The Alliance for Securing Democracy developed a "disinformation" tracker called Hamilton 68 that they claimed could identify Russian influence operations. It misidentified real people as Russian bots - even singling out Stars and Stripes newspaper.
Replying to @MaxBlumenthal
Today, the genius Kremlinologists at @SecureDemocracy labeled the US military newspaper @starsandstripes as part of a Russian influence op
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The "Podesta emails" published by WikiLeaks showed Jake Sullivan did not believe the Trans-Pacific Partnership had to have any particular environmental protections for Hillary Clinton to support the TPP. shadowproof.com/2016/10/12/c…
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On April 13, 2017, after Trump launched 59 missiles against a Syrian air base in response to an alleged chemical attack, Sullivan cheered the strike during an appearance on CNN. The retaliation was never legally justified.
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Also, in the same CNN appearance, Sullivan said he believed Obama should've attacked Syria like Trump had done. He also criticized Congress for "dragging" their feet on authorization for strikes in Syria.
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During the same CNN appearance in 2017, Sullivan said Trump appeared to have used the "Mother of All Bombs" appropriately. "In principle, using this weapon for this kind of purpose is an appropriate step for the military to take."
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Also from this CNN appearance in 2017—Sullivan backed then-CIA director Mike Pompeo's evidence-free claim that WikiLeaks is a “non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia.” And urged Trump to "reinforce" what Pompeo said.
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In same speech, Pompeo said Assange had “no First Amendment freedoms” because “he is not a U.S. citizen." “We’ve had administrations before that have been squeamish about going after these folks under some concept of this right-to-publish," Pompeo added.
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Much like Pompeo, Jake Sullivan is rather biased because WikiLeaks exposed emails he sent during Hillary Clinton's failed 2020 presidential campaign. That exposed him to unwanted scrutiny over matters that were of public interest.
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Alejandro Mayorkas is Biden's pick for secretary of Homeland Security. In the Obama administration, he was deputy secretary of homeland security and director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
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Mayorkas was a senior DHS official in 2014 when Obama faced Central American refugee crisis. As American Immigration Council documented, DHS "increased detention of women and children awaiting their asylum hearings, rather than release [them] on bond." americanimmigrationcouncil.o…

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The Obama administration, according to American Immigration Council, backed several policies intended to "send a message" to "Central Americans that the trip to the United States was not worth the risk, and they would be better off staying put."
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Like Mayorkas declared in June 2014, "We are surging resources to increase our capacity to detain individuals and adults with children, and to handle immigration court hearings." DHS engaged in "expedited removal," or deportations, of asylum-seekers. obamawhitehouse.archives.gov…
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Immigrant rights groups wrote a letter to Mayorkas and DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson in February 2016 that urged them to end family detention and halt fast-track processes that deprived asylum seekers of due process rights. lawg.org/wp-content/uploads/…
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Mayorkas was director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) from 2009-2013, and as documented by ACLU, USCIS oversaw blacklist of Arabs, Middle Easterners, Muslims, and South Asians who may apply for citizenship. aclusocal.org/sites/default/…
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As ACLU and other groups described in 2013, "USCIS has been blacklisting law-abiding applicants [due to] 'national security concerns' based on lawful religious activity, national origin, and innocuous associations."
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CORRECTION: This quote is from April 2017, not April 2019. So that means Assange was still in the Ecuador embassy and had not been arrested. Blinken was responding to reports that Trump's Justice Department had found a way to charge Assange.
Replying to @kgosztola
On April 21, 2017, days after WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was expelled from Ecuador embassy and arrested, Blinken said he would have loved to have seen Obama admin find a way to charge Assange.
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John Kerry is Biden's pick for special presidential envoy for climate. Kerry, former secretary of state under Obama, is known as "architect" of Paris climate agreement. It contained no enforceable mechanisms for ensuring countries met meager benchmarks for cutting emissions.
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The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned pledges put us on path to "world that would have devastating impacts on food and water security, human health, displacement of people, & loss of biodiversity and degradation of ecosystem services." insideclimatenews.org/news/0…
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Kerry is a believer in carbon pricing, a "market solution" to climate disruption that is favored by neoliberals. He is an adviser to a fund on the New York Stock Exchange launched by Climate Finance Partners, to "innovate" so-called carbon markets.
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In September, Kerry declared, "The next Bill Gates, the next Sergey Brin, the next Elon Musk—there are plenty of people out there pushing curve on hydrogen fuel, pushing curve on turbines and wind, pushing curve on even better, cheaper solar panels." bostonglobe.com/2020/09/20/b…
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Carbon pricing fuels the capitalist myth that markets can address the planet's climate crisis. As this paper from National Academy of Sciences clearly outlines, the climate emergency is a result of systemic problems that markets will not solve. pnas.org/content/117/16/8664
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In 2019, during interview for HEATED, Kerry maintained polarization is the problem and corporations that push for natural gas to be a "bridge fuel" for a "longer period" are actually meaningfully contributing to "healthy debate." heated.world/p/a-conversatio…
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Interview came as he launched World War Zero, a centrist neoliberal project populated with Hollywood celebrities. Affiliated representatives take no policy positions. It grew out of American Security Project, which promotes fantasy of fusion energy. theconversation.com/conserva…
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Linda Thomas-Greenfield is Biden's pick for US ambassador to the United Nations. She was assistant secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs and oversaw policy toward sub-Saharan Africa in Obama administration. She is leader of Biden transition's State Department group.
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When Susan Rice was under attack for her record on US foreign policy toward Africa, Thomas-Greenfield defended her. "Ms. Rice was tireless in her effort to bring peace to the region..." Rice aggressively pushed for war in Libya, and the country is now a failed state.
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Thomas-Greenfield is senior vice president for Albright Stonebridge Group's Africa section. The corporate and opaque diplomacy firm takes advantage of a loophole that lets her—and others at similar firms—avoid registering as lobbyists. politico.com/news/2020/11/23…
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