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Washington DC and The Holy Land>Senate Intel Committee Report - Russia helped Trump
Cosmos 06:09 PM 10-08-2019
Today, the Senate Intelligence Committee release a BIPARTISAN report on 2016 election interference.

As the Mueller Report revealed, Donald Trump, and his campaign had support and assistance of Russia, and his good friend Vladimir Putin.

This makes clear why Republicans have resisted legislation and funding to secure our elections. This article indicates the proposed laws are stalled in the Republican controlled Senate....and its easy to see why....a corrupt and complicit party.

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WASHINGTON — The Senate Intelligence Committee issued a bipartisan report Tuesday calling for Congress to consider new laws designed to prevent foreign interference on social media — the culmination of a two-year investigation into how Russian intelligence agencies sought to manipulate American public opinion in the 2016 election.

The report, released by the committee's chairman, Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican, and Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat, recommends that new legislation should be considered, including requirements that social media companies publicly disclose the identities of those who purchase political advertisements, something television stations have long been required to do.

A bill sponsored by Warner and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham to do that, known as the Honest Ads Act, is pending, but has not moved in the Senate.

The 85-page report takes a comprehensive look at how the Internet Research Agency, a so-called troll farm based in Russia, used automated and fake social media personas in an attempt to sow discord, hurt Hillary Clinton and help Donald Trump.

The committee found that Russian social media activity "was overtly and almost invariably supportive of then-candidate Trump to the detriment of Secretary Clinton's campaign."

And the activity continues, the committee found.

"By flooding social media with false reports, conspiracy theories, and trolls, and by exploiting existing divisions, Russia is trying to breed distrust of our democratic institutions and our fellow Americans," Burr said in a statement. "While Russia may have been the first to hone the modern disinformation tactics outlined in this report, other adversaries, including China, North Korea, and Iran, are following suit."

Warner added, "As was made clear in 2016, we cannot expect social media companies to take adequate precautions on their own. Congress must step up and establish guardrails to protect the integrity of our democracy. At minimum, we need to demand transparency around social media to prevent our adversaries from hiding in its shadows."

The report confirms the findings of private researchers that African-American voters were targeted by the troll farm more frequently than any other group, in an apparent effort to suppress the vote and help Trump.

At a rally in Pennsylvania in December 2016, then President-elect Trump thanked black voters for failing to turn out for Clinton at the same rate they did for Obama.

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"They didn't come out to vote for Hillary. They didn't come out. And that was a big," Trump said. "So thank you to the African-American community."

Two-thirds of the Internet Research Agency's Facebook ads were focused on race, the report found, adding that black voters were targeted with messages such as: "Don't Vote for Hillary Clinton," "Don't Vote At All," "Why Would We Be Voting," "Our Votes Don't Matter," and "A Vote for Jill Stein is Not a Wasted Vote."

While much of the report's analysis of how the Russians used social media in 2016 wasn't new, the document includes the first set of bipartisan recommendations to come out of a close look at what happened.

In addition to weighing new laws, the committee recommended that the executive branch "publicly reinforce the danger of attempted foreign interference in the 2020 election" and "establish an interagency task force to monitor foreign nations' use of social media platforms for democratic interference and develop a deterrence framework."

While the FBI and other agencies have sought to tackle the issue of foreign manipulation on social media, there has been no whole-of-government approach led from the White House, principally because President Trump has not wanted to focus on an issue that he feels undermines the legitimacy of his 2016 victory, officials have said.

Trump has never acknowledged the extent to which Russian intelligence services and their proxies intervened in the 2016 election, and at times he has denied that it happened.

The Senate Intelligence Committee in July released its first volume on Russian attempts to compromise the security of election systems. Future volumes will cover how the intelligence community determined that Russia was responsible; counterintelligence issues, including the Trump campaign's contacts with Russians during the campaign; and how the Obama administration responded to foreign election interference, officials said.

The Senate is running the only bipartisan Congressional investigation into the 2016 campaign. The House Intelligence Committee's investigation has broken down along party lines and the two sides are not cooperating.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/con...ocial-n1063716
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Cave Johnson 06:11 PM 10-08-2019
RINOs!

Fake news!!
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BucEyedPea 06:14 PM 10-08-2019
I thought Hilldawg blamed Comey.
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Marcellus 06:15 PM 10-08-2019
:-) Facebook got Trump elected huh?
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Cave Johnson 06:19 PM 10-08-2019
Originally Posted by Marcellus:
:-) Facebook got Trump elected huh?
Nah, but it helped rouse you rabble.
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Easy 6 06:20 PM 10-08-2019
Snooze
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petegz28 06:22 PM 10-08-2019
Yeah, the Russians secretly brain washed people into not voting for Hillary. And when that didn't work the FSB threatened people directly.

Meanwhile the DNC was in cahoots with Russia in some way shape or form prior to the election. The Presidential election. They rigged the Primary on their own.
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Marcellus 06:23 PM 10-08-2019
Originally Posted by Cave Johnson:
Nah, but it helped rouse you rabble.
If $300K in social media adds swayed the election, well I just don't know what to tell you except your candidate obviously had no real chance.
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Over Yonder 06:26 PM 10-08-2019
Originally Posted by :
...Congress must step up...
NOPE!! Why does Congress need to keep retards from themselves? If you are too damn dumb or uninformed to know a lie from the truth, that's your problem. Get educated on whatever the issue happens to be and quit expanding this nanny state crap!! The government MUST save me from my own stupidity :-)

Damn I hate progressives, Democrat AND Republican progressives :-)
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Prison Bitch 06:28 PM 10-08-2019
Ukraine helped Hillary.
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petegz28 06:30 PM 10-08-2019
Originally Posted by :
Two-thirds of the Internet Research Agency's Facebook ads were focused on race, the report found, adding that black voters were targeted with messages such as: "Don't Vote for Hillary Clinton," "Don't Vote At All," "Why Would We Be Voting," "Our Votes Don't Matter," and "A Vote for Jill Stein is Not a Wasted Vote."

Wonder what the pos\neg ratio of Trump articles by the MSM were? I am thinking the 2/3 of internet ads paled in comparison to the 98% of anti-Trump articles from the MSM and other "news" outlets.
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patteeu 06:32 PM 10-08-2019
I question the Senate Intel Committee’s conclusions.
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Prison Bitch 06:34 PM 10-08-2019
A bill sponsored by Warner and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham to do that, known as the Honest Ads Act,


Surely I wasn’t the only one who laughed.
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Pitt Gorilla 06:34 PM 10-08-2019
Literally everyone (with a functioning brian) knows that. I suppose the confirmation is helpful, but only the willfully ignorant believed otherwise.
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stevieray 06:37 PM 10-08-2019
This should bring out the desperate pitchforks yet one more time ...until...

next time.


:-)
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