(Freaking hypocrites): Media Freaks Out Over Facebook's Russian Backed Ads - Forgets How Much Obama Paid to Tank Netanyahu

Media Freaks Out Over Facebook's Russian Backed Ads - Forgets How Much Obama Paid to Tank Netanyahu

On Wednesday, 16 Democratic senators and four Democratic representatives signed a letter destined for the Federal Elections Commission (FEC). That letter addressed their concerns regarding foreign meddling in American elections, citing the recent revelation that Russian interests may have financed pro-Trump ads on Facebook.

Democrats in the House and Senate sent a letter to the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday urging it to “develop new guidance” on how to prevent illicit foreign spending in US elections in the wake of Facebook's announcement that Russia-linked accounts purchased $100,000 worth of ads last year.

Business Insider reported:

“The recent reports that foreign nationals with suspected ties to the Russian government sought to influence the 2016 election through social media advertisements are deeply concerning and demand a response,” the lawmakers wrote.


strong>But while Democrats and media outlets continue to melt down over $150,000 worth of Facebook ads — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg even released a video statement saying that the company would comply with any investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election — they forgot something important: former President Obama spent more than twice as much on efforts to prevent Benjamin Netanyahu's re-election in 2015.

The Washington Times reported at the time:


Some $350,000 was sent to OneVoice, ostensibly to support the group’s efforts to back Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement negotiations. But OneVoice used the money to build a voter database, train activists and hire a political consulting firm with ties to President Obama’s campaign — all of which set the stage for an anti-Netanyahu campaign, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations said in a bipartisan staff report.


To put it as plain and simply as I can, it seems like The Empty Suit is guilty Of everything Trump is accused of pulling. Plus one or two criminal offences Trump hasn't managed to commit...

FISA Court Finds NSA and FBI Spied Illegally, Obama Justice Dept. Withheld Scope of Surveillance of US Persons.

Just weeks before the November 2016 election, the federal court that oversees issuance of FISA warrants was informed that the NSA and FBI had been conducting illegal surveillance of US citizens under Sec. 702, a loophole that allows the government to wiretap U.S. persons communicating with foreigners abroad without a warrant.

On April 26, 2017, The FISA Court (FISC) issued a secret memo that found that in October the Justice Department and Director of National Intelligence (DNI) had submitted incomplete and inaccurate sworn “certifications” concerning the surveillance of Americans conducted by the NSA and FBI under Sec. 702, McClatchy reported Friday. http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/national-security/...
According to a footnote to the memo, these inaccurate certifications were supported by “Affidavits of Admiral Michael S. Rogers, United States Navy, Director, NSA; Affidavits of James B. Corney, Director, FBI; Affidavits of John 0. Brennan, Director, CIA; and
Affidavits of Nicholas Rasmussen, Director, NCTC.”

It was under Sec. 702 that the NSA collected “incidental” communications intercepts of Michael Flynn with the Russian Ambassador. About a week before the Inauguration, the Washington Post broke a story naming Flynn and the contents of his conversations with the Russian Ambassador; citing “a senior U.S. government official, Flynn phoned Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak several times on Dec. 29, the day the Obama administration announced the expulsion of 35 Russian officials as well as other measures in retaliation for the hacking.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/why-did-obama-dawdle-on-russias-...


On October 24, 2016, the government orally apprised the Court of significant noncompliance with the NSA’s minimization procedures involving queries of data acquired under Section 702 using U.S. person identifiers. The full scope of non-compliant querying practices had not been previously disclosed to the Court. Two days later, on the day the Court otherwise would have had to complete its review of the certifications and procedures, the government made a written submission regarding those compliance problems.

This comes in the wake of revelations that in June 2016, the FISA Court had refused to issue a warrant for broad surveillance of Trump-connected figures suspected by some Obama officials of improperly colluding with Russians. A much narrower FISA warrant reportedly limited to surveillance of one U.S. person, Carter Page, was ultimately approved in late Summer or Fall of 2016. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/fbi-obtained-fisa...
Any related targeting, dissemination and public exposure of a U.S. person’s identity appears to have been in direct defiance of the FISC and could be prosecuted as felony violations of the FISA and Espionage Acts.


This is nothing more than an attempt at a 'soft' coup.

Obama was/is a felon. Those wire taps of his were illegal. His punishment? $400,000 per speech for 3 speeches to Wall Street.

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Desperate to keep the story alive that we are being destroyed by Russia, Democrats want Mark Zuckerberg to explain to us how the ads placed by Russians influenced us:

Facebook to release Russia ads, beef up election 'integrity'
Barbara Ortutay and Tom Lobianco, The Associated Press September 22, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is slowly acknowledging the outsized — if unintended — role it played in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.

Bowing to pressure from lawmakers and the public, the company said it will provide the contents of 3,000 ads bought by a Russian agency to congressional investigators, while also pledging to make political advertising on its platform more "transparent."

… The leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee have sought to bring Facebook executives before their committee for the past couple of weeks. But critics say Facebook should go further. They say the company should tell its users how they might have been influenced by outside meddlers.

The nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center, for instance, stressed again on Thursday that the company should make the ads public, "so that everyone can see the nature and extent of the use of Facebook accounts by Russia."...


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@Linda Wood @Linda Wood

Good point! If the ads are so good and held so much influence that people who didn't even see them were influenced to further disdain having The Mad Bomber forced down their throats - narrowly missing Wall St.'s hopes of a Bush/Clinton race, since they'd have been happy with either result - then the American public should definitely see them and perhaps relive the embarrassment and horror of Hillary's non-Campaign while on her fundraising tour among the other super-wealthy Greeds.

While fighting to survive Trump, at least they'll have the consolation of having escaped another bout of the Clintons renting out White House bedrooms and stealing the furnishings as well as doing everything Trump is doing, only with more nukes...

Edited to add a missed 'ing'. Saving the swears for later.

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Psychopathy is not a political position, whether labeled 'conservatism', 'centrism' or 'left'.

A tin labeled 'coffee' may be a can of worms or pathology identified by a lack of empathy/willingness to harm others to achieve personal desires.

I think that's snark.... Our idiotic media, falling all over themselves and pulling in the rubes. Disgusting. As IF 100K alone could swing an election where billions are spent. But hey, if it can, maybe we ought to take a look at some of those ads, eh?

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Wink's picture

how the fuck could anyone older than 9 or 10 be "influenced" by an FB political ad? Who among the Trump voters were duped by Russian FB ads? How could Hillbots believe $100K in Russian ads flipped the election? The conclusion being these Hillbots will grasp at Any straw that prevents them from confronting the obvious: that HRC was just as stinky a candidate as the BernieBros have been saying HER was since way before those Ides of March.

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the little things you can do are more valuable than the giant things you can't! - @thanatokephaloides. On Twitter @wink1radio. (-1.9) All about building progressive media.

@Wink I said earlier, if $100K was all it took to swing the election, I’ll get $100k by the next election. Who knew you could negate the billion plus spent by Her with so little cash? Not only, but if people are so impressionable, wouldn’t every political ad ever made have the same effect. Maybe we should ban all political ads. I can dream...

But yeah, this is the kind of nothingburger that only makes sense if you’re trying to create fire where there isn’t even smoke. Once upon a time, the “reality based community” would have recognized the absurdities of this claim.

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@Dr. John Carpenter

this is way past funny.

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Facebook is a website. It’s part of the World-Wide Web. Russia is part of the world. There are Russians on Facebook. Duh.

If you don’t want any foreigners to “influence” your vote then stay off of the World-Wide Web.

Nothing says “sore loser” more loudly than crying about “foreign influence” on a website.

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"Please clap." -- Jeb Bush

@Outsourcing Is Treason @Outsourcing Is Treason

Exactly. And thank you!

Edit: and Hillbots claiming that Russian Words of Mass Destruction were required to spoil Hillary's chances of conning the public already so disgusted with her - even apart from the blatant and epic level of Hillary-supporting DNC cheating of the voters during the Dem Primary Selection and her cavalier and criminal hazarding of National Security as Secretary of State, to be officially excused in the grounds that she was incapable of learning basic security protocol essential to the position and now wants to be President and do worse - is outdoing their previous Stupid, which takes some doing.

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Psychopathy is not a political position, whether labeled 'conservatism', 'centrism' or 'left'.

A tin labeled 'coffee' may be a can of worms or pathology identified by a lack of empathy/willingness to harm others to achieve personal desires.

and as such nothing he says or does can be trusted. What proof is there that his allegation that the ads were from the Russian government, that they were placed by someone named Sergei? There is a story that they were paid for in rubles. Well that proves it; Mark says that he was paid in rubless, and everyone knows that only Putin himself is allowed to use rubles. Give me a break, this doesn't pass the he haw test.

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A PROUD Hillary hater since 1993