Wikileaks Just Proved Us Right, But What Now?

I’m trying very hard to refrain from screaming, “I told you so!” because quite frankly, being right about this sucks. That being said, I and others who have been warning about the extent of the surveillance state were not only proven right yesterday, but we’re now seeing something almost past what even we envisioned. The ramifications of Vault7 will not be fully understood for some time; for most folks, possibly not ever because they won’t bother to learn them.

The natural reaction from the liberty cause will be, as usual, a variety of the same tired statements.

“It’s doesn’t matter what we do, they see it all anyway.” — While true, this is generally used as a crutch and excuse for not learning anything. What it SHOULD be is an impetus to learn other methods.

“They can COME GET SOME.” — These people are not even worth the time it takes to teach.  Bring me someone who is humble, teachable, and is driven by the right things and I can teach him to do just about anything in this arena.  (Hint: If the mere idea that your stupid mistake could get your contacts arrested or killed does not make you physically ill and willing to learn just about ANYTHING to prevent it from happening, you might not be worth teaching.)

The bottom line is this: you cannot engage in any computer based activities without being seen and identified unless you are using a specific kind of computer, a specific way, in a specific location, for a specific reason. There is no turnkey solution that will allow you to sit in your armchair and tool around on the Internet safely without being followed around, identified, and collected on. There just isn’t, and anyone who says there is, is either wrong or lying to you.

Don’t believe me — read the docs for yourself. Put it all together.  The information has been there for a long time; some of us just bothered to read it sooner.

You can still engage in certain activities online, but there is a very specific process that MUST be followed, and here’s the cold truth:

1. If you make one mistake in that process, you expose your network and activities.

2. If you are tired, cold, wet and hungry, you are more apt to make that fatal mistake.

3. The system is designed to amplify human error. (See where this is going yet?)

4. In short, you are looking at a lose-lose situation. You’re in a funnel designed to make you screw up, that has a contingency plan to catch you on any level. You started using Signal? Great. Too bad your phone is hacked at the hardware level before it even gets to Signal. You used a throwaway email address to send some messages and you did it from two towns away? Awesome. Too bad you drove your own car, in the toll lane, and took your phone.  Oh, you bought a burner phone? Fantastic. Too bad you wore your “KILL ‘EM ALL” shirt while doing it, and immediately activated it when you got back to your car…in the parking lot of the Best Buy where you’re getting your computer “fixed.”

Smart people will be using meatspace, they’ll be learning and applying tradecraft designed for more old school and low- or non-technical applications. They’ll stop needing to expand their contact network. I don’t need to know your group, I just need to know you. I don’t need to even know the person I need a get a message to, I just need to know how to get the message there. Stop thinking you need to know everyone, you don’t need 5000 friends on Facebook and you don’t need to get into every patriot group on social media. Everyone who has direct access to you is a liability to you, on some level. Minimize your liabilities.

Have a serious conversation with yourself about your own weaknesses, and who in your circle is a security risk. Stop letting your feelings and the “brother” this and “sister” that make your decisions for you.  Just because you think someone has your back doesn’t mean they’ll go to prison for you. It doesn’t mean they’ll let their kids go hungry for you.  And if Vault 7 teaches you anything, it should be that the forces aligned against you have no moral limits, no uncrossable lines, no place off limits.  Sit down in a quiet room by yourself and really think through the implications of that fact. Read through Vault 7’s disclosures and understand how far they are going every single day on a mass scale.  Do you really think they will have some moral issue with turning your so-called “brothers” and “sisters” against you? Or vice versa?

Bottom line is this: they’re playing high level chess and taking double/triple turns. Quit running around the board with your checkers, yelling for someone to king you.

How to Run an Anonymous Account on Twitter

The Intercept has a fantastic write-up from front to back on how to create and maintain an anonymous Twitter account.

A lot of folks prefer not to use social media at all, and that’s fine.  For those staying completely under radar (as in, not posting anywhere), that’s no big deal. For those who understand the principles of propaganda and information operations, however, this is excellent information. Run several of them.

Social media like Facebook and Twitter, for agitators and activists, can be one of the more productive battlespaces — not for the standard chest-beating and trash-talking, but for more underhanded tactics of thread takeovers, topic steering, and other fun activities. Learn how to do it right, then go do it. Just make sure you’re covering your rear end.

Hint: The other side has been doing it effectively for decades. Take a page from their playbook. Just because they hate you doesn’t mean they have nothing to teach you.

ATF on the Chopping Block Again, So Brace for Waco 2

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) has introduced legislation to abolish the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Gun-running, Explosives, and Childkilling, also known as ATF or BATFE. According to his proposal, he thinks the ATF’s ‘duties’ (I use the term loosely) could be absorbed by the FBI and DEA. If the bill passes, then the ATF has six months to come up with a plan for how it’ll dissolve.

While a lot of folks are cheering because Drain The Swamp and Take Our Country Back and all of that stuff, they’re missing a whole other layer to this situation.

Remember last time the ATF was up for dissolution? That was in 1993. When Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) proposed back then that ATF needed to be dissolved, the agency scrambled to find a way to justify its own existence. Surely, if they had a big bust, a big save, the government would see how very important and necessary they were. But who could they arrest? What could they do to prove they needed to stick around?

They decided to go after a guy in Texas, named Vernon Howell–known to his church as David Koresh. The rest, as they say, is history; a bloody, horrifying, charred and craven piece of history that proved only the depravity of the ATF and the greater federal government.

Why does this matter now? Because depravity doesn’t lessen over time. The government has more capability now, more reasons for self-preservation, and those who would stand against them are awakening as well. The battlespace is the same in some ways and yet very different in others.

In short, if you think the ATF will go quietly into the good night, you are sorely mistaken, and history shows that they are willing to do anything–even knowingly and with malice gas and blow up children–to ensure their place at the table.

What does that mean for us? Take a look around. In the state of Washington alone, two major gun bills are on the table that would result in crippling blows to firearm rights. Oregon is in the same position, as a gun-hungry governor has made it her mission to disarm the populace. In both states, there are a large number of armed and defiant patriots. Do that math.

Now add in the informant variable. We already know that the government is willing to pay nearly any price and wait any length of time to infiltrate, facilitate and even coerce people into doing ‘illegal’ things. Look at Kenneth Fadeley and Randy Weaver. How many months and even years in he spend pushing Weaver to saw off some shotguns for him? How many lies were told? How much (taxpayer) money was spent? In case you think that was a long time ago and that doesn’t happen anymore, go read about Bill Keebler’s case. The feds put three undercover guys on one, for 18 months. Think about that. Three.  Keebler got tag-teamed, for a year and a half. Was he playing stupid games? Yes. Did the agents create the game, or did it occur organically? No way to know now, is there?

Look at the Malheur refuge. Now, anyone who knows me knows that while I supported a stand on behalf of the Hammonds, I didn’t support the moronic, ill-prepared, wholly-infiltrated ruckus that went on at Malheur. That’s a whole other issue, not for this article. But let’s take a moment to think about the total manpower, money, and time that the ATF, FBI, and other agencies put into just the informants and undercover agents. Now think about how far they’ve gone to protect the names of those informants and undercover agents. Why do you think that is? Here’s a hint–it’s not because those folks are retiring to a remote piece of Arizona.

Now let’s put it all together.

You’ve got a scandal-ridden agency with a proven history of both depraved indifference to human life and overt, premeditated targeting of children (and then a coverup on top of it, characterized by two decades of lies and more depravity to ensure the story stays buried), and this agency is threatened with extinction. They’ve already proven that they will do anything, kill anyone, and lie as much as they have to in order to justify their own existence. That’s one side of the equation.

On the other side, you have a bunch of folks who, let’s face it, run the gamut between fairly well-meaning but poorly trained, and mouth-breathing morons who either want a confrontation, or are too stupid to avoid one. Within that side are a host of folks who also can’t tell a federal informant if she’s cooking them breakfast—literally.  You’ve got the ego-driven, the ‘Meal Team Sixers,’ the liars and posers and everyone else. That’s pretty much the other side.

Between those two sides are a group of people who are forced to spend a fair amount of their time either talking to people about how to not be stupid, or standing outside yet another event that got stupid because of stupid people, or trying to not get pegged as one of the many stupid people. These folks are training. They’re building local communities. They’re reading books and learning new skills and teaching others the skills they already have. They’re not looking to take over the next landmark or start the next national ruckus. They’re too busy learning, training, and working.

Imagine that situation now, if you will. Depraved federal agency and morons, with the solid folks in the middle trying to keep things from getting out of control. You can argue that this isn’t how it is, but you’d be wrong.

Now imagine that the depraved agency is cornered and faced with extinction. It’s like a rat in a trap, and it’s looking for someone—anyone—it can use to save itself.

What do you think is going to happen here?

One of the the things that Mike Vanderboegh used to say is “No more free Wacos.” In 2017, it’s quite possible that we will all be faced with the question, “or what?