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    Biden Administration to Impose Tough Sanctions on Russia

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    US expels Russian diplomats, imposes sanctions for hacking
    By ERIC TUCKER and AAMER MADHANI
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    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Thursday announced the U.S. is expelling 10 Russian diplomats and imposing sanctions against dozens of companies and people, holding the Kremlin accountable for interference in last year’s presidential election and the cyber hacking of federal agencies.

    The sweeping measures are meant to punish Russia for actions that U.S. officials say cut to the core of American democracy and to deter future acts by imposing economic costs on Moscow, including by targeting its ability to borrow money.

    Foreshadowed for weeks by administration officials, the actions are certain to exacerbate tensions with Moscow, which promised retaliation

    Sanctions against six Russian companies that support the country’s cyber efforts represent the first retaliatory measures against the Kremlin for the hack familiarly known as the SolarWinds breach. The U.S. on Thursday also explicitly linked the hack to a Russian intelligence agency called the SVR. Though such intelligence-gathering operations are not uncommon, officials said they were determined to act because of the operation’s broad scope and the high cost of the intrusion on private companies.

    The U.S. also announced sanctions on 32 individuals and entities accused of attempting to interfere in last year’s presidential election, including by spreading disinformation. U.S. intelligence officials alleged in a declassified report last month that Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized influence operations to help Donald Trump in his unsuccessful bid for reelection as president, though there’s no evidence Russia or anyone else changed votes or manipulated the outcome.

    The actions signal a harder line against Putin, whom Trump was reluctant to criticize even as his administration pursued sanctions against Moscow. They are the administration’s second major foreign policy move in two days, following the announcement of troop withdrawals from Afghanistan. Until now, President Joe Biden has focused on the coronavirus pandemic and economy in his first months in office.

    The 10 diplomats being expelled include representatives of Russian intelligence services, the Biden administration said. They were selected on the basis “that they were acting in a manner inconsistent with their status in the United States,” a senior official said.

    Other measures are expected as well, though the administration is not likely to announce them. Officials have been advising that their response to Russia would be in ways both seen and unseen.

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    “These actions are intended to hold Russia to account for its reckless actions. We will act firmly in response to Russian actions that cause harm to us or our allies and partners,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement.

    But, he added, “Where possible, the United States will also seek opportunities for cooperation with Russia, with the goal of building a more stable and predictable relationship consistent with U.S. interests.”

    The White House also said Biden was using diplomatic, military and intelligence channels to respond to reports that Russia encouraged the Taliban to attack U.S. and allied troops in Afghanistan, based on the “best assessments” of the intelligence community.

    Reports of alleged “bounties” surfaced last year, with the Trump administration coming under fire for not raising the issue directly with Russia. The White House did not publicly confirm those reports. “The safety and well-being of U.S. military personnel, and that of our allies and partners, is an absolute priority of the United States,” the White House said Thursday.

    Among the individual companies sanctioned were websites that U.S. officials say operate as fronts for Russian intelligence agencies and spread disinformation, including articles alleging widespread voter fraud in 2020. The individuals who were targeted include Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian and Ukrainian political consultant who worked with former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and who was indicted in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

    Also on the list was the Kremlin’s first deputy chief of staff, Alexei Gromov, several individuals linked to Yevgeny Prigozhin, a businessman with close ties to Russia’s president, nicknamed “Putin’s chef” for serving Kremlin functions, and a number of front companies that U.S. Treasury says help Prigozhin evade sanctions imposed earlier.

    After the sanctions were announced, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova warned that “such aggressive behavior will undoubtedly trigger a resolute retaliation.”

    “Washington should realize that it will have to pay a price for the degradation of the bilateral ties,” Zakharova said, adding that “the responsibility for that will fully lie with the United States.”

    She said the ministry has summoned the U.S. ambassador for a “hard conversation,” but wouldn’t immediately say what action Russia will take.

    President Biden informed Putin that the sanctions were coming earlier this week. Biden administration officials have made clear in their contacts with the Russia side that they are hoping to avoid a “downward spiral” in the relationship, according to a senior administration official who briefed reporters on the condition of anonymity following the sanctions announcement.

    The two leaders had a second tense call this week in which Biden told Putin to “de-escalate tensions” following a Russian military buildup on Ukraine’s border, and said the U.S. would “act firmly in defense of its national interests” regarding Russian intrusions and election interference.

    In a television interview last month, Biden replied “I do” when asked if he thought Putin was a “killer.” He said the days of the U.S. “rolling over” to Putin were done. Putin later recalled his ambassador to the U.S. and pointed at the U.S. history of slavery and slaughtering Native Americans and the atomic bombing of Japan in World War II.

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    It is unclear whether the new U.S. actions will result in changed behavior, especially since past measures by the U.S. have failed to bring an end to Russian hacking. The Obama administration expelled diplomats in 2016 in response to interference in that year’s presidential election. And though Trump was often reluctant to criticize Putin, his administration also expelled diplomats in 2018 for Russia’s alleged poisoning of an ex-intelligence officer in Britain.

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    U.S. officials are still grappling with the aftereffects of the SolarWinds intrusion, which affected agencies including the Treasury, Justice, Energy and Homeland Security departments, and are still assessing what information may have been stolen. The breach exposed vulnerabilities in the private supply chain as well as weaknesses in the federal government’s own cyber defence

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    Day by day more info is leaked out about Jan 6th, and it's not good.


    Police Told to Hold Back on Capitol Riot Response, Report Finds - The New York Times


    who gave that order?




    The New York Times



    @nytimes



    Breaking News: The Capitol Police were told not to use their most aggressive tactics ahead of the Jan. 6 riot despite warnings of violence in which "Congress itself is the target," according to a new report by an internal investigator.


    https://twitter.com/i/status/1346939609037615104

    Capital Police open the doors for the protestors:

    https://twitter.com/i/status/1347596278583197698

    The Capitol Police had clearer advance warnings about the Jan. 6 attack than were previously known, including the potential for violence in which “Congress itself is the target.” But officers were instructed by their leaders not to use their most aggressive tactics to hold off the mob, according to a scathing new report by the agency’s internal investigator.
    In a 104-page document, the inspector general, Michael A. Bolton, criticized the way the Capitol Police prepared for and responded to the mob violence on Jan. 6. The report was reviewed by The New York Times and will be the subject of a Capitol Hill hearing on Thursday.
    Mr. Bolton found that the agency’s leaders failed to adequately prepare despite explicit warnings that pro-Trump extremists posed a threat to law enforcement and civilians and that the police used defective protective equipment. He also found that the leaders ordered their Civil Disturbance Unit to refrain from using its most powerful crowd-control tools — like stun grenades — to put down the onslaught.
    The report offers the most devastating account to date of the lapses and miscalculations around the most violent attack on the Capitol in two centuries.







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    Little by little the real truth finally rises; The New York Times has finally confirmed what many political observers had been saying about the Capitol riots: It was pre-planned, the Capitol Police knew it was coming, and authorities effectively gave a ‘STAND DOWN ORDER’.



    A couple of months ago the mainstream media thought the idea that the Capitol Police let protestors into the Capitol Building was a “conspiracy theory” but now they’re reporting it as truth 3 months too late.

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    At Least 25% Of Our Country's Youth Has Seen Through Liberal Lies

    Dems have been covering for Biden non-stop. Biden needs a cheat-sheet with pictures and prescripted questions in order to hold Press Conferences. Harris has to direct him to get onto a helicopter as he clearly was not sure where he was going and the sad thing is we are talking about the President of the United States. Dems try to ignore it and help him in every way they can, but he is clearly not all there, and it turns out students have also taken note. At least 25% of students in a recent poll claim that Biden is not mentally fit to run our country. It should be 100%...
    "A new poll—released exclusively by Townhall in partnership with Young America's Foundation—found that 25% of America's high school and college students don't believe President Biden is mentally fit enough to handle the job of president.
    When asked to select the biggest issues facing their generation, students ranked racial and ethnic inequality, the spread of COVID-19, and climate change as their top three most pressing crises.

    The poll—which surveyed roughly 800 current high school students and 800 current college students between March 30 and April 7—found students approve of President Biden's handling of the economy by a margin of 58% to 28%.
    Students view Biden's handling of foreign affairs and international relations a bit more negatively, with 51% approving of his actions so far while 30% disapprove. 31% of students are not confident that Joe Biden is an effective leader when it comes to the needs of young people.

    A majority—70%—of students believe large corporations should pay more in taxes while 50% of students believe small businesses should be taxed at a lower rate."
    I am worried about our future as it should have been the majority of students thinking Biden is not mentally fit to run our country. What is the other 75% of students thinking? They are either being brainwashed by our Liberal Schools or the Liberally biased media. But even Libs/Dems struggle to hide how bad off Biden is. This is a clear sign that our education system needs to be reformed and we need to get politics out of schools.

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    Posting in the wrong thread again Phil

    Sorry No CONSPIRACY theories

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsm2 View Post
    Posting in the wrong thread again Phil

    Sorry No CONSPIRACY theories
    this ALL has to do with Capital Hill.

    What now you are against The New York Times because it doesn't fit your agenda?

    news bigot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil B. View Post
    this ALL has to do with Capital Hill.

    What now you are against The New York Times because it doesn't fit your agenda?

    news bigot.
    When you post anything from the NY Times it will be a miracle

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsm2 View Post
    When you post anything from the NY Times it will be a mircale
    Miracle not mircale

    I call BULLSHIT.. I even post from your fav liars CNN and MSNBCpms

    hell I even gave you the link to the NYT story ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil B. View Post
    Miracle not mircale

    I call BULLSHIT.. I even post from your fav liars CNN and MSNBCpms

    hell I even gave you the link to the NYT story ...
    BS
    Sorry Stop posting Your CONSPIRACY theories
    NUT JOB

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