One thing about the information overload of impending war – or not – a whole lot of stuff gets published that probably shouldn’t be.
Of course, it could just be that the Obama administration is that out of it so as to actually not try to prevent publication and in fact encourage it. Wouldn’t be the first time.
This week, a sub-theme of the should we/shouldn’t we send cruise missiles into Syria has been U.S. intelligence capability, or lack thereof, our strengths and weaknesses in this area and how the culture plays into that. The information is not overt and surfaced in a variety of locations, but put it all together, and a disturbing picture emerges: in trying to be as open as possible, while at the same time throwing cash at “national security” without paying attention to details, we’ve very much put ourselves in danger and those who wish to destroy us are in no way resting, but are busy finding ways around our safeguards.
The details of the information leaked by Edward Snowden to various news organizations continue to dribble out. Earlier in the week, The Washington Post published an extensive look at the United States’ drone program, including its very real – and very problematic – weaknesses. The dates on the information are a few years old, indicating that either the report itself is aged, or that they are withholding more recent findings. Not that it matters. The entire piece reveals that financing is coming from someplace to al-Qaeda and their sympathizers to find a way to exploit the flaws, including intercepting guidance when the drones are between satellites. (Shouldn’t that have been taken care of in the test phase?) They have been actively recruiting engineers and scientists to work on the issue. These are the biological heirs to the Arabs, the people that gave us math systems and building techniques before Islam destroyed that culture. All that ability and potential is still in the DNA, so counting them out is not a good idea.
Today’s revelation from the Snowden files is that “the National Security Agency in the US and the UK’s GCHQ have developed a range of methods to circumvent encryption used by companies including Google, Facebook and Yahoo.” SOURCE According to the article sourced, the programs are code named after famous battles in each country’s civil war, and use super computers to do the work. The bottom line is that all the discussion on needing back doors and PRISM and all that jazz is just part of the control the governments want to have over the internet…and that we should all be paying for goods and services in person and in cash, as the security that is needed for trust and financial transactions just isn’t there.
(Note to our friends at International Business Times out of the U.K.: “Bullrun” is actually two words, “Bull Run” which is technically in Manassas, Virginia, and there were two different battles there. The first one the Confederacy won pretty easily, and the second was more of a draw, only because the south let up. Not sure which one the name of the program refers to. In either case, the army representing Washington didn’t win.)
Rounding out the week’s Edward Snowden Round-Up is this from NewsBusters on Wednesday:
A Soros-funded journalism organization also has copies of secret intelligence files from NSA leaker Edward Snowden. Reuters revealed this during an Aug. 30 article that called ProPublica an “independent investigative journalism group,” and made no mention of its political left-wing leanings. ProPublica is a liberal investigative journalism outfit that has received $300,000 from George Soros’ Open Society Foundations since 2000 and millions of dollars from the liberal Sandler Foundation.
According to the Reuters story, the British Government is asking The New York Times to destroy its copies of British intelligence documents, but “[t]o date, no-one has contacted ProPuiblica.” The British news outlet The Guardian also had Snowden documents, which it said have since been destroyed. Both the Guardian and The New York Times are listed as partners on ProPublica’s website.
This isn’t the first time that leaked documents have found its way into the hands of this liberal organization. ProPublica, along with the Human Rights Campaign, was given confidential financial documents on conservative organizations by the IRS, including the applications for nine conservative groups pending tax-exempt status. ProPublica later admitted “they should not have been sent to us before they were approved.”
ProPublica helped to instigate the IRS targeting of conservative and tea party groups earlier this year by running a series of articles bashing conservative nonprofits, and then subsequentlydefended the IRS’s actions.
Oh, goody. We circle back to the IRS.
In the meantime, it seems that the United States Intelligence Community is back to where we started before September 11, 2001. Lots of information coming in…not enough analysts to process it all. Or something like that. According to a NewsMax piece from Wednesday, there were plenty of indicators that the chemical agent attacks – whoever set them off – were in motion. We just didn’t figure it out until after the fact. Great.
Tuesday, David P. Goldman in a Spengler article on PJMedia tells us:
One in five applicants for jobs at the Central Intelligence Agency have ties to Muslim terrorist organizations, according to the latest round of Snowden leaks. And Israel is a major target of American counterintelligence. Washington is insane.
You can say that again.
At any rate, Spengler reiterated a point he made three years ago in an article in the online journal First Things. American culture is not producing linguists interested in working in the Middle East in espionage. We rely on an over abundance of reports coming from analysts in cubicle farms in Washington to get usable information. These efforts are duplicative and the translating is done by people we would normally not trust. There are not enough human assets on the ground in the Middle East to cover the needed territory more or less because we don’t seem to be learning foreign languages of any sort. Or show much interest.
(This should not count those of us who are in classical music and have had to learn at least the rudiments of several languages that we would otherwise have no practical use for. Although, Middle Eastern languages are not among them.)
And then there was this from The Blaze:
Iran is recruiting an “invisible army” of revolutionary sympathizers in Latin America to infiltrate the U.S. through the “soft belly” of the southern border, U.S. officials and national security experts told TheBlaze. And they’re using one website in particular to do it.
The Iranian regime’s conversion efforts are becoming increasingly aggressive, especially over the Internet, with the goal of conducting operations against United States interests in the Western Hemisphere, according to U.S. government officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the nature of their work in the region.
Islamoriente.com, which focuses on religion and politics, is one of Iran’s main recruitment and conversion websites for Latin America on the Internet, TheBlaze has learned. The site, which launched in 2008, includes links to Iranian television for Spanish speakers, anti-American news stories, essays on reasons to convert to Islam, chat rooms and a personal message from the Ayatollah Ali Hosseini Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran.
Even as President Barack Obama waits for Congress to make a decision on Syria, the Iranian website wastes no time and has no shortage of stories ridiculing the U.S. administration for threatening to strike President Bashar Assad’s regime, a staunch ally of Iran.
It would be safe to assume with the website being outed, Iran may have switched tactics, but when it comes down to it, the southern border being a sieve…yeah, there’s more at stake than just illegal immigrants. And if we won’t fight Iran on their turf, they’ll come over here and fight on ours using tools we won’t even consider as being a threat. We may not think we’re at war with them, but they think they are at war with us, and that is the deciding factor. We’ll see how determined they are.
In the interest of national security – in many different ways – it’s time to build the fence.
So, my fellow conservatives who are all for not touching any conflict in any way unless it is of direct national interest…all of it is in our national interest. We can step back and not participate actively in conflict and either observe or serve in some other capacity, but there are enough other governments, regimes and fanatics out there each working toward our demise, that our national security measures could use some scrutiny, and more than a passing interest from the people. Letting Allah sort it out is not an option.
Sooner or later, if this keeps up, the “foreign wars” won’t be so foreign anymore.