Spooks Behind Patriot Act, Drone and Torture Programs Unite to ‘Secure’ US Elections


A group of former intelligence-agency directors and other cybersecurity pros has launched a political initiative called the US Cyberdome, to “protect” vulnerable US election systems against foreign interference. They include former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who lied about spying on Americans; former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, who co-wrote the Patriot Act; former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, who oversaw Obama’s targeted drone assassination program; and former CIA director Michael Morell, who helped promote the Iraq weapons-of-mass-destruction lie that was used to justify war against Iraq. [Does anyone have any doubt about what these men have in mind in the name of cybersecurity? -GEG

A group of former intelligence agency directors and other
trustworthy cybersecurity pros has launched a charitable initiative to
protect US elections against foreign interference. So who are these
noble guardians of democracy?

The “US Cyberdome” claims to apply top-of-the-line cybersecurity capabilities to the country’s vulnerable election systems, motivated by nothing more than a selfless devotion to protecting democracy against “sophisticated attacks by constant and ever-evolving threats.” Stuffed with sinister ex-spooks like former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, Cyberdome will keep America’s democracy safe from “purposeful attacks and exploits” and even “undue influence from enemies both foreign and domestic” – at no cost!

One might be forgiven for looking this particular gift horse in the
mouth. Clapper, after all, stood in front of Congress and denied under
oath that the NSA was collecting data on US citizens, an apparent act of
perjury he attributed first to forgetting about the Patriot Act section
used to authorize the agency’s StellarWind surveillance program and
later to simple misspeaking. He has also claimed Russians are “genetically driven to co-opt, penetrate, gain favor
– not exactly the kind of impartial authority one wants guarding one’s
democracy. And Chertoff, a member of the infamous Atlantic Council,
co-wrote both the Patriot Act and the CIA interrogation memo advising
agents on the judicious use of waterboarding.

Other members of
Cyberdome’s board of advisors include former Homeland Security Secretary
Jeh Johnson, who oversaw Obama’s targeted drone assassination program
and approved the killing of US citizens like Anwar al-Awlaki without due
process; and former CIA director Michael Morell, another Atlantic
Council member who was responsible for reviewing the “intelligence
that went into then-Secretary of State Colin Powell’s infamous United
Nations speech in which he claimed Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.
A less trustworthy bunch has not been assembled on an advisory board
since the Orwellian browser plugin NewsGuard was unveiled.

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