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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tensions are high in New Zealand over a new bill that would allow the country’s GCSB agency to conduct warrantless NSA-style spying on citizens. Prime Minister John Key, who was grilled on the bill at a presser, cut the meeting short and left early.

The country’s top official on Monday was showered with questions on the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) amendment bill, answering some of them, and effortlessly evading others. However, after less than 14 minutes of the presser, Key appeared to have lost patience with the journalists and walked off, leaving a question on privacy completely unanswered.

“Prime Minister, numerous legal jurors have informed us publicly that they disagree with you wholeheartedly, that you are taking broad powers, which would allow you to invade privacy…and you are saying that all those people are wrong…” a journalist said to Key.

“Correct,” the Prime Minister said before immediately interrupting the rest of the question by asking, “Is this a question buddy?”

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 11:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pretty revealing this - the way the Met were wanting to impress the Yanks - who in turn want to impress the Israelis - giving not a jot for UK law

White House was given 'heads-up' over David Miranda detention in UK
US says it did not sanction holding Glenn Greenwald's partner at Heathrow, but was told his name was on passenger list
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/19/white-house-david-miranda -heads-up

still amazes me this the way it all started Bilderberg weekend
a nice present from the good guys?

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 7:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Online petition to stop harassment and intimidation of the Press:

http://act.freepress.net/sign/journ_press_intimidation_roots_action/?r ootsaction

End the Intimidation: Stop the Attacks on Journalists and Their Families:

David Miranda, the partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, was detained for nine hours at London's Heathrow Airport. He was questioned under a U.K. anti-terrorism law and his laptop, cellphone and other electronic devices were confiscated.

It gets even worse: Yesterday we learned that British authorities seized and destroyed computers at the Guardian's London headquarters in retribution for the outlet's reporting on Edward Snowden, whose leaks revealed unchecked surveillance programs in the United States and Great Britain.

This is an outrageous attempt to intimidate Greenwald and all journalists who are reporting on national security.

But it is also just the tip of the iceberg. In recent months authorities in the U.S. have undertaken a troubling campaign to threaten and intimidate journalists and whistleblowers who try to hold our leaders accountable. The Justice Department has been caught spying on journalists from the Associated Press and went so far as to label a Fox News journalist a “co-conspirator” in a leak investigation.

Right now, the DoJ is trying to force a New York Times reporter to reveal the source of another leak — and threatening him with jail time if he doesn’t comply.

And because of her own reporting on national security and surveillance, journalist Laura Poitras — who has been working with Glenn Greenwald on the NSA revelations — has been detained by U.S. authorities more than 40 times.

The attacks on the press won’t stop unless the public raises its voice.

Ultimately, this isn’t about individual journalists or any specific case. It is about our rights to share information, make media and hold our leaders accountable. It is about journalism’s role at the center of our democracy, exposing information our leaders would rather keep hidden.

End the Intimidation: Stop the Attacks on Journalists and Their Families.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

@BlacklistedNews:
'Tens of Thousands' of Classified UK Intelligence Documents Found on Miranda's Property
http://t.co/tbm4IuIABU

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't normally show Microsoft adverts... But check this advert...


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And vomit when you read this...

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German Government Warns Not to Use Windows 8- Links NSA to Your Computer

As confirmed by leaks obtained by ‘Die Zeit’, IT professionals figured out that Windows 8 allows Microsoft and therefore the NSA, to remotely control a user’s computer , and abuse data like never before.
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By Cassius Methyl
Intellihub.com
August 23, 2013

Why do you think Windows 8 came out so suddenly, after Windows 7? Was it because they wanted to appeal to people using touch screens, or to benefit the NSA and other miners for data Microsoft shares? A built in ‘backdoor’ was discovered recently in Windows 8, allowing Microsoft to do a range of things, such as control your computer remotely, extract data, and do much more.

However, much more importantly, the NSA very likely has full access to it. Likely enough for the German government to warn their fellow government agencies not to use Windows 8. Ironically the Chinese may even have access to this backdoor cleverly hidden in this new operating system. Rüdiger Weis, a professor at Beuth University of Technology in Berlin, told the person who leaked this information that Microsoft wanted to change everything, by integrating “a special surveillance chip” into every electronic device they can.


http://intellihub.com/2013/08/23/german-government-warns-use-windows-8 -links-nsa-computer/

Another article says the same thing...

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According to leaked internal documents from the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) that Die Zeit obtained, IT experts figured out that Windows 8, the touch-screen enabled, super-duper, but sales-challenged Microsoft operating system is outright dangerous for data security. It allows Microsoft to control the computer remotely through a built-in backdoor. Keys to that backdoor are likely accessible to the NSA – and in an unintended ironic twist, perhaps even to the Chinese.



http://www.businessinsider.com/leaked-german-government-warns-key-enti ties-not-to-use-windows-8--links-the-nsa-2013-8
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Duncan Campbell comes out with a fascinating accusation in this interview
That GCHQ has been decieving the UK parliament over a billion pounds it said it needed when in fact it had the money and the facilities to do the job anyway
Using national security to pull the wool over MP's and defence committees' eyes
Interview starts around 54:00 minutes in
http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/70632

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Ever wondered why the UN is not delivering?? blasted Nazis...
The US National Security Agency (NSA) successfully cracked the encryption code protecting the United Nations’ internal videoconferencing system, according to documents seen by Germany’s Der Spiegel.
The United States was not just busy spying on the European Union, the report revealed, but had its surveillance apparatus trained on the international body as well.
The publication reported on Sunday that the electronic breaching of the UN, which is headquartered in New York, occurred in the summer of 2012. Within three weeks of initially gaining access to the UN system, the NSA had increased the number of such decrypted communications from 12 to 458.
On one occasion, according to the report, while the Americans were attempting to break into UN communications, they discovered the Chinese were attempting to crack the encryption code as well.
In February, a US cyber security company said it had traced “hundreds of data breaches since 2004” to a Chinese military unit in Shanghai.
Chinese authorities rejected the claims.
Der Spiegel‘s report continued from earlier revelations about the NSA spying on EU institutions, explaining that the US agency gained access to the virtual private network (VPN) used by the EU’s embassies in the United States.
It also said that the US spy agency oversees a monitoring program called the “Special Collection Service,” which is jointly staffed by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and NSA. The system reportedly exists in over 80 embassies and consulates around the world, often without the knowledge of the host country.
The existence of the system was revealed in July 2013 by Edward Snowden, an American citizen and former NSA contractor.
In June, Der Spiegel revealed that the US intelligence service monitors around half a billion telephone calls, emails and text messages from Germany every month, setting off a firestorm of protest among German citizens.
On August 15, Germany’s Vice Chancellor and Minister of Economics and Technology, Philipp Rösler, said Germany will take definite action to limit the NSA’s ability to spy on European Union communications.
The first step will be to build “a strong European information technology industry that can offer alternatives” to US-owned firms that collaborate with the NSA, said Rösler.
Mutual accusations will follow the leaks that the NSA spied on the United Nation, Paolo Raffone, consultant and founder of the CIPI Foundation, told RT, adding that the current scandal “will most probably be used as a bargaining issue between the major powers involved.”
Spying on the UN doesn’t contradict the US statements that the US cyber-surveillance is only aimed at tackling terrorism, he stressed....
http://rt.com/news/nsa-us-un-germany-snowden-964/

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Revealed: How US and UK spy agencies defeat internet privacy and security

• NSA and GCHQ unlock encryption used to protect emails, banking and medical records
• $250m-a-year US program works covertly with tech companies to insert weaknesses into products
• Security experts say programs 'undermine the fabric of the internet'


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http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/05/nsa-gchq-encryption-codes -security

US and British intelligence agencies have successfully cracked much of the online encryption relied upon by hundreds of millions of people to protect the privacy of their personal data, online transactions and emails, according to top-secret documents revealed by former contractor Edward Snowden.
This story has been reported in partnership between the New York Times, the Guardian and ProPublica based on documents obtained by the Guardian.

For the Guardian: James Ball, Julian Borger, Glenn Greenwald
For the New York Times: Nicole Perlroth, Scott Shane

The files show that the National Security Agency and its UK counterpart GCHQ have broadly compromised the guarantees that internet companies have given consumers to reassure them that their communications, online banking and medical records would be indecipherable to criminals or governments.

The agencies, the documents reveal, have adopted a battery of methods in their systematic and ongoing assault on what they see as one of the biggest threats to their ability to access huge swathes of internet traffic – "the use of ubiquitous encryption across the internet".

Those methods include covert measures to ensure NSA control over setting of international encryption standards, the use of supercomputers to break encryption with "brute force", and – the most closely guarded secret of all – collaboration with technology companies and internet service providers themselves.

Through these covert partnerships, the agencies have inserted secret vulnerabilities – known as backdoors or trapdoors – into commercial encryption software.

The files, from both the NSA and GCHQ, were obtained by the Guardian, and the details are being published today in partnership with the New York Times and ProPublica. They reveal:

• A 10-year NSA program against encryption technologies made a breakthrough in 2010 which made "vast amounts" of data collected through internet cable taps newly "exploitable".

• The NSA spends $250m a year on a program which, among other goals, works with technology companies to "covertly influence" their product designs.

• The secrecy of their capabilities against encryption is closely guarded, with analysts warned: "Do not ask about or speculate on sources or methods."

• The NSA describes strong decryption programs as the "price of admission for the US to maintain unrestricted access to and use of cyberspace".

• A GCHQ team has been working to develop ways into encrypted traffic on the "big four" service providers, named as Hotmail, Google, Yahoo and Facebook.

This network diagram, from a GCHQ pilot program, shows how the agency proposed a system to identify encrypted traffic from its internet cable-tapping programs and decrypt what it could in near-real time. Photograph: Guardian

The agencies insist that the ability to defeat encryption is vital to their core missions of counter-terrorism and foreign intelligence gathering.

But security experts accused them of attacking the internet itself and the privacy of all users. "Cryptography forms the basis for trust online," said Bruce Schneier, an encryption specialist and fellow at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. "By deliberately undermining online security in a short-sighted effort to eavesdrop, the NSA is undermining the very fabric of the internet." Classified briefings between the agencies celebrate their success at "defeating network security and privacy".

"For the past decade, NSA has lead [sic] an aggressive, multi-pronged effort to break widely used internet encryption technologies," stated a 2010 GCHQ document. "Vast amounts of encrypted internet data which have up till now been discarded are now exploitable."

An internal agency memo noted that among British analysts shown a presentation on the NSA's progress: "Those not already briefed were gobsmacked!"

The breakthrough, which was not described in detail in the documents, meant the intelligence agencies were able to monitor "large amounts" of data flowing through the world's fibre-optic cables and break its encryption, despite assurances from internet company executives that this data was beyond the reach of government.

The key component of the NSA's battle against encryption, its collaboration with technology companies, is detailed in the US intelligence community's top-secret 2013 budget request under the heading "Sigint [signals intelligence] enabling".

Classified briefings between the NSA and GCHQ celebrate their success at 'defeating network security and privacy'. Photograph: Guardian

Funding for the program – $254.9m for this year – dwarfs that of the Prism program, which operates at a cost of $20m a year, according to previous NSA documents. Since 2011, the total spending on Sigint enabling has topped $800m. The program "actively engages US and foreign IT industries to covertly influence and/or overtly leverage their commercial products' designs", the document states. None of the companies involved in such partnerships are named; these details are guarded by still higher levels of classification.

Among other things, the program is designed to "insert vulnerabilities into commercial encryption systems". These would be known to the NSA, but to no one else, including ordinary customers, who are tellingly referred to in the document as "adversaries".

"These design changes make the systems in question exploitable through Sigint collection … with foreknowledge of the modification. To the consumer and other adversaries, however, the systems' security remains intact."

The document sets out in clear terms the program's broad aims, including making commercial encryption software "more tractable" to NSA attacks by "shaping" the worldwide marketplace and continuing efforts to break into the encryption used by the next generation of 4G phones.

Among the specific accomplishments for 2013, the NSA expects the program to obtain access to "data flowing through a hub for a major communications provider" and to a "major internet peer-to-peer voice and text communications system".

Technology companies maintain that they work with the intelligence agencies only when legally compelled to do so. The Guardian has previously reported that Microsoft co-operated with the NSA to circumvent encryption on the Outlook.com email and chat services. The company insisted that it was obliged to comply with "existing or future lawful demands" when designing its products.

The documents show that the agency has already achieved another of the goals laid out in the budget request: to influence the international standards upon which encryption systems rely.

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Daily Mail parrots desperate MI5 GCHQ Rifkind criminal spooks drivel - tries, and fails, to close the world's eyes

Guardian has handed a gift to terrorists', warns MI5 chief: Left-wing paper's leaks caused 'greatest damage to western security in history' say Whitehall insiders
MI5 chief Andrew Parker called paper's expose a 'guide book' for terrorists - hahahahaha - what cobblers
He said the coverage is a gift to 'thousands' of UK-based extremists
Secret techniques of GCHQ laid bare by Guardian
By JAMES SLACK
PUBLISHED: 22:39, 8 October 2013 | UPDATED: 23:26, 8 October 2013
A massive cache of stolen top-secret documents published in The Guardian has handed a ‘gift’ to terrorists, the head of MI5 warned last night.
In a blistering attack, Andrew Parker said the publication of confidential files leaked by US fugitive Edward Snowden had caused huge ‘harm’ to the capability of Britain’s intelligence services.
Security officials say the exposé amounts to a ‘guide book’, advising terrorists on the best way to avoid detection when plotting an atrocity.
In Whitehall, it is considered to have caused the greatest damage to the Western security apparatus in history. In his first public speech since taking the job earlier this year, Mr Parker said the leaks handed the ‘advantage’ to terrorists and were a ‘gift they need to evade us and strike at will’.
He said there were several thousand Islamist extremists living in the UK who ‘see the British people as a legitimate target’.
The security services were working round the clock to stop the fanatics, but MI5 was now ‘tackling threats on more fronts than ever before’.
Snowden, a former contractor for the National Security Agency, fled the US in May with thousands of classified documents about the NSA and GCHQ, which he gave to The Guardian.
The newspaper has since published tens of thousands of words on the secret techniques used by GCHQ to monitor emails, phone records and communications on the internet.


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Leaked memos reveal GCHQ efforts to keep mass surveillance secret
Exclusive: Edward Snowden papers show UK spy agency fears legal challenge if scale of surveillance is made public
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/oct/25/leaked-memos-gchq-mass- surveillance-secret-snowden

The UK intelligence agency GCHQ has repeatedly warned it fears a "damaging public debate" on the scale of its activities because it could lead to legal challenges against its mass-surveillance programmes, classified internal documents reveal.

Memos contained in the cache disclosed by the US whistleblower Edward Snowden detail the agency's long fight against making intercept evidence admissible as evidence in criminal trials – a policy supported by all three major political parties, but ultimately defeated by the UK's intelligence community.

Foremost among the reasons was a desire to minimise the potential for challenges against the agency's large-scale interception programmes, rather than any intrinsic threat to security, the documents show.

The papers also reveal that:

• GCHQ lobbied furiously to keep secret the fact that telecoms firms had gone "well beyond" what they were legally required to do to help intelligence agencies' mass interception of communications, both in the UK and overseas.

• GCHQ feared a legal challenge under the right to privacy in the Human Rights Act if evidence of its surveillance methods became admissible in court.

• GCHQ assisted the Home Office in lining up sympathetic people to help with "press handling", including the Liberal Democrat peer and former intelligence services commissioner Lord Carlile, who this week criticised the Guardian for its coverage of mass surveillance by GCHQ and America's National Security Agency.

The most recent attempt to make intelligence gathered from intercepts admissible in court, proposed by the last Labour government, was finally stymied by GCHQ, MI5 and MI6 in 2009.

A briefing memo prepared for the board of GCHQ shortly before the decision was made public revealed that one reason the agency was keen to quash the proposals was the fear that even passing references to its wide-reaching surveillance powers could start a "damaging" public debate.

Referring to the decision to publish the report on intercept as evidence without classification, it noted: "Our main concern is that references to agency practices (ie the scale of interception and deletion) could lead to damaging public debate which might lead to legal challenges against the current regime." A later update, from May 2012, set out further perceived "risks" of making intercepts admissible, including "the damage to partner relationships if sensitive information were accidentally released in open court". It also noted that the "scale of interception and retention required would be fairly likely to be challenged on Article 8 (Right to Privacy) grounds".

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 27, 2013 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Coming thick and fast now
Almost daily


As Europe erupts over US spying, NSA chief says government must stop media
With General Alexander calling for NSA reporting to be halted, US and UK credibility as guardians of press freedom is crushed
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/25/europe-erupts-nsa -spying-chief-government

The most under-discussed aspect of the NSA story has long been its international scope. That all changed this week as both Germany and France exploded with anger over new revelations about pervasive NSA surveillance on their population and democratically elected leaders.

As was true for Brazil previously, reports about surveillance aimed at leaders are receiving most of the media attention, but what really originally drove the story there were revelations that the NSA is bulk-spying on millions and millions of innocent citizens in all of those nations. The favorite cry of US government apologists -–everyone spies! – falls impotent in the face of this sort of ubiquitous, suspicionless spying that is the sole province of the US and its four English-speaking surveillance allies (the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand).

There are three points worth making about these latest developments.

• First, note how leaders such as Chancellor Angela Merkel reacted with basic indifference when it was revealed months ago that the NSA was bulk-spying on all German citizens, but suddenly found her indignation only when it turned out that she personally was also targeted. That reaction gives potent insight into the true mindset of many western leaders.

• Second, all of these governments keep saying how newsworthy these revelations are, how profound are the violations they expose, how happy they are to learn of all this, how devoted they are to reform. If that's true, why are they allowing the person who enabled all these disclosures – Edward Snowden – to be targeted for persecution by the US government for the "crime" of blowing the whistle on all of this?

If the German and French governments – and the German and French people – are so pleased to learn of how their privacy is being systematically assaulted by a foreign power over which they exert no influence, shouldn't they be offering asylum to the person who exposed it all, rather than ignoring or rejecting his pleas to have his basic political rights protected, and thus leaving him vulnerable to being imprisoned for decades by the US government?

Aside from the treaty obligations these nations have to protect the basic political rights of human beings from persecution, how can they simultaneously express outrage over these exposed invasions while turning their back on the person who risked his liberty and even life to bring them to light?

• Third, is there any doubt at all that the US government repeatedly tried to mislead the world when insisting that this system of suspicionless surveillance was motivated by an attempt to protect Americans from The Terrorists™? Our reporting has revealed spying on conferences designed to negotiate economic agreements, the Organization of American States, oil companies, ministries that oversee mines and energy resources, the democratically elected leaders of allied states, and entire populations in those states.

Can even President Obama and his most devoted loyalists continue to maintain, with a straight face, that this is all about Terrorism? That is what this superb new Foreign Affairs essay by Henry Farrell and Martha Finnemore means when it argues that the Manning and Snowden leaks are putting an end to the ability of the US to use hypocrisy as a key weapon in its soft power.

Speaking of an inability to maintain claims with a straight face, how are American and British officials, in light of their conduct in all of this, going to maintain the pretense that they are defenders of press freedoms and are in a position to lecture and condemn others for violations? In what might be the most explicit hostility to such freedoms yet – as well as the most unmistakable evidence of rampant panic – the NSA's director, General Keith Alexander, actually demanded Thursday that the reporting being done by newspapers around the world on this secret surveillance system be halted (Techdirt has the full video here):

The head of the embattled National Security Agency, Gen Keith Alexander, is accusing journalists of "selling" his agency's documents and is calling for an end to the steady stream of public disclosures of secrets snatched by former contractor Edward Snowden.

"I think it's wrong that that newspaper reporters have all these documents, the 50,000 – whatever they have and are selling them and giving them out as if these – you know it just doesn't make sense," Alexander said in an interview with the Defense Department's "Armed With Science" blog.

"We ought to come up with a way of stopping it. I don't know how to do that. That's more of the courts and the policy-makers but, from my perspective, it's wrong to allow this to go on," the NSA director declared. [My italics]

There are 25,000 employees of the NSA (and many tens of thousands more who work for private contracts assigned to the agency). Maybe one of them can tell The General about this thing called "the first amendment".

I'd love to know what ways, specifically, General Alexander has in mind for empowering the US government to "come up with a way of stopping" the journalism on this story. Whatever ways those might be, they are deeply hostile to the US constitution – obviously. What kind of person wants the government to forcibly shut down reporting by the press?

Whatever kind of person that is, he is not someone to be trusted in instituting and developing a massive bulk-spying system that operates in the dark. For that matter, nobody is.

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The perfect epitaph for establishment journalism
'If MI5 warns that this is not in the public interest who am I to disbelieve them?', says the former editor of The Independent

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Tried to get it all in here folks
Cameron is well out of order
Illegal wars, drone terror, 9/11 & 7/7 false flags, mass surveillance
So Cameron declares war on messenger, UK press! @RT_com
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You've met Edward Snowden...Now Meet Jeffrey Silverman
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When Edward Snowden met with Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald to turn over documents revealing the extent of the NSA spying program, he did more than provide an education to the entire world concerning the reach of the American Empire. He also very likely protected himself from far flung and highly illegal machinations to silence him. Safely ensconced in Russia, Snowden is now reportedly working for a Russian website. His revelations continue to impact the public persona of the US, worldwide.

Other whistleblowers and journalists have not been so fortunate.
Enter Jeffrey Silverman…
Silverman, who was born in Washington DC and served in the US Army prior to receiving an MS in Agricultural Development/International Development, had been living in the Republic of Georgia since 1991. He has done in-depth investigative reporting on chemical and biological weapons, the alleged murder of the former Georgian Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania and on black torture sites in the former Soviet Union.


Silverman subjected to increasing levels of harassment from US officialdom including revocation of his citizenship, beaten-up, tortured and effectively exiled.

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Britain’s GCHQ ‘the brains,’ America’s NSA ‘the money’ behind spy alliance
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LONDON – The activities of GCHQ, Britain’s secret eavesdropping agency, have come under intense scrutiny since former U.S. analyst Edward Snowden said it was one of the main players in a global web of telecommunications surveillance.

GCHQ is at the heart of Britain’s “special relationship” with the United States when it comes to spying, according to Snowden’s blizzard of leaks.

The Government Communications Headquarters — a giant, ring-shaped building nicknamed “the doughnut” — is situated in the spa town of Cheltenham in southwest England.

Computer specialist Snowden, 30, worked for the U.S. National Security Agency in 2012 when he downloaded a vast cache of NSA documents, including 50,000 about GCHQ.

The material from the fugitive, now living in Russia under temporary asylum, has been published in various newspapers, with The Guardian leading the way in Britain.

The documents claim the NSA was secretly funding GCHQ to the tune of £100 million ($160 million) over the last three years.

David Ormand, GCHQ’s director from 1996 to 1997, did not confirm that figure but admitted that the U.S. and Britain were mutually beneficial partners.

“We have the brains; they have the money,” Ormand told BBC radio. “It’s a collaboration that’s worked very well.”

Eric Denece, a former intelligence analyst who is now director of the French Center for Research on Information, said GCHQ, which employs 5,500 people, was “basically 10 times smaller than the NSA and has twice the size of France’s capacity.”

In terms of budget, GCHQ receives three times the amount France receives, but is dwarfed by the U.S. center, he said.

One of Snowden’s revelations was that Britain was running a secret Internet monitoring station in the Middle East, intercepting phone calls and online traffic, with the information processed and passed to GCHQ.

The report claimed it is part of a £1 billion ($1.6 billion) surveillance project code named “Tempora,” whose aims include “mastering the Internet.”

Based on Snowden’s leaks, The Independent newspaper said Britain had a listening post on the roof of its embassy in Berlin.

GCHQ also tapped into more than 200 fiber-optic telecommunications cables, including trans-Atlantic ones, and was handling 600 million “telephone events” each day, according to Snowden.

“They are worse than the U.S.,” Snowden reportedly told The Guardian.

Called to appear before a parliamentary committee earlier this month in response to the Snowden leaks, GCHQ Director Iain Lobban insisted the agency was not conducting snooping en masse on the British public.

He said they were looking for “needles in the haystack,” not the hay itself.

“We do not spend our time listening to the telephone calls or reading the emails of the majority,” he said.

Former chief Omand told the BBC: “GCHQ is primarily a foreign intelligence agency. It is not a domestic intelligence agency.”

Snowden’s documents showed that the amount of personal data available to GCHQ from Internet and mobile phone traffic had increased by 7,000 percent in the past five years — but 60 percent of all Britain’s “refined” intelligence still appeared to come from the NSA.

GCHQ and the NSA work together under the UKUSA Agreement, formed in 1946 between Britain and the United States. Canada, Australia and New Zealand soon joined, forming what is called the “Five Eyes” electronic eavesdropping alliance.

A former British spy said on condition of anonymity that cooperation in eavesdropping dates back as far as World War I, and constitutes one of the chief pillars of the so-called special relationship between London and Washington.

“Cooperation between the two countries, particularly, in sigint (signals intelligence), is so close that it becomes very difficult to know who is doing what,” he said.

“That’s not sinister . . . it’s just organizational mess.”

Denece said there was “task-sharing” between British and U.S. intelligence services.

He cited the two Group of 20 meetings in Britain in 2009, when the United States spied on Russian President Dmitry Medvedev while the British spied on the Turks and the South Africans, according to Snowden’s documents.

The expert said the Americans were in charge of “intercepting bandwidth and satellite eavesdropping,” while “listening on the ground and computer interception is done by the British.”

GCHQ has made no direct comment on the allegations.

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@AnnieMachon: RT @ln4711: 'Treasure Map' an #NSA program which "can map any device, anywhere, all the time"

Two NSA documents referenced in the report appear not to have been published: "Treasure Map" and "Packaged Goods." If available please send pointers to cryptome[at]earthlink.net.
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N.S.A. Report Outlined Goals for More Power
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....Other N.S.A. documents offer hints of how the agency is trying to do just that. One program, code-named Treasure Map, provides what a secret N.S.A. PowerPoint presentation describes as “a near real-time, interactive map of the global Internet.” According to the undated PowerPoint presentation, disclosed by Mr. Snowden, Treasure Map gives the N.S.A. “a 300,000 foot view of the Internet.”

Relying on Internet routing data, commercial and Sigint information, Treasure Map is a sophisticated tool, one that the PowerPoint presentation describes as a “massive Internet mapping, analysis and exploration engine.” It collects Wi-Fi network and geolocation data, and between 30 million and 50 million unique Internet provider addresses — code that can reveal the location and owner of a computer, mobile device or router — are represented each day on Treasure Map, according to the document. It boasts that the program can map “any device, anywhere, all the time.”

The documents include addresses labeled as based in the “U.S.,” and because so much Internet traffic flows through the United States, it would be difficult to map much of the world without capturing such addresses.
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A Strategy for Surveillance Powers
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Editorial: Surveillance Goes on Trial (November 23, 2013)
But the intelligence officials said that Treasure Map maps only foreign and Defense Department networks, and is limited by the amount of data available to the agency. There are several billion I.P. addresses on the Internet, the officials said, and Treasure Map cannot map them all. The program is not used for surveillance, they said, but to understand computer networks.

The program takes advantage of the capabilities of other secret N.S.A. programs. To support Treasure Map, for example, the document states that another program, called Packaged Goods, tracks the “traceroutes” through which data flows around the Internet. Through Packaged Goods, the N.S.A. has gained access to “13 covered servers in unwitting data centers around the globe,” according to the PowerPoint. The document identifies a list of countries where the data centers are located, including Germany, Poland, Denmark, South Africa and Taiwan as well as Russia, China and Singapore.

Despite the document’s reference to “unwitting data centers,” government officials said that the agency does not hack into those centers. Instead, the officials said, the intelligence community secretly uses front companies to lease space on the servers.

Despite the N.S.A.’s broad surveillance powers, the strategy paper shows that N.S.A. officials still worry about the agency’s ability to fend off bureaucratic inertia while keeping pace with change.

“To sustain current mission relevance,” the document said, Signals Intelligence Directorate, the N.S.A.’s signals intelligence arm, “must undertake a profound and revolutionary shift from the mission approach which has served us so well in the decades preceding the onset of the information age.”

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NSA infected 50,000 computer networks with malicious software
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by Floor Boon, Steven Derix and Huib Modderkolk
NEWS The American intelligence service - NSA - infected more than 50,000 computer networks worldwide with malicious software designed to steal sensitive information. Documents provided by former NSA-employee Edward Snowden and seen by this newspaper, prove this.
A management presentation dating from 2012 explains how the NSA collects information worldwide. In addition, the presentation shows that the intelligence service uses ‘Computer Network Exploitation’ (CNE) in more than 50,000 locations. CNE is the secret infiltration of computer systems achieved by installing malware, malicious software.

One example of this type of hacking was discovered in September 2013 at the Belgium telecom provider Belgacom. For a number of years the British intelligence service - GCHQ – has been installing this malicious software in the Belgacom network in order to tap their customers’ telephone and data traffic. The Belgacom network was infiltrated by GCHQ through a process of luring employees to a false Linkedin page.

NSA SPECIAL DEPARTMENT EMPLOYS MORE THAN A THOUSAND HACKERS
The NSA computer attacks are performed by a special department called TAO (Tailored Access Operations). Public sources show that this department employs more than a thousand hackers. As recently as August 2013, the Washington Post published articles about these NSA-TAO cyber operations. In these articles The Washington Post reported that the NSA installed an estimated 20,000 ‘implants’ as early as 2008. These articles were based on a secret budget report of the American intelligence services. By mid-2012 this number had more than doubled to 50,000, as is shown in the presentation NRC Handelsblad laid eyes on.


Worldwide SIGINT/Defense Cryptologic Platform

Cyber operations are increasingly important for the NSA. Computer hacks are relatively inexpensive and provide the NSA with opportunities to obtain information that they otherwise would not have access to. The NSA-presentation shows their CNE-operations in countries such as Venezuela and Brazil. The malware installed in these countries can remain active for years without being detected.

‘SLEEPER CELLS’ CAN BE ACTIVATED WITH A SINGLE PUSH OF A BUTTON
The malware can be controlled remotely and be turned on and off at will. The ‘implants’ act as digital ‘sleeper cells’ that can be activated with a single push of a button. According to the Washington Post, the NSA has been carrying out this type of cyber operation since 1998.

The Dutch intelligence services - AIVD and MIVD – have displayed interest in hacking. The Joint Sigint Cyber Unit – JSCU – was created early in 2013. The JSCU is an inter-agency unit drawing on experts with a range of IT skills. This new unit is prohibited by law from performing the type of operations carried out by the NSA as Dutch law does not allow this type of internet searches.

The NSA declined to comment and referred to the US Government. A government spokesperson states that any disclosure of classified material is harmful to our national security.

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McCarthyism rearing its ugly head in Cameron's Britain

MPs question Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger’s patriotism over Edward Snowden leaks
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IAN BURRELL Author Biography MEDIA EDITOR Tuesday 03 December 2013

In scenes reminiscent of a McCarthyite hearing or an Old Bailey trial, the editor-in-chief of The Guardian, was on Tuesday asked to prove his patriotism and accused of having broken Britain’s terror laws.

Alan Rusbridger found himself the subject of extraordinary questioning during a heated session of the Home Affairs Select Committee as MPs probed the circumstances surrounding the newspaper’s disclosure of secret security files leaked by American whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

In an unusual start to the hearing, Keith Vaz, chair of the committee, demanded to know if Mr Rusbridger loved the United Kingdom.

“You and I were both born outside this country,” the Yemen-born MP told the editor, who was born in Zambia when it was a British colony. “I love this country, do you love this country?”

Having said he was “slightly surprised to be asked the question”, Mr Rusbridger responded: “Yes, we are patriots and one of the things we are patriotic about is the nature of a democracy and the nature of a free press.” He said that the “freedom to write and report” was “one of the things I love about this country”.

The most aggressive of the questioners was Michael Ellis, the Conservative MP for Northampton, who went for the editor with all the gravitas of a prosecuting counsel, accusing Mr Rusbridger of being a criminal.

“Mr Rusbridger, you authorised files stolen by Snowden which contained the names of intelligence staff to be communicated elsewhere, didn’t you, yes or no?” he demanded. “”Do you accept from me that that is an offence, a criminal offence under section 58A of the Terrorism Act 2000?”

Adopting a grave tone, Mr Ellis, a qualified barrister, went on to accuse the editor of outing as homosexual members of GCHQ, Britain’s secret listening service. “Do you accept that information contained personal information that could lead to the identity even the sexual orientation of persons working in GCHQ?”

Mr Rusbridger replied: “You have completely lost me Mr Ellis. There are gay members of GCHQ?”

“They shouldn’t have to be outed in your newspaper,” said Mr Ellis.

The editor observed that the paper’s report that GCHQ had its own gay “Pride” staff group was merely repeating information that existed on the website of gay campaigning group Stonewall. During his evidence, Mr Rusbridger repeatedly stressed that the paper had never identified any member of the British security services in its reports based on the leaked material.

Mr Ellis persisted, arguing that the Guardian’s handling of Snowden’s 58,000 files had also compromised GCHQ members who had gone on staff trips to Disneyland in Paris. “Your evidence has lost me,” Mr Rusbridger replied.

The editor was accused of having broken the law, compromising the identities of intelligence staff, by transferring unredacted files overseas. He told MPs that the paper had drawn on only 26 of the Snowden files, which he said had all been destroyed under the watch of two GCHQ officials in a formal ceremony using “Black & Deckers”.

The editor told MPs that the only leak of information had been the original one from the National Security Agency and he called for greater debate on oversight of the security services in the UK. He argued that the Snowden material had been leaked to four countries. “The thought that this material wouldn’t have been published is ridiculous,” he told the committee. “Shooting the messenger is the oldest diversionary tactic in the book.”

Asked if The Guardian was under investigation by the police over its handling of the leaked files, Mr Rusbridger told MPs: “I don’t know.”

Mr Vaz revealed that the head of the security service MI5, Andrew Parker, who has criticised The Guardian for handing a “gift” to terrorists, is to be called to address the committee in open session.

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It appears "possible that some people may have committed offences" Scotland Yard's head of counter-terrorism told MPs when she updated them on the state of the investigation into the material seized from David Miranda in August.

Assistant commissioner Cressida Dick also said that the Metropolitan police were looking at the "potential" that terrorism offences had been committed involving communicating information about members of the intelligence services.

Dick was responding to questions form the Commons home affairs select committee about whether there was an active police investigation into the Guardian over the disclosure of the GCHQ/NSA mass snooping documents.

Earlier Alan Rusbridger, the Guardian editor, had told MPs he did not know whether or not there was active Met investigation into the Guardian and he had not received "any knock on the door" so far.

Dick said that the police were continuing with their examination of the "large amount of material" which was seized from Miranda, who is the partner of the former Guardian journalist, Glenn Greenwald, when he was stopped at Heathrow airport in August. Dick confirmed that the material was being examined to see if Official Secrets Act or terrorism offences had been committed.

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MPs were engaged in a tussle with the head of MI5 over whether the spy chief would give evidence to parliament in public to a Commons select committee.
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/dec/04/mi5-spy-chief-home-affa irs-delay
Andrew Parker has agreed in principle to appear before the home affairs select committee, but neither the status of the hearing, whether it would be in public or private, nor its timing had been confirmed. The chairman of the committee, Keith Vaz, wrote to Parker inviting him to give evidence on 17 December, and asking him to confirm his attendance by next Monday.

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Wham bam thank you Annie Machon
My recent interview on Voice of Russia about spies, democracy, and whistleblowers
Here is an inter­view I did for Voice of Rus­sia radio in Lon­don last week about spies and their rela­tion­ship with our demo­cratic pro­cesses, over­sight, Edward Snowden and much more:
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UK citizen sues Microsoft over Prism private data leak to NSA
Fiona O’Cleirigh
Thursday 05 December 2013 11:09
http://www.computerweekly.com/news/2240210455/UK-citizen-sues-Microsof t-over-Prism-private-data-leak-to-NSA

A British citizen's UK court action will test the legal right of Microsoft to disclose private data on UK citizens to the US electronic spying organisation, the National Security Agency (NSA).

The case will shine a light on the legality of top secret US court orders which require US technology companies to disclose details of foreign users’ private communications.

Kevin Cahill, a British journalist, has brought the case in the Lord Mayor’s and City of London County Court. The case centres on Cahill's belief that Microsoft breached the security of his email account.

Cahill argues that, by obeying orders that are legally binding only in the United States, Microsoft has contravened British law – the Data Protection Act in particular.

The action follows revelations by former US intelligence contractor and whistleblower, Edward Snowden. Snowden revealed that the NSA had been collecting metadata about email and other communications from Microsoft since 2007, under its controversial Prism interception programme.

The case will raise questions over the jurisdiction of secret orders made by the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court against US technology companies operating in the UK.

The other service providers named in the Snowden documents as contributors to the Prism programme are Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube and Apple.
Technology companies shed light on government data requests

Earlier this year, Facebook published a Global Government Requests Report that lists the number of requests made by governments for data from the company.

In the first six months of this year, the US government made between 11,000 and 12,000 requests to Facebook, covering the records of between 20,000 to 21,000 users. Some 79% of requests – which relate to either criminal or national security matters – were granted.

A Facebook web page titled Information for Law Enforcement Authorities states that, for international requests: “We disclose account records solely in accordance with our terms of service and applicable law.”

In an official blog post dated 7 June 2013, Google denied having heard of the US Prism surveillance programme until the previous day and appealed for greater transparency. Companies are not permitted under US law to disclose details of requests made by the NSA under the Foreign Intelligence Services Act (FISA).

“First, we have not joined any program that would give the U.S. government – or any other government – direct access to our servers,” the website stated.

“Second, we provide user data to governments only in accordance with the law.”
Far-reaching consequences

Human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson QC said the action could have far-reaching consequences for Microsoft and other service providers, if it succeeds.

"Microsoft allegedly betrayed its customers by providing their personal information, without their consent, to the NSA," said Robertson.

"This would constitute a serious breach of the British Data Protection Act, by an American company putting its allegiance to America above its legal duties to its British customers."

Documents leaked by Snowden reveal that Microsoft assisted the NSA to circumvent the encryption on the Outlook.com email portal, including Microsoft’s popular Hotmail service.

The company also made it easier for the NSA to monitor its cloud storage service, Skydrive, which has over 250 million users worldwide, and its Skype telephone and video service.

A Microsoft spokesman told Computer Weekly: “We have been notified of an action being filed, and will be responding to it in due course. It would be inappropriate to comment further on the details of an active legal case."
Facebook and Google named

Cahill is seeking damages of £1,000 under the Data Protection Act. He has requested that the county court order Microsoft to reveal the contents of the orders made under the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

He has brought additional actions against Facebook and Google in the UK and their named UK directors. Facebook and Google declined to comment on Cahill's claims brought against them.
Invasion of privacy

Robertson said breaches of the Data Protection Act should be treated as seriously as the News of the Worldphone hacking case.

"The invasion of privacy, by deliberately declining to obtain a customer’s consent before exposing their personal details to another, deserves to be compensated on the same basis as obtaining personal data by hacking mobile telephones,” Robertson said.

John Hemming, MP for Birmingham Yardley and an IT specialist with expertise in cryptography, supports Robertson’s view.

“I have looked at this issue in some depth and, notwithstanding the fact that they have avoided the question, I do think it is quite clear that US companies may well have broken UK law, and UK law does take precedence in the UK courts, so that would cost them a lot of money,” he said.
Concerns over Parliamentary data

The case has also raised concerns over the security of British parliamentary data, due to plans to use cloud services from Microsoft.

“Parliament proposes to use the cloud for its records in the future. I’m not sure it is right for us to give our data to a company that is controlled by FISA courts in the USA,” said Hemming.
Read more about the Edward Snowden revelations
After Prism revelation there is nowhere to hide
NSA tracks 5 billion phone records daily, Snowden docs show
NSA analysed UK data in secret deal, says Snowden
EU calls on US to rebuild trust in post-Snowden era
Snowden docs show broad and aggressive US cyber intrusions
UK intelligence heads defend mass surveillance operations
US tech firms call for NSA reforms
Monitoring foreign citizens

In principle, the NSA has greater freedom to monitor the communications of overseas citizens than US citizens.

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court ruled that the NSA was required to separate American communications from foreign traffic – or breach the US Constitution’s fourth amendment – in October 2011.

The NSA’s Special Source Operations division refunds Microsoft and other data providers’ for complying with Prism surveillance orders. Prism costs the NSA $20 million per year.
EC seeks data controls

Following Snowden’s revelations, theEuropean Commission (EC) has threatened to freeze data-sharing arrangements with America, if it does not comply with European law.

The EC has demanded that redress in US courts be accessible to EU citizens whose rights have been infringed.

Robertson said Cahill was right to bring the case in light of the US government’s agreements with technology companies to harvest data from the internet.

“Customers whose data has been unlawfully transferred should sue them for breach of contract and breach of confidence," Robertson said.

Microsoft had sought permission from the courts to reveal the contents of the orders it received under FISA, the Guardian reported in June 2013.

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MI5 chief Andrew Parker will not face MPs on Snowden claims
Home secretary rejects calls for spy boss to justify claim that Guardian put national security at risk in publishing NSA files
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/dec/11/mi5-andrew-parker-mps-s nowden-guardian-nsa-files
Alan Travis, home affairs editor
theguardian.com, Wednesday 11 December 2013 15.59 GMT

The request for the head of MI5, Andrew Parker, to appear before a powerful Commons committee next week to justify his claim that the Guardian has put national security at risk in publishing the Snowden files has been rejected.

The home secretary, Theresa May, told the home affairs committee chairman, Keith Vaz, that she had rejected the request for the spy chief to give evidence because his appearance would "duplicate" the existing oversight provided by the prime ministerially appointed intelligence and security committee.

A similar request for Kim Darroch, the national security adviser, to give evidence to the committee's inquiry into counter-terrorism was also rejected in a letter from David Cameron. He said "it was not a good idea" because Darroch's role focused on providing private advice to him and the national security council and his appearance would "set a difficult precedent".

The prime minister said it should be left to the home secretary to give evidence to the MPs on their concerns about counter-terrorism and the Guardian's disclosures of mass digital surveillance by GCHQ and the US national security agency.

The decision prompted a furious reaction from Vaz, who said: "The prime minister has suggested that the home secretary should come before us to answer our questions and Theresa May is suggesting that it is a matter for the intelligence and security committee. We cannot play pass the parcel on the issue of accountability on these important issues.

"Ministers should take care not to dictate to parliamentary committees which witnesses can be called and for what reasons. Witnesses, no matter how senior, should not be afraid of answering questions from MPs.

"As a result of this correspondence, our session with the home secretary next Monday will be longer and more detailed than we originally anticipated, and she needs to prepare to come before the committee more often."

May said in her response to MPs that the intelligence and security committee was responsible for oversight of the work of the security and intelligence agencies and provided parliamentary accountability for their vital and sensitive work.

"They have specialised powers, resources and processes‚ which have been significantly strengthened as a result of the Justice and Security Act 2013, to ensure that they can do this effectively and securely," she said.

"You will, of course, also be aware that the ISC have recently taken evidence from the heads of the agencies. During the public session, [the GCHQ chief] Sir Iain Lobban made clear that he and his MI5 and MI6 counterparts would be content to provide the committee with any further evidence required in a closed session.

"In view of this, I do not believe that it would be appropriate or necessary for the oversight provided by the ISC to be duplicated by another committee. On that basis, I have decided to decline your request for Andrew Parker to give evidence."

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Edward Snowden Christmas message
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www.blacklistednews.com/MI5_whistleblower_launches_defense_fund_for_wh istleblowers/31598/0/38/38/Y/M.html
Annie Machon -- an ex-MI5 spy who left the
agency after blowing the whistle on the agency's
illegal activities -- has launched a fund to offer
financial support to other whistleblowers , called
the "Courage Fund to Protect Journalistic
Sources."
Machon left MI5 and disclosed that the agency
had illegally spied upon British government
ministers, that it had lied in order to send
innocent people to jail for bombings in Ireland,
had conducted illegal wiretaps, and had worked
with MI6 in an assassination attempt on
Gaddafi.
She announced the fund at the 30th Chaos
Communications Congress, in Hamburg, with a
stirring, scathing speech that took governments
to task for invasive, bulk spying:
“It is incredibly corrosive to the human
spirit to know that everything you say,
everything you do, even if you just want to
have a private conversation with your
mother, is being listened to,” she said.
“Now we all know we are being listened to
and surveyed in this amazingly Panopticon-
like manner.”

People like Snowden and Manning must be
given support, she said, or civil liberties will
continue to be eroded.
“So many journalists write so many stories,
but what happens to the whistleblowers?
They’re left swinging in the wind,” she said.
“If they can’t survive the process of coming
forward, then we will not have these
people.”
British Ex-Spy Launches Fund to Support
Whistleblowers

www.blacklistednews.com/MI5_whistleblower_launches_defense_fund_for_wh istleblowers/31598/0/38/38/Y/M.html

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www.blacklistednews.com/MI5_whistleblower_launches_defense_fund_for_wh istleblowers/31598/0/38/38/Y/M.html
Annie Machon -- an ex-MI5 spy who left the
agency after blowing the whistle on the agency's
illegal activities -- has launched a fund to offer
financial support to other whistleblowers , called
the "Courage Fund to Protect Journalistic
Sources."
Machon left MI5 and disclosed that the agency
had illegally spied upon British government
ministers, that it had lied in order to send
innocent people to jail for bombings in Ireland,
had conducted illegal wiretaps, and had worked
with MI6 in an assassination attempt on
Gaddafi.
She announced the fund at the 30th Chaos
Communications Congress, in Hamburg, with a
stirring, scathing speech that took governments
to task for invasive, bulk spying:
“It is incredibly corrosive to the human
spirit to know that everything you say,
everything you do, even if you just want to
have a private conversation with your
mother, is being listened to,” she said.
“Now we all know we are being listened to
and surveyed in this amazingly Panopticon-
like manner.”

People like Snowden and Manning must be
given support, she said, or civil liberties will
continue to be eroded.
“So many journalists write so many stories,
but what happens to the whistleblowers?
They’re left swinging in the wind,” she said.
“If they can’t survive the process of coming
forward, then we will not have these
people.”
British Ex-Spy Launches Fund to Support
Whistleblowers

www.blacklistednews.com/MI5_whistleblower_launches_defense_fund_for_wh istleblowers/31598/0/38/38/Y/M.html

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Something one can do about the NSA perhaps - secure - ish - email account in Iceland

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NSA able to target offline computers using radio-waves for surveillance, cyber-attacks
http://rt.com/usa/nsa-radio-wave-cyberattack-607/

Explosive: NSA & GCHQ secretly planting thousands of devices to steal data from offline hard drives
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/nsa-infiltrat ed-more-than-100000-offline-computers-using-covert-devices-says-leaks- 9061610.html
NSA infiltrated more than 100,000 offline computers using covert devices, says leaks
The intelligence agency reportedly inserted radio-transmitters into computers via spies and unwitting users to crack disconnected devices
By JAMES VINCENT
Wednesday 15 January 2014
America’s National Security Agency (NSA) has been using secret technology to “enter and alter data in computers” even when they are not connected to the internet, according to reports from the New York Times.
Documents given to the paper by whistleblower and ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden say that intelligence agency has infiltrated more than 100,000 computers worldwide by fitting them with covert devices.
These devices can take the form of tiny circuit boards or USB sticks and are inserted into computers either by spies, manufactures or unwitting users. They can then transmit information back and forth with nearby brief-case sized relay stations.
The method is significant as it allows the NSA to circumvent one of the most effective methods used to secure computers against spying and cyberattack: simply disconnecting them from the internet.
The New York Times reports that there is “no evidence” that the technology has been used within the USA, and that these operations act as an “active defence” against foreign cyber threats such as the Chinese.
The program – code-named Quantum – has also been used against “Russian military networks and systems used by the Mexican police and drug cartels, trade institutions inside the European Union, and sometime partners against terrorism like Saudi Arabia, India and Pakistan.”
An anonymous senior official from the US Cyber Command told the paper that these devices were used as an early warning system for cyberattacks, comparing the program with submarine warfare and saying the US tries “to silently track the adversaries while they’re trying to silently track you.”
Meanwhile, President Obama will announce this Friday which recommendations he will be accepting from an advisory panel investigating the methods of the NSA.
The Times report that restrictions on the collection of bulk telephone data will be included in the briefing, and that it is also being recommended that the exploitation of flaws in American software should be banned except in extreme cases.

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It's been five months since Edward Snowden, the brave whistleblower who exposed the extent of US spying on citizens across the world, landed in Russia -- where he's now trapped on a one-year visa. Russia’s protection comes with a significant cost -- the man who knows the most about the shocking revelations about US spooks and spies had to agree to stay completely silent in return for temporary shelter.

Opponents of giving Snowden asylum say he broke the law and put global security at risk. Some even call him a traitor, and say letting him get away with it could open the floodgates for others. But while Snowden did break the law -- he did so to reveal a massive system of illegal lawbreaking itself, global spying on an industrial scale. This is exactly the kind of heroic action that we, as a global community, should support and celebrate.

And Snowden isn't just any whistleblower; his revelations have already changed the world for the better. A US court has ruled some forms of NSA spying are illegal, and the New York Times Editorial Board -- THE establishment newspaper in the United States -- called for clemency for Snowden!

President Dilma needs our support to add to her calculation of risks and benefits. Let's show her that the world's people will stand with Brazil if Brazil stands for bravery. Join the world's biggest asylum request ever, for Edward:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/send_snowden_home_1/?bdjYcab&v=34236

With more than 30 million members around the world -- including 6 million in Brazil -- together we have taken effective action to protect our internet. When powerful multinational actors pushed a treaty to control and censor the the web, 2.8 million of us convinced Europe to axe the dangerous ACTA treaty. Now we can support the man who has shown us how technology is being used against us as the first step to stopping the spying.

With hope and determination,

Joseph, Christoph, Michael, Sayeeda, Ricken and the whole Avaaz Team

MORE INFORMATION:

Edward Snowden, Whistle - Blower ( NYTimes)
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/02/opinion/edward-snowden-whistle-blowe r.html

Brazil urged to give Snowden asylum (Express)
http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/435646/Brazil-urged-to-give-Snowde n-asylum

Brazil's Rousseff calls off state visit to U.S. over spying (Reuters)
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/17/us-usa-security-snowden-braz il-idUSBRE98G0VW20130917

Edward Snowden and the NSA files – timeline (The Guardian)
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jun/23/edward-snowden-nsa-files- timeline

U.S. Spying Prompts UN Panel to Review Surveillance (Bloomberg)
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-26/u-s-spying-prompts-un-panel-t o-review-surveillance.html

Brazil confirms satellite deal after US spying outcry (The New Age)
http://thenewage.co.za/112997-1021-53-Brazil_confirms_satellite_deal_a fter_US_spying_outcry

Nine reasons you should care about NSA’s PRISM surveillance (PC Authority)
http://www.pcauthority.com.au/Feature/346592,nine-reasons-you-should-c are-about-nsa8217s-prism-surve...

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