Kurt Nimmo
May 1, 2009

The National Research Council is pushing for the offensive use of “cyberattack” against enemies foreign and domestic. “The current policy and legal framework regulating use of cyberattack by the United States is ill-formed, undeveloped, and highly uncertain,” a press release posted on the the National Academies website states. “The U.S. could use cyberattack either defensively, in response to a cyberattack from another nation, or offensively to support military missions or covert actions,” a report produced by the National Research Council argues (emphasis added).


NCR briefing on “Greater Transparency Needed in Development of U.S. Policy on Cyberattack.”

The NRC report is a continuation of the Pentagon’s Information Operation Roadmap, signed by then Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

The National Research Council operates as the working arm of the United States National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the United States National Academy of Engineering and is a corporation in the United States. In other words, the National Research Council report on “cyberwarfare” may be considered policy under formulation by the government.

The NRC report appears at the same time as the Obama administration adds finishing touches to a 60-day review of federal cybersecurity policy and the Senate gears up to pass a bill requiring the creation of cybersecurity czar. “The proposals, in Senate legislation that could be introduced as early as today, would broaden the focus of the government’s cybersecurity efforts to include not only military networks but also private systems,” the Washington Post reported on April 1. The bills, 773 and 778, introduced by Sen. Jay Rockefeller, would give Obama unlimited power of control over the Internet, including the power to shut it down.

The NRC report is a continuation of the Pentagon’s Information Operation Roadmap, signed by then Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. The 2003 document was released to the public after a Freedom of Information Request by the National Security Archive at George Washington University in 2006. The document calls for “rapid improvement of CNA [Computer Network Attack] capability” and a “robust offensive suite of capabilities to include full-range electronic and computer network attack.” According to the Pentagon, the internet is an enemy “weapons system.” (Read the Operation Roadmap.)

Last month Infowars and other alternative news websites revealed that the Department of Homeland Security has designated “rightwing extremists” as a threat to the nation. The DHS report, produced by the DHS’ Office of Intelligence and Analysis, characterizes supporters of the Second Amendment and opponents of abortion as extremists capable of violence.

Government subversion of domestic political opposition is not new. In the 1960s and early 1970s, the FBI and local law enforcement threatened, instigated and conducted break-ins, vandalism, assaults, beatings, and even murder under COINTELPRO. “They planted false media stories and published bogus leaflets and other publications in the name of targeted groups. They forged correspondence, sent anonymous letters, and made anonymous telephone calls. They spread misinformation about meetings and events, set up pseudo movement groups run by agents, and manipulated or strong-armed parents, employers, landlords, school officials and others to cause trouble for activists,” write Mike Cassidy and Will Miller.

[efoods]In FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover’s own words, the purpose of COINTELPRO was to “expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit and otherwise neutralize” specific groups and individuals opposed to government policy (in particular at the time the civil rights and anti-war movements).

More recently, the FBI and military intelligence have spied on and instructed local law enforcement to form “counter-terrorism squads” in response to the antiwar and patriot movements. As documented by Infowars, Prison Planet, and others, the government has used agents provocateurs to “disrupt, misdirect, discredit and otherwise neutralize” legitimate protest on numerous occasions.

The NRC and Pentagon effort to “fight the net” is a realization by the government that the internet is an effective tool used by the opposition. As such, it is to be considered an “enemy weapon system” and neutralized, according to government logic.
The NRC report is part of an effort to familiarize (and propagandize) the public on the need for covert cyberattack against “non-state groups” and domestic extremists. It is not al-Qaeda or other bogus terrorist groups the government is worried about, but rather domestic “non-state groups,” most notably “rightwing extremists” consisting of disenfranchised veterans and patriot activists calling for an end to the Federal Reserve and the real terrorist threat – the international bankers and globalists determined to usher in world government.

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