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  • enate Republicans block big overhaul of NSA program

    11/19/2014 4:59:29 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 19 replies
    NYT/Pioneer Press ^ | 11-18-14 | Charlie Savage and Jeremy W. Peters
    WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked a sweeping overhaul of the once-secret National Security Agency program that collects records of Americans' phone calls in bulk. Democrats and a handful of Republicans who supported the measure failed to secure the 60 votes they needed to take up the legislation. The vote was 58-42 for consideration. Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, worked hard to defeat the bill, which had the support of the Obama administration and a coalition of technology companies, including Apple, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo. "This is the worst possible time to be tying our hands behind our...
  • Yahoo describes surveillance fight (PRISM - US Gov threatens $250K/day fine)

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

    10/23/2013 5:50:03 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 35 replies
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    He is an odd list of connections: CGI, the designer of the Obamacare website and computer system, is the parent company of Stanley, Inc., whose employees (2) along with an employee of Analyst Corp, were investigated for the State Department passport breaches involving said passports of Hillary Clinton, John McCain, and Barrack Obama. The Analyst Corp employee, one Leiutenant (his name, not rank) Quarles Harris, was reprimanded but not fired. Analyst Corp is a small company of approximately 100 employees at that time. It's CEO was at that time John Brennan, now Director of the CIA. As an side note,...
  • Brazil champions undersea cable to bypass US

    02/25/2014 10:33:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 25.02.14 @ 09:46 | Nikolaj Nielsen
    A proposal to lay an undersea cable between Portugal and Brazil to circumvent US snooping has been praised by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. Rousseff on Monday (25 February) in Brussels at the annual EU-Brazil summit told reporters that privacy, human rights, and the sovereignty of nations must be respected. “The internet is one of the best things man has ever invented. So we agreed for the need to guarantee … the neutrality of the network, a democratic area where we can protect freedom of expression,” she said. Brazilian state-owned telecom provider Telebra is reported to have cut a deal last...
  • Lawmakers ‘Disturbed and Angered’ After Classified Briefing Reveals Extent of Snowden Defense Leaks

    02/05/2014 4:15:24 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 60 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | February 5, 2014 - 1:45 pm | Bridget Johnson
    Leading members of the House Armed Services Committee emerged from a classified briefing on the Edward Snowden leaks this afternoon “shocked” at the amount of information he reportedly leaked beyond the NSA surveillance programs. Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), chairman of the Armed Service panel’s Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee and also a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said the briefing on the defense consequences of Snowden’s leaks was “very highly classified,” and therefore details couldn’t be discussed. …
  • 'NSA exceeded the scope of authorised acquisition continuously,' says Judge

    11/19/2013 8:04:30 AM PST · by kobald · 22 replies
    Computing ^ | 19 Nov 2013 | Danny Palmer
    A Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) has criticised the US government for ignoring guidelines surrounding the National Security Agency's (NSA) Prism programme for domestic surveillance of web users. FISC set out suggested regulations for the Prism programme, which spied on citizens' emails and web use for around 10 years before being shut down in 2011... "NSA exceeded the scope of authorised acquisition continuously during the more than [redacted] years of acquisition under these orders," wrote Judge Bates in a 117 page document. He added that guidelines stated that the government should only gather data on those for whom there was...
  • US 'eavesdropped on Vatican in run-up to conclave'

    10/30/2013 10:00:03 AM PDT · by onyx · 70 replies
    AFP ^ | October 30, 2013
    <p>Rome — US secret services allegedly eavesdropped on cardinals before the conclave in March to elect a new pope, Italian weekly magazine Panorama claimed Wednesday.</p> <p>"The National Security Agency wiretapped the pope," the magazine said, accusing the United States of listening in to telephone calls to and from the Vatican, including the accommodation housing cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio before he was elected Pope Francis.</p>
  • NSA boss Keith Alexander's next target is the 1st Amendment.

    10/27/2013 4:41:38 AM PDT · by JerseyHighlander · 60 replies
    techdirt.com ^ | Fri, Oct 25th 2013 | Mike Masnick
    Apparently not satisfied with just setting fire to the 4th Amendment, NSA boss Keith Alexander's next target is the 1st Amendment. In an interview with the Defense Department's "Armed With Science" blog , it appears that Alexander felt he'd have a friendly audience, so he let loose with some insane claims, including suggesting that the government needs to find a way to "stop" journalists from reporting on the Snowden leaks . As noted by Politco, General Alexander isn't a fan of journalists doing anything about these documents: "I think it’s wrong that that newspaper reporters have all these documents,...
  • #StopWatchingUS rally against mass surveillance: Live Updates

    10/26/2013 11:57:37 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 19 replies
    Hundreds are marching on the National Mall in Washington, DC to protest covert NSA surveillance operations on the anniversary of the Patriot Act. The organizers are planning to present Congress with a petition which has acquired over 570,000 signatures. Stop Watching Us is a collective of 100 public advocacy groups, among them the American Civil Liberties Union, Freedom Works, as well as individuals like Chinese artist/activist Ai Weiwei and Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who worked with Edward Snowden to expose many of the NSAÂ’s surveillance procedures. The rally is scheduled to begin at 11:30 am local time on October...
  • Merkel: US Spying Has Shattered Allies' Trust [Obama DESTROYING Relationships, Media Mostly Silent]

    10/26/2013 5:53:34 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 58 replies
    ABC ^ | 10/24/13 | Dahlburg and Moulson
    European leaders united in anger as they attended a summit overshadowed by reports of widespread U.S. spying on its allies.... Angela Merkel said had shattered trust in the Obama adminstration...
  • France and Mexico demand answers over US spying (“deeply shocked”)

    10/21/2013 2:40:14 PM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Saudi Gazette ^ | 10/22/13
    PARIS — France and Mexico have angrily demanded prompt explanations from the United States over new spying allegations leaked by former US security contractor Edward Snowden. French daily Le Monde and German weekly Der Spiegel said in separate reports published Monday that the US National Security Agency (NSA) secretly monitored tens of millions of phone communications in France and hacked into former Mexican president Felipe Calderon’s email account. The allegations come on top of revelations already leaked by Snowden and published in June that the US had a vast, secret program called PRISM to monitor Internet users, which French prosecutors...
  • NSA disguised itself as Google to spy, say reports

    09/12/2013 6:56:30 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 25 replies
    cnet. ^ | September 12, 2013 | Edward Moyer
    If a recently leaked document is any indication, the US National Security Agency -- or its UK counterpart -- appears to have put on a Google suit to gather intelligence. CNET got a "no comment" from the NSA in response to our request for more information.
  • The US government has betrayed the internet. We need to take it back

    09/05/2013 7:24:25 PM PDT · by shego · 17 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 9/5/13 | Bruce Schneier
    Government and industry have betrayed the internet, and us. By subverting the internet at every level to make it a vast, multi-layered and robust surveillance platform, the NSA has undermined a fundamental social contract. The companies that build and manage our internet infrastructure, the companies that create and sell us our hardware and software, or the companies that host our data: we can no longer trust them to be ethical internet stewards. This is not the internet the world needs, or the internet its creators envisioned. We need to take it back. And by we, I mean the engineering community....
  • Facebook considers adding profile photos to facial recognition

    08/29/2013 11:28:05 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Aug 29, 2013 12:17pm EDT | Alexei Oreskovic
    Facebook Inc is considering incorporating most of its 1 billion-plus members’ profile photos into its growing facial recognition database, expanding the scope of the social network’s controversial technology. The possible move, which Facebook revealed in an update to its data use policy on Thursday, is intended to improve the performance of its “Tag Suggest” feature. The feature uses facial recognition technology to speed up the process of labeling or “tagging” friends and acquaintances who appear in photos posted on the network. … The changes would come at a time when Facebook and other Internet companies’ privacy practices are under scrutiny,...
  • The Definitive NSA Parody Site Is Actually Informative

    08/30/2013 9:53:51 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 29, 2013 | Kashmir Hill
    What makes the site incredibly fun to read is its taking on the voice of an NSA that embraces the openness about domestic intelligence gathering brought on by the Snowden leaks. The shadowy, secretive agency finally gets to put its feet up and brag about what it’s doing to “secure the future.” (That, by the way, is the NSA’s real tagline.) The “Surveillance Strategies” section raves about PRISM giving the NSA “ important insights into [targets’] thoughts and intentions.” In a candid explanation about why “Your Data” is being collected, the site explains that it’s “ thanks to top-secret Fourth...
  • Europe pushes own digital ‘cloud’ in wake of US spying scandal

    08/29/2013 3:20:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 29 August 2013
    The European Commission will redouble efforts to promote EU-based cloud services this fall—including the urgent drafting of a new charter—amid mounting evidence that the US PRISM spying scandal may damage the global market share of US-based tech companies involved in the cloud computing sector. In June and July 2013, the Cloud Security Alliance, an industry group, surveyed members and other cloud computing stakeholders about their reactions to the US PRISM spying scandal. One in ten of non-US residents responding indicated that they had canceled a project with a US-based cloud computing provider in the wake of PRISM, and 56% said...
  • NSA paid millions to cover Prism compliance costs for tech companies

    08/24/2013 9:46:18 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 11 replies
    Guardian ^ | Aug 22, 2013 | By Ewen MacAskill in New York
    The National Security Agency paid millions of dollars to cover the costs of major internet companies involved in the Prism surveillance program after a court ruled that some of the agency's activities were unconstitutional, according to top-secret material passed to the Guardian. The technology companies, which the NSA says includes Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and Facebook, incurred the costs to meet new certification demands in the wake of the ruling from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (Fisa) court. The October 2011 judgment, which was declassified on Wednesday by the Obama administration, found that the NSA's inability to separate purely domestic communications from...
  • NSA used PRISM to collect more than 200 million internet communications a year as of 2011

    08/21/2013 1:43:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies
    theverge.com ^ | 8/21/13 | T.C. Sottek
    According to a declassified order from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, as of 2011, the US National Security Agency was "acquiring" more than 250 million "internet communications" each year under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act (FAA) — the statute that allows the NSA to collect the content of internet communications. The order states that the "vast majority" of these communications were obtained from internet service providers under PRISM, and that only nine percent of of the total internet communications acquired by the NSA were part of its "upstream" collection practices, which pull data directly from telecommunications cables. The...
  • Forced Exposure [A personal reaction to the surveillance state - Excellent]

    08/20/2013 9:38:05 AM PDT · by No One Special · 34 replies
    Groklaw ^ | August 20, 2013 | Pamela Jones
    The owner of Lavabit tells us that he's stopped using email and if we knew what he knew, we'd stop too. There is no way to do Groklaw without email. Therein lies the conundrum. What to do? What to do? I've spent the last couple of weeks trying to figure it out. And the conclusion I've reached is that there is no way to continue doing Groklaw, not long term, which is incredibly sad. But it's good to be realistic. And the simple truth is, no matter how good the motives might be for collecting and screening everything we...
  • WH Tried to Interfere with WaPo´s NSA Story

    08/16/2013 6:42:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 74 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8/16/13 | Elizabeth Sheld
    The Washington Post´s article detailing the fourth amendment abuses by the NSA got some push back from the administration who attempted to "edit" the article before publication. The internal audit referenced in the article was obtained by the WaPo from Edward Snowden. The details of the audit indicated repeated and growing privacy violations by the NSA, violations which included obtaining thousands of American citizen´s communications records and using methods of information collection that were later deemed unconstitutional by a court. The Post was able to interview John Delong, NSA director of compliance for the article and they were initially
  • What Was This German National Doing with Bombs, a Cell-Phone Detonator, Multiple Guns and Passports

    08/17/2013 9:05:39 PM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 55 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Aug. 17, 2013 | Dave Urbanski
    It started innocently enough: Andreas H. Koertel, 46, was pulled over in a traffic stop. Then things got hairy in hurry. Turns out Koertel, a German national, was in possession of meth and illegal weapons, according to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, so he was booked into jail on multiple charges, KXTV-TV reports. Wisely the deputies called the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department to see if they could check out a property in Rio Linda where Koertel had been staying. But detectives encountered quite a bit more than they bargained for Friday. Here’s what they found, KTXL-TV reports: Several explosive materials,...
  • Leftist Policies Kill Jobs and Destroy Freedoms Simultaneously

    08/09/2013 12:36:03 PM PDT · by swampthang77 · 4 replies
    USBC News ^ | 13, 08,10 | USBC News Wire
    In a recent development eerily resembling a combination of both George Orwell’s custodian surveillance-state novel “1984,” and Ayn Rand’s novel “Atlas Shrugged,” in which individuals simply refuse to participate under a corrupt system, a Texas based e-mail provider announced to its customers yesterday that it would terminate operations, rather than “become complicit in crimes against the American people.” The decision was abrupt, and surprised many. Industry insiders are speculating that Lavabit has not provided more details, as contact from the Federal Government may have included a so called, “gag order,” preventing Lavabit’s owner, Ladar Levison, from providing his clients with...
  • U.S. cloud industry stands to lose $35 billion amid PRISM fallout

    08/07/2013 8:01:05 AM PDT · by dennisw · 29 replies
    .zdnet. ^ | August 6, 2013 | Zack Whittaker
    Summary: Revelations of the U.S. government's spying programs could have a massive impact on the U.S. cloud industry, which stands to lose vast sums over the next three years as a result — compounded by other countries bankrolling efforts to combat U.S. market leadership. The U.S.' dominance in the cloud space may soon be challenged by rival countries, particularly those in the European Union, as the global surveillance scandal threatens to wipe up to $35 billion off the U.S. cloud slate. A new report by non-profit group the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation claims that Europeans are attempting to nudge...
  • Does the NSA's SE Linux code need a review?

    07/26/2013 9:28:42 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 14 replies
    ITWire ^ | 24 July 2013 | Sam Varghese
    In the wake of the recent revelations that America's National Security Agency is spying on all and sundry, is it time for the Linux community to take another good, hard look at the NSA-developed Security Enhanced Linux?The NSA's Security Enhanced Linux comprises a kernel patch to add security features, and patches to applications to allow them to determine the security domain in which to run processes.The code was initially developed by the NSA and is under the GPLv2, the same licence as the kernel. Numerous individuals and companies have made contributions to the project.Recently, Cyanogenmod, one of the more popular...
  • Senate bill authorizes sanctions on Russia or any other country offering Snowden asylum

    07/26/2013 4:23:29 AM PDT · by cunning_fish · 21 replies
    WASHINGTON — U.S. sanctions against any country offering asylum to Edward Snowden advanced in Congress Thursday as the 30-year-old National Security Agency leaker remained in a Moscow airport while Russia weighed a request for him to stay permanently. The measure introduced by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., demands the State Department coordinate with lawmakers on setting penalties against nations that seek to help Snowden avoid extradition to the United States, where authorities want him prosecuted for revealing details of the government’s massive surveillance system. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the proposal unanimously by voice vote as an amendment to next year’s...
  • How to Protect Your PC From PRISM Surveillance

    07/18/2013 10:01:16 AM PDT · by null and void · 53 replies
    CIO ^ | Fri, June 07, 2013 | Mark Hachman
    You have the right to be secure in your electronic communications. Here's a few tips on how to do it. Thursday afternoon, a bombshell dropped: Two leading reports claimed that the U.S. government has been spying on emails, searches, Skype calls, and other electronic communications used by Americans for the last several years, via a program known as PRISM. According to the reports, the Web's largest names--AOL, Apple, Facebook,A Google, Microsoft, Skype, PalTalk, Yahoo, and YouTube--participated, perhaps unwittingly. (Dropbox will reportedly be added as well.) The report claims that the National Security Agency had "direct access" to servers owned by...
  • Keeping the NSA in Perspective

    07/16/2013 3:31:14 PM PDT · by arthurus · 24 replies
    Stratfor ^ | July 16, 2013 | George Friedman
    In order to collect data about nuclear attacks, you must also collect vast amounts of data that have nothing to do with nuclear attacks. The Cold War with the Soviet Union had to do with more than just nuclear exchanges, and the information on what the Soviets were doing -- what governments they had penetrated, who was working for them -- was a global issue. But you couldn't judge what was important and what was unimportant until after you read it. Thus the mechanics of assuaging fears about a "nuclear Pearl Harbor" rapidly devolved into a global collection system, whereby...
  • Microsoft Worked Closely with NSA, Documents Show

    07/11/2013 8:18:27 PM PDT · by haffast · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva7 - Israel National News ^ | First Publish: 7/12/2013, 5:13 AM | Elad Benari
    Microsoft has collaborated closely with U.S. intelligence services to allow users' communications to be intercepted, including helping the National Security Agency to circumvent the company's own encryption, top-secret documents obtained Thursday by the British Guardian show. The files provided by Edward Snowden illustrate the scale of co-operation between Silicon Valley and the intelligence agencies over the last three years. They also shed new light on the workings of the top-secret Prism program, which was disclosed by the Guardian and the Washington Post last month. According to the Guardian, the documents show that: snip
  • Civil Libertarians' Hypocrisy

    07/11/2013 9:12:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 11, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    Self-proclaimed civil libertarians are up in arms over the National Security Agency's massive database containing information about whom we call and what we do on the Web. Defenders of the program say, "So what?" Unless you're a terrorist, no one in the government will ever bother to access that information. That's not good enough, say civil libertarians. "At least 850,000 people have security clearances that give them access to this information," Tiffiniy Cheng of Fight for the Future recently wrote on The Huffington Post. "That's the size of Boston. Imagine if they leak information about a politician or business leaders'...
  • WATCH:‘VAST’ NSA SPYING PROGRAMS TO BE REVEALED ‘THAT THE WORLD WILL BE SHOCKED TO LEARN ABOUT’

    07/02/2013 7:41:03 PM PDT · by SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny · 26 replies
    TPNN - TEA PARTY NEWS NETWORK ^ | July 2, 2013 | Matthew Burke
    Glenn Snowden, the Guardian reporter who broke the original story about the Obama NSA’s massive spying on U.S. citizens without probable cause, a clear constitutional violation, was interviewed by Eric Bolling on Fox and Friends and indicated that this is just the tip of the iceberg (video below)...
  • Germans Loved Obama. Now We Don't Trust Him.

    07/02/2013 11:39:08 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 2 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 6/30/2013 | 7/2/2013
    BERLIN -- IN May 2010, I received a brown envelope. It was a CD with an encrypted file containing six months of my life. Six months of metadata, stored by my cellphone provider, T-Mobile. This list of metadata contained 35,83o records. That's 35,830 times my phone company knew if, where and when I was surfing the Web, calling or texting... The metadata of 80 million Germans was being stored, without any concrete suspicions and without cause... In the end, the Constitutional Court [of Germany] ruled that the implementation of the European directive [allowing this] was, in fact, unconstitutional... Given our...
  • President Obama’s Data Harvesting Program: NSA as Pollster, PRISM as MISO

    07/01/2013 11:25:45 PM PDT · by TexGrill
    Seoul Times ^ | 07/02/2013 | John Stanton
    It is way too soon to bet the house fortune on the reliability of reports by the Washington Post (Washington, DC) and The Guardian (United Kingdom) on US President Barack Obama’s data harvesting program, known for the moment as PRISM. With the hot pursuit of mainstream media reporters underway by the US Department of Justice (Associated Press, for example); a US Corporate-State show trial of Bradley Manning, Julian Assange/Wikileaks (Obama has already stated they are guilty); the extraordinary cyberwar/hacking accusations against the Chinese government; and the shrill sound of cyber quackery from the Defense Science Board and its legion of...
  • Edward Snowden breaks silence to threaten new U.S. disclosures

    07/01/2013 2:26:30 PM PDT · by maggief · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 1, 2013
    EXCERPT ... Snowden said the United States was illegally persecuting him for revealing its electronic surveillance programme, PRISM. He also thanked Ecuador for helping him get to Russia and for examining his asylum request.
  • Washington Post releases four new slides from NSA's Prism presentation

    06/30/2013 8:06:08 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 65 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | Sunday 30 June 2013 10.59 EDT | Ed Pilkington in New York
    The Washington Post has released four previously unpublished slides from the NSA's PowerPoint presentation on Prism, the top-secret programme that collects data on foreign surveillance targets from the systems of nine participating internet companies. The newly published top-secret documents, which the newspaper has released with some redactions, give further details of how Prism interfaces with the nine companies, which include such giants as Google, Microsoft and Apple. According to annotations to the slides by the Washington Post, the new material shows how the FBI "deploys government equipment on private company property to retrieve matching information from a participating company, such...
  • Army reportedly blocking military access to Guardian coverage of NSA leaks

    06/28/2013 8:24:17 AM PDT · by SgtBilko · 23 replies
    nbc ^ | June 28th 2013 | Alex Johnson
    The Army is blocking all access to The Guardian newspaper's reports about the National Security Agency's sweeping collection of data about Americans' email and phone communications, an Army spokesman said Thursday. The Monterey (Calif.) Herald reported that employees at the Presidio of Monterey, an Army public affairs base about 100 miles south of San Francisco, were unable to gain access to The Guardian's articles on former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and his professed leaks of classified information about the intelligence programs.
  • Obama administration reportedly allowed NSA to gather Americans' Internet data until 2011

    The Obama administration allowed the National Security Agency to gather Americans’ Internet information, including emails, until 2011 under a secret program launched by President George W. Bush, according to newly leaked documents. The data collection was first reported by the Guardian newspaper. An official confirmed its existence to the Associated Press. The NSA ended the program that collected email logs and timing, but not content, in 2011 because it did not do what was needed to stop terrorist attacks, according to the NSA's director. Gen. Keith Alexander, who also heads the U.S. Cyber Command, said all data was purged at...
  • Nations Snub Obama Over Snowden

    06/25/2013 5:07:19 AM PDT · by swampthang77 · 29 replies
    USBC News ^ | 2013,06,25 | USBC News Wire
    Now sought in the United States on espionage charges, Edward Snowden has reportedly gone from Hong Kong, to Russia, despite requests of extradition by the Obama administration. Many experts have begun to wonder if the Obama administration has squandered the international influence held by the previous administration of George Bush, which managed to unite a coalition of 36 countries during operation Iraqi Freedom...
  • Snowden Admits Taking Booz Hamilton Job to Gather Evidence on NSA Surveillance

    06/25/2013 4:26:06 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 20 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 6-24-2013 | Jim Hoft
    NSA leaker Edward Snowden admitted to taking a job at Booz Hamilton in order to gather evidence on US spying. Snowden was fired from Booz Allen on June 11. Active content removed Active content removed The South China Morning Post reported: Edward Snowden secured a job with a US government contractor for one reason alone – to obtain evidence of Washington’s cyberspying networks, the South China Morning Post can reveal. 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...
  • PRISM Costs Lives - The metadata-collection program takes money away from efforts that actually...

    06/24/2013 8:08:01 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    National Review Online ^ | June 21, 2013 | Robert Zubrin
    The metadata-collection program takes money away from efforts that actually save lives.The revelation that the National Security Agency has been secretly amassing data on countless law-abiding American citizens has aroused great concern about the potential threat such an effort poses to liberty. While the program’s defenders assure us that the power the data provide has not been used improperly by those who possess it, one would have to be completely innocent of any knowledge of history or human nature not to predict with absolute certainty that it eventually will be. That this is so goes far toward explaining why those...
  • The Ruling Class Consensus On Domestic Spying (Must Read)

    06/24/2013 12:22:53 PM PDT · by mojito · 15 replies
    Library of Law and Liberty ^ | 6/23/2013 | Angelo M. Codevilla
    From Barack Obama to Karl Rove, the ruling class is in unison: The NSA’s collection of data on virtually all Americans is essential to preventing you from “being blown to smithereens on your morning commute” – as the Wall Street Journal editorial put it. In the words of General Keith Alexander, director of NSA, this surveillance has “helped to prevent” “dozens of terrorist events.” Later, the tally rose to “over fifty.” Project Constant Informant, which tracks essentially all American phone calls, allows matching the account holder’s identity with each call’s precise location in time and place. Another, PRISM, gives access...
  • SARAH PALIN: ‘SNOWDEN IS NOT THE PROBLEM’

    06/22/2013 11:35:44 AM PDT · by SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny · 43 replies
    TPNN - TEA PARTY NEWS NETWORK ^ | June 22, 2013 | Matthew Burke
    In regards to the NSA violations and whistleblower, Edward Snowden, Palin took the opposite opinion of many on the right and left, including former Republican Vice-President, Dick Cheney, who referred to Snowden as a “traitor.” Below is an excerpt from Bolling’s interview with Palin, followed by the video in its entirety...
  • Top Spy: 'Single Analyst' Cannot 'Eavesdrop on Domestic Communications Without Proper Legal

    06/16/2013 7:12:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 37 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 6/16/13 | Daniel Halper
    In a Sunday evening statement, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence Public Affairs Office released this statement, meant to clear up information on the National Security Agency’s data program "The statement that a single analyst can eavesdrop on domestic communications without proper legal authorization is incorrect and was not briefed to Congress. Members have been briefed on the implementation of Section 702, that it targets foreigners located overseas for a valid foreign intelligence purpose, and that it cannot be used to target Americans anywhere in the world," the full statement reads.
  • Would the NSA's PRISM Have Prevented 9/11?

    06/19/2013 5:37:16 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 17 replies
    The New American ^ | 19 June 2013 | Jack Kenny
    Dick Cheney told Fox News that the NSA's PRISM program might have foiled the 9/11 plot. But would it have? Would the NSA's PRISM Have Prevented 9/11? The New American 19 June 2013 Former Vice President Dick Cheney said on Fox News Sunday this week that if the National Security Agency's daily collection of private telephone records and Internet messages had been in place before the 9/11 attacks in 2001, the terrorists' plot might have been foiled. Rep. Mike Rogers (R- Mich.) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairmen, respectively, of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, are among the...
  • Does the gov't have much credibility on AP, Fox News Rosen story, the IRS scandal, NSA, PRISM...?

    06/19/2013 12:00:31 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 3 replies
    6/19/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Does it? Should we believe the OMB's numbers that legalizing 15 million illegals will add $179 billion dollars to the U.S. economy over the next 10 years, and $700 billion over the next 10 years after that? Should we believe Menendez? How accurate was the Office of Management and Budget on what OBAMACARE would cost? I would like to see how much faith Rubio, McCain, Graham and others - be they conservative hosts on television or on talk radio - put in the numbers that the OMB supplied concerning legalizing 15 million illegals. Should they believe Menendez? The New York...
  • CBS REPORTER SHARYL ATTKISSON: I THINK I KNOW WHO HACKED MY COMPUTER

    06/18/2013 7:43:50 AM PDT · by SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny · 29 replies
    TPNN - TEA PARTY NEWS NETWORK ^ | June 18, 2013 | Matthew Burke
    CBS News reporter, Sharyl Attkisson, one of the very few real reporters left in the mainstream media, appeared on Monday’s O’Reilly Factor, telling Bill O’Reilly that she thinks she knew who hacked her computer (scroll down for video). In the interview, Attkisson begins by explaining that both her personal computer, as well as her CBS work computer would mysteriously turn on in the middle of the night, even though she’d shut them down...
  • Obama’s Soft Totalitarianism: Europe Must Protect Itself from America

    06/18/2013 12:32:06 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | June 17, 2013 – 06:09 PM | Jakob Augstein
    On Tuesday, Barack Obama is coming to Germany. But who, really, will be visiting? He is the 44th president of the United States. He is the first African American to hold the office. He is an intelligent lawyer. And he is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate. But is he a friend? The revelations brought to us by IT expert Edward Snowden have made certain what paranoid computer geeks and left-wing conspiracy theorists have long claimed: that we are being watched. All the time and everywhere. And it is the Americans who are doing the watching. … We’re currently in the...
  • The German PRISM: Berlin Wants to Spy Too

    06/18/2013 12:07:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Der Spiegel ^ | June 17, 2013 – 01:46 PM | (Spiegel staff)
    Just a few days ago, the man whom many Germans now see as one of the greatest villains in the world visited Berlin. Keith Alexander, the head of the world’s most powerful intelligence operation, the National Security Agency (NSA), had arranged meetings with important representatives of the German government … Why is the German government reacting so calmly to something that it should find alarming? Perhaps because these revelations are nothing new for it? Because the Germans would like to enjoy the same capabilities that PRISM affords the Americans? Or because our friends from the other side of the Atlantic...
  • Seeking Surveillance Safe Search Engines

    06/17/2013 7:01:42 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 10 replies
    FOSS Force ^ | 14 June 2013 | Christine Hall
    While helping our colleague Dave Bean as he worked to get his essay on Google and the NSA ready for publication, I found myself wondering if any of this latest news on the government’s forcing their nose into everybody-in-the-world’s business would have any lasting effect. Sadly, I figured not–if there was any change, it’d only be temporary. I’ve spent too many years on this planet to expect too much in the way of permanent change for the better. DuckDuckGo’s main page. Click to enlarge.Sadly, I’m of the generation that learned of the advent of global warming way back in the...
  • Opt out of PRISM, the NSA’s global data surveillance program. Stop reporting your online activities

    06/17/2013 4:16:39 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 20 replies
    EFF Action Center ^ | 6/17/2013 | EFF Action Center
    Free software, browsers, social media, DNS servers etc...
  • A Response to Glenn Greenwald [leftist apologia for Panopticon state barf alert]

    06/16/2013 11:22:07 AM PDT · by oblomov · 10 replies
    The Nation ^ | 14 June 2013 | Rick Perlstein
    The NSA slide that tech experts say Glenn Greenwald misinterpreted. (The Guardian/NSA, US Federal Government.) Glenn Greenwald has posted a response to his critics today, including myself, titled “;On PRISM, Partisanship, and Propaganda”: “In a Nation post yesterday,” he writes, “Rick Perlstein falsely accuses me of not having addressed the questions about the PRISM story.” Actually I didn’t accuse him of not having addressed “the questions,” but instead a single question, which he still does not address: whether, in his claim that corporations have allowed the National Security Agency direct access to their servers, he misunderstands the meaning of...