Monday, September 25, 2017

The Russians Are Here! The Russians Are Here!

The Russians have invaded. Don’t bother trying to stop them; they’re already here. They came in through the back door from cyberspace. They created digital spies, fictitious Americans who existed only on Facebook and Twitter, an army of avatars inserting themselves into our sociopolitical discourse and giving voice to the unspeakable thoughts most people are afraid to say, thus empowering the real people who think such things to express them openly. Bigots who once hid their faces behind hoods and veils unmasked and marched their hatred proudly down city streets and on college campuses. It’s like some great evil has awakened and is spreading over America like a dark cloud. And it is. Ever since September 11, we’ve been a nation driven by fear and distrust, which is exactly what Al Qaeda wanted. That fear was our greatest vulnerability, and our enemies have learned to tap into it. They’ve not only hacked into computers, they’ve hacked into minds. Now they’ve taken control by influencing our election. This is nothing short of subtle cyber warfare, and it’s not the kind of war we can win with weapons. We’re going to have to fight this war with our minds.