C.E. Dyer writes that at the third and final presidential debate on Wednesday night, Donald Trump said that he would decide at the time whether or not he would concede the results of the election. The mainstream media jumped on Trump’s commonsense answer, but history proves them to be hypocrites once again.
In the 2000 presidential election between Al Gore and George W. Bush, Gore and the left asserted that Bush stole the election. Gore refused to concede the election, saying:
The effort that I have underway is simply to make sure that all of the votes are counted, and when the issues that are now being considered in the Florida Supreme Court are decided, that will be an important point. But I don’t want to speculate what the court will do.
Gore also said, “I am very troubled by a lot of the stories that have been reported,” in reference to his belief that blacks were being discouraged from voting.” He added, “Whenever you have allegations of those kind, that is a matter the entire country ought to take seriously.”
During a speech in Nigeria on Aug. 12, 2009, Clinton was still complaining about the results of the 2000 election and even claimed that former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida had something to do with fraud that was never proven after rigorous investigations. Sounds like quite the conspiracy theory; perhaps a vast left wing conspiracy…
Anyway, from Clinton’s speech:
“Now, our democracy is still evolving,” Clinton said. “We had all kinds of problems in some of our past elections, as you might remember. In 2000, our presidential election came down to one state where the brother of the man running for president was the governor of the state, so I mean, we have our problems too. But we have been moving to try to remedy those problems as we see them.”
According to Clinton and the left, Trump should concede the results of the election even though she — years after investigations commenced and the Supreme Court upheld the results of the election — was still going around the world and refusing to concede the results…
We have proof of how bad voter fraud has gotten and we know, thanks to WikiLeaks and Project Veritas, the lengths to which the left has gone to rig elections. Trump’s answer was an intelligent and legitimate response.
It would be absolutely absurd for Trump to sound the alarm about voter fraud and rigged elections but then turn around and say, “meh, I’ll just roll over and accept it.”
Establishment Republican globalists — because globalists are one in the same and just use the two-party system to obfuscate from the fact that they’re all in on it — have rolled over and taken it for too long. That’s part of the problem.
If Trump and others believe that we have a serious problem with voter fraud and rigged elections — which we do — then there’s no way he should close the door on the possibility of fighting back once the election is over.
Before everyone starts clutching their pearls, he’s clearly talking about using legal means to fight back, just like Gore did in 2000. That’s what you should do if you suspect fraud. You shouldn’t just roll over and take it.
Republicans have rolled over and taken it for years and given away our country in the process. If we don’t fight now, especially if Clinton wins and it can be proven that fraud put her there, that will give our country away for good.
That’s what establishment Republicans want, and they have hidden behind the myth of “taking the high road” to get the American people to shut up and take it for too long. Trump isn’t an establishment Republican — and thank God for that.
H/T Zero Hedge
The US Department of Justice may charge a former NSA contractor with espionage after discovering top secret documents and enough highly sensitive data to fill 10,000 DVDs at his home in Maryland.
Retired US Navy officer Harold Thomas Martin III, 51, has been dubbed ‘the second Snowden’ by the press. He worked for Booz Allen Hamilton, the same firm that employed the famous whistleblower who revealed global surveillance programs run by the US.
Martin was arrested late August, but his case was only made public earlier this month. He allegedly hoarded at least 50,000 gigabytes (or 50 terabytes) of classified information from the National Security Agency (NSA), reportedly including the US government’s hacking tools. For reference, one gigabyte is enough to store some 10,000 pages of documents containing both images and text, so Martin allegedly stole enough data to fill 10,000 DVDs.
Federal prosecutors called Martin’s alleged data theft “breathtaking in its scale and longevity,” as his actions appear to predate those of Edward Snowden.
“The defendant was in possession of an astonishing quantity of marked classified documents which he was not entitled to possess, including many marked [secret],” prosecutors said on Thursday, as cited by the AP.
Originally charged with “theft of government property and unauthorized removal and retention of classified materials,” Martin now also faces charges under the Espionage Act, which would expose him to harsher penalties if he is convicted.
A contractor with the federal government since 1996, Martin worked in the Tailored Access Operations unit, the department responsible for hacking the networks of foreign governments. Through this job, he had access to classified information for the past two decades.
According to prosecutors, agents who searched Martin’s home and car found dozens of computers and electronic devices, as well as classified government material dating from 1996 to 2016. The information includes an email chain marked ‘Top Secret’ apparently printed from an official government account. Prosecutors say that on the back of the document they found handwritten notes describing the NSA’s classified computer infrastructure, written in a way that suggests they were “intended for an audience outside of the Intelligence Community,” AP reports.
Adding to the prosecutors’ belief that Martin was aiming to make the data public is the allegation he was trying to use technology designed to encrypt communication and allow online anonymity. At the time of his arrest he was enrolled in a doctoral program on information security management, and as his computers showed, he appeared to be trying to connect to the internet anonymously using a specialized operating system.
The espionage charge, however, was proposed after prosecutors discovered Martin had online communication “in languages other than English, including in Russian,” which made them believe he could be cooperating with a foreign government.
“Given the nature of his offenses and knowledge of national secrets, he presents tremendous value to any foreign power that may wish to shelter him within or outside of the United States,” prosecutors said, describing the total amount of evidence against Martin as “overwhelming.”
“The evidence is overwhelming that the defendant abused [America’s] trust and chose to repeatedly violate his agreements, his oaths and the law, and to retain extremely sensitive government information to use however he wished,” prosecutors stated.
Neither investigators nor prosecutors, however, revealed what prompted the initial search of Martin’s property that led to his arrest. Martin has so far admitted to storing classified materials, but has not replied to accusations of intending to pass them on. Martin’s defense attorneys claim that their client took the information from the office solely to work on it further and improve his job-related skills, maintaining that there is no clear evidence he intended to betray his country and leak the data. According to agents that searched Martin’s home, many of the documents were lying openly in his home study or were scattered in the backseat and trunk of his vehicle.
Booz Allen Hamilton fired Martin soon after his arrest and offered the authorities “full cooperation” on the investigation. If convicted, Martin faces a maximum sentence of one year in prison for unauthorized removal of classified data, and 10 years in prison for theft of government property. The espionage charge, however, is regarded as a serious crime under US federal law and can result in stronger punishments, including life in prison.
Martin remains in custody.
A widespread cyber-attack was carried out against some of the world’s biggest websites on Friday, with users unable to access Twitter, SoundCloud, Spotify and many others for over two hours.
Major DNS host Dyn says access to websites was restored following a DDoS attack early Friday, stating that “services have been restored to normal as of 13:20 UTC,” following hours of outages online.
According to Hacker News, a “Massive Dyn DNS outrage” caused Twitter, Etsy, Github, SoundCloud and Spotify to go down.
No-one has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Other sites reportedly affected included Airbnb, Reddit and Vox Media. Users said they had a variety of issues, depending on their location, Tech Crunch reports.
SoundCloud thanked users for their “patience” as the site returned to normal.
GitHub announced that the issue had been “resolved” and would continue to be monitored.
DDoS stands for a ‘distributed denial-of-service’ attack where a machine or network source is made unavailable for users by overwhelming the targeted website’s traffic bandwidth.
“Starting at 11:10 UTC on October 21th [sic]-Friday 2016 we began monitoring and mitigating a DDoS attack against our Dyn Managed DNS infrastructure. Some customers may experience increased DNS query latency and delayed zone propagation during this time. Updates will be posted as information becomesavailable,” Dyn posted on its website.
The company said the attack primarily affected the “US East.”
In a tweet posted Friday, Spotify said it was “having some issues right now and investigating,” while GitHub described the attack as “a global event” that was “affecting an upstream DNS provider.”
“GitHub services may be intermittently available at this time,” the site tweeted.
SoundCloud also tweeted that the site was experiencing “playback issues on iOS” but engineers were “investigating the cause.”
The latest batch is the 14th release by WikiLeaks of Podesta’s mails. © Alex Wong / AFP
WikiLeaks has released a new batch of emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair John Podesta.
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The latest tranche comprises of around 1,577 mails, bringing the total released so far to 25,000. WikiLeaks has said it will release around 50,000 mails in total in the lead up to the presidential election on November 8.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 21, 2016
The leak comes just a day after WikiLeaks revealed the first batch of emails involving an account Barack Obama was possibly using before winning the election in November 2008.
F**k these a**holes
When the New York Times ran an article about Clinton’s email server in July 2015, the campaign were not happy.
The campaign sent a letter to the Times executive editor voicing their “concerns” about the “inaccurate” article, which detailed federal inspectors’ request for a criminal inquiry into Clinton’s use of a private email server. The use of the word “criminal” was their biggest issue. The Times later removed the word, after making other corrections to the piece.
“It’s great,” Tanden said on July 30, “F**k these a**holes.”
“Love it!” Palmieri responded. “Thanks, Neera.”
Tanden then adds that although it “is probably very unhealthy,” she’s “going to war on this on twitter.”
In another email chain, which discusses the letter, between the Clinton campaign’s Director of Communications Jennifer Palmieri and press secretary Brian Fallon, the latter cites his primary worry.
“My only concern is stating the article inflicted damage on our campaign. Certainly true but I worry that if we leak the letter, it could be misinterpreted as us admitting the email controversy in general is hurting us,” he says.
Bernie’s proposal “sucks”
A January 2016 email from Podesta discusses Bernie Sanders’ healthcare plan. “His actual proposal sucks, but we live in a leftie alternative universe,” Podesta writes in an email to Judd Legum, editor at ThinkProgress.
Podesta is shown to take leaks seriously, threatening to fire a member of Clinton’s staff as an example to others, even if their hands are clean.
Following the discovery that a CNN source had insider knowledge of Clinton lining up an interview with NBC journalist Andrea Mitchell, Podesta says in a mail from March 2015, “I am happy to fire someone for leaking whether they did or they didn’t just to make the point.”
Phone numbers for contacting controversial tycoon George Soros are apparently revealed. In an email from Sara Latham to Podesta three numbers are listed, described as “cell”, “home M-Friday” and “home weekends”.
Jeb the jerk
Jeb Bush is described as a “jerk” by Robby Mook, campaign manager for Clinton, in a mail to Podesta which discusses Clinton’s speech at a fundraiser in Colorado. The mail, dated August 4, 2015, is titled ‘Hitting Jeb tonight’.
Clinton’s camp reveal their criteria for becoming a VP candidate in a mail where Paul Harstad from Democracy Alliance suggests to Podesta that Lt Governor of California Gary Newsom be selected for the role.
Harstad’s reasoning is that Newsom is “tall, very good looking, looks clean cut, and has a young attractive family.” His family’s financial struggles and working class background make him an ideal candidate, according to the mail.
“Importantly, I think he is young enough, attractive enough and progressive enough to attract Millennials and Bernie Sanders supporters,” he adds.
An email from Podesta titled ‘$’ in the late stages of Obama’s bid for the presidency in 2008 reveals that Louis Sussman donated $50,000 to his campaign. Sussman would go on to be confirmed in the Senate in July of the following year, days after he was announced as the new US ambassador to Britain.
Bill’s AIDS comments
Bill Clinton is criticized for a speech he made in December 2011 in which he said that the price of AIDS drugs should be lowered in the US.
Sent by Ira Magaziner, then-CEO of consultancy firm SJS advisors and CEO and vice chairman of the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), the mail says the comments could “seriously jeopardize our negotiations to continually lower prices in poor countries.”
Magaziner claims that CHAI are in the process of sending Clinton recommendations on how to proceed with the fight against AIDS, but that his comments preempted their counsel on a complicated matter.
“We have always told the drug companies that we would not pressure them and create a slippery slope where prices they negotiate with us for poor countries would inevitably lead to similar prices in rich countries” Magaziner says.
Amitabh Desai, director of foreign policy at the Clinton Foundation, says he will pass the concern onto Clinton.
Hugs for McCain
Obama’s 2008 campaign is revealed to be planning a prank on his Republican opponent John McCain. In a mail from March 2008 from consultant Paul Begala he suggests to Podesta’s team that they deploy a “guy in a Bush mask” to every John McCain event carrying a sign reading “John, Give Me a Hug!”, or he could shout “Hey, John, give me a hug!”
“The cost is minimal – how much does a rubber Bush mask cost? All we’d need is a volunteer who would be willing to wear a blue suit, blue shirt, red tie – and a Bush mask,” Begala says, with ambition to eventually increase the prank to“a chorus of Bushes begging for hugs.”
Susan McCue, then-CEO of ONE, an advocacy campaign to reduce extreme global poverty, suggests that college Democrats would be willing to do the job.