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“Let’s not wake the Fuehrer just yet and tell him they are invading at Normandy.”


Given this post on CNN’s site  regarding a New York Times article today  is relatively short I’ll post it in its entirety here for the readers review.

The US is escalating cyber attacks on Russia’s electric power grid and has placed potentially crippling malware inside the Russian system, The New York Times reported Saturday.

The placement of the malware that deep within the Russian grid had never previously been attempted, the Times reports, and is intended partly as a warning and also to put the US in a position to conduct cyber attacks should a significant conflict arise with Russia.

Two administration officials told the Times they believed President Donald Trump had not been briefed in any detail about the US computer code being implanted inside the Russian grid.

Pentagon and intelligence officials describe to the Times “broad hesitation” to tell Trump about the details of the operations against Russia. They tell the Times there was concern over how Trump would react, and the possibility that Trump might reverse the operations or discuss it with foreign officials.

In 2017, Trump shared highly classified information with the Russian foreign minister and Russian ambassador to the US in a White House meeting, The Washington Post first reported and CNN later confirmed.

In interviews with current and former government officials over the past three months with the Times, officials describe the deployment of US computer code into Russia’s grid and other targets as part of a shift to a more offensive strategy.

The incursion into the Russian electric power grid seems to have been conducted under new legal authorities in the military authorization bill passed by Congress last year, the Times reports. Under the law, the defense secretary can authorize, without special presidential approval, routine “clandestine military activity” in cyberspace, according to the Times.

Trump issued new authorities last summer to the United States Cyber Command, which is part of the Pentagon and runs the US military’s defensive and offensive online operations, the Times reports. The classified document gives the commander of Cyber Command, Gen. Paul Nakasone, the power to conduct offensive online operations without needing presidential approval.

The Trump administration declined to describe to the Times specific actions it was taking under these new authorities.

Current and former officials tell the Times the US has put reconnaissance probes into the Russian grid since at least 2012.

Nakasone and White House national security adviser John Bolton declined, through spokesmen, to answer questions from the Times about the incursions, and the White House did not respond to CNN’s request for comment.

Officials at the National Security Council declined to comment to the Times, but said they had no national security concerns about the details of the Times’ reporting.

Do you see where my concern rests here?

Ok.. let me point it out by quoting the paragraph.

“Two administration officials told the Times they believed President Donald Trump had not been briefed in any detail about the US computer code being implanted inside the Russian grid.

“Pentagon and intelligence officials describe to the Times “broad hesitation” to tell Trump about the details of the operations against Russia. They tell the Times there was concern over how Trump would react, and the possibility that Trump might reverse the operations or discuss it with foreign officials.”

When I first heard this stated on CNN TV I was in relative shock.  Is this suggesting that someone working for the government either in the intel community or some military extension of some cyber-sleuthing agency actually did a pre-empted activity against another sovereign nation and the President was not notified???

Oh.. no question I totally understand the apprehension.. if there was any… in informing Trump for the reasons given above.  But that does NOT give any person or agency in government the authority to act on their own toward another nation.  Now.. I also understand that this was not really an “attack” but rather a kind of injecting of code malware routines that can be activated later.

But wait… it seems Congress passed a bill when the GOP was running the show allowing this, according to the above report…

“The incursion into the Russian electric power grid seems to have been conducted under new legal authorities in the military authorization bill passed by Congress last year, the Times reports. Under the law, the defense secretary can authorize, without special presidential approval, routine “clandestine military activity” in cyberspace, according to the Times.”

“Trump issued new authorities last summer to the United States Cyber Command, which is part of the Pentagon and runs the US military’s defensive and offensive online operations, the Times reports. The classified document gives the commander of Cyber Command, Gen. Paul Nakasone, the power to conduct offensive online operations without needing presidential approval.”

What am I missing here, folks?  Are we, as a nation, so blind to the idea of zero’s and one’s being ANY threat to the nation?  Not only are we ignoring the overall importance of Russia messing with our election process, or any other nation wanting to probe our networks for our secrets or to affect the changes they want to see in our politics, now a GOP Congress gave permission for offensive cyber   actions to a General without having to inform the President??

 

I’m A Believer In The Constitution –

Which means the President is Commander-in-Chief and should be making decisions of this nature, or at least being informed.  Yes.. the current President is an incompetent buffoon and by himself alone he represents a clear and present danger to the country.  But the Constitution was followed in placing him in office… and should be followed while he still occupies that office.  If this rather strange element of the McCain Military Authorization Bill allows for not needing to go through the President on offensive actions of this kind toward other countries.. it damn well better not be simply because of some personal reluctance on what Trump himself may or my not do.. even if he screws up and tips our hand.  Just another reason to GET RID OF THE CLOWN!  I certainly didn’t have a chance to vote for this Gen. Nakasone, nor did anyone else.

So.. if we try and think this out further…. why let this entire thing go public?  Likely it was an attempt to communicate “something” to Putin.  Not sure what we expect him to do with it.  Imagine if Putin made public that he implanted some malware that’s just sitting on our utility grids waiting for him to set off against us.  What would WE do?  Why am I thinking the movie, “Telefon” here… (Bronson)… where an old Cold War Soviet sabotage plan to activate sleeper spies in the U.S. against strategic targets, became totally forgotten until some future renegade decide to activate the “sleepers” with a hypnotic implanted code word.  Who’s to say some long forgotten Putin-era and/or Trump-era malware gets activated 20 years from now by some leftover programmer with an agenda.  Well, that’s for future guardians to watch out for.  We have a here-and-now to worry about.

People just have NO concept how vulnerable our electric grid is… and the apocalyptic effect if the electric is turned off.  Now a GOP Congress put a General in charge without needing to inform the President on what he is doing….

 

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