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Yes. In April of this year, I attended a seminar in a certain professional field. It so happened that the presenter of the seminar was an anti-Clinton (both Bill and Hillary) retired federal employee whose government service career I will not mention, but which you may be able to guess. He asserted that the Russian election intervention was limited to revealing the embarrassing emails regarding Podesta, and were thus inconsequential in the election outcome. After the seminar, I told him that, if he presented that point of view to a group having in attendance a strong, informed and progressive Hillary supporter, he would receive a strong rebuff detailing the Russians' propagation of fake news and implementation of social media algorithms designed to debase Hillary. He scoffed a bit at my suggestion. I am convinced that a certain percentage of the educated populace is willfully ignorant of the fact that the Russian involvement in the election was sophisticated and possibly determinative of the outcome.

Shades of "Amerika" (1987): Russia claims it can disable U.S. Navy with elecro-magnetic pulse.

From the Wikipedia article on Amerika (1987):


Towards the end of the 1980s, as the decline of the Soviet Union puts it in danger of losing the Cold War, the Soviet leadership makes a desperate gamble to rearrange the global balance of power. Four large thermonuclear weapons are detonated in the ionosphere over the United States. The resulting electromagnetic pulse (or EMP) destroys the nation's communications and computer systems, cripples the American electrical grid, and affects any equipment that relies on computer technology, such as most late-model automobiles. With its ICBMs inoperative—and the National Command Authority unable to contact U.S. military forces abroad or their foreign allies in western Europe to launch a counterattack—America is forced to accept Soviet terms for surrender: unilateral disarmament, the end of the dollar as a reserve currency, and integration into the Soviet military/economic bloc. The United States quickly falls under Soviet military occupation under the command of Russian General Petya Samanov, and the U.S. President and U.S. Congress become mere figureheads for their Soviet overseers.

The above events are implied in the miniseries, although never directly explained. The description is taken from the novelization of the miniseries, Amerika: The Triumph of the American Spirit by Brauna E. Pouns and Donald Wrye (Pocket Books, 1987), based on Wrye's screenplay. Communications between the administrative areas have been cut off, and the damage to the electrical grid caused by the EMP attack has never been fully repaired.

From Yahoo 04-19-2017 (source: Fox News):


Russia has claimed it can disable the entire US Navy in one fell swoop using powerful electronic signal jamming.

A news report from the country – where the media is essentially controlled by the state – said the technology could render planes, ships and missiles useless.

The newsreader says: “Today, our Russian Electronic Warfare (REW) troops can detect and neutralise any target from a ship’s system and a radar, to a satellite.”

The news report claims a single Russian war plane flew several times around American destroyer the USS Donald Cook in the Black Sea several years ago, disabling its systems and leaving it helpless.

The report also claims they are capable to creating electronic jamming domes over their bases that make them invisible on radar screens.

The propaganda piece even quotes top US General Frank Gorenc as saying: “Russian electronic weapons completely paralyse the functioning of American electronic equipment installed on missiles, aircraft and ships.”

The reporter adds: “You don’t need to have expensive weapons to win – powerful radio-electronic jamming is enough.”

The source of tody's new story is suspect, but the threat of a communications-jamming EMP has been discussed for some years.

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