April 16th, 2014
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THE BACKLASH OF (AND HOLES IN) THE NSA SPYING

Ever since Edward Snowden “revealed” what everyone already knew, namely, that America’s Reichsicherheithauptamt… er… National Security Agency, was spying on everyone, and with the more recent realization that this was as much about the “ultimate insider trading mechanism” and monitoring international finances as it was about “terrorism,” there has been a growing economic, and now as we shall see, security backlash.

For example, a few weeks ago I blogged at different times about the growing economic backlash against the USA as a result of these “revelations.” Brazil, for example, which had contracts with the US firm of Boeing for fighter jets, cancelled these contracts, and placed an order with Sweden’s Saab company for similar fighters with similar capabilities. Their reason was obvious: national security. Brazil simply no longer trusted the USA to provide them “backdoor free” fighters. Given that arms are about the only major American export any more (besides poisonous GMO seeds), this is not welcome news, and if the trend continues, other countries will seek their armaments from other countries. Brazil’s President Rouseff additionally joined France’s Hollande and Germany’s Merkel in the call for the development of their own “US-free internet”.

But there’s more blowback on the way:

How Much Is NSA Spying Costing In Lost Productivity?

The article already hints at yet another looming economic problem:

“Remember, American and British spy agencies have intentionally weakened security for many decades. And it’s getting worse and worse. For example, they plan to use automated programs to infect millions of computers.

“How much time and productivity have we lost in battling viruses let in because of the spies tinkering? How much have we lost because “their” computer programs conflict with “our” programs?

“Indeed, Microsoft’s general counsel labels government snooping an “advanced persistent threat,” a term generally used to describe teams of hackers that coordinate cyberattacks for foreign governments.  It is well-known  among IT and security professionals  that hacking decreases employee productivity.    While they’re usually referring to hacking by private parties, the same is likely true for hacking by government agencies, as well.”:

In other words, it may not be long before US manufacturers and software corporations are faced with foreign competition both in hardware and software, given growing fears of US snooping. While it is unthinkable to imagine such competition for Apple or Microsoft now, it will inevitably occur if the US and American suppliers are unable to restore trust and confidence in their products.

But there’s another looming problem, and one far more serious. For all their efforts, it appears that Russia has not been merely sitting on its gas pipelines twiddling its fingers and doing nothing. Indeed, I also blogged on this site about Russian purchases of typewriters, to avoid the possibility of domestic interception of classified documents and communications, and many individuals are now once again resorting to snail mail for personal communications. Remember that typewriter thing, and check this out:

Military & Defense More: NSA The White House Is ‘Very Nervous’ About Russia’s New Ability To Evade NSA Spying

I rather suspect that more than just the White House is nervous about Russia’s apparent ability to avoid the NSA’s ever-sniffing nose, for such a capability is bound to have the financial oligarchs worried as well, for the lack of ability to monitor Russian military communications implies a similar lack of ability concerning its domestic electronic clearing. Of course, the Russian military is anything but incompetent, and while it could have accomplished its recent maneuvers “the old fashioned way” with radio silence, typewritten messages, and motorcycle couriers, it is doubtful that it did so. The crux of the difficulty is aptly summarized here:

“Russian leaders either ‘deliberately avoided communicating about the invasion or simply found a way to do so without detection by the U.S.,’ the Journal writes.

One does not coordinate the vast special forces and military resources of Russia without communications of some sort, and given the speed and precision with which Russia responded to the situation in the Crimean peninsula and the threat against its Black Sea Fleet bases posed by the USA-sponsored coup d’etat in the Ukraine, this author has difficulty believing that Moscow pulled off this feat “the old fashioned way,” and whether they did or not does not, as far as US policy-makers are concerned, really matter, for the worst case scenario implied by the NSA’s apparent inability to penetrate Russian communications is that Russia has developed a fairly sophisticated means to avoid such electronic snooping, a kind of cyber-updated counter-intelligence version of SMERSH if you will. (And given the current US track record in the region, they might be considering a revival of the old fashioned SMERSH in Moscow as well. As I’ve said many times, two can play the covert warfare, psyops, and drones game).
It’s not just that possibility that may have them burning the midnight oil in the Washington and London snake pits either, for imagine if Russia decides, as a component of its international geopolitics, to sell or share that capability with, say, India, China, or (in a real counter-coup of its own), Germany, or France, or Brazil.  Such agreements would not, of course, ever be announced, or if they were, would only be in the form of a generalized statement: … oh, by the way, we sold license agreements on System X technology to…” Or, nothing might be said at all, and it would only become apparent when there was sudden silence where before there was regular noise.
Though the Russian action and capability were demonstrated – quietly of course – a few weeks ahead of schedule, the message to the cesspools in Washington and London seems rather clear:
“April fools, boys!”
See you on the flip side.

TWO MEMBERS OF THE BRICSA NATIONS PUSH BACK ON GMOS

There’s been more news from two BRICSA nations, in this case Brazil and South Africa, pushing back against western agribusiness giants and their GMOs. Brazil’s federal appeals court has issued a ruling stopping cultivation in Brazil of Bayer’s GM corn(maize) in that country, and South Africa has forced Mon(ster)santo to withdraw advertisements in that country[More...]

CHINA SLAMS US HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS

Yes, you read that headline correctly. The Chinese government is calling into question the USA’s human rights record. Check out this article from Zero Hedge’s “Tyler Durden”: China Strikes Back at US Human Rights Violations The article, as you’ll note, specifically references the NSA spying-Ed Snowden affair as the primary violation of human rights that the[More...]

THE PUSHBACK CONTINUES: BRAZIL AND EU DISCUSS INDEPENDENT CABLE INTERNET TO BYPASS US SPYING

Over the course of following the blowback from the NSA electronic espionage on everyone and everything, a.k.a. the Ed Snowden affair, one of the things that I have been stressing is that the surveillance isn’t as much as it is about terrorism or national security, though it certainly is that, but about much more, and[More...]

THE ECONOMIC AND DEFENSE CONSEQUENCES OF UNBRIDLED ELECTRONIC ESPIONAGE…

This one is a rather interesting article, and we can expect more of the same.  Brazil, it seems, has cancelled a fighter-jet contract with the USA’s Boeing, in favor of a deal with Sweden for the Swedish Gripin fighter jet(thanks to Mr. VT for bring this to our attention): ‘NSA ruined it!’ Brazil ditches Boeing[More...]

TIDBIT: BRAZIL AND GERMANY UNITE TO DRAFT UN RESOLUTION CONDEMNING NSA SPYING

This is an interesting story: again I won’t comment but to say that I’ve been predicting a slow, gradual German drift into the BRICSA orbit: Brazil, Germany Drafting UN Anti-Spying Resolution To General Assembly To Curb U.S. Surveillance By NSA

PUTIN AND SYRIA: THE DAILY BELL’S TAKE

As many of you know, I like the UK’s Daily Bell, the libertarian-Austrian economics-oriented internet site that, until a few weeks ago, was a regular feature here. Then The Daily Bell suddenly “quit”, and, as many of you know, is now back. While I have questions and disagreements with aspects of Austrian economics, their perspective is always[More...]

NEWS AND VIEWS FROM THE NEFARIUM SEPT 19, 2013

Joseph comments on the following articles: EGYPT SETS PATH TO REJECTION OF IMF BRAZIL: PURGING AMERICA’S NSA FROM ITS INTERNET RUSSIA SEEKS PRIVITIZATION IN GREECE Sour over Syria: American senators attack Russian banks

BRICSA NATIONS CAPITALIZE THEIR DEVELOPMENT BANK AT $100 BILLION

We’ve been blogging over the past few years on this site about the development of the BRICSA entente cordial as a geopolitical counterweight to the waning political and moral capital of the West, and more importantly, as a response to post Cold War American unipolarism. As a component of our analysis here, I have pointed out[More...]

“TRIMMING” OVERSEAS INVESTMENTS: J.P MORGAN, AND THE WIDER IMPLICATIONS

This article from the Wall Street Journal  was sent to me by Ms. K, and I’m sharing it for obvious reasons. During the course of her visit with me last summer, former Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Catherine Austin Fitts, outlined a sweeping scenario that, to this day, leaves me rather breathless in appreciation.[More...]