Pearl Harbor is the “Paris” of planned disasters in the way that Paris is the “Pearl Harbor” of cities. The ultimate example, so to speak. Which is why the writers of The Project for the New American Century wished so fervently for a “new Pearl Harbor” in order to boost the USA into their Neocon dream. Their dream came true on Sept. 11, 2001.
A few weeks ago I spied a book in the bookstore free box downtown, Black List, by Brad Thor. It’s a James Bond type thriller that I normally would never pick up except inside it was a birthday card being used as a bookmark, addressed to Sid. “From your buttbuddies” it said inside, and because I could sync that card as occult gay slang, with myself as a buttbuddy, I picked it up.
Written in 2012, Black List is all about a shadowy defense contractor who is responsible for implementing the “digital security state” (now famous thanks to Edward Snowden), and their ultimate goal of creating a “digital Pearl Harbor” which would cause such a massive disruption of the internet that banks would close, grocery stores would empty, gas stations would pump dry, and many thousands would die. This disaster would usher in the “new and improved” Internet II, aka the Big Brother that Orwell warned us about.
As sync happens, it turns out that SONY, the quintessential Japanese technology and entertainment brand, was targeted for a cyber-attack by hackers calling themselves “The Guardians of Peace” on November 24. This nicely brought together my interest in sneak attacks, Japan, and the Black List.
So what exactly DID happen on Dec. 7?
North Korea denies involvement in the hack while praising it as a “righteous deed.”The story is going around that Sony was about to release “The Interview”, a comedy starring James Franco and Seth Rogen about two journalists who are recruited by the CIA to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The Pyongyang government denounced the film as "undisguised sponsoring of terrorism, as well as an act of war" in a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in June.
Were the Americans goading the North Koreans?
In Black List, the wicked defense contractor goes to a great deal of effort to create a scapegoat for an attack that they themselves engineer.
Today (Dec. 16) we got an email to reporters from the "cyber-terrorists" written in a parody of Engrish:
“We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places The Interview be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to. Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made. The world will be full of fear. Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time.”Perhaps this is all just a publicity stunt for the motion picture. Coming to a theater near you.