Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Monday, May 15, 2017

James Clapper

James Clapper, the former director of National Intelligence testified before Senate Judiciary Subcommittee.  He stated: "The Russians used cyber operations against both political parties, including hacking into servers used by the Democratic National Committee and releasing stolen data to WikiLeaks and other media outlets.  Russia also collected on certain Republican Party-affiliated targets, but did not release any Republican-related data.  The Intelligence Community Assessment concluded first that President Putin directed and influenced a campaign to erode the faith and confidence of the American people in our presidential election process.  Second, that he did so to demean Secretary Clinton, and third, that he sought to advantage Mr. Trump.  These conclusions were reached based on the richness of the information gathered and analyzed and were thoroughly vetted and then approved by the directors of the three agencies and me."

Clapper believes the Russians have information on Republican Party, that they’ve decided not to release it.  He said that the information most likely was gathered because Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted to harm Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and help Republican nominee Donald Trump.  Nevertheless, he has not dismiss the possibility that Putin could be blackmailing President Trump and Republican politicians.

The White House used Clapper's previous testimony, that he saw no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia to argue that there is no evidence of collusion.  Clapper explained that he had no knowledge of the information disclosed by the former FBI Director regarding collusion to influence the election.

Clapper insisted that he always deferred to the FBI on whether the intelligence community ought to be notified of a law enforcement action.  He made it clear that he no longer can speak authoritatively about evidence of collusion.  By doing so, he took a major defense away from the White House.


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