Russian bots are everywhere!

That was the message from Hamilton 68, a computer tool that supposedly measures “Russian disinformation” content for use by social media. Recent revelations from the Twitter files are showing that the vast majority of accounts that Hamilton 68 flagged as “Russian disinformation” had no relation with Russia.

Basically Hamilton 68 was a scam used to target Trump supporters and others who deviated from the approved political agenda. Here is a description:

Hamilton 68 was and is a computerized “dashboard” designed to be used by reporters and academics to measure “Russian disinformation.” It was the brainchild of former FBI agent (and current MSNBC “disinformation expert”) Clint Watts, and backed by the German Marshall Fund and the Alliance for Securing Democracy, a bipartisan think-tank. The latter’s advisory panel includes former acting CIA chief Michael Morell, former Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, former Hillary for America chair John Podesta, and onetime Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol. . .

It was a scam. Instead of tracking how “Russia” influenced American attitudes, Hamilton 68 simply collected a handful of mostly real, mostly American accounts, and described their organic conversations as Russian scheming. As Roth put it, “Virtually any conclusion drawn from [the dashboard] will take conversations in conservative circles on Twitter and accuse them of being Russian.”. . .“The selection of accounts is… bizarre and seemingly quite arbitrary,” wrote Roth. “They appear to strongly preference pro-Trump accounts (which they use to assert that Russia is expressing a preference for Trump… even though there’s not good evidence any of them are Russian).”
Move Over, Jayson Blair: Meet Hamilton 68, the New King of Media Fraud

From what I see, the prominent presence of “former” intel officials in the Hamilton 68 organization is no accident. Hamilton 68 simultaneously serves two important objectives that the intel agencies support. First it silenced and discredited support for the elected president using baseless smears. Second it used false narratives to support the idea that Russia is an enemy. A win-win!

Should Hamilton 68 be liable for defamation by people who were targeted by their smears?

Is Hamilton 68 a far greater threat to American democracy and freedom than “Russian disinformation” has ever been?

Never heard of Hamilton 68 until today. Dont even remember if being discussed on this board until today.

It was in one of the Twitter Files installments a few weeks back. The extent to which the leftist media quoted these people is astonishing, given that it was all demonstrably false.


I did not hear about it until recently, but it was apparently widely used by social media to censor content.

Here is a link to their website:

I will take another look. Thanks

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I’m shocked. Do you mean to tell me…people…are being sheoplized? That’s baaad. :sunglasses: :tumbler_glass:

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It really was, too. This is a Gulf of Tonkin level of propaganda, and it’s definitely quite alarming from a peasant point of view.

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Yes, “MSNBC disinformation” expert means an expert at spreading disinformation and censoring people who debunk it.

I have been seeing this and calling it out for years now. I’m glad the truth is finally catching on about the lies. This is another aspect of Brandon’s “disinformation department”.

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Musk bought boatloads of evidence of government-supported PSYOPs and censorship campaigns against the American people when he purchased Twitter.

The basic rule is that these organizations are the exact opposite of what their names imply. “Alliance for Securing Democracy” = “Alliance to End Democracy”

Hamilton was one of the authors of the Constitution. Hamilton 68 is subverting the Constitution.

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It’s a governmental pattern like the Infrastructure Bill where the majority of spending is not on infrastructure but who could argue against the name. How about BLM? Who could argue against the fact that black lives matter but this organization was all a lie, using a name that no one could argue against. This is the pattern being used by the liars among us…attempting to sell their lying narrative, instead of providing the basic truth.

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The leftist media continues to hoe for the neocons and their pro-war agenda.


Always using double-speak. They probably get a kick out of it.

There are still an alarming amount of leftists who quote these articles that have yet to be retracted for the blatant misinformation/propaganda pieces they are.

None of these outlets have issued an apology for their deliberate participation in this mass (D)elusion.


If they do apologize, it will be on page 21 on Thursday.

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Yes, it was not just Trump supporters who were targeted. This Australian commentator is basically anti-war and opposes US foreign policy. She was targeted as well.

The story has gotten very little coverage. That is probably because most of the left-of-center media were complicit as noted in the OP link:

I asked for comment from a huge range of actors — from the Alliance for Securing Democracy to Watts and McFaul and Podesta and Kristol to editors and news directors at MSNBC, Politico, Mother Jones, the Washington Post, Politifact, and others. Not one answered. They’re all going to pretend this didn’t happen. The few reporters who got this right contemporaneously, from Glenn Greenwald to Max Blumenthal to Miriam Elder and Charlie Wurzel of Buzzfeed to sites like Moon of Alabama, can take a victory lap. Almost every other news organization ran these stories and needs to come clean about it.

The Hamilton 68 tale has no clear analog in media history, which may give mainstream media writers an excuse not to cover it. They will be under heavy pressure to avoid addressing this scandal, since nearly all of them work for organizations guilty of spreading Hamilton’s ■■■■■■■■■■ stories in volume.

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There is an old saying in computer programming: Garbage in, garbage out.

The slick dashboard and the approval of former intel officials may give the appearance of authority, but Hamilton 68 is still garbage.

More information…

I agree that it is incorrect to compare Hamilton 68 to the McCarthyism; that would be an insult McCarthy.

Declassified records from the US and Soviet Union confirm that many of the government officials targeted by McCarthy really were Soviet spies, while Hamilton 68 is nothing but smears and inuendo.

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