Posts tagged ‘Secrets’

Opps

Yeah, I know I have used Alfred E. Neuman before, but is there any better example for our Village Idiot in Chief? According to the WaPo through leaks from our security agencies they are appalled at President Cheeto-heads actions, the moron released critical classified information:

President Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S. officials, who said that Trump’s disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.
The information Trump relayed had been provided by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government, officials said.

The partner had not given the United States permission to share the material with Russia, and officials said that Trump’s decision to do so risks cooperation from an ally that has access to the inner workings of the Islamic State. After Trump’s meeting, senior White House officials took steps to contain the damage, placing calls to the CIA and National Security Agency.

When the White House denied it, nobody believed them.  It is almost funny that we know it is the lying show. The leakers are far more credible than the White House.  Secretary of State Rex Tellerson came out and made an identical denial as the White House was pitching, and when the State Department was asked about it, they had no idea what he had said.  They were totally out of the loop.  Clearly it occurred and the hypocristy of going after Hillary’s email system when no damage has ever been identified, the classified material was not classified by some agencies, and this leak that will probably cost lives is just enormous.  I wonder if the Russians left any listening devices behind after their visit?  At least they got all the pictures.  The American Press was barred.

But I think the most poignant moment in this latest Cheeto-head fuck up came when Allen Dershowitz, famous attorney, was on CNN and got quite animated about warning fellow panelists not to conflate this with the collusion investigation.  “They are entirely two different things!”  No, Allen, they are not.  Now legally he is right, but they come from the same motivation and misunderstanding that caused them both.  

On the collusion thing, the reality I believe we will soon find out about is the flow of money to finance Trump adventures (investments), much of it laundered or being laundered through his deals.  So in Trump’s little mind the Russian boys and girls are really just good fellow business men and woman and of course there was collusion to send them a signal that the sanctions were just a hinderance to business.  I don’t know this, but I think it is the most likely scenario here with all the denials and head fakes.  Cheeto-head does not get the adversary thing at all.  And if I am right, they have their hooks in him and he has no idea.

So Cheeto-head does not see the Russians as an adversary, but a way to make lots of money. It’s jus business.  He has no idea he is so far out of his league that they are using him to undermining our democratic system.  Thus the leak was just an exchange among the boys and he is clueless about the damage done, as he is clueless about just about everything.  He is their perfect captured idiot in spy talk.  But, hey, it is just business, right?  And with a businessman in charge, everything should be hunky dory, right?  You people who voted for him are morons. As I have pointed out before, none of this is a suprise.

I know what we are going to hear next.  “Who leaked this?  We have to get those leakers! Leakers, leakers, leakers.” Or said another way, deflect, deflect, deflect. Except he is the biggest leaker of all.  And the leakers leaked in order to wake up the nation to the danger he poses and the damage he has done.  And it is only the beginning.  He alienated all the intelligence agencies and the FBI.  Now his bumbling is putting the nation at risk.  They are good Americans and will not stand idly by while he destroys their hard work and undermines our intelligence sources.  It is going to be a fun and dangerous ride.  I hope he did not kill anyone with his leak, but he may well have.  

Two Things

The media is making a big deal about the possibility that Ted Cruz exposed classified information last night when he said that NSA was gathering virtually 100% of all meta-data now.  Oh how horrid!  No not that Ted Cruz said what we all know, but that this shouldn’t be common knowledge anyway since we do live in a democracy.  But after Edward Snowden, how could you not know.  The real question is with this mountain of data where do you look?

The second thing is the raising of the interest rates which the markets are all gaga over.  Why?  Was inflation out of control? Well those poor guys in the bond markets were not happy with their profits.  The problem is we want to run the economy on an old model that is not operative right now and Main Street and most of us are not seeing the gains the boys and girls in the financial markets are.  This will hurt the economy, not help it.

So to connect the dots for you, we have the Republican candidates living in a bubble world, and so are the people who control our economy.  And you wonder why nothing ever changes?

Just Some Saturday Thoughts on the News

Random violence in breaking out in Jerusalem with Palestinian teenagers (generally) in random attacks on soldiers.  Are you surprised?  It is a sign of loss of hope.  I don’t pretend to be an expert on that area, but has anything changed in your life time?  Netanyahu’s response is to burn down the houses of relatives of the attacker.  That ought to fix things up.  The settlements just keep growing, and life in the West Bank just gets worse.  There ought to be a lesson in there somewhere.

The FBI is all a twitter at President Obama about his comments about Hillary’s emails.  They think he is prejudging and biasing an investigation.  Well maybe somebody ought to.  If there were secrets in her emails, were the “secrets” not already in the public arena, can we agree on what is to be classified secret, and was there any intent to divulge secrets?  Why are we wasting time and money on this?  So we can find a scapegoat, ruin their lives to make some example about stuff we all know anyway.  I love the way law and order folks think.

Joe Bidden continues to dither and his time is past.  From my radical, crazy, revolutionary Progressive perch, he adds nothing to the campaign, and cannot mobilize Bernie’s followers because he may be right of Hillary.  Give it up Joe, times they are a changing.

On the Odom thing, you really have had to hit rock bottom to think going to a brothel for wild sex (extra charge) from people who in reality don’t give a wit about you will somehow sooth your soul.  I feel very sorry for the man and those who let him reach those depths.  Maybe there was nothing they could do, but I kind of doubt it.  There are enablers everywhere.  Maybe his was his money.

You know there is a major election in Canada next week?  No you did not know that.  They have had a marathon campaign now for 11 weeks.  Oh to be Canadian.  Do we really need 18-24 months for our elections down here?  Maybe we are just slower learners.

President Obama did two things this week that may impact the debate for president.  The first of course was admitting we have failed in Afghanistan and must stay longer.  Now maybe we will have a rational debate on what are national interests are and what we are will to pay for an extended war.  The other item was announcing that he would not issue any more permits for drilling in the Arctic Ocean.  That ought to get the drill baby drill folks going.

Oh, I almost forgot.  The Donald raised the issue that George Bush did not keep us safe since 9/11 occurred on his watch (“Blame him or don’t blame him, but (Bush) was president,” Trump said. “The World Trade Center came down during his reign.”).  Republicans are horrified with Jeb tweeting:  “How pathetic for to criticize the president for 9/11. We were attacked & my brother kept us safe.”  But as everyone, unless you are a Republican knows, George and Company ignored all kinds of warnings, including the brief him to him out at the Ranch on one of his legendary vacations with an intelligence briefing with the heading: “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.” A few weeks later, on 9/11, Al Qaeda accomplished that goal.  Then we attacked a country that had nothing to do with it costing more than 4000 American lives and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi deaths.  I wonder how safe they feel.  Feeds right into my previous blog, Fantasyland.

Enjoy your Saturday.  We got some rain up here in foothills of Northern California.  Life is good.

More on that Secrets Thing

I guess because I had a Top Secret Clearance and had access to Top Secret, Secret, and Confidential, not to mention For Official Use Only information, I am not easily swayed that the information gathered needed those classifications or were any more accurate than stuff you read in the newspaper. But that is anecdotal, although it now appears fairly accurate. In a NYT piece, Do You Wanna Know a Secret, there is some data to support my perceptions:

The crux of the debate is whether the value of secret information justifies the sacrifice of personal privacy. If secret information yields valuable intelligence that can be used to protect Americans, the reasoning goes, then it is worth sacrificing privacy for security.

But there is a major problem with evaluating information labeled “secret”: people tend to inflate the value of “secret” information simply because it is secret.

In a recent series of studies that we will present in a forthcoming issue of the journal Political Psychology, we have shown that people apply what we call a “secrecy heuristic” — a rule of thumb, in other words — when evaluating the quality of information related to national security. People rate otherwise identical pieces of information as more accurate, reliable and of higher quality when they are labeled secret rather than public. And people tend to think that national security decisions are wiser and better-reasoned when based on the same information labeled secret rather than public.

But they have to be protected at all costs, right?