We've Created A Monster - Ron Paul Says It's "Fantastic" That WikiLeaks Exposed The CIA

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Ron Paul, the prominent libertarian communicator and three-time US presidential candidate, declared this week in a Fox Business interview that it is “fantastic” that WikiLeaks revealed on Tuesday thousands of US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) documents and files.

Speaking with host Kennedy, Paul further says that the information exposed "indicates that liberty is in big trouble" and states his concern about there having been insufficient media coverage of the information and outlines the potential dangers related to technology...

Paul's discussion raises the very crucial question "do we live in a police state?" As AntiWar's Justin Raimondo warns, the latest wikileaks revelations tell us the answer is 'Yes'.

WikiLeaks and Julian Assange would have gone down in history as the greatest enemies of government oppression of all kinds in any case, but their latest release – a comprehensive exposé of the US intelligence community’s cyberwar tools and techniques – is truly the capstone of their career. And given that this release – dubbed “Vault 7” – amounts to just one percent of the documents they intend to publish, one can only look forward to the coming days with a mixture of joyful anticipation and ominous fear.

Fear because the power of the Deep State is even more forbidding – and seemingly invincible – than anyone knew. Joyful anticipation because, for the first time, it is dawning on the most unlikely people that we are, for all intents and purposes, living in a police state. I was struck by this while watching Sean Hannity’s show last [Wednesday] night – yes, Fox is my go-to news channel – and listening to both Hannity and his guests, including the ultra-conservative Laura Ingraham, inveigh against the “Deep State.” For people like Hannity, Ingraham, and Newt Gingrich (of all people!) to be talking about the Surveillance State with fear – and outrage – in their voices says two things about our current predicament: 1) Due to the heroic efforts of Julian Assange in exposing the power and ruthlessness of the Deep State, the political landscape in this country is undergoing a major realignment, with conservatives returning to their historic role as the greatest defenders of civil liberties, and 2) American “liberalism” – which now champions the Deep State as the savior of the country –   has become a toxic brew that is fundamentally totalitarian.

On the first point: yes, there are more than a few holdouts, like Bill O’Reilly and the neocons, but the latter are increasingly isolated, and the former is increasingly irrelevant. What we are seeing, as the role of the “intelligence community” in basically leading a seditious conspiracy against a sitting President is revealed, is a complete switch in the political polarities in this country: what passes for the “left” has become the biggest advocate of the Surveillance State, and the rising populist right is coming to the hard-won conclusion that we are rapidly becoming a police state.

Ah, but wait! That’s not the whole story: bear with me for a while.

The material in “Vault 7” is extensive: it ranges from examining the ways in which a Samsung television set that is seemingly turned off can be– and no doubt has been – used to spy on the conversations and activities of a room’s occupants, to the various ways in which our spooks infiltrate and subvert common electronic devices, such as the I-Phone, in order to gather information. “Infected phones,” we are told in the introduction to the material, “can be instructed to send the CIA the user’s geolocation, audio and text communications as well as covertly activate the phone’s camera and microphone.” The CIA is even working on remotely controlling the electronic steering systems installed in cars – a perfect route to pulling off an assassination that looks like an “accident.” Not that the intelligence services of the “leader of the Free World” would ever consider such an act.

The massive infection of commonly used software and electronic devices leads to a major problem: proliferation. As these viruses and other invasive programs are unleashed on an unsuspecting public, they fall into the hands of a variety of bad actors: foreign governments, criminals, and teenagers on a lark (not necessarily in descending order of malevolence). This plague is being spread over the Internet by a veritable army of CIA hackers: “By the end of 2016,” WikiLeaks tells us, “the CIA’s hacking division, which formally falls under the agency’s Center for Cyber Intelligence (CCI), had over 5000 registered users and had produced more than a thousand hacking systems, trojans, viruses, and other ‘weaponized’ malware.” The inevitable end result: a world infected with so much malware that computers become almost useless – and this parlous condition is paid for by you, the American taxpayer.

This is, in effect, the cybernetic equivalent of the Iraq war – an invasion that led to such unintended consequences as the rise of ISIS, the devastation of Syria, and the empowerment of Iran. In short, a war that made us less safe.

One aspect of the Vault 7 data dump that’s drawing particular attention is the CIA’s Remote Devices Branch’s “Umbrage group,” which, we are told, “collects and maintains a substantial library of attack techniques ‘stolen’ from malware produced in other states including the Russian Federation.” The idea is to mask the Agency’s cyberwar operations by attempting to hide the unique forensic attributes of its techniques. The process of attribution, WikiLeaks explains, is “analogous to finding the same distinctive knife wound on multiple separate murder victims. The unique wounding style creates suspicion that a single murderer is responsible. As soon one murder in the set is solved then the other murders also find likely attribution.”

So how does the CIA hide its “fingerprints”?

It simply draws on computer code used by its adversaries – and not only Russia – and inserts it into its own handcrafted malware and other invasive programs, thus leaving Russian (or Chinese, or North Korean) fingerprints on the handiwork of CIA hackers.

Now you’ll recall that the attribution of the DNC/Podesta email hacks was “proved” by the DNC’s hired hands on the basis of the supposedlyunique characteristics of the programs used by the supposed Russian hackers. One of these alleged Russians even left behind the name of Felix Dzerzhinsky – founder of the Soviet KGB – embedded in the code, hardly the height of subtlety. So now we learn that the CIA has perfected the art of imitating its rivals, mimicking the Russians – or whomever – in a perfect setup for a “false flag” scenario.

After months of the nonstop campaign to demonize the Russians as “subverting our democracy” and supposedly throwing the election to Donald Trump by hacking the DNC and Podesta, a new possibility begins to emerge. I say “possibility” because, despite the craziness that is fast becoming the norm, there has got to be a limit to it – or does there?

No, I’m not suggesting the CIA hacked the DNC and poor hapless John Podesta. Yet others are suggesting something even more explosive.

In an appearance on Sean Hannity’s Fox News television program, retired Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, a former senior intelligence officer, told the audience that he had heard from his intelligence contacts that retired NSA officials were responsible for hacking the DNC and Podesta, and then releasing the materials to WikiLeaks His co-guest, William Binney, a former NSA insider who was among the first to expose the extent of that agency’s surveillance of American citizens, agreed.

This is nothing new: Judge Andrew Napolitano said the same thing months ago. The alleged motivation was animus toward Mrs. Clinton.

Although “the Russians did it” is now the accepted conventional wisdom, which hardly anyone bothers to question anymore, the level of evidence proffered to support this conclusion has been laughably inadequate. And you’ll note that, although the CIA and the FBI, along with other intelligence agencies, advanced this hypothesis with “high confidence,” the NSA demurred, awarding it with only “moderate” confidence.

And one more thing: I found it extremely odd that, when the hacking of the DNC and John Podesta’s email was discovered, party officials refused to let the FBI and other law enforcement agencies examine either their server or Podesta’s devices. Instead, they gave it over to CrowdStrike, a private firm that regularly does business with the DNC. CrowdStrike then came out with the now-accepted analysis that it was a Russian job.

Could it be that the “explanation” for the hacking was determined in advance?

I don’t know the answer to that question. Nor do I necessarily buy Col. Shaffer’s thesis. What I’m saying is that it’s entirely possible – indeed, it is just as likely, given what we know now, as pinning the blame Vladimir Putin.

So what is the lesson of all this?

We have created a monster, a Deep State with such unchecked power, armed with such Orwellian technology, that it represents a clear and present danger to our constitutional republic. This threat is underscored not only by the latest WikiLeaks revelations, but also by the intelligence community’s intervention in our domestic politics, which has been documented in the headlines of the nation’s newspapers for the past few months.

This cancer has been allowed to grow, undiagnosed and unopposed, within the vitals of our government in the name of “national security.” Accelerated by our foreign policy of perpetual war, the national security bureaucracy has accumulated immense power, and our elected leaders have neglected to provide any oversight. Indeed, they are at its mercy.

The latest WikiLeaks revelations should be a wake-up call for all of us who want to preserve what’s left of our constitutionally-guaranteed liberties. Either we slay the monster or it will enslave us.

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Logan 5's picture
Logan 5 (not verified) Mar 11, 2017 4:12 PM

Ron Paul: If only we lived in a SOCIETY less dependent on 'electrolytes' & more appreciative of toilet H2O

TrollandDump's picture
TrollandDump (not verified) xythras Mar 11, 2017 4:13 PM

Too bad his son isn't half the father

tmosley's picture

The CIA should be immediately disbanded, and all living members, current and former, gathered together (concentrated if you will) and debriefed. Any and all illegal activity within the United States should be prosecuted, with time off for snitching. For those that go to prison and eventually serve their time, a lifetime ban on all government work, and a perpetual order to refrain from contact with any and all other former CIA employees. Punishment for such contact should be swift and severe, at least 5 years, and let them have a life sentence without the possibility of parole should they be found to have been conspiring to overthrow the lawfully elected government of the United States.

They have about 22,000 employees. It would be tough, but not impossible.

Chupacabra-322's picture

If a foreign agent does attack the US, nobody is even going to be sure that they did, let alone who it was, because the foreign agent could always claim they were 'spoofed' by the CIA with their now-notorious 'identity misallocation' tools. The CIA is in a position to attack its own host (the USA) and pretend someone else did it -- no-one would ever be able to prove who it was. ANYONE who now has those same tools -- already distributed to, what was it, 5,000 other parties? -- now has access to their mountain of data, could collect more, could even attack the USA, and then 'spoof' someone else.

The National Security Elimination Act of 2017 can't come fast enough.

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

Near as I can tell, US Intel is 'protecting' America from the world's bad guys, the baddest of which may well be...US Intel.

SafelyGraze's picture

RP would be a more effective communicator if his voice were pitched a little higher and if he were scrawnier.


kavlar's picture
kavlar (not verified) SafelyGraze Mar 11, 2017 9:08 PM

Agree. The CIA is a monster, but the GREATEST MONSTER the US helped create is IsraHell.


Mano-A-Mano's picture
Mano-A-Mano (not verified) kavlar Mar 11, 2017 9:09 PM

Couldn't agree more.

techies-r-us's picture
techies-r-us (not verified) Mano-A-Mano Mar 11, 2017 9:10 PM

Wait until Israel finally gets its sycophants in the US Congress to attack Iran, backdoor to World War 3.

Nobodys Home's picture

While I find you an annoying multi-personality troll, I agree with your comment.

brianshell's picture

A case in point would be the Yenon Plan.

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prime american (not verified) brianshell Mar 12, 2017 5:15 AM

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QuantumEasing's picture

So, more like you?

Minus the whole effective communicator.

Relentless's picture

Plus there's the fact that once you have an organisation with these tools. Then you have people in the organisation who abuse them



Paul Kersey's picture

Notice how nobody names the names of the kingpins who run Deep State. Here's a reference book: "Project for the New American Century"

Paul Kersey's picture

From Ron Paul:

"The announcement by President George HW Bush on September 11, 1990 about the new world order was well received. Prior to that time it was only the “conspiracy theorists” who constantly talked about and speculated about the New World Order. Neoconservative ideas had been around for a long time. They were endorsed by many presidents and in particular Woodrow Wilson with his goal of spreading American goodness and making the ”world safe for democracy” – none of which can be achieved by promoting war. In the 1990s the modern day neoconservatives, led by William Kristol and Robert Kagan, enjoyed their growing influence on America’s foreign policy. Specifically, in 1997 they established the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) for the specific purpose of promoting an aggressive foreign policy of interventionism designed to promote the American Empire. This policy of intervention was to be presented with “moral clarity.” “Clarity” it was, but “moral” is another question. Their goal was to provide a vision and resolve, “to shape a new century favorable to American principles and interest.”

It was not a surprise that admittedly the number one goal for the New World order was to significantly increase military spending and to be prepared to challenge any regime hostile to America’s interests. They argued that America had to accept its unique role as the sole superpower for extending international order as long as it served America’s interests. Although neoconservatives are thought to have greater influence within the Republican Party, their views have been implemented by the leadership of both Republicans and Democrats."

shamus001's picture

As with the "Champions of sound money" the decades of distributing the "alarm message" slowly gained traction until it finally reached the common mindset.  Decades of ridicule by main streamers towards those proponants of constitutional government and money, and TODAY those tireless alarm ringers have HAD THEIR DAY!

There will be no apologies for the DECADES of demeaning by those who lacked vision & understanding of political corruption.  The only reward these servants of freedom get is the self dignifying acknowedgement that they brought EVIL TO LIGHT. And today, they may open their "lonely" bottle of champaign in celebration of their tireless efforts.

Those demeaned proponants of sound money have likewise gained acknowledgement slowly, but steadily recieve belittlement by those fiat sharks who either do not understand (or do not wish to acknowledge) the inherant evils of fiat currencies.  The day of reckoning is close at hand for these stalwart alarmist, who likewise, during the collapse of the fiat system, will not revel in their accurate synopsys of sound money but will look outwardly at the misery suffered by millions that they did not reach. (or could not reach?)  In the end, there is sufficient ignorance to allow all of these evil mechanisms take hold & run their course.

I only hope you and yours did not follow the herd naively into the slaughterhouse.

truthseeker47's picture

I have never known anyone to speak the truth as well as Ron Paul, despite his "whiney voice" which apparently turns away superficial people.

BennyBoy's picture


 “conspiracy theorists” are the advance Public Relations team to soften up the public for turning theory into reality.

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ Paul,

The Criminals 100 year War / another Pearl Habor 911 False Flag event has worked out quite profitable. Specifically in the Global Mass Surveillance / Espionage Police State Industrial Complex's.

Binney's last three spoken words explains it all. "They're swindling us."

espirit's picture

Snowden revealed the NSA was neck deep in privacy invasion, and they got their hands slapped.

Obama links the alphabet agencies together so they can Share.

CIA gets 'caught' doing the same thing with an old NSA toolkit.

Anybody getting a clear picture of what this puzzle looks like?

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

Looks like, maybe, TREASON?

  1. the crime of betraying one's country
Temporalist's picture
The World Wide Web's inventor warns it's in peril on 28th anniversary


"Even in countries where we believe governments have citizens’ best interests at heart, watching everyone, all the time is simply going too far," he said, in an allusion to WikiLeaks' disclosure of what documents claim is a vast CIA surveillance operation. "It creates a chilling effect on free speech and stops the web from being used as a space to explore important topics, like sensitive health issues, sexuality or religion."



Yog Soggoth's picture

What do you have on Rand that contsitutes such a statement? Link please? One link would be helpful Mr. P and of S. 

skbull44's picture

You have to wonder how this is all going to playout...not well, I would venture.

Yog Soggoth's picture

Stop being a pessimest, right now!

steelhead23's picture

Either we slay the monster or it will enslave us.

Two Congressional committees (Church and Kerry) dug deep into CIA misdeeds and huffed and puffed.  Whistelblowers have sprung up like dandelions and the Deep State is leaking like a sieve.  Yet, their is scant evidence that Congress wishes to slay the monster.

Tarjan's picture

And where are DJT's tweets about Vault 7 and how to bring the CIA to heel?



ciscokid's picture

The land of the Free not.

scallywagrab's picture

The old saying "USA, where you have freedom but no rights. Russia, where you have rights but no freedom" has never rang so true

SWRichmond's picture

"They hate us for our freedom."

I can't believe that dickhead actually said that.

Smedley's picture

We've created a monster....

More like we've created a BUNCH of monsters!!!

*grabs bag of popcorn*

ersatz007's picture

The sad truth is that no one will ditch their Facebook accounts, smart phones or smart TVs, etc...

Can one even buy a cell phone (even a flip phone) that doesn't have a back-door or cannot be hacked? This is a serious question - if anyone knows please share.

CAPT DRAKE's picture

Sure.  Still a bunch for sale on ebay.

Yog Soggoth's picture

Drake is lying. No, you can't, except for some antiquities that would be to expensive to operate on purpose. That was the plan at the beginning. You would have to be pretty stupid to have a facebook account ever, unless you were a kid and your assummedly lefty mommy encouraged you to meet the pedos of the world. You would be equally stupid to think that technology made by another country licensed  to a corporation based in the USA is somehow looking out for your best interests. The tech could be invented here! It does not matter when the money is trans world. 

Temporalist's picture

h ttp s://www. silentcircle .com /



logicalman's picture

A while ago someone asked me for my cell number.

'I'll have a cell number when I'm in a cell and not before' was my reply.


CHoward's picture

Ron Paul is correct - we have created a monster and it's time to be slain has come.

Griffin's picture

There is no need to slay the CIA, it just needs to be de-monsterized.

The US will always need a intelligence agency, but it would be better if the purpose of it would be less destructive to the country and the world in general.


MaxThrust's picture

"The US will always need an intelligence agency"

You are absolutely right.........therefore disband the other sixteen.

Griffin's picture

The Central Intelligence Agency was created to coordinate the work of all the other agencies.

If it would be disbanded, one of the other agencies would have to replace it as the center point of intelligence.

Maybe that would be easier than cleaning it up.


galant's picture

Agree. But the comments so far from the White House are not encouraging.

Let's hope they're keeping their powder dry for the counter-attack on the swamp monsters.

Uncertain T's picture

Watch any 'hunting' show .... the 'swamp monsters' are first 'stalked' ... then eliminated.


Trump is wearing 'camo'  his staff is wearing 'swamp creature urine' ... the joy of the hunt is the final kill.  

Nobodys Home's picture

This "Russia did everything" .gov and MSM meme is imo a direct attempt to start big trouble with Russia.
Trump is a Putin puppet; 9 Russian diplomats dead; Flynn's pretty much forced resignation; Trying to pin Russian connections on Sessions. Trump campaign eavesdropped on; CIA capability to make hacks look like they originate from Russia.

AND THIS..........I think this Russian bullshit was planned a long time ago. Why? (Well, we always use Russia to validate military expenditures) ...But
From an article right here on ZH. Read on....

On Tuesday, June 14th, 2016, NATO announced that if a NATO member country becomes the victim of a cyber attack by persons in a non-NATO country such as Russia or China, then NATO’s Article V “collective defense” provision requires each NATO member country to join that NATO member country if it decides to strike back against the attacking country...


Are we beefing up NATO forces...right on Russia's border?

Akzed's picture

Russia has always had Gen. Winter on its side.

Nobodys Home's picture

Yah. But we could field an army riding artic cats now :)