By Aaron Kesel
After nearly a year of unsubstantiated claims that Russia hacked the U.S. election, the U.S. government is now poised to create an independent Military Cyber Command eventually splintered off from the NSA, Reuters reported.
The agency was created in 2009 under then President Barack Obama, but it seeks to stem out and become separate from the NSA while still keeping some employees of the spying agency.
This comes after President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to create a joint cyber security force, a move that many Democrats are adamant about blocking.
The goal of separating the Military Cyber Command from the rest of the intelligence community?
To wage cyber war against the Islamic State and other individuals and groups deemed to be “enemies of the state,” according to anonymous U.S. officials not authorized to speak on the matter; further noting that the plans aren’t finalized and are subject to change.
“The goal, they said, is to give U.S. Cyber Command more autonomy, freeing it from any constraints that stem from working alongside the NSA, which is responsible for monitoring and collecting telephone, internet and other intelligence data from around the world — a responsibility that can sometimes clash with military operations against enemy forces.
Making cyber an independent military command will put the fight in digital space on the same footing as more traditional realms of battle on land, in the air, at sea and in space. The move reflects the escalating threat of cyberattacks and intrusions from other nation states, terrorist groups and hackers, and comes as the U.S. faces ever-widening fears about Russian hacking following Moscow’s efforts to meddle in the 2016 American election,” Reuters wrote.
The article is propaganda, at best, pushing that America’s supposed cyber adversary Russia hacked the election despite not one iota of proof presented to the public to make such an argument. Further, it states the insane notion that the U.S. has barely been involved in cyber warfare due to restrictions with the exception of military operations, despite the revelations of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and release of NSA TAO tool kit by the Shadow Brokers. Both revealed that the NSA has an offensive capability of not only surveillance but hacking teams for targeting enemies.
Reuters makes this argument by stating that “while the military wanted to attack IS networks, intelligence objectives prioritized gathering information.”
How about the gathering of information about the CIA knowingly arming jihadist fighters in Syria to overthrow the Syrian government and create destabilization in the Middle East?
A “willful decision,” according to Donald Trump’s disgraced pick for National Security Advisor and former DIA head Michael Flynn in one of his paid appearances on Al Jazeera.
His assessment was validated by a DIA document obtained by Judicial Watch concluding that the main component of the anti-Assad rebel forces was comprised of Islamist insurgents affiliated with groups that would lead to the emergence of ISIS. Which despite knowing this, the U.S. continued arming rebels for two years – essentially a modern day Operation Cyclone.
Reuters had reported in 2012 that the FSA’s command was dominated by Islamic extremists, and The New York Times had reported that same year that the majority of the weapons that Washington sent into Syria was ending up in the hands of jihadists. Then in June of 2014 the Telegraph reported Al-Nusra merged with ISIS at the border between Iraq and Syria.
However, don’t be fooled by Reuters’ propaganda piece that ignores these facts; the potential is there for the Trump administration to expand the military cyber command established by his predecessor Barack Obama. As protonmail.com, an encrypted email service notes, Trump – 0r more specifically the Republican party – controls “both houses of Congress and the Supreme Court” and President Trump has the broad power to rewrite laws or introduce new laws as he sees fit.
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