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  • Jeb Bush Defends NSA Mass Surveillance as 'Hugely Important'

    02/19/2015 8:07:21 AM PST · by C19fan · 55 replies
    National Journal ^ | February 18, 2015 | Dustin Volz
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Wednesday offered a vocal defense of the National Security Agency's mass collection of U.S. phone call data, saying the program is "hugely important" to keeping Americans safe from terrorists. During a foreign policy speech in Chicago, the likely Republican candidate for president said the mass surveillance is an essential ingredient in the fight against those seeking to do harm to the United States. "That requires responsible intelligence-gathering and analysis, including the NSA metadata program, which contributes to awareness of potential terrorist cells and interdiction efforts on a global scale," Bush said. "For the life...
  • Today is The Last Day to Get 2GB of Free Google Drive Storage

    02/17/2015 7:06:15 AM PST · by lbryce · 15 replies
    Business Insider ^ | February 17, 2015 | Steven Tweeedie
    Please seem my comments below Google Drive is offering its users 2GB of free storage for completing a simple security checkup. It only takes a couple of minutes to complete, but the offer only lasts until Feb. 17. Designed to make sure everything about your account is shipshape, the security checkup runs through a checklist of security features examining your account recovery information, recent activity, account permissions, and your 2-step verification settings. To access the security checkup, head on over to your Google account page. Next, click "Get Started" button to begin the checkup.
  • Russia’s Top Cyber Sleuth Foils US Spies, Helps Kremlin Pals (Kaspersky Lab Has KGB Ties)

    07/23/2012 2:14:05 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 13 replies
    Wired | July 23, 2012 | Noah Shachtman
    Link only: http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/07/ff_kaspersky/all/
  • Destroying your hard drive is the only way to stop this super-advanced malware

    02/17/2015 7:03:37 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 51 replies
    pcworld.com ^ | Feb 17, 2015 5:40 AM | Jeremy Kirk
    The malware reprograms the hard drive’s firmware, creating hidden sectors on the drive that can only be accessed through a secret API (application programming interface). Once installed, the malware is impossible to remove: disk formatting and reinstalling the OS doesn’t affect it, and the hidden storage sector remains. “Theoretically, we were aware of this possibility, but as far as I know this is the only case ever that we have seen of an attacker having such an incredibly advanced capability,” said Costin Raiu, director of Kaspersky Lab’s global research and analysis team, in a phone interview Monday.
  • Russian researchers expose breakthrough U.S. spying program

    02/16/2015 11:44:44 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 23 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Feb 16, 2015 | reuters.com
    (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers, giving the agency the means to eavesdrop on the majority of the world's computers, according to cyber researchers and former operatives.
  • Russian researchers expose NSA secret weapon: Program that enables America to spy on every computer

    02/17/2015 9:02:27 AM PST · by dennisw · 51 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 16 February 2015 | Reuters Reporter and Chris Spargo
    The targets included government and military institutions, telecommunication companies, banks, energy companies, nuclear researchers, media, and Islamic activists. The National Security Agency has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives, allowing them to monitor and eavesdrop on the majority of the world's computers - even when they are not connected to the internet. This 'surpasses anything known in terms of complexity and sophistication of techniques, and that has been active for almost two decades,' said Kaspersky. 'The hardware will be able to infect the computer over and over,' lead Kaspersky researcher Costin Raiu said in an...
  • A Worthless Piece of Paper

    02/12/2015 8:33:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2015 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    President George W. Bush was fond of saying that "9/11 changed everything." He used that one-liner often as a purported moral basis to justify the radical restructuring of federal law and the federal assault on personal liberties over which he presided. He cast aside his oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution; he rejected his oath to enforce all federal laws faithfully; and he moved the government decidedly in the direction of secret laws, secret procedures and secret courts. During his presidency, Congress enacted the Patriot Act. This legislation permits federal agents to write their own search warrants when...
  • Judge sides with government in lawsuit over surveillance

    02/10/2015 7:19:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 10, 2015 9:29 PM EST
    A federal judge on Tuesday sided with the government in a lawsuit alleging the National Security Agency is illegally engaging in the bulk collection of Internet and telephone records in the hunt for potential terrorists. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White in Oakland said the plaintiffs in the case—AT&T customers—had not shown that all AT&T customers’ Internet communications were currently the subject of a “dragnet seizure and search program, controlled by or at the direction of the Government,” and they therefore did not have standing to file a lawsuit under the Fourth Amendment, which protects against warrantless searches and seizures. White...
  • IGGY AZALEA DECLARES WAR ON PAPA JOHN’S FOR ALLEGEDLY DISTRIBUTING HER PHONE NUMBER

    02/09/2015 6:56:02 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 56 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 2/9/15 | Marlow Stern
    ....the 24-year-old apparently decided to order some Papa John’s (Editor’s Note: Their butter dipping sauce and chicken tenders are divine). Then things got ugly. According to Azalea, Papa John’s was her “favorite pizza” until one of their drivers took it upon him/herself to distribute her number to their family members. Naturally, she took to Twitter to voice her frustrations to her 4.2 million followers in 140 characters or less: . @PapaJohns was my favorite pizza but the drivers they use give out your personal phone number to their family members.
  • Massive Utah cyberattacks — up to 300 million per day — may be aimed at NSA facility

    02/07/2015 9:23:30 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    http://www.sltrib.com/news/2135491-155/massive-utah-cyber-attacks-may-be ^ | First Published Feb 03 2015 10:57AM • Last Updated Feb 03 2015 10:56 pm | LEE DAVIDSON
    Five years ago, Utah government computer systems faced 25,000 to 30,000 attempted cyberattacks every day. At the time, Utah Public Safety Commissioner Keith Squires thought that was massive. "But this last year we have had spikes of over 300 million attacks against the state databases" each day: a 10,000-fold increase. Why? Squires says it is probably because Utah is home to the new, secretive National Security Agency computer center, and hackers believe they can somehow get to it through state computer systems. "I really do believe it was all the attention drawn to the NSA facility. In the cyberworld, that's...
  • Obama security agenda urges ‘strategic patience,’ drawing criticism amid ISIS threat

    02/06/2015 6:39:04 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 47 replies
    FOXNEWS.com ^ | 2/6/15 | FoxNews/AP
    President Obama unveiled a national security strategy on Friday that called for "strategic patience" and warned against American "overreach" -- an approach that drew criticism as some lawmakers say the rising threat from the Islamic State demands a more urgent response. The 29-page document is meant to serve as a blueprint for Obama's final two years in office. The strategy cast the U.S. as an indispensable force in combating global challenges -- including terrorism, climate change and cyber threats.
  • Rice: US not facing 'existential' threats

    02/06/2015 3:10:37 PM PST · by jazusamo · 60 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 6, 2015 | Kristina Wong
    Susan Rice pushed back on critics of President Obama's foreign policy Friday as she unveiled the White House’s new national security strategy. Rice, the White House's national security adviser, said in a speech at the Brookings Institution that the nation is “stronger than we have been in a very long time” despite the bitter debates raging in Washington. “Too often, what's missing here in Washington is a sense of perspective. Yes, there is a lot going on. Still, while the dangers we face may be more numerous and varied, they are not of the existential nature we confronted during World...
  • Revealed: Names of Seven American Muslim Leaders at White House ‘Anti-Muslim Bigotry’ Meeting

    02/05/2015 10:22:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/5/15 | Jordan Schachtel
    The White House has still refused to name the “American Muslim leaders” with whom President Obama met to “discuss a range of domestic and foreign policy issues.” According to a White House statement on the President’s meeting, the domestic issues discussed were the “Affordable Care Act, anti-Muslim violence and discrimination, the 21st Century Policing Task Force, and the upcoming White House Summit on Countering Violence Extremism.” On the foreign policy front, “the President discussed the need to continue countering ISIL and other groups that commit horrific acts of violence, purportedly in the name of Islam,” while also congratulating Muslims on...
  • British spies tell German MPs to back off

    02/05/2015 5:54:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 05 Feb 2015 10:26 GMT+01:00
    British spies have warned the government they may cut off ties with their German counterparts over a parliamentary inquiry into spying by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). Focus magazine reported on Thursday that top spies at Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) are concerned that the Bundestag’s (German parliament) inquiry into the NSA could uncover secrets about how they cooperate with their German allies. Gerhard Schindler, head of Germany’s foreign intelligence agency, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), reportedly told the leaders of the inquiry about the increased tension with his British colleagues on Wednesday evening. “Without information from British signals intelligence, we would...
  • Autopsy Shows Journalist Michael Hastings Had Meth, Pot In System At Time Of Fiery Auto Crash

    08/21/2013 6:44:24 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 53 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | August 20, 2013 | The Smoking Gun
    The family of journalist Michael Hastings was trying to get him into drug rehab at the time he died in a fiery Los Angeles car wreck, according to a coroner’s report released today.
  • Mysterious Death of Obama Critic and Reporter on Bin Laden’s Death and Ferguson Labeled Suicide

    12/13/2014 6:38:10 PM PST · by Seeing More Clearly Now · 67 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | December 13, 2014 | Lily Dane
    .... Di-Natale provided coverage of the [Osama bin Laden] raid's aftermath, including an exclusive interview with Shakil Afridi, the doctor who helped U.S. agents verify Bin Laden's presence, and who remains imprisoned in Pakistan to this day. Di-Natale notably reported from Osama bin Laden's Pakistan compound in the aftermath of the US raid, and is known for chiseling out a brick from the compound: Call me a conspiracy theorist, but when I heard about Di-Natale's death, the first thing that popped into my mind was this: Who killed him? It isn't that far-fetched to suspect foul play when a journalist...
  • Utah's massive NSA data center using more water

    02/04/2015 9:08:53 PM PST · by Colofornian · 42 replies
    WRAL ^ | February 2, 2015 | Associated Press
    <p>Records show the National Security Agency data center in Utah used more water in 2014, though the usage is still far lower than expected. The water usage peaked at 6.6 million gallons for the month of August.</p>
  • 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 · 20 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. …