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  • Tapped Calls Show Russian Servicemen Active in Ukraine, Security Service Says

    04/15/2014 1:58:45 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Apr. 15 2014 12:14 | Anna Dolgov
    In another of the phone calls, the SBU video cited a Moscow phone number for one of the callers, identified only as "Alexander" in the video. Ukrainska Pravda reported that the number belonged to a pro-Kremlin publicist Alexander Borodai, and cited unidentified sources as saying that the man had been entrusted with the "Crimea question" and now is handling the "Donetsk question" in eastern Ukraine. In February, Borodai published a YouTube video, titled: "How to Divide Ukraine." The SBU said in a statement that Russia had begun "large-scale military aggression" in eastern Ukraine by deploying "subversive groups" of servicemen from...
  • The True Role of the FSB in the Ukrainian Crisis

    04/15/2014 1:16:08 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Apr. 15 2014 18:02 | Andrei Soldatov
    The intrigue is growing over the Federal Security Service's involvement in Ukraine. On April 11, Ukraine's Deputy Prosecutor General said there was no evidence implicating the FSB in events on Maidan Square. At the same time, it is officially confirmed that FSB generals visited Kiev on Feb. 20 to 21. Recall that the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry sent a note to Moscow on April 4 demanding to know why FSB Colonel General Sergei Beseda visited Kiev on Feb. 20 and 21, and that the very next day Interfax cited a source in Russian intelligence confirming that visit. The answer as to...
  • The poor neglected gifted child

    03/20/2014 8:33:23 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 89 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | March 16, 2014 | By Amy Crawford
    In a recent paper, Lubinski and his colleagues caught up with one cohort of 320 people now in their late 30s. At 12, their SAT math or verbal scores had placed them among the top one-100th of 1 percent. Today, many are CEOs, professors at top research universities, transplant surgeons, and successful novelists. That outcome sounds like exactly what you’d imagine should happen: Top young people grow into high-achieving adults. In the education world, the study has provided important new evidence that it really is possible to identify the kids who are likely to become exceptional achievers in the future,...
  • Suspected Russian spyware Turla targets Europe, U.S.

    03/07/2014 9:05:54 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3-7-14 | Peter Apps and Jim Finkle
    A sophisticated piece of spyware has been quietly infecting hundreds of government computers across Europe and the United States in one of the most complex cyber espionage programs uncovered to date. Several security researchers and Western intelligence officers say they believe the malware, widely known as Turla, is the work of the Russian government and linked to the same software used to launch a massive breach on the U.S. military uncovered in 2008. Those assessments were based on analysis of tactics employed by hackers, along with technical indicators and the victims they targeted.
  • They're already called 'vertically challenged' - but are short people intellectually challenged too?

    03/05/2014 6:13:39 AM PST · by C19fan · 62 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 3, 2014 | Eleanor Harding
    They are already cursed with the rather unflattering label of ‘vertically challenged’. Now experts say short people may also be intellectually challenged too - or at least in comparison to their taller counterparts. A new study has found a link between IQ and height, suggesting that those who are shorter are on average more likely to be less intelligent. Academics identified genes that influence both height and IQ, and said there was a ‘significant genetic correlation’ between the two factors.
  • How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations

    03/01/2014 8:13:32 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 32 replies
    First ^ | Feb 24, 2014 | Glenn Greenwald
    Dispatches How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations A page from a GCHQ top secret document prepared by its secretive JTRIG unit "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...
  • Top intelligence chiefs warn Syria could become base for attacks against US

    02/04/2014 7:23:03 PM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Fox News, ^ | 2/4/14 | Jennifer Griffin
    For the second time in a week, the nation´s top intelligence chiefs Tuesday issued a scathing assessment of the global threats facing the United States, warning that Syria is becoming a base from which extremist, Al Qaeda-linked groups could attack the U.S. “We are concerned about the use of Syrian territory by the Al Qaeda organization to recruit individuals and develop the capability to be able not just to carry out attacks inside of Syria, but also to use Syria as a launching pad,” said CIA Director John Brennan at a hearing before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
  • Remember the 1970s, When Congress Actually Stood Up to the Intelligence Community?

    01/29/2014 8:24:35 AM PST · by lbryce · 6 replies
    History News Network ^ | January 29, 2014 | John Prados
    It was sad last week to wake up to news of the passing of former New York Democratic congressman Otis G. Pike. During the fierce debates of 1975, known as the “Year of Intelligence” (because the controversies of the day led to the first significant investigations of the actions of U.S. intelligence agencies) Representative Pike held to a steady course in the face of a concerted effort by the Ford administration -- and the CIA, NSA, and FBI of the day -- to head off any public inquiry. Sound familiar? Like the current controversy, ignited by leaks from NSA contract...
  • Sen. Leahy on NSA spying: We need to stop government from controlling American people

    01/19/2014 8:10:03 AM PST · by rktman · 23 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/19/2014 | Vince Coglianese
    Sen. Patrick Leahy says the American people are at risk of being controlled by their government due to the expansive surveillance powers of the National Security Agency. Speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” the Vermont Democrat and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee told host Chris Wallace that the nation’s lawmakers must act to return control of the government to the people.
  • Hillary Gets Knifed in Benghazi Drive By

    01/17/2014 5:39:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies ^ | January 17, 2014 | John Ransom
    So Benghazi finally claims another victim. The knife sticking out of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s back was stuck there slowly by fellow pantsuiter, Sen. Diane Fienstein, (D-Kalf.) who chairs the Senate Intelligence committee for the gentleman’s club also known as the United States Senate. That knife means that Hillary is probably dead. At least as a presidential candidate. Oh, yes, the New York Times won’t give it up quite yet. But for Hillary, it’s o-v-e-r. The Senate report on Benghazi released by Feinstein’s office is largely a compendium of what you, I and everyone outside of the...
  • NSA changes recommended by Obama’s group could politicize spy agency (all nations same as U.S.)

    12/19/2013 5:10:25 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 18, 2013 | Neil Munro
    The president’s hand-picked intelligence review panel has submitted a list of recommendations that would politicize the leadership and the routine operations of the nation’s leading military intelligence agency. The 46 recommendations urge the federal government to treat foreign enemies as courtroom-protected citizens, and to would require the soldiers working at the National Security Agency to negotiate day-to-day decisions with an array of private-sector lawyers. President Barack Obama met Wednesday with his five appointees on the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies, whose report was released late Wednesday afternoon. Obama is expected to announce his preferred policies next month, but...
  • Republican Author of Patriot Act Seeks Prosecution of Obama's Intelligence Director

    12/08/2013 10:19:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | December 8 | Mike Shedlock
    Obama's National Intelligence Director, James Clapper, blatantly lied to Congress last Spring when in response to a question stated the NSA does not "not wittingly" collect information on Americans in bulk. The lie was revealed thanks to American hero and true patriot, Edward Snowden. Proven a liar, Clapper now freely admits he gave the "least untruthful" answer he could without revealing classified information. The Hill reports Patriot Act author says "Obama’s intel czar should be prosecuted" Rep. James Sensenbrenner Jr., the original author of the Patriot Act, says Director of National Intelligence James Clapper should be prosecuted for lying to...
  • The more inept you are the smarter you think you are

    12/07/2013 1:37:07 PM PST · by EveningStar · 57 replies
    BBC ^ | November 25, 2013 | Tom Stafford
    Psychologists have shown humans are poor judges of their own abilities, from sense of humour to grammar. Those worst at it are the worst judges of all. You're pretty smart right? Clever, and funny too. Of course you are, just like me. But wouldn't it be terrible if we were mistaken? Psychologists have shown that we are more likely to be blind to our own failings than perhaps we realise. This could explain why some incompetent people are so annoying, and also inject a healthy dose of humility into our own sense of self-regard.
  • Intelligence failures turn deadly thanks to political corruption

    12/07/2013 8:03:07 AM PST · by darkwing104 · 11 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | December 7th, 2013 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    On the morning of December 7, 1941 American forces were surprised by a sneak attack launched by the Imperial Japanese Navy. This attack killed 2,402 Americans. The attack was an attempt to shut down the U.S. Navy to prevent it from interfering with the Empire’s plan to invade South East Asia and Western held territories. There were simultaneous Japanese attacks on the Philippine Islands and on British forces in Malaya, Singapore, and Hong Kong. This was, as President Franklin D. Roosevelt described it, “a date which will live in infamy.” Historians have blamed this attack on the failure of America’s...
  • The internet mystery that has the world baffled

    11/25/2013 5:24:19 PM PST · by Chode · 119 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 25 Nov 2013 | Chris Bell
    One evening in January last year, Joel Eriksson, a 34-year-old computer analyst from Uppsala in Sweden, was trawling the web, looking for distraction, when he came across a message on an internet forum. The message was in stark white type, against a black background.
  • U.S. justices reject call to review intelligence court action on phone records

    11/18/2013 10:59:31 AM PST · by EveningStar · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 18, 2013 | Lawrence Hurley
    The U.S. Supreme Court said on Monday it would not review a ruling by a secretive intelligence court that authorized government access to millions of Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N) phone-call records.
  • Here's an intelligence test for ObamaCare loving Americans...

    11/06/2013 1:12:16 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 4 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 11-6-13 | The Looking Spoon
    I doubt they'll pass it, if they're dumb enough to pursue such a policy they'll probably be too dumb to figure out that this graphic means it's not working.A former colleague from a job I had years ago (even before TLS) posted this to their Facebook wall...obviously they're unhappy about this.Even though I received permission to share this the name and any indicator of where they're from has been redacted to respect privacy.
  • US intelligence chief Clapper defends spying policy (to discern foreign leaders' intentions)

    10/29/2013 5:29:58 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/29/13 | BBC
    The head of US intelligence has told lawmakers that discerning foreign leaders' intentions is a key goal of the nation's spying operations. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said such efforts were a "top tenet" of US intelligence policy. But he told the intelligence panel of the House of Representatives the US did not "indiscriminately" spy on nations. Mr Clapper was reacting to a growing international row over reports the US eavesdropped on foreign allies. "Leadership intentions is kind of a basic tenet of what we collect and analyse," Mr Clapper said, adding that foreign allies spy on US officials...
  • Yale survey: Average tea partier has better science comprehension than general population

    10/18/2013 3:05:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 18, 2013 | Allahpundit
    Via the Independent Journal Review, I meant to post this yesterday but got sidetracked by the Chernobyl. Tea partiers are as far ahead of the science curve relative to the general population, Yale professor Dan Kahan’s data shows, as liberal Democrats are relative to conservative Republicans. It’s a small difference, but it’s there — and so sharply contrary is it to the left’s view of TPers that Kahan felt obliged to acknowledge that fact explicitly. I’ve got to confess, though, I found this result surprising. As I pushed the button to run the analysis on my computer, I fully...
  • Betrayal is a Game any Number can Play

    10/18/2013 9:33:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | October 18, 2013 | Suzanne Fields
    When the Germans found out from Edward Snowden that America's National Security Agency had spied on Germany, an outraged German artist projected onto a wall at the American embassy the words "United Stasi of America." Chancellor Angela Merkel was not so outraged. She said that American and German intelligence services had been working together in the service of the security of both countries. The comparison to the Stasi was absurd, particularly to Frau Merkel, who grew up in the East and who knew well the efficiency and extent of Stasi surveillance. When I was in Berlin earlier this month, the...
  • ‘Has No Intelligence’: John McCain Says Louie Gohmert Is A Moron

    10/16/2013 8:17:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 57 replies
    Pat Dollard ^ | 10/16/13 | NBC
    Sen. McCain says Rep. Gohmert has no intelligence, so therefore not capable of malice in his comment about McCain. #NBCNightlyNews
  • Flipper Fail: Dolphins May be Dumber Than We Think

    09/29/2013 5:17:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | September 27, 2013 – 01:49 PM | Philip Bethge
    Their social lives are complex, and they can congregate in large groups. Their heart rates increase when they notice a family member suffering. They sound the alarm when they discover food or a potential threat. And experiments have shown they even anticipate future events. Biologist Justin Gregg is talking about chickens. … For more than 50 years, the dolphin has been viewed as an especially intelligent creature, grouped together with human beings and great apes. But now a dispute on the subject has erupted among scientists, and the smart aleck of the seas may end up being just an average...
  • German intercepts clear Assad in sarin Attack

    09/10/2013 10:56:01 AM PDT · by Red Statements · 8 replies ^ | 09/10/2013 | Steven H Ahle
    Gerhard Schindler, told German lawmakeers last week, that they had intercepted many messages to the presidential palace in Damascus, asking for permission to use sarin gas, all of which Assad refused. This is a direct contradiction of the White House talking memos that claimed we had proof positive that Assad was behind the attacks. Gerhard Schindler is the head of the German Foreign Intelligence agency. Schindler, expressly told lawmakers that Assad did not order, nor did he approve of using sarin gas.
  • 2011 Ruling Found an N.S.A. Program Unconstitutional

    08/21/2013 4:09:40 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 21, 2013 | By CHARLIE SAVAGE and SCOTT SHANE
    <p>A recently revealed National Security Agency program that searches the contents of Americans’ international Internet communications for people who mention foreigners under surveillance violated the Constitution for several years, according to an October 2011 top secret court ruling made public on Wednesday.</p>
  • “Minor Errors” at NSA Are Anything But

    08/21/2013 4:06:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | August 21, 2013 | Bob Barr
    When Lord Acton noted famously in 1887 that, “power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” he could hardly have imagined just how powerful the agencies of government would become a century later, and just how apt his warning would be about the dangers of absolute power. Washington Post writer Barton Gellman reported last week that the National Security Agency violates privacy restrictions on monitoring innocent U.S. citizens thousands of times each year. This data comes not from an outside organization with an axe to grind with the powerful eavesdropping agency headquartered just outside the nation’s capitol in Ft....
  • The Civil War Rages in Public in Egypt; and in the United States Behind Closed Doors

    08/20/2013 4:28:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | August 20, 2013 | John Ransom
    There are many things for which on principle we should stand. As long-time readers know, I’m keenly sensitive to oil price movements, believing that high oil prices, more than any other single factor, were responsible for the systemic failure of the financial industry worldwide in 2008. I have often argued, thanks to the work of the our contributors at Political Calculations, that high gas prices result in layoffs in the private workforce, something we can ill afford right now. In general, my strongest indictment of the Obama administration is the abandonment of the common sense and common policy that gives...
  • How they hunt (how counter-insurgency intelligence and exploitation systems work)

    08/18/2013 8:48:59 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 7 replies
    I’ve cobbling this entry together between uptime and downtime over the last couple of weeks so bear with me on this one. I think there’s a fundamental misunderstanding of how counter-insurgency intelligence and exploitation systems work so I’m going to touch on them a bit in this entry.  It’s by no means comprehensive as that would take an entire volume to document.  So what I’m going to attempt to do here is give the reader some insight into how an insurgency is identified, exploited, and targeted using a fairly simple and brief scenario.Make no mistake that over the last...
  • Hillary Clinton implicated in most damaging release of national security information

    08/09/2013 5:05:44 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 23 replies
    Freedom Watch ^ | 8/6/13 | FreedomWatch
    (Washington, D.C., August 6, 2013) Last week, Freedom Watch, led by chairman and former prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Justice, Larry Klayman, unveiled in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit that Hillary Rodham Clinton is the likely leaker of classified state secrets to Washington New York Times chief correspondent David Sanger. There are unprecedented revelations, printed in the Times, that reveal the nation's cyber-warfare sources and methods against Iran's nuclear reactors and Israeli war plans among other classified leaks of sensitive information that severely harmed U.S.-Israeli national security. These leaks were perpetrated in the lead-up to the 2012 elections,...
  • Terror Threat Intelligence Not New, Agencies knew of threat to embassies, officials for months

    08/05/2013 4:18:37 PM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 8/5/13 | : Bill Gertz
    Intelligence regarding al Qaeda plans to attack U.S. embassies, officials, and interests last Sunday was known for months by U.S. intelligence agencies but was used only recently to trigger the closure of embassies and issuance of public warnings of impending attacks. Al Qaeda “chatter” about coming terrorist operations, mainly against 22 U.S. embassies and consulates, and threats to attack or bomb officials in the Middle East and elsewhere was widely reported in classified intelligence reports over several months. The report said an attack was planned for Sunday, although no attack was carried out. The intelligence was based on electronic surveillance...
  • 4-Year-Old NOLA Girl Becomes Mensa’s Newest Member

    07/30/2013 12:37:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    NewsOne ^ | Jul 30, 201 | Jul 30, 2013
    Anala Beevers of New Orleans learned the alphabet at four months of age and learned numbers in Spanish by the time she was 18-months-old. Now, at 4-years-old, she is a MENSA‘s newest member, AOL reports. MENSA, the international organization for the super smart, took notice and extended the young genius an invitation to join their exclusive club. The organization normally invites adults to the club, but Anala is truly an exception. She has an IQ of more than 145. Most of MENSA’s members are in the top two percent; Anala is in the top one percent. Watch AOL news story...
  • 4-year-old with IQ of 145 becomes Mensa's newest member

    08/01/2013 2:16:04 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 72 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | July 30, 2013 | Dylan Stableford
    Anala Beevers is 4 and smarter than you. Anala — who learned the alphabet when she was only 4 months old, her parents say — has an IQ over 145. The New Orleans toddler recently was invited to join Mensa, the high-IQ society for people who score at the 98th percentile or higher on the standardized intelligence test. Anala is in the 99th percentile. Anala loves geography, knows the location of every U.S. state and the names of their capitals. She even carries a map of America everywhere she goes.

    Things that make you go.......................Huh?
  • New protections coming for disgruntled intelligence workers

    07/07/2013 4:16:51 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Tucson Sentinel ^ | 7/05/13 | Douglas Birch
    The Obama administration is moving toward final implementation of new job protections for disgruntled intelligence employees who keep their complaints about wrongdoing within government channels. Some advocates for whistleblowers have hailed the move, which comes as Edward Snowden — who has claimed to be a U.S. national security whistleblower — accelerates his search for foreign asylum from a Moscow airport waiting room. By July 8, dozens of federal agencies are required to tell the White House in detail how they plan to implement an order the president signed last October that prohibits retaliation against those who flag “waste, fraud and...
  • How Soon Will Clapper be Indicted for Perjury?

    07/03/2013 12:24:03 PM PDT · by originalbuckeye · 37 replies
    7/3/13 | Originalbuckeye
    Will anyone find the spine to finally hold a top Democrat accountable for his criminality? You can bet if it was a Republican who lied under oath, the indictment would be swift and merciless.
  • National Intelligence Director Apologizes for Lying to Congress

    07/03/2013 1:50:30 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 58 replies
    U.S.News & World Report ^ | July 2, 2013 | PAUL D. SHINKMAN
    The director of National Intelligence apologized in June to the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee for lying during a hearing, according to a letter published on the DNI website on Tuesday. Director James Clapper appeared before the committee in March, where Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., asked him specifically if NSA spies on millions of Americans. Clapper answered, "No."
  • Unrestricted: China’s Plan to Use Terror Tactics Against the U.S

    06/28/2013 4:24:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | June 28, 2013 | John Ransom
    In the wake of hacking attacks on financial, intelligence and defense assets here in the U.S. that have been consistently reported for over 15 years in the United States, it’s time to label China what it really is: a terrorist nation. In fact it is the thought leader when it comes to methods of terror. Even before Osama Bin Laden and 19 of his followers rocked the western world by slamming three planes into prominent financial and military landmarks China published “Unrestricted Warfare” as an attempt to compensate militarily for the West’s unrivaled technological edge. More than just seeking to...
  • The Whistleblower Is Just A Tiny Part Of The Full Story

    06/24/2013 5:53:40 AM PDT · by Jeff Chandler · 7 replies
    The Whistleblower Is Just A Tiny Part Of The Full Story Initial impressions This newsletter finds it easier to believe whistleblower Edward Snowden than to believe Obama. The fellow who has exposed some of NSA’s secrets seems genuinely concerned about the implications of the gargantuan data-mining efforts. His statements have an inherent plausibility and do not seem the views of a crackpot conspiracy theorist. He raises genuine ethical concerns that are relevant to any massive surveillance operation. Unlike Assange (the creepy freak) and Manning (who seems slightly stupid and gullible), this fellow makes a good impression.
  • Michael Hastings’ Chilling Final Story

    06/19/2013 9:07:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | June 19, 2013 - 9:46 am | Bryan Preston
    Journalist Michael Hastings was killed early Tuesday morning in a bizarre car incident in Los Angeles. Hastings, 33, was best known for writing the Rolling Stone story that ended in Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s resignation as head of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Hastings’ final story, “Why Democrats Love to Spy on Americans,” was a searing take on the NSA snooping scandal, which Hastings described as “North Korea-esque.” Hastings pulled no punches as he linked the NSA scandal to the Department of Justice’s spying on reporters and the IRS abuse scandal. Hastings built a case that the same Democrats who turned Bush-era...
  • 10 year sentence for Hawaii soldier convicted in data leak

    06/16/2013 1:40:43 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 12 replies
    Hawaii News Now ^ | June 15, 2013 | Hawaii News Now
    Honolulu (HawaiiNewsNow) - A military jury has found a Schofield Barracks officer guilty of illegally possessing and passing classified national defense information. Military prosecutors say Army Maj. Seivirak Inson, 43, attempted to hand over a number of military secrets to members connected to the Cambodian government between 2009 and 2012. Prosecutors say that Inson -- who is of Cambodian ancestry -- took classified U.S. intelligence reports about the Cambodian military and gave it to unauthorized personnel. The military jury on Friday evening sentenced Maj. Inson to 10 years in prison, forfeiture of pay and dismissal from the Army. The jury...
  • Hawaii real estate agent says source for reports on gov't surveillance left home on May 1

    06/10/2013 1:13:58 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | Sunday, June 9, 2013 | Associated Press
    Waipahu, Hawaii –  A Hawaii real estate agent says Edward Snowden and his girlfriend moved out of their home in a quiet neighborhood near Honolulu on May 1, leaving nothing behind. . . . . . Snowden is a 29-year-old contractor who says he's the source behind reports about the U.S. government's secret surveillance programs. The Guardian newspaper reported Sunday that he was working in a National Security Agency office in Hawaii. He left for Hong Kong on May 20 and has remained there since. . . . . .
  • What is DARPA Connect the Dots..a little history

    06/07/2013 6:12:55 AM PDT · by seeker41 · 28 replies
    internet | 06/07/2013 | self
    DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) was established 1958. It reports directly to the Secretary of Defense and operates independently of the rest of military research and development. Search XDATA and check past executives since zero took office.
  • NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily

    06/06/2013 3:22:23 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 9 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 6-5-2013 | Glenn Greenwald
    Exclusive: Top secret court order requiring Verizon to hand over all call data shows scale of domestic surveillance under Obama The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America's largest telecoms providers, under a top secret court order issued in April. The order, a copy of which has been obtained by the Guardian, requires Verizon on an "ongoing, daily basis" to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the US and between the US and other countries. The document shows for the first...
  • Keeping Tabs (Mark Steyn)

    05/26/2013 8:32:20 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 12 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 5/26/2013 | Mark Steyn
    In his big speech the other day, President Obama said, “Much of our best counterterrorism cooperation results in the gathering and sharing of intelligence.” And much of the gathering and sharing results in …nothing. The Woolwich butcher was deported from Kenya on suspicion of terrorism and captured on video calling for the beheading of British soldiers …but that didn’t prevent him beheading a British soldier. Just as Tamerlan Tsarnaev was brought to the US Government’s attention by the Russians, but that didn’t prevent him blowing up the Boston Marathon. And the Pantybomber was fingered by his own dad to the...
  • Less is more for smart perception

    05/24/2013 12:54:32 PM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies
    Science News ^ | May 23, 2013 | Bruce Bower
    Brains of high-IQ people automatically ignore the least relevant sights People with high IQs see the world in their own way. Their brains seamlessly separate the visual wheat from the chaff, allowing them to home in on the most relevant information, a new study finds. Using a simple visual exercise, a team led by psychologist Duje Tadin of the University of Rochester in New York found that high-IQ volunteers excelled at detecting the direction in which small objects moved but struggled at tracking large moving objects. That’s a useful trait, the scientists report May 23 in Current Biology. In many...
  • Western Civilization Dumber Than 100 Years Ago

    05/23/2013 5:19:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | May 23, 2013 | William Bigelow
    A new study may stimulate the old adage of respecting your elders; it says the general level of intelligence in the Western Hemisphere has declined since the Victorian Era. The study claims the IQ numbers are 14 points lower than from the 19th century. One of the authors of the study, Dr. Jan te Nijenhuis, professor of work and organizational psychology at the University of Amsterdam, says the cause of the movement toward stupidity is that smarter women have fewer children while those of lower intelligence have more children. But Dr. Gerald Crabtree, professor of pathology and developmental biology at...
  • Thoughts on Insurgencies #9 North Ireland AKA The Troubles (Things an effective resistance must do)

    05/23/2013 8:03:21 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 10 replies
    Today I want to talk about The Troubles. I previously talked about Operation Banner An Analysis of British Operations in North Ireland.That is worth reading though it is a bit dry. So here we go. For a brief recap the problems between England and Ireland probably go back 900 years or so. We will focus a bit more on current history. The Anglo- Irish war from roughly (start and stop points are hard for guerrilla wars) 1919 to 1922 ended up partitioning Ireland into 2 entities. The 26 counties that make up the majority of Ireland were granted Dominion...
  • Researchers suggest Victorian-era people more intelligent than modern-day counterparts

    05/18/2013 5:32:16 PM PDT · by rjbemsha · 49 replies
    PhyOrg ^ | 17 May 2013 | Bob Yirka
    In a new study, a European research team suggests that the average intelligence level of Victorian-era people was higher than that of modern-day people. They base their controversial assertion on reaction times (RT) to visual stimuli given as tests to people from the late 1800s to modern times—the faster the reaction time, they say, the smarter the person.
  • Al-Qaeda Infiltrator’s Cover Blown…But Where Is The Media Hysteria?

    05/17/2012 8:02:22 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 11 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-16-12 | Curt
    Do you recall a time, a few years back, when the media wouldn't shut up about a supposed outing of an agent? Yup, the left and the media were pissed. I bet you could just imagine the firestorm of coverage that would result if instead of a former Secretary of State leaking a name it was our President....right? Guess not: Just a week ago the establishment media was aflutter with news that a CIA double-agent had thwarted a new type of underwear bomb attack targeting U.S. flights in a plot devised by al-Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula. But as...

    05/01/2013 7:22:24 PM PDT · by grimalkin · 11 replies ^ | 5/1/13 | Breitbart
    On Wednesday, counterterrorism expert and retired Marine Lt. Col. Bill Cowan told Breitbart News that the Obama administration’s failure to work for the release of Pakistani doctor Shakil Afridi, who helped the US find Osama Bin Laden, was “disgraceful.” He also labeled it a massive intelligence risk for future operations. “From a pure intelligence perspective,” said Cowan, “anybody who is providing clandestine intelligence support to us, any assets who are agents, have to be nervous when they see how we threw Dr. Afridi under the bus for political purposes. We would look as though we were mean and tough in...
  • Entropy law linked to intelligence, say researchers

    04/23/2013 8:31:45 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 20 replies
    BBC ^ | April 23, 2013 | Jason Palmer
    A modification to one of the most fundamental laws of physics may provide a link to the rise of intelligence, cooperation - even upright walking. The idea of entropy describes the way in which the Universe heads inexorably toward a higher state of disorder. A mathematical model in Physical Review Letters proposes that systems maximise entropy in the present and the future. Simple simulations based on the idea reproduce a variety of real-world cases that reflect intelligent behaviour. The idea of entropy is fundamentally an intuitive one - that the Universe tends in general to a more disordered state. But...