Clapper: The U.S. Meddled In Foreign Elections And Conducted Regime Change In The "Best Interests Of The People"

Former head of US Intelligence James Clapper just admitted that the United States was simply looking out for citizens of various countries "when we tried to manipulate or influence elections or even overturned governments," a statement directly at odds with the moral high ground claimed by President Obama and other US officials on the topic of Russian election meddling.

In an interview with Bloomberg's Tobin Harshaw published Saturday, Clapper - who is promoting his new book "Facts and Fears," said "I guess the way I think about that is that through our history, when we tried to manipulate or influence elections or even overturned governments, it was done with the best interests of the people in that country in mind,’ adding that the US has a “traditional reverence for human rights.”

According to a February 2016 report by Dov H. Levin, the United States has engaged in over 80 instances of election meddling or regime change between 1946 and 2000, while a February analysis by the New York Times notes that election meddling is hardly unprecedented. 

“If you ask an intelligence officer, did the Russians break the rules or do something bizarre, the answer is no, not at all,” said Steven L. Hall, who retired in 2015 after 30 years at the C.I.A., where he was the chief of Russian operations. The United States “absolutely” has carried out such election influence operations historically, he said, “and I hope we keep doing it.” -NYT

We’ve been doing this kind of thing since the C.I.A. was created in 1947,” said Loch K. Johnson, a University of Georgia professor who began his career in the 1970s investigating the CIA for the Senate.

We’ve used posters, pamphlets, mailers, banners — you name it. We’ve planted false information in foreign newspapers. We’ve used what the British call ‘King George’s cavalry’: suitcases of cash.”

Don't forget, the United States has been supporting Al-Qaeda linked terrorists in Syria - guys who were undoubtedly high-fiving on 9/11, in order to overthrow Syrian President Bashir al Assad (in the best interests of Syrian people, we're sure).

And while the United States has been conducting regime change and election meddling for over 70 years, President Obama's stated foreign policy objectives as summed up in a November 2016 report in the Washington Post: "not every global problem has an American solution."

"Obama had run on a platform of ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and regaining the trust of the world. Facing the most significant financial crisis in generations, he stressed the importance of sharing more of the burdens and responsibilities of global leadership with others."

In other words; the United States will meddle in elections and conduct regime change, but when it comes to dealing with the fallout, not our problem. Hilarious.  

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toady WTFRLY Sun, 06/03/2018 - 13:40 Permalink

"Best interests of the people...."

Always interesting when they leave a comment wide open for (mis)interpretation...

What people? Now now, before we immediately jump to "the joos!", let's look at some possibilities.

The best interests of the people of the country they're manipulating? No, that can't be it... what good would that do for the U.S.? Spread of democracy? Meh... I doubt it.

Okay, so best interests of the people of the U.S.? Maybe if it's getting the U.S. cheaper oil or other resources... but that never really happens.

So, best interests of the elites? Sigh.... it always circles back to the best interests of the joos....

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Mycroft Holmes IV y3maxx Sun, 06/03/2018 - 14:23 Permalink

Is it me or is the whole giant pile of shit starting to really fall apart and a huge shit avalanche followed by a shit storm going to follow?

Timing is everything.

I believe those who question Sessions to be either naive, impatient, or controlled opposition.

The point of all this is to make so much known by he public that the violent reaction to the arrests can be contained to know groups (Antifa, BLM, etc...).

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FBaggins JRobby Sun, 06/03/2018 - 17:25 Permalink

Good suggestion but we cannot just blame the CIA, the Zionist banksters or the multinationals who wield the power because we in our Western nations have let them do whatever the hell they want. For any real reform, peace and cooperation, the people in the middle have to take back the power and sprip it from all those who got it by sealth and crime, and from all those who have abused it. 

Is it the case that the US runs on oil? Or is it something else? Perhaps its main source of fuel for the CIA, the MIC, DHS, the oil industry, the banksters, the petrodollar, the media, the government, is not oil or the petrodollar but plain good old-fashioned American BULLSHIT.

If anyone still believes the official line on 9/11 then they are still completely immersed in bullshit.  Look at the facts just over the past 20 years - 9/11; DHS, WMD's; illegal nation destabilizations; illegal wars of aggression; the recruiting, training, arming, deploying, and paying of Al Qaeda and ISIS, ISIL, IS (Daesh) terrorists groups to commit terrorist atrocities and insurgency operations in sovereign and non-agressing resource-rich nations; false flag after false flag operation; fake global-warming science; endless fake news; election rigging in and outside of the US, etc., ect. - AND THE PEOPLE CONTINUE TO STAND OBEDIENTLY ON GUARD RIGHT UNDER THE ASS OF THE BULLSHIT ESTABLISHMENT AND LAP UP EVERYTHING THEY SPEW IN THEIR FACES? 

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Tarzan FBaggins Sun, 06/03/2018 - 17:43 Permalink

What Clapper is jabbering about is covering for London's meddling in our election, against Trump, because they know better what's best for the People, then the People.

Seth Rich paid the ultimate price for meddling in the election, by leaking DNC emails to Wikileaks, for the "Best Interests Of The People".

 

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FBaggins Dickweed Wang Sun, 06/03/2018 - 18:49 Permalink

Al Qaeda, 9/11, CIA, Mossad, WMD’s, DHS, ISIS, fake science, fake history, fake-news, sarin gas attacks, false flags. Why do the people keep swallowing all the lies?

It is because people now a days generally believe they have a right to do and say anything they want regardless of the consequences to others? Like substance does not matter and only appearances matter? Are not lies like clothes which we mainly use to cover that which we are embarrassed about? After all, the average citizen does not want its government to be nude and embarrassed whenever it has to abuse its power and beat down and destroy weaker nations for plunder and gain for national or economic interests. The people must realize that the government lies are there as stylish clothes to make the nation appear respectable. Even if the garments should be easy to see through or be invisible, no one should be so uncouth and disloyal to point out or draw attention to the private parts, fat and sore spots of the ruling establishment when obvious. Rather all of us should focus on and compliment the wearer of the garment for the color and style chosen for the occasion.  

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philipat FBaggins Sun, 06/03/2018 - 21:16 Permalink

The truly disturbing thing here is that they truly believe their own BS that only "the exceptional country" knows what is best for the 96% of the world's population which is not within the borders of the US. And meddling inside US politics by staging what amounts to a coup d'etat is also known as treason, so they won't admit to that, even though the evidence is now making it quite clear.They are truly delusional.

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bshirley1968 ufos8mycow Sun, 06/03/2018 - 15:11 Permalink

Once again, your focus is on the wrong point.

"Obama had run on a platform of ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and regaining the trust of the world. Facing the most significant financial crisis in generations, he stressed the importance of sharing more of the burdens and responsibilities of global leadership with others."

Let me fix this for ya.

"Trump had run on a platform of ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and regaining the trust of the world. Facing the most significant financial crisis in generations, he stressed the importance of sharing more of the burdens and responsibilities of global leadership with others."

You think the current CIA director or Pompeo was any different than Clapper? If so, you are an idiot. Just like the phrase above shows Obama and Trump virtually ran on the same promises; one from a liberal perspective to rally the left, and one from a conservative perspective to rally the right.

You are mad because Clapper spied on your man crush with the intent to did up dirt or manufacture it if they had to. Same as it ever was.....and is currently now that your man crush is in charge. Like, you don't mind killing as long as we're killing who you want killed, right?

Edit: In case there is doubt about the validity of putting Trump's name in that quote, we all know he talked about ending the wars, he is facing a massive financial crisis (whether he knows it or not), and he has made a case for things like NATO members sharing the load. From 30,000 feet, they don't look that different.

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LaugherNYC Baron von Bud Sun, 06/03/2018 - 15:46 Permalink

You were doing swell until “Bush/Cheney blowing up the Twin Towers”

That crap just discredits you and cheapens the site.

The next thing you know you’ll be saying it was the CIA that put LSD in your water.

IF you are an American, go see a licensed physchiatrist, STAT. If not, then fuck off. Muslim animals attacked the US and the civilized world, and trying to foist it on some idiotic conspiracy theory is just pathetic. When it’s your turn, give me a call, and I’ll tell you your momma blew your wife and daughter up.

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DuneCreature T-NUTZ Sun, 06/03/2018 - 14:11 Permalink

Damn good question, T-NUTZ.

Forget foreign intervention. .. How about all of the IC heinous fuckery with We The People?

~~~~))) .... Project - Hit Kids From Hell-Uh-Oh Jello Isolation Island .... (((~~~~

The IC (Intelligence Community) and US Dot Gov doesn't want it common knowledge that there are thousands of spook 'Wind-Up Serial Killers' wandering around in the population created BY the 'Deep State/Shadow Government/Dot Gov. .. (IF you can even consider the IC part of the dot gov. .. They sure don't look or act like it to me.)

We PAY the government to keep us safe, NOT to make homicidal crazy people by the bus load!

The CIA's MKUltra isn't just a research project. ... It is a 50+ year old full tilt OPERATIONAL program (Whatever it might be 'named') to make legions of brain dead 'wind-up' HIT MEN (and women) for fucked-up purposes.. ... Thousands of them by now. .. Literally.

ALL on US soil.

It's like paying the pest control dude to eliminate a vermin infestation and he comes to your house and dumps out a trash can full of pit viper baby copperheads on your living room floor while he has full exclusive access to your home. ...........You're not there to supervise of course because he's using 'dangerous chemicals' labeled National Security Magic Juju Juice spraying it all over your residence.

OK, are We The People bat shit crazy, bat shit stupid or bat shit brain damaged by the public school system?

We The People let these IC assholes do this deadly shit to our youth why? .. National security? ... Really? ..... Who told us that? .. George Bush? ..... Bill Clinton? .. Dick Cheney? .... John Brennan? .... Mao? .. Stalin? ..................... Oh, right, it must have been Putin.

MKUltra Murky Mind Control Assassin Kids And IC Pet Politicians With Muzzles And Choker Collars - DARK JOURNALIST & ALEXANDRA BRUCE

Here is another set of interviews about the sicko MKUltra program.

BTW, these interviews won't load for me but for those that can get them to load the interviews are given great reviews. .. If any ZHer can get them saved I would love a copy of each. ...... Ping me in chat and I'll give you an Eaddy to use. ... Love you long time. .. Or not,...your reward of choice. .......... *ht*  Farmer Jones,.........I think.

Task Force One

Task Force Two

Task Force Three

If I never hear those interviews it's no big deal. .. I know the story in WAY too much detail as is.

Secrecy breeds contempt by the secret keepers. .. Contempt for the naive chumps 'not in the know'. .. Well, NOW you know.

The US Intelligence Community is not there to 'keep us safe' .. It's mission is to make you and your kids crazy, keep you dumber than dirt and to control your Inner Chump Monkey because the IC thinks they are petting zoo keepers and Chump Monkey tamers.

Live Hard, Signed - One Rogue Pissed-Off Raw Orangutan With A Bad Attitude And The Key Ring To All Of The Chump Monkey Cages, Die Free

~ DC v8.9

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Faeriedust DuneCreature Sun, 06/03/2018 - 16:54 Permalink

"OK, are We The People bat shit crazy, bat shit stupid or bat shit brain damaged by the public school system?

We The People let these IC assholes do this deadly shit to our youth why? .. National security? ... Really? ..... Who told us that? .. George Bush? ..... Bill Clinton? .. Dick Cheney? .... John Brennan? .... Mao? .. Stalin? ..................... Oh, right, it must have been Putin."

Come now, DC.  You know this as well as I do.  It started waaaaayyyy before our time.  In the beginning, sometime around the 1890s, the U.S. was independent and relatively isolationist.  But the New York/Boston elite financial capitalists had a problem.  The Transcontinental Railway and the Suez Canal had been completed, and it was possible to trade with China direct across the Pacific without going around the tips of either Africa or South America.  The Gold Rush had subsided to a steady trickle, no longer a source of new fortunes, as had proceeds from selling railway shares.  The vast majority of land on the American continent had been claimed and registered, so there was no more money to be made by simple conquest.  Africa had been claimed by the Europeans, China was divided into "spheres of influence".  All the easy money-making opportunities were drying up

It was at this time that the "Anglo-American Axis" formed.  It was an alliance of British mercantile nobility with the cream of American money, epitomized by the marriage of Lord Randolph Churchill with Jennie Jerome (producing Winston Churchill), or Nancy Langhorn to Waldorf Astor. It was this faction that pushed the British Empire into direct conflict with the decaying Turkish Empire in the Balkans in the hope of joining Middle Eastern conquests to the continuing occupation of India, and thereby ignited WWI.

For the great majority of Americans, there was no good reason for our country to be involved in either of the European Great World Wars except that they were bankrolled by the New York banking establishment, and as the course of WWI bogged down and became more expensive than anyone had ever dreamed would happen, the bankers pressed Washington to come to the aid of the British.  This led to the first Allied victory, the draconian demand for German reparations, and the fiscal instability of the interwar era which eventually led to WWII. Both the enormous costs and scale of both wars, and the vicious wrangling over debt, the gold standard, and devaluation afterward, can be traced to the unprecedented scale to which they were underwritten by the Atlantic banking oligarchy, as can the continuing evolution of propaganda backed and distributed by the British and American governments, to convince ordinary citizens that these conflicts -- and the entire structure of post WWII alliances and brush wars -- were necessary to their survival.

In other words, brother, from the Committee on Public Information to Fox News, Americans have been carefully taught to support the depredations of their military, both overt and covert operations, for a century, and the purpose was always to provide foot soldiers, taxpayers, and cannon fodder for the continuous "growth" of the London-New York banking business. There is no one left alive who grew up or learned to think without the deep and abiding influence of this globalist propaganda from the time they learned to talk.  It's not a question of learning the truth so much as it is that anyone who wants to even be able to recognize the truth when they see it, must first undertake lengthy re-education and deprogramming.  It's never been about what's good for the people of this country, of that country, or of the world in general.  It's about doing what's most profitable for the heirs of JP Morgan.  And Americans have been brainwashed not individually, but en masse, not just by their schools but by their parents, their grandparents, the radio shows of the 1930's, the TV programs of the 1960's, the movies of the 1980's, and now the on-line social networks of the 21st century, to believe what those heirs need us to believe.

And the drugs?  I think you know that, too.  The drugs were investigated as a way to "crack" and re-program human tools.  But it turned out that they were much more effective, in allowing existing tools to crack their pre-existing programming.  That's why we suddenly sprouted a War On Drugs and all of the fallout since.  Oligarchs can't afford flunkies who think outside of the box. Of course, since you can't have infinite growth on a finite sphere and the sphere is getting more and more finite every day . . . pretty soon the fact that they don't have any servants capable of independent thought, will destroy them.

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DuneCreature Faeriedust Sun, 06/03/2018 - 21:33 Permalink

So to shorten your views, not that they need shortening for me, but for those with limited time to digest all of that, let's cook some of that down a pinch.

War is only good for those bankrolling the carnage. ... State and corporate propaganda is bad. .. Drugs (certain psychoactive drugs like reefer for instance or carefully prepared peyote cactus) are good for us but not for the banksters and butt-heads. ... People should care for and teach their children well or the kids turn out to be adult dumb assholes or corporate talking butt-heads in expensive suits with ties of poor taste and bawdy accessories.

Shrinks can kiss my balding ass (from too many sitting visits to ZH trying in vain to communicate effectively) cheeks. ...... All is fixable but it requires effort and due diligence.

How did I do, Faerieduster?

Live Hard, I've Got To Go Grow Some New Hair On The Back Nine, Ice Down The Tasty Beverages And Light The Ferry Landing Strip Tiki Torches So The Good Fairies Don't Over Shoot The Funway, Die Free

~ DC v8.9

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Parrotile Winston Churchill Sun, 06/03/2018 - 16:39 Permalink

There are three "High Security" hospitals, Broadmoor, Ashworth and Rampton. 

Rampton ("The Secret Hospital") is where the worst of the worst are stockpiled, since many will never be deemed "safe" for even occasional day-release. Security there is mindboggling.

Went there for a few conferences on Mental Health Issues in the Criminally Insane - and I'd not work there for all the tea in China, mate! Nice hospital, excellent facilities, completely scary environment.

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LaugherNYC toady Sun, 06/03/2018 - 14:12 Permalink

What is this endless obsession with the Jews?

Most of the Jews I know are doctors and dentists and lawyers. Hard-working professional people working to make a living and send their kids to school. Disciplined and honest, ambitious to see the next generation do better than they did.

Israel? 7 million or so first, second and third-generation refugees from persecution living in what was mostly unproductive desert and trying to establish a permanent home for their people, under constant threat of annihilation by the aggressive and hostile Muslim world surrounding them.

How is it they somehow control the global policy of the great powers of the world? What is this fantastic power they hold? Does God give them some mystical power out of all proportion to their numbers or position?

Or is it just that they are history’s most convenient scapegoat?

Why is it the weak-minded failures in the world always look to blame this tiny, tiny minority, which has little ability or power to defend itself? Is it that shit flows downhill?

It must be really sad to try to blame your problems on a minisciule population that struggles just to survive. It speaks volumes about the failures of the Russian nation that its trolls go out in the world to Blame the Joos™ for everything they dont like.

Let’s face it. Christians - Catholics and Protestants alike - are perfectly capable of doing great damage in the world, and need no help from the Jews. All of the great genocides in history have been carried out by non-Jews - though they have often been the target.

This has been going on for milennia. What was the Arab world’s excuse for its failures, poverty and cult of violence before there was an Israel? Before there was a United States? The mirderous Tsarts of Russia - were they Jews, too? Was Stalin a Jew? The murderer of 30-50 million Russians - who did he pray to? Hitler, the last invader of Russia that history will ever see - was he a Jew?

Clapper is now a Jewish puppet? Man, y’all are delusional.

When doctors and dentists rule the world, it will be a better place. With nice shiny white teeth.

Was it a Jew who took away your social life and condemned you to sit in your momma’s basement in Leningrad trolling doomporn websites with your Joo-hating swill? Maybe a handsome, rich Jew took your woman away? Maybe a warm, loving Jew stole your sister’s heart? Maybe that Russian Orthodox strongman who beat your mother every evening made you into a troll.

Look at yourself. Who is to blame for your degeneracy?

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Jballsquared LaugherNYC Sun, 06/03/2018 - 15:08 Permalink

You had my upvote until you decided to label people with dissenting (and moronic) views as Russians. 

On the same level of retardation precisely as it’s “the joooos”. 

So you are just a different shade of moron. And at least some case can be made for outsized influence of Jews on media and politics (Russia has virtually none, whereas Jews do in fact have a lot of influence, albeit hard won in my opinion and if aryans could beat them in a meritocracy they should; they just can’t). 

 

So, agree with you on the joo-paranoia but still go fuck yourself. 

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Pollygotacracker LaugherNYC Sun, 06/03/2018 - 15:14 Permalink

For what it's worth...Jews can't handle criticism. They go absolutely ballistic if anyone says anything whatsoever about The Tribe. You can't call them out for anything, and if you do you are branded as 'anti Semitic'. Jews, as a group, suffer from a perpetual negative feedback loop persecution complex. And, why do they refuse to convert to Christianity? Because, as Jesus said "You are of your father the Devil, and the lusts of your father you will do." John 8:44.

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LaugherNYC Pollygotacracker Sun, 06/03/2018 - 15:56 Permalink

The Jews I know are the most self-critical, self-loathing Tribe on Earth. They seek perfection in their lifetime - because they have no afterlife. Not only do they handle criticism, they embrace it.

Why should any religious group convert to another? Religion is just a bunch of mystical beliefs, comfort in the vast emptiness of eternity. 

Jews have been hounded out of some 200 countries, massacred, exterminated, and blamed for failed societies’ problems since the first temples displayed their success where others had failed. They don’t have a persecution complex, they have a persecution PROBLEM. I see pencil-necked skinhead losers who literally live in their mothers’ basements dress up in Nazi regalia and come out and blame their pimples on the Jews. It’s almost comical if it wasn’t so pathetic.

So, look at the Russians (you appear to be one). They have a long tradition of engaging in just this behavior. Yet, their nation has been failing for a century, even though virtually all the Jews have been killed or departed. The Russian GDP has fallen by half in the last 4 years as The rest of the world has had solid growth, yet Putin will blame it on the Joos, as will the Russian trolls. Oh - this can’t possibly be because of our agressive, destructive profile in the world, it must be a Joo conspiracy — run by an old French Jewish family that doesn’t have a combined net worth equal to one of Jeff BEzos’ smaller bowel movements, and spends what it has on horses and wine.

My favorite - when Putin said it “could have been a Joo” who tried to kill Skirpal.  A classic. Ilyin would be proud.

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