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  • 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 · 44 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....
  • Snowden Warned Norway He faced Death in US

    08/29/2015 12:31:09 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    The Local ^ | 28 Aug 2015
    NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden warned Norway that he faced a possible death sentence if returned to the United States in the extradition request he made in 2012. Snowden may get freedom prize at border (28 Aug 15) US asked Norway to arrest Edward Snowden (27 Aug 15) “I believe that…it is unlikely that I would receive a fair trial or proper treatment prior to the trial, and face the possibility of life imprisonment, and even death,” he wrote in the extradition letter, a copy of which has been obtained by Norway's NRK channel. The letter was sent by fax to...
  • State Dept.-released Clinton email had classified intel from 3 agencies, in possible violation

    08/26/2015 9:23:46 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 25 replies
    FoxNews ^ | August 26, 2015 | Catherine Herridge
    Agencies say info in Clinton emails was classified when sent One of the emails contained classified intelligence from three different agencies, which could mean the State Department violated a President Obama-signed executive order by authorizing its release. That 2009 order, EO 13526, lays out the rules for "classifying, safeguarding and declassifying national security information." It states that the authority to declassify rests with the intelligence agency that originated the information. One of the two emails that sparked the FBI probe was an April 2011 email from Clinton confidant Huma Abedin that contained intelligence from the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the...
  • Report: Clinton Aide Sent Hillary Classified Info From DIA, NSA, And NGA (Huma)

    08/25/2015 2:54:44 PM PDT · by maggief · 86 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | August 25, 2014 | Steve Guest
    Fox News chief intel correspondent Catherine Herridge revealed that “email from aide Huma Abedin to Mrs. Clinton that kickstarted the FBI probe contained classified information from three intelligence agencies: the DIA, the NSA and the NGA.” (snip) Herridge, reporting on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” Tuesday stated, “All three agencies have confirmed the intelligence was classified when it was sent three years ago and remains classified to this day.”
  • Donald Trump: Putin would return 'total traitor' Snowden if I'm president

    08/22/2015 12:23:12 AM PDT · by JediJones · 54 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 7/9/2015 | David Sherfinski
    “If I’m president, Putin says ‘hey, boom — you’re gone’ — I guarantee you that,” Mr. Trump said in an interview with CNN. Mr. Trump called Mr. Snowden...a “total traitor” and said he “would deal with him harshly.” “And if I were president, Putin would give him over. I would get along with Putin. I’ve dealt with Russia,” Mr. Trump said. “He would never keep somebody like Snowden in Russia — he hates [President] Obama; he doesn’t respect Obama. Obama doesn’t like him either. But he has no respect for Obama, has a hatred for Obama, and Snowden is living...
  • Jeb Bush: NSA Needs Broader Powers to Combat 'Evildoers'

    08/21/2015 10:22:10 AM PDT · by Izzy Dunne · 41 replies
    Ass. Press ^ | Aug. 18, 2015 | Bill Barrow
    Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush said Tuesday that the government should have broad surveillance powers of Americans and private technology firms should cooperate better with intelligence agencies to help combat "evildoers." [...] "There's a place to find common ground between personal civil liberties and NSA doing its job," Bush said. "I think the balance has actually gone the wrong way."
  • Jeb Bush calls for broad surveillance

    08/19/2015 7:48:39 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 37 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 8/19/15 | Bill Barrow, Associated Press
    Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush said Tuesday that the government should have broad surveillance powers of Americans and private technology firms should cooperate better with intelligence agencies to help combat "evildoers." At a national security forum in the early voting state of South Carolina, Bush put himself at odds with Republican congressional leaders who earlier this year voted to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records. The former Florida governor said Congress should revisit its changes to the Patriot Act, and he dismissed concerns from civil libertarians who say the program violated citizens' constitutionally protected privacy rights....
  • Jeb Bush: NSA needs broader power to fight 'evildoers,' urges tech firms to cooperate

    08/18/2015 7:09:35 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 34 replies
    <p>Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush said Tuesday that the government should have broad surveillance powers of Americans and private technology firms should cooperate better with intelligence agencies to help combat "evildoers."</p> <p>At a national security forum in the early voting state of South Carolina, Bush put himself at odds with Republican congressional leaders who earlier this year voted to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records.</p>
  • JEB BUSH: NSA NEEDS BROADER POWERS TO COMBAT 'EVILDOERS'

    08/18/2015 4:35:39 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 38 replies
    AP ^ | August 18, 2015 | Bill Barrow
    Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush said Tuesday that the government should have broad surveillance powers of Americans and private technology firms should cooperate better with intelligence agencies to help combat "evildoers." [Snip] Bush also opposed Trump's idea of a fence or wall along the border. "It's not realistic to create a fence in places where fences can't be built. You'd have people, American citizens, on the south side of the fence in some places. Or they're on the wrong side of the fence," Bush said.
  • Bush says NSA needs broader power to fight 'evildoers,' urges tech firms to cooperate

    08/18/2015 2:50:34 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 38 replies
    AP US News and World Report ^ | 8/18/15 | BILL BARROW
    Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush said Tuesday that the government should have broad surveillance powers of Americans and private technology firms should cooperate better with intelligence agencies to help combat "evildoers." At a national security forum in the early voting state of South Carolina, Bush put himself at odds with Republican congressional leaders who earlier this year voted to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records. The former Florida governor said Congress should revisit its changes to the Patriot Act, and he dismissed concerns from civil libertarians who say the program violated citizens' constitutionally protected privacy rights....
  • Backdoors Won't Solve Comey's Going Dark Problem

    08/16/2015 11:10:27 AM PDT · by zeugma · 13 replies
    Crypto-gram ^ | 8/15/2015 | Bruce Schneier
    At the Aspen Security Forum two weeks ago, James Comey (and others) explicitly talked about the "going dark" problem, describing the specific scenario they are concerned about. Maybe others have heard the scenario before, but it was a first for me. It centers around ISIL operatives abroad and ISIL-inspired terrorists here in the US. The FBI knows who the Americans are, can get a court order to carry out surveillance on their communications, but cannot eavesdrop on the conversations, because they are encrypted. They can get the metadata, so they know who is talking to who, but they can't find...
  • [June 1, 2015 Video] Donald Trump on the need for NSA phone data collection

    08/17/2015 4:49:48 PM PDT · by JediJones · 103 replies
    FOX News ^ | June 1, 2015 | FOX News
    "security has to preside...and be pre-eminent" "if anyone wants to listen to my phone calls, it's fine" "I think we have to err on the side of security" "we don't love it, but we have probably not much of a choice" "it doesn't seem to be very popular, what [Rand Paul's] doing" "Most people seem to feel the way I do" "My best trait will be security"
  • Christie, Paul and the NSA

    08/16/2015 6:24:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 16, 2015 | Steve Chapman
    Debating Chris Christie is a formidable task because he's quick-witted, sharp-tongued and slightly intimidating. Those qualities helped him get the best of Rand Paul in the first Republican presidential debate. But Christie's best weapon is one that may catch up with him: He never lets the truth get in his way. Earlier this year, Paul led a successful effort to end the National Security Agency's mass collection of Americans' telephone records. During the debate, Christie was asked whether he stands by his assertion that Paul should be blamed if the United States suffers another terrorist attack. He does, of course:...
  • AT&T Helped U.S. Spy on Internet on a Vast Scale

    08/16/2015 2:46:05 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 5 replies
    NY Times ^ | 08/15/15 | The National Security Agency’s ability to spy on vast quantities of Internet traffic passing through
    The National Security Agency’s ability to spy on vast quantities of Internet traffic passing through the United States has relied on its extraordinary, decades-long partnership with a single company: the telecom giant AT&T. While it has been long known that American telecommunications companies worked closely with the spy agency, newly disclosed N.S.A. documents show that the relationship with AT&T has been considered unique and especially productive. One document described it as “highly collaborative,” while another lauded the company’s “extreme willingness to help.” AT&T’s cooperation has involved a broad range of classified activities, according to the documents, which date from 2003...
  • AT&T Helped N.S.A. Spy on an Array of Internet Traffic

    08/15/2015 2:03:47 PM PDT · by Theoria · 13 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 15 Aug 2015 | Julia Angwin, Charlie Savage, Jeff Larson, Henrik Moltke, Laura Poitras and James Risen
    The National Security Agency’s ability to spy on vast quantities of Internet traffic passing through the United States has relied on its extraordinary, decades-long partnership with a single company: the telecom giant AT&T. While it has been long known that American telecommunications companies worked closely with the spy agency, newly disclosed N.S.A. documents show that the relationship with AT&T has been considered unique and especially productive. One document described it as “highly collaborative,” while another lauded the company’s “extreme willingness to help.” AT&T’s cooperation has involved a broad range of classified activities, according to the documents, which date from 2003...
  • NSA Proclaims: "If you have nothing to fear you have nothing to hide" [satire]

    08/09/2015 12:30:48 PM PDT · by JustTheTruth · 27 replies
    Check out this sign that the NSA Data Center has in front of their massive facility in Utah. See photo at their linked web site. Anybody feeling reassured yet???
  • Is the 4th Amendment Dead in Cyberspace?

    08/08/2015 11:58:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Inside Higher Ed ^ | July 29, 2015 | Tracy Mitrano
    Over a year ago former director of both the NSA and CIA, Michael Hayden, flat out admitted, "we kill people based on metadata." He quickly distinguished between the metadata about which the debate was focused, telephone records, and other forms of surveillance metadata upon which covert actions are taken. Not surprised about the actions, I confess I was taken aback when I considered the implications that this disclosure has on Fourth Amendment jurisprudence in cyberspace. Ever since the USA-Patriot Act in 2001, I have been harping on complications of the Fourth Amendment between content and metadata in data networking. For...
  • NSA to Destroy Records Collected Under Phone Spying Program

    08/01/2015 9:07:27 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 29 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/1/15 | Jim Emerson
    The Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a statement concerning the retention of metadata collected in accordance with section 215 of the PATRIOT Act. “On June 29, 2015, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court George Bush. The Patriot Act originated on his watch George Bush. The Patriot Act originated on his watch approved the Government’s application to resume the Section 215 bulk telephone metadata program pursuant to the USA FREEDOM Act’s 180-day transition provision. As part of our effort to transition to the new authority, we have evaluated whether NSA should maintain access to the historical metadata after the...
  • Court: German spy agency need not give info on NSA list

    07/31/2015 6:39:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 31, 2015 8:03 AM EDT
    A German federal court has ruled that the country’s spy agency is under no obligation to divulge to the media a list of names compiled from search terms provided to it by the U.S. National Security Agency. A newspaper publisher sought an injunction forcing the Germany agency, the BND, to disclose information about what German companies and citizens were on the list after the spy agency refused to answer questions. …
  • Windows 10: Here are the privacy issues you should know about

    07/30/2015 1:48:23 PM PDT · by steve86 · 41 replies
    TNW News ^ | July 29, 2015 | Mic Wright
    ... Cortana is a sexy spy in the machine Turn on Cortana, the virtual assistant, and you’re also turning on a whole host of data sharing: To enable Cortana to provide personalized experiences and relevant suggestions, Microsoft collects and uses various types of data, such as your device location, data from your calendar, the apps you use, data from your emails and text messages, who you call, your contacts and how often you interact with them on your device. Cortana also learns about you by collecting data about how you use your device and other Microsoft services, such as your...
  • Obama collecting personal data for a secret race database

    07/18/2015 2:19:05 PM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 179 replies
    A key part of President Obama’s legacy will be the fed’s unprecedented collection of sensitive data on Americans by race. The government is prying into our most personal information at the most local levels, all for the purpose of “racial and economic justice.” Unbeknown to most Americans, Obama’s racial bean counters are furiously mining data on their health, home loans, credit cards, places of work, neighborhoods, even how their kids are disciplined in school — all to document “inequalities” between minorities and whites. This Orwellian-style stockpile of statistics includes a vast and permanent network of discrimination databases, which Obama already...
  • Trump Resurrects Birther Issue; A lot Of People Don't Believe Obama Birth Certificate Real

    07/09/2015 9:51:39 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 276 replies
    BirtherReport.com ^ | July 8, 2015 | Donald Trump
    Donald Trump sat down with Obama's NBC News' Katy Tur and was asked why people should believe his numbers on illegal immigration when he led the birther movement and sent investigators out to Hawaii to investigate whether Obama was not born here. Watch Tur press Trump over the issue pleading that Obama released his birth certificate. Trump fired back: "According to you it's not true. If you believe that, that's fine. ... A lot of people don't agree with you on that..."
  • Opinion: Merkel Must End Devil’s Pact with America

    07/08/2015 2:32:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | July 07, 2015 – 11:37 PM | Markus Feldenkirchen
    The German-American friendship no longer exists. It may still remain between citizens of both countries, but not between their governments. Perhaps it has always been an illusion; perhaps the United States pulled away over the course of time. But what binds these two nations today cannot be considered friendship. Openness and fairness are part of the essence of friendship, which is about mutual respect and trust. A quarter century after the United States helped the German people restore their national unity, little remains of this friendship. As new documents from WikiLeaks and reporting by Spiegel show, the NSA has been...
  • Is St. Louis under a cyber attack? Threat map points to China

    07/08/2015 2:01:03 PM PDT · by mojito · 42 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/8/2015 | Joe Millizter
    Is St. Louis at the center of a cyber attack from China? A company that monitors threats on the internet shows a large amount of traffic headed into the area from China. According to Norsecorp’s Twitter profile they offer, “Live threat intelligence & unmatched visibility into the darkest corners of the Internet.” A map on the company’s website shows a lot of activity coming from locations in china to IP addresses located mostly in St. Louis, Kirksville and Seattle. The majority of targets listed in the map are located in the US with origins in China.
  • Hacking Team, Which Sells Surveillance Tech To Governments, Exposed By Major Hack

    07/06/2015 5:43:59 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | July 6, 2015 | Jon Russell
    One of the technology world’s most notorious providers of surveillance and intrusion software has found itself on the wrong end of an embarrassing hack. A range of sensitive documents belonging to Italy-based Hacking Team, which is known for working with governments worldwide, appeared to leak out over the weekend, including email communications and client lists. The hackers, who remain unidentified at this time, also took over the group’s Twitter account, using it to post screenshots of emails and other details, as CSO first reported. Hacking Team is a mysterious organization which has long been thought to sell tracking and hacking...
  • Merkel summons US envoy over spy claims

    07/02/2015 7:07:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 02 Jul 2015 16:20 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office Thursday asked the US ambassador to discuss new allegations about NSA spying, a German government source said. “We confirm that US ambassador [John] Emerson was invited to the chancellery to talk,” the German government source told AFP, after the Frankfurter Allgemeine daily said Merkel’s chief of staff Peter Altmaier had asked for the meeting. On Wednesday Süddeutsche Zeitung reported that new documents released by WikiLeaks show that the United States did not just tap German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone but also eavesdropped on several ministers. …
  • ACLU sued by Larry Klayman And NSA/CIA Whistleblower Dennis Montgomery For Ethical Violations

    07/02/2015 6:21:51 PM PDT · by Moseley · 11 replies
    Fairfax Free Citizen ^ | July 2, 2015 | Tim Hannigan
    Larry Klayman, former federal prosecutor for the Justice Department and the founder of Judicial Watch and now Freedom Watch, announced the filing of a lawsuit against the American Civil Liberties Union (“ACLU”), and certain of its attorneys for violating their fiduciary duty and attorney client relationship, as well as defaming NSA/CIA whistleblower Dennis Montgomery. The complaint was filed in federal court in Miami, Florida (Case No. 15-cv-22452). Montgomery sought legal assistance from the ACLU with regard to his whistleblowing of the unconstitutional and illegal acts by the NSA and CIA, much like the disclosures of Edward Snowden. Montgomery possesses information...
  • Court (F.I.S.C.) rules NSA can resume bulk collection of phone records: NY Times

    06/30/2015 11:19:18 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/30/15 | Eric Beech
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has ruled the National Security Agency may temporarily resume its bulk collection of Americans' domestic phone call records, the New York Times reported on Tuesday. The program lapsed on June 1, when Section 215 of the Patriot Act expired. Congress revived that provision the following day with a bill called the Freedom Act, which said the provision could only be used for bulk collection for six months.
  • ‘Did they get me?’: Docs reveal long-time John Doe spying operation (WI)

    06/29/2015 9:52:20 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 18 replies
    Wisconsin Watchdog ^ | 6-29-15 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. – Democrat Milwaukee County prosecutors tapped the email and text communications of conservative activists as part of a five-year probe aimed at bringing down Republican Gov. Scott Walker, affidavits reviewed by Wisconsin Watchdog reveal. One target of the spying operation told Wisconsin Watchdog the methods used to keep tabs on Wisconsin residents were like those of the National Security Agency’s domestic spying program. “It was actually worse because (Milwaukee County prosecutors) were taking the body of emails and looking at actual data,” said the source, who asked not to be identified for fear of retribution from the prosecutors....
  • French Economy In "Dire Straits", "Worse Than Anyone Can Imagine", Leaked NSA Cable Reveals (2012)

    06/29/2015 5:19:28 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 27 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 6-29-15 | Zero Hedge
    French Finance Minister Says Economy in Dire Straits, Predicts Two Atrocious Years Ahead (TS//SI//NF) (TS//SI//NF) The French economic situation is worse than anyone can imagine and drastic measures will have to be taken in the next 2 years, according to Finance, Economy, and Trade Minister Pierre Moscovici. On 19 July, Moscovici, under pressure to reestablish a preretirement unemployment supplement known as the AER, warned that the situation is dire. Upon learning that there are no funds available for the AER, French Senator Martial Bourquin warned Moscovici that without the AER program the ruling Socialist Party will have a rough time...
  • Sacre bleu! France summons US ambassador over NSA surveillance of past three presidents

    06/24/2015 9:29:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/24/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    The files of Edward Snowden continue to bring all sorts of damage to US intelligence and diplomacy. First came the documents that showed US intelligence had conducted surveillance in Germany, which led to months of strained diplomacy. Today it’s France’s turn to act shocked, shocked that its friends listen in on its sensitive communications: The French government reacted with anger on Wednesday to revelations about extensive eavesdropping by the United States government on the private conversations of senior French leaders, including three presidents and dozens of senior government figures.President François Hollande called an emergency meeting of the Defense Council...
  • NSA Has Reverse-Engineered Popular Consumer Anti-Virus Software In Order To Track Users

    06/22/2015 12:20:58 PM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 20 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | 6-22-15 | Lucas Matney
    The NSA and its British counterpart the GCHQ have put extensive effort into hacking popular security software products to “track users and infiltrate networks,” according to the latest round of Snowden docs unearthed today by The Intercept. Cybersecurity companies, including the Moscow-headquartered Kaspersky Lab, were targeted by government agencies to gain intelligence of the latest exploits. Details of the security software’s inner workings were deciphered by agencies through a process called software reverse engineering (SRE), which allowed them to analyze and exploit the software suites. A top-secret warrant renewal request issued by the GCHQ details the motivations behind infiltrating the...
  • POPULAR SECURITY SOFTWARE CAME UNDER RELENTLESS NSA AND GCHQ ATTACKS

    06/22/2015 7:33:22 AM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 100 replies
    GLENN GREENWALD's (Snowden's pal) Firstlook.org The Intercept ^ | June 22 ,2015 | ANDREW FISHMAN AND MORGAN MARQUIS-BOIRE
    The National Security Agency and its British counterpart, Government Communications Headquarters, have worked to subvert anti-virus and other security software in order to track users and infiltrate networks, according to documents from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The spy agencies have reverse engineered software products, sometimes under questionable legal authority, and monitored web and email traffic in order to discreetly thwart anti-virus software and obtain intelligence from companies about security software and users of such software. One security software maker repeatedly singled out in the documents is Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab, which has a holding registered in the U.K., claims more than...
  • Ex-Clinton aide didn't write Benghazi memos [but one who did is known to Hillary]

    06/17/2015 1:56:59 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 16, 2015 | Martin Matishak
    Hillary Clinton's close adviser Sidney Blumenthal did not personally author or verify any of the memos he sent her about Libya or the Benghazi siege, according to the head of a House panel investigating the 2012 attacks. "What we learned today is he’s not the author of a single one of those memos. He was passing on information authored by someone else and he has no idea about the credibility or reliability of any of the sources," House Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) told reporters on Tuesday. "So, the information passed on to the secretary of State,...
  • Snowden is a Fraud

    06/15/2015 11:48:43 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 63 replies
    interpreter ^ | June 15, 2015 | John R. Schindler
    In the two years since the Edward Snowden saga went public, a handful of people who actually understand the Western signals intelligence system have tried to explain the many ways that the Snowden Operation has smeared NSA and its partners with salacious charges of criminality and abuse. I’ve been one of the public faces of what may be called the Snowden Truth movement, and finally there are signs that reality may be intruding on this debate. No American ally was rocked harder by Snowden’s allegations than Germany, which has endured a bout of hysteria over charges that NSA was listening...
  • NSA agents 'feel violated' after hackers access their emails (People's Cube Satire)

    06/14/2015 9:47:56 AM PDT · by xzins · 15 replies
    The People's Cube ^ | 6/12/2015 | Offline Chedoh
    The U.S. Cyber Command and Director of the National Security Agency, Admiral Michael Rogers, released a statement this morning informing the public of a massive security breach after a group of hackers broke into the NSA's secure network and read through a sizeable amount of personal emails, retrieved web browser history, and even recorded Skype conversations. "Earlier today, while we were performing routine monitoring of far right-wing internet activity, we discovered a security hemorrhage of personal information of NSA agents that was put on display in multiple online forums and social media across the internet," the statement said. "It appears...
  • Surveillance Law Lets US Ratify Nuclear Terrorism Treaties

    06/07/2015 8:34:38 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 7 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | June 7, 2015 | DEB RIECHMANN
    Tucked into the surveillance bill that became law was a little-noticed section that will let the United States complete ratification of two long-stalled treaties aimed at stopping a frightening scenario: terrorists wielding radioactive bombs. "Today, nearly 2,000 metric tons of weapons-usable nuclear materials remain spread across hundreds of sites around the globe — some of it poorly secured," said former Sen. Sam Nunn, co-chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, an organization in Washington that works on the issue. "We know that to get the materials needed to build a bomb, terrorists will not necessarily go where there is the most...
  • Obama Goes Full Stalin: Tells Secret Court To Ignore Law He Signed 4 Hours Earlier, Extend Illegal

    06/09/2015 7:37:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    zeri hedge ^ | 6/9/15 | tyler durden
    Just when we thought the absurdity that marks every single day of Obama's reign could not possibly be surpassed, we learned that 4 hours (3 hours and 47 minutes to be precise) after the US president vowed to sign a new law banning bulk data collection by the NSA (named, for purely grotesque reasons, the "USA Freedom Act"), the Obama administration asked the secret Fisa surveillance court to ignore a federal court that found bulk surveillance illegal and to once again grant the National Security Agency the power to collect the phone records of millions of Americans for six months....
  • Obama looks to patch US-German relations on Bavarian trip

    06/07/2015 12:29:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 7, 2015 1:22 AM EDT | Nedra Pickler and Julie Pace
    President Barack Obama is aiming to show unity with Western allies on global challenges during an overnight trip to Germany, especially Chancellor Angela Merkel amid enduring anti-Americanism in her country over U.S. spying programs. Obama and Merkel plan to open his visit Sunday with a public display of friendliness, delivering remarks about the U.S.-German alliance before taking a walk through the picturesque alpine village of Kruen to sample the Bavarian food and sights. Then the two plan to meet privately at the nearby site of the two-day summit of the Group of Seven leading industrial nations to coordinate their agenda...
  • For Jeb Bush, the challenge remains making it about ‘Jeb,’ not ‘Bush’ (Liberal puff piece)

    06/06/2015 7:27:21 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/6/15 | Ed O'Keefe
    KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — A banner in the town square says, “Happy 90th Barbara Bush.” Postcards read “Kennebunkport: 2 presidents, 1 town.” A local gift shop is already selling unofficial “Jeb Bush 2016” magnets. In this coastal hamlet made famous by George H.W. Bush and his cigarette boat, it is hard to escape the Bush family — but Jeb Bush is trying very hard to do so. After festivities this weekend to celebrate his mother’s 90th birthday, Bush will jet overseas for a foreign-policy tour and then launch his 2016 presidential campaign 1,500 miles to the south in Miami. The iconic...
  • Lincoln Chafee’s presidential platform? America to adopt the metric system, of course.

    06/04/2015 6:31:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 06/04/2015 | By Amber Phillips
    Well, this is a new one.While announcing his candidacy for the highest office in the land, newly minted Democratic presidential candidate and former Rhode Island senator and governor Lincoln Chafee made the bold case for … the U.S. to switch to the metric system?Bloomberg's Dave Weigel was there: Chafee, a Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat, gave a brief and chipper address that called for America to re-engage with "international community" with diplomacy and "symbolic" moves. That meant everything from barring campaign donors from becoming diplomats, to allowing Edward Snowden to come home without punishment, to bringing America into the Metric system."It doesn't take long...
  • Hunting for Hackers, N.S.A. Secretly Expands Internet Spying at U.S. Border

    06/04/2015 5:04:17 PM PDT · by upchuck · 10 replies
    NYT ^ | June 4, 2015 | CHARLIE SAVAGE & others
    Without public notice or debate, the Obama administration has expanded the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance of Americans’ international Internet traffic to search for evidence of malicious computer hacking, according to classified N.S.A. documents. In mid-2012, Justice Department lawyers wrote two secret memos permitting the spy agency to begin hunting on Internet cables, without a warrant and on American soil, for data linked to computer intrusions originating abroad — including traffic that flows to suspicious Internet addresses or contains malware, the documents show. The Justice Department allowed the agency to monitor only addresses and “cybersignatures” — patterns associated with computer...
  • Edward Snowden:A Post-Terror Generation is Finally Standing Up for the Right to Privacy’

    06/05/2015 6:45:19 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 16 replies
    PJ Media Blog ^ | June 5, 2015 | Michael van der Galien
    The famous (and in some circles infamous) former CIA infrastructure analyst Edward Snowden has written an op-ed for the New York Times about what he calls “a post-terror generation” that’s ”finally standing up for the right to privacy.” Snowden first explains that when he sounded the alarm about the NSA’s ridiculously broad spying program he was persecuted and deemed a traitor (which is why he had to flee to Russia). In the years since, though, a lot has changed: "Two years on, the difference is profound. In a single month, the N.S.A.’s invasive call-tracking program was declared unlawful by the...
  • Rand Paul calls out Jeb Bush for defending NSA

    06/04/2015 12:00:11 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 2 replies
    Politico ^ | 6/3/15 | Katie Glueck
    He likened Bush's position on the NSA to his "confused" position on the Iraq War. Rand Paul is slamming Jeb Bush over the former Florida governor’s defense of National Security Agency data collection, the latest round in the Kentucky senator’s battles with his own party on the issue. “Just like he was confused for weeks about his position on the Iraq war, Gov. Bush appears completely unaware of the facts about the government’s illegal and unnecessary spying [on] the American people and made it clear his position is based on politics, not policy and the Constitution,” Paul spokesman Sergio Gor...
  • New Snowden Documents Reveal Secret Memos Expanding Spying

    06/04/2015 10:21:39 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    ProPublica and The New York Times ^ | June 4, 2015 | by Julia Angwin and Jeff Larson
    Without public notice or debate, the Obama administration has expanded the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance of Americans’ international Internet traffic to search for evidence of malicious computer hacking, according to classified NSA documents. In mid-2012, Justice Department lawyers wrote two secret memos permitting the spy agency to begin hunting on Internet cables, without a warrant and on American soil, for data linked to computer intrusions originating abroad — including traffic that flows to suspicious Internet addresses or contains malware, the documents show. The disclosures, based on documents provided by Edward J. Snowden, the former NSA contractor, and shared with...
  • Open Our Border, Then Collect Everyone's Phone Records?

    06/03/2015 10:59:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 3, 2015 | Terry Jeffrey
    A pair of decisions handed down by federal appeals courts in the last month highlight two telling pillars of recent U.S. national security strategy. They are: open our border and collect everyone's phone records. In Texas v. U.S.A., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit refused to allow President Obama to move forward with his plan to unilaterally grant legal status to as many as 4.3 million illegal aliens. The administration argued that Texas and 25 others states that sued to stop Obama's plan did not even have standing to challenge the action. These states, the administration argued,...
  • The Tory Party vs. Rand Paul

    06/03/2015 10:52:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 3, 2015 | Bob Barr
    If John McCain, John Cornyn, Mitch McConnell, and the other Republican senators lashing into Rand Paul because of his efforts to force expiration of Sec. 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act had been alive and part of the debate back in 1775-76, they would have been blasting Patrick Henry for supporting Liberty. Colonialists McCain, Cornyn and McConnell would have been firmly in the Tory camp; defending the powers of the Crown to “protect” the colonialists through such tools as Writs of Assistance. Today, in this 21st Century, the tools may have changed, but the foundational principle on which our independence...
  • Jeb Bush: ‘I’m Upset’ About ‘False,’ ‘Dangerous’ Narrative of Civil Liberties Threat

    06/02/2015 7:04:29 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/2/15 | Pam Key
    Tuesday in in Orlando at the Florida Economic Growth Summit, former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) said he was “upset” and “deeply troubled” about the debate over the NSA encroaching upon American’s civil liberties by the warrantless collection of bulk data that has now been reformed by the Senate passing the Freedom Act. Bush said, “The simple fact is, we are safer today because of the Patriot Act, and this notion that somehow you create a false narrative, as many on the left, and a few on our team, but mostly on the left, that our civil liberties are being violated....
  • Metadata Meets Its Master – But Are We Less Safe As A Result?

    06/02/2015 2:37:31 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 5 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | June 2, 2015 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Since the NSA stopped collecting metadata about telephone calls on Sunday, May 31, 2015 (or was ordered to stop, anyway… with this government, you never really know), many have declared that we are a less safe nation today. And this is true; we ARE a less safe nation today. But as usual, both the answer and the foundation for it are largely misunderstood, in a nation in which a biased press refuses to tell the whole story, and a disinterested public refuses to study the issues until the third presidential debate rolls around every four years. To answer the question...