The media are diligently regurgitating what the CIA fed them: Putin “hacked” the US election. This li
ne serves the purpose of warning Trump, should he decide working contra to the Agency, and of duping the public – something the self-styled “mind of America” have turned into a science (it would be in bad taste to say art).
In the developed world there persists a large number of people (usually the 50 plusers) which, whenever they see any vaguely technical term, are left momentarily awe-struck. And that’s the perfect time, as all religious higher-ups know, to shovel horseshit undetected passed the critical faculties. And this is where the colloquialism’s potential lies. Many voters are required to make their choice on electronic machines (contraptions that have a remarkable tendency to break down in the black neighbourhoods of red states). “Hacked” immediately makes one think of an invisible hand, working the cybersphere – shifting some ones, disappearing a few zeros. When in fact not even the CIA has been brazen enough to claim that. (All they assert, without evidence, is that the “Podesta emails” got to Wikileaks by way of the Russian state.) But I know of intelligent people who have jumped to this conclusion nonetheless, all because of a nudge from an agency whose business from start to present has been nothing but sinister.
It is unpleasant to see figures of “the Left” align themselves with an institution responsible for installing and propping up fascistic regimes from Bolivia, to Greece (see GLADIO), Iran, Iraq and far-off ‘Nam; the murder of liberation theologians; and the capture of Nelson Mandela… to allude to just a few horror stories. (And are they even aware that they play the role of pawns in a long-standing cold war between the CIA and FBI?)
Also spew-inducing is to witness journalists treat hearsay from an agency whose primary purpose is disinformation as a hallowed truth. I must add that The Intercept has been a spirit-enhancer during all of this. Glenn Greenwald and co. have shown themselves to be the 21st century inheritors of a tradition exemplified by I.F. Stone, Alexander Cockburn, Christopher Hitchens and Richard Carlile.
But it’s all justified is it not? Trump, as you no doubt hear, is practically Hitler. Plus, the enemy of my enemy is my friend, or some such cliche. Is this really how the Left plans to go about confronting the alt-right? If so then, good grief, we’re in for one hell of a battle.