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  • Pulitzer Prize Goes to a Spy

    04/16/2014 1:04:43 PM PDT · by Randall_S · 9 replies
    New York Young Republican Club Blog ^ | April 16, 2014 | NYYRC
    On Monday, April 14, 2014, the Pulitzer Prize, the most prestigious award in American journalism, was awarded to the Washington Post and (UK’s) The Guardian for their coverage related to the revelations of spy, Edward Snowden. Apparently, for those on the Pulitzer committee, it’s still ethical to betray your country and carry water for the Russian military and intelligence. Still ethical? Yes. At a press conference held at the Women’s National Republican Club prior to the announcement, Accuracy in Media, a journalistic watchdog based in Washington, D.C., recounted the circumstances around another Pulitzer Prize, to Walter Duranty. Speaking at the...
  • Google Knew About Heartbleed and Didn’t Tell the Government

    04/16/2014 12:55:45 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    National Journal ^ | April 14, 2014 | Brendan Sasso
    Federal systems remained vulnerable to hackers even after researchers identified the bug. Google knew about a critical flaw in Internet security, but it didn't alert anyone in the government. Neel Mehta, a Google engineer, first discovered "Heartbleed"—a bug that undermines the widely used encryption technology OpenSSL—some time in March. A team at the Finnish security firm Codenomicon discovered the flaw around the same time. Google was able to patch most of its services—such as email, search, and YouTube—before the companies publicized the bug on April 7. The researchers also notified a handful of other companies about the bug before going...
  • Peter Lucas: NSA could use Al Sharpton

    04/15/2014 8:06:38 AM PDT · by luke1825 · 1 replies
    lowell sun ^ | 4/10/2014 | Peter Lucas
    President Barack Obama ought to appoint the Rev. Al Sharpton to succeed Gen. Keith Alexander as director of the National Security Agency. Alexander ended his directorship of the controversial spy agency and its global surveillance dragnets, as well as his 39-year military career, when he retired last week. Sharpton may not be a general, but he is a civil-rights activist and a man who is not only close to the president but was a community organizer, just like Obama. More importantly, he has a lot of experience in surveillance and spy work, having served as a wired-up, paid informer for...
  • Police experiment with real-time universal surveillance

    04/14/2014 1:23:17 PM PDT · by kingattax · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 14 Apr 2014 | JOHN HAYWARD
    The Surveillance State goes big in an article from Gizmodo, which describes early testing of a "God's-eye" system that collates information from multiple sources on the ground, giving the authorities what inventor Ross McNutt describes as "a live version of Google Earth, only with TiVo capabilities." What McNutt's system does grows more amazing, and perhaps more chilling, as you read more about how it works: It's sort of similar to what your average satellite can do—except, in this case, you can rewind the video, zoom in, and follow specific people and cars as they move around the grid. It's not...
  • How Obama's Justice Department Selectively Blocks Mergers By Republican CEOs

    04/14/2014 10:02:50 AM PDT · by navysealdad · 10 replies
    Forbes ^ | 4/14/2014 | Kerri Toloczko
    Like all mergers, the proposed $45.2 billion Comcast CMCSA +1.67% merger with Time Warner Cable TWC +1.3%—the largest and second largest cable providers in the nation—has its advocates and critics. There are certainly important questions about what impact the merger would have on consumers—but there are equally significant issues associated with the highly politicized approval process. The Obama Department of Justice, led by Eric Holder, must review the merger and decide whether to approve or block it. Unfortunately, the Obama Administration and Justice Department have a long track record of pushing the rule of law aside and making decisions based...
  • Team Obama: "Photoshopping" Reality for Political Purposes or Because They're Just, Plain Stupid?

    04/14/2014 9:14:58 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 16 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 4-14-2014 | MOTUS
    What’s up with all the brew-ha-ha over Mr. and Mrs.Claire Shipman’s commie kitchen icons anyhow?Flipping: it’s the first step in learning how to spinThere’s nothing odd about the commie posters in the kitchen. In case you didn’t know, Mr. and Mrs. Claire Shipman met and fell in love in Russia. So these are simply sentimental tchotchkes from those happy days.And as for the odd Photoshop in their home library:In my *ahem* line-of-work I really shouldn’t say very much about transimaging. Besides, everything in politics is photoshopped today. It’s a “huge” industry. if you get my drift.For example, there was the...
  • Obama Lets N.S.A. Exploit Some Internet Flaws, Officials Say [heartbleed bug]

    04/12/2014 11:52:42 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 3 replies
    NYT ^ | April 12, 2014 | By David E. Sanger
    WASHINGTON — Stepping into a heated debate within the nation’s intelligence agencies, President Obama has decided that when the National Security Agency discovers major flaws in Internet security, it should — in most circumstances — reveal them to assure that they will be fixed, rather than keep mum so that the flaws can be used in espionage or cyberattacks, senior administration officials said Saturday. But Mr. Obama carved a broad exception for “a clear national security or law enforcement need,” the officials said, a loophole that is likely to allow the N.S.A. to continue to exploit security flaws both to...
  • Holder Admits That,If It Wanted,NSA Could Collect Searches,Emails Just Like Phone Metadata

    04/11/2014 4:12:16 PM PDT · by lbryce · 16 replies
    Tech Dirt ^ | April 9 , 2014 | Mike Masnick
    During a recent House Judiciary Committee hearing concerning oversight, Rep. Zoe Lofgren decided to quiz Attorney General Eric Holder about the federal government's surveillance efforts, starting off with a rather simple question. She notes that the bulk phone record collection program is considered to be legal by its supporters, based on Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which allows for the collection of "business records." So, she wonders, is there any legal distinction between phone records and, say, internet searches or emails? In other words, does the DOJ believe that it would be perfectly legal for the US government to...
  • NSA Said to Have Used Heartbleed Bug, Exposing Consumers [link only]

    04/11/2014 12:22:37 PM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    Bloomberg [link only] | April 11, 2014 | Michael Riley
    link only: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-11/nsa-said-to-have-used-heartbleed-bug-exposing-consumers.html
  • Hooray for Snooping!

    04/11/2014 11:04:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 11, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    Our president is back with one of his grand conceptions, ideal compromises and works of staggering political genius. This one, like the others, is designed to please every special interest involved, though it may leave out a minor matter or two. Like national security. And the kind of obsessive attention to detail that national security calls for. But who cares about all that boring minutiae? In their sweeping vision and righteous indignation, the brilliances at the White House and in Congress have decided that the National Security Agency is getting much too concerned about national security. Specifically, about everybody's phone...
  • Democrats embrace adding photos to Social Security cards

    04/11/2014 6:45:44 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 76 replies
    Democrats embrace adding photos to Social Security cards By Juliet Eilperin and Karen Tumulty, Published: April 10 As Republicans push for new voting restrictions around the country, a handful of Democrats have coalesced around an impromptu idea: placing a photo on Social Security cards. Former U.N. ambassador and civil rights activist Andrew Young — who chairs a nonpartisan voting rights group called Why Tuesday? — buttonholed President Obama and two of his predecessors in Texas this week in an effort to win their support for the concept. Former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter endorsed the idea, while the White...
  • A Government Admission of Wrongdoing

    04/10/2014 6:05:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 10, 2014 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    Last week, National Intelligence Director Gen. James R. Clapper sent a brief letter to Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, in which he admitted that agents of the National Security Agency (NSA) have been reading innocent Americans' emails and text messages and listening to digital recordings of their telephone conversations that have been stored in NSA computers, without warrants obtained pursuant to the Constitution. That the NSA is doing this is not newsworthy -- Edward Snowden has told the world of this during the past 10 months. What is newsworthy is that the NSA has...
  • German Minister: ‘US Operating Without any Kind of Boundaries’

    04/09/2014 5:26:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | April 09, 2014 – 12:00 PM | Jörg Schindler, Alfred Weinzierl and Peter Müller
    In an interview, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizičre, 60, warns that American spying has become “boundless” and expresses sorrow that approval ratings for the United States have plummeted in Germany. […] “I am thinking of the foreign policy damage. Because the greater damage has actually been inflicted by the Americans and not the Germans. And I say this as a staunch trans-Atlanticist. Approval ratings for Americans in German polls are lower right now than they have been in a long time. The last time this was the case was during a certain phase of the policies of George W....
  • The Rise of the Anti-Tech California Left

    04/09/2014 7:44:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/09/2014 | Ed Driscoll
    “@PzFeed: Smart Car tipping is the new trend in San Francisco. http://t.co/GWqAyoTrLW pic.twitter.com/OnJxnflmI6” @haileyyyb look out— Megan (@m_emps) April 8, 2014 When I moved out to Silicon Valley from New Jersey in 1997, Internet fever was just about to peak (literally so, in the form of the bursting tech bubble that decimated the NASDAQ three years later). Silicon Valley was seen as the next big thing, ushering America into the wonders of the 21st century — and possibly saving the increasing bloated state government of California in the process. Wired magazine, based in San Francisco, was still owned by...
  • Post-conviction America: Vanity Fair enshrines Snowden

    04/09/2014 7:13:48 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 13 replies
    The Thanks Project ^ | 04/09/2014 | Steve Berman
    Snowden has been holding court and putting America and its intelligence policies on trial. It should be the reverse: America should be holding court with Snowden on trial. I don’t agree with the blanket and universal snooping and data collection in which the NSA has been engaging. I think it’s dangerous for many reasons, the most disturbing of which is the temptation to use the data for political purposes. There should be no illusion here: any society that has the technical capability to offer universal, personal, and mobile access to the largest collection of human knowledge in history, has the...
  • Supreme Court Refuses to Take on NSA Metadata Case

    04/07/2014 9:15:07 AM PDT · by xzins · 86 replies
    Softpedia ^ | 7 Apr 14 | Gabriela Vatu
    The US Supreme Court is chickening out and taking a step back from the entire NSA scandal. Rather than making a final decision on whether the bulk telephone metadata surveillance program is constitutional, the Supreme Court has decided to decline the case. Instead, the Court has now left lower courts to contradict each other over the legality of this particular NSA surveillance program. One court, for instance, has described the metadata program as an “almost-Orwellian” effort. In fact, this particular petition brought to the Supreme Court concerns precisely a decision given out by US District Judge Richard Leon, who also...
  • Websites Compromised?

    04/05/2014 12:18:07 PM PDT · by defeat_the_dem_igods · 15 replies
    This morning, http://www.drudgereport.com/ would not "resolve"; that is, the request hunts and hunts for a full page load. Now, www.breitbart.com won't load and http://www.wnd.com/ is loading slowly. Yet, http://www.nytimes.com/ and other left wing sites load fine. Hmmm.....
  • GOOGLE'S DISCRIMINATORY LEFTISM

    04/04/2014 8:31:49 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 4, 2014 | By Ben Shapiro
    On February 6, Google revealed not only its dramatic bias against conservatism, but against reality. How else to explain an email received by WorldNetDaily’s Joseph Farah with regard to the Google AdSense policy? The email announced that AdSense would be cancelling WorldNetDaily’s account thanks to a “policy violation email this morning regarding negative/hate speech particularly with the repeated references to ‘black mobs,’ although I don’t know that this is specifically what it’s limited to.” According to Farah, Google wrote, “The reviewers cited a number articles [sic] with usage of this term specifically and in general asks that no ad code...
  • Startling: Every Government Agency Is Aggressively Pushing Obama’s Agenda

    04/04/2014 11:24:42 AM PDT · by drypowder · 29 replies
    The Independent Sentinal ^ | April 4, 2014 | Sara Noble
    Our government agencies have been completely politicized – every one of them. They are all working to move a leftist agenda FORWARD. Recent developments alone show the intensity of the effort from an unholy and illogical alliance between the EPA and the USDA to Fish & Wildlife seizing control over private lands. Just look at the news releases
  • Confirmed: Americans Searched Without Warrants

    04/02/2014 8:03:40 AM PDT · by xzins · 21 replies
    CBN ^ | April 02, 2014 | CBN
    The National Security Agency has searched the communications of American citizens without obtaining warrants, the administration's top intelligence official confirmed this week. James Clapper, director of National Intelligence, confirmed the practice in a letter to Congress Tuesday. He didn't say when or how often the searches took place. The NSA gathers the communications of ordinary Americans, but it had not been clear if those records had been searched. "Senior officials have sometimes suggested that government agencies do not deliberately read Americans' emails, monitor their online activity or listen to their phone calls without a warrant," Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and...
  • NSA performed warrantless searches on Americans' calls and emails – Clapper

    04/01/2014 3:56:02 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | April 1, 2014 | by Spencer Ackerman
    US intelligence chiefs have confirmed that the National Security Agency has used a "back door" in surveillance law to perform warrantless searches on Americans’ communications. The NSA's collection programs are ostensibly targeted at foreigners, but in August the Guardian revealed a secret rule change allowing NSA analysts to search for Americans' details within the databases. Now, in a letter to Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat on the intelligence committee, the director of national intelligence, James Clapper, has confirmed for the first time the use of this legal authority to search for data related to “US persons”.
  • U.S. confirms warrantless searches of Americans

    04/01/2014 3:42:33 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    USA Today | April 1, 2014 | Associated Press
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  • President Richard Nixon, 2nd Article of Impeachment, Abuse of the IRS (sounds very familiar)

    04/01/2014 12:46:12 PM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 18 replies
    Watergate - Articles of Impeachment ^ | July 27, 1974 | House of Reps - Judiciary Committee
    Article 2 Using the powers of the office of President of the United States, Richard M. Nixon, in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in disregard of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, has repeatedly engaged in conduct violating the constitutional rights of citizens, impairing the due and proper administration of justice and the conduct of lawful inquiries, or contravening the laws governing agencies of the...
  • Obama Can End NSA Surveillance With the Stroke of a Pen. So, Why Doesn’t He?

    03/31/2014 8:50:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 31, 2014 | Sarah Harvard
    “We have got to win back the trust not just of governments, but, more importantly, of ordinary citizens,” President Obama said recently at a press conference at the Hague, “And that’s not going to happen overnight, because there’s a tendency to be skeptical of government and to be skeptical of the US intelligence services.” Nearly a year after Edward Snowden’s revelations, President Obama announced last Tuesday that his administration will be pushing legislation to curb the National Security Agency’s (NSA) bulk collection of phone records. The proposed law would mark a turning point in mass surveillance but is still a...
  • White House Cyber Chief Says Snowden Damage Will Be Felt for Decades

    03/30/2014 5:00:28 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 89 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | March 28, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    Damage to U.S. national security caused by NSA contractor Edward Snowden will take decades to repair, the White House official in charge of cyber security said Friday. Snowden’s treachery is especially grave because he exposed how all the parts fit together—the blueprints for how America’s most significant intelligence enterprise actually works—which is also the blueprint for how to defeat it,” she said. “So what does this mean in real terms? It means that the president may not have the intelligence he needs to have for crucial decisions. Nor will the Congress. We may not see threats we should have seen,...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 30 March 2014

    03/30/2014 3:27:47 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 153 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 30 March 2014 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows March 30th, 2014 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sens. Angus King, I-Maine; John Barrasso, R-Wyo.; Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore.; Michael Leiter, former White House adviser on counterterrorism.FACE THE NATION (CBS): NCAA President Mark Emmert; Michael Hayden, former head of the CIA and the National Security Agency; Michael Morrell, former deputy CIA director and member of NSA Surveillance Review Group; Cmdr. William J. Marks, U.S. Navy 7th Fleet, which is involved in the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines jet.THIS WEEK...
  • Will the real progressives please stand up

    03/29/2014 6:17:13 PM PDT · by Chuckmorse · 2 replies
    Chuck Morse Speaks ^ | March 29, 2014 | Chuck Morse
    President Barack Obama represents the hopes and dreams of the American left, those who call themselves progressive and who view their enemy as conservatives and libertarians, congressional opponents whom they call obstructionists and working private citizens. Who, then, are the real progressives? Blacklisted radio talk show host Chuck Morse, the author of American Spring Manifesto, claims that the so-called progressives are actually regressive statist relics of the past who obstruct human and societal progress. He contends that real progressives stand up for the individual under God and for the US Constitution, which protects God given rights. Thomas Jefferson identified this...
  • We know what you’re thinking: Scientists find a way to read minds

    03/28/2014 12:44:30 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 10 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 3/28/2014 | Maxim Lott
    Think mind reading is science fiction? Think again. Scientists have used brain scanners to detect and reconstruct the faces that people are thinking of, according to a a study accepted for publication this month in the journal NeuroImage. In the study, scientists hooked participants up to an fMRI brain scanner – which determines activity in different parts of the brain by measuring blood flow – and showed them images of faces. Then, using only the brain scans, the scientists were able to create images of the faces the people were looking at. “It is mind reading,” said Alan S. Cowen,...
  • These 13 Words Will Get Your Email Flagged by the NSA

    03/28/2014 8:08:49 AM PDT · by JimRed · 60 replies
    an e-mail received | 03/28/2014 | unknown
    These 13 Words Will Get Your Email Flagged by the NSA...
  • ‘Forgive Me Father…’: Rand Paul Tweets Confession Idea to Obama

    03/27/2014 6:27:29 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 7 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 03-27-2014 | Evan McMurry
    Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), who’s quite vocally suggested President Barack Obama use his visit to the Vatican to explain to Pope Francis the so-called contraception mandate, lobbed another idea at Obama on Twitter Thursday morning: go to confession about this whole spying-on-the-Vatican thing: The Italian magazine Panorama reported last October that the National Security Agency — those guys! — had monitored up to 46 million phone calls in and out of the Vatican during the Papal conclave in which Pope Francis was chosen.
  • MUST-SEE:Bret Baier Tours National Security Operations Center(2nd Part Interview With NSA Director)

    03/26/2014 6:15:42 PM PDT · by lbryce · 12 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | March 26, 2014 | Staff
    As seen on Special Report with Bret Baier Bret Baier got a behind-the-scenes look at the National Security Operations Center in the second part of an exclusive interview with outgoing NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander. Howie Larrabee, NSA National Security Operations Center director, said the center has been staffed every day for 40 years. He said it’s the place where the NSA responds to unfolding world events. “You can think of us as the emergency room in a hospital, where we triage and assess a situation, and we direct the immediate time-sensitive response of that cryptologic enterprise,” Larrabee said. Watch...
  • Gen. Alexander: NSA Not Spying on Americans’ Calls & Emails

    03/25/2014 5:52:13 PM PDT · by lbryce · 30 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | March 25, 2014 | Special Report With Brett Baier
    Bret Baier sat down with outgoing NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander for an exclusive interview, which aired on this evening’s “Special Report.” Alexander explained a proposal that would limit the call records that the NSA receives. It would keep call records in the hands of phone companies, and the NSA would only get the data that directly links to a terrorist number. “So this is an approach that I think meets the intent of protecting our civil liberties and privacy and the security of this country,” Alexander told Baier. Baier said that some people think the NSA listens to all...
  • NSA director to Jimmy Carter: Agency not spying on your emails

    03/25/2014 2:26:47 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 33 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 3/25/2014
    The outgoing director of the National Security Agency wants former President Jimmy Carter to know: It's safe to use email. Gen. Keith Alexander, in an exclusive interview with Fox News' Bret Baier, addressed concerns raised by the former president, who on Sunday said he uses snail mail to communicate with foreign leaders for fear his emails are being monitored. "We're not [monitoring the emails]," Alexander said. "So he can now go back to writing emails. The reality is, we don't do that. And if we did, it would be illegal and we'd be ... held accountable and responsible."
  • CNN’s Anderson Cooper Reveals Team Obama Threatens Insurance Providers

    10/31/2013 7:48:00 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 16 replies
    LibertyNews.com ^ | 10/31/2013 | Joe Calandra Jr.
    Today, Team Obama isn’t getting any support from its normally active cheering section at CNN. Bob Laszewski, an executive who provides consulting services to many major American insurance companies, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper: “The White House is exerting massive pressure on the industry, including the trade associations, to keep quiet.” Here’s what’s Bob is talking about: Insurers who expose Obamacare’s most sinister effects are told they can’t become authorized Obamacare insurance providers – that means they’d be denied access to the largest market in the country just for telling the truth about how many people are being forced off their...
  • Lawyer sues after FBI foils his quest to learn if he was spied on

    03/25/2014 12:48:31 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | March 25, 2014 | By Adam Baron
    A Virginia lawyer has filed a lawsuit in U.S. federal court in Washington, D.C., demanding records that might help him determine whether the FBI tapped into his law firm’s computers as part of an investigation into how he came to possess classified documents. Kel McClanahan’s suit is the latest example of Americans turning to the Freedom of Information Act to find out whether they’ve been targeted by any of the government’s electronic surveillance programs. McClanahan began to suspect that the government was monitoring him after his computer and email account developed technical problems at the same time FBI agents were...
  • US should 'keep control of net' says Clinton

    03/24/2014 5:05:48 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 23 replies
    BBC ^ | 24 Mar 2014
    Net freedom could suffer after the US steps back from its role as ultimate overseer of the global network, former US President Bill Clinton has said. Many of the governments keen to help oversee the net just wanted to use it to silence dissent, he said. Mr Clinton made his comments during a debate sponsored by his charitable foundation, Clinton Global Initiative. The US had been a good steward of the net and had helped keep it open and accessible, he said. Free speech Mr Clinton said it was clear ongoing revelations about National Security Agency surveillance had fuelled demands...
  • The Federal Spying Budget

    03/24/2014 10:40:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 24, 2014 | Chris Edwards
    The latest revelations regarding the NSA’s bulk data collection illustrate the vastness of the government’s spying apparatus. That vastness costs taxpayers a lot of money. The cost of the federal spy budget used to be secret, which was a bizarre thing for a government that is supposed to be of the people, by the people, and for the people. But in recent years, policymakers have taken a step toward transparency and released figures on total intelligence spending. The federal spy budget consists of spending on the National Intelligence Program (NIP) and the Military Intelligence Program (MIP). The Federation of American...
  • Former US president Carter uses snail mail to evade NSA

    03/24/2014 7:11:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 03/24/2014
    Former US president Jimmy Carter has admitted he uses snail mail to evade monitoring by the National Security Agency and that he feels such surveillance methods have been abused. "When I want to communicate with a foreign leader privately, I type or write a letter myself, put it in the post office, and mail it," Carter said with a laugh, as he was questioned on the matter on NBC's "Meet the Press" program. "I have felt that my own communications are probably monitored," he said on the Sunday show.
  • Was ISRAEL behind the hacking of millions of French phones and NOT the U.S.?

    10/25/2013 12:22:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/25/13 | Nabdila Ramdani
    Israel and not America was behind the hacking of millions of French phones, it was claimed today. [Snip] But today’s Le Monde newspaper provides evidence that it was in fact Israeli agents who were listening in. France first suspected the U.S. of hacking into former president Nicolas Sarkozy’s communications network when he was unsuccessfully trying for re-election in 2012. Intelligence officials Bernard Barbier and Patrick Pailloux travelled from Paris to Washington to demand an explanation, but the Americans hinted that the Israelis were to blame. The Americans insisted they have never been behind any hacking in France, and were always
  • This is how much Microsoft charges the FBI for your info

    03/23/2014 9:43:29 AM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/20/2014 | Giuseppe Macri
    Secret invoices from Microsoft to the FBI obtained via hacks by the Syrian Electronic Army reveal the Silicon Valley giant charges a secret division of the bureau for legal access to users’ information.The army has become notorious for infiltrating the networks and social media accounts of western companies and media outlets in recent years, and submitted the documents to The Daily Dot for analysis. Its most recent Microsoft hack took place in January, when the organization seized Microsoft’s Twitter and email accounts, reportedly to distract employees while achieving its “main mission.”Emails and invoices between the FBI’s Digital Intercept Technology Unit and Microsoft’s Global...
  • Magazine: NSA spied on top China officials, Huawei

    03/23/2014 8:12:57 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    Market Watch ^ | March 23, 2014 | By Harriet Torry
    BERLIN--The U.S. National Security Agency allegedly spied on Chinese technology company Huawei Technologies Co. in early 2009 and targeted Chinese officials including former President Hu Jintao, according to German weekly news magazine Der Spiegel. The allegations were contained in pre-released extracts of an article from next week's edition, citing documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Aside from Mr. Hu, other NSA targets in China included the Chinese Trade Ministry, the Foreign Ministry and unidentified banks, Der Spiegel reported. In the extracts, Der Spiegel didn't elaborate on the alleged spying on the officials. Referring to a top-secret NSA presentation,...
  • License plate tracking nabs criminals, keeps tabs on thousands of innocent people

    03/23/2014 6:15:30 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 30 replies
    Post standard, Syracuse NY ^ | March 23 2014 | Marnie Eisenstadr
    SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- There are 1,228 cameras mounted on the trunks of police cars across New York. From the tiny village of Jordan to New York City, the cameras snap a picture of every plate on every car that drives by. It's an effortless 100 pictures a minute for each camera, called an automatic license plate reader. A few pictures each shift might produce an alarm from a statewide hotlist updated daily: The registration is suspended, the car is stolen, the driver is wanted. But the rest of the plate pictures - millions a day across the nation - are...
  • Targeting Huawei: NSA Spied on Chinese Government and Networking Firm

    03/22/2014 8:12:08 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 13 replies
    Spiegel Online International ^ | Sunday, March 23, 2014 | Spiegel Staff
    A special unit with the US intelligence agency succeeded in infiltrating Huwaei's network and copied a list of 1,400 customers as well as internal documents providing training to engineers on the use of Huwaei products, among other things. Source Code Breached According to a top secret NSA presentation, NSA workers not only succeeded in accessing the email archive, but also the secret source code of individual Huwaei products. Software source code is the holy grail of computer companies. Because Huawei directed all mail traffic from its employees through a central office in Shenzhen, where the NSA had infiltrated the network,...
  • N.S.A. Breached Chinese Servers Seen as Security Threat

    03/22/2014 7:48:35 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 36 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Saturday, March 22, 2014 | David E. Sanger & Nicole Perlroth
    WASHINGTON — American officials have long considered Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications giant, a security threat, blocking it from business deals in the United States for fear that the company would create “back doors” in its equipment that could allow the Chinese military or Beijing-backed hackers to steal corporate and government secrets. But even as the United States made a public case about the dangers of buying from Huawei, classified documents show that the National Security Agency was creating its own back doors — directly into Huawei’s networks. The agency pried its way into the servers in Huawei’s sealed headquarters in...
  • NSA infiltrates servers of China telecom giant Huawei: report

    03/22/2014 2:59:10 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 22, 2014 | by Will Dunham
    The U.S. National Security Agency has infiltrated servers in the headquarters of Chinese telecommunications and internet giant Huawei Technologies Co, obtaining sensitive information and monitoring the communications of top executives, the New York Times reported on Saturday. The newspaper said its report on the operation, code-named "Shotgiant," was based on NSA documents provided by Edward Snowden, the former agency contractor who since last year has leaked data revealing sweeping U.S. surveillance activities. The German magazine Der Spiegel also reported on the documents. One of the goals of the operation was to find any connections between Huawei and the Chinese People's...
  • Scalia: NSA spying debate may reach Supreme Court

    03/22/2014 1:35:26 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 22, 2014 | Kellan Howell
    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia responded to student questions with a cryptic answer with possible implications about the NSA’s domestic surveillance programs on Friday night. During a Q & A session curated by Brooklyn Law School’s Judge Andrew Napolitano, who began a discussion about the NSA’s controversial surveillance of Americans, Just Scalia said the issue would likely come before the high court, Business Insider reported.
  • Police Keep Quiet About Cell-Tracking Technology

    03/22/2014 11:58:37 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Saturday, March 22, 2014 | Jack Gillum
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Police across the country may be intercepting phone calls or text messages to find suspects using a technology tool known as Stingray. But they're refusing to turn over details about its use or heavily censoring files when they do. Police say Stingray, a suitcase-size device that pretends it's a cell tower, is useful for catching criminals, but that's about all they'll say. For example, they won't disclose details about contracts with the device's manufacturer, Harris Corp., insisting they are protecting both police tactics and commercial secrets. The secrecy - at times imposed by nondisclosure agreements signed by...
  • Navy database tracks civilians' parking tickets, fender-benders, raising fears of domestic spying

    03/22/2014 11:02:31 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 24 replies
    A parking ticket, traffic citation or involvement in a minor fender-bender are enough to get a person's name and other personal information logged into a massive, obscure federal database run by the U.S. military. The Law Enforcement Information Exchange, or LinX, has already amassed 506.3 million law enforcement records ranging from criminal histories and arrest reports to field information cards filled out by cops on the beat even when no crime has occurred.
  • Obama reassures Internet CEOs on tech privacy

    03/21/2014 6:36:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 21, 2014 7:25 PM EDT | Josh Lederman
    A week before a self-imposed deadline for a review of National Security Agency programs, President Barack Obama sought Friday to assure leading Internet and tech executives that his administration is committed to protecting people’s privacy. CEOs from Facebook, Google, Netflix and others spent more than two hours with Obama in the Oval Office discussing their concerns about NSA spying programs, which have drawn outrage from tech companies whose data have been scooped up by the government. Joining Obama and the CEOs were Obama’s commerce secretary, homeland security adviser, and counselor John Podesta, whom Obama has tasked with leading a review...
  • Inside the NSA’s Secret Efforts to Hunt and Hack System Administrators

    03/21/2014 6:24:44 AM PDT · by Izzy Dunne · 27 replies
    The Intercept ^ | Mar 20, 2014 | Ryan Gallagher and Peter Maass
    Across the world, people who work as system administrators keep computer networks in order – and this has turned them into unwitting targets of the National Security Agency for simply doing their jobs. According to a secret document provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the agency tracks down the private email and Facebook accounts of system administrators (or sys admins, as they are often called), before hacking their computers to gain access to the networks they control.The document consists of several posts – one of them is titled “I hunt sys admins” – that were published in 2012 on an...