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Standing Up to the Beast

David Clark Harrison

David Clark Harrison

First published at DavidClarkHarrison.com

Trump-Miller are attacking our entire democracy
Comprehensively and simultaneously
At all levels, on all fronts.

While we have been responding to individual threats.
To feints and maneuvers meant to distract us
Unable or unwilling to acknowledge the scale
The enormity of what they are doing.

We have been defending ourselves with peashooters.
With platoons and regiments, getting absolutely nowhere.
When what is needed is for the entire country to rise up as one army
With everyone doing their part.

If it is democracy that is under attack
Then democracy itself must respond.

We can’t leave the fight to someone else.
We’ve got to take a stand.
And challenge everyone to do the same.
Democracy depends upon it.

Democracy needs us.
Our planet needs us.

Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln – marching together.
Beneath American flags, fifes and drums playing.
Every school child’s image of our founding.
Their cause was Democracy.

Our country stands for nothing if it does not stand for Democracy.
This is our cause, and it is being taken away from us.
Our country is being taken away from us.
Trampled underfoot by dictators at home and abroad.

When the Beast invades our homes, our places of peace
With intent to harm, our only choice is to resist.
If, in defending our homes, our country, our planet
Someone is offended, someone gets hurt, so be it.

Our cause is forced upon us.
To save our country for democracy.
Gently and with loving kindness if possible.
Aggressively if necessary.
But always: to hear and be heard.

1930’s National Socialism has metastasized to our shores.
All who would defend democracy
Reason and science, compassion, truth, and civility
Must take a stand.

Our Generation’s Civil War Has Begun.
Standing Up to the Beast.
Is where I stand.
Not the end, but only the beginning.

To my Republican friends, so very kind in person
So very cruel, insensitive, and disrespectful in your beliefs
Challenged by facts and logic, addicted to lies
Indifferent to personal character
Heedless of the catastrophe bearing down on us.

Heed this.
Admiral Yamamoto’s warning:
I fear that we have awakened a sleeping giant
And filled him with terrible resolve.

Democracy is a cause unlike any other.
Countless millions have fought and died for it.
Hong Kong fights and dies now.
Many millions more will rise up here with terrible resolve.

How then will you take away our democracy?
Our rights, our freedoms, our civil liberties?
Over our dead bodies!

To the rest of us
We are not passengers on a plane that’s just crash-landed.
Strapped to our seats, immobilized by shock
Waiting passively for the end to come.
We are soldiers in a cause. taking the fight to the enemy
Secure in the knowledge that our cause is just.
We will prevail.

The time to change minds ends
When there are no longer minds to change.
When there is only unreasoning hysteria, hatred, and madness.
Rampant guilt projected onto “them.”

Our skies are inflamed with the fires of hell.
It will be time enough to make peace, to trust and make friends
When the light of Reason and respect shines again.

When guilt is banished for the lie that it is
And truth is restored.
Innocence — our sanctuary and our strength.

It will happen.
But for now: Uncle Sam wants YOU!

David C. Harrison
Redondo Beach, California
7 December 2019 – Pearl Harbor Day

Our Generation’s Civil War Has Begun

David Clark Harrison

David Clark Harrison

First published at DavidClarkHarrison.com

Trump-Miler’s self-styled “victims” could be expected to want to become a political force.
To achieve fairness and social justice — to end victimization.
As FDR’s followers wanted — genuine victims of the Great Depression.

Of course, that’s not what the Trump-Miller mob wants.
Their political pedigree is of the opposite stripe.
From the opposite side of the Atlantic in the same era.

They want a victim-in-chief to validate their projection of guilt onto others.
Their supposed “persecutors.”
To justify switching one victim for another so they can persecute.
So others can be the “losers” and they can be the “winners.”

Blindly following the Winner-in-Chief makes them winners by association
A status they will never relinquish so long as their champion lives.
No matter what evils he perpetrates.

Far from being a flawed human being, he is their Savior, their Chosen One.
More exalted than history’s greatest heroes — Lincoln, Churchill.
Are we afflicted with daily horrors?
This is Horror.

Cruelty is not a by-product of their behavior; it is its very purpose.
Cruelty to others directed by their role model is proof positive.
That they have arrived, and he has gotten them there.
That they and he are one and the same.
The bond between them could not be stronger if it were real blood and soil.

Reacting to their cruelties with horror and outrage doesn’t give them pause.
It’s music to their ears, a red flag waved in the face of the raging bull.
An incitement to further madness, more cruelty.

The Beast’s grasp of power has already gone too far to stop him by democratic means.
Republicans, the Senate, the judiciary — pitiful institutions — shrink in relevance before our eyes.
While impeachment grinds inexorably toward meekness and inconclusion.

With democracy already lost, horror and outrage are irrelevant.
Impeachment is irrelevant.

Tinkering with articles of impeachment won’t change the political dynamics.
When it’s plain for all to see: The Republican Senate can’t be moved.
Their base, inflamed by their impotent rage and right-wing propaganda, can’t be moved.
The politicized, emasculated Supreme Court, can’t be moved.
It’s too late!

Sounding the alarm over systemic cruelty at the border.
Is commendable, honorable, patriotic, courageous.
It’s never acceptable to ignore abandoned children bleeding to death.
We must continue to bear witness, to alleviate suffering.

But the moral ground has shifted.
We must adjust.

All that’s left in the present circumstances is to re-channel the force of feeling.
To unite in search of a leader who will rally us against the Beast.
To unite in fierce opposition to the Beast with all the resources at our disposal.
To defend Democracy, science, compassion, justice, and civility.
To defend civilization and our habitable planet.
To fight for our lives and the lives of our children and grandchildren.

The fight — our generation’s Civil War — has already begun.
The only question is: who can lead us in the fight?

When Republicans circled the wagons after Trump-Miller’s crimes were exposed.
When they abandoned Reason for rationalizing and surrendered to the mob.
That’s when the war began.
The vote in the Senate to acquit will only be a formality.
The decision of the Supreme Court to protect Trump’s tax returns will only be a formality.

Reason has already left the room.
What more proof that we have been abandoned by Reason.
Than five minutes of right-wing media?
Than five minutes conversation with anyone who supports Trump?

Yes, victimization of immigrant children at the border.
Has not drawn the attention, the outrage, that it deserves.
Forgive our Democratic compatriots for their blunders, their shortcomings.
But we must move on.

I offer solidarity with anyone who will join me in this cause.
We must find and get behind the right candidate with everything we’ve got.
Short of Trump-Miller dying of natural causes.
And their base melting away — not a likely prospect.
It is our only hope.

David C. Harrison
Redondo Beach, California

Thoughts from a letter to a friend
6 December 2019

Why Not Wait?

Bob Seay

First published at BobSeay.com

Should Congress impeach the President? Why not just wait for the 2020 elections and let the voters decide?

These are legitimate questions. Voters, having expressed their preferences at the ballot box, are rightfully suspicious of efforts to overturn those results. Colorado Republicans were reminded of this when they tried and failed to recall Governor Polis and several members of the Colorado legislature.

Many Democrats were disappointed when Speaker Pelosi refused to hold impeachment hearings immediately after regaining control of the House in 2018. Despite this political pressure, Pelosi refused to consider impeachment for presidential actions within the scope of the Constitution. Nancy Pelosi respects the election process and knows how Americans feel about overturning an election. Although she disagrees with President Trump, the Speaker of the House respects the constitutional authority of the President.

President Trump is not facing impeachment because Democrats disagree with his policies. President Trump is facing impeachment because he broke the law.

The President broke the law when he threatened to withhold military aid to Ukraine unless the Ukrainian President promised to smear Joe Biden. This was the quid pro quo, which literally means “this for that”, to which witnesses testified before Congress. The “quid” was American military aid which Ukraine needed to defend itself from an increasingly aggressive Russia. The “quo” was that the Ukrainian government would help President Trump in the 2020 election. It was as if President Trump told the Ukrainians, “Nice country. It would be a shame if something happened to it.”

The evidence is clear. The only question is whether President Trump’s actions rise to the level of “high crimes and misdemeanors” required for conviction.

So why not just wait for the 2020 elections?

Congress must impeach to protect the integrity of the Constitution, which members of Congress have sworn to support and defend. The authors of the Constitution were concerned about corrupt foreign influence and made specific provisions to guard against it. Government officials, including the President, are forbidden from accepting “any present… from any King, Prince, or foreign State.” President Trump has referred to this as “the phony emoluments clause”, but it is as much a part of the Constitution as the Electoral College that put him into office. Dirt on Joe Biden, if such dirt were available, would be a gift from the Ukraine, paid for by the American people.

Congress must impeach to protect the integrity of the presidency. Future Presidents need to know that Congress will not tolerate a President who exploits their office for personal gain.

Congress must impeach to protect the integrity of our elections. Americans need to know that our elections will not be influenced by foreign governments who wish us harm. Americans need to know that American elections are decided by American voters and not by outsiders working against us.

If the President is not impeached, future Presidents will know they can extort foreign governments for personal benefit. Future Presidents will know they can use the United States Treasury as a campaign slush fund. They will know they are above the law.

This is why this President must be impeached in the House and convicted in the Senate. Americans need to know their Constitution works.

Ukrainian Thugs

FRL has been under steady attack since 8:00am today – well over 100 attacks in 10 minutes.

Golly, y’think the local GOP has tagged us a threat to Trump?

Sad. SUPER sad. The CO GOP has become an arm of the GRU.

Matt Garrett

There’s a very interesting story here.

I sent Matt a short list of questions as a private citizen and after receiving his answers, asked if I could publish them on FRL. His response was curious to say the least. He claimed he wouldn’t change any of his answers, but because I didn’t tell him I was a news outlet, he retracted it all, with some elaborate (and pointless) claims of privacy.

Matt, you’re a public figure now. If this is how you react to the spotlight, I really don’t think City Council is the place for you.

Based on your website, you have absolutely zero experience as a Council member and see City Council as little more than a booster for local businesses.

Also, based on my findings on the web, you’d be a developer’s dream – happy to sign off on virtually any project.

When I first heard about your bid for Council, it was obvious you were the candidate for the GOP even if you didn’t say so. Clearly Trump has made the GOP brand too radioactive. I understand your desire to distance yourself from that dumpster fire.

However, transparency seems to be tough for folks on the right and this exercise proves that.

I would strongly urge Longmonters not to send Mr. Garrett to Council or our beloved hometown could easily see a series of very-unwanted ‘deliveries.’


Questions sent to Matt Garrett that he decided the public didn’t need to see answers to:

I sent Matt a short list of questions and below are the questions and his answers to same. – FRL

(Not published at candidate’s request)

From your website ‘Where I Stand’ :

“Longmont’s small businesses need to have major support from all city government, using every resource available to promote local purchasing.”

Q : Can you characterize (give 2-3 examples of) what you consider ‘major support’?

Matt:

(Not published at candidate’s request)

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“City government should not be obstructionists.”

Q: What specifically has council obstructed? Why do you think they did so?

(Not published at candidate’s request)

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“Large and small corporations representing a broad range of business models should all feel welcome…”

Q: Can you give an example of the kind of business that Longmont is lacking or that you’d like to see?

(Not published at candidate’s request)

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In your interview with John Fryar you are quoted:

“Garrett said he might be considered “a little bit to the right” on the political spectrum because “I have a lot of conservative approaches to economics and government involvement.””

Q: Can you be specific? What approach in use by council now would you change?

(Not published at candidate’s request)

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(same interview)

“…cited his opposition to any hydraulic fracturing operations from the surfaces of properties within Longmont’s boundaries.”

Q: Do you believe fracking is environmentally safe in any location?

(Not published at candidate’s request)

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(Not published at candidate’s request)

Still Dirty After All These Years

The Times-Call still has absolutely no shame nor class. That they keep supporting this kind of political assassination in the name of news is sad. Oh well, anything for a buck, right?

This lovely little hit piece came out recently when the Longmont GOP decided to Trump it up.

Attack mailer against Joan Peck. Funded by the absolute worst of Longmont’s rightwing crew.

First, let’s look at the small print at the bottom of this little hit piece:

Gabe Santos, Julia Pirnack, Leona Stoecker, Bob Askey, Bonnie Finley, Dale Bruns

These six have done more to damage Longmont than any other force – and they’ve been at if for a LONG TIME.

Gabe Santos, still slime mongering

Julia Pirnack, still queenly

Leona Stoecker

Leona Stoecker, still shadowy

Bob Askey, still staunch GOP

Bonnie Finley, still scheming with oil

Dale Bruns, still skulking

Where have we seen this little cabal in action before? The Pink Letter – a heavy-handed lie fest orchestrated by one of Longmont’s absolute worst.

Longmont, you deserve much better than these people. Vote their cronies and their influence OUT of YOUR home town. Your grandkids will thank you for it.

 

All Roads Lead to Putin

Donald J. Trump - Travesty

Nancy Pelosi telling Trump “…All roads lead to Putin.” – at which point he lost his shit completely.

Trump : Travesty

Trump responding like an angry child while the staff around him cringe at his idiocy. Pompeo looks like he’s having an aneurism.

 

Sex on Autopilot

Just read about Stephen Bradley Mell, now 53, who pled guilty in court to sex crimes.

In the air.

With a 15-year-old.

TimesNow News has more background and it’s really sordid.

Mell clearly groomed his victim, arranged for a time and place, then knowingly put a dangerous vehicle on autopilot so he could have intercourse with a fifteen-year-old girl.

I mean, what could GO WRONG?

Final upshot: yet another victim in the neverending stream of abused, rich guy horks up some cash, hangs out for a few years and in all likelyhood, gets out and does it again – except now with expert support from people like Jeffrey Epstein.

Seven years in prison, five of supervised release, $40,000 fine, $32,500 restitution, $5,000 for Victims of Trafficking Act assessment.

Honestly? That’s it?

No punishment for doing something so reckless with an aircraft??

Does the FAA endorse sex while flying? They must… because I didn’t see a peep about them in the article. I’m just thinking of the people on the ground who could have easily gotten screwed as well if any of a number of things had forced the plane down.

One more case of aerial moronity.

YO. Air community. Let’s be safe up there. (cause it’s US you crash down on)

The GOP and Women

Dust bowl mom

Almost a century now of GOP abuse of women.

Women: “Can I have birth control?”
Republicans: “No.”

Women: “I couldn’t get birth control so I got pregnant. Can I have an abortion?”
Republicans: “No.”

Women: “You prevented me from having an abortion so I’m carrying the fetus, but my employer won’t provide reasonable accommodations and is threatening to fire me. Would you please pass the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act?”
Republicans: “No”

Women: “I had the baby, but I’m out of work. Can I have WIC and food stamps until I get back on my feet?”
Republicans: “No.”

Women: “I found a job, but it doesn’t offer me insurance. Can I have government guaranteed insurance?”
Republicans: “No.”

Women: “My kid got sick and I got fired because I missed time caring for him. Can I get unemployment?”
Republicans: “No.”

Women: “I’m having a hard time getting my kid from school consistently. Can we fund after-school programs?”
Republicans: “No.”

Women: “I’m prepared to work to support my family. Can you make sure that a full-time job’s minimum wage is enough to do that?”
Republicans: No. But what’s the matter with you and your family, that working two jobs can’t lift you out of poverty? And what kind of a mother are you, letting someone else watch your child while you work? If your child doesn’t do well in school or gets in trouble, it’s entirely your fault. You shouldn’t have had a child if you weren’t prepared to take care of her.”

Planks

Bruce Lindner - Portland, OR - Pony Espresso
Bruce Lindner, Portland, OR

Things I expect the 2020 Democratic nominee to support:

  • Return the U.S. to the Paris Climate Accords, fast-track climate change measures domesticallyReturn the U.S. to the JCPOA
  • ERA: It’s 4 decades overdue. Renew it, expand it to include race, religion, gender, etc., push it hard, pass it. Git ‘er done.
  • Double-down on rectifying GOP ObamaCare sabotage, promote healthcare for ALL
  • Establish fair working wage job standards
  • Declare all out war on Citizens United. Draft a Constitutional Amendment that would regulate money in politics
  • Challenge the NRA at every turn, push for a ban on military-style weapons from public ownership
  • Fire every single functionary leftover from the Trump administration: CLEAN HOUSE! Fumigate, if necessary
  • Abolish the tariffs
  • Restore our commitment to NATO. Beg Canada, Mexico, Australia, our European allies to forgive us for our arrogance and bravado… even China
  • Propose (internally) standards to deal with any future nations that attempt to interfere in our elections
  • Reinstate the Fairness Doctrine
  • Restart normalization of relations with Cuba. Offer olive branch to some other ostracized nations, even Iran, Venezuela, in exchange for specific diplomatic goals: Eliminate “my way or the highway” global U.S. attitude
  • Declare war on RACISM, white supremacism. Establish defined parameters for race-based and faith-based terrorism
  • Renew our commitment to a Two-State solution in the Middle East. Make any potential foreign aid to 👉🏼 either side 👈🏼 contingent upon it. Demand compliance with U.N. resolutions 242 and 338
  • Make nepotism on a Federal level punishable by law
  • Require all future Presidents, Supreme Court Justices, Senators, Congressmen/women to submit to a mental evaluation before they can serve
  • Require all future Presidents, Supreme Court Justices, Senators, Congressmen/women to make their tax records public before they can serve
  • Fund green programs, infrastructure, etc., restore all Obama era environmental, Interior Department, National Parks protections
  • Restore the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to previous administration’s vision. Regulate payday lenders. Unless she’s elected POTUS 46, insist that the job be given to Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

But… but Bruce! If we do all that, then NO Republicans will crossover and vote Democratic! It’s just sooo radical! 😱

That’s 👉🏼 the POINT! 👈🏼 If we do all that, we won’t NEED to woo them. We’ll win everyone else. Okay?

So what did I leave out? 🤔 Feel free to amend it. Is there anything on this list that’s so unreasonable, so radical, so batshit CRAZY that any of the Democratic candidates for President couldn’t embrace it?

Let the above (or a reasonably modified version of it) be the foundation for the official platform. Let’s build on it.

Thanks!

Police Harrass Journalist

Marshall Joseph Patterson of the Patagonia, AZ police department needs fired. NOW.

Reposted from the Orange Street News without permission.

By Hilde Kate Lysiak

The OSN was working on a story in Patagonia, Arizona when a law enforcement officer threatened the reporter with arrest unless she stopped reporting the news.

The OSN was biking down Roadrunner Lane investigating the tip at about 1:30 pm on February 18th when the reporter was stopped by Patagonia Marshal Joseph Patterson and asked for identification.

The Orange Street News identified herself as a member of the media, including name and phone number.

“I don’t want to hear about any of that freedom of the press stuff,” said Patterson.

The Marshal continued “I’m going to have you arrested and thrown in juvey. “

The Marshal didn’t have his lights on and passed several people who were on the streets without stopping them or questioning them.

“I can have you arrested, do you understand?” the Marshal answered.

Asked what he could arrested for, the officer first said it was for “disobeying his command,” then said it was for riding on the wrong side of the road. Finally, the officer said a Mountain Lion was spotted in the area despite their being other people in the area who were not kicked off the road.

“I’m worried about your safety, the area you were in we were dealing with a mountain lion,” said Patterson.”

“I gave you a lawful order and if you disobey a law enforcement officer….Lying to me and saying you were going to your friends house wasn’t acceptable.”

“If you paste my face on the internet it’s against the law so I’m not giving you permission to use my picture or my face on the internet, do you understand all that?”

The OSN answered, “I understand all that.”

The court says the First Amendment gives citizens the right to record police officers in public while they are performing their duties. But that doesn’t mean you’re allowed to record if you’re doing so secretly interfering with the officer, or otherwise breaking the law.

The Officer told the reporter he was calling her parents.

“You aren’t an adult so don’t act like,” Marshal Patterson said before driving off.


Ironic that Marshall Patterson’s final remark sums up how I feel about HIM. Officer, you’re a DISGRACE to the badge, you should be arrested and jailed for threatening a journalist with LIES! Big hero you are. Why don’t you go DO your job and stop harassing kids you sad excuse for a man. – FRL

Encrypted Police Radio

American police departments have used two-way radios for 85 years to great advantage, and with no adverse effects. But recently the Times-Call reported that without prior public notification, our Longmont Police Department has begun encrypting previously open radio communications between dispatch and officers so that the public cannot hear a single word. They call it a “pilot program” but it has no end date. I find this entire action extremely disturbing.

Longmont Police notice about encryption of dispatch radio.

The argument is that sometimes sensitive information is broadcast that has the potential to compromise victim privacy and perhaps, officer safety. The police spokesman insists that this move will not affect transparency, but how could it not? No secondary distribution or publication of police-filtered accounts could possibly replace the real-time radio narrative of police and citizen interactions in our community. Other local municipalities are also encrypting communications, but that is no reason for Longmont to get on some imaginary bandwagon. There is a need to balance privacy against the public’s right to know, but this is going too far.

What is the records retention policy for all these hours, days and weeks of regular communications? Will every second of every police communication be recorded and backed up forever in case it’s needed? We need to know that. Attorneys will definitely need to know to prepare for defense or prosecution of future cases.

What’s especially difficult to understand is that it was reported that this was not done in response to a specific issue or complaint from any quarter, just some vague “buildup of concerns.” Clearly this is a solution in search of a problem. I normally don’t buy into slippery slope arguments, but will make an exception this time, and here’s one reason why.

About a month ago, it was reported that the Long Beach, California police department has adopted the use of a cell phone messaging app called TigerText that automatically and permanently deletes messages a short time after they are read. There is no possibility of data recall, and these conversations cannot be “discovered” in subsequent legal actions involving the police, especially in complaint proceedings against the department.

“I find it odd that we have a communication system that circumvents everything that we are supposed to be doing,” one officer said. How novel, an automatic electronic cover-up system that obliterates transparency when it’s needed the most.

Long Beach PD quickly suspended TigerText after civil liberties advocates and media outlets raised concerns that the app could be used to hide evidence useful to the other side in criminal and civil court cases. The city said the decision to halt the use of TigerText came “pending further review of whether the use is consistent with the city’s record retention policy and administrative regulations for the use of mobile devices.”

Do we know if the Longmont PD is also using the TigerText or Signal apps in their text communications? Please ask, Times-Call.

So I fail to see much difference between encrypted radio communications and self-deleting texts. They all lead to the same bad end, a severe compromise of the public’s right to know what their taxpayer funded police are doing, and how they are doing it.

The City Council should request and receive regular detailed information about this pilot-program-with-no-end, and be part of the implementation decision going forward because it doesn’t sound like they are now. And I hope they decide that this pilot program should be ejected without a parachute.

Charlie Fellenbaum

The writer is a former news reporter and photographer, and a Longmont resident for 12 years.

Portrait of a Traitor

by James Dunlap

Donald John Trump – Soon to be tried for treason

Ok, so I’ve actually sat down and read the entire 29 page Mueller indictment against the 12 Russian intelligence officers, and it is totally insane. I literally can’t believe the scope of this thing. I’m making this status public (i.e., shareable), because people need to know about this shit. There is no way you can read the actual indictment and not conclude that 1) there WAS a RUSSIAN conspiracy, 2) that the scope of that conspiracy was GARGANTUAN, 3) that it was organized BY THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT [i.e., there’s no way Putin didn’t know about this], 4) That people connected to the Trump campaign [and, shockingly, other U.S. Gov’t officials] WERE INVOLVED, and 5) this is just the beginning. If Mueller has already uncovered this amount of information with such specificity regarding the goings-on in far-away Russia, there’s NO WAY some serious shit isn’t going to hit the fan going forward right here in the U.S.

So, without further ado, here are the highlights:

Article 1 of the indictment states that the Russian government actively set up multiple intelligence units (known as the GRU) with the sole aim of interfering with the 2016 election. Two of these units, 26165, and 74455, were specifically tasked with acquiring and releasing stolen documents via hacking.

Article 2 specifically calls this a “conspiracy” and states that the 12 indicted Russians had contacts with “persons known and unknown to the Grand Jury.”

Article 3: The aforementioned Russian intelligence units deliberately targeted the Clinton campaign.

Article 4: They deliberately targeted the DNC as a whole.

Article 6: In June of 2016, they released TENS OF THOUSANDS of hacked documents using fictitious online personas.

Article 10: One of the intelligence officers, Boris Antonov, oversaw a department within 26165 tasked with hacking the U.S. military, governmental (i.e., political) and non-governmental organizations. [i.e., they were spying on every level of our gov’t].

Articles 12-18: The Russian hackers often used various online aliases, both male and female, such as (but not limited to) “Kate Milton,” “James McMorgans,” and “Karen Millen.” Sergey Morgachev, another Russian hacker, was a Lt. Colonel in the Russian military. He created the hacking malware used by dept. 26165, known as “X-Agent.” Another hacker named in the indictment, Nikolay Kozachek, was a Lt. Captain in the Russian military. Artem Malyshev (also named in the indictment) was a Second Lieutenant in the Russian military. Aleksandr Osadchuk (also named in the indictment) is a Colonel in the Russian Military. He oversaw the creation and dissemination of anti-Clinton material online.

Article 19: Russian Military Officer Aleksey Potemkin, assigned to 74455, supervised the creation of fake social media accounts used (among other things) in the release of DNC documents.

Article 21: Over 300 individuals affiliated with the DNC were SUCCESSFULLY targeted. (Article 21 is lengthy, and includes a detailed, play-by-play account of how 26165 and 74455 achieved their aims. Spoiler alert: It’s crazy).

Article 24, subsection B: The Russian’s hacking of the DNC was so advanced that they were able to monitor individual computers in real time. Subsection C states that their malware sent actual screenshots of DNC computer activity to a server in Arizona that the Russians had access to. They were also able to capture keystrokes entered by DCCC employees.

Article 24, subsection D: They monitored individual DNC / DCCC employees for hours on end, and obtained information about DNC fundraising plans and even banking information (as well as other personal information).

Article 26 subsection A: By June 2016 the Russians had complete access to 33 DNC computers, totally and completely.

Article 27: The GRU gained access to information regarding DNC opposition research, field operation plans, and the Benghazi operation.

Article 28, subsection B: Aside from the server in Arizona, the GRU also stored data to a server in Illinois, to which they filtered large gigabytes of stolen information via a program they developed known as “X-Tunnel.”

Article 32: The DNC became aware of Russian attempts to hack their servers and hired a security firm to identify the extent of the intrusions. The security firm (identified in the indictment only as “company 1”) also put in place measures to halt GRU access to DNC computers, but, despite this, the GRU was so efficient that they continued to maintain access via “X-Agent” well through October of 2016.

Article 33: The GRU immediately became aware of “company 1’s” (referring here to the security firm that the DNC hired) efforts, and took countermeasures in response. This included investigating / hacking “company 1” itself, and later, apparently as a retaliatory measure against the DNC, setting up a wesbsite that redirected from a DNC online political donations website, to another website set up by the GRU (in other words, the GRU took funds from DNC donors, using the pretext of a false DNC donations website).

Articles 35-36: The GRU set up another website, the sole purpose of which was to release stolen DNC documents. They created fake social media accounts that falsely attributed this website’s creation to a group of “American hacktivists.” It received over 1 million hits.

Article 37: The GRU has also released stolen documents dating back to 2015 (i.e., they’ve been up to this for quite a while).

Article 40: The notion of a “lone Romanian hacker” being responsible for the DNC leaks was a fiction deliberately created by the GRU and disseminated via fake social media accounts.

Article 42: Using a popular blogging site, the GRU set up a blog that used the most “searched for” keywords by conspiracy theorists, (e.g., “Illuminati,” “Worldwide,” “Conspiracy,” et. al.), -and used this website to further disseminate the “lone Romanian hacker” conspiracy theory. (Article 46 of the indictment further states that later entries on this blog site posted articles positing that the released, stolen documents had “nothing to do with Russia.”)

Article 43, Subsection A: An individual the indictment identifies only as “a known member of congress” contacted an online GRU dummy persona, (“Guccifer 2.0”) and requested stolen documents related to their political opponent, and the GRU / “Guccifer” responded by giving said member of congress access to the stolen data they were requesting.

Article 43, Subsection B: The GRU released stolen documents to what the indictment identifies as “a lobbyist and online source of political news.”

Subsection C: “Guccifer” / The GRU sent stolen documents pertaining to the “Black Lives Matter” movement to a reporter (unidentified in the indictment), to which the reporter not only responded, but offered to write an article using said information.

Article 44: The GRU, posing as “Guccifer 2.0” wrote to a person who was in regular contact with SENIOR MEMBERS OF THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN. (The indictment includes direct quotes of their online conversation, and this is CLEARLY referring to Roger Stone).

Article 45, subsection B: The GRU, using an alias, contacted a U.S. reporter (unnamed in the indictment) and ultimately gave them access to stolen DNC data.

Articles 47-49: Here the indictment refers to an organization, identified only as “Organization 1,” [I’m thinking, Wikileaks] -which actually reached out to the GRU aliases seeking the stolen emails / data. “Organization 1” is directly quoted by the indictment as having communicated to “Guccifer,” that they should “send [Organization 1] any new material [i.e., stolen data] here for us to review and it will have a much higher impact than what you are doing.” Organization 1 was given, and later released, said data, approximately 3 days before the Democratic National Convention. In total, between October and November of 2016, over 50,000 stolen documents were released.

Articles 50-79 : Lists the counts against the 11 Russian Military Personnel, which include charges of 1) Conspiracy to Commit Offenses Against The United States, 2) Aggravated Identity Theft, 3) Conspiracy to Launder Money [according to the indictment, over 95,000 USD$ was laundered], i.e. using cryptocurrency, that was then use to register domain names, set up websites, create server infrastructure, et. al.,3) The Use of Transferred Money To Commit Crimes Against The United States, 4) General Unlawful Conspiracy [It should be noted that many of these counts have sub-crimes attached to them, such as unlawful hacking, etc.].

So, there it is folks. This WAS A RUSSIAN CONSPIRACY, massive in scope, directly linked to the Trump campaign, the sole aim of which was to subvert Democracy. There is no way around it.

Here’s Mueller’s evidence against Paul Manafort.

Mob Rule at The Denver Post

The Denver Post’s civility policy for its online forums is anything but civil. It is an online version of mob rule, where opinions are weighed not for accuracy or merit but by how well they conform to the demands of the Right Wing Thought Police.

On December 13, the Denver Post ran a story about the surprising Democratic victory over Republican pedophile Roy Moore in Alabama. The Post story quoted Cory Gardner’s statement, “I hope Senator-elect Doug Jones will do the right thing and truly represent Alabama by choosing to vote with the Senate Republican Majority.”

I replied to this story in the Comments section following the article. This is what I wrote:

Gardner believes that Alabama is “really” a Republican state and that the majority of Alabamans are Republicans; therefore, the new Senator should behave like a Republican. By that logic, Trump should behave like a Democrat, since he lost the election by 3 million votes. 3 Million votes would seem to say that America is actually a Democratic nation. The Senate should also “do the right thing” and pass Democratic policies. There were 39 million people who voted for Republican members of Congress, compared to 45 million who voted for Democrats. If Gardner is so concerned about “doing the right thing”, then he should support legislation that the majority of America wants, like gun control, healthcare, climate protection, Net neutrality, and other issues where Republicans are out of step with America. Gardner and the Republicans have never cared about “doing the right thing.” They don’t even care about representing voters. They only care about their donors and their own careers.

The Denver Post uses a system that asks readers whether a post is “Civil.” There doesn’t seem to be any computer algorithm involved in this judgement. It is a simple vote of Post readers who happen to be online at the time.

My comment “was rated below the civility threshold for publication” and was deleted. Apparently, the people who were online at the time were Republicans.

I am not angry that my comment was deleted. I have been deleted or blocked from forums before. My own Congressman, Ken Buck, blocked me from his Facebook page and deleted my comments shortly after he came into office. My comments magically reappeared after an article I had written about his censorship appeared on HuffingtonPost.

I am concerned because we have reached the point where any disagreement, any challenge, can now be dismissed as “Uncivil” regardless of how polite the wording. I agree that civil discourse is important. But “civility” has been redefined as “people who agree with me.” Anyone who dares to disagree is ridiculed and dismissed. Trump’s attacks on the media have metastasized like an authoritarian cancer.

Facts are not always polite. Truth doesn’t care about your politics or your feelings. The fact is that America is now ruled by a political party that is out of step with what the majority of Americans think about most major issues. Republicans are in power – and our freedoms are at risk –  because of gerrymandering and voter suppression, not because the majority of Americans agree with Alt-Right ideology. Right wing propaganda, foreign and domestic, fueled the Trump campaign. The Denver Post is adding to this problem when it blocks comments that use facts to make a strong argument.

I am obviously free to post comments on left-learning, Progressive forums. But nothing will change if Progressives and Conservatives are only allowed to speak in their respective safe places. If we want discourse, we must be willing to listen to those who disagree.

Coup d’état?

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), days after his swearing in (so his oath should have been fresh in his mind) – made a thinly-veiled threat that if the investigation into Trump’s crimes isn’t stopped, the United States is in danger of a “coup d’état”.

REALLY?

Mr. Gaetz, if the GOP impedes the investigation into Trump’s crimes, your entire party will be labelled as traitors for all time.

Sit down, shut up and READ YOUR DAMN OATH you oaf.

This is an open message to ALL Trump supporters – you idiots START a civil war and we’ll FINISH IT. When we’re done with  you there won’t be two bricks on top of each other in the red states. It will make Sherman’s march look like a church picnic.

Seriously. Stop the talk of insurrection. Do it now. It’s disgusting and unAmerican – which is becoming the GOPs callsign.