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"Without discussing specific individuals, it should not be surprising that the US Government uses all of the lawful tools at our disposal to impede the efforts of valid terrorist targets who seek to harm the nation and radicalize others to violence," said Shawn Turner, director of public affairs for National Intelligence to The Huffington Post.
The National Security Agency (NSA) is tracking records of online sexual activity (visiting porn sites) in order to collect evidence to damage people’s reputations.
According to a document from October 3, 2012 signed by the Director of the NSA that was sent to the DOJ and DEA:
"…assessment report on radicalization indicated that radicalizers appear to be particularly vulnerable in the area of authority when their private and public behaviors are not consistent.” Among the vulnerabilities listed by the NSA that can be effectively exploited are “viewing sexually explicit material online” and “using sexually explicit persuasive language when communicating with inexperienced young girls."
Yet Jameel Jaffer, deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, said these revelations give rise to serious concerns about abuse. "It's important to remember that the NSA’s surveillance activities are anything but narrowly focused -- the agency is collecting massive amounts of sensitive information about virtually everyone. Wherever you are, the NSA's databases store information about your political views, your medical history, your intimate relationships and your activities online. The NSA says this personal information won't be abused, but these documents show that the NSA probably defines 'abuse' very narrowly."
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Looks like the spied- upon US citizens (okay only those with a phone or a computer) could be in good company. According to Panorama, the United States National Security Agency (N.S.A.) spied on the Pope. While the N.S.A. denies this, Panorama expanded its claim today stating that “there is a suspicion that even the conversations of the future pontiff may have been monitored. On the other hand Bergoglio since 2005 had been put under the lens U.S. intelligence as revealed by the Wikileaks reports.”
Panorama reveals that According to its statement to Panorama, incoming calls and outgoing calls from the Vatican and those utilities on the Italian bishops and cardinals, captured and tracked by the NSA were classified according to four categories: "Leadership intentions," "Threats to financial system", Foreign Policy Objectives, "Human Rights."
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"People are furious," said a senior intelligence official who would not be identified discussing classified information. "This is officially the White House cutting off the intelligence community." - LA Times
From Ken DILANIAN/Janet STOBART at LA Times:
What do Germany, Mexico, France, Spain, Italy and Sweden have in common? Yes they are all friends of the United States. They are also infuriated by Obama and the NSA’s spy ops on their leaders.
According to the LA Times: “The White House and State Department signed off on surveillance targeting phone conversations of friendly foreign leaders, current and former U.S. intelligence officials said Monday.”
This admission completely contradicts the White House assertions that President Obama and other White House staff knew nothing of the surveillance of world leaders.
Even Democrat poster gal, Dianne Feinstein, Chairman of the Intelligence Committee threw Obama under the bus: "Unless the United States is engaged in hostilities against a country or there is an emergency need for this type of surveillance, I do not believe the United States should be collecting phone calls or emails of friendly presidents and prime ministers.”
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Our review of the way we gather intelligence is rigorous and ongoing.— Susan Rice (@AmbassadorRice) October 28, 2013
— Susan Rice (@AmbassadorRice) October 28, 2013
According to CBS and 60 Minutes, "al -Qaeda promised to attack the Red Cross, the British and the Americans in Benghazi" - so I guess this whole NSA spying ring musta missed that one?
We must seek proper balance between security concerns of our citizens and allies and the privacy concerns that all people share.— Susan Rice (@AmbassadorRice) October 28, 2013
And as Lisa says, we want to ensure we are collecting information because we need it and not just because we can http://t.co/8XL38E2W0c— Susan Rice (@AmbassadorRice) October 28, 2013
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Hollywood moonbats are right to be disturbed by recent revelations of the abuse of privacy by the NSA and the spying on American citizens. I support this video and the ideas communicated, but it does not go far enough. It is, however worth a peek.
How the producers of this slick important piece had the nerve to use video of Richard Nixon (as opposed to Obama) is simply jaw-dropping.
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Obama’s adolescent behavior continues to dominate our relationships with foreign countries. This week we have moved from the “I’ve got a secret” foreign policy to the “We are not going steady anymore and I’m going to post it on Facebook” bully tactics.
Obama will still attend the Group of 20 economic summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, but the president cancelled his one-on-one talks with Russian President Putin – Obama will go to Sweden instead.
Obama is pissed about Russia's harboring of National Security Agency secret-leaker Edward Snowden.
"There have been times where they slip back into Cold War thinking and a Cold War mentality," Obama said in an interview on NBC's "The Tonight Show." No one pointed out that Obama’s retaliatory action is reflective of a Cold War mentality as well.
The White House is claiming that there was already a troubled relationship with Russia and the support of Snowden exacerbated it – supposedly Russia is peeved about our Eastern Europe missile shield and the United States is vexed about Russia’s support of the wrong side in the conflict in Syria.
The AP could only find one Senator dumb enough to think Obama did the right thing - Sen. Chuck Schumer. Schumer said, "Putin doesn't deserve the respect after what he's done with Snowden." "I know what he's doing. He's trying to make Russia a big power again. To show him the respect at the bilateral talks doesn't make sense."Despite Obama’s bluster, Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will meet this week with their Russian counterparts
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Alexei Pushkov, the head of the Russian parliament’s foreign affairs committee announced on Twitter that Edward Snowden has accepted Venezuela’s offer of political asylum.
Now that Fast Eddie has a home, here are some fun things he can do while living in the beautiful tropical paradise.
Fun things for Edward Snowden to do in Venezuela:
He can work longer, so he can earn more…so he can do more cocaine. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reported that in 2009 Venezuela was the main cocaine transit country in the Western Hemisphere.
He can enjoy the weather. There are only two seasons in Venezuela and they are the hot and dry season, and the hot and wet season.
He can observe cool lightening! Relámpago del Catatumbo (Catatumbo Lightning) is an atmospheric phenomenon that occurs where the Catatumbo River meets the Lake Maracaibo, in Venezuela. The winds blowing across the Maracaibo lake causing lightening for 280 times an hour, 10 hours a day for 160 nights a year!
He can watch sports. The most popular sport in the country is Baseball.
He can sight see and take a tour of Angel Falls - the world's highest waterfall which drops from 3,212 feet.
Grab some skates! During Christmas season, the people of Venezuela roller-skate to church.
Meet a pageant chick. Venezuela has won the Miss Universe title 6 times and the Miss World 5 times till date. This is more than any other country in the world.
He can become a part-time nanny. The schools in this country give the kids so much liberty that they can choose the time to attend school.
But alas – WHAT …NO SIMPSONS? The popular U.S. adult cartoon comedy television series, "The Simpsons” is banned in Venezuela as it is deemd " inappropriate" for children.
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From The GuardianUK.com:
Why in Hong Kong, What Docs do you have and who did you give them to? 1) First, the US Government, just as they did with other whistleblowers, immediately and predictably destroyed any possibility of a fair trial at home, openly declaring me guilty of treason and that the disclosure of secret, criminal, and even unconstitutional acts is an unforgivable crime. That's not justice, and it would be foolish to volunteer yourself to it if you can do more good outside of prison than in it.Second, let's be clear: I did not reveal any US operations against legitimate military targets. I pointed out where the NSA has hacked civilian infrastructure such as universities, hospitals, and private businesses because it is dangerous. These nakedly, aggressively criminal acts are wrong no matter the target. Not only that, when NSA makes a technical mistake during an exploitation operation, critical systems crash. Congress hasn't declared war on the countries - the majority of them are our allies - but without asking for public permission, NSA is running network operations against them that affect millions of innocent people. And for what? So we can have secret access to a computer in a country we're not even fighting? So we can potentially reveal a potential terrorist with the potential to kill fewer Americans than our own Police? No, the public needs to know the kinds of things a government does in its name, or the "consent of the governed" is meaningless.2) All I can say right now is the US Government is not going to be able to cover this up by jailing or murdering me. Truth is coming, and it cannot be stopped.
Why Hong Kong instead of Iceland? Leaving the US was an incredible risk, as NSA employees must declare their foreign travel 30 days in advance and are monitored. There was a distinct possibility I would be interdicted en route, so I had to travel with no advance booking to a country with the cultural and legal framework to allow me to work without being immediately detained. Hong Kong provided that. Iceland could be pushed harder, quicker, before the public could have a chance to make their feelings known, and I would not put that past the current US administration.
On Manning – did he intend harm? No, I'm not. Wikileaks is a legitimate journalistic outlet and they carefully redacted all of their releases in accordance with a judgment of public interest. The unredacted release of cables was due to the failure of a partner journalist to control a passphrase. However, I understand that many media outlets used the argument that "documents were dumped" to smear Manning, and want to make it clear that it is not a valid assertion here.
Salary discrepancy? I was debriefed by Glenn and his peers over a number of days, and not all of those conversations were recorded. The statement I made about earnings was that $200,000 was my "career high" salary. I had to take pay cuts in the course of pursuing specific work. Booz was not the most I've been paid.
Why did you wait until after election? Obama's campaign promises and election gave me faith that he would lead us toward fixing the problems he outlined in his quest for votes. Many Americans felt similarly. Unfortunately, shortly after assuming power, he closed the door on investigating systemic violations of law, deepened and expanded several abusive programs, and refused to spend the political capital to end the kind of human rights violations like we see in Guantanamo, where men still sit without charge.
Direct Access Definition; Can NSA listen to calls? More detail on how direct NSA's accesses are is coming, but in general, the reality is this: if an NSA, FBI, CIA, DIA, etc analyst has access to query raw SIGINT databases, they can enter and get results for anything they want. Phone number, email, user id, cell phone handset id (IMEI), and so on - it's all the same. The restrictions against this are policy based, not technically based, and can change at any time. Additionally, audits are cursory, incomplete, and easily fooled by fake justifications. For at least GCHQ, the number of audited queries is only 5% of those performed.
2) NSA likes to use "domestic" as a weasel word here for a number of reasons. The reality is that due to the FISA Amendments Act and its section 702 authorities, Americans’ communications are collected and viewed on a daily basis on the certification of an analyst rather than a warrant. They excuse this as "incidental" collection, but at the end of the day, someone at NSA still has the content of your communications. Even in the event of "warranted" intercept, it's important to understand the intelligence community doesn't always deal with what you would consider a "real" warrant like a Police department would have to, the "warrant" is more of a templated form they fill out and send to a reliable judge with a rubber stamp.
NSA accesses content too? Both. If I target for example an email address, for example under FAA 702, and that email address sent something to you, Joe America, the analyst gets it. All of it. IPs, raw data, content, headers, attachments, everything. And it gets saved for a very long time - and can be extended further with waivers rather than warrants.
On Facebook/Google denials: Their denials went through several revisions as it become more and more clear they were misleading and included identical, specific language across companies. As a result of these disclosures and the clout of these companies, we're finally beginning to see more transparency and better details about these programs for the first time since their inception.They are legally compelled to comply and maintain their silence in regard to specifics of the program, but that does not comply them from ethical obligation. If for example Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Apple refused to provide this cooperation with the Intelligence Community, what do you think the government would do? Shut them down?
On claiming to have authority to wiretap anyone: Yes, I stand by it. US Persons do enjoy limited policy protections (and again, it's important to understand that policy protection is no protection - policy is a one-way ratchet that only loosens) and one very weak technical protection - a near-the-front-end filter at our ingestion points. The filter is constantly out of date, is set at what is euphemistically referred to as the "widest allowable aperture," and can be stripped out at any time. Even with the filter, US comms get ingested, and even more so as soon as they leave the border. Your protected communications shouldn't stop being protected communications just because of the IP they're tagged with.More fundamentally, the "US Persons" protection in general is a distraction from the power and danger of this system. Suspicionless surveillance does not become okay simply because it's only victimizing 95% of the world instead of 100%. Our founders did not write that "We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all US Persons are created equal."
Have you given/sold secrets to China in exchange for asylum ? This is a predictable smear that I anticipated before going public, as the US media has a knee-jerk "RED CHINA!" reaction to anything involving HK or the PRC, and is intended to distract from the issue of US government misconduct. Ask yourself: if I were a Chinese spy, why wouldn't I have flown directly into Beijing? I could be living in a palace petting a phoenix by now.
Terrorists have changed behavior because of your leaks: US officials say this every time there's a public discussion that could limit their authority. US officials also provide misleading or directly false assertions about the value of these programs, as they did just recently with the Zazi case, which court documents clearly show was not unveiled by PRISM.
Journalists should ask a specific question: since these programs began operation shortly after September 11th, how many terrorist attacks were prevented SOLELY by information derived from this suspicionless surveillance that could not be gained via any other source? Then ask how many individual communications were ingested to acheive that, and ask yourself if it was worth it. Bathtub falls and police officers kill more Americans than terrorism, yet we've been asked to sacrifice our most sacred rights for fear of falling victim to it.
Encryption? Encryption works. Properly implemented strong crypto systems are one of the few things that you can rely on. Unfortunately, endpoint security is so terrifically weak that NSA can frequently find ways around it.
Does the system work? Binney, Drake, Kiriakou, and Manning are all examples of how overly-harsh responses to public-interest whistle-blowing only escalate the scale, scope, and skill involved in future disclosures. Citizens with a conscience are not going to ignore wrong-doing simply because they'll be destroyed for it: the conscience forbids it. Instead, these draconian responses simply build better whistleblowers. If the Obama administration responds with an even harsher hand against me, they can be assured that they'll soon find themselves facing an equally harsh public response.This disclosure provides Obama an opportunity to appeal for a return to sanity, constitutional policy, and the rule of law rather than men. He still has plenty of time to go down in history as the President who looked into the abyss and stepped back, rather than leaping forward into it. I would advise he personally call for a special committee to review these interception programs, repudiate the dangerous "State Secrets" privilege, and, upon preparing to leave office, begin a tradition for all Presidents forthwith to demonstrate their respect for the law by appointing a special investigator to review the policies of their years in office for any wrongdoing. There can be no faith in government if our highest offices are excused from scrutiny - they should be setting the example of transparency.
What to advise others? This country is worth dying for.
Single moment that prompted you to act? I imagine everyone's experience is different, but for me, there was no single moment. It was seeing a continuing litany of lies from senior officials to Congress - and therefore the American people - and the realization that that Congress, specifically the Gang of Eight, wholly supported the lies that compelled me to act. Seeing someone in the position of James Clapper - the Director of National Intelligence - baldly lying to the public without repercussion is the evidence of a subverted democracy. The consent of the governed is not consent if it is not informed.
Classified info to Chinese? No. I have had no contact with the Chinese government. Just like with the Guardian and the Washington Post, I only work with journalists.
Opinion of public debate so far? Initially I was very encouraged. Unfortunately, the mainstream media now seems far more interested in what I said when I was 17 or what my girlfriend looks like rather than, say, the largest program of suspicionless surveillance in human history.
Anything else? Thanks to everyone for their support, and remember that just because you are not the target of a surveillance program does not make it okay. The US Person / foreigner distinction is not a reasonable substitute for individualized suspicion, and is only applied to improve support for the program. This is the precise reason that NSA provides Congress with a special immunity to its surveillance.