Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper: Russians Are ‘Genetically’ Motivated To Interfere in Election

Sputnik: Clapper: Russians ‘Genetically Driven’ to Interfere in Elections

WASHINGTON — Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper on Sunday said that his "dashboard warning light was clearly on" when asked about whether he knew about communications between Russians and White House senior adviser and President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner.

"I have to say that, without specifically affirming or confirming these conversations — since, even though they're in the public realm, they're still classified — just from a theoretical standpoint, I will tell you that my dashboard warning light was clearly on and I think that was the case with all of us in the intelligence community, very concerned about the nature of these approaches to the Russians," Clapper said during an exclusive interview on NBC's "Meet The Press."

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Update: James Clapper on Trump-Russia Ties: ‘My Dashboard Warning Light Was Clearly On’ (NBC).

WNU Editor: His remarks that the Russians are "genetically" driven is at the 3:35 mark in the above video. The key paragraph ....

.... "If you put that in context with everything else we knew the Russians were doing to interfere with the election, and just the historical practices of the Russians, who typically, almost genetically, [are] driven to co-opt, penetrate, gain favor, whatever, which is a typical Russian technique. So we were concerned."

I do not know how to respond to this .... and this is a former Director of National Intelligence?!?!?!

In this same interview former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper says that his "dashboard warning light was on" .... after listening to him for the past few months, as well as  former CIA Director Brennan, former National Security adviser Susan Rice, and former FBI Director Comey .... my "dashboard warning light" is telling me that these individuals were either directly or indirectly spying on the Trump team during the election .... and even after the election. And speaking of Jared Kushner .... it looks like the media's big Jared Jushner story that he had spear-headed a back channel to Russia may have a problem .... What Is the Washington Post Hiding About Its Jared Kushner Story? (Daily Caller). As to what is my take on this Jared Kushner story .... President Obama tried numerous times to open up back-channels with Russia (and vice versa) .... Inside Obama’s Secret Outreach to Russia (Josh Rogin, Bloomberg) .... so why all the sudden the focus on Kushner doing the same thing but never on President Obama. Media bias you say?


James said...

"and just the historical practices of the Russians, who typically, almost genetically, [are] driven to co-opt, penetrate, gain favor, whatever, which is a typical Russian technique. So we were concerned."
Well there you go, the science is settled.

War News Updates Editor said...

James. I am still shaking my head. This is the view that the U.S. intel community has when they look at the world.

Anonymous said...

If history is any guide the media is under reporting Russian active and passive measures to disrupt or subvert western societies.

Media bias, yes. Most MSM reporters are too poorly educated or well read to fully understand the depths of Russian activity against the U.S. government and the E.U. The MSM is biased to under report what they cannot understand or have not experienced through travel or subject matter expertise based on advanced training or experience.

Genetic, no. Imperative, yes.

RussInSoCal said...

Clapper is a pompous, partisan political hack. Darling of the left wing press. Solely because he keeps thumbing birdseed into the Trump-Russia conspiracy machine - while simultaneously admitting that there is no evidence of any Trump-Russian conspiracy.

/chirping birds eat anything.

Anonymous said...

The let wing does not have the talent or the imagination to make up this scandal. They are lucky that the right wingers have done it for them and then been so up front in their law breaking. The nice thing about the right wing is that they are so pompous about their greed and avarice that it can be seen without corrective lenses.

Keep the good stuff coming!

/snarling right wingers will devour anything in their grasp

Daniel said...

Now, now. He did say ALMOST genetically, so it's okay. :P

Anonymous said...

Almost a Lamarckian need...

Caecus said...

Hilarious! Trumps election has driven them mad

Anonymous said...

If this was a professional boxing match you would hear the following:

In this corner the favorite, Putin, a black belt in Karate, a knife fighter and survivor of a cruel system, KGB trained and tested.

In the other corner, Trump, a fat elderly man with a very large black belt, a wicked Twitter addiction, with no experience in the international ring. Trump has no discernible skills, English as a second language, and limited vocabulary.

Who would you bet on to win?

James said...

Well it wasn't a "check engine" light, just low tire pressure Calpper.

Jay Farquharson said...

“I don’t know – it’s hard for me to see any U.S. ties to Russia…
except for:

the Flynn thing,

and the Manafort thing

and the Tillerson thing

and the Sessions thing

and the Kushner thing

and the Carter Page thing

and the Roger Stone thing

and the Felix Sater thing

and the Boris Ephsteyn thing

and the Rosneft thing

and the Gazprom thing

and the Sergey Gorkov banker thing

and the Azerbajain thing

and the “I love Putin” thing

and the Donald Trump, Jr. thing

and the Sergey Kislyak thing

and the Russian Affiliated Interests thing

and the Russian Business Interests thing

and the Emoluments Clause thing

and the Alex Schnaider thing

and the hack of the DNC thing

and the Guccifer 2.0 thing

and the Mike Pence “I don’t know anything” thing

and the Russians mysteriously dying thing

and Trump’s public request to Russia to hack Hillary’s email thing

and the Trump house sale for $100 million at the bottom of the housing bust to the Russian fertilizer king thing

and the Russian fertilizer king’s plane showing up in Concord, NC during Trump rally campaign thing

and the Nunes sudden flight to the White House in the night thing

and the Nunes personal investments in the Russian winery thing

and the Cyprus bank thing

and Trump not releasing his tax returns thing

and the Republican Party’s rejection of an amendment to require Trump to show his taxes thing

and the election hacking thing

and the GOP platform change on the Ukraine thing

and the Steele Dossier thing

and the Leninist Bannon thing

and Sally Yates prevented from testifying thing

and the intelligence community’s investigative reports thing

and Trump’s reassurance that the Russian connection is all “fake news” thing …

and Spicer’s Russian Dressing “nothing’s wrong” thing …

and the Chaffetz thing,....

and Session's non-recusal from the Russian thing after promising to recuse himself after lying to Congress about the Russian's thing,

and the Yate's firing,

and the Comey firing,

and the Bharara firing,

and the Larov/Kislyak/Trump meeting,

and the Russian Photographer thing,

and the Indicted Stone for the Russian Thing talking to Trump about firing Comey thing,

and Trump's Spokeswoman, Saunder's saying the Comey Firing was about shutting down the Russia/Trump Investigations thing,

and Lying Spice in the bushes with the candlestick,

and the Trump Lawyer's "No Russians" letter by the Russian Law Firm of the Year,

and the Comey/Trump/Tapes threat,

and the Larov/Russia trolling the US thing,

and Trump's Dirty Fucking Hippie "Peace in the Ukraine" Flower Power tweet after meeting Larov thing,

and the Guelen kidnapping and rendition thing,

and the Cohen/Artimenko/Sater Ukraine deal thing,

and the Eric Trump/Golf Courses/Russian Backers thing,

and the "Comey told me three times" thing,

and the 180 current and former Attorney General's letter calling for a special prosecutor,

and the Dutch TV ( Zembla) Investigative documentary, "The Dubious Friends of Donald Trump: Part 1, The Russians",

and Deutsche Bank executive William S. Broeksmit's "suicide",

and the sudden settlement of the Prevezon LLC money laundering case, in the wake of Attorney General Preet Bharara's firing by Trump,

Jay Farquharson said...

and the "thinking" then publicly saying that "Loyalty Oaths" to Hair Furour by Government Bureaucrats in violation of the Constitution is "normal" thing,

and Trump sharing classified intel with the Russian's during their meeting that was not cleared to be shared with the Russians,

and the War Zone Blood Diamonds thing,

and the Putin asked and Trump "couldn't say no" Kislyak thing,

and the Manifort tax free, $3.5 million dollar open term "loan" from the Russian Mob connected Bank of Cyprus Numbered Account,

and the Comey Meeting Memo noting that Trump tried to shut down the Flynn Investigation the day after Flynn was fired.

and the last minute Trump Toronto VEB/Schnaider bankruptcy bail out, while Putin was Chairman of the VEB Board.

and "the Family"/McCarthy/Ryan tape leak discussing who's on Putin's payroll,

and the SGM/Williams/IRI/Pence Political Consulting thing,

and the Flynn/Turkey cancellation of the US Militaries' anti-ISIS plan

and Flynn's lawyer rejecting the Senate subpena,

and Flynn taking the 5th,

and the Dana Rohabatcher thing,

and the Coates/Rogers thing,

and the Flynn/Svetlana Lokhova/GRU thing,

and the "they said I said Israel thing, but I never said it was Israel, but it was Israel," thing,

and the Russian disinfo op against the FBI faking a AG Lynch email,

and Trump lawyering up,

and Trump's lawyer Kazowitz also being Putin's Sberbank's lawyer,

and Session's non-disclosure of contacts with the Russians on his #86 NSC form,

and the reports of the FSB discussions on how to best leverage Flynn and Manifort,

and the Trump Administration's ramping up and full staffing of the Trump/Russia "war room" to push back against the Investigations,
while 445 Federal Appointee's havn't even been nominated by the Trump Administration, and remain vacant, (80%),

and Nevins/Stone/Mast/Florida GOP/Guccifer2.0/Russian collusion in Florida using the hacked and stolen DNC data sets.

and Pence being scared that Comey and McCabe also took notes of the conversations where he tried to get them to drop Trump/Russia

and Manifort's post resignation collusion with Prebius and other Team Trump members to get the FBI investigation quashed,

and the Kushner/Kisliak/Flynn meeting to set up secret, secure communications between Team Trump and the Kremlin using the Russians secure diplomatic channels,

and that the same meeting set up the Blackwater Prince's secret meeting in the Seychelles,

and the Senate subpoena-ing the Trump Campaign for all records and documents from 2015 forward thing

and Kushner's own Observer newspaper reporting that not only did the NSA's Rogers tell Trump that there was collusion between Team Trump and the Russians, but the NSA has the SIGINT.

and Deripaska offering to testify to the Senate Committee only in exchange for full immunity from all crimes, past and present. ( It was declined),

and Kushner's concealment of his meetings with Venesheconombank on his underwater 666 5th Ave project and it's balloon payments.

and the intercepted communications that suggested to US intelligence that Russians believed "they had the ability to influence the administration through the derogatory information."

and the Senate Investigation now targeting Michel Cohen, Little Big Boy's personal lawyer,

Nope, nothing to see here,

all "perfectly normal",

The list just keeps getting longer, day by day, week by week,


Jay Farquharson said...

Despite having "invented" many of the actions the Russians used to interfere in the election,

The US Intel community is not only pissed that many of their own techniques were used against the US,

But they are humiliated that the Russian's "sandbagged" them.

They never anticipated the "perfect storm", and believed that US Institutions and democratic traditions, were strong enough to prevent the Russian Coup.

They are just now starting to realize how weak, pathetic and fragile American Democracy is, but typically, are focused on the Russian interference, not the weaknesses in American Society and democracy that enabled the Russians to pull off the intelligence coup of the century.

Anonymous said...

I'd almost believe you Jay other than the fact that you have been dead wrong on almost every prediction since the are still so far down the partisan hole that no one can hear you anymore.

Jay Farquharson said...

Drip, drip, drip,.....

Young Communist said...

When words against another country comes to "genetically", they going to be racist.

Russia typically insert his agenda and interests on the weakness of other nations, when USA typically wage wars and crisis to penetrate all sectors of the dominated country.

The intel war is not over, but I think Jay got the point, Russia has used the West methods mixed with their ones against USA influence, like China has used neoliberism and free market coupled with some state economic-media control to use the greed of western capitals against us.