Monday, July 06, 2015

WAYNE MADSEN : NSA Has Become A Rogue Elephant

High time for Americans and the world to gun down the elephant  

By Wayne Madsen

The National Security Agency, which has billed itself as merely an agency that collects and analyzes foreign signals intelligence and seeks to protect U.S. communications and computer networks from surveillance, has embarked on missions that take it into the territory of lawlessness and rogue operations. 

In the 1998 Hollywood thriller "Enemy of the State," Jason Robards played fictional U.S. Representative Phillip Hammersley. The chairman of a key House of Representatives committee, Hammersley is opposed to a USA PATRIOT Act-like bill that sanctions massive telecommunications surveillance throughout the United States. Hammersley is subsequently confronted by U.S. government agents on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay. The agents give Hammersley a deadly injection and prescription pills are then scattered on the floor of his car. Hammersley and his car are pushed into the bay.

The news reports then claim that Hammersley tragically committed suicide. The NSA’s deputy chief, Thomas Reynolds, who is played by Jon Voight, heads an agency that has gone rogue and routinely violates laws that ensure that NSA’s operations are within the bounds of the U.S. Constitution.

Edward Snowden
As a result of the latest release of classified NSA documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden, the last three NSA directors – Michael Hayden, Keith Alexander, and the present one, Mike Rogers – have adopted the fictional policies of Thomas Reynolds in "Enemy of the State" and have taken the agency and its so-called "information warriors" into rogue status.

Rogers, who is director of the NSA, also wears the hat of the Commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, which is located with NSA at the agency’s Fort Meade, Maryland headquarters. There was initial opposition from some members of Congress to combining the two positions under a single military officer because of the power that such a position could amass. Those initial reservations were justified considering the depth to which NSA has sunk in carrying out offensive information warfare operations around the world.

The most recent revelations about NSA’s "Fourth Party" operations carried out primarily from the NSA’s base at Menwith Hill, England in concert with the United Kingdom’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in Cheltenham, describes how the NSA uses hostile hackers to break into the systems of not only other hostile targets but also neutrals and friendlies. By implanting special surveillance devices in network routers, servers, firewalls, wireless bridges, and other equipment manufactured by U.S. and foreign companies, the NSA and its FIVE EYES surveillance partners in Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand have managed to turn the computer hackers employed by hostile intelligence agencies, as well as non-state players, such as hacker groups, into "Fourth Party" collectors of meta-data for the NSA. The system implantations permit NSA to "piggyback" on to hacking operations being conducted by unwitting foreign cyber-warfare data plunderers without being detected by the hackers. These Counter Computer Network Exploitation operations involve active and passive meta-data acquisition by NSA from Fourth Parties and «re-purposing» the meta-data collected by Fourth Parties.

In other words, there is no reason to believe that recent stories about Chinese government hackers breaking into the databases of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and downloading the sensitive personnel records of millions of present and past U.S. government employees, are entirely true. Considering the fact that NSA is able to piggyback on the efforts of foreign hackers, including those in China, Russia, and Iran, there is the likelihood that it was not the Chinese who gained access to the OPM files but NSA’s offensive information warfare teams working within the Tailored Access Operations (TAO) branch who ultimately obtained the millions of files as a way to alarm Congress and receive additional budgetary funding.

The U.S. Cyber Command includes elements that do nothing but maliciously attack foreign computers and networks and the mask the true point of origin of the hacking attacks by routing them through Russian, Chinese, and other servers. The NSA’s use of the phrase "leveraging victims" of computer network exploitation (CNE) activities suggests that NSA and the Central Intelligence Agency are involved in "dirty tricks" operations to amass as many witting or unwitting Fourth Party "victims" as necessary.

There are no guarantees that Fourth Parties are all nation states, but that they may include friendly hacker groups -- known as "White Hats" - and political organizations, in addition to covertly-implanted devices.

One NSA slide on Fourth Party operations illustrates an NSA "listening post" being embedded as part of the VOYEUR program within the servers of the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) in Tehran and those used by Hezbollah in Lebanon. One NSA operation is to piggyback on Iranian hackers working for the MOIS and "steal, through a "redirector" program the data that the Iranians are able to download from hacking targets. The NSA refers to such targets as "victims." One NSA PowerPoint slide bullet point states that a priority for NSA is to "identify victims for 4th Party Collection Opportunities." "Victims" are nations or other entities that the NSA and its partners believe have been the targets of cyber-attacks from hostile nations or groups.

It is clear how NSA and its Israeli partner, Unit 8200, were able to infect Iranian computer networks involved in that nation’s nuclear power program with the destructive Stuxnet virus. NSA and its allies are able to penetrate foreign computer networks through implanted Fourth Party devices, some known as "beacons," placed clandestinely inside systems manufactured by Microsoft, Cisco, IBM, Dell, Apple, Juniper Networks, Motorola, Seagate, Western Digital, and others.

A Fourth Party decision tree prepared by NSA asks the question, "Is 4P (4th Party) data enough?" If the answer is "no, we need direct access," the NSA decision tree directs the NSA operator to "steal" data from the "victim" of a hacking attack.

Fourth Party data acquisition sites are integrated with NSA’s XKEYSCORE metadata collection system, which operates from worldwide foreign satellite and undersea cable signals intercept stations, as well as from Special Source Offices (SSOs) located in U.S. and other FIVE EYES embassies and missions. SSO sites are operated by the Special Collection Service (SCS), a joint NSA and CIA operation that is known within NSA as "F6." SCS is known as the "black bag" component of NSA.

A PowerPoint slide on NSA's Tailored Access Operations (TAO) activities and Fourth Party operations indicates that China, Egypt, Brazil, Venezuela, Angola, Kenya, Uganda, Thailand, Malaysia, South Korea, and Oman are major Fourth Party players. One Fourth Party collection operation is codenamed DEADSEA but it is not clear where the operation is located. Another Fourth Party operation is codenamed BADASS. NSA’s Menwith Hill Station in England is described as a focal point for "MENA (Middle East/North Africa) 4th Party Collection opportunities."

The Middle East/North Africa (MENA) Fourth Parties that likely passed signals intercepts to NSA, but were generally considered hostile to U.S. interests, likely included Libya under Muammar Qaddafi and the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad, both of which cooperated with U.S. intelligence in holding as prisoners and interrogating and torturing a number of Al Qaeda suspects. If Libya under Qaddafi and the Assad government in Syria had cooperated as Fourth Parties with the NSA, did the agency later turn around and use Fourth Party access rights to help overthrow the two governments? If the answer is yes, as it seems to be, NSA has embarked on a path of unprecedented deception and guile in its supposed national security-related responsibilities.

In "Enemy of the State." the good guys eventually won out over the evil NSA. In the real world, NSA continues to engage in roguish practices, from wiretapping "Der Spiegel" in Germany to reading the private e-mails of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. In the wilds of Africa, "rogue" elephants are often killed by hunters tasked to carry out the job in order to protect public safety. NSA is a virtual rogue elephant but there are no congressional budgetary "hunters" willing to take the fatal shots to put down the wild intelligence agency beast.

Wayne Madsen

Wayne Madsen
Investigative journalist, author and syndicated columnist, Madsen has over twenty years experience in security issues. 

As a U.S. Naval Officer, he managed one of the first computer security programs for the U.S. Navy. Madsen has been a frequent political and national security commentator on Fox News and has also appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, BBC and MS-NBC. He has been invited to testify as a witness before the US House of Representatives, the UN Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and an terrorism investigation panel of the French government. A member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the National Press Club, Madsen is based and reports from Washington, D.C.


"Democracy cannot be blackmailed, we are now one…" - Greek Prime Minister

07/06/2015 0430 Western Jakarta Time


With 90% of the votes counted the Greek PM is declaring a resounding victory for the "No" referendum vote on continued IMF austerity.

Returns put the resounding "No" votes at 61.5 percent, despite "mainstream media" reports calling the vote "too close to call." The resounding "No" was a message that Greece will longer accept any further austerity that has left one in four without employment. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras denounced IMF aid proposals as "blackmail" and national "humiliation".

The Greek PM also said that stabilising the banking sector is a priority as well as "lifting the burdens from the poor."

A party atmosphere now prevails in central Syntagma square as Greeks celebrate freedom once more from further crippling burdens placed upon them by the IMF and EU.

Labour Minister Panos Skourletis was jubilant: "I believe there is no Greek today who is not proud, because regardless of what he voted he showed that this country above all respects democracy. The government now has a strong mandate, a strong negotiating card, to bring a deal which will open new ways."

The result now puts the fate of the Euro into question.

CNN corporate frauds and hacks failed in their efforts to confuse Greek voters, and will be held accountable for their propagandising and shilling for the EU criminal bankers and IMF

15 years into the experiment, the eurozone could now be on the point of losing its first member with the possibility of not only the exit of Greece but also other EU countries.

Merkel has just called for an emergency EU summit on Tuesday. She flans to fly to Paris tomorrow to confer with Hollande on their next move.

Music plays and the crowd continues to dance in Syntagma square as jubilant Greeks celebrate their freedom from IMF and EU banker slavery.

The 5th Estate will continue with ongoing coverage of this breaking story.

Pentagon Releases National Military Strategy For Ruling The World

Let there be no doubt: Obama, JCS intend to start WWIII before the end of his criminal presidency  

By Mike Whitney

On Wednesday, the Pentagon released its 2015 National Military Strategy, a 24-page blueprint for ruling the world through military force. 

Obama provokes Russia, China in bid to spark
WWIII before end of his term in office
While the language in the report is subtler and less incendiary than similar documents in the past, the determination to unilaterally pursue US interests through extreme violence remains the cornerstone of the new strategy. Readers will not find even a hint of remorse in the NMS for the vast destruction and loss of life the US caused in countries that posed not the slightest threat to US national security. Instead, the report reflects the steely resolve of its authors and elite constituents to continue the carnage and bloodletting until all potential rivals have been killed or eliminated and until such time that Washington feels confident that its control over the levers of global power cannot be challenged.

As one would expect, the NMS conceals its hostile intentions behind the deceptive language of  “national security." 

Fruitcake Obamaite desk-jockey, warmonger
Martin Dempsey
The US does not initiate wars of aggression against blameless states that possess large quantities of natural resources. 

No. The US merely addresses “security challenges” to “protect the homeland” and to “advance our national interests.” How could anyone find fault with that, after all, wasn’t the US just trying to bring peace and democracy to Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and now Syria?

In the Chairman’s Forward, Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey attempts to prepare the American people for a future of endless war:

“Future conflicts will come more rapidly, last longer, and take place on a much more technically challenging battlefield. … We must be able to rapidly adapt to new threats while maintaining comparative advantage over traditional ones … the application of the military instrument of power against state threats is very different than the application of military power against non state threats. We are more likely to face prolonged campaigns than conflicts that are resolved quickly … that control of escalation is becoming more difficult and more important.” (Document: 2015 U.S. National Military Strategy, USNI News).

The planned attack on Iran is part of a coordinated global military road map. It is part of the Pentagon’s “long war," a profit driven war without borders, a project of World domination, a sequence of military operations

War, war and more war. This is the Pentagon’s vision of the future. Unlike Russia or China which have a plan for an integrated EU-Asia free trade zone (Silk Road) that will increase employment, improve vital infrastructure, and raise living standards, the US sees only death and destruction ahead.

Washington has no strategy for the future, no vision of a better world. There is only war; asymmetrical war, technological war, preemptive war. 

The entire political class and their elite paymasters unanimously support global rule through force of arms. That is the unavoidable meaning of this document. The United States intends to maintain its tenuous grip on global power by maximizing the use of its greatest asset; its military.

And who is in the military’s gunsights? Check out this excerpt from an article in Defense News:

“The strategy specifically calls out Iran, Russia and North Korea as aggressive threats to global peace. It also mentions China, but notably starts that paragraph by saying the Obama administration wants to “support China’s rise and encourage it to become a partner for greater international security,” continuing to thread the line between China the economic ally and China the regional competitor.

“None of these nations are believed to be seeking direct military conflict with the United States or our allies,” the strategy reads. “Nonetheless, they each pose serious security concerns which the international community is working to collectively address by way of common policies, shared messages, and coordinated action.” (Pentagon Releases National Military Strategy, Defense News).

Obama war-whore Barbara Starr, CNN’s Pentagon reporter (more accurately known as: the Pentagon’s reporter at CNN) - MSM warmongers will be held personally responsible and accountable for shilling America into WWIII

Did you catch that last part? “None of these nations are believed to be seeking direct military conflict with the United States or our allies. Nevertheless, they each pose serious security concerns.”

Obama fancies himself as the next
Idi Amin Dada
In other words, none of these countries wants to fight the United States, but the United States wants to fight them. And the US feels it’s justified in launching a war against these countries because, well, because they either control vast resources, have huge industrial capacity, occupy an area of the world that interests the US geopolitically, or because they simply want to maintain their own sovereign independence which, of course, is a crime. According to Dempsey, any of these threadbare excuses are sufficient justification for conflict mainly because they “pose serious security concerns” for the US, which is to say they undermine the US’s dominant role as the world’s only superpower.

The NMS devotes particular attention to Russia, Washington’s flavor-of-the-month enemy who had the audacity to defend its security interests following a State Department-backed coup in neighboring Ukraine. For that, Moscow must be punished.

This is from the report:

“Some states, however, are attempting to revise key aspects of the international order and are acting in a manner that threatens our national security interests. While Russia has contributed in select security areas, such as counternarcotics and counterterrorism, it also has repeatedly demonstrated that it does not respect the sovereignty of its neighbors and it is willing to use force to achieve its goals. Russia’s military actions are undermining regional security directly and through proxy forces. These actions violate numerous agreements that Russia has signed in which it committed to act in accordance with international norms.” (2015 NMS).

Russia is an evildoer because Russia refused to stand by while the US toppled the Ukrainian government, installed a US stooge in Kiev, precipitated a civil war between the various factions, elevated neo Nazis to positions of power in the security services, plunged the economy into insolvency and ruin, and opened a CIA headquarters in the Capital to run the whole shooting match. This is why Russia is bad and must be punished.

But does that mean Washington is seriously contemplating a war with Russia?

Here’s an excerpt from the document that will help to clarify the matter:

“For the past decade, our military campaigns primarily have consisted of operations against violent extremist networks. But today, and into the foreseeable future, we must pay greater attention to challenges posed by state actors. They increasingly have the capability to contest regional freedom of movement and threaten our homeland. Of particular concern are the proliferation of ballistic missiles, precision strike technologies, unmanned systems, space and cyber capabilities, and weapons of mass destruction (WMD) technologies designed to counter U.S. military advantages and curtail access to the global commons.” (2015 NMS).

It sounds to me like the Washington honchos have already made up their minds. Russia is the enemy, therefore, Russia must be defeated. How else would one “counter a revisionist state” that “threatens our homeland”?

Why with Daisy Cutters, of course. Just like everyone else.

The NMS provides a laundry list of justifications for launching wars against (imaginary) enemies of the US. The fact is, the Pentagon sees ghosts around every corner. Whether the topic is new technologies, “shifting demographics” or cultural differences; all are seen as a potential threat to US interests, particularly anything related to the “competition for resources.”

In this skewed view of reality, one can see how the invasion of Iraq was justified on the grounds that Saddam’s control of Iraq’s massive oil reserves posed a direct challenge to US hegemony. Naturally, Saddam had to be removed and over a million people killed to put things right and return the world to a state of balance. This is the prevailing view of the National Military Strategy, that is, that whatever the US does is okay, because its the US.

Readers shouldn’t expect to find something new in the NMS. This is old wine in new bottles. The Pentagon has merely updated the Bush Doctrine while softening the rhetoric. There’s no need to scare the living daylights out of people by talking about unilateralism, preemption, shrugging off international law or unprovoked aggression. Even so, everyone knows that United States is going to do whatever the hell it wants to do to keep the empire intact. The 2015 National Military Strategy merely confirms that sad fact.

MIKE WHITNEY lives in Washington state. He is a contributor to Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion (AK Press). Hopeless is also available in a Kindle edition. He can be reached at

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The beginning of the end of the EU as investors begin stampede away from Euro  

By Karolina Tagaris and Lefteris Papadimas
07/06/2015 0135 Western Jakarta Time


Greeks voted overwhelmingly "No" on Sunday in a historic bailout referendum, partial results showed, defying warnings from across Europe that rejecting new austerity terms for fresh financial aid would set their country on a path out of the euro.

With nearly a fifth of the votes counted, official figures showed 60.4 percent of Greeks on course to reject a bailout offer from creditors that was the official issue of the ballot. The figures showed the Yes vote drew 40.1 percent. An official projection of the final result is expected at 1800 GMT (1400 EDT). Officials from the Greek government, which had argued that a 'No' vote would strengthen its hand to secure a better deal from international creditors after months of wrangling, immediately said they would try to restart talks with European partners.

"The negotiations which will start must be concluded very soon, even within 48 hours," government spokesman Gabriel Sakellaridis told Greek television." We will undertake every effort to seal it soon."

Euclid Tsakalotos, the government's chief negotiator said talks could restart as early as Sunday evening.

Begging of the end for Lagarde, Merkel, Juncker, EU 
Many of Athens' partners have warned over the past week that a 'No' vote would mean cutting bridges with Europe and driving Greece's crippled financial system into outright bankruptcy, dramatically worsening the country's 5-year long depression. If confirmed, the result would also deliver a hammer blow to the European Union's grand single currency project. 

Intended to be permanent and unbreakable when it was created 15 years ago, the euro zone could now be on the point of losing its first member with the risk of further unraveling to come.

"I believe such a result can be used as a strong negotiating tool so that Europeans can understand that we are not a colony," said Nefeli Dimou, a 23-year-old student in Athens.

Greek banks, which have been closed all week and rationing withdrawals from cash machines, are expected to run out of money within days unless the European Central Bank provides an emergency lifeline. Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis is due to meet top Greek bankers later on Sunday and State Minister Nikos Pappas, one of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's closest aides, said it was "absolutely necessary" to restore liquidity to the banking system now that the vote is over.

However the European Central Bank, which holds a conference call on Monday morning, may be reluctant to increase emergency lending to Greek banks after voters rejected the spending cuts and economic reforms which creditors consider essential to make Greek public finances viable, central bankers said.

In Brussels, EU officials said there would be no comment until the final results are announced.

Satanic IMF on the chopping block
First indications were that any joint European political response may take a couple of days. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande will meet in Paris on Monday afternoon. The European Commission, the EU executive, meets in Strasbourg on Tuesday and will report to the European Parliament on the situation.

"EU leaders must get together immediately, even on Monday. 

The situation is too serious to leave to finance ministers," said Axel Schaefer, a deputy head of the Social Democrat (SPD) group in the German parliament.

"You have to have confidence in the ability of the ECB to act. We must use all the possibilities in the EU budget to help Greece, which is still a member of the euro and the EU."


A 'No' vote would leave Greece and the euro zone in uncharted waters. Unable to borrow money on capital markets, Greece has one of the world's highest levels of public debt. The International Monetary Fund warned last week that it would need massive debt relief and 50 billion euros in fresh funds.

Greek officials see the IMF report as a vital support for their argument that the bailout terms as they stood would merely have driven Greece further into depression. Tsipras called the referendum eight days ago after rejecting the tough terms offered by international creditors as the price for releasing billions of euros in bailout funds.

He denounced the bailout terms as "blackmail" and his argument that a 'No' vote would allow the government to get a better deal appears to have convinced many Greeks, particularly among younger voters who have been ravaged by unemployment levels of nearly 50 percent.

"I have been jobless for nearly four years and was telling myself to be patient," said 43-year-old Eleni Deligainni, who said she voted 'No'. "But we've had enough deprivation and unemployment."

MSM frauds, pro-EU bankster hacks fail in attempt to confuse Greeks into voting "Yes"

Opinion polls over the months have shown a large majority of Greeks want to remain in the euro. But, exhausted and angry after five years of cuts, falling living standards and rising taxes imposed under successive bailout programs, many appear to have shrugged off the warnings of disaster, trusting that a deal can still be reached.

Additional reporting by Noah Barkin and Madeline Chambers in Berlin, Isla Binnie in Rome, Paul Taylor in Brussels, Renee Maltezou, Lefteris Papadimas, Karolina Tagaris; Writing by James Mackenzie, Editing by Alessandra Galloni; Editing by Peter Graff.

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The real truth on 9/11 slowly continues to bleed out

Technical experts are mounting major challenges to official U.S. government accounts of how three World Trade Center skyscrapers collapsed in near-freefall after the 9/11 attacks 15 years ago.

Many researchers are focusing especially on the little-known collapse of



The Geopolitics Of The United States, Part 1: The Inevitable Empire

The Empire and the inevitable fall of the Obama criminal regime

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Like nearly all of the peoples of North and South America, most Americans are not originally from the territory that became the United States.



Geopolitics Of The United States Part 2: American Identity And The Threats of Tomorrow

A look back at 2011 predictions for the future in order to put events of today into perspective

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We have already discussed in the first part of this analysis how the American geography dooms whoever controls the territory to being a global power, but there are a number of other outcomes that shape what that power will be like. The first and most critical is the impact of that geography on the American mindset.



By Robert S. Finnegan

This e-mail outlines and confirms the acts of espionage against Indonesia and Indonesians by Akiko Makino and the others involved both in Kobe University and in AI Lab at University of Airlangga, Surabaya; Bahasa Indonesia original follows English translation...



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The 5th Estate has just purchased a library on H5N1 "Novel" virus pandemics, there are dozens of PDF and Exel documents we feel will assist you in saving lives following intentional releases of the H5N1 and now MERS viruses; we will begin by printing those that appear to be extremely relevant here: H5N1 Kobe-Kawaoka-Ernala series continues soon with more "Smoking Gun" e-mails from Teridah Ernala to The 5th Estate . . .



By Robert S. Finnegan

On October 12, 2002 the Indonesian island of Bali experienced a terrorist attack that rocked the world. It was unquestionably well-coordinated and executed, the largest in the country's history.