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Fakebook? What’s The NSA Up To Now?

“Top-secret documents reveal that the National Security Agency is dramatically expanding its ability to covertly hack into computers on a mass scale by using automated systems that reduce the level of human oversight in the process.

The classified files — provided previously by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden — contain new details about groundbreaking surveillance technology the agency has developed to infect potentially millions of computers worldwide with malware “implants.” The clandestine initiative enables the NSA to break into targeted computers and to siphon out data from foreign Internet and phone networks.

The covert infrastructure that supports the hacking efforts operates from the agency’s headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland, and from eavesdropping bases in the United Kingdom and Japan. GCHQ, the British intelligence agency, appears to have played an integral role in helping to develop the implants tactic.”* The Young Turks hosts Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian break it down.

*Read more here from Ryan Gallagher and Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
https://firstlook.org/theintercept/article/2014/03/12/nsa-plans-infect-millions-computers-malware/

Via: https://www.facebook.com/TheYoungTurks

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No Privacy in the Land of the “Free”

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Edward Snowden is vilified as a “traitor” by politicians of the American political duopoly, and hunted like Public Enemy Number One by the global imperial apparatus. However, for a large proportion of Earthlings, Snowden has made the singular contribution to humanity of the year 2013.

The power of the National Security Agency (NSA) has grown by leaps and bounds ever since the terror attacks which took place on September 11, 2001. The Bush administration wasted no time in dismantling civil liberties and expanding government power through the Patriot Act. Every step he took was supported by both Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress and voices of dissent were too few and far between. Barack Obama made certain to not only keep those powers but to expand them beyond anything that Bush and Dick Cheney had imagined.

”The Obama administration did everything in its power to silence Snowden.”

Not only were individuals targeted but foreign governments as well. Even countries that are America’s allies like Brazil, France and Germany were under the spies’ microscope. The NSA wasn’t content to just spy randomly either. German chancellor Angela Merkel’s cell phone calls were monitored by the American government. Needless to say this revelation proved problematic for the president. He and Merkel had a heated discussion in which she compared the NSA to the infamous Stasi apparatus in her East German homeland. That moment was surely awkward.

In recent days federal judge Richard J. Leon dealt a bit of a setback to the Obama administration. In a 68-page decision the judge held that the National Security Agency (NSA) policy of keeping metadata on the phone records of every American was “likely” unconstitutional. The judge also stayed his own injunction and gave the government an opportunity to appeal but this decision is pivotal and vindicates Snowden completely.

Ironically it was a conservative activist, Larry Klayman, whose suit was heard by judge Leon. Klayman argues that Obama is not an American citizen among other fringe right wing theories. He has long been a gadfly to Democratic presidents but his standing on the political spectrum shouldn’t be an issue. If Melissa Harris-Perry, Joy Anne Reid and their MSNBC colleagues were as progressive as they claim, they would have brought a suit against the president. Of course that kind of activism and careers in corporate media don’t mix.

Edward Snowden succeeded where Chelsea Manning failed. Manning was caught and has succeeded only because the harsh treatment meted out against him shows the depravity of our government. Snowden has beaten the Bush/Obama administration at its own game and in so doing has given people another reason to be hopeful. That impact alone makes him the Person of the Year.

Source:
http://www.blackagendareport.com/content/freedom-rider-edward-snowden-person-year

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Russian Lawyer: Snowden Could Soon Leave Moscow Airport for City

Russian Lawyer: Snowden Could Soon Leave Moscow Airport for City

A Russian lawyer for National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden says his client could leave the transit area of a Moscow airport as early as Wednesday and enter the city pending the receipt of the necessary paperwork. Snowden has been sheltering in the airport for exactly a month as of today as the United States has filed espionage charges and launched a global campaign to block his asylum bids in a number of countries. Lawyer Anatoly Kucherena told Reuters Snowden believes U.S. efforts have made it unsafe for him to leave Russia and travel to Latin America, where three countries have offered asylum. He said Snowden should soon receive papers allowing him to remain in Moscow after applying for temporary asylum in Russia last week.

I am rooting for Edward Snowden and any other person who has the guts and conscious to expose misconduct that our government practices against its people.

The U.S. government was built and has continued through decades to use and abuse its wall of protection called laws.

Remember, just because a law is set forth does not mean it is right and is in the best interest of protecting all. The constituents of our government have shown nothing but its one-sided agenda to feed its appetite for control and folding money.

It is our right to know if our government is collecting, storing and looking over everything we do. Every word typed, every web search, every telephone call is a open forum for the U.S.

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Our governments No Privacy Act

Our governments No Privacy Act

FBI Director Robert Mueller has defended the Obama administration’s mass collection of domestic phone records, saying such practices are legal and done in the interests of national security. Speaking before the House Intelligence Committee Thursday, Mueller also confirmed the administration has launched a criminal investigation into Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who leaked the secret documents about NSA spying.

FOURTH AMENDMENT [U.S. Constitution]

‘The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.’

President Obama and General Keith Alexander say the records being obtained are not names, locations and actual recording of our personal phone calls. But only the phone numbers and duration of calls.

Yea right Mr. President!!!! NSA (National Security Agency)wiretapping Verizon customers. In the June issue of InfoWars Magazine, Kurt Nimmo reveals that Google has not only been spying on users, it’s collaborating with the CIA in the process. “[Google and the CIA] recently decided to back a company called Recorded Future. It specializes in analyzing websites, blogs, social networks, and Twitter accounts to establish relationships between people, organizations, actions and incidents.”

Nimmo also reveals that the CIA’s venture capital firm, In-Q-Tel, provided seed money for Keyhole, Inc., a software development company specializing in geospatial data visualization applications. “Keyhole, Inc., was acquired by Google in 2004 and provided Google Earth with its 3D earth visualization.”

And in March, Google agreed to pay $7 million to settle complaints about unauthorized data collection. The company was accused of data theft when it used Google Street View to gather massive amounts of personal information of Wi-Fi users.

Edward Snowden may go down in history as one of this nation’s most important whistleblowers. He is certainly one of the bravest. The 29-year-old former technical assistant to the CIA and employee of a defense intelligence contractor has admitted to disclosing top secret documents about the National Security Agency’s massive violation of the privacy of law-abiding citizens.

Our government labels people terrorists and uses these records to do so. When will the government be for it’s people fully and faithfully?

I don’t know about you, but I don’t trust these entities, people, corporations who all seem to have the same agenda. Control of the people…

Stay aware*

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