“If anyone thinks that what’s going on right now with all of this surveillance of American citizens is to fight some sort of foreign enemy, they’re delusional. If people think that this ‘scandal’ can’t get any worse, it will, hour by hour, day by day. This has the ability to bring down our national leadership, the administration and other senior elected officials working in collusion with this administration, both Republican and Democrats. People within the NSA, the Department of Justice, and others, they know who they are, need to come forth with the documentation of ‘policy and practice’ in their possession, disclose what they know, fight what’s going on, and just do their job. I have never seen anything like this, ever. The present administration is going after leakers, media sources, anyone and everyone who is even suspected of ‘betrayal.’ That’s what they call it, ‘betrayal.’ Can you believe the size of their cahones? This administration considers anyone telling the truth about Benghazi, the IRS, hell, you name the issue, ‘betrayal,’” he said.
“We know all this already,” I stated. He looked at me, giving me a look like I’ve never seen, and actually pushed his finger into my chest. “You don’t know jack,” he said, “this is bigger than you can imagine, bigger than anyone can imagine. This administration is collecting names of sources, whistle blowers and their families, names of media sources and everybody they talk to and have talked to, and they already have a huge list. If you’re not working for MSNBC or CNN, you’re probably on that list. If you are a website owner with a brisk readership and a conservative bent, you’re on that list. It’s a political dissident list, not an enemy threat list,” he stated.
“What’s that exactly mean, being on that list, that is,” I asked, trying to make sense of it all.
“It means that there will be censorship under the color of authority of anyone in the U.S. who is attempting to expose what’s going on in our name. It’s about controlling any damning information from reaching epidemic proportions. It’s damage control to the extreme. It’s about the upcoming censorship of the internet in the name of national security. The plans are already in place. These latest reports about ‘spying eyes’ have turned this administration and others connected to it into something very, very dangerous. They feel cornered and threatened, and I’m hearing about some plans they have to shut down the flow of information that is implicating them of wrongdoing. Time is short,” he stated.
“How are they going to do this? How is it even possible” I asked.
“First, they intend to use the Justice Department to silence journalists like in the Rosen case, but they won’t stop there. They will use a host of national security policies, laws, letters, whatever to take out the bigger threats,” he stated.
Next, they will use some sort of excuse, an external threat, and I believe it will be a combination of the economic collapse and a Mid-East war that will begin in Syria to throttle the information that is accessible on the Internet. And you know what? People will believe it!”
Based on what I’ve seen, most of which I should not have seen, the DHS is co-ordinating efforts with other federal agencies to begin to threaten American citizens with incarceration for non-compliance. You know the old talk of color coded lists? Well, this is what they will be using. People exposing the truth about Benghazi, killing the U.S. Dollar, even those questioning Obama?s legal status and eligibility to be President are the current targets. And they’ve had five long years to get to this point. The ugly truth is that these policies and practices did not start under Obama, but long before. This is about the killing of our Constitutional Republic. The murder of our country and the stripping of our rights. While many have been preoccupied with one issue, few have seen the bigger issue.
This is the ‘end game,’ for all the marbles.”
Federal authorities said today that, since June 2010, they have seized more than 1,700 domains that allegedly breached intellectual property rights.
Seized under a program known as “Operation in Our Sites,” the domains hosted material the authorities said illegally streamed sporting events; hawked counterfeit drugs, clothes, and accessories like handbags; and unlawfully allowed the downloading of copyrighted movies and music.
The figures were buried in the White House’s 2013 “Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement,” (.pdf) and they represent about 50 seizures a month following the operation’s adoption three years ago.
Kim Dotcom’s files are wiped clean in ‘largest data massacre in history’
Finally, Face-Scrambling Glasses to Go With Your Drone-Proof Cloak
n early 2013, the engineer/artist Adam Harvey unveiled a drone-proof burqa he called Stealth Wear. The garment cloaks the wearer in “nickel-metalized fabric designed to thwart IR-detection by thermal cameras,” as Kelly Bourdet explained after interviewing Harvey. Just one problem: It leaves your face exposed.
Drones and CCTV cams can still spot your smiling face and send it on over to the good folks at the NSA or whereever else they’re processing domestic spy data.
Thankfully, Japan’s National Institute of Informatics came up with the missing anti-detection puzzle piece—glasses that scramble facial recognition algorithms. It’s already being touted as the “anti-Google Glass.” It uses 11 separate near-infrared LED lights to blind surveillance cameras.
One of the great absurdities following Edward Snowden’s NSA PRISM revelations has been the way in which Obama, and other US officials, have said with straight faces that surveillance is limited to non-American communications. In other words: don’t worry, Americans, we’re not spying on you—we’re spying on those suckers.
This absurdist argument, however, is typical of spy tradecraft. And really, it should be expected that every nation surveills friend and foe alike, or at least makes the attempt. It’s the paranoid mindset so perfectly lampooned in Stanislaw Lem’s Memories Found in a Bathtub, in which espionage has become a state of being; so much so that it serves as the entropy signal of a dying system.
The Military-Information Complex Is Growing in Silicon Valley
Silicon Valley has a closer relationship to Big Government than most shining libertarian disruptopreneurs would care to admit—mostly because there’s a heaping profit to be made from it. A front page story in the New York Times today makes crystal clear what many already knew: tech companies and their former employees are making a fortune off of government contracts.
The story focuses on Max Kelly, a cyber security expert who left a cushy post at Facebook for the NSA. There he put his expertise in protecting user data to good use—helping government snoops more efficiently collect it. His example, the Times says, is indicative of the blurred lines between the industry and government data collectors.
But it’s just the tip of the iceberg. The NSA and other agencies are evidently paying a pretty penny for Silicon Valley’s information-collection capacities, too:
USC Scientists Are Working on Deleting Memories
Using a protein found in glowing jellyfish and some fancy engineering, scientists can now watch memories as they form in the brains of mice.
That alone is cool, but here’s the real sci-fi stuff: Within a couple years, researchers think they’ll be able to selectively eliminate memories (at least in mice), much like they do in the John Woo-Ben Affleck classic Paycheck or Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Joking aside, here’s how it works:
All the PRISM Data the Tech Giants Have Been Allowed to Disclose So Far
Indefinite Surveillance: The National Defense Authorization Act of 2014
NDAA 2014 builds on the powers granted by both the Patriot Act and FISA by allowing unrestricted analysis and research of captured records pertaining to any organization or individual “now or once hostile to the United States”.
The NDAA 2014 enhancement provision extends and consolidates the government’s authority to further gather and analyze records and data captured during any national security or terrorist related investigation, not just combat operations.
But it does so without creating any explicit restriction against violating an individual’s right to privacy, conducting unwarranted searches and seizures, or violating due process for individuals as guaranteed by the Constitution.
That’s eerily similar to the NDAA 2013 Sec. 1021, which codified the indefinite military detention of American citizens without requiring they be charged with a specific crime or given a trial.
Under NDAA 2013, Sec. 1021 allowed the military detention of civilians without a writ of habeas corpus, when a person “was a part of or substantially supported al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners, including any person who has committed a belligerent act or has directly supported such hostilities in aid of such enemy forces.”
Under NDAA 2014, anyone is now subject to surveillance, not based on support of al-Qaeda or its associated forces, but based merely upon whether or not an individual is, or once was hostile to the U.S. The question of what constitutes “hostility”, is left completely unanswered.
The operations of secret intelligence agencies aiming at the manipulation of public opinion generally involve a combination of cynical deception with the pathetic gullibility of the targeted populations.
There is ample reason to believe that the case of Edward Joseph Snowden fits into this pattern. We are likely dealing here with a limited hangout operation, in which carefully selected and falsified documents and other materials are deliberately revealed by an insider who pretends to be a fugitive rebelling against the excesses of some oppressive or dangerous government agency.
FBI Chief Demands Broader Surveillance Powers
Current Internet Surveillance Still Doesn’t Satisfy Officials