Question: “[Are you] claiming Russia caused the NYC blackout? I’d be interested in what such a claim would be based on.”
Response: Both books I have recently read are lauded by top US and British defense officials and espionage experts. They point to a shadow war that is under way with the USA on one side and Russia, China, and at times North Korea and Iran involved. There are also private actors who benefit from advertisements payments for outlandish reports on Facebook that play to the prejudices of those on the extreme left and right.
Did I send you a copy of “Likewar, the weaponization of social media” by P. W. Singer? Everyone needs to read it because it may be the most important book so far this century. He is highly experienced and very much a scholar.
The other book is “The Shadow War” by CNN’s Jim Sciutto. It is based on his experiences as a journalist and also the work and efforts of others: It makes much the same points and an easier read for the lay person.
I only suspect that the Russians might have caused the New York City, Upper West Side black out last night. This is the type of thing that goes on. It is relatively low level so as not to risk retaliation.. Its timing (on the anniversary of a major black out), target and the lack of an explanation (so far) of any type of mechanical break down triggers the question. If the Russians caused the blackout, it is meant as a signal.
The USA is no longer the sole super power. Russia and China are devoting themselves to asymmetric weaponry, much of it Cyber but also threatening us in space and under the seas. All of the systems on which our economy and way of life depend can now be taken away from us in a few moments.
Of course we have our own offensive capacities.
Recall what we and the Israelis did to the North Korean missile testing program. some years ago? That we could cause test after test to fail through tampering with their software was a lesson not lost on Vladimir Putin.
We are at war and have been for some time. The undermining of our elections are just a part of it. And we may be just waking up to the situation.