Just Another Word
By Peter Van Buren
- Here’s what’s left of democracy in America.
We had an
election, and the candidate favored by Washington,
media, and many business elites did not win. Here’s what
unambiguously but without documentation or evidence
presented says, via anonymous leaks, that Russia
interceded in the election to help elect Donald
Democratic Congresspeople, alongside several media
outlets, have called for investigations into whether
or not Trump colluded with the Russians to influence
the election. That would be an impeachable offense,
a criminal offense, treason.
underlying message is that the Russians believe
Trump as president will so favor them (for some
reason) that they risk war, or a cyber version of
war, to see him in power. Trump’s legitimacy is now
undermined, and his every action toward the
Union Russia will be tainted.
this “information” was known in Washington since at
least the election, it was only released 10 days
ahead of the Electoral College vote.
Meanwhile, Jill Stein, as proxy for Hillary Clinton,
raised $7 million over a long weekend after claiming
the vote count in three key states was wrong and/or
the counting machines (not connected to the web)
were hacked and cannot be trusted. A recount could
have sent Clinton to the White House.
supporters continue to try and get the Electoral
College to do something it has never done in some
220 years, select a candidate who did not win the
most electoral votes.
Clinton has re-emerged, making speeches and public
appearances, concurrent with all of the above.
as a group continue to insist winning the popular
vote entitles Clinton to… something.
supporters earlier claimed the FBI interceded in the
election to defeat Clinton.
Clinton claimed during a debate the now
president-elect is a stooge working on behalf of
Putin, literal treason.
This is banana
republic crap, people, that looks to negate the votes of
some 62 million Americans. We no longer believe in our
own system. When the candidate many people did not
support wins, the response is to seek to negate the
democratic process, via accusations that make McCarthy
in the 1950s look like a sad amateur.
What we have
are anonymous voices at an intelligence agency
supposedly dedicated to foreign intel saying the
Russians helped elect our next president. That says the
process is flawed and cannot be trusted, and that Trump
will owe a debt to the Russians and can’t be trusted. It
will keep alive the idea that Clinton should have won if
not for this meddling and undermine for his term the
legitimacy of Trump. Via the classification process, the
CIA will only need to make public the snippets of info
that support its contention.
This is an
attempted coup as sure as it would be if there were
tanks on the White House lawn. The CIA might as well
have tried to shoot Trump during his next trip to
To date, all of
these accusations have been based on anonymous sources
and leaks. The president of the United States remains
And we are so
easily manipulated — liberals/progressives who have
rightly attacked the CIA for decades for domestic
spying, WMD lies, overthrowing foreign governments,
torture, drones, renditions, etc., overnight now believe
and support every word the Agency says.
goose is cooked. You worry about an autocracy? It
doesn’t have to be in one man. It can be via an Agency.
Van Buren, a 24-year
veteran of the State Department, spent a year in Iraq.
Following his book, We
Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts
and Minds of the Iraqi People,
the Department of State began proceedings against him.
Through the efforts of the Government Accountability
Project and the ACLU, Van Buren instead retired from the
State Department on his own terms.
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