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  • 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 school’s 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....
  • 9 Household Products That May Be Spying on You

    01/27/2014 11:48:39 AM PST · by chessplayer · 93 replies
    For Americans concerned about their privacy, the NSA data grabs are daunting, but what about the data grabs happening inside your own home, perpetrated not by the government, but by your coffee machine? Here are nine appliances and other systems inside your house that may be spying on you right now, or used to spy on you in the future. 1. Your Television 2. Your Cable Box 3. Your Dishwasher, Clothes Dryer, Toaster, Clock Radio and Remote Control 4. Your Lights 5. Your Heat and A/C 6. Security Alarms 7. Insulin Pumps and Pacemakers 8. Smartphones 9. Your Tablet and...
  • Obama's Privacy Epiphany

    01/22/2014 2:38:36 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 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...
  • Sen. Leahy on NSA spying: We need to stop government from controlling American people

    01/19/2014 8:10:03 AM PST · by rktman · 23 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/19/2014 | Vince Coglianese
    Sen. Patrick Leahy says the American people are at risk of being controlled by their government due to the expansive surveillance powers of the National Security Agency. Speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” the Vermont Democrat and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee told host Chris Wallace that the nation’s lawmakers must act to return control of the government to the people.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Snowden sought Booz Allen job to gather evidence on NSA surveillance

    06/24/2013 8:43:26 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 60 replies
    south china morning post ^ | 6/24 | lana lam
    For the first time, Snowden has admitted he sought a position at Booz Allen Hamilton so he could collect proof about the US National Security Agency’s secret surveillance programmes ahead of planned leaks to the media. “My position with Booz Allen Hamilton granted me access to lists of machines all over the world the NSA hacked,” he told the Post on June 12. “That is why I accepted that position about three months ago.” During a global online chat last week, Snowden also stated he took pay cuts “in the course of pursuing specific work”. His admission comes as US...
  • Mick Jagger zings President Obama at DC concert

    06/24/2013 8:39:07 PM PDT · by schm0e · 42 replies
    Twitchy via Drudge ^ | 9:32 pm on June 24, 2013 | Twitchy Staff
    Mick Jagger zinger at Verizon Center: "I don't think President Obama is here tonight... But I'm sure he's listening in."
  • NSA head: Surveillance helped thwart more than 50 terror plots

    06/18/2013 7:15:31 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 101 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 18 Jun 13 | Sean Sullivan
    Intelligence officials said Tuesday that the government’s sweeping surveillance efforts have helped thwart “potential terrorist events” more than 50 times since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, and the officials detailed two new examples to illustrate the utility of the programs. In testimony before the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, officials cited a nascent plot to blow up the New York Stock Exchange and a case involving an individual providing financial support to an overseas terrorist group.
  • Was Justice Roberts Intimidated Into Voting for ‘ObamaCare’? Senator Mike Lee Presents the Evidence

    06/18/2013 12:35:13 PM PDT · by maggief · 128 replies
    The Blaze ^ | June 18, 2013 | Erica Ritz
    EXCERPT Lee’s argument is not based on the NSA or its monitoring of the nation’s communication. Rather, Lee said, there are indications that Roberts originally intended to vote against the act, but that a public “campaign of intimidation” made him change his mind. First, the senator claimed “the opinion was written in a way to suggest he switched his vote,” and that the dissenting opinion reads like it was originally written as the majority. He added that several news outlets reported that Roberts did change his vote, based on insider information. Not only that, he said, but the court performed...
  • Newest Snowden leak: NSA intercepted Russian president’s communications at 2009 G20 summit

    06/17/2013 9:04:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/17/2013 | AllahPundit
    On Saturday, the South China Morning Post reported that he showed them documents identifying the IP addresses of Chinese computers that had been hacked by NSA. Yesterday the Guardian revealed that he’d showed them NSA documents alleging that the agency accessed Medvedev’s communications at the G20 summit four years ago. Coincidentally, this year’s G8 summit opens today in Northern Ireland. The new scoop is obviously timed to maximize America’s embarrassment.Are we done pretending that this guy is interested only, or even primarily, in exposing violations of Americans’ civil liberties? He’s not opposed to the U.S. government spying on its citizens....
  • 66% Believe Obama Administration 'Right' to Analyze and Collect Internet Data

    06/17/2013 6:39:34 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 58 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Jun 17, 2013 | DANIEL HALPER
    A new CNN poll finds that 66 percent of American adults believe that it's "right" for the Obama administration to analyze and collect Internet data. Only 33 percent believe the action is "wrong," and 1 percent have "No opinion." "[F]or the past few years the Obama administration has reportedly been gathering and analyzing information from major internet companies about audio and video chats, photographs, e-mails and documents involving people in other countries in an attempt to locate suspected terrorists. The government reportedly does not target internet usage by U.S. citizens and if such data is collected, it is kept under...
  • Opt out of PRISM, the NSA’s global data surveillance program. Stop reporting your online activities

    06/17/2013 4:16:39 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 20 replies
    EFF Action Center ^ | 6/17/2013 | EFF Action Center
    Free software, browsers, social media, DNS servers etc...
  • Who Would've Thought Obama Would Give Jay Leno His Best Zinger Ever?

    06/13/2013 12:05:36 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 7 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 6-13-13 | The Looking Spoon
  • Rand Paul: We Fought a Revolution Over Behavior Like the NSA's

    06/11/2013 10:11:18 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 22 replies
    Town Hall ^ | June 11, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    In an op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal yesterday evening, Senator Rand Paul outlined how vast NSA surveillance of hundreds of millions of Americans is a violation of the Fourth Amendment. He also reminded readers that the Founding Fathers fought a revolution over this type of behavior....cue John McCain calling him a whacko bird again in 3...2...1... These activities violate the Fourth Amendment, which says warrants must be specific—"particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." And what is the government doing with these records? The president assures us that the government...
  • Ron Paul: Edward Snowden a Hero

    06/11/2013 2:49:49 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 97 replies
    USNews.com ^ | June 11, 2013 | Kenneth T. Walsh
    Ron Paul, a lion of the libertarian movement, is roaring again. He is praising Edward Snowden, the admitted leaker of information about a vast U.S. government surveillance program that is generating headlines around the world. "We should be thankful for individuals like Edward Snowden and [investigative reporter] Glenn Greenwald, who see injustice being carried out by their own government and speak out, despite the risk," Paul said in remarks posted on campaignforliberty.org, the website of an advocacy group that Paul leads. "They have done a great service to the American people by exposing the truth about what our government is...
  • Lindsey Graham: "If I thought censoring the mail was necessary, I would suggest it"

    06/11/2013 12:49:03 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 82 replies
    yahoo news ^ | 6/11/13 | Chris Moody
    Sen. Lindsey Graham would propose censoring Americans' "snail" mail if he thought it would help protect national security, the South Carolina Republican said Tuesday. But for now, he says he doesn't think it's necessary. Faced with questions about the disclosure that the National Security Agency has been collecting phone and email records of citizens, Graham pointed to a World War II-era program in which the federal government censored mail. He said it was appropriate at the time and that he would support reinstating the program if it aided security efforts. "In World War II, the mentality of the public was...

    06/11/2013 12:10:40 PM PDT · by ealgeone · 14 replies
    Verizon Wireless ^ | 06/11/2013 | ealgeone
    FYI....Verizon's Privacy Policy regarding information shared outside of the Verizon Family of Companies.
  • President Obama’s Welcome Plot Twist: Edward Snowden

    06/11/2013 12:15:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Politico ^ | 6/10/13 | DAVID NATHER and DARREN SAMUELSOHN
    President Barack Obama needed a plot twist — badly. Enter Edward Snowden. The 29-year-old contractor who says he leaked the documents on the National Security Agency’s snooping activities has become a gripping story on his own — stealing the show from the spying program itself. Now the media is fixated on new questions about Snowden’s motivations, background and decisions — like the one to flee to Hong Kong.
  • George Takei Fears NSA Spying Will Lead to Something Much Worse

    06/11/2013 11:02:21 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 85 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 6/11/2013 | Jamie Sharpe
    George Takei is hardly the only American concerned about the NSA's massive surveillance programs. But unlike most people, his fears are rooted in the memory of the government persecution he suffered firsthand in a Japanese internment camp. "Due process is a pillar of our American justice system," the Star Trek star told Daily Intelligencer last night at the Eighth Annual Stella by Starlight Benefit Gala. "We were rounded up simply because we happened to look like the people who bombed Pearl Harbor. And we were put in prison camps with barbed wire and machine guns pointed at us. It was...
  • Verizon’s Top Secret Deal With Pentagon Was Made Public in Regular, Annual Filing With SEC.

    06/10/2013 1:13:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    NY Sun ^ | 6/10/13 | Ira Stoll
    Verizon, the phone company whose disclosure of customer data to the federal government is at the center of the furor over cooperation by technology companies with top-secret national security programs, has offered a precise, clear, but little-noticed public explanation of why it did what it did. The Verizon explanation is not in the vague and cryptic memo the company issued last week after the Guardian exposed its program. It came, instead, in the company’s annual filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, included in Verizon’s annual report to shareholders.
  • How to Keep Your Conversations Private from the NSA – UPDATED

    06/10/2013 11:39:11 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 38 replies
    Victory Girls ^ | June 8, 2013 | KIT
    We get it, Joe Citizen. You want your privacy. You want to be able to talk on the internet without everyone and their mother at the InsertAlphabetAgencyHere looking at it. You’re mad about the NSA snooping. You aren’t advocating a violent overthrow of the government. You’re not running a domestic terrorism group (well, there are those new DHS criteria…). You’re not even sending around emails about what a dismal failure President Obama’s administration is (THIS hour, anyway). You just want to be able to chat with friends, conduct your financial business, and argue with your spouse without Big Daddy Gummint...
  • Message for Mike: I got the stuff

    06/09/2013 5:46:45 PM PDT · by OKSooner · 139 replies
    Dave | 6-9-2013 | Dave
    I got the stuff. Tacos tomorrow at 6:00? Bring your shop-vac and some root beer.
  • If the NSA Trusted Edward Snowden With Our Data, Why Should We Trust the NSA?

    06/10/2013 5:55:25 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 39 replies
    Slate ^ | Posted Sunday, June 9, 2013, at 7:44 PM | By Farhad Manjoo
    Edward Snowden sounds like a thoughtful, patriotic young man, and I’m sure glad he blew the whistle on the NSA’s surveillance programs. But the more I learned about him this afternoon, the angrier I became. Wait, him? The NSA trusted its most sensitive documents to this guy? And now, after it has just proven itself so inept at handling its own information, the agency still wants us to believe that it can securely hold on to all of our data? Oy vey!
  • NSA: Greenwald Accuses Mika Of Using 'Completely False' WH Talking Points

    06/10/2013 6:10:17 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 33 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Things got feisty on Morning Joe today, as Glenn Greenwald of the Guardian clashed with Mika Brzezinski over the leak of the NSA phone surveillance program by Greenwald's informant, Edward Snowden. H/t NB reader Jeff M. When Brzezinski alleged that wiretapping or the review by the NSA of emails required an additional judicial review and warrant, Greenwald accused Mika of using "White House talking points" that were "completely misleading and false." Mika denied it. View the video here.
  • Shep Smith and Judge Napolitano Explode Over Massive Scale of NSA Surveillance

    06/10/2013 5:39:31 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 70 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 6/6/2013 | Jason Howerton
    ‘Under This Logic, They Can Do Anything!’ In the last 24 hours, it has been revealed that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been indiscriminately monitoring all Verizon phone records for the past seven years. The stunning revelation sent Fox News host Shep Smith and Judge Andrew Napolitano into a frenzy on Thursday. In fact, Napolitano said it represented the “most extraordinarily broad search warrant ever issued in the history of the federal courts of the United States.” Lawmakers like Sens. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Thursday tried to downplay the bombshell report, arguing that such surveillance...
  • How the Washington Post Lost the PRISM Exclusive [media bias]

    06/10/2013 1:01:09 AM PDT · by grundle · 23 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | June 10, 2013 | Abby Ohlheiser
    Barton Gellman posted a story cobbled from his chat transcripts with Snowden late Sunday, which contained this exchange concerning the whistleblower's conditions to keep the story the Post's: To effect his plan, Snowden asked for a guarantee that The Washington Post would publish — within 72 hours — the full text of a PowerPoint presentation describing PRISM, a top-secret surveillance program that gathered intelligence from Microsoft, Facebook, Google and other Silicon Valley giants. He also asked that The Post publish online a cryptographic key that he could use to prove to a foreign embassy that he was the document’s source....
  • RedPhone: security, simplified (Android VOIP encryption app)

    06/09/2013 4:55:47 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 48 replies
    And for the iPhone: Silent Circle. Time to shut the NSA down by encrypting all our calls end-to-end. Anybody have any experience with either of these?
  • Guardian: NSA contractor was source of massive U.S. surveillance leak

    06/09/2013 4:42:29 PM PDT · by lyby · 147 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 9, 2013 | Fox News, AP
    "New York Republican Rep. Peter King, chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterintelligence and Terrorism and a member of the Select Committee on Intelligence, said: "If Edward Snowden did in fact leak the NSA data as he claims, the United States government must prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law and begin extradition proceedings at the earliest date. The United States must make it clear that no country should be granting this individual asylum. This is a matter of extraordinary consequence to American intelligence." Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/06/09/report-nsa-contract-worker-is-surveillance-source/#ixzz2VlVdyNI0
  • Congressman Rogers on NSA Phone Surveillance: ‘Greenwald Doesn’t Have a Clue How This Thing Works’

    06/09/2013 12:52:01 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | June 9, 2013 | Noel Sheppard
    Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, on Sunday had harsh words for the Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald revealing last week that the National Security Agency is looking at phone records of virtually all Americans. Appearing on ABC’s This Week, Rogers said, “I know your reporter that you interviewed, Greenwald, says that he’s got it all and now is an expert on the program. He doesn't have a clue how this thing works” (video follows with transcript): Congressman Rogers on NSA Phone Surveillance: ‘Greenwald Doesn’t Have a Clue How This Thing Works’ GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Finally, we're just about...
  • Security Expert: PRISM Did Not Foil 2009 Subway Plot – The British Did (Video)

    06/09/2013 1:40:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | June 9, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Security Expert Lt. Colonel Tony Shaffer, from the Center for Advanced Defense Studies, told FOX News today that PRISM did not catch the 2009 New York Subway bombers, the British did. “Let me say very clearly. The 2009 thing is a MacGuffin. They did not use this program to get the 2009 bombing stopped. It was actually the British who helped us do that. And, more importantly they missed the Major Hassan Nidal attack. He was in touch with Anwar al-Awlaki. And, we missed the Boston bombing, too.” (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Buzzfeed backs this up: Defenders of the American government’s online spying...
  • Edward Snowden identified as source of NSA leaks

    06/09/2013 1:29:40 PM PDT · by An Old Man · 42 replies
    WPost Polirocs ^ | Sunday, June 9 | Barton Gellman and Aaron Blake
    Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old former undercover CIA employee, unmasked himself Sunday as the principal source of recent Washington Post and Guardian disclosures about top-secret National Security Agency programs. Snowden, who has contracted for the NSA and works for the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, denounced what he described as systematic surveillance of innocent citizens and said in an interview that “it’s important to send a message to government that people will not be intimidated.”
  • Breaking: NSA Internet Spying Foils NSA Plot To Attack NSA

    06/08/2013 1:13:25 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 6 replies
    The People's Cube ^ | 6-8-2013 | Karl Marx Treatment Center
    June 8, 2013 Breaking: NSA Internet Spying Foils NSA Plot To Attack NSA Karl Marx Treatment Center In a stunning development, the National Security Agency (NSA) reports that PRISM, the secret spy program that monitors all internet activity in the US and the world and stores all the data in acres and acres of massive super-cooled buildings somewhere in the desert, has uncovered an active ongoing plot by the NSA to use the PRISM program to monitor, spy on, and collect all the internet activity in the US, in violation of the NSA's charter that limits it to foreign spy...
  • Officials: NSA mistakenly intercepted emails, phone calls of innocent Americans

    06/07/2013 4:26:05 PM PDT · by RummyChick · 116 replies
    nbc ^ | 6/7 | isakoff
    The National Security Agency has at times mistakenly intercepted the private email messages and phone calls of Americans who had no link to terrorism, requiring Justice Department officials to report the errors to a secret national security court and destroy the data, according to two former U.S. intelligence officials. At least some of the phone calls and emails were pulled from among the hundreds of millions stored by telecommunications companies as part of an NSA surveillance program. James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, Thursday night publicly acknowledged what he called “a sensitive intelligence collection program” after its existence was...
  • NSA Prism: Why I'm boycotting US cloud tech - and you should too (UK Author)

    06/08/2013 8:05:36 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 44 replies
    The Register ^ | 8th June 2013 | Trevor Pott
    'Not subject to American law' - the next desirable IT feature Opinion So, America's National Security Agency has been tapping up US internet giants to gather information about foreigners online, allegedly sharing that data with Britain's GCHQ - and gobbling up details about US citizens' phone calls. When I was a kid my world was full of pro-America propaganda; I never once questioned American exceptionalism and I cheered for the "good guys" in red, white and blue. Somewhere along the way I became disillusioned with the US, but I'd always figured that a vague sense of unease and a...
  • Susan Rice to be appointed national security adviser

    06/05/2013 9:02:41 AM PDT · by South40 · 48 replies
    NBC ^ | 6/5/2013 | Chuck Todd
    Susan Rice will replace Tom Donilon as national security adviser, the White House is expected to announce Wednesday. Rice, currently the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, will be formally introduced in her new role by President Barack Obama at 2 p.m. ET. A White House official says Samantha Power, a former special assistant to the president on the National Security Council, will be nominated to replace Susan Rice as the U.N. ambassador.
  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz: Susan Rice Is a Terrible Choice For National Security Adviser

    06/05/2013 8:08:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 06/05/2013 | Eli Lake
    In a move that is already angering Republican lawmakers, President Obama will name as his next national security adviser Susan Rice, the administration official who delivered (but did not draft) the talking points that downplayed the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya on Sunday television shows in September five days after the incident. Rice, who is now the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, was informally floated to be Obama’s pick late last year to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state. But she withdrew her name from the process after key Republican senators like John McCain and...
  • WHITE HOUSE GAFFE: Uses Female First Name for Japan's (Very) Male PRIME MINISTER (Donilon Trip)

    07/29/2012 12:23:38 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 50 replies
    < The Japanese major television network JNN (and others) reported on its national news today as well as website a hefty diplomatic faux pas by the Obama White House and national security team in advance of White House's National Security Advisor Tom Donilon's trip here to Tokyo.The gaffe is referred to in this short video clip (at link) of JNN Network News today.Go to link, hit white arrow in center of photo to stream; stream may be up one more day and may not work on all systems. Hilarious.
  • Spies like us: NSA to build huge facility in Utah

    02/03/2010 12:04:15 PM PST · by LonePalm · 15 replies · 1,218+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 2/3/2010 | Mathew D. LaPlante
    Hoping to protect its top-secret operations by decentralizing its massive computer hubs, the National Security Agency will build a 1-million-square-foot data center at Utah's Camp Williams. The years-in-the-making project, which may cost billions over time, got a $181 million start last week when President Obama signed a war spending bill in which Congress agreed to pay for primary construction, power access and security infrastructure. The enormous building, which will have a footprint about three times the size of the Utah State Capitol building, will be constructed on a 200-acre site near the Utah National Guard facility's runway. Congressional records show...
  • Despite Al Qaeda Threat, U.S. Not Planning to Expand Terror Fight in Yemen

    01/03/2010 11:38:41 AM PST · by SmartInsight · 15 replies · 777+ views
    Fox News ^ | Jan. 3, 2010 | FoxNews
    The U.S. does not plan to open a new front in Yemen in the global fight against terrorism despite closing its embassy there in the face of Al Qaeda threats, President Obama's top counterterrorism adviser said Sunday. "We're not talking about that at this point at all," White House aide John Brennan told Fox News when asked whether U.S. troops would be sent to Yemen. "The Yemeni government has demonstrated their willingness to take the fight to Al Qaeda," he said. "They're willing to accept our support. We're providing them everything that they've asked for." The U.S. gave Yemen $67...
  • Report: Brennan knew of underwear bombing technique

    01/02/2010 12:42:09 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 48 replies · 2,259+ views
    Report: Brennan knew of underwear bombing technique By Tony Romm - 01/02/10 01:24 PM ET The White House's top counter-terrorism adviser learned in October that al Qaeda operatives had researched -- and attempted -- attacks using the same underwear bombing technique employed aboard Flight 253 on Christmas Day, Newsweek reported on Saturday. According to reports, Deputy National Security Adviser John Brennan received the briefing from his counterpart in Saudi Arabia, who survived an assassination by al Qaeda attackers from Yemen. Reports Newsweek: "The briefing to Brennan was delivered at the White House by Muhammad bin Nayef, Saudi Arabia’s chief counter-terrorism...
  • New Obama Security Oversight: White House Received October Briefing About Underwear Bombings

    01/02/2010 7:31:44 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 23 replies · 1,036+ views
    Newsweek/The Lid ^ | 1/2/10 | The Lid
    Yesterday Newsweek revealed that on December 22nd, three days before the attempted underwear bombing, the President was warned that an attack might be imminent. In a background briefing for reporters on December 29, also attributed in an official White House transcript to a "senior administration official", that official asserted that in the wake of the attempted underpants attack, it had become clear to the President and top advisers that before Christmas, the US government was in possession of "bits and pieces" of information, which, if they had been properly knitted together, "could have...allowed us to disrupt the attack or certainly...
  • Newsweek : Saudis briefed top Obama official about “underwear bombers” in October

    01/02/2010 1:23:24 PM PST · by RobinMasters · 46 replies · 1,964+ views
    Hot Air ^ | JANUARY 2, 2010 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Not just underwear bombers generally, either, but underwear bombers trained in Yemen. I feel about this the way I felt about Napolitano’s “the system worked” comment: It’s almost a shame that it didn’t happen under Bush, just because the fireworks from the media’s outrageous outrage afterwards would have been so spectacular. As it is, don’t expect more than a few sparklers this time.
  • White House Adviser Briefed in October on Underwear Bomb Technique

    01/02/2010 12:29:50 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 8 replies · 603+ views
    newsweek.com ^ | Jan. 2, 2010 | Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball
    White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan was briefed in October on an assassination attempt by Al Qaeda that investigators now believe used the same underwear bombing technique as the Nigerian suspect who tried to blow up Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Christmas Day, U.S. intelligence and administration officials tell NEWSWEEK. The briefing to Brennan was delivered at the White House by Muhammad bin Nayef, Saudi Arabia’s chief counterterrorism official. In late August, Nayef had survived an assassination attempt by an operative dispatched by the Yemeni branch of Al Qaeda who was pretending to turn himself in. The operative had tried...
  • New effort planned to capture Osama bin Laden

    12/06/2009 5:26:29 PM PST · by Nachum · 30 replies · 1,248+ views
    News.com.au ^ | 12/7/09 | afp
    THE US will launch a new effort to capture or kill Osama bin Laden, who is believed to be hiding along the mountainous Afghan-Pakistani border, US national security adviser James Jones says. Asked in an interview if the administration planned a fresh attempt to go after al-Qaeda's leader, Mr Jones said: "I think so."
  • NSA To Build $1.5 Billion Cybersecurity Data Center

    11/02/2009 1:56:50 PM PST · by markomalley · 24 replies · 1,532+ views
    Information Week ^ | 10/29/2009 | J. Nicholas Hoover
    The National Security Agency, whose job it is to protect national security systems, will soon break ground on a data center in Utah that's budgeted to cost $1.5 billion. The NSA is building the facility to provide intelligence and warnings related to cybersecurity threats, cybersecurity support to defense and civilian agency networks, and technical assistance to the Department of Homeland Security, according to a transcript of remarks by Glenn Gaffney, deputy director of national intelligence for collection, who is responsible for oversight of cyber intelligence activities in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. "Our country must continue to...
  • (National Security Adviser) Jones Joins the 9-11 Truther Set

    10/16/2009 5:54:32 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 6 replies · 456+ views
    Commentary ^ | October 16, 2009 | Jennifer Rubin
    J Street’s conference next week has become a Rorschach test of sorts. More and more members of Congress are dropping out, having discovered just who will be speaking — such as this “poet” who finds Gaza to be another fascistic ghetto, complete with numbers written “on the wrists of babies.” And then there is the 9-11 “truther.” So Sens. Schumer, Gillibrand, Lincoln, and Cochran have bugged out, as have a growing list of congressmen. But not the administration. The Obami are to be represented by National Security Adviser James Jones, who has no problem appearing on the same stage with...
  • Obama decision on Afghanistan strategy due in 'a matter of weeks,' says James L. Jones (WEEKS?)

    10/04/2009 5:27:36 PM PDT · by Libloather · 131 replies · 3,433+ views
    The Hill ^ | 10/04/09 | Michael O'Brien
    Obama decision on Afghanistan strategy due in 'a matter of weeks,' says JonesBy Michael O'Brien 10/04/09 10:58 AM ET President Barack Obama will make a decision on how to proceed in Afghanistan in "a matter of weeks," his national security advisor said Sunday. Retired Gen. James L. Jones, who serves as national security advisor, said that the U.S. military effort in Afghanistan is in no imminent danger of failure, and that the president would consider a variety of broad, strategic directions to pursue before determining whether he would grant a top general's request for more troops. Jones said Obama would...
  • National Security Adviser Chides McChrystal

    10/04/2009 4:27:28 PM PDT · by Flavius · 67 replies · 2,313+ views
    wapo ^ | October 4, 2009 | By Scott Wilson
    President Obama's National Security Adviser James L. Jones suggested Sunday that the public campaign being conducted by the U.S. commander in Afghanistan on behalf of his war strategy is complicating the internal White House review now underway, saying that "it is better for military advice to come up through the chain of command
  • NSA To Spend $1.8 Billion on New Data Center

    07/06/2009 4:36:22 PM PDT · by FromLori · 20 replies · 938+ views
    Techgeist ^ | 7/6/09
    The United States’ National Security Agency (NSA) is planning on spending around $1.8 billion to build itself a new, million square foot data center in Fort Williams, Utah, according to a document on military construction for 2009. This branching out is largely due to the fact that the NSA’s power bill is too much, so the move is in hopes of doing the same work in a place where electricity is cheaper. The initial infrastructure is for 65MW of power distribution, but it seems that the ultimate plan is to build a 5.8 million square foot “campus” at its current...
  • NSA monitors millions of American e-mails

    06/20/2009 7:25:08 AM PDT · by FromLori · 53 replies · 1,334+ views
    (WSWS) -- Several current and former agents within the National Security Agency (NSA), speaking on condition of anonymity, have told the New York Times that the spy agency likely monitors millions of e-mail communications and telephone calls made by Americans. The new revelations follow the disclosure in April that the NSA’s monitoring of domestic e-mail traffic broke the law in 2008 and 2009. Last year, Congress passed legislation providing the NSA greater latitude to spy on the communications of Americans, so long as it resulted inadvertently from the agency’s efforts to spy on foreigners or those it “reasonably believed” to...
  • Jones On the Outs With Obama?

    06/11/2009 9:23:53 PM PDT · by ak267 · 28 replies · 2,218+ views
    Fox News ^ | 06-11-2009 | ak267
    Speculation is growing that Gen. Jim Jones will not last long as President Obama's national security adviser because of the retired Marine general's supposedly poor performance. Several White House and National Security Council sources told FOX News that the Obama administration is baffled by Jones, who is a longtime friend of Sen. John McCain, the man Obama defeated for the White House. One NSC staff member claimed that Jones is so forgetful that at times he appears to have Alzheimer's disease.