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  • Spy budgets soared in Trump's first year

    10/30/2018 1:52:17 PM PDT · by deplorableindc · 6 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Oct. 30, 2018
    Congress secretly boosted U.S. spy agency funding last year, pushing intelligence budgets to their highest publicly known level and raising questions about the reason for the surge. Non-military spy agency budgets soared nearly 9 percent to $59.4 billion in fiscal 2018, and military intelligence funding grew more than 20 percent to $22.1 billion. Overall intelligence spending increased more than 10 percent to $81.5 billion, according to the figures released Tuesday by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Defense Department, a month after the fiscal year ended.
  • Thirty-Fifth Anniversary of the Marine Barracks Bombing

    10/28/2018 9:37:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 28, 2018 | Adm James A. Lyons
    With all the media focus on the caravan, the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi murder, and later the pipe bombs, there was scant coverage of the tragic Beirut US Marine Barracks bombing October 23, 1983. We had proof positive intelligence the orders for that bombing came direct from Tehran, but we never responded. It is well to review the events surrounding this tragedy and why we never responded. On that day, 241 of our finest military personnel were killed, with scores more seriously injured. Almost simultaneously, a similar attack was carried out at the French military headquarters, killing 58 French paratroopers....
  • Director Wray Refuses to Deny Trump’s Phone Calls Are Being Collected in FISA Database

    10/10/2018 9:44:19 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 28 replies
    GP ^ | October 10, 2018 | Cristina Laila
    Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) asked Director Wray if President Trump’s conversations are getting collected in the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) database and he would not answer. “We know bad actors exist within intel community,” Senator Paul said. “REFORM NEEDED NOW” the Kentucky Senator added. RAND PAUL: The FBI Director just testified in the US Senate. I asked him if @realDonaldTrump phone conversations are getting collected in the FISA database. He wouldn’t answer. Is NSA or FBI listening in on our President? We know bad actors exist within intel community. REFORM NEEDED NOW' “Do you think that it is possible...
  • The NSA is making me want to throw away my cell phone today ~ Vanity Rantity

    10/11/2018 12:40:27 PM PDT · by GraceG · 95 replies
    So today so far have had at least 5 calls from "Robo Scammers". Benn expecting other and vastly more important calls from local people so every-time they call and they use the caller ID to spoof so it looks like a local call I answer and I get the "Rachel from Card Services". I have pressed the option to be "taken off their list"... never works, I have ignored the calls, but that never works either.... When I do press 1 to talk to some jackass they all have Indian accents. Probably running from an offshore call center. So you...
  • Former NSA software developer sentenced for keeping classified materials

    09/26/2018 5:59:58 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 9/25/18 | Andrew Blake
    Nghia Hoang Pho, a former software developer for the U.S. National Security Agency, was sentenced Tuesday in connection with removing classified material from NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland. Pho was ordered to spend 5.5 years behind bars during a hearing held in Baltimore federal court, capping off a curious case that raised questions about possible ties existing between the former NSA employee and leaks of the agency’s highly capable hacking tools. A naturalized immigrant from Vietnam, Pho was hired by the NSA in 2006 and employed through 2015 as a developer for its Tailored Access Operations (TAO) division, a...
  • Hearings will reveal some secrets of 9/11

    09/17/2002 7:09:44 PM PDT · by Rumierules · 36 replies · 438+ views
    CNN ^ | 9/17/02 | David Ensor
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A veil of secrecy will begin to rise Wednesday when a congressional committee reveals some of the information that U.S. spy agencies knew about suspected terrorist activity before the September 11 attacks -- including the disclosure that analysts knew al Qaeda had previously plotted to use aircraft as terrorist weapons. The recently declassified documents will be made public for the first time during an open hearing of the joint House-Senate Intelligence Committee. One of the main questions investigators are probing: Could the September 11 attacks have been prevented? Joint Senate House Intelligence hearings CNN plans coverage of...
  • John Bolton says he 'fixed' White House overstaffing by cutting cybersecurity job

    09/21/2018 7:01:04 AM PDT · by deplorableindc · 8 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Sept. 21, 2018
    National security adviser John Bolton defended his decision to eliminate a cybersecurity coordinator position at the White House, saying he "fixed" an overstaffing issue and that, "You know, the whole thing works." “I inherited a structure in the national security staff that was duplicative and overlapping," Bolton told reporters in a briefing Thursday. Bolton, who took office in April, said cutting the job in May did not negatively impact the National Security Council's ability to craft cybersecurity policy and respond to threats.
  • EX-NSA DIRECTOR DISPUTES REPORT THAT TRUMP ASKED HIM TO PUSH BACK ON COLLUSION PROBE

    09/12/2018 8:38:23 PM PDT · by bitt · 47 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9/12/2018 | chuck ross
    Former National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers on Tuesday disputed a report published in May 2017 alleging that President Donald Trump asked him to push back against the FBI’s collusion investigation. “I’ve never had a discussion with collusion with the president of the United States,” Rogers said at an event held at George Mason University, according to CBS News. “I’ve never been directed to do anything, coerced — any time I had a discussion I felt I was able to say, ‘Hey, here’s my view on that.'” (RELATED: Director Of National Intelligence Says He Can’t Comment On Report That Trump...
  • Reality Winner will ask Trump to reverse her ‘so unfair’ prison sentence

    09/01/2018 7:00:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | August 31, 2018 | Johnny Edwards
    When her mother told her that President Donald Trump had tweeted about her case, Reality Winner braced for the worst. After all, ever since her arrest for leaking a top-secret document, strangers on the internet have called her a traitor, mocked her name and gloated over her legal predicament. But Trump didn’t gloat and he didn’t mock, at least not her. The day after a federal judge handed her a record-setting prison sentence, Winner heard her mother read the president’s words through a phone receiver at the Lincoln County jail, where she’s been incarcerated for more than a year. “Gee,...
  • Reality Winner faces 'longest sentence' ever for federal crime involving media leaks

    08/15/2018 1:47:12 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 47 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 15, 2018 | Ross Bynum-AP
    SAVANNAH, Ga. — A Georgia woman who mailed a secret U.S. report to a news organization faces the “longest sentence” ever behind bars for a federal crime involving leaks to the news media, prosecutors said in a court filing. Former National Security Agency contractor Reality Winner, 26, is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 23 by a U.S. District Court judge in Augusta. She pleaded guilty in June to a single count of transmitting national security information when she worked as a translator at an NSA facility in Augusta. Winner’s plea deal with prosecutors calls for imprisonment of five years and...
  • Michael Ledeen on Iran’s Collapsing Khomeinist Regime and Our Role, Gen. Flynn's False Guilty Plea?

    08/09/2018 6:12:52 AM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 2 replies
    Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten ^ | 2018-08-09 | Ben Weingarten
    For this week’s Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten podcast, I had historian, Freedom Scholar at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, former Special Advisor to the Secretary of State and consultant to the National Security Council during the Reagan administration, author of 38 books and most pertinent to today, Iran expert, Michael Ledeen on the podcast to discuss among other things: The impending collapse of the Khomeinist regime and what the U.S. can do to accelerate it The false narrative about alternatives for Iran being either appeasement or war The history of U.S. intelligence failures in Iran How secular...
  • BOOM! GIULIANI: “This Case Isn’t Going to Fizzle, It’s Going to BLOW UP ON THEM!...

    08/08/2018 8:45:29 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 61 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 8/8/2018 | Jim Hoft
    Former New York City Mayor and Trump Attorney Rudy Giuliani joined Sean Hannity on Wednesday night to discuss the endless Mueller witch hunt. Rudy Giuliani told Sean Hannity President Trump will not sit with Mueller in a perjury trap. He then directed his comments to Robert Mueller: “Stop the nonsense! You are trying to trap him because you don’t have a case!” Rudy Giuliani: The real story here is not that this case is going to fizzle. It’s going to BLOW UP on them! The real question is what we talked about before. There’s a lot more to what they...
  • The Police Were Not Policed [Sublime]

    08/07/2018 1:12:51 PM PDT · by Zuben Elgenubi · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | August 7, 2018 | Victor Davis Hanson
    How can Americans now trust the intelligence agencies shown to be corrupt in the very recent past? No doubt Russia must be watched for its chronic efforts to sow more chaos in American elections — despite Barack Obama’s naïve assertion in 2016 that no entity could possibly ever rig a U.S. election, given the decentralization of state voting. Lately the heads of four U.S. intelligence and security agencies — Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, FBI Director Chris Wray, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, National Security Agency Director Paul Nakasone, and National Security Adviser John Bolton — held coordinated White...
  • The Curious Case of James Wolfe Continues…

    07/29/2018 7:06:34 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 14 replies
    The Conservative Tree House ^ | 7/28/2018 | sundance
    Curious legal developments in the case against the former Director of Security for the Senate Intelligence Committee, James Wolfe, are beginning to become quite troublesome. In a noted bit of research timing, Jeff at MarketsWork [SEE HERE] and CTH are following the same curious trail. SEE HERE. First, we know from overwhelming circumstantial evidence, conveniently overlooked by media, that one of Wolfe’s specific leaks involved sending his concubine Ali Watkins a copy of the 82-page FISA application used to gain a Title-1 surveillance warrant against U.S. person Carter Page. {Full Backstory Here} Some key things about this leak: It is...
  • IMPORTANT: Clapper throwing Obama under the bus is an extremely important development.

    07/24/2018 7:44:08 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 43 replies
    Twitter ^ | July 24, 2018 | Emaparator Rex
    1. IMPORTANT: Clapper throwing Obama under the bus is an extremely important development. Remember, though: he ISN'T referring to the FISA fraud being exposed 24/7, or the Mueller clownshow. The scandal Clapper's referring to is MUCH worse than either. Some thoughts. 2. The FISA fraud being exposed is, without a doubt, the most shocking abuse of power in US history. The FBI/DOJ used unvetted info, by-passing strict Woods verification, to illegally obtain a Title I FISA warrant on an innocent US citizen. It can't get any worse. Or can it? 3. Question for you: Why would they need to get...
  • Rand Paul defends Edward Snowden before meeting Brett Kavanaugh

    07/24/2018 10:15:05 AM PDT · by deplorableindc · 9 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 24, 2018
    Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., defended former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden and appeared to obliquely rebuke a legal opinion written by Brett Kavanaugh hours before meeting the Supreme Court nominee. The Kentucky Republican, a swing vote whose opposition could block Kavanaugh, was not pressed for his views on the nomination during a Tuesday event hosted by the Fund for American Studies. But one student asked about Snowden, who exposed the NSA's bulk collection of domestic call records – a program at the heart of Paul's unease with Kavanaugh. "He didn't sell secrets to the Russians, he wasn't a traitor....
  • Brett Kavanaugh's defense of NSA phone surveillance looms as confirmation question

    07/10/2018 9:26:56 AM PDT · by deplorableindc · 18 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 9, 2018
    Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, forcefully defended the National Security Agency’s dragnet collection of domestic call records, alarming privacy advocates who view the collection as unconstitutional. It’s not yet clear if Kavanaugh’s November 2015 concurrence while serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will factor prominently in his confirmation proceedings. But before he was nominated, progressive and conservative advocates expressed concern. “I believe Judge Kavanaugh is an excellent judge, though certainly not a perfect one,” Ken Cuccinelli, president of the Senate Conservatives Fund, told the Washington Examiner last week. "His Fourth Amendment perspective...
  • Brett Kavanaugh's defense of NSA phone surveillance looms as confirmation question

    07/09/2018 7:18:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 07/09/2018 | Steven Nelson
    Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, forcefully defended the National Security Agency’s dragnet collection of domestic call records, alarming privacy advocates who view the collection as unconstitutional. It’s not yet clear if Kavanaugh’s November 2015 concurrence while serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will factor prominently in his confirmation proceedings. But before he was nominated, anti-surveillance progressive and conservative advocates expressed concern. “I believe Judge Kavanaugh is an excellent judge, though certainly not a perfect one,” Ken Cuccinelli, president of the Senate Conservatives Fund, told the Washington Examiner last week. "His Fourth Amendment...
  • Conservatives pan Supreme Court finalist Brett Kavanaugh's 'troubling' NSA ruling

    07/09/2018 6:51:16 AM PDT · by deplorableindc · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 9, 2018
    Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a finalist to be President Trump’s next Supreme Court nominee, is drawing criticism for his interpretation of the Fourth Amendment, with a prominent Republican calling his views on government call-record collection “troubling.” Kavanaugh, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, offered an expansive legal justification for the National Security Agency’s discontinued call record dragnet in a little-noticed November 2015 concurrence. Privacy activists say Kavanaugh's two-page opinion is remarkable both for its legal analysis and the fact he didn’t need to write it.
  • NSA Reports Data Deletion

    07/08/2018 3:09:14 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 24 replies
    Consistent with NSA’s core values of respect for the law, accountability, integrity, and transparency we are making public notice that on May 23, 2018, NSA began deleting all call detail records (CDRs) acquired since 2015 under Title V of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) The Government relies on Title V of FISA to obtain CDRs, which do not include the content of any calls. In accordance with this law, the Government obtains these CDRs, following a specific court-authorized process. NSA is deleting the CDRs because several months ago NSA analysts noted technical irregularities in some data received from telecommunications...