Cold War 2.0

New York Times: In Ordinary Lives, U.S. Sees the Work of Russian Agents

They had lived for more than a decade in American cities and suburbs from Seattle to New York, where they seemed to be ordinary couples working ordinary jobs, chatting to the neighbors about gardening and schools, apologizing for noisy teenagers.

But on Monday, federal prosecutors accused 11 people of being part of a Russian espionage ring, living under false names and deep cover in a patient scheme to penetrate what one coded message called American “policy making circles.”

An F.B.I. investigation that began at least seven years ago culminated with the arrest on Sunday of 10 people in Yonkers, Boston and northern Virginia. The documents detailed what the authorities called the “Illegals Program,” an ambitious, long-term effort by the S.V.R., the successor to the Soviet K.G.B., to plant Russian spies in the United States to gather information and recruit more agents.

This isn’t spooky because they managed to steal a bunch of info (apparently they didn’t).  It’s spooky because these weren’t your traditional spies.  They were inserted as part of a very long-term, deep-cover effort and their job was to insert themselves into the lives of ordinary Americans.  That’s the kind of spooky stuff I would have attributed to the KGB during the Cold War, not to a (relatively) friendly Russia of today.

Just another reminder that you don’t need to go looking to make enemies in this world.  There are plenty of them as it is.



  1. Anonymous says:

    But I thought John Buyon said we are best of friends with Russia because of the anointed one, Obama. They should have all gone home Jan 2009.

  2. Gail B. says:

    Wow! And, it’s all over the news now, too.

    Russia is denying the charges. What is our government saying?!

  3. Gail B. says:

    One of them is alleged to have had connections with a campaign fundraiser for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

    Obama hates Israel, our ally. Obama hates Great Britain, our ally.

    Gee–why is my sense of security fraying?

  4. John Buyon says:

    where are you idiots getting this shit from?
    when did I say Russia is BFF with America. All I said was that Russian cooperation is Geo-strategically useful more than for example Britain.
    or should we pick fights with the rest of the world and destroy our self in the process and lose our moral high ground?
    what useful thing has Israel given us in the past 25 years? nothing. our unconditional support for it ruins our credibility as the enlightened fair arbiter in the middle east.
    speaking of spying, ever heard of Jonathan pollard ?
    the Israeli spy who stole american nuclear secrets to foster the illegal Israeli nuclear program

    speaking of spying the director of the Canadian CIA has said that Canadian politicians are under the influence of China.
    another reason why the intelligence budget should have been tripled instead of the military budget after 9/11. lets thank the shortsighted republicans for that.

  5. Anonymous says:

    potty mouth at 1:28

  6. William A. Rose says:

    John Buyon, you do not believe in the God of the Bible, do you?

  7. John Buyon says:

    No of course I don’t believe in the God of the bible what a silly question
    I do however believe in a supreme being.
    and what does that have to do with the article and with what I wrote?

  8. Boston Blackie says:

    “No of course I don’t believe in the God of the bible what a silly question
    I do however believe in a supreme being.”

    And who would that be, Obeyme, the Great and Powerful OZ!?!

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