Obama Ordered The "Code Stux"

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When Iran's nuclear facilities were publicly crippled in 2011 by what then was considered a revolutionary computer virus which destroys physical equipment, many immediately assumed the virus originated in Israel for obvious reasons. They were wrong. In what can be described as the first presidentially-mandated and condoned act of cyberwarfare, one circumventing the War Powers Act of course, the NYT informs us that the order to physically impair Iranian sovereignty came from none other than the Nobel Peace prize winning president: Barack Obama.

From the NYT:

From his first months in office, President Obama secretly ordered increasingly sophisticated attacks on the computer systems that run Iran's main nuclear enrichment facilities, significantly expanding America's first sustained use of cyberweapons, according to participants in the program.


Mr. Obama decided to accelerate the attacks - begun in the Bush administration and code-named Olympic Games - even after an element of the program accidentally became public in the summer of 2010 because of a programming error that allowed it to escape Iran's Natanz plant and sent it around the world on the Internet. Computer security experts who began studying the worm, which had been developed by the United States and Israel, gave it a name: Stuxnet.


At a tense meeting in the White House Situation Room within days of the worm's "escape," Mr. Obama, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and the director of the Central Intelligence Agency at the time, Leon E. Panetta, considered whether America's most ambitious attempt to slow the progress of Iran's nuclear efforts had been fatally compromised.


"Should we shut this thing down?" Mr. Obama asked, according to members of the president's national security team who were in the room.


Told it was unclear how much the Iranians knew about the code, and offered evidence that it was still causing havoc, Mr. Obama decided that the cyberattacks should proceed. In the following weeks, the Natanz plant was hit by a newer version of the computer worm, and then another after that. The last of that series of attacks, a few weeks after Stuxnet was detected around the world, temporarily took out nearly 1,000 of the 5,000 centrifuges Iran had spinning at the time to purify uranium.


This account of the American and Israeli effort to undermine the Iranian nuclear program is based on interviews over the past 18 months with current and former American, European and Israeli officials involved in the program, as well as a range of outside experts. None would allow their names to be used because the effort remains highly classified, and parts of it continue to this day.

For those confused - yes: this is an act of war. A New Normal war.

It appears to be the first time the United States has repeatedly used cyberweapons to cripple another country's infrastructure, achieving, with computer code, what until then could be accomplished only by bombing a country or sending in agents to plant explosives. The code itself is 50 times as big as the typical computer worm, Carey Nachenberg, a vice president of Symantec, one of the many groups that have dissected the code, said at a symposium at Stanford University in April. Those forensic investigations into the inner workings of the code, while picking apart how it worked, came to no conclusions about who was responsible.

And still America continues to wage war, subverting the constitution, without any Congressional approval, and without even telling the population what is really happening. Because it is "for its own good."

A similar process is now under way to figure out the origins of another cyberweapon called Flame that was recently discovered to have attacked the computers of Iranian officials, sweeping up information from those machines. But the computer code appears to be at least five years old, and American officials say that it was not part of Olympic Games. They have declined to say whether the United States was responsible for the Flame attack.

The "New Normal Gulf of Tonkin":

Mr. Obama, according to participants in the many Situation Room meetings on Olympic Games, was acutely aware that with every attack he was pushing the United States into new territory, much as his predecessors had with the first use of atomic weapons in the 1940s, of intercontinental missiles in the 1950s and of drones in the past decade. He repeatedly expressed concerns that any American acknowledgment that it was using cyberweapons - even under the most careful and limited circumstances - could enable other countries, terrorists or hackers to justify their own attacks.


"We discussed the irony, more than once," one of his aides said. Another said that the administration was resistant to developing a "grand theory for a weapon whose possibilities they were still discovering." Yet Mr. Obama concluded that when it came to stopping Iran, the United States had no other choice.


If Olympic Games failed, he told aides, there would be no time for sanctions and diplomacy with Iran to work. Israel could carry out a conventional military attack, prompting a conflict that could spread throughout the region.

Some call it irony, others collateral damage where people lose everything, including their lives. Semantics.

Remember though: they hate America for its freedoms.

Mr. Obama has repeatedly told his aides that there are risks to using - and particularly to overusing - the weapon. In fact, no country's infrastructure is more dependent on computer systems, and thus more vulnerable to attack, than that of the United States. It is only a matter of time, most experts believe, before it becomes the target of the same kind of weapon that the Americans have used, secretly, against Iran.

And it will be a shock, SHOCK  when the world retaliates against America.

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Aziz's picture


When do I get my Nobel peace prize?

Pladizow's picture

Or Israel ordered Obummer to accept fault!


It was only cyberwarfare.  Peace prize retained!!! lol

Aziz's picture

Note to Obama: "cyberwarfare" is not the same thing as playing Call of Duty.

Colombian Gringo's picture

Hope and Fucking Change, yep.  To all of you democrats out there, you  are a bunch of fucking hypocrites, liars and frauds.

Pladizow's picture

How does that make them different from Republicans?

WonderDawg's picture

It doesn't, at all. It just feels good to say it.

Alea Iactaest's picture

Coke vs. Pepsi.

(v.2012, bitchez)

Joe Sixpack's picture

Less filling...  Tastes Great!

Pladizow's picture

Different cans, same shit inside!

Abitdodgie's picture

Pepsi has dead babies in it now .

pods's picture

But Coke took them out of the Kuwati incubators!


Colombian Gringo's picture

Obama tells me that Pepsi is better as an  anal douche than coke. I wonder what kind of anal douche Bush prefers.

Ahmeexnal's picture

CHOOMWAGON worm has been released.

Seriously....even W vetted this whole cyberwarfare as he knew it would only come back to strike in your face.
The fact that they had to place a PEAS nobel prize RECIPIENT in the oval office in order to FORWARD this agenda should start you packing cuz it's going to get MELTING POINT hot very soon.

The Big Ching-aso's picture



Here I yam..................

".....Stux In The Middle With You".

Nassim's picture

Ahmeexnal is entirely correct.

The West has far far more potential targets for any malefactor. Iran does not, yet, have a nuclear power station while the US has 104 plus many reasearch reactors. The same applies in spades for many other items of infrastructure and industry that are wired to the internet.

I am not saying here that the Iranians will retaliate - they would not even if they could. I am saying simply that some country - which few Amreican know where it lies - like Bulgaria can cripple the USA. That is truly scary.

To me it seems to be an invitation for each country to have its own intranet - which is tragic for people like me who like to get their information from different places.

Pinto Currency's picture



This is an extremely dangerous code.  It is not possible that it was not known that this code would, with certainty, in turn be used against all of us. 

The question then is why was it released.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Colombian Gringo wondered:

I wonder what kind of anal douche Bush prefers.


Harlequin001's picture

so it's fair game for me to have a pop at the bank computers now then is it if they try and foreclose on the mortgage I haven't got...

Fuck it, why don't I have a pop at the Revenue computers, for trying to take money they aren't entitled to?

Do I get a Nobel?

karzai_luver's picture

You may wish to hit a soft target as some others have already done.......


Try the Atlanta Fed for a good time..............theory says anyway...............

Cpl Hicks's picture

You get a Nobel.

Go to number 13 Pussiegaten in Stockholm, ring the buzzer and tell them Barry sent you.

piliage's picture

Maybe he'll get another one for the extra judicial killings of US citizens too? Heck, why not kill everyone in the middle east and we'll name the damn peace prize after him.

pagan's picture

No we are innocent to the Nobel peace prize BS.

The exact adress is Fittegade 13 in Oslo. 


Ranger4564's picture

However, Nobel was born in Sweden, and is buried in Sweden, and operated his business out of Sweden.

The family is about as peaceful as any robber baron... they made their money selling armaments / dynamite / nitro glycerin / oil fields.  Not exactly bandages / healing ointments. 


I am disgusted with what has been confirmed, but i want everyone to recognize that this president is not the only one who acts like a complete douchebag... it's just that they're being more honest about their douchebaggery.  I am fully confident just about every president has been a douchebag, because we didn't get here because of 3 years of failed leaderlesship.  But we can do something about it now that we know exactly what kind of country we really have, right?  Right?  chirp... chirp...

All the bluster and outrage is great, but we need to actually do something... you know, go outside and make these faint opinions loud and clear. 

Element's picture

Noooooo!! ...that's so out of character! ... this has to be a misunderstanding ... he was actually touring the ME at that time and offering the US's hand of peace to Iran ... ! ... Makes no sense!

Spastica Rex's picture

Shhhhh.... world views are fragile, like fine china.

DaveyJones's picture

so true, hard to get a bull market in the china shop any more

Abitdodgie's picture

So the 1st of June was the official start of world war 3 , weather it is a ground attack or computer attack I think it now gives Iran reason to strike back , and so they should, its one rule for America and one for the rest of the world, now get back to work and pay 59% of your taxes to help kill people for your Govenment , if you don't do this then you must be a Jehad sleeper and need to go to a FEMA camp for re-education . Please everyone do your patriotic duty and turn your neighbour and friends. Long live Obammer our great leader.

SubjectivObject's picture

He's just calling out the Trojan Ob, and that is justified irrespective party disaffiliation.

GeezerGeek's picture

The way I heard it, Panetta said the trojans, meaning computer viruses, were ready for distribution, meaning into Iranian computers. Obama thought he was talking about Trojans, and decided he was going to get a head start on supporting womens' reproductive rights. His decision was enunciated as "They should get the Trojans for free!"

More seriously, I suspect that he's decided he can't get any more mileage out of the OBL story, so he needed to claim leadership on another successful operation regardless of which president started the ball rolling.

Cathartes Aura's picture

this narrative is just another fairy tale for the masses who choose not to think beyond it. . .

as if Obama has any power, any true hierarchy. . .

as if Israel works with amrka, and not through it. . .

as if releasing this "news" and using the "Olympic Games" meme isn't  intentional. . .

and more - this story is of the swiss cheese varietal - lot's of "holes" masquerading as "truths" - empty news.

BUT it is a dog whistle to be aware, prepare accordingly - lots of "shadows" overhead, converging.

samwell's picture

all controlled by the same interests namely large multinationals and Israeli Lobby AIPAC.


Ron Paul Tampa!

Zero Govt's picture

American software that ruins hardware?

..it's Microsoft (Microshite) yes?

Cyrano de Bivouac's picture

Give Ron Paul credit he is different. Also why didn't the Counterpunch- Noam Chomsky left types support Ron Paul? That would have helped RP a lot.

Iwanttoknow's picture

Because Noam chomsky types are "gate keepers on the left".On another note to the poster who keep referring to Obummer as mooslim,so he attacks another mooslim state.Wow.

Christophe2's picture

They can't support each other because both are gatekeepers on opposing teams.


On the questions that matter, the two certainly see eye to eye though:both of them denigrate 9/11 truthers and support the 'official story', albeit with Chomsky being even more pathetic than Ron Paul on the topic.

fnordfnordfnord's picture

I did. Chomsky for sec of state. Ron Paul 2 0 1 2.

Colombian Gringo's picture

 Pladizow: How does that make them different from Republicans?


It doesn't. They are the same shit.

Dugald's picture

One of you's guys wrote a book called How to win friends and influence people now that is irony!

jayman21's picture

You forgot Repubicans too...


*edit back to clicking on winning dinners.  ZH to Google to Obummer....pay up bitch

Dr. Richard Head's picture

This is the only area where the left/right divide still does exist in a true form.  Democrats that I talked to, who were canvassing for the Great O, used the Iraq war as their number one platform plank to provide substantive difference between Bush and Obama.  Now that their man is at the turret, the tone has changed considerably.

BlueCollaredOne's picture

It just show's you how people are weak and attach themselves emotionally to politicians on their side, regardless of their actions.  Rather than thinking for themselves, and seeing the truth, they just choose to see the image in their own mind. 

Kinda like a battered wife who says "I know he loves me"

Dr. Richard Head's picture

Max Keiser puts it best when he screams, "You're in love with your captors.  You have Stockholm Syndrome!"

onelight's picture

Good point -- I wonder how far Democrats can extend the argument that this is regime-change-on-the-cheap versus the more obvious costs involved in the neo-con approach seen previously, and somewhat continued in tandem, in Afghanistan -- there is a case that the world is a bad neighborhood, so ops are needed, but again how far can the on-the-cheap case go, in the voter psyche

onelight's picture

. accidental duplicate post.. sorry

Lord Koos's picture

Yep, there is little real difference between physically destroying the population and infrastructure of Iraq, and sabotaging a nuclear program in Iran. .