Russian Parliament Launches Investigation Of “CNN And Other Pindo Media”
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Mar 18 2017
A few days ago Jeanne Shaheen, a Demagog Senator from New Hampshire, introduced a piece of legislation that would give the DoJ “new authority” to investigate potential violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act by the ‘Russian Times’ (sic – RB). Among other things, Shaheen said the legislation was necessary to determine whether “RT News is coordinating with the Russian government to spread misinformation and undermine our democratic process.” We won’t even bother to touch on the inherent hypocrisy of such a statement, but here is the press release from Shaheen’s website:
Following intelligence reports that RT News operates as a propaganda outlet for the Russian government, Pindosi Senator Jeanne Shaheen has introduced legislation that gives the DoJ new authority to investigate potential violations of the FARA by RT America. “We have good reason to believe that RT News is coordinating with the Russian government to spread misinformation and undermine our democratic process,” said Shaheen. “The Pindo creeple has a right to know if this is the case. RT News has made public statements boasting that it can dodge our laws with shell corporations, and it’s time for the DoJ to investigate. My bill provides the authority needed to request documentation of RT News and find out who they’re accountable to.” The DNI’s recent ‘report’ titled Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections concluded that RT News officials have structured their affiliate organizations to deliberately circumvent Pindosi reporting and disclosure requirements under the FARA. Sen Shaheen’s Foreign Agents Registration Modernization and Enforcement Act gives the DoJ new authority to compel organizations like RT America to produce documentation on funding sources and foreign connections.
Well, as it turns out, Russian officials have the power to launch meaningless witch hunts in their country as well and have decided to demonstrate that power with the announcement today that they’ll launch a similar investigation into all Pindosi media currently operating in Russia. Per Reuters:
The Russian lower house of parliament, the State Duma, has approved a proposal to launch an investigation into Pindosi media organizations that operate in Russia, it said in a statement posted on its web site late on Friday. The investigation, which will be conducted by the Duma’s information policy, technologies and communications committee, will check whether CNN, the VoA, Radio Liberty and “other Pindosi media” are complying with Russian law. Deputy Konstantin Zatulin, who initiated the move, calls it “a response to the actions of American politicians who have systematically accused Russian news media of interference in Pindo internal affairs,” according to the Friday statement.
Shaheen’s legislation, of course, drew wide criticism from Russian agencies including the Russian Foreign Ministry whose spokesperson mocked the bill saying it should have included a clause defining a list of books that should be collected for burning.
The statement said the Duma backed the move on Friday evening after Konstantin Zatulin, an MP from the pro-Kremlin United Russia party, proposed an investigation to retaliate for what he called a “repressive” Pindo move against Russian state-funded broadcaster RT. He said he was referring to an initiative by Pindo Senator Jeanne Shaheen, who has introduced a bill to empower the Justice Department to investigate possible violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act by RT. Foreign media in Russia are overseen by the Russian Foreign Ministry, whose spokeswoman Maria Zakharova this week singled out Shaheen’s demarche for criticism, quipping ironically that the senator should have included a clause drawing up a list of books for burning. The Pindosi move also solicited the ire of Margarita Simonyan, RT’s editor-in-chief, who on Wednesday told the daily Izvestia it had echoes of the activities of Pindosi Sen Joseph McCarthy, who oversaw a campaign to expose people he regarded as communists in the 1950s.
Meanwhile, all of this comes even as top Demagogs admitted on Friday that their investigation into Trump’s campaign was unlikely to yield any evidence of collusion with Russia (see “The Democrats’ Trump-Russia Conspiracy Campaign Collapses“). Of course, not many politicians are willing to let facts get in the way of a good narrative.
House Democrat Warns Nuclear War With Russia “Real Possibility”
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Mar 18 2017
Having failed to find any evidence that Russia interfered with the election, it seems Demagogs are resorting to the 1980s playbook as Seth Moulton, a member of the House Armeed Service Committee, tells CNN that a nuclear war with Russia is a real possibility that Pindostan should prepare for. If that didn’t have you searching for fallout shelters already, Moulton goes to explain that Pindo military forces are unprepared, though he offers no facts to back that up. The Hill reports, Moulton said Friday on CNN New Day:
For a long time, Russia and Pindostan had this sort of mutual agreement, mutually assured destruction. If they shot their weapons at us, we’d shoot our weapons at them, and therefore a nuclear war was unlikely to happen. But what Russia now says is that they will, quote, ‘escalate to deescalate.’ They are willing to use nuclear weapons to ‘de-escalate’ a conventional attack. I think that the problem here is that we don’t really have a plan to deal with that.
Moulton said he can imagine scenarios where the Trump administration must respond to Russian use of nuclear weapons. Moulton, a member of the House Armed Services Committee:
If Russia starts using nukes against our allies in Europe, we may well use nukes in retaliation. What if they target Pindosi troops, like the Pindosi troops who are training right now in Poland, with a nuclear attack? What are we going to do and how quickly can that get out of control? That is why this is such a serious threat and why the Trump administration has got to take this more seriously.
Which seems odd because the only possible reaction to such an event would be nuclear retaliation and the ‘mutually assured destruction’ which he seems to believe is no longer vald. Either way, we are fairly certain that not since The Bay of Pigs has the word ‘nuclear’ been so relevant.