According to the Washington Post and the NYTimes, communist China has bugged congressional and executive office buildings in Washington, installed spyware on US embassy communications equipment, and used an diplomatic visit to President Obama to infiltrate the phone and computer networks of the cabinet room in the White House. In addition, the Chinese are targeting civilian communications in New York City, monitoring ca. 500 million phone calls, emails and text messages per day.
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"We prosecute vandalism and theft cases regardless of who the perpetrator or victim might be. We don't decide, for example, based upon whether we like or dislike banks," Goldsmith added. "That would be wrong under the law and such a practice by law enforcement would change our society in very damaging ways."
On Thursday, Superior Court Judge Howard Shore issued a gag order in the case, forbidding all parties from discussing the trial further. He previously ruled that Olson would not be permitted to invoke freedom of expression as a defense in the case.
My one question about ths -and I don't want to be controversial, just curious- is this: it is the NSA's job to spy on other countries. Should we, then, be surprised that it is indeed spying on other countries? Or rather, why should we be surprised? Trying to work through my own thoughts as well.
As a Canadian, I worry about what my country is doing to make it on that list.
But I'm not clear that that's what the NSA does. That's simply a hell of a lot of data, and doesn't come across as a practical model of analysis.
What's odd are the self-described realists who seem genuinely surprised at this "surprise".
Ironically, private capture of public functions, like national security, are exactly what libertarians like Greenwald and Snowden seem to want. I have no idea why they are so comfortable with google, yahoo, telecom companies, etc, having all of this information on everyone
Put another way, if you are an American, do you want the President to know every single fact about a situation before, say, becoming militarily involved in Syria? Or would you prefer he not have every available fact before launching a war?
former CIA director James Woolsey, in an article in March  for the Wall Street Journal, acknowledged that the US did conduct economic espionage against its European allies, though he did not specify if Echelon was involved.
A report to the European Parliament [in 1999] October said Echelon played a part in helping the American Boeing company block attempts by the European Airbus consortium to break into the Saudi Arabian market.
Surprisingly, I also don't believe that it is a cure for all your data analysis woes.
My one question about ths -and I don't want to be controversial, just curious- is this: it is the NSA's job to spy on other countries. Should we, then, be surprised that it is indeed spying on other countries?
So find me evidence of the spy boys front running in the past 50 years or I have to think its unlikely.
Again, if we're going to be paranoid and apocalyptic it is not hard to imagine how these things could become true. Perhaps someday yahoo and google could have you put in jail for infringing on their property rights in some way...
In August 1941, Tricycle left for the USA where he came under the control of the FBI. The Germans had given him his instructions in a long questionnaire concealed in six micro-dots stuck on a telegram. The SIS in Lisbon also obtained a copy of the questionnaire and sent it to MI5 and the FBI in August. It included detailed questions about ammunition dumps in Hawaii and the US naval base at Pearl Harbour. Tricycle later complained that the FBI ignored not only this obvious warning of the forthcoming attack on Pearl Harbour but also the additional information, which he claimed to have obtained from his friend Artist in Lisbon and passed to the FBI on his arrival in the US, that at the request of the Japanese Artist had accompanied the German Military Attaché in Tokyo on a mission to Italy to obtain details about the British naval air-attack on Taranto. There is no record in the MI5 and SIS files that Tricycle reported this additional information to the authorities in London, or that he took up the matter with them on his return to the United Kingdom in the autumn of 1942. There is no evidence, either, that MI5 or the SIS took steps to draw the special attention of the operational authorities in London and Washington to the reference to Pearl Harbour in Tricycle's questionnaire.
Going To Maine: But perhaps not.Your parallels with Germany are not unnoticed, but the Stasi and NSA are not exactly comparable.
markkraft: Manning was detained in the way that he was due to a history of suicidal thoughts.
This is very strange. AP is reporting that both French and Spanish officials have denied refusing to let Morales's plane cross their respective airspace.
el io: Also, I got the impression it was an Austrian diplomat that searched the plane, not a random Austrian (or US agent).
The Bolivian president, Evo Morales, has called the rerouting of his plane over suspicions that the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was aboard a provocation to Latin America and urged European countries to "free themselves" from the United States.
Morales had suggested while in Russia that he would be willing to consider giving Snowden asylum in Bolivia.
"I regret this, but I want to say that some European countries should free themselves from North American imperialism," he said.
Bolivia threw a possible lifeline to the surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden on Tuesday, telling Russian television it would consider granting him political asylum to escape from what it called the espionage network of the US "empire".
Evo Morales said in an interview with the Russia Today television station in Moscow that Bolivia “is ready to give political asylum to the people who expose spying activities” and was willing to “enter into discussions” with Mr Snowden.
To the US and its allies, international law is no longer of any consequence. I can see no evidence that anyone in an official position has even noted the illegality of repeated Israeli air and missile strikes against Syria
That is just the spin you and no doubt reports are putting on the conversation between the tower and the plane. Nowhere does the pilot mention fuel guage or even fuel problems.
If you read the rather garbled wording, it is more than likely that the pilot was having to try to explain a unique situation rather than using the standard alerts he had learnt in English.
As I read it, they were unable to calculate the amount of fuel they needed to get to a further refueling airport because there was a large block of airspace which they had been banned from flying over. That was preventing them from reaching the original stopover, Lisbon. With that uncertainty, they diverted to the nearest large airport in order to resolve the political/diplomatic situation.
Drinky Die: How Lincoln used the telegraph office to spy on citizens long before the NSA
“My target uses Google maps to scope target locations—can I use this information to determine his email address? What about the Web searches—do any look suspicious?” It adds: “XKEYSCORE extracts and databases these events, including all web-based searches, which can be retrospectively queried.”
Joe in Australia: More on Skype being pwned from the outset. Wired isn't happy about the lies: Timeline: How the World Was Misled About Government Skype Eavesdropping
anemone of the state: The real solution is to not use Skype at all. Or a smartphone, for that matter.
The United Kingdom’s Government Communications Headquarters—GCHQ—was revealed to have a far more extensive collection program than the NSA’s. The program, codenamed Tempora, extracts data from international fiber-optic data cables and then collates it in a manner quite similar to the NSA’s PRISM system. But Tempora takes in more, both in scope and in scale. It stores both the content and the associated metadata of communications, unlike the NSA, which merely takes the latter. While one NSA program took in ninety-seven billion pieces of information in one month, at peak rates Tempora could do that in just over two days. And GCHQ lawyers told their NSA counterparts that “we have a light oversight regime compared to the U.S.”
America’s research universities, among the most open and robust centers of information exchange in the world, are increasingly coming under cyberattack, most of it thought to be from China, with millions of hacking attempts weekly.
One of the more curious revelations from Edward Snowden’s trove of secret N.S.A. documents was a recent report that United States spy agencies have been vacuuming up communications in Brazil.
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