Deep State: Unelected members of US security agencies & bureaucracy are
pulling the strings
Newsletter published on 20 June 2017
(1) Subpoenas require NSA, FBI & CIA to
disclose political intelligence
gathering by Obama admin
ambassador Samantha Power sought info on Trump team
(3) Deep State WSJ:
Liberal activists in the Bureaucracy work to
deep state powered by intelligence leaks - Business Insider
Green groups invited to advise EPA on scientific integrity
members of US security agencies & bureaucracy are pulling
(7) Edward Snowden: NSA's "dangerous attack tools" now threaten lives
(8) Cyberattack Hackers use flaws NSA knew
about, but used for spying
(1) Subpoenas require NSA, FBI & CIA to
disclose political intelligence
gathering by Obama admin
Subpoenas Elevate Probe Into Improper Intelligence Surveillance
Ambassador Samantha Power sought names of Americans hidden in
BY: Bill Gertz
June 2, 2017 5:00 pm
investigation into improper intelligence gathering gained
momentum this week
after subpoenas were issued for records on three
U.S. officials said the House Permanent Select
Committee on Intelligence
this week ordered the National Security Agency,
FBI, and CIA to produce
records on all requests made by the three senior
officials for the names
of Americans redacted in electronic intercepts of
foreign officials, said U.S. officials familiar with the
The newest target of the investigation that began in March is
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, a long-time
The other two being probed as part of the
committee's investigation into
potentially improper political spying are
former CIA Director John
Brennan and former White House National Security
Adviser Susan Rice.
Power declined to comment through a spokesman. Rice
and Brennan did not
return emails seeking comment.
The subpoenas were
issued Wednesday by Committee Chairman Rep. Devin
Nunes (R., Calif.), who in
April revealed that "dozens" of classified
intelligence reports appeared to
have improperly unmasked the names of
Americans inadvertently spied on
during foreign intelligence
sidelined from the committee's Russia inquiry after a leftist
monitoring group alleged he disclosed classified information. The
Ethics Committee has launched an inquiry into the allegation.
ethics panel so far has ignored similar allegations lodged
committee's ranking member, Rep. Adam Schiff (D., Calif.),
who appears to
have disclosed classified information in public
discussion of former White
House National Security Adviser Michael
Flynn’s intercepted conversation
with the Russian ambassador.
The committee wants the three agencies to
disclose the details about the
three former officials' requests of the
agencies to provide the hidden
identities of the Americans who were caught
in electronic surveillance.
The investigation into unmasking activities
of Americans was initially
part of the intelligence oversight panel's
investigation of Russian
political influence operations during the 2016
In addition to the subpoenas for unmasking request records, the
committee also issued four related to the Russia aspect of the probe.
They include notices to former White House National Security Adviser
Flynn and Michael Cohen, President Trump's personal lawyer.
issuing of subpoenas related to the disclosure of Americans'
a sign that the probe into the potential political spying
by the Obama
administration has been elevated.
The NSA, FBI, and CIA have provided
some cooperation to the committee
but so far have not provided details
sought by investigators. The
subpoenas are meant to compel the three
agencies' cooperation on the matter.
Procedures for electronic intercepts
that incidentally spy on Americans
require blacking out the names of the
Americans in a bid to protect
In cases usually
limited to those involving terrorists or foreign
communicating with Americans, senior government
officials can request that
hidden names contained in raw transcripts be
revealed in order to better
understand the context of conversations. The
unmasking is restricted to
officials with a need to know and the
dissemination of the revealed names is
supposed to be limited within
intelligence and government
House investigators believe the Obama administration sought to
the intelligence reports by first obtaining the masked names and
widely disseminating the reports in a bid to make identifying any leaks
to the press more difficult.
"It's clear that people on the Hill have
found indications that
high-level officials of the Obama administration
intelligence," said a senior U.S. official.
officials said the probe into possible political intelligence
the Obama administration is now a separate inquiry from the
that has been dominating major news outlets' coverage over
the past several
By contrast, the improper unmasking activities have been largely
by most news media that have instead focused extensive coverage on
Russian collusion allegations.
The Senate Intelligence Committee
is also investigating the matter but
its inquiry appears to be limited to
the Russia allegations. Former FBI
Director James Comey, who was fired by
President Trump in part for
continuing the Russian counterintelligence
investigation, is set to
testify before the Senate panel
Trump, who has called the collusion allegations "fake news,"
fray on Thursday, tweeting, "The big story is the ‘unmasking and
surveillance' of people that took place during the Obama
Indications of a political spying operation against
Trump and his
associates first surfaced in March when intelligence officials
New York Times that during the last days of the Obama
White House officials had "scrambled to spread information"
Russian hacking and collusion with Trump campaign
The March 1 report said American intelligence agencies had
on communications of Russian officials, including some inside
Kremlin, discussing contacts with Trump aides.
investigators' concerns also were raised by earlier press
revealing the contents of an intercepted phone call between
Moscow's ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak,
sanctions on Russia. Flynn later resigned as White House
adviser as a result of the disclosures.
Power, the former UN ambassador
targeted by the unmasking investigation,
worked as an aide to Obama in the
Senate and then on the White House
National Security Council staff from 2009
to 2013. She became U.N.
ambassador in 2013 and was a key figure in
advocating U.S. military
intervention in Libya.
The United Nations is
a major U.S. intelligence target for the NSA, FBI,
and CIA and investigators
believe it is unusual for Power to have asked
for the identities of
Americans in late 2016 and early 2017.
Rice, the former White House
adviser, earlier this month told CNN she
would not testify before a Senate
subcommittee investigating the Russia.
Rice called allegations she
misused intelligence "absolutely false."
"I did my job which was to
protect the American people and I did it
faithfully and to the best of my
ability," she said. "And never did I do
anything that was untoward with
respect to the intelligence I received."
On May 23, Brennan revealed in
House testimony that he had made
unmasking requests during his tenure, but
did not ask for the names of
Americans in classified intelligence reports on
Jan. 20, the day he left
"No, I was not in the agency on the
last day I was employed," Brennan
said. "I definitely know that on the last
day I was employed I
definitely did not make such a
Brennan, a career CIA analyst who also worked closely with
Obama in the
White House before moving to CIA, disclosed during his
testimony that he
requested that the FBI investigate Trump associates during
presidential campaign after intelligence reports indicated ties
campaign aides and Russians.
Critics have charged Brennan
with politicizing the CIA during his tenure
as director, limiting the
agency's espionage capabilities.
Brennan said he asked the FBI to
investigate because he was worried by
intelligence reports of contacts
between Russians and Americans he did
not identify in the May 23 testimony.
"And so therefore I felt as though
the FBI investigation was certainly
well-founded and needed to look into
those issues," he said.
20 during testimony before the House intelligence panel,
Comey and NSA Director Adm. Mike Rogers both testified
they had no
information supporting claims by Trump that the Obama
conducted political surveillance of him and his aides.
Days later, Nunes
said he has been shown dozens of classified
intelligence reports that
appeared to contradict the two officials'
"What I've read
seems to be some level of surveillance activity, perhaps
legal, but I don't
know that it's right and I don't know if the American
people would be
comfortable with what I've read," Nunes said.
The intelligence reports
included transcripts of communications,
including communications directly
from Trump based on a foreign
electronic spying operation between November
and January—the period when
the transition team was operating, mainly from
Trump's New York
residence, Trump Tower.
Nunes has said the apparent
political spying activities were based on
intercepts of a foreign target and
were not related to the Russia inquiry.
(2) U.N. ambassador Samantha
Power sought info on Trump team
surprise suspect in Obama spy scandal
Why would U.N. ambassador be
seeking info on Trump team?
Published: 05/31/2017 at 8:25
WASHINGTON – The inquiry into whether the Obama administration spied
the Trump campaign and transition team has a new surprise suspect:
former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power.
House Intelligence Committee announced Wednesday it was submitting
as part of its ongoing investigation into any Russian meddling
2016 presidential election campaign, and sources gave more
details to the
Wall Street Journal.
Buried inside the paper’s account was a potentially
development: The committee is seeking information from the FBI,
NSA on unmasking requests made by Power.
Unmasking is the
revealing of names within the intelligence community of
gathered in foreign surveillance.
The new subpoena immediately raises the
question: Why would Power be
seeking such information?
Why would a
diplomat care about Trump officials?
It would hardly seem to have any
obvious relevance to her job as U.N.
She was, however, a
close confidant of President Obama, and she served
him as a foreign-policy
adviser when he was a senator.
And members of the intelligence committee
have previously shown concern
about Obama officials unmasking Trump
Sources told Fox News that Power’s role is now under
by the intelligence committee.
Republicans on the
Intelligence Committee want to know if the Obama
administration spied on the
Trump campaign for political purposes, as
the president has
It has already been established that the Obama administration
surveillance information on Trump associates during the campaign,
the president’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn,
The Obama administration claimed it was
investigating possible collusion
between the Trump campaign and the Russian
government. However, in the
seven months since the investigation was
launched, no evidence of such
collusion has ever emerged, as even all of the
top Democrats involved in
the inquiry have had to admit.
Intelligence Committee issued seven subpoenas Wednesday. Three
signed by chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., explicitly asked
the FBI, CIA
and NSA for information on unmasking requests involving
three top officials
of the Obama administration: former ambassador
Power, former White House
national security adviser Susan Rice and
former CIA Director John
Brennan admitted to the House Intelligence Committee during
Tuesday that he instigated the investigation into whether the
campaign colluded with Russia even though he had seen no evidence of
Brennan claimed he had seen some contacts between Trump associates
Russian officials, and he was worried that might lead to collusion. So
he referred the matter to the FBI, which launched an investigation.
Former National Security Adviser Susan RIie, former Secretary of State
John Kerry and former President Barack Obama
Former National Security
Adviser Susan Rice, former Secretary of State
John Kerry and former
President Barack Obama
The other four subpoenas issued by the
Intelligence Committee on
Wednesday were requested by the committee’s
ranking Democrat, Rep. Adam
Schiff, D-Calif., and seek information on Trump
attorney Michael Cohen
and on Flynn. Democrats are still hoping to find some
collusion between the Trump team and Russia.
fired as national security adviser three weeks into the job
after his name
was unmasked by someone in the Obama administration and
then leaked to the
Anonymous sources claimed Flynn discussed inappropriate topics
the inauguration with the Russian ambassador, such as possible
relief. Trump said Flynn had not discussed anything inappropriate
was fired for not telling Vice President Mike Pence the whole
Speaking to MSNBC in April, Rice did not deny unmasking the
of Trump associates collected in foreign surveillance.
implicitly acknowledged and explicitly defended unmasking by
was not uncommon. It was necessary at times to make those
But speaking to PBS on March 22, Rice had denied any
knowledge of such
unmasking after it was revealed by House Intelligence
She told PBS, "I know nothing about this," and "I was
surprised to see
reports from Chairman Nunes on that count
So, by her own admission, Rice was not telling the truth on March
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Rice tried to defend her
actions by telling MSNBC she did nothing
inappropriate and that she
sometimes sought the names of people in
intelligence reports, as part of her
But, if that was true, why did she not tell the truth to PBS on
In her defense, Rice merely asserted to MSNBC that she did not
unmasked names to the press and that the unmasking wasn’t politically
The big questions now are whether those statements are
Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy, one of the nation’s top
minds, cast serious doubt on Rice’s veracity in comments made to WND
in a column in National Review.
Rice had told MSNBC the unmasking
of any names of Trump associates in
intelligence reports was not done to spy
on them "for any political
"This is not anything
political, as has been alleged," she said. "The
allegation is that somehow
Obama administration officials utilized
intelligence for political purposes.
That is absolutely false."
McCarthy pointed out that can’t be the
"The national-security adviser is not an investigator," he wrote.
is a White House staffer. The president’s staff is a consumer of
intelligence, not a generator or collector of it."
Susan Rice was unmasking Americans, it was not to fulfill
need based on American interests; it was to fulfill a
political desire based
on Democratic Party interests."
In other words, her actions contradicted
Requesting the unmasking, according to McCarthy, could
have had no
purpose other than politics because she was not an
"The thing to bear in mind is that the White House does not
investigations. Not criminal investigations, not intelligence
investigations," he wrote.
"There would have been no intelligence
need for Susan Rice to ask for
identities to be unmasked," McCarthy added.
"If there had been a real
need to reveal the identities – an intelligence
need based on American
interests – the unmasking would have been done by the
Therefore, McCarthy deduced, there could be
but one conclusion: "Her
interest was not in national security but to
advance the political
interests of the Democratic Party."
particular importance is that Rice focused her defense not on denying
unmasking, but on denying she was the leaker of unmasked names,
specifically denying she leaked the name of Mike Flynn, President
Trump’s former national security adviser.
"I leaked nothing to nobody
and never have and never would," said Rice.
However, it was the unmasking
that made the leak possible.
The unmasking was the crucial
The leak could have been committed by any of the dozens, perhaps
hundreds, of intelligence officials who could see the intelligence after
Flynn’s name was unmasked.
That was because of the executive order
Obama issued in the waning days
of his presidency relaxing the rules on the
sharing of information
within the intelligence community.
York Times reported Jan. 12, "[T]he Obama administration has
power of the National Security Agency to share globally
communications with the government’s 16 other
intelligence agencies before
applying privacy protections."
That was eight days before the end of the
(3) Deep State WSJ: Liberal activists in the
Bureaucracy work to
of a Deep State
The EPA’s ‘Science Integrity Official’ is plotting to
By Kimberley A. Strassel
2017 7:07 p.m. ET
On May 8 a woman few Americans have heard of, working
in a federal post
that even fewer know exists, summoned a select group of 45
people to a
June meeting in Washington. They were almost exclusively
of liberal activist groups. The invitation explained they
to develop "future plans for scientific integrity" at the
Meet the deep state. That’s what
conservatives call it now, though it
goes by other names. The administrative
state. The entrenched governing
elite. Lois Lerner. The federal
bureaucracy. Whatever the description,
what’s pertinent to today’s
Washington is that this cadre of federal
employees, accountable to no one,
is actively working from within to
thwart Donald Trump’s
There are few better examples than the EPA post of Scientific
Official. (Yes, that is an actual job title.) The position is a
of Barack Obama, who at his 2009 inaugural promised to "restore
to its rightful place"—his way of warning Republicans that there’d
more debate on climate change or other liberal environmental
Team Obama directed federal agencies to implement "scientific
policies. Most agencies tasked their senior leaders with
these rules. But the EPA—always the overachiever—bragged that it
had chosen to "hire a senior level employee" whose only job would be
"act as a champion for scientific integrity throughout the
In 2013 the EPA hired Francesca Grifo, a longtime activist at
far-left Union of Concerned Scientists. Ms. Grifo had long complained
that EPA scientists were "under siege"—according to a report she helped
write—by Republican "political appointees" and "industry lobbyists" who
had "manipulated" science on everything from "mercury pollution to
groundwater contamination to climate science."
Integrity Official, Ms. Grifo would have the awesome power
to root out all
these meddlesome science deniers. A 2013 Science
magazine story reported she
would lead an entire Scientific Integrity
Committee, write an annual report
documenting science "incidents" at the
agency, and even "investigate"
science problems—alongside no less than
the agency’s inspector
And get this: "Her job is not a political appointment," the
article continues, "so it comes with civil service protections."
was a bureaucrat with the authority to define science and shut down
those who disagreed, and she could not be easily fired, even under a new
(4) American deep state powered by intelligence
leaks - Business Insider
gets to the fabric of the nation': Inside the dark conspiracy that
way from the fringe to the White House
May 7, 2017,
The modern history of the "deep state" in American politics —
imagined — starts with real leaks of classified information and ends
a conspiracy theory on popular yet dubious websites.
And how it
got there raises serious questions about whether the
is trying to subvert a new president or whether
it’s a convenient scapegoat
for an administration that’s had its share
of early foibles.
state is a network of influential members of a government’s
military who operate against a democratically elected
government. It might
work to undermine an elected president’s authority
or legitimacy and has
been common in countries such as Egypt and Turkey.
The concern in the US
started shortly after Donald Trump took office. In
early February, The New
York Times and The Washington Post published a
series of explosive reports
about the intelligence community’s
investigations into the Trump campaign’s
communications with Russian
officials during the 2016 election.
reports, citing anonymous officials, revealed that then
adviser Michael Flynn had discussed US sanctions on
Russia with Russian
ambassador Sergey Kislyak before Trump took office,
despite Flynn’s claims
that he and Kislyak had not discussed anything
sensitive during their phone
The next day, The Times broke a story on what it said were
contacts" that Trump associates had with Russian officials during
campaign. CNN published another report that night in which sources said
communication between Trump associates and Russian officials during the
campaign was "constant."
Flynn resigned a short time
Attorney General Jeff Sessions later had to recuse himself from
Department of Justice investigations into the Trump campaign’s ties to
Russia after additional leaks revealed that he had also had contact with
Russian officials during the campaign.
An American deep
The steady drip of classified leaks about President Trump’s young
administration has led some to speculate about the beginnings of an
American deep state. [...]
But soon after the possibility of the
beginnings of an American deep
state was first raised by the mainstream
media, the idea took hold of
the far-right media, quickly reaching a fever
"The Deep State Bumps off General Flynn. Who’s Next?" blared a
Breitbart headline after the resignation of Flynn. The article
to the mainstream media as an arm of the deep state, saying that the
"ultimate target, of course, is Trump himself."
InfoWars editor at
large Paul Joseph Watson recorded a segment posted to
YouTube in early March
titled "The Deep State War on Trump."
"Purge your administration of this
globalist fifth column. There can be
no compromise. These people literally
want to overthrow a democratically
elected government," Watson
From the fringe, the idea of a deep state working against the
administration made its way to the mainstream conservative
Fox News host and ardent Trump supporter Sean Hannity reiterated
Watson’s words during a segment that aired a week after Watson’s video
was posted on YouTube. "Tonight, it’s time for the Trump administration
to purge these saboteurs before it’s too late," Hannity said, referring
to "deep-state Obama-holdover government bureaucrats who are hell bent
on destroying this president."
And from there, the fears of an
American deep state powered by
intelligence leaks, which started out as mild
speculation and reached
the heights of conspiracy theory, made their way to
the halls of Washington.
Trump has repeatedly and emphatically expressed
his belief that there
has been a concerted effort, fuelled by politicians,
those within the
intelligence community, and the "fake news" media, to
presidency and policy agenda.
He notably accused the
former president, without evidence, of personally
ordering the surveillance
of phones at Trump Tower. Trump likely made
the accusation based on a
monologue by far-right radio talk-show host
Mark Levin and a Breitbart
write-up of Levin’s belief that there is a
"silent coup" underway to
overthrow Trump. Trump’s cold war with the
president has also publicly castigated the media and the
"Leaking, and even illegal classified leaking, has been a big
Washington for years. Failing @nytimes (and others) must
Trump tweeted in February, shortly after Flynn resigned. "The
has finally been put on the low-life leakers! They will be
caught!" he said.
In a meeting later with several members of Congress, he
going to find the leakers, and they’re going to pay a big
As the media continued publishing classified information, Trump
that "information is being illegally given to the failing @nytimes
@washingtonpost by the intelligence community (NSA and FBI?). Just
"The real scandal here is that classified information
is illegally given
out by ‘intelligence’ like candy," he continued. "Very
Trump’s loyalists quickly followed his lead, pointing to
intelligence leaks as a key piece of evidence they say supports the
existence of an American deep state. They have also consistently singled
out Trump’s chief White House strategist, Steve Bannon, as a source of
knowledge on the American deep state.
Bannon is the former head of
Breitbart, a largely Trump-friendly outlet
that has published a slew of
articles asserting the existence of an
American deep state.
talking about the emergence of a deep state led by Barack Obama,
and that is
something that we should prevent," Iowa Rep. Steve King told
The New York
Times. "The person who understands this best is Steve
Bannon, and I would
think that he’s advocating to make some moves to fix
Hannity’s and Watson’s words, King later said that Trump "needs
to purge the
leftists within the administration that are holdovers from
administration, because it appears that they are undermining
administration and his chances of success."
Trump adviser and former
House Speaker Newt Gingrich also believes in
the deep state and said he
discussed the concept with Bannon. "Of
course, the deep state exists.
There’s a permanent state of massive
bureaucracies that do whatever they
want and set up deliberate leaks to
attack the president," Gingrich told the
Associated Press in March.
"This is what the deep state does: They create
a lie, spread a lie, fail
to check the lie and then deny that they were
behind the lie," Gingrich
(5) Far-left Green groups
invited to advise EPA on scientific integrity
green groups invited to advise EPA on scientific integrity
Wegmann | May 18, 2017, 2:14 PM
The leadership of the Environmental
Protection Agency changed when Trump
took office, but much of the old guard
remains at their posts. And many
of those Obama-era public employees have
fervently resisted the efforts
of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to
depoliticize the agency.
One of those employees seems to be Francesca
Grifo. As the EPA's
scientific integrity official, she's responsible for
from polluting environmental research. Recently, though,
Grifo seems to
be going in a different direction, inviting numerous far-left
groups to advise the EPA on its scientific standards.
is my pleasure to invite you to the U.S. Environmental Protection
Scientific Integrity Annual Stakeholder Meeting," Grifo wrote
in an email
obtained by the Washington Examiner.
"At this meeting, as the EPA
Scientific Integrity Official," she
continued, "I will answer your
questions, share current scientific
integrity initiatives, and discuss
future plans for scientific integrity
Clearly an exclusive
invite, the list includes academic institutions
such as George Washington
University and research leaders such as the
American Chemical Society. Their
acknowledged authority earns them a
seat at the table. But progressive
political groups seem like they're
crashing the party by
For instance, what can the EPA hope to learn from a
such as Demos, whose president recently testified against
during his confirmation hearings? How could Public Citizen,
brainchild of Ralph Nader, be considered an authority? And why would the
Natural Resources Defense Council, which is actively suing President
Trump, even be invited?
An incredulous Grifo wouldn't offer any
answers when reached by phone,
referring the Washington Examiner to the
agency's public relations
office instead. "Good luck with that," Grifo said
before hanging up. An
EPA spokesman later followed up but didn't respond to
It's still not known why those political groups were invited
headquarters or on whose authority the stakeholder meeting was
But it's obvious that their missions run counter to the efforts of
The conservative environmental administrator has turned his focus
to conservation, specifically toward enforcing the agency's original
clean air and water standards. "It's so important to focus on the core
of our mission," he told Fox News on Wednesday, reiterating that his
goal was "actually doing things to clean up the environment."
it seems that some in the EPA would rather play politics than
Pruitt to fight pollution.
(6) Unelected members of US security agencies
& bureaucracy are pulling
Trump: Is there a 'deep state' in America and is it trying to
take down the
By Michael Collett
Updated 11 Mar 2017,
If you've been following US politics (and who hasn't been over the
few months) you may have come across the term "deep state".
idea is that unelected members of America's security agencies (the
intelligence community or IC) and bureaucracy are secretly pulling the
strings of government.
And according to Washington Post political
reporter Robert Costa, it's
an idea that has become popular within the Trump
camp: External Link:
Robert Costa tweet: "A phrase I keep hearing from Trump
ally after Trump
ally: 'deep state.' Growing belief inside WH that elements
aligned against them."
Some of the President's political
enemies have also alluded to the
existence of a deep state, including
influential neoconservative Bill
The question is whether the
conspiracy is real or just an
Where does the
term 'deep state' come from?
The Oxford Dictionary says the term was
first used in reference to Turkey.
And there was good reason to believe a
deep state really did exist there.
While it's not fully understood what
the Turkish deep state was and how
it operated, King's College London
lecturer Simon Waldman says people
were given a glimpse of it in the
aftermath of a car crash in 1996.
The bodies of a senior police official,
a former leader of a
ultra-nationalist paramilitary group and a hit woman
were found in the
wreckage, while the lone survivor was a state-supported
As Dr Waldman wrote for The Conversation:
"The question on everyone's lips was, no doubt: 'What were these
However, he says it's likely Turkey's deep state
apparatus was dissolved
or became inactive after this scandal.
also believe a deep state exists in Egypt and this can be seen in
power wielded by its military, which has produced many of that
leaders and which was also responsible for the 2013 coup.
Why do people
think there's a deep state in America?
Breitbart News is one media
organisation that's giving a voice to what
it calls "deep
If that name sounds familiar to you, it's probably because
the far-right website where Steve Bannon was executive chairman
he became Donald Trump's chief strategist.
commentators point to the leaks of national security
information to the
media in order to damage the White House as evidence.
The resignation of
national security adviser Mike Flynn was the "first
great success" of this
campaign of destabilisation, according to
"several intelligence insiders"
who were cited in an article published
in February under the headline
"Insiders: Obama Holdover 'Shadow
Government' Plotting to Undermine
The idea that government officials are working against the White
and that Barack Obama is encouraging this, has gathered pace since
LA attorney Robert Barnes told Breitbart News Daily on March
"This is an effective de facto coup attempt by elements of the
Last week, Breitbart's senior editor-at-large Joel B
Pollak laid out
conservative radio host Mark Levin's case that a "silent
The article claimed the Obama administration
ordered surveillance on Mr
Trump prior to the election:
summary: the Obama administration sought, and eventually
authorisation to eavesdrop on the Trump campaign; continued
Trump team even when no evidence of wrongdoing was found;
then relaxed the
NSA rules to allow evidence to be shared widely within
virtually ensuring that the information, including the
private citizens, would be leaked to the media.
Soon after Levin made his
claims, Mr Trump himself stated as fact that
Mr Obama wiretapped Trump Tower
during the election campaign.
The White House has also called for a
congressional investigation into
whether the Obama administration abused its
investigative powers in 2016.
However, the claims regarding surveillance
by the Obama administration
remain unverified and unsubstantiated. Is there
anything in the idea of
a deep state?
Nicole Hemmer, an academic at
the University of Virginia and the
University of Sydney's US Studies Centre,
says the use of the phrase
"deep state" has been more rhetorical than
"Are there ways people within the intelligence
federal bureaucracy are trying to slow down the Trump
Sure. Is that some shadowy government that secretly runs the
Not at all."
She says the idea of there being a "shadow
government" suggests a level
of autonomy, secrecy and coordination that
But that's not to say a deep state like those found in
Turkey and Egypt
couldn't exist in America.
"The current threat to
American democracy resides in the Oval Office,
not a deep state," Ms Hemmer
"One could imagine a scenario where the executive grows so out of
control that the intelligence community and bureaucracy more fully moves
against him and takes the reins of power, but there would have to be a
much deeper crisis in democracy for that to happen."
And even then,
Ms Hemmer argues "the longer history of American
coupled with the relative weakness of the US
federal government, comes into
play here, as does the fact that there is
a significant portion of the
intelligence community and bureaucracy that
are fine with
Meanwhile, it's not just Trump supporters who have talked about
being a deep state.
A recent article in the London Review of
Books referred to "the
dangerous fantasy" among liberals that "the deep
state might rescue us"
from the Trump presidency.
Ms Hemmer says
these people should be careful what they wish for if
they're hoping the deep
state will remove Mr Trump from power or
otherwise thwart his
"It would be a disturbing state of affairs if FBI influence (via
Comey's letter in the closing weeks of the campaign) helped swing the
election toward Trump, and then members of the intelligence community
helped bring down the Trump administration," she said.
not democracy — it's something much more troubling."
First posted 9 Mar
(7) Edward Snowden: NSA's "dangerous attack tools" now
threaten lives of
Edward Snowden, who in 2013
leaked documents exposing US surveillance
programs, said on Twitter NSA's
"dangerous attack tools" now threatened
lives of hospital
In March, WikiLeaks released thousands of "Vault 7" documents
revealed the CIA knew about several flaws in Apple, Google and Samsung
software but did not tell the companies about them because it wanted to
use them for spying.
Across the US Federal Government, about 90 per
cent of all spending on
cyber programs is dedicated to offensive efforts,
the computer systems of adversaries, listening to
developing the means to disable or degrade
intelligence officials told Reuters in
(8) Cyberattack Hackers use flaws NSA knew about, but used for
expert warns against supporting criminal syndicates amid global
By Katri Uibu, wires
Updated yesterday at
Companies affected by global ransomware attacks should not pay the
ransom so as not to feed into the growing business of organised cyber
crime, a security expert warns.
infections in 99 countries have been detected;
Ransomware attacks happen
every day in Australia, they just don't get
reported, expert says; UK
doctors have turned away chemotherapy
patients due to not being unable to
access medical records
Attackers have used encryption algorithms to lock
files, which owners
cannot access unless they pay a ransom.
57,000 infections in 99 countries have been detected, with Russia,
and Taiwan being top targets, security software maker Avast said.
attacks have led to hospitals and doctors in England turning away
after they were unable to view their medical files.
But director for
Centre for Cyber Security Research at Deakin
University, Professor Yang
Xiang, has strictly warned against giving in
to criminal syndicates in order
to have data unlocked. [...]
Professor Yang, who daily works on detecting
possible ransomware, said
cyber security had been a "number one problem" in
Australia for years,
and urged government agencies, companies and
individuals to prepare for
"Australia has a very
similar situation because it heavily relies
on internet," he
"We have seen a lot of ransomware attacks in companies and
"It actually happens every day, it just
didn't get reported."
While he could not say which specific institutions
had been targeted, he
did reveal the mining industry was under
Ransomware encryptions are strong. Once the data has been locked,
extremely difficult to regain access to it.
calls for the Federal Government not to downplay the
threat of cyber attacks
and to treat this as a priority.
"We just got some news that Government
is cutting funding for
universities. I think it is important to keep
support cyber security industry and provide more
funding to innovation
and research in this area," he said.
leave themselves open to attacks
One of the more reported victims of the
latest attack has been Britain's
National Health Service.
the UK have been forced to turn away even chemotherapy
patients due to being
unable to access their medical records. External
Link: Edward Snowden: "If
NSA had privately disclosed the flaw used to
attack hospitals when they
found it, not when they lost it, this may not
days before the attack, a UK doctor warned about hospitals'
targeted, saying "more hospitals will almost certainly be
shut down by
ransomware this year".
Dr Krishna Chinthapalli, a neurology registrar at
the National Hospital
for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London, said in the
Journal health facilities left themselves open to hacks by
But some have cast blame on the
United States' National Security Agency
(NSA) and other countries'
intelligence services for hoarding software
vulnerabilities for offensive
purposes, rather than quickly alerting
technology companies to such flaws.
Cyber security incidents increasing
The nation's top spy agencies warn
that the number of cyber security
threats facing Australia is growing by the
Edward Snowden, who in 2013 leaked documents exposing US
programs, said on Twitter NSA's "dangerous attack tools" now
lives of hospital patients.
In March, WikiLeaks released
thousands of "Vault 7" documents that
revealed the CIA knew about several
flaws in Apple, Google and Samsung
software but did not tell the companies
about them because it wanted to
use them for spying.
Across the US
Federal Government, about 90 per cent of all spending on
cyber programs is
dedicated to offensive efforts, including penetrating
the computer systems
of adversaries, listening to communications and
developing the means to
disable or degrade infrastructure, senior
intelligence officials told
Reuters in March.
"These attacks underscore the fact that
vulnerabilities will be
exploited not just by our security agencies, but by
criminals around the world," Patrick Toomey, a staff attorney
American Civil Liberties Union, said in a statement.
did not respond to a request for comment.