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  • 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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

    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...
  • NSA's Hacking Group Hacked! Bunch of Private Hacking Tools Leaked Online

    08/15/2016 3:13:22 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 26 replies
    The Hacker News ^ | 08/15/16 | Mohit Kumar
    It seems like the NSA has been HACKED! An unknown hacker or a group of hackers just claimed to have hacked into "Equation Group" -- a cyber-attack group allegedly associated with the United States intelligence organization NSA -- and dumped a bunch of its hacking tools (malware, private exploits, and hacking tools) online. I know, it is really hard to believe, but some cybersecurity experts who have been examining the leak data, exploits and hacking tools, believe it to be legitimate. The files mostly contained installation scripts, configurations for command-and-control (C&C) servers, and exploits allegedly designed to target routers and...
  • Phone Company spying for the NSa

    08/11/2016 11:18:37 AM PDT · by wny · 47 replies
    I had my internet service upgraded today. The Frontier Communications tech was here to make some changes. After he was all set, while he was still here and his company truck still in my driveway, he asked my to connect to my network to see if all was well. I opened my iPad and as usual it listed a few local networks whose signal it was reading. It listed the usual few neighbors' networks that come up every time. It also listed: "NSA mobile surveillance unit 981" I've never seen this before, and since his truck left an hour ago,...
  • Judge Nap: Many in the Intelligence Community 'Fear' a Hillary Presidency

    08/02/2016 3:33:36 PM PDT · by JustaCowgirl · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | 08/02/2016
    The revelation that the Democratic National Committee’s server may not have been hacked by Russia but by a disgruntled member of the U.S. intelligence community is a sign of how much anxiety about Hillary Clinton there is in that community, Judge Andrew Napolitano said on "Fox and Friends" this morning. Judge Napolitano said that intelligence officials are particularly upset that the classified information Clinton handled with "extreme carelessness" contained the identities of undercover agents. "This is the belief of a lot of people in the intelligence community," he said. "If Mrs. Clinton does become president of the United States, she's...
  • Judge Napolitano on Fox and Friends (HRC, DNC, NSA and more)

    08/02/2016 8:25:30 AM PDT · by taildragger · 9 replies
    Fox and friends via YouTube. ^ | 8/2/2016 | taildragger
    Freepers, The Judge hits it out of the park. Much of what he discussed has been speculation here and elsewhere. In Brief (and I hope I get them all,, and got them right, Moderator; feel free to correct errors ). * The DNC leaks may be from someone within the NSA (note a theory) * The Intel Community is not fond of HRC * Assets (human) may have perished because of her leaks, aka the non government server.* The Russian - Trump link was all noise, political, can't reveal the real deal ( Comey below ). * She was told...
  • Former NSA official claims agency hacked DNC, not Russia

    08/02/2016 7:48:18 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8-2-2016 | Fox & Friends
    Former NSA official claims agency hacked DNC, not Russia Aug. 02, 2016 - 6:07 - Judge Andrew Napolitano weighs in
  • Now Where Did I Put That Plumber’s Putty?

    08/02/2016 4:57:08 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 3 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 8-2-2016 | MOTUS
    What if it’s true; what if the NSA has copies of all Hillary’s missing emails? And why wouldn’t they? They have copies of everyone else’s.Still, no reason to get excited, everyone knows they were all about yoga. So can we just get back to talking about how Trump disses Muslims and doesn’t have a chance against St. Hillary? And stop worrying about all those leak rumors; they have been grossly exaggerated. Nothing a little plumbers putty won’t fix.We just need to find ourselves a few plumbers.Posted from: Michelle Obama’s Mirror
  • Whistleblower's Stunning Claim: "NSA Has All Of Hillary's Deleted Emails, It May Be The Leak"

    08/01/2016 3:34:48 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 45 replies ^ | August 1st, 2016
    Binney was an architect of the NSA’s surveillance program. He became a famed whistleblower when he resigned on October 31, 2001, after spending more than 30 years with the agency. He referenced testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee in March 2011 by then-FBI Director Robert S. Mueller in which Meuller spoke of the FBI’s ability to access various secretive databases “to track down known and suspected terrorists.” “Now what he (Mueller) is talking about is going into the NSA database, which is shown of course in the (Edward) Snowden material released, which shows a direct access into the NSA database...
  • EXCLUSIVE – NSA Whistleblower: Agency Has All of Clinton’s Deleted Emails

    07/31/2016 1:41:06 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 97 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 31, 2016 | AARON KLEIN
    PHILADELPHIA – The National Security Agency (NSA) has “all” of Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails and the FBI could gain access to them if they so desired, William Binney, a former highly placed NSA official, declared in a radio interview broadcast on Sunday. Speaking as an analyst, Binney raised the possibility that the hack of the Democratic National Committee’s server was done not by Russia but by a disgruntled U.S. intelligence worker concerned about Clinton’s compromise of national security secrets via her personal email use. Asked point blank if he believed the NSA has copies of “all” of Clinton’s emails, including...
  • I think it was a mistake for him to say that [VANITY]

    07/28/2016 7:29:50 AM PDT · by nwrep · 99 replies
    Various ^ | July 28, 2016 | nwrep
    I hope he wins, but it was a mistake for him to say what he said yesterday, for two reasons: 1. As a general rule, you never get in the way of your opponents destroying themselves. 2. At least temporarily, it united them (and the media, same thing) in a spasm of indignation against him, smoothing over their divisions and directing all ire against him. Even if it is a distraction from her coronation, it has put him on the defensive and given people who are still undecided (not us here, but out in the non-political world) one more reason...
  • Hackers who leaked DNC files also broke into Clinton Foundation (June 22, 2016 story)

    07/25/2016 12:29:57 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 92 replies
    The same hackers who penetrated the Democratic National Committee also succeeded in breaking into the Clinton Foundation, it was disclosed Tuesday. The news broke just as leaks from the DNC hack — which was disclosed last week — began to appear online. The perpetrators were said to have “links to the Russian government,” according to Bloomberg News, which first reported that the foundation had been compromised. –– ADVERTISEMENT –– “The hackers in fact sought data from at least 4,000 individuals associated with US politics — party aides, advisers, lawyers and foundations — for about seven months,” Bloomberg reported. US officials...
  • Snowden: NSA Knows Who's Behind DNC Hack

    07/25/2016 12:45:54 PM PDT · by Weeble · 53 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 07/25/2016 | Tyler Durden
    FBI said it is now investigating how thousands of DNC emails were hacked, a breach that Hillary Clinton's campaign maintains was committed by Russia to benefit Donald Trump. Indeed, as noted yesterday, Clinton's campaign, citing "experts", pointed to a massive hacking of DNC computers in June that cybersecurity firms linked to the Russian government. One way would be to listen to the person who should know all about this stuff: Edward Snowden. "Evidence that could publicly attribute responsibility for the DNC hack certainly exists at #NSA"
  • PayPal’s Links to Palantir, a..Technology Used by Intelligence, Law Enforcement and Military

    11/30/2011 6:58:23 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 16 replies
    Cryptogon ^ | 27 November 2011 | Kevin Flaherty
    And guess where they’re located? That’s right: Facebook’s former building.I couldn’t make it up if I tried.Via: Bloomberg:An organization like the CIA or FBI can have thousands of different databases, each with its own quirks: financial records, DNA samples, sound samples, video clips, maps, floor plans, human intelligence reports from all over the world. Gluing all that into a coherent whole can take years. Even if that system comes together, it will struggle to handle different types of data—sales records on a spreadsheet, say, plus video surveillance images. What Palantir (pronounced Pal-an-TEER) does, says Avivah Litan, an analyst at Gartner...
  • Christmas bomber case appeal challenges NSA surveillance

    07/06/2016 7:39:45 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/06/2016 | Kristena Hansen | AP
    Mohamud is appealing his 2013 conviction on grounds that he was entrapped by undercover federal agents posing as al-Qaida members and the warrantless surveillance of his foreign communications violated his constitutional rights. It marks the first time a federal appeals court is considering whether the National Security Agency’s foreign surveillance programs — the same ones that came under scrutiny after the Edward Snowden leaks a few years ago — violate the Fourth Amendment rights of criminal defendants. Stephen Sady, Mohamud’s public defender, and another attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union urged the court for a new trial on grounds...
  • Emails show NSA rejected Hillary Clinton's request for secure smartphone

    07/06/2016 5:33:18 AM PDT · by Protect the Bill of Rights · 26 replies
    CBS NEWS ^ | 16 March 2016 | CBS/AP a 2009 [Clinton] request to issue a secure government smartphone to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was denied by the National Security Agency. (Snip) Resolving the issue was given such priority as to result in a face-to-face meeting between Clinton chief of staff Cheryl Mills, seven senior State Department staffers with five NSA security experts. .......the request was driven by Clinton's reliance on her BlackBerry for email and keeping track of her calendar. Clinton chose not to use a laptop or desktop computer that could have provided her access to email in her office, according to the summary..........
  • Clinton probe tests FBI chief

    08/17/2015 7:48:15 PM PDT · by Mariner · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/17/15 04:07 PM EDT | By Jordain Carney
    FBI Director James Comey is being thrust into the spotlight as the controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton’s personal email server intensifies. The FBI is investigating the security of Clinton’s email setup, including if classified information was mishandled. The probe is putting the nation’s top law enforcement agency at the center of a political battle leading into the 2016 election. Comey has long shown an independent streak that's gained him wide bipartisan praise and helped him sail to a 93-1 confirmation vote in the Senate. That independence will be tested with Republican lawmakers demanding answers and the Clinton team dismissive of a...
  • Does Mike Bloomberg Know Something We Don’t About the Clinton FBI Probe?

    01/27/2016 11:28:25 AM PST · by TangledUpInBlue · 24 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | 1/27 | Liz Peek
    Another explanation is that he sees trouble ahead for Hillary Clinton. Because of his close relationship with former NYC police Chief Ray Kelly and others in the law enforcement community, he might have the inside track on the FBI investigation into the former Secretary of State’s handling of classified documents and questionable foundation-related activities. Democrats have done a fine job of completely dismissing the FBI inquiry, but the possibility that Clinton could face serious legal hurdles may be encouraging Bloomberg’s ambitions. The probe is not, as some Hillary backers have claimed, scandal-mongering by right-wing zealots. It is a serious investigation,...
  • Hackers use Google to find website vulnerabilities

    02/23/2008 12:30:32 PM PST · by george76 · 29 replies · 396+ views
    Agence France Presse ^ | Feb 22, 2008
    Infamous computer hacker group Cult of the Dead Cow (CDC) said Friday it is offering a software tool that lets people use Google to scan websites for security flaws. CDC says a "Goolag Scanner" program based on work done by a hacker using the name "Johnny I Hack Stuff" is available for free download at its website. The tool lets people with fundamental programming skills check websites or Internet domains for weaknesses that could be exploited by hackers, according to CDC. The group said it uncovered "some pretty scary holes" through random tests of the tool in North America, Europe,...
  • How to surf anonymously without a trace

    03/13/2007 6:29:37 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 93 replies · 19,520+ views
    ComputerWorld ^ | 12 March 2007 | Preston Gralla
    The punchline to an old cartoon is "On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog," but these days, that's no longer true. It's easier than ever for the government, Web sites and private businesses to track exactly what you do online, know where you've visited, and build up comprehensive profiles about your likes, dislikes and private habits. And with the federal government increasingly demanding online records from sites such as Google and others, your online privacy is even more endangered. But you don't need to be a victim. There are things you can do to keep your surfing habits anonymous...
  • Judge says the FBI can hack your computer without a warrant

    06/25/2016 9:30:05 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 58 replies
    Endgadget ^ | June 24, 2016 | By Jessica Conditt
    'Computers accessing the internet can -- and eventually will -- be hacked,' says Judge Henry Coke Morgan, Jr. The FBI did not need a warrant to hack a US citizen's computer, according to a ruling handed down on Tuesday by Senior US District Court Judge Henry Coke Morgan, Jr. If the decision is upheld, it may have ripple effects that essentially allow government agencies to remotely search and seize information from any computer in the US without a warrant, probable cause or suspicion, the EFF argues.The ruling relates to a worldwide FBI sting dubbed Operation Pacifier that targeted child pornography...
  • It appears Facebook is now a franchisee of the NSA

    06/24/2016 9:22:48 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 102 replies
    I have a facebook account under a silly name that I use to log into other sites to make political comments. Today facebook has demanded that I upload a photo ID from a state-issued driver's license, passport, military ID card, etc. before I can log in again. I have screen shots of the demands that I will upload to this thread when I get home. It may be time to go dark on the Interwebs. My spidey sense is tingling.
  • Breaking: Wife of Orlando terrorist is now missing

    06/16/2016 12:39:43 PM PDT · by blueyon · 198 replies
    RedStatewatcher ^ | 6/16/16 | ???
    At a Fort Pierce home owned by members of the Mateen family, Seddique Mateen — father of the Orlando massacre shooter Omar Mateen — said Omar's wife Noor Salman is "no longer here" and that she was no longer in the area. He would not say where she had gone.
  • Obama Proposes Taking Away Constitutional Rights Based on Browser History (Video)

    06/04/2016 10:47:27 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 39 replies ^ | June 3, 2016 | Jon Stokes
    This is not a clickbait headline. This is an actual, real thing that the president just proposed in the second half of this PBS Newshour video: Starting at the 1:57 mark, Obama says: I just came from a meeting, today, in the situation room, in which I’ve got people who we know have been on ISIL websites living here in the United States — US citizens. And we’re allowed to put them on the no fly list when it comes to airlines, but because of the National Rifle Association I cannot prohibit those people from buying guns! This is somebody...
  • Obama Admits The Government Monitors Your Browsing History

    06/06/2016 12:59:12 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 17 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 05 June 2016 | Tyler Durden
    During a PBS town hall meeting, president Obama was asked why he and Hillary want to control and restrict guns and ammunition to responsible gun owners. Obama's response was the typical stock answer of rejecting the "notion" that anyone is hell-bent on taking away "folks' guns", yada yada. However, as AllOutdoor notes, if you listen carefully to Obama's full response, there is a comment Obama gives about knowing browser history that should sent everyone into a blind rage. "I just came from a meeting, today, in the situation room, in which I’ve got people who we know have been on...
  • Trump's Islam Narrative Is Just Reality

    06/06/2016 3:50:55 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 8 replies ^ | June 6, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    Former NSA head Michael Hayden recently joined a chorus of Trump’s critics blasting him for offending Muslims. “The jihadist narrative is that there is undying enmity between Islam and the modern world, so when Trump says they all hate us, he’s using their narrative," he said. That’s true. It’s also meaningless because in this case the narrative is reality.
  • McConnell: Holder 'Worst' AG, Snowden Comments 'Truly Outrageous'

    05/31/2016 8:46:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Tuesday, 31 May 2016 09:35 AM | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Former Attorney Gen. Eric Holder’s contention that former NSA contractor Edward Snowden performed a “public service” by leaking classified documents is “outrageous,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday. “That’s a truly outrageous comment,” the Kentucky senator told Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” program. “It makes me glad I voted against confirming him. He’s the worst attorney general in history.” […] McConnell, pivoting to his book, recounted behind-the-scenes dealings with President Barack Obama, saying that it was Vice President Joe Biden who was the one who could really get things done. “The president is a very smart guy, but I...
  • Trump or not, ‘big data’ could be huge in 2016 vote

    05/28/2016 9:33:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 28, 2016 | AFP
    “Big data” could play a huge role in the 2016 US election, even if Donald Trump doesn’t think so. Trump, who sailed through the Republican primaries using unconventional campaign rallies and Twitter messages, has indicated that he sees little use for popular data analytics tools to help target specific voters. But analysts say he may be at a disadvantage in the general election if he stays on that course. “In the primaries, he was only looking for Republican voters, and in the general he needs all voters,” said Alan Rosenblatt, a digital political strategist...
  • How the Pentagon punished NSA whistleblowers

    05/22/2016 6:35:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 5/22/16 | Mark Hertsgaard
    By now, almost everyone knows what Edward Snowden did. He leaked top-secret documents revealing that the National Security Agency was spying on hundreds of millions of people across the world, collecting the phone calls and emails of virtually everyone on Earth who used a mobile phone or the internet. When this newspaper began publishing the NSA documents in June 2013, it ignited a fierce political debate that continues to this day – about government surveillance, but also about the morality, legality and civic value of whistleblowing. Sign up to the long read email Read more But if you want to...