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  • A Snowden Job For The Ages

    08/14/2013 9:37:45 PM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 42 replies
    08/15/13 | Alan Levy, Gun Owner
    Our dog eating Dear Leader, Barack Hussein Obama, had this to say about the "phony" NSA spying scandal during his August 9th "press" conference: *** "As I said at the National Defense University back in May, in meeting those threats we have to strike the right balance between protecting our security and preserving our freedoms." http://www.npr.org/2013/08/09/210574114/transcript-president-obamas-news-conference *** Ladies and gentlemen, the above quote needs to be immortalized in some way. Perhaps it should be carved into the base of the Statue of Liberty or onto the side of a mountain. Maybe children should be forced to memorize it in their...
  • Secretary Of State John Kerry Under Fire In Brazil Over NSA (phony) Spying Scandal

    08/14/2013 3:11:56 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/14/13 | Anna Kaiser
    RIO DE JANEIRO – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived here hoping to build bilateral relations with Latin America’s leading economic powerhouse, but was given little time for diplomatic pomp and circumstance. Instead, the top U.S. diplomat was met with questions and doubts from the Brazilian government over revelations concerning the National Security Agency’s intelligence gathering in the South American country. Kerry was quickly put on the defensive as Brazilian officials demanded answers about the espionage scandal that shocked the country in a front-page story by the country’s largest newspaper, O Globo, in July.

    08/13/2013 4:10:12 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 56 replies
    WATCHDOGWIRE – FLORIDA ^ | August 13, 2013 | Dr. Richard Swier
    The National Black Republican Association (NBRA) based in Sarasota, FL, headed by Chairman Frances Rice, filed Articles of Impeachment against President Barack Obama with the following language: We, black American citizens, in order to free ourselves and our fellow citizens from governmental tyranny, do herewith submit these Articles of Impeachment to Congress for the removal of President Barack H. Obama, aka, Barry Soetoro, from office for his attack on liberty and commission of egregious acts of despotism that constitute high crimes and misdemeanors. On July 4, 1776, the founders of our nation declared their independence from governmental tyranny and reaffirmed...
  • Obama Is a ‘Snake’ and ‘We Have to Turn on Him’ Says Oliver Stone

    08/14/2013 10:58:40 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 43 replies
    Film director Oliver Stone—who has made no secret of his liberal political views—called President Barack Obama a “snake” for his role in National Security Agency spying programs that have become, he said, more about silencing protestors than finding terrorists.“Obama is a snake,” Stone told an audience in Tokyo on Monday. “He’s a snake. And we have to turn on him.” “The Boston Marathon, they were so busy tracking down potential protestors…that they missed the bombers,” Stone told the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan. “It’s never about terrorists, it always becomes about the way J. Edgar Hoover did it; he brought...
  • Terrorists turn to online chat rooms to evade US

    08/14/2013 9:42:12 AM PDT · by don-o · 22 replies
    AP via Evansville CourierPress ^ | August 14, 2013 | LARA JAKES and ADAM GOLDMAN
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Al-Qaida fighters have been using secretive chat rooms and encrypted Internet message boards for planning and coordinating attacks - including the threatened if vague plot that U.S. officials say closed 19 diplomatic posts across Africa and the Middle East for more than a week. snip Jihadist technology may now be so sophisticated and secretive, experts say, that many communications avoid detection by National Security Agency programs that were specifically designed to uncover terror plots.
  • National Black Republican Association Files Articles of Impeachment Against Barack Obama

    08/14/2013 9:24:36 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 38 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | Aug 14, 2013 | Tim Brown
    A conservative black citizens group, the National Black Republican Association (NBRA), has filed detailed articles of impeachment against Barack Obama, calling for his removal from office over the National Security Agency spying program, the prosecution of whistleblowers, wiretapping journalists, his torture program and the cover-up of Benghazi. Though the group associates itself with Republicans, many of the articles referenced deal with activities that the Obama administration has engaged in with the full support of establishment Republicans, such as the NSA spying programs, illegal torture and treatment of whistleblowers like Edward Snowden. “We, black American citizens, in order to free ourselves...
  • Intelligence committee urged to explain if they withheld crucial NSA document

    08/14/2013 8:21:10 AM PDT · by opentalk · 7 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | August 14, 2013 | Spencer Ackerman
    Critics demands answers from chairman Mike Rogers after claims that committee failed to share document before key vote The leadership of the House intelligence committee is under growing pressure to explain whether it withheld surveillance information from members of Congress before a key vote to renew the Patriot Act. A Republican congressman and government ethics watchdogs are demanding that the powerful panel's chairman, Mike Rogers of Michigan, responds to charges that the panel's leadership failed to share a document prepared by the justice department and intelligence community. The document was explicitly created to inform non-committee members about bulk collection of...
  • Obama privately derides controversy over NSA surveillance

    08/14/2013 8:01:24 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8/14/13 | Neil Munro
    President Barack Obama privately derided the controversy over the blockbuster June 6 revelation of the National Security Agency’s far-reaching capabilities as “noise rather than something that’s real and meaningful,” said Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Duncan revealed Obama’s dismissive attitude to the dramatic claims by a former defense contractor, Edward Snowden, in a Washington Post report on a White House program to increase Internet use in schools. Obama made the remark to Duncan on June 6, as they were flying on Air Force One to visit a school in Mooresville, N.C., according to the last few paragraphs of the Post’s Aug....
  • Beware This Vulnerability in Cyber Pickpocketing

    08/14/2013 7:16:12 AM PDT · by William Tell 2 · 7 replies
    MainStreet.com ^ | 8-14-13 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    NEW YORK (MainStreet)—It used to be the stuff of science fiction and Dick Tracy comic strips. But fiction became fact and Mobile Personal Communication Devices (MPCDs) are commonplace. Now they are used for more than mere conversation. Mobile financial transactions are routine. They are even beginning to replace wallets. But as wallets go high tech, so do criminals. The advent of mobile wallets is creating ... http://www.mainstreet.com/article/smart-spending/technology/beware-vulnerability-cyber-pickpocketing
  • Snowden: NSA targeted journalists critical of government after 9/11

    08/14/2013 6:58:14 AM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/13/13 | Jonathan Easley
    Edward Snowden accused the National Security Agency of targeting reporters who wrote critically about the government after the 9/11 attacks and warned it was “unforgivably reckless” for journalists to use unencrypted email messages when discussing sensitive matters. Snowden said in an interview with the New York Times Magazine published Tuesday that he came to trust Laura Poitras, the documentary filmmaker who, along with Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald, helped report his disclosure of secret surveillance programs, because she herself had been targeted by the NSA. “Laura and [Guardian reporter] Glenn [Greenwald] are among the few who reported fearlessly on controversial topics...
  • Guess Who Obama Put in Charge of Investigating the NSA?

    08/13/2013 2:08:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 13, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    The real answer is Congress, but the President's answer to NSA spying on Americans is to put the guy who lied under oath about spying on Americans in charge of investigating the NSA. Is your head spinning yet? Today, Obama ordered Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to name an outside panel to review the United State's global collection of signals intelligence - meaning its efforts to target phone calls, internet messages, and various forms of electronic communication. And a flashback: DNI James Clapper says that the NSA does not collect data on millions of Americans
  • Classic Obama charade: Appoint a crony to investigate himself

    08/13/2013 9:47:36 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    IBD ^ | 8-13-13 | Andrew Malcolm
    Big headlines last Friday, as President Obama planned, for his news conference announcement. He was naming "a high-level group of outside experts" to probe the nation's entire intelligence apparatus for abuses to boost transparency and reassure Americans worried about their civil freedoms in a new era of vast government surveillance technology. Obama said he himself was absolutely confident no abuses exist. But fears had been stoked by the Snowden leaks and revelations of the immense scope of NSA snooping on civilian society in the name of fighting terrorism. "It’s not enough for me, as President, to have confidence in these...
  • Visit from Feds Has Two Email Providers Closing Shop

    08/13/2013 7:01:35 AM PDT · by vet7279 · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 13 Aug 2013 | Elizabeth Sheld
    Last Thursday, Texas based email provider Lavabit suddenly shut down their encrypted email service, leaving behind a message for its customers on the company's website. The owner of Lavabit, Ladar Levinson, intimated that the company had received a secret search order from the government and shut his business down to avoid being "complicit in crimes against the American people."
  • Confessed Liar To Congress James Clapper Gets To Set Up 'Independent' Review Over NSA Surveillance

    08/13/2013 6:15:05 AM PDT · by shego · 9 replies
    TechDirt ^ | 8/12/13 | Mike Masnick
    ...Remember on Friday how one of President Obama's efforts to get people to trust the government more concerning the NSA's surveillance efforts was to create an "outside" and "independent" board to review it all?... ...Except, that was Friday. Today is Monday. And, on Monday we learn that "outside" and "independent" actually means setup by Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper--the same guy who has already admitted to lying to Congress about the program, and has received no punishment for doing so. This is independent? From this we're supposed to expect real oversight?!? This is from the letter sent to Clapper:...
  • Former NSA chief predicts surveillance programs will expand

    08/13/2013 3:18:46 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 18 replies
    RT ^ | 08/13/2013 | RT
    The former head of the National Security Agency said Sunday that not only does ending the NSA’s domestic surveillance programs seems unlikely, but he images those endeavors could expand in scope during the coming years. Former NSA chief Michael Hayden told television host Bob Schieffer of CBS’ Face the Nation over the weekend that the current program that collects the metadata of millions of American phone customers on a regular basis for the United States government could in the future perhaps be used to soak up even more statistics about US citizens. In early June, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden...
  • Spying scandal hits US chances of Brazil jet sale

    08/12/2013 11:55:26 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 08/13/2013 | Anthony Boadle, Alonso Soto
    Spying scandal sets back U.S. chances for fighter jet sale to Brazil By Anthony Boadle and Alonso Soto BRASILIA (Reuters) - U.S. hopes of landing a coveted deal worth more than $4 billion to sell 36 fighter jets to Brazil have suffered a setback with recent revelations that the United States collected data on Brazilian Internet communications. When U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sits down with Brazilian officials in Brasilia on Tuesday to prepare a state visit to the White House by President Dilma Rousseff, the sale of the warplanes will not be on the agenda, a Brazilian source...
  • Rule of the Republicrats

    08/12/2013 3:35:37 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | AUG 12,2013 | Todd Keister
    Senator Rand Paul is one of a handful of members of the Congress that possesses a set of principles. He stands for the principles of the American Revolution -- put simply, human liberty. The result has been vicious attacks by leaders of the Republican side of the ruling cartel. Epic fail presidential candidate John McCain has referred to Senator Paul as a "whacko bird," and Senator Lindsey Graham, who has said he's "glad" that the NSA is spying on every American's calls and emails, has called Senator Paul's concerns for civil liberties "ridiculous." The latest attack has come from Governor...
  • McCaul, King, Christie (R-GOP-e) ARE Tied At The Hip With Obama, Pelosi, Feinstein (D-Dem-e) On NSA?

    08/12/2013 12:19:06 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 6 replies
    8/12/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    The Mainstream (Establishment) Media is trying to once again do the Republican vs Democrat thingy: that Obama has proposed some serious (cough, laugh) changes to the NSA spying program, and those wascally wepubs (Rep. McCaul and Peter King (R-GOP-e) are trying to thwart him. I never thought that I would see a recent liberal rally where hundreds marched (not reported by the MSM-e) where a person would be carrying a sign that said Snowden, patriot and Pelosi, traitor. And even the New York Times (Editorial Board, June 6th: Obama administration has lost all credibility on the issue of the NSA...
  • New search engine protects you from NSA

    08/11/2013 8:56:43 PM PDT · by Errant · 53 replies
    WND ^ | 11 August, 2013 | Bob Unruh
    Trust Google? The National Security Agency, which routinely collects its data, does. After all, it’s one of the companies from which Washington apparently routinely pulls data about what Americans are reading, doing, seeing, researching, hunting and contemplating. So an entrepreneur says he has started an alternative service, which offers encryption services to keep your details, well, your details. Out of Google’s files. And away from the NSA. The website is called Zeekly.com and founder Jeffrey Sisk explains it doesn’t retain search history, and also runs on 2048-bit SSL encryption to keep private what Internet users don’t want public.
  • NSA Spying on “Only a Small Percentage,” White House Says

    08/11/2013 10:28:52 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 5 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 9 Aug 2013 | John Semmens
    White House press secretary Jay Carney defended the National Security Agency's spying activities saying that “only a small percentage of Internet traffic is being monitored.” “Is there any question that the vast majority of what people do on the Internet is mindless drivel?” Carney asked. “I mean, the number one topic is porn. Only a tiny fraction of the activity represents matters of interest. That's the activity we've got every right and obligation to monitor.” One of the “tiny fractions” Carney maintained merits scrutiny “is the communications of persons hostile to the Government—including so-called Tea Partiers. Let me remind you...
  • NSA says they only 'touch' 1.4% of internet traffic a day (Do you feel reassured?)

    08/11/2013 8:02:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 78 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/11/2013 | Rick Moran
    The website Ars Technica points us to this rare release by the NSA that seeks to justify its snooping. It is obviously self serving, and I find it strange that they would use the numbers dodge to try and reassure us about surveillance. It doesn't matter how little or how much of the internet they "touch." What matters is who they touch and why. On the same day that President Barack Obama spoke to the press about possible surveillance reforms--and released a related white paper on the subject--the National Security Agency came out with its own rare, publicly-released, seven-page document...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 11 August 2013

    08/11/2013 5:17:54 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 112 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 11 August 2013 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows August 11th, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Reps. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, and Steve King, R-Iowa; Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.; Anu Bhagwati, executive director, Service Women's Action Network.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Reps. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md., and Peter King, R-N.Y.; Michael Hayden, a former head of the CIA and the National Security Agency.THIS WEEK (ABC): Edward Snowden's father, Lon; Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J.; Reps. Ed Royce, R-Calif., Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, and Louie Gohmert, R-Texas; Donald Trump.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN):...
  • Putin Talks NSA, Syria, Iran, and Drones in Exclusive Video

    08/10/2013 6:10:00 PM PDT · by FR_addict · 19 replies
    youtube video from RT ^ | 8/10/2013 | Russia Today
    Putin talks NSA, Syria, Iran, and Drones in Exclusive Video
  • Obama’s not to be trusted on foreign policy

    08/10/2013 5:08:23 PM PDT · by opentalk · 31 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | August 10, 2013 | Janet Daley
    Having declared an end to the War on Terror, the US president no longer has any clear idea of his country's global role The West can no longer rely on American leadership in the world. For the remaining duration of the Obama administration, Washington’s judgment and effectiveness in foreign policy cannot be trusted. It is quite an achievement for the one remaining superpower to appear as ineffectual and wrong-footed as the United States has managed to do in the past week. But there it is. The president’s global strategy in his second term was based on two resounding premises. First,...
  • Lavabit's Ladar Levison: 'If You Knew What I Know About Email, You Might Not Use It'

    08/10/2013 1:25:46 PM PDT · by NCjim · 79 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 9, 2013 | Kashmir Hill
    Ladar Levison, 32, has spent ten years building encrypted email service Lavabit, attracting over 410,000 users. When NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was revealed to be one of those users in July, Dallas-based Lavabit got a surge of new customers: $12,000 worth of paid subscribers, triple his usual monthly sign-up. On Thursday, though, Levison pulled the plug on his company, posting a cryptic message about a government investigation that would force him to “become complicit in crimes against the American people” were he to stay in business. Many people have speculated that the investigation concerned the government trying to get access...
  • Sarah Palin Slams Democratic ‘Buffoons,’ Obama’s NSA Lies, And Christie-Paul Feud

    08/10/2013 2:29:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Mediaite ^ | August 10, 2013 | Josh Feldman
    Sarah Palin joined Eric Bolling on Fox News this morning to take a mini-victory lap over some Democrats suddenly embracing the idea she put forth years ago over health care “death panels.” Palin felt somewhat vindicated, but didn’t want to “condone them… for trying to jump off the Obama train wreck.” She told Bolling that rationing was in the health care law from the beginning, and the Democrats who didn’t notice it until now did not want to look like “buffoons.” Palin also took the media to task for wasting an opportunity at President Obama‘s big press conference to grill...
  • Federal government has month to respond to Jill Kelley lawsuit - (Gen. John Allen)

    08/10/2013 6:08:15 AM PDT · by haffast · 3 replies
    CNN ^ | August 6th, 2013 07:23 PM ET | CNN Political Unit
    (CNN) - The government has until September 4 to make its first response to a civil lawsuit filed by Jill Kelley, the Florida woman caught up in the scandal which led to last year's resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus. Kelley filed suit against the federal government in early June alleging her privacy had been violated by employees of government agencies. Last week a federal judge granted a request to give the government 30 additional days before responding to Kelley's complaint. The government cited the length of Kelley's suit and the need to confer with multiple government agencies. Kelley's defense...
  • WikiLeaks founder: Obama surveillance changes vindicate Edward Snowden

    08/10/2013 8:00:08 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 9 replies
    WikiLeaks founder: Obama surveillance changes vindicate Edward Snowden By Keith Laing - 08/10/13 10:40 AM ET The founder of the WikiLeaks website said on Saturday that President Obama’s announcement of changes to the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance program this week vindicated Edward Snowden’s release of information about the program. “Today the President of the United States validated Edward Snowden’s role as a whistleblower by announcing plans to reform America’s global surveillance program,” WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange said in a statement. “But rather than thank Edward Snowden, the president laughably attempted to criticize him while claiming that there was a...
  • Reid says Obamacare just a step toward eventual single-payer system

    08/10/2013 7:14:05 AM PDT · by upchuck · 46 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Sat, Aug 10, 2013 | Karoun Demirjian
    In just about seven weeks, people will be able to start buying Obamacare-approved insurance plans through the new health care exchanges. But already, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is predicting those plans, and the whole system of distributing them, will eventually be moot. Reid said he thinks the country has to “work our way past” insurance-based health care during a Friday night appearance on Vegas PBS’ program “Nevada Week in Review.” “What we’ve done with Obamacare is have a step in the right direction, but we’re far from having something that’s going to work forever,” Reid said. When then asked...
  • 'Dictator Palin' Could Control U.S. Spying, Warns Rep. Alan Grayson (Video)

    08/09/2013 9:31:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | August 8, 2013 | Michael Allen
    Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) recently expressed his concern about Sarah Palin someday becoming president and having control over the information gathered by the U.S government about Americans citizens. In an interview with Shark-Tank.net, Rep. Grayson said he has introduced a bill, 'The Mind Your Own Business Act,' that would ban the U.S. Department of Defense from gathering Internet, phone and other personal information about U.S. citizens without probable cause or evidence of a criminal offense, which is what the Fourth Amendment is supposed to do. Rep. Grayson explained how 'The Mind Your Own Business Act' was modeled "very closely after...
  • The Lives Of Others

    08/09/2013 4:46:44 PM PDT · by Bogie · 22 replies
  • MSNBC Contributor: NSA Debate a ‘Privileged Discussion’

    08/09/2013 1:45:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 8/9/13 | staff
    Vid at link
  • Leftist Policies Kill Jobs and Destroy Freedoms Simultaneously

    08/09/2013 12:36:03 PM PDT · by swampthang77 · 4 replies
    USBC News ^ | 13, 08,10 | USBC News Wire
    In a recent development eerily resembling a combination of both George Orwell’s custodian surveillance-state novel “1984,” and Ayn Rand’s novel “Atlas Shrugged,” in which individuals simply refuse to participate under a corrupt system, a Texas based e-mail provider announced to its customers yesterday that it would terminate operations, rather than “become complicit in crimes against the American people.” The decision was abrupt, and surprised many. Industry insiders are speculating that Lavabit has not provided more details, as contact from the Federal Government may have included a so called, “gag order,” preventing Lavabit’s owner, Ladar Levison, from providing his clients with...
  • NSA loophole allows warrantless search for US citizens' emails and phone calls

    08/09/2013 9:48:59 AM PDT · by don-o · 81 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | August 9, 2013 | James Ball and Spencer Ackerman
    <p>The National Security Agency has a secret backdoor into its vast databases under a legal authority enabling it to search for US citizens' email and phone calls without a warrant, according to a top-secret document passed to the Guardian by Edward Snowden.</p>
  • Encrypted email Lavabit used by Snowden shuts to avoid 'complicity in crimes against Americans'

    08/09/2013 7:15:15 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 45 replies
    The highly encrypted email service reportedly used by NSA leaker Edward Snowden has gone offline - and its administrator claims the company is legally barred from explaining why. On Thursday, the homepage of Lavabit.com was changed to a letter from the company’s owner announcing that the site’s operations have ceased following a six-week long ordeal that has prompted the company to take legal action in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Now in the midst of an escalating fight from the federal government aimed at cracking down on encrypted communications, one of the last free and secure services has thrown...
  • Obama, tech executives met to discuss surveillance: report

    08/09/2013 6:39:40 AM PDT · by don-o · 5 replies
    Reuters - via Yahoo ^ | August 9, 2013
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama quietly met with the CEOs of Apple Inc, AT&T Inc as well as other technology and privacy representatives on Thursday to discuss government surveillance, according to a media report. Google Inc computer scientist Vint Cerf and civil liberties leaders also participated in the meeting, along with Apple's Tim Cook and AT&T's Randall Stephenson, Politico said late Thursday, citing sources familiar with the matter. The session was not included on Obama's daily public schedule for Thursday. The closed-door meeting followed another private session on Tuesday between top Obama administration officials, industry lobbyists and privacy advocates,...
  • Email service Lavabit abruptly shut down citing government interference

    08/08/2013 9:51:33 PM PDT · by TennesseeProfessor · 57 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 8/8/2013 | Spencer Ackerman
    The email service reportedly used by surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden abruptly shut down on Thursday after its owner cryptically announced his refusal to become "complicit in crimes against the American people."Lavabit, an email service that boasted of its security features and claimed 350,000 customers, is no more, apparently after rejecting a court order for cooperation with the US government to participate in surveillance on its customers. It is the first such company known to have shuttered rather than comply with government surveillance."I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people or...
  • NSA to cut system administrators by 90 percent to limit data access

    08/08/2013 10:41:56 PM PDT · by gandalftb · 58 replies
    Reuters ^ | Aug 8, 2013 | Jonathan Allen
    The National Security Agency, hit by disclosures of classified data by former contractor Edward Snowden, said Thursday it intends to eliminate about 90 percent of its system administrators to reduce the number of people with access to secret information. Keith Alexander, the director of the NSA, the U.S. spy agency charged with monitoring foreign electronic communications, told a cybersecurity conference in New York City that automating much of the work would improve security. "What we're in the process of doing - not fast enough - is reducing our system administrators by about 90 percent," he said. The remarks came as...
  • Snowden’s e-mail provider is closing, cannot legally say why

    08/08/2013 5:46:17 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 17 replies
    http://www.washingtonpost.com ^ | august 8, 2013 | Andrea Peterson
    The e-mail service used by National Security Agency (NSA) leaker Edward Snowden is suspending operations. And they can’t tell us why — although this cryptic post heavily suggests it has something to do with a government request for information: I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people or walk away from nearly ten years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit. After significant soul searching, I have decided to suspend operations. I wish that I could legally share with you the events that led to my decision. I cannot. I...
  • Vanity: Is it about time for Congress to use their 'Special Prosecutor' powers?

    08/08/2013 1:38:15 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 25 replies
    8/8/13 | JSDude1
    I can't for the life of me, folks, figure out WHY Boehner and Congress have not to date used their legal and Constitutional powers of appointing special prosecutors to try corrupt government officials in the Obama Administration over "phony scandals" Benghazi, the IRS Tea Party targeting, NSA and others? This seems especially poignant since Boehner said that it mattered set (IRS) agents would end up in jail over tea party targeting!? Now they act like nothing has happened/Have they gone limp? Maybe it's time to remind Boehner and all that they have this power? (202)-225-0600.
  • Broader Sifting of Data Abroad Is Seen by N.S.A.

    08/08/2013 4:50:21 AM PDT · by vg0va3 · 5 replies
    New York Times ^ | Published: August 8, 2013 | By CHARLIE SAVAGE
    The N.S.A. is not just intercepting the communications of Americans who are in direct contact with foreigners targeted overseas, a practice that government officials have openly acknowledged. It is also casting a far wider net for people who cite information linked to those foreigners, like a little used e-mail address, according to a senior intelligence official.
  • Another "Milestone" Obama Speech About Nothing

    08/07/2013 8:13:14 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 27 replies
    Townhall ^ | 7-29-13 | Morgan Brittany
    Once again, Barak Obama stood before the American people and said…nothing. Well, not exactly “nothing”, he spoke for over an hour but after its conclusion one had to ask, “What was THAT all about?” This speech was touted as one that would announce a great economic plan and lay out details for getting the economy booming again. Instead, it was more of a campaign, political speech with nothing but attacks against his opponents and downright anger over what he calls “phony distractions”. Instead of identifying and providing solutions for the problems facing this nation, he once again blamed the “rich”...
  • Obama cancels meeting with Putin amid Snowden tensions

    08/07/2013 6:20:39 AM PDT · by don-o · 190 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 7, 2013
    n a rare diplomatic snub, President Obama is canceling plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow next month. The decision reflects both U.S. anger over Russia's harboring of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and growing frustration within the Obama administration over what it sees as Moscow's stubbornness on other key issues, including missile defense and human rights. Obama will still attend the Group of 20 economic summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, but a top White House official said the president had no plans to hold one-on-one talks with Putin while there. Instead of visiting Putin in...
  • Parallel Construction (NSA DEA joint venture) Get-Out-of-Jail-Free-Card (for drug lords)

    08/07/2013 6:25:02 AM PDT · by Texas Eagle · 3 replies
    chrissstreetandcompany.com ^ | 8/6/13 | Chriss W. Street
    Just as the newest bombshell that the National Security Agency has been leaking information to the Drug Enforcement Agency (NSA) through a secret program called Parallel Construction was about to break on Monday, the Obama Administration tried to divert attention by announcing early Sunday morning that “chatter” had been intercepted by the NSA that the al Qaeda terrorist network was plotting to attack on a U.S. embassy and a transportation asset this week. But the uncovering of Parallel Construction’s strategy of consciously lying to defense attorneys, prosecutors and judges is sure to result in a get-out-of-jail-free-card for some of America’s...
  • Obama To Leno: 'There Is No Spying On Americans' [James Rosen's Parents? Bueller?]

    08/07/2013 3:43:31 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 40 replies
    NPR ^ | 8/7/13 | Greg Henderson
    President Obama on Tuesday defended the U.S. government's surveillance programs,telling NBC's Jay Leno that: "There is no spying on Americans." "We don't have a domestic spying program," Obama said on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. "What we do have is some mechanisms that can track a phone number or an email address that is connected to a terrorist attack. ... That information is useful." Obama also called the National Security Agency's surveillance a "critical component to counterterrorism," and defended the shutdown of U.S. embassies and travel warnings this weekend...
  • Obama: 'We Don’t Have a Domestic Spying Program'

    08/06/2013 6:38:46 PM PDT · by Nachum · 55 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 8/6/13 | DANIEL HALPER
    President Obama tells comedian Jay Leno that "We don’t have a domestic spying program." He made the comment during a taping of Leno's TV show. Obama also says the U.S. is not overreacting by closing some U.S. embassies for a week. The president tells Leno, "The odds of dying in a terrorist attack are a lot lower than they are of dying in a car accident, unfortunately." And the president says of Russia's Putin, "There are times when they slip back into Cold War thinking and Cold War mentality. What I continually say to them and to President Putin, that’s...
  • How Did The NSA Catch The Chatter Concerning U.S. Embassies, But Not The Tsaernaev Brothers?

    08/06/2013 3:18:26 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 24 replies
    8/6/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Is the recent news concerning U.S. embassy closures in 20 countries and that the NSA program uncovered this, how did they manage to miss the overseas calls from at least one of the Tsaernaev brothers? Will this bolster the case for the NSA? Is this action a result of Benghazi fatigue as some pundits have said on cable news? Swcondly, are McCain and Graham the only U.S. Senators allowed to go to Syria? Where are the Democrat senators? No Dem Senators to go for Obama?
  • Leaked docs: SOD squad feeds NSA intelligence to drug enforcement plods

    08/06/2013 1:24:28 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 26 replies
    The Register ^ | 5th August 2013 | Iain Thomson,
    It gets worse: DEA demands that enforcers lie about source of evidence Leaked documents have revealed the existence of a Special Operations Division (SOD) within the Drug Enforcement Agency that receives and distributes tips gleaned by the NSA to arrange arrests, and then hides where that information came from."That's outrageous," Tampa attorney James Felman, a vice chairman of the criminal justice section of the American Bar Association, told Reuters. "It strikes me as indefensible." According to documents seen by Reuters, SOD was set up in 1994 to deal with drug cartels and organized trafficking of narcotics, and uses information provided...
  • U.S. intel official: Controversial NSA programs played no role in detecting Al Qaeda terror tip

    08/06/2013 11:47:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/07/2013 | AllahPundit
    A follow-up to yesterday’s post noting that, for all the dark accusations recently that the new threat has been exaggerated to tout the NSA’s terror-bustin’ skills, no one in the government’s claiming that the NSA’s domestic surveillance programs were key in sniffing this out. On the contrary: Officials in the U.S. wouldn’t say who intercepted the initial suspect communications — the CIA, the National Security Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency or one of the other intelligence agencies — that kicked off the sweeping pre-emptive closure of U.S. facilities. But an intelligence official said the controversial NSA programs that gather data...
  • Manipulating the U.S. Intelligence Community Shouldn’t Be This Easy

    08/06/2013 9:25:01 AM PDT · by mojito · 12 replies
    Library of Law and Liberty ^ | 8/4/2013 | Angelo M. Codevilla
    ....The US government’s assertion that the “threats” emanating from this “chatter” were somehow “specific” belies itself because it is contrary to common sense. Any specificity would focus attention on specific people and places rather than eliciting meaningless general measures and warnings. That attention’s effectiveness would depend on secret preparations for counter strokes, not on public displays of fear. This leads reasonable persons to conclude that some enemies of the United States, well knowing that NSA is listening, decided to give it an earful, with a few names and places thrown in by way of example, but not enough to remove...