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Abby Martin goes over a few of the most outrageous CIA operations around the world, such as the agency’s efforts to destabilized Latin America through a series of coups and assassinations and even an attempted character assassination through a CIA producer porno film.

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Edward Snowden Image by DonkeyHotey via Flickr

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TED on Mar 18, 2014

Appearing by telepresence robot, Edward Snowden speaks at TED2014 about surveillance and Internet freedom. The right to data privacy, he suggests, is not a partisan issue, but requires a fundamental rethink of the role of the internet in our lives — and the laws that protect it. “Your rights matter,” he say, “because you never know when you’re going to need them.”

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Edward Snowden, the U.S. leaker who’s been holed up so long inside the transit zone of a Moscow airport that reporters and pundits are drawing comparisons to The Terminal, the 2004 comedy-drama starring Tom Hanks, wants out.

After Russia insisted that Snowden could stay only on the condition that he muzzled himself and stopped “harming” the U.S, the whistle-blower organization WikiLeaks announced on July 2 that Snowden filed 21 requests for asylum around the world, signaling his intent to find a more permanent home.

It’s an interesting list (below, which we’ll update as more country statements come in). But after just mere hours, more than half the countries responded. Some gave a flat-out “no” (Brazil, India, Poland) while others said Snowden would have to physically walk onto their soil in order to properly file (Ecuador, Ireland, Norway). The rest are taking their time to reply.

Guy Goodwin-Gill, a professor…

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employees (Reuters/Chris Morgan/Idaho National Laboratory)

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[EDITOR’S NOTE: There’s a New BIG BROTHER in Town, and his name is BARRY OBAMA]

The Obama administration overruled recommendations from within the US Department of Homeland Security and implemented new guidelines earlier this year that allow the government to gather and analyze intelligence on every single US citizen.

Since the spring, a little-know intelligence agency outside of Washington, DC has been able to circumvent the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution and conduct dragnet surveillance of the entire country, combing massive datasets using advanced algorithms to search and seize personal info on anyone this wish, reports the Wall Street Journal this week.

There’s no safeguard that says only Americans with criminal records are the ones included, and it’s not just suspected terrorists that are considered in the searches either. The National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) has been provided…

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http://m.gawker.com/5966757/former-anonymous-spokesman-barrett-brown-indicted-for-sharing-a-link-to-stolen-credit-card-information Is it a crime for someone simply to share a link to stolen information? That seems to be the message conveyed by today’s indictment of former Anonymous spokesman Barrett Brown, over a massive hack of the private security firm Stratfor. Brown’s in legal trouble for copying and pasting a link from one chat room to another. This is scary to anyone who ever links to anything. In December 2011, Stratfor was hacked by Anonymous. Thousands of their internal emails were given to Wikileaks, which has been publishing them ever since. The credit card information of many Stratfor customers and employees was stolen and released on the internet as well, where it was used by fraudsters to make illicit purchase. Six men have already been arrested for the hack. But today it was revealed that Brown, who frequently spoke for Anonymous and was writing a book about the group, has also been hit with 12 charges relating to identity theft and fraud over the hack. Brown is already in a Texas prison, arrested in September for threatening an FBI agent. What was Brown’s crime in the Stratfor case? The first charge, which is also the most unusual, was for sharing a link in a private chat room which led to a list of hacked credit card numbers. This charge does not allege Brown actually had the credit card numbers on his computer or even created the link: He just allegedly copied a link to a publicly-accessible file with the numbers from one chat room and pasted it into another. (The other 11 counts in the indictment do involve Brown actually possessing stolen information.) Read the full report via Gawker

Google report reveals a sharp increase in government requests for private data

Google report reveals a sharp increase in government requests for private data

The email accounts of Generals David Petraeus and John Allen aren’t the only ones being targeted by the feds. Google has released its bi-annual transparency report and says that the government’s demands for personal data is at an all-time high.

Internet giant Google published statistics from their latest analysis of requests from governments around the globe this week, and the findings show that it is hardly just the inboxes of the Pentagon’s top-brass that are being put under the microscope. Details pertaining to nearly 8,000 Google and Gmail accounts have been ordered by Uncle Sam during just the first six months of the year, and figures from the periods before suggest that things aren’t about to get any better for those wishing to protect their privacy.

“This is the sixth time we’ve released this data, and one trend has become clear: Government surveillance is on the rise,” Google acknowledges in a blog post published Tuesday, November 13.

From January through June, the US government filed more than 16,000 requests for user data from Google on as many as 7,969 individual accounts, the report shows.

The Silicon Valley company notes that “The number of requests we receive for user account information as part of criminal investigations has increased year after year,” but says that it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the government that’s ramping up the acceleration into a full-blown surveillance state. According to Google’s take, “The increase isn’t surprising, since each year we offer more products and services, and we have a larger number of users.”

For all of those requests in the US, Google says they complied with the government’s demands 90 percent of the time; but while it seems like a high number, that figure actually constitutes the smallest success rate the feds have had since Google began tracking these numbers in 2010. In a separate report published earlier this year by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the San Francisco-based advocacy group awarded Google high praise for doing more than other industry titans in terms of letting feds force them into handing over information without good reason, citing specifically their efforts — albeit unsuccessfully — in handing over user info to the Justice Department during the start of its ongoing investigation into WikiLeaks.

Of the 20,938 user data request sent from governments around the globe, the United States came in first with the number of demands at 7,969, with India at a distant second with 2,319 requests. The US government’s success rate in terms of getting that information trumps most every other country, however, with full or partial compliance on the part of Google rarely exceeding 70 percent.

Elsewhere in the report, Google says it’s more than just surveillance of individual users that is on the rise. The US has also been adamant with censoring the Web, writing Google five times between January and June to take down YouTube videos critical of government, law enforcement or public officials. In regards to the five pleas to delete seven offending videos, Google says, “We did not remove content in response to these requests.”

The company was more willing to side with authorities in other cases, though, admitting to taking down 1,664 posts from a Google Groups community after a court order asked for the removal of 1,754 on the basis of “a case of continuous defamation against a man and his family.” Google also followed through with around one-third of the requests to remove search results that linked to websites that allegedly defamed organizations and individuals (223 of the 641 pleas) and say “the number of content removal requests we received increased by 46% compared to the previous reporting period.”

According to the report, Google only received one request from the US government to remove a video from YouTube on the grounds of ensuring “national security” but does not disclose the results of that plea. No further information is available in the report as to what the government demanded removed, but in the immediate aftermath of the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi originally blamed by many on an anti-Islamic video clip linked to a California man, Google rejected demands from the US to delete the ‘Innocence of Muslims’ from YouTube.

That isn’t to say that Washington is responsible for the bulk of the demands that end up on the desks of Google’s administrators. The report notes Google has received requests to remove search results that link to sites that host alleged copyright-infringing content more than 8 million times in just the last month, with more than 32,000 websites being singled out by the materials’ respective owners. Taking into account the last year and a half, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) — the largest trade-group representing the US music industry — asked Google to stop linking to roughly 4.5 million URLs that they say hosted illegal content.

Last month, the Supreme Court heard arguments to decide whether or not a case can go forth that will challenge the FISA Amendment Act of 2008, an update to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that allows the government to eavesdrop on emails sent as long as one of the persons involved is suspected of being out of the country. When asked earlier in the year to give an estimate of how many Americans have their electronic communications wiretapped by the National Security Administration, the inspector general of the NSA declined to issue a response, even to members of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

According to statements made by NSA whistleblower Bill Binney at the Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE) conference in New York this year, the US government is “pulling together all the data about virtually every US citizen in the country and assembling that information, building communities that you have relationships with, and knowledge about you; what your activities are; what you’re doing.”

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Ryan Dawson
November 3, 2012

You never hear this side of the story so please listen.

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This year, Op Nov 5 was very small in comparison with 2011. It appears that being a Monday, only the dedicated were able to show their “Ideological” faces outside the NSW parliament house in Sydney.

The day started with my arrival at Occupy Sydney, a place at which my heart lies in spirit daily with those whom currently and have previously and will continue into the future to occupy. This movement has been a real “eye opener” in my personal life, on a journey that lead me to attend University.

Occupy Sydney – Martin Place

#OpVendetta & Anonymous Flyers attached to the occupy Sydney base

After checking out the new flyers hanging on the Occupy Sydney base i decided to hang a few #OpNov5 ones also.

Soon after, some fellow anons arrived and after some greetings and chatting we decided to head up to NSW Parliament House.

Whilst the group was small, we were all very passionate about our stance on our Government and the wrongdoings we are seeing on a daily basis.

Anonymous @ Parliament House Sydney (And 1 behind the camera)

Anonymous stopped by the front of the Parliament house in Sydney.

After making our presence known (and watching the Police Guard get on the radio and call for someone to come see what was going on) we decided we would spend some time hanging out, at Parliament house.

It was then decided we would move on and go visit the local apple store for a snap flyer hand out.

Anonymous @ Apple Store Sydney – Flyer Hand out

Lunch time in the city means shoppers, the apple store provided plenty of those.

Handing out a variety of #OpNov5 #OpVendetta flyers, “Corporate Media Lies to You” among others.

After running out of flyers, we decided it was time to head back to Occupy to load up with flyers and see if any other Anons have arrived.

On our way back to Occupy we ran into the man below. He is seen quite regularly around Sydney with his Signs. I have dubbed thee, Mr Be Happy.

Anonymous with Mr “Be Happy” – Martin Place Sydney

Upon arriving at Occupy, we were graced with more fellow Anons. After another quick greeting, we discussed and headed off to Parliament house for another stint at the gates.

Anonymous Flag flies above Occupy Sydney

The absurd contradictions of Capitalism – Attached to Occupy Sydney Base.

Whilst at Parliament, more Anons came to grace us with their presence. Was great to have some awesome passionate people who are dedicated and committed to stand up for the wrongdoings they see in ours and other countries. I was proud to stand along side my brothers and sisters on this day.

Anonymous and Citizen (with Baby) stand in Solidarity @ Parliament house

More Anons arrive @ Parliament

Anonymous Occupying the front of Parliament House Sydney

Anonymous – Watching the Watchers in Sydney, Au.

Whilst the actions were slow (it was a Monday and most were at work or uni etc), a mega phone couldn’t be located as required, our passion and commitment was louder than any megaphone could have been. Some citizens stopped to question us as to why we were there and generally we were well received with only a few comments against what we are standing for. I did kindly remind some that “if you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything”.  We also did a small action out the front of the US Embassy at the MLC Centre where Aussie Activist demanded the US release Bradley Manning, leave Julian Assange alone and stay out of Australian Politics.

Occupying the gates of Parliament House Sydney

V for Vendetta #OpVendetta

As some Anons had to leave due to family commitments (and extended travel to come to sydney for the action), our crowd slowly dwindled down, but the passion and honor was still present. As we displayed our message to parliament and those whom entered and left the building. A group of students and tourists greeted the anons with requests of pictures and big thumbs up. Overall, the response to Anons at Parliament house was positive. Much appreciated Sydney and those whom stopped for a chat with the Anons on November 5th.

Aussie Activist discussing the reasons for Anonymous Occupying the gates of parliament house with a member of the public

Legislative Assembly – V for Vendetta and a message from Aussie Activist

A message to the Legislative Assembly from Aussie Activist.

At just after 5pm, we decided to head back down to Occupy Sydney to see if any further anons had arrived. Occupiers whom stand in solidarity with Anons were present at the Occupy site and showed solidarity for our actions on this day. As it was a Monday, Sydney’s Wall Street gets awfully quiet in the evening time, so i decided to hang around and see if others showed for night actions.

Anonymous @ Occupy Sydney

A Photographic History of Occupy Sydney

Attending the Occupy Sydney GA until 8pm and no further Anons arriving at Occupy, i decided i would call it a day and head home for my 45mins-1hr trip home from Sydney city to my locality in ‘the burbs’ and to my wonderful kiddies.

#OpPinkPower – Aussie Activist at Occupy Sydney

Anonymous Poster @ Occupy Sydney

In all, i was disappointed in the lack of effort of Anons in the Greater Sydney Basin, however, in saying that, on this day, i saw quality, not quantity. The Anons that stood outside Parliament represented the dedicated, selfless and downright Awesome of the Anons in Greater Sydney Basin, so to them (and they know who they are) a huge THANK YOU from me to you, brothers and sister.

They are all crap. When representative democracy fails, direct democracy is our other option

Until next time we meet. Remember, Remember, the 5th of November.

#AnonFamily #Love.

PN

NewWordNextWeek.com
November 1, 2012

Welcome to http://NewWorldNextWeek.com – the video series from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy that covers some of the most important developments in open source intelligence news. This week:

Story #1: Poland Denies Explosives Found on Wreck of Crashed Jet
http://ur1.ca/aqx1z
‘Key Witness’ In Polish Presidential Plane Crash Dies, Suicide Suspected
http://ur1.ca/aqx27
Plane Crash Timeline
http://ur1.ca/ar0zk
Flashback: Polish President Dies in Jet Crash in Russia
http://ur1.ca/aqx2c

Story #2: Ocean Fertilization Experiment to Make Waves at UN Meeting
http://ur1.ca/aqx2j
Harper Government Talks Tough on Haida’s ‘Rogue Science’ Experiment
http://ur1.ca/aqx2q
Ocean-Fertilization Project Off Canada Sparks Furore
http://ur1.ca/aqx2w

Story #3: Police Need ‘New’ Internet Surveillance Tools, Say Chiefs
http://ur1.ca/aqx31
Canadian Police Urge Parliament to Pass Domestic Spying Bill
http://ur1.ca/aqx37
Wikipedia: Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act
http://ur1.ca/aqx3e

Previous Episode: Censored 2013, Gupta Sachs, Activists Win
http://ur1.ca/aqx3m

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by Thomas Baldwin
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
PROGRESSIVE ACTIVISTS VOICE
October 26, 2012

Our Corporatist Two Party System is Rushing Us Toward Totalitarianism

In the current election cycle of 2012, we have an excellent example of how both of the dominant political parties, Democrat and Republican, continue to propagate the lies and misinformation that allow them to maintain total control of the political system. Both candidates for election to president, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, are not only willing participants but active representatives of this process.

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Press For Truth
August 30, 2012

A school district in San Antonio Texas is looking to track some of its students using RFID tags. This violation of basic privacy rights is conditioning children to the point where being treated like a criminal will become second nature. The losses of liberty are achieved incrementally and we must oppose these advancements every step of the way.

Texas Students Revolt Against Mandatory RFID Tracking Chips:
http://www.infowars.com/texas-students-revolt-against-mandatory-rfid-tracking…

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Juan Williams

UK Daily Mail
Aug 13, 2012

Boeing engineers have successfully demonstrated new technology that enables drones to function like a ‘swarm of insects’ where they can communicate and carry out tasks in mid-air.

In June, engineers and researchers from Johns Hopkins University tested their technology on two ScanEagle drones in Oregon, Boeing revealed.

The drone development could lead to lower costs and less risk in military welfare, Boeing said in a statement.

Using just a military radio and a laptop, an operator on the ground was able to connect with the autonomous drones instructing them to carry out a mission simultaneously.

‘This swarm technology may one day enable warfighters in battle to request and receive time-critical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information directly from airborne (unmanned aerial vehicles) much sooner than they can from ground control stations today,’ Gabriel Santander, Boeing’s program director of advanced autonomous networks, said.

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