed from FB. Social media has censored nearly all anti-war voices. Nearly all voices bringing attention to police abuse. They label it as “Russian propaganda” and simply erase it and sometimes block the account. MSM pundits have actually used responses in interviews, accusing people who oppose the narrative of being Russian agents/trolls, etc.

Is this what you want? Do you want to go back to 1956 McCarthyism? Because that’s what you are promoting.

If you want changes, then focus on the policies which promote those changes. That is the only “resistance” which matters or will have any effect. Even if Russiagate were proven completely true today, would that change a single policy? Would it end a single conflict? Would it reduce military spending? Would it expand access to healthcare? The answer is NO.

So, now it is time for you to think about what you are doing. What changes do you want to see in this country? What are you personally doing to enact those changes? Are you doing more good or more harm by keeping this absolute BULLSHIT narrative going?

If you are not part of the solution, then YOU are the problem.

Realistic Review of the Mueller Report, Pt 4, Conclusion

I am not going to copy over any more excerpts from the Mueller report. The remainder of the report which I have not quoted consists of repetition of things I have already noted, in longer form, opinions, appendices including a glossary of terms/names/abbreviations/etc and Trump’s response to questions, which even Mueller doesn’t bother to claim as evidence of wrongdoing.

So, if you really want to take issue with me not going through those things, then kindly read the entire report for yourself. It was never my goal to simply post the entire report or I would have done so.

Throughout the entire Mueller report, he repeatedly uses “media reporting” as alleged evidence of Russian hacking of the DNC. Since when did the media examine the DNC servers? Why did he never subpoena the servers? Why did he not summon the CEO’s of Crowdstrike? Why did he not summon the DNC elite? Why was there no questioning of Hillary, John Podesta, DWS, Donna Brazile?

It is known that FBI agents were called to testify. None of their testimony is included in the report. The report never mentions the necessity of firing Strzok from his probe. The text messages between Strzok and Page are never mentioned.

Mueller never examined or mentioned Uranium One, in which money actually changed hands to the Clintons and Clinton Foundation. Of course, if he did he would have had to recuse himself from his own probe because he was at the very top of the Uranium One deal. He approved the “intelligence” on it.

Of the entire report, my favorite quote is very early on, found on page 10, “ the investigation established that certain actions or events occurred. A statement that the investigation did not establish particular facts does not mean there was no evidence of those facts.”

If you are not presenting facts, then the entire report is nothing but opinions based on opinions. “Evidence” based on media reports which are based on opinions and unverified claims with nothing ever examined. Would you accept this from a legal investigation? Would you accept this from a lawyer? If you place any stock in the validity of the Mueller report, you just did exactly that. This is not justice.

This was never an investigation. An investigation begins at the scene of the alleged crime, in this case the DNC servers. That never happened. An investigation interviews all witnesses. That never happened.

An investigation does not issue indictments of foreign intelligence officials while offering no evidence, refuse discussion on the matter and then claim that their refusal to be tried in the US, known to use torture, is evidence of guilt. That happened.

This report offers no evidence where there should be evidence. It offers evidence which would fail any judicial precedent as evidence. It would not be allowed in a court of law because it relies entirely on hearsay and opinion.

Ultimately, the Mueller report is an absolute condemnation. Of Mueller. It is a condemnation for what is included and what is not. For who was included and who was not. It is a condemnation for investigatory and judicial misconduct. It is a condemnation for making inference of guilt yet coming to no conclusion, which was the entire point of his “investigation”. For making claims of influence without placing the claims in numerical context. Most of all, it is a condemnation for the social and political turmoil it has resulted in. Claims of American citizens being agents of a foreign power and that social movements were products of or influenced by a foreign power. For the consequences of tens of billions of dollars in increased “defense” spending in just two years and the very real risk of military conflict with a major nuclear power. Then he simply decides he will make no more public announcements on the subject and may not respond to summons to testify further to Congressional inquiries. He has known every risk involved along the way and did not care. He got paid and that’s all that matters to him. He is no better than Joseph McCarthy in my opinion.

Robert Mueller should be put on trial for this report and I seriously hope that happens at some point.

Until then, we all need to ignore any more talk of Russia and focus on actual issues and policies. If you see reports talking about Russia or Mueller, change the channel, click to the next page, block the person sharing it. Anything to shut it down and bring us back to what matters.

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Realistic Review of The Mueller Report, Pt 3

This is part 3 of my review. I skip over a lot of pages here because it goes into legal precedent and basically sounds like a lot of whining on the part of Mueller because he cannot go beyond the law.

Nothing in this ever offers any hard evidence proving Russian hacking or how Mueller came to such a conclusion that any such thing happened.

I don’t even bother with the Manafort allegations because it has been extensively covered in independent media, especially by The Duran, so there’s nothing I can add to it more effectively. They have done a great job on it.

Again, page numbers reference PDF page number and I highlight important statements in bold. I did start adding an asterisk (*)before my own comments to make them easier to identify.

Pg 92- During the meeting, Polonskaya offered to help Papadopoulos establish contacts in Russia and stated that the Russian ambassador in London was a friend of hers. Based on this interaction, Papadopoulos expected Mifsud and Polonskaya to introduce him to the Russian ambassador in London, but that did not occur.

Pg 92- The topic of the lunch was to arrange a meeting between us and the Russian leadership to discuss U.S.-Russia ties under President Trump. They are keen to host us in a “neutral” city, or directly in Moscow. They said the leadership, including Putin, is ready to meet with us and Mr. Trump should there be interest. Waiting for everyone’s thoughts on moving forward with this very important issue.

*This statement, about a meeting which took place in March 2016, obliterates any claims of previous collaboration between Trump and Russia. Now, wait for later developments regarding any later collaboration.

Pg 93- Clovis ‘s response to Papadopoulos , however, did not reflect that shift.
Replying to Papadopoulos and the other members of the foreign policy advisory team copied on the initial email, Clovis wrote :
This is most informative. Let me work it through the campaign. No commitments until we see how this plays out. My thought is that we probably should not go forward with any meetings with the Russians until we have had occasion to sit with our NATO allies, especially France, Germany and Great Britain. We need to reassure our allies that we are not going to advance anything with Russia until we have everyone on the same page.

*This is not sounding like anything but diplomacy. Nothing treasonous about it.

Pg 101- When interviewed, Papadopoulos and the Campaign officials who interacted with him told the Office that they could not recall Papadopoulos ‘s sharing the information that Russia had obtained “dirt” on candidate Clinton in the form of emails or that Russia could assist the Campaign through the anonymous release of information about Clinton. Papadopoulos stated that he could not clearly recall having told anyone on the Campaign and wavered about whether he accurately remembered an incident in which Clovis had been upset after hearing Papadopoulos tell Clovis that Papadopoulos thought “they have her emails. “ The Campaign officials who interacted or corresponded with Papadopoulos have similarly stated, with varying degrees of certainty , that he did not tell them. Senior policy advisor Stephen Miller, for example, did not remember hearing anything from Papadopoulos or Clovis about Russia having emails of or dirt on candidate Clinton. Clovis stated that he did not recall anyone , including Papadopoulos , having given him non -public information that a foreign government might be in possession of material damaging to Hillary Clinton .

Pg 102- No documentary evidence, and nothing in the email accounts or other communications facilities reviewed by the Office, shows that Papadopoulos shared this information with the Campaign .(bold mine)

*Before this part, Mueller goes on for numerous pages building up to claiming the exact opposite. In addition, Mueller details Papadopoulos having meetings, emails and so forth with people making claims of being in Russian government positions. No evidence those people are who they claim. Even if they were, the Trump campaign deferred any meetings until after the election. Once again, that is diplomatic process.

Still no evidence of hacking, just claims being stated. Besides, I’ll say it again, if hacking occurred (not sold on it in the least), Russia didn’t write the emails. It is what is contained in the emails that matters.

Pg 103- Carter Page worked for the Trump Campaign from January 2016 to September 2016. He was formally and publicly announced as a foreign policy advisor by the candidate in March 2016. 516 Page had lived and worked in Russia, and he had been approached by Russian intelligence officers several years before he volunteered for the Trump Campaign. During his time with the Campaign, Page advocated pro-Russia foreign policy positions and traveled to Moscow in his personal capacity. Russian intelligence officials had formed relationships with Page in 2008 and 2013 and Russian officials may have focused on Page in 2016 because of his affiliation with the Campaign. However, the investigation did not establish that Page coordinated with the Russian government in its efforts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election. (bold mine)

*Mueller goes on for a long time detailing how Page attempted to make contacts and arrangements which were mostly of benefit to himself. He tried to arrange for Trump to speak at a Russian energy meeting but the campaign declined.

Mueller never mentions that Page was an FBI asset.

Taking the above into account, I’ll skip everything else regarding Carter Page. It amounts to nothing.

Pg 114–115 *(This is regarding Center for the National Interest-CNI, a Washington think tank with business and political ties to Russia, mostly because the head of the group was born in Russia and moved here in the 70’s. The group has been around since it was established by Richard Nixon. In fact, it was originally called the Nixon Center for Peace and Freedom.

Wikipedia says, “ The center has a staff of approximately twenty people supporting six main programs: Energy Security and Climate Change, Strategic Studies, US-Russia Relations, U.S.-Japan Relations, China and the Pacific, and Regional Security (Middle East, Caspian Basin and South Asia). In 2006 it had an annual budget of $1.6 million. The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program of the Foreign Policy Research Instituteranked it as one of the top 30 think tanks in the United States in 2007, and it has consistently earned similar praise since then. According to the2014 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report (Think Tanks and Civil Societies ProgramUniversity of Pennsylvania), the Center is number 43 (of 60) in the “Top Think Tanks in the United States”)

On April 25, 2016, Saunders booked event rooms at the Mayflower to host both the speech and a VIP reception that was to be held beforehand . Saunders understood that the reception at which invitees would have the chance to meet · candidate Trump — would be a small event. Saunders decided who would attend by looking at the list of CNI’ s invitees to the speech itself and then choosing a subset for the reception. CNI’s invitees to the reception included Sessions and Kislyak. The week before the speech Simes had informed Kislyak that he would be invited to the speech, and that he would have the opportunity to meet Trump.

When the pre -speech reception began on April 27, a receiving line was quickly organized so that attendees could meet Trump. Sessions first stood next to Trump to introduce him to the members of Congress who were in attendance. After those members had been introduced , Simes stood next to Trump and introduced him to the CNI invitees in attendance , including Kislyak. Simes perceived the introduction to be positive and friendly, but thought it clear that Kislyak and Trump had just met for the first time. Kislyak also met Kushner during the prespeech reception. The two shook hands and chatted for a minute or two, during which Kushner recalled Kislyak saying , “we like what your candidate is saying … it’s refreshing. “

Several public reports state that, in addition to speaking to Kushner at the pre-speech reception, Kislyak also met or conversed with Sessions at that time. Sessions stated to investigators, however, that he did not remember any such conversation. Nor did anyone else affiliated with CNI or the National Interest specifically recall a conversation or meeting between Sessions and Kislyak at the pre-speech reception. It appears that , if a conversation occurred at the pre-speech reception, it was a brief one conducted in public view , similar to the exchange between Kushner and Kislyak.

The Office found no evidence that Kislyak conversed with either Trump or Sessions after the speech, or would have had the opportunity to do so.Simes, for example, did not recall seeing Kislyak at the post -speech luncheon, and the only witness who accounted for Sessions’s whereabouts stated that Sessions may have spoken to the press after the event but then departed for Capitol Hill. Saunders recalled, based in part on a food-related request he received from a Campaign staff member, that Trump left the hotel a few minutes after the speech to go to the airport.

In the wake of Sessions’ s confirmation hearings as Attorney General, questions arose about whether Sessions’s campaign-period interactions with CNI apart from the Mayflower speech included any additional meetings with Ambassador Kislyak or involved Russian -related matters. With respect to Kislyak contacts , on May 23, 2016, Sessions attended CNI ‘s Distinguished Service Award dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C. Sessions attended a pre-dinner reception and was seated at one of two head tables for the event. A seating chart prepared by Saunders indicates that Sessions was scheduled to be seated next to Kislyak, who appears to have responded to the invitation by indicating he would attend the event. Sessions, however , did not remember seeing, speaking with, or sitting next to Kislyak at the dinner. Although CNI board member Charles Boyd said he may have seen Kislyak at the dinner, Simes, Saunders, and Jacob Heilbrunn — editor of the National Interest-all had no recollection of seeing Kislyak at the May 23 event. Kislyak also does not appear in any of the photos from the event that the Office obtained. (bold mine)

*That explains the whole Sessions thing. (Don’t act like I defend Sessions. I nickname him “Gollum.”) When you seek the truth, you must be willing to accept facts which are inconvenient.

Pg 116- Between the April 2016 speech at the Mayflower Hotel and the presidential election, Jared Kushner had periodic contacts with Simes. Those contacts consisted of both in-person meetings and phone conversations , which concerned how to address issues relating to Russia in the Campaign and how to move forward with the advisory group of foreign policy experts that Simes had proposed. Simes recalled that he, not Kushner, initiated all conversations about Russia, and that Kushner never asked him to set up back-channel conversations with Russians. According to Simes, after the Mayflower speech in late April, Simes raised the issue of Russian contacts with Kushner, advised that it was bad optics for the Campaign to develop hidden Russian contacts, and told Kushner both that the Campaign should not highlight Russia as an issue and should handle any contacts with Russians with care. Kushner generally provided a similar account of his interactions with Simes.

*I hate seeming like I defend Kushner as well but none of this is my wording, this is all Mueller.

Pg 118- On June 9, 2016, senior representatives of the Trump Campaign met in Trump Tower with a Russian attorney expecting to receive derogatory information about Hillary Clinton from the Russian government. The meeting was proposed to Donald Trump Jr. in an email from Robert Goldstone, at the request of his then-client Emin Agalarov, the son of Russian real-estate developer Aras Agalarov . Goldstone relayed to Trump Jr. that the “Crown prosecutor of Russia … offered to provide the Trump Campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia” as “part of Russia and its government ‘s support for Mr. Trump.” Trump Jr. immediately responded that “if it ‘s what you say I love it,” and arranged the meeting through a series of emails and telephone calls.

Trump Jr. invited campaign chairman Paul Manafort and senior advisor Jared Kushner to attend the meeting, and both attended. Members of the Campaign discussed the meeting before it occurred, and Michael Cohen recalled that Trump Jr. may have told candidate Trump about an upcoming meeting to receive adverse information about Clinton , without linking the meeting to Russia. According to written answers submitted by President Trump, he has no recollection of learning of the meeting at the time, and the Office found no documentary evidence showing that he was made aware of the meeting — or its Russian connection-before it occurred.

The Russian attorney who spoke at the meeting, Natalia Veselnitskaya, had previously worked for the Russian government and maintained a relationship with that government throughout this period of time. She claimed that funds derived from illegal activities in Russia were provided to Hillary Clinton and other Democrats. Trump Jr. requested evidence to support those claims, but Veselnitskaya did not provide such information. She and her associates then turned to a critique of the origins of the Magnitsky Act, a 2012 statute that imposed financial and travel sanctions on Russian officials and that resulted in a retaliatory ban on adoptions of Russian children. Trump Jr. suggested that the issue could be revisited when and if candidate Trump was elected . After the election , Veselnitskaya made additional efforts to follow up on the meeting, but the Trump Transition Team did not engage.

*Much as some want to make the issue of DJT Jr having this meeting to gain negative information about Hillary, I will refer back to Hillary/DNC/FBI actually paying for the Steele Dossier. Yet in this case, there is not even the accusation of money changing hands from the Trump team to the Russian lawyer and, if not for the FBI and Mueller, it would have amounted to nothing and we would have never discussed it at all.

Also, compared to the Steele Dossier, nothing about this was ever “leaked” to the press by the Trump campaign or anyone associated with his campaign.

BTW, there is no “crown prosecutor of Russia” because there is no fucking crown!!!!

Pg 131- Trump Campaign officials met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the week of the Republican National Convention . The evidence indicates that those interactions were brief and non-substantive. During platform committee meetings immediately before the Convention, J.D. Gordon, a senior Campaign advisor on policy and national security, diluted a proposed amendment to the Republican Party platform expressing support for providing “lethal” assistance to Ukraine in response to Russian aggression. Gordon requested that platform committee personnel revise the proposed amendment to state that only “appropriate” assistance be provided to Ukraine. The original sponsor of the “lethal” assistance amendment stated that Gordon told her (the sponsor) that he was on the phone with candidate Trump in connection with his request to dilute the language. Gordon denied making that statement to the sponsor, although he acknowledged it was possible he mentioned having previously spoken to the candidate about the subject matter. The investigation did not establish that Gordon spoke to or was directed by the candidate to make that proposal.Gordon said that he sought the change because he believed the proposed language was inconsistent with Trump ‘s position on Ukraine.

*I don’t really have anything to add to this.

Pg 133- (Regarding changes to RNC platform)

On July 11, 2016, delegate Diana Denman submitted a proposed platform amendment that included provision of armed support for Ukraine. The amendment described Russia’s “ongoing military aggression” in Ukraine and announced “support” for “maintaining (and, if warranted , increasing) sanctions against Russia until Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are fully restored” and for “providing lethal defensive weapons to Ukraine ‘s armed forces and greater coordination with NATO on defense planning.” Gordon reviewed the proposed platform changes, including Denman ‘s . Gordon stated that he flagged this amendment because of Trump’s stated position on Ukraine, which Gordon personally heard the candidate say at the March 31 foreign policy meeting-namely, that the Europeans should take primary responsibility for any assistance to Ukraine, that there should be improved U.S.-Russia relations, and that he did not want to start World War III over that region. Gordon told the Office that Trump’s statements on the campaign trail following the March meeting underscored those positions to the point where Gordon felt obliged to object to the proposed platform change and seek its dilution.

*Um, how is this supposed to be an indictment against Trump?!! I think Mueller got lost here!!!

Pg 135- Ambassador Kislyak continued his efforts to interact with Campaign officials with responsibility for the foreign-policy portfolio-among them Sessions and Gordon-in the weeks after the Convention. The Office did not identify evidence in those interactions of coordination between the Campaign and the Russian government.

*Once again, there’s nothing I can add to this.

Pg 191- The investigation did not, however, yield evidence sufficient to sustain any charge that any individual affiliated with the Trump Campaign acted as an agent of a foreign principal within the meaning of FARA or, in terms of Section 951, subject to the direction or control of the government of Russia, or any official thereof. In particular, the Office did not find evidence likely to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Campaign officials such as Paul Manafort, George Papadopoulos , and Carter Page acted as agents of the Russian government-or at its direction control, or request-during the relevant time period.

As a result, the Office did not charge (redacted) any other Trump Campaign official with violating FARA or Section , or attempting or conspiring to do so, based on contacts with the Russian government or a Russian principal. (bold mine)

*This was pretty much the whole basis of the Mueller probe and it failed to make that objective.

Pg 191 to 192- Several areas of the Office’s investigation involved efforts or offers by foreign nationals to provide negative information about candidate Clinton to the Trump Campaign or to distribute that information to the public, to the anticipated benefit of the Campaign. As explained below , the Office considered whether two of those efforts in particular — the June 9, 2016 meeting at Trump Tower (redacted) constituted prosecutable violations of the campaign-finance laws. The Office determined that the evidence was not sufficient to charge either incident as a criminal violation. (Bold mine)

*So, this was found not criminal and nothing from it was ever used by the Trump campaign because of lack of hard evidence, unlike the Steele Dossier.

Pg 394- (Mueller’s conclusion, which is basically word for word the same as his press conference.)

Because we determined not to make a traditional prosecutorial judgment, we did not draw ultimate conclusions about the President ‘s conduct. The evidence we obtained about the President’s actions and intent presents difficult issues that would need to be resolved if we were making a traditional prosecutorial judgment. At the same time , if we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state. Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, we are unable to reach that judgment. Accordingly, while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.

*The entire job of a special prosecutor is to find if a crime was committed. To come to a conclusion. His role is to state conclusively if any crime, including obstruction, was committed. To state he was unable to reach a conclusion leaves the entire issue exactly where it began, meaning he wasted two years of our time for the express purpose of leaving the door open to more “investigations”.

Realistic Review of The Mueller Report, Pt 2

The first part of this series went only up to page 20. I had already gone through a significant portion of the report, so posting part 2 now. This one goes from page 21 to page 84.

As with part 1, page numbers quoted are of the PDF page numbers. I highlight some sections in bold and my comments are all in bold.

This part illustrates exactly how schizophrenic the entire Mueller report really is. Just read my comments and you’ll get the gist of it. It includes such things as sports, social media claims, FBI agents highly integrated into accusations after the FBI was shown clearly biased and multiple FBI agents had to be fired from the Mueller probe and then from the FBI itself. It also includes alleged timing of Wikileaks information releases and try to correlate that to media reports or Trump tweets. The media never stopped reporting about Trump and Trump never stops tweeting. So any alleged timing means absolutely nothing.

Mueller repeatedly states that the DNC was hacked, then on page 55 says the stolen data may have been (“cannot rule out”) transferred to Wikileaks physically through intermediaries who visited in 2016. So, which is it? Data can be anonymously transferred to Wikileaks online, so why would a physical transfer be necessary?!!

He also tries to convince people that 15,000 tweets swayed the election, while during the same period he states, there were 25 billion tweets posted globally.

This is what Mueller calls convincing evidence. Are you buying it? Keep reading, it gets worse.

Pg 21- To carry out the investigation and prosecution of the matters assigned to him, the Special Counsel assembled a team that at its high point included 19 attorneys-five of whom joined the Office from private practice and 14 on detail or assigned from other Department of Justice components.
These attorneys were assisted by a filter team of Department lawyers and FBI
personnel who screened materials obtained via court process for privileged information before turning those materials over to investigators..

The Special Counsel attorneys and support staff were co-located with and worked alongside approximately 40 FBI agents, intelligence analysts, forensic accountants, a paralegal, and professional staff assigned by the FBI to assist the Special Counsel’s investigation.
Those “assigned” FBI employees remained under FBI supervision at all times; the matters on which they assisted were supervised by the Special Counsel. 
(Bold mine.)

You do recall that the FBI top officials were shown to be biased and Strzok was fired by Mueller, right? Remember the text messages between Strzok and Page, the married woman with whom he had an affair? Wasn’t he married as well?

Pg 21- FBI personnel who assisted the Office established procedures to identify and convey such information to the FBI. The FBI’s ounterintelligence Division met with the Office regularly for that purpose for most of the Office’s tenure. For more than the past year, the FBI also embedded personnel at the Office who did not work on the Special Counsel’s investigation, but whose purpose was to review the results of the investigation and to send-in
writing-summaries of foreign intelligence and counterintelligence information to FBIHQ and FBI Field Offices. Those communications
and other correspondence between the Office and the FBI contain
information derived from the investigation, not all of which is contained in this Volume.

You getting this yet? This was was supposed to be an “independent investigation”. Considering the fact that the FBI was proven biased and most of the “investigation” focused on the previous FBI “investigation” yet the Mueller “investigation” itself was being dominated by FBI personnel, there is nothing objective or independent about it.

Pg 22- The IRA conducted social media operations targeted at large
U.S. audiences with the goal of sowing discord in the U.S. political system.

“Sowing discord”? Because there was no discord in the US political system before? Or in our society? Has Mueller never heard of the Tea Party? Poverty? Racism? Sexism?

Pg 22- By the end of the 2016 U.S. election, the IRA had the ability to reach millions of U.S . persons through their social media accounts .

Notice the report says they had the “ability to reach millions of US persons”, not that they did reach millions. The fact is, any social media account has the ability to reach millions.

Pg 23- In November 2017, a Facebook representative testified that Facebook
had identified 470 IRA-controlled Facebook accounts that collectively made 80,000 posts between January 2015 and August 2017.
Facebook estimated the IRA reached as many as 126 million persons through its Face book accounts. January 2018, Twitter announced that it had identified 3,814 IRA-controlled Twitter accounts and notified approximately
1 .4 million people Twitter believed may have been in contact with an iRA-controlled account.

Step by step- Just regarding photos, FB has an estimated 300 million photos are uploaded per day. That 136,000 photos per minute. That’s not counting shares, status updates, etc. There are over 2 billion active FB users. There are over 326 million Twitter users globally. If you want the information in the paragraph above placed in percentages with this information, do it yourself.

Pg 34- Collectively , the IRA’s social media accounts reached tens of millions of U.S. persons. Individual IRA social media accounts attracted hundreds of thousands of followers. For example, at the time they were deactivated by Facebook in mid-2017, the IRA’s “United Muslims of America” Facebook group had over 300,000 followers , the “Don’t Shoot Us” Facebook group had
over 250,000 followers, the “Being Patriotic” Facebook group had over 200,000 followers, and the “Secured Borders” Facebook group had over 130,000 followers According to Facebook , in total the IRA-controlled accounts made over 80,000 posts before their deactivation in August 2017,
and these posts reached at least 29 million U.S persons and “may have reached an estimated 126 million people.”

What every one of these pages indicate are actual issues which are supported by Progressives. Not sure about you but I don’t GAF who created the pages. No matter what, there is no evidence offered which verifies who created the pages and in some cases US citizens have stated they were the owners/creators of these pages. Considering that Trump opposes rights of Muslims and BLM, some of these are absolutely not supportive of Trump. Not exactly convincing.

Pg 36 to 37- In January 2018, Twitter publicly identified 3,814 Twitter accounts associated with the IRA. According to Twitter, in the ten weeks before the 2016 U.S. presidential election , these accounts posted approximately 175,993 tweets, “approximately 8.4% of which were election-
related.” Twitter also announced that it had notified approximately
1.4 million people who Twitter believed may have been in contact with an IRA-controlled account.

Yeah, there are an estimated 500 million tweets posted per day. (Half from Trump himself, I’m sure.) Thus, in 10 weeks the total number of tweets posted would be 25 BILLION.

Now, considering 8.4% of the number mentioned comes to less than 15,000 tweets which were election-related. Twitter announced they had NOTIFIED 1.4 million people they BELIEVE MAY have been in contact with an IRA-controlled account. MAY HAVE includes the possibility they may NOT have been in contact with those accounts. If you are a Progressive, you absolutely received one of these notices.

Pg 40- In February 2017, the persona “Black Fist” (purporting to want to teach African-Americans to protect themselves when contacted by law enforcement) hired a self-defense instructor in New York to offer classes sponsored by Black Fist.

February 2017? African-American self defense classes? WTF does this have to do with the election or Trump?

Pg 44- Beginning in March 2016, units of the Russian Federation ‘s Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff (GRU) hacked the computers and email accounts of organizations , e·mployees , and volunteers supporting the Clinton Campaign, including the email account of campaign chairman John Podesta. Starting in April 2016, the GRU hacked into the computer networks of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and the Democratic National Committee (DNC). The GRU targeted hundreds of email accounts used by Clinton Campaign employees , advisors, and volunteers. In total, the GRU stole hundreds of thousands of documents from the compromised email accounts and networks. The GRU later released stolen Clinton Campaign and DNC documents through online personas, “DCLeaks” and “Guccifer 2.0,” and later through the organization WikiLeaks. The release of the documents was designed and timed to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election and undermine the Clinton Campaign.

First, there is still no evidence offered which is verifiable of any hacking at all. Aside from that, RUSSIA DIDN’T WRITE THE EMAILS!!! THE CONTENT IS WHAT MATTERS!!!!!

The timing? Seriously? This report says how one thing or another was released hours after Trump said/tweeted this or that. Considering that the media reported on every single word he spoke/wrote (badly), etc,there was not one single day that a revelation would NOT have had some seeming correlation to Trump.

Pg 44- Separate from this Office ‘s indictment of GRU officers , in October 2018 a grand jury sitting in the Western District of Pennsylvania returned an indictment charging certain members of Unit 26165 with hacking the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, the World Anti-Doping Agency, and other international
sport associations.

Um, the WADA accusations have been cleared. No evidence has been released regarding the GRU officers. Those charges are all theater. Nobody sane would ever think that Russia would send their intelligence officers to stand trial in the US. Russia did, however, offer to discuss the issue with Mueller via video link. Mueller refused. Something else not mentioned in the report. AND WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH THE ELECTION OR OPERATION OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT?!!!!

Pg 45- Officers from Unit 74455 separately hacked computers belonging to state boards of elections, secretaries of state, and U.S. companies that supplied software and other technology related to the administration of U.S. elections.

State election boards were not hacked, they were scanned. In some cases by the DOJ. We know this, it has been admitted and publicly acknowledged. If companies that supply software to election administrations, they really should not be handling our election software because they’re incompetent.

Pg 45- The GRU spearphishing operation enabled it to gain access to numerous email accounts of Clinton Campaign employees and volunteers, including campaign chairman John Podesta , junior volunteers assigned to the Clinton Campaign’s advance team, informal Clinton Campaign advisors,
and a DNC employee. GRU officers stole tens of thousands of emails from
spearphishing victims, including various Clinton Campaign-related communications.

I don’t care who sent the spearphishing emails, these are not people I would want in charge of our national security at any level. HRC was SoS, so she should have had more knowledge of email security than almost anyone in the country, especially with her other scandals. You’d think she would have had her staff trained. Nope! AND ONCE AGAIN, THE CLINTON CAMPAIGN WAS A PRIVATE ORGANIZATION. NOT A GOVERNMENT AGENCY.

Pg 46- Approximately six days after first hacking into the DCCC network, on April 18, 2016, GRU officers gained access to the DNC network via a virtual private network (VPN) connection between the DCCC and DNC networks.
Between April 18, 2016 and June 8, 2016, Unit 26165 compromised more than 30 computers on the DNC network, including the DNC mail server and
shared file server.

Okay, I’ll give benefit of doubt and say hacking occurred. (I’m still not convinced. Look at the determination of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity and Consortium News.)) However, keep in mind that the DNC and DCCC are private organizations, NOT government agencies!!!!

Pg 48- The Arizona-based AMS Panel also stored thousands of files containing keylogging sessions captured through X-Agent. These sessions were captured as GRU officers monitored DCCC and DNC employees’ work on infected computers regularly between April 2016 and June 2016. Data captured in these key logging sessions included passwords, internal communications
between employees, banking information , and sensitive personal information.

Arizona? Yeah, I’m sure the GRU leased a server in AZ under names traceable to the Russian government. Pg 47 makes reference to server accounts all over the world.

Pg 52- In order to expand its interference in the 20 I 6 U.S. presidential election, the GRU units transferred many of the documents they stole from the DNC and the chairman of the Clinton Campaign to WikiLeaks.
GRU officers used both the DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0 personas to communicate with WikiLeaks through Twitter private messaging and through encrypted channels , including possibly through WikiLeaks ‘s private communication system .

Again, no evidence.

Pg 52- WikiLeaks , and particularly its founder Julian Assange, privately expressed opposition to candidate Clinton well before the first release of stolen documents . In November 2015 , Assange wrote to other member s and associates of WikiLeaks that “[w]e believe it would be much better for GOP to win … Dems+Media+liberals woudl [sic] then form a block to reign in their worst qualities. . . .
With Hillary in charge, GOP will be pushing for her worst qualities. ,
dems+media+neoliberals will be mute . …
She’s a bright , well connected, sadisitic sociopath .”

I absolutely agree with his assessment. She is still trying even right now.

Pg 55- The Office cannot rule out that stolen documents were transferred to WikiLeaks through intermediaries who visited during the summer of 2016.

Before this, Mueller drones on for pages trying to implicate DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0 as GRU constructs who provided all the information to Wikileaks. Then he writes this single line, which completely negates ALL OF IT!!!!

Pg 56 to 57- Beginning in the summer of 2016 , Assange and WikiLeaks made a number of statements about Seth Rich , a former DNC staff member who was killed in July 2016. The statements about Rich implied falsely that he had been the source of the stolen DNC emails . On August 9, 2016, the @WikiLeaks Twitt er account posted: “ANNOUNCE: WikiLeaks has decided to issue a US$20k reward for information leading to conviction for the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich. “ Likewise, on August 25, 2016, Assange was asked in an interview, “Why are you so interested in Seth Rich’s killer?” and responded , “We’re very interested in anything that might be a threat to
alleged Wikileaks sources. “ The interviewer responded to Assange ‘s statement by commenting , “ I know you don ‘t want to reveal your source, but it certainly sounds like you ‘re suggesting a man who leaked information to WikiLeaks was then murdered.” Assange replied , “If there ‘s someone
who’s potentially connected to our publication , and that person has been murdered in suspicious circumstances, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the two are connected. But it is a very serious matter … that type of allegation is very serious, as it’s taken very seriously by us.”
After the U.S. intelligence community publicly announced its assessment that Russia was behind the hacking operation , Assange continued to deny that the Clinton materials released by WikiLeaks had come from Russian hacking. According to media reports, Assange told a U.S. congressman that the DNC hack was an “inside job,” and purported to have “physical proof ‘ that
Russians did not give materials to Assange.

No evidence that Seth Rich was not the Wikileaks source.

Pg 58- In addition to targeting individuals involved in the Clinton Campaign, GRU officers also targeted individuals and entities involved in the administration of the elections. Victims included U.S. state and local entities, such as state boards of elections (SBOEs), secretaries of state, and 
county governments, as well as individuals who worked for those entities.
The GRU also targeted private technology firms responsible for manufacturing and administering election-related software and hardware, such as voter registration software and electronic polling stations.
The GRU continued to target these victims through the elections in November 2016.
While the investigation identified evidence that the GRU targeted these individuals and entities, the Office did not investigate further.
The Office did not, for instance, obtain or examine servers or other
relevant items belonging to these victims.
The Office understands that the FBI, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the states have separately investigated that activity. 
(Bold mine.)

So, while investigating alleged Russian interference into the 2016 election, Mueller did not examine what he claims is physical evidence of interference. You buy this? I have land in FL I’d like to sell you.

Pg 59- Unit 74455 also sent spearphishing emails to public officials involved in election administration and personnel involved in voting technology. In August 2016, GRU officers targeted employees of (redacted) , a voting technology company that developed software used by numerous U.S. counties to manage voter rolls, and installed malware on the company network. Similarly, in November 2016, the GRU sent spearphishing emails to over 120 email accounts used by Florida county officials responsible for administering the 2016 U.S. election.
The spearphishing emails contained an attached Word document coded with malicious software (commonly referred to as a Trojan) that permitted the GRU to access the infected computer.
The FBI was separately responsible for this investigation. We understand the FBI believes that this operation enabled the GRU to gain access to the network of at least one Florida county government. The Office did not independently verify that belief and, as explained above, did not
undertake the investigative steps that would have been necessary to do so.

So, these are the companies and people responsible for our elections? Seriously? And the FBI “believes”? The damn election was 2 1/2 years ago!!!! You’d think they would be sure about things affecting our elections by now! That’s just a little important, seeing all the press, conflict and numerous “investigations” that have ripped this country to pieces since then! More important than Comey or Strzok!

Pg 84- Dvoskin is an executive of Genbank, a large bank with lending focused
in Crimea, Ukraine .

This is not related to Trump but is of special note as to the mentality of Mueller. He officially refers to Crimea as being part of Ukraine, which it is not since the public referendum in 2014 when Crimean citizens overwhelmingly voted to rejoin the Russian Federation.

Realistic Review of The Mueller Report, Pt I

Today, Mueller spoke publicly about his report. Problem is, his statement adds absolutely nothing to the discussion. He said absolutely nothing which is not in the report, which says.. nothing.

I find the timing of Mueller’s public statement to be interesting. The DNC and the media first freaked out because Trump withheld the release of the full report by Executive Order. They screamed and cried that he was hiding something and the full report should be released. Then a few days ago he said he wanted the full report released to the public and what happened? The DNC and the media freaked out.

Trust me, I want to see the full report with all interviews, documents, etc. Do it now, so there is plenty of time to go through it before 2020.

One statement the media is making big noise about is, “There were extensive systemic attempts at obstruction.” He also said he did not have the option to charge Trump with a crime. Both statements are extraordinarily vague. Here’s what his statement does not say: His statement does not say he would have filed criminal charges against Trump if he did have such ability. His statement does not say any attempts at obstruction were conducted by the administration.

I find these omissions extremely problematic. As an experienced lawyer in such a powerful position, I would expect his statements to be far more detailed and accurate. He also made it clear that he would not be making any future public comments, then walked off stage (I mean stage in the literal sense of the word.) without taking any questions which would have clarified his vague comments.

So, I have promised a detailed evaluation of the Mueller report, all 448 pages of it. I’m not done with it yet but so far it is even more vague and contrived as his statement today, about as substantive and worse than I expected, seeing that he and the FBI agents involved have had nearly 2 years to fabricate something more convincing. I will continue working my way through the report and should have the full series done in a few days.

What I will omit are statements which are repetitive comments, which are many. I will also omit many statements from the report which are pure opinion of no consequence. In each and every case I have read so far, he offers no evidence to back up his conclusions. It should be obvious that not everything he “investigated” is “classified”. Some level of the information would not be classified but none is offered.

This will have to be a multi-part series because I want to offer not just my conclusions and comments but the actual text from the report. In each case, I am posting the PDF page numbers of the Mueller report. Aside from highlighting some sections in bold, I have made absolutely no alterations to the original text. Oh, I am wrong. I corrected some spelling errors in the official government report which annoyed me.

Of course, I do have my own comments after many excerpts. My own comments are in bold.

Pg 6- In June, the Democratic National Committee and its cyber response team publicly announced that Russian hackers had compromised its computer network. Releases of hacked materials-hacks that public reporting soon attributed to the Russian government-began that same month.

Public reporting is his evidence?!!

Pg 10- the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.

Pg 10- the investigation established that certain actions or events
occurred. A statement that the investigation did not establish particular facts does not mean there was no evidence of those facts. (Bold mine.)

That is the purpose of an “investigation”!!! To determine that there is evidence to confirm facts!!!!!

Pg 10- We applied the term coordination in that sense when stating in the report that the investigation did not establish that the Trump Campaign coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.

Pg 11- (partly redacted) The Internet Research Agency (IRA) carried out the earliest Russian interference operations identified by the investigation — a social media campaign designed to provoke and amplify political and social discord in the United States. The IRA was based in St. Petersburg, Russia, and received funding from Russian oligarch Yevgeniy Prigozhin and companies he
controlled. Prigozhin is widely reported to have ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin

“Widely reported” does not establish fact. “Social discord”? Because….?

Pg 13- 2015. Some of the earliest contacts were made in connection with a Trump Organization real-estate project in Russia known as Trump Tower Moscow. Candidate Trump signed a Letter of lntent for Trump Tower Moscow by November 2015, and in January 2016 Trump Organization executive Michael Cohen emailed and spoke about the project with the office of Russian
government press secretary Dmitry Peskov. The Trump Organization pursued the project through at least June 2016, including by considering travel to Russia by Cohen and candidate Trump.

Hotel was never built, travel never occurred. There’s no actual evidence Cohen spoke with Peskov, only low level office workers relating to foreign-owned investment or construction. Peskov never publicly mentioned anything about it.

Pg 13- Campaign foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos made early contact with Joseph Mifsud, a London-based professor who had connections to Russia and traveled to Moscow in April 2016.

What the hell are “connections to Russia”? Any sewer worker in Russia has “ties to Russia”!! You fucking live in the US. By this terminology, YOU have “ties to the US”!!! That doesn’t mean anything!!!

Pg 14- Throughout that period of time and for several months thereafter, Papadopoulos worked with Mifsud and two Russian nationals to arrange a meeting between the Campaign and the Russian government. No meeting took place.

Pg 14- The written communications setting up the meeting showed that the Campaign anticipated receiving information from Russia that could assist
candidate Trump’s electoral prospects, but the Russian lawyer ‘s presentation did not provide such information.

Compare to the Steele Dossier, paid for by the DNC, Hillary campaign and later further paid for by the FBI. This is never mentioned in the Mueller report. In addition, the lawyer was not allowed into the country two weeks before this meeting took place. Suddenly that restriction was lifted with no explanation offered to this date.

Pg 14- Days after the June 9 meeting, on June 14, 2016, a cybersecurity firm and the DNC announced that Russian government hackers had infiltrated the DNC and obtained access to opposition research on candidate Trump, among other documents.

This would be Crowdstrike. To date, no government agency has ever examined the FBI servers, only the private firm hired and paid by the DNC. Crowdstrike has been discredited on several occasions, including issuing a report that Ukrainian artillery had been hacked by Russia. They were forced to retract that report when the Ukrainian military said there was no truth to it.

Pg 14- In July 2016 , Campaign foreign policy advisor Carter Page traveled in his personal capacity to Moscow and gave the keynote address at the New Economic School. Page had lived and worked in Russia between 2003 and 2007 . After returning to the United States, Page became acquainted with at least two Russian intelligence officers, one of whom was later charged in 2015 with conspiracy to act as an unregistered agent of Russia . Page ‘s July 2016 trip to Moscow and his advocacy for pro-Russian foreign policy drew media attention . The Campaign then distanced itself from Page and, by late September 2016, removed him from the Campaign.

Mueller omits the fact that Carter Page was revealed to have worked asan FBI asset, helping to catch Russian intelligence agents during the time frame described.

Pg 14- Within days, there was public reporting that U.S. intelligence agencies had “high confidence” that the Russian government was behind the theft of
emails and documents from the DNC.

Since when is “public reporting” evidence of anything?Alex Jones reports publicly. And “high confidence” was the same terminology used by Clapper and Mueller stating that Iraq had WMD’s.

Pg 15- Manafort had caused internal polling data to be shared with Kilimnik,
and the sharing continued for some period of time after their August meeting.

Polling data? Actually it was not internal polling data, it was simply polling data. Even if internal, how the hell is sharing polling data a crime? And what Kilimnik/Manafort were discussing involved Ukraine becoming part of NATO. That’s not handing any power to Russia. Manafort was representing Western interests.

Pg 15- Immediately after the November 8 election , Russian government
officials and prominent Russian businessmen began trying to make inroads into the new administration.
The most senior levels of the Russian government encouraged these efforts. The Russian Embassy made contact hours after the election to congratulate the President-Elect and to arrange a call with President Putin. Several Russian businessmen picked up the effort from there.

Yeah, this is a process called diplomacy.

Pg 15- Kirill Dmitriev, the chief executive officer of Russia’s sovereign wealth fund, was among the Russians who tried to make contact with the incoming administration.
In early December , a business associate steered Dmitriev to Erik Prince, a supporter of the Trump Campaign and an associate of senior Trump advisor Steve Bannon. Dmitriev and Prince later met face-to-face in January 2017 in the Seychelles and discussed U.S.-Russia relations.
During the same period , another business associate introduced Dmitriev to a friend of Jared Kushner who had not served on the Campaign or the Transition Team. Dmitriev and Kushner’s friend collaborated on a short
written reconciliation plan for the United States and Russia, which Dmitriev implied had been cleared through Putin.
The friend gave that proposal to Kushner before the inauguration , and
Kushner later gave copies to Bannon and incoming Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Again, diplomacy.

Pg 15- On December 29, 2016, then-President Obama imposed sanctions on Russia for having interfered in the election.
Incoming National Security Advisor Michael Flynn called Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and asked Russia not to escalate the situation in response to the sanctions. The following day, Putin announced that Russia would not take retaliatory measures in response to the sanctions at that time. Hours later, President-Elect Trump tweeted, “Great move on delay (by V. Putin).” The next day, on December 31, 2016, Kislyak called Flynn and told him the request had been received at the highest levels and Russia had chosen not to retaliate as a result of Flynn’s request.

Again, diplomacy.

Pg 17- Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying about his interactions with Russian Ambassador Kislyak during the transition period.

The transition period is after the election. It had nothing to do with the election or campaign.

Pg 18- The Office investigated several other events that have been publicly reported to involve potential Russia-related contacts.
For example, the investigation established that interactions between Russian Ambassador Kislyak and Trump Campaign officials both at the candidate’s April 2016 foreign policy speech in Washington, D.C., and during the week of the Republican National Convention were brief, public, and non-substantive.
And the investigation did not establish that one Campaign official’s efforts to dilute a portion of the Republican Party platform on providing assistance to Ukraine were undertaken at the behest of candidate Trump or Russia.
The investigation also did not establish that a meeting between Kislyak and Sessions in September 2016 at Sessions’s Senate office included any more than a passing mention of the presidential campaign. (Bold mine.)

Pg 20- (Mueller was empowered to investigate) ..allegations that Papadopoulos committed a crime or crimes by acting as an unregistered agent of the Israeli government..

Israeli government? Yes, definitely a crime but WTF does that have to do with Russia?!!

This is as far as I will go with part one of this series. For many, this will obviously not be enough. Besides, I want to be thorough with this and not have anyone claim I left out anything important. So, I will be posting part 2 as soon as I can. Keep in mind, Part 1 has only gone up to page 20. I do slow down after a point because, as I said before, the report is highly repetitive.

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