Free Pass?

2022 May 23
by drdog09

Good faith security research means accessing a computer solely for purposes of good-faith testing, investigation, and/or correction of a security flaw or vulnerability, where such activity is carried out in a manner designed to avoid any harm to individuals or the public, and where the information derived from the activity is used primarily to promote the security or safety of the class of devices, machines, or online services to which the accessed computer belongs, or those who use such devices, machines, or online services.


Sounds rational. I am sure DoJ gets alot of Karen’s screming in emails about dog poop on their lawns. But then again…

As Russia’s online election machinations came to light last year, a group of Democratic tech experts decided to try out similarly deceptive tactics in the fiercely contested Alabama Senate race, according to people familiar with the effort and a report on its results.

The secret project, carried out on Facebook and Twitter, was likely too small to have a significant effect on the race, in which the Democratic candidate it was designed to help, Doug Jones, edged out the Republican, Roy S. Moore. But it was a sign that American political operatives of both parties have paid close attention to the Russian methods, which some fear may come to taint elections in the United States.

One participant in the Alabama project, Jonathon Morgan, is the chief executive of New Knowledge, a small cyber security firm that wrote a scathing account of Russia’s social media operations in the 2016 election that was released this week by the Senate Intelligence Committee.

An internal report on the Alabama effort, obtained by The New York Times, says explicitly that it “experimented with many of the tactics now understood to have influenced the 2016 elections.”

The project’s operators created a Facebook page on which they posed as conservative Alabamians, using it to try to divide Republicans and even to endorse a write-in candidate to draw votes from Mr. Moore. It involved a scheme to link the Moore campaign to thousands of Russian accounts that suddenly began following the Republican candidate on Twitter, a development that drew national media attention.

“We orchestrated an elaborate ‘false flag’ operation that planted the idea that the Moore campaign was amplified on social media by a Russian botnet,” the report says.

Mr. Morgan said in an interview that the Russian botnet ruse “does not ring a bell,” adding that others had worked on the effort and had written the report. He said he saw the project as “a small experiment” designed to explore how certain online tactics worked, not to affect the election.

[emphasis mine]

Mr. Morgan said he could not account for the claims in the report that the project sought to “enrage and energize Democrats” and “depress turnout” among Republicans, partly by emphasizing accusations that Mr. Moore had pursued teenage girls when he was a prosecutor in his 30s.

“The research project was intended to help us understand how these kind of campaigns operated,” said Mr. Morgan. “We thought it was useful to work in the context of a real election but design it to have almost no impact.”

NYT, reprint Revolver

I may sound a bit on the cautious side, but quite honestly this seems to me that the DoJ is laying out the red carpet to NGO’s and Internet research firms to conduct ‘studies’ in and of elections and get a pass. Good faith can be stretched to a point that there is no faith at all. God knows I have seen that happen once or twice in my lifetime.

Pretty much a tacit admission that the forces of the Left will cheat yet again and get a wink and a nod.

66 Responses leave one →
  1. 2022 May 23 5:37 am
    drdog09 permalink

    I posted the DoJ change order a couple of posts back. Did not think anything of it till I read the Revolver piece. At that point conspiracy theory raised its head. Is that the intent? Who knows. The problem is who gets to decide what is good faith or not? That is the problem.

  2. 2022 May 23 6:02 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Run out of wheat in 10weeks? — — Wish it was some other site than GP.

  3. 2022 May 23 6:05 am
    justrand permalink

  4. 2022 May 23 6:12 am
    justrand permalink

    Drdog, an excellent post that made me think of a twist on Stalin’s famous quote:
    “It’s not who votes, it’s who COUNTS the votes”

    In terms of your post:
    “It’s not whether a crime has been committed, it’s whether the DOJ wants to consider it a crime. ”

    Selective Prosecution, just like Selective media focus, is destroying this country

  5. 2022 May 23 8:55 am
    bc3b permalink

    At least 28 shot – 1 fatally – in Chicago last weekend:

    Brothers need more range time.

  6. 2022 May 23 9:19 am
    mpt permalink

    2 – 10 weeks sounds about right. However, that 10 weeks is severely unbalanced across the world. Some countries are now attempting to stretch a few weeks of supplies for several months while other countries are in much better shape.

  7. 2022 May 23 9:31 am
    bc3b permalink

    Justrand #3 –

    Mother pushes son to wear dresses:

  8. 2022 May 23 11:55 am
    bc3b permalink

    State Farm is helping provide LGBTQ+++ books to kindergarten students – another brand to add to your boycott list:

  9. 2022 May 23 11:59 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Interview with a WWII bomber pilot — — 100yo and sharp as a tack.

  10. 2022 May 23 1:26 pm
    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

  11. 2022 May 23 1:45 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    By then the damage will have already been done. SFR starts and contracts for sale of same are already cratering. Futures contracts on lumber are already down 20%.

    If anyone is planning on any projects your window of opportunity is in the next 4 months. After that several lines of global supplies will be terminal I fear with much of China in lockdown.

  12. 2022 May 23 2:24 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    Note the evil mastermind behind Murkowski

    I’ve been hearing predictions of interest rate pauses or even cuts before end of year for several weeks.
    The Fed ignored problems. Then they overreacted.
    We had inflation. They’ll soon officially confirm we’re in recession. Then the job losses will begin ….
    Looks like they’ll screw things up coming and going.

  13. 2022 May 23 3:27 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    Breaking news on Hut 1369:

    Judge allows J6 Committee to get records of RNC email list, AND whether and when emails were opened and read. It’s ambitious but Dems hope to make it illegal to be Republican.
    January 6 Committee Targets GOP Donors Ahead of 2022
    (Judge) “Kelly isn’t just helping Joe Biden’s Justice Department punish Americans who dared to protest Joe Biden’s election that day. In a shocking ruling issued Sunday night, Kelly gave his imprimatur to the House Democrats’ January 6 select committee, paving the way for hyperpartisan, vengeful lawmakers such as Representatives Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) to potentially access the private information of Republican campaign contributors.

    In February, the select committee subpoenaed Salesforce, a data and digital communications vendor for the Republican National Committee, demanding all records associated with fundraising efforts between Election Day and January 6, 2021—an event the committee’s lawyers refer to in court filings as an attack by “domestic terrorists.” The subpoena covered outreach conducted by the RNC, the Trump reelection campaign, and the Trump Make America Great Again Committee—a breathtaking trove of internal records and documents were requested including all communications between the company and the political organizations as well as any data reports generated by Salesforce.”

  14. 2022 May 23 3:44 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    14, Jeez can’t they hold off till after the election at least?

    Geert vdBossche more recent newsletter. Here’s a list of topics:

    1. 99.6% of Deaths in Vaccinated, 70% Boosted According to Health Canada Weekly Numbers
    2. As Vaccine Demand Collapses, U.K. Faces £4 Billion of Waste With 80% of its 650 Million Dose Stockpile Unused
    3. FOI reveals Pfizer and Medicine Regulators Hid the Dangers of Covid-19 Vaccination During Pregnancy
    4. Did Moderna Trial Data Predict ‘Pandemic of the Vaccinated?
    5. Hepatitis outbreak in children: What’s the cause? What is adenovirus 41?
    6. New Tennessee Law: Natural Immunity Against COVID-19 Must Be Recognized
    7. Germany’s Top Hospital: Half A Million Germans Experienced Serious Adverse Events after COVID-19 Vaccination

    Click the link for more details. Number 7, for example is from a survey of 40K Germans. They estimate serious AEs (adverse effects) for 8 of every 1000 people vaccinated. The percentage is low but the overal number is eye-opening

  15. 2022 May 23 4:47 pm
    JimNorCal permalink
    In rebuke to Pentagon, Navy board finds 3-0 for vax objector amid questions of mandate’s lawfulness

    Text article
    In a stinging rebuke to the Pentagon, a Navy administrative separation board voted unanimously to retain an officer who refused to comply with the military’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
    Navy Lt. Billy Moseley, who has been an officer for 22 years, could have chosen to retire from the military when he was ordered to receive the COVID vaccine. He also could have submitted a Religious Accommodation Request, since he objected to the vaccine for religious reasons.
    Risking his retirement, Moseley chose instead to take his case to the administrative separation board after learning “that the Navy and the other services intended to implement a blanket denial policy,” according to a press release from his attorney, R. Davis Younts.

    Moseley consulted with legal and medical experts and “became convinced that as an officer he had an obligation to take a stand against the unlawful order and be a voice for thousands of enlisted Sailors”

  16. 2022 May 23 5:02 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Someone to bUycott – Ace Hardware giving away one million American flags for memorial.

  17. 2022 May 23 5:15 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    Stuff that we’ve known for weeks or months is just now filtering through …

    From the Department of Are You F*cking Kidding Me
    CNN just ran a piece explaining that “scientists are urgently trying to solve” the question of whether the endless waves of Covid we now have “may be a result of the mRNA technology used to build some Covid-19 vaccines.”
    Oh? You don’t say?
    Now “scientists” are “urgently trying” to figure out if the “mRNA technology” is the problem and not the solution?
    Maybe they can urgently try to build a time machine too

  18. 2022 May 23 6:52 pm
    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    If Trump had won the election somehow, imagine how many seats the GOP would be losing this November as all the supply chain and inflation would be blamed on Trump and the “stolen election.”

    If the GOP wins in November this might be the political soft landing the country needs tbh. Trump can always run again in 2024 if he likes.

  19. 2022 May 23 8:07 pm
    justrand permalink

    Prp, we wouldn’t HAVE those problems if Trump was in the White House

  20. 2022 May 23 9:53 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    Time will tell if this is real or not.

    Gregg Phillips (2000 Mules) is hinting that they know exactly who’s behind the Mules and more announcements are coming soon in regards to partnerships with sheriffs.

  21. 2022 May 24 12:20 am
    mpt permalink

    Justrand, I’m not sure Trump would have averted the supply chain issues as they are in large part the fault of China and their rediculous zero-covid policy that is effectively shuttering much of the manufacturing in that country. Regarding inflation, it would probably be here anyway as Trump was nearly fast and loose with spending and stimulus as any Democrat. Also, I don’t think Trump would have helped deflate the housing bubble which is just about to pop.

    The big difference is that I highly doubt Russia would be in Ukraine right now if Trump remained as president. There would almost certainly have been some understanding reached with Russia over Ukraine long before Putin saw the need for an invasion. Also, the American/Canadian pipelines and leases for drilling on public lands would have continued and gas would probably be below $3.00. There would be no fertilizer shortage, with the possible exception of phosphates from China, and dozens of poor nations would not be threatened with hunger and starvation in the coming months. Finally, the dollar would not be as threatened as it now is with regard to losing world reserve currency status.

  22. 2022 May 24 12:24 am
    mpt permalink

    21, did the folks behind “2000 Mules” ever release videos that show the same person making multiple drops of ballots to drop-boxes? That was the one thing that would have completely cinched the deal if it was in the documentary. I found such an omission unfortunate. But hopefully, they’ll come up with such video evidence soon.

  23. 2022 May 24 3:20 am
    drdog09 permalink


    “Justrand, I’m not sure Trump would have averted the supply chain issues as they are in large part the fault of China and their rediculous zero-covid policy that is effectively shuttering much of the manufacturing in that country.”

    Partly yes. But keep in mind part of Trump’s tax management was to reduce corporate rates to reshore companies back to this country. Had he had both hands free to do what what he wanted to do rather than have to fight off the press, Mueller, Clintons, Deep State, etc we would be well half way thru completing it.


    No, but it is out there…. — — Go to the 2:20 mark and watch one instance, time after time, same drop box, same car.

  24. 2022 May 24 3:23 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Hey BC! Illy provides the solution for the gun violence in Chitown — — They will cover the funeral expenses!

    I call that ballot harvesting. We all know that the dead vote Democrat.

  25. 2022 May 24 3:25 am
    drdog09 permalink

    “Son, I am feeling a little chill. Mind throwing another Tesla on the fire?” —

  26. 2022 May 24 5:20 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    General Mark Milley warned West Point cadets to prepare for a global war. And the US, he says, is no longer a superpower

  27. 2022 May 24 5:32 am
    drdog09 permalink


    He ought to know, he facilitated the dethroning.

  28. 2022 May 24 6:39 am
    bc3b permalink

    PRP #19 –

    If Trump was still president, we either wouldn’t have had those problems (border) or they would be far less severe (inflation).

    Remember, Brandon inherited an immigration problem that was greatly reduced, energy independence, low inflation, etc. Had the formula problem occurred during Trump’s presidency, he would have worked to solve it within weeks, not months. The answers are simple: solve the problems at the Sturgis, MI plant to get it back on line, induce other US sources to increase production and/or import what is needed. It doesn’t take a MENSA to solve those problems, but they are apparently too much for a president deep into cognitive decline.

    However, CNN and the rest of the media would be blaming him far more than they criticize Brandon (hardly at all).

  29. 2022 May 24 6:45 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    Trump would’ve handled inflation and supply chain, that’s his strength.
    He would have continued to screw up Covid and vaccines.

  30. 2022 May 24 6:47 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    29, if the US is breaking apart just imagine other, less fortunate, countries.

  31. 2022 May 24 7:38 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    Brief history of Victory Gardens and the importance of growing (some of) your own food.

  32. 2022 May 24 8:06 am
    bc3b permalink

    Bill Gates has joined George Soros as someone who will make the world a far better place after he takes his last breath.

  33. 2022 May 24 8:53 am
    bc3b permalink

    As the US thunders into a recession, Buttigieg proposes Marshall Plan 2 to rebuild Ukraine.

  34. 2022 May 24 8:54 am
    drdog09 permalink


    “Raising your own food is a revolutionary act.”

    That was a good read and thanks for sharing.

    Malone points to a book that points to two publications on victory gardens:

    war gardening —
    home canning and drying —

    And I must point out some caveats:

    * Most prewar books will advocate the use of manure to enrich the soil. Others will recommend using hay and straw as mulch. DON’T do either unless you know the province of both products. Both will likely contain Grazon that is a chemical that freaks out broad leaf plants. It is used as a commercial weed suppressant. It is also persistent in the soil. The Grazon is not affected by passing thru ruminant animals so their manure is also contaminated. You could lose a plot of land for up to 5 years.

    * Canning has changed alot since these books were developed. We now use 2 piece lids than the old zinc type with rubbers. Low acid foods and meats should be pressure canned not water bath. But these books are excellent for the recipes. Many a fruit saved because it is local and not shippable (try pawpaws if you have the chance its like eating ice cream. The US only native fruit.)

  35. 2022 May 24 10:15 am
    drdog09 permalink

  36. 2022 May 24 10:45 am
    drdog09 permalink

    The current crisis detour —

  37. 2022 May 24 10:53 am
    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    With partisan fed officials already proposing pausing rate hikes in September meeting to help Joe for the midterm elections, Bill Ackman says that if Powell doesn’t do his job the market will do it for him.

  38. 2022 May 24 10:56 am
    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    #30 highly doubt that.

    It would just be blaming all the inflation and supply chain problems on the GOP rather than old Joe.

  39. 2022 May 24 11:30 am
    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

  40. 2022 May 24 2:16 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    Michigan could experience rolling blackouts this summer as renewable energy sources struggle to keep up with demand

    Glad we Californians won’t be alone in the dark with no power ….
    Generator recommendations?

  41. 2022 May 24 3:11 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    Sixteen seconds.
    Explains why gas prices are going up.

  42. 2022 May 24 5:40 pm
    mpt permalink

    Generator recommendations?

    Didn’t you get the memo, generators are outlawed in California. Oops, my mistake, that is in 2028. I’m SURE things will be better by then.

  43. 2022 May 24 6:10 pm
    justrand permalink

    Generac, with a transfer- switch …and plumbed directly to a 500 gallon propane tank 😀

  44. 2022 May 24 6:42 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    Things you read on the internet …

    “the kids in the schools here have figured out that if they drink fruit juice right before taking a CCPv spit test they will come up positive and get out of school”

  45. 2022 May 24 7:02 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    Purports to be the Ramos shooter from Texas, wearing a skirt.
    If he’s LBGQ+++ the story will die quickly?

  46. 2022 May 24 7:47 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    And don’t forget a very good muffler so certain Karens can’t hear it!

  47. 2022 May 24 7:48 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    Headline: UK warships will escort Ukraine ships in Black Sea to break Russian blockade.
    If Turkey is not allowing warships pass through the Dardanelles… are those UK ships permanently in the Black Sea?
    Bizarre. And provocative.

    Meanwhile, haven’t watched yet but title says–
    Ukrainian Front Collapse
    Major Russian breakthrough at Popasna

  48. 2022 May 24 8:28 pm

    50 – All talk atm from what I understand. Also it’s pointless, ships enter and exit with exports from Romanian port daily unencumbered. Just UK and PL trying to start wwIII as usual – since I’ve lost any hope of them dealing with reality rationally I hope there capital and ours for that matter cease to exist if needed.

    Yes there have major breakthrough daily in the last two weeks, but you’ll not see it reported much of anywhere. If you want to follow the daily progress in recap form check out DPA For up to the hour stuff and random goings on related telegram feed (you will need translater plugin) or (similar but english, but also more ru bias in what gets posted, or what doesn’t)

    48 – Anyway.. as for the tranny shooter yes. First “female” school mass shooter.
    Historic! Diversity! Equality! MEME IT HARD. Cause you know they’ll likely blackhole it asap.

  49. 2022 May 24 10:45 pm
    mpt permalink

    Anyway.. as for the tranny shooter yes.

    Is this true? The 4chan’ers are trying to meme this hard, but they are probably more trustworthy than the MSM.

  50. 2022 May 25 4:22 am
    drdog09 permalink

    I wonder…. on Transblockers??? Don’t know. Wonder what they do to mental state of those on them?

    And what of the parents? Damn irresponsible to leave guns available for use. We had guns in the house, taught my son how to use them, but everyone of them was locked up except for one.

  51. 2022 May 25 4:28 am
    drdog09 permalink

  52. 2022 May 25 4:43 am
    drdog09 permalink

  53. 2022 May 25 4:48 am
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  54. 2022 May 25 6:25 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    56, good article and comments, thanks.

    Meanwhile, RU may default due to US action:
    (Reuters) – The Russian rouble firmed past 56 against the dollar on Wednesday for the first time since 2018, and touched a seven-year high against the euro as export-focused companies sold foreign currency to pay taxes and traders shrugged off the expiry of a key debt payment licence.
    The United States said on Tuesday it would not extend a key waiver, which expired on Wednesday, that had allowed Russia to pay U.S. bondholders. The decision could push Moscow closer to the brink of default

    RU continues to make every attempt to pay its debts.

  55. 2022 May 25 7:56 am
    drdog09 permalink


    I don’t know didly about international settlements. But US laws internally treat debt instruments as a contract. Both parties must meet agreed obligations. If a bank made it impossible for a mortgagee to pay on a note they would be in breach of contract. Ex — Ex —

    Sans the politics involved, the US is acting in bad faith on the surface of the matter.

  56. 2022 May 25 9:29 am
    justrand permalink

    Christians in America better understand that the only reason to “turn the other cheek” with these animals would be if you wanted to shoot your rifle with your opposite hand.
    (I’ve actually shot bolt action rifles right-handed, to have easier access to the bolt 🙂 )

  57. 2022 May 25 10:01 am
    bc3b permalink

    Texans – Have we seen the last of George P?

    What was his greatest attribute (the name Bush) became his biggest negative. Every time Uncle George W. makes a public statement, he sounds more like a flaming liberal.

  58. 2022 May 25 10:03 am
    bc3b permalink

    drdog #55 –

    It’s a shame Gloria Steinem’s mom didn’t have an abortion.

  59. 2022 May 25 10:07 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    58, I agree with you on the merits but I’m sure the Top Men on the US side will argue. Perhaps something like “The contract says that the repayments MUST be in dollars or euros. Now that we’ve confiscated all your money, you are trying to fob off Rubles on us, no go.”

    60, I think W sounds like a flaming lib because … that’s his natural tendency. All these Repubs seem to agree with Dems that the GOP base is bunch of nasty idiots.
    We’re not.
    The fact that they agree with Dems says something about them, not about us. As Instapundit used to say “worst governing class in US history”. Not a historian, but … he’s likely to be correct.

  60. 2022 May 25 11:28 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    The SEIU is gradually stacking the Board of the CalPERS gov’t worker pension system.
    I’m sure the taxpayers won’t be sucked into large payments so that gov workers can retain their expected standard of living …
    SEIU California Notches Election Win on CalPERS Board With $240,000 in Spending
    A candidate backed by the Service Employees International Union has won election to the CalPERS board, marking the third victory by an SEIU-backed candidate in less than a year.

  61. 2022 May 25 11:41 am
    drdog09 permalink

    “So great is the wickedness of some men and the stupid servility of others, that one would almost be inclined to conclude that communities cannot be free. The few haughty families think they must govern. The body of the people tamely consents and submits to be their slaves. This unravels the mystery of millions being enslaved by the few.”
    — Samuel Adams

  62. 2022 May 25 11:53 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    The effect of RU sanctions on … Brasil.
    BRAZIL Warns DIESEL Pumps May RUN DRY. GLOBAL DIESEL Inventory at Lowest Level Since 2008.

  63. 2022 May 25 11:37 pm

    RU continues to make every attempt to pay its debts.

    Which is why the talk of “defaults” is just that, banker\credit system knows nobody really cares, ie will have little effect, because they know what you just said is absolutely true. What Dr. mentioned in 58 is everyone knows it all in bad faith on one end. If you say I owe you x and I try and pay you x, but you basically refuse to accept payment, after stealing 300B btw of my money, and me still trying to pay … that’s now a you problem, not a me problem, and just about everyone looking on objectively would agree.

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