Paul Craig Roberts Fears "The Exponential Growth Of Global Insecurity"

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Authored by Paul Craig Roberts,

There is no such thing as cyber security. The only choice is more security or less security, as the recent hack of the National Security Agency demonstrates.

Hackers stole from NSA a cyber weapon, which has been used in attacks (at time of writing) on 150 countries, shutting down elements of the British National Health Service, the Spanish telecommunications company Telefonica, automakers Renault and Nissan, Russia’s Interior Ministry, Federal Express, the energy company PetroChina, and many more.

The news spin is to not blame NSA for its carelessness, but to blame Microsoft users for not updating their systems with a patch issued two months ago. But the important questions have not been asked: What was the NSA doing with such malware and why did NSA not inform Microsoft of the malware?

Clearly, NSA intended to use the cyber weapon against some country or countries. Why else have it and keep it a secret from Microsoft?

Was it to be used to shut down Russian and Chinese systems prior to launching a nuclear first strike against the countries? Congress should be asking this question as it is certain that the Russian and Chinese governments are. As I previously reported, the Russian High Command has already concluded that Washington is preparing a nuclear first strike against Russia, and so has China.

It is extremely dangerous that two nuclear powers have this expectation. This danger has received no attention from Washington and its NATO vassals.

Microsoft president Brad Smith likened the theft of the NSA’s cyber weapon to “the US military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen.” In other words, with cyber weapons, as with nuclear weapons and short warning times, things can go wrong in a big way.

What if the hackers had successfully attacked the Russian Ministry of Defense or radar warning systems, would the Russian High Command have concluded that the cyber attack was Washington’s prelude to incoming ICBMs?

The fact that no one in Washington or any Western government has stepped forward to reassure the Russian government and demand the removal of the US missile bases surrounding Russia indicates a level of hubris or denial that is beyond comprehension.

In my May 12 posting I wrote: “The costs of the digital revolution exceed its benefits by many times. The digital revolution rivals nuclear weapons as the most catastrophic technology of our time.” In response, Robert Henderson wrote to me from England that he had addressed the enormous costs of the digital revolution in 2010. Here is the link to his article, “Men and Machines: Which is Master Which is Slave?” 

Reading his article will raise your awareness. When you add up the vast financial costs, the depersonalization of human relationships, and the complete loss of individual privacy and security, the benefit of being connected is vastly outweighed by the costs.

Paper files are far more secure. Malware cannot be introduced into them. To steal a person’s information required knowing the location of the information, breaking into the building, searching file cabinets for the information, and copying the information. To intercept a voice communication required a warrant to wiretap a specific telephone line.

People born into a world where the ease of communication comes at the price of the loss of autonomy never experience privacy. They are unaware that a foundation of liberty has been lost.

In our era of controlled print and TV media, the digital revolution serves for now as a check on the ruling elite’s ability to control explanations. However, the same technology that currently permits alternative explanations can be used to prevent them. Indeed, efforts to discredit and to limit non-approved explanations are already underway.

The enemies of truth have a powerful weapon in the digital revolution and can use it to herd humanity into a tyrannical distopia. The digital revolution even has its own Memory Hole. Files stored electronically by older technology can no longer be accessed as they exist in an outdated electronic format that cannot be opened by current systems in use.

Humans are proving to be the most stupid of the life forms. They create weapons that cannot be used without destroying themselves. They create robots and free trade myths that take away their jobs. They create information technology that destroys their liberty.

Dystopias tend to be permanent. The generations born into them never know any different, and the control mechanisms are total.

And the digital screen serves as Soma.

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AtATrESICI's picture

It is not the NSA's fault? RIGHT...Sadly the vast majority of regular folks out there are buying this B.S. fake news cover for a false flag. The US is f*****.

bhakta's picture

Yes the USA is doomed. I had hopes that TRUMP would actually drain the swamp, but he has surrounded himself with the swamp. Seeing the insanity of the media and how the people swallow their garbage hook, line and sinker, it is really frightening. I thank God that I have  lived happily 68 years, and if I leave today I cannot be regretful.

meta-trader's picture

she was a waitress in a cocktail bar now she owns a jet...

ds's picture

The glass is half full and half empty. These are just tools that got into the wrong hands with some devastations in thie instance. It is lame to assume that the tools will always be used to retard humanity. What about all the crooked regimes in the planets ? They should be fearful that these are checks on their excesses. 

AtATrESICI's picture

Crooked regimes? Okay. I am thinking of some number of intelligence agencies who create crooked regimes as a matter of course. They also are known to spin a false narrative or many to keep the vapid subjects bound to the bar. Spying on the subjects in mass searching for those who think outside of the narrative is another pursuit they love.

WTFUD's picture

What about all the crooked regimes in the planets?

Yeah man, it's galactic this solar system is! lol

Vichy DC & Vassals are crooked as you state and the world should check their excesses by placing sanctions on these vermin . . but i know that's not what you meant, thicket brain.

X- x3's picture

PCR-Paul Craig Roberts...always "Speaks The Truth".

Pray for Him & his Family.

1-of-a-kind, PCR.

A True Patriot & *American*.

Let me Thank PCR here & Now.

After soon 40 years abroad, renouncing my US-citizenship +30 yrs ago, I know...what 'real Americana' is.

It took some time for Folks to Stand-Up, but, better-late-than-never.

"Up to Fight Americans, Now!!!".


;)  X-

new game's picture

so moved to consider dropping the smart phone. 4s with software support being phazed out.

wtf do i need it for? tired of being a total tool. benifits? maps? (tomtom). ads, pop-up, frustration unlimited. for what, so some nerd can track my ass wherever i go. fuk that...

looked at verizon and thye don't even provide a basic text and talk plan. 2gb data, talk and text 35/month paygo. hmmm. continue this idea. want basic phone to talk. end of story. part and parcel of being chipped by choice. retarded. mark of the beast, being done voluntarily!

fuk em all, i say. 

huge thanks Pual! you are a beacon, for sure...

August's picture

>>>PCR-Paul Craig Roberts...always "Speaks The Truth".

I'd modify that to "always speaks the truth as he sees it", which is hard enough.

Probably why PCR, who is smart and well-connected, never raked in the mega-bucks and influence that some of his peer economics-types did.

Jack Oliver's picture

The digital revolution has also allowed us to know the FUCKING truth !!

It's a double edged sword - humanity will overcome !

In the end - we (the people) will prevail - after paying a heavy price for our 'misplaced' trust !

Centerist's picture

This article contains only a handful of valid points where PCR talks about the dangers of storing too much information in hackable media, and that is no revelation.  He might as well as have written an article on how looking directly at the sun hurts the eyes.

To make matters worse, his statement about alleged US plans to nuke Russia are completely baseless.  The articles to which he linked in the referenced article provide no evidence.  It is a total fabrication on his part.

Aa far as asking why our government has cyber weapons goes, he might as well ask why we have tanks, planes and nukes, too.  It's because other people have them, too.  One-sided disarmament leads only to one thing: one-sided victories.

PCR seems to think that Russia, China, Iran and North Korea are ruled by little choir boys who wouldn't hurt a fly and that we are the sole evil presence in the world.  His analysis is thin and full of holes.  Anyone who claims that the US is a lone aggressor is being disingenuous.

Red arrows without counterpoints are the tools of intellectual cowards who have no valid reasoning to dispute this post.  Posts such as, "Your a moron" (sic) prove only that counter-posters have nothing intelligent to say.  I do monitor these posts for responses for 72-96 hours and respond to counterpoints.  

Giant Meteor's picture

"PCR seems to think that Russia, China, Iran and North Korea are ruled by little choir boys who wouldn't hurt a fly and that we are the sole evil presence in the world, .... "

I don't believe PCR, or certainly not most thinking people believe China, Iran, North Korea are led by "choir boys." I believe what he is saying is the US of A is certainly not led by choir boys, and in fact have engaged in actions to the detriment of the the American people as well as foment, through direct action, creating global insecurity, instability writ large.

It always comes down to some variation of, "ah, but you fail to understand, the world is a dangerous place." The street out front of my house is a dangerous place too, which is yet another reason I don't play in the street. The CIA some time ago coined a term. The term is blowback, ie; the unintended consequences, associated with direct intervention in the affairs of other's via covert action.

Off course there is also a question of scale. proportionality, and of holding oneself up as the beacon of democratic "freedoms" and human rights, when clearly actions state otherwise. Who for example, is the major arms dealer, supplier of weapons to the world. You may have taken note of the recent sale of arms and weaponry to the Saudi's as most recent example, our friendly ally and that great beacon (Be Conned) of of freedom loving sheiks, who have fomented, along with Israel, supported by the US, massive unrest around the globe. And that is before we even discuss the rise of the "National Security State", as well as the well known, well documented militarization of civil, local law enforcement.

I suggest a more natural posture of national, natural, rational, DEFENSE, as opposed to aggressively, pre-emptively making war on everyone and everything, including one's own citizens, as enemies of the state. At this point to deny a "deep state" or alternate, unelected, unnaccountable "shadow government" is to deny reality. A dystopian reality, but reality none the less ..

There are those in government, who have "gamed out" every scenario, and as we know, pre-emptive attacks are NOT out of the question, in fact was codified in the post 9-11 world. Nothing at this point is what it appears, or is stated to be .. at least not by the meme's, narratives, and interventionist policies of "the deep state" including but not limited to the media mouthpieces, who act in concert to perpetuate deep state lies, meme's and narrative. If for example people rely on the MSM to receive their daily "news",  they are not merely ill informed, but massively, purposely misinformed .. hardly a positive, or for that matter recent development, in the "land of the free."

No downvote by me btw ..


Lordflin's picture

I have watched NATO build towards war with the Russians, and more recently the Chinese, for the past twenty years, from strategic base locations to a steadily increasing rhetoric centered on the feasibility of winning a nuclear war.., long before I encountered Roberts and his viewpoints.

The Chinese and Russians have openly discussed their expectation of a coming war with the US and its allies for the past several years.

The media, bought and paid for with money pilfered from society via the shell game known as central banking, has intentionally kept Western populations in a constant state of war readiness.

No one has suggested that either the Russian or Chinese governments are run by Boy Scouts... merely that these governments do not appear to have the same death wish that prevails the hubric and darkly evil powers that are guiding the West.

Perhaps you should get out more.

Sorry Giant, this reply was meant for Centerist... I need a second cup of coffee...

Giant Meteor's picture

No worries, great comment, right on target ..


Centerist's picture

Chinese and Russian papers write about our alleged intentions to do a first-strike as a means of keeping their own people in a constant state of war readiness.  Just because some Chinese or Russian politician or talking head says something, it doesn't make it true.  You don't trust our politicians or media, so why should you trust theirs?

The media, not bought and paid for by central banking but, instead, paid for by it like any other business, is not a part of the dark and evil plot to rile us up for war.  If you haven't noticed, they are the ones who criticize most of our military interventions.  They have an agenda that is more aligned with fomenting internal disunity and instability than with making people support foreign wars.  From a national security perspective, they are more interested in convincing people to give up Constitutional rights in the name of public safety.

As far as people's perceptions of Russia and China go, I put a couple of examples of how many, here, seem to really love their allies and them in my response to meteor.

I have spent about seven years of my life living in four different countries and visited every continent but Australia and Antarctica.  And I've driven all over many countries in each, conversing with locals in their languages, so don't you tell me to get out more.  I have been out a hell of a lot more than you.

Centerist's picture

My own preference is for a well-trained, well-equipped force that is capable of large-scale, protracted expeditionary operations but which is not used for foreign intervention except under specific circumstances.  Foreign military expeditions should only happen if there is a direct threat to the US and/or its territories.  Anything else is a waste of resources.

As far as my choir boy reference goes, this board is full of people who dare to say things like,

misalkin May 14, 2017 6:20 AM

Seems like N.Corea is the only free country. Everyone else is USA'S slave.


Beans May 14, 2017 4:53 AM

Bravo,well done NK! I can only hope and pray the Yankees will come to their senses before it's too late and shake off the Zionist yoke which chokes them.

...just as a couple of examples.  I could post pages of similarly-themed messages.

Yes, the effectiveness of the current approach is pretty ineffective, but to cast the US as an evil aggressor or to say that the endless interventions are part of a deep state conspiracy is nothing but conjecture and ignores quite a bit of history.

Many, here, seem to forget that after WWII, the previous world order had come unraveled, and the world's leaders wanted to reestablish a stability that wouldn't allow for another world war to happen.  That meant containing any further expansionist objectives on the part of the Soviets in order to prevent them from having influence that would allow them to do what the Axis powers had originally done in WWII.  They wanted to balance against them--not just the US--the US and Western Europe.  That resulted in plenty of interventions with multi-national participation, all with the objective of maintaining the balance of power and stability in the long run.

When the Soviet Union fell, new threats emerged, which gained the attention of our government, as well as the various European governments.  We--The West--fell back on our original schema that we developed during the Cold War to restore stability.  I'm not saying that that Cold War approach is effective in today's environment.  I'm saying that it simply is the approach that is in use.

That is not a result of some deep-state conspiracy or contrived MIC agenda.  If it were, then we wouldn't have so many foreign powers clamouring for us to "do something" every time something happens around the world.

So, to say that the US is unilaterally engaged in an empire building exercise or that some internal group is solely responsible for our foreign policy is to ignore all of the other states that believe in the same approach to enforcing global security.  Again, this isn't to say that the approach is the right one.  This is just to say that it is a multi-national approach.

As far as arms sales to Saudi go, if other countries can become better able to enforce their own regional stability, then we can step back.  Either we sell the stuff, or the Russians sell it.  If they buy our stuff, then it creates jobs for our people instead of for Russians.

Personally, I wouldn't have human rights be part of any justification for foreign intervention or partnership with another country.  It is impossible to be entirely consistent with them.  If we can't be consistent with them, then we need to get rid of having be the foundation for foreign policy.  It does make us look capricious.

Thanks for an intelligent and objective response.


WTFUD's picture

Talk about the EU Vassals following a demented army of sociopaths over a cliff. It's one thing Mr Washington being determined to detonate itself into oblivion but we Euro-ducks (quack-quack) should be surrounding our Elected (some not ) Parliaments with burning oil & ropes and anything sharp.

What a shameful shit-fest of an excuse for human beings these treasonous bastards are and who care not one iota should we succumb to their twisted and fanciful pleasures.

August's picture

The European is noble only when he rebels.

So, against all odds and evidence, I'm still rooting for Europe.

Sam.Spade's picture

Yes, the Internet is inherently insecure.  No revelation there.

The conclusion, however, is far broader than PCW projects, although he partly hints at it.  Specifically:  The larger the organization, the more insecure its data.

Think about that for a minute.  Napoleon is reputed to have said that 'God favours the big battalions'.  And, until digital communications became essential for large organizations to survive, that was true.  But now, the reverse is correct.  Larger organizations are more easily disrupted, more easily commandeered, more easily spied upon.  Suddenly, for the first time since the written word, large is no longer superior in any area of organized conflict.

If Switzerland's digital organization is more secure than Americas, will Singapore's be more secure that Switzerland?  Will organizations the size of counties be more able to function, because they can function with a backbone of paper system, then State ones?  Will ad-hock groups of technically-savvy individuals be more powerful than national ones?

In other words, will the Internet do to nation-state governments what the printing press did to feudal ones?

I believe we now have enough evidence to say 'yes' to that question.  And, if so, project the dots.

That's what Thieves Emporium does.  It asks what will happen if the inherent insecurity in the internet allows technically-savvy individuals to organize into networks in which anyone can engage in anonymous communications, travel, and commerce, and the answers it projects are both scary and invigorating.

Some reviewers consider it comparable to 1984, Atlas Shrugged, and Brave New World.  Others have called it the first true novel of the post-internet world.

The Daily Anarchist loved it and called it 'Barely Fiction' while the editors of The Daily Bell thought it was so good they ran it as a serial which you can still read for free at

Or you can just buy a copy at Amazon (rated 4.6 in 120 reviews), Nook (same rating fewer reviews), Smashwords (ditto), or iBooks.

But whatever you do, start reading it.  Because, until you do, you won't understand how, for the first time, technology has turned around the age-old trend towards centralized political systems and the incredable potential for where that change may take us.

East Indian's picture

I read it. Really very good book. I am not a critic or a scholar, but I could recognize the prescient view of a hell awaiting us all.

Sam.Spade's picture

Thank you for your kind words.  But I am bothered by your description of the world it projects as a 'hell'.  I actually thought it was quite positive, a world where organizations come together spontaneously for specific tasks and are guided from the ground up rather than driven from the top down.

Would you please elaborate on your thoughts?

East Indian's picture

"Dystopias tend to be permanent."


Absolutely. And we are being frog-marched towards the next one.

Sanity Bear's picture

Sure, let's list all the permanent dystopias.

Oh, there aren't any?

Well, damn. That turn of phrase sounds so good to the ear, it HAS to be true!

Sanity Bear's picture

> Paul Craig Roberts Fears

... his own fucking shadow

we ain't going to be deposing any oligarchs with this kind of lily-livered, fear-driven attitude

Fear is the mind killer. So who is trying to kill our minds and why?

bluez's picture

PCR is correct again. The only thing is, people trusted Microsoft with their "security". Who trusts Microsoft?

Why not trust me with your daughters? That would be much safer.

Trust Microsoft? Really?

AnarchistRex's picture

The new surveillance-proof Internet is being built now. It is a new secure-by-default serverless internet architecture being developed called SAFEnet (now in alpha testing). It even bypasses the DNS system which is a centralized 'feature' of the existing Internet that allows governments to shut down websites.

Please look into this project - I believe it is our best hope to get around those who would snoop. [ ] the main forum is here: [ ] -- well worth checking out, no B.S.!!

Disclaimer: I am an investor ... but I'm invested as I believe in the work MAIDSAFE is doing - I've been long for five years now - it's not a get-rich quick scheme, it's an attempt to leapfrog Internet tech into a completely anonymous future.

rejected's picture

Nothing digital is or can be secure. Nothing.

Sanity Bear's picture

> It is a new secure-by-default serverless internet architecture being developed called SAFEnet

> secure-by-default serverless internet architecture

> serverless internet architecture

> I am an investor


I got bad news for you, friend.

Death By Cold Steel Report's picture

You have to be are real work of art not to teach your kids that if they want to secure something. Then don't put it on a computer format. Not everyone is dumb!

quasi_verbatim's picture

Paper files, card indexes, hole punchers, typewriter ribbon, bulging document boxes, carbon paper, sealing wax and everything going and coming by post, two deliveries a day.

What we have lost.

Reaper's picture

The Cyber Utopia and its generated currencies end with the first EMP.