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  • Re-Assigned FBI Lawyer James Baker Has Hard Drives Showing Trump Was Spied On

    12/24/2017 7:08:28 AM PST · by Golden Eagle · 174 replies
    Big League Politics ^ | December 23, 2017 | Patrick Howley
    Baker possesses 47 hard disks containing data on a massive surveillance operation overseen by John Brennan and James Clapper which allegedly spied on Trump Tower and now-President Donald Trump, according to a whistleblower. “I provided to the FBI seventeen businesses of Donald Trump, including the Trump Tower, the Trump leasing programs, all of these different programs, and including Trump himself and the various family members that had been wiretapped under these programs,” (Dennis) Montgomery said in the interview. “There has been a wiretap on Trump for years.” Montgomery provided the proof of the surveillance program to Judge Royce Lamberth in...
  • Trump tweet: "Obama FBI spying on my campaign could be 'bigger than Watergate'"

    05/17/2018 4:02:13 PM PDT · by Liz · 39 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 5/17/18 | JULIA MANCHESTER
    President Trump touted a report saying the FBI under ex-Pres Obama spied on the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential race, saying that the revelation could be "bigger than Watergate." “Wow, word coming out that the Obama FBI 'SPIED ON THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN WITH AN IMBEDDED INFORMANT,'" the president tweeted in reference to a National Review report published last week.“Andrew McCarthy says, 'There’s probably no doubt that they had at least one confidential informant in the campaign.' If so, this is bigger than Watergate!” The report alleges that Obama-led agencies used their surveillance powers to monitor the Trump campaign. This...
  • Corrupt Intelligence Community Now Leaking To Justify Unlawful Election Surveillance

    05/17/2018 4:06:53 AM PDT · by a little elbow grease · 23 replies
    theconservativetreehouse.com ^ | 5/16/18 | sundance
    (snip) --- This illusion was on full display today when the Senate Intelligence Committee asked John Brennan (CIA), James Clapper (ODNI), and Mike Rogers (NSA) to come to a closed door hearing so the corrupt senate politicians -who were also involved in the scheme- could coordinate talking points and generate synergy in their excuses and justifications. Not surprisingly former FBI Director James Comey refused to attend. Today’s motive for the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing was exactly that: coordinate talking points, circle the wagons and reach a consensus on justification. As we have outlined exhaustively the Senate Intel Committee is the...
  • FBI "Mole" Inside Trump Campaign Justified [semi-satire]

    05/11/2018 10:08:40 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 11 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 13 May 2018 | John Semmens
    With Congress on the verge of holding the US Department of Justice and the FBI in contempt for repeated refusals to provide unredacted documents related to the Agency's efforts to spy on the Republican presidential campaign and Administration, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein ardently defended the action. "Unredacting these documents would permit members of Congress to discover the methods and the identities of Agency personnel and outside parties who participated in this vital operation," Rosenstein alleged. "This would have a 'chilling' effect on future operations of a similar nature and, as such, would pose a severe limitation on our power...
  • Bill Gates Backs Plan to Surveil the Entire Planet From Space

    04/19/2018 6:41:30 PM PDT · by bitt · 41 replies
    gizmodo.com ^ | 4/19/2018 | rhett jones
    EarthNow is a new company looking to provide satellite imagery and live video in virtually real-time. Its unsettling pitch describes a network of satellites that can see any corner of the globe and provide live video with a latency of about a second. And a look at the startup’s top investors gives a lot of confidence that this thing is happening. On Wednesday, EarthNow announced that it will emerge from the Intellectual Ventures ISF Incubator to become a full-scale commercial business. Its first round of investors is comprised of a small group of complimentary powerhouses: AirBus, the SoftBank Group, Bill...
  • The Chinese Communist Party Is Setting Up Cells at Universities Across America

    04/19/2018 7:23:25 AM PDT · by Army Air Corps · 46 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 18 April 2018 | Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian
    It's a strategy to tighten ideological control. And it is happening around the world. n July 2017, a group of nine Chinese students and faculty from Huazhong University of Science and Technology participating in a summer program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) formed a Chinese Communist Party branch on the third floor of Hopkins Hall, a campus dormitory. The group held meetings to discuss party ideology, taking a group photo in front of a red flag emblazoned with a hammer and sickle, according to a July 2017 article and photos posted to the Huazhong University website. The...
  • Privacy outrage after Google users discover Chrome's built-in anti-virus tool is scanning private

    04/14/2018 6:32:26 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 79 replies
    Daily Mail Co. UK ^ | 12:55 EDT, 4 April 2018 | Tim Collins
    The discovery was made by New York cybersecurity expert Kelly ShortridgeShe noticed the browser tool was scanning files in a folder on her Windows PCMs Shortridge shared her worries that it was gathering data on social media Google's head of security for Chrome responded that this is not the caseGoogle users are sharing their shock at discovering Chrome's built-in anti-virus tool is scanning private files on their computers.Chrome Cleanup Tool, a browser component added in 2014 to scan and remove malicious or resource heavy software, is behind the outcry.
  • Breitbart News Town Hall -- Big Tech vs. Free Speech and Privacy

    04/06/2018 10:12:54 AM PDT · by snarkpup · 5 replies
    [Link skips 17 minutes of dead air and filler.] A few interesting points: The most vulnerable group of voters who are most easily swayed by Google's manipulation of search results are ... (drum roll) ... Moderate Republicans. There is considerable collusion between the federal government and big tech. The feds are, in effect, outsourcing surveillance to the private sector to get around the Fourth Amendment: "These companies are acting as proxy investigators; but there are no limits on them." Look up the definition of "Breitbart" on Google, and you get a Wikipedia hit piece. They're more powerful than the government...
  • Rogue cellphone-tracking devices detected in Washington, feds say

    04/03/2018 12:49:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    CBS "News" ^ | April 3, 2018
    For the first time, the U.S. government has publicly acknowledged the existence in Washington of what appear to be rogue devices that foreign spies and criminals could be using to track individual cellphones and intercept calls and messages. The use of what are known as cellphone-site simulators by foreign powers has long been a concern, but American intelligence and law enforcement agencies -- which use such eavesdropping equipment themselves -- have been silent on the issue until now. In a March 26 letter to Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) acknowledged that last year it identified...
  • Google and Amazon patent creepy SPY systems that use cameras and sensors in your home [tr]

    04/02/2018 7:48:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 31 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 2, 2018 | Ellie Zolfagharifard
    Amazon and Google really do want to watch your every move. A series of patents filed by the firms 'outline an array of possibilities' for how their smart speakers could be used to better listen in on users. They suggest their always-on Google Home and Amazon Echo devices could know everything from a user's mood to their medical condition, and target advertising based on this data. The development comes amid a growing scandal involving the handling of the private data of 50 million users by Facebook and Cambridge Analytica.
  • Browser and search engine team up to help you stay private on the internet

    03/25/2018 8:12:01 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 35 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 3/25/18 | Jim Bray
    "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean that they aren't out to get you." I don't know, or care, who said that originally, but in this age of hacking and cyber corruption – and the deep state trying desperately to defeat the forces of light - it's becoming increasingly clear that there appears to be folks out in cyberspace who don't have your best interests in mind. Indeed, you may have heard about how Facebook and Google have been revealed as corrupt data miners more interested in raking in cash and helping their fellow political travellers than in providing the benign...
  • Zuckerberg: "I'm Really Sorry This Happened"

    03/22/2018 7:55:06 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 66 replies
    RCP Video ^ | 3-22-2018 | Ian Schwartz
    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks to CNNMoney’s Laurie Segall after the news broke this weekend that Cambridge Analytica accessed information from 50 million Facebook users without their knowledge. LAURIE SEGALL, CNN SENIOR TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT: I want to start with just a basic question, Mark. What happened? What went wrong? MARK ZUCKERERG, FACEBOOK CEO: So this was a major breach of trust, and I’m really sorry that this happened. You know, we have a basic responsibility to protect people's data. And if we can't do that, then we don't deserve to have the opportunity to serve people. So, our responsibility now...
  • Academic who collected 50 million Facebook profiles: ‘We thought we were doing something normal’

    03/22/2018 1:58:57 AM PDT · by blueplum · 30 replies
    The Verge ^ | 21 March 2018 | James Vincent
    ....Kogan’s comments, made to BBC Radio 4’s Today program, describe an environment of permissive data-gathering and lax privacy policies. “We thought we were acting perfectly appropriately. We thought we were doing something that was really normal,” Kogan said. “My view is that I’m being basically used as a scapegoat by both Facebook and Cambridge Analytica.” {snip} Whether or not the Facebook data helped swing the election for Trump is unclear, although experts are skeptical. “I think Cambridge Analytica is a better marketing company than a targeting company,” one academic studying political microtargeting told The Verge this week. Speaking to Radio...
  • Facebook Reminds Users Its Terms Of Service Specifically Allow For Orwellian Social Engineering

    03/20/2018 11:57:55 AM PDT · by snarkpup · 4 replies
    The Babylon Bee ^ | March 20, 2018
    MENLO PARK, CA—Responding to the recent data-hijacking scandal which has its stock price plummeting and lawmakers demanding an explanation, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reminded everyone in a Facebook Live video Tuesday that the tech giant’s official terms of service specifically allow for it or any third party to utilize data it collects to engage in nefarious, Orwellian social engineering of any type it chooses. ... The young tech billionaire went on to stress that the same terms also grant third parties unlimited use of user data once it’s purchased from Facebook, even if that means doing things “the likes of...
  • James Clapper avoids charges for 'clearly erroneous' surveillance testimony

    03/11/2018 9:09:13 AM PDT · by deplorableindc · 49 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 11, 2018
    Former intelligence chief James Clapper is poised to avoid charges for allegedly lying to Congress following five years of apparent inaction by the Justice Department. Clapper, director of national intelligence from 2010 to 2017, admitted giving “clearly erroneous” testimony about mass surveillance in March 2013, and offered differing explanations for why. Two criminal statutes that cover lying to Congress have five-year statutes of limitations, establishing a Monday deadline to charge Clapper, who in retirement has emerged as a leading critic of President Trump.
  • How Companies Scour Our Digital Lives for Clues to Our Health

    02/26/2018 12:23:02 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | 2/25/18 | Erika Janik
    Your digital footprint — how often you post on social media, how quickly you scroll through your contacts, how frequently you check your phone late at night — could hold clues to your physical and mental health. That is the theory behind an emerging field, digital phenotyping, that is trying to assess people’s well-being based on their interactions with digital devices. Researchers and technology companies are tracking users’ social media posts and clicks in search of behavior changes that could correlate with disease symptoms. Some of these services are opt-in. At least one is not. People typically touch their phones...
  • Your Location Data Is Being Sold—Often Without Your Knowledge

    03/04/2018 7:26:37 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 26 replies
    WSJ ^ | 4 Mar 2018 | Christopher Mims
    ...Marketers spent $16 billion on location-targeted ads served to mobile devices like smartphones and tablet computers in 2017... .The data required to serve you any single ad might pass through many companies’ systems in milliseconds—from data broker to ad marketplace to an agency’s custom system... There are plenty of ways to track you without getting your permission. Some of the most intrusive are the easiest to implement... The spy in your pocket... Your telco knows where you are at all times, because it knows which cell towers your phone is near. In the U.S., how much data service providers sell...
  • New York’s attorney general oversaw and facilitated secret surveillance

    02/22/2018 1:14:25 PM PST · by son of terrence · 26 replies
    New York’s attorney general oversaw and facilitated secret surveillance on pro-life counselors outside an abortion clinic as well as the creation of a fake identity in an attempt to win an ongoing case, according to a witness’s testimony. Testimony in People v. Griepp et al — New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman against pro-life advocates counseling women outside of Choices Women’s Medical Center in Jamaica-Queens, N.Y. — illustrated Schneiderman used a witness to spy on pro-lifers via creating a fake Facebook account to access their information. The witness testified she had used someone else’s photo, listed her occupation as a...
  • WHY SUSAN RICE WROTE AN EMAIL TO HERSELF

    02/14/2018 12:17:54 PM PST · by mojito · 59 replies
    PowerLine ^ | 2/13/2018 | John Hinderaker
    Why did Susan Rice send herself an email purporting to document this part of the meeting? Because she was C’ing her own A. Rice was nervous about the fact that, at the president’s direction, she had failed to “share information fully as it relates to Russia” with President Trump’s incoming national security team. This violated longstanding American tradition. Outgoing administrations have always cooperated in the transition to a new administration, whether of the same or the opposing party, especially on matters relating to national security. Susan Rice is far from the brightest bulb on the tree, but she was well...
  • The Lasting Impact of Obama Spying on the Trump Campaign

    02/14/2018 11:49:28 AM PST · by MeganC · 15 replies
    Megan C. ^ | 2/14/2018 | Megan C.
    In the aftermath of all of the revelations about how Obama weaponized our national intelligence agencies against the Trump campaign we need to look to the future. Because the illegal spying hasn't stopped and the use of law enforcement and intelligence agencies as political hitmen will undoubtedly continue. So what's next for conservatives and Republicans as they campaign for office? First off is that the assumption of privacy on any form of electronic communication is from here on out an act of sheer idiocy. Even the best encryption available outside of government is going to be susceptible to monitoring. And...