Tag Archives: cyber warfare

Where's the evidence?

Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

"Three intelligence agencies — the CIA, the FBI, and the NSA — have issued their much-touted report on alleged Russian intervention in the presidential election, and after reading it one question remains: Where's the evidence? We are told from the outset that the actual evidence that the Russians hacked the DNC and John Podesta's emails as part of a wide-ranging campaign to put Donald Trump in the White House cannot be revealed: 'source and methods' must be kept secret. This in spite of DNI director James Clapper's pledge that he would declassify as much of the evidence as possible in the interests of transparency: but then again, Clapper is an admitted liar." (01/11/17)


Comey, Clapper try to change up "Russian hacking" narrative by adding GOP story line

Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

"Russia's intelligence agencies compromised the networks of some state-level Republicans and their affiliated organizations, but not the current Republican National Committee or the campaign of President-elect Donald Trump, top U.S. intelligence chiefs said Tuesday. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, FBI Director James Comey and other spy bosses told the Senate Intelligence Committee that Russia 'harvested' information from Republicans but that it captured 'old stuff' and targeted RNC Web domains that were no longer in use. The testimony shed new light on a terse line in the intelligence community's declassified report from Friday about Russia's cyber-mischief campaign, in which Clapper and his compatriots said Moscow had also collected information from the GOP in addition to the reams of data it [allegedly — no evidence provided so far] took from Democrats and then released to the public." [editor's note: Is it even possible that anyone still believes these jokers about anything? – TLK] (01/10/17)


FBI torpedoes Tor pedophile case to conceal source code

Source: Ars Technica

"Rather than disclose the source code that the FBI used to target a child porn suspect, federal prosecutors in Tacoma, Washington recently dropped their appeal in United States v. Michaud. The case is just one of 135 federal prosecutions nationwide involving the Tor-hidden child porn website Playpen. The vast effort to bust Playpen has raised significant questions about the ethics, oversight, capabilities, and limitations of the government’s ability to hack criminal suspects. In United States v. Michaud, Jay Michaud of Vancouver, Washington allegedly logged on to Playpen in 2015. But unbeknownst to him at that point, federal investigators were temporarily operating the site for 13 days before shutting it down. As authorities controlled Playpen, the FBI deployed a sneaky piece of software (a 'network investigative technique (NIT),' dubbed by many security experts as malware), which allowed them to reveal Playpen users' true IP addresses. With that information in hand, identifying those suspects became trivial." [editor's note: The source code is "public property," period, end of story. Start jailing government employees until they cough it up – TLK] (01/10/17)


The Democrats' conspiracy theory

Source: OpEdNews
by Joe Giambrone

"The Democrats have become feral. Irrationally lashing out in every direction, the CIA's conspiracy theory has had the effect that many of those anti-conspiracy theory psycho-babble articles had warned us about! #irony But psychology remains at the core of it all, and it is the psychology of blaming others to avoid taking personal responsibility for negative outcomes. Taking cues from Hillary Clinton herself, there must be Russians hiding under the bed. Of course that's the reason people supported Trump and not glorious Hillary. The alternative is too horrible for them to entertain. What is obscured is the contorted logic that Russia allegedly defeated Clinton by revealing The Truth about her own corruption and lies, her private position versus public position. Impossible to make the case that the Russians are lying, the Democratic Party apologists' only response has been to change the focus of the outrage toward killing the messenger." (01/10/17)


Assange: ODNI hacking report a "press release"

Source: Time

"Wikileaks founder Julian Assange dismissed the U.S. intelligence community's report on Russia's hacking in the 2016 presidential election as a 'press release' on Monday, calling it politically motivated and damaging to the intelligence community's reputation. 'It is not an intelligence report,' Assange said during a news conference. 'This is a press release. It was clearly put out for political purposes.'" (01/09/17)


Who's more anti-American, Russia Today or the US Director of National Intelligence?

Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

"Like previous such reports, this one — 'Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections' — offers no actual evidence of Russian state cyber warfare on America's election systems or political parties. If any such evidence exists, it remains a state secret. Most of us have hopefully learned by now that when the US intelligence community says 'trust us,' that's the very last thing we should do. In lieu of the missing evidence, the report offers definitions of foreign propaganda that should chill any any freedom-loving American to the bone. The ODNI report takes on Russian state media — specifically, Russia Today, the Putin regime's global television equivalent of US propaganda outlets like Radio Free Europe and Radio y Television Marti." (01/09/17)


Russian to judgment

Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

"This ongoing Russian/U.S. election hacking 'scandal' is the biggest international political uproar over nothing I've ever seen. We're supposed to be shocked — shocked — that the Russians might have been engaged in activities that the United States and every other nation in the history of the planet has been doing routinely for thousands of years The hypocrisy with this amusing situation is palpable. After all, when it comes to spying, hacking and meddling in the affairs of other people and countries, surely the United States is second to none. No nation does it better than us." (01/09/17)


Is that all?

Source: LewRockwell.com
by Daniel McAdams

The Intelligence Community Assessment does not offer any evidence of Russian hacking of the DNC and thus provides nothing new to back its claims. Rather than explain the means used by the Russians to 'hack' the US elections, the Assessment instead devotes most of the report to speculating about possible Russian motives for so doing. … a full third of its length is dedicated to quite an unsophisticated criticism of the Russian television station RT. What's the $80-plus billion dollar per year US Intelligence Community's big beef with RT? One of its big complaints is that RT undermined US democracy when it 'broadcast, hosted, and advertised third-party candidate debates …' We are to believe that Russia undermined our political system by giving voice to official yet minor US political parties? Democracy is undermined when the democratic process is highlighted?" (01/09/17)


All Russian puppets?

Source: CounterPunch
by Serge Halimi

"On 9 February 1950, at the height of the cold war, a little known Republican senator declared: 'I have here in my hand a list of 205 people that were known to the secretary of state as being members of the Communist Party and who nevertheless are still working and shaping the policy of the state department.' With that, McCarthy stepped into US history through the door marked infamy. No such list existed, but the ensuing wave of anti-communist hysteria and purges shattered the lives of thousands of Americans. In 2017 it is plainly the loyalty of the next US president to his country that is at issue. With his cabinet of generals and billionaires, reasons to fear him are legion. But the Democratic Party and many in the western media seem obsessed with the bizarre idea that Donald Trump will be 'a puppet for the Kremlin,' and that he owes his election to data hacking orchestrated by the Russians." (01/09/17)


No smoking gun on Russia hack

Source: The American Conservative
by Philip Giraldi

"The eagerly awaited report on the alleged Russian influence operation and hack linked to the recent American presidential election finally appeared on Friday. It is quite possible that President Obama, the intelligence community, and Congress now hope that the case has been definitively made to tighten the screws on Russia. If that is so, they are delusional. Moscow and Vladimir Putin may or may not be guilty as charged, but the paucity of the evidence being presented by the White House and the Director of National Intelligence suggests that the American people are being very poorly served by those who have been entrusted with protecting the nation." (01/09/17)