Thursday, January 5, 2017

The End of the Rainbow Six

This is the talk that seems to have set the Russians off back in 1998, just before Putin took over in 1999. That was the year that my father starting dating Eleanor. My uncle introduced Tom Clancy at the Press Club in DC. First edition hardcovers of his spy thriller, Rainbow Six, had been published on August 3, 1998, a week before the talk, and Tom Clancy was signing them. Good time to catch up on your Tom Clancy reading list.

We have far too many Russian spies in America today, with too much funding and too much time on their hands. They are creating problems where there are no problems. I would say that the #1 priority for the West is to identify and deport illegal Russian spies before they do any more damage to our democratic systems of government.

In 2000, Putin began his quest for autocracy by going after the mainstream media in Russia first. The Kursk submarine tragedy in 2000 was followed by the re-establishment of state control over the First television channel. During the Moscow theater siege in October 2002, Mr Putin was reportedly angered by the NTV television channel showing a rally by desperate relatives, demanding that Russia give in to the militants' demands and withdraw from Chechnya. Soon afterwards, its director-general Boris Jordan was fired, and thereafter NTV lost any independence and objectivity.

This blog is fair game for all Western media. Feel free to publish anything with or without attribution. If you want to do a feature article on my family's story, I would be happy to cooperate with additional details, but I cover most of the salient points here. Missing in my analysis is a set of "red flags" that other families can use to identify Russian sleeper agents at work or at home. That is something that can be developed over time as more people come forward with similar tales of sabotage. My contact information is on my CV on the left margin. If you have any information for the FBI, submit your tips here. Thank you to everyone who has already built on these ideas in your own news articles and/or helped to propagate the blog on social media.

Most of the information in my blog post was consolidated from news articles and other information publicly available on the web, with links back to the original content. There is a wealth of information about the Russian election hacks on the internet, but it is widely dispersed and incomplete. My post attempts to present the "big picture", going back as far as the 1980s, when I was a college student at USC. Some of it is speculative, but I do attempt to back up my allegations with evidence, circumstantial or otherwise. I know many of the people named in this post personally, and those that I don't know are friends of friends of friends. Six-degrees-of-separation. I was fortunate to have had a 3-decade career at NASA, starting in 1983, which provided a unique, up close perspective of the changes in tech over the years. In the last decade, the Silicon Valley has, for the most part, changed for the worse.

I was the OpenGov Lead at NASA Ames Research Center in 2011, with the goal of strengthening democracy by fully engaging citizens in the process of governance via social media. Over time, however, it has become increasingly clear that most governments use social media for surveillance, espionage and political data mining, and that the web has become weaponized and militarized, and is no longer a safe space for citizens. My experience on social media allowed me to track the downward progression in real time, across a wide range of disciplines.

As such, I have developed an instinct for identifying the online spies, many of whom are moderators of social media groups. In addition, Russian trolls are attacking Americans who oppose Putin. Among the “casualties” of this network attack are Army veteran Eric Tallant, retired senior CIA officer Charles Leven, and New York attorney James Berger. All three were notified that their accounts had been blocked “for repeatedly posting unwanted/inappropriate content, and using the platform to harass other members.“ I have been blocked from the Open Government and Civic Tech Facebook Group for similar reasons, and my posts are being heavily moderated in 3 other social media groups, including the NASA LinkedIn Group. The moderators are Steven Clift and Charles Radley, respectively.

In addition to the online trolls, there are thousands of Russian spies in the US today, surpassing Cold War records. Given the sheer number of spies in America, it may make sense to offer some kind of blanket asylum for defectors. There are an equal number of Chinese spies in America, and they seem to be working together.

Berlin was once the espionage capital of the world—the place where East met West, and where undercover operatives from the KGB, CIA, MI6, and untold other agencies practiced spycraft in the shadow of the Berlin Wall. Since the end of the Cold War, however, New York has probably hosted more intelligence activity than any other city. The various permanent missions and visiting delegations at the United Nations, where even countries that are otherwise banned from the US are allowed staff, have provided cover for dozens of agencies to operate. Wall Street has offered further pretexts for mining information, with its swirl of cocktail parties, networking events, and investor conferences.

Two of the most famous defectors to America in history were Stalin's daughter and Hitler's nephew. In contrast, Lee Harvey Oswald, President John F. Kennedy's killer, had been a defector to Russia for a time before the assassination. JFK, Jr., his wife Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, and her sister Lauren Bessette were killed in a single-engine plane crash on July 16, 1999. Given the recent string of Stalinesque untimely celebrity deaths, my own family's experiences, and the multiple assassinations in the Kennedy family, I don't believe the official story that his inexperience as a pilot was the cause of the plane crash.

In November 1989 the opening of the Berlin Wall heralded the end of the Soviet Union and the Cold War. Less well known is that this historic event also sparked the greatest wave of Soviet defectors in the history of the CIA and resulted in a windfall of intelligence on past and then on-going Soviet activities.

The story told by the KGB defectors proved that the Soviet Union was changing less dramatically than indicated by Gorbachev's supposed reforms. Defectors from the scientific community, such as Ken Alibek and Vladimir Pasechnik, revealed that the Russians were still developing a biological warfare program in violation of international agreements. They were also still developing other weapons systems: a pilot passed the CIA information about the combat tactics of the air force's most advanced fighter plane.

KGB defectors in turn revealed that the Moscow was still gathering secrets from spies in US government and industry and actively seeking new sources. The Russians also continued to collect information from FBI agent Robert Hanssen. The flood of defectors, however, may have stanched the flow of secrets to Russia, since Hanssen apparently afraid that one of them might compromise him dropped contact with Russian intelligence for eight years.

One of the KGB defectors was handled by John Tellaray, then a senior officer assigned to a capital abroad. His account confirmed that the KGB was not only actively recruiting US citizens to spy on the nation but had made significant progress in building networks in the US corporate sector. The information provided by the defector about this network augured an intensified effort by Russian intelligence to steal America's economic and scientific secrets which continues today. The development, of course, should not be surprising. One of the young officers who embraced the views of KGB hardliners during the Gorbachev era, Vladimir Putin, is now the president of the Russian Federation for a second time and an enthusiastic supporter of the Russian intelligence services.

Some of the Russian spy schools are located in small towns in the southern part of the country. None appear on a map. They are exact replicas of American suburbs such as Chevy Chase, Md. — just outside Washington, where the bulk of KGB agents were deployed during World War II.

Russian spies-in-training in these towns buy groceries at 7-Elevens, eat hamburgers at McDonald’s, watch American TV and go to American movie theaters, get American newspapers delivered every morning and speak only English.

Once a spy seems suitably Americanized, they are sent to a way station — usually Finland, the Netherlands, Canada or Africa — where they attempt to pass as American. If they do, they are sent to the United States, almost always as sleepers.

The Russians will wait 15, 20 years.

The spies can't resist dropping hints. Eleanor left many clues in her 2001 Christmas letter, and the online spies leave clues in posts. There are these "weird little identifiers" all over the internet. In the case of the online spies, I suppose they are signaling to each other. In the case of Eleanor, it was a family Christmas letter that went out to everyone, so again, I suppose a coded signal to her daughter Kim, who works in the pharmaceutical industry.

They are most likely modifying prescription drugs, and I think also using helicopter drops, such as in the case of Zika, to spread disease. Pfizer's Russian partner, drug maker NovaMedica, signed a cooperation agreement in July 2016 which will have Pfizer building a new lab facility in the Kaluga region, located roughly 200 miles southwest of Moscow. Pfizer will also transfer licenses for the production of more than 30 drugs with a market value of at least $60 million from its portfolio to the new Russian partner, NovaMedica board member Leonid Melamed said. Leonid Melamed is a member of the Supervisory Council of Rusnano. The CEO is Anatoly Chubais. Both sides refused to specify the amount Pfizer is investing in the new plant.

Based on photographs of Tom Clancy at the end of his life and his mysterious short illness (fentanyl?) that killed him, I believe he had been subjected to biological weapons. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) labs repeatedly faced secret sanctions for mishandling bioterror germs. Beth Willis, former chair of a citizen lab advisory panel in Frederick, MD., where several federal biodefense labs are located, said the continued secrecy about lab incidents and enforcement actions makes it impossible for the public and policy makers to adequately assess potential risks. Agent Orange was one of the “rainbow herbicides” used by the U.S. military as part of its herbicidal warfare program during the Vietnam War from 1961 to 1971. Tom Clancy lived in Baltimore, MD.

Last year, the CDC and the Army found that the military had mistakenly sent live anthrax spores over a 12-year period to 194 laboratories in 50 states, the District of Columbia, three U.S. territories and nine foreign countries. Concentrations of live anthrax in the samples were low, public health was not at risk, and nobody was sickened, an Army investigation found. Brig. Gen. William King was reprimanded for failing to take appropriate action to respond to and mitigate lapses in safety and protocol while serving as commander of Dugway Proving Ground. He was later promoted to general and currently commands the 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosive Command at the Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. A former 20th CBRNE operations officer who earned four masters degrees, King previously served as the assistant deputy chief of staff for U.S. Army Forces Command on Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The Army is looking into biohybrid systems, or putting bacteria into its electronics, at the ARL’s Adelphi, Maryland facility.

The anthrax attacks in September 2001 killed five people and sickened 17, the worst biological attack in U.S. history. Anthrax spores (a dormant form of the bacteria) were sent in letters to Sens. Tom Daschle and Patrick Leahy and several news organizations. The intensive investigation, dubbed "Amerithrax" by the FBI, fingered Bruce Ivins as the main suspect. Ivins was a researcher at the government's biodefense labs at Fort Detrick, Md., where he had access to anthrax, but some question the evidence against him. Ivins took his own life as the FBI was preparing its case.

The current plan is to move FBI HQ out of DC to Maryland or Virginia, which would bring 11,000 jobs to the new location. The FBI has most likely been infiltrated by Russian spies, and this plan would open the door to more of the same. The Maryland Academy for Innovation in National Security, a collaboration between the University of Maryland, the state and the FBI, is already scheduled to be built in Greenbelt, university and state officials announced in September 2016. President Obama recently shut down a Russian diplomatic compound on the Eastern Shore, casting a small patch of light on the normally shadowy job of battling foreign spies on U.S. soil. The Russians were using the 46-acre estate outside Centreville to gather intelligence on the United States.

I have the complete list of companies that Kim Black-Washington, my step-sister, worked for. Between May 1999 – April 2004, during the time she spent with my father, she was a product development team member for Pafase® and IC485. Now she works for Catalent.
Cambridge Major Laboratories March 2013 – ? Germantown, WI Responsible for internal and external marketing strategies for growth.

Product Manager / Sr. Marketing Manager Fluke Biomedical (a Danaher Company) September 2012 – March 2013 (7 months) Responsible for Ideation to commercialization of biomedical devices and functional testers.

Director, Marketing & Strategic Development Xcelience, LLC August 2008 – September 2012 (4 years 2 months) Responsible for Marketing, PR, partnerships and clinical supplies business development.

Director, Global Marketing MDS Pharma Services April 2004 – August 2008 (4 years 5 months) Strategic marketing and tactical implementation for discovery and preclinical division.

Between 1995 and 2005, 50 scientists, all WMD specialists, including germ warfare, bio weapons, and chemical warfare, died under suspicious circumstances, some by an unexpected heart attack in an otherwise healthy young adult, others by the inevitable “Boston Brakes” crash. Included in this list is Dr. Vladimir Pasechnik, who died of a "stroke".

Life expectancies dropped steeply in the 1990s, and several countries have yet to recover the levels noted before the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Cardiovascular disease is a much bigger killer in the Commonwealth of Independent States than in western Europe because of hazardous alcohol consumption and high smoking rates in men, the breakdown of social safety nets, rising social inequality, and inadequate health services.

In 2016, the overall U.S. death rate has increased for the first time in a decade, according to an analysis of the latest data. That led to a drop in overall life expectancy for the first time since 1993, particularly among people younger than 65. On average, the overall life expectancy, for someone born in 2015, fell from 78.9 years to 78.8 years. The life expectancy for the average American man fell two-tenths of a year — from 76.5 to 76.3. For women, it dropped one-tenth — from 81.3 to 81.2 years.

It's hard to know how much was fabricated and how much was real, but Bobby Black, Eleanor's son, was apparently diagnosed with a severe mental illness in his teens. Not sure how that fits in with Kim's career choices, but it seems to be an important part of their story. Kim Black-Washington is the ringleader of this "family". Like Mikhail Kutsik and Nataliya Pereverzeva (“Michael Zottoli and Patricia Mills”), she lives in Seattle and attended the University of Washington. If anything happens to me (I will be 56 this year) this is where I would start. Spies are often "sleepers" who only wake up when there is a job to do. Bobby may have an outstanding arrest warrant in Tijuana, Mexico. He left a wake of problems in his path. At one point he worked in a bank, and told a story about foiling bank robbers, which I am sure was pure fiction. He was probably a hacker. A forensic analysis of their financial transactions over the last 18 years is sure to lead back to Russia.

I have provided quite a few more details in the Intelligence Community and Government 2.0 LinkedIn Groups, but the two primary identifiers for the tech spies are "Red" and "X" as in SpaceX, Google X and Reddit. Here is a partial list of their secret hacker codes. The XTunnel malware was specifically built for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) election hacks by FANCY BEAR, whose profile closely mirrors the strategic interests of the Russian government, and may indicate affiliation with Главное Разведывательное Управление (Main Intelligence Department) or GRU, Russia’s premier military intelligence service. At the height of the Cold War, the FBI and the National Security Agency built a secret tunnel beneath the Russian Embassy (shown below in 2013), so that American spies could eavesdrop on what was happening inside. The GRU is Russia's largest foreign intelligence agency, whose symbol is the bat. In 1997 it deployed six times as many agents in foreign countries as the SVR, the successor of the KGB's foreign operations directorate. Putin was appointed head of the FSB in 1998.

Founded in 1997, Kaspersky Lab, maker of cybersecurity and anti-virus software, abruptly changed course in 2012. Since then, high-level managers have left or been fired, their jobs often filled by people with closer ties to Russia’s military or intelligence services. Some of these people actively aid criminal investigations by the FSB, using data from some of the 400 million customers who rely on Kaspersky Lab’s software, say six current and former employees who declined to discuss the matter publicly because they feared reprisals. This closeness starts at the top: Unless Eugene Kaspersky is traveling, he rarely misses a weekly banya (sauna) night with a group of about 5 to 10 that usually includes Russian intelligence officials. Kaspersky says in an interview that the group saunas are purely social: “When I go to banya, they’re friends.”

A key cybercrime investigator at Kaspersky was arrested on charges of treason, Russia's Kommersant newspaper reported. Kaspersky Lab confirmed to the Associated Press that Ruslan Stoyanov, head of its computer incidents investigations unit, was arrested in December 2016. Stoyanov was arrested along with a senior Russian FSB intelligence officer, Sergei Mikhailov, according to Kommersant. Mikhailov, who also faces treason charges, was the deputy head of the information security department of the FSB, Russia's national security service. Investigators are examining money that Stoyanov allegedly received from foreign companies or entities, according to Kommersant. "Stoyanov was involved in every big arrest of cybercriminals in Russia in past years," a source familiar with Stoyanov's past work told Forbes. There have been four arrests in Russia so far, all apparently linked to the US Presidential election hacks. I assume American arrests will follow, with a spy exchange downstream, possibly leveraging the Yahoo! hacks. Stoyanov may have been one of the sources in Christopher Steele's dossier.

Although the Russian spies are often fluent in several languages, English is usually not their first language. They try to mask their accents with accents from other countries and have false identities, otherwise known as "legends". They are called "illegals". This doesn’t mean that they entered the country illegally or conduct diplomatic work that would be considered unlawful, but rather that they assumed a false identity and have a relationship with their mother country (in this case, Russia) that is unknown to the host country. Agents who are not undercover enter as Russian diplomats, but don't declare themselves as spies; CIA agents have the same practice. Unlike their “legal” counterparts, they work without a diplomatic cover, which would offer them immunity from prosecution. They are rewarded with the kind of adulation Americans reserve for movie stars. Many of the spies live at the Embassy Network. Singularity University seems to attract a lot of them. They belong to the American Business Association for Russian Professionals (AmBAR). Hacker Dojo harbors Russian hackers and was founded by a unregistered agent of Russia.

What do Russian spies look like? They are surprisingly easy to identify. They look like the PayPal Mafia, shown below. They look Eastern European, sporting necklaces, unbuttoned shirts, slicked-back hair, and far too much silk and leather. There is not much diversity in their ranks, although they do include a few glamorous female spies as honey traps, such as Anna Chapman. They are an old school, top down, male-dominated club. Peter Thiel and Max Levchin, at the front table, are the ringleaders. Peter Thiel has direct ties with Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg who heads Skolkovo, Moscow's version of Silicon Valley. PayPal's QA department was predominately Russian. I am sure there are many more "tells" that we have yet to identify. The picture is about a decade old, and styles have changed somewhat since then. Some of the most notorious Russian hackers today sport tiny bangs or shaved heads.

They are taking cues from books such as Project Mars: A Technical Tale, which describes a new form of government headed up by The Elon (p. 177), and the first hyperloop (p. 175). Elon was the name of one of the ruling judges of the Israelites according to the Old Testament. This Wernher von Braun unpublished science fiction novel from 1948 was eventually published in Canada by Apogee Books in December 2006. Wernher Magnus Maximilian Freiherr von Braun (March 23, 1912 – June 16, 1977) was a German, later American, aerospace engineer and space architect credited with inventing the V-2 rocket for Nazi Germany and the Saturn V for the United States. He was one of the leading figures in the development of rocket technology in Nazi Germany, where he was a member of the Nazi Party and the SS. His book describes a process by which Fascism can be brought back into the global arena.

We have identified five books now, if you include the Ghost Stories spy ring, but I am guessing that there are more. The Russian novelist and scientist Alexander Bogdanov wrote about parabiosis in his 1908 novel Red Star, in which a socialist hero travels to Mars and discovers that the collectivized Martian population is using blood transfusion to cheat death. Peter Thiel, the Don of the PayPal Mafia, is promoting this idea for Silicon Valley life extension. 7 books total? They also resonate with 42, so we should include The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

Elon Musk's follow-on talk at the NPC covers his business model for Mars colonies, which is based on the idea that people will sell everything for a one way trip to the Red Planet. His goal is to have humans on Mars 6 years from 2016, or by 2022. The tech spies are promoting a variety of approaches for reducing human population on earth. They are promoting tech that will never be mature, like the hyperloop, ideas that are not grounded in reality, like cities on Mars, and generally degrading science and tech since launching their social media sites.

That was really the goal - to create platforms for propaganda, and to wipe out integrity in Western mainstream media reporting. From there they can wage the Russian hybrid warfare which includes destabilizing the West, psyops and as we have recently learned, biowarfare. In 2000, just before the US Presidential election, military personnel from the Fourth Psychological Operations (PsyOps) Group based at Fort Bragg, in North Carolina, were found to have been working in CNN’s HQ in Atlanta. Jeff Bezos, of Amazon and Blue Origin, bought the Washington Post in 2013, the same newspaper whose reporters, Woodward and Bernstein, broke the Watergate story in 1972.

The spies are developing tech that may protect against biohazards, they are working on tech that will destroy jobs rather than create them, they are exacerbating social inequality, and they are very well connected in the tech community. The Tesla Model X has a bioweapon defense mode. There is also a Model S. Why isn't the mass produced car a Model I? They are making batteries that cause electronics and military equipment to fail, scaring us with stories of AI taking over the world, and generally sending a message of doom via their extensive Matrix-inspired social media outreach. In August 2016, Russian search giant Yandex announced a self-driving car partnership.

If you read the bios of the tech spies, there are certain common themes, including gaming. They were all interested in one form of game playing or another in early years if we are to believe their false identities. But whether we believe the bios or not, they are clearly playing us now, with fellowships designed to make us drop out of college, promises of immortality by uploading ourselves onto computers, and many other outrageous claims of how we can become superhuman if we just drink their cyber-Kool-aid.

“We’re all hanging out in this cabana at the Hard Rock Cafe, and Elon is there reading some obscure Soviet rocket manual that was all moldy and looked like it had been bought on eBay,” said Kevin Hartz, an early PayPal investor. “He was studying it and talking openly about space travel and changing the world.”

One of Elon Musk's favorite games is BioShock, which he plays for about 90 minutes during an interview with Forbes, explaining that the game is about Hegelian dialectics determining the course of history, like Karl Marx vs. Adam Smith. SpaceX, his rocket company in Hawthorne, California, looks like a movie set, right down to the life-size statue of Tony Stark in his Iron Man suit and an ice cream stand, where middle-aged engineers line up to pile toppings on their free soft-serve sundaes. A portrait of Wernher von Braun and a huge photo of Mars adorn the walls. He has a party boy past, shutting down Russian clubs in New York before meeting his second wife, Talulah Riley, whose father is Doug Milburn, formerly head of the National Crime Squad, a British police organisation which dealt with national and transnational organized and major crimes.

In 2001, Musk traveled to Moscow, along with Jim Cantrell, an aerospace supplies fixer, and Adeo Ressi, his best friend from Penn. Musk had tens of millions in the bank through his earlier ventures, but at the time, he was trying to buy a rocket cheaply to send plants or mice to Mars. The trip was unsuccessful, so in February 2002 the group returned to Russia, this time bringing Mike Griffin, who had worked for the CIA's venture capital arm, In-Q-Tel. They were again unsuccessful, but on the plane home they began devising a plan to create US reusable rockets instead. And the rest is SpaceX history.

Many of the HotWIRED 100 in 2016 are Russian immigrants and I think also Russian spies. Google's Sergey Brin is #30, my position in the GovTech 100 Influencers for 2016. They are manipulating search results so that Russian-backed companies come to the top of the search queues. They have access to iPhones and laptops throughout the world. They have surveillance satellites that can see inside homes to gather “kompromat” (compromising material). They are sharing that information in real time using targeted social media ads as a form of psyops to intimidate voters who don't support the Russian-backed candidates in the West.

In the spring of 2009, Mark Zuckerberg sold Russian investor Yuri Milner 2% of Facebook for $200 million. Milner, a short man with close-cropped hair and slightly uneven eyes, was born in 1961, the year Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man to orbit Earth. After graduation, he did a stint at the World Bank and then joined Menatep, the bank founded and formerly owned by Mikhail Khodorkovsky. One of the original oligarchs of the 1990s, Khodorkovsky refused to curry favor with the current government and was jailed, but later pardoned and released from prison in 2013. Milner built Menatep's brokerage and investment-banking divisions and structured the country's first tender offer, a takeover bid for the Hershey's of the Russian candy world, a company called Red October.

Milner and his friend Gregory Finger launched Digital Sky Technologies (DST) as an operating company in 2005. They bought up large stakes in internet properties and then helped run them. DST's first investors included Goldman Sachs and American hedge fund Tiger Global. One of DST's largest outside investors is the Russian oligarch Alisher Usmanov, who emerged from obscurity to become one of the country's wealthiest men. The origin of his wealth is not clear. He spent six years in an Uzbek jail on a conviction of fraud and embezzlement in the 1980s, charges he contends were false and politically motivated. Less than a decade later he emerged as a board director at a Russian bank. Usmanov bought roughly a third of the company in September 2008. In 2009, Milner started a second company under the DST umbrella, DST Global, which funds his international deals.

Silicon Valley is not the only area to be targeted by the Russians. The Boston division of the FBI took this warning to U.S. tech firms with Russian funding, and to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a partner of Russia’s Skolkovo initiative, which was launched in 2010 to create a Russian version of Silicon Valley. The FBI's Boston office began calling attention to Russian tech investment in the United States following a white paper it produced on the subject in late 2013. The office then issued a notice to Boston-area technology companies, colleges and universities identifying partnerships with Russian entities and venture capital companies as potential vehicles for Russian espionage. Russian VCs are encouraging entrepreneurs to fail fast and pivot because bankruptcy sets them up for bailout money from Russian investors.

According to federal officials, Alexander Fishenko was at the center of a Russian "military procurement ring" that for years employed complex schemes to trick U.S. customs agents into believing his company was shipping harmless goods -- like traffic light parts -- to Russia, rather than advanced microelectronics that could be used in military applications including radar and surveillance systems, weapons guidance systems or detonation triggers. The ring also allegedly provided microchips to a specialized electronics laboratory run by the FSB, Russia's powerful intelligence agency and successor to the KGB. Documents provided by the Department of Justice allege that Fishenko was the link between the Houston-based Arc Electronics, Inc., which he founded in 1998, and Apex Systems, L.L.C., of which he is a part owner, based in Moscow.

In October 2007, the United States Secret Service began investigating "an international conspiracy" to hack into computer networks of U.S. financial institutions and other businesses. As part of that investigation, agents examined network intrusions that occurred in January and February 2008 at OmniAmerican Credit Union, based in Fort Worth, Texas, and Global Cash Card of Irvine, California, a distributor of prepaid debit cards used primarily for payroll payments. OmniAmerican told customers in January 2008 that an international gang of cyber criminals hacked its network and stole scores of account numbers. The intruders modified PINs for the accounts and passed them to accomplices who withdrew cash from ATMs in Russia, Ukraine and elsewhere.

According to letters it sent customers and the New Hampshire attorney general, the company discovered fraudulent account activity on Jan. 18, 2008 and notified customers six days later. According to a news story the bank reissued some 40,000 debit cards. Secret Service Chief Joseph Clancy has recently announced his retirement. Clancy, a career agent who'd first left the federal protection force in 2011 for a job in the private sector, returned in 2014 to restore credibility to the scandal-plagued agency. One of my closest friends, Emily Hoolhorst, a recruiter for Apple Computer, starting dating a former Secret Service agent 8 years ago.

US federal agents conducted a 6-month de-anonymizing attack on Tor (an anonymous web browser), codenamed Operation Onymous, that targeted nearly 400 suspected illicit markets around the world, leading to the arrest of a former SpaceX employee and an 8 year sentence for Brian Richard Farrell, the deputy who helped run the illegal marketplace Silk Road 2.0.

The wildfires, which were eventually identified as arson in California, took place in or around towns that are known for their healing communities, such as Big Sur and Calistoga. Let's hope that the Golden Door in San Diego doesn't suffer the same fate. That is my well-deserved pot of gold at the end of this rainbow. If you want to start a counterintelligence company funded by In-Q-Tel and based on my blog post, I will see you there on your dime. Russian defectors to America welcome, Elon Musk most of all. Russian spies not welcome. I will know. If you have a history of financing companies with "Red" or "X" in the name, don't contact me unless you have a compelling defection story or rebuttal. Come bearing gifts please. What do you owe me so far? A dog is at the top of my list. Beachfront cottage. My current place won't allow pets.

Given all this, no one in their right mind would entertain the notion that a “post-West world order” is a desirable alternative to the order stewarded by the West and the United States, in particular. As such, we are going to build a counterintelligence tech center in Carlsbad, CA, Darrell Issa's district. The processes that I used to write this blog post can be automated now, using keywords #redtech, #redspace, and #redmedia. Start developing prototypes of redtech spy seeker software, and I will take a look at them at Top Tech Execs in San Diego in May. If I like it, we can take it forward to EvoNexus. Use open source components only. Do not use tech developed by Apple, Google, Amazon, or Facebook, including open source. Do not use tech developed by the PayPal Mafia. Do not use OpenStack until they officially credit me with its origin. No, it was not a module from the Nebula Cloud Computing platform, it was a module from my own cloud architecture, OpenNASA v2.0. I have outlined the software components and basic functional requirements in my latest LinkedIn Influencer post with the same title, The End of the Rainbow Six. For the short term I am calling the project "FARA on Steroids".

I should point out that in spite of my uncle's role in the Tom Clancy talk (introductions), my family had no involvement with the USSR. Uncle Ken was introducing all of the speakers at the Press Club that year. He had no stake in this game, nor did my father, and nor do I.

It was a situation that was misinterpreted, blown out of proportion, and used as the basis for spy tactics based on nothing. That is the problem with these Russian spies. They are overreacting to minor situations to please the home front, not because the US has threatened Russia in any way. A first sign of this new era of hybrid war came in a five year string of hacking attacks from 1998 to 2003 called Moonlight Maze. While many details are still publicly unknown, hackers traced to Russia stole thousands of U.S. military documents containing sensitive information, including encryption technologies. The hackers installed back doors in an effort to maintain access once their active attack was over. Although America had been hacked before then, this was our first experience with relentless and ongoing Russian cyber-terrorism.

The spies are looking for trouble, they are bringing trouble to the West, not vice versa. It took me about 8 years to piece this together, and I feel fortunate to have done so. It is such an improbable outcome, I doubt that anyone in my situation would be able to identify the source of the problem. It is a situation I think many Western families are unknowingly facing today. I hope to see more publicity around this issue now that we have had such blatant and obvious Russian involvement in our 2016 Presidential election.

As difficult as this was for me, I can't see how else to have identified the problem. I was the only one who had the incriminating evidence, the web and social media skills, and the understanding of my family's struggles. I doubt that the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service anticipated this outcome, a one in a million shot in the dark. I wonder what it will do to their plans? If the GRU tech spies have false identities, their only hope of maintaining ownership of their US companies would be to seek asylum in America, and to defect. Most of the conclusions in my blog post come from personal experiences and open source intelligence (OSINT), but the real validation will come from the Russian defectors.

To Russians, the term “illegals” suggests discipline and a painstaking effort to hide one’s nationality; traditionally, they worked strictly in isolation, lest they endanger their carefully developed cover. Amy W. Knight, who has written on Soviet intelligence, said the illegals were famous for their ability to remain under deep cover for years and return to Russia without being caught.

“They had an extensive program and they used illegals a lot,” Ms. Knight said. “This new scandal suggests either the SVR is not as professional as its predecessors, or it’s just easier for the FBI to track them down because of the sophisticated technology that they have.”

According to former Russian spy, now author, Mikhail Lyubimov, the number of Russian defectors has been growing since the breakup of the Soviet Union. It is surprising then that the US hasn't had more high profile defectors in recent years, perhaps because Obama's "reset" during the first US-Russia summit in 2009 has made it too comfortable for them. Defectors seem to end up abandoned or dead in America lately, with so many Russian spies living, or perhaps more accurately, stealing the American dream. Obama did however, take action at the 11th hour of his presidency, by imposing sanctions against Russia, and by including Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun, suspects in 2006 London murder of Alexander Litvinenko, as among five new names added to the ‘Magnitsky list’. The Magnitsky Act was passed in 2012 with the aim of punishing officials responsible for human rights abuses, notably the 2009 prison death of the whistleblowing lawyer Sergei Magnitsky. "Elon Musk" has argued that we must put 1 million people on Mars if humanity is to have a future. I recommend that we start with the Russian spies.

After Obama's 2009 reset, things changed dramatically at NASA. Alcohol was pushed onto the employees, with free drink tickets at Tee Minus One. The booze was linked to gathering compromising information on government officials, which is a primary focus for the Russians. Many of the career civil servants were ousted. Young professionals were moved into key roles, most of whom were black hat hackers and Russian spies. The NASA OCIO took a turn for the worse, with project and system failures becoming the norm. Funding was plentiful, but nothing was accomplished. Yuri's Night, off-site conferences, golfing and parties took center stage instead. It is surprising that more employees didn't catch on sooner. We were briefed on every other possible threat, but never on the possibility of Russian infiltration.

The upshot is that widespread neglect has put NASA's networks in jeopardy. Security Scorecard, a cybersecurity company, found as many as 10,000 pings coming directly from NASA’s network to known malware hosts, some lasting weeks, if not months. Multiple sources say Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), the contractor hired to protect NASA’s desktops and end-user devices under a $2.5 billion contract called the Agency Consolidated End-user Services (ACES), is uncooperative at best and negligent at worst, and a major reason the agency’s data and systems are at risk. The managers who facilitated the IT Infrastructure Integration Program (I3P) consolidated contract transition at NASA Ames were James F. Williams, Deb Feng, Ray OBrien, Keith Shackelford, and Grace De Leon. At HQ they were Linda Cureton, Deborah Diaz, Nick Skytland, and Emma Antunes. Susan Levine and Bill Notley had peripheral roles. Eugene Tu is the current NASA Ames Center Director.

In 2014, after the Healthcare.gov website failure, Obama set up two new DigitalGov teams, 18F and USDS, which were primarily composed of former Google employees and spies. It was a repeat of the process that took place at NASA, but now at the GSA. In 2016, the GSA Inspectors General issued a report on GSA's management of 18F. The OIG found that 18F had struggled financially since 2014 with a cumulative net loss of $31.66 million through the third quarter of fiscal year 2016. The OIG also found that 18F had not developed a viable plan to achieve full cost recovery, as required by its MOA with Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) to use the Acquisition Services Fund (ASF) to fund 18F operations. Factors that contributed to 18F’s inability to achieve full cost recovery included 18F management’s pattern of overestimating revenue projections, increased staffing levels, and staff time spent on non-billable activities.

The question is, what were those non-billable activities? And who were the people who made up the increased staffing levels? My conclusions are that 18F was involved with the election rigging and that most of the new hires had ties to Russia. They were helping the Russians to disrupt the 2016 US Presidential election, by providing data via Slack to Project Alamo and Cambridge Analytica, the data company that helped Trump get elected. Josh and Jared Kushner (Trump's son-in-law) are lead investors in Slack, which was created by Russian data mining savant, Serguei Mourachov. Other investments include Oscar and Cadre, backed by Yuri Milner, Li Kashing, and Jack Ma. The more we examine the Kushners' Russian and Chinese investment ties, the more it seems Trump was just a vehicle to transport the Kushners to the White House. They potentially have their own shadow NSA with these tools, including machine learning, which is a Russian expertise, and Cambridge Analytica's data mining capabilities.

During the Trump campaign, Jared Kushner contacted some covert Trump fans in the Silicon Valley, experts in digital marketing, who helped them scale. Who were those Silicon Valley marketing experts, and how many had ties to Russia? Cambridge Analytica is connected to a British property tycoon, Vincent Tchenguiz, and through him with the Ukrainian oligarch Dmitry Firtash, a business associate of Trump’s first campaign manager, Paul Manafort, who resigned. Robert Mercer is another investor, and Trump's biggest donor. "Cambridge" is another spybrand used extensively by the Russians. Any company can aggregate and purchase big data, but Cambridge Analytica has developed a model to translate that data into a personality profile used to predict, then ultimately change your behavior. It is a form of psyops. It would be hard to find a better example of why the ownership of the companies that collect data on the American electorate matters. If you have additional information about the GSA incident, send the GSA OIG an email at fraudnet@gsaig.gov.

Because so much of the Trump campaign's election rigging process included hacking, anyone who was directly involved could be charged under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Brad Parscale, shown below, is one of the few within Trump’s crew entrusted to tweet on his behalf. He looks more Eastern European than American, sporting a buzz cut and a long, narrow beard like so many of the Russian hackers. Steve Bannon, who replaced Manafort, is always unkempt, and looks more like a radical left-wing revolutionary than a right wing extremist. It's hard to believe that Bannon's working class, Irish Catholic family were pro-Kennedy, pro-union Democrats. Mike Pence, Trump's running mate, is another example of an Irish Catholic Democrat who converted to evangelical, born-again Christianity and far right politics in the 1980s. I think what happened is that the Russians started the destabilization process as a left-wing revolutionary movement. But now, during the "normalizing" phase, they have people who are far right extremists to clamp down on the dissent. I wonder if Steve Bannon knows what really happened to the Kennedys?

“I wouldn’t have come aboard, even for Trump, if I hadn’t known they were building this massive Facebook and data engine,” says Bannon. “Facebook is what propelled Breitbart to a massive audience. We know its power.”

This shift from destabilization to normalization would help to explain why the same thing was happening at NASA in 2012 for Obama's re-election. The NASA OCIO was working with Civis Analytics, backed by Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, to get Obama re-elected. The election rigging process in both 2012 and 2016 shared many similar patterns and themes. Any serious attempt to rig the US Presidential election would necessarily require a multi-pronged attack. Beyond political data analytics and micro-targeted ads, voting machines were hacked, the opposition was subjected to every form of cyber-terrorism, paper ballots were padded, and opposition voters were harassed and intimidated at the polling stations. If you have information about the incident at NASA, contact the NASA OIG at hq-chl@mail.nasa.gov.

Trump's campaign stated explicitly that they had three "major" operations for voter suppression targeting idealistic white liberals, young women, and African Americans. Given the unfortunate use of psychometric spam on social media (Twitter is by far the worst because of the speed of the newsfeed), ad blockers can be a stop-gap solution until legislation can catch up to this new weaponized AI propaganda machine. It is a form of harassment, and especially when racial or gender-based demographics are targeted, a violation of civil rights. This is a good area to investigate for the ACLU and other civil liberties NGOs. Data Selfie, a free and open source chrome extension, demoes the power of algorithms and the types of inferences Facebook could make based on online activity and consumption.

The intrusions in House races in states including Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Ohio, Illinois, New Mexico and North Carolina can be traced to tens of thousands of pages of documents taken from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), which shares a Capitol Hill office building with the Democratic National Committee (DNC). The DCCC document dump’s effectiveness was due in part to a de facto alliance that formed between the Russian hackers and political bloggers and newspapers across the United States. The hackers, working under the assumed name of Guccifer 2.0, used social media tools to invite individual reporters to request specific caches of documents, handing them out the way political operatives distribute scoops. It was an arrangement that proved irresistible to many news outlets — and amplified the consequences of the 2016 election cyberattack.

Seth Rich, a computer voting specialist at the DNC, was working on several committee cases involving voter and election fraud before he was killed by multiple gunshot wounds to his back. He was also sent to testify in the FBI's investigation of Hillary Clinton's emails before he was killed. Julian Assange announced he was offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to a conviction in the Rich case. He hinted darkly that the slain man had been a source in his organization's recent publication of 30,000 internal DNC emails. The fallout had led to the firing of several top Democratic Party officials. More likely, Rich had stumbled onto some damaging information about the Russian hackers.

In the same month that Rich was killed, Felix Sater, who funneled tens of millions of dollars to Trump via Bayrock, visited Trump Tower on undisclosed business. Around 1999, Sater joined Bayrock, a real estate firm that had offices in Trump Tower and pursued business ventures with Trump. Bayrock is now being rocked by allegations made in a lawsuit brought by a former executive of unexplained cash infusions from Russia and Kazakhstan and receiving financing from a firm used by Russians “in favor with” Putin. Sater has ties to Putin loyalists, organized crime, and Russian intelligence. Also in July 2016, Trump adviser Carter Page met with the Putin aide responsible for collecting intelligence on US elections. The DNC hacks occurred in July.

In late July, a cyber-security expert—who asked to be referred to as Tea Leaves, a pseudonym that would protect his relationship with the networks and banks that employ him to sift their data—found what looked like malware emanating from Russia. The destination domain had Trump in its name, which of course attracted Tea Leaves’ attention. But his discovery of the data was pure happenstance—a surprising needle in a large haystack of DNS lookups on his screen. “I have an outlier here that connects to Russia in a strange way,” he wrote in his notes. He couldn’t quite figure it out at first. But what he saw was a bank in Moscow that kept irregularly pinging a server registered to the Trump Organization on Fifth Avenue.

Tea Leaves and two of his closest collaborators quickly dismissed their initial fear that the logs represented a malware attack. The communication wasn’t the work of bots. The irregular pattern of server lookups actually resembled the pattern of human conversation—conversations that began during office hours in New York and continued during office hours in Moscow. It dawned on the researchers that this wasn’t an attack, but a sustained relationship between a server registered to the Trump Organization and two servers registered to an entity called Alfa Bank. One of Alfa Bank's holding companies, LetterOne, has vowed to invest as much as $3 billion in U.S. health care. This year, it sank $200 million into Uber. This is, of course, money that might otherwise be invested in Russia. According to a former U.S. official, Putin tolerates this condition because Alfa advances Russian interests. It promotes itself as an avatar of Russian prowess.

“It’s our moral duty to become a global player, to prove a Russian can transform into an international businessman,” Ukrainian founder of Alfa Bank, Mikhail Fridman, told the Financial Times.

Contrary to earlier reporting in the New York Times, which cited FBI sources as saying that the agency did not believe that the private server had any nefarious purpose, the FBI’s counter-intelligence arm, sources say, re-drew an earlier FISA court request around possible financial and banking offenses related to the server. The first request, which, sources say, named Trump, was denied back in June, but the second was drawn more narrowly and was granted in October 2016 after evidence was presented of the server, possibly related to the Trump campaign, and its alleged links to two banks: Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) and Russia’s Alfa Bank. While the Times story speaks of DNS metadata, sources suggest that a FISA warrant was granted to look at the full content of emails and other related documents that may concern US persons. SVB signed an MOU with Russia's Sberbank in 2012 for venture financing.

US intelligence services have warned allies that Russia might try to hack their elections, with France and Germany already under attack. Russia’s meddling to get Donald Trump elected president is straight out of the old KGB playbook. Mysterious arrests. Disappearances. A far away death in an unknown gulag concealed from family for a generation. These were realities for those whose families came to the US from Eastern Europe in the aftermath of the last world war and subsequent Soviet occupation. These are also the reasons why every act against Donald Trump now is an act of patriotism on behalf of the American people.

During the 1970s and 1980s, KGB defectors, including Yuri Bezmenov, warned Americans to beware Russian interference. Those warnings were mostly buried. Today, however, Trump’s rise should be examined in the context of these methods of Kremlin ideological subversion and psychological warfare. The confluence of evidence suggests Donald Trump was supported, and his campaign efforts bolstered, by Russia this election season (as six US federal agencies, including the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency have concluded). Plucked from the KGB’s (now FSB’s) playbook for installing world leaders sympathetic to Moscow, we are now witnessing what Russian intelligence officers would refer to as “active measures.” For the Russians, the Cold War never ended. Any thawing on the part of the West was simply viewed as increased opportunity to step up covert operations and accelerate timelines.

In terms of cyber-sanctions, Michael McFaul, director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) at Stanford University, and Amy Zegart, co-director of the Center for International Security and Cooperation at FSI, recommend that the US play the short and the long game with Russia.

"In addition to quicker and more public attribution, the incoming Trump administration must articulate a new doctrine for response, applicable to Russia and other actors with serious cyber-capacity. U.S. intelligence agencies are paid to collect information about foreign leaders, including embarrassing and valuable information that they would prefer the world not know. U.S. policymakers need to start by making clear that we intend to identify what information foreign leaders value and hold its public release at risk if they cross cyber red lines. Individuals named publicly in response to a cyberattack should also be targeted for sanctions, including visa bans, asset freezes and blocking designated IP addresses from accessing all U.S.-based websites."

I don't resonate with any of this. It really has nothing to do with my family. We were not military. No connection to Russia. No involvement in spy games prior to 1998 as far as I know. We lived and traveled overseas a lot, but it was the life of a university professor, not a spy. We lived in the Middle East and Southeast Asia, but never in or around the USSR. I have never read a Tom Clancy novel, and was completely unaware of his talk. I am sure my father never had either. He didn't read spy thrillers. He tended towards more literary fiction and non-fiction.

I was never involved with military projects at NASA. I never sought funding from Russian investors. I never reneged on a loan. I never did anything to attract so much negative attention from the Russians. I think this is a classic example of a mistaken identity. My family was mistakenly pegged as being somehow involved with Tom Clancy, wars, Russia, and spies when we were not. Shifting from 6 to 8. It took me 6 years from my father's death to recognize that we had a problem. It took me 8 years from 2008 to understand what happened to my father. Eleanor has been in our lives for 18 years. The Tom Clancy Press Club talk was on 8-6-98. The Noble Eightfold Path is the way to the end of suffering.

How will the Russians repay us for the loss of our father? Is there any honor among spies? 18 years is a lot of time to have to rewind and erase negative history. The Russians do not seem to be adhering to international standards or norms for espionage, but perhaps there are some unspoken rules even for them. It's hard to believe that an unsuspecting university professor and his three daughters would be subjected to military spy tactics without something more tangible to warrant it. Even Tom Clancy seems like a unwarranted target. He was a novelist, not a spy. It is hard to understand the level of animosity and the relentless pursuit of our families based on his talk, which was really just a marketing pitch for his new book. It is a response countries typically reserve for hostile political enemies, not innocent civilians. But I am sure this is the source.

Anatole Konstantin, who was ten-years-old at the time, found his father had been taken from Stalin’s secret police in the middle of the night. Without any explanation of why he was taken, his family assumed that it was because of the contact they made with their parents back in Romania, during a time when any contact with a foreign nation was suspected to be an act of espionage.

Patterns repeating. My educated guess is that Clancy's Executive Orders is the next book on their reading list. Or if you prefer the plagiarized version, watch the trailer for "Designated Survivor". Any guesses as to who the designated survivor will be? Members of Congress who are blindly implementing certain aspects of the Russians' plans to destabilize the US may want to reconsider. They don't appear to have any loyalty towards their agents in Congress or in the Supreme Court, or in the Executive Office for that matter. You might as well read the whole Trilogy, including The Bear and the Dragon, where China invades Russia and NATO comes to the rescue by including Russia. Is Donald Trump a Russian spy? Twins separated at birth? He could be Boris Johnson's "bad hair day" twin brother.

"The conspirators, staunch environmentalists, believe that the great proliferation of humanity is destroying the biosphere and that the optimum number of humans in the world should not exceed half a million. Therefore, the "excess" billions must be killed off. The plan is to use the Olympics where people from virtually every country in the world are gathered, and infect athletes and spectators with a mutated form of Ebola which they would carry back to their countries. When the disease starts breaking out in various countries, the Horizon Corporation would announce that it had fortunately developed a vaccine and is set to produce it on a large scale, and be hailed as a savior. The world's governments would hurriedly organize giving the supposed vaccine to their entire populations. By the time it is realized that in fact it was the disease itself, it would be too late - the whole of humanity would be dead or dying, except for the "chosen few" who would get the real vaccine." - Rainbow Six
The irony is that anyone who would participate in such an evil scheme would never qualify as the "chosen few" in any of the religious teachings, even if forced into it by your government. The main plot revolves around a counter-terrorist group called "Rainbow" which is also the focus of a series of video games that are surely guiding the Russian spies' strategies as much as the books. For many readers, Jack Ryan embodies the essence of the modern American hero. Morally centered, disciplined, humble yet powerful, Jack Ryan (and his onscreen incarnations in Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford) has made Tom Clancy one of the most popular writers in the world.

But as Clancy has constructed the Ryan mythology, he has quietly established Ryan's shadow double, John Clark. Appearing in The Cardinal of the Kremlin, Clear and Present Danger, and Without Remorse, Clark has many of Jack Ryan's most appealing traits, but he is also a darker figure embodying the more paranoid sensibilities of the late '90s. As is made clear from the opening pages of Rainbow Six, ex-Navy SEAL Clark and his colleagues believe violent, deadly force to be the best deterrent for terrorism.

However, in reality, most of the global terrorist/ISIS attacks were staged events following on the heels of an OpenStack Summit by a year or less, starting with the Boston Marathon Bombers, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. And it is not only global terrorism that is being staged, but many different global disasters and high profile accidents, such as the one shown above involving a Tesla Model S and a former Navy SEAL named Joshua Brown, now deceased. Can you identify the Malcolm Gladwell recorded book he is listening to as he uses autopilot?

Russian Systema self-defense schools in the US act as camouflage for sleeper agent meetings and are centers for recruiting new Kremlin terrorists. Among those who have received special training in Moscow are police officers, judicial employees and turncoat members of the military special forces, many of whom are known to US military intelligence.

There are Systema schools all over the world. These saboteurs with elite education are targeted for crisis situations and trained to trigger unrest after assessing intelligence documents. The Russian paramilitaries hold training maneuvers in the Swiss mountains, operate across borders and are particularly strong in the Czech Republic. The recruits, who can be activated at a moment's notice, all receive forged passports, training in sabotage, and are adept at handling explosives. The White Helmets in Syria are part of their network. Vitaly Naida, head of counterintelligence of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), says that Russia seeks to undermine stability in all regions of Ukraine, now with the involvement of criminals.

"If in 2015 Russia relied on the well-trained sabotage groups that were sent to our territory, laid caches of weapons and prepared acts of terrorism, now the strategy has changed. Today, they count on criminals, on the people who have criminal pasts and almost no future who, for a small fee, are ready to kill and wreak havoc,” Naida says.

Certain aspects of Eleanor's false identity seem to have been taken from this NPC Rainbow Six talk, along with similar parallels with Pete's Kids, a group of black hat hackers who came into NASA Ames under the leadership of former Center Director, S. Pete Worden. Worden is shown above wearing the uniform of a Soviet General, with one of the hackers dressed as a trekkie. Eleanor's ex-husband was an attorney for the insurance industry, which was Tom Clancy's profession before he became a best selling novelist. Pete's Kids lived at Rainbow Mansion. While Eleanor was stealing my father's estate, Pete's Kids were stealing my work at NASA. My report on the Early OpenGov Initiatives at NASA provides more supporting information, with a focus on how the Russians have infiltrated US OpenGov. It is long-winded and rambling because I was still trying to make sense of the information, but it is a good place to start for backup reference material.

OpenStack was a module from my 2009 cloud architecture called OpenNASA v2.0, not a module from the Nebula Cloud Computing Platform, as they falsely claimed. Mirantis, ZeroStack and EasyStack: many of the OpenStack startups appear to be Russian and Chinese fronts, with no real products. In contrast to my architecture that incorporated two stacks, Open Stack and Cloud Stack, the Nebula architecture had no stacks.

Here's my first letter to the OpenStack Foundation. Nice to have it in context now.

Here is the Intro to OpenStack. Nice to see how it fits into the Russian hybrid warfare strategy.

Here is the last letter to the OpenStack Foundation.

My cloud architecture is a "Government as a Platform (GaaP)" architecture that was designed to streamline processes and provide a Service-Oriented-Architecture (SOA) to improve government engagement with citizens. Given the massive amount of OSINT available on the internet, it can also serve a dual function. The "gold certification process" for apps could be extended to analyze the posts from the Russian spies for information, for counterintelligence purposes.

The UK's Government Digital Service (GDS) is modeled after a generalized version of OpenNASA v2.0 and was rated #1 in the United Nations' eGov Survey in 2016. The US is not currently using my architecture and has fallen from #2 in 2010, when I released the final documents to the public, to #12 in 2016. I would like to see my architecture become the standard for all eGov teams around the world to maximize the benefits of sharing open source code across international lines. Attributing my cloud architecture as the source of OpenStack would be a good first step towards raising the US eGov rankings to the Top 10 in 2018. I did not intend to use it for Five Eyes counterintelligence, and was not involved with espionage activities at NASA Ames when I designed it, but those aspects could be integrated now.

The bottom line is that no matter who the US President is, the Office of Strategic Influence, or the current USDS, 18F and OpenStack Foundation, must be dismantled and restructured to resemble other countries' DigitalGov teams and open source clouds. The power that this propaganda machine provides to the US President has the potential to turn democracy on its head, if it hasn't already done so. The outstanding question, and one that I would like to see the GSA IG answer, is whether or not our new Office of Strategic Influence also influences elections. Denise Turner Roth, the Administrator of GSA, is likely a psyops specialist. Was the military involved in this election? Were the USDS and 18F teams working with military psyops units in North Carolina? Were they working with Cambridge Analytica, who provided Trump's campaign services? Were they using micro-targeted social media ads to intimidate voters? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, that would be grounds for impeachment. In the interim, one way to tighten security would be to ban Russian-backed software for use within the US government.

In 2010, with an infusion of right-wing money and election strategy, Republicans took control of the North Carolina state legislature for the first time since Reconstruction; in 2012, they won the governor’s mansion. Suddenly, the state became a laboratory for Tea Party governance, with a special hostility toward the poor, African Americans, and gay, lesbian, and transgender people. Republicans passed racially targeted voting restrictions (some which were since found unconstitutional in federal court), abortion limits, and environmental rollbacks. They launched a sustained attack on the political independence of the University of North Carolina. They turned down the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion and declined federal funds to extend unemployment benefits. They pressed a constitutional measure banning same-sex marriage, and, in 2016, called an emergency session to enact House Bill 2, the notorious “bathroom law assigning users of public restrooms to the facilities matching their ‘biological gender.’ ”

The dramatic drop in eGov rankings in the US since 2010 is a clear indication that democracy in America is on the decline. Another indicator, the U.S. now ranks 23/30 for inequality in developed nations. The U.S. joins Brazil, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, and South Africa as countries with inclusive-development rankings that fall below their GDP per capita rankings, a sign that their economic growth is not being shared. The US elections are now ranked worst among Western democracies. With the Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election now confirmed by every US intelligence agency, the FBI and multiple private cybersecurity companies, there can be no doubt that the US counterintelligence strategy has failed.

Strategic Counterintelligence: what is it and what should we do about it? In short, the US CI enterprise has not been structured to serve a strategic purpose, nor is it postured globally to disrupt a foreign intelligence service. There is no standard approach to targeting across the CI enterprise; interagency information sharing is poor, and infrastructure support even worse. Even the modest national mechanisms developed to deconflict offensive CI activities stop at the water’s edge, a legacy of the old divide between foreign and domestic operational realms. And apart from wartime, we have not routinely addressed foreign intelligence capabilities as part of a national security threat calculus informing national strategy and planning—with unknown opportunity and other costs. US intelligence is now privatized more than ever before with In-Q-Tel, the CIA venture capital fund, investing in companies ranging from surveillance tech to hacking to open source to network security. The downside is that Silicon Valley has become a haven for foreign spies from all over the world.

President Truman’s National Security Council Report 68, or NSC 68/1950 set forth the strategy of containment and became our main weapon in the Cold War. The U.S. has begun to build up the number of intelligence analysts examining Russia, which stood at 13,000 at the height of the Cold War before dipping to a low point of just 1,000 three years ago. Russian immigrant relocation and internment camps can help to counter the Gerasimov Doctrine's hybrid warfare strategies, which include destabilization, psyops, election rigging, and as we now know, biowarfare. The Russians' strategy in the Middle East and Ukraine takes on a new darkness when viewed through the lens of their plans for protracted and mass genocide.

Americans are actively investing in the development of military infrastructure and rapid deployment potentials of large military units near Russian borders, including the modernization of airfields capable of accommodating heavy American transport. In spite of President-elect Donald Trump's pro-Russia rhetoric, the US is moving forward to counter the Kremlin's active measures and their prolonged, multi-decade hybrid warfare against the West. General James Mattis has been sworn in as US defense secretary, and broke with Trump’s past rhetoric in several instances during his confirmation hearing, arguing that there are few places where Washington is likely to find common ground with Russia and that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) alliance is vital. Trump has sought closer ties with Russia, and called NATO obsolete.

“History is not a straitjacket, but I’ve never found a better guide for the way ahead than studying the histories,” Mattis said. “We have a long list of times we’ve tried to engage positively with Russia. We have a relatively short list of successes in that regard."

It is interesting to realize how many global atrocities have been falsely attributed to Muslim rather than to Russian terrorists, including 9/11. The total collapse of 7 World Trade Center, which was not hit by the aircraft, and the unusual level of NASDAQ:AAL and NYSE:UAL insider trading just before the attack, can best be explained by Russian espionage involvement. Blackstone acquired the mortgage for 7 World Trade Center in October 2000 from the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association. The CEO of Blackstone is heading up Trump's tech advisory board, which includes several PayPal Mafia members.

Why didn't Eleanor convey the message that my family was not involved with spying on Russia after she married my father? She may have been faking her reports. Otherwise, it's hard to understand why the problems have persisted into 2017. Maybe she liked her assignment too much to give it up for another one. Some of the information that is in the hands of the online spies could only have come from her. In any case, she flew back to Russia in 2003, a year after my father died, and apparently they felt that she had been successful. Little did they know that in fact she had failed. She had targeted an innocent man and his family.

U.S DEPT. OF STATE, ENGLISH LANGUAGE SPECIALIST • 2010 Grant recipient—Teacher Trainer for English teaching professionals in Rabat, Morocco, Summer 2010; • Conducted workshops in “Cooperative Learning and Teaching in English as a Foreign Language”. • 2003 Grant recipient--Plenary speaker at the Annual National Association of Teachers of English (NATE) Conference in Kursk, Russia; • Conducted three intensive summer institutes for trainers of English teachers of young learners in Moscow, Saratov, and Samara, Russia.

Eleanor still keeps in touch with my mother and sisters, I think mainly for social engineering purposes. I think the estate fraud is just another form of "hacking" to find personal details about my family. Unfortunately for the Black family, it appears that they have quite a few more skeletons in the closet than do my relatives. Eleanor divides her time between Seattle, where Kim lives, and Manhattan Beach, where my father's townhouse is located. She has shared none of my father's assets with my family save $4K for each of his three daughters in 2003. She was married to my father for two years and took everything, including the photo albums. His late life marriage was the ultimate in identity theft. Not only did Eleanor take his name, but also his identity, and everything that he owned as her own. The only thing she discarded was his family.

She and her kids are probably the most vulnerable of all of the spies, so I would start here as a strategy for bringing down the whole "Rainbow Six" spy ring. If Bobby Black is a hacker, he could be tracked via the dark web. I don't know his hacker name or much else about him, but I am sure he was not raised in Rancho Palos Verdes as they falsely claimed. Eleanor's mother was Frances Howland, who died at age 96 in 2001. Unless her mother remarried, Eleanor's brothers are Phil and Bob Howland, married respectively to Grace and Carol. They all live in Seattle. Who was Eleanor's contact at the State Department? That is probably the best place to start.

From the Cambridge Five to the Rainbow Six, nothing has changed. One more book for your reading list: Kim Philby: The Spy I Loved, by Eleanor Philby. Kim Philby defected to the Soviet Union while we were living in Beirut. On the evening of 23 January 1963, Philby vanished from Beirut, failing to meet his wife for a dinner party at the home of Glencairn Balfour Paul, First Secretary at the British Embassy.

In Lebanon, Kim Philby [of the Cambridge Five spy ring] at first lived in Mahalla Jamil, his father's large household located in the village of Ajaltoun, just outside Beirut. Following the departure of his father and stepbrothers for Saudi Arabia, Philby continued to live alone in Ajaltoun, but took a flat in Beirut after beginning an affair with Eleanor, the Seattle-born wife of New York Times correspondent Sam Pope Brewer. On 12 December 1957, Aileen Philby was discovered dead in the bedroom of her house in Crowborough. Her friends believed she had killed herself, with drink and pills. However, her psychiatrist suspected, that she "might have been murdered" by Kim Philby because she knew too much. "The coroner ruled she had died from heart failure, myocardial degeneration, tuberculosis, and a respiratory infection having contracted influenza. Her alcoholism undoubtedly accelerated her death." Following Aileen's death and Eleanor's subsequent divorce from Brewer, Philby and Eleanor were married in London in 1959 and set up house together in Beirut. From 1960, Philby's formerly marginal work as a journalist became more substantial and he frequently traveled throughout the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait and Yemen.

Some of the tech spies remind me of men I dated when I was younger. Elon Musk reminds me of one in particular. I suspect that they were modeled after photos and stories gleaned from Eleanor's time with us. Elon's "family" also bears a striking resemblance to people who were important in my life, and of course we share many of the same technical interests. Elon is 10 years younger than I am, which is about how long the process would take. Elon's first company, Zip2, focused on helping newspapers offer maps, directions, and business listings to their online readers. It sold for $300M in 1999. If you follow the trajectory of his startups, you can see that they were each ideally suited for hacking global infrastructure: banks, electrical power companies, and defense. Next on his list: brain hacking.

And apparently, they were also ideally suited for hacking personal information. My sister wrote a screenplay called "Dragonfly", which is also the name of the SpaceX prototype capsule. I was an Aviation High School Falcon, the name of the SpaceX rockets. Many former TRW employees, where my mother worked, now work for SpaceX. Our initials are mirror images of each other. Both Eleanor and Elon(or) got engaged within weeks of meeting their future spouses. My father's second wife was named Elena. I could go on. I wonder what Elon Musk's real name is? Because it definitely isn't Elon Musk. In any case, he owes my family 18 years, and a return to the life that we used to live, or something better, something like the Carmel Valley lifestyle and solid marriage of my good friends George and Jo White. 6 years to return to normalcy. 6 years to make up for lost opportunities. 6 years to adjust to old age. Although, realistically, there is nothing he could do to right the wrongs. 666.

Any of the spies who have infiltrated the US government will have anglicized names and false identities. If they have infiltrated NASA, then they have also infiltrated the military. They love name games. Barney Pell, a colleague from the NASA Ames AI Lab, appears to have benefited most from a hostile takeover in 1995. He was one of the first on LinkedIn, and through him, I was one of the first 5000. By his telling, he was named for Barney's Beanery in LA where his mother's water broke. He recently married a Russian woman, Nadya Direkova, who was a research assistant at MIT and a senior interaction designer at Google X. Elon's first wife resembles one of the only other women in the AI lab. Both Barney and Elon have glamorous mothers in the modeling industry who belie their more ordinary tech geek looks. Barney got his PhD at Cambridge University, where he still gives talks at Trinity College.

Barney's company, Moon Express, is a finalist in the Google Lunar XPrize competition. He was involved with a startup that eventually became Bing. At around the same time as the hostile AI Lab takeover, one of my projects was commercialized. The name of the startup was Red Pepper Software, which was eventually bought out by PeopleSoft. The follow-on company was called Blue Martini. What are the origins of X? Given their penchant for plagiarism, I lean towards Xerox, as in Xerox PARC, which was big in the 1990s.

Or even more likely, the NSA's Project X, which was an unusually audacious, highly sensitive assignment: to build a massive skyscraper, capable of withstanding an atomic blast, in the middle of New York City. It would have no windows, 29 floors with three basement levels, and enough food to last 1,500 people two weeks in the event of a catastrophe. But the building’s primary purpose would not be to protect humans from toxic radiation amid nuclear war. Rather, the fortified skyscraper would safeguard powerful computers, cables, and switchboards. It would house one of the most important telecommunications hubs in the United States — the world’s largest center for processing long-distance phone calls, operated by the New York Telephone Company, a subsidiary of AT&T.

BLARNEY is a communications surveillance program of the National Security Agency. It started in 1978, operated under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and was expanded after the September 11 attacks. The collection takes place at top-level telecommunications facilities within the United States, choke points through which most traffic will flow, including wireless. This type of surveillance is referred to as Upstream collection. BLARNEY was first brought to public view in a PRISM slide revealed by Edward Snowden. The FY 2013 budget for BLARNEY was $65.96 million.

John Howard, the editor of Capitol Weekly, and Alex Howard, the Deputy Director of the Sunlight Foundation are two journalists likely named for Scripps Howard, where my uncle worked. Alternatively, disgraced former CIA agent Edward Lee Howard, who defected to the Soviet Union in 1986, may have been the inspiration. Edward Snowden was certainly a Russian plant in the NSA, although not the the real Russian mole, who provided the Kremlin with information about how Canada and its allies protect coded communications. That may have been Harold Martin III, 52, of Glen Burnie, Md., who has recently been indicted and charged with willful retention of defense information following his arrest in August. Documents, laptops and software found in his home included top secret data related to key anti-hacking tools used within the National Security Agency. News reports cited 50 terabytes of information, some of it marked “Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information.”

Here are the espionage case studies from 1975-2008. How many names can you match to possible spies in Silicon Valley?

HOFFMAN, RONALD, was working as a general manager at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), in Century City, California, when his dissatisfaction with his salary led him to create a sideline business called “Plume Technology” at home. Hoffman had worked on a software program called CONTAM, developed at SAIC under classified contract for the Air Force, which could classify rockets upon launch from their exhaust contrails and respond with appropriate countermeasures. The software also had application for the design of spacecraft, guided missiles, and launch vehicles. In 1986 he contacted Japanese companies working with Japan’s space program and offered to sell them entire CONTAM modules—“data, components and systems, expertise in the field, and training for employees in use of the system.” Four Japanese companies, including Nissan and Mitsubishi, bought the classified software from Hoffman for undercover payments that totaled over $750,000. He also tried to develop customers in Germany, Italy, Israel, and South Africa. Late in 1989, his secretary at SAIC noticed a fax addressed to Hoffman from Mitsubishi that asked for confirmation that their payment into his account had been received. Adding this to her knowledge of Hoffman’s lavish lifestyle, she took her suspicions and a copy of the fax to SAIC’s chief counsel. Confronted, Hoffman resigned on the spot and left, but returned to his office during the night when a security video camera captured him carrying out boxes of CONTAM documents. In a joint Customs and Air Force sting operation, investigators posed as South African buyers and documented Hoffman trying to sell them CONTAM modules without an export license. Hoffman was arrested 14 June 1990 and convicted early in 1992 of violations of the Arms Export Control Act and the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act. He was sentenced on 20 April 1992 to 30 months in prison and fined $250,000.

I am aware of many other possible Russian spies in government, but they are lesser known. My report on the Early OpenGov Initiatives at NASA names several that fit the profile, specifically the first employees to OpenStack startups Nebula, Inc. and Piston Cloud, and smallsat surveillance company Planet Labs. Piston Cloud had a steampunk work culture that provided free Goorin Bros black hats to new employees. It failed fast and failed to pivot and was eventually bought out by Cisco for an undisclosed amount.

I think this is where the US should focus: unmasking the Russian spies in the Silicon Valley, starting at the top. If we can get some high-profile defectors in tech, then the rest will follow. But whether or not the spies choose to defect, the important distinction between Russia's kleptocracy and ours is that the US has the option of deporting the oligarchs. Russia doesn't.

Russian oligarchs have a style that is distinctly different from American billionaires, who are generally more understated and less invasive. Russian oligarchs are aggressively promoting authoritarian, propaganda-based regimes that maximize their personal wealth at the expense of the rest of the world. They have no concept of human or civil rights, environmental regulations, or for that matter, the preservation of the human species. They are essentially nihilists. They were most likely behind the Flint, Michigan water crisis, and the rising air pollution levels in California, where somewhat surprisingly, none of the most polluted cities in America are anywhere near big cities. Rather, a majority of them fall in California’s Central Valley, which is an agricultural region that, because of its geographical makeup, often traps all of the pollutants that float over the city. Helicopter drops again?

They are also using fentanyl drops over opponents' homes, such as in the Moscow Theater hostage crisis which happened during the week of 23–26 October 2002, days after my father died. The Spetsnaz operators from Federal Security Service (FSB) Alpha and Vega Groups, supported by a Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVD) SOBR unit, pumped fentanyl gas through the air conditioning system on day 4 of the standoff, leading to the deaths of at least 170 people. Fentanyl has been researched as a chemical weapon by Russia, China and the US. Naloxone is an antidote to fentanyl. On February 12, 2017, passengers were evacuated from Hamburg airport in northern Germany after an unknown chemical injured 50 people, causing burning eyes and breathing problems. The chemical is thought to have spread through the building’s air conditioning system, halting flights from the airport for several hours.

Share of wealth held by top 1%

Russia: 74.5%
India: 58.4%
Indonesia: 49%
Brazil: 48%
China: 43.8%
US: 42%
Mexico: 38%

Because they are so sinister, the only Russian spies I would support defecting to America are Travis Kalanick of Uber, Larry Page of Google, Elon Musk, who has said he would prefer not to be at Putin's mercy, Max Levchin if he registers for FARA for Ukraine and leads the charge to register the rest of Silicon Valley, and Barney Pell, because of our long history. I can't vouch for any of the others, but admitting to the rigged election and sharing what they know seems like an important step. If the FBI is prepping for a cover-up, then why is there so much information in the public domain? If I was able to piece this together just based on OSINT, imagine what US intelligence knows about the election hacks. Sorry if I have mislabeled anyone, but if you are a Russian spy, get ready. The Five Eyes are coming for you now. Мы все знаем.

The PayPal Mafia's startup funding was most likely tied to the Russian government. There are many ways for Interpol to trace them back to Russia or to the Soviet Union, depending on when they emigrated to the West. Max Levchin has stated explicitly that he arrived in the US with a Soviet passport, and was fleeing Chernobyl, not persecution. Did his family play a role in that nuclear disaster, about 80 miles from his home in Ukraine? Peter Thiel is now a New Zealand citizen in addition to an American and a German citizen, in breach of their laws. He had to live in NZ for the majority of five years for triple citizenship to be granted. So how did he do it?

Donald Trump, with his ostentatious tastes and mob connections, seems more like a Russian oligarch than an American one. He has surrounded himself with Eastern Europeans, including two of his Slavic wives and several of his campaign staffers. His first wife, Ivana, is multilingual and speaks five languages, including English, Czech and Russian. In the same way that the Russians brought Yuri's Night to NASA, he's trying to bring the Eastern European culture into the White House, holding his daughter Ivanka up as a role model for American women. Even his kids seem like spies: shallow, one dimensional caricatures of the Soviet-era elite. Ivanka's marriage to Jared Kushner is clearly strategic, although I think she is the one being manipulated. Kushner is working directly with the Russians, and the Trumps are pawns in their elaborate chess game. Who is the mastermind? Many think it is Alexander Voloshin, who was behind Putin's sudden rise to power and the creation of his oligarch support network.

The Carmel Institute of Russian Culture and History was founded by international philanthropist Susan E. Carmel, who has been close to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and Russian diplomats for many years. The Institute sponsors screenings of Soviet classics and modern Russian films at the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Washington, D.C., and hosts big social events: galas, parties, dinners and evenings geared toward networking. Susan is also the main financier of the American-Russian Cultural Cooperation Foundation (ARCCF), which also sponsors large and varied networking events, concerts, exhibitions and commemorative meetings that almost invariably happen with the support of the Russian Embassy.

Donald Trump's "brother", Fred Jr., predeceased their father Fred. Shortly after the latter died in 1999, the wife of Fred Jr.'s son gave birth to a son with serious medical problems. Trump and his family offered to pay the medical bills through Fred Sr.'s company (Fred Sr. had freely provided medical coverage to his family through his company for decades). Fred III then sued the family for allegedly having used "undue influence" on a dementia-stricken Fred Sr. to get Fred III and his sister Mary a reduced share from their grandfather's will, but Trump attributed the reduced share to his father's dislike of Fred III's mother, and Trump stopped the aid for Fred III's son. The aid was resumed by court order pending outcome of the lawsuit, which was then settled.

Their end goal is something resembling Stalin's Soviet regime, but that would happen slowly, over time. The American politicians will resist, and will prevail. Jörg Baberowski’s new book, Scorched Earth: Stalin’s Reign of Terror, provides good material for appreciating Russia under the Great Helmsman, Father of Nations, and Coryphaeus of Science. Delivering a toast on the twentieth anniversary of the Bolshevik seizure of power, Stalin declared:

“We will destroy each and every enemy, even if he was an old Bolshevik; we will destroy all his kin, his family. We will mercilessly destroy anyone who, by his deeds or his thoughts—yes, his thoughts!—threatens the unity of the socialist state. To the complete destruction of all enemies, themselves and their kin!”

Even when the tsars imprisoned or executed revolutionaries, they never thought of arresting their spouses, children, grandparents, and cousins as well. And note Stalin’s insistence that not just wrong actions but improper thoughts merit “destruction.” Georgy Arbatov, adviser to five general secretaries of the Soviet Communist Party, observed that “the main code of behavior” was “to be afraid of your own thoughts.”

“The Trump-Russia links beneath the surface are even more extensive,” Max Boot wrote in the Los Angeles Times. “Trump has sought and received funding from Russian investors for his business ventures, especially after most American banks stopped lending to him following his multiple bankruptcies.” What’s more, three of Trump’s top advisors all have extensive financial and business ties to Russian financiers, wrote Boot, the former editor of the Op Ed page of the Wall Street Journal and now a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

To find foreign workers for his resorts, golf clubs and vineyard, Mr. Trump uses a recruiter based in upstate New York, Peter Petrina. Mr. Petrina, who declined to comment, is of Romanian descent and has an office in Romania, which has served as a labor pool for many European countries. Mr. Petrina recruits for other American employers, but highlights his connection to Mr. Trump in Romania, where newspaper articles say that he tries to recruit young people who take hospitality courses in college. Guccifer 2.0, the DNC hacker, hails from Romania. Does Peter Petrina recruit for any Silicon Valley companies?

"Trump’s de facto campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was a longtime consultant to Viktor Yanukovich, the Russian-backed president of Ukraine who was overthrown in 2014. Manafort also has done multimillion-dollar business deals with Russian oligarchs. Trump’s foreign policy advisor Carter Page has his own business ties to the state-controlled Russian oil giant Gazprom..[Page is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He served as a Marine intelligence officer in the Western Sahara.].. Another Trump foreign policy advisor, retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, flew to Moscow last year to attend a gala banquet celebrating Russia Today, the Kremlin’s propaganda channel, and was seated at the head table near Putin," Max Boot writes.

Rex Tillerson, Trump's pick for Secretary of State, was awarded the Russian Order of Friendship. Rep. Ryan Zinke, Trump's nominee for Interior Secretary, is a Montana Republican and the first Navy SEAL to serve in the House of Representatives. The former SEAL Team Six team leader has lauded Putin’s successes annexing Crimea, spreading Russian influence in Ukraine and planting the Russian flag at the North Pole, claiming sovereignty over a large portion of the Arctic Ocean. Rep. Paul Ryan, House Speaker, has close ties to a super PAC, The Congressional Leadership Fund, that used the hacked DCCC documents in campaign ads to defeat Florida Democratic House candidate Joe Garcia in the general election. Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, has called the investigation into the Russian hacks "politicized". Steve Bannon, Trump's Chief Executive on his campaign, replacing Paul Manafort, has stated that he is a Leninist.

“Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment.”

In a bizarre example of history’s sense of humor in action, the election of Donald Trump coincided precisely with the 99th anniversary of the Bolshevik seizure of power. That event is often called the October Revolution, but when you coordinate the dates on the old-style Russian calendar used at the time with the calendar we use now, the fall of the Winter Palace in Petrograd to Bolshevik forces happened on Nov. 8, 1917. Both Lenin and Bannon were members of the educated elite who became leaders of “revolutionary vanguard” movements that represented a highly motivated minority. Both perceived a “revolutionary situation” that was at once national and global, a moment when the existing political order was far less stable than it appeared to be, and could be overturned by applying the right degree of pressure in the right places. Included in "the establishment" that Bannon wants to overthrow are the Republican and Democratic parties, as well as the traditional conservative press.

The FBI and five other law enforcement and intelligence agencies have collaborated for months in an investigation into Russian attempts to influence the November election, including how and whether money from the Kremlin covertly aided President-elect Donald Trump, two people familiar with the matter said. The agencies involved in the inquiry are the FBI, the CIA, the National Security Agency, the Justice Department, the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and representatives of the director of national intelligence.

The timeline of claims made in an unsubstantiated dossier presented by top US intelligence officials to President Donald Trump and senior lawmakers last month has increased scrutiny of events that unfolded in the final months of the Trump campaign. The dossier alleges serious misconduct and conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia's government. The White House has dismissed the dossier as fiction, and some of the facts and assertions it includes have indeed been proven wrong. The timeline of major events, however, lines up. The document includes one particularly explosive allegation — that the Trump campaign agreed to minimize US opposition to Russia's incursions into Ukraine in exchange for the Kremlin releasing negative information about Trump's opponent, Hillary Clinton. The timing of events supporting this allegation also lines up, with a back-channel Ukraine-Russia peace plan delivered to Michael Flynn a week before he resigned, by Trump's personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen. What if Trump can't deliver? How will Russia respond?

Russian tech entrepreneur Aleksej Gubarov, shown above and named in the dossier, denies involvement with the election hacks. Carl Brooks, a cloud-computing analyst with 451 Research in Boston, said Mr. Gubarev’s holding company, XBT, is “a legitimate business.” While suspicious spamming and hacking activity have traveled through the company’s servers at times, XBT has been quick to shut it down when authorities alerted the company about it, he said. The most favored way of hacking and email theft by Russians has been to send “phishing” emails to victims, and covering up the hackers’ identities by sending the emails through a server that was rented with either cash or bitcoin, said Ronald Prins, co-founder of Fox-IT, a Dutch internet security firm that has helped the Dutch government investigate suspected Russian hacking incidents.

“I have no idea how to hack; I am a businessman for 15 years now,” said Mr. Gubarev, who called the report a fabrication. He founded his website-hosting company, XBT, and a subsidiary, Webzilla, with two partners, one a fellow Russian and one Ukrainian.

One of the allegations involves whether a system for routinely paying thousands of Russian-American pensioners may have been used to pay hackers in the Silicon Valley or to supply money to intermediaries who would then pay the hackers. Note that this is also the mechanism used to pay Russian sleeper agents or "illegals". On October 25, 2016, two weeks before the election, the DOJ released the intake and charging policy for computer crime matters, outlining 8 factors that prosecutors must consider in order to ensure that charges are brought only in cases that serve a substantial federal interest.

An alleged computer hacker being held in the Czech Republic is at the center of an international legal tussle between the United States and Russia amid lingering disquiet over Moscow’s alleged interference in the recent US presidential election. Yevgeniy Nikulin, 29, faces extradition requests from both countries after being detained by Czech police on an Interpol arrest warrant issued by US authorities. Nikulin, a Russian citizen, was arrested in a restaurant in Prague on 5 October shortly after arriving in the city during a holiday with his girlfriend. A federal court in Oakland, California, followed up with an indictment charging him with offences relating to the hacking of computer networks belonging to LinkedIn, Dropbox and Formspring and formally requesting his extradition to the US.

Formspring, one of the sites he allegedly hacked, was the platform used for sexting by Anthony Weiner, the former New York mayoral candidate and husband of Huma Abedin, Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s closest aide. The discovery of emails linked to Clinton on Weiner’s laptop damaged her campaign in its final two weeks after FBI director James Comey revealed their existence, although they were ultimately found to be irrelevant, along with every other email that she sent.

Meanwhile, Russia has responded to the American extradition request against Nikulin by tabling one of its own, demanding that he be returned to face allegations dating back to 2009 that he hacked another person’s bank account and stole 111,000 roubles (£1,465). One theory is Nikulin -- even if not personally involved in the election hacking -- may know other hackers who were.

“He was never formally accused at that time. I think the reason is that he was recruited [by the Russian security services],” said Ondrej Kundra, political editor with the Czech weekly magazine Respekt, which has reported that the Russian services offer alleged offenders immunity from prosecution in exchange for collaboration.

The Silicon Valley Russians' focus is on biotech, life sciences, cleantech, nanotechnology and IT and communications. Yuri Milner's Breakthrough Prize Foundation is another Russian front for fringe science. Pete Worden and Mark Zuckerberg are also involved, along with Sergey Brin. There are an estimated 40,000 Russians in Silicon Valley. Here is the list of the Russian angel investors of death. Follow the money and begin to understand the end goal of the "Immortality Through Tech" Russian kleptocracy. Most of the PayPal Mafia come from non-NATO countries, and every one of the 14 likely have false identities, including Reid Hoffman (founder of LinkedIn), who sounds more Canadian than American. How many are literally mafia? Read more about Putin's mafia statecraft. Don't miss Silicon Valley Open Doors (SVOD) on May 24-25, 2017 in Mt. View, CA.

George T. Whitesides, one of the founders of Yuri's Night, is modeled after my friend George White, whose wife resembles Elon's mother. George had been a uranium broker before he retired, but my friendship was primarily with his wife, and was only personal, not professional. Jo had a stroke in 2012, and shortly after that I lost touch with both of them. I assume they are dead. In parallel, and shortly after the Russians announced their intention to acquire a majority stake in Uranium One, Bill Clinton received $500,000 for a Moscow speech from a Russian investment bank with links to the Kremlin that was promoting Uranium One stock. Uranium One was a Canadian company with uranium-mining stakes stretching from Central Asia to the American West. The deal made Rosatom, the Russian atomic energy agency, one of the world’s largest uranium producers and brought Putin closer to his goal of controlling much of the global uranium supply chain. Did I mention how much Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov resembles George White? Obama's Russian reset was kicked off at Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt, one of the places my father visited during his trip with us in the summer of 2001.

In 1999, I was misdiagnosed with cancer. Always get a second opinion, and demand women doctors. They have plants in the medical profession too, but most are men. The spies also killed my dog, Kuma, possibly with fentanyl. Kuma died shortly after Hillary Clinton and her staff got sick, and his symptoms (collapsing) were similar enough to hers that I wanted to warn her. Black and White. Eleanor resembles my aunt. I think we have figured out what the Russians are doing with facial recognition software on social media.

What did they intend to do next? Their strategy seems to be one of elimination and replacement, so I hope to never find out. It is more than a little creepy to think that my family has been tracked since the 1960s, so I hope this unmasking is the end of it. I am reminded of the 1987 Billionaire Boys Club (BBC) and their paradox philosophy. I wonder if the BBC had any influence on their plans? I knew the May twins when I was at USC. When Joe Hunt learned that some club members, including Dave May of the May Company department store family, had told the police about the murder, Joe planned to pin it on Dave.

"Paradox philosophy was simply a tool Mr. Hunt used--along with his rhetorical skills--to persuade people that whatever he wanted them to do was correct," said ex-member Evan Dicker, 26, grandson of the founder of the prestigious Westside law firm of Dicker & Dicker.

It had its own vocabulary: there were "shadings," "normies," "cells," "nexuses," a "thorax" and even a "paradox court." But stripped of its jargon, it sounded a lot like situation ethics, in which good and bad are relative--not absolute--concepts, interchangeable according to the circumstances and one's perspective.

"Black is white, and white is black, and all the shadings in between," goes one catch phrase, explained by one member to mean that something can be true and false, good or bad, at the same time: "You can look at any situation and change it around." Another said he thought it meant that "the end justifies the means."

Eleanor spent some time at the Claremont Colleges in the early 1990s, which is where two of my favorite suitors went to college. Travis Kalanick of Uber reminds me of one of them, who eventually dated my sister. His father's family is Catholic with Czech and Austrian roots. In addition to founding Uber, which has been financed by Alfa bank, Kalanick founded Red Swoosh. He has stepped down from Trump's tech advisory council, but everyone originally named is suspect, including Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg, whose husband died under mysterious circumstances. Dave Goldberg died of severe head trauma after falling off a treadmill in the gym.

Was my family targeted before this Tom Clancy talk? Max Levchin reminds me of my boyfriend after graduate school, a Stanford medical student who was an MIT undergrad in the same class as my cousin. My cousin married a Russian woman he met through the rifle club at MIT, which may have been when it all started. That was in the 1980s. Her name is Felixa Eskey, and she wrote a book in 2005 (with Eleanor's help) called Tech Talk. I started working at NASA in 1983 when I was 21, and was something of an anomaly then, so I may have been the first to attract the attention of the USSR. But I think my father must have attracted the attention of the USSR long before with his travels to the Middle East and Southeast Asia in the 1960s and 1970s. I am sure that my own travels, which were primarily spiritual in nature, have taken on a significance in Russia that they never had. In any case, things took a significant turn for the worse after the Tom Clancy talk.

Tom Clancy is a hero to many, so I hope that the US will pursue this, if not for my family, then for his. We have seen a lot of untimely celebrity deaths in 2016, but Clancy is one of those untouchables. His marriage to Wanda Thomas ended in divorce in 1998. In 1999 he married Alexandra Llewellyn, who survives him along with their daughter, Alexis Jacqueline Page Clancy. His other survivors include four children from his previous marriage — Michelle E. Bandy, Christine C. Blocksidge, Thomas L. Clancy III and Kathleen W. Clancy — and four grandchildren.

My father was recently divorced from Elena after 17 years of marriage when he met Eleanor. Elena ran off with another man. I think her affair was with an Eastern European. It was a shock to my father. He was vulnerable when he met Eleanor. There are more details that I could share, but they are personal and only serve to underscore these findings. I will save them for the authorities. If you have contacts with the Clancy family, please share my blog with them. Although the struggle between Tom Clancy‘s widow and four adult children over his $86 million estate is now over, I am sure many questions remain.

Tom Clancy's golf cart, snakeskin-topped table and other possessions will be auctioned off starting at 10 a.m. Jan. 31, 2017. His penthouse at the Ritz Carlton residences is also up for sale. Interestingly, Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has strong ties to Baltimore-area real estate. Tom Clancy's attorney was J.W. Thompson Webb.

Here is the short version of how the Blacks tricked my father. They convinced him to write a "temporary" will for an upcoming trip to the Middle East in the event that one of them died shortly after their new marriage. She wrote an identical will, and they left everything to each other in the wills, with the kids as beneficiaries if they both died on the trip. While we were in the Middle East, they discussed a living trust with us that they planned to set up when they got back, combining the estates and then dividing them among the kids. My Dad died before they could set up the trust, so Eleanor did it for him. Of course we are only beneficiaries after she dies now, with no income from the trust until then. No Eskey was named as a co-Trustee on Eleanor's trust. She provided no gravesite or headstone for my father. It is interesting to consider what would happen to the estate if Eleanor has a false identity. I think it would annul the marriage. The will and the trust would be invalid. We would be the heirs-at-law. My father's estate attorney was Gail Kass, who has an office on Wilshire in LA.

Bezrukov and Vavilova agreed to forfeit their three-bedroom townhouse on Trowbridge Street and their US bank accounts to the US government as part of their plea agreements. But their family remained intact, as their sons left Massachusetts earlier this week and were waiting for them yesterday in Russia. - Operation Ghost Stories

When I got the letter from Eleanor in 2008 explaining what happened with my father's will, I knew that she was lying. Her position was that the wills were meant to be permanent, but I knew that my father would never have willingly cut us out. We had a great relationship with him up until the day he died. My sister, Jenny, and I were planning a trip with them to his timeshare in Sedona, AZ for later that month. As predatory as she is, Eleanor would never have put a trust into place naming us as beneficiaries if the wills were meant to be permanent. She only did it because that was our agreement, and we could have sued her if she didn't. But she did it her way, not his. I have a copy of my father's will, but not Eleanor's trust (she refused my request). His will is dated June 20 2001, less than one month before our trip to the Middle East, the summer before 9/11. He died a little over a year later after a trip to Africa. Lots of third world travel during his two year marriage to Eleanor.

Here is an email that my father wrote 4 days before his death. He was at the peak of health with no heart problems at all:

From: David Eskey Sent: Tuesday, October 15, 2002 12:59 PM To: Marshall Gordon Subject: RE: Brentwood homecoming

Hi, Baylee,

Great to hear from you! Unfortunately, I didn't get your message until I came back from Brentwood, but I want to take Eleanor (wife number 3 and the last) to Pittsburgh some time before I get too decrepit, so when the time comes I'll definitely call you guys.

Ken was indeed inducted into the BHS Hall of Fame (a high school with a hall of fame?). It was a little weird but a chance to get reacquainted with some Friends of My Youth--pretty much a good experience if you choose to disregard all the gloomy stories about who has died or is dying of what.

How is Pat doing? I remember her fondly. I haven't kept in touch with Jink since Nan and I divorced, but, ironically, Nan and I have lately become good friends again. She is remarried to a good guy, an artist, and likes Eleanor, so we sometimes get together when the kids (youngest nearing 40!) are in town. Nan says she now thinks of me as her brother, which I think is an insult at some level, but I accept in the spirit in which it was offered.

I don't know MacGregor but if he taught film at USC he must be good. Is he still there? [MacGregor was Marshall Gordon's army chum in the US and Germany]

One couple from the old days I still see from time to time is Sandy Ayers and Ginny (nee Sturm). They live in Portland. but Sandy sometimes comes to LA on business and we sometime find a way to get up there. We both have timeshares at the Marriott in Palm Desert (basically Palm Springs) and purely by accident we both reserved the same week in December, so we will see them then.

I also remember you and Marshall fondly, so if you get out to LA look us up, and if we get back to Pittsburgh, we will get in touch. It was after a party at your house that I definitely decided to head out for warmer climes. The temperature that night was 20 below and we had to use a cigarette lighter to unfreeze the lock on our car. At that point I knew that Pittsburgh was uninhabitable.

Best, Dave

Here is a quote from a Christmas letter from Eleanor in 2001.

"David had the opportunity to visit Syria for the first time since the '60s. He was a guest of the Hanna family, one member of which, Nabila, worked with us in the MATESOL program at CSULA. His tour included such historical sites as Damascus, the Crac des Chevaliers (the ultimate Crusader castle) and Palmyra."

and another:

"With Kim's patient urging, Eleanor overcame all fears and followed Kim through a long, dark, uphill passage that led to a burial chamber deep inside the pyramid - a major accomplishment for Eleanor and Kim!"

My father died the following year of a heart attack, in October. Red October, the same month that Tom Clancy died 11 years later. My father was 69. Tom Clancy was 66. Tom Clancy's cause of death is still unknown. I think it will be difficult to finger Tom Clancy's killers without tips from the Russian defectors, but in my family's case, it is clear who was behind my father's untimely death, which was almost certainly due to fentanyl poisoning. In the event of my own untimely death, my will leaves everything to my sister Jenny, and everyone named or pictured in this post is a suspect.

David E. Eskey, a professor of educational policy, planning and administration in the USC Rossier School of Education, died of a heart attack on Oct. 19, 2002. An expert on the administration of multilingual and multicultural programs, Eskey had worked at USC in various positions since the mid-1970s, including director of USC College’s American Language Institute. At the time of his death, he was director of the Rossier School’s Master of Science Program for the teaching of English as a second language. Eskey served as a consultant on second-language teaching for the Educational Testing Service and other organizations, and was a national consultant on the subject for the National Association for Foreign Student Affairs. He also taught at Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. Abroad he taught at the American Institute of Languages in Baghdad, Iraq, the American University of Beirut in Lebanon and the Thammasat University in Bangkok. Born in Pittsburgh, Eskey earned his B.A. in English from Pennsylvania State University, his M.A. in English from Columbia University, and a second M.A. in linguistics and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Pittsburgh. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor; his children, Megan, Jennifer and Katherine; stepchildren, Kim Black-Washington and Robert Black; and brother, Kenneth Eskey.