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  • NSA Chief: Hillary Clinton Emails Were 'Opportunity' for Foreign Spy Agencies

    09/24/2015 6:32:24 PM PDT · by SSS Two · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/24/15 AT 8:14 PM
    It would present an "opportunity" for spy agencies if the foreign minister of Russia or Iran were to use a private email server for official business, the chief of the U.S. National Security Agency said on Thursday. The comments by Admiral Mike Rogers were in response to questions during a U.S. Senate hearing about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private server for email. "From a foreign intelligence perspective, that represents opportunity," Rogers told senators. ... Cotton asked whether Rogers considered the communications of top advisers to the president, even those that are unclassified, a top priority...
  • Obama switching NY hotels amid China spying fears

    09/11/2015 7:06:42 PM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/11/15 | Jordan Fabian
    President Obama and his entourage will break with tradition and not stay at New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel during the United Nations General Assembly this month, the White House said. The iconic hotel was sold by Hilton Worldwide Holdings to a Chinese conglomerate in 2014, prompting concerns about espionage and security. Obama and his team of advisers will stay at the Lotte New York Palace hotel instead. “I can confirm the report that the president will stay — and the rest of the U.S. delegation will stay at the New York Palace Hotel,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said....
  • AT&T Helped U.S. Spy on Internet on a Vast Scale

    08/16/2015 2:46:05 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 5 replies
    NY Times ^ | 08/15/15 | The National Security Agency’s ability to spy on vast quantities of Internet traffic passing through
    The National Security Agency’s ability to spy on vast quantities of Internet traffic passing through the United States has relied on its extraordinary, decades-long partnership with a single company: the telecom giant AT&T. While it has been long known that American telecommunications companies worked closely with the spy agency, newly disclosed N.S.A. documents show that the relationship with AT&T has been considered unique and especially productive. One document described it as “highly collaborative,” while another lauded the company’s “extreme willingness to help.” AT&T’s cooperation has involved a broad range of classified activities, according to the documents, which date from 2003...
  • Clinton's SMTP Packets Sent Through Routers Easily Examined By Bots

    Hillary sent classified messages through the world wide Internet. The real issue is how many classified documents were sent as SMTP, and which routers on the Internet did each packet go through to reach its destination? Well, we cannot say, so we HAVE to assume any/all of them. And THAT, MY FRiends includes routers in Moscow, Beijing, Pyongyang (ha, if they have any—at least for Intel purposes I’m sure), Tehran, Havana, Mosul, etc., etc. Agencies/Identities can run bots on routers to pull all kinds of packets their way to further store and read them... They can run software against the...
  • US said preparing to release Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard

    07/24/2015 3:53:56 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    The Obama administration is preparing to release Jonathan Pollard, who was convicted in 1987 of spying for Israel, in hopes of alleviating tensions over the Iranian nuclear deal, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday. According to US officials cited in the report, some are pushing for Pollard’s release in a matter of weeks, while others say it could take months. Still other US officials mentioned in the report denied any link between the Iranian nuclear deal and Pollard’s potential release. ABC News’ managing editor tweeted Friday night that US officials had confirmed to ABC that the former Navy analyst was...
  • U.S. Preparing to Release Convicted Israeli Spy Jonathan Pollard, Officials Say

    07/24/2015 3:02:00 PM PDT · by MadIsh32 · 41 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 24th, 2015 | Devlin Barret
    The Obama administration is preparing to release convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard, according to U.S. officials, some of whom hope the move will smooth relations with Israel in the wake of the Iran nuclear deal. Such a move would end a decadeslong fight over Mr. Pollard, who was arrested on charges of spying for Israel in 1985 and later sentenced to life in prison. The case has long been a source of tension between the U.S. and Israel, which has argued that a life sentence for spying on behalf of a close U.S. partner is too harsh. For decades, Israel...
  • Cuban Spies Jubilant with Their Fancy New Base in Washington D.C.

    07/24/2015 8:33:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | July 24, 2015 | Humberto Fontova
    Granted, Obama administration spokespersons and the mainstream media (but I repeat myself) describe this week’s event differently than does this column title. Something about a “Cuban embassy” formally “opening?” in “Washington, D.C. ?” If I read these things correctly? Nonetheless, the people actually in-the-know about these matters are cutting to the heart of the issue: “All Cuban personnel now working in the [U.S] Interests Section [in Havana] work for Cuban State Security,” said high-ranking Cuban intelligence defector Pedro Riera Escalante. “All housing for [U.S.] officials may have microphones and other devices installed.” "Virtually every member of Cuba's U.N mission is...
  • Google Chrome Listening In To Your Room Shows The Importance Of Privacy Defense In Depth

    06/23/2015 12:58:49 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 31 replies
    Privacy Online News ^ | 6/18/15 | Rick Falkvinge
    Google Chrome Listening In To Your Room Shows The Importance Of Privacy Defense In Depth Yesterday, news broke that Google has been stealth downloading audio listeners onto every computer that runs Chrome, and transmits audio data back to Google. Effectively, this means that Google had taken itself the right to listen to every conversation in every room that runs Chrome somewhere, without any kind of consent from the people eavesdropped on. In official statements, Google shrugged off the practice with what amounts to “we can do that”.It looked like just another bug report. "When I start Chromium, it downloads something."...
  • US Government Admits 2nd "Chinese" Cyberhack Exposed Military Intel

    06/12/2015 2:46:10 PM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 26 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | June 12, 2015 | Tyler Durden
    In what Rep Mike Rogers called "the mother of all spear-phishing attacks," AP reports a second cyberattack linked to China appears to have gained access to the sensitive background information submitted by intelligence and military personnel for security clearances, according to several U.S. officials. Coming on the same day as the US Senate failed to pass a cyber-security shield bill and China's urhging US to reduce military activities in The South China Sea, 'anonymous' official sources noted this second cyberbreach of federal records could dramatically compound the potential damage.
  • Obama lawyers asked secret court to ignore public court’s decision on spying

    06/09/2015 10:12:10 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 19 replies
    The UK Guardian ^ | June 9. 2015 | Spencer Ackerman
    The Obama administration has asked a secret surveillance court to ignore a federal court that found bulk surveillance illegal and to once again grant the National Security Agency the power to collect the phone records of millions of Americans for six months. The legal request, filed nearly four hours after Barack Obama vowed to sign a new law banning precisely the bulk collection he asks the secret court to approve, also suggests that the administration may not necessarily comply with any potential court order demanding that the collection stop.

    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...
  • Who Killed Michael Hastings?

    11/11/2013 6:40:27 AM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 86 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | Nov 10, 2013 | Benjamin Wallace
    Reflexively distrustful, eager to make powerful enemies, the young journalist whose Mercedes exploded in Los Angeles one night couldn’t possibly have died accidentally, could he? A t the end of his life, Michael Hastings, like many of the progressive journalists he counted among his friends, felt besieged by an overreaching government. Hastings was living in Los Angeles, and at a Beverly Hills theater in April, he took part in a panel discussion about the documentary War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State. Interviewed in May on The Young Turks, a talk show on Current TV, Hastings railed...
  • David Petraeus Pleads Guilty

    04/23/2015 11:36:53 AM PDT · by Cecily · 52 replies
    The Charlotte Observer ^ | April 23, 2015 | Michael Gordon et al.
    In a humbling chapter of an exemplary career, David Petraeus – a West Point grad who went on to command U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan before becoming the nation’s top spy – pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to sharing classified information. Under a plea agreement, Petraeus was to be sentenced by U.S. Magistrate Judge David Keesler to two years’ probation and a $40,000 fine. As Kessler moved through the methodical proceedings, Petraeus answered questions in strong voice, one accustomed to addressing troops and congressmen. Patraeus was sentenced in Charlotte, the city where the security breach was discovered as...
  • Chelsea Manning breaks silence from behind bars

    04/08/2015 8:51:57 PM PDT · by PROCON · 51 replies ^ | April 8, 2015 | Chris Perez
    The Army made her feel “like a joke” — but they couldn’t keep her silent. Chelsea Manning — formerly known as Bradley E. Manning — the ex-Army intelligence analyst sentenced to 35 years for leaking a treasure trove of secret documents to WikiLeaks, has given her first public interview with the press from military prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Speaking through the mail to Cosmopolitan magazine, Manning opened up about her recent experience behind bars and her lifelong desire to live as a woman. “I don’t know how [this struggle] shaped my life and who I am, but it’s absolutely...
  • Israel Spied on Iran Nuclear Talks With U.S.

    03/24/2015 6:48:07 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 26 replies
    WSJ ^ | 3/23/15 | Adam Entous
    Ally’s snooping upset White House because information was used to lobby Congress to try to sink a deal
  • Trailer: Colonies Into a Nation: TURN: Washington’s Spies: Season 2 Premiere

    03/18/2015 4:47:07 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 28 replies
    AMC ^ | 3-18-15
    Don't miss the Season 2 premiere of TURN: Washington's Spies, returning Mon., April 13th. Only on AMC. Go behind the scenes for a look at what's in store in Season 2 of TURN: Washington's Spies. he cast looks back on their characters' journeys through Season 1 of TURN: Washington's Spies.
  • Russian spy cell in New York ... Men tried to crash high-frequency radio messages used for trading

    01/28/2015 7:06:08 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 17 replies
    DAILY MAIL ^ | Jan 27 2015 | Daniel Bates
    Russian spies operating a cell in New York were trying to find ways to cause an economic meltdown, according to court documents. The three men allegedly wanted to ‘destabilise’ high frequency trading systems, which were blamed for the Wall St ‘Flash Crash’ of 2010. snip The FBI began investigating the men in 2010 after ten Russian spies living in the US were arrested, including red-haired femme fatale Anna Chapman. Last night the exposure of the latest spy ring threatened to turn into a diplomatic row as Russia said there was no evidence against the trio. Prosecutors in New York named...
  • Feinstein slams report clearing CIA of spying on Senate

    01/27/2015 3:47:39 PM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/27/15 | Mario Trujillo
    A report clearing the CIA of wrongly breaking into computers operated by Senate staffers is incomplete and inaccurate, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said Tuesday. The ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee again expressed disappointment that no official has been held accountable for breaking into Senate-operated computers, during a time when the committee was compiling a report on the CIA’s now-defunct enhanced interrogation program. “The report released by the CIA Accountability Board, which recommended no accountability for wrongdoing by CIA personnel, contains many mistakes and omissions,” Feinstein said in a statement that listed 15 specific inaccuracies. In January 2014, Feinstein...
  • Russian spy ship in Havana on eve of US-Cuba talks

    01/20/2015 2:47:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 1/20/15 | AFP
    Havana (AFP) - A Russian intelligence warship docked in Havana on Tuesday, a day before the start of historic US-Cuba talks aimed at normalizing diplomatic relations. There was nothing stealthy about the arrival of the Viktor Leonov CCB-175, which was moored to a pier in Old Havana where cruise ships often dock. But the visit was not officially announced by Cuban authorities. US officials in Washington played down the presence of the Russian vessel, saying it was perfectly legal and not at all out of the ordinary. "It's not unprecedented. It's not unusual. It's not alarming," a defense official told...
  • Man's pro-Saddam tape part of trial

    01/03/2004 3:15:15 AM PST · by sarcasm · 2 replies · 134+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | January 3, 2004 | DAVE NEWBART
    In the speech at a celebration of Saddam Hussein's birthday in 2001, the Oak Lawn man praises the Iraqi ruler as a "great'' and "inspirational'' leader. A federal judge ruled Friday that prosecutors can show jurors a videotape of Khaled Abdel-Latif Dumeisi's remarks at his trial on charges that he acted as an unregistered agent of the Iraqi government. The trial begins Monday in U.S. District Court. Prosecutors accuse Dumeisi of spying on Iraqi opposition members in the United States. Federal judge Suzanne Conlon agreed with prosecutors that the speech, made at the headquarters of the Iraqi Mission to the...
  • Agent of Saddam Arrested in Chicago

    07/09/2003 9:51:38 AM PDT · by TomGuy · 125 replies · 866+ views
    FoxNews - cable ^ | July 9, 2003
    FoxNews just reported that an agent for Saddam Hussein has been arrested in Chicago. .....developing....
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "The Glass Bottom Boat"(1966)

    01/11/2015 1:38:13 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 14 replies
    Daily Motion ^ | 1966 | Frank Tashlin
  • Man charged with trying to take U.S. military documents to China

    12/09/2014 3:51:39 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 9, 2014 | by Aruna Viswanatha
    A former Connecticut resident and Chinese citizen who allegedly worked on the F135 engine was charged with trying to take sensitive documents about military technology to China, according to a criminal complaint unsealed on Tuesday. Yu Long was en route to China in November via Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey where customs officers found proprietary documents in his luggage that included equations and test results used to develop titanium for U.S. military aircraft, prosecutors said. Between 2008 and earlier this year, Yu Long worked as a senior engineer for a Connecticut defense contractor. He had said he worked...
  • Russia To Conduct Observation Flight Over US

    12/08/2014 6:50:27 AM PST · by illiac · 34 replies
    msn/Int'l Business Times ^ | 12/8/14 | Kukil Bora
    In an attempt to promote transparency in military activities between the two countries, Russia will conduct an observation flight over the United States as part of the Treaty on Open Skies between Dec. 8 and Dec. 13, Sergei Ryzhkov, head of Russia’s National Nuclear Risk Reduction Center, said Monday. The flight will be launched from Travis Air Force Base in California and cover a maximum range of 2,640 miles. A group of U.S. specialists will also board the Russian aircraft to monitor the flight and to ensure that norms of the treaty are not violated. According to the U.S. Department...
  • (NJ) Washington Township woman loses bid to overturn McCarthy-era spying conviction

    12/04/2014 6:50:04 PM PST · by Coleus · 14 replies
    bergen record ^ | 12.4.14 | Aaron Morrison
    Viorel Florescu/staff photographer Retired Washington Township math teacher Miriam Moskowitz, 98, leaving federal court in New York City on Thursday with Caren Ponty, left, and her nephew Ira Moskowitz, after U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein ruled against her petition to reverse her 1950 felony conviction related to atomic espionage. Miriam Moskowitz has been called a lot of things in her 98 years of life — feisty, aggressive and possessing a violent temper, among them. But the one label that bothers her most is spy for the former Soviet Union — a moniker given to her by the government.  That...
  • Americans’ Cellphones Targeted in Secret U.S. Spy Program (DOJ Program)

    11/13/2014 4:39:00 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 35 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/13/2014 | DEVLIN BARRETT
    WASHINGTON—The Justice Department is scooping up data from thousands of cellphones through fake communications towers deployed on airplanes, a high-tech hunt for criminal suspects that is snagging a large number of innocent Americans, according to people familiar with the operations. The U.S. Marshals Service program, which became fully functional around 2007, operates Cessna aircraft from at least five metropolitan-area airports, with a flying range covering most of the U.S. population, according to people familiar with the program. Planes are equipped with devices—some known as “dirtboxes” to law-enforcement officials because of the initials of the Boeing Co. unit that produces them—which...
  • Prince David Chavchavadze - obituary

    11/10/2014 9:21:55 AM PST · by EveningStar · 3 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | November 9, 2014
    Prince David Chavchavadze was a CIA agent during the cold war who was descended from Tsar Nicholas I of Imperial Russia and became friendly with Stalin's daughter Prince David Chavchavadze, who has died aged 90, was descended from the royal families of both Russia and Georgia, and served as a cold war case officer with the CIA for 25 years; he later made his mark as a writer and historian... Prince David Chavchavadze, born May 20 1924, died October 5 2014
  • Women at war: The 'lady' and George Washington's secret six (the Culper Ring)

    11/08/2014 9:32:44 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 22 replies ^ | Brian Kilmeade
    Let the politicians debate equal pay and pursue the folly of a war on women in America. Personally, I would like to take a moment to salute woman at war—one woman and one war in particular: Agent 355, the female covert operative of the Revolutionary War’s Culper Spy Ring. When my book "George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring that Saved the American Revolution" ,written with co-author Don Yaeger, was first released in November 2013, over half-a-million people scrambled to buy it and one of the elements that struck a chord most strongly with readers was the enigmatic figure of...
  • Is a Top American Diplomat a Russian Agent?

    11/04/2014 6:17:33 PM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 45 replies
    The Interpreter Magazine ^ | 4 Nov. 2014 | John R. Schindler
    Is a Top American Diplomat a Russian Agent? John R. Schindler November 4, 2014 November 3, 2014 - Today the Ukrainian news website GORDON ran an interview with the Russian businessman and sometime politician Konstantin Borovoy. A harsh critic of Vladimir Putin — he recently said Russia’s president is “mentally unstable” while a year ago he pronounced the collapse of Putin’s corrupt dictatorship to be “inevitable” — Borovoy is something of a gadfly. A parliamentarian of independent views in the Yeltsin era, he served as an intermediary between Moscow and the rebels in the First Chechen War, and was assessed...
  • 'I am not a spy,' says US Businessman Attacked in Hong Kong

    10/21/2014 6:55:14 PM PDT · by TigerTown · 8 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | October 21, 2014 | Brett M. Decker
    Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung claimed Sunday that local democracy protests raging for over a month are, “not entirely a domestic movement, as external forces are involved.” American businessman Mark Simon has been thrown into the eye of this storm as one of the alleged external forces. “Former American Military Intelligence Officer Turned Next Media Executive,” charged a typical headline about him in the pro-Beijing press. Next Media is a leading pro-democracy publishing company in Asia. Raised in Falls Church, Va., Mr. Simon played football at East Carolina University and attended Georgetown University before a 25-year career in the...
  • Iraq: Exclusive Photos Show Al-Hanooti's Political Clout

    03/28/2008 10:26:14 AM PDT · by llevrok · 13 replies · 619+ views
    Investigative Project on Terrorism ^ | 3/27/08 | Steven Emerson
    Before he was alleged to have become a spy for Saddam Hussein's regime, Muthanna Al-Hanooti's charity work and political activism provided him with access to the highest echelons of government. Newsletters collected by the Investigative Project on Terrorism, some published now for the first time, show Al-Hanooti photographed with dignitaries ranging from First Lady Hillary Clinton in 1996 and Vice President Al Gore along with significant members of Congress. That may explain why Iraqi intelligence agents had confidence that Al-Hanooti would be able to persuade Congress to lift economic sanctions against Iraq. A federal indictment unsealed Wednesday accuses him of...
  • David Greenglass, Spy Who Helped Seal the Rosenbergs’ Doom, Dies at 92

    10/14/2014 1:00:39 PM PDT · by Borges · 21 replies
    NYT ^ | 10/14/2014 | ROBERT D. McFADDEN
    It was the most notorious spy case of the Cold War — the conviction and execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg for passing atomic secrets to the Soviet Union — and it rested largely on the testimony of Ms. Rosenberg’s brother, David Greenglass, an Army sergeant who had stolen nuclear intelligence from Los Alamos, N.M. For his role in the conspiracy, Mr. Greenglass went to prison for almost a decade, then changed his name and lived quietly until a journalist tracked him down. He admitted then, nearly a half-century later, that he had lied on the witness stand to save...
  • Snowden Film "Citizen Four" Reveals How He Did It Read

    10/13/2014 10:19:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 60 replies ^ | October 13, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    Once again I salute Edward Snowden as an all-American hero. On second thought, make that an all-world hero. A movie on how and why Snowden revealed NSA wiretaps is about to be released. Showbiz reports Edward Snowden Doc Premieres: Shocking Inside Look at How He Did It. Citizen Four is the shocking doc about Edward Snowden made by Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras. Just screened tonight was the two hour film which will be released by the Weinstein Company this month. It doesn’t paint the Obama administration in a very good light as Snowden explains how the government has violated...
  • Choral music not heard since era of Henry VIII has been played for first time in 500 years

    09/29/2014 7:06:41 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 28 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9-29-14 | Hannah Furness
    Choral music not heard since the time of Henry VIII has been brought to life for the first time in 500 years, as an academic unearths an untouched manuscript and shows it to a modern choir. The manuscript, a book of 34 religious songs, was given to Henry VIII as a lavish gift from a French diplomat in his early reign. Containing songs referencing Henry and his then-bride Catherine of Aragon, it is considered the most "luxurious" surviving diplomatic gift of its kind. It remained in the Royal Collection after the king's death, and was later given to the nation...
  • Agent ‘Fifi’: The stunning British spy who seduced secrets of war from her ‘prey’

    09/18/2014 3:53:12 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 18 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 9-18-14 | Terrance McCoy
    It was a late March day when notice arrived that Fifi’s services would be required. She would have two days to prepare — two days to travel from her London apartment to Liverpool, two days to memorize the physical details of her “prey.” His name was Quinaux. He was 28. Black hair. Brown eyes. Dimpled chin. He would be waiting at the State Cafe. And she was to charm every secret she could out of him. Of course, Quinaux didn’t know this. He was training to be a British spy and, according to a letters dated March 22, 1943, he...
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "5 Fingers"(1952)

    09/14/2014 11:21:08 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 11 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1952 | Joseph L Mankiewicz
  • Notorious Navy spy John Walker dies in NC federal prison

    08/29/2014 9:21:29 AM PDT · by fredhead · 53 replies
    WTKR ^ | 8/29/2014 | Becca Mitchell
    The man responsible for what the military called the Navy’s biggest betrayal is dead. John Anthony Walker, the former Senior Warrant Officer from Norfolk who supplied the Soviets with damaging tactical and military data, died in federal prison on Thursday in Butner, North Carolina. 29 years ago, Walker’s career as a spy came to an end in Norfolk Federal Court.
  • The FRiday Night Movie - Decision Before Dawn (1951)

    08/08/2014 7:53:32 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 5 replies
    youtube ^ | n/a | n/a
    This week's offering is a gripping combination of war film and spy thriller based on a real life Allied program to recruit German POW's to spy for them behind German lines. Richard Basehart, Gary Merill, and Oskar Werner star. In English with Spanish subtitles.
  • GCHQ's dark arts: Leaked documents reveal online manipulation, Facebook, YouTube snooping

    07/15/2014 12:25:28 PM PDT · by Excellence · 5 replies
    ZDnet ^ | July 15, 2014 | Charlie Osborne
    A fresh set of documents leaked by Edward Snowden show how the UK intelligence agency can manipulate online polls and debates, spread messages, snoop on YouTube and track Facebook users.
  • Private eyes use drones to nab scammers and cheating spouses

    07/13/2014 10:15:10 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 8 replies
    New York Post ^ | 7/13/2014 | New York Post
    They’re private eyes in the skies. Investigators are taking drones to new heights — using the remote-controlled aircraft to catch New Yorkers cheating on spouses, lying about disabilities and endangering their kids. “People want you to believe there’s all this negativity associated with drones . . . but they could be a very helpful tool,” said Olwyn Triggs, a gumshoe for 23 years and president of Professional Investigators Network Inc. in Glen Cove, LI. Triggs recently used a drone to find an upstate man suspected of insurance fraud. Signs on his rural property warned that trespassers would be shot, so she sent...
  • Convicted Spy Arthur Walker Dies in Prison

    07/13/2014 2:52:49 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 26 replies ^ | Jul 10, 2014 | Lauren King, The Virginian-Pilot
    Arthur Walker, one of four men convicted of selling secrets to the Soviet Union during the Cold War, has died in federal prison. He was 79. The Federal Bureau of Prisons website confirmed that he died this month. A spokesman said he died over the holiday weekend, and Walker's family told Pete Earley, who wrote "Family of Spies: Inside the John Walker Spy Ring," that he died Friday of acute kidney failure. Walker was serving three life sentences plus 40 years for copying and conspiring to deliver secrets to the Soviet Union. He was sentenced in 1985.
  • Firm That Vetted Snowden Gets New $190M Contract

    07/03/2014 12:16:43 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 14 replies
    Newser ^ | July 3 2014 | Kevin Spak
    Newser) – You might think that giving a green light to Edward Snowden and Aaron Alexis and allegedly fraudulently submitting 660,000 other background checks without actually completing them would prevent you from getting future government contracts. But you'd be wrong, because the Department of Homeland Security has awarded a $190 million contract to US Investigations Services, the Wall Street Journal reports. Why? Because USIS hasn't actually been suspended, and, as one immigration official explained, unless there is such a suspension in place, "by law and policy, we have to go with the lowest bidder." USIS isn't barred, the Office of...
  • Smart lights: New LED lights with sensors raise privacy concerns

    07/01/2014 7:18:05 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 21 replies
    CBS News ^ | 06/30/14 | Bill Whitaker
    Light bulbs can now send and receive data thanks to a California company that has added sensors into each power hub. Although these smart lights can monitor pollution or spot an unattended bag at an airport, their ability to track our every move raises privacy concerns. Bill Whitaker reports.
  • Microsoft: NSA security fallout 'getting worse' ... 'not blowing over'(Double-digit declines)

    06/22/2014 10:23:16 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 46 replies
    The Register ^ | 6/19/2014 | The Register
    Microsoft's top lawyer says the fallout of the NSA spying scandal is "getting worse," and carries grim implications for US tech companies. In a speech at the GigaOm Structure conference in San Francisco on Thursday, Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith warned attendees that unless the US political establishment figures out how to rein in its spy agencies, there could be heavy repercussions for tech companies "What we've seen since last June is a double-digit decline in people's trust in American tech companies in key places like Brussels and Berlin and Brasilia. This has put trust at risk," Smith said. "The...
  • The spy who saved D-Day

    06/06/2014 6:16:02 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 6-6-14 | Dominic Selwood
    On 6 June 1944, President Franklin D Roosevelt solemnly declared, “You don’t just walk to Berlin”. He was speaking at a White House press conference, where he had just announced that Allied troops had landed in northern France. The gathering was a homely affair, with none of the bombast associated with similar events today. In fact, it was an occasion of masterly understatement. What he could have said was that the largest naval invasion in the history of the world was finally under way. ~snip~ The long-awaited amphibious invasion of France was not a secret, and it came as no...
  • Edward Snowden, Moscow's Accidental Tourist

    06/01/2014 5:12:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies ^ | June 1, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden has found the court of public opinion to be far more receptive than a court of law. He conducts the occasional interview with seemingly sympathetic journalists. NBC News aired one such interview with anchorman Brian Williams on Wednesday night. "Do you see yourself as a patriot?" Williams asked. "I do," answered Snowden, now 30. He was just trying to protect the country and the Constitution "from the encroachment of adversaries -- and those adversaries don't have to be foreign countries." Dianne Feinstein, who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, was having none of it. "In...
  • Spy Chief Sued Over Adviser’s Ties to Chinese Spies

    05/15/2014 12:17:30 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 5/15/14 | adam kredo
    The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) has been sued by an advocacy group seeking the release of internal documents of a top intelligence adviser who was also working with a controversial Chinese technology company that has been identified as a potential espionage threat. The advocacy group Judicial Watch announced on Thursday that it had filed a lawsuit seeking the release of records pertaining to senior DNI adviser Theodore Moran, who was serving as an intelligence adviser while also working as a paid consultant to China’s Huawei Technologies, which has been identified by the House Intelligence Committee “as...
  • Lawmakers Seek to Stop Russian Spy Flights

    04/30/2014 12:57:50 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 4/30/14 | Adam Kredo
    House lawmakers are seeking to stop Russian spy planes from partaking in exercises that may enable them to collect sensitive “intelligence that poses an unacceptable risk” to U.S. national security, according to a proposal in the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Lawmakers have proposed to fully freeze funds that currently allow the United States to sign off on these Russian flights under the Open Skies Treaty, an agreement that permits aerial surveillance flights over 34 countries. The House proposal would also reduce funding and limit the amount of information the United States provides to Russia about American missile defense...
  • Pentagon Moves to Block Russian Spy Plane in American Skies

    04/19/2014 1:42:36 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 30 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 4/18/2014 | The Daily Beast
    Russian surveillance planes already fly over America, thanks to a long-standing treaty. But a new, ultra-sophisticated spy plane has U.S. military and intelligence bosses spooked. The Joint Chiefs of Staff of the U.S. military and American intelligence agencies have quietly pushed the White House in recent weeks to deny a new Russian surveillance plane the right to fly over U.S. territory. This week, the White House finally began consideration of the decision whether to certify the new Russian aircraft under the so-called “Open Skies Treaty.” And now the question becomes: Will the spies and generals get their way?
  • Peter Matthiessen, Author and Naturalist, Is Dead at 86

    04/05/2014 7:15:13 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 5, 2014 | Christopher Lehmann-Haupt
    Peter Matthiessen, a roving author and naturalist whose impassioned nonfiction explored the remote endangered wilds of the world and whose prize-winning fiction often placed his mysterious protagonists in the heart of them, died on Saturday at his home in Sagaponack, N.Y. He was 86... Mr. Matthiessen was one of the last survivors of a generation of American writers who came of age after World War II and who all seemed to know one another, socializing in New York and on Long Island’s East End as a kind of movable literary salon peopled by the likes of William Styron, James Jones,...