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Sum Ting Wong

July 13th, 2013 - 3:39 pm

Ironies abound. For example, even  as Dick Durbin  defined  journalists as anyone who got a media paycheck, a San Francisco news outlet demonstrated that they were not exempt from making stupid mistakes.

And the worst mistake would be to underestimate the Chinese. Gordon Chang at the Gatestone Institute argues that Edward Snowden, rather than being a mere “whistleblower” or even an ordinary spy, may actually have been a “dropbox” for an even bigger spy cell within the NSA and the FBI. In other words, he was just the tip of the iceberg.

This theory explains how Snowden could possess information to which he did not have access. It is possible he figured out how to bypass barriers in NSA’s systems, but it is more likely he had help. Eli Lake of the Daily Beast reports that the FBI is investigating whether Snowden obtained documents “from a leak inside the secret FISA court.” Similarly, Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, has suggested Snowden probably had an accomplice in the NSA who gave him information.

Beijing may also have encouraged Mr. Snowden to leave Hawaii. One of my sources indicates that Chinese intelligence, either directly or through FBI personnel working for China, tipped Snowden off that NSA investigators were closing in on him.

There still is no proof of this allegation, but it is telling that Snowden chose to run to Hong Kong.

This theory implies that not just American intelligence, but its counterintelligence apparatus has been penetrated and compromised. Some of the bad guys are not only the perps, they’re also the cops.

The word some of you may be thinking of is rootkit. Suppose the Chinese or the Russians — or the Saudis — have instead of infiltrating ordinary spies, managed to install a rootkit in the US government? “A rootkit is a stealthy type of software, often malicious, designed to hide the existence of certain processes or programs from normal methods of detection and enable continued privileged access to a computer.” In plain language, suppose they managed to take over the United States government from the top. This is how computers are sometimes attacked and it is where the term “rootkit” comes from.

A “rootkit” in this case would be a network of enemy agents placed high up in trusted positions of great power, in such a situation of trust they could hardly ever be questioned.

Of course the idea of takeover from the top is an old one. Julius Caesar understood it in principle. ““The greatest enemy will hide in the last place you would ever look.” Nor was he wrong. The Roman Empire was dealt a near mortal blow by an enemy from within. The Romanized barbarian Arminius led Varus and his legions into an ambush in the Teutoberg forest, a setback from which the imperium arguably never recovered. Rootkits are deadly.

Once installed, it becomes possible to hide the intrusion as well as to maintain privileged access. The key is the root/Administrator access. Full control over a system means that existing software can be modified, including software that might otherwise be used to detect or circumvent it.
Rootkit detection is difficult because a rootkit may be able to subvert the software that is intended to find it. Detection methods include using an alternative and trusted operating system, behavioral-based methods, signature scanning, difference scanning, and memory dump analysis. Removal can be complicated or practically impossible, especially in cases where the rootkit resides in the kernel; reinstallation of the operating system may be the only available solution to the problem. When dealing with firmware rootkits, removal may require hardware replacement, or specialized equipment. …

The fundamental problem with rootkit detection is that if the operating system has been subverted, particularly by a kernel-level rootkit, it cannot be trusted to find unauthorized modifications to itself or its components. Actions such as requesting a list of running processes, or a list of files in a directory, cannot be trusted to behave as expected. In other words, rootkit detectors that work while running on infected systems are only effective against rootkits that have some defect in their camouflage, or that run with lower user-mode privileges than the detection software in the kernel. As with computer viruses, the detection and elimination of rootkits is an ongoing struggle between both sides of this conflict

About the only way the public can tell that Sum Ting Wong is detecting behavioral anomalies in the system. The OS will report itself clean because the OS has been taken over. Therefore the only clues are that things no longer work as before. The system is perverse.  It gives manifestly wrong outputs. And often the only fix is to reboot from a known clean copy of the OS, which in this case would be the US Constitution — a document more than a hundred years old that nobody reads.

The fact that Snowden fled to Hong Kong and then Russia strongly suggests that the rootkit — if in fact it does exist — has not completely taken over the system. There was still someone left to come after him. But the fact that he got so far and that efforts to spread surveillance into every aspect of American life have gotten even further imply that, Ho Lee Fuk, the malware is well along.

The usual solution to this kind of problem is a political reboot, whose main goal is to purge the system of bad information. Over time garbage accumulates in the memory space of an information system and unless it is purged, then it is Bang Ding Ow! for its processes. We do this for our own computers, but think that “permanent majorities” are a good thing in government. Yet they are not. With the government collecting information on everyone and the (Chinese, Russians, Saudis) abstracting it in turn, we are Wi Tu Lo at this point.


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your average reader wrote: "Snowden's exact status - whether dupe, agent, or officer of the MSS or SVR - is besides the point. "

Let me be blunt. If you really wanted to sound like an 'average reader' -- instead of an Obaminoid plant -- you would also have included the other possibility, that Snowden is exactly what he says he is: a loyal American who is shocked that his Government is unconstitutionally spying on ordinary US citizens. That possibility certainly fits Occam's Razor.

It is no surprise that governments spy on each other. It is a great surprise to get confirmation that the US government spies so thoroughly on its own citizens -- the people to whom that Government notionally reports.

As to Snowden having access to things he should not have been able to see -- Occam's Razor again suggests that there are (hopefully!) other Americans in the NSA who are just as disgusted as he was about the Administration's betrayal of the Constitution. They shared things with Snowden, but were not prepared to take the risk that he did in coming out.

Until we see convincing evidence to the contrary, Snowden is a whistleblower, not a spy. Anyone who says anything different is either not thinking, or is a mouthpiece for an out-of-control Obama Administration. Our loyalty is to the Constitution, not to the fallible (or corrupt) individual who happens to live in the taxpayer-provided White House.
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When the Administration concludes the only way they can continue ruling is by rounding up and jailing everyone who is utterly disgusted and fed up with the reckless destruction of this country by its self-mutilating behavior, they will find they have to put the majority of the population behind barbed wire.

They won't have enough people who actually know how to do anything useful to keep the lights on, the crops growing, the trains running, the propaganda machines churning out lies, or the toilets flushing. Life inside the FEMA camps may very well be more livable than outside.

The society will certainly be more bearable.

Seriously, though...

When push comes to shove, it's likely that Mr. Jefferson's comment about the tree of Liberty will prove prophetic.

Just for instance, "Fast and Furious" continues to produce fruit of the sort that would have brought other governments crashing down. But all the safeguards have been compromised. The institutions that were designed to temper criminal, traitorous, and deviant behavior WITHIN the government have been disabled and by-passed.

We are in that period of the flight of Japan Air Lines flight 123, after losing its rudder shortly after take-off in August of 1985; We continue in what seems to be controlled flight, but the prospects for an orderly landing are negligible. None in the crew compartment are competent in any aspect of even routine navigation, much less an emergency.

To refresh memory, that JAL hull - a 747 SR46 which had logged almost 19,000 takeoff/landing cycles - lost its vertical stabilizer ("rudder?") after an explosive decompression incident shortly after take-off from Haneda airport near Osaka, Japan and continued flying for another half-hour before crashing into a mountainside, killing some 520 crew and passengers of the 524 souls on board. This was despite the strenuous and creative efforts of an experienced and professional crew, not a bunch of pathetic amateurs.

We have on our team a crew that has read the Classics Illustrated version of the flight manual, and thinks that they can bully the aircraft into proper maneuvering by shouting Marxist dialectics at the cockpit controls.

God Help this country.
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It's hard for me to tell when people here are talking seriously, or when they're just sort of playing a prose online game.

When the U.S. finally collapses I don't think we'll find anything as elegant as a gang of superspies who've infiltrated the White House, Congress, the Supreme Court and the National Cathedral. I think it'll look just like all the other collapsed empires throughout history, where men got greedy and figured that taking "just a little bit" couldn't possibly hurt because so many others had done so before and the colossal structure had always been able to absorb the damage.

After a month of this Snowden story, it looks like people have gotten impatient with the facts. Like the Russians trying to crack the code of American imbecility in the Middle East, we're fed up with the script we've been handed and we're writing a new one. A better, more exciting one, with worthy adversaries and diabolical challenges. It makes us feel better about losing.

But actually the story is just what it was a month ago - the government is corrupt and rotten to the core, and it wasn't really very hard for someone who knew where to look to find the proof of it. And since nobody wants to do anything about it, it's less embarrassing to explain America's slide into slavery by positing the existence of some gang of super-plotters, too powerful to combat.
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I have reached much the same conclusion as Blert.

If this was carefully planned intelligence operation, then they seemed to have left out the Escape and Evasion portion.

Perhaps the intent all along was to leave Snowden hanging, but that seems sloppy at best. Even if he already has been pumped dry it would be far better to place him in a gilded cage and retain him for future use, such as prisoner exchange or other bargaining chip, if nothing else.

Instead we seem to have a situation right out of the TV series, The Americans. "You'll like Moscow! It's very cosmopolitian and the sking is great!" And in reality it's obvious that such a fate is inferior to a one room apartment in Guadalupe, CA.

I would like to see a correlation between Snowden's actions and the Obama Admin scandals. At what point did he perhaps realize that the people in power could not be trusted?
1 year ago
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My timeline starts with PRISM data being used to burn Petraeus.
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your average reader wrote: "The program was started under Bush, who I voted for ..."

That is the standard line from an Obaminoid plant -- Chimpy McBusHitler started it! Please try harder. Barry Soetero needs all the help he can get.

"I'm going to get a job at Booz Allen, steal NSA data as soon as possible, then fly to China... I mean Hong Kong."

When you put it that way, it really becomes obvious how improbable the Regime line is. If someone were going to steal data as a committed spy, then why make such a scene on leaving? Why not just tiptoe out the door? Why leave at all? Why not keep on spying?

Occam's Razor -- Snowden's behavior is completely inconsistent with his being a spy, or even just a guy out to line his pocket. However, his behavior is entirely consistent with a patriot disgusted as the unconstitutional behavior of the regime which has taken over the US. Especially when that regime has drones, and is protected by the silence of a lapdog media.
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May I posit the illegals waiver legislation as a rootkit of the highest order?

That by this augmentation to our polity, the US Constitution is lobotomized?

In the beginning, the Founders limited voting rights to the landed few.

Now, the opfor is busing in aliens by the mega-load to vote askew.

1 year ago
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This is how the bad signal created by China works through the rare earth business and the thorium debate.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZLPqA3eKtY
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HUGE technical errors at the podium by your expert:

Luftwaffe -- for octane reasons -- HAD to be fueled overwhelmingly from Ploesti petroleum. Nazi Germany used coal-to-liquids for motor vehicles and jet fighters. His commentary about the fuel quality was quite incorrect.

He also dips into Spindletop -- placing it circa 1860 (!!!) off more than forty-years.

As for fossil energy -- fracking has made his big push low priority.

The BIG problem with U-233 (nee Thorium) reactors is at the containment wall. It can't be cured. The experts went through the entire periodic table trying to find any critter that could tolerate hot Fluorine -- the essential halogen for ALL molten salt reactor designs.

Like the electric car -- the molten salt reactor will be ALWAYS just around the corner.

1 year ago
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Here in the SF Bay Area there's a new food craze. Seems like Asian restaurants specializing in gristly meat and tough, stringy vegetables are suddenly popular.

My neighborhood version is called "House of Chu."
1 year ago
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Snowden flees to SCO, Napolitano flees Minilove for Minitrue.
He runs, she quits, coincidence?
1 year ago
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your average reader wrote: "Snowden's exact status - whether dupe, agent, or officer of the MSS or SVR - is besides the point. "

Let me be blunt. If you really wanted to sound like an 'average reader' -- instead of an Obaminoid plant -- you would also have included the other possibility, that Snowden is exactly what he says he is: a loyal American who is shocked that his Government is unconstitutionally spying on ordinary US citizens. That possibility certainly fits Occam's Razor.

It is no surprise that governments spy on each other. It is a great surprise to get confirmation that the US government spies so thoroughly on its own citizens -- the people to whom that Government notionally reports.

As to Snowden having access to things he should not have been able to see -- Occam's Razor again suggests that there are (hopefully!) other Americans in the NSA who are just as disgusted as he was about the Administration's betrayal of the Constitution. They shared things with Snowden, but were not prepared to take the risk that he did in coming out.

Until we see convincing evidence to the contrary, Snowden is a whistleblower, not a spy. Anyone who says anything different is either not thinking, or is a mouthpiece for an out-of-control Obama Administration. Our loyalty is to the Constitution, not to the fallible (or corrupt) individual who happens to live in the taxpayer-provided White House.
1 year ago
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He jumped onto the wrong flight too many times...

His profile is now consistent with at least high minded dope (not dupe)... of which the Democrat voter base is larded to the gills with.

IF a 'direct asset' -- he's been played ALL wrong.

The opfor ought to be gagging at his overt revelations.

He's actually ruining the game for ALL digital spies, e.g. Moscow is reverting to typewriters. (!)

Ultimately, Snowden is certain to trigger a revulsion of cloud based computing -- and probably create a mega-niche of computers that CAN'T hook into the Internet, can't use USB, can't use....



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I forgot to weave into the dissertation, that, being incompetent, we persecute the competent to protect our arrogant self-deception that we are smarter, more moral, and have the solutions to the troubles of the world.

To further protect our deception, we must suppress the truth, wherever it should blossom, so that others cannot detect our incompetence.

This ultimately leads to the use of force against those who would oppose our various deceptions, so that our incompetence is not laid bare.
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I'm in awe that w was able to weave all four spurious crew names into the narrative. Well done! But, of course, we have come to expect that from our host.

To the good doctor Mabuse, we're all deadly serious, but, at times, one can remain sane only by flexing the funny bone.

Our country will fall, not from greed, but from malfeasance of misguided manipulators of the manual controls of the machine of state. People who possess malignant mentality, unable to comprehend the depravity of mankind and incapability of redemption.

We are hoisted on the horns of a dilemma. (yes, they have horns, at least the males do). Any solution to our difficulties creates more difficulties. For example, we desire that no one should starve. But providing free food to those capable of work, ultimately relieves their adversity to some extent. That further results in less motivation to work, after all, they are well fed.

We work hard to overcome adversity in this world ("thorns and thistles it shall grow against thee, and by the sweat of your brow will you eat your bread"). However, remove adversity, and we stop working hard. Even our immune system requires challenge, else it will become ineffectual.

It's possible to be wrong about creation, the big bang, evolution, and do well enough in life. At this point what does it matter, to borrow a line from one of our mendacious leaders.

However, to be possessing of an inadequate understanding of mankind, of the human soul, can only lead to malformed and destructive attempts to make the world a better place. All of the notions of welfare state, worker's paradise, living wage, redistribution not only are ineffectual, but destructive because of the destruction of responsibility of people to contend against adversity. To feed themselves, to establish a household to raise children, to provide for their own family, to produce at least as much as they consume, not to mention rising to the defense of their nation.

This is what will undo our freedom and our great nation. Failure to understand the nature of mankind. We are more than very clever apes. We have a human soul, created not by union of sperm & egg, but by the hand of God. Flesh begets flesh, spirit begets spirit.

Our behavior is the proof. We cover ourselves because we are naked. We feel guilt over carbon dioxide emissions, and consumption of natural resources. We fail to understand the evil intentions of our enemies, not to be neutralized with reset buttons.

We gain political power by promising to shovel greater largesse from the treasury for the placation of unfulfilled need and economic justice. We deprive the military at a time when our enemies grow more powerful. We sell the public economic security at the expense of liberty.

Fallacious world view resulting from ignorance of the nature and composition of the human soul. This will be our undoing.
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But, but, but... those names were CONFIRMED by governmental authority!

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As Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano is the supervisor of the Commandant of the Coast Guard. She was the direct link in the chain of command between Admiral Thad Allen and President Obama.

Does anybody remember this http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-gulf-oil-spill ?

The plausible deniability of Obama is non-existent here.

Was the government's response to the BP oil spill a SNAFU??

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NP0mQeLWCCo
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