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    Post  TRANCOSO on Thu Dec 19, 2013 2:44 pm


    “Almost Orwellian”: US Judge Indicts NSA Spying
    By Bill Van Auken
    December 18, 2013

    A ruling handed down by a United States District Court judge in Washington Monday found the massive spying operation in which the National Security Agency sweeps up and stores the records of virtually every phone call made to, from or within the United States to be “almost Orwellian.”

    While Judge Richard Leon’s decision does nothing to curb the illegal and unconstitutional domestic spying by the NSA, this extraordinary description nonetheless stands as an official admission that the US government is guilty of methods appropriate to a police state.

    Edward Snowden, the NSA contractor who exposed the existence of the NSA domestic spying dragnet justifiably claimed the decision as a vindication of his decision to expose these secret operations to the American and world public.

    “I acted on my belief that the NSA’s mass surveillance programs would not withstand a constitutional challenge, and that the American public deserved a chance to see these issues determined in open courts,” Snowden said in a statement. “Today, a secret program authorized by a secret court was, when exposed to the light of day, found to violate Americans’ rights.”

    In his ruling, Judge Leon, an appointee of former President George W. Bush, said of the NSA’s “metadata” surveillance program: “I cannot imagine a more ‘indiscriminate’ and ‘arbitrary’ invasion than this systematic and high-tech collection and retention of personal data on virtually every single citizen for purposes of querying and analyzing it without judicial approval.”

    He ridiculed the government’s claim that a 1979 US Supreme Court decision involving the police obtaining phone records of a robbery suspect over a two-day period could somehow serve as precedent legalizing the wholesale spying on the American people more than three decades later.

    Even more significantly, the judge rejected the core pretext invoked by the Obama administration, and the Bush administration before it, to justify not only unrestrained domestic spying, but every other attack on democratic rights at home and act of militarist aggression abroad: the war on terror.

    Leon pointedly observed that the government failed to cite “a single case in which analysis of the NSA’s bulk metadata collection actually stopped an imminent terrorist attack.” He based his decision in part on “the utter lack of evidence that a terrorist attack has ever been prevented” by “searching the NSA database.”

    CONTINUE: http://www.globalresearch.ca/almost-orwellian-us-judge-indicts-nsa-spying/5362025
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    Post  TRANCOSO on Sun Dec 22, 2013 1:52 pm


    Washington Has Discredited America - The 'Obama Regime', a Police State
    By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts
    December 19, 2013
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    Years ago when I described the George W. Bush regime as a police state, right-wing eyebrows were raised. When I described the Obama regime as an even worse police state, liberals rolled their eyes. Alas! Now I am no longer controversial. Everybody says it.

    According to the UK newspaper, The Guardian, the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, had an angry exchange with Obama in which Merkel compared Obama’s National Security Agency (NSA) with the East German Communist Stasi, which spied on everyone through networks of informers. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/17/merkel-compares-nsa-stasi-obama

    Merkel grew up in Communist East Germany where she was spied upon by the Stasi, and now that she has risen to the highest political office in Europe’s most powerful state, she is spied upon by “freedom and democracy” America.

    A former top NSA official, William Binney, declared that “We (the US) are now in a police state.” The mass spying conducted by the Obama regime, Binney says “is a totalitarian process.” http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/12/former-top-nsa-official-now-police-state.html

    Perhaps my best vindication, after all the hate mail from “super patriots,” who wear their ignorance on their sleeves, and Obama-worshipping liberals, whose gullibility is sickening, came from federal judge Richard Leon, who declared the Obama-sanctioned NSA spying to be “almost Orwellian.” As the American Civil Liberties Union realized, federal judge Leon’s decision vindicated Edward Snowden by ruling that the NSA spying is likely outside what the Constitution permits, “labeling it ‘Orwellian’ – adding that James Madison would be ‘aghast.’”

    If only more Americans were aghast. I sometimes wonder whether Americans like being spied upon, because it makes them feel important. “Look at me! I’m so important that the government spends enough money to wipe out US poverty spying on me and my Facebook, et. al., friends. I bet they are spending one billion dollars just to know who I connected with today. I hope it didn’t get lost in all the spam.”

    Being spied upon is the latest craze of people devoid of any future but desperate for attention.

    Jason Ditz at the FBI spied-upon Antiwar.com says that Judge Leon’s ruling is a setback for Obama, who was going to restore justice and liberty but instead created the American Stasi Spy State. Congress, of course, loves the spy state, because all the capitalist firms that make mega-millions or mega-billions from it generously finance congressional and senatorial campaigns for those who support the Stasi state.

    The romance that libertarians and “free market economists” have with capitalism, which buys compliance with its greed and cooperates with the Stasi state, is foolish.

    CONTINUE: http://www.globalresearch.ca/washington-has-discredited-america-the-obama-regime-a-police-state/5362191
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    Post  Jenetta on Sun Dec 22, 2013 10:08 pm

    Whistleblower Snowden voted year’s international newsmaker by Postmedia editors

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    Re: The Surveillance State - A New Era

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    Post  TRANCOSO on Sat Dec 28, 2013 1:26 pm


    Edward Snowden: Power, Privacy and the Public Good
    By Colin Todhunter
    December 26, 2013

    For many years in Britain, the Queen’s Christmas Day message has been broadcast on TV and watched by millions across the world. This year, the monarch discussed the birth of a new royal, the 60thanniversary of her being on the throne and took time to reflect on next year’s Commonwealth Games in Scotland. While her anodyne annual Christmas message is eagerly watched by many Brits and is regarded as part and parcel of modern-day Christmas ‘tradition’, there are others who purposely avoid such pap.

    Since 1993, Channel 4 in Britain has broadcast an ‘alternative’ Christmas message, sometimes humorous, at other times serious. Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was given the opportunity to convey his message in 2008. This year, it was the turn of former National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.

    While a fossilized remnant of Empire delivered her message by a Christmas tree in Buckingham Palace’s Blue Drawing Room, Snowden’s setting was sober and devoid of the trappings of privilege or connotations of a violent colonial past. His message concerned the US and British governments’ mass surveillance and the erosion of personal privacy. He stated that a child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy at all, and they will never know what it means to have a private moment to themselves – an unrecorded, unanalyzed thought. This is because, according to Snowden, a system of worldwide mass surveillance has been created.

    Snowden referred to George Orwell. He stated that Orwell warned us about the dangers of microphones, video cameras and TVs that watch us, but concluded that these are nothing compared to what is used to infringe our personal privacy today.

    He went on to say that a child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy at all – they will never know what it means to have a private moment to themselves, an unrecorded, not analyzed thought. This matters because Snowden feels that privacy is what allows us to determine who we are and who we want to be.

    Snowden finished his message by arguing that the conversation occurring today about mass surveillance will determine the amount of trust we can place both in the technology that surrounds us and the government that regulates it.

    CONTINUE: http://www.globalresearch.ca/edward-snowden-power-privacy-and-the-public-good/5362744
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    The NSA's 50-Page Catalog Of Back Door Penetration Techniques Revealed

    Post  enemyofNWO on Mon Dec 30, 2013 11:07 am

    It appears that not only Cisco Routers and other hardware Used for providing communication services to the public or community are provided with BAck doors making possible spying for the various alphabet agencies . After the Snowden revelations there have been huge losses of sales of computer equipment manufactured in the USA .


    Wolf Richter: NSA Revelations Kill IBM Hardware Sales In China


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    "Yves here. When Edward Snowden began revealing the true scope of the surveillance state and the degree to which major American tech and communications companies were partners, Ed Harrison almost immediately recognized how damaging the news was to the cloud computing model. Yours truly, among others, wondered how quickly some countries would try to regain control of their Internet architecture, at least to keep the NSA from snooping on strictly domestic communications. That trend would also favor non-US service and equipment providers. For instance, a book I’m reading now, Spies for Hire by Tim Shorrock, mentions in passing that the NSA wanted to restrict US companies developing stronger forms of encryption because if they got too good, the NSA would not be able to crack it either. The Americans were very unhappy, and argued that that restriction would enable Europeans and the Japanese to take the lead in that field. The solution? The NSA let our domestic players go ahead as long as they got secret decryption keys. Mind you, this tidbit was public knowledge before the Snowden exposes, but remember also that aside from websites that needed encryption to allow for Internet commerce, most people didn’t give encryption a passing thought. These sort of security/privacy issues have gone mainstream, to the detriment of some US players. " the rest
    at http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2013/10/wolf-richter-nsa-revelations-kill-ibm-hardware-sales-in-china.html

    I underlined the above words because they confirm what I know about the history of Cryptography .  From what I know from the early day the US would not  allow a developer of a cryptographic system to put it on the market without a BACKDOOR . This story continued until the SHA-1 system

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SHA-1

    The  SHA -2 cryprographic system was designed by the NSA   and ,given the past history  of that agency , I can't believe that they haven't got a back door for decrypting  BITCOIN .
    I could be wrong , but I believe that predicting the behavior of criminals lies with their past actions . The NSA or their friends from Government wanted a backdoor for every system that was going to be sold  .

    So far we know that every computer sold that uses the Windows Operating System and the MAC OS have back door access for the spies . Now comes the News that even the HARD DISK drives of
    the major manufacturers have backdoors .
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    " More importantly, thanks to Spiegel (and Snowden of course), the NSA's 50-page catalog of "backdoor penetration" techniques has been revealed. So what exactly is to be found in the 50-page catalog?

    Some of the equipment available is quite inexpensive. A rigged monitor cable that allows "TAO personnel to see what is displayed on the targeted monitor," for example, is available for just $30. But an "active GSM base station" -- a tool that makes it possible to mimic a mobile phone tower and thus monitor cell phones -- costs a full $40,000. Computer bugging devices disguised as normal USB plugs, capable of sending and receiving data via radio undetected, are available in packs of 50 for over $1 million.

    The ANT division doesn't just manufacture surveillance hardware. It also develops software for special tasks. The ANT developers have a clear preference for planting their malicious code in so-called BIOS, software located on a computer's motherboard that is the first thing to load when a computer is turned on.

    This has a number of valuable advantages: an infected PC or server appears to be functioning normally, so the infection remains invisible to virus protection and other security programs. And even if the hard drive of an infected computer has been completely erased and a new operating system is installed, the ANT malware can continue to function and ensures that new spyware can once again be loaded onto what is presumed to be a clean computer. The ANT developers call this "Persistence" and believe this approach has provided them with the possibility of permanent access.

    Another program attacks the firmware in hard drives manufactured by Western Digital, Seagate, Maxtor and Samsung, all of which, with the exception of latter, are American companies. Here, too, it appears the US intelligence agency is compromising the technology and products of American companies.

    Other ANT programs target Internet routers meant for professional use or hardware firewalls intended to protect company networks from online attacks. Many digital attack weapons are "remotely installable" -- in other words, over the Internet. Others require a direct attack on an end-user device -- an "interdiction," as it is known in NSA jargon -- in order to install malware or bugging equipment. The conclusion here is an easy one, and one we have repeated ever since before the Snowden revelations: Big Brother is bigger and badder than ever, he knows exactly what you've been doing, and the second the NSA wants to nuke your computer out of orbit and/or destroy your digital life, it can do so in a millisecond.  What is more amusing is that with each passing disclosure, it is increasingly clear that the NSA has gotten its inspiration for its dealings with the US public from a Danielle Steel book at best, or a Vivid Video bootlegged tape at worst."

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-12-29/nsas-50-page-catalog-back-door-penetration-techniques-revealed


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    Re: The Surveillance State - A New Era

    Post  TRANCOSO on Mon Dec 30, 2013 11:26 am

    enemyofNWO wrote: http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2013/10/wolf-richter-nsa-revelations-kill-ibm-hardware-sales-in-china.html

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SHA-1

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-12-29/nsas-50-page-catalog-back-door-penetration-techniques-revealed
    Excellent post, mate!

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    Post  TRANCOSO on Mon Dec 30, 2013 11:47 am

    NSA: Tailored Access Operations - NSA's elite hacking unit intercepted computers ordered online and installed Spyware to steal data from their toughest of targets
    By Daily Mail Reporter and Associated Press Reporter
    29 December 2013

    -    The latest NSA revelations focus on the undercover work of an elite team of hackers known as Tailored Access Operations
    -   Citing internal documents, German magazine Der Spiegel said on Sunday that TAO's mission is 'Getting the ungettable'
    -    An unnamed intelligence official said TAO had gathered 'some of the most significant intelligence our country has ever seen'
    -    Their spies have intercepted computer deliveries, exploited hardware vulnerabilities, and even hijacked Microsoft's internal reporting system

    NSA spies have intercepted computer deliveries, exploited hardware vulnerabilities, and even hijacked Microsoft's internal reporting system all in the name of stealing data from some of their toughest targets.

    These latest revelations to emerge about the undercover work of the National Security Agency focus on the work carried out by an elite team of hackers known as Tailored Access Operations (TAO).

    Citing internal NSA documents, German magazine Der Spiegel said on Sunday that TAO's mission is ‘Getting the ungettable,’ and quoted an unnamed intelligence official as saying that TAO had gathered ‘some of the most significant intelligence our country has ever seen.’

    CONTINUE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2530859/NSAs-elite-hacking-unit-intercepted-computers-ordered-online-installed-Spyware-steal-data-toughest-targets.html#ixzz2ouJ4FPHw
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    Post  TRANCOSO on Mon Dec 30, 2013 2:30 pm

    The Real Privacy Problem
    By Evgeny Morozov
    October 22, 2013

    As Web companies and government agencies analyze ever more information about our lives, it’s tempting to respond by passing new privacy laws or creating mechanisms that pay us for our data. Instead, we need a civic solution, because democracy is at risk.

    Most proposals for enhancing our privacy treat it as an end in itself. Instead we need to be talking about how to best stimulate democracy — a balancing act that laws or market mechanisms can’t achieve alone.

    In 1967, The Public Interest, then a leading venue for highbrow policy debate, published a provocative essay by Paul Baran, one of the fathers of the data transmission method known as packet switching. Titled “The Future Computer Utility,” the essay speculated that someday a few big, centralized computers would provide “information processing … the same way one now buys electricity.”

    Our home computer console will be used to send and receive messages — like telegrams. We could check to see whether the local department store has the advertised sports shirt in stock in the desired color and size. We could ask when delivery would be guaranteed, if we ordered. The information would be up-to-the-minute and accurate. We could pay our bills and compute our taxes via the console. We would ask questions and receive answers from “information banks” — automated versions of today’s libraries. We would obtain up-to-the-minute listing of all television and radio programs … The computer could, itself, send a message to remind us of an impending anniversary and save us from the disastrous consequences of forgetfulness.

    It took decades for cloud computing to fulfill Baran’s vision. But he was prescient enough to worry that utility computing would need its own regulatory model. Here was an employee of the RAND Corporation — hardly a redoubt of Marxist thought — fretting about the concentration of market power in the hands of large computer utilities and demanding state intervention. Baran also wanted policies that could “offer maximum protection to the preservation of the rights of privacy of information”:

    CONTINUE: http://www.technologyreview.com/featuredstory/520426/the-real-privacy-problem/
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    How The NSA Hacks Your iPhone (Presenting DROPOUT JEEP)

    Post  enemyofNWO on Tue Dec 31, 2013 3:13 am

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    Following up on the latest stunning revelations released yesterday by German Spiegel which exposed the spy agency's 50 page catalog of "backdoor penetration techniques", today during a speech given by Jacob Applebaum (@ioerror) at the 30th Chaos Communication Congress, a new bombshell emerged: specifically the complete and detailed description of how the NSA bugs, remotely, your iPhone. The way the NSA accomplishes this is using software known as Dropout Jeep, which it describes as follows: "DROPOUT JEEP is a software implant for the Apple iPhone that utilizes modular mission applications to provide specific SIGINT functionality. This functionality includes the ability to remotely push/pull files from the device. SMS retrieval, contact list retrieval, voicemail, geolocation, hot mic, camera capture, cell tower location, etc. Command, control and data exfiltration can occur over SMS messaging or a GPRS data connection. All communications with the implant will be covert and encrypted."

    The flowchart of how the NSA makes your iPhone its iPhone is presented below:

    NSA ROC operator
    Load specified module
    Send data request
    iPhone accepts request
    Retrieves required SIGINT data
    Encrypt and send exfil data
    Rinse repeat
    And visually:





    What is perhaps just as disturbing is the following rhetorical sequence from Applebaum:

    "Do you think Apple helped them build that? I don't know. I hope Apple will clarify that. Here's the problem: I don't really believe that Apple didn't help them, I can't really prove it but [the NSA] literally claim that anytime they target an iOS device that it will succeed for implantation. Either they have a huge collection of exploits that work against Apple products, meaning that they are hoarding information about critical systems that American companies produce and sabotaging them, or Apple sabotaged it themselves. Not sure which one it is. I'd like to believe that since Apple didn't join the PRISM program until after Steve Jobs died, that maybe it's just that they write shitty software. We know that's true."

    Conrinues at

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-12-30/how-nsa-hacks-your-iphone-presenting-dropout-jeep


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    Having one I-Phones or phone with the android OS could be a health Hazard . Infact the simpler the phones are the better they are for your safety .
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    The NSA is Building the Foundation for a Global Police State
    By Eric Sommer
    December 31, 2013

    NSA spying is just the beginning, a far greater threat lies ahead
    The US National Security Agency (NSA) is building the foundation for a global police state. This is not an exaggeration.

    The lynch pin of the NSA system is the continuous gathering of all types of digital data on political leaders, economic institutions, and hundreds of millions of people around the world. Despite the recent revelations, the political leaders of the US government have never stated that such activities will stop.

    However, the current massive cyber surveillance of the worlds’ people and institutions is only the beginning of the threat from the NSA and its allied US government agencies. Unrestricted information technology (IT) power in the hands of the US government is a future threat which dwarfs anything the NSA has done to date.

    Moore’s law, a prediction originally formulated by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore, states that microchips double in power and halve in price per unit power every two years. In the 47 years since this prediction appeared, it has always been validated, and experts expect this trajectory to continue for the foreseeable future.

    By simple arithmetic of the 2x2x2x2x2 variety, we can see that ten years from now, chip power will be 32 times greater than today. The capabilities of a wide range of digital devices will also improve exponentially, as processing speed, memory capacity, sensors, and miniaturization are all linked to Moore’s law.

    This upward leap will have massive negative consequences if the US government is permitted to retain its current ‘blank check’ on the use – and manipulation – of IT.

    To begin with, the power to gather – and to automate – the scanning and manipulation of…the worlds data will grow exponentially. The NSA has already anticipated this development by constructing a gigantic new center in the US state of Utah. Finished at the end of 2013, it will house unimaginable amounts of data – amounts far greater than any it has so far gathered, at an estimated cost for construction plus hardware and software of 3.5 to 4 billion US dollars.

    Second, the power of the NSA – and of other US government entities – to instantly control or kill anyone or any institution anywhere in the world will also grow exponentially. IT-controlled pilot-less drone airplanes, currently used by the US government to murder people thousands of miles away in a number of countries, are but a small harbinger of what will be possible.

    CONTINUE: http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-nsa-is-building-the-foundation-for-a-global-police-state/5363186
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    Post  TRANCOSO on Tue Dec 31, 2013 11:07 pm

    The Pseudo-Legal Arguments for a Police State
    By Tom Carter
    December 31, 2013

    US District Judge William H. Pauley’s ruling in the case of ACLU v. Clapper on December 27, which sanctions dragnet NSA surveillance of the telephone records of the entire country’s population, has immense significance for democratic rights.

    Although it is written by a federal judge, it is not so much a legal opinion as it is a fascist-style polemic that advocates scrapping the US Constitution and implementing a police state. The fact that a federal judge makes such arguments is a significant indication of the extent to which a pro-dictatorship consensus has developed within the highest levels of the judicial system.

    The entire opening section of the opinion is a self-consciously political case for police state spying and silencing whistle-blowers. Responding to United States District Court judge Richard Leon’s decision earlier this month calling NSA surveillance “almost Orwellian,” Judge Pauley employs the argument that every dictatorship throughout history has made in one form or another: that “national security” and the threat of “terrorism” necessitate the abrogation of democratic rights. This is nothing but a variation on the arguments made by Nazi jurist Carl Schmitt that state interests, as determined by an all-powerful executive (a “fuehrer”), may warrant a “state of exception,” during which the constitution may be suspended and democratic rights trampled upon.

    According to Judge Pauley, the attacks of September 11, 2001 more than 12 years ago (which were carried out by Al Qaeda terrorists well known to US intelligence agencies) justify an unprecedented expansion of state surveillance. Relying uncritically on the testimony of senior Obama administration officials, Judge Pauley contends that if the NSA had recourse to its current telephone spying program in the period leading up to September 11, 2001, then the attacks would have been prevented.

    The opinion is riddled with lies and distortions. The principal lie is that the actions of the US government are justified by the demands of the struggle against Al Qaeda. This is a claim that cannot withstand scrutiny. The so-called “war on terror” has provided a pretext for the implementation of policies that would not, without the claim of a grave national emergency, be accepted by the public. Moreover, while it is supposedly at war with Al Qaeda, the United States government is currently providing weapons, funds, and even side-by-side military cooperation to its Al Qaeda-linked terrorist friends in Libya and Syria. As the World Socialist Web Site has correctly insisted from the start, the real purpose of the “war on terror” is not to fight Al Qaeda, but to justify militarism abroad and to lay permanent siege to democratic rights at home.

    CONTINUE: http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-pseudo-legal-arguments-for-a-police-state/5363172
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    Re: The Surveillance State - A New Era

    Post  Micjer on Thu Jan 02, 2014 3:11 pm

    I have pointed out to people that they should take a hard look at the facts of 9-11 and more recently the Sandy Hook shootings.

    Their immediate response is why would the government want to stage anything like these events.

    Well the actions of the NSA are living proof of why. People are scared by the acts of violence and want something done. Well things are being done all right. Their freedoms and privacy are being stripped away. The disappointing thing is that people applaud the "security" measures being implemented because they feel safer.

    As the ptb put in place their spying network, small step by step, it goes mainly unnoticed. But for anyone paying attention, the changes in the last 20 years is staggering.

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    Re: The Surveillance State - A New Era

    Post  magamud on Thu Jan 02, 2014 5:39 pm

    There running false flags like Hollywood makes movies. In one sense our species is in a movie following a script from hidden directors.  You are no longer in Kansas Dorothy.  We are truly in an infowar.  And in a spiritual sense its about energy, which is awareness.  And through communication you can change someones life eternally.  The stakes have never been higher.
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    Don’t Want Your Laptop Tampered With? Just Add Glitter Nail Polish
    By John Borland
    12.30.13

    If you’re traveling overseas, across borders or anywhere you’re afraid your laptop or other equipment might be tampered with or examined, you’ve got a new secret weapon to improve security. Glitter nail polish.

    Don’t laugh. It works.

    Security researchers Eric Michaud and Ryan Lackey, making a presentation at the Chaos Communication Congress on Monday, highlighted the power of nail polish – along with metallic paints and even crappy stickers – to help people know when their machines have been physically tampered with and potentially compromised.

    “Government agencies have so much money, they can build their own custom procedures,” said Ryan Lackey, founder of the CryptoSeal VPN service. “But if you’re a private person who travels to a country to do work, you have to take your stuff.”

    Physical tampering with machines, whether by governments, corporate competitors or data thieves looking for bounty, is a growing problem. Businesspeople traveling to China in particular have reported problems with data theft and hardware tampering. While drive encryption, strong passwords and software-based measures might keep causal thieves out, traveling offers many ways for prying eyes to physically compromise a laptop, Lackey and Michaud noted. Border areas can be especially dangerous, as authorities can confiscate a laptop or cell phone to “examine” it, then return it with the drives imaged or malware installed. Once at a destination, many travelers lack the option to carry their laptop at all times. This raises the risk of attackers breaking into a hotel room to steal data or compromise machines.

    CONTINUE: http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2013/12/better-data-security-nail-polish/
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    Post  TRANCOSO on Thu Jan 02, 2014 9:01 pm

    Terms and Conditions and Government Spying
    Terms and Conditions May Apply director Cullen Hoback talks about the way that user agreements are manipulated to help the government spy on you.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnRjdf8_w9M
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    Post  TRANCOSO on Fri Jan 03, 2014 7:28 pm

    The Shift towards an Authoritarian Future: Why the West Slowly Abandons its Civil Liberties
    By Werner de Gruijter, Arnout Krediet and Sven Jense
    January 02, 2014

    Politicians on both sides of the Atlantic who construct an image of toughness – tough on crime, on terrorism, on humanistic-inspired idealism etc. – are tapping into a sensitive spot that blocks critical thought among the public. Obama’s brute and harsh reaction on Edward Snowden’s revelations is just another example. Somehow it seems like “We, the people…” lost track of ourselves. Four main reasons why we abandon our once hard fought civil rights.

    Many countries in the West, like Britain, France, Spain the US and the Netherlands have experienced in recent years an exponential increase in technological surveillance and a resolute decline in parliamentary and judicial control over state police and secret service.

    Issues like the ban on torture, the possibility of detention without charge, privacy and freedom of speech were in the public debate reframed in favour of state control. And everybody accepted it. To be fair, there was some opposition – but it lacked intensity. Why is this happening?

    To give an example, under former British Prime Minister Tony Blair 45 criminal laws were approved creating 3000 new criminal offenses. British writer John Kampfer argues that in the past ten years more criminal offenses were made in his country than in a hundred years before. All this was legitimized by the idea that a ‘terrorist’ virus attacked Western civilization. Of course, there is some truth in it – but these risks were grossly exaggerated. Still, we fearfully went along with the proposed measures.

    This cultural shift towards perhaps a more authoritarian future for the West is no coincidence of nature. It is man made. If the opportunity is there, top down induced shifts happen only if politicians, corporations, media pundits and other cultural icons are able to find the right symbols and techniques to get a new message across.

    But first, besides these techniques, famous American psychologist Abraham Maslow is probably aware that there is also something else which stimulates our apathy in this respect. He signified the importance of leisure time for our own personal well being as well as for the well being of the community as a whole – it creates so to speak the possibility to make well informed decisions. Currently our leisure time is under assault. Thirty years of income stagnation in the midst of rising prices – people have to struggle to earn a living – meant that for most of us there is less time for critical thought.

    CONTINUE: http://www.globalresearch.ca/why-the-west-slowly-abandons-its-civil-liberties-the-shift-towards-an-authoritarian-future/5363401
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    Post  TRANCOSO on Thu Jan 09, 2014 1:13 pm

    Life in the Orwellian Electronic Concentration Camp - 10 Ways We're Being Spied on by Big Brother
    John W. Whitehead
    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

    "[A security camera] doesn’t respond to complaint, threats, or insults. Instead, it just watches you in a forbidding manner. Today, the surveillance state is so deeply enmeshed in our data devices that we don’t even scream back because technology companies have convinced us that we need to be connected to them to be happy.”
    — Pratap Chatterjee, journalist

    What is most striking about the American police state is not the mega-corporations running amok in the halls of Congress, the militarized police crashing through doors and shooting unarmed citizens, or the invasive surveillance regime which has come to dominate every aspect of our lives. No, what has been most disconcerting about the emergence of the American police state is the extent to which the citizenry appears content to passively wait for someone else to solve our nation’s many problems. Unless Americans are prepared to engage in militant nonviolent resistance in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. and Gandhi, true reform, if any, will be a long time coming.

    Yet as I detail in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, if we don’t act soon, all that is in need of fixing will soon be unfixable, especially as it relates to the police state that becomes more entrenched with each passing day. By “police state,” I am referring to more than a society overrun by the long arm of the police. I am referring to a society in which all aspects of a person’s life are policed by government agents, one in which all citizens are suspects, their activities monitored and regulated, their movements tracked, their communications spied upon, and their lives, liberties and pursuit of happiness dependent on the government’s say-so.

    That said, how can anyone be expected to “fix” what is broken unless they first understand the lengths to which the government with its arsenal of technology is going in order to accustom the American people to life in a police state and why being spied on by government agents, both state and federal, as well as their partners in the corporate world, is a problem, even if you’ve done nothing wrong.

    CONTINUE: http://www.activistpost.com/2014/01/life-in-orwellian-electronic.html
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    Post  bobhardee on Thu Jan 09, 2014 8:52 pm






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    A group of former National Security Agency insiders who went on to become whistleblowers have written a letter to President Barack Obama, requesting a meeting with him to offer “a fuller picture” of the spy agency’s systemic problems.

    The group of four intelligence specialists - William Binney, Thomas Drake, Edward Loomis and Kirk Wiebe - who worked at the NSA for “a total of 144 years, most of them at senior levels” stressed in the letter the need for Obama to address what they’ve seen as abuses that violated Americans’ Fourth Amendment rights and that have made proper, effective intelligence gathering more difficult.

    “What we tell you in this Memorandum is merely the tip of the iceberg,” the group, calling themselves the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), wrote. “We are ready – if you are – for an honest conversation. That NSA’s bulk collection is more hindrance than help in preventing terrorist attacks should be clear by now despite the false claims and dissembling.”

    The group criticized the NSA for its vast data collection policies, which they say bars the agency from effectively tracking actual terror plots in advance, such as the Boston Marathon bombing in April 2013.

    The “NSA is drowning in useless data lacking adequate privacy provisions, to the point where it cannot conduct effective terrorist-related surveillance and analysis,” they write. “A recently disclosed internal NSA briefing document corroborates the drowning, with the embarrassing admission, in bureaucratese, that NSA collection has been ‘outpacing’ NSA’s ability to ingest, process, and store data – let alone analyze the take.”

    The letter ridicules current and former intelligence community leaders like Director of National Intelligence James Clapper - for lying to Congress - and current NSA director Keith Alexander and its former chief Michael Hayden for purposely distorting the efficiency and vitality of the agency’s surveillance programs.

    “Surely you intuit that something is askew when NSA Director Keith Alexander testifies to Congress that NSA’s bulk collection has ‘thwarted’ 54 terrorist plots and later, under questioning, is forced to reduce that number to one, which cannot itself withstand close scrutiny. And surely you understand why former NSA Director and CIA Director Michael Hayden protests too much and too often on Fox News and CNN, and why he and House Intelligence Committee Mike Rogers publicly suggest that whistleblower Edward Snowden be put on your Kill List.”

    “Does a blind loyalty prevail in your White House to the point where, 40 years after Watergate, there is not a single John Dean to warn you of a “cancer on the presidency?” Have none of your lawyers reminded you that “electronic surveillance of private citizens … subversive of constitutional government” was one of the three Articles of Impeachment against President Richard Nixon approved by a bipartisan 28 to 10 vote of the House Judiciary Committee on July 27, 1974?”

    The VIPS letter indicates the combined insight and expertise of these respected intelligence analysts - all ridiculed and some prosecuted after calling attention to NSA abuses years before anyone had heard of former NSA contractor and leaker Edward Snowden - can be important in the face of an establishment community in Washington seeking to shelter the mass surveillance programs in question.

    “Given the closed circle surrounding you, we are allowing for the possibility that the smell from these rotting red herrings has not yet reached you – even though your own Review Group has found, for example, that NSA’s bulk collection has thwarted exactly zero terrorist plots,” they write, referring to an Obama-appointed panel that was tasked with reviewing NSA procedures."

    “The sadder reality, Mr. President, is that NSA itself had enough information to prevent 9/11, but chose to sit on it rather than share it with the FBI or CIA. We know; we were there. We were witness to the many bureaucratic indignities that made NSA at least as culpable for pre-9/11 failures as are other U.S. intelligence agencies.”

    The VIPS revisit much of the information already reported, including the case of NSA senior executive Drake’s attempts to convince agency heads that a program developed by Binney should have been used for crucial intelligence gathering. THINTHREAD, produced for a relatively small amount of money shortly before the 9/11 attacks, sorted information without violating the Fourth Amendment or NSA’s privacy standards, the VIPS write.

    But instead, then-NSA director Michael Hayden chose a different program, STELLARWIND, produced by defense contractors that cost billions of dollars while violating Fourth Amendment and privacy rights. Drake sounded the alarm, continuing to push for THINTHREAD use even after all its developers left the NSA in October 2011. In his steady support for the discarded program, he found out how much actionable intelligence the NSA had legally gathered that could have thwarted the 9/11 attacks, he says.

    Upon being asked to prepare a report at the request of Congress on the NSA’s knowledge of the 9/11 plot and hijackers before September 11, 2001, Drake says the agency decided to balk at taking any responsibility.

    “After a couple of weeks [SIGINT chief Maureen] Baginski rejected my draft team Statement for the Record report and removed me from the task,” Drake writes. “When I asked her why, she said there was a ‘data integrity problem’ (not further explained) with my draft Statement for the Record. I had come upon additional damaging revelations. For example, NSA had the content of telephone calls between AA-77 hijacker Khalid al-Mihdhar in San Diego, CA, and the known al-Qaeda safe house switchboard in Yemen well before 9/11, and had not disseminated that information beyond NSA.”

    “In short, when confronted with the prospect of fessing up, NSA chose instead to obstruct the 9/11 congressional investigation, play dumb, and keep the truth buried, including the fact that it knew about all inbound and outbound calls to the safe house switchboard in Yemen. NSA’s senior leaders took me off the task because they realized – belatedly, for some reason – that I would not take part in covering up the truth about how much NSA knew but did not share.”

    The letter, with the subject line “Input for Your Decisions on NSA,” is timed to coincide with deliberations currently happening in the Obama administration to confront recommended NSA reforms from the panel.

    Last month, the five-person review group, made up of intelligence and administration insiders, assembled by Obama presented the White House with a report suggesting that the NSA consider dozens of recommendations meant to reform some of the operations exposed through leaks supplied by Snowden. After that report was completed but before the president went on vacation in late December, Obama said he’d make a "pretty definitive statement about all of this in January."

    The President is now expected to weigh in on those recommendations publically during the annual State of the Union address scheduled for January 28 in Washington.

    Obama will reportedly hold a closed-door meeting with select officials on this week in advance of the public speech to discuss in private the future of the controversial surveillance operations waged by the NSA.
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    Post  TRANCOSO on Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:41 pm

    I Spent Two Hours Talking With the NSA’s Bigwigs - Here’s What Has Them Mad
    By Steven Levy
    01.13.14

    My expectations were low when I asked the National Security Agency to cooperate with my story on the impact of Edward Snowden’s leaks on the tech industry. During the 1990s, I had been working on a book, Crypto, which dove deep into cryptography policy, and it took me years — years! — to get an interview with an employee crucial to my narrative. I couldn’t quote him, but he provided invaluable background on the Clipper Chip, an ill-fated NSA encryption runaround that purported to strike a balance between protecting personal privacy and maintaining national security.

    Oh, and I was not permitted to interview my Crypto source at the agency’s headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland. I was crushed; I had grown obsessed with the vaunted triple fence surrounding the restricted area and had climactic hopes that I’d get inside. Instead, the meet occurred just outside the headquarters’ heavily guarded perimeter, at the National Cryptologic Museum. (I did buy a cool NSA umbrella in the gift shop.)

    This time around, the NSA’s initial comeback was discouraging. The public relations person suggested that perhaps some unidentified officials could provide written responses to a few questions I submitted. A bit later, an agency rep indicated there was the possibility of a phone conversation. But then, rather suddenly, I was asked if I would be interested in an actual visit to meet with a few key officials. And could I do it… later that week?

    Um, yes.

    CONTINUE: http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2014/01/nsa-surveillance/
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    Post  TRANCOSO on Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:47 pm

    Security Essentials for Windows XP will die when the OS does - The antivirus software will stop getting updates, and you won't be able to install it.
    by Peter Bright -
    Jan 8 2014

    There are three months to go for Windows XP. The ancient operating system is leaving extended support on April 8, at which point Microsoft will no longer ship free security fixes. XP itself isn't the only thing that's losing support on that date. The Windows XP version of Microsoft Security Essentials, the company's anti-malware app, will stop receiving signature updates on that date and will also be removed for download.

    The message is clear: after April 8, Windows XP will be insecure, and Redmond isn't going to provide even a partial remedy for the security issues that will arise. Antivirus software is just papering over the cracks if the operating system itself isn't getting fixed.

    CONTINUE: http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/01/security-essentials-for-windows-xp-will-die-when-the-os-does/
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    Post  TRANCOSO on Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:53 pm

    Judge Napolitano: NSA Spies On All Members Of Congress


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