Robert David STEELE
Former spy, honorary hacker, #1 Amazon reviewer for non-fiction, CEO OSS.Net (closed) and Earth Intelligence Network (501c3). Evangelist for Open Source EVERYTHING.
@velocitytechpartners we are also contractor heavy. Logistics is no longer known within DoD, it was a HUGE mistake to outsource logistics, we need to take that back. IMHO.
4 months ago on Conversation @ http://armedforcesjournal.com/article/2013/08/14067080
There is nothing wrong with anything in DoD, the services, or the government at large that cannot be fixed, and fixed quickly, by restoring intelligence (decision-support) with integrity. This is a fight Chuck Spinney started in the 1980's with his manifesto on the plans/reality mismatch, and it is a fight that ramped up in the 1990's when many of us started publishing loyal dissent on the total incapacity of the Cold War system of systems to do anything really useful in the public interest. Congressional corruption, flag corruption, and dare I say it, staff corruption (not being willing to call a flag out for obvious corruption and stupidity on government time--used to be a court-martial offense in the Marine Corps, now you get promoted out of the way). The US Army Strategic Studies Institute has nailed the truth, over and over again, ten to twenty years ahead of time, and the flags have refused, over and over again to pay attention, BECAUSE THEY CAN. Without staff support, flags are castrated, and rightly so. Withdraw the staff support to corrupt flags, and they whither away...what a concept.
I would be more impressed if the authors confessed that US intelligence has been an abject failure and continues to be corrupt to the bone -- focusing on secret pork -- expensive technical collection that is not processed, while failing to be serious about human intelligence (including languages, both covert and overt), about processing, about open sources. Intelligence with integrity produces ethical evidence-based decision-support that is transparent to the public and can be shared with Congress and the media, not just the executive. How many angels on the head of a Chinese pin is so typical of the Washington discussion. Intelligence with integrity. Get some.
4 months ago on Access denied | Foreign Policy
@SusanaGonzalez @Robert David STEELE Not for you, but for others who deserve better, here are a few points:
01) Nothing wrong with the Millenium Goals, and even more important are the ten high level threats to humanity as prioritized in the December 2004 report, free online, "A More Secure World: Our Shared Responsibility." They are, in this order, Poverty, Infectious Disease, Environmental Degradation (Climate Change is 10% of that, and within Climate Change sulfer and mercury matter more than carbon); Inter-State Conflict, Civil War (both fostered by the members of the UN Security Council led by the USA), Genocide, Other Atrocities, Proliferation (not including small arms, again led by the members of the UN Security Council), Terrorism (a tactic, not a threat), and Transnatonal Crime (not including the City of London and Wall Street, both of which should be on every national enemies list on the planet).
02 Where it all falls apart is in the loss of integrity across each of the eight "tribes" of knowing: academia, civil society including labor unions, commerce, government at all levels, law enforcement, media, military, and non-governmental/non-profit. All are ignorant, arrogant, and corrupt to the bone. Among economists, with the exception of Stiglitz and Aurback and a few minor leagues, it has been documented that every single one is heaviuly indebted to the banks for their livelihood, and totally out of touch with any economic measure that will benefit the many instead of the few. The reason the BRICS have created their own SWIFT, their own development bank, and their own reserve currency is because the Western model is so demonstrably corrupt as to be reprehnsible -- and treason if anyone were holding their government accountable.
03 Taking Russia as an example, I am very surprised that Sachs and a number of Harvard "economists" are not dead and buried, and very surprised that Putin has not demanded a return to Russia of the billions in endowment contributions made by the individuals that Harvard helped loot the Russian economy. I understand that Goldman Sachs was forced to rapidly backtrack on some of its corrupt deals when they received notice certain of the impending deaths of their senior partners. The days of total lack of accountability among those who destroy entire economies (as the two party tyranny has destroyed the US economic since the assassination of JFK and the total takeover of the US Government across all three branches by the US Chamber of Commerce and the Federal Reserve, both acting on behalf of New York money and Texas energy interests), is something that can no longer be accepted by the larger publics.
04 The Internet has been helpful and is a major force in the mobilization of middle class youth educated enough to understand that they are being screwed by corrupt governments. With the excpetion of the Nordics, the Netherlands, and Singapore, I regard all governments as more or less corrupt and captured, but each has its own unique circumstsances -- China for example -- and its own unique answer to the question of how do we avoid implosion. The world right now is being run at the expense of the many for the benefit of the few, and nothing Sachs or anyone else is doing -- outside of a handful of do-gooders at the micro-level -- is helpful.
05 The UN Specialized Agencies and the Red Cross in particular are corrupt to the bone. They distribute less than 20% and more often than note less than 10%, sometimes even at little as 5% of what they receive in donations, and their lack of intelligence with integrity is to me as an intelligence professional who focuses on integrity (a Nobel Prize was awarded to an economist-- one of the few with both) who demonstrated that trust lowers the cost of ding business) is appalling. A list of the 50 most dishonest charities in the USA was just published, and like Bono's charity, they are characterized by giving away less than 2% of what they collect in donations -- in the case of Bono, it is 1%.
I will stop here. The ignorance, nativete, and inattention of the so-called educated class in the USA -- ably represented by the readership of Foreign Policy -- never fails to trouible me. There is plenty of money with which to create a prosperous world at peace, a world that works for all -- and as CK Prahalad has demonstrated, the only way to get there is to empower the five billion poor so they can create infinite wealth. Nothing Sachs or anyone associated with the UN (or the Soros Foundation) is remotely coherent -- most of it sounds good, makes for good press, and is lip service -- theater -- playing to the audience not to the needy.
Sorry, but most of you cannot get a grip on the truth, much less handle it if you find it. The larger population has been dumbed down and drugged up to the point of impotence. I use the word with deliberation.
Best wishes to all,
Robert David STEELE Vivas
5 months, 1 week ago on Access denied | Foreign Policy
@SusanaGonzalez @ironiclad Do you work for Sachs? Do you have a personal relationship with him? You appear to be disconnected from reality is a rather thorough manner.
Nothing I can do to help you.
I called out Sachs long ago, in my role as the #1 Amazon reviewer for non-fiction. He is full of vaporized poop. Practical measures that I am now addressing for numbers in the one million range, at a cost per person of $500, included solar energy, water desalination and purification, free cellular, internet, and education, and everything the Open Source Ecology (USA) and SunDrop Hydroponics (Australia) gangs have to offer. as has been demonstrated time and time again, both economists (a few exceptions) and governments and NGOS (also a few exceptions) are ignorant, arrogant, and corrupt. Intelligence with integrity is all that is needed to create a prosperous world at peace. Learn more at Phi Beta Iota the Public Intelligence BLog -- the truth at any cost lowers all other costs. Sachs and his UN Secretary General pals have not been in touch with the truth for over a decade if not longer.
@Al Moenee Beg to differ. The 50 million "cutlural creatives" see book by that title are not dumb, not numb, and not scum. What we have in the USA right now is the polarization of craven idiots on left and right, and a disorganized middle. I could have won the 2012 presidential election had Occupy, the Independents, and the small party candidates been willing to come together, but they were not -- you can see the details at http://bigbatusa.org. John McCain could have won against Obama if his Bushie staff had not kept me from reaching him with the simple suggestion that he promise no evictions, no foreclosures, we would insure the housing industry from the bottom up. Rght now we have a system that marginalizes people with integrity and elevates people who are inherently corrupt. But I firmly believe America the Beautiful is still out there, and I will devote the balance of my life (I am 60, expect to his at least 85) to restoring the Constitution, the Republic, and the idea that is America the Beautiful. NEVER GIVE UP.
6 months, 4 weeks ago on Access denied | Foreign Policy
@Persian Gulf Reply Yes, most governments are 80-20 like everything else -- 80% good people trapped in a bad system, 20% nakedly amoral people who betray their Oath to defend and support the Constitution against all enemies, domestic, and foreign, and instead go along with a political-financial tyranny that Matt Taibbi has called GRIFTOPIA, in which the 20% are the best of the servant class to the 1%, and they enable the looting of the Commonwealth.
@Persian Gulf Reply I understand your core view -- see my piece on seven CIAs. As the foremost "tough love" and (in my own mind) loyal dissenter with how we "do" intelligence, I will say that I have long viewed covert operations as extremely stupid and inhuman -- trying to bribe and kill people against their own best interests in simply not a sustainable affordable policy. The CIA and Saudi Arabia created the Islamic fanatics while Malaysia, Indonesia, and India have generally managed a brilliant secular and progressive path that respects Islam but does not threaten. Covert actions are three kinds: Media Influence (pay for lies to the public); Agents of Influence (pay for internal decisions against the actual best interests of the group); and Paramilitary Operations that today include drone murder, assistance to Israel, etcetera, all high crimes eligible for impeachment, all war crimes eligible for International Tribunal action. Sadly, the USA is in the grip of a two-party tyranny vastly more corrupt and expensive than any dictator could dream of -- they in turn are in the service of a nakedly amoral financial sector that treats all of us as popcorm to be exploded for profit. What CIA no longer does that it should, is strategic analytics based predominantly on open sources and methods. My best piece on this is easily found by search for < Open Source Intelligence (Strategic) 2.0 > full text online for ease of translation. I would be glad to have this known in the Middle East. I taught the UN "Class Before One" in Beirut in August 2007, but the UN is if anything even more corrupt than the US Government. My hope is to over time create regional Open Source Everything (OSE) and M4IS2 (Multinational, Multiagency, Multidisciplinary, Multidomain Information-Sharing and Sense-Making Centres and Networks that allow the public to overthrow governments non-violently, one issue at a time, using public intelligence in the public interest. My challenge these past 20 years has been to find a patron that has BOTH money AND integrity. The two do not seem to come together. You have my absolute best wishes. America the Beautiful still exists, and America the Beautiful shares with the Arab Spring the core value of LEGITIMACY. Unfortunately, our Secretaries of State and Defense appear to be placeholders -- they are not innovators, they are rear guard intended to get the Obama crime family to Chicago without a coup d' etat or impeachment. I am not hopeful for 2016, but by 2020 it is possible we might restore the Constitution and the Republic and re-assert what should have been our policy all these years, a foreign poilicy of peace and prosperity for all.
Correction: one third idiots, one third unknowing, one third activists but not working together.
Please. I agree that the larger debate is about values, but as a former CIA person who chased terrorists and saw the results of local militaries doing torture, and as a very deep reader across intelligence and history:
01 Torture does not work
02 Torture cannot be kept secret
03 Torture loses the moral high ground, see WIll Durant Lessons of History
04 Most CIA folks are outright liars or in the case of "Hard Measures," well-intentioned idiots
05 There is not a single proven case of torture leading to a high value anything
06 There are hundreds if not thousands of proven cases of painstaking professional interrogation leading to all many of good results -- the gold standard in the USA remains Col Stuart Herrignton, brought in from retirement from each war to manage "dialog hotels" for high value targets that are so thrilled to be treated well they spill their guts on demand.
Sorry to say this, but two thirds of the US public is in "idiot status" (see Pew survey to that effect) and the other third neither has the life experience nor the deep reading to be able to comment credibly on this matter. The article itself is good and is being replayed at Phi Beta Iota, where I will also post this comment.
Torture does NOT work. I am one of the first to be assigned to chase terrorists in the 1980's, and I am among those who signed the letter to McCain against torture. Only morons and nakedly amoral people think torture works. The rest of us find that professional respectful interrogation is the only way to go. I am sick and tired of all the lies coming out of Dick Cheney and CIA, from people who have not actually been in the room or worse, had to spend millions chasing down false leads. Guatanamo is full of third rate jihadists, not a real catch among them -- and costing the taxpaer $900,000 a year PER PRISONER. I personally would like to save CIA -- dismantle the DNI, a failed endeavor, restore D/CIA as DCI, but first NSA needs to be cut by three fifths, the NRO phased out, NGA and USGS merged, etc etc etc. There is a lot to be done -- all it takes is intelligence with integrity, and we are so lacking in integrity we cannot claim to have any intelligence worthy of the name.
Afterthought: you and readers might be interested in my post, "Search: Seven CIAs [Steele on the Record" easily found via online search.
Very well done. Flagged by Berto Jongman, will be cross-posted (headline and link) at Phi Beta Iota the Public Intelligence Blog ("The truth at any cost lowers all other costs") tomorrow.
Well done! Will be cross-posted at Phi Beta Iota the Public Intelligence Blog tomorrow, by contributing editor Berto Jongman. Technology is not a substitute for thinking -- it just allows people to hide the corruption better.
7 months ago on Access denied | Foreign Policy
This is all lovely -- and sophmoric. Until you come to grips with the FACT that governments are corrupt and banks are legalized crime -- and take on the hard task of public mobilization to demand electoral reform and ethical evidence-based decision-making -- all of this wonderful pontificating is no less and no more than a discourse on how many angels fit on the head of pin. The truth at any cost lowers all other costs. What I read here -- all four screens -- it meta-pontifical waxing eloquent on other pontificators, all of whom ignore the fact that technology will never rise to its full potential as long as we allow governments and corporations to retard the future for the sake of their selfish legacy investments, and as long as we as a people lack both ethics and education.
Glad to have you notice (via Roger Erickson) Winslow's excellent piece. There is also a Chuck Spinney follow on comment, and WIRED picked up the Treason in the title (our editorial team used the treason word, Winslow is too much the gentleman to call a spade a spade).
BREAKING now is from multiple directions are two scandals of the century: 9/11 truthers are finally crossing the credibility line with the masses, and the white banking elite pedophilia rings that intersect with the CIA Nazi brown shirt shirt homosexuals that have bled over into Marine Corps and Army covert operations folks that are "existentialist" in considering themselves above the law. They have been supporting the CIA drug and money laundering and arms sales pipelines, and also murdering Americans, including Col James Sabow at El Toro in 1990 or so, and doing false flag terrorism including the beheading of at least one American and the suiciding of multiple other Americans. They are OUT OF CONTROL. Learn more at Phi Beta Iota the Public Intelligence Blog -- the truth at any cost lowers all other costs.
9 months ago on Conversation @ http://econintersect.com/b2evolution/blog1.php/2013/03/07/what-we-read-today-07-march-2013
@coggocog Heh. Smart people with integrity find a good time at Phi Beta Iota the Public Intelligence Blog (http://www.phibetaiota.net). My latest work is at http://tinyurl.com/Steele21
My email is robert.david.steele.vivas [ at ] gmail.com
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Access denied | Shadow Government
I don't suppose you have stopped to consider the very high probability that the documents were manufactured by the Mossad or the CIA and planted? Neither Al Qaeda nor "terrorism" are a real threat. The real threat is corrupt government -- both the dictator kind (US is best pals with 40 of the 42) and the faux democracy kind, represented by all Western states less Iceland, the Nordics, and BENELUX. LEGITIMACY is what keeps the peace and creates prosperity. Terrorism, like secession, is a last resort in the fact of lost legitimacy. You can learn more at Phi Beta Iota the Public Intelligence Blog, see especially the material on predicting revolution.