As Col. West wrote earlier today, the big October Surprise causing an upset in our presidential election may have nothing to do with emails or octopus tentacles. It may be war.
Is this another “wag the dog” distraction, or just saber-rattling on both sides? We’ll have to wait and see, but nonetheless, it is disturbing.
Just days ago, Russian president Vladimir Putin sent out an order to top Russian officials, politicians and their children across the world demanding that they return home to Russia. Relations between the U.S. and Russia are at an all-time low after President Obama pulled out of talks on Syria and blamed Russia for the hacks on the DNC computers and meddling in the U.S. election.
Forget fighting ISIS and that murderous Syrian thug Bashar al-Assad. Apparently the DNC hacks are what REALLY raised hackles in the Obama administration – enough to launch a cyber attack on Russia.
NBC reports, The Obama administration is contemplating an unprecedented cyber covert action against Russia in retaliation for alleged Russian interference in the American presidential election, U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News.
Current and former officials with direct knowledge of the situation say the CIA has been asked to deliver options to the White House for a wide-ranging “clandestine” cyber operation designed to harass and “embarrass” the Kremlin leadership.
The sources did not elaborate on the exact measures the CIA was considering, but said the agency had already begun opening cyber doors, selecting targets and making other preparations for an operation. Former intelligence officers told NBC News that the agency had gathered reams of documents that could expose unsavory tactics by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Ok, let’s just parse this for a moment. If this is headline news, how exactly is it “clandestine?”
And would a single one of you be shocked to learn ex-KGB agent Putin uses “unsavory tactics?” Are you kidding? But it gets
Vice President Joe Biden told “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd on Friday that “we’re sending a message” to Putin and that “it will be at the time of our choosing, and under the circumstances that will have the greatest impact.”
When asked if the American public will know a message was sent, the vice president replied, “Hope not.”
Oh THAT makes me feel better.
Former CIA deputy director Michael Morell expressed skepticism that the U.S. would go so far as to attack Russian networks.
“Physical attacks on networks is not something the U.S. wants to do because we don’t want to set a precedent for other countries to do it as well, including against us,” he said. “My own view is that our response shouldn’t be covert — it should overt, for everybody to see.”
Well, we’ve already told folks it’s going to happen, so that’s pretty overt if you ask me.
The Obama administration is debating just that question, officials say — whether to respond to Russia via cyber means, or with traditional measures such as sanctions.
Yes, those work well. Just ask Iran.
The CIA’s cyber operation is being prepared by a team within the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence, documents indicate. According to officials, the team has a staff of hundreds and a budget in the hundreds of millions, they say.
The covert action plan is designed to protect the U.S. election system and insure that Russian hackers can’t interfere with the November vote, officials say.
Sure, U.S. officials have their hands full manipulating the vote and counting the ballots of dead folks. They don’t need any help from Russia.
Another goal is to send a message to Russia that it has crossed a line, officials say.
Just like that red line in Syria?
We’ll just have to wait and see, but we could have much bigger things to worry about in the coming weeks than whether Trump ever saw beauty queen contestants naked.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]