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Aug 1, 2018 18 tweets 12 min read
Highlights fro #Senate Intelligence Committee Hearing on foreign interference via social media platforms:

"Election interference from abroad represents an intolerable assault on the democratic foundation this republic was built on" per @SenatorBurr
"It's also important that the American people know that these activities neither began nor ended with the 2016 elections" per @SenatorBurr "Foreign actors continue an aggressive and pervasive influence campaign against the #UnitedStatesofAmerica"
Efforts like those id'd by @facebook "creating events on our streets w/real #Americans unknowingly participating" adds @SenatorBurr
"This was never about elections. It is about the integrity of our society" per #SSCI's @SenatorBurr "This is about national security"
NEW: @facebook @Twitter @Google to appear before #Senate Intelligence Committee in September per Chair @SenatorBurr and ranking member @MarkWarner

Per Sen Warner, the senior executives will appear Sept 5 - "They can do better to protect our democracy"
"21 months after the 2016 election & only 3 months before the 2018 elections, #Russia|n backed operatives continue to infiltrate and manipulate social media to hijack the national conversation and set Americans against each other" per @MarkWarner
"I'm concerned that even after 18 months of study we are still only scratching the surface when it comes to #Russia's information warfare" per @MarkWarner
"I am also worried that the #UnitedStates gvt is not well-positioned to detect track or counter these types of influence operations" per @MarkWarner
re: #Russia #SSCI
While the Senate Intelligence Committee hears about #Russia, other manipulation of social media, here's what #Russian-linked bots&trolls have been talking about on @twitter, via @gmfus's tracker:
Senators & experts making the point that the foreign info ops on social media go beyond just politics -“It would be a mistake to think this is just about elections” per @JohnCornyn, noting similar techniques could be used to destroy reputations or tank stock prices
“On the state actor front we have seen evidence of campaigns targeting energy and agriculture” per @newknowledgeAI director of research @noUpside [Renee DiResta “In agriculture that’s taken taking the form of spreading far about #GMOs
“There’s a commercial dimension to this that’s underreported,” @Graphika_Inc CEO John Kelly “There’s a lot more going on in the commercial space”
“Sometimes they’re tied, these political attacks & attacks on corporations where corporations will be basically punished w/falsely amplified boycott campaigns & similar measures for doing something which is politically not what #Russia wants to see” per @Graphika_Inc's Kelly
"#Russia|n manipulation did not stop in 2016. After Election Day the Russian government stepped on the gas," key US lawmakers told as they prep to grill social media giants
voanews.com/a/facebook-twi…
"What we have here is the tentacle of an octopus and we don’t know how far out on the arm of that octopus that tentacle is cut” per @Graphika_Inc CEO John Kelly re #Russia info ops
Not just #Russia: “We have found in this most recent inventory that there are 48 countries in the world w/large political parties or gvt agencies running misinformation campaigns either on their own voters or on voters in other countries" per @UniofOxford's Philip Howard
Other countries to watch, per Howard, who directs the Oxford Internet Institute:
#Turkey, #China, #Hungary, and #Iran
Black market for info ops growing - "There is a growing black market for people skilled, who have these dark arts" warned @Graphika_Inc's Kelly "They’re employing them in their own countries and they’re also starting to get hired to work in other countries"

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NEW: 12 former senior intel official issue statement on "ill-considered & unprecedented remarks & actions by the White House" re former @CIA Dir. @JohnBrennan

"Insinuations and allegations of wrongdoing on the part of Brennan while in office are baseless," they say
"The president’s action regarding John Brennan and the threats of similar action against other former officials has nothing to do with who should and should not hold security clearances – and everything to do with an attempt to stifle free speech" per statement
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US intelligence estimates had 33,000 #ISIS fighters at group's peak in 2015

h/t @nickglavin
The same report says there are about 200 #ISIS fighters in #Philippines

media.defense.gov/2018/Aug/07/20…
#ISIS caliphate gone but it's foot soldiers remain-as many as 32,000 #Daesh in #Iraq #Syria per latest @DeptofDefense intel

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NEW: “I have all the authority I need” per @DeptofDefense Sec Jim Mattis when asked about countering possible #Russia info ops/#cyber attacks red #Election2018
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BREAKING: Senate Intelligence Committee issues initial findings on its assessment of the 2017 US intelligence community assessment that #Russia meddled in #Election2016 "supported by the evidence"

burr.senate.gov/download/final…
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US needs low yield nuclear weapons, @US_Stratcom Cmdr @usairforce Gen John Hyten tells #SASC hearing - "That capability's a deterrence weapon to respond the threat that #Russia in particular is portraying"
"The #Russia|n doctrine will be to use a low-yield nuclear weapon on the battlefield in case of a conventional over-match with an adversary" per Gen Hyten, citing Vladimir Putin's own words
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"Our adaptation to the environment has made significant progress...particularly under the European Deterrence Initiative" per Gen Scaparrotti, calling it "the largest reinforcement of Euro-Atlantic Defense in a generation"
Gen Scaparrotti also says @NATO alliance "is strong" and that "European allies & #Canada have turned a corner on defense spending with increases in each of the past 3 years" adding $46 billion to defense spending
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