Re: Who are they addressing?
Hey, I know It's difficult to accept you're nothing special, but once you do, you'll realise NSA/GCHQ are not interested in you. And believe me they're even less interested in your anus. Fundamentally, your fundament is perfectly safe - from GCHQ at least - unless you are a real bad geezer. They really aren’t bothered about you; this is about keeping us - by that I mean ostensibly free democracies - free.
The weapons have changed. In the past it was guns, tanks, and nukes, if Khrushchev wanted to put pressure on the west, he would blockade Berlin, or ship nukes to Cuba. The west could respond in kind with naval blockades or airlifts. And although tanks and bombs are still important, the main threats have moved online.
They now involve disruption of power grids, interference with military systems, disabling telecoms and internet backbones etc. Much more nefarious are their less obvious aims of subverting individual freedom, freedom of markets, democracy, free expression, political sovereignty etc. China is a totalitarian and authoritarian regime; there is no political or religious freedom, no freedom of expression - a wrong word gets you a bullet in the head. Like all authoritarian states, it is run by power hungry despots who lack any humanity and will do anything to keep and extend their power. Look at Hong Kong for Christ’s sake, China invaded and consumed it against all external objections and outrage, and against the brave local people who fought it. BTW - they didn't fight and risk all for a laugh, they did it because they were terrified for their families’ lives and freedoms.
China invaded because they could, but that geographical / strategic leverage (i.e. being next door and having a huge military) is less and less important. In the future, invasion and control of another state will be done electronically. But it won't be possible overnight, it will be through injecting malware on an enormous scale, firmware disguised in hardware to call home or disrupt power stations; by them slowly taking control of standards bodies; insertion of a backdoor here and there, using their increasing economic power and huge scale to replace hardware, software and standards. Given the free reign to expand, they would have capability to impose absolute control on anything they liked, unilaterally and on a global scale: including disruption of stock markets, whole currencies and economies, outlawing privacy, censoring speech, controlling our lives and eliminating our freedoms.
I'm afraid your rant is just plain silly. I realise people might have complaints against living in US or UK society, problems with politics or foreign policy. But if you think for one moment they are even remotely as immoral, unethical, expansionist and globally dangerous as China and/or Russia you're deluded. How many US/UK citizens do you see emigrating to China and gaining Chinese nationality while surrendering a UK/US passport?
GCHQ are absolutely spot on – our freedom and security really do depend on tackling this head on, and with every ally we can find. I’m sure they would also like to reassure citizens that their anus and associated anatomy is perfectly safe.