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  • My Advice to Aaron Sorkin: “Take the Cannoli”

    12/17/2014 7:29:54 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 6 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 12-17-2014 | MOTUS
    Aaron Sorkin is disillusioned; he’s left to wonder if there is any "such thing as privacy anymore."Sorkin, famous Hollywood screenwriter who wrote The Social Network, Moneyball, and The West Wing, also wrote a New York Times editorial, sharing his views on the Sony hack of Hollywood emails: If you close your eyes you can imagine the hackers sitting in a room, combing through the documents to find the ones that will draw the most blood. And in a room next door are American journalists doing the same thing. As demented and criminal as it is, at least the hackers are...
  • Our Elves Are Watching U

    12/16/2014 6:49:27 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 2 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 12-16-2014 | MOTUS
    Oh sure, they look cute and innocent.Butt look closer, they may be government agents:Or possibly even double agents. You simply can’t trust them.They may all be working for the NSA for all we know. WASHINGTON — Internal documents from the National Security Agency show that its intelligence-gathering reached far deeper into Santa Claus’s annual toy-distribution operations than acknowledged. Sources close to the agency had previously confirmed that it has been provided with the contents of Mr. Claus’s database of naughty and nice children under a confidential data-sharing arrangement. But according to the documents, which were among those leaked by Edward Snowden,...
  • Matt Drudge says spending bill passed because NSA has 'dirt' on John Boehner

    12/14/2014 3:35:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 169 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/14/14 | Eddie Scarry
    Matt Drudge of the influential Drudge Report news aggregation site expressed discontent over a federal spending bill that passed with votes from both Republicans and Democrats in the House. The $1.1 trillion spending bill that runs through September 2015 is now up for a vote in the Democratically-led Senate. Many conservatives, including Drudge, are upset that the bill funds both Obamacare and President Obama's immigration executive orders. "Obama got EVERYTHING," Drudge tweeted Friday. "NSA dirt on Boehner must be incredible. Chicago wins."
  • Congress Quietly Bolsters NSA Spying in Intelligence Bill

    12/12/2014 6:38:24 AM PST · by C19fan · 43 replies
    National Journal ^ | December 11, 2014 | Dustin Volz
    Congress this week quietly passed a bill that may give unprecedented legal authority to the government's warrantless surveillance powers, despite a last-minute effort by Rep. Justin Amash to kill the bill. Amash staged an aggressive eleventh-hour rally Wednesday night to block passage of the Intelligence Authorization Act, which will fund intelligence agencies for the next fiscal year. The Michigan Republican sounded alarms over recently amended language in the package that he said will for the first time give congressional backing to a controversial Reagan-era decree granting broad surveillance authority to the president.
  • Dianne Feinstein leaving intelligence job amid clash on tactics report

    12/07/2014 8:53:13 AM PST · by Nachum · 29 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 12/7/14 | Brian Bennett
    As head of the Senate Intelligence Committee since 2009, Sen. Dianne Feinstein has spent hundreds of hours in secret briefings and seen thousands of pictures from battlefields in Syria, Iraq and Yemen. She keeps two images with her. One shows a little girl wearing a gingham dress, white tights and black Mary Janes — but the girl's head is gone. Another is of a teenage boy, duct tape over his mouth, eyes bulging out, being forced to hold two severed heads. "To me, it's what we are up against," Feinstein said in an interview. "It is a testament to pure...
  • Judge: Give NSA unlimited access to digital data

    12/06/2014 10:32:28 AM PST · by RememberRonnie · 42 replies
    PC World ^ | 12-04-2014 | Grant Gross
    The U.S. National Security Agency should have an unlimited ability to collect digital information in the name of protecting the country against terrorism and other threats, an influential federal judge said during a debate on privacy. "I think privacy is actually overvalued," Judge Richard Posner, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, said during a conference about privacy and cybercrime in Washington, D.C., Thursday. "Much of what passes for the name of privacy is really just trying to conceal the disreputable parts of your conduct," Posner added. "Privacy is mainly about trying to improve your social and...
  • Congress Quietly Decides To Delete Key NSA Reform In CRomnibus Agreement

    12/04/2014 7:54:43 PM PST · by RememberRonnie · 12 replies
    Techdirt ^ | 12-03-2014 | Mike Masnick
    You may recall, back in June, that there was a key House vote that took NSA supporters by surprise. An amendment to the Defense Appropriations bill pushed by a bi-partisan team of Thomas Massie, Jim Sensenbrenner and Zoe Lofgren passed overwhelmingly, with a plan to slam the door shut on questionable NSA "backdoor searches" (as described in detail earlier). The House voted 293 to 123, making it a pretty clear and overwhelming statement that Congress did not, in fact, support such practices by the NSA. But, of course, the NSA gets the last laugh. As part of the big lameduck...
  • The new GOP divide: 2016 Republicans disagree on NSA surveillance, gay marriage and Common Core

    12/02/2014 1:36:11 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/02/2014 | By JAMES HOHMANN
    Two years ago, Bobby Jindal was pushing a state law to adapt national curriculum standards to local schools; today, not only is the Louisiana governor suing the federal government to stop Common Core — or “ObamaCore,” as many Republicans have taken to calling it — but most prospective Republican presidential candidates, except Jeb Bush, have reversed themselves. Likewise, two years ago, almost all GOP leaders were unified against gay marriage, supportive of most surveillance tactics designed to prevent terrorism attacks, opposed to a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and unwilling to accept any aspects of the Affordable Care Act....
  • Before Snowden, Retired NSA Executive Warned of Backlash

    11/22/2014 9:24:51 AM PST · by darkwing104 · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | November 22, 2014 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    A retired National Security Agency (NSA) senior agency executive warned the agency in 2009 that the program to collect, store and analyze American phone records wasn’t providing enough intelligence to be effective. Prior to the revelations made by Edward Snowden, dissenters within the Intelligence agency warned that the collection program wasn’t worth the backlash if the program became public. The role of the NSA was to eavesdrop on hostile foreign entities, not American citizens. Now the agency has tarnished its reputation of guarding America to become the free world’s secret police. The AP–ever faithful to its dear leader–noted that Obama...
  • NSA Director: China can damage US power grid

    11/20/2014 9:41:19 AM PST · by McGruff · 54 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 20, 2014
    The head of the NSA issued a blunt warning Thursday to lawmakers: China can shut down the United States. The grim forecast came from Admiral Michael Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency and commander of the U.S .Cyber Command
  • The FBI Is Very Excited About This Machine That Can Scan Your DNA in 90 Minutes

    11/20/2014 9:38:03 AM PST · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | Thu Nov. 20, 2014 6:30 AM EST | By Shane Bauer
    Rapid DNA technology makes it easier than ever to grab and store your genetic profile. G-men, cops, and Homeland Security can't wait to see it everywhere. Robert Schueren shook my hand firmly, handed me his business card, and flipped it over, revealing a short list of letters and numbers. "Here is my DNA profile." He smiled. "I have nothing to hide." I had come to meet Schueren, the CEO of IntegenX, at his company's headquarters in Pleasanton, California, to see its signature product: a machine the size of a large desktop printer that can unravel your genetic code in the...
  • Utah lawmaker questions city water going to NSA

    11/19/2014 7:15:20 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 19, 2014 8:50 PM EST | Lindsay Whitehurst
    A Utah lawmaker concerned about government spying on its citizens is questioning whether city water service should be cut off to a massive National Security Agency data storage facility outside Salt Lake City. Republican Rep. Marc Roberts, of Santaquin, said there are serious questions about privacy and surveillance surrounding the center, and several Utah residents who spoke at a legislative committee hearing Wednesday agreed. During the last legislative session, lawmakers opted to hold off on Roberts’ bill to shut off the facility’s water and decided to study it during the interim. …
  • The NRA and ACLU Came Together to Endorse NSA Reform in an Op-Ed. Then the Piece Disappeared.

    11/19/2014 3:08:43 PM PST · by george76 · 3 replies
    National Journal Group ^ | November 18, 2014 | Dustin Volz
    The story vanished from the Washington Times website just hours after going online. For a few hours, it was big news. And then it vanished. On Monday morning, the American Civil Liberties Union and National Rifle Association published a joint op-ed in the Washington Times urging the Senate to pass legislation that would limit the government's domestic spying powers. It was a meaningful push from two powerful groups that—as the groups themselves noted—rarely agree on anything. And the support came just a day before the Senate is scheduled to take a key (and hotly contested) vote Tuesday on the measure,...
  • enate Republicans block big overhaul of NSA program

    11/19/2014 4:59:29 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 19 replies
    NYT/Pioneer Press ^ | 11-18-14 | Charlie Savage and Jeremy W. Peters
    WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked a sweeping overhaul of the once-secret National Security Agency program that collects records of Americans' phone calls in bulk. Democrats and a handful of Republicans who supported the measure failed to secure the 60 votes they needed to take up the legislation. The vote was 58-42 for consideration. Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, worked hard to defeat the bill, which had the support of the Obama administration and a coalition of technology companies, including Apple, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo. "This is the worst possible time to be tying our hands behind our...
  • Appeals court takes on NSA surveillance case

    11/04/2014 2:26:37 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 4, 2014 | By PETE YOST
    Three federal appeals court judges struggled Tuesday over whether the National Security Agency's phone data surveillance program is an intelligence-gathering tool that makes the nation safer or an intrusive threat that endangers privacy. The judges — all appointed by Republican presidents — expressed uncertainty about where to draw the line between legal surveillance and violations of constitutional rights in the age of terrorism.
  • Our Make-It-Up World

    10/30/2014 4:39:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 30, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Do bothersome facts matter anymore? Not really. This is an age when Americans were assured that the Affordable Care Act lowered our premiums. It cut deductibles. Obamacare allowed us to keep our doctors and health plans, and lowered the deficit. Those fantasies were both demonstrably untrue and did not matter, given the supposedly noble aims of health care reform. The Islamic State is at times dubbed jayvee, a manageable problem, and a dangerous enemy -- or anything the administration wishes it to be, depending on the political climate of any given week. Some days Americans are told there is no...
  • Report Reveals Wider Tracking of Mail in U.S.

    10/28/2014 9:12:14 AM PDT · by Brother Cracker · 13 replies
    times ^ | OCT. 27, 2014 | RON NIXON
    WASHINGTON — In a rare public accounting of its mass surveillance program, the United States Postal Service reported that it approved nearly 50,000 requests last year from law enforcement agencies and its own internal inspection unit to secretly monitor the mail of Americans for use in criminal and national security investigations. The number of requests, contained in a 2014 audit of the surveillance program by the Postal Service’s inspector general, shows that the surveillance program is more extensive than previously disclosed and that oversight protecting Americans from potential abuses is lax. The audit, along with interviews and documents obtained by...
  • Confirmed: Sharyl Attkisson's Computer Was Hacked, Heavily Monitored By The Federal Government

    10/27/2014 5:25:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 54 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 27, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Last year Former CBS News investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson, who is known for incredible work on Operation Fast and Furious, Benghazi and other White House scandals, noticed her computers at work and at home were acting strange. She suspected someone had hacked into her computer, specifically into a desktop in her home due to the machine turning on and off by itself at all hours of the night. An initial review of the hard drive revealed that her computer had in fact been compromised, but it wasn't known at the time who did it. The intruder into her system didn't...
  • Illuminati spelled backwards = NSA

    10/26/2014 1:12:40 AM PDT · by ResisTyr · 17 replies
    ResisTyr
    A friend at work told me if you type illuminati backwards it takes you to the CIA website. He was close. Anyone care to guess why it takes you to the NSA website? Truly weird. See for yourselves... itanimulli.com
  • Automated Mass Surveillance is Unconstitutional, EFF Explains in Jewel v. NSA

    10/24/2014 6:01:27 PM PDT · by lbryce · 3 replies
    Electronic Frontier Foundation ^ | October 24, 2014 | Andrew Crocker and Cindy Cohn and Jamie Lee Williams
    Today EFF filed our latest brief in Jewel v. NSA, our longstanding case on behalf of AT&T customers aimed at ending the NSA’s dragnet surveillance of millions of ordinary Americans’ communications. The brief specifically argues that the Fourth Amendment is violated when the government taps into the Internet backbone at places like the AT&T facility on Folsom Street in San Francisco. As it happens, the filing coincides with the theatrical release of Laura Poitras’ new documentary, Citizenfour. The Jewel complaint was filed in 2008, and there’s a scene early in the film that shows the long road that case has...
  • Chilling Free Speech

    10/23/2014 6:52:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 23, 2014 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    Earlier this week, the federal government's National Science Foundation, an entity created to encourage the study of science -- encouragement that it achieves by awarding grants to scholars and universities -- announced that it had awarded a grant to study what people say about themselves and others in social media. The NSF dubbed the project Truthy, a reference to comedian Stephen Colbert's invention and hilarious use of the word "truthiness." The reference to Colbert is cute, and he is a very funny guy, but when the feds get into the business of monitoring speech, it is surely no joke; it...
  • Whose sarin? (Obama exposed for Syria false-flag)

    12/18/2013 9:23:22 AM PST · by Abiotic · 42 replies
    London Review of Books ^ | 19 December 2013 | Seymour Hersh
    Barack Obama did not tell the whole story this autumn when he tried to make the case that Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack near Damascus on 21 August. In some instances, he omitted important intelligence, and in others he presented assumptions as facts. Most significant, he failed to acknowledge something known to the US intelligence community: that the Syrian army is not the only party in the country’s civil war with access to sarin, the nerve agent that a UN study concluded – without assessing responsibility – had been used in the rocket attack. In the...
  • NSA Isn't Interested in Your Pumpkin-Pie Recipes, Says Senior Official

    10/22/2014 9:09:45 AM PDT · by TigerTown
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 22, 2014 | Brett M. Decker
    You saw the Disney movie as a kid. You may have read the book. But did you know some of it was based on real history? While the story of King Arthur, Merlin, and all the rest may not be true, there really is a centuries-old sword stuck in a stone. In the small Italian town of Chiusdino, there’s a small chapel near Saint Galgano Abbey known as Montesiepi chapel. And inside you’ll find a big slab of stone in the floor with the handle of a sword sticking out of it.
  • NSA Official: Snowden Abets Terrorists, Enemies Who Fight on the Grid

    10/20/2014 9:43:45 PM PDT · by TigerTown · 11 replies
    Radix News ^ | October 21, 2014 | Brett M. Decker
    The crown jewels of any intelligence organization are its sources and methods – the means by which information is obtained. I have no doubts that, thanks to Edward Snowden, Russia and China now have an extraordinary volume of data on NSAs sources and methods for collecting information from communications. That means they now know the weaknesses in their and other of our adversaries’ communications procedures and our strengths in exploiting them. And not just voice communications, but also radar, telemetry, missile and rocket command and response, military GPS locationing and weapons systems countermeasures. On far too many subjects, Russia and...
  • Exclusive: NSA reviewing deal between official, ex-spy agency head

    10/19/2014 4:23:01 PM PDT · by Red6 · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Oct 17, 2014 | Yuri Gripas
    (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency has launched an internal review of a senior official’s part-time work for a private venture started by former NSA director Keith Alexander that raises questions over the blurring of lines between government and business. Under the arrangement, which was confirmed by Alexander and current intelligence officials, NSA's Chief Technical Officer, Patrick Dowd, is allowed to work up to 20 hours a week at IronNet Cybersecurity Inc, the private firm led by Alexander, a retired Army general and his former boss.
  • Snowden Film "Citizen Four" Reveals How He Did It Read

    10/13/2014 10:19:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 60 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 13, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    Once again I salute Edward Snowden as an all-American hero. On second thought, make that an all-world hero. A movie on how and why Snowden revealed NSA wiretaps is about to be released. Showbiz reports Edward Snowden Doc Premieres: Shocking Inside Look at How He Did It. Citizen Four is the shocking doc about Edward Snowden made by Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras. Just screened tonight was the two hour film which will be released by the Weinstein Company this month. It doesn’t paint the Obama administration in a very good light as Snowden explains how the government has violated...
  • The Virtual Interview: Edward Snowden

    10/12/2014 9:09:28 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 54 replies
    The New Yorker Festival presents Edward Snowden in conversation with Jane Mayer.
  • Google chief on NSA: 'We're going to end up breaking the Internet'

    10/09/2014 7:08:32 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 29 replies
    Google ^ | 10/09/14 | Julian Hattem
    The integrity of the Internet could be at risk if Congress does not act to rein in the National Security Agency, Google head Eric Schmidt warned on Wednesday. Speaking alongside other tech executives and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) at a Silicon Valley event, Schmidt said the revelations about U.S. surveillance could prompt countries to wall off their networks. “The simplest outcome: We’re going to end up breaking the Internet,” Schmidt said, “because what’s going to happen is governments will do bad laws of one kind or another, and eventually what’s going to happen is: ‘We’re going to have our own...
  • Parallel Reconstruction

    10/09/2014 5:30:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 9, 2014 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    While the political commentators in the nation's capital are wrapped up in the debate over what to do about ISIS, and as one third of the Senate and nearly all members of the House campaign for re-election, the president's spies continue to capture massive amounts of personal information about hundreds of millions of us and lie about it. The president continues to dispatch his National Security Agency spies as if he were a law unto himself, and Congress -- which is also being spied upon -- has done nothing to protect the right to privacy that the Fourth Amendment was...
  • Parallel Reconstruction

    10/08/2014 9:02:53 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 7 replies
    Creators.com ^ | October 9, 2014 | Judge Andrew P. Napolitano
    While the political commentators in the nation’s capital are wrapped up in the debate over what to do about ISIS, and as one third of the Senate and nearly all members of the House campaign for re-election, the president’s spies continue to capture massive amounts of personal information about hundreds of millions of us and lie about it. The president continues to dispatch his National Security Agency spies as if he were a law unto himself, and Congress — which is also being spied upon — has done nothing to protect the right to privacy that the Fourth Amendment was...
  • ISIS-Putin-Snowden Form Terror Threesome to Target America

    10/07/2014 8:42:04 PM PDT · by TigerTown · 53 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | October 7, 2014 | Brett M. Decker and Van Hipp
    It is not an accident that the point man for the damaging disclosure of so much Top Secret information enjoys asylum in Russia and that the intelligence is ending up in the hands of Islamic extremists. “It is reasonable to assume that Vladimir Putin is giving information obtained via Snowden to ISIS or al Qaeda so they can damage U.S. infrastructure as his proxy,” former NSA executive Charlie Speight explained to us. “Without getting his hands dirty or spending a single ruble, Putin can bring us down and elevate Russia.” The Putin-Snowden collaboration makes sense in the context of the...
  • New Personal Encryption Thwarts NSA Snoops

    10/02/2014 9:12:33 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 15 replies
    Radix News ^ | October 3, 2014 | Scott Rasmussen
    It’s been a year and a half since Edward Snowden revealed to the world just how much private information the National Security Agency has been collecting on just about everyone. The massive spying operation raised privacy and Constitutional concerns and set off alarms with reports that some employees had used the system to keep tabs on their love interests. Sadly, but not surprisingly, the government has done little to reform the program and reassure the public. Even relatively weak legislation that fails to address core concerns has stalled in Congress. Action has come, however, from Silicon Valley. The new Apple...
  • Spying Together: Germany's Deep Cooperation with the NSA

    09/26/2014 11:12:58 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    SPIEGEL ^ | June 18, 2014 – 04:20 PM | SPIEGEL Staff
    Cooperation between Germany's foreign intelligence service, the BND, and America's NSA is deeper than previously believed. German agents appear to have crossed into constitutionally questionable territory.
  • NSA intercepts key to locating, bombing new al Qaeda group in Syria

    09/25/2014 8:32:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 09/25/2014 | By Rowan Scarborough
    The U.S. ability to pinpoint with airstrikes the operational hubs of the al Qaeda offshoot Khorasan Group in Syria and penetrate one of its bombing plots shows the importance of the much-maligned National Security Agency, defense analysts said Tuesday. The Khorasan Group is an especially hard target because, unlike other al Qaeda spinoffs, it stays in the shadows and refrains from pronouncements on social media. Its goal is to design explosives that can defeat airport security and blow up an airliner, killing hundreds of people. Its prime target: the United States. “Intelligence reports indicated that the Khorasan Group was in...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 14 September 2014

    09/14/2014 5:04:58 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 143 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 14 September 2014 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    p>The Talk Shows September 14th, 2014 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): White House chief of staff Denis McDonough; Sens. Jack Reed, D-R.I., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C; Michael Hayden, a former CIA and National Security Agency director.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): McDonough; former Secretary of State James Baker; Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.FACE THE NATION (CBS): McDonough; Secretary of State John Kerry; Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.; Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas.THIS WEEK (ABC): McDonough; Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa; Education Secretary Arne Duncan.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): McDonough; Harkin; Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; Rep. John...
  • Yahoo describes surveillance fight (PRISM - US Gov threatens $250K/day fine)

    09/11/2014 5:05:25 PM PDT · by dayglored · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Sept 11, 2014 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — Yahoo said Thursday the government threatened to fine the company $250,000 a day if it did not comply with demands to go along with an expansion of U.S. surveillance by surrendering online information, a step the company regarded as unconstitutional. The outlines of Yahoo’s secret and ultimately unsuccessful court fight against government surveillance emerged when a federal judge ordered the unsealing of some material about Yahoo’s court challenge. ...
  • Toss routers with hardcoded passwords, expert says

    08/28/2014 3:30:05 AM PDT · by palmer · 24 replies
    Network World ^ | Aug 27, 2014 4:26 AM PT | Antone Gonsalves
    Sometimes it is best to toss security-challenged technology, and that's the recommendation experts are giving to small businesses using a flawed router from a China-based manufacturer. Trend Micro reported this week that routers sold under the brand name of Netcore in China and Netis outside of the country contained a "backdoor" that could be easily accessed by a hacker to monitor Internet traffic. ...
  • The Surveillance Engine: How the NSA Built Its Own Secret Google

    08/25/2014 7:37:48 PM PDT · by bamahead · 19 replies
    The Intercept ^ | August 25, 2014 | Ryan Gallagher
    The National Security Agency is secretly providing data to nearly two dozen U.S. government agencies with a “Google-like” search engine built to share more than 850 billion records about phone calls, emails, cellphone locations, and internet chats, according to classified documents obtained by The Intercept. The documents provide the first definitive evidence that the NSA has for years made massive amounts of surveillance data directly accessible to domestic law enforcement agencies. Planning documents for ICREACH, as the search engine is called, cite the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration as key participants. ICREACH contains information on the...
  • Who Benefits from ISIS's Existence in the Middle East? [muzzie op-ed]

    08/24/2014 4:22:57 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Daily Sabah ^ | Friday, August22, 2014 | Hasmet Babaoglu
    Regardless of whether you are enthusiastic about conspiracy theories or not, Global Research's claim that 'former National Security Agency (NSA) systems analyst Edward Snowden recently revealed that the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi was trained by the Mossad, the Israeli intelligence and spy agency' is a topic worthy of debate.
  • NSA Whistle-Blower: Obama’s Authority To Label ‘Terrorists’ Is The Same Rule The Nazis Issued

    08/21/2014 1:27:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 8/21/14 | Giuseppe Macri
    Former National Security Agency crypto-mathematician Bill Binney was blowing the whistle on domestic spying long before Edward Snowden became a household name, and has gone on record describing the agency’s growing powers as increasingly “totalitarian.” Now the 36-year agency veteran is explaining the reason for its expansion — “power, control and money.” “Look at the NDAA [National Defense Authorization Act] Section 1021, that gave President Obama the ability to define someone as a terrorist threat and have the military incarcerate them indefinitely without due process,” Binney said in a recent interview with DW while expanding on his testimony about NSA...
  • Aug 14 Lorem Ipsum: Of Good & Evil, Google & China

    08/18/2014 5:06:25 PM PDT · by OwenKellogg · 3 replies
    KrebsOnSecurity ^ | 10/18/2014 | Brian Krebs
    Imagine discovering a secret language spoken only online by a knowledgeable and learned few. Over a period of weeks, as you begin to tease out the meaning of this curious tongue and ponder its purpose, the language appears to shift in subtle but fantastic ways, remaking itself daily before your eyes. And just when you are poised to share your findings with the rest of the world, the entire thing vanishes.This fairly describes my roller coaster experience of curiosity, wonder and disappointment over the past few weeks, as I’ve worked alongside security researchers in an effort to understand how “lorem ipsum” — common placeholder...
  • We Now Know A Lot More About Edward Snowden's Epic Heist — And It's Troubling

    08/18/2014 12:52:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/18/2014 | Michael B. Kelly
    Edward Snowden's in-depth interview with James Bamford of Wired offers details about his last job as a contractor for the NSA in Honolulu, which raise disconcerting questions about the motives of the former systems administrator. While working at two consecutive jobs in Hawaii from March 2012 to May 2013, the 31-year-old allegedly stole about 200,000 "tier 1 and 2" documents, which mostly detailed the NSA's global surveillance apparatus and were given to American journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras in June 2013. The government believes Snowden also took up to 1.5 million "tier 3" documents potentially detailing U.S. capabilities and...
  • Snowden reveals automated NSA cyberwarfare program

    08/13/2014 10:36:36 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 13 replies
    computer world ^ | 8-13-2014 | Grant Gross (IDG News Service)
    The NSA cyberwarfare program, called MonsterMind, uses software to look for traffic patterns indicating possible foreign cyberattacks, according to Snowden, quoted in a lengthy profile in Wired. MonsterMind could automatically block a cyberattack from entering the U.S., then retaliate against the attackers, according to the Wired story. Snowden, when he was working as an NSA contractor, was concerned that MonsterMind could lead to misdirected counterattacks. "These attacks can be spoofed," he told Wired. "You could have someone sitting in China, for example, making it appear that one of these attacks is originating in Russia. And then we end up shooting...
  • Kim Komando: 3 surprising things that spy on you that you can't stop

    08/10/2014 12:22:33 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 69 replies
    Komando.com ^ | August 9, 2014 | Kim Komando
    Do you ever feel like you're being watched? In the past, you could chalk it up to paranoia, close the curtains and get on with your life. Thanks to technology, it's not just your imagination. You really are being watched in your home, at work and everywhere in between. From online advertisers and hackers to the NSA and other government agencies, everyone is trying to keep tabs on you. And things keep getting worse. If you think you know every gadget and organization that's a danger, think again. Here are three things spying on you that you probably didn't know...
  • U.S. Defense Department, NSA Did Not Get Tor User Data

    08/06/2014 12:38:54 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Aug 5, 2014 | Joseph Menn
    The U.S. Department of Defense did not receive personal data on users of Internet privacy service Tor through a government-funded project to detect vulnerabilities, a Defense spokeswoman told Reuters on Tuesday. "This particular project was focused on identifying vulnerabilities in Tor, not to collect data that would reveal personal identities of users," said Defense Department spokeswoman Lieutenant Colonel Valerie Henderson, adding that the National Security Agency also did not receive data. The project was conducted by two researchers at Carnegie-Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute with funding from the Defense Department.
  • Wiretapped: Israel Eavesdropped on John Kerry in Mideast Talks

    08/04/2014 4:43:37 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 24 replies
    Spiegel Online ^ | 8-4-2014 | Der Spiegel Online
    SPIEGEL has learned from reliable sources that Israeli intelligence eavesdropped on US Secretary of State John Kerry during Middle East peace negotiations. In addition to the Israelis, at least one other intelligence service also listened in as Kerry mediated last year between Israel, the Palestinians and the Arab states, several intelligence service sources told SPIEGEL. Revelations of the eavesdropping could further damage already tense relations between the US government and Israel.
  • Obama Unfriends Putin on Facebook – Then Gives Him Hundreds of Millions of Dollars

    07/30/2014 9:52:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Seriously. Things are beginning to look kinda pathetic for the Kerry/ Obama foreign policy doctrine. Just this week Russia violated an arms treaty by testing a new type of cruise missile; and Obama’s response was to send a letter to Vladimir Putin (not joking) explaining his disapproval. Future ramifications might include a new hashtag campaign, unfriending Putin on Facebook, or sending angry text messages late at night. And, really, given the West’s reaction to Putin’s acts of aggression in Ukraine, it only makes sense that the former KGB agent would feel emboldened to disrespect an obscure Reagan era treaty. Vladimir...
  • Sen. Cruz co-sponsors bill to ban bulk record collection

    07/29/2014 2:12:30 PM PDT · by Plummz · 12 replies
    Office of Sen. Ted Cruz ^ | July 29, 2014 | Office of Sen. Ted Cruz
    Bi-partisan legislation protects privacy rights while targeting terrorists July 29, 2014 | (202) 228-7561 WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today released the following statement regarding the USA FREEDOM Act of 2014 filed today. Senator Cruz is an original co-sponsor of this bill: “Republicans and Democrats are showing America that the government can respect the privacy rights of law-abiding citizens, while at the same time, giving law enforcement the tools needed to target terrorists,” said Sen. Cruz. “The USA FREEDOM Act of 2014 ends the government’s bulk record collection program and implements other necessary surveillance reforms. Importantly, it...
  • Old technology in NSA age: Typewriter sales surge in Germany

    07/23/2014 7:09:30 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 48 replies
    RT.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | Unknown
    Earlier in July, German politicians said they were considering going back to old-fashioned manual typewriters for confidential documents, in order to protect national secrets from American NSA spooks. Patrick Sensburg, chair of the German parliament’s inquiry into alleged NSA spying, said committee members are considering new security measures and are seriously thinking about abandoning email and returning to old school typewriters.
  • Snowden revelations: NSA spied on prominent U.S. Muslims (Article Translated From German)

    07/22/2014 10:45:43 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 8 replies
    Qantara.de ^ | 7-17-2014
    Nihad Awad is a born in Jordan Palestinian living in the U.S. for more than two decades. He is co-founder and CEO of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), one of the largest Muslim civil rights organizations in the United States. He was an advisor to Al Gore and met Presidents Bush and Clinton as well as several U.S. Secretary of State. His e-mails were monitored from 2006 to 2008. "As a citizen I am beside myself that the government spies on activists. Though we have done so much for society in this country, we are still suspected." Awad believed...