According to multiple sources within the U.S. government, the CIA has been tasked with preparing an unprecedented act of cyber warfare against the Russians.
Earlier today, NBC News, a news organization that is usually extremely friendly to the Obama administration, reported that numerous current and former government officials have told them the White House had asked the CIA to deliver options for a wide-ranging “clandestine” cyber operation designed to harass and “embarrass” the Kremlin leadership.
According to NBC, the sources did not elaborate on the exact measures the CIA was considering but said the agency had already begun opening cyber doors, selecting targets and making other preparations for an operation. Former intelligence officers told NBC News that the agency had gathered reams of documents that could expose unsavory tactics by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Vice President Joe Biden Confirms Obama Admin Plans to “Send Message” to Putin
Vice President Joe Biden told “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd on Friday that “we’re sending a message” to Putin and that “it will be at the time of our choosing, and under the circumstances that will have the greatest impact.”
Hacks, Nuclear Missile Tests, and Threats of Nuclear War
Tensions with Russia are at an all-time high, as the Obama administration continues to make allegations and threats against the Russian government.
On Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry threatened to retaliate against Russia, citing unsubstantiated claims that Russia is somehow trying to hack into U.S. election databases to influence the Presidential election.
“We released this information to put the people doing it on a notice that they’re not, quote, ‘getting away with it’ for free, as well as to put states on notice that we’re serious when we say they need to take every measure possible to guarantee the integrity of our elections,” Kerry said Monday at The Internet Association’s Virtuous Cycle Conference. “And we will and can respond in ways that we choose to at the time of our choice.”
Presidential Executive Order for Cyber Warfare
In 2013, The Obama administration started laying the groundwork for launching a Pre-emptive cyber strike against rogue nations.
According to the New York Times, President Barack Obama concluded a secret legal review of the administration’s new cyber war guidelines. The guidelines give President Obama the power to order pre-emptive cyber strikes to protect national security interests.
Last year, President Obama took the unprecedented and unconstitutional action of declaring a National Emergency to deal with cyber threats.
White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Michael Daniel claimed the executive order was needed to give the President a “spectrum of tools” to combat cyber-attacks, by supplementing current diplomatic, law enforcement, military, economic and intelligence capabilities.
“It is designed to fill in a gap that we have identified where individuals carrying out significant malicious cyber-attacks are located in places that it’s difficult for our diplomatic and law enforcement tools to reach – whether because they’re behind the borders of a country that has weak cybersecurity laws, or the government is complicit in or turning a blind eye to the activity that is happening, and we don’t have good law enforcement relationships or other kinds of relationships,” he said on a press call. “So what we’re doing is putting in place a tool that will enable us to impose costs on those actors.”
Poking the Bear: Russian Television Warns of Nuclear War
According to ABC News, earlier this month Russia held a large-scale civil defense drill across the country, meant to prepare people for disasters, among them nuclear catastrophe.
The drill, which Russian authorities claimed affected 40 million people, and particularly the way it was presented on state television, resembled Soviet-era exercises, with scenes of schoolchildren flooding out in evacuations and being taught to hurriedly pull on gas masks.
As tensions rise, ABC is reporting that Russian media outlets have begun running public service announcements asking people whether they are ready for nuclear war. One report, on Russian State Run Media NTV, told people to find out where their neighborhood’s nearest bomb shelter was.
“If it should one day happen, every one of you should know where the nearest bomb shelter is. It’s best to find out now.” ” a report on NTV noted, before taking viewers on a tour of a nuclear bunker in Moscow.