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[ARCHIVES] Akira Kasaras SIGINT transcripts

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Jaret Victorian
Itsukame-Zainou Hyperspatial Inquiries Ltd.
Arataka Research Consortium
#1 - 2017-04-26 03:16:41 UTC
Summit;

We're releasing this archival clip to both get out the Akira Kasaras logs in a cohesive form at earliest availability, and also to test out our new archive system.

The Discourse will be reporting on these developments in the coming days. In the meantime, ARC staff will be available to discuss this material. If you have any feedback on the archive system, we'd also be happy to hear that.

Thank you for your time.
Makoto Priano
Kirkinen-Arataka Transhuman Zenith Consulting Ltd.
#2 - 2017-04-26 03:33:59 UTC
Hmm.

That Zendane text-to-speech module works pretty well, but we might work on the lower levels.

And then there's the whole 'an intelligence agency knew about the plot' thing.

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Arrendis
GoonWaffe
Goonswarm Federation
#3 - 2017-04-26 03:51:09 UTC
Good job, Jaret.

What? No, I'm being completely serious.
Myxx
The Scope
#4 - 2017-04-27 16:43:09 UTC
Interesting implications.
Makoto Priano
Kirkinen-Arataka Transhuman Zenith Consulting Ltd.
#5 - 2017-04-27 16:53:30 UTC
Make sure to read the dir.comms text from the logs. The mention of a 'council' is an interesting one.

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Myxx
The Scope
#6 - 2017-04-27 20:01:34 UTC
Makoto Priano wrote:
Make sure to read the dir.comms text from the logs. The mention of a 'council' is an interesting one.


Seems like the Dragonaurs need another humiliation and culling of their numbers.
Makoto Priano
Kirkinen-Arataka Transhuman Zenith Consulting Ltd.
#7 - 2017-04-27 20:14:51 UTC
Without a doubt, the plot lead by Ohmon and Jaron Kasaras confirms that lax oversight in Kaalakiota allowed for a long-running conspiracy that could have been thwarted by, of all things, proper accounting and audit procedure. This is to say nothing of the pervasive issue of tolerating Provist extremism, which I suspect we agree on.

Addressing this laxity and burning out the rot of Provist extremism would be beneficial to both the megacorporation and the State.

However, the presence of signals intelligence logs and an organized intelligence operation to subvert the conspiracy by using Akira Kasaras as an agent indicates that an intelligence organization was aware of the plot as early as 2nd January. This organization allowed the conspiracy to proceed to allow the intelligence organization the opportunity to secure a sample of the Kyonoke pathogen.

The responsible thing to do would have been to scuttle the Kasaras-Pakera plot earlier.

Instead, that intelligence organization's operations cost tens of millions of lives, and could have cost millions or billions more.

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Myxx
The Scope
#8 - 2017-04-27 20:24:00 UTC
Makoto Priano wrote:
Without a doubt, the plot lead by Ohmon and Jaron Kasaras confirms that lax oversight in Kaalakiota allowed for a long-running conspiracy that could have been thwarted by, of all things, proper accounting and audit procedure. This is to say nothing of the pervasive issue of tolerating Provist extremism, which I suspect we agree on.

Addressing this laxity and burning out the rot of Provist extremism would be beneficial to both the megacorporation and the State.

However, the presence of signals intelligence logs and an organized intelligence operation to subvert the conspiracy by using Akira Kasaras as an agent indicates that an intelligence organization was aware of the plot as early as 2nd January. This organization allowed the conspiracy to proceed to allow the intelligence organization the opportunity to secure a sample of the Kyonoke pathogen.

The responsible thing to do would have been to scuttle the Kasaras-Pakera plot earlier.

Instead, that intelligence organization's operations cost tens of millions of lives, and could have cost millions or billions more.

From what I gather, I get the feeling that simply scuttling and sinking the plot would not have done much more than postpone it. They might have tried again and again, and we can't know if this ended up better than if it had been sunk outright only to allow the rot inside the state to regroup and try again.

That sigint is present inside the state should not be a surprise. That it is inside any of the big four should not be a surprise. National intelligence services are going to do their thing, and they have significant tools to accomplish their goals. Please, stop acting shocked. We are all much smarter than that.
Makoto Priano
Kirkinen-Arataka Transhuman Zenith Consulting Ltd.
#9 - 2017-04-27 20:32:39 UTC
Myxx, I am not in the slightest shocked that intelligence agencies exist, or that they in fact do exactly what they're tasked to do.

I would contend that, however, failing to act on a clear and present danger is in fact not ideal. After all, scuttling the plot doesn't mean slapping these people on the wrist. It means, if possible, killing or capturing the conspirators, while gathering enough intelligence to publicly shame Kaalakiota and force systematic reforms.

Unless what you're saying is that the intelligence agency's decision to let the plot proceed was exactly the right decision? Even though indications are the intelligence agency used the RP4 orbital as a testbed for a bioweapons attack, and are directly, personally responsible for seven million deaths, in addition to being malfeasant and thus culpable for millions more deaths?

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Myxx
The Scope
#10 - 2017-04-27 20:39:52 UTC  |  Edited by: Myxx
Makoto Priano wrote:
Myxx, I am not in the slightest shocked that intelligence agencies exist, or that they in fact do exactly what they're tasked to do.

I would contend that, however, failing to act on a clear and present danger is in fact not ideal. After all, scuttling the plot doesn't mean slapping these people on the wrist. It means, if possible, killing or capturing the conspirators, while gathering enough intelligence to publicly shame Kaalakiota and force systematic reforms.

Unless what you're saying is that the intelligence agency's decision to let the plot proceed was exactly the right decision? Even though indications are the intelligence agency used the RP4 orbital as a testbed for a bioweapons attack, and are directly, personally responsible for seven million deaths, in addition to being malfeasant and thus culpable for millions more deaths?

Incorrect. I'm suggesting its possible, even likely, that simply killing or capturing them would not have done much more to nullify the threat. That the Dragonaurs would have tried again, and possibly made things worse than they ended up being.

I agree with you that it is not an ideal solution to have allowed anything to proceed, however. I just simply won't dwell on it.
Makoto Priano
Kirkinen-Arataka Transhuman Zenith Consulting Ltd.
#11 - 2017-04-27 20:47:58 UTC
Hm. Let me see if I understand properly.

Essentially, you'd contend that merely uncovering such a plot and thwarting it would not be enough to cause the reforms necessary to prevent such an attack in the future, and that the casualties involved were necessary to provoke the backlash that would lead to a proper purge?

While I don't disagree that the result will be more conclusive now, I am still troubled by the fact that the weaponization study we uncovered indicates simulation of an attack on Arcurio, and so the non-zero chance that the intelligence organization's intentions weren't quite as, uh, purely defensive as might be ideal.

We'll have to see how this plays out, I suppose.

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Myxx
The Scope
#12 - 2017-04-27 20:58:47 UTC
Makoto Priano wrote:
Hm. Let me see if I understand properly.

Essentially, you'd contend that merely uncovering such a plot and thwarting it would not be enough to cause the reforms necessary to prevent such an attack in the future, and that the casualties involved were necessary to provoke the backlash that would lead to a proper purge?

While I don't disagree that the result will be more conclusive now, I am still troubled by the fact that the weaponization study we uncovered indicates simulation of an attack on Arcurio, and so the non-zero chance that the intelligence organization's intentions weren't quite as, uh, purely defensive as might be ideal.

We'll have to see how this plays out, I suppose.

The deeper the rot, the greater the backlash required to properly purge it and reform your society, basically. In this case, it seems it goes pretty deep.
Makoto Priano
Kirkinen-Arataka Transhuman Zenith Consulting Ltd.
#13 - 2017-04-27 21:35:41 UTC
Fair enough.

If Hope Act releases indicate that anyone above Ohmon Kasaras knew what he was doing, it'd certainly serve to validate your view.

At the same time, while I understand the logic, I do hope you'll understand that I disagree with it, especially considering that the intelligence organization in question may have been directly responsible for RP4.

My hope is that the sanitization of that facility is closely overseen.

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Myxx
The Scope
#14 - 2017-04-27 21:41:13 UTC
Makoto Priano wrote:
Fair enough.

If Hope Act releases indicate that anyone above Ohmon Kasaras knew what he was doing, it'd certainly serve to validate your view.

At the same time, while I understand the logic, I do hope you'll understand that I disagree with it, especially considering that the intelligence organization in question may have been directly responsible for RP4.

My hope is that the sanitization of that facility is closely overseen.

Questions that come to mind, feel free to dig a bit if you have the resources or time to do so:

How did Ohmon fall into the crowd he did?

How did he meet the people he did to get to position he was at with the Dragonaurs?

Who radicalized him?

Given the corporate society of the state, the implications for him and those he worked with are likewise interesting, and anyone associated with him deserves a microscope. How could his superiors not be at least aware of or tangentially supportive of his activities?
Makoto Priano
Kirkinen-Arataka Transhuman Zenith Consulting Ltd.
#15 - 2017-04-27 22:28:48 UTC  |  Edited by: Makoto Priano
So, most of what we can reconstruct comes from the very logs you can read and listen to above. There was a little bit more at the Inquest, but not much on this front.

1) Ohmon's radicalization source is not yet known.

2) The Templis Dragonaur link is currently not proven, but is suspected given the mention of the 'Pakera family,' and the presence of several known Templis Dragonaur capsuleers with the surname Pakera.

3) Again, unknown. It may be that the Pakeras were known to Ohmon Kasaras from his flight time during Heth's rule. Given that Home Guard and Provist forces often cooperated, this may have been extremism established during Heth's rule.

4) Jaron Kasaras was the principle financer of the attack, via embezzlement. At the very least, his supervisors and the auditors who should have been reviewing his accounting work may have been at least nonfeasant in failing to respond to this, and may have been actively malfeasant if they were aware of his having an off-the-books project. We'll see what the Hope Act turns up.

Of course, there is the question of how long this conspiracy had been underway. While the records here indicate knowledge since at least January, records indicate that Jaron Kasaras may have been embezzling since as early as YC110.

I suspect, however, the conspiracy is not as long-lived as that.

Please note that there is, at this stage, significant conjecture that will need to be born out by investigations.

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