In the wake of the Snowden "revelations" on the NSA's spying on virtually everyone (probably God, too... maybe that's what the remote viewing projects of American intelligence were all about), many of you emailed me that maybe the typewriter would stage a comeback.

Well, this one is interesting because maybe Russia was listening in:

The Typewriter Is Back — to Save Privacy

Just in case you missed it:

"That appears to be the rationale behind the Russian government's decision to purchase new typewriter equipment. The country's Federal Guard Agency has placed an order for 486,000 roubles worth of electric typewriters, according to the Russian procurement service website.

"Granted, that's only about $15,000 worth, an estimated 20 typewriters, but this is just one order. More important is the revelation given by a source at the agency to Russia's Izvestiya newspaper: the Defense ministry, the Emergencies ministry and the "special services" are already creating documents on non-electronic devices. President Putin is already receiving some of his correspondence this way, Izvestiya said.

"'After scandals with the distribution of secret documents by WikiLeaks and the exposes by Edward Snowden,' the anonymous source explained, 'it has been decided to expand the practice of creating paper documents' — especially because each document can be traced back to its unique typewriter signature."

This is, in a way, an intriguing backhanded admission on Russia's part - if the story is true - that their computer industry simply cannot keep pace with the galloping expansion of capabilities in the West. More importantly, it's another signal that Russia will do anything it can, including rely on an "obsolete" technology, to preserve its national sovereignty and the integrity of its confidential communications.

Culturally, the trend is even more interesting. We are indeed reaching a point in human history where the choices are increasingly to join in the growing technocratic state, or, to the extent possible, opting out, and sending typewritten letters the old fashioned-snail-mail way.  If the story is true, Russia isn't opting out, they just don't want others listening in.  And that raises another significant point.

It's been well-known since the Clinton era if not before, that the NSA was spying on virtually everyone. And "everyone" in this case means the other great powers: France, Britain, Italy, Germany, China, India, you know, the usual list. And they probably kept a few Smith Coronas, Royals, and Selectrics around just for good measure. Unfortunately, those typewriters aren't going to help too much in financial markets that are increasingly electronic...

... and if you're going to wage cyber-economic warfare against the ultimate insider trading mechanism, you'd better have a few Crays handy, and some pretty astute programers.

Oh yea, I forgot, Russia's defense ministry recently called for a vast new recruitment of computer programmers too. Typewriters, and computer programmers.

It's an odd combination that suggests Russia is planning for the long term. Now, as my co-author Scott De Hart points out, the purchase of electric typewriters will only spur the NSA to come up with some device to decipher all the keystrokes by reading the minutest variations in electricity (yea, they'd probably try).


Dear Mr. Putin, if you want to be completely safe, better buy a lot of purely manual typewriters, and when the ribbons run out, burn them, because otherwise you'll have CIA dumpster divers all over Moscow, diving in dumpsters for your typewriter ribbons. And we're not joking either; those people really are that power mad. Sincerely yours, JPF, and SDdH.

See you on the flip side.

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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. DownunderET on July 25, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Now I know the world has really gone nuts, typewriters et al, where is all this going?

    In the pursuit of “snooping the world”, TPTB will stop at nothing to get the “one upmanship” over his historical enemy, however this enemy is created by the one doing the snooping.

    Once again we see the madness of the American agencies and their never ending sabre rattling and political blow hard polices.

  2. Elm on July 25, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    This is the thing with psychopaths & control freaks… enough is never enough – more is always more. There is usually no end to their predation until they are finally stopped. Barring this, these degenerate & pretentious embicles would suck in the entire world, & this still wouldn’t be enough.

    Reminds one of the movie Scarface, in particular the scene in which Al Pacino has his face buried in a pile of cocaine. For some, more is never enough. It has been said, death was instituted by the Creator so as to place limits on evil. This is why they’re always trying to achieve physical immortality. But as it goes… “What if one could possess the entire world, but lose one’s soul?” Selling one’s soul for a bowl of lentils isn’t really such a bargain, even if it is done under a guise or pretence of virtue.. The soul always knows.

    • henry on July 26, 2013 at 5:20 am

      One can see the U.S. through a very different “PRISM” after rewatching “National treasure” movie. The one always knows will find the “treasure” of the Templar knights. There is a bright future for humanity.

  3. marcos toledo on July 25, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Well it back to the future for the CIA, DIA, NSA and xterra. Good old steam irons to open up all those type written letters the secret services and others around the world will be using to send through old fashion sail mail. Oops Congress is getting rid of the USPS to for stall that.

    • Robert Barricklow on July 25, 2013 at 1:45 pm

      Yes Congress required the Post Office to fund its retirement heathcare cost 75 yrs into the future. Passed both houses, ect., ect.
      A poison pill the mainstream press put down some Orwellian memory hole.
      NSA the National Spy Agency(really an international spy agency whose main function is as a financial protection/blackmail operation.

      • Elm on July 25, 2013 at 4:55 pm

        Yes indeed, to be appointed to positions of influence & authority within the system, one must be compromised or willing to be compromised, either financially or sexually. Those willing to be compromised eventually become some of the most compromised of all. Going along to get along in beginning, ends by not being able to refuse to go along & whatever this entails.

        • Robert Barricklow on July 26, 2013 at 8:47 am

          I’am stealing this Elm.
          Putting it in my tool kit.
          A great monkey wrench.
          Fits so many nuts & bolts in the paid for; signed, sealed, & delivered political machine.

        • Margaret on July 27, 2013 at 5:21 am

          You never get to lead
          in the Faustian waltz
          when you dance with the devil.
          But … truth be told …
          you can change partners.

          • Robert Barricklow on July 27, 2013 at 8:27 am

            Never give a sword to a man who can’t dance.

  4. jedi on July 25, 2013 at 8:24 am

    In intel circles its called operation Charolettes web….the web we weave….

    The computer was known as enter the net…fishes and spiders going at it with the lords of the flies food….because the russian bear loves those fruits of the hard working honey bees.

    the leaches beat them all and cure the host, eating up the fly larvae in the decaying meat..

    ..anyone for a game of musical chairs? after pin the tail on the donkey?

    • Robert Barricklow on July 25, 2013 at 8:57 am

      Well done.
      Now you just need to do is
      sprinkle some “smart dust” around,

      Still, the real elephant in the room
      isn’t even seen, felt, or…
      for that matter known.
      (Even for those in the business of no’s/knowns.)

      • jedi on July 25, 2013 at 9:13 am

        God created animals that eat animals, or did he/her, the big animals eat plants, davinchi had an opinion on this difference….why are we behaving like animals running the game program of win lose?…..could that be the elephant in the room?

        • Robert Barricklow on July 25, 2013 at 9:36 am

          It’s a web of life,
          not a eat or be eaten.

          As far as the elephant in the room?
          You actually have written about it.
          It’s very small.

          I’am thinking
          in broadstoke

          • jedi on July 25, 2013 at 9:58 am

            big things have small beginning,

          • Robert Barricklow on July 25, 2013 at 1:54 pm

            And with a great deal of ingenuity, parasites learn how to avoid or overcome the elaborate defence systems of their host, making almost any environment habitable.
            It’s one thing to resists the attacks of a host environment, but parasites are able to go better, not just defending against their host but reprogramming it, at the host’s expense, to better suit the parasite’s own needs.

            No small feat.
            And this type of deception is writ large across the universe.

          • Elm on July 25, 2013 at 8:29 pm

            Yes Robert, the cancer virus cloaks itself in human DNA to avoid detection by the immune system. Primarily, the cell is damaged & then infiltrated by fungal DNA & their mycotoxins. A cell does not decide to mutate of its own accord. The mutating cell theory of cancer is both false & an obfuscation. The cell is “mutated.”

            As for parasites, by-en-large they keep beneath the radar until you attempt to get rid of them. Then no more Mr. Nice Microbe. Sort of like what occurred during Andrew Jackson’s Presidency. Control of a nation’s currency tops all other concerns with these guys. This way, national destinies & interests are either made or broken in an expansion or contraction of credit. Absent a control of one’s currency, we the people have no voice – An alleged democracy a pretence for tyranny.

            What we have today is what is meant by “totalitarian democracy,” wherein while granted the right to vote, the people have little or no access to participation in the decision-making processes of government. Not to mention the several states of the union were founded as a republican form of government. A “democratic” form of government no matter how ill-advised it may be, & ignorance & immorality among the populace, cannot co-exist.

            Ignorance breeds DemoCrazy which then mutates (or is mutated) into a scientific demoBracy – a covert rule orchestrated through a reactionary mob whose uninformed “opinion” is magically divined & calculated by the system & its feudal overlords. This is a Total Cartel or Collectivizing form of government.

            As did Hitler, Collectivists are adept at exploiting the weakness of democracy, to destroy democracy as a perceived workable or popular virtue. The struggle over America today, are the claims of the Collective Hive Mind, vs that of the human mind & individual.

          • Robert Barricklow on July 26, 2013 at 9:08 am

            Well put Elm.
            The U.S. was never much the peoples’ govt. writ large by Lincoln’s of, for & by the people. Although he understood the power of money & tried to make it mankind’s servant, instead of his master; the Rothschild’s bullet vote took him out.
            Today we have the money-and-media election complex; the internet may be perfecting it.
            And as jedi alluded to:
            Parasites can infest all manner of creature, and the tiniest can be the most effective. That is especially true when one looks through the microscope, to see protozoa that hide themselves in cloaks made from our own cells, or viruses that write themselves into our DNA.
            In fact, the private debt-based-sequential money system’s DNA, is 100% cancerous, as you yourself Elm have allude to.
            I concur; sadly, it’s an apt description.

          • jedi on July 26, 2013 at 2:26 pm

            across the universe, sigh….explains why i have been getting some very serious negative attention from the morans in the secret societies….makes sense though, …blame the messanger that was born in a manger.

            i am teetering from caring anymore, they always follow the free lunch, the delusion of being mortal has gripped them….fascinating the sheer stupidity of the average john q.

  5. jedi on July 25, 2013 at 8:00 am

    they will just place chips in the photocopiers, worked during the 80s anyways.

    The eye opener is they showed us those ram chips in early star trek episodes with spocks tricorder.

  6. Sagnacity on July 25, 2013 at 6:14 am

    Spying on God? What if that was tried, and God didn’t exist? Or more frighteningly what if the act spying created God (well an all powerful entity)?

    Anyhow I don’t think Mr Snowden was working in those departments. It’s very unlikely that anyone at Booz-Hamilton has access to fully functional quantum computers and developed psychotronics. That last could certainly spy on the output of a typewriter.

    • Robert Barricklow on July 25, 2013 at 8:59 am

      I like it!
      Good one!

    • henry on July 25, 2013 at 2:46 pm

      “(probably God, too… maybe that’s what the remote viewing projects of American intelligence were all about)”
      reminds me of what Bill Wood (a remote viewer interviewed by projectcamelot) said about a “wall of light” blocking their visions on December 21, 2012.
      He said such “future peeping” operations have to do with manipulation of timelines.
      Coupled with Richard Hoagland’s recount of high reading of torsion energy around the Mayan pyramids also in late December, 2012.
      I wonder if remote viewing was blocked/interrupted on that day was due to some kind of change in the torsion field, maybe something from the Sun?

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