How to Finance Your Congressional Campaign with Arms Sales

The DC Ukraine Mafia 4.0

Running for Congress? Short on cash or donations? No need to worry. Now, you too can finance your campaign through a Ukrainian arms producer/exporter. Igor, for example, can host the fundraising events in his $million Washington DC brownstone. He will even throw in the Ukrainian Hors d’Oeuvres, Vodka, and Cigars.

Igor Pasternak luxury home in DC where in 2013 Adam Schiff had a fundraiser
Image 1: Igor Pasternak’s luxury home in DC where in 2013 Adam Schiff used him to host a fundraiser for his congressional run

And the best part is that you never have to worry about paying him back for any of these favors, because it’s all free, no strings attached. After all, everyone knows that Ukrainian arms producers/exporters float the election campaign of congressional candidates like Adam Schiff, and Loretta Sanchez and socially and politically hub nob with Nancy Pelosi because they are just so cuddly.

If you don’t buy any of this, then the following Adam Schiff, Nancy Pelosi, and Alexandra Chalupa linkage agrees with you.

Where is Igor?
Image 2: Hedging his bats at President Trump’s inauguration?

Igor Pasternak's linkage
Image 3
: How Pasternak floated Adam Schiff’s 2013 election to Congress and his linkage to Nancy Pelosi and the Ukrainian influence network in the US

ITAR C4I Systems with Thermal Cams
Image 4: NADATS a division of Igor Pasternak’s AEROS corporation offering armed blips and surveillance towers with ITAR controlled thermal cameras and personnel tracking radar packages. A 2016 visit by Lindsey Graham, John McCain, and Amy Klobuchar to the Ukrainian ATM machine

Ukraine Intelligence Assets in the US?
Image 5: Notes from the desk of Yaroslav Brisiuck’s the Ukrainain Chargé d’affaires in Washington DC suggest that Alexandra Chalupa could be a long term Ukrainian intelligence asset

Alexandra Chalupa and Melanne Verveer Ukraine Political Network
Image 6: Alexandra Chalupa, Melanne Verveer, and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur’s Ukraine linkages. Chalupa held multiple intelligence briefing and debriefing sessions regarding president Trump with her handler Okana Shulyar and other Ukrainian embassy diplomats like Andriy Telizhenko

Alexandra Chalupa and Trump Impeachment
Image 7
: Alexandra Chalupe with a small sampling of friends like Michael Avantti, Linda Sarsour, Andrew McCabe, and their on-going activity to impeach president Trump

Igor with President Poroshenko Igor with President Obama
Image 8: Pasternak with President Victor Yanukovich and President Obama

What Likely Paid for the Free Hors d’Oeuvres, Vodka, and Cigars



The roof of Pasternak manufacturing hangar collapses after he got $35M from the DoD and NASA. “The accident is a blow to the hopeful collaboration between the Department of Defense and NASA.”



Pasternak receives a “Certificate of Honor” from the Ukrainian embassy in the US. The press release cites Pasternak’s “significant contributions to bilateral cooperation.”



The House Intelligence Committee ranking member Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) joins House Speaker John Boehner in a letter to the White House pushing for arms sales to Ukraine.



The US announces it is stepping up non-lethal military assistance to Ukraine with a $75 million package that includes armored Humvees and surveillance technology.



Pasternak’s company, Aeroscraft Corporation, AKA Aeros, issues a press release, announcing a cooperative partnership between Aeros and the Government of Ukraine. “The partnership with Ukraine, Aeros, and UkrOboronProm, first announced in Kiev earlier this month, will see the Ukraine-Russian border protected by a series of Aeros-made Elevated Early Warning Systems (EEWS).”



Government of Ukraine buys Pasternak’s blips using US taxpayers’ money.



In addition to the $50 million grant Pasternak receives from the Pentagon to develop prototypes for delivering US military cargo, he also benefits from the $75 million aid package to Ukraine for providing weaponized airships to monitor Ukraine’s borders.



Pasternak’s Aeroscraft, the American firm partnering with the Ukrainian Weapons manufacturer UkrOboronServis to produce M16s.

Identifying Igor Pasternak as Ukrainian and as an arms producer/exporter is based on multiple sources including official ATF documents and press interviews with Igor Pasternak. For example, an article titled ‘New Ukrainian M4-WAC47 rifle ‘a strong political message to Russia’ written by Illia Ponomarenko, published January 28, 2018 (using Pasternak as the source) states:

UkrOboronProm’s (One of Ukraine’s largest arms producers)…signing a memorandum of cooperation with the Aeroscraft (Pasternak’s company), a major aviation and weapons producer founded and directed by Ukrainian immigrant Igor Pasternak.

In another publication, on July 8, 2016, the KievPost reported:

“Pasternak found himself walking on Kyiv’s central square, Maidan Nezalezhnosti, where the central protest camp was based. “(At that moment) I understood that I am a Ukrainian,” Pasternak said during an interview on Ukrainian television’s Espreso TV shown on April 2015. Before seeing the EuroMaidan protests, he identified as an American. Pasternak then started to visit Ukraine every month or two. In January, he signed a contract for Aeros to supply Ukraine’s State Border Service with a surveillance system to monitor the Sea of Azov.”

Please Join Igor Pasternak: Adam Schiff Fundraising Invitation RSVP
Schiff’s staffer travel to Ukraine: Travel cost was covered by the Atlantic Council
Aeroscraft a major weapons producer founded and directed by Ukrainian Igor Pasternak
CEO to Watch: Pasternak identifying himself as a Ukrainian
Producing Ukraine’s New AK-M16 Mashup Rifle: Pasternak’s involvement in an arms deal
Providing surveillance equipment sale to Ukraine: Pasternak’s Ukrainian contracts
Ukraine to Buy 7.62 x 39 mm M16s… from Blimp Impresario?
FEC Complaint: DNC-Chalupa accepting assistance from Ukrainian embassy officials in
Andriy Telizhenko Interview: Ukrainian diplomat confirms working with Chalupa in official capacity
The Mechanics of Deception: The Network, Actors, and the Genesis of the Steele Dossier

A Sampling of Igor Pasternak’s US real estate
Image 9
: A sampling of Igor Pasternak’s US real estate

Alexandra Chalupa's family business
Image 10: The Chalupa family ‘political consulting business’

USAID Roman Woronowycz and Ivanna Voronovych
Image 11
: The Pelosi Voronovych (Woronowycz) linkage part-1

Ivanna and Roman Voronovych
Image 12: The Pelosi Voronovych (Woronowycz) linkage part-2

Ukraine Related Atlantic Council Linkage
Image 13: The Atlantic Council Ukraine linkage showing that Schiff is engaging in intelligence collection and political patronage in Ukraine and his collaborator Geysha Gonzalez (who paid for Schiff’s aid trip), an expert on disinformation, misinformation, and false information, and the Deputy Director of the Eurasia Center at the Atlantic Council

Geysha Gonzalez the Deputy Director of the Eurasia Center at the Atlantic Council discussing issues related to Russian information warfare during the 2016 elections

The NGO Profile of a Jihadi Cell
Image 14
: The Pelosi Jihadi linkage. A profile of one Ukrainian jihadi NGO which is a front for the Turkish intelligence services

Where is Igor
Image 15: The Gigapixel mosaic was one of the image sources used in the Pasternak face match searches. Source: CNN Trump Inauguration

Nancy Pelosi Features
Image 16
: Multi-classifier verification for Nancy Pelosi’s identity using face recognition, hair parting style, body features such as hand geometry and age spots (on right hand), and the ‘tight lips’ facial expression

*** Update 10/17/2019 ***

Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes – Who will Fact Check the Fact Checkers?
Shortly after uploading this post, I was contact by Saranac Spencer Hale, an an investigative reporter with Saranac asked me via email to verify that the images in the post were authentic. She also inquired about the face recognition and AI based analytics and wanted to know how the technology worked.  I provided her with the details and even demonstrated the Sentinel AI capabilities by running it against one node of her social network (using her email address as the entry point).

After providing her this information, she never responded to my emails or gave me an opportunity to comment about what she was going to publish. Several days ago, she posted a misleading report that falsely claims that I’ve misidentified Randy Credico as Igor Pasternak (the man Nancy Pelosi is shanking hands with in the middle of Image 16).

Credico wasn’t event tagged or identified in the composite because he was irrelevant to the linkage. The reason why this image was used is because it contained several of Pelosi’s features that the AI classifier used to verify her identity. These included her face recognition, hair parting style, body features such as hand geometry, the age spots (on her right hand), and the ‘tight lips’ facial expression.

It is clear from the content of Saranac Spencer Hale’s misleading post and its deliberate mischaracterization of the facts that it was a contract hit job designed to attack the Ukrainian linkage between Igor Pasternak, Adam Schiff, and Nancy Pelosi, and to down play Pasternak’s role. It is also noteworthy that came up with an identical article shortly afterwards and recycled all of the arguments made by This suggests a close collaboration between these two platform and is a good illustration of the MO of internet facts checkers who in reality are little more than progressive political damage control tools and information warfare units that whitewash inconvenient facts.

For the sake of transparency and to allow others who may want to get a first hand view into how the Internet fact checking industry works, I am posting the email thread with Saranac Spencer Hale below:



I have read your fact check and would like to reference this comment:

Apelbaum told us through email that his company used facial recognition technology to identify Pasternak — although incorrectly in Credico’s case.”

Your statement of me misidentifying Credico as Pasternack is both dishonest and deceitful. I have never claimed to identify Randy Credico as Igor Pasternack or labeled him as an arms dealer.  None of my images show Credico with Pasternack’s name.

Nancy Pelosi with Randy Credico

The image that you are referencing as being a misidentification was used to confirm the identity of Nancy Pelosi.  The relevance of the image with Credico is that it contained the following Pelosi reference objects:

  • Pelosi’s age spots visible on her right hand (shaking hands with Randy Credico)
  • Pelosi’s hand geometry
  • Pelosi’s hair parting style
  • Pelosi’s facial expression, specifically, her ‘tight lips’

These and other features were then used to confirm Pelosi’s identity in the image with Mr. Pasternak.

I was transparent with you about how our technology works and even went the extra mile to demonstrate the process on a person in your network. I expected that you would have had the decency and give me the courtesy to respond to your false claim before you published your article.

But I guess, that is not how professional fact checkers with an agenda operate.

Best regards,


Igor Pasternak Nancy Pelosi Linkage Verification



Sent: Thursday, October 03, 2019 4:51 AM

To: ‘Spencer, Saranac Hale’ <>

Subject: RE: Reporter from

Hi Sara,

I wanted to follow-up on my last email. Will you be publishing the confirmation of the FR search you inquired about?

Also, find attached a sample run of the Sentinel AI against one person you know. The search used FR, object classifier, and GIS engine, and text analytics.  We constrained the parameters to a 60 seconds search, a single relationship node, and the detection of deepfake content. We also striped the search linkage and removed adult content, drugs, and firearm related matches found.

Let me know if you have any questions.


M Hale Spencer Sanitized



Sent: Monday, September 30, 2019 3:55 PM

To: ‘Spencer, Saranac Hale’ <>

Subject: RE: Reporter from

Hi Sara,

The high level overview of the FR process is:

  • Ingest any image source (real-time streaming video, video in files, newspapers, images, microfiche, illustrations, CCTV, mobile phone, etc.)
  • Optimize the image (poor exposure, illumination, stability, rain, or fog, etc.)
  • Reconstruct the image (remove occlusion, compensate for counter detection methods like sunglasses, fake beard or mustache, hats, and scarf)
  • Create a 3D facial object so that it can be manipulated in space
  • Perform a wide range of analytics on the object including face recognition, age, race, gender, emotional state.  We can also plug-in custom analytic such psychiatric and medical indicators
  • Fuse and enrich the detection with other sources

I hope this helps,



From: Spencer, Saranac Hale <>

Sent: Monday, September 30, 2019 2:29 PM


Subject: RE: Reporter from

Great – could you tell me how this technology works?  Do you use standard news video footage?  Also, were you able to confirm the identity of Igor Pasternak in the photo where he is shaking Nancy Pelosi’s hand?

Thanks, again,




Sent: Monday, September 30, 2019 2:24 PM

To: Spencer, Saranac Hale <>

Subject: RE: Reporter from

Hi Sara,

Thanks for reaching out.  Yes, we did utilize our Sentinel AI face recognition and video analytics platform on the Gigapixel mosaic and confirmed the identify of Igor Pasternak.



From: Spencer, Saranac Hale <>

Sent: Monday, September 30, 2019 2:14 PM


Subject: Reporter from

Hello –

I’m a reporter at, a U.S. fact checking organization.  A recent claim has been circulating online based, in part, on graphics with your logo on them.  Here’s a link to the story that began circulating the claim and the graphics:

I’m wondering if your company did, in fact, use facial recognition technology to identify the people indicated in the graphics. I’m particularly interested in whether or not you contributed to the image that’s attached.

You can also reach me by phone at 215-573-9195

Many thanks,



Copyright Yaacov Apelbaum 2019

89 thoughts on “How to Finance Your Congressional Campaign with Arms Sales

    • I’m an Australian following all this from Downunder.
      Thank you for your excellent work on this matter.

      It is now clear to me that the entire Democrat campaign to oust Trump from the presidency has been all about preventing attention on massive Democrat hierarchy corruption, including Uranium One.

      These —— need to keep everybody wrong-footed until Trump is gone from office and has no levers of power – not that the FBI and DOJ etc have ever helped him.

      If Mr Trump is ever deposed the whole Western democratic world loses the only person who is capable of stopping (vile) leftist takeover of The West.
      All good Americans need to hold rock-firm and back him 100 per cent all the time. Please.

      • Hi Niftynorm,

        I’ve taken the liberty of removing a few ‘harsher’ words in your response. I would like this forum to be civil :-)

        Thank you for your kind words. I’m trying to stay out of the political debate and just provide the facts. I’ll let the citizens of our great republic make up their own mind. But I agree in general with your observations, we tend to put too much trust in fiery social justice speeches and utopian progressive ideology and not enough on real critical issues like illegal immigration, crime, and the wide spread political and MSM corruption.

        Or as Nietzsche said, “They muddy the water, to make it seem deep.”

        I also think that you are spot on about this being just one of many Red Green Alliance projects to destabilize western society,.


  1. Nothing unusual here the Democrats seem to have more innocent criminals that walk our streets free as the birds? The only difference is Democrats don’t fly as they just wing it!

  2. Mr. Apelbaum,

    This is my first comment, but I have been reading your material for over a year now since I first found a link to “Mechanics of Deception”.

    I have question about the photograph from Yaroslav Brisiuck’s office. I did verify that is Chalupa’s name in Ukranian, but what is that sheet paper about? I take it that it is a list of names, but of what people does the list consist?

      • My interest is whether or not that list is a list of Ukrainian operatives, or a list of people invited to a D.C. party of some sort. In other words, her name on that paper could be completely innocent or entirely damning. I would be interested in knowing which.

  3. Greetings again Yaccov,

    As always, thanks for the work you do in these articles. Gateway Pundit has given you a hat tip several times over the last several months. Today on this brought me here again.

    Question: I’m curious how much more traffic you’ve seen since this past April?

    I’m glad you are surfacing things from Mechanics of Deception when especially relevant. I’m wondering some kind of index might help people find things more easily?

    Also, wondering if you are working on another project similar to mechanics? I have it pinned to top of my Twitter BTW. 😁
    Something along the lines of election fraud perhaps? Connecting local players with national/international players?

    Anyways, thanks again, your information is getting out there.

  4. Greetings, noble warrior with an unstoppable pen on behalf of Truth, Mr. Apelbaum!

    I was linked to your latest politically damning ( for some politicos) post of the imbedded Ukrainian Arms dealer, Pasternak, with ties to the openly subversive democratic party here in the U.S.
    Your reports are very unique and revealing and you have my kudos to stay the course in this viscious battle ; the Truth Will Prevail !

    The only questions I have need a bit of muddy water clarification :
    Alexandra Chalupa, the Ukr. Embassy asset, has a European first name with a Hispanic surname – not clear how she fits with this embassy. Unless it is her married surname and she’s employed directly.

    Also the outrageously amazing multi zoomed video of the arms dealer Igor Pasternak located within an otherwise improbable number of 50k people crowd : Was he attempting a disguise? Why would he mix into this crowd?

    Finally are you the inventor or this program Sentinel AI? Is it for gov-corp use only or can others purchase a license to use this program ? Simply curious , it has some amazing capabilities.

    • Thanks for the kind words itsnotpersonalstrictlybusiness,

      I’m not sure where you got the “Spanish surname” part. Alexandra Chalupe uses her maiden name. This was a conscious decision as part of building her future political brand in the US and Ukraine. Her husband’s name is Jeffrey David Roof.

      She also goes by:
      – Alexandra Chalup
      – Alexanderia Chalupa
      – Alexandra Stephania Chalupa

      Her younger sister (37) goes by Andrea Chalupa, her mother (73) goes by Tanya Chalupa, and her father (74) goes by Leo Chalupa. So, again, no last name variations.

      Her side of the family is Ukrainian and still has deep political connections there. This is also the reason why she is/was active in Democratic politics and HRC’s election campaign. If it all went according to plan, it’s likely that the financial and commercial rewards for the Chalupas would have been astronomical.

      As far as the Sentinel AI, yes, I am the founder of XRVision, and this is one of our products. However, we don’t sell or offer the solution the the general public.

      • Yours is an incredible amazing AI program !

        And your ultra detailed research is second to no one, Mr Apelbaum!
        I am very glad to have linked to your site via ‘Nancy Morgan Hart’s’ “Headlines With A Voice” alt news outlet.

        I only assumed the surname Chalupa was Hispanic as that’s what it sounded like to me. In nearly 70yrs as an immigrant Ukrainian – I have NEVER heard such a Ukrainian family name ever.

        Keep up your stellar research sir!

  5. Great exposure of these organized criminals, keep it going. Someone please tell me, who is the guy on the far left in the Ukrainian Mafia poster? I see Schumer, Schiff and Pelosi, but I cannot recognize that other one. Who is it? Please!

  6. Pasternak is as a one time visitor to the White House in Feb. 2013. Together with Yao Xianni (which to the untrained eye, looks like a Chinese name and is also listed a single time) he visited Mike Olson.

    Okana Shulyar visited the WH eight times between 2015/16 and met w/the Biden at least twice. She also met w/Mike Carpenter twice; Carpenter is now senior director of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement and is a former deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia and foreign policy advisor to Vice President Joe Biden.

    Yaroslav Brisiuck was at the WH 18 times between 2014 and 2016, meeting w/Biden 4 times and Carpenter 6 times as well as being listed in 2 POTUS confabs.

    Alexandra Chalupa’s white house visitor history is interesting. One visit in 2011 and then nothing until the spring of 2014 (3 visits) and then two visits in 2015.

    WH visitors:

  7. Of course. What else is needed to be told? After Maidan of 2014, the vilest and clearly-corrupt elements took charge of Ukraine. And every Dermocrat shoved their hands into that swamp to get something out of that place. Except their hands will forever be stained now. They want Trump thrown out but this is a boomerang that they’ve thrown at him, not just a bent stick, and it has come straight straight back at them. Now the truth is out about how they are profiteering from turning my moms native Ukraine into a total failed state with a comedian marionette for a president controlled by Benya Kolomoyskiy. What I’m amazed about is how that Banderite (Yakov Kedmi called him and his ilk that, not me) hasn’t had is Israeli citizenship revoked over his support of faschist battalions.
    Biden, McCain, Nuland, Obama, Clinton and PLENTY more Dermocrats are connected to that slaughterhouse that used to be Ukraine. And openly so.

    • And originally having the Poroshenko, Yatsenyuk and Pastor Turchinov. The whole reason Russia is being blamed for some “aggression” is that the Zbroyni Sili Ukraini are so incompetent that they failed to take over the area after they were stopped by the locals and militia.

    • Thanks for your comment Max,

      I have very little (closer to none) Ukrainian political expertise, so I can’t comment intelligently about your points regarding the various political factions in Ukraine. However, it does seem form the linkage that several senior US politicians, state department actors, and administration officials engaged in ‘diplomacy for profit’.

  8. Your publications are very interesting.
    I wonder what is Ivanna Voronovych legal status in the US? Does she have a green card or what? Hard to imagine she would give up her ukrainian citizenship.

      • Thank you for your reply.
        Ivanna’s name is spelled in a Russian way and his name is a Polish transliteration.
        Sometimes by name and its spelling one can guess people’s history. :)

  9. I just read some updates about the whole Trump impeachment thing. It looks like its still Nancy Pelosi doing most of the effort on it all. I feel like I remember just the other day she was against impeaching the president. If I was in Congress, I’d be really wondering about that.

  10. Who with sanity and common sense is at all surprised by the corruption reigning in our government?? My question is WHO is finally going to expose this?? Who’s in charge and where in the name of God does the buck STOP?? I want somebody with some guts to end this madness. There has to be somebody in govt. with integrity. And why in the hell is George Soros not arrested and acknowledged for the seditious infiltration of our government? Where is Pres. Trump on this?? Inquiring minds want to know.

    • Hi Priscilla,

      Thanks for your comment.

      I’m afraid, I don’t have a good answer to your questions. At this point, the best we can do is to publish accurate information and hope that it will be distributed. It is said that the sunlight is the best disinfectant, but I believe, that clear knowledge is even better at fighting infections like corruption.

  11. Even if only seen as a demonstration of your software, this is an amazing article, that it exposes so much of the DC corruption is almost a bonus.
    Thank you for your efforts to expose our hidden dry-rot.

  12. Yaacov,

    From the Politico article:

    “[Alexandra Chalupa] occasionally shared her findings with officials from the DNC and Clinton’s campaign, Chalupa said. In January 2016 — months before Manafort had taken any role in Trump’s campaign — Chalupa told a senior DNC official that, when it came to Trump’s campaign, “I felt there was a Russia connection,” Chalupa recalled.”

    So what would account for Chalupa’s telegnostic insight into the fate of Paul Manafort? How did she know about a Russia connection before Downer tipped off the FBI about Papadopoulos? Before Simpson hired Steele in May 2016 to determine “whether there were any ties between the Russian government and Trump and his campaign?”

    To what does Chalupa owe her precognition? Was it oneiromancy; diviniation through dreams? Or perhaps pyromancy; divination by fire—like in Game of Thrones?

    Or, would you agree that Chalupa’s prognostication was the result of SBUmancy—or, divination by means of Ukrainian Intelligence?

    See also George Eliason’s analysis generally:

    For example:

    After reading your piece here, it would appear that our government has been sold to Ukrainian mobsters and neo-Nazi thugs.

    • Hi Bob,

      Chalupa was most likely a Ukrainians intelligence asset. This is based on her having an Ukrainian handler in the DC embassy, and complete freedom to move on both, the HRC/DNC and Ukrainian political chess board. She had access to Ukrainian FININT, SIGINT, and HUMINT. Chalupa is a prime mover in almost every aspect of the Russian collusion narrative, she is the one the promoted Avenatti as a poetical option, raised funds for Andrew McCabe, etc. I personally think that she is part of a sizable DC clique that has been running the ‘resistance’ over the past 4 years and that she/her fellowship of the ‘dark arts’ should be taken much more seriously.

  13. Yaacov,

    I tried twice to post a reply, but I suppose the amount of links and html coding got it bounced.

    Text without links:

    Riddle: You wake up in the morning, your paint’s peeling, your curtains are gone, and the water is boiling. Which problem do you deal with first?

    Answer: None of them. The building’s on fire!

    Quis custodes custodiet? (Who watches the watchmen?)

    The Judge Advocates General of the U.S. Military, because they’re all that’s left.

    One of the most ancient and fundamental principles in all of law is expressed by the Latin maxim: Nemo iudex in causa sua; meaning “No one may be the judge in his own cause.” While there’s no bullpen to call to for relief from tyrannical law enforcement, a providential train of circumstances has left our bench-reserve players virtually quarantined from the corruption. The honor, integrity, courage, commitment, and loyalty of the U.S. Military we’ve trusted every second of every day to protect us from nuclear extinction is all that remains standing between a perfidious deep state and its establishment of an absolute tyranny over the American people.

    Originally linked to the text “they’re all that’s left.”

    • Great interview with Tony Shaffer. Thanks for sharing it.

      I would agree with the doomsday prediction if we were a Peasant society like Russia, but we are not. There are enough people out there to help stop this trajectory. We also have advanced technology that can level mountains. So we can not only put up a fight, but also win. The challenge is going to be in bringing all of the elements together for the 2020 cycle and beyond. This fix will have to take several years and will have to include education, immigration, federal agencies, law, and law enforcement. I actually think that this is an exciting opportunity. I can’t think of another nations that got a second chance for a remake like we do now.

      • Yaacov,

        Wouldn’t you agree that the rise of the cyberintelligence ruling class in America makes it a peasant society as well? What’s more, we’re not only a society of peasants, but tyrannized peasants.

        The NSA now collects and stores within a single day more intimate details about peoples’ lives than were ever kept within all the personal papers and effects created from the dawn of time to the inception of internet surveillance.

        Since the comingling of omnipotence with omniscience creates the possibility of exploitation—i.e. police action taken upon such knowledge—the NSA was originally kept as impotent as the FBI unknowing without a warrant. Like thought without action or an engine without a drive train, the strict separation of NSA omniscience from FBI omnipotence protected citizens from the tyranny of an all knowing and all powerful government.

        Then “9/11 changed everything;” or so we were repeatedly told. Within hours of the attack, we were led to believe that the ultimate cause of our anguish was that very wall protecting us from the establishment of a surveillance state. The implicit message being: If only that wall didn’t exist, the FBI/DOJ could have stopped those bad men. Better pass that Patriot Act, or the next 9/11 will be your fault.

        In the trauma of the moment and our ignorance of the circumstances, we had no idea we were giving unaccountable bureaucrats and private contractors (read: ‘the deep state’) the power of turnkey tyranny—enabling them to exercise God-like power over the fates of individuals and entire nations as if they were personal playthings.

        <i>“[After 9/11] untold billions of dollars were poured into intelligence and surveillance. This ushered in the new age. What we have now is a national-security class that simultaneously bridges the gap between private and public, merging government careers with jobs as corporate executives and consultants. By retaining their security clearances, many of its members have access to the most highly guarded intelligence, which they use to the benefit of their corporate and government clients. The power they wield is exponentially greater than that of their Cold War predecessors.”</i> How Private Contractors Have Created a Shadow NSA, By Tim Shorrock, May 27, 2015

        Regardless, I don’t think we’re on any “trajectory.”

        It seems to me that a more apt metaphor would be that we’re not only sailing on a ship everyone think is unsinkable and have already struck the iceberg. If we stop lying to ourselves long enough to close the watertight compartment doors, we can still save her. But it will require tough decisions. The JAG is the only remaining legal body capable of making those command decisions. IMHO

      • It seems to me that a more apt metaphor would be that we’re not only sailing on a ship everyone think is unsinkable [but] have already struck the iceberg.

      • Out of curiosity, you know when Chalupa got that Yahoo Mail warning,

        “Important Action Required

        We strongly suspect that your account has been the target of state-sponsored actors.

        Learn how to better protect yourself”

        Wouldn’t you agree that identifying the hackers as “state-sponsored” in a Form notification is completely superfluous information?

        And considering Chalupa’s ties to the Atlantic Council, Ukrainain hackers would you also agree that the message reads like the Crowdstrike business model:

        You Don’t Have a Malware Problem, You Have an Adversary Problem!

        See what I”m getting at?

      • As i’ve indicated before, Chalupa is a very smart and a resourceful women (who is/was getting a lot of high quality domestic and foreign intelligence advice and support). So, you can classify that whole Yahoo mail incident as static.

        When proficient state actors execute an APT attack, you wouldn’t know what hit you. I can assure you that you wouldn’t get a cute little pop up warning message in your browser telling you that someone has just tried target your account.

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