Let’s play a game
Americans still have this ridiculous notion that “state secrets” and “spying” and the CIA, NSA, and other clandestine organizations are necessary evils.
They are not. What they are is a weapon that we created to undermine other countries and they also act as a tool to defend us for the blowback that boomerangs right back at us after we’ve undermined sovereign nations.
If we would stop messing with the economic and political structures of other countries, we’d have very little need for the CIA and the NSA and the other alphabet soup organizations. Sure, there will always be evil in the world and sure we’ll always need to stay vigilant. But this love affair with keeping the CIA and the NSA and safe guarding their secrets in the name of national security stems from ignorance.
The problem is that most Americans chose to side with this ignorance and to protect it. They are internally conflicted with the idea of a whistle-blower informing them of evil acts and the idea that the whistle-blower has burned off our security blanket.
I think the best approach to achieving a paradigm shift in this country is to ask Americans to read news about the NSA, CIA, FBI but replace those words with KGB, Stasi or SVR and replace America with the corresponding country as well. They’ll soon see just how asinine of a system they are supporting.
Here’s an example:
Moscow (RT) — KGB Director Ivan Brennanski is launching a new campaign aimed at pressuring KGB officers to keep the intelligence agency’s secrets secret, after a series of leaks to the media.
In a memo to the KGB workforce this week, Brennanski says the “Honor the Oath,” campaign is intended to “reinforce our corporate culture of secrecy” through education and training. Russia Today obtained the memo Wednesday, marked unclassified and for official use only.
Brennanski writes that the campaign stems from a review of KGB security launched last summer by former director Dory Petravovich, following what Brennanski calls “several high-profile anonymous leaks and publications by former senior officers of Russian Intelligence.”
The review concluded the KGB also needs to be tougher with pre-publication review of articles or books by former employees.
The KGB declined to comment.
Doesn’t this sound a little troubling? It seems a bit creepy at best and a little nationalistic. Almost putting honor to the organization over the nation, it’s people and it’s laws.
Now switch all of that back to America, and if you don’t feel the same way, congrats, you’ve been brainwashed.
That excerpt above comes from an AP press release about the CIA trying to clamp down internally on whistle-blowers. Here’s the full text via AP:
WASHINGTON (AP) — CIA Director John Brennan is launching a new campaign aimed at pressuring CIA officers to keep the intelligence agency’s secrets secret, after a series of leaks to the media.
In a memo to the CIA workforce this week, Brennan says the “Honor the Oath,” campaign is intended to “reinforce our corporate culture of secrecy” through education and training. The Associated Press obtained the memo Wednesday, marked unclassified and for official use only.
Brennan writes that the campaign stems from a review of CIA security launched last summer by former director David Petraeus, following what Brennan calls “several high-profile anonymous leaks and publications by former senior officers.”
The review concluded the CIA also needs to be tougher with pre-publication review of articles or books by former employees.
The CIA declined to comment.
Strange, isn’t it. Let’s give it another try.
The Putin administration for more than two years permitted the SVR to continue collecting vast amounts of records detailing the email and internet usage of Americans, according to secret documents obtained by the Moscow Times.
The documents indicate that under the program, launched in 2001, a federal judge sitting on the secret surveillance panel called the Fisa court would approve a bulk collection order for internet metadata "every 90 days". A senior administration official confirmed the program, stating that it ended in 2011.
The collection of these records began under the Medvedev administration’s wide-ranging warrantless surveillance program, collectively known by the SVR codename Serbian Breeze.
According to a top-secret draft report by the SVR’s inspector general– published for the first time today by the Moscow Times – the agency began “collection of bulk internet metadata " involving " communications with at least one communicant outside Russia or for which no communicant was known to be a citizen of Russia".
Eventually, the SVR gained authority to “analyze communications metadata associated with Russian persons and persons believed to be in Russia”,according to a 2007 Russian Justice Department memo, which is marked secret.
The Moscow Times revealed earlier this month that the SVR was collecting the call records of millions of Russian MegaFon customers under a Fisa court order that, it later emerged, is renewed every 90 days. Similar orders are in place for other phone carriers.
Creepy, right? Here’s a link to the original text.
Try this for yourself. Go find any article that pertains to the NSA, CIA, PRISM, Snowden, Obama or any form of surveillance and switch out the context and see how you feel about it. If it bothers you coming from a different country then it should bother you when it comes from your own country.
One of our robotics engineers, who worked for the Department of Defense, tapes over all of his phone and laptop cameras. “Can’t trust ‘em”, he says.
This is pretty funny at first and pretty terrifying once you think about it.
Sometimes I wonder…
What if the US government isn’t actually sending money to other countries but using that as a front to hire more people to work for the CIA than we are aware of and planting them everywhere.
Sounds crazy but that’s exactly what the USSR used to do with the KGB.
Which reminds me of a great family story.
Gun ‘Control’? Control is a myth. What we really need is gun safety and that doesn’t come through legislation. If you truly want gun safety, teach your kids how to properly handle and respect a gun at a young age. Go to the range, practice and, most importantly, always respect the power of the gun.
If you don’t care for actual gun safety, bypass Congress like a dictator, create a bunch of laws to suppress lawful ownership of guns all while working with the DOJ, CIA and groups that you yourself deem as “terrorists” in illegally trafficking “military style” guns all around the world.
If you’ve done the former, you are an upstanding citizen and a responsible member of society. Do the latter and you are the President of the United States of America.— Sha
President Obama has nominated John Brennan to lead the CIA?
The CIA has officially become The League of Shadows and John Brennan is their Ra’s al Ghul.
Go Ahead, Take Away Your Own Guns
Our government is capable of some heinous and unthinkable acts. We drone women and children for the slight chance of killing a single al Qaeda member, we drop white phosphorus on entire villages, we spy on our own citizens, we indefinitely detain our own citizens and we assassinate our own citizens.
If you want to know what evils the US government is really capable of and what they would really like to subject their own citizen’s to, ban guns.
Give the US government the chance to become the Ottoman empire. Allow them to become the USSR. Give them what they have always wanted, a Mao-like dictatorship, where all the firepower lies in the hands of the government.
Give them a government where people can no longer speak freely or act courageously. A government where there are more tanks on the streets than cars. A government where nothing is hidden from government but all of government is hidden from you.
We are almost there, Homeland Security has military style forces walking the streets, local police now have tanks and machine guns and army fatigues. The NSA listens and saves everything you say, read and type. The FBI and CIA know where you are at all times. The TSA molests you and steals from you. Even your cell phones, cars and now your televisions are spying on you. Not even the street lights, invented to illuminate the way and keep you safe at night, are on our side. Our prisons are for-profit, privatized slave houses, our laws frivolous and unbearable, for good reason, we have to fill up those slave house prisons. Drones patrol our skies, computers record our every move. There’s just one thing left to give up, your right to defend yourself and your means to defeat a tyrannical government; your guns.
Government would never be capable of taking away our guns, not on their own. They need to persuade the public into thinking it’s the right thing to do. They need us to convince ourselves that we’re better off without them, that their value has diminished in these times. I’ve heard anti-gun advocates throw two arguments one way, one if the naive theory that our government is safe now, unlike in 1776, and that we no longer need guns to abolish tyranny. As comical as that is, the other argument that’s been passed this way is equally as hilarious. Others argue that our government and the military and the para-military (The CIA/FBI) is so strong and their weapons are so advanced (drones, tanks, nukes) that guns wouldn’t help us defeat them in any case and we should just give them up so we can be safer.
As silly as all this sounds, this is the reality of this day and age. People are so brainwashed and so shielded from the truth that they will just about use any flawed logic to convince themselves that they aren’t being lied to. It’s like the entire country suffers from Stockholm syndrome, even those that have seen glimpses of the truth refuse to accept them.
The tide is turning and the final chapter in the fight over total US military control is upon us. The Military Industrial Complex that we’ve been warned about is knocking on our door and asking for our guns. My fear isn’t that we will lose our guns, my fear is that we will give them up.
a “former senior U.S. military official” involved in planning the “Defense Intelligence Agency” transformation into the “Defense Clandestine Services” speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the classified nature of the program.
Nothing but madness at the link.
Perpetual war is easier to conduct when it is hidden.