CBS News reporter Jeff Pegues began this CBS News article this way:
WASHINGTON — CBS News has learned that a manhunt is underway for a traitor inside the Central Intelligence Agency.
A “traitor”? By “traitor,” do you mean someone who has shown disloyalty to the CIA from within the CIA? Or do you mean someone in the CIA who has been acting against Americans, such as by implementing some sort of hack or malware on the people’s computers or phones? We’re talking about American citizens as well as foreigners here. And then Pegues wrote:
The CIA and FBI are conducting a joint investigation into one of the worst security breaches in CIA history, which exposed thousands of top-secret documents that described CIA tools used to penetrate smartphones, smart televisions and computer systems.
And that includes the phones, televisions and computers of Americans, innocent Americans who are not suspects. So in other words, this CBS reporter Jeff Pegues already begins the article by referring to the whistleblower(s) as “traitors,” those who released the information of CIA sabotage and criminal encryption-intrusions, not the CIA criminals themselves as “traitors” who are targeting innocents.
Unfortunately, many people are authoritarians, and have a long-instilled loyalty to the government. They can be nationalists, conservatives, liberals and progressives.
And, being obedient authoritarians, they do not seem to distinguish between a “whistleblower” (someone who exposes and reveals immoral corruption or criminality within an organization, particularly government), and a “traitor,” someone who swears an oath to protect the liberty of the people yet betrays the people by acting criminally against them.
And this is just one individual example of how most of the news media are embedded with the government, how many in the media are obedient minions to government power-grabbers and usurpers, and who are conditioned to assume that government (including the CIA) is good and noble, and if they are committing criminal intrusions into innocent non-suspects’ devices and compromising innocent people’s security, that’s okay, because they’re the government.
With that CIA “security breach,” which was really a release of documents which detailed crimes committed by CIA, WikiLeaks also revealed that CIA has a program enabling them to hack computers, etc., and, to hide evidence of their guilt, leave the “fingerprints” of innocent others and so the guilty ones themselves could not be traced. Now that’s a criminal, not a “security agent,” in my view.
And it was already reported in 2013 that the NSA and FBI along with the CIA have all been intercepting shipments of new computers for the purpose of installing malware and listening mechanisms to spy on and wreak havoc in the lives of others. Some of the stuff that had been revealed by Edward Snowden is extremely unbelievable.
Wendy McElroy gives more details on the latest CIA criminal intrusions, as well as providing some tips on how you can protect your devices from the government criminals.
But just how extensively did CBS News report on the Snowden revelations at the time, besides giving them a 30-second mention? Did the news organization report on how U.S. and British government spies target and infiltrate Xbox Live and other games to recruit “informants” and otherwise manipulate people through the Internet, as revealed by Edward Snowden? (I’m sure those al-Qaeda and ISIS terrorists spend a lot of time sitting around playing those stupid games. Or maybe they do, who knows?)
And has CBS News reported on GCHQ, the British equivalent of NSA, with a scheme of covertly infiltrating the Internet to “manipulate, deceive, and destroy reputations,” also revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden? According to an honest, real journalist, Glenn Greenwald,
By publishing these stories one by one, our NBC reporting highlighted some of the key, discrete revelations: the monitoring of YouTube and Blogger, the targeting of Anonymous with the very same DDoS attacks they accuse “hacktivists” of using, the use of “honey traps” (luring people into compromising situations using sex) and destructive viruses. But, here, I want to focus and elaborate on the overarching point revealed by all of these documents: namely, that these agencies are attempting to control, infiltrate, manipulate, and warp online discourse, and in doing so, are compromising the integrity of the internet itself.
Among the core self-identified purposes of JTRIG are two tactics: (1) to inject all sorts of false material onto the internet in order to destroy the reputation of its targets; and (2) to use social sciences and other techniques to manipulate online discourse and activism to generate outcomes it considers desirable. To see how extremist these programs are, just consider the tactics they boast of using to achieve those ends: “false flag operations” (posting material to the internet and falsely attributing it to someone else), fake victim blog posts (pretending to be a victim of the individual whose reputation they want to destroy), and posting “negative information” on various forums.
Greenwald shows one of the tactics against an individual as labeled, “Discredit a Target“:
*Set up a honey-trap
*Change their photos on social networking sites
*Write a blog purporting to be one of their victims
*Email/text their colleagues, neighbors, friends, etc.
And “Discredit a company“:
*Leak confidential information to companies / the press via blogs etc
*Post negative information on appropriate forums
*Stop deals / ruin business relationships
Hmm. Sounds like Darrin Stephens’s mother-in-law. (Don’t these people have anything better to do?)
This is called “information ops (influence or disruption)” as Greenwald quoted directly from the GCHQ documents. I guess that’s sort of like the incompetent, self-interested, war-losing, war-mongering generals who use psy-ops on U.S. senators to manipulate their emotions and decisions, and their votes in the senate.
Greenwald makes it clear that these slimy tactics are NOT for “national security” purposes:
Critically, the “targets” for this deceit and reputation-destruction extend far beyond the customary roster of normal spycraft: hostile nations and their leaders, military agencies, and intelligence services. In fact, the discussion of many of these techniques occurs in the context of using them in lieu of “traditional law enforcement” against people suspected (but not charged or convicted) of ordinary crimes or, more broadly still, “hacktivism”, meaning those who use online protest activity for political ends.
The title page of one of these documents reflects the agency’s own awareness that it is “pushing the boundaries” by using “cyber offensive” techniques against people who have nothing to do with terrorism or national security threats, and indeed, centrally involves law enforcement agents who investigate ordinary crimes
As I have been saying for years now, this “national security” agenda, phony and incompetent “war on terror” pretense is a cover for the damn U.S. government (and other state and local “law enforcement” and bureaucratic rackets) to crack down on political dissent, on criticism of government power-grabs and buffoonery.
It isn’t just the IRS targeting Tea Party conservatives or the FBI targeting anti-war activists. It’s the government in the broad sense persecuting those whose views go against TPTB (or the “deep state,” or the “Establishment,” or the “mentally ill” political class, or whatever you want to call those criminals).
And it isn’t just the college snowflakes and their “adult” cohorts who want to shut people up who dissent from the majority consensus of ignorance and claptrap. The DHS wants people to shut up and do what they’re told and not complain, the TSA continues to molest and rape innocents while 95% of prohibited items still get through at the airports, and Obama has given us essentially a “Ministry of Truth” to censor and stifle non-authority-approved opinion and expression.
Sadly, many in the news media are so indoctrinated with government-worship and obedience they just can’t see that their constant propagandizing on behalf of the government’s power grabs is going against their own Press freedoms.
They need to be de-programmed, that’s for sure.