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  • I think it was a mistake for him to say that [VANITY]

    07/28/2016 7:29:50 AM PDT · by nwrep · 98 replies
    Various ^ | July 28, 2016 | nwrep
    I hope he wins, but it was a mistake for him to say what he said yesterday, for two reasons: 1. As a general rule, you never get in the way of your opponents destroying themselves. 2. At least temporarily, it united them (and the media, same thing) in a spasm of indignation against him, smoothing over their divisions and directing all ire against him. Even if it is a distraction from her coronation, it has put him on the defensive and given people who are still undecided (not us here, but out in the non-political world) one more reason...
  • Hackers who leaked DNC files also broke into Clinton Foundation (June 22, 2016 story)

    07/25/2016 12:29:57 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 92 replies
    The same hackers who penetrated the Democratic National Committee also succeeded in breaking into the Clinton Foundation, it was disclosed Tuesday. The news broke just as leaks from the DNC hack — which was disclosed last week — began to appear online. The perpetrators were said to have “links to the Russian government,” according to Bloomberg News, which first reported that the foundation had been compromised. –– ADVERTISEMENT –– “The hackers in fact sought data from at least 4,000 individuals associated with US politics — party aides, advisers, lawyers and foundations — for about seven months,” Bloomberg reported. US officials...
  • Snowden: NSA Knows Who's Behind DNC Hack

    07/25/2016 12:45:54 PM PDT · by Weeble · 48 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 07/25/2016 | Tyler Durden
    FBI said it is now investigating how thousands of DNC emails were hacked, a breach that Hillary Clinton's campaign maintains was committed by Russia to benefit Donald Trump. Indeed, as noted yesterday, Clinton's campaign, citing "experts", pointed to a massive hacking of DNC computers in June that cybersecurity firms linked to the Russian government. One way would be to listen to the person who should know all about this stuff: Edward Snowden. "Evidence that could publicly attribute responsibility for the DNC hack certainly exists at #NSA"
  • PayPal’s Links to Palantir, a..Technology Used by Intelligence, Law Enforcement and Military

    11/30/2011 6:58:23 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 16 replies
    Cryptogon ^ | 27 November 2011 | Kevin Flaherty
    And guess where they’re located? That’s right: Facebook’s former building.I couldn’t make it up if I tried.Via: Bloomberg:An organization like the CIA or FBI can have thousands of different databases, each with its own quirks: financial records, DNA samples, sound samples, video clips, maps, floor plans, human intelligence reports from all over the world. Gluing all that into a coherent whole can take years. Even if that system comes together, it will struggle to handle different types of data—sales records on a spreadsheet, say, plus video surveillance images. What Palantir (pronounced Pal-an-TEER) does, says Avivah Litan, an analyst at Gartner...
  • Christmas bomber case appeal challenges NSA surveillance

    07/06/2016 7:39:45 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/06/2016 | Kristena Hansen | AP
    Mohamud is appealing his 2013 conviction on grounds that he was entrapped by undercover federal agents posing as al-Qaida members and the warrantless surveillance of his foreign communications violated his constitutional rights. It marks the first time a federal appeals court is considering whether the National Security Agency’s foreign surveillance programs — the same ones that came under scrutiny after the Edward Snowden leaks a few years ago — violate the Fourth Amendment rights of criminal defendants. Stephen Sady, Mohamud’s public defender, and another attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union urged the court for a new trial on grounds...
  • Emails show NSA rejected Hillary Clinton's request for secure smartphone

    07/06/2016 5:33:18 AM PDT · by Protect the Bill of Rights · 26 replies
    CBS NEWS ^ | 16 March 2016 | CBS/AP
    ....emails....show a 2009 [Clinton] request to issue a secure government smartphone to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was denied by the National Security Agency. (Snip) Resolving the issue was given such priority as to result in a face-to-face meeting between Clinton chief of staff Cheryl Mills, seven senior State Department staffers with five NSA security experts. .......the request was driven by Clinton's reliance on her BlackBerry for email and keeping track of her calendar. Clinton chose not to use a laptop or desktop computer that could have provided her access to email in her office, according to the summary..........
  • Clinton probe tests FBI chief

    08/17/2015 7:48:15 PM PDT · by Mariner · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/17/15 04:07 PM EDT | By Jordain Carney
    FBI Director James Comey is being thrust into the spotlight as the controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton’s personal email server intensifies. The FBI is investigating the security of Clinton’s email setup, including if classified information was mishandled. The probe is putting the nation’s top law enforcement agency at the center of a political battle leading into the 2016 election. Comey has long shown an independent streak that's gained him wide bipartisan praise and helped him sail to a 93-1 confirmation vote in the Senate. That independence will be tested with Republican lawmakers demanding answers and the Clinton team dismissive of a...
  • Does Mike Bloomberg Know Something We Don’t About the Clinton FBI Probe?

    01/27/2016 11:28:25 AM PST · by TangledUpInBlue · 24 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | 1/27 | Liz Peek
    Another explanation is that he sees trouble ahead for Hillary Clinton. Because of his close relationship with former NYC police Chief Ray Kelly and others in the law enforcement community, he might have the inside track on the FBI investigation into the former Secretary of State’s handling of classified documents and questionable foundation-related activities. Democrats have done a fine job of completely dismissing the FBI inquiry, but the possibility that Clinton could face serious legal hurdles may be encouraging Bloomberg’s ambitions. The probe is not, as some Hillary backers have claimed, scandal-mongering by right-wing zealots. It is a serious investigation,...
  • Hackers use Google to find website vulnerabilities

    02/23/2008 12:30:32 PM PST · by george76 · 29 replies · 396+ views
    Agence France Presse ^ | Feb 22, 2008
    Infamous computer hacker group Cult of the Dead Cow (CDC) said Friday it is offering a software tool that lets people use Google to scan websites for security flaws. CDC says a "Goolag Scanner" program based on work done by a hacker using the name "Johnny I Hack Stuff" is available for free download at its website. The tool lets people with fundamental programming skills check websites or Internet domains for weaknesses that could be exploited by hackers, according to CDC. The group said it uncovered "some pretty scary holes" through random tests of the tool in North America, Europe,...
  • How to surf anonymously without a trace

    03/13/2007 6:29:37 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 93 replies · 19,520+ views
    ComputerWorld ^ | 12 March 2007 | Preston Gralla
    The punchline to an old cartoon is "On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog," but these days, that's no longer true. It's easier than ever for the government, Web sites and private businesses to track exactly what you do online, know where you've visited, and build up comprehensive profiles about your likes, dislikes and private habits. And with the federal government increasingly demanding online records from sites such as Google and others, your online privacy is even more endangered. But you don't need to be a victim. There are things you can do to keep your surfing habits anonymous...
  • Judge says the FBI can hack your computer without a warrant

    06/25/2016 9:30:05 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 58 replies
    Endgadget ^ | June 24, 2016 | By Jessica Conditt
    'Computers accessing the internet can -- and eventually will -- be hacked,' says Judge Henry Coke Morgan, Jr. The FBI did not need a warrant to hack a US citizen's computer, according to a ruling handed down on Tuesday by Senior US District Court Judge Henry Coke Morgan, Jr. If the decision is upheld, it may have ripple effects that essentially allow government agencies to remotely search and seize information from any computer in the US without a warrant, probable cause or suspicion, the EFF argues.The ruling relates to a worldwide FBI sting dubbed Operation Pacifier that targeted child pornography...
  • It appears Facebook is now a franchisee of the NSA

    06/24/2016 9:22:48 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 102 replies
    2016-06-24
    I have a facebook account under a silly name that I use to log into other sites to make political comments. Today facebook has demanded that I upload a photo ID from a state-issued driver's license, passport, military ID card, etc. before I can log in again. I have screen shots of the demands that I will upload to this thread when I get home. It may be time to go dark on the Interwebs. My spidey sense is tingling.
  • Breaking: Wife of Orlando terrorist is now missing

    06/16/2016 12:39:43 PM PDT · by blueyon · 197 replies
    RedStatewatcher ^ | 6/16/16 | ???
    At a Fort Pierce home owned by members of the Mateen family, Seddique Mateen — father of the Orlando massacre shooter Omar Mateen — said Omar's wife Noor Salman is "no longer here" and that she was no longer in the area. He would not say where she had gone.
  • Obama Proposes Taking Away Constitutional Rights Based on Browser History (Video)

    06/04/2016 10:47:27 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 39 replies
    AllOutdoor.com ^ | June 3, 2016 | Jon Stokes
    This is not a clickbait headline. This is an actual, real thing that the president just proposed in the second half of this PBS Newshour video: Starting at the 1:57 mark, Obama says: I just came from a meeting, today, in the situation room, in which I’ve got people who we know have been on ISIL websites living here in the United States — US citizens. And we’re allowed to put them on the no fly list when it comes to airlines, but because of the National Rifle Association I cannot prohibit those people from buying guns! This is somebody...
  • Obama Admits The Government Monitors Your Browsing History

    06/06/2016 12:59:12 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 17 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 05 June 2016 | Tyler Durden
    During a PBS town hall meeting, president Obama was asked why he and Hillary want to control and restrict guns and ammunition to responsible gun owners. Obama's response was the typical stock answer of rejecting the "notion" that anyone is hell-bent on taking away "folks' guns", yada yada. However, as AllOutdoor notes, if you listen carefully to Obama's full response, there is a comment Obama gives about knowing browser history that should sent everyone into a blind rage. "I just came from a meeting, today, in the situation room, in which I’ve got people who we know have been on...
  • Trump's Islam Narrative Is Just Reality

    06/06/2016 3:50:55 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 8 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | June 6, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    Former NSA head Michael Hayden recently joined a chorus of Trump’s critics blasting him for offending Muslims. “The jihadist narrative is that there is undying enmity between Islam and the modern world, so when Trump says they all hate us, he’s using their narrative," he said. That’s true. It’s also meaningless because in this case the narrative is reality.
  • McConnell: Holder 'Worst' AG, Snowden Comments 'Truly Outrageous'

    05/31/2016 8:46:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Tuesday, 31 May 2016 09:35 AM | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Former Attorney Gen. Eric Holder’s contention that former NSA contractor Edward Snowden performed a “public service” by leaking classified documents is “outrageous,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday. “That’s a truly outrageous comment,” the Kentucky senator told Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” program. “It makes me glad I voted against confirming him. He’s the worst attorney general in history.” […] McConnell, pivoting to his book, recounted behind-the-scenes dealings with President Barack Obama, saying that it was Vice President Joe Biden who was the one who could really get things done. “The president is a very smart guy, but I...
  • Trump or not, ‘big data’ could be huge in 2016 vote

    05/28/2016 9:33:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 28, 2016 | AFP
    “Big data” could play a huge role in the 2016 US election, even if Donald Trump doesn’t think so. Trump, who sailed through the Republican primaries using unconventional campaign rallies and Twitter messages, has indicated that he sees little use for popular data analytics tools to help target specific voters. But analysts say he may be at a disadvantage in the general election if he stays on that course. “In the primaries, he was only looking for Republican voters, and in the general he needs all voters,” said Alan Rosenblatt, a digital political strategist...
  • How the Pentagon punished NSA whistleblowers

    05/22/2016 6:35:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 5/22/16 | Mark Hertsgaard
    By now, almost everyone knows what Edward Snowden did. He leaked top-secret documents revealing that the National Security Agency was spying on hundreds of millions of people across the world, collecting the phone calls and emails of virtually everyone on Earth who used a mobile phone or the internet. When this newspaper began publishing the NSA documents in June 2013, it ignited a fierce political debate that continues to this day – about government surveillance, but also about the morality, legality and civic value of whistleblowing. Sign up to the long read email Read more But if you want to...
  • Susan Rice: Too Many Whites On National Security Team Putting America At Risk

    05/22/2016 5:19:44 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 103 replies
    Susan Rice: Too Many Whites On National Security Team Putting America At Risk Published May 22, 2016 Truth Revolt National Security Advisor Susan Rice told graduates at Florida International University that the presence of too many "white, male, and Yale" staffers is posing a threat to the security of America. read more at truthrevolt.org→
  • New Leak Reveals the Fun and Follies of the NSA

    05/18/2016 9:56:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 18, 2016 | Rachel Marsden
    Former National Security Agency contractor, Central Intelligence Agency employee and hide-and-seek champion Edward Snowden has been holed up in Russia for nearly three years, engaged in perhaps the longest-ever game of show-and-tell. Meanwhile, The Intercept -- an online publication that has served as a clearinghouse for data Snowden pilfered from the NSA -- has just dropped another stash of once highly classified material onto the Internet. This time, the leak consists of content from an internal NSA newsletter, SID Today. ("SID" is the abbreviation for "Signals Intelligence Directorate.") What can we learn from these newly released documents? Apparently, NSA culture...
  • Trump to get intel briefings despite opposition

    05/16/2016 6:46:26 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 69 replies
    TNN, Times of India ^ | Tuesday, May 17, 2016 | Chidanand Rajghatta
    WASHINGTON: The US President's schedule on any given morning includes a confidential Presidential Daily Briefing (PDB) at 9 am before he embarks on the day's (mostly) public engagements. Presented usually by the Director of National Intelligence, the PDB fuses intelligence from various spy agencies (CIA, DIA, NSA etc), much of it obtained through "sigint" (signal intelligence) and "'technical" means (euphemism for bugging, electronic surveillance etc), to give the President a head's up on vital national security issues - from nuclear advances in countries such as Pakistan, North Korea and Iran to negotiating positions of China, India, and other majors at...
  • White House’s Susan Rice: U.S. national security agencies are too white

    05/11/2016 11:07:41 AM PDT · by bkopto · 125 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 11, 2016 | Dave Boyer
    White House National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice said Wednesday there are too many white people in key government posts, creating the danger of “groupthink” that could put U.S. security at risk. Speaking at Florida International University’s commencement, Ms. Rice said a diversified government workforce is more likely to yield “better outcomes” than a predominantly white one. Referring to criticism that the U.S. national security workforce is “white, male, and Yale,” Ms. Rice told the graduates, “In the halls of power, in the faces of our national security leaders, America is still not fully reflected.” “By now, we should all...
  • Former Facebook employees confirm: FB regularly suppresses ‘trending’ conservative news

    05/09/2016 3:32:47 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/09/16 | Robert Laurie
    Surprised? Not really. I know what you’re thinking. “There are people who get their daily news from social postings on Facebook?” Sadly, the answer to that is yes. At any given moment there are over 150 million users roaming Mark Zuckerberg’s monstrosity, and you can bet that some percentage of them rarely read anything outside the online utopia. So, while we may not like to admit it, the “trending” section at the upper right of the page has become frighteningly important. Facebook swears that it determines what’s “trending” by analyzing reader preference. If it’s popular on the site - meaning...
  • NSA Silent on Spies’ Child Porn Problem

    05/07/2016 4:05:29 PM PDT · by Theoria · 25 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 06 May 2016 | Shane Harris
    The government’s cyber spying outfit has an ‘unbelievable’ child porn problem. But the NSA can’t—or won’t—say how often it finds such criminal images on its workers’ computers. Two senior U.S. intelligence officials said recently that defense and intelligence employees have an “unbelievable” amount of child pornography on their work computers and devices, and that child porn has been found on the systems of the National Security Agency, the country’s biggest intelligence organization. But the NSA, which is responsible for keeping tabs on its own computers as well as military and intelligence agency networks, cannot say just how many times employees...
  • Clinton: Prison time over email scandal a GOP 'fantasy'

    04/08/2016 8:21:46 AM PDT · by kevcol · 61 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 8, 2016 | Ariel Cohen
    Hillary Clinton insisted Friday that there's no way Republicans will get their wish, which is to see her in handcuffs and charged with violating the law by allowing top secret and classified information to end up on her private email server. "I know that they live in that world of fantasy and hope because they've got a mess on their hands on the Republican side. That is not going to happen," Clinton said on NBC's "Today" show. "There is not even the remotest chance that is going to happen." "But look, they've been after me, as I say, for 25...
  • America’s Former Top Spy Makes His Pick For President

    04/06/2016 3:14:51 PM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/6/16 | Toni Ann Booras
    Former CIA director Gen. Michael Hayden endorsed Ohio Gov. John Kasich for president Wednesday, saying he has the best experience and leadership skills to run the country.Hayden, who helmed both the NSA and the CIA through former President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama’s years in office, cited Kasich’s 18 years of experience on the House Armed Services Committee in a statement announcing his endorsement. He also praised Kasich’s proposals to increase defense spending and defeat Islamic State.“Governor Kasich has serious proposals to strengthen our military, defeat ISIS and stand up for freedom around the world—proposals that rise far above bumper-stickers...
  • Apple Phone Broken

    03/28/2016 3:01:02 PM PDT · by DugwayDuke · 95 replies
    FoxNews | 3/28/2016 | FoxNews
    Foxnews announced FBI has broken into San Bernadino terrorist phone without aid from apple.
  • Why is this Anti-Gun, “Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” Candidate still Running for President?

    03/18/2016 8:45:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    Constitution.com ^ | March 18, 2016 | Guest Columnist
    Tim Macy, Chairman of Gun Owners of America, wrote an open letter to Second Amendment supporters exposing Republican presidential candidate John Kasich’s real anti-gun agenda.Labeling Kasich the “wolf in sheep’s clothing” still in the presidential race, Macy points to Kasich’s close relationship with Leftist, Communist, billionaire George Soros. In fact, the Soros Fund Management is one of John Kasich’s top financial contributors.“This can hardly be a surprise,” Macy writes. His full letter can be read here. An abbreviated version is below.Kasich and Soros share two important traits: (1) their desire to mess up the Republican selection process for devious motives,...
  • Hillary Has an NSA Problem

    03/18/2016 12:45:01 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 87 replies
    Observer.com ^ | 3-18-2016 | John R. Schindler
    The FBI has been investigating Clinton for months--but an even more secretive Federal agency has its own important beef with her. For a year now, Hillary Clinton's misuse of email during her tenure as Secretary of State has hung like a dark cloud over her presidential campaign. As I told you months ago, EmailGate isn't going away, despite the best efforts of Team Clinton to make it disappear. Instead, the scandal has gotten worse, with never-ending revelations of apparent misconduct by Ms. Clinton and her staff. At this point, EmailGate may be the only thing standing between Hillary and the...
  • Surprise! NSA data will soon routinely be used for domestic policing that has nothing to do

    03/10/2016 4:43:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 98 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3/10/16 | Radley Balko
    <p>What does this rule change mean for you? In short, domestic law enforcement officials now have access to huge troves of American communications, obtained without warrants, that they can use to put people in cages. FBI agents don’t need to have any “national security” related reason to plug your name, email address, phone number, or other “selector” into the NSA’s gargantuan data trove. They can simply poke around in your private information in the course of totally routine investigations. And if they find something that suggests, say, involvement in illegal drug activity, they can send that information to local or state police. That means information the NSA collects for purposes of so-called “national security” will be used by police to lock up ordinary Americans for routine crimes. And we don’t have to guess who’s going to suffer this unconstitutional indignity the most brutally. It’ll be Black, Brown, poor, immigrant, Muslim, and dissident Americans: the same people who are always targeted by law enforcement for extra “special” attention.</p>
  • Is Facebook Inc Becoming the NSA of Social Networks?

    02/29/2016 8:32:16 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    learnbonds.com ^ | 02/29/2016 | Laura Giffords
    As if Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) didn’t already know way too much about you, their new Reactions buttons will give them even more insight into your inner thoughts, and you’ve already given them permission to do whatever they want with this information. ... The new emotions – “love”, “sad” “wow”, “haha”, and “angry” – are being widely embraced by a user base that is desperate to tell the world exactly how it feels about everything under the sun, from the latest political issues to vacation photos. However, the new buttons do a lot more than give you another way to tell...
  • Former CIA Chief Says Military Could Defy Donald Trump's Orders

    02/27/2016 7:16:59 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 144 replies
    WSJ ^ | Feb 27, 2016 | Damian Paletta
    Former CIA Chief Says Military Could Defy Donald Trump’s Orders By Damian Paletta Feb 27, 2016 4:53 pm ET WASHINGTON – Retired Gen. Michael Hayden, who recently led the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency, said the U.S. military would likely refuse to follow certain orders from Donald Trump if he is elected to the White House in November and follows through on campaign promises. "I would be incredibly concerned if a President Trump governed in a way that was consistent with the language that Candidate Trump expressed during the campaign," Gen. Hayden said during an interview will...
  • Hard-coded password exposes up to 46,000 video surveillance DVRs to hacking

    02/17/2016 8:44:52 PM PST · by Utilizer · 19 replies
    IDG News Service ^ | Feb 17, 2016 10:25 AM PT | Lucian Constantin
    Up to 46,000 Internet-accessible digital video recorders (DVRs) that are used to monitor and record video streams from surveillance cameras in homes and businesses can easily be taken over by hackers. According to security researchers from vulnerability intelligence firm Risk Based Security (RBS), all the devices share the same basic vulnerability: They accept a hard-coded, unchangeable password for the highest-privileged user in their software -- the root account. Using hard-coded passwords and hidden support accounts was a common practice a decade ago, when security did not play a large role in product design and development. That mentality has changed in...
  • Apple forced to install back door for iPhones.

    02/17/2016 4:51:49 PM PST · by Leo Carpathian · 98 replies
    self | 02/17/2016 | self
    We see tremendous push from government for Apple to facilitate back door access to encryption on phones. This apparently to crack the terrorist's iPhone to find out who are their contacts, etc. This appears to be excuse to bypass privacy of phone users under the guise of security. Feds were ignorant to traffic around the terrorist's house. Now the phone is the key to find out who are their contacts? What does the phone reveal that records at the service provider, log of phone calls, doesn't? Where is the NSA and their records and alerts of possible terrorist activity? I...
  • George W. Bush inherited 'crumbling' intel community from Bill Clinton: Tenet

    02/16/2016 5:04:21 PM PST · by Kaslin · 61 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 15, 2016 | Rowan Scarborough
    GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump blames Bush for failing to stop 9/11 attacks As Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump hammers away at former President George W. Bush for not stopping the September 11 attacks, another factor could be added to the debate: Mr. Bush inherited from Bill Clinton an intelligence community in terrible shape. This fact comes not from a Republican partisan but from George Tenet, President Clinton's CIA director, a post that at the time made him the country's top intelligence officer. Mr. Tenet wrote in his memoirs, "At the Center of the Storm," that Mr. Clinton left Mr....
  • Onama establishes Federal Privacy Council as part of massive cyber effort (New Executive Order)

    02/10/2016 1:20:11 PM PST · by MarchonDC09122009 · 42 replies
    IAPP.org ^ | 02/09/2016 | Sam Pfeifle
    Obama establishes Federal Privacy Council as part of massive cyber effort https://iapp.org/news/a/obama-establishes-federal-privacy-council-as-part-of-massive-cyber-effort/ Obama establishes Federal Privacy Council as part of massive cyber effort Sam Pfeifle The Privacy Advisor | Feb 9, 2016 Obama establishes Federal Privacy Council as part of massive cyber effort As part of his 2017 budget proposal for the United States, President Barack Obama is including $19 billion for cybersecurity efforts, a 35-percent increase over fiscal year 2016. The funds will go toward a Cybersecurity National Action Plan, which includes the hiring of a chief information security officer, a $3.1 billion fund for IT modernization at the...
  • Ted Cruz's Closest Counselors Are Neocons

    01/31/2016 5:26:31 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 84 replies
    The New American ^ | 15 October 2015 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    There's a lot about Ted Cruz that should worry constitutionalists considering voting for the senator in the presidential election of 2016.Recently, Infogram published brief but illuminating biographies of several of Cruz's key foreign policy advisors. The information disclosed in these revelations could trouble many constitutionalists otherwise keen on the senator and who rely on him to restore the rule of law to the White House.The first person highlighted in the article is the chairman of Cruz's foreign policy team, Chad Sweet.Sweet's professional and political background betrays Cruz's claims of being someone who promises "not to continue going in the same...
  • Cops hate encryption but the NSA loves it when you use PGP

    01/27/2016 5:44:27 PM PST · by dayglored · 25 replies
    The Register ^ | Jan 27, 2016 | Iain Thomson
    It lights you up like a Vegas casino, says compsci boffin Usenix Enigma Although the cops and Feds wont stop banging on and on about encryption - the spies have a different take on the use of crypto. To be brutally blunt, they love it. Why? Because using detectable encryption technology like PGP, Tor, VPNs and so on, lights you up on the intelligence agencies' dashboards. Agents and analysts don't even have to see the contents of the communications - the metadata is enough for g-men to start making your life difficult. "To be honest, the spooks love PGP," Nicholas...
  • Shadowy federal bureau probably has your credit card information

    01/17/2016 11:53:37 AM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    Watchdog ^ | January 15, 2016 | M.D. Kittle
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau remains "the most out-of-control, unaccountable, and nontransparent agency in the federal government... And we can say that without reservation because this is one of the only agencies that literally operates outside of congressional oversight," added Wise, whose Virgina-based organization "works to protect consumers' right to access free-market goods and services." The CFPB, created under the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, is funded largely by fees banks pay to the Federal Reserve. While its director, Richard Cordray, has bragged that his bureau has levied more than $141 million in fines used for CFPB education programs or reparation to...
  • Apple iPhone ban? New York looks to outlaw sale of encrypted smartphones[$2,500 Fine]

    01/15/2016 10:38:03 AM PST · by Theoria · 78 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 14 Jan 2016 | Liam Tung
    A proposed bill in New York seeks to require that all smartphones sold in the state can be decrypted or unlocked and proposes hefty fines for vendors failing to comply.The proposed law marks the latest effort by lawmakers to make it easier for law enforcement to access and read encrypted data stored on smartphones. Should the proposed bill successfully pass through New York's state assembly and senate, Apple and Google could face fines of $2,500 per device sold in the state after January 1, 2016, if a retailer knowingly sold a smartphone that could not be unlocked or decrypted by...
  • If Edward Snowden Is Right About Clinton's Emails, Bernie Sanders Will Win a Landslide Victory

    10/02/2015 10:44:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Huffington Post's Politics The Blog ^ | October 1, 2015 | H.A. Goodman, columnist
    Perhaps nobody on the planet knows more about intelligence protocol than Edward Snowden. If Snowden says it's "completely ridiculous" to believe that Clinton's emails were safe, then yes, it's fair to include his viewpoint in any critique of Hillary Clinton's latest controversy. In addition, since I believe Senator Bernie Sanders is desperately needed at this point in U.S. history, and electing Clinton or a Republican would essentially be nominating the same president on war and foreign policy, it's important to address relevant analysis of the email controversy. There seems to be a bizarre paradigm of thought among some Democrats that...
  • Little noticed Hillary email might contain NSA intercepts

    01/10/2016 4:02:42 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 31 replies
    While most of the attention on Hillary Clinton's emails dealt with a document that included instructions from Clinton to tamper with the headings of a possibly classified subject, another, even more explosive email is big news in Sudan and could potentially lead to criminal charges. The email in question is from Sid Blumenthal, close Clinton friend and ally, who was in Libya trying to drum up business with the Libyan government for some business associates. To ingratiate himself with Secretary Clinton and get the State Department to intercede with the Libyan government on his behalf, he sent her "intelligence" briefs...
  • Obama Spies on His Enemies in Congress

    01/11/2016 9:47:35 AM PST · by Stayfree · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Jeannie DeAngelis
    Now, after learning that the Executive branch of the U.S. government spied on the Legislative branch, it’s less confusing as to why the former Speaker of the House, John Boehner (R-OH), and his compadre in the Senate, Mitch McConnell (R-KY), seemed so reticent in resisting this president.
  • Juniper to replace software containing suspected NSA back door

    01/10/2016 5:45:20 PM PST · by Utilizer · 16 replies
    iTnews ^ | Jan 10 2016 9:55PM | Staff Writer
    Juniper has confirmed it will stop using a piece of security code that analysts believe was developed by the National Security Agency in order to eavesdrop through technology products. The Silicon Valley maker of networking gear said it would ship new versions of security software in the first half of this year to replace those that rely on numbers generated by Dual Elliptic Curve technology. The statement on a blog post came a day after the presentation at a Stanford University conference of research by a team of cryptographers who found that Juniper's code had been changed in multiple ways...
  • Hillary’s EmailGate Goes Nuclear

    01/09/2016 6:15:47 PM PST · by Mariner · 33 replies
    The New York Observer ^ | January 9th, 2016 | By John R. Schindler
    Back in October I told you that Hillary Clinton’s email troubles were anything but over, and that the scandal over her misuse of communications while she was Secretary of State was sure to get worse. Sure enough, EmailGate continues to be a thorn in the side of Hillary’s presidential campaign and may have just entered a new, potentially explosive phase with grave ramifications, both political and legal. The latest court-ordered dump of her email, just placed online by the State Department, brings more troubles for Team Hillary. This release of over 3,000 pages includes 66 “Unclassified” messages that the State...
  • NSA ‘confident’ in new system at center of Rubio-Cruz fight

    01/08/2016 10:22:42 AM PST · by Isara · 2 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/07/16 | Julian Hattem
    The National Security Agency said on Thursday it was "confident" in its powers under a new phone records collection scheme, a claim that backs up assertions from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).In a post on the influential legal blog Lawfare, NSA general counsel Glenn Gerstell addressed the operations of the spy agency's new program, which began in November following a tough congressional fight last summer."NSA will in due course, as it gains experience with the new process, report to Congress about the efficiency of the new arrangement," Gerstell wrote. "NSA is confident, however, that it can operate the new scheme in...
  • Trump Says He Supports Reauthorizing Patriot Act, NSA Metadata Collection

    01/04/2016 10:54:20 AM PST · by TBP · 63 replies
    Truth in Media ^ | Dec 7, 2015 | Barry Donegan
    "I tend to err on the side of security," said 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on the Hugh Hewitt Show. 2016 Republican presidential candidate and billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump said that he supports reauthorizing the USA PATRIOT Act and bulk cell phone metadata collection by the National Security Agency in an interview on the Hugh Hewitt Show earlier this month. In the above-embedded clip, Hewitt asks Trump, “On metadata collection, Ted Cruz is glad the NSA got out of it. Marco Rubio wants it back. What’s Donald Trump think?” “Well, I tend to err on the side...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Rubio Defends NSA Spying on Netanyahu In Private, Condemns It In Public

    12/30/2015 7:15:14 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 74 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 30, 2015 | Patrick Howley
    BOONE, IOWA – Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 79% privately defended the National Security Agency’s (NSA) spying on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, even as he publicly condemned the practice. Rubio and his ally Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) 86% discussed the matter privately in a room away from reporters early Wednesday morning at the Royal Amsterdam Hotel in Pella, Iowa. The two men talked before they set out on a three-stop Iowa campaign tour to showcase Gowdy’s endorsement of Rubio. This reporter heard the conversation while picking up a laptop computer and other materials left in a back...
  • Report: Obama’s NSA Spied on Congress & American Jewish Organizations

    12/30/2015 4:43:57 PM PST · by lowbridge · 21 replies
    breitbart ^ | december 29, 2015 | JORDAN SCHACHTEL
    In the midst of its espionage operations against the State of Israel, the Obama administration's National Security Agency (NSA) listened in on private conversations conducted with members of the U.S. Congress and American-Jewish groups, a late Tuesday report in the Wall Street Journal reveals. The NSA operations revealed to President Obama that Israeli officials had coordinated on messaging with U.S. Jewish groups that had come out against the Iran nuclear deal, the report says, citing unnamed officials familiar with the espionage operations. At the time, President Obama was facing a wave of criticism from European leaders-such as French President Francois Hollande...