Can Only Sean Connery Only Live Twice?

“M: Sit down, 007.
James: Thank you, sir.
M: No ill effects?
James: None at all, sir.
M: Well now that you’re dead, perhaps some of your old friends will pay a little less attention to you for a while. Give you more elbow room. You’ll need it, too.” – You Only Live Twice (1967)”

Journalist Arkady Babchenko had pissed off the Russians many times.  Being a former Russian soldier himself doubtless kept him very much in Putin’s gaze. But, according to the Ukranian Security Service (Sluzhba Bespeky Ukrayiny, or SBU), Putin’s Sauron-like eye narrowed on him considerably in early 2018. The SBU informed Babchenko of a credible, Russian-backed threat against his life, at which point Babchenko had three options: take the chance that Russians with the motives, means, opportunity and stated desire to kill him weren’t serious; devise his own plot to foil any attempt on his life; or cooperate with the SBU to stage his death as a means to expose the network behind his potential assassination. We know now that Babchenko chose Door Three. And many bien pensants are in a tizzy. Per Al-Jazeera, a Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) spokeswomen stated that “CPJ takes quite a dim view of law enforcement impersonating journalists. Now, with Arkady Babchenko basically acting as a police asset, one clear damage is to public trust for the media and for journalists.” Former NSA spook John Schindler writes, “playing the Western media for fools and taking advantage of their newfound interest in Russian terrorism abroad was terribly short-sighted….Putin’s regime lies nonstop anyway, and this gives Russia’s rancid lies a smidge of credibility.”

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This Week in Links: Russia, Spooks and Trouble

It’s not your imagination, It’s been almost two weeks since my “weekly” list of links.  Which means I’m still more serious about doing a weekly email than the Russians are about doing a cease-fire.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like the Russians aren’t serious about a lot of other things.  Like flying spy planes over the USError! Hyperlink reference not valid. and helping our SF teams, or so John Kerry would have us believe. As Putin’s proxies in the Russian Orthodox Church co-opt the Pope, we are entering Cold War 2.0 with a vengeance. It’s not the worst time to read a first-hand account about the KGB background of Vladimir Putin.

Of course, Russia isn’t our only problem.  It turns out that ISIS had roots even under Error! Hyperlink reference not valid., so it’s not surprising it’s using his same tactics.  ISIS is using mustard gas, and, no biggie, but radioactive material has gone missing in Iraq.  At least we can take them out quickly by air — oh, wait, ISIS has air defense now.  Leaving Iraq aside, at least we’re doing great in Yemen.  (Hint: we’re not doing great in Yemen.)  So here’s the $64,000 question: how many of these problems could be solved with Error! Hyperlink reference not valid.? (You can click the link, it’s totally not-NSFW.)

In what may be the least shocking news of the past two weeks, South Korean spies are really scared about what the Norks are doing, and another ex-Gitmo detainee has shown up in an Al-Qaeda video.

In less sarcasm-inducing news, there’s a great interview with former NSA CI agent John Schindler, a famous playwright talks about tradecraft he learned from his CIA ops officer dad…and how much did you know about George Washington and spies?  Oh, and there’s a secret army still fighting the Vietnam war.  Which shows that success is 10% inspiration and 90% determination.

Closer to home, we’ve had another case of domestic terrorism which most media outlets have been quick to shrug off. Between that and the ongoing and shifting threats to our critical infrastructure, it’s probably not a bad time to restock your bug-out bag.