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  • Secret deal lets NSA distribute illegally obtained private information to any gov't agency

    01/19/2017 12:19:08 PM PST · by wtd · 19 replies
    VladTepesblog via FoxBusiness ^ | January 19, 2017 | Eeyore
    Obama AG makes secret deal to let NSA distribute illegally obtained private information to any government agency YouTube Video clip: Judge Napolitano on AG Lynch's secret NSA deal (4:11)Here is a rough transcript of 4:11 length video Stuart Varney: Now this just coming to us. It's news to me but the judge has got it for us. Coming up, Attorney General Loretta Lynch has just signed a secret deal days before leaving office ordering the NSA to give spying data to other federal agencies. Judge Napolitano joins us for this story. What's going on? Judge Napolitano: Well, we don't...
  • War Declared: The Intelligence Community v Trump

    01/14/2017 1:00:59 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 20 replies
    The New American ^ | 14 January 2017 | C. Mitchell Shaw
    In his press conference Wednesday, President-elect Donald Trump responded to recent attacks against him by the intelligence community by saying that leaking “information that turned out to be so false and fake” was “something that Nazi Germany would have done.” His remarks were in reference to an unsubstantiated “dossier” added to the intelligence community’s report of alleged Russian interference in recent U.S. elections.But how culpable is the intelligence community in its handling of this dossier? Do intel's actions rise to the level of “something that Nazi Germany would have done,” as Trump charges? And do those actions include not only fake...
  • Ex-Spook: CIA Monitoring ‘Kremlin Buttboi Traitor’ Trump – Intel ‘Taking Traitor Trump Out’

    01/12/2017 10:49:46 PM PST · by M. Thatcher · 56 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Jan 13th, 2017 12:01 am | Kristinn Taylor
    Former spook John Schindler pronounced on Twitter Thursday night that the CIA is trying to take out President-elect Donald Trump before he is sworn in as president next Friday, January 20. Schindler has long accused Trump of being a Russian stooge. Schindler’s bio for his Observer column reads, “John Schindler is a security expert and former National Security Agency analyst and counterintelligence officer. A specialist in espionage and terrorism, he’s also been a Navy officer and a War College professor. He’s published four books and is on Twitter at @20committee.” Schindler made his comment about the CIA in reaction to...
  • Yes, Trump pick Monica Crowley has a plagiarism problem

    01/08/2017 2:53:03 PM PST · by Kaslin · 140 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | January 8, 2017 | JAZZ SHAW
    Monica Crowley was recently tapped as Donald Trump’s selection to be the Senior Director of Strategic Communications on the National Security Council. Unfortunately for her, former Buzzfeed researcher (now with CNN) Andrew Kaczynski has been digging into her 2012 best seller, What The (Bleep) Just Happened and has turned up multiple instances of obvious plagiarism. Crowley is a long time Fox News host and conservative columnist, so she was no neophyte when it comes to the rules of the road for journalists and authors. Trump is calling this essentially a political hit job, but it’s definitely a problem. (CNN) Conservative...
  • Trump Is Working On A Plan To Restructure, Pare Back The CIA And America's Top Spy Agency

    01/04/2017 3:50:12 PM PST · by blam · 18 replies
    Zero Hedge - WSJ ^ | 1-4-2017 | Tyler Durden - WSJ
    Tyler DurdenJanuary 4, 2017 Just in case the accusations that president-elect Donald Trump is a puppet of the Kremlin, intent on destabilizing and weakening the US weren't loud enough, moments ago the WSJ assured these would hit an unprecedented level with a report that Trump, a harsh critic of U.S. intelligence agencies, is working with top advisers on a plan that would restructure and pare back the nation’s top spy agency, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, prompted by a belief that it has "become bloated and politicized." The Office of the Director of National Intelligence, or ODNI,...
  • Obama Pulls Cybercommand Control From NSA; Changes To Take Effect Whenever

    12/30/2016 8:31:44 AM PST · by Lorianne · 32 replies
    Tech Dirt ^ | 27 December 2016 | Tim Cushing
    The NSA will have to satisfy itself with being the most powerful intelligence agency in the world. President Obama, rushing through some last-minute presidential business before handing over the title to an aspiring plutocrat, has split up the nation's cyberware command. This siloing prevents Cybercom from being run by the same military officer who oversees the NSA. “While the dual-hat arrangement was once appropriate in order to enable a fledgling Cybercom to leverage NSA’s advanced capabilities and expertise, Cybercom has since matured” to the point where it needs its own leader, Obama said in a statement accompanying his signing of...
  • U.S. to disclose estimate of number of Americans under surveillance

    12/16/2016 8:22:25 PM PST · by dynachrome · 27 replies
    reuters ^ | 12-16-16 | Dustin Volz
    The U.S. intelligence community will soon disclose an estimate of the number of Americans whose electronic communications have been caught in the crosshairs of online surveillance programs intended for foreigners, U.S. lawmakers said in a letter seen by Reuters on Friday. The estimate, requested by members of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, is expected to be made public as early as next month, the letter said. Its disclosure would come as Congress is expected to begin debate in the coming months over whether to reauthorize or reform the so-called surveillance authority, known as Section 702, a provision that...
  • Drain the Intelligence Swamp!

    12/14/2016 8:35:34 AM PST · by ChessExpert · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 14th, 2016 | G. Murphy Donovan
    Of all the things that 16 intelligence agencies do, threat analysis is probably the shabbiest product. Indeed, intelligence “analysis” is a deductive, not an inductive process. Analysis seldom begins with a blank slate. The drill begins with existing policy and all the embedded assumptions that politics brings to the table. To be a successful intelligence or national security analyst today, two assumptions are etched in stone. Russians are bad. Muslims are good. Simplistic as it sounds, any analysis that contradicts these team Obama bedrock policy maxims today is a dead letter.
  • Rogue Elements of the CIA Are Operating Against President-elect Trump (Reposting)

    12/12/2016 8:02:07 PM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 25 replies
    Paulcraigroberts.org ^ | December 12, 2016 | Paul Craig Roberts
    snip ..... elements in the CIA, or someone claiming to be CIA, are planting stories in the media that Russia hacked Hillary’s emails and used the damning information to elect Trump. The truth of the emails is not what is in question. It is their alleged Russian origin. There is no evidence for this claim. Wikileaks said the emails came to them as a leak from inside, not from an outside hack, and former top NSA official William Binney has said that if Russia was the source the NSA would have conclusive proof. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46012.htm What is striking about this controversy...
  • Heroin deaths surpass gun homicides for the first time, CDC data show

    12/09/2016 2:46:14 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 43 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 9, 2016 | Christopher Ingraham
    Opioid deaths continued to surge in 2015, surpassing 30,000 for the first time in recent history, according to CDC data released Thursday. That marks an increase of nearly 5,000 deaths from 2014. Deaths involving powerful synthetic opiates, like fentanyl, rose by nearly 75 percent from 2014 to 2015.
  • Seventeen Techniques for Truth Suppression

    12/01/2016 10:01:56 PM PST · by vannrox · 11 replies
    CRYPTOME ^ | 2DEC16 | Unknown
    Seventeen Techniques for Truth Suppression Strong, credible allegations of high-level criminal activity can bring down a government. When the government lacks an effective, fact-based defense, other techniques must be employed. The success of these techniques depends heavily upon a cooperative, compliant press and a mere token opposition party. 1. Dummy up. If it's not reported, if it's not news, it didn't happen. 2. Wax indignant. This is also known as the "How dare you?" gambit. 3. Characterize the charges as "rumors" or, better yet, "wild rumors." If, in spite of the news blackout, the public is still able to learn...
  • COINTELPRO Techniques for dilution, misdirection and control of a internet forum..

    12/01/2016 9:52:01 PM PST · by vannrox · 28 replies
    CRYPTOME ^ | 2DEC16 | Unknown
    COINTELPRO Techniques for dilution, misdirection and control of a internet forum.. There are several techniques for the control and manipulation of a internet forum no matter what, or who is on it. We will go over each technique and demonstrate that only a minimal number of operatives can be used to eventually and effectively gain a control of a 'uncontrolled forum.' Technique #1 - 'FORUM SLIDING' If a very sensitive posting of a critical nature has been posted on a forum - it can be quickly removed from public view by 'forum sliding.' In this technique a number of unrelated...
  • Donald Trump’s team puts ‘radical Islam’ front and center in terror fight

    11/23/2016 5:57:41 PM PST · by jazusamo · 41 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 23, 2016 | Guy Taylor
    President Obama has long been criticized by national security hawks and a Republican presidential field led by Donald Trump for refusing to say the words “radical Islam” to describe threats posed by terrorist groups such as the Islamic State. That reluctance won’t be a problem for the president-elect’s national security team, which is flush with nominees who can be expected to employ the term regularly. The shift will test two deeply opposed worldviews on how to defeat jihadi terrorist groups. Mr. Obama argued that the term “radical Islam” plays into the propaganda narrative of the Islamic State and other U.S....
  • Snowden Likely Coming to Germany

    11/22/2016 9:16:11 AM PST · by pepsionice · 4 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 22 Nov 2016 | Marcel Fürstenau
    German Supreme Court basically ordered the government to find a way to bring Snowden into the court and allow him to give testimony for their special commission. The gov't had taken the position that this would end well and denied the commission request back a year ago. What happens now? Probably a couple of months to arrange this, and to expect the US to drop a extradition document onto them, and how they will deny the request. This is generally designed as a high-topic item for the election year (Sep 2016), and geared to escalate some type of anti-US situation...
  • An earthquake is buried in this story about NSA Director secretly meeting Trump

    11/20/2016 8:44:42 AM PST · by Cats Pajamas · 35 replies
    Twitter ^ | 11-19-2016 | Edward Snowden
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/pentagon-and-intelligence-community-chiefs-have-urged-obama-to-remove-the-head-of-the-nsa/2016/11/19/44de6ea6-adff-11e6-977a-1030f822fc35_story.html …
  • GOP lawmaker asks officials to answer questions on NSA chief

    11/19/2016 9:28:14 PM PST · by Bayou City · 9 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | NOVEMBER 19, 2016
    The GOP chairman of a top committee in Congress on Saturday asked the nation's intelligence chief and defense secretary to appear and answer questions about reports that they recommended the ouster of the director of the National Security Agency.
  • Senior U.S. officials recommend removal of NSA director: sources

    11/19/2016 5:15:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Nov 19, 2016 | 6:42pm EST | Phil Stewart, John Walcott, Mark Hosenball and Patricia Zengerle
    The heads of the Pentagon and the U.S. intelligence community have recommended to President Barack Obama that the director of the National Security Agency, Admiral Michael Rogers, be removed from his position, sources familiar with the matter said on Saturday. The recommendation by Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, first reported by The Washington Post, was delivered to the White House last month. Obama chose Rogers to take over at the NSA in 2014 and tasked him with repairing the damage after the huge leaks about its electronic spying program by contractor Edward Snowden. But...
  • Shadow Fight – Angst Within Obama Admin as Intel Community White Hats Align w/ Trump…

    11/19/2016 4:05:47 PM PST · by HarleyLady27 · 48 replies
    The Conservative Tree House ^ | Nov 19, 2016 | Sundance
    Those who enjoy the deep weeds of politics, especially White Hat/Black Hat intrigue, will find this Reuters Story popcorn worthy. The Back Story – Admiral Michael Rogers, not to be confused with former House Intel Chair Rep. Mike Rogers, is the Director of the NSA (National Security Agency) and U.S. Cyber Command. Admiral Michael Rogers met with President-Elect Trump, somewhat quietly, last week (Thursday).
  • Pentagon and intelligence community chiefs have urged Obama to remove the head of the NSA

    11/19/2016 11:03:04 AM PST · by ColdOne · 20 replies
    WaPo ^ | 11/19/16 | Ellen Nakashima
    The heads of the Pentagon and the nation’s intelligence community have recommended to President Obama that the director of the National Security Agency, Adm. Michael S. Rogers, be removed. The recommendation, delivered to the White House last month, was made by Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter and Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr., according to several U.S. officials familiar with the matter. Action has been delayed, some administration officials said, because relieving Rogers of his duties is tied to another controversial recommendation: to create separate chains of command at the NSA and the
  • TITANPOINTE

    11/19/2016 8:06:54 AM PST · by darkwing104 · 8 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | Saturday, November 19, 2016 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    Code name TITANPOINTE is believed to describe a massive skyscraper, capable of withstanding an atomic blast, in the middle of New York City. It has no windows, 29 floors with three basement levels and enough food to last 1,500 people two weeks in the event of a catastrophe. The building was not created as a shelter for humans from a nuclear war but as a hardened facility for housing powerful computers, cables and switchboards. It is one of America’s most important telecommunications hubs. It is owned by AT&T and operated by the New York Telephone Company. The “Long Lines Building”...
  • Great News! TRUMP Picks General Michael Flynn for National Security Advisor

    11/18/2016 5:12:05 AM PST · by xzins · 131 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 17 Nov 16 | Jim Hoft
    Jim Hoft Nov 17th, 2016 6:41 pm 152 Comments flynn-nsa Donald Trump offered friend and supporter General Michael Flynn the position of National Security Advisor. Senior Official: Trump has offered General Michael Flynn job as National Security Advisor pic.twitter.com/UUkQL1pKGT — Jared Wyand 🇺🇸 (@JaredWyand) November 18, 2016 General Michael Flynn defended Trump from the constant liberal media attacks. In September General Flynn said with Trump we will actually win the war with radical Islam and ISIS. President elect Trumps National Security advisor LT. General Michael Flynn. Great choice! pic.twitter.com/vxER4IyanN — I love my U.S.A (@WEdwarda) November 17, 2016
  • Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn Said to Be Trump’s Top Choice for National Security Adviser

    11/17/2016 7:46:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/17/2016 | Eliana Johnson
    Lieutenant General Michael Flynn has emerged as Donald Trump’s leading candidate for national security adviser, according to people familiar with the president-elect’s transition planning. Flynn, who ran the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) from 2012 to 2014 and served as a top intelligence adviser to General Stanley McChrystal in Iraq, advised Trump on foreign policy throughout the course of the presidential campaign. He was at one time rumored to be on Trump’s vice-presidential shortlist, and remains one of the only high-ranking national-security officials to have publicly aligned himself with Trump. Like the president-elect, Flynn, a self-described “maverick” and longtime Democrat, shares...
  • DNI James Clapper submitted his resignation

    11/17/2016 6:56:16 AM PST · by KosmicKitty · 67 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/17/2016 | none
    "(I) submitted my letter of resignation last night, which felt pretty good," he said.
  • NSA Head Rodgers accuses WikiLeaks of electing Trump

    11/16/2016 3:02:29 PM PST · by NowApproachingMidnight · 93 replies
    jezebel ^ | 11/16/16 | Anna Merlan
    Everything in this country is so goddamn wild right now, it’s easy to miss things. Which is why it’s worth noting that the head of the National Security Agency just openly described Wikileaks as a tool of a “nation-state” (that’d be Russia), which deliberately used targeted leaks to get Donald Trump elected.
  • Justice Department Alleges Ex-NSA Contractor Stole Names of U.S. Spies [On computer/already in jail]

    11/02/2016 8:52:54 PM PDT · by Hadean · 6 replies
    WSJ ^ | Damian Paletta
    The Justice Department has told a federal judge that a former National Security Agency contractor took home records containing the names of U.S. spies working undercover, information that is considered among the nation’s most sensitive and closely held secrets. Much of the information taken by Harold “Hal” Martin III, who was arrested in August and has been charged with stealing classified information, was on computers or thumb drives, prosecutors said. But Mr. Martin also had “thousands of hard-copy documents containing highly classified information,” the Justice Department said in a Thursday court filing. “Numerous intelligence sources and methods for highly sensitive...
  • KimDotCom Delivers Hillary Emails for last 7 Years to NSA / Congress

    10/26/2016 1:04:10 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 55 replies
    @KimDotcom 3m I know where Hillary Clintons deleted emails are and how to get them legally @TGowdySC @seanhannity @realDonaldTrump. 100% true. Retweet.
  • AT&T spying on Americans for profit

    10/25/2016 5:28:43 AM PDT · by mythenjoseph · 27 replies
    The Drudge report ^ | 10/25/2016 | kenneth Lipp
    The telecom giant is doing NSA-style work for law enforcement -without a warrant-and earning millions of dollars a year from taxpayers.
  • FBI Data Dump Shows Clinton Is Criminal and Clueless (Hillary = dishonest or dumb)

    10/22/2016 7:24:59 AM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 19 replies
    The Observer.com ^ | 09/02/16 | John Schindler (security expert & ~NSA analyst)
    FBI Data Dump Shows Clinton Is Criminal and Clueless Hillary is either dishonest or dumb—there is no third choice Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Today, on the Friday afternoon before the long Labor Day weekend, the Federal Bureau of Investigation released documents on its investigation of Hillary Clinton and her mishandling of email while she was secretary of state. The Friday afternoon data dump is a venerable Washington cliché, a shady way to bury a story that the bureaucracy doesn’t want covered in depth, but even by Beltway standards this was a shocker. Nobody expected much from the FBI here,...
  • Germany passes new spy law allowing espionage against allies

    10/21/2016 8:26:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 21, 2016 6:10 AM EDT
    German lawmakers have approved a bill that allows the country’s foreign intelligence agency to spy on European Union institutions and fellow EU member states. The legislation passed Friday is part of a range of measures meant to improve oversight of espionage in the wake of the revelations by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. […] Critics say that instead of clamping down on questionable BND activity, the law will merely legalize them. …
  • Ex-NSA Contractor Stole at Least 500 Million Pages of Records and Secrets, U.S. Says

    10/21/2016 4:11:56 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    WSJ ^ | Oct. 20, 2016 | Damian Paletta
    Ex-NSA Contractor Stole at Least 500 Million Pages of Records and Secrets, U.S. Says The Justice Department outlines details of the probe, says it will likely charge Harold Martin with additional crimes WASHINGTON—A former National Security Agency contractor amassed at least 500 million pages of government records, including top-secret information about military operations, by stealing documents bit by bit over two decades, the Justice Department alleged in a court filing submitted Thursday. Prosecutors in August arrested and charged Harold “Hal” Martin III, of Glen Burnie, Md., with theft of government property and unauthorized removal or retention of classified documents. The...
  • NSA Can Access More Phone Data Than Ever

    10/20/2016 11:32:36 AM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 18 replies
    abcnews ^ | Oct 20, 2016 | Lee Ferran
    Before the signing of the USA Freedom Act in June 2015, one of the NSA's most controversial programs was the mass collection of telephonic metadata from millions of Americans — the information about calls, including the telephone numbers involved, the time and the duration but not the calls' content — under a broad interpretation of the Patriot Act's Section 215. From this large "haystack," as officials have called it, NSA analysts could get approval to run queries on specific numbers purportedly linked to international terrorism investigations. The problem for the NSA was that the haystack was only about 30 percent...
  • Vote all you want. The secret government won't change. [2014]

    10/18/2016 11:06:55 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 8 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | October 19, 2014 | Jordan Michael Smith
    The voters who put Barack Obama in office expected some big changes. From the NSA's warrantless wiretapping to Guantanamo Bay to the Patriot Act, candidate Obama was a defender of civil liberties and privacy, promising a dramatically different approach from his predecessor. But six years into his administration, the Obama version of national security looks almost indistinguishable from the one he inherited. Guantanamo Bay remains open. The NSA has, if anything, become more aggressive in monitoring Americans. Drone strikes have escalated. Most recently it was reported that the same president who won a Nobel Prize in part for promoting nuclear...
  • Who is Mehdi K. Alhassani? Inquiring minds want to know.

    05/06/2014 6:32:12 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 22 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | September 14, 2012 | Ben Rhodes
    Walid Shoebat has outed Muslim Brotherhood agent on the Benghazi smoking gun email distribution list, but no one in the media is asking this administration about the guy. Who is he? We've heard the name before. He's The leader of the Muslim Student Association (MSA), a Muslim Brotherhood front group and he attended the sister mosque of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC) mosque attended by the Boston Marathon bombers. In fact, wasn't he the guy who was injured in the bombing and hospitalized only to have Michelle Obama visit him? WHO IS THIS GUY? WHAT DOES HE...
  • Contractor Arrested in Theft of NSA Secrets

    10/08/2016 8:10:12 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 15 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | Saturday, October 8, 2016 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    This week the Justice Department confirmed that Harold Thomas Martin III, 51, of Glen Burnie, Md., has been arrested by the FBI for stealing highly damaging, secret information while working for the NSA. Mr. Martin was an employee of the consulting firm Booz, Allen & Hamilton. Edward J. Snowden was also a Booz, Allen contractor at the NSA. Snowden leaked surveillance programs of Americans and foreign nationals to journalists before taking asylum in Russia. Martin was arrested in secret on Aug. 27 after an FBI search of his home, two storage sheds and vehicle turned up a mix of classified...
  • NSA Mole Took Codes Targeting US Cyber Enemies (Harold Thomas Martin)

    10/07/2016 4:35:38 PM PDT · by drewh · 19 replies
    Debkfiles ^ | October 7, 2016, ast
    Harold Thomas Martin, a 51-year-old US National Security Agency contractor from Maryland, may be remembered as the second Edward Snowden, although there are many differences between the two cases. Martin, a former US Navy officer with top secret national security clearance, was arrested on Aug. 27 by the FBI and charged with the unauthorized removal and retention for many years of highly-sensitive classified documents. The purloined materials found in raids of his home and his car, which were described by as capable of causing “exceptionally grave damage” to US national security. Like Snowden, Martin worked for Booz Allen Hamilton, which...
  • Delete Your Yahoo Account

    10/06/2016 7:40:14 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 22 replies
    Intercept, the ^ | 04 October 2016 | Sam Biddle
    There’s no good reason to have a Yahoo account these days. But after Tuesday’s bombshell report by Reuters, indicating the enormous, faltering web company designed a bespoke email-wiretap service for the U.S. government, we now know that a Yahoo account is a toxic surveillance liability. Reuters’s Joseph Menn is reporting that just last year, Yahoo chose to comply with a classified “directive” to build “a custom software program to search all of its customers’ incoming emails for specific information provided by U.S. intelligence officials” — the NSA in particular. [UPDATE at 10:08 a.m., Oct. 5, 2016: Yahoo has issued a...
  • N.S.A. Contractor Arrested in Possible New Theft of Secrets

    10/05/2016 12:53:12 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 23 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 5 2016 | JO BECKER, ADAM GOLDMAN, MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and DAVID E. SANGER
    WASHINGTON — The F.B.I. secretly arrested a National Security Agency contractor in recent weeks and is investigating whether he stole and disclosed highly classified computer codes developed to hack into the networks of foreign governments, according to several senior law enforcement and intelligence officials. The theft raises the embarrassing prospect that for the second time in three years, an insider has managed to steal highly damaging secret information from the N.S.A. In 2013, Edward J. Snowden, who was also a contractor for the agency, took a vast trove of documents that were later passed to journalists, exposing N.S.A. surveillance programs...
  • N.S.A. Contractor Arrested in Possible New Theft of Secrets

    10/05/2016 11:44:46 AM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 17 replies
    new york times ^ | OCT 5 , 2016 | J. BECKER, A. GOLDMAN, M. S. SCHMIDT M. APUZZO
    WASHINGTON — The F.B.I. secretly arrested a National Security Agency contractor in recent weeks and is investigating whether he stole and disclosed highly classified computer codes developed to hack into the networks of foreign governments, according to several senior law enforcement and intelligence officials. The theft raises the embarrassing prospect that for the second time in three years, an insider has managed to steal highly damaging secret information from the N.S.A. In 2013, Edward J. Snowden, who was also a contractor for the agency, took a vast trove of documents that were later passed to journalists, exposing N.S.A. surveillance programs...
  • Exclusive: Yahoo secretly scanned customer emails for US intelligence - sources

    10/04/2016 10:22:05 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 34 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | 10/4/2016 | Joseph Menn
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc last year secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers' incoming emails for specific information provided by U.S. intelligence officials, according to people familiar with the matter. The company complied with a classified U.S. government directive, scanning hundreds of millions of Yahoo Mail accounts at the behest of the National Security Agency or FBI, said two former employees and a third person apprised of the events. Some surveillance experts said this represents the first case to surface of a U.S. Internet company agreeing to a spy agency's demand by searching...
  • The FBI Investigation of EmailGate Was a Sham

    09/26/2016 7:26:37 AM PDT · by Trump_vs_Evil_Witch · 43 replies
    NSA Analyst: We now have incontrovertible proof the Bureau never had any intention of prosecuting Hillary Clinton
  • Snowden is turning into a liability for Putin

    09/19/2016 10:02:04 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 23 replies
    The Japan Times ^ | Sep 19, 2016 | by Leonid Bershidsky
    BERLIN – Edward Snowden is increasingly unhappy with the situation in Russia, where he has lived for more than three years. President Vladimir Putin once welcomed the National Security Agency contractor for his propaganda value, but he may be wondering if it’s all been worth it. Snowden arrived in Moscow in June 2013. That was almost a year before the Crimea annexation, and Russia could still try to sell itself to radical leftists who admired Snowden as the lesser evil, compared with the Big Brother United States. Putin talked a lot about Snowden, showing obvious delight for thumbing his nose...
  • WashPost Makes History: First Paper to Call for Prosecution of Its Own Source

    09/18/2016 3:49:38 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 3 replies
    Three of the four media outlets that received and published large numbers of secret NSA documents provided by Edward Snowden — The Guardian, the New York Times, and The Intercept –– have called for the U.S. government to allow the NSA whistleblower to return to the U.S. with no charges. That’s the normal course for a news organization, which owes its sources duties of protection, and which — by virtue of accepting the source’s materials and then publishing them — implicitly declares the source’s information to be in the public interest. But not the Washington Post. In the face of...
  • McCain vows to block proposed separation of NSA, cyber command

    09/15/2016 12:41:08 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 8 replies
    U.S. Senator John McCain said on Tuesday he would use his power to block the confirmation of a key cybersecurity official if necessary to prevent any Obama administration move to separate the U.S. Cyber Command from the National Security Agency. "I do not believe rushing to separate the 'dual hat' in the final months of an administration is appropriate, given the very serious challenges we face in cyberspace," McCain, the Republican chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said at a hearing. "Dual hat" refers to one individual holding both positions. Current and former U.S. officials told Reuters in August...
  • A Swarming Basket of Deplorables

    09/10/2016 6:58:45 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 12 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 9-10-2016 | MOTUS
    I get the impression that Hillary was talking about the same people Barry was in 2008 when he made this condescending comment about people in flyover country:  "They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations." Only she kicked it up a notch: from condescending to flat out insulting. "You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump's supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables," Clinton said to laughter from the "LGBT for...
  • Observer: Sidney Blumenthal ‘Was Reading Above-Top-Secret NSA Reports Hours After They Appeared’

    September 6, 2016 Former NSA officer John Schindler reports on a devastating fact NOT mentioned in the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton conducting State Department business on an unsecure homebrew email server. From the Observer: [Sidney] Blumenthal’s email read exactly like classified NSA reporting, as anybody acquainted with our SIGINT would immediately recognize. As one veteran agency official told me back in January, Blumenthal’s email was NSA information with “at least 90 percent confidence.” Which was no coincidence, since an NSA investigation subsequently determined that Blumenthal’s Sudan assessment was derived from their reporting—in some cases verbatim. As I reported in...
  • Politicians renew call to bring Snowden to Germany

    08/25/2016 8:20:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 25 Aug 2016 15:59 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Green and Die Linke (Left Party) politicians are asking that NSA surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden be allowed into Germany for an ongoing investigation. The Green and Die Linke politicians wrote a letter to the Federal Court of Justice, asking that Snowden be allowed to be questioned in Germany for an ongoing inquiry into NSA surveillance. According to DPA sources, they want to break a blockade by the coalition government against having Snowden come for questioning about surveillance by the US National Security Agency (NSA). …
  • 10 Orwellian Moments Found In The Newly Leaked Private NSA Newsletters

    08/17/2016 7:25:00 PM PDT · by dtroxx · 11 replies
    Reality of Sense ^ | 8-17-16 | Reality of Sense
    he Intercept recently began releasing batches of top secret internal newsletters from the most important division of the NSA, the Signals Intelligence Directorate, or SIGINT. This is basically the spy division. The internal newsletter, SIDtoday, was never meant to be read by anyone outside of the agency, but it trickled out with the Snowden leak and has been waiting for proper publication. The Intercept will release nine years worth
  • SNOWDEN: EXPOSURE OF ALLEGED NSA TOOLS MAY BE WARNING TO US

    08/16/2016 6:03:51 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 27 replies
    AP ^ | Aug 16, 2016 | RAPHAEL SATTER
    PARIS (AP) -- The exposure of malicious software purportedly linked to the National Security Agency is likely a message from Moscow, former intelligence worker Edward Snowden said Tuesday, adding a layer of intrigue to a leak that has set the information security world abuzz. Technical experts have spent the past day or so picking apart a suite of tools allegedly stolen from the Equation Group , a powerful squad of hackers which some have tied to the NSA. The tools materialized as part of an internet electronic auction set up by a group calling itself "Shadow Brokers," which has promised...
  • NSA Hacked? 'Shadow Brokers' Crew Claims Compromise Of Surveillance Op

    08/15/2016 7:55:13 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 19 replies
    Forbes ^ | 8/15/16 | Thomas Fox-Brewster
    Has the NSA just been hacked? Security experts speaking with FORBES think it’s possible, after a group published malware and attack code allegedly belonging to the Equation Group, a crew linked to the US intelligence agency. But while many believe the leak looks legitimate, the hackers could have pulled off a very clever ruse. --- Two days ago, on August 13, a group calling themselves The Shadow Brokers released files on Github, claiming they came from the Equation Group. The files included code allegedly designed to exploit firewalls from American manufacturers Cisco, Juniper and Fortinet . One Chinese company, Topsec,...
  • NSA hacked? Top cyber weapons allegedly go up for auction

    08/15/2016 3:22:58 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 20 replies
    Computer World ^ | 08/15/16 | Michael Kan
    The hackers have offered sample files, which some security researchers say appear to contain legitimate exploits. An anonymous group claims to have stolen hacking tools that might belong to the National Security Agency and is auctioning them off to the highest bidder. resume makeover multimedia IT resume makeover: Don’t try to please everyone Writing a resume means knowing your audience. If you try to please everyone, you’ll only wind up with Read Now It’s a pretty bold claim, but the hackers have offered sample files, and some security researchers say they appear to contain legitimate exploits. The files were allegedly...