The Deep State Scotches a lot of Good Ideas

The caption can be easily explained because the establishment fears change that it cannot easily control. I’ll let that sink in for a moment while I get to my point.

Porter J. Goss served as Director of Central intelligence (2005–2006) at a time post-9/11 when the Agency was engaged in the use of “active measures” to fight international terrorism. Director Goss began to implement a plan that would fundamentally change the CIA’s Clandestine Service by moving it out of the embassy structure for the most part. This would make the organization far more secret and at the same time, many case officers would lose their cherished diplomatic cover and diplomatic immunity. I’m not going to go into detail on this because if you’re sophisticated enough to show up at this blog, I expect that you’re well-read or that you can do a simple search (anonymous search engine above) on “diplomatic cover”. All state intelligence agencies use it to one degree or another.

When you think of it, Director Goss was suggesting a plan very similar to that laid out by Eric Prince in the article cited here. Not the same exactly, but the basic tenants were along the same lines.

The bureaucratic systems under which CIA operates are fundamentally arcane in much the same way as much of the US Military (Big Army) is fundamentally arcane.

I was around when Director Goss proposed this change and was a strident advocate of that change in architecture. You’ll note that the Deep State removed him for his heresy and the Outfit has been in decline since then.

Human intelligence (HUMINT) must be collected from humans. It can not be lensed well from KH-11’s and 12’s in orbit and it can not be divined through Signals Intelligence because the really bad players understand national capabilities, and manage to use tradecraft to avoid throwing themselves into the teeth of the tiger. SIGINT does work but it works best with people who are untrained or are sloppy. Our satellites show the build-up of Russian equipment in the Donbas area (Ukraine) but do they show genuine Russian intentions? You take my point.

In literature, one of the best examples of this sort of non-official cover operator would be the semi-fictional character Lurgan Sahib in Kipling’s Kim. Intelligence operators and military collectors such as SEALs still play the Kim Game today. There is a website that lays it out referenced here. I’ll assume that you read the article and hope that you read the book itself.

Lurgan Sahib is a non-official cover officer of the British Secret Service, embedded in Simla (Shimla). Shimla is the capital of the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, in the Himalayan foothills. It was once the summer capital of British India. We know about A. M. Jacob (the actual Lurgan) because Mr. Kipling apparently visited his home while a correspondent living in India, took notes, made sketches, and later published them.

Deeper cover, and training for local talent, as described in Kim, was not subject to three-year tours (rotation) and the career plan that CIA operates under. In many ways, the CIA shackled itself to a corpse by doing that. Neither is Lurgan Sahib connected directly to the British High Commission or Political Office (secret service).

The British operated under a system for many years that left people in place over the course of a career. For that matter, CIA did too in some cases I’m aware of where the officer(s) surfaced after 20+ years under, during which time they performed in a HUGE way that I will not layout here, but trust me, you’d be impressed. In one case, the guy made contact with a reports officer under an assumed name for that 20-year term and HQ lost the personnel file and nobody connected the dots. The service and access of world significance were, in a word, secret. I knew him and his (second) wife and worked with his wife once. She too had a remarkable pedigree, different than his, but remarkable.

The Deep State mistrust these sorts of people because they are very difficult to manipulate and punish.  They have jobs well outside of government that is not just cover for status or cover for action. They are part of the operators’ lives. There is a myriad of true and now anecdotal stories about non-official cover officers. Most people don’t want the job because of how it’s run – so there are not many NOC’s running around.


Sci-Fi Timeline

There’s a lot of outrageous stuff going on that we all used to attribute to Sci-Fi creative imagination. But you need to re-evaluate a lot of that.


Michigan Court Fight

(link) The issue is how many dead people should continue to vote. I’d like to think that people are making this up,  but no.



Now we have a symptomless Covid variant and people believe this.

Let me get this straight, USGOV wants you to take a vaccine to reduce the symptoms of a symptomless variant. Tell me that we’re not living in a poorly written Matrix sequel.  (and the last Matrix sequel was very poorly written. It didn’t include Omicron but it could have – but nobody would have known.)


In Hong Kong

PRC is winning in Hong Kong. It’s not surprising that they are, but they are.

(ABC News) HONG KONG — A Hong Kong online news site said Sunday that it will cease operations in light of deteriorating press freedoms, days after police raided and arrested seven people for sedition at a separate pro-democracy news outlet.

Citizen News announced its decision in a Facebook post-Sunday. It said it would stop updating its site on Jan. 4, and it would be shuttered after that.


Minnesota follows New York

Minnesota State Government: “Deprioritiz[ed] Access for Patients” to COVID Drugs, Based Partly on Their Being White

A rich non-white patient would be given priority over a poor white patient with precisely the same age and health conditions. That is not considered to be racist.


What’s in store for 2022 on Virtual Mirage?


This is still partially a gun blog

Trench guns matter. So do pig-sticker bayonets.


It’s also a food blog

And I still like grilled salsa verde pepper jack chicken.


We will still have maps in 2022 as well

What the US states’ capital cities’ rivers flow into.


Cigarette Sales


  1. This is a grand start into the new year — thank you very much for this wonderful issue.

    I am wishing you and all your readers all the best for a healthy, wealthy and lucky Happy New Year.
    Keep up the good work!

  2. Read somewhere that science fiction does a better job of predicting the future than others, because science fiction isn’t(or at least wasn’t) locked into the slow, steady rising straight line mentality of the official planners.
    In real life, scientific progress has been more of a parabolic curve than the slow, steady straight line.

    • It’s also a far more “parallel” process than the “serial” process that’s taught at what passes for schools these days.

  3. i noticed a trend in movies. if you want to know what’s coming next irl, look at the movies 15 years ago. i haven’t paid any attention to hollyweird in years. anyone know what movie was big in 2007?….great start LL.

  4. I believe I may have had omicron. It seems I had a cold not long ago and it was the mildest one I’ve had in a long time ending in a couples rather than the usual week to 10 days. Like my first bout, a big bunch of nothing.
    The ’97 Winchester trench gun. You could slam fire those and the Germans hated that. I do have the pig sticker shown here. They were designed to go with the Model 1917 Enfield. Mine was used by my paternal grandfather when he served in the Great War and has Winchester markings.

  5. Trench guns indeed. I have the bayonet, to go with my U.S. Model 1917. Your post reminds me that one of the weapons I trained on in Small Arms Repair School was the Winchester Model 1200–

    Still have my notes. I don’t recall ever seeing another military model outside that classroom.

    Am currently mulling over what weapon light/mount to install on my Benelli M1 Super 90. Too bad it doesn’t take a bayonet.

    The story line of “Forbidden Planet” about a civilization destroying itself with it’s own technology certainly seems apropos today.

  6. The NOC “story” is something I had no idea, really interesting (and that was just the first page or two).

    “Pandemic”- American’s are [painfully] slowly coming to their collective senses, finally meeting up with the rest of us who saw this for the gambit it was, and in some camps, still is. Live’s ruined (except for the special people). Businesses shuttered (except for inside players). Immune systems trashed (except for those who know the shot is Not-A-Vax so got a saline injection instead). Soon enough the wheels will fully come off this administration’s rusty wagon and the 3-Ring circus will come to a dead stop and America can climb out of the abyss these cretins demanded we leap.

    Skin color- The fact the Dem’s have regenerated this idiocy is despicable, Martin Luther is doing RPM’s in his grave…done to maintain control over the willfully ignorant. We are all made in God’s image, albeit not equal in outcome as free will tends to take over for those preferring to blame others for their sorry lives.

    Was wanting to see V for Vendetta, then saw it from the Wachowski brothers…who are now trending as Lana and Lilly. Can’ seem to overcome that mental depravity.

    • When Lana & Lilly were dudes, they were a lot more creative. I don’t know or care if their courting tackle is intact.

      • The lengths the self deluded go to gain attention boggles the mind. Mass psychosis has captured the weak…and they call it good.

    • V for Vendetta (the movie) is worth a watch if you have some time to kill. Hugo Weaving did an excellent job, IMO. There were some significant changes from the comic (Graphic Novel*) but I don’t think it ruined the story. If your main objection to VfV is the Wachowski former-brothers personal whackiness, you probably shouldn’t consider VfV at all, since writer Alan Moore is more than a bit of a whackjob and degenerate himself.

      On other topics, the SF timeline is interesting. On one hand we have what I’ll call “plausible dystopia” stories (e.g. VfV) where there is no significant new tech, or only a few pieces to drive the story. Those seem quite plausible. On the other hand we have stories where humanity has interplanetary (or farther) capacity. Total Recall is 2084**. I don’t think we will have Mars colonies in 62 years. At the rate we are declining, I wonder if we will have retained even rudimentary orbital lift capacity 60-odd years from now. Math and physics are apparently racist, after all.

      Regarding the cigarette sales map, I am proud of my northern neighbor, The Granite State, for maintaining a high per capita consumption rate. “Live Free, and Die of Lung Cancer or Emphysema, but probably Cardiovascular Disease”. Not as catchy as “Live Free or Die” and too long to fit on a license plate.

      *graphic novel is to comic book as pot de creme is to chocolate pudding. PdC is basically pretentious chocolate pudding. Delicious pretentious pudding.

      ** Total Recall is said to be based on PK Dick’s We Can Remember it for You Wholesale but I detect strong traces of Jerry Pournelle’s Birth of Fire as well.

      • VfV, I am told, mirrors what we are witnessing real time. Honestly, I would watch it regardless of the W Bro’s weird proclivities…my point was more directed to Hollywood’s serious decline, embracing the strange as if its normal, and do I want to support that in my living room.

        • SETI was supposed to have yielded us a host of other worlds with intelligent alien life, thrilled to have made contact with us. It was worth a try, and we came up with a zero. I argue that while it’s good not to have all of your genetic eggs in one basket, that may be the ONLY reason for mankind to go farther out than the Moon. Yes, that may take us to the argument of WHOSE DNA is worthy to survive. Do we transport Baltimore’s inner city to Mars in the hope that they will become less dim? If we are even discussing that, we may not be ready to leave the cradle.

          If we don’t lose orbital capacity in the next 80 or so years, the idea of very smart AI would seem to be the way to explore our local group of stars. They can dispatch us information on what they found, if they even trust us to use it responsibly. It depends on how smart the AI really is and the values (bias) that we load it down with.

          President Joe Branden said that his son Hunter is the smartest man he’s ever met. Is that the litmus test for “best and brightest”? The people who run the USA at the moment would weigh in that it is.

  7. When it comes to our State Department and clandestine organizations, our best hope is our adversaries are even more inept.

  8. *Reduce the symptoms of a symptomless variant.

    Surely, at some point, people will start to smell a rat?

    Nice trench gun and bay’net.

  9. NOCs are the bane of a politician’s existence, because they are outside the chain, so to speak, and don’t respond well to politicians, if at all. Nice set up on the Winchester and bayonet!

    • It would be nice to hear more outside of the chain information when called upon to make a decision. Sadly that information is not linked at the hip to the interests of the deep state or the military industrial complex.

  10. Agree with the others, LL. Great kick-off to the New Year. Appears you’re well on-the-mend, but don’t push it to redline for a while!

    Interesting read on the NOC people. I’d suspected there were people like that, and possibly met one or two, but I’ll never know.

    You know you’re living in “Interesting Times” when what’s passing for Real World today is like a c-grade movie. We’re living a bad prequel to Idiocracy these days.

    Love the trench guns! Funny how the Germans didn’t like “caseless shot” but were using poison gas. I had an inexpensive red dot on my 870, now sleeping peacefully at the bottom of Horsetooth. Excellent adjunct to a shotgun! Still looking around for a bay’net for the Garand. I’ll do a memorial service to that rifle when we lay the bay’net to rest in the approximate location on the reservoir….

  11. Golly, that chicken looks amazing! So does the trench gun…
    Happy New Year and continued good health, LL!

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