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  • Top secret document reveals NSA spies on porn habits of suspected terrorists in bid to discredit....

    11/27/2013 8:28:37 AM PST · by Varmint Al · 34 replies
    UK MailOnline ^ | 11/27.2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    National Security Agency spies have been tracking the online sexual activity of suspected terrorists in a bid to expose them as hypocrites, it emerged today. A top secret document revealed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden shows the agency monitored suspected radicalizers in a bid to harm their reputations. ...snip...
  • NSA infected 50,000 computer networks with malicious software

    11/24/2013 3:08:41 PM PST · by dynachrome · 29 replies ^ | 11-23-13 | Floor Boon, Steven Derix and Huib Modderkolk
    The American intelligence service - NSA - infected more than 50,000 computer networks worldwide with malicious software designed to steal sensitive information. Documents provided by former NSA-employee Edward Snowden and seen by this newspaper, prove this. A management presentation dating from 2012 explains how the NSA collects information worldwide. In addition, the presentation shows that the intelligence service uses ‘Computer Network Exploitation’ (CNE) in more than 50,000 locations. CNE is the secret infiltration of computer systems achieved by installing malware, malicious software. One example of this type of hacking was discovered in September 2013 at the Belgium telecom provider Belgacom....
  • Bill Clinton Refuses To Criticize Edward Snowden, Says Next President Should Be A Woman

    11/18/2013 8:30:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11/18/2013 | Tyler Durden
    Lately Bill Clinton has not been doing the president many favors. First, the "is" definition-challenged former president had some harsh words about Obamacare, and most recently in an overnight question-and-answer session before a standing-room-only crowd in a Beijing hotel ballroom, Clinton who was in Beijing for meetings with China’s President Xi Jinping as well as to promote the work of his New York-based philanthropic organisation, the Clinton Foundation, while withholding comments on Obama - whose approval rating has plunged to an all time low - refused to criticise Edward Snowden. Instead he said he believed it was "perfectly legitimate"...
  • ‘Snowden testimony would be a disaster’

    11/02/2013 10:38:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 213 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 11/02/2013 | Gero Schließ
    “It would be a disaster for American-German relations if Snowden came to Germany and publicly testified before the Bundestag.” What Green MP Christian Ströbele ultimately is hoping for after his surprise visit with Edward Snowden in Moscow would be a nightmare for Stephen Szabo of the German Marshall Fund, as well for the Obama administration. The relationship between the two countries is headed towards “a deep, downward spiral,” says Szabo. This must be stopped. If Snowden were to come to Germany with official blessing, the situation would escalate further, warns the long-time Germany expert and vice-president of the German Marshall...
  • Oliver North says Republicans 'complicit' in letting intelligence services 'trod on' 4th Amendment

    11/02/2013 11:03:35 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies ^ | November 1, 2013 | Lee Roop
    HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Retired Marine colonel and Iran-Contra figure Oliver North said in Huntsville Friday that that he is "deeply concerned" about the data being collected on American citizens by American intelligence agencies. "I think the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution has been trod on," North told a press conference before addressing a crowd of 350 at a young Republicans' dinner at the Davidson Center for Space Technology. North added that "the Republicans in Congress are complicit by not insisting on a select committee to investigate not just NSA, but Benghazi, the IRS, the spying on Americans, enemies' lists being...
  • German gouvernment wants to speak with Snowden

    11/01/2013 4:50:31 AM PDT · by European Guest · 22 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 01.11.2013 | Der Spiegel
    This is a translated exerpt: Berlin - The German government was sending a signal to the former NSA-agent Edward Snowden after his meeting with the German member of the Bundestag Hans-Christian Ströbele that it has the will for a dialogue. The minister for the interior said on friday in Berlin: "We will find solutions if Mr. Snowden agrees to talk with German officials." He didn't said who is going to talk with Snowden. Further the minister noted:" If the message means that Mr. Snowden gives us Informations, we will accept. Everything we get in Information and facts is good. The...
  • NSA leaker Edward Snowden lands Web job in Russia

    10/31/2013 10:07:25 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 11 replies ^ | 10/31/13 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Edward Snowden has hung up his hat as a National Security Agency leaker and taken on a new role working for a private website in Russia, the country that’s sheltering him from U.S. capture and prosecution. “Edward starts work in November,” his attorney told Russian news, BBC reported. His attorney didn’t disclose which website was Mr. Snowden’s new employer.
  • Here's A Very Interesting Picture Of Edward Snowden On A Boat In Russia

    10/31/2013 10:02:21 AM PDT · by bgill · 22 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Oct. 31, 2013 | Michael Kelley
    A new photo of Edward Snowden shows him on a boat in Moscow with the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in the background. The scene was published by LifeNews, which published a photo of the former NSA contractor grocery shopping earlier this month... It appears that Sarah Harrison, a WikiLeaks advisor who has reportedly been with Snowden since he was in Hong Kong, may be standing to his left.
  • NSA infiltrates links to Yahoo, Google data centers worldwide, Snowden documents say

    10/30/2013 10:28:56 AM PDT · by John W · 9 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 30, 2013 | Barton Gellman and Ashkan Soltani
    The National Security Agency has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world, according to documents obtained from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and interviews with knowledgeable officials. By tapping those links, the agency has positioned itself to collect at will from among hundreds of millions of user accounts, many of them belonging to Americans. The NSA does not keep everything it collects, but it keeps a lot. According to a top secret accounting dated Jan. 9, 2013, NSA’s acquisitions directorate sends millions of records every day from Yahoo and Google...
  • White House Will Stop Spying on Allies, Feinstein Says

    10/28/2013 4:25:23 PM PDT · by abb · 47 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | October 28, 2013 | Siobhan Gorman
    <p>The White House will halt surveillance of U.S. allies, according to the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, reflecting a major shift in policy.</p> <p>The move comes in the wake of revelations that the U.S. has been spying on world leaders such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and appears to include any surveillance of allied foreign leaders.</p>
  • Obama has full confidence in the NSA - the activities of which he supposedly knows nothing about?

    10/28/2013 1:00:46 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 13 replies
    10/28/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    How can Obama truly be confident about that which he supposedly knows nothing about? Obama's lap dog, the man of many faces (literally) - Jay Carney - says that Obama has full confidence in the NSA and its staff. Uhhh, I believe that Obama has full confidence in Kathleen Sebelius, too. Let's see, on-going fresh revelations about the NSA's activities, the Merkel mess-up, a German delegation coming to the U.S. (perhaps to be followed by others in due time), and Obama is confident - about that which he supposedly knows nothing about? And we have a Republican on tv talking...
  • Benador: American Terrorism: Obama's War On The United States

    10/28/2013 6:11:13 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 28 October 2013 | Eliana Benador
    #StopWatchingUs: “A Rally Against Mass Surveillance” President Obama has been playing with fire, pushing Americans around under the watchful eye of Congress. And the result is showing. Stop Watching Us is an organization of 100 public advocacy groups, among them the American Civil Liberties Union, Freedom Works, as well as individuals like Chinese artist-activist Ai Weiwei and Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who interviewed Edward Snowden and helped him expose many of the NSA’s surveillance procedures. They organized a rally last Saturday, October 26 -the 12th anniversary of the US Patriot Act. The event began at 11:30 am and took place...
  • NSA boss Keith Alexander's next target is the 1st Amendment.

    10/27/2013 4:41:38 AM PDT · by JerseyHighlander · 60 replies ^ | Fri, Oct 25th 2013 | Mike Masnick
    Apparently not satisfied with just setting fire to the 4th Amendment, NSA boss Keith Alexander's next target is the 1st Amendment. In an interview with the Defense Department's "Armed With Science" blog , it appears that Alexander felt he'd have a friendly audience, so he let loose with some insane claims, including suggesting that the government needs to find a way to "stop" journalists from reporting on the Snowden leaks . As noted by Politco, General Alexander isn't a fan of journalists doing anything about these documents: "I think it’s wrong that that newspaper reporters have all these documents,...
  • Officials alert foreign services that Snowden has documents on their cooperation with U.S.

    10/25/2013 7:13:17 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 79 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 24, 2013 | By Ellen Nakashima
    U.S. officials are alerting some foreign intelligence services that documents detailing their secret cooperation with the United States have been obtained by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, according to government officials. Snowden, U.S. officials said, took tens of thousands of military intelligence documents, some of which contain sensitive material about collection programs against adversaries such as Iran, Russia and China. Some refer to operations that in some cases involve countries not publicly allied with the United States. The process of informing officials in capital after capital about the risk of disclosure is delicate. In some cases, one part...
  • New Snowden revelation: NSA monitored calls of 35 world leaders in 2006

    10/24/2013 5:33:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/24/2013 | AllahPundit
    I’m … outraged?Today’s news has nothing to do with Snowden’s alleged goal of awakening Americans to violations of their civil liberties by the U.S. government, but that’s par for the course. One of the early scoops to come from his cache this summer was the fact that the NSA had bugged Medvedev’s communications at the G20 back in 2009. That was the first clue after the initial uproar over PRISM that, for all his rhetoric, this wasn’t just about protecting his countrymen’s privacy. I wonder if that’s even what it’s mainly about. The revelations about domestic data-mining have been less...
  • NSA monitored calls of 35 world leaders after US official handed over contacts

    10/24/2013 11:48:25 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 33 replies
    The Guardian ^ | October 24, 2013 | By James Ball
    The National Security Agency monitored the phone conversations of 35 world leaders after being given the numbers by an official in another US government department, according to a classified document provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden. The confidential memo reveals that the NSA encourages senior officials in its "customer" departments, such the White House, State and the Pentagon, to share their "Rolodexes" so the agency can add the phone numbers of leading foreign politicians to their surveillance systems. The document notes that one unnamed US official handed over 200 numbers, including those of the 35 world leaders, none of whom is...
  • France and Mexico demand answers over US spying (“deeply shocked”)

    10/21/2013 2:40:14 PM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Saudi Gazette ^ | 10/22/13
    PARIS — France and Mexico have angrily demanded prompt explanations from the United States over new spying allegations leaked by former US security contractor Edward Snowden. French daily Le Monde and German weekly Der Spiegel said in separate reports published Monday that the US National Security Agency (NSA) secretly monitored tens of millions of phone communications in France and hacked into former Mexican president Felipe Calderon’s email account. The allegations come on top of revelations already leaked by Snowden and published in June that the US had a vast, secret program called PRISM to monitor Internet users, which French prosecutors...
  • Snowden's father pleased with son's Moscow life

    10/16/2013 9:46:33 PM PDT · by cunning_fish · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | October 16, 2013 | Phil Black and Tom Watkins
    Moscow (CNN) -- Edward Snowden's father expressed satisfaction Wednesday with the way his son, the former National Security Agency contractor, has been treated since being granted asylum in August. Lon Snowden spoke to reporters at Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport as he prepared to return to the United States after a six-day visit, his first reunion with his son since April. "I felt that this is the best place for him, this is the place where he doesn't have to worry about people rushing across the border to render him," Lon Snowden said. "It's not going to happen here." It may...
  • NSA collects millions of e-mail address books globally

    10/14/2013 4:19:54 PM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 39 replies
    The National Security Agency is harvesting hundreds of millions of contact lists from personal e-mail and instant messaging accounts around the world, many of them belonging to Americans, according to senior intelligence officials and top secret documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
  • Snowden warns of government spying in first Russia video

    10/12/2013 11:38:56 PM PDT · by cunning_fish · 8 replies
    Moscow (AFP) - US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden warned of dangers to democracy in the first video released of the fugitive since Russia granted him temporary asylum in August. "If we can't understand the policies and programmes of our government we can't grant our consent in regulating them," Snowden said in one of the short video clips posted on the WikiLeaks website Friday night. The anti-secrecy group said the videos were filmed Wednesday when Snowden met with a group of four retired US ex-intelligence workers and activists now seeking to promote ethics within the profession. Snowden, a former National Security...
  • Snowden father 'meets son in Russia'

    10/11/2013 4:55:58 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 8 replies
    The BBC ^ | 10 October 2013
    Lon Snowden visited his son, but the place and time of the meeting "are not being been revealed for security reasons", said Russia's state-run TV channels Rossiya 24 and Channel One. Meanwhile, Edward Snowden met four former US security officials in Russia late on Wednesday, it has emerged. The officials - who now campaign against what they describe as the misuse of state secrecy - said they had presented Mr Snowden with the Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence award. The award is given annually by a group of retired CIA officers. The officials told Russian media Mr Snowden...
  • Nick Clegg criticizes Guardian for publishing spy secrets which serve ‘no purpose’…help terrorists

    10/10/2013 9:43:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 10:13 EST, 10 October 2013 | Matthew Chorley
    Nick Clegg today hit out at the Guardian for publishing secret files, which served “no purpose” other than to aid terrorists who want to harm Britain. The Lib Dem leader joined the barrage of criticism that the newspaper released UK’s intelligence secrets of no interest to readers, but highly valued by fanatics and foreign spies. … The publication of secret files leaked by US fugitive Edward Snowden are said to have caused huge “harm” to the capability of Britain’s intelligence services. Security officials fear the data will be used by terrorists to avoid detection when plotting an atrocity. …

    10/07/2013 11:28:25 AM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 46 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 10/7/13 | Beckett Adams
    Edward Snowden has apparently been living a life of poverty in Russia, surviving on meager charitable donations.
  • Same Firm Checked Background of Navy Yard Shooter, Snowden

    09/19/2013 8:49:11 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 7 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 09/19/2013 | Retuters
    The same company that scrutinized former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden for a U.S. government security clearance said on Thursday it also checked the background of the Navy Yard shooter, allowing him to obtain a "secret" clearance. USIS, working as a contractor for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), conducted a background review of Aaron Alexis, identified by law enforcement authorities as the shooter who killed 12 people at the Navy Yard before he was shot dead. "Today we were informed that in 2007, USIS conducted a background check of Aaron Alexis for OPM," USIS spokesman Ray Howell said in...
  • New Snowden documents say NSA can break common Internet encryption

    09/05/2013 4:00:28 PM PDT · by Kaosinla · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 5, 2013 | Joseph Menn
    (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency has secretly developed the ability to crack or circumvent commonplace Internet encryption used to protect everything from email to financial transactions, according to media reports citing documents obtained by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The Guardian, The New York Times and journalistic nonprofit ProPublica reported on Thursday that the U.S. intelligence agency used a variety of means, ranging from the insertion of "back doors" in popular tech products and services, to supercomputers, secret court orders and the manipulation of international processes for setting encryption standards. The publications said the NSA and its British...
  • N.S.A. Foils Much Internet Encryption

    09/05/2013 12:14:05 PM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 106 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 5, 2013 | NICOLE PERLROTH, JEFF LARSON and SCOTT SHANE
    The National Security Agency is winning its long-running secret war on encryption, using supercomputers, technical trickery, court orders and behind-the-scenes persuasion to undermine the major tools protecting the privacy of everyday communications in the Internet age, according to newly disclosed documents. The agency has circumvented or cracked much of the encryption, or digital scrambling, that guards global commerce and banking systems, protects sensitive data like trade secrets and medical records, and automatically secures the e-mails, Web searches, Internet chats and phone calls of Americans and others around the world, the documents show. Many users assume — or have been assured...
  • Reports: G-20 seating chart altered

    09/05/2013 6:56:51 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 31 replies
    Reports: G-20 seating chart altered By: Tal Kopan September 5, 2013 07:51 AM EDT Those eager for a potentially awkward photo op of President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin sitting next to each other at the G-20 summit might be disappointed: The seating chart is putting more distance between the two leaders than previously expected. Seating at the summit is alphabetical, but the planners for the event have reportedly changed which alphabet they are using to make the chart, Voice of America and The Guardian reported. In the Cyrillic alphabet, which is used in Russian, Russia and the...
  • Chinese Carmaker Licenses “Snowden” Name For New Electric Vehicle

    09/03/2013 3:22:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Inventor Spot Blog ^ | August 26, 2013
    Haima Snowden and you're not! Hainan-based Haima Auto has contracted with the Chinese trademark owner of the “Snowden” name and are planning to use the American asylum-seeking secret-spiller's monniker for a yet-to-be-released EV (electric vehicle). One would hope the upcoming Snowden sedan won't leak as much as its notorious namesake. FAW Haima Automobile Co., Ltd., or Haima for short, is a subsidiary of Chinese state-owned automotive manufacturing company FAW Group founded in 1992 as a joint venture between the government of Hainan province and Japanese automaker Mazda with the original plan being for Haima to produce locally assembled Mazda “clones”...
  • CIA finds 1 in 5 flagged job applicants come from Hamas, Hezbollah, al Qaeda

    09/02/2013 5:02:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 2, 2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    An estimated one-fifth of a subset of all applicants for Central Intelligence Agency positions had significant ties to the terror groups Hamas, Hezbollah and al Qaeda, a newly released document from NSA leaker Edward Snowden’s collection revealed Monday. The document — released by Mr. Snowden as part of his National Security Agency intelligence dump — said the terrorist groups worked hard to infiltrate America’s top security agencies. CIA officials uncovered thousands of applicants, roughly one in five of a subset, with “significant terrorist and/or hostile intelligence connections,” the document states, as Ynet News reported. The specifics of those ties were...
  • Al-Qaeda, Hamas operatives applied for CIA jobs, say new Snowden files

    09/02/2013 7:08:30 AM PDT · by QQQQ · 23 replies
    Individuals with connections to al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations repeatedly tried to obtain jobs in US intelligence community; 'One of five CIA applicants has connections to hostile groups'
  • NSA trove in foreign hands: 58,000 ‘highly classified’ documents, U.K. officials say

    08/30/2013 3:22:05 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 30, 2013 | By Shaun Waterman
    British officials said Friday that the trove of documents taken by National Security Agency leaker Edward J. Snowden, which it seized earlier this week at Heathrow airport, contains more than 58,000 “highly classified UK intelligence documents,” which the government now assumes are in foreign hands. Oliver Robbins, the deputy national security adviser for intelligence, security and resilience in the Cabinet Office, told a court in London that Mr. Snowden “indiscriminately appropriated material in bulk,” including personal information that would allow British intelligence staff, some serving overseas, to be identified. The 58,000 documents were among 60 gigabytes of encrypted data seized...
  • UK asked N.Y. Times to destroy Snowden material

    08/30/2013 3:16:59 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 30, 2013 | By Mark Hosenball
    The British government has asked the New York Times to destroy copies of documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden related to the operations of the U.S. spy agency and its British partner, Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), people familiar with the matter said. The British request, made to Times executive editor Jill Abramson by a senior official at the British Embassy in Washington D.C., was greeted by Abramson with silence, according to the sources. British officials indicated they intended to follow up on their request later with the Times, but never did, one of the sources said.
  • U.S. spy network’s successes, failures and objectives detailed in ‘black budget’ summary

    08/29/2013 3:37:33 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 29, 2013 | Barton Gellman and Greg Miller
    U.S. spy agencies have built an intelligence-gathering colossus since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but remain unable to provide critical information to the president on a range of national security threats, according to the government’s top-secret budget. The $52.6 billion “black budget” for fiscal 2013, obtained by The Washington Post from former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, maps a bureaucratic and operational landscape that has never been subject to public scrutiny. The 178-page budget summary for the National Intelligence Program details the successes, failures and objectives of the 16 spy agencies that make up the U.S. intelligence community... The summary...
  • Snowden impersonated NSA officials, sources say

    08/29/2013 5:48:30 PM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 53 replies
    NBC News ^ | August 29, 2013 | Richard Esposito, Matthew Cole and Robert Windrem
    Edward Snowden accessed some secret national security documents by assuming the electronic identities of top NSA officials, said intelligence sources. “Every day, they are learning how brilliant [Snowden] was,” said a former U.S. official with knowledge of the case. “This is why you don’t hire brilliant people for jobs like this. You hire smart people. Brilliant people get you in trouble.”
  • NSA Leaker “Outed” as Russian Agent

    08/28/2013 9:42:19 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 81 replies ^ | August 27, 2013 | Cliff Kincaid
    <p>The media have been given important new information in the case of NSA leaker Edward Snowden and don’t seem to know what to do with it. Snowden has been “outed” by the Russians as their agent.</p> <p>The Washington Post reports that “Before American fugitive Edward Snowden arrived in Moscow in June—an arrival that Russian officials have said caught them by surprise—he spent several days living at the Russian Consulate in Hong Kong, a Moscow newspaper reported Monday.”</p>
  • MSNBC: Must-agree TV

    08/27/2013 1:05:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 26, 2013 | Erik Wemple
    <p>Virtually every other show [aside from "Morning Joe"] belongs to hosts who unstintingly support Obama and the Democrats, with only minor points of disagreement. ([Host Chris] Hayes criticizes Obama for his drone killings and surveillance programs, and often conducts friendly interviews with Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who collaborated with Edward Snowden. Melissa Harris-Perry, who appears on weekends at 10 a.m., nearly always defends Obama, and called Glenn Greenwald a “jerk.”) Conservatives are far less visible on MSNBC than liberals are on Fox News, and the right-leaning guests who do appear are typically critics of the conservative movement: Steve Schmidt, the Republican strategist, who says the party is too tolerant of “nuts” and “kooks”; Josh Barro, an advocate for Republican reform who describes himself as “neoliberal”; Abby Huntsman, the daughter of failed presidential candidate Jon, who has described the G.O.P. as a party of “non-inclusion.” The over-all impression is that your average Republican or conservative is simply too fanatical to be part of polite discourse.</p>
  • Damon praises Snowden for NSA leaks

    08/26/2013 10:18:14 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 30 replies
    Damon praises Snowden for NSA leaks By Rebecca Shabad - 08/26/13 11:46 AM ET Actor Matt Damon is praising National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden's decision to expose classified domestic surveillance programs as "a great thing" for the country. “I think it’s a great thing he did," Damon, who has portrayed CIA agents in the "Bourne" movie trilogy and "The Good Shepherd," said in an interview posted on YouTube on Aug. 22. The Hollywood actor said he hadn’t read everything that Snowden has leaked, but called him a “conscientious guy.” “If we're going to trade our civil liberties for our...
  • NSA having flashbacks to Watergate era

    08/26/2013 3:18:51 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    McClatchy News ^ | August 25, 2013 | By KEN DILANIAN
    The National Security Agency is facing its worst crisis since the domestic spying scandals four decades ago led to the first formal oversight and overhaul of U.S. intelligence operations. Thanks to former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden's flood of leaks to the media, and the Obama administration's uneven response to them, morale at the spy agency responsible for intercepting communications of terrorists and foreign adversaries has plummeted, former officials say. Even sympathetic lawmakers are calling for new curbs on the NSA's powers. "This is a secret intelligence agency that's now in the news every day," said Michael Hayden, who headed...
  • Forced Exposure [A personal reaction to the surveillance state - Excellent]

    08/20/2013 9:38:05 AM PDT · by No One Special · 34 replies
    Groklaw ^ | August 20, 2013 | Pamela Jones
    The owner of Lavabit tells us that he's stopped using email and if we knew what he knew, we'd stop too. There is no way to do Groklaw without email. Therein lies the conundrum. What to do? What to do? I've spent the last couple of weeks trying to figure it out. And the conclusion I've reached is that there is no way to continue doing Groklaw, not long term, which is incredibly sad. But it's good to be realistic. And the simple truth is, no matter how good the motives might be for collecting and screening everything we...
  • Guardian: UK Agents Destroyed NSA Leak Hard Drives

    08/20/2013 6:43:43 AM PDT · by xzins · 24 replies
    CBN ^ | August 20, 2013 |
    The Guardian newspaper says British agents destroyed their newsroom hard drives after they began publishing revelations from National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. In an opinion piece, Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger claimed the hard drives were destroyed after weeks of pressure by British government officials. He said the drives were torn apart in the basement of their office building as British intelligence agents looked on. "One of the more bizarre moments in the Guardian's long history occurred with two GCHQ security experts overseeing the destruction of hard drives in the Guardian's basement just to make sure there was nothing in...
  • Snowden journalist threatens UK after partner’s arrest

    08/19/2013 4:15:08 PM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 18 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 8/19/13 | Hannah Kuchler
    The reporter who revealed mass surveillance by the US authorities warned the British government on Monday that he would expose its spying secrets after it detained his partner under the Terrorism act.
  • Amnesty International Slams Snowden-Linked Detention in UK

    08/19/2013 12:33:50 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 13 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | August 19, 2013 | Staff
    Amnesty International on Monday described as “unlawful and unwarranted” the detention by British authorities of the significant other of a journalist who worked with Edward Snowden. “It is utterly improbable that David Michael Miranda, a Brazilian national transiting through London, was detained at random, given the role his husband has played in revealing the truth about the unlawful nature of NSA surveillance,” said Widney Brown, the organization’s senior director of international law and policy. Miranda was detained while in transit in Heathrow Airport and was held in detention for nearly nine hours under the Terrorism Act 2000, which allows officers...
  • NSA Issue Not Really an Issue -A Theory

    08/18/2013 10:49:48 AM PDT · by EQAndyBuzz · 17 replies
    Self | 8/18/13 | EqAndyBuzz
    Why is the NSA issue a big deal? It's main mission is to eavedrop on "every" electronic transmission, provide analysis and through whatever algorithms used, find the person or people that want to harm America.
  • WH Tried to Interfere with WaPo´s NSA Story

    08/16/2013 6:42:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 74 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8/16/13 | Elizabeth Sheld
    The Washington Post´s article detailing the fourth amendment abuses by the NSA got some push back from the administration who attempted to "edit" the article before publication. The internal audit referenced in the article was obtained by the WaPo from Edward Snowden. The details of the audit indicated repeated and growing privacy violations by the NSA, violations which included obtaining thousands of American citizen´s communications records and using methods of information collection that were later deemed unconstitutional by a court. The Post was able to interview John Delong, NSA director of compliance for the article and they were initially
  • Snowden downloaded NSA secrets while working for Dell, sources say

    08/15/2013 3:13:46 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 84 replies
    Reuter ^ | Thu Aug 15, 2013 5:50pm EDT
    Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden began downloading documents describing the U.S. government's electronic spying programs while he was working for Dell Inc in April 2012, almost a year earlier than previously reported, according to U.S. officials and other sources familiar with the matter.
  • A Snowden Job For The Ages

    08/14/2013 9:37:45 PM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 42 replies
    08/15/13 | Alan Levy, Gun Owner
    Our dog eating Dear Leader, Barack Hussein Obama, had this to say about the "phony" NSA spying scandal during his August 9th "press" conference: *** "As I said at the National Defense University back in May, in meeting those threats we have to strike the right balance between protecting our security and preserving our freedoms." *** Ladies and gentlemen, the above quote needs to be immortalized in some way. Perhaps it should be carved into the base of the Statue of Liberty or onto the side of a mountain. Maybe children should be forced to memorize it in their...
  • Intelligence committee urged to explain if they withheld crucial NSA document

    08/14/2013 8:21:10 AM PDT · by opentalk · 7 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | August 14, 2013 | Spencer Ackerman
    Critics demands answers from chairman Mike Rogers after claims that committee failed to share document before key vote The leadership of the House intelligence committee is under growing pressure to explain whether it withheld surveillance information from members of Congress before a key vote to renew the Patriot Act. A Republican congressman and government ethics watchdogs are demanding that the powerful panel's chairman, Mike Rogers of Michigan, responds to charges that the panel's leadership failed to share a document prepared by the justice department and intelligence community. The document was explicitly created to inform non-committee members about bulk collection of...
  • Snowden: NSA targeted journalists critical of government after 9/11

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

    08/13/2013 3:18:46 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 18 replies
    RT ^ | 08/13/2013 | RT
    The former head of the National Security Agency said Sunday that not only does ending the NSA’s domestic surveillance programs seems unlikely, but he images those endeavors could expand in scope during the coming years. Former NSA chief Michael Hayden told television host Bob Schieffer of CBS’ Face the Nation over the weekend that the current program that collects the metadata of millions of American phone customers on a regular basis for the United States government could in the future perhaps be used to soak up even more statistics about US citizens. In early June, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden...
  • McCaul, King, Christie (R-GOP-e) ARE Tied At The Hip With Obama, Pelosi, Feinstein (D-Dem-e) On NSA?

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