The draft law on intelligence policy of the USA, already approved by the lower house of Congress, represents as one of the priorities of the fight against "hidden influence" of Russia. In addition to the propaganda and misinformation Moscow suspected of organizing murders and terrorist attacks. However, the bill has other problems besides the anti-Russian.
The hysteria around the "Russian intervention" and "Russian influence" in the United States is beginning to take incarnation in the legislative format. The US Congress approved a bill on intelligence policy of the state. Now he has to sign President Donald Trump. The document itself is a standard, it affects the national security of America, defines intelligence activities and powers of the Congress on her supervision. However, in this paper, there are a number of very interesting points.
The bill includes the introduction of compulsory prior notification regime for all visits of accredited diplomats and other members of diplomatic missions of the Russian Federation in the United States. It is also proposed to develop mechanisms for the exchange of information between agencies regarding travel are in the country of Russian diplomats (including "unauthorized" visits - without carrying out a new notification requirements).
In fact, for the diplomats of our country set total surveillance, and restrictions on movement. For diplomats and their movements secret services, and early the next, but to fix a surveillance law - it is a serious move.
"It is a violation of the Vienna Convention, among other things. It is forbidden. Surveillance of diplomats officially enshrined in legislation - it is the know-how across a great many international legal acts. Although informally it is carried out, even now, "- said the newspaper VIEW president of the Center for Strategic Communications Dmitry Abzalov.
In addition, the increased control will trigger the introduction of symmetric steps against US diplomats in Russia. As noted by Dmitry Abzalov, surveillance of embassies will entail retaliatory measures and would undermine confidence in other countries.
At the same time, another point is much more interesting. The document, as one of the priorities of the American intelligence community, contains a strong fight against "hidden" operations of Russian influence "against peoples and governments" in the United States and around the world. A special interdepartmental committee is created for this purpose. Its tasks include "counteracting Russia's active measures to provide covert influence, including through the dissemination of false information, agents of influence, corruption, violations of human rights, terrorism and killings carried out by security services or the political elites of the Russian Federation or their proteges." At the same time, representatives of the services included in the committee will have to provide reports about the identified "active measures" of Moscow's hidden influence and proposed options for counteraction to them, within 180 days after the law comes into force.
It is worth noting that these are very high-profile statements. The bill, in fact, formalizes the so-called Russian hidden operations of influence as a global problem, which must be fought around the world. Moreover, the document, among other serious charges, clearly states that the political leadership and special services of the Russian Federation are engaged in organizing terrorist acts and murders. This is not just some kind of pro-Russian propaganda, electoral fraud or fake. From Russia, the image of the enemy is carefully created, which is very reminiscent of the rhetoric of the Cold War. Only now it is not an "evil empire", but a terrorist state, almost like IGIL *.
Of course, such dramatic statements, and even in the official state document - this is a very serious precedent. He certainly demand an explanation from the United States and will cause a negative reaction in Moscow. And not only in Moscow. "If this proposition is accepted - it will be quite a serious challenge to the international community and will make a very complex interaction of Washington with a number of players," - said Dmitry Abzalov.
"From the legal point of view, these are unfounded statements," the political scientist said. Even the accusations of Russia's influence on the results of the elections in the US have not been confirmed, let alone everything else. "The investigation into the participation of the Russian Federation in the election campaign in the United States has not been fully carried out," he said. Dmitry Abzalov also stressed: "Washington needs to pay less attention to participation in election campaigns of other countries. In the period of Barack Obama, he participated in all election campaigns in terms of information presence. " E-mails, accounts in social networks and instant messengers were opened, information influence was exercised, he added.
An even more slippery topic is the accusations of terrorism and murders. "The UN has a list of terrorist organizations that are recognized. I did not see any organizations supported by the Russian Federation there, "said Dmitry Abzalov. He also stressed: "Countries that support terrorism are a topic that Washington should not get up at all, because it is a one-way ticket. In general, terrorist organizations, expressed radical, fundamental terrorism as a military wing - this is actually the creature of the United States. Afghanistan - it all started in one way or another. "
But Washington could not but be aware of how such a move would be perceived and how serious he is. Of course, this does not mean the beginning of a conflict, and even a new Cold War. But why it was necessary to Americans?
Such a law, and with such sharp language, largely unties the hands of US special services. A formal enemy appears, an open conflict with which is undesirable, but all other means are quite good. This makes it possible to openly oppress any "pro-Russian" attitudes, as well as Russian media, to fight against any positive statements about Russia. In fact, unlike other media, they, according to the new document, are engaged in disinformation and conducting influence actions. It is also possible to include diplomats from our country who can seriously complicate work and life, making them virtually non-armed (few US officials and politicians now want to be accused of links with Moscow). Not to mention any foreign policy moves directed against Russia - such as the deployment of missile defense at its borders or the further expansion of NATO to the east.
Moreover, this gives an opportunity to act not only against Moscow itself. You can, for example, organize wiretapping and shadowing of your own and foreign citizens (and politicians) both inside and outside the country. This fact is justified in the form of counteraction to "active measures" of Russia. It is also convenient to justify interference in the internal affairs of other states by fighting with disagreeable governments (indicating their control over Moscow) or promoting the right politicians to leading positions (accusing other candidates of ties with the Russian Federation). In addition, this allows the US intelligence services to act more harshly - for example, to start again resorting to operations to kidnap or eliminate people, as well as torture, as it already happened earlier. After all, Donald Trump said that he was not against torture. And in the rigid foreign policy taken by it it quite fits.
New document and its rhetoric is largely also focused on domestic political segment of the United States. Under the guise of countering "latent to active measures of influence" Russia can safely deal with dissent in America. In fact, the use of already observed factor ties with Moscow as a tool for squeezing of the American establishment unwanted politicians (a vivid example - frustrated US President Advisor on National Security Maykl Flinn) or the provision of powerful influence, as is the case with Trump.
"This is likely to attempt to ride a certain political trend, but also put pressure on Trump for cooperation with Moscow. An informational field, which is very difficult to make social and political important decisions. Soon it will be a meeting G20, and during this time it is necessary to form a front position that Trump does not have to negotiate with Moscow. That is the task that stands, "- said Dmitry Abzalov.
Very interesting is the fact that the bill did not explain what kind of measures should be taken to deal with the "hidden influence" of Russia. Merely states that the special services, security agencies and departments should develop and propose some steps. This means that the choice is up to the United States by the intelligence community and explain the details of the citizens of the country no one is going.
There are, however, the document has also classified part. Perhaps it contains some details on the subject. However, to know only those who can it have access to such information, ie, the US leadership and security services. The others may be content with the fact that Russian influence - it is a serious threat, and it must somehow counteract.