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  • Edward Snowden asks Vladimir Putin about surveillance

    04/17/2014 7:26:54 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 6 replies
    Politico ^ | April 17, 2014 | Lucy McCalmont
    NSA leaker Edward Snowden asked Russian President Vladimir Putin about whether Russia uses its own mass surveillance system, in a video during a question-and-answer session on Russian television.
  • NYPD drops surveillance of mosques (Thank you Mayor De Blasio)

    04/16/2014 7:15:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/16/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Candidate Bill de Blasio was “deeply troubled” by NYPD surveillance of mosques, and now his police commissioner is dropping the program. Matt Apuzzo and Joseph Goldstein report ion the New York Times: The New York Police Department has abandoned a secretive program that dispatched plainclothes detectives into Muslim neighborhoods to eavesdrop on conversations and built detailed files on where people ate, prayed and shopped, the department said. The decision by the nation’s largest police force to shutter the controversial surveillance program represents the first sign that William J. Bratton, the department’s new commissioner, is backing away from some of the post-9/11 intelligence-gathering practices...
  • New York police end Muslim surveillance program

    04/15/2014 3:29:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 15, 2014 6:18 PM EDT | Tom Hays and Jake Pearson
    The New York Police Department said Tuesday it has disbanded a special unit whose efforts to try to detect terror threats in Muslim communities through secret surveillance sparked outrage. The surveillance program by the NYPD Intelligence Division had come under fire by community activists who accused the department of abusing civil rights. The program relied on plainclothes officers to eavesdrop on people in bookstores, restaurants and mosques. The tactic was detailed in a series of stories by The Associated Press and became the subject of two federal lawsuits. In a series of articles that began in August 2011, the AP...
  • Prepare for drones that perch on power lines to recharge, never have to land

    04/09/2014 10:11:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 9, 2014 | Douglas Ernst
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Imagine a world where drones never have to touch the ground after takeoff. Thats what MIT PhD. candidate Joseph Moore did, and now hes on the cusp of creating a drone that can perch on power lines just like birds to recharge its batteries. Mr. Moore gave Business Insider a demonstration of the technology hes perfecting by using a glider as proof of concept. In short, if a drone is equipped with the a magnetometer it should be possible to make the aircraft capable of identifying magnetic fields given off by power lines, home in on the signal they emit,...
  • Eric Holder: ATF Planning to Use Drones

    04/08/2014 6:28:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 8, 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    Attorney General Eric Holder admitted Tuesday that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was in the process of looking at the use of domestic drones. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, questioned Holder during a House Judiciary Committee hearing, asking the Attorney General if he believed if the Federal Aviation Administration or Congress should regulate of drone use. Would you think that it would be better that Congress intervene and employ legislation safeguarding the Fourth Amendment, right of privacy basically on citizens or do you suggest as Attorney General that the FAA still control who gets a drone or not?...
  • White House Cyber Chief Says Snowden Damage Will Be Felt for Decades

    03/30/2014 5:00:28 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 89 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | March 28, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    Damage to U.S. national security caused by NSA contractor Edward Snowden will take decades to repair, the White House official in charge of cyber security said Friday. Snowdens treachery is especially grave because he exposed how all the parts fit togetherthe blueprints for how Americas most significant intelligence enterprise actually workswhich is also the blueprint for how to defeat it, she said. So what does this mean in real terms? It means that the president may not have the intelligence he needs to have for crucial decisions. Nor will the Congress. We may not see threats we should have seen,...
  • Senator Complains about CIA Spying

    03/15/2014 11:56:55 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 14 March 2014 | John Semmens
    This week Senator Diane Feinstein (D-Calif), a long time supporter of the intelligence community, expressed outrage upon discovering that the CIA has been spying on members of Congress. I have backed every budget request the CIA has put forward, Feinstein declared. I have defended them against their detractors from both sides of the ideological spectrum. Now we find out that they have been surreptitiously breaking into the emails of members of Congressincluding mine. It is one thing to spy on ordinary people. It is quite another for them to spy on a separate branch of government. CIA Director John Brennan...
  • NSA pretended to be Facebook to infect millions of computers

    03/13/2014 10:53:12 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 28 replies
    foxnews ^ | March 12, 2014 | Andrew Couts
    As part of its efforts to install malware on millions of computers worldwide, the National Security Agency impersonated Facebook to trick targets into downloading malicious code. In some cases the NSA has masqueraded as a fake Facebook server, using the social media site as a launching pad to infect a targets computer and exfiltrate files from a hard drive, reports The Intercept in its latest expose based on top-secret documents obtained by Edward Snowden. [The NSA] has sent out spam emails laced with the malware, which can be tailored to covertly record audio from a computers microphone and take snapshots...
  • Obama Acolyte, Facebook Founder, Shocked By Spying

    03/15/2014 5:57:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | March 15, 2014 | John Ransom
    Now you're gonna have to answer to the Coca-Cola company, Mr. Obama. OK, maybe not Coke, but, youll have to answer to todays bubbly equivalent, which can also rot you from the inside out: Facebook. Yeah. So be warned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called President Barack Obama Wednesday night to complain about U.S. government actions that are undermining trust in the Internet, reports Politico, after a report that described how the National Security Agency posed as a Facebook server to inject malicious software into targets computers. I wonder if Zucks voice broke when he talked to Obama. I wonder if...
  • U.S. to relinquish remaining control over the Internet

    03/15/2014 6:58:10 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 48 replies
    The Washington comPost ^ | March 14, 2014 | Craig Timberg
    U.S. officials announced plans Friday to relinquish federal government control over the administration of the Internet, a move that pleased international critics but alarmed some business leaders and others who rely on the smooth functioning of the Web. Pressure to let go of the final vestiges of U.S. authority over the system of Web addresses and domain names that organize the Internet has been building for more than a decade and was supercharged by the backlash last year to revelations about National Security Agency surveillance.
  • The CIA Reminds Us Who's Boss

    03/13/2014 4:27:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | March 13, 2014 | Steve Chapman
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a stalwart ally of the nation's intelligence agencies, says she is appalled to learn they have been spying on her committee, ignoring federal law and possibly trampling on the Constitution in a heavy-handed targeting of innocent people. Hey! Maybe now she knows how the rest of us feel. Getting Feinstein to denounce the CIA is like trying to get Texas Republicans to disown Ted Nugent. As head of the Intelligence Committee, the California Democrat normally defends the spymasters no matter what. But even the longest rope is finite in length, and Feinstein has hit the end of...
  • Mark Zuckerberg Calls US Government Threat to the Internet

    03/13/2014 4:22:58 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 13, 2014 | By Alyssa Newcomb
    Mark Zuckerberg lashed out at the government for its surveillance practices in a rant today on his Facebook page. When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine were protecting you against criminals, not our own government., Zuckerberg wrote. Zuckerberg and other major tech CEOs have called on the Obama administration to be more transparent about spying efforts. The Facebook co-founder, 29, said he vented about his concerns in a phone call to the president. The US government should be the champion for the internet, not a threat. They need to be much more transparent about what theyre doing,...
  • New study shows NSA phone metadata can reveal EVERYTHING about your life

    03/13/2014 7:45:41 PM PDT · by gooblah · 77 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2:41 PM 03/13/2014 | Giuseppe Macri
    New research published by Stanford Univeristy Wednesday reveal phone and Internet metadata collected by the NSA can expose far more information about an individual than the agency admits, including, medical conditions, financial and legal connections, and even whether they own a gun. Two of the schools computer science graduate students were able to uncover the sensitive personal details of individuals from phone data details, like the numbers of callers and recipients, the location of callers, phone serial numbers and the length of conversations all of which are data the signals intelligence agency collects in bulk both domestically and internationally....
  • NSA's Malware Methods Outed in Latest Leak

    03/13/2014 5:21:22 PM PDT · by Aqua Buddhist · 21 replies
    NBC ^ | March 12, 2014 | Devin Coldewey
    The latest report from the top-secret documents that former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden made off with describes the agency's efforts to infect and monitor PCs much in the way ordinary hackers do. The methods aren't particularly original, but the scale of the operations is huge. Ryan Gallagher and Glenn Greenwald reported on the revelations in great detail, but the takeaway is fairly straightforward. The NSA is employing hacking tools that will sound familiar to anyone in the security field: browser exploits, man-in-the-middle attacks and plain old spam....
  • Disneys Billion Dollar Theme Park Gamble (MyMagic+ System)

    03/12/2014 8:08:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    PJMedia ^ | March 12, 2014 | Chris Queen
    Guests travel to Walt Disney World seeking the ultimate vacation experience, and Disney continues to develop new ways to deliver the best possible vacation. The company has invested over a billion dollars in their MyMagic+ system, which employs wearable technology and RFID (radio frequency identification) chips to fine tune and customize guests experiences. Disney has high hopes for MyMagic+, but so far many guests arent sold on the idea.
  • Judge rules commercial drones are legal, undoing six-year ban

    03/08/2014 12:11:10 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Verge ^ | March 6, 2014 | Adrianne Jeffries
    An administrative judge on the National Transportation Safety Board has ruled that the commercial use of small drones is in fact legal, despite six years of Federal Aviation Administration statements to the contrary. Today Judge Patrick Geraghty dismissed a $10,000 fine levied by the FAA against Raphael Pirker, a Swiss drone operator who used a camera drone to film on the University of Virginia campus. "At the time of respondent's model aircraft operation ... there was no enforceable FAA rule or FAR Regulation application to model aircraft or for classifying model aircraft as an UAS," the judge writes. The ruling...
  • Local FL Police Tap Cell Phones

    03/07/2014 5:35:25 AM PST · by Wiz-Nerd · 6 replies
    Florida Watchdog ^ | March 6, 2014 | William Patrick
    So named 'Stingray', because, well, it is a sting.
  • Probe: Did the CIA spy on the U.S. Senate?

    03/05/2014 10:09:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    McClatchy DC ^ | March 4, 2014 | Jonathan S. Landay, Ali Watkins and Marisa Taylor
    WASHINGTON The CIA Inspector Generals Office has asked the Justice Department to investigate allegations of malfeasance at the spy agency in connection with a yet-to-be released Senate Intelligence Committee report into the CIAs secret detention and interrogation program, McClatchy has learned. The criminal referral may be related to what several knowledgeable people said was CIA monitoring of computers used by Senate aides to prepare the study. The monitoring may have violated an agreement between the committee and the agency. The development marks an unprecedented breakdown in relations between the CIA and its congressional overseers amid an extraordinary closed-door battle...
  • Blacked out! Details of U.S. drone plans

    03/05/2014 6:03:18 PM PST · by Steve Peacock · 8 replies
    WND ^ | March 5, 2014 | Steve Peacock
    Obama administration hiding costs, names of decision-makers from publicA planning document uncovered by WND reveals that the Obama administration is hiding certain details from the public including costs and the names of decision-makers regarding special projects governing the federal governments global deployment of U.S. and ally drones. The document indicates the government is extending support of unidentified Overseas Contingency Operations, or OCOs, for up to 15 additional months. A break in service also could have affected what was, as of January, the imminent release of armed MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper surveillance drones to new Foreign Military Sales,...
  • Florida cops accused of using cellphone tracker without court permission

    03/04/2014 9:12:25 AM PST · by Ray76 · 40 replies
    SunSentinel ^ | Mar 4, 2014 | Adrienne Cutway
    Florida police officers are accused of using a cellphone tracking and monitoring device without court permission, saying the device was on loan and they signed a confidentiality agreement with the manufacturer.
  • Ohio firm hoping to sell police on eyes-in-the-sky technology

    03/01/2014 5:48:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Yakima Herald ^ | March 1, 2014 | Craig Timberg, The Washington Post
    DAYTON, Ohio Shooter and victim were just a pair of pixels, dark specks on a gray streetscape. Hair color, bullet wounds, even the weapon were not visible in the series of pictures taken from an airplane flying two miles above. But what the images revealed to a degree impossible just a few years ago was location, mapped over time. Second by second, they showed a gang assembling, blocking off access points, sending the shooter to meet his target and taking flight after the body hit the pavement. When the report reached police, it included a picture of...
  • How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations

    03/01/2014 8:13:32 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 32 replies
    First ^ | Feb 24, 2014 | Glenn Greenwald
    Dispatches How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations A page from a GCHQ top secret document prepared by its secretive JTRIG unit "One of the many pressing stories that remains to be told from the Snowden archive is how western intelligence agencies are attempting to manipulate and control online discourse with extreme tactics of deception and reputation-destruction. Its time to tell a chunk of that story, complete with the relevant documents. Over the last several weeks, I worked with NBC News to publish a series of articles about dirty trick tactics used by GCHQs previously...
  • Greenwald: How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive and Destroy Reputations

    02/24/2014 5:29:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 93 replies
    Glenn Greenwald's The Intercept & Guardian UK ^ | February 24, 2014 | Glenn Greenwald
    One of the many pressing stories that remains to be told from the Snowden archive is how western intelligence agencies are attempting to manipulate and control online discourse with extreme tactics of deception and reputation-destruction. Its time to tell a chunk of that story, complete with the relevant documents. Over the last several weeks, I worked with NBC News to publish a series of articles about dirty trick tactics used by GCHQs previously secret unit, JTRIG (Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group). These were based on four classified GCHQ documents presented to the NSA and the other three partners in...
  • HHS Seeking Access to Full Twitter Historical Data

    02/24/2014 2:39:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 19, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Government wants social media analytic tool for ongoing monitoringThe Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking a social media analytic tool that will give the government access to full Twitter historical data, according to a solicitation released on Tuesday. The agency is seeking feedback for a possible future acquisition to provide near real time social media analysis. HHS said it wants to use the tool for ongoing monitoring of public health issues. HHS provides a long list of requirements, including access to real-time social media posts, and access to full Twitter firehose. The agency requires an archive that...
  • U.S. has stepped up surveillance bugging of senior German officials since Barack Obama ordered

    02/24/2014 11:44:38 AM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/24/14 | Ted Thornhill
    The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) has stepped up its surveillance of senior German government officials since being ordered by Barack Obama to halt its spying on Chancellor Angela Merkel, Bild am Sonntag paper reported on Sunday. Revelations last year about mass U.S. surveillance in Germany, in particular of Merkels mobile phone, shocked Germans and sparked the most serious dispute between the transatlantic allies in a decade. Bild am Sonntag said its information stemmed from a high-ranking NSA employee in Germany and that those being spied on included Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, a close confidant of Merkel.
  • Why Did the FCCs Plan to Invade Newsrooms Only Inspire Conservative Outcry?

    02/21/2014 11:59:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Mediaite ^ | February 21, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    Proposed FCC study of news organizations sparks conservative outcry, The Washington Post declared on Friday. The story revealed details of the backlash against a Federal Communications Commission plan to investigate the news-gathering and information dissemination practices of a variety of print and broadcast media outlets. The Post quickly amended that headline, as someone decided the study should have sparked a general outcry, even though it apparently did not - at least, not in The Posts newsroom. Still, some bright fellow at The Post noted that this latest encroachment by the federal government should be met with at least a perfunctory...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Former NSA Employee Speaks Out About its Corruption

    02/20/2014 11:05:35 AM PST · by Eye of Newt · 29 replies
    Gulag Bound ^ | 2-20-2014 | Sher Zieve
    NSA whistleblower, anonymous At the very least, for the past few months to a year it has become increasingly evident that--although not all--many agencies of the US Federal government have become increasingly dirty, perverse and corrupt and require a deep and thorough cleaning. The US Secret Service has previously been exposed as including claims of involvement with prostitutes, leaking sensitive information, publishing pornography, sexual assault, illegal wiretaps, improper use of weapons and drunken behavior and the IRS was caught and admitted to denying Obamas political enemies (aka TEA Party, Christians, religious Jews, conservatives) their Constitutional rights while allowing progressive groups...
  • Update: National License Plate Recognition Database: What It Is and Why Its a Bad Idea

    02/20/2014 9:17:21 AM PST · by Ray76 · 11 replies
    Electronic Frontier Foundation ^ | Feb 19, 2014 | Jennifer Lynch
    According to theWashington Post, just days after the story broke, DHS shelved its plans to create or tap into a national database of license plate recognition data. According to an Immigration & Customs Enforcement spokeswoman, the solicitation "was posted without the awareness of ICE leadership" and "will be reviewed to ensure the path forward appropriately meets [the agency's] operational needs. However, DHS may still be accessing national license plate datacollected by the private company Vigilant Solutionson an ad hoc basis.
  • White House: No more information about drone killings will be released to public

    02/19/2014 10:44:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 7, 2014 | Vince Coglianese, executive editor
    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters Thursday that the Obama administration will not be releasing any more information about the controversial use of drones to kill American citizens. Carneys remarks, via the White Houses transcript of the off-camera press gaggle: This is not an open-ended process. This is a specific and unique accommodation in this circumstance. The fact is, when it comes to public disclosure, we have been not with the kind of attention thats been given it this week but we have been publicly discussing these matters at the highest levels of government for the...
  • Surveillance camera captures the moment mother opens fire on home invaders with rifle

    02/19/2014 2:16:24 PM PST · by matt04 · 97 replies
    This is the dramatic moment a mother-of-two opened fire with an assault rifle on intruders who tried to smash their way into her home. The woman took action after three hooded individuals kicked down the door of her Detroit home on Monday night where she lives with her two young children. She fired off rounds in a bid to deter the would-be burglars, later saying she 'didn't have time to get scared'. The unnamed mother told WXYZ Detroit: 'I let them know I had a gun once they were in the house and they challenged me and said "no you...
  • Feds want to track your DNA like a license plate

    02/15/2014 5:53:46 PM PST · by Steve Peacock · 22 replies
    WND ^ | Feb. 15, 2014 | Steve Peacock
    Seek 'biosignature' spying ability to 'identify, locate specific individuals'The federal government doesnt just want the ability to track down your car; it wants to be able to track down your body as well. Just as details are emerging about a controversial, nationwide vehicle-surveillance database, WND has learned the federal government is planning an even more invasive spy program using physiological signatures to track down individuals. The goal of this research is to detect as well as analyze and categorize unique traits the government can exploit to identify, locate and track specific individuals or groups of people. According to...
  • Secret Military Contractors Will Soon Mine Your Tweets

    02/13/2014 10:54:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Defense One ^ | February 12, 2014 | Bob Brewin
    The Army wants a contractor to conduct detailed social media data mining to identify violent extremist influences around the world that could affect the European Command, responsible for operations in Europe as well as Iceland, Israel, Greenland and Russia. Though the project is classified Secret, an Army contract shop in Europe posted a wealth of information on the FedBizOps contract website Tuesday. The data mining contract, which has the very long title of Social Media Data-mining, Localized Research, Market Audience Analysis, and Narrowcast Engagement Requirements, will support both the European Command and Special Operations Command Europe. In its request for...
  • National License Plate Recognition Database

    02/13/2014 9:46:59 AM PST · by Ray76 · 11 replies
    General Services Administration ^ | Feb 12, 2014 | Department of Homeland Security
    The database should track vehicle license plate numbers that pass through cameras or are voluntarily entered into the system from a variety of sources (access control systems, asset recovery specialists, etc.) The NLPR data service should provide... a fully compiled PDF case file report (with maps, vehicle images, and ALL pertinent detection & Hot-List record information) with each proactive email alert notification.
  • Drone use highlights questions for journalists

    02/11/2014 6:31:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    <p>As police responded to a deadly car crash, they noticed an increasingly familiar sight: a remote-controlled aircraft, equipped with a video camera, hovering over the wreckage.</p> <p>The Federal Aviation Administration has opened an investigation of the drone, which was used by an on-call employee for a Connecticut television station. The FAA is developing new rules as the technology makes drones far more versatile, but for now operators can run afoul of regulations by using them for commercial purposes, including journalism.</p>
  • Instapundit: Domestic surveillance will be a vehicle for oppression, sooner or later

    02/11/2014 3:35:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 11, 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Glenn Reynolds latest column for USA Today is worth noting for its clear warning on the corrosive nature of domestic spying. The NSA claims its not conducting the kind of snooping of which Glenn warns, but then again, they didnt admit to the surveillance they were conducting until it became impossible to deny. And that, Glenn says, is the problem: But if the federal government has broad domestic-spying powers, and if those are controlled by the executive branch without significant oversight, then the president has the power to snoop on political enemies, getting an advantage in countering their plans, and...
  • Predator Drone Used to Arrest American Ranch Family

    02/06/2014 6:02:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 6, 2014 - 1:27 PM | Barbara Boland
    A Predator drone designed to catch terrorists in Afghanistan was used to track a recalcitrant North Dakota rancher and his sons accused of cattle thieving and monitor them to see when they were unarmed and alert the police in a case believed to be the first where an American citizen was arrested with the aid of a drone. On Jan. 14, 2014, Rodney Brossart was acquitted of stealing cattle and criminal mischief, but convicted of terrorizing police (a conviction he is appealing) and sentenced to three years in prison with all but six months suspended. This all stems from an...
  • NSA Surveillance Van monitoring a Catholic Blog

    01/30/2014 10:32:39 AM PST · by cleghornboy · 28 replies
    La Salette JOurney ^ | January 30, 2013 | Paul Melanson
    It would appear that the NSA is using vans to engage in surveillance against private citizens. As explained here: October 20, 2013 in Technology by Betsy facebook twitter digg redditemail “NSA Surveillance Network #1492″ Appears on Wireless Networks During California Internet Outage "Saturday night, around 8:30 Pacific Standard Time, Time/Warner Cable was knocked out in 3/4 of the state of California according to Cox Cable in San Diego. Before I called Cox Cable to confirm there was an outage, I checked my Macintosh’s laptop’s wireless network to see who else in the area was affected. To my surprise almost everyone...
  • Predator drone helps convict North Dakota farmer in first case of its kind

    01/28/2014 7:40:34 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 91 replies ^ | Jan 28, 2014
    <p>A North Dakota farmer convicted of terrorizing law officers two years ago is the first American to be sentenced to prison with the help of a Predator drone, Forbes reported.</p> <p>Rodney Brossart, who was accused at the time of stealing six cows from a neighbor, was arrested after a summer-long standoff in 2011. Authorities say Brossart family members refused to allow deputies on their farmstead and didn't show up for court hearings.</p>
  • Boeing Surveillance Plane Found Not Effective for Mission

    01/24/2014 10:03:13 AM PST · by maddog55 · 23 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | Jan 23, 2014 3:16 PM ET | Tony Capaccio
    A new Boeing Co. (BA) surveillance aircraft deployed to Japan last month isnt yet effective at hunting submarines or performing reconnaissance over large areas -- two of its main missions, the Pentagons weapons tester found. Flaws in the $35 billion program included the planes radar performance, sensor integration and data transfer, Michael Gilmore, chief of the Pentagon testing office, wrote in his annual report on major weapons, which has yet to be released. He said the new P-8A Poseidon exhibited all of the major deficiencies identified in earlier exercises when subjected to more stressful realistic combat testing from September 2012...
  • Blimplike surveillance craft set to deploy over Maryland heighten privacy concerns

    01/22/2014 9:45:45 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 47 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 22, 2014 | Craig Timberg
    The aerostats that is the term for lighter-than-air craft that are tethered to the ground are to be set aloft on Army-owned land about 45 miles northeast of Washington, near Aberdeen Proving Ground, for a three-year test slated to start in October. From a vantage of 10,000 feet, they will cast a vast radar net from Raleigh, N.C., to Boston and out to Lake Erie, with the goal of detecting cruise missiles or enemy aircraft so they could be intercepted before reaching the capital. Defense contractor Raytheon last year touted an exercise in which it outfitted the aerostats...
  • Obama's Privacy Epiphany

    01/22/2014 2:38:36 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | January 22, 2014 | Jacob Sullum
    Last June, after news reports revealed that the National Security Agency (NSA) was surreptitiously collecting everyone's telephone records, President Obama called this massive dragnet a "modest encroachment" that "the American people should feel comfortable about." Last Friday, he portrayed the program as a significant threat to privacy. Which is it? Evidently the answer depends on the latest polls, which find that the American people are not as comfortable with the NSA's snooping as Obama said they should be. The president's obvious lack of conviction about the threat posed by mass surveillance makes it hard to believe he is serious about...
  • Secretly Record Your Friends and Enemies With Handy Pocket Camera Drone

    01/21/2014 9:17:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The New York Observer's BetaBeat ^ | January 21, 2014 | Molly Mulshine
    That? Oh, thats just a mosquito, now tell me more about your top secret project. Do you ever feel frustrated that you cant keep tabs on your significant other at all times? Nervous that everyone is hanging out without you? Curious about what the heck your neighbors are doing over there? Thankfully, theres a Pocket Drone currently being funded on Kickstarter that will solve these problems and more. It only takes 20 seconds to unpack and launch. Then, you can load it up with any video camera you own, as long as the payload is less than half a pound....
  • FBI becomes the 'watchers-in-chief'

    01/21/2014 1:58:28 PM PST · by Steve Peacock · 4 replies
    WND ^ | Jan. 20, 2014 | Steve Peacock
    Documents reveal demand for 116 more workers to review, investigate 'suspects'The number of people identified by the Obama administration as potential terrorists surged in the past two years, and the FBI now is preparing for another spike as it plans to intensify its scrutiny of foreign visitors and U.S. citizens, WND has discovered. The federal government will hire up to 116 full-time private-contractor personnel to help amass and screen data on persons whose movements or activities are brought to the attention of the Terrorist Screening Center, an FBI-administered interagency unit... TSC lacks authority to independently collect personal data or communications....
  • The News with Sen. Cruz-Newsletter

    01/18/2014 4:40:57 AM PST · by Old Badger · 3 replies
    Personal email ^ | January 17, 2014 | Senator Cruz January 17, 2014 Greetings, This week, once again, Washington politicians failed to listen to the American people. The Senate passed a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill, and the Majority Leader and Senate Democrats refused to reexamine the detrimental harms many families are facing due to Obamacare. The expansion of federal power and the lawlessness promoted among Senate Democrats and the President must stop. Just this year, President Obama has delayed the employer mandate by a year, without the approval of Congress. He has chosen to modify enforcement of drug crimes, without the approval of Congress. He has granted legal...
  • NSA Official: 'We Are Now a Police State'

    01/17/2014 2:35:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    CNS News ^ | December 19, 2013 | Matt Vespa
    Last year, high-ranking NSA official Bill Binney said, We are, like, that far from a turnkey totalitarian state. Now, Binney says that the U.S. has already become a full-blown police state. Binney told Washingtons Blog on Wednesday that: The main use of the collection from these [NSA spying] programs [is] for law enforcement. [See the 2 slides below]. These slides give the policy of the DOJ/FBI/DEA etc. on how to use the NSA data. In fact, they instruct that none of the NSA data is referred to in courts cause it has been acquired without a warrant. So, they...
  • NSA programme in 100K computers around world allows them to hack even when not connected to Internet

    01/15/2014 8:17:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The National Security Agency has implanted software in nearly 100,000 computers around the world - but not in the United States - that allows the U.S. to conduct surveillance on those machines, The New York Times reported Tuesday. The Times cited NSA documents, computer experts and U.S. officials in its report about the use of secret technology using radio waves to gain access to computers that other countries have tried to protect from spying or cyberattacks....
  • N.S.A. Devises Radio Pathway Into Computers

    01/14/2014 6:00:33 PM PST · by John W · 73 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 14, 2014 | DAVID E. SANGER and THOM SHANKER
    WASHINGTON The National Security Agency has implanted software in nearly 100,000 computers around the world that allows the United States to conduct surveillance on those machines and can also create a digital highway for launching cyberattacks. While most of the software is inserted by gaining access to computer networks, the N.S.A. has increasingly made use of a secret technology that enables it to enter and alter data in computers even if they are not connected to the Internet, according to N.S.A. documents, computer experts and American officials. The technology, which has been used by the agency since at least...
  • While the NSA kills Silicon Valley, Asian startups should gear up (Obama, again!)

    01/09/2014 4:23:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Tech in Asia ^ | January 7, 2014 | Anh-Minh Do
    These days, we read about the latest reports from Edward Snowden but theyre old hat now. We all know the American government is spying on everyone. But as more leaks come out, its increasingly evident that the NSAs nefarious behavior will leave a deep scar on Silicon Valley. Snowden whistleblowing and escaping from the NSA could be one of the most important boons for Asian tech companies and startups in the next decade. If, as Spiegel recently reported, the NSA has a backdoor into major US companies like Dell, Cisco, IBM, Western Digital, Seagate, and more, then Silicon Valley is...
  • Burglars Who Took On F.B.I. Abandon Shadows

    01/07/2014 12:22:15 PM PST · by Theoria · 24 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 07 Jan 2014 | MARK MAZZETTI
    The perfect crime is far easier to pull off when nobody is watching. So on a night nearly 43 years ago, while Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier bludgeoned each other over 15 rounds in a televised title bout viewed by millions around the world, burglars took a lock pick and a crowbar and broke into a Federal Bureau of Investigation office in a suburb of Philadelphia, making off with nearly every document inside. They were never caught, and the stolen documents that they mailed anonymously to newspaper reporters were the first trickle of what would become a flood of revelations...
  • The many ways that youre being tracked, catalogued and controlled

    01/06/2014 3:36:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Friendswood Journal ^ | January 6, 2014 | John W. Whitehead
    [A security camera] doesnt respond to complaint, threats, or insults. Instead, it just watches you in a forbidding manner. Today, the surveillance state is so deeply enmeshed in our data devices that we dont even scream back because technology companies have convinced us that we need to be connected to them to be happy. Pratap Chatterjee, journalist What is most striking about the American police state is not the mega-corporations running amok in the halls of Congress, the militarized police crashing through doors and shooting unarmed citizens, or the invasive surveillance regime which has come to dominate every aspect...