October 20, 2018
And now, here’s something new.
The U.S. government on Friday charged a Russian national with playing a key financial role in a Kremlin-backed plan to conduct “information warfare” against the United States, including ongoing attempts to influence next month’s congressional elections.
Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova, 44, became the first person charged with a crime for attempting to interfere in the 2018 U.S. midterm elections, according to a government official with knowledge of the investigation.
You can go read or watch some long thing about this, which will just lead to disgruntled confusion. Or I can tell you about it.
Basically, what she is being charged with is “conspiracy to meme.”
There is no “election meddling” in the traditional sense of that word, which would mean some kind of voter fraud or voter intimidation. Here “meddlesomeness” is entirely restricted to allegedly promoting ideas on the internet which the US government is arguing she should not be allowed to promote on the internet.
Now, ostensibly, the reason she is being charged for promoting these ideas on the internet is because she has foreign citizenship. However, many of the ideas she was allegedly promoting are normal ideas shared by many Americans.
Those involved in the conspiracy made extensive efforts to appear to be American political activists, and hide the fact that they were Russian. According to the indictment, the conspiracy “inflamed passions” on topics including immigration, gun control and the Second Amendment, the Confederate flag, race relations, LGBT issues, the Women’s March, and the NFL national anthem controversy.
The conspiracy advised social media writers on how to write for U.S. audiences, suggesting in one instance that people of color who are LGBT are “less sophisticated” than those who are white. “Colored LGBT are less sophisticated than white; therefore, complicated phrases and messages do not work,” the guidance said, according to the indictment. It went on to suggest that infographics “work well among LGBT and their liberal allies,” but not so well with conservatives.
Conspirators were in one instance directed to message an August 2017 online news article, “McCain Says Thinking a Wall Will Stop Illegal Immigration is ‘Crazy,'” in this way: “Brand McCain as an old geezer who has lost it and who long ago belonged in a home for the elderly. Emphasize that John McCain’s pathological hatred towards Donald Trump and towards all his initiatives crosses all reasonable borders and limits.”
Another article was to brand House Speaker Paul Ryan as “a complete and absolute nobody incapable of any decisiveness.”
None of that is all that outrageous.
To be clear, this woman is in Russia. Furthermore, her alleged organization was not a government agency – they simply use the term “Kremlin connected” for anyone with Russian citizenship.
It’s not clear how they got her alleged communications.
Furthermore, it is totally unclear what law was even broken here. Obviously, Russian citizens are not outright banned from commenting on the interent about American politics yet. RT still does this, and it is an actual state entity of the Russian government.
What exactly is the difference between what RT does and what this woman allegedly did?
What it appears that they are trying to do is set up de facto speech regulations on the internet, where anyone who believes anything even mildly right-wing is framed as a Russian agent.
It isn’t clear exactly where this ends.
Social media companies are already deleting the accounts of people I know and accusing them of being Russian bots for supporting Trump.
How long will it be before the US government can accuse you of being a Russian agent for supporting the President of the United States, and charge you with “conspiracy to commit information warfare”?
The most absurd aspect of this is that all of the mainstream media is controlled by Jews, all of whom either have or can get Israeli citizenship. Furthermore, Israel has a gigantic foreign lobbying group in Washington in the form of AIPAC. Furthermore, the government of Israel openly organizes internet campaigns to promote Israeli agendas in English on the internet.
The Israeli government has and supports an app called ACT.IL which helps Israelis and Jews “manipulate Google” in order to promote Israeli interests in the English-speaking world.
The app is framed as an “anti-BDS” program to bury search results that are negative toward Israel, but the Israeli government also uses it to get Jews to swarm comments sections and promote Jewish agendas – recently they were found to be using the app to promote Nikki Haley as a presidential candidate.
Heres an ad for it.
It would be impossible to argue that this is not the exact same thing that they are accusing this Russian woman of doing.
And the only argument they would be able to make as to why one is okay and the other is not is that Jews get special privileges – because they are God’s Chosen People, or because they survived the Holocaust. Or whatever.
To be frank, the entire thing is completely and totally insane. The idea that you can charge foreign nationals with a conspiracy to “meddle in an election” because they posted something on the internet that you disagree with is utterly nonsensical and virtually unimaginable.
They started this out with saying that RT had to make it clear in advertisements that they were a Russian outlet. I said “okay, that’s fair enough – just as long as we make all the Jewish-owned television stations do that as well.”
Major media operations that operate in the United States but are promoting the interests of a foreign government being told they have to disclose that fact is probably reasonable on the face of it.
The hacking charges also technically made sense. Even if they were fake charges based on falsified evidence, at least hacking is an actual crime.
But now this “conspiracy to meme” – this has gone off the deep end into a realm of Lovecraftian madness.
The notion that anyone who is not an American citizen is not allowed to comment on politics in the United States on the internet is simply mind-boggling.
But if it’s enforced across the board, and the FBI starts indicting Israelis, then okay.
But… somehow, I don’t think they’re going to do that.
This is obviously, without any question whatsoever, just a dirty trick by the feds to get “Russian hackers” back in the headlines before the midterms. Because Mueller agreed to stay quiet during the elections – because even the Democrats admitted that it would be illegal for him to keep announcing attacks on the President in the middle of an election – they brought out the FBI to make these claims.
Meaning that the ACTUAL election meddlers are the FBI themselves, which are using the state apparatus of law enforcement to attempt to swing the public with goofy conspiracy theories about Russians.
And yes: creating new laws in order to charge a foreign national with supporting Donald Trump for the purpose of trying to swing an election most definitely violates real laws of some kind.