Who cares about the Russia indictments?

Who cares about the indictments in United States vs. Internet Research Agency, et al.?

  1. Anyone who cares about keeping foreign special interests out of American politics:
    • Paragraph 1: "U.S. law bans foreign nationals from making certain expenditures or financial disbursements for the purpose of influencing federal elections. U.S. law also bars agents of any foreign entity from engaging in political activities within the United States without first registering with the Attorney General."
    • Paragraph 2: "From in or around 2014 to the present, Defendants knowingly and intentionally conspired with each other (and with persons known and unknown to the Grand Jury) to defraud the United States by impairing, obstructing, and defeating the lawful functions of the government through fraud and deceit for the purpose of interfering with the U.S. political and electoral processes, including the presidential election of 2016."
  2. Anyone who wants scam artists kicked off of social media:
    • Paragraph 4: "Defendants, posing as U.S. persons and creating false U.S. personas, operated social media pages and groups designed to attract U.S. audiences."
    • Paragraph 10.a.: "The ORGANIZATION employed hundreds of individuals for its online operations, ranging from creators of fictitious personas to technical and administrative support."
  3. Anyone who thinks identity theft should be punished:
    • Paragraph 4: "Defendants also used the stolen identities of real U.S. persons to post on ORGANIZATION-controlled social media accounts."
    • Paragraph 89: "Beginning in at least 2016, Defendants and their co-conspirators used, without lawful authority, the social security numbers, home addresses, and birth dates of real U.S. persons without their knowledge or consent."
    • Paragraph 90: "Defendants and their co-conspirators also used, without lawful authority, the social security numbers, home addresses, and birth dates of real U.S. persons to open accounts at PayPal"
  4. Anyone who thinks the right to peaceable assembly belongs to Americans, not to hostile foreign agents:
    • Paragraph 6: "Defendants also staged political rallies inside the United States"
    • Paragraph 51: "Starting in approximately June 2016, Defendants and their co-conspirators organized and coordinated political rallies in the United States."
  5. Anyone who wants to clean up dirty politics:
    • Paragraph 6: "Defendant ORGANIZATION had a strategic goal to sow discord in the U.S. political system, including the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Defendants posted derogatory information about a number of candidates, and by early to mid-2016, Defendants' operations included supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump ("Trump Campaign") and disparaging Hillary Clinton."
  6. Anyone who thinks liars and cheaters should be punished:
    • Paragraph 6: "Some Defendants, posing as U.S. persons and without revealing their Russian association, communicated with unwitting individuals associated with the Trump Campaign"
    • Paragraph 47: "Starting in or around the summer of 2016, Defendants and their co-conspirators also began to promote allegations of voter fraud by the Democratic Party through their fictitious U.S. personas"
  7. Anyone who thinks America has a right to defend itself against attacks:
    • Paragraph 10.c.: "The ORGANIZATION sought, in part, to conduct what it called 'information warfare against the United States of America'"
    • Paragraph 28: "The conspiracy had as its object impairing, obstructing, and defeating the lawful governmental functions of the United States by dishonest means in order to enable the Defendants to interfere with U.S. political and electoral processes, including the 2016 U.S. presidential election."
  8. Anyone who thinks the American Way is worth defending:
    • Paragraph 10.e.: "By in or around May 2014, the ORGANIZATION's strategy included interfering with the 2016 U.S. presidential election, with the stated goal of 'spread[ing] distrust towards the candidates and the political system in general.'"
  9. Anyone who wants to get dirty money out of politics:
    • Paragraph 11.b.: [Monthly budget was] "over 1,250,000 U.S. dollars"
    • Paragraph 35: "Starting at least in or around 2015, Defendants and their co-conspirators began to purchase advertisements on online social media sites to promote ORGANIZATION-controlled social media groups, spending thousands of U.S. dollars every month."
  10. Anyone who thinks it's creepy to be stalked on social media:
    • Paragraph 29: "Starting at least in or around 2014, Defendants and their co-conspirators began to track and study groups on U.S. social media sites dedicated to U.S. politics and social issues."
  11. Anyone who hates online fraud:
    • Paragraph 31: "Defendants and their co-conspirators posed as U.S. persons and contacted U.S. political and social activists."
    • Paragraph 45: "Defendants and their co-conspirators also used false U.S. personas to communicate with unwitting members, volunteers, and supporters of the Trump Campaign involved in local community outreach"
  12. Anyone who hates social-media echo chambers:
    • Paragraph 36: "Defendants and their co-conspirators also created and controlled numerous Twitter accounts designed to appear as if U.S. persons or groups controlled them."
  13. Anyone who thinks Americans should think for themselves and not be manipulated by our adversaries:
    • Paragraph 32: "Defendants and their co-conspirators, through fraud and deceit, created hundreds of social media accounts and used them to develop certain fictitious U.S. personas into 'leader[s] of public opinion' in the United States."
    • Paragraph 44: "Certain ORGANIZATION-produced materials about the 2016 U.S. presidential election used election-related hashtags, including: '#Trump2016,' '#TrumpTrain,' '#MAGA,' '#IWontProtectHillary,' and '#Hillary4Prison.'"
  14. Anyone who thinks the fraudulent use of voter identification should be punished:
    • Paragraph 41: "In or around 2016, Defendants and their co-conspirators also used, possessed, and transferred, without lawful authority, the social security numbers and dates of birth of real U.S. persons without those persons' knowledge or consent. Using these means of identification, Defendants and their co-conspirators opened accounts at PayPal, a digital payment service provider; created false means of identification, including fake driver's licenses; and posted on ORGANIZATION-controlled social media accounts using the identities of these U.S. victims."
  15. Anyone who thought Americans should have heard more from Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio:
    • Paragraph 43: "By 2016, Defendants and their co-conspirators used their fictitious online personas to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election. They engaged in operations primarily intended to communicate derogatory information about Hillary Clinton, to denigrate other candidates such as Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, and to support Bernie Sanders and then-candidate Donald Trump."
  16. Anyone who thinks voting is an important duty and a right that Americans have sacrificed a lot to protect:
    • Paragraph 46.c.: "By in or around early November 2016, Defendants and their co-conspirators used the ORGANIZATION-controlled 'United Muslims of America' social media accounts to post anti-vote messages"
  17. Anyone who thinks voter fraud should be taken seriously and that false claims keep it from being taken seriously:
    • Paragraph 47.c.: "Defendants and their co-conspirators used the same account to post allegations of '#VoterFraud by counting tens of thousands of ineligible mail in Hillary votes being reported in Broward County, Florida.'"
    • Paragraph 93: "Defendants and their co-conspirators purchased and obtained false identification documents, including fake U.S. driver's licenses."
  18. Anyone who thinks foreign governments shouldn't provoke protests in the United States:
    • Paragraph 54.b.: "Defendants and their co-conspirators used false U.S. personas to send individualized messages to real U.S. persons to request that they participate in and help organize the rally."
    • Paragraph 56: "After the rallies in Florida, Defendants and their co-conspirators used false U.S. personas to organize and coordinate U.S. political rallies supporting then-candidate Trump in New York and Pennsylvania."
  19. Anyone who thinks destroying computer data to avoid an investigation is itself a crime:
    • Paragraph 58: "Defendants and their co-conspirators deleted and destroyed data, including emails, social media accounts, and other evidence of their activities."
  20. Anyone who thinks there is too much division and too much anger in politics:
    • Paragraph 57: "After the election of Donald Trump in or around November 2016, Defendants and their coconspirators used false U.S. personas to organize and coordinate U.S. political rallies in support of then president-elect Trump, while simultaneously using other false U.S. personas to organize and coordinate U.S. political rallies protesting the results of the 2016 U.S. presidential election."
    • Paragraph 57: "Defendants and their co-conspirators, through another ORGANIZATION-controlled group, organized a rally in New York called 'Trump is NOT my President' held on or about November 12, 2016. Similarly, Defendants and their co-conspirators organized a rally entitled 'Charlotte Against Trump' in Charlotte, North Carolina, held on or about November 19, 2016."

So there you have it: Twenty different types of people who ought to care about the Russia indictments brought forth by the Mueller special counsel's office

If you're not at least one of those twenty, you may need to re-think what really matters to you.

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