Donald Trump signs executive order authorizing sanctions against foreigners who meddle in U.S. elections. But hold your applause.

By |2018-09-13T06:17:53+00:00September 12th, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News|Tags: , , , , , |5 Comments

Courtesy of the AP:

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday authorizing sanctions against foreigners who meddle in U.S. elections, a move that counters critics who claim he has not taken election security seriously enough.

The executive order covers not just interference with campaign infrastructure, but it also covers the distribution of disinformation and propaganda, national security adviser John Bolton told reporters. The order requires the Office of the National Intelligence Director to conduct regular assessments about potential foreign interference in the elections, asks for reports by the Homeland Security and Justice departments in the case of meddling in campaign-related infrastructure, he said. It also describes a process for the Treasury and State departments to recommend appropriate, automatic sanctions.

“We felt it was important to demonstrate the president has taken command of this issue, that it’s something he cares deeply about — that the integrity of our elections and our constitutional process are a high priority to him,” Bolton said.

Now if you think this is a sign that Putin no longer has a hold over Trump and that now he will start working to protect the election process, hold that thought.

Courtesy of WaPo:

President Trump issued a new order Wednesday authorizing additional sanctions against countries or individuals for interfering in upcoming U.S. elections, but lawmakers of both parties immediately said the effort does not go far enough.

The order would allow Trump to sanction foreigners who interfere in the midterm elections to be held in less than two months. It covers overt efforts to meddle in election infrastructure, such as vote counts, as well as “propaganda” and other attempts to influence voting from abroad, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats told reporters.

The harshest sanctions outlined in the order would be up to the president’s discretion.

As The Washington Post first reported in August, the order appears to be an effort to stave off bipartisan legislation that would mandate tough federal action.

National security adviser John Bolton said criticism that Trump had been too deferential to Russia or blinkered in his view of Russian election interference played “zero” role in the new action.

Jesus, is that an overpowering smell of bullshit or what? 

And just in case you think I am being a partisan asshole who just automatically rejects the idea that Trump will do the right thing and sanction Russia for their future interference, let me remind you that he is still refusing to implement the sanctions that Congress already agreed to. 

This is from an article from The Hill back in May:

A trio of key Democratic senators is calling on agency watchdogs to investigate why the Trump administration has not fully implemented mandated sanctions on Russia.

The lawmakers sent a letter Friday asking the inspectors general of the State Department, Treasury Department and the intelligence community to examine the administration’s failure to impose the financial penalties on Russia.

The reason provided by the administration for not implementing the sanctions is that they felt Russia had been punished enough and did not require any further deterrents. 

Which is interesting since Russia is now the identified suspect behind those mysteries “neuroweapon” attacks in Cuba.

Courtesy of NBC News:

Intelligence agencies investigating mysterious “attacks” that led to brain injuries in U.S. personnel in Cuba and China consider Russia to be the main suspect, three U.S. officials and two others briefed on the investigation tell NBC News.

The suspicion that Russia is likely behind the alleged attacks is backed up by evidence from communications intercepts, known in the spy world as signals intelligence, amassed during a lengthy and ongoing investigation involving the FBI, the CIA and other U.S. agencies. The officials declined to elaborate on the nature of the intelligence.

So yeah, this is all smoke and mirrors designed to protect Russia from sanctions and to give Trump and the Republicans cover going into the 2018 midterm elections. 

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5 Comments

  1. Q? September 12, 2018 at 3:40 pm

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    https://slate.com/technology/2018/09/reddit-banned-qanon-conspiracy-theory-message-boards.html

  2. Anonymous September 12, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    Trump’s ties to the Russian mafia go back 3 decades
    Journalist Craig Unger talks Russia, Trump, and “one of the greatest intelligence operations in history.”

    On November 9, 2016, just a few minutes after Donald Trump was elected president of the United States, a man named Vyacheslav Nikonov approached a microphone in the Russian State Duma (their equivalent of the US House of Representatives) and made a very unusual statement.

    “Dear friends, respected colleagues!” Nikonov said. “Three minutes ago, Hillary Clinton admitted her defeat in US presidential elections, and a second ago Trump started his speech as an elected president of the United States of America, and I congratulate you on this.”

    Nikonov is a leader in the pro-Putin United Russia Party and, incidentally, the grandson of Vyacheslav Molotov — after whom the “Molotov cocktail” was named. His announcement that day was a clear signal that Trump’s victory was, in fact, a victory for Putin’s Russia.

    Longtime journalist Craig Unger opens his new book, House of Trump, House of Putin, with this anecdote. The book is an impressive attempt to gather up all the evidence we have of Trump’s numerous connections to the Russian mafia and government and lay it all out in a clear, comprehensive narrative.

    The book claims to unpack an “untold story,” but it’s not entirely clear how much of it is new. One of the hardest things to accept about the Trump-Russia saga is how transparent it is. So much of the evidence is hiding in plain sight, and somehow that has made it harder to accept.

    But make no mistake: Trump’s ties to shady Russian figures stretch back decades, and Unger diligently pieces them together in one place. Although Unger doesn’t provide any evidence that Trump gave the Russians anything concrete in return for their help, the case he makes for how much potential leverage the Russians had over Trump is pretty damning.

    I spoke to Unger recently about what he learned, how he learned it, and why he thinks Russia’s use of Trump constitutes “one of the greatest intelligence operations in history,” as he puts it in the book.

    A lightly edited transcript of our conversation follows.

    https://www.vox.com/world/2018/9/12/17764132/trump-russia-business-ties-mafia-putin-craig-unger

  3. Anonymous September 12, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    Social Security, food stamps, and other programs kept 44 million people out of poverty last year
    The new census data probably won’t stop Republicans from trying to gut the safety net.

    https://www.vox.com/2018/9/12/17850426/census-poverty-income-2017-trump

  4. Anonymous September 13, 2018 at 7:31 am

    https://www.politico.com/story/2018/09/13/giuliani-trump-manafort-plea-bargain-821797

    “rump’s lawyer says of Manafort: ‘It’s pretty clear if they were going to get anything from him they’d have gotten it already.’” OK

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