THE IRS, THE EQUIFAX HACK, AND THE CUBA THINGOctober 13, 2017
Yesterday, you'll recall, I blogged about the latest twist in the strange Cuban embassy "sonic weapons" attack. That latest "twist" being that according to the Associated Press, the attacks were mostly targeted on American spies. Accepting for the sake of argument that this information was true, I argued yesterday that if that was the case, then the USA had a counter-intelligence nightmare on its hands, for the names of human agents are one of the mostly closely guarded secrets of any intelligence agency or apparatus. Such information, I argued, could only have come from one of three methods of penetrations into the American national security structure: (1) a human mole or moles highly placed in various agencies, (2) cyber-hacking into sensitive databases, or (3) some combination of both. Because of this implication of the AP story, I argued that there is now a huge, though obviously very quiet and secret, counter-intelligence effort under way within the various intelligence agencies of the USA; all, without exception - from ONI and AFOSI to the DIA, State Department, Treasury, the FBI and CIA - are now in high counter-intelligence gear.
In the middle of all of this we've had the story about the Equifax hack, and true to its incompetent form, the US goobernment appears to be committing a kind of cyber-suicide with its next move, for believe it or not, the Internal Revenue Service wants to hire Equifax to - you guessed it - "protect" American taxpayer data:
I reproduce the opening paragraphs just to make the stunning point:
Just hours after Equifax CEO Rick Smith wrapped up his testimony before the House Energy and Commerce committee – the first in a series of Congressional “fact-finding missions” about the hack - Politico reported that the IRS last week awarded the disgraced credit monitoring bureau with a $7.25 no-bid contract even as the company struggled to address suspicions that it mislead investors and customers by withholding information about one of the most damaging data breaches in US history.
Equifax famously waited more than a month to disclose that hackers had infiltrated its servers and absconded with the sensitive financial information of more than 140 million customers, sparking widespread outrage that only intensified after reporters discovered that several of the company’s senior executives – including its CFO – cashed out of shares and options in the weeks before the company came clean about the hack.
According to the terms of the IRS contract, Equifax would be responsible for verifying taxpayer identities and help prevent fraud under a no-bid contract issued last week.
As if the IRS's decision to entrust the disgraced credit bureau with sensitive taxpayer data wasn't galling enough, the agency seemingly fast-tracked the contract by classifying it as a “sole source order” – a designation that allows the agency to circumvent the bidding process by claiming a given vendor is the only one capable of executing the contract. However, the agency's justification for this designation is baffling, considering that there are two other credit bureaus in the US that offer a nearly identical suite of services.The notice describes the contract as a "sole source order," meaning Equifax is the only company deemed capable of providing the service. It says the order was issued to prevent a lapse in identity checks while officials resolve a dispute over a separate contract.
Lawmakers from both parties demanded an explanation from the agency, which has endured several memorable data-security lapses – including a 2015 breach that exposed the sensitive financial information of more than 100,000 taxpayers.
So what's really going on here?
I submit (high octane speculation again) that it's not about government incompetence or the usual "sleaze" factor one has come to expect from Washington. Rather, there is an agenda, and the agenda is precisely that we've seen elsewhere: to make all aspects of government transparent and beholden to large corporations - imagine a credit bureau with access to the IRS taxpayer database! - and not transparent or beholden to the people. In effect, what the IRS-Equifax merger (which is what it really is) is all about is the further perfection of collateral for a coming slave-state (we being the slaves of course). This model of the "perfection of collateral" has been discussed by former Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Catherine Fitts, and this merger seems to be an egregious example of it.
But the capital perfecters now have two huge problems: the Cuba embassy attacks, the recent Fitzgerald and John McCain incidents reveal the existence of sophisticated mind manipulation technologies, as well as technologies apparently able to target specific electrical systems. And as I also argued with respect to the Cuban embassy attacks and the revelation that they now appear to be targeting American human intelligence assets, such targeting can only imply either a highly placed mole or moles within the intelligence complex of the USA, or a profound cyber-hacking capability, or both. All this implies that their "perfection of collateral" is entirely "hackable" both from the database standpoint and from the standpoint of the collateral(us) itself.
In short, if, as many believe, the 'globaloneyists' are using mind manipulation and cyber technologies to manipulate us and our information, their opponents can easily do the same to them(and us).
Welcome to the mind and information war folks.
See you on the flip side...