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PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2021 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/dhs-claims-it-cannot-find-any-records-of-communications-between-the-agency-and-wh-about-trump-s-firing-of-election-security-official-chris-krebs/ar-BB1cTAZ8?ocid=msedgntp


DHS Claims It Cannot Find Any Records of Communications Between the Agency and WH About Trump’s Firing of Election Security Official Chris KrebsChris Krebs


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The Department of Homeland Security claims it has absolutely no records of any communications between agency officials and the White House regarding the post-election termination of the Trump Administration’s top election security official, Chris Krebs, according to government watchdog group American Oversight.


The revelation came in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed by that organization for records spanning the dates Nov. 3 through Nov. 18, 2020. The request sought records related to Krebs’ termination or about the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) website “Rumor Control,” which was created to debunk misinformation about election security.

The inaugural head of DHS’s CISA, Krebs was at the forefront of the federal government’s efforts to minimize risks to U.S. election integrity following documented interference by Russia in 2016. However, despite receiving bipartisan praise for his efforts overseeing the race, the self-described “lifelong Republican” was fired on Nov. 17 after pushing back on President Donald Trump’s false claims that the 2020 election was marred by widespread fraud.

In response to a series of Trump tweets declaring that the election was “rigged,” CISA on November 12 released a statement declaring that the Nov. 3 presidential election “was the most secure in American history.”

“There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised,” the statement said in bold typeface.

Less than one week later, Trump unceremoniously fired Krebs via his now-suspended Twitter account.

“The recent statement by Chris Krebs on the security of the 2020 Election was highly inaccurate, in that there were massive improprieties and fraud,” Trump tweeted, along with a series of erroneous claims about “dead people voting,” “poll watchers not allowed into polling locations,” and “glitches in voting machines that changed votes from Trump to Biden.”

“Therefore, effective immediately, Chris Krebs has been terminated as Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency,” Trump said. His next tweet said “DEAD PEOPLE VOTED” in all capital letters.

The termination of an agency-leading official would typically be preceded by some discussion amongst White House officials and DHS, but that was apparently not the case when it came to ousting Krebs.

American Oversight categorized the move as “part of the campaign of misinformation” by the Trump administration.

“I find it extremely suspicious that a high level firing of the head of the agency’s own Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, via tweet no less, has no records of communication between the White House and agency officials,” wrote Melissa Wasser, policy counsel for the watchdog group Project on Government Oversight (POGO). “This firing looks like a retaliatory action by an outgoing President who wanted to punish Chris Krebs for calling out disinformation and telling the truth: that our election was fair and secure. In normal circumstances, there should be communications between the White House and agency officials. One possible explanation is that there are communications, they just haven’t been cataloged as government records because they were sent through encrypted apps like Signal or on personal email accounts. Considering that Krebs had no notice of his firing and found out he was fired on Twitter, I’m sure there is more that we have yet to uncover.”

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2021 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2021/01/21/flashback-2001-50-50-senate-under-democratic-control-bushs-nominees-breezed


Flashback, 2001: In 50-50 Senate Under Democratic Control, Bush’s Nominees “Breezed Through Their Senate Committee Hearings”
After the historically close and contentious 2000 election, Democrats, who had control of the Senate leading up to Inauguration, ensured a speedy confirmation process for Bush nominees

12 out of 14 of Bush’s Cabinet nominees had hearings before Inauguration Day,
7 were confirmed on January 20

Bush was able to assemble his full Cabinet within 12 days after taking office;
the fate of Biden’s Cabinet remains uncertain

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2021 1:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Literal Russian-Asset Hitler, the Latest Greatest Threat to Western Democracy, the Monster of Mar-a-Lago, Trumpzilla, Trumpenstein, the Ayatollah of Orange Shinola, has finally been humiliated and given the bum-rush out of Washington by the heroic forces of the GloboCap “Resistance,” with a little help from the US military.

The whole thing went exactly to script.

Well … OK, not quite exactly to script. Despite four years of dire warnings by the corporate media, the Intelligence Community, Hollywood celebrities, the Democratic Party, faux anti-fascists, fake-Left pundits, and pretty much every utterly deluded, Trump-obsessed liberal with an Internet connection, there was no Hitlerian “Reichstag Fire,” no Boogaloo, no Civil War II, no coup, no white-supremacist uprising.

Nothing.

The man simply got on a chopper and was flown away to his Florida resort.

I know, you’re probably thinking …

“Wow, how embarrassing for the GloboCap ‘Resistance,’ being exposed as a bunch of utterly shameless, neo-Goebbelsian propagandists, and liars, and hysterical idiots, and such!”

And, in any other version of reality, you’d have a point … but not in this one.

No, in this reality, “Democracy Has Prevailed!”

Yes, it was touch and go there for a while, as there was no guarantee that the Intelligence Community, the military-industrial complex, Western governments, the corporate media, supranational corporations, Internet oligarchs, and virtually every other component of the global-capitalist empire could keep one former game show host with no real political power whatsoever from taking over the entire world.

Still, Trump’s failure to go full-Hitler, or even half-Hitler, was somewhat awkward. I mean, you can’t whip millions of people into a four-year frenzy of fear and hatred of a clearly powerless ass-clown president, and portray him as a Russian Intelligence asset, and the Son of Hitler, and all the rest of it, and then just drop the act cold and laugh in their faces. That would leave them feeling like total morons who had just spent the last four years of their lives being lied to and emotionally manipulated, or like members of a cult, or something.

Fortunately, for GloboCap, this was not a major problem. All they had to do was produce a cheap simulation of “Trump going full-Hitler.” It didn’t even have to be convincing. They just needed a semi-dramatic event to plug into the official narrative, something they could call “an attempted coup,” “an insurrection,” “an attack,” and so on, and which millions of credulous liberals could hysterically shriek about on the Internet.

The “Storming of the Capitol” did the trick.

They held a dress rehearsal in Berlin last August, and then gave the real performance in the Capitol Building (this time it was for all the money, so they went ahead and got a couple people killed). It wasn’t very hard to pull off. All they actually had to do, in both Berlin and DC, was allow a small fringe group of angry protesters to gain access to the building, film it, and then pump out the “attempted coup” narrative. It made no difference whatsoever that the “domestic terrorists” (in both Berlin and Washington) were a completely unorganized, unarmed mob that posed absolutely zero threat of “staging a coup” and “overthrowing the government.” It also made not the slightest difference that Trump didn’t actually “incite” the mob (yes, I put myself through the agony of reading every word of his speech, which was the usual word salad from start to finish). We’re talking propaganda here, not reality.

The so-called “Violent Storming of the Capitol” set the stage for the main event, which was the show of force we have all just witnessed. Someone (I’m not entirely clear who) ordered in the troops, tens of thousands of them, locked down Washington, erected fences, set up road blocks and military check points, and otherwise occupied the government district. It looked like any other US-military post-“regime-change” occupation, because that’s what it was, which was precisely the point. As I have been repeating for … well, for over four years now, it was always going to end this way, with GloboCap making an example of Trump and reminding everyone who is really in charge.

Look, let’s be clear about these last four years, because there are all kinds of crazy theories going around (not to mention the official GloboCap narrative), but what actually happened is pretty simple. Here’s the whole story, as concise as I can make it.

Back in 2016, the American people, sick to the gills of global capitalism and its increasingly oppressive woke ideology, elected an unauthorized, narcissistic ass-clown to the highest office in the land.

They did this for a variety of reasons, but mostly it was just a big “fuck you” to the establishment. It was an act of rebellion against a government which they know is owned by unaccountable, supranational corporations and oligarchs who openly detest them.

It was an act of rebellion against a system of government they know they have no influence over, and are not going to have any influence over. It was an act of rebellion against global capitalism, the unopposed, global-hegemonic system which has dominated the world for the last thirty years … whether they realized what they were rebelling against or not.

This act of rebellion happened on the heels of Brexit (another such act of rebellion) and in the context of the rise of assorted “populist” movements all throughout the world. When Trump actually won in 2016, the global capitalist ruling classes realized they had a serious problem … a “populist” rebellion in the heart of the empire.

So they suspended the Global War on Terror and launched the War on Populism.

The ultimate objective of the War on Populism was to neutralize this “populist” rebellion and remind the public who is actually running things.

Think of the Trump era as a prison riot. In any maximum security prison, the prisoners know they can’t escape, but they can definitely raise a little hell now and then, which they tend to do when they get really tired of being abused and neglected by the prison guards.

Most prison riots run out of steam on their own, but if they go on too long or get too ugly, the penal authorities typically respond by shooting a few prisoners (usually the ringleaders), and reminding the inmates that they are in a prison, and that the owners of the prison have guns, whereas they have shivs made out of spoons and toothbrushes.

This, basically, is what we’ve just experienced.

The global capitalist ruling classes have just reminded us who is really in charge, who the US military answers to, and how quickly they can strip away the facade of democracy and the rule of law. They have reminded us of this for the last ten months, by putting us under house arrest, beating and arresting us for not following orders, for not wearing masks, for taking walks without permission, for having the audacity to protest their decrees, for challenging their official propaganda, about the virus, the election results, etc. They are reminding us currently by censoring dissent, and deplatforming anyone they deem a threat to their official narratives and ideology.

In other words, GloboCap is teaching us a lesson. I don’t know how much clearer they could make it. They just installed a new puppet president, who can’t even simulate mental acuity, in a locked-down, military-guarded ceremony which no one was allowed to attend, except for a few members of the ruling classes. They got some epigone of Albert Speer to convert the Mall (where the public normally gathers) into a “field of flags” symbolizing “unity.” They even did the Nazi “Lichtdom” thing. To hammer the point home, they got Lady Gaga to dress up as a Hunger Games character with a “Mockingjay” brooch and sing the National Anthem. They broadcast this spectacle to the entire world.

And the lesson isn’t quite over yet … it won’t be over for a while. The “War on Populism” will simply morph into the “New Normal War on Domestic Terror,” which will become one more theater in the “Global War on Terror,” which has been on hiatus, and which will now resume. As I have pointed out repeatedly over the past four years, we appear to be headed toward a dystopian future in which there will essentially be two classes of people: (a) “normals” (i.e., those who conform to global-capitalist ideology and decrees); and (b) the “extremists” (i.e., those who don’t).

It will make no difference whatsoever what type of “extremists” these “extremists” are … religious-fundamentalist extremists, Islamic extremists, Christian extremists, right-wing extremists, left-wing extremists, white-supremacist or Black-nationalist extremists, virus deniers, anti-vaxxers, conspiracy theorists, anti-maskers, recalcitrant transphobians, anti-transhumanists, pronoun resisters, defiant oppositionalists, or whatever … the names don’t really matter. The point is, conform or be labelled an “extremist,” a “domestic terrorist,” or some other type of “antisocial person” or “social deviant,” or “potential threat to public health.”

I don’t claim to know every detail, but one thing seems abundantly clear. We are not going back to the way things were. GloboCap has been explaining this to us, over and over, for almost a year. They couldn’t have made it any more explicit. When they warned us to get ready because a “New Normal” was coming, they meant it.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2021 7:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a load of garbage! The Consent Factory???
Noam Chomsky must be mortified!

Not from Malibu...Not a Guru.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2021 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Guru" quoting a socialist who lives in Berlin. Laughing

The good news is, post-Capitalism is going to succeed, someday … unless Capitalism manages to annihilate all human life on the planet first. Because nothing lasts forever, not even global empires, no matter how much their ruling elites want them to. The specific character of this post-Capitalist future is, at this stage, probably unimaginable, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t on the way. Personally, I’m hoping for some version of Socialism, rather than, you know, some Mad Max-type scenario. Whether that next tectonic social-political transformation occurs, or begins, in our lifetimes is an open question, as is whether it comes about gradually or as the result of some global catastrophe.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2016/05/17/the-mainstream-media-and-its-discontents/
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2021 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The scourge of mental illness.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2021 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bard, how easily you drift into plagiarism with no reservations at all. It makes me wonder if you lie as easily too.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2021 2:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://twitter.com/Henryhooddavis/status/1354507470060859392?s=20
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2021 6:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Losing your job is tragedy and traumatic for sure.

But we all know Malibu Barbie posted the link for it's more insidious message that the election was stolen.

How sad it is that this messaging is still being propagated.

Nearly 140 police officers from two departments were injured during the Jan. 6 pro-Trump mob attack on the Capitol, including officers who suffered brain injuries, smashed spinal discs and one who is likely to lose his eye, the Capitol Police union said on Wednesday.

One officer died during the melee and two others committed suicide since.

If we look at the 2016 vs. 2020 election results in three battleground states that made the difference in electoral votes:

Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin 2016 Trump win
10,704, 46,765 and 22,177 votes
Total 79,646 votes

Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin 2020 Biden win
154,188, 80,555, 20,608 votes
Total 255,351 votes

That's more than triple the margin!!!
Trump lost, your party lost, get the f*ck over it and move on!
But no, as long was Trump is spewing his lies you and the GOP will continue to pander to his nonsense.
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