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Cyber McCarthyism, Ukrainian Information Warfare, and the Targeting of U.S. Journalists: Still Walkin’ the Snake in Ukraine

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Svo­bo­da leader Oleh Tia­hany­bok salutes

COMMENT: In past dis­cus­sion of Ukraine, we have not­ed not only the Orwellian nature of U.S. media cov­er­age of the cri­sis, but the man­i­fes­ta­tion of the Ser­pen­t’s Walk sce­nario. Doc­u­ment­ed World War II his­to­ry about the East­ern front and Ukrain­ian (and oth­er East­ern Euro­pean eth­nic) SS units and their role fight­ing for the Third Reich and par­tic­i­pat­ing in Nazi atroc­i­ties is now being writ­ten off as “Russian/Kremlin pro­pa­gan­da.”

Fur­ther­more, any­one who dares to dis­cuss this and its rel­e­vance to the OUN/B heirs installed by the Maid­an coup is labeled as, at best, a “dupe” or, at worst, an agent of an ene­my pro­pa­gan­da machine.

Now, things have dis­in­te­grat­ed still fur­ther. There is a cyber warfare/cyber pro­pa­gan­da offen­sive under­way by Ukraine and its NATO allies, appar­ent­ly being spear­head­ed by a U.S. Spe­cial Forces and cyber-war­fare vet named Joel Hard­ing.

Sad­ly, Hard­ing seems to have had a pret­ty real­is­tic grasp of Amer­i­can polit­i­cal and rhetor­i­cal real­i­ty (see below) as recent­ly as 2012, if we can judge by his pro­nounce­ments. Now, how­ev­er, he cas­ti­gates crit­ics of U.S. and West­ern sup­port for the OUN/B heirs dom­i­nat­ing Ukraine in the strongest terms.

Hard­ing also appears to be direct­ing active inter­dic­tion and pro­pa­gan­da efforts against those crit­ics, who face some­thing that might be called “cyber-McCarthy­ism.” One won­ders if this will be accom­pa­nied by actu­al phys­i­cal vio­lence against crit­ics of U.S. and West­ern Ukraine pol­i­cy?

We also won­der if recent dif­fi­cul­ties expe­ri­enced by Robert Par­ry’s Con­sor­tium News web­site has any­thing to do with the sub­stance of George Elia­son’s alle­ga­tions? We have used numer­ous arti­cles from that web­site on the sub­ject of Ukraine.

We note in pass­ing that we view the over­whelm­ing major­i­ty of the web­sites and indi­vid­u­als cit­ed as tar­gets by George Elia­son with a jaun­diced eye.We also remind the casu­al read­er that we are very sup­port­ive of the NSA and GCHQ in “L’Af­faire Snow­den.” We also believe that the Under­ground Reich attack on NSA/GCHQ and its attack on Russia/Eastern Ukraine are part of the same “mega-op.” We MIGHT be the only folks on earth who are very sup­port­ive of both Rus­sia vis a vis Ukraine and NSA/GCHQA vis a vis Snowden/WikiLeaks.

Nonethe­less, we feel that the impli­ca­tions of this sto­ry are sin­is­ter.

 

Pro­grams cov­er­ing the Ukraine cri­sis are: FTR #‘s 777778779780781782, 783784794800803804, 808811817818824826829832833837.

“Can the Ukrain­ian Gov­ern­ment Tar­get Amer­i­can Jour­nal­ists in Amer­i­ca?” by George Elia­son; OpEd News; 3/19/2015.

If you are a jour­nal­ist writ­ing about or a per­son con­cerned about issues like Free Speech, read or write in alter­na­tive media or news, Occu­py move­ment, Fer­gu­son, Gaza, Ukraine, Rus­sia, police bru­tal­i­ty, US inter­ven­tion­ism, fair gov­ern­ment, home­less­ness, keep­ing the gov­ern­ment account­able, rep­re­sen­ta­tive gov­ern­ment, gov­ern­ment intru­sions like the NSA is doing, or you are lib­er­al, pro­gres­sive, lib­er­tar­i­an, con­ser­v­a­tive, sep­a­ra­tion of church and state, reli­gion, …

If you have a web­site, write, read, or like some­thing in social media that strays out­side the new lines the war isn’t com­ing, it’s now here.

What would we do?  Dis­rupt, deny, degrade, deceive, cor­rupt, usurp or destroy the infor­ma­tion.  The infor­ma­tion, please don’t for­get, is the ulti­mate objec­tive of cyber.  That will direct­ly impact the deci­sion-mak­ing process of the adversary’s leader who is the ulti­mate tar­get.”- Joel Hard­ing on Ukraine’s cyber strat­e­gy

Wel­come to World of Pri­vate Sec­tor IO (Infor­ma­tion Oper­a­tions)

IO or IIO (Inform and Influ­ence Oper­a­tions) defined by the US Army includes the fields of psy­cho­log­i­cal oper­a­tions and mil­i­tary decep­tion.

In mil­i­tary IIO oper­a­tions cen­ter on the abil­i­ty to influ­ence for­eign audi­ences, US and glob­al audi­ences, and adverse­ly affect ene­my deci­sion mak­ing through an inte­grat­ed approach. Even cur­rent event news is released in this fash­ion. Each por­tal is giv­en mes­sages that fol­low the same themes because it is an across the board main­stream effort that fills the infor­ma­tion space entire­ly when it is work­ing cor­rect­ly.

The pur­pose of “Inform and Influ­ence Oper­a­tions”  is not to pro­vide a per­spec­tive, opin­ion, or lay out a pol­i­cy. It is defined as the abil­i­ty to make audi­ences “think and act” in a man­ner favor­able to the mis­sion objec­tives. This is done through apply­ing per­cep­tion man­age­ment tech­niques which tar­get the audience’s emo­tions, motives, and rea­son­ing.

These tech­niques are not geared for debate. It is to over­whelm and change the tar­get psy­che.

Using these tech­niques infor­ma­tion sources can be manip­u­lat­ed and those that write, speak, or think counter to the objec­tive are rel­e­gat­ed as pro­pa­gan­da, ill informed, or irrel­e­vant.

Meet Joel Harding-Ukraine’s King Troll

Accord­ing to his own bio- Joel spent 26 years in the Army; his first nine years were spent as an enlist­ed sol­dier, most­ly in Spe­cial Forces, as a SF qual­i­fied com­mu­ni­ca­tor and medic, on an A Team. After com­plet­ing his degree, Joel then received his com­mis­sion as an Infantry Offi­cer and after four years tran­si­tioned to the Mil­i­tary Intel­li­gence Corps. In the mid 1990s Joel was work­ing in the Joint Staff J2 in sup­port of spe­cial oper­a­tions, where he began work­ing in the new field called Infor­ma­tion Oper­a­tions. Eli­gi­ble Receiv­er 1997 was his tri­al by fire, after that he became the Joint Staff J2 liai­son for IO to the CIA, DIA, NSA, DISA and oth­er assort­ed agen­cies in the Wash­ing­ton DC area, work­ing as the intel­li­gence lead on the Joint Staff IO Response Cell for Solar Sun­rise and Moon­light Maze. Joel fol­lowed this by a tour at SOCCENT and then INSCOM, work­ing in both IO and intel­li­gence. Joel retired from the Army in 2003, work­ing for var­i­ous large defense con­trac­tors until accept­ing the posi­tion with the Asso­ci­a­tion of Old Crows.

Accord­ing to TechRe­pub­lic -The career of Joel Hard­ing, the direc­tor of the group’s (Old Crows) Infor­ma­tion Oper­a­tions Insti­tute, exem­pli­fies the increas­ing role that com­put­ing and the Inter­net are play­ing in the mil­i­tary. A 20-year vet­er­an of mil­i­tary intel­li­gence, Mr. Hard­ing shift­ed in 1996 into one of the ear­li­est com­mands that stud­ied gov­ern­ment-spon­sored com­put­er hack­er pro­grams. After leav­ing the mil­i­tary, he took a job as an ana­lyst at SAIC, a large con­trac­tor devel­op­ing com­put­er appli­ca­tions for mil­i­tary and intel­li­gence agen­cies.

Joel Hard­ing estab­lished the Infor­ma­tion Oper­a­tions Insti­tute short­ly after join­ing the Insti­tute at the Asso­ci­a­tion of Old Crows; he then pro­cured the rights to Infowar­Con and stood it up in 2009. Joel is an edi­tor of “The IO Jour­nal”, the pre­mier pub­li­ca­tion in the field of IO.  Joel formed an IO advi­so­ry com­mit­tee, con­sist­ing of the 20 key lead­ers from Us and UK cor­po­rate, gov­ern­ment, mil­i­tary and acad­e­mia IO. Joel wrote the white paper for IO which was used as back­ground paper for US Office of the Sec­re­tary of Defense’s QDR IO sub­com­mit­tee.

For ten years the Asso­ci­a­tion of Old Crows has been the Elec­tron­ic War­fare and Infor­ma­tion Oper­a­tions Asso­ci­a­tion, but there has been no con­cert­ed effort to ral­ly the IO Com­mu­ni­ty. This has changed, the IO Insti­tute was approved as a Spe­cial Inter­est Group of the AOC in 2008 and we have already become a major play­er in the IO Com­mu­ni­ty. This is espe­cial­ly impor­tant with the recent for­ma­tion of the US Cyber Com­mand, with the new def­i­n­i­tion of Infor­ma­tion Oper­a­tions com­ing out of the Qua­dren­ni­al Defense Review, with a new per­spec­tive of Elec­tron­ic War­fare and a myr­i­ad of oth­er changes. The IO Insti­tute brings you events, most notably Infowar­Com. Our flag­ship pub­li­ca­tion is the IO Jour­nal, already assigned read­ing by at least two mil­i­tary IO edu­ca­tion­al pro­grams. IO class­es are inte­grat­ed with Elec­tron­ic War­fare class­es to edu­cate, sat­is­fy require­ments and enable con­trac­tors to be more com­pet­i­tive.

When you look at the begin­ning of the NSA’s intru­sive poli­cies you find Joel Hard­ing. Hard­ing helped pio­neer the inva­sive soft­ware used by gov­ern­ment and busi­ness to explore your social net­works, influ­ence you, and dig out every per­son­al detail. In Oper­a­tion Eli­gi­ble Receiv­er 1997 he used free­ware tak­en from the inter­net to invade the DoD com­put­ers, util­i­ties, and more. It’s because most of it is based in “free­ware” that NSA snoop­ing has a legal basis. If you can get the soft­ware for free and use it, why can’t the gov­ern­ment use it on you?

Ukraine-Bring­ing it into Focus

Look­ing back at Joel Hard­ing in 2012 seems like a dif­fer­ent man. This is the same accom­plished pro­fes­sion­al described above before Maid­an. Here’s how he describes the Russ­ian, Chi­nese, and Amer­i­can expe­ri­ence before his involve­ment in Ukraine.

…These expe­ri­ences, and the fact that I spent nine years in Spe­cial Forces and that kind of thing, caused me to think.  Then I began to won­der.  How much of what we read and what we see is pro­pa­gan­da?  Not for­eign pro­pa­gan­da, but domes­tic?  How much of that domes­tic ‘infor­ma­tion’ is pro­pa­gan­da? …We are being smoth­ered in one lie after anoth­er. All in the name of pol­i­tics. It seems to me that these politi­cians are almost com­pla­cent with us behav­ing like suck­ling pigs, absolute igno­rant morons…Free, unfet­tered, uncen­sored infor­ma­tion expos­es the lies their gov­ern­ments pre­fer to feed them, allow­ing their cit­i­zens to know and under­stand the truth.  Author­i­tar­i­ans, like dic­ta­tors, com­mu­nists, fas­cists and many sec­tar­i­an or reli­gious gov­ern­ments, are said to enhance their author­i­ty over their cit­i­zens with the use of fil­ters.”

So I ask you, do you see more lies and pro­pa­gan­da here than I saw in Chi­na or Rus­sia? I would say it depends on your per­spec­tive.  I see more lies aimed at us from our own politi­cians than I have ever seen any­place else in the world…   you tell me. Are Amer­i­cans more sus­cep­ti­ble to propaganda?-Harding

Joel Hard­ing has quite a dif­fer­ent opin­ion in 2014 after tak­ing con­trol of Infor­ma­tion Oper­a­tions (IO) in Ukraine.

Part of USIA formed what is now called the Broad­cast­ing Board of Gov­er­nors, the BBG, who over­see VOA, RFE/RL, RFA, MEBN, Radio Mar­ti and oth­er inter­na­tion­al broad­cast­ing bureaus – their mis­sion is to broad­cast “fair and objec­tive” report­ing to what I called ‘denied areas’, such as Rus­sia – Hard­ing

Ukraine

Febuary 22nd 2014 marks Harding’s first involve­ment in the Ukrain­ian cri­sis. “Yes­ter­day I agreed to help present the infor­ma­tion of this sit­u­a­tion, bring­ing in rep­re­sen­ta­tives from many of the sources cit­ed above.  It is time Inter­na­tion­al Broad­cast­ing is exam­ined.”- Hard­ing

On Feb­ru­ary 28th 2014 he was announced direc­tor of the NSE Strat­e­gy Cen­ter. Hard­ing reached out imme­di­ate­ly to the IO com­mu­ni­ty to see what infor­ma­tion any­one had on cur­rent Russ­ian cyber­space oper­a­tions. On March 1st 2014 Hard­ing announced cyber options for Ukraine.

Pravy Sek­tor

In ear­ly March 2014 US Pres­i­dent Bar­rack Oba­ma issued an exec­u­tive order stat­ing any­one chal­leng­ing the legit­i­ma­cy of the new Ukrain­ian gov­ern­ment was sub­ject to US sanc­tions includ­ing US cit­i­zens. The way it is writ­ten jour­nal­ists in the US won­dered if they would be put on a ter­ror­ist list.

On March 3rd, only a few days into the new job Harding’s advice was “Now I have a thought bounc­ing around inside my head, which actu­al­ly makes sense.  But the reper­cus­sions are wild, off the charts, bloody and may destroy a nation. ..If one looks at that graph­ic, nat­ur­al gas pipelines run through Ukraine.  If one had the tal­ent, one could close valves in any of those pipelines and shut down a major part of Russia’s exports and, there­fore, a source of mon­ey, anoth­er kind of pow­er which Putin must tru­ly under­stand.

Bump­ing this up one step, blow up those pipelines, although that is going to make one hel­lu­va mess.

This would result in a Russ­ian inva­sion.  End of sto­ry?  No.  Imag­ine try­ing to defend thou­sands of miles of pipeline.  Ukrain­ian insur­gents would make Rus­sia devote dozens of divi­sions of sol­diers…” At the time Vic­to­ria Nuland was try­ing to court Pravy Sek­tor into legit­i­ma­cy by offer­ing mon­ey and sup­port.

That same day Hard­ing noticed “Sud­den­ly I have 510 peo­ple in Ukraine fol­low­ing this blog.  That is a..  let’s see, 510 divid­ed by four, mul­ti­plied by 100 is a 12,750 per­cent increase in one day!  Gee, I won­der why?”- Hard­ing

On March 16th Dim­itri Yarosh answered. Yarosh threat­ened gaslines across Ukraine. The advice Hard­ing gave threat­ened one of the only remain­ing sources of income remain­ing in Ukraine for the Kiev jun­ta.

From that moment on Hard­ing geared his pub­lic writ­ing to Ukraine. He pro­vid­ed mil­i­tary advice, the uni­fied press sto­ries Ukrain­ian media put out, IO cyber tac­tics, mil­i­tary man­u­als, psy-op man­u­als, and uni­fied the large inter­na­tion­al press cov­er the East­ern Euro­pean emi­gre pop­u­la­tions pro­vid­ed. Behind the scenes beyond cre­at­ing new gov­ern­ment min­istries it’s easy to fath­om the impact he is hav­ing.

For all you Ukrain­ian intel­li­gence offi­cers about to put the lives of your sol­diers at risk, I urge you to take a few hours and study this book, from cov­er to cover…Be pro­fes­sion­al, be calm, and do your absolute best. No mat­ter what the cir­cum­stances. Good luck.”- Hard­ing

Through­out the past year Hard­ing and oth­ers fleshed out the Ukrain­ian ver­sion of demo­c­ra­t­ic “free speech” based on how he has con­clud­ed it should be in the USA. On Decem­ber 12th 2014 Hard­ing wrote “Ukraine is a bright shin­ing star.  They approved a Min­ster of Infor­ma­tion Pol­i­cy. They received a Nation­al Infor­ma­tion Strat­e­gy and are work­ing on a counter pro­pa­gan­da cen­ter.  Hope­ful­ly they are going to remove the pay­wall at KyivPost.com.” – Kiev Post did just that. They Read Joel Hard­ing?

OSCE Rep­re­sen­ta­tive on Free­dom of the Media Dun­ja Mija­tovic is crit­i­cal of Kiev’s deci­sion to cre­ate the new min­istry.

Dubbed “the Min­istry of Truth” the new Min­istry of Infor­ma­tion Pol­i­cy for­bids jour­nal­ists to write any­thing that is crit­i­cal of the gov­ern­ment pol­i­cy. “Won­der­ful news out of Ukraine.  I sub­mit­ted some papers to this end.  I per­son­al­ly believe a few of my words sur­vived.  I know oth­ers involved in oth­er parts of this effort…Minister of Infor­ma­tion Pol­i­cy Yuri Stets has five mis­sions...”-Hard­ing

On Feb­ru­ary 23rd 2015 Hard­ing tweet­ed the cre­ation of the i‑army. The next day it was announced to the world. “This effort is geared to con­tain what they call Russ­ian pro­pa­gan­da in the west. “In late Jan­u­ary, Ukraine’s Min­is­ter of Infor­ma­tion Pol­i­cy, Yuriy Stets, promised to cre­ate an “infor­ma­tion-army” to fight Russ­ian pro­pa­gan­da…”

War on West­ern Jour­nal­ists, News sites, and Amer­i­cans

On Jan­u­ary 11th the peace­mak­er web­site went live with a mis­sion to …In the future the Peace­mak­er site will be sim­i­lar to the site of the Vien­nese Simon Wiesen­thal Cen­ter, which since the late 1940s has been focused on track­ing and catch­ing Nazi war crim­i­nals. In the case of Ukraine, these will be crim­i­nals who destroyed the Ukrain­ian peo­ple — the trai­tors, col­lab­o­ra­tors, Russ­ian and oth­er mer­ce­nar­ies, and mil­i­tary per­son­nel tak­ing part the unde­clared and there­fore ille­gal war by Rus­sia, he con­clud­ed…”

Under Ukrain­ian law jour­nal­ists that dis­agree with Kiev’s poli­cies are col­lab­o­ra­tors. They are sub­ject to any mech­a­nism Kiev can devise to stop them. In the case of RT Rupt­ly or the Guardian this means devel­op­ing a strat­e­gy to ruin their rep­u­ta­tions. The Inter­preter was devel­oped to that end. Kiev has gone so far as to peti­tion the UK gov­ern­ment to cen­sure the Guardian for its cov­er­age of events in Ukraine hop­ing to bul­ly the pub­li­ca­tion into line. US broad­cast­ers (Radio Free Europe/Radio Lib­er­ty) have put RT on the same list as ISIS.

Who is a Pro­pa­gan­dist?

Since Harding’s def­i­n­i­tion of pro­pa­gan­da is “any news com­ing out from your oppo­nent”, a pro­pa­gan­dist would be tight­ly defined as the ene­my oper­a­tive that writes the news. In this view any jour­nal­ist or news out­let; both main­stream and alter­na­tive that pub­lish­es arti­cles or video going against his agen­da is pro­pa­gan­da or worse ‑active mea­sures.

It is the term “active mea­sures” below that needs to be keyed in on. Almost all of Joel Harding’s pro­fes­sion­al career has been devot­ed to Infor­ma­tion Oper­a­tions and devel­op­ing a cyber offense to com­bat ter­ror­ists. A per­son employed in “active mea­sures” accord­ing to its def­i­n­i­tion is com­mit­ting polit­i­cal war­fare against the USA , is a ter­ror­ist, and their writ­ing is just short of a hot war.

The writ­ings of 1976 Nobel Peace Prize Lau­re­ate Mairead Maguire fit the bill describ­ing a ter­ror­ist that is work­ing to over­throw the US gov­ern­ment because she writes about the injus­tices done in Gaza, and Syr­ia.

Just by read­ing the titles it is obvi­ous she is com­plete­ly biased – anti-Amer­i­can, anti-Israeli, pro-Pales­tin­ian and pro-Syr­ia. She is enti­tled to her opin­ions but an edu­cat­ed read­er will note her con­sis­tent bias. Shades of Sovi­et, now Russ­ian, Active Mea­sures.  Ask a well estab­lished dis­tin­guished per­son to write not slight­ly skewed, but high­ly biased arti­cles bash­ing Amer­i­ca and Israel.  I would guess if some­one were to inves­ti­gate Glob­al Research.ca they would find fund­ing lead­ing right to PressTV.  I wouldn’t even be sur­prised to find a link to Rossiya Segod­nya, RIA Novosti, Voice of Rus­sia or RT. Wel­come to Pro­pa­gan­da 101, 21st Cen­tu­ry style.- Hard­ing

Pri­vate cit­i­zen Joel Hard­ing has used both his con­nec­tions and train­ing as an SF sol­dier to cre­ate a pri­vate for­eign IO army which today is over 40,000 strong with the sole pur­pose of destroy­ing pub­li­ca­tions, jour­nal­ists, and peo­ple that “he deems” as sup­port­ing Russ­ian pro­pa­gan­da and peo­ple engaged in “Russ­ian active mea­sures.” Add into this that Hard­ing wrote the white paper the doc­trine of US Army Cyber Defense is based in, he pio­neered the field of cyber war­fare, devel­oped the means and meth­ods of the NSA and you have one of the most for­mi­da­ble prac­ti­tion­ers on the plan­et. Peo­ple spread through­out main­stream media that came after him were taught or men­tored by him, his col­leagues, and belong to the groups and asso­ci­a­tions he leads.

Long sto­ry short, if you write about social jus­tice like Mairead Maguire, you are a tar­getable ter­ror­ist. It has been decid­ed by pri­vate cit­i­zen Joel Hard­ing. Today Ukraine is his project and if you are writ­ing about it that’s what you stepped into.

In truth it doesn’t mat­ter what you write about, his min­ions cov­er every­thing cor­po­ra­tions and gov­ern­ments have an inter­est in. Ukraine isn’t the test case, Amer­i­ca was through the NSA. Amer­i­ca failed mis­er­ably guard­ing respon­si­ble free speech. Ukraine is the first full scale roll­out oper­a­tion. The peo­ple and meth­ods employed will con­tin­ue long after the Ukraine War is over if they win the infor­ma­tion war we are all in.

Take it from some­one who was hear­ing mil­i­tary drones 2 or 3 times a week for months, spent a month in a town “occu­pied” at times by both Pravy Sek­tor and the Natz Guardia, whose home shook for months because of the artillery and rock­ets, and at the end of that occu­pa­tion found them­selves only hours from becom­ing anoth­er “cleans­ing casu­al­ty” before we were res­cued. As much as I have writ­ten about these things I had to leave many things unsaid.

From my expe­ri­ence YOU, where ever you are would rather face 100 men with the capa­bil­i­ties of Navy Seals, or Delta Force and heavy weapons than just 10 men with ¼ of Mr. Harding’s capa­bil­i­ties, intel­li­gence, and con­nec­tions. In the end 100 extreme­ly trained war­riors remain 100 men. With­in months Hard­ing has turned very few into a high­ly focused 40,000 and most of the pro­pa­gan­dists he writes need to be dealt with by his army are Amer­i­cans on Amer­i­can soil. That army is going to work influ­enc­ing mil­lions to go to war with Rus­sia.

How Far Will Ukraine’s King Troll go to destroy You?

And there are many kinds of pro­pa­gan­da; let me focus on what we are most­ly see­ing being dumped on us by Russia…I’ll put them in a spread­sheet and send it to any­one want­i­ng to help.  Togeth­er we’ll see if we can send that to enough peo­ple to make a case against him, embar­rass him and make it impos­si­ble for his to show his face with­out being labeled a bad jour­nal­ist, a liar, guilty of per­jury, and a dirty propagandist…Photographs can be pho­to­shopped, so can videos.  Eye­wit­ness accounts are sus­pect.  Reporters’ sto­ries are only as reli­able as the news sources and that means they are not reli­able. Even if the most reli­able per­son in the world says some­thing, their word can always be brand­ed spec­u­la­tion, biased or that they are a paid troll, be it Russ­ian or oth­er­wise (although I real­ly don’t know of any oth­ers). Hard­ing Aug 31

Mech­a­nisms of Enforce­ment

They prob­a­bly have been real­ly fright­ened by the idea of bear­ing crim­i­nal respon­si­bil­i­ty soon­er of lat­er for their actions or for becom­ing per­sona non gra­ta in the civ­i­lized world,” Herashchenko wrote.

It is also note­wor­thy that for­eign intel­li­gence ser­vices have become inter­est­ed in the Peace­mak­er site — the CIA, FBI, Euro­pean intel­li­gence and coun­ter­in­tel­li­gence. The rea­son in sim­ple. The civ­i­lized coun­tries, draw­ing on infor­ma­tion on the pro-Russ­ian mil­i­tants-ter­ror­ists, will be able to cre­ate their own data­bas­es of sus­pi­cious per­sons and indi­vid­u­als that must be neu­tral­ized and iso­lat­ed from soci­ety, he said.

Before dis­count­ing the under­lined as hav­ing any­thing to do with you bear in mind that Hard­ing “worked IO on the Joint Staff in the Pen­ta­gon and was one of the plankhold­ers of the Joint Staff IO Response Cell.” The Secu­ri­ty Ser­vice of Ukraine reached an agree­ment with Google Inc. to joint­ly fight with [against]  the Russ­ian secret ser­vices, who are con­stant­ly spread­ing pro­pa­gan­da net­work in [sic] the Krem­lin and sow [sic] pan­ic among the pop­u­la­tion. – Hard­ing

If you, like, Mairead Maguire are employ­ing Russ­ian active mea­sures accord­ing to Harding’s def­i­n­i­tion, you are the Russ­ian secret ser­vices he is talk­ing about. She doesn’t write about Ukraine. You are the peo­ple to be iso­lat­ed from soci­ety, “sus­pi­cious”, that must be neu­tral­ized. You are the jour­nal­ists, activists, or peo­ple who read alter­na­tive news that must be put on lists with the CIA, FBI, INTERPOL, intel, and counter intel.

Who’s Get­ting Attacked?

Through­out 2014 Hard­ing made it clear that jour­nal­ists, writ­ers, and schol­ars that pub­lish arti­cles at Glob­al­Re­search were agents engaged in Russ­ian pro­pa­gan­da and active mea­sures. Like the label­ing of Mairead Maguire it doesn’t need to be writ­ten remote­ly con­cerned with Ukraine, Don­bass, or Rus­sia, just against his agen­da.

Glob­al Research is a con­stant  focus of his IO dis­rupt and destroy work through his pri­vate Cyber army in Ukraine.

GlobalResearch.ca. You are unpro­fes­sion­al for doing this, you do not deserve any asso­ci­a­tion with the proud pro­fes­sion of jour­nal­ism and you should be shut down. GlobalResearch.ca  Remem­ber that name, put it on your “bad” list and spread the word. They are despi­ca­ble, vile, the oppo­site of jour­nal­ists. GlobalResearch.ca- Hard­ing

Some of Ukraine’s IO army­Tar­get­ed Web­sites

Pro­pa­gan­da. “The word is fre­quent­ly used to describe any news emerg­ing from one’s oppo­nent.”- Joel Hard­ing

RT.com, Sputnik.ru, Washingtonsblog.com, GlobalResearch.ca, OpEdNews.com, Anti-War.com, ZeroHedge.com. InfoWars.com, DemocracyNow.com, CounterPunch.com, RonPaulInstitute.org, PaulCraigRoberts.org, GreanvillePost.com….Small Sam­pling

These are only a few of the web­sites that have been tar­get­ed for attacks as Russ­ian pro­pa­gan­da and active mea­sures. The very recent jump in spam com­ments is just the begin­ning of a large uni­fied effort.

Peo­ple the IO army are Tar­get­ing

Top­ping the list in terms of impor­tance is Con­gress­man Alan Grayson who has been an out­spo­ken oppo­nent of inter­ven­tion in Syr­ia as well as Ukraine. Per­haps some­one should tell him he’s being watched. Every Con­gress­men that is against inter­ven­tion­ism or for human rights should look into why a pri­vate cit­i­zen can grind axes with Amer­i­cans using a for­eign government/ pri­vate IO army he is cre­at­ing. It is in part a branch of the Ukrain­ian Mil­i­tary and under a min­istry of the Ukrain­ian gov­ern­ment that Hard­ing helped cre­ate. He is also steer­ing its efforts.

Below are Russ­ian ter­ror­ists accord­ing to the def­i­n­i­tion “news emerg­ing from one’s oppo­nent.”

Pep­py Esco­bar and Steven Lend­man are both “active mea­sures” agents for writ­ing about John Ker­ry, the State Depart­ment, RT bash­ing, and of course Ukraine. Blog talk Radio host Dr. Rick Staggen­borg both a vet­er­an an d peace activist is labeled a Russ­ian pro­pa­gan­dist. Pro­fes­sor Michel Chos­su­dovsky and every jour­nal­ist and activist that pub­lish­es at GlobalResearch.ca which is a large list includ­ing Paul Craig Roberts and Robert Par­ry are Russ­ian active mea­sures agents in the Ukraine war and every “agen­dized news event they write on. Tyler Dur­den, con­nect­ed writ­ers and jour­nal­ists are Russ­ian pro­pa­gan­dists. Deena Stryk­er, an edi­tor at Ope­d­News is not­ed because of her PressTV inter­view for say­ing the US is engaged in a pro­pa­gan­da war.

All con­spir­a­cies aside it wouldn’t feel right with­out adding Alex Jones and Michael Rivero. Hard­ing devel­oped what seems to be a fix­a­tion about Jones and com­pa­ny a few years back. It’s not that he hates Jones’ news sites any more than the oth­ers, but it is per­son­al. Joel Harding’s favorite nephew rates Jones take on inter­na­tion­al events as more cred­i­ble than what Hard­ing has to say.

George Elia­son – As for those doc­u­ments, Elia­son must have con­tact­ed the cyber-mili­tia direct­ly, because they haven’t made any pub­lic posts online since Decem­ber. All of this was unusu­al enough to war­rant fur­ther inves­ti­ga­tion into George Eliason’s online iden­ti­ty.

Only a short year ago very few peo­ple could even point out Ukraine on a map. Dur­ing this past year an Amer­i­can has giv­en the gov­ern­ment and mil­i­tary of Ukraine the pow­er and tools to attack peo­ple in the Unit­ed States, Europe, and where ever you are read­ing this.

The peo­ple list­ed are only a few of many. If you have a blog, web­site and write about cur­rent events, you are includ­ed too. It shows is an across the board mono­lith­ic effort to destroy alter­na­tive news and free speech, jour­nal­ists, and activists. If you are writ­ing about Fer­gu­son and police bru­tal­i­ty, human rights, or respon­si­ble gov­ern­ment ‑How how long does an orga­nized IO army need to destroy your rep­u­ta­tion, income, and work when its focus- is YOU. Whats  next? Wait and see.

Mr. Hard­ing, will it be assas­si­na­tion or char­ac­ter assas­si­na­tion? Will you hand this over to your Ukraine Nazis or Pravy Sek­tor? Can you ade­quate­ly respond to why you a pri­vate cit­i­zen can make West­ern jour­nal­ists “bad guys, ter­ror­ists, Russ­ian polit­i­cal war­fare com­bat­ants and there­fore tar­gets in your war?

 

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One comment for “Cyber McCarthyism, Ukrainian Information Warfare, and the Targeting of U.S. Journalists: Still Walkin’ the Snake in Ukraine”

  1. Posted by Kieran | March 25, 2015, 10:52 pm

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