Goodbye General Keith

Posted in Crazy Weapons, Culture of Lickspittle, Cyberterrorism at 12:28 pm by George Smith

A fair career summary.

Straight from the NSA:

The ongoing cyber-thefts [by China] from the networks of public and private organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, represent the greatest transfer of wealth in human history.

The 60 Minutes public relations tour:

John Miller: Could a foreign country tomorrow topple our financial system?

Gen. Keith Alexander: I believe that a foreign nation could impact and destroy major portions of our financial system, yes.

John Miller: How much of it could we stop?

Gen. Keith Alexander: Well, right now it would be difficult to stop it because our ability to see it is limited.

One they did see coming was called the BIOS Plot. It could have been catastrophic for the United States. While the NSA would not name the country behind it, cyber security experts briefed on the operation told us it was China. Debora Plunkett directs cyber defense for the NSA and for the first time, discusses the agency’s role in discovering the plot.

Spying on the paupers and piss ants:

“Well, my concern on that is specially what’s going on in the Middle East, what you see going on in Syria, what we see going on– Egypt, Libya, Iraq, it’s much more unstable, the probability that a terrorist attack will occur is going up. And this is precisely the time that we should not step back from the tools that we’ve given our analysts to detect these types of attacks.???

So here’s a partial summary of the NSA’s great achievements:

1. Infiltrating World of Warcraft because they think terrorists use it.
2. ‘Stopped’ imaginary Chinese destroy the world by BIOS kill plot.
3. Snooping on the calls of Somali pirates and making relational plots of them.
4. Employs people who can solve Rubik’s cubes in 95 seconds.

From here:

Most of the country, at my level certainly, is still struggling with the economic deprivation and outright calamity of the Great Recession. Although corporate America has rebounded nicely, there has been no recovery for most.

And for Keith Alexander and the NSA, as well as the rest of the defense infrastructure, they saw only expansion. How unfortunate for them that Edward Snowden has spoiled it a bit.

Keith Alexander lives in the world of the plutocracy. Cash money for the day isn’t an issue. Bare bones survival isn’t on the menu. Instead, he and the structure have spent much of their time expanding operations and dreaming up threatening stories and messages to be delivered by the shoeshine men in the press, digging around in their big data suck for things which they, in encapsulated isolated delusion, believe threaten the existence of the country.

At DefCon 2012, Keith Alexander, a tech chicken-head biter just like you, delivering the call to national security corporate stooge-ism to save our futures and the American economy from Chinese cyberwar.

From the wires, reposted here:

The annual Defcon hacking convention has asked the federal government to stay away this year for the first time in its 21-year history, saying Edward Snowden’s revelations have made some in the community uncomfortable about having feds there.

“It would be best for everyone involved if the feds call a ‘time-out’ and not attend Defcon this year,??? Defcon founder Jeff Moss said in an announcement posted Wednesday night on the convention’s website …

In defense of national security corporate stooge-ism, General Keith was there, anyway. He was heckled.

Meet the new boss, Mike Rogers, same as the old boss.

From The Predator State, by James K. Galbraith, 2008:

“[The] practice is clear: We live under government that as a matter of principle does what it wants.”

And General Keith Alexander of the National Security Agency was a soldier in the cause.


  1. Bill said,

    January 31, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    “The ongoing cyber-thefts [by China] …
    I believe that a foreign nation could impact and destroy …
    …what you see going on in Syria… ”

    Projection, fear mongering, laughable distortions of reality.

    Honestly, do you think these people actually believe the utter
    crap they spout?

    “[The] practice is clear: We live under government that as a matter of principle does what it wants.???

    While making a significant minority think they are living in the freest, bestest, awesomest country on earth. Gotta admit, these guys are good
    at fooling a large chunk of the 99%.

    Present company excepted, of course.

  2. George Smith said,

    January 31, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Now there’s the thing. I don’t honestly know whether they believe in their pumped out bathwater, or it’s all just agenda-driven and cynical grease. I do think they are entirely dislocated and disconnected from reality as I experience it.

    Years ago, because of the Crypt Newsletter and the VCL book I thought I would have something in common with American technocrats. No way, today.