>>>SENIOR HOUSE DEMOCRATS ARE>>>SENIOR HOUSE DEMOCRATS ARE SOUNDING THE ALARM OVER REPORTS SOUNDING THE ALARM OVER REPORTS THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP IS PLANNING THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP IS PLANNING TO PULL THE U.S. OUT OF TO PULL THE U.S. OUT OF SOMETHING CALLED THE OPEN SKIES SOMETHING CALLED THE OPEN SKIES TREATY. TREATY. IT’S AN AGREEMENT THAT ALLOWS IT’S AN AGREEMENT THAT ALLOWS FOR UNARMED RECONNAISSANCE FOR UNARMED RECONNAISSANCE FLIGHTS OVER OTHER COUNTRIES, FLIGHTS OVER OTHER COUNTRIES, SPECIFICALLY EACH OTHER’S SPECIFICALLY EACH OTHER’S COUNTRIES LIKE RUSSIA AND COUNTRIES LIKE RUSSIA AND UKRAINE TO MONITOR MILITARY UKRAINE TO MONITOR MILITARY MOVEMENT. MOVEMENT. IN A LETTER TO THE WHITE HOUSE, IN A LETTER TO THE WHITE HOUSE, FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE CHAIR FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE CHAIR ELIOT ENGEL, DEMOCRAT OF NEW ELIOT ENGEL, DEMOCRAT OF NEW YORK WARNED LEAVING THE TREATY YORK WARNED LEAVING THE TREATY WOULD BE, QUOTE, A RECKLESS WOULD BE, QUOTE, A RECKLESS ACTION THAT WOULD ONLY BENEFIT ACTION THAT WOULD ONLY BENEFIT RUSSIA. RUSSIA. PUTIN HATES THIS TREATY. PUTIN HATES THIS TREATY. THE WARNING COMES AS THE THE WARNING COMES AS THE PRESIDENT IS PEDDLING A PRESIDENT IS PEDDLING A CONSPIRACY THEORY THAT IT WAS CONSPIRACY THEORY THAT IT WAS REALLY UKRAINE THAT INTERFERED REALLY UKRAINE THAT INTERFERED IN OUR 2016 ELECTION. IN OUR 2016 ELECTION. JUST TODAY THE SENATE CAME OUT, JUST TODAY THE SENATE CAME OUT, HOWEVER, WITH A BIPARTISAN HOWEVER, WITH A BIPARTISAN REPORT UNEQUIVOCALLY CONDEMNING REPORT UNEQUIVOCALLY CONDEMNING THE KREMLIN FOR TRYING TO HELP THE KREMLIN FOR TRYING TO HELP DONALD TRUMP AND HURT HILLARY DONALD TRUMP AND HURT HILLARY CLINTON. CLINTON. AGAIN, AND FOR EMPHASIS, WHILE AGAIN, AND FOR EMPHASIS, WHILE THE WORDS “SENATE REPORT” MAY THE WORDS “SENATE REPORT” MAY NOT HAVE THE IMPACT THEY ONCE NOT HAVE THE IMPACT THEY ONCE DID, THE FOLLOWING WAS PUT OUT DID, THE FOLLOWING WAS PUT OUT BY REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS IN BY REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS IN AN ERA WHEN REPUBLICANS AND AN ERA WHEN REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS DON’T DO ANYTHING DEMOCRATS DON’T DO ANYTHING JOINTLY. JOINTLY. ACCORDING TO THIS REPORT, AND WE ACCORDING TO THIS REPORT, AND WE QUOTE, RUSSIA’S TARGETING OF THE QUOTE, RUSSIA’S TARGETING OF THE 2016 U.S. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION 2016 U.S. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION WAS PART OF A BROADER WAS PART OF A BROADER SOPHISTICATED AND ONGOING SOPHISTICATED AND ONGOING INFORMATION WARFARE CAMPAIGN. INFORMATION WARFARE CAMPAIGN. GOES ON TO SAY RUSSIA’S EFFORTS GOES ON TO SAY RUSSIA’S EFFORTS WERE A VASTLY MORE COMPLEX AND WERE A VASTLY MORE COMPLEX AND STRATEGIC ASSAULT ON THE UNITED STRATEGIC ASSAULT ON THE UNITED STATES THAN WAS INITIALLY STATES THAN WAS INITIALLY UNDERSTOOD. UNDERSTOOD. MUCH OF THIS WAS LAID OUT IN THE MUCH OF THIS WAS LAID OUT IN THE MUELLER REPORT, BUT THIS IS THE MUELLER REPORT, BUT THIS IS THE FIRST, AGAIN, BIPARTISAN CALL FIRST, AGAIN, BIPARTISAN CALL FROM CONGRESS, AT LEAST ON THE FROM CONGRESS, AT LEAST ON THE SENATE SIDE, FOR SWEEPING SENATE SIDE, FOR SWEEPING ACTION. ACTION. REPUBLICAN SENATOR RICHARD BURR, REPUBLICAN SENATOR RICHARD BURR, REPUBLICAN SENATOR FROM NORTH REPUBLICAN SENATOR FROM NORTH CAROLINA HAD THIS WARNING. CAROLINA HAD THIS WARNING. QUOTE, WHILE RUSSIA MAY HAVE QUOTE, WHILE RUSSIA MAY HAVE BEEN THE FIRST TO HONE THE BEEN THE FIRST TO HONE THE MODERN DISINFORMATION TACTICS MODERN DISINFORMATION TACTICS OUTLINED IN THIS REPORT, OTHER OUTLINED IN THIS REPORT, OTHER ADVERSARIES, INCLUDING CHINA, ADVERSARIES, INCLUDING CHINA, NEW YORK, NEW YORK, NORTH KOREA AND IRAN ARE NORTH KOREA AND IRAN ARE FOLLOWING SUIT. FOLLOWING SUIT. CLINT WATTS, DISTINGUISHED CLINT WATTS, DISTINGUISHED RESEARCH FELLOW AT THE FOREIGN RESEARCH FELLOW AT THE FOREIGN POLICY RESEARCH INSTITUTE AND POLICY RESEARCH INSTITUTE AND AUTHOR OF “MESSING WITH THE AUTHOR OF “MESSING WITH THE ENEMY: SURVIVING IN A SOCIAL ENEMY: SURVIVING IN A SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD OF HACKER, MEDIA WORLD OF HACKER, TERRORIST, RUSSIANS, AND FAKE TERRORIST, RUSSIANS, AND FAKE NEWS.” NEWS.” CLINT, IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE THAT CLINT, IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE THAT YOUR AREA OF EXPERTISE IS NOW YOUR AREA OF EXPERTISE IS NOW PART OF A BIPARTISAN SENATE PART OF A BIPARTISAN SENATE REPORT. REPORT. IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE THIS KIND IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE THIS KIND OF THING ISN’T OUR LEAD STORY IN OF THING ISN’T OUR LEAD STORY IN 2019. 2019. SO LET ME ASK YOU, HOW ARE WE SO LET ME ASK YOU, HOW ARE WE GOING TO BUMP UP AGAINST THIS IN GOING TO BUMP UP AGAINST THIS IN 2020? 2020? HOW BIG A THREAT IS THIS? HOW BIG A THREAT IS THIS?>>IT’S REMARKABLE WHEN YOU GET>>IT’S REMARKABLE WHEN YOU GET TO THE END OF THE REPORT. TO THE END OF THE REPORT. THAT’S WHAT I WAS REALLY LOOKING THAT’S WHAT I WAS REALLY LOOKING FOR. FOR. BECAUSE WE’VE HEARD SO MUCH BECAUSE WE’VE HEARD SO MUCH ABOUT THIS OVER THE LAST TWO ABOUT THIS OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS IS WHAT ARE WE GOING TO YEARS IS WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO. DO. WE’VE HAD ALL OF THESE HEARINGS WE’VE HAD ALL OF THESE HEARINGS AND COMMITTEES, MULTIPLE AND COMMITTEES, MULTIPLE ENTITIES, OTHER COUNTRIES EVEN ENTITIES, OTHER COUNTRIES EVEN HELPING US WITH THIS STUFF. HELPING US WITH THIS STUFF. AND THE RECOMMENDATIONS WHEN YOU AND THE RECOMMENDATIONS WHEN YOU GOT TO THE END IS LET’S INCREASE GOT TO THE END IS LET’S INCREASE PUBLIC LITERACY. PUBLIC LITERACY. LET’S PUT OUT AWARENESS. LET’S PUT OUT AWARENESS. SOCIAL MEDIA COMPANIES, YOU NEED SOCIAL MEDIA COMPANIES, YOU NEED TO DO SOMEBODY IT. TO DO SOMEBODY IT. SO WHEN YOU GET TO THE END, YOU SO WHEN YOU GET TO THE END, YOU REALLY GO HMM, IT SOUNDS LIKE REALLY GO HMM, IT SOUNDS LIKE WE’RE NOT GOING TO DO ANYTHING. WE’RE NOT GOING TO DO ANYTHING. HONEST ADS ACT. HONEST ADS ACT. WE TALKED ABOUT THAT. WE TALKED ABOUT THAT. THIS IS DECLARING THEIR ADDS TO THIS IS DECLARING THEIR ADDS TO HELP DISTINGUISH MOTHERS, STILL HELP DISTINGUISH MOTHERS, STILL NOT PASSED. NOT PASSED.>>SHOULD BE EASY.>>SHOULD BE EASY.>>ELECTION INTEGRITY ACT, NOT>>ELECTION INTEGRITY ACT, NOT PASSED. PASSED.>>SHOULD BE EDS.>>SHOULD BE EDS.>>OTHER PROVISIONS, DO YOU TAKE>>OTHER PROVISIONS, DO YOU TAKE ASSISTANCE FROM A FOREIGN ASSISTANCE FROM A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT IN ORDER TO WIN AN GOVERNMENT IN ORDER TO WIN AN ELECTION, AS WE CAN SEE FROM OUR ELECTION, AS WE CAN SEE FROM OUR CURRENT NEWS CYCLE. CURRENT NEWS CYCLE. I GUESS WE’RE GOING WILLINGLY GO I GUESS WE’RE GOING WILLINGLY GO LOOK FOR THAT STUFF. LOOK FOR THAT STUFF. SO I THINK WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE SO I THINK WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE SOCIAL MEDIA PART, WHO HAS SOCIAL MEDIA PART, WHO HAS ACTUALLY STEPPED UP SURPRISINGLY ACTUALLY STEPPED UP SURPRISINGLY ARE THE SOCIAL MEDIA COMPANIES ARE THE SOCIAL MEDIA COMPANIES IN MANY WAYS. IN MANY WAYS. THEY’RE DOING WEEKLY, IF NOT THEY’RE DOING WEEKLY, IF NOT DAILY TAKEDOWNS OFTENTIMES DAILY TAKEDOWNS OFTENTIMES BETWEEN FACEBOOK, TWITTER, BETWEEN FACEBOOK, TWITTER, GOOGLE, YOUTUBE, OTHER GOOGLE, YOUTUBE, OTHER PLATFORMS. PLATFORMS. THEY’RE DOING THIS SORT OF THEY’RE DOING THIS SORT OF STUFF. STUFF. BUT TO STAY IN FRONT OF IT, BUT TO STAY IN FRONT OF IT, ULTIMATELY COMES DOWN TO WHO IS ULTIMATELY COMES DOWN TO WHO IS GOING TO POLICE DISINFORMATION GOING TO POLICE DISINFORMATION GOING INTO THE 2020 ELECTION. GOING INTO THE 2020 ELECTION. ESPECIALLY WHEN WE SEE NOT ONLY ESPECIALLY WHEN WE SEE NOT ONLY THESE FOREIGN COUNTRIES THAT THESE FOREIGN COUNTRIES THAT CHAIRMAN BURR MENTIONED, BUT CHAIRMAN BURR MENTIONED, BUT DOMESTIC ACTORS ARE ON THE SCENE DOMESTIC ACTORS ARE ON THE SCENE NOW IN A BIG, BIG WAY DOING NOW IN A BIG, BIG WAY DOING DISINFORMATION AND DISINFORMATION AND MISINFORMATION. MISINFORMATION. HOW ARE WE GOING TO DO THIS? HOW ARE WE GOING TO DO THIS? AND THEN IT REALLY COMES DOWN AND THEN IT REALLY COMES DOWN CAPITOL HILL AND THE WHITE CAPITOL HILL AND THE WHITE HOUSE. HOUSE. AND IT SEEMS LIKE ON BOTH SIDES AND IT SEEMS LIKE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ENDS OF PENNSYLVANIA OF THE ENDS OF PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, WE’RE SEEING A RAMP-UP AVENUE, WE’RE SEEING A RAMP-UP OF THAT RHETORIC INSTEAD OF OF THAT RHETORIC INSTEAD OF ACTUALLY TRYING TO TAMP IT DOWN. ACTUALLY TRYING TO TAMP IT DOWN.>>AND I WAS GOING TO SAY, WHAT>>AND I WAS GOING TO SAY, WHAT ABOUT THE BACKDROP WE’RE ABOUT THE BACKDROP WE’RE OPERATING UNDER RIGHT NOW? OPERATING UNDER RIGHT NOW? DOJ’S GOT ITS OWN REPORT COMING DOJ’S GOT ITS OWN REPORT COMING OUT THAT MAY READ LIKE SOMETHING OUT THAT MAY READ LIKE SOMETHING OF A WEIRD REBUTTAL TO THIS. OF A WEIRD REBUTTAL TO THIS. THE ATTORNEY GENERAL IS FLYING THE ATTORNEY GENERAL IS FLYING AROUND THE WORLD, TALKING TO AROUND THE WORLD, TALKING TO FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS ABOUT HEY, FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS ABOUT HEY, CAN YOU DROP A DIME ON PEOPLE ON CAN YOU DROP A DIME ON PEOPLE ON THE HOME TEAM BACK IN THE UNITED THE HOME TEAM BACK IN THE UNITED STATES. STATES. THAT’S DANGEROUS. THAT’S DANGEROUS.>>AND EVEN PRESSURING THE>>AND EVEN PRESSURING THE AUSTRALIANS WHO WERE THE FIRST AUSTRALIANS WHO WERE THE FIRST TO REALLY TIP OFF THE FBI THAT TO REALLY TIP OFF THE FBI THAT THERE WAS AN INVESTIGATION WE THERE WAS AN INVESTIGATION WE SHOULD MAYBE EVEN LOOK INTO. SHOULD MAYBE EVEN LOOK INTO. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THAT WHOLE WHEN YOU LOOK AT THAT WHOLE SYSTEM, IT EVEN GIVES OUR SYSTEM, IT EVEN GIVES OUR ADVERSARIES GREAT OPPORTUNITIES. ADVERSARIES GREAT OPPORTUNITIES. IMAGINE RUSSIA RIGHT NOW. IMAGINE RUSSIA RIGHT NOW. I’M NOT SAYING THEY’VE DONE I’M NOT SAYING THEY’VE DONE THIS, BUT WHAT AN OPPORTUNITY IN THIS, BUT WHAT AN OPPORTUNITY IN UKRAINE YOU. UKRAINE YOU. HAVE YOU THE PRESIDENT, YOU HAVE YOU THE PRESIDENT, YOU KNOW, REACHING OUT TO UKRAINE, KNOW, REACHING OUT TO UKRAINE, WANTING DIRT ON HIS OPPONENT. WANTING DIRT ON HIS OPPONENT. WELL, IF I WAS RUSSIA, WHAT WELL, IF I WAS RUSSIA, WHAT WOULD I DO? WOULD I DO? I WOULD GO TO UKRAINE AND I I WOULD GO TO UKRAINE AND I WOULD DUMP ALL SORTS OF DIRT IN WOULD DUMP ALL SORTS OF DIRT IN THERE. THERE. YOU CAN DO THIS FROM AFAR. YOU CAN DO THIS FROM AFAR. YOU CAN DO THIS FROM THIRD PARTY YOU CAN DO THIS FROM THIRD PARTY COUNTRIES. COUNTRIES. YOU CAN MESS WITH THE AMERICAN YOU CAN MESS WITH THE AMERICAN ELECTION. ELECTION. WE’VE SEEN JUST HOW POWERFUL IT WE’VE SEEN JUST HOW POWERFUL IT IS AT DIVIDING US GOING FORWARD. IS AT DIVIDING US GOING FORWARD. SO I THINK THE ONE PART THAT SO I THINK THE ONE PART THAT STUCK OUT THERE WAS A NOTE IN STUCK OUT THERE WAS A NOTE IN THE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT SAID WE THE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT SAID WE ENCOURAGE POLITICIANS, POLITICAL ENCOURAGE POLITICIANS, POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS TO BE VERY THOROUGH CAMPAIGNS TO BE VERY THOROUGH ABOUT WHAT THEY’RE RETWEETING, ABOUT WHAT THEY’RE RETWEETING, WHAT THEY’RE AMPLIFYING AND WHAT WHAT THEY’RE AMPLIFYING AND WHAT THEY’RE SAYING IN ATTACKING EACH THEY’RE SAYING IN ATTACKING EACH OTHER. OTHER. AND WHAT WE’RE SEEING IS THAT’S AND WHAT WE’RE SEEING IS THAT’S WHERE THE BIG WEAKNESS IS IN OUR WHERE THE BIG WEAKNESS IS IN OUR DEMOCRACY GOING INTO 2020. DEMOCRACY GOING INTO 2020.>>FINAL POINT, THIS ISN’T HARD.>>FINAL POINT, THIS ISN’T HARD. RUSSIA SPENT $4 A DAY AND RUSSIA SPENT $4 A DAY AND COMPLETELY BOLLOCKSED UP OUR COMPLETELY BOLLOCKSED UP OUR SOCIETY AND OUR ELECTORAL SOCIETY AND OUR ELECTORAL PROCESS. PROCESS. AND WE’RE AN EASY MARK BECAUSE AND WE’RE AN EASY MARK BECAUSE WE — WE’RE GOOD PEOPLE. WE — WE’RE GOOD PEOPLE.>>RIGHT.>>RIGHT.>>WE BELIEVE IN A FREE AND OPEN>>WE BELIEVE IN A FREE AND OPEN SOCIETY AND MEDIUM. SOCIETY AND MEDIUM.>>YEAH, OUR STRENGTHS ARE>>YEAH, OUR STRENGTHS ARE VULNERABILITIES IN THIS, BUT IT VULNERABILITIES IN THIS, BUT IT ONLY COMES DOWN TO ULTIMATELY IS ONLY COMES DOWN TO ULTIMATELY IS LEADERSHIP. LEADERSHIP. IF CAMPAIGNS SAID I’M NOT GOING IF CAMPAIGNS SAID I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE HELP FROM A FOREIGN TO TAKE HELP FROM A FOREIGN COUNTRY TO WIN AGAINST MY COUNTRY TO WIN AGAINST MY OPPONENT, I’M NOT GOING RETWEET OPPONENT, I’M NOT GOING RETWEET NONSENSE OR MANIPULATE THE MEDIA NONSENSE OR MANIPULATE THE MEDIA OR SPED UP VIDEO OR SOMETHING OF OR SPED UP VIDEO OR SOMETHING OF NANCY PELOSI THAT ISN’T EXACTLY NANCY PELOSI THAT ISN’T EXACTLY AUTHENTIC, WELL, THEN THIS WOULD AUTHENTIC, WELL, THEN THIS WOULD PROBABLY WORK ITSELF OUT. PROBABLY WORK ITSELF OUT. I WON’T TAKE STOLEN OR I WON’T I WON’T TAKE STOLEN OR I WON’T TALK ABOUT STOLEN INFORMATION TALK ABOUT STOLEN INFORMATION FROM ANOTHER CAMPAIGN. FROM ANOTHER CAMPAIGN. THIS WOULD WORK ITSELF OUT. THIS WOULD WORK ITSELF OUT. BEING HELD TO THE TRUTH, BEING BEING HELD TO THE TRUTH, BEING THE BEARERS OF FACTS, BEING THE THE BEARERS OF FACTS, BEING THE GOVERNMENT WE CAN TRUST TO DO GOVERNMENT WE CAN TRUST TO DO THE BEST FOR ALL AMERICANS, IF THE BEST FOR ALL AMERICANS, IF THEY JUST DID THAT ONE STEP, THEY JUST DID THAT ONE STEP, THIS WOULD BE COMPLETELY THIS WOULD BE COMPLETELY INEFFECTIVE, AND YOU WOULD NOT INEFFECTIVE, AND YOU WOULD NOT SEE A RUSSIA, IRAN, A CHINA OR SEE A RUSSIA, IRAN, A CHINA OR ANY OTHER COUNTRY BE ABLE TO ANY OTHER COUNTRY BE ABLE TO INFLUENCE US FROM AFAR. INFLUENCE US FROM AFAR.>>IT WAS NICE TO GET THIS