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house Bill H.R. 1617

Should Intelligence Agencies Assess the Russian Government’s Strategic Goals?

Argument in favor

Policymakers need to understand the intentions and motivations behind Russia’s attacks on democratic governments around the world if they’re going to effectively counter them. Intelligence agencies should produce an assessment of those intentions and what Russia’s next moves may be if the U.S. and NATO respond.

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03/12/2019
You mean to tell me they’re not already doing this. So what the 🤬 are they doing? Does anybody really know?
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burrkitty's Opinion
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03/12/2019
Don’t we already? Do we need this bill? I’m pretty sure intel has been doing this essentially non stop since the Cold War. Is there something new I’m missing here?
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Robert's Opinion
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03/12/2019
Haven’t they done that already? They should know and be updating it all the time😫
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Argument opposed

U.S. intelligence agencies have prepared assessments like these in the past and update them periodically, so there’s no need for Congress to specifically request a new assessment. The political intentions of Russia under Putin’s leadership should be clear given the meddling in Western elections along with its territorial grabs in Crimea.

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03/12/2019
Just another attempt to keep the Russia Hoax alive. Pathetic. Socialists are so predictable.
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Ron's Opinion
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03/11/2019
Doesn't Congress already receive reports such as what is being requesting?
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Resa's Opinion
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03/12/2019
For one, intelligence agencies are already doing this. Reporting to Congress about these investigations, opens that information up to leaks. And, as we’ve seen, the gov is a sieve of leaked information. I’m all for transparency in government, however, I don’t need to know how exactly the ABC agencies are protecting me. I’m just glad they are.
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    IntroducedMarch 7th, 2019

What is House Bill H.R. 1617?

This bill — the KREMLIN Act — would require the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to submit intelligence assessments about the goals and intentions of Russia’s political leadership to Congress. Assessments would be prepared about Russia’s potential military action against NATO members, potential responses to an enlarged U.S. or NATO military presence in eastern Europe, and potential areas where Russia could exploit divisions among Western governments.

Each assessment could be submitted in classified form, but would have to contain an unclassified executive summary. They would be provided to congressional committees with jurisdiction over the armed services, foreign affairs, and intelligence.

The bill’s full title is the Keeping Russian Entrapments Minimal and Limiting Intelligence Networks (KREMLIN) Act.

Impact

The U.S. Intelligence Community; Western governments, particularly NATO members; and Russia.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1617

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) introduced this bill to require the Director of National Intelligence to produce an assessment on the political intentions of Russia and its political leadership, especially Vladimir Putin. When he introduced this bill’s predecessor during the last Congress, Krishnamoorthi said:

“The Kremlin’s efforts to sabotage our democracy and those of our allies across Europe are undeniable and in addition to investigating these activities, we must also assess Russia’s broader intentions which drive such attacks on democratic institutions. The KREMLIN Act will meet this strategic need through producing a National Intelligence Estimate to identify the ultimate goals of Putin’s regime, just as other investigations uncover its methods.”

This legislation has the support of one cosponsor, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT).


Of Note: Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine through a referendum deemed illegitimate by the U.S. and other Western nations in 2014 following a period of civil unrest. In response, the NATO alliance announced a decision in 2016 to increase its forward deployment in Poland, the Baltic republics, and the Black Sea region to deter similar incursions by Russia into nations that were once part of the Soviet Union.

Aside from its effort to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Russia interfered in the 2017 French presidential election, carried out cyberespionage against Germany, and has sought to promote pro-Russia politicians in former Soviet satellite nations UkraineLatviaLithuaniaGeorgia, Estonia, and others.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Kremlin / Creative Commons)

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KREMLIN Act

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KREMLIN Act

    You mean to tell me they’re not already doing this. So what the 🤬 are they doing? Does anybody really know?
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    Just another attempt to keep the Russia Hoax alive. Pathetic. Socialists are so predictable.
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    Don’t we already? Do we need this bill? I’m pretty sure intel has been doing this essentially non stop since the Cold War. Is there something new I’m missing here?
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    Haven’t they done that already? They should know and be updating it all the time😫
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    The Russians are not our friends.
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    Doesn't Congress already receive reports such as what is being requesting?
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    Should go without saying. But with Putin’s poodle in the White House maybe wine have spell it out Russia under Putin has decided to be our ENEMIE and our national security depends on just such survey
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    I can’t believe this has to be asked.
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    They should ALREADY be doing this. Why is this even a question?
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    The intelligence agencies already do this and there are Congressional committees that have a relationship with these agencies. The problem is that they do not trust the current President and vice versa. Leave the agencies alone. It’s Trump that is the problem. He fails to recognize that Putin is not our friend or that of the free world.
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    For one, intelligence agencies are already doing this. Reporting to Congress about these investigations, opens that information up to leaks. And, as we’ve seen, the gov is a sieve of leaked information. I’m all for transparency in government, however, I don’t need to know how exactly the ABC agencies are protecting me. I’m just glad they are.
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    ES, PUTIN IS ANOTHER STALIN AND THE GREATEST ENEMY THAT WE HAVE IN THE WORLD, EXCEPT FOR KIM IN N. KOREA WHO IS ABOUT EQUAL TO HIM!
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    This is just another DNC ploy ‘Bill’ to keep Russia in the spotlight. I propose a Bill that our Intelligence investigate the Clinton Foundation- and foreign contributions accepted by the DNC.
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    China is stealing our intellectual property to the tune of billions of dollars. Literal theft. Sure Russia employs bot and social media attacks but China literally steals our trademarks. When Nike was making Nike Golf clubs for Tiger.. literally the same workers worked 8 extra hours making a knock off brand to sell on eBay. Identical just no name or logo. China is worse
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    That’s what they do... intelligence! Should they be specifically asked to deliver this to Congress, no! Let the DoD deal with it, not Congress. At least until we can flush the Congressional toilet and get rid of the rotten turds.
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    I thought we’d been doing that since the Cold War?
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    They should already be doing this. If we aren’t paying attention to Russia then we are in big trouble. We already know Hillary is working with them by selling off our Uranium.
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    This is already being done...
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    No. What difference would it make to us anyway? We all know that Putin is a bad actor worldwide. Not to mention this fact... as an individual, would you appreciate being invested by a foreign government (any government that you do not associate with), whether it be you yourself or your investments/assets?
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    I am sure this is being done and presented to the presidents security council. Read carefully, the new thing here is present the briefing to entire congress. Leaks and more leaks.
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