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  • New Documents Reveal CIA Spied on Congress, Whistleblowers

    11/14/2018 7:50:25 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 29 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | November 14, 2018 Updated: November 14, 2018 | SHARYL ATTKISSON
    Newly declassified documents reveal the CIA—which is supposed to be strictly limited in the types of surveillance and other secret operations it conducts on U.S. soil—routinely monitors U.S. government computer systems. That information is contained in two formerly secret letters of “congressional notification” written in 2014 by the Intelligence Community inspector general at the time, Charles McCullough. In the letters, McCullough reveals the CIA secretly intercepted and collected emails between congressional staff and the CIA’s head of whistleblowing and source protection. The collection was said to occur as part of the CIA’s “routine counterintelligence monitoring of government computer systems.” Several...
  • Report: DEA, ICE Are Stocking Up on Hidden Streetlight Cams

    11/11/2018 10:53:40 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 12 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | November 10, 2018 | Tom McKay
    The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have put an "undisclosed number of covert surveillance cameras inside streetlights" across the country, according to federal procurement documents obtained by Quartz. It's unclear how many cameras the agencies purchased or where, exactly, the "video recording and reproducing equipment" has been placed. But the documents obtained by Quartz show the DEA paid a company called Cowboy Streetlight Concealments LLC about $22,000 since June 2018, while ICE made payments of $28,000 over the same time period. ICE offices in Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio provided funding for the cameras, while...
  • CIA's ‘surveillance state’ is operating against us all

    11/07/2018 11:30:37 AM PST · by detective · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/05/18 | Sharyl Attkisson
    Maybe you once thought the CIA wasn’t supposed to spy on Americans here in the United States. That concept is so yesteryear. Over time, the CIA upper echelon has secretly developed all kinds of policy statements and legal rationales to justify routine, widespread surveillance on U.S. soil of citizens who aren’t suspected of terrorism or being a spy. The latest outrage is found in newly declassified documents from 2014. They reveal the CIA not only intercepted emails of U.S. citizens but they were emails of the most sensitive kind — written to Congress and involving whistleblowers reporting alleged wrongdoing within...
  • Spy budgets soared in Trump's first year

    10/30/2018 1:52:17 PM PDT · by deplorableindc · 6 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Oct. 30, 2018
    Congress secretly boosted U.S. spy agency funding last year, pushing intelligence budgets to their highest publicly known level and raising questions about the reason for the surge. Non-military spy agency budgets soared nearly 9 percent to $59.4 billion in fiscal 2018, and military intelligence funding grew more than 20 percent to $22.1 billion. Overall intelligence spending increased more than 10 percent to $81.5 billion, according to the figures released Tuesday by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Defense Department, a month after the fiscal year ended.
  • China and Russia listen in on Trump's phone calls: NYT

    10/24/2018 3:45:06 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/24/18 | EMILY BIRNBAUM
    U.S. spy agencies have determined that Russia and China are eavesdropping on President Trump's phone calls in order to gain information that they can use to influence American policy, according to a New York Times report. Although Trump's aides have repeatedly warned him that his three personal iPhones are not secure, the president refuses to give them up, the Times reported. He continues to use them to chat with friends and confidantes. China has reportedly been keeping track of the people who Trump speaks to the most, compiling them into a list of figures to target with pro-Chinese messaging. While...
  • FUSION GPS FOUNDER WILL PLEAD THE FIFTH TO AVOID TESTIFYING TO CONGRESS

    10/11/2018 8:25:13 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 29 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 6:55 PM 10/11/2018 | Chuck Ross | Reporter
    The co-founder of the opposition research firm behind the Steele dossier, Glenn Simpson, will invoke his First and Fifth Amendment privileges to avoid testifying before Congress next week, his lawyer has told Congress. According to The Hill, Simpson’s attorney, Joshua Levy, told House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte that Simpson will not appear for a deposition because the congressional investigation “is not designed to discover the truth.” The Virginia Republican subpoenaed Simpson on Sept. 29 after Levy said his client would not appear voluntarily for an interview before members of the House Judiciary and House Oversight & Government Reform...
  • Creepy or convenient? Facebook’s new Portal smart display follows you around the room

    10/08/2018 8:48:30 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    The social media giant today introduced two devices, which are both Amazon Alexa smart speakers with video displays. The Portal and Portal+ are hands-free devices with cameras and microphones for video calls to Facebook friends. As you might have guessed, a Facebook account is required. If another person joins you on the call, everyone will always be in the frame. “Both models are designed to make you feel closer to the important people in your life, and make video chats seem less like a call and more like you’re actually in the same room,” according to a Facebook press release....
  • Some skeptical that tollway authority testing tracking technologies only for toll purposes

    10/05/2018 10:56:14 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    Illinois News Network ^ | September 11, 2018 | Greg Bishop
    A freelance automotive journalist worries a testing site operated by the Illinois Tollway Authority could be for more than just testing automated tollway technology. Paul Brian said he’s noticed a site with various sensors on northbound I-294 for years with a sign that reads “for testing purposes only.” Illinois Tollway Authority officials said the site is used for testing various sensors, but only for tollway purposes. The site, established in 2015, had an initial price tag of $2.7 million. “The Illinois Tollway has used the test site to study a range of systems – some of which were adopted and...
  • Russia collusion bombshell: DNC lawyers met with FBI on dossier before surveillance warrant

    10/03/2018 7:56:46 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 125 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10 03 2018 | John Solomon
    Congressional investigators have confirmed that a top FBI official met with Democratic Party lawyers to talk about allegations of Donald Trump-Russia collusion weeks before the 2016 election, and before the bureau secured a search warrant targeting Trump’s campaign. Former FBI general counsel James Baker met during the 2016 season with at least one attorney from Perkins Coie, the Democratic National Committee’s private law firm. That’s the firm used by the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s campaign to secretly pay research firm Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence operative, to compile a dossier of uncorroborated raw intelligence alleging Trump...
  • Surveillance cameras installed outside White House briefing room

    09/21/2018 1:33:28 PM PDT · by deplorableindc · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Sept. 21, 2018
    White House journalists fell under the gaze this week of surveillance cameras that now monitor a stretch of driveway where reporters make sensitive source calls, swap gossip, smoke cigarettes, and gather ahead of events with President Trump. Cameras may seem like a no-brainer for sensitive public spaces, but White House press areas have few visible security technologies, and the arrival of a pair of large black observation tools attracted attention. “Big brother is watching,” tweeted photographer Tom Brenner, who frequently covers White House events for The New York Times. The cameras are mounted on a pole near the side door...
  • Massachusetts police tweet lets slip scale of leftwing surveillance

    09/16/2018 5:40:16 PM PDT · by blueplum · 24 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | 16 Sep 2018 | Sara Betancourt
    At the height of Thursday night’s gas emergency that affected 8,000 people and in which one person was killed, Massachusetts state police posted to Twitter a map of responses to fires and explosions...But the image also showed something else: a bookmarks bar at the top of the browser window which listed several leftwing groups. {snip} ...Efforts have been made to curtail surveillance of leftwing groups. A 2017 bill in the Massachusetts legislature, “The Fundamental Freedoms Act”, proposed a prohibition on public agencies collecting information about first-amendment protected activities and speech. The one allowance would be reasonable grounds to believe a...
  • US Military Aims to Launch Cheap New 'Blackjack' Spy Satellites in 2021

    08/28/2018 7:44:42 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    Space.com ^ | August 28, 2018 07:17am ET | Mike Wall,
    Most U.S. reconnaissance craft are purpose-built monoliths that operate in geostationary orbit, about 22,300 miles (35,800 kilometers) above Earth. Though these singletons are extremely capable, they're expensive, typically costing $1 billion or more to build, launch and operate. And it takes a decade or so to develop each one, said Paul "Rusty" Thomas, of the Tactical Technology Office at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The nation's current spy satellites, therefore, aren't terribly responsive to new technologies and new developments, and they represent "big, fat, juicy targets" to adversaries, Thomas said last week during a presentation with NASA's...
  • Who needs democracy when you have data?

    08/21/2018 2:52:14 AM PDT · by gattaca · 12 replies
    MIT ^ | August 20, 2018 | Christina Larson
    Here’s how China rules using data, AI, and internet surveillance. n 1955, science fiction writer Isaac Asimov published a short story about an experiment in “electronic democracy,” in which a single citizen, selected to represent an entire population, responded to questions generated by a computer named Multivac. The machine took this data and calculated the results of an election that therefore never needed to happen. Asimov’s story was set in Bloomington, Indiana, but today an approximation of Multivac is being built in China. For any authoritarian regime, “there is a basic problem for the center of figuring out what’s going...
  • Google could be tracking your movements even when you tell it not to!

    08/17/2018 12:40:57 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 39 replies
    https://www.youtube.com ^ | August 17, 2017 | Jeff Rossen
    How To Stop Facebook, Google And Amazon From Tracking You Just thought it would be good info to show how to turn off the tracking device on Google, Amazon and Facebook.
  • AP Exclusive: Google tracks your movements, like it or not

    08/13/2018 7:45:21 AM PDT · by SES1066 · 27 replies
    Associated Press / APNEWS ^ | 08/13/2018 | RYAN NAKASHIMA
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to. An Associated Press investigation found that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even if you’ve used privacy settings that say they will prevent it from doing so. Computer-science researchers at Princeton confirmed these findings at the AP’s request.
  • TSA administrator says domestic surveillance program "makes an awful lot of sense"

    08/14/2018 10:52:15 AM PDT · by DFG · 26 replies
    CBS News ^ | 08/14/2018 | KRIS VAN CLEAVE
    TSA Administrator David Pekoske said a surveillance program known as "Quiet Skies," which has been criticized for tracking American citizens not suspected of any crimes, "makes an awful lot of sense." "Our job overall as an agency, and the air marshals in particular, in flight, are working to make sure that we mitigate any risks that could occur in aircraft at 10,000, 20,000, 30,000 feet," Pekoske told CBS News in his first TV interview since the "Quiet Skies" program was disclosed to the public. "If an agency responsible for security has some information that might indicate that there may be...
  • Why the Russia Collusion Narrative Makes No Sense

    07/27/2018 4:43:22 AM PDT · by davikkm · 9 replies
    IWB ^ | Daniel Carter
    This week’s meeting between President Trump and Vladimir Putin in Helsinki triggered the most hysterical response from the mainstream media that I’ve ever seen. And in the Trump era, that’s really saying something. The media took what was a typical meeting between heads of state and turned it into a clown show. According to their twisted worldview, the meeting was undoubtedly treason, and further evidence that Trump was colluding with Russia all along. However, a sober analysis of the US’s relationship with Russia paints a much different picture. Below are several observations that call into question the validity of the...
  • Judicial Watch: FBI Begins Releasing Strzok-Page Communications, DOJ Objects to Preservation Order

    07/13/2018 12:28:01 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 39 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | July 13, 2018 | Tom Fitton
    Judicial Watch obtains the first court-ordered production of Strzok-Page communications from the FBI (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it has received 87 pages of records from the Department of Justice revealing former top FBI official Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page’s profanity-laced disdain for FBI hierarchy and policies. The DOJ, meanwhile, is resisting Judicial Watch’s request for a court order to preserve all responsive Page-Strzok communications. Strzok and Page’s anti-Trump text messages became center-stage amid allegations of bias at the Bureau, and both have been subpoenaed to testify before the House Judiciary and the Oversight and...
  • Brett Kavanaugh's defense of NSA phone surveillance looms as confirmation question

    07/09/2018 7:18:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 07/09/2018 | Steven Nelson
    Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, forcefully defended the National Security Agency’s dragnet collection of domestic call records, alarming privacy advocates who view the collection as unconstitutional. It’s not yet clear if Kavanaugh’s November 2015 concurrence while serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will factor prominently in his confirmation proceedings. But before he was nominated, anti-surveillance progressive and conservative advocates expressed concern. “I believe Judge Kavanaugh is an excellent judge, though certainly not a perfect one,” Ken Cuccinelli, president of the Senate Conservatives Fund, told the Washington Examiner last week. "His Fourth Amendment...
  • Inside China’s Dystopian Dreams: A.I., Shame and Lots of Cameras

    07/08/2018 5:03:00 PM PDT · by Theoria · 5 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 08 July 2018 | Paul Mozur
    In the Chinese city of Zhengzhou, a police officer wearing facial recognition glasses spotted a heroin smuggler at a train station. In Qingdao, a city famous for its German colonial heritage, cameras powered by artificial intelligence helped the police snatch two dozen criminal suspects in the midst of a big annual beer festival. In Wuhu, a fugitive murder suspect was identified by a camera as he bought food from a street vendor. With millions of cameras and billions of lines of code, China is building a high-tech authoritarian future. Beijing is embracing technologies like facial recognition and artificial intelligence to...