THIS WEEK IN SURVEILLANCE

POST OFFICE PLAYING SPYMASTERS. News broke this past week that the USPS has been running a program called iCOP (Internet Covert Operations Program).

Does it target agents of Communist Chinese or members of international drug cartels? No. The initiative, embedded in the Postal Service, exists to target “domestic terrorists.”

According to Yahoo News, which broke the story, “The work involves having analysts trawl through social media sites to look for what the document describes as ‘inflammatory’ postings and then sharing that information across government agencies.”

The pretext for the program launched with the Biden administration was the 6 January Washington, DC protest.

“What we’ve seen since January 6th, we’ve seen a specific targeting of Trump supporters, so this isn’t about targeting all Americans,” journalist Lee Smith commented on the revelations in an interview on OANN. Smith has written several books detailing how U.S. intelligence agencies spied on and sabotaged the Trump administration. “It’s about targeting a very particular subset of Americans, a large subset of Americans, and those happen to be... you can look at it two ways. Either supporters of Donald Trump, or people who did not for Joe Biden to be President.”

Illegal political spying on Americans isn’t new. Eric Snowden famously opened many eyes to the extent spy agencies, including the NSA, have been surveilling its citizenry. Even before Snowden, other whistleblowers and groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation were sounding alarms over George W. Bush and Obama-era programs that comprehensively sifted internet packets along the internet’s backbone network lines to capture email content, etc.

But the subversion of the USPS into yet another tentacle of the American domestic spy network is a new level of betrayal of the privacy and political freedoms and rights of Americans.

The USPS program does things like report on people planning protests or voicing politically incorrect views in opposition to government policies like coercive lockdowns and vaccinations, opposition to illegal immigration, support for Second Amendment rights, and, indeed, First Amendment rights.

Republicans Jim Jordan, Matt Gaetz, and Mo Brooks, all members of the House Oversight Committee, have called for a hearing with Chief Postal Inspector Gary Barksdale by 28 April regarding the Yahoo News report.

LEGAL AUTHORITY? NOT NEEDED FOR FEDERAL AGENCIES FIGHTING “CYBER THREATS.” The deep state continues to bilk “security” as a pretext to grab all the power it deems fit – no laws or oversight from citizens required.

A recent example is a Department of Education (DOE) initiative “proactively” neutralizing threats from web domains that don’t even exist.

That’s right. The DOE has empowered itself to buy up prospective domain names and go “outside its perimeter” in other ways, with the purported motive to protect citizens from malicious websites and activities that might be created or carried out.

The DOE’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Office (CISO) head Steve Herandez explained the extra-legal pursuits of the department acting together with Homeland Security while speaking last Tuesday at an event hosted by cybersecurity firm ZeroFOX.

“[At] most federal agencies I’ve been at, there’s a foundational premise that the law must say we can, and we started this conversation, just based on the pure necessity of saying actually hang on, stop, where does it say we can’t?

If there’s nothing out here saying we can’t, and we’ve already checked our appropriations and defending our programs and maintaining our fiduciary responsibility for the taxpayer dollars is squarely within the authorities of our appropriations, then frankly we ought to be doing this.”

Hernadez’s expansive view of federal powers goes beyond even the loosest construction of established law. Authorities can only exercise powers that are explicitly laid out by laws or clearly necessary to accomplish their implementation. “Enumerated Powers” comprises the whole framework of American jurisprudence, and the nation’s legal history is filled with case law that rejects governmental authorities operating by fiat.

“Pre-Crime” Fighting And Ad-Hoc Spying

But the DOE’s CISO seems to have missed those classes. At the cybersecurity event, Hernandez enthused that the new, self-granted agency authorities would allow the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to eliminate threats outside their perimeter. That includes ad-hoc initiatives like infiltrating and monitoring communications on secure messaging apps like Signal and Slack.

And he reportedly giggled describing some of the methods his “threat-hunting team” has made for putting suspicious URLs out of reach.

“We leveraged our procurement authorities and we went out and bought up a bunch of URLs that looked similar, or that we thought would be likely candidates for exploitation kind of preemptively going out and saying, you know, we’re gonna solve these problems before they start.”

Hernandez said the efforts of his cybersecurity team were substantially focused on stopping financially motivated attacks, explaining there are “trillions of dollars” flowing through the department each year, rendering it a target for malicious actors.

In fact, past analyses have pointed out that government employees themselves are among the biggest wasters and pilferers of the public coffers. Cyber criminals could only dream of siphoning one trillion dollars from government resources. But that’s what gets wasted or outright stolen in a given year. 

Obscene sums of money notwithstanding; eavesdropping fishing expeditions; snapping up domains that haven’t been activated, let alone used in crimes; and a carte blanche ethos on other cyber combat pursuits might make average Americans shudder. 

With no positive grant of legal authority and no oversight, there’s no telling what communications government agents are intercepting or what URLs they’re taking off the table, etc. The potential for political or other abuse is huge. 

3 Comments
  1. harlow53 2 months ago

    I hope the general public recognized the closing statement of the State of the Union Address as a code to all government agencies to join in on the surveillance of so-called domestic terrorists as defined in his address as those who participated in the January 6th protest.

    The establishment has defined it a resurrection not a protest against a fraudulent election! We also have a woman behind Biden during the address who was complicit in the stolen election and also was responsible for working with Capitol Police, DC Police, FBI, Deep State and Media to disenfranchise law abiding White Citizens! This wasn’t a typical riot like the BLM/ANTIFA destruction riot over the past year. The scenario and definition was developed by the Deep State , Media and Government Agencies to paint a picture of unhinged WHITE SUPREMACY at it’s worst attacking Democracy. Biden used the address to as a platform to disparage half the US population. This will come back to bite him during this Administration!!!

  2. harlow53 1 month ago

    As a follow-up to what surveillance is about with censorship of 1st Amendment Rights and deplatforming:

    Dr. Joseph Mercola’s bombshell account of his battle against Big Pharma below:

    Why I’m Removing All Articles Related to Vitamins D, C, Zinc and COVID-19

    Over the past year, I’ve been researching and writing as much as I can to help you take control of your health, as fearmongering media and corrupt politicians have destroyed lives and livelihoods to establish global control of the world’s population, using the COVID-19 pandemic as their justification.

    I’ve also kept you informed about billionaire-backed front groups like the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a partner of Bill Gates’ Alliance for Science, both of whom have led campaigns aimed at destroying my reputation and censoring the information I share.

    Other attackers include HealthGuard, which ranks health sites based on a certain set of “credibility criteria.” It has sought to discredit my website by ensuring warnings appear whenever you search for my articles or enter my website in an internet browser.

    Well-Organized Attack Partnerships Have Formed

    HealthGuard, a niche service of NewsGuard, is funded by the pharma-funded public relations company Publicis Groupe. Publicis, in turn, is a partner of the World Economic Forum, which is leading the call for a “Great Reset” of the global economy and a complete overhaul of our way of life. HHealthGuard is also partnered with Gates’ Microsoft company, and drug advertising websites like WebMD and Medscape, as well as the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) — the progressive cancel-culture leader with extensive ties to government and global think tanks that recently labeled people questioning the COVID-19 vaccine as a national security threat.

    The CCDH has published a hit list naming me as one of the top 12 individuals responsible for 65% of vaccine “disinformation” on social media, and who therefore must be deplatformed and silenced for the public good. In a March 24, 2021, letter1 to the CEO’s of Twitter and Facebook, 12 state attorneys general called for the removal of our accounts from these platforms, based on the CCDH’s report.

    Two of those state attorneys general also published an April 8, 2021, op-ed2 in The Washington Post, calling on Facebook and Twitter to ban the “anti-vaxxers” identified by the CCDH. The lack of acceptance of novel gene therapy technology, they claim, is all because a small group of individuals with a social media presence — myself included — are successfully misleading the public with lies about nonexistent vaccine risks.

    “The solution is not complicated. It’s time for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to turn off this toxic tap and completely remove the small handful of individuals spreading this fraudulent misinformation,” they wrote.

    Pharma-funded politicians and pharma-captured health agencies have also relentlessly attacked me and pressured tech monopolies to censor and deplatform me, removing my ability to express my opinions and speak freely over the past year.The CCDH also somehow has been allowed to publish4 in the journal Nature Medicine, calling for the “dismantling” of the “anti-vaccine” industry. In the article, CCDH founder Imran Ahmed repeats the lie that he “attended and recorded a private, three-day meeting of the world’s most prominent anti-vaxxers,” when, in fact, what he’s referring to was a public online conference open to an international audience, all of whom had access to the recordings as part of their attendance fee. The CCDH is also partnered with another obscure group called Anti-Vax Watch. The picture below is from an Anti-Vax Watch demonstration outside the halls of Congress. Ironically, while the CCDH claims to be anti-extremism, you’d be hard-pressed to find a clearer example of actual extremism than this bizarre duo.

    AntiVaxWatch
    Gates-Funded Doctor Demands Terrorist Experts to Attack Me

    Most recently, Dr. Peter Hotez, president of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, which has received tens of millions of dollars from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, — with funds from the foundation most recently being used to create a report called “Meeting the Challenge of Vaccine Hesitancy,” — also cited the CCDH in a Nature article in which he calls for cyberwarfare experts to be enlisted in the war against vaccine safety advocates and people who are “vaccine hesitant.” He writes:

    “Accurate, targeted counter-messaging from the global health community is important but insufficient, as is public pressure on social-media companies. The United Nations and the highest levels of government must take direct, even confrontational, approaches with Russia, and move to dismantle anti-vaccine groups in the United States.

    Efforts must expand into the realm of cyber security, law enforcement, public education and international relations. A high-level inter-agency task force reporting to the UN secretary-general could assess the full impact of anti-vaccine aggression, and propose tough, balanced measures.

    The task force should include experts who have tackled complex global threats such as terrorism, cyber attacks and nuclear armament, because anti-science is now approaching similar levels of peril. It is becoming increasingly clear that advancing immunization requires a counteroffensive.”

    Why is Hotez calling for the use of warfare tactics on American citizens that have done nothing illegal? In my case, could it be because I’ve written about the theory that SARS-CoV-2 is an engineered virus, created through gain-of-function research, and that its release was anticipated by global elites, as evidenced in Event 201?

    It may be. At least those are some of my alleged “sins,” detailed on page 10 of the CCDH report, “Disinformation Dozen: The Sequel.” Coincidentally enough, the Nature journal has helped cover up gain-of-function research conducted at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, publishing a shoddy zoonotic origins study relied upon my mainstream media and others, which was riddled with problems.

    So, it’s not misinformation they are afraid of. They’re afraid of the truth getting out. They’re all trying to cover for the Chinese military and the dangerous mad scientists conducting gain-of-function work.

    You may have noticed our website was recently unavailable; this was due to direct cyber-attacks launched against us. We have several layers of protective mechanisms to secure the website as we’ve anticipated such attacks from malevolent organizations.

    What This Means for You

    Through these progressively increasing stringent measures, I have refused to succumb to these governmental and pharmaceutical thugs and their relentless attacks. I have been confident and willing to defend myself in the court of law, as I’ve had everything reviewed by some of the best attorneys in the country.

    Unfortunately, threats have now become very personal and have intensified to the point I can no longer preserve much of the information and research I’ve provided to you thus far. These threats are not legal in nature, and I have limited ability to defend myself against them. If you can imagine what billionaires and their front groups are capable of, I can assure you they have been creative in deploying their assets to have this content removed.

    Sadly, I must also remove my peer reviewed published study on the “Evidence Regarding Vitamin D and Risk of COVID-19 and Its Severity.” It will, however, remain in the highly-respected journal Nutrients’ website, where you can still access it for free.

    The MATH+ hospital treatment protocol for COVID-19 and the iMASK+ prevention and early outpatient COVID-19 protocol — both of which are based on the use of vitamins C, D, quercetin, zinc and melatonin — are available on the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance’s website. I suggest you bookmark these resources for future reference.

    It is with a heavy heart that I purge my website of valuable information. As noted by Dr. Peter McCullough during a recent Texas state Senate Health and Human Services Committee hearing, data shows early treatment could have prevented up to 85% (425,000) of COVID-19 deaths. Yet early treatments were all heavily censored and suppressed.

    McCullough, in addition to being a cardiologist and professor of medicine at the Texas A&M University Health Sciences Center, also has the distinction of having published the most papers of any person in the history of his field, and being an editor of two major medical journals. Despite that, his video, in which he went through a paper he’d published detailing effective early treatments, was summarily banned by YouTube in 2020.

    “No wonder we have had 45,000 deaths in Texas. The average person in Texas thinks there’s no treatment!” McCullough told the senate panel. Indeed, people are in dire need of more information detailing how they can protect their health, not less. But there’s only so much I can do to protect myself against current attack strategies.

    They’ve moved past censorship. Just what do you call people who advocate counteroffensive attacks by terrorism and cyberwarfare experts? You’d think we could have a debate and be protected under free speech but, no, we’re not allowed. These lunatics are dangerously unhinged.

    The U.S. federal government is going along with the global Great Reset plan (promoted as “building back better”), but this plan won’t build anything but a technological prison. What we need is a massive campaign to preserve civil rights, and vote out the pawns who are destroying our freedom while concentrating wealth and power.

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