So let’s start with two obvious points about the whole Russia fiasco… Namely, there is no ‘there, there.’ First off, the president has the power to declassify secret documents at will. But in this instance he could also do that without compromising intelligence community (IC) ‘sources and methods’ in the slightest. That’s because after Edward Snowden’s revelations in 2013, the whole world was put on notice – and most especially Washington’s adversaries – that it collects every single electronic digit that passes through the worldwide web and related communications grids. Washington essentially has universal and omniscient SIGINT (signals intelligence). Acknowledging that fact by publishing the Russia-Trump intercepts would provide new knowledge to exactly no one. Nor would it jeopardize the lives of any American spy or agent (HUMINT). It would just document the unconstitutional interference in the election process that had been committed by the U.S. intelligence agencies and political operatives in the Obama White House.
So let’s start with an obvious point about the whole Russia fiasco… Namely, there is no ‘there, there.’ First off, the president has the power to declassify secret documents at will. But in this instance he could also do that without compromising intelligence community (IC) ‘sources and methods’ in the slightest. That’s because after Edward Snowden’s revelations in 2013, the whole world was put on notice – and most especially Washington’s adversaries – that it collects every single electronic digit that passes through the worldwide web and related communications grids. Washington essentially has universal and omniscient SIGINT (signals intelligence). Acknowledging that fact by publishing the Russia-Trump intercepts would provide new knowledge to exactly no one.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 23, 2017.
One of the profound revelations from the data released by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was that in addition to spying on its own citizens, the NSA engaged in aggressive espionage on some of America’s closest allies, most notably Angela Merkel and her Blackberry. It now turns out that Germany had been returning the favor. According to Germany’s Spiegel, Germany’s foreign intelligence service had long spied on numerous official and business targets in the United States, including the White House. The magazine said it had seen documents showing that the intelligence service, the BND, had a list of some 4,000 so-called selector keywords for surveillance between 1998 and 2006. These included telephone or fax numbers, as well as email addresses at the White House as well as the US finance and foreign ministries.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 22, 2017.
In a discussion with Edward Snowden on his weekly ‘Liberty Report,” Ron Paul and the former NSA contractor trace the genesis of the so-called Deep State, and discuss how the US intelligence community uses covert programs like those exposed by Snowden in 2013 to trample individual freedoms. The most sinister quality of the Deep State, Snowden says, is its ability to mask its very existence from the public, allowing it to undermine President Donald Trump while remaining largely hidden from scrutiny. ‘Generally, when we’re talking about the Deep State, what we’re talking about is a mass of government that survives beyond administrations, but that is not responding to the politics of the people. This belongs not to a particular political party, but it serves across parties. Across administrations.’ The Deep State’s culture of secrecy convinces employees that they won’t ever be held accountable for their actions, Snowden said, since even routine communications between employees at the CIA and NSA are classified.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 21, 2017.
‘Saying you don’t care about privacy because you have nothing to hide is like saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.’ -Edward Snowden ‘Privacy is the fountainhead of all rights,’ Edward Snowden said during his livestream at a panel discussion on privacy at the University of Arizona. Without privacy (an extension of property rights), all other rights eventually fall by the wayside. When governments begin to ski down that slippery slope by violating the privacy of its subjects (see: citizens), it’s hard to reverse the course. Fortunately, you have a say in the matter. You have options for permissionless privacy to protect what’s yours. Today, along this vein, we’re going to show you a FREE way to guarantee your privacy online today – in less than five minutes. The First Amendment is the Right to Privacy Privacy isn’t about having something to hide, said Snowden. It’s about having something to protect: ‘That’s who you are. That’s what you believe in. Privacy is the right to a self. Privacy is what gives you the ability to share with the world who you are on your own terms. For them to understand what you’re trying to be and to protect for yourself the parts of you you’re not sure about, that you’re still experimenting with.
Oliver Stone’s 4-hour ShowTime documentary interview with Vladimir Putin is probably the most important interview with Putin for Russian/American relations ever filmed. Both Batchelor and Cohen introduce this broadcast interview with Oliver Stone with a variation of this statement. Cohen adds that for the first time Americans can see Putin, the man, and judge for themselves whether he is the great danger described by the Washington establishment. We are also rewarded because the emphasis here is not about ‘what it felt like for Oliver to interview Putin’; we are treated instead to Mr. Stone’s analysis of character and how the interview revealed this Russian leader’s views about the world. The topics of the whole documentary cover two years of various crises and Russian responses to NATO expansion, the Ukrainian Coup repercussions and civil war, the Donald Cook event (when Stone watched Putin react in the War Room), the Syrian Civil War, the vilification of Putin process, and the growing belief in existence of the U.S. Deep State. Mr. Stone goes on to describe how American perceptions of their politics differ from those of the Russian public and why. Inevitably Russia Gate is also covered including the cyber warfare component. Mr. Stone is as mystified by the hysteria surrounding this so-called cyber warfare claim as Putin is. And Mr. Stone raises some serious questions about the Clinton accusations about being ‘hacked’ and all the intelligence agencies using this nonsense to attack Trump. He even uses the term ‘Manchurian Candidate’ in his discussion. It is very clear that everyone at the table has a firm grasp of these events and appreciate how unprecedented and damaging to America they are. Stephen Cohen also speculates about how well Trump can keep the U.S. out of crisis with Russia with the present impediments he is suffering under. And finally Mr. Stone brings up the cyber war aspect using the U.S. cyber attack on Iran in 2007, ’08 and ’09. He goes on to explain that there is a treaty/agreement pending between Russia and the US regarding cyber warfare, but it is presently held in limbo. Continuing on there is mention of the movie ‘Snowden’, directed by Mr. Stone – one of a long line of political docudramas that are important efforts to focus the American public on the rocky road of American politics. In the final segment Cohen wades in on some of the statements Putin made that he found interesting, and also commented about Putin’s demeanour in the documentary. Did, for example, Putin offer Russia up to join NATO? And Stephen also found it remarkable that Putin, except for one exceptional event, never showed resentment over the treatment of Washington and its MSM. The exceptional event, the Chechnya War, Batchelor made the point that this discussion resulted in a very important response from Putin. Even then, Mr. Stone commented, that it was unclear who was in charge, the CIA or president Bush. For Cohen the whole problem between Washington and Russia is summed up in that Washington ‘does not consider that Russia has a national interest’.
Vladimir Putin trolled the US on Thursday, when speaking in a live call-in show with the Russian nation, the Russian president likened Comey to Edward Snowden, who was granted asylum in Russia in 2013, and scoffed at James Comey’s disclosure of his conversations with U. S. President Donald Trump, saying the move has made Comey eligible for political asylum in Russia. “It looks weird when the chief of a security agency records his conversation with the commander-in-chief and then hands it over to media via his friend,” Putin was quoted by Russia’s Tass. ‘This is strange. What is the difference then between the FBI director and Mr. Snowden? He is not a head of the special services, but a human rights activist.’ The trolling concluded when Putin said that “by the way, if he (Comey) is subject to any sort of persecution in connection with this, we will be ready to give him political asylum in Russia. And he should know about this.”
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 15, 2017.
The idea that the #GrenfellTower tragedy was preventable is shattering. The neglect here is just inhuman. pic.twitter.com/jGx9M0JKqO — Edward Snowden (@Snowden) June 14, 2017
Grenfell Tower waited – in essence, a tinderbox keen to be put alight – until the apparent right moment early Wednesday morning, when flames promptly engulfed the 1,000-unit building, killing six, and injuring scores. But it could have been prevented. In fact, London officials apparently possessed renovative guidelines excoriating the tower’s lack of compliance with imperative fire safety regulations – for at least four years. According to The Mirror, Prime Minister Theresa May’s new chief of staff – like many in a succession of 72 housing officials – sat on a report condemning high rise complexes had numerous vulnerabilities to fire. U. S. surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden tweeted The Mirror article with the caption, ‘The idea that the #GrenfellTower tragedy was preventable is shattering. The neglect here is just inhuman.’
Last week, 25-year-old Reality Winner (yes, somehow that is her real name) was arrested for allegedly leaking classified information on ‘Russian Hacking’ to The Intercept: Winner is a contractor with Pluribus International Corporation assigned to a U. S. government agency facility in Georgia. She has been employed at the facility since on or about February 13, and has held a Top Secret clearance during that time. On or about May 9, Winner printed and improperly removed classified intelligence reporting, which contained classified national defense information from an intelligence community agency, and unlawfully retained it. Approximately a few days later, Winner unlawfully transmitted by mail the intelligence reporting to an online news outlet. In spite of her overt and obvious political leanings (against President Trump and the right, and towards Bernie Sanders and the left), characterizing the mainstream media’s reporting on the leaker’s partisan beliefs would actually be putting it nicely: By characterizing Winner as a staunch Sanders fan, legacy media encouraged alienation between groups that had begun to collaborate against vested interests in the media and establishment. Winner’s primary political affiliation according to the social media she left for the public appears to represent primarily a visceral hatred for President Donald Trump.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 13, 2017.
Most people have been aware of Edward Snowden’s case that made world headlines when he made public the actions taken by the U. S. government and the alphabet agencies to spy on the average American citizen. The camp is divided, with many labeling Snowden as a traitor while others call him a hero for releasing the information. The division sees those against him as ‘procedural’ adherents who believe in keeping to the contract regardless of the harm the corporation is doing. Those who are behind his efforts see that he compromised his entire life with great risk to himself to expose something that is unconstitutional and therefore illegal, regardless of how our government masques it under the ‘color of law.’ Since then we have had the Wikileaks avalanche of released information. Julian Assange is wanted by the U. S. government for the same reason that Snowden is wanted: for exposing information damning to an authoritarian regime/empire. Now we are seeing a continuance of those releases, as an independent contractor by the name of Montgomery has informed all parties involved of a trove of information that may prove larger than Snowden’s. It runs deep: the intrusion has been fostered even longer than the last eight years under Obama. Conservative Tribune released an article on this week entitled Supreme Court Set to Rule on Massive Cell Phone Privacy Case, and here is an excerpt of that article: ‘On Monday [6/5/17], the Supreme Court announced it will be taking up a case on the issue of cell phone location data, Politico reported. At stake is whether or not police and other law enforcement agencies will be required to obtain a warrant showing probable cause before they retrieve cell phone location data off a person’s phone from a phone company.’
This post was published at shtfplan on June 9th, 2017.
[This article was updated to include more background information on Dennis Montgomery.] A former intelligence contractor has filed a lawsuit against former FBI Director James Comey and other U. S. officials for allegedly covering up evidence showing widespread illegal surveillance on Americans, Circa reports. The contractor, Dennis Montgomery, said he left his job with over 600 million classified documents stored on some 47 hard drives from the NSA and the CIA which he says prove the illicit surveillance took place, possibly a larger quantity of documents than Edward Snowden obtained in his now-infamous 2013 breach. The suit was filed on Monday and was assigned to a federal judge who has already ruled against some of the NSA’s surveillance practices, concluding in a separate case that the agency’s collection of Americans’ data has violated the Fourth Amendment.
One day after the DOJ announced the arrest of NSA leaker Reality Leigh Winner for distributing top secret NSA files to The Intercept, the “original NSA leaker” Edward Snowden, who has been proactive in advocating for whistleblower rights in the years since he himself disclosed countless NSA documents exposing the extent of to which the NSA spied on America’s own population, has now given an official statement through the Freedom of the Press Foundation on Winner’s arrest, expressing concern about the charges brought against her. “The prosecution of any journalistic source without due consideration by the jury as to the harm or benefit of the journalistic activity is a fundamental threat to the free press.” His full statement is below: The Justice Department released an indictment of twenty five year-old NSA contractor Reality Winner yesterday, just a few hours after the Intercept posted a story based on a top secret document that described how the NSA believes Russian actors tried to hack into US voting infrastructure. Much is unknown, as the public is made to depend upon the potentially unreliable claims of government prosecutors, while Winner is held in jail without any contact with the public.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 6, 2017.
Step aside Edward Snowden: the world has another leaking NSA contractor to obsess with, if only for the next 15 minutes. As reported earlier, Reality Leigh Winner is the 25-year-old woman who stole ‘Top secret’ documents from the National Security Agency and leaked them to The Intercept, “confirming” that the Russian military intelligence GRU was behind an attempt to hack more than 100 local election officials. *** First, dome details on her background. Winner was born in Texas in December 1991. She was raised in Kingsville, a small city in the south of the state, about 40 miles from Corpus Christi.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 6, 2017.
Just hours after Megyn Kelly announced on NBC’s Today show that she would be interviewing Vladimir Putin in St Petersburg tomorrow at the International Economic Forum, Showtime released the first trailer and extended clip for The Putin Interviews, a sit-down with the Russian president conducted by the film-maker Oliver Stone for a four-part special that premieres on 12 June. *** In the extended clip released on Thursday, The Guardian reports Stone and Putin can be seen driving in a car with an English translator in the backseat, discussing topics such as Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing and Russian intelligence.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 3, 2017.
While former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney was burnishing his credentials as a master of the corporate turnaround during the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, US intelligence agencies were testing out their capabilities for mass electronic surveillance according to a recent Associated Press report. Ex-NSA spy Thomas Drake has alleged as much in a statement filed in support of a lawsuit brought by former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson. Anderson has said that the lawsuit is designed to get more information about what he calls covert, illegal operations. Drake wrote in the declaration, released Friday, that the NSA collected and stored virtually all electronic communications going into or out of Salt Lake, including contents of texts and emails, something which another famous NSA whistleblower and former senior NSA crypto-mathematician, William Binney, alleged back in 201, long before Edward Snowden emerged on the scene, when he explained how the NSA’s Utah Data Center soaks up and retains every form of electronic communication, also known as the NSa’s Project Stellar Wind.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 3, 2017.
This is an era-defining moment. — Edward Snowden (@Snowden) May 28, 2017
One day after Donald Trump infuriated Angela Merkel and the rest of his G-7 peers, when the US president refused to endorse the Paris climate treaty, prompting the German chancellor to say that ‘the whole discussion about climate has been difficult, or rather very unsatisfactory… here we have the situation that six members, or even seven if you want to add the EU, stand against one”, Germany’s prime minister made what many have dubbed, an “era-defining” statement. Speaking at a CDU election rally in Munich, Merkel said that Europe “must take its fate into its own hands” or as the AFP put it, “Merkel warns US, Britain no longer reliable partners.” Faced with a western alliance divided by Brexit and Donald Trump’s presidency, Merkel said “die zeiten, in denen wir uns auf andere vllig verlassen konnten, sind ein Stck vorbei”, or loosely translated “the times in which we could completely depend on others are on the way out” and added that “I’ve experienced that in the last few days.”
This post was published at Zero Hedge on May 28, 2017.
The world has been stunned over the past few days by the advent of ‘Ransomware;’ the use of sophisticated cyber attacks on vital systems in order to (supposedly) extort capital from target businesses and institutions. I am always highly suspicious whenever a large scale cyber incident occurs, primarily because the manner in which these events are explained to the public does not begin to cover certain important realities. For example, the mainstream media rarely if ever discusses the fact that many digital systems are deliberately designed to be vulnerable. Software and internet corporate monoliths have long been cooperating with the NSA through programs like PRISM to provide government agencies backdoor access to computer systems worldwide. Edward Snowden vindicated numerous ‘conspiracy theorists’ in 2013 with his comprehensive data dumps, exposing collusion between corporations and the NSA including Microsoft, Skype, Apple, Google, Facebook and Yahoo. And make no mistake, nothing has changed since then. The level of collusion between major software developers and the establishment might be shocking to some, but it was rather well known to alternative analysts and researchers. The use of legislation like the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to skirt Constitutional protections within the 4th Amendment has been open policy for quite some time. It only made sense that government agencies and their corporate partners would use it as a rationale to develop vast protocols for invading people’s privacy, including American citizens.
This post was published at Alt-Market on Wednesday, 17 May 2017.