The Wire from S2 Underground

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//The Wire//2200Z March 13, 2024//

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//BLUF: U.S. DEPLOYS MARINES TO EMBASSY IN HAITI. HOUSE PASSES FOREIGN TECH BILL.//

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-International Events-

Haiti: The situation continues to deteriorate as U.S. forces deploy to the region to secure the U.S. Embassy. Marines from SOUTHCOM’s Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team (FAST) have deployed to increase defenses around the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince. American citizens in the region continue to be urged to evacuate following the continuation of violence throughout the country. AC: As Haiti has been a common destination for international aid groups and NGOs, the number of Americans in Haiti on any given day has fluctuated following the downward spiral since the 2010 earthquake. Consequently, though the situation has been tense for decades, the recent escalation of violence has caught many aid workers largely unaware, who now face the logistical challenges of transportation in a rapidly deteriorating situation.

-HomeFront-

USA: This morning the House passed H.R. 7521, a bill allegedly to restrict the influence of foreign media platforms in the United States. The bill now heads to the Senate for a vote.

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Analyst Comments: Gaining traction as the “TikTok ban bill”, critics have argued that the CCP influence and control of TikTok is debatable. But perhaps more indirectly, critics argue that this bill allows the United States government more leeway in restricting foreign media, and is a slippery slope on the path to potentially restricting more platforms than just TikTok. Specifically, the language of the bill allows the U.S executive branch to shut down any to shut down any “unacceptable risk to national security” that is owned by a foreign entity. However, in a classic continuation of changing definitions to suit political needs, the definition of what a “foreign adversary” is appears to not just be defined in the document itself, but also can be determined by the President of the United States, who (per the text of this bill as it stands) can designate any entity as “foreign”. Though more legal analysis is needed regarding the specific wording, this vague and confusing wording that does not rule out potentially nefarious use is likely by design.

For those thinking that a simple VPN could be used to bypass such archaic legislative actions, the wide-blanket nature of the wording directly links even ISPs themselves to foreign entities. Per page 3, line 24 of the proposed bill, internet service providers are also targeted by this legislation for allowing foreign adversary content to be hosted on websites they route traffic to. Depending on the interpretation of this text, the implications will almost certainly be vastly more wide-ranging than just affecting TikTok.

In any case, the truly bipartisan effort to pass this bill, along with the overwhelming media and special interest group support for this bill, is likely cause for concern in its own right.

Analyst: S2A1

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Spiritual Preparedness Comments

I read a news article regarding the counties in Texas pre-declaring a disaster for the eclipse. They’re using the expanded powers under a disaster declaration to have more county resources (police, paramedics, etc.) on duty. In short, it looks like they used the declaration to access funds.

Granted, they won’t see an eclipse like this for another 20 years. So maybe things will be very busy, and getting to the grocery store to replace that empty bottle of ketchup will be quite difficult with all those tourists around. Nestled in the order is that anybody planning a gathering of 50+ people have to report it to the county.

I see things in this order reminiscent of COVID orders. In fact, I almost thought this was sensible. EMS should know about large gatherings so they can prepare, right? Well, following that logic, shouldn’t the county be notified of every church picnic, wedding, and family reunion? Uh oh. That doesn’t sound right. That sounds like a First Amendment right–the freedom of assembly.

Am I making a Slippery Slope fallacy? Possibly. Unless these powers have decided to legislate a bargain: you give up a bit a of your privacy and legal right (it’ll be illegal to gather more than 49 people in one place without telling us about it), and we’ll let the police know where you’ll all be–for your protection, of course. I don’t buy it. I’m with the Founders on this one–sin corrupts, and power amplifies that corruption. Something doesn’t smell right about this.

Regarding the internet outages–I was of the opinion that the way Jesus would fulfill Rev 1:7 (that the whole world will see his return) was through technology. Now I know that is definitely a fallacy. It would be very much unlike God for him to rely on our telecommunications to let the world know that its King has returned to set things straight. No, I suspect that something spectacularly stellar will coincide with Christ’s return. A celestial event that at the very least, the known world at Christ’s first coming will see. Such an event provided the advance party for his birth, which was exactly on time according to the prophets. It seems fitting that such an event (probably more pronounced than an eclipse, though) will declare his return. Let’s look forward to that!

Tell me, family, do you look forward to Christ’s return? Do you perceive the current precursors to the birth pangs of the last days as positive expectation, as foreboding omens, or as mere distractions from your daily responsibilities? Be honest…