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Very eloquent, any person who values freedom should watch this, and then take action.
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People are misunderstanding a key fact about what Russia did to us in 2016

Whether one believes Russia successfully hacked the United States presidential election or not is immaterial. There’s just too much incriminating evidence surrounding the hack – both from our own intelligence agencies and numerous journalistic investigations – which indicates Russia did as much and with abundance.

But “hack” is the wrong word. Russians did not cyber-crime their way past encrypted gateways to gain entrance into software and hyper-sensitive, confidential data. What they did was merely pull on historic propaganda strings. Negative relations between Russia and the United States go back a full century, at the least. Russia lobbed propaganda our way, and the USA lobbed propaganda in their direction. Americans had grown so accustomed to this propaganda war that it was parodied: think “Spy vs. Spy” comics in Mad Magazine.

Rather than thinking in terms of hacking, an online reference that owes its existence to the totality of the twenty-first-century, it’s best to think in terms of continuity. Yes, the Cold War is over. We won. Or at least that’s what Francis Fukuyama thought when he impetuously authored The End of History. But, apparently, neo-cons in America, who danced jigs atop copies of Marx’s Communist Manifesto, forgot to inform the KGB. The Soviet Union may have collapsed in 1991, but its propaganda machines survived the rubble. When the dust settled and a former KGB agent came to power, Putin not only took control of the country but updated Russia’s ossified (and losing) propaganda wing. Gone was Soviet Union 1.0, in its place arose a new and improved “Russia 2.0” replete with Twitter and Facebook accounts. Russia then lobbed millions of propaganda rounds at an unsuspecting USA electorate in 2016 who – unthinking – clicked “likes,” “hearts,” “shares,” and “retweets,” in an anonymity-induced social media frenzy. Russia loaded its distortions in the chamber; Americans pulled the trigger.

It’s as if the United States has forgotten to how to win a propaganda war. Now is the time to review how and when the USA defeated the mighty communist foe, USSR. Hint: little (if any at all) of our propagandized weapons were cyber in nature.

Take for instance “Voice of America” transmissions, both radio and television – 500,000 watts of constant music, voice, and imagery of freedom and plenty blasted into Eastern Europe. Books, too became a weapon, when a CIA-funded “International Literacy Center” (based in New York City) smuggled nearly 10-million free books into Poland and other countries on the eastern side of the Iron Curtain. The State Department sponsored jazz tours inviting Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Brubeck, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and others to play in Eastern Europe or within the Soviet Union itself. 

American artists also became cultural fodder to be lobbed at the Soviet bloc. The CIA teamed up with MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) to promote America’s freedoms against Russian regimentations. What we wore became political. Who knew that bell-bottomed jeans would fetch such high prices in the Soviet’s black market? Then there’s the case of whether Julia Child, who once worked for the OSS during World War II and whose husband worked for the State Department throughout the 1950s, was also a deployed USA-backed cultural weapon lobbed at Europe (east and west) to promote “traditional” French cooking. When it came to expressions of American freedoms, nothing, not even the art of Jackson Pollock (conservatives alleged Pollock had ties to communists in the 1930s) was held back.

It can be argued that American culture, and the pure physicality of it, assisted in bringing down the communist foe known as the former Soviet Union. We won the Cold War, in part, because of covert efforts of propagandizing a constant barrage of American freedoms in all of its representations.

The internet, however, changes the landscape. American freedoms do not have an encrypted gateway, they exist for the whole world to view, especially our freedom to disagree with one another. When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, America’s cultural war against communism turned inward. Newt Gingrich and his ilk declared, remarkably, that America’s Democrats are the new enemy. Talk radio’s emergence became a conservative weapon of choice aimed at fellow Americans! Cable news became Faux News, also a weapon to demonize the political other. As this new weird war emerged so too did the internet buoyed by fiber optics, bandwidth, and misinformation. With the ascent of Facebook and Twitter, cute cuddly cat memes devolved into photoshopped pieces of propaganda meant to damage and weaken … well, us. Russia watched. Then Russia downloaded free apps. Russia, in 2016, assisted in the dividing of America that had already been long underway.

Russia’s involvement in the election of 2016 should alarm politicians of every stripe. But even here the so-called Russian “hack” scandal has become politicized, which is why we need to ditch the word “hack.” What Russia did, and cheaply, was to exploit America’s freedoms against itself, propagandizing the two major political parties against the other. Looking at Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election as part of a long “East vs. West,” “Spy vs. Spy” continuity rather than some newly and, therefore, randomized oddity may awaken policymakers in this country to prevent a future 2016. How well the United States counters Russia (and who knows what other countries in the future may join this fray) is wholly dependent on our lawmakers’ ability to recognize that Fukuyama’s End of History insight was incredibly misguided. It’s Cold War 2.0 – and we are not winning.

 

Joe Krulder, Ph.D., teaches history at Butte College.


This article was originally published at History News Network

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^ This article is excellent in its description of what is happening in the US, but the US is not the only country under attack by Russian internet propaganda and purposeful cultural divisive tactics.

Apparently Great Britain's 'Brexit' vote was also subject to Russia's divide and conquer tactics, as was France's recent election in which a very divisive fascist style candidate figured heavily. No doubt Russia's government is up to something as they sow discord among their enemies and cast a hungry eye towards the Ukraine and Eastern Europe.
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Recent developments regarding releasing 'the memo' show that the US Republican party seems more interested in helping Russia than helping the US rid itself of Russian influence.
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UK blames Russia for NotPetya cyber-attack last year

Defence secretary says Moscow ‘undermined democracy’ with attack that targeted Ukraine

The defence minister has accused the Russian government of “undermining democracy” with a cyber-attack that targeted Ukraine and spread across Europe last year. 

The UK government took the unusual step of publicly accusing Moscow of the NotPetya ransomware attack in June, which primarily targeted the Ukrainian financial, energy and government sectors.

Ukraine has been in conflict with Kremlin-backed separatists since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014.

The attack was designed to spread further and affected European and Russian companies.

The defence secretary, Gavin Williamson, said: “We have entered a new era of warfare, witnessing a destructive and deadly mix of conventional military might and malicious cyber-attacks.

“Russia is ripping up the rulebook by undermining democracy, wrecking livelihoods by targeting critical infrastructure and weaponising information ... We must be primed and ready to tackle these stark and intensifying threats.”

Russia has denied responsibility for the attack, which is estimated to have cost companies more than $1.2bn (£850m). It claimed that Russian businesses were among those with systems affected.

The foreign minister, Lord Ahmad, said the UK’s decision to identify the Kremlin as responsible showed that the government would not tolerate malicious cyber activity.

“The UK government judges that the Russian government, specifically the Russian military, was responsible for the destructive NotPetya cyber-attack of June 2017 ... The Kremlin has positioned Russia in direct opposition to the west, yet it doesn’t have to be that way.

“We call upon Russia to be the responsible member of the international community it claims to be, rather then secretly trying to undermine it ... We are committed to strengthening coordinated international efforts to uphold a free, open, peaceful and secure cyberspace.” 

In November, Theresa May accused Vladimir Putin of attempting to “sow discord”in the west by spreading misinformation.

MPs have asked social media companies to look into claims that Russian hackers tried to influence the outcome of the EU referendum.

YouTube and Facebook said inquiries had found no evidence of this.


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Yes, its quite obvious that Russia is trying to sow discord around the world and are attempting to have countries who are allied against Russia start turning against each other. Unfortunately the US has a president who is falling for these schemes, as well as many in the Republican party.

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For those thinking it is not serious enough, I would like to suggest to watch this documentary from my hometown of Vilnius, filmed in January 13, 1991, twenty seven year ago (I was 28 years old young guy and I was in town).

That day Russian tried to take over on Lithuanian TV, radio and main newspapers and Russian troops and tanks were on the Vilnius streets. Lithuanians came by own initiative to win TV tower, TV and Radio center,etc unarmed, singing Lithuanian songs. 

You can see Russian troops faces on video - they are extremely young and really get lost but soon officers sent them to beat civilians, move to min.15 seeing them shooting to the people and tanks attacking civilians.

It's Europe and the year is 1991!!!!!




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As the investigation in the US continues to unfold, members of the Republican party seem to be split between those who want to keep the US free from Russian manipulation, and those who seem to welcome Russian help as long as it helps the Republican political party.
Of course in the long run, any 'help' from the Russians only means help for the Russian's long range plans for the US.


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Trump's misguided trade wars continue to isolate the US from some of our best allies. This can only be good news for Putin and the Russian government. Creating discord is Putin's goal, and Trump is his perfect dupe. 
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Looking from Europe, every morning in news starts from Trump's new initiative coming from his twitter, and as rule it sounds as another bad joke Embarrassed
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At yesterday's tragic summit between Trump and Putin, Trump showed once again that he is willing to bend over backwards to please Putin.
Either Trump is that stupid, or Putin has Trump blackmailed with some dirty goods, neither scenario is good for the US or the rest of the world.
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Trump Now Says He Accepts U.S. Intelligence Reports on Russian Election Meddling  

WASHINGTON — Under unrelenting pressure from congressional Republicans, his own advisers and his allies on Fox News, President Trump abruptly reversed course on Tuesday and claimed he had misspoken during a news conference with President Vladimir V. Putin about whether Russia tried to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Mr. Trump, reading from a script, said he believed the assessment of the United States’ intelligence agencies that Russia had interfered in the campaign after having seemed to have accepted Mr. Putin’s assertion the day before that Russia was not involved.

The misunderstanding, he said, grew out of an unsuccessful attempt to use a double negative when he answered a question about whether he believed Mr. Putin or his intelligence agencies.

“My people came to me,” he said Monday in Helsinki, Finland. “They said they think it’s Russia. I have President Putin; he just said it’s not Russia. I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be.”

On Tuesday, he said that he had misspoken. “The sentence should have been, ‘I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia,’ sort of a double negative,” Mr. Trump said. “So you can put that in, and I think that probably clarifies things pretty good.”

He also insisted that he has “on numerous occasions noted our intelligence findings that Russians attempted to interfere in our elections.” He did not mention the far greater number of occasions on which he has sown doubt about whether Russia meddled.

Mr. Trump also did not retract or explain his withering attack on the F.B.I. and the Justice Department for investigating his campaign’s ties to Russia. He did not withdraw his assertion, standing next to Mr. Putin, that the Russian leader had offered an “extremely strong and powerful” denial of involvement during their two-and-a-half-hour meeting. And he did not amend his answer to a question about whether he believed Mr. Putin or officials like Dan Coats, his director of national intelligence.

Mr. Trump said there were “two thoughts” on the matter, and, “I have confidence in both parties.”

By nightfall, Mr. Trump appeared to regret the clarification, writing on Twitter that the “meeting between President Putin and myself was a great success, except in the Fake News Media!”

The news conference on Tuesday was a hastily arranged, somewhat haphazard effort to defuse a sudden political crisis that had eclipsed the president’s trip to Europe and his meetings with Mr. Putin and the leaders of NATO members and threatened to overwhelm the White House. Dozens of Republicans distanced themselves from the president’s remarks; Democrats called for hearings; and some critics even suggested his conduct, on foreign soil, rose to the level of treason.


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