Yves right here. Tom Neuburger units forth examples of how the US is increasing its definitions of who its enemies are….after doubtlessly having included President Kennedy as one. This posture seems like an effort to indoctrinate legislation enforcement officers and the press to view the world by means of a paranoid, adversarial lens.
By Thomas Neuburger. Initially revealed at God’s Spies
I wish to put three ideas in entrance of you, drop three stones within the slipstream of your thoughts. Maybe you’ll see the ripples as they cross, be aware their interplay, hear what their crossing says.
The long run this text previews isn’t new, simply newly forgot.
Home ‘Terror’ from the Activist Left
First, from ace investigator Lee Fang (elements of this piece are subscriber-only):
DHS and FBI Depict Vegan Activists as Potential Home Terrorists
Think about a younger lady named Jane who not too long ago adopted a vegan life-style after studying about manufacturing facility farming in school. She discusses animal welfare and begins attending protests.
For many, Jane’s experiences sound remarkably benign.
However for the Division of Homeland Safety, the younger lady is following a “path of potential radicalization,” in line with new paperwork launched by means of a public data request.
The state of affairs was considered one of a number of depicted in a violence prevention workshop from the DHS Workplace for Focused Violence and Terrorism Prevention, a division of the company that works to counter home terrorism.
Jane’s supposed path in direction of violence — as featured within the DHS workshop — consists of little greater than on a regular basis experiences that many People take as they embrace activism.
Within the workshop state of affairs, Jane reacts with anger when discussing animal cruelty and mentions that she joined a bunch that has “a repute for holding controversial protests.” She had not solely turn into “an animal lover,” however had turn into “militant about meals and animal rights, and different points like testing.”
Word the “workshop.” This can be a report of a DHS workshop on home terrorism, the place new threats might come from, and what to do. The supply doc is right here; you’ll be able to in all probability guess the remainder of what it says. If not, Fang lays it out.
Right here’s the quilt portion of the doc and summary-first remarks:
Are you able to see the place that is headed? Should you do, you’re not alone.
The ‘Overseas-Home Switcheroo’
The second stone drops right here. Does what you learn above contact what’s beneath?
By means of an advanced set of leaks (described right here), we discover “that the Aspen Institute hosted a ‘Hack-and-Dump Working Group’ train in the summertime of 2020 titled, ‘Burisma Leak,’ which predicted with uncanny accuracy an upcoming derogatory story within the New York Put up about Hunter Biden’s misplaced laptop computer.”
Right here’s a hyperlink to the Aspen Institute doc in query. In it we discover the next. First, from the Govt Abstract (emphasis mine):
As soon as a promise of free expression and the democratization of data, the Net and its many channels at the moment are polluted with mis- and dis-information, bots, abuse, lies, and conspiracies – generally deliberate by adversarial actors from residence and aboard.
Then, from the part about coping with “Reporting and Selling Hack-and-Dumps”:
As we countdown to election day, the chance of a serious hack and dump of paperwork aimed toward undermining a candidate or occasion grows extra acute. How can information organizations put provenance entrance and heart? What occurs when fabricated paperwork are launched alongside real (stolen) content material? How can social feeds keep away from serving as promoters of international or different adversarial entities? Aspen Digital is convening Platform Belief and Security leaders, cybersecurity reporters, journalism ethicists and First Modification attorneys to develop and undertake new norms tips for publication and protection of hacked paperwork.
Word that the Aspen Institute is not only a assume tank. It’s the place the elites’ 2020 dialogue over moderation of hacked content material was occurring.
Now think about what “promoters of international or different adversarial entities” means? The one different adversarial entity that isn’t international is … home. Are you able to belief, given what’s above, that this designation — “different adversarial entities” — is reserved only for Proud Boy sorts?
About this, Matt Taibbi writes (emphasis mine):
To start with, this notion that there could also be fabrications combined in with actual content material is a suggestion that pops up someplace in almost each considered one of these leak tales, even when all the fabric proves to be actual (previous good friend Malcolm Nance did the job in 2016 in suggesting the Podesta leaks had been “riddled with forgeries”). Extra importantly nevertheless, that final line is a superb instance of what former cybersecurity official and Basis for Freedom On-line head Mike Benz calls the “foreign-domestic switcheroo.”
It’s the fundamental rhetorical trick of the censorship age: increase a fuss a few international menace, utilizing it as a battering ram to get everybody from congress to the tech firms to undergo elevated regulation and surveillance. Then, slowly, regulate your purpose to home targets. You’ll be able to see the subtlety: the unique Stanford piece tries to stay to railing in opposition to “disinformation” and data from “international adversaries,” however the later paper circulated by Aspen slips in, ever so barely, a brand new class of doubtful supply: “international or different adversarial entities.”
These rhetorical gadgets are important. It will be preposterous to kind (as Stanford did) an “Data Warfare Working Group” if readers knew the “struggle” being contemplated was in opposition to home voices. … However in case you begin by specializing in Russians and solely later point out as an afterthought “different adversarial entities,” you’ll be able to body issues nevertheless you need, from espionage to warfare. As reader O’Neill appropriately identified, “they’re now getting near being specific about the truth that their motivation for suppressing information is to battle home political adversaries.”
You don’t must be a lover of those sources to hate what’s you’ve simply discovered. And I believe it’s affordable to worry, even in case you worry Trump greater than God herself, what our safety businesses do with home energy.
The final stone dropped within the pond is the oldest one. Earlier than most of you had been born, the halls of energy totally understood that our safety businesses, birthed within the Soviet menace, had been totally succesful — even tasked with the job — of creating certain the worldwide world was a protected American playground.
The checklist of American-led coups in different international locations is lengthy as your leg and each arms. Begin right here to see most of it. Do these businesses act domestically as they do overseas? The FBI certain does. However what in regards to the CIA and the remainder of the alphabet group?
Right here’s what Robert Kennedy, the person who was murdered on his technique to the 1968 nomination, considered the homicide that felled his brother Jack in 1963 (by way of The Hill, emphasis mine):
[Robert] Kennedy Jr. stated the primary name his father, former Lawyer Basic Robert F. Kennedy, made after studying his uncle had been shot was to a CIA desk officer.
“My father stated to him, ‘Did your individuals do that?’” Kennedy Jr. instructed Fox Information’s “Hannity” on Monday.
“His subsequent name was to [Enrique Ruiz-Williams], who was one of many Cuban Bay of Pigs leaders who had remained very, very near our household and to my father,” he continued. “My father requested him the identical query.”
Kennedy Jr. stated his father then known as John McCone, the top of the CIA, and requested him to come back to the household’s home.
“Once I got here residence [from] Sidwell Buddies Faculty, my father was strolling within the yard with John McCone, and my father was posing the identical query to him, ‘Was it our individuals who did this to my brother?’” he stated. “It was my father’s first intuition that the company had killed his brother.”
The Hill later tags this story as a “conspiracy idea,” little doubt to distance itself from each cost and supply. However the underlying report is nonetheless true, or RFK Jr. is mendacity.
Ripples Within the Pond
What do these information factors sum to? I’ll depart it to you. Should you love the FBI as some at this time do, would you like them nonetheless in the event that they thought their remit included squelching you and your sort, not simply Trump and his, utilizing management of media as their software?
As I’ve stated earlier than, it’s applicable to worry what a Trump, or worse, a DeSantis — who not like Trump, who loves adoration and money, really loves energy — would do if energy got them.
Is it subsequently not additionally applicable to worry these businesses?
In any case, their objectives gained’t at all times align with what’s broadly known as “the left.” Their objectives have by no means aligned with ours prior to now. And in contrast to Republicans, who’re solely midway to their objective, these businesses have energy now, and observe utilizing it.