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18 USC 2,371,2349,2028A

by Cat Sun Feb 18th, 2018 at 07:12:04 AM EST

Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced the indictment by grand jury of  Internet Research Agency (IRA), incorporated in Russia, its subsidiaries and thirteen named employees of the firms. Full text of the indictment is here or there.

The list of charges are:

1. Conspiracy to defraud the United States
"by impairing, obstructing, and defeating the lawful functions of the Federal Election Commission (FEC), the US Department of Justice (DOJ), and the US Department of State (State) in administering federal requirements for disclosure of foreign involvement in certain domestic activities."
2. Conspiracy to commit Wire Fraud and Bank Fraud
3-8. Aggravated identity Theft

It's here for cross-reference to observations last year that memorialized civic disorientation and disbelief following the DNC "hack" incident and Mr Trump's election. These were a wave of moral panic to proscribe "offensive" opinions, "fake news", "hate speech", and "Russian" propaganda and interrogation by US senators of "social media" publishers' business practices LQD: Censorship and A Trip to the Woodshed, respectively. Accordingly, the indictment of the Internet Research Agency ("IRA"), incorporated in Russia, relates broadcast speech (internet publication) soliciting political activity (thought or performance) of any "real" US person to illegal "foreign involvement in certain domestic activities."

A sophisticated but no less atavistic redoubt of red-baiting tactics

Count 1 is an array of criminal activities designed to "defraud" the US. Each US agency is the key relating IRA activities to its table of possible criminal charges relating to disclosure. Thus, the Special Counsel advances IRA's purported illegal "political activity" in the USA ("electioneering") under FARA, across FEC purview.

The indictment's token for an instance of IRA non-disclosure is "persona". Never mind that aliases, pseudonyms, brands, and atavars are recognizable "terms of art", that  anonymity for public internet exchange is customary and protected by common law. "False persona" and "US persona" and "online persona": Repetition of the token dramatizes IRA "use of stolen US identities", as if possessed by a patent intent to conceal the foreign origin of the firm's work product (speech). This spiritual offense is more odious to um persons or ah entities who Mr Mueller represents than the sorcery marshaled to contract or stimulate political activity from "real" US ahm persons present in the USA. This offense evidently obstructs, impairs, and defeats US federal regulation of commerce everywhere and ultimately administration of electoral requirements within the USA.

That's not all: "others known and unknown to the Grand Jury, knowingly and intentionally conspired to defraud the United States." (p 5) These persons are named "co-conspirators" in the indictment. Their origins are not disclosed as in "Another co-conspirator who worked for the ORGANIZATION traveled to Atlanta, Georgia from approximately November 26, 2014 through November 30, 2014." The IRA reimbursed the co-conspirator's travel expenses. The indictment is larded with trivial incidents like this, one may suppose, to demonstrate at least productive tax-payer dollars.

From this premise flow the remaining criminal charges against foreign defendants and commentary lifted from Democratic Party senators' testimonies in the Judiciary Committee, Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee hearings.


In general, a federal criminal conspiracy charge requires minimum of two years observation to establish a pattern --the manner and means-- of criminal activity organized by a group of people. In this case, 2014-2016, IRA's manner and means is concealing the foreign origin of speech in order to "defraud" (the crime) the US state, such as it is. Manner and means is the subject of the indictment's gothic litany.

10.[...]
c. The ORGANIZATION sought, in part, to conduct what it called "information warfare against the United States of America" through fictitious US personas on social media platforms and other Internet-based media.
[...]
e. By in or around May 2014, the ORGANIZATIONS's strategy included interfering with the 2016 US presidential election, with the stated goal of "spread[ing] distrust towards the candidates and the political system in general."
Counts 2-8 introduce one fact which cannot be dismissed by flights of "false pretenses" (sic). That is grand larceny and receipt of stolen goods, or "aggravated identity theft", traced to IRA PayPal transactions (p 19). While the indictment does not allege IRA stole data, it claims evidence that IRA used stolen data to open bank accounts which funded the nefarious activities of "online personas". That includes payroll disbursements to "real" US persons and mysterious co-conspirators. These facts alone are sufficient to obtain indictment and probably conviction of defendants. Yet investigators followed the transaction trail to instantiate every means and manner of IRA purported illegal electioneering.

Other than that, only two "real" Russian IRA employees allegedly obtained fraudulent visas from State and entered the USA. They did not "fully disclose" their employment status and lied about the purpose of their journey to USA. In June 2014 they traveled around the US for twenty-two days to gather "intelligence" instead of leisure. According to the indictment, either KRYLOVA or BOGACHEVA and their co-conspirators "posed as US citizens" to meet a real US person, ironically employed by a "Texas-based grassroots organization," with knowledge of "purple states" (CO, VA, FL?!) coalitions, perhaps, of African Americans, United Muslims apostates, African American Muslims, African American Muslim Green Party voters, Green Party likely-BLM activists, mostly-muslim Sanders voters, and Secured Borders Blacktivists.
33. ... Specialists were directed to create "political intensity through supporting radical groups, users dissatisfied with [the] social and economic situation and oppositional social movements."

In fact the indictment does not identify any other Russian nationals present in the US in the period under investigation --except for an IP address with VPN service leased from a US-based commercial host ("US infrastructure").
32. Defendants and their co-conspirators, through fraud and deceit, created hundreds of social media accounts and used them to develop certain fictitious US personas into "leader[s] of public opinion" in the United States.

Other than that, allegations of "interfering with the 2016 US presidential election" nowhere turns up IRA donations to any US candidates' PACs, "hack" of DNC operating systems, party affiliation imposture, eligible voter imposture, falsified voter registration, voter intimidation, murder, sexual assault, pederasty, adultery, embezzlement, illiteracy, illegal discrimination, bribery, or disruption of any other political parties' normal "operations". And to judge by the record (pp 20-23) IRA organization of "political rallies" existed only as "political advertisement". IRA and co-conspirators promoted eight events in peak Republican and Democratic national convention season, June - July 2016, using Facebook account services. The indictment fingers NYC(4), DC(1), FL(2), VA(1) and PA(1), but it does not disclose IRA expenses (venue, ad placements, ad production, paid "real" US person attendance, security, equipment, and management). And that's OK. Gratuitous "political activity" that interferes with US democracy is immortal.

Political Advertisements
Offensive broadcast speech (internet publication) soliciting political activity (thought or performance) of any "real" US persons" is classified by vintage.

Either

57. After the election of Donald Trump in or around November 2016, Defendants and their co-conspirators used false US personas to organize and coordinate US political rallies in support of president-elect Trump, while simultaneously using other false US personas to organize and coordinate US political rallies protesting the results of the 2016 US presidential election.
Or
43. By 2016, Defendants and their co-conspirators used their fictitious online personas to interfere with the 2016 US presidential election. They engaged in operations primarily intended to communicate derogatory information about Hillary Clinton, to denigrate other candidates such as Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, and to support Bernie Sanders and then-candidate Donald Trump.
Else
48. From at least April 2016 through November 2016, Defendants and their co-conspirators, while concealing their Russian identities and ORGANIZATION affiliation through false personas, began to produce, purchase, and post advertisements on US social media and other online sites expressly advocating for the election of then-candidate Trump or expressly opposing Clinton. Defendants and their co-conspirators did not report their expenditures to the Federal Election Commission, or register as foreign agents with the US Department of Justice.
What this 37-page listing of illegal electioneering does not provide are concomitant measures of "political intensity", "distrust towards the candidates", "information warfare" casualties, voter intention, and "political rally" attendance which it produced or even a P&L statement describing IRA's ill-gotten gains from social media "political advertising" trade.

This is a grave omission in DOJ discovery, purporting to expose adversaries of "real" US American democrats, republicans, progressives, apathetic eligible voters, the cynical. The Special Counsel has been directing a free-wheeling dragnet under color of law and has produced one instance of "foreign political activity" to appease the Special Counsel's dubious constituents. Where is the harm? is a lingering question, because the facts presented in this case support neither electoral advantage for Trump nor electoral disadvantage for Who? Indeed Who? received the majority of ballots.

A causal relation between electioneering firms and the election outcome could be tested by a number of methods but evidently has not been performed.  

The indictment acknowledges and discards IRA market intelligence.

29. Starting in or around 2014, Defendants and their co-conspirators began to track and study groups on US social media sites dedicated to US politics and social issues. In order to gauge the performance of various groups on social media sites, the ORGANIZATION tracked certain metrics like the group's size, the frequency of content placed by the group, and the level of audience engagement with that content, such as the average number of comments or responses to a post.

The indictment acknowledges and discards IRA "performance" parameters.
37. To measure the impact [ROI] of their online social media operations, Defendants and their conspirators tracked the performance of content they posted over social media. They tracked the size of the online US audiences reached through posts, different types of engagement with the posts (such as likes, comments, and reposts), changes in audience size, and other metrics. Defendants and their co-conspirators received and maintained metrics reports on certain group pages and individualized posts.
DOJ possesses sufficient information to construct a model to compare dependent variables of "political activity".

(1) Statistical description of n US voters' intentions --AND-- statistical analyses of n "real" US electioneers' "performance" (H0 and H0 parameters).  

(2) Absent comparisons of (H0 and (HA) statistics, Special Counsel may well find himself a in the winds of public ignominy litigating but for Citizens United v FEC, election of Trump probably would not have occurred.

I'm nearly certain in a year I will revisit these notes.

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Anonymity

case A:GOP Director Takes Sole Responsibility for Anonymous Website
"slandered their unsuccessful local candidate"
case B:German court rules Facebook use of personal data illegal
case C:No Closer on Anonymity, NH Powerball Winner Gets to Cash In
"Right to Know law would force the commission to disclose records"
case D:Indictment: Social Media Firms got Played by Russian Agents
"now that the Russians have shown how this sort of campaign is done, the door is open for others -- including American special interest groups"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Feb 19th, 2018 at 01:12:26 AM EST

usage: 1."somber side", 2. "street fighter"; analogy: "Clinton's new game is to play street fighter in her own way."




Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Feb 19th, 2018 at 07:39:19 PM EST

The Nation, 2 Feb 2018



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Feb 19th, 2018 at 08:12:55 PM EST

Independent, 19 Feb 2018



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Feb 20th, 2018 at 03:27:45 AM EST
29. ... c. Only KRYLOVA and BOGACHEVA receied visas, and from approximately June 4, 2014 through June 6, 2014, KRYLOVA and BOGACHEVA traveled in and around the United States, including stops in Nevada, California, New Mexico, Illinois, Michigan, Louisiana, Texas, and New York to gather intelligence.
[...]
31. ... For example, starting in or around June 2016, Defendants and their co-conspirators, posing online as US persons, communicated with a real US person affiliated with a Texas-based grassroots organization. During the exchange, Defendants and their co-conspirators learned from the real US person that they should focus their activities on "purple states like Colorado, Virginia & Florida." After that exchange, Defendats and their co-conspirators commonly referred to targeting "purple states" in directing their effors. [p 13]
[...]
80. On or about August 19, 2016, Defendants and their co-conspirators used the false US persona "Matt Skiber" account to write to the real US person affiliated with a Texas-based grassroots organization who previously had advised the false persona to focus on "purple states like Colorado, Virginia & Florida." Defendants and their co-conspirators told that US person, "We were thinking about your recommendation to focus on purple states and this is what we're organizing in FL." [p 29]
[...]
85. On or about September 22, 2016, Defendants and their co-conspirators created and purchased Facebook advertisements for a series of rallies they organized in Pennsylvania, called "Miners for Trump" and scheduled for October 2, 2016. [p 30]


NANCY CORDAT: For anyone who voted for Who? these new indictments mean what?
[...]
JOHN PODESTA: ... as one of your previous guests, Senator Koontz, noted, we won the popular vote by three million votes, ah, they were pushing votes, just to give one example, to Jill Stein. Her vote in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, was greater than the gap between, ah, Donald Trump and Who? in those states. So you can't prove that it did affect the outcome, but it certainly seems likely that it did have some impact.
CORDAT: But it does beg the question, How is that these Russian operatives knew how to focus on purple states like Michigan and Wisconsin, and your campaign didn't?


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Feb 20th, 2018 at 06:56:49 PM EST
Basically, Hillary Clinton was impervious to information from outside her little circle of friends, groupies, tick birds, and parasites.  Her campaign was told, several times, they were in trouble in Wisconsin and Michigan.  Following their leader they chose to stick their heads up their ass and ignore the warnings.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Tue Feb 20th, 2018 at 07:19:20 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Basically, IRA did NOT know they ought to contract or stimulate any illegal "political activity" in Michigan or Wisconsin, according to the indictment.

To answer Ms Cordat's question.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Feb 20th, 2018 at 07:49:35 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Monday, MSNBC's presenter repeated Podesta's fabrication of the indictment's facts for Face the Nation (Sunday), saying, IRA's "political advertising" for Michigan and Wisconsin, so-called purple states, produced an unexpected ballot outcome. These are states where Trump narrowly defeated Who?

There is no such information in Mueller's indictment. As I have demonstrated with excerpts (above), Mueller's investigation does not report IRA "focus" on either Michigan or Wisconsin. Read it yourself.

Podesta's fabrication of facts presented as evidence of IRA's illegal electioneering serve only to furnish a supposition, but for Russian "political advertising", Trump probably would not have been elected.

Furthermore, the MSNBC presenter elaborates a fabricated  electoral advantage produced by IRA "political advertising" for presidential candidate Jill Stein.

Stein got 1% of total popular votes, 0 electoral votes.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Feb 21st, 2018 at 06:19:16 AM EST
[ Parent ]
What was the distribution of Who? ballots across the USA?

Clinton's popular vote lead passes the 2 million mark
"The Democratic vote was not distributed well enough [SIC] across the country, however;  Trump carried most of the states and prevailed in the Electoral College."

Baffled by Fog of War, Rumors, and Just Plain Bullshit?

"Hillary Clinton garnered 4.3 million more votes than Donald Trump in the nation's most populous state", TRUE or FALSE?

It's true that if California's vote totals were entirely removed from the equation ...
There is some validity to pointing out that the 2016 election is an exemplar of a modern trend that generally sees Democratic candidates tending to receive large numbers of votes from densely-populated metropolitan areas in states such as New York and California, while Republican candidates tend to collect votes from geographically larger but less populated portions of the country -- one of the main factors behind this election's disparity between the popular vote (which Clinton won) and the electoral vote that actually decides the election (which Trump won). This phenomenon could be viewed as a positive ...
It may also be true, as Donald Trump has claimed, that without our winner-take-all ...
In any case, it is true that the margin of votes by which Hillary Clinton won the state of California was significantly greater than the margin by which she won the national popular vote. But even if Clinton's 4.3 million vote victory over Trump in California provided her overall winning edge, it wouldn't be an issue if she hadn't also amassed enough votes all the other states to make that outcome possible.
but for
illegal IRA electioneering to registered voters in the 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, or 30 most populous states.

Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections - County Data
"Note: The Google advertisement links below may advocate political positions that this site does not endorse."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Feb 22nd, 2018 at 08:56:09 PM EST
[ Parent ]

Data source: 2017 State of Mental Health in America - Adult Prevalence (pub'd. Oct 2016). View MHA 2015 ranking here, eg. HI #1, MI #21, WI #28, FL #6, Nat'l. avg 18.01%.


"A high ranking on the Prevalence Ranking indicates a lower prevalence of mental health and substance use issues."
Assume the MHA data from rank is derived are accurate descriptions of populations receiving treatment.

States outlined BLUE were named as "focus" IRA focus by Podesta. IRA states of interest named the indictment are outlined BLACK. BLUE dot(s) indicate electoral votes assigned to Who?

One might infer from this "visualization" that the states which both Who? and IRA "political advertising" ignored were more "deplorable" than actual "focus" states; or all of them except NY were populated by IRA co-conspirators.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Feb 24th, 2018 at 11:30:11 PM EST
[ Parent ]
"CORDAT: But it does beg the question, How is that these Russian operatives knew how to focus on purple states like Michigan and Wisconsin, and your campaign didn't?"
Perhaps the IRA personnel had access to Cambridge Analytic's data by means fair or foul. This surely would be the crown jewel in any indictment Mueller could bring were he able to show coordination between the Trump campaign and the IRA or other enties of the Russian government. And because the Clinton campaign was incompetent, arrogant and out of touch. My estimate is that it is likely 95% Clinton campaign incompetence and, at best, 5% Russian meddling. But the election was closely decided and she won the popular vote.

I would personally prefer that half the energy that has gone into the Mueller probe had gone into ensuring that all voting machines used in the general elections had paper trails so that individual voters could take their stubs and use them to verify that their votes were recorded as they made them at the booth. It is virtually an admission of a desire to tamper with the vote that we do not already have such requirements.

Remember Diebold representatives joking about their 'program for victory' in 2012 in Ohio?

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Feb 28th, 2018 at 02:28:31 AM EST
[ Parent ]
I would personally prefer that half the energy that has gone into the Mueller probe had gone into ensuring that all voting machines used in the general elections had paper trails

Just abolish voting machines and count by hand.

by generic on Wed Feb 28th, 2018 at 09:20:33 AM EST
[ Parent ]
I just saw a report stating that over half of US States are using paper ballots, including Pennsylvania, Virginia and other big states. I think it is well worth a hand count of paper ballots every two years to ensure the integrity of our elections. I can only hope it becomes all states before November.


"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Mar 1st, 2018 at 05:15:52 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Amid Election Security Worries, Suddenly Paper Ballots Are Making a Comeback | The Intercept |

Every secretary of state was invited to a closed-door briefing at the Department of Homeland Security, while federal experts spoke to a wider audience at the conference.

Brig. Gen. Timothy T. Lunderman, a cybersecurity expert at the National Guard, ran a session laying out to the assembled officials the resources available to them in the event of a cyberattack or intrusion on their systems. "If you take something away from today's message, it is that we are a team," he said.

One way to allay concerns about the integrity of electronic voting machine infrastructure, however, is to simply not use it. Over the past year, a number of states are moving back toward the use of paper ballots or at least requiring a paper trail of votes cast.  

Ballotpedia: Voting methods by state
German government state of cybersecurity
Dutch election returned to red pencil ballots (2009)
Dutch ballots to be counted by hand amid hacking fears | NY Times - Feb. 2017 |

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Thu Mar 1st, 2018 at 10:48:19 AM EST
[ Parent ]

&tc

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Feb 20th, 2018 at 07:45:51 PM EST
Swift Boating the Birthers
Swiftboater Appointee as Ambassador to Belgium ¶ Last Throes?

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Tue Feb 20th, 2018 at 08:18:38 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Every one of those vets is likely far more concerned about John Kerry's conduct before Congress than his conduct in Viet Nam. Typical 'we wus stabbed in the back' BS - see post WW I Germany.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Feb 28th, 2018 at 02:38:47 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Democrats want $300 million to fight possible Russia election tampering
U.S. Democratic leaders called on Congress on Wednesday to give the Federal Bureau of Investigation $300 million to fight [?] foreign efforts to interfere in congressional and state elections in November, amid growing concerns about potential Russian influence on the polls.

Citing warnings from intelligence agencies that Russia is trying to influence the upcoming vote, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House of Representatives Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi asked that the additional funds be included in a bill to fund the government which Congress aims to pass by March 23.

"This additional funding should be targeted to ensure the resources and manpower to counter the influence of hostile foreign actors operating in the U.S., especially Russian operatives operating on our social media platforms," Schumer, Pelosi and the top Democrats on the Senate and House Appropriations Committees wrote in a letter.
[...]
Democrats also want a "substantial" increase in funding for the Department of Homeland Security and Election Assistance Commission to help states upgrade their machines and systems. Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar said on a conference call with reporters that she would back $386 million for states.

Total $686 million appropriation to do WHAT? Patrol "political advertising" by innerboob and subsidize states' purchases of NEW! ballot equipment "and other purposes" like enforcing voter ID checks at polling stations. m'k. Dropping all pretense of defending DACA is surely a winning proposition for DNC congressional candidates. "Real US persons" are gonna love this meddling and interference with their democracy.

archived:
"A crafty cover story for extra-ordinary measures to "protect" voters ..."
Russians Successfully Hacked U.S. Voter Systems Before 2016 Election, Top Official Says - Newsweek

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Feb 23rd, 2018 at 04:37:23 PM EST
WHOMP! There it is.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services drops `nation of immigrants' from mission statement

go. dems.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Feb 23rd, 2018 at 08:34:19 PM EST
[ Parent ]
US-Eng. vernacular, to restate the obvious


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Feb 26th, 2018 at 12:44:14 AM EST
[ Parent ]

references
Harlow v. Fitzgerald, (1982),
US v. Crews, 445 US 463 (1980)
Wong Sun v. US, 371 US 487 (1963)
Nardone v. US, 302 US 379 (1937)
Weeks v. US, 232 US 383 (1914)

archived:
parallel investigations, "fruit of the poisoned tree"
inadmissible evidence, "fruit of the poisoned tree"
compiled procedures, "qualified immunity" in CNN v. FBI (2018)
DICTION CORNER: conclusory

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Feb 23rd, 2018 at 05:23:43 PM EST
m'k. Assange tweeted his authoratative opinion and reasons to classify IRA ("the ORGANIZATION") social media activities as commercial ad sales --"spam" factory, formerly-known-as-junk-mail advertiser (US-Eng.)-- not "information warfare" illegal electioneering or espionage.

d'oh.

This opinion is set "to trend". His readers will reproduce it ("re-tweet"). Advertisers will purchase publishing service(s) from Twitter --and any other IP publisher that reproduces this Assange mssg -- to locate their advertisements (text or image) with any occurance of keywords associated with this Assange, Assange', Assange'' mssg.

The price for the publishing service is set by the publisher (fixed or auction) according to publisher's estimated market size, or circulation size, or audience size, and other qualifying demographic traits of said market. Additionally, publisher and advertiser agree on fee per reader response to the advertisement ("click through rate") which the advertiser will pay the publisher.

Production of an advertisement is a separate cost born by the advertiser. Typically, advertisers do NOT "purchase ads" from publishers, because publishers typically lack the production capabilities to produce such that material.

That is the basic advertising business model (source of revenue), regardless of publishing medium (a/k/a marketing or distribution "channel") --BROADCAST VIDEO, BROADCAST RADIO, PRINT, OUTDOOR, TRANSIT, INTERNET & VOICE TELECOMMUNICATIONS, SOFTWARE DISTRIBUTIONS, EVENT, GARMENT, RETAIL ESTABLISHMENT, PERSONAL ENDORSEMENT

such as ELECTIONEERING.

This knowledge would otherwise not be worth mentioning, again, had so many real US persons NOT pretended to be unfamiliar with the volume and value of industry revenue or accepted social media corporate claims to "revolutionary" business model(s) or relied on "Mad Men" serial dramatization for information or certain US senators' "impressions" about the utility of telecommunication.

But here we are.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Feb 23rd, 2018 at 07:02:59 PM EST
marketing director at a Ventura County search optimization firm named SEO Distortion from March 2014 to October 2017.

Richard Pinedo, unwitting IRA co-conspirator in

IRA's ill-gotten gains from social media "political advertising" trade


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Feb 23rd, 2018 at 07:19:04 PM EST
[ Parent ]
re: SEO optimization, internet advertising, internet advertising placement, unwitting co-conspirator, GOOG

cockroach alert

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Feb 23rd, 2018 at 11:19:10 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Supreme Court Preview: Minnesota Electioneering Ban
plantiffs' and respondents' briefs in the article

Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Feb 27th, 2018 at 08:54:33 PM EST
[ Parent ]
HPSCI Minority memorandum
(statements by US House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Democratic Party members)
"Correcting the Record -- The Russia Investigation", RELEASED, UNCLASSIFIED, REDACTED, 10 pp

This document refutes statements in the HPSCI Majority Members' memorandum, released 2 FEB 2018 (ibid)

The Minority memorandum addresses

  • parallel investigation of Carter PAGE in the USA by the FBI that obviated dependence on STEEL's work product (the "Dossier") to obtain a FISA warrant for surveillance
  • material either by C. STEELE or by STEELE's SOURCES submitted with application by FBI to obtain FISA warrant and renewals to conduct surveillance of PAGE since OCT 2016
  • PAGE's alleged crime(s) adduced by FBI independent investigation, ie. probable cause that PAGE abetted foreign political activities in the USA in 2016, before and after he resigned from Trump campaign employment
  • HPSCI review restricted by FBI of material evidence discovered by FBI and procedures executed by FBI


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Feb 26th, 2018 at 02:08:46 AM EST
Mark Felt-tipped

It is clearly visible that the numeral "four" gives us far higher accuracy for the text overlays that follow. We have defeated some three-letter agency's tradecraft, and exposed top-secret information with a $30 graphics program.

That is the number of individuals linked to the Trump campaign the FBI had already opened sub-inquiries into in mid-September 2016. So Page and three more. That number is for some reason top secret.

by fjallstrom on Tue Feb 27th, 2018 at 03:54:13 PM EST
[ Parent ]
It is well known that, under Sec. State HRC, the USA interfered in a Russian presidential election which Putin won. An ancient maxim of statecraft it "If you strike a King you have to kill him." She didn't. Who cuda knowed that Putin might return the favor with better results?

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Feb 28th, 2018 at 02:44:53 AM EST
You put a lot of effort in your work. I for one do appreciate and try to scan or read as much as possible. Well documented and taking an approach as you see fit. Thank you.

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Wed Feb 28th, 2018 at 05:43:21 PM EST
So I gather that we finally have conclusive proof that Vladimir Putin deployef S-400 missle batteries to physically block HRC from campaigning in Wisconsin?
Or that some Russians maintained an unspecified number, but on the order of a few hundred, troll accounts?
Either way sounds like WW3 to me.
by generic on Fri Mar 2nd, 2018 at 09:53:11 AM EST


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