New Democratic Bill to Establish a 'National Russian Threat Response Center', Thrusting America Deeper into Russophobia

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Rep. Joe Kennedy introduced a bill to fight back against 'russian meddling' that will establish a 'National Russian Threat Response Center', whose goal will be to fuck with Russia on a regular basis. What is the point of such an idiotic layer of expensive bureaucracy? After all, isn't it the job of the lauded '17 intelligence agencies' to already do this job? I suppose this is the reward for all of this Russian bullshit, a great big payoff that will employee more deep staters, lavishing them with salaries, pensions, and healthcare benefits. They'll stop the Russian hackers, once and for all.

“Russia’s attack on our election was not guided by party affiliation but instead by a deep desire to weaken trust in our institutions and shake the very foundation of our democracy,” Rep. Joseph Kennedy of Massachusetts, the bill’s author, said Thursday. “Without a strong, coordinated response from our government, adversarial assaults on our electoral system, economy and national security will only become more sophisticated and sustained in the coming years.”

The bill is designed to amend the National Security Act of 1947, which would be dedicated to Russian and under the auspices of the DNI. It will commingle officers from the State Department, HLS, Treasury, the CIA, and the Pentagon.

“The Center will be responsible for synchronizing and analyzing information pertaining to Russia from across the intelligence community, diplomatic channels and law enforcement agencies,” Mr. Kennedy’s office said. “Using its broad view across the U.S. Government, the Center will develop policy recommendations and identify gaps in the current collection and collation of intelligence pertaining to Russia.”

The bill's aim, heralded by Kennedy and seven other democratic sponsors, is to disrupt Russian hackers before the elections happen. We must preserve our democracy and its intoxicating hue of abject corruptness, so that future generation of Americans can enjoy it as we have done.

“They do not target Democrats per se, they do not target Republicans per se — they target who they believe will stand up for American interests at the expense of Russian interests,” Mr. Kennedy told the Boston Herald. “We need to make sure that systems are put in place to safeguard our voting systems and our electoral process.
“By uniting our agencies and our allies against this common threat, our Response Center will ensure our government is ready and willing to respond to any future meddling before it takes root,” he said.

Separately, the Senate just passed a bill that would add new sanctions to Russia and strip away the President's power to remove them. Aside from adding new sanctions, the bill will codify old sanctions into law -- making them permanent.

"It’s particularly significant that a bipartisan coalition is seeking to reestablish Congress, not the president, as the final arbiter of sanctions relief, considering that this administration has been too eager — far too eager, in my mind — to put sanctions relief on the table," Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who pressed hard for the strongest possible anti-Russia bill, said in a floor speech. "These additional sanctions will also send a powerful, bipartisan statement that Russia and any other nation who might try to interfere with our elections will be punished."

The rationale for the bill, aside from hacking into John Podesta's email box and stirring up a pizzagate controversy, is in response to their engagement in Syria, helping to defeat ISIS and America's other terrorist allies in the region, the invasion of Crimea, and of course helping elect Donald Trump.

Rand Paul and Bernie Sanders were the only two who voted against the measure.

Here are the details of the sanctions, which are widespread and significant.

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Pinefox's picture

What stupidity.  All we've heard are accusations with nothing to back them up.  How did the Russians affect my vote?  Beats me.  What can we do to stop this absurdity?  Can we Hedgies unite and assert our collective voice (that is all of you who think this is nuts) and set a day for a mass barrage of emails and phone calls to Democratic supporters of this bill, voicing our opposition. Its distressing to see how apathy is allowing this monumental lie to be perpetuated day after day.  

adonisdemilo's picture

Anti Russian response rules for TPTB.

Rule 1 Run for the hills and hide.

Rule 2 Stay there until you're told it's safe.

At least there aren't any lamp-posts in the hills so you should be OK for a while.

FoggyWorld's picture

I can't believe Trump won't be able to take this to the Supreme Court.   He is Commander in Chief as well as the President and should a war start he and all Presidents are, it would seem to me, wisely given powers to close this country down.   More wasting of time and money but this really is usurping his ability to govern.  That could put the US population in serious danger.

passerby's picture

sorta like a 911 response center for crank calls?

Northern Flicker's picture

What happened to the 650,000 emails on Anthony Weiner's laptop???

Possibly everything else is a distraction.

HRClinton's picture

They're playing "Hide the Wiener" with the emails, so they won't see the light of day.

ducksinarow's picture

This is the new "cold war". It smells exactly like the old cold war. It is an arms race, with more than one finger on the nuclear weapons. The bottom line is not safety for average American citizens. It is about getting funding to make bigger and better bombs as well as getting power over the new cyber equipment designed to create confusion and stun your average computer jocky into taking drastic actions for protection over their own software. The blackmail comes when every one has relaxed their guards, like what happened in the original cold war. The leaders aged or died out of the system which allowed the system to be all but dormant. We have a new crop of aging government officials who will soon tire of all this business and will age out or die out of the system leaving punk kids who do not know anything that is not printed on a CD and called the Call to Arms or whatever the latest patriotic sounding video game is. We will have kids running this stuff and we would be better off if Chimpanzies were in charge.

HRClinton's picture

It's more than an Arms Race, which in itself is about forcing the opponent to bankrupt himself before you do.

As a part of this, it is also about denying the Opponent access to markets and possible resources, by encircling and squeezing them slowly, like a Boa would.

Remember, Chosen Globalists don't back down. They double down.

how_this_stuff_works's picture

" We will have kids running this stuff and we would be better off if Chimpanzies were in charge."

The problem is, they have bought into---and believe---this "USA is exceptional" crap, and that 'Murica will reign supreme in a nuclear war.

how_this_stuff_works's picture

Disclaimer: I consider myself a woman of faith.

That said, what the fuck is WRONG with these people?

HRClinton's picture

A: They are of a DIFFERENT faith, and wonder the same about you and your kind.

Non-Corporate Entity's picture

They have to keep the bullshit flowing.

That's all these psychotic children have left. Sad.

Chupacabra-322's picture

We are Governed by Children & Psychopaths.

Scrimpy's picture

All white countries must perish, so the jew world order may flourish...



Why are white Americans still too stupid to see what is happening before their own eyes?

Nobodys Home's picture

Is Joe Blow Kennedy on a baseball team somewhere?

SummerSausage's picture

Who would his uncle Teddy have turned to for help undermining Reagan without the Russians?

His grandfather was on the wrong side of WWII also.  Runs in the family.

MrBoompi's picture

Rooting out the horrendous crimes and corruption in the Democratic establishment has many scared.  Even the MSM is worried since they have been nothing but partners all along the way.  The jeopardy they are in has caused the fake Russian narrative in order to deflect law enforcement and public suspicions away from themselves.  It will take a lot of intestinal fortitude to root these fuckers out.  More murders are not out of the question.  

Caleb Abell's picture

Funny how families change.  

Little Joe's uncle tried to take a stand against the deep state ... and they blew his head off.  

Little Joe's father was in position to win the presidency and take revenge on the deep state ... and they blew his head off.

Little Joe, with his families blood splattered all over him, decided that he likes his head right where it is.  So he took the safe route ... he got on his knees and does the deep state's work for them.

Too bad Little Joe went into politics.  If he stayed in private life he wouldn't have dishonored himself and his family's name.

moneybots's picture

“Russia’s attack on our election was not guided by party affiliation but instead by a deep desire to weaken trust in our institutions and shake the very foundation of our democracy,” Rep. Joseph Kennedy of Massachusetts, the bill’s author, said Thursday.


We have a constitutional republic, not a democracy.


The anti Russian hysteria is destroying trust in our institutions.

espirit's picture

But, but, but...

What about those Chinese Squirrels?

Hyjinx's picture

Political ploy.  Kennedy proposes it, Republicans oppose it (hopefully).  Of course all Republicans that oppose this must be Russian agents and if Trump doesn't sign it well then it's impeachment!  This is beyond psychotic.

847328_3527's picture

Democrap desperation at its best.

FoggyWorld's picture

The more the play these games, a greater number of people are wondering out loud about just what it is they are trying so deperately to hide.

Yes, one party perforce loses an election but for the life of me I cannot remember anything that even comes close to what is happening here and it's way beyond sore loser behavior.   Something is rotten and not in Denmark.


Beans's picture

Oh what a tangled web the ZIO weaves, when from birth he is fully programmed to deceive...


HRClinton's picture

It's in his Levi 'jeans'?

InnVestuhrr's picture

This is all so misguided and leaving us vulnerable to the real threat - the Martians !!!!!!!

WTFUD's picture

This is all about realising that the writing's on the wall, the party's over. The blame game is the last refuge of a scoundrel.

Rikky's picture

i've had enough of these assholes leading us around like rings in a pigs nose all based on trumped up charges, anonymous sources and people familiar with the matter.  just mind your own effin business

GlobalMapper's picture

Is it not time to start beating the ever loving shit out of these fuckers?  How long are we going to stand around and take this shit? If any one of these fuckers ever got in my face I would beat them to a pulp.  What the fuck is going on with our Country?

Centerist's picture

Many here already know that I am no special fan of Russia, other than the rifles and cheap, high-quality ammo that they produce, but I am throwing the flag on this continued misallocation of resources against a made-up election-hacking threat from Russia.

First of all, there are already plenty resources and competent people involved in addressing the cyber threats that exist from everyone--not just Russia.  Russia seems to have skilled hackers, but they do not present any more of a threat than any other state-sponsored hackers.  To make a special center devoted to their particular cyber douches is to either take resources from efforts against other states' cyber douches or to simply grow another unfunded entity.

Second of all, this is not a paranoid re-creation of McCarthyism as many characterize it.  This is about exaggerating the Russian menace in order to further legitimize false accusations against Trump and associates of his administration. McCarthyism was a response to a real Communist threat.  This new Russian hysteria is not in response to some renewed threat.  If the Democrats and collaborationist wing of the GOP lose the "Russian threat" narrative, then they'll lose their only cudgel.  This center is just a way to keep up the pretense.

Russia is one of our biggest competitors for global influence, and we will always engage in brinksmanship with them as we each seek to out-maneuver the other, but the recent narrative about Russia is about one thing, only--attacking the head of our Executive Branch.

This is what these bloggers need to highlight.

HRClinton's picture

Well reasoned with clarity, and well written.


FoggyWorld's picture

And if you look at Wikileaks Vault 7 you see that our own agencies can do these very things and leave tracks that point to outsiders doing the so called hacking.

And while Russia certainly has technical skills, given their size and GDP, there is just no way they begin to spend a tiny fraction of the money our 17 agencies do to infiltrate the world.   Everyone seems to have quickly forgotten that Obama had Merkel's smart phone hacked.   Well that means he could have had all sorts of things done and given Vault 7 and the US techniques exposed, even if caught, the US would not be blamed.



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unsafe-space-time's picture

Can't trump get a bunch of navy seals or marines to kill off these angencies? Now about some nerve gas and blame it on Kum Jim Yum? Fucker trump is a designated patsy.

WTFUD's picture

Joe Kennedy the standard bearer for everything that's wrong with the heavily medicated and toxic US Political Class. An embarrassment, not fit for shit.

Oh how the once mighty have fallen!

2muchtax's picture

If they place meaningful financial sanctions on Russia, it will just spead the dollar collapse. Europe will buy Russian gas in whatever currency Russia wants.

Reaper's picture

Which God does Kennedy serve?

JailBanksters's picture

The Threat must be real, look we created a special center and everything, what more proof do you need ?

The Center real, so the threat must be real, so therefore the trump can not be El-Presidente.


Chupacabra-322's picture

You all are aware this entire Russia Narrative is nothing more than a badly scripted propaganda Psychological Operation right?

Seems as though everyone & their mothers are aware of this irrefutable FACT except the Pure Evil Criminal Deep State Intelligence Agencies themselves which Scripted it.

Amateur night. It truly is.

decentralisedscrutinizer's picture


Why waste time on this alligator when the swamp’s most critical economic and political problems revolve around the hegemony of a global corporate cartel, which is headquartered in the US because this is where their dominant military force resides. The US Constitution is therefore the “kingpin” of an all-inclusive global financial empire. These fictitious entities now own the USA and command its military infrastructure by virtue of the Federal Reserve Corporation, regulatory capture, MSM propaganda, and congressional lobbying.


The Founders had to fight a bloody Revolutionary War to win our right to incorporate as a nation – the USA. But then, for whatever reason, our Founders granted the greediest businessmen among them unrestricted corporate charters with enough potential capital & power to compete with the individual states, smaller sovereign nations, and eventually to buy out the USA itself. The only way The People can regain our sovereignty as a constitutional republic now is to severely curtail the privileges of any corporation doing business here. To remain sovereign we have to stop granting corporate charters to just any “suit” that comes along without fulfilling a defined social value in return. The "Divine Right Of Kings” should not apply to fictitious entities just because they are “Too Big To Fail”. We can't afford to privatize our Treasury to transnational banks anymore. Government must be held responsible only to the electorate, not fictitious entities; and banks must be held responsible to the government if we are ever to restore sanity, much less prosperity, to the world.


It was a loophole in our Constitution that allowed corporate charters to be so easily obtained that a swamp of corruption inevitably flooded our entire economic system. It is a swamp that can't be drained at this point because the Constitution doesn’t provide a drain. This 28th amendment is intended to install that drain so Congress can pull the plug ASAP. As a matter of political practicality we must rely on the Article 5 option to do this, for which the electorate will need overwhelming consensus beforehand. Seriously; an Article 5 Constitutional Convention is rapidly becoming our only sensible option.


This is what I think it will take to save the world; and nobody gets hurt:


28th Amendment:


Corporations are not persons in any sense of the word and shall be granted only those rights and privileges that Congress deems necessary for the well-being of the People. Congress shall provide legislation defining the terms and conditions of corporate charters according to their purpose; which shall include, but are not limited to:


1, prohibitions against any corporation; a, owning another corporation; b, becoming economically indispensable or monopolistic; or c, otherwise distorting the general economy;


2, prohibitions against any form of interference in the affairs of; a, government, b, education, c, news media; or d, healthcare, and


3, provisions for; a, the auditing of standardized, current, and transparent account books; b, the establishment of state and municipal banking; and c, civil and criminal penalties to be suffered by corporate executives for violation of the terms of a corporate charter.


Caleb Abell's picture

Maybe if you keep posting the same bullshit on every thread, someone might believe it.  Actually they won't, because nobody reads it.


In related news, your mom, sisters, and daughters make $6,473 a month selling $1 blowjobs behind a dumpster at Walmart.

Fuck you.

kidinwyoming's picture

Paper ballots and photo IDs should stop all the "Russian hacking of our elections".  Especially since there was no hacking and Hillary was brought down by Hillary.

aloha_snakbar's picture

What we really need is a 'National Washington Threat Response Center',

Hikikomori's picture

Never thought I'd see the day when the Dems would want to ressurect Tailgunner Joe McCarthy.

Volkodav's picture

      nothing the same

      except McCarthy found commies in real

      is why none would want him resurrected