This is the SAME side of the Intelligence community that's working to overthrow the presidency of the United States. When the office is up for grabs because private Intel operatives are controlling the information in the public sphere, it's time to rein it in.
Now, they see themselves as the prosecutors, judges, and juries for the state and work to get people on kill lists. And people are getting killed.
The best thing that can happen is these companies and individuals doing this are brought to justice. They are tried and serve long prison terms for their crimes.
But, you'll find there is plenty of room under existing laws to mount a robust self-defense against private contractors. Of course, that's only good until they change the laws again.
"Last, but certainly not least, we need to stay legal. We will need a ton of lawyers determined to make sure what we do is legal, determine what is not illegal and find ways to make them legal, and determine what is illegal. These attorneys need to act quickly, with the interests of national security of the utmost concern, to uphold democracy and counter possible unethical, immoral, and illegal actions of both our team as well as belligerents."- Joel Harding How do we fight a war of ideas?
Can you imagine what it will be like realizing all at once that any number of thousands of people you've injured might be on their way to your doorstep? Or to their lawyer to serve you civil papers? Or to have you prosecuted?
What do you do? What do you say to your loved ones? Honey, I'm sorry. I was only trying to make a living?
They said the same thing at the Nuremberg trials. I was only doing my job. Is threatening women journalists and children their job?
Is the success of US or EU cyber security predicated on making civilians afraid in their homes? These are supposed to be the people our heroes protect. The problem is this isn't limited to one or two or ten. Soon, they want to add millions more to their ranks.
If you leave a monkey in a room with a hand grenade and a nuclear launch button, only one of two things is going to happen. Monkey goes boom or we all do. Boom.
The Tallinn Manual II is important to this discussion because a) its acceptance and b) it defines all the moving parts including non-state actors and politically motivated volunteers doing unpaid work on behalf of a nation-state. This is important because working with or for NGOs and third parties are not exemptions to the rule.
What's more, these criminals weighed in on how it was written and how they would be excluded. That sounds like something I could have fun with. OK, I did have fun with it pointing out the loophole I needed them to close. And they did.
Most of the people shown above and below are terrorists under this auspice. They, themselves, should push Congress to legislate protections and limits for civilians. The reason is simple. Along with thousands of other Intel community players like them, they caused financial, societal, physical, and political injury to people across the globe.