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Excerpt: "Democratic members of Congress called on Monday for the creation of an independent commission to investigate Russia's attempts to intervene in the 2016 election, similar to the September 11 panel that investigated the 2001 attacks on the US."

Ben Cardin, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, announces proposals for the bipartisan commission with congressional colleagues on Monday. (photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Ben Cardin, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, announces proposals for the bipartisan commission with congressional colleagues on Monday. (photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)


Democrats Seek 9/11-Style Commission to Investigate Russian Hacking

By Reuters

10 January 17

 

Members of both houses of Congress call for 12-member, bipartisan panel

emocratic members of Congress called on Monday for the creation of an independent commission to investigate Russia’s attempts to intervene in the 2016 election, similar to the September 11 panel that investigated the 2001 attacks on the US.

Their Protecting our Democracy Act would create a 12-member, bipartisan independent panel to interview witnesses, obtain documents, issue subpoenas and receive public testimony to examine attempts by Moscow and any other entities to influence the election.

The panel members would not be members of Congress.

The legislation is one of many calls by lawmakers to look into Russian involvement in the contest, in which Republican Donald Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in the White House race, confounding opinion polls. Republicans also kept control of the Senate and House of Representatives by larger-than-expected margins.

US intelligence agencies on Friday released a report saying that President Vladimir Putin of Russia ordered an effort to help Trump’s electoral chances by discrediting Clinton.

Russia has denied the hacking allegations. A Kremlin spokesman said on Monday they were “reminiscent of a witch-hunt”.

“There is no question that Russia attacked us,” Senator Ben Cardin, the top Democrat on the Senate foreign relations committee, told a news conference.

Versions of the bill were introduced in both the Senate and House. In the Senate it has 10 sponsors. In the House it is backed by every member of the Democratic caucus, said Congressman Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House oversight committee.

However, no Republicans currently back the bill so its prospects are dim, given Republican control of both houses of Congress.

While a few Republicans, notably senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain, have supported calls for an independent investigation, party leaders have resisted the idea, saying that investigations by Republican-led congressional committees are sufficient.

McCain and Democratic senators Ben Cardin and Robert Menendez said on Monday they would introduce legislation to impose “comprehensive” sanctions on Russia over its attempts to influence the 2016 US election.

Democratic senator Amy Klobuchar, who just returned from a trip to the Baltic states, Ukraine and Georgia with Graham and McCain, said Russia’s actions justified an investigation by an independent panel of national experts.

“This is not just about one political party. It’s not even about one election. It’s not even about one country, our country. It is a repeated attempt … around the world, to influence elections,” Klobuchar said.

After September 11, 2001, Congress established an independent commission to look into the attacks and make recommendations about how to prevent similar actions in the future. Many of the recommendations were adopted into law.

“The American people felt good about what they did,” Cummings said.

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+10 # librarian1984 2017-01-10 16:18
"and any other entities"

This is what I'm interested in, though I'd rather have them scrap this waste of time and money and just move immediately to paper ballots, hand counted.

I'm afraid we're going to start a War on Hacking which will require citizens to give up more privacy, more security, more rights.

I feel like we the citizens are standing atop a dwindling pile of resources while wild dogs attack US from all sides.
 
 
+9 # ReconFire 2017-01-10 19:06
"It is a repeated attempt...aroun d the world, to influence elections"
So their going to investigate the CIA.

This has become a 3 ring circus. Idiots one and all.
Hope they get even less funding than the 9/11 commission.
 
 
+16 # mashiguo 2017-01-10 20:18
This has to be one of the most tragi/comic lines of all time:
' After September 11, 2001, Congress established an independent commission to look into the attacks and make recommendations about how to prevent similar actions in the future. Many of the recommendations were adopted into law.

“The American people felt good about what they did,” Cummings said.'

Raise your hand if you feel good about the patriot act....
 
 
0 # librarian1984 2017-01-11 07:58
Cummings: "The American people felt good about what they did."

Pelosi:"Democrats don't want change."

Obama: "Yes we did."

America: Really?
 
 
+1 # librarian1984 2017-01-10 22:11
Now intel agencies are saying Russia hacked information on Trump.

This "intelligence" serves several purposes: it serves to warn Trump that he can be threatened or blackmailed; it sours the relationship between Trump and Putin; it gives a narrative that undergirds future 'problems' if the intelligence sector wants to yank Trump's leash.

But what's to say that this whole play isn't a false flag operation? How do we know the CIA isn't orchestrating this whole thing in such a way that they have Trump by the nose hairs?

I don't think I have ever seen such behavior by the intelligence agencies. It is unprecedented, or should be. I hope it inspires Trump to destroy the CIA.
 
 
+1 # lfeuille 2017-01-11 17:47
I got the impression that they weren't talking about hacking Trump. They were talking about things he did while he was in Russia I think of a sexual nature and his financial debts to the Russian mob. They could have got this from human intell if they actually have it.

The CIA is saying that this proves they acted to help Trump win since they never released this info and they did release what they had on Hillary, but they still offer no proof that the Russians leaked the DNC and Podesta emails.

As far as I'm concerned it still doesn't add up. The election was to close for them to be sure that the revelations would actually cause Hillary to lose and they would have blown the leverage they could have had on her if she won anyway. IF they actually had anything on her I don't think they would have released it. The They would have saved it for blackmail as they supposedly did with him. That is if they really did have anything on either of them. The CIA has told so many fantastic stories by this now I am amazed that anyone takes them seriously.
 
 
+3 # m... 2017-01-10 23:31
All I know is that there now seems to be 'news' out there in the public domain spreading throughout media at every level that our Intelligence Agencies have (so far unsubstantiated ) evidence that the Russians hold compromising financial information on the current President-elect (who will become the actual President in charge of National Security in a matter of days) AND that there also may be evidence that the Trump Campaign may have colluded with the Russians to interfere in our Election Process.
As a citizen in this crazy place at this crazy time, I for one would really appreciate it if our INTELLIGENCE Agencies come to some formal conclusion =BEFORE= The Inauguration and before Mr. Trump becomes the President..!
If there is actual evidence and it has any reasonable degree of strentgh-validi tiy, then the inauguration should be postponed no mater what degree of outrage follows.
These are matters of extreme importance. These are matters seriously affecting our Constitutional Processes and our National Security. Its high time to light a fire under some asses and bring what is actually known to light..!
How can the American People feel good about any of this no matter who or what you supported during the election.
This is a matter of National Integrity to the Nth Degree; and to such a degree that using it as media circus fodder or for political posturing are acts of actual, certifiable insanity on the part of all the players involved.
WE DESERVE TO KNOW RIGHT NOW..!
 
 
0 # Saberoff 2017-01-11 00:59
Absolutely brilliant on the part of the Republicans! And I thought They were supposed to be dissolving! And now look at us...
 
 
+1 # Saberoff 2017-01-11 01:02
Gotta say it...
Yay to the Republicans!
 
 
+1 # Razzoo2 2017-01-11 03:32
The 9/11 whitewash helped justify the Iraq war. Some think the Russia hacking story is an attempt to justify a war with Russia. http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/01/10/us-intel-agencies-try-to-strong-arm-trump-into-war-with-russia/ At least Iraq did not have nukes, and we knew it ahead of time.
 
 
+3 # John Puma 2017-01-11 04:29
My congressperson, a Dem still in office, characterized the 9/11 Commission report a whitewash.

I confidently believe that is what the Dems truly want and I guarantee there will be NO mention of Crosscheck.
 
 
+3 # Capn Canard 2017-01-11 06:05
Finally! Now we will get definitive proof. Rock solid information, as truthful as the Warren Commission and as airtight as that 9/11 Report. So we all can put to rest all suspicion and no one will ever again question the veracity and integrity of our dear leaders.

For the naive: this is sarcasm




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+2 # tedrey 2017-01-11 09:25
"“This is not just about one political party. It’s not even about one election. It’s not even about one country, our country. It is a repeated attempt … around the world, to influence elections.”

Then let's have an independent *international* commission to investigate *all* those interventions (including those of which Russia has accused the US.) Don't we want to clear ourselves of those numerous accusations?
 
 
+1 # Anarkismo 2017-01-11 09:25
How does a person process the daily misinformation presented from 50 directions and still find the truth?
The deception machines operate around the clock as surely as the earth revolves, giving humans the impression that it is the sun moving across the sky.
So rather than constantly chasing moving shadows maybe it would be better to accept the reality that is, and work towards building an alternative free of superstition and fear.
Basically starting over without the need for permission or approval.
 

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