Wednesday, September 21, 2016

OSINT NEWS- U.S. and Foreign Intelligence Agency Happenings!

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

THIS NEWSLETTER IS ALL ABOUT FOREIGN SPYING INSIDE AMERICA

     The 9/15/16 Issue of “Spy Agency Happenings!” newsletter is all about foreign intelligence services spying on America. I hand-picked articles that I thought would be of interest you.
     One article discusses how foreign spies have infiltrated our universities, according to an FBI report. You’ll also read about how Chinese and Russian spy services are aggressively accumulating and cross-indexing hacked U.S. computer databases, including security clearance applications, to target U.S. intelligence agents.
     Here’s some other hand-picked exposés featured in the newsletter:
• Ex-CIA officer says there’s more spies inside America that ever before.
• Germany has been spying on the U.S. and France since 2013.
• Israeli spying on U.S. is at terrifying levels.
• Netanyahu’s spying denials contradicted by NSA.
• Just how many foreign spies are inside America? Try over 100,000! No conspiracy theory here, just facts.
• FBI reports 53 percent increase in number of foreign spies trying to steal America’s secrets.
• Six Chinese charged with stealing America’s hi-tech secrets.

     Enjoy the 9/15/16 Issue of “Spy Agency Happenings!” and don’t forget to watch the videos on foreign spying inside America. Lastly, the Discussion Corner is a place for you to voice your opinion and thoughts on this topic.
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Saturday, September 3, 2016

Is Domestic Spying a good or bad thing?


Issue 9/3/16 “Spy Agency Happenings!” newsletter focuses on domestic spying in the U.S., Germany, and the UK. Here are some of the highlights:
  • The FBI has an entire army of people whose sole job is to do surveillance. Whether they are tracking a terrorist suspect or mobster or potential spy.
  • In 2013, the world was outraged to learn that the National Security Agency (NSA) had been spying on private communications on a mass scale. Do they still feel that way today?
  • The domestic spying argument doesn't have to be 'national security vs. Civil liberties'- both can exist together. You CAN have national security while preserving civil liberties.
  • The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) may have taken some fairly extreme liberties when it comes to collecting user data, but the organization hasn't acted on a whim. There was good reason for it to do so.
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  • The NSA’s domestic spying program, known in official government documents as the “President’s Surveillance Program,” ("The Program") was implemented by President George W. Bush.
  • The British spy agency GCHQ spies on Americans more than the NSA does.
  • Revelations of widespread U.S. spying on foreign Internet communications put a damper on President Obama's first state visit to Berlin. 
  • After Germany halted its internet surveillance targeting German companies and officials last May, their spy agency BND has resumed its spying operations in collaboration with the NSA.
  • Obama justifies NSA spying, reminding us that Paul Revere did it first. The POTUS argues that the US has always defended freedom through surveillance. President Obama said this in 2014 In a speech that was billed as an announcement of “reforms” to the NSA’s mass spying practices.
  • The director of the National Security Administration told Congress that more than 50 potential terrorist attacks have been thwarted by two controversial tracking programs.
  • The death of Osama bin Laden marked an important victory in the long war on terrorism. This article tells why.
  • Does spying on Americans protect the US? The NSA Director says it does. This article explains why.
  • Ever wonder how the NSA Domestic Spy Grid Works? This ex-military insider reveals how it functions.
  • The Intelligence Community (IC) focuses on data security and as a group of agencies, it has been spotlighted recently as being more open to sharing. Is there a controversy here?
     Don’t forget to express your opinions in the “Discussion Corner” inside the Issue 9/3/16 “Spy Agency Happenings!” newsletter and please take the short poll above. Thank you! 

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

WILL U.S. AND IRAN GET INTO FULL-SCALE NAVAL BATTLE?

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Iran’s provocative naval harassment of U.S. warships, a repeat of Operation Velayat-90, bellicose language, Assad’s unstable government needing a distraction, supersonic anti-ship Missiles and terrorists willing to use them… I hope the dots are never connected.
     U.S. 5th Fleet Navy ships are being harassed by Iranian patrol boats. There’s been three incidents in the last several days. In one encounter, a U.S. ship fired warning shots at an Iranian patrol boat with a .50 caliber machine gun to ward off a dangerous approach. 

     Could such naval skirmishes spark an all-out naval battle? I’d like to jog your memory about a similar incident of Iranian harassment of U.S. Navy ships… one that occurred on a much larger scale- Operation Velayat-90.

     Velayat occurred in 2011 and almost led to a full-scale naval battle between Iran and the U.S. It began when Iranian submarines, warships and C 14 class missile boats tested their might in the Sea of Oman. The saber-rattling operation was considered a “war game” by the Iranian government.

     Quite a “game” to play in the midst of U.S. warships. The Iranians laid anti-ship mines, auditioned their aerial drones, and fired missiles and torpedoes to show the world that they have the power to block oil from passing through the Strait of Hormuz. Their Navy's C 14 class missile boats test-fired the short range Nasr-1 anti-ship cruise missile to demonstrate their ability to destroy nearby American warships.

     What if the Iranian patrol boats that are presently harassing U.S. Navy warships begin carrying the Yakhont (SSN-26) missile? This deadly supersonic anti-ship missile can easily destroy an aircraft carrier. The Russian’s delivered them to Syria years ago, despite pleas from the U.S. that they could be obtained by terrorists. Could this lead to an all-out naval battle between Iran and the U.S.?

     Let me explain. As the situation in Syria deteriorates, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may create a distraction by surreptitiously supplying Hamas or another terrorist group with these weapons. What if, unbeknownst to Iran, an SSN-26 is launched by Hamas against an American aircraft carrier that frequents the Strait of Hormuz, like the USS Stennis or USS Abraham Lincoln? If Assad’s regime begins to crumble, a U.S./Iran showdown in the Strait of Hormuz would be to his benefit.  

     Getting back to the 2011 Operation Velayat-90. In addition to the “what if” trepidations, Iran’s bellicose words added further tension to the supposedly innocuous war games. Iran’s navy chief, Admiral Habibollah Sayari, said his forces were monitoring the USS Stennis and recorded its passage from the Strait of Hormuz into the Gulf of Oman (Iranian TV segment showed the Stennis being followed by Iranian aircraft).

     Sayari’s words were backed up by Brigadier General Hossein Salmi, the deputy commander of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards. He stated to the Fars news agency, “Our response to threats is threats. We have no doubt about our being able to carry out defensive strategies to protect our vital interests- we will act more decisively than ever. The Americans are not qualified to give us permission to carry out military strategy”.

     The wording of Iran’s leaders is the most disturbing, for it shows their belief system at work. Iranian Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi warned, “Not a drop of oil will pass through the Strait of Hormuz” if the West follows through with additional sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program. Commodore Mahmoud Mousave of the Iranian navy stated the USS Stennis was “inside the maneuver zone” where his ships were conducting their exercises and added that his navy “was prepared, in accordance with international law, to confront offenders who do not respect our security perimeters during the maneuvers”.

     The US Defense Department replied, “Interference with the transit of vessels through the Strait of Hormuz will not be tolerated and the US will act decisively to protect our interests”.

     So, there we were, in 2012: The USS Stennis, one of the world’s largest warships, and her carrier strike group in the Strait of Hormuz in close proximity with the Iranian navy. What would happen if any number of direct or circuitous happenings spark an exchange between the two had occurred?

     Let’s explore that possibility. If an Iranian Nasr-1 anti-ship missile went astray, the Stennis strike group would counter with RIM-7 Sea Sparrow anti-missiles, which defend against anti-ship missiles and have been vastly upgraded over the years. They’re larger, faster, more accurate and will zero in on sea-skimming missiles with 90 lbs. of blast fragmentation explosives in each warhead.

     Meanwhile, the Stennis’ 90 fighter planes and helicopter gunships would be launched and commence strafing the Iranian warships and destroy the fleet. If the Stennis was hit, the entire Iranian fleet would be sunk immediately. The Iranian C 14 missile boats would attack, prompting the US fleet’s Phalanx CIWS, close-in weapon system, to light up the skyline firing its 20mm Gatling guns and filling up the sky with armor-piercing tungsten penetrator rounds traveling at 3,600 feet per second to the tune of 4,500 rounds per minute.

     Iran’s missile boats would surely fire away and the incoming Iranian Nasr-1 missiles would, hopefully, be destroyed before reaching their target. At that point, the US fleet would be ordered to use the full force of their weaponry and all of Iran’s fleet would be destroyed.

     Pure chaos would ensue after the spark began and America’s RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missiles (RAM) would be launched to further protect the Stennis flotilla. Scores of RAM’s screaming at Mach 2+ would maintain the retaliation and quickly find their marks.

     The US would immediately leap from defensive to offensive weapons, for the stakes are too high, the earlier Iranian threats too warlike, and the Strait of Hormuz battle ground too cramped. With foes only a stone’s throw away, armed with supersonic weapons, it would be over at the speed of Mach 2+. Hopefully, the Iranian Navy and not the U.S. Pacific Fleet would descend into the depths of the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman.

     Such a short, concentrated, but deadly mêlée would only be the beginning. In 2010, the military hotline that Washington proposed between the White House and Tehran to defuse any “miscalculations” was rejected by Iran. I hope it’s back in use, for the war after the next one will be fought with sticks and stones.

 

Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S. is a member of the Association Of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and writes the online spy novel series "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean".  The views expressed on this site do not represent those of any organization he is a member of. Contact him on the Secure Contact Form

 

 

 
 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

WHO CREATED ISIS AND ALLOWED IT TO FLOURISH?

Who created ISIS? Who allowed it to rise so rapidly?
     Who was responsible for the rapid rise and spread of ISIS? What is ISIS, where did it come from and when did the U.S. know of its existence. Was its rapid rise a result of an Intelligence Community (IC) intelligence failure or an administrative botch by President Obama?

     Much finger-pointing as to who created ISIS and allowed it to fester and grow is going on. This 8/16/16 Issue of “SpyAgency Happenings!” is devoted to answering these questions for you. I perused dozens of U.S. and foreign newspapers and journals to give you an all-inclusive answer to these questions. Here’s some highlights of the newsletter:

·        Senate democrat says Trump and his “buddy” Putin founded ISIS.

·        Trump says Iraq invasion, not Obama, created ISIS.

·        Where did ISIS really come from?

·        Did Barack Obama and Hillary create ISIS?

·        How the U.S. fueled the rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

·        The origins of ISIS- finding the birthplace of Jihad.

      The 8/16/16 Issue of “Spy Agency Happenings!” also has excellent videos on ISIS, including:

·        The rise of ISIS, explained in 6 minutes (Informative video, I recommend watching it).

·        Putin tells everyone who created ISIS.

·        How the U.S. created the Islamic State- talking heads.

·        Origins of ISIS- special coverage.

     At the bottom of the newsletter is a “Discussion Corner” where you can voice your views on who created ISIS. We’d enjoy hearing from you!
 
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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Bush/Cheney created ISIS, Obama ignored it

Do you believe the rapid rise in ISIS was President Obama's policy failure or an Intelligence Community failure?



 
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     George W. Bush claims that President Obama led to the rise in ISIS and Donald Trump recently declared Obama to be the “founder of ISIS.” I disagree with both accusations, for it wasn’t Obama’s decision to withdraw troops from Iraq which led to their rise- it was former President Bush’s decision to invade the country that did…he was the one who created ISIS.     
     However, I do criticize President Obama for incorrectly blaming the unforeseen rapid rise in Bush's creation on the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC). In fact, the IC did see it coming long before the current political finger-pointing. They sent out red flares that were ignored by both President Obama and the U.S. Congress. Many of America's intelligence operatives, national security scholars, and journalists who have been watching the progress of ISIS question the president's assertion.

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     Although, in my humble opinion...and in the judgement of many intelligence analysts... Bush and Cheney were the original creators of ISIS, but Obama ignored its ability to bourgeon. In fact, one senior Pentagon official who had been studying the threat posed by Sunni jihadists in Syria, flatly said, "Either the president doesn’t read the intelligence he’s getting, or he’s bullshitting." 
     However, to offer you a complete picture, I devoted the August 14, 2016 issue of "Spy Agency Happenings!" newsletter to list all the players who were involved in the rise of ISIS.   
     President Obama blamed James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, for underestimating the threat posed by the Islamic State. Shortly after Obama threw Clapper under the bus, CIA Director Michael Morell said on CBS This Morning that President Barack Obama was wrong in claiming that bad intelligence was the reason he did not anticipate the speed in which ISIS would capture large portions of Iraq.
     CBS's Norah O'Donnell then posed to Morell, "The president himself admitted over the weekend that the ISIS advance is more rapid than intelligence estimates had forecast. Was this an intelligence failure or a policy failure?"
     Morell replied, "I don't think this was an intelligence failure. This is a classic problem in the intelligence world. There's a difference between strategic warning and tactical warning. There was strategic warning here in the sense that the intelligence community was saying for over a year, year and a half, two years that this group was getting stronger and stronger and stronger."
     The Obama administration, indeed, was surprised and taken off guard by the successful offensive in Iraq by ISIS, and his administration said, at the time, that it's because of a failure by U.S. intelligence agencies to provide adequate warning about the ISIS threat. 
     Shortly after Obama's pejorative declaration, some in America's Intelligence Community (IC) said the reason for the disconnect was due to weak HUMINT (human intelligence) in Iraq and an over-reliance on technical intelligence. However, Congressman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said the Iraq crisis was a policy blunder, not an intelligence failure, and that there were signs of the ISIS threat, but President Obama ignored them.
     In fact, Rogers said that years ago he was concerned about ISIS and how it was "pooling up" in a dangerous way- building training camps and drawing-in jihadists from around the world. As chairman of the House Intel Committee, he said "We saw all of that happening."
    Fred Fleitz, who served for 25 years with the CIA, the State Department, and the House Intelligence Committee staff, agreed with Congressman Rogers. Fleitz said there was tons of info on the news about the sectarian war brewing in Iraq and that ISIS was gaining strength in both Iraq and Syria. The Intelligence Community, indeed, provided similar classified assessments to U.S. officials.
     Then, it happened. ISIS seized control of Fallujah and parts of the city of Ramadi. Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn issued a public warning about the significance of this development and even testified in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee. He said "ISIS will attempt to take territory in Iraq and Syria to exhibit its strength in 2014, as demonstrated recently in Ramadi and Fallujah, and the group has the ability to concurrently maintain multiple safe havens in Syria.”
   Several years ago, Fleitz pointed out that Flynn's testimony demonstrated that a top U.S. intelligence official was doing his job and policy makers, including President Obama, were warned about ISIS and the major global security threats it posed. He added that "Some have claimed U.S. intelligence analysis about ISIS could have been better and that we lacked enough human intelligence sources on the ground in Iraq. Secretary of State John Kerry claimed nobody expected ISIS to advance so rapidly against Iraqi forces because we don’t have people embedded in those units." Kerry presumably meant the CIA did not have sources within ISIS.
     So, was it an intelligence failure? Fleitz gave experiential evidence why Kerry may be partially correct: "...gathering credible intelligence in dangerous areas like Iraq and Syria is always limited because there's no U.S. troop presence, high levels of anti-Americanism, and tight-knit Islamist terrorist groups (like ISIS) that are extremely difficult for the CIA to penetrate."
     Fleitz believes that the entire crisis in Iraq and Syria, and the rising power of ISIS is a major U.S. policy failure due to President Obama not leaving a small troop presence behind after the 2011 troop withdrawal and his continual ignoring of the grave threat posed by radical Islam. He believes the Intelligence Community gave Obama excellent analysis about ISIS and the deteriorating situation in Iraq...but he ignored it. 

Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S. is a member of the Association Of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and writes the online spy novel series "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean".  The views expressed on this site do not represent those of any organization he is a member of. Contact him on the Secure Contact Form