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💯@JeffreyToobin: Beyond legal issues, Trump/Giuliani are using #Ukraine for an election #disinformation campaign against Biden. ⚠️ If journalists feel compelled to investigate him even tho all allegations have been proven false, it’s Clinton emails all over again. #Whistleblower
FYI #Whistleblower story also reminds us that the Biden-Ukraine conspiracy theory has origins in Russian #propaganda. It may be the first clear #Kremlin-based #disinformation campaign of the 2020 election to help Trump (as I note in a THREAD from May)
🤯And like clockwork—journalists fly to Kremlin bullsh!t like flies. Whistleblower exposes collusion recidivist Trump abusing power to extort vulnerable ally Ukraine to boost his failing re-election campaign. But Ken Vogel will chase the disinformation. Clinton Emails 2.0 #Maddow
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1/ [Data #Thread] *Klaxon for all those interested in potential Twitter manipulation*. Here I compare a large sample of pro and anti-Trump Twitter accounts. Sample A includes around 137,000 pro-Trump Twitter accounts, and sample B, 65,000 anti-Trump accounts #disinformation
2/ Both Samples involved downloading Twitter accounts based on data from their Twitter bios. Pro-Trump accounts were selected if the contained terms such as #MAGA, #KAG #WWG1WGA #AmericaFirst (and similar). Anti-Trump accounts were chosen to see if they contained #Resist
3/ #DumpTrump #ImpeachTrump etc. While obviously not exhaustive, the sample is large. The first obvious potential finding is that there are clearly more overtly pro-Trump Twitter accounts in terms of biographical detail. Interesting when you consider that he lost the popular vote
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#ContainmentOps re: defamatory meme against Journalist Truthfully covering Stealth-/Bio-/Neuro-Weaponry Torture for 5yrs ongoing; a childish/inaccurate meme for those who can't answer with intellectual discourse to justified criticism over public (dis)info/actions they promote.
#ContainmentOps former Targeted Justice Legal Director Jack Christiana & NSA Whistle-blower Karen Melton Stewart left TJ for justified reasons. Human Right for people to criticise governments/msm/alt media/non-profit orgs/charities when they are wrong:
barbarahartwellvscia.blogspot.com/2019/08/an-ope…
#ContainmentOps The list of people on the #falsememe defaming Ramola D, most are on the advisory board of Targeted Justice: Katherine Horton/Richard Lighthouse have promoted violence/criminal behaviour seen in podcasts/ebooks others are promoters/defenders of this.
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Heavy-Heartedly Following The Case Of #Hammond- After 18 yrs As A #Whistleblower This Level Of Lack Of Public Empathy & Support, The Death Of Empathy & Outrage, Shouldn’t Affect & Sadden Me; But It Does!!- - - rt.com/usa/467921-ham… #
I believe the #DeepState’s biggest achievement to date, by far: The Creation Of Apathetic & Desensitized Majority. The Two Most Powerful Tools In this Speedy Transformation: 1- The Media ; 2- Weaponized Internet & Social Media.
As the Director of the Only Gov Intel & Military Whistleblowers Coalition Operated by Whistleblowers Only, With 150+ Military-Intel-Law Enforcement WBs When I Ask “Would you do it all over again today?” 90+% say “NO”. When I ask why: they say “Public Apathy” renders it “Futile”!
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NEW: @Twitter finds “coordinated and significant” #China-backed “information operation" to sow "political discord" in #HongKong amid mass pro-democracy protests. #propaganda #disinformation #informationwarfare
@Twitter Twitter and Facebook have suspended accounts believed to be tied to China's state-backed #disinformation campaign to undermine legitimacy of pro-democracy #HongKong protesters. Twitter is also barring state-controlled news media entities from advertising. cnbc.com/2019/08/19/twi…
After @BuzzFeedNews and other outlets reported that Chinese state-run media outlets were running ads about #HongKong on @Facebook and @Twitter, Thousands Of Accounts Linked To The Chinese Government Were Kicked Off Social Media buzzfeed.com/janelytvynenko… #propaganda #disinformation
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The far-right attacking the anti-fascists with a hammer, then switching the narratives claiming that the anti-fascists attacked them with a hammer. #Antifa means "anti-fascists." It is not an organization. If you are against fascists, YOU are antifa. #Portland
“Smear campaigns” against #antifa are used to create the image of internal enemy and “scapegoats.” Since Charlottesville, such campaigns against #Antifa became a compulsory exercise for #AltRight, #Kremlin #trolls and #Bots. #disinformation is an important tool in cyberwar.
In 2017, the online campaign used fake #antifa (an umbrella term for anti-fascist protestors) Twitter accounts to claim anti-fascists promoted violence against women supporting Trump or white supremacy. @bellingcat research showed the evidence of campaign orchestration on 4chan.
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Wow Putin is scared. #Russia TV did one of their propaganda “exposes” to discredit @CNN reporter @clarissaward as a spy b/c she’s investigating Kremlin secret Wagner army. She even interviewed a mercenary. Recall 3 well-known Russian journalists were killed investigating Wagner.
.@CNN reporter interviewed a Wagner mercenary—#Russia’s secret private army he says "does anything Putin says" to boost Russian influence & suppress American. Same group that seized #Crimea, operates in #Ukraine, #Syria, #Africa. Kept secret to give Kremlin plausible deniability.
.@CNN reporter found out first hand about KGB #Putin’s #Russia. Doing a story on Kremlin-tied Wagner mercenary private army, @clarissaward was followed, filmed, had a guy go thru her hotel room, and became the subject of a Russian #disinformation attack video calling her a “spy.”
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The Global DISINFORMATION Machine Behind the Rise of Far-Right Nationalism
nytimes.com/2019/08/10/wor…
2017
First came Trump, suggesting that Sweden’s history of welcoming refugees was at the root of a violent attack in Rinkeby the previous evening, even though nothing had actually happened...and then things got weird
source: Fox News, which had excerpted a short film promoting a dystopian view of Sweden as a victim of its asylum policies, with immigrant neighborhoods crime-ridden “no-go zones.”
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(THREAD) A homicidal mental state is not a mental illness. This is why our laws hold persons accountable who act with homicidal intent whenever a mental illness does not account for that intent. Stigmatizing mentally ill people, unjustly, isn't helpful. The problem is "#Bigotry."
A "#Bigot" is a person who has a baseless bias (or baseless biases) against a group (or groups) of humans. By itself, bigotry is not harmless. It influences the way one speaks, acts, thinks, votes, and advocates. #BigotRhetoric is pernicious, insidious, and infectious.
Repeated exposure to #BigotRhetoric can literally alter how others perceive stimuli. They will inevitably begin to experience confirmation bias that reinforces and augments growing bigotry, in their minds. In any large groups of humans, some will have homicidal mental states.
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#EnoughIsEnough.

Antifa isn't murdering people. MS-13 isn't gunning down hundreds.

The Trump regime set the stage for these #massshootings.

They have vilified their critics while ending programs that track dangerous, fringe groups.

These ARE #TrumpsTerrorists.
First Trump shut down programs to counter violent extremism.

The administration has hobbled the infrastructure designed to prevent atrocities like Pittsburgh and Christchurch. theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/…
When Fighting Domestic Terrorism, You Get What You Pay For

The Trump administration has gutted the budget for fighting far-right extremists, making it harder to stop attacks like the Pittsburgh massacre. foreignpolicy.com/2018/11/01/whe…
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The far-right spread disinfo on El Paso "siege"/"violence" planned "by Antifa" 3 days before Aug 3 shooting. A peaceful action was planned by native Americans/POC LGBT organization BorderResistance borderresistance.com (no affiliation/mention of antifa) #ElPaso #elpasoshooter
The far-right and the Kremlin carried out an orchestrated attack on antifa for several years. A good thread by @RVAwonk
@RVAwonk “Smear campaigns” are used to create the image of internal enemy and “scape goats.” Since Charlottesville, such campaigns against #Antifa became a compulsory exercise for #AltRight, #Kremlin #trolls and #Bots. #disinformation is an important tool in cyberwar.
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👏@Twitter suspends Russian Embassy in #Syria account after its latest #disinformation calling Syrian rescue workers “terrorists.” That’s how #Russia rolls: Bomb the crap out of civilians & call the rescuers terrorists. MORE Russian embassy accounts—please!themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/31/twi…
Peak #Russia: Russia is currently jailing scores of citizens after beating the crap out of them—for exercising their freedom of speech & assembly in protests—but demands “FreedomOfSpeech” for disinformation platforms, so they can cause more misery in the world. GOOD JOB, @Twitter
Re-upping my piece about why the Kremlin loves to smack the West for not living up to Western values. It’s a propaganda tactic to keep us focused on criticizing ourselves—NOT #Russia—so Putin can continue spreading misery & corruption at home & abroad. stopfake.org/en/russophobia…
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The #MuellerReport reveals #Russia's sweeping subversion of US politics. It's only a piece of Putin's larger war. Here's a new guide to Russian #ActiveMeasures in #Ukraine—testing ground for Kremlin #disinformation warfare in US & Europe. #SurkovLeaks rusi.org/sites/default/…
"Russia’s activity in Ukraine is a reinvention of 'active measures,' a form of political warfare pioneered by the SovietUnion. The strategy [uses] ‘reflexive control’, a…Soviet technique to manipulate an opponent into making decisions leading to their own defeat"
=US UNDER TRUMP
Remember how ppl wondered how Russians knew about swing states?
"the Kremlin conducted painstaking research into the intricacies of Ukrainian daily life to understand the Ukrainian world view and identify vulnerabilities that could be exploited. Then, using media, front groups…
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💥#SethRich conspiracy theory was a Russian #disinformation operation too: Russian spy agency SVR secretly planted fake intel report claiming Clinton ppl killed the DNC staffer. #Russia-run RT and Right-Wing media spread the #propaganda hoax. news.yahoo.com/exclusive-the-… h/t @RVAwonk
@RVAwonk New #SethRich report shows we've only scratched the surface of Russian disinformation warfare against the US. As we learn the full scale of Russia's attack, we see too the depths of compromised Americans—willing tools like @FoxNews propagandist Hannity—doing Russia's dirty work⤵️
Pretty neat trick. Russia seeds disinformation which @FoxNews then spreads to deflect Russian culpability. “It wasn’t Russia. It was #SethRich—an inside job,” cried GOP propagandists. Just as Mueller was named to investigate the 2016 attack & Trump’s role.
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Spectacular lying from @ThatKatyaGirl in this tweet, so much so that it’s going to take a thread to set the record straight. #disinformation #дезинформация 1/12
No it isn’t. This is your national leaders’ candidate for chairperson of the European Commission, who will have to be approved or rejected by your democratically elected European Parliament by majority vote. 2/12
You voted for the people who will appoint her on your behalf. This is how representative democracy works. It’s how chief executives are appointed in most parliamentary systems. (But there’s a but - see end of thread.) 3/12
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There are so many things wrong with what the #USAF is doing here, that are very much not evident to the casual observer.

1) The RC-135 has changed its unique transponder number to 730000 (hex), an Iranian assigned code. So, the USAF is impersonating an Iranian plane.
2) As @GDarkconrad pointed out, this isn't an accident, the USAF did this with Venezuelan codes off the coast of #Venezuela too. US reconnaissance planes are impersonating the codes of the countries they are conducting reconaissance on, endangering future civilian flights.
3) I'm waiting for someone to tell me it's for #OPSEC. Clearly that doesn't work, as Spanish and Canadian citizens have called them out while we're still in out PJs. The Iranians see them plain as day, they're only hiding their activities from the American (and world) public.
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@HighWireTalk Actual survey results:
"Despite these concerns, 82% of respondents were still generally in favor of vaccines, while 8% showed serious doubts, and 9% said they were unsure."
#VaccinesWork
studyfinds.org/surprising-sur…
@HighWireTalk The survey identified genuine problem. Which is that parents get bombarded with lies on social media.
Luckily most of them see them for the lies they are.
Some have questions...
I'm all for questions!
@HighWireTalk But I am also hugely against the idea that you can lie about vaccines on social media with zero come-back.
I don't think that should be allowed. Because it leads to hesitancy, lack of vaccination and then outbreaks and disease and death.
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Ready for #DigitalSherlocks@DFRLab
Nos da la bienvenida a #digitalSherlock @GrahamBrookie del @DFRLab, un programa que promete. Les iré contando por aquí! #desinformación
What’s a Stake: Democracy: los cambios tecnológicos son muy disruptivos para la sociedad y ello es riesgoso. Llevamos una década de retroceso democrático... Hay retos, pero hay que abordar el futuro con confianza,?dice @DamonMacWilson
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#BREAKING #MH17 crash investigators (JIT) announce murder charges on notorious Russian FSB colonel Igor Girkin + 3 others for ordering Russian BUK missile to fire on civilian plane that killed 298 people in July 2014, early in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
cnn.com/2019/06/19/eur…
Instrumental in making critical breakthroughs in #MH17 crash investigation, @Bellingcat details what Girkin, Dubinsky, Pulatov & Kharchenko did to earn the title of first murder suspects JIT will prosecute for 298 murders bellingcat.com/news/uk-and-eu… #Russia #Ukraine #JusticeForMH17
@bellingcat For 5 years #Russia's propagandists have denied responsibility for downing #MH17 w/ the now familiar #disinformation ad absurdum blitz. Today's @JITMH17 murder charges prove objective facts DO exist, truth CAN be known. May this be another nail in the Kremlin #propaganda coffin.
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Thread: Pro-#Assad Activists, Disinformation, & Ignorance

Roll with me while I describe a case illustrating how pro-Assad activists amplify #Russia #Propaganda --- but don't know basics of disinfo they spread.

It begins w latest smear of #WhiteHelmets in northwest #Syria (1/x)
Background: Since they formed n 2013, & especially since #Russia military i-vention n 2015, #WhiteHelmets are top target of disinfo

Part of this is to cover #Russia-regime bombing & mass killing of civilians. Part is to demoralize people amid pro-#Assad offensives.

#Syria (2/x)
Re campaign v. #WhiteHelmets: theconversation.com/who-are-syrias…

On Sunday, @VanessaBeeley - key disinfo figure used by #Russia & #Assad regime - tried latest smear by pushing 2015 video from #Idlib in #Syria as "terrorist affiliations" of @SyriaCivilDef

(3/x)
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It also shows how far yet to come. I fear #ETHI are falling short on addressing how to regulate, and improve governance and oversight of the subterranean influence industry #CambridgeAnalytica #SCL - GDPR fails here too. Dual strategy needed! Can we talk? @bobzimmermp @beynate
I’m alarmed by how much of what I know about #CambridgeAnalytica #scl is unaddressed in the debates taking place which are focused on #facebook - there needs to be a fuller understanding of the political economy of the substrate of #disinformation and influence companies
The business model of how the influence industry companies operate and how this is enabled and how it makes us vulnerable is not being addressed directly.
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[1/3] Our investigation has uncovered a massive flood of #disinformation ahead of #EUelections2019. @Facebook has taken down pages with over 500 million views but it’s the tip of the iceberg. Our findings in this brand new report, here our press release: bit.ly/2VYA6CE
[2/3] @Facebook failed to unearth the huge networks of #disinformation that Avaaz uncovered ahead of #EUelections2019. Now they’re taking pages down. 77 gone but we reported over 500 pages to them. They should have all of them taken down ASAP. For press, write to: media@avaaz.org
[3/3] Far-right networks found spreading #disinformation 6 million times a day. Staggering numbers discovered by @Avaaz in this new report: bit.ly/2VVrRHu. @Facebook is moving to takedown pages but in time to save #EUelections2019?
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“What the agency does not report, does not take place” truepublica.org.uk/united-kingdom…
Most of international news coverage in Western #media is provided by three global news agencies based in New York, London and Paris. The key role played by these agencies means Western media often report on the same topics, even using the same wording
«The central role of news agencies also explains why, in geopolitical conflicts, most #media use the same original sources. In the Syrian war, for example, the “Syrian Observatory for Human Rights” – a dubious one-man organization based in London – featured prominently»
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BEWARE of accounts pushing complacency themes!

Criticizing elected officials intelligently is a core tenet of good citizenship and vital to democracy. Dismissing it is a MAGA-like tactic. See hashtag #HowILearnedDissent to see how we used to learn and add yours.

Compare:
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Eisenhower...
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Or being fooled into 🌳inaction🌳 because of magical 3D chess or some "secret" opp known only to some Murdoch shills? Allegedly.
2b/
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