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  • How U.S. Foreign Student and Exchange Visitor Policies Undercut National Security

    08/26/2019 3:57:57 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 6 replies
    Center For Immigration Studies ^ | 20 August 2019 | Dan Cadman
    Growth in advanced science and engineering degrees shows the U.S. graduating the largest number of doctorate recipients of any individual country, but 37% were earned by temporary visa holders with as many as 25% of STEM graduates in the U.S. being Chinese nationals.
  • New Steve Bannon Film Warns of Growing Chinese Espionage Threat

    08/26/2019 9:51:12 PM PDT · by cba123 · 7 replies
    Church Militant ^ | • August 26, 2019 | by Stephen Wynne
    NEW YORK ( - A new film by former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon is sounding the alarm over China's encroachment into the high-tech industry. Slated for release in September, Claws of the Red Dragon spotlights the relationship between telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and People's Liberation Army (PLA). Based on Canada's 2018 arrest of Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, the film tells the story of Chinese-Canadian journalist Jane Li as she covers the detention of the CFO of a fictional Chinese tech firm Huaxing Hi-Tech and exposes the company's connections...
  • Mass Surveillance: 1 in 2 Americans Are Already In A Government Facial Recognition Database

    08/21/2019 11:02:21 PM PDT · by Windflier · 7 replies
    Activist Post ^ | August 2, 2019 | Mac Slavo
    The mass surveillance of innocent Americans continues as George Orwell’s 1984 becomes more of a reality with each passing day. “All told, we are barreling toward a future where every ritual of public life carries implicit consent to be surveilled,” writes Sidney Fussell for The Atlantic. A new report from Georgetown Law‘s Center on Privacy & Technology (CPT) suggests that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) may be using the rampant problem of illegal immigration as a type of cover to track and spy on Americans in violation of their Fourth Amendment rights. Three years ago, the center revealed that nearly...
  • Trump administration urges Congress to reauthorize NSA surveillance program

    08/16/2019 4:10:34 AM PDT · by mikelets456 · 17 replies
    The hill ^ | 8/16/2019 | The Hill
    The Trump administration is urging Congress to reauthorize the National Security Agency's (NSA) authority to collect phone record information on millions of Americans, according to a letter obtained by The Hill. Dan Coats, the departing director of national intelligence (DNI), in a letter to senators dated Wednesday urged Congress to reauthorize all provisions in the USA Freedom Act, a controversial law that is set to expire later this year. Top Republicans on the key committees overseeing the reauthorization of the law are likely to follow DNI's lead.
  • Trump Administration Asks Congress to Reauthorize N.S.A.’s Deactivated Call Records Program

    08/15/2019 2:58:09 PM PDT · by Theoria · 14 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 15 Aug 2019 | Charlie Savage
    The White House is seeking reauthorization of a law that lets the N.S.A. gain access to logs of Americans’ phone and text records — while acknowledging that the program has been indefinitely halted. Breaking a long silence about a high-profile National Security Agency program that sifts records of Americans’ telephone calls and text messages in search of terrorists, the Trump administration on Thursday acknowledged for the first time that the system has been indefinitely shut down — but asked Congress to extend its legal basis anyway. In a letter to Congress delivered on Thursday and obtained by The New York...
  • Huawei employees reportedly aided African governments in spying

    08/14/2019 11:51:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | 08/14/2019 | Brian Heater
    A new report from The Wall Street Journal could be another damning piece of evidence for a company already under a good deal of international scrutiny. The paper is reporting that technicians working for Huawei helped members of government in Uganda and Zambia spy on political opponents. The report cites unnamed senior surveillance officers. The paper adds that an investigation didn’t confirm a direct tie between the Chinese government or Huawei executives. It did, however, appear to confirm that employees for the tech giant played a part in intercepting communications. The list includes encrypted messages, the use of apps...
  • Chinese netizens have mixed feelings about Huawei’s homegrown Harmony OS

    08/12/2019 1:18:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Abacus News ^ | 08/12/2019 | Xin Mei Shen
    Patriotism is giving Huawei a boost, but netizens say, “Talk is cheap, show me the code” Huawei has finally revealed its homegrown operating system dubbed HarmonyOS, or Hongmeng as it’s known in China. For many social media users in the country, the launch is an exciting development that represents the rise of the country as a tech power. But at the same time, many people think the company’s unveiling of the OS raised more questions than it answered. “Talk is cheap, show me the code,” one Zhihu user posted under a question about the Hongmeng launch. The user was quoting...
  • China's Spies in U.S. Universities: Who Will Take Notice?

    08/07/2019 9:44:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 08/07/2019 | John Glynn
    In May of this year, in a commentary titled “United States, don’t underestimate China’s ability to strike back,” Wu Yuehe, a journalist at the People’s Daily, had this to say: We advise the U.S. side not to underestimate the Chinese side’s ability to safeguard its development rights and interests. Don’t say we didn’t warn you! A few weeks later, two Chinese professors at Emory university lost their jobs. Li Xiaojiang and Li Shishua, who were conducting research in the field of genetics, failed to disclose grants they received from nebulous institutions in China.  Two questions: [1] Why were two...
  • Amazon Is Coaching Cops on How to Obtain Surveillance Footage Without a Warrant

    08/06/2019 4:22:20 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 12 replies ^ | August 5, 2019 | Caroline Haskins
    Ring, Amazon’s home surveillance company, is teaching police how to convince residents to share camera footage with them. When police partner with Ring, Amazon’s home surveillance camera company, they get access to the “Law Enforcement Neighborhood Portal,” an interactive map that allows officers to request footage directly from camera owners. Police don’t need a warrant to request this footage, but they do need permission from camera owners.Emails and documents obtained by Motherboard reveal that people aren’t always willing to provide police with their Ring camera footage. However, Ring works with law enforcement and gives them advice on how to persuade people to...
  • Here’s how AG Barr is going to get encryption 'backdoors'

    08/06/2019 6:33:47 PM PDT · by softengine · 55 replies
    Engadget ^ | July 31, 2019 | Violet Blue
    If you heard the reverberation of a few thousand heads exploding last week, it was the sound of information security professionals reacting to US Attorney General Barr saying that Big Tech "can and must" put backdoors into encryption. In his speech for a cybersecurity conference at Fordham University, Barr warned tech companies that time was running out for them to develop ways for the government to break encryption. FBI Director Christopher Wray agreed with him. At this week's big meeting of the "Five Eyes" countries, Barr was in attendance. His demands that internet companies break safe security standards of encryption...
  • REVEALED: Secret Texts Between FBI's McCabe And British Intelligence During 2016 Campaign...

    08/01/2019 11:08:28 AM PDT · by drpix · 16 replies ^ | 7/31/19 | HANK BERRIEN
    ...{Align w/ Strzok's Collusion} While the Department of Justice is investigating what triggered the FBI investigation into the Trump campaign that commenced at the end of July 2016, a new piece of information has been thrown into the mix: Andrew McCabe, who was FBI deputy director during the 2016 campaign, was exchanging messages with his counterpart in Britain's MI5, Jeremy Fleming, at the time... In one exchange in August 2016, Fleming noted that members of the FBI and MI5 had “met on our strange situation,” a veiled reference to discussions about Russian activities, according to the source.... { * *...
  • Maria Bartiromo to Devin Nunes: “Who is the mastermind behind all of this?”

    07/31/2019 9:38:59 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 112 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | July 28, 2019 | sundance
    Maria Bartiromo is one of a very few mainstream journalists with knowledge of the deepest weeds of ‘spygate’ and the multiple intelligence operations to manipulate the 2016 election against candidate Trump, and then run operations to remove President Trump. In an extensive interview with HPSCI ranking member Devin Nunes, Maria Bartiromo asks the ultimate question: “who was the mastermind” behind all of these intelligence operations?Released FOIA documents into the special counsel team of Robert Mueller revealed the  remarkable trail of the 2017 entrapment scheme conducted by prosecutor Andrew Weissmann to target George Papadopoulos. Before digging into the details it is...
  • Secret texts cast light on UK's early role in Trump-Russia inquiry

    07/30/2019 9:01:27 AM PDT · by outpostinmass2 · 55 replies
    Two of the most senior intelligence officials in the US and UK privately shared concerns about “our strange situation” as the FBI launched its 2016 investigation into whether Donald Trump’s campaign was colluding with Russia, the Guardian has learned. Text messages between Andrew McCabe, the deputy director of the FBI at the time, and Jeremy Fleming, his then counterpart at MI5, now the head of GCHQ, also reveal their mutual surprise at the result of the EU referendum, which some US officials regarded as a “wake-up call”, according to a person familiar with the matter. While Russia had previously been...
  • Now we learn what US Attorney John Huber has been up to in his Russia Hoax investigation

    07/30/2019 8:27:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/30/2019 | Thomas Lifson
    When then-AG Jeff Sessions announced 15 months ago that US Attorney for Utah, John Huber, would be conducting a review of the FBI’s use of wiretapping on the Trump campaign, initial hopes soon turned to disappointment that nothing seemed to be happening. But yesterday, former Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker rather casually mentioned (or perhaps let slip) during an interview with Sandra Smith that Huber is looking at “Comey’s memos and the like…. And there’s a lot of things Bill Barr is going to be bringing to a conclusion.” Watch below, cued to the moment he mentions this: (hat...
  • Apple Contractors Reportedly Overhear Sensitive Information and Sexy Times Thanks to Siri

    07/27/2019 5:33:14 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    gizmodo ^ | 07/27/2019 | Alyse Stanley
    First Amazon, then Google, and now Apple have all confirmed that their devices are not only listening to you, but complete strangers may be reviewing the recordings. Thanks to Siri, Apple contractors routinely catch intimate snippets of users’ private lives like drug deals, doctor’s visits, and sexual escapades as part of their quality control duties, the Guardian reported Friday. As part of its effort to improve the voice assistant, “[a] small portion of Siri requests are analysed to improve Siri and dictation,” Apple told the Guardian. That involves sending these recordings sans Apple IDs to its international team of contractors...
  • National Security Agency whistle blower (4 videos)

    04/20/2012 4:42:44 PM PDT · by BCW · 19 replies
    Zreo Hedge ^ | 20 APR 2012 | Democracy Now
    Just a month ago we raised more than a proverbial eyebrow when we noted the creation of the NSA's Utah Data Center (codename Stellar Wind) and William Binney's formidable statement that "we are this far from a turnkey totalitarian state". Democracy Now has the former National Security Agency technical director whistleblower's first TV interview in which he discusses the NSA's massive power to spy on Americans and why the FBI raided his home. Since retiring from the NSA in 2001, he has warned that the NSA’s data-mining program has become so vast that it could "create an Orwellian state." National...
  • Justice Dept. Watchdog Has Evidence Comey Probed Trump, on the Sly

    07/22/2019 10:20:17 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 48 replies
    RealClearInvestigations that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz will soon file a report with evidence indicating that Comey was misleading the president. Even as he repeatedly assured Trump that he was not a target, the former director was secretly trying to build a conspiracy case against the president, while at times acting as an investigative agent. Two U.S. officials briefed on the inspector general’s investigation of possible FBI misconduct said Comey was essentially “running a covert operation against” the president, starting with a private “defensive briefing” he gave Trump just weeks before his inauguration. They said Horowitz has examined high-level...
  • Oh My: IG Report To Allege Comey Lied To Trump — And Spied On Him (The Specter of J. Edgar Hoover)

    07/22/2019 8:11:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/22/2019 | Ed Morrissey
    If RealClearInvestigations’ sources accurately describe Inspector General Michael Horowitz’ upcoming report, it’s no wonder Donald Trump fired James Comey. According to two sources reportedly briefed on the upcoming Horowitz report, the former FBI director repeatedly lied about not targeting Trump in his probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Comey also had what amounted to a spy in the White House, raising the specter of J. Edgar Hoover all over again: Sources tell RealClearInvestigations that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz will soon file a report with evidence indicating that Comey was misleading the president. Even as he...
  • Peter Thiel says FBI, CIA should probe Google

    07/14/2019 6:48:54 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 14 replies
    Axios ^ | JULY 14, 2019 | David McCabe
    Peter Thiel, billionaire investor and Facebook board member, on Sunday night said that Google should be federally investigated for allegedly aiding the Chinese military... Thiel spoke at the National Conservatism Conference, a new event that bills itself as being focused on Trump-era nationalism, with part of his speech focusing on "three questions that should be asked" of Google: "Number one, how many foreign intelligence agencies have infiltrated your Manhattan Project for AI? Number two, does Google's senior management consider itself to have been thoroughly infiltrated by Chinese intelligence? Number three, is it because they consider themselves to be so thoroughly...
  • Tech giant's smart speakers eavesdrop on private conversations, investigation finds

    07/12/2019 6:37:00 PM PDT · by ETL · 28 replies ^ | July 12, 2019 | Christopher Carbone | Fox News
    Google's smart speakers allow contractors for the tech giant to listen to excerpts of private conversations, including some with potentially sensitive information, according to a new investigation from a Belgian public broadcaster. This news is the latest in a series of reports about recordings from Big Tech's in-home devices being accessible to workers. According to VRT NWS, which reviewed more than 1,000 recorded excerpts – 153 of which should not have been recorded because the "OK, Google" command was not given – one contractor said he transcribes around 1,000 audio clips from Google Assistant every week. However, sometimes the recording...