In Multipolarity

By Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, Jan 11, 2017

In January, 1961, Dwight Eisenhower delivered his farewell address after serving two terms as U.S. president; the five-star general chose to warn Americans of this specific threat to democracy: “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.” That warning was issued prior to the decade-long escalation of the Vietnam War, three more decades of Cold War mania, and the post-9/11 era, all of which radically expanded that unelected faction’s power even further.

This is the faction that is now engaged in open warfare against the duly elected and already widely disliked president-elect, Donald Trump. They are using classic Cold War dirty tactics and the defining ingredients of what has until recently been denounced as “Fake News.”

… Last night, many Democrats openly embraced and celebrated what was, so plainly, an attempt by the Deep State to sabotage an elected official who had defied it: ironically, its own form of blackmail.’

Back in October, a political operative and former employee of the British intelligence agency MI6 was being paid by Democrats to dig up dirt on Trump (before that, he was paid by anti-Trump Republicans). He tried to convince countless media outlets to publish a long memo he had written filled with explosive accusations about Trump’s treason, business corruption and sexual escapades, with the overarching theme that Trump was in servitude to Moscow because they were blackmailing and bribing him.

Despite how many had it, no media outlets published it. That was because these were anonymous claims unaccompanied by any evidence at all, and even in this more permissive new media environment, nobody was willing to be journalistically associated with it…

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Related news:
Buzzfeed’s Trump report takes ‘fake news’ to a new level, by John Podhoretz, New York Post, Jan 10, 2017

BuzzFeed posts unverified claims on Trump, igniting a debate, by Sydney Ember and Michael Grynbau, New York Times, Jan 11, 2017

Interview on Truthdig with William Binney: Cybersecurity and the new cold war are ‘big swindles’, interview by Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer with U.S. spying whistleblower William Binney, broadcast on Jan 10, 2017

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