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Never Before Has A President Clearly Ignored A National Security Threat

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By Ben Cardin January 10 at 9:06 AM

Ben Cardin represents Maryland in the U.S. Senate, where he is the ranking Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee.

 

"For the better part of 20 years, Russian President Vladimir Putin has engaged in a relentless assault against democratic institutions abroad, universal values and the rule of law. He has carried out these attacks with an asymmetric arsenal: cyberattacks; disinformation; support for fringe political groups; the weaponization of energy resources, organized crime and corruption; and even military aggression.

Putin has used such techniques because he has operated from a position of weakness, hobbled by a faltering economy, a substandard military and few followers on the world stage. And his attacks have grown in intensity and complexity over the past few years, driven by a desire to also repress democratic aspirations among his own citizens. While our European partners have taken steps to better defend themselves, the United States has done little to protect its institutions.

 

Despite the efforts of some in national security leadership, as well as dedicated career public servants across the executive branch, one person is preventing a strong, government-wide response that holds Russia accountable for its destabilizing activities: the president of the United States. Never before has the White House so clearly ignored a national security threat.

If we fail to respond with the urgency this threat requires, the regime in Moscow will be further emboldened — not just to undermine European stability but to build on its success in interfering in our 2016 presidential election by undermining the 2018 midterm elections and the 2020 presidential election.

These are some of the findings of a report that I am releasing Wednesday. Research began in the months following the 2016 election because it is critical that the American people better understand the scope and scale of the Russian government threat to democratic institutions and support the steps necessary to defend our system of government and our very society. The report shows that Putin’s threat to our nation, and our allies, is growing.

The Russian president’s rap sheet of meddling in Europe is long and sordid. Some of the most egregious examples include:

●A coup attempt in Montenegro to storm the nation’s parliament and capture or kill the prime minister ahead of that nation’s attempt to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

●Russian media propaganda, especially Internet trolls and bots, which were discovered in the public debate ahead of recent major referendums such as “Brexit” in Britain and the Catalonia independence movement in Spain, as well as national elections in France and Germany. Indications are that Italy may well be next.

●The murder of a number of Russian opposition figures and critics across Europe.

●The violation of international law by invading Russia’s neighbors, such as Georgia and Ukraine.

 Several countries in Europe have realized the danger that the Kremlin poses and have taken serious steps to build resilience against Putin’s aggression. These governments have bolstered cyberdefenses, conducted media literacy efforts, gone after Russian organized crime, and started to diversify energy supplies, rallying multiple sectors of society in mutual defense — government, corporations, civil society, the media, academia and students.

The same cannot be said in the United States. But even beyond electoral interference, the report also found examples of Kremlin-backed efforts to affect the daily lives of Americans and things that they care about: cheating Americans out of medals at the Olympic Games and supporting cybercriminals who attack American businesses and who steal the financial information of millions of American consumers.

 So what should we do about it?

 First, President Trump must provide unequivocal presidential leadership to mobilize our own government and the American people. Second, the United States must embark on an effort to build more resilience here at home and in democratic institutions across Europe — the best defense against Russian interference. Third, the United States and our allies should go on the offence and expose and freeze Kremlin-linked dirty money, placing Moscow under a preemptive and escalatory sanctions regime as a deterrent to future attacks on democratic institutions. Fourth, we should work with social-media companies and hold them accountable for their role in allowing the Kremlin’s disinformation campaigns to spread unchecked, toxifying public discourse and exacerbating political and societal divisions.

More at the link:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/never-before-has-a-president-ignored-such-a-clear-national-security-threat/2018/01/09/7b8d7596-f593-11e7-b34a-b85626af34ef_story.html?utm_term=.aeef6bb188bd

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The thread title is wrong.

It should read;

Never Before Has A President Clearly Been A National Security Threat

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3 hours ago, badlatitude said:

For the better part of 20 years, Russian President Vladimir Putin has engaged in a relentless assault against democratic institutions abroad, universal values and the rule of law.

“the 80s called and wants their foreign policy back.”

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5 hours ago, badlatitude said:
By Ben Cardin January 10 at 9:06 AM

Ben Cardin represents Maryland in the U.S. Senate, where he is the ranking Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee.

 

"For the better part of 20 years, Russian President Vladimir Putin has engaged in a relentless assault against democratic institutions abroad, universal values and the rule of law. He has carried out these attacks with an asymmetric arsenal: cyberattacks; disinformation; support for fringe political groups; the weaponization of energy resources, organized crime and corruption; and even military aggression.

Putin has used such techniques because he has operated from a position of weakness, hobbled by a faltering economy, a substandard military and few followers on the world stage. And his attacks have grown in intensity and complexity over the past few years, driven by a desire to also repress democratic aspirations among his own citizens. While our European partners have taken steps to better defend themselves, the United States has done little to protect its institutions.

 

Despite the efforts of some in national security leadership, as well as dedicated career public servants across the executive branch, one person is preventing a strong, government-wide response that holds Russia accountable for its destabilizing activities: the president of the United States. Never before has the White House so clearly ignored a national security threat.

If we fail to respond with the urgency this threat requires, the regime in Moscow will be further emboldened — not just to undermine European stability but to build on its success in interfering in our 2016 presidential election by undermining the 2018 midterm elections and the 2020 presidential election.

These are some of the findings of a report that I am releasing Wednesday. Research began in the months following the 2016 election because it is critical that the American people better understand the scope and scale of the Russian government threat to democratic institutions and support the steps necessary to defend our system of government and our very society. The report shows that Putin’s threat to our nation, and our allies, is growing.

The Russian president’s rap sheet of meddling in Europe is long and sordid. Some of the most egregious examples include:

●A coup attempt in Montenegro to storm the nation’s parliament and capture or kill the prime minister ahead of that nation’s attempt to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

●Russian media propaganda, especially Internet trolls and bots, which were discovered in the public debate ahead of recent major referendums such as “Brexit” in Britain and the Catalonia independence movement in Spain, as well as national elections in France and Germany. Indications are that Italy may well be next.

●The murder of a number of Russian opposition figures and critics across Europe.

●The violation of international law by invading Russia’s neighbors, such as Georgia and Ukraine.

 Several countries in Europe have realized the danger that the Kremlin poses and have taken serious steps to build resilience against Putin’s aggression. These governments have bolstered cyberdefenses, conducted media literacy efforts, gone after Russian organized crime, and started to diversify energy supplies, rallying multiple sectors of society in mutual defense — government, corporations, civil society, the media, academia and students.

The same cannot be said in the United States. But even beyond electoral interference, the report also found examples of Kremlin-backed efforts to affect the daily lives of Americans and things that they care about: cheating Americans out of medals at the Olympic Games and supporting cybercriminals who attack American businesses and who steal the financial information of millions of American consumers.

 So what should we do about it?

 First, President Trump must provide unequivocal presidential leadership to mobilize our own government and the American people. Second, the United States must embark on an effort to build more resilience here at home and in democratic institutions across Europe — the best defense against Russian interference. Third, the United States and our allies should go on the offence and expose and freeze Kremlin-linked dirty money, placing Moscow under a preemptive and escalatory sanctions regime as a deterrent to future attacks on democratic institutions. Fourth, we should work with social-media companies and hold them accountable for their role in allowing the Kremlin’s disinformation campaigns to spread unchecked, toxifying public discourse and exacerbating political and societal divisions.

More at the link:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/never-before-has-a-president-ignored-such-a-clear-national-security-threat/2018/01/09/7b8d7596-f593-11e7-b34a-b85626af34ef_story.html?utm_term=.aeef6bb188bd

Yeah ,and this was your clarion call when Obama was playing knee slappy with Putin's lap poodle and I was pressing my stupid reset button like an addled idiot. 

As putzes go you are the putziest

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"Gov. Romney, I'm glad you recognize al-Qaida is a threat, because a few months ago when you were asked what is the biggest geopolitical group facing America, you said Russia, not al-Qaida," Obama said. "You said Russia. And the 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back. Because the Cold War has been over for 20 years. But Governor, when it comes to our foreign policy, you seem to want to import the foreign policies of the 1980s

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3 minutes ago, Hillary said:

Yeah ,and this was your clarion call when Obama was playing knee slappy with Putin's lap poodle and I was pressing my stupid reset button like an addled idiot. 

As putzes go you are the putziest

Ahh, the old “Democrats are worse” defense. Definitely gets old

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Just now, Raz'r said:

Ahh, the old “Democrats are worse” defense. Definitely gets old

Not my point. My point is he was late to the realization that Russia and China are real threats to our national interests. 

Was Romney wrong about anything? History is certainly validating his platform. 

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5 minutes ago, Hillary said:

Not my point. My point is he was late to the realization that Russia and China are real threats to our national interests. 

Was Romney wrong about anything? History is certainly validating his platform. 

That was EXACTLY your point.

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51 minutes ago, Hillary said:

Was Romney wrong about anything? History is certainly validating his platform. 

Yes - his chances at being elected were as accurate as your predictions Jack. Both of you were very, very wrong about that. 

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2 hours ago, bpm57 said:

“the 80s called and wants their foreign policy back.”

The sixth grade called and they want their geography back.

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I guess it's somewhere near Nambia, I can't tell from a charter school map.

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20 hours ago, badlatitude said:

The sixth grade called and they want their geography back.

"It is wonderful to be back in Oregon. Over the last 15 months, we’ve traveled to every corner of the United States. I’ve now been in 57 states. I think one left to go. Alaska and Hawaii, I was not allowed to go to even though I really wanted to visit, but my staff would not justify it."

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2 minutes ago, bpm57 said:

"It is wonderful to be back in Oregon. Over the last 15 months, we’ve traveled to every corner of the United States. I’ve now been in 57 states. I think one left to go. Alaska and Hawaii, I was not allowed to go to even though I really wanted to visit, but my staff would not justify it."

“You know what uranium is, right? It’s this thing called nuclear weapons. And other things. Like lots of things are done with uranium. Including some bad things. But nobody talks about that.”

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On 1/10/2018 at 3:09 PM, badlatitude said:

Fourth, we should work with social-media companies and hold them accountable for their role in allowing the Kremlin’s disinformation campaigns to spread unchecked, toxifying public discourse and exacerbating political and societal divisions.

Not to mention Rainbow Bernie! He changed everything.

When a congresscritter says "work with" companies, he usually means "work against" them through regulation. "Hold them accountalble" means fine/imprison them for their shameful failure to censor all their users and only let the "good" ones $peak.

I wish him all the fail in the world in his quest.

We don't need a Congressional committee determining which companies are doing a good enough job at censorship.

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On 1/12/2018 at 5:28 AM, Uncooperative Tom said:

We don't need a Congressional committee determining which companies are doing a good enough job at censorship.

Do the Russians pay you?

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On 1/12/2018 at 7:28 AM, Uncooperative Tom said:

Not to mention Rainbow Bernie! He changed everything.

When a congresscritter says "work with" companies, he usually means "work against" them through regulation. "Hold them accountalble" means fine/imprison them for their shameful failure to censor all their users and only let the "good" ones $peak.

I wish him all the fail in the world in his quest.

We don't need a Congressional committee determining which companies are doing a good enough job at censorship.

we know you like weaponised lies, and people buying supporters for their arguments to crush freedom Tom

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5 hours ago, Mismoyled Jiblet. said:

we know you like weaponised lies, and people buying supporters for their arguments to crush freedom Tom

Not only that, I'm paid by Russians, paid by the NRA, and a huuuuge fan of racist mass murderers.

None of which should be particularly surprising to anyone. I mean, I say bad things about Democrat gun bans and confiscation programs! Knowing that, any other evil is likely!

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41 minutes ago, Uncooperative Tom said:

Not only that, I'm paid by Russians, paid by the NRA, and a huuuuge fan of racist mass murderers.

None of which should be particularly surprising to anyone. I mean, I say bad things about Democrat gun bans and confiscation programs! Knowing that, any other evil is likely!

You disrupt cogent coherent discussion Tom. That's the easiest, cheapest way to fuck up dialogue. The communist chinese know this.

 

Instead of jerking off to bitcoin and shitty guns, try to follow some other shit in life.

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I disagree with the thread title... there is substantial precedent. Trump and Sessions have regularly downplayed the threat of terrorism posed to US citizens by right wing activists .

On October 22nd 2017, a Missouri man pulled the emergency brake on an Amtrak train in Nebraska, and was thereafter subdued in the engineer's booth while fiddling with controls by Amtrak employees on the train. He was armed with a .38, and  "A backpack belonging to Wilson was found to contain "three additional loaded speed loaders, a box of .38 ammunition, a hammer, a fixed blade knife, tin snips, scissors, a tape measure" and a respirator-style mask, according to the federal filing." In his home, LEOs found  

A search of Wilson's residence turned up a hidden compartment behind a refrigerator, in a space that had been disguised to look like a permanent wall panel.

From the affidavit:

"Upon removing the panel agents discovered a large amount of evidence to include a tactical vest, 11 AR-15 (rifle) ammunition magazines with approximately 190 rounds of .223 ammunition, one drum-style ammunition magazine for a rifle, firearms tactical accessories (lights), 100 rounds of 9mm ammunition, approximately 840 rounds of 5.45x39 rifle ammunition, white supremacy documents and paperwork, several additional handgun and rifle magazines, gunpowder, ammunition reloading supplies, and a pressure plate. Also located in the compartment was a hand-made shield."

While at the residence, agents also spoke to Wilson's father, who — after consulting with his attorney — gave 15 of his son's guns to the FBI team, along with a tactical body armor carrier with ceramic ballistic plates.

Officials also found cards for the National Socialist Movement (Detroit) and the Covenant Nation in Alabama. Wilson's roommate said that he'd begun acting strangely over the summer and had become radicalized after joining an alt-right group. 

Trump and Sessions have frequently downplayed the threat from domestic right wing terrorism in order to make Americans fearful about immigration in order to buttress their racist agenda. This is another instance in which the president and the AG clearly ignore a National Security threat.

This is further evidence of maladministration.

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