Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Robert Steele: The Soft Coup Collapses

Robert David Steele, former Marine, CIA case officer, and US co-founder of the US Marine Corps intelligence activity, is a man on a mission. But it’s a mission that frightens the US intelligence establishment to its core.

With 18 years experience working across the US intelligence community, followed by 20 more years in commercial intelligence and training, Steele’s exemplary career has spanned almost all areas of both the clandestine world.

Steele started off as a Marine Corps infantry and intelligence officer. After four years on active duty, he joined the CIA for about a decade before co-founding the Marine Corps Intelligence Activity, where he was deputy director. Widely recognised as the leader of the Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) paradigm, Steele went on to write the handbooks on OSINT for NATO, the US Defense Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Special Operations Forces. In passing, he personally trained 7,500 officers from over 66 countries.

In 1992, despite opposition from the CIA, he obtained Marine Corps permission to organise a landmark international conference on open source intelligence – the paradigm of deriving information to support policy decisions not through secret activities, but from open public sources available to all. The conference was such a success it brought in over 620 attendees from the intelligence world.

But the CIA wasn’t happy, and ensured that Steele was prohibited from running a second conference. The clash prompted him to resign from his position as second-ranking civilian in Marine Corps intelligence, and pursue the open source paradigm elsewhere. He went on to found and head up the Open Source Solutions Network Inc. and later the non-profit Earth Intelligence Network which runs the Public Intelligence Blog.

The Soft Coup Collapses ­
   By Robert David Steele – January 9, 2017

The CIA was bluffing, produced no evidence ­ Russians did not “hack” the election. Is this the beginning of the end of the Deep State in the USA? Can Trump clean house & wage peace?

Aided by enormous restraint on the part of Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, the soft coup in the USA has collapsed. Credit for the defeat of the soft coup has been earned by two persons and one group. Donald Trump earns the most credit – bringing to the matter his deep business experience and common sense, he understood that the narrative against Russia was exaggerated, fabricated, and out of context. With that foundation he was willing to listen to the second person, Michael Flynn, whose deep personal experience in the nether world of black special operations and green clandestine and covert action operations informs him in a manner few can claim.

The group has many members, but three stand out. William Binney, the senior executive (like an admiral or general) who created the National Security Agency (NSA) capability that has been used against US politicians and also to monitor the activity of all cyber-spies, not only Russia, was the first to reveal that the leaks were coming from insiders. Ray McGovern, a retired CIA analyst and founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) has been a respected voice challenging the false assertions by the CIA against Russia.

The declassified US IC report – notably from only three agencies rather than all seventeen – has been provided online. Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections is fourteen pages long, provides no proof, and spends thirteen of the fourteen pages focused on how successful Russia has been at ethical, legal, overt media operations. Only one page in the aggregate focuses on covert cyber operations.

As I predicted since first protesting the official press release in October 2016, the US IC has absolutely no proof that Russia as a state penetrated the Democratic National Committee (DNC) or fooled John Podesta into changing his password via a controlled link. The US IC also has no proof that Russia as a state leaked any emails. The following is the actual suicidal statement of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) as found buried in Annex B (the last annex) on page 13 of the report (page 14 is blank):

Judgments are not intended to imply that we have proof that shows something to be a fact. Assessments are based on collected information, which is often incomplete or fragmentary, as well as logic, argumentation, and precedents.
Below is my formal evaluation of the five deep failures by the US IC in this report – it is a political report lacking in professional merit.

01. The report fails to provide evidence against the Russian state. The report assumes, against all publicly known information, that Guccifer, a Romanian taxi driver with a track record of success despite antiquated equipment, was a controlled asset of the Russian state. The report, in a most unprofessional, clearly partisan political manner, does not mention any of the many credible sources clearly stating that insiders did the leaking. In UPDATE 17 of my 30 December 2016 post I list and link to 29 different individuals – including Barack Obama as saying the Russians did not hack the election. When Obama said this (in November 2016) he was not aware that the Deep State planned to persist with the narrative in an attempt to overthrow the Electoral College with false testimony – the equivalent in the USA of jury tampering, a very serious offense. They might have succeeded, had many of us not spoken up and reinforced the common sense of the majority of electors, who ultimately realized there was no evidence being presented.

02. The report is completely lacking in responsible context, which is to say, it deliberately represents Russia as the only state engaged in cyber-espionage and information operations (IO) intended to influence the outcome of the US election. The report is devoid of much needed attention to the far greater covert operations of Israel, inclusive of collaborative operations with Facebook and Google that censored critical commentary and manipulated search results so that searches for Clinton + Crime become Clinton + Love and searches for Trump became Trump + Hitler.  Eric Schmidt and Marc Zuckerberg have much to answer for, as do the Rothchilds – particularly Lynn Rothschild – as well as George Soros.  

03. There is no discussion whatever of the  ballot tampering by the Hillary Clinton campaign in stealing thirteen primaries from Bernie Sanders, and no discussion of the larger context in which a two-party tyranny disenfranchises 70% of the US eligible voters. The Russian IO in relation to this election was, at best, shouting from the sidelines — it was the two-party tyranny that “hacked” the election, as I document in my Kindle Short also free online, Donald Trump, The Accidental President, Under Siege. The US system is rigged twelve different ways, as I document in RIGGED: Twelve Ways the Two-Party Tyranny Rigs the US Electoral System to Block Out Independents, Small Parties, and 70% of the Eligible Voters. The deep hypocrisy in this report will further reduce public acceptance of the secret intelligence community’s value.

04. There is no discussion whatever of the degree to which Russia Today (RT) — evidently considered “weaponized information” by the CIA — is offering the truth to the US public (for example, on fracking) versus the lies disseminated as official narrative with the full complicity of the “fake news” media. Indeed, the report was supposed to focus exclusively on covert Russian cyber-operations — the bulk of the report focuses on — with beautiful illustrations — ethical, legal, overt Russian media operations. This was supposed to be a report about covert cyber, not overt media. Out of 14 pages, no more than one page in the aggregate focuses on covert cyber. I am reminded of the common high school trick of covering up ignorance by using many adjectives and long irrelevant sections with many illustrations. Not only was the overt IO by Russia outside the promised focus of this report, but the deep hypocrisy permeating this report is certain to further reduce public respect for the US IC – it may also inspire a Trump Channel, since the USA is obviously in desperate need of a single source of holistic public intelligence.

05. Finally, the report, fails to observe that Russia has an overt IO program perhaps ten times better than that of the USA at a fraction of the cost. The US Government (USG) spends over five billion dollars a year on propaganda, another five billion or so on cyber-espionage, and one billion a year on “agents of influence.” There is no discussion of the decades of CIA’s intervening in the elections of others – Iran and Guatemala in the 1950’s stand out, as well as the restoration of fascists in Germany, Italy, and Japan also in the 1950’s using the covert Black Lily fund documented in Gold Warriors: America’s Secret Recovery of Yamashita’s Gold. There is no discussion of CIA’s centrality in the Gold War against Russia managed by Buzzy Krongard from 1998 to 2001, as documented in the Black Eagle Trust Fund online summary and downloadable PDF by E. P. Heidner.

Video: Former CIA officer Robert Steele talks about his background, Open Source Intelligence, big corporations corrupting government, and the war on drugs.

Something about this Russia story stinks 
Nearly a decade and a half after the Iraq-WMD faceplant, the American press is again asked to co-sign a dubious intelligence assessment.


Video: McAfee breaks down inconsistencies in FBI’s Grizzly Steppe report

World-renowned cyber security expert John McAfee joins ‘News With Ed’ to discuss evidence in the report which supposedly pointed to Russian involvement.


  1. chuck gregory12/31/16, 9:20 AM

    The difference between the two assessments being that the Obama administration never assigned White House hirelings to infiltrate the agencies and take control of the assessment process. So of course, we should be suspicious of both.

    On the other hand, interfering in other countries' elections is a hallowed American tradition, so we should be happy that Russia is becoming more free.....

  2. Oh, come on, America! We can trust good old Uncle Vlad! Why, he's such a harmless little lamb. He'd NEVER squash dissent, invade his neighbors, and assasinate his rivals! We can trust him with the future of Democracy; just ask The Donald!

    1. How do you know? We're you there?

    2. 9:44, your reply is so stupid I'll just let it speak for itself.

  3. I think the larger issue is the illusion of cyber security. THERE IS NO SUCH THING. Ask any REAL communications expert and that's what they'll tell you. (I've personally known some of the best.) Privacy? Non-existent! According to the book "Databanks in a Free Society" everyone in America is on at least 72 computer databases. IT WAS PUBLISHED IN 1974, so just imagine how bad it is now! A very interesting read, despite its age! (You're being watched RIGHT NOW! Bwahahaha!!!!!!!) Seriously.

  4. Hate to burst your bubble, guys, but the intelligence community didn't lie about WMD, BUSH DID. To be fair, Pres. Clinton didn't believe Saddam, either. ALL THROUGH THE 90'S, the UN weapons inspectors scoured Iraq and FOUND NOTHING! Bill kept sending them back, convinced that Saddam was hiding something. HE WASN'T. In 2000, Bush was recorded saying the first thing he would do as President is invade Iraq. 9/11 and WMD simply provided the excuse. I'd believe the intelligence community, who has no real reason to lie, LONG before I'd believe a politician of ANY party!

  5. Bob Lombard1/1/17, 12:58 PM

    No "intelligence community" is autonomous. It is under the sway of the administration that pays its bills.

    1. Ok, so we trust no one, belive no one, suspect EVERYONE? That's a level of paranoia that no society can survive! The better alternative would be to educate ourselves, then we'll KNOW who's lying and who isn't. In this case, would you really take the word of Vladimir Putin over that of the American intelligence services? I wouldn't. The only people who are dismissing this issue at home seem to be the ones who have the most to gain by discrediting it; Trump and his supporters. Given Trump's well documented self-interested actions and deviances from the truth, I find his attitude revealing; he sounds like someone with something to hide.

  6. Philip Caron1/1/17, 4:43 PM

    Things are coming close to a point where most US citizens have no faith in their government, and with reason. Such points are unstable. Civil authority can erode, economic upheavals can ensue, and then bad stuff might happen. Restoring faith in a faithless government has rarely been achieved, and then it was usually temporary. This is not about a political party or ideology, it's more general than that.

    1. Kind of like a club that was popular for a long time suddenly finding that no one is interested in being the next president. Or even being interested in being a member of the club. Fizzles out. Are we at the "Fall" of the "Rise and fall" of a "historical" government? Many of the "younger" generation don't even watch/look at the news. Let alone know who the current president is or who is becoming president. They are only connected to their friends on FB and that is where it stops.

    2. Bob Lombard1/3/17, 9:15 AM

      Anon 7:00: "Many of the "younger" generation don't even watch/look at the news. Let alone know who the current president is or who is becoming president. They are only connected to their friends on FB and that is where it stops."

      There does seem to be a lot of that going on; it's called dereliction of duty. But not everyone is disinterested. The wolves and vultures are not disinterested.

    3. chuck gregory1/3/17, 11:46 AM

      When one moderately influential citizen can cause a book to be banned in public schools or a teacher to be fired for teaching current events, kids will always find social media to be more interesting. It is a matter of our survival as a community to protect our teachers and a broad-based education for our young people.

  7. It is true that war or ramping up weapons creates jobs and makes a few people richer. Trump made comments about nukes. Let's Make America Great Again.

    1. WOW! Only a Trump supporter could consider a march toward nuclear holocaust a "job creator." American Presidents of both parties, and the leaders of EVERY NUCLEAR NATION ON THE PLANET have been working for DECADES to reduce and eventually eliminate nukes, in order to preserve the human race! Only lunatics like Kim Jong Un and the Iranians are still at it. So I guess we can now include Trump (and his supporters) in the rogues gallery of nuclear nut-jobs!

    2. Then why has Trump mentioned building up our nuke supply? Is it just a bluff? I have no idea.

  8. Dave Parker1/2/17, 11:44 PM

    Seth Rich leaked the Clinton and Podesta emails, and not Russian hackers. The FBI-DHS report promising "evidence" of Russian hacking of DNC contains NO EVIDENCE, but was used as pretend evidence by the media for the DNC LEAKS that were well documented by Seth who simply didnt want Bernie cheated, when Hillary actually did INTERFERE WITH THE ELECTION BY CHEATING BERNIE. The emails were leaked from Hillary not hacked and they are full of illegal activity. Even the live video of Podesta shows him bragging that they paid for the violence against Trump rallies. But, lets treat the American people like fluoride riddled, Aspartame sotted sheep and tell them it was Russia, lol:


    1. One thing I know for certain; if it were a Democrat that had ties to Russia, and the Republicans had their e-mails hacked, the right would believe EVERY WORD the intelligence community said, JUST LIKE THEY BELIEVED BUSH! But since Trump is one of them, why, it MUST be fake! The partisan hypocrisy is staggering.

    2. Filet-O-Fug1/5/17, 2:05 PM

      9:05, if you think Trump is "one of them", you must not have been watching the campaign that closely...

    3. When I said "the right," I meant the alt-right. Thankfully, the Republicans in Congress are taking this more seriously. At least they know Putin can't be trusted, unlike Trump and his people.

  9. The mainstream media is biased, alright. But the "alternative media" is downright fraudulent. A broken clock may be right twice a day, but IT'S WRONG the rest of the time! All that is required to see through the "alt-right" is a knowlege of propeganda, and its history! Listen to the words of Hitler or Stalin, and notice the eerie similarity with what's being said (and done) today!

  10. Hey, just thought up a name for our current relationship with Russia; Cold War II! Just like WWII was merely an extension of WWI.

  11. Philip Caron1/9/17, 6:29 PM

    McAfee is an established nut case; look him up. His credibility is damaging to any statement he makes.

  12. Come on, Editor; is this the Springfield VT News, or the wingnut conspiracy blog? ENOUGH, ALREADY!

  13. Not long ago, conservatives had a name for ANYONE with any sympathy for Russia whatsoever; "COMMIE PINKO F**S!" So tell me, Trumpies, what are you when you do it?


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