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  • Jefferson23 (7274 posts)
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    Deep State Goes to War with President-Elect/Unverified Claims/Dems Cheer

    Full title:The Deep State Goes to War with President-Elect, Using Unverified Claims, as Democrats Cheer

    Glenn Greenwald
    January 11 2017, 9:35 a.m.


    The serious dangers posed by a Trump presidency are numerous and manifest. There are a wide array of legitimate and effective tactics for combatting those threats: from bipartisan congressional coalitions and constitutional legal challenges to citizen uprisings and sustained and aggressive civil disobedience. All of those strategies have periodically proven themselves effective in times of political crisis or authoritarian overreach.

    But cheering for the CIA and its shadowy allies to unilaterally subvert the U.S. election and impose its own policy dictates on the elected president is both warped and self-destructive. Empowering the very entities that have produced the most shameful atrocities and systemic deceit over the last six decades is desperation of the worst kind. Demanding that evidence-free, anonymous assertions be instantly venerated as Truth — despite emanating from the very precincts designed to propagandize and lie — is an assault on journalism, democracy, and basic human rationality. And casually branding domestic adversaries who refuse to go along as traitors and disloyal foreign operatives is morally bankrupt and certain to backfire on those doing it.

    Beyond all that, there is no bigger favor that Trump opponents can do for him than attacking him with such lowly, shabby, obvious shams, recruiting large media outlets to lead the way. When it comes time to expose actual Trump corruption and criminality, who is going to believe the people and institutions who have demonstrated they are willing to endorse any assertions no matter how factually baseless, who deploy any journalistic tactic no matter how unreliable and removed from basic means of ensuring accuracy?

    in full: https://theintercept.com/2017/01/11/the-deep-state-goes-to-war-with-president-elect-using-unverified-claims-as-dems-cheer/

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  • tularetom (2310 posts)
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    1. It isn't just that its ill advised, but its sooooo blatantly amateurish

    Considering the CIA’s budget, you would think they could do a better job of discrediting somebody than what they have tried to do to Trump.  Hell, a teenage kid could do a better job, I could do a better job.

    It isn’t like Trump gives them nothing to work with.

    I went home with a waitress the way I always do  How was I to know she was with the russians, too?
    • Jefferson23 (7274 posts)
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      2. Yea and embarrassing as hell.

    • HubHeaver (265 posts)
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      3. Unless that is the plan–

      Blow their own credibility so that nothing sticks when they do get around to exposing real criminal acts.

    • ThinkingANew (1423 posts)
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      4. I think this is one of the problems leading to unnecessary wars

      It seems to me we have a federal government full of inept , aggressive, and arrogant managers and department heads. Some who are outright crazy in their belief systems.

      I say managers and heads because in a time when whistleblowing is dangerous they have complete control of what happens and reports that are released.

      "(modern) newspapers publish nothing more than “weaponized text"" “When you read a newspaper article, you are reading weaponized text that is designed to affect a person just like you." Julian Assange