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Posted: Dec 17, 2014 - 11:45am

From the moment bin Laden was killed, the CIA launched a determined new campaign to convince Congress and the public that its torture program had been key to locating bin Laden - and that the agency's operations people had tracked him down by a series of operations in which one operation yielded clues that brought still others and led ultimately to Abbottabad. That campaign ultimately extended to using the popular film Zero Dark Thirty to promote the agency's justification for torture.
"Believe it or not, entertainment is part of our American diplomacy." ~ B.O.

The CIA Didn’t Just Torture, They Experimented on Human Beings | The Nation
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Posted: Oct 29, 2014 - 4:08am

blatant

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1. brazenly obvious; flagrant:

 

fascism

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1. (sometimes initial capital letter) a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism.

 

Verizon is launching a tech news site that bans stories on U.S. spying

 

Verizon is getting into the news business. What could go wrong?

The most-valuable, second-richest telecommunications company in the world is bankrolling a technology news site called SugarString.com. The publication, which is now hiring its first full-time editors and reporters, is meant to rival major tech websites like Wired and the Verge while bringing in a potentially giant mainstream audience to beat those competitors at their own game.

There’s just one catch: In exchange for the major corporate backing, tech reporters at SugarString are expressly forbidden from writing about American spying or net neutrality around the world, two of the biggest issues in tech and politics today.

Unsurprisingly, Verizon is deeply tangled up in both controversies.

The first revelation from Edward Snowden’s leaks showed that Verizon gave the National Security Agency (NSA) all of its customers’ phone records. Later leaks showed that virtually every other major phone and credit card company in America was doing the same thing.

Verizon has been snarled in U.S. government surveillance for years. After the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, USA Today reported, Verizon gave the NSA landline phone records without customer consent or a warrant. Just this week, it was revealed that Verizon is tracking all of its wireless customers movement throughout the Web.

Verizon has also led the charge to kill net neutrality—the principle that Internet service providers, like Verizon, should treat all Internet traffic equally—earning its place as the most vocal, aggressive, and well-funded opponent the so-called open Internet movement faces.

Curiously, Verizon’s self-censorship applies only to surveillance conducted by the United States. SugarString reporters are allowed to write, and have already written about, spying in other countries. Chinese surveillance, for instance, is fair game, as made evident in this article about anonymizing hardware, which mentions Chinese dissidents who risk their lives against state surveillance.

News of Verizon’s publishing venture and its strict rules first came to light to multiple reporters through recruiting emails sent last week by author and reporter Cole Stryker, who is now the editor-in-chief of SugarString. (Stryker has also previously contributed to the Daily Dot.) I was one of the reporters who received that email. The premise and rules behind the site were explained to me in a series of messages throughout the day. I declined the job offer.

Other reporters, who asked not to be named, have confirmed that they have received the same recruiting pitch with the same rules: No articles about surveillance or net neutrality.


 


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Posted: Oct 28, 2014 - 9:39pm

Der Feind meines Feindes ist mein Freund...
 
In Cold War, U.S. Spy Agencies Used 1,000 Nazis - NYTimes.com
In the decades after World War II, the C.I.A. and other United States agencies employed at least a thousand Nazis as Cold War spies and informants and, as recently as the 1990s, concealed the government’s ties to some still living in America, newly disclosed records and interviews show.

At the height of the Cold War in the 1950s, law enforcement and intelligence leaders like J. Edgar Hoover at the F.B.I. and Allen Dulles at the C.I.A. aggressively recruited onetime Nazis of all ranks as secret, anti-Soviet “assets,” declassified records show. They believed the ex-Nazis’ intelligence value against the Russians outweighed what one official called “moral lapses” in their service to the Third Reich.

And in 1994, a lawyer with the C.I.A. pressured prosecutors to drop an investigation into an ex-spy outside Boston implicated in the Nazis’ massacre of tens of thousands of Jews in Lithuania, according to a government official.

Evidence of the government’s links to Nazi spies began emerging publicly in the 1970s. But thousands of records from declassified files, Freedom of Information Act requests and other sources, together with interviews with scores of current and former government officials, show that the government’s recruitment of Nazis ran far deeper than previously known and that officials sought to conceal those ties for at least a half-century after the war.

In 1980, F.B.I. officials refused to tell even the Justice Department’s own Nazi hunters what they knew about 16 suspected Nazis living in the United States.

The bureau balked at a request from prosecutors for internal records on the Nazi suspects, memos show, because the 16 men had all worked as F.B.I. informants, providing leads on Communist “sympathizers.” Five of the men were still active informants. (...)


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Posted: Oct 15, 2014 - 7:27pm

UN Report Finds Mass Surveillance Violates International Treaties and Privacy Rights - The Intercept/Greenwald
Quaint UN, treaties, and rights...
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Posted: Oct 14, 2014 - 9:27pm

The Central Intelligence Agency has run guns to insurgencies across the world during its 67-year history — from Angola to Nicaragua to Cuba. The continuing C.I.A. effort to train Syrian rebels is just the latest example of an American president becoming enticed by the prospect of using the spy agency to covertly arm and train rebel groups.

An internal C.I.A. study has found that it rarely works.

The still-classified review, one of several C.I.A. studies commissioned in 2012 and 2013 in the midst of the Obama administration’s protracted debate about whether to wade into the Syrian civil war, concluded that many past attempts by the agency to arm foreign forces covertly had a minimal impact on the long-term outcome of a conflict. They were even less effective, the report found, when the militias fought without any direct American support on the ground. (...)

Do it again, but expect different results (though it is likely still profitable in the short term for some Ferengi)
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Posted: Oct 11, 2014 - 11:10am

Second leaker in US intelligence, says Glenn Greenwald
Citizenfour, new film on spying whistleblower Edward Snowden, shows journalist Greenwald discussing other source

Edward Snowden’s Girlfriend, Lindsay Mills, Moved to Moscow to Live with Him
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Posted: Oct 10, 2014 - 10:00pm

Core Secrets: NSA Saboteurs in China and Germany
By Peter Maass and Laura Poitras

The National Security Agency has had agents in China, Germany, and South Korea working on programs that use “physical subversion” to infiltrate and compromise networks and devices, according to documents obtained by The Intercept.

The documents, leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, also indicate that the agency has used “under cover” operatives to gain access to sensitive data and systems in the global communications industry, and that these secret agents may have even dealt with American firms. The documents describe a range of clandestine field activities that are among the agency’s “core secrets” when it comes to computer network attacks, details of which are apparently shared with only a small number of officials outside the NSA.

“It’s something that many people have been wondering about for a long time,” said Chris Soghoian, principal technologist for the American Civil Liberties Union, after reviewing the documents. “I’ve had conversations with executives at tech companies about this precise thing. How do you know the NSA is not sending people into your data centers?” (...)


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Posted: Sep 30, 2014 - 7:57am



 

Tim Berners-Lee Warns of Threat to the Internet

 

The British inventor of the World Wide Web warned on Saturday that the freedom of the Internet is under threat by governments and corporations interested in controlling the web.

Tim Berners-Lee, a computer scientist who invented the web 25 years ago, called for a bill of rights that would guarantee the independence of the Internet and ensure users' privacy.

"If a company can control your access to the Internet, if they can control which websites they go to, then they have tremendous control over your life," Berners-Lee said at the London "Web We Want" festival on the future of the Internet.

"If a Government can block you going to, for example, the opposition's political pages, then they can give you a blinkered view of reality to keep themselves in power."

"Suddenly the power to abuse the open Internet has become so tempting both for government and big companies."


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Posted: Sep 15, 2014 - 6:20pm

The NSA and GCHQ Campaign Against German Satellite Companies - The Intercept
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Posted: Aug 30, 2014 - 2:29pm

The US government can brand you a terrorist based on a Facebook post. We can't let them make up the rules
Arjun Sethi | Commentisfree | The Guardian

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Posted: Aug 29, 2014 - 6:12am

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got a strawberry festival?

you need a tank! {#Lol}



 


Strictly speaking, none of those vehicles are tanks. 
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Posted: Aug 29, 2014 - 6:03am

got a strawberry festival?

you need a tank! {#Lol}


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Posted: Aug 27, 2014 - 7:33pm

Chris Hedges: "Our Liberty Has Been Sacrificed On The Altar Of National Security"






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Posted: Aug 27, 2014 - 6:19pm

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With all the resources available to the NSA and considering its reasons for being, if they do not prevent all potential domestic hits from ISIL or ISIS or whoever they call themselves, the entire department should be scrapped and the administrators jailed.

That is all ... 

 
Thats just their cover, their real job is to keep tabs on us citizens not foreigners.
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Posted: Aug 27, 2014 - 6:12pm

With all the resources available to the NSA and considering its reasons for being, if they do not prevent all potential domestic hits from ISIL or ISIS or whoever they call themselves, the entire department should be scrapped and the administrators jailed.

That is all ... 
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Posted: Aug 26, 2014 - 2:55pm

'Google-like' search engine puts NSA snooping back in the spotlight


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