Russia Assaults Democracy

For months now, ever since the 2016 election, we have been told daily about the historic Russian attack on American democracy….they allegedly hacked into the election process, the DNC and other entities.

The MSM makes it seem as if this is all new for Russia to try and influence our democratic process……wrong!

Moscow’s interference began 80 years ago……

Over the last nine months, headlines have reverberated with questions regarding the Russian role in “hacking” the American electoral process. On January 5, 2017, James Clapper, then Director of National Intelligence, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that, “The Russians have a long history of interfering in elections. Theirs and other peoples…This goes back to the 60s, from the heyday of the Cold War.” He went on to call Russian interference in the 2016 election “unprecedented.” In some respects — the scale and impact of the accusations — they are. In other ways, however, they are a throwback to an 80-year-old saga.

The role of Russia’s intelligence services in the 2016 election represents the revival of Soviet efforts that predate even the Cold War. “Fake news” and financial assistance to opposition candidates, two measures that define Russian influence operations targeting the West, both date to the Stalinist period and the rise of the Soviet foreign intelligence apparatus. In the 1930s, when these methods were first unleashed, the United States had almost no counterintelligence capabilities. Until the early Cold War, the Soviets proved reasonably adept at influencing American politics towards Russia and acquiring information. Only with the expansion of the FBI and the reorganization of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) did Soviet efforts at directly influencing American elections dwindle.

Source: Moscow’s Assaults on American Democracy Began 80 Years Ago

It is a “New” occurrence only if you do not know history…and now you do.

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9 thoughts on “Russia Assaults Democracy

  1. You are right to highlight this as ‘old news’. Why is everyone so surprised? And we were doing the same thing to them wherever we could, let’s not forget that. There’s no honour in politics, especially on the world stage.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. I feel I have to post this stuff…I tire of the ignorance here in this country…..

      Off topic…I read where Prince Harry has said that NO one wants to be king…..have you seen this? chuq

      1. I don’t read about the royals, but I suspect it will be on the news today, when I start watching it. The Queen has ‘punished’ Charles by not abdicating in his favour. He will be a sad old man by the time he gets the throne, and I have a feeling he might pass it to his son instead. For my part, I would sweep them all away, and make them live on the minimum wage, on a housing project. Harry could only ever be king if his older brother, and all his brother’s children, died at the same time. So, he can afford to say what he likes.

      2. Good to know that they don’t want to be King. But they are unlikely to turn it down, and go off to work in a supermarket. 🙂

  2. I would imagine this is the first time that Russian meddling has been “invited” and did so with American conspirators that with their help now occupy the whitehouse.

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