Tad Devine Of Sanders Campaign Spotted In Photo With Key Manafort Aide.

Top consultant to the Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential campaign Tad Devine, hanging out with Paul Manafort and Konstatin Kilimnik.

Tad Devine, a former senior advisor to the Bernie Sanders 2016 campaign, was in the news recently for the first time in a while. He was spotted in an old 2006 photograph enjoying himself with his then-coworker Konstantin Kilimnik.

In the picture, Kilimnik, a Ukrainian native, is pictured in an office setting with Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort and other key players in Manafort’s consulting firm at the time. One of those players was Tad Devine.

Kilimnik is known informally as “Manafort’s Manafort“, and has been a figure of interest in the Russia investigation from the start. He is believed to be back in Russia now, and he is considered to have strong ties to Russian intelligence.

Tad Devine is a figure of great interest in the Russiagate investigation, in our opinion. We’ve been expecting the special counsel assigned by the Justice Department to look into Russian meddling in our 2016 election cycle, Robert Mueller, to get around to him sooner or later.

If Manafort is the key to understanding exactly what the Russians were doing for Trump, Kilimnik is the key to understanding what Manafort did for the Russians. Devine is the key to what the Russians were doing for Bernie. He is by far the most likely connection between the Russians and the Sanders campaign.

Although it has been very hard for Sanders followers to face this, it is our opinion that Devine too was working with the Russians and that Sanders most likely knew he was getting help from Russians to defeat Hillary Clinton. That help came in some very strange ways.

By the time the Fourth of July rolled around in 2016, the Federal Election Commission repeatedly contacted the Sanders campaign with warnings that hundreds of his donors exceeded the $2,700 contribution limit, and that hundreds more may have been foreign nationals illegally giving Sanders money.

One of the letters they wrote him flagged more than 1,500 questionable donors. Soon after, Tad Devine was paid almost a million dollars in one month by the Bernie Sanders campaign.

Devine has known Manafort and Kilimnik for many years. He was Manafort’s right-hand man in Ukraine right alongside Kilimnik, at a time when all three were the property of Viktor Yanukovych, the former President of Ukraine, whom in turn was the property of Putin. They were over there fixing elections for him.

More than a decade before Russia was accused of surreptitiously trying to tilt the presidential election toward Trump, the records show that Manafort, Devine, and Kilimnik were all encouraging Russia to hone its efforts to influence global politics. They were busy developing techniques they might use to help that process along.

They used these techniques to fix the 2004 Ukranian elections on behalf of Yanukovych, but they were so blatant in their corruption that the Orange Revolution began and overturned the crooked and invalid vote. Yanukovych was defeated in the second vote.

None of this mattered to Tad Devine, however, who kept right along working for Yanukovych.

Even after his rival, Viktor Yushchenko, barely survived a poisoning attempt, obliging him to “campaign with his face half paralyzed and a catheter inserted into his back to inject painkillers into his spine”, Devine’s conscience did not serve him well as a guide. He decided to hang around.

We know that the Russians had been plotting to interfere for more than a year before the election took place. The Steele Dossier said the Russians have been cultivating Trump for at least five.

It is a very convenient coincidence that three of the top strategists who ran against Hillary Clinton has been doing Putin’s bidding in this capacity for longer than a decade.

Last Thursday afternoon there was a meeting of the Senate Intelligence Committee on the subject of Russian meddling into our 2016 election cycle.

During it, Retired Gen. Keith Alexander, former director of the National Security Agency, said that Russian operatives targeted both liberal and conservative voters in its disinformation campaigns during the 2016 election.

Democratic committee co-chair Sen. Mark Warner (VA) asked the panel if they had any doubt that Russia had attempted to interfere in some aspects of the 2016 election. Alexander said not only did he have no doubt, he could get very specific.

“Senator, I think what they were trying to do was drive a wedge within the Democratic Party between the Clinton group and the Sanders group,” said Alexander.

The supporters of Bernie Sanders were ruthlessly taken advantage of by the Russians, who used their genuine zeal and idealism as a hammer for smashing Democratic unity to bits. They were duped by false information that came from within the Kremlin itself, and thus unwittingly became Putin’s other puppets.

The man who was in the best position to act as a conduit between the headquarters of the Sanders campaign and the Kremlin was Tad Devine.

This picture provides a vivid reminder of what Democratic activists on Facebook and Twitter have been warning everyone about in the direst of terms since 2015, namely, that the Bernie Sanders campaign was just as lousy with Russian entanglements as the Trump campaign was.

Tad Devine may well hold the final piece of the puzzle as to how the whole rotten Russian conspiracy was put together. As Robert Mueller continues his journey to this discovery, our prayers will be with him.

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How Russians Silence Democrats on Facebook- With Impugnity.

GET MAD- while you still can!

There’s nothing like constant reminders of how Nazis all over the world are out to get you to fill one’s heart with joy and fancy-free, especially when such hatred is your reward for writing for free for a third of every day.

Today, people from as diverse a location as Brussels, Wales, Provo, Utah, and “General Location, Russia” tried to hack the site; I get emails on them from all over the world. This is nothing new, it’s an everyday event. My Sucuri plugin lets me know their IP addresses. It looks just like this:

Bored, uncreative loser who tried to hack me
An example of a turd who tried to hack us.

Then, we go to a place called WhatismyIPaddress.com, and take a look at where they’re from. It looks a lot like this:

Creepy.
Lviv is a very famous place, world renowned for the quality of its IT experts. This one decided to make his life’s work the ruining of ours. Nice, Russia.

And so it goes. Every day. The threats just keep rolling in. “If you back off, then nothing will happen”, one guy wrote to us. How creepy.

On the subject of cyber-woes, let’s not forget Facebook. More than 120 million Americans were reached by Russian ads through their platform in 2016.

Regarding Facebook’s treatment of Democratic activists, there are exactly two possibilities. Either they are unfair, unethical, and unfit, or they are absolutely incompetent.

Either way, hundreds of loyal and hardworking Democratic activists are in what we refer to as Facebook Jail, as these words are being written. This has been the case for at least six months; there’s countless documentation. Nobody listens.

One young lady who always goes out of her way to spread our articles around on Facebook has been mass-reported and algorithmically defiled to the point where a single post is now enough to have her sent back to jail.

That’s exactly what happened yesterday. One week’s worth of restriction, for sharing our post on the fake left and the so-called Justice Democrats. She’d just had her last restriction lifted, two hours prior. As soon as she hit the Share button, she was given another week’s restriction.

It just plain sucks, when you’re stopped for months at a time from even commenting in Facebook groups that you created, because of Russian agitators gaming their stupid robots. The data just keeps rolling in, as to how good they’ve gotten at doing it, and how Facebook just keeps letting them.

Facebook must be reformed. It must stand up, show some transparency, and hold itself accountable.

That’s exactly what it hasn’t done.

It makes you wonder if someone hasn’t managed to shake up Zuckerberg.

I haven’t even tried to organize this article. It’s just raw today.

Julian Assange, that scruffy little rat, has been rewarded for his treason to the species with a citizenship in Ecuador. He’ll be out partying tonight, thanks to his buddy Vladimir coming through for him.

Earlier today, the president labelled Dianne Feinstein “Sneaky” and a criminal, for doing her job well, showing the world how the Republicans have been covering up for Trump as he covers up for Putin by revealing the Fusion GPS testimony.

Where has justice gone?

What has happened in this country, when following the precise dictates of the law has become something only outlaws do? When did patriotism become uncool? What has happened to the Republicans? Exactly when did the party of Ronald Reagan start letting the Russians waltz all over us?

Trump threatened Feinstein in the same bullying, childish tone about the “Tough Primary Challenge” she’ll be facing. It’s as if he’s saying, “Oh yeah, lady. That “Justice Democrat” (how much more do we need that these people are not on the level?)coming after you this year? It’s me you’re really up against.”

“If you back off, nothing will happen…”

That piece of trash didn’t know how right he was. If you back off, if you back down, if you go back to sleep and be silent, then nothing will happen. Nothing will EVER happen. So that is the absolute last thing that we will ever do!

Millennial Democrats will not be intimidated, and we will not be pushed around. Petty attempts to harass or frighten us will do nothing but strengthen our resolve. With every challenge they force us to find our way around, we expand our capabilities further.

Our message to the bullying little nobodies who’ve been putting all this effort into silencing us is merely this: We will bear witness anyway. Actually, we appreciate your help. All of your harassment is a sign of our success.

While you’ve been so desperately trying to destroy us, we’ve had readers in nearly every country in the world, in less than six months.

So hack away, you bunch of whackers. Once you finish failing, the only thing you’re good at, hit a treadmill and get some girlfriends. Thanks for the digital lessons, too. We’ll be sure to come and show you what we’ve done with them, some sunny day.

The worst thing is that we cannot count on our president to protect us from these foreign assailants. That is indeed a terrible feeling. But it won’t always be this way. We won’t always be on the receiving end.

This whole Trump thing, all the alt-right nonsense, the Richard Spencers and all the rest of it, amounts to nothing more than the final death-throes of reactionary fascism. It’s a fish in a dried-up pond. Casting one’s lot with that pack of nincompoops is the worst imaginable wager.

When the end comes for Donald Trump and his whole rotten way of life, there’s going to be a lot of people out there who’ve been wearing those stupid red hats of his who are not going to be forgiven.

They’ll be like Sudeten Germans in 1945. Outcast from society forever. No matter what you do, no matter what you say, you will never be trusted again. And you will never be welcome again. Our message to Trump supporters is simply this: TURN BACK NOW. Before it is forever too late.

#MuellerMonday- The First Indictments, The Writing on the Wall.

On Friday night, some long awaited good news finally showed up that special counsel Robert Mueller had criminal charges approved by a federal grand jury. It was a great weekend. We said goodbye to Roger Stone on Twitter, who spent Friday night expressing himself in the most obscene terms. He was very unhappy, as one might expect. His old partner Paul Manafort is going to prison.

On a glorious day in American history, known as #MuellerMonday, the indictments did indeed come rolling in. For Manafort and his henchman Rick Gates, a hard rain’s a-gonna fall. George Papadopoulos has already pled guilty and turned federal evidence.

Trump needs to come clean. He needs to tell us what he knows and do what he can to help his country to deal with this mess. But this will never happen. He has stalled on the application of the new Russian sanctions, and his attitude, in general, has been that Russia hasn’t done anything wrong.

He boasted yesterday when the news broke of Manafort’s indictment that it had nothing to do with him. But he was sweating after Papadopoulos, who’d been a close foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, had already accepted a guilty plea. Looks like he told on everybody.

It’s all about the sanctions. After the Russians seized the Crimea, we cramped their style with economic sanctions. They have been willing to resort to anything, in order to lift that burden and go back to their jet-set lifestyles. As a result, it’s amazing how fast the relationships between our two nations deteriorated.

Even fifteen years ago, things were significantly better. Joseph McCarthy was long gone. The Berlin Wall was torn down. Yeltsin seemed a decent enough sort. And when he vacated the office, leaving Putin behind as his chosen successor, I think most of us wanted to give him a chance.

The writer of this article remembers wishing him luck and hoping he did well for the Russian people, as a kid. It’s a sad thing, how we’ve had to become enemies with Russia again.

Of course, one of the names floated about the most was Trump’s former campaign chair, Paul Manafort, who was in fact indicted on Monday. Manafort recently said he was expecting as much. Last week it was reported that Manafort was also under investigation by the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office in an alleged money-laundering scandal.

Manafort’s financial relationship with billionaire Russian oligarch, Oleg Deripaska, is stronger than had been previously thought. The two did roughly $60 million in business dealings together over the past decade. They obviously worked well together before Manafort ripped off his longtime partner. His involvement in this was most likely motivated by a desire to “get whole” with Deripaska.

In April 2008 Manafort took $18,938,400 from Deripaska, for which he promised to return up to $100 million in Ukrainian cable television and telecommunications companies. He failed to return a cent. It seems clear this was an arranged way for him to pay his debt.

By 2008 Deripaska was one of the richest men in the world, but that was not set in stone. It largely depended on the goodwill of Putin, whose singular person is the true master of Russia’s wealth. During the Great Recession, his fortunes took a tremendous tumble. If it were not for help from the Kremlin, he likely would not have survived.

For this reason, Deripaska has proven willing to endure rough treatment at the hands of Putin for a great many years and will always be of use to him any way he can.

For example, in 2009, the factory town of Pikalevo was experiencing the most serious social unrest Russia had seen since the start of the global economic crisis.

Anxious to ensure that the Pikalevo problem remained an isolated one, Putin sought to cast himself as the town’s savior – and Oleg Deripaska as its villain.

Putin, who like Adolf Hitler is a master at ritually humiliating his subordinates, likened Deripaska to a cockroach in front of crowds of angry workers. He forced him to accompany him on a tour of a cement plant he operated in the area.

“Why has your factory been so neglected?” he demanded. “They’ve turned it into a rubbish dump. Why was everyone running around like cockroaches before my arrival? Why was no one capable of making decisions?”

Deripaska has also been a tool for Putin in ways slightly more fitting of a man’s self-worth. In 2008, he successfully drew Lord Mandelson, the EU trade commissioner at the time, into scandal after entertaining him on his yacht.

This is a classic example of Kompromat, the Russian word for the gathering of scandalous material on a political adversary.

Soon after, Mandelson was loudly hailing improved relations between Britain and Russia.

Lord Mandelson’s own relations with Russia also improved. They have kept right along improving, and tightening bonds, and working together all they can.

By last June, he wrote a letter to Putin, asking him to arbitrate a legal dispute between the Sistema defense conglomerate, which Lord Mandelson works for, and Rosneft, a state-owned Russian oil giant.

This is Putin’s M.O. He sends some flunky of an oligarch like Deripaska around to throw a party. To buy some pretty girls and booze, and create a scenario to set up decent people.

Once he’s got the goods on them, he immediately turns on the charm. It’s easy to see, how it would be all too easy to choose to get rich rather than to get ruined. In this way, little by little, Putin extends his tentacles into the farthest reaches of our countries, and all too often, our leaders. Should they not cooperate, there’s always Wikileaks.

Putin uses psychological black operations like disinformation and Kompromat like you and I use a knife and fork. He’s about making the world a worse place, one dirty little secret at a time.

The Steele Dossier, which becomes more credible by the day, claims that Putin has been cultivating Trump for more than five years. It all started with that compromising pee-tape where Russian prostitutes micturate in a bed once slept in by the Obamas. Much like the unfortunate Lord Mandelson.

One has to assume he’s been ordering Trump around the world to act as a human lightning rod, just as he’s done with Deripaska and so many others. Trump was openly blackmailed by Putin against applying any new sanctions against Russia. Sergey Lavrov said that if all of Russia’s spy houses were not returned that “maybe more than one or two more meetings might come out. Maybe they even went to the toilet together.”

 

In the meantime, the prospect of a Saturday Night Massacre in which he fires Robert Mueller through executive order is starting to look realistic. Nothing indicates that any thoughts of the country’s well-being in the case of a constitutional crisis that severe would stop Trump from going this route. Nothing indicates that anything matters to Donald Trump excepting Donald Trump.

We’ve seen Trump’s viciousness when beaten before. His attempt to bargain with the lives of our DREAMers over funding for his inane dream of a border wall is one example. His sabotage of the Affordable Care Act is another.

Steve Bannon advised him in a phone call on Monday to be more aggressive in his approach toward special counsel Robert Mueller‘s investigation into whether Trump’s campaign colluded with the Russians. Bannon has been advocating for “a much more aggressive legal approach short of firing Mueller,” but it’s unlikely Trump will hesitate to do just that if he thinks for ten seconds it will save him.

The only effective weapons left in Trump’s arsenal are bluster and aggression. His core is dwindling. His approval ratings continue to paddle around the toilet of his life. His last real hope to restore some kind of order in the Oval Office, Chief of Staff John Kelly, is now himself beleaguered in drama regarding talks he recently gave praising Robert E. Lee and attributing the Civil War to a “lack of compromise.”

The writing is on the wall for Donald Trump, and he knows it. His bewilderment and frustration spilled out into a boiling series of tweets the other night, culminating in the two single most honest words he’s ever spoken.

“DO SOMETHING!”, he howled out at the unkind and indifferent stars. Perhaps he was talking to God, but it’s too late now, of course. From now on, Trump must realize that Putin has become his own personal Mephistopheles. In trying to become a king, he ended up a servant.

Unfair Hot Air and the Steele Dossier- A Great Big Orange Distraction.

It’s always a little sad, watching Republicans mangle the truth to get at some political goal. Even though we’ve come to expect it, they’re still leaders of the country, ones the public has placed their faith in. It will never be pleasant to observe their disingenuity.

This GOP tendency is the reason that much of the “new” information that recently got highlighted in the news regarding the Democratic funding of the latter half of the Steele dossier consisted of things we have known all along.

A source told CNN on Tuesday that the law firm Perkins Coie, as part of its representation of the Clinton campaign and the DNC, retained the intelligence firm Fusion GPS and entered “into an engagement for research services that began in April 2016 and concluded before the election in early November.”

The infamous Steele Dossier, compiled by retired MI-6 officer Christopher Steele, has been the subject of intense scrutiny as of late by Special Investigator Robert Mueller’s investigation into the circumstances surrounding the 2016 United States Presidential election, and the Russian interference in it. Millennial Democrats would like to thank the patriots who might one day have to sit through the viewing of that pee-tape.

Republicans are howling with unjust rage, but they are also scrambling to change the subject. The fact is that the Republicans were the ones who began the creation of that dossier.

Furthermore, there’s nothing wrong with that. For one thing, it’s well within the boundaries of FEC regulation. For another, Donald Trump is a slouching corruption, a living personification of all the ills too much money can give to an intemperate person. Everybody knew it, on both sides of the aisle. We only needed proof and evidence.

Fusion GPS is a Washington, DC intelligence firm that in 2016 retained a well-respected former British spy, Christopher Steele, to research any connections between Republican candidate Trump and the Russian government.

The firm was first employed by Republicans during Trump’s primary run and later by Democrats to produce opposition research on Trump. CNN reported early on the Fusion efforts in researching Trump were first funded by Republicans. Democrats ended up adopting the project after Trump became the presumptive nominee.

In short, none of this is new in any way. Most of it we knew the same day the Dossier broke news. The GOP’s attempt to frame this as a breaking scandal is nothing but a cheap and obvious distraction. It’s like their recent attempted revival of the uranium scandal that never was. Or the House decision to have one last dance with Hillary Clinton’s old emails.

It’s just Trump’s old Manhattan real estate strategy in his new role as president. This is the political equivalent of a countersuit.

Accusations and insult are buzzing like hornets because some high-ranking Democratic officials did not have knowledge of the deal directly. Others chose not to make public what they knew, but so what? What did people expect them to do? Hold a meeting about it? Put it around on a memo?

After all the ways Russia has proved it could hurt us with information, it is only logical for our strategists not to be jumping around and shouting about anything sensitive, no matter how trivial. The process of compiling that dossier required secrecy and caution. Of course they would tell as few people as needed to know directly. To do otherwise would have been clumsy and stupid.

It is an objective fact that the Clinton campaign was well within the bounds of decency by picking up the Fusion efforts. But in the highly polarized atmosphere of the time, even having a decent bank account was something to apologize for, according to the radical left. One can just imagine how they would have howled had they known about this.

Also, we’d just gotten through cleaning up the mess made before the Democratic National Convention by a number of criminally obtained documents used against us by the cyber-terrorist organization Wikileaks. We didn’t know where the source of the leaks were, so we did what anyone sensible would do, and took precautions against giving up our strategies as ammunition to the opposition.

It’s standard practice in the fascist playbook to immediately accuse their opponents of whatever crimes they have just committed. For a ready example, how many times has Trump accused mainstream media sources of fake news?

The purpose of all that slander is not only to defend himself. It is also to obfuscate the very meaning of the term. Fake news refers to bogus articles put out by bogus Internet websites that exist solely to deliberately produce, publish, and promote fake news, e.g. hoaxes, propaganda, and disinformation purporting to be real. It does not in any way refer to any articles produced by reputable journalists working for reputable organizations.

The facts surrounding the Democratic involvement in the matter of this dossier are actually quite ordinary. It is standard practice to find out all you can about your adversary in a political election. As long as you respect the boundaries set by the law and the dictates of conscience, you have nothing to apologize for.

What is not standard practice, is to receive that information from hostile foreign powers that want nothing more than to knock America down and take all she has.

Comparing this to what the Trump campaign was doing when they sent Donald Jr. and the rest to that meeting with Russian lawyers is like comparing what a surgeon does to Jack the Ripper, to paraphrase the former World Chess Champion, Garry Kasparov. They both cut people open, but that’s where the similarity ends.

Fusion GPS is a United States entity. The man they hired to compile this data, Christopher Steele, was a foreign national originally from Great Britain, one of our closest allies. He is also a lifelong intelligence professional. By every standard, he has excelled in his chosen field of expertise.

This dossier has not met with refutation. On the contrary, we are finding facts contained therein, according to all sources. The sheer speed at which the revelations are coming has many experts believing that we’ve already got more than Watergate gave us against Nixon.

In the end, it makes no difference who paid Fusion GPS. The only thing that matters is the accuracy of the facts contained within. It is our task moving forward to help people realize that the slanders and insinuations directed at Democrats are nothing more than unfair hot air.

Stephen L. Hall, a retired chief of the CIA’s Russian operations, summed it up best in a tweet: “Still not sure why this is getting all the press play. Nothing new here.”

Let Freedom Ring, and Let Kaepernick Play Football.

Why is Colin Kaepernick unemployed? It has nothing to do with football. Dan Orlovsky is not a better player. Thad Lewis is also not. The answer was already obvious, by the time the Dolphins called Jay Cutler out of retirement. The NFL was literally resolved on signing any quarterback available, other than Kaepernick, this year.

This has created a real eyesore of a situation for the NFL, and the USA. One would think the bigots might have been a little smarter. All they would have had to do, to make this go away, was ignore it and let it blow over. At this point, Kaepernick has said he’ll stand for the national anthem, if he can go back to playing football. His point has long been made. It’s over. So why is he still unemployed?

One unnamed GM who spoke to Sporting News recently had the following to say.

“The kid is talented enough to play in this league. He is a Super Bowl quarterback for a reason. But it’s the handling of the situation,” the GM said, in part. “It makes you pause … It is an issue of mentality, personality. I think it boils down to maturity.”

He doubted Kaepernick’s leadership, claimed he could “kill a locker room,” described his anti-racism activism as “all that garbage” and as “questionable judgment.”

That’s the modern way of saying that he’s uppity.

It has now been confirmed that NFL ratings are down across the board. The racist billionaires that own it all, have now clearly revealed themselves. They have put the spotlight right on themselves. Before, everyone suspected, that purely athletic considerations were not the only reasons for a player to be hired or not hired. Now, we all know for a complete and total certainty, and that is why no one is watching these games.

Instinctively, every one of us knows what that means. It means the sanctity of the game, the purity of the sport, has been politicized and therefore degraded. If it wasn’t for all these worries, common sense tells us, of course the guys could play better. The human race is capable of playing better football than the NFL is allowing.

These owners are ruining the sport, and nobody can hold them accountable due to private property laws. But a sport beloved by the whole world, cannot truly be private property. That is causing an obvious paradox, and a worsening one. It is the opinion of Millennial Democrats that all sporting teams should be owned by the country itself. These are national pastimes. Let them be regulated by the same laws as the nation.

In other news, North Korean hackers managed to steal joint South Korean- United States war plans today, but we’re not going to have the time. We found out Rep. Devin Nunes, the California Republican who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, issued subpoenas to a U.S. firm involved in the Donald Trump dossier without consulting the Democrats on the committee, in a cheap attempt to hamstring the investigation’s outcome, but that too will have to wait. Mike Pence walked out of the Colts game over the weekend, at the personal request of Donald Trump. That’s more like it.

The big news today, is that the NFL is getting ready to pass rules forcing players to stand for the national anthem, instead of the United States getting ready to pass laws to prevent black people from getting murdered. There are people all over America who take greater offense at black people using their voices, than at seeing them silenced forever. That is nothing short of a moral abomination, and one that is tearing this country apart. So today, we’re going to hit this one as hard as we can.

In our lives, when we come up against a wrong too big to be ignored, it forces us to make a choice. We either take a side or turn a blind eye. We are given a voice for a reason. The time has come to use it, for every American. We are in the midst of facing a major existential crisis, one to set the direction for the entire nation’s paradigm.

Simply stated, the question is: Are we going to keep working toward being that great, unselfish, compassionate country that Robert F. Kennedy always said we were? Because there’s a lot of people out there saying no.

The President of the United States of America publicly cursed and reviled Colin Kaepernick, a private citizen, for exercising a perfectly legal priority. He even went so far as to in effect bemoan that a hate crime hadn’t befallen him, at the hands of an owner who would then “be the most popular person in this country”.

A more revolting set of priorities is hard to imagine.

Five years ago, in a gated neighborhood in Sanford, Florida, a young man named Trayvon Martin was followed down the street and shot dead by a paranoid resident. His death, and the subsequent acquittal of his killer, was a major factor in the rise the Black Lives Matter movement. Critics of BLM are always asking, “Don’t all lives matter?” Of course all lives matter. That’s precisely the point. The evidence overwhelmingly suggests that in today’s America, black lives simply don’t.

The legacy of Trayvon Martin was to get America to start taking a hard look at the racial bias in America, both by and large and in our justice system. That work is far from finished, and has been badly sidetracked by the catastrophic result of the 2016 presidential election.

When Obama was President, and Kaepernick first kicked his protest off, names like Trayvon Martin and Oscar Grant made international news and caused worldwide sorrow. But there have been numerous unarmed black males killed in 2017 so far, and little has been said of it.

One of these was Jordan Edwards, a 15-year-old high school freshman who was shot in April by a police officer in a Dallas suburb. An officer in Balch Springs opened fire with an AR-15 rifle on Edwards and his friends as they drove away from a party, according to news reports. How do you bring yourself to unload an automatic rifle, at the back of a young guy like that? One of your own countrymen?

It is the opinion of Millennial Democrats that every human being shares a bond, but being countrymen with someone is an especially sacred thing.

It means, when the mess comes down, these are the guys you will find yourself standing next to. If there’s a war, we’ll be in uniform together, or our children will be. If there’s a natural disaster, like Hurricane Harvey or the wildfires slashing through California right now, those are the guys you can count on to be there, regardless of skin color.

That’s what society is for. It’s a fundamentally necessary bond. To discard and overlook that essential connection, based on the pigmentation of a person’s skin is not only vicious; it’s stupid, too. We need each other.

There are only two outcomes, for the ending of this national anthem protest. Either a repressive law will force players to their feet, against their will, to let freedom ring with voices filled with nothing but quiet desperation, or Colin Kaepernick will be allowed to go suit up. One of these outcomes involves taking every single value this country holds dear, and smashing it. The other involves letting a pretty good quarterback throw a football.

Democracy Must Defend- Russia Has Hacked Our Power Grids.

The cyber-war with the Russians may be about to enter a terrifying new phase. A series of highly sophisticated system penetrations at electric companies and nuclear plants this year has been discovered and traced back to a Russian hacking group.

Alternately called “Dragonfly” and “Energetic Bear”, this group has been involved in about 100 such breaches since the start of the year, half of them in the U.S., according to a new report from the system security firm Symantec.

This finding is worrisome in the extreme. Dragonfly is one of very few hacking groups with specific expertise in the power-grid systems that turn off and on circuit breakers.

A separate Russia-linked hacking operation has twice demonstrated the Kremlin’s ability and willingness to use that kind of expertise to cause electrical blackouts—once in December 2015, and a second time a year later, both in Ukraine.

Symantec believes the U.S. breaches may be moving into similar terrain. Simply stated, this means they can shut our power off and attack us, anytime they want.

“The original Dragonfly campaigns now appear to have been a more exploratory phase where the attackers were simply trying to gain access to the networks of targeted organizations,” the Symantec report concludes. Now, “the attackers may be entering into a new phase, with recent campaigns potentially providing them with access to operational systems, access that could be used for more disruptive purposes in future.”

Meanwhile, Russia has been holding a set of “strategic command exercises” called the Zapad war games that are looking an awful lot like a preparation for war this week, due to run until September 20. Moscow says almost 13,000 Russian and Belorussian service personnel are taking part.

NATO officials, however, have said they believe the exercises involve more troops than Moscow has disclosed. Complaints have been made about the lack of transparency regarding the exercise. It has long been feared that Russia has been planning to use virtual assaults on Western power-grids in order to pave the way for a sudden physical assault.

The world has been experiencing virtual assaults from Russia since April 27, 2007, the day known to history as the Estonian 9/11. They called it Web War One. The problem started over an old war soldier statue, like the Robert E. Lee statue that has caused so much trouble in Charlottesville. We have got to be careful when it comes to those old statues.

In the ten years that have followed, we have seen Russian attempts to disrupt and destabilize the affairs of other countries become more and more of a problem, culminating in their hacking of the United States 2016 presidential election. We have got to place a high priority on finding more effective forms of defense. 

In other parts of the world, most notably in Europe, they have been dealing with this problem a long time, and they have developed a number of systems we might look to as models.

The Czech Republic set up a team on Jan. 1. 2017.

The German Interior Ministry has proposed the creation of a “Center of Defense Against Disinformation.”

The Ukrainian organization StopFake.org has accomplished amazing results, tracking down and reverse-engineering Russian propaganda pieces. These have provided us key glimpses into how the Russian disinformation machine operates and what types of methods it uses. Incidents such as Brexit have ensured there will be no shortage of cases to study.

Russia has proven its ability to extend tentacles and roots with terrible speed, and it has done so all over the world in the wake of the massive disruption that has been Donald Trump. Its cyber-warfare apparatus is the digital upgrading of its Dezinformatsiya, or disinformation office, which was formed in 1923. Russia has been experimenting with campaigns of state-sanctioned lying for nearly a hundred years. This is a good thing to keep an eye on.

From the way Russia defines cyberwarfare, to its employment for strategic use, Russia has developed a big edge over its western counterparts. As James Wirtz, Dean of the Naval Postgraduate School in California, has noted, “Russia, more than any other nascent actor on the cyber stage, seems to have devised a way to integrate cyber warfare into a grand strategy capable of achieving political objectives.”

CIA chief Mike Pompeo recently said “It’s tough. You now have not only nation states trying to steal our stuff, but non-state, hostile intelligence services, well-funded. Folks like WikiLeaks, out there trying to steal American secrets, for the sole purpose of undermining the United States and her democracy.”

For all the trouble that Russia manages to cause, and for all its miles and hundreds of millions of citizens, it has an economy about as large as that of Italy. The state of California alone has an economy that is far more robust then Russia’s. In order to make Russia great again, Putin has to find a way to fix that. Redistribution of world wealth underneath his control is what he’s after.

The Russian cyber-warfare apparatus allows him an inexpensive and shockingly effective way to cripple, entangle, and do literal physical harm to the infrastructure of anything that opposes his will. 

To understand why these attacks on the rest of us are being committed by Russia, it helps to understand two factors. First, Russia’s domineering and abusive relationship with its former satellite stakes, most notably Ukraine, its largest neighbor to the west. Second, its need to develop a way to compete with NATO in a manner that doesn’t cripple its economy with excessive military expense. 

Nuclear deterrence is becoming obsolete, as mutually assured destruction is unpalatable even to the Russians, and new ways are being found to fight. The most ancient struggles for power and dominance are being played out in our very newest world. Cyberspace has become a very dangerous place, but it’s a place we all spend a lot of time in. Therein lies the crux of the problem. 

Donald Trump thinks that by not using email, he can protect himself from the dangers of a digital world. But no matter what he would like to think, the solution won’t be found by returning to the golden age of post-It notes and Rolodexes. The computer isn’t going away any more than the firearm.

It is the opinion of Millennial Democrats that going toward the future, U.S. policy should include the immediate and thorough modernizationof the U.S. Cyber Command. After last year, we should take the offensive. An overt, popular, and well- financed American cyber- force would overtake the efforts of the Russians within months.

As soon as our highest office has been vacated by the impeachment of Donald Trump, a man that Putin has been cultivating for five years and is the property of, it will be a top priority to attain world preeminence in this area as well.

America created the Internet, and that makes its governance our responsibility. We consider this a sacred duty, and we will not shirk in its upholding.