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"Keep Your Friends Close, Keep Your Enemies Closer"

Or if you are Russia, go live with your enemies.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Russia has had long term agents in the U.S. spying on us. The DOJ press release states that 11 men are being charged with “conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign government without notifying the U.S. Attorney” and money laundering. Eight of these men are alleged to have been on “long-term deep-cover” assignments for Russia and the S.V.R. (the successor to the KGB).

Apparently, they were on a mission “to search and develop ties in policymaking circles in US and sent (sic) intels.” The “spies” were staying in Upstate New York, New York City, Virginia, Boston and New Jersey. Even worse: One remains at large.

What are the implications of this spy network on the U.S.’s national security. Russia apparently still considers us a worthy enough adversary to plant spies. What of other nations and organizations, most notably terrorist-leaning organizations? What of our domestic policies? How will this affect our immigration policy, our Nuclear dealings with Russia, Obama’s decisions not to place missile defense system in outlying ex-Soviet nations? What about the U.S.’s cyber terrorism effort; back in April of 2009, was the power grid spy break just one a multifaceted espionage movement? This new piece of information seems to introduce a whole new web of implications and difficulties to the realities of National Security and where our country stands.

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