Saturday, April 29, 2017

Facebook and allegations Donald Trump was elected President by a hostile, foreign power... by gimleteye

Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder of Facebook
The GOP Congress is thwarting the most explosive political revelations since Watergate and potentially since the founding of the republic.

Investigations by the same Congressional committees that dragged Hillary Clinton through decades of fake right-wing news will not probe the allegations that Russia, a hostile foreign power, hacked the 2016 presidential election.

This week, Facebook released an unprecedented report acknowledging its data was (and is) being misused as political campaign activity. Its report is an extraordinary mea culpa and an invitation for Congress to investigate how new technologies, through social media, are circumventing federal campaign law.

The Facebook report dovetails with important civic journalism by a former British MP, Louise Mensch.

Patribotics, a blog written by Mensch, is the source of the most important revelations about the 2016 presidential election in the United States. Her most recent post is must read: "Sources: Boris Epshteyn Paid Russian Hackers For Both Team Trump and FSB".

Mensch's allegations are supported by information from the intelligence community. To qualify for federal prosecution, these disclosures require hard evidence. That hard evidence could be requested as part of a federal grand jury investigation and a courageous FBI willing to make the case.

The US Senate should hold a special hearing on Facebook and dive into the use of Facebook for coordinated political activities during the 2016 presidential election.

This is not a witch hunt. That's what the right-wing message machine did to Hillary Clinton over a period of decades, culminating with the campaign against her private email server.

According to Mensch, not only does the evidence exist of collusion leading to the election of Donald Trump, it is being shared between foreign intelligence agencies including the UK's.

Notwithstanding the bitter partisan divide, both political parties should agree that it is, in fact, a constitutional crisis if seeds were planted by Russia, a hostile foreign power, to influence the outcome of a presidential election.

Honest Republicans in Congress -- those must stand up now -- know the difference between a witch hunt and a rescue of our democracy.

Someone, soon, needs to kick the failing Congressional investigations of the 2016 presidential election into hyperdrive. With its report Facebook seems to be saying; there is ample reason to do so and that the corporation is prepared to cooperate.


Anonymous said...

I get what you're saying here. Until Mensch can provide verifiable documents and information, what she says is merely innuendo. When will the top be blown off the trash can? If she has some bombshells, she needs to drop them. Make the US House and Senate VERY uncomfortable.

Anonymous said...

Did you ever read about the CIA leaving foreign markers on people's hard drives through malware? Wikileaks has been exposing it.

Anonymous said...

USA and other colonial powers have been installing and shuffling foreign governments like a deck of cards for years. So how does it feel now????