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Russian Cyber Threat Menaces American Spooks

Recent complaints about Russia from Washington were never intended as a short term cure for American foreign policy ills. New reports from entrenched U.S. security organizations reveal a much more determined strategy for America. 

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I know people in Russia and in the United States who are terrified these days. Underneath the day-to-day rush, beneath the Facebook façade of unseemly ignorance to today’s dangers, people are justifiably fearful of this new Cold War.  I’m sorry to report my latest investigations reveal a West-East conflict that is not going away anytime soon. Here’s a briefing on the latest cyber security mania gripping America, and the implications for the long term policy of its government.

"We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force." - Ayn Rand

<figcaption>Obama enacts  ‪#‎CyberSanctions‬ (White House)</figcaption>
Obama enacts ‪#‎CyberSanctions‬ (White House)

A new report that came across my desk from an agency called The National Security Institute is spellbinding in its implications. Volume 28 of the Employee Security Connection underpins not only a renewed Cold War mentality, but what’s surely to become a longstanding policy stance from America. The quarterly awareness briefing for defense industry and government employees shows how our systems have focused on a new 21st century anxiety. To quote from this paranoid NSI report, the Director of US National Intelligence said:

‘‘While I can’t go into detail here, the Russian cyber-threat is more severe than we had previously assessed.’’

This introduces the anti-Russia and anti-China rhetoric of the NSI, and especially the underlying academic, corporate, and civil network of actors the NSI connects to that is indiscernible from the defense and security infrastructure of the U.S. government.

Dangerous Experts – Incredible Networks

The National Security Institute (NSI) was established in 1985 by two military intelligence men later involved with GTE Government Systems Corp, which was acquired by defense contractor General Dynamics in 1999. The two co-founders, Stephen S. Burns and David A. Marston have acted out a variety of roles in creating government and corporate security programs to protect the most sensitive technology and business secrets in the United States. As stated by NSI, the private agency’s core business is “helping clients interpret and implement government security directives and establish sound security strategies that effectively safeguard classified and proprietary information.” The long and short of NSI where the casual reader is concerned is, the organization is looped into a defense and security net of immense proportions. The associates of the institute read like a “who’s who” of the spying and defense world. Here is a brief rundown of key advisers and their impact:

General Earl E. Anderson, U.S.M.C (Ret.) – General Anderson is a bona fide war hero and legendary four-star general who served with distinction in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Anderson went on to become the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps  at the end of the Vietnam conflict. More importantly for this discussion, Anderson is a key figure for something called the “Standing Committee on Law and National Security”. General Anderson is one of America’s most decorated senior officers. (see later mention)

Maynard C. Anderson – A longstanding security expert and adviser, Anderson has been advising the United States and NATO on matters of intelligence and counterintelligence for decades. The former president and CEO of security contractor Arcadia Group Worldwide, Anderson has also been a Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Security Policy, an Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for CI and Security, a Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Defense, and a US representative to the NATO Security Committee. Anderson is also ex-Army intelligence. (see later note and this DoD doc)

Dr. Dale Masi – The President and CEO, Masi Research Consultants, and Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland is one of the more interesting advisers for NSI. Her Boston company specializes in Employee Assistance Program (EAP) design, implementation, training and evaluation. The company’s first and most notable client, IBM, is but one of many huge corporations in this influential security network. Of particular note here is Masi’s legal experience with employee empowerment and EAPs (Employee Assistance Programs).

Noel D. Matchett – The Founder and President of Information Security, Inc. is a former NSA security technologies expert who has three patents for inventions in the field: one for biometrics, one to prevent cellular phone fraud, and another for TEMPEST technology emission security (EMSEC) against eavesdropping via NSA and NATO protocols. Matchett has been a presidential consultant, and his firm has represented IBM, Motorola, Booz Allen & Hamilton, AT&T, GE, and many Fortune 500 companies in security matters.

Red Channels, a 1950 publication claiming to document "Communist influence in radio and television" (see MaCarthyism]
Red Channels, a 1950 publication claiming to document "Communist influence in radio and television" (see MaCarthyism]

First Things First: The Security Gook Dragnet

The list of advisers and associates of the National Security Institute ends up being virtually limitless when one considers academic programs and connections, corporations and contractors, and especially those involved in the training of employees in various environments. We should be forewarned as citizens to the growing maze of “anti-terror” Russophobic Cylons arrayed across the landscape in the United States. Take a look at the people and entities named so far. A four-star general with a chest full of medals tops a list of CIA, NSA, and military intelligence spooks. One can easily envision cutting-edge Langley computer rooms and lengthy lectures given to intelligence trainees and ambitious defense industry players. If the credentials are not imposing enough, then their association with the American war on terror madness should be. Referring to Quantico or Langley imagery, the upcoming keynote at the annual NSI IMPACT 2015 Conference will be given by William Evanina, the first even director of the new National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC). Please remember, our Volume 28 has clearly identified just "who" the enemy is. 

Of course all this is actually normal, if you’re familiar with the corporate connections of the DoD and military intelligence. What’s scary about the most recent NSI revelations though, are two specifics only implied -- first the legality issues, and second the trending and indefinite policy indications of these documents. I mentioned above the Standing Committee on Law and National Security, to which General Anderson is a board member. At 95 years old, Anderson is not likely to spur Internet security law into action single handedly, but take note of his associates. What’s more, it’s imperative that the concerned reader understand what is going on in Washington where Homeland Security meets what’s being called radical extremism, terrorism, and the new Cold War dialogue.

To that end, take a look at legalizing the whole issue of security in America. The movers and shakers influencing the American Bar Association on security law (ABA) today include:

  • James E. McPherson, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (ret.) and former General Counsel, Counterintelligence Field Activity and former Judge Advocate General, U.S. Navy;
  • Joel F. Brenner, formerly of the NSA and the National Counterintelligence Executive and Mission Manager for Counterintelligence within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence;
  • Valerie Caproni, a Federal Judge who was formerly a Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Northrop Grumman Corporation;
  • Susan Ginsburg, who was formerly with the Department of Homeland Security’s Quadrennial Review Committee and former Senior Counsel, 9/11 Commission;
  • Michele Pearce, who was the Air Force Judge Advocate General and aide to the Secretary of the Air Force;
  • Paul Rosenzweig, who’s a Cold War expert/author and former Acting Assistant Secretary for International Affairs and later Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy at the Department of Homeland Security.

This is essentially a Department of Defense and Homeland Security “who’s who” of names.

Notice anything familiar? The game has not changed since the McCarthy era.
Notice anything familiar? The game has not changed since the McCarthy era.

As to the efforts of these people, if ever there were a job security endeavor, then the myriad committees, summits, talks, and other events of this committee and those of the NSI are a mind bending excursion into vested interests. As an example, on April 18th the committee hosted a talk at the Oklahoma City University School of Law entitled: "The National Summit on Homeland Security Law - Cybersecurity: Are We Ever Safe?" No doubt every modern business suit in the audience was horrified by the sheer weight of potential catastrophe looming over American business. If you visit this link to a panel talk of the American Bar Association called "Homeland Security and the Law" you’ll take note of the paranoia experts exhibit before in using terms like “armchair jihadist” to frame a supposed ISIS Tweeter in Turkey!  

Coming up at George Washington Law School in May, the committee will carry out a discussion: "ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Cybersecurity Summit - Response and Recovery Scenarios for Energy and Water Sectors". Not only should you be afraid the Russians and ISIS intends to cut off power to your dishwasher and TV, Putin’s agents are at this moment sawing water lines in two. Excuse the levity here, but it’s sad that they claim Americans are this vulnerable.

What all this amounts to is corporate and policy lobbying using the American Bar Association as a conduit for potentially infringing on people constitutional rights, as well as for using fear of threats to leverage foreign policy. So in effect, the NSI’s newest “Russia threat” assessment connects corporate espionage, defense contractor security, the DoD, the intelligence community, academia, the legal system, and potentially every employee of every company inside the United States. The upcoming vote on a bill passed 307-116 by the US House of Representatives is indicative of moves to control surveillance of the American people. With the existing panoptican NSA surveillance still unresolved, Homeland Security advocates press and press for still more governmental data collection. The news today tells of the Office of Homeland Security setting up a branch in Silicon Valley. This USA Today story reads like one of those “Uncle Sam Wants YOU!” posters from World War II, with U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson calling all Silicon Valley geeks to do a tour for the government.

The destination here seems to be a new age form of McCarthyism wherein Intenet geeks may end up ostracized if they don't "play ball". Pretty soon, you, me, our next door neighbor even, might be accused of being, not a communist, but some new definition of terrorist.

The Second and Last Thing

After you try and glean the sheer expanse of reach “terror” has canvassed across American structures, the penetrating gravity of the so-called “war on terror” seeps in. Literally every academic institution, every governmental agency, and now each and every major business in the United States shares in the fanaticism that has become our foreign and domestic policy. Organizations like the NSI, think tanks on the Potomac, the defense sector, even the larger society, are all exerting a real control today. Snowden’s NSA revelations are rude fumbling when compared to what is really going on in America. To the average net-citizen it is undeniably true that Washington’s fixation on security is overkill. What’s most telling in this latest form of hysteria, the media and policy war on Russia, is how deeply entrenched and permanent the propaganda and forward policy are. Aggressive policies toward Russia and other nations are being instituted to stay. U.S. foreign policy troubles won't be resolved, unless Americans act.

An article in Volume 28 of NSI’s Employee Security Connection, “Russia Seen as Growing Cyber Espionage Threat, U.S. Says,” covers the gamet for the employee from tablet security and WiFi networks to such things as sextortion and catching insider agents. If the government worker were not already a drone of the heartless military and defense machinery, being scared to hell and back is the message in these documents. By way of illustration, here’s a quote from the April-June volume I am reading:

“The sexy spies cut across all in­dustries, analysts say. High-rank­ing executives are often targeted, but so are system administrators and anybody else with access to large amounts of important data.”

As you reflect on all I've said, and the obvious insertion of the "beautiful Russian girls" concept above, I leave you with a quote from John Calvin Maxwell, the number one leadership and management expert in the world according to Inc. Magazine. It addresses whether or not America and its policy structures fit a growing nation, or one retracting into a pitiful shell of misgivings over former and new allies.

“Growth demands a temporary surrender of security. It may mean giving up familiar but limiting patterns, safe but unrewarding work, values no longer believed in, and relationships that have lost their meaning.”

Is America going forward, or backward? 

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