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  • Putin grants Russian citizenship to U.S. whistleblower Snowden

    09/26/2022 9:57:16 AM PDT · by VAFreedom · 65 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/26/2022 | Reuters
    President Vladimir Putin on Monday granted Russian citizenship to former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, nine years after he exposed the scale of secret surveillance operations by the National Security Agency (NSA).
  • Justice Deputy Resisted Parts of Spy Program

    12/31/2005 7:26:14 PM PST · by nj26 · 49 replies · 1,357+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 1, 2006 | ERIC LICHTBLAU and JAMES RISEN
    The top deputy to then-Attorney General John Ashcroft refused two years ago to approve important parts of the secret program that allows domestic eavesdropping without warrants, prompting two leading White House aides to try to win the needed approval from Mr. Ashcroft himself while he was hospitalized after a gall bladder operation, according to officials knowledgeable about the episode. With Mr. Ashcroft recuperating from gall bladder surgery in March 2004, his deputy, James B. Comey, who was then acting as attorney general, was unwilling to give his certification to crucial aspects of the classified program, as required under the procedures...
  • Ex-FBI unit chief blows whistle on Comey, McCabe over warrantless spying

    02/26/2020 5:39:40 PM PST · by bitt · 34 replies
    justthenews.com ^ | 2/26/2020 | john Solomon
    Retired agent says bureau’s Obama-era leaders ignored privacy, cost warnings, may have retained program for ‘political espionage’ The FBI agent who ran the bureau’s warrantless spying program said Wednesday he warned ex-Director James Comey and his deputy, Andrew McCabe that the program was a useless waste of taxpayer money that needlessly infringed Americans’ civil liberties but his bosses refused to take action. Retired Special Agent Bassem Youssef ran the FBI’s Communications Analysis Unit from late 2004 until his retirement in late 2014. He told Just the News he fears the deeply flawed program, which was started in response to the...
  • For decades, the CIA read the encrypted communications of allies and adversaries.

    02/12/2020 12:18:37 PM PST · by ransomnote · 32 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | Feb. 11, 2020 | Greg Miller
    For more than half a century, governments all over the world trusted a single company to keep the communications of their spies, soldiers and diplomats secret. The company, Crypto AG, got its first break with a contract to build code-making machines for U.S. troops during World War II. SNIP The Swiss firm made millions of dollars selling equipment to more than 120 countries well into the 21st century. Its clients included Iran, military juntas in Latin America, nuclear rivals India and Pakistan, and even the Vatican. But what none of its customers ever knew was that Crypto AG was secretly...
  • Robert Mueller’s friends think ‘something happened’ to him during Russia investigation: Reporter

    01/21/2020 1:38:31 PM PST · by billorites · 84 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 21, 2020 | Daniel Chaitin
    People close to Robert Mueller believe "something happened" to the former special counsel over the course of his two-year Russia investigation, according to a reporter. The Washington Post's Carol Leonnig, who is the co-author of the new book A Very Stable Genius about President Trump, described on Tuesday how difficult it was for some of Mueller's close family friends to watch his shaky testimony before Congress last summer.“Phil [Rucker] and I, my co-author, we are not medical professionals, but over and over again, John, we heard from people who are very close to Bob Mueller who found him a different...
  • NSA Leaker Told FBI That She Was Triggered By Fox News Being On At Her Workplace

    09/28/2017 8:52:47 AM PDT · by rktman · 86 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 9/28/2017 | Chuck Ross
    The National Security Agency contractor who leaked a top secret report about Russian activities during the election told FBI agents that she was upset with her employer because Fox News was played on TVs at her office. “I’ve filed formal complaints about them having Fox News on, you know?” Reality Winner, the contractor, told FBI agents during a June 3 interview at her home in Augusta, Ga. “Uh, just at least, for God’s sake, put Al Jazeera on, or a slideshow with people’s pets. I’ve tried everything to get that changed.” Federal prosecutors disclosed the interview transcript in a court...
  • NSA IG says expanded subpoena authorities could help oversight

    12/29/2019 12:51:32 AM PST · by Freedom of Speech Wins · 9 replies
    fcw.com ^ | 11/19/18 | Derek B. Johnson
    Robert Storch, inspector general for the National Security Agency, called for an expansion of his office's subpoena authority to compel telecommunications companies who send records to the government to participate in interviews about ongoing investigations and audits. The NSA has come under fire from members of Congress and civil liberty groups over a June 2018 disclosure by the agency that "technical irregularities" led to the overcollection of hundreds of millions of phone records sent by telecommunications providers in violation of limits imposed by the 2015 USA Freedom Act. https://fcw.com/articles/2018/11/19/nsa-oig-subpoena-power.aspx?m=2
  • My National Security Letter Gag Order

    03/23/2007 12:46:07 PM PDT · by socal_moderate · 20 replies · 801+ views
    Washington (com)Post ^ | Mar 23 2007 | Anonymous
    The Justice Department's inspector general revealed on March 9 that the FBI has been systematically abusing one of the most controversial provisions of the USA Patriot Act: the expanded power to issue "national security letters." It no doubt surprised most Americans to learn that between 2003 and 2005 the FBI issued more than 140,000 specific demands under this provision -- demands issued without a showing of probable cause or prior judicial approval -- to obtain potentially sensitive information about U.S. citizens and residents. It did not, however, come as any surprise to me. Three years ago, I received a national...
  • Lee Smith: Deep State Used ‘Criminal Conspiracy’ to Stop Flynn’s Audit of Intelligence Agencies

    10/26/2019 8:45:22 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 25 Oct 2019 | ROBERT KRAYCHIK
    A multifaceted “criminal conspiracy” to destroy former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was launched by persons across the national security state apparatus to prevent audits of intelligence agencies’ operations, said Lee Smith, author of The Plot Against the President: The True Story of How Congressman Devin Nunes Uncovered the Biggest Political Scandal in U.S. History, “When General Flynn was coming to the White House, [he] was talking about conducting an audit across the intelligence community,” Smith explained. “He recognized the amount of waste [and] the amount of money that had been misspent. He knew what people were doing. He knew...
  • Who Helped Snowden Steal State Secrets? (Read all)

    06/29/2013 8:08:28 AM PDT · by yoe · 63 replies
    WSJ ^ | June 29, 2013 | Edward Jay Epstein
    In March 2013, when Edward Snowden sought a job with Booz Allen Hamilton at a National Security Agency facility in Hawaii, he signed the requisite classified-information agreements and would have been made well aware of the law regarding communications intelligence. Section 798 of the United States Code makes it a federal crime if a person "knowingly and willfully communicates, furnishes, transmits, or otherwise makes available to an unauthorized person, or publishes, or uses in any manner prejudicial to the safety or interest of the United States" any classified information concerning communication intelligence. [snip] Before taking the job in Hawaii, Mr....
  • Secret wiretapping case goes to court in San Francisco

    09/24/2009 1:59:37 AM PDT · by underthestreetlite · 8 replies · 354+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 24 September 2009 | Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer
    SAN FRANCISCO -- After years of wrangling over legal procedures, the lawyer for a defunct Islamic charity laid out his case Wednesday that former President George W. Bush's secret wiretapping program was illegal - an argument that an Obama administration attorney refused to discuss. "May the president of the United States break the law in the name of national security? ... We're asking this court to say, 'no,' " Jon Eisenberg, lawyer for the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, told a federal judge in San Francisco. Neither the president's constitutional powers as commander in chief nor Congress' authorization to use military force...
  • Groups to Protest Treasonous Reporting by New York Times at Washington, D.C. Bureau (Free Republic)

    06/30/2006 7:30:27 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 145 replies · 6,918+ views
    <p>WHEN: Monday, July 3 at 12 p.m.</p> <p>WHERE: 1627 I Street NW, Washington, D.C.</p> <p>The D.C. Chapter of FreeRepublic.com, an independent grassroots conservative organization, and Accuracy in Media (AIM) will hold a demonstration at noon, Monday, July 3, at the Washington, D.C., bureau of The New York Times, 1627 I St., NW, to call for the prosecution of New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., Executive Editor Bill Keller and reporters James Risen and Eric Lichtblau for giving aid and comfort to al Qaeda by publishing stories exposing national security intelligence programs.</p>
  • Major Terror Plot Against US Ignored By US Media

    01/13/2006 12:31:08 AM PST · by tgambill · 23 replies · 2,630+ views
    The mainstream U.S. media outlets have failed to report a major terrorist plot against the U.S. - because it would tend to support President Bush's use of NSA domestic surveillance, according to media watchdog groups. News of a planned attack masterminded by three Algerians operating out of Italy was widely reported outside the U.S., but went virtually unreported in the American media. Italian authorities recently announced that they had used wiretaps to uncover the conspiracy to conduct a series of major attacks inside the U.S. Italian Interior Minister Giuseppe Pisanu said the planned attacks would have targeted stadiums, ships and...
  • Meanwhile, There's A War On

    01/12/2006 4:15:22 AM PST · by saveliberty · 45 replies · 1,082+ views
    Powerlineblog ^ | 1/11/2006 | John Hinderaker
    Meanwhile, There's A War On by John HinderakerWe noted here the mysteriously under-covered story of the three would-be terrorists who were arrested in Italy after vowing to launch an attack on America that would dwarf September 11. A reader sent us a link to this article, which has more: The mainstream U.S. media outlets have failed to report a major terrorist plot against the U.S. - because it would tend to support President Bush's use of NSA domestic surveillance, according to media watchdog groups. News of a planned attack masterminded by three Algerians operating out of Italy was widely...
  • United States Files Civil Lawsuit against Edward Snowden for Publishing a Book (tr)

    09/17/2019 4:47:52 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 30 replies
    justice.gov ^ | 9/17/19 | DOJ
    Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, September 17, 2019 United States Files Civil Lawsuit against Edward Snowden for Publishing a Book in Violation of CIA and NSA Non-Disclosure Agreements The United States today filed a lawsuit against Edward Snowden, a former employee of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA), who published a book entitled Permanent Record in violation of the non-disclosure agreements he signed with both CIA and NSA.The lawsuit alleges that Snowden published his book without submitting it to the agencies for pre-publication review, in violation of his...
  • The Fable of Edward Snowden

    12/31/2016 5:54:51 PM PST · by Robert DeLong · 58 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Dec. 30, 2016 | Edward Jay Epstein
    Of all the lies that Edward Snowden has told since his massive theft of secrets from the National Security Agency and his journey to Russia via Hong Kong in 2013, none is more provocative than the claim that he never intended to engage in espionage, and was only a “whistleblower” seeking to expose the overreach of NSA’s information gathering. With the clock ticking on Mr. Snowden’s chance of a pardon, now is a good time to review what we have learned about his real mission.
  • How China’s surveillance state was a mirror to the US for Edward Snowden

    09/17/2019 7:51:03 AM PDT · by PGR88 · 10 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | September 17, 2019 | Shi Jiangtao
    American whistle-blower Edward Snowden said Beijing’s use of technology to control its citizens and electronically track US targets prompted him to investigate and then expose Washington’s mass surveillance programme. In his book "Permanent Record," published on Wednesday, the former US spy agency contractor who now lives in exile in Russia, detailed how he fled to Hong Kong and then Moscow after creating one of the most serious security breaches in American history. Snowden, who was a technician subcontracted to the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency for seven years, said he began to have suspicions about secret post-September...
  • 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...
  • Connecting the Dots(NYT is nailed...again!)

    12/26/2005 9:04:58 AM PST · by kellynla · 53 replies · 2,306+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 26, 2005 | Jack O'Neill
    As one of the hundreds of thousands who has proudly worked for the National Security Agency either directly or as a subcontractor, I believe the New York Times missed the real story under its Dec. 16 headline "Bush lets U.S. spy on callers without courts." Here is why. The New York Times concedes the story starts with the CIA capture of top al Qaeda operative Abu Zubaydah in Pakistan in March 2002. With Zubaydah's capture came a treasure trove of eavesdropping intelligence sources -- e-mail addresses, cell phone numbers, and personal phone directories. These are prime intelligence sources that may...
  • Soldiers Allege Laura Poitras, Had Foreknowledge of 2004 Iraqi Attack on U.S. Troops

    06/12/2013 6:28:09 AM PDT · by don-o · 40 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | June 12, 2013 | JOHN MCCORMACK
    When Edward Snowden decided he wanted to release details about the NSA's intelligence operations to the public, he reached out to Laura Poitras, a 49-year-old film maker and political activist opposed to the war on terror. As the Washington Post noted on Monday, Poitras had "the odd distinction of sharing a byline in The Washington Post and in London’s Guardian newspaper last week on two blockbuster stories." snip But perhaps it isn't such a mystery why the U.S. government might want to question Poitras if you simply crack open John R. Bruning's 2006 book, The Devil's Sandbox: With the 2nd...