New McCarthyism on the Front Page as NY Post Rants About the “Reds”

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Trump Promises a Revelation on Hacking

(What is he going to do? Read the disclaimer on the front page of the phony DHS/FBI report or simply tell everyone the code they are talking about is Ukrainian, not Russian?)

from the New York Times

President-elect Donald J. Trump, expressing lingering skepticism about intelligence assessments of Russian interference in the election, said on Saturday evening that he knew “things that other people don’t know” about the hacking, and that the information would be revealed “on Tuesday or Wednesday.”

Speaking to a handful of reporters outside his Palm Beach, Fla., club, Mar-a-Lago, Mr. Trump cast his declarations of doubt as an effort to seek the truth.

“I just want them to be sure because it’s a pretty serious charge,” Mr. Trump said of the intelligence agencies. “If you look at the weapons of mass destruction, that was a disaster, and they were wrong,” he added, referring to intelligence cited by the George W. Bush administration to support its march to war in 2003. “So I want them to be sure,” the president-elect said. “I think it’s unfair if they don’t know.”

He added: “And I know a lot about hacking. And hacking is a very hard thing to prove. So it could be somebody else. And I also know things that other people don’t know, and so they cannot be sure of the situation.”

When asked what he knew that others did not, Mr. Trump demurred, saying only, “You’ll find out on Tuesday or Wednesday.”

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New UN Secretary-General calls on citizens, governments to make 2017 year for peace

from TASS

On January 1, the ninth UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addressed the world community for the first time, calling on citizens and governments to make 2017 a year for peace. The video address is available on the United Nations’ YouTube channel.

In his message, released in seven languages including Russian, Guterres said that on his first day as Secretary-General of the United Nations, one question weighed heavily on his heart: “how can we help millions of people caught up in conflict, suffering massively in wars with no end in sight.” He went on to say that “civilians are pounded with deadly force, women, children and men are killed and injured, forced from their homes, dispossessed and destitute. And even hospitals and aid convoys are targeted.” Guterres stressed that “no one wins these wars, everyone loses.”

According to the new UN Secretary-General, “trillions of dollars are spent destroying societies and economies, fueling cycles of mistrust and fear that can last for generations. Whole regions are destabilized and the new threat of global terrorism affects us all.”

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Terror attacks not independent from incidents in our region: President Erdoğan

(Destabilization subcontractors? Who does that sound like?)

from Hurriyet Daily

Attacks perpetrated by terrorist organizations in Turkey are not independent from incidents happening in the region, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said after a gun attack at a nightclub in Istanbul on Jan. 1.

In a written statement, Erdoğan vowed that Turkey was “determined to do whatever is necessary in the region to maintain the security and peace of Turkish citizens.”

“We are aware that these attacks carried out by different terrorist organizations targeting our citizens are not independent from incidents happening in our region. We are determined to destroy the attacks and threats against our country from its root,” he said.

Those who are targeting Turkey’s peace and their subcontractors are aiming to destabilize our country, demoralize our people and create chaos,” he added.

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Terror attack on Istanbul nightclub leaves 39 dead, 69 wounded

from Daily Sabah

An assailant dressed in a Santa Claus costume opened fire at a nightclub in Istanbul during New Year’s celebrations, killing 39 people and wounding 69, and escaped afterwards, Turkey’s Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said early Sunday.

Police have launched a province wide search operation for the perpetrator who managed to escape after the attack.

Soylu said that 15 of the attack’s victims were identified to be foreigners, five were Turkish citizens. Efforts continue to identify the remaining 18 bodies. The interior minister also mentioned that 69 people are in hospitals, receiving treatment.

“4 of those injured are in a critical condition. One of them is severely injured,” Soylu said.

A police officer was among the killed in the attack targeting the popular Reina nightclub in Istanbul’s Ortaköy district. More than one assailant may have been involved in the attack, sources said. Over 500 people were inside the club at the time.

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New False Claims Of “Russian Hacks” = Old Ukrainian Malware Found

from Moon of Alabama (H/T Jay)

All recent claims of “Russian hacking” are either outright false or are based on “evidence” that only shows run-of-the-mill attacks by some anonymous basement hacker.

The year 2016 saw the person elected U.S. president who Jeff Bezos’ propaganda rag, the Washington Post, hated most. To celebrate the end of this very bad year its writers and editors decided to put more egg on their faces.

It first published the piece promoted on the left and some three hours later the fundamentally “corrected” one on the right.

The claim in the first piece, based on anonymous “officials”, was that Russia hacked into the U.S. electricity grid through a utility company in Vermont. But then the utility companies in question, Burlington Electric, issued a statement that a recent scan of its IT systems had found only one laptop with some malware and that the laptop in questions was not connected to its networks at all. There was nothing found on any net-connected system. It had reported the find to the federal U.S. government. (Some very shortsighted “officials” immediately abused the confidential company information to miss-inform the Washington Post.) The utility company found the malware by scanning for a malware signature published in a lame recent assessment by Homeland Security and the FBI.

Dubious claims of foreign hacking of the electricity grid have already been made in 2009. Its an old trick of the Obama administration to achieve some political aims.

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