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  • 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 · 26 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...
  • Susan Rice: Too Many Whites On National Security Team Putting America At Risk

    05/22/2016 5:19:44 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 103 replies
    Susan Rice: Too Many Whites On National Security Team Putting America At Risk Published May 22, 2016 Truth Revolt National Security Advisor Susan Rice told graduates at Florida International University that the presence of too many "white, male, and Yale" staffers is posing a threat to the security of America. read more at truthrevolt.org→
  • New Leak Reveals the Fun and Follies of the NSA

    05/18/2016 9:56:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 18, 2016 | Rachel Marsden
    Former National Security Agency contractor, Central Intelligence Agency employee and hide-and-seek champion Edward Snowden has been holed up in Russia for nearly three years, engaged in perhaps the longest-ever game of show-and-tell. Meanwhile, The Intercept -- an online publication that has served as a clearinghouse for data Snowden pilfered from the NSA -- has just dropped another stash of once highly classified material onto the Internet. This time, the leak consists of content from an internal NSA newsletter, SID Today. ("SID" is the abbreviation for "Signals Intelligence Directorate.") What can we learn from these newly released documents? Apparently, NSA culture...
  • Trump to get intel briefings despite opposition

    05/16/2016 6:46:26 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 69 replies
    TNN, Times of India ^ | Tuesday, May 17, 2016 | Chidanand Rajghatta
    WASHINGTON: The US President's schedule on any given morning includes a confidential Presidential Daily Briefing (PDB) at 9 am before he embarks on the day's (mostly) public engagements. Presented usually by the Director of National Intelligence, the PDB fuses intelligence from various spy agencies (CIA, DIA, NSA etc), much of it obtained through "sigint" (signal intelligence) and "'technical" means (euphemism for bugging, electronic surveillance etc), to give the President a head's up on vital national security issues - from nuclear advances in countries such as Pakistan, North Korea and Iran to negotiating positions of China, India, and other majors at...
  • White House’s Susan Rice: U.S. national security agencies are too white

    05/11/2016 11:07:41 AM PDT · by bkopto · 125 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 11, 2016 | Dave Boyer
    White House National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice said Wednesday there are too many white people in key government posts, creating the danger of “groupthink” that could put U.S. security at risk. Speaking at Florida International University’s commencement, Ms. Rice said a diversified government workforce is more likely to yield “better outcomes” than a predominantly white one. Referring to criticism that the U.S. national security workforce is “white, male, and Yale,” Ms. Rice told the graduates, “In the halls of power, in the faces of our national security leaders, America is still not fully reflected.” “By now, we should all...
  • Former Facebook employees confirm: FB regularly suppresses ‘trending’ conservative news

    05/09/2016 3:32:47 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/09/16 | Robert Laurie
    Surprised? Not really. I know what you’re thinking. “There are people who get their daily news from social postings on Facebook?” Sadly, the answer to that is yes. At any given moment there are over 150 million users roaming Mark Zuckerberg’s monstrosity, and you can bet that some percentage of them rarely read anything outside the online utopia. So, while we may not like to admit it, the “trending” section at the upper right of the page has become frighteningly important. Facebook swears that it determines what’s “trending” by analyzing reader preference. If it’s popular on the site - meaning...
  • NSA Silent on Spies’ Child Porn Problem

    05/07/2016 4:05:29 PM PDT · by Theoria · 25 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 06 May 2016 | Shane Harris
    The government’s cyber spying outfit has an ‘unbelievable’ child porn problem. But the NSA can’t—or won’t—say how often it finds such criminal images on its workers’ computers. Two senior U.S. intelligence officials said recently that defense and intelligence employees have an “unbelievable” amount of child pornography on their work computers and devices, and that child porn has been found on the systems of the National Security Agency, the country’s biggest intelligence organization. But the NSA, which is responsible for keeping tabs on its own computers as well as military and intelligence agency networks, cannot say just how many times employees...
  • Clinton: Prison time over email scandal a GOP 'fantasy'

    04/08/2016 8:21:46 AM PDT · by kevcol · 61 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 8, 2016 | Ariel Cohen
    Hillary Clinton insisted Friday that there's no way Republicans will get their wish, which is to see her in handcuffs and charged with violating the law by allowing top secret and classified information to end up on her private email server. "I know that they live in that world of fantasy and hope because they've got a mess on their hands on the Republican side. That is not going to happen," Clinton said on NBC's "Today" show. "There is not even the remotest chance that is going to happen." "But look, they've been after me, as I say, for 25...
  • America’s Former Top Spy Makes His Pick For President

    04/06/2016 3:14:51 PM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/6/16 | Toni Ann Booras
    Former CIA director Gen. Michael Hayden endorsed Ohio Gov. John Kasich for president Wednesday, saying he has the best experience and leadership skills to run the country.Hayden, who helmed both the NSA and the CIA through former President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama’s years in office, cited Kasich’s 18 years of experience on the House Armed Services Committee in a statement announcing his endorsement. He also praised Kasich’s proposals to increase defense spending and defeat Islamic State.“Governor Kasich has serious proposals to strengthen our military, defeat ISIS and stand up for freedom around the world—proposals that rise far above bumper-stickers...
  • Apple Phone Broken

    03/28/2016 3:01:02 PM PDT · by DugwayDuke · 95 replies
    FoxNews | 3/28/2016 | FoxNews
    Foxnews announced FBI has broken into San Bernadino terrorist phone without aid from apple.
  • Why is this Anti-Gun, “Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” Candidate still Running for President?

    03/18/2016 8:45:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    Constitution.com ^ | March 18, 2016 | Guest Columnist
    Tim Macy, Chairman of Gun Owners of America, wrote an open letter to Second Amendment supporters exposing Republican presidential candidate John Kasich’s real anti-gun agenda.Labeling Kasich the “wolf in sheep’s clothing” still in the presidential race, Macy points to Kasich’s close relationship with Leftist, Communist, billionaire George Soros. In fact, the Soros Fund Management is one of John Kasich’s top financial contributors.“This can hardly be a surprise,” Macy writes. His full letter can be read here. An abbreviated version is below.Kasich and Soros share two important traits: (1) their desire to mess up the Republican selection process for devious motives,...
  • Hillary Has an NSA Problem

    03/18/2016 12:45:01 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 87 replies
    Observer.com ^ | 3-18-2016 | John R. Schindler
    The FBI has been investigating Clinton for months--but an even more secretive Federal agency has its own important beef with her. For a year now, Hillary Clinton's misuse of email during her tenure as Secretary of State has hung like a dark cloud over her presidential campaign. As I told you months ago, EmailGate isn't going away, despite the best efforts of Team Clinton to make it disappear. Instead, the scandal has gotten worse, with never-ending revelations of apparent misconduct by Ms. Clinton and her staff. At this point, EmailGate may be the only thing standing between Hillary and the...
  • Surprise! NSA data will soon routinely be used for domestic policing that has nothing to do

    03/10/2016 4:43:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 98 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3/10/16 | Radley Balko
    <p>What does this rule change mean for you? In short, domestic law enforcement officials now have access to huge troves of American communications, obtained without warrants, that they can use to put people in cages. FBI agents don’t need to have any “national security” related reason to plug your name, email address, phone number, or other “selector” into the NSA’s gargantuan data trove. They can simply poke around in your private information in the course of totally routine investigations. And if they find something that suggests, say, involvement in illegal drug activity, they can send that information to local or state police. That means information the NSA collects for purposes of so-called “national security” will be used by police to lock up ordinary Americans for routine crimes. And we don’t have to guess who’s going to suffer this unconstitutional indignity the most brutally. It’ll be Black, Brown, poor, immigrant, Muslim, and dissident Americans: the same people who are always targeted by law enforcement for extra “special” attention.</p>
  • Is Facebook Inc Becoming the NSA of Social Networks?

    02/29/2016 8:32:16 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    learnbonds.com ^ | 02/29/2016 | Laura Giffords
    As if Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) didn’t already know way too much about you, their new Reactions buttons will give them even more insight into your inner thoughts, and you’ve already given them permission to do whatever they want with this information. ... The new emotions – “love”, “sad” “wow”, “haha”, and “angry” – are being widely embraced by a user base that is desperate to tell the world exactly how it feels about everything under the sun, from the latest political issues to vacation photos. However, the new buttons do a lot more than give you another way to tell...
  • Former CIA Chief Says Military Could Defy Donald Trump's Orders

    02/27/2016 7:16:59 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 144 replies
    WSJ ^ | Feb 27, 2016 | Damian Paletta
    Former CIA Chief Says Military Could Defy Donald Trump’s Orders By Damian Paletta Feb 27, 2016 4:53 pm ET WASHINGTON – Retired Gen. Michael Hayden, who recently led the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency, said the U.S. military would likely refuse to follow certain orders from Donald Trump if he is elected to the White House in November and follows through on campaign promises. "I would be incredibly concerned if a President Trump governed in a way that was consistent with the language that Candidate Trump expressed during the campaign," Gen. Hayden said during an interview will...
  • Hard-coded password exposes up to 46,000 video surveillance DVRs to hacking

    02/17/2016 8:44:52 PM PST · by Utilizer · 19 replies
    IDG News Service ^ | Feb 17, 2016 10:25 AM PT | Lucian Constantin
    Up to 46,000 Internet-accessible digital video recorders (DVRs) that are used to monitor and record video streams from surveillance cameras in homes and businesses can easily be taken over by hackers. According to security researchers from vulnerability intelligence firm Risk Based Security (RBS), all the devices share the same basic vulnerability: They accept a hard-coded, unchangeable password for the highest-privileged user in their software -- the root account. Using hard-coded passwords and hidden support accounts was a common practice a decade ago, when security did not play a large role in product design and development. That mentality has changed in...
  • Apple forced to install back door for iPhones.

    02/17/2016 4:51:49 PM PST · by Leo Carpathian · 98 replies
    self | 02/17/2016 | self
    We see tremendous push from government for Apple to facilitate back door access to encryption on phones. This apparently to crack the terrorist's iPhone to find out who are their contacts, etc. This appears to be excuse to bypass privacy of phone users under the guise of security. Feds were ignorant to traffic around the terrorist's house. Now the phone is the key to find out who are their contacts? What does the phone reveal that records at the service provider, log of phone calls, doesn't? Where is the NSA and their records and alerts of possible terrorist activity? I...
  • George W. Bush inherited 'crumbling' intel community from Bill Clinton: Tenet

    02/16/2016 5:04:21 PM PST · by Kaslin · 61 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 15, 2016 | Rowan Scarborough
    GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump blames Bush for failing to stop 9/11 attacks As Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump hammers away at former President George W. Bush for not stopping the September 11 attacks, another factor could be added to the debate: Mr. Bush inherited from Bill Clinton an intelligence community in terrible shape. This fact comes not from a Republican partisan but from George Tenet, President Clinton's CIA director, a post that at the time made him the country's top intelligence officer. Mr. Tenet wrote in his memoirs, "At the Center of the Storm," that Mr. Clinton left Mr....
  • Onama establishes Federal Privacy Council as part of massive cyber effort (New Executive Order)

    02/10/2016 1:20:11 PM PST · by MarchonDC09122009 · 42 replies
    IAPP.org ^ | 02/09/2016 | Sam Pfeifle
    Obama establishes Federal Privacy Council as part of massive cyber effort https://iapp.org/news/a/obama-establishes-federal-privacy-council-as-part-of-massive-cyber-effort/ Obama establishes Federal Privacy Council as part of massive cyber effort Sam Pfeifle The Privacy Advisor | Feb 9, 2016 Obama establishes Federal Privacy Council as part of massive cyber effort As part of his 2017 budget proposal for the United States, President Barack Obama is including $19 billion for cybersecurity efforts, a 35-percent increase over fiscal year 2016. The funds will go toward a Cybersecurity National Action Plan, which includes the hiring of a chief information security officer, a $3.1 billion fund for IT modernization at the...
  • Ted Cruz's Closest Counselors Are Neocons

    01/31/2016 5:26:31 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 84 replies
    The New American ^ | 15 October 2015 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    There's a lot about Ted Cruz that should worry constitutionalists considering voting for the senator in the presidential election of 2016.Recently, Infogram published brief but illuminating biographies of several of Cruz's key foreign policy advisors. The information disclosed in these revelations could trouble many constitutionalists otherwise keen on the senator and who rely on him to restore the rule of law to the White House.The first person highlighted in the article is the chairman of Cruz's foreign policy team, Chad Sweet.Sweet's professional and political background betrays Cruz's claims of being someone who promises "not to continue going in the same...
  • Cops hate encryption but the NSA loves it when you use PGP

    01/27/2016 5:44:27 PM PST · by dayglored · 25 replies
    The Register ^ | Jan 27, 2016 | Iain Thomson
    It lights you up like a Vegas casino, says compsci boffin Usenix Enigma Although the cops and Feds wont stop banging on and on about encryption - the spies have a different take on the use of crypto. To be brutally blunt, they love it. Why? Because using detectable encryption technology like PGP, Tor, VPNs and so on, lights you up on the intelligence agencies' dashboards. Agents and analysts don't even have to see the contents of the communications - the metadata is enough for g-men to start making your life difficult. "To be honest, the spooks love PGP," Nicholas...
  • Shadowy federal bureau probably has your credit card information

    01/17/2016 11:53:37 AM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    Watchdog ^ | January 15, 2016 | M.D. Kittle
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau remains "the most out-of-control, unaccountable, and nontransparent agency in the federal government... And we can say that without reservation because this is one of the only agencies that literally operates outside of congressional oversight," added Wise, whose Virgina-based organization "works to protect consumers' right to access free-market goods and services." The CFPB, created under the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, is funded largely by fees banks pay to the Federal Reserve. While its director, Richard Cordray, has bragged that his bureau has levied more than $141 million in fines used for CFPB education programs or reparation to...
  • Apple iPhone ban? New York looks to outlaw sale of encrypted smartphones[$2,500 Fine]

    01/15/2016 10:38:03 AM PST · by Theoria · 78 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 14 Jan 2016 | Liam Tung
    A proposed bill in New York seeks to require that all smartphones sold in the state can be decrypted or unlocked and proposes hefty fines for vendors failing to comply.The proposed law marks the latest effort by lawmakers to make it easier for law enforcement to access and read encrypted data stored on smartphones. Should the proposed bill successfully pass through New York's state assembly and senate, Apple and Google could face fines of $2,500 per device sold in the state after January 1, 2016, if a retailer knowingly sold a smartphone that could not be unlocked or decrypted by...
  • If Edward Snowden Is Right About Clinton's Emails, Bernie Sanders Will Win a Landslide Victory

    10/02/2015 10:44:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Huffington Post's Politics The Blog ^ | October 1, 2015 | H.A. Goodman, columnist
    Perhaps nobody on the planet knows more about intelligence protocol than Edward Snowden. If Snowden says it's "completely ridiculous" to believe that Clinton's emails were safe, then yes, it's fair to include his viewpoint in any critique of Hillary Clinton's latest controversy. In addition, since I believe Senator Bernie Sanders is desperately needed at this point in U.S. history, and electing Clinton or a Republican would essentially be nominating the same president on war and foreign policy, it's important to address relevant analysis of the email controversy. There seems to be a bizarre paradigm of thought among some Democrats that...
  • Little noticed Hillary email might contain NSA intercepts

    01/10/2016 4:02:42 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 31 replies
    While most of the attention on Hillary Clinton's emails dealt with a document that included instructions from Clinton to tamper with the headings of a possibly classified subject, another, even more explosive email is big news in Sudan and could potentially lead to criminal charges. The email in question is from Sid Blumenthal, close Clinton friend and ally, who was in Libya trying to drum up business with the Libyan government for some business associates. To ingratiate himself with Secretary Clinton and get the State Department to intercede with the Libyan government on his behalf, he sent her "intelligence" briefs...
  • Obama Spies on His Enemies in Congress

    01/11/2016 9:47:35 AM PST · by Stayfree · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Jeannie DeAngelis
    Now, after learning that the Executive branch of the U.S. government spied on the Legislative branch, it’s less confusing as to why the former Speaker of the House, John Boehner (R-OH), and his compadre in the Senate, Mitch McConnell (R-KY), seemed so reticent in resisting this president.
  • Juniper to replace software containing suspected NSA back door

    01/10/2016 5:45:20 PM PST · by Utilizer · 16 replies
    iTnews ^ | Jan 10 2016 9:55PM | Staff Writer
    Juniper has confirmed it will stop using a piece of security code that analysts believe was developed by the National Security Agency in order to eavesdrop through technology products. The Silicon Valley maker of networking gear said it would ship new versions of security software in the first half of this year to replace those that rely on numbers generated by Dual Elliptic Curve technology. The statement on a blog post came a day after the presentation at a Stanford University conference of research by a team of cryptographers who found that Juniper's code had been changed in multiple ways...
  • Hillary’s EmailGate Goes Nuclear

    01/09/2016 6:15:47 PM PST · by Mariner · 33 replies
    The New York Observer ^ | January 9th, 2016 | By John R. Schindler
    Back in October I told you that Hillary Clinton’s email troubles were anything but over, and that the scandal over her misuse of communications while she was Secretary of State was sure to get worse. Sure enough, EmailGate continues to be a thorn in the side of Hillary’s presidential campaign and may have just entered a new, potentially explosive phase with grave ramifications, both political and legal. The latest court-ordered dump of her email, just placed online by the State Department, brings more troubles for Team Hillary. This release of over 3,000 pages includes 66 “Unclassified” messages that the State...
  • NSA ‘confident’ in new system at center of Rubio-Cruz fight

    01/08/2016 10:22:42 AM PST · by Isara · 2 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/07/16 | Julian Hattem
    The National Security Agency said on Thursday it was "confident" in its powers under a new phone records collection scheme, a claim that backs up assertions from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).In a post on the influential legal blog Lawfare, NSA general counsel Glenn Gerstell addressed the operations of the spy agency's new program, which began in November following a tough congressional fight last summer."NSA will in due course, as it gains experience with the new process, report to Congress about the efficiency of the new arrangement," Gerstell wrote. "NSA is confident, however, that it can operate the new scheme in...
  • Trump Says He Supports Reauthorizing Patriot Act, NSA Metadata Collection

    01/04/2016 10:54:20 AM PST · by TBP · 63 replies
    Truth in Media ^ | Dec 7, 2015 | Barry Donegan
    "I tend to err on the side of security," said 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on the Hugh Hewitt Show. 2016 Republican presidential candidate and billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump said that he supports reauthorizing the USA PATRIOT Act and bulk cell phone metadata collection by the National Security Agency in an interview on the Hugh Hewitt Show earlier this month. In the above-embedded clip, Hewitt asks Trump, “On metadata collection, Ted Cruz is glad the NSA got out of it. Marco Rubio wants it back. What’s Donald Trump think?” “Well, I tend to err on the side...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Rubio Defends NSA Spying on Netanyahu In Private, Condemns It In Public

    12/30/2015 7:15:14 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 74 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 30, 2015 | Patrick Howley
    BOONE, IOWA – Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 79% privately defended the National Security Agency’s (NSA) spying on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, even as he publicly condemned the practice. Rubio and his ally Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) 86% discussed the matter privately in a room away from reporters early Wednesday morning at the Royal Amsterdam Hotel in Pella, Iowa. The two men talked before they set out on a three-stop Iowa campaign tour to showcase Gowdy’s endorsement of Rubio. This reporter heard the conversation while picking up a laptop computer and other materials left in a back...
  • Report: Obama’s NSA Spied on Congress & American Jewish Organizations

    12/30/2015 4:43:57 PM PST · by lowbridge · 21 replies
    breitbart ^ | december 29, 2015 | JORDAN SCHACHTEL
    In the midst of its espionage operations against the State of Israel, the Obama administration's National Security Agency (NSA) listened in on private conversations conducted with members of the U.S. Congress and American-Jewish groups, a late Tuesday report in the Wall Street Journal reveals. The NSA operations revealed to President Obama that Israeli officials had coordinated on messaging with U.S. Jewish groups that had come out against the Iran nuclear deal, the report says, citing unnamed officials familiar with the espionage operations. At the time, President Obama was facing a wave of criticism from European leaders-such as French President Francois Hollande...
  • House intel committee opens probe of eavesdropping on Congress

    12/30/2015 11:46:13 AM PST · by amorphous · 81 replies
    Politico ^ | 30 Dec 2015 | Nolan D. McCaskill
    A House panel on Wednesday announced it is opening an investigation into U.S. intelligence collection that may have swept up members of Congress. The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence's announcement of the probe comes after a Wall Street Journal report that the U.S. collected information on private exchanges between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and members of Congress during ongoing negotiations for nuclear deal with Iran.
  • WSJ: White House Used NSA to Spy on Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu

    12/30/2015 5:32:05 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 40 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Dec 30, 2015 | Sharona Schwartz
    WSJ: White House Used NSA to Spy on Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu, Members of Congress, American Jewish Groups Dec. 30, 2015 7:23am Sharona Schwartz Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was the target of National Security Agency eavesdropping which also netted the private conversations of members of U.S. Congress and American Jewish groups, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. The alleged spying took place despite a promise two years ago by President Barack Obama -- after it was revealed that the NSA had listened in on German Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone calls -- that the U.S. "will not monitor the communications of...
  • Report: U.S. spying on Israel swept up members of Congress

    12/29/2015 4:08:44 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/29/2015 | NOLAN D. MCCASKILL
    U.S. spying programs scooped up communications between members of Congress and Israeli leaders, giving the White House insight into Israel’s lobbying of U.S. lawmakers against the Iran nuclear deal, current and former U.S. officials told The Wall Street Journal. The article, published Tuesday afternoon, reports that the U.S. continued to spy on select leaders of allied nations despite President Barack Obama’s pledge to curb such surveillance two years ago, and that it was a top priority to maintain spying on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government. As part of that continued surveillance, the National Security Agency also swept...
  • NSA suspected in Juniper firewall backdoors

    12/23/2015 9:37:06 PM PST · by Utilizer · 23 replies
    iTnews ^ | Dec 24 2015 10:00AM (AUS) | Staff Writer
    Dual_EC weaknesses and Juniper error exploited, researchers say. Security researchers suspect the United States' National Security Agency may have had a hand in the planting of unauthorised backdoors in Juniper's enterprise firewalls. The network equipment vendor last week issued an urgent security alert for its NetScreen enterprise firewalls, after discovering "unauthorised code" in the device operating system that allows them to be fully compromised. Juniper had discovered the code during an internal review. The backdoors - which had been in existence since 2012 - meant attackers could gain administrative access and decrypt VPN connections unnoticed. Researchers have now said the...
  • Ted Cruz Is Right: NSA Reform Bill Allows More Spying

    12/15/2015 9:24:55 PM PST · by Isara · 25 replies
    National Journal ^ | December 15, 2015 | Brendan Sasso
    Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz clashed over their opposing votes on a key surveillance bill during Tuesday night's GOP debate, with each senator trying to establish himself as the strongest on national security.Rubio accused Cruz of hampering intelligence agencies by supporting the USA Freedom Act, which ended the National Security Agency's vast collection of millions of U.S. phone records. That information could have been critical in investigating the shooting in San Bernardino, California, Rubio argued. "We are now at a time where we need more tools, not less tools," the Florida Republican said. "And that tool we lost, the...
  • Looking for terrorism in all the wrong places (mass spying does not keep us safe)

    12/13/2015 5:39:47 PM PST · by Moseley · 7 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | December 11, 2015 | Larry Klayman
    Once again our national security agencies failed at detecting dangerous terrorists. ... Who knew that collecting massive amounts of irrelevant data on tens of millions of innocent Americans unrelated to terrorism does not prevent terrorist attacks? Actually, making the data haystack bigger makes it harder to find the needle. Like the country music song “Looking For Love in All the Wrong Places,” our country is determined to look for terrorists in all the wrong places. Our government responded by patting down grandmothers and young children at airport security screening, after the trauma of the terrorist attacks on September 11, while...
  • Ted Cruz slams surveillance hawks for 'sweeping aside citizens' Fourth Amendment rights'

    12/10/2015 2:15:09 PM PST · by Isara · 13 replies
    Daily Dot ^ | Dec 10, 2015 | Eric Geller
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz on Thursday offered an impassioned defense of his vote to rein in the government's bulk phone surveillance, blasting those in his party who he said wanted to "exploit the current crisis by calling on Americans to surrender our constitutional liberties as the only way to ensure our safety."The Republican presidential candidate, who has been gaining in recent early-state primary polling, used a speech at the conservative Heritage Foundation to respond to criticism from two fellow candidates, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, for his vote to end the National Security Agency's mass...
  • 'Intelligence failure?': Calif. terrorists may have been on authorities' radar

    12/10/2015 1:45:29 PM PST · by Sopater · 45 replies
    Fox News | December 10, 2015
    As the investigation into the San Bernardino terrorists moves into its second week, there are increasing indications that Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik were on the radar of authorities – or should have been, according to some lawmakers. “You have to say it was an intelligence failure,” Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Az., said Thursday following a closed-door House briefing on the shooting. “You have to. Because it was.”
  • Cruz Strikes Back on Rubio’s Patriot Act Attacks

    12/10/2015 1:33:44 PM PST · by FourPeas · 20 replies
    RollCall ^ | 10 Dec 2015 | Niels Lesniewski
    Facing accusations from Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida that he's supported weakening surveillance powers, presidential rival and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas hit back against his rival on Thursday. The two Republican presidential candidates have been at each other over their differing views on reauthorization of provisions of the Patriot Act. The provisions in question involve the bulk collection of telephone metadata by the National Security Agency. Rubio is in a contingent led by Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., that is blasting people who supported ending the bulk collection, claiming the practice is key to fighting terrorist threats. But Cruz, who...
  • Ted Cruz defends ending bulk data collection

    12/10/2015 11:17:30 AM PST · by FourPeas · 10 replies
    WZVN / CNN ^ | 10 Dec 2015 | Theodore Schleifer
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz offered an extended defense Thursday of his support for ending bulk data collection even as the threat of terrorism surges. In a lengthy policy speech at a conservative think tank, Cruz tried to rebut Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's forceful argument that Cruz's votes to end aspects of the National Security Agency's data collection program should raise red flags for voters concerned about national security. Cruz has tried to stake out a compromise position between the muscular interventionism of Rubio and the surveillance-skeptical libertarianism of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, both GOP presidential competitors. "There are some on...
  • How the NSA uses behavior analytics to detect threats

    12/10/2015 10:03:39 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 9 replies
    cio.com ^ | 12-7-2015 | Clint Boulton
    The National Security Agency has significantly enhanced its capabilities for detecting cyber-threats in the two-plus years since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden pilfered and disclosed classified information. The multi-layered capabilities, which include user behavior analytics, now protect a private cloud that provides storage, computing and operational analytics to the intelligence community, CIO Greg Smithberger tells CIO.com. "There are a number of initiatives we have underway there to really use a lot of our big data analytics, a lot of the technology we have developed for our foreign intelligence mission, as well as technology we've developed inside our Information Assurance Directorate,"...
  • Why Does Fox News Lie About Phone Record Metadata and the NSA?

    12/08/2015 11:20:09 AM PST · by CodeToad · 26 replies
    8 December 2015 | CodeToad
    Fox News continues to propagate the propaganda that the NSA needs to have our personal phone record metadata in order to prevent terrorism and that Americans against government intrusion of our privacy are hurting America. Phone record metadata includes the phone numbers involved, the time of the call, and the location of the phones at the time. This information is available from the phone carriers. We all have cell phone bills that show each and every phone call. For the San Bernadino muslim terrorist shooting, Fox News claims the FBI does not have access to metadata phone record information of...
  • FBI San Bernardino Investigation Stymied by White House Politics

    12/07/2015 1:27:05 PM PST · by GOPAreDemProgressives · 93 replies
    sofrep.com ^ | 12/7/2015 | JACK MURPHY
    Sources indicate heated tension between President Obama and FBI Director James Comey about the nature of the San Bernardino mass shooting, which left 14 civilians dead. Although the FBI believed that it was an act of terrorism from the beginning, immense political pressure was brought down on investigators to avoid using the term “terrorism,” with Obama stating, “It is possible that this is terrorist related, but we don’t know…It is also possible that this was workplace related.” A SOFREP source confirmed that after the shooting, Obama held a meeting in the Oval Office with his National Security Council, the attorney...
  • Paul: 'If Rubio Were Doing His Job' He'd Know NSA Program Was Active Last 6 Months

    12/06/2015 1:12:19 PM PST · by conservativejoy · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/6/2015 | Pam Key
    Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," while discussing his condemnation of the controversial NSA data collection program, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)93% attacked his opponent Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)80%for his statements about the NSA's data collection program. Host Chuck Todd said, "Senator, respond to something Marco Rubio said. He said the following a week ago, 'We were still able to see the phone records of a potential terrorist cause, we held them, now you have to hope the phone company still has them, you have to argue with their chief counsel by the time you get access to...
  • US can't access NSA phone records in California terror case

    The U.S. government's ability to review and analyze five years' worth of telephone records for the married couple blamed in the deadly shootings in California lapsed just four days earlier when the National Security Agency's controversial mass surveillance program was formally shut down. Under a court order, those historical calling records at the NSA are now off-limits to agents running the FBI terrorism investigation even with a warrant. Instead, under the new USA Freedom Act, authorities were able to obtain roughly two years' worth of calling records directly from the phone companies of the married couple blamed in the attack....
  • The Spies Who Ruin Us

    12/03/2015 6:12:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 3, 2015 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    In an effort to draw attention away from the intelligence failures that permitted the attacks of 9/11 and create the impression that it was doing something -- anything -- to avoid a repeat, the federal government tampered seriously with freedoms expressly guaranteed in the Constitution. Its principal target was the right to privacy, which is protected in the Fourth Amendment. At President George W. Bush's urging, Congress passed the Patriot Act in October 2001. This 315-page statute passed the House of Representatives with no debate, and there was very limited debate in the Senate. I have asked many members of...
  • Sandy Berger, former national security adviser, dies

    12/02/2015 6:51:53 AM PST · by TroutStalker · 165 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/02/15 | Nick Gass
    Former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger, who served under President Bill Clinton, has died at the age of 70. "V sad start to day; just learned Sandy Berger passed away during the night," Richard Haass, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, tweeted Wednesday morning. "Good man & friend who served nation well as bill clinton's NSA." Antony Blinken, the current deputy secretary of state and a Berger acolyte, tweeted, "Mourn the passing of Sandy Berger --- father, husband, mentor, friend, leader and great patriot. RIP SRB." Berger, a longtime lawyer who founded Stonebridge International, a Washington-based advisory group,...