Even though it supposedly forms the basis for some rather dramatic actions being taken by the impostor in the White House against Russia, an obvious diversion from Obama getting caught conspiring and manipulating against Israel in the UN, most Americans won’t take the time to read what is being put forward as the results of the “Intelligence Community’s” investigation. If they did they’d learn, there’s not much there.
Although the document itself occupies 13 pages of space, there’s barely two pages of anything resembling substance and that’s being generous in the evaluating the quality of the content. It’s the standard “If you see something say something” type of filler material that Jihadi Jeh Johnson has been peddling as a cover for his malfeasance since he first slithered into DHS. His comrade Jim Comey has joined in the packaging of Obama’s belated Ramadan gift, an anti-Russia report that is more high school book report than intelligence assessment.
The report begins with a claim of deniability and non-responsibility for the content, with a joint statement from DHS and the FBI heading the document, stating ” JOINT ANALYSIS REPORT DISCLAIMER: This report is provided “as is” for informational purposes only. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) does not provide any warranties of any kind regarding any information contained within. DHS does not endorse any commercial product or service referenced in this advisory or otherwise.” It’s nice to see they’re confident in their work and their product.
The report then states it is “the result of analytic efforts between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). This document provides technical details regarding the tools and infrastructure used by the Russian civilian and military intelligence Services (RIS) to compromise and exploit networks and endpoints associated with the U.S. election, as well as a range of U.S. Government, political, and private sector entities.” They then give it one of those cute little code names that bureaucrats love, this one is “GRIZZLY STEPPE.”
But aside from the name, it’s difficult to pin down any real evidence being provided. They acknowledge that in previous joint reports they have not attributed malicious cyber activity to specific countries or threat actors. They state, “However, public attribution of these activities to RIS is supported by technical indicators from the U.S. Intelligence Community, DHS, FBI, the private sector, and other entities. This determination expands upon the Joint Statement released October 7, 2016, from the Department of Homeland Security and the Director of National Intelligence on Election Security. This activity by RIS is part of an ongoing campaign of cyber-enabled operations directed at the U.S. government and its citizens.
It continues, “These cyber operations have included spearphishing campaigns targeting government organizations, critical infrastructure entities, think tanks, universities, political organizations, and corporations leading to the theft of information. In foreign countries, RIS actors conducted damaging and/or disruptive cyber-attacks, including attacks on critical infrastructure networks. In some cases, RIS actors masqueraded as third parties, hiding behind false online personas designed to cause the victim to misattribute the source of the attack. This JAR provides technical indicators related to many of these operations, recommended mitigations, suggested actions to take in response to the indicators provided, and information on how to report such incidents to the U.S. Government.”
So in essence, we’re back to the Obama “Trust us, we’re the government and the intelligence community and we never lie” method of substantiation. The report says that technical indicators support what has been reported in the public, by the Clinton campaign and without any substantiation. They then also fail to provide any support other than their general assessment that Russia is engaged in a cyber activities against the United States and other, what the report labels as “foreign countries.”
Maybe they’d be shocked to learn, as America’s supposed front line of defense in intelligence, that every nation has spy agencies and most of them are actually engaged in espionage. That invariably includes cyber as well. Take a look at what they harvested from the Obama State Department under Hillary Clinton. Go ahead, look, why do we still have diplomatic relations with any nation on the planet after that? And that was against the US, not just a political party. All other countries do the same things, just like our own NSA does. Even some within DHS and the FBI would be spying if we didn’t have foreign enemies occupying our White House.
For all of its thirteen pages there’s nothing else in the entirety of the report that goes beyond Johnson’s basic “see something, say something, I don’t know nothing” page-filler tactics. Much of it takes the form of public service announcement type boiler plate, largely irrelevant to the supposed purpose of the document, Russian hacking information.
There’s a couple of flow charts of how cyber hacking occurs that occupy pages two and three, with mildly informative accounts of how the unnamed genius John Podesta and others were supposedly tricked into providing access to their information. A list of 48 supposed Russian Intelligence services occupies page four. Various PSAs of how to prevent this from happening to you, best practices, top seven mitigation strategies round out the rest of the report. It’s possibly useful information that is readily available in the public domain which has no place in what is supposed to be a critical report getting to the bottom of the “Russian hacking” question.
Clara Peller would ask, “Where’s the beef?” In this instance there is none, there’s not even a salad; just a small bowl of dressing. But it’s sufficient for the man-child Obama to use as a foundation for the expulsion of Russian diplomats and as a diversion away from his UN Israel fiasco.
Obama is more of a tofu kind of guy anyway.
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