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David Caulfield

 

The US government’s own records show that the US spends multiple times that amount on propaganda each year, and a lot of the US’ propaganda spending is not disclosed publicly so it’s difficult to guess the full amount.

Some of the USA’s annual propaganda funding includes:

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Here are some examples of the US spending money on propaganda where that spending wasn’t necessarily visible to the public:

Overthrowing other people’s governments: The Master List

US secretly created 'Cuban Twitter' to stir unrest and undermine government

ARAB SPRING and the Business of CIA-funded Revolutions

The U.S. is no stranger to interfering in the elections of other countries

Top German Journalist: MSM News is Propaganda, We All Lie For The CIA!

How US Flooded the World with Psyops

The US spends a lot of money on NGOs, which stands for Non-Government Organization, which do the propaganda bidding of the US government, without it being directly associated with the US government. The National Endowment for Democracy is only one such NGO.

Trojan Horse: The National Endowment for Democracy

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Which country’s propaganda is better? Well, in which sense? I think that it’s abundantly clear that the US spends far more on propaganda, and that its propaganda is far more prevalent in the world, and in Western countries, and is far more successful in manipulating Western nations.

The US passed law in 2012 to make it legal to propagandize against US citizens:

The NDAA Legalizes The Use Of Propaganda On The US Public

A big part of the US’ propaganda campaigns are the claims that Russia is doing the same things or similar - but many of those claims have been debunked. And so, a lot of what you might think is Russian propaganda are false allegations which are actually a part of the US’ own propaganda campaigns.

Here are examples of that:

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You know the widespread claim that paid Russian propagandists exist? Well, that claim emerged AFTER The Guardian published the news that the US was already doing the same - and the proof that the US was doing the same was the US gov't's own job listing posted on the US gov't website, Federal Business Opportunities, which was seeking US companies apply to host and operate said propaganda troll programs.

Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media

America's absurd stab at systematising sock puppetry | Jeff Jarvis

Commentary: The world's best cyber army doesn’t belong to Russia

Here’s some excepted information from the above links:

According to publicized 2011 USA Central Command documents and contracts which detailed the program, The USA has "by far" the world's largest cyber-army, and contracts companies to set up and pay people to post in social media "around the world," "using fake online personas to influence internet conversations and spread pro-American propaganda."

"CENTCOM's contract requires for each controller the provision of one "virtual private server" located in the United States and others appearing to be outside the US to give the impression the fake personas are real people located in different parts of the world."

It also calls for "traffic mixing", blending the persona controllers' internet usage with the usage of people outside CENTCOM in a manner that must offer "excellent cover and powerful deniability".

“The CENTCOM contract stipulates that each fake online persona must have a convincing background, history and supporting details.”

… “the software could allow US service personnel, working around the clock in one location, to respond to emerging online conversations with any number of co-ordinated messages, blogposts, chatroom posts and other interventions.”

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You know what evidence there has been presented to support an argument that Russia is doing the same? A photograph of a small, nondescript building in St Petersburg, with ominous-sounding words to go along with the photograph.

In my view, the claim about Russia doing what the US was confirmed to already be doing was merely meant as a diversion of public awareness away from the disclosure that the US was definitively doing all the things and much more than were suddenly being alleged, without evidence, of Russia.

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Allegations of Russia hacking and spying on others.

Of course, many nations are doing those things, but, as I recall, it was Obama, not Putin, who approved the wire-tapping of Germany leader Angela Merkel's phone.

And despite Western media hysteria over Russia hacking, for which there has to-date not been presented any evidence, WikiLeaks' Vault 7 publications proved, via the CIA's own documents, that the US government hacks and wire-taps its international allies - and that when it hacks, it uses tools to make their hacks appear as though they were done by Russia, China, or other actors. It was also revealed that the US government pays US software companies to leave backdoors in their software for the NSA to exploit so that the NSA can spy on and attack people who use US software around the world.

And US intel agencies have a near-flawless history of lying to the US public. Some examples are:

- Iraq WMDs and mobile chemical weapons labs

- the CIA torture program's effectiveness and waterboarding

- NSA surveillance

- warrantless information-gathering of USA citizens

- the Iran-contra scandal

- civilian drone-strike deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq

- Russia interference in the 2016 US federal election

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So, this is yet another example where the US waged a propaganda campaign to accuse Russia of what it was only proven that the US was doing.

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Cristina MazaVerified account @CrisLeeMaza 1h1 hour ago

 
 

Russian officials are using William Barr's summary of the Mueller report to claim that their government is innocent of election interference.

It's not. My latest w/insights from @kalenskyj , @jedshug, and @olgaNYC1211

 

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Barr/Mueller Report Emboldens Russia, Increases Chance of 2020 Election Interference-

".....Although Mueller’s team unambiguously concluded that Russia did attempt to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, and charged 25 Russian intelligence operatives and experts in social media manipulation in two indictments last year, 

Russian officials have claimed Barr's summary exonerates their government.  

“We have studied some extracts and conclusions [of Mueller’s report], which in fact state nothing new, except that it acknowledges the lack of any sort of conspiracy,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists on Monday.

 

......Barr’s letter should not distract from the fact that Russia has interfered in not only the U.S. democratic process but also elections around the world. They warned that Russia may attempt to twist Barr’s conclusions to fit its own agenda. What's more, they said, Moscow may be emboldened if it sees that its efforts to sew discord paid off. 

“The Russians are obviously using it not only to say that there was no collusion, which is what the letter says, but also that Mueller didn’t find any evidence that Russia interfered,

which [is] a lie, obviously...."

.... “If the Russians see that there was no price, and the only results is an even more polarized American society, they will see that they achieved exactly the result they were aiming for.” ....

...analysts note that Russian media is celebrating Barr’s letter.

“When Trump appointee, William Barr, delivered a brief summary of the Mueller report, the Kremlin reacted joyously and sarcastically,”....

https://www.newsweek.com/russia-elections-mueller-report-william-barr-1374461

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Mueller Report Has Moscow in Ecstasy, Opening the Way for More Putin Plots

Judging from the reaction of Russian officials and state media, expect Vladimir Putin to be more aggressive than ever.

Latest wrinkle:Blame Ukraine for backing Hillary Clinton....

 

Citing Fox News, Russian state news agency TASS reported that the findings represent a complete victory for President Trump. “It’s not every day you get to see [Rachel Maddow] nearly cry live on-air,” rejoiced Russian state media outlet RIA Novosti. .........

Russian election interference will soon be replaced by “Ukrainegate,” based on the conspiracy theory that Ukraine meddled in the U.S. elections on the side of Hillary Clinton.

Trump recently tweeted the link to an article, widely promoted by the Russians, stating: “As Russia Collusion fades, Ukrainian plot to help Clinton emerges.” .....

The Russian state media are hoping that President Trump, described by RIA Novosti as “a vengeful showman,” will initiate a brand new investigation of election interference—this time, against Ukraine. ......

Donald Trump Jr. jumped on the Ukraine bandwagon by tweeting an article that demanded the removal of former President Barack Obama’s U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, and rehashing the claims of Ukraine’s alleged interference .........

 

Trump’s recent decision to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights was interpreted by Russian officials as a tacit withdrawal of U.S. objections to the Russian annexation of Crimea. .........

 

The Kremlin also capitalized on the unrelenting focus on the Mueller investigation, which provided the ideal cover for a quiet arrival of two Russian Air Force planes in Venezuela’s main airport on Saturday, transporting nearly 100 Russian troops to the country. .........

https://www.thedailybeast.com/mueller-report-has-moscow-in-ecstasy-opening-the-way-for-more-putin-plots

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How Ivan Golunov Cost Putin More Than Robert Mueller | Opinion

 

"...... Ivan Golunov, the top Russian investigative journalist who was arrested, tortured—and then, incredibly, released in the wake of mass public and media protests, earlier this week. ......

Golunov's investigations deal almost exclusively with the most mundane and unglamorous issues imaginable, which nevertheless affect the everyday lives of millions of ordinary people. He does not poke his nose into national security, he does not travel to Chechnya or to Donbass, and he certainly does not and try to figure out who shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

His hunting grounds are paving stones, micro-credit schemes, abuses of power in schools and hospitals, internal politics in regional museums, garbage disposal, social media monitors, and most recently, dodgy dealings in the funeral business. He works by taking stones, turning them over (often literally) and digging through the dirt beneath........

Golunov's work made him many of powerful enemies, nowhere more so in the Moscow municipal administration. But the detention and beating, as Golunov himself said in his court hearing on June 7, was likely "commissioned" by enemies of a lesser order: a small-time funeral services mafia, with alleged links to the security services and police. ..........

 

The five days of the Ivan Golunov affair may have a far-reaching impact on the politics of Russia, more than any other single event in recent years, including the Mueller investigation. ......

Golunov, meanwhile, finds himself a reluctant celebrity and a symbol. He will not be able to carry out his nitty-gritty, incognito investigations like he used to. But he will spawn thousands of imitators lifting up paving stones, photographing packaging labels, developing new methods of sifting through the dirt lying in plain sight or hidden only by the thinnest layer of cracked granite. I have rarely seen my Russian friends and colleagues so angry, so hungry for change and so filled with optimism as they are now. "

https://www.newsweek.com/how-ivan-golunov-cost-putin-more-robert-mueller-opinion-1444097?utm_campaign=NewsweekTwitter&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social

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One of my favorite actors is French actor Gerard Depardieu.

Word has it, that Putin hasis given him a Russian passport and the keys to the Kremlin.

What about a photo of France's favorite Cyrano de Bergerac with Russia's favorite dictator Vladimir Putin.

 

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8 hours ago, Princess of Tap said:

 

What about a photo of France's favorite Cyrano de Bergerac with Russia's favorite dictator Vladimir Putin.

 

If I were Gerard, I'd insist it be taken in either the Chechnya or Ukraine houses of parliament.  ;)

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21 hours ago, hamradio said:

 

Elton John IS a gay scene. :lol:

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By the way I have the LP, can't see music.

I'll probably be watching the Russian version of this movie if I see it. 

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Julia Davis @JuliaDavisNews

 
 

#Russia's state TV hosts & experts ponder about the impact of the @nytimes article

about an alleged U.S. incursion into the Russian power grid on the anticipated meeting between Trump & Putin.

"If they do meet, what will Trump do?

Be red-faced? Look down? Try to make amends?" ©️

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Report: U.S. is underestimating Putin's "grand strategy" for Russian dominance

 

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the Pentagon suggests that the U.S. is underestimating the scale of Russian President Vladimir Putin's "grand strategy" for dominance on the world stage, and that inaction in the face of Russia's malign influence activities poses a serious threat to U.S. national security.

"Contrary to conventional analysis, after two decades under Vladimir Putin, Russia represents an ideological challenge to the West, not just a political and military rivalry. Although NATO continues to possess impressive overmatch against Moscow, that edge is dwindling, and Western vulnerabilities in certain military areas are alarming. Moreover, the unwillingness of Western experts and governments to confront the ideological — as well as political and military — aspects of our rivalry with Putinism means that the threat of significant armed conflict is rising."

 

The big picture: The study, which was compiled by more than two dozen national security experts and was first reported by Politico, finds that Putin's grand strategy is comprised of the following objectives:

  • "Reclaim and secure Russia's influence over former Soviet nations."
  • "Regain worldwide recognition as a 'great power.'"
  • "Portray itself as a reliable actor, a key regional powerbroker, and a successful mediator in order to gain economic, military, and political influence over nations worldwide and to refine the liberalist rules and norms that currently govern the world order."

In order to achieve these objectives and advance its foreign policy, Russia has sought to master the art of "hybrid warfare" through "the use of paramilitary forces and other proxies, interference in political processes, economic and energy exploitation (particularly in Africa), espionage, and media and propaganda manipulation."...

 

The bottom line: "Political objectives matter to the Kremlin in a zero-sum worldview," the report claims. "For Russia to win, the U.S. has to lose." ............

https://www.axios.com/vladimir-putin-russia-grand-strategy-us-elections-d4f77dad-d3a9-4ead-9afd-937490af5a36.html

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Russia doesn't need to do anything to undermine faith in US elections:   Americans are great at doing this themselves.

It should be obvious that if Trump wins re-elections Dems will say he did so unfairly or by cheating,  yet again.   

If Trump loses,   Trump supporters will come up with lots of reasons why he was cheated out of victory.

  

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The Senate Intelligence Committee just released the results of its 2.5 year bipartisan investigation into 2016 Russia election interference.
 
This is just Volume I of SSCI’s report, focusing specifically on Russian cyber activity targeting election infrastructure.
 
The committee plans to release four other volumes on other topics in the coming months.
 
The 67-page report is here:
 
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Over 1,000 Arrested in Moscow Election Protest

 

"Chanting slogans like "Putin is a thief" and "We love Russia. They love money," protesters marched through Moscow again Saturday as they have almost every Saturday this month.

The marchers were headed toward the City Hall at Tverskaya 13, but many never made it there, as riot police armed with billy clubs, dogs and pepper spray blocked streets and rounded up protesters.

For the second week in a row, thousands of people took to the streets to protest the local election commission's exclusion of opposition candidates from running in Moscow's local elections on September 8. ........

https://www.newsweek.com/over-1000-arrested-moscow-election-protest-1451435?utm_medium=Social&amp;utm_campaign=NewsweekTwitter&amp;utm_source=Twitter

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:o  -_-

 

Leading Putin critic Alexei Navalny hospitalized with mysterious illness

 
JUST IN: Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny's doctor says he is suffering from
 
the effects of "undefined chemical substances" — not an allergic reaction, as has been reported.
 

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Julia Davis
 
@JuliaDavisNews
· Aug 6, 2018
 
Konstantin Kosachev, chair of the Council of the Federation Committee on Foreign Affairs,
 
who is under U.S. sanctions,
 
said that Rand Paul "has access to the top U.S. leadership, is close to Donald Trump,
 
and we expect that we will be able to convey our signals through him."
 
 
 
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Lyubov Sobol: The woman driving Russia's opposition protests

The young lawyer and popular video blogger is one of a group of opposition activists who have been barred from local elections in Moscow, sparking a growing wave of demonstrations.

The summer protests have caught the authorities off guard and led to clashes with riot police and mass arrests.

"They ignored all our appeals so I have to fight in a more radical way", she says,.........

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-49205690?ocid=socialflow_twitter

 

 

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Russia-linked Twitter accounts promoted 'doxxing' over racial tension videos

Clemson University researchers found videos of confrontations between white people and minorities received instrumental early social media promotion from inauthentic accounts.

 

 

.... “Fundamentally, what they’re trying to do is put a spotlight and rub salt in the wound of these divisive issues,” Linvill told NBC News, referring to the strategy of using social media to exacerbate racial tensions. ........

Disinformation experts told NBC News that the goal of the inauthentic accounts is to highlight and inflame existing tensions to destabilize America, a strategy also used by Russia’s disinformation campaign leading up to the 2016 election.

“The real goal is to get the conflict off Twitter, to get it into the streets,” Philip Howard, director of the Oxford Internet Institute, said.......

 

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/russia-linked-twitter-accounts-promoted-doxxing-over-racial-tension-videos-n1040596

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It's been proven that one of these videos promoted was of the white woman calling the police in New York City because a  9 year -old black boy's school backpack had accidentally brushed against her back in a convenience store.

Then the video is taking place on the sidewalk in front of the store,

As the white woman is calling the police claiming sexual assault against the child, while the nine year- old boy and his little sister are frightened and upset.

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4 hours ago, Princess of Tap said:

It's been proven that one of these videos promoted was of the white woman calling the police in New York City because a  9 year -old black boy's school backpack had accidentally brushed against her back in a convenience store.

Then the video is taking place on the sidewalk in front of the store,

As the white woman is calling the police claiming sexual assault against the child, while the nine year- old boy and his little sister are frightened and upset.

Princess, I think you would make a perfect target for the Russian to get this news past on. Oh wait, your bringing it to light again. Are you working for the Russians?

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