Ok, seriously, I think I’ve been online too long, and all the propagandists, trolls, and subversives are getting to me. Well, at least I wish that were true. So, in the never ending cycle of looking through social media to find those elements that are subversive to the US/NATO, I stumbled across a South African Counterintelligence operative in a LinkedIn Group called “Intelligence and Security”. This CI operative was shamelessly self-promoting his latest appearance on everyone’s favorite, state sponsored news channel RT. An associate, and friend, of mine had been going after the credibility of counter terrorism expert’s posted analysis of the tragic Dallas shootings. The CI practitioner was speaking on behalf of the ECIPS, an alleged EU counter-terrorism think tank on the RT clip. Just like my associate, my “Spidey Senses” started tingling when I saw an EU CT specialist acting as an SME for RT. Something about that ain’t right!
So, I chimed in. I started going after intelligence official about the “Why” behind his need to use CT analysis to describe the events in Dallas, and on an emotional level, I wanted to know what gave him the right to get on international television, as an “CT expert”, and relate the shootings in Texas to terrorism. Needless to say, I was heated. After calming down, ever so slightly, I began digging into his background, and oh, what a background he has, indeed. Turns out he is the head of South African Counterintelligence. However, it doesn’t end there. It just begins. This CI chief has a ton of smokescreen to obscure the truth. His name comes up on UFO websites, conspiracy theory websites, and, for the sake of this article, he’s a contributor for an online publication called veteranstoday.com.
Veterans Today: Yep, it’s made up of Intelligence Experts, and They’re probably not your Friends
Veteranstoday.com brands itself as a news source with expert analysis provided by top, global intelligence professionals. Oh, yeah, it’s top global intelligence professionals that contribute to the website, but most of them come from their respective nations’ CI departments, and most of the information they publish is completely fabricated. So, let’s take a look at VT’s contributing staff:
- Gordon Duff– Chairman, U.S. Marines, Vietnam, Managing Director, Adamus Defense Group, Switzerland
- Jim W. Dean– Managing Editor, Military Order of World Wars, Association for Intelligence Officers, Senior Vice President, Adamus Defense Group, Switzerland
- Kevin Barrett, Specialist in Islamic Studies, Educator, Radio Host, Investigative Journalist
- Ian Greenhalgh, Historian, military technology specialist
- Preston James– Social psychologist, historian, political analyst
- General Hamid Gul– Director General ISI (Deceased – Former Chief of Intelligence Services, Pakistan)
- Eugene Khrushchev– Former Soviet/Russian Airborne commander, Afghanistan, Chief of Planning, Intelligence and Psychological Warfare, former First Secretary, Soviet and Russian Embassies, Kabul, Afghanistan, Director of Strategic Planning, Adamus Defense Group, Switzerland
- James Hanke– US Army Special Forces (Ret.) Former G2 Third Army, NATO Nuclear Weapons Commander, Attache to Israel, A-Team Leader Vietnam, Director of Operations, Adamus Defense Group, Switzerland
- Mike Harris– Financial Editor, radio host, former GOP Campaign Finance Chairman and gubernatorial candidate for Arizona, Senior Vice President, Adamus Defense Group, Switzerland
- Carol Duff RN/MSN – Health Editor
- Jeff Smith– Nuclear Physicist, is a former a nuclear weapons specialist with the Department of Energy and UN (IAEA) weapons inspector specialising in nuclear nonproliferation issues. He is now cryptographic curator and historian, preserving classified documents involving nuclear weapons research.
- William Engdahl– Global Energy Policy Specialist, Strategic Risk Analyst and author
- Col. Stephen Avery USAF (ret) – Airline security specialist, F111 pilot, USAF Special Operations pilot
- Gwenyth Todd– Former Head, White House National Security Council, Middle East Desk, Chief Political Advisor, US Navy 5th Fleet
- Leo Wanta– Former National Director of Intelligence under President Reagan and Inspector General, Department of Defense
- Major Bobby Hanifin– US Air Force, Veterans Affairs Editor
- Kadir A. Mohmand –Former commander with the Afghan Mujahideen, North American spokesman for Mujahideen veterans
General Manager: John Allen
Senior Managing Editor: Gordon Duff
Managing Editors: Managing Editors are responsible for general formatting and editing issues. This group interacts with and serves our community of columnists/staff writers and reader/subscribers
Comments Manager: Billy Jackson
Health Services Managing Editor: Carol Duff RN/MSN (Ohio licensed)
Director of Media for Africa: Alex Powers (Pentagon Counter-Terrorism Deputy under Bush 43)
INTERNATIONAL BUREAUS / CORRESPONDENTS
Middle East: Editor/Chief Correspondent: Gwyneth Todd, former head, Middle East Desk, National Security Council, White House, Washington, Chief Consultant, Department of the Navy for Middle East Affairs U.S.
Eqypt: Bureau Chief: Dr. Ashraf Ezzat MD
Syria: Bureau Chief: Nahed al Husaini, Dr. Bassam Barakat
State of Palestine: Bureau Chief: Sami Jadallah,
Israel: Roytov, exiled and “disappeared”
Afghanistan : Bureau Chief: Kadir Mohmand, Nazar Mohammad Mutmaeen, Fayaz Shah, Dr. Mohamed Miraki,
Armenia: Bureau Chief: Harut Sassounian
Georgia: Bureau Chief: Jeffrey Silverman, US Army, Specialist in Biological and Chemical Warfare
Azerbaijan: Bureau Chief: Henry Kamens
Southeastern Europe: Bureau Chief: Sir Vojislav Milosevic, Director General, Center for Counter-Terrorism and World Peace
- ProfessorAndrija Slavik (Specialist on Diplomacy, War Plans and Psychological Warfare)
- General(Retd.) Banko Krga – Former Head of Military Intelligence and Deputy Chief of General Staff, Serbian Armed Forces
- General(Retd.) Satish Nambiar – Former Deputy Chief of Staff, Assistant Secretary General and Under Secretary General ,United Nations
- Vice AdmiralRadomir Grujic, Fleet Commander, Serbian Naval Forces, Chief of Staff, War College of Serbia
Pakistan: Bureau Chief and Regional Editor: Major Raja Mujtaba (deceased),
- Brigadier General Asif Haroon Raja (ret),
- GeneralHamid Gul, (Ret. former DG ISI), (deceased)
- AdmiralIftikhar Ahmed Sirohey (Ret. Former Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff, Military of Pakistan)
Japan: Bureau Chief: Benjamin Fulford: Published over 30 books, including best sellers, in Japanese. Former Asia Pacific Bureau Chief for Forbes Magazine.
France (VT Paris): Bureau Chief: Jane Rosenstein
United Kingdom: Bureau Chief: Ian Greenhalgh (Military Affairs expert), Gilad Atzmon (author, musician), Alan Hart (ret. ITV Middle East Desk Chief), Stuart Littlewood, Michael Shrimpton (Political prisoner, barrister, intelligence briefer to US/UK govts.) Harry Erivona (Barrister, Intelligence Analyst), Robbie “the Pict” (Civil Rights Activist)
Canada: Bureau Chief: Josh Blakeney, Dr. Anthony Hill
Russia: Editor/Bureau Chief: Colonel Gene Khrushchev (ret. Airborne, Intelligence/Psyops, First Secretary Soviet and Russian Embassies in Afghanistan)
Nigeria: Harry Erivona, Director, Adamus Security Group, CEO Hammond and Barkers, London
Ghana: Samuel Bunyan, Resident Agent/Adamus Aerospace Services
Cameroon: Alex Powers, former Pentagon Asst. Director Counter Terrorism, Vice President Business Development, Adamus Financial Group
Austria: Editor/Bureau Chief: Lee Wanta (White House Director of Intelligence, Inspector General, Department of Defense, US under President Reagan)
Germany: Bureau Chief: F. William Engldahl
Brazil: Correspondent: Fancisca Helena Grunupp (Historian, literary translator)
New Zealand: Correspondent: Dr. Stuart Jeanne Bramhall (Psychiatrist (MD), Political Activist and Refugee)
Vietnam: Bureau Chief: Chuck Palazzo USMC Force Reconnaissance
Thailand: Bureau Chief: Dimitri Khalezov (formerly of Soviet 12th Nuclear Directorate, currently a political prisoner in Thailand)(imprisoned/missing
What a fine assortment of military, intelligence, and security professionals! I could definitely see why someone would read articles posted on VT.com. Well, until I found this quote from Gordon Duff, veteranstoday.com’s founder, “Most articles posted on veteranstoday.com are made up”. Oh, but the weirdness doesn’t end there, it only begins. This site is mentioned as being a part of every conspiracy theory known, from bigfoot to Zionism, every conspiracy theorist is taking a swing at it!
The Real Conspiracy
Ok, it’s safe to say that VT is at best, an active measures website (I think?). At worst, well it’s an active measures website. Due to the massive amounts of either contrived or real smokescreen put around VT, it’s hard for me to say that it’s any more than a true conspiracy theorists hub, sponsored by some very real CI professionals, and former KGB officers (Yeah, really). Now, back to South Africa’s head of counterintelligence. It seems that South Africa, the “S” in BRICS, had a recent unfortunate slip-up involving a TOP SECRET satellite and Russia: “ South Africa’s intelligence service relied on a spy “with direct access to the Russian government” to find out details of its own government’s involvement in a R1.14-billion joint satellite surveillance programme with Russia, the leaked spy cables obtained by Al Jazeera and shared with the Guardianreveal.
The satellite system, Project Condor, launched into orbit by Russia last December, provides surveillance coverage of the entire African continent. The project has been shrouded in secrecy, with Russia originally refusing to reveal who its client was.
Those in the dark appear to have included South Africa’s intelligence agency. But a South African agent with access to Russian military intelligence was able to help, according to a leaked espionage report marked “top secret” and dated August?28 2012.
The report records a briefing from an agent code-named “Agent Africanist”, identified as having direct links with the government in Moscow and Russian intelligence officers, including those involved in the joint satellite project. Project Condor would, the agent reported, place “South Africa in a position to conduct aerial surveillance in Africa, potentially right up to Israel for strategic military purposes”.
The satellite system, reported to be costing Pretoria R1.14-billion, has been the focus of criticism in South Africa since details emerged in local media. The scheme, first proposed eight years ago, is the pet project of Lieutenant General Moretti Motau, former head of South African military intelligence and once on the board of Armscor.
Most countries have several intelligence agencies, usually one responsible for collecting information and running agents overseas, one for domestic work and one run by defence departments for more specific military information. Much of the time they act as rivals, reluctant to share information.
South Africa’s parliamentary opposition has challenged its value, at a time of cost-cutting elsewhere in government, and questioned the project’s secrecy. Critics claim there is no clear need for such a scale of surveillance, aside from peacekeeping operations in the rest of Africa and spotting poachers in remote parts of the country.
The report from Agent Africanist identifies South African and Russian military intelligence (GRU) as being the “key role players” in relation to the Condor project, and details changes in Russian foreign intelligence deployments in Southern Africa.
“Project Condor is a significant part of the strategic co-operation” between Russia and South Africa, the secret report states. “Currently, there are 30 Russian technicians working in South Africa in close co-operation with South African authorities on the project.”
The report suggests South Africa is seeking closer ties with Russia on the basis of the integration of the Condor project with another satellite system being developed by Moscow. “The aim is to integrate the two satellite systems and capabilities providing wider strategic coverage with benefits for both countries,” the document says.
The prospect is held out of the two countries working together to challenge the domination of African arms sales by the United States and France. A GRU official reported the South African government is “seriously deliberating” about selling shares in state-owned arms manufacturer Denel.
“This has attracted the interest of the Russian arms industry,” the cable says. If a sale were to go ahead, “Russia will strongly consider entering into a strategic arrangement with Denel”, whose focus would be “geared specifically towards the African market, taking on the likes of France and the US”. In recent years, the state enterprise has sold off subsidiaries, but to German and French – rather than Russian – arms manufacturers. – © 2015 Guardian News and Media Ltd”
Wait, shouldn’t the chief of South African CI be the allover this like white on rice. Naw, instead he’s plying his active measures on RT as a “counter terrorism expert” discussing a shooting incident in Dallas like it’s an act of terror. Someone keeps throwing him a bone. That someone may be in Moscow, and they may be real happy with his work.