The Department of Homeland Security is reportedly ready to announce that US elections are part of the “critical infrastructure” of the United States and thus under the Department’s control. Part of the pretext for this move is news that voting registers in Arizona and Illinois may have been been hacked — and without evidence this hack is being blamed on the Russians. Do we want the people who run the TSA to also run our elections? We discuss in today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report:
Another public hacking episode is in the news this week, and naturally, Russia is being blamed for it.
Not that there appears to be much evidence as of yet that Russia is truly responsible. And such evidence is unlikely to be found, even if they did do it. Hacking cases are notoriously difficult if not impossible to definitively attribute. And attribution becomes even more unlikely if you’re assuming the hackers have the effectively unlimited resources of a nation-state to fund very sophisticated attacks.
This all leads to a kind of Catch 22. Either Russia’s state hacking apparatus is extraordinarily formidable and advanced – in which case, their culpability is not likely to be proved. Or, they are incompetent fools who can’t even cover their own tracks – in which case, how much of a threat could they really be? Which one is it?
Sadly, that’s not the only cognitive dissonance going on here.
Ron Paul and his Liberty Report co-host Daniel McAdams sat down to discuss some of the final preparations for the “Peace and Prosperity 2016” conference to take place on September 10th in Washington, D.C. What’s the latest? Who will be speaking? What to expect? Watch this short update and if you have not already done so, get your tickets today! For a listing of the speakers and topics, click here.
Perhaps there should be a “new rule” on the American military scene: When the B-52s are called out (Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan), it means America has well and truly lost.
Unbeknownst to most Americans, since April of this year, B-52s flying out of “Al Udeid airbase in Qatar … have conducted more than 325 strikes in almost 270 sorties, using over 1,300 weapons” against ISIS and now in Afghanistan, notes Paul Rogers at Open Democracy.
For those of you unfamiliar with B-52s, they are huge long-range bombers, originally deployed in the 1950s to carry nuclear weapons against the Soviet Union. In the 1960s and early 1970s, they were called upon to carry conventional bomb loads during the Vietnam War. Their enormous bomb tonnages did not serve to win that war, however, nor has the subsequent use of B-52s in places like Iraq and Afghanistan served to win those wars. They have become a sort of stop-gap weapon system, their ordnance called upon to stem the tide of American military reversals even as their presence is supposed to demonstrate American resolve.
Even if everyone does it, that does not make it right. That excuse did not work for you in 6th grade when you were caught smoking in the girl’s room and it should not be accepted from a presidential candidate or her supporters in the media.
Many politicians do crappy things. That is not an excuse for you to also do them. See above.
“Well, at least I wasn’t indicted” is not a very high standard for the presidency.
When a branch of the US military starts rolling out a new pet project, it is rarely either cost effective or literally effective. The US Navy’s littoral combat ship (LCS) program is really underscoring that recently, with more ships breaking at seemingly random, meaning four nearly brand new ships have broken down in less than a year.
Just yesterday, the Navy discussed problems with its first LCS, the USS Freedom, which inexplicably was put out of commission back in July when seawater got into the engine and the oil system and started rusting things out. Limping back to home port, the USS Freedom now needs an engine replaced outright, with no timetable for the fix, or the cost.