Clapper’s Unhinged Russia-Bashing

Exclusive: Russia-gate’s credibility rests heavily on ex-Director of National Intelligence Clapper who oversaw a “trust us” report, but a recent speech shows Clapper to be unhinged about Russia, as David Marks describes.

By David Marks

Whatever the ultimate truth about the murky Russia-gate affair, it appears that it is Donald Trump’s willingness to consider friendship and cooperation with the Russians that is driving this emotional debate.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper (right) talks with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office, with John Brennan and other national security aides present. (Photo credit: Office of Director of National Intelligence)

For some of the older U.S. intelligence and military officers, there appears to be a residual distrust and fear of Moscow, a hangover from the Cold War now transferred, perhaps almost subliminally, into the New Cold War and a sense that Russia is America’s eternal enemy.

James Clapper, President Obama’s last Director of National Intelligence, is a fascinating example of how this antagonism toward Russia never seems to change, as he revealed in a June 7 speech to the Australian National Press Club.

“The Russians are not our friends; they, (Putin specifically) are avowedly opposed to our democracy and values, and see us as the cause of all their frustrations,” Clapper declared.

In reaching that harsh judgment, Clapper ignored the U.S. government’s own role in the mounting tensions – expanding NATO to Russia’s borders, renouncing the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, and locating new missile bases in Eastern Europe. Instead, Clapper blamed the renewed arms race and resulting tensions on the Russians:

“The Russians are embarked on a very aggressive and disturbing program to modernize their strategic forces — notably their submarine and land-based nuclear forces. They have also made big investments in their counter-space capabilities. They do all this — despite their economic challenges — with only one adversary in mind: the United States. And, just for good measure, they are also in active violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty.”

That Clapper would offer such a one-sided account of the reasons behind the worsening antagonisms and the emerging arms race – leaving out the fact that the United States, despite its own budgetary and economic problems, spends about ten times more on its military than Russia does – suggests that he is not an objective witness on anything regarding Russia.

A Shrill Voice

Clapper’s shrill voice confirms his cold-warrior perspective, caught in the past but applying his thinking to the present, still believing that he has a special understanding of America’s interests and is protecting them. Clearly, the Russians have been at the center of Clapper’s frustrations for many years and Russia-gate just gives him the opportunity to rekindle anti-Moscow hysteria.

Clapper is repeating with new gusto what he has sold to recent presidents, Republicans and Democrats, for decades. His entire attack on Trump beats the drum of Russian deviousness. Yet, Clapper ignores the context of the Russians actions.

Time magazine cover recounting how the U.S. enabled Boris Yeltsin’s reelection as Russian president in 1996.

Way ahead of the Russians, the U.S. intelligence community mastered computer hacking and mounted the first known software attack on a country’s strategic infrastructure by – along with Israel – unleashing the Stuxnet cyber-attack against Iranian centrifuges. U.S. intelligence also has a long record of subverting elections and toppling elected leaders, both before and since the computer age.

But Clapper only sees evil in Russia, even during the 1990s when the U.S. government advisers and American political operatives were propping up President Boris Yeltsin amid the rapacious privatizing of Russia’s industries and resources, which made Russian oligarchs and their U.S. advisers very rich.

Clapper said, “Interestingly, every one of the non-acting Prime Ministers of Russia since 1992 has come from one of two domains: the oil and gas sector, or the security services. To put this in perspective, and as I have pointed out to U.S. audiences, suppose the last ten presidents of the U.S. were either CIA officers, or the Chairman of Exxon-Mobil. I think this gives you some insight into the dominant mind-set of the Russian government.”

With such remarks, Clapper acts as if he doesn’t know much about recent U.S. government staffing, which has been dominated by people with backgrounds in the oil industry, leading Wall Street banks, and the intelligence community. Indeed, the man who brought Clapper from Air Force intelligence into the White House was President George H.W. Bush, former director of the CIA and an oil company executive.

Bush’s son, George W., also came from the oil industry, as did his Vice President Dick Cheney. Meanwhile, both Republican and Democratic administrations have filled senior economic policy positions from the ranks of Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street investment banks. And the U.S. intelligence community has wielded broad power over the few recent U.S. presidents, such as Barack Obama, who came into the White House with more limited government and private-sector experience.

Clapper, having been a senior executive for Booz Allen Hamilton, knows full well that giant intelligence contractors have a powerful influence in how they serve U.S. interests with an eye to profiteering from conflict. And along with Clapper, other White House advisers drift between intelligence contractors and government.

It’s also true that a U.S. president doesn’t need to have previous employment within the oil sector to do its bidding. Considering the influence of the millions spent on campaign donations and lobbying by the industry, the U.S. government is easily wed to oil and gas – as well as to the military and intelligence complex – at least as much as the Russian government. Indeed, the current Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, was the Chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil.

Classic Projection

Clapper’s perception of the Russians as evil for allegedly practicing the same sins as the U.S. government exemplifies classic projection of the highest order.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, following his address to the UN General Assembly on Sept. 28, 2015. (UN Photo)

In case after case, Clapper justifies painting darkness onto the Russians with half the data, while ignoring the information that cancels out his perspective. Perhaps he is representative of many in Washington who have lost their rationality and morality in defense of the greatness of the United States. His ethics become situational.

As Director of National Intelligence, Clapper lied to Congress in 2013 about the National Security Agency’s massive gathering of private data from Americans. Clapper’s deception gave the final push to Edward Snowden who revealed the truth about NSA surveillance.

Subsequently, Clapper led the charge against Snowden, while excusing his own false congressional testimony by saying, “I responded in what I thought was the most truthful, or least untruthful, manner.”

Despite this history, the U.S. mainstream media has treated Clapper as a great truth-teller as he adds ever more fuel to the Russia-gate fires. From his Australian speech, most news outlets highlighted his best news-bite, when he declared: “Watergate pales, really, in my view compared to what we’re confronting now.”

Like other powerful government officials, Clapper may think it is his duty to a higher cause that allows him to defy the truth and transcend the law, a classic symptom of the super-patriot who thinks he knows best what’s good for America, a dangerous creature that the U.S. government seems to produce in quantity.

In that sense, Clapper has played a central role in Russia-gate. He was the official who oversaw the key Jan. 6 report on alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. After promising much public evidence, he released a report that amounted to “trust us.”

Clapper has since been a star congressional witness pushing Russia-gate and his confidence in Putin’s guilt. But Clapper did acknowledge that the Jan. 6 report – besides containing no actual evidence – was prepared by “handpicked” analysts from the CIA, NSA and FBI, not from a consensus of all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies as had been widely reported.

So, as we listen to the debate on Russia-gate, Clapper and his fellow national-security-state representatives are revealing not just their political perspectives but deeply disturbed minds. Those who angrily criticize the Russians are completely blind to their own participation in a similar destructive process. They perceive themselves as the cure when they are a primary cause of the illness they denounce.

In 1956, in the Undiscovered Self, the eminent psychiatrist Carl Jung wrote about the state of the human mind and how it affected the political world: “And just as the typical neurotic is unconscious of his shadow side, so the normal individual, like the neurotic, sees his shadow in his neighbor or in the man beyond the great divide. It has even become a political and social duty to apostrophize the capitalism of one and the communism of the other as the very devil, so to fascinate the outward eye and prevent it from looking at the individual life within. …

“We are again living in an age filled with apocalyptic images of universal destruction. What is the significance of that split, symbolized by the Iron Curtain, which divides humanity into two halves? What will become of our civilization and man himself, if the hydrogen bombs begin to go off, or if the spiritual and moral darkness of State absolutism should spread?”

Jung’s words still ring with foreboding truth.

David Marks is a veteran documentary filmmaker and investigative reporter. His work includes films for the BBC and PBS, including Nazi Gold, on the role of Switzerland in WWII and biographies of Jimi Hendrix and Frank Sinatra.

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106 comments for “Clapper’s Unhinged Russia-Bashing

  1. mike k
    June 15, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    Once you clear away the cobwebs of cultural conditioning, the truth of many things becomes obvious. One does not need the authority of a Carl Jung or anyone to see what is right in front of your eyes. The amazing thing is that people can be so easily deluded to ignore the reality all around them. One of the purposes of meditation in the spiritual traditions of mankind is to clear a space in one’s mind that is fresh and unconditioned. Without this cleansing of the consciousness, only those things one’s conditioning permits can be seen.

    • Sillyme 2.0
      June 16, 2017 at 1:16 am

      If (((“TPTB”))), even if they are only very temporary in the scheme of the time of the Universe, come here and read this, they are either too common-cored to understand the truth of it and change for the better or they are still smart enough to understand it and are laughing all the way to the temporary bank.
      If you understand reincarnation you understand that your future personalities will be in-line with the immutable Universal laws of Consciousness-Evolution and Cause & Effect and the next one, at the least, won’t be so easy and pretty for you, in view of the lesson that one just isn’t learning at a normal Universal standard; the laws of the Universe simply don’t allow for degradation to continue unabated so that evolution can take place in the allotted time, it will provide the necessary wake-up call in all it’s required force.
      Even though all of us who have made it here to read the great articles on this website know, deep down inside, that we are all equal in the grand scheme of all good thoughts, feelings and actions, we know that we are just that little bit ahead of the curve and it would behoove us to accept our and their respective positions in the curve and help them out, come what may.
      Hoota Thunk… I’d see you around these parts. ;->

    • Realist
      June 16, 2017 at 5:38 am

      These deviants in “intelligence” should have been brought under control long before they killed Kennedy, but they weren’t. They’ve been allowed to self select themselves, with each generation of sociopaths cultivating an even more deranged next generation. I guess that Hoover had so much dirt on every pol ever elected to high office that few had the guts to challenge these most dangerous menaces to our freedoms and democracy. Even if a courageous president could chop off the “heads” of these traitorous agencies their conditioned subordinates would be hard to root out. You read of rumors, though I’ve seen no evidence but ambiguous grainy photos, that these maniacs actually practice satanic blood rituals and the like. I prefer not to believe such things, but what kind of perverted thinking motivates the very damaging policies driven by these agencies, which bring us to the brink of nuclear war for no discernible reason. How is it allowed for them to blackmail public figures like MLK, threatening to ruin his marriage and destroy his reputation unless he commits suicide? These are not “good” virtuous men. They are not protecting or upholding “American” values. They are sick control freaks.

    • David Fisher
      June 16, 2017 at 9:28 am

      Well said my friend.

  2. Bill Bodden
    June 15, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    If people like James Clapper and their statements become sources for American history in the early 21st Century, then the works of historians should be filed under non-fiction.

    The decadence of Washington is obvious when a senate intelligence (?) committee invites Clapper to give evidence after his blatant lie about torture to a former convocation of the committee. The United States senate is the world’s greatest deliberative body? What a crock of shit!! Who was the idiot who gave the first utterance to that meretricious nonsense?

    • Bill Bodden
      June 15, 2017 at 9:50 pm

      then the works of historians should be filed under non-fiction

      Ooops: That should be “under fiction.”

    • Gregory Herr
      June 15, 2017 at 11:13 pm

      And only a blatant liar could characterize his lying as speaking in “the most truthful, or least untruthful” manner.

      • Skip Scott
        June 16, 2017 at 9:40 am

        I was absolutely amazed when I heard that. What kind of BS does he expect the world to fall for? It really shows his utter arrogance and distain for us “proles”. His not being arrested for lying to Congress and the American people shows the ridiculousness of believing there is “equal justice for all” in the USA.

    • Pete
      June 16, 2017 at 6:52 am

      Bill, reading your comment, I am reminded of a similar assessment given Washington and it’s august Senate by British MP George Galloway, during a Senate sub-committee hearing in May 2005, on his ‘alleged’ receipt of bribe monies from Iraq’s Saddam Hussein. His absolutely devastating verbal attack upon the committee, chaired by Sen. N. Coleman, is a must view for those who haven’t seen it online.

  3. Bill Bodden
    June 15, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    In reaching that harsh judgment, Clapper ignored the U.S. government’s own role in the mounting tensions – …

    Gregory Barrett has an interesting recap of U.S. and Russian histories: “The Russians Didn’t Do It” – https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/06/15/the-russians-didnt-do-it/

    • Helen Marshall
      June 17, 2017 at 12:19 pm

      When I posted this on Facebook, a “liberal” friend made several angy comments about EVIL Russia and then accused me of being a traitor for “defending a sworn enemy of our country.”

      In today’s climate that kind of charge is not trivial. Watch out when you share it!

      • Skip Scott
        June 18, 2017 at 7:01 am

        Helen-

        I somehow missed Putin’s swearing to be an enemy of the USA. Could your friend please site a quote?

  4. June 15, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    Great article by Gregory Barrett from Counterpunch, thanks, Bill. Worth sending around. Send a pile of copies to Clapper. That guy is either sick or evil, maybe both. Couldn’t he disappear or something? “Clap-on, clap-off, it’s the Clapper!” (Preferably “clap-off”.) Maybe too much Booz he’s been imbibing.

  5. Gary Hare
    June 15, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    I wouldn’t single Clapper out. The entire Washington establishment, and Mainstream Media, appear unhinged, deranged, absolutely stupid. That is unless you consider why they are this way. Are they not promoting the need for more military spending, about the only thing in which the US leads the World these days. Does this not make them feel alpha, tough, patriotic and falsely proud. Classic self-delusion. Or is it cunning propaganda?
    What bothers me just as much, is that Clapper’s speech was widely reported here in Australia, without a single word of criticism from Australian politicians or the media. However low the US stoops, we seem to get right down there with them.
    I watched on YouTube a segment on Colbert interviewing (there must be a better word to describe this fiasco) Oliver Stone. Colbert was infantile. The audience reminiscent of a cheer squad for a college football game. No-one was interested in what Stone had to say. Too few people realise how dangerous this empty-headed jingoism is.

    • Sillyme 2.0
      June 16, 2017 at 1:45 am

      G’Day Gary,
      I think it is SBS that is airing The Putin Interviews starting either Sunday or Monday night, depending on your region.
      Happy viewing and ammo for counter-attacks on stupidity!
      airdates.tv at last resort in the future…
      Hoota Thunk.

    • john wilson
      June 16, 2017 at 5:13 am

      Obviously, Garry, they are not unhinged they are simply looking after their own interests. The removal of Trump is essential to their plans for some kind of fight with Russia, so the rubbish about Russia gate and anything else is of course, pure lies and make believe. They all wanted Hillary who was a proven war monger and who they could manipulate to do their bidding. Had she won there would probably be some kind of open conflict in Syria with the USA, Russia and Iran bu now. War makes money so any one who has the temerity to suggest peace, is a threat and has to be got rid of.

    • rosemerry
      June 18, 2017 at 10:13 am

      I find the fact that anyone would invite Clapper (or John McNasty ) to Australia for any reason to be shameful.
      Colbert in his former role was funny, now he has become a complete bigot, yet his program is popular,I am told.

      I found the whole series of interviews Oliver Stone/Vladimir Putin to be informative, riveting and containing so much that Americans, in power or just “ordinary citizens”, need to know and understand. Leaders and media in the USA tend to take a firm opinion, based on all sorts of “facts” or purposely misleading information, and everyone follows with no investigation. “We are exceptional, we must be right.” Putin has such careful and nuanced arguments, and surely a reasonable person should be willing to listen and think.
      Imagine anyone even arguing that Israel has less influence on US policy than Russia does!!!!!! Are they all asleep?

  6. Gregory Herr
    June 15, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    Another good article on the Russia-bashing nonsense:

    “Thursday’s appearance by fired FBI Director James Comey before the Senate Intelligence Committee has raised the anti-Russian hysteria in the US media to a new level. The former head of the US political police denounced supposed Russian interference in the US elections as a dire threat to American democracy. “They’re going to come for whatever party they choose to try and work on behalf of,” he warned. “And they will be back… they are coming for America.”
    None of the capitalist politicians who questioned him challenged the premise that Russia was the principal enemy of the United States, or that Russian hacking was a significant threat to the US electoral system. None of them suggested that the billions funneled into the US elections by Wall Street interests were a far greater threat to the democratic rights of the American people…

    …the political issues in the anti-Russian campaign, which represents an effort by the most powerful sections of the military-intelligence apparatus, backed by the Democratic Party and the bulk of the corporate media, to force the Trump White House to adhere to the foreign policy offensive against Moscow embarked on during the second term of the Obama administration, particularly since the 2014 US-backed ultra-right coup in Ukraine.
    Those factions of the ruling class and intelligence agencies leading the anti-Russia campaign are particularly incensed that Russian intervention in Syria stymied plans to escalate the proxy civil war in that country into a full-fledged regime-change operation. They want to see Assad in Syria meet the same fate as Gaddafi in Libya and Saddam Hussein in Iraq. Their fanatical hatred of Putin indicates that they have similar ambitions in mind for the Russian president.
    The entire framework of the anti-Russian campaign is fraudulent. The military-intelligence agencies, the Democratic Party and the media are following a well-established pattern of manufacturing phony scandals, previously a specialty of the Republican right:..

    …Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election because she ran as the candidate of Wall Street and the military-intelligence apparatus and made no appeal to working-class discontent. This was after eight years during which Obama had intensified the economic stagnation, wage cutting and austerity that had been going on for decades, while overseeing a further growth in social inequality. This right-wing orientation has continued to guide the Democratic Party in the first months of the Trump administration.
    The Democrats are not fighting Trump over his assault on health care, his attacks on immigrants, his militaristic bullying around the world, or even his status as a minority president who can claim no mandate after losing the popular vote. Instead, they have chosen to attack Trump, the most right-wing president in US history, from the right, denouncing him as insufficiently committed to a military confrontation with Russia.

    https://counterinformation.wordpress.com/2017/06/13/the-russians-are-coming-the-russians-are-coming/

  7. June 15, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    Good observations, Gary. Unfortunately, Clapper has played a large role in the development of this Russiagate fiasco, as former head of the CIA and overseeing of the phony documents that allegedly pointed to “Russian hacking” in the election. You are right that the whole bunch of the MIC bureaucrats depend on ginning up for war. And we had a conversation on CN a couple of days ago about Colbert, who is hugely overpaid for being nothing more than snide and smarmy. That’s what passes for entertainment nowadays. Google today shows all the vicious and nasty published articles about the Putin interviews, such as the tabloids Daily Mail, Daily Star, also The Guardian, and no doubt there are other polemics. Hard to contemplate that this is the 21st century when human development was supposed to be advancing due to all the amazing technology, when actually it is regressing.

    • Realist
      June 16, 2017 at 5:22 am

      Clapper has been one of the guys charged with creating Karl Rove’s “new realities.” He thinks he’s a god.

      • Skip Scott
        June 16, 2017 at 9:45 am

        So far he seems to be getting away with it.

    • rosemerry
      June 18, 2017 at 10:16 am

      You mean those “newspapers” that predicted the end of Jeremy Corbin the terrorist?

  8. Gregory Herr
    June 15, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    “Thursday’s appearance by fired FBI Director James Comey before the Senate Intelligence Committee has raised the anti-Russian hysteria in the US media to a new level. The former head of the US political police denounced supposed Russian interference in the US elections as a dire threat to American democracy. “They’re going to come for whatever party they choose to try and work on behalf of,” he warned. “And they will be back… they are coming for America.”
    None of the capitalist politicians who questioned him challenged the premise that Russia was the principal enemy of the United States, or that Russian hacking was a significant threat to the US electoral system. None of them suggested that the billions funneled into the US elections by Wall Street interests were a far greater threat to the democratic rights of the American people….

    …the political issues in the anti-Russian campaign, which represents an effort by the most powerful sections of the military-intelligence apparatus, backed by the Democratic Party and the bulk of the corporate media, to force the Trump White House to adhere to the foreign policy offensive against Moscow embarked on during the second term of the Obama administration, particularly since the 2014 US-backed ultra-right coup in Ukraine.
    Those factions of the ruling class and intelligence agencies leading the anti-Russia campaign are particularly incensed that Russian intervention in Syria stymied plans to escalate the proxy civil war in that country into a full-fledged regime-change operation. They want to see Assad in Syria meet the same fate as Gaddafi in Libya and Saddam Hussein in Iraq. Their fanatical hatred of Putin indicates that they have similar ambitions in mind for the Russian president.
    The entire framework of the anti-Russian campaign is fraudulent. The military-intelligence agencies, the Democratic Party and the media are following a well-established pattern of manufacturing phony scandals, previously a specialty of the Republican right:…

    …Of what does the “undermining” of US democracy by alleged Russian hacking consist? No vote totals were altered. No ballots were discarded, as in Florida in 2000 when the antidemocratic campaign was spearheaded by the US Supreme Court. Instead, truthful information was supplied anonymously to WikiLeaks, which published the material, showing that the Democratic National Committee had worked to sabotage the campaign of Bernie Sanders, and that Hillary Clinton had cozied up to Wall Street audiences and reassured them that a new Clinton administration would be in the pocket of the big financial interests…

    …Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election because she ran as the candidate of Wall Street and the military-intelligence apparatus and made no appeal to working-class discontent. This was after eight years during which Obama had intensified the economic stagnation, wage cutting and austerity that had been going on for decades, while overseeing a further growth in social inequality…

    …[The Democrats] have chosen to attack Trump, the most right-wing president in US history, from the right, denouncing him as insufficiently committed to a military confrontation with Russia.”

    https://counterinformation.wordpress.com/2017/06/13/the-russians-are-coming-the-russians-are-coming/

    • george Archers
      June 17, 2017 at 7:51 am

      Excuses. “Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election because she ran as the candidate of Wall Street and the military-intelligence apparatus and made no appeal to working-class discontent.” pure garbage
      Listen folks,Both parties take turns every 8 years like clock work–except one term Jimmy Carter who p!ssed off Israel firsters. Hillary was in it for the election donations collected.

  9. June 15, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    Thank you for your thoughtful analysis, speaking truth to power Mr Marks, alarming how democracies are so chaotic?

    The deliberations of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 were held in strict secrecy. Consequently, anxious citizens gathered outside Independence Hall when the proceedings ended in order to learn what had been produced behind closed doors. The answer was provided immediately. A Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, “A republic, if you can keep it.”

    Super patriots defying truth and transcending laws, his ethics becoming situational, which checks and balances are implemented to reign in the retired general?

  10. Cal
    June 16, 2017 at 12:41 am

    Remember the neos and zios “Project for the New American Century that preceded the Iraq war?

    Well Clapper is with the same group—except they have a new name now………still lying and lobbying for the US to control the universe

    Center for a New American Security

    https://www.cnas.org/publications/reports/extending-american-power-strategies-to-expand-u-s-engagement-in-a-competitive-world-order

  11. irina
    June 16, 2017 at 12:58 am

    Clapper said something so astounding on ‘Meet the Press’ on May 28th that I found the transcript and printed it out.

    In the context of Jared Kushner meeting with Sergei Kislyak, Clapper said “I will tell you that my dashboard warning
    light was clearly on and I think that was the case with all of us in the intelligence community, very concerned about
    the nature of these approaches to the Russians. If you put that in context with everything else we knew the Russians
    were doing to interfere with the election. And just the historical practices of the Russians, who (are) typically, ALMOST
    GENETICALLY DRIVEN TO CO-OPT, PENETRATE, GAIN FAVOR, WHATEVER, which is a typical Russian technique.
    So we were concerned.”

    (Apologies for caps, no way to bold that statement and it is an extremely scary and revealing phrase.)

    Chuck Todd ignored Clapper’s “genetically driven” diatribe and soldiered on, reinforcing ‘the Russians did it’ meme.

    • Realist
      June 16, 2017 at 10:36 am

      That was quite a racist statement, was it not? If he had applied the remarks to any other distinct group of people Chuck Todd would have gone ballistic, playing the race card for all it’s worth in the grand American tradition.

    • Bill Bodden
      June 16, 2017 at 11:38 am

      no way to bold that statement

      There is. At the beginning of the text to be set in bold, type the word “strong” inside . At the end type “/strong” inside but not the quotation marks shown in this example.

      • Bill Bodden
        June 16, 2017 at 11:46 am

        Oops: After “inside” above there should have been a less-than sign “”

  12. Joe Tedesky
    June 16, 2017 at 12:59 am

    The profits of War drive people like Clapper to do some hideous and unquestionable things. The beast they feed is the same beast Rumsfeld gave a speech about on 9/10/01 where he sighted the Pentagon not being able to account for 2.5 trillion dollars. If you recall last summer the DOD year ending June 2016 sighted another missing 6.5 trillion dollars this time tripling the 2001 unaccountability. This is a known unaccountability of 9 trillion dollars by the Defense Department so far this 21st Century that no one is even talking about. When a nation can spill this much coffee and not worry about it, then you know that the people spending this nations well earned capital aren’t spending their own money, but they no doubt are profiting from all this saber rattling and war. Imagine the defense budgets with Russia in it’s crosshairs.

    http://www.dodig.mil/pubs/documents/DODIG-2016-113.pdf

    • Gregory Herr
      June 16, 2017 at 5:36 am

      Joe, have you seen this? https://wikispooks.com/wiki/Office_of_Naval_Intelligence

      “Also killed in the Pentagon on 9/11 were a large number of budget analysts and accountants who may have been looking into the $2.3 trillion of unaccounted military spending that Donald Rumsfeld announced on Sept 10th, 2001.”[

      • Joe Tedesky
        June 16, 2017 at 7:20 am

        This is something to new to me, but when it comes to 911 I have seen other similar things like it, like building #7. Nice of you Gregory to share this with me, thanks.

        When it comes to 911, there are so many questions that I just wish there were somebody who could answer them. Yet, questioning any of the oddities regarding the 911 Attack will get you a ‘tinfoil hat’ since this is what we Americans do to each other these days over things such as assassinations or other unexplained tragedies. Like having doubts over Russia-Gate will deem you being a Trump Supporter or Putin Apologize.

        • Realist
          June 16, 2017 at 10:50 am

          Since you bring up 9-11 and the inconsistencies in its narrative, I just want to ask the question: Why didn’t that high rise tower in London collapse under its own weight like the twin towers in NYC, especially since the fire appeared to be so much more intense? It wasn’t just a localised burn, the entire structure was engulfed in flames. And, no, rebar-strengthened concrete is not more resistant than steel girders to damage from high temperatures. Concrete will more likely crack than steel girders will melt in a fire. I look for the structural engineers to chime in on this one.

          • backwardsevolution
            June 16, 2017 at 12:43 pm

            My dad always told me: “Never be above the third floor in an apartment building or a hotel. The smoke will get you before the fire does.” Good advice. A fire fighter’s worst nightmare, a hi-rise fire. As the London fire points out, they can be death traps.

            Yeah, buildings don’t just fall down. 9/11 was most definitely a controlled demolition, and if a proper investigation were conducted, “controlled demolition” would scream out at everyone with half a brain.

            If you haven’t seen this half-hour video, give it a watch. It’s one of my favorites because the guy is a physicist/mathematician who used to work for N.I.S.T. He had never before questioned the findings, at least until August of 2016 when he started looking at it. He couldn’t believe what he found.

            Especially watch at 18:03 when he starts talking about the collapse. “Asymmetric damage does not lead to symmetric collapse. It’s very difficult to get something to collapse symmetrically because it is the law of physics that things tend towards chaos. Collapsing symmetrically represents order, very strict order. It is not the nature of physics to gravitate towards order for no reason.”

            And:

            “Huge chunks of steel perimeter beams flying hundreds of feet off to the side. Steel does not fly off to the side, hundreds of feet, due to gravity. Gravity works vertically, not laterally. There has to be a FORCE there pushing it to the side, otherwise it would just fall down to the ground. It would be like dropping a ball out of a window. It would just fall straight down.”

            The video is called “Former NIST Employee Speaks Out On World Trade Centre Towers Collapse Investigation”.

          • backwardsevolution
            June 16, 2017 at 12:44 pm
          • Gregory Herr
            June 16, 2017 at 1:50 pm
          • Joe Tedesky
            June 16, 2017 at 9:50 pm

            Honestly Realist I thought the same thing when I saw that high rise ablaze. I even made mention of it to my wife, commenting to how that is the way a high rise burns, not like 911. Now, Realist how many others had the same thought, as you and I.

          • Realist
            June 17, 2017 at 2:27 am

            Quite a powerful video by that analyst from Wisconsin, backwardsevolution.
            I have read analyses by physicists and engineers of the collapses, mostly through PCR’s website, but I had not seen that video with all the slo-mo shots parallel to computer models. Why is that production never shown on American television? Why was NIST so remiss in its analysis, as the narrator points out? Of course, we know the answers to both questions. The truth will never be admitted by any authorities in our life times, or even in our children’s life times. Maybe in 50 years when all the blame can be placed on corpses that can’t protest it will be. Even that will be done to usher in some new world order as the game never changes.

          • Sam F
            June 17, 2017 at 7:14 am

            Not a structural engineer but with knowledge and experience there. I have no prejudice as to motives and means of the WTC collapse. The WTC towers were uniformly supported by steel columns and one floor was subject to broadly distributed intense aviation fuel fire exceeding their melting point, so that floor was uniformly weakened.

            Large steel columns are severely weakened by several minutes of intense petroleum fire, as I have observed myself. When a single failure occurs, adjacent components are subjected to the additional loads which is normally within their capacities by design. When those are also much weakened they too will fail, subjecting adjacent components to even greater overloads, etc. This is called “progressive failure.” So filling an entire steel-supported floor with burning aircraft fuel would soon cause the entire floor to collapse in a rapid side-to-side progressive failure.

            Because the floors are thin flat sections, not tall compared with their width, a quick lateral failure across the whole floor would cause the entire structure above to fall quite vertically until it hit the floor below. This in turn would severely overload all columns below that, causing the entire structure below to collapse. Because the entire support structure was uniform and was uniformly greatly overloaded, a near-vertical collapse is not surprising.

            Smaller structures are usually not built that way; they have strong outer walls and a few inner “bearing walls.” When part of the structure collapses, often some of the bearing walls collapse but others remain standing, so that forces on the collapsing structure are asymmetrical and it falls partly to the sides.

            As to reinforced concrete columns (assuming as you suggest that these were used in the London fire), it is the concrete that provides most of the vertical support, and it does insulate the steel reinforcement rods, which mainly provide tension strength against bending loads (wind and earthquakes). The horizontal bars hold the concrete together against cracking loads during its curing and later, when it often has many small cracks. So it is not surprising that such a structure survives a fire sufficient to burn the combustibles normally inside, without a broad progressive failure.

            Also it was probably not subjected to such a large. intense, and broadly-distributed fuel fire.

            But of course it was defective in safety systems for a high-rise structure, and this is not permitted in the US or under the International Building Code so far as I know. It should have had smoke detectors, fireproof unit doors and hallways, sprinklers to suppress non-petroleum fires, non-combustible materials on all interior surfaces, and at least two “separate and independent” fireproof exit stairways. Presumably investigation will reveal the deficiencies in its construction, maintenance, and enforcement practices, if not in the building code itself.

          • Sam F
            June 17, 2017 at 7:40 am

            It is not necessary to remind me that there are other explanations and perhaps additional causes of the WTC fire, and that Bldg 7 apparently had intelligence offices with provision for a deliberate large fire that occurred while WTC was burning. I do not know what happened there.

            I remain skeptical that persons so long and carefully prepared to attack WTC by aircraft would have prepared a distinct method of attack requiring ability to plant explosives, etc. It is not impossible but why do both? They would probably have attacked other structures with the aircraft. Also, if another attack on the same structures was planned, there is no obvious reason to wait until after the aircraft attacks to use the other method. Also, the plane that did not hit any buildings did not correspond to any structure simultaneously destroyed by other means.

            So if there was another demolition means used simultaneously, we need evidence of that, and I have seen no convincing photos or reports of explosive residues. I have already looked at videos that do not in fact show this, but merely events not inconsistent with the aircraft-only model.

          • Sam F
            June 17, 2017 at 7:52 am

            I accept that there were motives for an attack like 911, and those parties may have been involved in the aircraft attack. But without direct evidence, our efforts are better spent investigating the sources of the aircraft attack.

            We know that AlQaeda did the attack, that KSA was fairly directly involved, that AlQaeda was grown by US warmongers attacking the USSR in Afghanistan, and that US interests wanted another Pearl Harbor. That says a lot, and suggests that there is much more to be learned about US/KSA/Israel involvement that we may hope will be exposed.

          • backwardsevolution
            June 17, 2017 at 3:41 pm

            Sam F – had Building No. 7 not come down in exactly the same manner as the other two, I might have bought (maybe) what you just said. A really big “maybe”. I think the reason the scientists at N.I.S.T. did not extend their models out past the collapse initiation stage is because they KNEW they wouldn’t be able to replicate the building coming down in its own footprint. As the fellow in the video said, there would have been chaos and the building would have deviated to one side. No way it would have come straight down.

            Could be the reason they hit the buildings with the planes was precisely to provide the excuse of the “jet fuel”. “Oh, yes, it was the heat from the jet fuel. Wrap it up, boys, no more questions.” I wonder whether that other plane was supposed to have hit Building No. 7, but didn’t make it there. “Whoops, how do we explain this? Oh, who cares, just say the fire did it. Who is going to know the difference?”

            I’m not buying any of it. Three huge buildings ALL come down on their own footprint? Yeah, right.

          • Sam F
            June 17, 2017 at 4:04 pm

            I agree, b-e, the Bldg 7 collapse is very strange and suspect; and I apologize to others for the long posts above, and do not object to anyone else’s views on this.

            1. The lowest floors of Bldg 7 are not shown in any of the videos, only floors above maybe floor 3 or 6, none of which show any damage at the time that it collapsed. So the damage must have been to lower floors.
            2. It also fell quite vertically, which is odd because that implies near-simultaneous damage across an entire floor, while the only causes related to WTC N&S would be asymmetrical debris impacts from their prior collapses.
            3. There were reports of a US intelligence agency office there, equipped with devices to burn that structure if security required. I do not know about this.

            But I today reviewed many videos of the WTC collapses, and found nothing in the WTC N & S tower collapses that suggests controlled explosions; they appear to have only aircraft damage:

            4. Both collapsed first at the lowest level of the burning sections, where the aircraft and fuel hit.
            5. The structure above fell almost vertically (up to 20 degree tilt in the first collapse) with chunks and dust thrown outward from the collapsing sections only.
            6. No damage is seen to lower sections until the upper structure hits them on the way down. That is conclusive.
            7. It would be very difficult to install and detonate explosives progressively just below the falling structure as it comes down just to create that appearance, and would use many times the explosives necessary to do that to a single lower floor.
            8. So the only way planted explosives could have been significant would be if the lowest burning floor had collapsed due to explosions instead of weakened columns. But the aircraft impact floor could not have been predicted so as to put explosives there, nor could such a system have been controlled with a high temperature fire burning so long on the same floor.
            9. The temperature of a petroleum fire will collapse large steel columns in a few minutes. I saw the results when a fuel truck overturned and burned next to a very tall billboard (maybe ten floors high) supported by large steel columns near MIT in Cambridge in the 1970s (no casualties).
            10. The planes probably had at least 10,000 gal of aircraft fuel in them: the wings are mostly fuel tanks; no doubt that has been estimated.
            11. While interior materials also burn at temps higher than the melting point of steel, they wouldn’t supply heat as fast as an intensive petroleum fire, likely not enough to prevent the rest of the steel cooling the heated portion.

            Anyway, backwardsevolution is an interesting tag; I’ve wondered whether it warns of the peril of the fittest or survival of the least fit, both very apt in our era.

        • Gregory Herr
          June 16, 2017 at 1:45 pm

          Obviously a key to grasping 9/11 involves motive. The obvious things like expanding “security” budgets and “justifications” for war are easy. E.P. Heidner’s “Collateral Damage” shows how more than two birds were killed with one stone….

          • backwardsevolution
            June 16, 2017 at 2:25 pm

            Gregory – yep. So many lies, so many cover-ups. Divided States of Lies would be a better name. Thanks, Gregory.

          • Joe Tedesky
            June 16, 2017 at 9:51 pm

            I think we have seen the motive play out over these last 16 years….what do you think Gregory?

          • Gregory Herr
            June 16, 2017 at 10:22 pm

            To the hilt, Joe…and tragically so for so many.

          • Gregory Herr
            June 17, 2017 at 10:50 am

            A good deal of aviation fuel was likely used up in the initial explosion. Once the remaining fuel burned up there would be no source other than office furnishings for fires. There was never any large, intense, or broadly distributed fuel fire associated with the WTC. If any temperature melting points for steel were achieved (dubious), it would have been of very short duration and isolated with respect to the entire structure. My God, even the core columns disappeared….which is certainly not consistent with the already fanciful progressive destruction at rates that suggest no resistance. “Cut” beams (promptly removed and shipped out) and nanothermite residue were in evidence.

            Why do both?
            The hijacker narrative is part of the setup to assign blame and is also connected to the Pentagon, not just the WTC. The “plane crashes”, in and of themselves were not sufficient to bring down the towers. Motives to bring down the towers can be discerned.
            The “parties involved”, the “sources” of the attacks, certainly constitutes the crux of the matter. Let’s not make assumptions about this. Evidence supporting the “official” narrative is thin to contrived to nonexistent.

            Unless and until Mr. Parry publishes an article concerned with 9/11, this is my last comment on the subject here. Discussion about 9/11 gets to be endless and prompts all sorts of abuse. I trust the many capable people who read CN can research the matter to their own satisfaction (or dissatisfaction).

    • george Archers
      June 17, 2017 at 7:57 am

      Joe–that hush money 2.5 trillion dollars disappeared into Israel. Payment for Sept 11 2001 bombings

  13. UIA
    June 16, 2017 at 2:13 am

    It might as well be $200 trillion, it’s a fiction and a gov fiction at that. People are missing body parts for the big oil adventure in Iraq. All the busted out US towns need new filling stations and used car lots to boom. With bad sandwiches, gas and lottery computers we can have an economy again. Supermarket is a bust. People are dying for nothing who knows where. War on terror and new scams to expand rackets. Smedley Butler called it. System is unhinged. Don’t sleep much. You can’t afford it.

    Make the coins with lead, so we can melt them down and make bullets to kill with to fight over what’s left. Nothing is left now. News isn’t fake, the money is.

  14. mej
    June 16, 2017 at 2:51 am

    I think we will hear Clapper say, 10 years after today’s kerfuffle is buried by the next scandal, “yes, I lied, but it was for a good reason!”

    Reminds me of Pres.Saakashvili after his failed war in 2008 and all the hysterical noise about Russia starting the war in Georgia. That statement helped seal his fate as the soon-to-be ex-president of Georgia.

    • backwardsevolution
      June 16, 2017 at 3:56 am

      mej – you’re right.

  15. Wendi
    June 16, 2017 at 3:20 am

    .
    Bring back Iron Curtain discussion. Ultimately, we see it is a Mirror.

    Whatever dirt we say of Russians shows in fact we’re looking at ourselves.

  16. Sillyme 2.0
    June 16, 2017 at 3:42 am

    Let me put it another way;

    We’re not going to return kind for kind,
    we’re going to let you think about what it means to be a human being
    in your own good time on your own good island, with good isolation from us.
    Good luck…….

  17. Realist
    June 16, 2017 at 5:19 am

    Clapper is either thoroughly devious, or paranoid. In either case, any sensible president would discharge him from his office immediately.

    • backwardsevolution
      June 16, 2017 at 12:01 pm

      Clapper resigned in November of 2016, his resignation took effect in January of 2017. Instead of being thoroughly discredited for lying to Congress, he’s instead put on a pedestal and continually brought forward by the media as some sort of wise man.

      He sits there, all calm, all knowing, a Wilford Brimley clone, and the public eat his words up. “This man is at the end of his career, so there’s no way he would be lying to us.” They don’t realize grandpa-types can deceive too.

      Yeah, I haven’t figured him out yet, but I like your choices: either devious or paranoid. It’s one or the other. Now he’s off to pollute Australia.

      “In June 2017 Clapper commenced an initial four-week term at the Australian National University (ANU) National Security College in Canberra that includes public lectures on key global and national security issues. Clapper was also expected to take part in the ANU Crawford Australian Leadership Forum, the nation’s pre-eminent dialogue of academics, parliamentarians and business leaders.

      In a speech at Australia’s National Press Club in June, Clapper accused Trump of ‘ignorance or disrespect’, called the firing of FBI director James Comey ‘inexcusable’, and warned of an ‘internal assault on our intuitions’.”

      The asylum has taken over.

  18. mike k
    June 16, 2017 at 7:01 am

    The secret police always gain a lot of power over time; now they are exercising their power in a big way. These are glory days for the spooks. From their secret lairs they are showing what they can do. Trump challenged them directly, as he did the media, both major political parties, and the MIC. These power centers cannot tolerate this, and are acting decisively to crush Trump. The Donald’s electoral supporters are the only friends he has left, and these are a disorganized rabble, no match for the forces arrayed against them.

    It looks like Donald’s days in the spotlight are turning into a deer in the headlights moment. He just doesn’t have the resources to withstand the shit storm he has provoked against his presidency.

  19. June 16, 2017 at 8:16 am

    Clapper’s evil mendacity being permitted to be aired as fact is testimony to the nearly complete unhingement of a segment of the American population who have no rational understanding of what happened in this election. If the insanity unleashed by the loss of Madame Warmonger Clinton is not stopped, something very evil seems on the horizon. Russia has become the scapegoat for the madness unleashed in the US.

    In an article this morning on Zero Hedge by Daniel Henninger titled “Political Disorder Syndrome: Refusal to Reason is the New Normal”, the author reports that James Hodgkinson, the shooter of Steve Scalise and four others had tweeted before the incident: “Trump is a traitor. Trump has destroyed our democracy. It’s time to destroy Trump.” And a production to be staged in Central Park by New York Public Theater is planned for a production of “Julius Caesar” where Caesar is presented looking like Trump and will be pulled down from a podium by men in suits and assassinated by plunging knives.

    This is beginning to look like a long, hot summer. The author of the article on Zero Hedge mentions that social media has become a marinade for psychological unhingement of much of the population, leading to “jacked-up emotional intensity”. Is it possible this could happen simply because the Democrat presidential candidate lost? Or is there something else driving this insanity behind the scene? I was startled to see the number of vicious published articles about Oliver Stone’s interviews with Vladimir Putin. Where’s the curiosity, only knee-jerk reaction that Putin is a source of evil? The insanity, the sickness in America is becoming unnerving and I have a strange sense of foreboding.

    • mike k
      June 16, 2017 at 10:11 am

      Rationality will be in short supply in the days ahead. To resist being sucked in by the waves of emotional madness will be important.

  20. Pixy
    June 16, 2017 at 9:00 am

    As a Russian I should say I agree with this Clapper person actually. Consider what he says:

    “Russia is America’s enemy.” – True. Russia has always stood on the way of any nation bent of world domination. Since the USA have embarked on that very mission, Russia IS their enemy.

    “The Russians are avowedly opposed to our democracy and values.” – Absolutely true! Russia does oppose to what passes for democracy in USA nowadays. And it opposes to your values, but not the officially declared ones, but those that you follow unofficially: blatant racism, dividing the world on übermensch and untermensch and treating nations and countries accordingly, hypocrisy and open lies, when children in Aleppo are very-very important and every tear they cry is the reason for the Hague tribunal, while children in Mosul are apparently non-existent, and no one gives two f..ks about carpet bombings, absence of safety corridors, suffering and deaths of civilians and general state of humanitarian crisis there. This is just one, most recent example.

    USA is insulting the intelligence of the people all over the world (and I mean THE WORLD really, all 7 billion people, not just US satellites), if they think anybody but the american Joe buys into their transparent lies and double standards.

    For as long as USA will continue on this trek, Russia will oppose you and remain your enemy. And we’ll see how it turns out. So far the human history teaches us that every time the übermensch eventually break their necks and diminish.

    • mike k
      June 16, 2017 at 10:06 am

      Yes. Good comment.

    • Linda Wood
      June 16, 2017 at 10:12 am

      Pixy,
      Thank you for saying all of this.

    • rosemerry
      June 18, 2017 at 10:29 am

      Excellent. The “exceptional country” bears no relation to a nation with democracy or human rights, except for a limited few selected people.

  21. MaDarby
    June 16, 2017 at 9:09 am

    ““The Russians are not our friends; they, (Putin specifically) are avowedly opposed to our democracy and values, and see us as the cause of all their frustrations,” Clapper declared.”

    I have a high regard for this site and this author but I want not so much to disagree with but to deepen the discussion.

    Underlying Clapper’s views are far far deeper forces than just being “stuck in Cold War mentality.” Powerful forces in the US are gripped by extremist Calvinist ideology and have been sense the beginning of the US. These powerful forces supported the Nazi movement against the “godless” Soviet Union (to show just how extreme they are). Their view is that the US (them and their power) is the chosen instrument of god to rid the world of the evil devil (exceptionalism). This means taking over the world and dominating all non-Calvinest countries. It means the justification of the biblical slaughter of the innocents to appease a vengeful god and rid the world of evil. We see the results of this extremist religious ideology in the continuous slaughter the US has perpetrated against the rest of the world sense WWII.

    Further, neutrality in the fight against the devil himself is unacceptable as immoral and those countries trying to be neutral are just as evil as the others.

    All Clapper is doing is carrying on the fundamental views the US has held of itself as morally superior to the rest of the world the same view Roosevelt and Carter and Kennedy had much less Reagan or Lyndon Johnson.

    Nothing will change until the iron grip of extremist Calvinism, which justifies the slaughter of millions, is no longer the fundamental guiding ideology.

    You ask the fish abut the water and he responds – What water?

    • mike k
      June 16, 2017 at 10:07 am

      Interesting. There is much truth in what you say.

    • Linda Wood
      June 16, 2017 at 10:10 am

      You describe the mindset that is used so well. But the military industrialists who use it are doing it for the trillions of dollars in defense spending. People have killed for a lot less. Clapper represents an industry. He uses the mindset you describe to explain to us why we have to accept the pouring of more trillions into the black hole of war.

      • mike k
        June 16, 2017 at 10:17 am

        Absolutely true Linda.

    • hyperbola
      June 16, 2017 at 10:27 am

      Calvinism is only half the story.

      The Revolutionary Jew and His Impact on World History
      http://www.culturewars.com/2003/RevolutionaryJew.html

      …. By 1649, when Charles I went on trial, the tradition of Judaizing which had been extirpated from Spain had struck deep roots in England. The English judaizers were known as Puritans, and Cromwell as their leader was as versed in using Biblical figures as a rationalization for his crimes as he was in using Jewish spies from Spain and Portugal as agents in his ongoing war with the Catholic powers of Europe. The Puritans in England could implement the idea of revolution so readily precisely because they were Judaizers, and that is so because revolution was at its root a Jewish idea. Based on Moses’ deliverance of Israel as described in the book of Exodus, the revolutionary saw a small group of chosen “saints” leading a fallen world to liberation from political oppression. Revolution was nothing if not a secularization of ideas taken from the Bible, and as history progressed the secularization of the concept would progress as well. But the total secularization of the idea in the 17th century would have made the idea totally useless to the Puritan revolutionaries. Secularization in the 17th century was synonymous with Judaizing. It meant substituting the Old Testament for the New. The concept of revolution gained legitimacy in the eyes of the Puritans precisely because of its Jewish roots. Graetz sees the attraction which Jewish ideas held for English Puritans quite clearly. The Roundheads were not inspired by the example of the suffering Christ, nor were they inspired by the medieval saints who imitated him. They needed the example of the warriors of Israel to inspire them in their equally bellicose campaigns against the Irish and the Scotch, who became liable to extermination because the Puritans saw them as Canaanites. Similarly, the King, who was an unworthy leader, like Phineas, deserved to die at the hands of the righteous, who now acted without any external authority, but, as the Jews had, on direct orders from God. “The Christian Bible,” Graetz tells us,

      “with its monkish figures, its exorcists, its praying brethren, and pietistic saints, supplied no models for warriors contending with a faithless king, a false aristocracy and unholy priests. Only the great heroes of the Old Testament, with fear of God in their hearts and the sword in their hands, at once religious and national champions, could serve as models for the Puritans: the Judges, freeing the oppressed people from the yoke of foreign domination; Saul, David, and Joab routing the foes of their country; and Jehu, making an end of an idolatrous and blasphemous house—these were favorite characters with Puritan warriors. In every verse of the books of Joshua, Judges, Samuel and Kings, they saw their own condition reflected; every psalm seemed composed for them, to teach them that, though surrounded on every side by ungodly foes, they need not fear while they trusted in God. Oliver Cromwell compared himself to the judge Gideon, who first obeyed the voice of God hesitatingly, but afterwards courageously scattered the attacking heathens; or to Judas Maccabaeus, who out of a handful of martyrs formed a host of victorious warriors.” …

  22. Chet Roman
    June 16, 2017 at 9:58 am

    “Clapper may think it is his duty to a higher cause that allows him to defy the truth and transcend the law”

    “Those who angrily criticize the Russians are completely blind to their own participation in a similar destructive process”

    Interesting article but the author is giving Clapper and the rest of the “intelligence” community too much credit. There is no “higher cause” and the “Washington consensus” is not blind to their own actions. Clapper and the deep state are well aware of their self serving actions and it is motivated by money and power. What is happening is the deliberate and aggressive promotion of propaganda to the U.S. public by the intelligence agencies, patriotism has nothing to do with it.

    • mike k
      June 16, 2017 at 10:09 am

      Yes. The secret police are the slimiest of the slimy. To call them intelligent is absurd.

    • Gregory Herr
      June 16, 2017 at 6:55 pm

      I think this is accurate to a great extent. But even “wicked” people who deep down know their own black hearts allow themselves the relief of their rationalizations…that is to say that in a psychotic sort of way, they sometimes allow themselves to “believe” their own shit even while knowing it’s not true. It’s how they are able to function.

  23. June 16, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Thank you for your viewpoints from outside the United States, and I hope you know that people who follow and post on CN are opposed to the United States’ militarism and destruction in the world, which, as you say, MaDarby, is based upon the arrogance of the US, and you say comes from Calvinism, a belief that success means you are blessed by God. That may have been a starting point when the US was formed, but now there are such forces in power play that it goes farther. We, the dissenters in the US, have a powerful armed structure that makes opposition to it very difficult. And your good points from Russia are written in a clearer way than many Americans could even write, since the educational system has been deliberately controlled to “dumb down” the citizens.

    But what to do even when we challenge this militaristic power in control? Our elections as you must know are certainly not fair and democratic. There are weapons now used against protesters so that has become increasingly difficult, as we just saw with the native peoples who opposed the Dakota oil pipeline. It looks as if the problems in the US will come to a head economically because of the enormous debt the US has allowed to get out of control, which may be the only way to stop the failing empire. We have read that Russia has paid off its debt wisely, and that’s even after the bankers of the world mainly through the US in the 1990s tried to destroy Russia. But the US just keeps printing fictitious money to pay for its warmongering. And President Putin accurately stated that it is a multipolar world, no longer can one power such as the US call the shots.

    I do not think that Russia is an enemy, but that Russia has the intelligence to lead a challenge to the USA, knowing that US cannot continue its behavior. I see it more as a challenge, and in fact, China is important to that challenge. Yes, it is ignorant and arrogant that Americans are not disturbed by the merciless destruction and killing their government has done. Good points you have made, thank you.

  24. mike k
    June 16, 2017 at 10:32 am

    Anyone who presents the vaguest challenge or limit to US hegemony is seen as an enemy to be dominated or destroyed. Capitalism is the cover for worship of unlimited power. This is the essence of fascism which is simply a religion of power worship. As Thrasymachus said in Plato’s Republic, “Justice is the interest of the stronger.” Meaning that force trumps all other considerations, and is the ultimate goal and meaning of human life. Human history has been the story of men’s struggle to dominate others. The ultimate goal of this sick philosophy is for one man to dominate everyone and everything: the apotheosis of Power! One Man becomes God over everything! When Ayn Rand said that altruism is the enemy of mankind, she was voicing this deranged philosophy.

    • Realist
      June 16, 2017 at 7:01 pm

      Yes, there are so many riches on this planet in which all of its creatures were meant (more accurately “required”) by nature to share, yet 5 men claim ownership of as much “wealth” (land, resources, means of production, etc) as another 4 billion and they do everything in their power to keep it all for themselves causing untold misery for those billions. They accomplish this by conflating the onerous realities of naked unregulated “capitalism” with the platitudes of “freedom and democracy,” evidenced in the “invisible hand” of the free market clearly implied to represent “god’s will” in action. So this inequitable status quo is buttressed in conventional wisdom not only by phony altruism but by the power of organised religion.

      Really, these self-anointed de-facto gods know they’re just hucksters who have hoodwinked the public into subordinating their own interests to tyrants. It is arguably a dysfunctional principle hardwired into the human genome, as strong-man rule traces back to our earliest recorded history. But knowledge is power and recognising this flaw in the system that makes life a misery for so many should give us a reason and the leverage to change things.

      Aside from widespread ignorance and fear, what is it that has kept so many down for so long? Ah, yes, the principle of “divide and rule,” wherein a deliberate socioeconomic gradient is maintained amongst the 99% to make us compete and fight with one another rather than challenge them. So much easier to hate your neighbor for the little more that he many have, so much more feasible to assault and steal from him than from the lords at the top.

      I could go on, but the trolls still wouldn’t see it since they are too invested in their delusions and meager rewards. They are sure to have some talking points on why degrading the planet so a few pashas can shit in solid gold commodes is a simply capital idea! And how we are fools for not seeing the obvious nature of things.

  25. June 16, 2017 at 11:04 am

    Hyperbola’s point about the Old Testament domination of New Testament is interesting, carrying it through history by the Roundheads and Puritans. We certainly see plenty of that vicious Old Testament “YHWH” in the actions of Israel and its armed-to-the-teeth lackey, USA. The OT god is a god of power and hate, and we’re seeing plenty of it now. Some of these Bible bangers really do believe in end times.

  26. Abe
    June 16, 2017 at 11:41 am

    “complex conspiracy theories buttressed by the most tenuous documentation have been spun and promoted in the midst of public hearings, political rearrangements in the White House and other theatrics designed to keep the public engaged and convinced of the notion that Russia’s government actually attempted to manipulate the results of America’s presidential election.

    “However, the entire spectacle and the narrative driving it, is based entirely on the assumption that Russia’s government believes the office of US President is of significant importance enough so as to risk meddling in it in the first place. It also means that Russia believed the office of US President was so important to influence, that the substantial political fallout and consequences if caught were worth the risk.

    “In reality, as US President Donald Trump has thoroughly demonstrated, the White House holds little to no sway regarding US foreign policy.

    “While President Trump promised during his campaign leading up to the 2016 election cooperation with Russia, a withdrawal from undermining and overthrowing the government in Damascus, Syria and a reversal of decades of US support for the government of Saudi Arabia, he now finds himself presiding over an administration continuing to build up military forces on Russia’s borders in Eastern Europe, is currently and repeatedly killing Syrian soldiers in Syria and has sealed a record arms deal with Saudi Arabia amounting to over 110 billion US dollars.

    “It is clear that the foreign policy executed by US President George Bush, continued by President Barack Obama and set to continue under US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, is instead being faithfully executed by President Trump.”

    US Election Meddling: Smoke and Mirrors
    By Ulson Gunnar
    landdestroyer.blogspot.com/2017/06/us-election-meddling-smoke-and-mirrors.html

  27. June 16, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    I just listened to YouTube of the phenomenal Russian pianist, Denis Matsuev, playing Rachmaninoff’s incredibly difficult Piano Concerto no. 3 with the Moscow Symphony, such talented people in the orchestra. And this mediocre bureaucrat, James Clapper, should call Russia “our enemy”. I’ll bet he has no appreciation for art. There has got to be a stop to this madness. The pianist was one of many Russian artists who signed a letter in support of President Putin when Crimea returned to Russia. The government of the USA is very, very sick and evil.

  28. backwardsevolution
    June 16, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    David Marks – just a great article! Very well done. Thank you.

  29. DMarks
    June 16, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Thanks, I’m always interested in the comments provoked by my writing. A family member wrote to me: “There’s no reason to give the Russian government some kind of trust, Russian policies towards gay people, the oligarchical power structure than ensures only the favored voices are heard, murdered journalists who raise criticisms against Putin, state controlled media, and the fact that Putin has turned himself into his own brand of reality TV star by staging ridiculous feats that are widely publicized in order to give him a superhero reputation… these things are not the signs of a misunderstood government.” I don’t disagree. If I were in Russia, I could/would write an article that mirrors the one I just wrote. That’s the central concept. From each side, the other side appears as the aggressors/destroyers.

    Among Europeans, there are many who feel the Russian government is at the core of the problem, rather than the people in general. The farther you get from Europe, the easier it is to smear the whole country, along with their “failed” communism. We are the sum of history and it’s hard to separate cause and effect of the events that lead us here. If there wasn’t the immense fear of communism at the beginning of the 20th century coming from Royals, European industrialists and US oligarchs, we might have seen what the Russian experiment would have yielded. Instead the militarists and profiteers prevailed, with mirror images on both sides from the Stalin era through the Reagan era. No matter how much they were demonized before, the defeated Nazis became partners in fighting back the Soviet world. Just that single fact shows how desperately communism needed to fail in the eyes of the capitalists.

    If we could have a re-run of the “cold-war” where no one is allowed to spend money on arms, defense, etc. (and of course no social repression) — purely an economic competition — what would happen? Well that’s what the West feared and prevented — and we will never know what the outcome might have been.

    My “neurosis” is formed as an American and still I struggle not to take “our” side. To keep some balance, I avoid the pressure to become a “fan” of anyone. Unfortunately, the majority of the general public (from all political persuasions) are pressured to see conflict as a sports event. Those in power support the notion that it’s the whole other “team” that is evil and by extension the demonization of their leader is acceptable. The fanatical war mongering oligarchs of both sides bring conflict to a head by lying to us about everything, helping us believe we can win the “super-war” because we are the “good guys.” Clapper is simply a great example of these beasts and the extremis we have reached. Unfortunately, there is someone just like him on the other “team.”

    • Sam F
      June 17, 2017 at 9:04 am

      Indeed the warmongers and oligarchs of the US seek to provoke and grow similar forces in other powers, because they need a foreign monster to pose as protectors and accuse their moral superiors of disloyalty. While such elements can be found in every large group, the US failure to protect democratic institutions from economic concentrations has allowed them to predominate. Russia has a much smaller military, and even China has no modern record of foreign domination, provocation, and scheming.

      This makes one consider whether the ideological vetting of the communist parties, which originally selected some rulers of present day Russia, and those of China, served their people better by excluding the worst of the warmongers. If the US cannot find better ways to protect democracy from warmongers, it will be discarded by history as less democratic than communism.

  30. mike k
    June 16, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Mr. Marks, I agree with most of what you said in your article, but I must respectfully disagree with what I felt was your leaning over backwards to be “objective” and “even handed.” Although it is true that nobody is all good or bad in this world situation, there are sides to be taken, and values to be affirmed. The United States is far and away the major cause of the very serious and potentially life ending problems on this planet at this time. The American Empire is the number one disaster for everyone alive today. I am not even going to try to prove what I have said here. To me it is by this time too obvious to ignore. I am tired of trying to point out the obvious to those who refuse to see what is right in front of them. By the way, I am not including you in that category. You have a good grasp of what is going down, but maybe you are a little too concerned with being “even handed” for my taste.

  31. backwardsevolution
    June 16, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    David Marks – well, it’s just a very fair article. You point out Clapper’s projections. I’m always floored when I hear these guys speaking about how aggressive other countries are when, if the truth were told, they’re actually the aggressor and the other country is just trying to defend themselves. Yeah, the other country is on their back, being pummeled, and they’re the aggressor?

    I know there are bad people in Russia too (they’re everywhere), and I also know that if the U.S. wasn’t the biggest bully on the block, someone else would step in and fill the vacancy. But for right now, in our current situation, the U.S. are acting like warlords, and it’s just nice to have someone spell that out, point out the idiocy of people like James Clapper.

  32. June 16, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    Mr. Marks, one could say very parallel things about the US government that your family member said about Russia. The US bureaucratic leaders apparently have no desire to get their own house in order but would rather create scapegoats for their mistakes. There’s no way to make exact comparisons between cultural values from one country to another, people’s origins have similarities but also many differences. The US has no business deciding the gay issue for Russians, and that is especially hypocritical since the US still cannot treat its descendants of slaves equally, throwing a disproportionate number of them in prison after not even giving them opportunities as the whites. The US has a lot of housecleaning to do, but they don’t really want to do it, they prefer to attack others and they never stop. And we the people can’t get through to them, they don’t care what we think.

    • Linda Wood
      June 17, 2017 at 12:42 am

      Jessica K, just to support what you are saying about our outrage over Russian backwardness with respect to gay rights, there is a writer at caucus99percent who contributes an essay nearly every day about another murder of a transgender person in the United States.

      https://caucus99percent.com/diaries

  33. turk151
    June 16, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    Mr. Marks,

    I sincerely appreciate the article, but my thoughts upon reading it, is that, while I agree with all of your points about Clapper, he is merely the top bureaucrat, not the agenda setter. As you can see by the comments above, while there is unanimous condemnation of the nefarious covert operations run by our government, there is a broad divergence of who sets that agenda, ranging from satanists, Calvinists, Jews, the MIC or Wall Street . However, in your follow up comment, you address a very under reported issue, which I feel is at the heart of this matter. That this stems from a fear from the Royals, who allied themselves with the Nazis to fight the communists. I believe this is the central story of the past century, yet perhaps it is still a topic that is too sensitive to discuss and does not receive nearly the coverage it deserves. I would love to more of your ideas on this subject.

    • Linda Wood
      June 17, 2017 at 12:55 am

      Not just the royal families of Europe, but Standard Oil, Chase Bank, and other U.S. corporations. This is the truth that is, just as you say, too sensitive to discuss, and is as you say so very clearly, the central story of the past century.

      Thank you for saying it so well.

  34. Bob
    June 16, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    Clapper and people like him in those positions are expected to lie when asked such things. Telling the truth might see you ending up like William Colby. Once you take that oath and realize the type of people you are dealing with, lying comes much easier.

  35. Jamie
    June 17, 2017 at 12:40 am

    “If you look at Facebook, the vast majority of the news items posted were fake. They were connected to, as we now know, the thousand Russian agents.”

    – Hillary

  36. Andrew Nichols
    June 17, 2017 at 3:20 am

    “The Russians are not our friends; they, (Putin specifically) are avowedly opposed to our democracy and values, and see us as the cause of all their frustrations,” Clapper declared.

    And the Aussie pollies and media just lapped up the crap from the Clap and also from Mad Jihadi lover McCain. We in Aus really are pathetic grovellers.

    • Typingperson
      June 18, 2017 at 12:38 pm

      Don’t get the Clap!

  37. Cal
    June 17, 2017 at 6:25 am

    This nails the anti Russia movement

    Zero Hedge

    Why the Elites Hate Russia

    1, Russia is an independent country. It’s not possible to manipulate Russia via external remote control, like it is most countries. The Elite don’t like that! Russia kicked out Soros “Open Society”:

    Russia has banned a pro-democracy charity founded by hedge fund billionaire George Soros, saying the organization posed a threat to both state security and the Russian constitution. In a statement released Monday morning, Russia’s General Prosecutor’s Office said two branches of Soros’ charity network — the Open Society Foundations (OSF) and the Open Society Institute (OSI) — would be placed on a “stop list” of foreign non-governmental organizations whose activities have been deemed “undesirable” by the Russian state.

    2. Russia is not easy to cripple via clandestine means, whether it be CIA, MI6, or outright military conflict. Some other BRICs however, that’s not the case. Say what you will about Russia’s military – it’s on par and in many cases, advanced, compared to the US military. And that’s not AN opinion, that’s in the opinion of top US military commanders:

    3. Russian culture, and language, is too complex for the average “Elite” who pretends to be internationally well versed because they had a few semesters of French.

    . Plain and simple, the Elite do not control Russia.

    While there are backchannels of Russian oligarchs that work directly with Western Rothschild interests, for example, they simply don’t have the same level of control as they do European countries, like Germany for instance.

  38. June 17, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Thanks, Linda, for your point about murders of gays and transgenders in the US. This country for all its vaunted proclamations about being so advanced and exceptional, has a huge amount of prejudice and ignorance among the people, who have been kept down economically so many harbor resentments.

    Your points about Russia are interesting, Cal, especially about the military. US has exploited its citizens for military service when jobs have been taken away in other fields, so that a huge number of the enlisted are just waiting to get out. I have a friend whose son-in-law has to finish his third or maybe fourth deployment to Afghanistan and he can’t wait to get out. And as noted in various posts, sloppy work has been done on military equipment in US, much of which becomes wasted money. I suspect Russians have to pay more attention to the job they do because money can’t be thrown around as in US, Russian defense budget is far leaner.

  39. Michael Kenny
    June 17, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Every time I see an American article about Russiagate, I run a search for the word “Macron”. I never get a hit. MacronLeaks proves Russiagate but no American author even mentions it. None even bother to refute the proposition that it does prove Russiagate. The parallels are astonishing: a populist “ranter” (Trump, Le Pen), a moderate candidate who is being discredited (Clinton, Fillon) and a dark horse (Sanders, Macron). The scam was to get Le Pen and Fillon into the second round and then discredit Fillon, in the hope that Macron’s “new generation” voters would be so disgusted with the “old style” politician that they would abstain in the second round, thereby allowing Le Pen to win. The scam failed principally because the media blew the lid off the Fillon story before the first round of voting, meaning that Fillon’s voters had already been driven into Macron’s arms before the vote. In a ham-fisted, last-minute, panic move, the scammers tried to discredit Macron but, in their haste, made lots of mistakes and fell into a trap he had set for them. The matter is now before the French criminal courts, but three names have already become public, one Russian and two figures of the US alt-right, one of whom worked for the Trump campaign. It is therefore established that Russians, whether working for the Russian government, the Russian Mafia or someone else in Russia, and American rightwing extremists sought to rig the French presidential election. The same pattern in the US election, so logically, the same perpetrators. Thus, James Clapper’s reasoning is perfectly sustainable and calling him rude names doesn’t change that.

    • Typingperson
      June 18, 2017 at 12:49 pm

      The claim that Russia interfered in the French election has been debunked, so, contra what you assert, MacronLeaks actually disproves Russiagate.

      And Clinton is not a moderate. She’s a right-wing warmonger, in the pockets of Wall Street, the war contractors, intelligence agencies, Big Biz and Zionists.

  40. Bill
    June 17, 2017 at 11:34 am

    Is Clapper in a conspiracy with Brennan and Comey? Who else are they working with?

  41. June 17, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Macron leaks were not any more provable than Russiagate, they were allegations. Macron is a Rothschild banker, he appeared as a politician very suddenly and is undoubtedly part of the New World Order plan for the neoliberal free market agenda manipulated by the wealthy. Obama endorsed Macron in the days preceding the French election showing that it is clear that Obama supports the neoliberal agenda of “free market” control which has stripped people of their assets and enriched the wealthy wherever it is employed. Just watch France in the next few years, there will be problems as great or greater than under Hollande. Immigrants will be brought in, hired as wage slaves, the economy will be manipulated by bankers, and the people will pay the price as usual. You are making inferences from hearsay, there is no proof of what you say. James Clapper is known to have lied in the past about domestic surveillance; he has claimed in the Russiagate investigations first one thing, then another: we have no proof but it is possible, later we know they did it (although we have no proof), once even saying that Russians are genetically prone to be dishonest, the most bizarre thing he has said. If you want to defend someone who says things like that, you put yourself in the same category of absurdity.

    • Skip Scott
      June 18, 2017 at 7:14 am

      Jessica K-

      Good response to Michael Kenny. I am starting to notice a pattern with Mr. Kenny. His comments are always MSM BS, and they are always near the very bottom of the comment stream. I think he is trying to get his message out while avoiding rebuttal. Paid troll?

      BTW, you should click the “reply” button at the base of his comment rather than using the one at the bottom of the page if you want to ensure that it is understood who you’re replying to.

      Take Care,
      Skip

  42. TellTheTruth-2
    June 17, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Let’s face it .. they tried to shift from Russia to the WAR ON TERROR; but, after 15 years with no end in sight the American public got sick and tired of it and now they need to shift back to Russia so they have a bogyman they can use to scare us into supporting more guns. Econ 101 .. Guns or Butter? How about us getting some butter for a change?

    • Typingperson
      June 18, 2017 at 1:16 pm

      Bingo! The operating premise is the USA always needs a war, ergo it always needs an enemy.

      We had USSR until 1991. Then, sadly, it disbanded and Russia turned out to be poor and broke with an outmoded, falling-apart military–not a threat. Bummer.

      We made do with War on Drugs (TM) from 1988 (when Wm Bennett was made the first “drug czar”) until 2001, and then, luckily, we got a better enemy and war–Arab terrorists! No wonder the CIA and FBI ignored red flags for months that a terrorist attack on USA via commercial airliners was in the works!! And then failed to prevent it.

      Got a lot of mileage out of the good old War on Terror (TM)–but, as you point out, after 16 years of failure–death, maiming, murder of soldiers and civilians, failed states, refugee crisis, increased chaos, and massive expense–while situation has continued to deteriorate on the homefront, people are kind of tired of War on Terror.

      So it’s back to Russia. Good times!

      • Typingperson
        June 18, 2017 at 1:22 pm

        And, fortunately, Russia under Putin has gotten its shit together. Russia now has no debt (vs 20+ trillion for USA), oligharchy is under control (relatively) and military is back up to speed–even tho Russia spends only 1/10 of what US spends on military. So they are a credible “enemy” now. And there’s always China…

  43. J. D.
    June 17, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    Clapper’s rant revealed the actual reason for the coup attempt against President Trump, which he, along with Brennan, Comey, and the Obama Dems have coordinated,. Contrast his lying depiction of Putin to the actual words of Russia’s president in his interviews with Megyn Kelley and better yet, with Oliver Stone. Hopefully. Americans will get an actual chance to see and hear President Putin and not the demonized caricature they have been barraged with by the MSM.

  44. Large Louis de Boogeytown
    June 18, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Clapper is also known to be full off shit, to apply it occasionally and to have been caught doing so, Credibility? Zero.

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