…among headlines of interest, mid to late August 2016…
It is an experiment that had been originally proposed in 2008 for the International Space Station (Rupert Ursin et al in arXiv.org), to vastly extend the range of quantum key distribution (QKD), which DARPA had advanced in 2003 (Chip Elliot et al in arXiv.org), and which had its first practical use in the 2007 Swiss elections (Optics.org). But it is China that has achieved this crucial breakthrough in the history of communications via satellite…
CCTV (Aug. 16, AM) – China launches pioneering quantum satellite
With grave implications for the NSA, GCHQ, Unit 8200, etc…
Popular Science – China’s Quantum Satellite Could Change Cryptography Forever
Could this USAF effort to ‘improve radio communications’ – by essentially launching HAARP into the ionosphere itself – have other applications? – such as nixing the entanglements of QKDs?..
New Scientist – US Air Force wants to plasma bomb the sky using tiny satellites
Spaceflight Now (Aug. 11) – Radar remote sensing satellite launched by China
Perched much higher, in geosynchronous orbit…
The Chinese breakthrough in QKD will have wide ranging implications, not only for the enciphering of communications between humans, but of that between devices. Would this explain the immediacy of the DOD recommendation on AI?…
“…most of the U.S. effort focused on developing offensive cyber capabilities without commensurate attention to hardening U.S. systems against attacks from others. Unfortunately, in both domains, that neglect has resulted in DoD spending large sums of money today to ‘patch’ systems against potential attacks.”
The above quotation however suggests the other big story of the month in the cryptography/hacking world – one perhaps prompted by Ed Snowden’s mystery tweet…
Or NSA 9/11… As Snowden apparently reemerges (on Twitter) coincidentally after a 10 day hiatus…
The Daily Dot (Aug. 15) – Hackers claim to be selling NSA cyberweapons in online auction
“We follow Equation Group traffic,” the Shadow Broker website claims. “We find Equation Group source range. We hack Equation Group. We find many many Equation Group cyber weapons. You see pictures. We give you some Equation Group files free, you see. This is good proof no? You enjoy!!! You break many things. You find many intrusions. You write many words. But not all, we are auction the best files.”
Why did they do it? No one knows, but I suspect this is more diplomacy than intelligence, related to the escalation around the DNC hack. Circumstantial evidence and conventional wisdom indicates Russian responsibility. Here’s why that is significant: This leak is likely a warning that someone can prove US responsibility for any attacks that originated from this malware server. That could have significant foreign policy consequences. Particularly if any of those operations targeted US allies. Particularly if any of those operations targeted elections. Accordingly, this may be an effort to influence the calculus of decision-makers wondering how sharply to respond to the DNC hacks…
Christian Science Monitor (Aug. 3) – Homeland Security chief weighs plan to protect voting from hackers
What might Snowden be referring to in “Particularly if any of those operations targeted US allies. Particularly if any of those operations targeted elections.”?
Wayne Madsen Report – August 24-25, 2016 — NSA formulating American foreign policy in secret
The recent disclosures of classified National Security Agency documents liberated from NSA databases by whistleblower Edward Snowden reveal that the signals intelligence agency has been heavily involved in formulating American foreign policy. Information contained in a series of internal NSA newsletters called “SID Today,” SID meaning the Signals Intelligence Directorate, describe a foreign policy bureaucracy, rivaling that of the State Department and Pentagon, existing within the intelligence agency. The degree to which NSA now influences U.S. foreign policy represents a sea change in the role of an agency originally charged with eavesdropping on foreign diplomatic and military traffic and protecting U.S. government communications from surveillance.
Many of the detailed foreign policy decisions by NSA are carried out by SINIOS, or SIGINT National Intelligence Officers, assigned particular areas of responsibility…
A July 17, 2003, SID Today item dealt with ways to eliminate Liberian President Charles Taylor’s government in Liberia. The SINIO for Sub-Saharan Africa prepared a top secret report on Taylor and elimination options, titled “Charles Taylor — West African Pariah; Down But Is He Out?”
In October 2003, the SINIO for Global and Multilateral Issues proposed ways to deal with a recalcitrant Germany and France, which opposed a UN Security Council imprimatur on an Iraq reconstruction donors’ conference in Madrid. Other disclosed NSA classified documents described how NSA authorized “surge” surveillance of the UN missions of members of the Security Council, including those of Germany and France. The SINIO Council called such opponents of U.S. policy in Iraq, the “Coalition of the Unwilling” in an August 6, 2003 SID Today…
Consider the electoral fate of the parties then in power among the “Coalition of the Unwilling,” particularly in France and Germany, where Jacques Chirac and Gerhard Schröder were succeeded by the more interventionist amenable Sarkozy and Merkel. One might consider for instance the election set-back Schröder faced in the lead up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq: N.Y.Times Feb. 4, 2003.
Politico (Aug. 16) – NSA website recovers from outage amid intrigue
Electrospaces – Is the Shadow Brokers leak the latest in a series?
Intercept – The NSA Leak Is Real, Snowden Documents Confirm
South China Morning Post – Hacking tools stolen from NSA show Chinese cyberfirms were targeted, experts say
The leak-bombs are already falling…
DCLeaks – Soros unleashed
KATEHON – The Soros reign: a Romanian example
It is almost as if Europe’s refugee crisis was planned and prepared, not just by the Soros organization, but others who would benefit from a shift in the change of regional “migration governance”…
On the “others,” see the series we have previously cited by “Hausfrauleaks” in the Wayne Madsen Report “basement”: Merkel, Soros and CIA’s Weapons of Mass Migration Europe’s Mass Migration Crisis of 2015 Pt 1, Pt 2, Pt 3. In particular, see the work cited therein, Weapons of Mass Migration: Forced Displacement, Coercion, and Foreign Policy, by Kelly M. Greenhill.
Kopp Online (translation at new.euro-med.dk) – Tief in der Nacht: Bundesregierung schleust Flüchtlingsmassen über Flughäfen ein
For the sake of the optics…
While the reality remains…
Liberty Blitzkrieg – U.S. Government Reaffirms Total Support for Saudi War Crimes in Yemen
Middle East Eye – Cross-border rocket fire from Yemen kills 9 in Saudi Arabia
Indian Ocean Newsletter – The great Arab diplomatic battle for control of the Red Sea coast
Moon of Alabama – The “Wounded Boy In Orange Seat” – Another Staged “White Helmets” Stunt
Blacklisted News – More About a U.S.-and-Allied Hoax Against Assad
Shadowproof – Rebranded Al Qaeda Group In Syria Receiving US Weapons
Al Masdar News – Pentagon: US ready to down Syrian, Russian jets
Fort Russ – US Occupation of Syria now official
Penny for your thoughts – A Defacto No Fly Zone Has Indeed Been Created in Syria!
21st Century Wire – COINTEL CHAOS: The MI5’s ‘Known Wolf’ Preacher, Aleppo Agitprop & NATO’s Mask
Fort Russ (Aug. 18) – Is a full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine imminent?
(translating Новороссия, Aug 23) – Increased hostilities in Ukraine: UAF Ramps up Special Ops
(translating Русская Весна, Aug. 24) – Ukrainian army readies to seize Donbass city tonight
Matthew Aid (Aug. 30 AP) – Head of Romanian Interior Ministry’s Intelligence Service and 5 Other Officials Indicted for Embezzlement
(Aug. 31) – Romania to Expel Pakistani Man for Terrorism
Sputnik (Aug. 16) – Turkey Could Provide Incirlik Airbase for Russian Anti-Terror Campaign – Senator
İbrahim Karagül (Aug. 16 Twitter) – İncirlik”teki nükleer silahlar Türkiye’ye devredilmeli. Ya da Türkiye, bu silahları kendi denetimine almalı.
Rough translation, directed to U.S.: Hand over Incirlik’s nukes to Turkey, or else Turkey should seize them!
EurActiv.com (Aug. 18) – US moves nuclear weapons from Turkey to Romania
“On your question, please check the Communiqué of the NATO Warsaw Summit (published on 9 July 2016), paragraph 53: “NATO’s nuclear deterrence posture also relies, in part, on United States’ nuclear weapons forward-deployed in Europe and on capabilities and infrastructure provided by Allies concerned. These Allies will ensure that all components of NATO’s nuclear deterrent remain safe, secure, and effective,” a NATO spokesperson wrote to EurActiv.
As noted, the communiqué was issued one week before the attempted coup in Turkey. On the question of Romania, flash back to this RT story of May 27… Putin: Romania ‘in crosshairs’ after opening NATO missile defense base
Yeni Şafak (İbrahim Karagül op-ed, Aug. 17) – New attack will come from the south, let’s save Turkey from invasion
Al Monitor – Did Turkish government see Gaziantep attack coming?
Anadolu Agency – Turkish army hits 81 Daesh targets in northern Syria
Al Monitor – Did US drag Turkey into ‘Syrian quagmire’?
Not so much – John Helmer’s analysis…
Fort Russ – Turkey’s Exit from NATO: Why the delay?
A Russophobe’s Freudian slip…
Matthew Aid (UPI) – Warning Signs: USSR and Turkey Want to Establish Military and Intelligence Ties
Penny for your thoughts – Failed Turkish Coup Attempt- Putting the Turkish/Israeli Detente at Risk?
Fars News Agency – Russian Bombers Taking off from Russia, Iran Hit ISIL in Syria
Boiling Frogs Post/Newsbud – WikiLeaks, Hillary-Gulen Intimate Ties & How the Clintons Gave Birth to Mullah Gulen’s Terrorist Network
Tasnim News Agency – Large Group of MKO Terrorists Leave Iraq for Albania: Report
Wall Street Journal – U.S. Held Cash Until Iran Freed Prisoners
See Penny for more coverage on the ruling…
Times of Israel – Swiss court orders Israel to pay up for Iranian oil
Washington Free Beacon – Iran Satellite Launch Prompts Fear of Long Range Ballistic Missile Attack
Global Times – Japan plans to ‘go on offense’ with 300 km-range missiles
Yonhap News Agency – N.K. leader hails SLBM launch as success, boasts of nuke attack capability
ThereAreNoSunglasses – Now That We Are Looking Elsewhere, the Invasion of Central Asia Can Get Underway
Washington Post – India and U.S. deepen defense ties with landmark agreement
Tolo News – University Attack Ongoing In Kabul
A defeated man…
Counterpunch – The Broken Chessboard: Brzezinski Gives Up on Empire
Fort Russ (translating RT) – After 638 assassination attempts: Castro celebrates 90th B-day
Cincinnati Enquirer – OD crisis: Flying blind in search of killer heroin’s source
Another Day In The Empire (Kurt Nimmo) – Pentagon Moves to Protect Opium Fields in Afghanistan
The Fiscal Times – Pentagon’s Sloppy Bookkeeping Means $6.5 Trillion Can’t Pass an Audit
Washington Examiner – Tech firm brags about blocking FBI from recovering Clinton emails
Wall Street Journal – FBI to Hand Over to Congress Notes From Hillary Clinton Email Probe
AAPS (Jane M. Orient, M.D.) – Is Hillary Clinton Medically Unfit to Serve?
Police State USA, city by city…
Liberty Blitzkrieg – Iraq War Surveillance Technology Being Used in Baltimore Without Public Debate
While these suggest the Soros organization was a relative late-comer to the movement, one document reveals an interest to “shape” its direction…
The highest profile events, the #BlackLivesMatter convening in Cleveland and the #Law4BlackLives gathering in New York, yielded a promising critique of efforts to date and a potential blueprint for strengthening the movement going forward.
That support calls into question how we might most appropriately support such efforts; specifically whether we should seek to shape the movement as opposed to facilitate its direct action. How do we confront the reality that such movements frequently flail as they attempt to grow and confront the challenges of institutionalizing themselves sufficiently to extend their reach? To what extent do we believe that we should play a role in helping such movement leaders connect with others that might help deepen policy recommendations or connections to sympathetic, but silent, inside actors? How can we help link such movements to existing grantees and other key actors that provide mutual strengthening?
Not all of the BLM leaders however are willing to follow the Soros prescriptions; for instance, Jeff Mixon of the Cleveland chapter…
Washington Times (July 18) – Black Lives Matter leader boycotts Cleveland protest, says liberal activists hijacking movement
One way in which we have long suspected that Soros linked organizations (like Media Matters) to be shaping the public revolt against the excesses of militarized police forces, is evident in the media focus upon those cases which are A. white on black killings, and B. are ambiguous in the circumstances of the case (e.g. Michael Brown’s “hands up don’t shoot” turned out to be – by eyewitness testimony – hands forward while charging the officer after attempting to seize his weapon). The result of this focus, in its exploitation of America’s festering racial resentments, is to divert public outrage away from police state excesses in general by getting politicized sides fighting against each other over the disputed “facts” of the case at hand. There are many cases where the facts indicating police racism and use of excessive force are unambiguous, and yet these do not become the rallying cry around which people of many stripes could unite. The Sandra Bland death while in custody (dubiously ruled suicide) was far more worthy of widespread protest; but the most recent uprising in Milwaukee is emblematic of the misdirection, even as it doesn’t meet condition A. – both the officer and the armed suspect were black…
Journal Sentinel (Milwaukee) – Violence erupts after officer-involved shooting
Black Lives Matter – We Don’t want Ice Cream, BBQ’s or Hugs. We want to live.
We abide by the fairness doctrine…
Blue Lives Matter – Black Lives Matter Leader, Sir Maejor, Arrested for Impersonating An Officer
Free Thought Project – University Study Shows How Prison Populations Skyrocket — Despite Record Low Crime
Blacklisted News (mirroring Common Dreams) – 4,000 Native Americans in Bundy Ranch-Style Protest as DHS Cuts Water Supply — Media Blackout
Free Thought Project – Protesters Swarm Pipeline Firm After Corps of Engineers Proves Native Americans Were Right
Naked Capitalism – ObamaCare Death Spiral Accelerates as Aetna Pulls out of the Exchanges
Common Dreams – Obama Provokes Progressive Outrage with All-Out TPP Push
International Business Times – UBS whistleblower exposes ‘political prostitution’ all the way up to President Obama
Wall Street on Parade – Big Banks and Big Insurers Send Scary Signals
Wall Street Journal – An Internet Giveaway to the U.N.
Google Transparency Project – Google’s Revolving Door (US)
An assassination drone need not hover over your house, however, it may be installed within your home already…
The situation brings to mind the title of a Dead Kennedys LP, Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death; now the Internet of Things can give both convenience and death.
As we are on a paranoia kick, consider this: the assassin next to you on the dance floor can get his or her kill order from the music itself…
Computer World – This algorithm can hide messages in dance music
The possibilities are endless…
Science Daily – Genetically modified soil bacteria works as electrical wires
Farm Wars – New GMOs Genetically Engineering Our World
L.A. Daily News – Zika infections spread through California
Environmental Research Letters – Quantifying expert consensus against the existence of a secret, large-scale atmospheric spraying program – there is a rebuttal at Geoengineering Watch
CBS 8 (San Diego) – Mysterious ‘fireball’ lights up sky overnight
Activist Post – The Mysteriously Obtuse Case Of The Missing Fukushima Fuel
ENENews – “Astronomical amounts of radiation” found in downtown Tokyo… Directly outside gov’t building — ‘Horrific’ readings where kids playing in Fukushima, ‘extreme’ levels found where food is grown for elementary school lunches — Nuclear expert shocked, upset by discovery
Should Earth become uninhabitable, other places we can run?…
European Southern Observatory – Planet Found in Habitable Zone Around Nearest Star
Centauri Dreams – An Interesting SETI Candidate in Hercules