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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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BucEyedPea 08:30 PM 10-08-2019
Who's on this committee? Is it the 35 Rs Flake claims would vote to impeach Trump if they could to it anonymously?
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redshirt32 09:12 PM 10-08-2019
Can't wait for de russians to sway my vote 2020.

People knew Clinton was crooked plain and simple, neither party wanted anymore Bush's/Clintons in office ever.
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GloryDayz 09:26 PM 10-08-2019
:-)

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Titty Meat 09:27 PM 10-08-2019
Helped by making Hillary not campaign in the rust belt because she was so unliked her numbers would have went further down.
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Titty Meat 09:28 PM 10-08-2019
Puzzling how they helped when she won by 3 million votes and libs want to abolish the electoral college. Which is it?
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Garcia Bronco 09:32 PM 10-08-2019
Originally Posted by redshirt32:
Can't wait for de russians to sway my vote 2020.

People knew Clinton was crooked plain and simple, neither party wanted anymore Bush's/Clintons in office ever.
Yeah and apparently Facebook ads knew to campaign in Ohio and the other rust belt states
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Cosmos 11:06 PM 10-08-2019
Originally Posted by Garcia Bronco:
Yeah and apparently Facebook ads knew to campaign in Ohio and the other rust belt states
Manafort was your guy here. You got half way there, all on your own. :-)

Manafort, Trump’s campaign chair, shared polling data with Russian during 2016 campaign, court filing says.

https://www.latimes.com/politics/la-...108-story.html

Now, ask yourself why would Manafort obtain this information....and better yet, why is he giving this information to his Russian partners....and what did they do with it?

Put on Taco’s MAGA Conspiracy hat...it has magical powers..
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Cosmos 11:19 PM 10-08-2019
Originally Posted by listopencil:
Gosh. This so scary. So the Dems are going to push through some voter ID laws to keep our elections secure now, right?
Look at what is broken in you and you will understand what is broken in the world. Look at how you may be contributing to these conflicts in your ignorance, in your destructive tendencies, your addictions and denial, in your fear of anyone different than you.’

:-)
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Chief Northman 11:45 PM 10-08-2019
JFC.

Get over it.
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listopencil 02:52 AM 10-09-2019
Originally Posted by Cosmos:
Look at what is broken in you and you will understand what is broken in the world. Look at how you may be contributing to these conflicts in your ignorance, in your destructive tendencies, your addictions and denial, in your fear of anyone different than you.’

:-)


You would do well to meet with with Akilandesvari. Your rut is deep, and filled with rancid water.
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scho63 06:48 AM 10-09-2019
Originally Posted by Marcellus:
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.
BINGO!!!
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GloryDayz 09:13 AM 10-09-2019
Originally Posted by Cosmos:
Look at what is broken in you and you will understand what is broken in the world. Look at how you may be contributing to these conflicts in your ignorance, in your destructive tendencies, your addictions and denial, in your fear of anyone different than you.’



:-)
This is a conflict? If so, it's a mighty boring conflict then!
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listopencil 03:32 PM 10-09-2019
Originally Posted by GloryDayz:
This is a conflict? If so, it's a mighty boring conflict then!
There is a conflict and you are correct. It is a boring one. It's the same R/D conflict that we've seen a billion times. In this case it boils down to (authoritarian) we have to control the narrative versus (libertarian) people need to make their own decisions.
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Bowser 06:56 PM 10-09-2019
Originally Posted by Cosmos:
Manafort was your guy here. You got half way there, all on your own. :-)

Manafort, Trump’s campaign chair, shared polling data with Russian during 2016 campaign, court filing says.

https://www.latimes.com/politics/la-...108-story.html

Now, ask yourself why would Manafort obtain this information....and better yet, why is he giving this information to his Russian partners....and what did they do with it?

Put on Taco’s MAGA Conspiracy hat...it has magical powers..
Holy hell, send this to Mueller ASAFP
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IowaHawkeyeChief 07:09 PM 10-09-2019
Originally Posted by Cosmos:
Manafort was your guy here. You got half way there, all on your own. :-)

Manafort, Trump’s campaign chair, shared polling data with Russian during 2016 campaign, court filing says.

https://www.latimes.com/politics/la-...108-story.html

Now, ask yourself why would Manafort obtain this information....and better yet, why is he giving this information to his Russian partners....and what did they do with it?

Put on Taco’s MAGA Conspiracy hat...it has magical powers..
LOL... polling data the was publically available and Manafort showed it only to boost his own status as a possible winner...
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