Yesterday, ZDNet reported that the NSA uses a trick to get around the few flimsy American laws on spying … they shuttle internet traffic overseas so they can pretend they’re monitoring foreign communications:
“A new analysis of documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden details a highly classified technique that allows the National Security Agency to “deliberately divert” US internet traffic, normally safeguarded by constitutional protections, overseas in order to conduct unrestrained data collection on Americans.” . . . Read Complete Report
Think about the phone conversations you’ve had in the last 48 hours. Is there anything personal or sensitive you wouldn’t want a stranger to hear or record?
Now imagine the cell phone conversations that took place about the Islamic State this week between lawmakers, their staff members and anyone who testified on the Hill. Think any sensitive information or key plans were discussed during those phone calls?
An investigator looking into the claims that “fake cell towers” are popping up all over the country says he discovered several active sites just in the last 48 hours within feet of the White House, around the Russian Embassy and covering the Senate buildings where key Islamic State hearings took place this week. . . . Read Complete Report
Fake Cell Towers Allow the NSA and Police to Keep Track of You
The Internet is abuzz with reports of mysterious devices sprinkled across America—many of them on military bases—that connect to your phone by mimicking cell phone towers and sucking up your data. There is little public information about these devices, but they are the new favorite toy of government agencies of all stripes; everyone from the National Security Agency to local police forces are using them.
These fake towers, known as “interceptors,” were discovered in July by users of the CryptoPhone500, one of the ultra-secure cell phones released after Edward Snowden’s leaks about NSA snooping. . . . Read Complete Report
Back in March serious allegations came out of the Senate that the CIA was monitoring and even hacking Senate computers. They were denied vehemently at the time by CIA director John Brennan, who went so far as to say “that’s just beyond the scope of reason.”
Unsurprisingly, of course, the CIA has now come out saying that, yes, they did in fact spy on Senate aides’ computers. Oh, and that they’re sorry. Very sorry.
This is stuff that would have been a major scandal not too long ago, causing a public outcry for the heads of those responsible.
Thanks to recent revelations, we now know that NSA agents have been illegally using their surveillance powers to monitor their spouses’ and other romantic interests’ electronic communications. Will this new information put an end to the widespread “I don’t have anything to hide” defense of NSA spying? If not, what will it take to convince more Americans to take an interest in defending their civil liberties against the encroachments of the growing surveillance state?
Our panel discusses these and other critical topics in the struggle to win back Americans’ privacy from intrusive government spying.
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From Huffington Post by Lee Speigel Posted: 08/20/2013 2:38 pm EDT | Updated: 08/20/2013 3:11 pm EDT
Once upon a time, Area 51 didn’t exist. Now, apparently, it does. And it’s still one of the most secret places in America.
After decades of denial, the government now publicly acknowledges that Area 51 — seen below in a satellite image — is a secret military installation north of Las Vegas. It has been variously referred to as Groom Lake, Dreamland and The Ranch. . . . Read Complete Report