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  • Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Head Of Saudi Intelligence, Has Been Sacked

    04/15/2014 8:01:09 PM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 29 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 4/15/2014 | Tyler Durden
    In the aftermath of the disastrous, for both the US and Saudi Arabia, false flag campaign to replace the Syrian regime with one which would be amenable to allowing a Qatari gas pipeline to pass underneath the Al-Qaeda rebel infested country, there were numerous rumors that the reign of Saudi's infamous former ambassador to the US and current intelligence chief, Prince Bandar "Bush" bin Sultan - the man who we suggested was the puppetmaster behind the entire failed operation - had come to an end. Some two months ago, Shia Post reported that "News sources announced that the chief of...
  • [Credit] Card skimmers found at LIRR ticket machines

    04/08/2014 8:25:43 AM PDT · by topher · 10 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Updated: Apr 08, 2014 5:56 AM CST
    NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - Credit card reading devices and tiny hidden cameras attached to ticket vending machines were discovered at the Baldwin train station during a routine inspection last week, said the Long Island Rail Road. MTA police are investigating and have reportedly identified a suspect.
  • New AMC show: Turn (about America's first spy ring in the Revolutionary War)

    04/03/2014 11:52:22 AM PDT · by FrdmLvr · 20 replies
    I thought this sounded good. It starts this Sunday on AMC. Has anyone heard anything about it yet?
  • ‘Turn,’ AMC’s New Series About America’s First Spy Ring, Is A Visually Arresting Historical Epic

    04/06/2014 9:42:14 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 79 replies
    The new AMC series Turn, which premieres April 6, is bewildering at first. We’re dropped smack in the middle of British-occupied New York. The year is 1776, and Abraham Woodhull (Jamie Bell) is scraping by as a cabbage farmer and sometime innkeeper in Setauket, Long Island. He’s husband to Mary (Meegan Warner), and father to a young child. His father, Richard (Kevin McNally), is a local magistrate loyal to George III. Then the scene shifts. We’re now in New Jersey. A stunning overhead shot reveals a sprawling field of bluecoat rebel bodies lying next to a pool dyed red with...
  • Pvt. Manning seeks formal name change to Chelsea

    03/19/2014 9:07:57 PM PDT · by slumber1 · 47 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | 3-19-14 | FROM WIRE REPORTS
    The Army private who was tried and convicted as Bradley Edward Manning for leaking U.S. secrets to WikiLeaks is petitioning a Kansas court for a name change, to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.
  • Stolen F-35 Secrets Now Showing Up in China’s Stealth Fighter

    03/13/2014 1:25:58 PM PDT · by mojito · 22 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 3/13/2014 | Bill Gertz
    A cyber espionage operation by China seven years ago produced sensitive technology and aircraft secrets that were incorporated into the latest version of China’s new J-20 stealth fighter jet, according to U.S. officials and private defense analysts. The Chinese cyber spying against the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II took place in 2007 under what U.S. intelligence agencies codenamed Operation Byzantine Hades, a large-scale, multi-year cyber program that targeted governments and industry. Defense officials said the stolen data was obtained by a Chinese military unit called a Technical Reconnaissance Bureau in the Chengdu province. The data was then passed to the...
  • Probe: Did the CIA spy on the U.S. Senate?

    03/05/2014 10:09:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    McClatchy DC ^ | March 4, 2014 | Jonathan S. Landay, Ali Watkins and Marisa Taylor
    WASHINGTON — The CIA Inspector General’s Office has asked the Justice Department to investigate allegations of malfeasance at the spy agency in connection with a yet-to-be released Senate Intelligence Committee report into the CIA’s secret detention and interrogation program, McClatchy has learned. The criminal referral may be related to what several knowledgeable people said was CIA monitoring of computers used by Senate aides to prepare the study. The monitoring may have violated an agreement between the committee and the agency. The development marks an unprecedented breakdown in relations between the CIA and its congressional overseers amid an extraordinary closed-door battle...
  • Joint Subcommittee Hearing: Iran's Support for Terrorism Worldwide

    03/05/2014 12:33:55 AM PST · by Cindy · 10 replies
    Joint Subcommittee Hearing: Iran’s Support for Terrorism Worldwide Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade, Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa 2172 House Rayburn Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Mar 4, 2014 10:00am
  • Navy Commander Who Interrogated 9/11 Terrorist Mastermind KSM Found Murdered

    03/03/2014 4:21:26 AM PST · by La Lydia · 86 replies
    Conservative refocus ^ | March 3, 2013 | Barry Secrest
    ORANGE PARK, FLA. — The death of a Navy commander found in a room at the Astoria Hotel on Feb. 12 was ruled a homicide, the Orange Park Police Department announced Wednesday. The Jacksonville Medical Examiner's Office made the ruling on Feb. 13 in the death of Cmdr. Alphonso Doss, 44, of Pensacola, according to the release from the OPPD. Doss' manner of death is not being released at this time while the OPPD and the Clay County Sheriff's Office investigate. Doss reported to Naval Education and Training Command in Nov. 2011, according to the Navy. While in Jacksonville, he...
  • Greenwald: How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive and Destroy Reputations

    02/24/2014 5:29:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 93 replies
    Glenn Greenwald's The Intercept & Guardian UK ^ | February 24, 2014 | Glenn Greenwald
    One of the many pressing stories that remains to be told from the Snowden archive is how western intelligence agencies are attempting to manipulate and control online discourse with extreme tactics of deception and reputation-destruction. It’s time to tell a chunk of that story, complete with the relevant documents. Over the last several weeks, I worked with NBC News to publish a series of articles about “dirty trick” tactics used by GCHQ’s previously secret unit, JTRIG (Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group). These were based on four classified GCHQ documents presented to the NSA and the other three partners in...
  • 7887 kHz, Your Home for Classic Cuban Espionage Radio

    07/07/2010 7:33:24 AM PDT · by Weird Tolkienish Figure · 13 replies
    Slate ^ | Tuesday, July 6, 2010, at 1:53 PM ET | Brett Sokol
    TECHNOLOGY 7887 kHz, Your Home for Classic Cuban Espionage Radio The shortwave radio signals that the alleged Russian spies were using are still surprisingly effective. By Brett Sokol Posted Tuesday, July 6, 2010, at 1:53 PM ET The FBI documents that accompanied last week's arrest of 10 alleged Russian spies are alternately creepy—who knew the Tribeca Barnes & Noble was a hotbed of espionage?—and comical—turns out even foreign spies wanted to cash in on suburban New Jersey's real estate boom. With a nod to Boris and Natasha, the accused are also said to have used short-wave radio, a 1920s-era technology...
  • Businessman alleges Canada gave Israeli spy new identity

    02/15/2014 6:58:40 AM PST · by rickmichaels · 10 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | Feb. 15, 2014 | Andrew McIntosh and Felix Seguin, QMI Agency
    MONTREAL -- Passport Canada secretly supplied a new identity and passport to a Mossad agent living in Canada after the Israeli spy participated in the 2010 plot to kill a leader of terrorist group Hamas in a Dubai hotel, a Montreal businessman has alleged. Mysterious Canadian-Iranian businessman Arian Azarbar made the startling allegations in an exclusive interview with QMI Agency. Azarbar says he learned about the top secret operation during a relationship he had with Trina Kennedy, a senior national security investigator at Passport Canada. "The Canadian government has said we had nothing to do with this, but it is...
  • "The Mask" Espionage Malware

    02/13/2014 8:23:30 PM PST · by Theoria · 1 replies
    Schneier on Security ^ | 11 Feb 2014 | Bruce Schneier
    We’ve got a new nation-state espionage malware. "The Mask" was discovered by Kaspersky Labs: The primary targets are government institutions, diplomatic offices and embassies, energy, oil and gas companies, research organizations and activists. Victims of this targeted attack have been found in 31 countries around the world -- from the Middle East and Europe to Africa and the Americas. The main objective of the attackers is to gather sensitive data from the infected systems. These include office documents, but also various encryption keys, VPN configurations, SSH keys (serving as a means of identifying a user to an SSH server) and...
  • A Palestinian Explains Why He Worked As An Israeli Informant

    01/29/2014 5:48:54 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    NPR ^ | January 29, 2014 | EMILY HARRIS
    Abdel Hamid el-Rajoub, a Palestinian, became an informant for Israel while serving time in an Israeli prison. Palestinian informants play a key role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, though both sides can be reluctant to speak about it. Rajoub, who now lives in Israel, says he is no longer an informant. Abdel Hamid el-Rajoub, a Palestinian, became an informant for Israel while serving time in an Israeli prison. Palestinian informants play a key role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, though both sides can be reluctant to speak about it. Rajoub, who now lives in Israel, says he is no longer an informant....
  • Potential Espionage? Lockheed Martin Uses Chinese Manufacturers For U.S.-Built Stealth F-35 Jet

    01/06/2014 1:09:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 01/06/2014 | By Christopher Harress
    The U.S. government has waived laws banning Chinese components being fitted in their Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE:LMT)-built F-35 fighter jets in order to keep the $392 billion program on track during 2012 and 2013, according to a report released by Reuters on Friday. According to the report, Pentagon documents showed that chief U.S. arms buyer Frank Kendall had allowed two F-35 suppliers, Northrup Grumman (NYSE:NOC) and Honeywell International (NYSE:HON) to use landing gears, magnets and other hardware supplied from China. Had the waivers not been issued, both companies would have violated federal law and the program could have been...
  • Hacker Network Anonymous Issues Call To Arms (Revolution Calling)

    01/05/2014 8:27:51 PM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 128 replies
    As more and more human rights of U.S. citizens are violated in the name of safety and security, the group Anonymous stands to fight at the side of Americans. Over the holiday weekend, they have even gone as far to announce a call to arms. The fact that many people are still unaware of the “hacker” group Anonymous is sign of censorship by today’s mainstream media. There is a clear need for groups such as Anonymous as the fact of this direct censorships shows just how clouded the media’s freedom of speech has become. anon5 (See also: Obama Secretly Signs...
  • Dennis drawn to North Korea by his Rodman: report

    12/28/2013 4:31:52 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 49 replies
    WantChinaTimes ^ | 2013-12-26
    Dennis drawn to North Korea by his Rodman: report Staff Reporter 2013-12-26 08:55 (GMT+8) Retired NBA great Dennis Rodman loves visiting North Korea not just to train local basketball players but to enjoy the sexual services laid on for him by his pal, the country's supreme leader Kim Jong-un, reports Hong Kong newspaper Wen Wei Po. The Hall of Famer departed from North Korea on Monday after training local players for an exhibition game against former NBA veterans scheduled for Jan. 8, Kim's birthday. This was his third visit to the country in the past year. Known for his wild...
  • Netanyahu: Spying 'unacceptable' between friends In first official response to NSA espionage

    12/23/2013 11:23:27 AM PST · by Nachum · 40 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 12/23/2013 | Yifa Yaakov
    Eavesdropping is “unacceptable” among close allies, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday, ordering an official inquiry into reports that the United States had spied on Israeli leaders, including Netanyahu himself. It was the first response from Netanyahu after weekend revelations that US and British intelligence services intercepted emails in his office and that of his predecessor Ehud Olmert, and also spied on former defense minister Ehud Barak. “In the close ties between Israel and the United States, there are things that must not be done and that are not acceptable to us,” the prime minister said at a Likud faction...
  • Ex-CIA director: Snowden should be ‘hanged’ if convicted for treason

    12/22/2013 10:04:24 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 207 replies
    Fox ^ | Dec 17 2013 | Lucas Tomlinson
    Former CIA Director James Woolsey had harsh words Tuesday for anyone thinking about giving Edward Snowden amnesty, and argued the NSA leaker should be “hanged” if he’s ever tried and convicted of treason. Woolsey, along with former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Hugh Shelton, spoke Tuesday in Washington in an interview with Fox News. “I think giving him amnesty is idiotic,” Woolsey said. “He should be prosecuted for treason. If convicted by a jury of his peers, he should be hanged by his neck until he is dead."
  • The damage done by Cuba’s biggest spy

    12/10/2013 10:16:35 AM PST · by John S Mosby · 10 replies
    Miami Herals ^ | 04/24/13 | Frank Calzon
    The Obama Administration soon will be releasing its list of countries that support international terrorism. Currently on the list are: Iran, Sudan, Syria and Cuba. Cuba has been listed since 1982 but Reps. James P. McGovern, D-Mass., and Kathy Castor, D-Fl., propose to remove Cuba from the list. They argue that because Raúl Castro has taken control of the island from his brother Fidel, Cuba no longer poses a threat to the United States. An article appearing in Sunday’s [April 21] Washington Post presents a less benign appraisal of Cuba’s intentions. The author, Jim Popkin, focuses on the career of...
  • Edward Snowden to give evidence to EU parliament, says MEP

    12/08/2013 7:30:42 PM PST · by Sparticus · 26 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 12/8/2013 | Philip Oltermann
    The European parliament is lining up Edward Snowden to give evidence by video link this month, in spite of resistance by British Conservatives, a Green MEP has announced. Jan Philipp Albrecht, a German Green MEP, said parliamentarians wanted Snowden to appear before the assembly's committee on civil liberties, justice and home affairs (LIBE). Albrecht said it would represent a great success for the parliament's investigation into mass surveillance of EU citizens. He said: "Half a year after the first publications from his collection of numerous NSA documents, the truth of which has not so far been refuted, there are still...
  • EU commissioner under fire over response to US spy allegations

    11/28/2013 12:37:27 AM PST · by Olog-hai
    EU Observer ^ | 27.11.13 @ 18:38 | Nikolaj Nielsen
    EU home affairs commissioner Cecilia Malmström Wednesday (27 November) faced accusations that she has been too soft in her response to the US spying program. The commissioner told deputies in the civil liberties committee that she had closed an inquiry into allegations the US intelligence agency was accessing people’s financial details from the Belgian-based Swift company. …
  • Marco Rubio on Edward Snowden: A 'Traitor' Who Sparked 'Conspiracy Theories'

    11/27/2013 10:24:35 AM PST · by kobald · 142 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | November 22, 2013 | Conor Friedersdorf
    This week in Washington, Senator Marco Rubio accused a fellow American of treason. Edward Snowden drew the Republican's ire by informing hundreds of millions of innocent people that the NSA is spying on them... Anyone familiar with the Snowden story will understand why Rubio's comments are misleading. Americans are concerned about their civil liberties because of the accurate information the former Booz Allen Hamilton contractor leaked. He isn't responsible for any conspiracy theories, except in the sense that a conspiracy is "an agreement to perform together an illegal, wrongful, or subversive act," and he exposed NSA and GCHQ cooperation on...
  • Microsoft, suspecting NSA spying, to ramp up efforts to encrypt its Internet traffic

    11/27/2013 6:01:24 AM PST · by expat_panama · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Nov. 27, 2013 | Craig Timberg
    Microsoft is moving toward a major new effort to encrypt its Internet traffic amid fears that the National Security Agency may have broken into its global communications links, said people familiar with the emerging plans. Suspicions at Microsoft, while building for several months, sharpened in October when it was reported that the NSA was intercepting traffic inside the private networks of Google and Yahoo, two industry rivals with similar global infrastructures, said people with direct knowledge of the company’s deliberations. They said top Microsoft executives are meeting this week to decide what encryption initiatives to deploy and how quickly.
  • Spies worry over "doomsday" cache stashed by ex-NSA contractor Snowden

    11/25/2013 7:04:32 PM PST · by LucyT · 33 replies
    Reuters News Services: US Edition ^ | Mon Nov 25, 2013 | Mark Hosenball
    British and U.S. intelligence officials say they are worried about a "doomsday" cache of highly classified, heavily encrypted material they believe former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has stored on a data cloud. . . . . (A lot of information in the article. Check out comments, too.) .........................................................................................................
  • US officials to come to Europe on ‘goodwill’ trip

    11/23/2013 11:11:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 22 Nov 2013 08:11 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    US lawmakers will launch a “goodwill” mission to Europe next week to smooth ties frayed by spying revelations including allegedly on Chancellor Angela Merkel. Democratic Senator Chris Murphy and two members of the House of Representatives will visit Berlin on Monday and Brussels Tuesday to address the transatlantic partnership as well as concerns about National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance activities. …
  • Mavis Batey, Bletchley Park code breaker in World War II, dies at 92

    11/23/2013 7:29:30 AM PST · by NYer · 28 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 19, 2013 | Emily Langer
    Mavis Batey was a British student of 19, midway through her university course in German Romanticism, when she was recruited for a top-secret assignment during World War II.“This is going to be an interesting job, Mata Hari, seducing Prussian officers,” she recalled thinking years later. “But I don’t think either my legs or my German were good enough because they sent me to the Government Code and Cipher School.”In May 1940, Mrs. Batey — then the unmarried Mavis Lever — joined the team of code breakers at Bletchley Park, the British cryptography headquarters. Trained in the enemy’s language and endowed...
  • Rights groups urge UN to back privacy protection

    11/21/2013 5:25:18 PM PST · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 21, 2013 6:53 PM EST | Edith M. Lederer
    Human rights groups urged the U.N. General Assembly Thursday to approve a resolution to protect the right to privacy against unlawful surveillance in the digital age and criticized the U.S. and its key allies for trying to weaken it. Brazil and Germany, whose leaders have allegedly been targeted by U.S. eavesdropping, circulated a revised draft late Wednesday after intense negotiations. The rights organizations said Thursday the text was “relatively undamaged,” despite lobbying by the U.S., Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, which comprise the “Five Eyes” intelligence-sharing group. The key compromise dropped the contention that the domestic and international interception...
  • A day that should live in infamy

    11/15/2013 12:03:35 PM PST · by Idaho_Cowboy · 20 replies
    Jewish ^ | November 15, 2013 | Diana West
    On Saturday, Nov. 16, the United States marks a milestone: the 80th anniversary of when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt recognized the Soviet Union and "normalized" U.S.-USSR relations. It is a day that should live in infamy. But it's a day that hardly anyone has ever heard of. I certainly hadn't before researching my book, "American Betrayal." As I studied the event, however, it became clear that it was on this day 80 years ago that what I call "American betrayal" began. It is the date on which the U.S. government institutionally learned to lie. After the Bolsheviks seized dictatorial powers...
  • Death of British spy found in locked gym bag ruled 'accident'

    11/13/2013 5:10:15 PM PST · by Bratch · 41 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | November 13, 2013 | Carol J. Williams
    Scotland Yard on Wednesday reversed a coroner's finding of foul play in the 2010 death of British spy Gareth Williams, concluding that an accident was likely responsible for the death of the code-breaker whose naked, decomposing body was found stuffed inside a zipped and padlocked gym bag. London Metropolitan Police investigators had undertaken a review of evidence in the case 16 months ago, after initial restrictions on homicide detectives' access to details of Williams' intelligence work were lifted by the British secret service, MI6. Deputy Asst. Commissioner Martin Hewitt told journalists in London that investigators only had access to Williams'...
  • NSA Scandal Warning: Are US Facilities in Germany at Greater Risk?

    11/11/2013 12:20:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | November 11, 2013 – 01:44 PM
    Following recent revelations about NSA spying, Spiegel has learned that Germany’s Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution recently issued a security warning to authorities in the country’s 16 states. The domestic intelligence agency warned in an Oct. 30 letter that “an emotional response from certain segments of the population cannot be ruled out” and recommended that “security measures aimed at protecting US facilities in Germany should be increased.” The agency said the background behind the “potential threat” was ongoing discussions about the “collection of Germans’ data by the United States.” …
  • Paradise Lost: Paranoia Has Undermined US Democracy

    11/10/2013 1:41:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | November 08, 2013 – 04:54 PM | Dirk Kirbjuweit
    Agent Carrie Mathison is a topical figure. The main character in the American TV series “Homeland,” played by the wonderful Claire Danes, shows her true relevance in the first few episodes, in which Mathison is nervously sitting at home, observing and listening in on the life of a terror suspect on a large screen. His apartment is bugged and Mathison is determined to find out as much as she can about him. She is hysterical, bipolar, paranoid and sick—all advantageous traits for her job. The real-life intelligence services of the United States take things much further than agent Carrie Mathison....
  • The CIA’s Most Highly-Trained Spies Weren’t Even Human

    11/08/2013 3:45:56 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Smithsonian Magazine ^ | October 2013 | Tom Vanderbiltil
    As a former trainer reveals, the U.S. government deployed nonhuman operatives—ravens, pigeons, even cats—to spy on cold war adversariesThere would be a rustle of oily black feathers as a raven settled on the window ledge of a once-grand apartment building in some Eastern European capital. The bird would pace across the ledge a few times but quickly depart. In an apartment on the other side of the window, no one would shift his attention from the briefing papers or the chilled vodka set out on a table. Nor would anything seem amiss in the jagged piece of gray slate resting...
  • Kerry: it’s tense with Germany but we can fix it

    11/07/2013 11:43:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 07 Nov 2013 11:44 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    US Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged in a German newspaper on Thursday that “tensions” had arisen between the US and Germany over revelations of US espionage, but said relations would remain strong. The German government is studying the possibility of questioning US fugitive leaker Edward Snowden in Russia after admitting he could be in danger of extradition if he were to come to Germany. … Asked what needed to be done to repair US-German ties, Kerry said that Washington was talking with its German partners “about how we better coordinate our secret service efforts and, in doing so, can...
  • Germany asks British ambassador to explain spying report

    11/06/2013 12:12:00 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Nov 5, 2013 5:30pm EST | (Berlin bureau)
    Germany on Tuesday asked the British ambassador to come to the foreign ministry to discuss a newspaper report that a covert spying station was operating in Berlin with hi-tech equipment mounted on the embassy roof. Documents leaked by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden show that Britain’s surveillance agency is operating a network of “electronic spy posts” from within a stone’s throw of the Bundestag and German chancellor’s office, the Independent reported. …
  • Reding says EU should create own spy agency (EU Justice Commissioner)

    11/04/2013 1:09:40 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 11.04.13 @ 18:16 | Andrew Rettman
    EU justice commissioner Viviane Reding has said the Union should create its own intelligence service by 2020. Speaking on Monday (4 November) to Greek daily Naftemporiki on the US snooping scandal, she said: “What we need is to strengthen Europe in this field, so we can level the playing field with our US partners.” She added: “I would therefore wish to use this occasion to negotiate an agreement on stronger secret service co-operation among the EU member states—so that we can speak with a strong common voice to the US. The NSA needs a counterweight. My long-term proposal would therefore...
  • Stasi, KGB were child’s play compared to today

    11/03/2013 8:56:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 11.01.2013 | Andreas Illmer
    It seems that every day brings new claims and counter-claims about who’s spying on whom. Governments are trying to limit the damage, but that damage is not limited to governments, expert Jeremie Zimmermann told DW.… It’s something of historical amplitude and we still need to take some distance to be able to understand what is exactly going on. What we see is the unraveling of the very infrastructure for a total surveillance society that we are realizing, day by day, is already deployed all around the world under our feet. The infrastructure for surveilling everything about everybody all the time....
  • ‘Snowden testimony would be a disaster’

    11/02/2013 10:38:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 213 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 11/02/2013 | Gero Schließ
    “It would be a disaster for American-German relations if Snowden came to Germany and publicly testified before the Bundestag.” What Green MP Christian Ströbele ultimately is hoping for after his surprise visit with Edward Snowden in Moscow would be a nightmare for Stephen Szabo of the German Marshall Fund, as well for the Obama administration. The relationship between the two countries is headed towards “a deep, downward spiral,” says Szabo. This must be stopped. If Snowden were to come to Germany with official blessing, the situation would escalate further, warns the long-time Germany expert and vice-president of the German Marshall...
  • "American Betrayal" Goes to the 36th Annual Pumpkin Papers Irregulars Dinner

    11/02/2013 2:09:45 PM PDT · by Fiji Hill · 3 replies
    Diana West ^ | November 1, 2013 | Diana West
    I am very happy to reveal that at this year's gathering of the Pumpkins Papers Irregulars, a deluxe dinner held in Washington by intelligence experts and interested observers to honor the memory of Whittaker Chambers and his triumph over the traitor Alger Hiss, I was given the annual honor of lighting the pumpkin and later addressing the assembly about American Betrayal. Highlights of the evening included warm tributes to fallen Cold Warriors: M. Stanton Evans on the late Herbert Romerstein (1931-2013), and Paul Kengor on the late Judge William P. Clark (1931-2013). This year's "coveted" Victor Navasky Award, presented by...
  • Kerry: Some NSA surveillance reached “too far”

    11/01/2013 7:28:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 1, 2013 6:11 PM EDT | Deb Riechmann
    Secretary of State John Kerry’s remark that some National Security Agency surveillance “reached too far” was the first time a high-ranking Obama administration official acknowledged that U.S. snooping abroad might be seen as overzealous. After launching into a vigorous defense of surveillance as an effective counterterror tool, Kerry acknowledged to a video conference on open government in London that “in some cases, I acknowledge to you, as has the president, that some of these actions have reached too far, and we are going to make sure that does not happen in the future.” …
  • US 'spied on future Pope Francis during Vatican conclave'

    10/30/2013 8:11:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | October 30, 2013 | Nick Squires
    The National Security Agency spied on the future Pope Francis before and during the Vatican conclave at which he was chosen to succeed Benedict XVI, it was claimed on Wednesday. The American spy agency monitored telephone calls made to and from the residence in Rome where the then Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio stayed during the conclave, the secret election at which cardinals chose him as pontiff on March 13. The claims were made by Panorama, an Italian weekly news magazine, which said that the NSA monitored the telephone calls of many bishops and cardinals at the Vatican in the...
  • EU delegation to probe whether EU helped NSA

    10/30/2013 1:58:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 30, 2013 2:29 PM EDT
    Members of a delegation from the European Union Parliament say they will look into a claim by the director of the National Security Agency that European countries helped it collect phone records in Europe. NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander told Congress the U.S. was given data by NATO partners as part of a program to protect military interests. …
  • US spying: Britain forced to sign EU statement expressing ‘deep concern’

    10/26/2013 5:56:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12:44PM BST 25 Oct 2013 | Bruno Waterfield and Christopher Hope
    Britain has been forced to “silently acquiesce” to a European Union statement expressing “deep concern” over American spying and intelligence operations that have undermined trust between Europe’s governments. Germany and France joined forces in the early hours of Friday morning to isolate Britain by demanding that United States sign a “code of conduct” with them and other EU countries to prevent American intelligence services spying on Europe. … Following tense talks throughout Thursday night a Brussels summit on the conduct of US snooping operations, including accusations that Britain was spying on Italy, David Cameron was forced by 27 other European...
  • NSA spying threatens to hamper US foreign policy

    10/26/2013 9:04:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 26, 2013 10:19 AM EDT | Deb Riechmann
    Secretary of State John Kerry went to Europe to talk about Mideast peace, Syria and Iran. What he got was an earful of outrage over U.S. snooping abroad. President Barack Obama has defended America’s surveillance dragnet to leaders of Russia, Mexico, Brazil, France and Germany, but the international anger over the disclosures shows no signs of abating in the short run. … Diplomatic relations are built on trust. If America’s credibility is in question, the U.S. will find it harder to maintain alliances, influence world opinion and maybe even close trade deals. …
  • BREAKING: NSA Has Been Monitoring Calls of 35 World Leaders

    10/24/2013 12:30:47 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 24, 2013 | Heather Ginsberg
    According to The Guardian, the NSA has been monitoring the phone conversations of 35 world leaders after being given the numbers by an official in another U.S. government department. This has all been revealed in documents provided by Edward Snowden. The memo, given over by the whistleblower, shows that the NSA encourages senior officials in its “customer” departments (meaning White House, Department of State and the Pentagon) to share their rolodexes so that they could add phone numbers of foreign politicians to their surveillance lists. This same document also notes that one official in particular gave over 200 numbers, of...
  • Frenemies: Spying on Allies Fits Obama’s Standoffish Profile

    10/24/2013 10:59:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | October 24, 2013 – 07:20 PM | Gregor Peter Schmitz
    Diplomats are not surprised that the security agencies under US President Barack Obama have reportedly been monitoring close allies like German Chancellor Angela Merkel. He has failed to foster close relationships with other heads of state, causing much frustration around the world. … The Democrat, who prefers to spend his evenings with his family or alone in front of his computer, has made it no secret in Washington that he does not want to make new friends. That maxim especially applies to his foreign diplomacy. Unlike his predecessor George W. Bush, Obama is loved by the people of the world,...
  • Berlin Says U.S. May Be Spying on Merkel’s Phone

    10/23/2013 5:50:42 PM PDT · by bkopto · 15 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Oct 23, 2013 | Anton Troianovski, Jared A. Favole
    Germany said it believed that U.S. intelligence agencies may be spying on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone, an intrusion that it said would constitute a “grave breach of trust” between the longtime allies. Ms. Merkel called President Barack Obama on Wednesday and made clear that such surveillance among allies would be “fully unacceptable,” her spokesman, Steffen [...]
  • Fresh Leak on US Spying: NSA Accessed Mexican President's Email

    10/22/2013 2:13:16 PM PDT · by bkopto · 10 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | Oct 20, 2013 | Jens Glüsing, Laura Poitras, Marcel Rosenbach and Holger Stark
    The NSA has been systematically eavesdropping on the Mexican government for years. It hacked into the president's public email account and gained deep insight into policymaking and the political system. The news is likely to hurt ties between the US and Mexico. The National Security Agency (NSA) has a division for particularly difficult missions. Called "Tailored Access Operations" (TAO), this department devises special methods for special targets. That category includes surveillance of neighboring Mexico, and in May 2010, the division reported its mission accomplished. A report classified as "top secret" said: "TAO successfully exploited a key mail server in the...
  • Turkey revealed Israeli spy ring to Iran-report

    10/17/2013 8:42:35 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Oct 17, 2013 5:37am EDT
    JERUSALEM, Oct 17 (Reuters) - Turkey deliberately blew the cover of an Israeli spy ring working inside Iran in early 2012 and dealt a significant blow to Israeli intelligence gathering, according to a report in the Washington Post on Thursday. There was no immediate comment from Israel or Turkey, but Israeli ministers have accused Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of adopting an anti-Israeli stance in recent years to bolster his country's standing in the Muslim world. Once-strong relations between Turkey and Israel hit the rocks in 2010 after Israeli commandos killed nine Turkish activists who were seeking to break...
  • Snowden warns of government spying in first Russia video

    10/12/2013 11:38:56 PM PDT · by cunning_fish · 8 replies
    Moscow (AFP) - US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden warned of dangers to democracy in the first video released of the fugitive since Russia granted him temporary asylum in August. "If we can't understand the policies and programmes of our government we can't grant our consent in regulating them," Snowden said in one of the short video clips posted on the WikiLeaks website Friday night. The anti-secrecy group said the videos were filmed Wednesday when Snowden met with a group of four retired US ex-intelligence workers and activists now seeking to promote ethics within the profession. Snowden, a former National Security...