Stuxnet: A confederacy of dunces

“The day before me is fraught with God knows what horrors.”
John Kennedy Toole (A Confederacy of Dunces)

I heard about Stuxnet about 4 or 5 months ago. After having studied a minor in political sciences, and worked at U.N. and at a think-tank associated with (spun off) the World Bank, in addition to my times in the financial services industry covering emerging markets, my spooks detector and the sniffing of their crafty work do not fail me. Time and time again, life goes on untouched because of the work of intelligence agencies. A good example was the uncovering of the freight packages at Dubai airport this past October, a last minute whistle-blowing that probably involved the intel personnel of embassies and ground personnel of God knows who, but my guess would be CIA and Israel. Well done boys.

When the goons and the spooks do their thing with faxes, mobile phones, aeroplanes and guns, 007-style, I have no say in their comings or goings. But when they tinker with software, my industry, your industry, it just pisses me off to the ninth degree because for every possible evil that they manage to deter, they unleash such Leviathan of dominoesque destruction that governments are unable to bring charges and the perpetrators remain unaccountable.

Where were the Pentagon scenario planners at the last hour before Stuxnet was unleashed against Iran? From a counter-espionage perspective, it was an initial success when the virus managed to halt and mess with Iran’s nuclear weapons programme, an officially recognised fact by Iran’s president Ahmadinejad. But, according to Symantec, it also managed to struck other countries such as India and Indonesia and now, officially in the hands of terrorists, the rest of us and our power plants have become the target.

Heads should roll right now from Tel Aviv to Langley. God I wished Winston Churchill was alive. How much longer are we all to suffer the consequences of the descerebrated US agencies and their pals?


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