It turns out that you can fool most of the people, most of the time – a truth long known to politicians, lawyers, and journalists.
Yesterday DNI James R Clapper released ‘Assessing Russian Activity and Intentions in Recent US Elections’ dated 6 January 2017. This 25-page report was supposed to supply the long-awaited back-up to the ongoing and hysterical national dialogue circling the notion that ‘Russia hacked Hillary’s emails and effectively used these to throw the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump.’ In fact, much to the chagrin of Democrats and their lamestream media, the report does none of that. Nevertheless, with stiff upper lip and all that, these desperate folk keep soldiering on for the simple reason that they have no alternative to explain away their political bankruptcy and journalistic corruption.
Here I give my take on the report, its wider background, and its reasonable import on our body politic as we prepare to inaugurate our 45th president. First let me posit that all this is happening in front of an audience that can correctly parse the spectrum of factors between ‘hacked emails’ and ‘Russia’s Election Interference’ about as well as they can distinguish the dots between ‘Climate Change’ and ‘Preventable Anthropogenic Global Warming’.
Let me summarize the readily apparent conclusion that our intelligence community, in coming out with this ‘Intelligence Community Assessment’ (ICA), is first and foremost attempting to cleanse itself of a bad reputation it and certain of its members (CIA, NSA, FBI, …) have garnered during the last few decades. As a scrub brush for such ablutions, this report is useless at best, and to the well-read reader comes across as the latest attempt to bamboozle the population in the service of its political boss(es).