The Rise of China’s State Surveillance Machinery

The Rise of China’s State Surveillance Machinery

Make no mistake, this is happening in CONUS.

NSA Snooping on American Citizens because of their political beliefs is a full blown reality.

Prepare Accordingly.

Anti-Drone Ideals for the Privacy Minded Citizen

From the Archives 2016, UPDATED!

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Anti-Drone Defenses: Some Ideas Are Better Than Others

This is an interesting and funny article for the simple fact it raises some very important questions for the Civilian Operator who wants to keep his Private life well, PRIVATE!

Bottom line: Think like an Insurgent and use Deception and Deceit (and some other very creative methods)

Some Spicy Times are coming our way in the next few months folks, Be Prepared and Think Ahead!

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!

Cyber-Warfare for Sale

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Hackers claim to auction NSA source code

(click above title link to be re-directed to Source page)

More shenanigans from State Sponsored hacking groups most likely.

Just another reminder that we have not yet begun to see the true capabilities of what warfare in the fifth domain entails.

Stay Alert, Stay Armed and Stay Dangerous!

Surveillance State: The U.S. Governments New Spy Sattelite

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The second week of June 2016, the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office launched NROL-37, carrying its latest spy satellite into geosynchronous orbit via a Delta IV-Heavy rocket.

But it only took amateur space enthusiasts a few days to locate the mysterious new craft in the skies near Malaysia, over the Strait of Malacca.

While the contents and capabilities of the NROL-37 mission’s payload are classified — the satellite is innocuously labeled US-268 — its need to hitch a ride on the world’s biggest rocket strongly suggests it is the seventh member of the Mentor/Orion family, an extra-large class of signals intelligence satellites that helps provide eavesdropping capability to U.S. intelligence agencies.

Their large size also makes Mentor satellites the easiest to find and photograph. In a blog post, Dr. Marco Langbroek detailed how he and two other amateur skygazers found the Mentor-7 satellite near 104 E longitude over the course of a few days using standard photographic equipment.

You can always spot a geosynchronous satellite by taking long exposures of the sky at night and noting which “stars” aren’t moving.

In their observations, the satellite-tracking crew found that the spacecraft seems to be drifting west to its fixed geosynchronous position. Lanbroek speculates it will eventually stop near somewhere over Central Africa or Sri Lanka.

“The reason for the initial placement near 104 E is likely that in this position it is initially well placed for the Pine Gap Joint Defense Facility ground station in central Australia — one of two facilities dedicated to NRO SIGINT payloads — during the initial check-out phase,” Langbroek wrote.

Previous NRO launches have carried many other spy satellites, including NROL-39, which became infamous in 2013 for the ominous imagery on its mission patch — an octopus strangling the world above the phrase “Nothing Is Beyond Our Reach.”

NROL-37 also has somewhat-eerie branding, sporting a black-garbed knightwith an eagle-claw sword hilt which, according to the NRO, is meant to represent “extreme reach with global coverage.”

Read the Original Article at Motherboard

Future Warfare: The Kremlin’s Football Hooligans

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This year’s UEFA European Championship has been rocked by violence. While football hooliganism is nothing new, what happened this year appears organized as well as political. Moreover, the worst hooligans involved are Russian. Given the difficult relations at present between Moscow and the European Union, questions have arisen about what’s really going on.

First, the facts. Although UEFA expected some violence this year, what has happened exceeded all expectations. The worst incident was the England-Russia match at Marseille on June 11, which featured pre-game combat between fans. Russian “ultras” charged at English fans, injuring several, some seriously. Bottles and bar chairs were among the improvised weapons employed. The Russians seemed well prepared, with some of the “ultras” wearing mouth-guards for protection while others sported England shirts – a case of deception to assist their attack.

Then, right at the end of the match, 150 determined Russians charged the England section of the stadium, sending hundreds of fans fleeing for their lives. Police were slow to restore order, and by the time the melée ended, 35 attendees were injured, four of them seriously, including two England fans left comatose.

As shocking as the conduct of Russian “ultras” was in Marseille, the comments that followed their brawling made matters even worse. Although Vitaly Mutko, Russia’s sports minister, allowed that the “ultras” had behaved badly and had “shamed” their country, others were less willing to back down.

Some Kremlin officials greeted the Battle of Marseille with glee. A senior Russian MP tweeted his support for the rioters: “Don’t see anything wrong with the fight fans. On the contrary, well done our boys. Keep it up!”

Some Russians have found fault with allegedly effeminate French police, including this memorable jibe from a senior Kremlin police official: “A normal man, as a man should be, surprises them. They are used to seeing ‘men’ at gay parades.”

Even Vladimir Putin got in the act. Several days after the Marseille riot, Russia’s president commented at the Economic Forum in St. Petersburg, “Do you know when the football cup started there was a fight of Russian fans with the British ones, but I don’t know how 200 Russian fans could fight several thousand of the British.” Although Mr. Putin has criticized the actions of his fellow countrymen at Marseille, this statement was an unsubtle dig at England fans.

UEFA has reacted promptly to Russian misconduct. Two days after the Marseille riot, it fined Russia 150,000 Euros and issued a suspended disqualification for violence by “ultras,” adding that a repeat of such events would result in the team’s expulsion from the tournament.

However, the violence has continued, albeit not at the scale witnessed in Marseille. There have been numerous scuffles between Russian fans and others. Most seriously, Russian hooligans attacked and injured several tourists outside the famous Cologne Cathedral. Six Russians were arrested for the attack. The men were on their way to Cologne Airport to catch a flight back to Moscow. Although the attack appeared to be spontaneous, the hooligans had gloves and wore balaclavas – hardly normal attire in June.

In response to these assaults, French authorities have expelled 20 Russians on national security grounds. In addition, three Russians who participated in the Marseille riot received jail terms from a French court for their role in the violence: Aleksei Yerunov, the head of the fan club for Moscow’s Lokomotiv team, was handed two years, while Sergei Gorbachev received 1.5 years and Nikolai Morozov one year in prison.

Among the Russians deported from France is Aleksandr Shprygin, leader of the All-Russian Football Supporters Union, who is a notorious far-right thug with neo-Nazi views.  Infamous for showing off in public, sometimes with a Hitler salute – on occasion brandishing it alongside topless women for the cameras – the 38-year-old Shprygin is no stranger to Russia’s political elite and he is popular among ultranationalists for his combative antics.

 

There are widespread suspicions that Russian football hooliganism exported to Western Europe may be no accident. In the first place, the “ultras” do not resemble the drunken Russians who usually show up at UEFA events, sometimes causing trouble. The younger generation is fitter, seemingly preferring weightlifting to vodka, and much better trained and organized for street combat. They are also markedly more aggressive than the previous generation of Russian football hooligans.

Several of the “ultras” have boasted of military service in Eastern Ukraine in Russia’s undeclared two-year-old war in the Donbas, leading Western security services to wonder if they are connected with the Kremlin, particularly the General Staff’s Main Intelligence Directorate or GRU, which was responsible for the appearance of “Little Green Men” in Crimea in March 2014.

British intelligence suspects that GRU is indeed behind the “ultras” and that they are part of what some call Kremlin “hybrid warfare,” which I have termed Special War. This is a new generation of intelligence-led attacks on Western countries, encompassing espionage, propaganda, subversion, and even terrorism, with the presence of Kremlin operatives being camouflaged. The intent of Special War is to clandestinely influence politics in Moscow’s favor – and to send a message that Russia is not to be trifled with.

Read the Remainder at 20 Committee