C-SPAN mysteriously replaced by Russian TV, while power goes out at CIA director hearing

So it’s been a strange day on Capitol Hill, as the power went out at a congressional hearing for the new CIA director just as the lead Democrat was criticizing Russia, while C-SPAN’s TV feed got mysteriously replaced by the Russian propaganda network, RT, this afternoon.

First, the Senate confirmation hearing for Trump’s nominee to head the CIA. The power went out conveniently when the top Democrat on the panel, Sen. Mark Warner, was about to speak.

Adding to the mystery, Warner was talking about Russia’s hacking of our election when the power went out, just as he was about to say the word “Russia.” (I am not making this up.) Here is what Warner was going to Russia — right before “Russia,” boom no lights:

“Chairman Burr and I have committed to conduct a review of the intelligence supporting the intelligence community’s assessment that Russia, at the direction of President Vladimir Putin, sought to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election in order to undermine public faith in our democratic process,” Mr. Warner was saying.

They had to move the hearing to another room.

Then, on the House side, C-SPAN got mysteriously replaced for ten minutes by the feed from Russian government propaganda network RT (aka Russia Today).

Again, I’m not making this up.

That’s one heck of a coincidence, both “glitches” have to deal with Russia.

C-SPAN just put out a statement saying they’re hoping this was simply some crossed wires on their end, but while RT is claiming C-Span has exonerated them, it most certainly has not. C-Span simply offered a possible explanation, even though they haven’t yet figured out what happened.

Here’s C-SPAN’s statement:

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And here are the Russians lying about C-SPAN’s statement:

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The mysterious Russia-related happenings on the Hill happened not one day after Donald Trump loudly complained about a bombshell memo accusing the Russians of having gathered compromising information about the incoming American president, and accusing his staff of secretly collaborating with the Russians during the campaign.

As I said, that’s one heck of a coincidence.

 

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  • Badgerite

    Your “First” is actually quite inaccurate. In the lead up to the 2004 election there was a revolt inside the Bush administration against what amounted to a program of with aspects of domestic surveillance that was run and overseen only by the executive via Executive Order 12333 that had been issued by Reagan and” intended to extend the powers and responsibilities of the US intelligence agencies and direct the leaders of US federal agencies to co-operate fully with CIA requests for information.” There was no oversight even of the FISA Court let alone Congress. Several officials from Justice and the FBI threatened to resign over it and this was the impetus to the legislation of that now exists which authorizes NSA activity.
    It had changed even during the Bush administration. By 2008, there was legislation passed while Barack Obama was a Senator, the Intelligence Authorization Act which provided quite a lot of before then absent oversight of the program. Through the FISA Court, Congress and by a regimen of continual review by the highest officials at Justice. And the president. There was further amendment to that legislation in 2011 tightening oversight. At least one instance of the FISA Court rejecting a revolving warrant asked for by the NSA as too broad in sweep.
    There was a regimen of continual audits and reviews throughout that time. This is why there were never any real allegations of abuse ala J. Edgar Hoover. Its been a while since I looked at the legislation but since at the time I had believed it was warrantless surveillance going on as it had been at the start of the Bush administration I was actually pleasantly surprised to see there had been quite a lot of limits and oversight imposed. There has never been any evidence presented that showed the NSA or any of its employees had gathered any information or used such information for anything other than the statute intended.

  • cambridgemac

    And why would he want to do that?

  • cambridgemac

    First, the Obama administration has no better than the Bush administration on surveillance issues. Secondly, the Deep State is to a considerable extent free of supervision by ANY administration. Snowden exposed the Deep State. If you’re a fan of the Deep State, that was bad news.

  • NotConvinced

    what do you think Putin would do?

    You mean besides pat himself on the back?

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  • Badgerite

    Plain sight.

  • nikto

    I was under the impression hat the most effective spying/espionage happens when you do not call undue attention on yourself. This is the exact opposite of that.
    Surprising, IMO.

  • Demosthenes

    That was just a trial run. On January 20, RT will replace C-Span for the balance of Trump’s “presidency”.

  • Bill_Perdue
  • Randy Riddle

    These are just little “warning shots”, reminding Congress not to investigate Trump’s ties to Russia and the media not to dive into the issue.

    If McCain and Graham successfully started an impeachment based on the Russian ties, what do you think Putin would do?

  • Badgerite

    Along with a resolution to repeal the ACA the GOP also managed to pull the rug out from Medicare and gut the Administrative Procedures Act. The standard of “arbitrary and capricious” that used to be required to have the courts invalidate an administrative ruling will be changed. As Josh Marshall opines, look for a lot of cases arguing and unlawful “taking” based on agency regulations that cost them money. So long, clean environment.

  • Badgerite

    They own trump. Own him. And his appointees seem to be very Kremlin friendly, so.
    Why not show off?

  • Badgerite

    Well, Snowden actually took a lot more than files on surveillance. I don’t know what the “Crown Jewels” of the NSA are but it sounded pretty ominous. I know one is not supposed to raise this possibility, but I have never believed anything the guy said about why he did what he did. None of it really made sense. During the Bush administration, it might have made more sense, but even so, last time I checked “privacy” was not on the upswing in the world and neither was safety of dissenters or journalists. So, other than attacking US intelligence capabilities, what exactly was the point?

  • nikto

    If Russia is behind both incidents, then they are revealng a startling hacking capability
    for all to see, over a seemingly trivial, or merely symbolic, matter.
    That seems stupid to me.

    Hell, the American gov’t won’t publically release evidence we supposedly have of the
    Russian Podesta email hacks allegedly because we don’t want to reveal our own capabilities.

    If they did it, it would seem the Ruskies don’t care much about showing off
    what their own capabilities are, even if it’s used basically at the level of a creepy prank.

    Why are WE so much more uptight about “capabilites” than THEY are?

    Russians are supposed to be “chess-players” (as per their cold war rep).

    Not saying it isn’t them, but this seems more like tic tac toe.

  • xxHanoverxx

    Maddow is talking about his right now on TRMS. I hardly think either of these things are “coincidences.” Occam’s Razor.

  • brel1

    Russia is still hacking. We’re in deep dodo.

  • fry1laurie

    Putin’s just letting everyone know who’s in charge in the upcoming administration.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    I absolutely don’t know how to react. The music to the Twilight Zone is playing in my head.

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