Friday, September 06, 2013

Central Intelligence Meets Distributed Intelligence

The surveillance story plot lines continue. New story lines are born. Distributed intelligence - the mind of man - is delightedly discovering the secrets of the centralized intelligence system, as its internal documents, its rules and manuals, go blowing in the wind. More and more is on public view.

        Overviewing the over-viewers:
08/05/13 DU   "Greetings Suspects! - D'oh" I Mean Citizens!" - The NSA comes clean --- by Tom Tomorrow   A cartoon overview of the argle bargle. 
08/06/13 j cole   The Top Ten Things that don’t Make Sense about NSA Surveillance, Drones and al-Qaeda
08/07/13 j cole    Business of America is Spying on America (Engelhardt, theory)

08/17/13 WBlog   You Won’t BELIEVE What’s Going On with Government Spying on Americans...     ... a massive list, with links, of what has become visible. ("New Revelations Are Breaking Every Day")
08/26/13 j cole   The Top 13 Surveillance Secrets the Gov’t Doesn’t want You to Know About (Quigley)

        1)  The NSA has been collecting data...
07/31/13 Guardian   XKeyscore: NSA tool collects 'nearly everything a user does on the internet'
07/31/13 td   Greenwald Blows Lid Off Massive NSA Web Surveillance Operation ‘XKeyscore 08/01/13 juan cole   ‘Every Stroke you Type’: Greenwald Reveals Xkeyscore, Vindicating Snowden

"Called the XKeyscore program, it apparently gives N.S.A. analysts access to virtually any Internet browsing activity around the world, data that is being vacuumed up from 150 foreign sites."

08/23/13 The Hill    NSA admits analysts purposefully violated citizens' privacy rights
08/24/13 Telegraph   NSA employees spied on their lovers using eavesdropping programme 
08/24/13 j cole    NSA abuses include Stalking ex-Girlfriends
08/25/13 Der Speigel    U.S. spy agency bugged U.N. headquarters
08/31/13 Spgl Onln    Snowden Document: NSA Spied On Al Jazeera Communications

07/25/13 Cnet    Feds tell Web firms to turn over user account passwords
09/05/13 NYT    NSA Winning Internet Security War, Reports Show 
... by collecting people's passwords for the most part, says the article. It doesn't say that they are decrypting 128-bit encryption. This has been proven impossible to do.

08/09/12 DU    NSA loophole allows warrantless search for US citizens' emails and phone calls
08/15/13 FP    The NSA's Data Haul Is Bigger Than You Can Possibly Imagine

        2)  The executive branch has been lying about it, even lying to Congress:
08/03/13  Six blatant lies about spying from the NSA up to Obama
09/04/13 bb  TSA is officially allowed to lie to you in order to cover its ass

        3)  Other nations are distressed and offended:

07/28/15 j cole      Thousands of Germans Protest Obama/ Merkel STASI-like Spying on Them
09/02/13 HuffPo   NSA Spied On Brazil, Mexico Leaders, Glenn Greenwald Says
09/06/13 CD    Revealed: NSA Hacked into Email, Phones of Latin American Presidents

        4)  The surveillance apparatus has decided for itself how powerful it should be:
08/04/13 bb    Members of Congress denied access to basic details of NSA spying
08/04/13 td     Legislators Kept in Dark About NSA
08/05/13 NYT   T.S.A. Expands Duties Beyond Airport Security
08/06/13 DU    With little fanfare, the TSA has expanded to sporting events, music festivals, rodeos, weighstations
08/09/13 bb    NSA leak: US can spy on Americans, despite direct statements of President, Congress, top spooks
08-11-13 HufPo    Michael Hayden, Former NSA Chief: After A Major Attack, U.S. Likely To Seize More Surveillance Powers
08/28/13 TPM   NYPD Secretly Designates Mosques As Terrorism Organizations 

        5)  The NSA has their own interpretation of the law that governs them - and it's a secret!
07/26/13 DU   Wyden Gets NSA's Top Lawyer to Confirm Secret Interpretations of Patriot Act
07/27/13 DU    Sen Ron Wyden Warns of Potential Public Backlash From Allowing Secret Law

        6)  In this modern world, keeping anything secret is a growing challenge:
 "Wikileaks releases encrypted versions of upcoming publication data ("insurance") from time to time to nullify any attempts at prior restraint." 300 gigabytes.
08/29/13 WaPo   Top Secret U.S. Intelligence ‘Black Budget’ Revealed
09/02/13 j cole    How America’s ‘Espionage Empire’ is Paid for: The ‘Black Budget’ (Queally)
        7)  Intelligence services are going operational:
08/05/13 bb    Anti-Tor malware reported back to the NSA  "More information on the malicious software that infected Tor Browser through Freedom Hosting's servers, which were then seized by law-enforcement: it turns out that infected browsers called home to the NSA."

09/01/13 NYT   Drug Agents Use Vast AT&T Phone Trove, Eclipsing N.S.A.’s
"The government pays AT&T to place its employees in drug-fighting units around the country. Those employees sit alongside Drug Enforcement Administration agents and local detectives and supply them with the phone data from as far back as 1987."

        8)  NSA has been sharing raw information with other agencies:
  - with the DEA:
 08/05/13 Huffpo   DEA Special Operations Division Covers Up Surveillance Used To Investigate Americans
08/05/13  DU   Exclusive: U.S. Directs Agents to Cover Up Program Used to Investigate Americans 
08/05/13 DU   Do you get the REAL significance of the DEA surveillance story? Wow, just Wow.
"Two dozen partner agencies comprise the unit, including the FBI, CIA, NSA, Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Homeland Security."
08/06/13 TPM    DEA Using NSA Surveillance to Crack Down on Drug Crimes?
"The documents show that law enforcement agents were also directed to hide the origins of the information. Federal agents were trained to "recreate" the investigative trail in an effort to essentially cover up where the information originated, leading many to view the raids as a direct violation of the Constitutional right to a fair trial."
08/08/13 Yahoo/Reuters   U.S. defense lawyers to seek access to DEA hidden intelligence evidence

- with the police:
08/05/13 Common Dreams    Is NSA Secretly Feeding Spy Intel to Police for Petty Crimes?
 - Repeated claims that surveillance network only used for counter-terrorism belied by new documents from DEA

 - with the IRS:
08/05/13 CD     Et Tu, IRS? Tax Agency Also Using Secret Spy Data?

08/08/13 Huffpo   IRS Manual Detailed DEA's Use Of Hidden Intel Evidence

        9)  The cost to America:
08/08/13 bb   US businesses stand to lose up to $35B as a result of PRISM

        10)  Exigency rules the land.  Justice is defiled.
08/02/13 bb   FBI pays for malware so it can spy on us with our phones and computers

        11)  Police violence as a deterrent:
   08/09/13 TPM     Silent Circle Sees ‘Writing On The Wall,’ Shuts Down Encrypted Email Service
        (This also is what a police state looks like - when you go out of business to avoid problems.)

        12)  Punitive detention:

08/19/13 j cole     Greenwald Partner falsely detained as Terrorist: How to Create a Dictatorship  - Glenn Greenwald's partner was detained by the British for 9 hours on our behalf. He was held at the airport for as long as the law allowed.

Greenwald's partner then took on the British Government, with help from the Guardian legal team, who wrote this powerful first blow.  (A great read.) The law that the Brits used to detain him was used in violation of European law. Also in violation of encompassing British law. This new law threw away established rights in the name of fighting terrorism, and that word 'terrorism' can include whatever the government doesn't like, including investigatory journalism. Not a law that's true to its forebears.

        13)  Citizens cope with visibility:

        15)  The government is in a tizzy:
Perhaps everyone in the NSA is now covering their tails?  Not knowing what material Snowden copied, they may need to assume that he could have copied just about anything. Everything they've been doing now needs to have a good explanation, just in case someone looks at it closely.

The meta - meta-data of their centralized database has become decentralized. The data about the data about the data is in the world's hands now. 

09/04/13 TPM    Obama Says Current Safeguards Against Surveillance Programs May Be Insufficient

Obama opens the discussion, suggesting that we might need better safeguards on our privacy.

He should already know what America's response will be.


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