Spying and Surveillance

NSA Collects Millions of SMS Messages Worldwide

Posted by on January 16, 2014 in Government, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
NSA Collects Millions of SMS Messages Worldwide

Newly leaked documents reveal the NSA collects hundreds of millions of text messages a day. The NSA and its UK sister-agency, the GCHQ, pair two previously unreported and top-secret national security programs to collect in bulk and then analyze millions of SMS text messages and other digital data sent around the world each day by mobile phones. Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who left the US last year with a trove of sensitive intelligence documents, supplied the news agencies with the evidence, both outlets reported on Thursday.

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NSA Snooping Fails To Prevent Terrorist Attacks According To Watchdog Group

Posted by on January 14, 2014 in Government, Politics, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
NSA Snooping Fails To Prevent Terrorist Attacks According To Watchdog Group

The US National Security Agency has gone to staggering lengths to hoard the private data of millions of people. But all that effort seems to have been in vain. An independent study now suggests that information has simply failed to produce actionable results in averting terrorist attacks.

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500 Years of History Shows that Mass Spying Is Always Aimed at Crushing Dissent

Posted by on January 9, 2014 in Government, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
500 Years of History Shows that Mass Spying Is Always Aimed at Crushing Dissent

No matter which government conducts mass surveillance, they do it to crush dissent and then give a false rationale for why they’re doing it.

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National Defense Authorization Act of 2014 Authorizes Cyber Warfare Against American Citizens

National Defense Authorization Act of 2014 Authorizes Cyber Warfare Against American Citizens

The NDAA contains a number of highly questionable sections that run contrary to the principles articulated in the United States Constitution. Specifically, language contained in the bill appears to authorize cyber warfare operations against the American people.

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Glenn Greenwald: There Are More Snowden Documents On Israel

Posted by on January 7, 2014 in Government, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
Glenn Greenwald: There Are More Snowden Documents On Israel

Glenn Greenwald said the Snowden documents contain “a huge number of very significant stories” that have not yet been published, and these include stories related to the Middle East in general and Israel in particular. He and the other journalists working on the material will continue releasing stories at about the same pace as hitherto, he added, explaining that they have only had the Snowden documents for seven months, and “given their volume and complexity,” that isn’t a long time.

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Three Hearings, Nine Hours, and One Accurate Statement: Why Congress Must Begin a Full Investigation into NSA Spying

Posted by on January 7, 2014 in Government, Politics, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
Three Hearings, Nine Hours, and One Accurate Statement: Why Congress Must Begin a Full Investigation into NSA Spying

Something is very wrong when Congress and the public learn more about the NSA’s activities from newspaper leaks than from the Senate and House intelligence committees. The committees are supposed to oversee the intelligence community activities on behalf of the public. It’s time for Congress to reassert its oversight role and begin a full-scale investigation into the NSA’s surveillance and analytic activities.

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Rand Paul Brings Class-Action Lawsuit Against the NSA

Posted by on January 6, 2014 in Government, Politics, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
Rand Paul Brings Class-Action Lawsuit Against the NSA

The National Security Agency is under fire in a new way, as Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) spearheads a class-action lawsuit that claims the secretive spy agency violated Americans’ constitutional rights with its bulk metadata collection programs. “We think everybody in America who has a cell phone would be eligible for this class-action suit,” Paul said. In the meantime, the NSA is also facing questions from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) as to whether they are spying on members of Congress the way they are spying on world leaders. RT’s Meghan Lopez discusses the latest NSA developments with Rachel Levinson-Waldman, counsel to the Brennan Center’s Liberty and National Security Program.

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Rand Paul Leads Class Action Lawsuit Against Obama Over NSA Spying

Posted by on January 4, 2014 in Politics, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
Rand Paul Leads Class Action Lawsuit Against Obama Over NSA Spying

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is leading a class-action lawsuit with hundreds of thousands of Americans against President Barack Obama’s National Security Agency (NSA) over its spying on the American people,

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TAO Revealed: The NSA’s ‘Top Secret Weapon’

Posted by on December 30, 2013 in Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
TAO Revealed: The NSA’s ‘Top Secret Weapon’

The job of the National Security Agency’s top hacking unit, named Tailored Access Operations (TAO), is to get the ungettable. A unit of mostly young hackers are helping the National Security Agency break into computers around the world to access some of the toughest targets. German news magazine Der Spiegel published a report over the weekend that revealed the existence of TAO. It’s best described as a team of digital plumbers that unclog blocked access to targets. One of their most sophisticated set of tools lists Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as targets, and was used to gain important economic data from high-ranking members of OPEC.

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NSA Intercepting Laptops Purchased Online To Install Spy Malware

Posted by on December 29, 2013 in Government, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
NSA Intercepting Laptops Purchased Online To Install Spy Malware

According to Der Spiegel, the NSA’s TAO group is able to divert shipping deliveries to its own “secret workshops” in a method called interdiction, where agents load malware onto the electronics or install malicious hardware that can give US intelligence agencies remote access.

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Federal Judge Rules Orwellian Big Brother NSA Surveillance Program Is Legal

Posted by on December 27, 2013 in Agencies & Systems, Spying and Surveillance with 1 Comment
Federal Judge Rules Orwellian Big Brother NSA Surveillance Program Is Legal

A federal judge in New York ruled Friday that the National Security Agency’s bulk data-collection program does not violate the law, and that it serves as an effective “counterpunch” to Al-Qaeda. US District Court Judge William Pauley dismissed the lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union after the NSA’s program came to light in the Edward Snowden leaks. The ACLU argued that the data collection violated Americans’ Fourth Amendment right to privacy and First Amendment right to free association.

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Snowden’s Christmas Message: Privacy Matters

Posted by on December 24, 2013 in Spying and Surveillance, Whistleblower with 1 Comment
Snowden’s Christmas Message: Privacy Matters

National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden released an alternative Christmas message on Britain’s Channel 4. It is the network’s annual response to Queen Elizabeth’s royal Christmas message. Snowden focused on why he values privacy so greatly.

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Obama Administration Tries to Stop Courts from Ruling on Constitutionality of Warrantless Spying

Posted by on December 24, 2013 in Government, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
Obama Administration Tries to Stop Courts from Ruling on Constitutionality of Warrantless Spying

Even after months of stories exposing the breadth and depth of National Security Agency (NSA) spying on Americans’ communications, the Obama administration insists federal courts should stop hearing cases challenging the agency’s warrantless surveillance on grounds that they might expose the existence of this spying.

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Edward Snowden Vindicated, NSA On the Ropes

Posted by on December 19, 2013 in Government, Spying and Surveillance, Whistleblower with 0 Comments
Edward Snowden Vindicated, NSA On the Ropes

In the ongoing battle between the NSA and Edward Snowden, the events of this week have tipped the balance toward the whistleblower. First there was Monday’s federal court ruling declaring that the NSA’s bulk phone records collection program is likely unconstitutional.

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‘NSA’s Goal is Elimination of Privacy Worldwide’ – Greenwald to EU Parliament

Posted by on December 18, 2013 in Government, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
‘NSA’s Goal is Elimination of Privacy Worldwide’ – Greenwald to EU Parliament

The NSA’s ultimate goal is to destroy individual privacy worldwide, working with its UK sidekick GCHQ, journalist Glenn Greenwald warned an EU inquiry, adding that they were far ahead of their rivals in their “ability to destroy privacy.”

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