A Carnegie Mellon University release reports that Peha, a professor of engineering and public policy and former chief technology officer of the FCC and assistant director of the White House’s Office of Science and Technology, said deliberately weakening commercial products and services may make it easier for U.S. intelligence agencies to conduct surveillance, but “this strategy also inevitably makes it easier for criminals, terrorists and foreign powers to infiltrate these systems for their own purposes.” Peha pointed out that cybersecurity vulnerabilities created to eavesdrop on terrorists could have vast unintended consequences.
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Reuters is reporting that 20 to 25 NSA coworkers shared their password with Eric Snowden while he was working at the agency, calling into question the security measures of this most secret agency, as well as the use of private contractors handling the USA’s most sensitive collection of data.
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Via the Guardian: The authors of a new study on mass-scale surveillance from CEPS have accused the intelligence services of the US and EU countries of violating European law and urged the European parliament to take action….
…They said the EU parliament should threaten to block an EU-US free trade agreement unless the NSA and GCHQ disclose the full nature of their surveillance programmes.
From the About Us page at the CEPS website:
Founded in Brussels in 1983, the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) is among the most experienced and authoritative think tanks operating in the European Union today. CEPS serves as a leading forum for debate on EU affairs, but its most distinguishing feature lies in its strong in-house research capacity, complemented by an extensive network of partner institutes throughout the world.
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Download CEPS Study at their website.
They are also considering a split in leadership of the NSA and Cyber Command.
“Changing the policy would run counter to positions long held by senior defense officials.”
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Excellent post on Washington’s Blog about when to use your right to remain silent when interacting with the police-basically always. But be sure to read the full post, which explains why if you choose to do so prior to be Mirandized, you must specifically invoke this privilege.
Feinstein’s essay — touting her new bill, the “FISA Improvements Act,” which she just pushed through the Senate Intelligence Committee — claimed that the legislation will “bridge the gap between preventing terrorism and protecting civil liberties.” But as Electronic Frontier Foundation activist Trevor Timm writes, the bill actually “codifies some of the NSA’s worst practices, would be a huge setback for everyone’s privacy, and it would permanently entrench the NSA’s collection of every phone record held by U.S. telecoms.”
Lots more in a great article by Norman Solomon at Disinfo.com
Jesselyn Radak, National Security and Human Rights Director for the Government Accountability Project, states that their whistleblower website is hearing from more NSA workers following the Snowden leaks.
See the Video at ABC News
Visit the Government Accountability Project (GAP)
The US House is attempting to sell out Main St. yet again, in a bipartisan bow down to their masters on Wall Street.
The U.S. House just passed a bill called H.R. 992 — the Swaps Regulatory Improvement Act — that was literally written by mega-bank lobbyists. It repeals the laws passed in 2010 to prevent another meltdown like the one that crashed our economy in 2008. The repeal was cosponsored by a former Goldman Sachs executive and passed with bipartisan support from some of the House’s largest recipients of Wall Street cash.
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The incident began January 2, 2013 after David Eckert finished shopping at the Wal-Mart in Deming. According to a federal lawsuit, Eckert didn’t make a complete stop at a stop sign coming out of the parking lot and was immediately stopped by law enforcement.
Eckert’s attorney, Shannon Kennedy, said in an interview with KOB that after law enforcement asked him to step out of the vehicle, he appeared to be clenching his buttocks. Law enforcement thought that was probable cause to suspect that Eckert was hiding narcotics in his anal cavity. While officers detained Eckert, they secured a search warrant from a judge that allowed for an anal cavity search.
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