Bureaucrats in for a surprise

This is how that tweet was reported:

US intelligence officials have been caught off guard at Mr. Trump’s open dismissal of their work since the election …

This is going to be fun to watch – an elected politician actually questioning the bureaucracy.

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35 Responses to Bureaucrats in for a surprise

  1. Driftforge

    I’m not sure whether it would be more delicious if the Russians did hack the elections, or if the US Intelligence services have framed themselves an the behest of their masters.

    Either way… Trump is asking them to show him their cards.

  2. 2dogs

    Trump will need to not only appoint new department heads, but replace multiple layers of US public service management.

  3. Habib

    Popcorn futures are my tip, buy early. Like the whining here about welfare recipients being actually quizzed over their uncomes, the idea of a member of the unaccountable classes having to actually face inquisition causes much calamity.

  4. Cheryl

    About time they were quizzed on their [email protected]@@ing income Habib.
    Having spent 20 years looking at tenancy applications from the Centrelink mob, it’s no wonder we are [email protected]@@ing broke!
    Go The Trumpster😀

  5. Crossie

    Trump might single handedly revive the fortunes of another American company – Twitter.

  6. King Koala

    Its going to take the CIA a few more days to photoshop Putin into those stock hacking pics.

  7. a reader

    this is going to be juicy and fun. there’s something special about watching bureaucrats squirm. I guess our equivalent would have been Kerry Packer as a president.

  8. RobK

    Thus far at least Trump does give the impression of keeping the communication open with the masses via his Twitter feed. He seems to be somewhat of a master in that regard. It may well make the public warm to him and before too long the press will have to capitulate.

  9. C.L.

    It’s hilarious watching the leftist media now treating the theories of the CIA with the utmost respect and seriousness. They still think nobody is noticing their tricks.

  10. AndrewWA

    Oh joy, oh bliss, oh rapture – if only the same would happen in Oz!

  11. Baldrick

    This swamp draining thingo’s going to get ugly. Time to break out the popcorn and party hats.

  12. Zulu Kilo Die Onuitspeeklike

    I guess our equivalent would have been Kerry Packer as a president.

    There’s a sight I’d pay good money to see, from a safe distance. I have Kerry Packer’s views on taxation, block-mounted on my office wall. So does my accountant…

  13. Cpt Seahawks

    Habib. Baldrick. Let’s short sell corn in the ethanol belt. Somehow.

  14. Cpt Seahawks

    My last post was popcorn induced delerium.

  15. stackja

    In 1947, President Truman created the Loyalty Review Board.

  16. Andrew

    I have no doubt that Da Russians did run the phishing scam that got the inept Podesta to click on a “change your password” link. These things tend to come from Russia. No surprises.

    But they tend to be smalltime scammers hoping to strip $1000 from an
    Account and transfer through a mule. Such people tend not to be state actors. No doubt if you trace all Ruskin email traffic through enough central servers you find a govt entity somewhere. Seems very weak from the Kenyan.

  17. stackja

    Holder hired to help California fight Trump administration
    Fox News – ‎3 hours ago‎
    California lawmakers already are preparing for a legal brawl with the Donald Trump administration – and they’ve got President Obama’s former top attorney in their corner.

  18. stackja

    Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump 7 hours ago
    Somebody hacked the DNC but why did they not have “hacking defense” like the RNC has and why have they not responded to the terrible……
    Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump 7 hours ago
    things they did and said (like giving the questions to the debate to H). A total double standard! Media, as usual, gave them a pass.

  19. Dr Fred Lenin

    Tapping into the DNC site is very wrong its like phone tapping the Mafia or the Soviet spies no one Should be allowed to gather evidence of criminal acrivity its. not fair,makes the defence lawyers job soooo hard . The DNC makes the Mafia and Soviets look like minor players ,aven though they are the heroes of the communist green media .

  20. lotocoti

    But Kurt Eichenwald assures us CIA agents are risking their very lives to expose this heinous act.

  21. .

    Anyone see Assange rip Clinton and say “it wasn’t the Russians you muppets!”?

  22. Garry

    Wouldn’t it be great if we had a Trump? Someone to kick the bludgers off welfare, someone to tell pensioners that they only deserve subsistence support as they are simply living off taxpayers the same as the dole bludgers, someone to tell immigrants to either assimilate of piss off, someone who will restore the right to free speech, someone who would get rid of lefty judges and educators and someone who would decimate the bloated public service. Imagine if effort and achievement were once again rewarded instead of laziness, sloth and stupidity! Unfortunately, as long as bludgers and all the other lefty vested interests are allowed to vote nothing will change.

  23. Trump is actually giving us a Masterclass in Politics. Sit back and soak it all up.

  24. Dr Faustus

    US intelligence officials have been caught off guard at Mr. Trump’s open dismissal of their work since the election …

    Possibly true. But the IT industry has also comprehensively dismissed the FBI/Homeland Security report as lightweight and misleading. All it really points to is that the DNC’s IT security was seriously compromised by professional incompetence and stupid users – which, if I remember correctly, seemed to be something of a theme in the Presidential election.

    It would be a bit of a worry if Trump thought it was great work.

  25. .

    Garry
    #2252345, posted on January 5, 2017 at 9:56 am
    Wouldn’t it be great if we had a Trump? Someone to kick the bludgers off welfare, someone to tell pensioners that they only deserve subsistence support as they are simply living off taxpayers the same as the dole bludgers, someone to tell immigrants to either assimilate of piss off, someone who will restore the right to free speech, someone who would get rid of lefty judges and educators and someone who would decimate the bloated public service. Imagine if effort and achievement were once again rewarded instead of laziness, sloth and stupidity! Unfortunately, as long as bludgers and all the other lefty vested interests are allowed to vote nothing will change.

    The bludgers aren’t on the dole. They’re on the DSP, in Parliament, on QANGOS, work at the ABC and infest the APS.

    Pensioners don’t get much. I don’t feel the need to kick them down but expecting much more for living off others isn’t right either.

    The government has had a policy of telling immigrants to piss off and otherwise not assimilate for a couple of decades now. That is pretty confused.

    Lefty judges are a problem, but the LNP is compromised so any lawyer who is a member of either major party has a way onto the bench. Firing judges isn’t easy. The PM or Premier has too much power in appointing them. At least Trump can be selective and the US Senate can grill them. That simply doesn’t happen here.

    Education is a busted flush. Totally compromised. It is not salvageable. Furthermore – the reality of education is that it is a racket. Education is stretched out far beyond the time it actually takes to teach a course – child, adolescent or adult. Furthermore standards are definitely slipping – note the apocryphal “year 6 student” back in 1900. This is intentional, I believe. Note the odious “Bloom’s Taxonomy”. It intended to dumb down society. Arguably the common man was smarter when his parents taught him literacy and he was an autodidact.

    The best way is to leave Australia. The notion of a flat taxes is viewed as an extreme view, as extreme as Nazism. That is how far gone Australia is. If you love freedom, you are going to feel lonely here.

  26. memoryvault

    +100 Dot.

    But you left out SPB – one of the biggest rorts of them all.

  27. thefrollickingmole

    You want real clownshoes, white greasepaint and big red noses you cant go past CNN..

    http://bgr.com/2017/01/02/cnn-hacking-fallout-screenshot/

    CNN uses screenshot from ‘Fallout 4’ to show how Russians hack things

    Yes they actiually did this.

  28. John Comnenus

    Wouldn’t it be nice if we had people in cabinet who took the same level of scepticism to the APS

  29. Andrew

    So if this isn’t Fake News:
    – The Kenyan knew that 35 Russians were spying on the US
    – He knew who they were
    – He didn’t care
    – Only after someone phished Podesta’s email password (for the record, his p/w was password) did the Kenyan expel them

    It certainly reads like he only cared about damage to DNC interests, not US interests.

  30. OldOzzie

    GRIZZLY STEPPE – Russian Malicious Cyber Activity

    says absolutely nothing – if this best the American Intelligence Agencies can produce – Trump is right to be sceptical especially when they qualify the report with:-

    DISCLAIMER: This report is provided “as is” for informational purposes only. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) does not provide any warranties of any kind regarding any information contained within. DHS does not endorse any commercial product or service referenced in this advisory or otherwise. This document is distributed as TLP:WHITE: Subject to standard copyright rules, TLP:WHITE information may be distributed without restriction. For more information on the Traffic Light Protocol, see https://www.us-cert.gov/tlp.

  31. Uh oh

    US intelligence officials have been caught off guard at Mr. Trump’s open dismissal of their work since the election …

    They should just tell him that it must be true because its in all the mainstream newspapers (just like our own Benedict Coyne of the Australian Lawyers for Human Rights did when he reportedly complained that Centrelink reclaiming overpayments is in breach of international law).

  32. Wozzup

    My bet is that the briefing has been delayed because Obama cannot find any intelligence experts who are actually willing to have their name linked to this crock. ( I have it on good authority that he has misplaced his cattle prod and no one in the White House has learned how to use a lasso). Now that he is moving on everyone will be watching their backs afraid of getting too offside with Trump.

    In any event this smells like a typical Leftist tactic. Produce no evidence, throw lots of accusations, call in your leftist mates to make lots of noise, move onto the next issue when the media loses interest.

  33. OldOzzie

    From Zero Hedge – The “Russian Hacking” Story Changes Again

    The committee’s session is the first in a series aimed at investigating purported Russian cyber-attacks against U.S. interests and developing defenses sturdy enough to blunt future intrusions. “We will obviously be talking about the hacking, but the main thing is the whole issue of cybersecurity,” the committee’s Republican chairman, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, said ahead of the hearing. “Right now we have no policy, no strategy to counter cyberattacks.”

    More importantly, however, the hearing comes hours after Reuters reported overnight that U.S. intelligence agencies obtained what they considered to be conclusive evidence after the November election that Russia provided hacked material from the Democratic National Committee to WikiLeaks. However, in the latest change of the narrative, this time the allegation is that Russia provided the hacked data through a third party, three U.S. officials said on Wednesday.

    Wikieaks was quick to highlight that according to the report, US officials admitted that the Wikileaks “source” was not Russia, and that the goal posts now shifted to the source’s source:

    In keeping with the theme of providing no proof to the general public, the officials declined to describe the intelligence obtained about the involvement of a third-party in passing on leaked material to WikiLeaks, saying they did not want to reveal how the U.S. government had obtained the information. So just trust them, please.

    The shift in the narrative is curious because as a reminder, officials had concluded “months earlier” that Russian intelligence agencies had directed the hacking, but had been less certain that they could prove Russia also had controlled the release of information damaging to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. It now appears that along with lack of evidence, the attention has shifted to an “intermediary” as being the responsible party .

    In an interview with Fox News, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said he did not receive emails stolen from the DNC and top Hillary Clinton aide John Podesta from “a state party.” Assange did not rule out the possibility that he got the material from a third party.

    Trump on Wednesday sided with Assange and again questioned the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia tried to help his candidacy and hurt Clinton’s.

    Concern by U.S. officials over the hacking first spiked in August, when intelligence agencies concluded that Russian intelligence, with the direction of President Vladimir Putin, had been trying to disrupt and discredit the presidential and congressional elections. Obama in August rejected recommendations from some of his advisors to disclose the Russian link and take some limited covert action as “a shot across Putin’s bow to knock it off,” one official with knowledge of the matter said. Instead, Obama warned Putin privately, arguing that a similar private message to Chinese President Xi Jinping had reduced Chinese hacking into U.S. agencies and companies.

    Ultimately, the additional intelligence informed U.S. President Barack Obama’s decision to retaliate on Dec. 29 by expelling 35 suspected Russian spies and sanctioning two Russian spy agencies, four intelligence officers and three companies, a decision that capped four months of debate at the White House about how to respond.

    So far not a shred of evidence has been provided confirming the Kremlin’s involvement in the matter, aside from some Ukrainian malware code exposed in a 13-page joint DHS/FBI report which could be purchased by anyone online.

  34. OldOzzie

    ZeroHedge – Key Takeaways From Intelligence Community Testimony On Alleged “Russian Hacking”

    For those disaffected Hillary snowflakes looking for some level of concrete, tangible evidence from today’s Senate testimony from the “intelligence community” that “Russian Hackers” purposefully colluded with President-elect Trump to steal the 2016 election from Clinton, we have some bad news: your desire for evidence required to start World War III over your candidate’s loss has still not been fulfilled. Better luck next time.

    As we suspected, today’s testimony offered up by James Clapper and others of the “intelligence community” to the Senate’s Armed Forces Committee has largely been nothing more than another smear campaign rife with political rhetoric but light on facts and tangible evidence.

    With that, here are some of the notable one-liners from the day.

    John McCain opened the hearing by noting that the goal of the day was not to “question the outcome of the presidential election” but to gather “facts” about what happened…even though no facts actually followed, but we digress.

    “The goal…is not to question the outcome of the presidential election. Nor should it be. As both President Obama and President-elect Trump have said, our nation must move forward. But we must do so with full knowledge of the facts.”

    Meanwhile, 30 minutes into the hearing, James Clapper told the Senate committee that he had no intention of providing any meaningful new details regarding the “Russian Hacking” narrative but instead intended to just repeat the same useless political rhetoric that has been slowly leaked to the mainstream media over the past several weeks.

    “We plan to brief the Congress and release an unclassified version of this report to the public next week with due deference to highly sensitive sources and methods

    “We’re not really prepared to discuss this beyond standing by our earlier statements.”

    Asked whether Julian Assange was credible, Clapper, who ironically has lost all credibility throughout this process with his rapidly evolving story line, was quick to confirm in the negative. Per The Hill:

    When asked if Assange was credible, Clapper responded with a very noticeably annoyed look, “Not in my view.”

    Navy Adm. Michael Rogers, commander of U.S. Cyber Command and director of National Security Agency responded, “I second those comments.”

    Clapper, apparently interviewing for a commentator spot at MSNBC, warned that hacking wasn’t the extent of the efforts by Russia to meddle in the 2016 election which also included coordinated efforts from RT, and other “fake news” outlets, to exploit any “fissure they could find in our tapestry.”

    DNI Clapper says fake news also altered the election, so then why don’t they just shut down @CNN and @MSNBC the leaders in fake news?

    In an obvious slip up, Clapper admitted that the “Russian Hackers” didn’t change the vote tallies…

    “They didn’t change any vote tallies,” Clapper said, but “We have no way of gauging the impact that — certainly the Intelligence Community can’t — the choices that the electorate made. There’s no way for us to gauge.”

    …and warned against retaliatory efforts saying that “we and other nations conduct similar acts of espionage.”

    “As I say, people in glass houses need to think about throwing rocks. This was an act of espionage. And we and other nations conduct similar acts of espionage.”

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