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“...Putin spent a year in spy school, where he became a great proponent of the use of ‘active measures’...by disseminating conflicting accounts of events to create the impression there are no reliable facts.” - House of Trump, House of Putin by @craigunger. HOW DO WE COMBAT THIS?
We must be rigorous about sourcing everything we say. And demanding that from others. But there are many things about which the public can’t have first hand knowledge, which means we have to take someone’s word. And this is where the potential for exploitation thrives. 1/
This means demanding as much transparency as possible. Because uncertainty thrives in the dark. 2/
I had a conversation with a well meaning progressive the other day. It felt like arguing on quicksand. She still believes it may have been Seth Rich, rather than Russia, who hacked the DNC. She wants proof it was Russia & proof Assange was working on behalf of Russia. 3/
She said that Russia spent only $200k on FB ads and that this is a laughably small amount. It left me very concerned. Mueller’s report must be made public. But when it comes to hacking, whether of campaigns or anything else, how will we prove it? 4/
I feel the communication between Alfa Bank and Trump Tower via a server in Lititz PA is perhaps the most crucial element of the story. I don’t believe it’s disputed that Alfa Bank was pinging this server. 5/
As explained in this sourced thread, the communication between Alfa Bank & the Trump Tower server in PA seems to be what Harry Reid tried to warn the country about and what Schumer tried to bury. threadreaderapp.com/thread/1079081… 6/
The public must be told what was communicated. 7/
And we must try to quantify for the public the extent of Russia’s propaganda efforts in the US before 2016. I believe much of it is in the indictments. I think we must all make a resolution to read them - unless you’ve done so already. 8/
I began trying to do this here - inspired by my conversation with my progressive friend. 9/
But I became frustrated bc the Alfa Bank / Trump Tower communication seems to be the heart of it, and as yet we’ve been told so little. 10/
This is not a situation where America “can’t handle the truth.” This is a situation where our survival as a democracy depends on the truth coming out. This is my wish for 2019. 11/
Meanwhile, what do we do when leaders in our own party seem determined to bury the truth? I don’t want to divide democrats, but I don’t think we can afford to assume that all Ds are doing the right thing when it comes to exposing these truths. Thread. 12/
13/ And what do we do about this type of shadiness? We must ourselves work to expose that which our elected leaders and media ignore. Thread.
14/ I think we need to support fact finders as much as possible. As an example, im very impressed with @CREWcrew.
15/ Another example of @CREWcrew’s truth finding efforts.
18/ BTW, I didn’t mean this thread to be a big promotion for @CREWcrew. I’m kind of free associating, but it landed there because we need more EVIDENCE than our government willingly provides. That often requires lawsuits. And it occurs to me that @CREWcrew files such lawsuits.
19/ I am not affiliated with them in any way, but recently added them as a favorite Twitter follow and appreciate their important efforts.
20/ They fight to unearth the type of indisputable facts that are needed to combat disinformation.
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