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  • ‘Did they get me?’: Docs reveal long-time John Doe spying operation (WI)

    06/29/2015 9:52:20 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 18 replies
    Wisconsin Watchdog ^ | 6-29-15 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. – Democrat Milwaukee County prosecutors tapped the email and text communications of conservative activists as part of a five-year probe aimed at bringing down Republican Gov. Scott Walker, affidavits reviewed by Wisconsin Watchdog reveal. One target of the spying operation told Wisconsin Watchdog the methods used to keep tabs on Wisconsin residents were like those of the National Security Agency’s domestic spying program. “It was actually worse because (Milwaukee County prosecutors) were taking the body of emails and looking at actual data,” said the source, who asked not to be identified for fear of retribution from the prosecutors....
  • Who Killed Michael Hastings?

    11/11/2013 6:40:27 AM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 86 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | Nov 10, 2013 | Benjamin Wallace
    Reflexively distrustful, eager to make powerful enemies, the young journalist whose Mercedes exploded in Los Angeles one night couldn’t possibly have died accidentally, could he? A t the end of his life, Michael Hastings, like many of the progressive journalists he counted among his friends, felt besieged by an overreaching government. Hastings was living in Los Angeles, and at a Beverly Hills theater in April, he took part in a panel discussion about the documentary War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State. Interviewed in May on The Young Turks, a talk show on Current TV, Hastings railed...
  • US government tracked calls beginning in 1992 under secret program

    04/08/2015 7:38:20 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 6 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4-8-2015 | CHRIS SPARGO
    The program also allowed agents to monitor calls the ruled out the possibility of foreign ties to the 1995 bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building by American Timothy McVeigh. The program only recently shuttered, and was used for nearly two decades, with top Justice Department officials in four administrations - George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama - approving the data collections. The data collection did not however allow DEA investigators access to the actual content of calls, just the numbers dialed and time of the calls were all recorded. A 1998 request for Sprint...
  • Superintendent Confirms Common Core’s Pearson Spying on Kids’ Social Media Accounts

    03/15/2015 9:45:09 PM PDT · by null and void · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 15 Mar 2015 | Dr. Susan Berry
    The superintendent of the Watchung Hills Regional High School District in New Jersey has confirmed that she sent an email to fellow superintendents Tuesday about her concern that education publishing giant Pearson is “monitoring” children’s social media accounts for possible leaks about the Common Core-aligned PARCC tests.
  • Today In Creepy Privacy Policies, Samsung’s Eavesdropping TV

    02/08/2015 2:43:25 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 85 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | 2/8/15
    Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party through your use of Voice Recognition. Left: Samsung SmartTV privacy policy, warning users not to discuss personal info in front of their TV Right: 1984
  • Argentine prosecutor who accused Cristina Kirchner over 1994 bombings found dead

    01/19/2015 10:41:39 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 53 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 19 Jan 15 | Harriet Alexander
    Alberto Nisman, who on Monday was due in parliament to present his case against president Cristina Kirchner, found dead days after warning "I could end up dead because of this" An Argentine prosecutor who accused President Cristina Kirchner of covering up Iran’s involvement in the country’s worst ever terrorist attack has been found dead, hours before he was due to present his evidence in parliament. Alberto Nisman, 51, had spent the past decade investigating the 1994 bombings of a Buenos Aires Jewish centre, which killed 85 people. Two years ago he began working on a 300-page dossier – due to...
  • About that L.A. terror plot... (DiChiFi admits "I have no way of knowing whether it did or not," )

    02/11/2006 9:50:49 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 587+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 2/11/06 | Lisa Friedman
    WASHINGTON - California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a top member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said she has no information to support White House claims that its secret wiretapping helped thwart a 2002 Los Angeles terrorist attack. President George W. Bush implied in a speech Thursday that information gleaned from the wiretaps helped foil an al-Qaida plot to crash a commercial jetliner into the US Bank Tower. But after a closed-door briefing, Feinstein said she'd heard nothing to indicate a wiretap played any part in foiling the plot. "I have no way of knowing whether it did or not," Feinstein said....
  • Naval submarine Jimmy Carter christened at Connecticut shipyard

    06/05/2004 11:14:19 PM PDT · by ambrose · 82 replies · 368+ views
    AP ^ | 6.5.04
    Naval submarine Jimmy Carter christened at Connecticut shipyard GROTON, Conn. (AP) -- Former President Jimmy Carter was filled with emotion Saturday as the most advanced nuclear submarine in the U.S. Navy was named after him at a Connecticut shipyard. "This is a very wonderful day for me, to see my wife break the champagne on undoubtedly the finest and most formidable ship in the world," said Carter, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and the only submariner to be elected president. Carter's wife, Rosalynn, blessed the Seawolf-class nuclear submarine and its crew, then hesitated for a moment before cracking...
  • Not Every Leak Is Fit to Print

    02/10/2008 5:07:57 AM PST · by ThePythonicCow · 1 replies · 139+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 18 Feb 2008 | Gabriel Schoenfeld
    Not Every Leak Is Fit to Print Why have federal prosecutors subpoenaed a New York Times reporter?by Gabriel Schoenfeld 02/18/2008, Volume 013, Issue 22 Investigations of national-security leaks in Washington are not all that rare. But until Judith Miller of the New York Times was sent to jail for 85 days by a special prosecutor digging into the Valerie Plame imbroglio, investigations of such leaks in which journalists are subpoenaed were about as common as unicorns wandering the National Mall. We now have another such unicorn. On January 24, a federal grand jury in Alexandria issued a subpoena to...
  • The verdict, take 2 [NY Slime And The FISA Judges]

    03/30/2006 6:42:54 AM PST · by conservativecorner · 13 replies · 671+ views
    Powerline ^ | March 30, 2006 | Scott Johnson
    Last night John rendered his "Verdict: The New York Times blew the story." The "story" was the testimony of five federal judges -- Magistrate Judge Allan Kornblum and four former FISA court judges -- on Senator Specter's proposed revision of the FISA statute. According to yesterday's New York Times story by Eric Lichtblau: In a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the secretive court, known as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, several former judges who served on the panel...voiced skepticism at a Senate hearing about the president's constitutional authority to order wiretapping on Americans without a court order. They...
  • Federal Court's Ruling Poses Threat to Terror-Finance Investigation

    04/02/2010 4:55:52 PM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies · 535+ views
    SNIPPET: "A federal judge in California has ruled that the Bush Administration illegally wiretapped the U.S. branch of the Saudi Arabian-based charity al Haramain Islamic Foundation. While ground breaking in its assessment of the controversial Terrorist Surveillance Program (TSP), Judge Vaughn Walker's ruling is perhaps more important in that it may dismantle a five-year investigation into al Haramain's financial support for terrorist organizations. Al Haramain is active in more than 50 countries. The U.S. branch registered as a non-profit charity in Oregon in 1999.While it claims to "stand against terrorism, injustice, or subversive activities in any form, and [ ]...
  • Justice Dept. cracks down on leaks (selectively ?)

    05/25/2010 11:26:06 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 17 replies · 602+ views
    Politico ^ | 5-25-10 | Josh Gerstein
    The Obama administration’s crackdown on leaks to the press has snared a high-profile conviction of an FBI linguist, who was sentenced to 20 months in prison Monday after pleading guilty to giving classified information to a blogger. The sentence for Shamai Leibowitz is likely to become the longest ever served by a government employee accused of passing national security secrets to a member of the media. His case represents only the third known conviction in U.S. history for a government official or contractor providing classified information to the press. And it reflects a surprising development: President Barack Obama’s Justice Department...
  • Suge Knight, Too $hort, Katt Williams Make a Cameo in Sen. Yee Corruption Trial (RAT missiles)

    10/22/2014 5:20:31 PM PDT · by Libloather · 2 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | 10/22/14 | Max A. Cherney
    Perhaps the last trio you'd expect to see mentioned in the State Sen. Leland Yee corruption trial is comedian Katt Williams, rapper Too $hort, and hip-hop mogul Suge Knight. Strangely enough, recent court documents reveal some interesting details and even more curious connections between some of the defendants in the Yee case and the three famous guys mentioned above. For starters, Keith Jackson — the former school board member who who got tangled up in the corruption case when he allegedly helped Yee obtain campaign donations in excess of the legal limits — was heard on wire taps bragging to...
  • Michael Hastings researching Jill Kelley case before death

    06/20/2013 12:29:44 PM PDT · by maggief · 86 replies
    LATimes ^ | June 20, 2013 | Brian Bennett
    WASHINGTON – During the weeks before he was killed in a car crash in Los Angeles, reporter Michael Hastings was researching a story about a privacy lawsuit brought by Florida socialite Jill Kelley against the Department of Defense and the FBI. Hastings, 33, was scheduled to meet with a representative of Kelley next week in Los Angeles to discuss the case, according to a person close to Kelley. Hastings wrote for Rolling Stone and the website BuzzFeed. Kelley alleges that military officials and the FBI leaked her name to the media to discredit her after she reported receiving a stream...
  • Agent of Saddam Arrested in Chicago

    07/09/2003 9:51:38 AM PDT · by TomGuy · 125 replies · 866+ views
    FoxNews - cable ^ | July 9, 2003
    FoxNews just reported that an agent for Saddam Hussein has been arrested in Chicago. .....developing....
  • Attkisson DOJ Suit Will Get Agents Names Who Planted Cable at Home

    01/08/2015 10:55:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    breitbart ^ | 1/8/15 | Pam Key
    Thursday on Fox News Radio’s “John Gibson Show,” investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson explained she is suing the Department of Justice to get discovery, which she said hopefully will start with the names of the agents or third-party contractors sometimes hired for “certain dark projects,” who hacked her computer and planted a fiber optics cable at her house.
  • Former CBS News reporter sues Justice Department for $35 million alleging her family was put...

    01/06/2015 7:20:42 PM PST · by Libloather · 27 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/06/15 | Zoe Szathmary
    Former CBS News reporter sues Justice Department for $35 million alleging her family was put under surveillance while she covered Benghazi A former reporter with CBS News is suing the U.S. Department of Justice, alleging she was illegally spied on and digitally monitored. Sharyl Attkisson's lawsuit alleges that the illegal surveillance took place while she covered stories on Benghazi and the Fast and Furious gunwalking case and refers to three forensic exams conducted on computers. She is suing over alleged violations of the First and Fourth Amendments, and her husband and daughter are named as co-plaintiffs. Attorney General Eric Holder,...
  • Queer....

    12/30/2014 9:41:56 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 171 replies
    Trying Times... | BigTigerMike
    Yesterday at my job I was walking through the building and one of my fellow associates was jesting about me working long hours, so I sighed and said a little spur-of-the-moment rhythm: Yes, we're now here but we aren't being queer We'll soon be out of here Well another associate, who happens to be an homosexual, overhead this from around the corner and went and complained that I made an derogatory comment and that it was an unforgivable act as far as he goes. Word got back to me about what the young man had said and I went to...
  • House Panel to Ask for NSA Spying Probe

    12/09/2008 12:15:10 AM PST · by hamboy · 2 replies · 409+ views
    Privacy Digest ^ | December 9, 2008 | MacRonin
    House Panel to Ask for NSA Spying Probe A congressional panel will ask the National Security Agency's internal watchdog to investigate whether the super-secret spy agency eavesdropped without warrants on a Muslim scholar and later hid that evidence in a 2005 terror prosecution that got him a life sentence.The House Select Intelligence Oversight Panel and the judge overseeing the case want the NSA's inspector general to find out if the government failed to disclose evidence that might have cleared the name of a Northern Virginia spiritual leader Ali al-Timimi, Rep. Rush Holt (D- New Jersey) told the New York Times.That...
  • Whose sarin? (Obama exposed for Syria false-flag)

    12/18/2013 9:23:22 AM PST · by Abiotic · 42 replies
    London Review of Books ^ | 19 December 2013 | Seymour Hersh
    Barack Obama did not tell the whole story this autumn when he tried to make the case that Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack near Damascus on 21 August. In some instances, he omitted important intelligence, and in others he presented assumptions as facts. Most significant, he failed to acknowledge something known to the US intelligence community: that the Syrian army is not the only party in the country’s civil war with access to sarin, the nerve agent that a UN study concluded – without assessing responsibility – had been used in the rocket attack. In the...
  • Just had a major DUH! moment

    11/10/2013 8:53:33 AM PST · by GunsAndBibles · 70 replies
    vanity | 11/10/13 | GunsAndBibles
    Was given a new Android phone (loaded with Google programs) and realized I'm always being monitored, even when the phone is OFF. Looking for a signal blocking case/enclosure, similar to Faraday cage. Now off to the range, trying a new batch of .223 using IMR4227 and 62gr. SS109. Thanks for your input.
  • Matchstick-sized sensor can record your private chats

    09/29/2013 2:50:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 9/26/2013
    A sensor previously used for military operations can now be tuned to secretly locate and record any single conversation on a busy streetEVERYONE knows that to have a private chat in the NSA era, you go outdoors. Phones, the internet, email and your office can all be compromised with ease. But soon even that whispered conversation in the park may no longer be safe from prying ears.Carrying out covert audio surveillance along a city street or a wooded path, say, currently requires parabolic microphones, which look like large, clear salad bowls and need a direct, unobstructed view of the subject....
  • NSA employees spied on their lovers using eavesdropping program

    08/24/2013 8:40:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11:18AM BST 24 Aug 2013 | Harriet Alexander
    Staff working at America’s National Security Agency—the eavesdropping unit that was revealed to have spied on millions of people—have used the technology to spy on their lovers. The employees even had a code name for the practice—“Love-int”—meaning the gathering of intelligence on their partners. Dianne Feinstein, a senator who chairs the Senate intelligence committee, said the NSA told her committee about a set of “isolated cases” that have occurred about once a year for the last 10 years. The spying was not within the US, and was carried out when one of the lovers was abroad. …
  • GCHQ intercepted foreign politicians' communications at G20 summits

    06/16/2013 2:51:15 PM PDT · by CMB_polarization · 45 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 16 June 2013 | Ewen MacAskill, Nick Davies, Nick Hopkins, Julian Borger and James Ball
    Foreign politicians and officials who took part in two G20 summit meetings in London in 2009 had their computers monitored and their phone calls intercepted on the instructions of their British government hosts, according to documents seen by the Guardian. Some delegates were tricked into using internet cafes which had been set up by British intelligence agencies to read their email traffic.
  • 'I'm neither a traitor nor a hero... I'm an American': NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden..

    06/12/2013 8:51:18 AM PDT · by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost · 81 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | June 12, 2013 | Lydia Warren
    (FULL TITLE: "'I'm neither a traitor nor a hero... I'm an American': NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden finally breaks cover - and vows to expose MORE secrets") Newspaper said he has exposed more details about surveillance targets He said he will remain in Hong Kong and fight any extradition bidSnowden's whereabouts in Hong Kong are still unknown Edward Snowden, the former CIA analyst behind one of the most significant government leaks in U.S. history, has vowed to expose further surveillance secrets as he speaks out again. The 29-year-old whistleblower remained defiant in an interview with the South China Morning Post on...
  • Amid damage control efforts, White House listens to outside advice

    05/16/2013 7:13:26 PM PDT · by haffast · 32 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu May 16, 2013 8:44pm EDT | Roberta Rampton and Jeff Mason
    (Reuters) - Senior White House officials responsible for navigating the administration through a trio of scandals met on Thursday with outside Democratic strategists for advice on how to get past the controversies and back on track advancing the president's agenda. The White House is trying to regain the upper hand after being knocked on the defensive over its response to deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya, the seizure of journalists' phone records in a Justice Department leak investigation, and the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups for special scrutiny. Now, President Barack Obama's closest advisers want to find a way...
  • Would You Believe The Administration Got Phone Records of The House Of Representatives?

    05/15/2013 6:11:52 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 234 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 15, 2013 | Duane Patterson
    That’s the revelation made by California Congressman Devin Nunes, who sits on the House Ways And Means Committee on Hugh Hewitt’s Show Wednesday night. Here’s the key part of that transcript: HH: The idea that this might be a Geithner-Axelrod plan, and by that, the sort of intimation, Henry II style, will no one rid me of this turbulent priest, will no one rid me of these turbulent Tea Parties, that might have just been a hint, a shift of an eyebrow, a change in the tone of voice. That’s going to take a long time to get to. I...
  • FBI Surveilance Van Hot Spot

    12/03/2012 10:15:55 AM PST · by Wuli · 78 replies
    December, 3, 2012 | Wuli
    I have a WiFi capable PC, and use that ability to connect a PC to a Verizon FIOs Hub/Router at home, from which I get my Internet Access. Sometimes my PC is not in the same room as the Verizon hub, and when it is not then the wireless connection is at different states/strengtghs, usually less than excellent. When the little icon for the wireless connection shows the connection is weak, or dead, I can get a slight improvement by brining up the little window that shows all wireless connections the computer finds available, and then disconnecting and reconnecting the...
  • The Smoking Gun: Smuggling the Sheikh's Documents

    06/04/2002 9:54:06 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 6 replies · 111+ views
    The Smoking Gun ^ | June 3, 2002
    FBI affidavit details Abdel-Rahman's jailhouse pipeline JUNE 3--Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman laughed at the ease with which his legal team improperly smuggled messages that allowed the Muslim extremist to continue directing terrorist operations while serving a life sentence in a Minnesota prison cell, according to a sealed FBI affidavit obtained by The Smoking Gun. Abdel-Rahman joked that "trained doves" were transporting messages to his disciples. "I really would like that they arrest those doves. I wish that one day I read, 'The FBI was able to arrest the doves that are contacting the Sheikh.'" The convicted terrorist then added, "as...
  • Big Brother’s all-seeing eye

    06/07/2012 9:45:19 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 14 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 7, 2012 | Andrew P. Napolitano
    F or the past few weeks, I have been writing in this column about the government’s use of drones and challenging their constitutionality on Fox News Channel, where I work. I once asked on air what Thomas Jefferson would have done if - had they existed at the time - King George III had sent drones to peer inside the bedroom windows of Monticello. I suspect Jefferson and his household would have trained their muskets on the drones and taken them down. I offer this historical anachronism as a hypothetical only, not as someone who is urging the use of...
  • Louisiana State Police Investigate Loomisgate As Saints Use All Legal Recourse

    04/24/2012 1:19:29 PM PDT · by Marketfly1 · 9 replies
    Bayoubuzz.com ^ | April 24, 2012 | Ed Staton
    t's always exciting in New Orleans when it involves the New Orleans Saints, or so it seems. The Saints plan to seek “all legal recourse" regarding ESPN's Monday report that GM Mickey Loomis used an electronic devise to eavesdrop on opposing coaches from 2002 to 2004. Meanwhile, the Louisiana State Police are in the NFL New Orleans SaintsLoomisgate probe game along with the FBI.
  • Illinois Eavesdropping Act Shields Public Officials From Public Scrutiny

    09/28/2011 8:07:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | September 28, 2011 | Jacob Sullum
    On Jan. 13, 2009, Michael Allison brought a digital recorder to the Crawford County Courthouse in Robinson, Ill., where he was contesting a citation, because he had been told there would be no official transcript of the proceedings. He was immediately confronted by Judge Kimbara Harrell, who accused him of violating her privacy and charged him with eavesdropping, a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Because Allison had recorded conversations about his legal situation with police and other local officials, he soon faced four more eavesdropping charges, raising his possible sentence to 75 years. The case against...
  • THE BIG LEAK: USA eavesdropped on Israeli Embassy in Washington... Developing... (DRUDGE DEVELOPING)

    09/05/2011 4:17:14 PM PDT · by IllumiNaughtyByNature · 61 replies
    DRUDGE REPORT...FOR NOW ^ | 09/05/2011 | DRUDGE
    THE BIG LEAK: USA eavesdropped on Israeli Embassy in Washington... Developing... Only a tease, for now. This is going to get ugly, right before Obama's speech? Drudge, you magnificant bastard...
  • The Iran-9/11 Connection

    05/23/2011 3:49:31 PM PDT · by lbryce · 3 replies
    Daily Beast via Yahoo ^ | May 23, 2011 | Phillip Shenon
    A new lawsuit raises the possibility of Tehran's complicity in al Qaeda's infamous attacks. Philip Shenon reports fresh details on who will testify—and the mysteries they could unlock. With the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks looming, a federal lawsuit in Manhattan offers the possibility of resolving a central mystery about the attacks: Was Iran involved? Former investigators on the 9/11 Commission, which uncovered tantalizing but inconclusive evidence of Tehran's ties to the plot, tell The Daily Beast they welcome the lawsuit, because they believe the U.S. government has done little to follow up on the commission's evidence of Iranian...
  • The Press at War ___ The patriot reporter is passé.

    11/26/2006 12:45:04 AM PST · by Lorianne · 6 replies · 458+ views
    City Journal ^ | Autumn 2006 | James Q. Wilson
    We are told by careful pollsters that half of the American people believe that American troops should be brought home from Iraq immediately. This news discourages supporters of our efforts there. Not me, though: I am relieved. Given press coverage of our efforts in Iraq, I am surprised that 90 percent of the public do not want us out right now. Between January 1 and September 30, 2005, nearly 1,400 stories appeared on the ABC, CBS, and NBC evening news. More than half focused on the costs and problems of the war, four times as many as those that discussed...
  • Napolitano: Internet Monitoring Needed to Fight Homegrown Terrorism

    06/20/2010 3:06:07 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 70 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News (AP source) ^ | June, 18, 2010 | none stated
    WASHINGTON -- Fighting homegrown terrorism by monitoring Internet communications is a civil liberties trade-off the U.S. government must make to beef up national security, the nation's homeland security chief said Friday. As terrorists increasingly recruit U.S. citizens, the government needs to constantly balance Americans' civil rights and privacy with the need to keep people safe, said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
  • Barack Obama denies accusations that he 'crashed' secret Chinese climate change talks

    12/20/2009 12:22:56 AM PST · by myknowledge · 36 replies · 2,063+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | December 19, 2009 | Philip Sherwell
    Senior US officials insist that President Barack Obama did not "crash" a secret Chinese meeting in the final dramatic hours of the Copenhagen climate change talks. They portrayed the President as pulling negotiations back from the brink of collapse on a day that veered between chaos and farce. Aides said that by standing up to the Chinese on the make-and-break issue of transparency, he helped force a deal, however flimsy. The President was desperate not to return to Washington empty-handed after his risky one-day dash to Denmark.
  • Traffic Analysis

    12/15/2009 1:54:33 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies · 988+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 12/06/2009 | The Strategy Page
    In Afghanistan, the Taliban are finding that their Medieval warrior mentality and physical hardiness are no match for smart bombs and even smarter intelligence work. The Taliban fighters are often described as clever and adaptive. They are. But the Taliban fighters, including many of the leaders, are illiterate and uncomfortable with new technology. They constantly get nailed using cell phones and walkie talkies (like the Motorola models available worldwide), even though it's common knowledge that the U.S. frequently eavesdrops. The Afghans believe the Americans are using some kind of pagan "magic", and if an Islamic warrior is pure-of-heart, the magic...
  • Deposition of Sibel Edmonds Completed, DoJ a 'No Show', Bombshells Under Oath

    08/08/2009 9:38:13 PM PDT · by GoreNoMore · 53 replies · 2,456+ views
    8:40am PT (11:40am ET): During a break, Edmonds and the attorneys stepped outside. DoJ still a no-show, so the questioning has proceeded, and Edmonds has been able to say "everything that she hasn't been able to say so far, implicating many members of Congress in a criminal conspiracy," according to interviews with Fein and others. Edmonds' attorney, Michael Kohn said: "The Justice Department decided not to show. Therefore, the deposition has gone much more smoothly than we had anticipated." There are apparently a handful of mostly independent and foreign media outlets present outside the NWC. No corporate MSM, from the...
  • Government collection of domestic emails?

    06/17/2009 9:31:30 AM PDT · by bintenn · 5 replies · 518+ views
    New York Times / CNET ^ | 6/17/09 | James Risen
    The National Security Agency is facing renewed scrutiny over the extent of its domestic surveillance program, with critics in Congress saying its recent intercepts of the private telephone calls and e-mail messages of Americans are broader than previously acknowledged, current and former officials said. The agency's monitoring of domestic e-mail messages, in particular, has posed longstanding legal and logistical difficulties, the officials said. Since April, when it was disclosed that the intercepts of some private communications of Americans went beyond legal limits in late 2008 and early 2009, several Congressional committees have been investigating. Those inquiries have led to concerns...
  • Women only hear properly when gossiping or eavesdropping

    05/09/2009 2:03:03 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 45 replies · 1,541+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | May 9, 2009
    Women only really hear properly when they are gossiping or eavesdropping on other people's conversations, according to new research. More than two thirds of women admitted that a gossip with friends is the only time they are properly listening to what is being said. The same percentage think they hear most intently when they are trying to eavesdrop on an argument taking place nearby. Only half of men said they only hear properly when gossiping, while four in 10 admitted to listening closely to other people's conversations. The poll of 2,000 people also found that more than one in five...
  • Trio not guilty of helping 7/7 London bombers

    04/29/2009 4:22:23 AM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies · 508+ views
    GUARDIAN.co.uk ^ | April 28, 2009, 17:01 BST | Rachel Williams
    Note: Photo included. Trio not guilty of helping 7/7 London bombers Jury clears men of conspiring with four bombers over London 2005 explosions that killed 52 Rachel Williams guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 28 April 2009 17.01 BST Three British Muslims were today cleared of helping the 7 July bombers choose their targets by carrying out a reconnaissance mission in London seven months before the attacks that killed 52 people and injured almost 1,000. A jury at Kingston crown court unanimously found Waheed Ali, 25, Sadeer Saleem, 28, and Mohammed Shakil, 32, all from Beeston, Leeds, not guilty of conspiring with the four...
  • (Oct 9 2008) Exclusive: Inside Account of U.S. Eavesdropping on Americans

    01/23/2009 9:56:41 AM PST · by Captain Kirk · 22 replies · 900+ views
    ABC News ^ | October 9, 2008 | BRIAN ROSS, VIC WALTER, and ANNA SCHECTER
    ...These were just really everyday, average, ordinary Americans who happened to be in the Middle East, in our area of intercept and happened to be making these phone calls on satellite phones," said Adrienne Kinne, a 31-year old US Army Reserves Arab linguist assigned to a special military program at the NSA's Back Hall at Fort Gordon from November 2001 to 2003. Kinne described the contents of the calls as "personal, private things with Americans who are not in any way, shape or form associated with anything to do with terrorism." She said US military officers, American journalists and American...
  • Pellicano, Lawyer Convicted of Conspiracy

    08/29/2008 5:22:57 PM PDT · by John W · 12 replies · 344+ views
    MSNBC ^ | August 29, 2008 | Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES - Former Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano and his entertainment lawyer co-defendant were convicted Friday of charges linked to the wiretapping of billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian’s former wife in a child support battle. Pellicano and attorney Terry Christensen were each convicted of conspiracy to commit wiretapping. Pellicano was also convicted of wiretapping and Christensen was convicted of aiding and abetting a wiretap. “We are disappointed, think the jury is wrong, and we will be appealing,” said Patricia Glaser, Christensen’s attorney and law partner.
  • Judge sentences Hollywood private eye to 15 years (Pellicano)

    12/15/2008 8:55:24 PM PST · by InMemoriam · 5 replies · 520+ views
    AP ^ | 12/15/08 | AP
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison for running a wiretapping scheme that spied on the rich and famous. U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer also ordered the 64-year-old Pellicano and two other defendants to forfeit a total of $2 million. Pellicano showed no emotion when the sentence was read. "I have taken full and complete responsibility for all my actions," he said. Fischer said Pellicano engaged in "reprehensible behavior" while digging up dirt for his well-heeled clients to use in legal and other disputes. "He did this eagerly, sometimes maliciously...
  • Pellicano: No apologies to those he spied on (says he got careless, targets lied under oath)

    12/16/2008 1:19:57 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 531+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/16/08 | AP
    LOS ANGELES – Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano says he won't apologize to the people he spied on but does take responsibility for the tactics that brought him a 15-year prison sentence.
  • Private eye pulls his punches in Hollywood wiretapping trial

    04/28/2008 2:21:11 PM PDT · by libstripper · 5 replies · 98+ views
    SF Gate.com ^ | April 289, 2008 | GREG RISLING
    Anthony Pellicano handled some sticky situations during his days as a private investigator for some of the biggest names in Hollywood. He helped Michael Jackson fend off child molestation allegations and found the remains of Elizabeth Taylor's third husband after they were stolen from a cemetery. One of his toughest challenges, however, has been acting as his own lawyer in his federal wiretapping trial that could go the jury in the next few days. Though he built his reputation as a tough-talking, bare-knuckled gumshoe, Pellicano mostly left his aggressive demeanor outside the courtroom and chose to preserve his loyalty to...
  • Bill And Hillary Harrased Gennifer Flowers And Lewinsky Using Sleazy Investigator Pellicano

    05/16/2008 8:32:53 AM PDT · by joeclarke · 3 replies · 577+ views
    NewsMax Hollywood Reporter ^ | 05/21/2008 | JoeClarke.Net
    Anthony Pellicano found guiltyConvicted of racketeering, conspiracyBy Leslie SimmonsMay 15, 2008, Hollywood ReporterAnthony Pellicano, the former celebrity private eye who set up shop on the Sunset Strip and boasted clients who were some of Hollywood's rich and powerful, was found guilty Thursday of racketeering, wiretapping and running a criminal enterprise. [Below Reprinted From Newsmax - 2003]From the NewsMax.com StaffWednesday, Nov.12, 2003 10:58 a.m. ESTPellicano Tapes Could Spell Trouble for Bill and Hillary Hollywood is buzzing over "investigator to the stars" private eye Anthony Pellicano, who copped a plea earlier this year after the FBI caught him with a drawer full...
  • Two Groups Planning to Sue Over Federal Eavesdropping [Hitchens is plaintiff against GW]

    01/17/2006 2:59:09 AM PST · by summer · 63 replies · 2,217+ views
    The NYT ^ | January 17, 2006 | ERIC LICHTBLAU
    Two leading civil rights groups plan to file lawsuits Tuesday against the Bush administration over its domestic spying program.... The Center for Constitutional Rights plans to sue on behalf of four lawyers at the center and a legal assistant there who work on terrorism-related cases at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba,... Similarly, the plaintiffs in the A.C.L.U. lawsuit include five Americans who work in international policy and terrorism, along with the A.C.L.U. and three other groups.... One of the A.C.L.U. plaintiffs, Larry Diamond, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute, ... Also named as plaintiffs in the A.C.L.U. lawsuit are the journalist...
  • What Sarah Palin Experienced Was Surveillance (Hacked Emails) [Good Read]

    09/25/2008 8:25:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies · 1,386+ views
    NewsMax ^ | September 25, 2008 | Celia Farber
    I rarely partake in either political discussions or mob rage, but what has transpired with the Palin “hacker,” and Gawker, is to my mind the very dead end, the very suicide, of the media cogniscenti, of anybody who touches it with a bargepole, or pretends it is anything short of a lynching of everything this country aims to stand for. This is not “hacking.” Hacking sounds kind of cute, like surfing, like something faintly nerdy and ingenious. No — the word is “surveillance,” and the cultures that invented it and perfected it were dictatorships, most of which have crumbled and...