It is the 4th of July time. Remember why we celebrate it? We are on the verge of undermining the very essence of the reason it was declared, freedom from foreign interference and the right to control our own destiny without some foreigners telling us what to do.
. Only 43% of Republicans polled in January 2018 believed Russians interfered in the 2016 elections.. A plurality of all voters surveyed by YouGov in June 2018 called the Independent Counsel Mueller investigation into Trump campaign ties with Russia a ""politically motivated witch hunt." Per a Navigator research poll on May 23, 2018, 59% of Americans did not know that Mueller has already obtained five guilty pleas and 17 criminal indictments. His final report has not been issued nor has his indictment activities been completed.
Russian techniques and methods were detailed publicly in Mueller's indictment of thirteen Russians and organizations who conducted active measures to interfere in the 2016 campaign. In summary, here is how they did it: Russians posed as Americans to operate bogus social media accounts, buy advertisements and stage political rallies. They stole the identities of real people in the US to post online and built computer systems in the US to hide the Russian origin of their activity. Tweets, false stories, and ads were carefully targeted to those they identified as gullible and then retweeted, shared, and resent to millions in our country by unsuspecting US citizens who thought they seemed plausible and substantiated to their own views. Their techniques were clever, cheap, and effective. For those who would like to "consider the source" as a way to dismiss these charges and evidence, I challenge them to read the text of the indictments themselves at https://www.justice.gov/file/1035477/download.
It will be very illuminating.
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