Stephen Cohen on the Vast Russian Conspiracy: “The premise . . . is that the American people are zombies”

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Stephen Cohen on the Vast Russian Conspiracy: "The premise . . . is that the American people are zombies"

Prof. Stephen Cohen is one of the pre­em­i­nent Russ­ian schol­ars in the world. He is a fre­quent guest in the John Batch­e­lor Show, most recently last Tues­day, when he dis­cussed Dis­sent and the New Cold War.

I invite you to lis­ten to that pod­cast (which I can not embed in this ver­sion of Word­Press), where he explains why the Rus­sia hack­ing story is a false narrative.

In the pod­cast Cohen describes the par­al­lels between the Soviet-​style omis­sion of dis­sent­ing views and the lack of oppos­ing views for the Russ­ian hack­ing story on the edi­to­r­ial pages of the New York Times, the Wash­ing­ton Post and in the pan­els at CNN, in spite of

no shred of evi­dence, actual foren­sic evi­dence, wire­tap, a sur­veil­lance of any kind, a wit­ness, an inside informer, a fin­ger­print, a care­less state­ment in the Russ­ian media, noth­ing, not a sin­gle fact is sup­port­ing this” (25 mins into the audio).

Cohen knows from expe­ri­ence what the Sovi­ets were like, since they threw him out of the coun­try back in the day.

Last night Cohen was in the Tucker Carl­son show, also talk­ing about the so-​called Russ­ian hack­ing false narrative,

The Duran tran­scribed part of the interview,

This fig­ure 17 [intel­li­gence agen­cies] is bogus.”

“The one agency that could con­ceiv­ably have done a foren­sic exam­i­na­tion on the Demo­c­ra­tic com­put­ers is the National Secu­rity Agency. We learned from Snow­den, they’re in your com­puter, mine, our e-​phones.”

“Every­body else who signed that report, said they were highly con­fi­dent. The NSA said it was only mod­er­ately confident.”

You don’t get mar­ried based on mod­er­ate con­fi­dence. You don’t go to war with Rus­sia. You don’t stage this the­ater that’s going on in Wash­ing­ton, that could destroy a Presidency.”

Hav­ing stressed the lack of evi­dence, Cohen cuts to the chase (my transcription):

When they admit they have no evi­dence, they fall back on some­thing else. which I think is very impor­tant. They say Putin directed Russ­ian pro­pa­ganda at us and helped elect Trump.

I don’t know about you, Tucker, but I find that insult­ing, because the premise they’re putting out in Wash­ing­ton in this hear­ing, is that the Amer­i­can peo­ple are zom­bies … any­where Putin leads them.

It’s the premise of democ­racy that we are demo­c­ra­tic cit­i­zens, we have a BS detec­tor and we know how to use it. But they’re telling us in Wash­ing­ton … every politi­cian who loses in Amer­ica is going to say was hacked by Putin.”

My kudos to Carl­son for hav­ing Prof. Cohen on his show.

You can safely bet CNN won’t be hav­ing Cohen as a guest any­time soon.

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz posts on U.S. and Latin Amer­ica at Fausta’s blog

Prof. Stephen Cohen is one of the preeminent Russian scholars in the world. He is a frequent guest in the John Batchelor Show, most recently last Tuesday, when he discussed Dissent and the New Cold War.

I invite you to listen to that podcast (which I can not embed in this version of WordPress), where he explains why the Russia hacking story is a false narrative.

In the podcast Cohen describes the parallels between the Soviet-style omission of dissenting views and the lack of opposing views for the Russian hacking story on the editorial pages of the New York Times, the Washington Post and in the panels at CNN, in spite of

“no shred of evidence, actual forensic evidence, wiretap, a surveillance of any kind, a witness, an inside informer, a fingerprint, a careless statement in the Russian media, nothing, not a single fact is supporting this” (25 mins into the audio).

Cohen knows from experience what the Soviets were like, since they threw him out of the country back in the day.

Last night Cohen was in the Tucker Carlson show, also talking about the so-called Russian hacking false narrative,

The Duran transcribed part of the interview,

“This figure 17 [intelligence agencies] is bogus.”

“The one agency that could conceivably have done a forensic examination on the Democratic computers is the National Security Agency. We learned from Snowden, they’re in your computer, mine, our e-phones.”

“Everybody else who signed that report, said they were highly confident. The NSA said it was only moderately confident.”

“You don’t get married based on moderate confidence. You don’t go to war with Russia. You don’t stage this theater that’s going on in Washington, that could destroy a Presidency.”

Having stressed the lack of evidence, Cohen cuts to the chase (my transcription):

“When they admit they have no evidence, they fall back on something else. which I think is very important. They say Putin directed Russian propaganda at us and helped elect Trump.

“I don’t know about you, Tucker, but I find that insulting, because the premise they’re putting out in Washington in this hearing, is that the American people are zombies . . . anywhere Putin leads them.

“It’s the premise of democracy that we are democratic citizens, we have a BS detector and we know how to use it. But they’re telling us in Washington . . . every politician who loses in America is going to say was hacked by Putin.”

My kudos to Carlson for having Prof. Cohen on his show.

You can safely bet CNN won’t be having Cohen as a guest anytime soon.

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz posts on U.S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog