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Cyber Threat or Government Threat?

UPDATED 11/1/2015: I have added some additional points below I thought were worth mentioning in relation to this report. But another interesting note for your consideration: within thirty minutes of posting this report the other day my internet connection went down and stayed off-line for over five hours. Soon after the internet went down a helicopter hovered nearby my place for a few minutes before flying off, which rarely happens. The odd thing is I have been using the same internet connection for years and in all that time the connection has rarely gone down even during extreme weather. Are these things merely a coincidence or am I getting too close to the truth with this report?

There has been a lot of over hyped rhetoric by the propaganda machine (the news) lately about cyber threats but this is all just a smoke screen. Remember all those stories about how Chinese hackers stole all kinds of data on government employees? Or maybe the Russians hacked a few things also? There is one major problem with all of those stories looking back now in light of the CISA legislation weaseling it’s way through the Senate. Who has the most to gain by all of these high profile hacking incidents? Surely China doesn’t need or care about government employees. Neither does Russia. And they especially do not care about credit card data as in the cases of high profile corporate hacks. We know from the Snowden leaks that the NSA has access to computers and routers all over the world which they can use at their command. Is it not much more likely all of these hacking events were actually fabricated and carried out by the NSA? Do they not stand to gain the most through legislation like CISA? Even if data is first fed through their proxy agency called DHS, which is actually a version of the NSA that spies on American citizens directly, the NSA will still manage to get their hands on everyone’s data. And if you do not think they will not abuse such power then you are delusional. Much like our puppet President was when he made the insane statement regarding NSA abuses “there have been no abuses”. Just read my report on how I have been followed around by police, National Guard Apache helicopters and drones to see abuses are already occurring. Besides, how exactly would our dear overlord President know if there were any abuses having never launched an investigation of any kind? Is it not more likely he was instructed to make that statement by his true masters?

The best offense is a good defense yet our own government limits what types of encryption can be used. It also pushes for back doors into all technology regardless of whether such vulnerabilities may pose a threat here at home. And agencies like the NSA withhold information about vulnerabilities in systems so they may exploit those vulnerabilities even at the risk of leaving systems vulnerable here.

It is interesting how there was a lot of talk about implementing the use of warrants more rigorously and now we have a bill like CISA which will eliminate all accountability for companies who hand over all data leaving no legal recourse for anyone to stop them. I have already written a report on the dangers of allowing governments unfettered access to all data but obviously the totalitarians who have made their way into agencies like the NSA and DHS only care about controlling you and everyone you know. Maybe not today, not even tomorrow, but not very long from now their desire to become an ever increasing and overbearing controller of everyone’s lives will take hold.

And there is very little “oversight” of these agencies by the executive branch or legislative branch. In fact it is very possible that a few people who are in the Intelligence Committees may have been put into those spots by the NSA’s decree. More states are using electronic voting machines which can, with little doubt, be easy controlled and tampered with remotely by state agencies like the NSA or DHS. I have written a report about such issues before. It seems likely that at least a few Senators who are pushing this bill were “elected” by decree. Our government may no longer belong to the people or corporations. It may now belong to the executive branch agencies.

Even the wars in the middle east, like the one in Syria, could more than likely be fabricated. Again a simple question to ask is who has the most to gain in such a conflict? Our country sells arms to both sides, even our enemies by proxy. We sell or provide arms to “rebels” or ill trained troops who then leave or give those arms to the opposition with little or no resistance. Even though Assad is no saint his people live very much as we do here in the USA. Their cities are just as advanced and progressive as many cities here. Yet our government has been adamant about supporting groups that are not all that different from ISIS which is seeking to enslave all women and kill anyone who opposes them. Yet this same government that backs such extremists wishes to spy on all people without restraint and without any oversight whatsoever? Are you certain you want to allow such a government unfettered access into everyone’s lives?

[Text below added 11/1/15]

If you do not think the media is increasingly becoming a propaganda machine for big corporations consider the fact that one of the biggest supporters of CISA is Microsoft which owns the NBC network of media companies. Very little media attention has been paid to CISA, if any. I have not seen one report in the main stream media covering CISA. In fact I keep seeing reports about the “cyber threat” of how power plants are connected to the internet and are at risk. What they are not telling you is that these power plants do not have to be connected to the internet at all. Power companies can easily interconnect critical network systems using dedicated lines that are not connected to the internet rendering the entire “cyber threat” argument moot. This type of connection was commonly used before the internet. No critical systems should ever be connected to open networks like the internet EVER!!! Any technician who recommends doing such a thing is either highly incompetent or may be a working as a spy. Passing more legislation will NOT enhance security or protect anyone in any way. In fact, such legislation will only further endanger future generations to growing corruption and abuse of power within the federal government.

Every year billions of tax dollars are disappearing into black budget spending that no one, not even the Senate, seems to know where it is going or how it is being used. There is absolutely no democratically elected civilian oversight or control over these black budget operations.

I am not one to subscribe to conspiracy theories. I have heard people say this country is controlled by an oligarchy or by corporations but until I see absolute proof I tend to make a note of it while taking it with a grain of salt. And I have heard the argument that corporations are pro-democracy but this is nonsense. Corporations are just mini-dictatorships or even follow a communist model of governance. One person dictates how a corporation is run even if that person is appointed by a board similar to communism.

But the issue with how federal agencies, year after year, keep pushing for more and more legislation to attain further powers is very real and tends to lead me to ask the questions above. Given what I have witnessed myself along with this unceasing quest for power by the federal government I can not help but have serious pause for concern.

In the end I truly hope that I am wrong about this train of thought but I have seen enough to question whether much of what has happened in the “cyber threat” arena is nothing more than a fabrication by the true threat: the federal government.

[End of additions 11/1/15]

A government that answers to no one serves only itself.” -Me (Author of Paranoid Pathological Planet)

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military–industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals so that security and liberty may prosper together.” -Dwight D. Eisenhower

DHS To America: We Own You



Posted on February 11, 2013 by Mark Horne



 


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While Americans have been scandalized by stories of TSA thugs helping themselves to the electronic equipment of the passengers they are allegedly suppose to protect, a much worse violation of rights has been going on. As horrible as it is to have government thieves take your iPad, at least in theory they were not supposed to do so. Your iPad is your property and no one is supposed to take it.

But what about the data on your iPad, laptop, or any other electronic device?

In the case of stolen iPads, we are facing government agents who are dabbling in criminal activity that is not part of their official job. In the case of stealing all the data on your iPad, we are facing a criminal organization operating as an agency of our government. And now they have officially told us that that is what they do and there is nothing we can do about it. They have issued the memo: we own you.

Here is the background: on August 27, 2009 the Department of Homeland Slavemastery released a memo promising, “The DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) will also conduct a Civil Liberties Impact Assessment within 120 days.”

Now their assessment has been released three years later. Here is the executive summary sentence:

“We also conclude that imposing a requirement that officers have reasonable suspicion in order to conduct a border search of an electronic device would be operationally harmful without concomitant civil rights/civil liberties benefits” (emphasis added)

So it is official. We can be searched without any basis for suspicion. The message from the Department of Humiliating Servitude is loud and clear: We own you.

DHS is a criminal organization. Here is the law that applies:

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

I am not going to waste the effort arguing that “papers” and “effects” includes electronic devices. That is covered by the word, “duh.”

But what I do hate is how much Obama and Napolitano get blamed for all this by conservative Republicans when it is patently obvious that Bush and Cheney were also ones, long before we heard it from Rahm Emanuel, who were not going to let an emergency go to waste. They and their cronies saddled us with this monstrosity; it has grown worse under Obama but he didn’t hatch it. The Republican Administration from 2001 to 2008 told us the Radical Islamists hated us “for our freedoms,” and then pursued a campaign of appeasement by getting rid of them one by one.

I’m not bitter. Most people throughout most of history have lived as slaves under government occupation. No reason I should expect myself or my children to be some kind of exceptions to the rule (though I believe some day no one on the planet will live under such regimes any more).

But I do bitterly resent having to pretend that this is still America. And I resent even more being expected to impute all the sins of the government to one party and treat the “opposite” party as the good guys. If you have eyes at all you know that this prison is being constructed by bipartisan builders.

When DHS tells us, “we own you,” they are speaking for both parties that share power in our bureausaurian government.



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Free is not always freedom

I wonder if people who use facebook and other free “social” sites that try to force you use your real name truly understand what they are doing?

Why do you suppose it is such sites require you to use your real name? What difference does it make? And why even attempt to convince you to add your personal photos? They even try to force you to send them a government issued ID or give them your phone number to verify exactly who you are if they are unsure of your identity under penalty/blackmail of locking you out of their site until you comply.

What if a government agency tried to pass a law requiring you to keep your life information posted to a web site that they run? Would you still use such a government website? But if they instead have a site run by a seemingly private company convince you to build your own real-time dossier that somehow seems totally legit?

Did you ever stop to wonder how some companies like facebook become so popular even with an inferior product? Do you really think they trend solely because people make it happen or do they receive backing from elsewhere?

Some stories for you to contemplate…

Why Facebook’s Facial Recognition is Creepy

FBI Keeps Secret How Massive Facial Recognition Database Will Work

How the NSA & FBI made Facebook the perfect mass surveillance tool

Documents Say NSA Pretends to Be Facebook in Surveillance

The ultimate goal of the NSA is total population control

They even look for new recruits via facebook …
www.facebook.com/NSACareers

DHS reading your tweets and Facebook posts? Paul Callan calls it ‘very, very frightening’

Interesting fact to consider. I made some comments on web sites separate from facebook about how I do not like facebook. Now no matter if I change my IP address, web browser, spoof my OS they will not let me create a new account without verification. When I first signed up they did not ask for a government issued ID, phone number or anything else. Coincidence? Keep in mind the only way for facebook to know I am the same person, given the steps I took to spoof my settings, is for a government agency with the power to monitor all connections to the internet to force facebook’s servers to require me to verify. Or they could have hacked my router or cable modem. DHS or FBI are most likely to have such a capability. The moral of the story is don’t speak out against facebook?

If you haven’t watched it yet check out Frontline’s Top Secret America on PBS.

Department Of Homeland Security: Selling Counterfeit Goods Is Now “Terrorism”



May 23, 2013

By Michael Krieger, Liberty Blitzkrieg



 

If the IRS scandal wasn’t enough to convince you that bloated, corrupt, bureaucratic government institutions pose a greater threat to our freedoms than any terrorist attack ever could, this story should settle it once and for all. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is not only wasteful, power hungry, and entirely unnecessary, it is also rapidly transforming itself into the Vampire Squid of government.  In light of the fact that pretty much every terrorist plot the U.S. government has “thwarted” since 9/11 has been either FBI or CIA hatched schemes rooted in entrapment, the DHS has a lot of spare time on its hands to hunt frightening acts of “domestic terrorism.”  You know, like fake Gucci bags.  This story is beyond unacceptable.  From WIVB Channel 4 News:

AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) – Federal agents swept through two shopping malls Monday, seizing fake merchandise and shutting down stores.

The Department of Homeland Security spearheaded the investigation that targeted mostly kiosks in the Walden Galleria and Boulevard Mall. Agents hauled bags and boxes out of the Boulevard Mall after stripping three kiosks of their merchandise.



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