“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."
Sunday, December 11, 2016
Prove It! - In case anyone hasn't noticed, it is the POTUS that nominates the head of the CIA. Of course it is political and yes they lie, exaggerate and distort!
My first job out of the military was as an analyst on Soviet missile capabilities. All of us were young, ex-military, irreverent and by nature, skeptical.
We monitored every Soviet test launch from their three major bases in Plesetsk, Baikonur Tyuratam and Kapustin Yar. We both helped the the CIA and other defense agencies and they helped us. Plesetsk was so secret, no one even admitted it existed.
The reason we depended on the CIA was simple. Our technology was such that unlike conventional radar which sends out a signal and analyzes the return and is detectable, we analyzed external modulation of civil shortwave signals by exogenous events in the ionosphere.
WE were undetectable. (How about that? I was undetectable before I became a deplorable!)
We needed time to select the right signals and focus on specific areas. We did not want to waste a launch opportunity so we depended on the CIA and the NSA to supply us with intelligence of possible pre-launch activity.
Most raw intelligence data is extremely eclectic. It comes from subtle and unexpected places. We were as a group patriotic , irreverent and knew bullshit when we saw it.
The men and women in our intelligence agencies are good people.Washington politicians use the CIA, tell their lies and stories and use the agencies to confirm their bullshit.
(Remind me some day to tell you about Lyndon Johnson and how he blew our cover.)
When we reported an event (missile launch) we used a system called a "confidence factor".
Yesterday, I heard a "journalist" say the CIA had a high confidence that the Russians did the hacking.
I laughed and remembered discussions with our command center and my boss in Aviano trying to persuade me to call an event "high" because other sites were calling it "high". He reminded me that a "high confidence" call meant that you cannot rule its out. It is not a sure thing. (slam dunk to you other deplorable mutherfuckas)
I did not give him what he wanted. I did my job, realizing they are going to do what they want to do anyway.
I'm calling it unproven from an unreliable source, Barack Obama and the US Media.
Time for some Ethiopian coffee.