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  • Americans’ Cellphones Targeted in Secret U.S. Spy Program (DOJ Program)

    11/13/2014 4:39:00 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 28 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/13/2014 | DEVLIN BARRETT
    WASHINGTON—The Justice Department is scooping up data from thousands of cellphones through fake communications towers deployed on airplanes, a high-tech hunt for criminal suspects that is snagging a large number of innocent Americans, according to people familiar with the operations. The U.S. Marshals Service program, which became fully functional around 2007, operates Cessna aircraft from at least five metropolitan-area airports, with a flying range covering most of the U.S. population, according to people familiar with the program. Planes are equipped with devices—some known as “dirtboxes” to law-enforcement officials because of the initials of the Boeing Co. unit that produces them—which...
  • Prince David Chavchavadze - obituary

    11/10/2014 9:21:55 AM PST · by EveningStar · 3 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | November 9, 2014
    Prince David Chavchavadze was a CIA agent during the cold war who was descended from Tsar Nicholas I of Imperial Russia and became friendly with Stalin's daughter Prince David Chavchavadze, who has died aged 90, was descended from the royal families of both Russia and Georgia, and served as a cold war case officer with the CIA for 25 years; he later made his mark as a writer and historian... Prince David Chavchavadze, born May 20 1924, died October 5 2014
  • Women at war: The 'lady' and George Washington's secret six (the Culper Ring)

    11/08/2014 9:32:44 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 22 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | Brian Kilmeade
    Let the politicians debate equal pay and pursue the folly of a war on women in America. Personally, I would like to take a moment to salute woman at war—one woman and one war in particular: Agent 355, the female covert operative of the Revolutionary War’s Culper Spy Ring. When my book "George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring that Saved the American Revolution" ,written with co-author Don Yaeger, was first released in November 2013, over half-a-million people scrambled to buy it and one of the elements that struck a chord most strongly with readers was the enigmatic figure of...
  • Is a Top American Diplomat a Russian Agent?

    11/04/2014 6:17:33 PM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 45 replies
    The Interpreter Magazine ^ | 4 Nov. 2014 | John R. Schindler
    Is a Top American Diplomat a Russian Agent? John R. Schindler November 4, 2014 November 3, 2014 - Today the Ukrainian news website GORDON ran an interview with the Russian businessman and sometime politician Konstantin Borovoy. A harsh critic of Vladimir Putin — he recently said Russia’s president is “mentally unstable” while a year ago he pronounced the collapse of Putin’s corrupt dictatorship to be “inevitable” — Borovoy is something of a gadfly. A parliamentarian of independent views in the Yeltsin era, he served as an intermediary between Moscow and the rebels in the First Chechen War, and was assessed...
  • 'I am not a spy,' says US Businessman Attacked in Hong Kong

    10/21/2014 6:55:14 PM PDT · by TigerTown · 8 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | October 21, 2014 | Brett M. Decker
    Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung claimed Sunday that local democracy protests raging for over a month are, “not entirely a domestic movement, as external forces are involved.” American businessman Mark Simon has been thrown into the eye of this storm as one of the alleged external forces. “Former American Military Intelligence Officer Turned Next Media Executive,” charged a typical headline about him in the pro-Beijing press. Next Media is a leading pro-democracy publishing company in Asia. Raised in Falls Church, Va., Mr. Simon played football at East Carolina University and attended Georgetown University before a 25-year career in the...
  • Iraq: Exclusive Photos Show Al-Hanooti's Political Clout

    03/28/2008 10:26:14 AM PDT · by llevrok · 13 replies · 619+ views
    Investigative Project on Terrorism ^ | 3/27/08 | Steven Emerson
    Before he was alleged to have become a spy for Saddam Hussein's regime, Muthanna Al-Hanooti's charity work and political activism provided him with access to the highest echelons of government. Newsletters collected by the Investigative Project on Terrorism, some published now for the first time, show Al-Hanooti photographed with dignitaries ranging from First Lady Hillary Clinton in 1996 and Vice President Al Gore along with significant members of Congress. That may explain why Iraqi intelligence agents had confidence that Al-Hanooti would be able to persuade Congress to lift economic sanctions against Iraq. A federal indictment unsealed Wednesday accuses him of...
  • David Greenglass, Spy Who Helped Seal the Rosenbergs’ Doom, Dies at 92

    10/14/2014 1:00:39 PM PDT · by Borges · 21 replies
    NYT ^ | 10/14/2014 | ROBERT D. McFADDEN
    It was the most notorious spy case of the Cold War — the conviction and execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg for passing atomic secrets to the Soviet Union — and it rested largely on the testimony of Ms. Rosenberg’s brother, David Greenglass, an Army sergeant who had stolen nuclear intelligence from Los Alamos, N.M. For his role in the conspiracy, Mr. Greenglass went to prison for almost a decade, then changed his name and lived quietly until a journalist tracked him down. He admitted then, nearly a half-century later, that he had lied on the witness stand to save...
  • Snowden Film "Citizen Four" Reveals How He Did It Read

    10/13/2014 10:19:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 60 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 13, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    Once again I salute Edward Snowden as an all-American hero. On second thought, make that an all-world hero. A movie on how and why Snowden revealed NSA wiretaps is about to be released. Showbiz reports Edward Snowden Doc Premieres: Shocking Inside Look at How He Did It. Citizen Four is the shocking doc about Edward Snowden made by Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras. Just screened tonight was the two hour film which will be released by the Weinstein Company this month. It doesn’t paint the Obama administration in a very good light as Snowden explains how the government has violated...
  • Choral music not heard since era of Henry VIII has been played for first time in 500 years

    09/29/2014 7:06:41 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 28 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9-29-14 | Hannah Furness
    Choral music not heard since the time of Henry VIII has been brought to life for the first time in 500 years, as an academic unearths an untouched manuscript and shows it to a modern choir. The manuscript, a book of 34 religious songs, was given to Henry VIII as a lavish gift from a French diplomat in his early reign. Containing songs referencing Henry and his then-bride Catherine of Aragon, it is considered the most "luxurious" surviving diplomatic gift of its kind. It remained in the Royal Collection after the king's death, and was later given to the nation...
  • Agent ‘Fifi’: The stunning British spy who seduced secrets of war from her ‘prey’

    09/18/2014 3:53:12 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 18 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 9-18-14 | Terrance McCoy
    It was a late March day when notice arrived that Fifi’s services would be required. She would have two days to prepare — two days to travel from her London apartment to Liverpool, two days to memorize the physical details of her “prey.” His name was Quinaux. He was 28. Black hair. Brown eyes. Dimpled chin. He would be waiting at the State Cafe. And she was to charm every secret she could out of him. Of course, Quinaux didn’t know this. He was training to be a British spy and, according to a letters dated March 22, 1943, he...
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "5 Fingers"(1952)

    09/14/2014 11:21:08 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 11 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1952 | Joseph L Mankiewicz
  • Notorious Navy spy John Walker dies in NC federal prison

    08/29/2014 9:21:29 AM PDT · by fredhead · 53 replies
    WTKR ^ | 8/29/2014 | Becca Mitchell
    The man responsible for what the military called the Navy’s biggest betrayal is dead. John Anthony Walker, the former Senior Warrant Officer from Norfolk who supplied the Soviets with damaging tactical and military data, died in federal prison on Thursday in Butner, North Carolina. 29 years ago, Walker’s career as a spy came to an end in Norfolk Federal Court.
  • The FRiday Night Movie - Decision Before Dawn (1951)

    08/08/2014 7:53:32 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 5 replies
    youtube ^ | n/a | n/a
    This week's offering is a gripping combination of war film and spy thriller based on a real life Allied program to recruit German POW's to spy for them behind German lines. Richard Basehart, Gary Merill, and Oskar Werner star. In English with Spanish subtitles.
  • GCHQ's dark arts: Leaked documents reveal online manipulation, Facebook, YouTube snooping

    07/15/2014 12:25:28 PM PDT · by Excellence · 5 replies
    ZDnet ^ | July 15, 2014 | Charlie Osborne
    A fresh set of documents leaked by Edward Snowden show how the UK intelligence agency can manipulate online polls and debates, spread messages, snoop on YouTube and track Facebook users.
  • Private eyes use drones to nab scammers and cheating spouses

    07/13/2014 10:15:10 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 8 replies
    New York Post ^ | 7/13/2014 | New York Post
    They’re private eyes in the skies. Investigators are taking drones to new heights — using the remote-controlled aircraft to catch New Yorkers cheating on spouses, lying about disabilities and endangering their kids. “People want you to believe there’s all this negativity associated with drones . . . but they could be a very helpful tool,” said Olwyn Triggs, a gumshoe for 23 years and president of Professional Investigators Network Inc. in Glen Cove, LI. Triggs recently used a drone to find an upstate man suspected of insurance fraud. Signs on his rural property warned that trespassers would be shot, so she sent...
  • Convicted Spy Arthur Walker Dies in Prison

    07/13/2014 2:52:49 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 26 replies
    Military.com ^ | Jul 10, 2014 | Lauren King, The Virginian-Pilot
    Arthur Walker, one of four men convicted of selling secrets to the Soviet Union during the Cold War, has died in federal prison. He was 79. The Federal Bureau of Prisons website confirmed that he died this month. A spokesman said he died over the holiday weekend, and Walker's family told Pete Earley, who wrote "Family of Spies: Inside the John Walker Spy Ring," that he died Friday of acute kidney failure. Walker was serving three life sentences plus 40 years for copying and conspiring to deliver secrets to the Soviet Union. He was sentenced in 1985.
  • Firm That Vetted Snowden Gets New $190M Contract

    07/03/2014 12:16:43 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 14 replies
    Newser ^ | July 3 2014 | Kevin Spak
    Newser) – You might think that giving a green light to Edward Snowden and Aaron Alexis and allegedly fraudulently submitting 660,000 other background checks without actually completing them would prevent you from getting future government contracts. But you'd be wrong, because the Department of Homeland Security has awarded a $190 million contract to US Investigations Services, the Wall Street Journal reports. Why? Because USIS hasn't actually been suspended, and, as one immigration official explained, unless there is such a suspension in place, "by law and policy, we have to go with the lowest bidder." USIS isn't barred, the Office of...
  • Smart lights: New LED lights with sensors raise privacy concerns

    07/01/2014 7:18:05 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 21 replies
    CBS News ^ | 06/30/14 | Bill Whitaker
    Light bulbs can now send and receive data thanks to a California company that has added sensors into each power hub. Although these smart lights can monitor pollution or spot an unattended bag at an airport, their ability to track our every move raises privacy concerns. Bill Whitaker reports.
  • Microsoft: NSA security fallout 'getting worse' ... 'not blowing over'(Double-digit declines)

    06/22/2014 10:23:16 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 46 replies
    The Register ^ | 6/19/2014 | The Register
    Microsoft's top lawyer says the fallout of the NSA spying scandal is "getting worse," and carries grim implications for US tech companies. In a speech at the GigaOm Structure conference in San Francisco on Thursday, Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith warned attendees that unless the US political establishment figures out how to rein in its spy agencies, there could be heavy repercussions for tech companies "What we've seen since last June is a double-digit decline in people's trust in American tech companies in key places like Brussels and Berlin and Brasilia. This has put trust at risk," Smith said. "The...
  • The spy who saved D-Day

    06/06/2014 6:16:02 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 6-6-14 | Dominic Selwood
    On 6 June 1944, President Franklin D Roosevelt solemnly declared, “You don’t just walk to Berlin”. He was speaking at a White House press conference, where he had just announced that Allied troops had landed in northern France. The gathering was a homely affair, with none of the bombast associated with similar events today. In fact, it was an occasion of masterly understatement. What he could have said was that the largest naval invasion in the history of the world was finally under way. ~snip~ The long-awaited amphibious invasion of France was not a secret, and it came as no...
  • Edward Snowden, Moscow's Accidental Tourist

    06/01/2014 5:12:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 1, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden has found the court of public opinion to be far more receptive than a court of law. He conducts the occasional interview with seemingly sympathetic journalists. NBC News aired one such interview with anchorman Brian Williams on Wednesday night. "Do you see yourself as a patriot?" Williams asked. "I do," answered Snowden, now 30. He was just trying to protect the country and the Constitution "from the encroachment of adversaries -- and those adversaries don't have to be foreign countries." Dianne Feinstein, who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, was having none of it. "In...
  • Spy Chief Sued Over Adviser’s Ties to Chinese Spies

    05/15/2014 12:17:30 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 5/15/14 | adam kredo
    The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) has been sued by an advocacy group seeking the release of internal documents of a top intelligence adviser who was also working with a controversial Chinese technology company that has been identified as a potential espionage threat. The advocacy group Judicial Watch announced on Thursday that it had filed a lawsuit seeking the release of records pertaining to senior DNI adviser Theodore Moran, who was serving as an intelligence adviser while also working as a paid consultant to China’s Huawei Technologies, which has been identified by the House Intelligence Committee “as...
  • Lawmakers Seek to Stop Russian Spy Flights

    04/30/2014 12:57:50 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 4/30/14 | Adam Kredo
    House lawmakers are seeking to stop Russian spy planes from partaking in exercises that may enable them to collect sensitive “intelligence that poses an unacceptable risk” to U.S. national security, according to a proposal in the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Lawmakers have proposed to fully freeze funds that currently allow the United States to sign off on these Russian flights under the Open Skies Treaty, an agreement that permits aerial surveillance flights over 34 countries. The House proposal would also reduce funding and limit the amount of information the United States provides to Russia about American missile defense...
  • Pentagon Moves to Block Russian Spy Plane in American Skies

    04/19/2014 1:42:36 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 30 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 4/18/2014 | The Daily Beast
    Russian surveillance planes already fly over America, thanks to a long-standing treaty. But a new, ultra-sophisticated spy plane has U.S. military and intelligence bosses spooked. The Joint Chiefs of Staff of the U.S. military and American intelligence agencies have quietly pushed the White House in recent weeks to deny a new Russian surveillance plane the right to fly over U.S. territory. This week, the White House finally began consideration of the decision whether to certify the new Russian aircraft under the so-called “Open Skies Treaty.” And now the question becomes: Will the spies and generals get their way?
  • Peter Matthiessen, Author and Naturalist, Is Dead at 86

    04/05/2014 7:15:13 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 5, 2014 | Christopher Lehmann-Haupt
    Peter Matthiessen, a roving author and naturalist whose impassioned nonfiction explored the remote endangered wilds of the world and whose prize-winning fiction often placed his mysterious protagonists in the heart of them, died on Saturday at his home in Sagaponack, N.Y. He was 86... Mr. Matthiessen was one of the last survivors of a generation of American writers who came of age after World War II and who all seemed to know one another, socializing in New York and on Long Island’s East End as a kind of movable literary salon peopled by the likes of William Styron, James Jones,...
  • Could it be the SR-72? ..mysterious object photographed flying over Texas is spy plane..

    04/02/2014 6:00:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 36 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 1, 2014 | Ashley Collman and Mark Prigg
    A retired Marine with nearly two decades of aviation experience has stepped forward with a compelling theory about a mysterious plane that was spotted flying over Texas last month. On March 10, photographers Steve Douglass and Dean Muskett took pictures of three puzzling aircraft flying over Amarillo, and posted them online in hopes of identifying the planes. Retired-Marine James Vineyard has submitted one of the more interesting explanations, telling the Houston Chronicle he believes they are SR-72 Blackbirds - a spy plane that can cross the U.S. in less than an hour, unmanned.
  • Joint Subcommittee Hearing: Iran's Support for Terrorism Worldwide

    03/05/2014 12:33:55 AM PST · by Cindy · 10 replies
    Joint Subcommittee Hearing: Iran’s Support for Terrorism Worldwide Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade, Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa 2172 House Rayburn Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Mar 4, 2014 10:00am
  • 7887 kHz, Your Home for Classic Cuban Espionage Radio

    07/07/2010 7:33:24 AM PDT · by Weird Tolkienish Figure · 13 replies
    Slate ^ | Tuesday, July 6, 2010, at 1:53 PM ET | Brett Sokol
    TECHNOLOGY 7887 kHz, Your Home for Classic Cuban Espionage Radio The shortwave radio signals that the alleged Russian spies were using are still surprisingly effective. By Brett Sokol Posted Tuesday, July 6, 2010, at 1:53 PM ET The FBI documents that accompanied last week's arrest of 10 alleged Russian spies are alternately creepy—who knew the Tribeca Barnes & Noble was a hotbed of espionage?—and comical—turns out even foreign spies wanted to cash in on suburban New Jersey's real estate boom. With a nod to Boris and Natasha, the accused are also said to have used short-wave radio, a 1920s-era technology...
  • Outgoing NSA director: ‘It’s not our mission’ to spy on everyone in the world

    02/17/2014 5:24:34 PM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies
    BGR Blog Boy Genius Report on yahoo ^ | 2/17/14 | BGR Ben Zigterman 8 hours ago
    The National Security Agency (NSA) will send its recommendations for where to store telephone metadata records to President Obama later this week, the outgoing NSA director said Friday in a speech defending his agency’s surveillance tactics. General Keith Alexander, who is retiring as NSA director next month, did not say where he thinks the data should be held. President Obama recommended on January 17th that the government stop holding Americans’ phone call records, but pushing the data out to either telephone companies or to a third party are both seen as having significant drawbacks. “The good news is we have...
  • Russia’s Giant Secret Spy Ship Killed Rats, Ruined Careers and Almost Got Blown Up TWICE

    02/14/2014 8:52:24 AM PST · by C19fan · 20 replies
    War Is Boring ^ | February 14, 2013 | David Axe
    In June 1981, the Soviet Union began building a huge, nuclear-powered reconnaissance ship specifically designed to sail thousands of miles to the U.S. missile test site at the remote Kwajalein Atoll in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. There, the vessel would sit for months, hoovering up electronic data in order to determine what America’s most secretive weapons could do. But the spy ship Ural, completed in May 1983, sailed only once—from the Baltic shipyard where she was built to her home port of Vladivostok—and never went anywhere near Kwajalein. Hobbled by faulty hardware, cursed with bad luck and starved...
  • 11 Shocking Revelations From Highest Ranking Soviet Defector – KGB Attacking US

    02/11/2014 7:00:11 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 29 replies
    GOP the Daily Dose.com ^ | 2/11/2014 | Rick Wells
    Yesterday “TheBlaze” published an interview with Romanian Lt. Gen Ion Pacepa, a discussion which arose around the publishing of his work, “Disinformation: Former Spy Chief Reveals Secret Strategies for Undermining Freedom, Attacking Religion, and Promoting Terrorism.” Pacepa is a defector to the United States, but not just any run-of-the-mill defector. He is the highest-ranking Soviet intelligence officer to ever defect. He crossed over back in 1978 and was given political asylum by then President Jimmy Carter. He has made a practice since that time to write in defense of freedom while living his life under threat of assassination, hiding out...
  • Media Blacks Out New Snowden Interview The Government Doesn’t Want You to See

    02/05/2014 7:16:11 AM PST · by GilGil · 78 replies
    Benswan ^ | 01-31-14 | Jay Syrmopoulos
    He [Snowden] states that his “breaking point” was “seeing Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, directly lie under oath to Congress” denying the existence of a domestic spying programs while under questioning in March of last year. Mr. Snowden goes on to state that, “The public had a right to know about these programs. The public had a right to know that which the government is doing in its name, and that which the government is doing against the public.” Read more: http://benswann.com/media-blacks-out-new-snowden-interview-the-government-doesnt-want-you-to-see/#ixzz2sSdnMVhn Follow us: @BenSwann_ on Twitter
  • Israel jails anti-Zionist for offering to spy for Iran

    01/28/2014 12:02:54 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 12 replies
    BBC World News ^ | 28 January 2014 | BBC
    A court in Jerusalem has sentenced an Israeli man to four-and-a-half years in prison for offering to spy for Iran. Yitzhak Bergel, 46, pleaded guilty to charges of contacting a foreign agent, intent to commit treason and attempting to aid an enemy of Israel. But the court ruling noted that "no damage had been done to the state". Bergel belongs to the anti-Zionist Neturei Karta, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect which is vehemently opposed to the State of Israel's existence. Its members believe a Jewish state can only be established by the Messiah.
  • TV Spies of the Cold War Era

    01/06/2014 9:05:10 AM PST · by Saint X · 14 replies
    U,S. Naval Institute ^ | U.S. Naval Institute
    During the 1980s with no end of the Cold War in sight, the CIA became alarmed at the number of Soviet spies working for the U.S. who were being arrested and executed. The U.S. network of informants within the USSR was rapidly being dismantled, severely damaging American intelligence gathering capabilities. It became apparent that the CIA had a mole who was compromising their efforts. Based on the book Circle of Treason by former CIA agent Sandy Grimes, the ABC series The Assets dramatizes the events and investigation leading to the arrest of traitor Aldrich Ames. The show is a grim...
  • Knesset speaker blasts US 'hypocrisy' for refusing to free Pollard

    12/22/2013 10:12:18 AM PST · by Dave346 · 31 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/21/2013 20:26 | Gil Hoffman, Lahav Harkov, Herb Keinon
    MKs demand Pollard's release after revelations that US conducted surveillance on former PMs Barak, Olmert. A chorus of politician from across the political spectrum called for the release of Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard on Sunday, after leaked NSA documents revealed the US has been tracking the e-mails of former Israeli leaders. Documents leaked by fomer National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden revealed that the United States was spying on the e-mails of former prime minister Ehud Olmert and former defense minister Ehud Barak between the years 2008-2009. Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein (Likud Beytenu) assailed Washington for “hypocrisy,” saying that...
  • ‘US spied on Barak’s home from apartment across the street’

    12/22/2013 10:07:37 AM PST · by Dave346 · 13 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | December 22, 2013, 11:41 am | Gavriel Fiske
    This is ‘very grave if true,’ says senior MK, calling it ‘classic espionage’ that Israel would not carry out against the US US intelligence not only spied on then-defense minister Ehud Barak’s offices during 2008-2009, but also maintained an apartment opposite Barak’s primary residence for that purpose, according to a report on Sunday, which came amid new revelations of the extent of US and British intelligence activity against Israel and other allies. In 2007, Israeli intelligence noted that the US government had rented an apartment across the street from Barak’s high-rise apartment in Tel Aviv, and observed “sizable amounts of...
  • NSA Paid a Huge Security Firm $10 Million to Keep Encryption Weak

    12/20/2013 4:16:47 PM PST · by James C. Bennett · 99 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 20 dec 2013 | Gizmodo
    Reuters reports that the NSA paid massive computer security firm RSA $10 million to promote a flawed encryption system so that the surveillance organization could wiggle its way around security. In other words, the NSA bribed the firm to leave the back door to computers all over the world open. Thanks to documents leaked by Edward Snowden, we already knew the NSA played a central role in promoting a flawed formula for generating random numbers, which if used in encryption, essentially gives the spies easy access to computing systems. A piece of RSA software, bSafe, became the most significant vector...
  • The 'totally undetectable' app that lets you spy on friends, family or colleagues

    11/29/2013 4:39:52 AM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 11/28/13 | Chris Hall
    It's a secret agent's dream: one single piece of software that lets you into all of a 'target's communications, their movements and their personal notes. But this isn't some piece of top-secret NSA infrastructure. mSpy is a smartphone app that works on Android, Apple, Blackberry and Nokia phones - offering a staggering array of surveillance options. The app - which works on a subscription basis starting at £24.99 a month - is described as being able to 'run undetected on your child's or employee's cell phone and provide all of the necessary features for complete monitoring.'
  • MI6 spy found dead in bag probably locked himself inside, Met says

    11/13/2013 10:55:59 AM PST · by Beowulf9 · 27 replies
    http://www.theguardian.com ^ | November 13, 2013 | Josh Halliday
    The MI6 spy found dead in a bag three years ago probably locked himself in the holdall and died as a result of a tragic accident, Scotland Yard has said. Outlining the results of a three-year investigation on Wednesday, the Metropolitan police said Gareth Williams most likely died alone in his flat. But Detective Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt said the police could not "fundamentally and beyond doubt" rule out the possibility that a third party was involved in his death. Williams's naked body was found in the padlocked bag, with the keys discovered under his body, in the otherwise empty...
  • You Are a Rogue Device (DHS violating 4th amendment)

    11/12/2013 1:20:54 PM PST · by grumpygresh · 54 replies
    THe Stranger, Seattle, WA ^ | 11/06/13 | Matt Fikse-Verkerk, Brendan Kiley
    How does that geo-location work? Devices in the network's coverage area are "heard" by more than one radio in those APs (the off-white boxes). Once the network hears a device from multiple APs, it can compare the strength and timing of the signal to locate where the device is. This is classic triangulation, and users of Aruba's AirWave software—as in the Cabela's example—report that their systems are able to locate devices to within a few feet.
  • John Kerry concedes Obama’s spy team ‘reached too far’

    11/09/2013 7:20:30 AM PST · by sdnet · 8 replies
    Small Government Times ^ | 2013-09-12 | Steve Adcock
    Secretary of State John Kerry surprised many reporters, as well as intelligence, law enforcement and military officials, when he conceded on Friday that some of the U.S. surveillance has gone “too far.” The Obama administration has come under intense criticism from many world leaders including some heads of state from NATO allies, according to Josh Hollander, a former intelligence-division police detective. Responding to increased questioning by major news organizations, Secretary Kerry admitted that at times the technological surveillance by the super-secret National Security Agency (NSA) “have reached too far.” However, Kerry quickly alluded to the Obama claim of ignorance when...
  • 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>
  • Barack Obama: The Most Uninformed President in History

    10/28/2013 12:58:46 PM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies
    Big Government ^ | 10/28/2013 | MIKE FLYNN
    I've always thought of Barack Obama as the "Chauncey Gardiner" of American politics. Like Peter Sellers' character in the classic film, "Being There," Obama is an embodiment of outsiders' hopes and dreams for who they think he is. Reality, like the film, shows there isn't really a lot of there, there.This weekend, we learned that President Obama "didn't know about" NSA spying on world leaders, especially German Chancellor Angela Merkel. He also "didn't know about" the posthumously obvious problems with the rollout of the ObamaCare website exchanges. According to the New York Times, these problems were evident 8 months ago....
  • President Barack Obama calls Paris to apologise for NSA

    10/23/2013 12:06:11 PM PDT · by bkopto · 28 replies
    The Australian ^ | Oct 23, 2013 | staff
    FRANCE has demanded an explanation from Washington of a report that the US swept up 70 million French telephone records and text messages in its global surveillance net, even recording certain private conversations. The fallout prompted a phone call yesterday from US President Barack Obama to French President Francois Hollande, and, the White House said, an acknowledgement by the US leader that the episode raised "legitimate questions for our friends and allies" about how surveillance capabilities are employed. Mr Hollande's office issued a strongly worded statement afterward expressing "profound reprobation" over US actions it said intruded on the private lives...
  • Snowden warns of government spying in first Russia video

    10/12/2013 11:38:56 PM PDT · by cunning_fish · 8 replies
    Moscow (AFP) - US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden warned of dangers to democracy in the first video released of the fugitive since Russia granted him temporary asylum in August. "If we can't understand the policies and programmes of our government we can't grant our consent in regulating them," Snowden said in one of the short video clips posted on the WikiLeaks website Friday night. The anti-secrecy group said the videos were filmed Wednesday when Snowden met with a group of four retired US ex-intelligence workers and activists now seeking to promote ethics within the profession. Snowden, a former National Security...
  • Tom Clancy never flunked English at Loyola

    10/09/2013 7:39:37 AM PDT · by MDJohnPaul · 7 replies
    The Catholic Review ^ | Oct. 7, 2013 | George P. Matysek Jr.
    It certainly makes for a good story: a scrappy kid from Baltimore flunks out of an English class at what is now Loyola University Maryland only to become an international bestselling author. The problem is that the oft-told tale concerning Tom Clancy is just as fictitious as Jack Ryan. “It was an urban legend that just wouldn’t die,” said Carol Abromaitis, the English professor accused of giving Clancy an F in her class. For decades, Abromaitis urged English majors to let others know the truth. Her efforts bore little fruit. “One major said to me, ‘Of course not. It makes...
  • Iran: Israel Arrested the Spy to End its 'Isolation'

    10/01/2013 11:02:08 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/10/13 | Elad Benari
    Iran claimed on Tuesday that Israel's arrest of an alleged Iranian spy was a "repetitive scenario" aimed at ending what it called the Jewish state's "isolation" within the international community. "This is a repetitive scenario by the Zionist regime. Even Western media said the timing of the arrest and [Prime Minister Binyamin] Netanyahu's leaving (for the U.S.) was a plan to end its isolation," foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham was quoted by AFP as having said in her weekly press briefing. "Such desperate scenarios stem from anger, and we cannot assess them," Afkham said, adding that Israel was also isolated...
  • U.S. government spied on Brazil's Petrobras oil firm: Globo TV

    09/08/2013 3:40:41 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9-8-2013 | SAO PAULO
    SAO PAULO | Sun Sep 8, 2013 12:06pm EDT (Reuters) - The U.S. government allegedly spied on Brazilian state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA, known as Petrobras, according to the web site of Globo, Brazil's biggest television network. The network, which a week ago aired a report alleging that the U.S. National Security Agency intercepted communications by the presidents of Brazil and Mexico, said its information again came from Glenn Greenwald, an American activist who has worked with fugitive former NSA analyst Edward Snowden to expose the extent of U.S. spying at home and abroad. Promotional teasers from the network...
  • Bradley Manning sentencing to happen Wednesday

    08/20/2013 10:20:32 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 20, 2013 | AP
    FORT MEADE, Maryland-A U.S. military judge on Tuesday started considering the sentence of soldier Bradley Manning for the largest leak of classified information in the country's history - and she said it will be announced Wednesday morning.
  • Under fire, U.S. spy agency defends surveillance programs as lawful

    08/18/2013 3:44:34 PM PDT · by Libloather · 27 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 8/16/13 | Tabassum Zakaria, Mark Hosenball
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Under increasing pressure to justify electronic surveillance programs that at times capture communications of American citizens, the U.S. National Security Agency went to unusual lengths on Friday to insist its activities are lawful and any mistakes largely unintentional. **SNIP** The NSA's presentation was an attempt to calm the latest firestorm over documents disclosed by Snowden. The Washington Post late Thursday reported that the NSA had broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since 2008, citing an internal agency audit and other top secret documents. "These are not willful violations, they are...