NSA Surveillance Systems Not Aimed At Terrorists … ‘Best Suited For Gathering Information On Law-Abiding Citizens

And that is exactly what those surveillance systems have been created for.

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U.S. Surveillance Is Not Aimed at Terrorists (Bloomberg, June 23, 2013):

The debate over the U.S. government’s monitoring of digital communications suggests that Americans are willing to allow it as long as it is genuinely targeted at terrorists. What they fail to realize is that the surveillance systems are best suited for gathering information on law-abiding citizens.

People concerned with online privacy tend to calm down when told that the government can record their calls or read their e-mail only under special circumstances and with proper court orders. The assumption is that they have nothing to worry about unless they are terrorists or correspond with the wrong people.

The infrastructure set up by the National Security Agency, however, may only be good for gathering information on the stupidest, lowest-ranking of terrorists. The Prism surveillance program focuses on access to the servers of America’s largest Internet companies, which support such popular services as Skype, Gmail and iCloud. These are not the services that truly dangerous elements typically use.

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China’s Official Xinhua News Agency: “The United States Has Turned Out To Be The Biggest Villain In Our Age”

Snowden exposed the U.S. government illegally and unconstitutionally spying on its citizens, …

… gets charged for spying.

Now that makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?

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China’s Xinhua news agency condemns US ‘cyber-attacks’ (BBC News, June 23, 2013):

China’s official Xinhua news agency has condemned the US over continuing revelations about Washington’s surveillance activities by intelligence fugitive Edward Snowden.

In a commentary, it said the US had turned out to be the “biggest villain in our age”.

Xinhua says the latest allegations in the South China Morning Post, along with previous disclosures, are “clearly troubling signs”.

They demonstrate that the United States, which has long been trying to play innocent as a victim of cyber-attacks, has turned out to be the biggest villain in our age,” says Xinhua.

It owes too an explanation to China and other countries it has allegedly spied on. It has to share with the world the range, extent and intent of its clandestine hacking programs.”

Xinhua says the Snowden developments provide support for China’s position on cybersecurity.

“Both the United States and China, together with many other countries, are victims of hacking. For the uncharted waters of the Internet age, these countries should sit down and talk through their suspicions,” says Xinhua.

“With good intentions, they can even work for the establishment of certain rules that help define and regulate Internet activities and mechanisms that can work out their differences when frictions do arise.”

China slams US as world’s biggest villain for cyber espionage (PressTV, June 23, 2013):

China’s official news agency has slammed the United States as the world’s “biggest villain” following new revelations about Washington’s cyber espionage against Chinese companies and institutions.

“These, along with previous allegations, are clearly troubling signs. They demonstrate that the United States, which has long been trying to play innocent as a victim of cyber attacks, has turned out to be the biggest villain in our age,” said a commentary published in the Xinhua news agency on Sunday.

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Meet The Man In Charge Of America’s Secret Cyber Army (In Which ‘Bonesaw’ Makes A Mockery Of PRISM)

Meet The Man In Charge Of America’s Secret Cyber Army (In Which “Bonesaw” Makes A Mockery Of PRISM)

With his revelations exposing the extent of potential, and actual, pervasive NSA surveillance over the American population, Edward Snowden has done a great service for the public by finally forcing it to answer the question: is having Big Brother peek at every private communication and electronic information, a fair exchange for the alleged benefit of the state’s security. Alas, without further action form a population that appears largely numb and apathetic to disclosures that until recently would have sparked mass protests and toppled presidents, the best we can hope for within a political regime that has hijacked the democratic process, is some intense introspection as to what the concept of “America” truly means.

However, and more importantly, what Snowden’s revelations have confirmed, is that behind the scenes, America is now actively engaged in a new kind of war: an unprecedented cyber war, where collecting, deciphering, intercepting, and abusing information is the only thing that matters and leads to unprecedented power, and where enemies both foreign and domestic may be targeted without due process based on a lowly analyst’s “whim.”

It has also put spotlight on the man, who until recently deep in the shadows, has been responsible for building America’s secret, absolutely massive cyber army, and which according to a just released Wired profile is “capable of launching devastating cyberattacks. Now it’s ready to unleash hell.”

Meet General Keith Alexander, “a man few even in Washington would likely recognize”, which is troubling because Alexander is now quite possibly the most powerful person in the world, that nobody talks about. Which is just the way he likes it.

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Skype Provided Backdoor Access To The NSA Before Microsoft Takeover

Skype Provided Backdoor Access to the NSA Before Microsoft Takeover (Softpedia, June 20, 2013):

The NSA saga continues in the Redmond-based empire, this time with a new report aimed at Microsoft’s flagship VoIP platform Skype.

A report published by The New York Times and citing people who asked not to be named for obvious reasons, Skype developed its own user-monitoring system before the Microsoft acquisition in October 2011.

It appears that US intelligence agencies have insisted that local software companies must cooperate closer with the NSA, so it asked several top vendors, including Skype, to put together secret teams to develop systems that would provide them with backdoor access to users’ conversations.

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Revealed: The Top Secret Rules That Allow NSA To Use US Data Without A Warrant (Guardian)

Revealed: the top secret rules that allow NSA to use US data without a warrant (Guardian, June 20, 2013):

Fisa court submissions show broad scope of procedures governing NSA’s surveillance of Americans’ communication

Document one: procedures used by NSA to target non-US persons
Document two: procedures used by NSA to minimise data collected from US persons


The documents show that discretion as to who is actually targeted lies directly with the NSA’s analysts. Photograph: Martin Rogers/Workbook Stock/Getty

Top secret documents submitted to the court that oversees surveillance by US intelligence agencies show the judges have signed off on broad orders which allow the NSA to make use of information “inadvertently” collected from domestic US communications without a warrant.

The Guardian is publishing in full two documents submitted to the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (known as the Fisa court), signed by Attorney General Eric Holder and stamped 29 July 2009. They detail the procedures the NSA is required to follow to target “non-US persons” under its foreign intelligence powers and what the agency does to minimize data collected on US citizens and residents in the course of that surveillance.

The documents show that even under authorities governing the collection of foreign intelligence from foreign targets, US communications can still be collected, retained and used.

Read moreRevealed: The Top Secret Rules That Allow NSA To Use US Data Without A Warrant (Guardian)

Firefox Add-On ‘The Dark Side Of The Prism’ Warns Of NSA Surveillance

Firefox plug-in warns users of NSA surveillance (RT, June 14, 2013):

Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day? The government is likely logging even the most mundane day-to-day computer habits of millions of Americans, but there’s a way to stand up against surveillance while also rocking out.

According to leaked NSA documents published by The Guardian last week, the United States National Security Agency is conducting dragnet surveillance of the communications of Americans, regularly receiving phone records for millions of Verizon customers while also being capable of accessing the conversations that occur over Facebook, Google and several other major Internet names through a program called PRISM. Now a 28-year-old artist and developer from Brooklyn, New York has found a fun way of warning computer users about potential government surveillance, and he’s incorporated one of the best-selling rock albums ever in the process.

Justin Blinder released a plugin for the Web browser Firefox this week, and he’s already seeing a positive response in the press if not just based off of the idea alone. His “The Dark Side of the Prism” browser extension alerts Web surfers of possible surveillance by starting up a different song from Pink Floyd’s 1973 classic “The Dark Side of the Moon” each time a questionable site is crossed.

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Thousands Of Companies Handing Over Your Personal Data To The NSA

“Fascism should rightly be called Corporatism, as it is the merger of corporate and government power.”
Benito Mussolini


Thousands Of Companies Have Been Handing Over Your Personal Data To The NSA (Economic Collapse, June 14, 2013):

It isn’t just Internet and phone companies that are giving your personal information to the U.S. government.  According to an astounding report by Bloomberg, “four people familiar with the process” say that “makers of hardware and software, banks, Internet security providers, satellite telecommunications companies” and a whole host of other sources are handing over your personal data to federal agencies.  The truth is that there is so much more to this NSA snooping scandal than the American people know so far.  When U.S. Representative Loretta Sanchez said that what Edward Snowden had revealed was “just the tip of the iceberg“, she wasn’t kidding.  The U.S. government is trying to collect as much information about everyone on the planet as it possibly can.  And this incredibly powerful intelligence machine is not going to go away just because a few activists get upset about it.  The United States government spends more than 80 billion dollars a year on intelligence programs.  Those that have spent their careers constructing this monolithic intelligence apparatus are doing to defend it to the bitter end, as will the corporate partners in the private sector that rake in enormous profits thanks to big fat government contracts.  But if the American people don’t stand up and demand change now, it is going to be a signal to those doing the snooping that they can push the envelope even more because nobody is going to stop them.

So why are thousands of companies handing over your personal data to the NSA?  Well, according to Bloomberg they are getting things in return:

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Max Keiser: ‘The Moment Barack Obama Took The Constitution And Wiped His Butt With it’, ‘1776 To PRISM!’, ‘Thanks Barack, You Killed The Country’ (Video)


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Ron Paul: Congress Has Been ‘Derelict In Giving So Much Power To This Government’ – NSA Whistleblower Snowden Gave Cash To His Campaign


Ron Paul has been warning for a decade about the rise of the perfect security state, and now he sees his worst fears realized

– Ron Paul says Congress has been ‘derelict in giving so much power to this government’ as it’s revealed NSA whistleblower gave cash to his campaign (Daily Mail, June 10, 2013):

  • Edward Snowden, the NSA leaker, gave $500 to Paul’s 2012 campaign
  • Paul snarks that PATRIOT Act author Jim Sensenbrenner’s outrage is ‘not coming from a deeply principled viewpoint’
  • Says a President Paul would have stopped the entire NSA PRISM program, scrapped giant data storage facility under construction in Utah
  • Former presidential candidate and retired long-time Texas Republican Congressman Ron Paul told MailOnline on Monday that if he had won the GOP nomination in 2012 and ultimately claimed the White House, the National Security Agency would no longer be in the dragnet business.

    ‘I would have said that we have to continue to have some surveillance,’ Paul said during an exclusive interview, ‘but only under the legitimate authority of the Constitution.’

    He criticized the Obama administration and his former congressional colleagues for executing what he called an ‘end run’ around the Constitution, leveraging the controversial PATRIOT Act to do it, and then keeping the result secret from the American people.

    ‘We want them to ask why the terrorists want to hurt us, right?’ he began. ‘And then when they ask, they don’t like the answer they get. So they lie about it.’

    ‘And then we expect them to be truthful about how we can solve the problem while taking the Constitution seriously? Why are we surprised when the government hides the ball?’

    Paul said that if he were president, he would not ‘ask for things in a FISA court,’ and would ‘only conduct searches when you have probable cause that there’s a crime.’

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    Clapper And Feinstein Get Caught Lying – Big Time

    Clapper And Feinstein Get Caught Lying – Big Time (Daily Paul, June 11, 2013):

    Feinstein and Clapper finally admit the government has been collecting ALL phone records for the last 7 years. The implications of a MASS SURVEILLANCE STATE:

    http://news.yahoo.com/clapper-clarifies-remarks-over-nsa-snooping-155751214.html

    They say that they won’t look at the records without a good reason.
    They previously lied and tried to cover up that they were collecting the phone records of all Americans, what makes you think we can trust them to not look at the data they have collected, whenever it suits the government to do so?

    Clapper denied collecting phone records on millions of Americans
    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/spy-chief-clapper-denies-misleading-congress-spying-americans-221024826.html

    The reason for the NSA’s Mass Surveillance programs is to suppress political dissent, they are not anti-terror measures.

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