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Archive for February 8th, 2018

George W. Bush: ‘There’s pretty clear evidence’ That Russia Interfered in 2016 Election

Former President George W. Bush

By Steve Neavling
Motor City Muckraker

Former President George W. Bush said Thursday “there’s pretty clear evidence that the Russians meddled” in the 2016 presidential election, an apparent rebuke of President Trump and his refusal to accept the findings of his intelligence agencies.

“Whether [Russia] affected the outcome is another question,” Bush said at a conference in Abu Dhabi, the USA Today reported. “It’s problematic that a foreign nation is involved in our election system. Our democracy is only as good as people trust the results.”

While the former president never mentioned Trump by name, Bush pointedly and very publicly countered the president as he and his allies continue to attack the credibility of the FBI and Justice Department, the two departments overseeing the special counsel investigation into Russia’s campaign to undermine the presidential election.  

The White House didn’t immediately respond to Bush’s statements.

FBI Found No Evidence That Border Patrol Agent Was Murdered

Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez was found dead at the bottom of a ravine in west Texas.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An exhaustive investigation into the mysterious death of a Border Patrol agent in West Texas in November uncovered no evidence of a “scuffle, altercation or attack,” countering hasty claims by President Trump and other conservatives that blamed rock-throwing immigrants.

An autopsy concluded Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez died of “blunt force trauma” to his head caused by an “undetermined manner of death.”

“To date none of the more than 650 interviews completed, locations searched, or evidence collected and analyzed have produced evidence that would support the existence of a scuffle, altercation, or attack on November 18, 2017,” said the release from the El Paso office of Emmerson Buie, a special agent in charge.

Martinez and his partner Stephen “Michael” Garland were responding to unknown activity on the night of Nov. 18 near Van Horn, a Texas town near the Mexico border and about 110 miles southeast of El Paso. Garland was seriously injured but has no memory of what happened. According to the FBI, Garland told a dispatcher, “We ran into a culvert.”

Shortly after the incident, President Trump tweeted, “Border Patrol Officer killed at Southern Border, another badly hurt. We will seek out and bring to justice those responsible. We will, and must, build the Wall!”

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, called the incident “a stark reminder of the ongoing threat that an unsecure border poses.” Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, the agents’ union, hastily concluded the agents were brutally beaten with rocks.

Russian Hackers Penetrated U.S. Election Systems in Coordinated Attacks Targeting 21 States

Cyber crime expert, via FBI.

By Steve Neavling
Motor City Muckraker

A brazen Russian campaign to influence the U.S. presidential election included coordinated cyber attacks targeting the election system in 21 states  and successfully penetrated, some of which were successfully penetrated

Jeanette Manfra, the head of cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security, told NBC News that Russian hackers gained access to voter registration rolls in several U.S. states ahead of the election. 

Manfra declined to identify the targeted states and said she’s forbidden from providing more details because a lot of the information is classified.

”We saw a targeting of 21 states and an exceptionally small number of them were actually successfully penetrated.”

Jeh Johnson, who served as DHS secretary during the Trump campaign, said “2016 was a wake-up call and now it’s incumbent upon states and the Feds to do something about it before our democracy is attacked again.”

But Johnson said, many of the states have failed to take up no serious measures “to actually harden their cybersecurity.