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  • If Edward Snowden Is Right About Clinton's Emails, Bernie Sanders Will Win a Landslide Victory

    10/02/2015 10:44:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Huffington Post's Politics The Blog ^ | October 1, 2015 | H.A. Goodman, columnist
    Perhaps nobody on the planet knows more about intelligence protocol than Edward Snowden. If Snowden says it's "completely ridiculous" to believe that Clinton's emails were safe, then yes, it's fair to include his viewpoint in any critique of Hillary Clinton's latest controversy. In addition, since I believe Senator Bernie Sanders is desperately needed at this point in U.S. history, and electing Clinton or a Republican would essentially be nominating the same president on war and foreign policy, it's important to address relevant analysis of the email controversy. There seems to be a bizarre paradigm of thought among some Democrats that...
  • Snowden or Scissorhands? Headline News anchor doesn’t seem to know the difference…

    10/01/2015 11:56:26 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/01/15 | Robert Laurie
    Vincent Price created Snowden in a lab. When you’re looking for someone who can intelligently discuss the world of international espionage and Edward Snowden, there’s at least a small chance that choosing someone with the Twitter handle “@fart” is a mistake. No, scratch that, there’s a 100% chance that it’s a mistake. Apparently, there’s also a 100% chance that the fine folks who run CNN’s sister network, Headline News, will make that mistake. Yesterday, during a segment discussing Snowden’s new Twitter presence, the Nancy Grace network featured a guest named “John Hendren.” Evidently, they thought they were booking an Al...
  • Edward Snowden has a really good theory as to why we've never heard from aliens

    09/19/2015 9:45:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 78 replies
    Tech Insider ^ | September 18, 2015 | Kelly Dickerson
    Whistle-blower Edward Snowden has some strong opinions on communications — even when those communications are coming from aliens. The former intelligence-agency contractor turned fugitive was an unexpected guest on famous astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson's StarTalk podcast on September 18. And, inevitably, the two got to talking about extraterrestrials. Snowden became an infamous household name in 2013 when he leaked classified documents divulging the government's top-secret mass-surveillance program, which involved collecting personal information on Americans via phone records without their knowledge. When the news broke, the US charged him with theft and espionage, and he's now living in Russia where he...
  • Snowden: Clinton's email server 'a problem'

    09/03/2015 10:43:39 AM PDT · by Signalman · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/3/2015 | Mark Hensch
    National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden said on Thursday that 2016 Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton is likely aware her personal email server exposed sensitive national intelligence. Snowden added that lesser employees would have lost their jobs for copying Clinton’s actions during her tenure as secretary of State. “This is a problem because anyone who has the clearances that the secretary of State has, or the director of any top level agency has, knows how classified information should be handled,” he said, according to excerpts of an Al Jazeera interview airing Friday. “If an ordinary worker at the State Department or...
  • Snowden Warned Norway He faced Death in US

    08/29/2015 12:31:09 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    The Local ^ | 28 Aug 2015
    NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden warned Norway that he faced a possible death sentence if returned to the United States in the extradition request he made in 2012. Snowden may get freedom prize at border (28 Aug 15) US asked Norway to arrest Edward Snowden (27 Aug 15) “I believe that…it is unlikely that I would receive a fair trial or proper treatment prior to the trial, and face the possibility of life imprisonment, and even death,” he wrote in the extradition letter, a copy of which has been obtained by Norway's NRK channel. The letter was sent by fax to...
  • Edward Snowden:UFOs Come From Ultra-Terrestrial Civilization in Earth Mantle

    08/22/2015 8:41:33 PM PDT · by lbryce · 128 replies
    UfoMania ^ | August 22,2015 | Staff
    Edward Snowden, reported on the facts known to it concerning UFOs. According to the documents, which Snowden copied to the CIA, the U.S. government has long known that UFOs exist and are managed species more advanced than humanity. These species are not alien, and our earth, only more advanced. They live here for billions of years, and far ahead of us in development. The CIA stores data tracking systems and deep-sea sonar, but they have the status of state secrets, and even the scientists do not have access to this data about these objects. This kind of intelligent Homo sapiens...
  • Donald Trump: Putin would return 'total traitor' Snowden if I'm president

    08/22/2015 12:23:12 AM PDT · by JediJones · 54 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 7/9/2015 | David Sherfinski
    “If I’m president, Putin says ‘hey, boom — you’re gone’ — I guarantee you that,” Mr. Trump said in an interview with CNN. Mr. Trump called Mr. Snowden...a “total traitor” and said he “would deal with him harshly.” “And if I were president, Putin would give him over. I would get along with Putin. I’ve dealt with Russia,” Mr. Trump said. “He would never keep somebody like Snowden in Russia — he hates [President] Obama; he doesn’t respect Obama. Obama doesn’t like him either. But he has no respect for Obama, has a hatred for Obama, and Snowden is living...
  • Global spy system ECHELON confirmed at last – by leaked Snowden files

    08/03/2015 6:04:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Register ^ | August 2, 2015 | Duncan Campbell
    I stepped from the warmth of our source's London flat. That February night in 1977, the air was damp and cool; the buzz of traffic muted in this leafy north London suburb, in the shadow of the iconic Alexandra Palace. A fellow journalist and I had just spent three hours inside, drinking Chianti and talking about secret surveillance with our source, and now we stood on the doorstep discussing how to get back to the south coast town where I lived. Events were about to take me on a different journey. Behind me, sharp footfalls broke the stillness. A squad...
  • Report: ISIS Using Snowden Documents to Evade U.S. Intel Efforts

    07/21/2015 11:17:56 AM PDT · by lbryce · 25 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | July 21, 2015 | Lachlan Markey
    The self-proclaimed Islamic State has used National Security Agency documents stolen by former contractor Edward Snowden to evade U.S. intelligence services, officials told the New York Times in a Tuesday story. The Times reported that fact deep in a story on the group’s efforts to evade and recover from American and Iraqi military strikes. Documents stolen and leaked to reporters by Snowden, who remains in hiding in Russia, have led to changes in IS operations that have prevented U.S. forces from gathering intelligence on the group, the Times reported. The Islamic State has also studied revelations from Edward J. Snowden,...
  • The Revenge Of The Lost Boys

    07/09/2015 8:04:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 9, 2015 | Tom Nichols
    What’s going on with young American men? Another mass shooting has led to another round of social and political recriminations. A young man—a “loner” and “adrift,” as usual—seizes a vile cause and attacks innocent people. Amidst the wreckage, we look for reasons that already fit our preconceptions about violence, and we blame racism, guns, unemployment, drugs, a bad family, or whatever else helps us to make sense of the tragedy. But the truth of the matter is that Dylann Roof (at least from what we know) isn’t that different from so many other young, mostly white men over the past...
  • Eric Holder: The Justice Department could strike deal with Edward Snowden

    07/06/2015 11:23:41 PM PDT · by South40 · 23 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 6 JUL 2015 | Michael Isikoff
    Former Attorney General Eric Holder said today that a “possibility exists” for the Justice Department to cut a deal with former NSA contractor Edward Snowden that would allow him to return to the United States from Moscow. In an interview with Yahoo News, Holder said “we are in a different place as a result of the Snowden disclosures” and that “his actions spurred a necessary debate” that prompted President Obama and Congress to change policies on the bulk collection of phone records of American citizens.
  • Hacking Team, Which Sells Surveillance Tech To Governments, Exposed By Major Hack

    07/06/2015 5:43:59 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | July 6, 2015 | Jon Russell
    One of the technology world’s most notorious providers of surveillance and intrusion software has found itself on the wrong end of an embarrassing hack. A range of sensitive documents belonging to Italy-based Hacking Team, which is known for working with governments worldwide, appeared to leak out over the weekend, including email communications and client lists. The hackers, who remain unidentified at this time, also took over the group’s Twitter account, using it to post screenshots of emails and other details, as CSO first reported. Hacking Team is a mysterious organization which has long been thought to sell tracking and hacking...
  • WATCH: First Trailer for Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’

    07/01/2015 7:26:45 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 06/30/15 | Daniel Nussbaum
    The first trailer for Oliver Stone’s Snowden biopic premiered online Tuesday, and while the short teaser offers literally nothing in the way of footage from the movie, its tone hints at the direction that Stone is going to take with his film. “Army recruit at 20,” the trailer begins as a slowed-down version of “This Little Light of Mine” plays ominously in the background. “Joined CIA at 22.” “NSA Contractor at 26.” “By Age 29.” “The Most Wanted Man in the World.” The words are interspersed with close-up shots of a dirtied American flag, revealed at the end to be...
  • French Economy In "Dire Straits", "Worse Than Anyone Can Imagine", Leaked NSA Cable Reveals (2012)

    06/29/2015 5:19:28 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 27 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 6-29-15 | Zero Hedge
    French Finance Minister Says Economy in Dire Straits, Predicts Two Atrocious Years Ahead (TS//SI//NF) (TS//SI//NF) The French economic situation is worse than anyone can imagine and drastic measures will have to be taken in the next 2 years, according to Finance, Economy, and Trade Minister Pierre Moscovici. On 19 July, Moscovici, under pressure to reestablish a preretirement unemployment supplement known as the AER, warned that the situation is dire. Upon learning that there are no funds available for the AER, French Senator Martial Bourquin warned Moscovici that without the AER program the ruling Socialist Party will have a rough time...
  • Snowden is a Fraud

    06/15/2015 11:48:43 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 63 replies
    interpreter ^ | June 15, 2015 | John R. Schindler
    In the two years since the Edward Snowden saga went public, a handful of people who actually understand the Western signals intelligence system have tried to explain the many ways that the Snowden Operation has smeared NSA and its partners with salacious charges of criminality and abuse. I’ve been one of the public faces of what may be called the Snowden Truth movement, and finally there are signs that reality may be intruding on this debate. No American ally was rocked harder by Snowden’s allegations than Germany, which has endured a bout of hysteria over charges that NSA was listening...
  • Glenn Greenwald: The Sunday Times’ Snowden Story Is Journalism At Its Worst — And Filled With Falseh

    06/14/2015 4:49:20 PM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 10 replies
    The Intercept ^ | June 14, 2015 | Glenn Greenwald
    What kind of person would read evidence-free accusations of this sort from anonymous government officials – designed to smear a whistleblower they hate – and believe them? That’s a particularly compelling question given that Vice’s Jason Leopold just last week obtained and published previously secret documents revealing a coordinated smear campaign in Washington to malign Snowden. Describing those documents, he reported: “A bipartisan group of Washington lawmakers solicited details from Pentagon officials that they could use to ‘damage’ former NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s ‘credibility in the press and the court of public opinion.'” Manifestly then, the “journalism” in this Sunday...
  • 'Edward Snowden has blood on his hands': MI6 is forced to pull spies out of hostile countries

    06/14/2015 8:43:28 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 153 replies ^ | 13 June 2015 | Jay Akbar For Mailonline
    MI6 has pulled its spies out of 'hostile countries' and America's intelligence agencies are on high alert after Russia and China cracked encrypted files leaked by fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden. The top-secret documents contain information that could lead to the identification of British and American spies, according to senior officials in Downing Street, the Home Office and the security services. A senior Home Office official accused Snowden - the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor responsible for the biggest confidential information leak in US history - of having 'blood on his hands' after they gained access to over one million...

    06/14/2015 9:32:11 AM PDT · by MadIsh32 · 3 replies
    The Intercept ^ | 06/13/2015 | GLENN GREENWALD
    Western journalists claim that the big lesson they learned from their key role in selling the Iraq War to the public is that it’s hideous, corrupt and often dangerous journalism to give anonymity to government officials to let them propagandize the public, then uncritically accept those anonymously voiced claims as Truth. But they’ve learned no such lesson. That tactic continues to be the staple of how major US and British media outlets “report,” especially in the national security area. And journalists who read such reports continue to treat self-serving decrees by unnamed, unseen officials – laundered through their media –...
  • Britain Pulls Out Spies as Russia, China Crack Snowden Files - Report (US spies also at risk)

    06/13/2015 5:17:37 PM PDT · by kristinn · 127 replies
    Reuters ^ | (Sunday) June 14, 2015 | Costas Pitas
    Britain has pulled out agents from live operations in "hostile countries" after Russia and China cracked top-secret information contained in files leaked by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, the Sunday Times reported. Security service MI6, which operates overseas and is tasked with defending British interests, has removed agents from certain countries, the newspaper said, citing unnamed officials at the office of British Prime Minister David Cameron, the Home Office (interior ministry) and security services. SNIP Russia and China have both managed to crack encrypted documents which contain details of secret intelligence techniques that could allow British and...
  • Edward Snowden: The World Says No to Surveillance

    06/05/2015 4:53:45 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 33 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 4, 2015 | Edward J. Snowden
    MOSCOW — TWO years ago today, three journalists and I worked nervously in a Hong Kong hotel room, waiting to see how the world would react to the revelation that the National Security Agency had been making records of nearly every phone call in the United States. In the days that followed, those journalists and others published documents revealing that democratic governments had been monitoring the private activities of ordinary citizens who had done nothing wrong. Within days, the United States government responded by bringing charges against me under World War I-era espionage laws. The journalists were advised by lawyers...
  • New Snowden Documents Reveal Secret Memos Expanding Spying

    06/04/2015 10:21:39 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    ProPublica and The New York Times ^ | June 4, 2015 | by Julia Angwin and Jeff Larson
    Without public notice or debate, the Obama administration has expanded the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance of Americans’ international Internet traffic to search for evidence of malicious computer hacking, according to classified NSA documents. In mid-2012, Justice Department lawyers wrote two secret memos permitting the spy agency to begin hunting on Internet cables, without a warrant and on American soil, for data linked to computer intrusions originating abroad — including traffic that flows to suspicious Internet addresses or contains malware, the documents show. The disclosures, based on documents provided by Edward J. Snowden, the former NSA contractor, and shared with...
  • Report: US cyberattack on North Korea was ineffective

    05/29/2015 7:29:13 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/29/15 | Mark Hensch
    An American cyberattack on North Korea half a decade ago was fruitless overall, sources say. The National Security Agency (NSA) led a mission in 2010 to damage North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, Reuters reported on Friday. Operatives tried using a variant of the Stuxnet computer virus deployed against Iran that same year, the news service said, with developers crafting a version that would activate once it reached Korean-language settings on targeted machines. Operatives hoped the virus would disable centrifuges for enriching uranium, much like it had when used against Iran, Reuters said, but the cyberattack stumbled when it encountered North...
  • If You Care About Government Surveillance, Watch 1971 Tonight on PBS

    05/19/2015 7:02:17 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 6 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 5-18-2015 | Chris Weigant
    Everyone who cares at all (one way or the other) about government surveillance should watch the documentary 1971 tonight, on the PBS show Independent Lens. Everyone who has an opinion on the Edward Snowden revelations should watch this film. Everyone who has an opinion on the USA PATRIOT Act should tune in. I say all this, mind you, before I've even seen the film. Full disclosure: I'm not being paid or compensated for this plug in any way, either. But I know that however the subject matter is handled by the director, it is significant enough and important enough to...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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;...
  • Government ‘Rewrites’ Law To Access Microsoft Emails Stored Overseas

    04/09/2015 6:57:49 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2015-04-09 | Giuseppe Macri
    In a brief filed late Wednesday, Microsoft said the federal government’s legal argument for seizing user emails stored overseas “rewrites” an almost 30-year-old law to “reinterpret” it in a way it was never meant to be used.At the heart of the issue is a government warrant for Microsoft user emails stored on a server in Dublin, Ireland, which the government claims are relevant to an ongoing drug trafficking investigation. To justify the seizure of the data outside of U.S. territory, the government is basing its argument on legislation born out of the Reagan era.“The statute in this case, the Electronics...
  • US government tracked calls beginning in 1992 under secret program

    04/08/2015 7:38:20 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 6 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4-8-2015 | CHRIS SPARGO
    The program also allowed agents to monitor calls the ruled out the possibility of foreign ties to the 1995 bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building by American Timothy McVeigh. The program only recently shuttered, and was used for nearly two decades, with top Justice Department officials in four administrations - George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama - approving the data collections. The data collection did not however allow DEA investigators access to the actual content of calls, just the numbers dialed and time of the calls were all recorded. A 1998 request for Sprint...
  • John Oliver grills Edward Snowden

    04/06/2015 9:12:41 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/6/15 | David McCabe
    Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden got into a heated exchange with comedian and late night host John Oliver over the ramifications of his wide-ranging leaks about U.S. surveillance apparatus during an interview that aired Sunday night. “How many of those documents have you actually read?” Oliver asked Snowden, during an interview on his show, "Last Week Tonight." “I’ve evaluated all of the documents that are in the archive,” Snowden replied. “You’ve read every single one?” Oliver asked. “Well, I do understand what I’ve turned over," Snowden said. "There’s a difference between understanding what’s in the documents and reading...
  • US ‘threatened’ Germany over Snowden asylum

    03/19/2015 10:58:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies ^ | 19 Mar 2015 16:12 GMT+01:00
    Journalist Glenn Greenwald reported on Thursday that the USA told the German government it would cut off intelligence sharing if the country offered NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden asylum. Writing at The Intercept, Greenwald said he was told of the threats by Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel after an award ceremony in Homburg on Sunday, where the journalist received the Siebenpfeiffer journalism prize. “They told us they would stop notifying us of plots and other intelligence matters,” Gabriel said. “If the threat were carried out, the Americans would literally allow the German population to remain vulnerable to a brewing attack… by withholding...
  • CITIZENFOUR: Catnip for the Snowden Fanboy Base

    03/16/2015 5:35:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | March 16, 2015 | Mark Davis
    The weeks following any year’s Oscars are a home film festival at our house, an attempt to evaluate which movies were snubbed on the big night, and which were overpraised. After absorbing the great performances but ultimately unsatisfying payoff of “Birdman,” and the underappreciated triumph of “Still Alice,” it was time to assess the documentary feature winner, “Citizenfour,” Laura Poitras’ journey through a few days in Hong Kong with NSA leaker Edward Snowden. My political differences with the filmmaker and her subject made me even more curious. She would have no trouble hitting a home run with surveillance-phobic libertarians and...
  • Wikimedia Launches Suit Against NSA, DoJ

    03/10/2015 11:06:07 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 11 replies ^ | 3-10-2015 | Nicole Motta
    On Tuesday, the Wikimedia Foundation announced that it is suing the US National Security Agency and Department of Justice over surveillance. The Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit behind web-based encyclopedia Wikipedia, has teamed up with the American Civil Liberties Union and eight other organizations to fight the NSA's mass surveillance program. The suit was filed on Tuesday at a Maryland federal court claiming the NSA and DoJ violated the First and Fourth Amendments with "large-scale search and seizure of internet communications" or "upstream surveillance." This surveillance tactic allows the NSA to collect data on Internet users who communicate with "non US...
  • Which Leaker Is Worse, Petraeus or Snowden?

    03/08/2015 6:17:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 109 replies ^ | March 8, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    Former four-star general and CIA chief David Petraeus pleaded guilty to one count of retaining classified information for handing over information in personal notebooks to his biographer girlfriend in 2011. He agreed to pay a $40,000 fine; prosecutors said they would recommend two years' probation instead of prison, although a judge could decide otherwise. It's a sad close to a government career for the man whose counterinsurgency strategy turned around the war in Iraq. He's an American hero who seemed all that much more upright when he resigned in November 2012 after admitting to an affair that compromised his position...
  • New Zealand spying on Pacific islands, Snowden leaks say

    03/05/2015 4:16:53 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 28 replies
    BBC ^ | 5 March 2015 Last updated at 02:34 ET | BBC
    New Zealand is conducting mass surveillance over its Pacific neighbours, reports citing documents leaked by US whistleblower Edward Snowden say. Calls, emails and social media messages were being collected from Pacific nations, the New Zealand Herald said. The data was shared with other members of the "Five Eyes" network - the US, Australia, Britain and Canada.
  • Former State Dept. Official: Details of Maxwell’s Benghazi Document Story ‘Ring True’

    09/21/2014 6:16:39 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 19 replies ^ | Sept 19, 2014 | Sharyl Attkisson
    A State Department whistleblower has come forward to say the details of a former colleague’s account of the sifting of Benghazi-related documents to identify damaging material “ring true.” The Daily Signal reported Monday on Raymond Maxwell, a former deputy assistant secretary at the State Department who says he observed an unusual after-hours session in a basement operations room of the agency’s headquarters in Washington in October 2012. Maxwell said a State Department office director told him those present were ordered to separate out any documents related to the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks on Americans in Benghazi that could prove...
  • Edward Snowden talks 'Citizenfour' with Poitras, Greenwald

    02/13/2015 1:59:02 PM PST · by Mad Dawgg · 42 replies ^ | February 13, 2015 | Edward Moyer
    It was just like old times, sort of. On Thursday, NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden got together again with journalist Glenn Greenwald and filmmaker and journalist Laura Poitras to talk surveillance, reliving in a sense their now historic secret meeting two summers ago in a Hong Kong hotel room. That first time around, Snowden handed the two a huge cache of top secret National Security Agency documents and asked them to let the public know about the NSA's gigantic and constitutionally questionable appetite for people's data. The meeting set off a chain of events that led to, among other things, consternation...
  • NYT: David Carr, Times Critic and Champion of Media, Dies at 58

    02/13/2015 5:13:57 AM PST · by maggief · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 13, 2015 | BRUCE WEBER and ASHLEY SOUTHALL
    David Carr, a writer who wriggled away from the demon of drug addiction to become an unlikely name-brand media columnist at The New York Times, and the star of a documentary about the newspaper, died on Thursday in Manhattan. He was 58. Mr. Carr collapsed in the Times newsroom, where he was found shortly before 9 p.m. He was taken to St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Earlier in the evening, he moderated a panel discussion about the film “Citizenfour” with its principal subject, Edward J. Snowden; the film’s director, Laura Poitras; and Glenn Greenwald, a journalist.
  • A Worthless Piece of Paper

    02/12/2015 8:33:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 41 replies ^ | February 12, 2015 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    President George W. Bush was fond of saying that "9/11 changed everything." He used that one-liner often as a purported moral basis to justify the radical restructuring of federal law and the federal assault on personal liberties over which he presided. He cast aside his oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution; he rejected his oath to enforce all federal laws faithfully; and he moved the government decidedly in the direction of secret laws, secret procedures and secret courts. During his presidency, Congress enacted the Patriot Act. This legislation permits federal agents to write their own search warrants when...
  • Greenwald & Snowden join Canadian lib-left in writing off terrorism as non-issue

    02/05/2015 1:09:50 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/05/15 | Judi McLeod
    Message to Upper Canada College: This is no time to let political activists lead your students on a sleepwalk through the harsh reality of terrorism ISIS must be sending out resounding cheers for media-darling ‘whistleblowers’ Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald, for leading Canadian high school students through a sleep walk on the dangers of Islamic terrorism. According to former Guardian journalist Greenwald , a Canadian’s real-world chance of being killed in a terrorist attack is “infinitesimal.” That’s what Greenwald told almost 1,400 Upper Canada College students who watched a one-sided online talk titled, “Privacy vs. Security: A Discussion of Personal...
  • Snowden’s GCHQ journalists’ intercept threat revelation: How I became a risk ...Benghazi FOIAs

    01/26/2015 6:14:35 AM PST · by Opinionatedtoday · 5 replies
    In the latest Edward Snowden surveillance document release, as The Guardian’s James Ball reported, the NSA’s British partner, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), was exposed for capturing journalists’ emails from top international media, including from theWashington Post, New York Times, Le Monde, Reuters, BBC, NBC, and The Guardian. In addition, a UK intelligence document showed that a GCHQ information security assessment listed “investigative journalists” as a threat in a hierarchy alongside terrorists or hackers. “One restricted document” warned that “journalists and reporters representing all types of news media represent a potential threat to security.” “Of specific concern are ‘investigative journalists’...
  • Edward Snowden: Apple iPhone with Secret iFeature Allows Government to Spy on You

    01/24/2015 8:40:48 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 72 replies
    Tech Times ^ | January 24, 9:59 AM | Aaron Mamiit
    Apple's iPhone has "special software" that authorities can activate remotely to be able to gather information about the user.
  • Leaked NSA Documents Reveal How To Hide From The NSA

    01/01/2015 12:14:53 PM PST · by Libloather · 33 replies
    Huffington Post via MSN ^ | 1/01/15 | Damon Beres
    If you want a truly anonymous life, then maybe it's time you learned about Tor, CSpace and ZRTP. These three technologies could help people hide their activities from the National Security Agency, according to NSA documents newly obtained from the archive of former contractor Edward Snowden by the German magazine Der Spiegel. The combination of Tor, CSpace and ZRTP (plus another anonymizing technology for good measure) results in levels of protection that the NSA deems "catastrophic" -- meaning the organization has "near-total loss/lack of insight to target communications," according to Der Spiegel. "Although the documents are around two years old,...
  • Valerie Plame proves she is a big phony

    12/23/2014 6:48:01 AM PST · by rktman · 13 replies ^ | 12/23/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Remember when Valerie Plame was the poster girl for Bush and Cheney-haters? A desk jockey at the CIA with some flowing blonde hair claim to glamour (in terms of image exploitation, a Wendy Davis-like figure), Plame was supposedly endangered when her name was supposedly leaked by someone in the Bush administration, supposedly in retaliation for her husband Joe Wilson’s criticism of Iraq War policy.
  • Ecuador moves to expel US embassy military personnel

    04/25/2014 1:14:25 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 9 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | April 25, 2014 20:06 GMT | Gonzalo Solano, Associated Press
    Ecuador's government has ordered everyone in the US Embassy's military group, about 20 Defense Department employees, to leave the country by month's end. The group was ordered to halt operations in Ecuador in a letter dated April 7, embassy spokesman Jeffrey Weinshenker said Thursday. The Associated Press was alerted to the expulsions by a senior Ecuadorean official who refused to be identified by name due to the information's sensitive nature.
  • Diane Feinstein, the Iron Maiden [Sen. Feinstein Committed "An Act of Treason"]

    12/19/2014 11:32:12 PM PST · by Steelfish · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 19, 2014 | Deana Chadwell
    December 20, 2014 Diane Feinstein, the Iron Maiden By Deana Chadwell Language, that contract that we make with the members of our society, holds our society together; without it we can accomplish nothing. Nor can we function without the protection of good and selfless people who step forward to face the evil that always threatens successful nations. Diane Feinstein’s release of the enhanced interrogation technique documents is, on both national and linguistic fronts, an act of treason. To attack the language by which we carry on our national dialogue and the methods we use to protect our right to have...
  • Before Snowden, Retired NSA Executive Warned of Backlash

    11/22/2014 9:24:51 AM PST · by darkwing104 · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | November 22, 2014 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    A retired National Security Agency (NSA) senior agency executive warned the agency in 2009 that the program to collect, store and analyze American phone records wasn’t providing enough intelligence to be effective. Prior to the revelations made by Edward Snowden, dissenters within the Intelligence agency warned that the collection program wasn’t worth the backlash if the program became public. The role of the NSA was to eavesdrop on hostile foreign entities, not American citizens. Now the agency has tarnished its reputation of guarding America to become the free world’s secret police. The AP–ever faithful to its dear leader–noted that Obama...
  • Whose sarin? (Obama exposed for Syria false-flag)

    12/18/2013 9:23:22 AM PST · by Abiotic · 42 replies
    London Review of Books ^ | 19 December 2013 | Seymour Hersh
    Barack Obama did not tell the whole story this autumn when he tried to make the case that Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack near Damascus on 21 August. In some instances, he omitted important intelligence, and in others he presented assumptions as facts. Most significant, he failed to acknowledge something known to the US intelligence community: that the Syrian army is not the only party in the country’s civil war with access to sarin, the nerve agent that a UN study concluded – without assessing responsibility – had been used in the rocket attack. In the...
  • NSA Isn't Interested in Your Pumpkin-Pie Recipes, Says Senior Official

    10/22/2014 9:09:45 AM PDT · by TigerTown
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 22, 2014 | Brett M. Decker
    You saw the Disney movie as a kid. You may have read the book. But did you know some of it was based on real history? While the story of King Arthur, Merlin, and all the rest may not be true, there really is a centuries-old sword stuck in a stone. In the small Italian town of Chiusdino, there’s a small chapel near Saint Galgano Abbey known as Montesiepi chapel. And inside you’ll find a big slab of stone in the floor with the handle of a sword sticking out of it.
  • NSA Official: Snowden Abets Terrorists, Enemies Who Fight on the Grid

    10/20/2014 9:43:45 PM PDT · by TigerTown · 11 replies
    Radix News ^ | October 21, 2014 | Brett M. Decker
    The crown jewels of any intelligence organization are its sources and methods – the means by which information is obtained. I have no doubts that, thanks to Edward Snowden, Russia and China now have an extraordinary volume of data on NSAs sources and methods for collecting information from communications. That means they now know the weaknesses in their and other of our adversaries’ communications procedures and our strengths in exploiting them. And not just voice communications, but also radar, telemetry, missile and rocket command and response, military GPS locationing and weapons systems countermeasures. On far too many subjects, Russia and...
  • Citizenfour review – Edward Snowden documentary is utterly engrossing

    10/19/2014 2:28:39 PM PDT · by Zuben Elgenubi · 16 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 18 October 2014 | Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
    Last year, UK cinemagoers were treated to two competing accounts of the story of Julian Assange: Bill Condon’s oddly inert drama The Fifth Estate, and Alex Gibney’s more pointedly dramatic documentary We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks. Although very different in form, content and, indeed, success (Gibney’s film was Bafta-nominated, Condon’s was hailed as one of the year’s biggest flops), both movies wrestled with the conundrum of separating the cult of Assange’s divisive personality from the significance of the information that he helped to publish – for better or worse.