TWO CAN PLAY THE COVERT OPERATIONS GAME: RUSSIA CREATES NATIONAL ...April 22, 2016
There's been an interesting, but entirely predictable, development in Russia in recent weeks, and regular readers here will have come to expect it. For years I've been predicting that America's foreign policy of the post-9/11 years, which has relied increasingly on covert operations, false flag events, and non-governmental sponsorship of revolutionary groups such as in the Ukraine, was a self-defeating policy. For one thing, such covert operations, in the age of the internet, are increasingly difficult to execute successfully, for a whole global cottage industry has grown up, parsing and analyzing such events almost as soon as they occur. You'll also recall that in some blogs on this website, I've raised the possibility that the strange events in the San Francisco Bay area of California, with the cutting of internet cables in precise locations, or the incident involving a power substation at the southern end of Silicon Valley in which what were apparently a very professional team knocked out the substation before local law enforcement could respond, were potentially foreign covert operations.
In this light, consider the following developments:
The creation of Russia's new interior national guard has called forth some commentary, and of course, most of the west sees it (or rather, has seized upon it as a story of opportunity to demonize Mr. Putin once again) as a kind of Russian version of the Nazi Brownshirts, i.e., as the creation of a private army for Mr. Putin. Of course, on the face of it this is ridiculous. More sobering analyses have been offered by The Saker (on his website) and others that take the much more reasonable position that this is the inevitable response to the potential for a USA-sponsored "color revolution" or covert op against Mr. Putin and the Russian government in general. In short, this guard is the "anti-covert ops squad."
I suggest however, that the key context for interpreting the first article might lie in the second article, which has this intriguing bit of information(I'm citing the whole article here):
Germany’s Bild has published excerpts from a new book by Boris Reitschuster titled Putin’s Secret War that suggests that Moscow is organizing special military units inside Germany and other Western countries that the Kremlin could use to destabilize these states in the event of a crisis.Although Reitschuster’s claims are disputed, one indication that they likely deserve to be taken seriously is that when his materials appeared in Bild on Monday, hackers immediately took down his email account.According to Reitschuster, the units which have a membership of 300 in Germany alone are organized as sports clubs but are led by Russian GRU and military officers according to an order given by Vladimir Putin to create such diversionary groups in Germany and other countries of Europe.Reitschuster says that this organization, known as “the System,” is a potentially important resource for Putin “in his secret war against the West.” Members of these units have exercises in the Swiss Alps and the Czech Republic and often go to Russia for advanced training.According to the German publication, members of “the System” are “active in the ranks of right extremist sects, the right-wing radical movement European Patriots Against the Islamization of the West (Pegida), and in disinformation campaigns among Germans from Russia.”