Friday, November 29, 2013

The NSA's org chart

MARC AMBINDER | NOVEMBER 27, 2013

Here is the latest version of the National Security Agency's unofficial org chart, a mind map I have been updating ever since Edward Snowden made it cool to obsess about the NSA. My goal is to turn the map into a functional description of how NSA works, not just what NSA is. It's a work in progress.

http://m.theweek.com/article.php?id=253450

http://www.mindmeister.com/326632176

Sex in the Senate: Bobby Baker's salacious secret history of Capitol Hill.

Exactly 50 years ago this fall, in the face of a widening official investigation into his private business dealings and vivid social life—an inquiry that threatened to engulf the Kennedy White House in a sex scandal and destroy Baker’s political patron, Vice President Lyndon Johnson—Baker drank four martinis at lunch and impulsively resigned his post. He had been as close as a son to Johnson, privy to the vice president’s deepest secrets. On Friday, Nov. 22, 1963, the tragedy of Kennedy’s assassination short-circuited the Baker investigation, and spared Johnson career-ending ignominy.

Still, prosecutors eventually caught up with Baker, if not his patron, and he ended up serving 18 months in prison on federal tax evasion charges. In 1978, he co-wrote Wheeling and Dealing, a rollicking memoir with Larry L. King, best known as the author of the musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.

But Baker in recent years quietly recorded an even more unvarnished account of his anything-goes-era in Washington, which Politico Magazine now publishes for the first time.

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2013/11/sex-in-the-senate-bobby-baker-99530.html

Thursday, November 28, 2013

New Snowden docs show U.S. spied during G20 in Toronto

Top secret documents retrieved by U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden show that Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government allowed the largest American spy agency to conduct widespread surveillance in Canada during the 2010 G8 and G20 summits.

The documents are being reported exclusively by CBC News.

The briefing notes, stamped "Top Secret," show the U.S. turned its Ottawa embassy into a security command post during a six-day spying operation by the National Security Agency while U.S. President Barack Obama and 25 other foreign heads of government were on Canadian soil in June of 2010.

The covert U.S. operation was no secret to Canadian authorities.

http://www.cbc.ca/m/touch/politics/story/1.2442448

ACLU Sues CIA for Reports on Torture, Black Sites

The ACLU filed a lawsuit today under the Freedom of Information Act to compel the CIA to release two reports about its post-9/11 program of rendition, secret detention, and torture of detainees. This illegal program was devised and authorized by officials at the highest levels of government, and five years after it officially ended, the American public still doesn’t have the full story about some of the most devastating rights violations committed in its name.

http://leaksource.wordpress.com/2013/11/28/aclu-sues-cia-for-reports-on-torture-black-sites/

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Top-Secret Document Reveals NSA Spied On Porn Habits As Part Of Plan To Discredit 'Radicalizers'

The National Security Agency has been gathering records of online sexual activity and evidence of visits to pornographic websites as part of a proposed plan to harm the reputations of those whom the agency believes are radicalizing others through incendiary speeches, according to a top-secret NSA document. The document, provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, identifies six targets, all Muslims, as “exemplars” of how “personal vulnerabilities” can be learned through electronic surveillance, and then exploited to undermine a target's credibility, reputation and authority.

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/4346128?1385526024

CIA turned al-Qaeda double agents at Guantanamo base called ‘Penny Lane’

The CIA used a secret base at Guantanamo Bay nicknamed 'Penny Lane' to turn some of al-Qaeda's most dangerous terrorists into double agents, US officials have admitted

Inmates languishing under Guantanamo Bay's harsh regime were offered cash rewards, "hotel" style rooms and even pornography if they agreed to help the CIA track down and kill fellow al-Qaeda operatives.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/al-qaeda/10474850/CIA-turned-al-Qaeda-double-agents-at-Guantanamo-base-called-Penny-Lane.html

Jeremy Scahill Calls Alex Jones a “Diehard Insane Lunatic”

Is Scahill aiming to impress the mainstream media?

Paul Joseph Watson Infowars.com November 26, 2013

Journalist Jeremy Scahill’s attempt to ingratiate himself with the foundation-funded left-wing establishment betrayed itself in an ugly fashion during an appearance on C-SPAN when Scahill labeled Alex Jones “an absolute diehard insane lunatic.”



“I think that Alex Jones is a lunatic, an absolute diehard insane lunatic, and I think to even mention him in the same sentence as Amy Goodman is an incredible insult to Amy Goodman,” Scahill said during a call-in segment on Book TV.

Accusing Jones of peddling “outrageous and ridiculous conspiracy theories,” Scahill charged that Jones was, “pushing outright lies and propaganda on a regular basis,” that served to subvert “real journalism.”

Scahill even found time to throw in a “tinfoil hat” jibe as he appeared visibly angry.

Is Scahill trying for a job with the mainstream media? The journalist’s ad hominem slurs against Jones sound incredibly familiar – probably because you’ve heard them a million times before being parroted by the likes of MSNBC and CNN, networks on which Scahill is increasingly appearing as a guest.

Scahill is correct in one sense – it’s certainly unfair to compare Alex Jones and Infowars to Amy Goodman and Democracy Now. Unlike Infowars, which is completely funded by its audience, Goodman’s Democracy Now receives millions of dollars from George Soros, the Ford Foundation, and the Carnegie Corporation.

Scahill himself is the National Security Correspondent for The Nation magazine, a leftist news outlet which despite preaching non-partisanship, “is overwhelming aligned with Democrats and accepts advertising revenue from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee,” according to SourceWatch.

As James Corbett notes, Scahill’s Dirty Wars documentary completely fails to analyze the role of the CIA in the war on terror and gives the agency a free pass.

“As its critics—few and far between as they may be—have been at pains to point out, the documentary fails to explore the meaning or history of the phrase it has taken for its title, Dirty Wars, or examined the people (and the agency) which has had the biggest hand in conducting these operations in the past: the CIA,” writes Corbett.

Douglas Valentine also points out how, “Dirty Wars is a post-modern film by Jeremy Scahill, about himself, starring himself in many poses.”

This theme is noticeable on Scahill’s Twitter feed, which is crammed with photographs of him posing with numerous celebrities, a mainstream acceptance that peaked with an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Scahill has also recently found himself unpopular with opponents of US military intervention in Syria.

Despite the journalist’s anti-war credo, he was recently part of a collective hissy fit that demanded the removal of 61-year old Syrian nun Mother Agnes-Mariam, a prominent opponent of the agenda to topple Bashar Al-Assad, from a Stop the War conference.

“Why were the liberal hawks and supporters of the Syrian ‘revolution’ so frightened of an elderly nun addressing a Stop the War conference?”asks Neil Clark. “If she really was a ‘crackpot’ – another claim made against her – then surely that would have been obvious to those listening to her?”

Scahill has also called for Bashar Al-Assad to be removed from power and prosecuted by the International Criminal Court.

Scahill appears to be part of a particular breed of self-satisfied journalist who, unable simply to cordially disagree with someone, instead chooses to viciously badmouth their target live on national television.

While Scahill claims this is part of an effort to distance himself from Jones in order to maintain his own credibility, it comes off more as an attempt to ingratiate himself with Hollywood leftists, Democratic Party luminaries, and foundation-funded neo-liberals like Amy Goodman, to whom the firebrand and truly non-partisan Jones (who doesn’t receive millions of dollars from the Ford Foundation and George Soros) is like a cross to a vampire.

infowars.com/jeremy-scahill-calls-alex-jones-a-diehard-insane-lunatic/ »»

Monday, November 25, 2013

CIA remains behind most drone strikes, despite effort to shift campaign to Defense

When missiles fired by CIA drones slammed into Yemen and Pakistan last week, the attacks ended a period of relative quiet for the Obama administration’s lethal counterterrorism program. They also served as a reminder that the CIA is not ready to relinquish its role in the drone war.

Six months after President Obama signaled his desire to shift the campaign to the Defense Department, the CIA’s drone operations center in Langley, Va., is still behind the vast majority of strikes.

And although senior CIA and Pentagon officials have held a series of meetings in recent months aimed at finding a way for the military’s elite U.S. Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) to take over the job, U.S. officials said the White House vision remains a distant goal.

http://m.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/cia-remains-behind-most-drone-strikes-despite-effort-to-shift-campaign-to-defense/2013/11/25/c0c07a86-5386-11e3-a7f0-b790929232e1_story.html

Saturday, November 23, 2013

16 MIND-BLOWING FACTS ABOUT WHO REALLY KILLED JFK

Government documents declassified after the passage of the JFK Records Act in 1992 prove that the official narrative is bullshit. There is overwhelming evidence implicating the CIA and other United States intelligence agencies, as well as top military officials and corporate entities, in a complex plot to stage a coup against a president who rebelled against their wishes.

Many of the facts revealed in this article were gleaned from the book “JFK and the Unspeakable,” by Jim Douglass, which has recently been endorsed by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. I use Douglass’s book as a main source, as all of his facts are documented in over 100 pages of endnotes, citing declassified government documents contained in the National Archives building in Maryland, which are available to the public.

http://www.occupy.com/article/16-mind-blowing-facts-about-who-really-killed-jfk

Dallas Sheriff’s Dept. Lies About Assault On Peaceful Protestors

Sheriff’s spokesperson completely distorts the truth

The spokesperson for the Dallas Co., Texas sheriff completely distorted details on the department’s violent attack against peaceful demonstrators by stating that deputies ordered the crowd to move and disperse when no such order was given prior to yesterday’s assault.

Carmen Castro, spokeswoman for Sheriff Lupe Valdez, told the Dallas Morning News that the deputies violently charged the free speech demonstrators because they were crowding “not only private citizens who were attempting to pay their respects but also equipment that was in place for the event.”

She further stated that the demonstrators was forcibly moved back after they “refused to obey.”

Yet the deputies gave no such orders to the crowd prior to their assault. As the beginning of our own footage shows, they marched to the front of the crowd with the intent to attack and nothing else.

Before the attack, the crowd had been waiting outside the event space of Dealey Plaza, which the City of Dallas promised to open to the public at 2:30pm.

Mainstream media outlets were also covering for the sheriff’s dept. by spinning the circumstances surrounding the assault.

The article in the Dallas Morning News further stated that the deputies shoved the crowd down the street because they “decided they’d had enough.”

Local police, however, are effectively federalized during special events, taking orders from federal agencies such as the DHS. The deputies didn’t decide anything.

In fact, when we questioned one of the deputies after the assault, he said that he was just acting on orders from above.

After the attack, an Infowars.com reader e-mailed a local Dallas news station to ask why there was hardly any coverage on it.

The news spokesperson completely spun the story, suggesting that the police are “allowed” to keep people out of a “restricted area” and that the protestors were “trying to get into” an event where a ticket was required.

The area was not “restricted.” It was a public street OUTSIDE of a barricaded area.

What’s more, the Dallas Police provided the protestors access to the area where they were attacked. At no time were any barricades breached or removed.

This is a textbook example of government officials and media outlets working hand-in-hand to distort the truth and cover up criminality.

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NSA infected 50,000 computer networks with malicious software

The American intelligence service - NSA - infected more than 50,000 computer networks worldwide with malicious software designed to steal sensitive information. Documents provided by former NSA-employee Edward Snowden and seen by this newspaper, prove this.

A management presentation dating from 2012 explains how the NSA collects information worldwide. In addition, the presentation shows that the intelligence service uses ‘Computer Network Exploitation’ (CNE) in more than 50,000 locations. CNE is the secret infiltration of computer systems achieved by installing malware, malicious software.

http://m.nrc.nl/nieuws/2013/11/23/nsa-infected-50000-computer-networks-with-malicious-software/

Friday, November 22, 2013

N.S.A. Report Outlined Goals for More Power

Officials at the National Security Agency, intent on maintaining its dominance in intelligence collection, pledged last year to push to expand its surveillance powers, according to a top secret strategy document.

In a February 2012 paper laying out the four-year strategy for the N.S.A.’s signals intelligence operations, which include the agency’s eavesdropping and communications data collection around the world, agency officials set an objective to “aggressively pursue legal authorities and a policy framework mapped more fully to the information age.”

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/11/23/us/politics/nsa-report-outlined-goals-for-more-power.html?_r=0&emc=rss&partner=rss&pagewanted=all

Dallas Police Assault Free Speech Activists, Punch Alex Jones

Dallas Police violently assaulted free speech activists during the JFK 50th anniversary event, punching peaceful protesters including radio host Alex Jones in shocking scenes caught on live streaming video.

Protesters were peacefully assembled outside a barricade in downtown Dallas near the site of the official commemoration of JFK.

The barricades were opened and almost out of nowhere, police marched through and forcefully pushed protesters back, with several being violently assaulted, including radio host Alex Jones who was punched in the stomach.

One of the victims of the violence was a father with his young daughter on his shoulders. The girl began crying, but was pulled to safety by her mother.

The police were working on behalf of the Sheriff’s office and also appeared to have been coordinated by the Department of Homeland Security.

Regular police who appeared largely friendly before the incident began seemed surprised when the black-clad Sheriff’s cops arrived to instigate the violence.

Alex Jones immediately vowed to file lawsuits against both Dallas authorities and individual police officers who took part in the assault.

Protesters had gathered at the site to peacefully demonstrate against an order by Mayor Mike Rawlings to target individuals who handed out fliers or displayed signs in the area.

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Warren Commission report on assassination of President John F. Kennedy available online for first time

In conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the U.S. Government Printing Office announced it has digitized the official report on the assassination and is making it available over the internet.

The 900-page Warren Commission report was released by the printing office in 1964 and has been available since in paper form. This is the first time it has been published in a PDF file available for downloading over the Internet.

http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2013/11/warren_commission_report_on_as.html

Alex Jones Streaming Live from JFK 50th in Dallas TX



AlexJonesLive on Ustream »»


Undercover British soldiers 'killed unarmed civilians in Belfast'

Soldiers from an undercover unit used by the British army in Northern Ireland killed unarmed civilians, former members have told BBC One's Panorama.

Speaking publicly for the first time, the ex-members of the Military Reaction Force (MRF), which was disbanded in 1973, said they had been tasked with "hunting down" IRA members in Belfast.

http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24987465

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Where New JFK Evidence Points

Exclusive: Media specials are on tap for the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s murder, but none will explore the troubling new evidence that has been declassified in recent years – and that undercuts the Official Story of the Lone Gunman, writes Jim DiEugenio.

http://consortiumnews.com/2013/11/19/where-new-jfk-evidence-points/

US and UK struck secret deal to allow NSA to 'unmask' Britons' personal data

The phone, internet and email records of UK citizens not suspected of any wrongdoing have been analysed and stored by America's National Security Agency under a secret deal that was approved by British intelligence officials, according to documents from the whistleblower Edward Snowden.

In the first explicit confirmation that UK citizens have been caught up in US mass surveillance programs, an NSA memo describes how in 2007 an agreement was reached that allowed the agency to "unmask" and hold on to personal data about Britons that had previously been off limits.

The memo, published in a joint investigation by the Guardian and Britain's Channel 4 News, says the material is being put in databases where it can be made available to other members of the US intelligence and military community.

Britain and the US are the main two partners in the 'Five-Eyes' intelligence-sharing alliance, which also includes Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Until now, it had been generally understood that the citizens of each country were protected from surveillance by any of the others.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/20/us-uk-secret-deal-surveillance-personal-data

Bush And The JFK Hit, Part 10: After Camelot

Congress was a great place for a spy – even better, in some ways, than the CIA. Congressmen were expected to travel the world, looking into matters of interest to the United States. In December 1967, less than a year after Bush was sworn in, he was off to Indochina, with his CIA partner Thomas Devine in tow.

It was Christmas break, a time when congressmen often make overseas trips, but Bush and Devine did not have a typical agenda. Correspondence indicates that having arrived in Vietnam, Bush and Devine hastily canceled an appointment with the U.S. ambassador in favor of other, unstated activities.

For the CIA, the hot item at the time was the so-called Phoenix Program, a secret plan to imprison and “neutralize” suspected Vietcong. This was being rolled out at precisely the moment that Poppy and Devine arrived “in country.”

http://whowhatwhy.com/2013/11/20/bush-and-the-jfk-hit-part-10-after-camelot/

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Jim Garrison Response - Kennedy Assassination



On July 15, 1967, NBC allowed New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison to respond to an NBC program that was highly critical of Garrison's pursuit of alleged Kennedy assassination conspirators in New Orleans.

Richard Belzer Discusses "Hit List," His Book on the JFK Assassination, at The National Press Club



Actor Richard Belzer talks about "Hit List" May 6, 2013 at the National Press Club. The book is billed as an in-depth investigation into what some see as the mysterious deaths of people linked to the President John F. Kennedy assassination story. Belzer describes the assassination as the "greatest murder mystery" of all time" - linking the deaths of fifty people, including columnist Dorothy Kilgallen, U2 pilot Gary Powers and Jack Ruby, the man who killed Lee Harvey Oswald. Belzer also presents evidence supporting the theory that there were two Lee Harvey Oswalds and how his death was set in motion by the FBI, the CIA, and the Mob. Belzer insists there is a timeline and there are witnesses who have proved that Oswald never fired a shot the day the president was killed in Dallas.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Supreme Court Rejects Case Challenging NSA Phone Spying

The Supreme Court today rejected a challenge to the National Security Agency’s once-secret telephone metadata spying program.

The justices, without comment, declined to entertain a challenge from the Electronic Privacy Information Center seeking to halt the program that was disclosed in June by NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

The court’s inaction means that the there isn’t likely to be any court resolution to constitutional challenges to the metadata program for years. Legislation, however, is pending to gut the program.

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2013/11/scotus-phone-metadata-spying/

Sunday, November 17, 2013

'Royal Concierge' GCHQ Monitors Hotel Reservations to Track Diplomats

Britain's GCHQ intelligence service monitors diplomats' travels using a sophisticated automated system that tracks hotel bookings. Once a room has been identified, it opens the door to a variety of spying options.

http://m.spiegel.de/international/europe/a-933914.html#spRedirectedFrom=www&referrrer=https://www.google.com

NSA links to St Petersburg FL Drug Ring

by Daniel Hopsicker

Skyway Global LLC, the St. Petersburg, FL company that owned the DC-9 airline busted in Mexico carrying 5.5 tons of cocaine, made its headquarters in a 79,000 sq ft building owned by Verint Systems (NASDAQ: VRNT), a foreign tele-communications company with a contract to wiretap the U.S. for the NSA through the communication lines of Verizon, which handles almost half of all landline and cell phone calls in the U.S.

Verint’s founder and CEO, Jacob “Kobi” Alexander, is a former Israeli intelligence officer who is today a fugitive from justice living in Namibia, where he has for several years been fighting extradition to the U.S.

On Verint’s Board of Directors is Lieutenant General Kenneth A. Minihan, former director of the NSA, which has led to speculation that the company today is a joint NSA-Mossad operation.

http://www.madcowprod.com/2013/11/15/nsa-links-to-st-petersburg-fl-drug-ring/#more-5180

JFK Assassination - 50 Reasons For 50 Years

Leading towards the Fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of President John Kennedy, this series is designed to highlight the cutting edge of research exposing the conspiracy and the cover-up behind his murder.

JFK Assassination Lecture - Jim Marrs - (October 20, 2013)



Saturday, November 16, 2013

CBS-TV COVERAGE OF JFK'S ASSASSINATION

November 22,1963 to November 25,1963... 35 videos,30 hours

NBC-TV COVERAGE OF JFK'S ASSASSINATION



ABC-TV COVERAGE OF JFK'S ASSASSINATION



JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters

Review of James Douglass' Book

Douglass presents a very compelling argument that Kennedy was killed by “unspeakable” (the Trappist monk Thomas Merton’s term) forces within the U.S. national security state because of his conversion from a cold warrior into a man of peace.  He argues, using a wealth of newly uncovered information, that JFK had become a major threat to the burgeoning military-industrial complex and had to be eliminated through a conspiracy planned by the CIA – “the CIA’s fingerprints are all over the crime and the events leading up to it” – not by a crazed individual, the Mafia, or disgruntled anti-Castro Cubans, though some of these may have been used in the execution of the plot.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/jfk-and-the-unspeakable-why-he-died-and-why-it-matters/16273

Friday, November 15, 2013

Meet Lee Harvey Oswald, Sheep-Dipped Patsy

The Corbett Report Ep. 278 - Read full article »»

Stabilized Footage of the JFK Assassination Is Unsettlingly Real



When it's bouncing around and playing back at a jittery 18 frames per second, the infamous Zapruder footage of John F. Kennedy's assassination feels almost unreal. But when it's stabilized with additional interpolated frames bringing it to a steady 30 frames per second (like we're used to seeing on TV) it suddenly becomes much more real.

Gizmodo-Read full article »»

Feinstein promotes bill to strengthen NSA and its warrantless searches

A Senate bill promoted as a surveillance reform would codify the ability of the National Security Agency to search its troves of foreign phone and email communications for Americans’ information, and permit law enforcement agencies to search the vast databases as well.

The Fisa Improvements Act, promoted by Dianne Feinstein, the California Democrat who chairs the Senate intelligence committee, would both make permanent a loophole permitting the NSA to search for Americans’ identifying information without a warrant – and, civil libertarians fear, contains an ambiguity that might allow the FBI, the DEA and other law enforcement agencies to do the same thing.

“For the first time, the statute would explicitly allow the government to proactively search through the NSA data troves of information without a warrant,” said Michelle Richardson, the surveillance lobbyist for the ACLU.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/15/feinstein-bill-nsa-warrantless-searches-surveillance

Cryptome founder John Young: FOIA has become a confidence game

For lovers of primary documents, there are few sites as rewarding, and beguiling, as Cryptome. A relatively unadorned site operating since 1996, it is host to tens of thousands of documents, many generated by various government agencies around the world, with a focus on freedom of expression, privacy, cryptology, dual-use technologies, national security, intelligence, and secret governance. In today’s Requester’s Voice, founder John Young shares the method to the site’s madness, how broken public access poisons media and democracy, and why he suggests spending just one hour a year on FOIA.

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2013/nov/15/interview-john-young-founder-cryptome/

After 30 Years of Silence, the Original NSA Whistleblower Looks Back

The four-story brownstone at 141 East 37th Street in Manhattan has no remarkable features: a plain building on a quiet tree-lined street in the shadow of the Empire State Building. In the summer of 1920, Herbert O. Yardley, a government codebreaker, moved in with a gang of math geniuses and began deciphering intercepted Japanese diplomatic telegrams. This was the Black Chamber, America's first civilian code-breaking agency. From this was born the American surveillance state, and eventually the sprawling National Security Agency, which you may have heard about recently.

I was standing on the sidewalk outside the building, on a sweltering summer Friday afternoon, waiting to meet a man named Perry Fellwock, also once known as Winslow Peck. Four decades ago, Fellwock became the NSA's first whistleblower, going to the press to explain the spy agency's immense scope and mission to a public that had barely been allowed to know such an organization existed. His revelations in the radical magazine Ramparts were picked up by the front page of the New York Times. He went on to be a key player in the turbulent anti-surveillance movement of the 1970s, partnering with Norman Mailer and becoming the target of CIA propaganda. But today he's a semi-retired antiques dealer living in Long Island, as obscure as the Black Chamber once was.

http://gawker.com/after-30-years-of-silence-the-original-nsa-whistleblow-1454865018

C.I.A. Collecting Data on International Money Transfers, Officials Say

The Central Intelligence Agency is secretly collecting bulk records of international money transfers handled by companies like Western Union — including transactions into and out of the United States — under the same law that the National Security Agency uses for its huge database of Americans’ phone records, according to current and former government officials.

The C.I.A. financial records program, which the officials said was authorized by provisions in the Patriot Act and overseen by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, offers evidence that the extent of government data collection programs is not fully known and that the national debate over privacy and security may be incomplete.

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/11/15/us/cia-collecting-data-on-international-money-transfers-officials-say.html

Americans’ personal data shared with CIA, IRS, others in security probe

U.S. agencies collected and shared the personal information of thousands of Americans in an attempt to root out untrustworthy federal workers that ended up scrutinizing people who had no direct ties to the U.S. government and simply had purchased certain books.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/11/14/208438/americans-personal-data-shared.html

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Our Government Has Weaponized the Internet. Here’s How They Did It

The internet backbone — the infrastructure of networks upon which internet traffic travels — went from being a passive infrastructure for communication to an active weapon for attacks.

According to revelations about the QUANTUM program, the NSA can “shoot” (their words) an exploit at any target it desires as his or her traffic passes across the backbone. It appears that the NSA and GCHQ were the first to turn the internet backbone into a weapon; absent Snowdens of their own, other countries may do the same and then say, “It wasn’t us. And even if it was, you started it.”

http://www.wired.com/opinion/2013/11/this-is-how-the-internet-backbone-has-been-turned-into-a-weapon/

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Bush And The JFK Hit, Part 9: Planning A Nightmare On Elm Street

Poppy Bush was closely tied to key members of the intelligence community in cluding the deposed CIA head with a known grudge against JFK; he was also tied to Texas oligarchs who hated Kennedy’s politics and whose wealth was directly threatened by Kennedy; this network was part of the military/intelligence elite with a history of using assassination as an instrument of policy.

Poppy Bush was in Dallas on November 21 and most likely the morning of November 22. He hid that fact, he lied about knowing where he was, then he created an alibi based on a lead he knew was false. And he never acknowledged the closeness of his relationship with Oswald’s handler George de Mohrenschildt.

Poppy’s business partner Thomas Devine met with de Mohrenschildt during that period, on behalf of the CIA.

Poppy’s eventual Texas running mate in the 1964 election, Jack Crichton, was connected to the military intelligence figures who led Kennedy’s motorcade.

Crichton and D. Harold Byrd, owner of the Texas School Book Depository Building, were both connected to de Mohrenschildt – and directly to each other through oil-business dealings.

Byrd brought in the tenant that hired Oswald shortly before the assassination.

Oswald got his job in the building through a friend of de Mohrenschildt’s with her own intelligence connections – including family ties to Allen Dulles.

http://whowhatwhy.com/2013/11/13/bush-and-the-jfk-hit-part-9-planning-a-nightmare-on-elm-street/

Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)

Today, 13 November 2013, WikiLeaks released the secret negotiated draft text for the entire TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Intellectual Property Rights Chapter. The TPP is the largest-ever economic treaty, encompassing nations representing more than 40 per cent of the world’s GDP. The WikiLeaks release of the text comes ahead of the decisive TPP Chief Negotiators summit in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 19-24 November 2013. The chapter published by WikiLeaks is perhaps the most controversial chapter of the TPP due to its wide-ranging effects on medicines, publishers, internet services, civil liberties and biological patents. Significantly, the released text includes the negotiation positions and disagreements between all 12 prospective member states.

The TPP is the forerunner to the equally secret US-EU pact TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), for which President Obama initiated US-EU negotiations in January 2013. Together, the TPP and TTIP will cover more than 60 per cent of global GDP.

http://wikileaks.org/tpp/

The American-made Stuxnet virus has infected the International Space Station

Last year, news broke that a virus sabotaged the Iranian uranium enrichment program. It seemed all too convenient at the time — and as it turned out, the virus, Stuxnet, was actually engineered by the United States and Israel. Now, the man-made virus has ventured into space, and made its way to the International Space Station.

The virus wasn’t planted there by a species of locust-like space aliens hell-bent on revenge for a defeat at the hands of humans during a certain day of historical importance. Instead, the virus has reportedly gone rogue — or at least become too big for its creators to control. Reports state that Stuxnet is hitting nuclear plants in countries for which the virus was not originally intended, and has somehow even made its way up to space. Eugene Kaspersky, famed head of IT security at Kaspersky Labs, states that a friend who works at a nuclear plant in Russia has informed him that the virus has managed to infect the plant’s internal network, which was not connected to the internet.

http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/170785-the-american-made-stuxnet-virus-has-infected-the-international-space-station

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

DHS Funds Installation of White Boxes That Can Track Population of Entire City

Strange new off-white boxes popping up in downtown Seattle use wi-fi networks that can record the last 1,000 locations of a person using their cellphone’s MAC address, but the Department of Homeland Security – which funded the network to the tune of $2.7 million dollars – has refused to address the nightmare privacy implications of a system that could lead to the permanent tracking of an entire city’s population.

http://www.infowars.com/dhs-funds-installation-of-white-boxes-that-can-track-population-of-entire-city/

EXCLUSIVE: Snowden Level Documents Reveal Stealth DHS Spy Grid

Government documents obtained by Infowars expose massive DHS domestic spy grid designed to track citizens in real time through mega government databases.

Anthony Gucciardi & Mikael Thalen
Infowars.com
November 12, 2013

Exclusive documents obtained by Infowars from an insider government source have revealed the true origin and nature of the highly secretive ‘mesh network’ spy grid that has garnered massive media attention due to the fact that the network’s strange downtown Seattle spy boxes can track the last 1,000 GPS locations of cellphone users. But as new documents reveal, the grid is far deeper than the media is telling you. The Seattle DHS spy system ultimately ties in with an enormous stealth database that acts as an intelligence hub for all of your personal data.

http://www.infowars.com/exclusive-snowden-level-documents-reveal-stealth-dhs-spy-grid/

Oil Espionage: How NSA and GCHQ Spied on OPEC

Documents disclosed by whistleblower Edward Snowden reveal that both America's National Security Agency (NSA) and Britain's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) have infiltrated the computer network of the the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

In January 2008, the NSA department in charge of energy issues reported it had accomplished its mission. Intelligence information about individual petroleum-exporting countries had existed before then, but now the NSA had managed, for the first time, to infiltrate OPEC in its entirety.

http://m.spiegel.de/international/world/a-932777.html

Monday, November 11, 2013

The Birth of a Police State: UK Police to be Granted Sweeping New Powers

The UK Government is about to pass legislation which will make any behaviour perceived to potentially ‘cause nuisance or annoyance’ a criminal offence. The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill also grants local authorities, police and even private security firms sweeping powers to bar citizens from assembling lawfully in public spaces. The Bill has successfully passed through the House of Commons without issue, and is now in the latter stages of review by the House of Lords, after which it will receive Royal Assent and become Law.  Those who refuse orders under the new rules will face arrest, fines and even prison time.

http://www.scriptonitedaily.com/2013/11/11/the-birth-of-a-police-state-uk-police-to-be-granted-sweeping-new-powers-2/

Sunday, November 10, 2013

The Dark Road from the Clipper Chip to PRISM Reveals 'Crypto Wars' Never Ended

Back in the 1990s, security researchers and privacy watchdogs were alarmed by government demands that hardware and software firms build "backdoors" into their products, the millions of personal computers and cell phones propelling communication flows along the now-quaint "information superhighway."

Never mind that the same factory-installed kit that allowed secret state agencies to troll through private communications also served as a discrete portal for criminal gangs to loot your bank account or steal your identity.

To make matters worse, instead of the accountability promised the American people by Congress in the wake of the Watergate scandal, successive US administrations have worked assiduously to erect an impenetrable secrecy regime backstopped by secret laws overseen by secret courts which operate on the basis of secret administrative subpoenas, latter day lettres de cachet.

But now that all their dirty secrets are popping out of Edward Snowden's "bottomless briefcase," we also know the "Crypto Wars" of the 1990s never ended.

http://antifascist-calling.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-dark-road-from-clipper-chip-to.html?m=1

The Able Archer 83 Sourcebook



Today marks the 30th anniversary of the beginning of Able Archer 83, a NATO exercise that utilized "new nuclear weapons release procedures" to simulate the transition from conventional to nuclear war with the Soviet Union. Although US officials saw Able Archer 83 as a routine exercise, it resulted in an "unprecedented Soviet reaction" which US intelligence eventually inferred "was an expression of a genuine belief on the part of Soviet leaders that US was planning a nuclear first strike," according to the largest collection of declassified documents on the 1983 War Scare compiled and posted by the National Security Archive.

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THE DIEM COUP AFTER 50 YEARS... JOHN F. KENNEDY AND SOUTH VIETNAM, 1963



Continued investigation of the presidency of John F. Kennedy further strengthens the view that the origins of U.S. support for the coup which overthrew South Vietnamese president Ngo Dinh Diem 50 years ago today traces directly to President Kennedy, not to a "cabal" of top officials in his administration. As the documents posted by the National Security Archive in 2009 and new material posted today indicates, the often-told story that a "cabal" of senior officials, in combination with U.S. ambassador to Saigon Henry Cabot Lodge, were responsible for the coup is a myth.

The 2009 posting (below) used the then-newly released audiotapes of President Kennedy's discussions on South Vietnam in late August 1963, combined with the declassified documents on the same meetings, and the State Department cables to Saigon bearing instructions for Ambassador Lodge, to show that Washington officials acted in unison in determining the U.S. approach. Additional evidence presented here supports this conclusion.

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Two admirals face probe in Navy bribery scheme


Two U.S. admirals — including the director of naval intelligence — are under investigation as part of a major bribery scandal involving a foreign defense contractor, Navy officials announced Friday night.

Vice Adm. Ted “Twig” Branch, the service’s top intelligence officer, and Rear Adm. Bruce F. Loveless, the Navy’s director of intelligence operations, were placed on leave Friday, and their access to classified material was suspended, the Navy said in a statement.

Both admirals are being investigated for their ties to a Singapore-based defense contractor, Glenn Defense Marine Asia, whose chief executive was arrested in September on charges that he bribed other Navy officers into giving him classified or privileged information in exchange for prostitutes and cash.

http://m.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/two-admirals-face-probe-in-navy-bribery-scheme/2013/11/08/d2dc063a-48d8-11e3-bf0c-cebf37c6f484_story.html

‘I Have Doubts Oswald Acted Alone,’ Says Skull & Bones Kerry

JOHN Kerry has added credibility to a conspiracy theory that John F. Kennedy’s assassin may not have worked alone.
The US Secretary of State has become one of the highest-ranking politicians to publicly doubt that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone conspirator in Kennedy’s murder, admitting to a journalist that he was suspicious of the government’s official finding.

“To this day, I have serious doubts that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone,” Mr Kerry said in an interview broadcast on NBC, timed with the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s death.

http://m.heraldsun.com.au/news/world/john-kerry-doubts-jfk-assassin-lee-harvey-oswald-worked-alone/story-fni0xs61-1226756573629

Friday, November 8, 2013

7,500 drones in U.S. airspace within 5 years, FAA Predicts

The chief of the Federal Aviation Administration predicted Thursday that U.S. airspace could be crowded with as many as 7,500 commercial drones within the next five years, as he unveiled a long-awaited regulatory blueprint that seeks to protect Americans’ privacy while requiring testing for law enforcement and private companies seeking to operate unmanned aerial vehicles .

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said his agency would set up six sites across the country to test drone operators, but cautioned that there could be delays for those looking to obtain certificates to operate unmanned aircraft once the regulatory guidelines are in place. He said ensuring safety in increasingly congested skies was his agency’s top priority.

http://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/nov/7/faa-chief-announces-progress-drone-regs/#ixzz2k4sy9yzQ

Thursday, November 7, 2013

11 Signs of a False Flag

Throughout history, versions of the false flag attack have been used successfully by governments in order to direct the force of the people toward whatever end the ruling class may be seeking. At times, that end may be war, or it may be the curtailing of domestic civil liberties and basic human rights. In others, it is an economic agenda.

Indeed, false flags are themselves capable of taking on a wide variety of forms – domestic or foreign, small or large, economic or political, and many other designations that can often blur into one another. Each may serve a specific purpose and each may be adjusted and tailored for that specific purpose as societal conditions require.

http://www.activistpost.com/2013/11/11-signs-of-false-flag.html?m=1

C.I.A. Is Said to Pay AT&T for Call Data

The C.I.A. is paying AT&T more than $10 million a year to assist with overseas counterterrorism investigations by exploiting the company’s vast database of phone records, which includes Americans’ international calls, according to government officials.

The cooperation is conducted under a voluntary contract, not under subpoenas or court orders compelling the company to participate, according to the officials.

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/11/07/us/cia-is-said-to-pay-att-for-call-data.html?hp=&_r=1&pagewanted=all

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

JFK assassination: CIA and New York Times are still lying to us

Fifty years later, a complicit media still covers up for the security state. We need to reclaim our history.

http://www.salon.com/2013/11/06/the_jfk_assassination_we_still_dont_know_what_happened/

Bush And The JFK Hit, Part 8: Prepping A Patsy?

When Lee Harvey Oswald told the press after his first interrogation, “I am a patsy,” many dismissed it as the predictable disclaimer of the guilty. But what if it were true? What if Lee Harvey Oswald really had been set up as the fall guy to deflect attention from the real plotters? Most other “lone nuts” who have killed presidents or celebrities have proudly claimed responsibility for their crime, not tried to blame others.

If any group of plotters were setting up Lee Harvey Oswald, they would want him to appear as both darkly mysterious and an obvious suspect. They might run elaborate tracks across Oswald’s path, to generate false leads and a thick fog of misinformation. Who would be better qualified to do this than an expert in the game – that is, someone with experience in intelligence and covert operations?

http://whowhatwhy.com/2013/11/06/bush-and-the-jfk-hit-part-8-prepping-a-patsy/

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Oliver Stone on 50th Anniversary of JFK Assassination & the Untold History of the United States



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The Guns of November - The JFK Assassination - Dave Emory (1983) Full Series

FBI Seeks Video Recognition Technology to Automatically ID Suspects

According to procurement papers, the FBI hopes to view demonstrations of motion picture pattern-matching in December. The bureau has invited contractors to submit written project proposals by Nov. 13. Up to 30 vendors with promising systems then will be invited to present at FBI Headquarters on Dec. 11.

"The FBI is currently undertaking a major issue study of video and digital image processing and video/digital image analytic capabilities to identify current capabilities, assess gaps, and develop a roadmap for the FBI's future video analytics architecture," stated an Oct. 30 contracting notice.

http://m.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2013/11/fbi-seeks-video-recognition-technology-automatically-id-suspects/73168/?oref=ng-HPtopstory

Monday, November 4, 2013

5 decades later, some JFK assassination files still sealed; researchers demand ‘transparency’

Five decades after President John F. Kennedy was fatally shot and long after official inquiries ended, thousands of pages of investigative documents remain withheld from public view. The contents of these files are partially known — and intriguing — and conspiracy buffs are not the only ones seeking to open them for a closer look.

Some serious researchers believe the off-limits files could shed valuable new light on nagging mysteries of the assassination — including what U.S. intelligence agencies knew about accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald before Nov. 22, 1963.

It turns out that several hundred of the still-classified pages concern a deceased CIA agent, George Joannides, whose activities just before the assassination and, fascinatingly, during a government investigation years later, have tantalized researchers for years.

“This is not about conspiracy, this is about transparency,” said Jefferson Morley, a former Washington Post reporter and author embroiled in a decade-long lawsuit against the CIA, seeking release of the closed documents. “I think the CIA should obey the law. I don’t think most people think that’s a crazy idea.”

http://m.washingtonpost.com/national/5-decades-later-some-jfk-assassination-files-still-sealed-researchers-demand-transparency/2013/11/03/768eb13e-4496-11e3-95a9-3f15b5618ba8_print.html

Sunday, November 3, 2013

The Bank Guarantee That Bankrupted Ireland

Ellen Brown
Activist Post

The Irish have a long history of being tyrannized, exploited, and oppressed—from the forced conversion to Christianity in the Dark Ages, to slave trading of the natives in the 15th and 16th centuries, to the mid-nineteenth century “potato famine” that was really a holocaust. The British got Ireland’s food exports, while at least one million Irish died from starvation and related diseases, and another million or more emigrated.

Today, Ireland is under a different sort of tyranny, one imposed by the banks and the troika—the EU, ECB and IMF. The oppressors have demanded austerity and more austerity, forcing the public to pick up the tab for bills incurred by profligate private bankers.

http://www.activistpost.com/2013/11/the-bank-guarantee-that-bankrupted.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+ActivistPost+(Activist+Post)&m=1

Saturday, November 2, 2013

No Morsel Too Minuscule for All-Consuming N.S.A.

In the funding boom that followed the Sept. 11 attacks, the agency expanded and decentralized far beyond its Fort Meade headquarters in Maryland, building or expanding major facilities in Georgia, Texas, Colorado, Hawaii, Alaska, Washington State and Utah. Its officers also operate out of major overseas stations in England, Australia, South Korea and Japan, at overseas military bases, and from locked rooms housing the Special Collection Service inside American missions abroad.

The agency, using a combination of jawboning, stealth and legal force, has turned the nation’s Internet and telecommunications companies into collection partners, installing filters in their facilities, serving them with court orders, building back doors into their software and acquiring keys to break their encryption.

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/11/03/world/no-morsel-too-minuscule-for-all-consuming-nsa.html?hp=&_r=1&pagewanted=all#p40h40

Jim Douglass, JFK and the Unspeakable, COPA Dallas 2009


Former CIA Pilot Tosh Plumlee Says Reagan Administration Responsible for Death of DEA Agent

Robert Tosh Plumlee, a pilot who flew clandestine CIA flights, told Infowars today that Fox News, who interviewed him last September, is attempting to shift blame for the 1980s Contra resupply network to the CIA.

The network was the work of the Reagan administration, then Marine Col. Oliver North, and the NCS, Plumlee contends. The covert operation was in direct violation of the Boland Amendment, a legislative effort to prevent the United States government from funding and assisting the Contras, the mercenary group attempting to overthrow the Sandinista regime in Nicaragua in the early 1980s.

Fox News ran a story on roles played by the CIA and the Reagan administration in the Contra Affair after the release of Rafael Caro Quintero from prison this past August.

Quintero, a former Mexican drug lord responsible for founding the Guadalajara Cartel, was convicted of murdering DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena Salazar and others, including a journalist, in 1985.

Information received primarily from US authorities, the DEA, the White House, and the National Security council and forwarded to Mexican authorities played in a role in Camarena’s murder, Plumlee told Infowars in an effort to set the record straight.

Plumlee insists the CIA did not murder Camarena as a number of news outlets have reported.

Following an interview with Fox News, the network ran a story implying that the CIA was involved and played a part in the torture murder of Camarena and Plumlee was the CIA pilot who helped Quintero escape to Guatemala and then to Costa Rica.

“That was not the case,” Plumlee told Infowars.

Plumlee told author Rodney Stitch (Drugging America: A Trojan Horse) in 2005 that the CIA, the DEA, the FBI and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee were aware American government agencies were involved in shipping drugs into the United States from Central America to fund the Contra freedom fighters. Details on these illicit drug running operations were also exposed in the 1990s by San Jose Mercury News journalist Gary Webb, who later died under suspicious circumstances.

In 1983, prior to government hearings on what would become known as the Iran-Contra Affair, Plumlee met on several occasions with Senator Gary Hart and his security aide, Bill Holden. He provided Hart with detailed maps, information on battle zones and air routes, and additional information concerning the training of Guatemalan guerillas at drug kingpin Rafael Caro Quintero’s ranch, aircraft ID numbers, and other information.

The information was subsequently passed along to Massachusetts Democrat John Kerry, who was then chairman on the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Narcotics and International Communications. Nothing came of this attempt to shed light on the government’s drug-running operations or the death of DEA agent Camarena.

“Why did they bust the Buffalo marijuana ranch, but let the gun-running to the Contra go unimpeded?” Camarena had asked before his abduction and murder in Mexico.

Plumlee asked the same question to government officials during a debriefing in Phoenix, Arizona before Camarena was abducted and murdered. Plumlee confirmed that this conversation took place with government officials during a telephone interview with Infowars.

Plumlee’s allegations about Reagan administration complicity in gunrunning staged alongside an illegal drug operation were ultimately dropped from an interview conducted by Fox News, the corporate media bastion for Republican conservatives who idolize Ronald Reagan.

http://www.infowars.com/former-cia-pilot-plumlee-says-reagan-administration-responsible-for-death-of-dea-agent/

GCHQ and European spy agencies worked together on mass surveillance

The German, French, Spanish and Swedish intelligence services have all developed methods of mass surveillance of internet and phone traffic over the past five years in close partnership with Britain’s GCHQ eavesdropping agency.

The bulk monitoring is carried out through direct taps into fibre optic cables and the development of covert relationships with telecommunications companies. A loose but growing eavesdropping alliance has allowed intelligence agencies from one country to cultivate ties with corporations from another to facilitate the trawling of the web, according to GCHQ documents leaked by the former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/nov/01/gchq-europe-spy-agencies-mass-surveillance-snowden

JFK Assassination Specials: A Guide to 50th Anniversary Television Programming

Get set for a deluge of fiftieth anniversary television programming over the next few weeks.  Looks like everyone is getting in on the act with some new and some encore presentations.

http://jfkfiles.blogspot.com/2013/11/jfk-assassination-specials-guide-to.html?m=1

Top NSA Whistleblower: “[NSA] Management Had Made The Plan To Spy On The United States And The People Of The United States Even Before 9/11”

As the former head of the NSA’s operations division, who was in charge of the global digital intelligence gathering program and oversaw 6,000 employees – William Binney – said:

“[NSA] management had made the plan to spy on the United States and the people of the United States even before 9/11.

Then – when 9/11 occurred – that was the pure excuse for them to go in and say now, telecoms, we really need the data now to be able to protect the United States from terrorism.

And that was simply false to begin with. We had no problem at all identifying these people from the beginning. That was absolutely false. But that was the pretext they used to get that process running.”

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/11/top-nsa-whistleblower-nsa-management-had-made-the-plan-to-spy-on-the-united-states-and-the-people-of-the-united-states-even-before-911.html