Saturday, September 5, 2015

How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations



One of the many pressing stories that remains to be told from the Snowden archive is how western intelligence agencies are attempting to manipulate and control online discourse with extreme tactics of deception and reputation-destruction. It’s time to tell a chunk of that story, complete with the relevant documents.

Over the last several weeks, I worked with NBC News to publish a series of articles about “dirty trick” tactics used by GCHQ’s previously secret unit, JTRIG (Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group). These were based on four classified GCHQ documents presented to the NSA and the other three partners in the English-speaking “Five Eyes” alliance. Today, we at the Intercept are publishing another new JTRIG document, in full, entitled “The Art of Deception: Training for Online Covert Operations.”

By publishing these stories one by one, our NBC reporting highlighted some of the key, discrete revelations: the monitoring of YouTube and Blogger, the targeting of Anonymous with the very same DDoS attacks they accuse “hacktivists” of using, the use of “honey traps” (luring people into compromising situations using sex) and destructive viruses. But, here, I want to focus and elaborate on the overarching point revealed by all of these documents: namely, that these agencies are attempting to control, infiltrate, manipulate, and warp online discourse, and in doing so, are compromising the integrity of the internet itself.

Apostles of Racism

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If the modern historical narrative is to be believed, then the antebellum North was the happy land of butterflies, flowers, rainbows, and racist free Americans who insisted on racial equality. Only in the South did anyone encounter “Apostles of Racism” as the historian Charles Dew labeled the 1861 Confederate commissioners to other Southern States. But was this so? Would antebellum Southerners have had to convince the majority of antebellum Northerners about their racial positions? Let’s see. Printed below are a small sample of the racial positions of several prominent Americans in the 1850s and 1860s.

Who said the following (answers at the bottom of the quiz)?

$PLC dumps 'extremist' label on pro-lifers

Via Billy

The Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization that has been linked in a federal courtroom to a domestic terror attack, now has added pro-life activists to its expanding list of targets, smearing the citizen journalists who are exposing Planned Parenthood’s sale of baby body parts as “extremists.”

In a post on its ominously titled blog “Hatewatch,” SPLC’s Mark Potok complained the group “behind the recent spate of undercover videos accusing Planned Parenthood of illegally selling ‘body parts from aborted fetuses’ is tightly linked to some of the country’s hardest-line anti-abortion extremists.”

Potok attacked the Center for Medical Progress, which produced the videos. But he also targeted Cheryl Sullenger and Troy Newman, leaders of the pro-life activist group Operation Rescue and the authors of “Abortion Free: Your Manual for Building a Pro-Life America One Community At a Time.”

Potok suggested Newman implicitly supports violence against abortion providers and highlights Sullenger’s conviction in 1988 for providing logistical support in a conspiracy to bomb an abortion clinic.

But Sullenger fired back, arguing the Southern Poverty Law Center was misrepresenting her record and Newman’s record as well as trying to change the subject away from Planned Parenthood’s misconduct.

More @ WND

Lincoln’s Model of a Modern Major General

Via Billy

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For 150 years the American Lincoln cult denied what it called a “rumor” that, after a string of devastating battlefield defeats, Abraham Lincoln in 1862 offered command of the U.S. Army to an Italian mercenary named Giuseppe Garibaldi.  The “rumor” was proven to be true, however, when an Italian historian named Arrigo Petacco discovered in an Italian archive a faded letter from Garibaldi to King Victor Emmanuel II of Italy, telling the king of the offer (See Rory Carroll, “Garibaldi Asked by Lincoln to Run Army”).

More @ LRC

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Air Traffic Control Unreliable in Southeast U.S.

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Due to military activities, the TCAS and ADS-B surveillance may be unreliable in the airspace over Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, and extending approximately 200 nautical miles offshore, from 1 a.m. EDT (0500z) Sept. 2 until midnight EDT (0459z) on Oct. 1.

Pilots are advised that the traffic alert and TCAS may fail to establish tracks on nearby aircraft and may fail to receive traffic alerts (TA) or resolution advisories (RA). Operators should be aware that tracks may first appear within close proximity to their aircraft, and may immediately go into TA/RA status.

More @ NBAA

German Concerned About Patriotic Germans Defending Their Country From Foreign Invaders

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 "The German people ought to rebuild the Berlin Wall, throw Merkel into the East and all those who choose treason along with their 'refugees.'"

 Etwa 1000 Menschen protestieren am Abend des 21.08.2015 in Heidenau (Sachsen) gegen die Unterbringung von Asylbewerbern im ehemaligen Baumarkt «Praktiker». In dem seit 2013 leerstehenden Baumarkt in einem Gewerbegebiet sollen in der Nacht zum Samstag etwa 250 Neuankömmlinge untergebracht werden. Foto: Marko Förster/dpa +++(c) dpa - Bildfunk+++

Merkel said she will set no limits in how many they will accept.  Treason

The German government has proven themselves to be the biggest joke.  They have not listened to a large segment of their population who do not want these foreign invaders from the Middle East living among them.  The government has further agitated the problem by building facilities for the foreign invaders in places like Dresden where enormous marches protesting the Islamification of Europe have taken place.

Due to the fact, that the government is ignoring their will, patriotic German nationalists have taken matters into their own hands.  They have burnt down facilities setup for the foreign invaders and have sent a clear message that their presence is not appreciated.  As a result of the German government’s own doing, they are now expressing concern not about the foreign invaders coming in, but German patriots who are defending their nation.

NC: Behind the Scenes with John Boehner’s Worst Nightmare: Mark Meadows Launches Mission to Fix Broken Congress

Via comment by Anonymous on Thirty Government Officials In North Carolina Are ...

Speaker Rep. John Boehner ’s worst nightmare is on the rise here in rural North Carolina. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) 96% is gaining steam as a clearly coordinated, highly orchestrated effort to remove Boehner as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives—and fix a broken Congress that no longer represents the wishes of the American people—comes into much clearer focus.

Meadows invited Breitbart News to accompany him on a district visit, and the concerns he discussed with his constituents offer a microcosm of the issues America wants Congress to address. Everyone here agrees: John Boehner needs to go as Speaker of the House, and Mark Meadows is doing something about that.

More @ Breitbart

Backstage Pass: Will Overman Band

Via Sister Anne

My nephew's son, Will Overman, walked the Appalachian Trial, then wrote and sang this song.

 Will Overman, of the Will Overman Band, took the stage at Fridays After Five Friday night. He's young, only a third-year at UVa, but he has a maturity to his sound and drive that is nothing short of impressive.

Overman is a musician but he's also clear that he's a Virginian. His music is rooted in the Commonwealth, and he says he draws inspiration from a state he says is second to none.
"I'm a Virginian, and all that we do and write and sing and pull from emotionally is very rooted in Virginia and rural Virginia and the mountains of this beautiful state," Overman says.

More with video @ Newsplex

Thirty Government Officials In North Carolina Are Now All Refusing To Conduct Homosexual Marriages

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Thirty North Carolina magistrates in North Carolina are all refusing to conduct homosexual “marriages.” According to the report:
More than 30 magistrates in North Carolina have refused to perform weddings.
But thanks to a new state law, they were able to do so legally.
Right after the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in June, the state passed a law allowing officials to opt out of performing all marriages.
The law exempts court officials with a “sincerely held religious objection” and is designed for those opposing gay marriage.
The law’s original sponsor, Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger, said it’s probably preventing situations like the one in Kentucky.
“It’s keeping folks from having to choose between their job and their religious beliefs. I think that’s important,” he said.
Berger said so far the law hasn’t caused any problems.
“I think the law is working very well,” he said.
Only Utah has a similar law.
More with video @ Shoebat

Exodus: Blue state residents fleeing high taxes for low tax red states

Via David

Top 5 loser states for Democrat governors in 2013:
·      New York (114,929 people with $5.7 billion in AGI)
·      Illinois (68,943 people with $3.8 billion in AGI)
·      California (47,458 people with 3.8 billion in AGI)
·      Connecticut (14,453 people with $1.8 billion in AGI)
·      Massachusetts (11,915 people with $1 billion in AGI)

Top 5 winner states for Republican governors in 2013:
·      Texas (152,912 people with $6 billion in AGI)
       Florida (74,094 people with 8.3 billion in AGI)
·      South Carolina (29,176 people with 1.6 billion in AGI)
·      North Carolina (26,207 people with $1.5 billion in AGI) (I wish they wouldn't come as they will vote with the commies.
·      Arizona (16,549 people $1.5 billion in AGI)

The Americans for Tax Reform have dug up some information via the US Census that puts in stark relief the differences between red states and blue states.
In 2013 alone, hundreds of thousands of blue state residents fled their high tax homes for lower tax havens in red states.
In 2013, more than 200,000 people on net fled states with Democrat governors for ones run by Republicans, according to an analysis of newly released IRS databy Americans for Tax Reform.

ISIS smuggler: 'We will use refugee crisis to infiltrate West'

Via Skynet

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4,000 covert terrorists already in place 'awaiting' orders

As the migrant-train standoff entered its second day in Hungary, with thousands of mostly Syrian refugees seeking passage to Germany, it’s time the West recognized this shift in Muslim populations for what it is, say American activists who have been warning of a “fifth column” for years.

Author Robert Spencer wrote Sept. 4 in Front Page Magazine, “This is no longer just a ‘refugee crisis.’ This is a hijrah.”

Hijrah is the Islamic doctrine of migration, which is a form of stealth jihad.

“To emigrate in the cause of Allah – that is, to move to a new land in order to bring Islam there, is considered in Islam to be a highly meritorious act,” Spencer wrote. He cited the following Quranic text:

More @ WND

What a hoot! Chicago Crime Lab Gun Study marred by "TEC-11" Machine Pistol

Via avordvet

A paper on where and how criminals obtain guns has been published in "Preventive Medicine" a rather peculiar place to publish a paper on the criminology of gun use.  Other than the apparent desire to medicalize crime that involves guns, the paper is reasonably well done, with some good information that reinforces much of what we already knew. 

A minor complaint is that the authors seem nearly as ignorant about guns as the criminals that they interview.  They use the terms "assault weapon" and "machine pistol" without any definition, and little knowledge.  Here are the quotes.  


More @ Gun Watch

Trump Beats Hillary and Top Democrats in 2016 Match-Ups

Via Billy


Donald Trump leads ALL Democratic candidates in the latest poll by SurveyUSA.

Trump beats Hillary 45-40, Sanders 44-40, and Uncle Joe Biden 44-42.

Democrats are in serious trouble.

The Hill reported:

Ken Burns’ “Civil War”–Impressively Shallow

Via Billy

Twenty five years ago this year Ken Burns launched his supposedly epic series entitled “The Civil War.” One thing you have to understand about Mr. Burns going in, he is a modern day radical abolitionist. That is his mindset. Oh, he feigns objectivity but a quick look at his work will show you that he is anything but objective.

His original “Civil War” series lasted several nights on prime time television and to be sure I got it all I sat through the entire thing. Supposedly it took Mr. Burns five years of research and a ton of Rockefeller money, all to discover that, guess what, the war was really all about slavery! What a surprise! Knowing at least part of his funding sources could anyone who has followed any of this think his conclusions would be any different.

Hungary-style refugee-invasion fears ... in U.S.

Via Skynet

Syrian Christians are facing genocide from Islamic terrorists such as ISIS and al-Nusra Front, but the U.S. has been offering safe haven mainly to Sunni Muslims in the U.N. refugee camps.
South Carolina group hires lawyer, demands feds 'cease and desist' resettlement

Residents of upstate South Carolina have fought hard to stop an unwanted infusion of Third World refugees – including some from the jihadist hotbed of Syria – into their community.

Since finding out in March about the federal government’s plans to send an initial batch of 60 refugees to Spartanburg County, they have appealed to their Republican congressman, Rep. Trey Gowdy, their Republican Gov. Nikki Haley, and their Republican-dominated local county council – looking for help.

All of those GOP strongholds have let them down, they say, as a Christian aid group, World Relief, has already dropped off 25 refugees, straight from the United Nations camps in Africa and the Middle East.

But one local resident, Michelle Wiles, isn’t taking no for an answer.

More @ WND

Espionage Budget

Via Cousin Colby

Donald Trump's Plane Removed From Online Flight Tracker

Via Skynet

Donald Trump and his Boeing 757.

Real-time web tracking of Donald Trump's 757 aircraft has ended, possibly as a security precaution.

Alone among the presumptive 2016 Presidential candidates, Donald Trump owns his own aircraft — a Boeing 757-200, with Rolls-Royce turbofan engines, tail number N757FA.

Thanks to the marvels of the Web, it was possible to track the plane's flights in real time by entering the tail number into FlightAware, a free flight-tracking service. That is, until Wednesday, when the notice "this aircraft not available for public tracking per request from owner/operator" appeared on the website.


Via mind jog by Dean on Carolina Day
Sung at the end of commencement each year at Greenbrier. I can feel the heat, smell the hot wool pants as well as the polished wooden floors in the auditorium.

 God of our fathers, known of old—
Lord of our far-flung battle line
Beneath whose awful hand we hold
Dominion over palm and pine—
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

The tumult and the shouting dies—
The Captains and the Kings depart—
Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice,
An humble and a contrite heart.
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

Far-called our navies melt away—
On dune and headland sinks the fire—
Lo, all our pomp of yesterday
Is one with Nineveh and Tyre!
Judge of the Nations, spare us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

If, drunk with sight of power, we loose
Wild tongues that have not Thee in awe—
Such boastings as the Gentiles use,
Or lesser breeds without the Law—
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

For heathen heart that puts her trust
In reeking tube and iron shard—
All valiant dust that builds on dust,
And guarding calls not Thee to guard.
For frantic boast and foolish word,
Thy Mercy on Thy People, Lord!