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What’s most unusual and curious about the incident today is the point at which C-SPAN’s online broadcast of my floor speech was interrupted by a broadcast from RT – Russia’s international television network …. Right before the interruption, I stated the following: ‘… I urge my colleagues to join me, …. in opposing H.R. 78 to ensure that the actions of Trump’s SEC are in the interest of Americans’ economic stability, and not in Russia’s or Wall Street’s interests.’  As I continued to speak extemporaneously about how the bill would obliterate the SEC’s regulatory authority, the broadcast was inexplicably interrupted by programming from RT.” (US Congresswoman Maxine Waters)
Maxine Waters on the House Floor Asking About RT News Interference with her Speech 12 January 2017
https://www.c-span.org/video/?421742-101/us-house-legislative-business&start=4269
C-Span statement re RT news interruption https://twitter.com/cspan/status/819652454237278208

While the RT news glitch may well have been a practical joke, it should serve as a warning for the US and the world on several levels.

Many Americans take for granted their free speech and their right to criticize government. This seems especially true for those whose ancestors did not fight for freedom in the American Revolution and those who did not participate in the Civil Rights Movement. Those who fought for freedom in the Civil Rights movement, especially, know how precious their rights are.

Congresswoman Maxine Waters’ Statement on ‘Russia Today’ Interference during C-SPAN Broadcast
January 12, 2017 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, issued a statement in response to reports that C-SPAN’s online broadcast of her floor speech discussing H.R. 78, the SEC Regulatory Accountability Act, was inexplicably interrupted by a broadcast from RT, an English-language network controlled by the Russian government.  During her floor remarks, Congresswoman Waters made frequent references to Russia, the incoming Trump Administration, and the President-elect’s cabinet nominees with ties to Wall Street before the broadcast was compromised.  Congresswoman Waters’ statement is as follows:
               
What’s most unusual and curious about the incident today is the point at which C-SPAN’s online broadcast of my floor speech was interrupted by a broadcast from RT – Russia’s international television network.  At the time, I was discussing my opposition to H.R. 78, a Republican bill that would require the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to undertake an extremely onerous and financial industry-friendly cost-benefit analysis to the detriment of its rulemaking and enforcement duties that protect investors. Right before the interruption, I stated the following: ‘And further, Donald Trump has nominated a lifelong defender of Wall Street to lead the SEC, which I can only assume means that Trump’s SEC will eagerly pillage the Commission’s overworked enforcement staff to help pay for the Republicans’ planned repeal of Dodd-Frank.  As President-elect Trump takes office next week, beginning what is the most conflicted Administration in U.S. history, I urge my colleagues to join me, investor and consumer advocates, public pension plans, civil rights groups, labor unions and supporters of financial reform in opposing H.R. 78 to ensure that the actions of Trump’s SEC are in the interest of Americans’ economic stability, and not in Russia’s or Wall Street’s interests.’  As I continued to speak extemporaneously about how the bill would obliterate the SEC’s regulatory authority, the broadcast was inexplicably interrupted by programming from RT.
 
“C-SPAN has informed my office that they are investigating the issue and do not yet know how the online broadcast was compromised. C-SPAN also said that this type of occurrence was unique and its staff could not readily recall a similar interference in its programming. Placed in the context of current events concerning cyberattacks and foreign interference in our elections, it is very important that C-SPAN provide a clear and concise explanation for the interruption of its online broadcast before we can reach any conclusions or establish the basis for additional inquiry
.” https://waters.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/congresswoman-maxine-waters-statement-russia-today-interference-during-c

http://www.npr.org/2017/01/05/508408455/can-an-sec-nominee-with-ties-to-goldman-regulate-wall-street-impartially

C-Span unopened tweet showing that it is from C-Span and a couple of responses:
C-Span unopened tweet re RT interruption with comments https://twitter.com/cspan/status/819652454237278208

US Congresswoman Maxine Waters on January 12, 2017, from C-Span transcript:
I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME , INVESTOR AND CONSUMER ADVOCATES, PUBLIC PENSION PLANS, CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS, LABOR UNIONS AND SUPPORTERS OF FINANCIAL REFORM IN OPPOSING H.R. 78 TO ENSURE THAT THE ACTIONS OF TRUMP’S S.E.C. ARE IN THE INTERESTS OF AMERICANS’ ECONOMIC STABILITY AND NOT IN RUSSIA’S OR WALL STREET’S INTERESTS. I AM AMAZED THAT THE REPUBLICANS CAN BE SO BLATANT, SO NONCARING TO IT NOW. REPUBLICANS HAVE CRAFTED H.R. 78 TO TIE THE HANDS OF THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION. IT IS THE S.E.C., AND PREVENT IT FROM ENTERING INTO NEW RULES TO PROTECT MARKET INVESTORS. THE BILL WILL ALLOW THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO EASILY REPEAL IMPORTANT DODD-FRANK RULES BY TILTING THE S.E.C.’S DECISIONS TOWARD WHAT IS BEST FOR INDUSTRY AND WORSE WHAT ENRICHES THE PRESIDENT-ELECT AND HIS CRONIES“.
https://www.c-span.org/video/?421742-101/us-house-legislative-business&start=4269

Rex Tillerson, until one month ago, long-time CEO at Exxon Mobile and friend of Vladimir Putin was just confirmed as Secretary of State by apparent traitors in the US Senate:

What force or guile could not subdue,
Thro’ many warlike ages,
Is wrought now by a coward few,
For hireling traitor’s wages.
The Russian steel we could disdain,
Secure in valour’s station;
But Exxon gold has been our bane –
Such a parcel of rogues in a nation!
O would, ere I had seen the day
That Treason thus could sell us,
…. We’re bought and sold for Exxon gold-
Such a parcel of rogues in a nation!

(Burns, 1791, modified)
Although not the traditional tune, the above sings very well to the tune of Scots Wha Hae and in more ways than one! http://youtu.be/YAGLs6KI1Dg

Subsequent to the Parliament of Scotland selling Scotland to England in 1707, many Scots were forced abroad to Ireland and the Caribbean, and then the US and Canada, and later to Australia, following various clearances and uprisings.

Where will Americans with no right to have secondary citizenships flee now?

Who will protect Americans abroad if they are oppressed by dictators close to Tillerson or his dictator-friend(s)? How about Americans in eastern Europe, for instance, if Putin rolls over one or more of these countries?

Such a Parcel of Rogues in a Nation was written by the famed poet Robert Burns in 1791. He decried those members of the Parliament of Scotland who signed the Act of Union with England in 1707, some of whom were said to have been bribed. Burns contrasted their supposed treachery to the country with the tradition of martial valor and resistance commonly associated with such historic figures as Robert the Bruce and William Wallace. The poet states that he wishes to have lain in the grave with Bruce or Wallace, than have seen this treacherous sale of Scotland in his lifetime. The lyrics obliquely reference a colonization project that became known as the Darien Scheme, an unsuccessful attempt by the Kingdom of Scotland to become a world trading nation by establishing a colony called “Caledonia” on the Isthmus of Panama on the Gulf of Darién in the late 1690s. As the Darien company was backed by about a quarter of the money circulating in Scotland, its failure left the nobles and landowners—who had suffered a run of bad harvests—almost completely ruined and was an important factor in weakening their resistance to the Act of Union.
[…]
The song’s lyrics are in Lowlands Scots.

Fareweel to a’ our Scottish fame,
Fareweel our ancient glory;
Fareweel ev’n to the Scottish name,
Sae fam’d in martial story.
Now Sark rins over Solway sands,
An’ Tweed rins to the ocean,
To mark where England’s province stands-

Such a parcel of rogues in a nation!
What force or guile could not subdue,
Thro’ many warlike ages,
Is wrought now by a coward few,
For hireling traitor’s wages.
The English steel we could disdain,
Secure in valour’s station;
But English gold has been our bane –
Such a parcel of rogues in a nation!
O would, ere I had seen the day
That Treason thus could sell us,
My auld grey head had lien in clay,
Wi’ Bruce and loyal Wallace!

But pith and power, till my last hour,
I’ll mak this declaration;
We’re bought and sold for English gold-
Such a parcel of rogues in a nation!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Such_a_Parcel_of_Rogues_in_a_Nation

People should not take hard won freedoms for granted.
Scots Wha Hae:

Scots Wha Hae Robert Burns 1901 book via wiki
Scots Wha Hae Robert Burns 1901 book via Wikipedia.