FAST FIVE: Russiagate's Last Gasp
CIA Disinformation; Casey at Bat Former CIA Director William Casey said: “We'll know when our disinformation program is complete, when everything the American public believes is false.” Casey made that remark at the first cabinet meeting in the White House under President Ronald Reagan in early 1981, according to Barbara Honegger, who was assistant to the chief domestic policy adviser. Honegger was there, took notes, and told then Senior White House correspondent Sarah McClendon, who in turn made it public.
Attorney John Durham, appointed by the attorney general to investigate Russiagate's origins.
Do not expect the media to cease and desist, simply because Trump had a good squelch for them last night – namely, the “intelligence” on the “bounties” was not deemed good enough to present to the president. (As a preparer and briefer of The President's Daily Brief to Presidents Reagan and HW Bush, I can attest to the fact that – based on what has been revealed so far – the Russian bounty story falls far short of the PDB threshold.) Rejecting Intelligence Assessments Nevertheless, the corporate media is likely to play up the Trump administration's rejection of what the media is calling the “intelligence assessment” about Russia offering – as Rachel Maddow indecorously put it on Friday – “bounty for the scalps of American soldiers in Afghanistan.” I am not a regular Maddow-watcher, but to me she seemed unhinged – actually, well over the top.
Vile Caitlin Johnstone, typically, pulls no punches regarding the Russian bounty travesty: “All parties involved in spreading this malignant psyop are absolutely vile, but a special disdain should be reserved for the media class who have been entrusted by the public with the essential task of creating an informed populace and holding power to account.
It really is funny how the most influential news outlets in the Western world will uncritically parrot whatever they're told to say by the most powerful and depraved intelligence agencies on the planet, and then turn around and tell you without a hint of self-awareness that Russia and China are bad because they have state media.