Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Kettle Calling The Pot Black


                                                  From The Ramparts
                                                 Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                             Kettle Calling The Pot Black

            With all the brouhaha about alleged Russian hacking of the 2016 presidential election you would think the Democratic Party, the US Deep State (shadow government FBI, CIA etc), US politicians and the corporate media would not risk making fools of themselves if the masses knew the US has been quit busy attempting to undermine and influence election outcomes around the world since the late 1940's.  In fact I'll bet most people forgot President Obama tried to persuade voters in the United Kingdom not to vote to exit the European Union two months prior to the June 23, 2016 vote. He spoke openly on several occasions in support of the UK remaining in the European Union. Many feel Obama's pro EU push is what made Brits vote so overwhelmingly to leave the European Union!
            But that was, chump change, an extremely passive attempt to influence British politics by the US government. The US has a far more aggressive, imperialist and neo-colonial history of  interference, intervention and meddling around the world. Recent research by Dov Levin a postdoctoral fellow at Carnegie Mellon University's Institute for Politics and Strategy discovered the US government worked assiduously to influence the outcomes of foreign elections at least eighty-one times between 1946 and 2000 and that doesn't include the countless coup d'etas, assassinations and regime change campaigns of candidates the US wanted to toppled and get rid of. http://investmentwatchblog.com/us-intervened-over-80-times-in-foreign-elections/ Using declassified "intelligence" and Congressional reports on CIA activities, academic research and reports Levin reported the US was actively engaged in propaganda, misinformation, provided cash or foreign aid, created campaign material for their favored candidate(s), made open and veilled threats against a candidate and other sundry mischief. Again that was between 1946 and 2000 which didn't include the dirty tricks and lethal activities employed by the US CIA.
            For the US to accuse Russia of interfering or hacking an election is like the kettle calling the pot Black. But that's what hypocrites and psychopaths do. Think about all the regime change the US has engaged in since 2000.  For the record, some of the more infamous and egregious examples are: supporting a coup against Hugo Chaves of Venezuela in 2000, removing the Taliban from power in Afghanistan in 2001, murdering Saddam Hussein in 2006, support the coup against Manuel Zelaya of Honduras in 2009, killing Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, ousting Viktor Yanukovych of Ukraine in 2014 and their ongoing attempts to replace the duly elected president of Syria Bashar al-Assad just to cite a few.
            Speaking of hypocrisy, the US charged Saddam Hussein gassed Kurdish Iraqis. They alleged this prior to the US warmongers settling on the weapons of mass destruction deception as the reason for the 2003 Iraqi invasion. The fact of the matter is the United States sold Saddam Hussein the tear gas, sarin and other chemical and biological weapons he used in his war against Iran. The US even had satellite footage of Iraqi troops using sarin gas against Iranian forces in 1988. There is no proof Hussein gassed the Kurds living in Iraq. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1148.htm
            In 2013 the US claimed Syrian president Bashar al Assad gassed his own people  killing over one thousand Syrians. The corporate media jumped on the story and the Obama administration tried to use the  anti-Assad propaganda as a pretext to do to Syria what they did to Libya. During the debate, Putin stepped in and brokered a deal whereby Assad agreed to turn over all the country's chemical weapons and allow full unfettered inspections. This prevented the US from declaring a no fly zone over Syria or invading and the US warmongers have not forgotten or forgiven Putin for that.
            Subsequently Assad asked Putin for help fighting the Western backed "rebels" who were waging a proxy war on behalf of the US and its Israeli, Turkish and Saudi Arabian allies. Putin sent in Russian bombers, missiles and logistical support. This along with the active support of Iran and Hezbollah turned the tide in Assad's favor. Now the US is saying Assad gassed Syrian civilians at a time when by all accounts he and his allies are winning!? It doesn't make sense nor is it logical, except if you see this as a ruse to rationalize US and NATO direct military engagement.
             This is a repeat of the Saddam gassed the Kurds and the 2013 claims Assad gassed civilians. Hopefully except for dolts like Donald Trump people will not go for the okey-doke again. Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me.



Monday, April 17, 2017

Wars and Rumors of War

                                                 From the Ramparts
                                                Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                             Wars and Rumors of Wars

            During the last two weeks the risks of open conflict between the US and Russia over Syria and the US and China and Russia over North Korea have escalated. The hypocrites in the corporate media who were lambasting Trump for his flip flop on Syria were also enthusiastically cheering him for launching sixty cruise missiles at an airbase in Syria!
            Meanwhile North Korea displayed it military and weapons during a celebration of the 105 anniversary of the founder of the North Korean Republic which included the attempted launch of a new missile. Last Sunday North Korea in a move of self-determination and self protection test fired a missile but it exploded.
            The US media played up the failure and there are now reports circulating the US may have had something to do with the malfunction. "North Korea's botched missile test may have been disrupted by a secretive US programme of cyber and electronic warfare designed to sabotage launches... The attempted test, and a weekend parade of Pyongyang's military hardware, prompted international condemnation and an American promise of further action if the hermit state failed to end its provocations. Under Barack Obama, the US stepped up electronic and cyber attacks on North Korea's missile programme. Those efforts are reported to include hacking and the use of electromagnetic weapons capable of disrupting electronic equipment." http://postnewsd2.blogspot.in/2017/04/north-koreas-botched-missile-test-on.html
            This is nothing new the US has been using cyber warfare for years viruses like Stuxnet to attack the Iranian nuclear program. https://www.nytimes.com/topic/subject/cyberattacks-on-iran-stuxnet-and-flame  These are acts of war! 
            We must not forget the people of Syria elected Assad as their president, that it is the West and its fanatical Wahabi jihadist partners from Saudi Arabia who are attempting to overthrow Assad, usher in a bogus Islamic Caliphate which will propagate Neo-Colonialism on behalf of the West and make Israel the dominant power in the region.
             With regards to North Korea, remember the Korean War was never resolved, no peace treaty was ever signed. The opposing sides merely agreed to withdraw their forces below the "Demilitarized Zone" that splits Korea and serves as a buffer to the North and South. The fact of the matter is the Koreans would like their country unified and to live together in peace. If Germany could be reunited so can Korea, but the West doesn't want a resolution there. If the West wanted peace they would aggressively pursue peaceful solutions. But noo, they maintain an adversarial stance towards North Korea. Naturally the North Korean leadership wants to protect itself from the American warmongers!
             The corporate media played up the recent events in an alarmingly cavalier fashion providing analysis no on the potential these events have to trip start WW IV (WWIII is the ongoing covert operations, interventions, destabilization campaigns, coups, economic sanctions, imperialism and Neocolonialism of the US, UK, NATO, Israel etc following the official end of hostilities for WWII.) Nowhere in the corporate media do we hear voices calling for restraint, pleading for the mobilization for PEACE against the Trump administration's bellicose and discombobulated foreign policy if you can call it that. The corporate media are the megaphones and sycophants of the ruling class Deep State and their puppets in the government.
            So amidst this tension, saber rattling and games of chicken, here are the actual reasons for all of this instead of the corporate media's lies. The NeoCon, global banking cartel, military industrial, security/surveillance state hydra's dream of a New American Century where the American Empire is the only super power in the world are swiftly imploding around them and they are in panic mode. China is about to eclipse the US as the largest economy in the world. The US dollar is losing its status as the world's reserve currency, the BRICS nations (Brazil Russia, India, China and South Africa) are challenging the World Bank, IMF and Bank of International Settlements usury monopoly with their New Development Bank and using alternative currencies in their mutual trade agreements and transactions. This means the end of US dollar hegemony, and the Western plutocrats are having conniptions. So they have unleashed the hellhounds by demonizing Putin, destabilizing Brazil's economy, fomenting tension between India and Pakistan and attempted a color revolution in South Africa in 2014. These are acts of war or precursors to war.
            These current tensions and moves are all part of their panic because the BRICS and the Shanghai Cooperative Group (Russia and China's version of NATO) are not backing down and are taking precautions to protect themselves.  http://investmentwatchblog.com/breaking-news-china-and-russia-send-ships-after-united-states-aircraft-carrier-moving-toward-north-korea/  We are facing a Mexican Standoff of gargantuan proportions. Stay tuned.


Sunday, April 02, 2017

The Big Lie Technique In Action


                                                  From the Ramparts
                                                Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                            The Big Lie Technique In Action

            “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State."-  Joseph Goebbels Head of Nazi Propaganda

            We are witnessing the application of tried and true propaganda techniques espoused by Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbles who studied and applied the mind control tactics of US PR and advertising guru Edward Bernays. Burnays was the nephew of Sigmund Freud and he applied many of his uncle's ideas about the unconscious with the crowd psychology theories of Wilford Trotter and Gustove LeBon to develop a successful advertising, PR and propaganda career.
            Bernays like Goebbles was about manipulating the masses, getting them to do what he and his clients such as cigarette companies and the US government wanted them to do unbeknownst to the people.  In order to accomplish this, Bernays developed techniques to influence people on the subconscious level. He believed it was imperative for the masses to be manipulated and controlled by a certain segment of society. He wrote, "The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, and our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of…. It is they who pull the wires that control the public mind..." http://theconversation.com/the-manipulation-of-the-american-mind-edward-bernays-and-the-birth-of-public-relations-44393  Bernays used the term "democratic society" despite the fact what he was espousing is the exact opposite of "democracy".
            As a writer Bernays was successful getting the public to go along with Woodrow Wilson's entry into WWI. Afterwards he surmised those same techniques could be used to sell products as well. Of course his advertising campaigns for products like cigarettes, soap and appliances involved telling lies and creating perceptions that were not true or real.
            In 1920 Joseph Goebbles discovered Bernays and became a fan despite the fact Bernays was Jewish. When Hitler came to power through deception and subterfuge (The Reichstag Fire, and the lie Poland attacked Germany) Goebbles as Hitler's head of propaganda employed Bernays' techniques, tactics and strategies to create a fanatical imperialist movement with mindless obedience to its leader.
            Today Bernays' attitudes about controlling the masses, his techniques and tactics are pervasive. They are all around us, we are bombarded with them twenty four hours a day! The ruling class were Bernays' primary clients and they keep his legacy of lies, publicity stunts, contrived, fake events and perception management alive and thriving today. Remember Bernays was about mass manipulation in order to control people's minds, their worldview and behavior! Do you see any similarities in today's current events?
            Here are several examples of how Bernays' and Goebbles techniques have been applied in recent years. In 1990 the Washington D.C. PR firm Hill and Knowlton created a multi-million dollar propaganda campaign to convince the world Saddam Hussein was an evil man to justify the first Gulf War, despite the fact prior to his invasion of Kuwait he was a US ally! They created a front group called Citizens for A Free Kuwait, to spread lies about alleged rapes and Iraqi soldiers killing Kuwaiti infants. Hill and Knowlton even staged a bogus hearing on Capital Hill to simulate a Congressional Hearing where the daughter of the Kuwaiti Ambassador posed as a witness to atrocities committed by Iraqi soldiers. The corporate media covered and promoted the fake Hearing using them to create Anti-Iraq sentiment. (Read Weapons of Mass Deception The Uses of Propaganda in Bush's War on Iraq by Sheldon Rampton nd John Stauber).
            On September 11, 2001 the corporate media broadcast round the clock pictures of smoldering, collapsing twin towers with the caption America Under Attack. These images, the screen captions and constant rhetoric prepared our psyches for the first leg of their bogus War on Terror the US invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001. This invasion was planned many months before 9-11 against a country that neither attacked the US nor had anything to do with 9-11! https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2001/11/afgh-n20.html
            President Bu$h demanded the Taliban turn Osama bin-Laden over to the US. The Taliban asked, as any reasonable person or group would, for evidence proving Osama bin-Laden was responsible for 9-11 (They knew a man living in a cave in Afghanistan could not have pulled off such an attack!). Bu$h told them we don't have to give you any evidence, proceeded to launch the invasion, and told us "You are either with us or with the enemy."
             The corporate media uncritically echoed the charges against bin-Laden although no evidence has ever been produced to prove he was the culprit. In fact the FBI's own Website doesn't mention him in connection with 9-11!!! Nevertheless we have been at war around the world for sixteen years over bogus propaganda and lies!
            There are more recent examples but let these marinate, I'm sure you will come up with more on your own, (hint the Russia Did It narrative). Don't believe the hype and don't fall for the Big Lie.


Monday, March 20, 2017

Things That Make You Go Hmmm?


                                                   From the Ramparts
                                                Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                        Things That Make you Go Hmm?

            "The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court was established in 1978 when Congress enacted the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which is codified, as amended, at 50 U.S.C. §§ 1801-1885c. The Court sits in Washington D.C., and is composed of eleven federal district court judges who are designated by the Chief Justice of the United States.  Each judge serves for a maximum of seven years and their terms are staggered to ensure continuity on the Court.  By statute, the judges must be drawn from at least seven of the United States judicial circuits, and three of the judges must reside within 20 miles of the District of Columbia." http://www.fisc.uscourts.gov/about-foreign-intelligence-surveillance-court 

            The hearings currently going on in Washington regarding the alleged collusion between Donald Trump and the Russians, alleged Russian influence or hacking of the Democratic National Committee, leaks of classified information and whether President Obama spied on candidate Trump are not serious investigations. It is a partisan dog and pony show designed to further the "Russia did it" narrative, demonize Vladimir Putin, absolve Clinton of any responsibility for her woeful election loss and make Trump look bad so public opinion can be shaped against Trump and pressure brought to bear to impeach him.
            The FBI Director and Director of the National Security Agency were called to Capital Hill to answer questions about investigations as to the degree if any Russia was involved influencing the 2016 presidential election whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians or Obama had Trump under surveillance. FBI Director James Comey stated he could not answer or speculate on many questions because there was an ongoing counterintelligence investigation going on. He did say there was no evidence that Trump was bugged by the Obama administration. Notice he wasn't asked if Trump could have been bugged by another government or entity.
            The thing that makes me go hmmm about all this is the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) was established in 1978 and it is the official process whereby the government can gain permission to spy on a foreign person, entity or group. It is a known fact the FISA Court merely rubber stamps requests from US "intelligence" and law enforcement agencies. One of the concerns is the number of requests FISA gets and the type of data collected. FISA is supposed to be for surveillance of foreign persons but the US has had a sordid history of abuse by the FBI and CIA (COINTELPRO Operation Chaos), if you want to know just how foul and wicked our government has been read the Church Committee Reports https://www.brookings.edu/blog/brookings-now/2015/05/06/40-years-ago-church-committee-investigated-americans-spying-on-americans/ It was because of the Church Committee findings the FISA Court was set up!!!
            By the way, where were the NSA and FBI who had global surveillance capabilities with their Echelon and Carnivore spy systems when 9-11 was being planned?! How come with all that taxpayer money that goes into the defense and intelligence deep state they didn't stop 9-11 even when the CIA Director told President Bu$h something was going down around September 11th? Makes you go hmmm?
            If Obama was spying or bugging Trump he wouldn't be that stupid to use the FBI NSA or CIA where he would leave a paper or E-mail trail back to himself or the White House. If he was spying on Trump and his people, Obama would probably do like Nixon did have some off USA book, off the grid operatives do it. There is speculation the Obama administration used the British version of the NSA what the UK calls Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) who collaborate and share information and technology with the US NSA and Canada, Australia and New Zealand, what in the spy business is known as Five Eyes Alliance, to do their dirty work.    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/06/is-the-five-eyes-alliance-conspiring-to-spy-on-you/277190/
             An arrangement like this makes more sense than using the FBI or CIA because the Five Eye Alliance routinely contact each other, coordinate and collaborate on global spying and surveillance. In fact there is speculation by several former CIA analysts that the abrupt resignation of the GCHQ Director Robert Hannigan in January of 2017 has something to do with GCHQ's involvement in the Flynn resignation and that could have been expanded to spy on Trump.  http://www.veteransnewsnow.com/2017/03/01/1014351is-there-more-to-the-flynn-story-philip-giraldi/ And of course neither the GCHQ nor the British government are going to admit their complicity in this in fact they have already denied any involvement. Things that make you go hmmm?
            Anyway, enjoy the Congressional dog and pony show, but don't fall for the flim-flam.


Monday, March 13, 2017

Don't Fall for The Russki Ruse

                                                 From The Ramparts
                                                Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                       Don't Fall For The Russki Ruse

            In an effort to obfuscate Hillary Clinton's disappointing loss to Donald Trump the Democratic Party and the corporate media are attempting to lay the blame for the shocking smack down of their candidate on Russian president Vladimir Putin.  But the fact of the matter is the Democrats and media have presented no solid physical evidence whatsoever (only anonymous unnamed sources) to prove the Russians hacked the election or influenced its outcome.
            US voting machines cannot be hacked via the Internet and Russian agents did not infiltrate the state and local governments who had access to US voting machines in order to tamper with them! Don't fall for the flim flam. The globalist warmongers in the ruling class are apoplectic because Hillary lost the election. Clinton was their girl, the one they felt would carry on the Wall Street, Military Industrial Complex, endless wars and take their domestic Nazification program to the next level. So to absolve Clinton of any personal responsibility for her disastrous presidential campaign and election loss, they are blaming the Russians.
            The warmonger faction of the ruling class opposes Donald Trump not because of his ego or because he may be emotionally unstable, what modern president was more goofy than George W Bu$h (or Gerald Ford)? They oppose him because he is a D.C. outsider and a nationalist. As a candidate Trump called into question some of their most sacrosanct institutions and policies: NATO, the United Nations and the ongoing animus against Vladimir Putin and Russia.
            They cannot have anyone least of all a novice outsider thwarting their imperialist agenda. So they have unleashed their media hellhounds on Trump and his cabinet. They are trying to paint him as a traitor and puppet of Putin. They are attempting to kill two birds with one stone, undermine Trump and further demonize Putin and Russia.
             Putin has been in their crosshairs for a while but he really ignited their ire when he interfered with their plans to do to Syria what they did to Iraq and Libya, turn Syria into a failed vassal state. When Putin responded to Assad's request for help and his Russian air forces with the assistance of Iran and Hezbollah ground forces set back the Western supported Wahabbi fanatics who serve as the canon fodder in their effort to topple Assad, he really ticked them off!  With Putin and Co's help Assad has retaken much of the country. Putin's actions prevented another US/NATO invasion of a sovereign nation that is not a threat to the West.
            Also Putin and China's Xi Jinping have partnered to form BRICS (with Brazil, India and South Africa) to create a powerful trading block and an international bank that provides an alternative to US unipolar hegemony, the IMF, the World Bank and the Rothschild international usury system. The BRICS trading partnership is not buying or selling in US petrodollars which is a step towards dethroning the US dollar as the world's trading currency.
            The BRICS are signing mutually beneficial multilateral trade deals and agreeing to protect each other militarily, which is why the US is working feverishly to create problems in all the BRICS nations. They are pushing NATO to the borders of Russia, holding war games and the US was behind the coup in Ukraine. That would be like Russia or China placing troops on the Canadian border then destabilizing Mexico and putting an anti-US government in its place.
            The US is provoking China in the South China Sea and fomenting discord with China's Muslim population. The US is working to further undermine Brazil's faltering economy and they attempted a color revolution in South Africa two years ago but failed. BRICS is a major threat to the ruling oligarchs New World Order plans.
            Don't fall for the media's okey-doke. Do some research on the CIA's Operation Mockingbird and the FBI's COINTELPRO (which have now been legalized by the USA PATRIOT ACT and NDAA) http://www.theblackvault.com/documentarchive/operation-mockingbird/ and you will see just how ruthless our government is and has been. Don't fall for the Russki ruse.


Monday, February 06, 2017

I Am Not Your Negro

                                               From The Ramparts
                                                Junious Ricardo Stanton                                           
                                                I Am Not Your Negro
            My wife and I went to see Raoul Peck's documentary I Am Not Your Negro. It was based upon James Baldwin's writings and life experiences. It uses archival footage of Baldwin, pictures and footage of American history and Samuel L. Jackson's voice reading and sharing some of Baldwin's thoughts and writings to tell his story. It uses music, the Blues, and popular recordings to infuse the images with emotion and Baldwin's perspective on racial politics in America. It is a powerful film. It helps the viewer realize history and "the past" are not distant, unrelated, abstract disconnected entities, but an integral, integrated and omnipresent part of our now. It demonstrates we cannot escape our past and America certainly cannot nor will never change unless and until we face our demons and make an honest effort to repent and be better.
            The film is in limited distribution. In fact it is in only two theaters in the whole , tri-state area.  It is not the kind of film the masses of Americans Black or white will go see. I can readily see why. The film, like James Baldwin is unnerving, it shatters our illusions and delusions about race in America. It is based on an uncompleted book Baldwin was writing prior to his death.
             James Baldwin always made me uncomfortable, yet he influenced me greatly. He was uncompromising in his assessment of the American reality. He took no prisoners and didn't give white America any wiggle room to escape their sins, their duplicity, lies and hypocrisy. His piercing eyes, his candor and vocabulary made him a champion for Negroes as we were called in the 1960's when I became familiar with his work.
            The film includes interviews of him on the Dick Cavett television program in the 1960's, lectures at Cambridge and archival footage of American history, the history most Americans want to forget. I Am Not Your Negro weaves many threads using Baldwin's words, pictures, Hollywood film clips and current events to tell Baldwin's story as interpreted by Raoul Peck, which makes the film extraordinarily powerful. Under Peck's direction the film examines the impact of three men on Baldwin's life, their martyrdom and his relationship with them: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King. Baldwin knew all three and each had a profound impact on his life because as a writer he was intimately involved in the struggle against oppression. In the film Baldwin who was living in Paris as an expatriate determined to return to America and become engaged in the struggle because as he said, he could no longer be a spectator from afar.
            But aside from Baldwin's personal thoughts, insights and opinions, the film also reveals the connectivity between the past, slavery, American apartheid euphemistically called "Jim Crow" and today. Peck fuses pictures of Ferguson Missouri, Trayvon Martin and a host of other Blacks killed by police while using Baldwin's words to juxtapose his personal defiance and optimism amidst the carnage and oppression of his day. Near the end of the film Baldwin questions the very need to create niggers and he says, "I am not a nigger, I'm a man".  
            But the sad reality is, the theme of the film is apropos today, which is scary. During the film the audience sat in rapt attention. There was no talking, no nervous laughter just focused concentration. Every once in a while you could here someone murmur, "that's right",  or "uh, uh uh". When exiting the theater I observed hushed tones and expressions on people's faces demonstrating they were in deep thought. This is what art is supposed to do.


Monday, January 09, 2017

Don't Fall for The Okey-Doke

                                                             From The Ramparts
                                                          Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                                      Don't Fall for the Okey-Doke

            As we enter a New year, we must be alert, vigilant and prepared to protect our minds from the onslaught of propaganda, lies and disinformation the 1% and their media flunkies are sending our way. We see some of it already with the bogus issues of "fake news" and the contrived mime the Russians hacked the election in favor of Donald Trump. Listening to and participating in conversations with many of our people, bless their hearts, some actually believe the Russians influenced the 2016 election.
            What we are seeing is an all out campaign by the corporate media to demonize Russian president Vladimir Putin, weaken incoming US president  Donald Trump and obfuscate the fact the corporate media was totally wrong in their biased predictions about the 2016 presidential election results!
            Trump won the election by focusing on the key electoral college states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Florida, North Carolina and Wisconsin. In that regard Trump was successful winning traditionally Democratic states like Pennsylvania. The analysis of the election shows Hillary Clinton lost because she like Trump was not well liked but she lost the white female vote, she lost the blue collar vote and she failed dismally to rally the so called Obama coalition to vote for her. As a warmonger and the candidate from Wall Street her populous message was disingenuous, the people knew it so they didn't vote for her.
            That being said, this nonsense about Russia hacking the election is pure propaganda.  First of all, the media is being deceitful by using the word hack. The Russians did not have access to US voting machines to hack them. The Russians did not infiltrate the various local polling places or manipulate the voting  process in any way. The Russians did not spend hundreds of millions of dollars on ad campaigns or social media favoring Donald Trump. Even the US "intelligence" agencies admit Russia did none of this.
            What we are seeing is a full court press by the corporate media and Washington establishment to intimidate and belittle Donald Trump. Both Trump and Bernie Sanders were correct when they stated the US political system is rigged against ordinary citizens, that large donations have tainted the whole process. The US Supreme Court allowed unlimited big money to control US elections with their Citizens United v FEC ruling. Now big money from the Military Industrial Complex, big pharmaceutical, insurance, media and corporate boondoggles are trying to make sure Trump doesn't upset their business as usual apple chart.
            The notion Putin directly hacked the DNC is preposterous. It is an attempt to obfuscate the fact Clinton and the DNC were exposed rigging the primaries against Bernie Sanders. Putin and Russia are also being demonized because he along with Iran and Hezbollah were invited by President Assad to help save his country, defeated the ISIS terrorist in Syria being funded by the US. http://www.globalresearch.ca/how-the-us-supports-the-islamic-state-isis-one-accidental-airdrop-vs-billions-in-covert-military-aid/5409449 How dare he thwart the US attempt at regime change in Syria!
             The other reason Putin is being depicted as the villain is because the Military Industrial Complex and the US Deep State need a sovereign enemy to justify their imperialist policies and boondoggle spending. By now most people realize "ISIS" and "al-Qaida" (al- CIA-da) are a rag tag bunch of fanatics trained by Saudi Arabia and funded by the West to do the US's dirty work. But the corporate mind control apparatus wants us to believe they are an independent self-sustaining global terrorist phenomenon.
            We should question the so called intelligence agencies because they are the same folks who said Osama bin-Laden did 9-11, who said Saddam Hussein had WMDs, who said Assad gassed his own people, who told us Russia annexed Crimea (in 2014 Crimea voted overwhelmingly to rejoin the Russian federation.) Their track record is not so good. Trump should be skeptical. But to beltway crowd, questioning or disparaging the CIA , NSA, DIA etc is a no no. The last US President to stand up to the CIA was John F Kennedy and we know what happened to him. The last US Senator to publicly expose intelligence abuses was Idaho Senator Frank Church. To get back at him the CIA funded his opposition and he lost his bid for reelection.
            2017 is barely started and the mind control apparatus is trying to gin up negative perceptions and hostilities that could lead to conflict (the US and NATO are ringing Russia with troops, missiles and conducting war games as we speak) and domestic discord. Don't fall for the okey-doke, think for yourself and make up your own mind. Be vigilant, double check your information, don't drink their Kool-aid.