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01.02.14

Privacy Watch: Latest on NSA et al.

Posted in Action at 10:43 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Snowden

  • Edward Snowden is revealed as the NSA whistleblower

    Along with journalist colleagues Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, I spent six days with Edward Snowden in Hong Kong. He had spent almost all of his short adult life working in America’s spy agencies, but at the end of those six days, the unknown 29-year-old became one of the most famous faces on the planet. He went public in a Guardian video, revealing himself as the source of one of the biggest leaks in western intelligence history.

  • FreeBSD rethinks encryption after Snowden leaks

    Only three months after the Snowden leaks on NSA snooping began, we learn from Ars Technica that the developers at FreeBSD have decided to rethink the way they access random numbers to generate cryptographic keys. Starting with version 10.0, users of the operating system will no longer be relying solely on random numbers generated by Intel and Via Technologies processors. This comes as a response to reports that government spooks can successfully open some encryption schemes.

  • Snowden: ‘Surveillance of the Public Must Be Debated by the Public’
  • NSA Moves to Prevent Snowden-Like Leaks

    Agency Implementing 2-Person Rule, Increasing Encryption Use

Greenwald

Machon

  • NSA: An Orwellian surveillance system gone global

    While British politics and media display a strong reluctance to confront the harsh realities of UK spying, we should be worried about further revelations of a dystopian, Orwellian surveillance system gone global, former MI5 agent Annie Machon told RT.

  • Snowden, privacy and the CCC

    Here’s an RT inter­view I did about the media response to Edward Snowden, the media response, pri­vacy and what we can do.

Obama

Judgement

  • Ruling In Favor Of NSA’s Program Relied On Claims In 9/11 Report That Aren’t Actually In That Report
  • Judge Falls for The Big Lie About NSA Spying

    The September 11th terrorist attacks revealed, in the starkest terms, just how dangerous and interconnected the world is. While Americans depended on technology for the conveniences of modernity, al-Qaeda plotted in a seventh-century milieu to use that technology against us. It was a bold jujitsu. And it succeeded because conventional intelligence gathering could not detect diffuse filaments connecting al-Qaeda.

    Prior to the September 11th attacks, the National Security Agency (“NSA”) intercepted seven calls made by hijacker Khalid al-Mihdhar, who was living in San Diego, California, to an al-Qaeda safe house in Yemen. The NSA intercepted those calls using overseas signals intelligence capabilities that could not capture al-Mihdhar’s telephone number identifier. Without that identifier, NSA analysts concluded mistakenly that al-Mihdhar was overseas and not in the United States. Telephony metadata would have furnished the missing information and might have permitted the NSA to notify the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) of the fact that al-Mihdhar was calling the Yemeni safe house from inside the United States.

  • Zimbabwe: U.S. Hypocrisy On Access to Information Shameful

1984

  • NSA forces novelist to can his book

    A Scottish sci-fi writer has cancelled the last instalment in a trilogy about high-tech government spying after discovering that the NSA has been doing exactly what he described in his books.

  • NSA forces novelist to scrap book
  • This too shall pass

    Snowden in 2013 revealed what George Orwell in 1949 had already revealed in 1984: that Big Brothers who spy on their citizens will go on to do very bad things. He then asked for asylum in a country with a long history of its own citizens seeking asylum from his country.

Sci-FI Made Real

Corporate and Other

  • Will De Blasio Scale Back the N.Y.P.D.’s C.I.A.?

    Kelly hired David Cohen, the former head of the C.I.A.’s spy division, to run the force’s intelligence outfit. Cohen, a trained economist known to be intensely loyal to his superiors (and profane with everyone else), created the Demographics Unit, which imbedded special recruits in eighteen Muslim neighborhoods to monitor every aspect of daily life. At the same time, Kelly created the International Liaison Program, which posted detectives in eleven hot spots overseas, including London, Paris, Madrid, Abu Dhabi, and Tel Aviv. “We’ve reorganized the department to accommodate this world view,” Kelly said. “You might say that the N.Y.P.D. has aspired to become a Council on Foreign Relations with guns.”

  • NSA and Government Spying: Are These the Only Groups Collecting Information on Us?

    We have all heard by now of the massive surveillance being conducted by the NSA and other governments across the world. China is a well-known anti-privacy country and others have decided to also spy on their citizens’ social network activities amongst other things. The Internet censorship trends are getting pretty bad.

  • ‘Embarrassed’ to use Facebook: Teens shift to other sites to ‘unfriend’ with parents

    Older teenagers have turned their backs on Facebook, an EU-funded study has found. Young people are opting for alternative social networks like Twitter and WhatsApp, while the “worst people of all, their parents, continue to use the service.”

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