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<THREAD> America doesn't just have a problem with the alt-right. It has a problem with the alt-left. It must be fixed.
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Eric Garland 19 Jul 17
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SOME NOTES: 1. Bots, don't bother. Notifications are off, tracking is on. Please, make me a pretty SNA map. 2. This isn't about politics.
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Eric Garland 19 Jul 17
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This thread is not about wealth inequality (awful problem) or capitalism (design failure) or any other issue. It's about weaponized abuse.
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Eric Garland 19 Jul 17
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Since 2012, Russia has been weaponizing assets developed and placed among the American Left and Right. The Left took off in vigor in 2013.
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Eric Garland 19 Jul 17
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The SnowdenOp required sustained, organized support from propagandists to cover for the exfiltration of hard drives from the NSA.
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Eric Garland 19 Jul 17
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Many figures in Democratic and progressive politics have experienced sustained harassment from groups nominally tied to the "Left."
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Eric Garland 19 Jul 17
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These issues may seem very different: espionage, cyberwarfare, alt-left stalkers and bullies- but, they appear to come together around 2016.
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Eric Garland 19 Jul 17
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There is a group hiding within a supposedly "Leftist" ideology that has been practicing political warfare on US intellectuals and activists.
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Eric Garland 19 Jul 17
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Starting in around 2013 - the year of Snowden - they started targeting intellectuals working on race, economic, health, and other issues.
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Eric Garland 19 Jul 17
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And when I say targeting, I mean coordinated online harassment, doxxing, all the way up to physical stalking. All against "Neoliberals."
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Eric Garland 19 Jul 17
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On the surface, this has been some "ideological" group of "nihilists" who challenge the "establishment." But that's not really what's up.
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Eric Garland 19 Jul 17
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Not for this one group of "Alt-Left." They've been honing techniques that just happen to be pioneered by Russia: active measures.
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Eric Garland 19 Jul 17
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For the last several years, they've been identifying individuals and the audiences they reach. They've been collecting files of kompromat.
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Eric Garland 19 Jul 17
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They been doing test runs of harassing people to the point that some of them leave the internet and public life entirely. No accident.
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Eric Garland 19 Jul 17
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This technique - provokatsiya - focuses on breaking up political movements, starting fights among would be allies, and silencing voices.
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Eric Garland 19 Jul 17
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2013-2015 appears to have been all limbering up and team practice for the big op. 2016, starring Bernie and Jill.
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Eric Garland 19 Jul 17
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What takes this from domestic annoyance to espionage are two things: - coordination - finance This kind of thing takes time and energy.
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Eric Garland 19 Jul 17
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For those who understand these kind of Ops, they don't just happen, ever thought they're made to look organic. Someone MAKES them happen.
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Eric Garland 19 Jul 17
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Since the early 2010s, Russia has been putting money into US media. TV networks. Freelancers. Projects. Even some podcasts. (So I hear.)
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Eric Garland 19 Jul 17
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These appear to be connected to the voices that have risen up for certain candidates, against Hillary, and against Trump-Russia.
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