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The latest on Russiamania

The political-corporate media elite is enraged at Trump for colluding with Putin, doubting the intelligence community and stating that “both countries [are] responsible [for the new Cold War].” Former CIA director John Brennan denounced Trump’s Helsinki behavior as exceeding “the threshold of high crimes nothing short of treasonous”; Senator McCain called Trump’s comments “one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory.” Apparently, Johnson and Nixon’s slaughter of 4 million Vietnamese didn’t make the “most disgraceful” list.

Trump is an extremely dangerous president. But his assertion about U.S. responsibility for the new Cold War is true. Acknowledging that and casting doubt on the intelligence community have been received with hysteria and calls for impeachment. But Democrats and liberals won’t remove him for actual high crimes: U.S. wars that violate the Constitution and U.N. Charter.

Trump should be impeached: for U.S. aid to the illegal Saudi war against Yemen; U.S. support of Israel’s illegal wars against Gaza; or links with Israeli prime minister Netanyahu, who has intruded in our election campaigns. Will Indivisible hold a rally to protest Israeli interference in our elections? The U.S. role in the starvation of Yemeni children?

We should cast doubt on the intelligence community, especially the CIA. It has killed, maimed and displaced millions, and has a history of election tampering, regime changes, assassinations, torture, drug-running and spying on U.S. citizens. The CIA, FBI and NSA have been rightly condemned by Democrats and liberals; now they are paragons of virtue. These agencies haven’t changed, so what explains the shift in opinion?

We need to separate the dominant framing of Russiamania (especially by the liberal media) from the facts: Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper hand-picked analysts from the NSA, CIA, and the FBI. They made an “assessment” that the Russians hacked the DNC computer files and interfered in the 2016 election, not the intelligence community as a whole.

DNI Clapper lied under oath when asked directly by Sen. Ron Wyden whether the NSA was collecting data on American citizens. Despite this blatant perjury, he was not indicted, and is now earning big money as a “security and intelligence” analyst on CNN and MSNBC — as is former CIA Director John Brennan, who tried to block the exposure of CIA torture by ordering the hacking of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s computers and lying about it (both served under President Obama). But courageous whistleblowers Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning are in exile or endured prison.

The key elements of the Mueller indictments — that have influenced so much Russiamania — are disputed by Ray McGovern, ex-CIA analyst, and William Binney, former NSA technical director (Consortium News, July 16).

1. The evidence behind the Mueller indictments “is as fraudulent as the intelligence alleging WMD in Iraq.” The DNC “data [were] leaked (not hacked) by a person with physical access to DNC computer ...”

2. The Russian hackers allegedly gave the DNC files to WikiLeaks, yet “no one associated with WikiLeaks has ever been questioned” by Special Counsel Mueller’s team.

3. When WikiLeaks announced the pending publication of “emails related to Hillary Clinton,” the campaign panicked, “since the emails would document strong bias in favor of Clinton and successful attempts to sabotage the campaign of Bernie Sanders.” Therefore, the DNC created “a Magnificent Diversion, by blaming Russia for their release.” Clinton’s PR chief contacted various media outlets at the Democratic convention with instructions to “focus on the prospect that Russia had not only hacked and stolen emails from the DNC, but that it had done so to help Donald Trump and hurt Hillary Clinton.”

4. CrowdStrike, a private company hired by the DNC, claimed that the Russians “tampered with the DNC server, [but] the DNC blocked the FBI from examining its computers — the alleged source of the Russian hack.”

The dangers of Russiamania are extremely high, part of an orchestrated campaign to make that nation “the enemy” (Jim Kavanagh, “The Warm War,” The Polemicist, March 2018). If we do not stop the mania, this crisis may end in a nuclear holocaust.

John Marciano lives in Talent.