• America’s Real Loss of Prestige and Leadership Abroad

    June 19, 2017

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    Posted in: Democracy, NSA, Post-Constitution America




    Because we traded the smooth talking guy for the clumsy boob with no manners, it is popular to bleat that America has given up its role as leader of the free world, to say other nations don’t respect us anymore, or look to us for moral guidance — in the extreme, that we are no longer that shining city on the hill we see ourselves as.

    What such cliches overlook is that not everyone in the free world is as blind as a typical American op-ed writer. Some in fact see past who the current Spokesmodel of Democracy in the White House is, and look to what America actually does. And what it does is often not pretty, and when revealed suggests our nation is and has been morally bankrupt a lot longer than the Trump administration has been in charge.

    One of the more recent revelations of what much of the world already knew comes, again, via Wikileaks, America’s conscience.

    Leaked documents show home internet routers, that blinking thing in the corner of the room where you’re reading this, from ten American manufacturers, including Linksys, DLink, and Belkin, can be turned into covert listening posts that allow the Central Intelligence Agency to monitor and manipulate incoming and outgoing traffic and infect connected devices.

    Short: American-made devices sold globally to allow the free world to use the Internet have been repurposed by the CIA as spy tools.

    The CIA’s technique requires new firmware to be added to the router. This can be done remotely, over WiFi, at the factory, or at any point along the supply chain. It is unknown if America’s leading electronics manufacturers actively helped the CIA do this, passively allowed the CIA to do this after sharing technical data, or simply looked the other way.


    The results of this CIA hack are spectacular.

    The firmware allows the CIA full access to the router, and all connected devices and networks. The spooks can insert malware, copy passwords, see what is being sent and received, redirect browsers to fake websites, why there is little-to-no limit. Apparently the user interface the CIA created for itself is quite friendly. There’s even a Quick Start Guide.

    And you know what?

    The CIA has been doing all this since at least 2007. That means it started under the George W. Bush administration, ran during both Obama terms, and continues without a break right into the Trump years. Three very different presidents, three very different self-images for America, yet underlying all was the same CIA, turning American products to their own needs and spying on well, everyone. Anyone. Free world or not.


    From a global perspective, it doesn’t really matter whether the person in the White House is a Nobel Peace Prize winner or a bumbling oaf. Because the real America, the one that spies on a global scale for its own ends, never changes. That guy on TV you hate? He’s just a placeholder, maybe a distraction, about as consequential to the real role of the United States as a professional wrestler.




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  • Recent Comments

    • John Poole said...

      1

      I thought the woman throwing a hammer in the iconic Apple commercial meant we would be safe from Big Brother. Big Uncle had both platforms working for him all along.

      06/19/17 7:44 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      2

      Hey, how do we know we weren’t directed to this fake website?

      06/19/17 7:57 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      The spooks have the means to collect it all and still know nothing. What the hell are they doing with it all?

      06/19/17 8:00 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      4

      Other than keeping tabs on their drug trafficker competition…or so I heard on the History Channel.

      06/19/17 8:22 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      5

      So all you clowns with your heads buried in the sand, here is more evidence the Deep State is so far up your ass you will soon be choking on it. What can we do about it?

      Dear Don,

      If you want to really do a job on the Deep State that is threatening to do a job on you, your best defense is a good offense. Reopen the bungled FBI anthrax investigation and takedown both Comey and Mueller for either gross incompetence or their coverup. The coverup is always worse, right? Hell, you can takedown Obama too, who refused to reopen the case. Just threaten them and the spooks will go back into the shadows.

      06/19/17 9:19 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      6

      ” the more things change…. The more things stay the same “….

      Snake Plisken…. Escape from L.A.

      M

      PS.

      Congratulations to everyone who has survived the first day of
      WW 3.
      Aka…..the most current mess in Syria.

      This crap has got to stop,

      M

      06/19/17 2:17 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Mitch,

      Dont worry. Trumpie promised to get US out these shitholes.

      06/19/17 3:55 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      8

      Rich…..

      All that hate is going to burn you up… You know that, yes?

      M

      06/19/17 4:15 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      9

      Mitch,

      You are beginnng to bore me.

      06/19/17 5:10 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

      10

      Rich.

      That wasn’t hard…..

      Ever thought about staying away from Facebook for a day or so???

      M

      06/19/17 8:28 PM | Comment Link

    • Jonathan L. Seagull said...

      11

      Putin told Oliver Stone that he realized this a few years ago. Not clear if Snowden helped him figure it out

      06/19/17 10:54 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

      12

      PVB- I’ve been hoping for a really good wrestler to become POTUS. We -the masses- could watch arm wrestling matches broadcast from the Oval Office. I’ve been envious of those spectators in the Coliseum in late Roman days for decades. Born too late. Damn, that was REAL entertainment.

      06/20/17 8:18 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      John….

      How about an MMA fighter instead????…..

      M

      06/20/17 2:31 PM | Comment Link

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