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  • Onama establishes Federal Privacy Council as part of massive cyber effort (New Executive Order)

    02/10/2016 1:20:11 PM PST · by MarchonDC09122009 · 41 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 · 83 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...
  • House intel committee opens probe of eavesdropping on Congress

    12/30/2015 11:46:13 AM PST · by amorphous · 81 replies
    Politico ^ | 30 Dec 2015 | Nolan D. McCaskill
    A House panel on Wednesday announced it is opening an investigation into U.S. intelligence collection that may have swept up members of Congress. The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence's announcement of the probe comes after a Wall Street Journal report that the U.S. collected information on private exchanges between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and members of Congress during ongoing negotiations for nuclear deal with Iran.
  • WSJ: White House Used NSA to Spy on Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu

    12/30/2015 5:32:05 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 40 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Dec 30, 2015 | Sharona Schwartz
    WSJ: White House Used NSA to Spy on Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu, Members of Congress, American Jewish Groups Dec. 30, 2015 7:23am Sharona Schwartz Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was the target of National Security Agency eavesdropping which also netted the private conversations of members of U.S. Congress and American Jewish groups, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. The alleged spying took place despite a promise two years ago by President Barack Obama -- after it was revealed that the NSA had listened in on German Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone calls -- that the U.S. "will not monitor the communications of...
  • Report: U.S. spying on Israel swept up members of Congress

    12/29/2015 4:08:44 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/29/2015 | NOLAN D. MCCASKILL
    U.S. spying programs scooped up communications between members of Congress and Israeli leaders, giving the White House insight into Israel’s lobbying of U.S. lawmakers against the Iran nuclear deal, current and former U.S. officials told The Wall Street Journal. The article, published Tuesday afternoon, reports that the U.S. continued to spy on select leaders of allied nations despite President Barack Obama’s pledge to curb such surveillance two years ago, and that it was a top priority to maintain spying on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government. As part of that continued surveillance, the National Security Agency also swept...
  • NSA suspected in Juniper firewall backdoors

    12/23/2015 9:37:06 PM PST · by Utilizer · 23 replies
    iTnews ^ | Dec 24 2015 10:00AM (AUS) | Staff Writer
    Dual_EC weaknesses and Juniper error exploited, researchers say. Security researchers suspect the United States' National Security Agency may have had a hand in the planting of unauthorised backdoors in Juniper's enterprise firewalls. The network equipment vendor last week issued an urgent security alert for its NetScreen enterprise firewalls, after discovering "unauthorised code" in the device operating system that allows them to be fully compromised. Juniper had discovered the code during an internal review. The backdoors - which had been in existence since 2012 - meant attackers could gain administrative access and decrypt VPN connections unnoticed. Researchers have now said the...
  • Ted Cruz Is Right: NSA Reform Bill Allows More Spying

    12/15/2015 9:24:55 PM PST · by Isara · 25 replies
    National Journal ^ | December 15, 2015 | Brendan Sasso
    Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz clashed over their opposing votes on a key surveillance bill during Tuesday night's GOP debate, with each senator trying to establish himself as the strongest on national security.Rubio accused Cruz of hampering intelligence agencies by supporting the USA Freedom Act, which ended the National Security Agency's vast collection of millions of U.S. phone records. That information could have been critical in investigating the shooting in San Bernardino, California, Rubio argued. "We are now at a time where we need more tools, not less tools," the Florida Republican said. "And that tool we lost, the...
  • Looking for terrorism in all the wrong places (mass spying does not keep us safe)

    12/13/2015 5:39:47 PM PST · by Moseley · 7 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | December 11, 2015 | Larry Klayman
    Once again our national security agencies failed at detecting dangerous terrorists. ... Who knew that collecting massive amounts of irrelevant data on tens of millions of innocent Americans unrelated to terrorism does not prevent terrorist attacks? Actually, making the data haystack bigger makes it harder to find the needle. Like the country music song “Looking For Love in All the Wrong Places,” our country is determined to look for terrorists in all the wrong places. Our government responded by patting down grandmothers and young children at airport security screening, after the trauma of the terrorist attacks on September 11, while...
  • Ted Cruz slams surveillance hawks for 'sweeping aside citizens' Fourth Amendment rights'

    12/10/2015 2:15:09 PM PST · by Isara · 13 replies
    Daily Dot ^ | Dec 10, 2015 | Eric Geller
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz on Thursday offered an impassioned defense of his vote to rein in the government's bulk phone surveillance, blasting those in his party who he said wanted to "exploit the current crisis by calling on Americans to surrender our constitutional liberties as the only way to ensure our safety."The Republican presidential candidate, who has been gaining in recent early-state primary polling, used a speech at the conservative Heritage Foundation to respond to criticism from two fellow candidates, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, for his vote to end the National Security Agency's mass...
  • 'Intelligence failure?': Calif. terrorists may have been on authorities' radar

    12/10/2015 1:45:29 PM PST · by Sopater · 45 replies
    Fox News | December 10, 2015
    As the investigation into the San Bernardino terrorists moves into its second week, there are increasing indications that Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik were on the radar of authorities – or should have been, according to some lawmakers. “You have to say it was an intelligence failure,” Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Az., said Thursday following a closed-door House briefing on the shooting. “You have to. Because it was.”
  • Cruz Strikes Back on Rubio’s Patriot Act Attacks

    12/10/2015 1:33:44 PM PST · by FourPeas · 20 replies
    RollCall ^ | 10 Dec 2015 | Niels Lesniewski
    Facing accusations from Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida that he's supported weakening surveillance powers, presidential rival and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas hit back against his rival on Thursday. The two Republican presidential candidates have been at each other over their differing views on reauthorization of provisions of the Patriot Act. The provisions in question involve the bulk collection of telephone metadata by the National Security Agency. Rubio is in a contingent led by Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., that is blasting people who supported ending the bulk collection, claiming the practice is key to fighting terrorist threats. But Cruz, who...
  • Ted Cruz defends ending bulk data collection

    12/10/2015 11:17:30 AM PST · by FourPeas · 10 replies
    WZVN / CNN ^ | 10 Dec 2015 | Theodore Schleifer
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz offered an extended defense Thursday of his support for ending bulk data collection even as the threat of terrorism surges. In a lengthy policy speech at a conservative think tank, Cruz tried to rebut Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's forceful argument that Cruz's votes to end aspects of the National Security Agency's data collection program should raise red flags for voters concerned about national security. Cruz has tried to stake out a compromise position between the muscular interventionism of Rubio and the surveillance-skeptical libertarianism of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, both GOP presidential competitors. "There are some on...
  • How the NSA uses behavior analytics to detect threats

    12/10/2015 10:03:39 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 9 replies
    cio.com ^ | 12-7-2015 | Clint Boulton
    The National Security Agency has significantly enhanced its capabilities for detecting cyber-threats in the two-plus years since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden pilfered and disclosed classified information. The multi-layered capabilities, which include user behavior analytics, now protect a private cloud that provides storage, computing and operational analytics to the intelligence community, CIO Greg Smithberger tells CIO.com. "There are a number of initiatives we have underway there to really use a lot of our big data analytics, a lot of the technology we have developed for our foreign intelligence mission, as well as technology we've developed inside our Information Assurance Directorate,"...
  • Why Does Fox News Lie About Phone Record Metadata and the NSA?

    12/08/2015 11:20:09 AM PST · by CodeToad · 26 replies
    8 December 2015 | CodeToad
    Fox News continues to propagate the propaganda that the NSA needs to have our personal phone record metadata in order to prevent terrorism and that Americans against government intrusion of our privacy are hurting America. Phone record metadata includes the phone numbers involved, the time of the call, and the location of the phones at the time. This information is available from the phone carriers. We all have cell phone bills that show each and every phone call. For the San Bernadino muslim terrorist shooting, Fox News claims the FBI does not have access to metadata phone record information of...
  • FBI San Bernardino Investigation Stymied by White House Politics

    12/07/2015 1:27:05 PM PST · by GOPAreDemProgressives · 93 replies
    sofrep.com ^ | 12/7/2015 | JACK MURPHY
    Sources indicate heated tension between President Obama and FBI Director James Comey about the nature of the San Bernardino mass shooting, which left 14 civilians dead. Although the FBI believed that it was an act of terrorism from the beginning, immense political pressure was brought down on investigators to avoid using the term “terrorism,” with Obama stating, “It is possible that this is terrorist related, but we don’t know…It is also possible that this was workplace related.” A SOFREP source confirmed that after the shooting, Obama held a meeting in the Oval Office with his National Security Council, the attorney...
  • Paul: 'If Rubio Were Doing His Job' He'd Know NSA Program Was Active Last 6 Months

    12/06/2015 1:12:19 PM PST · by conservativejoy · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/6/2015 | Pam Key
    Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," while discussing his condemnation of the controversial NSA data collection program, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)93% attacked his opponent Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)80%for his statements about the NSA's data collection program. Host Chuck Todd said, "Senator, respond to something Marco Rubio said. He said the following a week ago, 'We were still able to see the phone records of a potential terrorist cause, we held them, now you have to hope the phone company still has them, you have to argue with their chief counsel by the time you get access to...
  • US can't access NSA phone records in California terror case

    The U.S. government's ability to review and analyze five years' worth of telephone records for the married couple blamed in the deadly shootings in California lapsed just four days earlier when the National Security Agency's controversial mass surveillance program was formally shut down. Under a court order, those historical calling records at the NSA are now off-limits to agents running the FBI terrorism investigation even with a warrant. Instead, under the new USA Freedom Act, authorities were able to obtain roughly two years' worth of calling records directly from the phone companies of the married couple blamed in the attack....
  • The Spies Who Ruin Us

    12/03/2015 6:12:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 3, 2015 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    In an effort to draw attention away from the intelligence failures that permitted the attacks of 9/11 and create the impression that it was doing something -- anything -- to avoid a repeat, the federal government tampered seriously with freedoms expressly guaranteed in the Constitution. Its principal target was the right to privacy, which is protected in the Fourth Amendment. At President George W. Bush's urging, Congress passed the Patriot Act in October 2001. This 315-page statute passed the House of Representatives with no debate, and there was very limited debate in the Senate. I have asked many members of...
  • Sandy Berger, former national security adviser, dies

    12/02/2015 6:51:53 AM PST · by TroutStalker · 165 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/02/15 | Nick Gass
    Former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger, who served under President Bill Clinton, has died at the age of 70. "V sad start to day; just learned Sandy Berger passed away during the night," Richard Haass, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, tweeted Wednesday morning. "Good man & friend who served nation well as bill clinton's NSA." Antony Blinken, the current deputy secretary of state and a Berger acolyte, tweeted, "Mourn the passing of Sandy Berger --- father, husband, mentor, friend, leader and great patriot. RIP SRB." Berger, a longtime lawyer who founded Stonebridge International, a Washington-based advisory group,...
  • NSA to shut down bulk phone surveillance program on Sunday-two and a half years after it was exposed

    The move, mandated by a law passed six months ago, represents the greatest reduction of U.S. spying capabilities since they expanded dramatically after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Under the Freedom Act, the NSA and law enforcement agencies can no longer collect telephone-calling records in bulk in an effort to sniff out suspicious activity. Such records, known as 'metadata,' reveal which numbers Americans are calling and what time they place those calls, but not the content of the conversations. Instead analysts must now get a court order to ask telecommunications companies like Verizon Communications to enable monitoring of call records...
  • Will Senator Cruz Follow Reagan’s Lead on the NSA?

    11/25/2015 7:26:51 AM PST · by Twotone · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Media ^ | Nov. 24, 2015 | Cliff Kincaid
    Craig Shirley, author of Last Act: The Final Years and Emerging Legacy of Ronald Reagan, is an impressive writer with a vast knowledge of Reagan's terms as president who has nonetheless gotten a very important part of Reagan's legacy wrong. Shirley has written about how Reagan would have reacted to the Paris massacre by enlisting today's "Christian Russia" and "free market China" in a coalition against Islamic terrorism.
  • Cold War spy Ronald Pelton freed from federal custody

    11/24/2015 5:40:07 PM PST · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Stars & Stripes / AP ^ | 11/24/15 | Eric Tucker
    A former National Security Agency employee convicted of selling defense and communication secrets he gained during his career has been released from federal custody 30 years after his arrest. The sentence for Cold War-era spy Ronald Pelton, 74, ended on Tuesday. He had been placed on home confinement several months ago to serve out the final stretch of his sentence and was released Tuesday from the custody of the Bureau of Prisons, agency spokesman Ed Ross said. Pelton, a former NSA intelligence communications specialist, was arrested in November 1985 on charges of selling information to the Soviets about signals intelligence...
  • Did U.S. 'fake' intel on real ISIS threat?

    11/23/2015 11:23:54 AM PST · by amorphous · 18 replies
    WND ^ | 23 Nov 2015
    Some of President Obama's top military officials are the subject of an expanded investigation into intelligence reports that were possibly doctored to paint a rosy picture of progress made in rooting out ISIS positions in Syria and Iraq. At issue is whether analysts at Central Command, which oversees U.S. Department of Defense operations in the Middle East, altered assessments of the campaign against ISIS to make it appear as though the United States and Western partners were making more progress than they really were, at least according to claims from a whistleblower assigned to Centcom, ABC News reported. A whistleblower...
  • US Congresswoman Introduces Bill To Stop "Illegal" War On Assad; Says CIA Ops Must Stop

    11/21/2015 4:41:30 PM PST · by amorphous · 54 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 21 Nov 2015 | Tyler
    Last month, US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard went on CNN and laid bare Washington’s Syria strategy. In a remarkably candid interview with Wolf Blitzer, Gabbard calls Washington’s effort to oust Assad "counterproductive” and “illegal" before taking it a step further and accusing the CIA of arming the very same terrorists who The White House insists are "sworn enemies." In short, Gabbard all but tells the American public that the government is lying to them and may end up inadvertently starting "World War III."
  • Rubio Links Cruz To Snowden

    11/19/2015 11:48:22 AM PST · by zeestephen · 27 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 17 November 2015 | Michael Warren
    Marco Rubio: "At least two of my colleagues in the Senate aspiring to the presidency, Senator Cruz in particular, have voted to weaken the U.S. intelligence programs just in the last month and a half," Rubio said, referring to the passage of the USA Freedom Act that ended government's ability to hold on to bulk amounts of metadata.
  • Rubio says Cruz hurt US intelligence programs with stance

    11/18/2015 5:04:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 18, 2015 7:47 PM EST | Sergio Bustos
    Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio says his rival Ted Cruz worked with Democrats to harm U.S. intelligence programs by restricting the federal government's bulk phone records collection program. [...] Cruz voted in favor of a bill Congress approved last June that killed the National Security Agency's disputed bulk phone records collection program. ...
  • DOJ says Apple should be forced to unlock encrypted user data if asked by government

    10/25/2015 6:38:49 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 77 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | October 24, 2014 | By Chance Miller
    Earlier this week, Apple stated that it would be nearly impossible for it to access the data on a passcode-locked iOS device running iOS 8 or later. The company also noted, however, that even if it were possible, it would not feel comfortable doing so as to not tarnish the trust it shares with its customers. The Department of Justice has now dismissed that argument, saying that Apple should be required to unlock encrypted data because iOS is “licensed, not sold” to customers (via DailyDot). “Apple designed, manufactured, and sold [the phone] that is the subject of the search warrant,” the government...
  • FBI confiscates 4 State Dept. servers

    10/13/2015 11:01:42 PM PDT · by Rabin · 17 replies
    World Tribune Life ^ | October 13, 2015 | Bill Gertz
    The FBI has seized nine White House computer servers as part of its probe into how classified information was compromised on State Department email system, according to people familiar with the investigation. Additionally six servers, which were located at the NSA Fort Mead headquarters building, were seized. They are being checked by technical analysts charged with determining how all communications to and from the state department were being routed via homeline parallel Soviet, and Clinton Foundation pathways as standard procedure, even prior to 2009 to 2013, said two people familiar with the probe. The people spoke on condition of anonymity....
  • Bill Clinton and CIA Gave Iranians Blueprint for Nuclear Bomb

    04/14/2006 6:32:01 AM PDT · by RepublicNewbie · 25 replies · 2,549+ views
    The Post Chronicle ^ | 4/14/06 | Jim Kouri
    Last night, radio talk show host and former US Justice Department official Mark Levin shocked many listeners when he reported that President Bill Clinton gave nuclear technology to the Iranians in a harebrained scheme. He said that the transfer of classified data to Iran was personally approved by then-President Clinton and that the CIA deliberately gave Iranian physicists blueprints for part of a nuclear bomb that likely helped Tehran advance its nuclear weapons development program. The CIA, using a double-agent Russian scientist, handed a blueprint for a nuclear bomb to Iran, according to a new book "State of War" by...
  • The White House Backs Down On Phone Encryption

    10/10/2015 9:50:27 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | October 10, 2015 | by Cat Zakrzewski
    In a victory for tech firms, the Obama administration will not force firmsto breach the security of their products in order to provide information to law enforcement.Thedecision comes after a year after encryption introduced on iPhones and some Android phones sparked a debate between law enforcement and tech companies over access to phone data. With iOS 8, most data stored on the phone and communications over services like iMessage were encrypted in a way that only users could access it not even Apple could.FBI director James Comey then sounded the alarm that phone encryption would prevent law enforcement...
  • Judge declines to order Apple to disable security on device seized by U.S.

    10/10/2015 9:25:02 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 6 replies
    Newsday ^ | October 9, 2015 8:38 PM | By JOHN RILEY
    A federal magistrate in Brooklyn is temporarily refusing to order Apple to disable security on a device seized by the government, citing Congress' failure to act on the hot-button issue of encryption despite urging from law enforcement officials. "Congress has done nothing that would remotely suggest an intent to force Apple, in the circumstances of this case, to provide the assistance the government now requests," U.S. Magistrate James Orenstein said in his ruling, posted on the court's website Thursday afternoon. "Several of its members have introduced legislation to prohibit exactly what the government now asks the court to compel." ....
  • Fort Meade residents asked to stay in their homes amid police activity

    10/07/2015 8:10:33 PM PDT · by VanShuyten · 6 replies
    WMAR Baltimore ABC 2 ^ | Oct 7, 2015 | WMAR Baltimore
    Police activity on the Fort George G. Meade campus has forced those living on the installation to remain in their homes. Fort officials posted a message on Facebook asking residents to report suspicious activity. (See below) Sources say 10 police cars and a helicopter are patrolling the base after someone crashed a car into a gate leading into the base. The suspect then bailed from the car.
  • Monica Lewinsky lawyer named as first outsider on secret US spy court (Preston Burton)

    09/29/2015 3:55:40 PM PDT · by dayglored · 13 replies
    The Register ^ | Sep 29, 2015 | Kieren McCarthy
    One of Monica Lewinsky's former lawyers will be the first outside advisor to America's secret court that oversees NSA spying. Preston Burton was chosen as the first of five advocates who will provide expert advice to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) when discussing whether to approve spying programs. His first job will be to advise the FISC on whether the US government should be allowed to retain data past November 28, when the telephone storage program run by the NSA under Section 215 of the Patriot Act is officially shut down. Burton has a lively roster of ex-clients, ranging...
  • What If Russias Foreign Minister Conducted Official Business on an Unsecured Private Server?

    09/25/2015 11:48:02 AM PDT · by mojito · 15 replies
    Powerline ^ | 9/24/2015 | John Hinderaker
    Today Admiral Michael Rogers, head of the National Security Agency, testified before the Senate Select Intelligence Committee on cybersecurity. Senator Tom Cotton asked him two questions, the second of which was brilliant: 1) Are the communications of the presidents most senior advisors, including those that may be unclassified, a top priority for foreign intelligence services? and 2) What would he think if he learned that Russias Foreign Minister, or Irans, was conducting official business on a homebrew server? Here it is:
  • NSA surveillance bill passes after weeks-long showdown (Big Brother/1984 Alert)

    09/08/2015 9:40:58 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | 09/07/15 | Jeremy Diamond
    The National Security Agency lost its authority to collect the phone records of millions of Americans, thanks to a new reform measure Congress passed on Tuesday. President Barack Obama signed the bill into law on Tuesday evening. It is the first piece of legislation to reform post 9/11 surveillance measures. "It's historical," said Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, one of the leading architects of the reform efforts. "It's the first major overhaul of government surveillance in decades." The weeks-long buildup to the final vote was full of drama. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul assailed the NSA in a 10-hour speech that roused...
  • The CEO and the CIA (Fiorina)

    09/06/2015 7:29:34 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 8 replies
    NRO ^ | Jim Geraghty
    One week after 9/11, Michael Hayden, the director of the National Security Agency, the electronic surveillance arm of the U.S. government, had a long list of problems. High on the list was the fact that the NSA needed a ton of new high-tech equipment, particularly servers, right away, to handle a vastly expanded, critically important workload. Hayden called up the CEO of Hewlett Packard, Carly Fiorina. HP made precisely the equipment we needed, and we needed in bulk, says Robert Deitz, who was general counsel at the NSA from 1998 to 2006. Deitz recalls that a tractor-trailer full of HP...
  • Microsoft backports data slurp to Windows 7 and 8 via patches (Win 10 spyware comes to 7, 8.1)

    09/01/2015 9:49:09 PM PDT · by dayglored · 45 replies
    The Register ^ | Sep 1, 2015 | Andrew Orlowski
    We recently mused, half seriously, whether the entire point of the Windows 10 upgrade was to harvest your personal information. With Microsoft suffering from a serious case of Google envy, perhaps it felt it had some catching up to do. Now Microsoft is revamping the user-tracking tools in Windows 7 and 8 to harvest more data, via some new patches. All the updates can be removed post-installation but all ensure the OS reports data to Microsoft even when asked not to, bypassing the hosts file and (hence) third-party privacy tools. This data can include how long you use apps,...
  • Rand Champions the Constitution at Utah Campaign Event

    08/29/2015 10:45:28 PM PDT · by z taxman · 24 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | Aug. 29, 2015 | Brian Maffly
    Orem Rand Paul brought his message of limited government and strict observance of the U.S. Constitution to Utah Saturday. A crowd of several hundred applauded his call to stand up for all 10 amendments in the Bill of Rights not just the one protecting gun rights. "You can't support the Second Amendment unless you protect the Fourth," the GOP presidential candidate said, referring to the constitutional prohibition against unlawful search and seizure. That applause line was the Kentucky senator's segue into his intense opposition to blanket data-gathering on U.S. citizens a key pillar of his long-shot campaign....