July 31, 2013
Why does the Social Security Administration want to hire specialists in “counterintelligence operations” for supporting “homeland security?”
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A recent job posting on USA Jobsshows two vacancies for theIntelligence Operations Specialistposition at the SSA’s headquarters in Woodlawn, Maryland.
The job listing says that the position is responsible for “complex assignments” to establish and maintain the SSA’s “defensive counterintelligence operations, collaboration, intelligence and information sharing missions.”
Some of the Intelligence Operations Specialist duties include working with members of law enforcement and “resolving counterintelligence” that presents a “credible threat” to the SSA.
An additional responsibility involves monitoring “public sources of information” (such as the Internet, broadcast and print media) and “government systems” for “relevant threat information.”
The position, not to exceed two years in duration, appears to jointly serve:
– The Office of Deputy Commissioner, Budget, Finance and Management (DCBFM)
– The Office of Security and Emergency Preparedness (OSEP) and
– The Office of Emergency Preparedness (OEP)
A “top secret-sensitive, compartmented information” security clearance is required for the role.
It seems strange at first that the federal agency responsible for administering Social Security would have a job opening that sounds like a section out of a spy novel.
Counterintelligence refers to the efforts made by intelligence organizations to keep rivals from gathering intelligence against them.
The SSA, however, is not an intelligence organization, but rather is responsible for the largest “social welfare” program in the United States, which many consider to be worse than a Ponzi scheme.
People retiring today are the first generation of workers who have paid more into Social Security than they will ever receive, according to an Associated Press article.
This trend will continue as Social Security becomes untenable.
Could the SSA’s “defensive counterintelligence operations” mean efforts made by the agency to counter claims that Social Security is insolvent and millions of workers will never receive all the money they have paid into it over the years?
As we recently reported, the Department of Defense is trying to increase its public affairs efforts as it loses its ability to bury negative news due to the surge in popularity for alternative media outlets.
“When bad things happen, the American people should hear it from us, not as a scoop on the Drudge Report,” George Little, assistant to the secretary of defense for public affairs said during a webcast.
The coming collapse of Social Security is definitely a bad thing.
The SSA could be monitoring “public sources of information” for “credible threats” that may undermine its ability to downplay the collapse which will drastically decrease the standard of living for millions of Americans.
Like any other federal agency, the SSA wants strong “damage control” which would allow it to direct the narrative in its favor in order to escape accountability.
For this endeavor, an Intelligence Operations Specialist may be tasked with preventing SSA whistleblowers (termed “insider threats”) from exposing the agency’s lies to the public, as Edward Snowden did to the NSA.
Additionally, similar positions at other federal agencies may indicate some of the specifics involved in “information sharing missions which support homeland security,” as listed in the SSA’s job posting.
In an April 2009 speech on fusion centers given before the Committee of Homeland Security, Robert Riegle, a former director for the Department of Homeland Security, mentioned deploying 34 Intelligence Operations Specialists to serve as a “critical link” between the fusion centers and DHS.
“The deployment of DHS Intelligence Operations Specialists augments the analytical capabilities of the fusion centers,” he said. “We believe this contributes greatly to the goal of achieving the analytic depth and geographic breadth necessary to effectively identify, provide context to and share vital information gleaned by sworn law enforcement officers and other state and local officials during the course of their daily duties.”