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  • Christie backs NSA phone records collection, Patriot Act

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

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

    04/26/2015 10:40:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | April 24, 2015 – 07:20 PM | Maik Baumgärtner, Nikolaus Blome, Hubert Gude, Marcel Rosenbach, Jörg Schindler and Fidelius Schmid
    It was obvious from its construction speed just how important the new site in Bavaria was to the Americans. Only 4½ months after it was begun, the new surveillance-proof building at the Mangfall Kaserne in Bad Aibling was finished. The structure had a metal exterior and no windows, which led to its derogatory nickname among members of the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), the German foreign intelligence agency: The “tin can.” The construction project was an expression of an especially close and trusting cooperation between the American National Security Agency (NSA) and the BND. Bad Aibling had formerly been a base for US...
  • How to set up the Apple Watch in 16 steps - Including one absolutely necessary cat video

    04/24/2015 8:04:58 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 70 replies
    The Verge ^ | April 24, 2015 | By Dieter Bohn
    So! You have successfully purchased an Apple Watch, or you’re interested in how the setup process works. Either way, you are to be congratulated for your initiative and willingness to take a risk on a brand new platform, one that lives on your wrist and makes your wrist part of how you live. Also, it has a really great Mickey Mouse watch face. We’re here to help. This article explains the major steps you will need to go through to set up and understand your new Apple Watch. It is virtually identical for all versions of the watch, from the...
  • Obama says Brazilian President Rousseff will visit US in June

    04/11/2015 11:31:43 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 11, 2015
    President Barack Obama says Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will visit Washington this summer, nearly two years after she canceled a similar trip to protest U.S. spy programs. Her visit is set for June 30. Rousseff canceled a state visit to the U.S. in the fall of 2013 to protest an American spy program that targeted Brazil's government and citizens.
  • French intelligence bill set to give PM sweeping powers

    04/07/2015 4:37:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 2 Apr 2015 | Nikolaj Nielsen
    French lawmakers on Wednesday (1 April) discussed an intelligence bill that aims to give sweeping surveillance powers to internal security agencies and the prime minister’s office. Announced a day after the museum terrorist attacks in Tunis, the bill allows agencies attached to the economy, defense and interior ministries to spy on people by hacking their computers or mobile phones without the need for a warrant.Anyone suspected of terrorism or terrorism links, even incidentally, could be a target. Prime minister Manuel Valls has said the bill is needed to detect possible terrorist activities in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre...
  • Leave Facebook if you don't want to be spied on, warns EU

    03/27/2015 4:46:43 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    GuardianUK ^ | Samuel Gibbs
    The European Commission has warned EU citizens that they should close their Facebook accounts if they want to keep information private from US security services, finding that current Safe Harbour legislation does not protect citizen’s data. The comments were made by EC attorney Bernhard Schima in a case brought by privacy campaigner Maximilian Schrems, looking at whether the data of EU citizens should be considered safe if sent to the US in a post-Snowden revelation landscape. “You might consider closing your Facebook account, if you have one,” Schima told attorney general Yves Bot in a hearing of the case at...
  • US ‘threatened’ Germany over Snowden asylum

    03/19/2015 10:58:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 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...
  • Oops-White House Forgot To Tell Intelligence Committee About New Cyber Intelligence Center

    02/10/2015 8:01:07 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 2/10/15 | Stephen Kruiser
    Awkward. Members of the House Intelligence Committee were not briefed on the plans the White House announced today for a new cyber integration center modeled on the National Counterterrorism Center, a source with knowledge of the discussions told POLITICO. And they’re not happy about it. The Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center, projected to have a staff of 50 when it is fully operational next year, is funded by a $35 million line item in the “black budget” request for intelligence funding. Representatives from the Office of the Director for National Intelligence briefed committee members on the budget last week,
  • Judge sides with government in lawsuit over surveillance

    02/10/2015 7:19:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 10, 2015 9:29 PM EST
    A federal judge on Tuesday sided with the government in a lawsuit alleging the National Security Agency is illegally engaging in the bulk collection of Internet and telephone records in the hunt for potential terrorists. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White in Oakland said the plaintiffs in the case—AT&T customers—had not shown that all AT&T customers’ Internet communications were currently the subject of a “dragnet seizure and search program, controlled by or at the direction of the Government,” and they therefore did not have standing to file a lawsuit under the Fourth Amendment, which protects against warrantless searches and seizures. White...
  • British spies tell German MPs to back off

    02/05/2015 5:54:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 05 Feb 2015 10:26 GMT+01:00
    British spies have warned the government they may cut off ties with their German counterparts over a parliamentary inquiry into spying by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). Focus magazine reported on Thursday that top spies at Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) are concerned that the Bundestag’s (German parliament) inquiry into the NSA could uncover secrets about how they cooperate with their German allies. Gerhard Schindler, head of Germany’s foreign intelligence agency, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), reportedly told the leaders of the inquiry about the increased tension with his British colleagues on Wednesday evening. “Without information from British signals intelligence, we would...
  • Wikileaks slams Google ‘attack on journalism’

    01/28/2015 6:07:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.ch ^ | 27 Jan 2015 10:50 GMT+01:00
    A controversial Spanish former magistrate slammed Google in Geneva for handing over emails from Wikileaks staff to the FBI without informing the whistleblowing website. At a press conference in the Swiss city on Monday, Baltasar Garzón, who heads the legal team working for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, accused the American internet search engine of an “attack on journalism” by providing the emails of three Wikileaks journalists to the U.S law enforcement agency. He told the Geneva Press Club that the staff members had only been informed in December that the contents of the accounts had been handed over to federal...
  • WSJ: Justice Dept. Tracking Millions of Vehicles

    01/27/2015 4:02:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Jan 27, 2015 5:18 PM
    The Wall Street Journal has reported that the Justice Department has been building a database which tracks vehicles across the United States. The license-plate tracking program reportedly reads plates and tracks cars on major highways across the U.S. The program’s high-tech cameras also reportedly take photos of drivers and passengers that are clear enough to identify people. The database was started in 2008 by the DEA to monitor drug traffickers along the Mexican border. It has since expanded, with more and more law enforcement agencies using it for non-drug-related reasons. Justice Department officials tells Fox News that the feds limit...
  • Radar technology that allows police to 'see' inside homes raises fresh concerns from judges, etc.

    01/19/2015 8:58:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | January 19, 2015 | David McCormack
    * At least 50 U.S. law enforcement agencies now have access to radar devices that enable them to effectively see into people's homes * The technology has been available for more than two years, but only come to light during a federal appeals court hearing in Denver last month * The use of the technology adds to growing concerns about government surveillance and also raises legal and privacy issuesAt least 50 U.S. law enforcement agencies now have access to radar devices that enable them to effectively see into people’s homes and determine if anyone is inside. Although the FBI, U.S....
  • The Digital Arms Race: NSA Preps America for Future Battle

    01/18/2015 5:03:16 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 8 replies
    Spiegel ^ | 1/17/15 | Jacob Appelbaum, Aaron Gibson, Claudio Guarnieri, Andy Müller-Maguhn, Laura Poitras, Marcel Rosenbac
    The NSA's mass surveillance is just the beginning. Documents from Edward Snowden show that the intelligence agency is arming America for future digital wars -- a struggle for control of the Internet that is already well underway. Normally, internship applicants need to have polished resumes, with volunteer work on social projects considered a plus. But at Politerain, the job posting calls for candidates with significantly different skill sets. We are, the ad says, "looking for interns who want to break things." Politerain is not a project associated with a conventional company. It is run by a US government intelligence...
  • Doctors to get Medicare pay cut if they don't 'meaningfully' use electronic medical records

    12/19/2014 6:18:33 PM PST · by nicmarlo · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 19, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    The bullying of the nation’s physicians continues apace, now turning to penalizing doctors who don’t meet the administration’s one-size-fits-all approach to medical records. Bruce Japsen of Forbes reports: More than 250,000 physicians and other health professionals are being notified as early as today that their payments from Medicare and Medicaid will be cut because they aren’t adequately using electronic health records in their practices, the Obama administration confirmed. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, known as CMS, is telling about 257,000 eligible medical care providers who are largely physicians that they will be paid 1 percent less in reimbursement...
  • Germany, EU charged with Google-bashing

    11/26/2014 11:18:14 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 26 Nov 2014 12:42 GMT+01:00 | Tom Barfield
    Germany is at the heart of moves to limit the power of US web companies and their involvement in surveillance as American voices cry foul. Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner for the Digital Economy, said on Tuesday evening that the EU is not trying to smash Google apart in response to open letters from US politicians. Although a years-long competition probe into Google’s activities in areas like maps and price comparisons as well as hotel and restaurant reviews might end by imposing restrictions on the search giant, these would be “proportionate and targeted,” Oettinger said. And he told economic journalist Roland...
  • Utah lawmaker questions city water going to NSA

    11/19/2014 7:15:20 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 19, 2014 8:50 PM EST | Lindsay Whitehurst
    A Utah lawmaker concerned about government spying on its citizens is questioning whether city water service should be cut off to a massive National Security Agency data storage facility outside Salt Lake City. Republican Rep. Marc Roberts, of Santaquin, said there are serious questions about privacy and surveillance surrounding the center, and several Utah residents who spoke at a legislative committee hearing Wednesday agreed. During the last legislative session, lawmakers opted to hold off on Roberts’ bill to shut off the facility’s water and decided to study it during the interim. …
  • BREAKING: Utah legislators move to kill NSA data center

    02/13/2014 9:40:01 AM PST · by Baynative · 117 replies
    Ben Swann ^ | 2/12/14 | Michael Lotfi
    SALT LAKE CITY, February 12, 2014–Can Utah shut down the new NSA data center by turning off the water? A new bill introduced by state Rep. Marc Roberts seeks to do just that. The legislation drafted by a transpartisan coalition organized by the Tenth Amendment Center (TAC) and the Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC) called OffNow Coalition. The Utah Fourth Amendment Protection Act would expressly prohibit state material support, participation, and assistance to any federal agency that collects electronic date or metadata without a search warrant “that particularly desribes the person, place and thing to be searched or seized.”...
  • Holder: Mixed record on national security issues

    09/28/2014 12:29:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 28, 2014 11:32 AM EDT | Eric Tucker
    Attorney General Eric Holder was just months into the job when he announced plans to prosecute the accused mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks and other alleged co-conspirators in a New York courtroom, rather than through the Guantánamo Bay military commission process. It was an audacious idea, but immediately beset by political opposition and public safety concerns. The Obama administration’s eventual decision to walk away from the proposal was a stinging defeat for Holder and a reminder of the complexities of the legal fight against terrorism. […] … (U)nder his watch, the department authorized targeted drone strikes against Americans abroad,...
  • ‘1984’ in 2014? Fed Gov’t Funds ‘Truthy’ Database to Monitor Hate Speech, Suspicious Memes

    08/28/2014 7:04:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Aug. 28, 2014 9:46 AM
    The federal government is spending close to $1 million of your money on an online tracking program that will supposedly search for so-called “hate speech” or “misinformation” on Twitter. On Fox and Friends, Fox News legal analyst Peter Johnson Jr. brought us more details on the “Truthy” database, which intends to monitor suspicious Internet memes as well as false or misleading ideas spreading around social media. […] The Indiana professor who is leading the project, Filippo Menczer, had previously identified a list of hashtags that he believed fell under the categories of “far right” and “polarizing.” Among those that he...
  • German officer will serve as US Army Chief of Staff in Europe. First non-American Officer.

    07/31/2014 3:19:28 PM PDT · by machogirl · 180 replies
    army times can't post | July 31, 2014 | Me
    A German Army General has been appointed to Chief of Staff of U.S. Army Europe. This is the first time a non-U.S. officer has held this position.
  • Obama administration fights to seize Microsoft emails held in IRELAND in landmark legal battle

    07/15/2014 11:25:08 AM PDT · by lilyramone · 22 replies
    Dailymail ^ | July 15, 2014 | Daily mail reporter
    Obama administration fights to seize Microsoft emails held in IRELAND in landmark legal battle The U.S. Justice Department is claiming that Microsoft must hand over emails that the company stores in databases in Dublin, Ireland, in a case that is being watched closely by tech companies legal scholars. The U.S. federal government is claiming that it can force any company that conducts business operations within its borders to comply with warrants for data stored on its databases, even if those databases aren't physically located within the United States. Several companies that operate within the U.S. keep databases in other countries....
  • Rogers: Germany throwing ‘political temper tantrum’

    07/12/2014 1:22:29 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 29 replies
    thehill.com ^ | July 12, 2014 | Justin Sink
    “political temper tantrum” after ordering the CIA station chief to leave the country over allegations the U.S. had recruited two government officials to spy. “It just doesn't seem like a very adult reaction to expel the CIA chief from Germany,” Rogers said in an interview with CNN. “And it's concerning and it's a political temper tantrum like I've never seen before that I think is not productive, it is jeopardizing both intelligence cooperation and relationships with beyond the intelligence relationship between America and Germany.” Rogers said the expulsion, announced earlier this week, was “a huge deal,” and said he was...
  • Germany expels CIA official in US spy row

    07/10/2014 10:22:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10 July 2014 | Last updated at 11:55 ET
    The German government has ordered the expulsion of a CIA official in Berlin in response to two cases of alleged spying by the US. The official is said to have acted as a CIA contact at the US embassy, reports say, in a scandal that has infuriated German politicians. A German intelligence official was arrested last week on suspicion of spying. An inquiry has also begun into a German defense ministry worker, reports said. “The representative of the US intelligence services at the embassy of the United States of America has been told to leave Germany,” government spokesman Steffen Seibert...
  • Obama signs intelligence bill into law

    07/07/2014 12:22:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 7, 2014 3:10 PM EDT
    President Barack Obama has signed into law legislation that authorizes spending of $564 million over five years for the U.S. intelligence community and expands protections for intelligence agency whistleblowers against retaliation. […] The legislation would encourage whistleblowers to voice concerns through channels rather than through unauthorized and potentially damaging leaks, supporters said. The new law, however, does not provide protections to intelligence agency contractors, such as National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. …
  • Report: Ordinary Americans caught up in data sweep

    07/06/2014 10:52:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 6, 2014 6:36 AM EDT
    When the U.S. National Security Agency intercepted the online accounts of legally targeted foreigners over a four-year period it also collected the conversations of nine times as many ordinary Internet users, both Americans and non-Americans, according to a probe by The Washington Post. Nearly half of those surveillance files contained names, email addresses or other details that the NSA marked as belonging to U.S. citizens or residents, the Post reported in a story posted on its website Saturday night. […] At the same time, the intercepted messages contained material of considerable intelligence value, the Post reported, such as information about...
  • Stasi, KGB were child’s play compared to today

    11/03/2013 8:56:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 11.01.2013 | Andreas Illmer
    It seems that every day brings new claims and counter-claims about who’s spying on whom. Governments are trying to limit the damage, but that damage is not limited to governments, expert Jeremie Zimmermann told DW.… It’s something of historical amplitude and we still need to take some distance to be able to understand what is exactly going on. What we see is the unraveling of the very infrastructure for a total surveillance society that we are realizing, day by day, is already deployed all around the world under our feet. The infrastructure for surveilling everything about everybody all the time....
  • NSA investigation: Germany arrests 'suspected US spy'

    07/04/2014 7:36:28 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    BBC News ^ | July 4, 2014
    An employee of Germany's intelligence agency has been arrested on suspicion of spying for the US, reports say. The man is said to have been trying to gather details about a German parliamentary committee that is investigating claims of US espionage. German media say the man arrested this week is a 31-year-old employee of the federal intelligence agency, known as the BND. The German federal prosecutor's office confirmed the man's arrest, but gave no other details. A spokesman for Ms Merkel said she had been informed of the arrest, as had the members of the nine-strong parliamentary committee investigating the...
  • Privacy board: NSA’s internet monitoring is legal

    07/01/2014 7:29:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 1, 2014 9:26 PM EDT | Ken Dillanian
    An independent privacy and civil liberties board says the NSA’s massive collection of internet data passes constitutional muster and employs “reasonable” protections designed to ensure that private American communications are not misused. In a report released Tuesday night, the bipartisan, five-member Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board examined a set of NSA surveillance programs disclosed by leaker Edward Snowden …
  • Obama Advisor John Podesta: ‘Every Country Has a History of Going Over the Line’

    07/01/2014 4:28:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | June 30, 2014 – 02:30 PM | Susanne Koelbl and Marcel Rosenbach
    Instead of a no-spy deal, the US has begun a Cyber Dialogue with Germany. In a Spiegel interview, John Podesta, a special advisor to President Barack Obama, speaks of the balance between alliances and security and says that changes are being made to NSA espionage practices. […] “(W)ith respect to what German citizens think, the United States has a pretty good track record of standing up for values of global democracy, of free expression, of protecting the rights of individuals, of trying to ensure that people are not discriminated against, of not suppressing free speech. Every country has a history...
  • NSA fears prompt Germany to end Verizon contract

    06/27/2014 3:08:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun. 26, 2014 10:49 AM EDT
    The German government is ending a contract with Verizon over fears the company could be letting U.S. intelligence agencies eavesdrop on sensitive communications, officials said Thursday. The New York-based company has for years provided Internet services to a number of government departments, although not to German security agencies, said Interior Ministry spokesman Tobias Plate. […] German authorities were particularly irked by reports that the NSA had targeted Chancellor Angela Merkel. Berlin has also proposed building more secure networks in Europe to avoid having to rely on American Internet companies that manage much of the electronic traffic circulating the globe. …
  • N.S.A. Collecting Millions of Faces From Web Images

    06/01/2014 3:59:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 31, 2014 | James Risen and Laura Poitras
    The National Security Agency is harvesting huge numbers of images of people from communications that it intercepts through its global surveillance operations for use in sophisticated facial recognition programs, according to top-secret documents. The spy agency’s reliance on facial recognition technology has grown significantly over the last four years as the agency has turned to new software to exploit the flood of images included in emails, text messages, social media, videoconferences and other communications, the N.S.A. documents reveal. Agency officials believe that technological advances could revolutionize the way that the N.S.A. finds intelligence targets around the world, the documents show....
  • Obama taps tech world for cash amid privacy debate

    05/08/2014 12:23:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 8, 2014 3:21 AM EDT | Jim Kuhnhenn
    President Barack Obama is attending high-dollar Democratic Party fundraisers hosted by Silicon Valley executives, drawing attention to the complicated relationship between the president and the high-tech industry. The revelations of National Security Agency spying have created an outcry from tech companies whose data have been gathered by the government. Obama has had to reassure Internet and tech executives that he is committed to protecting privacy. …
  • German IT expert hacks NSA homepage

    05/03/2014 11:13:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 02 May 2014 16:27 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    A computer expert from eastern Germany claims to have hacked the homepage of the US National Security Agency (NSA), leaving a message on the site for American security experts. Matthias Ungethüm from Saxony said on Friday he had replaced the NSA slogan “Codebreakers and Codemakers” with the German phrase “Durchleuchten Sie Ihre Homepage”—“Examine your homepage" on the website of America’s security agency. …
  • The next NSA? Police departments under scrutiny for phone, license plate surveillance

    05/03/2014 12:30:03 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 02, 2014 | Doug McKelway
    The NSA isn’t the only government agency raising concerns about electronic privacy. Local police departments are coming under similar scrutiny—not only for using spying technology, but for hiding their use from the public. At least 25 police departments now use what is known as “Stingray,” a briefcase-sized box that swallows up cell phone data within a mile radius. More than one in three large police departments are also using license-plate readers, which can record every plate—even on a four-lane highway—from vehicles going at speeds of up to 150 miles per hour. […] But the two technologies raise broader questions about...
  • Merkel and Obama bury hatchet on US spying

    05/02/2014 2:09:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 02.05.14 @ 09:29 (May 2) | Valentina Pop
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Barack Obama on Friday (2 May) are poised to mend ties after the exposure of her phone being tapped and millions of Germans spied upon by the National Security Agency (NSA). […] Rather than seeking a bilateral deal, Germany is now eyeing an international effort at EU and UN level. “This is an tough nut to crack over the next years,” another German official said. …
  • White House wades cautiously into effort to protect online privacy

    04/30/2014 1:06:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    WDAZ, ABC 8, Grand Forks ND ^ | April 30, 2014, 09:21 AM
    The White House will lay out ideas this week for protecting U.S. consumers’ privacy in an era in which the ubiquitous use of computers and mobile phones provides a constant data feed on individuals. But after a 90-day review of “big data,” the White House is expected to suggest ways to encourage companies to protect privacy and identify areas for further study, rather than calling for a legislative overhaul. The Obama administration is treading carefully to avoid further antagonizing major technology companies and international allies angered by the government’s data surveillance programs. The review was led by John Podesta, senior...
  • German Minister: ‘US Operating Without any Kind of Boundaries’

    04/09/2014 5:26:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | April 09, 2014 – 12:00 PM | Jörg Schindler, Alfred Weinzierl and Peter Müller
    In an interview, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière, 60, warns that American spying has become “boundless” and expresses sorrow that approval ratings for the United States have plummeted in Germany. […] “I am thinking of the foreign policy damage. Because the greater damage has actually been inflicted by the Americans and not the Germans. And I say this as a staunch trans-Atlanticist. Approval ratings for Americans in German polls are lower right now than they have been in a long time. The last time this was the case was during a certain phase of the policies of George W....
  • NSA director to Jimmy Carter: Agency not spying on your emails

    03/25/2014 2:26:47 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 33 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 3/25/2014
    The outgoing director of the National Security Agency wants former President Jimmy Carter to know: It's safe to use email. Gen. Keith Alexander, in an exclusive interview with Fox News' Bret Baier, addressed concerns raised by the former president, who on Sunday said he uses snail mail to communicate with foreign leaders for fear his emails are being monitored. "We're not [monitoring the emails]," Alexander said. "So he can now go back to writing emails. The reality is, we don't do that. And if we did, it would be illegal and we'd be ... held accountable and responsible."
  • Carter: 'My own communications are probably monitored'

    03/23/2014 11:11:32 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 63 replies
    Politico ^ | January 23, 2014 | B Eric Bradner
    Former President Jimmy Carter says he corresponds with foreign leaders the old-fashioned way – through snail mail – because he suspects his communications are watched by intelligence agencies. “I have felt that my own communications are probably monitored,” Carter said in an interview with Andrea Mitchell that was aired Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “And when I want to communicate with a foreign leader privately, I type or write the letter myself, put it in the Post Office and mail it, because I believe if I send an email, it will be monitored,” Carter said.
  • Obama reassures Internet CEOs on tech privacy

    03/21/2014 6:36:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 21, 2014 7:25 PM EDT | Josh Lederman
    A week before a self-imposed deadline for a review of National Security Agency programs, President Barack Obama sought Friday to assure leading Internet and tech executives that his administration is committed to protecting people’s privacy. CEOs from Facebook, Google, Netflix and others spent more than two hours with Obama in the Oval Office discussing their concerns about NSA spying programs, which have drawn outrage from tech companies whose data have been scooped up by the government. Joining Obama and the CEOs were Obama’s commerce secretary, homeland security adviser, and counselor John Podesta, whom Obama has tasked with leading a review...
  • Lindsey Graham Only Likes Gov’t Spying When It’s Not Used on Him

    03/12/2014 12:39:09 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies
    mediaite.com ^ | 3/12/14 | Andrew Kirell
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is very upset about government surveillance. Yes, that Lindsey Graham. Wait, what? Here’s the catch, because you knew there had to be one: He’s only upset about government surveillance techniques when they are allegedly utilized on his own staffers. In response to accusations that the Central Intelligence Agency has snooped on Senate computers, Graham went bonkers, telling reporters on Tuesday that “Heads should roll, people should go to jail if it’s true.” And in typical Lindsey Graham fashion, he found a new kind of war he can get down with: “If it is, the legislative branch...
  • It’s true: Government agents are infiltrating online communities

    02/26/2014 5:22:57 PM PST · by Nachum · 109 replies
    Glenn Beck ^ | 2/26/14 | Glenn Beck
    If you have been following Glenn since his days at Fox News, you may remember the expose he did on Obama ‘regulatory czar’ Cass Sunstein and his nudge theory. One of Sunstein’s more disturbing ideas involved government operatives infiltrating online communities in order to disseminate false information. As Glenn describes it, the goal was to “pose, infiltrate, and discredit.” Anyone who actually took Sunstein’s words at face value were mocked and labeled conspiracy theorists. But, as it turns out, it was all true. “The English version of the NSA is the GCHQ… The English NSA has now revealed that that’s...
  • Brazil champions undersea cable to bypass US

    02/25/2014 10:33:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 25.02.14 @ 09:46 | Nikolaj Nielsen
    A proposal to lay an undersea cable between Portugal and Brazil to circumvent US snooping has been praised by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. Rousseff on Monday (25 February) in Brussels at the annual EU-Brazil summit told reporters that privacy, human rights, and the sovereignty of nations must be respected. “The internet is one of the best things man has ever invented. So we agreed for the need to guarantee … the neutrality of the network, a democratic area where we can protect freedom of expression,” she said. Brazilian state-owned telecom provider Telebra is reported to have cut a deal last...
  • Department of Homeland Security cancels national license-plate tracking plan

    02/19/2014 8:09:31 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 55 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 19, 2014 | Ellen Nakashima and Josh Hicks,
    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Wednesday ordered the cancellation of a plan by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to develop a national license-plate tracking system after privacy advocates raised concern about the initiative. The order came just days after ICE solicited proposals from companies to compile a database of license-plate information from commercial and law enforcement tag readers. Officials said the database was intended to help apprehend fugitive illegal immigrants, but the plan raised concerns that the movements of ordinary citizens under no criminal suspicion could be scrutinized.
  • Germany and France to hold talks on protecting EU data from NSA

    02/17/2014 6:40:52 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 17.02,14 @ 09:28 | Andrew Rettman
    German leader Angela Merkel has said she will hold talks with France on creating “safe communication networks” in the EU in the wake of the US spy scandal. She said in her weekly podcast on Sunday (16 February) that: “We will speak to France about this and about all things regarding what kind of European providers we have who can offer security for our citizens: So [that] we don’t even have to go with our emails and other information over the Atlantic, but that we can set up safe communication networks within Europe.” She noted the EU is currently in...
  • Lawmakers ‘Disturbed and Angered’ After Classified Briefing Reveals Extent of Snowden Defense Leaks

    02/05/2014 4:15:24 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 60 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | February 5, 2014 - 1:45 pm | Bridget Johnson
    Leading members of the House Armed Services Committee emerged from a classified briefing on the Edward Snowden leaks this afternoon “shocked” at the amount of information he reportedly leaked beyond the NSA surveillance programs. Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), chairman of the Armed Service panel’s Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee and also a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said the briefing on the defense consequences of Snowden’s leaks was “very highly classified,” and therefore details couldn’t be discussed. …
  • States look to rein in government surveillance

    02/05/2014 2:46:24 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 5, 2014 4:25 AM EST | Nigel Duara
    Angry over revelations of National Security Agency surveillance and frustrated with what they consider outdated digital privacy laws, state lawmakers around the nation are proposing bills to curtail the powers of law enforcement to monitor and track citizens. Their efforts in at least 14 states are a direct message to the federal government: If you don’t take action to strengthen privacy, we will. “We need to stand up and protect our liberty,” said Republican Missouri state Sen. Rob Schaaf, author of a digital privacy bill. Police groups, however, say the moves will in some cases hinder efforts to deter or...
  • White House rejects review board finding that NSA data sweep is illegal

    01/24/2014 7:31:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 23, 2014 | (With AP)
    The White House on Thursday disputed the findings of an independent review board that said the National Security Agency’s mass data collection program is illegal and should be ended, indicating the administration would not be taking that advice. “We simply disagree with the board’s analysis on the legality of the program,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said. He was responding to a scathing report from The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB), which said the program ran afoul of the law on several fronts. “The … bulk telephone records program lacks a viable legal foundation,” the board’s report...