Lawsuit claims that FCC hiding evidence of Russian interference in comments leading to decision to end net neutrality.

By | 2018-09-24T04:54:58+00:00 September 25th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |5 Comments

I actually saw this in real time as it was happening.

Courtesy of HuffPo:

The Federal Communications Commission has obstinately hidden information concerning its system for gathering public input about its unpopular plan to kill net neutrality amid signs of Russian manipulation of the comment procedure, according to a New York Times lawsuit.

Freedom of Information Act requests by the newspaper concerning the comment system were turned down repeatedly by the FCC as the Times attempted to investigate possible influence by Russia after huge numbers of comments were linked to Russian emails.

Stonewalling by the FCC has made the American public the “victim of an orchestrated campaign by the Russians to corrupt the notice-and-comment process and undermine an important step in the democratic process of rule-making,” states the Times’ lawsuit, which was filed Thursday in U.S.District Court in the Southern District of New York.

The agency also ignored similar demands — at least nine times — from the New York attorney general last year as that office investigated millions of suspicious comments.

The FCC voted last year to end net neutrality, upending the American internet system. The change allows internet service providers to block, slow down, or charge extra for certain content.

The FCC’s bungled comment procedure has long been the target of criticism. As many as 2 million comments were fraudulently submitted in other people’s names without their knowledge, and the system was overrun with bots, a favorite tool of the Russians. The system also crashed for a period of time as the FCC was overwhelmed by a massive number of comments supporting net neutrality.

This is once again a case that one should ask if there is nothing to hide why does there appear to be an attempt at a cover-up? 

It is also a case where one must ask once again if the entire Trump Administration is now in some way working for the Kremlin. 

Because if not why would they help to cover for their interference? 

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5 Comments

  1. Abby September 25, 2018 at 9:37 am

    Russia

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kf7iC6GKqk

    @ the 21:08 mark
    “I wish your father was president”

    Huntsman is running in 2020!

  2. Abby September 25, 2018 at 9:38 am

    Russia

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Huntsman_Jr.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kf7iC6GKqk

    @ the 21:08 mark
    “I wish your father was president”

    Huntsman is running in 2020!

  3. throT·Tle September 25, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    OT?
    “The document then referenced Mueller’s indictment against the firm, which alleged that Concord funded the creation of fake social media profiles in the U.S. with the “purpose of impairing the lawful functions of the United States government.”

    The brief is signed by Mueller; his deputy, Michael Dreeben; Jonathan Kravis, an attorney in the U.S. attorney’s office; John Demers, assistant attorney general for the DOJ’s National Security Division; and U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu.”

    “In addition to rejecting that comparison, Mueller argued that the Ukrainian officials cited by Concord had used their actual identities when criticizing Trump — unlike the alleged Russian effort, which prosecutors say relied on false identities to appear like a grass-roots movement in the United States.

    “Deception is an essential element of a CONSPIRACY to defraud the United States,” Mueller’s team wrote.”

    “”[A]n offer does not amount to ‘similar conduct’ to the conduct charged in the indictment,” prosecutors argued. “The defendants here are alleged not to have offered, but to have actually engaged, in the deceptive use of social media for the purpose of impairing the lawful functions of the United States government.”

    https://www.politico.com/story/2018/09/24/mueller-trump-dossier-author-838280

  4. Anonymous September 27, 2018 at 12:38 am

    Pai is attacking California for passing its own net neutrality laws.

    Good luck with that.

    Trump is trying to walk back California’s emissions standards and he’s going to lose that too.

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