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Monday, January 23, 2017

Exploring America's Role in a Turbulent World: Strategic Rethink

"Whatever the next administration's policies toward the "1 percent" of richest Americans, its policies toward the third of the country that has been left behind — the "31 percent" — may prove most crucial in restoring political unity, as well as the U.S. position in the world."




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Strategic Choices for a Turbulent World: In Pursuit of Security and Opportunity | RAND


"Research Questions

  1. What major-power shifts and realignments have occurred around the world during the post-Cold War period? How might the United States adapt?
  2. What long-term policy issues and organizational, financial, and diplomatic challenges will confront the next Administration?
  3. How can the U.S. government improve anticipation, deterrence, and resilience, three areas for policy attention that will be increasingly necessary in managing national security in this turbulent era?
  4. What strategic options would align the level of U.S. international engagement with its national defense, security, economic, and climate policies, and what resources will be necessary for each option?"


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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Resources on Human, Ideological and Technical Subversion

There’s been a lot of talk during the 2016 Presidential Election campaign about Russian foreign influence; primarily via cyber means.

 

However, part of conducting cyber-attacks involves social and human engineering; in other words, conducting penetrating and exploiting human relationship and networks.

 

Questions follow:

  • How did this happen?
  • How can things like this happen?
  • What are the means of making things like this happen?

 

The answers to such questions are not always simple, however there is precedent. Learning what those precedents are can enable risk managers and security specialists can give enough insight whereby they can take steps to mitigate threats to their business interests and/or organizations.

 

Here is a list of items that will teach businesses and government organizations tactics, techniques and procedures used by adversaries to penetrate/influence your organizations and businesses.

  • Kevin Mitnick http://amzn.to/2jeIaKD . Mitnick went to prison for his deeds. Once he got out of prison, he became a highly sought-after security specialist who leveraged human engineering techniques to penetrate an organizations technical systems.

 

  • Kim Philby http://amzn.to/2jGI6BK . Philby was a well-known traitor; one person of what was known as the Cambridge Five. He was an agent of influence on multiple realms, but he started by working in the media.

 

  • Disinformation/Dezinformatsia http://amzn.to/2iSNrc9 . An oldie but goodie that provides myriad examples of information campaigns and nefarious marketing tactics.

 

 

  • Willing Accomplices http://amzn.to/2jOGZlK . This piece was written in 2011 and attempts to explain how Russian influence and ideological subversion shaped what some recognized as the American politically correct culture.

 

  • Stalin's Secret Agents http://amzn.to/2jOD7kP . This work is about how the Russians conducted a variety of influence and espionage activities to influence US decision-making during the days of the late President Franklin Roosevelt. Subversion and foreign influence were originally discounted, then the pendulum later swung to the “Red Scare” after World War II.

 

 

 

 

 

Protesters Marching all over Washington DC, and the World, Suffering Self-Induced Socio-Political Epileptic Fit, but Nobody Knows Why, Including Themselves?

CNN commentators on Don Lemon’s show during the evening of the 21Jan17 stated the demonstrations were not about Donald Trump. However, the Washington Post states the protestors marches were against Donald Trump. Which is it?

Out of the 1465 words in the Washington Post article, “Women’s Marches: Millions of protesters around the country vow to resist Donald Trump.”, there were only roughly 341 words of possible content; and, only 34 words of actual substance (roughly 2% of the whole article). Of the 341 words of possible content, there we only roughly two issues defined that made sense. The Washington Post reports make the mob appear they were suffering a self-induced socio-political epileptic fit.

 “I feel the rights we take for granted could go backwards, and we owe it to our daughters and the next generation to fix this somehow.”

  • Feel rights could go backwards? What rights are they talking about? Who would allow rights to be taken away? She feels she’s losing rights, so she expresses her right to freak out without reason.

“Many said they wanted to take the most public possible stand against Trump, a candidate and now president whom they said routinely insults women and the issues they care about.”

  • How does President Trump routinely insult women?  When did he do this? Where did he do this? He just took office.

“I feel the rights we take for granted could go backwards, and we owe it to our daughters and the next generation to fix this somehow.”

  • This sentence does not make sense. What is there to fix, if nothing happened?

“Cynthia English, a 61-year-old Jamaican-American living in Florida, said she wanted the new president to know that women will be fighting during his presidency to ensure that the country and laws treat them equally.”

  • These 34 words seem to be the only one that have some sense.

“hope that no future president feels comfortable making lewd comments about women”

  • Why does she say the president feels comfortable making lewd comments?  Trump did not say anything as president. Outside that, it appears to be a fair desire regarding the current and future presidents.

“We just feel like we’re going to lose our civil rights.”

  • Okay, what rights are we talking about? Who is going to take them away? Why would they take them away? Where is the logic here? Where is there precedent?  So you protest because you feel something is about to happen, but don’t know what that is?

“Trump’s election was the wake up call that progressives needed, said Erin Edlow, 28, the membership director of the Virginia Beach Young Democrats. She was in town with her sister to demonstrate her support for LGBT and immigrant rights.”

  • Okay, this is the real issue. The progressives don’t want any group that do not follow the ideals of the progressive movement to have a voice in a democratic republic.
  • What “immigrant rights” are the protestors talking about?  If they are legal, there are no issues.

“Activist filmmaker Michael Moore ripped The Washington Post in half, noting the headline “Trump Takes Power” and declaring “I don’t think so.””

  • Michael Moore makes a statement of the obvious. Trump agrees with Michael Moore. Trump repeated multiple times during his ceremony the country and the government body belongs to the people. Moore is right to be mad at the Washington Post for misreporting.

Actress America Ferrera declared that “our new president is waging a war” on the values that define the country with “a credo of hate fear and suspicion of one another.”

  • What war is the president waging? What values is she saying define the country?  Does she know what American’s values are? Does she ascribe to Hollywood values or historic references to American values?
  • Actually Ferrera may be waging war on American values if she’s insinuating breaking the rule of law inherent to the functioning of a nation state.

“It’s been a heart-rending time to be both a woman and an immigrant,” said Ferrera, whose parents are from Honduras. “Our dignity, our character, our rights have been under attack.”

  • What rights are under attack?

“But the president is not America,” she said. “We are America.”

  • This is a statement of the obvious, a platitude. The President never said he was America; he stated we are all Americans.

“The demonstration’s organizers have embraced an imperiled liberal agenda, in sharp contrast to much of what Trump laid out for his presidency. The platform calls for ending violence against women, workers’ rights, reproductive rights, environmental justice, immigrant rights and more.”

  • The Washington Post reporter stated “demonstration’s organizers have embraced an imperiled liberal agenda”. What liberal agendas are imperiled? Are these agendas antithetical to proper functioning of a nation? If not, they should not be imperiled…then again, the article is not clear about what agendas are threatened.

Sources: 

Donald Trump’s full inauguration speech transcript, annotated https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/01/20/donald-trumps-full-inauguration-speech-transcript-annotated/?utm_term=.5da77460b808 ; retrieved 21Jan17

Love Letter to America. https://archive.org/stream/BezmenovLoveLetterToAmerica/YuriBezmenov-LoveLetterToAmerica_djvu.txt; retrieved 21Jan17

Women’s Marches: Millions of protesters around the country vow to resist Donald Trump. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/womens-march-on-washington-a-sea-of-pink-hatted-protesters-vow-to-resist-donald-trump/2017/01/21/ae4def62-dfdf-11e6-acdf-14da832ae861_story.html?utm_term=.71f3238a7b20 , retrieved 21Jan17

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Undue Influence - Foreign and Domestic - the 2016 Presidential Elections

 

Undue Influence - Foreign and Domestic – the 2016 Presidential Elections: Observations regarding CNN report, “10 most damning findings from report on Russian election interference”

 

 

While the Intelligence Community report indicated strong evidence supporting Russian efforts to influence the 2016 Presidential election, there is no reporting stating the Russians did the voting, or manipulated poll numbers. Americans voted and chose who they perceived was their best option for the country; the Russians did not.  The highly-publicized arguments inferring the 2016 elections were determined by a foreign power are therefore baseless. This is reinforced by the fact the Republican party won over both houses of United States Congress. Nothing was mentioned in the intelligence reporting about that win.

 

 

 

However, the argument of influence and interference remain important. Evidence of this is the alleged surprising election win of Trump over Hillary. It should have not been a surprise, but it was. Professional analysts, commentators and media and so-called experts missed the truth. Either experts and supporters conducted poor research, or the experts/supporters were out of touch with the people and/or were trying to influence the elections toward a particular party. This observation too is amplified by the fact the Republican party had sweeping wins over both houses of United States Congress.

 

 

 

Ironically, there appeared to be much undue influence and voter manipulation by Americans against Americans. The real culprits were Hollywood personalities, racists, lobbyists,media networks and even educational institutions. Numbers of people in all these communities were ostracized, ridiculed and debased for their freedom of expression and choice for a candidate. Anti-Hillary supporters were forced underground. It was the underground that spoke this election. Again, this is amplified by the fact the Republican party had sweeping wins over both houses of United States Congress.

 

 

 

By blaming Russia for the election loss, Americans are back to ignoring the American voters who elected someone other than Clinton.

 

 

 

CNN identified 10 points from the intelligence report. CNN reported Russia’s goal was to “undermine US faith in democratic process”. I counter that it did not take Russia to do this. Americans lack faith in the democratic process because of political donations, slanted media reporting, bias in educational institutions, Hollywood influence, etc. Another point made referred to the use of “social media trolls” and “media involvement”. There are plenty of trolls and questionable media practices in the US already doing the same things being accused of the Russians; some in a more discreet manner. 

 

Sources: 

 

Bezmenov, Y. (1984). Full text of "Bezmenov: LOVE LETTER TO AMERICA". Retrieved from https://archive.org/stream/BezmenovLoveLetterToAmerica/YuriBezmenov-LoveLetterToAmerica_djvu.txt

 

Scott, E. (7Jan17) 10 most damning findings from report on Russian election interference - CNNPolitics.com. Retrieved from http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/07/politics/intelligence-report-russian-interference/

 

 

 

Posted: 161953RJan17