by IndepEnergy, Wed Jun 02, 2010 at 08:05:04 AM EDT
The US government, after some delay, has formally confirmed in post the head of its now-forming military Cyber Command. Keith B Alexander, head of the NSA, has been promoted to four-star general* and will now head the new cyber forces as well as his current agency.
The Cyber Command will be based alongside the NSA, perhaps the world's most powerful crypto and intercept agency, at Fort Meade in Maryland.
The new command, which will be subordinate to US Strategic Command (STRATCOM), was created last June and it was hoped that Alexander would be in post before now. However, in the USA top jobs of this sort must be confirmed by Congress and in this case the legislators took their time. Many expressed concerns over control of the possible offensive capabilities of the nascent US military cyber forces, or worried that they might present threats to Americans' privacy or civil liberties.
Concerns over intrusions into personal liberties have not been alleviated by the concurrent fearmongering over 'cyberwar' threats and lucrative contracts with the Pentagon through notoriously unscrupulous war provocateurs such as Booz Allen Hamilton.
So who is the target of the 30,000 troops deployed to the front lines of this 'cyberwar'? Furthermore, what party stands to gain in this conflict?
Unsurprisingly, there appears to be a cloaked corporate agenda behind these maneuvers. Secret negotiations have been taking place to hash out a global treaty to prosecute violations of copyright laws. While this may sound somewhat innocuous, the draconian punishments include preemptive termination of internet access for anyone who is even suspected of having violated this treaty.
How deep does the rabbit hole go? It must be recalled that the NSA was at the center of the domestic spying and warrantless wiretapping scandal. Despite the common national security argument that individual rights should be swept away because 'the world has changed since 9/11', the fact is that reports of dragnet domestic spying by the NSA have been surfacing since the late 90's. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act itself came about in 1978 after revelations of abuses by the Nixon administration, which included Neocon desciples Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney.
The modern Neocon spying operation is so extensive it has been compared to the East German secret police.
Increasingly, it is appropriate to characterize the Bushcon spy operation as an all-American version of Stasi (Staats Sicherheitsdienst), the feared East German secret police. As it turns out, the neocon Stasi engaged in spook activity not only against American citizens, but government bureaucrats and fellow spooks as well. "NSA spied on its own employees, other U.S. intelligence personnel, and their journalist and congressional contacts," reports Wayne Madsen. "WMR has learned that the National Security Agency (NSA), on the orders of the Bush administration, eavesdropped on the private conversations and e-mail of its own employees, employees of other U.S. intelligence agencies—including the CIA and DIA—and their contacts in the media, Congress, and oversight agencies and offices," behavior fitting of the Committee for State Security, or the Soviet era KGB, responsible for the liquidation of anti-Soviet and counter-revolutionary organizations.
What are the Neocons so afraid of being revealed that they must put their own minions under permanent surveillance? According to Wayne Madsen, a secret NSA subdivision called the 'Q Group' has been tasked with targeting journalists and whistle-blowers who reveal information about 9/11, a practice encouraged by Obama adviser Cass Sunstein.
The US government has allegedly set up a special security wing with the sole task of distancing Washington from any involvement in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Investigative journalist Wayne Madsen claims the group has since grown into a disproportionate counter-intelligence force, mainly targeting journalists and prosecuting whistle–blowing security officials.
According to Madsen, this group is fully operational and is called the “Q Group” of the National Security Agency and its headquarters are within the headquarters of NSA at Fort Meade, Maryland. Q Group works in close cooperation with the FBI counter intelligence officers, as well as local police department intelligence units.
Madsen insists that the group is very large and approximately 1,000 agents and informers are employed by this secret agency within the already secretive NSA.
“Under Obama there has been no effort to curtail this organization. Unfortunately, the NSA’s power is growing because the Obama administration is now giving them new powers to conduct surveillance in cyberspace, placing cyber command under the control of NSA,” said Madsen.