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  • Have Intelligence Agencies Become Too Reliant on Technology?

    07/16/2014 11:55:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 16, 2014 | Rachel Marsden
    PARIS -- A newly leaked document stolen by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden last year reveals that one of the NSA's partner agencies within the "Five Eyes" Anglo-intelligence network -- Britain's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), responsible for signals intelligence -- dedicated vast resources to fooling around on the Internet, according to journalist Glenn Greenwald. The GCHQ has reportedly developed tools capable of playing with the results of online polls; sending out spoof emails and Microsoft Office documents that, once opened, can grab and transmit files and info from a user's computer; collecting data from public profiles on...
  • Ellison: Profiling of American Muslims is ‘troubling’

    07/10/2014 9:10:26 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 25 replies
    startribune.com ^ | July 10, 2014
    Democratic U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim to serve in Congress, said a report that the National Security Agency and FBI were tracking the email of five prominent American Muslims is “troubling because it suggests that Americans were targeted because of their faith and civic engagement.” Documents leaked by former government contractor Edward Snowden revealed that the Muslim attorneys and activists were targeted for surveillance from 2002 to 2008 under a program meant to uncover terrorists and foreign agents, according to an analysis from online news organization The Intercept. Among the documents released were training materials that used the...
  • Report: NSA compiling baby photos, medical records and resumes of citizens

    07/07/2014 11:52:20 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 39 replies
    FOX 31 ^ | 7/6/2014 | FOX 31
    NEW YORK — Heaps of baby photos, fitness selfies, medical records and resumes are among thousands of private communications scooped up and stored by NSA spy programs. That’s according to new disclosures based on documents Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, gave to The Washington Post — disclosures that show just how easy it is for Americans’ private conversations to be swept into the spy agency’s traps. Snowden provided the Post with what it said were 160,000 intercepted conversations, including e-mails, instant messages, photographs, social network posts and other documents. The trove included messages exchanged from 2009 through...
  • NSA: Our systems are so complex we can’t stop them from deleting data wanted for lawsuit

    06/12/2014 9:18:36 AM PDT · by mojito · 30 replies
    WaPo ^ | 6/9/2014 | Andrea Peterson
    The National Security Agency recently used a novel argument for not holding onto information it collects about users online activity: it's too complex. The agency is facing a slew of lawsuits over its surveillance programs, many launched after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked information on the agency's efforts last year. One suit that pre-dates the Snowden leaks, Jewel v. NSA, challenges the constitutionality of programs that the suit allege collect information about American's telephone and Internet activities. In a hearing Friday, U.S. District for the Northern District of California Judge Jeffrey S. White reversed an emergency order he had...
  • New leaks show Germany's collusion with NSA

    06/22/2014 10:15:52 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 2 replies
    DW ^ | 6/21/2014 | DW
    This week German news magazine Der Spiegel published the largest single set of files leaked by whistleblower and former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. The roughly 50 documents show the depth of the German intelligence agencies' collusion with the NSA. They suggest that the German Intelligence Agency (BND), the country's foreign spy agency, and the Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), the German domestic spy agency, worked more closely with the NSA than they have admitted - and more than many observers thought.
  • Will Greenwald Release Snowden's List of Americans Spied Upon by NSA This Week?

    06/08/2014 7:09:51 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 13 replies
    Self | June 8, 2014 | PJ-Comix
    Will Glenn Greenwald be releasing the names collected by Edward Snowden of Americans spied upon by the NSA this week? Tomorrow or Tuesday would be the PERFECT days to release such names. Why? Because Tuesday is the the official date of the release of Hillary's ghost written book to the public and such a release of names would suck the oxygen out of its publicity.
  • Oliver Stone signs on to direct Edward Snowden biopic: ‘It is one of the greatest stories

    06/02/2014 11:57:11 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 9 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | June 2 2014 | Kirthana Ramisetti
    Full Title: Oliver Stone signs on to direct Edward Snowden biopic: ‘It is one of the greatest stories of our time’/// Oliver Stone doesn’t shy away from controversial topics and his latest movie project is no exception. The Oscar-winning director announced Monday that he will tackle a film based on NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the Guardian reports. Stone’s film was based on an adaptation of Guardian journalist Luke Harding’s book, “The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man.” Harding and other Guardian journalists will serve as consultants to the film. “This is one of the greatest...
  • Edward Snowden, Moscow's Accidental Tourist

    06/01/2014 5:12:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 1, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden has found the court of public opinion to be far more receptive than a court of law. He conducts the occasional interview with seemingly sympathetic journalists. NBC News aired one such interview with anchorman Brian Williams on Wednesday night. "Do you see yourself as a patriot?" Williams asked. "I do," answered Snowden, now 30. He was just trying to protect the country and the Constitution "from the encroachment of adversaries -- and those adversaries don't have to be foreign countries." Dianne Feinstein, who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, was having none of it. "In...
  • Open Source Crypto TrueCrypt Disappears With Suspicious Cloud Of Mystery

    05/29/2014 8:05:00 PM PDT · by TChad · 27 replies
    Forbes ^ | 5/29/2014 | James Lyne
    Over the past 24 hours the website for TrueCrypt (a very widely used encryption solution) was updated with a rather unusually styled message stating that TrueCrypt is “considered harmful” and should not be used.
  • Mysterious announcement from Truecrypt declares the project insecure and dead

    05/29/2014 8:06:55 PM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 53 replies
    boing boing ^ | 5-29-14 | Cory Doctorow
    The abrupt announcement that the widely used, anonymously authored disk-encryption tool Truecrypt is insecure and will no longer be maintained shocked the crypto world--after all, this was the tool Edward Snowden himself lectured on at a Cryptoparty in Hawai'i. Cory Doctorow tries to make sense of it all.
  • Kerry tells Snowden to 'man up' and come home

    05/28/2014 7:28:37 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 51 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 5/28/14 | ap
    Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday called National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden a fugitive and challenged him to "man up and come back to the United States." Kerry was asked about Snowden in a nationally broadcast interview in the wake of an interview in which Snowden said he never intended to be holed up in Russia but was forced to go there because Washington decided to "revoke my passport." Asked about this, Kerry replied on NBC's "Today" show: "Well, for a supposedly smart guy, that's a pretty dumb answer, after all."
  • Snowden journalist set to make ‘biggest’ disclosure yet (Names of Americans Being Spied Upon)

    05/28/2014 10:24:05 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 47 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 26, 2014 | Danika Fears
    Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who helped NSA leaker Edward Snowden expose state secrets to the world, is set to make his “biggest” disclosure yet — the names of Americans the government spied on, he told The Sunday Times.Greenwald added that Snowden’s legacy will be “shaped in large part” by this “finishing piece,” which is based on information obtained in the nearly 2 million documents the former NSA contractor secretly stole from the government.
  • Lawyer: Edward Snowden 'Considering' Return to US (if certain conditions are met)

    05/26/2014 11:11:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 05/26/2014 | Greg McDonald
    NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is "considering' returning to the United States if certain conditions are met, his lawyer told Germany's Der Spiegel. "There are negotiations," Snowden's German lawyer Wolfgang Kaleck said, according to a translation on RT.com, a news agency based in Russia. "Those who know the case are aware that an amicable agreement with the U.S. authorities will be most reasonable," Kaleck said. Snowden is not involved in the negotations, Kaleck told Der Spiegel.
  • James Clapper Giving Speeches To Students, Begging Them To Stop Thinking Of Ed Snowden As A Hero

    04/21/2014 4:12:15 PM PDT · by opentalk · 32 replies
    techdirt ^ | April 21, 2013 | Mike Masnick
    A few weeks back, I read a Washington Post story "Inside the admissions process at George Washington University" and noted this interesting tidbit towards the end: GW also asks students to list a role model and two words to describe themselves. As for herself, Freitag said, she would list “Martha Stewart/Tina Fey” and “sassy/classy.” This year, she’s seeing a lot of Edward Snowden citations. I had thought about writing it up, but decided it was a pretty small thing, really. It's not secret that, as a group, younger people have a much more favorable impression of Snowden than older people....
  • FALLOUT: The Geopolitics of the Snowden Files (Book Review)

    04/20/2014 8:19:11 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 5 replies
    Los Angeles Review of Books ^ | April 20, 2014 | By Adam Morris
    ON JULY 2 LAST YEAR, the governments of Portugal, France, Italy, and Spain bowed to US orders and refused airspace to the plane carrying Bolivian president Evo Morales. He’d been traveling from Russia to South America until his presidential jet was forced to land in Vienna. Morales and his ministers were stranded there for 15 hours. Acting on bad intelligence or mere suspicions, the higher-ups in the Obama administration, and perhaps President Obama himself, decreed this embarrassing, unprecedented, and illegal detention of a foreign sovereign. The lies fed to Morales and his pilots in Vienna — that there were “technical”...
  • Post-conviction America: Vanity Fair enshrines Snowden

    04/09/2014 7:13:48 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 13 replies
    The Thanks Project ^ | 04/09/2014 | Steve Berman
    Snowden has been holding court and putting America and its intelligence policies on trial. It should be the reverse: America should be holding court with Snowden on trial. I don’t agree with the blanket and universal snooping and data collection in which the NSA has been engaging. I think it’s dangerous for many reasons, the most disturbing of which is the temptation to use the data for political purposes. There should be no illusion here: any society that has the technical capability to offer universal, personal, and mobile access to the largest collection of human knowledge in history, has the...
  • U.S. Scurries to Shore Up Spying on Russia

    03/23/2014 8:08:51 PM PDT · by kristinn · 22 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Sunday, March 23, 2014 | Adam Entous, Julian E. Barnes and Siobhan Gorman
    U.S. military satellites spied Russian troops amassing within striking distance of Crimea last month. But intelligence analysts were surprised because they hadn't intercepted any telltale communications where Russian leaders, military commanders or soldiers discussed plans to invade. America's vaunted global surveillance is a vital tool for U.S. intelligence services, especially as an early-warning system and as a way to corroborate other evidence. In Crimea, though, U.S. intelligence officials are concluding that Russian planners might have gotten a jump on the West by evading U.S. eavesdropping. "Even though there was a warning, we didn't have the information to be able to...
  • Greenwald: How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive and Destroy Reputations

    02/24/2014 5:29:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 93 replies
    Glenn Greenwald's The Intercept & Guardian UK ^ | February 24, 2014 | Glenn Greenwald
    One of the many pressing stories that remains to be told from the Snowden archive is how western intelligence agencies are attempting to manipulate and control online discourse with extreme tactics of deception and reputation-destruction. It’s time to tell a chunk of that story, complete with the relevant documents. Over the last several weeks, I worked with NBC News to publish a series of articles about “dirty trick” tactics used by GCHQ’s previously secret unit, JTRIG (Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group). These were based on four classified GCHQ documents presented to the NSA and the other three partners in...
  • CIA Director: Jonathan Pollard Is In Prison Because He's Jewish

    02/08/2014 11:23:21 PM PST · by IsraelBeach · 35 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | February 9, 2014 | Karen Levy
    CIA Director: Jonathan Pollard Is In Prison Because He's JewishBy Karen Levy Israel News AgencyJerusalem — February 9, 2014 ... There have been many senior US officials who have called for Israeli Jonathan Pollard to be released, but none ever came from this highest of security institutions. Former CIA Director James Woolsey has reiterated his call for the immediate release of Jonathan Pollard, now in his 29th year behind American bars over charges of spying for Israel. Speaking to the Israel News Agency, Woolsey stated: "It's enough. After a quarter century the time has come to free Pollard. That doesn't...
  • Lawmakers ‘Disturbed and Angered’ After Classified Briefing Reveals Extent of Snowden Defense Leaks

    02/05/2014 4:15:24 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 60 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | February 5, 2014 - 1:45 pm | Bridget Johnson
    Leading members of the House Armed Services Committee emerged from a classified briefing on the Edward Snowden leaks this afternoon “shocked” at the amount of information he reportedly leaked beyond the NSA surveillance programs. Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), chairman of the Armed Service panel’s Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee and also a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said the briefing on the defense consequences of Snowden’s leaks was “very highly classified,” and therefore details couldn’t be discussed. …
  • European Greens nominate Snowden for Nobel Peace Prize

    02/02/2014 1:14:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 31 January 2014
    The Green group in the European Parliament has nominated whistleblower Edward Snowden for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, on the last day before a deadline for nomination expires tomorrow (1 February). The Green/EFA group said that the world had discovered in 2013 “the face of a young man, who had overnight become an icon of state treason for some and a heroic defender of the most basic freedoms for many more.” According to the Greens, Snowden’s revelations on US secret services tapping the internet, phone calls and other communications data shed light on the largest and most systematic privacy violations...
  • NSA Phone Program Is Illegal, Privacy Board Says

    01/23/2014 3:23:29 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 14 replies
    National Journal ^ | January 23, 2014 | Brendan Sasso
    The National Security Agency's program collecting records on virtually all U.S. phone calls violates the law, according to a government privacy board. In a 238-page report released Thursday, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board calls for an end to the program, saying it has never stopped a terrorist attack and threatens the privacy of millions of Americans. The report is yet another blow to the controversial program, which was first revealed by Edward Snowden last year. Last Friday, President Obama announced his support for certain reforms to the program, including requiring court approval for the NSA to search through...
  • Rogers: Russia may be behind Snowden leak

    01/19/2014 4:19:19 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 112 replies
    Politico ^ | January 18, 2014 | By Adam Sneed
    The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee says Edward Snowden likely received help stealing information from the National Security Agency — and that help may have come from Russian intelligence officials. In a pre-recorded interview for NBC’s “Meet the Press” with David Gregory, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) questioned how the former NSA contractor arranged travel out of the United States before leaking the trove of secret documents and eventually making his way to Russia. “Let me just say this. I believe there’s a reason he ended up in the hands, the loving arms, of an FSB agent in Moscow,” Rogers...
  • Obama promises not to spy on EU leaders

    01/18/2014 2:56:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 79 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 18.01.14 @ 16:57 | Andrew Rettman
    US President Barack Obama has said he will not spy on EU leaders or conduct economic espionage, but will continue snooping on ordinary US and EU citizens.He made the pledge in a TV speech on Friday (17 January) in reaction to the Edward Snowden leaks. “I’ve made clear to the intelligence community that unless there is a compelling national security purpose, we will not monitor the communications of heads of state and government of our close friends and allies,” he said. “We do not collect intelligence to provide a competitive advantage to US companies or US commercial sectors,” he added....
  • Iranian news agency reports US has been run by Nazi space aliens since 1945

    01/13/2014 9:38:12 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 79 replies
    UPI ^ | Jan. 13, 2014 | Evan Bleier
    Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Here’s a headline for a story that seems just a bit too out-of-this-world to be true:“Snowden Documents Proving ‘US-Alien-Hitler’ Link Stun Russia” appeared on the website of semi-official Iranian news agency Fars News on Sunday. After previously reporting on subjects like the British royal family being Jewish and Israel's plans to annex Iraq, Fars News may have outdone itself by breaking news that the U.S. government has been run by a "shadow government" of Nazi space aliens since 1945.According to the paper, the information about the secret government of Nazi aliens was provided by NSA leaker...
  • More Calls for Impeachment of Obama after NSA Ruling

    01/08/2014 3:10:40 PM PST · by Dqban22 · 19 replies
    LaRouche Irish Brigade ^ | 12/22/2013LaRouche Irish Brigade | LaRouche
    OBAMA'S CRIMES ARE WORST THAN NIXON'S More Calls for Impeachment of Obama after NSA Ruling Posted on December 22, 2013 by LaRouche Irish Brigade Larry Klayman, the attorney who brought the lawsuit that won a restraining order against the National Security Agency, has called Obama’s crimes far worse than Nixon’s, and is calling for the impeachment for Obama. In an interview with World Net Daily, for which Klayman also writes, he said, “In Watergate, Richard Nixon faced impeachment for breaking into the offices of the chairman of the Democratic National Party….Obama has broken into the homes of 300 million Americans.”...
  • 'There Are More Snowden Documents on Israel' -Glenn Greenwald, publisher of the Snowden documents,

    01/06/2014 10:50:42 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    inn ^ | 1/6/14 | Elad Benari
    The journalist from the British Guardian who published some of the documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden said on Monday that there are additional leaked documents, unpublished as of yet, relating to Israel. Speaking to Israel’s Channel 10 News, Glenn Greenwald also said that Israel had done the right thing by linking the revelations about American spying on Israeli targets to the continued imprisonment of Jonathan Pollard. Greenwald’s interview comes weeks after leaked documents showed that American spies monitored the email traffic of former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and former Defense Minister Ehud Barak. Greenwald said he had found...
  • hU.S. relations with Russia face critical tests in 2014 as Putin, Obama fail to fulfill expectations

    01/06/2014 2:38:17 AM PST · by cunning_fish · 5 replies
    WP ^ | January 3, 2014 | Will Englund
    MOSCOW — With mutual trust all but gone, the United States and Russia enter a new year full of challenges that will test whether the world’s nuclear giants can salvage their relationship. The Winter Olympics, the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, the case of former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, turmoil in Ukraine and Syria, and the uncharted consequences of the shale gas boom all threaten to bring new difficulties and irritants. Things were supposed to be easier by now. Five years ago this month, the Obama administration took office vowing to repair Washington’s tattered relations with Moscow. In a...
  • NSA Paid a Huge Security Firm $10 Million to Keep Encryption Weak

    12/20/2013 4:16:47 PM PST · by James C. Bennett · 99 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 20 dec 2013 | Gizmodo
    Reuters reports that the NSA paid massive computer security firm RSA $10 million to promote a flawed encryption system so that the surveillance organization could wiggle its way around security. In other words, the NSA bribed the firm to leave the back door to computers all over the world open. Thanks to documents leaked by Edward Snowden, we already knew the NSA played a central role in promoting a flawed formula for generating random numbers, which if used in encryption, essentially gives the spies easy access to computing systems. A piece of RSA software, bSafe, became the most significant vector...
  • SNOWDEN: NSA'S INDISCRIMINATE SPYING 'COLLAPSING'

    12/17/2013 6:40:24 AM PST · by Biggirl · 59 replies
    AP ^ | December 17, 2013 | Bradley Brooks
    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden wrote in a lengthy "open letter to the people of Brazil" that he's been inspired by the global debate ignited by his release of thousands of National Security Agency documents, and that the NSA's culture of indiscriminate global espionage "is collapsing."
  • Guardian journalists could face criminal charges over Edward Snowden leaks

    12/03/2013 7:59:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7:20PM GMT 03 Dec 2013 | David Barrett
    Employees of The Guardian newspaper could face criminal charges over their role in publishing secrets leaked by Edward Snowden, Britain’s most senior counterterrorism officer has signaled. Cressida Dick, an assistant commissioner at Scotland Yard, confirmed for the first time that detectives were examining whether staff at the newspaper had committed an offense. She also told MPs that her officers are looking at potential breaches of a specific anti-terrorism law which makes it unlawful to communicate information about British intelligence agents. The offense carries up to 10 years’ imprisonment. …
  • Bill Clinton Refuses To Criticize Edward Snowden, Says Next President Should Be A Woman

    11/18/2013 8:30:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11/18/2013 | Tyler Durden
    Lately Bill Clinton has not been doing the president many favors. First, the "is" definition-challenged former president had some harsh words about Obamacare, and most recently in an overnight question-and-answer session before a standing-room-only crowd in a Beijing hotel ballroom, Clinton who was in Beijing for meetings with China’s President Xi Jinping as well as to promote the work of his New York-based philanthropic organisation, the Clinton Foundation, while withholding comments on Obama - whose approval rating has plunged to an all time low - refused to criticise Edward Snowden. Instead he said he believed it was "perfectly legitimate"...
  • Kerry: it’s tense with Germany but we can fix it

    11/07/2013 11:43:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 07 Nov 2013 11:44 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    US Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged in a German newspaper on Thursday that “tensions” had arisen between the US and Germany over revelations of US espionage, but said relations would remain strong. The German government is studying the possibility of questioning US fugitive leaker Edward Snowden in Russia after admitting he could be in danger of extradition if he were to come to Germany. … Asked what needed to be done to repair US-German ties, Kerry said that Washington was talking with its German partners “about how we better coordinate our secret service efforts and, in doing so, can...
  • Germany asks British ambassador to explain spying report

    11/06/2013 12:12:00 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Nov 5, 2013 5:30pm EST | (Berlin bureau)
    Germany on Tuesday asked the British ambassador to come to the foreign ministry to discuss a newspaper report that a covert spying station was operating in Berlin with hi-tech equipment mounted on the embassy roof. Documents leaked by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden show that Britain’s surveillance agency is operating a network of “electronic spy posts” from within a stone’s throw of the Bundestag and German chancellor’s office, the Independent reported. …
  • ‘Snowden testimony would be a disaster’

    11/02/2013 10:38:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 213 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 11/02/2013 | Gero Schließ
    “It would be a disaster for American-German relations if Snowden came to Germany and publicly testified before the Bundestag.” What Green MP Christian Ströbele ultimately is hoping for after his surprise visit with Edward Snowden in Moscow would be a nightmare for Stephen Szabo of the German Marshall Fund, as well for the Obama administration. The relationship between the two countries is headed towards “a deep, downward spiral,” says Szabo. This must be stopped. If Snowden were to come to Germany with official blessing, the situation would escalate further, warns the long-time Germany expert and vice-president of the German Marshall...
  • Merkel quizzes Obama on reports US spied on her phone

    10/24/2013 6:07:36 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 20 replies
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel demanded answers from President Barack Obama on Wednesday after learning US spies may have monitored her phone, warning this would be "breach of trust" between allies. The White House, rattled by the latest exposure based on leaks from intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, said it is not now listening in on Merkel, but did not deny the possibility her communications may have been intercepted in the past. In the wake of Snowden's ongoing revelations, several more key US countries have already complained about American electronic surveillance, and the White House is struggling to stem the diplomatic damage....
  • France and Mexico demand answers over US spying (“deeply shocked”)

    10/21/2013 2:40:14 PM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Saudi Gazette ^ | 10/22/13
    PARIS — France and Mexico have angrily demanded prompt explanations from the United States over new spying allegations leaked by former US security contractor Edward Snowden. French daily Le Monde and German weekly Der Spiegel said in separate reports published Monday that the US National Security Agency (NSA) secretly monitored tens of millions of phone communications in France and hacked into former Mexican president Felipe Calderon’s email account. The allegations come on top of revelations already leaked by Snowden and published in June that the US had a vast, secret program called PRISM to monitor Internet users, which French prosecutors...
  • NSA collects millions of e-mail address books globally

    10/14/2013 4:19:54 PM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 39 replies
    The National Security Agency is harvesting hundreds of millions of contact lists from personal e-mail and instant messaging accounts around the world, many of them belonging to Americans, according to senior intelligence officials and top secret documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
  • In Russia, politics and nationalist pride are the basis of Putin’s anti-American turn

    09/14/2013 3:31:06 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 79 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Sept 14, 2013 | By Kathy Lally and Will Englund,
    MOSCOW — First, Vladimir Putin accused Hillary Rodham Clinton of inciting protests against him at the end of 2011. The next fall, the Russian president threw the U.S. Agency for International Development out of his country. Then he decided civic groups that get U.S. financing must be foreign agents. By the end of last year, Putin decided Americans had become unfit to adopt Russian children. This summer he decided to harbor Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency document leaker, despite strenuous U.S. objections. And ever since the Syrian conflict began, Putin has thwarted President Obama’s attempts to get the United...
  • In Russia, politics and nationalist pride are the basis of Putin’s anti-American turn

    09/14/2013 9:10:45 PM PDT · by Arthurio · 15 replies
    MOSCOW — First, Vladimir Putin accused Hillary Rodham Clinton of inciting protests against him at the end of 2011. The next fall, the Russian president threw the U.S. Agency for International Development out of his country. Then he decided civic groups that get U.S. financing must be foreign agents. By the end of last year, Putin decided Americans had become unfit to adopt Russian children. This summer, he decided to harbor Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency document leaker, despite strenuous U.S. objections. And ever since the Syrian conflict began, Putin has thwarted President Obama’s attempts to get the United...
  • What Putin Wants: Moscow’s Fear of Jihad Drives Policy on Syria

    09/12/2013 2:24:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | September 12, 2013 – 05:38 PM | Uwe Klussman
    Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry appear relieved that the proposal from Moscow provides an opportunity to avoid a war—of which neither of them was particularly convinced. Despite all of Washington’s recent frustrations with the Russian offer of asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden, the US government knows that a partnership with Putin is both possible and necessary. One reason for this is the fact that armed Islamist extremism, which is growing in strength from Kabul to Damascus, is more of a threat to Russia that it is to the US. It was no accident that the Sept. 9...
  • Edward Snowden nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

    09/09/2013 5:43:18 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 31 replies
    Edward Snowden nominated for Nobel Peace Prize By: Tal Kopan July 15, 2013 10:41 AM EDT A Swedish sociology professor has nominated Edward Snowden for the Nobel Peace Prize, saying that awarding the former NSA employee would correct Nobel Committee’s mistake in giving the award to President Barack Obama in 2009. According to a translation of the letter published by the Daily Mail and RT.com, Umeå University professor Stefan Svallfors wrote the committee that Snowden has made the world safer in releasing information about United States surveillance. “Edward Snowden has - in a heroic effort at great personal cost -...
  • Putin and the New Appeasers

    08/29/2013 6:11:03 AM PDT · by cunning_fish · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 27, 2013 | Kim Zigfeld
    There he goes again. When last we heard from U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, a fourth-term Republican of California, he was working feverishly to help U.S.-despising Russian dictator Vladimir Putin deflect blame justifiably coming his way over the Boston Marathon bombing. Now, Rohrabacher is being trumpeted by Kremlin-operated newswire service RIA Novosti as claiming that the U.S. is "shooting itself in the foot" by noticing that Russia is sheltering the treacherous Edward Snowden and providing massive military support to the America-hating terrorists of Hizb'allah. Rohrabacher says he likes the "spirit" and "sense of humor" of Russians and says they're the only...
  • MSNBC: Must-agree TV

    08/27/2013 1:05:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 26, 2013 | Erik Wemple
    <p>Virtually every other show [aside from "Morning Joe"] belongs to hosts who unstintingly support Obama and the Democrats, with only minor points of disagreement. ([Host Chris] Hayes criticizes Obama for his drone killings and surveillance programs, and often conducts friendly interviews with Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who collaborated with Edward Snowden. Melissa Harris-Perry, who appears on weekends at 10 a.m., nearly always defends Obama, and called Glenn Greenwald a “jerk.”) Conservatives are far less visible on MSNBC than liberals are on Fox News, and the right-leaning guests who do appear are typically critics of the conservative movement: Steve Schmidt, the Republican strategist, who says the party is too tolerant of “nuts” and “kooks”; Josh Barro, an advocate for Republican reform who describes himself as “neoliberal”; Abby Huntsman, the daughter of failed presidential candidate Jon, who has described the G.O.P. as a party of “non-inclusion.” The over-all impression is that your average Republican or conservative is simply too fanatical to be part of polite discourse.</p>
  • Run Snowden Run!

    08/25/2013 6:47:43 AM PDT · by mrdrawingguy · 9 replies
    You Tube ^ | Aug 22, 2013 | Alan Alsup
    NSA leaker Edward Snowden set the world on fire when he stood up to the powerful and secretive National Security Agency, exposing its illegal and unconstitutional spying to a global audience. Since that time, statists, neoconservatives, and supporters of the Obama administration have called for him to stand trial for treason. Meanwhile, civil liberties activists have hailed him as a whistleblower and a hero. Some have even suggested that the NSA should be disbanded, that its officials should be held accountable, and that Edward Snowden deserves a ticker tape parade. Today's Enemies Domestic short tackles this national conversation head-on. Do...
  • Daniel Ellsberg: US on Verge of Becoming Police State Under Obama

    08/22/2013 7:19:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 22 Aug 2013 12:45 PM
    Daniel Ellsberg, the man who leaked the Pentagon Papers in 1971, says the United States is on the verge of becoming a police state as evidenced by the National Security Agency’s data collection programs and the treatment of secret document leakers Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning. “We have not only the capability of a police state, but certain beginnings of it right now,” Ellsberg told The Huffington Post Wednesday. “And I absolutely agree with Edward Snowden. It’s worth a person’s life, prospect of assassination, or life in prison or life in exile—it’s worth that to try to restore our liberties...
  • Guardian chief says UK destroyed hard drives to stop Snowden secrets

    08/20/2013 10:10:00 AM PDT · by mojito · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/20/2013 | Unattributed
    The Guardian newspaper's editor says British authorities destroyed an unspecified number of its hard drives in an apparent attempt to keep secrets leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden from Chinese spies. Alan Rusbridger made the claim in an opinion piece published Monday on the Guardian's website, saying that a pair of staffers from British eavesdropping agency GCHQ monitored the process in what he called "one of the more bizarre moments in the Guardian's long history." He said the hard drives were torn apart in the basement of the Guardian's north London office with "two GCHQ security experts...
  • Guardian: UK Agents Destroyed NSA Leak Hard Drives

    08/20/2013 6:43:43 AM PDT · by xzins · 24 replies
    CBN ^ | August 20, 2013 | CBNNews.com
    The Guardian newspaper says British agents destroyed their newsroom hard drives after they began publishing revelations from National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. In an opinion piece, Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger claimed the hard drives were destroyed after weeks of pressure by British government officials. He said the drives were torn apart in the basement of their office building as British intelligence agents looked on. "One of the more bizarre moments in the Guardian's long history occurred with two GCHQ security experts overseeing the destruction of hard drives in the Guardian's basement just to make sure there was nothing in...
  • Kincaid: Analyst Says Anti-NSA Campaign Benefits America's Enemies

    08/19/2013 8:42:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | August 19, 2013 | Cliff Kincaid
    <p>Trevor Loudon, the author of a new book on socialist penetration of the Democratic party and the U.S. Congress, says, “Perhaps the most damaging aspect of this entire NSA scandal is the way the U.S. and international left have used the leaks to turn the American right into a battering ram against U.S. military intelligence capabilities. Historically it has always been the far-left that has sought to castrate U.S. government intelligence capabilities—always using ‘civil liberties’ as a lever.”</p>
  • Lavabit (email service) owner fears arrest for non-compliance after secret surveillance order

    08/18/2013 4:37:52 AM PDT · by Libloather · 84 replies
    RT ^ | 8/17/13
    The owner of the encrypted email service used by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden says he could face criminal charges for refusing to comply with a secret federal court order issued last week. Ladar Levison abruptly shut down his company, Lavabit LLC, last week to avoid being forced to hand over customers’ personal information and communications. James Trump, a senior litigation counsel at the US attorney’s office in Alexandria, Virginia, contacted Levinson’s lawyer on August 8 - the day Levinson ended Lavabit’s services, NBC News reported. The attorney was told that Levison had “violated the court order,” leading to speculation...