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  • Intelligence Community Leaking

    02/23/2017 4:51:01 AM PST · by detective · 12 replies
    Frontpage ^ | February 23, 2017 | Matthew Vadum
    Saboteurs in the U.S. intelligence community posing as patriots have been working hard to drive President Donald Trump from the White House. Former National Security Agency intelligence analyst and former War College professor John R. Schindler bragged on Twitter last week about the spy-led plot his friends are conducting against the president. “Now we go nuclear,” he tweeted. “IC [intelligence community] war [is] going to new levels. Just got an [email from] senior IC friend, it began: ‘He will die in jail.'” “US intelligence is not the problem here,” Schindler added. “The President’s collusion with Russian intelligence is. Many details,...
  • The House Intelligence Committee just issued its first subpoenas in the Trump-Russia investigation

    05/31/2017 5:37:31 PM PDT · by Stopthethreat · 21 replies
    The other three subpoenas relate to questions around why Obama administration officials "unmasked" and distributed the names of Trump associates in classified intelligence reports. The Journal reported that those subpoenas were issued to the CIA, FBI, and NSA and are seeking information related to unmasking requests made by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, former CIA director John Brennan, and former UN ambassador Samantha Power.
  • BOMBSHELL: The Obama Spying Scandal Started Long Before Trump

    04/06/2017 6:40:22 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 28 replies ^ | Bre Peyton
    On Tuesday, Obama’s National Security Advisor Susan Rice admitted that she used the intelligence community to spy on members of the Trump team, but this type of behavior isn’t anything new. In fact, it appears the Obama White House had been spying on its political opponents and leaking classified information about them long before Donald Trump won the presidential election last November, Lee Smith of Tablet Magazine writes. Remember the Iran Deal negotiations? In December 2015, The Wall Street Journal revealed that the Obama administration used the NSA to cast a wide net of surveillance around not just Israeli officials...
  • [2014]Obama on Mass Government Surveillance, Then and Now

    04/02/2017 8:00:56 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    PBS ^ | May 13, 2014 | Jason M. Breslow
    2008, Barack Obama promised to preside over the most transparent administration in U.S. history. “No more secrecy,” he said. “That is a commitment that I make to you.” ... [2006] Obama votes against confirming Gen. Michael Hayden, who as head of the NSA under President George W. Bush, developed the administration’s highly controversial warrantless wiretapping program....Obama says: "... We need to find a way forward to make sure we can stop terrorists while protecting the privacy and liberty of innocent Americans." ... [2008] Obama votes for a law expanding the government’s ability to eavesdrop on communications inside the U.S. without...
  • [2013] US surveillance has 'expanded' under Obama, says Bush's NSA director

    04/02/2017 7:36:29 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 06/09/2013 | Paul Lewis, Spencer Ackerman and Nicholas Watt
    The former director of the US National Security Agency has indicated that surveillance programs have "expanded" under Barack Obama's time in office and said the spy agency has more powers now than when he was in command. ... Hayden's comments came as the debate around the extent of government surveillance in the US and the UK intensified on Sunday. In Washington, some US senators demanded more transparency from the Obama administration. Libertarian Republican Rand Paul said he wanted to mount a supreme court challenge. ... Mark Udall, one of the prominent Senate critics of US government surveillance, called for amendments...
  • [2014]Carter criticizes drone use, domestic spying under Obama

    04/02/2017 7:26:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 23, 2014
    Former President Jimmy Carter on Sunday criticized the Obama administration’s surveillance efforts, saying the country’s use of drones has been “abused” and that he communicates by mail with foreign leaders for fear his electronic correspondences are being watched. “I have felt that my own communications are probably monitored,” the former Democratic president told NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “And when I want to communicate with a foreign leader privately, I type or write the letter myself, put it in the post office and mail it, because I believe if I send an email, it will be monitored.”
  • WikiLeaks says CIA disguised agency hacking as Russian activity

    03/31/2017 3:16:14 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 28 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | March 31, 2017
    “WikiLeaks has published hundreds more files today which it claims show the CIA went to great lengths to disguise its own hacking attacks and point the finger at Russia, China, North Korea and Iran,” The Daily Mail reports. “The 676 files released today are part of WikiLeaks’ Vault 7 tranche of files and they claim to give an insight into the CIA’s Marble software, which can forensically disguise viruses, trojans and hacking attacks.” “WikiLeaks says the source code suggests Marble has test examples in Chinese, Russian, Korean, Arabic and Farsi,” The Daily Mail reports. “This could lead forensic investigators into...
  • U.S. Senate Blocks NSA Surveillance Bill, Patriot Act Extension

    05/23/2015 1:59:00 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 94 replies
    WSJ ^ | May 23, 2015 | By KRISTINA PETERSON
    WASHINGTON—The Senate early Saturday defeated a string of efforts to extend the Patriot Act as lawmakers splintered over its contentious phone surveillance program and left town with no plan in place to prevent the law from lapsing. After next week’s Memorial Day recess, the Senate will resume its debate over the national security law at 4 p.m. on May 31, eight hours before the law expires at midnight. Lawmakers fractured through the evening, rejecting a House bill overhauling the NSA, a two-month Patriot Act extension and then increasingly short extensions of the law. Primarily due to objections from presidential candidate...
  • Inside the NSA’s Secret Efforts to Hunt and Hack System Administrators

    03/21/2014 6:24:44 AM PDT · by Izzy Dunne · 27 replies
    The Intercept ^ | Mar 20, 2014 | Ryan Gallagher and Peter Maass
    Across the world, people who work as system administrators keep computer networks in order – and this has turned them into unwitting targets of the National Security Agency for simply doing their jobs. According to a secret document provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the agency tracks down the private email and Facebook accounts of system administrators (or sys admins, as they are often called), before hacking their computers to gain access to the networks they control.The document consists of several posts – one of them is titled “I hunt sys admins” – that were published in 2012 on an...
  • 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...
  • NSA stores metadata of millions of web users for up to a year, secret files show

    09/30/2013 7:25:05 PM PDT · by RC one · 21 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Monday 30 September 2013 12.35 EDT | James Ball
    • Vast amounts of data kept in repository codenamed Marina • Data retained regardless of whether person is NSA target • Material used to build 'pattern-of-life' profiles of individuals The National Security Agency is storing the online metadata of millions of internet users for up to a year, regardless of whether or not they are persons of interest to the agency, top secret documents reveal.
  • The 'Peace of Mind' Metric

    10/02/2013 1:26:53 PM PDT · by Noremac · 1 replies
    Blasted ^ | October 2, 2013 | Richard Cameron
    In the immediate wake of the initial Snowden revelations about the NSA demanding and receiving millions of phone records of Americans from the telcos, the agency officials and their apologists in Congress reflexively countered the public outcry with the narrative that domestic spying saved us from terror plots and that numerous such plots were thwarted by NSA breaches of privacy. NSA Chief, General Keith Alexander, in testimony before a Senate committee in June, made this statement - “It’s dozens of terrorist events that these (programs)have helped prevent, from my perspective.” Alexander also appeared before a House committee as seen in...
  • The NSA Has Been Creating Maps of American Citizens' Social Networks...

    09/28/2013 6:04:06 PM PDT · by Windflier · 60 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 28 September 2013 | Ryan Gorman
    The NSA has been graphing American’s social networks and plotting them as they do organized crime since at least 2010, according to the latest published Edward Snowden leak. The highly secretive intelligence agency has been mapping out American citizens’ social connections – identifying associates, determining locations, and logging who they talk to – by taking advantage of loosened rules previously meant to restrict surveillance actions. As far back as November, 2010, the agency authorized spies to conduct ‘large-scale graph analysis on very large sets of communications metadata without having to check foreignness,’ the New York Times revealed Saturday. Mapped out:...
  • Balancing Freedom and Security (NSA Investigation by Congressman Morgan Griffith, VA-9)

    08/20/2013 7:57:40 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 7 replies
    The Roanoke Times ^ | August 20, 2013 | Congressman Morgan Griffith
    I believe that, among other things, what makes America great are the freedoms and liberties our Founding Fathers correctly recognized as part of the natural law and incorporated into our Constitution’s Bill of Rights. The oath I took as your congressman was to support and defend that very Constitution. Revelations that the National Security Agency has been using Section 215 of the Patriot Act to collect records of American citizens who have not been suspected of doing anything wrong troubles me and others from across the political spectrum. Beginning on June 25, I have been requesting access to legal opinions...
  • Get a Life Pentagon wanted searchable database of people's lives as far back as 2003

    07/01/2013 11:50:37 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7/2/13 | Josh Peterson
    Ten years before the recent global panic over the U.S. government’s domestic spying program, the Pentagon solicited contractors for a searchable database of people’s lives. In 2003, the Department of Defense’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) hoped to create a database that would amass everything about the life of a person participating in the project, ranging from GPS coordinates to every email and phone call sent and received. The participant would wear a camera, microphone and sensors to record the minutia of everyday life. The program, called Lifelog, would act as a person’s digital diary.
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: NSA of the Financial World

    06/30/2013 10:50:56 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 10 replies
    The New American ^ | 30 June 2013 | Michael Tennant
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has been vacuuming up data on Americans' financial transactions in direct violation of both the Constitution and the law that created the bureau. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: NSA of the Financial World The New American 30 June 2013 While the National Security Agency's (NSA) unconstitutional spying on Americans' communications has been getting most of the press lately, another federal agency has been quietly -- and illegally -- vacuuming up Americans' financial data: the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Created by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, the CFPB has been operating for just under two years...
  • Snowden Snowballs Into Colossal Embarrassment for Obama and his Foreign Policy

    06/25/2013 4:09:34 AM PDT · by NCjim · 37 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 24, 2013
    Not even a week ago, President Obama was at the Berlin Wall vowing to scale back the U.S. arsenal in good faith that Moscow would follow suit in “negotiated cuts.” Before that, Obama was meeting Chinese President Xi Jinping in Palm Springs for a bilateral sit-down that he confidently branded as a positive step forward in U.S.-China relations. Buoyed by NSA leaker Edward Snowden’s revelations of U.S. intelligence activities and after reportedly milking the hard drives of four laptops he carried into his Hong Kong hotel, the Chinese government defied a Washington extradition request and let Snowden leave the former...
  • "NSA Should Come Clean About Domestic Spying": Ray Kelly

    06/18/2013 3:33:06 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 3 replies ^ | June 18, 2013 | Jennifer Bain
    Police Commissioner Ray Kelly launched a stinging rebuke to the federal government’s secret phone and Internet monitoring campaign — and suggested leaker Edward Snowden was right about privacy “abuse.” “I don’t think it ever should have been made secret,” Kelly said today, breaking ranks with US law-enforcement officials.
  • U.S. to let spy agencies scour Americans' finances

    03/13/2013 11:35:13 AM PDT · by madison10 · 51 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 3/13/2013 | Reuters
    The Obama administration is drawing up plans to give all U.S. spy agencies full access to a massive database that contains financial data on American citizens and others who bank in the country, according to a Treasury Department document seen by Reuters...
  • NSA Whistleblower Details How The NSA Has Spied On All US Citizens Since 9/11

    08/24/2012 10:02:21 PM PDT · by george76 · 183 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Aug. 24, 2012 | Michael Kelley
    National Security Agency whistleblower William Binney explains how the secretive agency run its pervasive domestic spying apparatus... Binney—one of the best mathematicians and code breakers in NSA history—worked for the Defense Department's foreign signals intelligence agency for 32 years before resigning in late 2001 because he "could not stay after the NSA began purposefully violating the Constitution." In a short video called "The Program," Binney explains how the agency took part of one of the programs he built and started using it to spy on virtually every U.S. citizen without warrants under the code-name Stellar Wind.