New Red Scare Snowballs Into Massive Conspiracy
While The Sparx Tribune has steered clear of acquiescing to the media's desire to froth at the mouth with regard to the "red scare" narrative perpetuated by them for nearly 2 years now (There has thusfar been only 2 articles [one and two] published on the topic), it is incumbent upon me to address the now expanded version of the story, which has now reached seismic proportions.
The narrative emerged with a late 2015 claim that the DNC had been hacked by Russian hackers during the Democratic Party's primary election, just prior to the Wikileaks release of Clinton's emails containing incriminating evidence against her. The content of the emails were essentially shrugged off, with the attention instead being focused on the means by which the information was released. Some time after fomenting the "Russian hackers" narrative, and about the time that "Russian hackers" became "The Russians"/"The Kremlin", the left-leaning commentary site for "The Nation" published an article debunking the entire hacking narrative (for which they were pressured into later attaching a lengthy editor's note to the top of the page), revealing that the documents were transferred from the DNC's computers too quickly to have been a "hack", but rather a "leak" to an external storage device (such as a USB port, for example). The leak (or "hack", if you stubbornly prefer) took place just prior to a suspected leaker being the deceased subject of a "robbery gone wrong", and the target (who has been discussed by Julian Assange of Wikileaks within the context of leaks), Seth Rich, was found with an expensive watch still on his wrist, and money still in his pocket. When the FBI, in an attempt to get to the bottom of the story, wanted access to the devices that had been "hacked", the DNC denied the FBI access to the servers.
That Was Only The Beginning...
Fast-forward several months into the future. The media has covered the story incessantly since it's inception, escalating the rhetoric from "The Russians", or "The Kremlin", to "Russia", and "Putin". Coverage of the purported actions of "Russian meddling in our elections" take up 75% of the airtime on almost all major television stations, with any dissenting voices labeled as "co-conspirators with the Kremlin", "Putin puppets", or "Russian trolls". Very few voices, with the exceptions of Jimmy Dore and Lee Camp, dare to speak against the snowballing narrative.
It was around this time that The Sparx Tribune first published a brief synopsis of the narrative as I felt it was necessary to address the then expanding red scare. I was labeled on twitter as "Kremlin agent" by some buffoon the next day.
This was also approximately the time around which the "special counsel" Robert Mueller, who was nominated head of the FBI under Bush, was appointed to investigate Donald Trump's "ties to Russia".
The story has taken on massive implications since, and most recently, Russia is now implicated in tampering with the US water supply, and having their "finger on the button" of US nuclear power plants. The aforementioned New York Times report claims that Russia hacked electrical power grids, nuclear power plants, and the water supply, but stated that nothing was actually tampered with. They nonetheless referred to the "cyber-attacks" as a strike. The warning issued by the DHS and FBI joint team states;
"Since at least March 2016, Russian government cyber actors—hereafter referred to as “threat actors”—targeted government entities and multiple U.S. critical infrastructure sectors, including the energy, nuclear, commercial facilities, water, aviation, and critical manufacturing sectors."
Robert Mueller has "indicted" 13 "Russian nationals" (note the terminology employed would otherwise simply read "citizens" had they not been actively engaged in manufacturing the consent of the public for a new cold war) in "interfering in US elections". These "Russian nationals" have been indicted, not for hacking into voting machines, not for adding/subtracting/changing votes, but rather for purchasing Facebook ads to promote various candidates. One such ad promoted Trump (ideological right) by posting a meme where Jesus is depicted in an arm-wrestle with Satan, and another promoted Sanders (ideological left) where Sanders is depicted in a thong and ripped abs. The promoters of these odd postings have been indicted for election meddling. It is the equivalent of me writing an article promoting Jean-Luc Melenchon in France, and posting it on Facebook (which i did).
"Russiagate is so weird. You need to plug yourself into Louise Mensch and Rachel Maddow ramblings so extensively that you can contort your sense of reason to the point where it looks perfectly rational to believe that Putin was omniscient enough to know that Trump could defeat all primary opponents and take the fight to the heir apparent Hillary Clinton back when virtually no one else imagined such a thing was possible, recruited his team reportedly at the cost of billions of dollars, poured all kinds of intel and resources into ensuring Trump’s election using hackers and bots to influence American opinion, only to get a US president who is, when it comes to facts in evidence, already just a year into his administration demonstrably more hawkish towards Russia than his predecessor was."
- Caitlin Johnstone
- Caitlin Johnstone
While this entire investigation began as a probe into an alleged "collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia" to throw a US election, no solid evidence has been provided to this affect from the FBI, NSA, or CIA, though they have access to every call made by every citizen in the nation. While such intrusive organizations have yet to provide any evidence for our consumption, the overwhelming consensus due to the relentless stream of coverage is that "Russia hacked our elections", and now, that "Russia attacked America". Beware, lest this propaganda effort lead us next to read a headline including the words "Congress Declares War".