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The subservience of Facebook and Twitter to the US government is ABHORRENT

The two social media giants have allowed anti-Russian hysteria to cow them into restricting speech

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(Sputnik) – Anti-Russian hysteria in the US is at its zenith, Facebook and Twitter are joining the war games and it’s becoming apparent where this is all headed.

Last week saw a dramatic new phase of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into “Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election” and “possible collusion by members of the Trump team.” Two senior members of the Trump campaign team including former campaign chair Paul Manafort surrendered themselves to federal authorities.

Some would say that this is it, that Trump is definitely finished. US media reported that the indictments against Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his assistant Rick Gates undoubtedly proved that Russia meddled in the 2016 US presidential election, thus installing Trump as president. But if you tried listening to the supposed evidence, you could hear the special prosecutor claiming that these individuals “did work for Ukraine and were paid by the Ukrainian government.”

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Okay, they worked for Ukraine and, as lobbyists, were paid to lobby for them, but what does that have to do with Russia? I mean, do Americans know that Ukraine isn’t Russia? Is it that hard to take a look at a world map? But the media were quick to respond: “It’s a historic indictment that deals with tax evasion over a long period of time.”

Tax evasion? True, everybody knows that in the US, the only thing you have to do is die and pay your taxes. But still, what does that have to do with Russian meddling in their elections? Did those financial transactions at least take place during the presidential campaign? As a matter of fact, the last year of any financial transaction was 2014. And as far as we know, Trump wasn’t even thinking of running for president in 2014.

So, let’s get this straight, in an investigation about Russian meddling in the elections, they’ve brought up indictments that have nothing to do with either Russia or the elections. But here’s where it gets juicy.

The mainstream media reported that Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos lied to the FBI about his contacts with Russian operatives. He allegedly met his main contact nicknamed “the Professor” in London, and set up meetings with Russian operatives who told him in April 2016 they had dirt on then candidate Hillary Clinton.

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Think about that for a moment. George Papadopoulos lied to the FBI — Well, we have to trust a self-confessed liar, right?So, Papadopoulos swore that he communicated with the Russians and tried to connect them to Trump’s campaign, but two things have been overlooked by many. First, Papadopoulos was an adviser/volunteer with little to no influence on the campaign. And second, the fact that he “negotiated” with some random professor who allegedly had some contacts with some Russian officials who had some dirt on Hillary Clinton, doesn’t prove any kind of conspiracy. Heck, I could’ve volunteered for Trump’s campaign and decided to try to communicate with some… aliens and then confessed to the FBI that Trump colluded with aliens.

Besides, if Papadopoulos “confessed” to any serious prosecutor, he’d look into that dirt on Hillary Clinton, because there’s lots and lots of evidence of her wrongdoing. And still, both the FBI and the media are silent on that. Why? Well, it doesn’t fit the narrative. All that matters is to convince you that there is a Russian threat. And here’s how Facebook is helping with that goal.

Facebook told congressional investigators Russian operatives published about 80,000 posts over a 2 year period to try to influence US politics and 126 million Americans may have seen them. That may sound like a lot, but on my little Facebook page called „Boris Malagurski”, the number of people who saw my posts in 2016 alone is 143,889,580 million. So, if the Russians brought Trump to power using Facebook, I could’ve easily installed Lindsay Lohan in the White House. But aside from Facebook, there’s also Twitter.

Twitter representative Sean Edgett noted that “We determined that the number of accounts we could link to Russia and that were tweeting election-related content was comparatively small. About one hundredth of a percent of the total Twitter accounts at the time we studied.” One hundredth of a percent? In 2012, the percentage of Barack Obama’s 18.8 million followers that were fake was 30%. But yeah, real live Russians use Twitter too, such a shocker, there are quite a lot of them actually, some even tweet about the US election. What a crime!

Look how Twitter smeared this random American as a Russian propaganda troll

Twitter then decided to immediately ban ads from all accounts owned by Russian media outlets RT and Sputnik. Twitter claimed that media outlets like RT and Sputnik contributed to the campaign by acting as a “platform for Kremlin messaging to global audiences.” The nerve these Russian have — using Twitter for sending tweets, my God! And doing so during an election campaign is just outrageous! I mean, it’s not like Twitter ever offered them to do just that. Well, hang on, Twitter made that exact offer.RT was offered a high cost comprehensive special package by Twitter specifically tailor-made for the US general presidential election. That package would’ve contained many special customized features to enable, according to Twitter themselves, a wider reach to US audiences specifically for the US presidential election. Even though Sputnik never advertised on Twitter and RT rejected this offer, RT still invested around $274,000 into advertising on Twitter. Now, considering the fact that Hillary Clinton’s campaign cost $1.4 billion, if RT can install a US President for $274,000, why in the world would you ban them, get them to run your campaign for a lot less! RT — We install US presidents for the low low price of $273,999.99.

If you dig a little deeper, you realize that it’s really all about censorship — Twitter started it, and Facebook may now go down the same path. Facebook is conducting an experiment in Serbia, Slovakia, Bolivia, Guatemala, Cambodia and Sri Lanka. Users in those countries no longer see pages that they liked on their main news feed. 60 of Slovakia’s largest media pages registered 4 times less interaction since the testing started.

In these countries, if you want your page post to appear on your followers’ main news feed, you have to pay Facebook, which means that only wealthy users can spread news, while the rest are silenced. Now, Facebook claims that this is just an experiment, but if they decide to roll this out globally, and then start banning targeted groups from advertising like Twitter does, we will be looking at complete US deep state control over our social media, all under the umbrella that they’re protecting us from the scary big Russian bear, without a shred of evidence that Russia is a threat to us.

Maybe this video and text will get banned too, labeled as „Russian propaganda”, even though I’m… not Russian and I was only telling the truth, but when it comes to taking away our freedom of speech, the truth is always the first victim.

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Peter Strzok testifies, reveals partisan warfare (VIDEO)

Partisan bickering main event as FBI Agent Peter Strzok is used as the pawn to prove legitimacy of RussiaGate investigation

Seraphim Hanisch

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Peter Strzok appeared before the House Judiciary Committee to testify about his part in regards to the improper handling of the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation and Robert Mueller’s RussiaGate investigation. The hearing was so contentious and partisan that it stalled at this point for quite a while.

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The Republicans went one way with this, and the Democrats went the other. All the while, Agent Strzok sat there as all this happened. Representative Bob Goodlatte was furious with the situation, as one can see.

Vox News reported on this as well, calling the event a “ridiculous circus.” 

FBI agent Peter Strzok’s testimony before Congress on Thursday collapsed into a full-on partisan circus, with Republican and Democratic members shouting at each other, House Judiciary Chair Bob Goodlatte threatening to hold Strzok in contempt, and Democrats staging an over-the-top political stunt…

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Strzok exchanged a series of text messages with Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer with whom he was having an affair, that were critical of Trump. In one particularly controversial exchange, Page texted Strzok that she was worried Trump might win. “No. No, he won’t. We’ll stop it,” Strzok reassured her.

Trump and many of his Republican allies have seized on these text messages as proof of anti-Trump bias in the FBI and to discredit the Mueller probe — the investigation Trump calls a “Rigged Witch Hunt.”

His appearance before a joint session of the House Judiciary and House Oversight Committees on Thursday was the first time he had publicly testified before Congress since the revelations about his texts.

It was bound to be a contentious hearing — and so far, it has been.

Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings (MD), the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, immediately accused Reps. Goodlatte and Trey Gowdy (R-SC), the chair of the House Oversight Committee, of deliberately trying to interfere with the special counsel investigation after Mueller obtained five guilty pleas from people associated with the Trump campaign in recent months.

And Cummings brought along some pretty spectacular signs to make the point.

As he spoke, Democratic staffers held huge signs with the names and photos of the five people affiliated with the Trump campaign who have already pleaded guilty in the Mueller probe: former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates, former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, London lawyer Alexander van der Zwaan, and Richard Pinedo, a California man who committed identity theft as part of the Russian election interference campaign.

Republicans first objected to the sign-holding, but seemed to back off when Democrats asked them to cite which rules the signs violated. The signs stayed up as Cummings listed what Flynn et al had pleaded guilty to and slammed Republicans for interfering with the advancement of the Trump-Russia probe.

As the hearing continued, lawmakers fought over what kinds of questions Strzok should be obligated to answer.

Gowdy’s very first question for Strzok — about how many witnesses he had interviewed in the opening days of Russia probesparked a huge debate. Strzok responded that he was not permitted to answer the question based on instructions from the FBI. Then Goodlatte threatened to hold Strzok in contempt for not answering the question.

“Mr. Strzok, you are under subpoena and are required to answer the question,” Goodlatte said.

Democratic lawmakers interrupted Goodlatte and objected loudly in defense of Strzok.

“This demand puts Mr. Strzok in an impossible position,” Jerry Nadler, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, responded. “If we have a problem with this policy we should take it up with the FBI, not badger Mr. Strzok.”

Strzok then asked to speak to the FBI general counsel before answering the question.

When Goodlatte responded that Strzok could only consult “with your own counsel,” that set off another testy exchange. Per CNN:

At one point, Strzok suggested that his removal from the special counsel’s Russia investigation was driven by optics. “It is not my understanding that he kicked me off because of any bias … it was done based on the appearance,” Strzok said, adding that he “didn’t appreciate” the way Gowdy was framing the issue.

Gowdy replied, “I don’t give a damn what you appreciate, Agent Strzok.”

“I don’t appreciate having an FBI agent with an unprecedented level of animus working on two major investigations during 2016,” Gowdy added.

The stakes are high here, which may explain the tense nature of the hearing. If Strzok’s defense of his past actions is received well by the public, he could potentially deal a serious blow to the power of right-wing narratives about FBI corruption.

But if he comes off looking bad it will do damage to the credibility of the Mueller probe — and Mueller’s ability to investigate the full extent of Trumpworld’s relationship with Russia.

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COLLUSION: Peter Strzok reveals THREE different versions of the ‘Trump Dossier’

FBI Special agent caught hiding fact of multiple versions of dossier during questioning by House Judiciary Committee

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The salacious “Trump Dossier” that was spread as an amazing example of “fake news” being treated as real, received a further blow to its own credibility by none other than FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok on Thursday in the House Judiciary Committee hearing. Fox News notes that Mr. Strzok indicated that there was not one dossier, but three variations of this document – one held by Senator John McCain, a second by Mother Jones writer David Corn, and Fusion GPS owner Glenn Simpson.

Fox goes on to say:

Rudy Giuliani on Thursday slammed the “totally phony” Russia probe after anti-Trump FBI agent Peter Strzok refused to identify the individuals who apparently handed the bureau three different copies of the salacious Trump dossier.

“Isn’t that called collusion or conspiracy to gin up a totally inappropriate, totally illegally wire based on national security? And doesn’t it taint the entire Russian probe?” Giuliani told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham on “The Ingraham Angle.”

“That’s a disgrace, [Special Counsel Robert] Mueller should be ashamed of himself. Those Democrats trying to protect that liar, Strzok, should be ashamed of themselves. And every FBI agent I know wants to see this guy drummed out of the bureau,” he said.

Giuliani said the dossier led to fake news and the “national intelligence wiretap” of the Trump campaign officials.

“So how much of it is infecting the investigation today? We may never know, which is why I think the investigation is totally phony,” he added.

The inquiry into the dossier occurred during a fiery exchange earlier between Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Strzok, who appeared before a joint House committee about his role in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Jordan pressed Strzok about an email he sent to his colleagues, including FBI lawyer Lisa Page with whom he had an extramarital affair, indicating that he has seen different versions of the infamous Trump dossier from three different sources.

Jordan said he had the email the he sent to Page and several others with the subject: “BuzzFeed is about to accomplish the dossier.”

“It says this, ‘Comparing now the set is only identical to what (Sen. John) McCain had, parentheses, it has differences from what was given to us by (Mother Jones’ David) Corn and (Fusion GPS founder Glenn) Simpson.’ Did you write all that?” Jordan asked.

Strzok refused to answer and declined to confirm whether there were three copies of the dossier the FBI had its hands on, saying he can’t answer under the directive of the bureau.

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Trump THREATENS to pull US out of NATO – Germans in favor?

Answering quesitons at a press conference during the second day of the NATO summit in Brussels, US President Donald Trump said he “thinks” he can pull the US out altogether from the military alliance without US Congressional approval.

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US President Donald Trump in Brussels for a two-day NATO summit.

US President Donald Trump threatened to break with NATO and conduct American security unilaterally if the allies did not immediately increase their military spending targets, according to NATO officials and diplomats.

One NATO official said Trump wants a plan from alliance members by January on how to reach the spending target.

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The US president made the statement when asked if he had threatened to pull out of the historically anti-Russia alliance, and whether he thought he could do so without first consulting Congress.

Trump ignored the first question, but on the second question, he said, “I think I can.”

According to Politico, Trump warned his allies behind closed doors that they would need to radically increase defense spending or the US “will do our own thing.” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg then reportedly shifted the meeting to an allies-only emergency session, requiring European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to leave the room.

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As Trump threatens to pull out of the military alliance,  a new poll shows that Germans would actually be in favor of an American troop withdrawal from their country, which has been present since the end of the Second World War.

Via The Independent:

The finding comes on the first day of a NATO summit in which the US president is urging Europe to spend more on defence if it wants to continue to receive American military protection.

But far from being seen as a threat, a YouGov poll for the dpa news agency found that more Germans would welcome the departure of the 35,000-strong American force than would oppose it.

42 per cent said they supported withdrawal while just 37 per cent wanted the soldiers to stay, with 21 per cent undecided.

Last month the US media reported that the US government was in the process of assessing the cost of keeping troops in Germany ahead of a possible withdrawal, citing Pentagon sources.

But the policy of actually pulling out of the country has not actually reached the negotiating table in his week’s Brussels summit and is not expected to be discussed as a possibility – for now.

The cause of US withdrawal enjoys significant support from across the political spectrum in Germany but is particularly strong with the supporters of certain parties.

Voters for the left-wing Die Linke are particularly in favour of withdrawal, with 67 per cent backing it, as are supporters of the far-right AfD, on 55 per cent. Greens also back withdrawal by 48 per cent.

Less supportive of withdrawal are voters for the centre-right CDU, at 35 per cent, the SPD at 42 per cent, and the FDP at 37 per cent.

The same poll also found significant opposition to militarism in general in the country. Just 15 per cent of all Germans agree with Angela Merkel that the country should increase its military spending to 2 per cent of GDP by 2024, with 36 per cent saying the country’s already spends too much on its military.

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