Intel Chief Clapper: Truthful Reporting on US Corruption is Part of Russian Conspiracy — Hints at ‘Act of War’

Outgoing Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told the Senate Armed Services Committee the campaign to sway the election in favor of Donald Trump did, in fact, involve Russian government-coordinated hacks, but,

“Hacking was only part of it. It also entailed classical propaganda, disinformation, and fake news.”

This heavy-handed and “multifaceted Russian campaign” attempted to undermine the United States, Clapper asserted, and — although these Russian hackers did not manage to infiltrate any voting machines or tamper with the vote count — there would be no way for the U.S. Intelligence Community to assess the total impact on the election. Stopping a hair’s breadth from calling this campaign an act of war, Clapper posited,

“Whether or not that constitutes an act of war. I think, is a very heavy policy call that I don’t think the intelligence community should make” — and then added, “It certainly — would carry, in my view, great gravity.”

NSA Director Adm. Mike Rogers and undersecretary of defense for intelligence, Marcel Lettre, also testified on reports of Russian interference in the election — but testimony by Clapper, and questions from the committee, eerily echoed sessions with Senator Joseph McCarthy during the first Red Scare in the 1950s.

Acknowledging the United States and other allies routinely engage in espionage, Clapper explained of Russia’s operation,

“I don’t think we’ve ever encountered a more aggressive or direct campaign to interfere in our election process than we’ve seen in this case.”

For all of this posturing about Russian meddling with computer systems of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair John Podesta, among others, intelligence officials have not aligned behind the allegation — a fact which has garnered condemnation and outright ridicule.

Indeed, several current and former intelligence officials — as well as Wikileaks founder Julian Assange — have vehemently denigrated the theory documents provided to the publishing organization had been attained by hackers at all. Rather, agreeing with Assange no State actor forked over the damning documents, some in the intelligence community believe evidence points to a disgruntled insider.

To wit, Clapper’s testimony spoke to a report forthcoming next week, purported to evince the Russian campaign theory, but will only show the conclusions reached by the NSA, FBI, and CIA — not every agency said to comprise the entirety of the intelligence community.

“I think the public should know as much about this as possible,” he said of the report. “We will be as forthcoming as we can, but there are some sensitive and fragile sources and methods here.”

Clapper, the outgoing Obama administration, and the corporate press have conflated independent, right-leaning, and alternative media outlets with both Russian propaganda and Fake News — without evidence to back the claims — a tactic surmised by many to eschew blame for the lost election and distract from enmity and corruption revealed in the contents of the leaks.

Particularly targeted for reporting the truth by this anti-Russia propagandizing has been state-run outlet RT, about which Clapper contended,

“RT was very active in promoting a particular point of view, disparaging our system, our alleged hypocrisy about human rights, etc. Whatever crack, fissure they could find in our tapestry, they would exploit it.”

Of course, as a U.S. official, Clapper is duly obligated not to admit to governmental wrongdoing; however, his seething admonishment of RT and surreptitious allegation independent media outlets published only fake reports and purposely-slanted misinformation is not only wholly false, it dangerously portends a crackdown on America’s free press.

In fact, Clapper went so far as to call for a return to the official U.S. propaganda machine, the United States Information Agency, which churned out pro-American news items from 1953, during the fury of the Red Scare, through 1999, when it transformed into the Broadcasting Board of Governors.

“We could do with having a USIA on steroids to fight this information war a lot more aggressively than we’re doing right now,” Clapper ironically lamented, or perhaps addressing that Obama signed measures similar to the agency’s mission into law in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act.

Notably, the intelligence director tellingly described the Russian interference as an “activist” effort to subvert American democracy — suggesting the press might not be the only target the government has in its sights.

But the fact the U.S. intelligence communities have painted truthful, accurate reporting by independent media with the broad Red Scare brush — simply because egregious nastiness revealed in authentic documents is too unpleasant to acknowledge — proves why the fictitious narrative of Fake News threatens dissent, itself.

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it,” Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler’s chief propagandist notoriously but accurately stated. “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.”

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  • All this blathering about whether or not the Ruskies were involved! Show me the beef or shut up! If they did…show us…if they didn’t…why spread lies??

  • Trump should stick with his gut feeling and not trust anything that was a prerequisite
    to this current administration, run by a worthless Black turd of a POS of a token Tar-
    Baby of a Muslim POTUS. This Black turd is an effn liar, as indicated by his Muslim
    demeanor and his connection to their worthless Koran. Of course all 17 intelligence
    agencies are going to indicate that the Russians hacked our Federal Election in
    November 2016, if they desire to keep their cushy positions. Clapper is another
    follower of this Black turd. Another effn liar. Trump is good at firing, therefore, I would
    not trust anyone in this current administration. They are all part of the good old-boy’s
    club, and they know that their days are numbered. Get rid of them all. They will only
    sabotage Trump’s program. Anyway, now that Trump will be our 45th POTUS, we
    patriotic Americans do not have to put up with the ugly, lying face of Hillary Rotten
    Clinton, but will be replace by Trump’s beautiful wife, Melania, a lady, which HRC never
    was, just ask the Secret Service agents when she was First Lady.

  • RockyMtn1776

    The Obama voters got what they voted for. Hoax and chains. Problem is, the dragged us along with them.

  • Jonathan Brooks

    Wait, wait. Telling the truth about the DNC corruption, crime and vote rigging is a Russian conspiracy, and act of war. What are you smoking exactly, Mr Clapper?

    • Cliffystones

      It sure as he!! ain’t medical marijuana.

      • Jonathan Brooks

        Maybe some of Walter White’s blue meth…

        • Cliffystones

          Even Pinkman and Badger had better sense.

  • Huckleberry McComb

    I’m still confused here. Before the election, were Odumma and the Dummorats all saying that there was no hacking? I distinctly recall that they did. In fact, I distinctly recall Odumma saying the same thing after the election. Didn’t he and Slick Willy place the blame on Hillary? I’m of very average intelligence, and I remember these things. Saw them say these things on video, it wasn’t just in print. So, since I can remember these things, I know hundreds of thousands remember the same thing. Take note leftist -liberals and globalists: We can’t be fooled. We won’t be drug into another insane war. We will win.

  • Kim Chul Soo

    I think Clapper is full of shit and in the pocket of Oshitbag. He has no proof of Russian involvement in our elections and he knows it. Just a few more days and this nightmare of the last eight years will end, along with a politically corrupt intelligence community.

    • Huckleberry McComb

      Kim Chul Soo Wow! A new one: Oshitbag. Love it. In fact, I think it’s just about the best way to describe that turd. Have a wonderful day!

      • Cliffystones

        For the other guy, “Clap on, clap off”! 🙂 Or we can hope he gets a bad case of the clap.

      • Kim Chul Soo

        Thank you. Use the term liberally.

  • lloyd Lisco

    All governments constantly Hack other Countries Internets, Whole departments with tremendous budgets are charged with information gathering. This is not new, This is more MSM Bull Shit used in another effort to disparage Trump. Soon the MSM Liars will all be looking for Jobs as Trump uses the Internet to pass along Truth to the American people.

  • Randy Bowman

    All secret service agencies probe and prod for information. That’s from all countries, and it is done constantly. That’s what spy agencies do.
    To me the worst of the bunch, is the CIA. Their mandate and operational arena is the world, outside of the US, not internal. They meddle internally constantly, and illegally.
    Saying that servers have been hacked is nothing new. The difference now, is that the DNC and Obama want to delegitamize the success of Trump and start a war with Russia. That’s what they do.

  • marlene

    John McCain-slew-abel is Clapper’s Clapper’s Chairman. The Armed Services Committee is controlled by warmongers.