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posted by janrinok on Wednesday May 02 2018, @09:13PM   Printer-friendly
from the sauce-for-the-goose dept.

The DNC's Lawsuit Against WikiLeaks Is an Attack on the Freedom of the Press

It's a large world, filled with felonies big and misdemeanors small. And so I prefer to write long columns. But sometimes a short, sharp word is necessary. The Democratic Party is suing WikiLeaks and they shouldn't. As Glenn Greenwald wrote last week in The Intercept:

The Democratic National Committee filed a lawsuit this afternoon in a Manhattan federal court against the Russian government, the Trump campaign, and various individuals it alleges participated in the plot to hack its email servers and disseminate the contents as part of the 2016 election. The DNC also sued WikiLeaks for its role in publishing the hacked materials, though it does not allege that WikiLeaks participated in the hacking or even knew in advance about it; its sole role, according to the DNC's lawsuit, was publishing the hacked emails.

As Greenwald points out, the Dems' claim that "WikiLeaks is liable for damages it caused when it 'willfully and intentionally disclosed' the DNC's communications ... would mean that any media outlet that publishes misappropriated documents or emails (exactly what media outlets quite often do) could be sued by the entity or person about which they are reporting."

After the Manning releases in 2010, the Obama Justice Department wanted to sue WikiLeaks. However, they couldn't prove that anyone from WikiLeaks had actually stolen documents. They knew that suing WikiLeaks would have infringed on press freedom. Sue WikiLeaks, and you have to sue the Washington Post as well.

The DNC has no such qualms now.

Also at Al Jazeera.

See also: Why the DNC Is Fighting WikiLeaks and Not Wall Street


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DNC serves WikiLeaks with lawsuit via Twitter

The Democratic National Committee on Friday officially served its lawsuit to WikiLeaks via Twitter, employing a rare method to serve its suit to the elusive group that has thus far been unresponsive.

As CBS News first reported last month, the DNC filed a motion with a federal court in Manhattan requesting permission to serve its complaint to WikiLeaks on Twitter, a platform the DNC argued the website uses regularly. The DNC filed a lawsuit in April against the Trump campaign, Russian government and WikiLeaks, alleging a massive conspiracy to tilt the 2016 election in Donald Trump's favor.

All of the DNC's attempts to serve the lawsuit via email failed, the DNC said in last month's motion to the judge, which was ultimately approved.

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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by archfeld on Wednesday May 02 2018, @09:26PM (6 children)

    by archfeld (4650) <treboreel@live.com> on Wednesday May 02 2018, @09:26PM (#674769) Journal

    Maybe, the DNC and its' members should stop writing about the stupid and illegal shit they do in emails to each other. The should look into investing in some etch-a-sketch toys and they could communicate with each other that way so in an emergency the could just shake the things and all the stupid shit they were talking about would just magically go away, like they are hoping the deficit and Trumplstiltskin will magically vanish.

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    • (Score: 2, Interesting) by DeathMonkey on Wednesday May 02 2018, @09:40PM (5 children)

      by DeathMonkey (1380) on Wednesday May 02 2018, @09:40PM (#674778) Journal

      And what illegal shit, exactly, did the emails expose?

      • (Score: 0, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 02 2018, @10:01PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 02 2018, @10:01PM (#674790)

        #CrookedHillary, unless you're implying that she was already exposed elsewhere.

      • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 02 2018, @10:53PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 02 2018, @10:53PM (#674814)

        And what illegal shit, exactly, did the emails expose?

        Nothing to hide, nothing to fear [wired.com]

      • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 03 2018, @02:39AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 03 2018, @02:39AM (#674890)

        Actually I think you are correct. There was a whole lot of stupid exposed but I don't think they ever actually found anything illegal. Very similar to the Clinton email server, a whole mess of administrative regulation violations but nothing downright illegal. You know what they say sometimes it is better to keep your mouth shut and have everyone think you are stupid rather than open it and prove that fact.

      • (Score: 3, Interesting) by bobthecimmerian on Thursday May 03 2018, @02:10PM (1 child)

        by bobthecimmerian (6834) on Thursday May 03 2018, @02:10PM (#675057)

        Illegal, no. Stupid, yes. (And I voted for Hillary, for what it's worth.) The hacks revealed two foolish things:

        1. Hillary was getting verbatim copies of Democratic Primary debate questions in advance, and all other candidates were not. This infuriated anyone that didn't already support her, and fed into the conservative (and Russian) propaganda that she's corrupt.

        2. Campaign members used arrogant and insulting terms to refer to Republican supporters. We all know that in modern American politics both sides hate each other, but if you were a moderate on the fence or a Republican wrestling with your conscience over voting for Trump then seeing yourself referred to as worthless and stupid by Hillary's top advisers just might push you onto Trump's side.

        • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 03 2018, @04:01PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 03 2018, @04:01PM (#675124)

          1. Hillary was getting verbatim copies of Democratic Primary debate questions in advance, and all other candidates were not. This infuriated anyone that didn't already support her, and fed into the conservative (and Russian) propaganda that she's corrupt.

          Well, to be fair, if that is not corruption then I don't know what is. And, yeah, I voted for her too.

  • (Score: 1, Informative) by DeathMonkey on Wednesday May 02 2018, @09:32PM (9 children)

    by DeathMonkey (1380) on Wednesday May 02 2018, @09:32PM (#674774) Journal

    Illegally penetrating an email server is not an expression of free speech.

    • (Score: 5, Touché) by insanumingenium on Wednesday May 02 2018, @09:41PM (2 children)

      by insanumingenium (4824) on Wednesday May 02 2018, @09:41PM (#674780) Journal

      Airing that illegally exposed dirty laundry is, however.

      • (Score: 2, Interesting) by jmorris on Thursday May 03 2018, @05:59AM (1 child)

        by jmorris (4844) on Thursday May 03 2018, @05:59AM (#674957)

        I'm going to try to be consistent here. I opposed all of the leaks when the NYT would splash secrets on the front page, when Wikileaks was trying its damndest to get American fighting men killed to score political points against Bush. So I should oppose this one as well. And I would except:

        1. This leak really did expose rampant criminal activity, arguably even treason.

        2. All those other leaks that the people screaming loudest now were handing each other major awards for participating in.

        I support some sane method for leaking when it is really important that doesn't involve the front page of the NYT, say some channel to directly leak to the Chief Justice and he could call for a special investigation or something. Once something like that existed, leaking classified to the media could and should be more easy to justify punishing both the leaker AND the media for. An American media outlet knowingly publishing information it knows to be classified should be treason and a foreign one a formal act of aggression against the U.S. Meaning Julian should get a visit from a C.I.A. microdrone in the middle of the night. The current situation is unsustainable and insane.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 03 2018, @07:36AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 03 2018, @07:36AM (#674976)

          The current situation is unsustainable and insane.

          Yes, the current situation of a violently imposed monopoly withholding secrets from the people they have enslaved is unsustainable and insane.

    • (Score: 2, Interesting) by bug1 on Wednesday May 02 2018, @11:36PM (4 children)

      by bug1 (5243) on Wednesday May 02 2018, @11:36PM (#674826)

      If they did something illegal they would have been charged with a crime.

      This is a civil suit alleging wikileaks exposed their "trade secrets", how they got the information is not relevant to that AFAIK.

      • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Wednesday May 02 2018, @11:56PM

        by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday May 02 2018, @11:56PM (#674835) Journal

        wikileaks exposed their "trade secrets"

        Are those 'literally quotes' or 'metaphora quotes'?
        (e.g. did they literally alleged 'trade secret theft' in Wikileaks case?)

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      • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Runaway1956 on Wednesday May 02 2018, @11:56PM (2 children)

        by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday May 02 2018, @11:56PM (#674836) Journal

        The media reports what they know - that's what they do. Over the years, the media has exposed petty thieves, burglars, robbers, rapists, murderers, corporate misconduct, political misconduct, wars, peace, scientific achievements, genocides, births, deaths, and so much more.

        The DNC thinks that it should be immune to the media? Tough shit.

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        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 03 2018, @03:50AM (1 child)

          by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 03 2018, @03:50AM (#674922)

          You say that. But so does Trump. Any negative is always fake news. Any positive real news. But even you aren’t that naive. So why do you think Trump clean as a whistle? Is it just your inability to admit you are wrong? And don’t give me some johnny come lately BS as to why you are able to spot a shyster. Just admit you love Koolaid too.

          • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Runaway1956 on Thursday May 03 2018, @01:55PM

            by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Thursday May 03 2018, @01:55PM (#675047) Journal

            Dafuq? When, and where, have you ever read ANYTHING that I've posted, suggesting that Trump is "clean"?

            Oh, I think I get it. I believe that Hillary is a god-damned conniving, murderous, thieving, two-faced bitch - so therefore, I must like Trump? FFS, this isn't kindergarden, where you have to pick sides. More than forty years ago, when I registered to vote, I rejected BOTH SIDES, and reserved my right to hate all the crooked sons of bitches.

            Grow up, child. You don't have to drink either the orange Kool-Aid, or the red Kool-Aid. Anytime I want, I pour a cup of coffee, or crack open a soda, or maybe crack open a beer. Or, I just open the whiskey bottle, and pour a couple fingers. To hell with Kool-Aid.

            You suck, Hillary sucks, Trump sucks, and I'm not joining any or your teams.

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    • (Score: 2) by VLM on Thursday May 03 2018, @02:32PM

      by VLM (445) on Thursday May 03 2018, @02:32PM (#675076)

      Google or wikipedia up the Pentagon Papers.

      Its basically the same story with newer technology and different players. Hopefully it'll have the same legal outcome.

      There are other more direct analogies WRT the Pentagon Papers revolving around wikileaks and some famous people.

  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 02 2018, @09:33PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 02 2018, @09:33PM (#674775)

    It's a bad look for the DNC. Everyone knows they f'ed up, first by doing whatever crap came to light in the emails, and then being incompetent enough to get hacked. Now comes the whine about getting exposed. And then they wonder why people don't vote Blue.

  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Azuma Hazuki on Wednesday May 02 2018, @09:57PM (44 children)

    by Azuma Hazuki (5086) on Wednesday May 02 2018, @09:57PM (#674787) Journal

    I've been an Independent since being old enough to vote, and while Team D usually gets my votes, it's been harder and harder to justify over the years. What the DNC did to Sanders was despicable, leaving aside that he may actually have managed to beat Trump. I hate dynastic politics, and sincerely hope the Clintons and the Bushes end up right next to one another in Hell.

    Ironically, Trump's election may actually turn out good for the US, or at least not a total disaster. Reason being, he's too much of an incompetent boob to do any real harm *if* he's kept in check (big "if," I know, and I'm not counting on it...), and he's damaging the GOP brand so badly this may allow Team Blue to take over for the next couple decades. Now, whether *that's* a good thing or not is questionable; I'd have said yes without hesitation in 2004 or 2008, but maybe not now. Especially since the Dems seem hellbent on "compromising" themselves right out the Overton Window and have become further right than Republicans were in Reagan's era.

    Something needs to give. We need a party that's a voice for the poor, especially the rural poor. The Democrats haven't been that since McGovern lost to Nixon and they decided to sell their souls for votes.

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    • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 02 2018, @10:03PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 02 2018, @10:03PM (#674793)

      Why do the poor need a voice? All they're going to say is "give, give, give".

    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 02 2018, @10:04PM (5 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 02 2018, @10:04PM (#674794)

      For Internet Savvy Potheads? If you think Team Blue is worth having, you're conveniently forgetting the 90s, during which the Clipper Chip, Encryption as a munition, and the DMCA were all being pushed. Red, White, and Blue politics all need to die in the US, preferably at the point of a spear.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 02 2018, @10:22PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 02 2018, @10:22PM (#674798)

        Tipper Gore anyone?

      • (Score: 5, Interesting) by takyon on Wednesday May 02 2018, @10:43PM

        by takyon (881) <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Wednesday May 02 2018, @10:43PM (#674806) Journal

        Was there ever an FBI director that didn't support a war on encryption in the last 2 decades? Christopher Wray has had the exact same positions and talking points as Comey, and the next guy will say the same shit too. As for third parties, fat chance seeing a Green in office. We may see some kind of a quasi-third party or independent candidacy form from the ashes of the Democrats or (more likely?) the Republicans, but they will put mainstream law enforcement officers and military personnel in the FBI, NSA, etc. positions. The likes of Rand Paul or Ron Wyden will never be allowed to become President. They will be given the 1960s treatment.

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      • (Score: 2) by bobthecimmerian on Thursday May 03 2018, @02:15PM (2 children)

        by bobthecimmerian (6834) on Thursday May 03 2018, @02:15PM (#675063)

        I don't think Hazuma Azuki conveniently forgot anything. He (or she, whatever) wrote that he is not sure the party has been worth supporting since they lost to Nixon in the 1970s and moved right.

        I think Sanders' Democratic Party is worth saving, setting aside the fact that Sanders is actually independent. Hillary's party is only preferable to the Republicans in the sense that having your legs blown off is better than getting decapitated. The blues still support gay rights and abortion rights and still oppose nonsense like intelligent design in public schools and abstinence-based sex education. So they're still a lesser of two evils.

        • (Score: 2) by Azuma Hazuki on Thursday May 03 2018, @07:29PM (1 child)

          by Azuma Hazuki (5086) on Thursday May 03 2018, @07:29PM (#675263) Journal

          She, and Hazuki (leaf + moon) Azuma (eastern/Tokyo), thanks. :) You can call me Marissa if you want, it's visible on my profile.

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    • (Score: 5, Insightful) by PartTimeZombie on Wednesday May 02 2018, @11:09PM (15 children)

      by PartTimeZombie (4827) on Wednesday May 02 2018, @11:09PM (#674821)

      Your real problem is that you the choice of two state-sanctioned political parties, which is how the owners of your country like it.

      I live in a country of about 4 million people and we have 5 parties in Parliament at the moment. The UK has eight.

      You are in a Nation of more than 300 million people and have had elections for longer than almost any other western country, but you've never managed to get to the point where multiple different voices can be heard.

      It's a real shame.

      • (Score: 5, Insightful) by RS3 on Thursday May 03 2018, @01:47AM (7 children)

        by RS3 (6367) on Thursday May 03 2018, @01:47AM (#674875)

        100% agree with you. I've felt that way all of my adult life. 3rd parties occasionally make it into lower-level positions in local and state governments. I can only attribute the problem to money: wealthy powerful people, sometimes using corporations at their weapon of choice, buy all kinds of influence both privately and publicly. I've had this discussion for 20 years and I don't see any way to fix it. Anyone who gets into power either is part of the problem, or there's nothing they can do- it's too big- and they give up or get sucked into it. I'm not expert, nor have I read enough to be sure, but I'm pretty sure it's why Trump won- enough people are sick to death of the political machine in the US and they were hoping a relatively independent outsider could shake things up enough to stem the tide.

        I vote to abolish political parties. No two candidates share the exact same platform. Get rid of parties, and have all candidates just make their political platform and beliefs known and go from there. I know, it will never happen.

        • (Score: 3, Insightful) by archfeld on Thursday May 03 2018, @02:48AM (3 children)

          by archfeld (4650) <treboreel@live.com> on Thursday May 03 2018, @02:48AM (#674894) Journal

          "...sometimes using corporations at their weapon of choice..."
          I honestly think it is just the opposite; Extranational corporations using government agencies and elected officials as their weapons of choice. Money makes the world go 'round.

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          • (Score: 2, Funny) by khallow on Thursday May 03 2018, @04:30AM (2 children)

            by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Thursday May 03 2018, @04:30AM (#674935) Journal

            I honestly think it is just the opposite; Extranational corporations using government agencies and elected officials as their weapons of choice.

            And one merely needs to look at your sig to see the obvious rebuttal. The NSA is no corporation's tool. Else they wouldn't have screwed over without consequence so many corporations in the past.

            • (Score: 2) by archfeld on Thursday May 03 2018, @08:03PM (1 child)

              by archfeld (4650) <treboreel@live.com> on Thursday May 03 2018, @08:03PM (#675276) Journal

              There are always exceptions to the rule, but you can't deny that the EPA, the FCC, FDA, and several other alphabet agencies are battle grounds for corporate wars, and our congress is FULL of part time corporate sponsored employees. The SEC, the NSA, the FTC are certainly much more in control than the rest of our government structure.

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              • (Score: 1) by khallow on Friday May 18 2018, @12:20AM

                by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Friday May 18 2018, @12:20AM (#680941) Journal

                but you can't deny that the EPA, the FCC, FDA, and several other alphabet agencies are battle grounds for corporate wars

                And several of those work counter to corporate interests, such as the EPA and the FDA. Corporations certainly didn't win a war against the EPA, for example.

        • (Score: 3, Informative) by bobthecimmerian on Thursday May 03 2018, @02:21PM (2 children)

          by bobthecimmerian (6834) on Thursday May 03 2018, @02:21PM (#675066)

          I don't think abolishing political parties is practical, so I would go the route that the UK and Germany have. In elections you don't vote for the candidate, you vote for the party. And then the party gets seats in Congress based on the vote percentages and party leaders choose the people to fill the seats.

          The current US system is plurality-takes-all, and in 99% of cases a Democrat wins or a Republican wins. The Green Party candidate, Libertarian Party candidate, Reform Party candidate, Constitution Party candidate, Patriot Party candidate, and Communist party candidate can get 0.5%, 1%, 8% of the vote and it doesn't matter because the Republican or Democrat is going to get 40%+ and win. Most of the voters hate the two parties but won't vote for a third party candidate because they know the end result on public policy is nil. But with the vote-for-party system, if the Democrats get 38% of the votes they get 38% of the seats, if the Republicans get 45% of the votes they get 45% of the seats, and if the Libertarians get 10% they get 10%.... so the people voting away from the Big Two still get a voice in the legislature unless their party is especially unpopular.

          • (Score: 2) by Grishnakh on Thursday May 03 2018, @06:34PM (1 child)

            by Grishnakh (2831) on Thursday May 03 2018, @06:34PM (#675213)

            The problem with voting for candidates and not parties is that, while people can certainly inspect the Presidential candidates in the run-up, and maybe some of the Congressional ones, voters just don't have the time, energy, or will to carefully examine all the various candidates at all levels on their ballot. That's why we have parties; it's like a "brand".

            • (Score: 2) by Phoenix666 on Friday May 04 2018, @12:34PM

              by Phoenix666 (552) on Friday May 04 2018, @12:34PM (#675616) Journal

              The other question is why spend any time learning about their platform, as though what they say on a campaign has any predictive power whatsoever over what they would do in office? Everytime somebody says that i laugh ruefully.

              The only useful exercise, if you're gonna insist on wasting time researching the motivations of the psychopaths our political system cultivates, is to follow the money. Look up who their donors and bundlers are. Look at who their campaign managers and handlers are. Those people are the strings that make the puppet dance for the masters.

              Me, i think we need to reset the dial for democracy entirely, but let's at least see what we have now with clear eyes.

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      • (Score: 4, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 03 2018, @02:54AM (5 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 03 2018, @02:54AM (#674899)

        The US system is designed this way.

        We have first past the goal post winner takes all elections. This system has been shown to lead to a two party system (Duverger's law).

        Some states like California have completely disenfranchised 3rd party and independent voters. Proposed by a Republican senator, and backed by the, then Republican governor (and undoubtedly equally loved by the Dems), the law eliminates any but the two highest vote recipients in the primaries from appearing on the general election ballot. They even eliminated the ability to write in a candidate. Yup, complete disenfranchisement for those who refuse to vote for either of the corrupt major parties.

        At the presidential election level, we have an organization founded and controlled by the two major parties controlling who participates, the format, number, location, and rules of the debates. They once changed the rules for participating in debates the night before a debate to keep out a candidate that was apparently threatening to the establishment candidates.

        Jerrymandered districts mean that the outcome of many elections is preordained-- of course, never going to a third party / independent.

        There are also policies to prevent folks from organizing and unifying against the rich elites (who control both major parties). Race has been used for this for nearly the history of the nation-- keep the plebs fighting among themselves, and they won't notice the masters holding the whips. Suppression of the left has been part of this (both the brutal kind including executions, and more mundane like renaming International Workers Day aka May Day. May Day came about after the Haymarket labor leader executions in the US (one of the executed was not even present during the demonstration that led to the executions, and there was no evidence that any of the executed were linked to the attack on the cops they were convicted of). It is still observed nearly everywhere in the world, except in the US. To prevent US labor from having something to rally around, it was renamed to Loyalty Day, then to Law Day (both of the latter promoting obedience). Also, we have laws that prevent solidarity among workers like Taft Hartley. By keeping plebs from organizing together, they've kept us from reaching a critical mass where a non-elite controlled political organization had enough people behind it to challenge the two rich elite friendly/run establishment parties.

        Trump is a complete moron with the intellect of a tin can, and policies hostile to all but himself (and the rest of the rich). But, at least the "fuck you [to the establishment]" votes that folks threw his way may mean that it is possible to overcome these obstacles (hopefully in a positive direction next time).

        • (Score: 5, Insightful) by takyon on Thursday May 03 2018, @03:22AM (4 children)

          by takyon (881) <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Thursday May 03 2018, @03:22AM (#674915) Journal

          Trump and Sanders were independent candidates working within the two-party system. In both cases, they faced obstacles within the party. Trump took advantage of the crowd of Republican candidates with very little support individually and manipulated the media into giving himself all the free airtime he wanted. Sanders on the other hand put up a pretty good fight but was opposed by the Clinton taint within the DNC and not given the airtime he needed.

          Trump has set an example for future "third-party" candidates. Don't run as a Green, Independent, Libertarian, write-in, whatever. Run as a Democrat or Republican. Make as much noise as possible. Never apologize for anything; always double down. If you can win in the primary, then you become one of the big 2 instead of the outsider who'd be swell to vote for but is considered a "wasted vote".

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_tent [wikipedia.org]

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          • (Score: 4, Interesting) by Grishnakh on Thursday May 03 2018, @01:55PM (3 children)

            by Grishnakh (2831) on Thursday May 03 2018, @01:55PM (#675048)

            Sanders was just too ethical and decent; that was his problem. If he had said all kinds of outrageous and inflammatory stuff, and then refused to apologize and doubled-down, he would have gotten lots of free media coverage, and could have won the primary vote. Basically, that's what Trump did. Making up nasty pet names for his Dem opponents (esp. Hillary, but also the others earlier on) would have helped too.

            I think we all owe Trump a debt of gratitude for the 2016 election, for showing us as a nation what a farce our elections really are, and how easy they are to game if you play it right.

            • (Score: 2) by takyon on Thursday May 03 2018, @02:32PM (1 child)

              by takyon (881) <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Thursday May 03 2018, @02:32PM (#675077) Journal

              I'm not sure that adopting that persona and going after Hillary strongly would have helped Sanders as much. The supporters are different, etc. But there's one thing I can point to. "[The] American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails!" Sanders essentially tossed the issue to the curb with that one line, earning him some applause and praise but not much else. Trump focused on it throughout the year and got an email-related October surprise from his biggest (unintentional?) supporter, FBI Director Comey.

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              • (Score: 2) by Grishnakh on Thursday May 03 2018, @06:32PM

                by Grishnakh (2831) on Thursday May 03 2018, @06:32PM (#675210)

                Yeah, you're probably right. The supporters are so different that acting like Trump probably wouldn't have helped. But I do wonder if trying to focus more on her negatives and tearing her down would have helped him win the primaries. He tried to run a principled campaign focused on the issues, which is laudable, but as we've seen over and over, it just doesn't work that well in the real world.

            • (Score: 2) by Azuma Hazuki on Thursday May 03 2018, @07:21PM

              by Azuma Hazuki (5086) on Thursday May 03 2018, @07:21PM (#675255) Journal

              Yeah, my reaction to his loss when I was talking to a friend was "Figures. We all know what happened to the *last* socialist Jew who said to be good to the poor, don't we?" To which he said "Yeah, and they don't listen to him either."

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 03 2018, @02:10PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 03 2018, @02:10PM (#675058)

        That's not quite true. It is definitely true now, but it was not for many years. For a great example just look at the elections the year Lincoln was elected. There were quite a few parties involved. I forget the exact number but 6 or 7 floated their candidates against Lincoln and he won with only something like 20-25% of the vote. We once did have multiple voices, but they have been trying to entrench two parties only for a long time.

        I think they're going about it the wrong way though. If you want different parties you shouldn't try to simply elect a third party candidate to the Presidency. You need support to build on the lower levels so when that candidate makes it to the White House they don't become a plain affiliate for one party or another.

    • (Score: 3, Funny) by NewNic on Wednesday May 02 2018, @11:42PM (7 children)

      by NewNic (6420) on Wednesday May 02 2018, @11:42PM (#674829) Journal

      I agree that the Dems have proven themselves corrupt with their handling of Sanders and too cozy with business, but the way I see it is that voting for the right-wing party is not the solution to the problem of the Dems being insufficiently left wing.

      The solution (if any really exists) is found in the primaries.

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      • (Score: 5, Insightful) by hemocyanin on Wednesday May 02 2018, @11:48PM (4 children)

        by hemocyanin (186) on Wednesday May 02 2018, @11:48PM (#674832) Journal

        All the big things under Obama were incredibly right wing:
        - war expansion, both in the # of countries and troops
        - look forward not backward WRT torture
        - mass surveillance
        - socialize losses, privatize profits (for banks and Wall St.)
        - Obama even played the same games w/ PlanB that GWB did, to the point some Admin major over-ruled the Harvard MD at the FDA.
        - Expansion of fracking
        - Deporter in chief

        Obama was a Republican's wet dream, and HRC would have been even worse.

        • (Score: 5, Informative) by Thexalon on Thursday May 03 2018, @12:38AM (3 children)

          by Thexalon (636) on Thursday May 03 2018, @12:38AM (#674853)

          It should also be mentioned that the Affordable Care Act, which was trumpeted as Obama's main left-wing accomplishment, was really a right-wing idea that functioned at least as much as a giveaway to the insurance industry as a way of granting access to health care.

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          • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 03 2018, @01:41AM (2 children)

            by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 03 2018, @01:41AM (#674872)

            The Democrats had a supermajority for a few years and yet didn't seriously try to get single payer or even a public option. Both things were mentioned briefly, but they gave up instantly. That tells you all you need to know about where their interests lie in general. It's not all because of Republican obstructionism like some people claim.

            • (Score: 5, Informative) by Thexalon on Thursday May 03 2018, @02:18AM (1 child)

              by Thexalon (636) on Thursday May 03 2018, @02:18AM (#674881)

              Dennis Kucinich, the last congressman trying to hold out for a public option, recently talked about trying to negotiate with Obama about it. Basically, Obama made it abundantly clear to Kucinich that there was no way, no how, any kind of public option included in the ACA.

              The "Oh, the Republicans wouldn't let us" argument is almost always complete hokum.

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              • (Score: 2) by Phoenix666 on Friday May 04 2018, @12:39PM

                by Phoenix666 (552) on Friday May 04 2018, @12:39PM (#675617) Journal

                Excellent sub-thread, guys. You're both dead on. People like you should form the core of a real progressive party. You'd get my vote.

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      • (Score: 4, Informative) by Thexalon on Thursday May 03 2018, @12:20AM (1 child)

        by Thexalon (636) on Thursday May 03 2018, @12:20AM (#674848)

        The solution (if any really exists) is found in the primaries.

        The DNC knows full well about that risk to their gravy train, and have taken steps [theintercept.com] to prevent those pesky citizens and non-corporate-approved candidates from causing problems with primary votes.

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        • (Score: 2) by PartTimeZombie on Thursday May 03 2018, @02:54AM

          by PartTimeZombie (4827) on Thursday May 03 2018, @02:54AM (#674898)

          I read that Intercept piece, and it just confirmed what I already thought.

          Both of your political parties are in the business of enriching themselves, and their interests don't coincide with yours unless you happen to be able to contribute to their reelection campaign.

          It's an odd way to run a country.

    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 02 2018, @11:49PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 02 2018, @11:49PM (#674833)

      Sort of my history. My votes were Bush sr. Clinton. Third party in 96. Was for McCain over Bush jr(really hated the push calls Rove did against McCain) so voted third party again in 2000 and 04. In 08 I voted Obama. After reading his book I thought he could be change but that was a mistake and so third party again in 12. And again in 16. Trump is horrible and ruining our checks and balances. But I don’t regret not supporting Clinton. She was horrible in other ways.

      Not sure if I will vote Dem in 2020. I won’t vote for Trump though.

      On wedge issues I vote for gays and trans. I vote for guns. I vote for abortion rights til the third trimester(assuming mothers life isn’t in danger).

      Which given the current political stances sure makes it frustrating who to choose.

    • (Score: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 03 2018, @12:59AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 03 2018, @12:59AM (#674862)

      The democrats were always and still are the party of white trash, Richard Daley, George Wallace that use use worker gangs to shake down small businesses. They epitomize banal machine politics, with the Clintons being the shining beacon.

      The Democrats haven't been that since McGovern lost to Nixon and they decided to sell their souls for votes.

      No, it happened when they chose Humphrey over Eugene McCarthy in '68. We know what they did to Bobby.

    • (Score: 5, Interesting) by Arik on Thursday May 03 2018, @03:53AM (3 children)

      by Arik (4543) on Thursday May 03 2018, @03:53AM (#674923) Journal
      I know you've got me typecast as a right-winger so it may shock you to find out my favorite President (of those I've lived through) was Jimmy Carter. Interestingly enough, he's also the last President that the media opposed in something like the manner they currently oppose Trump. He was a liberal, a real liberal, not a 'progressive' and it was during his term that the media made that a swear word in this country.
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      • (Score: 2) by Azuma Hazuki on Thursday May 03 2018, @07:17PM (2 children)

        by Azuma Hazuki (5086) on Thursday May 03 2018, @07:17PM (#675252) Journal

        Carter was and is an honorable man, orders of magnitude better than ANYONE since Truman and anyone after him. His presidency was before my time, at least in this body, but he's someone I could comfortably vote for. What are the chances we'll ever see his kind running for President again, though?

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        • (Score: 2) by Arik on Thursday May 03 2018, @08:59PM (1 child)

          by Arik (4543) on Thursday May 03 2018, @08:59PM (#675308) Journal
          We have something in common after all! A truly honorable man. And a real leader.

          I saw something similar in Ron Paul but of course no one like that will be allowed to win the office again as things stand.

          Unless they sneak in with the Trump maneuver, of course, but that one will probably never work again now that it's been seen once.
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          • (Score: 2) by Azuma Hazuki on Friday May 04 2018, @04:13AM

            by Azuma Hazuki (5086) on Friday May 04 2018, @04:13AM (#675488) Journal

            Ron Paul is not worthy to tie Carter's shoes. You're delusional.

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    • (Score: 2) by Grishnakh on Thursday May 03 2018, @02:12PM (5 children)

      by Grishnakh (2831) on Thursday May 03 2018, @02:12PM (#675060)

      >We need a party that's a voice for the poor, especially the rural poor.

      We have this party: it's called the Republiican Party. They're the party that aligns with the rural poor on the two issues they care most about: guns and abortion (and the closely-related third issue: religion). Republicans oppose all gun laws, and oppose abortion, so the rural poor will vote for them on that basis no matter what their stances on other issues are, even if the Republicans pass tax plans and other policies that end up economically hurting the rural poor.

      Another party is not going to get the support of the rural poor unless they adopt the GOP positions on guns, abortion, and religion. And such a party is going to be automatically voted against by atheistic urban liberals like me.

      • (Score: 4, Informative) by bobthecimmerian on Thursday May 03 2018, @02:34PM (3 children)

        by bobthecimmerian (6834) on Thursday May 03 2018, @02:34PM (#675079)

        That's an oversimplification of the situation. Part of the reason the rural poor align with the Republicans is because they feel abandoned by the Democrats on issues of jobs and quality of life, and they feel abandoned because they are abandoned. As the grandparent post wrote, the mainstream Democrats sold their soul to start winning elections in the early 1970s after they lost to Nixon and the famous 'Southern Strategy'. They cut back on their fights for minimum wage and their strong ties to labor unions. The only Democrat response to "The jobs are going away!" has been "education!", but I don't care how many PhDs you take with you into the coal mining town where I grew up, nobody's hiring. There were several coal mines still working and three big manufacturers within 20 miles in 1985, they're all gone now.

        At best the Democrats had no ideas, at worst they don't give a damn about anyone outside major urban areas. The Republicans with their "drill here, drill now!" and "clean coal" and "America first" and "trickle down" are consistent on their lie that they'll revitalize rural economies. They won't revitalize urban areas. But the Republicans are on message, they're consistent, they're winning support with the narrative that the Democrats hate rural whites.

        On the bright side, Hillary lost. I'd rather have her as president than Trump, but hopefully this is the wake up call the party needs to remind it that they've lost most of the good qualities they had fifty years ago. The surge in worker strikes across the country is encouraging too.

        • (Score: 2) by VLM on Thursday May 03 2018, @03:09PM (1 child)

          by VLM (445) on Thursday May 03 2018, @03:09PM (#675098)

          The Republicans with their ... are consistent on their lie that they'll revitalize rural economies. They won't revitalize urban areas.

          The Democrats have a huge propaganda problem, because no matter how many times that kind of thing is repeated, oil states like North Dakota have skyrocketed up from being pretty poor, to being the 16th highest income state in the country, whereas Democratically controlled states like Michigan remain mired in poverty, ranking 33rd highest in the country. Surely if Michigan would just increase taxes and regulations some more, then they'll finally be wealthy, LOL, they just need to do what doesn't work even harder, LOL.

          I mean, its not just that the message doesn't sell, or that the message isn't being repeated enough, but there's not enough centralized control. So in related news stories its all about massive hiring in the Dakotas or job shortages in the Dakotas or house prices tripling in the Dakotas meanwhile there are "unrelated" stories about house prices in Detroit going to zero and abandoned houses being demolished and no jobs in Detroit and everywhere there's a democrat government there's, purely coincidentally, a food desert and dead malls and high gun crime and stuff like that.

          I would imagine with increased social media and central control of the media via mergers, they'll be able to put propaganda like that out with a straight face and no opposition by cheating the public. Censor some wikipedia articles of actual numbers for being racist or something, etc.

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._states_by_income [wikipedia.org]

          That also ties in to the problem of the Democrats can only win by propaganda / lying / cognitive dissonance, whereas the other side is fact and reality based, which is a much easier sell even if what remains of legacy media is screaming in unified, centralized, corrupt opposition.

          • (Score: 2) by bobthecimmerian on Friday May 04 2018, @08:34PM

            by bobthecimmerian (6834) on Friday May 04 2018, @08:34PM (#675838)

            North Dakota has a small population, so the income boost from a few oil and gas companies has a huge impact on the state economy. The same amount of drilling in Michigan, which has thirteen times the population, wouldn't do as much. So you're lying with statistics too, though I'm not sure whether it's intentional or not.

        • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Grishnakh on Thursday May 03 2018, @06:24PM

          by Grishnakh (2831) on Thursday May 03 2018, @06:24PM (#675204)

          >On the bright side, Hillary lost. I'd rather have her as president than Trump, but hopefully this is the wake up call the party needs to remind it that they've lost most of the good qualities they had fifty years ago.

          I'd say the article we're discussing here is proof that the party remains completely clueless and is doubling down on the stupidity that lost them the election.

      • (Score: 2) by Azuma Hazuki on Thursday May 03 2018, @07:16PM

        by Azuma Hazuki (5086) on Thursday May 03 2018, @07:16PM (#675248) Journal

        I disagree. Minnesota has, at least at the state level, a Democratic Farmers' Party. And as things stand now, the GOP's disgraceful Trump-sucking has gotten so bad that even some of the "guns, God, and gay-bashing" types are starting to realize they've been taken for a ride. I never said it was gonna be easy, but it should be possible to have a party that actually stands for peoples' rights--ALL of them--and does something besides lip service for the suffering rural poor.

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    • (Score: 1, Flamebait) by VLM on Thursday May 03 2018, @02:54PM

      by VLM (445) on Thursday May 03 2018, @02:54PM (#675086)

      he's damaging the GOP brand

      ... solely and exclusively with people who would never have voted for him anyway.

      Only the RINO cucks think if they debase themselves, their people, their country, and their beliefs far enough, repeatedly in public, then the Communist Party USA Inc will finally give them their endorsement, and gaining that endorsement would somehow mean they'd win either the support of their party or win the general election.

      To some extent its a very leftist propaganda effort to encourage that belief in public as much as possible to help the left. "Obviously the only way Trump can win again in 2020 would be to stop improving trade deals and ending Korean war and generally winning so much that we're tired of winning, instead focus really hard on gaining the endorsement of Maxine Waters because that's whats good for America and guarantees a win in 2020".

      My gut level guess is the Nobel committee will not give him his peace prize for ending the Korean war until 2021 because if some Russian on social media saying it would be bad when Hillary starts a nuclear war with Russia is somehow "illegal interference with elections", then awarding a peace prize a year or two before re-election would be even worse.

      Have to realize there's not much of a Democratic party left to fight Trump in 2020... they got legacy Hillary who's more of a millstone around their necks, some high school crisis actors taking a break from eating tide pods to crusade for gun control, and pr0n star who doesn't even have a clinton-era blue dress. And that's the best the party can offer. May as well resign, give the money back to the investors, and let a new party become America's second political party.

  • (Score: 1, Disagree) by Aurean on Wednesday May 02 2018, @10:48PM (11 children)

    by Aurean (4924) on Wednesday May 02 2018, @10:48PM (#674811)

    WikiLeaks' role in this wasn't just the dissemination of information, it was *who* they got it from and their intent behind publishing the emails.
    WikiLeaks knowingly acted in concert with the Russians and/or the Trump campaign (per Junior's messages with Assange). *That* is the problem here.

    The intent wasn't to expose wrongdoing or to serve the public - the intent was to interfere in the election.

    That's a whole different kettle of fish than whistleblowing.

    That said, any publishing of such information could be framed as such, so it's not fully justifiable.

    In this particular case, the DNC is more right than WikiLeaks.

    • (Score: 4, Informative) by Captival on Wednesday May 02 2018, @10:53PM

      by Captival (6866) on Wednesday May 02 2018, @10:53PM (#674813)

      I realize you're a moron, but Wikileaks correspondence with Trump Jr happened AFTER they publicly released [theguardian.com] the same files.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 02 2018, @11:06PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 02 2018, @11:06PM (#674819)

      The intent wasn't to expose wrongdoing or to serve the public - the intent was to interfere in the election.

      Case closed. Lock em all up. Get the firing squads ready.

    • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Runaway1956 on Thursday May 03 2018, @12:06AM (2 children)

      by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Thursday May 03 2018, @12:06AM (#674843) Journal

      You, Sir, are drinking the Kool-Aid, and believing the narrative. Do you not understand that the Kool-Aid is laced with drugs?

      The intent may or may not be important in journalism. But this whole "vast right wing conspiracy" that Hillary promoted is so much bullshit. What happens when a conspiracy grows large? It gets exposed - just like the DNC conspiracy to usurp the will of the people. The DNC conspiracy has been exposed, so they double down on the "vast right wing conspiracy". Utter bullshit.

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      • (Score: 5, Insightful) by fustakrakich on Thursday May 03 2018, @01:08AM

        by fustakrakich (6150) on Thursday May 03 2018, @01:08AM (#674865) Journal

        Utter bullshit.

        Yep, and it's working like a charm. They got the whole world doing the *Russia Russia Russia* jig... And they will still successfully keep Congress evenly split between them and their tag team partner, the republicans. The voters choose between evil and crazy. That's where the Golden Ticket is.

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 03 2018, @06:41AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 03 2018, @06:41AM (#674970)

        But this whole "vast right wing conspiracy" that Hillary promoted is so much bullshit.

        Ya gotta wonder, when Runaway8309 says something like this, that perhaps there is "vast right wing conspiracy", and the Runaway, knowingly or most likely otherwise, is part of it. Tell us more, Runaway. Tell us about the cattle, and the hogs, and the Pizza Pong-ping Ching-chang!!!

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 03 2018, @01:19AM (2 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 03 2018, @01:19AM (#674868)

      But here they are again. Hopefully my hyperlinks will be up to original gewg_'s standards. How Google, Facebook and Twitter are manipulating the Mexican presidential elections—Part 1 [wsws.org] and Part 2 [wsws.org]:

      The Google and Twitter deals were announced shortly after leading representatives of these corporations gathered in Mexico City at a conference co-hosted by INE and the National Democratic Institute (NDI), a CIA front organization headed by former secretary of state Madeleine Albright.

      Ok, so how do I get from the US D-team to the above? The CIA Democrats: Part one [wsws.org], Part two [wsws.org] and Part 3 [wsws.org].

      See also The CIA Democrats vs. Julian Assange [wsws.org]:

      The Democratic National Committee on Friday filed a 66-page complaint that reeks of McCarthyism, with overtones of the Wisconsin senator’s demagogy about “a conspiracy so vast” when he was spearheading the anticommunist witch hunts more than 70 years ago. After detailing a long list of supposed conspirators, ranging from the Russian government and its military intelligence agency GRU to the Trump campaign and Julian Assange, the complaint declares: “The conspiracy constituted an act of previously unimaginable treachery: the campaign of the presidential nominee of a major party in league with a hostile foreign power to bolster its own chance to win the Presidency.”

      Such language has had no place in official American public life since the right-wing political gangster McCarthy left the scene in the late 1950s. Ultra-right groups like the John Birch Society kept alive such smear tactics in ensuing decades, but they were relegated to the fringes of the political system. Now the Democratic Party has sought to revive these methods as the central focus of its bid for power in the 2018 elections.

      The D team is the political wing of the CIA now. The R team is... well... I wouldn't recommend it. The only way to protest using the ballot box in a way that will be heard is by voting for Greens and Libertarians. wswswswswswsws keeps talking about their Socialist Equality Party, but the Greens and Libertarians seem more credible to me.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 03 2018, @04:46PM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 03 2018, @04:46PM (#675140)

        The only way to protest using the ballot box in a way that will be heard is by voting for Greens and Libertarians.

        Well, actually, I would be more inclined to vote third party if the third parties actually put credible candidates forward. Back in 2016 the Libertarians had a golden opportunity and I was definitely planning on voting third party. And I'm sure they could have easily picked up at least a few states in the Presidential election considering that Trump was on the GOP ticket. But, instead, Gary Johnson turned out to be Governor Pothead. Look, I get that Libertarians take a more isolationist stance than all the rest, but that is no excuse for being pig-ignorant about world affairs. I'm sorry, but if you did not have any idea about what was going on in Aleppo at the time then you have no business being the next Commander in Chief. And, it wasn't like this was just one gaffe on his part; he made similar gaffes on world affairs at least a couple of times after that incident (the guy was not a quick learner, another reason to take serious pause about him as a candidate for President). So, Libertarians (and all the other third parties, for that matter), you have just a couple more years to get your act together. I suggest you use your time wisely to find credible (and I must emphasize that word credible, here) candidates for the 2020 election. You need to start doing your homework on this now.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 03 2018, @08:44PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 03 2018, @08:44PM (#675297)

          Sorry. I voted for Jill Stein.

    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by jmorris on Thursday May 03 2018, @05:48AM (1 child)

      by jmorris (4844) on Thursday May 03 2018, @05:48AM (#674952)

      WikiLeaks knowingly acted in concert with the Russians and/or the Trump campaign..

      Stop with the DNC talking points. We know where the leak came from.

      HIS NAME WAS SETH RICH. And the Clintons added him to their long body count for betraying her. He was a disgruntled Bernie Bro who, because he was an admin, knew for a fact the Party had stolen the nomination from his guy.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 03 2018, @06:43AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 03 2018, @06:43AM (#674972)

        Did you ever wonder if jmorris is actually Sean Hannity? Checks out, seems legit.

    • (Score: 2) by ElizabethGreene on Thursday May 03 2018, @04:50PM

      by ElizabethGreene (6748) Subscriber Badge on Thursday May 03 2018, @04:50PM (#675143) Journal

      >> it was *who* they got it from

      We could go ask the guy who supposedly smuggled them out.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Seth_Rich [wikipedia.org]

      Oh, wait, nevermind.

      I must confess that I raised a conspiracy theorist' suspicious eyebrow when I heard about his death.

  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 02 2018, @11:07PM (9 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 02 2018, @11:07PM (#674820)

    ...and yet always manages to end up on the left. But of course this is a fleeting reversal of opinion due to wikileaks getting in the way of #HerTurn. As soon as wikileaks publishes something that endangers US servicemembers again, soylents will go back to wildly clapping and cheering for them like slovenly, walleyed bugmen.

    • (Score: 5, Informative) by takyon on Wednesday May 02 2018, @11:26PM

      by takyon (881) <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Wednesday May 02 2018, @11:26PM (#674825) Journal

      As soon as wikileaks publishes something that endangers US servicemembers again, soylents will go back to wildly clapping and cheering for them like slovenly, walleyed bugmen.

      Most of the comments on this article and previous ones already support Wikileaks and Assange, so your premise is incorrect.

      As for endangering servicemembers:

      Chelsea Manning leaks had no strategic impact on US war efforts, Pentagon finds [theguardian.com]

      It says that “lives of cooperative Afghans, Iraqis, and other foreign interlocutors are at increased risk”, and it notes that 23 serving US military personnel were warned in advance of publication that their full names and social security numbers were included in the files.

      Roughly zero impact even from the "worst" leaks. (Note that pretty much all SSNs are compromised, or will be. See the OPM hack among others.)

      As for those cooperative Afghans and Iraqis, the U.S. government has proven unwilling to protect them:

      Asylum Program Falls Short For Iraqis Aiding U.S. Forces [washingtonpost.com]

      Iraqi translators who served the US military are desperate for an exemption to Trump's travel ban [pri.org]

      Afghans Who Worked With U.S. Forces Told They Can No Longer Apply For Special Visas [npr.org]

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    • (Score: 0, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 02 2018, @11:47PM (6 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 02 2018, @11:47PM (#674831)

      Fascism is not even 'right wing'. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6bSsaVL6gA [youtube.com]

      It is a socialist ideology which is a near offshoot of marxism. That is being foisted upon Republicans as a smear word. When the ideals of the DNC very closely match the original tenants of fascism. But no one really cares as the emotional baggage is fun to throw around.

      The 'left' is currently pissed. Because they lost. It was #HerTurn. Pitty they picked a candidate that people actively disliked. You can find lots of people who voted against Trump. You do not find many who voted for Hillary Clinton because they liked her. My co-workers ask all the time "how did he get elected". I remind them every time "look who ran against him" "oh yeah".

      Watching the left turn on each other has been a delicious mayhem of chaos. The once darling of the DNC Wikileaks is now spit upon because they think they lost because of what wikileaks did. Well he did not like "can we just drone this guy" that much. Can not say I blame him much I would not take kindly to being threatened by the secretary of the state.

      The only 'hacking' that happened was an insider plugged in a USB drive and walked out the front door with that stuff.

      • (Score: 4, Insightful) by hemocyanin on Thursday May 03 2018, @12:01AM (5 children)

        by hemocyanin (186) on Thursday May 03 2018, @12:01AM (#674840) Journal

        You confuse fascism and authoritarianism as being identical when really, they are more like a square and a rectangle -- one can say a square is a rectangle but not the opposite. To be clear, fascism is a form of right wing authoritarianism which favors corporate/business interests over the needs of the people and will use the violence of the state against the people to protect business interests. There have been other forms of authoritarianism that are based on ideologies rooted in the needs of the people but turn out rotten (Cultural Revolution in China for example). These alternatives are not examples of fascism (square), but they are authoritarian (rectangle), and while just as bad to be sure, they are also something different.

        • (Score: 3, Insightful) by PartTimeZombie on Thursday May 03 2018, @03:04AM (4 children)

          by PartTimeZombie (4827) on Thursday May 03 2018, @03:04AM (#674908)

          The A/C comment above with "Fascism is Left Wing" in it is just a standard ignorant far right talking point.

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 03 2018, @03:44AM

            by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 03 2018, @03:44AM (#674920)

            > The A/C comment above with "Fascism is Left Wing" in it is just a standard ignorant far right talking point.

            Especially since both parties in the US are far right, if the Republicans still qualify to be called a party and if they have not wandered off the end of the scale. The purpose of their talking point it to accuse everything of being "Left" and walk the field further to the right. It has worked well for them starting with Reagan.

          • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 03 2018, @09:11AM (2 children)

            by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 03 2018, @09:11AM (#674984)

            The A/C comment above with "Fascism is Left Wing" in it is just a standard ignorant far right talking point.

            Your dismissal is just a standard ignorant, leftist talking point.

            Mussolini was a Marxist who came to believe that total war was the only effective way the proletariat would rise in support of international socialism. This is a matter of well documented historical fact and the far left hate it because it adds the death toll of their "ideological enemies" to their own even greater and equally indefensible death toll. Marxism is murder!

            • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Azuma Hazuki on Thursday May 03 2018, @07:26PM (1 child)

              by Azuma Hazuki (5086) on Thursday May 03 2018, @07:26PM (#675261) Journal

              Once again: do not confuse economic left/right with social left/right. The leftists you're going on about are economic leftists, but tend toward authoritarianism on the social scale. What we've learned from the last 150+ years is authoritarianism is a bad idea, no matter what your economic policy looks like.

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              • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 03 2018, @09:15PM

                by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 03 2018, @09:15PM (#675313)

                Once again: do not confuse economic left/right with social left/right.

                Well, hello again.

                What we've learned from the last 150+ years is authoritarianism is a bad idea, no matter what your economic policy looks like.

                Agree but there are economic limits on social liberalism and that is the point at which many social liberals, rather than fall back to classical liberalism become illiberal collectivists. We've seen this pathway to authoritarian tyranny walked too many times to be coy about the end results. This is why I insist on pointing out that while Communists and Fascists oppose each other, the liberal position should be in firm opposition to both.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 03 2018, @04:49PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 03 2018, @04:49PM (#675142)

      Yes, we must all take a strong stand against Faces!!! Down with Faces!

  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Thexalon on Thursday May 03 2018, @12:11AM (1 child)

    by Thexalon (636) on Thursday May 03 2018, @12:11AM (#674846)

    The portions of this lawsuit directed at Wikileaks and the Russian government are completely absurd, for one simple reason: Neither of them have ever been subject to US jurisdiction.

    Even if the DNC's theory of what happened was completely true (which I definitely question), and even if what Wikileaks did was illegal or a tort under US law (which it isn't), Wikileaks' lawyers could simply say "We were communicating with somebody in Russia, via computer systems and networks in Europe and the embassy of Ecuador. We were involved in no activity that occurred in US soil, ergo any actions we took are not subject to US law. Goodbye."

    The Russian angle is even dumber legally speaking: Russia says "Sovereign immunity. Even if you found us completely guilty, we're way over here, and we have nukes, so good luck enforcing your court orders. Goodbye."

    The DNC's lawyers aren't stupid enough to not know this. So what they're looking for from this is "We tried to prove the Trump-Russia-Wikileaks conspiracy that we're so certain happened in court, but those evil judges stopped us from making the case on a technicality. But believe us, it's real!" It's an act of political theater, and they know it. And a stupid one at that if the goal is to take down Trump, since it lends credence to Trump's claims that the investigations into his dealings with the Russians are about politics rather than the law.

    And for the record, this is coming from someone who voted for Clinton on the grounds that I was in a swing state and I thought she'd be less of a fool than Trump, and then went home to vomit.

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    The only thing that stops a bad guy with a compiler is a good guy with a compiler.
    • (Score: 2) by Grishnakh on Thursday May 03 2018, @02:08PM

      by Grishnakh (2831) on Thursday May 03 2018, @02:08PM (#675056)

      You're not understanding something with your "sovereign immunity" stuff: this is not a criminal trial, it's a civil lawsuit. "US jurisdiction" and laws are irrelevant. You can absolutely sue foreign actors or governments, and win judgments.

      Of course, good luck enforcing those judgments outside the country, but that's also the case with judgments against people or companies *inside* your country: you don't automatically get to collect any money awarded in a court judgment. It's actually a real pain to collect in many cases: you can file for garnishment of wages, or you can get the sheriff to accompany you while you seize assets, for instance, but these things generally take more time and money that you have to front, so it's really not worth winning a judgment against someone unless they have assets you can seize that'll make it worth it. (So winning against a large corporation is generally safe, because they'd rather just pay you rather than let you drive up and start taking all their stuff to sell on Ebay at pennies on the dollar, but sometimes they don't; I read about someone winning against Bank of America around 10 years ago and taking a bunch of their office furniture and stuff from a local bank branch with the sheriff's help because BoA wouldn't pay up.)

      For foreign governments, the standard route is to use your judgment to seize any assets owned by that government in your country.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 03 2018, @01:37AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 03 2018, @01:37AM (#674870)

    Should be fun to watch.

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