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Guy Debord: “Spectacular domination’s first priority was to eradicate historical knowledge in general; beginning with just about all rational information and commentary on the most recent past…. All experts serve the state and the media and only in that way do they achieve their status. Every expert follows his master, for all former possibilities for independence have been gradually reduced to nil by present society’s mode of organization. The most useful expert, of course, is the one who can lie. With their different motives, those who need experts are falsifiers and fools. Whenever individuals lose the capacity to see things for themselves, the expert is there to offer an absolute reassurance…. Such a perfect democracy constructs its own inconceivable foe, terrorism. Its wish is to be judged by its enemies rather than by its results. The story of terrorism is written by the state and it is therefore highly instructive. The spectators must certainly never know everything about terrorism, but they must always know enough to convince them that, compared with terrorism, everything else must be acceptable, or in any case more rational and democratic.” Comments on the Society of the Spectacle, 1988, 1988)

 

Beyond 1984 Details

  1. geodesic radar domes (radomes) at Menwith Hill, Yorkshire, England, 2005  —  LINK
    Menwith Hill is the largest intelligence-gathering, interception and surveillance base outside the US. Run by the NSA, it is a ground station for satellites operated by the National Reconnaissance Office.
  2. Misawa Security Operations Center (MSOC), Japan  —  LINK
    Operated by the NSA at Misawa Air Base, MSOC, code named LADYLOVE, sucks up digital communications and internet data transmitted amongst satellites in the Asia-Pacific sphere.
  3. Grey Eagle Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)  —  LINK
    Built by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, the Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) drone “Provide[s] a long-endurance, persistent Intelligence, Surveillance and
    Reconnaissance (ISR) and tactical strike capability.”
  4. Pine Gap Station, Australia  —  LINK
    Agencies operating at Pine Gap include the CIA, NSA, and NRO. ABC Australia reported “Pine Gap, provides detailed geolocation intelligence to the US military that can be used to locate targets, including for special forces and drone strikes” and, focusing on NSA surveillance, quotes Univ of Melbourne Prof Richard Tanter: “Pine Gap is involved, for example, in the geolocation of cell phones used by people throughout the world, from the Pacific to the edge of Africa … It shows us that Pine Gap knows the geolocations, it derives the phone numbers, it often derives the content of any communications, it provides the ability for the American military to identify and place in real time the location of targets of interest.”
  5. NRO Launch 39, a National Reconnaissance Office satellite launched in Dec 2013  —  LINK
    A document released (see file’s page 7) thru FOIA describes
    the mindset of the design and messaging:
    “The NROL-39 mission is represented by the Octopus. Throughout the animal kingdom, few animals are as versatile and adaptable as the Octopus. Highly intelligent, the octopus uses its tentacles to reach prey in even the most intricate spaces. Emblematically, our enemies can be reached no matter where they choose to hide. ‘Nothing is Beyond Our Reach’ best defines this mission and the value it brings to our nation.”
  6. NSA glowering eagle’s talons plugged into U.S. telecommunications system  —  LINK
    Graphic by Electronic Frontier Foundation is the logo for its files on NSA Spying including NSA Surveillance History Timeline from December 15, 1791 through November, 9 2015
  7. NATO Fake News: “We are threatened by Russia”  —  LINK
    No to War – No to NATO; International Network to delegitimize NATO
    So-called papers of record like the NYT did not see fit to report on the December 12, 2017 release by the National Security Archive of the documents detailing what Soviet Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev was promised in 1990-91 by Western leaders concerning the reunification of Germany. Not only did Gorbachev agree to reunification but also that the new Germany would be a member of NATO. The President of the USSR agreed to this in part due to “U.S. Secretary of State James Baker’s famous ‘not one inch eastward’ assurance about NATO expansion in his meeting with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on February 9, 1990.”
  8. War Department Corps of Intelligence Police  —  LINK
    In “Surveillance and Scandal – Weapons in an Emerging Array for U.S. Global Power” author and historian Alfred McCoy explores the “long-term relationship between American state surveillance and political scandal … Not only does such surveillance help gain intelligence advantageous to U.S. diplomacy, trade relations, and war-making, but it also scoops up intimate information for leverage—akin to blackmail—in sensitive global dealings and negotiations of every sort. The NSA’s global panopticon thus fulfills an ancient dream of empire. With a few computer key strokes, the agency has solved the problem that has bedeviled world powers since at least the time of Caesar Augustus: how to control unruly local leaders, who are the foundation for imperial rule, by ferreting out crucial, often scurrilous, information to make them more malleable.”
    More than a century ago, euphemism was not yet coin of the realm for obfuscating reality. Founded in 1917 by Captain Ralph van Deman (pronounced, /’dēmən/), later dubbed “the father of U.S. Military Intelligence,” The War Department Corps of Intelligence Police implemented for the first time signals intercept, aerial photography, interrogation units, and counterintelligence agents.
    By Professor McCoy: “Surveillance Blowback The Making of the U.S. Surveillance State, 1898-2020, (TomDispatch.com 2013) and 35 minute interview about this in Jeff Blankfort’s Takes on the World.
  9. Destruction of WTC North Tower 11 Sep 2001  —  LINK
    Photograph by Detective Greg Semendinger, NYPD Aviation Unit / AP Photo
    Start with Prof. Edward Curtin: “Why I Don’t Speak of 9/11 Anymore”; study History Commons’ Complete 911 Timeline and 2001 Anthrax Attacks
  10. USAF Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird  —  LINK
    Abbreviated for Strategic Reconnaissance, the SR-71, the fastest air-breathing manned aircraft, was ordered by the CIA and operated by the USAF from 1964 to 1998.
  11. National Security Agency Seal  —  LINK
  12. National Imagery and Mapping Agency Seal (NIMA)  —  LINK
    The precursor of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, NIMA was created in 1996 merging the Defense Mapping Agency, Central Imagery Office, Defense Dissemination Program Office and National Photographic Interpretation Center, and also incorporated parts of the Central Intelligence Agency, Defense Airborne Reconnaissance Office, Defense Intelligence Agency and National Reconnaissance Office. (NGA.mil)
  13. U.S. Strategic Command Seal  —  LINK
    USSTRATCOM combines U.S. legacy nuclear command and control with responsibility for space operations; global strike; global missile defense; and global command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (www.stratcom.mil)
  14. DARPA Information Awareness Office Seal  —  LINK
    From: “Surveillance Capitalism – Monopoly-Finance Capital, the Military-Industrial Complex, and the Digital Age,” by John Bellamy Foster and Robert W. McChesney (Monthly Review, 1 Jul 2014):

    National Security Decision Directive Number 145, authored by John Poindexter and signed by President Ronald Reagan on September 17, 1984,
    “would have centralized control over all computer databases in the United States, allowing the military to examine private computer databases for ‘sensitive but unclassified information’—making the NSA a computer czar.”
    With a strong outcry from private industry it was withdrawn.
    “Poindexter reemerged in 2002 as the head of the Information Awareness Office in DARPA, designed to implement the technological basis for the Total Information Awareness (TIA) Program, to be carried out by the NSA, and directed at aggregating and analyzing all digitalized communications of the U.S. population….”
    Although it was shut down in 2003, “[c]lose watchers of the U.S. empire recognized that Congress’s attempt to close down Poindexter’s TIA Program had only been partly successful. Faced with Congressional opposition DARPA and the NSA shifted the program to private industry, where a deeper level of secrecy existed, since government accountability was less. As Chalmers Johnson wrote in his Dismantling the Empire in 2010:

    “However, Congress’s action did not end the ‘total information awareness’ program. The National Security Agency secretly decided to continue it through its private contractors. The NSA easily persuaded SAIC [Science Applications International Corporation] and Booz Allen Hamilton to carry on with what Congress had declared to be a violation of the privacy rights of the American public—for a price. As far as we know, Admiral Poindexter’s ‘Total Information Awareness Program’ is still going strong today.” (pp 104-5)

    “Such a transfer was more readily carried out, given that McConnell, in his capacity as director of the intelligence business at Booz Allen, was already contracting with Poindexter and the Total Information Awareness program. Hence program design, technology, and funding could be readily shifted out of the government into the shadowy world of military contracting. It remained linked to the NSA and its overall super-secret, post-9/11 operation for the domestic surveillance of all Americans. Known in official documents as the ‘President’s Surveillance Program,’ intelligence insiders referred to it simply as ‘The Program.’ It was carried out under the supervision of NSA Director General Michael V. Hayden until 2005, who then moved on to become director of the CIA. Hayden’s replacement was the single-minded General Keith Alexander, whose motto was ‘Collect It All.’ Alexander stepped down as head of the NSA in March 2014, in the midst of the Snowden revelations, and was succeeded by Admiral Mike Rogers.
    “The relation between the intelligence establishment and the private contracting industry is a revolving door. McConnell, Bush’s director of national intelligence, is once again at Booz Allen, now as vice chairman; while James Clapper, Obama’s current director of national intelligence, is a former Booz Allen executive. Booz Allen is majority owned by the Carlyle Group, which specializes in private equity investment and ownership of military contractors. The Carlyle Group has been involved in some of the largest leveraged buyouts, and has long had a close relationship to the Bush family.
    “The Snowden files clearly reveal that while Poindexter’s TIA program within DARPA was being defunded by an irate Congress, the NSA had already commenced its own related secret program, part of the President’s Surveillance Program, beginning shortly after 9/11 with Boundless Informant, a warrantless wiretapping program directed at both telephony and email. It took considerably longer to get Prism, which (like Poindexter’s TIA) was directed at total Internet surveillance, up and running, since this required both new technology and cooperation with the major Internet corporations. The technological development and much of the actual surveillance work was to be increasingly centered in Booz Allen and other private contractors. Although the NSA itself has as many as 30,000 employees, it relies on a larger workforce of some 60,000 employed by private contractors.”

  15. Terrorist? CIA or Taliban? Ask The Victims of Drone Attacks  —  LINK
    Image at 3:29 from The REAL Cost of the War of Terror by James Corbett, Sep 2016.
    “The real cost [of the War of Terror] is paid in blood. The blood of a million dead Iraqis. The blood of the hundreds of thousands of murdered men, women and children in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The blood that is being shed right now in Syria, in Libya, in Yemen, and in all of the countries that have crossed through the crosshairs of the NATO, American and Israeli terrorists.
    “It’s measured in the devastation of towns and cities that once bustled with life. In the families torn apart by drone bombings. In the havoc of the hundreds of thousands forced to flee their homes, leave their families and their homeland and their former life behind as everything they knew is torn to shreds.
    “It’s measured in the blood of the servicemen and women themselves. Lied to, propagandized and indoctrinated their entire lives, given a ticket out of grinding poverty by the military, shot up with experimental vaccines and shoved into the meat grinder for tour of duty after tour of duty. And then, upon returning home, left to rot in rundown hospitals and ignored by the glad-handing politicians and their military-industrial cronies as a suicide epidemic gradually thins their ranks.
    “This is the true cost of the war of terror, and it is incalculable. And none of it, absolutely none of it, will come to an end until the public stops believing the false narrative of the war of terror and the lies that have brought it about.
    “Much like Santa Claus and the Easter bunny, the real terrorists can only survive if you believe in them.”
  16. shock and awe Iraq 2003  —  LINK
    From “Iraq +15: Accumulated Evil of the Whole,” by Nat Parry (Consortium News, 19 Mar 2018). See Also: How Many Millions of People Have Been Killed in America’s Post-9/11 Wars? – Part One: Iraq,?” by Nicolas J.S. Davies (Consortium News 22 Mar 2018)