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Wired: NSA's Cyber-Ninjas Poised to Unleash Hell!

Infiltration. Sabotage. Mayhem. For years four-star General Keith Alexander has been
building a secret army capable of launching devastating cyberattacks.
Now it's Ready to Unleash Hell.


Illustration by Mark Weaver

NSA Snooping Was Only the Beginning. Meet the Spy Chief Leading Us Into Cyberwar by James Bamford | Wired | January 12, 2013

Who are the folks in our expanding shadowy corporacratic government that not even presidents sit above?

INSIDE FORT MEADE, Maryland, a top-secret city bustles. Tens of thousands of people move through more than 50 buildings—the city has its own post office, fire department, and police force. But as if designed by Kafka, it sits among a forest of trees, surrounded by electrified fences and heavily armed guards, protected by antitank barriers, monitored by sensitive motion detectors, and watched by rotating cameras. To block any telltale electromagnetic signals from escaping, the inner walls of the buildings are wrapped in protective copper shielding and the one-way windows are embedded with a fine copper mesh.

This is the undisputed domain of General Keith Alexander, a man few even in Washington would likely recognize. Never before has anyone in America’s intelligence sphere come close to his degree of power, the number of people under his command, the expanse of his rule, the length of his reign, or the depth of his secrecy. A four-star Army general, his authority extends across three domains: He is director of the world’s largest intelligence service, the National Security Agency; chief of the Central Security Service; and commander of the US Cyber Command. As such, he has his own secret military, presiding over the Navy’s 10th Fleet, the 24th Air Force, and the Second Army.

Alexander runs the nation’s cyberwar efforts, an empire he has built over the past eight years by insisting that the US’s inherent vulnerability to digital attacks requires him to amass more and more authority over the data zipping around the globe. In his telling, the threat is so mind-bogglingly huge that the nation has little option but to eventually put the entire civilian Internet under his protection, requiring tweets and emails to pass through his filters, and putting the kill switch under the government’s forefinger. “What we see is an increasing level of activity on the networks,” he said at a recent security conference in Canada. “I am concerned that this is going to break a threshold where the private sector can no longer handle it and the government is going to have to step in.”

Read more:

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2013/06/general-keith-alexa...
http://exopermaculture.com/2013/06/13/cyberwar-emperor-keith...

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I have a question.

When a person studies computer science, their life revolves around logic. Math, science, programming - it's all logic based. Someone please tell me how any of these people can then go on to work for the government and help them create this sort of thing. I could not. I would not. Logically, I would be helping them gain the power to control my life. How can anyone who has studied so much logic not see where that will lead? The government can dream up anything it wants, but if people refused to help them implement it, they would have a serious problem.

Alexander is a bigger con-man than

Obama. He's believable. That's the most dangerous kind of con.

He makes everything seem so simple and friendly. He's the worst and he'll go down in history making Joseph Goebbels look like an honest man.

There's a war going on

between the cia and the nsa. The cia runs Wired. We can expect more of this.

"If this mischievous financial policy [greenbacks], which has its origin in North America, should become endurated down to a fixture, then that government will furnish its own money without cost. It will pay off its debts and be without debts. It will hav

Genuinely curious where you

Genuinely curious where you get that "the CIA runs Wired". Any sources/links for us with evidence to that effect?

Obviously

they don't only operate overseas. Familiar with Operation Gladio?

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Propaganda includes leaflets, newspapers, magazines, books, radio, and television, all of which are geared to convey the U.S. message appropriate to the region. These techniques have expanded to cover the internet as well. They may employ officers to work as journalists, recruit agents of influence, operate media platforms, plant certain stories or information in places it is hoped it will come to public attention, or seek to deny and/or discredit information that is public knowledge.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Activities_Division

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After all we've learned already, does it really seem a stretch to think that these "popular" magazines don't have embeds? If we know the media has them (Anderson Vander...eh Cooper anyone?) why not Wired?

"If this mischievous financial policy [greenbacks], which has its origin in North America, should become endurated down to a fixture, then that government will furnish its own money without cost. It will pay off its debts and be without debts. It will hav

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Basically, the government lies constantly

From what I understand from the paragraph starting with "Propaganda", it sounds like pretty much the only thing any governments do is lie about their behaviors.

Larken Rose makes good sense in "The Most Dangerous Superstition" -- we should be wary of anyone who communicates his/her "authority" when asking for compliance.

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So that's a no, then... I

So that's a no, then...

I don't see anything on that page that could remotely justify the claim that Wired is run by the CIA.

Here, I'll help

get ya started.

http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/JFKmockingbird.htm

"If this mischievous financial policy [greenbacks], which has its origin in North America, should become endurated down to a fixture, then that government will furnish its own money without cost. It will pay off its debts and be without debts. It will hav

ok man

Believe what/who you want! :-)
Not trying to convince ya!

"If this mischievous financial policy [greenbacks], which has its origin in North America, should become endurated down to a fixture, then that government will furnish its own money without cost. It will pay off its debts and be without debts. It will hav

well now

Many thanks to you, Laphog! I concur and did a google and startpage search. Have yet to find any evidence to back up his CIA claim.

I promoted this article because of the blogs now giving Snowden flack for "crossing the line" in revealing that the U.S. spies on China (as if it is not a commonly understood fact that most major nations indulge in this behavior). It's out there in the open, and I'm grateful for Wired's consistent, slammin' reporting.

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/author/james-bamford/
http://www.dailypaul.com/289051/zing-kirsten-powers-lays-was...

Indeed. If you like Bamford

Indeed.

If you like Bamford over at Wired, check out New Yorker's recent profile of him. Fascinating: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2013/06/the-nsas...

Hawking the Globe*

Here we go again having once again established ourselves as the world's leading aggressor with the world's leading technology. Was Stuxnet different from FatMan and LittleBoy? What kind of century of blowback have we unleashed? Seems to me we had a window of opprtunity to set forth a sane structure of cyberdefense that could stage an era of peace and prosperity. That window appears to have been smashed unleashing an arms race to not only escalate, but escalate in proportion to Moore's Law. An arms race indicates a situation in which means of defense never apparently matches that of offense, a tangential vortex of inreasingly trivial pursuit. Stephen Hawking appears to be our new messiah. Rally 'round and worship the almighty Black Hole! Praise be the theoretical construct!

*virtual religion

Twas the night before...

He sprang to his slay, to his team gave a talk,
And away they all flew like the down of a hawk.
But I heard him exclaim, 'ere he drew out of sight
"Happy Blackmass to all, and to all a 'good-night'!"

Wired has been on the front

Wired has been on the front line covering the sprawling surveillance state for a few years now. An excellent resource on these matters.

Bump!