Wave of TV Ads Opposing #Iran Deal Organized By Saudi Arabian Lobbyist
Television stations across the country are being flooded with $6 million of advertisements from a group called the “American Security Initiative” urging citizens to call their U.S. Senators and oppose the nuclear deal with Iran.
Though the American Security Initiative does not reveal donor information, the president of the new group, former Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., is a registered lobbyist for Saudi Arabia. Coleman’s firm, Hogan Lovells, is on retainer to the Saudi Arabian monarchy for $60,000 a month. In July 2014, Coleman described his work as “providing legal services to the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia” on issues including “legal and policy developments involving Iran and limiting Iranian nuclear capability.”
The co-chairs of the American Security Initiative include former Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., former Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., and former Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga. Chambliss works at DLA Piper, another #lobbying firm retained to influence U.S. policy on behalf of the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia.
Jeb Bush Comes Out Against Encryption
“If you create encryption, it makes it harder for the American government to do its job—while protecting civil liberties—to make sure that evildoers aren’t in our midst,” Bush said [...]
Bush said “we need to find a new arrangement with Silicon Valley in this regard because I think this is a very dangerous kind of situation.”
this so makes it sound like the people should be serving the government, and not the other way around.
a bit like in some companies where the IT department acts as if the rest of the company’s needs should be in function of IT law and convenience, instead of the IT department being in service of the business needs.
The Philosopher of Surveillance
What Happens When a Failed Writer Becomes a Loyal Spy?
The “SIGINT Philosopher” columns, provided to The Intercept by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, gave me the opportunity to learn more without the agency’s assistance, because they included his name. Heading down the path of collecting information about Socrates (whose name we are not publishing — more on that later), I was in the odd position of conducting surveillance on a proponent of surveillance, so I had a get-out-of-guilt-free card.
To Defend Iran Deal, Obama Boasts that He’s Bombed Seven Countries
Beyond accurately describing Iran Deal opponents, Obama also accurately described himself and his own record of militarism. To defend against charges that he Loves the Terrorists, he boasted:
As commander-in-chief, I have not shied away from using force when necessary. I have ordered tens of thousands of young Americans into combat. . . .
I’ve ordered military action in seven countries.
By “ordered military actions in seven countries,” what he means is that he has ordered bombs dropped, and he has extinguished the lives of thousands of innocent people, in seven different countries, all of which just so happen to be predominantly Muslim.
My Life Unmasking British Eavesdroppers
par Duncan Campbell, l’un des découvreurs d’#Echelon
même chose pour les Canadiens : ▻http://seenthis.net/messages/396165
et pour la Nouvelle-Zélande tout est raconté dans le livre de Nicky Hager, “Secret power”
notamment l’histoire du filofax trouvé par terre par un gamin (page 186 et sq)
et dans sa déposition au Parlement européen en avril 2001
et un peu d’#enquête_cartographique là aussi :
One of the mysteries during the research for this book was trying to figure out why New Zealand intercept officers from the Tangimoana station were regularly posted to Melbourne. (...)
By plotting on a street map the houses of the New Zealand radio officers present in Melbourne each year, a striking pattern emerged: without exception, the dots on the map were clumped together in the sprawling suburbs of south-east Melbourne. If there was a secret station, which seemed the only logical explanation for the increased numbers, it was probably on this eastern side of the city.
Jimmy Carter: The U.S. Is an “Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery”
Former president Jimmy Carter said Tuesday on the nationally syndicated radio show the Thom Hartmann Program that the United States is now an “oligarchy” in which “unlimited political bribery” has created “a complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors.” Both Democrats and Republicans, Carter said, “look upon this unlimited money as a great benefit to themselves.”
A Terrorism Expert’s Secret Relationship with the FBI
L’#expert en question est quand même payé la bagatelle de 400 USD l’heure,
Kevin A. Luibrand, a lawyer for Hossain, challenged Kohlmann’s knowledge as an expert.
“Can you name any of the major political parties in Bangladesh from the year 2000 to 2004?” Luibrand asked Kohlmann in a deposition.
“Other than Jamaat-e-Islami?” Kohlmann asked.
“That’s — I’m not familiar off the top of my head,” Kohlmann said.
“Have you ever heard of an organization known as the Bangladesh National Party?” Luibrand followed.
“Do you know what it is?”
“I’m assuming it’s a political party, but again — the name vaguely sounds familiar but …” Kohlmann answered.
“Do you know what, if anything, it stands for politically within Bangladesh?” Luibrand asked, cutting off Kohlmann’s answer.
“Sorry, can’t tell ya,” Kohlmann said.
The Bangladesh Nationalist Party, to which Luibrand was referring, is one of the two largest political parties in Bangladesh and allied with Jamaat-e-Islami.
“You can’t tell me because you don’t know?” Luibrand asked Kohlmann in a follow-up question.
“I don’t know off the top of my head,” Kohlmann said.
Kohlmann also admitted in the deposition that he had never written about Jamaat-e-Islami of Bangladesh. Luibrand asked to have Kohlmann disqualified as an expert, arguing that Kohlmann was unable to demonstrate knowledge of the groups he was testifying about. A judge denied the request and allowed Kohlmann to testify. Aref and Hossain were convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Trois dispositions ont cependant été censurées, dont une qui devait permettre aux services de renseignement, en cas « d’urgence opérationnelle », de déroger à l’autorité du premier ministre. Mais aussi de se passer de l’avis de la Commission nationale de contrôle des techniques de renseignement (#CNCTR), mise en place par cette loi. « Une atteinte manifestement disproportionnée au droit au respect de la vie privée et au secret des correspondances », selon le communiqué du Conseil constitutionnel.
L’institution a rejeté une autre disposition relative aux mesures de surveillance internationale, jugeant ses contours trop flous – le texte ne définissait « ni les conditions d’exploitation, de conservation et de destruction des renseignements collectés (…), ni celles du contrôle par la CNCTR ». Le Conseil constitutionnel a par ailleurs censuré une troisième disposition, moins importante, relative au financement de la CNCTR, car elle relève, selon lui, de la loi de finances.
L’occasion de ressortir :
The (US) government rulebook for labeling you a terrorist
▻https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/07/23/blacklisted (juillet 2014)
Discuté lors d’un Democracy Now !
cc : @chirine
Opportun : Quand Axelle Lemaire demandait l’abandon des « boîtes noires » et « hésitait » à démissionner (on nous a déjà fait le coup)
Pourquoi l’Iran ne peut faire confiance à la « #communauté_internationale »
Moreover, the U.S. made extensive use of UNSCOM to target Iraq for bombing campaigns. According to Ritter, toward the beginning of the UNSCOM process CIA agents who were part of the inspection team used GPS to record the precise location of sites used for Iraqi military manufacturing — sites that soon afterwards were struck by U.S. cruise missiles. And as the Washington Post reported and the U.S. Air Force later confirmed, the U.S. used UNSCOM’s data to choose targets for Operation Desert Fox, including many that had nothing to do with Iraq’s purported WMD programs. (In retrospect, what’s remarkable about the history of UNSCOM isn’t Iraq’s real but largely minor obstruction, but its extensive cooperation. Ritter remembers inspections when he was “looking through a logbook dealing with presidential security, such as how they arranged convoys” and at Iraqi intelligence headquarters “examining the darkest secrets of how they recruited agents and how they paid them.”)
It’s Simple, Face the Nation: Iran Doesn’t Trust US Inspectors–and Shouldn’t
And now that the US is trying to get inspectors into another Mideast country, no one in a position to either ask or answer questions on elite news shows like Face the Nation even recalls the scandal—or, if they do, they’re too polite to mention it.
ISRAELI SPECIAL FORCES ASSASSINATED SENIOR SYRIAN OFFICIAL
Matthew Cole Jul. 15 2015,
Les #conspirationnistes le savaient déjà,
Last year, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah told journalists that the Israeli government killed Suleiman, and that the assassination was “linked” to Suleiman’s role in the July 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah.
Pentagon Transfers #HAARP to University of Alaska
(…) the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, better known by its acronym, HAARP, has reached the final stage of its strange journey that began with Cold War concerns about nuclear war: Next month, the Alaska-based research station will be transferred to civilian control.
Edward Said’s Son, Wadie Said, Changing Terrorism Prosecutions
Law professor Wadie Said, in a new book, delves into the ways unwarranted terrorism cases have eroded the rule of law.
“I really absorbed from my father the idea of standing up for people who were persecuted or otherwise down-and-out, and wanted to apply that lesson in a different way, hence my initial decision to become a public defender,” Said says in an interview. “I was fortunate enough to start my career working on a high-profile prosecution like that with political overtones, and I came to the belief that it is always important to try and get the client’s message across, especially given how the overwhelming official hostility towards anyone with the status of terrorism defendant can subvert the legal process.”
The judicial fearmongering is perhaps best encapsulated by a 2013 appellate ruling in the case of Tarek Mehanna, a Boston-area man convicted of material support for terrorism. Mehanna was not actually accused of planning any violent act. The terrorism charges were instead based primarily on an accusation that he had translated ideological materials from Arabic to English and posted them online.
In his ruling upholding Mehanna’s 17-year sentence, Judge Bruce Selya wrote, with considerable rhetorical excess, “Terrorism is the modern-day equivalent of the bubonic plague: it is an existential threat,” and he added that terrorism defendants, even ostensibly non-violent ones like Mehanna, should expect the posture of the courts toward them “will be fierce.”
Wadie Said’s critical view of these sorts of cases was shaped by his father’s scholarship, as well as his own legal studies. “My father’s books obviously had a deep impact on me, as I learned how negative stereotypes affecting whole regions, cultures, languages and religious practices of anyone who could be considered part of the Muslim world could be very overwhelming,” Said says. “Once these stereotypes migrated to the realm of criminal prosecution, I felt I should try my best to counteract and dispel them in the legal field, particularly in cases where the government wanted to put people in prison for non-violent political activism, charity and other forms of solidarity with oppressed people around the globe.”
Said has written a new book, Crimes of Terror: The Legal and Political Implications of Federal Terrorism Prosecutions, which argues that “the mentality that we are in a nebulous and continuous war on terror” has led to overzealous and unwarranted terrorism prosecutions, while eroding key aspects of the rule of law. “The excesses of the past, including the use of agents provocateurs, racial profiling and mass infiltration by informants, have all been quietly revived under the banner of fighting this ill-defined threat,” Said told The Intercept.
Since 9/11, the U.S. government has pursued extraordinary legal (as well as extralegal) efforts to combat terrorism, and in doing so has expanded the “terrorist” label far beyond its previous connotations. Said argues that measures taken by the courts have created an effective “terrorist exception” to previously existing legal standards. Crimes of Terror examines the way in which this exception has altered normal law enforcement and judicial practices at every stage of the legal cycle, from initial investigation and evidence gathering, to trial, and finally to sentencing and incarceration.
GHOST FLEET : WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF POST-SNOWDEN TECHNO-THRILLERS
The Intercept: How did the Snowden revelations inform your thinking about the future?
Singer: In many ways, this is a book that is fiction, but backed by 400 endnotes and written in a post-Snowden world. The impact of it I saw play out in two ways. The first is that there are a wide variety of techniques the NSA was doing against others — as revealed by Snowden — that could be done back against us, or at least other parts of government and business. We are able, in fiction, to play with that scenario. For example, one of the things Snowden revealed the NSA doing was what was jokingly called “the Bigfoot of hacking.” It was using radio waves to cross an air gap. It had long been suspected, and through the documents it was revealed.
Not to give too much of the book away — spoiler alert — but that is a means used against another government agency as a hack at the start.
The second way this is post-Snowden is that it plays with certain changes in American industry, and maybe the mentality today. If there was another great war, it’s not 1941 anymore, so the parts of the American economy that would be key to being mobilized wouldn’t be Detroit; it would be places like Silicon Valley. But, of course, it’s also a post-Snowden world, and Silicon Valley has very different feelings about government [now], so we play with that, too.
La semaine commence très bien. La société italienne #Hacking_Team, spécialisée dans la réalisation et la vente d’armes numériques (piratage des ordinateurs des dissidents, espionnage) a été... piratée. Le pirate a mis en ligne 400 Go d’archives internes de la boîte.
Le torrent (sans garanties...) ▻https://mega.co.nz/#!Xx1lhChT!rbB-LQQyRypxd5bcQnqu-IMZN20ygW_lWfdHdqpKH3E
La situation légale en France, sur les armes numériques ▻http://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/affichCodeArticle.do?cidTexte=LEGITEXT000006070719&idArticle=LEGIART
Le gouvernement français était très intéressé par ces produits d’espionnage : ►https://medium.com/@beyourownreason/revealed-the-true-extent-of-hacking-team-contacts-across-europe-dc04e5bdde2 (je sens que ça va être comme avec Snowden, on a des années d’articles à publier avec ça)
Big Banks Worked with Hacking Team, Which Also Sells Spy Tools to Dictators
(Deutsche Bank, ING Direct, AXA, Generali, ABN Amro, Barclays, CNP Assurances, ...)
Hacking Team’s Spyware Targeted Porn Sites’ Visitors
How a Russian hacker made $45,000 selling a 0-day Flash exploit to Hacking Team
Hacking Team et ses liaisons en Algérie
A presentation on Hacking Team, by Hacking Team themselves...
Hacking Team Uses UEFI BIOS Rootkit to Keep RCS 9 Agent in Target Systems
The dissection of the data from the Hacking Team leak has yielded another critical discovery: Hacking Team uses a UEFI BIOS rootkit to keep their Remote Control System (RCS) agent installed in their targets’ systems. This means that even if the user formats the hard disk, reinstalls the OS, and even buys a new hard disk, the agents are implanted after Microsoft Windows is up and running.
To prevent being affected by this, we recommend users to:
– Make sure UEFI SecureFlash is enabled
– Update the BIOS whenever there is a security patch
– Set up a BIOS or UEFI password
The FBI spent 698.000€ on Hacking Team’s spy tools Since 2011
On FBI request, Hacking Team updated its software to monitor TOR browsers
The FBI complained on Hacking Team’s customer website that the company’s “URL collector does not collect web traffic on TOR browser,” and suggested how to fix it:
download TOR browser bundle. Surf web through TOR browser. Infect the target with an agent with www collector enabled. WWW traffic is not collect when target surfs through TOR browser.
Less than two weeks later they told [the FBI] that [their] requested feature was in the works: “Dear Client, next RCS [Remote Control System] release (8.2.0) will capture URL from the TOR browser. Thank you.”
PS: interesting disclosure in the article:
(Disclosure: The Tor Project, which helps develop Tor and Tor Browser, has received money from the Freedom of the Press Foundation, where I sit on the board. It has also received money from the Omidyar Foundation, co-founded by Pierre Omidyar, who funds The Intercept‘s parent company First Look Media.)
Le site d’investigation The Intercept vient de publier 48 documents classés top secrets qui détaillent le fonctionnement du moteur de recherche de XKeyscore, l’un des outils les plus puissants du renseignement américain.
XKEYSCORE: #nsa's Google for the World’s Private Communications
" One of the National Security Agency’s most powerful tools of mass #surveillance makes tracking someone’s Internet usage as easy as entering an email address, and provides no built-in technology to prevent abuse."(Permalink)
SIGAR Asks USAID What Afghan Clinic Is Doing In the Mediterranean Sea
When the official watchdog overseeing U.S. spending on Afghanistan asked the U.S. Agency for International Development recently for details about the 641 health clinics it funds there, the agency readily provided a list of geospatial coordinates for them.
But when the office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) went looking for the $210 million worth of clinics, the majority of them weren’t there.
John Sopko, the special inspector general, sent USAID a letter on June 25 asking about the clinics.
“Thirteen coordinates were not located within Afghanistan,” the letter reads. Additionally, 13 more were duplicates, 90 clinics had no location data and 189 coordinate locations had no structure within 400 feet.
One set of coordinates was in the Mediterranean Sea.
“My office’s initial analysis of USAID data and geospatial imagery has led us to question whether USAID has accurate location information for 510 — nearly 80 percent — of the 641 health care clinics funded by the PCH [Partnership Contracts for Health] program,” wrote Sopko.
State Department Resumes Arms Sales to Bahrain
The State Department announced it will lift its freeze on arms sales to the repressive government of Bahrain on Monday, despite the country’s myriad human rights abuses in recent years, including arbitrary detention of children, torture, restrictions for journalists and a brutal government crackdown on peaceful protestors in 2011.
“The Administration has decided to lift the holds on security assistance to the Bahrain Defense Force and National Guard that were implemented following Bahrain’s crackdown on demonstrations in 2011,” wrote John Kirby, a State Department spokesperson, in a press release on Monday.
US/Bahrain: Bad Move to Resume Arms Sales
“[...] the Obama administration’s decision to resume arms sales will only encourage Bahraini authorities’ unrelenting repression,” said Sarah Margon, Washington director. “This is a clear case of wrong actions speaking louder than the right words. The Bahrainis needed to help resolve the country’s acute crisis are languishing in jail.”