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  • BND collects 220 million phone records a day (Germany’s intel agency)

    01/30/2015 9:08:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 30 Jan 2015 14:12 GMT+01:00
    Germany’s foreign intelligence agency, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) collects 220 million pieces of information about foreign phone calls and SMS every day, Zeit Online reported on Friday. According to BND documents seen by journalists, five locations around Germany are used to collect the millions of so-called “metadata” about foreigners’ phone calls. It is not yet clear where the BND obtains this much data. But the parliamentary committee at the Bundestag (German parliament) investigating surveillance by the US National Security Agency (NSA) has established that the BND taps satellite communications and internet cables. …
  • Marco Rubio Wants to Permanently Extend NSA Mass Surveillance

    01/28/2015 12:34:35 PM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    National Journal ^ | January 27, 2015 | Dustin Volz
    Sen. Marco Rubio wants Congress to permanently extend the authorities governing several of the National Security Agency's controversial spying programs, including its mass surveillance of domestic phone records. The Florida Republican and likely 2016 presidential hopeful penned an op-ed on Tuesday condemning President Obama's counterterrorism policies and warning that the U.S. has not learned the "fundamental lessons of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001." Rubio called on Congress to permanently reauthorize core provisions of the post-9/11 USA Patriot Act, which are due to sunset on June 1 of this year and provide the intelligence community with much of its...
  • Snowden’s GCHQ journalists’ intercept threat revelation: How I became a risk ...Benghazi FOIAs

    01/26/2015 6:14:35 AM PST · by Opinionatedtoday · 5 replies
    In the latest Edward Snowden surveillance document release, as The Guardian’s James Ball reported, the NSA’s British partner, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), was exposed for capturing journalists’ emails from top international media, including from theWashington Post, New York Times, Le Monde, Reuters, BBC, NBC, and The Guardian. In addition, a UK intelligence document showed that a GCHQ information security assessment listed “investigative journalists” as a threat in a hierarchy alongside terrorists or hackers. “One restricted document” warned that “journalists and reporters representing all types of news media represent a potential threat to security.” “Of specific concern are ‘investigative journalists’...
  • How the CIA made Google

    01/24/2015 7:58:44 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 71 replies
    Medium ^ | Nafeez Ahmed
    The United States intelligence community funded, nurtured and incubated Google as part of a drive to dominate the world through control of information. Seed-funded by the NSA and CIA,Google was merely the first among a plethora of private sector start-ups co-opted by US intelligence to retain ‘information superiority.’ The origins of this ingenious strategy trace back to a secret Pentagon-sponsored group, that for the last two decades has functioned as a bridge between the US government and elites across the business, industry, finance, corporate, and media sectors. The group has allowed some of the most powerful special interests in corporate...
  • NSA Details Chinese Cyber Theft of F-35, Military Secrets

    01/22/2015 6:20:36 PM PST · by Spktyr · 43 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 22 Jan 2015 | Bill Gertz
    Subheadline: Chinese hackers pillaged U.S. defense, contractor networks for critical data China obtained more than 50 terabytes of data from U.S. defense and government networks, notably the Joint Strike Fighter’s stealth radar and engine secrets, through cyber espionage, according to newly disclosed National Security Agency documents. A NSA briefing slide labeled “Top Secret” and headlined “Chinese Exfiltrate Sensitive Military Data,” states that the Chinese have stolen a massive amount of data from U.S. government and private contractors. The document was made public by the German magazine Der Spiegel in a two articles detailing how NSA in the mid-2000s was capable...
  • About that L.A. terror plot... (DiChiFi admits "I have no way of knowing whether it did or not," )

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

    01/20/2015 8:29:37 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 101 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 19, 2015 | Phillip Swarts
    An executive at ScienceLogic, a company used to monitor the online networks of the FBI and the Department of Defense, among others, were missing Monday after a four-alarm fire destroyed his 16,000-square-foot Annapolis home. Don Pyle, the chief operating officer at the Reston-based technology provider, and his wife Sandy, couldn’t be located, authorities said Monday. It took 85 firefighters nearly three-and-a-half hours to get the blaze under control and firefighters had yet to set foot inside the building, uncertain about its integrity, Monday afternoon. Neighbors told The Washington Times the Pyles’ grandchildren may have been staying with them for the...
  • N.S.A. Breached North Korean Networks Before Sony Attack, Officials Say

    01/19/2015 3:38:23 PM PST · by John W · 25 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 19, 2015 | DAVID E. SANGER and MARTIN FACKLER
    WASHINGTON — The trail that led American officials to blame North Korea for the destructive cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment in November winds back to 2010, when the National Security Agency scrambled to break into the computer systems of a country considered one of the most impenetrable targets on earth. Spurred by growing concern about North Korea’s maturing capabilities, the American spy agency drilled into the Chinese networks that connect North Korea to the outside world, picked through connections in Malaysia favored by North Korean hackers and penetrated directly into the North with the help of South Korea and other...
  • The Digital Arms Race: NSA Preps America for Future Battle

    01/18/2015 5:03:16 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 8 replies
    Spiegel ^ | 1/17/15 | Jacob Appelbaum, Aaron Gibson, Claudio Guarnieri, Andy Müller-Maguhn, Laura Poitras, Marcel Rosenbac
    The NSA's mass surveillance is just the beginning. Documents from Edward Snowden show that the intelligence agency is arming America for future digital wars -- a struggle for control of the Internet that is already well underway. Normally, internship applicants need to have polished resumes, with volunteer work on social projects considered a plus. But at Politerain, the job posting calls for candidates with significantly different skill sets. We are, the ad says, "looking for interns who want to break things." Politerain is not a project associated with a conventional company. It is run by a US government intelligence...
  • New Book Reveals Secret War Operations (NYT&James Risen's Bunk of the Month entry)

    01/02/2006 3:45:53 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 66 replies · 1,442+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/2/06 | AP - Washington
    WASHINGTON - A new book on the government's secret anti-terrorism operations describes how the CIA recruited an Iraqi-American anesthesiologist in 2002 to obtain information from her brother, who was a figure in Saddam Hussein's nuclear program. Dr. Sawsan Alhaddad of Cleveland made the dangerous trip to Iraq on the CIA's behalf. The book said her brother was stunned by her questions about the nuclear program because — he said — it had been dead for a decade. New York Times reporter James Risen uses the anecdote to illustrate how the CIA ignored information that Iraq no longer had weapons of...
  • More silence of the Times (NYT review of Risen's book on NSA)

    02/04/2006 3:08:45 PM PST · by frankjr · 3 replies · 406+ views
    Power Line ^ | 2/4/06 | Scott Johnson
    Tomorrow's New York Times Book Review publishes Walter Isaacson's review of James Risen's book exposing the NSA surveillance program that was originally the subject of Risen's December 16 Times story (with Eric Lichtblau). Isaacson's review is "Spies and spymasters." Walter Isaacson is a smart and serious man, but there is a curious lack of definition in his description of the great question lying at the heart of Risen's book: "[H]ow far should we Americans be willing to go, in terms of permitting things like wiretapping and torture, to fight terrorism? Risen doesn't seem to think it's his role to probe...
  • Send This Reporter to Jail (Traitor James Risen of the NYT)

    05/07/2010 10:59:44 AM PDT · by mojito · 30 replies · 1,502+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | 5/7/2010 | Gabriel Schoenfeld
    New York Times reporter James Risen is facing prison if he doesn’t reveal sources that gave him highly classified information on U.S. intelligence in Iran. Gabriel Schoenfeld says no reporter is above the law.
  • The verdict, take 2 [NY Slime And The FISA Judges]

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

    06/24/2006 9:24:07 PM PDT · by airedale · 36 replies · 1,081+ views
    Editior and Publisher ^ | 06/ 23/2006 | Joe Strupp
    Eric Lichtblau, one of two New York Times' reporters who broke today's story of a secret government monitoring of private banking records - which the Bush Administration sought to block - said the White House arguments to halt the story were not as strong as those that had kept a previous report on secret wiretapping out of the paper for a year. "They were similar in terms of the objections raised not to publish," Lichtblau told E&P today. "That the bad guys knew we were listening to them, but they don't know exactly how." But he said the objections "did...
  • Is the New York Times About to be Indicted?

    05/25/2006 1:09:42 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 42 replies · 2,861+ views
    Armavirumque ^ | May 25, 2006 | James Piereson
    Is The New York Times about to be indicted? That would be a fair inference from the strange exchanges that have gone back and forth over the past few days between the Justice Department and the editors of the paper. On Sunday, during the ABC news program, "This Week," Attorney General Gonzales was asked if the federal government might prosecute journalists who published classified information. "There are some statutes on the books," he answered, "which . . . would seem to indicate that this is a possibility." He went on to suggest that such prosecutions were implicitly authorized by the...
  • Michael Hastings researching Jill Kelley case before death

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

    01/01/2015 12:14:53 PM PST · by Libloather · 29 replies
    Huffington Post via MSN ^ | 1/01/15 | Damon Beres
    If you want a truly anonymous life, then maybe it's time you learned about Tor, CSpace and ZRTP. These three technologies could help people hide their activities from the National Security Agency, according to NSA documents newly obtained from the archive of former contractor Edward Snowden by the German magazine Der Spiegel. The combination of Tor, CSpace and ZRTP (plus another anonymizing technology for good measure) results in levels of protection that the NSA deems "catastrophic" -- meaning the organization has "near-total loss/lack of insight to target communications," according to Der Spiegel. "Although the documents are around two years old,...
  • UN approves new probe of Dag Hammarskjöld plane crash

    12/29/2014 11:35:00 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 29, 2014 8:43 PM EST | Edith M. Lederer
    The U.N. General Assembly voted unanimously Monday to ask Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to appoint an independent panel of experts to examine new information about the mysterious plane crash that killed U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld on a peace mission to newly independent Congo in 1961. The 193-member world body approved a resolution by consensus encouraging member states to release any relevant records and information on his death in the plane crash over the African bush in Northern Rhodesia—today’s Zambia. The assembly’s action follows an independent investigation by a Commission of Jurists released in September 2013 which concluded that “significant new evidence”...
  • Reports Show Irregular (illegal) Surveillance Of US Citizens

    12/25/2014 12:59:01 PM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    MSN ^ | 12/25/14 | Kukil Bora
    The National Security Agency may have violated U.S. law for over a decade with the unauthorized surveillance of U.S. citizens' overseas communications, according to new reports on the agency's intelligence collection practices released by the NSA on Wednesday. The U.S. spy agency released the highly confidential reports in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). According to documents posted on the NSA website on Christmas Eve, the examples of violations include sending data on Americans to unauthorized recipients, storing such data on unprotected computers and retaining them after they were meant...
  • Revealed: De Blasio 'thought cops were spying on him and eavesdropping on his conversations (2013)

    12/23/2014 4:13:19 PM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/23/14 | Lydia Warren
    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio feared police officers were spying on his conversations during his election campaign last year, it has emerged. In an early sign of his tension with the force, de Blasio's team was 'convinced' that members of his police detail were listening in on his private conversations inside his city-assigned car, a former de Blasio aide has told Politico. De Blasio would even step into the street to make sure he was out of their earshot, the aide added. The mayor's office has not yet responded to a request for comment on the claims.
  • Matt Damon Slams Obama: He 'Broke Up With Me'

    08/10/2013 1:06:31 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 39 replies
    Newsmax ^ | August 9, 2013 | Melanie Batley
    Oscar-winning actor Matt Damon says his love affair with President Barack Obama is finally over. "He broke up with me," the once ardent supporter and campaigner for Obama told the Black Entertainment Network (BET) in a recent interview. The A-list movie star and Democrat said there were "a lot of things" he questions about Obama's second term, specifically the legality of drone strikes and the NSA's secret surveillance programs.
  • My Advice to Aaron Sorkin: “Take the Cannoli”

    12/17/2014 7:29:54 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 6 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 12-17-2014 | MOTUS
    Aaron Sorkin is disillusioned; he’s left to wonder if there is any "such thing as privacy anymore."Sorkin, famous Hollywood screenwriter who wrote The Social Network, Moneyball, and The West Wing, also wrote a New York Times editorial, sharing his views on the Sony hack of Hollywood emails: If you close your eyes you can imagine the hackers sitting in a room, combing through the documents to find the ones that will draw the most blood. And in a room next door are American journalists doing the same thing. As demented and criminal as it is, at least the hackers are...
  • Our Elves Are Watching U

    12/16/2014 6:49:27 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 2 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 12-16-2014 | MOTUS
    Oh sure, they look cute and innocent.Butt look closer, they may be government agents:Or possibly even double agents. You simply can’t trust them.They may all be working for the NSA for all we know. WASHINGTON — Internal documents from the National Security Agency show that its intelligence-gathering reached far deeper into Santa Claus’s annual toy-distribution operations than acknowledged. Sources close to the agency had previously confirmed that it has been provided with the contents of Mr. Claus’s database of naughty and nice children under a confidential data-sharing arrangement. But according to the documents, which were among those leaked by Edward Snowden,...
  • Matt Drudge says spending bill passed because NSA has 'dirt' on John Boehner

    12/14/2014 3:35:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 172 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/14/14 | Eddie Scarry
    Matt Drudge of the influential Drudge Report news aggregation site expressed discontent over a federal spending bill that passed with votes from both Republicans and Democrats in the House. The $1.1 trillion spending bill that runs through September 2015 is now up for a vote in the Democratically-led Senate. Many conservatives, including Drudge, are upset that the bill funds both Obamacare and President Obama's immigration executive orders. "Obama got EVERYTHING," Drudge tweeted Friday. "NSA dirt on Boehner must be incredible. Chicago wins."
  • Congress Quietly Bolsters NSA Spying in Intelligence Bill

    12/12/2014 6:38:24 AM PST · by C19fan · 43 replies
    National Journal ^ | December 11, 2014 | Dustin Volz
    Congress this week quietly passed a bill that may give unprecedented legal authority to the government's warrantless surveillance powers, despite a last-minute effort by Rep. Justin Amash to kill the bill. Amash staged an aggressive eleventh-hour rally Wednesday night to block passage of the Intelligence Authorization Act, which will fund intelligence agencies for the next fiscal year. The Michigan Republican sounded alarms over recently amended language in the package that he said will for the first time give congressional backing to a controversial Reagan-era decree granting broad surveillance authority to the president.
  • Dianne Feinstein leaving intelligence job amid clash on tactics report

    12/07/2014 8:53:13 AM PST · by Nachum · 29 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 12/7/14 | Brian Bennett
    As head of the Senate Intelligence Committee since 2009, Sen. Dianne Feinstein has spent hundreds of hours in secret briefings and seen thousands of pictures from battlefields in Syria, Iraq and Yemen. She keeps two images with her. One shows a little girl wearing a gingham dress, white tights and black Mary Janes — but the girl's head is gone. Another is of a teenage boy, duct tape over his mouth, eyes bulging out, being forced to hold two severed heads. "To me, it's what we are up against," Feinstein said in an interview. "It is a testament to pure...
  • Judge: Give NSA unlimited access to digital data

    12/06/2014 10:32:28 AM PST · by RememberRonnie · 42 replies
    PC World ^ | 12-04-2014 | Grant Gross
    The U.S. National Security Agency should have an unlimited ability to collect digital information in the name of protecting the country against terrorism and other threats, an influential federal judge said during a debate on privacy. "I think privacy is actually overvalued," Judge Richard Posner, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, said during a conference about privacy and cybercrime in Washington, D.C., Thursday. "Much of what passes for the name of privacy is really just trying to conceal the disreputable parts of your conduct," Posner added. "Privacy is mainly about trying to improve your social and...
  • Congress Quietly Decides To Delete Key NSA Reform In CRomnibus Agreement

    12/04/2014 7:54:43 PM PST · by RememberRonnie · 12 replies
    Techdirt ^ | 12-03-2014 | Mike Masnick
    You may recall, back in June, that there was a key House vote that took NSA supporters by surprise. An amendment to the Defense Appropriations bill pushed by a bi-partisan team of Thomas Massie, Jim Sensenbrenner and Zoe Lofgren passed overwhelmingly, with a plan to slam the door shut on questionable NSA "backdoor searches" (as described in detail earlier). The House voted 293 to 123, making it a pretty clear and overwhelming statement that Congress did not, in fact, support such practices by the NSA. But, of course, the NSA gets the last laugh. As part of the big lameduck...
  • The new GOP divide: 2016 Republicans disagree on NSA surveillance, gay marriage and Common Core

    12/02/2014 1:36:11 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/02/2014 | By JAMES HOHMANN
    Two years ago, Bobby Jindal was pushing a state law to adapt national curriculum standards to local schools; today, not only is the Louisiana governor suing the federal government to stop Common Core — or “ObamaCore,” as many Republicans have taken to calling it — but most prospective Republican presidential candidates, except Jeb Bush, have reversed themselves. Likewise, two years ago, almost all GOP leaders were unified against gay marriage, supportive of most surveillance tactics designed to prevent terrorism attacks, opposed to a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and unwilling to accept any aspects of the Affordable Care Act....
  • Before Snowden, Retired NSA Executive Warned of Backlash

    11/22/2014 9:24:51 AM PST · by darkwing104 · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | November 22, 2014 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    A retired National Security Agency (NSA) senior agency executive warned the agency in 2009 that the program to collect, store and analyze American phone records wasn’t providing enough intelligence to be effective. Prior to the revelations made by Edward Snowden, dissenters within the Intelligence agency warned that the collection program wasn’t worth the backlash if the program became public. The role of the NSA was to eavesdrop on hostile foreign entities, not American citizens. Now the agency has tarnished its reputation of guarding America to become the free world’s secret police. The AP–ever faithful to its dear leader–noted that Obama...
  • NSA Director: China can damage US power grid

    11/20/2014 9:41:19 AM PST · by McGruff · 54 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 20, 2014
    The head of the NSA issued a blunt warning Thursday to lawmakers: China can shut down the United States. The grim forecast came from Admiral Michael Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency and commander of the U.S .Cyber Command
  • The FBI Is Very Excited About This Machine That Can Scan Your DNA in 90 Minutes

    11/20/2014 9:38:03 AM PST · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | Thu Nov. 20, 2014 6:30 AM EST | By Shane Bauer
    Rapid DNA technology makes it easier than ever to grab and store your genetic profile. G-men, cops, and Homeland Security can't wait to see it everywhere. Robert Schueren shook my hand firmly, handed me his business card, and flipped it over, revealing a short list of letters and numbers. "Here is my DNA profile." He smiled. "I have nothing to hide." I had come to meet Schueren, the CEO of IntegenX, at his company's headquarters in Pleasanton, California, to see its signature product: a machine the size of a large desktop printer that can unravel your genetic code in the...
  • Utah lawmaker questions city water going to NSA

    11/19/2014 7:15:20 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 19, 2014 8:50 PM EST | Lindsay Whitehurst
    A Utah lawmaker concerned about government spying on its citizens is questioning whether city water service should be cut off to a massive National Security Agency data storage facility outside Salt Lake City. Republican Rep. Marc Roberts, of Santaquin, said there are serious questions about privacy and surveillance surrounding the center, and several Utah residents who spoke at a legislative committee hearing Wednesday agreed. During the last legislative session, lawmakers opted to hold off on Roberts’ bill to shut off the facility’s water and decided to study it during the interim. …
  • The NRA and ACLU Came Together to Endorse NSA Reform in an Op-Ed. Then the Piece Disappeared.

    11/19/2014 3:08:43 PM PST · by george76 · 3 replies
    National Journal Group ^ | November 18, 2014 | Dustin Volz
    The story vanished from the Washington Times website just hours after going online. For a few hours, it was big news. And then it vanished. On Monday morning, the American Civil Liberties Union and National Rifle Association published a joint op-ed in the Washington Times urging the Senate to pass legislation that would limit the government's domestic spying powers. It was a meaningful push from two powerful groups that—as the groups themselves noted—rarely agree on anything. And the support came just a day before the Senate is scheduled to take a key (and hotly contested) vote Tuesday on the measure,...
  • enate Republicans block big overhaul of NSA program

    11/19/2014 4:59:29 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 19 replies
    NYT/Pioneer Press ^ | 11-18-14 | Charlie Savage and Jeremy W. Peters
    WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked a sweeping overhaul of the once-secret National Security Agency program that collects records of Americans' phone calls in bulk. Democrats and a handful of Republicans who supported the measure failed to secure the 60 votes they needed to take up the legislation. The vote was 58-42 for consideration. Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, worked hard to defeat the bill, which had the support of the Obama administration and a coalition of technology companies, including Apple, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo. "This is the worst possible time to be tying our hands behind our...
  • Appeals court takes on NSA surveillance case

    11/04/2014 2:26:37 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 4, 2014 | By PETE YOST
    Three federal appeals court judges struggled Tuesday over whether the National Security Agency's phone data surveillance program is an intelligence-gathering tool that makes the nation safer or an intrusive threat that endangers privacy. The judges — all appointed by Republican presidents — expressed uncertainty about where to draw the line between legal surveillance and violations of constitutional rights in the age of terrorism.
  • Our Make-It-Up World

    10/30/2014 4:39:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 30, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Do bothersome facts matter anymore? Not really. This is an age when Americans were assured that the Affordable Care Act lowered our premiums. It cut deductibles. Obamacare allowed us to keep our doctors and health plans, and lowered the deficit. Those fantasies were both demonstrably untrue and did not matter, given the supposedly noble aims of health care reform. The Islamic State is at times dubbed jayvee, a manageable problem, and a dangerous enemy -- or anything the administration wishes it to be, depending on the political climate of any given week. Some days Americans are told there is no...
  • Report Reveals Wider Tracking of Mail in U.S.

    10/28/2014 9:12:14 AM PDT · by Brother Cracker · 13 replies
    times ^ | OCT. 27, 2014 | RON NIXON
    WASHINGTON — In a rare public accounting of its mass surveillance program, the United States Postal Service reported that it approved nearly 50,000 requests last year from law enforcement agencies and its own internal inspection unit to secretly monitor the mail of Americans for use in criminal and national security investigations. The number of requests, contained in a 2014 audit of the surveillance program by the Postal Service’s inspector general, shows that the surveillance program is more extensive than previously disclosed and that oversight protecting Americans from potential abuses is lax. The audit, along with interviews and documents obtained by...
  • Confirmed: Sharyl Attkisson's Computer Was Hacked, Heavily Monitored By The Federal Government

    10/27/2014 5:25:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 54 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 27, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Last year Former CBS News investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson, who is known for incredible work on Operation Fast and Furious, Benghazi and other White House scandals, noticed her computers at work and at home were acting strange. She suspected someone had hacked into her computer, specifically into a desktop in her home due to the machine turning on and off by itself at all hours of the night. An initial review of the hard drive revealed that her computer had in fact been compromised, but it wasn't known at the time who did it. The intruder into her system didn't...
  • Illuminati spelled backwards = NSA

    10/26/2014 1:12:40 AM PDT · by ResisTyr · 17 replies
    ResisTyr
    A friend at work told me if you type illuminati backwards it takes you to the CIA website. He was close. Anyone care to guess why it takes you to the NSA website? Truly weird. See for yourselves... itanimulli.com
  • Automated Mass Surveillance is Unconstitutional, EFF Explains in Jewel v. NSA

    10/24/2014 6:01:27 PM PDT · by lbryce · 3 replies
    Electronic Frontier Foundation ^ | October 24, 2014 | Andrew Crocker and Cindy Cohn and Jamie Lee Williams
    Today EFF filed our latest brief in Jewel v. NSA, our longstanding case on behalf of AT&T customers aimed at ending the NSA’s dragnet surveillance of millions of ordinary Americans’ communications. The brief specifically argues that the Fourth Amendment is violated when the government taps into the Internet backbone at places like the AT&T facility on Folsom Street in San Francisco. As it happens, the filing coincides with the theatrical release of Laura Poitras’ new documentary, Citizenfour. The Jewel complaint was filed in 2008, and there’s a scene early in the film that shows the long road that case has...
  • Chilling Free Speech

    10/23/2014 6:52:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 23, 2014 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    Earlier this week, the federal government's National Science Foundation, an entity created to encourage the study of science -- encouragement that it achieves by awarding grants to scholars and universities -- announced that it had awarded a grant to study what people say about themselves and others in social media. The NSF dubbed the project Truthy, a reference to comedian Stephen Colbert's invention and hilarious use of the word "truthiness." The reference to Colbert is cute, and he is a very funny guy, but when the feds get into the business of monitoring speech, it is surely no joke; it...
  • Whose sarin? (Obama exposed for Syria false-flag)

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

    10/22/2014 9:09:45 AM PDT · by TigerTown
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 22, 2014 | Brett M. Decker
    You saw the Disney movie as a kid. You may have read the book. But did you know some of it was based on real history? While the story of King Arthur, Merlin, and all the rest may not be true, there really is a centuries-old sword stuck in a stone. In the small Italian town of Chiusdino, there’s a small chapel near Saint Galgano Abbey known as Montesiepi chapel. And inside you’ll find a big slab of stone in the floor with the handle of a sword sticking out of it.
  • NSA Official: Snowden Abets Terrorists, Enemies Who Fight on the Grid

    10/20/2014 9:43:45 PM PDT · by TigerTown · 11 replies
    Radix News ^ | October 21, 2014 | Brett M. Decker
    The crown jewels of any intelligence organization are its sources and methods – the means by which information is obtained. I have no doubts that, thanks to Edward Snowden, Russia and China now have an extraordinary volume of data on NSAs sources and methods for collecting information from communications. That means they now know the weaknesses in their and other of our adversaries’ communications procedures and our strengths in exploiting them. And not just voice communications, but also radar, telemetry, missile and rocket command and response, military GPS locationing and weapons systems countermeasures. On far too many subjects, Russia and...
  • Exclusive: NSA reviewing deal between official, ex-spy agency head

    10/19/2014 4:23:01 PM PDT · by Red6 · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Oct 17, 2014 | Yuri Gripas
    (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency has launched an internal review of a senior official’s part-time work for a private venture started by former NSA director Keith Alexander that raises questions over the blurring of lines between government and business. Under the arrangement, which was confirmed by Alexander and current intelligence officials, NSA's Chief Technical Officer, Patrick Dowd, is allowed to work up to 20 hours a week at IronNet Cybersecurity Inc, the private firm led by Alexander, a retired Army general and his former boss.
  • Snowden Film "Citizen Four" Reveals How He Did It Read

    10/13/2014 10:19:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 60 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 13, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    Once again I salute Edward Snowden as an all-American hero. On second thought, make that an all-world hero. A movie on how and why Snowden revealed NSA wiretaps is about to be released. Showbiz reports Edward Snowden Doc Premieres: Shocking Inside Look at How He Did It. Citizen Four is the shocking doc about Edward Snowden made by Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras. Just screened tonight was the two hour film which will be released by the Weinstein Company this month. It doesn’t paint the Obama administration in a very good light as Snowden explains how the government has violated...
  • The Virtual Interview: Edward Snowden

    10/12/2014 9:09:28 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 54 replies
    The New Yorker Festival presents Edward Snowden in conversation with Jane Mayer.
  • Google chief on NSA: 'We're going to end up breaking the Internet'

    10/09/2014 7:08:32 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 29 replies
    Google ^ | 10/09/14 | Julian Hattem
    The integrity of the Internet could be at risk if Congress does not act to rein in the National Security Agency, Google head Eric Schmidt warned on Wednesday. Speaking alongside other tech executives and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) at a Silicon Valley event, Schmidt said the revelations about U.S. surveillance could prompt countries to wall off their networks. “The simplest outcome: We’re going to end up breaking the Internet,” Schmidt said, “because what’s going to happen is governments will do bad laws of one kind or another, and eventually what’s going to happen is: ‘We’re going to have our own...
  • Parallel Reconstruction

    10/09/2014 5:30:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 9, 2014 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    While the political commentators in the nation's capital are wrapped up in the debate over what to do about ISIS, and as one third of the Senate and nearly all members of the House campaign for re-election, the president's spies continue to capture massive amounts of personal information about hundreds of millions of us and lie about it. The president continues to dispatch his National Security Agency spies as if he were a law unto himself, and Congress -- which is also being spied upon -- has done nothing to protect the right to privacy that the Fourth Amendment was...