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  • 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...
  • In Senate, a White House Victory on Eavesdropping

    01/24/2008 7:38:48 PM PST · by jdm · 4 replies · 133+ views
    NY Times ^ | Jan. 25, 2008 | By ERIC LICHTBLAU
    WASHINGTON — A White House plan to broaden the National Security Agency’s wiretapping powers won a key procedural victory in the Senate on Thursday, as backers defeated a more restrictive plan by Senate Democrats that would have imposed more court oversight on government spying. The vote moves the Bush administration a step closer toward the twin goals it has pursued for months: strengthening the N.S.A.’s ability to eavesdrop without court approval, while securing legal immunity for the phone companies that have helped the agency in its wiretapping operations. At the same time, the White House agreed Thursday after months of...
  • Check it out! Pics of the "Nativity Scene" set up by the University Of Texas Young Conservatives.

    12/05/2006 9:51:35 AM PST · by redstates4ever · 57 replies · 2,605+ views
    Yahoo! News Photos ^ | 12/04/06 | staff
    "Tony McDonald, a member of the University of Texas Young Conservatives, sets up a protest anti- American Civil Liberties Union nativity scene, dubbed a 'solstice barn,' on the university's campus in Austin December 4, 2006. The display features a 'Nancy Pelosi' angel, a 'suicide bomber' shepherd, and Marx, Lenin and Stalin as the Three Wise Men." "Josh Perry, a member of the University of Texas Young Conservatives, spreads hay as he sets up a protest anti-American Civil Liberties Union nativity scene, dubbed a 'solstice barn,' on the university's campus in Austin, Texas December 4, 2006. The display features a...
  • Domestic spying inquiry restarted at DoJ (a long dormant inquiry into eavesdropping - BOHICA Alert!)

    11/13/2007 1:26:20 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 102+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/13/07 | Devlin Barrett - ap
    WASHINGTON - The Justice Department has reopened a long-dormant inquiry into the government's warrantless wiretapping program, a major policy shift only days into the tenure of new Attorney General Michael Mukasey. The investigation by the department's Office of Professional Responsibility was shut down after the previous attorney general, Alberto Gonzales, refused to grant security clearances to investigators. "We recently received the necessary security clearances and are now able to proceed with our investigation," H. Marshall Jarrett, counsel for the OPR, wrote to New York Rep. Maurice Hinchey. A copy of the letter, dated Tuesday, was obtained by The Associated Press....
  • NSA Style Eavesdropping Thwarts 9/11 Anniversary Terror Attack

    09/07/2007 4:55:15 AM PDT · by Renfield · 7 replies · 665+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 9-6-07 | Marc Sheppard
    It appears that the very methods of phone call monitoring the Democrats have made their life's mission to impede have once again saved the day. A plot to destroy American targets in Germany by a terror cell linked to the Islamic Jihad Group was foiled on Tuesday and opponents of the NSA's Terrorist Surveillance Program would do well to bear in mind just how this untold carnage was avoided. Unfortunately, there's no reason to believe that Democrat leaders the likes of Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy will be any less likely to rebuke the use of "secret" (is there...
  • Eavesdropping law illegal, lawyers say

    08/09/2007 10:27:06 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 635+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/9/07 | Paul Elias - ap
    SAN FRANCISCO - Lawyers for Guantanamo Bay detainees asked a federal judge Thursday to invalidate a days-old law that lets government agents eavesdrop on suspected terrorists without first getting court-approved warrants. They said the measure signed into law Sunday by President Bush is illegal because it gives the national intelligence director and the U.S. attorney general too much power to intercept communications of suspected terrorists overseas — even when they are talking to someone in the United States. The New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights' lawsuit, along with about 50 others, are all being considered by U.S. District Court Judge...
  • Bush Signs Terrorism Law

    08/05/2007 9:17:44 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 451+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/5/07 | AP
    CAMP DAVID, Md. - President Bush on Sunday signed into law an expansion of the government's power to eavesdrop on foreign terror suspects without the need for warrants. The law, approved by the Senate and the House just before Congress adjourned for its summer break, was deemed a priority by Bush and his chief intelligence officials. Bush signed the bill into law on Sunday afternoon at his retreat at Camp David, Md. "When our intelligence professionals have the legal tools to gather information about the intentions of our enemies, America is safer," Bush said. "And when these same legal tools...
  • House approves foreign wiretap bill (227-183 vote)

    08/04/2007 8:35:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 70 replies · 3,920+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/4/07 | Charles Babington - ap
    WASHINGTON - The House handed President Bush a victory Saturday, voting to expand the government's abilities to eavesdrop without warrants on foreign suspects whose communications pass through the United States. The 227-183 vote, which followed the Senate's approval Friday, sends the bill to Bush for his signature. He had urged Congress to approve it, saying Saturday, "Protecting America is our most solemn obligation." The administration said the measure is needed to speed the National Security Agency's ability to intercept phone calls, e-mails and other communications involving foreign nationals "reasonably believed to be outside the United States." Civil liberties groups and...
  • Senate passes Bush terrorism spy bill

    08/03/2007 7:59:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 126 replies · 3,891+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/3/07 | Lara Jakes Jordan - ap
    WASHINGTON - In a high-stakes showdown over national security, the Senate voted late Friday to temporarily give President Bush expanded authority to eavesdrop on foreign terrorists without court warrants. The House, meanwhile, rejected a Democratic version of the bill. Democratic leaders there were working on a plan to bring up the Senate-passed measure and vote on it Saturday in response to Bush's demand that Congress give him the expanded surveillance authority before leaving for vacation this weekend. The White House applauded the Senate vote and urged the House to quickly follow suit. The bill "will give our intelligence professionals the...
  • Corporate PCs 'riddled with spyware'

    12/02/2004 11:49:25 PM PST · by Stoat · 5 replies · 680+ views
    The Register (U.K.) ^ | December 2, 2004 | John Leyden
    Corporate PCs 'riddled with spyware' By John Leyden Published Thursday 2nd December 2004 17:23 GMT Corporate systems are riddled with spyware, according to a study by an anti-spyware firm. Companies voluntarily using Webroot's Corporate SpyAudit tool had an average of 20 nasties per PC, Webroot reports.Most of the items found were harmless cookies. But average five per cent of the PCs scanned had system monitors and 5.5 per cent had Trojan horse programs, the two most nefarious and potentially malicious forms of spyware. The audit - based on scans of more than 10,000 systems, used by more than 4,100 companies...
  • Intel to Spend $2.5 Billion on Chip Factory in China

    03/25/2007 8:30:11 PM PDT · by jdm · 61 replies · 950+ views
    Bloomberg | March 26, 2007 | Ian King and Janet Ong
    Bloomberg is link only. Story
  • Lenovo: The End of Reliable Notebooks (ChiComs)

    04/17/2006 8:36:59 AM PDT · by Salo · 40 replies · 1,975+ views
    Cool Tech Zone ^ | Monday, 17 April 2006 | Varun Dubey
    After having finally acquired IBM’s ThinkPad division, Lenovo has not really had an impressive ride thus far, and not without reason. There was a reason why ThinkPad was so successful (legendary reliability with support from one of the world’s largest technology companies). Users trusted IBM. In fact, they still do and that is one of the prime reasons that even though Lenovo has bought over the brand, nowhere on a ThinkPad does it say Lenovo. Despite the overall poor performance, Lenovo has still not gained the mindshare or the respect that the ThinkPads command. In fact, it has, to some...
  • Electronic Voting Can't Be Trusted

    11/29/2006 11:14:22 AM PST · by lifelong_republican · 107 replies · 1,309+ views
    Sun-Sentinel ^ | 29 November 2006 | Norma Fisher
    "...These machines must go. There is no way to know if one's vote is accurately accounted for..."
  • The Other Side of the US Lenovo Spy Probe

    03/30/2006 9:33:57 AM PST · by Salo · 106 replies · 1,698+ views
    Daily Tech ^ | 03/30/06 | Tuan Nguyen
    The USCC launched a probe against Lenovo, but many wonder if the accusations are warranted The United States government is planning to spend roughly $13M USD on computers from Lenovo. The company, famous for buying up IBM's PC manufacturing arm, is working on a deal with the US government to produce roughly 16,000 computers. Just recently, the U.S.-China Economic Security Review Commission (USCC) has requested that Lenovo be probed for any concerns about possible spying, eavesdropping or worse. The supposed problem presented by the USCC is that the 16,000 computers are being built by a Chinese-mainland company. The USCC argues...
  • Court hears arguments in McDermott case

    01/25/2007 12:00:29 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 995+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/25/07 | Matthew Daly - ap
    WASHINGTON - As a senior member of the House ethics committee, Rep. Jim McDermott (news, bio, voting record) had an obligation not to disclose the contents of an illegally taped telephone call involving House Republican leaders, a lawyer for one of the House Republicans said Thursday. Just as a federal judge should not reveal confidential information about a case, McDermott should not have given reporters access to the taped telephone call, regardless of how it was obtained, said lawyer Michael Carvin. "He had a duty not to disclose, therefore he can't claim First Amendment rights" allowing him to make the...
  • Iran - CIA 'gave bomb plan to Tehran' (Clinton Legacy - Nuclear weapons)

    01/04/2006 3:36:46 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 20 replies · 4,812+ views
    Gulf Daily News ^ | January 5, 2005
    VIENNA: The CIA, using a double-agent Russian scientist, may have handed a blueprint for a nuclear bomb to Iran. State of War by James Risen, the New York Times reporter who exposed the Bush administration's controversial domestic spying operation, claims the plans contained fatal flaws designed to derail Tehran's nuclear drive. But the deliberate errors were so rudimentary they would have been easily fixed by sophisticated Russian nuclear scientists, the book said. The operation, which took place during the Clinton administration in early 2000, was codenamed Operation Merlin and "may have been one of the most reckless operations in...
  • Eavesdropping on the Universe [An improved method of searching for ET]

    01/10/2007 2:00:27 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 10 replies · 570+ views
    PhysOrg ^ | 1/8/07
    Astronomers have proposed an improved method of searching for intelligent extraterrestrial life using instruments like one now under construction in Australia. The Low Frequency Demonstrator (LFD) of the Mileura Wide-Field Array (MWA), a facility for radio astronomy, theoretically could detect Earth-like civilizations around any of the 1,000 nearest stars. "Soon, we may be eavesdropping on signals from Galactic civilizations," says theorist Avi Loeb of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA). "This is the first time in history that humans will be capable of finding a civilization like ours among the stars." Loeb will present his findings on Wednesday, January 10,...
  • Compelling Wire Taps and Documents Introduced at Chicago Hamas Trial

    11/15/2006 5:11:21 PM PST · by grandpa jones · 9 replies · 883+ views
    Counterterrorism ^ | 11/15/06 | Steven Emerson
    Testimony in the trial of Chicago resident Muhammad Salah and Abdelhaleem al-Ashqar of Northern Virginia, continued yesterday. FBI Agents gave testimony focusing on items found in Ashqar's home during a search of his Oxford Mississippi residence on December 26, 1993, in addition to wiretaps of his phone and fax lines. Special Agent Bradley Benabidez testified that the FBI acquired over 2400 hours of audio during the year that they maintained a wiretap. Benabidez further described the December 1993 search of Ashqar’s home where a team of agents from the FBI photographed over 1600 documents. A few of those documents which...
  • Right to Privacy Destined for Endangered List

    10/08/2006 4:02:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 74 replies · 1,527+ views
    American Conservative Union ^ | October 4, 2006 | Bob Barr
    The Fourth Amendment to our Constitution protects Americans against "unreasonable searches and seizures" and against warrants being issued without "probable cause" that they have done something wrong. While most Americans who might be familiar with this portion of our Bill of Rights probably consider its protections to apply only to criminals and therefore of little consequence to them, the Fourth Amendment actually provides vital protection to all Americans, not just "criminals." In fact, its prefatory language makes this clear, explicitly providing that its goal is to assure that the "right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses,...
  • (Vanity) The HP Way and the NSA; or, Little Sister is Watching You

    09/24/2006 11:22:30 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 6 replies · 1,031+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 09-24-2006 | grey_whiskers
    See for example this thread first. Over the course of the past couple of weeks, a large scandal has broken concerning the efforts of unscrupulous, highly-placed individuals to gain access to the private phone records and conversations of dissenters. The rights of these dissenters are guaranteed by law. Does this sound familiar? Are you thinking of the words “NSA interecpt / wiretap program?” If you are, then we are not connecting here. I am speaking of the recent controversy regarding some of the corporate executives at Hewlett-Packard, and their attempts to unearth the source of leaks of corporate secrets (or...
  • Google developing eavesdropping software

    09/03/2006 10:11:26 PM PDT · by dayglored · 65 replies · 1,322+ views
    The Register ^ | 2006-09-03 | FaultLine
    The first thing that came out of our mouths when we heard that Google is working on a system that listens to what's on your TV playing in the background, and then serves you relevant adverts, was "that's cool, but dangerous". The idea appeared in Technology Review citing Peter Norvig, director of research at Google, who says these ideas will show up eventually in real Google products - sooner rather than later. The idea is to use the existing PC microphone to listen to whatever is heard in the background, be it music, your phone going off or the TV...