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  • Accused Saddam Agent Says He Met With Hillary at White House

    03/27/2008 7:11:22 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 93 replies · 4,774+ views
    Accused Saddam Agent Says He Met With Hillary at White House By IRA STOLL, STAFF REPORTER OF THE SUN | March 27, 2008 A Michigan man facing federal criminal charges of illegally working for Saddam Hussein's Iraqi Intelligence Service says he met with Hillary Clinton at the White House in May 1996. In a 1997 interview with this reporter, Muthanna Hanooti said that at the meeting, Mrs. Clinton was "very receptive" to his request for an easing of the American sanctions on Iraq that were in place at the time. He said Mrs. Clinton "passed a message to the State...
  • After A Nuclear 9/11

    03/26/2008 12:17:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies · 1,311+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | March 25, 2008 | Jay Davis
    The appearance of nuclear weapons materials on the black market is a growing global concern, and it is crucial that the United States reinforce its team of nuclear forensics experts and modernize its forensics tools to prepare for or respond to a possible nuclear terrorist attack. Large quantities of nuclear materials are inadequately secured in several countries, including Russia and Pakistan. Since 1993, there have been more than 1,300 incidents of illicit trafficking of nuclear materials, including plutonium and highly enriched uranium, both of which can be used to develop an atomic bomb. And these are only the incidents we...
  • NSA updates SELinux

    03/25/2008 9:11:01 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 7 replies · 304+ views
    Government Computer News ^ | 14 March 2008 | Joab Jackson
    The National Security Agency has released a new version of Security Enhanced Linux (SElinux), NSA program manager Stephen Smalley announced on the software's mailing list last week. This new version, build R080305, is the first update of the software since last September.New features in the update include improved error reporting, reduced memory usage, some new policy capabilities and additions to the library. SELinux is a patch for the Linux operating system kernel that provides mandatory access control, one that uses NSA's Flask MAC architecture. MAC confines each process executed on the machine according to predefined security policies set by the...
  • NSA's Domestic Spying Grows As Agency Sweeps Up Data

    03/11/2008 7:45:52 AM PDT · by BGHater · 4 replies · 492+ views
    WSJ ^ | 10 Mar 2008 | Siobhan Gorman
    <p>Five years ago, Congress killed an experimental Pentagon antiterrorism program meant to vacuum up electronic data about people in the U.S. to search for suspicious patterns. Opponents called it too broad an intrusion on Americans' privacy, even after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.</p>
  • Bush to veto intel bill with interrogation restrictions

    03/08/2008 6:28:04 AM PST · by jdm · 1 replies · 251+ views
    Hot Air ^ | March 08, 2008 | by Ed Morrissey
    President Bush will veto the recently passed intelligence authorization bill over restrictions on CIA interrogation techniques.  He will explain the veto in his weekly radio address, claiming that it takes vital tools away from counterterrorism agents during a conflict when such tools are most needed.  The conflict sets up a showdown with Congress, in the presidential election, and with a media apparently determined to misreport it: President Bush today will veto legislation meant to ban the CIA from using waterboarding and other harsh interrogation tactics and will argue that the agency needs to use tougher methods than the U.S. military...
  • Reyes: Deal on FISA all but done

    03/03/2008 9:43:33 AM PST · by jdm · 6 replies · 142+ views
    Hot Air ^ | March 03, 2008 | by Ed Morrissey
    Over the weekend, we noted that the Left needed to prepare itself for yet another capitulation by House leadership, this time on FISA. House Intel chair Silvestre Reyes all but confirmed it on CNN, saying that a vote should occur within the next week. He also indicated that his past opposition to telecom immunity may have changed as well: The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee hinted Sunday that a battle over an expired eavesdropping law might be moving toward a conclusion that gave phone companies the retroactive legal protections long sought by President Bush.The chairman, Representative Silvestre Reyes, Democrat...
  • Protect America Act To Be Passed Soon?

    03/01/2008 3:59:00 PM PST · by jdm · 5 replies · 228+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | March 01, 2008 | Staff
    Poor lefties. They ride into Congress in 2006 with the glee of having vanquished the big bad ole’ Republicans. They rub their hands in anticipation that two of the bestest lefties they have, now leading their respective Houses, will run from Iraq, roll back all the legislation intended to secure this country, and “drain the swamp.” Remember….their slim majority was suddenly a “mandate.”But what happened? The Patriot Act is still around and working well. We still have troops in Iraq, and hell, we sent even more in for The Surge. And now the Protect America enhancements to FISA are about...
  • Courting Danger (ACLU, CAIR, etc. have no standing to "challenge...post-9/11 surveillance program.")

    02/21/2008 8:09:10 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies · 220+ views
    National Review Online ^ | February 21, 2008 | The Editors
    February 21, 2008, 0:00 a.m. Courting Danger By the Editors The Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal from the American Civil Liberties Union, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and other like-minded activists, letting stand a federal appeals-court’s earlier ruling that these groups lack legal standing to challenge the Bush administration’s vital post-9/11 surveillance program. The case is a victory for national security and highlights the extremism of House Democrats’ stubborn refusal to pass a bipartisan Senate bill that would allow U.S. intelligence agencies to continue to intercept communications among foreigners operating outside the United States. That Nancy...
  • The Gipper's Win

    02/21/2008 5:29:23 PM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies · 172+ views
    IBD ^ | February 21, 2008
    SDI: A destroyed satellite attests to the prowess of U.S. technology and our ability to defend ourselves. Democrats said it wouldn't work. Adversaries say it's provocative. Somewhere Ronald Reagan must be smilingRarely is military technology put to so public a test with so much riding on its success or failure. With the whole world watching, a modified Standard Missile-3 was launched Wednesday night from a Navy cruiser in the North Pacific, its target a spy satellite in a decaying orbit headed to Earth full of hazardous hydrazine fuel. Deputy National Security Adviser James Jeffrey discounted any comparison with an anti-satellite...
  • In Senate, a White House Victory on Eavesdropping

    01/24/2008 7:38:48 PM PST · by jdm · 4 replies · 133+ views
    NY Times ^ | Jan. 25, 2008 | By ERIC LICHTBLAU
    WASHINGTON — A White House plan to broaden the National Security Agency’s wiretapping powers won a key procedural victory in the Senate on Thursday, as backers defeated a more restrictive plan by Senate Democrats that would have imposed more court oversight on government spying. The vote moves the Bush administration a step closer toward the twin goals it has pursued for months: strengthening the N.S.A.’s ability to eavesdrop without court approval, while securing legal immunity for the phone companies that have helped the agency in its wiretapping operations. At the same time, the White House agreed Thursday after months of...
  • China taps into U.S. spy operations

    12/20/2007 10:04:08 PM PST · by george76 · 104 replies · 443+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 21, 2007 | Bill Gertz
    China's intelligence service gained access to a secret National Security Agency listening post in Hawaii through a Chinese-language translation service, according to U.S. intelligence officials. The spy penetration was discovered several years ago as part of a major counterintelligence probe by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) that revealed an extensive program by China's spy service to steal codes and other electronic intelligence secrets, and to recruit military and civilian personnel with access to them. According to officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity, China's Ministry of State Security, the main civilian spy service, carried out the operations by...
  • Did NSA Put a Secret Backdoor in New Encryption Standard?

    12/17/2007 2:02:05 PM PST · by antiRepublicrat · 110 replies · 178+ views
    Bruce Schneier ^ | November 15, 2007 | Bruce Schneier
    Random numbers are critical for cryptography: for encryption keys, random authentication challenges, initialization vectors, nonces, key-agreement schemes, generating prime numbers and so on. Break the random-number generator, and most of the time you break the entire security system. Which is why you should worry about a new random-number standard that includes an algorithm that is slow, badly designed and just might contain a backdoor for the National Security Agency. Generating random numbers isn't easy, and researchers have discovered lots of problems and attacks over the years. A recent paper found a flaw in the Windows 2000 random-number generator. Another paper...
  • Bush Nears a Victory Over Spying Powers

    12/17/2007 12:03:41 AM PST · by CutePuppy · 3 replies · 196+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 17, 2007 | Siobhan Gorman and Evan Perez
    WASHINGTON -- The Senate appears poised to hand the White House another victory with a measure that would make permanent an expansion of government spy powers and shield phone companies from liability for assisting government eavesdropping. With floor consideration scheduled to start today, Democrats are split on how to cut back on the administration's surveillance powers. The only option that appears to have sufficient backing is a bipartisan measure the White House has blessed. Opponents of the White House-backed bill are increasingly predicting a White House win. If the White House prevails this week, it will be the latest example...
  • Check it out! Pics of the "Nativity Scene" set up by the University Of Texas Young Conservatives.

    12/05/2006 9:51:35 AM PST · by redstates4ever · 57 replies · 2,605+ views
    Yahoo! News Photos ^ | 12/04/06 | staff
    "Tony McDonald, a member of the University of Texas Young Conservatives, sets up a protest anti- American Civil Liberties Union nativity scene, dubbed a 'solstice barn,' on the university's campus in Austin December 4, 2006. The display features a 'Nancy Pelosi' angel, a 'suicide bomber' shepherd, and Marx, Lenin and Stalin as the Three Wise Men." "Josh Perry, a member of the University of Texas Young Conservatives, spreads hay as he sets up a protest anti-American Civil Liberties Union nativity scene, dubbed a 'solstice barn,' on the university's campus in Austin, Texas December 4, 2006. The display features a...
  • Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) versus AT&T

    11/23/2007 2:59:41 PM PST · by Albert Guérisse · 11 replies · 73+ views
    EFF’s case includes undisputed evidence that AT&T installed a fiberoptic splitter at its facility at 611 Folsom Street in San Francisco that made copies of all emails, web browsing and other internet traffic to and from AT&T customers, and provided those copies to the NSA. This copying includes both domestic and international Internet activities of AT&T Worldnet customers. EFF is suing to stop this illegal conduct and hold AT&T responsible for violating the law and the fundamental freedoms of the American public.
  • Verizon Says It Turned Over Data Without Court Orders

    10/16/2007 6:15:48 AM PDT · by bobsunshine · 17 replies · 80+ views
    Washington Post ^ | October 16, 2007 | Ellen Nakashima
    Verizon Communications, the nation's second-largest telecom company, told congressional investigators that it has provided customers' telephone records to federal authorities in emergency cases without court orders hundreds of times since 2005. The company said it does not determine the requests' legality or necessity because to do so would slow efforts to save lives in criminal investigations. In an Oct. 12 letter replying to Democratic lawmakers, Verizon offered a rare glimpse into the way telecommunications companies cooperate with government requests for information on U.S. citizens. Verizon also disclosed that the FBI, using administrative subpoenas, sought information identifying not just a person...
  • Secrecy stalls search for Cold War MIAs

    10/12/2007 5:40:12 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies · 245+ views
    grandhaventribune.com ^ | Oct 12, 2007 | ALEX RODRIGUEZ
    VLADIVOSTOK, Russia — At the height of the Cold War, the U.S. routinely dispatched spy planes along Soviet shores and borders in a perilous, covert campaign to scrutinize the Kremlin's air defense prowess. Some of the planes slipped out of Soviet airspace unscathed; some were shot down. Washington told families of the missing airmen that the missions were training runs or weather reconnaissance flights — anything but the truth. Today, those families know the truth about those missions. What they lack is an ending, the peace of mind that comes with laying to rest the remains of a son, husband...
  • Bush demands 'flexibility' in terrorist surveillance

    10/11/2007 10:39:53 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies · 244+ views
    Chicago Tribune - The Swamp ^ | October 11, 2007 6:30 AM | Mark Silva
    President Bush, demanding "flexibility" in the pursuit of suspected terrorists, insisted Wednesday he would not sign a new domestic spying bill if it unduly limits the administration's authority to eavesdrop without warrants. The president is demanding corporate immunity from lawsuits against telecommunications companies that have aided the National Security Agency in a controversial warrantless wiretapping program, as well as authority to secretly monitor suspect communications that pass through the United States. But congressional leaders, insisting on court oversight of the administration's surveillance, are not willing to give the president the latitude he is seeking. And they are reluctant to release...
  • Connect the Dots

    09/09/2007 7:25:09 AM PDT · by moneyrunner · 6 replies · 654+ views
    Power Line ^ | 9/8/07 | John Hinderaker
    Der Spiegel has interesting information about the terror bust in Germany; as usual, however, you have to read between the lines: Three suspected Islamist militants who were planning to attack U.S. installations in Germany had orders to act by Sept. 15....According to surveillance details published in Der Spiegel magazine, the men had been given a two-week deadline for their planned strikes in a late August call from northern Pakistan that was monitored by German police. So al Qaeda's top leaders were anxious to precipitate an attack on Americans by September 15. Why? That's the date on which General Petraeus will...
  • NSA Style Eavesdropping Thwarts 9/11 Anniversary Terror Attack

    09/07/2007 4:55:15 AM PDT · by Renfield · 7 replies · 665+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 9-6-07 | Marc Sheppard
    It appears that the very methods of phone call monitoring the Democrats have made their life's mission to impede have once again saved the day. A plot to destroy American targets in Germany by a terror cell linked to the Islamic Jihad Group was foiled on Tuesday and opponents of the NSA's Terrorist Surveillance Program would do well to bear in mind just how this untold carnage was avoided. Unfortunately, there's no reason to believe that Democrat leaders the likes of Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy will be any less likely to rebuke the use of "secret" (is there...