aside Admiral Rogers Admits US Is Not Doing Enough To Prevent Russia From A Repeat Performance

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There is no longer an iota of doubt in my mind that the republican President Donald Trump is indeed a Russian asset. Even though he has been fully informed about the latest news presented publicly by the DOJ (Department of Justice) and FBI regarding multiple indictments against Russian operatives and entities involved in meddling in our US 2016 presidential election politics, he has resisted taking any action against them.

It has been so shocking to witness is the republican President Donald Trump’s and his sycophants in the White House and the US Congress’ lack of response to the FBI’s 37 page indictment against 13 Russian nationals and Russian entities, for having criminally interfered in the 2016 US presidential elections, with the goal to sow discord ans chaos among the American peoples and to effect the outcome.

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There has been no outcry of  outrage that a foreign adversarial country has attacked our US democracy, emanating from the republicans in the White House and / or the US Congress. They’ve been mum.

“We the people” are not the only ones who are frustrated over our president’s lack of leadership in dealing with the reality that not only were we attacked in 2016 but that Russia officials have not faced any deterrents to keep them from continuing to do our country harm.

The intelligence community is also perplexed over our president’s failure to take any action against Russia.

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Here’s the rest of the story…

On February 27, 2018, Aaron Blake of the Washington Post penned the following report, NSA director Mike Rogers’s careful indictment of Trump’s anti-Russia efforts

“For months, it’s been acknowledged — often quietly — that the Trump administration isn’t doing much to deter further Russian interference in U.S. elections. The Washington Post reported extensively in December about how President Trump doesn’t even like to talkabout Russian interference — much less act to prevent it — and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders struggled last week to name concrete steps he had taken.”

“But we may have just seen our most high-profile admission yet that the U.S. government is asleep at the wheel — from the government itself.”

“Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the head of the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command, made some pretty blunt statements Tuesday (2/27/18) to the Senate Armed Services Committee. Rogers acknowledged that Russian President Vladimir Putin probably believes he’s paid “little price” for the interference and thus hasn’t stopped. He also said flatly that Trump has not granted him any new authorities to strike at Russian cyber-operations.”

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“Rogers’s statements were delivered rather plainly, but it became clear as the hearing progressed that he sensed a lack of drive to prevent a repeat of 2016.”

“What I see on the Cyber Command side leads me to believe that if we don’t change the dynamic here, that this is going to continue, and 2016 won’t be viewed as isolated,” Rogers said. “This is something that will be sustained over time.”

“He said of Russian interference: “We’re taking steps, but we’re probably not doing enough.” He said that sanctions and other measures haven’t “changed the calculus or the behavior” by Moscow. “They haven’t paid a price at least that’s sufficient to get them to change their behavior,” he added.”

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“And in a couple of key moments, he made clear that he hasn’t been given additional authorities. After Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) asked Rogers whether he’d been authorized by either Trump or Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to do more against Russian attacks, Rogers said, “No, I have not.” After Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) sought some clarification, Rogers said he had taken extra steps within his purview, but that “I haven’t been granted any, you know, additional authorities, capacity and capability, and — no, that’s certainly true.”

“At one point, Reed coaxed this telling exchange out of Rogers:”

“REED: But we’re — essentially, we have not taken on the Russians yet. We’re watching them intrude on our elections, spread misinformation, become more sophisticated, try to achieve strategic objectives that you have recognized, and we’re just essentially sitting back and waiting?”

“ROGERS: I don’t know if I would characterize it as “We’re sitting back and waiting.” But I will say it’s probably — and, again, I apologize, I don’t want to …”

“REED: Right.”

“ROGERS: … get into the classified [information] here. It’s probably fair to say that we have not opted to engage in some of the same behaviors that we are seeing, if I could just keep it at that.”

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(See video: McCaskill: It’s ‘outrageous’ NSA hasn’t been ordered to stop future Russian Interference / NBC News)

“That’s very diplomatic, but it’s pretty clear what Rogers is saying. The totality of his testimony suggests that not enough is being done, and that the lack of action is likely to lead to a repeat of what happened in 2016.”

“Exactly what Rogers might want as far as added authorities isn’t clear — and probably wouldn’t be discussed in an unclassified briefing. But even President Barack Obama, whom Trump has criticized for not doing more to combat Russian interference, authorized the planting of cyber-weapons in Russia’s infrastructure, as The Post reported in June.”

“In isolation, Rogers’s comments about not being given additional authorities could be viewed as simply answering a direct question. When combined with his saying “we’re probably not doing enough” and that Putin hasn’t paid enough of a price to change his behavior, it’s clear that Rogers sees something missing from the effort to prevent a repeat: willpower.”


  1. I propose come midterm elections, and upcoming 2020, citizens stop reading political commentary from social media. Perhaps congress can persuade the social media giants to black out ALL political ads and opinions until after the elections. If Russian bots and troll farms are the problem, can’t we simply filter or blacklist these sites? It this cyber-interference beyond the abilities of our illustrious IC agencies to handle? I can see Trump bad mouthing the FBI for not protecting us from big bad Russian trolls, wink wink. 😉

    Something tells me this story is more than Putin and Russian meddling, there’s a larger subtext at play here.

    • Dear 1EarthUnited,

      Now that everyone is becoming knowledgeable about the Russian bots and Russia’s propaganda machine, their sphere of influence is much less. The folks caught up in this bubble are the president’s base supporters.

      The majority of us are blessed with access to so many sources including ones which track Russian bots, that Russians will not see the success they had in the past.

      We are seeing the consequences in recent special elections where democrats are winning even in districts which lean republican.

      Hugs, Gronda

  2. Dear Mz. Gronda,

    Because the GOP gained power with assistance from Russian and other outside sources, it would seem that they are afraid that without it in the up coming election they will lose that power, and ultimately made to pay the price for their treasonous acts! Anyone that spends even a few minutes on most of the open forums that discuss politics would have to be off in la la land to not realize how many obvious bot’s are posting. IMO despite our hopes we are simply facing a long up hill battle in the Nov elections, and despite the polls the odds are not in our favor, as it is hard to defeat the stacked deck that is owned by the GOP!

    • Dear Crustyolemothman,

      I have called the Supervisor of Elections in my Florida county to make sure that there will be no electronic voting machines without the paper trail. Then I plan this next week to call every Florida Supervisor of Elections to check if there are any counties with electronic machines without a paper trail. Then I will blog on the results.

      We all have to do our part because our US congressional legislators are paralyzed to where there is nothing of consequence is getting gone.

      Hugs, Gronda

  3. Gronda, it is not a warhead, but our country has been attacked by a foreign entity who continued its attack. And, crickets are all we here from the White House. Those charged with our security have raised the alarm. More crickets. Where is the alarm from the party of defense? Giving money to the military means nothing if we don’t do anything about it. This is a matter of national security. This failure to act should be alarming to all of us. Keith

    • @Keith

      The whole geopolitical landscape has changed, this is an info war, a cyber warfare attack. Conventional physical wars are no longer applicable, military is irrelevant when it comes to winning the minds of people.
      This issue is beyond national security and redefines national IDENTITY! Who are we as a people, are we
      weak, divided and no longer relevant on the world’s stage?

      Lada Ray just released a report on Syria that is a must read, she discussed how we lost control in the middle east and Russia has taken over the leadership role of international politics. How and why we are losing prominence in world affairs, the UN, NATO, and even our own citizens are no longer united ideologically against a foreign enemy. There is an excellent reason why, check out this eye-opening report, it explains all!

  4. Dear Keith,

    The GOP is now the Government of Putin. When I call now, I am pushing on the gun control measures, their not defending USA from future election manipulation along with the president; and their not being able to pass a fix on DACA.

    They are now the apologist party for Russia, racism, know-nothings where facts, studies, expert advice have no value, xenophobia, misogyny. I told one staffer to tell his boss to save monies on a study for why they were wiped out in the upcoming November elections.

    Hugs, Gronda


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