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  • Soldiers Allege Laura Poitras, Had Foreknowledge of 2004 Iraqi Attack on U.S. Troops

    06/12/2013 6:28:09 AM PDT · by don-o · 36 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | June 12, 2013 | JOHN MCCORMACK
    When Edward Snowden decided he wanted to release details about the NSA's intelligence operations to the public, he reached out to Laura Poitras, a 49-year-old film maker and political activist opposed to the war on terror. As the Washington Post noted on Monday, Poitras had "the odd distinction of sharing a byline in The Washington Post and in London’s Guardian newspaper last week on two blockbuster stories." snip But perhaps it isn't such a mystery why the U.S. government might want to question Poitras if you simply crack open John R. Bruning's 2006 book, The Devil's Sandbox: With the 2nd...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Alleged NSA leaker Reality Winner seen for the first time since her arraignment [Trun]

    06/13/2017 12:07:52 PM PDT · by Cecily · 41 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | June 13, 2017 | James Wilkinson
    Reality Winner, the former NSA contractor accused of leaking documents, has been spotted for the first time since her June 9 arraignment, exercising in her Georgia prison. Winner, 25, appeared undisturbed by her impending prosecution - or the possibility of being given ten years in prison, plus fines - as she performed handstands and stretches in the yard of the Lincoln County Law Enforcement Center. She was also seen sitting down to eat lunch in the midday sun - which won't be anything close to the heat she will face when she goes to court, as the government is expected...
  • 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...
  • Lichtblau of 'NYT' Explains Attempt to Halt His Bank Records Scoop

    06/24/2006 9:24:07 PM PDT · by airedale · 36 replies · 1,081+ views
    Editior and Publisher ^ | 06/ 23/2006 | Joe Strupp
    Eric Lichtblau, one of two New York Times' reporters who broke today's story of a secret government monitoring of private banking records - which the Bush Administration sought to block - said the White House arguments to halt the story were not as strong as those that had kept a previous report on secret wiretapping out of the paper for a year. "They were similar in terms of the objections raised not to publish," Lichtblau told E&P today. "That the bad guys knew we were listening to them, but they don't know exactly how." But he said the objections "did...
  • Five unanswered questions about the NSA’s surveillance programs

    07/07/2013 1:45:22 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 7, 2013 | Brendan Sasso
    Leaks by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden have provided new insight into how the government monitors domestic and foreign communications for threats to national security. Although the government has disclosed some additional details about the programs in response to the leaks, important questions remain about the nature and scope of the surveillance programs. Without that additional information, it is impossible to know the extent to which the government is peering into the lives of Americans in the name of national security, according to privacy advocates. 1. What other data is being collected under the Patriot Act? The first...
  • Obama's turning point has arrived

    06/25/2013 2:17:29 PM PDT · by libstripper · 59 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 25, 2013 | K.T. McFarland
    There is a turning point in every presidency that people point back to and say, you know, nothing was ever the same after that. Sometimes it is the point where presidents go on to greatness. Sometimes, it is when a presidency unravels. For Jimmy Carter, it was when a group of students seized the American Embassy and took more than 100 American diplomats hostage in November 1979. Carter could do nothing right after that. His attempt to rescue the hostages was a pathetic, feeble failure. During the oil crisis Carter went around the White House in a cardigan sweater turning...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Snowden sought Booz Allen job to gather evidence on NSA surveillance

    06/24/2013 8:43:26 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 60 replies
    south china morning post ^ | 6/24 | lana lam
    For the first time, Snowden has admitted he sought a position at Booz Allen Hamilton so he could collect proof about the US National Security Agency’s secret surveillance programmes ahead of planned leaks to the media. “My position with Booz Allen Hamilton granted me access to lists of machines all over the world the NSA hacked,” he told the Post on June 12. “That is why I accepted that position about three months ago.” During a global online chat last week, Snowden also stated he took pay cuts “in the course of pursuing specific work”. His admission comes as US...
  • We’re all under surveillance. So what?

    06/22/2013 5:11:34 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 42 replies
    Maclean's ^ | JUNE 21, 2013 | Jesse Brown
    I’ve been covering privacy issues for the past six years, roughly the same time period that saw the largest erosion of personal privacy in human history. Yet of the handful of technology topics I write about, privacy is consistently the least popular with readers. Unless some federal minister is equating privacy fears with support for child molesters, people just don’t click. But two weeks ago, everyone decided to finally give a damn about privacy. Then, just as suddenly, everyone was over it. The inciting incident was the news of PRISM, a massive National Security Agency surveillance effort, which was leaked...
  • NSA Whistleblower: NSA Spying On – and Blackmailing – Top Government Officials and Military Officers

    06/22/2013 1:09:57 PM PDT · by Renfield · 50 replies
    NSA whistleblower Russel Tice – a key source in the 2005 New York Times report that blew the lid off the Bush administration’s use of warrantless wiretapping – told Peter B. Collins on Boiling Frogs Post (the website of FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds): Tice: Okay. They went after–and I know this because I had my hands literally on the paperwork for these sort of things–they went after high-ranking military officers; they went after members of Congress, both Senate and the House, especially on the intelligence committees and on the armed services committees and some of the–and judicial. But they went...
  • BUSH-ERA NSA WHISTLEBLOWER MAKES MOST EXPLOSIVE ALLEGATIONS YET

    06/20/2013 9:53:21 PM PDT · by NYRepublican72 · 52 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 6/20/2013 | Jason Howerton
    Russ Tice, a former intelligence analyst and Bush-era NSA whistleblower, claimed Wednesday that the intelligence community has ordered surveillance on a wide range of groups and individuals, including high-ranking military officials, lawmakers and diplomats. He also made another stunning allegation. He says the NSA had ordered wiretaps on phones connected to then-Senate candidate Barack Obama back in 2004. “They went after–and I know this because I had my hands literally on the paperwork for these sort of things–they went after high-ranking military officers; they went after members of Congress, both Senate and the House, especially on the intelligence committees and...
  • Leaked NSA Doc Says It Can Collect And Keep Your Encrypted Data

    06/20/2013 8:48:59 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 21 replies
    ...The simple fact that the data is encrypted and that the NSA wants to crack it may be enough to let the agency keep it indefinitely. ...In other words, privacy advocates may be facing a nasty Catch-22: Fail to encrypt your communications, and they’re vulnerable to any eavesdropper’s surveillance. But encrypt them, and they become legally subject to eavesdropping by the most powerful surveillance agency in the world.
  • Whistleblower says NSA violations bigger

    02/14/2006 4:29:35 PM PST · by wjersey · 31 replies · 1,005+ views
    UPI ^ | 2/14/2006 | staff
    A former NSA employee said Tuesday there is another ongoing top-secret surveillance program that might have violated millions of Americans' Constitutional rights. Russell D. Tice told the House Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations he has concerns about a "special access" electronic surveillance program that he characterized as far more wide-ranging than the warrentless wiretapping recently exposed by the New York Times but he is forbidden from discussing the program with Congress. Tice said he believes it violates the Constitution's protection against unlawful search and seizures but has no way of sharing the information without...
  • NSA Accused of Psychologically Abusing Whistleblowers

    01/25/2006 9:58:26 AM PST · by Quilla · 28 replies · 775+ views
    CNSNews ^ | January 25, 2006 | Sherrie Gossett
    Five current and former National Security Agency (NSA) employees have told Cybercast News Service that the agency frequently retaliates against whistleblowers by falsely labeling them "delusional," "paranoid" or "psychotic." The intimidation tactics are allegedly used to protect powerful superiors who might be incriminated by damaging information, the whistleblowers say. They also point to a climate of fear that now pervades the agency. Critics warn that because some employees blew the whistle on alleged foreign espionage and criminal activity, the "psychiatric abuse" and subsequent firings are undermining national security. A spokesman for the NSA declined to comment about the allegations contained...
  • Inside the Puzzle Palace - A Reason interview with NSA whistleblower Russell Tice

    01/13/2006 6:37:08 PM PST · by Angel · 12 replies · 770+ views
    Reason Online ^ | January 13, 2006 | Julian Sanchez
    In December, New York Times reporters James Risen and Eric Lichtblau commandeered the news cycle with the revelation that President Bush had approved a program of warrantless wiretaps of domestic-to-international communications by the super-secretive National Security Agency. Days later, they disclosed that the NSA's electronic eavesdropping may have been far more extensive than initial reports suggested, involving the harvesting of enormous volumes of telcommunications data for analysis. One of their sources was former NSA insider Russell Tice, who earlier this week told ABC News that the communications of millions of Americans might have been vacuumed up in one of a...
  • Ex-official warned against testifying on NSA programs

    01/12/2006 11:27:10 AM PST · by JZelle · 30 replies · 1,219+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 1-12-06 | Bill Gertz
    The National Security Agency has warned a former intelligence officer that he should not testify to Congress about accusations of illegal activity at NSA because of the secrecy of the programs involved. Renee Seymour, director of NSA special access programs stated in a Jan. 9 letter to Russ Tice that he should not testify about secret electronic intelligence programs because members and staff of the House and Senate intelligence committees do not have the proper security clearances for the secret intelligence. Miss Seymour stated that Mr. Tice has "every right" to speak to Congress and that NSA has "no intent...
  • Getting to the bottom of the NSA leaks?

    01/11/2006 9:53:13 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 7 replies · 614+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | January 11th, 2006
    There may be some progress in identifying the source of the leak of classified NSA secrets. If suspicions being raised today play out, a harmonic convergence of anti-Bush leftists may be exposed.Bill Gertz is reporting that a former NSA employee has asked to testify before Congress about the NSA wiretapping: A former National Security Agency official wants to tell Congress about electronic intelligence programs that he asserts were carried out illegally by the NSA and the Defense Intelligence Agency. Russ Tice, a whistleblower who was dismissed from the NSA last year, stated in letters to the House and Senate intelligence...
  • US spied on Russian President Medvedev at 2009 G20 summit – NSA leaks

    06/16/2013 2:37:35 PM PDT · by RummyChick · 20 replies
    RT ^ | 6/16 | RT
    As Britain readies to host the G8 summit, the documents uncovered by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden have revealed that back in 2009 US spies intercepted top-secret communication of then Russian president, Dmitry Medvedev, during his visit to London. The shocking news has been broken by The Guardian which has seen the documents. It also revealed that a UK intelligence agency, GCHQ, monitored foreign politicians and intercepted their emails during the 2009 G20 summit held in the British capital. Some delegates were tricked into using internet cafes which had been set up by UK intelligence agencies to read their email traffic....
  • Leaked Docs: US Grabbed Medvedev's Phone Calls at G20 in 2009

    06/16/2013 7:31:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 16, 2013 | Staff
    According to new details leaked to The Guardian (UK) by NSA leaker Edward Snowden, American and British intelligence directed snooping efforts against internet and phone data from foreign officials at the G20 in 2009. According to the documents, which were created by the NSA and handed over to the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s phone calls were bugged, and emails and calls from other delegates’ phones were monitored as well. Fake internet cafes were created to grab keystrokes from attendees. Forty-five analysts were given round-the-clock updates on who was calling whom at the summit. The...
  • Edward Snowden and the Selective Targeting of Leaks (Important resource article)

    06/15/2013 10:08:07 AM PDT · by kristinn · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tuesday, June 11, 2013 | Jack Shafer
    Edward Snowden’s expansive disclosures to the Guardian and the Washington Post about various National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programs have only two corollaries in contemporary history—the classified cache Bradley Manning allegedly released to WikiLeaks a few years ago and Daniel Ellsberg’s dissemination of the voluminous Pentagon Papers to the New York Times and other newspapers in 1971. Leakers like Snowden, Manning and Ellsberg don’t merely risk being called narcissists, traitors or mental cases for having liberated state secrets for public scrutiny. They absolutely guarantee it. In the last two days, the New York Times’s David Brooks, Politico’s Roger Simon, the...
  • Radical Activist Filmmaker Laura Poitras Shared Byline on WaPo NSA Story

    06/11/2013 5:59:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 6/11/13 | Alana Goodman
    The coauthor of the Washington Post’s bombshell story on the National Security Agency’s PRISM surveillance program is a long-time activist filmmaker who has railed against U.S. counterterrorism policies put into place after the Sept. 11 attacks. Filmmaker Laura Poitras, who shared the lead byline with former Post journalist Barton Gellman on the paper’s front-page NSA story, is not on the Post’s staff and is not a print reporter. Poitras has criticized the “illegal” Guantanamo Bay detention facility, described enhanced interrogation techniques as “legalized torture,” and criticized the intelligence community’s surveillance methods in her films and public comments. While traditional media...