When Barack Obama was president, he politicized the Internal Revenue Service to new heights, using the federal tax agency to target conservative groups while denying them tax-exempt status – even as that status was awarded to dozens of liberal groups.
Now it’s clear that Obama politicized the intelligence agencies as well. The FBI has been targeting Trump for months, and the new president says his phone lines at his home in Trump Towers were wiretapped. A new report now claims federal investigators are probing whether conservative news sites were complicit in a Russian cyber operation “that dramatically widened the reach of news stories — some fictional — that favored Donald Trump’s presidential bid,” McClatchy reports.
Operatives for Russia appear to have strategically timed the computer commands, known as “bots,” to blitz social media with links to the pro-Trump stories at times when the billionaire businessman was on the defensive in his race against Democrat Hillary Clinton, these sources said.
The bots’ end products were largely millions of Twitter and Facebook posts carrying links to stories on conservative internet sites such as Breitbart News and InfoWars, as well as on the Kremlin-backed RT News and Sputnik News, the sources said. Some of the stories were false or mixed fact and fiction, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the bot attacks are part of an FBI-led investigation into a multifaceted Russian operation to influence last year’s elections.
The probe, which of course is garnering very little MSM coverage, is looking into whether the news sites “took any actions” to assist Russia’s operatives.
This all folds in with Hillary Clinton’s desperate claim that the Russians stole the election from her. Now the feds, including many holdovers from the Obama regime, are using the power of the government to again target conservatives.
As reported in McClatchy, “The investigation of the bot-engineered traffic, which appears to be in its early stages, is being driven by the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division, whose inquiries rarely result in criminal charges and whose main task has been to reconstruct the nature of the Kremlin’s cyber attack and determine ways to prevent another.” And of course, an Obama admin official says it’s all true.
“Russian bots and internet trolls sought to propagate stories underground,” said Mike Carpenter, a former senior Pentagon official during the Obama administration whose job focused on Russia. “Those stories got amplified by fringe elements of our media like Breitbart.”
“They very carefully timed release of information to shift the news cycle away from stories that clearly hurt Mr. Trump, such as his inappropriate conduct over the years,” he said, referring to the October release of a video in which Trump bragged about grabbing women’s genitals. That event corresponded with a surge in bot-related traffic spreading anti-Clinton stories.
But this all misses the point, as usual. Trump created a groundswell, which hit social media like a tsunami. Things spread exponentially across social media as Trump’s support grew. To blame the Russians – again – shows just how out of touch Democrats are.
And just how dangerous the politicized intelligence community is becoming.