“Seventeen intelligence agencies” — if you’ve been following the maniacal #TrumpRussia coverage to any extent, you’ve heard this phrase used uncritically, time and again, regardless of your ideological loyalties. Pundits, papers and rank-and-file establishment loyalists have been unquestioningly regurgitating the nonsensical line that 17 intelligence agencies confirmed Russian interference in the US elections ever since Hillary Clinton made that baseless assertion in a debate back in October.

The innate absurdity of the claim was immediately attacked by WikiLeaks and anti-establishment outlets who pointed out that this would necessarily need to involve full investigations from agencies like the Coast Guard, the DEA and the Energy Department in order to be true. Nevertheless, many high-profile pro-establishment outlets like Politifact and USA Today found Clinton’s claims to be 100 percent true on the grounds that James Clapper, then-Director of National Intelligence and notorious Russophobic racist, “speaks on behalf of” all 17 intelligence agencies. To this day Politifact stands by its false claim on the basis of that same spurious assertion.

It turns out, however, that in addition to Clapper’s office there were only three intelligence agencies involved in that assessment, not 17, and that the conclusions were drawn not by the actual agencies in full, but by a mere two dozen loyalists from those agencies hand-selected by Russophobic eugenicist Clapper himself. The great Robert Parry notes in his Consortium News article about this point, “as any intelligence expert will tell you, if you ‘hand-pick’ the analysts, you are really hand-picking the conclusion. For instance, if the analysts were known to be hard-liners on Russia or supporters of Hillary Clinton, they could be expected to deliver the one-sided report that they did.”

As reported by Parry, we have known about these facts since they emerged from Clapper’s racist face hole on May 8, and they were confirmed by former CIA Director John Brennan on May 23. And yet at a California technology conference on May 31, Hillary Clinton repeated the same lie she’s been spouting since October:

“Seventeen agencies, all in agreement, which I know from my experience as a Senator and Secretary of State, is hard to get. They concluded with high confidence that the Russians ran an extensive information war campaign against my campaign, to influence voters in the election. They did it through paid advertising we think; they did it through false news sites; they did it through these thousand agents; they did it through machine learning, which you know, kept spewing out this stuff over and over again. The algorithms that they developed. So that was the conclusion.”

The “17 intelligence agencies” lie had been completely, thoroughly debunked for weeks, and yet not a soul called Clinton out on her brazen lie within the establishment press. Indeed, establishment pundits like Megyn Kelly continued to repeat the lie, and have continued to do so throughout the month of June.

All this changed when CNN was sent reeling by a 1–2–3-punch combinationensuing from its horrendously propagandistic Russia coverage, which has seen three of its journalists lose their jobs and sent the network into international disgrace. All of a sudden we are seeing establishment outlets getting a lot more conscientious about what they choose to publish about the Russian Federation, and today we saw none other than the New York Times posting the very first retraction of this long-debunked lie that we have seen in establishment media.

You just know how that went down, too; the retraction tells a complete story with a beginning, middle and end. The article’s author repeated the “17 intelligence agencies” lie without so much as a second thought, because it’s something they’ve been saying for months and getting away with — hey, it’s only Russia, right? They’re the Official Bad Guys so we can print whatever we want about them. The Washington Post has been getting away with telling brazen lie after brazen lie about Russia and suffering no consequences for it whatsoever, so we’ve got plenty of wiggle room here. The article passed by the editors for the same reason, but then someone up top received a complaint about the false claim in the article and immediately pulled the author into his office, yelling, “You fool! What’s the matter with you? Are you trying to get us CNNed???”

As I never get tired of reminding the brainwashed consumers of mainstream media, Russiagate is bullshit, and we fucking told you so. The entire thing was sparked off by two dozen agents hand-selected by a racist man with a racist agenda, and only persists because the US deep state wants regime change in Moscow and Damascus. This moronic conspiracy theory has been permitted to march on for far too long, and in the meantime we’ve been goose stepped to the brink of World War 3 as a result of this administration’s idiotic behavior in Syria. That’s where a real resistance needs to happen; not a McResistance to imaginary threats fed to the masses by the lying corporate media, but a real resistance to a very real and tangible threat from actions by the Trump administration and the unelected power establishment with which he is unquestionably aligned in a nation that the United States has no business involving itself in whatsoever.

Come on, America. I know you can snap out of the trance they’ve got you in. I know you’ve got it in you. Slam the brakes on the course they’ve got you on. Protest US involvement in Syria. Don’t let them Iraq you again.

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  1. Quick question, do you not think Russia is an enemy state of the U.S.? Before you respond, please consider that they routinely kill journalists and political dissidents, support Bashar al-Assad, have outlawed homosexuality, and have (anecdotally) been deeply involved with the finances of our current president over the last 15 years.

    1. US ally and Clinton donor Saudi Arabia EXECUTES homosexuals. Assad is fighting ISIS troops that in many cases are funded by the US. It’s not just alleged but quite well documented that Russia provided funds to the Clinton Foundation, Bill Clinton and John and Tony Podesta. The book “Shattered ” documented that the idea of making a big deal out of the “Russian hacking” narrative was conceived by John Podesta and Robbie Mook in the wake of HRC’s 2016 loss. Wikileaks documented media collusion between the DNC and multiple people employed by the mainstream legacy media.

      Neo-McCarthyite red baiting and beating war drums to arrouse ire against a major nuclear power is a dangerous game to play. To quote Obama, the 80’s called and they want their foreign policy back.

  2. I would also like to know if you take issue with the many, many repeated blatant lies from our current president, including, but not limited to, 3-5 million illegal votes in the 2016 election, thousands celebrating on 9/11 in Jersey City, NJ, that Barack Obama had Trump wiretapped, that Barack Obama wasn’t born in the United States, that climate change is a “Chinese hoax”, that he would fight to maintain Medicaid funding levels, that he would release his tax returns, that he “won’t have time to golf” (lolol), in addition to his tireless Twitter tirades that clearly degrade the office of the president in the eyes of nearly every U.S. citizen, business person, politician, and the entire world community at large? Have you written any articles about these major issues, and the fact that we obviously cannot trust what falls from our current president’s mouth, since he regularly is contradicted by his top staff, and often his own words just the next day, or even the next hour?

    1. Why should they? The mainstream media has Trump and his b.s. sufficiently covered (though, interestingly enough they fail to criticize when he does something they agree with).

    2. If you’re hungry for Trump bashing, this probably isn’t the site for you. Maybe you’d have a better time at washingtonpost.com. Besides, Trump’s presidency is just a by-product of the failed efforts by the DNC, the Clinton campaign and the legacy media to shove Hillary across the finish line in 2016. Be careful with your efforts at kneecapping Trump. You could end up with the dyed-in-the-wool conservative fire-and-brimstone fundamentalist Christian theocrat Mike Pence taking his place.

  3. Dear Humphrey Adrian Goodman,

    Hi HA,
    I’m having thoughts again, HA, so watch out. I’m thinking of a calendar, but a calendar with a theme. A themed calendar. Every day a different theme. Maybe you can guess what it is. Here’s a hint, I call it the Killary Kalendar. It would look something like this:

    July 01 – Theme of the Day – The Comey Letter
    July 02 – Theme of the Day – Russian Hackers
    July 03 – Theme of the Day – Julian Assange
    July 04 – Theme of the Day – Bernie Sanders
    July 05 – Theme of the Day – James Comey
    July 06 – Theme of the Day – Bernie Bros
    July 07 – Theme of the Day – Susan Sarandon
    July 08 – Theme of the Day – “Russian Wikileaks”
    July 09 – Theme of the Day – Jimmy Dore, HA Goodman, Susan Sarandon
    July 10 – Theme of the Day – Jill Stein
    July 11 – Theme of the Day – The New York Times
    July 12 – Theme of the Day – The Washington Post
    July 13 – Theme of the Day – Barack Obama
    July 14 – Theme of the Day – Vladimir Putin
    July 15 – Theme of the Day – “The Media”
    July 16 – Theme of the Day – Sexism
    July 17 – Theme of the Day – Susan Sarandon
    July 18 – Theme of the Day – The Democratic Party
    July 19 – Theme of the Day – Susan Sarandon
    July 20 – Theme of the Day – The Republican Party
    July 21 – Theme of the Day – The DNC
    July 22 – Theme of the Day – Nina Turner
    July 23 – Theme of the Day – People with “high expectations”
    July 24 – Theme of the Day – Snowflakes
    July 25 – Theme of the Day – Sexism
    July 26 – Theme of the Day – Susan Sarandon
    July 27 – Theme of the Day – James Comey
    July 28 – Theme of the Day – Bernie
    July 29 – Theme of the Day – Susan Sarandon
    July 30 – Theme of the Day – Susan Sarandon
    July 31 – Theme of the Day – Russia! Russia! Russia!

    By the way, HA, have you heard the latest pop smash by that top new group HA Goodman & The Amazing Subscribers®? It’s called I’m With Her (But She’s Not With Me).

  4. This feverish “resistance” is irrational and, sadly, a sign that the ancient elite does not have America’s best interest at heart. There is no reason that Russia can’t be a friend because they have far more in common with the west than, say, Saudi Arabia.

  5. So glad to see the Russia hysteria is finally being called out. If there’s one thing you can count on, it’s that the establishment media is NOT telling the truth. They’ll move on from Russia to the next lie without missing a beat. Let’s make sure we keep speaking up. Our voices are being heard through the noise. Most Americans are already savvy to the fact that the M$M is mere propaganda.

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