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  • W. Va. dad makes son cannon to fulfill birthday wish

    08/31/2009 12:09:21 PM PDT · by anymouse · 69 replies · 3,982+ views
    Charleston Daily Mail ^ | August 29, 2009 | Times West Virginian
    Mike Daugherty asked his 11-year-old son Logan what he wanted for his birthday. The boy said, "I want a cannon." Dad didn't scoff at Logan's request by saying, "How about a hippopotamus instead," as a Christmas song from another era lamented. No, Daugherty is not that kind of guy. He granted his son's wish and built him a Civil War-era cannon not a model, the real deal. The howitzer fires and rivals anything seen at Civil War reenactments across the country. He said it took him about two weeks to build and is worth about $6,000. "It looks like something...
  • NSA Building Massive Data Center in Utah

    07/10/2009 4:59:49 AM PDT · by Gomez · 15 replies · 1,056+ views
    They're expanding: The years-in-the-making project, which may cost billions over time, got a $181 million start last week when President Obama signed a war spending bill in which Congress agreed to pay for primary construction, power access and security infrastructure. The enormous building, which will have a footprint about three times the size of the Utah State Capitol building, will be constructed on a 200-acre site near the Utah National Guard facility's runway. Congressional records show that initial construction -- which may begin this year -- will include tens of millions in electrical work and utility construction, a $9.3 million...
  • Cybersecurity Plan to Involve NSA, Telecoms DHS Officials Debating The Privacy Implications

    07/08/2009 1:20:18 PM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies · 550+ views
    WASHINGTON POST.com ^ | Friday, July 3, 2009 | By Ellen Nakashima
    "Cybersecurity Plan to Involve NSA, Telecoms DHS Officials Debating The Privacy Implications" SNIPPET: "The Obama administration will proceed with a Bush-era plan to use National Security Agency assistance in screening government computer traffic on private-sector networks, with AT&T as the likely test site, according to three current and former government officials. President Obama said in May that government efforts to protect computer systems from attack would not involve "monitoring private-sector networks or Internet traffic," and Department of Homeland Security officials say the new program will scrutinize only data going to or from government systems."
  • NSA To Spend $1.8 Billion on New Data Center

    07/06/2009 4:36:22 PM PDT · by FromLori · 20 replies · 938+ views
    Techgeist ^ | 7/6/09
    The United States’ National Security Agency (NSA) is planning on spending around $1.8 billion to build itself a new, million square foot data center in Fort Williams, Utah, according to a document on military construction for 2009. This branching out is largely due to the fact that the NSA’s power bill is too much, so the move is in hopes of doing the same work in a place where electricity is cheaper. The initial infrastructure is for 65MW of power distribution, but it seems that the ultimate plan is to build a 5.8 million square foot “campus” at its current...
  • Privacy Concerns: Is Einstein Listening and Watching You?

    07/05/2009 10:29:14 AM PDT · by luckybogey · 3 replies · 432+ views
    LuckyBogey's Blog ^ | July 5, 2009 | LuckyBogey
    The Obama administration will proceed with a Bush-era plan to use National Security Agency assistance in screening government computer traffic on private-sector networks, with AT&T as the likely test site, according to three current and former government officials. — “We absolutely intend to use the technical resources, the substantial ones, that NSA has. But . . . they will be guided, led and in a sense directed by the people we have at the Department of Homeland Security,” the department’s secretary, Janet Napolitano, told reporters in a discussion about cybersecurity efforts. … The program is the most controversial element of...
  • Psst. Big spy center is coming to Utah

    07/02/2009 6:24:02 PM PDT · by glock rocks · 74 replies · 1,545+ views
    Deseret News [Salt Lake, UT] ^ | July 2, 2009 | Amy Joi O'Donoghue
    Psst: The super-secretive National Security Agency is about to build a huge, $1.9 billion data center at Camp Williams, Utah, to help spy on communications worldwide. The planned work there is so sensitive and classified that Utah's congressional delegation is declining to talk about it, saying it doesn't want to accidentally step over any lines about what can and cannot be disclosed. They referred inquiries to the NSA, which provided only a brief statement confirming the center is coming to Utah.
  • NSA monitors millions of American e-mails

    06/20/2009 7:25:08 AM PDT · by FromLori · 53 replies · 1,334+ views
    (WSWS) -- Several current and former agents within the National Security Agency (NSA), speaking on condition of anonymity, have told the New York Times that the spy agency likely monitors millions of e-mail communications and telephone calls made by Americans. The new revelations follow the disclosure in April that the NSA’s monitoring of domestic e-mail traffic broke the law in 2008 and 2009. Last year, Congress passed legislation providing the NSA greater latitude to spy on the communications of Americans, so long as it resulted inadvertently from the agency’s efforts to spy on foreigners or those it “reasonably believed” to...
  • Washington whispers: Gates to replace Jones?

    06/12/2009 10:01:20 AM PDT · by SvenMagnussen · 1 replies · 354+ views
    Foreign Policy ^ | June 11, 2009 | Tom Ricks
    I am picking up the vibe that some powerful people want to have Defense Secretary Robert Gates move over to the White House to replace retired Marine Gen. James Jones as national security advisor. Maybe this is the reason Gates made pro-Jones comments to Washington Post columnist David Ignatius the other day. "I think of Jim as the glue that holds this team together," Gates said.
  • Pentagon Seeks High School Hackers

    05/22/2009 10:35:55 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 21 replies · 940+ views
    Forbes ^ | 5/21/2009 | Andy Greenberg
    As a cyber space race looms, the military is looking for a few good geeks. High school hackers, crackers and digital deviants: Uncle Sam wants you. As part of a government information security review released as early as Friday, White House interim cybersecurity chief Melissa Hathaway likely will mention a new military-funded program aimed at leveraging an untapped resource: the U.S.' population of geeky high school and college students. The so-called Cyber Challenge, which will be officially announced later this month, will create three new national competitions for high school and college students intended to foster a young generation of...
  • US needs 'digital warfare force'

    05/05/2009 9:56:39 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 511+ views
    BBC News ^ | 5/5/09 | BBC
    The head of America's National Security Agency says that America needs to build a digital warfare force for the future, according to reports. Lt Gen Keith Alexander, who also heads the Pentagon's new Cyber Command, outlined his views in a report for the House Armed Services subcommittee. In it, he stated that the US needed to reorganise its offensive and defensive cyber operations. The general also said more resources and training were needed. The report, part of which was outlined in an Associated Press news agency story, is due to be presented to the subcommittee on Tuesday. During the past...
  • Who is watching the Watchmen? [Bush DHS commissioned infamous "right-wing extremism" report]

    05/05/2009 9:19:37 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 29 replies · 1,321+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 2009-05-05 | Gene Healy
    April was a cruel month indeed for new Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. The weeks before the Swine Flu outbreak found her stumbling through reporters’ questions about a DHS threat assessment memo on “Rightwing Extremism.” That memo urged law enforcers nationwide to monitor the allegedly gathering danger from Rightist radicals, including pro-lifers, immigration opponents, and those who reject “federal authority in favor of state and local authority.” Was this a sinister conspiracy by an administration full of Chard-sipping arugula eaters determined to spy on Red-State patriots? That‘s quite unlikely: The memo was commissioned during the Bush administration, as was a...
  • It wasn't an NSA tap on Harman's telephone line

    04/28/2009 12:08:28 AM PDT · by Tom_Busch · 5 replies · 1,535+ views
    American Thinker Blog ^ | April 27, 2009 | Clarice Feldman
    "I knew it! The NSA was not the agency tapping Rep. Jane Harman's calls" "The NSA story never made any sense." "The only other agency that has authority to place wiretaps on calls inside the United States is the Justice Department. It requires court approval."
  • Pelosi Knew About Harman Wiretap Years Ago

    04/22/2009 10:50:29 AM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 32 replies · 1,915+ views
    Roll Call ^ | 4-22-2009 | Tory Newmyer
    Pelosi Knew About Harman Wiretap By Tory Newmyer Roll Call Staff April 22, 2009, 1:50 p.m. Pelosi Knew About Harman Wiretap Report on Detainees Raises New Questions for Obama Hoyer Voices Concern Over Wiretapping of Members Democratic Senate Women to Headline Event for Gillibrand NAFCU Board Votes to Publicly Oppose Cram-Down The National Security Agency briefed Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) “a few years ago” that they had wiretapped Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), Pelosi revealed Wednesday. But Pelosi said she was not told what federal eavesdroppers picked up on the call — and never alerted Harman to it. “It was not...
  • Fox News: [CA Democrat] Harman Vehemently Denies Bribery Allegations

    04/20/2009 9:03:45 PM PDT · by topher · 27 replies · 2,101+ views
    Fox News ^ | Monday, April 20, 2009
    >Harman Vehemently Denies Bribery Allegations Allegedly Caught on NSA Tapes [California Democratic Congresswoman] Jane Harman says she never offered to help a "suspected Israeli agent" in exchange for the agent lobbying House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for a key chairmanship for Harman. [California Democratic Congresswoman] Jane Harman vehemently denied on Monday allegations published in a congressional magazine that she had offered to help a "suspected Israeli agent" seek reduced charges for two men accused of espionage in exchange for the agent lobbying House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for a key chairmanship for Harman. ,,, Harman, a California Democrat, was overlooked by Pelosi...
  • Covert Radio Show: "The Daily Blast"

    04/20/2009 5:27:54 PM PDT · by Cindy · 8 replies · 479+ views
    COVERT RADIO SHOW.com http://covertradioshow.com Covert Radio Show: "The Daily Blast" http://covertradioshow.com/podcast.cfm?pid=176 "Here it is, we cover everything from Barack Obamachev (Ny Times called him that) to the Waterboarding of KSM...its a sizzler!" (April 20, 2009)
  • Report: Jane Harman recorded vowing take action for AIPAC on wiretap

    04/20/2009 6:57:25 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 88 replies · 2,965+ views
    Report: Jane Harman recorded vowing take action for AIPAC on wiretap @ 9:33 am by Jeremy P. Jacobs Congresswoman Jane Harman was recorded on a NSA wiretapped conversation agreeing to work to downgrade espionage charges against two officials of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in return for help securing the chairmanship of the House Intelligence Committee, according to Jeff Stein's anonymously sourced column in Congressional Quarterly. Harman, a California Democrat, was allegedly recorded in a conversation with a suspected Israeli agent. The conversation reportedly took place before the 2006 election, when Democrats seized control of the chamber and, therefore,...
  • Judge Skeptical Of State Secrets Privilege For NSA/Charity Case

    04/17/2009 10:19:27 PM PDT · by Phileleutherus Franciscus · 1 replies · 303+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | 17 April 2009 | Marc Ambinder
    The Obama administration suffered a bit of a legal setback this afternoon: a federal judge in California rejected the administration's assertion of the state secrets privilege in the civil suit brought by an Islamic charity that was allegedly subjected to illegal NSA surveillance...
  • Obama's NSA eavesdropping goes beyond that of Bush!

    04/16/2009 8:43:52 AM PDT · by papasmurf · 47 replies · 1,643+ views
    Various ^ | 4/16/09 | papasmurf
    I have been reading the many different articles today on the NSA's eavesdropping activity. It's appalling, to me, that the occupier of the White House would allow such a practice to continue, especially after campaigning on the promise of: No warrantless wiretaps if you elect me!" Now, since being elected, by hiding his Birth Certificate and lying in nearly everything he promised, he proves himself the Socialist and liar that he truly is. 0bama has steadfastly defended President Bush's wiretapping program, and, in fact, 0bama has increased the wiretaps! All the while staking claim to his own brand new...
  • N.S.A.’s Intercepts Exceed Limits Set by Congress

    04/15/2009 8:27:03 PM PDT · by Stars&StripesNE · 39 replies · 3,068+ views
    The New York Times ^ | April 15, 2009 | By ERIC LICHTBLAU and JAMES RISEN
    WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency intercepted private e-mail messages and phone calls of Americans in recent months on a scale that went beyond the broad legal limits established by Congress last year, government officials said in recent interviews.
  • Justice Dept. reins in surveillance program

    04/15/2009 7:53:08 PM PDT · by Phileleutherus Franciscus · 9 replies · 552+ views
    PDT WASHINGTON (AP) --The Justice Department has reined in electronic surveillance by the National Security Agency after finding the agency had improperly accessed American phone calls and e-mails. The problems were discovered during a review of the intelligence activities, the Justice Department said in a statement Wednesday night. The New York Times, which first reported the matter on its Web site, said the NSA had been improperly intercepting communications by Americans...