Obama’s “ShadowNet” – Social Media Psychological Warfare for Clandestine Information Operation.
By Patrick Bergy – Tampa, FL.
Originally Published August 3rd, 2018. (updated August 21, 2018)
If you look at all the information on Russian social media influence of American elections, you might come to the conclusion Putin was taking things personal, maybe even stepping things up a bit more than usual? My personal story may go a long way towards explaining why?
The “ShadowNet” program I developed while working for a small, family military contracting company, was owned by Obama’s National Security Advisor, Gen. James Jones. That company, Dynology, made millions in defense contracts with Gen. Jones’ son at the wheel as the president, while “Big Jim” was Obama’s National Security Advisor. Connected to all of this was Paul Manafort, John McCain, Gen. James Jones and President Obama. It would not be hard to conclude Hillary Clinton knew about this as well being Secretary of State; I can’t see how she couldn’t have known?
Did you read the attached marketing slick thinking it sounds like the company is promoting the exact same tactical, social media psychological warfare the FBI just indicted 13 Russians for? If that is what it sounds like to you, you’re right. Complete with fake persona’s, fake news and completely anonymized browsing allowing an analyst to appear as anyone, coming from absolutely anywhere on the planet… For the right price.
Feeling a bit shocked and concerned something so potentially damaging to the integrity of our election process, which is the core of our democracy, was available commercially? Good, you’re not alone. Oh, and did I mention this project was started by Bush in 2007, then massively expanded by Obama from 2008-2010? And I would be remiss to mention the company that was awarded this contract was a family owned private military contracting company owned by Obama’s National Security Advisor and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, retired Gen. James Jones.
Forget the fact Gen. Jones and his family was making millions in defense contracts while serving as Obama’s National Security Advisor. What would the former NATO Supreme Allied Commander be doing owning a company that’s profiting millions making tactical, military grade, battlefield tested, clandestine social media psychological warfare applications? I can think of several countries, both allies and enemies, that should find this relationship troubling and worthy of further scrutiny. Irregardless of your political affiliation, you should demand answers. If you’re upset that Putin is hiring contractors to do his cyber warfare, what do we say to them when Obama’s NSA is running ShadowNet, a taxpayer appropriated, clandestine cyber information operations from his family business?
Wait, it gets better. Gen. Jones is a lifelong friend of John McCain, and Dynology provided IT security and communications for McCain’s 08’ campaign during the primary. After the primary, Paul Manafort’s company took over IT for the McCain campaign. At that same time, Google Way-Back Machines shows Dynology as a preferred partner of Manafort’s company. Gen. Jones made millions in DoD contracts while serving as Obama’s NSA developing the same capabilities the Russians that were recently indicted used.
In 2010 Paul Manafort was accused by Ukrainian officials of an Information Operations targeting social media. In 2008 the RNC paid Paul Manafort’s IT company over a million dollars for “targeted social media” services. I wonder if Facebook’s investigation into social media influence operations will go back to the 2008 McCain primary and general election for a sign of tactical IIA information operations? Knowing what I know, I will not consider McCain’s primary win using an IT service with likely the only battle-tested IIA social media psychological warfare application that existed until Facebook or law enforcement looks into it and clears McCain. There are far too many similarities to what the FBI just indicted the 13 Russian’s for and what I know to say John McCain didn’t cheat during the 2008 primary. I also can’t say Paul Manafort and Obama’s NSA didn’t use Dynology’s ShadowNet and iPsy to influence the 2010 Ukrainian elections.
The attached marketing slick is from Dynology to promote an Interactive Internet Activity (IIA) project I led for Dynology from 2007-2010. The slick was to promote Dynology’s “ShadowNet” and iPsy Information Operation project management tool. This military grade tactical social media psychological warfare application provides the same, or even more, clandestine capabilities as what the Russian’s were accused of in 2016. If you don’t think this is a big deal, this application and database was capable of bringing together the Sunni and Shia to fight with the American’s and against AQI in over 1000 years. If it could help in keeping the Sunni and Shia together for the first time in 1000 years, instigating violence at the Michael Brown riots or getting liberal’s to hate President Trump is a no-brainer (pun intended haters 🙂
How do I know all of this, I pioneered it on a contract support mission for the 4th Psychological Operations Group (4th POG) in Iraq from 07′-08′.
Obama massively expanded the program and I returned to Tampa from 08′-10′ for CENTCOM. I’m not violating my TS/SCI clearance by telling you what this IIA application was designed to do or capable of. I was given this official DoD memorandum by the IIA Chief in 08′ as evidence to support my claims. What I will not speak about is the dissemination process or anything we worked on that was classified. I’m deeply concerned with the recent FBI indictment of the 13 Russian’s knowing what I know, and hope myself or my team are not targeted by an international tribunal. Nice work throwing us under the bus in an obvious attempt to make President Trump look bad just before his meeting with Putin.
IIA is just as capable of covert, anonymized tactical social media targets as it is using overtly with an organization like the PAO. If you want to know what we did, you’ll have to submit a FOIA request. Good luck with that. The Dynology promotional slick made after we took the application from the battlefield to commercial clients. The difference between commercial clients and the military is where you will find some of the deepest, darkest depths of the DC swamp.