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  • NSA PLANNED TO HIJACK GOOGLE APP STORE TO HACK SMARTPHONES

    05/23/2015 12:25:32 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 21 replies
    THE INTERCEPT ^ | 05/21/2015 11:27 AM | BY RYAN GALLAGHER
    The National Security Agency and its closest allies planned to hijack data links to Google and Samsung app stores to infect smartphones with spyware, a top-secret document reveals. The surveillance project was launched by a joint electronic eavesdropping unit called the Network Tradecraft Advancement Team, which includes spies from each of the countries in the “Five Eyes” alliance — the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia. The top-secret document, obtained from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, was published Wednesday by CBC News in collaboration with The Intercept. The document outlines a series of tactics that the NSA...
  • Trump Again Suggests Execution for Snowden [July 2013]

    05/24/2015 9:31:52 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 55 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Monday, 01 Jul 2013 12:47 PM | Dan Weil
    Donald Trump broached the idea of execution for National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden for the second time in a week Monday. "I think Snowden is a terrible threat, I think he's a terrible traitor, and you know what we used to do in the good old days when we were a strong country? You know what we used to do to traitors, right?" Trump said on the "Fox & Friends" program. "Well, you killed them, Donald," host Eric Bolling replied. Trump appears highly distressed with the whole affair. Snowden is in a Moscow airport, and the U.S. government wants...
  • NSA winds down once-secret phone-records collection program

    05/23/2015 4:40:33 PM PDT · by Libloather · 88 replies
    AP via MSN ^ | 5/23/15 | KEN DILANIAN
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Security Agency has begun winding down its collection and storage of American phone records after the Senate failed to agree on a path forward to change or extend the once-secret program ahead of its expiration at the end of the month. Barring an 11th hour compromise when the Senate returns to session May 31, a much-debated provision of the Patriot Act — and some other lesser known surveillance tools — will sunset at midnight that day. The change also would have a major impact on the FBI, which uses the Patriot Act and the other...
  • Senate locked in evening NSA showdown

    05/22/2015 4:19:45 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/22/2015 | Juliam Hatem
    The Senate is headed for a pair of late Friday evening votes on competing bills to reauthorize portions of the Patriot Act, with little certainty about the path forward. Neither a National Security Agency (NSA) reform bill called the USA Freedom Act nor Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) two-month “clean” extension of the expiring Patriot Act provisions appears to have the necessary 60 votes to move forward. Failure of both measures would increase the odds of an even shorter-term reauthorization of the current law — or the chance that the legal measures expire entirely. “We’re just trying to figure out...
  • U.S. Senate Blocks NSA Surveillance Bill, Patriot Act Extension

    05/23/2015 1:59:00 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 93 replies
    WSJ ^ | May 23, 2015 | By KRISTINA PETERSON
    WASHINGTON—The Senate early Saturday defeated a string of efforts to extend the Patriot Act as lawmakers splintered over its contentious phone surveillance program and left town with no plan in place to prevent the law from lapsing. After next week’s Memorial Day recess, the Senate will resume its debate over the national security law at 4 p.m. on May 31, eight hours before the law expires at midnight. Lawmakers fractured through the evening, rejecting a House bill overhauling the NSA, a two-month Patriot Act extension and then increasingly short extensions of the law. Primarily due to objections from presidential candidate...
  • Rand Paul holding up surveillance bill, Senate Republicans divided

    05/22/2015 9:01:28 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | May 22, 2015 | Seung Min Kim and Burgess Everett
    Rand is still standing. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), the libertarian firebrand and GOP presidential hopeful, isn’t showing any sign he’ll relent and allow speedier votes in the Senate on controversial government surveillance programs, as weary and recess-hungry senators trudged through a rare Friday session with a packed to-do list. Paul said Friday that he hasn’t yet agreed to accelerate procedural votes — currently set for Saturday — on dueling proposals to renew expiring provisions in the PATRIOT Act. He had signaled that he might relent if he secured votes on privacy amendments, but shortly before 10 p.m. he said...
  • Jeb Bush says there's 'not a shred of evidence' NSA surveillance violated civil liberties

    05/21/2015 10:27:36 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 75 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 5/21/15 | Leslie Larson
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) doesn't agree with critics of the National Security Agency's surveillance programs. "There's not a shred of evidence that anybody's civil liberties have been violated by it. Not a shred," Bush said Thursday in New Hampshire, in comments after a breakfast organized by the Concord Chamber of Commerce, according to the Huffington Post. The comment puts Bush, who is considering a presidential bid, on the opposite side of one his likely rivals, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky). Bush vocalized his support for NSA surveillance just hours after Paul, who is running for the Republican presidential nomination,...
  • Watch: Cruz Praises Rand Paul’s Patriot Act Protest (Article and video at site)

    05/20/2015 9:40:54 PM PDT · by VinL · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/21/2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Texas Senator and GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)praised fellow presidential candidate and Senator Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) speech against the renewal of the Patriot Act on Wednesday. Cruz began, “I would note he [Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) 93% ] and I agree on a great many issues, although we don’t agree entirely on this issue, but I want to take the opportunity to thank the Senator from Kentucky for his passionate defense of liberty. His is a voice that this body needs to listen to.” And praised the prior work of Rand and his father, former Congressman Ron...
  • Justice Department Memo: NSA Spying Will Begin Shutting Down This Week [Sure it will]

    05/20/2015 4:07:20 PM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Government Executive ^ | 5/20/15 | Dustin Volz
    The Patriot Act provisions that have allowed the National Security Agency to vacuum up Americans' phone records officially expire on June 1. But the Obama administration says the NSA must begin preparing to end its bulk-telephone-spying program as soon as Friday. A Justice Department memo circulated among congressional offices Wednesday and obtained by National Journal said Congress needs to fully settle its differences over the expiring spy provisions this week in order to avoid an operational interruption to the NSA's mass-surveillance program, which was exposed by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden two years ago. "After May 22, 2015, the National...
  • Filibuster NOW - Rand Paul

    05/20/2015 12:22:29 PM PDT · by Kay Ludlow · 86 replies
    C-Span2 | today | Rand Paul
    Rand Paul is filibustering the Patriot Act right now, because it continues the unlimited NSA spying on all Americans.
  • Not Smart to Make the NSA Go Dark

    05/19/2015 7:58:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 19, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., isn't worried that, absent a Senate vote, key provisions of the Patriot Act are slated to sunset May 31. The GOP presidential hopeful told "Meet the Press" Sunday that a federal appeals court found the data-gathering authorized under the Patriot Act's Section 215 is unconstitutional, "so really, it ought to stop." He continued: "I don't want to replace it with another system. I really think that we could get along with the Constitution just fine." Paul spoke to the same effect during a recent trip to San Francisco. He even has threatened a filibuster, if needed,...
  • Rand Paul: ‘I Call For The President to Obey the Law,’ End NSA’s Unlawful Spying on Americans

    05/18/2015 5:47:57 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 18, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    “Here in front of Independence Hall, I call for the president to obey the law,” Paul said when he took the microphone, as hundreds of his supporters shouted “President Paul! President Paul! President Paul!” outside Independence Hall after a separate event inside the Constitution Center across the street. The crowd went wild. “The court said last week that it is illegal to collect all of your phone records all of the time without a warrant with your name on it,” Paul said. “I call on the president today to immediately end the bulk collection of our phone records.”
  • Snowden just scored a big victory

    05/16/2015 5:00:54 PM PDT · by Paid_Russian_Troll · 111 replies
    A US appeals court has ruled that the NSA's dragnet of millions of Americans' phone calls is illegal, and Edward Snowden served as the catalyst for the decision. "Americans first learned about the telephone metadata program that appellants now challenge on June 5, 2013, when the British newspaper The Guardian published a FISC order leaked by former government contractor Edward Snowden," the court noted.
  • Edward Snowden: “I work a lot more now than I did at the NSA”

    05/16/2015 5:25:58 PM PDT · by Paid_Russian_Troll · 23 replies
    BI ^ | Biz Carson
    Even though Edward Snowden is in exile in Moscow, he's still hard at work — although he won't reveal what exactly he is working on quite yet because he believes in being judged on the results. Whatever he's working on, the former NSA contractor who exposed controversial US surveillance practices, says it's much tougher than his last gig. "The fact is I was getting paid an extraordinary amount of money for very little work with very little in the way of qualifications. That's changed significantly," Snowden said in an event at Stanford University on Friday, via teleconference from Moscow. "I...
  • McConnell the Anti-Patriot

    05/15/2015 4:13:56 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 13 replies
    conservativereview.com ^ | 5/14/15 | Jen Kuznicki
    Last week, as a result of a lawsuit filed by the ACLU, a circuit court ruled that bulk data collection on the part of the NSA is illegal. With only a few days left before key provisions of the Patriot Act are set to expire, and at a time when heightened awareness and skepticism of bulk data collection continue to concern Americans, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has positioned himself, and since he is the leader of the Senate, his party as well, against the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution. The problem that McConnell creates is that power-hungry Democrats...
  • Rand and Ted on the Fourth

    05/14/2015 10:28:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 14, 2015 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    A decision last week about NSA spying by a panel of judges on the United States Court of Appeals in New York City sent shock waves through the government. The court ruled that a section of the Patriot Act that is due to expire at the end of this month and on which the government has relied as a basis for its bulk acquisition of telephone data in the past 14 years does not authorize that acquisition. This may sound like legal mumbo jumbo, but it goes to the heart of the relationship between the people and their government in...
  • 2 members of Supreme Court 'targeted by U.S. spies'

    05/14/2015 3:25:24 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 14 replies
    WND ^ | Apr 30, 2015
    U.S. intelligence agencies have “harvested” the personal and private data of “hundreds of federal officials and judges, including Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg,” charges a legal brief filed by Larry Klayman, the attorney who has come to be known as “the NSA slayer” for his successful legal battles against the National Security Agency. In December 2013, U.S. District Judge Richard Leon ruled the NSA program likely is unconstitutional and ordered the government to stop collecting data on the two plaintiffs. He stayed his injunction pending appeal Wednesday, Klayman filed a reply in support of motion to...
  • McCaul: DHS Spending ‘More Money’ on Climate Change Than Combating Violent Extremists

    05/11/2015 9:01:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 11, 2015 | 4:50 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, says the current “threat environment” is as high as he’s ever seen it, and although the U.S. has “done a very good job” in preventing terror attacks in the U.S., he doesn't think the Obama administration “has done enough” to counter “homegrown violent extremism.” McCaul noted that President Obama’s budget “allocates zero dollars towards combating homegrown violent extremism. In fact, within the Department of Homeland Security, more money, in fact, millions of dollars, are dedicated to climate change rather than combating what I consider to be one of the...
  • Report: Potential Impacts of Second Circuit’s Ruling Against NSA Bulk Collection

    05/11/2015 5:57:55 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/11/15 | Sierra Rayne
    NSA telephone metadata program Following last Thursday’s federal appeals court decision, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) has issued a legal sidebar on the possible impacts of this Second Circuit ruling against bulk collection on USA PATRIOT Act reauthorization: On May 7, 2015, a federal appeals court issued a decision in American Civil Liberties Union v. Clapper that could have significant implications for both the telephone metadata collection program operated by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the legislative debate surrounding consideration of the USA FREEDOM Act of 2015 (H.R. 2048 S. 1123) currently taking place in the House and the...
  • Attorney: Spy chief had 'forgotten' about NSA program when he misled Congress

    05/10/2015 12:20:08 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/8/15 | Julian Hattem
    Director of National Intelligence Jim Clapper wasn’t lying when he wrongly told Congress in 2013 that the government does not “wittingly” collect information about millions of Americans, according to his top lawyer. He just forgot. “This was not an untruth or a falsehood. This was just a mistake on his part,” Robert Litt, the general counsel for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, said during a panel discussion hosted by the Advisory Committee on Transparency on Friday. “We all make mistakes.”
  • Intel chief ‘absolutely’ forgot about NSA data sweep program, attorney says

    05/09/2015 10:51:15 AM PDT · by Usagi_yo · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/8/2015 | Fox News Staff
    The National Security Agency's massive data collection program has prompted lawsuits, internal reviews and a fierce congressional debate over whether to scrap it. But Director of National Intelligence James Clapper apparently forgot the program even existed during a key hearing two years ago. ....
  • Don’t expect NSA surveillance to end anytime soon

    05/09/2015 8:53:45 AM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 12 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | May 8, 2015 | Jon E. Dougherty
    On Thursday a federal appeals court ruled that the NSA’s wholesale collection of Americans’ phone and Internet communications actually is not authorized by the controversial USA Patriot Act, as current and prior administrations have argued. As reported by The Wall Street Journal: The ruling greatly increases the pressure on Congress to make significant changes—or end outright—the surveillance program. The judges not only ruled against the phone program, but sharply criticized many of the legal theories upon which the U.S. government has built out its surveillance capabilities since the 2001 terror attacks.The Obama and Bush White Houses have used the Patriot...
  • Christie backs NSA phone records collection, Patriot Act

    05/08/2015 2:01:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 8, 2015 3:58 PM EDT | Jill Colvin
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Friday that the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of phone records should continue and the Patriot Act should be renewed in its current form. The potential 2016 Republican presidential contender said he doesn’t see the government's collection of phone records as an overreach. A federal appeals court has ruled the practice is illegal because Congress didn’t authorize it. […] Christie said he believes Congress can provide “appropriate oversight” of the program. …
  • Federal appeals court rules NSA cell phone data collection illegal

    05/07/2015 2:05:13 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 12 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/07/15 | Robert Laurie
    A nice first step. This afternoon, a New York federal appeals court ruled that the NSA’s warrantless collection of domestic phone data is illegal. This will come as welcome news to those of us who would rather not trade freedom for a false sense of security. As the New York Times reports: In a 97-page ruling, a three-judge panel for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that a provision of the Act permitting the Federal Bureau of Investigation to collect business records deemed relevant to a counterterrorism investigation cannot be legitimately interpreted to permit the...
  • Restore the Fourth

    05/07/2015 10:17:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 7, 2015 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    If you plan to visit a college campus this month, don't be surprised if you see signs and placards encouraging you to "Restore the Fourth." Restore the Fourth is not about an athletic event or a holiday; it is about human freedom. The reference to "the Fourth" is to the Fourth Amendment, and it is badly in need of restoration. In the dark days following 9/11, Congress enacted the Patriot Act. The Patriot Act has many flaws, including its prohibition of certain truthful public speech, but its most pernicious assault is on the constitutional right to privacy. One of its...
  • Top court rules against NSA program

    05/07/2015 6:43:11 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/07/2015 | Juliam Hatem
    A federal court has decided that the National Security Agency’s (NSA) bulk, warrantless collection of millions of Americans’ phone records is illegal. The decision from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday represents the second major court victory for opponents of the NSA, after a lower court decision called the program nearly unconstitutional six months ago. The phone records program “exceeds the scope of what Congress has authorized,” Judge Gerard Lynch wrote on behalf of the three-judge panel. The court did not examine the constitutionality of the surveillance program.
  • Snowden scores a big victory [US Appeals Court rules NSA tapping of American phone calls illegal]

    05/07/2015 8:00:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/07/2015 | MICHAEL B KELLEY
    A US appeals court just ruled that the NSA's dragnet on millions of Americans' phone calls is illegal, and Edward Snowden served as the catalyst for the decision. "Americans first learned about the telephone metadata program that appellants now challenge on June 5, 2013, when the British newspaper The Guardian published a FISC order leaked by former government contractor Edward Snowden," the court notes. The order directed Verizon to produce to the NSA “on an ongoing daily basis . . . all call detail records or ‘telephony metadata’ created by Verizon for communications (i) between the United States and abroad;...
  • The Computers are Listening How the NSA Converts Spoken Words Into Searchable Text

    05/05/2015 5:22:43 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 21 replies
    The Intercept ^ | Today at 7:08 AM | Dan Froomkin
    Most people realize that emails and other digital communications they once considered private can now become part of their permanent record. But even as they increasingly use apps that understand what they say, most people don’t realize that the words they speak are not so private anymore, either. Top-secret documents from the archive of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden show the National Security Agency can now automatically recognize the content within phone calls by creating rough transcripts and phonetic representations that can be easily searched and stored. The documents show NSA analysts celebrating the development of what they called “Google...
  • Huge privacy concerns in proposed federal rule change

    05/01/2015 11:08:08 AM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 29 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 5-1-15 | Jonathon Hauenschild
    Have you ever accidentally downloaded malware? Under proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, the malware on your computer may provide the Federal Bureau of Investigation the justification it needs to load its own surveillance software onto your computer, without notifying you. The FBI may be able to obtain warrants from any federal district court to search any computer in the United States. Once a warrant is issued, it can load its own software onto a target computer, copy files found on the computer, and wait to notify the target until after the search is complete. The government...
  • Spying Close to Home: German Intelligence Under Fire for NSA Cooperation

    04/26/2015 10:40:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | April 24, 2015 – 07:20 PM | Maik Baumgärtner, Nikolaus Blome, Hubert Gude, Marcel Rosenbach, Jörg Schindler and Fidelius Schmid
    It was obvious from its construction speed just how important the new site in Bavaria was to the Americans. Only 4˝ months after it was begun, the new surveillance-proof building at the Mangfall Kaserne in Bad Aibling was finished. The structure had a metal exterior and no windows, which led to its derogatory nickname among members of the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), the German foreign intelligence agency: The “tin can.” The construction project was an expression of an especially close and trusting cooperation between the American National Security Agency (NSA) and the BND. Bad Aibling had formerly been a base for US...
  • Jeb Bush Praises Obama’s Expansion of NSA Surveillance

    04/21/2015 6:18:09 PM PDT · by markomalley · 70 replies
    The Intercept ^ | 4/21/15 | Glenn Greenwald
    One of the most glaring myths propagated by Washington — especially the two parties’ media loyalists — is that bipartisanship is basically impossible, that the two parties agree on so little, that they are constantly at each other’s throats over everything. As is so often the case for Washington partisan propaganda, the reality is exactly the opposite: from trade deals to Wall Street bailouts to a massive National Security and Penal State, the two parties are in full agreement on the bulk of the most significant D.C. policies (which is why the leading candidates of the two parties (from America’s...
  • NSA’s New Creepy Mascot Is Watching You and Knows If You Don’t Recycle

    04/22/2015 3:51:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    Today is Earth Day. The National Security Agency is celebrating by trying to help kids in Maryland schools up their recycling game. How do they plan to get kids to care about recycling? The agency has decided to go with filling the kids with terror, by enlisting the help of a new environmental mascot. Meet Dunk, the anthropomorphized recycling bin. And since he works at the NSA, you know he's been watching you. What is it about this recycling bin that is so universally horrifying? (The Huffington Post, USA Today, Gizmodo, and other news outlets have all noted that Dunk's...
  • Is There a Need for Legislative Updates to Electronic Privacy Protection Laws?

    04/22/2015 2:34:20 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 12 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 4-22-15 | Jonathon Hauenschild
    Long gone are the days when law enforcement surveillance meant officers with cameras standing on corners wearing trench coats, hats and sunglasses. Now law enforcement can use thermal imaging cameras from drones, intercept cell phone calls and even track personal information through cell phones. Advances in technology, perceptions that law enforcement officials may operate on the boundaries of the law and new community privacy expectations seem to beg for legislative updates to outdated interpretations of the Fourth and Fifth Amendments. There is a need to balance an individual’s constitutional rights with law enforcement’s goal to prevent and investigate crimes. Perhaps...
  • McConnell introduces bill to extend NSA surveillance

    04/22/2015 7:30:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 22, 2015 | Ellen Nakashima
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced a bill Tuesday night to extend through 2020 a controversial surveillance authority under the Patriot Act. The move comes as a bipartisan group of lawmakers in both chambers is preparing legislation to scale back the government’s spying powers under Section 215 of the Patriot Act.
  • Dept of Homeland Security is opening a Silicon Valley office

    04/22/2015 5:47:01 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 3 replies
    engadget ^ | April 21, 2015 | Andrew Tarantola
    Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has announced that the Department of Homeland Security will soon open a satellite office in the heart of Silicon Valley. The new location will serve a dual purpose: to solidifying the DHS's relationships with area tech firms, which have been rather strained over the past few years, and as a means of recruiting. "We want to strengthen critical relationships in Silicon Valley and ensure that the government and the private sector benefit from each other's research and development," Johnson told reporters during the RSA Conference on Tuesday. "And we want to convince some of the talented...
  • Government snooping through your emails without a warrant: Not just the NSA

    04/18/2015 6:13:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 4/18/15 | Mark J. Fitzgibbons
    The SEC and IRS, among other government agencies, love, love, love administrative subpoenas to snoop through emails without probable cause. Techdirt writes: The story that we keep hearing is that two government agencies in particular really like ECPA's outdated system: the IRS and the SEC. Since both only have administrative subpoena power, and not the ability to issue warrants like law enforcement, the lower standards of ECPA make it much easier for them to snoop through your emails without having to show probable cause. Last year, in a Congressional hearing, the SEC's boss, Mary Jo White, was questioned about this...
  • Handy Chart: More conservative, Ted Cruz or Rand Paul?

    04/15/2015 3:24:56 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 26 replies
    TAXES CRUZ RATING @ A Cruz has proposed simplifying taxes with the ultimate goal of abolishing the IRS. RAND RATING @ B- Paul has proposed simplifying taxes with the ultimate goal of abolishing the IRS, but recently proposed special tax breaks to favored minorities and fiscally irresponsible college students. SPENDING CRUZ RATED @ B- Cruz ignores trillions in wasteful military spending, but has an otherwise outstanding record. RAND RATED @ B Paul was among the most fiscally responsible senators in U.S. history until recent pandering to Israel, neocons, and favored minorities. (SNIP) OBAMACARE CRUZ RATING @ A+ Cruz has demonstrated...
  • NSA: 'Back doors are a bad idea, give us a FRONT door key'

    04/13/2015 4:28:23 AM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    The Register ^ | 4/13/15 | Richard Chirgwin
    “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning for an iPhone, and we'll give you an encryption master key” seems to be the dream of the National Security Agency (NSA).The NSA's latest thought bubble, floated in front of noted cryptography journal The Washington Post, is that a “master key” for all products running encryption should be created, split up, and distributed among several agencies. The idea was raised in a speech by Michael Rogers, boss of the NSA, in a speech at Princeton University.“I don’t want a back door,” Rogers reportedly said, “I want a front door. And...
  • NASA predicts alien life could be found by 2025

    04/08/2015 6:07:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 118 replies
    CBS News ^ | 04/08/2015 | By MICHAEL CASEY
    Bolstered by a flurry of recent discoveries, NASA scientists believe they could find evidence of alien life in the universe as early 2025. Much of the excitement has been around the discovery of water in so many unexpected places. Several planets including Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune (and their moons) are believed to possess water in their atmosphere and interiors and the five icy moons of Jupiter and Saturn have shown strong evidence of oceans beneath their surfaces. "I'm going to say we are going to have strong indications of life beyond earth within a decade and I think...
  • Marxists and Crony Capitalists Driving the Information Highway Bus

    04/02/2015 7:37:49 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/02/15 | Judi McLeod
    We now live in a world where NSA, Google, Facebook and Twitter don’t catch ISIS, they catch us instead By the time self-acclaimed whistleblower Edward Snowden blew the cover on the National Security Agency (NSA) forever more known as ‘Spies are Us’, it was already way too late for the privacy of online online private citizens. Privacy, like commonsense and government altruism, doesn’t live here anymore. Before NSA, we were already big-time data-based with every nuance and details of our private lives spied upon and standby stored by Google, FaceBook and other unsavory social networks on the take. Blowback from...
  • Why No Riots for Ricky Shawatza Hall?

    04/02/2015 7:13:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/02/2015 | Jack Cashill
    Ah, you ask yourself. Just who is Ricky Shawatza Hall? Ricky is the driver of the SUV that NSA police killed as he drove wildly on the National Security Agency grounds at Fort Meade on Monday. What makes Hall worthy of a riot? Well, two things, no three things, no four things. One is that he is black. The other is that he is a she or at least in the transitional stage of assuming an identity of preference. The third is that Hall, a.k.a. “Maya,” was unarmed, at least if you don’t count the stolen SUV. And the...
  • Driver killed at NSA had history of robbery, prostitution

    04/01/2015 5:14:50 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 28 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | March 31, 2015 | Ian Duncan and Kevin Rector
    Federal authorities on Tuesday identified the driver killed while trying to ram a stolen SUV through a security checkpoint at the National Security Agency headquarters as a Baltimore resident with a criminal history for robbery and prostitution.. The FBI named Ricky Shawatza Hall, 27, as the driver who died. According to police, Hall and another person ended up at the gates of the huge spy agency Monday morning after stealing the vehicle from a 60-year-old man with whom they had traveled to a budget motel in nearby Elkridge.
  • Motel ‘party’ with strangers preceded spy agency shooting

    03/31/2015 10:45:22 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 22 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 3-31-15 | Merideth Somers
    Two cross-dressing men who were shot at by National Security Agency police when they disobeyed orders at a heavily guarded gate had just stolen a car from a man who picked them up for a motel “party,” police said Tuesday. One suspect was killed and the other was injured, along with an NSA police officer, as the driver of the stolen SUV apparently tried to get away from the guards. The SUV’s owner, a 60-year-old man from Baltimore who has not been publicly identified, told investigators that he had picked up the two strangers in Baltimore. They arrived around 7:30...
  • JEB: I’M ‘NERVOUS’ ABOUT NSA CRITICISM, OBAMA SHOULD DEFEND NSA

    03/31/2015 7:59:32 AM PDT · by C19fan · 48 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 30, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush stated that he is “nervous” about criticism of the NSA and that he wished the president would do a better job defending government surveillance systems on Monday’s “Hugh Hewitt Show.” Bush said that lone wolf terrorism “is a serious threat in a world where we’re so connected with the rest of the world. We have people moving in and people moving out. People get their information now, not everybody gets to listen to your show to get all their information. People get their information in different ways. They get disaffected, disillusioned, preyed upon, and so...
  • Men Dressed as Women Shot Outside NSA Gate, Tried to Ram Past Checkpoint, Officials Say

    03/30/2015 9:13:10 AM PDT · by bimboeruption · 74 replies
    ABCNEWS ^ | 3-31-2015 | JUSTIN FISHEL
    One man is dead and another severely injured after a shootout at one of the main gates of the National Security Agency located at Fort Meade, Maryland. Two men dressed as women attempted to “penetrate” the entry point with their vehicle when a shootout occurred, officials said. "There are indications they were dressed as females," an official said. At least one officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries. One perpetrator is confirmed dead on the scene; the other "severely injured” and probably won’t survive, according to one official. The FBI said they do not believe the incident is related to terrorism. Aerial images...
  • 1 Dead in Shooting Outside NSA Facility in Maryland

    03/30/2015 8:33:54 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 60 replies
    www.nbcnewyork.com ^ | 03-30-2015 | Staff
    One person is dead after a security guard exchanged gunfire with two men who tried to enter Fort Meade disguised as women. The guard got into an altercation with the men outside the gate for the NSA side of the Maryland Army installation just before 9 a.m. Monday. Gunfire was exchanged, and it is believed that the guard shot at least one of the men. At least one gun and drugs were found in the stolen Ford Escape the men were riding in, according to NBC News. From Chopper4, emergency workers could be seen caring for an injured, uniformed man...
  • BREAKING: Police shoot vehicle ramming the gate at NSA headquarters at Ft. Meade

    03/30/2015 7:18:44 AM PDT · by dead · 121 replies
    Police opened fire on a vehicle that attempted to ram the gates at the National Security Agency, according to multiple media reports. It is unclear if there are any injuries. This a breaking news story and will be updated as more information comes available. Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/mar/30/police-shoot-vehicle-ramming-nsa-gates-ft-meade-re/#ixzz3VsXmFSU4 Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter
  • Shooting at Fort Meade after driver tries to ram gate, police say

    03/30/2015 7:09:44 AM PDT · by don-o · 45 replies
    Fox ^ | March 30, 2015
    A driver of a vehicle tried to ram a gate at the National Security Agency building in Fort Meade Monday morning, resulting in a shooting, authorities say. It is not clear if anyone has been injured. There are two vehicles with damage outside the gate. Anne Arundel County police say the National Security Agency is handling the investigation, WUSA9 reports. The incident happened around 9:30 a.m. local time.
  • Rand Paul hits up SXSW, wants to ‘legalize freedom’

    03/23/2015 10:31:27 AM PDT · by Kaled · 55 replies
    Death And Taxes ^ | 03-16-2015 | Drew Salisbury
    Rand Paul stopped by the SXSW Festival last weekend to show the tech savvy youth of today that he is a pretty cool dude who gets it when it comes to the issues they care about like privacy and cool apps. “I do Snapchat,” the Republican and probable candidate for president at one point said. During an interview with Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith, the Senator from Kentucky did his best to woo the young tech crowd by linking concern over NSA spying programs with the libertarian narrative of an intrusive and abusive government. He referred to those in the...
  • Support for Government Surveillance Could Imperil GOP's 2016 Hopefuls

    03/23/2015 10:15:56 AM PDT · by Kaled · 2 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03-16-2015 | Dustin Volz
    Most of the likely Republican presidential candidates are supportive of the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs. But Americans who identify as Republican or lean that way appear to disagree. That’s according to a new survey from Pew Research, released on Monday, gauging post-Snowden attitudes on digital privacy and surveillance. Of respondents who were familiar with the NSA spying revelations, 70 percent of Republicans and those leaning Republican said they were losing confidence that the agency’s surveillance programs served the public interest. Just 55 percent of Democrats and those leaning Democratic said they had lost faith.... But the strong majority of...