FBI Director James Comey said Americans should be aware of foreign efforts to undermine confidence in U.S. elections and mindful of the possibility that what they're reading might be part of an organized disinformation campaign.
U.S. adversaries, including Russia last year, have "used all kinds of vectors to try and influence and undermine our own faith in our democratic processes" and have relied on increasingly sophisticated tactics, the FBI director warned.
Speaking at a Newseum event Wednesday night, he said the FBI would be transparent in publicly calling out efforts to meddle in American politics and that the public also should take steps to guard against foreign influence.
"The most important thing to be done is people need to be aware of the possibility that what they're reading has been shaped by troll farms looking to push a message on Twitter to undermine our confidence" about the electoral process, Comey said.
It should also be pointed out that it is not just elections that these foreign governments, IE Russians, are trying to influence as we recently saw for ourselves in the aftermath of that Syrian chemical attack.
Comey also attempted to explain away his own interference in the 2016 election:
On Wednesday night, he acknowledged the FBI "did a lot last year that confused people."
"If you see the world through sides, the FBI doesn't make a lot of sense to you 'cause you're saying, 'Why did they help this person?'" and hurt someone else, Comey said.
"We don't see the world that way. We are not on anybody's side, we really don't care. We're trying to figure out what's true, what's fair, what's the right thing to do," he added.
Yeah look I am in total agreement with Comey when it concerns the Russian's attempt to shape our opinions and influence our elections, but that bullshit excuse about our inability to see the world from their perspective does not pass the smell test with me.
The fact is that what Comey did, in writing that letter suggesting that Hillary Clinton was still under an FBI investigation, had an immense impact, and may have actually changed the outcome of the election.
And since all of that turned out to be just bullshit there really no legitimate excuse for what he did.
However I hope that he intends to seek redemption for his sins by investigating the shit out of Trump's ties to Russia.
After all, that is the least he can do at this point.