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Obama administration says the world's servers are ours
by David Kravets
July 14, 2014
US says global reach needed to gut "fraudsters," "hackers," and "drug dealers."
Global governments, the tech sector, and scholars are closely following a legal flap in which the US Justice Department claims that Microsoft must hand over e-mail stored in Dublin, Ireland. In essence, President Barack Obama's administration claims that any company with operations in the United States must comply with valid warrants for data, even if the content is stored overseas. It's a position Microsoft and companies like Apple say is wrong, arguing that the enforcement of US law stops at the border.
Revealed: Pentagon spent millions studying how to influence social media
July 14, 2014
The Pentagon's research lab has funded dozens of studies concerning the use of social media, the Guardian reported on Tuesday, raising further questions about what kind of data is of interest to governments around the globe.
Just days after a report published by researchers at Facebook revealed that users of the social media site had been manipulated for science, Ben Quinn and James Ball at the Guardian wrote this week that DARPA - the Pentagon-run Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency - has in one way or another funded several studies recently that set out to explore that social networking site, as well as users of Twitter, Pinterest, Kickstarter and others. The journalists' report stems from a list of publications that went live on DARPA's site late last month concerning its Social Media in Strategic Communications, or SMISC, program. "The general goal of the Social Media in Strategic Communication (SMISC) program is to develop a new science of social networks built on an emerging technology base," a statement there reads. "Through the program, DARPA seeks to develop tools to support the efforts of human operators to counter misinformation or deception campaigns with truthful information."
NSA Whistleblower Binney: NSA Recording 80% of U.S. Phone Calls
July 14, 2014
NSA Whistleblower William Binney has made the startling claim that the NSA is recording the audio of at least 80 percent of Americans' telephone calls.
The NSA acknowledged in 2013, after repeated and explicit denials, that it was recording telephone metadata, but it still denies it is keeping the audio of any American's phone calls. "At least 80% of fibre-optic cables globally go via the US," Binney told the London Guardian July 10. "This is no accident and allows the US to view all communication coming in. At least 80% of all audio calls, not just metadata, are recorded and stored in the US. The NSA lies about what it stores."
Whistleblower: NSA stores 80% of all phone calls, not just metadata - full audio
July 12, 2014
At least 80 percent of all audio calls are gathered and stored by the NSA, whistleblower William Binney has revealed. The former code-breaker says the spy agency's ultimate aim is no less than total population control.
The National Security Agency lies about what it stores, said William Binney, one of the highest profile whistleblowers to ever emerge from the NSA, at a conference in London organized by the Center for Investigative Journalism on July 5. Binney left the agency shortly after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center because he was disgusted at the organizations move towards public surveillance. "At least 80 percent of fiber-optic cables globally go via the US," Binney said. "This is no accident and allows the US to view all communication coming in. At least 80 percent of all audio calls, not just metadata, are recorded and stored in the US. The NSA lies about what it stores."
Busted: Emails Recovered on IRS Official Who Plead 5th & 'Lost' Hard Drive Prove She's Hiding Info
by Kyle Becker
July 10, 2014
Do innocent people who follow the law send emails like this?
Lois Lerner just got smoked on the floor of Congress by Congressman Jim Jordan in front of the smug IRS head John Koskinen. Emails recovered on the IRS official who plead the Fifth (before giving up her right to remain silent) and then "lost" her hard drive show that she was wanting to make sure that the IRS' internal messaging system was set-up to make sure her info was not traceable, trackable or storeable. The phrasing could not be more "perfect."
ACLU Sues Feds for Profiling Photographers as Terrorists
by Carlos Miller
July 10, 2014
One man ended up in a Homeland Security database after photographing a famous piece of public art titled the Rainbow Swash in Boston, which also happens to be a gas storage tank.
Another man ended up in the Homeland Security database after he was chased away by a security guard while attempting to photograph a refinery from a public parking lot. Another man ended up in the Homeland Security database after police forced their way into his home mistakenly looking for a domestic violence suspect before noticing he had been searching for flight simulator games on his computer. Another man ended up in the Homeland Security database after trying to purchase a large amount of computers at a Best Buy for his company.
The NSA and you: Spying on innocents
by Judge Andrew P. Napolitano
July 10, 2014
In what appears to be one of Edward Snowden's final revelations, the former CIA and NSA agent has demonstrated conclusively that the National Security Agency has collected and analyzed the contents of emails, text messages, and mobile and landline phones.
This puts the lie to the government's claims that it has only collected metadata -- identifying markers such as phone numbers and email addresses -- and not content from unsuspecting and unsuspected Americans. It puts the lie to the government's claims that it has studiously avoided prying into the private lives of Americans, in whom it has no intelligence-related or lawful interest. And this puts the lie to the government's contentions and the opinions of judges of the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that the NSA's spying is somehow lawful, constitutional and helpful.
Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On - The InterceptThe Intercept
by Glenn Greenwald
July 9, 2014
The National Security Agency and FBI have covertly monitored the emails of prominent Muslim-Americans-including a political candidate and several civil rights activists, academics, and lawyers-under secretive procedures intended to target terrorists.
The individuals appear on an NSA spreadsheet in the Snowden archives called "FISA recap"-short for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Under that law, the Justice Department must convince a judge with the top-secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that there is probable cause to believe that American targets are not only agents of an international terrorist organization or other foreign power, but also "are or may be" engaged in or abetting espionage, sabotage, or terrorism. The authorizations must be renewed by the court, usually every 90 days for U.S. citizens. The spreadsheet shows 7,485 email addresses listed as monitored between 2002 and 2008. Many of the email addresses on the list appear to belong to foreigners whom the government believes are linked to Al Qaeda, Hamas, and Hezbollah. Among the Americans on the list are individuals long accused of terrorist activity, including Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan, who were killed in a 2011 drone strike in Yemen.
The Latest Snowden Leak Is Devastating to NSA Defenders
by Conor Friedersdorf
July 7, 2014
The agency collected and stored intimate chats, photos, and emails belonging to innocent Americans—and secured them so poorly that reporters can now browse them at will.
Consider the latest leak sourced to Edward Snowden from the perspective of his detractors. The National Security Agency's defenders would have us believe that Snowden is a thief and a criminal at best, and perhaps a traitorous Russian spy. In their telling, the NSA carries out its mission lawfully, honorably, and without unduly compromising the privacy of innocents. For that reason, they regard Snowden's actions as a wrongheaded slur campaign premised on lies and exaggerations. But their narrative now contradicts itself. The Washington Post's latest article drawing on Snowden's leaked cache of documents includes files "described as useless by the analysts but nonetheless retained" that "tell stories of love and heartbreak, illicit sexual liaisons, mental-health crises, political and religious conversions, financial anxieties and disappointed hopes. The daily lives of more than 10,000 account holders who were not targeted are catalogued and recorded nevertheless."
CISPA is back.
July 7, 2014
This time, CISA is even worse than CISPA. The bill would give the NSA even more authority to access our data and force companies to fork over private data without a search warrant.
CISA is an even more toxic bill than the original CISPA bill. CISA stays in line with the original objective of the CISPA bill to strengthen and legitimize the NSA's surveillance programs. But this time the bill would allow for and encourage sweeping datamining taps on Internet users for the undefined purpose of domestic "cybersecurity". The NSA would be able to share this data with police and other law enforcement agencies for domestic "cybersecurity" purposes - meaning these powers will be used against innocent citizens.
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